50 things to do with kids in Portland this winter Hello, winter! It's nice to see you again. There's something about this time of year that makes parents' start to twitch a bit - trips to the park to run off some energy aren't as easy in the often cold and rainy weather and all our kids are still coming off of the holiday high, meaning that they need some ideas for winter survival. Here are 50 winter activities in Portland for kids and families that will help everyone survive with a smile on their face!
1. Catch a Portland Trail Blazers game - the fast-paced basketball game will keep your little ones's attention easily!
2. Portland doesn't get a ton of snow, but thankfully the mountains are close-by - head east for some snow tubing fun.
3. Take your fire engine obsessed little one to the Portland Fire Museum.
4. Moms, grab your favorite friends and go on a mom-date… It's the new bro-mance!
5. Put on some warm clothes and venture around Portland to all of the famous Beverly Cleary statues and follow the paths that some of her beloved book characters did including Ramona.
6. Have a school aged Portland kid who dreams of flying? Sign up for a winter workshop with The Circus Project.
7. Bumpers or no bumpers, bowling is always a great option on days you need to stay indoors.
8. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with events happening all over Portland, including at the Lan Su Chinese Garden.
9. It won't be long until the flowers start blooming again, but in the meantime, stop to smell the roses at the Portland Saturday Market.
10. Head out of your own neighborhood and discover one of the other libraries in the Portland area.
11. Check out the Planet Kids area at the 2012 Better Living Show in March.
12. Need a family getaway, but don't want to deal with travelling in the car for hours? Book a hotel room downtown for a fun Portland winter stay-cation! Don't forget to make sure there's a pool…
13. Saturdays are Family Day at the Oregon Maritime Museum all winter long!
14. Feeling brave? Your kids will love their first trip to the movie theater and we promise to hold your hand the entire time.
15. Explore what's available at your local community center or one in the next neighborhood over.
16. Bust the bathing suits out of storage to spend a winter day at one of Portland's indoor swimming pools.
17. Winter days are perfect for making a mess in the kitchen - here are some easy ways to get kids baking.
18. Visit the Northwest Children's Theater for their 2012 winter production of Rapunzel Uncut - performing through mid-February.
19. Round out the winter with by letting your little LEGO enthusiast show of his or her skills at OMSI's First LEGO League Showcase in March.
20. Warm up those chilly little hands and bellies by trying out as many hot chocolate spots as you can find.
22. A festival all for kids and families? Sign us up! Check out the Northwest Family and Kids Festival.
23. For a quiet day at home, we love this list of winter crafts.
24. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Oregon Zoo's new Veterinary Medical Center.
25. Hang out at the cool LEGO Castle at the Portland Children's Museum one last time before it ends!
26. Turn a boring gray winter day into an awesome day by throwing on some 3-D glasses at the 3-D Center of Art and Photography.
27. Thank goodness for indoor ice skating! Check out these Portland ice rinks.
28. Put teddy in her prettiest dress and go to the winter Teddy Bear Picnic, every Thursday afternoon, for a "picnic" and a story.
29. The Junior Audubon Club of the Audubon Society of Portland has some cool excursions planned, even in winter. Visit their website to sign up.
30. Run off some indoor energy at one of Portland's college campuses - Portland State University and University of Portland are both great options.
31. A waterpark… and an aviation museum? This is too good to be true! Take a trip to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.
32. Check out the West Slope for a new place to explore and grab some lunch.
33. Head to a winter farmer's market to pick up some veggies for dinner - soup sounds like a great idea!
34. What could be better on a chilly Portland day than a yummy pint at a family-friendly brewery?
35. Pack up the car, bundle up and head to the Oregon Coast for a wintery day trip. It's going to be chilly, but the waves will also be huge and fun to watch!
36. Stretch out those little limbs with some Portland yoga for kids. It will bring you all a little piece of zen this winter!
37. Rock! Paper! Rock? Check out the super cool Agate & Mineral Show at OMSI.
38. Make the quick trip to Seattle for some more winter time fun.
39. For a fun day of winter arts and crafts, minus the mess at your own house, drop by CHAP Art Factory!
40. Don't bother with dinner after some winter activity fun - throw something in the crockpot and forget about it!
41. Step back in time to the days of the first Portland pioneers at the Oregon History Museum.
42. Winter days in Portland are perfect for channeling your inner artists. Visit one of Portland's pottery painting studios to release their inner creative side.
43. Playdate PDX might be a parent lifesaver during the winter - perfect for those days when boredom is on the brain.
44. Don't miss the Oregon Children's Theater's winter 2012 production of The Magic School Bus Live - no shrinking necessary to attend!
45. Wine tasting in wintertime? We won't tell! And these wineries are kid-friendly!
46. Buy tickets to a local college basketball game for some fun, faced-paced action and indoor fun!
47. Forget the groundhogs! Check out what the hedgehogs at the Oregon Zoo do on February 2nd - they're the ones who know what's going on!
48. Fill up those hungry winter bellies with some of Portland's best mac n' cheese.
49. Need an indoor activity? The World Forestry Center is perfect for an entire morning or afternoon of indoor fun.
50. Don't forget to plan some time for date night too! How about the OMSI After Dark Bridgetown Baconfest? (Bridges and bacon? Sure. Why not?)
-- Katie Kavulla