The number one rule for my kids? If they are crabby… PUT THEM IN WATER! ASAP! Bathtub, creek, pool, mud puddle, doesn’t matter. There’s just something about water that kids’ brains immediately respond to, saying, ” Oh, hey, it’s fun time now! WOO-HOO!”
And now that the sun seems to be coming back (ssshh… don’t jinx it!), it’s the perfect time to hit the water. But since it’s not exactly HOT out there yet, an indoor swim is just the ticket.
So, of course, the Clackamas Aquatic Park is an obvious choice. Water slides? Check. Wave Pool? Check. Fountains? Check. Happy Kids? Checkity-Checkity-Check-Check!
BONUS: HOT TUB FOR MOM AND DAD! It just doesn’t get any more winning than that.
They even have a rock wall, cuz, you know, mixing wet slippery kids and heights is apparently a genius idea! ( just kidding, obviously there are safety measures in place! This could be great for if/when the kids need a break from the water)
They also offer a cafe for refreshments, so bring some extra cash, cuz there are no outside food or drinks allowed.
Under 3 yrs- free, up to two 3 yr olds per paying adult
Ages 3 and up, $5 for residents, $8 for non-residents
Tube rentals are $1, and rock wall climbing is $2 ( resident) and $3 ( non) or $6 ( resident) or $10 ( non) for all day.
Fun for Pennies Tips:
Sundays are family discount days. Get 2 adults and up to 4 kids in for $12 ( for residents) or $24 ( for non-residents)
* now get out there and have fun!*
Coming up next I will be posting about Playdate PDX, local area parks, fountains, and summer festivals and events. Comment and let me know which you would like to read about first! 🙂
I know I promised that the next post would be the Portland Aquarium, but I wanted to get a post up for those of you planning your weekend as well. There is ALWAYS a multitude of things to do in the Portland area on any given weekend, but here are a few fun, easy, and cheap or free things to keep you and the family entertained!
Pinkalicious Party! Friday at 10:30 am at Piccolo Mondo Toys Progress Ridge Location, join the Pinkalicious Party! Make beautiful tiaras, read Pinkalicious stories, and enjoy tasty , fancy snacks! Pre-registration is required, call (503)579-8100. Free!
Sofia the First Extravaganza at Clackamas Town Center. Join Radio Disney AM1640 for a royal extravaganza! Listen to the story of Sofia, learn some royal manners, and do some royal arts and crafts. Kids 16 and younger can enter to win a Sofia the First Prize Pack. Dress up for the royal occasion and be crowned by the royal Radio Disney Road Crew. Saturday 10-11:30am. Free! Dino Party at the Children’s Museum. Opening weekend of the Museum’s newest exhibit, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice. Join them for storytime, puppets and clay. Saturday 11am-2pm. Free with museum admission.
Multnomah County Fair at Oaks Park. Snowcap food drive, mutton bustin’, barnyard fun, walk on the wildside, alpaca pavilion, petting zoo, pony rides, thrill rides, miniature golf, roller skating and more! Saturday, Sunday & Monday 12-7pm. Free admission, activity costs vary.
Creature Cabins at Tillamook Forest Center. The animals of the Tillamook State Forest have made themselves at home. They occupy nests, holes, dens and more. Come and learn about the special places where animals live. Saturday 1:30pm and Sunday 11:30am. Free!
Morning Bird Walk. Saturday 8a.m. to 11 a.m. Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Bird Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on bird identification, behavior, and exploring resident bird populations. Great for all ages, but dress and pack accordingly, bring binoculars and water/snacks. Pre-registration is necessary. Call 503-636-9886 . For more events like this, visit their events page.
Ladybug Nature Walk: Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Walk through parks, gardens and natural areas with your youngster (2 – 5 years old) and a nature guide. All walks begin at 10am rain or shine, $3 per child*, no charge for adults. Friday 10am.
The metropolitan fair features live exotic animals, a wide variety of shopping, carnival rides, special attractions and a customized fireworks show choreographed to your favorite classic rock hits on May 24 at 10 pm. Weekends May 24-27, May 30-June 2 and June 6-9. $7 ages 7 and up.
Mo Phillips Rocks Out for Kids at Flying Cat. Fun, rockin’ music for your little ones. Sunday 10-11am. $5 suggested donation.
OMSI Star Party: Planet Parade. May 25 – May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park, Corbett, Or. For all ages. Celebrate Astronomy Day with an opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include the planet Jupiter and Saturn. On the day of the star party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, 503 797-4610 #2, or check the OMSI Star Parties website for weather-related cancellation. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome. Free, $5 parking per vehicle.
With Monday being memorial day, Skateworld in Hillsboro is offering an all day skate for just $5.75, 10 a.m – 6 p.m.
So there you have it, a small sampling of what’s on the table this weekend in Portland! For even more tips, I suggest you visit one of these sites:
The Oregon Zoo is a great fun-filled place to take the whole family. It’s best to plan to be there the whole day, especially if you want to see ALL the animals (as most children are as ambitious as that). Feel free to pack and bring your own lunch and snacks in a cooler, or you can buy food and refreshments there.
Hours change seasonally, so check online here for spring/fall/winter hours. Summer hours are below.
SUMMER HOURS ( May 25 –Sept 2nd) are 9 a.m. -6 p.m.
Adults ( 12-64): $11.50
Children ( 3-11) : $8.50
Seniors( 65 and up): $10
2 and under are free
Parking is $4 per car.
*My oldest son at the Oregon Zoo* Don’t forget your camera! The zoo is a GREAT place to take pics!
Fun For Pennies Tips:
Use public transportation to get there, show your receipt at the window and get $1.50 off admission.
If you visit the Oregon Zoo on the second Tuesday of each month, it’s only $4 admission!
BONUS FUN! Pick up a “Zoo Key” for only $2.50, and unlock the secrets of the zoo! Use your zoo key in the animal talk boxes located on the zoo grounds. You can learn more about bats, black bears, chimpanzees, bald eagles, elephants, giraffes, mandrills, mountain goats, naked mole rats, otters, penguins, polar bears, rhinos and zebras. This is a great interactive way for kids to explore the zoo.
* Hours, admission prices, and discount days are all subject to change. Please check online HERE before your zoo trip!
( Tiger photo courtesy of Lawrence Jackson through stock.xchng.com )