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Portland Children's Museum

4015 SW Canyon Road, Lair Hill Park, Portland, OR 97201
503-223-6500
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Ranked #26 of 310 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums
Owner description: Make a splash in Water Works; move "dirt" in the Dig Pit; direct a show in Play It Again Theater; scan items from your kid-sized cart in Grasshopper... more » Owner description: Make a splash in Water Works; move "dirt" in the Dig Pit; direct a show in Play It Again Theater; scan items from your kid-sized cart in Grasshopper Grocery; create a masterpiece in our Clay Studio and The Garage, our recycled art studio. Hear stories under a Treehouse, grab a snack at Caterpillar Cafe, sing to weekly musicians and check out our ever-changing traveling exhibit! Welcome to the place Where Imagination Lives! « less
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Monza, Italy
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I'd say this museum would be best suited for children from 1-6/7 years of age. It's got a lot of hands on activities that can really keep them occupied for hours (a number of memorable "stations" were: a stage where they can put on shows, pottery making area, "machine/gadget" making area, water play both in and outside, a tree house,... More

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King George, VA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The museum is essentially a giant multi-faceted playground (and that's underselling it). The workers were great and had the right attitudes. Loved the "go and play" perspective of the museum, not afraid to let children explore and make messes. Could have easily spent 3-4 hours there. Many different areas with many different play options. Highly recommended.

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Tucson, Arizona
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225 reviews 225 reviews
50 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Besides an entrance fee, there is now a $1.80 per hour parking fee. No new activity has been added to the museum, the old stuff is getting really old. Most is really boring for any kid over 5. There are not enough things to share. It gets easily overcrowded. Some areas seemed to be closed for classes. The face painting... More

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Vancouver Island
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

One of the best children's facilities I have ever been to. Our children were entertained for many hours and the facility staff were polite and helpful, conveniently located adjacent to the Oregon Zoo

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Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This children's museum was fun for the kids (5 and 3), but lacked the excitement, scale, and variety of others we have seen, particularly St. Louis. We spent a couple hours here whereas the kids would have been content to spend the whole day in other kids museums.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We took our grandchildren aged 1 and 8 to this most unusual museum on a recent holiday in Portland it provides a safe environment to play with craft materials, play shops, blow giant bubbles , climb trees play in streams and very shallow water both children enjoyed there time there and when asked the older child said it was there... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was our second visit to the Portland Children's Museum. We had visited 2 years ago on a family vacation, and since we were back in Portland this year, we decided to take my 4 year old daughter again. It was another wonderful visit. We spent a lot of time playing with my daughter in all the hands on exhibits,... More

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Montevideo, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The Children's Museum itself was a nice place, but it was definitely geared for children ages 6 and younger. My 9 year old was bored after the first 15 minutes and we felt like we had spent the admission money for nothing. A great variety of activities for younger children, though.

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Portland, Oregon
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14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

What a great addition to the Children's Museum! I love the opportunity for kids to climb a tree as I so enjoyed doing this as a kid. Then there is the woven structure that looks like an outdoor shelter. Way cool to explore.....

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Upland, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Looking for something to do with a 6 and 4 year old. Great place to spend 2 to 3 hours. Lots of entertaing hands on sections to go thru.

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