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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 #25 of 309 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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Tucson, Arizona
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215 reviews 215 reviews
47 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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Vancouver, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Our 5 year old loved this, but our 8 year old felt it was too young for her. It is a great set up and really geared for ages 2-5/6. On a side note, I really appreciated their great recycling program, the cafeteria that offered a fantastic & healthy selection for both kids and parents.

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York, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

An outdoor area opened this spring, We could not get my grandchildren ages 5,3 and1 inside the museum because they were having so much fun outside! The water features were their favorite. We did eventually make it inside for more water fun and a lot of other activities, Spent a lot of time in the clay creation room, fun for... More

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