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

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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Beaverton, Oregon
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20 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Every time I have taken my daughter here (and I know others) she has gotten sick. The last time I took her she got croup. There were kids coughing and sneezing, which is to be expected during flu season. But, I do not like getting me or my child sick if I can avoid it. I know other people that... More

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Portland, Oregon
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12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Free on First Friday 4-8pm is not as great as Free whenever you schedule it using a Cultural Pass from your local library. When I mentioned the Free First Friday idea to a friend that was visiting (with young children) she described it in her mind as ohh it'll be a germ fest. I had not thought about it that... More

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Kauai
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

3 yr old daughter had the best time and so did the adults. Lots of indoor outdoor play. So happy we decided to do this instead of OMSI. Right next to the zoo. Very healthy and cheap food we were so surprised -- not to mention big portions. If I lived closer to Portland I'd come once a week

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Medford, Oregon
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21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We kids enjoyed this museum. Even though it is not as big as other children's museums still is big enough to spend a good portion of the day. Specially, if the weather outside is not as you want it to be. There are a lot of activities for kids to do, to be engaged to. The only draw back is... More

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Philomath
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

I took my 3 y/o daughter to this museum on Father's Day. I was surprised it wasn't busy at all when we arrived which was really nice for her to be able to do a lot of activities without it being over crowded. I was impressed with all the stations/exhibits they had and my daughter was entertained for half the... More

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Oregon
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6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We have had a membership to the museum for many years, while it isn't a place you want to go frequently as it doesn't change enough, it is an enjoyable experience. I was not happy after renewing our annual membership to find that even though the website clearly stated that parking is included, you now have to pay to park... More

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Gresham, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is a great place for young kids with many interactive displays and events. They do camps in the summer for kids as well. I have a special attachment to this place because my daughter works there (she is in charge of many of the summer camps). They also have visiting local celebrities at times (Blazer players and such). If... More

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Portland, Oregon
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The day we went was so overcrowded. Even though it's a children's museum some stuff just seemed like playing with toys and other parts were all reading signs. A bit confusing on the age of their target audience.

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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I've been bringing my daughter and her friends here for the last couple of years. She is now four and a half and still has a blast. We go often and every few months my daughter's favorites seem to change. She really likes the play kitchen/store and these days she's more into the face painting and clay workshop. This is... More

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