But you know what? Sometimes my kids drive me crazy when we go to the Portland Children's Museum or some of the other things that we do on rainy afternoons. And sometimes they drive me crazy when we go to Powell's Bookstore.
But that doesn't mean we can't have a day of fun and adventure without going crazy. We definitely definitely have more fun together. Quite honestly, they don't ever drive me crazy the way some parents' kids drive them crazy...my kids don't throw fits. They don't do what they aren't supposed to do. Actually, the things that drive me crazy aren't that bad,really...I mean they only drive me a little nuts when they want to go to the same sushi place every time we go out. Or when they want to read a million books at Target.
But hey, sometimes you just gotta do something in the city without your kids making you feel like biting off all your fingernails. I get it. I have a brother who just about drove my mother mad. We can't all get kids are so well behaved...although, I am pretty sure those kids don't exist. Anywho, here are three fun activities to do with kids in Portland when it's raining.
This place is ideal for the work-at-home parent. The indoor playground is safe enough to allow your children to go off and play on their own, yet big enough that you don't feel squished. There are three or four levels, a ball-cannon section, slides, and gym equipment for your kids to wear themselves out on.
I love this place because it allow me to grab a bottomless cup of decaf and get to work using their free wi-fi connection. It's literally a home office with a playground. Of course, you should only feel comfortable working here if your kids are behaved...meaning they should know how to say yes, no, please, thank you, excuse me, and to get an adult if something is wrong. They should also know not to leave the building. If that is all good, then you and your kids will love this place.
The cost is steep, so I recommend buying a punch card because it will save you a ton of cash. Also you should avoid this place like the plague on the weekends because all of those parents who send their kids off to school on the weekdays, also also bring them here on the weekends. Oh geez, did I say that out loud? You passive Portland parents know who you are...with you ill-mannered children and cellphone addicted eyes.
Anyways, go here on the weekdays. You can go in an play with your kids too, which is super fun too. It's actually a great way to play with your kids.
Whomever said you can't enjoy a lunch outside on a rainy day has never dined out at Director's Park. Director's Park is home to the Teacher's Fountain in downtown Portland that has a beautiful fountain that is filled up through summer and fall. And even if you go when the water isn't in the fountain, you can stop by Director's Park for lunch at Elephants in the Park (or Elephant's Deli half a step away).
And while you are dining under the transparent cover of the rooftop, your kids and you can splosh in the puddles and dance in the rain.
Oh and guess what? They also have free wi-fi outside for days that you might need to just stream a documentary outside in the beautiful world. Hahahahaha
A lot of the time a hike is just what everybody needs to get in the spirit love to hike from Washington Park, at the base near Providence park, to the Zoo through to the trail that leads you to OHSU's air tram, which you take down to the bottom.
Eat lunch at Bambuza. And then hike on through downtown Portland to the mall, the bookstore...make it an active day.