You wake up and it’s Saturday—hooray—finally the weekend! You can sleep in and relax before your day gets started, but then the kids run in. They want to know the plan for the day.
You tell them to give you a few minutes to rise and lead them to the kitchen for breakfast. Then you hop on the Internet for some ideas because nothing is coming to mind.
Not to fret; we’ve got you covered. Here are five ways to spend your time together this summer and come away with memories to last a lifetime.
Picnic in the Park
The park might be a place you regularly head and that’s because parents and kids alike can find hours of enjoyment here. But today, switch things up. Explore a new park. Have you ever been to Laurelhurst Park? That’s a great choice. There you will find play areas, basketball courts, off-leash dog areas, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and miles of walking and bicycling paths.
So, pack a picnic and don’t forget some toys and maybe even the dog, and you’ll have hours of fun in the sun at this 31-acre park located off SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd and Stark Street.
Is Laurelhurst Park in walking distance and a place you often frequent? Then try Washington Park this time. This park is without a doubt a Portland staple, so if you haven’t been, today is just the day.
Yes, most people know you can find the international Rose Test Garden right next to the amphitheatre where you may just come upon a concert, but did you also know you can find:
● Free, first-come-first-serve archery range
● Hoyt Arboretum, featuring over 2,000 species of trees and plants
● Various memorials including the Oregon Holocaust Memorial
● World Forestry Center
● And much more
Think a park is just a park? Not when you live near Portland, Oregon?
Visit the Oregon Zoo
Haven’t been to the zoo in a while? Now is the perfect time to head over; you can even take the TriMet straight there.
The newest zoo members include a 31-year-old female harbour seal who arrived in late May from Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. She is easy to spot as her fur coat is browner than the others. And, on June 20, five lemurs can now be seen in the private area.
Can’t make it to the zoo today? Then check out their calendar and align your next visit with some added fun like the mountain goat feeding at 10 a.m., chimpanzee feeding at 2 p.m., big cat care at 11 a.m., and much more.
Looking for something really special? Sign up for Oregon Zoo’s Family Camperoo on August 11-12 when you can camp on the grounds, eat s’mores among the animals, and awake to a cacophony of elephants, lions, and birds.
Face Off in a Mini-Golf Competition
Take a scenic drive over to Wilsonville this afternoon and spend the day at Bullwinkle’s. For just $9 per person, you can choose from one of two 18-hole miniature golf courses and have hours of fun.
Is your family competitive? Pair up and make it more of a challenge.
Looking for something more once your game is complete? Then it’s a good thing you’re at Bullwinkle’s. Head inside to the arcades or enjoy the summer weather as you race go-karts, the battle at bumper boats, or perfect your pre-season swing in the batting cages.
Save even more money before go and buy discounted passed online.
Spend the Day at Lost Lake
Want to get out of town, but not drive too far? Head to Lost Lake where you can camp for the night if you’re feeling extra adventures, or just spend a day on the water with the kids. And you don’t even have to own a boat.
Make your first stop Lost Lake Resort and you can rent rowboats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, or pedal boats either by the hour or for the entire day.
Not a water person? You can rent a fishing pole and try your luck from the shore, or choose from any number of nearby hiking trails that match your desire and skill level as they range from ¼ mile to over 100 miles in length.
It’s said, “mother nature went the extra mile when it came to Lost Lake.” Now, it’s time to see if it lives up to its name.
Wade in the Wave Pool
There are plenty of local pools around town and it’s a great way to beat the heat and spend a fun family day, but why not take it up a notch this time. Head to the North Clackamas Aquatic Park and experience Oregon’s largest wave pool.
In Oregon, the beach is too cold to swim without a wetsuit and the lake it too mellow for some, but you don’t have to travel out-of-state to catch a wave. At this aquatic centre, the waves turn on at regular intervals between noon and 4 p.m. during the week and noon to 6 p.m. each weekend through September 3.
Do you prefer lap swimming or need a smaller section for the littlest members of your pack? You can find it all at this one location, as well as water slides and a hot tub. If you want to visit regularly, they offer swim lessons and water aerobics classes as well.
Summer is a season where, when we can, we want to get outside and enjoy all that Oregon has to offer. Here, you’ll find no shortage of family fun!