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Portland Children's Museum, Portland

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  • Upon entering, we were struck by the small size and somewhat homemade feel of the museum. We've been to similarly billed places in other cities that were much grander and more impressive upon first gl...  more »
  • My daughter has brought us here three times with our small grandchildren. EACH time they have such a wonderful time...especially enjoying the water portion of the museum . My youngest granddaughter re...  more »
  • We took our 3 year old granddaughter and 7 year old grandson to this museum.They both enjoyed themselves, and their favorite part was the water play and the workshop where my grandson built a birdhous...  more »
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  • I guess I expected something different for a children's museum... the ones we have in Vermont are more like OMSI (which I can recommend) and others I have been to are set up better, more aesthetically pleasing, and have more to do at them. I can see toddlers & maybe a bit older enjoying this stuff for a while (we brought a 6-year-old & a 4-year-old & they were not impressed for long), but it just wasn't interesting & we won't be going back. Most of it was make-believe stuff which we don't need to go to a museum to experience (grocery store, train engine, veterinarian area, boat... tho I can picture some of those sounding good, they weren't for us). The only thing that I found to be cool at all was a big Light Bright type board. It was super duper loud and children were running around paying zero attention to what they were doing or who they were running into/knocking over. I get that they're kids, I have 4 of them myself, but consideration for others should really be observed in a place like this. They have planned activities throughout the day and we tried to check out two of them but changed our mind upon seeing the unruly crowds at them. We did not explore the outside area and perhaps that is awesome, but it's not worth the admission to find out. Oh, & speaking of the admission: adults really shouldn't have to pay to get in here as there is nothing remotely interesting for them to do. Paying over $40 for the mediocre & frustrating time that we had was definitely not worth it. The cafe was awesome, tho. The food and coffee were great and they have a really good selection of healthy foods, many of which adults actually want to eat.
  • Was a group visit with our district pre-school school program! End of year event! The place was super busy and shoulder to shoulder space. Parents were chasing kids everywhere and my daughter was literally split away from my hands because of kids pushing and parents pushing their way through the halls between the different zones. She was in tears and scared. Many of the special rooms were not open to people and those that were had "full" signs on them and only one employee managing it. every time I can by to check in they still were full. The one saving grace for us was the tree area and the vet space which were not as busy.... I am glad this trip was financially covered by the district. With summer coming I was hoping to have found a fun place to escape heat....I won't pay hard earned money to experience that kind of frustration! I would have complained had it been on my dime glad that wasn't the case :( supper disappointed
  • Fantastic place for little ones. Tons of indoor and outdoor activities including cars & trains, a pet hospital, grocery shopping, construction area, bouldering wall, water center, and more. Hours of fun can be had here. Great for birthday parties.
  • I had a few hours to kill with my 5.5yo and 1.5yo on a Saturday while my wife was at a bridal shower. We've done the zoo, we've done OMSI, and I was looking for something different and a little less expensive, because my kids tend to lose interest pretty quick. We've been to several children's museums, but this was by far - THE BEST. The exhibits were so well done, and it seemed there were endless activities and interactive exhibits here. The fact that they even have a huge outside portion was a real plus. My 5.5yo told me that he wants to go there every time we visit Portland.
  • Would usually be a 5 but there was a lot of construction and changes going on. Love this place though. There's a water play area, theatre, clay, outside activites, so much to do! Also a little cafe to get some snacks.

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For easy foot access to Portland's best shopping, dining, and entertainment, stay in or around the downtown area, connected to the rest of the city by light rail. This compact and busy part of Portland contains the highest concentration of hotel rooms in the city, allowing you to explore options ranging from boutique properties to big chains. Thanks to Portland's convenient transportation system, you can also choose a less expensive motel or bed and breakfast in one of the outlying neighborhoods, and still be within minutes of most major tourist attractions.
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