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“Happy kids”

Portland Children's Museum
Ranked #33 of 464 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Specialties A museum's name tells you a lot about what it treasures. You hear the name--art museum, history museum, automobile museum--and you immediately know what you'll find there: objects, rare and wonderful; encounters with the unusual; beauty for beauty's sake. The specifics differ, but in each case, the collection takes center stage. Our name shows what we treasure, too, and it tells you how we're different. We're a museum that doesn't act like a museum because our audience--children and the adults who care for them--is more important to us than anything we collect. Indeed, our audience is the essential component that gives our exhibits meaning. Instead of investing in precious objects, we use familiar materials to craft priceless opportunities for children to learn through play. Our approach is inspired by the early childhood schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy; built on inquiry-based learning strategies; and influenced by a strong image of children as intelligent, creative, and resourceful. History Established in 1946. In 1946 visionary Portlander, Dorothea Lensch, founded the "Junior Museum and Adventure House," as part of Portland Parks and Recreation. Lensch, who served as Portland's recreation director from 1937 to 1972, was particularly dedicated to meeting the needs of Portland's underserved communities. She developed innovative programs for children with special needs and for economically disadvantaged families, a legacy that lives on in our mission and core values. We moved to our current location in Washington Park in 2001, thanks to the incredible efforts of our partners including the Rotary Club of Portland and Portland Parks and Recreation. Our new building, the former home of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), is five times larger than the one we left behind, allowing us to expand our programs and add a school. In 2014 we completed Outdoor Adventure, opening new kinds of exploration and discovery to our community. We now host over 313,000 visitors every year.
Reviewed 20 June 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 that now you have to pay to park. But it looks like this is done by the City of Portland. Give a try, you might enjoy seeing your kids having fun.

Thank Henry B
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"water play"
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"water room"
in 16 reviews
"water works"
in 9 reviews
"vet clinic"
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"clay studio"
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"outdoor adventure"
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"fun place for kids"
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"all ages"
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"young ones"
in 6 reviews
"rainy day"
in 15 reviews
"older kids"
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"great for kids"
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"different areas"
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"year olds"
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"couple of hours"
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"a lot of fun"
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"washington park"
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

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 day easily. She enjoyed the water area the most.

Although we had a great experience I wouldn't want to go on a day that it was busy, the hallways are narrow, the exhibits small for large crowds.

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Reviewed 15 June 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 even if you are a member of both the museum and the zoo. BUMMER and now makes it even more reason not to go and I will NOT be renewing our membership. The museum itself could be kept cleaner for little hands and mouth but it is a full day of fun for the younger set. It is a bit overcrowded on the weekends so kids don't get to do as many hands on things. The special events like the clay studio need to be open more hours to serve the guests but all in all if you can hit it right and look at the schedule of events and times online then you can make a fun day out of it. The restroom DEFINITELY need to be kept much cleaner

Thank TravelingTrioOregon
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Reviewed 7 June 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 you have young kids, and want a fun place for them to visit (or even leave them for a short time), this is the place to go in Portland.

Thank Fred R
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Reviewed 28 May 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.

Thank KillaMommaBear
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