Spring Break Activities

PEARSON AIR MUSEUM

Interactive walls & exhibits can keep youngsters busy while adults explore the incredible aircraft on site (some 1 or 2 of a kind), and take in the history of this oldest operating airfield in America. Docents on site provide tours.

Special areas for hands-on computer activities and hands-on flight demos. And there's also a new exhibit featuring a radio-controlled plane on a tether. It allows kids to experience the feel of controlling the plane’s speed, altitude, compass, etc, while sitting in a cockpit complete with pedals and controls. Tours are available for students as young as 4, but the ideal age (in terms of fascination quotient) seems to be 8-9 years old.

Family Fun Sundays (next April 21st - Spring is in the Air)

Hot air balloon demo’s (cleaner clothes bags & drinking straws make balloons they’ll inflate with a big hair dryer)
The balloons will rise 40-50 feet up. Also during Family Fun Sundays, there will be a hands-on craft and an edible treat kids can make and eat.

While in Vancouver, make a day of it! Pearson neighbors include Fort Vancouver and Vancouver Historical National Reserve.

KIDD’S TOY MUSEUM

Did you know that Fisher Price made wooden circus trains & jointed animals before the colorful plastic playthings for which they’re famous today? Anyone with an interest in toys - and especially their history, will want to make time for a visit to Kidd’s Toy Museum on SE Grand in Portland. Lifetime collector Mr. Frank Kidd started with vehicular toys - his father was an automotive professional. Toys date as early as 1840 and include banks, trains, planes & automobiles, character toys, railroad locks, and early Oregon memorabilia. The collection also features Mrs. Kidd’s teddy bears, dolls & holiday toys.

By necessity, its hands-off, but all toys are very visible, and fingerprints on the glass are expected. It's a popular destination for scout troops and school groups who go specifically to explore playthings from less politically correct times or toys that reflect how times have changed.

1301 SE Grand, north of Hawthorne.

Open M-F 9-5, Sat 8-noon.

Info 503-233-7807

WHALE WATCHING IN NEWPORT

Newport celebrates SPRING WHALE WATCH WEEK through March 30. The timing of Spring Break is perfect - it’s migrating season for tens of thousands of gray whales, spouting off the shores of Newport now through June. Nearly 23,000 whales will pass within a mile of shore during migration.During Whale Watch Week, volunteers will be stationed at about 30 popular whale-watching points along the Oregon Coast to help visitors spot migrating whales.
Word is, the season’s looking great for offspring!

In addition to great whale -spotting, visitors can learn all about these magnificent giants at Oregon’s best marine centers, located within a few miles of each other.

  • Yaquina Head Interpretive Center

  • Hatfield Marine Science Center

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium

    Finally, Marine Discovery Tours are doing cruises. Join the Discovery’s friendly team of naturalists on a 2-hour aquarium-style cruise program full of fun activities & lively narration.

    1-800-903-BOAT (2628)

    www.marinediscovery.com

    SPRING BREAK FUN AT MT HOOD MEADOWS & COOPER SPUR

    The resort offers three day spring break Kids Ski and Snowboard Camps Special as well as special Spring Break buses. Mt. Hood Meadows invites everyone to spend spring break on the mountain, and is offering incentives, special events & packages including a Kids Karnival this Saturday & Sunday. Highlights include festivities, contests, competitions and music, a giant snow castle that kids can actually walk up on, then slide down the side on inner tubes provided by the resort.

    For adults, there will be a “Mad Dash for the Pass” - a group race at 3:30 Saturday & Sunday, with the winner taking home a season pass for next year. Meadows will also host a three-day Spring Break Ski or Snowboard Camp from Monday through Wedesday. There is also a Ski camp is for kids ages 4-12 and a snowboard camp for kids 7-12. Each camp includes 3 days of instruction, lunch and all-day supervision.

    INFO 503-337-2222 x419

    Buses runs daily during Spring Break (usually only weekends in March) with picks-up at several Portland locations each morning, reaching the resort around 9 o'clock in the morning. Round-trip ride and lift ticket costs $50 for adults, $40 for kids 12 & under, and is available at GI Joe’s TicketMaster locations.

    Info 503-287-5438.

    AT COOPER SPUR

    This tends to be a more modest, family-friendly resort, about a 90 minutes from Portland-- 23 miles south of Hood River, on Cooper Spur Road. They'll be open for inner-tubing daily during Spring Break (usually only weekends in March).

    Cooper Spur is known for affordable skiing, snowboarding and inner-tubing, as well as learn-to-slide packages.
    Lift tickets are just $15 for adults, $10 for kids 14 & under - for the entire day. Tubing is $10, and includes rope tow uplift & inner tubes. Group rates are available. The base facility includes a restaurant lodge with indoor seating & an equipment rental shop.

    Info 541-352-7803

    www.cooperspur.com.

    BACK CLOSE TO HOME


    Hart’s Reptile World in Canby. Spring Break “Scale-abration” March 23-31, 11am-5pm daily. Visitors can view over 200 reptiles, including Binky the 18-ft python, Godzilla the alligator, and a variety of anacondas, cobras, monitors & turtles, to name a few. Reptile World is indoors & heated; admission is $5/ages 7 & up, $4/ages 3-6 yrs & free/ages 2 & under. For more info, call 503-266-7236.


    Check with your local Parks and Rec District for special Spring Break Camp programs, including horse camps, ski camps, zoo camp, sports and rec camps, and more. Also Spring Break Day Trips (Lake Oswego Parks & Rec), Free Family Arts Days (Beaverton Arts Commission) featuring hands-on art and musical activities, entertainment and more.

    Important note: If you find you’re unable to get your child into your ideal program, let that be a motivator to get going on summer camp programs NOW! The Summer Camp & Vacation Show is the ideal way to get started; it’s happening at the Convention Center Apr 6 & 7.

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