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.
Family Fun Sundays (next April 21st - Spring is in the Air)
While in Vancouver, make a day of it! Pearson neighbors include Fort Vancouver and Vancouver Historical National Reserve.
KIDDS TOY MUSEUM
Did you know that Fisher Price made wooden circus trains & jointed animals before the colorful plastic playthings for which theyre famous today? Anyone with an interest in toys - and especially their history, will want to make time for a visit to Kidds 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. Kidds 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.
WHALE WATCHING IN NEWPORT
Newport celebrates SPRING WHALE WATCH WEEK through March 30. The timing of Spring Break is perfect - its 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.
In addition to great whale -spotting, visitors can learn all about these magnificent giants at Oregons best marine centers, located within a few miles of each other.
Finally, Marine Discovery Tours are doing cruises. Join the Discoverys friendly team of naturalists on a 2-hour aquarium-style cruise program full of fun activities & lively narration.
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.
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 Joes TicketMaster locations.
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).
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Important note: If you find youre 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; its happening at the Convention Center Apr 6 & 7.