10+ Ideas for Portland-Area Spring Break Fun with Kids

Many lucky Portlanders are heading toward sunnier pastures over the next few days for Spring Break. But for those of us who are staying behind in our rainy little haven, there is still plenty to do to pass the time over these no-school days. (PPS is out March 25-29 this year.) Here are some ideas for Portland-area Spring Break fun with your kids.

Whale watching weekFrom March 23 to March 31, people from all over come to learn about gray whales as they migrate past the Oregon Coast. Trained volunteers will help visitors at 24 sites along the Pacific Northwest Coast as about 30 gray whales per hour migrate past.

Go for a swim. If it’s going to be wet, may as well get wet on purpose. Portland Parks and Recreation’s pools often have some extra open swims during spring break. Their schedule will be posted online as the break gets closer. Or try the slides, wave pool and toddler area at North Clackamas Aquatic Park; our managing editor gives the inside scoop and some tips here.

Volunteer. Store to Door is hosting  a family volunteering event on Saturday, March 30 where you can make cards for homebound seniors. You can also find another volunteer project that fits your family’s needs.

Get out into nature. With spring here, this is the perfect time to get into nature. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is hosting three Spring Break Exploration Days, with activities and crafts about animal tracks, frogs and pelts and skulls! You can also take your budding naturalist on nature walks all over town – like Leach Botanical Garden’s honeybee hike, PP&R’s ladybug nature walk or Tryon Creek‘s nature walk opportunities.

Treat yourself. Try a doughnut or ice cream at one of these spots that won in our reader poll for best sweet treats.

Get creative. The Craft Factory is offering extended hours and daily deals all week for your little crafters. Or you can find another arts and craft studio here (be sure to check their hours; some of these studios may be hosting Spring Break camps.) Looking to build, not craft? Head to Bricks and Minifigs for a scavenger hunt (every day), a Lego guessing game, and in-store building.

Go by train . . . or tram. Hop on Trimet’s Orange Line to explore Milwaukie, Westmoreland Park, The Oregon Rail Heritage museum, OMSI, Tilikum Crossing, shopping, restaurants and lots more. Or take the kids on the Portland Aerial Tram (perfect weather not required).

Visit a museum. Print out a page from our Kids Heart Museums special section and get exploring! On a budget? Visit on one of these reduced admission days.

Save some money on thrills at Oaks Park. You know it’s spring when the Oaks Park midway opens back up! They are offering special Spring Break hours and discounts on rides and roller skating.

Check out something cool at the library. And not just books. There are many events going on over Spring Break, including music, crafts, science and more! And yes, they’re all free!

Smell the… tulips? The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival begins March 23. Take a ride on the cow train, bounce on the bounce houses, and enjoy the beauty of acres of tulips.

Posted on March 24, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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MJ’s Comments Regarding the Current Market

 

 

Currently the market is in a “rebalancing” position. Think of it as a “market cooling.” Even though the economic fundamentals are strong – there is tight credit, greater down payment and no speculation in the market place. This is very different than the 2007 downturn which shared none of these fundamentals. If a home is priced correctly it will sell.

Posted on February 7, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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Portland Heights Sophisticate


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Light and Bright in Greenhills | $1,775,000

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Home for the Holidays in Council Crest | 4119 SW Tualatin Avenue

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Home for the Holidays | 4192 SW Greenleaf

Spend the holidays in a classic colonial on Greenleaf Drive. Enjoy spacious formal rooms with a fireplace, sip hot cocoa in the eat-in kitchen and cozy family room, rest in the quiet master suite with a spa-like bathroom. Keep guests happy in the additional bedroom suite with garden views. For more information on how you can come home to this fabulous property click here.

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Open Saturday 12.8 from 12-2 PM | 662 NW Melinda

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 9:46 pm
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Million-dollar Homes Grow More Common in Portland Metro

Million-dollar homes are still rare in metro Portland, but their share of the market has more than tripled in five years, according to the real estate website Trulia.

About 1 in 40 homes hit that threshold in the Portland area in 2018, Trulia said, up from 1 in 125 in 2013.

And while nearly all major metros are seeing an increase in million-dollar homes as prices rise across the nation, the shift has been more dramatic in Portland.

In 2013, Portland ranked 42 out of the 100 largest metros in its share of homes valued over $1 million. In 2018, it had climbed to No. 28.

Home prices in the Portland area have climbed 47 percent since 2013, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index. The median home price topped $400,000 for the first time this year, according to the Regional Multiple Listing Service.

In the Bay Area, million-dollar homes have become the norm. The median San Francisco home value is $1.3 million, according to Trulia, and 81 percent of homes cost more than $1 million.

About 13 percent of Seattle-area homes are priced over $1 million. The median home price there is $565,000.

— Elliot Njus

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503-294-5034
@enjus

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 11:40 pm
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Entertain in Style this Thanksgiving

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Council Crest Georgian Estate

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