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Things to do in Portland with a baby New 2020

Things to do in Portland with a baby

Amanda and Baby Willa

My friend Amanda lives with her husband and son and daughter in Portland, so she’s done this maternity leave thing twice. Once with Jed, and now that he’s in preschool, with baby Willa.

She’s done us the favor of laying out a plan for the week that offers a rainy day option for each day, because in Portland, you never know…

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  • Rainy Day: Book Babies at Sellwood-Moreland Library (11-11:30) followed by lunch at Grand Central Bakery (kids’ area in the back) at 7987 SE 13th Street
  • Sunny Day: Oregon Zoo ($9.50 for adults) – make sure to get animal-shaped French fries at the Africafe. Also check out the zoo concert series. You can bring a picnic dinner and hang out on the lawn.


  • Rainy Day: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry [OMSI] ($9 for adults) – go the Science Playground upstairs and visit the 0-24 month section or brave the sandbox.
  • Mommy Matinee at the Kennedy School ($3 at 1pm)
  • Sunny Day: Take a walk in the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden – Admission is free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Stop at the farm stand on 28th street just north of the Garden and buy some cracked corn to feed the ducks for $1.


  • Rainy Day: Moms and Babies Yoga class at Yoga Shala Southeast (10:30-12:00). Afterward, go with your new yoga friends to lunch at Urban Grind (22nd and NE Oregon) where they have a baby room in the back complete with swings, exersaucers and tons of toys.
  • Sunny Day: Play in the fountain at Jamison Square (10th and Johnson) and then walk around the Pearl District. Free WiFi and kid-friendly food with toys at SohBet Café 2710 N.


  • Rainy Day: Mamalates class (10:30-11:45) at The Yoga Space. Wendy also has a special pilates class for mamas who have had c-sections! Lunch at Old Wives Tales at 1300 E. Burnside or coffee and a sweet treat from Crema at 2728 SE Ankeny
  • Sunny Day: Go to a Farmer’s Market or do the work yourself and pick some berries out on Sauvie Island.


  • Rainy Day: Freedom Fridays at the Academy Theater (78th and Stark Street). Movies cost $3 and childcare is $5 per child. BiPartisan Café after the movie at 7901 SE Stark. Dinner at Gino’s Restaurant and Bar (8051 SE 13th) They give little ones a free bread, cheese, and apples appetizer while you wait for your food.
  • Sunny Day: Visit the International Rose Test Garden ”“ it is the city of roses after all. Grab a cupcake at Saint Cupcake if you’ve got your stroller (no highchairs).



  • Rainy Day: Southwest Community Center’s Family Swim (11:30-1:30) $5.75 for a drop in visit. Lunch at Peanut Butter and Ellie’s (across the street)
  • Sunny Day: Swimming at Sellwood Pool (beach entry) ”“ Parent/pre-school swim 11:30-12:50

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