Ideas for Rainy Day Play

When it’s raining outside you may opt to break your routine by staying inside and taking on a special project…

(Green highlight indicates a completely free activity, event or location!)

Pajama Day:  If the outside weather is not inviting to you, you might consider deeming the day PJ day!  You can stay in cozy pajamas, read in bed, snuggle up on the couch, build structures or play games.

Baking or making playdoughConverge in the kitchen to bake a treat, a pot of soup and/or make a batch of homemade playdough.

Construction Time: Gather as many blocks, duplos, legos, stackable boxes or whatever you have to transform a play space into a major construction  zone.

Or you can head out…

Rain romp: Gear up in raincoats, boots & umbrellas for a neighborhood walk in the rain.  Find puddles, dripping downspouts and dry areas protected from trees or overhangs.  Consider the value of rain and all that the rain is providing.  Together you might wonder  what is getting wet when it rains, where animals find shelter from the wet and/or sing a few songs during your walk.  Having been out in the fresh air and rain, you may find coming home to a dry, warm house that much more rewarding.

After school hours you can access:

Abernethy School Covered Play Area: Stay dry while still enjoying fresh air and the outdoor sounds of the season. 2421 SE Orange | Portland, OR 97214

Buckman School Covered Play Area: Great spot for trikes and scooters!
320 SE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Belmont Library: Preschool Storytime every Friday at 11:30 am. Jane Cory, an annual guest at HFP, is the Belmont Library Youth Librarian.
1038 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
(503) 988-5382

Cafe au Play: Indoor play area blends into cafe seating. Outdoor play area has sand pit, playhouse, and lots of trikes to ride on concrete pad. Be aware there is no gate/fence and the south side of the playground is on busy SE Division St. No cost, but purchase of beverage and/or food. Weekly live performances with suggested donation. You can see upcoming events here: Cafe Au Play Calendar
5633 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206
(503) 894-8506

Hopworks Urban Brewery and Hopworks Bike Bar: Kid friendly restaurant and local brewpub. Kid’s play areas in both locations and one monthly event for kids. Tot Tuesday at the Brewery is the second Tuesday of every month. Tot Thursday at the Bike Bar is the second Thursday of every month.
Urban Brewery: 2944 SE Powell Blvd.
Bike Bar: 3047 N. Williams Ave.

Know Thy Food Cooperative’s Warehouse Cafe:  Kids events held every week. Suggested donation of $5 to support the artist/s performing. Check out their calendar for upcoming children’s entertainment: Warehouse Cafe Calendar
3434 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 206 5766

Ledding Library: Wonderful Children’s Book Section and almost daily story times for several age groups. Preschooler Storytimes (ages 3-5) are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am.
10660 SE 21st Ave, Milwaukie, OR 97222
(503) 786-7580

Lloyd Center: Down the escalator on the main floor there is a toddler play area next to the ice skating rink. Barnes and Noble hosts kids reading events ((503) 249-0800 for info) and also has a toy train kids area. Fun car stroller rentals available for some indoor cruising. More info about rink hours and classes for ages 3 and up: Lloyd Center Ice Skating Rink
953 Lloyd Ctr. Portland, OR 97232

OHSU Aerial Tram: Ride high in the sky but stay warm and dry. Children 6 and under ride free. Round-trip fare is $4.50. Hours of operation on the weekdays are 5:30am-9:30pm. Weekends open Saturday only, 9am-5pm. Tickets purchased at machines on lower platform, credit/debit ONLY. It is wise to avoid rush-hour commuter traffic and go Saturdays, or 10am-3pm and 6pm-9pm. Departures about every 6 minutes.
3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239

OMSI-Oregon Museum of Science and Industry: Upstairs children’s large indoor play zone is filled with science driven sections to entice observation skills while educating through play. Science/craft room with ever-changing projects for little hands. Attractions and displays on main floor change every few months. Permanent diverse exhibit also located on second floor. Submarine tours, Planetarium, Theatre, Special Events and Classes/Field Trips. Admission is $13.50 for Adult, $9.75 for Youth or Senior. Parking is $5. Memberships available. Check out upcoming events/classes here: OMSI Calendar
1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214
(503) 797-4000

Oregon Rail Heritage Center: A great non-profit locomotive museum conveniently located within blocks of OMSI and the new Orange Line Max. Exhibits about Oregon’s railroad history and several enormous steam engines parked inside and outside. Two large train tables for kids just to the right of the main entrance. On Saturdays only there is a short trip on the Oregon Pacific Railroad to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Admission is free, but donations are most welcome. Open Thursdays-Sundays 1pm-5pm.
2250 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR
(503) 233-1156

Pied Piper Cafe:
A place for parents and children to play while enjoying  food, coffee and adult drink options. Indoor and outdoor play areas are well-maintained, with toys rotated to keep it interesting for regular guests. Free wi-fi. $3 for one child and $2 for each sibling. There are also bulk and membership options. Offers a variety of live entertainment for children: Pied Piper Calendar
8609 SE 17th Ave., Portland, OR 97202
(503) 206-8780

Playdate Pdx:
Every Friday at 6:30 in the Dragon Theater there is a free puppet show. Food and drink menu includes adult beverage options. Large indoor play structure with slides and tunnels and air ball. Designated play area for toddlers. Adults free. Weekdays 3 and under $4, children ages 4 -12 are $8. Weekends and Holidays 3 and under $6, children 4-12 are $12. Many other special events listed on their website: Playdatepdx
1434 NW 17th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-PLAY

Portland Children’s Museum: Ever-changing guest exhibits and a multitude of interactive permanent exhibits. Camps and classes available. Admission is $10.75 for kids and adults, $9.75 for seniors and military, Access Admission for families with public assistance is $1 and children under 1 are free. Memberships available. You can see upcoming events here: Portland Children’s Museum Calendar
4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
(503) 223-6500

Red Yarn: Performs puppetry and folk music for kids at many Portland venues. Check out his website calendar for upcoming locations:  Red Yarn Calendar

Sellwood Community Center Open Play: MWF from 10:30-12:00 in the Indoor Playground, $1 Drop-In Fee. (practically free!)
1436 SE Spokane St, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 823-3195


One thought on “Ideas for Rainy Day Play

  1. Brooke McAvoy says:

    These are such great ideas! It is surprisingly difficult to entertain kids on a rainy day or a day where they can’t go play with friends. A pajama day would definitely be fun, so I think I will give this a try. Lately I’ve been looking into indoor play equipment, do you have any tips or information about this kind of thing?

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