Making a move can be hard on anyone, but for a single parent and their child, it’s almost always a huge adjustment. It can be difficult to know how to go about making sure your child is safe, comfortable, and happy in a new city, but doing so will help him excel at school and will give you peace of mind at the same time.
Fortunately, if you’re in the Portland area, there are tons of fun and educational things to do with your little one that will keep him entertained and open up his eyes about the benefits of living there. From museums to sports to shopping to sweets, Portland is packed full of awesome things to do and places to visit with a young person, and you may even be able to help him socialize at the same time.
Below you’ll find some of the best places to explore in the Portland area, as well as tips on how to make the day an unforgettable one.
Find the best deals
Most single parents are on a tight budget, but there are apps designed to help you keep your wallet intact. Download Chinook Book for access to over a hundred deals around the Portland area, then treat your kiddo and yourself to a fun night out without feeling guilty about it.
Head to a museum
Museums are great places for kids to get some hands-on learning in, and they’ll enjoy this one no matter how old they are. Chock full of cool exhibits, activities like archery, and seasonal events, the Portland Children’s Museum is the perfect way to spend an afternoon or even to have a birthday party, if you’re looking for a place.
When the weather is nice, Portland has a ton of things to offer that can be done outdoors. Getting outside and walking around for a bit is a great way to spend quality time with your child while getting in some exercise. Try the Portland Saturday Market–a combination arts and crafts show and bazaar, where you can see live music shows and support local artists–or Washington Park, which boasts a zoo and beautiful gardens. Pack a picnic lunch and fill the day with a little adventure! You can take the worry out of your exploration by making sure everything is taken care of at home; consider hiring a dog-walker to come and feed and let your pet out so you can spend the day having a good time.
Have a backup plan
Because Portland’s weather can be a bit wet, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan when you want to go out. Look for places that will give you and your kiddo shelter and offer up some fun at the same time, such as museums, movie theaters, art galleries, and amusement parks. Try Oaks Park, where you can head to the skating rink for some old-fashioned fun! You can also think outside the box a bit and find some interesting activities, such as touring a submarine.
You can also head to the library, where there’s a good chance your little one will find some kids his age to play with and talk to. Helping him get socialized in a new city will build his confidence and may help him thrive in school.
Getting used to a new city can be a big change for you and your child, but with a little planning and a positive attitude, you can both find ways to love Portland and have fun at the same time.
Guest blog written by Daniel Sherwin.