Moving can be a fun and exciting time, but it can also put stress on a family. At You Move Me in Portland, Oregon we have taken the time to think about ways to make moving with kids fun and simple. We have compiled a moving checklist, complete with local activities that you may not know about yet.
1. Research your new area
Learn as much as you can about your new community. Here are some fun activities for kids in Portland:
Portland Children’s Museum - The Portland Children’s Museum is not just your average museum; every exhibit strongly encourages playing.
OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) - OMSI is science in action. They have real lab experiences, a planetarium and a submarine.
The Oregon Zoo - The Oregon Zoo is a 64 acre zoo. Two litters of lions were recently born there, and it’s home to “Packy” the elephant!
Providence Park - Make sure to catch a soccer game. We are the proud home of the Portland Timbers.
2. Visit your new home and neighborhood
If you are able, take the kids to your new house. Spend the day doing a walkthrough, discuss which room will be his or hers, and let them tell you how they envision arranging their furniture. Once you’ve gone through the house, walk around the neighborhood and surrounding area. Find your local library on the public library website and end the tour there. Or, if your child will be attending a new school, end your visit with a tour of the school.
3. Emphasize the new adventures moving can bring
Along with a new home, moving can bring exciting new adventures, places to explore and things to get involved in. Share some of these fun ideas with your kids to get them excited about their new environment.
- Portland Farmers Market
- The Rose Festival Junior Parade
- Outdoor activities in the beautiful Japanese Garden.
4. Pack a “Treasure Box”
While packing, give your child a moving box that they can decorate (if they are younger) to pack all of the things they want to take in the car with them. They’ll have access to all of their favorite things, even if it’s just a short drive across town. This is also a great way to make comfort items accessible upon arrival at their new home.
5. Grab a bite to eat
A great way to start off your first night in your new place is to go somewhere you haven’t been before. Here are some of our favorite local places:
- Food Carts - Portland is known for its food carts. Walk the streets of your new community and find one of the many great food carts to stop at.
- Laughing Planet has healthy options and toys for the kids.
- Famous Dave’s BBQ - It’s BBQ…and its famous.
- Slappy Cakes, because what’s better than a little breakfast for dinner?