Fun Family Winter Weekend in Southern Maine

Fun Family Winter Weekend in Southern Maine

Fun Family Winter Weekend in Southern Maine

If you are from Maine you probably know – once winter sets in life can get a bit weary.  This is especially true for kids when the weather isn’t cooperative to let them get out and play they can get a little stir crazy.  A few weeks ago we headed down to spend a night in the Portland area and I decided to share a list of things to do for a fun family winter weekend in southern Maine.

Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine

Fun Family Winter Weekend in Southern Maine

Are you looking for a day out with a focus on the kids?  Stop by the Children’s Museum and be entertained.  Visit the various exhibits and move from floor to floor in a hands on learning environment.  Milk a cow, fix a car, fight a fire or play on the playscape.  Hours of fun are waiting for you.  The Museum is located at 142 Free Street.  Take a look at the website for current operating hours and pricing.  

Our kids (ages 6 and 5) had a blast – we spent close to 3 hours at the museum and they could have stayed longer. 

***We received complimentary admission, all opinions are my own***

Get Air Trampoline Park 

Fun Family Winter Weekend in Southern Maine

Are you looking for a way to exercise off the energy?  Stop by the Get Air Trampoline Park located at 921 Riverside Street.  Visit the website for current hours and pricing.  Don’t worry about your smaller kids getting trampled – they can hang out in the under 46″ area.  

We played for an hour and the kids were hot and tired by the end.  They really enjoyed the Ninja Course and just bouncing around.

***We received complimentary admission, all opinions are my own***

Visit Portland Head Light

Fun Family Winter Weekend in Southern Maine

Walk around in the park or visit the museum.  While it is cold in winter if you bundle up the view is worth it!  Visit their website for hours and pricing information.

Visit the Portland Public Library

Check out the Programs and Events for Children and Families and you are sure to find something almost every day of the week.  Get out of the house and break the boredom.

Head to the Maine Mall

Visit the mall and do some shopping, walk around, ride the carousel, or have ice cream.  

Cross Insurance Arena

Keep an eye out for family friendly shows that come to the Cross Insurance Arena.  In January you can catch Disney on Ice (find more information with a ticket giveaway happening until 12/23/16 here).

Holiday Related Fun

Polar Express

Fun Family Winter Weekend in Southern Maine

 Join the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad as they celebrate Christmas with a ride on the Polar Express.  Come in your pajamas and delight in experience.  Drink hot cocoa and eat sugar cookies as you regaled with a reading of the Polar Express before meeting the big man himself!  

Our kids had a lot of fun and enjoyed the train ride and having Santa walk through the train car and talk to each child.  This is the largest annual fundraiser for the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum so its fun for a great cause.  Check dates and buy tickets here.

L.L. Bean Northern Lights Celebration
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This free event runs from late November until December 31st each year in Freeport and is a lot of fun.  The schedule of events is the same pretty much every weekend with a few added events on specific weekends.  Meet Santa, pat his reindeer, view the Northern Lights or head out on a horse drawn carriage ride.  There is plenty to do and see and the Christmas lights are spectacular.  If you are in the area this is definitely worth a stop.  The kids enjoyed meeting Santa and seeing a baby reindeer when we visited this year.

 

These are just a few of the fun things to do in the Portland area with your kids this winter – do you have a favorite?  If so share in the comments and I will update my article to include it.

 

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