If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating a birthday in the spring or summer, how about planning an epic outdoor adventure party? There are plenty of unique and exciting options in the Portland area, sure to please any interest and group. Scroll down for our top picks!

Oregon Dream Ponies

photo: Oregon Dream Ponies via FB

While you’d need to trek to Newberg for this venue, you’re sure to please your birthday guest of honor and their friends! Their Lesson Style Pony Party hosted by Cowboy Bob and Cowgirl Kim brings together fun and learning to allow children to learn horse safety and practice grooming. Then each child is provided with an equestrian helmet to ride a pony with a set of play-based activities. The party includes time at a covered picnic table area.

4-8 children 30 minute lesson $55 each
16725 NE Hillside Dr, Newberg
(503) 710-2092
Online: oregondreamponies.com

Oaks Park

photo: Oaks Park via FB

For little thrill seekers, head to Oaks Park, which offers party packages for eight children, including ride bracelets, roller skating admission and skates, a reserved birthday table, ice cream, cotton candy, soda, photos with Chipper the Squirrel, and a special gift for the birthday person! They also offer mini golf packages for your pint-sized putter, if that’s more your speed.

Rides Package $215
Mini Golf Package $100
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Online: oakspark.com

Bella Organics

photo: Bella Organic Farm via FB

If your birthday boy or girl loves both farms and rides, combine the two by visiting Bella Organics! Each party includes a ride on the grain train or cow train around the farm. Take a spin through the pumpkin patch and corn fields, then pick your own pints of berries or vegetables before settling in to reserved picnic tables to enjoy snacks (bring your own, or purchase onsite). Party bookings are available mid-June – September 30. Each party includes one fresh fruit platter and one veggie platter for 30 people, and one u-pick pint per child.

$150 for 15 children
16205 NW Gillihan Rd.
Online: bellaorganic.com

Trackers Portland

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Cupid isn’t the only one good at shooting a bow and arrow, you can too! Trackers Portland’s Archery parties feature experienced instructors to assist everyone in safely using archery gear at the range. Plus, the party area with tables and chairs is the perfect spot to take a cake break. Archery is best for ages 7 and above.

$149 for 10 guests
4617 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Online: trackerspdx.com

Kruger’s Farm

photo: Magalie L'Abbe via flickr

Old McDonald had…an urban farmer-themed birthday party at Kruger’s Farm! Hang out with chickens, Matilda the pig, and pick your own pint of berries (included in the party package), all while roaming around this Sauvie Island farm. This open-sky party will surely be memorable for kids of any age.

$150 for 15 children
17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
Online: krugersfarm.com

Oregon Zoo

photo: Josua Smith via flickr

For a birthday party that will not soon be forgotten, head to the Oregon Zoo. Let your little animal lover celebrate their special day with the elephants, lions and all the little monkeys they call friends. The party package includes zoo admission for the birthday child, party room (in the Sunset Room) for two hours and standard set up of tables and chairs. The room has a maximum capacity of 30 people.

Enhance your Zoo party with catering (15 person minimum) that includes pizza, drinks and assorted cookies. An animal expert will also introduce the party to each animal, provide natural history information and answer questions. Types of mammals, reptiles and arthropods that may enhance your event include rabbits, desert tortoises and ball pythons.

When you’re all done with your cake, head outside to explore 62 acres crawling (and swimming, flying, swinging, and slithering) with animals.

$500 for non-members. $475 for members.
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Online: oregonzoo.org


What’s your favorite outdoor birthday spot? Spill the beans in the comments!

—April Hasson


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