What to Do with Kids in Portland, Maine

Headed to Maine this summer? Stop in Portland, the city in southern Maine known for its food and culture—the whole family will love it.

Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine




From inventive performances like Robert Louis Stevenson’s Child’s Garden of Verses poems brought to life to a kid-sized rock wall, the Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine offers a wide variety of experiences and fun geared at children six months to ten years. With a goal of inspiring imagination and discovery, this museum is a must-see for families.

Mayo Street Arts


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With a commitment to community, this center for the arts is a culturally diverse spot for introducing kids to all sorts of artistic performances. From puppetry to hip-hop to theater, Mayo Street Arts always has something interesting going on. Check their events calendar for interesting shows like Down Under Dream Time and The Abandoned Doll for family fun.

Portland Pirates


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Love ice hockey? Then Portland can deliver—Portland’s own American Hockey League team plays 38 regular season games at home beginning in October. They have all the body checking, hat tricking fun that hockey fans can appreciate.

Portland Sea Dogs


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October too far away? Well, how about some baseball? The Portland Sea Dogs are a Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, which means that you could be watching guys play who’ll soon be playing under the shade of the Green Monster.

Venture A Little Beyond Portland

Funtown Splashtown – Whether you love coasters or crave the wet thrill of waterslides, Funtown Splashtown in Saco is a family amusement park that’s close to Portland and packed with the things big goofy smiles are made of.

L.L Bean – A little north of Portland is L.L. Bean’s campus in Freeport, which is a picturesque place for shopping and so much more. Be sure to check out the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School for courses and adventure opportunities—such as fly fishing tutorials and kayaking trips.

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