Blush Beauty Bar

Elk Rock Garden at the Bishop’s Close

11800 SW Military Ln

Any sixth grader who’s read The Secret Garden will fall under the spell of the fantastical Elk Rock Garden. Gifted to the Diocese of Oregon in 1959, the 13-acre English-style terraced garden is filled with delights for children and adults: winding staircases, stone benches, fish ponds, and a dizzying collection of flowers and trees. Stunning views of Mount Hood abound, but for a true storybook ending, head for cucumber sandwiches and a cup of Twinings at Lady Di’s British Store and Tea Room, just five minutes down the road in Lake Oswego. BMB

Avalon Theatre and Arcade

3451 SE Belmont St

Exterminate zombies, race your Lamborghini through the streets of Tokyo at midnight, dodge storm troopers, and challenge your friends to an air hockey tourney. At this Southeast Portland arcade, a $2.50 admission and more than 100 games priced at just a few nickels each means gamers don’t need to be stingy with their allowance. And when the coins do run out, catch one of the eight movies screening in the adjacent auditoriums for another $2.50. —MC

Blush Beauty Bar

513 NW 23rd Ave

Girls never really grow out of playing dress-up. Especially during prom season. Fortunately, this Northwest boutique specializes in prepping teens for the big night. Each spring, Blush’s beauty experts confirm prom schedules with all of the area high schools to ensure they’ve got enough people and shimmery products on hand—like Girlactik’s cosmic eyeshadows and iridescent lip glosses from Lorac—to guarantee your princess walks out feeling like a queen. —MC

Tualatin Island Greens

20400 SW Cipole Rd, Tualatin

Whereas most miniature golf courses offer tired windmills and goofy pirate ships, Tualatin Island Greens conjures dreams of shooting an eagle at the Masters. The holes here are inspired by the country’s most challenging greens, including Pebble Beach’s storied 18th hole and, of course, the “Island Green” at Florida’s TPC Sawgrass. Complete with water hazards, sand bunkers, and plenty of undulating terrain, this course sets the stage for a heated family competition. (Note to links lovers: green blazers not provided.) BMB

Haggart Astronomical Observatory


Up the ante on your next round of “I spy with my little eye” at this Oregon City observatory. Situated on the Clackamas Community College campus, Haggart’s 45-foot tower boasts three telescopes that let little Galileos get up close and personal with the moon and nearby planets (but only on clear nights when a volunteer is available). One catch: Haggart operates on a first-come, first-served basis—so get there early. Or save your stargazing for August, when the Perseid meteor shower presents the perfect opportunity for a late-night picnic at Council Crest. —KC

Moulton Falls

27781 NE Lucia Falls Rd, Yacolt, Wash.

Set on a lazy bend of the Lewis River less than an hour from Portland, Moulton Falls boasts blessedly cold, green-hued water, sandy beaches for wading and skipping stones, and a series of sun-warmed boulders (some up to 20 feet high) for diving. A wooden footbridge, arching 30 feet above the river, gracefully ties the sylvan scene together. And yes, a few daredevils take the plunge from the bridge, but such tomfoolery could earn you a hefty fine—not to mention a bruised hiney. BMB