Portland with Kids: Things To Do, Places to Eat and See

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Hunting for new spots to explore with kids? Here’s our guide to things to do with kids in Portland: from indoor climbing play spaces to kid friendly restaurants and neighborhoods, there plenty of kids activities to choose from! Come and take a spin around the city with us!

Places to go with Kids in Portland

Explore Sellwood with Kids- Looking for somewhere to go with the kids? The historic Sellwood neighborhood, which dates back to 1876, is full of character and fun things to do for all family members, from infants to grandparents. With fun activities for the kids, the easy stroll along the main drag on Southeast 13th Avenue is jam packed with unique, mom-and-pop shops where everything from local coffee and art galleries to a quaint library and a charming toy store may be relished. Portland kids will enjoy this historic sights and scene. Read more…

Portland’s Chinatown with Kids- Step back into the Ming Dynasty era with your family and explore the treasures of Chinatown. Portland’s Chinatown isn’t large but it is dense with rich experiences and hidden wonders—like a Guardian Lion Protector or a koi pond—just waiting to be discovered by curious children. The kids of Portland will have the chance to see different cultural architecture and will enjoy all the sights that Portland’s Chinatown has to offer.  Read more…

Explore Portland’s Alberta Street with kids- Indie shops and restaurants thrive on this funky strip—it’s ideal for strolling, exploring, and people watching. Although you won’t find any hoity-toity art galleries, there’s a reason they call it the Alberta Arts District—nearly every business has a rotating gallery of local art on display, and you’ll spy colorful murals everywhere. The whole neighborhood is a masterpiece of friendly, imaginative style that the whole family will enjoy. Read more..

Multnomah Falls- Kids and adults alike will be wowed by the breathtaking beauty of Oregon’s number one natural visitor attraction, Multnomah Falls. Situated in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, at a towering 620-feet, Multnomah Falls is the second tallest, year-round waterfall in the United States. Visitors may either hike the 1.2 mile trail to the top of the falls, or walk a short distance to Benson Bridge for an idyllic photo-op with the forceful falls cascading from Larch Mountain in the background. Read more..

Portland’s Tryon Creek State Park with kids- Adventure abounds under a canopy of trees at Tryon Creek State Park, (11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd) a lush, 670-acre forest conveniently situated just ten minutes from downtown Portland. Kids of all ages will enjoy this sprawling emerald paradise which is home to wildflowers, ferns, and fungi, fish, insects and frogs, and many species of birds including woodpeckers and owls. Tryon Creek State Park provides Portland kids an outdoor activity that they will remember. Read more..

Fun Activities for Portland Kids

Free and Cheap Kids’ Concerts In Portland- Multnomah Country libraries
Mr. Ben, Snailpeople, Professor Banjo, The Alphabeticians—the line-ups at our local libraries sound like the ultimate PDX Kindie rock fest! Check the music schedule to see who’s playing near you. There are plenty of other venues through out the Portland area that are providing children of all ages a fun environment with good music that the whole family can enjoy. Read more..

Portland’s Best Indoor Climbing Spots for Kids- Portland offers an assortment of indoor rock climbing gyms where children and adults can enjoy hours of fun and challenges. More than just a great total body workout or a wonderful way to spend a rainy day, climbing also builds confidence, challenges the mind, and increases coordination. Don’t be wary if your family is new to climbing—no experience is necessary at any of these gyms. Read more..

Portland Kids Indoor Fun Activities for a Rainy Day- Avalon Theater, Milwaukie Cinemas, and Gresham Cinema. Video games and cheap movies: fun times for rainy days. At each of these Wunderland locations you’ll find more than 100 games – all operated with nickels – and a kids admission price of $2.25 ($3 for starred attractions). The newest location, Gresham Cinema, has 115 stadium seats, a 24-foot screen with surround sound, and a prize counter with over 200 prizes to win. Read more..

Portland Parks and Rec Indoor Play Parks- Climbing the walls with the rain, sleet, and snow? Lucky Portlanders have options for indoor play when the weather’s not cooperating. Portland Parks and Rec offer many drop-in play parks throughout the Portland area. These usually occur in the gym, where climbing structures, riding toys and bikes, balls, and other games are available. Read more..

Portland Yoga Classes For The Family- Every parent could use a dose of Zen in their life, so we’ve unearthed several yoga classes geared toward babies, kids and families who are interested in chanting ‘Om’ together. In addition to being a healthy and fun form of exercise, yoga classes may help aid in everything from an infant’s digestion to an adolescent’s ability to concentrate. Yoga helps improve body image and has been proven to help lengthen attention span as well. So get ready to perch atop a mat with your pint-sized yogis, and re-channel your chi at one of the following classes. Read more..

Places to Eat with Portland Kids

Kid Friendly Foster Burger- Got kids who like hamburgers? Like pancakes, they’re one of those foods that can be made at home, but that just seem better somehow at a restaurant. Showing up consistently on foodie blogs’ lists of the best burgers is Foster Burger, a SE Portland joint that opened less than two years ago. It was named by none other than Bon Appetit as one of the best burgers in the nation. We could go on and on about the drool-worthy concoctions: the hand-ground beef, the housemade buns, the fried egg topper, the wedge salad and the truffle-oil-infused fries, but what we really adore is the atmosphere. Read more..

Portland’s Slappycakes with Kids- What’s not to like about pancakes? Delicious, easy, and potentially nutritious, they are a go-to meal at any hour in our house. So usually we wouldn’t pack the entire family into the car to go and eat pancakes somewhere else. But that was before Slappy Cakes opened. Slappycakes gives the Portland kids and adults a fun atmosphere to enjoy some good food and exciting food combinations. Read more..

Hopworks Brewery- In a city with no shortage of family-friendly brewpubs, Brewmaster Christian Ettinger’s “dream brewpub” is an instant Portland classic. All of the beers at Hopworks Brewery are organic and handcrafted, including a gold-medal winning IPA and silver-medal winning lager from the 2008 World Beer Cup in San Diego. Pretzel fanatics will want to dig into the “Pint o’ Pretzels” from the great appetizer menu: house made pilsner pretzels served with mustard and sea salt. Hopmonks is a great place to take the family, in which parents can enjoy the brewery selection and the kids can enjoy the amazing food. Read more..

Mississippi Pizza Pub- You can’t go wrong with Mississippi Pizza Pub. Great neighborhood, great pizza, great atmosphere, great music. Be sure to check the music calendar on their website, and arrive early for the kids’ bands on Friday nights. Never fails to turn into a dance party for the kiddos! And don’t forget to ask for their new, gluten-free pizza! Read more..

Old Wives Tale- Host to families since 1980 in its central Portland location, the menu of multi-ethnic vegetarian, chicken, and seafood dishes has something for everyone. A main dining room includes a play area for toddlers up to 10-year olds, but a more quiet smaller dining room is also available. Read more..

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