This is a question that my husband and I asked ourselves before we decided to move to the Portland area. We have found that Portland is pretty much the most kid-friendly city we’ve been too (although San Francisco is pretty up there as well!). There is so much to do year-round. It’s great!
We only moved here a couple months ago, so we haven’t really experienced everything this wonderful city has to offer. But we definitely look forward to it! Since the majority of my blog readers are parents, I would like to share my opinion on places we have been so far (I will leave out the supposed kid friendly but really not places ). If anyone has any places they would like to suggest, please let me know. We are definitely open to checking out new places!
Shopping for Kids
Finnegan’s– I must say that this is one of the best toy stores I have ever been to. They have unique toys and products, and my kids love the experience of going downtown to the toy store (getting them out of the store is a different story! It’s fun though!).
Steiner Storehouse- This is a small store that carries many Waldorf toys, art supplies, books, etc. They also have some natural beauty products. We bought our son some wonderful block crayons and other goodies from this store.
Spring Creek Store (at PWS)- If you are looking for another great Waldorf store, the one in Portland Waldorf School is great. They have both new and used toys and books. Also tons of art supplies. Definitely worth going to check out!
Spielwork Toystore- Another cute, little toy store with unique and hard to find toys and goodies.
Thinker Toys- Ok, I haven’t actually been to these next three yet, but they look like a GREAT stores! I am going to be checking them out soon.
Milagros Boutique- A very cloth diaper, breastfeeding friendly store (you all know how I feel about breastfeeding, just take a look at my photos from Project: Got Breastmilk ). They have eco friendly toys and products, baby carriers, and more. They also have workshops and events at their store *all the time* (I’ve been wanting to bring my daughter to some actually!).
Grasshopper- This looks like a cute toy store as well (with lots of eco friendly stuff!). Definitely going to check it out soon!
Eating Out with Kids
We all know how it is when you go to a place to eat with kids and it’s not very child friendly. It’s not fun. One of the great things about the city of Portland is how many wonderful restaurants there are (with fresh, organic local food even!), and how many of these places are very kid-friendly.
Café Sip-n-Play- This is probably my favorite so far, although it’s actually in Vancouver, WA, so a bit of a drive for us. There is a children’s play area that you can see your child at from virtually any of the tables there. They also have free wi-fi, so if you have some work you need to finish up on, or just want to sit there and browse the internet, it’s great. The food is pretty good as well.
Burgerville- This is a fast food restaurant, but we have fun going inside also. They have great food (and veggie and bean burgers as well!), and the atmosphere is so fun. There are crayons and pictures for the kids to color, and they almost always have balloons there for the kids (just be careful with the little ones of course!).
Voodoo Doughnut- Now, I know this isn’t really a restaurant, but it is a fun place to go. They have SO MANY different doughnuts there. Really good stuff too.
Laughing Planet- There are several around town, and it’s a great place to bring the kids. They have a healthy, organic menu, and toys, etc for the kids to play with while you’re waiting.
Old Wives’ Tales Restaurant- We love this place. The food is AWESOME, the service is always great, and they have a neat play area for the kids. It is a very vegetarian friendly restaurant as well.
Around Town with Kids… coming soon