Family Friendly

With a huge array of family-friendly attractions and activities, Portland can become any kid's playground.

Families will find lots to enjoy in Portland, from hands-on science at OMSI to baby elephants at the zoo, with plenty of parks and free attractions, too. Read on for some of our favorite family-friendly things to do, or check out our events calendar for upcoming kid-friendly events.

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Kid-Friendly Attractions

Portland’s abundant family-friendly destinations keep the fun times coming.

Kid-Friendly Eats

There's more than enough kid-friendly grub to go around in Portland.

Kid-Friendly Breweries in Portland

In a city with more breweries than anywhere else in the world, parents don't have to choose between their children and enjoying a good pint of beer.

Kid-Friendly Dining

These family-friendly Portland restaurants combine healthy children’s menus, play areas and fun.

Ice Cream in Portland

Savor creativity by the scoop at Portland's best ice cream shops.

Hiking with Kids

Allow the little ones to explore the outdoors on these kid-friendly nature walks in Portland.

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Places to Play

Portland offers a huge variety of family-friendly arcades and gaming spaces.

  • Quarterworld

    Opened in 2016, Quarterworld is the largest arcade bar in Portland. Split into adult- and kid-friendly sides, the old theater houses 34 machines and 64 arcade games, along with flavorful eats like bao buns, pizza and banh mi sandwiches.

  • Ground Kontrol

    In addition to a full complement of vintage video games and pinball machines, this two-floor adult arcade features a beer and wine bar, live music and DJs on weekends and a steady stream of joystick-related events.

  • Avalon Theatre & Wunderland

    At this family-owned business, two small screens show second-run movies, while the on-site video arcade offers hours of entertainment for mere nickels.

  • Guardian Games

    This massive game store offers all kinds of games and game-related events, plus space to play. Adults will appreciate the availability of beer on tap.

  • Cloud Cap Games

    Cloud Cap Games has classic board games, card games and puzzles, plus work by local artists. They also host regular game gatherings and special events, and provide some games for rent to play at home.

Kid-Friendly Activities

Rain or shine, Portland offers endless opportunities for little ones to have fun.

Upcoming events

Event Picks for Families

Portland Sunday Parkways

Portland Sunday Parkways


This family-friendly bike ride features local vendors and live entertainment.

For Kids
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Portland Rose Festival
May 31–June 13, 2021

Portland Rose Festival

Various locations

Portland Rose Festival features multiple parades, waterfront carnival rides, concerts, dragon boat r…

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Oregon Midsummer Festival
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Oregon Midsummer Festival

Oaks Amusement Park & Roller Skating Rink Varies – children 11 and under enter free

Midsummer continues to be a fun, family friendly and important day with centuries-old traditions and…

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Festival of Balloons
June 25–27, 2021

Festival of Balloons

Cook Park Prices Vary

Hot-air balloons take flight mere minutes from downtown Portland every summer.


Shopping with Kids

These local shops are great for scoring kid-friendly gifts and souvenirs.

Portland Toy Stores

Whether you’re a parent looking for an educational game or a collector on the hunt for a vintage action figure, Portland’s toy stores deliver.

Portland’s Best Back-To-School Shopping

This fall, ditch the chain stores and get your kids ready to learn in style by shopping at these distinctly Portland spots.

Powell’s City of Books

Covering an entire city block, Powell's is a landmark, a great bookstore and a microcosm of the city itself.

Seasonal Family Fun

Portland is welcoming and lively year-round, and every season offers its own allures and things to do. (And, yes, a couple of seasons offer a little bit of rain, too.)

Fall Family Fun

Apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, spooky events and more await kids every fall.

Winter Family Fun

Epic light displays, cheer-filled events and a chance of snow make winter one of Portland's most fun seasons.

Spring Family Fun

Take a break to see Portland while the entire city is blooming with spring colors and kid-friendly events.

Summer Family Fun

When the weather heats up, Portland's public spaces overflow with summer fun and outdoor activities.