These family-friendly Portland standouts combine healthy children’s menus, play areas and fun in creative ways.
Challenge the family to a flapjack throwdown at this kids’ favorite with built-in table griddles. At Slappy Cakes, select your batter and toppings (peanut butter, chocolate chips, fruit, marshmallow, etc.), and go to town on your silly, outrageous or just plain over-the-top concoctions.
Kids’ happy hour (5-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 5-8 p.m. Sunday) features avocado or edamame ($1), rice or noodles ($2), and chicken, shrimp or pork katzus ($3) at Japanese izakaya-style Yakuza.
Old Town Pizza
Home to some of Portland’s best pies since 1974, Old Town Pizza’s downtown location is haunted (Will ghost Nina join you for dinner?), and its expansive eastside Old Town Brewing location has plenty of room for kids.
Tabletop dinosaurs set the whimsical scene at Portland’s eleven Laughing Planet cafés. Nutritious options like veggie-loaded bean burritos disappear fast as kids peruse vibrant artwork and more.
Petunias Pies and Pastries
In the heart of the West End, Petunia’s Pies offers a great selection of gorgeous baked goods, all of which happen to be gluten-free and vegan — making ideal treats for the children that so often miss out on sweet goodies because of dietary restrictions. Plus cocktails are also available for their parents.
24th & Meatballs
24th & Meatballs is a cozy nook decorated with old boxing posters that serves classic Italian meatballs, in subs or over fresh pasta, with your choice of homemade sauce. Afterward, grab a kid-sized s’more pie at the Pie Spot down the block.
Little Big Burger
Local chain Little Big Burger‘s quarter-pound burgers are as addictive as they come — and perfect for little hands — with fresh brioche rolls, local cheese, homemade “Camden’s Catsup” and sides of truffle-oil fries. Don’t miss the root beer floats with local Tillamook ice cream.
Part music venue and part pizzeria, Mississippi Pizza is one of Portland’s most family-friendly eateries with its weekly kid-centric entertainment and a bevy of pizza options from single slices to 18-inch pies, all available with gluten-free and vegan substitutions.
A kids’ play area full of toys and books lets little ones entertain themselves at Mother’s Bistro, whose menu features classic comfort food (think pot roast, mac n’ cheese and chicken dumplings), all sourced from recipes created by moms from around the world.
Portland has numerous kid-friendly hiking spots with trails under 4 miles (6 km) close to the city and bursting with natural beauty.
Dreaming of a family-friendly afternoon full of hands-on learning? Head to the Portland Children’s Museum, in attraction-packed Washington Park.
Portland's children's theater companies introduce kids to live theater and teaches them people in costumes are fun, not scary.