Portland toy stores are filled with vintage treasures, indie board games and handcrafted puzzles, as well as more traditional finds. Delight the children (and children-at-heart) in your life with this guide to our favorite independent toy shops.
Located on bustling N. Williams Avenue, cozy Spielwerk Toys is emblematic of Portland’s artisan spirit. Specializing in toys that encourage imaginative play, the shop stocks local and European-made products, including many wooden toys and puzzles. Be sure to chat with the friendly and knowledgeable staff while the kids entertain themselves in a charming play area.
Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane at Billy Galaxy, Portland’s dream destination for vintage toy collectors since 1995. Build your classic comic collection with ease, and uncover all the hard-to-find 1980s He-Man action figurines, Pac-Man cereal boxes and Super Mario Bros. coloring books that you were sorely missing. While the shop boasts a robust eBay presence, visitors to the brick-and-mortar location on the edge of downtown and the Pearl District enjoy a larger inventory and better prices.
Hammer & Jacks
An ever-changing window display evokes whimsy before you even open the door of Hammer & Jacks in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. This family-owned toy store always greets you with a smile, welcoming you into a colorful store and community hub. As you look around this well-curated toy store you’ll be hard pressed to not leave with something, from the softest stuffies, woolen finger puppets, games, crafts and experiments, to classic and eco-conscious toys for children of all ages. They also have a balloon delivery service for the Portland-area, and, a giant retro TV stage, the REC ROOM, which hosts music shows, story times, puppet shows, creative workshops, and more community events for families.
Kids at Heart
This double-storefront toy store hosts a large collection of stuffed animals, puppets, costumes, and books. Kids at Heart is a Hawthorne shopping staple; a great place to grab a gift, or spoil your inner child -and actual children- with figurines, and small trinkets that will bring a smile to any face.
Cloud Cap Games
Sellwood’s Cloud Cap Games invites folks of all ages and interests into the world of tabletop games. Serious and budding gamers will find new favorite board games, card games and puzzles in the spacious shop, which feels more like a home than a store. Try out your picks in their cozy game room or partake in a community gaming night.
Oodles 4 Kids
Another Sellwood staple, Oodles 4 Kids joined the neighborhood in 2012 and has been warmly received by locals and visitors alike. A bright space known for its lively community events, the store stocks a variety of products that cater to kids of all ages, including a bountiful assortment of scientific and educational games, at all price points.
MudPuddles Toys and Books
Rediscover the feeling of pure joy that toys can bring at MudPuddles Toys and Books, a beloved Alphabet District toy store dedicated to helping children learn through play. Alongside giant stuffed animals and pint-sized sporting equipment, you’ll find educational games in niche fields like archaeology and music composition.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
With interactive science labs, a planetarium, a giant-screen theater, a retired navy submarine, traveling exhibits and "After Dark" events, OMSI lures all ages.
Kid-Friendly Regional Attractions
Trips outside the city promise all-ages entertainment. Here are four must-see attractions within two hours of downtown Portland.
Oaks Amusement Park
In Southeast Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood, Oaks Amusement Park has been providing families with carnival thrills and family fun since 1905.
Indoor Activities for Children
When Portland's weather prevents kids from running around outside, families can choose from dozens of indoor activities.
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