Know Before You Go
While COVID restrictions have been lifted in the state of Oregon, health department officials in Multnomah County (where Portland is located) strongly recommend that all individuals should wear a mask in indoor public spaces, regardless of their vaccination status. This applies to everyone 5 years of age and older.
In addition, masks are required in certain settings including airports, airplanes and public transit, and local businesses can continue to require customers to wear masks. Be prepared and carry a mask with you just in case.
Portland is known for its stellar breweries, which come in all styles and sizes. While many adults are eager to sample the sudsy scene, their kids might not be so keen. Never fear, parents with children in tow: plenty of Portland pubs don’t just tolerate youngsters — they welcome them with open arms.
In Northeast Portland, spacious Old Town Brewing offers that perennial kid favorite — pizza — along with award-winning beers. With little perks like a parking lot and two floors of seating, Old Town is a good bet for parents seeking a family-friendly, easy-to-access neighborhood brewpub.
Places to Play
Laurelwood Brewing describes itself as “a place where friends and family meet,” and they’re serious about the family part. Being kid-friendly is an integral part of the brewery’s philosophy (it was opened by parents with young children). It features a play area specially designed for toddlers.
Hopworks Urban Brewery in Southeast Portland caters to kids and beer-lovers alike. One of Portland’s most popular breweries for all audiences, Hopworks earns rave reviews from families for its play areas (fully equipped with toys and books) and a kids’ menu that features local, organic ingredients. On the second Tuesday of the month, the brewery even hosts a free “Tot Tuesday” family event — enjoy a seasonal craft activity, story time, and a fresh, healthy snack.
Making a Change
In North Portland, Ex Novo Brewing has a dozen house beers on tap. They donate most proceeds to local nonprofits and offer a deluxe restroom changing station equipped with diapers and wipes, making it a great stop for community-minded parents.
In a similar vein, the Oregon Public House allows patrons to choose where their individual proceeds are donated. Local charities benefit from 100% of the pub’s net profits, while families benefit from its relaxed atmosphere and kids’ play area.
School’s in Session
When the McMenamins Kennedy School first opened in 1915, it was literally built for children. That’s because it was originally an elementary school that sat vacant for years before being converted into a family-friendly brewpub and hotel in 1997. Some of the 57 guest rooms feature original cloak closets and blackboards, but the biggest draws for kids are the on-site movie theater and warm, shallow soaking pool; parents will enjoy the six restaurants and bars on the premises.
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