Monday, July 6, 2009

Kid Friendly Establishments

I heart Portland for the many kid friendly establishments. There are kid friendly restaurants, cafes, book stores, music stores and even clothing boutiques. What determines if a place is kid/family friendly? For me, it's diversions also known as toys and books! It's so nice to walk into a boutique like Tumbleweed on Alberta and be able to browse and daydream about the beautiful gauze-y dresses while Quinn busies himself in the corner looking at books or putting together a puzzle. We frequent Helser's, also on Alberta, for their $1 kid menu and pro-wrestling figurines that keep Quinn occupied while we're waiting for our food.
One of our favorite spots for fun is Airplay Cafe located on NE 7th and Burnside. Everyday Airplay has family-friendly activities on offer. We enjoy storytime on Monday mornings at 10am. Forget about quietly sitting in a circle as a book is read. Think singing, hand motions, shakers and action packed stories. It's a great time for everyone. The kids play on the stage. The moms, dads, nannies and grammies drink coffee from big ceramic mugs. Throughout the week there are family friendly concerts, jams, sing alongs and dance parties.

A Children's Place Play Area

Here are a few of our other family favorites: County Cork Public House (chalk, books, kids menu); Cafe Destino (toys, kids table); Urban Grind (huge playroom, toys, great for moms groups); Laurelwood Public House and Brewery (family room with toys, toy corner); Bridges Cafe (toys, books); Fred Meyer on Broadway (playland 1-hour drop-off service); Ikea (toys, kids menu, kid activity centers throughout store, playland drop-off service for older kids); Powell's Books (kids reading section with small tables); A Children's Place Bookstore (storytime, reading area); Barnes & Noble Lloyd Center (Thomas train table, reading area); The Kennedy School (family concerts, the soaking pool, kid's menu); Milagros Boutique (play house, toys, family events); Grasshopper (toys, train table); Spielwerk Toys (play kitchen, toys); Trade Up Music (they have a soundproof drum room where your kid and play as loud as he/she wants!) Wow! Those are just the places I can think of off the top of my head!! I didn't even make a dent about what is on offer in SE, NW or SW!

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