• Cafe Vita, a kid-friendly Portland restaurants.

    10 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Portland

    Lucky you, going to Portland, Ore., with the kids. So many amazing dining spots, and so little time. I’m giving you a quick rundown of my favorite Portland kids-welcome restaurants, from cheap to chic, granola to gut-busting. Kid-friendly restaurants in Portland, Oregon 1. Vita Café. Even meat eaters will devour the vegan vittles at this café. Take a seat at one of the booths, order off of the extensive vegetarian and meaty menu. Then head back to the waiting area, where you’ll find two small containers stuffed with table-ready toys (cars, plastic figurines, you know, all the stuff you mean to bring to the restaurant but forget at home). Kids’ menu…

  • Portland Children's Museum

    Portland Pick: Portland Children’s Museum

    We’ve been to dozens of children’s museums around the country, but few are as innovative as the Portland Children’s Museum. The staff cleverly imported a creative educational philosophy from Italy — Reggio Emilia — to create a museum that subtly integrates texture and touch, light and learning. The Reggio Emilia philosophy believes that the environment is the “third teacher” for children; a child’s playspaces should be aesthetically attractive and interactive. Children experiment with color and light along the Twilight Trail, using clear Lego-type building blocks, puppets and light pens. Kids splash (themselves, the wall, their parents) in the large Water Works room, create in the Clay Studio, and scramble up a…

  • Science World in Vancouver with kids
    Travel Tips

    Save Money with Museum Reciprocal Memberships

    Here’s one way to slice the travel-entertainment budget — join your local science center. Pacific Northwest and B.C. families have three stellar museums in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver to choose from, and even out-of-town visitors can get in on the fun. If you’re a member of your local science museum — in the U.S. or Canada — check to see whether the museum is part of the ASTC Passport Program. Passport Program members receive free reciprocal admission to other ASTC museums. So if your family’s members of OMSI, you get into the Pacific Science Center for free. If you’re members of Science World, you get into OMSI for free. See? You’ll…