Although it might not be first on your list of the typical kid-friendly stretches in Portland, there are plenty of spots along Division Street to keep your little ones busy and well fed for an afternoon of fun. Read on for the insider’s scoop on this trendy, quirky, welcoming strip, nestled between 27th and 39th avenues.
Artifact claims “creative recycle” as its mantra. It comes to life as you and your children roam the aisles for hours looking for hats and jackets for your ever-expanding dress-up box. Or find unique pieces to decorate her room. The staff is friendly and happy to help you find that treasure you seek, whether it’s clothing, accessories, furniture or art from modern or vintage times. There’s even an area where you can order custom-made tables. As an added bonus, Artifact also buys and trades clothing and furniture.
3630 SE Division St.
Donna & toots recognizes that kids like to sew, and offers a variety of classes for little learners. Classes are scheduled often and include First Friday Night craft night and Open Sew Sunday on the first and third Sundays of the month. Some of the classes offered are sewing PJ shorts, making a flared skirt and crafting decorative pillows. Classes are during the daytime and cost $40. Even if a class is not scheduled during your romp down Division, Suzanne, shop owner and mother of two, is happy to point out colorful fabrics with detailed patterns and the many creative projects in progress.
3574 SE Division St.
When little tummies start grumbling, Lauretta Jean’s will fit the bill. This humble pie shop and cozy cafe offers a variety of breakfast dishes, like pulled pork biscuit, as well as comforting lunch items, like warm meatloaf on toast or spinach bacon salad. Try a slice of seasonal, handmade pie, like Blackberry Raspberry Streusel, with ice cream here or head down the street to get your sugar fix. Prices are reasonable, the staff is friendly and families and freelancers co-exist peaceably in this quaint cafe.
3402 SE Division St.
Salt & Straw, just down the street, is a kiddie (and adult) paradise with small batch, handmade ice cream and waffle cones. Samples are generously given and the most difficult part will be picking a flavor. One of our favorites is sea salt with caramel ribbons, but you can add another flavor in a scoop on top if you can’t decide on just one.
3345 SE Division St.
Whether you’ve taken your ice cream to go or need a place to eat it on a sunny day, stroll on down to Piccolo Park. This small city park offers a picnic-perfect green space, as well as a play structure to help those wily, sugared-up kids get their wiggles out. The play structure is the perfect size for toddlers and early walkers with some of its features a little lower to the ground. The park is simple, but wins points for its design; you can easily sit and keep an eye on your kids at the same time.
SE 27th & Division St.
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— Seniye Groff
Photos by Seniye Groff and Katelynn P. via Yelp