If you smile when you see a “Keep Portland Weird” bumper sticker, you’ll feel right at home on Mississippi Avenue. Portland Kids will enjoy exploring this street’s unusual shops and eating at the fun, family-friendly restaurants.
Breakfast: Grab breakfast (or lunch) at the newest outpost of the family-friendly Cup & Saucer. Their extensive menu has something for every member of the family.
Stop, Shop, and Play: Right next door, your kiddos can explore the play area at Mississippi Treehouse while you browse through locally handmade clothing, gently used children’s clothing and gear, and toys & art supplies. You might even stumble upon a free story time event.
For Good Little Shoppers: Head north to check out the haute-hip children’s clothes and toys at Black Wagon. Stop in to say hello to the songbirds and check out the ephemera, found objects, and toys (including fantastic paper dolls) at Flutter. Or poke into Missing Link to gawk at their collection of quirky toys and collectibles.
For Curious Kids: A couple blocks north, newcomer Paxton Gate has a not-to-be-missed collection of treasures inspired by art and science. You’ll hear a chorus of “Look, Mom!” as you encounter oddities like a taxidermied cobra.
Pick-Me-Up: Head to the south end of the street for a sweet treat. At Ruby Jewel Scoops, you can mix and match their homemade ice cream and fresh-baked cookies to make a unique ice cream sandwich treat.
Where to Run: Got a sugar buzz? If the kids need to burn off some energy, Unthank Park is about five blocks away, and it has room to run and all the usual playground amenities.
Dinner: There are a dozen dining options on the street. But the only place that has a kids’ music jamboree on Saturdays is Mississippi Pizza. You can settle in with a beer and a slice while your little ones grab instruments and move to their own beat—Mississippi style.
Go: Year-round. Don’t miss the huge street fair in July.
Transportation: Plenty of parking and right on a bus line. The Interstate Max station is within walking distance on a nice day.
Cost of trip: moderate (more if you’re tempted to shop!)