Originally Posted 2.03.2011

There is kids music that makes you want to run screaming from the room. And then there is kids music that you’ll find yourself singing when you’re alone in your car. Luckily, Portland is home to many “Kindie Rock” bands that fall in the later category. Here are some venues where you can find free or inexpensive music shows the whole family can enjoy.

Metro-area

Multnomah Country libraries
Mr. Ben, Snailpeople, Professor Banjo, The Alphabeticians—the line-ups at our local libraries sound like the ultimate PDX Kindie rock fest! Check the music schedule to see who’s playing near you.

North Portland

Mississippi Pizza
Catch acts like The Toy Trains, The Singers & Stompers, Lorna Miller, and Professor Banjo every Saturday and during many weeknights.  Most shows are free or low-cost ($5 per family). Many of this venue’s more adult-oriented early evening shows are also very family-friendly.

Posies Café
Free children’s’ music every Monday and Thursday morning, and story times through the week.

Northeast Portland

Milagros boutique
Milagros is more than just a place to shop for natural and recycled products for families. They also offer weekly concerts where you can catch local favorites like Professor Banjo plays old-timey tunes for a suggested donation of $3 for each “walking human.”

McMenamins Kennedy School
Home to the monthly You Who rock fest, this popular family hangout also has free all-ages music shows—from jug bands to jazz—in the early evenings.

Southeast Portland

Flying Cat Café
Thursday and Sunday mornings are especially for kids at this popular café. Enjoy a purrfect latte while the kids sing along with artists like Mo Phillips.

The Warehouse Café
The Warehouse (pictured), a project of Portland Green Parenting, is an amazing community resource for families that hosts weekly music events, art classes, puppet shows, workshops and other family friendly happenings.

Café Au Play
This unique non-profit coffeehouse has with play areas for children and weekly musical events. It’s also a nonprofit organization whose proceeds fund for programs for parents.

Mocha Mamas
A popular Milwaukie venue for local superstars Snail People.

Southwest Portland

Aria Café
Enjoy live acoustic music seven nights a week. Kids can rock out, too, or have fun in the playroom. As much a treat for the adults as the children! Host an open mic afternoon for kids every Saturday, too.

Suburbs

Bullseye Coffee
This cozy and friendly coffeehouse in West Lynn often hosts acts like Mr. Who. Has a lovely children’s corner as well.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen