We all need a good date night every once in a while, kids included. Sometimes we need to try something new, be silly, get outside, or be creative art with the whole family. We’ve curated a list of family friendly date experiences that will have everyone feeling the love. Read on for inspiration on your next family date.

Mimosa Studios

With friendly and helpful staff, an abundance of ceramics, and a large variety of painting supplies and stencils you simply can’t go wrong at Mimosa Studios. If you are looking for ways to express your unique creativity together as a family try it out. Everyone picks their own item to paint and decorate with staff on hand to help with anything that comes up.

1718 NE Alberta St.

Online:  mimosastudios.com

Punch Bowl Social

If your family errands take you downtown and you’re looking for a spot that has great kid entertainment, food, and a bowling alley then Punch Bowl Social is your spot. The décor is unique and the food tasty. Grab an order of cauliflower nachos to get your family date started while the kids bowl, play shuffle board, or check out the video games.

340 SW Morrison St.
3rd Floor (in Pioneer Place Mall)
Portland, Or 97204


Portland Art Museum

If you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday consider taking the family to the Portland State University Farmer’s Market. Nibble on fruits and veggies, buy flowers for the kitchen table, and enjoy the local live music. Then walk over to the Portland Art Museum for a cultural experience. The museum offers a diverse collection of art that is well curated. Children ages 17 and under are free, all the time!
Portland, OR 97205

Online: portlandartmuseum.org

photo: Elissa Cirignotta

Oaks Park Roller Skating

Dust off your roller-skates and take the whole family to the rink. This old time fun never gets old! You may want to check out the Saturday morning kid skate or try out the Open Skate Sessions. No skates? No Problem. You can rent conventional, inline, or precision skates for the gang and spend a few hours getting great exercise while creating lasting memories.
7805 SE Oaks Park Way

Online: oakspark.com/roller-skating

Mississippi Pizza

If you find yourself out and about shopping the Mississippi street shops add Mississippi Pizza to your evening lineup. Mississippi Pizza is a place that both kids and adults can enjoy. They’ve got a regular line up of live music that will keep the kids busy while you wait for your pie. They also have both vegan and gluten-free options. They frequently offer fun entertainment for families included Red Yarn Kids Shows, Mo Philips, and Tallulah’s Daddy. Take a peek at their schedule here.

3552 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland, Or 97227

Online: Mississippipizza.com

Avalon Theater & Wunderland

Kids love it at the Wunderland Nickle Arcade. If you have a pocket full of nickels and nowhere to go, pile up the family, and head straight to Avalon Theater and Wunderland Nickle Arcade. The whole place has an old school retro feel to it, cheap movie tickets, and endless entertainment for everyone in the family. Once you’re done, walk across the street for a slice of pizza from Straight from New York Pizza.

3451 SE Belmont St

Online: wunderlandgames.com

Laughing Planet

Laughing Planet is a quick service café serving you and your family nutritious food. It’s uber family friendly and delicious. The vibrant artwork and tabletop dinosaurs will draw your little ones in immediately. With an extensive menu that offers vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, nut free, or carnivorous fare there’s something for the whole family here. Most products are locally sourced and GMO free. Select from tasty burritos, quesadillas, hearty bowls, soups, salads, smoothies, and house made cookies.

They now have 10 locations in the Portland Metro area.

Online: laughingplanetcafe.com

Academy Theater

This gorgeous theater offers food, drinks for the parents, desserts, and MOVIES! Check the schedule ahead of time and get there in time for an afternoon kid friendly matinee. Don't forget to grab the popcorn! 

7818 SE Stark St.
Portland, Or 97215

Online: academytheaterpdx.com

Disc Golf

Grab your equipment and head to Pier Park for an afternoon of disc golfing with the family. Pier park is a hidden treasure in the city. The park is tucked away in North Portland surrounded by trees and beauty. After you finish the course stop by the playground and let the kids play!  

b/t N Lombard St & Bruce Ave 
St. Johns, North Portland

Online: friendsofpierpark.org

What’s your favorite way to spend date night together? Let us know in the comments!

—Elissa Cirignotta


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