Families are moving to Portland in droves because the secret is out: Portland is a fantastic place to raise kids. There are definitely a few things about parenting in PDX that are just...different. It might take a little getting used to, but we think you (and your kids!) and going to love it here.
1) The pubs have play areas for small children.
Breweries like Hopworks Urban Brewery and Laurelwood Brewing Company offer top-notch kids menus, train tables and even entertainment like child-focused musicians. Oh yeah, they also have delicious brews and bites for the grownups.
2) The Preschools are over-the-top fabulous.
Schools like Childroots in Portland, provide cloth diapers, organic food, and enchanting, artful spaces that encourage children’s creativity. Instead of hammering the ABC’s, the focus is on supporting children’s natural exploration of the world, fostering respect, curiosity and wonder.
Forget swing-sets: playground spaces are specifically designed to promote gross motor movement: room to run, stumps and loose parts for crawling and climbing onto, and a rock pit for digging. The most impressive and well loved preschools, like Childroots, require you to schedule a tour before enrollment. Wherever you choose, you’ll want to sign up early because waitlists for quality programs can be daunting. Childroots has close-in locations in NE Portland, SE Portland and NW Portland, so with a little planning, you’ll have access to an incredible preschool in your new neighborhood.
3) You don't buy your pumpkins or your berries at the supermarket.
It’s no surprise that Portland is a food destination, with the abundance of local family farms. A trip to the pumpkin patch or the local berry farm for buckets of fresh local produce is a seasonal requisite for Portland families. It’s fun and delicious tradition you’ll want to dive into right away.