A guide to showcasing Portland’s wonderful quirkiness while keeping the kids happy (and your sister sane) 

Slappy Cakes
+ The kids make their own pancakes (and a mess).
+ Boozy breakfast drinks (there are five mimosas on the menu)
+ Someone else to clean it all up
A likely hourlong wait 

= Totally worth it
4246 SE Belmont St.

Tram + Marquam Nature Park
Few cities our size claim their own aerial tram. Ours gets you within steps of Marquam Nature Park, a 180-acre ode to native plants like bigleaf maples, red cedars, and western hemlock.

Salt and Straw
I scream, you scream, the entire country is screaming for this boutique ice creamery—which, in its short two-year existence, has already logged way more than 31 quirky flavors. Among our favorites: Sea Salt with a Caramel Ribbon, and Freckled Woodblock Chocolate. Multiple locations.

Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden
The bad news: not enough people visit the bronze statues commemorating our famed children’s author at this Grant Park fountain. The good news: little ones can splash with Ramona and Ribsy without much interruption. NE 33rd Avenue and Brazee St.

Don’t give us that look (or eye roll). Name another 219,000-square-foot hands-on paean to science that includes a submarine, planetarium, and instructions for making flubber. Yeah, thought so. It’s easy for us to forget how truly awesome OMSI is, too. Remind yourself with a visit to the (hands-off!) mummies exhibit. 1945 SE Water Ave. 

Boke Bowl
Fast is important when it comes to feeding kids. But so is flavor when it comes to feeding you. Boke Bowl’s heaping, steaming noodle bowls—like the pork dashi with buttermilk fried chicken—make both a priority. And there’s even PB&J steamed buns for the little ones. Plus, the SE Water Avenue location will introduce the next generation to some new vocabulary: industrial chic. 1028 SE Water Ave.

Inn at Northrup Station
If you can get over the Day-Glo décor (you can), Northrup Station’s reasonable rates, kitchen suites, rooftop deck, and complimentary breakfast make it an ideal option for stashing sis and her family. And it puts her within blocks of places to trade out her mom jeans for something sharper at trendy NW 23rd shops like Sloan and Blake. 2025 NW Northrup St.