The Best Places to Shop for Kids Toys and Games in Portland

6 places to bring your babes to toyland, from a Portland kid's perspective

By Kelly Clarke September 21, 2015 Published in the October 2015 issue of Portland Monthly

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Exploring at Oodles 4 Kids

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Oodles 4 Kids

“Look-look-look! It makes marbles go and it makes music!!!” yells Asher, dropping a ball into a big wooden Hape marble run. The 4-year-old’s resulting shriek of glee is the soundtrack at Oodles 4 Kids, Carolyn Miye’s boisterous Sellwood shop, opened in 2012. Here, you can find a lovingly chosen roster of multilingual picture books—and Legos, Stomp Rockets, and Spooner Boards. “She’s so beautiful,” croons Ellis, 6, stroking a plush Groovy Girls doll. Meanwhile, her pal Alex, 4, communes with teeny flocked bunnies, hedgehogs, and baby elephants in miniature tree houses and vintage campers. Miye smiles and goes back to business: “testing out” a French card game with a competitive mom. “It’s better than other kid stores because it’s just so friendly and old-fashioned,” Alex explains. “And because I can touch everything. You should really go to this toy store.” Agreed.  7727 SE 13th Ave,

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Sunny, tidy, and taking children’s clothing resale to chic new heights. 4107 NE Tillamook St,

Black Wagon

We covet every inch of this small, cool-kid fortress, from robot-festooned Hatley raincoats to teeny Vans slip-ons. 3964 N Mississippi Ave,

Spielwerk Toys

A Waldorfian Santa’s workshop: hand-carved German beasts, catapults, and fluttering butterfly wings. 3808 N Williams Ave, #121,


The city’s first “for the dads, run by dads” kids’ toy, clothing, and gear shop. Genius. 4029 SE Hawthorne Blvd,

Finnegan's Toys & Gifts

Downtown’s answer to FAO Schwarz (RIP!) still rules. 820 SW Washington St,

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