Drum roll, please! This month we are rolling out the winners of the 2022 PDX Parent Picks! Here are our readers’ top choices in our Arts & Entertainment category. Find the complete list of winners here.

Art Studio

Image courtesy SCRAP PDX


SCRAP Creative Reuse is Portland’s go-to place to find whatever materials you need for that next crafting project. And in addition to affordable, unique odds and ends of every sort, SCRAP’s mission of reduce, reuse and recycle makes this center the perfect place to educate kids about recycling and sustainability. Be sure to check out the nonprofit’s website for virtual workshops on fun projects like dioramas, gnome ornaments, wind chimes and much more!

Top 5

Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP)
Craft Factory
One River School
Owl & Bee Clay Co.
Portland Child Art Studio


Performing Arts Company

Photo by Briana Cerezo Photography, courtesy Oregon Children’s Theatre.

Winner: Oregon Children’s Theatre (OCT)

Whether your kids are budding thespians or simply fans of live performances, Oregon Children’s Theatre is one of Portland’s beloved performing arts companies. And there’s a lot to love! Shows like The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night are back in person. OCT has a stellar line up of both in-person and virtual acting classes and workshops where kids ages 3 to 18 can learn painting, improv techniques, the fundamentals of film acting and more.

Top 5

Echo Theater
Northwest Children’s Theater and School (NWCT)
Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT)
Oregon Symphony
The Portland Ballet

Kindie Musician/Performer

Winner: Red Yarn Productions

If our kids could line up to go to a live concert right now, chances are they’d endure standing in the rain to see folk-rock great Red Yarn. His infectiously positive energy and menagerie of puppet critters have been engaging Portland littles for years. Check out Red Yarn’s article 12 Must-See BIPOC Portland Family Artists.

Top 5

Mo Phillips
Mr. Ben
Olive and Dingo Productions
Penny’s Puppet Productions
Tallulah’s Daddy

Kid Friendly Movie Theater

Image courtesy McMenamins Kennedy School

Winner: McMenamins Kennedy School

Sure, McMenamins is known for their rotating beer and crave-worthy food — Cajun tots, anyone?! — but the Kennedy School location in Northeast also makes for a great place to catch a movie. The cozy theater is filled with comfy sofas and armchairs where the whole family can watch repeat favorites like Harry Potter or Boss Baby, or newer releases like Mortal Kombat. Even better, tickets for children 12 and under are only $3 and littles 2 and under are free!

Top 5

Academy Theater
Laurelhurst Theater
McMenamins Bagdad Theater & Pub
Mount Hood Theater
Wunderland Cinema and Nickel Games

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