Don’t let a little rain spoil your fun! Portland offers a broad array of indoor activities, fun and games for high-energy kiddos (and adults, too).
Indoor activities for children
Fútbol fanatics should head to 30,000-square-foot (2,787 sq m) Rose City Futsal to take advantage of its three full-sized soccer courts: two turf and one hard rubber. Before you leave, shop for new shin guards and goalie gloves at the adjoining Far Post Soccer Supply Company, then grab a gourmet burger and microbrew at Clive’s Public House.
Open seven days a week, the Portland Tennis Center at Buckman Fields Park offers eight indoor courts. Peaceful St. Johns hosts its own venue, the St. Johns Racquet Center, which offers three indoor courts and free monthly “junior play days.”
With short walls, thickly padded floors and no tricky belay systems, bouldering gym The Circuit is great for kids. Portland Rock Gym is also kid-friendly (it even hosts its own youth climbing team), plus offers nourishing vegetarian eats at Prasad East upstairs. The mammoth Planet Granite offers five stories of rock climbing bliss, featuring 200 routes and an expansive bouldering area.
Tigard’s Sky High Sports offers all sorts of fun-filled trampoline activities, including dodgeball, basketball hoops and a supersized foam pit. It even provides a kids-only court for young jumpers and a multi-level (non-bouncy) “adventureland” play area. Southeast Portland’s G6 Airpark offers similar features, plus a “ninja challenge” obstacle course.
Portland’s Lumberyard Bike Park is a beloved destination for BMX-ers, dirt jumpers and mountain bikers of all ability levels. Very young children can stop by on Monday and Friday mornings for “six and under shred,” and beginners of all ages can practice on the Green Line, which offers a pump/jump line, mini-ramp and technical balance trail
Skate down Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and into 4,500-square-foot (418 sq m) Commonwealth Skateboarding, an indoor concrete skate park built in an old stone-cutting warehouse. Young skaters are welcome anytime, but if your little ones are feeling shy, stop by on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for kids-only sessions, or on select Sundays for free “skate like a girl” clinics.
One of the largest skating rinks in America awaits at historic Oaks Amusement Park in Southeast Portland. For maximum fun, catch “kids’ morning” on Saturdays or “preschool play and skate” on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
The Portland metro area offers a number of year-round ice-skating rinks. Lloyd Center Mall has attracted shoppers to its oval rink since 1960, and recent upgrades have made it even better. Winterhawks Skating Center is the official practice facility of the Portland Winterhawks, and public skate sessions are open to all. Sherwood Ice Arena, a 30-minute drive southwest of Portland, also offers daily public sessions. Learn more about ice skating in Portland.
Table tennis devotees should make a beeline for Portland’s premiere ping pong social club, Pips & Bounce. Visitors can snack on nachos, pizza and root beer floats in between rounds of this classic recreation room game.
Opened in 2016, modern KingPins allow bowlers to watch sports or music videos on HD televisions in between turns. The 40-lane bowling center also includes a 4,000-square-foot (372 sq m) game room. Grand Central Bowl is another popular bowling destination, thanks to its giant HD projection screens, balcony game room and expansive food and drink menu, which gets delivered right to your seat. And speaking of great eats, Punch Bowl Social offers all sorts of gourmet gastro-diner plates (think Idaho trout and chicken ’n’ waffles), as well as bowling, pool, karaoke and a vintage arcade.