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 Kids in Portland
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
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.
A favorite with Portland parents, PlayDate PDX offers a massive, three-story indoor playground made for climbing, crawling, sliding and exploring. An expansive seating area allows families to refuel with pizza, wraps and kid-friendly finger foods before diving back in for another round of fun.
Kids can channel their inner kung fu masters at Monkey King Play House, a dynamic, multi-story destination in East Portland that combines space for martial arts lessons, private party rooms and celebrations of Chinese culture. Arrive hungry, because their café offers spring rolls, dumplings, chow mein, fried rice, pork buns and other Asian-inspired bites, along with classic kid-friendly bites like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chicken nuggets and hot dogs.
Clackamas Town Center
Take advantage of tax-free shopping without leaving out the little ones. Ride the MAX Light Rail Green Line to Clackamas Town Center where you’ll find an outdoor-themed play space with faux logs and trees to scramble up, over or under.
For springy fun, visit Northeast Portland’s Children’s Gym during their open gym hours. Welcoming guests 13 and under, this gymnastics-oriented facility features an extensive range of equipment —beams, bars, rings, springboards and trampolines — all protected with cushy mats and thick flooring.
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
The Portland metro area has 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.
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.
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.
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.
Table tennis devotees should make a beeline for Portland’s premier 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.
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.”
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