School is out for the summer, but the kids are still go-go-go. When they’ve got all that energy, what better place to head to than one of the many community centers around Portland? These centers offer an escape from the humdrum with classes, space for open creative play, sports areas, and pools galore. Let your kids wiggle out all their energy by challenging themselves on the climbing walls, kicking out some martial art moves, or swatting a tennis ball. We’ve rounded up nine of the best centers Portland has to offer, so keeping scrolling for details on all of the fun!
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All of Portland’s local community centers offer play areas, summer camps, regular classes, child care, and educational preschools in the fall. Anyone with a Portland address is considered a resident, and non-residents will pay just a few dollars more.
Drop-in fees are valid for all areas of the centers, at $3.75-$5.50 for residents (kids under 3 are free). 20-use punch cards are available for $64-$94. A 3 month Family Pass is $210 and an Annual Family Pass is $684. Classes are priced individually, and are roughly $40 for 4-6 classes. Summer camps are roughly $70/week.
Be sure to check the websites and online brochures for open swim times, class details, and more!
This large facility located on the east side has a great pool with four lanes, a zero-depth entry pool (great for young kids still getting used to the water on their own terms!), a waterslide, and a splash area. Head out for family swim time, or sign up for a class geared toward your children’s ages and abilities. Inside you’ll find an open gymnasium with basketball and volleyball courts.
Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.- 9:30 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
740 SE 106th Ave.
All of the community centers offer great afterschool care with the Rise Afterschool program, which combines fun and education through play. The small Hillsdale center in northwest Portland also has kids tennis lessons, summer camps for youth and toddlers, with music, science, exploration, and more. Check online now for dates in August that are still open!
Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thurs. 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
653 Northwest Culpepper Terr.
Bouldering is big here in the PNW. And this cool center features a popular climbing wall. There are also two gyms and a computer lab for your little brainiac. Three times a week staff host a family art night for parents and kids under 5 at Art Park, and on weekends you can participate in family basketball.
Art Park $1, Family Basketball $3.50-$4.25, youth gym is free for kids under 17
Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.- 1p.m.
9009 N Foss Ave.
photo: Buck G. via Yelp
Another place to splash, this center in Northeast Portland has an indoor pool with lap, open swim time, a diving board, and swim classes. They heat the pool to a comfortable 84 degrees—perfect for sensitive swimmers under two or those still getting used to the water. Outside of swimming, they offer classes like Terrific Twirling (ballet) for ages 2-3, Tiny Hip Hoppers for ages 4-6, basketball for ages 7-14, and self-defense for teens.
Mon.-Thus. 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri. 5:30 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
77 NE Knott St.
There’s no pool here, but this community center offers plenty of classes like TeenForce, a program for teens that emphasizes leadership through music production, weight lifting, and Girl Strength. Younger kids have options for tiny tumblers, artists, and musicians, and those under five can run free in the toddler gym and explore the bounce house.
Toddler gym $1 per child
Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m.- 10 p.m.
8219 NE Glisan St.
photo: Alex M. via Yelp
One of the bigger pools in town, the six lanes here keep busy with swimmers, the waterslide shoots down into a splashdown pool, and anyone can float or walk in the current channel and vortex. The fun doesn’t stop there, if you go inside your little monkey can play on the climbing wall, run around the gym, explore an indoor park for ages 5 and under, and hit the rollerskating rink! Mt. Scott offers plenty of classes like Messy Art, archery, music, and more.
Mon.-Fri. 5:30 a.m.- 9:30 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.- 12 p.m.
5530 SE 72nd Ave.
Nestled right in Peninsula Park near the rose garden, this center offers classes for the young ‘uns including tumbling, soccer, Let’s Pretend Theater, and more! Right outside is a playground with a splash pad for fun before and after classes. Don’t miss the roses and big fountain on the way out!
Mon.-Thus. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. closed
700 N Rosa Parks Way
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Sellwood’s center comes with a gymnasium, a basketball court, a playground, and a great game and computer room. It even offers classes for young computer programmers, like Pokemon Video Game Design and Minecraft Modding. The usual run of standard classes are offered as well including music, dance, art, and martial arts.
Mon.-Thus. 8:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
1436 SE Spokane St.
The pool at this center has six lanes, a waterslide and a splashdown area, with toddlers’ favorite zero-depth entry. Kids can take classes on the bouldering wall inside along with the other offerings. Be sure to check out the Parent’s Night Out! Once a month on Friday from 5-9p.m., the center’s staff will keep your kids entertained with crafts, activities, kids’ movies and popcorn, while you enjoy some time to yourself!
Parents Night Out $29/child
Mon-Fri 5:15 a.m.- 9:30 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
6820 SW 45th Ave.
Does your family have a favorite community center that we skipped over? Share it with us in the comments below!