Did the weekend sneak up on you again? We hear ya. The following spots have you covered with drop-in classes for yoga, art and rock walls that need no advance reservations. Just drop in to play, create, or learn something new.
photo: Art ala Carte via Yelp
Art ala Carte
This self-described “art bar” lets kids loose on an array of materials and mediums to create in. Open studios on Saturdays from noon-5 p.m. require a care giver on site. For kids 1-4, the cost is $9. For ages 5 & up, it’s $11. Grownups, it’s your choice if you’d like to just watch, or pay your own fee and do some creating, too. Get $2 off your admission for donating a paper bag of recycled goods or art supplies. Insider’s note: the Portland location has recently moved to a new building.
2106 NE MLK Blvd.
5305 NE 121st Ave., #306
photo: Kids’ Yoga by J via flickr
Every fourth Saturday from 3-4 p.m., Yoga Shala invites families to enjoy music and story as part of an all-ages accessible yoga class. Cost is on a donation basis, so anyone can join classes that are normally $14 each.
If you like that class, keep in mind that Yoga Shala also offers other kids’ classes and had child care on site for adult classes.
3808 N Williams, Ste. B
photo: Andrea F. via Yelp
Oregon Gymnastics Academy Indoor Park
When they say all ages, they mean all ages! If your little one can roll over, they can roll on a mat at the Indoor Park at Oregon Gymnastics Academy on Saturdays. Kids up to 17 can enjoy the facilities from noon-1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. On Sunday from 9 – 11 a.m., families can enjoy Sensory Sundays, “exclusively for families of children affected by Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum, Attention Deficit Disorder, or any other disabilities.” Indoor Parks are sometimes cancelled for camps, so check the online calendar ahead of time.
16305 NW Bethany Ct, Ste. 109
photo: Playground Gym via Yelp
Playground Gym Open Play
Run, jump, and get some energy out! Playground Gym is small enough for your little tumblers to stay in view if you want to have a seat for a moment, but you can join in the fun as well. Sometimes the staff creates special obstacle courses for weekend open players to balance, hop, and feel more confident in their little bodies, but kids are encouraged to create their own courses as well. $8 admits one child aged 1-12. Open play runs on Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m., but be sure to double-check the schedule before packing the kids in the car.
505 NE Grand Ave.
photo: Ledding Library by Robert G. via Yelp
Saturday Craft Days
Saturday craft sessions take place every Saturday from 2-3 p.m. at the lovely Ledding Library. Ages 5 & up can work on the seasonal craft project of the week, and locals can pick up a book or two while they’re there.
10660 SE 21st Ave.
What drop-in activities does your family enjoy on weekends? Let us know in the comments!
— Kelley Gardiner