9 Indoor Playspaces for Rambunctious Kids
Does your house look like a pack of wild animals have been let loose? Has your staircase turned into a Toboggan run? Couches been made into makeshift trampolines? Or maybe your countertops have been converted to BASE jump platforms? It’s time to get tasmanian devils out of the house to release some serious adrenaline. Ready? Let’s kick it up a notch with some of Portland’s best rough and tumble indoor playgrounds and gyms.
Gyms and Trampoline Parks
Founded by a Bulgarian circus gymnast, the Naydenov Gymnastics & Fun Center in Vancouver Washington has open gyms on Friday afternoons and Sunday evenings. Kids of all ages can start their own three ring circus on the flying trapeze, zip lines, and trampolines. The pee wee pirate types will get their kicks Cannonballing into the foam pit, or starting a war in the soft ball room.
Here’s your kid’s chance to literally bounce off the walls. The motto at G6 Airpark is, if you can walk, you can jump. All ages are welcome in this 12,000 square foot indoor trampoline park. Wear out the wild ones with a dodgeball area, dunking court and trick zone. Check the website for their almost daily open play times.
Scale a wall, swing like Tarzan, or climb a treehouse like Robinson Crusoe. Although smaller than many other gyms on this list, the Playground Gym’s open play time offers plenty of oversized foam blocks and gym equipment to horse around on. And if you’ve got more than one kid to keep your eye on, this manageable sized space makes it pretty easy to do the “eyes in the back of the head” thing.
In Beaverton, The twelve and under can bounce their sillies out at Pump it Up, or for tamer, tinier beasts, Pump it Up Junior is just down the road and caters to six and under. There are even a few special times for the zero to three crowd so they can bounce without being stampeded by the big kids.
JJ Jump has two huge indoor warehouse locations full of bouncy castles in both Clackamas (4000 square feet) and Vancouver Washington (6000 square feet). Sprightly kids and spry toddlers can explore their huge bouncy slides, fun houses, and bouncy basketball court. Be ready for total mayhem, these places can get a little “Lord of the Flies” but mostly in a good way. Toddler can’t take the heat? Not to worry, there are gentler, kinder three-and-under areas at both locations.
Inflatable Kingdom in Tigard has bouncy slides galore, Slip on oversized inflatable gloves and duke it out in the puffy boxing ring or fight off dragons in the huge medieval castle. Be sure to call ahead, reservations for open play are required.
Especially for the Five and Under Mighty Munchkins
The city styled Kidopolis has 8 themed playrooms for wee ones five and under. This Southeast location will keep your kids busy with sand pits, train tracks, and art projects. They are at SE 69th and Foster, are open every day but Wednesday from 10-5, and you don’t need a reservation. Located off SE 6th and Foster.
In Northwest Portland, for the zero to three crowd, Friendlyhouse is the place to play on a rainy day. This non-Profit neighborhood center has drop-in playgroup on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Downstairs there are toys, books, and games, and a sensory pit. Upstairs kids can race around a large play structure on an assortment of trikes and bikes.
Portland Parks and Rec has indoor play parks throughout the city, but there are a few shining stars. The Charles Jordon Community Center and Peninsula Park Community Center in North Portland has a fleet of bikes and toddler cars to race around on. East Portland Community Center in Southeast has drop-in times three days a week for 5 and under.
Most of these playparks have regularly scheduled open play times but since most are big on booking parties, it’s always a good idea to call ahead and make sure. While you’re on the website, save some time at the register and print out any waiver forms you’ll need.
Looking for even more fun? Check out 7 more indoor play spaces around Portland.
What did we miss? Where do your tasmanian devils like to tear it up?
– Alanna Risse
Special thanks to Liberty Wilson and G6 Airpark for the use of photos from Naydenov Gym and G6. All other photos courtesy of Alanna Risse.