Kids need lots of time to run, jump, explore and play. When winter weather threatens to keep your clan indoors, or if local park is growing old, consider mixing things up with a trip to an indoor playground. These are some of our favorite indoor play spaces.
photo: Play Boutique
Play Boutique is a little upscale, as the name might suggest, but without being too fancy. Sure, kids can enjoy “fruity fondue,” but there are also whole wheat corn dogs on the menu. Check the schedule for “stay and play” times, which offer open play on a drop-in basis. They also offer “drop and shop” services, where you can leave the kids in their hands for a few hours if you need to get some errands done.
464 First Street
Lake Oswego, Or
12345 SW Horizon Blvd.
Bring a date of your own, and catch up on some much-needed grown-up time as your kids jump in the foam pit. There’s Stumptown Coffee (or wine) for you, Wi-Fi, and plenty to keep the kids busy (climbing a castle, shooting foam balls) long enough to catch up with a friend or some work. It can get crowded, especially on weekends, so head there first thing in the morning for more peaceful play.
1434 NW 17th Ave.
Out of This World Pizza
Your kids will flip for this interstellar west side play area. One part pizza place, one part arcade and one part playground, you can keep all ages happy for hours at a time. Play time is unlimited, and there’s Wi-Fi for mom and dad while the kids climb through three stories of the “astronaut training center,” bounce houses and rock climbing walls.
6255 NW Century Blvd.
photo: Munchkin Playland
Looking for a tot-friendly play place where you won’t have to worry about your toddler? Muchkin Playland is a scaled-down play place especially for children under 42 inches, and they cater to the 4 & under set. Have an older kid? There’s a small area with a play kitchen and some other toys that they can enjoy, for a reduced fee. You’ll pay less for cruisers and crawlers, too, so you can enjoy a change of scenery without playing an arm and a leg.
18335 NW West Union Rd.
Portland, Or (Near Tanasbourne and Hillsboro)
Safari Sam’s doesn’t mess around when it comes to family fun. They boast Oregon’s largest jungle gym, a more physically demanding jungle gym for kids 9 & up, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, bounce houses. There’s also a game room, if you have energy for skeeball after all that.
16260 SW Langer Dr.
photo: Courtesy of JJ Jump
Hop your way to a good night’s sleep! Both locations have a variety of inflatables. There’s bouncing as well as mazes to make your way through, basketball hoops with balls and inflatable slides. The Clackamas location has an “Extreme” portion for older kids who’re looking for a bit more excitement: a zip swing, neon lights, climbing wall, and video games. For younger kids, check out the creative play area for a break from jumping.
9057 SE Jannsen Rd.
7500 NE 16th Ave., #2-D
photo: Naim Hassam Photography
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Sometimes mom and dad want a playground of their own, and the MJCC has amenities that appeal to everyone from infants to seniors. Enjoy the indoor soccer field, pool, gym and a lot more. Club J offers supervised play time for ages 6-12, while mom and dad go do their own thing. Three times weekly, parents and kids up to 5 can drop in for indoor playground play ($5 for guests, free for members).
6651 SW Capitol Hwy.
What’s your family’s favorite indoor spot for letting off some steam? Let us know in the comments!