April may be nigh, but the rain is here to stay. We Portlanders need plenty of options for indoor play, but luckily, several organizations serve this need. Within the past few months, three new indoor activity spots have opened to rave reviews.
Hillsboro: Outdoors In park @ the plaza
Launched by the Hillsboro Parks Department (can’t you just picture this being spearheaded by Leslie Knope from NBC’s Parks and Recreation?) the new Outdoors In park @ the plaza is 3,800 square feet full of indoor fun, including a full-size playground system with slides, an 8-foot bouldering wall and a unique whole-body electronic gaming system that provides a fun, heart-pumping workout. The space is open to everyone and has many hours of drop-in play: Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am – noon & 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Saturdays are 10:00 am – noon. Admission is $3.50 for residents and $5 for non-residents.
Beaverton: Sky-High Sports: The Trampoline Place
You can literally bounce off the walls at Sky High (pictured), located near Washington Square in Tigard. This sweat-inducing outing lets kiddos (adults too) jump on trampolines, launch into foam pits, play dodgeball and generally bounce to their hearts content. This popular spot often fills to capacity, especially on rainy weekends. You can guarantee your kids an hour of jumping by reserving online in advance. Prices are $10 per person, per hour. Parents must remain onsite but do not have to join in the jumping. Toddlers can enjoy the entire place with no big kids at Munchkin Mondays, every week from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Drop-in rate for Munchkin Monday is $6 per hour.
Portland: Playdate PDX
PlaydatePDX has a slightly different model than most indoor play destinations, with equal space given to the play structure and the parent hang-out area. Parents can hook into the free WiFi, read, socialize with friends and dine off the tasty menu (including Stumptown coffee, beer and wine; paninis and pizzas) for several hours. And by may, we mean all day; an open play ticket is good from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm. daily. Toddlers (3 and under) can play for $4 on weekdays; $5 on weekends and holidays. Older kids are $8 and $10, respectively. Once our kidlets cross the threshold into the play structure, you may not see them until they show up with requests for beverages and snacks. Remember to bring cash and socks for the kids—and try to avoid lunchtime and school holidays if crowds aren’t your thing.