Zoooom—there they go, through the kitchen, grabbing a snack, barely stopping on the way. If your kids feel the need for speed, Portland offers plenty of places to roll and pedal rain or shine. Grab your skates, bikes, boards, and scooters, because we found a bunch of fun places where your kids will have a wheel-y fun time.
photo: Oaks Park by Christmas w/a K via flickr
Portland’s first name on wheels is the rink at Oaks Park, where anyone who can walk can strap on a pair of skates and get rolling. For your littlest bruisers, check out the preschool skate during the school year on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Parents of infants, this is the time for you to get your roll on: Strollers with clean and dry wheels are welcome on the skating floor during this special time. For school-age kids, shoot the duck at after-school sessions, Saturday morning kids-only sessions, or sign up for skating lessons. Cost: $6.25-$7.50, skate rental $1.75-$5.
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
503-233-5777, ext. 111
photo: Gresham Skate World skates by Riley P. via Yelp
Gresham Skate World
Cheap skate, kids’ skate, family skate, tiny tots … Gresham Skate World has a time for all kinds of east side families to enjoy a roll on the hardwood. You’ll find the classic 80’s skating experience here, so get ready for red light green light, song requests from the DJ booth, and maybe even a little gum underneath the benches. Just like you remember! “Skate Fun Club” members get birthday passes and other discounts. Get rolling for $2.75-8, and watch the website for coupons.
1220 NE Kelly Ave.
photo: Mt. Scott Community Center rink by Robert L. via Yelp
Mt. Scott Community Center
Yes, Mt. Scott Community Center has a rink, complete with rental skates, tucked away in the basement. It’s not exactly a ritzy skating experience, but it’s a sweet and non-intimidating place to get your skate on…unless you’re intimidated by pillars in the middle of the skating floor. Don’t worry, parents. They’re pretty easy to avoid, and padded, too. Skating times are limited, but super affordable for families: $4-5 for admission, plus $1 for skate rental. Enter the rink via a separate entrance in the rear (east side) of the building.
5530 SE 72nd Ave.
photo: The Lumberyard by Andre J. via Yelp
This indoor bike park has taken off with plenty of loyal BMX, mountain bikers and balance-bike-riding toddler fans. Scooters are allowed downstairs in the “grind” area, too. Check out the “Six and Under Shred” times on Mondays and Fridays when Portland Public Schools are in session, when little shredders can get in for just $8. Bike and helmet rental is extra, if applicable. All riders are required to wear helmets, and skaters under 12 need parental supervision. Try it out for $8-25, plus rental fees.
2700 NE 82nd Ave.
photo: Commonweath Skateboarding by Catherine C. via Yelp
Ever walked down SE 20th and wondered what the heck was going on in this little bitty storefront? Wonder no more: It’s a small skatepark, and you and your kids are invited. There are open sessions, times just for kids, and even Skate Like a Girl sessions on Sundays, a donation-based class with separate sessions for ages 7 & under, and 7 & up. All minors are required to wear helmets. And hey, mom and dad, there’s even an “olds” session for us fogies 21 & over, in case those teens just get in the way of your awesomeness. Admission for most sessions is $7-10.
1425 SE 20th Ave.
photo: courtesy of Kevaland
D-Block Indoor Skatepark
A skate park that doesn’t discriminate: BMX, board, blade, scoot, or roller skate your way through, so any little ones can try out tricks on their wheels of choice. Learn to “drop in,” grind, and catch some air. Beginners might be interested in small group lessons from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday mornings, covering park safety as well as basic moves. You’ll find the park in Kevaland’s Clackamas Business Center Building, Building D. Helmets are required, and other safety gear is recommended. $10 admission on weekdays, $15 on weekends.
8921 SE Jannsen Rd.
Notes: Safety first! If safety gear is recommended or offered, it’s never a bad idea.
How does your family like to roll? Let us know in the Comments!