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These kid-friendly fun areas are great rainy day destinations.

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Tuck Woodstock

Tuck Woodstock

Tuck Woodstock has been writing and editing content for Travel Portland since 2014. Read more

Don’t let a little rain spoil your fun! Portland offers a wide range of indoor activities, entertainment and games for kids (and adults too) full of energy.

Don’t let a little rain spoil your fun!


One of America’s largest skating rinks awaits at historic Oaks Amusement Park in southeast Portland. For maximum fun, attend the “kids morning” on Saturday or the “preschool games and skating” on Tuesdays and Wednesdays


Opened in 2016, the modern KingPins allow bowlers to watch sports or music videos on HDTVs between rounds. The 40-lane bowling center also includes a 4,000 square foot (372 m²) game room. The Grand Central Bowl is another popular bowling destination, thanks to its giant HD projection screens, balcony game room and extensive food and drink menu, which are delivered right to your seat. And speaking of great food, Punch Bowl Social has all kinds of gourmet gourmet plates (think Idaho trout and chicken and waffles), plus a bowling alley, pool, karaoke, and vintage arcade. .

Yes, it’s true — it rains in Portland. Locals don’t let that stop you, and neither should you! From kid-friendly indoor activities to parks and gardens that keep you covered, Portland will keep you busy, rain or shine.

Indoor playgrounds

A favorite of Portland parents, PlayDate PDX features a massive three-story indoor playground designed for climbing, crawling, sliding and exploring. A spacious seating area allows families to stock up on kid-friendly pizzas, wraps and bites before heading back in for another round of fun.

Kids can channel their inner kung fu masters at Monkey King Play House, a vibrant multi-story destination in East Portland that combines space for martial arts lessons, private party rooms and birthday celebrations. Chinese culture. Arrive hungry, as their cafe offers spring rolls, dumplings, chow mein, fried rice, pork buns, and other Asian-inspired bites, as well as classic kid-friendly bites like buttermilk sandwiches. peanut and jelly, chicken nuggets and hot dogs.

Take advantage of tax-free purchases without forgetting the little ones. Ride the green MAX Light Rail line to downtown Clackamas, where you’ll find an outdoor-themed play area with faux logs and trees to climb, over or under.

For some springtime fun, visit the Northeast Portland Children’s Gym during gym hours. Welcoming ages 13 and under, this gymnastics-focused facility offers a huge range of equipment – ​​balance beams, bars, rings, springboards and trampolines – all protected by plush mats and thick flooring.

two children sitting in a train, one is dressed as a train conductor

Family fun for all ages

Whether your kids are learning to crawl or mastering their iPhone, Portland’s many kid-friendly activities make for a great time.

Hammer and Jacks is located in Southeast Foster in Portland, OR.  You can find a wide range of toys and books for all ages.  Hammer and Jack also have story time every Friday at their store.

Portland Toy Stores

Whether you’re a parent looking for an educational game or a collector looking for a vintage action figure, Portland’s toy stores deliver.

people of all ages around a picnic table covered with draft beers and coloring books

Child-Friendly Breweries in Portland

In a city with so many great breweries, parents don’t have to choose between spending time with their kids and enjoying a good pint of beer.


Portland’s Lumberyard Bike Park is a popular destination for BMX, dirt jump and mountain bike enthusiasts of all skill levels. Very young children can stop on Monday and Friday mornings for a “six and under” shred, and beginners of all ages can practice on the Green Line, which offers a push-up/jump line, a mini -ramp and a technical balancing course.

Ice skating

The Portland metropolitan area has a number of rinks that are open year-round. Lloyd Center Mall has been drawing shoppers to its oval rink since 1960, and recent upgrades have made it even better. The Winterhawks Skating Center is the official training facility for the Portland Winterhawks and public skating sessions are open to everyone. Sherwood Ice Arena, a 30-minute drive southwest of Portland, also offers daily public sessions.


Soccer fanatics should head to the 30,000-square-foot (2,787 m²) Rose City Futsal to take advantage of its three full-size soccer fields: two grass and one hard rubber. Before you go, buy some new shin guards and goalie gloves at the nearby Far Post Soccer Supply Company, then grab a gourmet burger and microbrew at Clive’s Public House.


With short walls, thick floors and no fiddly belay systems, The Circuit bouldering gym is ideal for kids. Portland Rock Gym is also kid-friendly (it even hosts its own youth climbing team) and has an upstairs cafe. Mammoth Planet Granite offers five stories of climbing bliss, with 200 routes and a huge bouldering area.


Walk down Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and enter the 4,500-square-foot (418 m²) Commonwealth Skateboarding, an indoor concrete skate park built in a former stone-cutting warehouse. Young skaters are welcome anytime, but if your little ones are feeling shy, stop by Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for kids-only sessions, or select Sundays for free “skate like a girl” clinics.

table tennis

Table tennis enthusiasts should head to Portland’s premier ping pong social club, Pips & Bounce. Visitors can snack on nachos, pizza, and root beer floats between rounds of this classic recreation room game.


Open seven days a week, the Portland Tennis Center at Buckman Fields Park offers eight indoor courts. Peaceful St. Johns hosts its own venue, the St. Johns Racquet Center, which offers three indoor courts and free monthly “junior game days.”