When the weather gets too warm in the summer, too cold in the winter, or too rainy any day of the year here in Portland, parents are regularly questioning the fun activities they can do with their kids.
It’s hard to please everyone from ages 5 to 50, but there are some timeless suggestions that will keep everyone engaged in a spirited, fun-filled way.
Here are five activities to test out when answering the age-old question, “What can I do for indoor family entertainment?”
1. Choose Your Adventure at Langer’s
What do you do when one child wants to play arcade games, another wants to bowl, and you’d really like to try your hand at laser tag and, honestly, just hang out by a warm campfire? Well, your wish is just about to come true!
The Langer family settled in Oregon in the late 1800s and opened their farm in 1879 in the Willamette Valley. For more than ten years they had a vision to give back to the community and create a place where families could come together and have a good time. That dream is about to become a reality at Langer’s Entertainment Center.
While you might find a few of these activities in one place now, soon you’ll know just where to go for indoor family entertainment near Portland. The answer will be Langer’s: the destination that will have something for everyone.
2. Pick Out a Game Together & Host a Family-Friendly Competition at Home
Whether your family is into card games, board games, dice games, creative games, or knowledge games, there are so many to choose from today that you simply can’t go wrong. Not sure where to start? Just stop by your local game store and ask. Sure, the associates will know the classics like Chutes and Ladders, Twister, and Phase 10, but they might also suggest something right off the rack that will fit your family just right.
Once you’ve decided on one or a few, head back home and get the competition started. Team up girls versus boys, kids versus parents, or simply take each other on as individuals. Don’t forget to keep the mood light and enjoy each other’s company. After all, it’s just a game.
3. Head to the Arcade
Does your family host board game night every Friday and want to switch things up for Saturday? Then head to your local arcade to battle zombies, dance the night away with DDR, or be the first of your crew to race around the track. Take on multiple adventures and stay active when you experience all an arcade has to offer.
But, remember, it’s about spending time together, so don’t just let the kids wander off. Instead, challenge them to a game of air hockey, ski ball, shooting hoops, and more. Hop in the car and try out QuarterWorld Arcade on SE Hawthorne, Arcade Club PDX in Tigard, or High Score Arcade on SE Morrison.
4. Test Your Skills at Rock Climbing
A sport of endurance and finesse that has taken the world by storm in the last few years is rock climbing. While it certainly takes a little bravery and a bit of strength, beginners are encouraged at all ages. So if your youngest child has been asking to try his hand on the rock wall, why not make it a family activity?
Portland Rock Gym and Planet Granite are two ideal options where you will be exposed to both bouldering and climbing on belay. PRG even has auto-belay machines, which is ideal when your family is just starting to learn. Both facilities offering day passes, rental equipment, and introductory and advanced courses.
5. Stop by an Indoor Playground and Focus on Fun for the Kids
Let’s be real. While you want to spend quality time with your family, you also want to relax this weekend and find a place where your kids can safely roam and release their seemingly endless energy while you just chill. We’ve got you covered!
You deserve your downtime while your children are off acting like literal monkeys so head to the following indoor family entertainment spots to accomplish just that: PlayDate PDX on NW 17th Avenue, Money King Play House on SE Powell, Sky High Sports in Tigard, and more.
Your kids might want to run around until they collapse, but you’re already there. So don’t be hard on yourself for wanting a breather. Just head to an indoor playground, and you’ll both have the best weekend yet.
Everyone says that kids grow up so fast. You blink and they’ve grown an inch. You can’t believe they already … fill in the blank here.
Your children will grow up before you know it, so why not make this time with them extra special and create memories you’ll all cherish for a lifetime? Get started today and make plans at the indoor family entertainment location of your choosing.