Activities in Portland

“The Nutcracker” Presented by Oregon Ballet Theatre at Keller Auditorium on December 14–27 (Up to $ Off)

"The Nutcracker"

Keller Auditorium

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Tchaikovsky’s classic score twirls to life in a holiday ballet which sees young Clara venture into a dreamland of snow and ice

$60 $36

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Entry for Two or Four Adults, or Two Adults and Two Kids to the Portland Metro Reptile Expo (Up to 58% Off)

Northwest Reptile Expos

Multiple Locations

Selection of captive bred reptiles and other pets will be for sale; educational exhibits, pet products, supply vendors, and veterinarians

$18 $9

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Half-Hour Private Lesson for Up to Five or One-Hour Introductory Group Class at Archers Afield (Up to 53% Off)

Archers Afield

Tigard

Indoor lanes enable archers to pierce targets with rented equipment, and private lessons helmed by expert instructors cover essentials

$65 $32

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$6 for a 2014 Three-Visit Indoor Playground Pass at Munchkin Playland ($15 Value)

Munchkin Playland

Tanasbourne North / Hillsboro

Children explore an indoor playground with slides and climbing structures while adults relax in an adjoining cafe

$15 $6

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$21 for All-Day Classic Holiday Skate with Skate Rental for Two at Lloyd Center Ice Rink ($32 Value)

Lloyd Center Ice Rink

Lloyd District

Rented skates lace snugly around ankles as duos glide across the twinkling indoor rink decked for the holidays

$32 $21

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Portland Pilots Men's Basketball Game Package for One or Four at Chiles Center (Up to 67% Off). Three Games Available.

University of Portland Men's Basketball

Chiles Center - University of Portland

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The Pilots square off against opponents in front of rowdy home crowds at the Chiles Center, where they went 10–6 last season

$29.25 $10

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$19.99 for a Dance-Lesson Package for One or Two at Fred Astaire Dance Studio ($390 Value)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Northwest District

Experienced instructors lead individuals or partners through introductory private, personalized lessons & group classes

$390 $19.99

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Movie or "Rocky Horror" Experience for Two with Popcorn and Drinks at Clinton Street Theater (Up to 51% Off)

Clinton Street Theater

Hosford - Abernethy

Enjoy classic and independent movies while munching popcorn or dress up as your favorite Rocky Horror character for a midnight screening

$26.50 $13

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$95 for $150 Worth of Dinner and Live Music — IDEA WORKS

Idea Works

Portland

From the merchant: Celebrate holidays with an evening with The Spinners; December 6, 6:30 p.m. at Oregon Convention Center; dinner included

$150 $95

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Taekwondo and Fitness Classes at Way of Life Taekwondo & Fitness Arts (Up to 88% Off). Four Options Available.

Way of Life Taekwondo & Fitness Arts

Multnomah

Kids and adults can get fit as they have fun in classes that teach practical self-defense skills and mental discipline

$154.50 $19

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Bouldering Day Pass for Two, Five-Visit Punch Pass, or Intro Class for Two (Up to 68% Off)

The Circuit Bouldering Gym

Multiple Locations

Climb verticals, slabs, and overhangs 8 to 17 feet high without need for harness; new Tigard location offers 19,000 square feet of climbing

$63 $24

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10 or 20 Hot Yoga Classes at ZenSpot (Up to 76% Off)

ZenSpot

Southwest Portland

Instructors lead fluid sequences of Vinyasa-style postures and breathing exercises amid the colorful walls of a heated studio

$130 $32

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5 or 10 Kettlebell Classes at Skogg Gym (Up to 72% Off)

Skogg Gym

Portland

Kettlebells weighing anywhere from 9 to 106 pounds are incorporated into exercises with low-impact, full-body functional movements

$100 $29.99

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Three or Six Personal-Training Sessions at Fit Oregon (Up to 72% Off)

Fit Oregon

Portland

Personal-training sessions rely on time-tested fitness techniques, focusing on weights, diet, and cardio

$105 $39

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One-Year Family or Individual Membership to Audubon Society of Portland (51% Off)

Audubon Society of Portland

Northwest District

Membership includes a newsletter subscription, members-only discounts, and the knowledge that you're helping to protect Oregon's birds

$45 $22

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One Month of Rhythmic Gymnastics Classes at Rose City Rhythmic (Up to 58% Off)

Rose City Rhythmic

Portland

Students in rhythmic gymnastics classes mix tumbling and dance while playing with hoops, balls, ribbons, and ropes

$65 $29

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One or Three Months of Gym Membership and One Personal-Training Session at Anytime Fitness (Up to 73% Off)

Anytime Fitness

Portland

Strength training and aerobic equipment help clients fortify their physiques in a gym that's open 24/7

$75 $26

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Punch Card for Four or Eight Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Nia Technique, Inc. (Up to 69% Off)

Nia Technique, Inc.

Downtown Portland

Nia fitness classes combine martial arts, dancing, and healing during sessions set to music and designed to encourage healthy living

$44 $17

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Private Pilates, Gyrotonic, or Personal-Training Sessions at Vital Body Studio (Up to 72% Off). Two Options Available.

Vital Body Studio

Portland

Certified trainers use Pilates Reformers and Gyrotonic pulley towers as they tone muscles and improve posture for balanced, healthy bodies

$195 $60

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From her days in the Navy to a love for yoga, Terri Chadney has always been into fitness. In 1994, she and her husband, Jay, opened West Coast Fitness to share that passion with her old neighborhood, which until then did not have a gym. "She wanted to reinvest in the neighborhood," Jay says. Here, the duo leads a staff of experienced trainers, who do everything from one-on-one training to group fitness classes such as yoga and spinning. As the yoga director, Terri requires that each yoga instructor have at least five years of teaching experience, thorough training, and a perfect letter B imitation. The rest of the staff boasts similar credentials, such as the Zumba instructor who has been dancing professionally for most of her life. And because they're not contractors, the trainers care about every aspect of the gym, not just making a sale. "They really invest themselves with the members," says Jay, "Our [trainers] come in, hang out, take classes, bring their dog."

For Jay and Terri, the most rewarding part of owning West Coast Fitness has been "seeing changes in the members," says Jay. He sees members who are in better shape than when they first joined 15 years ago—and Terri loves to see the seniors in her yoga classes up on their feet and doing strength-training exercises after coming in with crutches or walkers.

The St. John's location's spinning studio includes a 6-foot screen, sending riders on virtual trips via instructive DVDs even when a class isn't in session. Members can also log in to ActivTrax online or at the clubs' kiosks for custom workouts based on their goals and experience, as well as meal planning and progress tracking. The staff members engage parents' little ones with baby-sitting services in a colorful playroom. They have also stocked the gyms with tanning booths, and massage therapists help soothe stress and exercise-induced aches; the saunas and HydroMassage beds also help members unwind.

7522 N Lombard St
Portland,
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The entire Earth spins inside of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It's as if visitors have launched into outer space, where they can see everything—clouds forming over North America, hurricanes churning in the tropics, and millions of animals in migration. Night falls, and the major cities light up Earth's continents like misshapen Christmas trees. Just then, the planet disappears, and in its place rises a spinning orb of fire and violent solar storms: the sun. The display, appropriately titled Science On a Sphere, is actually a 6-foot animated globe powered by a series of video projectors. It serves as the perfect centerpiece for OMSI's Earth Hall, which explores geology, tectonics, and everything else that makes Earth a living planet. The hall's exhibits let visitors control wind turbines and launch satellites into space.

Earth Hall is only one section of the museum, however. More hands-on activities wait within Turbine Hall, where kids design bridges and boats. Visitors can tour the USS Blueback, a U.S. Navy attack submarine that guarded the Pacific for 31 years, or gaze towards the heavens inside of Kendall Planetarium, which uses real-time 3D graphics to transport audiences into the very heart of black holes. Even Theory, the onsite eatery, has an educational focus. The restaurant's displays explore food sciences while Chef Ryan Morgan and his team use local ingredients to cook meals in full view.

Although every corner of OMSI sparks scientific curiosity, the museum's educational programs take things one step further. The faculty hosts astronomy camps and teaches 50-minute interactive labs in which kids might make soap or dissect a squid—a requisite skill for any future biologist or sushi chef.

1945 SE Water Ave
Portland,
OR
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Known as the City of Roses, Portland has been annually celebrating its moniker for more than 100 years. Local publisher's wife Mrs. Henry Pittock and her friends held the first Portland Rose Festival in 1889, in the Pittock home's own garden. Fast-forward 120 years and this small gathering dedicated to the city's signature perennial has expanded into an annual month-long event, its centerpiece the massive rose garden that fills the entire Lloyd Center Ice Rink. Gardeners whisper sweet nothings to displays featuring more than 4,000 varieties of blooms, with a focus on that year's Official Rose and its fellow honorees.

The rose show isn't the Festival's only draw. Throughout its run, various public events take place downtown on both sides of?and in?the Willamette River. During the Dragon Boat Race, more than 80 local and international rowing teams pilot festive boats against each other in a heated dash down the river. About halfway through the festival, crowds gather in Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the start of the Grand Floral Parade. Following a different theme each year, this event gathers vibrant floats bedecked in floral displays and accompanied by dance ensembles, live a capella groups, and traditional marching bands. During the parade's launch, organizers crown that year's queen and unite her with the Festival's fun-loving mascot, the Clown Prince. The Grand Floral Walk gathers volunteer revelers to follow the same route as the downtown parade, and benefits the Knight Cancer Challenge.

300 North Winning Way
Portland,
OR
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The light of a projector first hit the Hollywood Theatre's screen in 1926. Since then, this cinema has changed with the times—at various points serving as a Cinerama and a second-run discount movie house. After a near-closure and a nearly 15-year renovation, the building re-emerged as a non-profit, independent cinema. Today, Hollywood Theatre screens about 300 films a year, ranging from classic Hollywood and genre films to newer independent movies and quirky blockbusters.

The core of the theatre's programming, however, is its signature series. Programs such as Kung Fu Theater and Sound + Vision aim to restore classic films' spectacle to the silver screen. Outside the auditorium, Hollywood Theatre hosts educational workshops on topics such as animation, documentary filmmaking, and chiseling your own star onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the cinema's Spanish Colonial Revival building retains much of its historic charm. At the top of a curving staircase lies a lounge with plush antique furnishings and signage. Inside the main auditorium—the house's original orchestra level—films blaze to life on a 50-foot screen and a digital surround-sound system. On the theater's original balcony level, two smaller venues with just more than 110 seats provide a more intimate viewing experience.

4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland,
OR
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In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.

17400 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd
Tigard,
OR
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After a decade spent honing his personal yoga practice, certified instructor Paul Terrell opened his donation-based studio to give anyone interested in practicing the ancient art access to a studio in which to participate. The storefront space that Terrell opened fosters a nonintimidating approach to yoga, substituting cozy exposed brick for mirrors and inviting yogis of all abilities to practice together during all-levels classes. Terrell teaches many of the classes in the flowing Vinyasa tradition, in which conscious breaths link together a continuous sequence of postures, and also presents students with the robust schedule's other styles, which benefit the body in various ways. During the Night Owl class, instructors give hands-on assistance to encourage proper alignment as students sweat in a 90-degree setting, and slower-paced Yin classes teach yogis to sit still in postures that last for three to seven minutes, allowing them to fully stretch the connective tissues and hide in plain sight of movement-detecting, visually impaired T. rexes

124 SW Yamhill St
Portland,
OR
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