Activities in Portland

General Admission for Two to Comedy Night at the Oregon Zoo, or Direct $10 or $25 Donations to Its Beneficiaries

Oregon Zoo

Oregon Zoo

Anchored by two local standups, the evening of comedy, snacks, and auctions benefits wildlife-conservation programs in Portland and abroad

$95.49 $85

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Admission for Two or Four to the Haunted Houses at FrightTown

FrightTown

Rose Quarter

Haunted houses include a Lovecraftian menagerie of monsters, an abandoned warehouse full of cultists, and a madhouse mixing humor and horror

$44 $35

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One, Two, or Four Early-Bird Tickets to Portland's LARGEST Garage Sale with Antiques (Up to 69% Off)

Portland's LARGEST Garage Sale with Antiques

Portland EXPO Center

True-to-its-name community garage sale unpacks thousands of wares inside the EXPO Center; early-bird tickets grant entrance at 7 a.m.

$20 $9

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Haunted House Admission for Two, Four, or Six at Jabbersons Fun Center (Up to 46% Off)

Jabbersons Fun Center

Portland

This fun center invited brave souls to walk the halls of the House of Atrocities haunted house; not recommended for kids under 6

$18 $12

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Admission for Two to Haunted Corn Maze or Regular Corn Maze at Portland Pumpkin Farm (50% Off)

Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch

Sauvie Island

Pairs wander the winding corn maze in the light of day or dead of night, then stroll the colorful pumpkin patch for their perfect gourd

$24 $12

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$23.90 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 $23.90

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$26 for a Fall Farm Visit for Two with a Corn Maze, Hayride, and Pumpkins at Kruger's Farm ($52 Value)

Kruger's Farm

Portland

Spend hours at this 150-acre working farm exploring a corn maze, picking pumpkins, and snacking on caramel apples and roasted corn

$52 $26

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Film-Event Admission for Two or Four at Sistah Sinema (50% Off)

Sistah Sinema

Portland

Monthly event showcases films by queer women of color and leads into a safe group discussion of the film and subject

$10 $5

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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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10 Fitness Classes from JohnnyFit Bootcamp & Yoga (65% Off)

Johnnyfit Bootcamp & Yoga

Portland

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$150 $53

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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 Small-Group Fitness Classes at Apex Bodyworks (Half Off)

Apex Bodyworks

Portland

Instructors lead small groups of exercisers through small group fitness classes

$90 $45

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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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Punch Card for Four or Eight Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Nia Technique, Inc. (Up to 61% 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 $19

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Private Pilates, Gyrotonic, or Personal-Training Sessions at Vital Body Studio (Up to 65% 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 $75

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$43 for $78 Worth of Services at Our House of Portland

Our House

Buckman

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$78 $43

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Five or Eight 60-Minute Personal Training Sessions at Get Brit Fit (Up to 66% Off)

Get Brit Fit

Portland

ISSA-certified trainer and nutrition specialist guides you through effective workouts while offering support and sharing knowledge

$325 $119

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6-Week Endurance Program, 10 CrossFit Classes, or 1 CrossFit On-Ramp Program at VC CrossFit (Up to 77% Off)

VC CrossFit

Portland

High-intensity CrossFit classes meet six days a week; endurance program helps triathletes and others build long-lasting strength

$79 $29

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Select Local Merchants

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,
OR
US

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
US

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
US

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
US

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
US

When artists from Suzhou set about creating a Chinese garden in Portland, they immediately knew their inspiration: the Ming Dynasty. Like the dynasty's gardens, Lan Su Chinese Garden was designed as a natural escape from the everyday world. In addition to the verdant plant life, the grounds overflow with pavilions, courtyards, and studies where guests can take in the sights, meditate, write a poem, or guard the garden's bamboo from devious pandas masquerading as groundskeepers. Lan Su showcases hundreds of China’s 30,000-plus plant species, including 90 specimen trees. Beneath those sprout collections of magnolias, camellias, and rhododendrons, to name a few.

Though browsing the garden could take up an entire day, Lan Su offers plenty of other soothing activities, as well. At the teahouse, snacks and sweets accompany traditional presentations of organic, fair-trade teas, whose flavors change to reflect each season in the garden. The space’s other events range from lectures on acupuncture to games of mahjong.

239 NW Everett St
Portland,
OR
US