Activities in Portland

10 or 20 Small-Group Fitness Classes at Apex Bodyworks (Half Off)

Apex Bodyworks

Portland

$90 $45

Instructors lead small groups of exercisers through small group fitness classes

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

Skogg Gym

Portland

$100 $29.99

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

One or Three Months of Gym Membership and One Personal-Training Session at Anytime Fitness (Up to 67% Off)

Anytime Fitness

Portland

$75 $29

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

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Taste of Sailing, Private Cruise for 12, or Power Boat Tour for Two from Scovare Expeditions Inc. (Up to 52% Off)

Scovare Expeditions Inc.

Portland

$29 $14

(19)

Groups relax during BYOB river tours and private charters down the Willamette River; classes introduce beginners to sailing

Admission for Two or Four to the Haunted Houses at FrightTown

FrightTown

Rose Quarter

$44 $35

(14)

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

Sing-a-long "Sound of Music" for Two Plus Popcorn at Cinema 21 (42% Off). Eight Showtimes, September 19-28.

Cinema 21

Northwest District

$34.50 $19.99

(135)

Sing along to the Sound of Music's beloved songs during a four-hour interactive event, which includes a fun preshow and costume contest

Corn Maze and Farm Activities at Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch

Sauvie Island

$14 $7

Enjoy a corn maze inspired by Disney Junior's "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," picking pumpkins, or a host of farm activities

Yoga Hike for One or Up to 15 People from Hiking Yoga (Up to Half Off)

Hiking Yoga

Washington Park

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

$69 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at CorePower Yoga ($179 Value)

CorePower Yoga

Multiple Locations

$179 $69

Dynamic flow of Vinyasa-style poses, breathing exercises, and uplifting music energize bodies and minds in stretch-friendly heated rooms

Arcade-Game Tokens at Grand Central Bowling Lounge (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Grand Central Bowling Lounge

Grand Central Restaurant & Bowling Lounge

$20 $10

Second-floor game room includes billiards, skee-ball, air hockey, and video games such as Fruit Ninja and Big Buck Hunter HD

Improv Comedy with Soft Drinks and Popcorn for Two at Curious Comedy Theater (Up to 41% Off)

Curious Comedy Theater

King

$32 $19

Intimate theater hosts weekend shows filled with sketch, standup, and improv comedy

$60.99 for One 60-Minute or Two 30-Minute Golf Lessons with Golf Pro Michael Charles ($100 Value)

Golf Pro Michael Charles

Eastmoreland

$100 $60.99

Professional instructor breaks down swing mechanics and provides corrective advice on how to develop consistency

$37 for One Segway Tour for One from Oregon Nation Tours ($69 Value)

Oregon Nation Tours

Downtown Portland

$69 $37

Segways cruise through downtown Portland catching glimpes of historic landmarks or pass along the scenic Willamette River

Five- or Ten-Class Pack or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Results Driven Fitness (Up to 85% Off)

Results Driven Fitness

Raleigh West

$99 $19

Blending the core-training elements of boot camp with suspension training, ropes and more, programs mimic the full range of body movements

Four Weeks of Unlimited Boxing or Kickboxing Classes at G.I.R.L.S. Gym (54% Off)

G.i.r.l.s. Gym

Portland

$100 $46

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

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

Sistah Sinema

Portland

$10 $5

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

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

Clinton Street Theater

Hosford - Abernethy

$26.50 $13

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

Open-Studio Art Time for One, Two, or Three Children at Art ala Carte (Up to 50% Off)

Art ala Carte

Portland

$11 $5.50

Kids make trips to a repurposed salad bar filled with paints, beads, and other art supplies to create any art project they can imagine

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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.

2640 NE Alberta St
Portland,
OR
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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
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

The inspiration behind Rise Dance+Lab, a dance school for children aged 3–14, isn't what you might expect. Evie Graham originally established Vega Dance Lab, a studio exclusively for adult students, when she noticed a glut of kids' dance studios in her search for classes she could take herself. Of course, Evie is a parent herself, and though she found plenty of dance studios her kids could attend, most were far away from downtown Portland. So with one successful dance studio under her belt, Evie and her husband Joe founded Rise Dance+Lab, a studio in the center of the city where kids could discover and hone skills in diverse styles of dance. There, younger dancers begin with classes such as Tutu Cute or Turn! Jump! Leap!, which explore movement and teach the basics of dance and class etiquette. As kids get older, they begin developing more polished moves in styles such as hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary, even working toward injecting the choreography with their own experiences and feelings to give their moves more emotional depth and find a method of expression that can't be stolen and read by a nosy sibling.

1322 SE Water Ave
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
Portland,
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
US