PotteryFun's simple, hands-on process lets visitors decorate and take home a piece of expertly crafted earthenware. Like a child emperor preparing to mobilize toy terra-cotta soldiers, potential painters can pace to and fro to eye the studio’s selection of unfinished daubale goods before selecting an item for decoration, fire, and containing. Clay canvases include magnets ($6–$8), tiles ($5–$10), plates ($18–$30), bowls ($20–$60), figurines ($12–$50), and more. Once equipped, owners can festoon their items as they please thanks to a selection of 64 paints and implements including brushes, stamps, sponges, and hands. Once painted, the ceramic vessel is set within PotteryFun’s kiln, thereby emblazoning the piece forever with the spongy markings, and then set to cool. Users swing by a few days later to pick up their nontoxic, food-friendly masterwork.
Monkey bars, tires, and rings take the place of modern gym equipment inside the stripped-down garage-like facility, where patrons of all shapes and sizes power through the gym's total-body strength and conditioning regimen. The Crossfit technique combines functional movements with spurts of intense exercise to improve agility, balance, coordination, and muscle strength. Each coach's inclusive approach to physical fitness can be tailored to suit each individual's ability level to cater both to serious athletes looking to improve their sports performance and grandparents who need to bolster kid-squeezing biceps.
Summer camps include exposure to the four major art forms—dance, music, visual art, and theater—in the mornings and exploration of drawing, painting, and sculpture in the afternoons. Classes run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (including before- and afterschool care) Monday–Thursday from June 18 to June 28.Teens and adults can drop in for dance classes that include intro to hip-hop (Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.), intro to ballet (Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.), and intro to tap (Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.).
Since 1977, Cascade Athletic Clubs have distinguished themselves from typical gyms with their vast array of amenities, which range from big-screen TVs to a seasonal waterpark. In their fitness studios, instructors boost students’ flexibility during Pilates workouts, lead seniors through age-appropriate workout techniques during Silver Sneakers classes, or teach students how to dance to fast-paced music during Zumba. The dedicated team of personal trainers, meanwhile, help athletes stay motivated on a one-on-one basis, and tailor their regimens to individual goals that range from weight loss to preparing for an upcoming marathon. For independent workouts, athletes can play pick up games on the gyms’ basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts or swim laps in the indoor salt-water pools. They can also bulk up with Life Fitness machines, free weights, and Stair Masters designed to build strong enough leg muscles to conquer even the most daunting out-of-order escalator.
At Mandala Yoga Studio, you're just as likely to find a student trying yoga for the first time as you are to find a yogi who's been posing for decades, and the instructors like it that way. This diverse clientele gathers thanks to an eclectic class schedule that caters to everyone, whether they're just starting, well seasoned, or looking for something new and different. With more than 100 years of combined experience, the team of instructors help students relieve stress, boost flexibility, and build their communities with the classic techniques of Vinyasa, Hatha, Therapeutic, and Kundalini yoga, along with more unusual styles such as partner yoga, and breath-centered Pranayama.
Rare Earth Adventures' staff of outdoor guides leads clients on expeditions through the scenic wilderness of the Pacific Northwest in hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, and snowshoe treks. With extensive training and certifications in environmental sustainability, wilderness medicine, and risk management, the guides ensure safe passage as their charges hike through the unspoiled woods of the Umpqua National Forest or scale the 848-foot face of Beacon Rock. In addition to year-round voyages near their home base in Portland, they steward a variety of international trips, leading guests on sojourns to the jungles of Thailand, the volcanoes of Mexico, and the airports of Maine.
Those hoping to demystify the backcountry on their own can enlist in one of Rare Earth's many educational programs to improve their outdoor acumen. Rather than attempting to quell an upset stomach by asking a bear for antacid tablets, guests can become their own doctor by gaining their wilderness medicine certification or learn to avoid unsafe situations while completing the outdoor leader certification.