Things To Do In Portland

$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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$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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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

$20 $10

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

Curious Comedy Theater

King

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

$32 $19

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“The Nutcracker” Presented by Oregon Ballet Theatre at Keller Auditorium on December 14–27 (Up to 40% 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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$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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$35 for an Onsite or Online Concealed-Weapons Class for One from Oregon Concealed ($70 Value)

Oregon Concealed

Multiple Locations

Instructors use onsite or online classroom time to prepare students for concealed-weapons-license exams in Oregon during four-hour session

$70 $35

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

Golf Pro Michael Charles

Eastmoreland

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

$100 $60.99

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$35 for a Two-Hour Segway Tour from Portland by Segway ($65 Value)

Portland By Segway

Portland By Segway

Auto-balancing personal transporters glide riders through tours of Portland to explore the downtown’s architecture, the waterfront, and more

$65 $35

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One or Three Animation Workshops for One Youth at Hollywood Theatre (Up to 41% Off)

Hollywood Theatre

Hollywood Theater

Workshops teach youths ages 7–13 animation skills using the latest technology

$65 $39

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

Oregon Nation Tours

Downtown Portland

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

$69 $37

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One or Four Private Drum Classes or a Two-Hour African Drum Circle at Sound & Rhythm Drumming Studio (Up to 71% Off)

Sound & Rhythm Drumming Studio

Portland

Internationally accomplished instructor teaches students to play the drums in private lessons or leads groups in a fun African drum circle

$25 $12

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Five- or Ten-Class Pack or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Results Driven Fitness (Up to 87% Off)

Results Driven Fitness

Raleigh West

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

$99 $17

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$49 for an Introductory Glass-Making Class at Bullseye Glass Co. ($100 Value)

Bullseye Glass Co

Bullseye Resource Center

World-renowned glassmaker hosts beginning kilnforming classes where pupils craft plates, coasters, sculptures, or jewelry

$100 $49

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One Month of Internal, Fitness, or Fitness and External Program at Portland Shaolin Center (Up to 63% Off)

Portland Shaolin Center

Portland

Learn martial arts and find spiritual balance with Tai Chi, or get in shape using aerobic Shaolin exercises

$50 $25

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

G.i.r.l.s. Gym

Portland

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

$100 $46

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Film-Event Admission for Two or Four at Sistah Sinema (55% 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 $4.50

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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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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
US

Many traditional artists paint linen or sculpt stone. For an agri-artist such as Craig Easterly, though, a cornfield makes a perfectly good canvas. For more than a decade, Craig has been chiseling through the 12-foot stalks of his 5-acre field to create what is from the ground a maze of rustling green tunnels and from above a stunning tableau of Portland themes and images. "I like to create designs that resonate with Portlanders and our friends in the greater Portland area," he said in a 2011 press release. One year, his work cut the city's bridges and rivers into the corn; in another he incorporated the Portland Timbers insignia into his maze.

Many traditional artists paint linen or sculpt stone. For an agri-artist such as Craig Easterly, though, a cornfield makes a perfectly good canvas. For more than a decade, Craig has been chiseling through the 12-foot stalks of his 5-acre field to create what is from the ground a maze of rustling green tunnels and from above a stunning tableau of Portland themes and images. "I like to create designs that resonate with Portlanders and our friends in the greater Portland area," he said in a 2011 press release. One year, his work cut the city's bridges and rivers into the corn; in another he incorporated the Portland Timbers insignia into his maze.

Each fall, these Sauvie Island fields birth both Craig's famous corn maze and its evil twin, the Haunted Maize, which spooks its visitors at night with costumed actors and eerie animatronics. Along with its mazes, The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch also sprouts fall-centric family-friendly activities. Overall-clad patrons bounce along on free hayrides, get crowned king of the hay mountain, or mimic the beastly accents of farm animals in the big red barn.

16511 Northwest Gillihan Road
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

Bouldering differs from other forms of rock climbing in a variety of ways, such as its heightened social element. When top roping, for example, climbers are more isolated, relying on a partner below to maintain rope tension. But because bouldering is done on lower courses that don't require a rope or harness, climbers are free to scale walls at will, often resulting in people sharing walls and striking up conversations in between surmounting terrain such as verticals, slabs, and roof climbs?overhangs that put climbers' bodies parallel to the floor.

That's how The Circuit Bouldering Gym got started. Some bouldering enthusiasts crossed paths at a local gym and found they all wanted to expand Portland's bouldering options. Today, they welcome guests to surmount courses?including a hanging boulder?ranging from 8- to 17-feet high and surrounded by crash-pad flooring. Boasting three of the largest bouldering-only gyms in the world, they also designed many of their simulated climbing stations as top-out boulders, letting guests experience what it's like to stand atop a boulder in the Rockies or on the moon. Additionally, they instruct guests with programs such as 90-minute intro courses, advanced clinics with professional climber athletes, and programs tailored for kids including birthday parties,summer and winter-break camps.

Between climbs, a lounge area lets visitors relax and swap tales of defying gravity's relentless bullying. The third and newest location in Tigard offers more than 19,000 square feet of brand new boulders. To further build the bouldering community, the gym's team organizes an annual fundraiser benefiting local charities. All locations also have a full weights area, allowing for workouts and CrossFit training between climbs. .

410 NE 17th Ave
Portland,
OR
US

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
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