While many go-karts look like miniature versions of Formula racecars, the similarities usually stop there. This isn’t the case at Malibu Raceway. Atop a fully independent wishbone-suspension design, Malibu’s Indy-style Virage rumbles with an 18-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine inspired by its professional, full-sized brethren. Youngsters that didn’t get Playskool’s My First I.D. Forger for Christmas can whiz around the half-mile outdoor track in a 9-horsepower Sprint kart, which keeps little riders safely strapped in with a four-point, race-style harness. Blinking battalions of arcade machines stand guard over a game room underscored by the din of clacking pool balls, and a snack bar sates cravings with corn dogs, cotton candy, and popcorn.
Close to half a century of history seeps through the ice at Portland Winterhawks Skating Center, as evidenced by the wooden beams still arching across its ceiling. As the official practice facility of the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks, the center echoes with slap shots, bodychecks, and figure eights throughout the year, hosting recreational hockey leagues and clinics for youths and adults as well as public skating sessions and lessons for all experience levels. Off the rink, an onsite pro shop helps players to upgrade their old equipment or replace the paisley furniture and shag carpets in the penalty box.
Your next meal awaits at Big Al's in Beaverton.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to Big Al's — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Noise levels at the restaurant can be ear-piercing, so save the't te- -t tes for another night.
If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit Big Al's during the slower weekday hours.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
If parking is a concern, you'll be happy to hear that there are many convenient options in the area.
Big Al's' diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Come see the latest Hollywood classics at Valley Cinema-Pub in Beaverton.
With a sizzling plate of terrific food, this theater boasts among the best eats this side of the city.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this theater is a great spot for families.
As these facilities are becoming rarer and rarer, make sure you try Valley Cinema-Pub's great drive-in movie theater.
If you're searching for a great place to hangout and tip back a few, Valley Cinema-Pub is it.
Valley Cinema-Pub's customers can make use of nearby parking lots.
If you're in Silverton, the beautiful pieces on display at Silverton Country Historical Society are a must-see for art lovers.
Check out this museum's restaurant, where you can stay for lunch or grab your meal to go.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly activities at this museum just as much as mom and dad.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the museum's S Water St location offers nearby street parking.
The Grill at Silver Creek Lanes treats bowlers and spectators to hearty American feasts. As diners watch bowlers haul spheres down alleys lit by blacklight and 135" projection screens, they can keep hunger at bay with slices of pizza and chicken strips. The menu also includes cheeseburgers and jumbo hot dogs, complemented by sides such as sample platters, cheese sticks, onion rings, and curly fries.