Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Revolution Parkour

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IMG_0547What’s to Love:  “Functional Fitness” is a trendy term these days.  What does it mean?  I’m sure I could gather many definitions from practitioners, teachers, and students.  To me, it means exercising in dynamic/non-linear ways like rolling, tumbling, climbing, twisting, turning, jumping, leaping, grasping, etc.  Most importantly, the movements have to be done with a mindful intent on the technique.  Oh yeah, it MUST be fun!  It’s the type of fitness that makes you feel like a kid again.  Revolution Parkour houses one of the first Parkour Academies in the country, and after experiencing a course first-hand with my son, I can certainly attest to the “having fun” aspect.

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PlayDate PDX

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PlayDate PDX SlidesWhat’s to Love:  Playdate PDX features a 7500 square foot indoor play space for kids, which is certainly one of the nicest I’ve seen in the last three years of Portland Family Adventures.  The facility is perfect for parents who want to both interact with their kids and relax a bit.  The business model is another home run in a town that offers so many great opportunities for families.

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The Playground Gym

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“The Playground Gym provides kids with an environment that nurtures physical, mental and emotional development. Kids are built to play, and skills learned from physical activity combined with social interaction are the foundation of a healthy life. For many parents, its easy to forget the energy and curiosity that we took granted as children.” (http://www.theplaygroundgym.com/about/)

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Horning’s Hideout

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Horning’s Hideout is one of the best places to take kids fishing. They have rental gear available and it’s very inexpensive. The property also has some killer disc/frisbee golf and summer music concerts.

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Rainy Day Favorites

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I don’t think it’s a big revelation to anyone that our incredible fall weather is winding down. At Portland Family Adventures, we had a very active summer. Since June 1st, we’ve published 34 articles, and experienced a 2500% increase in site traffic! We published two of our most popular articles “Tips for Biking with Kids” and “Top 10 Summer Activities.” In that same vein, I’m going to highlight some of our favorite rainy-day-activities. Although the outdoor activities may start to decrease, remember that Portland Family Adventures documents indoor activities as well.

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Great Wolf Lodge

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Great Wolf LodgeGreat Wolf LodgeWhat’s to Love:  Rest assured, when I visit places like the Great Wolf Lodge (GWL), I talk with as many parents as possible – gathering valuable feedback to pass along to my readers.  On this visit, I spoke to at least 15 parents, and not one person had a negative thing to say about their experience at the GWL.  I even fed them some criticisms I had read online, and they all looked at me like I was crazy.  I think that says a lot right there!  The reality at the GWL is that parents and kids absolutely love this place.  If you bring your family, I’m confident that you’ll all have the time of your lives.

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Top 10 Summer Activities

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Sellwood PoolPreamble:  We’re just out of the starting block (officially) with summer, and I wanted to send along ten recommendations from Portland Family Adventures.  These are some of our favorites that may or may not resonate with your family.

If you can recommend a trip, please comment below.  Here are some perennial favorites from Portland Family Adventures.  Oh yeah…I just realized that I left off my absolute favorite thing to do, which is attend Kruger’s Farm –  Summer Concert Series!  These concerts are every Thursday night (July and August) from 6:30 – 9:30 on the farm’s beautiful lawn.  The concerts are VERY family-friendly (no dogs, no smoking!) with great sound and great bands!  There is also plenty of food and drink available on the farm; however, picnics/coolers are welcome (NOTE it’s against the rules to bring your own alcohol onto the farm).  Please read farmer Don’s blog about Multnomah County’s efforts to prohibit these activities at Kruger’s Farm.

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