Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

Curious Comedy Theater

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What’s to Love:  My band for kids and families (The Toy Trains) recently had a show at The Curious Comedy Theater with other local “Kindie” artists Johnny & Jason and Mo Phillips.  Check-out the video clips below in the text of the article.  I wanted to do a short write-up about this wonderful little (non-profit) theater that provides a wide variety of comedy shows and special shows just for kids and families.

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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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Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP)

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What’s to Love:  Love art at home but hate the mess and clean-up?  Simple solution – turn your kids loose inside the Art Factory of the Children’s Healing Art Project.  It’s sort of like being inside Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory but with paint, brushes, push carts, and colorful smocks.  Don’t be afraid to make a masterpiece or a mess.  All the while, know that your dollars are helping fund an innovative nonprofit that helps ailing children and their families.

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Trackers PDX – Summer Camps

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I was just at a conference on teaching and learning in Chicago, IL (July, 2010).  The keynote speech had a profound and urgent message.  The message was that “play,” not as a concept, but an actual act,  especially imaginative/creative play, is vital to our well being.   The speaker said, “There are consequences of play deprivation…” and cited some truly disturbing examples that I won’t get into here.  I think the fear-based culture has ultimately led to a decline in play.  TrackersPDX offers some innovative and unique summer camp programs that will take your kids on wonderful journeys both in their minds and on their feet (usually at the same time).

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Sky High Sports – Trampolines!

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Foam Pit! Sky High SportsWhat’s to Love: Over the course of three+ years, I haven’t used a single expletive in an article.  If there ever was a time to use one to describe the sheer awesomeness of a place, it would be reserved for Sky High Sports.  Because this is a family site, I’ll leave it out, but WOW!  This place is absolutely amazing!!!  Sky High Sports has several areas (e.g., kids’, foam pit, dodge ball, private, main, etc.) of interconnected trampolines (even up the walls!) that will put a big smile on your face and push your heart rate to 175+ in a matter of seconds!

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Jackson Bottom Wetlands

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Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is just outside downtown Hillsboro, Oregon. It’s a nice location for hiking with younger children and viewing birds/wildlife. There is a beautiful Education Center with a gift shop and exhibit hall.

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Foster Burger

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Foster BurgerWhat’s to Love:  Foster Burger hand-grinds local (Lexington, Oregon) beef into some of the best burgers we’ve had in Portland.  They are just ridiculously good.  If you don’t believe me, perhaps you’ll believe Bon Appetit Magazine who named Foster Burger as one of the Top 10 Best New Burger spots for 2010!  “Burgers here taste of local artisanal ingredients: house-ground beef from Lindsey Ranch, Beecher’s cheddar, and Rogue Creamery blue cheese. The buns are made in-house as well as pickled vegetables, hand-cut fries, and some very good coleslaw.

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Black Butte Ranch – Winter Edition

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The Lodge at Black Butte RanchWhat’s to Love:  Are you making your plans for the winter holiday season?  Portland Family Adventures highly recommends Black Butte Ranch during the Christmas holiday season.  Black Butte Ranch comes alive during the festive holiday season. Close your eyes and imagine their properties and roads lightly dusted with some fluffy dry snow perfect for tooling around the resort on cross-country skis and quite possibly, sledding on some of the golf course hills.  Even in winter, Black Butte Ranch delivers the best in family fun.  Please check-out this reprinted article from our experience last year.

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Aerial Adventure Course

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What’s to Love:  This site highlights all kinds of adventures.  Granted, sometimes the “adventures” are more like cushy vacations or a walks in nearby parks.  However, I want the site to feature a little something for every family.  Every once in awhile, we kick it up a notch (e.g., Rock Climbing at Smith Rock, Free Riding near Hood River, Hiking Cooper Spur, etc.).  The Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure Park (Gaston, Oregon) brings the level of adventure up SEVERAL notches, especially if you venture off 60 feet in the air to try their black course.

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Sunriver Resort

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Our house during our stay at Sun RiverWhat’s to Love:  Sunriver feels like a community built around 30+ miles of paved walking/biking paths.  When you’re there, it feels like everything (i.e., the pools, the tennis courts, the homes, condos, etc.) was an afterthought to this incredible network of trails. Most of the time, these paved trails are completely separated from the roads, which adds an element of safety.

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