Hop hop! We love active play to engage active minds and bodies. One way to get kids up and running is by heading to one of Portland’s many places where they can jump and bounce — sometimes literally off the walls. These indoor inflatable playgrounds and trampoline parks are the perfect place to get some super fun exercise, especially on those few, inevitable, stormy summer days. Don’t forget your socks!
With locations in Vancouver and Clackamas, kids from all over the metro area can hop around an inflatable bounce house or zip down inflatable slides at open play time. The Clackamas location offers the “JJ Jump Extreme” park (including a bouldering wall) for older kids looking for a little more adventure, and their “One World” quieter creative play area for younger kids who need a break from jumping. There are separate open jump times for different age groups, so check the schedule online.
Don’t get the two mixed up — Pump it Up is on Allen in central Beaverton, while Pump it Up Junior is about 15 minutes away, off the Cornell exit on Highway 26. Pump it Up Junior is, as you might expect, geared toward younger kids. Preschoolers have a great time, and open play times are available for ages six and under to enjoy the inflatables. There’s even a toddler-only time for kids three and under, in case your little one (or you) prefer not to dodge the bigger kids. At Pump it Up, there’s more and bigger equipment, and kids up to 12 are welcome. Of course, older siblings and parents are welcome to jump if they’re with a kiddo. Check out sensory jump time for those who need a little calmer experience. Be aware that the open jump schedule changes frequently to accommodate birthday parties.
“If you can walk, you can bounce,” they say at G6 Airpark. Yep, and it’s pretty much wall-to-wall trampolines. Everyone from toddlers to grownups and everyone in between will find something to do, between the dodgeball court, basketball dunk station, “stunt zone” for advanced jumpers, and a special area for jumpers under eight years. Check out the website for hours for special needs jumpers, too.
If you’re on the south side of town, Sky High Sports really has everything you might want and more from an indoor trampoline park. Special rates for kids five and under on Monday mornings! A play area for kids 12 and under who prefer not to jump! A littles-only “kids court” with their very own foam pit, no big kids allowed! The big kids get their own foam pit, which they can trampoline or rope swing into. The first Tuesday of every month is a special needs jump, with no music, dim lighting, and parents get in for free.
Want to hop and bounce at home? Try out the Alex Ready Set Pogo stick and the classic Moon Shoes from Big Time Toys!