Birthday Party Venues for Active Children

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Active kids need birthday party spots that let them do what they do best: get busy.Your little busy body will love showing off their true colors as they run, jump and play on their special day. Portland has some great active birthday venues that cater kids who are constantly on the go and we’ve rounded up our favs. Read on to find where you should book your active child’s next party.

The Wiggle Room

Wiggle is in the name! If you are the parent of a young, wiggly child then The Wiggle Room in North East Portland will give your little one plenty of room to run wild while parents can enjoy sitting back and watching. The play cafe offers their entire space for parties after hours on weekends. The space includes a two-story indoor play structure with a slide geared for children aged 2-7. Party rentals are for a 2 hour block of time, for 18 people, and includes the entire 2,000 square foot space. Rates vary by party. Contact The Wiggle Room for pricing for your unique event.

The Wiggle Room
1925 NE 42nd Ave
503-877-9233
Online: thewiggleroom.com

JJ Jump

Just outside of Portland, in either their Clackamas or Vancouver locations, is a party destination that is sure to be a “jumping good time.” Party packages include jumping in the inflatable indoor arena, a Cash Cube, and private party room. Party prices range from $160 to $230.

9057 SE Jannsen Rd.
Clackamas, OR 97015
503-723-3600
Online: http://www.jjjump.com

7500 NE 16th Avenue #2-D
Vancouver, WA 98665
360-213-2524
Online: http://www.jjjump.com

Oaks Park

A few laps around the skating rink is sure to make any energetic child smile. The appeal of indoor skating rinks did not die off in the 90s. Skating birthday parties are just as popular, and FUN, as ever. Oaks Park has brought the fun since 1905 so they know how to throw a party. Skating parties begin at $140 and includes session admission, conventional skates, 30 minutes at a reserved table, ice cream, cotton candy, soda, photo with chipper the Squirrel, and a special gift for the birthday child.

7805 SE Oaks Park Way
503-233-5777
Online: oakspark.com

Lumberyard Bike Park

Does 70,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor fun sound like it could satisfy your active kiddo? The North East Portland Lumberyard Bike Park  hosts gangs of 3-year-olds on balance bikes all and beyond. Party packages at the Lumberyard include a two hour reserved table in the Fox Event Room, a party hostess, paper goods, a free photo tag for the option of viewing and purchasing photos from the day, a water bottle for each rider, and a ClifKid snack for each rider. Starter packages begin at $220 and pricing is based on the number of riders.

2700 NE 82nd Ave.
503-252-2453
Online: lumberyardmtb.com

Pump It Up

Does your child deserve an epic party complete with an inflatable indoor playground, games, and a blow-up birthday throne? The party package at Pump It Up comes with a private party room and bounce house arenas just for your group. Parties at Pump It Up Junior, in Beaverton, OR, are fit for ages 12 months to 10 years old. Pump It Up, also in Beaverton, is perfect for the slightly older crowd.

Pump It Up

9665 SW Allen Blvd. Ste. 110
Beaverton, OR 97005
503-644-3332
Online: www.pumpitupparty.com

Pump It Up Jr.
16205 NW Bethany Cr. Ste. 120
Beaverton, OR 97006
503-645-1042
Online: www.pumpitupparty.com

PlayDate PDX

PlayDate PDX is a great party space for people looking for a place for kiddos to let loose while plenty of area for the adults to enjoy chatting over a cup of great coffee or a glass of wine. Party packages include private party space, paper goods, invitations, and admission to play on the three story playground.

1434 NW 17th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
503-227-7529
Online: http://playdatepdx.com/

Echo Theater Company

What could be more exciting and engaging than a high-flying party full of trapeze, acrobatics, and more! Parties at Echo Theater include the above and a physical theater class. The space offers several party packages, but are also happy to stretch imaginations to include a specific vision! Echo Theater Company parties are enjoyed by attendees from ages 3 – 100 (no really)! They can create a unique party experience for the young and young-at-heart! Party packages begin at $240 for up to 10 participants.

Echo Theater Company
1515 SE 37th Ave.
503-231-1232, ext. 2
Online: echotheaterpdx.org

Game Truck Party

Sometimes you just need the party to come to you! Game Truck Portland offers a variety of mobile party entertainment that can come to your location. Whether you want a Video Game Party, your own LaserTag Arena, or a game of BubbleSoccer, GameTruck’s unique mobile video gaming theaters and arenas can make your ultimate party wishes come true. In less than an hour they can transform your yard or park into a 25x50' BubbleSoccer Arena or Laser Tag Field! Party packages begin at $349.

Portland Party Truck
866-253-3191
Online: GameTruckParty.com

Portland Parks and Rec

Parks, pools, gyms, and more.. Portland Parks and Recreation has a bevy of options for a party full of energetic kids for affordable prices. Portland Parks and Recreation offer 11 area community centers with birthday party rental options as well as five indoor pool options. Party options vary depending on location, but many can include party hosts, themes, and activities. 

(Live outside of the Portland area? Don’t forget to check out your area Parks and Recreation website for information about birthday party offerings.)

Multiple Locations
Online: portlandoregon.gov/parks

—Jenni Bost

featured image: Candice P. via flickr

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Is cabin fever kickin in at your household? Adventure is only a few blocks to a couple miles away. For a day packed with family fun, check out Portland’s Pearl District. Wander through a city of books, dine on some of the city’s best food, or catch a show. The opportunities for entertainment are endless for local families! Read on to find places to shop, eat, and things to do in The Pearl District.

Approximate Travel Time to the Pearl District

The Pearl District can be reached within minutes from downtown Portland and can be reached by public transit or by car. The Portland Street Car runs through the Pearl district to make it easier to get from one attraction to another. Get to this area of downtown Portland from many of the Portland-area suburbs in under 30 minutes. 

Where to shop in the Pearl

Find interesting boutique stores to popular brands throughout the streets of The Pearl district. Get lost in the stacks of Powell’s City of Books. Find the best in furniture options from City Home, West Elm, or Room and Board. Shop clothing boutiques such as Altitude or shop from popular styles of Anthropologie.

Pick up some new digs or go toy shopping for the kids at Posh Baby , Green Frog Toys, or grab something nice for you and your little fashionista at Splendid.

Discover more shopping options on the Explore the Pearl website.

Pro Tip: Visiting on a Sunday? Grab a 45 minute guided tour of the world’s largest independent bookstore, Powell’s City of Books.

Online: explorethepearl.com

Restaurants to Try in the Pearl

There are no shortage of amazing food and beverage options in The Pearl District to satiate most any craving. Take our below suggestions, or visit the Explore the Pearl website to explore all of the available options.

Breakfast: Lovejoy Bakers

The full selection of breads, pastries, and cafe sandwiches there is plenty to choose from for a light or more hearty breakfast. Try a snack of Avocado Toast or enjoy starting your day with a Lovejoy Deluxe with a fried egg, Oregon bleu cheese, bacon, frisbee and tarragon on ciabatta roll!

939 NW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR
503-208-3113
Hours: Daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Online: lovejoybakers.com

Lunch: Hot Lips Pizza

Sometimes you just want a good slice of pizza. Portland is filled with great pizza options that would be a whole different post on its own, but Hot Lips Pizza has been a consistent Portland staple for good reason. Grab a slice of whatever their current special pie and don’t forget to grab a bottle of Hot Lips real fruit soda.

725 Northwest 10th Ave.
Portland, OR
503-595-2342
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Online: hotlipspizza.com

Dinner: Andina Restaurant

For a flavorful Peruvian meal that is as bright and varied as the dishes that they serve, Andina has been serving Portland diners since 2003. Explore several different dishes with tapas dishes or dine on a filling entree topped off by a traditional Peruvian dessert. Try the Lomo Saltado with Cascade natural beef tenders wok-fried with onions, tomatoes, soy sauce, garlic and ahi amarillo served with Yukon Gold papas fritas and garlic rice and finish with Alfajores, the classic Peruvian cookie! If you enjoy a spicy and sweet cocktail then don’t miss the Sacsayhuaman cocktail with purred passionfruit and cane sugar to balance the spicy habanero pepper liquor.

1314 NW Glisan
Portland, OR
503-228-9535
Hours: Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Dinner: Sun-Thurs, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Online: andinarestaurant.com

Grab a Brew: The Brewery Blocks

No need to choose one delicious craft brewed beer. The Pearl District contains the Brewery Blocks with favorites such as 10 Barrel Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, and more.

Online: breweryblocks.com

Things to do in the Pearl

There is no lack of things to do in the Pearl District. Find shopping, art, entertainment, and more that would make for a great afternoon with the family or a romantic date night.

Jamison Square Tidal Pool: During the summer months you’ll find children and families splashing around. The famous fountain is modeled after a shallow tidal pool where water cascades from stone into low pools. During the cooler months you’ll find visitors enjoying picnic meals at the park. Finish off a fun-filled visit to Jamison Square across the street at Cool Moon ice cream for handmade ice ice creams in a variety of unique (and some classic) flavors.

Jamison Square
NW 11th Ave. and Johnson St.
Portland, OR

Cool Moon Ice Cream
1105 NW Johnson St.
Portland, OR
503.224.2021
Online: coolmoonicecream.com

First Thursday Artwalk: For over 20 years The Pearl has hosted First Thursday Artwalk. The Artwalk is a district-wide celebration that occurs on the first Thursday of each month throughout the year. Art galleries, businesses, and restaurants in The Pearl participate each month. Many art galleries host free receptions from 6 PM to 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. When the weather is good the party finds its way outdoors as well with artists selling their creations and musicians. Download a First Thursday Artwalk map on the Explore the Pearl website.

Online: explorethepearl.com

Portland Center Stage at The Armory: The largest theater company in Portland is located in The Pearl! Find everything from dramatic plays to thrilling musicals. Find season shows on the Portland Center Stage website.

Portland Center Stage at the Amory
128 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR
503-445-3700
Online: pcs.org

PlayDate PDX
Catch up on some much-needed grown-up time as your kids jump in the foam pit. There’s Stumptown Coffee (or wine) for you, Wi-Fi, and plenty to keep the kids busy (climbing a castle, shooting foam balls) long enough to catch up with a friend or some work. It can get crowded, especially on weekends, so head there first thing in the morning for more peaceful play.

1434 NW 17th Ave.
Portland, Or
503-227-7529
Online: playdatepdx.com

How to Dress

Anything goes in The Pearl district due to its span of high end restaurants and shops to more comfortable venues. Usually a night in the Pearl will include some walking from Happy Hour to dinner to drinks. Comfortable walking shoes and layers are good ideas for making your visit more comfortable. Don't forget your umbrella or rain jacket for wet Portland days!

Cost of Trip

Keep things inexpensive by hitting some of the best Happy Hours in town or make a night of it by dining on meals crafted by famous Portland chefs. Enjoy The Pearl on a variety of budgets.

Bonus

Parking can be tricky in The Pearl District depending on what events are going on in the area. Park in the Brewery Blocks Underground Parking on NW 11th or 13th between Couch and Davis. Pick up some of your weekly groceries at Whole Foods and receive two-hour parking validation.

Brewery Blocks Underground Parking
122 NW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR

featured image by TMimages PDX via flickr

— Jenni Bost (Updates by Annette Benedetti)

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That look when interest is peaked and a desire to learn more is a spark in your child’s eyes is one that parents know and search for with each new experience. When that spark has been ignited, whether by animals at the zoo or a new-found love of the unknown, a more in-depth glimpse can be an educational and exciting experience for the whole family. Read on to see five (plus!) behind-the-scene encounters in the Portland-area.

Oregon Zoo Encounters and Experiences

Animal-lovers get an up-close look at their favorite animals and the ability to learn from the keepers that handle them at the Animal Encounters and Experiences at the Oregon Zoo. Experience life inside the Insect Zoo at The Bug Encounter. Experience barn animals in the Family Farm Experience. Feed African Tortoises during Tortoise Time. Other encounters include: Porcupine Encounter, Sloth Encounter, The Macaw Experience, and Sea Otter Encounter.

Cost: Ranges from $10-$100 per person depending on the chosen experience
Details: Animal encounters take place between April 1 and Labor Day. Check for availability for your chosen behind-the-scenes experiences on the Oregon Zoo website.
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, OR
503-226-1561
Online: oregonzoo.org/encounters

Chocolate Decadence Tour

Do you have a family full of chocoholics? Portland is chock-full of chocolatiers making some of the most delicious truffles, bars, drinks, and more. Portland Walking Tours offers a delicious look at some of the best of the best in Portland chocolatiers. Guests will enjoy treats at six to eight locations getting a behind-the-scenes look at how chocolate concoctions are sourced and created. 
 
Cost: $59 All Ages (Note: Some of the locations serve alcohol and guests under the age of 21 can join, but will be served non-alcoholic beverages.) 
Details: The walking tour takes less than 2.5 hours and is less than 1.5 miles of walking with no hills and 15 stairs. The all-ages tours are Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 3:30 PM. 
701 SW 6th Ave. 
Portland, OR
503-774-4522

LAIKA Sundays

Whether your little one is a budding animator or just a fan of animated films, they’ll enjoy the family-inclusive tour and immersive look into the LAIKA animation process. Portland Art Museum (PAM) and its Northwest Film Center presents Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA. The October 217 to May 20, 2018 exhibition focuses on a behind-the-curtain look into the artistry and technology of the animation studio that brought us films such as Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016). 
 
For a deeper look into the LAIKA studios join PAM each third Sunday through May 2018  for a day of all things LAIKA Studios. Each LAIKA Sunday will include opportunities to meet some of the artists who make the magic happen, get creative with some analog animation activities, participate in a LAIKA-inspired family tour, and even watch a LAIKA film or other classic animated work. 
 
Note: The exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. 
 
Cost: Free with Cost of Admission to the Portland Art Museum. PAM members receive  free admission. Non-member admission costs are as follows: Adult, $19.99; Student, $16.99, Seniors 62+, $16.99; Child 17 and under, free. 
Details: Visit the LAIKA exhibit any time, but get the full-day LAIKA experience at LAIKA Sundays. LAIKA Sundays are every third Sunday from February to May 2018. 
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 
503-226-2811

Beyond Bizarre Ghost Tour

Part of Portland’s lore, and part of what keeps the city weird, is that the city is haunted. The Beyond Bizarre Ghost Tour from Portland Walking Tours is an all-ages exploration of Portland’s most ghostly places. The paranormal-loving family will enjoy using ghost-hunting equipment and getting a behind the scenes look at Portland-area hauntings.

Sound fun, but too spooky for the whole family? Try the 18-and-over tour for a spooky date night.

Cost: $23 Adults, $19 Senior (65 & up) and Youth (11-17), $9 Child (5-10), $0 Tots
Details: The walking tour takes less than 2.5 hours and is less than 1.5 miles of walking with no hills and limited stairs. The all-ages tours are scheduled on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings at 6 PM. The 18-and-over only tours are the same evenings beginning at 9 PM.
131 NW 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR
503-774-4522
Online: portlandwalkingtours.com 

Behind-the-Doors Look at Pittock Mansion

Ever visit the historic Pittock Mansion and wish you could see the rest of the house? Explore areas of the Mansion not ordinarily open to the public including basement passages, Henry Pittock’s private den, the Otis elevator room, and more. This behind-the-scenes tour is not recommended for children under 14.

Cost: Members $7, Non-members $19
Details: Reservations required for this unique look at Pittock Mansion. The tour is designed for ages 14+. Tours are hourly from 10 AM to 3 PM April 28, May 26, and June 30, 2018.
3229 NW Pittock Drive
Portland, OR
503-823-3623
Online: pittockmansion.org

Have a slightly younger history-buff? Children ages 8-12 may enjoy a look at life in 1914 where day-campers go back to experience what life was like 100 years ago.

Cost: Members $25, Non-members $35
Details: Reservations are required for this day camp designed for children ages 8-12. The day begins with a tour of Pittock Mansion’s 23 treasure-filled rooms and areas not ordinarily open to the public. They then will try their hand at turn-of-the-century skills. The camp runs from 9 AM to 12:30 PM on July 17th or 18th.
3229 NW Pittock Drive
Portland, OR
503-823-3623
Online: pittockmansion.org 

Which behind the scenes look would you and your family most like to see? Share in the comment section below! 

—Jenni Bost

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The big wheel, vehicle enthusiast in your family is about to have their wildest dreams come true. Get excited for some high-flying, action-packed fun on four-wheels that the whole family can enjoy. Monster Jam is at the Moda Center for three events on Feb. 24 and 25. Read on to learn all about the major Monster Truck battle coming to Portland!

Monster Jam in Portland, Oregon

photo: via Monster Jam

What is Monster Jam?
Monster Jam is a monster truck competition with racing and tricks to make any monster truck fan’s jaw drop. The Monster Jam trucks are hand-crafted machines driving— and sometimes flying—in competitions that include the donut, wheelie, and free-style contest. In addition to the larger Monster Jam Trucks, your family will enjoy tricks and races by Monster Jam speedsters and ATVs.

 

First Female Digger Driver at Monster Jam

photo: via Monster Jam

Monster Jam Athletes
Young driving enthusiasts (and those young at heart) may light up when they get the opportunity to meet the athletes behind the wheel! Monster Jam athletes are both men and women with the mental dexterity and physical stamina to be able to control a 12,000 lb. vehicle at speeds up to 70 mph.

Monster Jam is one of the only sports in the world today where men and women are equals in competition. The motorsport athletes that are competing in Portland include eight world-class athletes including the very first female Digger driver, Krysten Anderson. She is the 4th Anderson to drive Grave Digger in competition—what a legacy!

Grave Digger Monster Jam

photo: Monster Jam

The Trucks & Drivers
Each of the monster trucks are larger-than-life, works of art that fit right in to the Monster Jam family of ‘beasts.’ The thrill of the competition is complimented by all of the extreme details that make Monster Jam trucks unlike other monster trucks.

Grave Digger, a flame and skull covered truck, is one of the many different designs that will wheelie its way to a hopeful championship win. It will have steep competition from the other seven Monster Jam trucks including: El Toro Loco driven by Armando Castro; Monster Mutt Dalmation (complete with a tail!) driven by Cynthia Guathier; Pirate’s Curse driven by Camden Murphy (2017 Rookie of the Year); Alien Invasion driven by Bernard Lyght; EarthShaker driven by Tristan England (Winner of Monster Jam World Finals 2017); Megalodon driven by Travis Groth; and Zombie driven by Tyler Groth.

Monster Jam is Coming to Portland

photo: via Monster Jam

How to Get to Monster Jam at the Moda Center
While the stars of the show—the Monster Jam trucks—arrive two to a semi, your route to the Moda Center may be a little bit different.

Public transportation is a great way to reach this venue. The Moda Center is located next to The Rose Quarter Transit Center, servicing red, blue, and green MAX lines, and the Interstate/Rose Quarter station, servicing the yellow line.

If arriving by car plan on using paid parking. The Moda Center boasts over 2500 parking spaces over the span of four parking garages and 2 parking lots. Cost of parking can range from $8 to $26 depending on the event.

Monster Jam in Portland, Oregon

Photo: Monster Jam

The Event

There are three competition events spanning Sat. Feb. 24th and Sun. Feb. 25th and two pre-show Monster Jam Pit Parties. Those that purchase Pit Party tickets must also purchase event tickets for the competition following the Pit Party, the 1 p.m. event. The 7 p.m. show does not have a pit party available. Each show is approximately 2.5 hours long with an intermission included. Show tickets begin at $20 per seat.

The Pit Party

Monster Jam Pit Parties are the perfect opportunity to meet athletes, score autographs, and see the Monster Jam trucks up close. The $10 ticket price allows you to visit the arena floor prior from 10:30 a.m. to approximately 12 p.m. Attendees can then enjoy available concessions and find their seats for the 1 p.m. main event. There is a Pit Party on both show dates.

Monster Jam in Portland, Oregon

photo: via Monster Jam

Pro Tip
Monster Jam gets loud! Ear protection is suggested for all, but highly recommended to help protect kid’s ears and help them enjoy the show. Earplugs work great, but can easily fall out of little ears. Ear muffs or sound-reducing headphones are great for children attending the show. The concessions at the event will have some ear protection available for purchase.

Moda Center
One Center Court | Portland, OR
Online: monsterjam.com
Dates:
1 PM showings require event ticket and pit pass for entry
Sat. Feb. 24, Pit Party 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. | 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. event times
Sun. Feb. 25, Pit Party 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. | 1 p.m. event time
Cost: Seats starting at just $20 each, Pit Passes available to purchase for $10 each

Tickets: available for purchase now
Online: ticketmaster.com
1-800-745-3000
Purchase in person at Rose Quarter Box Office

 

What would be the most exciting part of Monster Jam for you and your family? 

—Jenni Bost

 

 

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Moms are pretty special. Everything that mom does deserves an extra-special gift this holiday season. Choosing a truly unique Christmas gift that your mom will love only takes thinking a bit about what is important to mom, and then searching through the ten ideas below. Find a gift perfect for the new mom, the mom who entertains, the mom on the go, and more. Better yet? Tell mom that her gift helped support a local Oregon business!

 

The Gift for the New Mom

Spoil the new mom in your life this holiday with a gift box that not only pampers her but also supports women-owned small businesses, most of which are local to Portland, Oregon. Peachy Power created a unique gift box filled with lovelies to pamper your favorite new mom between feedings.  All items are hand wrapped in a minimalist gift box, adorned with soft satin ribbon and trendy pom pom trim.  The box comes with Body Food body butter, Tart N' Fruit Artisanal Candy, a handmade sleep mask, and a silicone teething necklace.

Purchase online: peachypower.store

photo: courtesy of Peachy Power

Did you see something that would be great for your mom, or are you a mom and have your eye on something locally made that you’d really like? Comment with your favorite gift below!

—Jenni Bost

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Give more than thanks this Thanksgiving before tucking in, and get in a little exercise to boot! Eight Portland-area Turkey Trots support great causes while getting families together for a little pre-Thanksgiving meal fun. Wake up on Thanksgiving morning and run! Read on to discover a Turkey Trot near you.

Hood to Coast Turkey Trot

Photo: Turkey Trot via Hood to Coast

Les Schwab Tires Turkey Trot Relay & 5K Run/Walk

While most Turkey Trots happen the morning of Thanksgiving, Hood to Coast hosts their annual Turkey Trot under the lights of the Sunshine Division Winter Wonderland the night before Thanksgiving! Walk, run or relay. This race offers a choice for it’s 5k, and kids can get involved too. Get your little runner on board with the Kid’s Trot.

Hood to Coast races partner with a variety of different charities from the American Lung Association, Boys and Girls Club of America, Oregon Food Bank and more.

Kid’s Trot starts at 6:45 p.m.

Wed. Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.
Portland International Raceway
1940 N. Victory Blvd.
Portland, OR
Online: htcraceseries.com

Turkey Trot – Oregon Zoo

Get ready for Thanksgiving dinner with a 4-mile fun run or walk through Washington Park, ending inside the zoo. This family-friendly run includes a 1/3 mile tot-trot opportunity for your 11-year old and younger runners.

The Thanksgiving Day tradition, organized by the Oregon Road Runners Club (ORRC), raises around $25,000 each year to fund animal care and programs at the zoo. Registration prices begin at $20 for the tot-trot, $25 for ORRC members, $30 for non-members. Family rates are available. Prices do increase after Oct. 31.

Thurs. Nov. 23 at 8 a.m.
World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, OR
Online: orrc.net

Portland-area Turkeython

Photo: Turkeython via Uberthons.com

Turkeython – Multiple Portland-area locations

The team behind Uberthons.com are pros at producing quality race events. The Turkeython event was voted one of the Top 24 November/December events in the U.S.A. by Competitor Magazine. This year there are five Turkeython events in the area including: Clackamas Town Center, Bridgeport Village, Downtown Portland, East Vancouver, and Hillsboro.

All but the Downtown Portland race are chipped timed races. Runners for the Downtown Portland race receive stop watches to time their runs. The Hillsboro Turkeython is dedicated to the Oregon Food Bank.  The other four in the Portland area are dedicated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.

The Turkeython events are 5k Walk/Run events that are perfect for the whole family. There is even a free kidathon race for your littlest runners. Registration costs begin at $30 for an individual runner and families/teams receive discounted prices. Register online for a Turkeython near you.

Thurs. Nov. 23 at 8:30 a.m.

Bridgeport Village Shopping Mall
7455 SW Bridgeport Rd.
Tigard, OR
Online: uberthons.com/turkeython-tigard-home

Clackamas Town Center Shopping Mall
1200 SE 82nd Ave.
Happy Valley, OR
Online: uberthons.com/ctc-turkeython-home

Downtown Portland – Tom Mccall Park, near Morrison Bridge
2155 SW River Parkway
Portland, OR
Online: uberthons.com/pdx-turkeython-home

East Vancouver – Big Al’s Family Center
1665 SE 18th St.
Vancouver, WA
Online: uberthons.com/vancouverturkeythonhome

Hillsboro Stadium
4450 NE Century Blvd.
Hillsboro, OR
Online: uberthons.com/oregonfoodbankturkeython

Portland-area Turkeython

Photo: Turkeython via Uberthons.com

Tofurkey Trot

Tofurky Trots are family friendly 5K run/walk events, organized throughout the country to raise money and awareness for veg-friendly lifestyles. The Trot is 5k (3.1 miles) and is a run, trot, or walk open to all levels of physical fitness. All profits from ticket sales go to Northwest Veg, a Portland-area non-profit dedicated to bringing awareness to the power of a veg lifestyle and helping support people in their transition toward making healthier, more sustainable & compassionate food choices.

Registration costs begin at $15 for runners aged 6 to 18 and $30 for adults.

Thurs. Nov. 23 at 8:30 a.m.
Oaks Amusement Park
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Portland, Oregon
Online: tofurky.com/trot

Have you ever ran a turkey trot before? Comment below with your experience!

— Jenni Bost