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Hiking Lower Macleay Park to Pittock Mansion

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IMG 1854 150x150 Hiking Lower Macleay Park to Pittock MansionWhat’s to Love:  This is an area classic! It’s a challenging 5 to 5.5 miles round trip, depending on a couple factors. There are also many options from the Lower Macleay trailhead. Check-out this hike I suggested in an article back in 2007 – it’s a 2 mile loop that is much better for younger kids. However, if your kids are up for a stiff challenge, the hike up to Pittock Mansion from Lower Macleay is a step up on the Forest Park hiking scale. Since it’s an “out-and-back,” you can always turn around if your kids revolt.

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Ultrazone: Portland’s Best Laser Tag

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IMG 1844 150x150 Ultrazone: Portlands Best Laser TagWhat’s to Love:  We recently had a birthday party for our oldest son at Ultrazone, Portland’s best laser tag venue. After a delightful experience with their party planner, staff, and facility, I must agree with their moniker. The entire experience from start to finish was well organized and fun for all. Just be warned, if you’re a parent playing with kids, you have no chance of winning a game. The kids will follow you around  and tag you every chance they get! It’s a venue where adults and kids can play safely together.

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Mississippi Pizza – Family Music!

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IMG 0244 150x150 Mississippi Pizza   Family Music!What’s to Love:  If you’re looking for a place to enjoy pizza, beer, and family-friendly music, you cannot beat Mississippi Pizza Pub (MPP). I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get MPP on my site. I have a longtime relationship with this flagship business located on North Mississippi Avenue. It was the first venue I ever played in Portland, which was way back in 2001. At that time, my band was called “Vince Schreck & The Expendables.” Things have changed so much in the past 14 years, but what continually shines through with the MPP is their commitment to live music.

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Hiking Council Crest

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IMG 1830 150x150 Hiking Council CrestWhat’s to Love:  From the Marquam Trail Shelter Trailhead, it’s a stiff 1.7 mile walk uphill to Council Crest Park. The trail crosses several roads, and passes closely to nearby homes. Despite the close proximity to civilization, this hike offers a nice challenge to hikers of all ages and certainly is worth doing at least once.

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The Circuit Gym – Tigard Grand Opening!

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circuit3 150x150 The Circuit Gym   Tigard Grand Opening!The Circuit’s newest location in Tigard, Oregon has been open for a few weeks now. On Saturday, August 23rd from noon to 6PM, they’ll be hosting their Grand Opening Open party with FREE CLIMBING ALL DAY!

circuit2 150x150 The Circuit Gym   Tigard Grand Opening!So much more as well including:

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Slackline demo
5 punch pass giveaways
Raffle benefiting Good Neighbor Center
Shoe demo
Live music
Free mini-yoga classes
Local beer

Free food
30% off 10-punch passes

circuit4 150x150 The Circuit Gym   Tigard Grand Opening!We’ve been to the new gym four or five times now, and it’s an incredible facility with a lot more room for all. The kids terrain is fantastic!

Lacamas Lake Regional Park

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IMG 1587 150x150 Lacamas Lake Regional ParkWhat’s to Love:  This 312 acre park within a mile of downtown Camas, WA offers many recreational opportunities including: bird watching, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking. We spent most of our time mountain biking the Lacamas Park Trail, which offers around six miles of trails and does a loop around Round Lake. There is also the Lacamas Heritage Trail, which is a 3.5 mile trail along the west side of Lacamas Lake.

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Outdoor Archery

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IMG 1533 150x150 Outdoor ArcheryWhat’s to Love:  I have many fond memories of shooting bow and arrow as a kid. My dad made this target out of hay bales, cardboard, and canvas. We’d haul it out to the schoolyard next door and hit everything EXCEPT the target. I remember purposefully shooting arrows as high as I could up into the sky with my friend trying to catch them before the hit the ground. What were we thinking?

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Portland Rock Gym Summer Camp!

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prg promo4 Portland Rock Gym Summer Camp!Are you getting your kids all signed-up for various summer camps? Certainly, you’ll want to check-in with them about Portland Rock Gym’s Summer Climbing Camps. My kids have attended this camp, and they’ve had a blast. This year, they’ve added a camp that will include both indoor and outdoor climbing! Follow the link above and browse their schedule.

In addition, you can print the coupon below to save either $30 on registration, 20% off each youth sign-up after the first, OR 20% for camp alumni (cannot combine discounts). If you click it, it will open in a new window, where it will be easier to print.

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Circuit Gym Coming to Tigard

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Photo Credit: Rich Crowder Photography

If you follow Portland Family Adventures, you’ll know that we’re a family of climbers. One of our favorite places for climbing is The Circuit Gym – currently in two locations NE Portland and SW Portland. Our 10 year old son Rhys is on their competitive climbing team “The Circuit Breakers.” We spend a lot of time at both gyms, and we are very excited about their newest gym (currently in construction) located in Tigard at 16255 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd.

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Family Mountain Biking

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What’s to Love:  Before I get started with my usual format, I want to apologize for the lack of photographs.  It was raining pretty hard for our entire ride, and the camera batteries died right when we were getting started. Hopefully, I’ll get some additional photos soon! Despite that, the “EasyClimb Trail” in Cascade Locks is the perfect outing for parents who want to mountain bike with their kids. The two mile loop features a little bit of everything, EXCEPT hill climbs! There is ample parking, no fees, and plenty of signage – it’s almost impossible to get lost. I’m convinced this is the #1 option for mountain biking with young kids…period. If you think there is a better option, I’d love to hear about it.

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