AGES 1 YEAR – 12 YEARS
WHAT IS OPEN PLAY?
The Playground Gym opens our unique facilities to the public during our Open Play times. Open Plays are open to children 1 to 12 years old and are a super fun way to introduce your child to movement, our equipment, coaches, and learning environment. It’s also a fantastic way to escape bad weather and for you to get on the mat with your child for some fun bonding time. Open Play times are scheduled around our classes, camps, parties and other offerings. Times can change seasonally, please see our schedule at the bottom of this page for current times at both locations.
The power of play is undeniable. Every study done on the topic shows kids develop better & faster when they engage in regular physical activity. Not only does active & creative play make children happier and healthier, but it actively promotes development of the their neurological pathways, positively affecting mood, memory, proprioception, attentions spans, and behavior.
WHY THE PLAYGROUND GYM?
The Playground Gym was voted Portland’s Best Indoor Play Space for a reason–we take active, creative play very seriously. There are plenty of indoor & outdoor play structures in town focused on traditional equipment like monkey bars, slides, beams and the like. While we have those things too, our space is made up largely of “loose parts” rather than a static play structure or fixed course. With traditional (adult designed) play structures kids too often “consume” play, rather than create it. Adults often have an opinion about how kids should play, something they want to control or prescribe. We’ve found that kids do it best themselves! Our moveable parts inspire active, creative play. Participants can invent purposeful play on their own terms, engaging kids’ creative sides, as well as challenging their physical skills. They can create their own games, engineer their own obstacle courses and challenge themselves in ways that no other place can reproduce.
CAN I DROP MY KIDS OFF DURING OPEN PLAY?
The Playground Gym is a child development facility, not a childcare facility. Parents must stay on premises while their kids are at Open Play. We believe that there is value in having grown-ups play alongside their children. A disengaged grown-up remaining on the sidelines only serves to perpetuate the less-than-playful status quo. When adults get in the game and actually play themselves, it introduces an important element of silliness and shared humanity, making the play more accessible, and helping children feel safer and more connected. It’s also just really, really fun.
Open Play times work around our other programs and can change seasonally. Times are drop-in, first come first served basis and capped at 25 children. Adult supervision is required. Both the NE Grand and North Lombard Gym schedules can be found below.
We’ve gone paperless! Make your check-in go extra quick by creating an account and filling out our online waiver HERE before arriving. You can even enroll yourself and pre-pay for Open Play. Thanks!
OPEN PLAY FEES
$8 for one child, $12 for two. $3 each additional child. (Group rates are intended for siblings.)
** Purchase an Open Play punch card and receive 20% savings on the above prices! Parental supervision is required.