Kidd’s Toy Museum
From the street, Frank Kidd’s toy museum looks like any other windowless warehouse that might dot any anonymous industrial district. But once you step inside, it’s a Willy Wonka-like wonderland full of children’s toys that Kidd has collected over the years. The 6,000-square-foot space is home to more than 10,000 of Kidd’s toys, including trains, planes, figurines, and mechanical banks that perform tricks when a coin is deposited.
The brainchild of Portland natives Prescott Allen and Woody Wheeler, the Laurelhurst Theater is like an amalgam of all of Portland’s independent theaters. Operational in its current format since 2000, the Laurelhurst Theater features pizza, beer, and wine, along with major Hollywood second-runs, independent movies, foreign films, documentaries, cult classics, and the occasional film event.
Pips & Bounce
Brothers Eugene and Michael Jung say there wasn’t much to do while growing up in their native Kentucky, which is why they found themselves putting in a lot of time in their basement playing table tennis. Their 4,500-square-foot space is home to about a dozen tables, a full bar, a menu with soups, salads and sandwiches, and plenty of places to lounge about. They even employ ball boys and girls to chase down your strays.
We all love the outdoors, but when it rains, there’s plenty of fun to have indoors, too. When it’s coming down, head to the movies, the toy museum or our first ping pong hall.