KidZone in Club Northwest

2160 N.W. Vine Street
Grants Pass, Oregon

You can’t miss KidZone from I-5 (see photo of the outside of the building), but you will be left wondering what it is you’re looking at, it’s so poorly marked from the outside. Put simply, it’s kid-heaven: 60,000 cubic feet of tubes, slides, and ball pits, housed within Club Northwest, a fitness and health club. It’s open to the public, and while it may lean toward the spendy side for a quick pit stop ($6.95 per child admission, parents free), it’s worth its weight in gold on a rainy Oregon day.

KidZone is divided into three sections: Bigs (5 and up), Gettin’ Bigs (2-5), and Lil’ Bitties (under 2). If you have a ‘Bitty’ who has no intention of spending his or her time in the designated 0-2 section, or a ‘Big’ who would rather play in the smaller, more manageable areas designed for younger kids, don’t fear: as long as a parent stays with the child, he or she can wander wherever. The age categories are put in place for local members of the adjacent gym, who have the option of dropping off kids to work out. (But if you see yourself spending quality time in the tubes with an excited toddler, ask for kneepads at the front desk…trust me on this one.)

KidZone also has a great security system in place: no child can leave the facility without his or her wristband matching a parent’s.

Date last visited: Maybe a month ago? (This is right in our neck of the woods.)

Distance off the interstate: Just about 1 minute.

Bathrooms: Of course…even kid-sized potties and sinks.

Food Services: None in the main area. Outside, in the greater Club Northwest is a small operation selling things like smoothies and wraps. It’s possible to eat there before or after playing (there’s limited seating). From experience, you cannot bring sack lunches or other snacks in (although sippy cups and water bottles have seemed to be ok). Several fast food options are right off the interstate however.

Website: KidZone in Club Northwest

Directions: From I-5, take exit 58 (toward Redwood Highway and Oregon beaches). Turn left onto OR-99, then right onto NW Morgan. Turn almost immediately right again onto NW Vine.
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About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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