The Swap Shop is a family co-op that offers an indoor play space during the rainy months (almost every month in Portland ) and a contained outdoor play space where parents can really relax while kids dig and jump and run. It’s called a swap shop because of the time-limit-free library and ongoing toy and clothing exchange. It runs like a health club with music meet-ups, open gym times and free art classes included in your membership. There’s a separate after-school program for teenagers so they have their own place to be. There’s a gym, that includes Skuut bikes and basket-balls upstairs, a big-kids toy room full of Legos and cars in the back, and a toddler room front and center where you can snag sippy cups, bouncers, johnny jump-ups, blocks, and firetrucks to take home and play with to your heart’s content. Started by a single mom who moved to Portland for community, it’s now incorporated into a non-profit. The minimal monthly dues (less than you’ll spend on kid toys in a month otherwise and far less than a family gym membership) provide all these things, and each family simply takes on one or two jobs (cleaning up the swap bins, putting away art supplies, wiping off chairs) so the place runs smoothly.
Co-op memberships are available for families and teens for our two main gathering places, The Swap Shop and The Roost, places to chill as relaxed as your own home with open gym time, gaming and play areas, live entertainment and special meet up events great for the littlest crawler to the coolest older kid.