Hot Fun in the Winter Time: Local Indoor Sports Venues Roundup
Snow and fog may be in the forecast, but you can still chase the chill away with summertime fun at an indoor sports and recreational facility near you. From rock climbing to scuba, the local assortment is sunshine to the outdoor lover’s soul, so grab a pal or two and make it a date to gear up at one of these southern Oregon hot spots.
Grants Pass YMCA: Pickleball anyone? Yet another alternative sport, this crossbreed of ping-pong, tennis and badminton is available at the Grants Pass YMCA. Played on a basketball court, you’ll find it is less effort than badminton and calls for quick eye-hand coordination. The facility is over 56,000 square feet of fun family activities including swimming, basketball, soccer and wall climbing. 5 am – 9 pm, Mon – Fri, 8 am – 5 pm, Sat, Noon – 5 pm, Sun. 1000 Redwood Avenue, Grants Pass
Laser Ops Entertainment: When the world outside is soggy and boggy set your sight on some laser tag at Laser Ops Entertainment in the Rogue Valley Mall. This splat-free sport has all the sound effects of a video game and the strategizing and game warfare of paintball, without the pain and clean-up. “The game gear uses sound feedback,” says owner/operator Steve Calabro,. “When you’re being shot at you’ll hear bullets whizzing by your head, a short grunt when you get wounded and your equipment screams when you get tagged out.” The “battle zone” is a near 4000-square-foot darkened arena traced with laser lights and black lights. 9 am – 10 pm, Mon. – Sat, 11 am – 7 pm, Sun. Rogue Valley Mall, 1600 N. Riverside Road, Medford
Mike’s Fieldhouse: A 60,000 square foot multi-purpose building at Steen Sports Park in Klamath Falls, Mike’s Fieldhouse is a state-of-the-art, all-around sports facility offering everything from soccer and volleyball to archery tag and…knockerball? Also known as “bubble soccer,” this hot new game is one of several alternative sports available for the public to sample during the Winter Fieldhouse Jam which runs January thru April on the last Saturday of the month. “There’s cornhole, ladderball, ringtoss, the possibilities are endless,” says Brielle George, operations manager. 11 am – 1:30 pm & 2:30 – 8:30 pm, Mon – Thurs. 4500 Foothills Blvd, Klamath Falls
Rogue Air Trampoline Park: Jump for joy because there’s a place that will literally lift you up! Rogue Air Trampoline Park of Medford is a giant 20,000 square foot space with wall-to-wall trampolines that lets you slam dunk with ease, practice flips, or flops, and just plain bounce off the walls. When you think you’ve had enough don’t forget to tackle some dodgeball, and you can choose from several “Launch” and dodge ball party packages if you need a venue for a special celebration. 3 pm – 8 pm, Mon – Thurs, 2 pm – 9 pm, Fri, 11 am – 9 pm, Sat,Noon – 8 pm, Sun.
519 Medford Ctr., Medford
Rogue Aquatics: While the Rogue River rages through the winter you can still enjoy some water fun at Rogue Aquatics in Medford. Scuba, snorkel and swim classes are available as well as a water fitness program, mixing water aerobics with Pilates. If you’re battling winter aches there’s also a back wellness program in the cozy 86-degree salt pool.
10 am – 6 pm, Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm, Sat. 6022 Crater Lake Avenue, Central Point
Rogue Rock Gym: If bad weather’s got you climbing the walls get out to Rogue Rock Gym and try your hand at some rock climbing and bouldering. Indoor climbing walls are a fun way to build perseverance, confidence, courage and muscular strength. Take a friend as a belayer or use one of the facilities autobelays. Bouldering, which is climbing without ropes and harness, is available on three different structures 10 to 14 feet tall. With handholds set for varying degrees of difficulty, along with constantly rearranged climbing routes, visitors will always find a new challenge. 10 am – 10 pm, everyday. 3001 Samike Drive Suite 104, Medford
Rogue Valley Family YMCA: A family favorite, the Rogue Valley Family YMCA in Medford offers year-round indoor sports and activities for members, including a climbing gym with walls for climbing, bouldering and a bouldering cave with staff and equipment on hand. There’s racquetball, basketball and wallyball, which is like volleyball using walls and played in a racquetball court. Swim and play in the 75 foot long, ultra-violet purified swimming pool warmed to a comfy 83 degrees. The water slide helps you be child-free or child-like! 4:30 am – 10 pm, Mon – Fri, 8 am – 8 pm, Saturda. 522 W. 6th Street, Medford