I have a confession to make. I’m not ashamed to say it, even if you make fun of me for it.


    Are you ready?

    Here goes:

    I LOVE having fun. I love playing games. I love amusing myself and acting like I never grew up. I’m a true Toys R Us kid. And, in true kid fashion, I easily get distracted and want to try something new… sometimes minute by minute.

    Luckily for me, Portland, Oregon caters to those who love a good time AND have the attention span of a goldfish. Numerous venues and businesses offer a myriad of fun and distraction for the whole family… and for every bank account. One such place near Portland is Superplay.

    Superplay, located at 9300 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in Beaverton, is a bowling alley, laser tag venue and arcade all rolled into one. The kids love it here, the wife loves it here and, most importantly, DAD loves it here.
    Housed in the space that was formerly Valley Lanes Bowling Alley, SuperPlay features a 3,200 square foot laser tag arena with state of the art equipment. The 24 bowling lanes are each equipped with digital scoring and virtual waiters. Six fifty inch televisions surrounding the bowling alley so daddy doesn’t have to miss his sports. The arcade is massive and features everything from the newest, high tech games, to the simple throwbacks of my childhood…and pretty decent prizes.

    We went last Friday night. It’s hard to say if it was the best time ever, because each visit is amazing, but I’ll give you a recap here:

    We arrived and purchased our passes. My son and I ran for the laser tag while my wife and daughter secured a bowling lane. After annihilating my son in laser tag, we went down and proceeded to annihilate the females in our family at bowling. One might be asking how can I be so cruel as to destroy those I love? But there are two reasons: My competitive spirit is always on and two, what’s the point of letting someone win?

    But I digress.

    As we began our second frame, we ordered burgers, dogs, and fries. I proceeded to win again, though my wife, using her feminine wiles, no doubt, nipped at my heels and almost pulled off the upset. Crisis averted.

    Next, we ran and played more laser tag. My daughter joined this time, but my wife decided to try her luck at Mortal Kombat. I found out later that she annihilated some hooligans.

    After laser tag, I too tried my hand at the arcade. Dance Dance Revolution, basketball, Skee Ball, Madden, Asteroids, I did it all! I was getting my money’s worth, my family was getting their money’s worth, we were having the time of our lives.

    Three hours later, we were exhausted and about as funned out as one can be. Yet, when we awoke the next morning, we all talked about our plans for next weekend.

    “Superplay” we all said in unison.

    I think we have found a winner.

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