Not enough snow on the ground to satisfy your activity needs? No problem! We’ve rounded up some nifty things for you and yours to do that don’t require any frosty flakes.
Colder weather leads to cabin fever. Cabin fever makes people climb walls, and the walls in most cabins aren’t conducive to climbing. But at Maine Rock Gym, the walls want you to climb on. The gym is open daily throughout the cold months and first timers can get instruction to get them started. All levels are welcome and ladies can take advantage of the women’s climbing night on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.
Maine Rock Gym
65 Warren Ave., Portland | 207-780-6370 | Evo Rock & Fitness
Introductory package for the first timer costs $35 and includes everything.
Fly through the air with a friend on the side-by-side zip lines. You can even race each other while you scream your head off from all the fun!
Sunday River Twin Zip Lines
Sunday River Ski Resort, Newry | 800-543-2754 | www.sundayriver.com
Fridays, Saturdays, and select holidays from December through mid-March, $15 for two runs on the 750 foot line.
You can dance if you want to! Maine Ballroom Dancing offers classes in Ballroom, Argentine tango, swing, waltz and rumba.
Maine Ballroom Dance
614 Congress St., Portland | 207-773-0002 | www.maineballroomdancing.com
They offer classes and workshops in Argentine dance, ballroom (think foxtrot, east coast swing and waltz). A 5- week session for “New Beginner Ballroom” is $50.
They also throw dance parties every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month for $10.
There’s something about the ability to say “I made that” that’s undeniably appealing. At Artascope Studios in South Portland, students can let their inner artist rule the evening while making hammered silver rings, crochet wire jewelry, fused glass pendants, image transfer art and more. Classes include instruction and all the materials. All you need to bring is imagination.
352 Cottage Road, South Portland | 207-799-5154 | artascope.com
Classes and workshops start at $25
There’s also a second location at 48 Railroad Square in Yarmouth.
Roller skating rinks have been witness to heartbreak before – of the Junior High variety. Maybe you haven’t been back since Joey broke up with you during a couple’s skate. Maybe it’s time to reclaim the rolling wheels and the oblong hardwood floors. You’re an adult now, dangit. No childhood romance is going to keep you away! (But you’ll wear your rad hypercolor shirt anyway, just in case Joey is there.)
331 Warren Ave., Portland | 207-797-8207 | happywheelsskatecenter.com
Adult open skates are from 7:30 to 10 pm on Tuesdays; admission is $7. All-ages skates are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
PaintNite combines artistry with the good ol’ fashioned art of drinking. Everything you need to paint – paint, brushes, canvas, apron, easel, guidance – is provided. You buy the drink of your choice. You can follow the artists along step-by-step to create that night’s painting, or go rogue and paint whatever you’d like.
PaintNite events happen at several greater Portland locations including Buck’s Naked BBQ in Portland, Margarita’s Restaurant (St. John St. in Portland,) Jimmy the Greeks in Old Orchard Beach and South Portland, Coast Bar & Bistro in Brunswick, The Stockhouse in Westbrook and Bumpa’s Bar and Grille in Brunswick among others. | $45 | paintnite.com
You won’t strike out when it comes to fun with a night on the lanes at Bayside Bowl. What’s more, the food and drinks are terrific and there’s often live music.
58 Alder S., Portland | 207-791-2695 | baysidebowl.com
Lanes are open 4 pm-11 p.m. Mon-Thur, 12 pm-midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. p.m. on Sunday.
Lanes cost $25 per hour Monday – Thursday and $30 per hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Show rentals are $3.50 per pair.
For more bowling alleys in Maine: www.bowlingfan.com
There are places where cutting people off is frowned upon – the interstate, for example, or in line at the grocery store. But at Maine Indoor Karting, your devilish get-ahead driving tactics are not only okay, they’re celebrated. There are no cops clocking your speed here, though there are awesome racing suits.
Maine Indoor Karting
23 Washington Ave., Scarborough | 207-885-0058 | www.maineindoorkarting.com
$23 for single race; memberships and discounts available
Catching today’s blockbuster isn’t a bad way to spend a frigid winter afternoon. But catching an independent flick at Frontier means you’ll be entertained by the big screen AND see a hand-picked film you might not have the chance to see anywhere else. Plus, the drink and dining menu here makes regular movie theater food look like freezer-burned nonsense…because, well, it kind of is.
14 Maine St. Mill 3 Fort Andross, Brunswick | 207-725-5222 | www.explorefrontier.com
Workweeks can be so…blah. If only there were some nighttime occupation you could participate in that would both stimulate your noggin and enable you to unashamedly support your local watering hole. Enter: pub trivia. There’s plenty of trivia night to go around:
Run of the Mill | 7 p.m. Mondays
100 Main St., Saco | 207-571-9648 | therunofthemill.net
Jimmy the Greeks | 7 p.m. Mondays
215 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach | 207-934-7499 | jimmygreeks.com
Jimmy the Greeks | 8 p.m. Tuesdays
150 Philbrook Ave., South Portland | 207-774-7335 | jimmygreeks.com
The Liberal Cup | 8 p.m. Tuesdays
115 Water St., Hallowell | 207-623-2739 | theliberalcup.com
Binga’s Stadium | 8 pm Tuesdays
77 Free St., Portland | 207-347-6072 | www.bingasstadium.com
Ri Ra | 8 pm Tuesdays
72 Commercial St., Portland | 207-761-4446 | www.rira.com
Brian Boru | 7 pm Wednesdays
57 Center St., Portland | 207-780-1506 | brianboruportland.com
Elements | 7 pm Tuesdays
265 Main St., Biddeford| 207-710-2011 | elementsbookscoffeebeer.com
Sebago Brewing Company | 7 pm Mondays at two locations
67 Portland Rd., Kennebunk | 207-775-2337 | www.sebagobrewing.com
211 Fore Street, Portland | 207-775-2337 | www.sebagobrewing.com