Safari Sam’s

In the pines, in the pines, where the sun don't ever shine (by which I mean Sherwood), lives the love-child of Playdate PDX and Glowing Greens, yet older than either. Much better than cabin fever or hiking in heavy rainfall.

2
hours of fun

Open

Daily, 10am - 9pm

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A photograph taken at Safari Sam's
A photograph taken at Safari Sam's
A photograph taken at Safari Sam's
A photograph taken at Safari Sam's
A photograph taken at Safari Sam's
A photograph taken at Safari Sam's

Pros

  • A pretty good mini golf course and a great big play structure.
  • You’re not outside getting wet.
  • The staff are friendly.
  • A great place to read anything by Albert Camus (see below).

Cons

  • Food service can be slow.
  • Noisy and chaotic (yes, I’m getting old!)
  • The area for parents to hang out in while their children are enjoying the play structure might be euphemistically described as utilitarian. You may find your mind spiraling inexorably towards an existential void, inexplicably hyper-aware of the banality of “play” amid the cacophony on the half-lit backless benches.

In the area

It’s just a hop, skip and a jump from Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge – which is awesome. Though probably less so when it’s raining, which is why you went to Safari Sam’s.

If you like this…

PlayDate PDX offers an indoor play structure with a far better set up for parents. Glowing Greens offers indoor blacklit mini golf in the heart of the city. The Family Fun Center in Wilsonville offers both (though the golf is outdoor), and is more soigné.

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Posted: April 5, 2013.

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A photograph taken at Safari Sam's
A photograph taken at Safari Sam's

16260 SW Langer Dr, Sherwood, OR 97140 [Google map].

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The good people of Yelp have posted 77 reviews of Safari Sam’s with an average rating of 3 out of 5.

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