Featured image: A three-dimensional model of the World’s Largest Blanket Fort by Rumpl and Murderboat Productions
On Saturday, December 8, Exhibition Hall E at the Oregon Convention Center turns into the largest blanket fort in the world. The 7,000-square-foot fort is a series of four geodesic domes connected by tunnels, hidden rooms, and unique themes.
Two separate events are scheduled at the World’s Largest Blanket Fort Party. Daytime Playtime, from 1 to 6 p.m., is open to everyone. The Nighttime Dance Party is for ages 21+ and runs from 7 to 11:30 p.m.
Each dome has different activities, which varies somewhat for each event:
- The Floor of Lava Dome has an obstacle course on a lava floor, along with games of Connect 4, Jenga, and Twister. For the dance party, there’s a silent disco and live painting.
- In the Arts & Crafts dome, color pictures, make friendship bracelets and paper airplanes, play with Spirograph, and try on temporary tattoos.
- Relax with yoga, take a hula hoop class, and go banana-ing with the Banana Bunch in the Banana Flow Dome. DJ classes are available during the day. At night, there are a silent disco, blacklight art gallery, and live painters.
- Explore the world of blankets in the Rumpl Blanket Dome. At night, there will also be video projections, a disco ball, lasers, and lots of balloons.
There’s also a Top Secret Area. The only way you’ll find out what’s in there is to go on the scavenger hunt. At night, the Top Secret Area turns into a speakeasy.
Other day and night activities include a giant parachute, arcade games, an imaginary tea party, a ball pit, Cartoon Theater, Graffiti Kingdom, and face painting. Additional night-only activities include juggling, spin the bottle, hooping, and Fou Fou Ha.
Two stages provide live entertainment and music by DJs.
Ticket prices range from $15 to $45 (buy online).
Event sponsors Rumpl and Murderboat Productions are accepting blanket donations for Transition Projects to be used in homeless shelters in the Portland metro area. Bring your donations to the party.
The Oregon Convention Center is located at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Portland. Parking is available in the convention center’s garage for a fee (view rates and directions to the center). All MAX (light rail) lines and several city buses stop at the convention center (plan your trip).
Event updates will be posted at the World’s Largest Blanket Fort Party’s Facebook page.
Update, December 10, 2018
Reporter Ryan Fernandez from The Oregonian stopped at the World’s Largest Blanket Fort on Saturday and posted these pictures.