Summer 2015 List

Summer 2015 List


Free bowling



Safety Town

–June (West Linn) $70 Sunset Fire Hall

From June 22-26, 9am-11am and August 17-21 9-11 am



Regal Summer Movie List

Week 1 starts June 23rd Tuesday & Wednesdays at 10am

Regal places playing movies: Wilsonville Stadium 9

Week Dates Movies
Week 1 Tue June 23
Wed June 24
Nut Job
Week 2 Tue June 30
Wed July 1
Earth to Echo
Week 3 Tue July 7
Wed July 8
Week 4 Tue July 14
Wed July 15
Rio 2
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Week 5 Tue July 21
Wed July 22
Mr. Peabody
Book of Life
Week 6 Tue July 28
Wed July 29
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Penguins of Madagascar
Week 7 Tue August 4
Wed August 5
Madagascar 3
Dolphin Tale 2
Week 8 Tue August 11
Wed August 12
Muppets, Most Wanted
Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Week 9 Tue August 18
Wed August 19
The Lego Movie
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water



Summer Movie Clubhouse

6/17/2014 – 8/19/2014

Time: 10am

Location: Century Clackamas Town Center & XD Theater, Upper Level, Food Court

Contact: (503) 654-1498

Ten fun films for kids!

$5 for ten movies when purchased in advance at the box office.
$1 per show when purchased at the box office.
All films Rated G or PG and all show times are at 10am.

June 16 – Dolphin Tale 2
June 23 – Mr. Peabody
June 30 – Penguins of Madagascar
July 7 – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
July 14 – How To Train Your Dragon 2
July 21 – Alvin
July 28 – Dog Days Wimpy Kid
August 4 –Nut Job

August 11 – Rio 2

August 18 – Turbo

2015 SMC - 1002color


Summer Library Reading Program

Comes out mid June


High Power Soccer Camp

July 27-31

5:30-8:30 pm




Oregon City Evangelical Church

June 22nd-26th 9-12:10

$11 per child or $28 family max


Clackamas Bible Church

June 22-26



Wilsonville Kids Fun Run

July 25th



Max Patterson Park Activities

Schedule comes out mid June


Jordan Kent Skills Camp!register-schedule/c66t


JUNE 22-25 | 9 AM – 3 PM | Horizon Christian High School

Our signature camp experience where campers will participate in either Football, Basketball, or Soccer!


+Nutrition Education and Daily Life Skill Lesson

+ T-Shirt, Snack, and Raffle Prizes included!

+Open to boys and girls ages 6-12

$149 Full Day (9a-3p) // $109 Partial Day (9a-1p) *Prices are for full week




JULY 20-23 | 9 AM – 3 PM | Horizon Christian High School


Our signature camp experience where campers will participate in either Football, Basketball, or Soccer!


+Nutrition Education and Daily Life Skill Lesson

+ T-Shirt, Snack, and Raffle Prizes included!

+Open to boys and girls ages 6-12

$149 Full Day (9a-3p) // $109 Partial Day (9a-1p) *Prices are for full week



AUGUST 10-13 | 9 AM – 3 PM | Horizon Christian High School


Our signature camp experience where campers will participate in either Football, Basketball, or Soccer!


+Nutrition Education and Daily Life Skill Lesson

+ T-Shirt, Snack, and Raffle Prizes included!

+Open to boys and girls ages 6-12

$149 Full Day (9a-3p) // $109 Partial Day (9a-1p) *Prices are for full week


Alliance Summer Experience

Monday-Wednesday June 15-17


We are trying something new this year – the Alliance Summer Experience! Mrs. Edinger is offering 2 classes on Magnets – one for 1st-2nd grade and one for 3rd-5th grade. Mrs. Southworth is offering 2 Art classes – one for 1st-2nd grade and one for 3rd-5th grade.


The Schedule:

Science                                                Art

9-10:45 1st-2nd grade                              9-10:45 3rd-5th grade

11-12:45 3rd-5th grade                            11-12:45 1st-2nd grade


The cost:

$50 per class – includes all materials


Parents are not required to be in the classroom.

A registration form is being put together, and will be sent out shortly.



Summer opportunities in Gladstone:                                         

Gladstone recreation guide offers summer fun

Sports camps? Robotics? Performing arts? Driver Education? Summer adventures await, thanks to a spectrum of classes and day camps available through Gladstone’s community education program.

Copies of the summer activities guide, filled with activities for children, teens, and adults, are available, or by calling 503-650-2570.

“Besides the opportunity to explore new interests and make new friends, day camps provide the opportunity to gain independence and confidence,” said Lennie Bjornsen, Gladstone Schools’ Director of Student and Family Support. “These experiences can help children learn new skills in fun ways.”

For families on a budget, the guide offers a list of free activities sponsored by the Gladstone Public Library, several bargain-priced activities in Patterson Park, and free lunch programs for youths at both Kraxberger Middle School and the Gladstone Center for Children and Families.

 Gladstone Schools offer free summer lunch for kids

Gladstone Schools will again sponsor a free summer lunch program for kids and teens.  Funded by the federal government, the program provides all youths with a nutritious lunch.Hot lunches will be provided at two locations, June 9 to August 1, on Mondays to Fridays (except July 4).

Gladstone Center for Children & Families
18905 Portland Avenue
11 a.m. to noon

Kraxberger Middle School
17777 Webster Road
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

This is a drop-in program, and all youths (age 1 to 18) are welcome regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, nationality, income, or religion. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Free Robotics Workshop at Kraxberger Middle School

Kids entering grades 4 to 8 are invited to drop in for a free Robotics Workshop at Kraxberger Middle School, organized by the Gearheads Robotics Club.

The workshop runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon on these summer Thursdays:
June 12, 19 & 26 and July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. The group meets in the back portable classroom at Kraxberger Middle School, 177777 Webster Road, in Gladstone. Free lunch is available in the school cafeteria from 11:15 to 12:15 p.m. on these days.

For more information, contact mentor Shawn Price at 503.723.5609.
Introduction to Robotics class 

Kids entering grades 3 to 8 can learn how to build a robot out of Legos, add motors and sensors, and write programs to make it do tasks. Then build and program your own robot (value $100+), and compete in competitions. Students will gain practical knowledge of basic electronics and programming while learning problem-solving and critical thinking. The class is taught by Gladstone Robotics advisor James Ward and student mentors.

The class, at Gladstone High School, is scheduled for two weekends: July 18-19 and 25-26. The group meets Fridays from 2 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 4:30 p.m. The course costs $169. To register, call 503-650-2570.
Kraxberger KAOS Summer Program offers fun for a bargain price

Gladstone students entering grades 5 to 8 are invited to a bargain-priced summer program that includes sports and activities, plus a free lunch and a healthy snack. The program cost is just $25.

Activities will vary daily, but may include soccer, kickball, basketball, dodge ball, crafts, art, knitting, robotics, ultimate Frisbee, hip hop dance, capture the flag, and more.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Thursdays, June 23 to July 17. To register, call 503-650-2570.
Gladstone Public library offers free fun for kids and teens

Fizz • Boom • Read
Summer Reading Program for children 12 and under

Register starting June 7 for a program that will keep your kids reading all summer long. Track progress with a reading lab, and win prizes along the way.

Don’t miss our June 7 kick-off event from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Get your summer reading goodie bag, get your face painted, and participate in fun activities!

Don’t miss these Special Events!

The Knights of Veritas
Friday, June 13th at 2:00 p.m. @ the library
Be transported to ancient times where knights will teach you about medieval weapons, armor, combat and chivalry.

The Science of Music
Thursday, July 3rd at 2:00 p.m. @ the library
Explore the science of sound! Use songs and instruments to experiment with sound. Learn how you can create instruments with objects you find at home.

The Reptile Man
Thursday, August 14th at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. @ the Gladstone Center for Children and Families (18905 Portland Avenue) Learn about reptiles with a live demonstration sure to make you squirm! Come for free lunch from 11 to noon.

Weekly Science & Stories

Preschool Science & Stories
Thursdays @ 9:30 a.m. at the Gladstone Public Library
Mondays @10:30[June 9 to July 28] at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families
Stay for free lunch at the GCCF from 11 a.m. to noon!

Lab Rats
Saturdays at 11 a.m. — Gladstone Public Library
Stories and science for elementary students.

Teen Summer Fun
Teen summer reading program: Sign up starting June 7 for our teen reading program and earn admission to our video gaming tournament to win a gaming system. For information, ask at the front desk.

6 p.m. at Gladstone Public Library
1st Thursdays: Teen game night
2nd Thursdays: Anime Club
3rd Thursdays: Dr. Who Club
Garage Sale to benefit Gladstone Schools

A community garage sale is planned, featuring zillions of bargains on household items, clothing, sports equipment, baby gear, books, furniture, office supplies, craft supplies, and collectibles. Sponsored by the Gladstone Education Foundation, all proceeds will benefit Gladstone Schools.

The garage sale will take place in the cafeteria at Gladstone High School from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 13 and14, and June 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gladstone High is located at 18800 Portland Avenue.

For donation pick up or to volunteer for event set-up, call Corinne at 503-722-2284 or Kathy at 971-227-2655. All donations are tax-deductible.
Gladstone Clothes Closet, Food Pantry set summer hours

Between June 19 and July 31, the Gladstone Community Clothes Closet will shift to summer hours, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. The Food Pantry will be open this summer on the same schedule, providing food items to families in need.

Youths needing clothes are welcome to visit the Clothes Closet during open hours. Current donation needs are used or new shoes and new packages of youth socks, underwear, and diapers. [Please deliver donations only during operating hours.]

The new clothes closet on the Gladstone High campusprovides free clothing to youths from birth to age 21. It is located on the north side of the GHS campus, accessible from the fire lane off Nelson Lane. The Gladstone Food Pantry is located next door to the Clothes Closet.

For back-to-school clothing needs, regular Clothes Closet hours will resume August 7:  Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call LaRae Applebee at 503.758.4411.
Register now for free summer friendship groups

Help your young child gain confidence in friendship skills through fun-filled friendship groups at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families. Run by LifeWorks Northwest, the groups promote social and emotional skills for children to be successful at school and at home. Come at 11 a.m. for a free lunch!

Age 5 to 7: Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 10 to July 31 from noon to 1 p.m.
Age 3 & 4: Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 10 to July 31 from noon to 1 p.m.

Space is limited. To register or get more information, call Lifeworks Northwest at 503.496.5770.
Story Town builds reading readiness

Family Stepping Stones presents a weekly summer story time, with crafts, snacks, games, and songs all tied to a classic children’s book.

The group meets Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Family Stepping Stones, 18907 Portland Avenue in Gladstone, part of the Gladstone Center for Children & Families. Story times are best for parents and caregivers with children from birth to 8. One adult must be present for every four children attending.

Space is limited. To register, call Chelsea Hamilton at 503.496.5764 or
Free Kindergarten Readiness Summer Program

Is your child starting kindergarten this fall? LifeWorks Northwest is offering a summer program of fun activities to help children build new skills and make new friends to prepare them for academic, social, and emotional success in modern-day kindergarten.

The class runs Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, June 9 to July 30 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Following the class, students are invited to stay for a free lunch.

Space is limited. For more information, and to register, call 503.496.5770.
Free summer playgroup for age 5 and under

Parents with children from birth to age 5 are invited to a free summer playgroup in Gladstone. Join us for fun in our shady covered playground, complete with trike roadways, a play structure, and more. Please, no more than 3 children per adult, and no children over 5.

Playgroup will meet Thursdays from noon to 1:15 beginning June 12 through the summer at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families: 18905 Portland Ave. in Gladstone. Children are invited to come early for a free lunch served from 11 to noon.
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Link your Fred Meyer card to benefit Gladstone Schools

Help Gladstone Schools earn donations when you shop at Fred Meyer with your rewards card. You still get your fuel points & rebates, and Gladstone Schools gets a community donation from Fred Meyer. So far, with just 19 people signed up, we have already raised over $300. Easy money!

Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer rewards card to Gladstone Schools at Be sure to enter Gladstone Schools, #80945.

Golf Tournament to raise funds for Gladstone Schools

Golfers, kick off your involvement in the Gladstone Cultural Festival at the golf tournament fundraiser organized by the Gladstone Education Foundation. All proceeds benefit Gladstone Schools.

The tournament is at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, August 1 at Stone Creek Golf Course. Participation is $125 per Golfer. Hole sponsorship is $1000 and includes golfing for 4. To sponsor a hole or to register your team, call Bill Kemnitzer at 503-522-2884 or email

Gladstone schools urge families to keep kids learning this summer

Over the long summer break, students risk losing some of the progress they made in school this year.  Finding opportunities for kids to practice their skills can prevent this.  That’s why Gladstone Schools is urging parents to keep their kids involved in reading, math, and science activities this summer.

“As we move forward with more challenging national standards, keeping students learning throughout the summer becomes more important than ever,” said John Wetten Principal Wendy Wilson.  “This can happen in many ways, from family excursions to the library, to encouraging children to be active scientific observers while camping or walking to the park.”

Turn math into a game:

Kids love computer games.  For each hour they spend playing a game of their choosing, challenge them to spend an hour playing a math game or watching math instruction videos on-line.  If you don’t have a computer at home, you can sign up to use one at the library at no cost.

Elementary & Middle School math:

Middle School & High School math:

High School students can get a jump on next year’s math class, or review last year’s class on the Kahn Academy website:

This site provides how-to videos on hundreds of topics, including arithmetic, decimals, fractions, algebra, geometry, statistics, pre-calculus, calculus, science, and much more.  It also includes do-it-yourself SAT test prep opportunities.  Best of all, it’s free!

Another source for practice problems is the free SAT Practice test available at  This includes practice in critical reading, writing, and math.  Practice tests in other subjects are also available.

Find hands-on science in your kitchen or back yard:

Science surrounds us in the natural world, and kids are fascinated by how things work.  Help your child learn to think like a scientist by helping them sort and categorize what they find at your neighborhood park.  Use a camera phone or a small digital camera to snap photos, and then sort them by type:  evergreen or deciduous trees; insects, reptiles, birds, or mammals. Start a rock collection and research the origins of different rock types.

Explore kitchen chemistry.  Bake bread, and learn about how yeast makes the dough rise.  Can pickles, and learn the science of preserving foods.  Use cornstarch and water to make your own non-Newtonian fluid.  Discover the different chemical forms of matter (solid, liquid, gas) by transforming ice to water to steam and back again.  Measure water evaporation. Plant a salad garden and track plant growth as seeds turn into vegetables.  Directions for each of these projects are easy to find on the Internet.

A visit to a science, art, or history museum is another way to continue student learning during the summer months.  Did you know that students who visit exhibits with an adult learn three times as much as youths who explore on their own?  Clearly, parent involvement makes a big difference!


Oak Lodge Library

Summer Programs

Mr. Shoehorn

Thursday, June 25 at 1:30 pm
Get your toes tapping with a tap dancing saxophonist.

Red Yarn Puppets
Thursday, July 2 at 1:30 pm
Explore the Deep Woods with folksongs and puppets.

Alex Zerbe – The Zaniac Comedy Show
Thursday, July 9 at 1:30 pm
Bouncing, wild fun (like an untamed rubber band) from a two-time Guinness World Record holder.

Reptile Man
Thursday, July 16 at 1:30 pm
See snakes, lizards, and turtles all rescued from the Pacific Northwest, brought to your library.

Angel O Komedy 4 da Kidz 2
Thursday, July 23 at 1:30 pm
A funny and wacky show bringing a comedy twist to juggling and magic tricks.

Oregon Bird Man
Thursday, July 30 at 1:30 pm
View 15 exotic birds, including some endangered species, and find out more about their lives and how to protect them.

Henrik Bothe
Thursday, August 6 at 1:30 pm
Anything’s possible in this variety show featuring unicycling, magic and plate spinning.

Let’s LEGO
Saturdays, June 20-August 8, 1:30-3 pm
We’ll supply the LEGOS; you bring your creativity! Build with other LEGO fans and then tear down your constructions.

Movie Night – The LEGO Movie
Risley Park
Friday, July 24 at Dusk
It’s up to a team of LEGO characters to save their world. Brought to you by the Friends of the Library and NCPRD.



Exodus Book 2014 Summer Reading Program

June 1st-August 31

As a result, we are happy to offer our own recommended reading list. The 2014 PDF version of the Outside of a Dog Book List offers 50+ titles for each grade. Full of genuine classics and family favorites, it doesn’t promote a liberal agenda, cater to the lowest common denominator, or present books designed to make anyone look smart. It’s a list meant simply to open the wide doors of reading to kids turned off by more standard fare, to help kindle a love of reading.From the feedback we’ve received the last two years and after doing further reading ourselves, we’ve continued to update Outside of a Dog. For 2015, we have created website lists for each grade, added ratings and cautions to many of the books, adjusted a few grade level suggestions (primarily in the 7th and 8th grades), removed a few books and added others, continuing to make the list more unique and a little less curriculum-based. You can view the updated website lists here.Who Can Do It? Any student grades 1-12. Preschool and kindergarten readers may also sign up, but they will be enrolled as first graders. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE LOCAL. You can download the free booklist via pdf or view the website lists, and your book logs can be completed online.Cost: $5 per participant. If you sign up online, please include each child’s name and grade in the order comments (we’ll be calling if you don’t!). Since we believe our list is a bit on the challenging side, we suggest signing your child up for the grade they just finished—not the one they are entering. You, of course, are free to make that decision. While we are thankful if you choose to support the program by buying literature from us, you are under no obligation to buy a single book. As an extra incentive, we will email a coupon code to registrants early in July. Students must enroll by August 15th, and no refunds for the program will be given after that date.

The digital booklist is free, but you can also purchase a printed copy of the 2013 version of Outside of a Dog ($3 each—sales of this will help fund the prizes).

•  Don’t start reading until June 1st!
No fair getting a head start!

•  Read at least five books from Outside of a Dog (grade level or above).
Each participant who does that will receive one $5 gift certificate to Exodus and one entry into the grand prize drawing. If you read five qualifying books from the website (not from the list), we will still award a certificate, but you will NOT be entered into the drawing.

•  Keep reading, and you’ll have more chances to win.
Each book read beyond the first five nets you an additional entry to the grand prize drawing, but…

•  Additional books must be from our website and be grade appropriate. 
Your student’s digital booklog will verify that the book is on the site and appropriate for their grade level. If you read a book that does not register and think we should list it, please let us know by July 31 so we can decide whether to include it.

•  Kids must READ the books themselves. 
Audio books and read-alouds, while wonderful things, are not the same experience. We realize this doesn’t allow some younger kids to participate—but this program is not intended for pre-readers. If you need an exception for special circumstances, please call.

•  High school students must read two non-fiction titles.
The other three are up to them.

•  The books must be UNABRIDGED.
No exceptions.

•  Record your reading!
Each registrant will receive access to a digital book log. Please record the titles you read and rate the books there. Everything posted from June 1st to August 31 will count towards final numbers. If you can’t access it, download the printable book log, fill that out and submit it by mail or in person before August 31.

•  Parents: PLEASE confirm your students actually read the books!

Everyone who reads 5 books from their grade level will receive a $5 gift certificate to Exodus. PLUS…

Grades 1-2

•  Read 35 books and get a $10 certificate to Exodus.

•  There will be one $25 grand prize for most books read.

Grades 3-6

•  Read 25 books and get a $10 certificate to Exodus.

•  There will be one $50 grand prize for most books read.

Grades 7-12

•  Read 5000 pages and get a $15 certificate to Exodus.

•  There will be one $100 grand prize for most books read.

There will be one $50 grand prize random drawing
This will include all participants who have read the five book minimum or more (other grand prize winners are ineligible).

Important!! Prizes will be awarded via emailed gift certificates on the second Friday of September (or as close to that as possible). They cannot be awarded before.

We are currently funding all the gift certificates, but we would love help! If you would like to help sponsor gift certificates or donate other prizes, please give us a call. Sponsors will receive advertising in the reading program emails. If you have  questions, please give us a call at 503-655-1951.


Summer Lunch Program1.     Gladstone Center for Children and Families (GCCF)18905 Portland Avenue, Gladstone
(503) 496-3939 ext. 375

Dates are coming



RecMobile Dates

Dates Coming

 North Clackamas Activities

Summer Camps for Web with Registration


Home Depot Kids Workshops

June 6 Build a Load ‘n Go Truck 9-noon

July 4

August 1


Lowes Kids Workshops

Jun 13, 2015 Saturday Iron Man’s Avenjet 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Jun 27, 2015 Saturday Captain America Motorcycle 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM



Science Classes

Wilsonville Library


Other fun things to do this summer


-Cooper Mountain Nature Park

-Tryon Creek State Park’s

-Oaks Park preschool rides Tues. & Wed. at 9:30 am

Have a picnic

-Drive in Movie

-Look at the stars

McLoughlin House – Fridays & Saturdays 10-4 free

Campoeg Park

-Pittock Manson

$9.50 adults, $6.50 kids 6-11, under 6 free 10-5 pm

Japanese Garden

$9.50 adults, $6.75 kids 6-17, under 6 free   Monday- Noon-7pm, Tues-Sunday 10-7 pm

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

$4, 6am-10 pm

Underground tour

$14.50 adults, $9.30 kids 4-11

Walking tour of Portland –free

11 am everyday meet at SW 6th sidewalk by Courthouse

Forest Park



Additional things to do


o   Portland Parks & Rec Swimming Pools (Portland, $): Enjoy a dip in a public indoor or outdoor pool! Be sure to also check out the summer movie events — enjoy a family movie from your floatie!

o   Kennedy School Soaking Pool (NE Portland, $): Enjoy a refreshing soak in the non-chlorinated saltwater pool. A local favorite.


o   OMSI (SE Portland, $$): Special dedicated area for preschool kids plus exhibits that will interest the entire family! $2 admission on the first Sunday of every month.

o   Portland Children’s Museum (SW Portland, $$): Check out the new outdoor exhibit:Outdoor Adventure, along with all other types of educational fun for little ones. Get FREE passes through your public library and on the first Friday evening of the month.

o   Jamison Square (Downtown Portland, FREE): Cool off at the huge outdoor fountains and enjoy walking along the Willamette River.

o   EV Celebration Day (Downtown Portland, FREE); July 5 — Electric Vehicles and charging devices will be displayed on the Square to educate the general about the benefits of Electric cars. Pioneer Courthouse Square.

o   Yoshida’s Sand in the City (Downtown Portland, FREE): July 18-20, 2014 – Watch teams of sand artists create gigantic sand sculptures to benefit Kids on the Block at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

o   Washington Park (SW Portland, FREE-$$): Includes Portland’s Children’s Museum, The Oregon Zoo, Japanese Garden, World Forestry Center, International Rose Test Garden, Hoyt Arboretum, and one killer playground. Easily accessible by the MAX train.

o   Alpenrose’s Dairyville (SW Portland, FREE): Head to Alpenrose Dairy’s Western-themed town located right on the 52-acre dairy farm! Visit a bakery, bank, school, and post office as well as watch model trains chug through tiny Oregon landscapes. Stop off at the Ice Cream Parlor for a delicious Alpenrose ice cream cone. Open Sundays from 1-4 pm, June 1-August 31.

o   Portland Timbers (Downtown Portland, $$$): Catch one of Portland’s two professional sports teams. Not a soccer fan? Don’t worry. Watching the Timbers Armyis worth the price of admission so try to grab a seat at the north end of the park.

o   Oaks Park Amusement Park Preschool Rides (SE Portland, $$): Kids ages six and under get the run of Oaks Park every Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 9:30-11:30 throughout the summer. Admission includes unlimited preschool rides, milk, and cookies plus storytime with an Oregon Dairy Princess. Begins June 17, 2014.

o   Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (Vancouver, WA, $, FREE for kids): Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military history in the Pacific Northwest. Great fun for kids.


o   Powell’s City of Books (Downtown Portland, FREE): Peruse the largest used and new bookstore in the world.

o   Portland Saturday Market (Downtown Portland, FREE): Open every Saturday and Sunday through Christmas.

o   Portland Rose Festival (Portland, FREE – $$$): Memorial Day weekend – mid-June — Celebrate all things Portland during this three-week city-wide festival. Includes two parades, a 5K run, amusement rides, and so much more! Get an unlimited ride wristband plus 3 games at the Rose Festival CityPark for $28 (Tom McCall Waterfront Park).

o   Portland Festival Symphony (Portland, FREE): July-August – Experience the music at seven events at area parks.

o   Movies in the Park (Portland, FREE): End of June – early September — Catch a summer flick at Portland area parks. Movies start at dusk; pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 pm.

o   Concerts in the Park (Portland, FREE): July – August — Enjoy a free concert at Portland area parks. Starts at 6:00 or 6:30 pm.

o   OPS Fest (Portland, FREE): June – September — Experience a new style of Shakespearean performance! Actors perform the way Shakespeare’s own actors did: in the open air, in natural light, with minimal sets, and with great, fast-paced, energetic acting and lots of audience interaction!

o   Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express (Portland Metro, $): Family friendly movies for $1 per person at participating Regal Cinemas on Tuesday and/or Wednesday mornings. Also check out Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse for more options.

o   Flicks on the Bricks (Downtown Portland, FREE): End of July – August — Free movies each Friday at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

o   Portland Actors Ensemble (Portland Metro area parks, FREE): June – September — Experience Anthony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in area parks.


o   Portland’s Food Carts (Portland, $$): Explore an incredible array of cheap and unique eats with carts located around Portland. You can even take a guided tour!

o   Portland’s Farmers Markets (Portland Metro, FREE): Hit a market every day and enjoy local food and wares.

o   McMennamins (Portland Metro, $$$): Unique pubs, restaurantsbrewerieswineryand hotels. The food is good, but go to experience the renovated historical locations. Well, and the food.

o   Burgerville (Portland Metro, $-$$): The very best in fast-food. High quality ingredients, great prices, and crazy about local sustainability. Conveniently located throughout the Portland Metro area.


o   Marine Drive Bike Path (N Portland, FREE): Easy, 12+ miles of paved trail along the Columbia River.

o   Powell Butte Nature Park (SE Portland, FREE): Mountain bike and hiking trails in the middle of suburbia.

o   The Springwater Corridor (East Portland, FREE): A scenic, widely paved trail, encompassing wetlands, buttes, agricultural fields and pastures, residential and industrial neighborhoods. Bike and pedestrian friendly. Runs from Boring to the Willamette River.

o   Eastbank Esplanade (SE Portland, FREE): 1.5 mile trail that travels the Willamette River to Waterfront Park or wind your way back to The Springwater Corridor.

o   Sunday Parkways (Portland, FREE): Walk, bike, roll, and discover active transportation while enjoying various Portland neighborhoods. Five Sundays throughout the summer, sponsored by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

o   Providence Bridge Pedal (Downtown Portland, $$$ for adults, kids are FREE ):Sunday, August 11, 2013 — The only way to truly enjoy the Willamette River bridges – including the top decks of the Fremont and Marquam bridges. Bike and walk options available.

o   Pedalpoolza 2014 (Portland, FREE – $): Enjoy 3+ weeks of bike fun with over 250 different events June 5-28. There are family-friendly events in addition to adult-only rides.


o   4T Trail (Portland, $$): Explore the city with this four-mile hiking trail and the combined rides on the OHSU tram, Portland trolley, and MAX train. Takes about 4 hours to complete.

o   Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden (SE Portland, $): Enjoy over 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants.

o   Forest Park (Portland, FREE): Eighty+ miles of jogging, hiking, and biking trails with 19 trailheads for easy access (maps are available at REI, New Seasons, Powell’s andother PDX locations).

o   Japanese Gardens (SW Portland, $$): Proclaimed the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan. Free guided tours with admission.

o   Multhomah Falls (Columbia Gorge, FREE): Discover Oregon’s tallest waterfall from both the bottom and the top. Depending on your energy level, you can take the moderate 2.2 mile hike to the top, a difficult 5.4 mile look that includes Wahkeena Falls, or just enjoy the view from the bottom at Multnomah Falls Lodge.

o   Pittock Mansion (NW Portland, $$): Take a self-guided tour of the home of Henry & Georgiana Pittock, Portland pioneers.

Looking for more Portland-area fun? Check out these resources:

The Ultimate Guide to Portland Family Fun — A gigantic list of affordable, family-friendly activities, events, and attractions in Portland

Summer Reading Programs for Kids — A comprehensive list of summer reading programs in Oregon and Washington

Pacific Northwest Summer Fairs & Festivals — A huge list of Oregon and Washington fairs, festivals, and special summer events

Other links for summer ideas:

Summer Reading Info:

Local Public Library – This is always a family favorite in our house with lots of great freebies!  (Clackamas & Washington County start June 1st.

Barnes & Noble  – Read 8 Books, log them in your journal, and receive a free book

Half Price Books – Read 300 minutes in a month and receive a $5 gift certificate to Half Price Books.

iVillage – Four week reading challenge with free games, printables, and chances to win prizes.

Scholastic – Log the minutes your child reads online and they have a chance to win prizes.

Sylvan Learning – Find a book to read from their site and then take an online quiz to earn points to use toward prizes.

BJU Press – Complete required reading goals and earn free prizes while supplies last.  You will also be entered in prize drawings.

TD Bank – Earn $10 in a new or existing Young Saver’s account when you read 10 books and take it to your local TD Bank.

Pizza Hut – Book It has a summer reading challenge, but it doesn’t look like they’ve released the details at this time.  Sign up for email updates here.

Chuck E. Cheese’s – Read consecutively for two weeks and earn 10 free tokens.  (Download the Reading Rewards calendar.)

PB Kids – Kids earn a free prize after reading all the books on a pre-selected reading list.