Monday, June 22, 2009

Free Summer Family Activities Portland Metro Area

Looking for something to do with the kids? Dont have much money? Or none at all? Well here are some idea's for you. Plan ahead, pack a lunch to save even more money.

earning Experiences


This may seem obvious, but playgrounds are a great place to spend a summer afternoon. But you need to branch out beyond your neighborhood. Try exploring a different playground every week.

  • Washington Park near the International Rose Test Garden
  • Ibach Park on SW Ibach Street in Tigard
  • Pirate-themed park off a pathway on NW Graf Streetin the Bethany section of Washington County .
  • And don’t forget to seek out a park with a water fountain on hot days like Jamison Park in the Pearl District, Salmon Street Springs in Downtown Portland and the Commons fountain in Tualatin, or a public pool.



With free entertainment, free story time and free passes, public libraries are a great place for families on a budget. At Washington and Clackamas County libraries, you can check out tickets to area attractions.


Passes available from Washington County libraries

Passes available from Clackamas County libraries

Summer Reading Programs


It can’t hurt to learn a little something over the summer, and many museums are full of Northwest history.


Sunday Parkways

Sunday Parkways are 7-8 mile "temporary parks" along city streets connecting neighborhoods and residents in North, Northeast and Southeast Portland. Streets are open to walking, bicycling, rolling and roller blading - without having to watch out for cars!

  • Dates - June 21 in North Portland, July 19 in Northeast Portland and August 16 in Southeast Portland / 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Great Outdoors

  • Oregon State Parks Camping Deal - From now through Sept. 30, you can camp at one of Oregon's 20 first-come, first served state parks during the week and get three nights for the price of two.
  • Visit a national park for free - Entrance fees will be waived at 147 national parks and monuments during three weekends this summer. The weekends are June 20-21, July 18-19 and August 15-16.

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