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Summer Activities Clackamas County area

Discovery Guide - North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District
  • 2018 Summer Discovery Guide
  • North Clackamas Aquatic Park hours and activities, swim lessons
  • Youth programs in dance, page 14
  • Summer camps (Ages 4-18), page 15-17

Clackamas County Youth and Family Summer Activities Guide (English/Español) | Metropolitan Family Service
English Outdoor sports and activities, Movies in the parks, High School credit recovery, Summer Camps (ages 4-18, some all ages)

Activities for kids and teens in Clackamas County and Southwest Portland |

  • Gladstone / Fun at the Park: Games, arts and crafts, sporting events and other activities will be featured from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon-Fri, June 11-Aug. 24, at Max Patterson Park, 450 E. Exeter St.
  • Happy Valley/ Celebrate Summer Reading:Kids in grades 1-6 are invited to come dressed as a character from their favorite book for a parade of costumes and fun activities. 11 a.m. Sat, June 9.
  • Happy Valley/ LEGO Building: Children, ages 4 and older, can hone their fine motor skills while having a blast building with LEGO micro bricks. 11 a.m. Sat, June 23. Registration: 503-786-3933
  • Happy Valley/ Once Upon a Story Time:The themed event features picture storybooks, crafts, activities and snacks. Weekly 10 a.m. Wed. 
  • Happy Valley/ American Girl Club: Stories, books, kits and refreshments. Monthly 3 p.m. second Sun.
  • Lake Oswego / Piano Explorers: A group piano lesson experience that includes beginning rhythm, ear training and note reading in a fun and positive format. Ages 7-10. Registration required. Weekly 6-6:30 p.m. Thu, June 7-July 12; $75-$86 series
  • Lake Oswego / When I'm in Charge: Class prepares ages 8-10 for situations that may occur while they are home alone. Learn about personal safety and develop independent, critical thinking techniques. 1-3:30 p.m. Fri, June 15; 9:30 a.m.-noon Fri, July 6; $60-$69 per session
  • Lake Oswego / Guitar Club: Learn how to play your guitar and pick up new skills in the casual, jam-session-based club for ages 12-18. Weekly 4-5 p.m. Tue; $1 per session 

    Mixed-media Art Class:
     Learn several mediums, techniques and projects from an experienced instructor in the drop-in class for ages 12-18. Weekly 4-5 p.m. Thu. 
    Activities at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St. or 503-697-6580 

    Bicycle Safety Seminar:
     An expert from the Bike Gallery talks about all aspects of safety and offers free bike helmet checks. Ages 5 and older. Registration required. 11 a.m. Sat, June 9.  
    Teen Writing Group: Come prepared to write, share and experience the art and craft of writing. The permanent meeting day will be decided at first event. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thu, June 21.
    Aaron Nigel Smith in Concert: Smith is a cast member of the PBS kid show, "Between the Lines;" founder of Fundamentals of Music and Movement, an arts program used by more than 100 early education centers in four cities; and an award-winning recording artist. All ages. 3 p.m. Wed, June 27. 

    Craft Hour: Make a duct tape wallet. Ages 10-14. Registration required. 3 p.m. Thu, June 28.
    Knights of Veritas Perform: Get ready for some medieval fun as the knights introduce the Code of Chivalry and pit myth against fact with thrilling demonstrations of historical combat. Noon Fri, June 29

Low-cost summertime camps and activities for your Portland-area child — 211info

OMSI: For the young scientist in the field

Browse OMSI’s vast selection  of day camp, rafting, and backpacking programs to discover what adventures await your child this summer. Program fees include transportation from Portland, meals, and lodging unless otherwise specified in the program description. Visit the Summer program’sFAQ’s  for more details. 
Financial aid is available for qualifying families. Submit a financial aid application and registration form accompanied by a $75 deposit per camp. All applications must be submitted at least one month prior to start of camp.

Adventures Without Limits: Where will you end up when you overcome your barriers?

For adventure-seekers looking for outdoor escapes lasting an afternoon or a weekend, Adventures Without Limits (AWL) is a wonderful option, with a focus on inclusion and a fulfilling time for all regardless of ability. Able-bodied or disabled, experienced or beginner, AWL’s guided kayaking, hiking, and backpacking outings promise beautiful vistas and fun. Sample itineraries include kayaking Sauvie Island waterways, rafting the Sandy River, or backpacking the Cascades Crest Trail. 
All are welcome on AWL’s open enrollment trips.Full and partial scholarships are available on all trips for those needing financial assistance. However, there are only so many per trip so call the Adventures Without Limits office soon at (503) 359-2568 to receive a scholarship application and to reserve a spot on the trip you want.

Zenger Farm: Rooted in sustainability education

Maybe your child is not the wandering type, preferring to learn from what his or her hands can teach through sustained and steady toil. Zenger Farm in Southeast Portland gives young Farm Camp participants a glimpse into the rewards of responsible environmental stewardship as they see what their hard work produces.  
Summer Farm camp is now enrolling for participants entering grades K-9. Camp runs from June 15—August 28. Need-based scholarships are available. If you have questions, want to apply for a scholarship, or want to be put on the camp email notification list, please contact Education Director Allison O’Sullivan at

In the community

At the park

 Find a park and a program in PortlandTualatin HillsHillsboro or North Clackamas.
Or, for a weekend family activity, walk, roll, or pedal between several Portland parks during Sunday Parkways. These events get Portlanders out onto city streets to mingle while winding their way through various neighborhoods. Stops along the route at neighborhood parks showcase neighborhood businesses, restaurants, and artisans. 

At the library

Portland area libraries offer so much more than just fodder for your little bookworm, (though being libraries foremost, there is a HUGE selection to keep any speed reader happy all summer long). Come to the library for summer story time, children’s learning programs, and a full calendar of kid and family friendly events. Check out the event pages for a library near you; in Multnomah CountyClackamas CountyWashington CountyMilwaukie, and Willsonville. While there this summer, make sure to ask about cultural passes, which give free or reduced admission to some of the area's most interesting cultural spots. 

Clackamas YMCA | YMCA of Columbia-Willamette
10121 SE Sunnyside Road, Suite 300, Clackamas, OR 97015

Summer opportunities for Students | North Clackamas School District

Summer Youth Programs | Clackamas Workforce Partnership
"The Summer Youth Academy (SYA) builds connections between Clackamas County youth and local employers through summer internships. It introduces employers to the emerging workforce as well as improving the employability of young workers through soft-skills and technical skills training. If you or your business is interested in hosting an intern, please contact Melissa Fox at (503) 957-0673."

Clackamas Community College | Community Education
Happy Valley Middle School
FOOD,FRIENDS FUN!  Visit your North Clackamas community summer meals program! For all sites visit, dial 2-1-1, or text “FOOD” to 877-877

Journey Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational children's theater organization, the most dynamic theater arts community in the Portland/Vancouver area.  In Portland alone, we offer dozens of classes in drama, dance and voice and produce 3 main stage productions each year.  We perform at Alder Creek Middle School, and have for the past 2 years.  We strive for excellence, while providing a welcoming and encouraging environment where kids ages 8-18 and their families can build life-long skills and friendships.  We offer camps each summer, and we have a kids camp coming up in Portland, June 26-30. Our camp is entitled "The Musical World of Walt" (Disney).  In the 1 week camp, kids will learn the basics of acting, singing and dancing, or hone skills they already have and will have the chance to perform for parents and friends at the end of the week.  Many students start here and realize how welcoming and accepting our program is, and go on to take classes and perform on the main stage during the school year.

Chinese Cultural Youth Camp  You can get all the details on the American West Vancouver Chinese School (AWVCS) website.

Introducing Northwest Adventures Overnight Summer Camping Program! Registration is now open for this week-long, Oregon based adventure camp for youth ages 12-15 years old. Each camp week begins and finishes at Northwest Youth Corps’ Eugene Headquarters or River Road Park. Activities include hiking, camping, rafting, and service-learning focused on fun, team building, and adventure! Participants are introduced to conservation, leadership, and outdoor Leave-No-Trace camping skills. The $395 tuition includes food, all group camping gear, and a graduation t-shirt. Scholarships are available to qualifying families for up to 70% of the tuition! Learn more and register by clicking here. 

Established in 1984, Northwest Youth Corps is a non-profit organization whose core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults ages 12 and up to learn, grow, and experience success. NYC is the Pacific Northwest’s largest and oldest outdoor conservation and youth education program, and serves youth from all backgrounds. For 33 years, NYC has empowered and developed over 20,000 youth and leaders through teamwork, environmental education, and outdoor experience. For more information about paid service-learning programs for youth, please click here.

Here are some wonderful options to help your student Imagine…Create…Discover! FUN visual art classes for your 1st through 12th grader! Register your student and learn more about class offerings, schedules, and information by going to web site:

Zentangle®  - (3rd to 12th grade and adults)



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