Looking for something fun to do this summer? We have a few ideas…
AIM High Academy of Martial Arts (Beaverton)
Martial arts school offering a variety of styles and programs with experienced instructors
Avid4 Adventure (Portland)
Summer camps take Pre-K to 9th graders of all ability levels out to the city’s most spectacular outdoor settings, helping them master a wide range of adventure sports in local spots they can keep coming back to for years to come.
Clackamas Community College
Crafty Mindz (Beaverton)
Art classes, after-school programs, virtual camps, emergency daycare
Girls Count (Portland)
GC empowers girls to explore new ideas, be active participants in their own education, and think creatively alongside their peers. Each week, they’ll cover a range of real-life activities like how to cook on a budget or how to become an active participant in your community. Enrollment is open to girls and marginalized gender identities ages 11-14.
Hands On Art and Play (Portland)
Hands On offers summer programs for children ages 3-6. Children may attend two or four days a week for either a two-week or four-week session. Note: Class sizes are limited due to COVID cohort guidelines.
Where: 2800 SE Harrison St., Portland, 97214
Mad Science (Portland)
Check their website for availability of specific age camps (only some camps are for kids going into kindergarten and younger).
Cost: About $200/week
MHKC partners with the US Forest Service to help empower children and adults with disabilities through overnight, outdoor, recreational programming.
National Inventors Hall of Fame (Portland, multiple locations)
STEM-focused for all ages. NIHF inspires emerging creators and entrepreneurs through their education programs and honors the history of innovation through their museum and Hall of Fame Inductees.
Complete Skills Junior Basketball Day Camp: Focuses on the crucial keys for young athletes to become excellent at the game of basketball. Camps are specifically designed for the younger athlete. The intensity, curriculum, and schedule are much more conducive for a younger athlete, and they highly recommend this camp as a starting point for younger players before going to an overnight camp. They teach four focus areas: individual offense, defense, shooting, and team skills. Campers are separated into teaching groups and teams based on their age and ability.
Nike Rose City XC Camp: Experience top-notch coaching, breathtaking views, and miles of gorgeous trails while having fun in this great city. Boys and girls, ages 9-18, develop the fundamental skills to becoming successful runners.
Many more options! Call: 1-800-645-3226
Jump Start helps children and families have a successful transition into kindergarten. Children meet new friends, learn routines, enjoy recess, and discover school is fun!
NW Children’s Theater and School (Portland)
Summer camp for theater lovers!
OMSI is dedicated to helping people build the confidence and skills they need for whatever the future holds through hands-on, high-quality learning experiences in the museum, at their world-class resident camps, and as part of the largest statewide science education program in the country.
Parks & Recreation Summer Programs
- North Clackamas
- Happy Valley
Portland (adaptive and inclusive recreation, arts classes and camps, free lunch and play, summer camps, swimming pools and lessons)
- Oregon City
- Tualatin Hills
Outdoor adventures and exploration in neighborhood parks and greenspaces. Available for existing pods or for kids looking to join a pod in their neighborhood.
Available weekly, Monday through Friday, from June 14 to Sept. 3. Camp runs from 8 am to 3:30 pm each day. Daily drop-off is based on your neighborhood.
Cost: $200 per student/week
***Unsure of availability for those outside Portland; contact for more information
Beginner (ages 2+): Pedalheads’ beginner levels are great for kids who are just starting to ride. The most popular camp is Level 1 Newbees where kids move from training wheels to two wheels. Many campers take off their training wheels within a week!
Advanced (ages 4+): Once kids are comfortable riding around on two wheels, they can keep developing their bike-handling skills and learn how to ride on the road safely.
Soccer Shots (Multiple locations)
Soccer programs for many ages
TimberNook intricately weaves the therapeutic aspects of nature with its unique understanding of child development to create an invaluable outdoor program that supports every aspect of the growing child. Single-day experiences (Fridays only)
Where: Chrysalis Farms, 21410 SE Highway 224, Damascus, 97089
The Y’s day camps provide fun, child-centered activities and opportunities for learning through discovery, and challenge children to grow in imagination, creativity, self-directed initiative, and leadership.
More Camps & Summer Fun
Free Things to Do
- Children’s Fountain (splash pad): 401 NE 2nd St., Gresham
- Open 10 am to 10 pm daily
- Splash pads and fountains in Portland area
- MetroEast Summer Media Popups
- August 3-19 (every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) for two hours (exact times TBA)
- Events rotate at Red Sunset Park, Nadaka Nature Park, and Main City Park
- Hands-on activities using the latest technology, including virtual reality, podcasting, and iPad video
- No cost to attend and no registration required
- Kids Bowl Free
- Sign your children up for two free games of bowling each day this summer!
- Multnomah County Library Summer Reading Program
- Starting June 16, go to your local Multnomah County library and pick up a gameboard or sign up online.
- Summer Kids in the Park (SKIP) in Gresham
- Free to-go activity kits and sack lunches for ages 0-18 at three Gresham parks (listed below). Note: Activity kits are geared toward elementary ages.
- Dates: June 21 to Sept. 3 (except July 5), Monday through Friday
- Parks: Main City Park, 219 S Main Ave., at 11:30 am; Red Sunset Park, 2403 NE Red Sunset Dr., at 12:00 pm; and Nadaka Nature Park, 17550 NE Pacific St., at 12:30 pm
- Free Lunch + Play in Portland (June 21 to Aug. 20)
Resources & Support
24/7 Crisis Support
- Multnomah County Crisis Line: 503-988-4888
- Clackamas County Crisis Line: 503-655-8585
- Washington County Crisis Line: 503-291-9111
- Clark County Crisis Line: 360-696-9560
- Wichita Center
- The Father’s Heart Street Ministry
- Clackamas Service Center
- Clackamas Women’s Services
- Clackamas Food Pantries
- Oregon Food Pantries
- Summer Food Oregon (grab and go, home delivery, bus routes, parent/guardian pick-up)
Bienestar de la Familia
Culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate services
Email: [email protected]
Community-based program for transgender and non-binary children, young adults, and their families
Parenting Support / Education / Resources
The Living Room (Clackamas County)
Youth-led program that provides resources for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies, including resource closet with a variety of practical items, peer-support programs, and special events that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community
Supports youth ages 14-21 as they transition into adulthood through leadership and social groups, connection to community-based services, crisis response, study and homework support, employment support, computer lab, and a variety of games