Summertime Family Fun

Summer is one of the best times to enjoy the outdoors with your family. Here we offer a compilation of activities and resources to enjoy the summer holiday.

Free Library Fun:

Summer Reading!
Read for fun and to win prizes this summer. Our theme this year is about exploring and getting outdoors!

Teens entering 6th through 12th grade are welcome to come hang out, create independent projects with art supplies, get to know the makerspace equipment, use the tablets and laptops, and more! Or pick up a STEAM-based Makerspace activity minikit at any Multnomah County library. All materials are included. 

Events & Programs!
Keep an eye on our Events page for upcoming summer programs for the whole family!


Free activities throughout Multnomah County:

Fairview’s Flicks in the Park
Free family movies at Fairview’s Community Park.

Gresham Arts Festival
Celebrate the arts at the 20th annual Gresham Arts Festival in downtown Gresham. Featuring artists from the Pacific Northwest, a kids corner, local cuisine, treats and beverages.

Gresham’s Summer Kids in the Park (SKIP)
Free activities and lunch in some Gresham parks.

Interactive Fountains and Splash Pads
All of Portland’s Interactive fountains should be on by mid-May. Also check out Gresham’s Children’s Fountain

Kids Bowl Free
Sign-up your kids for 2 free games of bowling each day this summer at one of the participating bowling centers.

Parks & Rec
Visit parks in Fairview, Gresham, Portland, Troutdale and Wood Village. A couple parks we want to highlight are Gabriel Park with its new inclusive playground for all abilities, and Verdell Burdine Rutherford Park with its new renovated playground area. 

Portland’s Summer Free for All 
Portland Parks and Recreation is back with a full schedule for 2022 - concerts, movies, performing arts, plus free lunch and play.

Portland’s Sunday Parkways
Series of free events opening Portland’s streets to walk, bike, roll, and discover.

Troutdale’s Movies in the Park
Family movies shown at Troutdale’s Imagination Station.


Summer lunches and other food resources:

Free Summer Lunches for Kids
Each summer, Oregon offers summer meal sites for children ages 1 to 18. Some programs offer learning activities for children before and after meals. There are several ways to find places to eat in your area. Find a site near you

Meals 4 Kids 
This site helps qualifying children and families within the City of Portland. Please visit their website to complete the form. 

Oregon Food Bank 
Find food near you with this interactive map


Reasonably priced summer fun:

Come Thru Market
Open on 1st and 3rd Mondays May-September, this farmer’s market centers Black and Indigenous Farmers and Makers.  

Farmers' Markets - Multnomah County  
Who knew an ear of corn or fresh tomato could improve your health, your community and the environment, all at the same time? Buying local foods is a simple way to do all three!

Ladybug Walks 
For kids 0-6 and opens on Monday, May 23. Walks are on Monday and Thursday mornings at different locations each week and cost $9 for the first child, $6 for each additional child. Walks feature great age-appropriate environmental science education and kids get to borrow a cute ladybug backpack for the walk.

Portland Indigenous Marketplace 
Features art, jewelry, fashion, food, and wellness and is holding several market weekends throughout the summer.

And take a look at our top 10 from last year for even more ideas!

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