Summertime Family Fun

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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 finding your voice!

Teens entering grades 6-12 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!  

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

My Discovery Pass
Visit museums and other cultural institutions for free with this program available for Multnomah County Library cardholders.


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 annual Gresham Arts Festival in downtown Gresham, featuring artists from the Pacific Northwest, a Kids Village, local cuisine, treats and beverages.

Gresham’s Summer Kids in the Park (SKIP)
Free activities and lunch in three 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 two 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 of parks we want to highlight are Gabriel Park with its inclusive playground for all abilities, and Verdell Burdine Rutherford Park with its renovated playground area. 

Portland’s Summer Free for All 
Portland Parks and Recreation is back with a full schedule for 2023: 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 first and third Mondays from May to October, this farmer’s market centers Black and Indigenous farmers and makers.  

Farmers' Markets  
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 
Walks for kids ages 0-6 are held on various mornings at different locations and cost $5 per child (with discounts available). Walks feature 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 events throughout the summer.

Preschool Rides at Oaks Park 
Oaks Park is open especially for children ages 6 and under on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from June 20-August 30 (excluding July 4 and 5). Admission for preschoolers is reduced from the usual rate, and parents can ride free.

RACC Arts for All Program 
Show your EBT/Oregon Trail card to get $5 tickets to arts and cultural events at places like OMSI, Oregon Children's Theater and Portland Art Museum.


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