Summer 2020 Family Activities

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During the summer months, we often share ideas for local events, camps and activities. This year with many family friendly destinations closed or operating in limited capacity, everyone has to be a little more creative with how to entertain kids this summer!

Thankfully, many venues and organizations have taken their kid friendly entertainment online.

We’ll add to this list as more ideas come along.

Multnomah County Library

Visit the library’s website for a variety of activities

Multnomah County Library has three daily lunch sites this summer, including Midland Library. View the library’s summer lunch details here.

OMSI: Science at Home

Explore science from wherever you are, with people in your household or virtually with your friends! OMSI at Home webpage

Oaks Park

Experience one of the oldest continually operating amusement parks in America virtually! Oaks Park virtual rides

Oregon Children’s Theatre

Visit the theatre’s OCT at home webpage to watch videos of games, exercises, and activities hosted by OCT teaching artists.

Oregon Zoo

The zoo is currently open by ticket reservation only. But you can also see their animals from home through the Oregon Zoo YouTube channel.

Oregon Symphony Storytime

The Oregon Symphony has a unique and fun online video series designed for preschool through elementary aged kids. In each episode a popular children’s story book is read and accompanied by a Oregon Symphony musician or guest artist. Watch the series here.

Portland Art Museum

The Poster Project

Choose from a variety of interactive lessons and activities. These were created by teachers for teachers. Younger kids will need adult guidance.

Online Gallery

Explore collections the Portland Art Museum has online.

Portland Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum @home activities bring home the magic of Museum exhibits, studios, and programs.

Children’s Museum @home webpage

Portland Parks & Recreation: Lunch + Play

Portland Parks & Recreation is providing free meals and grab ‘n’ go activities for kids at 26 locations. About a half dozen of the sites are located within the David Douglas School District. View the Lunch + Play sites

Portland Artist’s A to Zoo

This spring Portland Artist Mike Bennett created a zoo in his front yard from reclaimed wood and recycled house paint. Many families across Portland enjoyed driving or walking by to see the zoo, from a safe social distance. Now the zoo is on display in a SE Portland store front window! It can be seen from the sidewalk, without entering the shop. Directions to the display

If you are interested in learning educational information about each animal and watching clips of them being made, view Mike Bennett’s A to Zoo highlights on Instagram.

If you enjoy the artwork and will be in the Alberta neighborhood soon, keep a look out for dinosaurs in Alberta Street shop windows and sidewalks. The artist created 30 dinosaurs that are being displayed around the Alberta neighborhood.

Zenger Farm

A family favorite that couldn’t be any more local! Zenger Farm put together a list of activities families can do at home, in the yard or around the block. View Zenger Farm’s at home activities for youth.

Inexpensive at home activities

  • Build a backyard obstacle course
  • Camp in your backyard
  • Create a scavenger hunt
  • Decorate t-shirts
  • Learn cooking skills – choose a favorite dish and make it together
  • Learn how to read a map
  • Make a time capsule
  • Picnic at home
  • Plan a bike parade
    • Kids first decorate bikes with streamers, stickers, flags, etc
    • Parade together in your neighborhood
  • Plant a garden
  • Send postcards to family and friends
  • Stargaze
  • Storytime – Recreate library story time at home
  • Watch a movie in your backyard