Summer Activities

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Community Events

See Me. iAm. HEAR: A Creative Activation of Youth Voices of Color

July 31: 12 – 4pm | Portland Art Museum Courtyard and Madison Street Plaza

The Portland Art Museum is collaborating with the City of Portland’s “Supporting Community Healing with Art” initiative and many partners to transform the Madison Plaza into a vibrant creative space activated by and for youth. The event includes poetry, open mic, print-making, journaling, art-installations, DJ workshops, free ice cream, and more! Portland Art Museum webpage.

Help Shape the Future of Mill City Park

August 3
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Arabic, Burmese/Karen, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese speakers
6:30pm – 7:30pm: All community members welcome

Come share your ideas for the new city park, and learn about the master plan. Kids are welcome. Free snacks available.

All guests will be required to follow up-to-date public health guidance related to COVID-19. Meeting materials and comment form will be available online following the event.

Visit the Mill Park project webpage for details


Multnomah County Library Summer Reading Game

June 16 – August 31, 2021

Kids of all ages can play the Summer Reading game by starting a daily reading habit. In addition, the library will have lots of fun interactive virtual performances, storytelling, and arts and crafts for kids and families. Kids can participate online or hard copy.

Summer Reading Game details

Saturday Academy Camps

Engage your mind & hands! Summer camps and classes for students in grades 2-12 in science, tech, engineering, math, and the arts! Tuition assistance is available on a sliding scale based on household income and family size. There is no application. View Saturday Academy camp information

DDSD Summer Intercambio

Intercambio leaders with easel

David Douglas is holding a special series this summer. Intercambio, a language exchange, is a meeting space for people to practice a new language with a native speaker in a conversational, informal setting. Our mission is to implement Intercambio for schools and community members to develop relationships, and foster communication between diverse groups.

View Intercambio schedule and details

SUN Elementary Summer Activity Kits

DDSD elementary SUN Sites are creating activity kits full of summer fun for students and families. The kits will be available in late July. If interested in receiving a kit for your family, please complete this SUN Activity Kit form.

Oregon Rail Heritage Center

2250 SE Water Ave. Portland OR 97214

Learn all about locomotives at Portland’s railway museum. Visitors can tour exhibits, the machine shop and locomotives. Portland is the only U.S. city to own two operating steam engines. Explore and get up close to these giant marvels of the past. Admission is free.

The museum is a few days a week. Visit the Oregon Rail Heritage Center website for the current hours.


Kids Bowl Free – Portland KingPins


Children grades K-8 can bowl free at May 1st through September 30th. To register for the free bowling program visit the KingPins website.

Soccer Camp

The high school soccer program is hosting a youth summer soccer camp Monday, August 2nd – Thursday, August 5th for K-8th grade girls and boys.

When: 6-8pm – August 2nd-5th
Location: DDHS football field – 1500 SE 130th Ave
Cost: $25 – Additional children in the same family are $20 each | Cash or Check accepted. Make checks out to DDHS girls soccer. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt.

  • Registration Process:
    Forms are available at schools and the District Office.
    • Pre-registration:
      Mail forms and payment to:
      David Douglas High School
      Attn: Amy McQueen – Head Soccer coach
      1001 SE 135th Avenue, Portland, OR 97233
    • Registration First Day of Camp
      Participants can also register at the field on the first day of camp

Camp Contact:
Suzie Albin -Community Sports Recreation Program Assistant
503-261-8369 |

Amy McQueen – Head coach

Volleyball & Girls Basketball Camp

When: Monday, August 9th – Tuesday, August 10th
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: David Douglas High School, North gym – 1001 SE 135th Ave
Cost: $30 – includes T-shirt

  • Registration Process:
    Forms available at schools and the District Office
    • Pre-Register:
      Mail registration and payment to:
      David Douglas High School
      Att: Janeen Rainey Scots – sports camp
      1001 SE 135th Ave. Portland, Or 97233
    • Register first day of camp
      Participants can also register the first day of camp

Camp Contact:
Janeen Rainey 

Football Camp

The high school football program is hosting a youth summer football camp Monday August 9th through Thursday, August 12th for 3rd-8th graders (boys and girls).

When: 10:30am-12:30pm – August 9th-12th
Location: High school football field – 1500 SE 130th
Cost: $10 cash or check payable to DDHS football
Registration: Registration forms are available at schools, food pantry sites / by mail / at the field on the first day of camp (10am). Registration includes a camp T-shirt.
Details: Bring a water bottle and sunblock. Participants can wear cleats but they are not required. Metal cleats are NOT allowed. Covid guidelines are constantly changing. Camp organizers will keep you updated with those changes as the time approaches.
Contact Contact: Suzie Albin | 503-261-8369 |

Portland Parks and Rec Summer Free for All Programming

Check out Portland Parks and Recreation website for summer programs and offerings. Activities include:


Audubon Society of Portland

5151 NW Cornell Rd.

Trails open dawn to dusk (See website for business hours)
The Audubon’s sanctuary is an excellent way to spend some time with your little ones. They have four miles of trails, birds, a wildlife center and nature store. Admission is free. See the Audubon Society for visitor details.

Indoor observation window of fish swimming by

Bonneville Lock and Dam

About 40 miles east of Portland

Bonneville Lock and Dam has three recreational areas, a fishing area, fish hatchery, trails and a visitor center. It’s a fun and educational visit for the whole family! Feed rainbow trout, see large sturgeon and peer throw observation windows to spot fish making their way up the ladder. Admission is free.

Check visitor information when planning a trip. Some features are open seasonally.

Leach Botanical Garden

Trail pathway surrounded by trees (Leach Botanical Garden)

The main entrance is just south of 122nd and Foster intersection. (Parking lot at 122nd and Claybourne).

Free admission but ticket reservations are required

This is a gem right in our DDSD backyard! Take a self guided hike through the 16 acre wooded garden. As of spring 2021, the trails include an aerial walkway!

Admission is currently free but visitors need to reserve tickets ahead of their visit. Parties of more than 10 need to arrange their visit more than a week in advance.

Learn more about the garden and reserve tickets on the Leach Botanical Garden website.

Zenger Farm – Farm Days

11741 SE Foster Rd

Open Farm Days are a chance for family and friends to enjoy and explore the farm. Visitors can tour the farm, volunteer in our gardens, and participate in a variety of fun activities. Read more details and register on Zenger’s website.

Tryon Creek Nature Area

11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd

There is a lot to explore at Tryon Creek. The 658 acres park features 8 miles of hiking trails (.3 miles paved for accessibility), 3 miles of bike paths and educational programming. View the Tryon Creek webpage for details.