Free Summer Fun

The countdown to June has begun, meaning the kids will soon be home and looking for ways to spend those long summer days. AM Northwest intern, Brett McKinney, offered us a preview of free summer activities for kids and teens.

Summer Highlights

Read to the Dogs
Various sessions throughout the summer at all Multnomah County Libraries.
Free (Registration is required)
Description: Kids can improve their reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The dogs and handlers are from DoveLewis Animal Assisted Therapy and Education Program. This event is great for animal lovers of all ages!
For more information, click here.

Beaverton Library
12375 SW 5th Street
Beaverton, OR 97005
Tuesday, July 7th, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Description: A celebration of all things comics! This event is just an example of some of the exciting programming local libraries have to offer kids and teens this summer. Free!

Tualatin Community Park
Friday, August 7th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Description: Be a part of a great musical tradition in Tualatin! Come out to the park to hear teenage bands compete for prizes and fame! Enjoy food, henna tattoos, awesome raffle prizes, and more. The submission deadline for demo CDs from local teenage bands looking to compete at Tualafest is July 1st, 2009. Free! For more information about Tualafest and other summer activities in Tualatin, click here

Movies on the Commons
Tualatin Commons
8325 SW Nyberg Street
Tualatin, OR 97062
Grab a blanket or lawn chair and join in the fun Saturday nights in July and August. Movies to be show include Madagascar 2, Kung Fu Panda, and High School Musical 3. For more information about this event, click here.

8th Annual Movie Nights
23rd & Main
Vancouver, WA 98660
Four great films for the whole family beginning July 19th. Films to be shown include The Goonies and Skycaptain and the World of Tomorrow. For more information about this event, click here

And what about free day camp options? 
Police departments throughout Oregon and Washington offer free (or very inexpensive) day camp options. In Tigard, the Tigard Police Department hosts DARE to be GREAT Camp each year. Vancouver's Police Department hosts the PAL Football Camp, open to both boys and girls. Contact your local police department to learn what opportunities are available in your area. 
Plus, many local day camp programs look for teenage volunteers and employees. 

From movie nights, summer reading programs, and author visits, here are just a few of the local libraries offering FREE summer fun beginning this June! 

Multnomah County Libraries 
Clackamas County Library
Tigard Public Library
Tualatin Public Library
Beaverton City Library
Vancouver Public Library










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