It's the first full week of summer break, and parents are scrambling to keep their kids busy without breaking the bank. Problem Solver Shellie Bailey-Shah has her top choices for free or nearly free summer family fun.
Portland Children's Museum
Enjoy the new Outdoor Adventure play space at the Portland Children's Museum. The first Friday of each month is free, courtesy of Target.
Visit OMSI on the first Sunday of the month and pay only $2 per person for admission to the museum and this summer's special exhibit, "Dinosaurs Unearthed."
Whether you're throwing strikes or gutter balls, bowling in air conditioning provides relief from the summer heat. Sign up your kids to bowl free at participating lanes by clicking here.
Regal Theaters' Summer Movie Express is another "beat the heat" option. Families can watch G- or PG-movies for just $1 per ticket on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Rock climbing Wall
Climb a mobile rock wall for free. It's just part of Portland Parks and Recreation's "Summer Free for All." Check the dates and locations here for when the wall will be near you.
Want more ideas? Click here for Metro Parent Magazine's summer guide.
Want even more ideas? Many libraries and park districts also offer free summer events. Check out the links below for more information.
- Portland Parks and Recreation
- Tualatin Valley Parks and Recreation
- North Clackamas Parks and Recreation
- Salem Parks and Recreation
- Multnomah County Libraries
- Washington County Libraries
- Clackamas County Libraries
- Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries
- Salem Public Libraries
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