Six Ideas for Summer Break
How long has it been since summer break started? If you’re running out of ideas to keep your kids busy, there are some great completely free and inexpensive options. These activities take place every week and some every day. Make it a whole summer of fun by planning these events into your weekly routine.
Also, mark your calendar for the 2019 Sunday Parkways. These monthly family-friendly mobile block parties take over Portland neighborhoods for a full day of fun. Each event has a map and a designated path that bikers and walkers follow.
Another awesome freebie you must know about are library cultural passes. They give you free admission to a bunch of attractions, such as museums, gardens, theaters and more. The best part is you have access to passes at all local libraries thanks to the metropolitan interlibrary exchange.
Here’s our roundup of six free and cheap summer activities for kids.
Kids Bowl Free is a program that offers free bowling for kids all summer long. The only downfall is shoe rental is required. Here are the 15 participating bowling alleys in the Portland metro.
View $1 Movies
There are two great options for cheap viewings at local movie theaters this summer.
Regal Cinemas is offering $1 movies. Selected G- or PG-rated movies show at 10 a.m. (at most locations) every Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are just $1 each. Here are the nine participating locations.
Does your teen like to workout? Through September 1, teens can sign up for the Planet Fitness Teen Summer Challenge for free at a location closest to you.
Movies in the Parks
The Portland metro has an abundance of summertime movies in local parks. Have family time and watch your favorite flicks at one of these local parks. All of the movies are free.
Cool Off at Pools, Splash Pads and Fountains
Portland parks are a wonderful (and free) destination. Find a pool, splash pad or fountain near you. Make a whole day of it. Pack a lunch, some chairs, a blanket and plenty of cool water. Portland pools offer free days and times to get to most out of splashing around.
You don’t have to drive far to enjoy nature in Portland. These five urban parks have lots of parking, family-friendly trails and beautiful sights. The Leach Botanical Garden even has its own scavenger hunt. All of these parks are free to visit.
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