Portland, Oregon: Free Fun & Frugal Family Events {Summer}

Here are some fun things you can do with your family in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, WA area.  If you see a fun family-themed event not listed please share by leaving a comment below and I will update this list.

Fun SUMMER Family Events – June 21st- August 23rd

Regal cinemas Are having select G and PG movies every Tuesday and Wednesday. $1 admission for everyone! To find a theater near you go to www.regalcinemas.com, click on specials and values, then scroll down to summer movie express. All participating Tuesdays are listed as well as movie titles with days they will be playing.

Vancouver Farmers Market is going on every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer.

Marshall Pool in Vancouver has FREE family swim time from 4:45pm-6:30pm every Saturday. For more information call 360-487-7070.

July 4th at Fort Vancouver 8am-11pm. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. Great entertainment and family activities going on throughout the day. For more information go to www.fortvan.org/pages/fourth-home.

June 18th at 2pm – family movie matinee at Three creeks library. Call 360-571-9616.

Oregon Zoo has $4 admission for everyone on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.kids under 3 are always free.

Zoo concerts on select nights at 7pm throughout the summer. Performers and ticket prices are available at www.oregonzoo.org

August 23rd 10am-3pm – baby Samudra’s birthday party. A day filled with elephant sized fun including making your own cupcake, crafts,and more. www.oregonzoo.org for more information. Free with paid zoo admission. Always free for zoo members.

Free events

City of Vancouver see and do water center. Open Monday- Saturday from 9am-5:30pm. Special programs the second Saturday of each month.
July 6th-August 10th- special science in the park series. For more information check out their website at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.

Portland Children’s museum has free admission for everyone the 1st Friday of each month from 4-8pm.

June 23rd- Jay Frasier will be at the Cascade Park Community Library. Magic, puppets, and stunts make this an out of this world show the kids are sure to love.

June 24th 7-9pm. End of school ice cream social at the Three Creeks Library.

June 25th at 3pm. Creature feature at the Vancouver Mall library. This show features reptiles of all kinds from a well known herpetologist who educates with excitement. Sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Fort Vancouver Regional Library district has tons of free, fun activities going on throughout the summer. The schedule is only out one month in advance. Visit www.fvrl.org and click on the library near you to see all upcoming events.

Fun for Kids

 June 27th- August 13th
City of Vancouver parks and recreation has a summer program called summer playgrounds. It is offered at 4 elementary schools throughout the city. They run from 10:30am-2:30pm daily are a drop in program. The best part is the cost is only $20 per child for the whole summer! For more information or to register your child you can call 360-487-7100 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/parksandrecreation and enter summer playgrounds in the search bar. My daughter did this program last year and loved it!

OMSI in Portland has a special free evening at OMSI just for visitors ages 13-18. Teens can explore the featured exhibitions Game On and Narnia, rock out to a live DJ, ride the Segway, play games, and more! Admission is free; food and beverages are available for purchase.

June 25th,July 9th, July 23rd, August 3rd, August 20th at 3pm on the Front Plaza
Fastest Ice Cream in the West
OMSI’s science chefs whip up the fastest-freezing ice cream in the West! Join OMSI’s educators as they freeze ice cream with super-cold, super-cool liquid nitrogen! Whey use a freezer when you have concentrated cold in a big jar? Come to OMSI and find out for yourself — this ice cream is not only safe to eat, it’s delicious!

These fun deals were found for you by specialist Kelly who is a full time mommy to 3 beautiful girls. She says, “I also have the chance to work very part time at the Clark County family YMCA as a group X instructor and personal trainer. I have always enjoyed finding fun things to do with family and it’s even better when we find fun events that are free or next to free. I love to kick box, run, hike, and save money :) My amazing husband of almost 11 years and my sweet girls are everything to me. I am very blessed! I’ve always told my husband that his job is to make the money and my job is to stretch that money as far as I possibly can. We make a great team:).”


Portland, Oregon: Free Fun & Frugal Family Events {Summer} was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by Karrie

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  1. Would you be willing to send me a calendar of all the free events going on in PDX? Thank you in advance!

  2. Bethany says:

    Try kidsbowlfree.com too. It’s an awesome program that allows your kids to bowl free and you can pay a one time fee of $24.95 for up to 4 adults to bowl with the kids all summer…I just signed up today.

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