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.
7/1 – Movie at Esther Short Park – “Despicable Me” (PG), Time: 8:45 PM to 10:45 PM. Sponsored by the Port of Portland. There will be food vendors with dinner and snack foods.Everyone is welcome. Bring your own blanket or chair and meet us at the park! Location: Esther Short Park :Address: 301 8th St. Phone: 360-487-86317/1 – Historic Architectural Walking Tours, Time: 12 PM to 12:40 PM. Upper Main/Arnada. Clark County Historical Museum’s 2011 Architectural Walking Tours throughout downtown Vancouver. These tours are good for sightseeing and history, as they cover quite a few of the old (and new) buildings in downtown Vancouver. This year we will hold tours every Friday, beginning May 27 and ending September 2, and every-other Saturday, beginning June 11 and ending August 20. Friday tours are from 12 to 12:40 pm, and Saturday tours are from 9 to 11 am. Most tours begin at the museum at 1511 Main Street. Check the full schedule for details at www.flickr.com/photos/cchmuseum/5489227193/.
Friday tours cost $5 (or $2 for CCHS members), and Saturday tours cost $10 ($5 for members). Comfortable walking shoes and a hat are recommended! To sign up for a tour, you can contact us at (360) 993-5679 or[email protected]. Drop-ins are also welcome, of course! Location: Clark County Historical Museum – Address: 1511 Main St. Additional Info: www.cchmuseum.org Email: [email protected] Phone: (360) 993-5679
7/4 – Independence Day at Fort Vancouver. Time: 8 AM to 11 PM Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America has something fun for everyone! Fort Vancouver has a 47 year history of providing the community with an exceptional fireworks display – and the best is yet to come! Using state of the art fireworks synchronized to music, the 2011 display will once again be launched from Pearson Field, providing attendees an unbelievably exciting and intimate fireworks show. 2011 Entertainment Schedule . Address: Fort Vancouver National Site. Additional Info: www.fortvan.org/pages/fourth-home. Email: [email protected] . Phone: 360-992-1808
7/22 – Movie at Haagen Park – “Labyrinth” (PG) Time: 8:45 PM to 10:45 PM – Sponsored by the Port of Portland. There will be food vendors with dinner and snack foods. Everyone is welcome. Bring your own blanket or chair and meet us at the park! Location: LeRoy Haagen Park. Address: 139th & 9th (across from Winco). Phone: 360-487-8631
7/ 1 – Portland Children’s Museum – First FREE Friday- free admission to everyone from 4-8pm ( museum is closed on 7/4th)
Summer reading events at all Vancouver area libraries. See Summer Reading Programs in the Pacific Northwest for a full listing. Or Check out www.fvrl.org/ events then click on summer reading for a full list. There are dozens of events at all the libraries that are fun and totally FREE. Here’s some events that are coming up this month.
Three Creeks community library each show listed below begins at 11am
5th- BJ the Clown
7th paradise of Samoa
9th reptile man
4th- juggle mania
Cascade Park Community Library each show listed starts at 11am
7th- Harts reptile world
14th- mad science
Battleground Community Library
16th harvest days festival from 10am-8pm
Friends book sale
Children’s face painting from 12pm-4pm
20th at 6:30pm
Creature feature (this show will be at various libraries throughout 7/and August. We have been to his show several times over the years and it is not only educational about all kinds of reptiles, but it is interactive, with some animals, and FUN for the kids)
7/23 – Teen Night – Saturday 7-10 p.m. – 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.
Other Fun Things To Do
Oregon zoo- July 12th $4 admission for everyone. Kids under 3 are free. Plus National Keeper Appreciation Week is 7/17 – 7/23: During Keeper Appreciation Week, our keepers share about themselves and why they chose this profession during keeper talks. Keeper Appreciation Week also gives visitors a chance to support our keepers: Several keepers have identified their favorite items in the ZooStore, and from July 17–23, 10% of proceeds from the sales of these items will go to the Portland chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. AAZK supports professional development for animal care staff and raises money for protecting endangered species.
Events at OMSI –
- 7/8 – Space Shuttle Atlantis’s Final Launch, Friday, July 8, 8:26 a.m. in the planetarium. Get a front-row seat to watch the final flight of NASA’s shuttle program, Atlantis. We will show the lift-off live via satellite on NASA TV in the planetarium beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, July 8, with the shuttle’s launch scheduled at 8:26 a.m. PDT. Admission to the televised launch is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. (The museum will be closed, but the planetarium will be open for the launch viewing.)
- 7/9 – Fastest Ice Cream in the West. Saturday, July 9, 3 p.m. on the front plaza – 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!
- 7/9, OMSI Star Parties – Lunar Viewing. Saturday, July 9 starting at dusk at Rooster Rock and L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park. OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate astronomy with a free Star Party at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park! From beginners to experts of all ages, here’s your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights includes the planets Jupiter, Mercury, and Saturn, first quarter Moon, deep sky objects including the Orion Nebula, Beehive star cluster and more! Join us as we gaze at the night sky at Rooster Rock State Park, located 22 miles east of Portland on I-84 just east of Sandy River at exit 25. To reach L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park, take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47. The event starts at 7:30 pm and is free with $5 parking per vehicle. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome. On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Parties, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, (503) 797-4610 #2, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations.
- 7/11 – Science Pub Portland, The Big Bang and Beyond: A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe. Monday, July 11, 2011 – 7 p.m., at the Bagdad Theater: 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland. What does the Universe look like and what is our place in it? How is it evolving and what did it look like in the distant past? What will it be like in the future? Join Willamette University physics chair and cosmologist Dr. Rick Watkins in an exploration of the Universe and its evolution.
- 7/23 – Fastest Ice Cream in the West, Saturday, July 23, 3 p.m. on the front plaza. 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:).”