Summertime and Community

Summer is upon us! Most schools around the Portland and Gresham area wrap up the school-year within the next couple weeks, and many of us are eager for longer days, outdoor adventures, and perhaps a more relaxed pace.

As you, your youth, or your family transition to the summer, you may be holding excitement for fun activities or worry that this summer might not meet your expectations. Knowing yourself and your needs can help you plan ahead to create a balanced blend of time with yourself and time with others; moments inside and adventures in the sun; opportunities to peacefully reflect and chances to create and do.

An intentional approach to summertime can help you meet your self-care needs and also nurture relationships throughout the season.

You may already have a sense for how you want to invest your time this summer, but if you’re still looking for some activities to enjoy with yourself, a friend, a partner, or your family … then we’ve got some ideas for you!  Below you will find some resources and activities happening in and around the Gresham and Portland area that can add some fun and playfulness to your summer season!

Adventure Club for Kids – Takes place on the 1st Saturday of the month from 9-10 am and it is FREE! Kids can partake in fun activities all throughout the year. Those on the calendar for summer include a bounce house and face painting on July 6th and then an event called All About Dogs taking place on August 3rd. The location is in the Food Court at the Columbia Gorge Outlets and more info can be found at

Wippersnappers – An indoor play place located in Sandy. Food and drinks also available! The cost is $8 per child age 3 years and up, and $5 for those 2 years and under, and parents are FREE. You can find out more info on their website at  

Sunburst Play Café – Another indoor play place located in Troutdale. Offering a food and drink menu too! The cost is $8 for ages 3 years and up, $5.50 for 1 and 2 year olds, and $3.25 for crawlers, with adults having FREE admission. You can find out more at

Public Libraries – Please visit for a number of kid, adult, and family activities offered in your community! And don’t forget about the summer reading program offered through the library for all kids from birth through high school. Earn fun prizes and awards simply for spending time reading this summer! The program runs from June 14th through August 31st. Find out more at

Mt. Hood Theater – Come see a movie for a reduced fee of $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for kids and seniors! You can even see movies for $2.50 on Tuesdays! A family friendly theater located in downtown Gresham. Visit

Summer Movies ExpressRegal Cinemas – On Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer, take the kids to see a family friendly movie for just $1! Find out what is playing this summer by visiting  

Recreation – Check out to find out about events and activities found in and around Gresham. Some of the things listed here are Aquatic Centers, League Sports and Sports Fields, Children’s Fountain, as well as a Skatepark, Futsal, Basketball, and Soccer events.

SKIPSummer Kids in the Park – The Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland and the city have partnered to host a FREE Monday through Friday recreation program for youth 18 and under. Lunch is included! And you can drop in anytime! The program runs June 24th through August 16th and takes place at Main City Park, Red Sunset Park, and Rockwood Central Park. Activities include art, science, nature, daily challenges, and special guests. You can find out more info at or you can contact The Boys and Girls Club at 503-545-4368.

Third Thursdays – Find local Gresham businesses open later from 5-8 pm on the third Thursday of the month offering live music, art, and kids’ activities. You can find more info on their Facebook page at

Gresham Art Walk – Come see work from local artists on July 18th from 9am-5pm.

Farmer’s Market – Downtown Gresham at the Arts Plaza and also in the parking lot of Mt. Hood Community College you can find local vendors set up with something for the whole family each Saturday!

Summer Free for All – Find over 100 activities and events offered in Portland Parks. Some things include FREE movies, concerts, lunch and play, and swimming! You can find out more at


Engaging with your community, building relationships, and trying something new can all contribute to improved mental health and wellness.

We hope you create opportunities to enjoy some of the activities and events offered in your local community!


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