June is here and summer is on the way. While the last couple of weeks have been tense in Portland, there’s still so much local families can do to enjoy their time together. From virtual events to ideas for safe local activities, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to play this weekend. Read on to find out more.

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Arcadia Farm’s Stay at Home Club

Check out Arcadia Farm’s Stay at Home Club resource sheet with links to virtual field trips, math and STEM focuses activities, and of course — ways to get your kids in nature! The best part is: lots of the activities require only a few things that you probably already have hanging around your home. Event Details

Golden Gate Park Art Contest

What do you love about Golden Gate Park? Grab some paper! Then send in your art for a chance to win prizes and be featured in an online art gallery.

This contest is open to ages 18 and under and inspired by the new picture book, Golden Gate Park, An A to Z Adventure. To enter, create a one-page piece of artwork that features a letter of the alphabet. Submissions are due by 11:59PM Pacific on June 21, 2020. Event Details.

Go Under the Sea

We know you can’t visit the OdySea Aquarium right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the wonders of aquatic life, During our temporary shutdown, the aquarium be sharing all kinds of educational content for kids (and adults!) who are at home learning. Find out what the animals are up to with live cams and explore! Event Details.

Virtual Acting Lessons With the OCT

While their curtains are closed, OCT has kept its social media buzzing. Both their Facebook and Instagram feeds are packed with great ideas for theater-loving families. You can find OCT’s own short videos of fun acting games, links to free recordings of live performances for kids, and theater-related educational opportunities, like turning American history into a play from the creators of Broadway hit Hamilton. Event Details.

Saturday Species Spotlight

Did you ever want to meet a  real live animal up close? Now’s your chance! Join the Center for Aquatic Science’s educators, Michelle and Jennie, on Saturdays at 1pm EDT as they introduce a live animal and share some cool facts. Where? On the Center for Aquatic Science’s Facebook page, @CenterforAquaticSciences. Come ready with questions, comments, and more. We look forward to connecting with you! Sat. Event Details.

Get Busy in June

Check out these 31 fun ways to spend time with your favorite people in June.

Celebrate Pride Month Together

It’s Pride Month and believe it or not, there are tons of ways to celebrate with your family right here in Portland. Find ideas here.

Take a Drive

Go on a scavenger hunt and find some cool, weird spots near Portland. Start with these.

Cue Up a Good Show

When the day is done. Relax with a good show. We’ve got some great Netflix picks for you. Check them out here.

–Annette Benedetti