School is almost out and we’re all feeling the summer itch! If you are in need of some ideas for creative activities that will keep the kids engaged and curious, read on! We’ve come up with a list of 7 family friendly ideas that will connect you to your community, get your out of your normal routine, and bring a smile to everyone’s face.

photo: Anthony Doudt via flickr

Legos at the Library
Do you have a tiny builder in your home? Maybe you have more than one?! If so it’s time that you all bring your mad Lego skills to the library! During each session participants build a new structure to put on display. Kids are given a general theme and encouraged to let their imagination flow. It’s a great opportunity to practice cooperative learning skills while creating a new project. Bricks and lego supplies provided and donations are welcome. This is activity is appropriate for builders ages 5-11.

June 4 from 3:30 -4:30 p.m.
Hollywood Library at 4040 NE Tillamook St,
Online: multcolib.org/events/legos-library

Local Disability Film Shorts
The Local Disability Film Shorts is an excellent opportunity for families to celebrate expression of Disability culture and experience Disability art. At ReelAbilities they strive for inclusion. The facility offers many accommodations including captioned or subtitled films and wheelchair accessibility. They offer audio description, ASL interpretation, CART, and for select events thy offer information in Braille. On Saturday June 2nd from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. come for screenings of local and dance films with a special performance from the Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company. First up is Four Quarters of Silence. Guests are taken on a journey that follows the road to success of the Texas School for the Deaf Rangers. As the only high school football team serving students with hearing impairments they take on a competitive league. The second showing is called The Battle. It’s about a young artist Kayah Guenther who is struggling to find his place in the world as a person with trisomy 21. Enjoy his story as he narrates it through dance.

Jun 2 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m
New Expressive Works at 810 Southeast Belmont St.
503-358-9085
Online: portland.reelabilitieslegacy.org

photo: Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office via flickr

Portland Parks 5k Series Fun Run
Portland Parks and Recreation offers monthly 5k races that are family friendly and fun. They encourage participation from all ages and all levels of athleticism. Walkers, runners, and seasoned racers are all welcome. Registration is $5 per participant unless you’re under 17 years old and then you’re free. That’s right, all youth are free! Plus everyone gets a ribbon! There will be raffle prizes, bananas, music, face paint, bananas, crafts, vendors, and more bananas. Get your running shoes on and send the morning getting some good family fun exercise.

8:45 a.m. Kid’s Fun Run (1k)
9:00 a.m. Sprinters 5k
9:30 a.m. All Runners 5k
Jun. 10 from 8:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Fernhill Park at 6010 NE 37th Ave,
Online: portlandoregon.gov/parks

“Little Ears” Concerts for Children
Little Ears Concerts are for all children. They are free to everyone and provide early exposure to the arts. Little Ears works with Young Audiences, Classics 4 Kids, and Oregon Symphony, as well as independent artists to deliver a variety of high-quality music, storytelling and theatrical performances that keeps music available to all kids in they city. Through the free concerts they hope little imaginations will be ignited and creativity sparked. Each show is about 45 minutes long and appropriate for kids ages 2 to 7. Donations are welcome as they help keep these series free for everyone. On June 19th join the community for a Penny’s Puppet performance of 3 Billy Goats Gruff.

June 19 2018, 10 a.m.
The Old Church at 1422 SW 11th Ave
Online: theoldchurch.org/kids/

photo: Bardia Photography via flickr

Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Gardens
On the Honeybee Hikes kids can look for wildlife, touch bark or a thimble-berry leaf, listen to the wind and the creek, visit the bees, make a craft, listen to a story, water the Children’s Discovery Garden and maybe even eat a raspberry right off the vine!  They have a team of fabulous guides who will read a story to the kids and help them craft something creative and fun! Each week there is a unique seasonal theme. The hike is $3 per child. Non walkers and adults are free. You can buy punch cards which give you the deal of getting the 6th hike free when you purchase 5. The hikes promptly begin at 10 a.m. The Honeybee Hike meets and starts in the Upper Garden. Make sure you get there on time. Check the weather in advance and dress appropriately for the day’s forecast. June hikes are on Wednesdays through the entire month.

Please note: Although the 122nd St. bridge south of Foster Rd. is closed, the Garden is open and can be accessed from 122nd Avenue.

Park in the Claybourne parking lot – look for parking signage at corner of 122nd/Claybourne St. just south of Foster Rd.

June 6, 13, 20, and 27th from 10 – 11:00 a.m.
Online: leachgarden.org/event/honeybee-hikes

photo: Capoeira Kids Academy Latvia via flickr

Toddler Capoeira
If you take your child to this event please send us pictures! Capoeira is a high energy Braxilian martial art that combines self-defense techniques, acrobatics, dance, music, and CULTURE. If you want to let your toddler participate in a high energy activity that will keep them constantly moving and having fun you should try out Toddler Capoeira Mondays in June at the Village Ballroom. The dynamic movements encourage development of balance, coordination, strength, while teaching them traditional songs and dance. Vamos jogar! A $3-$10 donation is suggested.

June 4, 11,and 18 from 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Village Ballroom
704 Dekum St
Online: facebook.com/pg/PDXtoddlercapoeira/events

photo: TravelUSA via flickr

Dragon Boat Races
On June 9th and 10th there will be hundreds of people gathering at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River for the annual Dragon Boat Races. The race viewings are free to the public and will last from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. There will be 80 teams competing in a series of races over the two days. The Rose Festival hosts the Dragon Boat Races each year as a way to bring the exciting Chinese tradition to Portland. Come out and cheer on the brave racers!

Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Online: rosefestival.org/event/dragon-boat-race

What are you favorite June activities? Let us know in the comments!

—Elissa Cirignotta