Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer Events

Put together by MOPS of Dallas and Dallas Indoor Park, please join and support us in the fall.  Make sure to bring your friends.  See you in September.  Make sure to check the websites.  Dallas and for more summer events and information.
Ongoing Summer Events
·         Every Tuesday -AM Infant Story Time at Dallas Library 11:15am
·         Every Tuesday-Toddler story Time at Monmouth Library 10:15am
·         Every Tuesday at Saturday- Preschool Storytime at Salem Public Library-- 10:30 am
·         Every Tuesday Evening- Family Bedtime Storytime- Salem Public Library- 7pm
·         Every Wednesday-Preschool Story Time at Monmouth Library 10:15am
·         Every Wednesday and Friday- Laps it Storytime at Salem Public Library, 10:15 am and 11am W, 10:30 am F
·         Every Thursday-AM Preschool Story Time at Dallas Library 11:15am
·         Every Friday- Family Story Time in Independence- 10:30am
·         Summer Reading Activities through Dallas Library (Wed, at 11:30 am)                                                                                    June 13- Reptile Man (Dallas City Park)                                                                                                                            June 20 -Rhys Thomas- Jugglemania (Dallas City Park)                                                                                            June 27- Crafts- (Dallas Civic Center)                                                                                                                               July 11-  Amazing Science (Dallas City Park)                                                                                                                    July 25- Jason Ropp- Not a puppet show, an adventure (Dallas City Park)
·         Cultural Passes (Dallas Public Libary) (Free)- Antique Powerland Museum, Asahel Bush House Museum, The Aviation and Space Museum, A.C. Gilbert's Village, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Polk County Museum, Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill
        Farmers Markets
·         Polk County Bounty Market-Thursdays in Front of Courthouse on Main St. in Dallas- May to Sept, 2pm-6pm
·         Independence Farmers' Market- Saturdays at 302 Main St, Independence, April through November, 9 am to 1pm.
·         Monmouth Farmers' Market- Wednesdays at Monmouth City park, across from City Hall, March through Dec, Noon to 6pm
·         Polk County Farmers' Market- Sundays at 280 Hwy 99W Rickreall, May through early November, 9am to 3pm
·         Salem's Saturday Market-Saturday's 9 am to 3 pm, April through October, State parking lot at the corner of Summer and Marion Streets NE
·         Corvallis Farmers' Market-  Wednesday and Saturday, 9 am to 1pm, First St. and Jackson Ave.
·         McMinnville Farmers' Market- Thursdays, 1:30pm-6pm, end of May to Oct, Cowls Street between 2nd and Third St.

·         Dallas Sounds of Summer- Thursdays, July through August,  6:30 to 8:30, Dallas Rotary Performing Arts Stage at Main St. and Academy. (FREE)
·         Monmouth Music in the Park- Wednesdays July 6 to Aug 31st, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Main Street Park (Free)
·         Independence Music in the Park- Fridays-7:30pm, Riverview Park in Independence, July through August (Free)

·         Regal Cinemas Family Film Festival- Lancaster Mall Stadium 11, Salem, see the following website for the schedule and more information.   All movies rated G or PG for list of showings, movies show at 10 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for $1.
            6/19-6/20 (10am) JOURNEY 2, KIT KITTREDGE: AMER GIRL                                                 6/26-6/27 (10am) DOLPHIN TALE, HAPPY FEET TWO                                      7/3-7/4 (10am) LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS, YOGI BEAR
            7/10-7/11 (10am) CATS & DOGS: REVENGE, HUGO
            7/17-7/18 (10am) ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN, PUSS IN BOOTS
            7/24-7/25 (10am) KUNG FU PANDA 2, RANGO
            7/31-8/1 (10am) RIO, SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME                                                 8/7-8/8 (10am) CHIMPANZEE, HOODWINKED TOO
            8/14-8/15 (10am) ARTHUR CHRISTMAS, SMURFS
            8/21-8/22 (10am) ALVIN & CHIPMUNKS: SHIP,MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS

·         Summer Movies- Salem Riverfront  Park Amphitheater, Select Saturday nights at Dusk during the Summer, park at the carousel (FREE)
                                July 7- Ghostbusters
                                July 21- Mary Poppins
                                Aug 4- The Rookie
                                Aug 11- Hugo
                                Aug 25- Madagascar

·         Independence Riverview Park Amphitheater- Thursdays 8:30 (FREE), Before the movie a Comedian is on stage
                July 12- Super 8 (PG-13)
                July 19- Puss N Boots (PG)
                July 26- Footloose (PG-13)
                Aug 2- JJ Abrams Star Trek (PG)
                Aug 9- Soul Surfer (PG)
                Aug 16- Cars 2 (G)
                Aug 23- Sherlock Holmes (PG-13)
                Aug 30- Transformers (PG-13)

·         Dallas Motor-Vu Drive-In, $18 per vehicle (up to 3 people), $5 per person (4 or more), 3 and under free, 315 SE Fir Villa Dallas, OR, double features every night. 
·         Cinnabarre-Salem, OR- Center Street, Kids eat free Mondays all day, $5 Ticket Tuesdays
·         Salem Public Library- Friday Films in Loucks Auditorium, 4pm, FREE
·         Dallas Aquatic Center- 1005 SE LaCreole Dr., Dallas, OR 97338- Discounted Parent and Tot swim time, access to all pools.  Fridays from 10-1, Adults $4, Young Children $2, infants $1.  Specifically designed for a quiet and relaxing swim experience for young children ages 6 and under.  Visit their website for admission and free swim schedule-
·         Independence YMCA Outdoor Pool- 490 I Street, Independence, OR, Down 5th street off main road in Independence.    Check website for swim schedule
·         Kroc Center Pool and Recreation Center-  1865 Bill Frey Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97301, Pool features a small slide for little ones, a water slide, water features and fountains, river and more.  Check website for summer swim and activities schedules
·         Osborne Aquatic Center- 1940 NW Highland Dr, Corvallis, OR 97330, outdoor pools open in June, shallow leisure pool with soft bottom, fun  current and forced air bubble benches, jet spray feature, water playground, waterslide and more.  Also includes picnic area and separate lap pool.  Leisure pool is kept at 86 F.  Adults $4.75, Youth (7-17) $3.75 and Child (0-6) $2.00.  Punch cards available.  Family rates on Fri-Sun $6 +$2 per person.  Toddler Swim time 12-1 (M-F), Open Swim (1-6 pm M,T, R, F), 1-7pm (W), and 1-5pm (S, Sun)
·         Clackamas Water Park- 7300 SE Harmony Rd, Milwaukie, OR 97222 (503) 557-7873- Parent Preschool time is M,W, F 9 am to 10:30am, ages 6 and under.  This pool has several swimming pools, rock climbing wall, wave pool, lap pool, diving well, kiddy Pool and fountains.  see website for hours and admission rates
·         McMinnville Aquatic Center- 138 NW Park Drive, McMinnville, OR 97128- see website for hours and admission rates
·         Dallas City Park- Take Ellendale west and turn south onto Levens St, park entrance will be on the right in Dallas, has Frisbee golf, picnic areas, fire pits, fishing, wading and swimming in the creek, basketball courts, horseshoe and two playground areas, plus a Japanese garden.
·         Mill Creek Park- West on Highway 22, left on Mill Creek Road, Picnic Tables, Fire Pits, Fishing.  West on Highway 22, Left on Mill Creek Road
·         Buell Park- Great place for a picnic and wading and swimming in the creek.  Also has trails and a playground.  West on Highway 22, Right on Mill Creek Road.
·         Champoeg State Park- All Summer Long- Living History Events from 1:30 to 3:30pm, 1-3rd Saturday of the month, July-August.  This park also has a great bike path and a part of Oregon's History.  8239 Champoeg Road NE, St. Paul, OR 97137 ($5 state park visitor fee)
·         Willamette Mission State Park-  Just outside of Salem, lots of wonderful trails, the Wheatland ferry is fun to watch, also lots of horse trails and bike trails.  A great place for a walk and picnic.  Wheatland Rd, 8 mi N. of Salem, or take 1-5 exit 263 and follow the signs.  ($5 dollar day use fee)
·         Discovery Meadows (McMinnville, OR). , 1300 NW Cypress St., Large Park with rock climbing, water feature, picnicking, large playground with rubber ground, etc.  Great overall park.
·         Riverview Park- Main St, Independence, OR, Boat Ramp, amphitheatre, play ground, water fountain, and currently working on adding hiking trails along the waterfront.
·         Riverfront Park- 200 Water St NE, Downtown, Salem, OR- 23 acre park with play equipment, water feature, eco earth globe, boat dock, walking and biking trails, river access, carousel, amphitheater and picnic tables.
·         Bush Pasture Park-890 Mission St SE, Salem, OR. - 90.5 acres public park and botanical garden, lots of open fields, 4 areas with play equipment (one includes a crooked house), and many trails for jogging, walking/biking.
·         Minto-Brown Island Park- 2200 Minto Island Road SE, Salem, OR- 898.9 acre natural park, with open and wooded areas with many trails for walking. biking, rollerblading, etc.  Also includes a great dog park so you can even bring along the 4 legged family members.
·         Avery Park- (Corvallis, OR), from 99W South, turn west onto Avery Ave, dead ends at park, 75.3 acres, playground equipment, rose garden, compost demo,  horse shoes, train engine, dinosaur bones sculpture play area, fields, exercise park, bike/jogging path that leads into bike path from downtown Corvallis to Philomath.
·         Rigatta Grounds Park- (Lincoln City, OR)-   Large Wood Castle playground structure, picnic tables and view of Devil's Lake.  Turn east off Highway 101 on 14th.  Go 1/2 miles east, look for the park on the south side of 14th.  The park sneaks up on you, so keep your eyes open.
·         Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge- Many nice walking trails and close by and wildlife viewing.  Located just outside of Dallas on Hwy 22.  visit for more information
·         Yamhill County Parks Tangle Boxes- - Enjoy exploring Yamhill County Parks through a fun outdoor treasure hunt.
Local Museums
·         Heritage Museum,  Independence, OR- Always free admission
·         Hallie Ford Art Museum, Salem, OR- Free Admission on Tuesdays, Children 12 and under are free every day
·         OMSI, Portland, OR- $2.00 admission, 1st Sunday of every month
·         Portland Children's Museum, Portland, OR-Free Admission 4-8 pm, 1st Friday of every month
·         Mission Mill Museum, Salem, OR- Admission Free at Willamette Heritage Center On Tuesdays, access to grounds always free
·         Jenson Artic Museum, Monmouth, OR- Donation only- W-S 10am to 4
·         Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR- Every third Saturday, 2 children free with paying adult
·         Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR-Free Admission every day for ages 17 and under, Free admission on 4th Friday of every month 4 to 8pm
·         Washington County Museum, Portland, OR-Free Admission every Monday, Free family day every second Saturday of the month
·         Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum with Water Park-  500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way on Highway 18, McMinnville, OR 97128 (503)-434-4006, home of the famous Spruce Goose
·         Tillamook Air Museum-6030 Hangar Road Tillamook, OR 97141, (503)-842-1130, lots of historical military planes to see.
·         Antique Powerland Museum-Brooks, OR 1/4 mile west off of Exit 263 on I-5, just north of Salem.  Go west 2 blocks on Brooklake Rd and you will see them on the north side of the road- a power equipment heritage site, dedicated to preservation, restoration and demonstration of steam powered equipment, farm machinery and implements.  open 9 am to 5 pm, Wed-Sunday.  $5 dollar fee to enter the grounds, children 12 and under free.  On Sundays from 11am04pm, the railroad is open.  There is also a truck museum and vintage motorcycle museum on the grounds, open Sat and Sun. 
·         Willamina Museum of Local History-188 NE D. St, Willamina, OR, Hours Sat and Sunday 1-4 (FREE)
·         Polk County Museum, Rickreall, OR just off Hwy 99.  Hrs:  1-5 M,W,F, S.  Admission Adult$3, Sr. $2, Student $1.   Enjoy exhibits about the Kalapuya tribe, agriculture, logging and 28 townsites.  Lots of hands on things for the kids to interact with.  Also visit the Brunk House (FREE), On Hwy 22 near Junct. w/ Hwy 51 Eola, Open T, 9 to Noon.

·         Starlite Lanes, Dallas, OR- Sign up at or for free bowling for kids all summer long
·         Keizer Volcanoes, check website for listing of family discounts and events,
·         Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR- $4.00 admission, 2 and under free, every 2nd Tuesday of the month
·         Scotty's Playhouse, McMinnville OR-Always Free, M-F 10am to 12, S 10-1.
·         A.C. Gilbert Discovery VillageHas free days, so keep your eyes out for them and other events at
·         Oaks Amusement Park and Roller Rink-  7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202- (503) 233-5777- Fun for the entire family, check the website for a list of summer discount days
·         Salem Riverfront Carousel-  101 Front St NE, Salem, OR- $1.50 per ride, check their website for events.!
·         Albany Carousel-  503 First Avenue West, Albany, OR 97321, although still in the works It is fun to see all the animals being created and get a tour.  Hours M-S, 10am to 4pm, W until 9.  A fun adventure, and while there explore Albany's cute downtown.
·         Sky High Sports- 11131 SW Greenburg Rd, Tigard, OR 97223- All trampoline floors and walls, all ages welcome, $10/hr to jump.
·         Wings of Wonder- 5978 Willamette Ferry St, Independence, OR 97351 (503) 838-0976- Hours W-S 11am to 4pm, Sunday 12-4 pm.  Admission Adults $8.50, 4 to 12 yrs old $6.00, Ages 3 and under free.  Butterfly exhibit hose, gift corner, landscaped grounds.  A unique interactive experience.  There is also a reptile room.  Visit for more information.
·         Tillamook Cheese Factory-4175 Highway 101 North, Tillamook, OR 97141.  Open all year 8 am to 6pm, with extended hours until 8 pm in the summer.  Enjoy a factory tour, cheese tasting, and a yummy Tillamook ice cream cone.  A great stop on the way to the coast or a scenic drive.
·         Oregon Gardens-  879 West Main St, Silverton, OR 97381-  Summer hours- 9 am to 6 pm. Admission $10 for adults, $8 for ages 8-17 and 7 and under free.  Enjoy the beautiful gardens, walking trails, fountains and the children's play area with its own hobbit hole.  There is also a gift store and cafe on site.


·         June 2- Salem Carousel Birthday Celebration- Noon to 4pm, free admission, $1 rides
·         June 9-10 - Strawberry Festival- Berries, Brews and BBQ's- U-pick strawberries, hayrides, obstacle course, hay slide, toddler play area, animal barn and more, 9am to 6pm (Sat), 10 to 5pm (Sun), 17673 French  Prairie Road, St. Paul, (503) 633-8445
·         June 17- Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival, Strawberry shortcake and all you can eat berries served from 11 am to 5pm, French Toast and Sausage breakfast, served 8 am to 11, also music, arts and crafts, plants and garden items for sale and vintage car cruise-in, Coolidge McClaine Park, Silverton
·         June 23-24, Kite Festival, Lincoln City,  at D-River Wayside, 10am to 4pm, Theme Stars and Stripes, kite making, kite parade and mass ascension. Very kid friendly event.
·         June 30-July 1- World Beat Festival, Salem OR, Riverfront Park, 10 am to 11pm with Fire dances and light at Dusk (Sat), 10am to 6pm, with Dragon Boat Races at 9am, (Sun)- Great cultural event with lots of games, performances, demonstrations, activities and food for the entire family, (FREE, but a donation is highly suggested)

·         July 3-6, St. Paul Rodeo, 20025 4th St NE, St Paul, Marion, Oregon 97137 (800) 237-5920, Tickets sales start June 1.
·         July 4 -7 - 4th of July Independence Days celebration-Western Days (Riverview Park), July 4th-Parade starts in Monmouth and ends at Riverview Park in Independence- Childrens' Parade 11am, Fun Run-11:30am, Main Parade-Noon, Fireworks on Evening of the 4th and 7th, cost $1, ages 5 and under free
·         July 12-15 Marion County Fair, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE Salem, OR
·         July 20-22, Salem Art Fair and Festival, Bush Pasture Park, Salem OR, ($5/day, Ages 12 and under Free)
·         July 20-22- Da Vinci Days, Corvallis, OR- Main Gate at 11th and Madison, Tickets available at main gate and online or other Corvallis locations.  Some events free, like the Kinetics Bike Races.
·         July 26-29- Summerfest-Dallas, OR-Theme "Wild Wild West", Parade is July 29 at 11am, and Art in the park is on July 29.  Come help support our MOPS groups.  If you would like to walk in the parade contact Odessa at for MOPS.
·         July 27-29- Mint Festival and Frog Jump- Jefferson, Parade 10am on the July 28, Church St. and Hwy 99E.  Take the Talbot Road Exit off I-5, Held between Jefferson Middle School and High School.
·         July 28-29- The Great Oregon Steam-UP, at Antique Powerland Museum, 7 am to 6pm ($10.00, Ages 12 and under free), Machinery demos, models, blacksmithing, country music, early electricity exhibit, children's activities, music food and more.
·         July 29-31- The Bit and Brew of Salem, Located at Riverfront Park in Salem, good food and music.

·         Aug 4-5- The Great Oregon Steam-UP, at Antique Powerland Museum, 7 am to 6pm ($10.00, Ages 12 and under free), Machinery demos, models, blacksmithing, country music, early electricity exhibit, children's activities, music food and more.
·         Aug 9-12- Polk County Fair 12 am to 12 am, Rickreall, on Hwy 99
·         Aug 17-19- Loose Goose Balloon Festival, Hwy 18, Evergreen Aviation Museum, McMinnville, OR 6 am to 6pm
·         Aug 26- Car Show at the Oregon Gardens, Silverton, OR,  10am to 4pm

Other ideas:
·         Take your kids to U-pick farms. Visit to find a farm near you.
·         Frisbee Golf- visit for locations
·         Visit parks with water features, there are some really great ones in Wilsonville if you are willing to make the drive.  It is well worth it though.
·         Cultural Passes at your local library-Check and see if your library has cultural passes to local attractions.  a great way to experience things in your community for free or at a discount.
·         Camping, even if it is in your own backyard.
·         Visit the coast for the day
·         Websites to visit for activities - has coupons for several places in 19 states - Regal’s summer movie express. - kids can bowl for free
lowesbuildandgrow.comkids make a project and get goggles and apron, free every other Saturday – at Lego stores, make and keep a small project – download classic books to computer or laptop – download audiobooks to computer or MP3
101 Things To Do This Summer
(some activities geared towards older children)
  1. Make YOUR OWN list--what do you want to do this summer? Go camping? Swim weekly? Learn to ride a horse? Now share your list with your parents. Our list is great--but your list might be even better!

  2. Buy several pairs of inexpensive sunglasses (think Dollar Store) and decorate them.

Carve a watermelon! Parental assistance may be necessary. There are certainly some cute ideas here--your watermelon will be the topic of conversation at any picnic!

  4. Build a fort. This can be in your living room--made out of blankets, or in a tree with wood and braces. If actual construction is involved, you will need an adult's supervision--and depending on where you live, you might even need a building permit or approval from a Homeowner's Association. But think how much fun it will be!

  5. Learn to play an instrument. Many music teachers are reaching out to homeschoolers on our Local Homeschooling pages, Piano, violin, guitar, voice and more! And yes--your voice is a beautiful instrument!

  6. Have a Silly String fight, a water balloon fight or a pillow fight. Have some raucous fun! Get permission first.

  7. Lie outside at night and watch the sky for shooting stars. Find out why shooting stars aren't really stars at all.

  8. Read The Little Prince. This is a phenomenal piece of literature with multiple layers, and it's a short read. Discover why it has been translated into more than 180 languages and why it has sold more than 80 million copies making it one of the best-selling books ever.

  9. Decorate your bike... spruce it up... and ride with friends.

  10. Learn about musicals. Watch Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof. Note how modern music has incorporated musical lyrics from these productions. Discuss how these musicals would be different if made today.

  11. With your parent's permission, redecorate and rearrange your bedroom
. You can purchase Oops paint for as little as a dollar a gallon at your local paint/hardware store.

  12. In conjunction with #11, make summer themed bandana pillows.

  13. Spend one afternoon of quality time with each individual in your family. Have a tea party with your little sister, play cards with you brother, and hang out with your Dad. Enjoy spending time with those that love you.

  14. Go camping--even if it's in your backyard! If you happen to have a trampoline--trampolines make great sleeping surfaces.

  15. Turn into an expert. Pick a topic you're interested in and research it online. Better yet, pick one subject per week. You'll be impressed with all you've learned by the end of the summer.

  16. Make homemade
ice cream.

  17. Learn a new talent. What do you really wish you could do? Talk to your parents about it--they can help you achieve your goals.

  18. Get up at dawn and appreciate the coolness and peaceful feeling of the early morning. Compare it to the sweltering afternoon.

  19. With your family, float down a slow river on an inner tube. Or maybe, a not so slow river--tubing is a blast!

  20. Play badminton. It's a fun game. Compare it to ping pong and tennis. Just because you're good at one doesn't mean you're good at the others. Why is that?

  21. Learn about bats, why they are important and why they are beneficial. Did you know that a bat can eat as many as 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour? Try building a bat house.

  22. Have a piñata party. But first, make your own piñata, Or for a wet twist, make a water piñata!

  23. Interview your grandparents. They're interesting people! Find out what games they played when they were young, what their parents were like (your great-grandparents), what kind of clothes they wore, etc. If you can, record the interview. You'll be glad you did.

  24. Attend your sibling's game and REALLY root for him/her.

  25. Bake a cake and then decorate it. There are a number of cake decorating shows on television--watch a few and then see what you can do. Have fun with it.

  26. Learn about compound interest and start a savings acct. Check out
What Happens When You Double a Penny Everyday for 30 Days.

  27. Do something especially nice for Father's Day (June 17th). Show your Dad how much he means to you. Write him a letter expressing your love. It’s a gift he’ll keep forever.

  28. Improve your vocabulary. Take the
Word Dynamo Challenge. Then, every day, look up and learn 2 new words from the dictionary. At the end of the summer, take the Challenge again--and see how you’ve improved!

  29. Learn how to do the
butterfly stroke. It’s the most difficult stroke--you’ll certainly get a work out!

  30. Roast marshmallows and make S'mores. If you can't roast the marshmallows over a fire, a broiler will do!

  31. Decorate your flip flops.

  32. Watch live animal cams from your local zoo--or from any zoo! Here are some cam links from the
National Zoo.

  33. Spoil your pet for a day. Give your dog a bath, play ball with him, and take him for a walk. Likewise, cuddle your cat, pet your hamster, talk to your bird, etc. Spoil your pet several times over the summer. Turn it into a habit.

  34. Lounge on a hammock. Better yet, make one first!

  35. Have a neighborhood outdoor game day. Revisit 4-square; Red Rover, Red Rover; Duck, Duck, Goose; and Mother May I.

  36. Start a blog. For free templates, tutorials, and more, check out

  37. Tour a college campus. There are pros and cons to touring during the summer months and you can read some of these at the following link,

  38. Choose a day--or two--and perform random acts of kindness. See how others respond. It's very rewarding. Browse Kindness Ideas, and share your story as well.

  39. Talk to your parents about what you'd like to learn next year in your homeschool program. Chances are your parents are looking at curriculum now--so now is the time to speak up!

  40. Make FUN snacks with your siblings.

  41. On a really hot day, go to the dollar movies and enjoy the air conditioning!

  42. Learn about cotton candy. There's not nearly as much sugar in cotton candy as you might think. 

  43. Make a work of art in your driveway using multi-color chalk. Get permission first. Did you know you can draw with wet chalk?  Or did you know that professional artists have done some amazing chalk art?

  44. Learn how to take a good photograph. There’s more to it than pointing and clicking. 

  45. Have an old fashioned weenie roast- and make your own mustard. There are over 100 recipes for mustard on the following link.

  46. Make a

  47. Learn jump rope tricks. Find jump rope videos on the internet to give you inspiration. It's AMAZING what people can do with a jump rope!

  48. Do some crazy fun science experiments (explosions, etc.), with your parent's permission of course.

  49. Learn how to skip rocks.

  50. Blow bubbles with bubble gum--gigantic, wonderful, pink bubbles. Have blowing contests with your siblings. You can even learn how to blow one bubble within another!

  51. Swing on a tire swing or a rope swing. Don't have one? That's an easy fix!

  52. Make
friendship bracelets for all of your friends--and your siblings too!

  53. Jump on a trampoline. It can be a backyard trampoline or you can jump at a trampoline fun center. Trampoline fun centers seem to be a new craze and are popping up all over the country. Some can even be found on
our site.

  54. Run through the sprinklerss--this never gets old! Or participate in the fun celebration of Slip-n-Slide!

  55. Make "custom" Kool-Aid by mixing flavors.

  56. Make your own--or family
beachbag/outing bag. Then fill with summer necessities--lip balm, bottled water, sun screen, a small first aid kit, etc. Parental assistance may be necessary.

  57. Check out your local paper to discover any free-admission activities. Lots will be going on in your community and you don't want to miss a thing.

  58. Slide down a hill on a piece of cardboard--but first, check out this link! Or, you can go ice blocking. With both, let your parents know what you’re doing.

  59. Make a new friend. Reach out to someone who has just moved into your neighborhood or to someone that maybe doesn't have a lot of friends. They might end up being your best buddy.

  60. Give your grandparents a big hug for no reason!

  61. Make and fly a kite. There are 19 kite possibilities at

  62. Learn the physics of skateboarding.

  63. Go somewhere fun with the family. A family reunion perhaps?

  64. Think about what you want to be when you grow up and find out what type of education is required. Go online and determine the demand for the field and the starting salary. Some adults do what they love regardless of the compensation, others go into a field because of the pay.

  65. Learn all about physical fitness So much information, just scroll down the page.

  65. Have a
Cannon Ball competition with your friends. Read this link and you just might win!

  67. Engage in an old fashioned
sack or wheel barrow race.

  68. Volunteer!

  69. Surprise your Mom (and Dad)--clean your room without being told to do so!

  70. Learn the history of where you live.
The library will be a good place to start.

  71. Play hide and go seek--in the DARK! Turn off all the lights in the house... and play for hours. Warning--this can get a bit raucous. Parental permission required.

  72. Try a food you've never tasted before. Go on... take a bite!

  73. Find a mentor. Want to learn a specific skill or knowledge? See if someone in the community can be your mentor. This can be a family member, family friend, or someone you don't even know yet.

  74. BE a mentor.

  75. Learn how to do a

  76. Discover other

  77. Turn up the music and DANCE!

  78. Understand the science behind fireworks.

  79. Learn to hula hoop and master some fun tricks!

  80. Visit an educational and fun farm. Several educational farms are reaching out to homeschoolers at Can’t make it to a farm? Visit a virtual farm.

  81. Recycle bottles and donate the money to a local charity

  82. Make up bubble solution--because we don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy bubbles! Learn the best conditions for optimal bubble making.

  83. Prevent brain drain with
Time4Learning's online education program. Summer should be fun. With Time4Learning,it can be!

  84. If you’re a girl, bring back the Topsy-Tail! You might have to ask your Mom what one is!

  85. Make
paper airplanes--there’s quite a variety!

  86. Learn how to
whistle with two fingers

  87. Understand the physics behind roller coasters. They aren't as dangerous as they seem!

  88. Make up with someone. Go ahead, end the feud!

  89. Learn the
science behind rainbows.

  90. Read
Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene and watch the video starring Kristi McNichol and Bruce Davidson.

  91. Learn about

  92. If you’re old enough and your parents approve, get a job. Real life experience is extremely educational!

  93. Find out how hot air balloons work. Depending on where you live, you might be able to go on one or at least watch them take off. Did you know they make a bit of noise?

  94. Learn to play Chess. There are a number of free sites on the Internet that will help you learn.

  95. Go to the beach or the lake and build a sandcastle. Get your family and friends involved.

  96. Plant a Fall vegetable garden--think pumpkins!

  97. Make pink lemonade bars.

  98. Do something... anything you choose... to make you a better you.

  99. Barter your services. Want to ride a horse? Offer to clean out stalls in return for riding time. Want to take guitar lessons? Offer to mow the instructor's lawn in return for lessons. Get your parent's permission and then make sure you follow through on your end.

  100. Read the book
The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter. If you can, watch the 1958 feature film adaptation produced by Walt Disney Productions and then compare the two.

  101. Last but not least... get ready for school to resume. Summer is GREAT but so is the fall!

Sunflower Forts
Sunflower Forts

What You Will Need:
  • 4x6 foot garden patch
  • Shovel
  • Short Stakes
  • String
  • Tall-Growing Sunflower Seeds (such as Giant Greystripe or Russian Mammoth)
  • Cheesecloth (optional)

What You Do:
  • Late in spring, when the weather is warm, mark a 4x6 foot rectangle in the garden.
  • Loosen the soil by digging into the ground around the edges a foot deep. The soil should be loose and crumbly.
  • Push a stake in the ground at each corner. Mark the "doorway" with stakes (it is best to make the doorway on the 4-foot end of the rectangle).
  • To help you plant seeds in straight lines, tie a string to the doorway stake and run the string around the stakes surrounding your fort.
  • Plant seeds an inch deep and 6 inches apart. (Poke a hole in the dirt with your finger, put a seed in, and cover it up). Plant the seeds all around the edges of your fort — but not the doorway.
  • Water the seeds.
  • Cover the seeds with a layer of cheesecloth to protect them from animals. Leave the cloth loose so the plants can grow; weigh down the edges with dirt to keep the cloth from blowing away. Water the sunflower plants several times each week — morning is the best time to water.
  • When the plants are several inches tall, remove the cheesecloth. Thin out the plants; sunflowers get huge and need the room. Keep the plants watered — sunflowers need plenty of moisture. Be sure to occasionally pick out any weeds between the sunflowers; weeds will steal water and nutrients from the sunflowers.
  • When the sunflowers are approximately 6 feet tall, loosely tie the tops of the plants from one side of the fort to the tops of the plants from the other side of the fort (continue doing this down the length of your fort) — this will form a roof over your fort. Don't tie them too tight, or you will damage the sunflower stems!

Now you have a nice shady retreat to play in this Summer!

Additional Ideas and Tips:
  • Try making a Sunflower Fort in different shapes! For example, lay out a large circle in your garden, then create a maze-like path into the center of the circle. Children can walk through the Sunflower Maze to reach their play space in the center of the circle. A-maze-ing!
  • For added color, plant Morning Glories (or other fast-growing vines) near the Sunflowers. The Morning Glories will use the Sunflowers to climb on, and your Sunflower Fort will have another beautiful color.
  • Plant a variety of Sunflowers that grow to different heights — the tallest Sunflowers will create the walls and roof of your playfort, and the shorter Sunflowers will help fill in the walls.
  • Line the inside of your playfort with shredded wood chips to provide a comfortable floor and to help prevent weeds from growing.

MOPS meetings...

Childcare is provided for birth to 5 years old by our happy workers and they look forward to attending to your children so you can have a break. Learn and laugh with other moms with young kids.

Returning moms: the meeting cost is $2. If you are new to MOPS, worried about what to expect, please come and let us welcome you -- your first meeting is free! A one-time fee of $23.95 pays for the MOPs International membership and includes a subscription to MOMsense magazine, weekly emails, and a book.

MOPS is the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, from September to May.