SUM MER ADVENTURE
By Carlee Wright
CHOOSE YOUR OWN
Kids 14 and older can join the Salem Multicultural Institute’s Dragon Boat Club, which practices at 6 p.m. weekdays on the Willamette River. Cost: $25 membership plus $75 paddle fee for three months. Information: Call (503) 581-2004 first to make arrangements and get practice details.
Mind getting dirty?
Sign up for summer clay class for kids, which begins Monday, or if you are experienced with clay, visit on a day pass for $10 at the Willamette Art Center, 2330 17th St. NE, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: (503) 365-3911 or willametteartcenter.com.
How about just getting messy?
Salem parks spray fountains
Beat the “I’m bored” summer blues. Choose your own adventure with our handy pull-out and save guide of local activities to keep kids entertained this summer. Although not an exhaustive list of activities in the area, it can help as a starting point for fun, fun, fun!
Older than 14?
Check out a summer kick-off party noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the Woodburn Aquatic Center, 190 Oak St., Woodburn, which will include free hot dogs, bouncy house and games at the center’s side lawn, plus half-price swimming. Information: (503) 982-5266 or woodburnparks.org.
officially open for the season Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for River Road Park and Riverfront Park and noon to 8 p.m. daily for Englewood, Fairmount, Northgate, Wes Bennett and West Salem parks. Information: (503) 588-6336.
Is it raining?
Paint your own pottery during open studio time at Create A Memory, 270 Commercial St. NE, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Note: Closed July 1-15 for City of Salem maintenance work. It also offers camps and parties. Information: (503) 375-3664 or createamemory.org.
Other pools in the area include:
The Kroc Center, 1865 Bill Frey Dr.
NE, (503) 566-5762 or kroc.salvationarmysalem.org.
Looking for water fun?
Want something indoors?
Creative Studio for Children,
Salem YMCA, 685 Court St. NE,
(503) 581-9622 or youry.org/salemfamily-ymca.
Olinger Pool, 1310 A St. NE, (503)
5680 Commercial St. SE, Suite 110, offers open studio, classes and parties, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Information: (503) 689-1451 or creativestudioforchildren.com.
339-7746 or northwestaquatics.com.
DIY Studio, at Salem Center next to
Check out these spots for indoor play:
Want to be a superhero?
Northwest Kids Club
3975 Commercial St. SE, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Ages: 6 months to 7. Cost: 10-pass punch card $50; annual membership $125. Information: (503) 365-1817 or nwkidsclub.net.
Want a hands-on activity?
Want something artsy?
Check out the Summer Kids Movie Program at Northern Lights Theater Pub, 3893 Commercial St. SE, where you can get eight movies for $5 between June 25 and Aug. 15. Movies are shown 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Information: (503) 304-0280 or northernlightstheatrepub.com.
Take a ride on Salem’s
101 Front St. NE, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $1.50 a ride, $10 unlimited rides in one day. Information: (503) 540-0374 or salemcarousel.wix.com/ salemcarousel.
Stop by A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Salem’s children museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $7, $5.50 60 and older, $3.50 ages 1 to 2 and free for ages younger than 1. Information: 503) 371-3631 or acgilbert.org.
Made in Oregon, is a creative reuse center, offering arts and craft materials, classes, workshops and birthday parties, noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Information: (971) 208-5869 or diystudio.net.
JeanseauArts Studio, 331 State St.,
offers open studio, drop-in classes and camps, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Tuesday is painting, Wednesday is drawing and Thursday is sculpture. Information: (619) 302-2220 or jeanseauarts.com.
Teens 13 to 18 can learn to “fly.” Check out the Teen Aerial Class 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Monday through Aug. 12 at Defy Aerial Fitness Studio at Salem Keizer Business Park, 3606 Cherry St., Suite B, Keizer. Cost is $90. Information: (971) 218-1952 or defyaerialstudio.webs.com.
Want to be outdoors?
3160 Blossom Drive NE, Suite 101, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Ages: 13 and younger. Cost: $6 per child per hour; five sessions for $25. Information: (503) 580-9596 or superbouncesalem.com.
Check out one of the city of Salem’s 46 developed parks, which cover 1,600 acres of land and include a variety of activities from walking paths to play structures. Information: cityofsalem.net/Residents/Parks/Pages/default.aspx or call (503) 588-6336.