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Remember those epic summer adventures we had as children? Building forts, having squirt gun fights, exploring your backyard-turned-pirate-ship or princess castle.

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation offers these same experiences for your children, with the added benefit of adult supervision and a myriad of activities designed to keep kids entertained, active and safe.

This summer, Hillsboro Parks & Recreation has put together many different summer day camp options to appeal to your child’s interests, including Camp Amp, with guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and concert production — perfect for kids interested in music and performing onstage.

SHARC aquatic camps are open for all levels of swimmers, and science camps full of experiments are sure to appeal to any curious 5-7 year-olds.

For kids who have more varied interests, Sizzling Summer Day Camp (grades K-6) is an eight-week camp, jam-packed with great games, terrific field trips, sizzling sports and amazing arts and crafts. The Zone Adventure Day Camp is a great option for students entering grades 6-9 because every day of the week kids have the opportunity to visit a new outdoor adventure destination.

For parents or grandparents wishing to bond with their children, the Nature Exploration day camps offered through the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve provide intergenerational camps. Parents and children can bond over discovering a diverse wetland population together — spotting beavers, deer and eagles along the way.

More artsy children may be drawn to the classes offered at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.

Classes will incorporate a large variety of mediums, with everything from performing art, sketching, painting, to sculpting — each offering kids instruction and freedom to explore their creative potential.

For a lower-key, informal summer experience, bring your kids to The Outpost at Shute Park, open weekdays 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from June 16 to Aug. 15. Free lunch and activities are provided for kids 18 and younger. Art projects, science experiments, playtime with sports equipment and more are offered to create a fun environment for kids of all ages.

This summer is guaranteed to be full of happy memories with the help of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation and the diverse array of more than 100 interactive summer camps.

For more information or to register your child, visit Hillsboro-oregon.gov/index or call 503-681-6120.

Sean Morgan is recreation services manager for the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department.

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