Camps, activities can make your summer special

Summer is in full swing and it’s gorgeous out! It’s time to venture out and slap on the SPF. Kids, join LO Explores Summer Day Camp and dive into the world of Willy Wonka.

Don’t forget to pack along your superhero powers because it’s time for Kindercamp. Be dramatic, sing and dance all morning for two weeks at the Sing and Dance Broadway Camp. Summer is sure to pass us by in a blink of an eye so get on out there and enjoy the SUBMITTED - Interested in taking a dance class? The Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department offers dance and many more classes.

Summer camps

LO Explorers — Strike That, Reverse it. LO Explorers is a weekly themed camp for school-age students combining two field trips a week and a fresh approach to activities. Dive into the world of Willy Wonka as we make our own fizzy lifting balloons, lickable wallpaper and much more. Friday head to Pump it Up for some inflatable fun. For ages 7 to 12, July 8 to 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $200.

Kindercamp — Superheros. Join our half-day camp for children ages 4 through the completion of kindergarten. This camp is staffed by the professionals from Vermont Hills Family Life Center. Children sing songs, play games, listen to stories and create arts and crafts in an outdoor setting. Rainout location is at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way. July 8 to 12, 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $85.

Sing and Dance Broadway Camp. Be dramatic, sing and dance all morning for two weeks this summer. Join Sara Martins, professional dancer and choreographer, and Karen Bohart, high school vocal music director, for this new experience. Campers of all skill levels are welcome. Learn and improve theater-related skills in voice, dance and acting. Gain focus and discipline while exercising the mind and body. During rehearsals students work toward their on-stage performance while building teamwork skills, a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem. For ages 10 to 15, July 8 to 19, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $200.

Art Camp. This camp encompasses numerous art activities: drawing, painting, collage and block printing. It is designed to give young artists a diverse experience and establish the arts as an important tool for learning. For ages 7 to 12, July 8 to July 12, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 10 to 12 meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Cost is $51.

Beginning Rock Camp. Newcomers are invited to put rock in their roll. Students get a chance to explore the drums, bass, guitar, keyboard and vocals. Students learn the fundamentals of music such as pitch, melody, harmony and rhythm. For ages 5 to 12, July 8 to 11, 9 a.m. to noon. Ages 8 to 12 meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $120.

Summer classes

Maintaining the Summer Garden. Deadheading and pruning are techniques you can use to restore a languishing summer garden to renewed beauty. Learn what to do and when. Dress for the weather and bring hand pruners. For ages 18 and up, July 13, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $20.

Luscher Farm Family Dinner — Berry Delicious Menu. Spend an afternoon cooking at Luscher Farm with your child and chef Laura Content. One parent and child pair up to cook and create a family dinner using local and seasonal produce. Up to two other family members join the class at 4 p.m. for a home-cooked dinner at the farm. Menus focus on seasonal ingredients, including farm-grown produce. For ages 6 and older, July 13, 2 to 5 p.m. Cost is $46.

Meditation for Health and Happiness. Actively develop a healthy mind and body and remove stress with comfortable meditation postures. Good for all health conditions, pain management and open to all abilities. For ages 16 and older, Thursdays, July 11 to Aug. 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $37.

Class registration information

Preregistration is required for nearly all parks and recreation classes and activities. Class information is in the Parks & Recreation Guide available at the West End Building, also online at You may register by Internet, mail (at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation, West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego, 97035), drop off materials during business hours at the WEB, fax to 503-697-6579 or phone 503-675-2549. Non-residents generally pay more than fees shown. For more information on classes, visit our website:

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