Nature, sports, art, fun all summer long
Worried about finding enough activities to keep your kids from being bored this summer? Hillsboro has plenty of options for children of all ages, including some free programs in the coming months.
"The Outpost" is offered weekdays through August 17 at Shute Park, Shadywood Park and McKinney Park. This free drop-in program provides lunch, crafts, field games, special guests and various fun activities of no cost to kids age 1 to 18.
There are free summer reading programs for kids and teens at the Washington County libraries, including performances and special guests.
Through Hillsboro Parks and Recreation, there are many camps available to kids of all ages with all different interests. The camps include:
There are also several events in the Hillsboro area this summer to put on the calendar for you and your family to attend, including the annual Washington County fair July 26 through 29, the Washington County K-9 Trials Saturday, June 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hare Field, Celebrate Hillsboro festival with music, art, food and more downtown Hillsboro on Saturday, July 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hillsboro Hops baseball games, and Hillsboro Farmers Markets offered at four different locations across town weekly.
Looking to beat the summer heat? The city operates public play fountains — called "spraygrounds" — in five city parks, where children and adults can take a break from the heat.
The Civic Center fountain, located at 150 E. Main St., has long been popular with adults and children. The fountain runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Magnolia Park, 1810 N.W. 192nd Ave., was the city's first water-play fountain when it opened in 2008. The fountain is user-activated. The park is open from dawn to dusk.
Orenco Station Plaza, 943 N.E. Orenco Station Loop, also features a water fountain, as does 53rd Avenue Community Park, 333, N.E. 53rd Ave., which opened in 2010. The fountain features geysers and programmed spray sequences. An automatic timer activates the feature during warmer daylight hours during the summer, according to the city.
Orenco Woods Nature Park also features a water play area. The old-fashioned water pumps pour water down a man-made creek into a sandy area where children can play.
A sixth water area at Walnut Street Park has been deactivated due to park construction.
The city is warning parents to use caution in the play fountains and to make sure children are attended when playing on the slippery surfaces.
Geoff Pursinger contributed to this report.
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
Follow Olivia at @oliviasingerr
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