Summer Fun in the Sun

It’s the time of year in Oregon when we remember what it’s like to be covered in the sun’s warmth and light. How sweet it is. I really miss the sun during our Pacific Northwest dark and hazy months of winter. And I now realize that I took for granted all of the “happy energy” that the sun beamed my way while growing up under its constant rays in Southern California. Like many of you, I have big plans to spend countless hours outside soaking up (and possibly storing up) sunshine (after slathering on the sunscreen, of course) with my family until school begins again in the Fall.

Now that the weather is urging us all outdoors there is much to do outside in the Willamette Valley and surrounding areas. And if you have school aged kids that are almost done with the 2011-2012 school year you might be looking for fun outdoor activities to do with them. At the very least most parents are hoping to avoid hearing the dreaded two-word phrase that becomes popular among kids over summer break in July sometime when the excitement of the school year’s end comes to pass. “I’M BORED”, they say as they head for the kitchen pantry or refrigerator. I have a list of creative canned responses to this phrase that I hope to avoid this summer with a little bit of research and planning.

So lets get to it. Some of my favorite places to find outdoor (and indoor) summertime activities for children and families in the Willamette Valley are listed below. Check out the links and get these fun events on your calendar so you can make the most of the next three months.

First, the neighborhood Parks and Recreation Guides. Check out Albany and Corvallis.

Check out the Gazette Times “Summer in the City 2012” for more summertime fun ideas for Mid-Willamette Valley dwellers and visitors.

Here are some links to some larger events in the area: Philomath Frolic and Rodeo, Benton County Fair, Oregon Country Fair, DaVinci Days, Free Noon Concerts at OSU.

Don’t forget about water fun: Albany Community Pool (ACP), Osborne Aquatic Center (OAC) in Corvallis, Clemens Community Pool in Philomath.

There are a lot of amazing and fun children and family events to fill up our time during the lazy days of summer. I could not possibly get them all listed in a single post. So I propose that each of you readers post your FAVORITES to our Facebook discussion titled “Fun in the Sun; What are you up to this summer in the Mid-Willamette Valley?” I will be looking for at least one new outdoor activity go to with my family this summer. How about you? Hope to see you outside…