Think There’s Nothing to Do This Summer? We Have 10 Good Ideas (Plus a Bonus)

What are you doing to have fun this summer? We have 10 good ideas here, including summer youth camp, pictured.

What are you doing to have fun this summer? We have 10 good ideas here, including summer youth camp, pictured.

Have you been wondering where you (or your kids) will find fun things to do this summer? Look no further than the www.cityofsalem.net website!

As Oregon prepares to transition to reduced pandemic restrictions, we're offering you more fun in-person activities while continuing to maintain COVID-safe practices as long as needed. We'll also have ongoing online activities this summer.

Check out this list for ways to stay active and engaged, mind and body.

  1. Stay cool at the splash fountains: Salem's splash fountains are open this summer with wet, free fun in seven local parks. Find a splash fountain.

  2. Kids can find a range of themed activities at the summer parks program day camps: Starting June 28 and running through the summer, each week covers a different topic including Spirit Week, Forest Animals, the Olympics and much more. Learn more and sign up for kids' camps. Recreation fee waivers are available to qualified Salem residents for the recreation activities listed here.

  3. Build kids' skills at youth sports camps: Choose from basketball, cheerleading, flag football, pickleball, soccer, tennis, volleyball and even multi-sport camps where kids can learn the basics in each sport. Learn more or sign up for sports camps.

  4. Explore the outdoors at youth nature camps: Summer means the chance to get outside and learn about nature. We offer camps for a variety of interests and age ranges including: Junior Ranger Camp, Wilderness Survival (intro and advanced), and Girls' Earth Skills. This fall, we're also planning on resuming our popular owl prowls! https://egov.cityofsalem.net/ParksRec/Activity. (add link)

  5. Take in a softball or kickball game: We're celebrating the 35th year of organized softball leagues at Wallace Marine Park Softball Complex. Summer team sign-up is already complete, but fall softball and kickball sign-ups continue until July 14. A 35 and older softball league fall doubleheader is new this year. Sign up or Find the game schedule.

  6. Join the Stride Run/Walks: Join in this monthly series of 5k and 10k run/walks each with two start-time options. Learn more.

  7. Learn Self Defense: We offer Basics of Personal Safety and Self-Defense on dates in July and August. You'll learn the basics of self-defense and safety skills, both mental (awareness, confident posture and voice) and physical (basic blocking and correct use of physical techniques).

  8. Enjoy Summer Reading Club for all ages: This year's theme is "Reading Colors Your World." Summer Reading Club runs from June 1 to August 31 this year. Sign up, track time reading and listening to stories, earn badges by completing activity and reading prompts. Elementary, teen, and adult readers can also earn tickets for a prize drawing at the end of the season. Learn more and sign up.

  9. Check out summertime virtual events with the Salem Public Library: "Exploring Together: Generational Differences" on June 22 and "Angel Ocasio, Comedy for Kids" on June 23 are the next activities coming up. Follow Library events here.

  10. Have some fun and do some good by volunteering: Salem's parks have quite a few volunteer options available this summer including Friends of Pioneer Cemetery volunteer work days, hydrant painting in a Salem neighborhood, adopting a rose garden in Bush's Pasture Park. Email [email protected] to learn about volunteer activities and events to fit your schedule.

Bonus idea: Looking to change up your outdoor fun? Check out a new park! Salem has about 90, and more than 60 or them are developed. Find a Park.

Don't forget to explore the countryside, too. We're lucky enough to live in the Mid-Willamette Valley, a place rich with recreation options. Check out Travel Salem for more fun ideas this summer.

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