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Variety of free, family-friendly events offered all season long in Oak Grove, Milwaukie

"It has been a slow transition back to normal following the pandemic, and we're excited to be offering all of our summer programs and events again," said Melina DeFrancesco, North Clackamas Parks & Recreations District's marketing communications manager.COURTESY PHOTO: NCPRD - North Clackamas Parks summer recreation staff lead children in a fun activity during a past season of a visit from the RecMobile.

These free, family-friendly activities "help foster a sense of community and connection, and encourage residents of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to get outside and enjoy the parks," she added.

Summer activities include Movies in the Park, Concerts in the Park, the Traveling RecMobile, Fitness in the Park and Big Surf Recreation Swim.

Movies, concerts

Many factors go into selecting featured films for Movies in the Park, said Tina Johnson, NCPRD's recreation coordinator.

"Our recreation team narrows down films based on release date, popularity, rating and family-friendly and inclusive content," she said, adding that a survey is sent out and community members vote on the films they most want to see.

As for the live concerts, the team strives to "provide a diverse range of live music performances for community events, including different music genres and cultural performances that support local artists," Johnson said. She added that "music is a universal language, and these concerts are a great way to bring people together in welcoming outdoor spaces."

Free family events

The RecMobile is a drop-in summer program that provides free recreational activities to children ages 6 to 10 during the summer.

"Our goal is to make sure all children have access to fun and engaging activities while school is out, as well as opportunities to get outside and play with their peers," DeFrancesco said.

The RecMobile travels to different parks throughout the district, and RecMobile staff lead children through fun games, crafts, sports and other types of active play. Each week features an exciting new theme with different activities, she noted.

Families should take advantage of the variety of opportunities NCPRD provides to keep residents connected to nature, recreation and one another, DeFrancesco said.

She added, "These free, inclusive, family-friendly events and programs are a great way to stay active and having fun all summer long."

Find details and schedules at

Movies in the Park

Families are advised to grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a free movie Saturdays from July 9-Aug. 6, outside under the stars. All movies begin at dusk, around 9 p.m. For weather cancelations and more information, call 503-742-4348.COURTESY PHOTO: NCPRD - Families gather to see a movie in the park, a free event sponsored by North Clackamas Parks.

Up first is "Spider-Man: No Way Home," rated P-13, on July 9, at the Wichita Center, 6031 S.E. King Road., Milwaukie. Next is "Sing 2," rated PG, on July 16, at Toni Schreiber Park, 6717 S.E. Clackamas Road., Clackamas. "Cruella," rated PG-13, is set for July 23, at Pfeiffer Park, 10474 S.E. 139th Ave., Clackamas. See "Encanto," rated PG, on July 30, at North Clackamas Park, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie. Subtitles in Spanish are available. The final movie is "Raya and the Last Dragon," rated PG, on Aug. 6, at the Concord School Property, 3811 S.E. Concord Road, Oak Grove.

Concerts in the Park

Bring a blanket and lawn chair to two free concerts on July 12 and Aug. 13.

Viano String Quartet, from Chamber Music NW, will perform a variety of music to entertain the entire family from 7-8 p.m. at North Clackamas Park. Snacks will be available for purchase to support the Milwaukie Community Center Foundation.

For families who love dance, funk and rhythm and blues, BridgeCity Soul is sure to fill the bill. This concert takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 13 at Milwaukie Bay Park, 11211 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Come at 5 p.m. to enjoy the riverfront views and to see the duck races hosted by the Milwaukie Parks Foundation.

Food and drinks will be available at the event, including Everybody Eats, Breakside Brewing and Siempreviva Ice Cream.

Traveling RecMobile

Join NCPRD summer recreation staff Monday through Friday at select parks throughout the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District. Staff will lead children in a variety of games, sports, crafts and other activities. This is a free drop-in program for children ages 6 to 10, however a parent or guardian must fill out a registration form on-site before the child may participate in the RecMobile program. Children under age 6 must have a parent/guardian present to aid the child.

RecMobile activities take place at the times and places below from July 7-Aug. 12.

Mondays from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Clackamas School Property, 15301 S.E. 92nd Ave., Clackamas. And from 2-4 p.m. at Heddie Notz Park, 7821 S.E. Strawberry Lane., Clackamas.

Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ball-Michel Park, 9781 S.E. Stanley Ave., Milwaukie. And from 2-4 p.m. at the Wichita Center, 6031 S.E. King Road, Milwaukie.

Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Concord School Property. And from 2-4 p.m. at Risley Park, 2350 S.E. Swain Ave., Milwaukie.

Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Wichita Park, 5908 S.E. Monroe St., Milwaukie. And from 2-4 p.m. at Pfeifer Park, 14074 S.E. 139th Ave., Clackamas.

Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trillium Creek Park, 16803 S.E. Anderegg Parkway, Damascus. And from 2-4 p.m. at Pioneer Park, 14375 S.E. 153rd Ave., Clackamas.

Fitness in the Park

NCPRD is taking exercise classes outdoors this summer with Fitness in the Park, from now through Aug. 12. Join for two free weeks of fitness classes or full six-week classes, including tai chi, Zumba and yoga. Space is limited for the free classes and pre-registration is required. People are also encouraged to sign up for the full six-week classes. For more information about Fitness in the Park programs, visit

Big Surf Recreation Swim

From now through Sept. 4, the North Clackamas Aquatic Park's Big Surf Recreation Swim will extend its summer hours. This recreational swim time is open to the public daily and features 400,000 gallons of staycation fun for families. Features include: three water slides; a 29-foot rock-climbing wall; Oregon's largest wave pool with four-foot waves; a kiddie pool for those under 6 years of age; and a hot tub for those over the age of 18. Reservations and more information can be found at

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