Written by Nancy Gladwin
It’s summertime, ready to kid around? Check out these things to do with kids in Vancouver, Washington.
Some are free! (Free is good!) Some are one-time activities and others re-occur throughout the year.
Did you know that Pearson Airfield is the oldest operating air field in the Pacific Northwest? My 8-year old grandson and I spent an entire Saturday here recently – we had so much fun!
Pearson Field Education Center
Experience STEM education through aviation!
Where: a hangar on Pearson Field
201 A East Reserve Street, Vancouver WA 98661
When: Every Saturday from 10am-5pm (year round)
At the Pearson Field Education Center kids of all ages can practice flying using a flight simulator lab and build their own glider. Launch your glider in the field next to the hangar using rubber band propulsion. View historic airplanes and collections on display and sit in the cockpit of an airplane.
Reading is cool!
Make reading a daily habit and earn prizes! In addition to the reading challenge, visit your library this summer for performances and activities. See website for a calendar of events at your library.
Summer Reading 2019: A Universe of Stories
When: June 15-August 15, 2019.
Go to the library’s website to sign up or log your reading
For extra fun, grab a paper log at your library and check out their reading challenges.
You can also track your reading on the go with the Beanstack Tracker app on Android and iOS.
Kids and Teens, through 18 years old, can earn a prize for 15, 30, and 45 days of reading logged.
All Ages can earn an entry into the grand prize drawing at 15, 30, and 45 days of reading logged.
One reader in each age group will win their choice of grand prizes!
Kids, take mom or dad to Chuck’s for some fun stories and snacks or snacks and games!
Chuck’s Produce and Grocery
Where: Chuck’s Produce
13215 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98684
When: June 26th from 11 – 2 p.m. (check website for recurring events)
Bring the kids for this fun and free event: games, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, photo opportunity, cupcake walk and more!
Story Time and Snacks
Where: Chuck’s Produce
2302 NE 117th Street
Vancouver, WA. 98686
When: June 26th, from 10:30-11:00 a.m. (check website for recurring events)
All classes are free to the public. Please call 360-597-2160 or visit the customer service counter to sign up.
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad
Ride a steam train and experience a train robbery with a stop at Yacolt Falls!
Where: 207 Railroad Ave, Yacolt, WA 98675
Check out their website for the full schedule of events, prices and to purchase tickets.
The Source Climbing Center
Where: 1118 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: (360) 694-9096
PRESCHOOL OPEN GYM
Introduce your children (ages 2-4) to rock climbing! A fun place to run on padded floors, try climbing on 8-10’ bouldering walls and dare the spiral slide, while mom or dad encourage them!
When: Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $9 per child.
WEEK LONG SUMMER CAMPS
Does your child, ages 5-12, love climbing? Send them to summer camp where they’ll be challenged on 36’ climbing walls, high ropes courses and action-based games and activities.
When: mid-June through mid-August
Space is limited, go to the website for prices and to register online to save your space!
Is your child struggling with behavior problems? As a parent, are you feeling concerned, frustrated, discouraged, or powerless?
Now that school is out it may be a great time to address your concerns.
Children may be unable to put their thoughts and feelings into words. At Integrity Counseling, we work closely with parents to help children reduce feelings of anger and sadness and increase feelings of self-worth.
Therapy can help parents support and connect with their child. Consider working with one of our experienced counselors in Vancouver, WA.
Or, call this number 360 356 8756 to schedule a session today.
Make an appointment today and watch your child’s confidence and feelings of self-worth soar!
We look forward to meeting you and your family!