If you’re a lucky West Coast family, then school is still on break for a few more weeks. While there is sometimes a nostalgia for the dog days of summer being filled with listless hours of summertime boredom, that’s simply not what summer break means in today’s times. Kids gain newfound confidence, memories and friends at their various summer activities. And adults? We must carve our own summer breaks. Take one last mid-week summer family getaway with summer kids camp and adult wine tasting in the Tualatin Valley.
Summer Kids Camps Near Portland
Beaverton’s Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District has summer camp programs for kids ages 5-18 running through September 1. Special three-hour classes include a comic book and manga workshop where students can create their own fantasy story and art. Little foodies (we’re guessing they get it from you) can sign up for a cooking camp. You better believe they’ll eat what they make. Please note that out-of-district fees are factored into camp registration costs.
The Oregon College of Art and Craft is an amazing artistic resource in the Portland region. Youth can soak up the artsy vibes at one of the campus’ art camps, which run through August 25. The week-long camp guides young artists through at least three craft workshops a day, culminating in a Friday “art walk” where students can show off their hard work.
Oregon Wine Tasting
Now, what are the parents to do while the kids are having a blast at camp? We have an idea: wine tasting. With a plethora of wineries a close drive from the camps, you can spend an afternoon visiting vineyards—it’s your own summer camp of sorts. To keep your day of vineyard hopping manageable, take advantage of one our outlined wine trails.
The City Wine Trails denotes a path for visiting wineries in specified cities. Need to stick near Beaverton? Here’s a half-day itinerary that doesn’t scrimp on full-bodied wines of the northern Willamette Valley. Another one-day trail is the Old Vines Wine Trail, which will have you driving the scenic roads to the Tualatin Valley’s oldest vines.
After the kids’ day of adventuring and your day of exploring the pastoral bliss of the area, come together for a great family dinner in the area. Beyond the food, you’ll all have so much to share.