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appy summertime!

It’s the Summer Big To-Do Issue! I’ve packed the inside full of cool and amazing things to do in and around Salem and the Willamette Valley. Holy Cow, you guys, there is a TON to do this summer. With the temperatures climbing, all the splash pads are full of giggles and bright swimsuits and happy Oregon kiddos. The county fair is right around the corner, and Summer Reading programs have popped up at all the area libraries.




My two kids ages 13 and 15 haven’t been bored yet, Yvette Tripp because they are too busy sleeping in every day- but I know that the time is coming, and I’m fully prepared for a summer full of fun. Be sure to check out GRAPHIC DESIGN my day-trip guide for some fun places that are out of Yvette Tripp the city limits and a bit out of the ordinary too! Check on the facebook page for a Summer Movies in the Park list, and weekly events as they happen. Almost 3000 other parents look to facebook to keep them in the know! Albany’s Carousel is taking shape and scheduled to be finished very soon- and Mt. Hood is full of many amazing adventures for Oregon families. I have exciting news to share! July starts our COVER KIDDO CONTEST! You can win your cutie a photo shoot with Photography by Amy Nicole, a mounted 11x14 image of your choice, and our favorite image will be on the cover of the next issue! See page 20 for more details on how to enter. If this is your first issue of WK&F then I say “Welcome!” You can find a detailed list of where to find the magazine on page 11. If you have any news for me, call or email! Stay Cool,



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A healthy diet during pregnancy will ensure your little one gets all the nutrition he or she needs during crucial periods of brain and body development. The physiological demands of pregnancy typically require approximately 300 additional calories per day, but this number depends on what your weight was prior to pregnancy and may be less if you are overweight.

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WK&F can be found in Salem, Keizer, Albany, Corvallis, Jefferson, Aumsville, Stayton, McMinnville, Dallas and Silverton. You can pick up a copy in Fred Meyer, Roth’s, and Kmart racks, as well as at local daycare centers, pediatric offices, dentists, YMCA’s and local libraries. You can also check local family friendly events, and services, hair salons, automotive waiting areas and various kid-friendly businesses and headstart preschools. If you would like WK&F delievered to your business, please call me at 971.716.3968! If you are interested in a subscription, so you can recieve each bi-monthly issue to your mailbox, please email me at Each issue is chock full of local events and services that are sure to keep your family healthy, happy and busy through every season in the Willamette Valley. Up next is the Back to School/Fall Festival issue in September/October, and the Holiday Issue in November/December. Special thanks to my sponsors and advertisers, who help make this free publication possible. Please take a moment to check out their business and service advertisements. Stop by and see them and tell them that Yvette sent you!


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OPEN 10 AM to 8 PM Riverfront Park- 200 Water Street NE River Road Park- 3045 River Road N


Northgate Park- 3575 Fairhaven Ave NE Wes Bennett Park- 2200 Baxter Rd SE West Salem Park- 265 Rosemont Ave NW Englewood Park- 1260 19th St NE Fairmount Park- 650 Rural St


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July 7

July 11

Salem- Skating at the Hoop!

Salem- SuperBounce TwoferTuesday

Includes a beginner area that is well lit so parents can walk the floor with their skater. Some over-the-shoe Fisher Price skates and walkers (additional $1 fee) for the littles. Snacks available. $5.50 entrance fee. Non-skating parents are free. They accept credit/debit cards for admission but bring cash for extras. More info:

All Day- Buy one hour and get one free! Enjoy our cold ac, snacks and unlimited fun for kids. Check the website for hours. 3160 Blossom Dr NE

July 12

Salem- All Comer Track Meet

July 8

Salem- Beach Bill Birthday Bash

Saturday 10am to 2pm. Oregon State Capital grounds. Giant Sandbox, Kites, Facepainting, free Birthday cupcakes and ice cream, interactive demos and activities, Photos with a giant Dungeness Crab, sculptures, food trucks, and raffles.

5:30pm-8pm Ages13 & Under are invited to our weekly All Comer Track Meets. We have events for everyone! Participate in the softball throw, shot put, high jump, long jump and running events. Passes are $15 or $4/event. Register at City of Salem Parks and Rec. www.

July 12

Salem- American Sign Language Mini Day Camp

July 9

Salem- Marion County FairFamily Day

10:00am- 4:00 pm Lego Live Build, Storytime, Superheroes and Star Wars, Talent Show, Flyball Dogs, Art Jam, Home Depot Kis Build and more! Check out the fun things happening on the STEAM stage!

Come learn ASL while having FUN: Games, crafts, sports and social activities. Lots of practice with native users of ASL! Orchard Heights Park, Salem, OR. Games, crafts and social opportunities with native users of ASL! Ages 4 and up. $55 for more info and to register, visit

July 11

July 13

Albany- Art Connects the World

10:30am- 11:30 pm Art workshop with artist Jim Johnson, for ages 3-12 and their parents. Carnegie Library, 302 SW Ferry St, Albany

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Silverton- Movies in the Garden

Doors will open at 7pm, and the show begins at dusk in the heart of The Oregon Garden. Adults: $4, ages 12–17: $3 Children 5-11: $2 Members: $2 Children 4 and under Free. 879 W Main St, Silverton

July 14

this weekend! Take the two-bite challenge to earn $2 in Market Bucks, guess the mystery veggies and play veggie bingo! pop-club/ Salem Saturday Market, 865 Marion St

Sherwood- Robin Hood Festival

The main Old Town Festival, including a village of 100+ vendors & multiple stages, is July 14-15, and the International Archery Tournament is July 15-16.

July 29-30

July 15

Brooks- Great Oregon Steam Up

Salem- Men of Action Car Show

Train and trolley rides, BIG parade, steam sawmilling, traditional and kids tractor pulling, machinery demos, fire apparatus demos, museum tours, Blacksmithing, Brooks Depot Museum, a Country Store, models, swap meet, country music, and great food! Visit the website for admission and directions 3995 Brooklake Rd. Salem

4pm- 7pm Free for vehicles & spectators. Trophies awarded. Over 13 categories! Door Prize giveaways from local businesses. Grace Baptist Church 4197 State St.

July 17 - July 21

Salem- SuperHero Academy VBS

August 1

9am - 12pm Guest appearances from your favorite superheroes, games, crafts, prizes, themed gospel messages, praise and worship by the Fantastic Four, and more. Tuition is free! K- 5th grade. Family Life Church 1675 Wallace Rd NW

Salem- National Night Out Block Party

3pm- 7pm Center 50+ will be hosting a Neighborhood Block Party. Event is open to everyone. Come enjoy food, music, drawings, crafts, children and senior safety, resource tables and games and family fun! National Night Out is a nationwide event that celebrates bringing families and communities closer.

July 20 - July 23

Salem- 2017 Bite & Brew of Salem Salem’s best summer party! Bring the family and friends to Riverfront Park for 4 days of all-ages fun! Live music, carnival rides & a large variety of games, tempting cuisine, delicious beverages and a kid zone complete with inflatables, zip line and interactive toys and games.

August 2

Albany- Fun in the ParkAmazing Race!

10am-Noon FREE! City of Albany Parks & Rec says It’s time to test your limits at Fun in the Park’s first ever AMAZING RACE! There’ll be jumping, skipping, and dancing too! There will still be amazing activities for all strengths and abilities. 373 Timber Ridge Street NE

July 23

Albany- Buskers Bazzar

10:00am- 1:00pm Join us in a celebration of all kinds of street performance! Acrobats, jugglers, musicians, dancers, even mimes! Rise Up Fitness LLC 734 Queen Ave SW, Albany, Oregon 97321

August 2

Salem- First Wednesday!

5pm-8pm Free kid fun! Come join us at Salem First Wednesday in downtown Salem for face painting, balloon animals, crafts and more! 333 Chemeketa St facebook/salemsfirstwednesday

July 29

Salem- Power of Produce Fun

Saturday 10am - 2 pm. Encourage your kiddos to eat healthy and join us at POP


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August 5

August 10

10am-2pm A FREE community event with family-friendly activities including a helicopter landing, fire trucks, tasty treats, face painting, local family service organizations, vendors and more! This is a don’t miss event. Riverfront Park

8:30-10:30pmBring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy blockbuster hits under the stars!-No animals allowed in amphitheater -This is asmoke free events. Thank you! Riverview Park, Independence

Salem--Riverfront Family Fest

Independence-Movies in the Park Kong Skull Island

August 5

August 11

10am-3pm.Santiam Hospital hosts a fair for families to include bounce house, face painting, Balloon Art, Food, beverages and Raffles. This large family event has something fun for everyone. Unique hand-picked vendors share their wares that are perfect for Oregon families. Santiam Hospital 1401 N 10th Ave.

1pm-2pm This weekly activity is all about gardening!! Your child will have the opportunity to plant, dig and grow! Free with admission: Members: Free, ages 3-59): $8 Seniors: $6, Toddlers: $4, Children under 1: Free, Gilbert House Children’s Museum, 116 Marion Street NE

Salem-Outdoor Friday at Gilbert House Children’s Museum

Stayton- Mommy Baby Palooza

August 6

August 12

Portland- $2 Admission to OMSI

Keizer- Kids Club Craft at Michael’s Craft Store

On the first Sunday of every month admission to the Oregon Museum of Science &Industry (OMSI) is only $2 per person. Explore the museum and permanent exhibits. Submarine Tours, Theater and Planetarium are also reduced to $5 1945 Southeast Water Avenue, Portland

10:00am- 12pm Make and take a Kids Club Kawaii Backpack Tag. Material fee of only $2! Register online. 6445 Keizer Station Blvd NE

August 18

August 7

Salem-Bucket of Words: Teen Writing Group

Keizer- Mom & Tot Bowling

2pm-3pm This group offers snacks, silliness, and writing support for aspiring teen authors. Each meeting includes a “quick write” prompt and sharing as well as the opportunity for peer critiques. New members are always welcome. Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE

11am-4pm Mom and Tots bowling is on a drop-in basis every Monday and Friday. Price includes one game, shoes and lunch! $10 per mom/tot couple $5 per additional child/adult! Town & Country Lanes, 3500 River Rd N,

August 9

August 19

Albany- Big Trucks!

Corvallis- 4th Annual Babies, Birth & Families Wellness Fair

10:30am-11am Albany Library invites you to come check out some Big Trucks from the City of Albany! 2450 14th Avenue SE 541-917-7580

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10am-3pm FREE exciting community event! FREE Reusable bags will be given away to the first 100 attendees! These bags will be filled with coupons, samples


and information from all of our awesome vendors! RAFFLE PRIZES worth over $50 each from most all of our vendors!! Music, Kids Activities, And exhibitors offering birth, wellness and parenting support, natural and eco-friendly products, fun activities for kids, local nonprofits

August 22

Salem- $4 Admission at Clubhouse Adventures

Admission to this fun indoor playground is only $4 on the last Tuesday of every month! 1920 McGilchrist St SE, Salem

August 25

Statewide- National Park Service Birthday (Free Admission)

The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of our second century by visiting a park in 2017. includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Upcoming free day, September 30

August 26

Canby- 2017 Annual Dahlia Festival

August 26

Salem-Star Wars Oregon at Salem Movies in the Park

8am-6pm Free! A must see for the dahlia lover, or if you just love flowers. View over 400 floral arrangements of dahlias, over 15,000 cut dahlia blooms on display, in our three indoor display rooms. This is the largest display put on by one grower anywhere in the United States! Food booths and refreshments. 995 NW 22nd Ave, Canby, OR 97013, USA

Movies start at dusk. Come watch Rogue One in the park with your friends, neighbors, and some awesome costumers! You won’t want to miss this fun event that is perfect for Star Wars fans of all ages. Salem’s Riverfront Park Ampitheater.


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3 day-trips near Salem. Mt. Hood Adventure Park- 2 hours from Salem Mt. Hood’s Skibowl Summer Adventure Park has more than 20 attractions, ranging from an adrenaline-pumping reverse bungee cord, zip line and ranger-led nature walks (held each Sunday in August). A unique Alpine Slide, lift-accessed mountain bike trails ziplines, indy karts, horseback riding, Summer tube hill, mini-golf, sky chairs, a 2,400-square-foot indoor Kid’s Playzone and more makes this fun any time of the year. Kah-Nee-Ta resort and Spa- 2 hrs 40 minutes from Salem Situated on the beautiful Warm Springs River, where horses run wild and the sun shines 300 days a year, Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa is your destination for high desert adventure in Oregon! The Lodge has 139 guest rooms, horseback riding, and an18-hole championship golf course. Enjoy a water slide into the hot springsfed, double-Olympic sized pool! Teepees and a full-service RV Park, arts and crafts classes, tribal storytelling and more. for more info. Western Train Robbery- Hood River - 2 hours from Salem If you’ve got a hankering for some Old West entertainment, climb aboard this Iron Horse. Passengers be warned: robbers have been spotted in the valley so for land’s sake – hold on to your valuables if there’s a hold-up! The music and entertainment will offer you a true Western welcome aboard this family favorite ride! Every Saturday: April 29 through October 28. Train departs Hood River: 11:00am and Returns at 3:00pm. for more information. Salem is no doubt the perfect distance from just about everything. Within 2 hours each direction, there is a plethora of amazing and beautiful opportunties. Check out our website, and Pinterest page for even more day-trip ideas. Pack those kiddos, some pork rinds, and root beer and get going. Roll down the windows and blow that city stink off ya! :) If you know of a family-friendly place that blows these away, email me and let me know! I’d love to hear from you. Happy trails and safe drives-

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The Rabbit Hole Directed by - Shauna Keifiuk

Offering Supportive Family Classes for families with special needs children, led by our newest teacher Melissa Potts, MT-BC.

Auditions June 26th -28th Performances Sep 22-24, 28-30

*contains mature subject matter

Nobody Like Jimmy Directed by - Scott Harvey

Auditions July 31 - Aug 2nd Performances Oct 20,21,27-29, Nov 2,3,4

Pippin (Musical) Directed by - Kay Roth

Auditions Aug 28-30 Performances Dec 1, 2, 8-10,14-17,21-23

Single Ticket Prices $13 General Admission $10 Sr/Jr for non-musicals $15 General Admission $12 Sr/Jr for musicals.

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Pick-your-own FRUIT & VEGETABLE Directory U-Pick farms are a plentiful in Willamette Valley! Here’s a list to get you started on picking your own fruit! Please check their websites and facebook pages for crops and hours available. They are Seasonal and they go quick!

boysenberries, sweet corn, loganberries, marionberries, raspberries of six different colors, strawberries, you name it, Boones Ferry Berry Farm has it! Take a look at their Facebook page for more info or visit They’re open from 9:00am - 6:00pm, except Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, they close at 5 and they’re closed on Sunday.

Briggs Family Blueberry Patch Salem- Chuck and Janice have been

growing blueberries for over 25 years, With six different types of blueberries, Briggs is a must for the blueberry lover! Visit for more information. Call 503-364-8222 for more info. Open daily from 7am - 8pm.

AJR Farms- Jefferson Pick blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, marionberries, and tayberries at AJR Farms! Located in Jefferson, AJR Farms is an appointment only farm where you can pick and purchase your own fruit! Visit their Facebook page for pricing and other information. AJR Farms is open from 3:30 - 7:45pm by appointment only.

Ernst Family Farms- St. Paul

Growing enormous, delicious peaches since 1894! With peaches the size of baseballs, they’re perfect for pie making. Located in Saint Paul, at 3118 Horseshoe Lane Road Northeast. Visit their Facebook page for directions! (503) 633-4355

Beilke Family Farm- Brooks is

located at 4925 Rockdale St NE where you can pick 14 different types of apples for crazy cheap! Also growing berries! Check out Facebook for more information! They’re open from 8:00am - 6:00pm except Sundays, in which they open at noon.

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Boones Ferry Berry FarmHubbard- Blackberries, blueberries,

Fordyce Farm-Salem Blueberries,

black currants, and raspberries, baked goods, and other fresh produce. Located at 7023 Sunnyview Road NE in Salem, it’s a great place to pick up some blueberries if you live in the city! Call (503) 362-5105 or visit their Facebook for more details. Open from 8am - 6pm Mon to Sat.


Greens Bridge GardensJefferson- Arguably one of the larg-

Thank You Berry Much FarmsSalem- A family friendly, specifically U-

Minto Island Growers- Salem

The Willamette Valley is full of U-Pick farms and stands. These are a few that we chose based on location, but you can find a complete listing of u-pick farms by state at Please call ahead or visit their websites for availability.

est choices of u-pick crops in Marion County! With u-pick on almost all of their produce, they carry 61 different types of apples, peaches, tomatoes, berries, peppers, and flowers! Greens Bridge is a must-visit for the fruit aficionado! Visit and Facebook for more info! Open from 9am - 6pm daily.

pick berry farm in Salem. As long as they have berries, you can pick! Their “honor system” means you can pick, weigh, and pay for them all on your own! Check out their Facebook and website! They’re usually open from 8:00am - 8:00pm, but their Honor Box means you can pick and buy berries whenever! 5975 Culver Dr SE Salem, OR 97317 (503) 393-2758

Formed in 2008, Minto Island Growers offers blueberries, raspberries, and tomatoes, right here in town. They’re located at 3394 Brown Island Road S, in Salem. MIG takes great pride in growing organic produce for the Salem community and beyond. Visit their Facebook page and Open from 9am-5pm daily, and closed on Mondays. 503-931-6840

This list is also available on our blog at and will be updated as the season progresses Happy Picking!!


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GENTLE ways to help your child

handle hitting &

AGGRESSION by Jenifer Trivelli M.S.

When we first imagine bringing a child

2. Returning aggression with aggression - it can reinforce (“wire up”) your child’s aggressive reactions.

into our lives, the scene is often serene wind gently rippling our hair and white cotton dress as we stand in a sunshiny field of soft grass, watching our child frolic with delight in their discovery of the world around them.

3. Enforcing punishments, consequences, or rewarding “good” behavior - all of these activate lower-functioning brain regions, missing the wise pre-frontal area of the brain that can self-reflect and make different choices in moments of distress.

A hard reality can crash down on us when this picture is interrupted by any number of unexpected events: a difficult birth, a baby who can’t seem to be soothed, or the child who makes a habit out of biting, hitting, or banging their head when their emotions take over. The last scenario - acts of aggressiveness from the little being we only ever imagined loving us - creates an interesting and sometimes seemingly unsolvable paradox, as our instincts trigger us to protect ourselves against the physical threat.

What to try instead: Use nonverbal communication to show what you want to happen next. This might look like changing the position of your body, as peacefully as possible holding your child’s hands or feet, or getting in between your child and whoever or whatever else they are harming. Sometimes children simply want attention and don’t understand how to access that in a positive way, and you can offer a hug or other form of attention and let them know they can ask you for it anytime they feel like hitting, biting, etc.

Here are three common reactions to managing aggression from our children, why they may not be working to solve the problem, and three responses to try instead.

Meet aggressive behavior with peaceful, yet firm, boundary setting and redirection to wire a new pattern in your child’s developing brain.

Common reactions that don’t typically solve the problem:

You can say “Ouch! That hurts and I’m not going to let you hurt me (them, that, etc). When you feel this way, you can

1. Saying STOP - it’s an unreasonable demand on a developing brain.

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x, y, or z. Do you want me to help you do this?” As in #1 above, the most effective option is often a nurturing, soothing hug or other moment where you can give your attention to them.

this reactive state and provide your desired parenting response to your child’s behavior. It can help to remember that your first action is focused on getting everyone safe.

Validate your child’s internal experience and provide a safe, healthy alternative to the aggressive action.

Children can only learn in a calm, balanced state, and therefore immediate disciplinary action is not required. It can be much more effective to help everyone (including yourself ) cool down before attempting to teach new behavior.

Children who act out in aggressive ways often have an underlying need for either attention or are having a hard time regulating their emotional or physical state (hungry, tired, upset, or even excited, for example). These are not negative problems, but rather a sign that they are trying to find a healthy way to get help regulating from their trusted caregiver.

While not an all-inclusive list, these are helpful starting points from which to find the right-fit approach that works for your child and your family. Parenting isn’t a one-size fits all.

Research on the human nervous system has shown that children’s self-regulating capacity continues to develop through age 5-7, and in addition, the “wise” pre-frontal area of the brain develops through age 25-27. We cannot expect immature nervous and neurological systems to manage on their own. Our job as parents is to understand how this system works and provide parenting that nurtures their development.

Give yourself grace and get support from trusted help as you navigate the solutions that work best for your family. Jenifer Trivelli, M.S. is a mom of two with a counseling degree and Youth Yoga Certification. She likes to share brain-based, heartcentered tools with kids, families, and organizations. Connect with Jenifer on Instagram @wisemind_ed

It can be challenging to manage your own internal reaction to being bitten, punched, or otherwise hurt by your child. The brain releases a cascade of chemicals and hormones designed to help you defend or run away from the perceived threat. It’s important to recognize this is happening and build your own “Wise Mind” muscle to manage


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1. STATEWIDE- Go on a treasure hunt! Download a free app at on your phone and start the treasure hunt! The Willamette Valley has more than 13,000 caches within a 60mile range to take you places you didn’t know existed right near your home.

5. SALEM- Teen Summer Reading Club What better way to spend a lazy summer day than with a book? This program is for recent 5th grade finishers to 2017 high school graduates. Visit the website to get started. Pizza tasting, and movies, and many other activities happening in Teen Scene. Keep track of your progress and turn in your log for prizes

2. SALEM-Learn to FenceSalem Fencing Club teaches the centuries-old art and sport of fencing. Whether you’re a dreamy-eyed romantic, an athlete looking for a challenging new sport, or anything in between, we would love to teach you more about fencing. Visit or call (503) 375-9209.

6. SALEM- Brushes and BlessingsLearn to paint a masterpiece at the Riverfront Carousel or on the Willamette Queen- Buy one ticket for a parent, and a kid can paint for free! No artistic talent needed to paint along with their friendly instructor. All supplies are provided for, and you go home with a 16 x 20 painting to enjoy! for event info.

3. NEWBURG- Drive in Movies1953 Drive-In Movie Theatre built and operated by the same family since opening day! First Run movies. Portland Road Newberg, Oregon. $8 per adult $5 per child aged 6-11 4. SALEM- Willamette Art CenterFamily Clay Sunday and Kid/ Adult Classes available. Visit their website for more info at www.willametteartcenter. com or call 503-365-3911.

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7. STATEWIDE- MuseumsOregon has an abundance of history and you can learn about it at one of the many museums throughout the state. From an Artic Museum in Monmouth to the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History in Eugene, learn about our Native Americans, the pioneers who arrived by wagon trains, the railroads,

the lumber industry and more. Find an amazing list of nearby museums and links at museums.htm

Outdoor arena- This is a regular for my family. Be sure to check www.groupon. com for significant savings of up to 85%. 3046 Portland Rd. Call 503-585-9477 or

8. STATEWIDE- Pow WowOregon has an amazing array of Pow Wows all throughout the Willamette Valley. Visit for a complete calendar of upcoming Pow Wows, as well as etiquette and history.

11. SALEM- RockBoxxThe Rock Boxx is an indoor bouldering gym in Salem Oregon. 5,400 square feet of professionally designed and built climbing walls for climbers of all different experience levels. Fitness and yoga classes, and programs which mentor kids in their climbing skills. 3895 Cascadia Canyon Ave.

9. BROOKS- Antique Powerland Learn about early engines, crawlers, fire apparatus, vintage trucks and cars, logging gear, an early Oregon flour mill, and an authentic steam sawmill. Great Oregon Steam Up- July 29-30 and August 5-6, 2017 has train and trolley rides, parade, steam saw milling, traditional tractor pulling, machinery demos, threshing, milling, fire apparatus demos, museum tours, kids pedal tractor pulling and blacksmithing. See the Brooks Depot Museum, a Country Store, models, early electricity exhibit, miniature farm display, music, and great food! 3995 Brooklake Rd. Salem 10. SALEM- Warpaint PaintballAffordable, physical fun. Indoor and

12. SALEM- Parkour InfinityLearn Parkour/ Free Running/ Ninja Warrior Training with Classes and open Gym. Inside/Outside training available. For ages 7 and up. 2315 Pringle Rd SE, Salem OR, 97302


13. SALEM- Movies in the parkMovies in the Park is a free summer outdoor film series shown in the amphitheater at Salem’s Riverfront Park along the Willamette River. Movies start soon after dusk. Show up as early as 7pm to enjoy the park and have a picnic before the show. Continued...

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14.Skate at the HoopOpen 7-10pm Fridays Public Roller Skating brought to you by Skate at The Hoop in Salem Open 7-10pm Friday unless otherwise noted. 15. Just Walk Salem- Just Walk Salem Keizer is a grassroots network of weekly neighborhood walking groups led by volunteers. Get your family together and meet new people and walk! Call (503) 373-3760 16.Free Entry to National ParksAugust 25th National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. Plan a visit to enjoy our country’s history and nature. Includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees are not included unless stated otherwise. For a parks list nearby, please visit www.


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Willamette Kids and Family July/August 2017  

It's the Big To-Do Issue! Chock full of local events near Salem, Oregon. Check out fun things coming up in Salem, Albany, Corvallis, Stayt...

Willamette Kids and Family July/August 2017  

It's the Big To-Do Issue! Chock full of local events near Salem, Oregon. Check out fun things coming up in Salem, Albany, Corvallis, Stayt...