Find some fun with activities this summer


W2W Summer camps 2Clatsop County offers plenty to do for kids this summer. Our libraries, schools, parks departments and churches offer a wide variety of activities to engage children and teens. Here’s a sample, and for more opportunities, check with your local groups and organizations.


W2W Summer campsPhysical activity is important, but kids need to stay sharp mentally, too. According to the organization Reading is Fundamental (RIF), students have a one- to three-month loss of reading skills in the summer if they don't read regularly. Local libraries have reading programs, and having kids read to parents is quality family time. The Way to Wellville Clatsop County encourages kids and adults to participate in physical and learning activities over the summer.






Summer day camps at the Astoria Recreation Center (ARC)


The Astoria Parks and Recreation Department offers camp activities all summer at the ARC. To register go to or call 503-325-7275. Ages 6-11 are welcome.


The following classes are $130 per week. Daily drop-ins available only as space permits.


Movin’ and Groovin’

June 26-30, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Children will enjoy movin’ and groovin’ the summer away with a variety of fun activities to burn up all their energy.


A Bug’s Life

July 3-7, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (no camp on July 4; week is prorated to $115)

Explore local bugs and get outside to see the range of what wildlife is native to the area.


Wacky Sports

July 10-14, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Participants will get to try their skills at a variety of sports and learn the fundamentals of good teamwork.


Science Explorers

July 17-21, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Conduct science experiments and learn about chemical reactions. Messy, super fun and educational.


Under the Sea

July 24-28, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

From sharks to whales, crustaceans to shellfish, kids will have a “whale of a time” learning about life under the sea.


Life on the Farm

July 31-Aug. 4, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Explore life on the farm with animals and what it takes to care for them, including a visit to the Clatsop County Fair.


Drip, Drip, Splash!

Aug. 7-11, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Time to cooldown and get wet so bring swimsuits and towel to participate in some fun water activities.


Sustainable You!

Aug. 14- 18, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Understand environmental stewardship through fun and interactive activities based around the five major areas of sustainability: land, air, food, energy and water. Have fun and find ways to lessen the environmental impact on Earth.


Party on the Beach

Aug. 21-25, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Explore the ocean and the sea creatures that roam under the surface on local beaches. Bring a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen.


Under the Big Top, End of Summer Carnival

Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Finish the summer with a party! Enjoy the last few days before school starts with fun, games, and prizes. 





School age reading, 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, through July.


Preschool story time, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, through July for

ages 3-6 with favorite adult.


Read to the Dog, 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, through August. Read out loud to Alvin the dog.


Movers & Shakers story time, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, through July for ages 0-2 years, with adult.


Teen summer reading program, 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, through July.




STEM Camp, July 10-11-

Full; get on waiting list at

This free two-day camp is for middle school students from the Oregon coast who are interested in learning more about science, engineering and college through fun hands-on activities.




Clatsop Community College hosts a series of activity-oriented summer camps. The camps are designed primarily for students ages 12 to 18 and are taught by CCC faculty and staff. All camps are on the main CCC campus in Astoria. Call 503-338-2402 to register.


Click! Photography Camp: Explore the world through a camera lens.

June 30-July 2, 1 to 4:30 p.m., ages 12-18, $50

This class will focus on how to compose and create great photographs using a digital camera. Be sure to bring a digital camera and wear comfortable shoes. 


Building Your Own Computer: Do you want to get into the guts of a computer?

July 7-10, 8:30 a.m. to noon, ages 12-18, $100

Learn about the inner workings of a computer, how every part works and comes together to make a working PC. Use the Internet to design and research the equipment that it takes to build a computer or upgrade an older machine. Assemble a working computer from parts, install an operating system, and students get to take the computer home.


Web Design: Want to build your very own website from scratch just like the professionals? 

July 14-17, 8:30 a.m. to noon, limited to ages 15-18, $50

Build web pages, link them to each other to create a website, and upload them to a web server so that anyone anywhere can view them online. Logic and programming skills are needed. The class will test mental discipline, and take students beyond social networking and help them get their vision online for the world to see.  


Video Game Design Camp: Have you ever thought of a video game that does not exist? 

July 21-24, 8:30 a.m. to noon, ages 12-18, $50

Find out how to turn ideas into an actual game. Call Mary Kemhus-Fryling, 503-338-2408 for information.






Seaside Park and Recreation Department offers camps for different ages.

To register for classes, go to Sunset Empire's website.


Learning Ladder Art Explorers Camp

July 17-20, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Ages 4-9, $45

Seaside Youth Center, 1140 Broadway


Summer Explorers Camp

Weekly theme. Art, music, stories, dramatic play

June 26 through Aug. 24, 8:30-1:30 Monday through Friday

Ages 3-6, $75 per week. (no camp July 4, $60 that week)

Seaside Youth Center, 1140 Broadway


Summer Camp

Fun projects, games, swimming, outdoor adventure. Bring swimsuit and towel for daily trip to Sunset Pool

June 26-Aug 18, 8:30-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Kids entering first through fifth grades, $125 per week, (no camp July 4; $100 that week)

Seaside Heights Elementary, 2000 Spruce Drive


Junior After Camp Adventure

For those entered in summer camp

3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, $60

Seaside Youth Center, 1140 Broadway


Canoe trips

Join the recreation leaders for some canoeing fun along the river and upper estuary system near the Necanicum confluence. Bring some sunscreen, water bottle, snack and a camera. Cost: $30 regular / $20 resident discount per person

Meet at the boat dock in Broadway Park

July 14, noon to 3 p.m.

July 28, 1 to 4 p.m.

Aug. 11, noon to 3 p.m.

Aug. 25, noon to 3 p.m.

Sept. 8 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Summer Storytime S.T.E.A.M.

Science-themed story time, followed by hands-on activities in science, engineering, math and art. Families may check out books.

Families of just-graduated kindergartners

6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays

Seaside Heights Elementary, 2000 Spruce Drive




Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

1131 Broadway, 503-738-6742


Thursday events at 2 p.m. for grade K-5 kids

June 29: Build your own Tiny Town

July 6: Snap Circuit Electronics, Straw Construction and Lego Building

July 13: Nature Bingo Scavenger Hunt

July 20: Communication Games

July 27: Solar Eclipse: Moon and Sun Experiments


Special Performers and Events: All ages welcome

June 30 at 1:30 p.m.: Penny’s Puppets

July 14 at 1 p.m.: Dragon Theater

Aug. 31 at 1 pm: Summer Reading Wrap-up. Turn in your reading logs for prizes and a free book.





Warrenton Prep

Ages 3 through grade 5, Warrenton Grade School.

Most classes full, call 503-861-2281 to be put on waiting list.


Summer Launch Pad

Warrenton Grade School Library, grades K-8

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 27 to Aug. 17

Free lunch

Summer enrichment: Accelerated Reader, IXL Math, Sum Dog Math, Library book check-out

$10 for whole summer


Camp Kiwanilong

Weekly overnight camping, with special themes.

July 2-8 Super Heroes, grades 3-8

July 9-15 Dinosaurs, grades 3-8

July 18-22 Wild West, grades 3-6

July 23-29 Junior High, grades 7-9

July 30-Aug. 5 Pirates, grades 3-8

For registration, call Sarah Widmer, 503-298-0767.