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Updated 6/2/16
*Please check with your school for any opportunities that might be available this summer.*
At the Springfield Public Library
Summer Reading Program: Kids can sign up for the Springfield Public Library's Summer Reading Program anytime and get a free book.
Kick-off for children 12 and under is on June 21 at 1 p.m. at the Fountain Plaza. There's a lot going on for all ages this summer. More information and summer calendar here.
The Summer Reading kickoff party for teens is on June 17 at City Hall. More information here.
The library is also offering a free four-day Minecraft Python Coding Camp June 27-July 1. Click here for more info or to preregister. 

Summer Opportunities for Children with Disabilities
Visit the DirectionService website to download a directory of summer activities, camps and services to youth and families with disabilities.

Kids Club (powered by National Geographic Kids)
Kids of all ages are welcome at Valley River's Center Court on the second Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for free games and activities. Each Thursday has a different geography-centered theme. Click here to read more about it.

STEM Festival at the Lane County Fair
July 22-24. Click here for more information.


UO's Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) Camps are free to incoming 9th-12th grade students. Priority is given to students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. The program is run by volunteer UO faculty, with different opportunities available at each grade level. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on the UO campus. Bus passes and lunch are also provided free of charge. Students in the program are also eligible for mentoring by college students on goal-setting, college prep and tutoring. Watch a video here.

All camps include: talks on college admissions and financial aid, museum and campus tours, campus lunches, and time to meet and talk with college students and professors. Visit sail.uoregon.edu/camps/apply/ for applications for new or returning students.

Safety Town at Mt. Vernon
Visit the Safety Town website for more information or to apply. (Application forms also available in Spanish.) Teens who would like to assist with the program can also visit this page to apply. You can also find Safety Town on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpringfieldSafetyTown.

Summer Food Program
Starting on June 27 and running through August 26, kids ages 2-18 can get free lunch at sites throughout the city, provided by FOOD for Lane County and the USDA's Summer Food Program. Lunch is offered daily from 12 and 1 p.m.
SPS sites:
Brattain House, 1030 G St.
Centennial Elementary, 1315 Aspen St.
Maple Elementary, 2109 J St.
Riverbend Elementary, 320 51st St.
* Hamlin Middle School, 326 Centennial Blvd. (June 27-July 28, closed Fridays)
Also, Guy Lee Park, next to Guy Lee Elementary; Douglas Gardens Park, next to Douglas Gardens Elementary; Page Park, next to Page Elementary; and Thurston Park, next to Thurston High School.

Willamalane's Summer Playground Program
Find out more about Willamalane's free, drop-in Summer Playground Program for kids entering grades 1–5 on their website here.

Springfield Summer Reading Programlibrary logo
Kids can sign up for the Springfield Public Library's Summer Reading Program anytime and get a free book. Kick-off is on June 16 at 1 p.m. at the Fountain Plaza. There's a lot going on for all ages this summer. 

summer reading spots Summer Reading Spots
Kids can listen to story time and leave with a free book this summer, courtesy of the Summer Reading Spots, sponsored by the Springfield Public Library and the United Way.

The program runs in Springfield from June 28 through August 25, Tuesday through Thursday, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Willamalane Park Swim Center (1276 G Street) right after the FOOD for Lane County lunch program on-site.
There is one site in Springfield this year: in Springfield, Willamalane Park Swim Center (1276 G Street).
**Volunteer readers are needed for one or many time slots! Click here to see available slots. 

Saturday Classes at Emerald Arts Center
Springfield's Emerald Arts Center will be offering some free Saturday classes for students as well as summer art day camps. Check their website for more information.

Eugene-Springfield Area Camps
Click here for a great list of more summer camp opportunities in the Eugene-Springfield area from the UO website, including Willamalane, Science Factory, Nearby Nature and more.