Summer Learning Block Party


June 26th, 2017

We gathered at Gilbert House Children’s Museum from 10am-2pm to celebrate summer learning and see what amazing opportunities are available in the community. The museum had free admission for over 1200 youth and parents, with over 20 local partners hosting activities and information outside for families.

Activities happened inside and out throughout the day and here are a few pictures from the day.

  • Summer Matters Celebration & Parade 12 pm
  • Story Time in our Outdoor Book Corner @ 10 am, 11 am & 1 pm
  • Free Ice Cream from Umpqua Bank

Partners present included:

  • Salem Keizer Education Foundation
  • MWVCAA-Head Start
  • Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub
  • Family YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties
  • Salem Public Library
  • Community Health Improvement Plan – Marion County
  • Salem Police Department
  • Salem Art Association
  • Salem Multicultural Institute
  • Micronesian Islander Community
  • Willamette Heritage Center (Mission Mill)
  • Kroc Center & Salvation Army
  • Marion County 4-H
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Cherriots
  • My Living Canvas
  • Oregon Virtual Academy
  • Marion County Fair
  • Young at Art

Summer Block Party June 27, 2016

Hundreds of children and adults joined us at the Gilbert House Children’s Museum in Salem to celebrate summer learning! The party ran from 10am-5pm, with free admission to the Museum all day long and a dozen tables of activities and resources for families to interact with! Gilbert House, National Summer Learning Association, OregonASK and local partners worked to highlight the importance of summer learning. The day’s events included:

10:00 AM Kick Off with NSLA Board Chair & Founder Matthew Boulay, Oregon State Librarian Mary Kay Dahlgreen, Oregon State Senator Mark Hass and US Senator Wyden Representative
10:30 AM BirdSlueth Obstacle Course with OregonASK
11:00 AM Storytime in the Sun with Mary Kay Dahlgreen
11:30 AM Toddler Stories & Songs with Newberg Librarian Mary Lynn Thomas
12:00 PM Door Prize Drawing
Dramatic Reading with Sierra Langford
1:00 PM Afternoon Reading with Chris Ross, Bryce Kozla and Katie Anderson
3:00 PM Door Prize Drawing & Zumba Dance Party with YMCA
4:00 PM Interactive Live Music with Jon Chinburg of FlexTones

IMG_1728Not to mention, a full museum of fun, partner tables with exciting activities all day long, and food carts galore! Thank you for all who came out and participated!

  • Salem-Keizer Education Foundation Build It blocks, Bicycle Smoothies, Free Books and Trivia Challenge Wheel
  • Young at Art with a hands-on art projects
  • Marion & Polk County Early Learning Hub
  • Marion County OSU Extension let kids make Flubber to take home
  • Willamette Humane Society
  • Oregon Department of Education Early Learning Division with Vroom
  • Family YMCA of Marion & Polk Counties
  • Salem Public Library signed kids up for the Summer Reading Challenge
  • Willamette Heritage CenterIMG_1727
  • Willamette Valley Wellness providing massages for the weary
  • Salem Bike Boulevard Advocates
  • Face Painting thanks to My Living Canvas
  • Courthouse Fitness
  • Dolce Mama’s Ice Cream Cart

Thanks to our event sponsors New York Life, Fresh n’ Local, and Kettle Foods for their generous contributions! And to Umpqua Bank for distributing free ice cream and summer fun workbooks!



Download the Summer Block Party Flyer

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