5 Ways to Squeeze More Summer Fun Out of the Last Days of Summer Vacation in Lake Oswego

Schools start up again in Lake Oswego August 30 which means there are 15 more days to enjoy the “lazy hazy crazy days of summer.”

Here are some suggestions:

SWIM PARK. Afternoons spent at the Lake Grove Swim Park are some of my kids’ happiest summer memories. If you live within the original Lake Grove School District boundaries, you are eligible for a park pass. If you don’t, another option is the Lake Oswego Swim Park on the other end of the lake which is open to all Lake Oswego residents. Both parks have lifeguards on duty so take advantage of this opportunity to cool off in the lake and relax. Both parks close once school starts, so this is definitely a summer bucket list item that needs to get checked off!  

PICNIC BREAKFAST. This is a great idea to maximize your waning summer days by getting an early start (especially if you have early risers). They may think a picnic is ho-hum for dinner, but breakfast? Now you’ve retooled a picnic into something cool. And if you pick up some donuts at one of Lake Oswego’s newest bakeries, Fills, I’m sure you won’t get any complaints. While you’re in the Lake Grove neighborhood, you can grab a coffee at Café Marzocca next to Riccardo’s (watch for Ovation Coffee opening soon in Mercato Grove) and something yummy at Babica Hen or La Provence. West Waluga Park would make a perfect destination with covered picnic shelter, playground, nature paths, dog park and even adult fitness equipment (for working off those donuts!)

REDO DAY. This one might take a little planning but have everyone submit their favorite memories from this summer and then see how many of them you can incorporate into one day. Maybe stipulate it has to be memories created in and around Lake Oswego to keep it feasible. Who knows? You could end up at the swim park again with this one! If it was my family, we probably would.

LAST CHANCE DAY. Instead of repeating things you’ve already done, here’s everyone’s chance to cast their vote for doing something they haven’t had a chance to do yet this summer. Maybe you’ve been meaning to try one of those smoothies from Lola’s Café Bar or one of their innovative cocktails like the Carrot Ginger Margarita or the Blueberry Superfood Mojito. Or you haven’t gotten around yet to checking out the new lower soft trail at Iron Mountain Park that intersects with the Iron Mountain/Springbrook Park Loop. The time for procrastinating is gone—just do it!

BARNYARD BOLT. What better way to spend the last weekend of summer getting sweaty, dirty, wet and silly with your family?! Maneuver through an obstacle course complete with sprinkler splashes, bubbles and other challenges. Saturday, August 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  $18/person. Register online under your preferred staggered start time for #23227.

House hunting can also be a fun way to see the summer out and I’m happy to oblige by showing you and your family around. Just give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at costellok@hasson.com and/or check out my website.

About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at kevin.costello@cascadehassonsir.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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