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Keep kids busy during winter break

Here’s a list of activities, half of them free, offered around Clark County

By , Columbian Education Reporter
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At G6 Airpark, kids can jump on multiple trampoline courts, including courts dedicated to dodgeball and dunking basketballs.
At G6 Airpark, kids can jump on multiple trampoline courts, including courts dedicated to dodgeball and dunking basketballs. (Photo courtesy of G6 Airpark) Photo Gallery

More than 80,000 Clark County students are enjoying winter break before returning to school Jan. 4. Here are six fun ways to keep the kids engaged. Half are free events. The others have an admission fee.

East Vancouver: Strap on skates and hit the ice

Mountain View Ice Arena: Go ice skating at Clark County’s only ice arena.

• Hours: Public sessions are 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m. weekends (except Jan. 3).

• Where: 14313 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.

• Cost: $9 admission, $5.50 for 5 and younger, $6 for military with ID; $3.50 skate rental; coupon online.

• Information: 360-896-8700 or

Ridgefield: Play quidditch with Muggles

Ridgefield Community Library: Harry Potter fans, here’s your chance to try the wizarding sport played on broomsticks. Unfortunately, flying isn’t involved. Can you catch the golden snitch?

• When: 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 2.

• Where: 210 N. Main St., Ridgefield. Quidditch match is at Davis Park, downtown at Main and Mill Street and across from the community center.

• Cost: Free.

• Information: 360-887-8281;

Central Vancouver: Play trampoline sports

G6 Airpark: Jump on trampolines, play trampoline basketball and dodgeball.

• Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

• Where: 2200 N.E. Andresen Road, Suite J.

• Cost: $11 first hour, $8 additional hours

• Information: 360-828-1444;

Washougal: Paint a picture, eat a cupcake

Canvas and Cupcakes: Kids ages 5 and older paint on a canvas with the image already drawn in pencil; art instruction from Kathy Dering, owner of The Paint Roller; the package includes beret, cupcake and milk.

• When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 30.

• Where: Wild Flour Cafe and Cupcakes, 3010 Evergreen Way, Washougal.

• Cost: $25 includes canvas, beret, cupcake and milk, use of art supplies.

• Information: 360-835-3618 or — or buy tickets online at

Camas: Watch a kids’ movie for free

Free winter break movies at Camas Public Library. Popcorn served, too.

• Where: Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.

• When: “Minions,” rated PG, 2 p.m. Dec. 28, and “Ant Man,” rated PG-13, 2 p.m Dec. 30.

• Cost: Free. Popcorn served.

• Information: 360-834-4692 or

Salmon Creek: Learn about weather science

Three Creeks Community Library welcomes Steve Pierce, meteorologist at KOIN-TV Channel 6 News. Kids ages 5 to 12 can create a 3-D winter wonderland scene.

• Where: 800-C N.E. Tenney Road.

• When: 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 2

• Cost: Free.

• Information: 360-906-4790 or

Columbian Education Reporter