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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

ONI Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Suggested NNO party activities

Food ideas:



Dessert party

Ice cream social

Pie contest

Snow cone machine

Helping people get to know each other:

Have a welcome table at the party

Nametags-- it eliminates the anxiety of party guests forgetting each others' names

Draw a giant map of the street on butcher paper and have everyone come up and write contact info on the picture of their house

Ask longtime residents to tell stories about the neighborhood

Seating so people sit with each other and talk a while-- chairs from home, picnic blankets, etc.

Update neighbor phone/email list


Water balloon toss

Sack races or 3-legged races

Penny toss

Scavenger hunt

Treasure hunt

Croquet or bocce ball

Ping pong

Tables with board games

Cake walk

Egg toss

Water balloon toss




Bean bag toss

Musical chairs

Dunk tank


Live band


Free raffle for door prizes

Kids’ costume parade

Kids' bike parade

Art and crafts table



Drawing on paper tablecloths

Talent show

White elephant gift exchange

Hula hoops

Sidewalk chalk

Balloon animals

Form an impromptu band using silly musical instruments like kazoos

Flashlight parade after sunset

Mini-workshops: lead testing, street trees, bike safety, emergency preparedness…

Tabling by neighborhood businesses or government agencies


Caricature artist


Movie projected onto a large screen

Pirate fashion show

Traveling pettng zoo

Slip 'n' Slide or just running through the sprinklers


Costume photo booth

Swap and donate table