In 2020, we sent out a survey asking for Lane County residents to nominate their top picks in 12 different categories. We wanted to showcase local businesses, who have felt the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and who could use a little extra love right now. We asked survey takers to write in a first and second place pick, which we scored accordingly. As a result, we bring you Lane County’s Top Picks for Places to Take the Kids!
Please follow up with the individual businesses about changes in hours or services.
Adventure Children’s Museum
Fully community-built, with exhibits made from recycled, upcycled, and reused materials, the Adventure! Children’s Museum seeks to foster curiosity and creativity through interactive, educational, and fun exhibits. A large pirate ship sits in the middle of the museum, built by Urban Lumber Company in Springfield. They also have exhibits that let kids experience different countries, building a house, and more, all with hands-on learning.
Adventure Children’s Museum | 490 Valley River Center | 541/653-9629 | adventurechildrensmuseum.org
Alton Baker Park
Alton Baker Park is Eugene’s largest developed park, boasting all the best amenities a park can offer. Test your aim at the disc golf course, let you dog run free at the off-leash area, catch a show at the Cuthbert, or just stroll along the river or through the Whilamut Natural Area.
Alton Baker Park | 200 Day Island Rd. | eugene-or.gov/altonbakerpark
Eugene Science Center
The Eugene Science Center offers near infinite opportunities for your kids (and you!) to learn and explore the science behind astronomy, mechanics, biology, water sciences, nanotechnology, and more. Check out the recently updated planetarium for live stargazing programs and full-dome shows. They also offer summer camps to keep your kiddos learning.
Eugene Science Center | 2300 Leo Harris Pkwy. | 541/682-7888 | eugenesciencecenter.org
Top Place to Take the Kids Honorable Mentions
Defy Eugene |85 Division Ave. | 541/246-9989 | defyeugene.com
Amazon Park | 22 Amazon Pkwy. | 541/682-4800 | eugene-or.gov
Bounce Gymnastics | 329 W 3rd Ave. | 541/343-4222 | bouncegymnastics.com
Get Air Trampoline Park | 4211 W 11th Ave. | 541/827-1016 | getairsports.com/eugene
Cascades Raptor Center | 32275 Fox Hollow Rd. | 541/485-1320 | cascadesraptorcenter.org
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