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Oregon Family Magazine

Inside Escapes Throughout Lane County

03/01/2020 ● By Eugene Cascades and Coast Adventure Center
Try one of these indoor family-friendly destinations this spring for a change of scenery and a lot of fun!

Adventure! Children’s Museum at Valley River Center

A fantastic escape into imagination and exploration for younger children, the Adventure! Children’s Museum is jampacked with interactive exhibits. Open daily, this play space is both a destination activity and an ideal diversion when a little one is melting down from mall shopping. Many exhibits are most conducive to quiet, focused play, but there are also spaces for bigger movements like building large playhouses or climbing and sliding on a wooden ship.

Eugene Science Center

Learn while you play with building labs, computer modules and artifact collections. The Eugene Science Center accommodates both younger children with a stimulating “Tot Spot” geared for hands-on explorations and older children with its more complex scientific discoveries. The planetarium’s 360-degree dome show and laser technology thrill all ages with tours of the solar system.

Splash! At Lively Park

A water park swim is great for the wiggles. Release all that pent-up energy tubing in the wave pool, zipping down the water slide and wading in the kiddie pool. Splash! offers a spacious indoor pool with a variety of activities for different swim abilities and interests. The indoor air and water temperature make it easy to forget the cool spring weather outside. Parents can also enjoy a soak in the hot tub.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Head to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and request an ArtPack at the front desk. These children’s kits are designed to prompt a deeper exploration of the museum’s exhibits through interactive tools and tasks. ArtAccess workshops for children with special needs, children’s camps and classes are also available.

Escape the Room Oregon

Exciting scenarios and sets will have you scrutinizing every book, picture frame and knick-knack as you work together to solve a mystery. Escape the Room Oregon has four different themed rooms of varying difficulties. Children must be at least 6 years old and children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult player. The games aren’t scary, but can be suspenseful!

Two50 Youth Center inside the Bob Keefer Center

Does your middle schooler need a place to hang out after school? The Two50 Youth Center offers a lounge and high-tech gaming center for kids in grades 6 - 8, from 3:15 to 6 p.m.). Video games, a pool table and foosball will keep middle schoolers busy. Drop-in activities may include arts and crafts, rock climbing, cooking and movies.

Putters Family Entertainment Center

Choose your play at Putters’ bustling amusement center. There is an indoor playground, an arcade, billiards, 18-hole mini golf and laser tag. Children must be at least seven years old and 42” tall to play laser tag.

Round1 at Valley River Center

Imagine bowling, karaoke, billiards, darts, ping pong and arcade games all in one place. Add in a play area and dining options and you have the full fun hub package. Age requirements and fees vary per activity. Memberships and party rentals available.

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