The weather is heating up, school is out, and if you are planning to stick around town this summer you will enjoy this list of some places to go for family fun. We have included parks with water play, indoor cool off spots, and even a road trip. Did we miss your favorite spot? Tell us where you love to go!
Water Play –
Fairmount Park (East 15th Ave and Fairmount Blvd)- This park is usually pretty mellow and offers a relaxing place to spend an afternoon. It has shade, water fountains that spray from the sidewalk with the press of a button, a basketball goal, merry-go-round, swings, and a slide. It’s a smaller size that allows you to be able to keep an eye on the kids while you sit at the picnic table or bring a blanket and hang out in the grass.
Washington aka Cheese Park (2025 Washington St.)- This park is usually very busy but it is also lots of fun. It features the cities newest water play so be ready to get wet! It’s even fun for grown ups! Sometimes called “cheese park” because of a giant concrete structure resembling swiss cheese. Play structure with balance beam, slides, swings, and sand. The City of Eugene offers free programs with activities on the weekdays during the summer.
Emerald Park (1400 Lake Dr.)- A free wading pool for small children is open daily 1:30-4:30 (weather permitting.) There is also lots of shade at this park and a large play structure for climbing, sliding, and swinging. The park is large and usually filled with families enjoying BBQ on one of the many grills in the park.
Putter’s Pizza ( 1156 OR-99, Eugene)– If you need a break from the sunshine this is a fun place for all ages. A large indoor playground, mini-golf, laser-tag, and arcade. Insider tip: use the door on the left side if you want to skip the arcade. Food for sale includes pizza, salads, corn dogs, chicken nuggets.
Science Factory ( 2300 Leo Harris Pkwy)– There is a special area just for toddlers to play and discover, older children will be just as entertained with rotating exhibits that are educational and interactive. Insider tip: A family membership is also valid at OMSI. Families receiving SNAP can enter for $1 each after showing your Oregon Trail card.
Adventure Children’s Museum- Eugene’s newest place for families. Located in Valley River Center Mall, this is a great place to cool off and create and explore with your children. There is even an occasional Breastfeeding Cafe for drop in education and social time.
Regal Summer Movies- Valley River Center theater will feature films for kids all summer. Enjoy $1 movies every Tues/Wed at 10am. For the schedule please see their schedule here.
Bijou Baby Time- Want to enjoy a movie that isn’t for kids? Bring your baby (infants only) to the movies the first Wednesday of each month at the Bijou downtown. Sounds are lower, dim lighting, and even a changing table.
Lone Pine Farm (91909 River Rd, Junction City)- Get your grocery shopping done and have some fun too. Many staples are available as well as farm fresh produce. Enjoy a scoop of ice cream or a fresh baked cookie. This farm has goats that entertain, bring quarters for a gum-ball machine full of goat food and you can feed the goats. There is a playground but not much shade so bring sun protection. Older children will enjoy purchasing a bag of “mining rocks” that they can then filter in a mining station to discover their treasures.
Hideaway Bakery (3377 E Amazon Dr)- Tucked behind Mazzi’s Pizza, this bakery has delicious coffee and treats and a shady outdoor seating complete with a small sand box. Enjoy a mocha with a friend while the kids play.
Mount Pisgah (34901 Frank Parrish Rd) – You could spend the day climbing the mountain, wandering through the shady wetlands, or wading in the river. The trails are easy for little feet and there is lots of shade available. Parking is $4.
Day Trip or Camp Out-
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park (Florence, OR)- You can camp overnight or just spend the day. This park features a small lake with a little “beach” and swimming. Paddle boat rentals are affordable and fun, a snack bar with coffee, hot dogs and popcorn is available. Fishing is also an option and many picnic tables are available. There is also a playground near the camping area and access to the dunes if you want to sandboard or sled. Nature presentations and activities are available for campers and the camp sites have bathrooms and showers. If you are lucky you may even be able to snag one of the yurts. This campground is our favorite because it’s also not too far from town so if you forget anything it’s a short and easy trip to get supplies.