Kids Activities in Eugene, Oregon

Kids Activities in Eugene, Oregon
Eugene, Oregon claims to be the "World's Greatest City of the Arts and Outdoors." With its proximity to the Willamette and McKenzie rivers, more than 100 parks and dozens of cultural and artistic venues, Eugene lives up to its claims. The city also is home to many fun and educational attractions that kids of all ages will enjoy.

Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Located on the campus of the University of Oregon, this museum displays one of the state's most significant collections of Native American artifacts, including weapons, musical instruments, clothing and much more. Archaeological finds from Southeast Asia, the Philippines, New Guinea, Ethiopia and Mozambique are also in the permanent collection, along with fossils of many types and ages. The museum hosts regular children's workshops and family events, including nature-discovery rafting trips and a highly popular winter solstice celebration.

Museum of Natural and Cultural History
1680 E. 15th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97403

West Eugene Wetlands

This nearly 3,000-acre protected wetland complex lies west of downtown Eugene. The area encompasses a grass-and-wildflower habitat for more than 200 wildlife species, including western meadowlarks, dragonflies, chorus frogs and the federally endangered Fender's blue butterfly. These wetlands offer opportunities for biking, hiking, wildlife observation and more.

The Williamette Resources and Educational Network (WREN) offers many wetland programs for visitors of all ages, from preschool to adult, including bird and dragonfly walks, lessons on various area animals and winter nature crafts.

West Eugene Wetlands Project
751 S. Danebo Ave
Eugene, OR 97402

Mount Pisgah Arboretum

At this 209-acre tree sanctuary, riverside paths, serene trails through evergreen forests, colorful wildflower meadows and oak-filled savanna views delight children and adults. Situated in the Howard Buford Recreation Area, the arboretum lies between Mount Pisgah and the Coast Fork of the Willamette River.

Kids and families can take part in a variety of programs and celebrations, including the Wildflower and Mushroom Festivals and the Signs of Spring Walk. Children in grades K through 5 can participate in the arboretum's nature guide training program, which offers storytelling, environmental lessons and education in basic plant and animal identification.

Mount Pisgah Arboretum
34901 Frank Parrish Rd.
Eugene, OR 97405

The Eugene Celebration

Created in 1983, The Eugene Celebration, which takes place over three days every September, offers parades, a pet stroll, indoor and outdoor musical acts and numerous booths with information on green and sustainable living. The celebration's KidZone features children's stage shows and hands-on activities.

Every year the celebration holds a tongue-in-cheek Society for the Legitimization of the Ubiquitous Gastropod (S.L.U.G.) Queen Competition in honor of area wetlands that teem with snails and slugs. On a tastier note, dozens of local vendors serve up international fare such as tamales, noodle bowls and Middle Eastern dishes as well as classic fair food like kettle corn and funnel cake.

The Eugene Celebration
Oak St. and E. Broadway
Eugene, OR 97401

Article Written By Angela Brown

Angela Brown has been a book editor since 1997. She has written for various websites, as well as National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio and more than 20 fiction anthologies. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English from the University of Wisconsin.

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