Looking for a weekend getaway where you can bring your kids? There are tons of family-friendly activities in Willamette Valley! No matter what age your children are, you’ll find something to do that everyone will love.
Where to Stay in the Willamette Valley
There are plenty of places throughout Willamette Valley, but here are some of the best places to stay for families.
Courtyard Eugene Springfield – The first thing I loved about this hotel was the small store when you first walked in filled with a variety of snacks. Hungry kids are never good, so it’s convenient that you can get a snack no matter what time of day it is. The hotel is also close to the freeway so you’ll be in downtown Eugene in just a few minutes.
Donovan’s Place – I’ve mentioned this place several times now because it’s so unique. You can make pottery, pick out a Christmas tree, and stay here overnight. There’s a farmhouse from the late 1800s that can easily fit multiple families, or you can stay in more modern accommodations.
Fun Family-Friendly Activities in the Willamette Valley
Here are some activities you’ll want to check out when you’re in Willamette Valley!
1. Eugene Science Center
One of the best things to do in Eugene with kids is to visit the Eugene Science Center. Located by the University of Oregon, there are family-friendly activities for kids of all ages as they learn about science. In addition to the exhibits they have, there’s also a large play area for kids to get their energy out.
For kids (or parents) who love space, make sure to visit the Planetarium. They have movies playing throughout the day and stargazing at night occasionally.
Admission for the science center or Planetarium alone is $5 for anyone 3-61, $4 for those who are over 61, and free for kids under 3. You can get a combined ticket for $8 if you want to see everything.
If you’re on a southern Oregon road trip with kids, you’ll want to stop here.
2. Historic Carousel & Museum of Albany
A fun family-friendly activity in Willamette Valley is the Historic Carousel & Museum of Albany. The carousel has been open since the early 1900s and has 52 beautiful hand-carved and painted animals. It costs $2 to ride the carousel, and you can buy a token in the gift shop.
I also recommend stopping at the free museum, where you can learn about the history of the carousel. You can also buy a souvenir at the gift shop.
3. Skinner Butte Park
The perfect park for your kids to get their energy out at is Skinner Butte Park. This huge park has plenty of different slides, bridges, and jungle gyms to play on. There’s even a fake “town” where kids can pretend they’re at a hotel or working at their job.
You can also take your bike along the bath path or go rock climbing. In the summer, kids can cool off at the spray play area.
4. ColdFire Brewing
Finding a place you can get a beer while your kids stay entertained is hard, but ColdFire Brewing solves that problem. This large Eugene brewery has an entire corner dedicated to kids with a variety of toys and a play kitchen. My son was having so much fun that he didn’t want to leave!
They also have a food truck available from Tuesday through Saturday that serves Thai food. This is a great place to end the day after an afternoon of exploring Eugene.
5. WJ SkatePark & Urban Plaza
If your kids love to skate, make sure to stop here for a fun family-friendly activity in Willamette Valley. This huge skate park is 23,000 sq. ft. and good for all ages. There are multiple bowls and ramps to go on, and it’s covered so you can go even if it’s raining (smart thinking in the Pacific Northwest!).
6. Pottery Class
Nothing is better than learning a new skill when you’re on vacation, so your kids will love taking a pottery class at Donovan’s Place. They can see how the clay feels between their hands and learn how to use the wheel to make a cup, bowl, or vase.
Donovan is a master potter who will help you make something you’ll be proud to take home. You’ll also see some amazing pieces of art that he’s created if you want to buy something for your house.
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7. Tree Farm
Donovan’s Place is located on a tree farm, so you can take a pottery class and pick out a Christmas tree at the same time. There are hundreds of different trees to choose from, so take your time picking out the best one. The owner may even help you tie it to your tree at the end.
8. Willamette River Trail
The Willamette River Trail is a beautiful place to take a walk or ride your bike. There are different trails to walk on and places like this dock to walk on to get closer to the river.