Eugene, Oregon, is a city rich in art and outdoor life. It is the second largest city in the state and is nestled at the southern end of the Willamette Valley. With its natural surroundings, commitment to being active and the presence of the University of Oregon, kids will have plenty to do in Eugene.
Paintball Palace might be an option for the older kids. It has indoor and outdoor arenas for all kinds of paintball challenges and games. The facility also has a laser tag arena that has black lighting and glow-in-the-dark features with mazes. Eugene Game Center has a variety of indoor fun, including a multi-level laser tag arena, cosmic bowling, 18 holes of miniature golf, arcade games, billiards and an indoor playground.
Children of all ages and abilities can sign up for classes with the U.S. Gymnastics Academy. The programs offered aim to develop self-esteem, responsibility, good sportsmanship and respect. The gym has 10,000 square feet of space stocked with gymnastics equipment and training gear. The Dance Factory offers classes for kids in beginning jazz and hip-hop. All That Dance Company features a selection of classes for children, including pre-ballet, fairy princess dance camp, boys-only hip-hop, ballerinas camp and Broadway bound.
Outdoors and Nature
The Cascade Raptor Center has a collection of raptors that have been rescued. Visitors can walk along the outdoor trail to see these birds up close. Some of the residents include owls, hawks, eagles and falcons. Another outdoor option is Amazon Park. It is a recreational area of nearly 100 acres with playgrounds, sports fields, a skate park, an outdoor pool, volleyball courts, basketball courts, walking paths and picnicking areas.
The Science Factory is a children's museum with many hands-on exhibits meant to pique curiosity in the sciences. Some of the displays include science demonstrations, live lizards, a dome theater for educational shows and a sound exploration exhibit. The Oregon Air and Space Museum features antique aircraft, pilot gear, flight suits, engines and space timeline displays. It aims to preserve the history of Oregon aviation and space technology. The Conger Street Clock Museum might be of interest to kids. It has a 13-foot long clock tower pendulum built in 1750 that still works. Antique tractors, cars and trains line the display cases as well.
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