Oceanic wonders are within reach at the tidepools and hands-on displays at the award-winning Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center

Spring break is just around the corner and have we got some ideas for you. The kids will never utter the dreaded “There’s nothing to do!” at these ideal hubs where there are educational opportunities, family fun and even a little something for mom and dad.

All the possibilities of the wide-open, Central Oregon landscape and Native American culture await at Kah-Nee-Ta. Explore the high desert trails by horseback or tackle the 18-hole championship golf course. There’s also volleyball, tennis and swimming in the resort’s signature hot springs pool. Enrich the family in the traditional arts of basket making and jewelry in the nearby Museum at Warm Springs. Adults can step away to throw a few quarters into the slots at the resort casino or sashay to Spa Wanapine for massages, facials and manicures.

If the family is feeling the pull of the coast, Newport’s your spot. Voyage out to sea with Marine Discovery Tours as part of Spring Whale Watching Week, March 19-26. Oceanic wonders are within reach at the tidepools and other hands-on displays at the award-winning Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center. The exploration continues in Mariner Square, in the Undersea Garden, Ripley’s Believe-It-or-Not, and The Wax Works. Newport’s two iconic 19th century lighthouses, Yaquina Head and Yaquina Bay, beckon from their spectacular bluffs.

Eugene offers up a mix of worldly gee-wiz and local Willamette Valley flavor. At the Science Factory Children’s Museum and Exploration Dome, local scientists go small — no, smaller — in explaining the cutting edge of molecular research during Nano Day, March 26. Kids see the secrets behind their favorite toys in the exhibit Toys, The Inside Story. Oregon Duck fans can hop a Eugene Pedicab for the Duck Sports Hall of Fame Tour. Discover how the first Nike shoe was created at the Nike Store, visit historic Hayward Field, check out the new Matthew Knight arena and explore several local halls-of-fame. Also, don’t miss foot stomping in the Barn Dance at Spencer Creek Grange, and a local rendition of The Wizard of Oz .

If Portland is your destination for Spring Break you can hit three great family-friendly attractions in Washington Park and never lose your parking spot.  Or, take the TriMet Light Rail Service (Max) right there if you are traveling green.  First, you can monkey around at the Portland Children’s Museum as Curious George kicks off Spring Break. Next, venture around the world at the World Forestry Center where each day explores the unique and interesting cultures of five locations including: Russia, Mexico, Japan, South Africa, and Hawaii. Last, but certainly not least, pop over to the Oregon Zoo for a tropical celebration.  Get crazy with crocodiles and party with the polar bears during the Zoo’s Gone Wild.

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  1. Sherrie B says…

    Be sure to check out the “trashy” exhibits at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. They might make you think about the fragility of our oceans a little more. Thanks to all who made the exhibits possible.

    Written on March 2nd, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  2. Monica says…

    Snow Beach Festival at Skibowl on Saturday, March 19 kicks off Spring Break on Mt. Hood. The incredibley entertaining Pond Skimming Contest, noon to 2, will amaze and entertain you. Plus, Suds on the Slope microbrew tasting from 11-6 p.m, a hot dog eating contest, prizes, the Goggle Tan Rail Jam, live music and fireworks at 8 p.m. Spring skiing and riding too! Fun for the family, all day long!

    Written on March 15th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  3. Cathy Carroll says…

    Action Packed Spring Break at the High Desert Museum:

    Venom & Vipers March 19-26
    Live rattlesnakes, Gila monsters and other venomous vipers in an exciting educational program. (Age 7+) 12 pm and 2 pm $7 + admission; Members, $5. Tickets at http://www.highdesertmuseum.org and at the door.

    Register now for our popular Spring Camps March 21- 25
    Ages 5 – 10: Discover awesome amphibians and rad reptiles. Meet live raptors and butterflies, discover the mysteries of flight! Or Make a High Desert Documentary Film and premier it for your family!
    $125 for all five days, 9 am to 3 pm. Before and after-care available: 7:45 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 5:15 pm for $15 to $25. Register by phone. 541-382-4754, ext. 329. Forms at highdesertmuseum.org

    Written on March 15th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  4. Rachael Nickens says…

    Spring into Nature: Spring Break Workshops at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in beautiful Eastern Oregon, located in Baker City.
    March 21st-March 24th: One hour workshops to explore springtime in the natural world. Daily at 10am and 1pm, $5 per session, for more information and/or register please visit http://trailtenders.org/education/for_kids or call 541-523-1852

    Written on March 1st, 2016 / Flag this Comment
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