Summer 2021 is almost here! Springfield and Eugene kids are about to embark on a fun and exciting summer. If you need a little help planning your family's summer activities, here are some upcoming summer events that are fun, inexpensive, and already organized. As any parent knows, half the fun is having someone else do the planning!
1. Waterpark and swimming pool
We’re lucky to have two great pools in Springfield: Splash! At Lively Park and Willamalane Park Swim Center. If you’re looking for swimming lessons, slides, waves, or a waterpark, these pools will be sure to delight your little water bugs. Learn more about Willamalane Park Swim Center here and Splash! here.
2. Mini golf
Camp Putt Adventure Golf Park offers Lane County's best outdoor miniature golf experience. Enjoy Father’s Day (Sunday, June 20) at Camp Putt: each dad golfs for free when they bring a kid to play. Camp Putt boasts two 18-hole courses that feature waterfalls, creeks, and lush landscaping. It’s located next to Roaring Rapids Pizza Company on the Willamette River. Learn more here.
Join friends from the Eugene Astronomical Society for a night of stargazing under the darkness of the new moon. Through their high-magnification telescopes, your family will be able to view the planets, constellations, and maybe even the international space station! Register here.
4. Summer camp
The memories of summer camp last a lifetime. This summer, check out Camp Venture for middle school kids. Your kids will swim, hike, and bike, with lots of time for art, community service, and even video games. Do you have sports-crazy kids in your family? Willamalane has lots of camps for kids that love sports: a girls-only Thurston Colts Girls Soccer Camp, three Tennis Camps, a Volleyball Camp, and camps that offer a smorgasbord of sports like Multi-Skills Camps. Register here.
5. Track and Field Olympic Trials
Be part of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials in Springfield! Check out three opportunities to join the fun with TrackTown USA this summer. Cheer on an athlete at the Race Walk finals, held downtown Springfield. Plus, learn the fundamentals of Race Walking before the big event in Race Walk Clinics for youth and adults. Learn more here.
6. Live music
Sounds Like Summer Concerts in the park are back this July! There are so many great local bands to enjoy this summer. This year, we’re hosting: Left On Wilson, FRET LOGIC, Wellington Drive, and Blue Skies Big Band. Learn more here.
7. Campfire Stories (and S’mores!)
Join professional storytellers at Dorris Ranch for an evening of “not so scary” stories and s’mores. We’ll provide all the ingredients for everyone’s favorite gooey, summer treat, and make the fire. Register here.
8. Movie in the park
Nothing says summer like a movie in the park. Raya and the Last Dragon is playing this July at Island Park. Lone warrior Raya must track down the last dragon to stop the evil force that threatens her home. Spanish subtitles. Guide for Parents. Register here.
9. Children’s Celebration
The summer’s biggest event for families! Participate in activities from dozens of community exhibitors and enjoy live music and performances. Take home loads of goodies. Best of all, it’s free! Learn more here.
10. Kid-friendly hikes
Some plants and animals only come out at night. Grab a flashlight and explore the forest trails at Dorris Ranch at this unique park-after-dark experience, Flashlight Hike. Register here.
11. Train with Lavasier Tuinei
This summer, kids grades 5-8 can learn from former Ducks wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei in MVP Performance Program sessions. Participants will up their game with speed, agility, and weight training at the Bob Keefer Center, including the weight room. This is a rare opportunity for younger kids to learn to be safe, and effective, in the weight room. Register here.
12. Summer Playground Program
Treat your kid to day after day of free, fun activities, like arts, crafts, sports, and games. Willamalane staff supervise at neighborhood parks around Springfield. Learn more here.
13. The best babysitter (you’ll ever find)
Take a Friday night to yourself — we’ll take care of the kids. Kids Night Out is a program sure to delight kids with crafts, games, and activities. Register here.
We can’t wait to see you this summer in Springfield! Visit the links above, or browse Willamalane’s Summer Fun Events Calendar.