Adventure Children's Museum

Adventure Children's Museum Adventure! Children's Museum is a place for kids and their families to explore, create, and investigate our big world, right in Lane County. We inspire adventure!
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Imagine what inspired you when you were little. Picture the first time you or your child discovered something new, that spark, the moment of awe. Visualize a National Geographic subscription come to life, a world to explore right in our community, for our kids to tinker with and adventure in. Let's make it happen! Help us create Adventure! Visit us at AdventureChildrensMuseum.org Adventure! Children's Museum is a registered 501c3 non-profit corporation, and your donations are tax deductible.

Mission: To help grow inquisitive young minds into travelers, explorers, artists, and innovators by providing an environment dedicated to the spirit of adventure and discovery.

Saturday, December 7, is Lego Jewelry Making Night, an after-hours gift-making class. Call for more information, includi...
11/29/2019

Saturday, December 7, is Lego Jewelry Making Night, an after-hours gift-making class. Call for more information, including class fee and time: 541-653-9629.

Our Adventure! Museum Shop features gifts related to your favorite exhibits!Is Squish! Pacific Northwest Camping a favor...
11/29/2019

Our Adventure! Museum Shop features gifts related to your favorite exhibits!

Is Squish! Pacific Northwest Camping a favorite? Check out these fun, useful, and educational gifts at Adventure!

Members get a 10% discount every day with your membership card. Shop on Small Business Saturday and Museum Store Sunday 2019 (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1) for additional discounts and free pins.

All sales directly benefit our 501c3 nonprofit children's museum, creating and maintaining exhibits and supplying our classes and events.

Happy holidays! Adventure! is closed for Thanksgiving Day, but we will be open tomorrow from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., with a...
11/28/2019

Happy holidays! Adventure! is closed for Thanksgiving Day, but we will be open tomorrow from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., with a few spots still remaining for babysitting night (6:00 till 8:30 p.m.; you'll want to call first thing tomorrow to rsvp).

Cheers to full bellies and long naps.

Today at 11 am 11/27/19, fingerpainting for Sensory Play Wednesday!
11/27/2019

Today at 11 am 11/27/19, fingerpainting for Sensory Play Wednesday!

Field trip night to Springfield Public Library! If you go to one of the schools listed, get signed up!
11/26/2019

Field trip night to Springfield Public Library! If you go to one of the schools listed, get signed up!

Tuesday is our second Family Night Field Trip. Sign your family up now to ride the bus from Elizabeth Page, Maple, and Two Rivers-Dos Rios elementary schools, or meet us at the library. There will be free pizza, free books, free bus passes and lots of family fun. Space is limited, so sign up now on our online calendar at https://springfield-or.libcal.com/

Spread this flier like digital confetti! Let's give a local business and our local nonprofit a little pre-holiday boost!...
11/25/2019

Spread this flier like digital confetti! Let's give a local business and our local nonprofit a little pre-holiday boost! (Photo: event flier for a fundraiser at Hot Mama's Wings on November 26th)

Introducing Adventure!'s Saturday Stop-Motion Animation Station! You'll find Finn helping kids make cartoons every Satur...
11/23/2019

Introducing Adventure!'s Saturday Stop-Motion Animation Station! You'll find Finn helping kids make cartoons every Saturday from 11 am till 12:30 pm by Magnet Mania.

This exhibit was made possible by a technology grant from NextStep ReUse Store, a wonderful local recycling nonprofit that makes reconditioned technology available affordably.

Thank you Nextstep!

Little Hands Can is collecting toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and tiny shampoos for families staying at the n...
11/23/2019

Little Hands Can is collecting toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and tiny shampoos for families staying at the new Ronald McDonald House in Springfield while their children are treated at nearby hospitals.

You can drop toiletry donations off at Adventure! through December 2nd in the lobby collection bin.

Membership Appreciation Night lasts for 30 more minutes (closes at 7:30 pm on 11/22). But we appreciate you all year lon...
11/23/2019

Membership Appreciation Night lasts for 30 more minutes (closes at 7:30 pm on 11/22). But we appreciate you all year long! Thank you for supporting our family-built children's museum for the past three years.

A reminder from Oregon Cultural Trust: your year-end donation to Adventure! can go further! Click through to read up.
11/20/2019
Home - Oregon Cultural Trust

A reminder from Oregon Cultural Trust: your year-end donation to Adventure! can go further! Click through to read up.

Home page.

Our Adventure! Museum Shop features items that pair with your favorite museum exhibits!Do you love our Hogwarts Inspired...
11/20/2019

Our Adventure! Museum Shop features items that pair with your favorite museum exhibits!

Do you love our Hogwarts Inspired exhibit? Check out these fun gift ideas, from glitter wands to owl pellets. All proceeds directly benefit Adventure!, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. See photo descriptions for more details.

(We are participating in Small Business Saturday [Nov. 30], Museum Store Sunday [Dec. 1] and Giving Tuesday [Dec. 3] this year! Check out our event pages for more details.)

Huge thank you to All That Dance Company for an awesome Nutcracker in a Nutshell teaser performance! Go see the Nutcrack...
11/16/2019

Huge thank you to All That Dance Company for an awesome Nutcracker in a Nutshell teaser performance! Go see the Nutcracker Remixed at the Hult Center, and support local arts!

"The Dragon Care Book" is back! Featuring your drawings and descriptions of dragons you've encountered (or hope to encou...
11/15/2019

"The Dragon Care Book" is back! Featuring your drawings and descriptions of dragons you've encountered (or hope to encounter) in the wild, "The Dragon Care Book" has been returned to Hagrid's Hut as part of our Hogwart's Inspired exhibit, a tribute to the work of JK Rowling.

The book features a new cover magically crafted of dragon hide. Add to or explore "The Dragon Care" book through January 15th at Adventure!

Craft happens!
11/12/2019

Craft happens!

Adventure! is looking for new board members to begin serving this winter. No special experience is required, just an int...
11/11/2019

Adventure! is looking for new board members to begin serving this winter. No special experience is required, just an interest in our mission to help kids grow into explorers, artists, and innovators.

Board members-at-large as well as a treasurer are open positions going into our upcoming yearly meeting. We require a show of mission support via volunteerism prior to board membership.

We meet once a month for about 2 hours.
Please email [email protected] or stop by during regular hours and ask to speak to Amelia.

Adventure! is live, along with a dozen other groups, at Play in the Rain Day! Free from now till 3 at Mt. Pisgah Arboret...
11/09/2019

Adventure! is live, along with a dozen other groups, at Play in the Rain Day! Free from now till 3 at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum!

11/08/2019

Adventure! will be at Play In the Rain Day tomorrow at Mt. Pisgah with our new Animation Stations and this fun project: nature face animations! Use stuff from nature to animate a face! We'll find a fun way to share the finished animations with the public. (Please excuse the sideways video.)

We'll also have some awesome stuff going on with loose parts, making a miniature city out of bits and pieces from our workshop. We'll photograph each of your creations and ask you for a story about it. We think we'll maybe make a calendar from the images if we get good results.

See below for a link to event info. See you tomorrow, rain or shine!

Adventure Children's Museum's cover photo
11/05/2019

Adventure Children's Museum's cover photo

Remembering and celebrating those we miss, on November 1 & 2, with Dia de Muertos!
11/02/2019

Remembering and celebrating those we miss, on November 1 & 2, with Dia de Muertos!

The museum closes tonight (10/31) at the usual time (6 pm), but you can trick-or-treat all through the mall, including i...
10/31/2019

The museum closes tonight (10/31) at the usual time (6 pm), but you can trick-or-treat all through the mall, including in our lobby, until 8 pm! See you at Adventure!

10/30/2019

It's Sensory Play Wednesday! Today (10/30) we'll have finger painting in the Tree House from 11:00 till 11:45. Dislike the texture of finger paint? We're happy to provide a brush or gloves.

Fawkes the Fox loves Sensory Play Wednesday! Every Wednesday from 11 till 11:45.
10/23/2019

Fawkes the Fox loves Sensory Play Wednesday! Every Wednesday from 11 till 11:45.

Somehow we missed Raccoon Appreciation Day (October 1) but we're making up for it now!
10/21/2019

Somehow we missed Raccoon Appreciation Day (October 1) but we're making up for it now!

It's Leaf Week at Adventure! Today through Saturday, you can rake and gather leaves in the tractor tires, throw them in ...
10/20/2019

It's Leaf Week at Adventure! Today through Saturday, you can rake and gather leaves in the tractor tires, throw them in the air, make patterns with them on the floor, send them up the Flight Test table, all sorts of things! All this week at Adventure!

We kept ourselves very busy so we have very few photos of last night's event, but hey that was fun! Post your pics in th...
10/20/2019

We kept ourselves very busy so we have very few photos of last night's event, but hey that was fun! Post your pics in the comments below, and thanks so much for making this our biggest Halloween Pumpkin Auction and Family Halloween Party ever!

Thank you to our sponsor, Connect the Dots Pediatric Therapy, for sponsoring our Pumpkin Auction and Family Halloween Pa...
10/19/2019

Thank you to our sponsor, Connect the Dots Pediatric Therapy, for sponsoring our Pumpkin Auction and Family Halloween Party! Their sponsorship allows us to have most of our awesome staff on the clock tonight.

Speaking of our awesome staff, several of tonight's auction items were created by staff members, board members, and volunteers! We know the best people.

Thanks for your sponsorship, Connect the Dots!

https://ctdpediatrictherapy.com/

Exhibit preview open today; full exhibit opens tomorrow (Saturday, 10/19) in time for the big party!
10/18/2019

Exhibit preview open today; full exhibit opens tomorrow (Saturday, 10/19) in time for the big party!

Our Pumpkin Auction & Family Halloween Party sponsor, Trammell Orthodontics, helped us purchase some pumpkins, and also ...
10/18/2019

Our Pumpkin Auction & Family Halloween Party sponsor, Trammell Orthodontics, helped us purchase some pumpkins, and also covered our printing costs for these awesome punch cards!

(24-punch cards are $10; individual tickets are 50 cents each. If you already purchased tickets, we're happy to swap!)

Thank you Trammell Orthodontics! So many of our friends are prepping for braces right now; this sponsor can help!

https://trammellorthodontics.com/

10/18/2019
Cascadia Learning Cooperative

Our event sponsor, Cascadia Learning Cooperative (https://www.facebook.com/cascadialearningcooperative/) is sponsoring our event this year by providing significant volunteer support from their team of involved parents!

Cascadia Learning Cooperative offers a self-directed education community for ages 6-18. Visit their page to learn more, by clicking below. Thank you, Cascadia Learning Cooperative!

Cascadia Learning Cooperative is a part-time, secular program for Eugene-Springfield area homeschoolers and unschoolers.

It's time to say goodbye for awhile to our Headquarters exhibit! It's moving to the back to get refurbished for a new my...
10/17/2019

It's time to say goodbye for awhile to our Headquarters exhibit! It's moving to the back to get refurbished for a new mystery, coming this January. Prepare yourselves for the return of our Hogwarts Inspired exhibit, launching soon!

We're excited to welcome our event sponsor, Bricks & Minifigs Eugene, to our 4th Annual Pumpkin Auction and Family Hallo...
10/15/2019
Bricks & Minifigs Eugene LEGO® Resale Store

We're excited to welcome our event sponsor, Bricks & Minifigs Eugene, to our 4th Annual Pumpkin Auction and Family Halloween Party! This year, they will be expanding our event (Saturday 10/19, 5-8 pm at Adventure!) with a Build-Your-Own LEGO® Minifigure activity, which will require just 4 carnival tickets per minifig.

Our community sponsors make it fun and easy to keep growing our awesome community events, and the proceeds from the event make it easier to keep improving our museum. This year's proceeds will help build a giant kaleidoscope, a pneumatic tube beehive, and a pvc pipe tubulum at the museum.

Thank you, Bricks & Minifigs Eugene, for your support! https://bricksandminifigs.com/eugene-or/

Bricks & Minifigs Eugene | Buy Sell Trade LEGO® Bricks, Used Sets, Minifigures & More | LEGO® Resale Store | Birthday Party Place | Come Play with Us!

Today we recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day, acknowledging the history of the land and people who have lived on it for ce...
10/14/2019
Klamath Tribes Youth Council obtains Indigenous People’s Day proclamation from governor

Today we recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day, acknowledging the history of the land and people who have lived on it for centuries and centuries, and who survive to this day with rich cultural traditions.

Children may enjoy watching the animated PBS series "Molly of Denali", which follows a Native Alaskan girl, Molly, and her family and friends as they solve mysteries, explore their world, and share their traditions and history. Find a link in the comments below!

Gov. Kate Brown issued a proclamation on Sept. 25 declaring Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 as Indigenous People’s Day for the state of Oregon.

Shout out to @LittleHandsCan, kid volunteers who were invited for a "thank you" play date, but stayed Friday to help get...
10/13/2019

Shout out to @LittleHandsCan, kid volunteers who were invited for a "thank you" play date, but stayed Friday to help get ready for our Pumpkin Auction and Family Halloween Party!

Kids from toddlers to teenagers (and their parents) helped make and hang paper bats, traced and cut mask templates for a craft project, and made tons of buttons for carnival prizes.

(Also, last time they were here, they helped peel and sort old crayons so we could make recycled crayons -- also for carnival prizes.)

We

10/13/2019
Boogie Down Studios

Who's coming to our Pumpkin Auction and Family Halloween Party? Boogie Down will be there!

Our event sponsor, Boogie Down Studios, will be on-site with a fun, unique photo booth, live photographer, and exciting props to take photos of your family. You can wear your own costumes or get dressed up at the museum; your regular carnival tickets can be used as currency at the photo booth (photos will cost 6 tickets; extra prints are 4 tickets).

Take home a fun souvenir of the night! Photos from Boogie Down!

(Also, Brooklyn at Boogie Down Studios asked us to share this special invitation: "We focus on making every event unique and giving every guest a tangible memory. Mention 'Adventure! Children's Museum' when you book your holiday party for 10% off our services!)

https://www.facebook.com/BoogieDownStudiosPhotobooth/

Creative "Out of the booth" event photography for every occasion.

These awesome decorated pumpkin donations came in yesterday for the Pumpkin Auction! Come bid on these and more October ...
10/12/2019

These awesome decorated pumpkin donations came in yesterday for the Pumpkin Auction! Come bid on these and more October 19th! The party runs from 5 till 8.

One of our visitors made this awesome orange pipecleaner person, with a chart about the color orange.The project of the ...
10/11/2019

One of our visitors made this awesome orange pipecleaner person, with a chart about the color orange.

The project of the week is still tissue paper Halloween flowers, but you can use the materials to make anything you like. We

Got allergies? Our 4th Annual Pumpkin Auction and Family Halloween Party awards art supplies as prizes for most of our c...
10/11/2019

Got allergies? Our 4th Annual Pumpkin Auction and Family Halloween Party awards art supplies as prizes for most of our carnival games! Tickets go on sale Saturday, 10/12/19, with just one week to go till our big event.

Check out our event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/299775597577041/?ti=cl) for more details, and get your tickets early to avoid a line at the gate on October 19th!

Wow! What an awesome group of dancers! Thank you for sharing your talents today at Adventure!
10/05/2019

Wow! What an awesome group of dancers! Thank you for sharing your talents today at Adventure!

We were invited to perform at Adventure! Children’s Museum this afternoon. What a fun place for kids!

Last call for event sponsors for our 4th Annual Pumpkin Auction and Family Halloween Party! We have several sponsorship ...
10/04/2019

Last call for event sponsors for our 4th Annual Pumpkin Auction and Family Halloween Party! We have several sponsorship levels so that your business or organization can help us throw the best event yet. The sponsorship form is viewable in the comments section. In-kind donations of pumpkins and volunteers are great ways to support this fun event!

To make sure your logo is on this year's posters and press releases, please get in touch with us by Monday at 6 pm. Thanks very much!

THANK YOU to all the staff and volunteers who put in so much effort Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday to help improve Adventur...
10/03/2019

THANK YOU to all the staff and volunteers who put in so much effort Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday to help improve Adventure!

Board member Christine arrived with her spouse, John, on Sunday night to start carpet removal from the Tree House, and Gia dropped off two CD listening stations as a donation.

Fellow board member and board member-hopeful Kami and Stephanie came by on Monday to assist.

Volunteers Shawn, Adam, and Thomas from Palo Alto Software joined us on Monday afternoon (and Shawn returned on Tuesday).

Kami and board member Nicia also stopped in on Tuesday to lend a hand, and our amazing staff switched up their regular cleaning and organizing routine by learning to install flooring, patching paint, and shampooing our large World Vet Clinic animals, among other tasks.

Cheers to Rylie, Justin, Emily, Hana, Emma, and Lauren for your extra time and willingness to think outside the box!

We weren't able to finish some of the tasks on our to-do list, so we'll keep plugging away, trying to re-introduce the damaged motor boat, finish the Sounds of Japan exhibit, organize our stored collections, create an animation station, and more. If you have time to volunteer, we have projects going every day of the week, and work sessions regularly on Mondays from 6 till 8:30.

Thanks for your patience during our closure! We opened up this morning after a long night, and we hope to see you soon.

--Amelia
(Director)

We're making the most of our two-day museum closure! We hope to open on time Wednesday morning. See you soon!
10/01/2019

We're making the most of our two-day museum closure! We hope to open on time Wednesday morning. See you soon!

09/22/2019
This humongous brain has been growing in our  museum store for about a month, so you can see that now is the perfect tim...
09/20/2019

This humongous brain has been growing in our museum store for about a month, so you can see that now is the perfect time to start growing your own brain-in-a-jar for Halloween or your science classes!

I've been told this swelling polymer brain looks and feels alot like the real thing, and that it is reusable too (just dry it out at the end of the season and it should shrink to its original size, as shown on the left).

Best of all, your purchase of a Grow Brain, like all items in our museum store, supports our 501c3 nonprofit museum. 100 percent of the profits benefit our mission. New items arriving all fall!

Thank you, Ballet Fantastique, for a really exciting performance and a super-fun dance class today! For anyone who misse...
09/19/2019

Thank you, Ballet Fantastique, for a really exciting performance and a super-fun dance class today!

For anyone who missed today's event, we have brochures about classes and performances, as well as coupons for discounted tickets to Ballet Fantastique's performance of Babes in Toyland this fall and winter. Come get yours while we have them!

Address

490 Valley River Center
Eugene, OR
97401

General information

Find us inside the VRC movie theater entrances, at the top of the escalator!

Opening Hours

Monday 18:00 - 18:00
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(541) 653-9629

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