Local Activities for Spring Break

bugsAs we head into March, we know what’s fast approaching: Spring Break. Though the kiddos are chomping at the bit for these five free days, we know as parents that the week can get a little long if there aren’t enough activities to keep those little bodies and minds busy and stimulated.


Fortunately, the Willamette Valley offers some great options from full day camps to hour-long activities. Whether your child is geared towards sports, nature and the great outdoors, or crafting, there are some excellent, local opportunities at your fingertips.

Chintimini Wildlife Center
Have kids who don’t shy away from mud and bugs in Corvallis this Spring Break? Chintimini Wildlife Center offers Nature Immersion, a week-long camp that might be just up their alley. As the age range is grades K-5, the camp doesn’t delve too deep into specific topics. Rather, they offer up a fun variety of activities including pond scooping, active games, nature-inspired art projects, and learning about all sorts of creatures.

The camp runs Monday to Friday (3/27 to 3/31) from 9 am – 4 pm. The cost is $200 for the week. Before and after childcare is also offered at $5/hour per child.

Kidsthletics Club
For the active ones out there, Kidsthletics Club is running a weeklong, half-day camp full of fun activities that will have the kids moving around in no time. The 3-hour day includes a mix of crafts, story time, games and hands-on activities, as well as exciting guided and themed exercise.
From ‘Under the Sea’ to ‘Hopping Good Time,’ this year’s themes seem to cover all the bases. This camp is for ages 3 – 7 and runs Monday – Friday of spring break from 9 am to noon. $30/day or $130 for the week; there are discounts for members, as well as siblings.

Total Release Basketball
Parenting some sports-minded daughters and sons looking for an outlet, rain or shine? Total Release Basketball has just the opportunity. Offering two sessions per day, TRBO is ready to host active kids, grades 3-12, in three hour-long periods full of basketball drills, activities, and games. To top it off, daily prizes and camp awards will be thrown into the mix.
Sessions are from 9 am to noon OR 1 pm to 4 pm, Monday through Friday of Spring Break.
The cost is $35/session, which includes free gear, such as water bottles, gym bags, and t-shirts when signing up for multiple sessions.

Short-term Options for Spring Break
For those who can’t quite commit to a full week, or are loading the kids up with spring cleaning chores for half of it, Corvallis also has some fun, budget-friendly one-off classes and opportunities in which to partake.
Live Well Yoga Studio is offering free Teen Yoga on March 28th from 4-5 pm. It’s a great way to introduce any newcomers to yoga, or offer the young regulars to a free practice. All levels are welcome!
The Corvallis Benton Library hosts a Makers Club every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, from 4-5:30. It’s free of charge and gives attendees great exposure to computer sciences, engineering, technology and more. All ages are welcome to participate in this creative class and all materials are provided (though feel free to bring in any current projects!).
The Philomath Community Library hosts an Origami Party on Tuesday March 29, from 1-3 pm. This free monthly hands-on art lab and exploration afternoon is designed for children ages 5-10. All supplies provided.
The Lighthouse Sanctuary offers a late-morning outing to provide the sanctuary’s abused and neglected animals with clean bedding, water, and maintain their living conditions. All ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged to the Fun-With-The-Animals Work Party. Just wear your mud boots and you’ll be set! This will be held on March 29th, from 10 am to noon, and is free of charge.
 The Willamette Valley offers some fun, exciting opportunities for our young ones of all ages to have a week of play and learning while still being untied from the school schedule. With something for everyone, parents can plan for a smooth week without hearing the words, “I’m bored.”


By Leah Biesack

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