Kids Day at Crater Rock Museum

Kids Day at Crater Rock Museum in Central Point  is the second Saturday of every month. This is a special day that the museum sets aside to teach and expose children to the world of earth sciences, fossils, dinosaurs, and other really cool things we know they would like.
There are free 20 minute classes that start on the half hour beginning at 10:30 am and continue with the last class at 2:30 pm. Afterwards, the whole family can explore the museum and all its wonderful displays. Take a stroll through the rock yard outside the workshop. If you find a rock on the ground, it’s only 25 cents a pound for everyone on Kids Day. In the bins, it’s $1.00. On days other than Kids Day, it’s 25 cents a pound for kids and $1.00 for adults. If you have any questions, please call 541-664-6081 during business hours.
Admission – 17 years or younger – FREE (because it’s Kids Day!)
Adults – $7.00
Seniors – $5.00
 Note: If you are a Crater Rock Museum or Roxy Ann Gem & Mineral Society (RAGMS) member – museum admission is free!

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Library Storytimes


Attending storytime at one of the branches in Southern Oregon is a wonderful, fun  way to introduce your children to the library as well as helping them learn early literacy and social skills which prepare them for reading and kindergarten. Preschool storytimes are for children ages three and up.

Also offered are programs inJacksonCountyfor pre-walking babies and wobblers (children who are walking but not yet ready for preschool storytime).

For Jackson County Library  Storytimes


For Josephine County Community Library Storytimes

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Youth Programs at Rogue Rock Gym!

Rogue Rock Gym was founded in 2005 by Ashland resident Matt Lambert, who recognized the need for a modern indoor rock climbing facility in Southern Oregon. Rogue Rock Gym is Southern Oregon’s first full service indoor climbing gym with 30ft tall walls, over 6,000sq ft of climbing terrain, 33 rope stations, qualified instruction, youth programs, and fitness equipment. Rogue Rock Gym’s mission is to provide our community with an exciting and safe climbing environment while providing the highest standard of rock climbing instruction and coaching for youth and adults. This year we celebrate our 10 year anniversary and our proud to say that we have hosted over 30,000 individual climbers on our walls!
Exposing children to the benefits and joys of rock climbing is one of the primary focuses of Rogue Rock Gym. Indoor rock climbing is a fun, healthy activity for kids in a safe and controlled environment. They build strength and self-confidence on our walls, and when they achieve the top of a climb they garner a sense of accomplishment that is long lasting. Our staff is very experienced working with children through our host of youth programs including private instruction, birthday parties, summer camps, youth climbing club, and a competitive climbing team.
Our rock gym offers Auto-belay devices, which allow climbers access to our tall walls without requiring any previous instruction or training. Parents can bring their kids in and with a 2 minute orientation to the device can be clipping their kids in to scramble up the walls! The device does all the work of catching the climber and lowering them slowly and safely to the ground. Kids love them! These devices are safe and reliable and have become a standard in the climbing wall industry.

Kids looking to try climbing for their first time are encouraged to sign up for “Climb Time” which is a hour and a half long session with one of our staff instructors who coach and provide technique tips for the child while climbing. Group pricing is available for multiple climbers. Please call ahead to schedule.

Anyone is welcome to visit our gym at anytime, we are open 7 days a week! We offer a drop in daily rate for kids under 18, equipment rentals, and for climbers who frequent the gym we have punchcard and membership options.
A parental signature is required on our Waiver release form on a child’s first visit to the gym.
For more information about our Youth Programs and Parties, please inquire with us at the front counter or give us a call at 541-245-2665!
Or for more information or to obtain our Waiver please visit our website at
Happy climbing!
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Hidden Secret in the Valley…Southern Oregon Figure Skating Club

I still hear people say to me, “We have an ice skating rink in Medford?”…Not only do we have an ice arena, we also have a figure skating club! There are about 35 members of the Southern Oregon Figure Skating Club (SOFSC) at the RRRink, located at 1349 Center Drive in Medford. These are skating enthusiasts between the ages of 7 and 77!

Some are recreational skaters and many are competitive skaters. These SOFSC skaters mostly skate at “Freestyle Sessions” held at the rink on weekday afternoons, when they practice their jumps, spins, and routines.

The club holds many social events for its members. It also hosts an “American Doll Party” in February, and presents three shows a year: exhibitions in May and September, and a Holiday Show the first Saturday in December, all open to the public.

In addition to the figure skating club, the RRRink offers many public sessions, a professional hockey team, Learn to Skate classes on Tuesday evenings, a Summer Camp for kids, a venue for birthday parties, and much more.

Check us out on our website at …click on SOFSC for club information. For more information about the Southern Oregon Figure Skating Club or private lessons, contact Donna Mills at 541-944-8855.                                                                                                                                        Come check us out……It’s the Coolest Place in Town!!

Written by Donna Mills. Vice President for SOFSC and private coach for over 30 years.
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