Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink in Beautiful Lithia Park

It’s that time of year again to lace up your skates and hit the ice! The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will officially open on Thursday, December 2019 through February 17, 2020. The outdoor rink, a division of Ashland Parks & Recreation, is located at 95 Winburn Way, across from the Lithia Park playground, around the corner from the Plaza, and at the corner of Nutley Street and Winburn Way.

The 2019-2020 Season will feature something for everyone… Bring the whole family! For more information on prices, schedules, lessons, programming, hockey, scholarships and all we have to offer you, visit or call the ice rink directly at 541.488.9189. You may also call the Ashland Parks and Recreation office at 541.488.5340. Watch for details on the annual First Frost event that will be held in December this year. This gala celebration culminates the spirit of the outdoor rink and the holidays! Psst kids, tell your parents Chilly the Snowman and Santa’s elves will be at First Frost on Saturday, December 14. Complete details online at hope you can experience one of the most magical places in Ashland… that little outdoor rink in beautiful Lithia Park, where the air is fresh, the white lights are twinkling and the music blends with the sounds of nature and blades on the ice… “Let’s skate!”Be sure to check the online schedule BEFORE coming out to the rink – And, look for the holiday schedule for Christmas break.Follow us on social media… Facebook & Instagram @AshlandParksandRec

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Bear Creek Salmon Festival

Bear Creek Salmon Festival   

Happens in October in Ashland , Oregon.

Bring the whole family to North Mountain Park in Ashland for this free event featuring interactive exhibits, kids activities, live animals, salmon and watershed education, Native American demonstrations, fly-casting, storytelling, live music, and the opportunity to spend the day outside exploring beautiful North Mountain Park.

“Communities Connected by Water” will highlight the connections we all have with our watershed and the diverse habitats that serve watershed health from the highest peaks to the lowest creeks.

North Mountain Park,  620 N. Mountain Ave. in Ashland Oregon.




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 Southern Oregon has several 4th of July Celebrations. Bring your family for Fun Runs, Parades, festivities, street fairs, entertainment and fireworks. Have a safe and fun day!

4th of July Run in Ashland, Oregon.                                start at 7:45 am.  Adults, children and families are welcome. Ashland Parks and Recreation 541-488-5340. Toregister:



Ashland 4th of July Parade & Celebration.                                Ashland’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration kicks off  the morning with the Parks & Recreation run. Parade at 10am in downtown Ashland, flyover,  followed by festivities in Lithia Park featuring food, booths, Family Activity Zone, Ashland City Band performs in the Lithia Park Bandshell. Fireworks in the evening visible all throughout town. Ashland, Oregon  Chamber of Commerce 541-482-3486.

Central Point Freedom Festival.                                                              7am pancake breakfast, 7:30am Run 4 Freedom 5K & 1 mile. 8:45am Kids Fun Run, 9:30am Pine Street Parade , 10:30am Pfaff Park Festivities with food, artisans, vendors and free kids activities, 11am Live Music. A full day of activities! Pfaff Park,  635 Manzanita St, Central Point, Oregon.

 BoomFest!                                                                                                Gates open at 3pm. Live music, kid’s activities, food,  beer garden available leading up the a huge fireworks display. Free entry at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1 Peninger in Central Point, Oregon. 


Eagle Point Independence Day Celebration.                                   7-10am Pancake breakfast, 8am Fun Run, Vendor booth 9am-3pm, 11am Fly Over, Parade at 11am, Noon-3pm live music with Rewing & Kid Zone activity area, 6pm Stadium open, 6:15pm Family activities & carnival games, fireworks at dusk Eagle Point, Oregon.

Grants Pass 4th of July Celebration.                                      7pm-10:30pm. Bring the family for a live concert  followed by fireworks at Reinhart Volunteer Park, 1690 Webster Street, Grants Pass, Oregon. 


Merker/Belnap Memorial Walk/Run.                7:30am. The Merker/Belnap Memorial Walk/Run was established to honor John, Max and Ryan and to raise funds for an annual college scholarship to be awarded in their name. 541-474-0001,

Brookings Harbor Celebration.                                                                    Pancake breakfast, kids area, BBQ, family activities, vendors, live music. fireworks at dusk at Sportshaven Beach.


Klamath Falls Freedom Celebration.                                  Parade, activities and fireworks.


Glendale 4th of July Celebration.                                                     Pancake breakfast in the park from 8-10am. Parade at 11am. fun activities, fireworks at dusk at High School.


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Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life at ScienceWorks

Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life opens February at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum
  1. Whales compose, bullfrogs chorus, songbirds greet the dawn, and people everywhere sing and dance. What do we all have in common? Visitors of all ages will find out in February, when Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life, a brand new, hands-on exhibit that explores sound and music in nature and in life, makes its debut at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum located at 1500 E Main St. in Ashland, Oregon.
Wild Music invites visitors of all ages to expand their understanding of what makes music. Through whimsical, hands-on activities, they’ll not only hear the music that surrounds them every day, but they’ll see and even feel it too. They’ll discover that nature is filled with “musicians” that create distinct musical masterpieces to communicate with and relate to one another. And they’ll explore how human music is inspired by the music of other living creatures – from tiny insects to giant whales.
Highlights of Wild Music include:
  • Three different “soundscapes” that invite visitors to explore sound and music that comes from the ocean, the forest, and the city. Visitors will learn to interpret spectrograms, or “pictures,” of bird songs, learn what whale cries tell us about the animal’s life cycle, see samples of instruments from around the world, experiment with how sound travels underwater, explore how music influences memory, and more.
  • The Jamming Room, a soundproof practice studio where visitors can use pre-recorded audio soundscapes, animal voices, percussion instruments, and live vocals to compose their own songs.
  • The Bioacoustic Lab, where visitors can experiment with how the human voice works and how it compares to that of other animals, specifically birds. Here, visitors can explore a model of the human larynx and the bird syrinx, use an electrolarynx to “speak” without using their voices, and use a set of vibrating metal reeds to “feel” sound.
  • The Power of Sound and Music Theater, where visitors can sit back, relax, and experience sounds from around the world. The seven-minute, sound-driven video demonstrates – both visually and audibly – how animals use sound to identify themselves, communicate, and form and nurture social groups.
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum is proud to be partnering with Rogue World Music and local organizations around the Rogue Valley to provide unique programming at the Museum for the exhibit’s duration (Saturday, February 2 – Monday, September 2). This exhibit is made possible by Richard and Elizabeth LeVitt, a Community Grant of the Oregon Community Foundation, Lithia 4 Kids, the Olsrud Family Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, the Jackson County Cultural Coalition and Anonymous donors.
For more information please call 541-482-6767 or visit
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Kids Sukkot Discovery Lab Coming to Southern Oregon!

On Thursday, September 27th, Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon will be hosting its first ever Sukkot Discovery Lab just for kids, part of their newly launched Ckids STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, math) programming.

Blending hands-on, STEM-based experiments and creations with the how’s and why’s of the ancient Jewish hut in the desert, the Sukkot Discovery Lab will launch a new year of CKids Club workshops right here in the heart of Southern Oregon.

One of the first biblical holidays, Sukkot commemorates the divine protection the Jewish people experienced during their 40-year sojourn in the desert. Thousands of years later, Jews across the world continue to relive this event within the walls of a hand built sukkah.

Today, children will gain a new insight into the mysterious qualities of Sukkot through the lens of science. Children will get hands-on as they make cloud slime, STEM sukkah-building and a pop art flag!

The Discovery Lab is the first of monthly workshops run by Chabad which inspires children to create meaningful impact in their communities through fun, educational programs that explore the richness of Judaism. This year’s workshops include Hanukkah Chocolate coin making, Goodness grows, Tie dye Hamentashen, the art of giving, Passover Matzah Chef and more.

Designed for ages 2-13, the events will be held at the Chabad Jewish Center at 1474 Siskiyou Blvd in Ashland. The Sukkot Discovery lab will be held on September 27 at 5pm and includes delicious pizza in the “hut”.

To unleash your child’s inner mad scientist and register, please visit or call Faigy at 541-482-2778.

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U Pick Organic Cherry-picking Days at Valley View Orchard

June is cherry-picking month in Southern Oregon!  If you don’t have your own cherry trees to pick from, consider heading over to Valley View Orchard at exit 19 in Ashland next season.


This organic Farm also offers U-pick peaches, apricots, grapes and more when in season, so mark your calendars and follow them on Facebook for their Picking Times.

 Taking children on an outing to the farm teaches them where their food comes from and gives them a sense of accomplishment as they “hunt” for the best produce to choose.  But make sure it is an organic farm or orchard to insure the safest, pesticide-free foraging for the little ones.

Dress comfortably in loose-fitting close to accommodate lots of reaching, stretching and walking.  Tennis shoes (no open-toes) are a must, and wearing a hat naturally protects little faces from sun and the heat of summer.  Buckets are provided by the farm, but keep in mind that the trek back to the farmhouse to pay can be a long one with a full bucket of cherries.  We always ask for two buckets each and fill them only half full or less to make the return trip and checking out a breeze.

Be prepared to hear, “This was my most favoritist thing to do ever!” , as you drive away from the farm, with little  lips smeared in cherry juice and smiles that reach from ear to ear.

Karen Daggett Austin
Owner, True Juice organic Café’ and Nana to five kiddos who LOVE to garden and pick fruits and veggies


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4th of July Run in Ashland, Oregon

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Thank you for your patience while we worked through technical difficulties. Register early to save $$$!
This annual run is steeped in tradition dating back to 1976! Two runs are offered: a 2-mile fun run and a 10K that attracts local competitors as well as running talent from other regions in the U.S. The routes are scenic and on closed roadways
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Pterosaurs Exhibit opens at ScienceWorks Museum in Ashland

Pterosaurs explores what a pterosaur is (and is not), when and where they lived, how they moved and ate, and how diverse the Pterosauria order is.


The exhibit is geared towards a 6th-grade reading level, but families with both younger and older children will find things to do. Compare yourselves against the scale model of the Quetzalcoatlus, the largest pterosaur known at 18 feet tall and with wingspan of 31 feet.

Examine the fossils of the more-commonly known Pteronodon and Pterodacytl species to see the variety of sizes and shapes that a pterosaur had.
For those looking for an interactive, virtual-reality environment, two stations are set up so that you can pretend to be a pterosaur, flying through the sky to catch your dinner of bugs, or to avoid being eaten for dinner yourself!


Release your artistic side with a third VR station that allows you to investigate the colors, feathers, skin, blades, bills and wings that pterosaurs had, and design your own! As the summer progresses, additional stations and options will be added to the exhibit, so be sure to visit more than once to see how the exhibit changes and grows.


Entry to the exhibit is included with the price of admission to the museum, and the exhibit will be open to the public from April 28th through December 31st. Starting in May, the museum’s days and hours will change to Tuesday-Sunday, 10AM – 5PM for both the academic year and summer months.
For more information 541-482-6767 or visit


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Our Southern Oregon Summer Camp Guide advertisers are here to answer your questions  when you are looking for the right camp for your kids .

                         Make it a Summer to Remember! 


A week at a youth or family camp at Big Lake provides campers with the environment and the opportunity to gain better self-awareness, set and achieve goals, and have a blast. We offer friendship, encouragement, adventure, and enough fun to make memories for a lifetime.

Body Basics and Beyond. Classes, Workshops and retreats located in Ashland, Oregon.



Rogue Valley Tutoring Center offers numerous Academic Camps for ages 3-13 to keep your child learning and growing all summer long! Math, Science, Reading, Nature, Crafts & more! Fight “Summer Brain Drain” and enroll today. Call or Text 541.779.2010.


Ashland Children’s Theatre offers a variety of theatrical experiences for children and teens starting in July in Ashland, Oregon.


ScienceWorks Museum offers Summer Day Camps for ages K- 12th.  1025 E. Main St. in Ashland, Oregon.


Have fun and get creative at Art4Joy Summer Camps. Located on Biddle Rd in Medford, Oregon.


Le Cirque Centre offers week long Summer Day Camps from June through August in Ashland, Oregon. 9am  -2pm for ages 51/2 -11 years. Tumbling, trampoline, silks, trapeze, Hoop, ball walking and more in Ashland, Oregon.

Friendship Mountain Day Camp at Ashland Zen Center for Ages 7-11 from June 17 through 21  from 9am-3pm.  Make new friends, have fun, learn meditation and mindfulness. Camp activities include tinkering, origami, Lego play, water play, baking, building, gardening, respect and kindness.  for children from any background located in Ashland, Oregon.

Adventure on Friendship Mountain. Overnight camp for age 12-15, July 22- 26. Campers support each other in close knit peer groups, completely unplugged on a joyful adventure of self discovery. For children from any background located in Ashland, Oregon.

HIGS GYM Summer Parkour Camps for ages 5-9 and ages 10-18 provide a fun, unique way for kids to gain confidence while working on their team work skills and overall strength, endurance, speed and performance. Both indoor and outdoor facilities are used along with water obstacles and the challenges grow and change yearly. Located in Central Point, Oregon.

The Sharpening Stone Youth Wilderness Program is offering two weeks of primitive skills and wilderness survival summer camps in Williams. June 22nd-25th and July 1st-5th, for 7-17 year olds.   For more information and to register, visit 

Ashland Parks and Recreation offers many Summer programs in Ashland, Oregon.



The Rrrink offers Summer Day camp with Ice skating, Hockey Broom Ball, Crafts, Field Trips and Physical Activity. 1349 Center Dr. Medford, Oregon.


Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts offering Summer Magic Onstage! Summer Day Camps for  Ages 7-12 from June 24th-July 13th for “We Has Jazz”, then July 22nd – August 10th for “Pirates 2:The Hidden Treasure”. Ages 13-17 from July 8th-August 3rd for “Yearbook Reflections Teen Musical”.  Located in Medford, Oregon.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center offering  Youth Art Camps for ages 7-10 & 11-14. Teen Art Camps for ages 12-17. 40 S. Bartlett St. Medford, Oregon.

Roots and Wings Community Preschool offer Summer Day programs for ages 3-5 years with an “I Can” approach. Weekly sessions begin June 11th- August 16th, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-11:30am. Cooking, arts, outdoor and water play. New topic is explored each week. Located in Medford, Oregon.

TGA stands for: Teach, Grow, Achieve – these concepts are the foundation of every program we offer. We invite you to give your child the advantage of learning and playing golf or tennis in an environment that will benefit them for a lifetime.


Forest & Range Summer Day Camp for kids entering 4th-7th grade from July 24-28th. Learn about natural resources through hands on activities around the Rogue Valley. Explore rivers, forest & farms to see how people interact with their environment. $50 for 5 days of fun.


Grace Christian School offering Fun in the Sun  Summer Day Camp. Ages preschool to age 12 from June 10 through August 23. Full day or half day. Also offering Sports Camps in Medford, Oregon. Open to the public.


Kid Time offer Summer Adventure Day Camps. Make it a Summer to remember at Kid Time Children’s Museum in Medford, Oregon.


Fusion Dance Academy offers Summer Dance Camps for ages 3 up. Camp dancers will get to experience different types of dance: Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap and Jazz, crafts, games, t-shirt, snacks, photos and performance in Medford, Oregon.


Rogue Valley YMCA offering Summer Day Camps and Overnight Camps. Choose your Summer Adventure with Y-Camp. Located in Medford, Oregon.



Rogue Rock Gym offering Summer Day Climbing Camps for ages 7-14 years old from 9am- noon, June This camp is structured for new, intermediate and advanced climbers alike! We will teach or review belaying skills and basic to intermediate climbing technique, while helping all experience levels push their limits in route difficulty. Focusing on safety and fun, this camp is a great fit for climbers of all ages!  Located in Medford, Oregon.


Medford Parks and Recreation offer a variety of Summer Day Camps. Arts & Crafts, cooking, Lego engineering, traditional day camps in Medford, Oregon. 


The mission of OFA I to develop our youth into skillful, intelligent, creative, self-confident and high performing soccer players who can participate and compete at the high level possible.


Wildlife Images offering Camp EEK! Summer Day Camps for ages 7-12 years from  June  through August , 9am-3pm, extended care available. . Go wild every week, campers get to hang out with Animal Ambassadors, play games, make crafts & explore the outdoors. Every day is different in Grants Pass, Oregon .



One Eleven Theatre Company offers a Two week Summer Theatre Camp for kids “Disney’s Frozen” held at Grants Pass Performing Arts Center  from August 6th –    18th from 9am-3pm. 

Barnstormers Theatre offering  Summer Theatre Camp. “Make ‘Em Laugh” classic comedy scripts, slap stick, clowning and more while learning about character, costume, props, lights and sound design. Ages 8-12 from June 24th- 28th, Ages 13-18 from July 8th-12th.  9am-3pm. Barnstormers in Grants Pass, Oregon. Please call 541-4793557.

Kid Zone offer Summer Adventure Day Camps Monday though Friday 9am-4pm, extended care available June – August. Kids have fun doing outside games, gymnastics, swimming, racquetball, dance tennis, martial arts. 2160 NW Vine St. Grants Pass, Oregon.


 Camp Gomphidius is using the site at Willow Witt Ranch to take you on a journey looking at those ecosystems and the fungi that live there. We are using a combination of exploration, art, scientific skills and storytelling to introduce students to those important relationships. By spending the week at Willow Witt Ranch your child will develop a deep connection with these ecosystems mentally and spiritually making this camp a beyond memorable experience.  Some of our lessons include nature journaling, mushroom identification, biology and art, forest ecology & exploration, and wetland ecosystems, Contact Bashira at [email protected]



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