The Wings and Waves Waterpark in McMinnville is a short distance to drive for some thrilling indoor wave action. (KEIZERTIMES/File Photo)

Monday, March 26

• Stayton Public Library hosts “Motion Monday” from 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. with music and dance for smaller children. Free. 515 N. First Avenue, Stayton.

• The West Salem Branch of the Salem Public Library hosts The March Winds Blow! – a children’s activity at 2 p.m. All materials provided, but pre-registration required at 503-588-6301. Everyone will make a small paper kite, windsock and paper airplanes.

• LEGO Lab, 9 a.m. – noon, A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 8-12, $21 members/$31 non-members. Create models of buildings and machines that really work. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.

• Intro to Robotics, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 8-12, $21 members/$31 non-members. LEGO Mindstorms Robotics. Prerequisite to advanced robotics class on Wednesday. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.

• Regal Santiam Stadium 11, 365 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem hosts “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as filmed from the London stage, starring Donny Osmond. Includes live Q&A telecast with Osmond after. 8 p.m. $15.

 

Tuesday, March 27

• Willamette Heritage Center at Mission Mill Museum hosts “Herb”-an Renewal, where kids can develop their green thumbs planting seeds and learning something new about old plants. $2 per child,

members free. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

• Let’s go Tidepooling, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport. Children and parents explore local rocky intertidal zone and look for animals.

• Owls and Other Predators, 9 a.m. – noon, A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 5-7, $21 members/$31 non-members. Dissect owl pellets and learn about predators. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.

• Pirate Crafts, Salem Public Library, 2 p.m. Anderson Rooms A and B, 585 Liberty St SE. All pirates 5 and older invited to make eye patch, hat, parrot and hook. Pre registration required at 503-588-6088.

• Micro Detectives, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 5-7, $21 members/$31 non-members. Discover the microscopic world. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.

 

Wednesday, March 28

• Willamette Heritage Center at Mission Mill Museum hosts You’ve Got Mail, learning about Salem’s first post office (now located at Mission Mill), the mail system and the story of Owney, the Post Office dog. $2 per child, members free. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

• Stretch, Dance and Play with Iris Nason at the Salem Public Library, 2 p.m. Anderson Rooms A and B, 585 Liberty St SE. Learn body awareness and creative self-expression. Pre registration required at 503-588-6088.

• Fun with Fiber: A Family Playshop, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 6 and up with adult, $24 members/$34 non-members. Watch how wool goes from sheep to sweater, create felted soap and hand-dyed projects. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.

• What’s in the Mud?, 10:30 a.m. – noon a.m., Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport. Children and parents investigate the mudflats and look for animals.

• Kids Club at Grace Baptist Church, 4197 State St., Salem, 6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Free. Fun-filled program with games, snacks, stories, crafts and more.

• Advanced Robotics Lab, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 8-12, $21 members/$31 non-members. Tackles new challenges and advances concepts from Intro Robotics Lab on Monday. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.

 

 

Thursday, March 29

• Willamette Heritage Center at Mission Mill Museum hosts Paper Play. Little ones can learn new tricks and try out ideas for paper planes, gliders and helicopters. $2 per child, members free. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

• Nature Collectors, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 3–5, $12 members/$15 non-members. Become junior curators, complete with a scavenger hunt. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.

• Ice Age Discoveries, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE. $3 members/$3 non-members plus admission. Go back 10,000 years and explore the Ice Age in a hands-on paleontology lab, complete with fossils. Parents must stay.

 

Friday, March 30

• Wish Upon A Star, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village. $3 members/$3 non-members with admission. Explore myths and legends in the StarLab7 portable planetarium, creating a constellation to take home. Parents must stay.

 

Ongoing

• The Boys and Girls Club will be open 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. all week during Spring Break. $5 one-time membership fee or day pass for 10 cents. Lunch served. 4840 Noren Avenue NE. 503-304-1313.

• The Salem Kroc Center features swimming, rock climbing, a full-sized gym, a library and media center, wireless Internet throughout the building and more. 1865 Bill Frey Drive NE. Hours are 5:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. all week during spring break. Admission is $5 day for youth and seniors or $7 for adults; monthly memberships also available.

• Go see what local young artists are creating at Bush Barn Art Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, in the Salem Art Association’s Young Artists’ Showcase.”

• Spring Break Day Camp at the Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water St., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. From kindergarten-sixth grade welcome; older kids and teens welcomed to volunteer. $35 for YMCA members, $45 for non-members. Extra cost for bowling and swimming. Must register by Monday, March 26. Variety of activities. Bring sack lunch and snacks.

• The Wings and Waves Waterpark in McMinnville is open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. during spring break. Pricing is $30 for taller than 42 inches, $25 for shorter than that and $10 for non-swimmers. And the Evergreen Space & Aviation Museum is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. all week. The IMAX theater is temporarily closed.

• Storytime at the Salem Public Library. 585 Liberty St. SE. Free. Infants and toddlers: 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Friday. Preschoolers: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Saturday. The Stayton Public Library also has storytimes, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

• Learn all about the cheesemaking process at Tillamook Cheese Factory from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Free, includes samples of ice cream and cheese. 4175 Hwy. 101 N., Tillamook.

• Wings of Wonder, 11345 Church St., Independence is Oregon’s largest exotic and native butterfuly exhibit and rearing lab. $8.50 adults, $8 seniors and $6 ages 4-10. Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

• The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.