Kids at play on the Willamette Heritage Center grounds

Photo by Ron Cooper

Fill your spring break with fun at the Willamette Heritage Center! This year, we’re offering all kinds of activities to give local kids a chance to play, learn, and experience history while they enjoy a break from school. Read on to learn about our special spring break deals and activities. No registration is required, just stop by the WHC March 27 to 31st!

Wind, Water, Wool

Pleasant Grove Church in spring at the Willamette Heritage Center

Photo by Ron Cooper

These drop-in activities are a great way to keep kids engaged in science during the break! On March 28th, we explore wind and create unique flying objects. On the 29th, we will learn how water used to power the mill and how to be good stewards of this valuable resource. Finally, we learn about wool and use it to create fun crafts on the 30th. These are drop-in activities with a $3 participation fee for members and $5 for non-members. This fee includes general museum admission so you can enjoy the activity as long as you like, then continue on to tour the site.

Shaun the Shorn Sheep

Stuffed animal sheep hidden in the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill at the Willamette Heritage Center

Every spring, Shaun the Shorn Sheep runs away and hides somewhere on the WHC grounds! We need your help finding him. Keep an eye out! If you see him, let us know at the front desk and we’ll stamp your Passport to Fun Spring Break 2017 (click link to download).

$15 Family Admission Pass

Family on a docent tour in the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill at the Willamette Heritage Center

From March 27th through the 31st, we’re offering a great deal on family admission! Bring up to two adults and three children for just $15, and tour the entire site. Plan to spend a couple of hours to take it all in, enjoy a nice lunch on-site, and feed the ducks in the millrace!

Museum After Hours

Museum After Hours at the Willamette Heritage Center on Monday, March 27th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Photo by Ron Cooper

Monday, March 27th • 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Be honest – when was the last time you and your family went to a museum in Salem? We know it can be tough to find the time, so we’re staying open late on March 27th! Come and enjoy special tours, behind-the-scenes looks at our collections, fun activities, and more!

General admission: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $5 for students (with ID), $4 for youth (6-17) and FREE for WHC members and children 5 and under

Details

  • Family Admission Deal: We know finding affordable things to do can be a challenge, so we’re offering a special admission price during the break! Bring as many as two adults and three children for just $15! This gets you into all of our WHC exhibit spaces, docent-led tours, and fun activities.
  • Shaun the Shorn Sheep: Every spring we have a small problem – Shaun the Shorn Sheep runs away and is nowhere to be found! We need all the help we can get finding him. Keep an eye out for Shaun while you explore the site; if you find him, let us know at the front desk and we’ll stamp your Spring Break Passport to Fun (free from the Oregon State Capital).
  • Wind, Water, Wool Activities: These fun drop-in activities help kids understand the science of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill in ways that are fun and innovative. Each class is open to children ages 6 to 13, and costs $3 for WHC members or $5 for non-members. These are drop-in activities, so no preregistration is required! Stay for a few minutes, or a few hours – the choice is yours!
    • Wind: Tuesday, March 28th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm | Explore things with wings! In this activity, kids will learn how wind gives flight to things like planes, helicopters, and other objects by building some of their very own. Test trials will be held to see which inventions fly the best. We’ll provide plenty of creative supplies for your young engineers and artists.
    • Water: Wednesday, March 29th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm | Did you know the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill was once powered by water? Large turbines were propelled by the millrace, generating electricity to power the mill. In this activity, kids will learn how this is possible, and how to be good stewards of this resource to protect it for future generations.
    • Wool: Thursday, March 30th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm | Sheep, llamas, alpacas, rabbits – what do all of these have in common? WOOL! In this activity, kids will learn where wool comes from and how we can use it to make creative things. Each child will head home with some fun and useful crafts, and a new appreciation for the enjoyment of textile arts.