My kids will gleefully tell you that last summer was the BEST SUMMER EVER! The funny thing is we didn’t go to Hawaii, or Disneyland, or even buy them all ponies. These fantastic memories are all courtesy of the 1Pass, and summoning up the energy to put on a bra and leave the house every day.
Willamalane and Eugene Parks and Rec have teamed up to offering these awesome passes for kids 18 and under, for $50, and they're valid from May 28th to September 3, 2018.
My kids were 3, 5 & 7 last summer, so getting out of the house was still a pretty epic fiasco. You know the drill; someone can only find left flip flops (how is this even possible when you own 4 pairs?!?!), someone else is refusing to use the bathroom despite reminders of the last quarter mile dash from the Costco dairy cooler to the bathroom, someone else is IRATE that I won’t let them wear their swimsuit to the library when it’s raining and 68 degrees and we’re going to the library…… So, it’s easy to talk myself out of leaving. It’s a lot of work to get out. But if we stay in, we’re a miserable herd of arguing and cabin fever.
But it’s SO worth it to get out of the house. The change of scenery makes us all more pleasant. The distractions put a pause on the sibling quarreling, or at least slows the speed and buys us an extra minute before spats. Activities wear them out so they’re calmer and happier once we get home. Bedtime is smoother, and my personal favorite, they’re not wrecking the house!
We’ve all had those outing fails though. I pay the admission to Eugene Science Center (the artist formerly known as Science Factory, or even Wistec) for the whole family, and one of my kids just can’t get it together. They’re a hot mess, and making everything miserable. I’m torn between staying because we paid so much to get in, and leaving because my face is already hot with embarrassment from the last tantrum and I know another is brewing. Or the fails that have nothing to do with my kids, and everything to do with the event. It said “kid friendly” but they meant the kids who can sit quietly and listen and not run around like banshees touching the balloon arches. It just wasn’t a good fit, and that embarrassment is creeping back. I did all the work to get us out, and instead of pleasantly worn out kids and a happily connected mama, we’re heading home even more irritable.
1Pass solves this! I pay one time for the membership and for the rest of the summer everything is FREE! Kid melts at Skate World? No big deal, we can bail, I didn’t pay for that trip. All the included events are actually kid friendly; for real kids, that run around and act like kids.
Another favorite was bowling. How cute are these teeny shoes? Emerald Lanes was really kind to the kids, setting up bumpers for us, and letting the kids use the training ramps to push their balls down if they wanted.
Mini golfing was a big hit with our crowd. There are two different courses, and one has a good amount of shade so we didn't get too hot. Mostly mine just hit their ball into the bushes and them climbed around to find them or into the water to fish them out, but hey, it burned at least an hour of energy and they had a blast.
Bob Keefer Center will let kids play soccer & volley ball and skate in the multipurpose courts, and play basketballs in the wood gyms.
This was a glorious place where I could actually sit down and just watch them play. It was also perfect when the air quality got awful last summer, and all we wanted was to be inside, but still burn off energy.
Don't let me forget the pools! We hit Willamalane Swim Center most weekends. The slide dumps right back into the main pool, so I can stand on the ramp entry with my littlest while my middle goes down the slide (in a lifejacket, that THEY provide!!) over and over and over for an hour. We also visited Amazon, which is super fun, and mega crowded. There are 6 pools included in the 1Pass, so you can try them all.
The 1Pass is also a LTD Bus Pass. My kids still think buses are magical, so it's easy to use up a few hours on a rainy day rolling around town on buses. Especially if you can find one that bends and sit in the middle. Plus, no traffic, no searching for parking, no meters. Buses are magic for parents, too! It's also so great for older kids to get around town to all of the 1Pass places on their own.
Have I convinced you yet? I know $50 per person is a lot of money. It's like 10 Frappuccinos, or 1.5 pedicures. When I put it in that perspective, it was a lot easier to see the value of these memories.
I geeked out on the details to make sure We'd get the best use out of it and that it was a good use of our money (see my handy dandy chart below). We figured out that it paid for itself in less than 2 weeks.
If we went to only the following places once time each during the summer it would be $50.75 per person:
Emerald lanes $5
Get Air $12
Adventure Children's Museum $4
Camp Putt $5.25
Cascade Raptor Center $9
The 1Pass has so many more places & you can go to most places once a day the entire summer (if you're up for a completely epic challenge). It's an investment upfront but so worth it, if you are planning to do most of this stuff at all.
*both Eugene and Springfield are offering scholarships this year, applications are due May 20th and a link can be found on the Willamalane 1Pass details page, and here for Eugene.
In short, the One Pass is amazing. It's your ticket to the best summer ever. Hope to see you adventuring, skating, bowling, jumping and golfing your way around town with us this summer. =)
Willamalane 1Pass Website
Eugene 1Pass Website
Free Admission with Pass:
Adventure! Children’s Museum, 490 Valley River Center, Eugene, 541-653-9629. One visit per day
Amazon Pool, 2600 Hilyard St., Eugene, 541-682-5350. Regularly scheduled rec swims only
Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation, 250 S. 32nd St., Springfield, 541-736-4544. Drop in to age-appropriate sessions of tennis, basketball or volleyball. Ages 14-17 may use the fitness center if accompanied by a parent or guardian
Camp Putt Adventure Golf Park, 4006 Franklin Blvd., Eugene, 541-852-4653. Kids 12 & under must be with an adult
Cascades Raptor Center, 32275 Fox Hollow Rd., Eugene, 541-485-1320. One visit per day
Echo Hollow Pool, 1655 Echo Hollow Rd., Eugene, 541-682-5525. Regularly scheduled rec swims only
Emerald Lanes, 140 Oakway Rd., Eugene, 541-342-2611. One game and one shoe rental per day
Eugene Science Center, 2300 Leo Harris Pkwy., Eugene, 541-682-7888. One visit to exhibit hall or one show at Exploration Dome per day • Kids 12 & under must be with an adult
Get Air Eugene, 4211 W 11th Ave., Eugene, 541-827-1016. One visit per week
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Tn., Eugene, 541-346-3027. Admission with pass
Late Transit District, 1080 Willamette St., Eugene, 541-687-5555. Unlimited rides • show pass to bus driver.
River Road Pool, 1400 Lake Dr., Eugene, 541-688-4052. One visit per day • Regularly scheduled rec swims only
Sheldon Pool, 2443 Willakenzie Rd., Eugene, 541-682-5314. Regularly scheduled rec swims only
Skate World, 3188 Gateway Lp., Springfield, 541-746-8424. One visit, one skate rental per day
Splash! at Lively Park, 6100 Thurston Rd., Springfield, 541-736-4244. Valid for Waterpark Swims only
Willamalane Park Swim Center, 1276 G St., Springfield, 541-736-4080. Regularly scheduled
rec swims only
Kate Becker has 3 kids and is not being paid/sponsored by 1Pass, she's just beyond excited for this summer.