Frugal Fun in the Valley

Sanctuary One Open Tours

This “Care Farm” established in 2007 takes in farm animals and house pets. Both people and animals can enjoy this healing place and learn about environmental stewardship in a wonderful setting. They are not open to the public every day but have plenty of open-tour options in May. Dates include May 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th and 31st. They also have opportunities for volunteers to get involved.

Kid’s Day at Crater Rock Museum – May 11th

Who doesn’t like gems and minerals? On “Kid’s Day,” adults will pay $5 per person but kids get in free. Even if you have been before, the displays are always changing. They also offer classes every 30 minutes for children to get involved and learn about gems and fossils. When it is not “Kid’s Day,” this museum is still full of treasures at a low-cost admission ($7 per adult and children under 5 are free). They even have a deal for two adults and two children (over 6 years of age) for $20.

Crater Rock Museum 2002 Scenic Avenue, Central Point, OR 97502

“Art in Bloom” – May 11th and 12th Downtown Medford

The whole family can treat themselves to a leisurely stroll through Downtown Medford. Start out at the gallery of the same name or down by Common Block Brewing Company. Kids can plant a flower for free, complete arts & crafts projects while the adults watch a BMX rider or go shopping at some of the sidewalk sales. There is plenty of food, flowers, and music at this popular event.

Emigrant Lake State Park

Picnic or swimming or both! It is only $4.00 per vehicle to get in. They have a playground for kids, swimming, and rock-climbing at no additional cost. If you want to splurge on the 280-foot water slides, it is $7 for an hour and a half of slipping and sliding on weekends (open May 25th through June 16th on Saturday and Sundays ONLY; after that, it is open during the week, but it always closed on Tuesday and Wednesday).

Funagain Games

“Board Games Night” in Ashland offers more choices than one could purchase in a lifetime! It is entertaining and you get to know new people or people in a new setting, and it’s an ongoing every week. Bring your friends and family to the Ashland location and play a tried-and-true game or a challenging one like Unlock. If it is rainy or hot, you can enjoy snacks and beverages (even adult ones!) inside. It starts at 6 pm on Thursday evenings or 5 pm on Tuesday nights, and it’s free!

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