WILDLIFE SAFARI PART 1

Family-friendly experience at Southern Oregon's Wildlife Safari. Free Roaming animals, Animal Encounters, Safari Village, and more! An experience your family will never forget.

OSF’S THE WIZ

I was lucky enough to attend opening night of THE WIZ with my daughter. I felt The Wiz would be a perfect match for us and to share whether an OSF play could actually be kid-friendly!

MT. ASHLAND SKI LESSON

It was the most perfect day to learn to ski at Mt. Ashland Ski Area! The weather was incredible and her instructor, Alex was fantastic. He stayed with Violet the entire time getting her from zero skiing experience to zipping down the bunny hill within an hour. She was having a blast! It was so fun for me to watch her learn and experience new things.

APRIL IN THE ROGUE

Hikes up Roxy Ann & Lower Table Rock, The Pear Blossom Festival, YMCA fun, and parade. Walks through Lithia Park, Earth Day Festival at Scienceworks, gymnastics at SOGA, and kinder soccer with The Rogue Valley Timbers. What a month!

JANUARY IN THE ROGUE

Medfordmom's new series called "In the Rogue" Here, every month, kid-friendly adventures are shared throughout the Rogue Valley!

FEBRUARY IN THE ROGUE

Southern Oregon provided us with quite a great month full of activities and events! February this year was quite a crazy month with lots of sunny days, rainy days, and snowy days! It seemed to fluctuate between mid 30's to mid 70's, it was unreal.

MULTICULTURAL FAIR

MEDFORD'S MULTICULTURAL FAIR 2015 We had a great time at Medford's Multicultural Fair last weekend! My girls were in heaven with the bounce house provided by Parks and Rec, and the Fire Truck is ALWAYS a big hit! The performers were VERY entertaining. We also loved Hawaiian dancers as well. The Jackson County Library provided different types of crafts for the children Have you heard...

ENGLISH LAVENDER FARM

The English Lavender Farm is a place I have LOVED going every single summer! I look forward to it every year. U-pick bundle of lavender for $6

CRESCENT CITY & OCEAN WORLD

Crescent City exceeded our family friendly expectations! The kids LOVED Ocean World, the shallow pools of water with lots of touchable sea creatures, petting the sharks, and especially the Sea Lion show! Ate at Chart Room and it was fantastic.

MARCH IN THE ROGUE

March was full of Sledding, Skiing, a Craterian Theater Show, a trip into Crescent City, Ocean World, the beach, and an Easter Egg Extravaganza!

LEONARD’S ORCHARD (Apple Picking)

Apple Picking at Leonard's Orchard today! We filled our baskets full of Fuji and Golden Delicious. My kids had a blast collecting their apples, and eating a few along the way.

PEACH PICKING AT VALLEY VIEW ORCHARDS

We drove out to Valley View Orchards last weekend for their opening day of Peach Picking. Oh my beautiful. I still can't get over those views. So blessed to live here!

PHEASANT FIELDS FARM // OCT 1

Enjoying the Harvest Festival with kid-friendly pumpkin games, pumpkin patch, country store, corn maze, hay rides, a pear shooting gallery, and MORE!

SANCTUARY ONE FARM TOUR

Sanctuary One provides a safe, loving home to rescued farm animals and pets. It’s all part of a practice called care farming. Care farms, like Sanctuary One, demonstrate how farming for health can be an affordable, natural and effective means of healing people. Sanctuary One provides a safe, loving home to rescued farm animals and pets. It’s all part of a practice called care farming.

BEAR CREEK PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

If you're looking for a great Pediatric Dentist, be sure to check out Dr. Dixon at Bear Creek Pediatric Dentistry! We are heading back in to get our 3 year old checked for cavities, and DEFINITELY keeping up on teeth cleanings from now on! FLOSS, FLOSS, FLOSS! Although, she got a pretty crazy tooth to keep as a reminder souvenir. ;)

WILDLIFE SAFARI PART 2

One of our most favorite places to visit in Southern Oregon is Wildlife Safari. This last weekend we did the Cheetah Encounter, met baby Kelley the giraffe, and the Bear Encounter!

7 OAKS FARM

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On Friday, We headed over to 7 OAKS FARM in Central Point. Their Fall Activities don't start until Oct. 3rd, but they already have their pumpkins out, and I wanted to see what the farm was all about on a regular day...

DIY ASTRONAUT PARTY

Even if you're not looking for birthday ideas, these are great free crafts to entertain the kids with inside during cold winter days, or hot summer months... you can make almost everything here without spending a dime :)

B & R BERRIES

This was our absolute first time picking berries. We loved B & R BERRIES, and can't wait to head back to stock up on more blueberries and raspberries.

LITHIA SPRINGS RESORT

Southern Oregon has won our hearts, so much that we are vacationing in our own city! If you're looking for a weekend get-away, I would definitely recommend Lithia Springs Resort! One of the most beautiful resorts we have ever stayed. Each spot on the property is absolutely picture perfect!

SLEDDING AT UNION CREEK

SLEDDING AT UNION CREEK We FINALLY went sledding a couple weeks ago, and thank goodness this winter lasted FOREVER! I was afraid we had missed the snow this season, but weekend after weekend the snow kept falling and falling in Union Creek. We left early morning and the rain started on our drive up to the Farewell Bend Sno-Park, just 1/4...

BARNHOUSE LIVING

Ashland's BARNHOUSE Mountain Retreat! The Barnhouse was both quirky and homey, eclectic and rustic. We listened to the expansive collection of records while my girls danced, played Junior Scrabble and I SPY, and sat by the warm fire in the wood burning stove.

MILL CREEK FALLS

Mill Creek Falls (also known as Prospect State Park) is a hike we have done with our kids multiple times. We love bringing out-of-town visitors here, because the hike is easy, the views are impressive, and on a hot day - there are places to get wet and play in the water.

ASHLAND HILLS HOTEL STAYCATION

Visiting Southern Oregon WITH your kids? Here are my own family's favorite Ashland activities in the FALL! Check out our experience with Ashland Hills Hotel and some KID-FRIENDLY activities Ashland has to offer.

MAY IN THE ROGUE

Our month of May was full of beautiful weather, hiking, waterfalls, the Ashland Airport Day, and even being on the news!

ROGUE AIR TRAMPOLINE PARK

We had so much fun at Rogue Air! I am so glad that Medford has a trampoline Park, and even better - it's family-owned. Support Local business :) We went for a birthday party a few months ago, but my kids were so lethargic from being sick the previous week, that no one had any energy to even jump! This time,...

UMPQUA HOT SPRINGS

UMPQUA HOT SPRINGS This is one place EVERY. SINGLE. person HAS to visit. It was unbelievable. We will be going back to get a more in depth description of the hike through photos, but here are a few snapshots at the hot springs! We were lucky that there weren't any other people there! We had heard that it can sometimes be quite...

WILD COASTAL PIT STOPS

During our road trip along the Southern Oregon Coast, we made a few pretty awesome and quirky pit-stops for the kids :) WEST COAST GAME PARK SAFARI PREHISTORIC GARDENS FIRST, let's start with West Coast Game Park Safari This place was both a tad... sketchy and really cool ;) When you enter, you are bombarded by free roaming animals - sheep,...

ROGUE ROCK GYM

We took the kids to Rogue Rock Gym last week and we were so impressed with their rock climbing skills! We all had a great time climbing together.

CLEARWATER FALLS

SOUTHERN OREGON WATERFALLS HIKING WITH KIDS Clearwater Falls is definitely one of our absolute favorite waterfalls to visit. Not only is the waterfall absolutely beautiful, but you can take a short hike to the very top of the waterfall and actually play in the crystal clear pools at the very top! We have visited this waterfall twice, and this last time we went...

SLEDDING

Our annual sledding trip to Union Creek!

LAKE OF THE WOODS

LAKE OF THE WOODS WITH KIDS After three years of living just a short 45 minutes from the coveted Lake of the Woods Resort, we FINALLY visited! I have to say, this is my number one favorite lake in Southern Oregon just after spending an afternoon by the water. It was absolutely gorgeous. There is a general store, restaurant, clean bathrooms,...

MEDFORD FOOD TRUCKS

It's no secret to my Instagram friends that I am a huge lover of all things FOOD TRUCK :) It's been my goal to try something from every truck, and in the future I will most definitely create a post on each individual food truck, but here is what I have had so far as my faves: Curbside King serves fresh...

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

ONEONTA, MULTNOMAH, and our attempt to PUNCHBOWL FALLS Our Portland weekend was jam packed (exactly the way we do every weekend getaway), and it started out exploring The Columbia River Gorge. My heart aches over the state of the gorge right now. I can not believe that we were on the trail as the Eagle Creek Fire started, and we...

BROOKINGS

BROOKINGS Our closest Southern Oregon beach! We spent one of our last summer days in Brookings, OR. We drove up just for the day, and wish we could have stayed longer! Taking the windy roads to Brookings usually makes us really car sick, but for some reason...this last time we went, we felt pretty good! Thankfully we received so many incredible recommendation...

WATERFALL ADVENTURE

SOUTHERN OREGON WATERFALL TOUR hiking with kids We LOVE going on waterfall adventures! We go at least once a year, and try and hit as many as we can along our route. Here is a list of waterfalls we have done along the same route! Mill Creek Falls Pearsoney Falls Whitehorse Falls National Creek Falls Clearwater Falls Watson Falls Tokatee Falls   ...

7 Family-Friendly winter activities in Southern Oregon

The best designated sledding hills, snowshoeing trails, ice-skating, take your pick...

STORYTELLING GUILD’S CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

OUR FAVORITE SOUTHERN OREGON FESTIVAL The Storytelling Guild puts on the most fabulous Festival every summer. It is by far our most favorite festival of the year, and make sure we ALWAYS in town for it! $3 admission and hours of crafts, activities, performances and talking dragons. It is held at The Britt in Jacksonville which in itself is such a...

ASHLAND AIRSHOW

Every year, the Ashland Municipal Airport invites everyone to come celebrate the world of flight by putting on a great air show! We were able to see planes right up close, and have the chance to ride in planes and fly in helicopters (for a price). We saw smoke jumpers, skydivers, and helicopter rescue demonstrations. Scienceworks...

ENCHANTED FOREST

This place was pure childhood magic. Loved the whimsical themed park, kiddie rides, rollercoaster and log ride. Everything was perfectly interactive for the kids!

SOUTH UMPQUA FALLS

We FINALLY headed out to South Umpqua Falls after having it on my summer bucket list forever. And it did not dissapoint. There is absolutely no hike to the falls. You drive right up to it, hop out and head down through the shallow (at times like this) water, or there is a trail that leads to the bottom of...

BUTTERCLOUD BAKERY & HAWTHORNE PARK

-picnicking at the park- We decided to grab a bite to eat and head to the park on one of the first sunny days of the year! When we first moved to Medford, we went to Buttercloud Bakery and I have been craving to go back every since! Each time I've gone, I have ordered the Chicken & Chile Biscuit...

SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE

FAVORITE SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE I have had a TON of requests for my sugar cookie recipe after making 150+ last weekend. I felt like the easiest way to share it, was to make a quick post! This recipe is from Bakedinaz.com for classyclutter.net Ingredients: FOR THE COOKIES: 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature 1 cup sugar 2...

TIDE POOLS IN BROOKINGS

We miraculously drove into Brookings right at low tide one early, early morning a few weeks ago. We were so excited to finally be able to explore the tide pools at Harris Beach. Is it just me, or is Harris Beach ever-changing?! I feel like every time we go, we always discover a new section of the beach. We...

PEAR BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

The Pear Blossom Festival is one of our top 3 favorite events of the year! We've now ran the 2 mile Fun Run three years in a row, and I don't see us ever stopping! Unless we bump it up to the 5K or 10K. Directly after running, we head over to YMCA for our FREE pancake breakfast...

SILVER FALLS STATE PARK

We decided to make a stop at Silver Falls State Park before heading into Portland for the weekend. I had seen beautiful photos of these waterfalls, and wanted to see them for myself! What surpised me the most, was not only the beauty of the waterfalls, but how amazing the entire park is! Silver Falls State Park completely blew...

BEND

Our family weekend getaway to Bend visiting the Painted Hills, Smith Rock State Park, and Tumalo Falls

NATIONAL CREEK FALLS

SOUTHERN OREGON WATERFALLS HIKING WITH KIDS We LOVE going on Waterfall Adventures! And boy does Southern Oregon deliver. A couple weeks ago, we got together with 5 other families and drove to 4 different waterfalls in one day. That's right people. 12 adults and over 20 kids! It was pretty epic, and we have found that hiking with other families is...

JACKSONVILLE’S CHINESE NEW YEAR PARADE

Jacksonville's Chinese New Year Parade was full of fun! Loved the bright colors and all the performers. The backdrop of downtown Jacksonville makes it even better!

TREES OF MYSTERY

GONDOLA RIDES & THE TREES OF MYSTERY On our way from Crescent City to Fern Canyon, we drove right by The Trees Of Mystery. I have had sooo many recommendations on stopping here with the kids, and we finally had the time to do it! We got there early in the morning as the fog was still lifting, and it...

ROXY ANN/PRESCOTT PARK

This breathtaking hike is just a few minutes from our home, and one of our favorite Sunday afternoon strolls as a family :) But, believe it or not... this is one hike that took us almost a year to get to! We hiked Smith Rock in Bend before we got to Roxy Ann! The reason it took us so long to...

OREGON SAND DUNES

I still have sand in my car... 3 weeks later :) On our roadtrip along the Southern Oregon coast, we made a stop at Hall Lake between Florence & Bandon. We spent the entire morning and afternoon (attempting) to slide down the dunes with our snow sleds! We quickly discovered... snow sleds are worthless in the sand, and just down...

UNION CREEK RESORT// NATURAL BRIDGES

One of the most beautiful, easiest hikes around is the Natural Bridges in Union Creek. It is one of the first hikes we've done since moving to Southern Oregon.

A VISIT TO APPLEGATE

OUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IN APPLEGATE 6 KID-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES Applegate is one of the most beautiful small towns in Southern Oregon. Just west of Medford, each of these activities are less than an hour away :) I wanted to share with you my family's favorite things to do in Applegate! Most of these can be seen year round, although the Lavender...

THE PAINTED HILLS

On a whim, we decided to pack up and head to Bend for the weekend. We have had an Oregon Bucketlist since moving to Southern Oregon, and exploring Bend has been a must on that list. We had two days to see some of Bend's most exciting features. First on the list was The Painted Hills. It isn't exactly in...

FERN CANYON & GOLD BLUFFS BEACH

About 4 years ago, we took a roadtrip from Arizona to Oregon. Little did we have any idea we would end up making that same road trip one year later to LIVE in Southern Oregon. Each drive back to Oregon, we drove right on past Fern Canyon. One time getting so close - practically driving right past the entrance,...

CENTRAL POINT EGGSTRAVAGANZA

We have LOVED going to Central Point's Eggstravangza at Twin Creeks Park year after year :) Info about the Event: Free Games and Activities, Photos with the Easter Bunny, Food available for purchase, Over 20,000 eggs, EGG HUNT BEGINS AT 11am SHARP! I feel like this Event gets bigger and bigger every year. We have really enjoyed going - and my kids love...

AVENUE OF GIANT BOULDERS

After viewing Mill Creek Falls, we head back to The Avenue of Giant Boulders. The waterfalls are beautiful, but this is our favorite spot. It's a little bit of a climb over some of the boulders if you want to get near the water, but we've been able to do it with a 4 yr old,2 yr old, and a baby.

APPLEGATE LAKE

A DAY AT APPLEGATE LAKE Applegate Lake is one of our favorite lakes to visit for the day. It has the most picturesque views There is a fantastic grassy green hill that leads right up to the water that is perfect for picnics and spending the afternoon! Obviously the water doesn't phase any of us :) We all got in, freezing...

PEARSONEY FALLS

SOUTHERN OREGON'S PEARSONEY FALLS & NATURE TRAIL HIKING WITH KIDS Pearsoney Falls is located just outside the town of Prospect. Following Highway 62 south from Crater Lake, turn east on Mill Creek Road about 2/3 of a mile north of the Highway's crossing of the Rogue River. Follow Mill Creek Road through town for 3/4 of a mile to the large parking...

LAVA BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT

FAMILY SPELUNKING :)

WILLOW LAKE

Willow Lake was the very first lake we ever visited in Southern Oregon. It's fairly close, and we happened to sort of stumble across it as we were exploring the area. We almost didn't stop because we didn't have 5 bucks for parking, but I am so glad we scrounged up enough money to spend the day at Willow Lake. This...

JURASSIC QUEST

We experienced Jurassic Quest last night at the The Expo in Central Point! We all had such a fantastic time. The kids are going to talk about this for years!

TRACKING BIGFOOT

BIGFOOT TRAP HIKING WITH KIDS at COLLINGS MOUNTAIN ok! this was a fun hike, especially if you're planning on spending the day at Applegate Lake! The trailhead is just past the entrance into the lake's parking lot. if Hart-Tish Park/Applegate Lake is on your left, then the Trailhead will be on your right just a minute up the road :) So...

WATSON FALLS

Watson Falls is the 3rd tallest Waterfall in Oregon, and arguably the best waterfall in the North Umpqua River basin :)

JACKSONVILLE’S BEEKMAN CANYON TRAIL

Jacksonville has so many fantastic hiking trails that are perfect for kids! We've hiked around The Britt, and now we can check Beekman Canyon Trail off the list. We can't wait to explore more trails on the Jacksonville Trails Map. A friend of mine recommended this hike to me months and months ago, and one day while driving through Jacksonville on...

ROGUE VALLEY EARTH DAY

Rogue Valley Earth Day is one of our favorite Festivals of the year! We have gone every single year since moving here, and love it. It takes place at Scienceworks Hands-On Museum (Which has FREE admission on Earth Day) You can check out the inside of Scienceworks HERE, if you've never been before! We get a YEAR...

JEDIDIAH SMITH STATE PARK // STOUT GROVE

Stout Grove is a place we almost ALWAYS stop and visit on our way to Brookings. It is absolutely breathtaking!

PADDLE BOARDING AT EMIGRANT LAKE

PADDLE BOARDING WITH LIQUID BLUE SUP EMIGRANT LAKE WITH KIDS We experienced Paddle Boarding as a family on Emigrant Lake in Ashland, Oregon last weekend. We are completely hooked! I absolutely LOVED it. Thank you to Liquid Blue SUP, which is based right at Emigrant Lake, who had everything we needed for the day. We showed up with our swimwear, and...

MARTOLLI’S HAND TOSSED PIZZA

Ashland is one of our all time favorite cities. We love going for the day, taking out-of-towners, and having staycations. However, SOMETIMES we go to Ashland just for Martolli's Hand Tossed Pizza.

BREAKFAST AT RUBY’S

ASHLAND'S NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT I finally took the kids to Ruby's, and LOVED it! My love for Ashland's historical buildings just keeps growing and growing every time we visit. Ruby's is located right in the downtown Ashland Historic District - which makes it 100 percent amazing without even trying it yet :) So here's the thing... I actually don't like Breakfast foods...

INDOOR ADVENTURES

Indoor Adventures in Southern Oregon Here is a list of some great indoor options when the forecast has surprised us with rain or a suuuuuper hot day :) KID TIME CHILDREN'S MUSEUM:   SCIENCEWORKS HANDS-ON MUSEUM:   ROGUE AIR TRAMPOLINE PARK:   ROGUE ROCK GYM:   LIBRARY STORYTIMES:   FAMILY FUN CENTER INDOOR PLAY CENTER:   BOWLING:   RRRINK ICE-SKATING: CRATERIAN THEATER:   MOVIE THEATER:   MCDONALD'S PLAY CENTER (CENTRAL POINT):   ...

BROOKINGS IN NOVEMBER

Brookings in November?? We could NOT believe how incredible the weather was! The clearest blue sky and the warmest weather we have EVER encountered on the coast.

PLUTO’S CAVE

INTO PLUTO'S CAVE WE GO CAVERNS WITH KIDS   We decided on a whim to check these caves in Northern California that I had seen on someone's instagram a long time ago. The photo that she posted had intrigued me, and I kept thinking about going for months. Finally we found the right day to head down to Pluto's Cave to check...

LOWER TABLE ROCK

LOWER TABLE ROCK After the Pear Blossom Festival we decided to hike up to Lower Table Rock since the weather couldn't have been more beautiful! The hike to the top is so beautiful. It feels like you're walking through a forest of trees, and then BAM! the top is just flat, full of wildflowers, and you can see for miles in...

SMITH ROCK

Smith Rock was more amazing than I had even imagined. It truly is breathtaking.  From the Painted Hills to Smith Rock, you drive the 45 minutes back to Prineville (Where we had stayed the night before) and then drove towards Redmond/Terrebonne for another 45 minutes or so. The views were so beautiful and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. The...

OREGON COAST AQUARIUM

SEA LIONS, SEALS, SHARKS, STARFISH.... We saw it all at Newport's Oregon Coast Aquarium. We absolutely loved the aquarium. It was the most perfect size for the kids. Not too overwhelming - just perfect. We've been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium a handful of times, and that one is obviously amazing, but also twice the price, and twice the size...

SUGAR PLUM ACRES (Peach Picking)

Sugar Plum Acres provided us with buckets, and we headed out to the orchards. Throughout the season, they have different peaches available to pick, and we will be coming all summer long!

JUMPING INTO CRATER LAKE

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK is (just one of the reasons) why Southern Oregon is such a gem. We have one of the most beautiful National Parks in the PNW - and only about an hour and a half drive from Medford! 

CHRISTMAS TREE HUNT

We headed out towards Brown Mountain last weekend in search for the perfect Christmas tree.

A LESSON WITH RECTENNIS

FAMILY TENNIS NIGHT WITH RECTENNIS RecTennis is a program I have been following for a really long time on Social Media. I love that they have classes, lessons, and programs for all ages AND provide all necessary tennis equipment! This past Monday evening, we all hit the courts at Bear Creek Park for a family lesson on tennis. Violet and Harper had...

TUMALO FALLS

Loved Tumalo Falls! We wished we could have stayed for at least a week, and really explored more of the area. Bend was absolutely beautiful and so different from Southern Oregon & the Portland area!

APPLE PICKING IN MATILDA JANE

Apple Picking is something we look forward to every single year, and get's us all in the happiest mood for the new school year. This year, I'm lucky enough to share with you not only our favorite local apple orchard, but also these adorable dresses from our local Matilda Jane Distributor, Maria Lee :)  Do you sometimes feel like pictures...

BUBBLE SOCCER

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BUBBLE SOCCER PARTY RENTALS Includes use of 10 bubble soccer suits. Santo Gym, Fridays, 6-7pm or 7:30- 8:30pm, $65. For ages 12+; minimum height is 5-feet. Maximum group size: 20.

HOBART BLUFF

-hiking Southern Oregon's Hobart Bluff with kids- This past weekend I decided to take the kids out on an adventure while Tanner drove to Northern California for the day to help at a Dude Ranch :) If you are looking for a great Southern Oregon hike that is doable with kids, then DO THIS ONE! (video at the very end) HOBART BLUFF...

U-CUT CHRISTMAS TREE FARM + FAMILY PICTURES

Family pictures at the picturesque U-CUT Christmas tree farm in Talent!

CHERRY PICKING

SOUTHERN OREGON CHERRY PICKING with kids of course :) Valley View Orchard in Ashland is the most beautiful & picturesque orchard in the whole valley! Last year, we went Peach Picking, and when I heard we had missed cherry season, I KNEW I would NOT miss it this year. One of my favorite parts (and the kids) is the cute little...

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