Does anyone else have a kid obsessed with Thomas the Train? My daughter loves her pink and purple princesses but she's also in love with Thomas and his friends. Of course, it doesn't get any better than Rosie (one of Thomas' friends) because she's purple and a train. Did you know that Eugene has a train park? Alas, the train isn't purple for all those fellow Rosie lovers out there but it is blue so Thomas enthusiasts rejoice! It's awesome and kind of a hidden gem. It's at the end of a dead-end street near multiple sets of train tracks so you might hear or even see a train while there!
2775 Edison Street, Eugene
Playground features: Train-themed small kid area, big kid area, simple sand and water feature
Picnic Tables: yes
Water Fountains: yes
Bike Path: yes
Covered Shelter: no
Distance walking from parking to playground: 20 ft
Other Park Features: small skatepark, ballfield, basketball court
Love/Hate: We LOVE the train. If your tot is as into trains as mine is then this will be an instant favorite. Also awesome is the real merry-go-round. A lot of parks have replaced their merry-go-rounds with modern spinning circles now, which are cool in their own right but not the same as those classic nausea-inducing real merry-go-rounds. Not so great is the neighborhood. I don't think I'd feel comfortable at this park without some mom friends with me. Bring a friend and enjoy a day of toddler-conducted train rides!
Bonus Train Tip:
If your kid really likes trains try the Oregon Pacific Railroad up in Portland. Rides are only $5 (2 and under are free), start at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center (aka more trains to see!) and go into a wildlife refuge and back. Super awesome and you might even see a deer in the refuge if you look close.
If there’s one thing that Lane County gets right, it’s our Pumpkin Patches and Christmas Tree Farms! That’s why, in our recent compilation of Fall activities and must-see places, we HAD to tell you about one of the best-kept secrets tucked away in sleepy Pleasant Hill… Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm!
Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm (and Pumpkin Patch!) is a local, family-owned business, run by Bob and Lynn Schutte, just south-east of Eugene in Pleasant Hill. While well-known for their beautiful selection of Christmas Trees, they also grow award-winning pumpkins and beautiful Dahlias. In addition, they raise cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys. Bob and Lynn also rent out their gorgeous riverside home for Summer weddings, which can accommodate up to 300 guests.
Upon arriving, you will be welcomed to the farm as you drive past the turkeys and dahlias. Sprawling greens speckled with interactive, kid-friendly experiences invite families to discover all of the details of farm life. A crackling fire to gather around, live music in the background (on the weekends) and women spinning wool yarn from the sheep they’ve raised. The Schutte’s help to support the community by hosting local vendors that sell concessions, gifts, and even homemade fudge! There is truly something to delight the senses around every corner!
The main attraction of the farm is Colonial Harvest Days! From the famous “Hay-Flower” (a replica of The Mayflower made of hay!) to Pilgrim Bob’s hayrides, which take you on a tour throughout the farm to see the animals, pick a pumpkin and learn about the local agriculture. You won’t find a more informative tour! It’s a bumpy, fun ride with a many surprises along the way!
We love that so much detail has gone into making this a special place. You will appreciate the amenities and photo-ops that make this a family tradition for years to come.
Admission and Hours:
Adults (12+) $9.50
Children (4-11) $7.50
Ages 3 and under are FREE
Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children) $30
2017 Dates and Hours
Open Saturday, September 30th to Tuesday, October 31st.
Harry Potter (mildly) Haunted Maze
Starts Friday, October 6th
Friday and Saturday evenings 7 - 10 pm
From Eugene: Follow I5 South to Exit 188 onto OR-58 toward Oakridge, keep left onto OR-58 toward Oakridge. Follow 5.8 miles, turn left onto Parkway Rd, turn right onto Wheeler Rd.
Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm
36777 Wheeler Road
Pleasant Hill, OR 97455
Special thanks to Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm for partnering with Go Mom Go, and to friend of the blog, Rachel Wheeler, for the beautiful photos!
Amy Van Dyke is the mom of 2 awesome boys & the owner of life, love, oils as a representative of doTerra essential oils. She also writes our new Healthy Kids, Happy Homes series.
As a fan of children's books I dove into this movie, Goodbye Christopher Robin, thinking it was going to be the sweet origin story of our beloved Winnie the Pooh. How AA Milne loved his boy & wrote about him.
& it was that.
& a whole bunch more.
From the beginning you see that Milne is dealing with some major PTSD returning from World War I. He jumps each time there is an unexpected sound, he is very concerned about the effect of war & wants to do something about it. This is not a lovey dovey, fuzzy filtered story.
As the movie moves along, we see that Milne is really a pretty serious guy. Kind of hard to picture him telling the story of a silly old bear getting stuck in the door of his house & having his friends draw a smiley face on his bum. He’s focused on preventing war, writing about serious subjects & he has no time for his son.
Billy Moon, as his parents call him, doesn’t seem to care much anyway because he has a nanny, Nu, who he adores. Plus, a gang of very familiar stuffed friends who he plays with in the most beautiful spots & in the best light that the English countryside has to offer. (Seriously, this movie is so pretty. A scene where Billy & Milne play in the snow is so gorgeous & unexpected, I would like to tell you all about it, but it really just needs to be seen.)
Daphne, Mrs. Milne, also can’t be bothered to nurture family unity. She’s busy looking cute & running off to the city. (No shaming here, every mom deserves some time off.)
This family is a tad dysfunctional.
Just like all families are.
& I think that’s the thing that rang the most true as I watched this movie. There are some parts that are so sad, some that are so sweet, some that are frustrating & some that make you want to hug yourself & everyone else around you.
Life is full of unexpected stuff. What we do with it matters.
We are not all great parents, we often don’t know what to do & are all doing the best we can.
Parenting is full of unexpected stuff. How we react matters.
& how we apologize when we react wrongly matters, too.
Milne realizes that he’s been missing out & soon enough the author is sparked & the real life scenes turn into book pages. (Again, so pretty) The success of the Winnie the Pooh books doesn’t heal wounds, it actually creates more, but the hurts create the opportunity for strength to rise up & Billy Moon becomes certain about what he wants his future to be.
By now you've probably realized that this movie is not for kids, as it deals pretty straight on with war, depression & difficult family dynamics. It's not a sweet origin story, or a story of how a stuffed bear changed everyone for the better, but it is a story that will make you think differently when you see the cover of The House at Pooh Corner. It will spark some compassion & maybe a bit of sadness along with the sweetness it always has.
& I think Christopher Robin would be just fine with that.
Goodbye Christopher Robin stars Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Revenant, Unbroken), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) and Kelly MacDonald (Brave, Nanny McPhee). It comes out in theaters on October 13.
Emily Gulka is the creator of GoMomGo Eugene & a huge movie fan. She has loved taking her 2 kids (ages 11 & 13) to see big animated releases & as they grow she's loving taking them to see smaller indy films as well. Movies let us see perspectives we could never understand otherwise & Emily is all for sharing that with children.
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