Where did you go?
EuCon! Eugene Comic Con.
How did you hear about it?
I heard about the first one in 2015 on Facebook.
What made you want to check it out?
My son loved Star Wars & I loved The Walking Dead. I heard that there would be plenty of both & so we decided to check it out! We went in 2015 & 2016. We loved it so much & are planning to go this year, too.
Best things about it:
Not so great things about it:
I'd totally tell anyone who spends a lot of time with their kids at comic book stores, in the Lego aisle & playing video games to go.
Here's what I really think:
It is one of the best things I've ever been to with my son. We weren't able to go last year & it was such a bummer. Being surrounded by things he loves & people who also love those things is priceless. I would recommend any parent who is considering it because they know that it is full of things their kid love to take them. You might not understand it completely but it's worth it for the fun they have.
Parking situation: Tons & tons
Cost: Kids 12 and under are admitted for free with paying adult. Ages 12 & up starts at $15 for Sunday only & goes up from there.
Purchase tickets online or at the door.
Age recommendation: 7 seems like a great age to start. Though, I could see younger kids really loving the costumes & Family Play Zone.
Indoor or Outdoor? Indoor!
EuCon, Eugene Comic Con
Lane Events Center
796 W. 13th Avenue, Eugene
EuCon website (I have to say, it is one of the best websites I've ever seen. It looks great & it answers every question I have had)
Have you been to Comic Con (Eugene or otherwise)?
Tell us about it!
Today our founder, Emily, is sharing about her kid's involvement in the Sprout Children's Business Expo last year.
Spoiler: she highly recommends it!
What is your child’s name & what was their age when they did Sprout Children's Business Expo?
Quinn, 13 years old
Merra, 11 years old
(They were some of the oldest kids there)
What did your child sell at the Sprout Children's Business Expo?
Quinn sold Lego.
Merra resold clothing that she bought at thrift stores & garage sales.
What do you feel like your child learned by doing the Expo?
I feel like they both learned about preparing things ahead of time, looking at the calendar & planning, making things look good on a display, making prices clear to customers & looking people in the eye when talking to them. All amazing things that can be also used in daily life.
What was your favorite part about having your child involved in the Sprout Children's Business Expo?
It was fun to see them each working on something they love (Lego & clothing) & watching them interact with customers was great, too.
What was the hardest part?
Figuring out the balance between reminding them that they needed to work on their items ahead of time & letting them be motivated by their own desire to do the Expo.
What would you do differently?
I’m really trying to think, I feel like it was all around a really great experience. I wouldn’t say we did everything perfectly but there really wasn’t anything that sticks out that we would do differently. My kids both really loved it & they both felt very accomplished at the end of the Expo. Oh! I know! Always start doing stuff (making, pricing, packing) earlier than you think :)
What advice would you give someone who is considering doing the Sprout Children's Business Expo this year?
Let your kids try it & then let them decide if they want to do it again. Quinn loved it & has been planning for the next one. Merra enjoyed it but doesn’t want to do it again. I’m glad that they both had the experience & could decide. Also, I would say, decide how much time you want to be involved in the making & preparations & talk to your kiddo about that. It’s good for them to do some of the things on their own & for parents to let them. Kids have great ideas & this is such a neat way to let them try them out.
Do you have questions that we didn't ask?
Put them in the comments & we'll address them!
Sprout Children's Business Expo
Friday December 7
207 East 5th Ave
We'll continue to edit & add new events as we find them! Let us know about your favorites!
through October 31
Colonial Harvest Days
Children (4-11): $7.50
Ages 3 and under are FREE
Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm
36777 Wheeler Road, Pleasant Hill
Corn Maze, life size "Hayflower," animals, pumpkin patch, hayrides, farm store, local vendors, and more! Check out our family pass option too! Plus, our Harry Potter (Mildly) Haunted Maze! Friday & Saturday evenings, 7pm-10pm.
through October 31
various days & times
$15/person ($1 off for students in junior high through college)
Lane Events Center
796 West 13th Avenue, Eugene
We are a large-scale haunted attraction, located at the Lane County Fairgrounds, in Eugene, Oregon.
Cabela's Halloween Event
5:00pm - 7:00pm
2800 Gateway St, Springfield
Free 4x6 Photo with the Peanuts Gang!
October 27, beginning at 4pm, October 31, beginning at 6pm
October 27 3-5pm, October 31 Starts at 5-8pm
More details here
Family Fall Festival
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Westside Baptist Church
1375 Irving Rd, Eugene
You are invited to the 2nd annual Fall Festival at Westside Baptist. Bring your family and enjoy carnival games, bounce houses, cotton candy, face paint, hay rides, hotdogs, popcorn, and a chili cook off! Fun for the whole family!
More details here
6:00pm - 9:00pm
New Hope Eugene
1790 Charnelton St, Eugene
We are so excited to announce the date for this year's Hay Daze. America's Got Talent Illusionist Hart Keene will be back again this year along with face painting, a photo booth, games, a cake walk, prizes, a food court, and so much more.
This FREE event promises a great, safe, and fun-filled time for people of all ages so invite your friends!
Costumes are encouraged!
More details here
Monster Mash Family Night
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Sheldon Community Center
2445 Willakenzie Rd, Eugene
You're invited to Sheldon's Monster Mash family dance party! Join us for spooktacular games, music, crafts, treats and more. Family friendly costumes are encouraged. Bring your whole family for a free night of fun!
More details here
saturday october 27
Trick or Trot 5K and Free Kids Fun Run
8:00AM - Registration & Packet Pickup
9:00AM - 1K Fun Run
9:30AM - 5K
Alton Baker Park
100 Day Island Rd, Eugene
Costumes welcome! No tripping hazards, no metal, no weapons or imitations. Family event - please do not make costumes too bloody/scary. Race registration, timing, and management by Eclectic Edge Racing.
This is a non-profit event. This is not a school sponsored event - it is a parent-organized event with 100% of the proceeds going to the classrooms and educational field trips for Yujin Gakuen Public Elementary.
More details here
Happy Helpers: Halloween Party and FOOD for Lane County Food Drive
600 Waterford Way, Eugene
Please come participate in Waterford Grand’s Halloween Party and Trick or Treating! We will have games, activities, snacks and treats too! We will be collecting canned food donations for FOOD for Lane County as well. Happy Halloween!
october 30 & 31
The Haunted Market
6pm-8pm (both nights)
5th Street Public Market
296 East 5th Avenue, Eugene
A spook-tacular two night event, fun for the whole family! Bring your little goblins and ghouls to the Haunted Market for some safe tricks and treating.
All Hallow's Eugene
Kids and adults alike will find a fun and spooky time with trick-or-treating at local businesses, pet and people costume contests, free family activities, and more!
$3/kid (adults are free)
Bob Keefer Center
250 South 32nd Street, Springfield
All ages. Sporty, spooky, family-friendly fun awaits at the Halloween Carnival! Drop in to Bob Keefer Center for sports with a Halloween twist, spooky carnival games, haunted house, creepy crafts and sweet treats galore. Come in costume and stay warm and dry this Halloween!
Whether your kid wants to go full on Harry Potter or just be a ghost that consists of a sheet over their head, homemade costumes can be cheaper than store-bought ones, and a fun, creative way for your kid to stand out. Depending on your kids’ ages and ability levels, it can also be a great way for them to customize their costume and to have some cool family time. Can't sew? No worries! Hot glue will get you lots of places.
Our favorite places for costume help:
We've grabbed a few super fun ideas from the internet and from our GoMomGo-ers!
we asked you about your favorite homemade halloween costumes, and you delivered! we loved seeing everyone's pictures, and we wish we could post them all! here are some of our favorites:
pinterest & internet finds!
pinterest inspo for your tween or teen who needs something cool & easy
bonus! could anything be cuter for your pup than this s'more costume?!
We are so happy to get to talk to Kathie from itty bitty boutique about their new location & get some wonderful tips for shopping! Happy 10 year anniversary, itty bitty!
Tell us about the new location for the itty bitty boutique consignment sale. So exciting!
We are now at the Lane County Fairgrounds! We are in the Auditorium building which is the blue building with the domed roof! It is in the middle of town, on the bus line, huge parking lot, and very easy to get to!
What are you most excited about for this sale?
We are so excited for just a little bit of extra space! It is not huge, but just a big open space makes a huge difference! The location is great, the parking is great, and we really think shoppers are going to love it! It is also our 10th Anniversary! So what better way to celebrate than to move locations, spruce things up a bit, and enjoy every part of itty bitty boutique!
What are your top tips for shoppers?
It has been hot hot hot lately! In this blog post, we're giving you fun & easy ways to stay cool!
I got to spend last weekend in Bend with friends. We had a wonderful time but I couldn't stop taking pictures of the dogs I saw! Dogs on the street, the next door dog of a friend, even a dog in a raft as we floated the Deschutes River! Why can't I stop looking at dogs with heart eyes? The fluff just gets me! Also the unconditional love is hard to beat. So go pat your sweet furry friend on the head & then check out an awesome movie & an awesome giveaway!
This week an awesome movie is coming out & it's all about people & the dogs they love!
DOG DAYS is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals. When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected. This is a sweet film about the joy our furry friends bring into our lives and what they can teach us about treating people with kindness and compassion. DOG DAYS releases in theaters in August 8.
We would love to see your furry friend!
Head over to our Facebook page where we are giving away a $50 gift card to either PetCo or Target (your choice!).
(We're super happy to partner with MGM, Warner Bros. Pictures for this post)
She came to us & said, 'I want to do it. I want to try out for the big soccer team.'
At first we were not sure.
Could she do it?
What if she worked so hard & didn't make it?
What if she worked so hard & DID make it & then we would have to spend the next year traveling around the state for soccer games? (Honestly, this was the biggest hesitation we had. We like our weekends. We like them a lot.)
In the end we decided that if she wanted to do the work, we would find a way to pay for it & we would give up some of our weekends to travel. Some.
& that's how I found myself, on a hot May evening sitting on a hill near the soccer field, chatting with other soccer moms, watching tryouts.
Merra, who is 12, had been nervous before each practice but she really worked hard.
It's weird to be so invested in your kid that the day they announced who made the team, you just keep refreshing your computer, waiting for her name to pop up.
I didn't say it was good or healthy.
because what would happen if she didn't make it on the team?
She would still be a great kid, she would still play soccer in the fall on the team she's been with, we wouldn't feel any different about her.
It was totally nerve wracking.
I felt pretty silly but it's hard to help it.
You just want them to get the things they work hard for.
In the end she made the team & the work that she did in tryouts was just the beginning.
We are super happy for her, excited that she gave it her best & went the distance!
& speaking of going the distance...
"But it ain't about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”
PRIDE. LEGACY. FAMILY.
This fall, there is more to lose than a title.
In Theaters Wednesday, November 21st
Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family's past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what's worth fighting for, and discover that nothing's more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can't escape your history.
Adding that one to the Movies We Need To Watch list, for sure!
Michael B Jordan is always a fave!
We'd love to hear about a time that you or your kiddo went the distance!
Such a neat way for kids to learn & explore their limits & bravery! Today we are so happy to introduce you to Elevation Bouldering Gym & their Summer Camps!
What can parents expect their kids to learn at Elevation camps?
Elevation Summer Camp is aimed at developing healthy brains and bodies through climbing. Climbers will learn climbing technique, build confidence, make friends, push limits, and problem solve.
How are Elevation camps different than other camps in the area?
Elevation is a state of the art climbing facility. We specialize in bouldering. Bouldering is climbing in its purest form. With a maximum wall height of 15 feet, a harness and rope are unnecessary. Falls are protected by a soft, padded floor. By eliminating gear, climbers are able to dedicate more of their attention to movement and problem solving. They can also move freely throughout the space– no partner required– making bouldering a very social activity.
Do kids need to have bouldering skills before they come to camp?
No experience necessary. Our camp instructors are knowledgable and know how to guide children of all abilities.
How do you help kids who are interested but have some fears about climbing?
A big reason Elevation exists is to break down the barriers between people and climbing. Fear of heights and the unknown is natural, but with a modern flooring system and proper instruction we do our best to help climbers overcome this hurdle.
Elevation Bouldering Camps
June 18 – August 31st
5 – 12 yrs
9 am – 2 pm
M – F
The premise of this movie is pretty cute :)
An adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “SMALLFOOT”turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.
Lebron James, Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Gina Rodriguez and Common all voice characters in this super fun film!
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