Kids Activities in Central Point

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The 600-acre park plays host to visitors who drive through the more than four miles of winding grounds to catch up-close glimpses of its inhabitants?over 550 wild animals from Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Bison, zebras, and giraffes roam the wide-open surroundings, living in harmony with tigers, lions, and bears. Founded by Frank Hart in 1972, the park has helped to protect endangered species while educating the public about them and their important roles in the fragile ecosystem. Visitors can make arrangements for private and personalized animal encounters as well as visit the safari village zoo, botanical gardens, and gift shop.

1790 Safari Rd.
Winston,
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North Bend Lanes has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years. But things have changed considerably in that time, including the $100,000 worth of sound and light equipment ownership has added to the space. The center takes on many personalities; there's a more serious atmosphere during league play, a family vibe during public bowling, and the psychedelic landscape of cosmic bowl with glow-in-the-dark colors and thumping music. Back Alley Pub & Grill, meanwhile, keeps parties fueled with homemade pizzas and burgers, a full bar including micro beers on tap, and video lottery games.

1225 Virginia Ave.
North Bend,
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The echoes of crunching metal and the sweet smell of burning rubber fill arenas as the Monster X Tour roars across the country, thrilling all ages in action-packed motorsports showcases. Each city will witness a slightly different fleet of monster trucks, including Bigfoot, the kinetic king of chassis-crushing autos, and Rock Star, a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado with 66" wheels and 26" hydraulic shocks. Each event incorporates jaw-dropping races, wheelie contests, and freestyle car composting. In addition to the monster trucks, fans are treated to such entertainment as high flying freestyle motocross and demolition derbies. Before the show, pit-party attendees can meet and receive autographs from the drivers.

4921 Industry Drive
Central Point,
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Just off Redwood Highway, some of the world's most impressive predators?none of whom are native to the Northwest?prowl 10 acres of grassland. The Siskiyou Mountains may surround us, but clearly we're not in Oregon anymore.

Okay, technically Great Cats World Park is still part of Cave Junction, but its residents (affectionately called feline ambassadors) come from all over Planet Earth?the African savanna, the mountains of North America, and the deepest parts of the South American jungles. More than a dozen species of rare and endangered felines live on the park grounds, and these cats carry a responsibility as big as their paws: to educate the public on the importance of wildlife conservation. The spectacle of a 500-pound predator certainly makes a compelling case, even when it's not wearing its glasses.

Scooby, a white tiger, currently weighs in as the park's biggest resident. Tours take park visitors right up to the enclosures of these and other big cats, where keepers try to bring out the cats' natural and instinctive behaviors. Other species, such as the Ocelot and the clouded leopard, are smaller in size but no less majestic in stature?especially to any mice asking for permission to squeak freely. A new snow leopard now calls the park home, as well.

Whether they climb through trees or prowl the savannah, the cats here have all grown accustomed to life in the public eye. Professional photographers often document the animals at the park, and many of the cats have been featured on TV programs such as The Late Show with David Letterman.

27919 Redwood Hwy.
Cave Junction,
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Tucked just south of the Chetco River?s rushing waters, the championship course at Salmon Run boasts its own aquatic artery, which wends along ryegrass fairways, passing sandy bunkers and challenging doglegs. Players soak up views of forested slopes as they face off with the course?s signature island green, whose watery surroundings and treacherous sand bunker demand the precision of a veterinarian surgeon operating on the world?s last unicorn. To gear up for the course?s myriad challenges, swingers can warm up at one of the driving range?s 10 hitting stations.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 6,274 yards * Course rating of 72.1 * Slope rating of 132:m]]

99040 S. Bank Chetco River Rd
Brookings,
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Some kids eventually outgrow their sandbox. Others just find more sand. Lots and lots of sand. At Sand Master Park, that natural material covers 40 acres, where it takes the form of sculpted dunes and rolling slopes ideal for sand-boarding: a sport similar to snowboarding, just with more agreeable weather conditions. Here, instructors teach lessons on how to glide over sand and eventually execute tricks on jump rails and slides. The sandy grounds also allow for other activities, including skim-boarding, sand sculpting, and dune buggies.

87542 Highway 101
Florence,
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