In conjunction with a no school day for most Corvallis and Philomath schools, OSU is hosting Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on April 14th, 2017. Bring your Kids to Campus Day is a way to celebrate family, the importance of education and to highlight the myriad of family-friendly activities on campus.


 Parents must remain with their children at all activities unless otherwise noted.  Bring your kids to campus to show them where you spend the day!   


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2017 Bring Your Kids to Campus Day Schedule of Events

Puppets & Stories: Drop in 9-11am Milam 215

Recommended Ages: 3-12 years old

Watch puppets tell stories, or write a play, create puppets and perform your own story. What fun!


Be a #BrainBuilder! Hosted by the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative: Drop in 9-11am Hallie E Ford 1st Floor Lobby

Recommended Ages: 0-8 years

Stop by for temporary tattoos, stickers, and more! Come participate in fun brain building activities that promote healthy relationships between parents and children! Learn about Vroom and other family activities and resources in the community.


Masterpiece Button Making in the Fairbanks Gallery: Drop in 9-11am Fairbanks Gallery

Recommended Ages: All ages
Explore Fairbanks Gallery and make your own Masterpiece to wear!  Create an artistic collage and we will turn it into a pinback button for you to sport the rest of the day.


“Oh the Places You’ll Go” with ASOSU: Drop in 9am-12pm SEC 250

Recommended Ages: All

We will have a Photo Booth set up for kids to take photos to remember their special day on campus. Additionally, we will have a space for the children to create a drawing and then create a button using their personal design and a button maker. (This activity will be appropriate for all ages and younger children can be assisted by ASOSU staff) We will also have a coloring station for kids to color different pre-printed sheets (or design their own) while they wait their turn to make a button.


Wood Magic- Bubbling Bazookas: Drop in 9am-12pm Richardson Hall 107

Recommended Ages: 2 years and above

Come explore an interactive experience designed to educate children about the wonders of wood as a material.


Test Your Sense of Taste!: Drop in 9am-2pm Wiegand Hall 204

Recommended Ages: 5-14 years

Experience first-hand the science of the senses!  Come be a “taste tester” and take our fun test in one of the official booths to see how well you can identify flavors when some of the usual clues are missing.  No worries, we won’t spring anything yucky on you!  Parents must sign a consent form (with allergens, if any, listed) for children under 18 years of age. Test sessions will begin every 15 minutes with 6 people max per session.


Storytime with CAPS: Drop in 9:30-11am MU Family Lounge

Recommended Ages: 0-10 years old

Come listen to stories read by the Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) team and rotate between the coloring stations.


Mystery Fruits & Veggies!: Drop in 10am-12pm Linus Pauling Institute (LPI) 4th floor lobby

Recommended Ages: K-8th grade

Come play a little game and learn about nutrition, cooking, and gardening programs at the Linus Pauling Institute!


Clowning Around in the Theatre: 10am & 11am Withycombe Theatre

Recommended Ages: All

Come clown around at the theatre! Learn the art of clowning, take home your very own clown nose! There will be 2 sessions, the first beginning at 10am and the second at 11am. Please show up at one of those times.


Journey Around the World with International Programs!: Drop in 10am-1pm INTO Lobby
Recommended Ages:
0-10 years

Take your kids on a journey around the world with OSU’s International Programs!  Little explorers will have the opportunity to color a passport and visit some exciting destinations in which to interact and explore.


OSU Magical History Tour: Bus leaves at 11am from Student Experience Center front entrance
Recommended Ages:
5-10 years old

Join us on the inaugural Magical History Tour and learn a bit about our wondrous campus history!  Did you know maraschino cherries were further commercialized here at OSU?  Did you know that in 1912 Lady MacBeth the Chicken revolutionized the poultry industry by laying over 300 eggs a year?!  Our tour director, Joe Majeski, will inform and delight us as we grab a “passport,” board the bus, tour campus history and taste some foods along the way.


Arts & Crafts: Drop in 11am-1pm Craft Center (SEC Basement)
Recommended Ages:

Arts & Crafts will look a little different this year. In order to serve as many children in the most organized fashion, we will be limiting the number and amount of time each person has to spend on one of the two activities offered (watercolor & collage making). If you aren’t able to make it to this activity, there are many other arts & crafts activities being offered throughout the day!


Orange Media Network Open House: Drop in 11am-3pm Student Experience Center 4th floor
Recommended Ages:

Come see us at Orange Media Network on the fourth floor of the Student Experience Center. Take a walk on the moon, participate in an interactive TV program, get your picture taken in our photo booth or talk with a DJ on air.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, please no food or drink.


Rocks & Minerals!: Drop in 11am-2pm Strand Ag 340

Recommended Ages: All

Discover the building blocks of the physical world. Learn how to identify rocks and the minerals that make them. Learn about the rock cycle, volcanism, and the processes that shape our world with student geologists from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences!


BeaverGo! Geocaching Game: Drop in 11am-3pm Across Campus

Recommended Ages: 6 years and above
Campus-wide scavenger hunt style game using mobile phone or provided GPS. Handout of coordinates & campus map provided at the Bring Your Kids to Campus Day registration table.  The location of the cache will be coordinated with other Bring Your Kids to Campus Day events taking place.


Friday GAZE: Earth Movies: Drop in 11am-3pm Strand Ag 361

Recommended Ages: 6 years and above

Come see the new Geography Hyperwall (9’x13’ screen) with movies and images of Earth, Ocean, Atmospheric, and Space content in super high definition.  Come sculpt landscapes in the LiDAR sandbox. *BeaverGo! Prize redemption. Note: This room can accommodate a maximum of 40 people.


Robotics Program: Drop in 12-2pm Graf Hall 2nd floor
Recommended Ages:
5 years and above

Oregon State University's graduate Robotics Program is one of the top-ranked in the United States.  Come over to Graf Hall and see what we're up to on the cutting edge of robotics.


Bowling: Drop in 12-5pm MU Basement
Recommended Ages:

The MU Basement will allow 1 free game of bowling for each family member. All you have to do is pay a $1 shoe rental per bowler. They also have video games, billiards, darts and other fun activities (prices vary) for families to play.


KidSpirit Open Gym/Gymnastics: Drop in 1-3pm Langton 3rd floor
Recommended Ages:

Have you always wanted to try out gymnastics? KidSpirit will be opening up their gymnastics room for families to come explore. Waiting to get into the gymnastics room? Grab a ball or join in on a game of tag and other games happening in the gym right outside the gymnastics room!


A Candyland Adventure: Drop in 1-4pm Waldo Hall 1st Floor & Beth Ray Center for Academic Support 1st Floor.
Recommended Ages: All

Please join the Academic Success Center and the Undergrad Writing Studio in writing your own adventure, creating buttons, playing games, experimenting with crafts, and having a generally sweet time:

Write your own book in the Candy Cane Forest: Undergrad Writing Studio, Waldo Hall

Design your own button at the Licorice Castle: Waldo Hall, 1st Floor Foyer

Play games while crossing the Ice Cream Sea: Beth Ray Center, 1st Floor

Arts and Crafts within Candy Castle: Beth Ray Center, 1st Floor


Family Swim: Drop in 1:30-5pm Dixon Swimming Pool
Recommended Ages:

Family Swim Rules:

  • Must be accompanied by a participating adult (age 18 or older) at all times
  • May only participate during Family Swim Hours
  • If a child is not able to move in the water without feet touching the bottom or needs to wear a life-jacket, the child is considered a non-swimmer. Only three “non-swimmers” per adult and the adult must be in the water within arm’s reach of the children.
  • Only five “swimmers” per adult and the adult must be able to directly observe the children.
  • Babies are allowed in the pool with plastic swim diapers


Family Climb: Drop in 2-4pm McAlexander Fieldhouse

Recommended Ages: All
The McAlexander Fieldhouse climbing wall will be open to kids of all ages to come try out!


Making Waves for Tsunami Safety: Drop in 2-4pm Merryfield 108 (Hydraulics Lab)

Recommended Ages: 8 years and above
Build your own LEGO tsunami evacuation shelter and then test it out in our wave flume to see if it is strong enough to withstand a tsunami!


Let’s Play in the Library/¡Vamos a jugar en la biblioteca! Drop in 2:30-4:30pm The Valley Library Autzen Room (2082)

Recommended Ages: 5 years and above
English and Spanish speakers alike will enjoy spending time at the Valley Library playing bilingual games, coloring, and crafting.


Making & Shaking Structures: Drop in 3-5pm Kearney Hall 124

Recommended Ages: 4 years and above

Operate trucks and an excavator in a virtual construction site! Through hands-on activities, learn how different structures react to earthquakes, and what can happen to the ground due to strong shaking. Build and test your own earthquake-resistant design!


Other Things Happening on Campus:

SPARK- SEA Through the Eye of an Artist:
Open all day from 9am-7pm in Joyce Collin Furman Hall

Recommended Ages: Ages Vary
For More Information:
In collaboration with SPARK: A Year of Arts and Science at OSU and the The CO• Maker Fair, the College of Education offers a day of marine arts and science activities. Throughout the day, there will be hands-on learning activities, workshops and performances for all ages to explore the interplay of arts and science.


KidSpirit ACES Program: Open 7:30am-5:30pm in Langton Hall

Recommended Ages: School Age Children
For More Information:
Not able to take off the entire day to spend with your children on campus? KidSpirit’s ACES program is open on the 14th. Register your child (fee charged) for part of the day and explore campus with them the other part!


Child Development Center Open House: 9am-3pm Bates Hall, Child Development Center

For More Information:
Come and visit the OSU, Child Development Center. We are a Head Start, Pre-K, research, and teaching facility. Visitors are welcome to come in for a tour any time between 9am-3pm. In addition, one of our classrooms will be open between 9:15-10:15am & 1:15-2:15pm. We hope to see you!


Arbuthnot Dairy Center Cheese Sales: Drop in 11am-1pm Withycombe Hall 159

For More Information: 
Stop in and see, sample and buy some Beaver Cheese made right here on OSU’s campus!


Music a la Carte: 12-12:45pm Memorial Union Lounge

For More Information:
This free, lunch-hour concert series has been a tradition at Oregon State University since 1969. The concerts take place in the beautiful Memorial Union Lounge, most Fridays during fall, spring and winter term, beginning at 12 p.m. and lasting for approximately 45 minutes. They feature a variety of OSU music ensembles, faculty and student musicians, as well as regional, national and international guest artists.


OSU Softball vs UCLA: Game starts at 3pm

For More Information:
Did you know you can watch OSU’s softball team play for free?! The game begins at 3pm at the OSU Softball Complex. Wear your Beaver gear! Go Beavs!

 Bring Your Kids to Campus Day 2017