Philomath Museum
Philomath Museum (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Free Family Day at the Museum set for Saturday, July 24 will feature a variety of outdoor fun activities, including “Museum to Museum: Walk, Ride or Roll.” Participants are welcomed to celebrate the Benton County Historical Society’s grand opening of the new Corvallis Museum and then walk, ride or roll along the bike path to the Philomath Museum.

A free day of activities will be happening from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at both museum campuses. Beginning at 10 a.m., participants can “walk, ride or roll” along the bike path to both museums and then enjoy the activities and exhibitions they offer. Participants may want to decorate their own bikes and helmets.

Those in attendance can ride a bicycle-powered carousel, check out Orgelkids’ bike-powered organ or create their own bike-powered spin art. The da Vinci Days Kids Kinetic Teeter Totter Challenge will be set up and participants can hunt for clues in Conundrum House’s game, “Spectres From Benton County Past.” There will also be derby disco fun with the Sick Town Derby Dames and meet the Corvallis Crushers. 

The Corvallis Bike Collective’s “Ask-a-Wrench” program will provide advice on bike repairs. Mid-Valley Bicycle Club will provide bike safety tips and helmets will be available by donation for children and adults, or free for those in need. Watch a Penny-farthing high-wheeler bicycle demonstration, find out about the new Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail (C2C) and Benton County Natural Areas and Parks.

Participants can join a group ride between the museums or ride the bike path in their own time.

Visitors can also learn how bicycles are represented in the community today and the history of transportation in Benton County from horse-riding mailmen to ferries, railroads and electric trolleys. 

For those that work up a thirst from riding their bikes, Jason’s Tropical Sno shaved ice or Go Giddy Pops will be on site.

Participants could choose to take a break along the ride between museums at Starker Arts Park where Corvallis Parks and Recreation and the Corvallis Environmental Center will have take-away activity kits and free stuff.

For those who do not want to ride both ways, they could ride one way and return on the bus using the Coast to Valley Express’s NW Connector, or, take the bus to both museums.

Families can maximize the museum experience by doing a scavenger hunt while exploring the exhibitions.

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