$5 buys summer fun for kids

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      SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Warmer days are here, and on just about any day of the week, you can find a place in Eugene offering affordable family fun.

      "It's our favorite thing to do first thing in the morning because it's still nice and cool and you get the shade form the trees and it keeps them entertained," Annette Sisler said.

      Camp Putt on Franklin Boulevard offers 36 holes of mini-golf. Kids who are 11 and under can play a round for less than $5.

      "At the beginning of the season, we purchased the one passes, so it's free for the kids to come. We end up spending anywhere from two to four hours, depending if you do one side or both sides," Sisler said.

      Or on a really hot day, you can dive right in at Amazon Pool, which opened for the season last week.

      "We've been around capacity the last couple days and that's awesome. We've got a good kickoff to summer for sure," Kate Bishop said. Bishop is the aquatics coordinator at the pool.

      The center caters to all ages with a kiddie pool, lap swimming and a water slide.

      "Our family rate is $15 and that's up to five people," Bishop said.

      Finally, if you really want to cool off, you can head to Prince Puckler's (, an off campus hotspot that's been serving up cool treats for almost 40 years.

      "We have 49 different flavors of ice cream. They rotate around a little bit, but we've got a wide variety. We can make everyone happy here," manager Anita Schendel said.

      Nats: Coconut, because it's delicious.

      Delicious enough that President Obama stopped in six years ago. But even without a presidential visit, this sweet tooth destination has no trouble drawing a crowd.

      "We open at noon, but we stay open until 11 p.m. A lot of times, our busiest time of night will be that last hour," Schendel said.

      Just a few places you can go to escape the summer heat.

      Willamalane is currently selling the 1PASS for $50. That gets you free admission to Camp Putt, Splash! at Lively Park, a ride on any Lane Transit bus and discount tickets to Eugene Emeralds games.