Albany Summer Passport

The Albany Passport Program gears up for family fun.

“There is nothing to do” are five words no parent wants to hear from their kids in the summertime, but fear not! The Albany Visitors Association has the perfect solution for getting out and about.

This year’s Albany Summer Passport Program offers children and their families fun activities that invite them to explore their community.  The program was built to engage children at the elementary level, with the design that family members of all ages will accompany the kids on their adventures. 

The 2021 Passport season provided a good example: a family with 5 children, including one in a stroller on up to the oldest just about to enter middle-school.

“It’s something that I look forward to all year,” said Allanna Cox, a mother whose family of three has participated for 10 years. “We get out of the house and make some really fun memories. We learn more options for activities and restaurants/businesses in the area… some of which have become favorites to visit again and again.”

Whether you live in or around Albany, or if you’re visiting for even a few days, you can tailor the Albany Passport adventure to what you want to do, and on your time schedule.  Visiting locations can be spread out over a couple of summer months or squeezed into a weekend’s quick visit.  You don’t have to visit all the stops to participate, so visitors in town for a couple of days can join in and even be eligible for prizes.

This summer, maps will again list and mark all the locations.  An “All Over Albany” map gives you a larger overview of our family-friendly and active town. For example, you can exercise at the YMCA or visit an outdoor pool, eat ice cream or pizza, or see a working turbine in a flour mill founded in 1858.  A “Downtown” map has multiple stops concentrated within a 3- by 5-block area. The Downtown map provides easy walking distances to shopping, dining, antiques, movies, parks and a carousel!  Both commercial and residential areas of downtown also feature historic buildings that range from the 1850s to the turn of the 20th Century.

The 2021 Passport had 36 places to visit. “We have challenged ourselves to go to every stop each year,” said Cox, who added that there’s always something surprising. “Enigma (a Passport newbie in 2021) was totally new to us.” She added that she and her family then wanted to schedule an escape-room visit.

Mary Pendley, owner of Enigma Escape Experience with her husband, Brendon, said that she was glad that a 2021 Passport family wanted to make a reservation. A unique entertainment in Albany, Enigma’s escape rooms provide an active adventure where you find clues and solve puzzles as a team to escape a room that tells a story. “We were excited to be part of the (Passport) program in 2021.”

“We’re including a Kids’ Room this year for ages 8-12 years,” Pendley said. “The Enigma experience can be fun for many ages.”

Gabe Anderson, owner of Margin Coffee, which roasts its coffee locally, says they will participate this year. Anderson says he enjoys reaching out and being an active part of the community. “I get to visit more with current customers and meet new people and new customers and hear their story” he said.

Anderson says that he thinks that the Passport program definitely brings more people downtown, but that he also feels part of the town-wide Albany businesses that are also part of the passport program. “It definitely has to be a committed effort by the whole community,” he said.

Cox agrees. “We really appreciate everyone’s time, energy, and effort invested in the passport program. We will definitely do itin 2022,” she said. “It’s a family tradition.”

Written by Molly Miller.

SAVE the DATE for the 2022 Passport Program Kickoff!

The 2022 Albany Summer Passport Program will begin with a fun kickoff party for the whole family! Kids can get a passport and have their photo taken for the passport plus more fun activities.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Monteith Riverpark

11 AM to 2: PM

Check back for more information.

Questions? Please contact info@albanyvisitors.com

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Hi kids and families!

Discover new places, visit some of your favorite locations, learn about Albany and enter raffles to win prizes in the 2021 Albany Summer Passport Program!

The program is geared toward elementary-aged children, but their siblings, parents and grandparents are welcome to come along. The program is free and offered through a partnership with Albany Downtown Association, Albany Regional Museum, Albany Visitors Association (AVA), City of Albany, Historic Carousel & Museum and Monteith Historical Society.

The Passport: Your passport is your guide to finding participating locations with a map and compass rose to help you find your way.

The Hunt:  Thirty-six participating partners will display a poster in their window with a mystery task to complete. When possible, you will also be able to enter businesses to have your passport stamped. Take your time and have fun! When finished, drop off your passport on or before Monday, Aug. 16, at the AVA office, 110 3rd Ave. SE in downtown Albany. Include your address if you would like your passport returned.

The Challenges and Prizes: Watch for your Passport E-Newsletter for new challenges each week to win prizes, donated by the participating businesses. Challenges will be announced each Thursday and due the following Tuesday.

The first challenge is to take a photo of your completed passport signature page and either post it on the Facebook page, or email to info@albanyvistiors.com by Tuesday, July 6, 5 p.m.

At the end of the summer, participants’ names will also be entered into a drawing for more fabulous prizes. Passport holders do not have to visit every location to be entered in the final drawing. Good luck!

End of Program Celebration: Find the Albany summer Passport booth at the Carousel Carnival, Saturday, August 21, get a HUGE congratulations for exploring Albany, see if you won one of the final raffle prizes and get your passport returned, if you want.

The Partners: Businesses and locations who graciously have donated their time and prizes are: Albany Antique Mall, Albany Area Chamber of CommerceAlbany Downtown AssociationAlbany Farmers’ Market, Albany Fire Department, Albany Historic Carousel & MuseumAlbany Public Library, Albany Regional MuseumAlbany Visitors AssociationBJ’s Ice CreamBrick CircuitBrigitte’s Place Fine FabricsCitadel Oasis, Corvallis Knights, Downtown Carnegie Library, Gallery Calapooia, Infinite Air CenterLittle Wuesten Cafe, Margin Coffee, Midway FarmsMid-Willamette Family YMCAMonteith House MuseumNatural Sprinkles, No BaloneyPix TheaterSouthpaw’sSpearit BeadsTalking Water Gardens/City of AlbanyThe Frame HouseThompson’s Mills State Heritage SiteUrban Ag Supply, Wicked Comics. And a special thanks to MoreInk.

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