The Benton County Historical Museum in Philomath will host “Free Family Day at the Museum” on its front and back lawns from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature the theme, “From the Ground Up: Archaeology to Architecture.”
• Children ages 11 and up can sign up to take part in a mock archaeology dig.
• Fitzpatrick Painting and Construction will have a tiny house on the museum property which can be toured.
• LEGO enthusiasts can unleash their inner architect by participating in a competition. To enter the competition, bring one architectural or archaeological building-related LEGO creation to the museum on Saturday. LEGO creations must be no larger than 12 inches tall, 18 inches wide, and 15 inches deep. There will be four age categories — 4 and under, ages 5-211, ages 12-18 and adult. Judging will take place at 2 p.m., with a panel of experts choosing winners in each category.
• Learn about archaeologically related projects from Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School, Northwest Archaeometrics and Benton County Natural Areas & Parks’ Fort Hoskins.
• Lumos Winery and Broadleaf Architecture will detail restoration work on the winery's H Bar H Dude Ranch barn and provide tickets for a complimentary wine tasting.
• Other activities — Arts and crafts by Maxtivity; build a squirrel feeder with Benton Habitat for Humanity; explore architecture with museum docents; build high-rises and houses with free-play architectural building blocks and Lincoln Logs; chalk, bubbles and LEGOs available to little ones thanks to the Benton County Bookmobile and Philomath Community Library; scavenger hunt while exploring exhibits
Concessions will include Hooked on Food, the Grindz Food Truck and Jason’s Tropical Snow. Families are invited to bring a picnic. No alcohol or pets are allowed.