Hero for a Day
  • Date
    12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Location
    Bob Keefer Center
    Eugene, OR
  • Description
    Calling all Heroes! Hero For a Day is a chance for kids of all ages to come together and learn what it takes to be a hero! Meet your favorite comic book characters in person, and then meet real-life heroes like firefighters, first responders, scientists, medical personnel, and more! Forge your own superhero identity, don a cape and mask, and learn how to change the world! More information about 2023’s Hero For a Day event is coming soon.

Event Information

Hero For a Day is a chance for kids of all ages, genders, and backgrounds to come together and learn what it takes to be a hero. Kids meet their favorite comic book characters in person, and then learn how to be a hero themselves from real-life community heroes like firefighters, first responders, scientists, medical personnel, and more! Attendees participate in hands-on activities and get up close and personal with their role models and community advocates. Explore a fire engine, race model cars, and meet animal ambassadors like K9 police dogs, therapy goats, and native reptile species! Attendees forge their own superhero identity, don a mask and cape, and learn how to protect the environment, prevent fires, save lives, and more.

Hero For a Day empowers local community kids and at-risk youth to make positive choices and do good in their community. Providing a child with a cape and a superhero identity reminds children that they have the power to change the world.

More information about Hero For a Day 2023 is coming soon. Check back later for dates, times, and details about next year's event!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this event only for boys? Not at all! Kids of all genders deserve the chance to be a hero. 

Is this event only for foster kids? This event is for kids of all backgrounds. Foster kids attend the event for free, but community kids are welcome to join in the fun for a small ticket fee. All proceeds from the event go to helping foster and at-risk youth.

Can I drop my kids off at the event and pick them up afterwards? No, children must be supervised at all times during the event.

What time is the event? Are there specific time slots, like at Princess For a Day? How long does the event last? Hero For a Day lasts from 12pm to 3pm at the Bob Keefer Center. There are no assigned time slots, and families are welcome to attend at any period during those hours. The event is self-guided: you and your child explore the booths and stations at your own pace. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on your child's speed. Younger children typically take longer to peruse the event than teenagers, and so we typically recommend that families with young children come in the earlier half of the event.

My child would love this, but we can't afford it. Are there scholarships available? A Family For Every Child strives to make our events as accessible as possible for children of all backgrounds. Foster children and children in the AFFEC Mentor Program attend the event for free. In addition to this, we are excited to announce that we've partnered with Relief Nursery and ShelterCare to offer free admission to families in their network as well. If you do not fit these criteria, and feel that money is an obstacle to your child's attendance, please email us directly at events@afamilyforeverychild.org to enquire about scholarships.

Will my favorite superhero be there this year? What about my favorite station from last year? We love the passion our community has for superheroes and Hero For a Day. Unfortunately, do to the ever-changing nature of our community's businesses, as well as our status as a nonprofit, we can not guarantee that one particular station or hero will be there on any given year. The activities at the event are always changing, which allows for a new experience each year for our repeat heroes! That being said, we always take fan-favorites into account when planning our events.

I'm having issues with the sign up form. It won't submit, or I'm not sure if it submitted. Is there a way I can check? We're so sorry to hear that you've been having trouble with the sign up form! If your registration goes through successfully, you'll recieve a confirmation email. The sign up form has difficulties working with mobile devices, we strongly reccomend using a laptop or desktop computer to complete the form. Still having issues, or need to confirm your registration? Email us at events@afamilyforeverychild.org, or give us a call at 541-343-2856. We'd be happy to double check your information, or enter your registration directly into our system.

Will we get a physical invitation to the event in the mail? At this point in time, we are not sending out physical invitations to Hero For a Day. Upon registering, you will receive a digital registration receipt.

Are walk-ins accepted? While pre-registration is highly reccomended to ensure your spot at the event, walk-ins are accepted on the day of. 

I would love to get involved. Are you still looking for volunteers? A Family For Every Child's events are almost 100% staffed with volunteers. We always have volunteer positions available in all of our events, and are likely in urgent need of more help! If you're interested in volunteering at Hero For a Day, please click the red 'Volunteer' tab the top of the page, or contact us directly at events@afamilyforeverychild.org, or 541-343-2856.

How do businesses and organizations sign up to have a table or activity station at the event? Is there a cost associated with it? We love giving local heroes, businesses, and organizations the chance to work one-on-one with the kids in our community, and the kids love hearing about all types of professions and activities. Do you have a business, organization, job, or after-school program you think could be a valuable resource to kids? Contact us directly at events@afamilyforeverychild.org, or at 541-343-2856, to enquire about hosting a table or activity at Hero For a Day. While we can't guarantee we can accommodate every request, there are no fees associated with tabling at the event.

I'm interested in supporting this event, but I'm unable to volunteer. How else can I get involved? Do you need supplies? As the event grows each year, we're constantly trying to keep up with the demand. We're always on the hunt for capes, masks, and goodie bag supplies for the kids at the event. Interested in helping us make sure every kid leaves the event with a cape and mask? Consider being a real-life hero and shop our Amazon wishlist to ensure that every child leaves the event a hero. Want to donate to the event directly? Use the red 'Donate' button at the top of the page to donate directly to Hero For a Day.