The Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon offers plenty of ways to fill the perfect spring break play date!

Last updated March 16, 2023

The most important thing we can do in a day is to remind someone how special they are, especially the kiddos! Love comes in all shapes and sizes, sweet treats come in many forms and play is essential in enhancing quality of life. With the spirit of play on our minds and in our hearts, we’ve mapped out a perfect spring break play day for the little rascals in your life:

Start with a stop at Red Robin Bend, nestled along the banks of the beautiful Deschutes River, which offers more than 25 outrageously delicious burger options, bottomless steak fry baskets, towering onion rings, Oreo milkshakes and so much more to bring smiles to your sweetie’s face.

Then pop across the lot to Wild Child, a locally-owned store offering a beautifully curated selection of high-quality, sustainable toys, games, crafts, handmade items, books and clothing. We’re talking super soft stuffies, Elsa Beskow books, paper airplane kits and adorable handmade outfits sure to brighten anyone’s day.

Two boys holding stuffed animals at Wild Child Bend and smiling big

Next, make their hearts jump for joy with a Ninja Warrior class at Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play. Their spirits will soar as they tumble and leap through the obstacle course, climb the rock wall and play with fellows in an upbeat and social environment. Check Free Spirit’s website for accurate Ninja Warrior and Open Play schedules.

All that rock climbing and playing with friends will certainly deserve the sweetest of treats which can be found at Sweet Tooth Candy Shoppe!  With bins and bins of handcrafted chocolate, colorful candy and other goodies to choose from, the kiddos will surely find something that not only melts in their hands, but also their heart.

Now it’s time to sink into the oversized seats at Regal Cinemas and share in some laughs watching a feature film like “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” which continues the story of teenage Bill Batson who, upon reciting the magic word “SHAZAM!,” is transformed into his adult super hero alter ego, Shazam. Starring Helen Mirren, Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Adam Brody and Lucy Liu, among others!

For parents, siblings or friends looking to go extra before calling it a day, double your scoops of love and surprise them with stop at Ben & Jerry’s for a lovin spoonful of Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough or the historical fan-favorite, traditional Chocolate Ice Cream!

Family with little girl getting ice cream scoop at Ben Jerry with big smiles on their faces.