Be sure to fit these family friendly ideas into your summer calendar.


With August’s arrival, summer has hit its stride with getaways, camps, concerts and play dates filling the calendar. Are you feeling the pressure of the waning weeks until school’s return? There’s still plenty of fun to be had with your kiddos in the Old Mill District. Here are a few ideas to squeeze more delicious juice into the Summer of 2016.

Kid-friendly menus include DIY pizza making at Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria


Regal Summer Movie Express

Why not flip the day plan? Pack up the kids to watch a morning movie with other families at the Regal Summer Movie Express. Everyone will be entertained by $1 movies and, as a special smile-inducing surprise, you could always add a bucket of popcorn for an unconventional brunch. Some parents may even want to make breakfast for dinner for a most welcome day of summer surprises.

Movies play on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10am through August 17.


August 2-3

Book Of Life (PG)

Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG)


August 9-10

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG)

Shaun the Sheep Movie (PG)


August 16-17

The Croods (PG)

The Lorax (PG)


Solar Viewing and Great Horned Owl

Have your littles had a chance to see the sun through a filtered telescope? The Oregon Observatory has moved their weekly exhibit to Wednesdays for a perfect pairing of activities in the Old Mill District. Kids will also have the opportunity to see a great horned owl up close while learning facts about our feathered friends from a Naturalist from the Sunriver Nature Center.

Solar Viewing and Great Horned Owl viewings are available every Wednesday  from 11:30-1:30pm, in the plaza next to Strictly Organic Coffee Co.


See the Sights by Bike

Exploring the river trail and shops by bicycle adds a joy factor and picture perfect way to get around. Fortunately, Wheel Fun Rentals is here to help get travelers of every age in motion with a variety of vessels for seeing the sights. Family adventurers can rent from a fleet that includes Surreys, Norge boards, tandem bicycles, kids bikes, trailers and tagalongs. Wheel Fun Rentals is open 7 days a week from 10am – 8pm, weather permitting now through Labor Day.


Kid Friendly Menus

There are tons of kid-friendly menus to choose from and Red Robin remains high on the list of all young diners with its festive atmosphere, burgers, fries and milkshakes. New this summer they are offering special discounts for Pokemon Go participants, which could be a fun way to recognize your junior players.

How about a rice and bean bowl from Cafe Yumm or the homemade chicken strips at Kona Mix Plate? Mio Sushi offers a kid’s Bento Box and Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria has DIY pizza makings available for your young foodie. Patio dining adds an element of fun with bird soaring in the sky, people watching along the Deschutes River and mountain views to inspire conversations for your next family adventure.

Don’t worry, sweet treats are available at all dining establishments though you’ll likely find Ben & Jerry’s beckoning with the promise of ice cream, frozen yogurts and sorbets. Sweet Tooth Candy Shoppe has Dippin Dots and a fabulous range of bulk candy to satisfy everyone in the family.


Do you have a recommended itinerary that puts family fun at the forefront? If so, be sure to share it in the comments. One lucky responder will receive 4 tickets to Regal Cinemas.

Respond by August 12 for your chance to win.