It’s good to be a kid in Central Oregon during the summer of 2021

From forest school to acting classes and cycling programs to paddle clinics, the summer months are the perfect time for kids of all ages to find a new passion or fully embrace the awesomeness that is Bend.


Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe Paddle Sport Adventure Camp (above picture)
For kids who just can’t decide, Tumalo Creek offers a paddlesports adventure week, which includes a day of standup paddleboarding, kayaking, rafting, and kayak sailing. Your child will learn about cooperation and team building in an active and engaged environment, while gaining a greater appreciation for Central Oregon waterways. To learn more or to register your youngster for one of the 2021 four-day camps click here.


Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play
Kids (age 6-12) will have a blast playing in Free Spirit’s incredible ninja warrior gym this summer. Climb their bouldering walls, run the obstacle course, slide down into the foam pit and make it up the warped wall! Plus, campers will be getting outside every day on the grassy areas around the Old Mill District!


Bend Forest School
Bend Forest School has a goal of bringing innate “natural wildness” back into the lives of our young children. Inspired by the European model of Waldkindergartens – all outside, all weather, early childhood programs – Bend Forest School has created an inclusive nature immersion early childhood program that provides children with the opportunity for adult supported uninterrupted and unstructured play time in nature. For children ages 3-5, the Bend Forest School’s summer session runs from June 28 to July 30, 2021.

Bend Forest School.

The PAC at the Pavilion
During the summer, the PAC takes over The Pavilion – Bend’s newest recreation center. Each day is different as you get to choose what you want to do. There are always awesome choices whether you want to “play hard or chill out.” We’re talking sports, water play, floating the river, cool art projects, outdoor adventures, your favorite games and just hanging out with friends, both old and new. PAC participants will even get to create activities and special events! Open to kids ages 8-13.


R.A.D. Camps
Recreation. Adventure. Development. R.A.D. Camps explore over 50 unique summer locations and operates under a special use permit in Deschutes and Willamette National Forests. Here at R.A.D. Camps we have designed programs that give kids, ages 7-17, the opportunity to explore pristine destinations while learning about their natural surroundings. R.A.D. Camps emphasizes fun, free play, camaraderie, and an appreciation for the natural world.


Bend Endurance Academy
The Bend Endurance Academy’s mission is to promote healthy living through active, outdoor experiences. They emphasize teamwork, personal growth and community responsibility. Founded in 2009, BEA features development programs for youth and juniors in rock climbing, cycling and youth, juniors and adults in Nordic skiing.


Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation
The Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation creates opportunities through competitive snow sports programs to support athletes in achieving their individual athletic, academic, and personal goals. MBSEF, which traces its roots back to the Bend Skyliners club that originated in the 1920s, offers alpine, Nordic, snowboarding, freeride ski and cycling programs.


Bend Science Station
The Bend Science Station on the campus of OSU-Cascades annually provides high-quality, laboratory-based science education for more than 7,000 students and their teachers in Central Oregon. They open minds and open doors, empowering young scientists to change lives, including their own. The Bend Science Station runs camps for children who have completed first grade and above. View all of their 2021 summer camp options here.


BEAT Children’s Theatre
Home to summer camps, classes and improve classes, the BEAT Children’s Theatre empowers local youth by fostering creativity, collaboration and self-confidence. BEAT offers instruction in all aspects of the theater, including set painting, dancing and singing, as well as acting classes. Classes are primarily held at the BEAT Children’s Theatre studio in SE Bend, but Redmond sessions are available.