Things to Do with Kids
Video: How to Bend a Fun Day with the Kids
Activities and things to do with the kids are endless in Bend, Oregon. From bike rentals to ice cream, Chelsea finds herself with a surrey full of kids and plenty of smiles. Family-friendly fun happens in the Old Mill District. Share how your family likes to have fun with us @OldMillDistrict #OldMillDistrict
Art Station is now part of Bend Park & Recreation District
Bend Park & Recreation District will continue the decades-long tradition of quality art education and play in our community.
Spring programs and classes for children on no-school days and holidays. For more information visit Bend Park & Recreation District.
Wheel Fun Rentals: Bike Rentals in Bend
Rent a Surrey that seats 3-9 people and ride through the Old Mill District and along the river trail. Wheel Fun Rentals has surreys, coupes, cruisers and multi speed bikes, tandem bikes, baby jogger, Norge boards and more.
Visit Wheel Fun Rentals for more information and check out all the bike options. Located at the pump house across the pond from Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria and Café Yumm! at the north end of the Old Mill District. (Opens Memorial Day Weekend for the Summer and Fall Season.)
Self Guided Heritage Tours
The Bend Heritage Walk Mobile Tour covers seven historical sites in downtown Bend. Take the family on a self-guided tour of downtown Bend through the Des Chutes Historical Museum. Find our more and download the free App.
Live Music & Concerts
Catch a live concert with the kids in Bend! And did you know that children two and under get in free at all the Bend summer concerts at the Les Schwab Amphitheater?
Deschutes Public Library
The Deschutes Public Library offers children’s story times (Baby Steps, Toddlin’ Tales and Preschool Parade) at the Downtown Bend and East Bend Libraries throughout the year. Visit Deschutes Public Library for a full list of story times.
High Desert Museum
Wildlife programs—porcupines, otters, reptiles, a bobcat—meet them all up close. Raptors of the Desert Sky—hawks, owls and other raptors—soar overhead. Living History Step back into 1904 and join the Miller Family tending the garden and working the saw mill. Visit the High Desert Museum for more information.
Balloons Over Bend Night Glow and Children’s Festival
Balloons glow brightly against the night sky on Friday, July 26, 2019 at dusk for Night Glow at Riverbend Park.
The Children’s Festival has more than 60 kids activities, including crafts, face painting, bouncy houses and numerous game booths. The festival is free and activities range in price with a portion of proceeds benefiting Saving Grace. Event runs 10am-4pm on Saturday, July 27.
And don’t miss the balloon launches Friday through Saturday, July 26-28!
Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo
The 2019 Deschutes County Fair in Redmond happening July 31-August 4, 2019 offers up family-friendly entertainment including 4-H farm animals, the rodeo, the Family-Fun Zone and carnival rides. Stroll through the barns and see the goats, pigs, bunnies and many more animals raised by local kids.
Birding & Binoculars
The Sunriver Nature Center offers Bird Walks on select dates. During the summer months families will have the chance to see such species as red-winged black birds, Belted Kingfisher, Cedar Waxwings, or even Bald Eagles along the river.
Talks are suitable for kids and adults. All Bird Walks start at the plaza by Strictly Organic Coffee Co.
Regal Theater Summer Movie Express
The Regal Summer Movie Express is a great way to enjoy a morning movie with other families at a great price. This summer enjoy $1 movies on Tuesday and Wednesdays (June -August). Pick a hot day, pack up the kids and watch a kid’s movie in an air conditioned theater at Regal Cinemas with a large tub of popcorn (and even wine and beer for you!). Movies run Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
Pickin & Paddlin behind the shop—live music and boat demos—on the banks of the Deschutes River. Boat demos 4-7pm. The opening band begins at 5pm and the headliner is done by 9pm. Tumalo Creek sells tickets on the website. All funds go directly to the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance.
Float the river with rentals from Tumalo Creek. They have floaties, SUP boards, kayaks, and canoes available with life vests and all the gear you’ll need to enjoy the Deschutes River.
NorthWest Crossing Munch & Movies
Munch & Movies runs Friday nights (August-September) at Compass Park. Live music by local musicians starts at 6pm and movies will begin at dusk. Enjoy dinner and dessert from nearby restaurants onsite. Free films on the big screen range from classic horror, unsurpassed comedy, moving drama and exciting action. Bring a low back chair and a blanket.
Kids Rock the Races: A Kids Race Series
Kids Rock the Races gives kids the opportunity to get outside, have fun and experience the excitement of a race! A variety of races run from February through October and include a Kids Root Beer Run, Ballon Blast Kids Run, Kids Droplet Dash, a Kids Harvest Run and more.
The Oregon Observatory and Sunriver Nature Center: Wednesdays in July and August
Solar Viewing and a Great Horned Owl
See the sun through a filtered telescope! The Oregon Observatory will offer Solar Viewing in the Old Mill District. At the same time, see a great horned owl up close and learn more about these beautiful creatures from a Naturalist from the Sunriver Nature Center.
Solar Viewing and Great Horned Owl available from 11:30 noon- 1:30pm, in the plaza next to Strictly Organic Coffee Co. Happening on Wednesdays in July-August.
The Sunriver Nature Center offers —hands-on exhibits about mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds—plus interpretive exhibits, a botanical garden and nature trail. The kids will love it!
Enjoy star gazing in Bend where you’ll learn about the night sky through a constellation tour. Meet the staff from the Observatory on the footbridge in Center Plaza near Anthony’s. Look for the telescopes setting up on Thursdays nights in September-October, from 8-9pm.
The Oregon Observatory hosts guided constellations tours. The Observatory’s retractable roof is a perfect location for year round star gazing.
Drop-in Activities at The Pavilion
There are a wide variety of activities to enjoy including: Ice Skating, Hockey and more. Each Summer and Fall they offer: basketball, pickle ball, badminton, futsal, scootering, skateboarding, rock climbing, ping pong, foosball, cornhole, ladder toss and bocce ball. Look for details, fees and schedule at The Pavilion.
Open Play is free and offered during set times for court sports and open spaces for play and recreate.
Discover Nature Festival
Bring the whole family for a free fun day of outdoor activities each September at Riverbend Park. Nature Arts and Crafts, Wilderness Survival Skills, Stream Exploration, Story Time, Live Birds and reptiles, Games, Food Carts and more. GearFix Outdoor Recreation Zone with canoeing, fly casting practice, archery and bike rodeo. Learn more about Children’s Forest and the Discover Nature Festival.
Bend Science Station
The Bend Science Station offers a wide range of exciting science camps! Bend Science Station has something for the scientist in all of you!
Winter Ice Skating Rink at The Pavilion
The ice skating season starts in November and continues through early April. Single visit fees and discounted 10-visit pass are available. Skate rentals are $3. The outdoor plaza includes fire pits, snow play area, spectator viewing and a small shelter.
Warm up, watch the action on the ice or relax by the fireplace in the elevated viewing room. Free Wi-Fi. The 30,000 square foot Pavilion roof is protected on the south and west sides by translucent panels designed to reduce wind and sun exposure on the ice while maintaining an open air feel.
The Bend Park & Recreation District’s website is packed with information on Open Skate, Skating Lessons, Group Parties, Youth Hockey, Adult Curling and Hockey Leagues, Rentals, Fees, Family Skate, Parent-Tot Skate and FAQs.
Regular Hours early November- early April: Monday – Sunday 8:30am – 8pm. (Holidays and special hours available online). Located at the Simpson & Colorado roundabout at 1001 Bradbury Way.
Cascade School of Music
Cascade School of Music offers a range of music lessons including Sing & Play, Little Singers, Drums 101, Bandamonium, Chamber Music for Strings, Guitar classes, music camp and more for early child and youth. Adult classes include Intro to Blues, Bluegrass and Ukulele.