Family Summer Calendar
This summer is jam-packed with great camps, events, and classes for kids and families. Bend Nest has selected a few in each category for your family. For complete listings and more information, also check out these great resources:
Bend Park & Recreation Playbook | High Desert Museum | Art Station | Juniper Swim & Fitness | Children’s Forest of Central Oregon | Cascade School of Music | Cascade Middle School | BEAT Studio | Sylvan Learning Center | Athletic Club of Bend | The Environmental Center | Big Sky Sports Complex | Cascade Indoor Sports | The Source Weekly
Bicycle Motocross Camp
May 16-17, 12:30-4 pm
BMX—Grades 3-6. If you can ride a bike, you can ride BMX! Professional BMX coaches will introduce the sport. Camp is focused on the basic skills needed to safely navigate the track, the starting gate, corners and the bump section of the track along with racing skills. Bring your bike and helmet or we can provide equipment if needed.
Wear closed-toe shoes, long sleeve shirt and pants.
High Desert BMX Track at Sports Complex, 21690 Neff Rd. $100.
Little Kids Pottery Camp
Mon-Thurs, June 15-18, 12:30-3 pm
Mon-Thurs, July 6-9, 9:30 am-noon
POTTERY—Ages 4-6. Get creative with John Kinder to get little ones start early with clay! Fantasy sculptures, super heroes, and slab built castles are just a few fun projects. Every young artist gets to make a few pots on the pottery wheel.
Elk Meadow Elementary School,
60880 Brookswood Blvd. $85.
June 14-19, 9 am-3:30 pm
SCIENCE—Ages 5-12. Camp Invention is where BIG ideas become the next big thing! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities. Kids spend time pushing the limits during high-energy games, working with teammates to construct a freestyle racing cart and taking apart electronics to assemble something new. Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation.
Miller Elementary, 200 NW Crosby Dr. $265.
RAD Camps—RAD Kids
Beginning June 15, 8 am-5 pm
Ages 7-12, and 13 – 17. RAD Camps explores over 50 unique summer adventures in Deschutes and EXPLORE—Willamette National Forests and an occasional State Park. RAD Camps is designed to give kids the opportunity to explore pristine and exciting places while learning about their natural surroundings. RAD Camps emphasizes fun, free play, camaraderie, and an appreciation for the natural world.
Harmon Park, 1100 NW Harmon Blvd. $80/day.
Horseback Riding Camp
June 15-September 4, M-F, 2-5 pm
HORSES—Ages 7-14. Experience hours of riding! Gain hands-on experience as you handle, groom and saddle your horse. Explore a variety of techniques and games to develop horsemanship and confidence. Includes t-shirt; helmet provided. Boots with heel required.
Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr. $295.
Little Dribblers Camp
June 22-25, Mountain View High School, 9 am-noon
July 20-23, Cascade Middle School, 9 am-noon.
BASKETBALL—Grades 1-5. Directed by Mtn. View High School basketball coach Craig Reid and his staff, these camps offer a friendly environment to gain basketball knowledge and experience, develop individual skills and learn team concepts. Includes t-shirt.
Mountain View High School,
2755 NE 27 St.
Cascade Middle School,
19619 Mountaineer Way. $75.
Kids Paddlesports Adventure Camps
Weekly sessions beginning
June 22-25, 9 am-4 pm
WATER SPORTS—Ages 8-16. This camp includes standup paddleboarding
on Elk Lake, flatwater kayaking on the
Deschutes, rafting on the McKenzie and sailing on Elk Lake.
Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe,
805 SW Industrial Way. $395.
Kids Whitefish Kayak Camp
July 6-9, 9 am – 4 pm
August 24-27, 9 am-4pm
KAYAK—Ages 10-16. If your kids are looking for a big time adrenaline rush this summer, sign them up! We will practice paddle strokes, introduce the kayak roll, meet new friends and run some easy Class II rapids by the end of the week. Geared to both beginning and intermediate paddlers with kids being grouped according to their ability. Taught by ACA Certified Whitewater Instructors.
Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, 805 SW Industrial Way. $395.
Smith Rock Youth Climbing Camp
July 7-10, 9 am-4 pm
CLIMBING—Join our coaches for four days of fun and climbing at Smith Rock State Park. This day camp is geared towards the novice to intermediate climber ages 12-16 years of age that have had some previous exposure to rock climbing. Participants will be introduced to proper belay techniques, belay commands, knots, and basic climbing technique and movements.
Bend Endurance Academy,
500 SW Bond St. $350.
Eco Hero Adventures
July 20-23, 8:30 am-5 pm
ENVIRONMENT—Ages 10-13. Discover what it takes to grow food, harness solar power, fix bikes, conduct an energy audit, get around by alternative transportation and be an outdoor guide! Together with the Environmental Center, Commute Options will teach how to bike safely around town while learning about sustainable living. We will explore parks, play games and enjoy the river at lunchtime.
The Environmental Center,
16 NW Kansas Ave. $175.
Mountain View Youth Soccer Camp
July 21-23, 9-11:30 am
SOCCER—Grades 1-5. Both the Mountain View High School boys’ and girls’ soccer programs will be hosting this soccer camp for players of all abilities. Campers will learn skills—dribbling, passing, shooting and defense—needed to compete at the next level. Bring soccer ball, appropriate clothing, water bottle and snack each day.
Big Sky Sports Complex, 21690 Neff Rd. $45.
Pretty Princess Dance Camp
July 28-30, 9:30 am-noon
DANCE—Ages 5-7. Featuring high-energy themes, sessions are filled with crafts, dance games, free movement, ballet, and rhythm dances. From students’ ideas their own dance story will be completed with a mini performance for friends and parents.
Academie De Ballet Classique,
162 NW Greenwood Ave. $75.
Summer Youth Mountain Biking
Mon-Thurs, 9 am-noon. Continues through Aug. 20
BIKING—Ages 6-8, and 9 – 12. Popular ability-based mountain biking skills progression with great coaches who make every ride a fun adventure. Choose 5 or 10 weeks; and one to four days per week. Transportation provided from office out to the trails each morning in the Adventure Bus.
Bend Endurance Academy,
500 SW Bond St. $120.
Mommy & Me at the Farm
Wednesdays, 10:30 am-noon Through May 27
GARDEN—For children ages 24-months to 4 years old. Mommy & Me classes incorporate art, storytelling, animal demonstrations, games, movement, music, and literature into an enjoyable class for both children and adults! At Juniper Jungle Farm there are chickens, turkeys, a pond, a tipi, greenhouses, compost piles, a stream, and many other exciting places to visit. The class is for children accompanied by an adult (dads welcome!).
Juniper Jungle Farm, 22135 Erickson Rd. $33 for four classes. $10 drop-in rate.
Wednesdays & Thursdays,
9:30 am-10:30 am.
EXPLORE—Pre-schoolers and guardian learn about nature, science, and art. Themes change weekly. Pre-registration required.
High Desert Museum, 59800 S Hwy 97. $10-$15.
May 2 & June 6, 11-11:45 am
FUN—Ages 3-5 and family. Rain or shine, take a stroll through the park and explore nature up-close. Be a part of little adventure while looking for birds and bugs to stimulate a child’s sense of wonder.
May 2, Compass Park, 2500 NW Crossing Dr.
June 6, Pine Nursery Park, 3750 NE Purcell Blvd. Free.
May 8, 9, 15, 16—7 pm
May 9, 16—2 pm
May 10, 17—4 pm
THEATER—Horton hears a Who and endeavors to protect Whoville, whose citizen live on a speck of dust, featuring all sorts of fun Dr. Seuss characters!
Summit High School, 2855 NW Clearwater Dr. Adult $15, students $10.
Multiple summer sessions, beginning May 26
KARATE—Ages 3-5. Beginning with the very basics of Tang Soo Do Karate, designed to help children learn disciplines, self-control, confidence and teamwork as well as develop motor skills. Uniform included.
Tang Soo University,
924 SE Wilson Ave. $59.
Strider & Balance Bike Explorers
June 5, 4-5 pm, July 3, 4-5 pm, Aug. 7, 4-5 pm & Sept. 4, 4-5 pm
BIKE—For ages 2-4, riders must be able to do some striding on their balance bikes. We do not have any loaners so riders must have their own bikes. Our group will explore cool areas, play games and work on becoming a team under the direction of one of our awesome coaches. Price is for all four sessions.
Bend Endurance Academy, 500 SW Bond St. $60 for all four sessions.
Lego Still Life: Build & Paint
June 6, 9:30-11 am
LEGO—Ages 4-6. Kids will build a Lego masterpiece and document their design! Spending the first part of the workshop as architects and builders, and the latter as artists capturing our creations with a fun crayon and water resistant paint technique.
Harmon Park Hobby Hut, 1100 NW Harmon Blvd. $25.
Fun With Clay
June 22-25, Ages 6-8: 9 am-noon. Ages 9-12: 1-4 pm.
CREATE—Discover new ways of expressing yourself in clay! Your theme is your choice. Construct and glaze a variety of clay projects from start to finish, stimulating your imagination.
Art Station, 313 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. $90.
Sun Catcher Workshop
June 30, 9 am-noon
ART—Ages 7-11. Let the sun shine through your art! In this workshop we will design a colorful glass sun catcher. Great as a gift or to brighten your bedroom.
Cascade Middle School, 19619 Mountaineer Way. $25.
July 1, 9 am – noon.
WOOD—Ages 7-11. Make toys, boxes and more out of wood! Learn how to safely use a hammer and nails to complete these fun projects.
Cascade Middle School, 19619 Mountaineer Way. $25.
Multiple summer sessions, beginning with July 1, 9 am-4 pm
BACKPACK—Ages 12-15. Learn the fundamentals as we teach about selecting equipment, loading a pack, using stoves, setting up tents, Leave No Trace practices, choosing a campsite and more. Once packs are loaded, we will take a short hike to get a feel for the pack and make adjustments. No previous experience necessary. Equipment available if needed (let us know in advance) or bring your own.
Harmon Park, 1100 NW Harmon Blvd. $46.
July 6-9, 9 am-1 pm
DINOSAUR—Ages 5-10. Be a paleontologist! Explore the world of dinosaurs as we make and examine fossils to find out how they lived. Bring a lunch and water bottle. Brought to you by BPRD’s The Master and Dr. Nope.
Cascade Middle School, 19619 Mountaineer Way. $115.
Get Up & Move!
July 6-9, 1:30-2:15 pm
ACTIVE—Ages 3-5. A fun way for young children to learn basic dance moves and have the opportunity to get their sillies out! They will utilize their bodies to move and burn energy while using colorful scarves, hula hoops, and other props.
Larkspur Park, 1700 SE Reed Market Rd. $30.
July 13-16, 1-4 pm
MASKS—Ages 9-12. Work with a partner to create a mask from your face. Using plaster cloth, paper mache and photos, you will design a life-sized, three-dimensional mask expressing your theme of choice.
Art Station, 313 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. $90.
Cultural Happenings & Music
Sisters Poetry Fest
May 1, 6:30 pm
POETRY—All ages. Sisters Middle School students perform their art-inspired original poetry.
Paulina Springs Books, 252 W Hood Ave., Sisters. Free.
BIKE—The Walk+Bike Challenge is a friendly competition aimed at encouraging more kids and families to walk and bike to and from school and throughout their neighborhoods. The Challenge is hosted by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) with support from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), our sponsors (Grouptrail and Chipotle), and other partners. The BTA will hold weekly prize drawings for schools that log trips each week to win extra incentives, gift certificates, and other great prizes.
Various locations. Free.
Garden Work Party
May 9, 10 am-noon
GARDEN—Community garden work party in the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden! Swing by for 30 minutes or the entire two hours as we continue to get the garden ready for spring.
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave. Free.
Youth Fishing Event—Learn to Fish
May 16, 9 am-1 pm
FISHING—Ages 17 and under. Join the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for a free youth fishing event. ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to help young anglers learn how fish. Loaner rods, reels and tackle will be available. The pond will be stocked with rainbow trout before the event. NOTE: A juvenile angling license is required for teens 14-17. All state angling regulations apply.
Pine Nursery Park, 3750 NE Purcell Blvd. Free.
SHARC Annual Soft Opening Weekend
May 16-17, 10 am-4 pm
SWIM—Annual community weekend! Outdoor pools open: lazy river, waterslides, recreation pool, and tot wading pool. The Sunriver Care and Share food bank will be the recipents of the donated entrance food, which serves south Deschutes County communities.
Sunriver SHARC, 57250 Overlook Rd., Sunriver. $5, plus three nonperishable food items (per person four years and older).
The Clarion Call
May 16, noon-2 pm, June 13, noon-2 pm, & July 11, noon-2 pm
PERFORMANCE—Come meet other students earnestly striving to become their “inner performer.” All instructors are encouraged to bring their students down for lunch and an engaging experience they will certainly enjoy. Full professional sound system that will bring ‘em back for more. Dare to be there.
Kelly D’s Banquet Room, 1012 SE Cleveland Ave. Free.
Kids Day in May
May 23, 11 am-4 pm
FUN—This event focuses on kids of all ages include numerous games and activities for every kid. Enjoy the petting zoo; then jump until your heart’s content on the Inflatable Bounce Houses. Experience the challenge of a kid’s obstacle course or rock wall; then head over to the Fire Fighters and Police Officers to see the coolest service vehicles and learn about their jobs.
The Village at Sunriver, 57100 Beaver Dr., Sunriver. Free admission.
High Desert Museum Open ‘Til Dark
May 29, 5 pm-9 pm
MUSEUM—Family-friendly evening event with live music from Truck Stop Gravy, food, and beer tastings from a variety of breweries.
High Desert Museum, 59800 S HWY 97. $8 adult, $5 child.
Happy Little Kids Run
May 30, noon
RACE—This children’s race is part of the Happy Girls Run Bend. Open to both happy boys and girls, this event is a great way to give your little ones some inspirational exercise alongside mom!
Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St. $5.
Sunriver Solstice Family Tennis Tournament
June 18-21, various times
TENNIS—In its eighth year, this tournament has something for everyone in the family! With different age group tournaments, as well as adult singles and doubles tournaments.
North Courts Complex, Sunriver. $20-$30.
4 Peaks Music Festival
June 19-21, all day
FESTIVAL—Intimate and family friendly music fest right outside of Bend! 2015 Line up: The Motet, ALO, Rusted Root, Melvin Seals and the JGB, Poor Man’s Whiskey, The Brothers Comatose, Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings. Polecat, Dead Winter Carpenters, the Pitchfork Revolution and many more! Children of all ages welcome. Tickets required for children over 10.
Rockin A Ranch, 19449 Tumalo Reservoir Rd. Ages 10 and under free. $60-$140 weekend pass.
Bite of Bend—Kids Area
June 19-21, all day
EAT—The Healthy Kids corner is a family-friendly area within the Bite of Bend, featuring several healthy activities just for kids! Children can taste brand new foods and learn about the fun of being adventurous at meal times. Physical activities will be available including the Little Hopper obstacle run, face painting, bounce houses, games crafts, and other activities.
Located off of Oregon Ave., between Wall and Bond. Free.
Little Hopper Root Beer Run
June 20, noon
RUN—Ages 3-10. Little ones like to drink and run too—drink root beer, that is! Join us for another Kids Rock the Races event at The Bite of Bend, this time featuring root beer and ice cream! Participants will run the course while building key components of their root beer float.
Troy Field, across from Bend Public Library, between NW Bond St. and Louisiana Ave. $5.
July 19, noon
ACTIVE—Ages 3-10. This event is focused on fun with an athletic obstacle course designed for. The race will begin with a dash through pools of water and continue through a sea of tires, a slide under a moat, a traverse along a misty balance beam, and a final climb up the monkey bars to the water slide finish! Older kids get to find their stride with a short run out to the river and back before sliding down the water finale.
Old Mill District, 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. $15-$30 depending one when you register.
Balloons Over Bend
July 24-26, launch 6 am, festival 10 am-4 pm, nightglow at dusk
HOT AIR BALLOONS—Rise with the sun and venture to Riverbend Park for the stunning, memory filled balloon launches at sunrise on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Witness the magic of nightglow as balloons filled and lit up against the darkening sky Friday. Have tons of fun and get active during the Children’s Festival Saturday and Sunday with over 60 activities including bouncy houses, face painting, crafts, and education. Balloon Blast Kids Race on Saturday!
Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St. Balloon Blast Kids Race $5. Viewing balloons free. Kids festival price TBD.
July 24, 6-8 pm
FUN—Mommy Mingle is fun night for moms and moms-to-be to get in touch with local children’s resources, shop, eat, drink, and win prizes at our raffle that benefits the Family Access Network.
babyPHASES, 759 NE Greenwood Ave.
Pickin’ & Paddlin’ 2015
Demos 4-7 pm. Music—opener begins playing 5 pm, headliner is done by 9 pm
MUSIC & WATER SPORTS—Kayak, canoe, and standup paddle board demos throughout the late afternoon. Local and regional acoustic, bluegrass and Americana acts in the evening. Food carts, microbrews for 21 and olders, non-profit information tables, and more.
July 29—Brothers Comatose
August 26—Rainbow Girls
September 19—Renegade String Band
Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6. $5. Children 12 and under are free.
Peak Summer Nights
Doors open 5:30 pm
MUSIC—Longest running concert series in Bend’s rich music culture. The series has provided the community the opportunity to experience some of the biggest names in the business. Shows held at The Athletic Club of Bend courtyard provide an intimate and up-close-and-personal experience.
June 30—Gregg Allman
July 22—Melissa Etheridge
September 4—Punch Brothers
The Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr. $25-$30 general admission.