Spring 2016 Family Calendar


February 11

Virginia Riggs Children’s Concert

MUSIC – This concert is fun, informal, and open to all. Come early for the instrument petting zoo, where children can enjoy an up-close experience with the instruments, as symphony musicians play them. Then join us for an interactive concert with audience participation. 
6:30pm petting zoo, 7:00pm concert.

Bend High School | Free

February 12

WHR Motorsports NW Arena

MOTORS – Trucks, motorcycles, and more
petrol-fueled fun!

Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center | 5 & Under Free, 6 to 12 $10, Adults $15


February 12 – May 12

Open Recreation Swim

SWIM – Swimming fun for everyone! Features include low and high diving boards, rope swing, water basketball, inner tubes, mats and more! Recreation swims are open to all ages, however, children 6 years and under must be supervised by a responsible person 14 years or older.

Juniper Swim & Fitness


February 12 – May 12

Parent Child Swim

SWIM – Special time for children 6 years & younger and their parents in the indoor children’s pool. Adult supervision is required in the water with all children. Swim diapers are required for all children who are not toilet trained.

Juniper Swim & Fitness


February 12 – May 12

The Big Play Thing

PLAY – Cascade Indoor Sports is thrilled to have Central Oregon’s newest and largest indoor play structure, with more than 3,000 square feet of climbing adventure! Kids love our “Macaroni” and “Chili Pepper” slides, as well as the foam forest, Tarzan bridge and more!

Cascade Indoor Sports | $5


February 12 – May 12

Snowblast Tubing

SNOW – Located between the Mountain Gateway building and the bottom of Red Chair, the Snowblast Tubing Park is where the rubber meets the snow.  Experience the 800-foot ride full of rollers.

Mt Bachelor | Youth $20 Adult $25


February 12 – 14

Oregon Winterfest

FESTIVAL – Join in the massive celebration of all things winter, featuring national music acts, snow sports, a fire pit competition, ice sculptures, the OMSI Kids Area, fine art, delicious food, beer, wine, and so much more!

Old Mill District


February 12 – 21

The Music Man

THEATER – Professor Harold Hill and his “Seventy-six Trombones” head to River City, Iowa in hopes of conning the town’s people with a marching band scheme and then skipping town. Tony award-winning musical featuring such songs as “Ya Got Trouble”, “Shipoopi”, and “Till There Was You.”

Summit High School


February 13

Parents Night Out

PLAY – Kids will be excited to join us in Fort Funnigan, while parents take the night off.  We will create custom hot chocolate mix, chocolate play dough and have some Willy Wonka movie fun.

Sunriver Resort | Resort Guests $35, General Public $40 | sunriver-resort.com

February 13

Hot Cocoa Run

FITNESS – For aspiring princes and princesses, join in the Kid’s Hot Cocoa Run on Saturday, February 13th. Costumes are encouraged! The race is a mad dash to make the best cup of hot cocoa imaginable! Kids will run from station to station collecting the ingredients, and racing to the finish line.

Old Mill District | $11


February 13  –  the end of the season

Sled Dog Rides

SNOW – Add a wild, magical experience to your Mt. Bachelor get-away with a ride behind a real dog sled team! Stay snug and warm in the sled while the team, along with a professional musher, takes you on an exciting adventure.

Mt Bachelor | Youth $49 Adult $90


February 16

The Unsweet Side of Soda

LEARN – Sugar consumption in the US has reached unreal levels and its rise is mirrored by the rise in many of the chronic health problems that plague Americans. Learn how to break the sugar addiction and improve your family’s health.


February 17 – May 25 (Every Wednesday)

Fit Kids Dance and Play

FITNESS – Kids will be introduced to different dance styles and rhythms, along with fun music and games.
Ages 5 -11.

Juniper Swim & Fitness |


February 17-18

Backpack Explorers

LEARN – Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. New themes weekly!

High Desert Museum | Members $10
Non Members $15


February 18

Harry Potter Story Hour

READ – Drop in for Bonta Gelato’s weekly story hour, featuring Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This is a free event with Harry Potter themed treats and gelato for purchase. Ages: Tiny through Dumbledore, all welcome!

Thursdays 4-5pm

Bonta Natural Artisan Gelato | Free.

February 18

Razzle Jazz Dance Class

DANCE – Enjoy jazz technique using ballet as the foundation, to stretch, strengthen, and inspire you. Floor, center work, and dance exercises with a variety of music each week. Choreography will be taught each week as well. Opportunity to perform in Mary Poppins, June 2016. Thursdays 1:30pm

Academie de Ballet Classique| $56/month


February 19

Bend A Capella Festival

MUSIC – 15 groups sing for the chance to open for The House Jacks on Saturday, February 20th, as well as win $1000!  Members of The House Jacks will decide on the winning group.

Tower Theater | $18, $28


February 19

Moonlight & Starlight Snowshoe Tours

NATURE – Discover the Cascades under the bright moonlight reflecting off the white snow, and look for signs of animals in their nocturnal wonderland! Wanderlust Tours runs monthly moonlight snowshoe trips for the few nights surrounding each full moon from November to April.

Wanderlust Tours | $85 per person


February 19 – 21

A Cappella Festival

MUSIC – The Tower Theater is proud to host the Bend A Cappella Festival. The festival, perfectly situated in the heat of high school and collegiate competition season, offers the opportunity for groups to gain more performance experience, learn and hone new skills, receive vital feedback from professionals in the music industry, and connect with fellow a cappella singers.

Tower Theater | $80


February 22

(Second Monday of every month through May 9)

Decoding Dyslexia Monthly Meeting

MEETING – A grassroots movement driven by Oregon families and educators. We strive to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and improve resources for students with dyslexia in Oregon public schools. Monthly support and education meetings.

Rosie Bareis Campus | Donation


Feb 24 and 25

Learning from Storytelling

LEARN – Stories can transport us to other worlds. For generations, cultures have also used stories to pass on history. Gather round as we explore stories in Native American cultures and practice reciting our very own stories as well.

High Desert Museum | Members $10 Nonmembers $15


February 24-25

Backpack Explorers

LEARN – Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. New themes weekly!

High Desert Museum | Members $10
Non Members $15


February 27

Kid’s Open Studio

ART – Our first open studio for kids! Enjoy open-ended time in the Multi-Media Studio. Work on projects, explore materials, hone skills and share ideas with other young artists. Work independently to use various painting, drawing, mixed media and printmaking materials.

Art Station | $15


February 27 – May 15

(fourth Saturday of every month)

Kid’s Night Out

SWIM – Kids get JSFC to themselves as they swim, play games and have fun with their friends under the supervision of our staff. Drinks and snacks provided. Note: Ages 3 through 5 will enjoy crafts, games and story time. Swimming is not included for this group. 5 and under must be potty trained.

Juniper Swim & Fitness Center | $10 adv, $13 door


February 27 & 28

Eagle Watch

NATURE – Join us for a day of fun for the whole family…live birds of prey, wild eagle spotting, raptor education, kids activities, silent auction, and much more.

Round Butte Overlook Park | FREE


March 1

Design Plates

CREATE – In this 3 hour class, each student will make two 6”x 6” plates with glass artist, Teri Shamlian.

DIY Cave | $95   diycave.com

March 3

Powerful Pollinators

LEARN – Give bees a chance! (And hummingbirds and butterflies, too). This camp will teach about the lives of insects and hummingbirds in terms of pollinating flowers. Through crafts, games, flower dissection and hands-on activities, K-5th grade campers will get to explore the world of pollinators.

High Desert Museum | Members $40
Non-Members $45


March 4

(First Friday of every month)

Splash & Fun

SWIM – In the care of fun-loving staff, children can participate in a variety of exciting activities such as experiments, dancing, and playing games and of course swimming!

Juniper Swim & Fitness Center | $10


March 5

Is Acting For You?

ACTING – Have you or your child wondered if the stage is right for them? This class will introduce simple acting techniques, and character development using costumes/props to see if acting is for you! Short Performance on Sunday. Taught by Mary Kilpatrick

BEAT Studio | $65


March 5

(First Saturday of Every Month Through May 8)

Middle School Night

SWIM – Drop in with your friends and take over JSFC with fun activities in the entire facility, including dance, fitness, and an awesome place to hang out with your friends.

Juniper Swim & Fitness Center | $5


March 7

Table Tennis

SPORTS – Open play Monday nights; play is informal and open to everyone

Boys & Girls Club | 18 and under $2, Adult $3


March 8

Benefit for Boys and Girls Club
Family Night

GIVE – Mark your calendar for a night out at McMenamins! By ordering up burgers, salads, drinks, desserts and more, you’ll be helpin out– in fact, half of the night’s funds go to the Boys and Girls Club!

McMenamins | Prices Vary


March 9

Fledgling Fun:  The Life Cycle of Birds

LEARN – Join Mary Yanalcanlin for an exploration of our local birds geared towards grades K-5 (though all ages are welcome). 3:45-5:15 PM, doors open at 3:15pm.
This session focuses on cranes.

The Environmental Center


March 11

12-Point Kid Inspection

HEALTH – Healthy Beginnings will bring its 12-Point Kid Inspection to Bend.  Healthy Beginnings screens young children in hearing, speech and language, motor skills, cognitive development, vision, dental, nutrition and more.  All children in Central Oregon between the ages of 0-5 and who have not entered kindergarten are eligible for this free screening


March 12

STEAM Team Tech Creations

Dismantle old tech and create something new with the pieces.

Redmond Public Library | Free


March 12

Performance In A Weekend

THEATER – Come be a star! Class members will audition, rehearse, work on simple sets and costumes ending in a performance for family and friends Sunday
at 11:30. Taught by Mary Kilpatrick

BEAT Studio | $65


Teen Writing Group

WRITING – Creative writing exercises and more.

Bend Public Library | Free


March 18

Monster X Tour

MOTORS – Monster Trucks! Fun for all ages.

Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center


Mar 18-Apr 29

Book SmART

ART – Art and literacy – a winning combination! Books will be read aloud and linked to each art project for skill development in both visual and literary arts. Explore painting, drawing and mixed media through play-based activities. Projects vary each session.

The Art Station | $100


March 19-27

Waterslides in Sunriver

SWIM – Outdoor waterslides and lazy river open daily from 12-4pm (weather permitting).  $15/per person ages 4 and over.  Central Oregon Sundays offers residents of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson County a $9 rate every Sunday through May 22. 



March 20

March Mudness

FITNESS – Play dirty with the family!  Come down to Sunriver for the fourth annual, family-friendly obstacle course filled with ooey gooey mud and dirt for those who love to frolic in filth.


Mar 21-24

Paper Mache Critters

ART – Creeping, crawling critters are springing up outside! Make a bug, caterpillar or flying insect out of paper mache. Design your critters with paint, found objects and embellishments.

The Art Station | $115


March 26

Egg Hunt in Sunriver

PLAY – Two kid-centric Easter weekend events back-to-back at SHARC!  Don’t miss the underwater egg hunt for ages 18 mo-12yrs. and the Rubber Duck Race in the outdoor lazy river.  Prizes awarded for top finishers in each wave.  $10/per child per event.  Participate in both events for $15/per child.  Advanced reservations required.



April 1 (Every First Friday)

First Friday Splash n Swim

PLAY – Drop the kids off at JSFC and head to First Friday in downtown Bend! Children can participate in games, dance and of course swimming! Snacks and drinks provided. Save money and register early! Note: kids 10 and older welcome at open recreation swim
during the same time.

Juniper Swim & Fitness | $10 – $16


April 5

East Bend Animal Adventures with
the High Desert Museum

LEARN – Meet a new animal every month, hear
their wild tales, and join in on a fun craft.

For ages 3 and up. Limited to 30 children and
their caregivers.

East Bend Public Library | Free


April 5 – May 24

Bountiful Botany

LEARN – In this class, students will develop a better understanding of plant biology by conducting germination experiments, flower dissections, building chloroplast models and extracting chlorophyll. Students will also perform photosynthetic experiments in addition to investigating carnivorous and sensitive plants.   6th grade and above.  Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:00pm.  Registration opens March 16.

Bend Science Station


April 6 – May 25

Life on Earth

LEARN – In this class, students will investigate the kingdoms of life while growing bacteria colonies, feeding yeast, experimenting with seeds, and dissecting squid. The course wraps up studying the biology of vertebrate animals.  Wednesdays, 12:30-2:00pm or 2:30-4:00pm.  3rd – 5th grade.  Registration opens March 16.

Bend Science Station


April 7 – May 19

Comic Arts

ART – Calling young ‘toonists: let’s get funny, silly or scary as you get serious about learning to create cartoon characters. Using basic pencil and pen-and-ink drawing techniques, students play with line and learn to experiment with personality on paper.

The Art Station | $65


April 8

Preschool Parade

LEARN – Stories, songs and crafts that develop early literacy skills.

Bend Public Library | Free


April 10

Little Fry Run, Salmon Run

FITNESS – Is your Little Fry hatching into a runner? Kids will love being part of the 28th annual Salmon Run race, The Little Fry race is non-competitive, and everyone receives a finisher’s ribbon for participating.

Riverbend Park | $5


April 13

Fledgling Fun:  The Life Cycle of Birds

LEARN – Join Mary Yanalcanlin for an exploration of our local birds geared towards grades K-5 (though all ages are welcome). 3:45-5:15 PM, doors open at 3:15pm. This session focuses on bird mirgration.

The Environmental Center


April 15

Fizz! Boom! Read! Storytime

READ – 3+ years. Stories and science with hands-on experiments.

Redmond Public Library | Free


April 19

Fused Glass Workshop

ART – Fused Glass: Whimsical Settings in Glass

Make a whimsical landscape in fused glass. Create a long, rectangular scene like a town, forest or garden. Artworks will be fired to a tack fuse creating relief and dimension within your landscape. Then, artworks will be slumped into an S-curve to create a dynamic display.

The Art Station | $45 + $55 material fee
due to instructor.


April 26

Collage Art

ART – Primary Colors & Mondrian

Assemble a colorful collage of paper and paint inspired by Piet Mondrian’s famous geometric paintings while learning about the elements of space, shape and primary colors.

The Art Station | $18


May 3

Toddlin’ Tales

LEARN – For children 18-36 months. Participation stories and movement rhymes to enhance social and language development

Bend Public Library| Free


May 7

Family Lego Block Party

PLAY – All ages welcome. Read! Build! Play! The sky is the limit!

Bend Public Library | Free


May 11

Fledgling Fun:  The Life Cycle of Birds

LEARN – Join Mary Yanalcanlin for an exploration of our local birds geared towards grades K-5 (though all ages are welcome). 3:45-5:15 PM, doors open at 3:15pm. A Bird-Day Celebration!

The Environmental Center


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