Spring 2017 Calendar

Fill Your Family Calendar with Fun

Quidditch Matches Bend Parks and Rec


April 7

First Friday Splash & Fun

SWIM—Mom, Dad! Drop the kids off
at JSFC and head to First Friday in downtown Bend! In the care of trained, fun-loving staff, children can participate in a variety of exciting activities such as science experiments, crafts and games, create their own healthy snack and, of course, swimming!

Juniper Swim & Fitness Center | $11-$17


April 8

Backwards Day

ACTIVITY — Parents, drop your kids (ages 3-10) off for a night of fun. Dinner, snack, movie and craft are all included. Advanced registration is required via website.
Bouncing o the Wall | $20


April 9

Salmon Run

RUN — Join one of Bend’s oldest races, celebrating the migration of the salmon. Choose the perfect distance – 1/2 mara- thon, 10k, 5k or Little Fry children’s race. William Healy Armory Parking Lot


April 9

Great Conversations Puberty Classes

TALK— Hilarity meets reality with facts about kids growing up. Facilitated by Dr. Rob Lehman and Julie Metzger, RN, MN this workshop is geared for pre-teens, age 10 – 12, plus parents. Separate classes for boys and girls.The Riverhouse Convention Center | $65.


April 10

Fledgling Fun Bird Class

LEARN—A fun afternoon of learning, fun and games all about birds for kids K-5 ( but all ages welcome). Second Monday of every month.

The Environmental Center | Free


April 12

Redmond Teen Writing Group

WRITE — Hone your writing skills as you practice writing poetry – blackout poetry, haiku, and other fun stuff for Poetry Month.

Redmond Library | Free


April 12

Backpack Explorers

LEARN—Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting artifacts while journeying through the museum’s nature trails and exhibits. Foster artistic expression in your little one and take home activities to continue the learning. Recurring each Wednesday

and Thursday in April and May.

High Desert Museum | $10 member, $15 non-member.


April 13 Every Wednesday Onwards Big Kids Yoga

YOGA — This class is for older kids who want to learn more of the fundamentals of yoga through more technical yoga games and a deeper exploration of postures and ow sequences.

Namaspa Yoga Studio | $5-$6


April 15

Discover Nature Days

LEARN — Learn about the incredible life cycle of the monarch buttery. Join for two hours of art, science and play while learning about the natural world and exploring local parks. Ages 5-10.
Miller’s Landing Park | Free

childrensforestco.org/discover-nature- days/

April 15

Underwater Egg Hunt & Rubber Duck Races

FUN — Easter-themed aquatic fun such as underwater egg diving and rubber duck races. Space is limited, reservations required.

SHARC | $10-15


April 17 Every Monday Onwards

Children’s Yoga: Movement & Music

YOGA — Designed for children aged 4-8, this class is a playful way of introducing children to the miracles of movement, yoga and music.

Bend Community Healing | $10


April 20

Are We Ahead of the Game?

LEARN – Join Dr. James Bryan, Neuropsychologist for the Portland Timbers, in
a community conversation about concussion awareness and management for all, including parents, students, and coaches. 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Bend High School | Free


April 22 & 23

Ban Film Festival

FILM – Ignite your passion for adventure! A fundraiser for REALMS Magnet School, the Banff Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories. Jour- ney to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks.

Tower Theatre|$22 Advance, $25 Day of Show


April 28

Cosmic Bouncing

BOUNCE — Get your glow on with glow in the dark family fun night! Wear white or bright clothing and bring glow sticks. Pizza and soda included for up to four people. Advanced registration required via website.

Bouncing o the Wall | $20


April 28

Preschool Parade

FUN — Join other preschoolers with stories, songs and crafts that develop early literacy skills.
Downtown Bend Public Library | Free


April 29

Museum & Me

LEARN — A time for children and adults with physical, cognitive, and/or social dis- abilities to enjoy the High Desert Museum after hours.

High Desert Museum | Free


April 29

Family Karaoke Saturdays

SING — Featuring a music library of more than 25,000 songs and a professional sound system. Serving healthy food along with tasty drinks. Every Saturday night. Looking Glass Imports & Cafe | Free.


May 1, 8, 15

Mommy Daddy & Me

LEARN —These classes incorporate
art, storytelling, animal demonstrations, games, movement, music and literature into an enjoyable class for both children and adults. Themes: May 1st: Chickens and Dinosaurs!
May 8th: Scavenger Hunt! May 15th: Weather!
Wild Heart Nature School | $33-44 for all 3 classes


May 2

Fit Kids Dance & Play

DANCE— Come learn the magic of dance with different dance styles and rhythms, along with fun music and games. Ages 4-11. Occurring through May.

Juniper Swim and Fitness | $8


May 5

Exhibit Opening: Kids Curate

LEARN — An exhibition of musical instruments created by Three Rivers Elementary 4th and 5th graders. Over a period of half a school year, the students worked with museum staff, professional musicians and science experts to learn about the science of music and how to build instruments.

High Desert Museum | Free with museum admission


May 5


THEATRE — Based on Disney’s Oscar- nominated lm, Mulan JR. is a heartwarm- ing celebration of culture, honor and the ghting spirit. With hit songs and a story packed with action, humor and heart, this performance brings ancient China to life with a modern twist. Through May 14.

Beat’s Children Theatre | $15 adults, $10 children


May 6

Scats & Tracks

LEARN — Explore how animals leave information about their presence in the wild while learning keen observation skills about how to interpret these signs.
High Desert Museum | Free with museum admission

May 8

Fledgling Fun Bird Class

LEARN—A fun afternoon of learning, fun and games all about birds for kids K-5 (but all ages welcome).

The Environmental Center | Free


May 9

Tiny Explorer Meetup

OUTDOORS—A time for new families to get together in the outdoors. Meetups are hosted by volunteers providing program information and suggestions for activities. The program is targeted for families with infants from 0-2 years old. First Tuesday of each month.

Pilot Butte Neighborhood Park | Free


May 12

Family Movie Night

FILM—A night of family fun with bouncing and a movie on the big screen! Pizza and soda are included for up to four people. Advanced registration required via website.

Bouncing o the Wall | $20


May 13

Discover Nature Days

LEARN—Learn how to walk like an invisible fox, the science of bird language and the art of being undetected while in nature. Join for two hours of art, science and play while learning about the natural world and exploring local parks. Ages 5-10.

Shevlin Park | Free


May 13

Todrick Hall Straight Outta Oz Tour

THEATER — Broadway Actor, MTV star, and American Idol Finalist, Todrick Hall is putting a new “twister” on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. With over 20 original songs, Hall brings to life this American Classic like you’ve never seen it before. This show is great for the family with powerful musi-

cal numbers, sensational choreography, dazzling costumes and a great social message.

Tower Theatre | $39.50


May 15

Kids Rock Choir

MUSIC—Kids ages 12 and under with only one goal: to have a great time sing- ing their faces off! No training, experience or long-term commitment is required to join in. Each Monday.

Various locations | $10


May 20 & 21

Disney’s High School Musical JR

THEATER—Thoroughly Modern Productions presents the Disney Channel’s smash hit musical phenomenon! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike.

Tower Theatre | $22.50


May 21

Kid’s Mini Pole Pedal Paddle

ACTIVE—Does your child love competition and camaraderie? Come take part in the kid’s version of the famous PPP relay race. Teams of 6 kids will begin with a teamwork challenge, then move into some serious fun with the obstacle course. Great viewing for parents, since it’s all in one place.

Old Mill District | $150 for team

May 27

Fit Kids Yoga & Play

YOGA—Active yoga poses and fitness games promote a creative mind, healthy body and open heart. The goal is to help young kids live a healthy lifestyle by showing them fitness is fun. Ongoing.

Juniper Swim and Fitness | $8


May 27

Happy Girls Run

RUN—Moms, come on down for an active day at the races and bring your kids, too! Choose your distance – 1/2 marathon, 10k or Happy Little Kids run.

Riverbend Park


May 27

Mismatched Day

BOUNCE—Kids can wear the craziest mismatched combination of clothes they can nd while they bounce. Pizza and soda included for up to four people. Advanced registration required via website.

Bouncing o the Wall | $20



Start the day off early with a Mother’s Day Brunch

A mimosa, a latte and a delicious breakfast to kick start the day? Go big with a special Mother’s Day brunch. Brasada Ranch, Pronghorn Resort and Five Pine Lodge all boast views, wilderness appeal and scrumptious farm fresh eats. Looking for an in-town option – McMenamins is your spot with famous French toast washed down with freshly squeezed greyhounds. Or try the local eats at Chow, the smoked salmon at Victorian Cafe or the eggs benedict at Bad Wolf Bakery. Bask in the sunshine and watch the river flow in The Old Mill with several dining options there, such as Anthony’s and Greg’s Grill. For a “Sunday drive” head to Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards for a brunch with a special wine tasting.

Get Active

Now that you’ve eaten, walk it off with a leisurely stroll down the river trail near the Old Mill. Head south for rushing waterfalls and north for spectacular canyons views. Cycling out and around Tumalo can be an adventure for older aged kids, while

the trails at Eagle Crest Resort offer safer paved options for younger kiddos. To get your heart racing, go spelunking – book a lava cave tour with Wanderlust Tours and explore the many under- ground systems. Or grab a paddleboard rental at Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe and paddle your way up the Deschutes. Activities, laughter and ad- venture – a perfect day to show gratitude for Mom!

Explore and Educate

It’s easy to get cultural with a quick stroll through Tin Pan Alley with its many public art murals. Window-shop your way through downtown or the Old Mill and take in a movie at McMenamins or Tin Pan Theatre. With the many rotating exhibits at the High Desert Museum, why not grab Mom and take in the “Capturing Time” exhibit or search for the many animals that live there. Now, cap the day off with a sunset happy hour at Crux that the whole family, and hey, even the family pet can enjoy. And remember, shower Mom with praises and thanks today — she deserves it!

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