No matter what time of year, there’s always something for children in Bend.  I’ve my grandchildren visiting soon and did some research – Here’s a handy list of things to do:

Visit a local Alpaca ranch – – you can feed the alpacas for $3 a bag and they’re super cute, great for all ages and they have a lovely gift shop too!

The library here has some great programs – all free – these photos are from the East Bend Library

Columbia Park – a great play area with a pirate ship to explore, it sits on the river banks in town and is rated one of the top little parks in the area!

Rotary Clubs of Bend funded the construction of an “all children’s playground” in Larkspur Park, to celebrate the Centennial of the Bend Rotary Clubs.

Riverbend Park gives the opportunity to float the river, hang out, play soccer, ride bikes around the path and just play and picnic –

Juniper Swim and Fitness has a children’s program with an indoor pool and duck slide –

High Desert Museum – – offers lots of programs for the family, along with visiting the river otters as they lunch in their museum habitat and birds of prey presentation.  There are also porcupines to visit and various exhibits for great learning opportunities.

River otters at the High Desert Museum

A complete list for summer activities, including some already mentioned can be found here –

And not forgetting winter –  If you have a 42” or taller child/children – try snow tubing at Mt Bachelor –

Lastly, if you’re flying out, the Bend Redmond airport has a great little play area right before you go through security, so to get those last minute wiggles out, stop there for a few minutes and let your little ones play!

I was a forever San Diego/Lake Tahoe gal for 37 years until I visited Bend and fell in love ... with everything about this beautiful city. I raced back to So Cal, got a moving van, packed everything I loved (and couldn't live without) and hit the road for Bend, Oregon. Just like that. Now I'm a "Bendonian" discovering everything about the city and surrounding areas. And I want to share it all with you, the good, the wonderful and the best places to shop and eat. So I started this blog to document both the journey and to find ways to make it easier for you when you pull up stakes and strike out for your own life in Bend!

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