Celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August, Family Day 2017 is officially here! Established as a way to encourage families to spend more time with one another, it’s the perfect occasion to spend summer’s long sunny days with the ones we love! Here in Bend, we have endless options for family fun both in and outdoors, year round. If you’re going to be in town to celebrate the day, check out some of our favorite family-friendly activities below!
Float the Deschutes River
On a hot summer day, there are few things better than floating the Deschutes River! Sit back, relax, and cool off in the company of your loved ones. Beginning at Riverbend Park in the Old Mill District and ending at Drake Park in downtown Bend, this float will provide hours of family fun! We recommend parking at Riverbend Park, using public parking on Columbia Street or using the Ride the River Shuttle ($3 for a full day with stops at Riverbend Park, McKay Park and Drake Park through Labor Day). When floating the Deschutes, be mindful of the rules of the river and be aware that state law requires life jackets for all boaters, paddleboarders and children 12 years old and under.
Take me out to the ball game
For Central Oregon, Bend Elks baseball games are a summertime staple! The Bend Elks are a collegiate wood bat summer league with players from all across the country. With games throughout the summer and general admission tickets starting at $7, a night at the ball field makes for a fun family outing. Visit the official website for ticket and schedule information. Local tip: General admission tickets are $2 every Tuesday, and Wednesday’s are free for children 12 and under!
Home to a countless number of parks and trail systems, Bend is giant playground for outdoor lovers of all ages and skill levels. The Bend Parks & Recreation District manages over 2,700 acres of parkland, including 81 parks and open spaces, and 65 miles of trails. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to picnic, catch a sunset, let the kids run around at the playground, or a hike along the river, there’s something for everyone. Follow the links for a full listing of parks and trails available in Bend.
Bouncing Off The Wall
This 11,000 square foot location is home gigantic, interactive inflatables in a clean, climate-controlled environment. A favorite of Bend Local Expert, Bouncing Of The Wall makes for great family fun! Family Fun Night is scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 6-9 pm. For $25 families for four ($6 for each additional) can get three hours of fun, a large pizza, and two liter of soda! Escape the heat and register ahead here.
History in the High Desert
Since 1982, the High Desert Museum has allowed families to experience the natural and cultural history of Central Oregon. When temperatures rise, head inside to explore the exhibits with the whole family. You kids will have so much fun exploring and checking out the animals of the High Desert, they’ll forget they’re learning! Plan your family visit here.
If you’re visiting Bend on a family vacation, let Locals Compass do the planning for you! Our Family Travel Expert can design a personalized travel itinerary for you, and your family will navigate Bend like a local!