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Youth & Adult Activities

Summer 2014 Recreation Registration now open
for May through August programs.

- Click here to view the new Summer "Playbook" or recreation guide. (Note: 6 MB pdf file)
- Click here to review programs and register online.

Youth Activities

Check our current offerings in: Youth Enrichment

Ages 6-12
Whether your child is looking for an adventure or an opportunity to learn new skills our enrichment programs are as varied as the youth we serve. Depending upon your child's age they may choose from Art, Gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, Horseback Riding, Ice Skating, Spanish, Skateboarding, After School Orchestra, Theatre or Cheerleading.

FREE Summer Youth Programs:

Celebrate summer recreation with Bend Park & Rec! Each summer there are offerings of free youth recreation programs including these great activities below.

For a handy list of Kids' Summer Freebies, download our Kids' Freebies flyer now!

Days of Play FreePlay in the Parks (formerly MAGIC in the Park): FREE

Crafts • Games • Sports • Play
Ages: 4 - 10

Locations / Days / Times:
Orchard Park: Mondays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
    6/23 – 8/11
Pilot Butte  Park: Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    6/24 – 8/12
Harmon Park: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
    6/24 – 8/14
Larkspur Park: Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
    6/25 – 8/13
Sun Meadow Park: Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    6/26 – 8/14
Al Moody Park: Fridays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
    6/27 – 8/15 (no program 7/4)

The Bend Park and Recreation Foundation along with community sponsors is proud to present Days of Play FreePlay (formerly MAGIC) for its 18th summer – providing children in our community the opportunity to participate in crafts, water play, field games, sports activities and much more. Come enjoy these great recreational activities at no cost.

All the FreePlay parks are also Bend-La Pine School District Summer Lunch Program locations, too!

Proud Sponsors: Bend Park & Recreation Foundation American Licorice • Bryant, Lovlein Jarvis, Attorneys at Law • Bigfoot Beverages •  Newport Market

NOTE:
This program may be canceled without prior notice due to bad weather.

FreePlay is not a daycare program and should not be used as such. Every child under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a person over the age of 16. This program does not require registration. Children may come and go as they wish.

Because of the popularity of this program, take-home activities will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and limited to one per child.

Family Fitness In the Parks - FREE

All Ages

Hop, skip, jump across the grass, walk the trail, stretch outside as a family. Be fit, active and live a healthy lifestyle. Class concludes with community time; bring a water bottle and healthy snack.

Mondays:  11:30 am – 12:30 pm

6/23   Miller’s Landing Park
7/21    Larkspur Park
8/18   Juniper Park

 

Discover Nature Days: Presented by the Deschutes Children’s Forest Partners - FREE

Thursdays, 
7/10 - 8/14
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ages: 5 - 10

Bring your family to a different park each week for an interactive experience and learn, play and have fun in nature!

7/10:  Quail Park
The Invisible Tracker presented by Wildheart Nature School: Learn how to walk like an invisible fox, understand the science behind bird language and discover the art of being undetected while tracking in nature!

7/17:  Hollinshead Park
The Power of Plants presented by Discover Your Forest: Discover how plants make their own food and support ecosystems through hands-on science activities!

7/24:  Sawyer Park
Watery Wonders presented by Upper Deschutes Watershed Council: Learn about the health of the Deschutes River, explore water, discover stream critters and have fun!

7/31:  Wildflower Park
Birds of Prey presented by High Desert Museum: Experience an up-close encounter with a raptor and learn about the exciting adaptations of birds of prey.

8/7:  Al Moody Park
Wild About Wilderness presented by Discover Your Forest: Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and learn why Wilderness is important through a fun and interactive puppet show.

8/14:  Ponderosa Park
Predators and Prey presented by The Environmental Center: Have fun learning about the diverse critters that call Central Oregon home through exciting games and interactive science activities.

For more information about the Deschutes Children’s Forest, visit www.deschuteschildrensforest.org

Art in the Parks - FREE

Ages: 5 - 10
Tuesdays: 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

Join the Art Station and local artists to learn about the natural colors, textures and patterns that occur in our environment. You’ll be inspired by nature’s beauty and other artists to create a masterpiece. Every child under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

7/8: Columbia Park

7/15: Larkspur Park

7/22: Al Moody Park

7/29: Miller’s Landing Park

8/5: Ponderosa Park

 Youth Outdoor

Check our current offerings: Youth Outdoor

Our youth outdoor programs include a variety of outdoor activities.  All programs are a great way to make new friends, stay in shape, and explore and enjoy Central Oregon's fantastic landscape.

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Teen Enrichment

Check our current offerings:   Teen Enrichment

Ages 11-18
Teens are always looking for what's new or on the cutting edge. We provide opportunities for challenge, adventure and exploration in a safe, guided environment. Depending upon your teen's age they may choose from Rock Climbing, Skateboarding, Fencing, Cooking, Art, Hip Hop, Theatre, Horseback Riding, Cheerleading, or Ice Skating. 

Adult Enrichment

Check our current offerings:    Adult Enrichment

Whether you are interested in expanding your knowledge, meeting new people, doing something active, or all of the above, we've got lots of great choices for you.

Art, Crafts & Cooking

Check our current offerings:   Arts, Crafts & Cooking

We have a variety of art classes, many offered through partners such as the Art Station. These  include painting, drawing, clay workshops, sculpture and more.

Fitness & Wellness

Check our current registration class offerings:   Fitness & Wellness

Check our current drop-in class offerings:   Juniper Swim & Fitness Center     Bend Senior Center

Try one of our great physical and wellness activities such as Women's Self Defense, Fencing or Karate. 

Parenting

Check our current offerings: Parenting

Need a little help? We partner with some wonderful organizations to help give you tools for parenting. Some class offerings include: Effective Discipline, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, or a series on Parent Education.

Expanding Knowledge

Check our current offerings: Education / How-to Classes

Everything from Wine Tasting to Digital Photography. Pick up one of our program guides or download it here for exact descriptions.

Adult Outdoor

Check our current offerings: Adult Outdoor

Our adult outdoor programs include hiking, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and several multi-day adventure trips.  All programs are a great way to make new friends, stay in shape, and explore and enjoy Central Oregon's fantastic landscape.