Every season, we offer activities, programs and events at no cost to participants. The opportunities allow kids and adults alike to have fun, but it’s also a chance for people to get active, try something new and connect with the community. It’s part of Bend Park & Recreation District’s mission to keep recreation accessible to everyone and that includes financially, too.
So, take a look at all our freebies and get out and about, cost-free!
Days of Play
Crafts • Games • Sports • Play
Ages: 4 – 10
Brought to you by Bend Park & Recreation Foundation
ORCHARD PARK – Mondays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
6/26 – 8/14
PILOT BUTTE PARK – Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
6/27 – 8/15 (no program 7/4)
HARMON PARK – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
6/27 – 8/17 (no program 7/4)
LARKSPUR PARK – Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
6/28 – 8/16
SUN MEADOW PARK – Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
6/29 – 8/17
AL MOODY PARK – Fridays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
6/30 – 8/18
The Bend Park and Recreation Foundation is proud to present Days of Play for its twenty-first 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.
Days of Play parks are also Bend-La Pine School District summer lunch program locations, too!
Note: This program may be canceled without prior notice due to bad weather. Days of Play 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.
4th of July Pet Parade & Old Fashioned Festival
Tu: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
At: Drake Park & Downtown Bend
Bring your pet or stuffed animal to the Pet Parade in downtown Bend – line-up at 9:00 am, parade at 10:00 am. Enjoy the music, games, arts and crafts booths and food at the Old Fashioned Festival in Drake Park – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. More on the event page.
Wednesday evenings: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
7/12 Hollygrape Park
7/19 Al Moody Park
7/26 Kiwanis Park
8/2 Providence Park
8/9 Canal Row Park
8/16 Ponderosa Park
8/23 Gardenside Park
Let’s Picnic! is coming back for another summer of fun in your neighborhood! And, it’s all for FREE!
Pack a picnic and gather with friends and family for a delightful evening of live music, games and art activities in your local park! To top it all off, we’ll even bring the ice cream treats! Feel free to bring a blanket and/or chairs (please no glass or alcohol).
Discover Nature Days
Presented by the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon Partners
Ages: 5 – 10
Th: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dates: 7/13 – 8/17
Bring your family to a different park each week for an interactive experience and learn, play and have fun in nature!
Learn more about Discover Nature Days happening throughout Central Oregon at Children’s Forest of Central Oregon’s website..
JULY 13: HILLSIDE PARK
“Special Ops Survivors” presented by Wildheart Nature School. Learn to navigate the world of unpredictability while playing team games and practicing survival skills in nature.
JULY 20: PONDEROSA PARK
“What’s all the BUZZ About?” presented by Discover Your Forest. Meet and greet the local buzzing, burrowing, and creeping bugs of our forests through science activities, stories and games.
JULY 27: PINE RIDGE PARK
“Birds of Prey” presented by High Desert Museum. Experience an up close encounter with a raptor, learn about its amazing adaptations and play a game about bird migration.
AUGUST 3: LARKSPUR PARK
“Predators and Prey” with The Environmental Center. Have fun learning about the diverse animals that call Central Oregon home through exciting games and interactive science activities!
AUGUST 10: SHEVLIN PARK
“Watery Wonders” presented by Upper Deschutes Watershed Council. Explore the watery wonders of Tumalo Creek, collect and identify stream critters, and learn about what makes a healthy stream.
AUGUST 17: SAWYER PARK
“Amphibious Adventure” presented by Sunriver Nature Center. Jump into the wet and wild world of your favorite amphibian! We’ll explore the life of frogs and their relationship with wetland ecosystems.