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Bend Park and Recreation District offers a variety of youth recreation programs throughout the year to meet the needs of parents while providing fun, enriching activities to fill your child’s day.

Updated OHA Mask Guidance for summer 2021:

KIDS INC | Grades: K – 5

Updated: Aug. 24, 2021

After 32 years of serving the afterschool needs of thousands of families, the program offers plenty of indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities, games and play to help kids burn off some steam and unwind from the school day.  New features include age-appropriate groupings, regular STEM and art projects, special interest “club” activities, and homework support where needed.

School Sites:  All elementary schools except Amity Creek and Westside Village.

Dates: September 8, 2021 – June 16, 2022 except for school holidays. KIDS INC is offered every day that school is in session.

Time:  Afterschool – 5:45 pm

Fee: $195.00 per month per child.

Scholarships: BPRD scholarships available for qualifying families. Scholarship applications are available online at www.bendparksandrec.org/activities/scholarships/

Activity #: 401130 (Select the school and add to cart.)

Available openings offered to people on waitlist.

Questions? Contact our staff.

Becky Curfew
Youth Recreation Coordinator

Email Becky Curfew

Danielle Bolanos
Youth Recreation Assistant

Email Danielle Bolanos

KIDS INC Frequently Asked Questions:

Updated: Aug. 24, 2021

What is being communicated in a Aug. 24 letter to Kids Inc families?

Kids Inc. is facing a severe staffing shortage as we head into the school year. We are doing everything we can to find qualified people to help care for children, including holding job fairs, increasing pay and benefits, revising positions to offer some year-round opportunities and more. It does not seem to be enough as there are not many applicants for the open positions. If we are not able to find staff to fill these jobs, we will need to reduce the number of children that we are able to serve.

Why is this change being shared now when school is starting soon?

Our team is heads-down trying everything possible to find good people to fill these positions. We have increased pay rates and offer great benefits for individuals and family dependents. We’re advertising, incentivizing employees to refer friends and family, and posting signs in facilities, parks and vehicles to reach out to potential employees. We hoped all summer things would improve, but we’re running out of time. We must fill the needed positions or service levels will be reduced, and we want families to be able to make alternative arrangements if needed.

I rely on Kids Inc aftercare. How can I help?

Families being asked to refer friends or family members with experience with young children and might want a fulfilling job opportunity to apply for needed positions and/or attend a hiring event this Thursday, Aug. 26 from 4-7 pm at Larkspur Community Center. An additional hiring event is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 1, which may be too close to the start of the school year to stave off temporary changes. BPRD leaders may reduce enrollments starting at the beginning of the school year until staff hiring improves if additional staff are not hired this week.

What experience is required for Kids Inc staff?

We welcome applicants with experience with young children and want a fulfilling job. We believe in Play for Life and we are willing to train others who share our passion for serving the community. We encourage everyone to consider friends or family members who might be interested and available to join one of the community’s largest childcare providers at a time when Bend needs every childcare option available. We consider volunteer jobs as well as paid work with children when hiring. We offer hands on training in behavior management, group games and more to help new staff gain confidence in their skills.

View positions at: www.bendparksandrec.org/jobs. Bend Park and Recreation District is an equal opportunity employer.

When did Kids Inc registration open for fall 2021?

Application and registration opened in June 2021. Selections were made and wait lists continue for the 2021-22 school year.

Are scholarships available?

BPRD scholarships are available for qualifying families. Scholarship applications are available at www.bendparksandrec.org/activities/scholarships/.

Is there a part-time or less-than-5-days option?

Not at this time. We are prioritizing families who need care every day first.

Why can’t you accept more participants at each school?

In recent years we’ve attempted to increase the size of Kids Inc but found that both staff and space resources limit our ability to provide a high-quality program. We are prioritizing the safety and quality of the experience for everyone with the current capacities. We will continually monitor the program and add additional spaces whenever possible.

Are siblings considered when selecting participants?

Yes. The selection will be by family and not by individual children so there is not a chance for one sibling to get into the program and other not to.

Will face coverings be required?

Kids Inc follows school guidance and the school year will begin with mandatory mask wearing for participants and staff regardless of vaccination status.

Image of a kid and instructor in a childcare class in Bend.

KIDS Inc application period is now closed.

All applicants were notified in June about selection or waitlist status.

Children conducting a science project

Operation Recreation – School Year | Grades: K – 5

No School Days program at Lava Ridge Elementary School.

Operation Recreation meets the needs of the working parent and the fun seeking child! This program operates on non-school days for kindergarten through 5th grade. Children enjoy a variety of enrichment activities and daily field trips. Learn more & register.

Program Information

Location: Locations vary by year, view at Activity link below.

Activity: 307400

Times: Weekdays: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Fee: Varies

No-School Days: view at Activity link above.

Questions? Contact our staff.

Shalee Hanks-Mink
Camps Program Coordinator

Email Shalee Hanks-Mink

Summer Buddies | Ages: 3 – 5

Includes daily swimming!

Sorry, not offered for 2021. Check back for updates.

Join Summer Buddies for the best summer ever! Children will enjoy afternoons swimming, outdoor games, arts and crafts and more! Summer Buddies is a great boost before Preschool or Kindergarten!  Register or learn more.

Program Information

Note: No prior swimming experience necessary. Children must be fully potty trained to attend this program.

Location: Juniper Swim & Fitness Center

Activity: 205600

Days: Mondays/Wednesdays OR Tuesdays/Thursdays, from 1:30 – 3:45 pm

For additional information, contact:

Clare Gordon
Assistant Manager

Email Clare Gordon

Busy Buddies Preschool | Ages: 3 – 5

Sorry, not currently available. Check back for updates.

Includes weekly swim lessons and yoga movement!

Busy Buddies Preschool, for children ages 3-5, is designed to encourage the development of social skill and a positive self–esteem through a variety of fun, creative and healthy activities. In a small group setting, children will enjoy arts and crafts, dramatic play, show and tell, circle time and more. Basic educational concepts are introduced such as a numbers, letters, phonics and more.  Register or learn more.

Program Information

Note: No prior swimming experience necessary. Children must be fully potty-trained to attend this program.

A $20 non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of enrollment.

Location: Juniper Swim & Fitness Center

Activity: 405601

Days & Times: Classes are offered Mondays/Wednesdays OR Tuesdays/Thursdays from 1:15 – 4:00 pm.

2020-21 Monthly Fee: $200.00 ID $240.00 OD per child, 2 days per week
(payment is due by the 5th of each month)

Dates: Not currently offered. Please check back.

For additional information, contact:

Clare Gordon
Assistant Manager

Email Clare Gordon

The PAC at the Pavilion | Ages: 8 – 13

Sorry, not offered for 2021. As an alternative, look for Camp Solstice at The Pavilion.

During the summer, the PAC takes over The Pavilion – Bend’s newest and most exciting recreation center! Each day is different as you get to choose what you want to do!  There are always awesome choices whether you want to “play hard or chill out.”

We’re talking sports, water play, floating the river, cool art projects, outdoor adventures, your favorite games and just hanging out with friends, both old and new. PAC participants will even get to create activities and special events!

Monday – Friday: mid-June – end of August

Full-day: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Variety of passes available.

Youth & Teen Enrichment | Ages: 6 – 17

Check our current offerings in: Youth Enrichment

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, Martial Arts, Spanish, Skateboarding, Music, Theatre, Cooking, Baking or Do-It-Yourself.

For teens, 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, Theatre or more.