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- Kids will love the arts and crafts and Bend Fall Festival Oct. 5-7.
September - November
MARTIAL ARTS — Is your child interested in martial arts? Taekwondo is the perfect intro into this fascinating world. Classes at High Desert Martial Arts are a great way to practice discipline and focus at a young age. More information online.
High Desert Martial Arts • Prices vary
September - November
Bouncing Off the Wall
PLAY — Bouncing Off the Wall is an indoor gym filled with bounce houses and other fun activities. As the months get colder escape the chill with some indoor playtime for the kids.
Bouncing Off the Wall • $9 General Admission, 3+ years
September – November
Sun Mountain Fun Center
PLAY — Arcade, mini golf, and bowling are all waiting for you at Sun Mountain Fun Center. Play at the arcade for tickets to win cool prizes or set up a night of bowling for the whole family. Located near Shopko.
Sun Mountain Fun Center • $3.75 for a game of bowling
September 17 - December 23
Parent Child Swim
SWIM — Juniper Swim & Fitness hosts a tyke-friendly swim session for parents and children. If your child is under 6 bring them to Juniper for a fun night of parent and child swimming. 8-9pm.
Juniper Swim and Fitness • Basic Pass or Drop in Fee
2nd Saturday of the Month
Free Family Swim Night
SWIM — Free family night at Juniper Swim and Fitness takes place every second Saturday. It's a great way to have some fun with the whole family. Features include a large swimming pool and two diving boards.
Juniper Swim and Fitness • Free
Bend Bike Film Festival
FILM — The Bend Endurance Academy is hosting a film festival for young teens and adults to showcase their biking skills. Watch Bend riders' creations and see the talent and love for the sport that inspires so many to get outside and ride.
Tower Theater • $11
High Desert Museum New Exhibit Opening
EDUCATION — The High Desert Museum is opening its new exhibit featuring an exploration of the way animals navigate the world around them. Enjoy family-friendly activities and hear from Donald M. Kerr Curator of Natural History, Louise Shirley, about the inspiration and curation of this new exhibit.
High Desert Museum • $15 Adults/$9 Kids
September 7 - 9
Sisters Folk Festival
MUSIC — The Sisters Folk Festival is an annual three-day roots music festival held in Sisters featuring musicians from Central Oregon and beyond. The 11 venues turn Sisters into a bustling music festival.
Sisters • Prices vary
Fridays, Sept. 7 - Oct. 5
Outdoor Movie Night
MOVIE — LOGE Entrada is hosting its outdoor movie night once again. Don't miss all of the best outdoor documentaries, sports action flicks, and blockbuster adventure classics! Come see your favorite mountain bike shred film or surf the big waves with the classics! This event is child and dog friendly. 8pm.
Loge Entrada • Free
September 7 – Nov 10
First Friday Art Walk
ART — Every first Friday of the month local artists and musicians come together for a special night downtown filled with music food and good people. Bring the whole family! 5:30-10pm.
Downtown Bend • Free
Discover Nature Festival
NATURE — This FREE event will feature over 35 nature education, outdoor recreation and health and wellness activities for families to enjoy. Partners include Bend Park and Recreation District and Deschutes National Forest.
Riverbend Park • Free
RACE — The Duck Race is an ongoing annual fundraiser organized by all four Bend area Rotary clubs. The race has generated over $1 million for Central Oregon charities, all supporting children and families in need. Bring the whole family and join in the fun on race day for food, live music and festivities, plus jump and plays and prizes for the kids!
Drake Park • $5/duck
READING — Toddlin' Tales is an interactive storytime reading for your blossoming child. Open for ages 18 – 36 months featuring stories, rhymes and songs.
Downtown Bend Library • Free
September 11 – October 2
Fall Foliage Tour
KAYAK — As fall begins to set in, the leaves on the Deschutes are a sight to behold. Tumalo Creek Kayak takes you on an adventure through the changing colors and crisp fall weather on the Deschutes river. Tuesday and Friday, 10am-2pm.
Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe • $65
September 12 - October 17
Theater with Miss Lovely
THEATER — Explore the world of theater with Miss Lisa Lovely. Perfect for elementary schoolers looking for a chance to shine on stage. A performance of skits or a short play for family and friends will be held on the last day of each session to showcase talents.
Bear Creek Elementary • $80
September 14 – 16 & 20 – 22
THEATER — CATS is one of the longest-running, most revered and influential shows in musical theatre history. Based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, CATS is set in a larger-than-life junkyard playground alive with feline characters, including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelee, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and Skimbleshanks. Join the bubbly cast from Thoroughly Modern Productions in this Broadway musical.
Tower Theater • Reserved Seating $27, $37, $42
FESTIVAL — Come experience live music, dance and food from different Latin American cultures, including fun activities for the kids. 10am – 6pm. For more information call: 541-325-6837
Sahalee Park, Madras • Free
STORYTIME — Come to Roundabout Books for a special storytime, featuring the book, "Look What Kate Can Do: One Hand Works as Well as Two" by Paul and Katie Leatherwood. Kate was born with symbrachydactyly, a big word for upper limb differences. How does a little girl feel about growing up with one hand? How does she answer people's questions? All ages welcome! 11am
Roundabout Books • Free
CRAFTS — Preschool Parade is a mix of arts, crafts and songs to develop early literacy skills. A great way to start your child on his or her journey into the arts.
Downtown Bend Library • Free
The Head and the Heart
CONCERT — The Head and the Heart is coming to the Les Schwab Ampitheater. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy a beautiful performance from the indie folk legends. Special guest Blind Pilot.
Les Schwab Ampitheater • $39.50 + Fees
September 19 - December 19
Soak & Float
SWIM — Parent night! Take a little break and come to the Juniper soak and float. Float in the pool or relax in the hot tub and sauna. Water pilates & water yoga featured monthly.
Juniper Swim & Fitness • Basic Pass or Drop in Fee
Fun with Food!
COOKING — Fun with food! Our mini chefs will learn basic food prep and how to safely use kitchen equipment while making delicious treats and exploring new tastes.
Harmon Park Hobby Hut • $34
September 21 & 22
FESTIVAL — Bend's own Oktoberfest celebrates the coming of Fall in the most German way possible. Come to downtown Bend for wiener dog races, German cuisine and lots of fun. Oh, and don't forget about the beer for the grown-ups.
Downtown Bend • Free
September 26 - October 17
Kids & Clay
ART — Use different techniques to create sculptures and pots with clay. Hands on techniques are great to build creative skill. Class takes place at the Art Station and is perfect for ages 6 – 12.
The Art Station • $75
READ — The East Bend Library is hosting a children's party for ages 0-5 years. Bring all your young children for a storytime that offers books for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
East Bend Library • Free
FILM — Teton Gravity Research is back with a full-length feature film about skiing and the great outdoors. Bring your child to experience the magic of winter at one of the three showings. There will be a ton of prizes from sponsors, plus everyone in attendance will have a shot at the tour grand prizes.
Tower Theater • Free for ages 10 and under, $15 for adults
New Chinese Acrobats
SHOW — Mixing new techniques and acts with ancient traditions, The New Chinese Acrobats present the opportunity to view the best of China's ancient folk art, mixed with the style and virtuosity of today's generation. With performers selected from across China for their high-level acrobatic skills and innovative staging, the show includes award-winning acts from prestigious circus festivals.
Tower Theatre • $27-$47
Animal Adventures with the High Desert Museum
LEARN — High Desert Museum staff visit local libraries, bringing Animal Adventures to kids ages 3 to 5! See live animals, hear stories and do a craft project.
Downtown Bend Library • Free
October 5 - 7
Bend Fall Festival
FESTIVAL — Bend's Fall Festival is a wonderful celebration of autumn. Enjoy pumpkin carving, gourmet food and wine, the Harvest Market, Family Fun Street, live music and more! Do a little holiday shopping in the unique marketplace! Bring your whole family and celebrate with art, games and an array of colorful vendors.
Downtown Bend • Free
GARDEN — The Miller family needs help prepping their garden for winter! Dig up potatoes and learn how to store them in a root cellar, press fresh cider from apples—even learn how to pickle eggs!
High Desert Museum • Free with museum admission
Bend Film Festival
FILM — The festival celebrates 15 years of bringing independent film and new ways of thinking to Bend. The town will be transformed from a recreational haven into a small town fascinated by the film industry's soul. Downtown theaters, lecture sites, music rooms and party venues will all feature something for everyone in this fun-filled film festival.
Locations vary • Prices vary
Lego Block Party
BUILD — Kids, Legos and lots of fun. Head to the Redmond Library and build to your heart's content with over 1000 Legos. Legos are supplied by the Library.
Redmond Library • Free
Soweto Gospel Choir
SING — Soweto Gospel Choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. The choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto. The choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.
Tower Theatre • $32-$57
October 22 – Early April
SKATE — Tuesday night is cheap skates at The Pavilion. Everyone ice skates for $6 and includes skate rentals.
The Pavilion • $6 entry, skates included
October 24 - 26
Recyclable Art & Fall Clay Creations
ART — Half the day, turn recyclables into masterpieces! Use your creativity and imagination to turn disposable items into beautiful landscapes and amazing animals. Instructors Kathy Schoderbek & Amanda Krammes will guide students through the process.
The Art Station • $195
Learn How to Draw Manga
ART — Kids with an interest in Japanese animation, superheroes, comics and cartoons, this is the class for you! Learn about the history of manga and create your own cartoon masterpiece.
The Art Station • $49
October 31 - December 19
Creative Computer Coding
COMPUTERS — Storyboard, brainstorm and discuss how to bring ideas to life. Get your child started early on the fastest-growing profession in the world. Coding can be a fun and challenging way to stimulate your child's young brain.
Highland Elementary • $80
Happy Girls Sisters
RUN — Run with your daughter, mother or sister in this fun and empowering running race that takes place in Sisters, Ore. Choose your distance: half marathon trail race or 5k race through town. This is the third race in the Happy Girls series and proceeds help the Sisters Recreation District. Bring the whole family!
Sisters Oregon • Prices vary
THEATER — Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens and jubilant Nesting Dolls. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime.
Tower Theater • Tickets Start at $54
November 12, 19, 20 & 21
Skate & Splash Day Camp
SKATE/SWIM — It's the polar bear lifestyle! The first part of the camp will take place on the skating rink then it's off to the pool for some swimming. This is a brand new camp from Parks and Rec and it's gonna be a splash!
The Pavilion and Juniper Swim & Fitness • $45