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  • Monday-Sunday

"The Big Play Thing" and Skating Rink

PLAY — "The Big Play Thing" is Central Oregon's largest indoor play structure, with more than 7,000 square feet of climbing adventure! It is designed for children 4 and older. Cascade Indoor Sports offers a slew of activities for kids and adults, including open skate Friday through Sunday!

Cascade Indoor Sports |

$5 per child

  • Mondays

Children's Yoga: Movement & Music

YOGA — Designed for children ages 4-8, this class is a playful way of introducing children to the miracles of movement, yoga and music.

Bend Community Healing | $10

  • Mondays

Kids ROCK(!) Choir

SINGING — Sing Bend introduces Kids ROCK(!) Choir to Central Oregon. Kids 12 and under are welcome to come sing and have a great time! No training, experience, or long-term commitment required to join—just a good attitude!

Broken Top Bottle Shop | $10

  • Tuesdays

Baby & Me Yoga

YOGA — Babies through early walkers are invited to bring a parent or caregiver to stretch, strengthen and relax—and most importantly, have fun! Sing, explore sign language, dance, make your baby fly through obstacle courses—this isn't yoga class as usual! Please bring a blanket for your child.

Tula Movement Arts | $45 for 3 classes or $50 for 1 week unlimited

  • Wednesdays

Mama Circle

COMMUNITY — It's tough being a mom. It's easier with a community of supportive moms! Share your concerns, questions, joys, challenges, experiences and practical tips. Open to pregnant women and moms with babies up to one-year-old. Held at the playground at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center. 11:00am-12:30pm Juniper Park | Free

  • Wednesdays & Thursdays

Backpack Explorers

ADVENTURE — Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting artifacts while journeying through the Museum's nature trails and exhibits. New themes weekly! Pre-registration is required.

High Desert Museum | $10-$15 (plus museum entry for adult)

  • Thursdays

Moms Running Group

RUN — All moms welcome—with or without strollers! Join other mothers for 3 to 4.5-mile runs at 8- to 12-minute mile paces. This is a fun and encouraging group for moms of all running levels. Rain or shine.

FootZone | Free

  • First Friday of Every Month

First Friday Art Walk

ART — A fun, year-round event, First Friday Art Walks are family-friendly and include art, music and drinks at various downtown businesses. Most downtown shops extend their hours for the art walk, creating a lively experience for family and friends.

Downtown Bend | Free

  • Second Friday of Every Month, through January 12

Get Out Girl! Ladies Night LADIES NIGHT

A festive Ladies Night hosted by Cozy in Bend, offering networking opportunities for women in business in Central Oregon. You'll find a unique mix of products, services, demos, shopping, music, food, and fun!

Cozy in Bend | Free

  • Second Saturday of Every Month

WAAAM Air and Auto Museum

PLANES — WAAAM Air and Auto Museum opens the hangers to the public once a month to run some of its antique airplanes and cars. Bring the kids to watch airplane operations up close—and you may even get to ride in a retro car!

Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum | $6-$14

  • Saturdays through December 16

Saturday Storytime

STORYTIME — Looking for a relaxing weekend morning activity? Get your day started off right with a fun, early literacy storytime for the whole family. Perfect for ages 0-5.

East Bend Public Library | Free

  • December – February

Wanderlust Snowshoeing

OUTDOORS —Snowshoe off trail into a winter wonderland with a small group tour. Outstanding naturalist guides bring the area alive for you with vibrant interpretation and snow play for all ages. This trip is magical with snow-laden trees, animal tracks to follow and the quiet of a snow-hushed forest. (Even your teens will love it!)

Wanderlust Tours | Prices vary

  • December 8-9, 15-17, 20-24

Elf Tuck-ins

STORYTIME — Residents of the Sunriver, Crosswater and Caldera Springs communities are invited to schedule a time to have one of Santa's helpers read your child a Christmas story and tuck them in to bed with warm holiday wishes and a special goodie bag! Ages 12 and under. Communities of Sunriver, Crosswater & Caldera Springs | $40 per child

  • December 1

Parents Night Out

NIGHT OUT — Enjoy a parents night out and First Friday activities, while the kiddos have fun at Roundabout Books! Children grades K-4 are invited for crafts, snacks and stories. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas, bring a pillow and stuffed animal for watching a movie! Families can sign up at Roundabout Books.

Roundabout Books | $20

December 1

Dinner with Santa Claus

SANTA — Bring the kiddos out

for a secret dinner with Santa! Rumor has it that Santa will be coming by the Vineyard for a very special dinner for all the girls and boys on Santa's "Nice" list! Enjoy a kid-friendly dinner, a meet and greet with Santa, hot chocolate bar and Christmas stories! Reservations required.

Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards, Terrebonne | Cost Varies

  • December 1

Christmas Movie Night "Polar Express"

MOVIE NIGHT – Take the family to the Tower Theatre to see "Polar Express," a rollicking winter adventure of a young boy who takes a marvelous train ride to the North Pole. Holiday laughs. Seasonal sentiments. Costume contests. Adult beverages. All in collaboration with the Bend Radio Group to benefit selected local charities.

  • Tower Theatre | $10-$15

  • Saturdays, December 2-23

Santa's Village

SANTA — Santa visits Downtown Bend every Saturday in December until Christmas. Tell your kids to dust off their Christmas wish lists—Santa will be taking requests! Bring your camera—this is a great opportunity to take family photos to treasure forever!

Downtown Bend | Free

  • December 2

WVMS Winter Bazaar

BAZAAR—Westside Village Magnet School will once again be hosting a Winter Bazaar this year! It will run concurrent with the Bend Holiday Parade from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Come enjoy an array of wonderful holiday items! All proceeds go to support a non-profit organization chosen by the students. If you or someone you know would like to have a booth at the Bazaar please call the school office at 541.355.2000.

Westside Village Magnet School | Free

  • December 2

3rd Annual Holiday at the Lodge

ARTISAN GIFTS—Featuring beautiful handmade gifts and baked goods that'll make perfect holiday gifts for your friends and family—and maybe even for yourself!

Mountain Laurel Lodge | Free

  • December 2

Christmas Parade

PARADE —Celebrate the season with the Downtown Bend Christmas Parade! This year's theme is "Christmas Surprises." The parade begins on Newport Ave., continues down Wall St., turns on Franklin Ave. then heads to Riverside Blvd. Enjoy this Bend tradition with the whole family.

Downtown Bend | Free

  • December 2

Christmas Tree Lighting

LIGHTS—Join other Bendites for the annual downtown Bend Christmas Tree Lighting, a lasting holiday tradition in Central Oregon! Word on the street is that Santa will be there, too!

Drake Park, Downtown Bend | Free

  • December 2

Jingle Bell Run

RUN—This holiday season, be jolly for a reason! Join the 26th Annual Jingle Bell Run in downtown Bend at First Interstate Bank. Walk or run in this 5K fundraiser, joining thousands of people across the U.S. for this national event, to help conquer arthritis. Proceeds benefit arthritis research.

Downtown Bend | $30, adults & $20, kids

  • December 3

Harry Potter Trivia Night

TRIVIA — Assemble a team of family and friends, test your knowledge against fun and entertaining rounds and win prizes! All ages.

Wild Ride Brewing, Redmond | Free

  • December 6

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

CRAFTS—Invite your friends and learn to bind and accent your own door decorations this season! Using sustainably-harvested and grown evergreens from northwest forests, wild-crafted native accents and cheerful, elegant embellishments like juniper berries and locally-grown hops.

Moonfire & Sun Garden Center | $50

  • December 8

Christmas Movie Night "Scrooged"

MOVIE NIGHT—Take your sweetheart on a date night to see "Scrooged," the 1988 holiday classic and modern take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Enjoy holiday laughs over cocktails, seasonal sentiments—and come dressed in costume for a chance to win a prize! All in collaboration with the Bend Radio Group to benefit selected local charities.

Tower Theatre | $10-$15

  • December 8

High Desert Chamber Music Concert Series

CLASSICAL MUSIC—High Desert Chamber Music's landmark 10th

anniversary season, presented by Mission Building, continues with Avery Fisher, Career Grant winner, and Grammy-nominated cellist Peter Wiley, with pianist and Steinway artist, Anna Polonsky.

Bend Church | $42, adults & $10, 21 and under

  • December 9

With Your Child: Holiday Ornaments

CREATE— Come to the Art Station to craft a hanging ornament alongside your child. A variety of designs and choices will be available. Two sessions available: 10:00 am-12:30 pm or 2:00 - 4:30 pm

Art Station | $34-$41

  • December 9

Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar

BAZAAR—Introduce your kids to worldly cuisine—lefse and Scandinavian cookies! All the usual baked goods will be there as well as a full Scandinavian Market full of unique holiday gift items. Stay for a relaxing lunch or enjoy a waffle snack and a cup of coffee.

Sons of Norway, Fjeldheim Lodge | Free entry

  • December 9-10

Willow Lane Winter Market MARKET

Join us for our 2nd Annual Winter Market! Shop from community artists to make someone's holiday bright. Choose from jewelry, paintings and illustrations. In the evening,

enjoy live music and drinks on tap to sip as you shop. Willow Lane Artist's Creative Space | Free entry

  • December 9

Know Notes: Gingerbread House Construction

COOKIES— Let your kids get their fingers sticky, with this timeless holiday activity! Gingerbread house parts, edible icing and decorations are provided—you just provide the creativity! Show your artsy side and take home a Christmas decoration that's all too tempting to eat! All ages welcome, from kids to seniors.

La Pine Public Library | Free

  • December 9

Father Christmas

SANTA—Bring a camera and take a holiday photo with Father Christmas. Our beloved 1880s character of holidays past will be waiting for your wish list in the historic ambience of the Hall of Exploration and Settlement. 11:00 am—3:00 pm

High Desert Museum | Free with Museum Admission

  • December 10

Star Wars Trivia Night

TRIVIA — Assemble a team of family and friends, test your knowledge against fun and entertaining rounds and win prizes! Bend Comedy hosts this family-friendly event.

Jackson's Corner, Eastside | Free

  • December 11 – Feb. 3

Cliff Kids

ROCK CLIMBING—An hour-long program, perfect for beginners, ages 4-5! Staff supervise games and personal challenges while helping out with gear and cheering the kids on. Kids use social learning to gain body awareness and develop new skills. Gear is included. Wednesdays and Saturdays, session runs for 6 weeks. No class over winter break.

Bend Rock Gym | $120

  • December 15-17

Dirksen Derby 10

SNOWBOARD — Have a teenager that can't wait to get on the mountain this winter? Chill out at this weeend-long gathering of snowboarders, sit-skiers, artists, musicians and filmmakers from all around the globe. Start your weekend right at the kick-off party, compete or cheer your kid on in the Snowboard Rally Race and check out the Film Fest!

Mt. Bachelor | Registration prices vary

  • December 18

Cookie Run

FUN RUN—Join FootZone for a family-friendly fun run and celebrate the holidays with good cheer and delicious cookies!

Bring some cookies, pack up the kids and meet at FootZone for a 3-mile fun run! Meet back at the store for holiday cookies and beverages. There will be prizes for the best homemade cookies! Please RSVP.

FootZone | Free

  • December 20-23

A Tower Christmas: Swing into the Holidays

BIG BAND—Santa is coming to town—this time with an 18-piece band led by trumpeter Jim Tennant! It's a family-friendly night, perfect for celebrating a "cool yule" with songs, stories and dances by Central Oregon's top performers. Hear familiar classic and new takes like, "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus," "Run Run Rudolf," "Heat Miser," "White Christmas" and "Waitin' for the Man with the Bag."

Tower Theatre | $17-adults & $12-12 and under

  • December 22

Winter Solstice Celebration at the Pavilion

SKATE—Bring the whole family and come skate from 5:30 -

8:30 pm during this special celebration. Call (541) 389-7588 for more information.

The Pavilion | $6 with canned food item donation

  • December 22

Parents Night Out

NIGHT OUT—Still have holiday shopping to do? Or just overdue for an old fashioned ice skate with your sweetie? Enjoy a parents night out while the kiddos have fun at Roundabout Books! Children in grades K-4 are invited for crafts, snacks and stories. Feel free to wear pajamas and bring a pillow and stuffed animal for watching a movie!

Roundabout Books | $20

  • December 2 – January 1

22nd Annual Gingerbread Junction

SWEETS—Marvel at the candy and cookie creations at Gingerbread Junction. Do you want to build a Gingerbread House to display? Submit your entry form online. Proceeds from the sale of the gingerbread houses will benefit Habitat for Humanity LaPine & Sunriver. Sunriver Resort will match donations up to $2,500.

Sunriver Resort Lodge, Abbot Room | Free

  • January 6

Pop-Up Museum "Making Things Go"

LEARN —Children ages 3-11 years will enjoy hands-on arts and crafts, science experiments and demonstrations organized by the Children's Museum of Central Oregon.

Riverhouse Convention Center Exhibit Hall | Free

  • January 13

Cascades Wedding Show

BRIDES—Planning a wedding for yourself or a loved one? The Cascades Wedding Show is the largest, most com prehensive bridal show in Central Oregon. With more than 100 vendors from every corner of the bridal industry, you will find all of the resources you need to plan your dream wedding—or someone else's!

Riverhouse on the Deschutes | $10, adv. or $15, door

  • January 13

Discover Nature Day: Winter Tracking

NATURE—Strap on your snowshoes and explore the amazing area around Sunriver Nature Center. Search for wildlife tracks and learn about fascinating winter adaptations. Recommended for ages 6-12 with family. Advance registration required. Snowshoes provided!

Sunriver Nature Center | Free

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