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Here is a list of things to do with the entire family.
Leave a comment and tell me your favorite family things to do in Bend and I will add them to the list!


  • Red Robin | Always loud so the kids are welcome, great for family birthdays and yum! (Gluten free options, including frying your bottomless fries in a dedicated fryer) Old Mill District
  • Flatbread Community Oven | The kids can make their own pizzas and watch them bake in a big wood fire oven. For something a little different. (gluten free options) Old Mill District
  • Bend Yogurt Factory | Frozen yogurt. A little less crowded with the high school crowd, double punch Tuesdays. Downtown
  • Cuppa Yo | Frozen yogurt. Party room. Fun atmosphere. East side and West side locations.
  • Ida's Cupcake Cafe | This is a MUST! The best cupcakes! You choose the cake and then choose the frosting. (The gluten free red velvet is heavenly...) West side (on Galveston)
  • Dakine Grindz | Hawaiian shaved ice with ice cream in the bottom! West Side (parked on Galveston)
  • *McMenamins | Pub food at it's finest. Tater tots are amazing. (I enjoy the buffalo burger on the gluten free bun) Plus the atmosphere of an old Catholic boys school is pretty cool too.  Downtown
  • Ice Cream from Safeway | From what I hear, they have cheap cones. Everywhere in Bend
  • Ben & Jerry's | Not cheap cones, but delicious ones! That old Ben and Jerry know their way around an ice cream cone. Old Mill
  • Izzy's Buffet | The kids go nuts. Not so much gluten or allergy friendly, but their salad bar is pretty good.
  • Long Board Louie's | Kids eat free on the weekends with an adult purchase. (And it is so yummy. I love the halibut taco's).
  • Carino's | Kids eat free on weekdays. Gluten free options...including gluten free pasta.


  • Geocaching | Bend has over 500 geocaches! All over.
  • Juniper Pool | Outdoor and Indoor pools, slide, kids pool, splash park, etc... East Side
  • Float the Deschutes River | Lots of places to get in and float, and even a shuttle. Please check the safety regulations and where to get out HERE. Downtown, Old Mill District, West Side
  • Climb Pilot Butte | Fairly easy hike with a magnificent view of Bend at the top. East Side
  • High Desert Museum | If you live in Bend and have kids, this is one of those places you should invest in a membership. $12/month (less than the price of one adult admission) gets you into all of the ever changing fun exhibits, discounts on everything (food, classes, merchandise) and member only parties and events. Closer than you think.
  • Sun Mountain Fun Center | Arcade, Bowling Alley, Bumper Cars, Mini Golf, Go Karts, Batting Cages. We haven't done the outdoor activities yet, but we were impressed with the bowling...the arcade was a little lacking, but the kids had fun. And really that's what you're there for.
  • Lava Lanes | Bowling and of course greasy bowling alley food all adds up to a fun family night. East Side
  • *McMenamins | Yup, it goes on the family friendly list twice, not only great family friendly food, but you can catch matinee movies most Wednesdays and Saturdays and there are other family friendly events often, so check the schedule. Best part? Ordering that yummy food and eating it while watching said movies. Downtown
  • Goodies Factory Tours | We haven't done this yet, but it's on our list! $2 a person and includes 6 samples including their homemade ice cream. Saturdays and Sundays SE Division
  • Hike Tumalo Falls | We have only done to the top of the falls which is an easy hike. You can also do a loop and go into Happy Valley, 7-8 miles.
  • Camping at Spark Lake | A friend says this is a favorite spot, they have a creek for the kids to play in.
  • Play Sand Volleyball at Black Butte Ranch
  • Fish Hatchery at Camp Sherman
  • Drive the Cascade Lake Hwy
  • Yard Sales | Bend has a ton of these, and if you and your family enjoy looking for treasure through other people's trash, then you will have no shortage! Make a game of it, give everyone $5 and see who can find the best, or the most, or the strangest treasures.
  • Farmer's/Saturday's Markets | Get your kids involved in choosing their own fruits and veggies and teach them where their food comes from. Always a good time, lots of yummy treats, entertainment and people watching. Several locations
  • Roundabout Art | Pick up your guide at the Bend Visitor Center or print one up HERE, it's a fun little adventure where you visit the roundabouts in Bend and see the art and answer questions. If you get enough of them, then you can bring it in back to the Bend Visitor Center for a prize!
  • Heritage Walk Guide | Get your guide at the Deschutes County Historical Society and take a walking tour of downtown.
  • Lava Lands & Newberry National Volcanic Monument | Another thing on our to do list. Lots of exploring opportunities.
  • Smith Rock | Hiking and rock climbing
  • DD Ranch | A farm with a petting zoo, a store to buy grass fed beef, local honey, fresh farmed veggies and more. A super fun outing. Terrebonne
  • Bouncing off the Walls | My kids adore this place. All the inflatable obstacle courses, bouncy houses and games you could want. Plus they have a family night every month, not to mention kids night out and tweens night out. Love it!
  • Wheel Fun Rentals | I can't wait to do this! Rent a bike big enough for the whole family to ride around along the river trail and around Old Mill District
  • SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) | It' s all the rage, and these guys do rentals, lessons and sales.
  • Wanderlust Tours | They have tours for romantic date nights under the stars, caving and more!

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