Baby/Toddler Indoor Activities in Central Oregon 

This is something I’m excited to share with all you new mommies: activities to do with your baby/toddler in Bend, Oregon during the fall and winter (AKA “Hibernation Season”).

It’s way too easy to get cabin fever during the holiday season in Central Oregon because our winters have been known to last for what feels like eternity (5 – 6 months). It’s cold af in Bend starting in October & can last well into April, some years even May (anyone remember the snow Mt. Bachelor got on Mother’s Day last year??).  Being cooped up inside your home can drive even the biggest winter-loving homebody nuts.   Add a baby or a toddler in the mix & you’ll be putting some fireball in your coffee, juice, tea, pumpkin spice latte, soup, & water bottle before long.  Basically you gotta get the hell out of the house. Moms, going to Costco with your child and getting samples is NOT an activity. Defrost your car, get your babe all bundled up, and don’t forget to bring your thieves because unfortunately all the snotty sickness will probably be lurking around. 

Central Oregon Gymnastics Academy 

Open play time at Play-mania! Parent participant has to be present during the hour. Ages are 0-5. It’s 10$ per child, but children under 1 are free. Playmania is every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10-11am. It’s like every parents dream for your toddler to be able run wild and free in a gigantic padded room. Literally everything is padded. 

Cascade School of Music

Kinder Music Class is a sing and dance play class for an hour once a week. It lasts for 6 weeks and is 150$ for tuition. I actually took Luca to this when he was 6 months old and he loved it. We are currently signed up for the Winter start date. One thing you can do is a free trail class if you call in advance and let them know you’re considering signing up. They won’t make you wait til next year. They also offer one-time classes during the holiday season to sing & dAnce & learn all the Christmas cheer. You need to sign up soon for next year because spots fill up fast! 

Athletic Club of Bend Swim Lessons 

Chris and I both grew up in the Athletic Club and so naturally we want Luca to as well. I know Juniper offers baby and toddler swim lessons as well, but we are members here & we love it!  Plus Chris knows literally every person at any time that is in the club. We have connections & roots at ACB and that’s why I recommend it. Swim lessons last 4 consecutive weeks. Lessons are 2 days a week, Monday & Wednesday’s From 11-1130am. Sign up is a month or two in advance. The Athletic Club has a nice womens & mens lounge where you or your partner can take a warm shower with your babe after swim and rinse off the pool water, dry off, get bundled up and be on your way. Or workout. I like to bring my jogging stroller & go around the track, makes for a good workout for mama and a nice nap for babe. 

Bouncing Off the Wall

A great way to get out with your little one(s) and play in fall/winter and still staying warm indoors. It’s free for children under 1 and $6 for children ages 1-2, $9 for 3 and older. Pre-K Play (all ages under 6 years) is from 9am to noon every weekday. Benefits of Pre-K Play are it helps develop gross and fine motor skills, dramatic play, sensory exploration, and parent & child interaction. 

Deschutes Public Library  

The library offers daily story times for ages 0-5.  They have locations in downtown bend, east bend, Redmond, sisters, la pine, and sunriver, and also have an entire schedule with different story times during the day for babies, toddlers, and kids. Just look at their calendar and find your babes age group to see what day/time is best for story time! 

Barnes & Noble Story Time

Every Saturday at 11am at Barnes & Noble is children’s story time. When you do story time with your child you get a coupon for the cafe for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! 

The Learning Groove 

Located at Gotta Dance Studio, Ms. April does singing & dancing lessons for children.  It’s a great, and fun!, educational music experience. Earliest age you can enter your child in class is 6-8 months. Classes are once a week, 45 min long and there are 10 classes in each session. Cost is $135 for one child, $210 for two. What your child will learn and benefit from: Rhythm pitch and melody, language skills, motor coordination, preschool readiness, creative expression, imagination, cultural awareness, interpretative skills, love and happiness. 

Mommy & Me Gymnastics at OOA 

Diaper Dare Devils class is for children walking, up to 3 years. It’s a 45 min class on Tuesday’s at 915am. 5 sessions for $115. This parent participated class introduces group activity, sharing, and taking turns. The little ones work on gross motor skills such as jumping, rolling, and hanging. All with parent help and encouragement. 

There ya go! 8 different indoor places you can take your babe to in the fall/winter time! 

Chris says all these things sound boring & he is just going to strap Luca to a sled and pull him on his cross country skis this year.  I’m sure Luca will learn & develop gross motor skills by just sitting there watching the trees go by. Maybe he can count them? God bless Co-parenting. 

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