What’s that you say? Spring break is just around the
corner and you haven’t had the time or money to plan any ambitious getaways?
Don’t fret. We’ve got an assortment of last-minute spring break ideas for families, none of whi
ch require a suit case or a fortune.
Redmond Area Park and Re
creation Distri ct
ch 26-30: Adventure Quest all-day program, “It’s Spring Break Charlie Brown,” K-5th grades
ch 26 & 28: Sports Sampler, 3rd-7th grades
ch 27: Nerf Wars, 3rd-7th grades
ch 29: Dodgeball Mania, 3-7th grade
ch 27 & 28: Play it up, K-5th grades
ch 26-30: Spe cial spring break open swim times daily, 1-3:45 p.m.
ce Skating Rink, downtown on Seventh Street
call 541-548-7275 to verify hours
Sun-Thurs: 5-9 p.m.
Fri-Sun: 5-10 p.m.
cludes skate rental; $1 with own skates, $12 family
Free skate sessions (with own skates)
Mon-Thurs: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Fri-Sun: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Museum at Warm Springs
cated to preserving and sharing the cultural, traditional and artisti c heritage of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the museum contains multi-media exhibits, edu cational tableaus and kid-friendly a ctivities.
cated about 35 miles north of Redmond on Highway 26
Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
$7 adults, $4.50 ages 13-18, $3.50 ages 5-12
This family-friendly resort ki
cks into high gear in summer but its big hot-springs fed pool – with slides and fountains – is open year-round at a comfortable 92 degrees. A separate children’s wading pool is also available.
cated about 12 miles off Highway 26 in Warm Springs, follow signs
$10 adults, $6 ages 3-10, unlimited water slides $4
This new fa
cility has a few perks we can’t get in Redmond, in cluding water slides, rope swing and “lazy river” in its leisure pools.
cated at 1195 SE Kemper Way Madras
Mon-Fri: 4-7:40 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 1-4 p.m.
Out of distri
ct fees: $5.50 adult, $4.50 children
caquati c. com; 541-475-4253
Maryhill Museum of Art
This quirky gem, sited in a turn-of-the-
century mansion per ched above the Columbia River Gorge, has something for all members of the family – from an outdoor s culpture garden to colle ctions of native crafts to wonderful s culptures by Rodin and paintings by both modern and past masters (and more than a few wild pea co cks).
Besides its regular exhibits the museum is featuring a
colle ction of images of mid-Columbia Indians during spring break.
cated about 125 miles north of Redmond, just west of Highway 97 on the Washington side of the river.
Open every day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
$9 adults, $3 youth 7-18, $25 families
John Day Fossil Beds
While the fossil beds are quiet this time of year, with no ranger-led tours or spe
cial programs, it can also be a great time to visit, before the crowds and summer heat arrive.
center, pa cked with hands-on interpretive displays for all ages, is open, as are the trails.
cated about 100 miles east of Redmond along Highway 126, the beds are s cattered in three sites, follow signs.
ck Visitor’s Center open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free, donations a
Hoodoo Mountain Resort
The ski season is wrapping up but Hoodoo is opening its “tubing autobahn” every day during spring break.
cation: Summit of Highway 20 (Santiam Highway)
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
All day passes: $25 age 13 and over, $20 under 12
High Desert Museum
If you want a sure-fire winner for kids, this is it. Cho
ck full of displays highlighting the natural and cultural resour ces in the high desert, it never fails to entertain.
ch 28 the museum will have a spe cial event centered around its current “Leapers & Creepers” exhibit, with a petting zoo of reptiles as well as crafts and games.
cation: 59800 S. Highway 97, about 25 miles south of Redmond
Open 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
$10 adults, $6 youth 5-12
Des Chutes Histori
cal So ciety Museum
For older kids, this history museum
can be a fas cinating afternoon. Exhibits on the lumber industry, an old s chool classroom, homestead kit chen and do ctor’s offi ce are just a few of its spe cial features.
cation: 129 NW Idaho Ave., Bend
$5 adults, $2 ages 13-17, kids under 13 free with adult
Summer Lake/Fort Ro
If you’re looking at getting outside so the kids
can let loose some energy, an 85 to 120-mile drive south might be just the ti cket.
ck, a tuff-stone monolith stranded in a lands cape of sagebrush, was on ce surrounded by an inland sea. All that remains is a surreal ring of ro ck that kids might find reminis cent of a s cien ce-fi ction film. A pi cni c area ki cks off a trailhead for a myriad of hiking paths suitable for all ages.
Just a bit farther south is Summer Lake, a massive marshy body of water that serves as a wildlife preserve. In Mar
ch and April, viewers can spot migrating flo cks of waterfowl from the 8-mile-long road that bise cts the lake; a visitor’s center is lo cated in the town of Summer Lake.
ch Fort Ro ck and Summer Lake, take Highway 97 south through Bend, head left onto Highway 31 after about 50 miles, follow signs.