Bend Oregon has something for everyone from the adventurous outdoors type, or for those that want to relax at one of their many breweries, and even for families. We had a great time with all the fun family attractions in Bend Oregon but these three are especially great with young kids.
Goody’s Factory Tour
I love chocolate and ice cream so it was natural to want to make the trip to Goody’s factory tour! Goody’s started in 1984 in Sunriver, Oregon and later opened their manufacturing factory in 1989 in Bend Oregon. The 15-minute tour is just $2 per person ages 4 and up and includes 6 samples throughout your tour.
It was interesting to see the process and the machines that have been used for years and continue to produce the same treats. Everything at Goody’s is handmade including the fudge that has to be constantly stirred while it’s cooking without even switching hands to have someone help with that big task! We sampled chocolate, caramel, and even chocolate chip ice cream during our tour.
Then, after our tour, we sampled their unique flavored popcorn. Of course, a trip to an ice cream factory wouldn’t be complete without grabbing a scoop of ice cream, which was delicious!
Flatbread Community Oven
Later, we headed out to Flatbread Community Oven restaurant that lets you be your own chef with their make your own pizza option on the menu. Our boys all, of course, wanted to make their pizza and really loved adding on their toppings and then seeing their own creations go into the stone oven.
The kids pizza kits come out first thing so they have time to cook which keeps the kids interactive and enjoying their time at the restaurant. My husband and I selected one of the pizzas from the menu, their Sausage, Pepperoni, and Portabello pizza. Flatbread Community Oven is one of very few Naples Approved Italian restaurants in the US, a high honor given for having authentic, imported ingredients.
We started with a Roasted Tomatoes and Goat Cheese appetizer that was served on a crisp bread. The oil from the baked tomatoes had a kick of spice and it was really good together with the cheese and bread. We split a Caesar salad and then shared our pizza while the kids each enjoyed their personal sized 6” pizzas they made.
The pizza was delicious! It has a sweeter sauce than an American pizza typically has but the sauce was great and went really well with the toppings. I enjoyed a Blueberry Lemonade with my meal that was so unique! I really liked it!
Wheel Fun Rentals Surrey in Old Mill District
After dinner, we headed across the street to rent a single surrey, a bike which held all six of us. We had an absolute blast biking around the river and across the bridge. It was a really fun way to see the river and enjoy an hour together as a family. We will have great memories for years to come of the kids teasing me that my “legs were so wimpy” as I complained about peddling up the hills.
Our boys were all smiles and giggles the entire ride as we rang the bell as we passed other people along the path and pointed out all the different things we saw as we went.
We got to take in some beautiful scenery of the Deschutes river dam and view of the Old Mill District’s towering spires from the mill that is now a part of the shopping and entertainment district. An hour rental from Wheel Fun Rentals for a single surrey is just $20/per hour which was really affordable for our whole family to enjoy an activity together.
Complimentary admissions were provided to experience the attractions above. The opinions expressed above are my own.