A taste of Olympic glory without having to go through years of grueling training yourself.
For a taste of Olympic glory without having to go through years of grueling training yourself, take the family to visit the Olympic Training Center. Check out where the athletes train for sports like bobsledding, figure skating, ice hockey, luge, skiing, and speed skating. The place is huge (the athlete center contains a 20,000 square foot gymnasium with the capability to hold three events at the same time), and includes high-tech medical facilities, 96 spacious rooms for athletes, and of course, a store where you can buy all the Olympic memorabilia you could ever want.
Stop at the St. Sophia Nature Center located at the top of the gondola before any of your outdoor adventures.
Stop at the St. Sophia Nature Center located at the top of the gondola before any of your outdoor adventures. Information on hiking and biking trails, weather forecasts, and local ecosystems are all available before you begin a nature excursion in the area. Environmental programs are also held all summer and feature native wildlife education and children’s nature activities and crafts. Go on a guided interpretive hike to learn about natural flora and fauna.
The dry air and high cloud base in the Taos make it ideal for hot air ballooning, even in the winter. Bring layers and be prepared for excellent views of the Rio Grand gorge. Flights last about an hour and come with a celebratory champagne brunch once you’re back on solid ground. www.taosballooning.com; (575) 751-6098
The Sun Mountain Fun Center has almost too much fun for one center. There’s bowling, an arcade, pool, go-karts, mini golf, batting cages, and bumper cars. You can recharge at Sunny’s Café. The Family Funtastic Pack, offered Monday through Friday, is $60 for a pitcher of soda, a large two-topping pizza, and four junior passports (which are good for one game of bowling, one game of mini golf, one bumper car ride, one batting cage token, and a $2 arcade card). Other specials continue throughout the summer.
InClimb is Central Oregon’s only full-service rock gym, started in 1996. The first rock gym was in a 95-year old mill building. That area of town has since been remodeled and InClimb has moved on to a new location on the southeast side of Bend, with well over 10,000 square feet of every type of climbing. There is no age minimum and they do free clinics for all skill levels. Every Saturday there is Parents’ Night Out from 6:30-9:30 p.m. You must have six people confirmed by Friday and the $25 price tag does not include equipment rentals or belay certification.
Jump around! Bouncing off the Walls is an inflatable fun center in Bend started by Rob and Alissa Guthrie. After they moved to Bend from Portland their two small boys started missing the inflatable fun center the family used to frequent in Portland. So Rob and Alissa made their own. Bouncing off the Walls holds a Family Fun Night every other Saturday—$20 buys a family of four unlimited playtime, a one-topping pizza, and a two-liter soda. There are also party specials, party packages, a summer camp, and a bi-weekly Kids’ Night Out.
Taos is know as an artist community, so it makes sense that the museum feature New Mexican art and is housed in the former home of local painter Nicolai Fechin. Keep kids busy with stories of the history of the town and the art. Or, if you’re lucky catch a workshop on crafts like beading. http://taosartmuseum.org; 575-758-2690
No longer is frolf solely a sport of the dirty hippy. Yes, many a dirty hippy can still be spotted tossing discs around the mountains, but so can doctors, lawyers, pet food testers, and other sorts of respectable citizens. Frisbee golf on Mt. Bachelor begins each summer in early June. Ride the Pine Marten chair up to hole #1 and work your way down the mountain to hole #18. The elevation, wind, and terrain changes make this a particularly challenging course. And since parts of it get snowy, be sure to wear proper footwear. Hippy.
Mt. Bachelor offers a host of fun family activities in the winter besides just skiing and snowboarding. The Snowblast Tubing Park, between the Ski and Sport building and the bottom of the Red Lift, has an 800-foot long ride full of rollers. Surface lifts pull you up the slope quickly and comfortably. All-day tickets are $26 for adults and $20 for children; two-hour tickets are $13 for adults and $13 for children. Other activities on Mt.
Learn about the 1960 Winter Olympics, the first televised games, which took place at Squaw Valley.
Learn about the 1960 Winter Olympics, the first televised games, which took place at Squaw Valley. The highlight from the games that year includes the “Team of Destiny” men’s hockey team that defeated both the USSR and Czechoslovakia teams during close matches to win the gold. Located at High Camp at the top of the Cable Car, see a collection of memorabilia, news articles, and video presentations of the event.