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Best of the Nest 2022

Best of the Nest 2022

Local parents and families voted, and these are our 2022 winners in the Best of the Nest!

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Forging the Future

A radical new school opens in Bend
Imagine an alternative. Imagine your child’s day: They wake up, wolf down breakfast, get dressed and then head off to school-only “school” isn’t inside a fluorescent-lit, rectangular box.


Best Family Night Out

A Q&A with Scott Ramsey of Sun Mountain Fun Center
Sun Mountain, built and operated by the Ramsey family of Bend, has been dishing up fun in Central Oregon since 1995. During the pandemic, the facility underwent a major renovation, offering a more adult-friendly atmosphere as well as adding some new, active games for the kids.

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Best Summer Camp

A Q&A with Wildheart Nature School
Wildheart offers unique, nature-oriented educational programs for kids of all ages. In addition to spring and winter camps, classes are available throughout the school year for after-school or home school students.

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Best Art Instruction

A Q&A with Marlene Alexander
Artist and curator, Marlene Alexander, has been teaching children art in Central Oregon for 37 years. She recently shared about how the program began and what kinds of art she teaches today.

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Best Nonprofit Serving Children

A Q&A with Family Access Network
Family Access Network began meeting the needs of Oregon families in 1993. Since then, the organization has expanded its scope from Deschutes County to greater Central Oregon, now serving almost every school district in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties.

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Summer Safety

Parenting tips for summer fun, in and around the water
Summer in Central Oregon means soaring temperatures, water play and of course, loads of festivals and events. Parents are right to experience some level of worry as they head out into the High Desert heat with the kids in tow.


Health Expert Q&A with Katie Powell, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Picky eaters, child attention spans, newborn feeding and more
Q: My son is in the first grade and his teacher complains that he is  not attentive during the day.

Expert Q&A

Best Family Brewpub

A chat with Larry Sidor, founder and brewmaster of Crux Fermentation Project
There’s a very good reason that Crux has become known as the best family-friendly pub – it was by design. Founder and Brewmaster, Larry Sidor, describes how a family-oriented philosophy steered the direction of the space.

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Refreshing Summertime Dessert Made Easy

Turn juicy fruits into icy frozen granitas with little effort
Gather the family and a fork and get ready to make a summertime dessert that’ s sure to become a favorite! Ok, you’ll also need a blender, a cake pan and some fruit to make a delicious, icy granita, but that’s about all.


Family Sojourning

Simple packing tips for stress-free travel
You’ve been looking forward to that summer family vacation for months now and, finally , the date is just around the corner. Ah...what to bring?


Summer Camps Directory

Use this list of summer camps to book your kids' summer adventures
Ah, summertime! Here in Central Oregon, there is never a shortage of places to go, rivers to paddle, trails to explore and concerts to attend.



Recommended reads from Paige Bentley-Flannery, Deschutes County Community Librarian
Big and Small and In-Between Written by Carter Higgins


It's All About the Kids

Learning the ropes at the Bend Boxing Club
South of Reed Market Road, on American Loop, sits a slice of Bend not many people visit. As I drove down the gravel street, I thought I had made a wrong turn and double-checked the address, but then suddenly noticed an area teeming with life.






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