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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.

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.

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.

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.

Best of the Nest 2022

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

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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