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Kids Programs at the Lakeside Activity Center

At Black Butte Ranch, we take the fun of our junior guests seriously, so young ones can play, dream and experience a memorable and fun vacation too. We deliver a wonderful selection of kids classes, programs and camps with arts and crafts, sports and games as well as a playground activities. Try your skill at our 25-foot climbing wall during the summer or enjoy slack-lining, archery, letterboxing and more!

Many activities will take place at Lakeside Activity Center, located just west of the Lodge. (This project, completed in 2015, won three awards for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.) Sports equipment (soccer balls, Frisbees, volleyballs, basketballs, footballs, softballs & croquet equipment),  games and other activities are available here, including GPS units to help guide you through a high-tech treasure hunt on the Ranch’s private geo-caching course. Lakeside Activity Center also rents Wheel Fun bikes, fly-fishing equipment, kayaks, canoes and standup paddleboards during the summer.

Programs are offered for kids three years of age and older, teens, adults and families during the summer. Come join the fun! Check the Activity Guide in the right column for the current schedule.


Summer Programs

Day Camp

Day camp is offered Monday through Saturday during the summer with themed activities including crafts, games and time at the pool!  Children need to bring a bathing suit and towel, and be able to change on their own. Must be able to put on their own sunscreen or come with it pre-applied. Preregistration recommended. Ages 4-12. Waiver required.

Half-day $35  |  Lunch $10  |  Full-day $60 (includes lunch)

Parent’s Night Out

Parent’s Night Out (PNO) is our evening camp option offered during the summer. Includes games, a movie and an ice cream sundae, plus a dinner option. Ages 4-10. Preregistration recommended. PNO may be cancelled the day-of by 4pm if there has not been sufficient enrollment. Call 855-254-8043 for more information.

$20 w/o dinner  |  $25 w/dinner (pizza from Lakeside Bistro)

Extra Sessions & Extended Times

Planning a Monday night movie without the kids? Hoping for an afternoon of golf on a Saturday? Contact the staff at Lakeside Activity Center! We will gladly schedule extra day camp and PNO sessions, or extend the time of an existing program to suit your needs. Arrangements must be made at least one day in advance, and are staff dependent. Minimum number of participants required.

Game Room, Crafts & Activities at Lakeside Family Activity Center

Sports Equipment

Lakeside Family Activity Center* has a variety of sports equipment that can be checked out for free, as well as fly rods and GPS units that can be rented hourly or daily.


Stand-Up Paddleboard, Kids Kayak and Canoe, Outdoor Skills Workshops, Letterboxing, Slacklining, etc., are all offered at various times throughout the week. Prices vary and classes run approximately 45 minutes-1 hour.  Please respect the listed age requirements for each class and check with the instructor before signing up someone younger than is recommended. These classes all are limited to a specific number of participants, and often fill up fast, so preregistration is strongly recommended. Call 541-595-1282 for more information and to sign up.

NOTE:   Day Camp and Parent’s Night Out are the only activities where children under 10 can be dropped off and left without an adult supervisor. Please preregister at 541-595-1282. Check with the instructor for finish time for activities that last an hour (i.e., pottery, archery, culinary kids, boating classes, etc.). Once the class is over, participants are free to leave.

For current activity details, check Activity Guide (see right column), or call 855-254-8043.

2018 Summer Recreation Program Descriptions*

Arts and Crafts: ages 4+;  $3-$5; lasts about 30 minutes; simple crafts like pine cone owls, pine cone roses, watercolor painting.

Craft Workshop: ages 7+; $5-$10; lasts about 60 minutes; more involved crafts like felt woodland animals, star weaving, colorful coasters, luminaries. (Preregistration encouraged)

Day Camp: ages 4-10; morning, afternoon, and all day sessions; offered Monday through Friday; $35-60. Various themes: Wild West, Treasure Hunters, Sports Spectacular, MACH-1 (multi-adventure challenges), All Ball and more.

Parent’s Night Out: ages 4-10; various evenings; offered with and without dinner; $20-$25

Stand Up Paddling: ages 10 and older; basic instruction class about 45 minutes; $15. (Preregistration required)

Kids Kayak & Canoe: ages 10 and older; basic instruction class about 45 minutes; $15. (Preregistration required)

Archery: ages 10+; basic instruction class about 60 minutes; $15. (Preregistration required)

Slacklining: ages 7 and older; class about 45 minutes; $5. (Preregistration encouraged)

Climbing Wall: ages 4 and older; scale our 24 foot portable climbing wall; $7. (Waiver required)

Letter Boxing: ages 4 and older with adult help; purchase Passport for $5—solve Ranch riddles and return completed sheet for a prize.

Scavenger Hunt: all ages with parent help; list provided; free.

Ceramics: ages 4 and older; class is 1-4 hours depending on project; prices vary, $5-$20. (Preregistration required)

Wacky Science: ages 6 and older; fun science experiments like giant bubbles, rainbow slime, erupting play dough; $5. (Preregistration encouraged)

Tie Dye T-Shirts: ages 4 and older with parent help; $5-$10.

Lawn Games: ages 7 and older; play various lawn games like bocce ball, croquet; free.

Cooking Classes: ages 6+; prices vary. Culinary techniques will be explored through baking various desserts, snacks and hors d’oeuvres. (Preregistration required)

Equipment and Yoga Room Rental

Yoga Room: available during non-class times which are generally 8:30am-9:30am daily in the summer and 9:00-10:00am on Saturdays the rest of the year; $75 per hour if group provides their own instructor, otherwise classes are per person.

Wheel Fun Bikes:  regular rates apply—no discounts as bikes are owned by contractor; generally no reservations allowed.

Paddleboards, Kayaks, and Canoes: SUP $12 per half hour, Kayaks $12 per half hour, Canoes $7 per half hour. Group events with reservations are only available at 9:00am (i.e., no group events in the middle of the day when all the equipment is already in use.)

Fly Rods: $10 per hour, $20 per half-day (three hours), $40 per full-day (6 hours).  Flies are for sale at the LAC Desk.  Free fly-fishing clinics are offered on Tuesday evenings from mid-June until Labor Day.

Basic sports equipment (balls, croquet sets, etc.) is available for free checkout; disc golf sets are $5.

Pickle ball and bocce ball sets are available for rent from GMRC for $5 per set; tennis rackets are available to rent from the GMRC rental shop for $2 per hour.

*Activities and prices are subject to change.  Please call to confirm.



13695 Hawks Beard
Kids welcome after 10am
Fri & Sat
GMRC  $15


Fri & Sat
Adult Swim7am-10am
Hydrofit M&W $15  No class 12/24-1/19-10am
Silver Fins T & Th $15 No class 12/24-1/19-10am
Swim Team  M-F
No practice 12/22-1/1


Access card or code needed for entry.  Kids welcome after 10am.

*See additional info below.

12/1 – 20
12/1 – 20
Fri & Sat
12/21 – 1/19am-9pm
12/1 – 20
Sun – Thurs
12/1 – 20
Fri & Sat
12/21 – 1/17:30am-9pm


12/1 – 20
12/1 – 20
Fri & Sat
12/21 – 1/59am-9pm
12/22 – 1/510am – 5pm
12 / 25Closed
1/610am – 2pm

  • Lifeguards are not on duty – parents must watch their children.
  • Obey all posted rules.
  • Use the buddy system
  • Children under 18 are not permitted in the facilities prior to 10am
  • 14 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult when using any of our facilities.
  • Children 6 years of age and under may not use the hot tub, sauna or steam room
  • Pool towels are not provided
Activity Guide

Holiday Events
at Black Butte Ranch

 Lakeside Holiday Activities for Kids