Summer Activities for Kids at Black Butte Ranch

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.  The 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 for the current schedule.

Kids Activities
Day Camp | Classes | Workshops

Activity Guide & Schedule

*Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a responsible adult supervisor and may not be left unattended.

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.

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.

Climbing Wall

Climbing Wall

Ages 4 and older; scale our 24 foot portable climbing wall; $8 per climber.

(Waiver required)

Arts & 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)

Paddling Lesson

Stand Up Paddling

Ages 10 and older; basic instruction class about 45 minutes; $15. (Preregistration required)


Ping Pong | Shuffleboard | TV | WIFI | Board Games | Hours

Kayakers on the lake.

Kids Kayak & Canoe

Ages 10 and older; basic instruction class about 45 minutes; $15. (Preregistration required)

Boy aiming a bow and arrow.


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

Lawn Games

Ages 7 and older; play various lawn games like bocce ball, croquet; free.

Tie Dye

Tie Dye Shirts

Ages 4 and older with parent help; $10 with shirt | $5 without shirt.


Ages 7 and older; class about 45 minutes; $5. (Preregistration encouraged)

Wacky Science

Fun science experiments like giant bubbles, rainbow slime, erupting play dough.

$5. (Preregistration encouraged) Ages 6 and older; 


Just a short walk from GMRC is the Family Recreation Area. Follow the path from the playground behind Glaze Meadow green #6. The area offers a full-court basketball court, four pickle ball courts, two bocce ball courts and two horseshoe pits.  Pickleball and bocce ball sets can be rented and courts reserved on the hour through GMRC.  Call 541-595-5879 for details and information.

Cooking Class

Cooking Classes

Ages 6+; prices vary. Culinary techniques will be explored through baking various desserts, snacks and hors d’oeuvres. (Preregistration required) $5+

Ranch Photo Hunt

Ages 4 and older with adult help; purchase Passport for $5—find the pictures and return completed sheet for a prize.



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


The Sports Field is located at the Y near Big Meadow Golf Course.  Activities include baseball, basketball, soccer and  lacrosse and a playground. The picnic pavilion at the south end is available for special events.  Sports equipment (soccer balls, frisbees, volleyballs, basketballs, footballs, softballs & croquet equipment),  games and other activities are available for rent or checkout at the Lakeside Activity Center.

Additional Information

Extra Sessions & Extended Time

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.

Parental Guidance

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.

A/C: Arts and Crafts for ages 4+

CW: Craft Workshop for ages 6+

WS: Wacky Science for ages 5+; pre-registration required

KC: Kids Cooking for ages 5+; pre-registration required

Ceramics: ages 4+; pre-registration required; 2 one-hour sessions offered; all art pieces must be picked up the next day after 11am.

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.

Equipment Rentals
Hours of Operation