Who runs this show?


Who are these people?

Hi I’m Jenni and my husband’s name is Ryan. My dear friend Johanna started CentralOregonKids.com about five years ago. After a few years and a few babies, she handed the baton to us. I am a “true” local, born and raised in Bend. Fished in the Old Mill when it was just an abandoned mill and a lot of overgrown weeds. I remember when the parkway was built, when Bend use to have an indoor mall and when parking downtown was free and abundant. I love the growth Bend has seen and enjoy sharing this amazing place with others.

We have four kids in a Brady Bunch mix. Ryan came with two, I came with one and we had one together. We homeschool two kids and send two kids to a local public school. We absolutely love raising our kids here and as Ryan says “We’re never moving”. We live in a fixer upper and own a 1970s vintage travel trailer called Roscoe. We have yard chickens and a dog named Fox. I have an obsession with flowers and vegetable gardens. Ryan is an avid mountain climber and can build anything with his hands.  We are definitely the epitome of the active Central Oregon Family. We are the perfect family to run this site and create the most complete resource guide for families living in and visiting Central Oregon.

Why do we do this?

Because we love it. My favorite gig is and will always be playing Tour Guide. I love when tourists stop me on the street and ask for directions. I love giving recommendations for the best place to go hiking with kids or see the wildflowers in the spring, or catch a beer before a concert. Our life long dream is to own a local B&B and play Tour Guide every day. This is the way we’re starting that dream and you get to be the lucky recipient of all our love and hard work.

What’s next?

To keep building the resources! Know of an organization that should be included? An event not listed on our calendar? A group that needs some publicity? Send them this way! Or let us know and we’ll reach out directly. My direct email is centraloregonkids@gmail.com, and I’m always here to help out!

Want to learn more?

Read some fun facts about us here!



Written By: Jenni Whelan

Photos: Yvette Sielle Photogrpahy