Summer vacation is almost upon us and I’ve been thinking about plans to keep my two busy kids entertained. I have a 9 year old and a 5 year old and they need to be entertained, 24/7. Most days, they can be happy around the house – playing outside, playing board games, whatever. But there are those days that they really want to get out and do something fun.
Last year – I bought both kids a season pass to Riverfront Park. They still talk about those trips today and ask when the rides open so we can go again. For only $54.95 (until May 28), you can get a season pass that allows unlimited entry to all of the 13 amusement rides, the IMAX theater, the 1909 Loof Carrousel and the Enchanted Mini Golf. Not only that but you also get discounts for the Spokane Falls SkyRide, Riverfront Park parking, concessions, the Carrousel gift shop and at Mobius Kids. If you don’t want think you’d go enough to warrant a season pass, they also have day passes that have the same benefits for only $19.95. And the park is gorgeous!!
One thing I wanted to do last year and we didn’t get to is to take the kids to Cat Tales. Cat Tales Zoological Park was founded by Mike and Debbie Wyche in 1991 to help and rescue big cats. It is also the only school which teaches exclusively zoo-keeping and it is the only zoo in Spokane. The park boasts 36 big cats, two black bears, birds, snakes, lizards and more domestic animals such as cats, dogs, hamsters and ducks. And don’t forget about the hand feeding!! You can hand feed a tiger, bear or Royal White tiger.
One place we have been too but I would certainly love to spend more time at is the Bowl & Pitcher. Located in Riverstate Park, the Bowl & Pitcher is a local favorite for trail riding, hiking and camping. Spanning the river is a foot traffic-only bridge. My son loves it because it sways in the wind. With miles of trails to the north and south, there is plenty to see and discover.
Another place my kids always want to go to in Manito Park. Located on the South Hill, the 90 acre park has a conservatory, a large duck pond and five gardens, one of which is the Japanese Gardens. Beautiful, historic homes surround the area and honestly, it is my favorite part of the city. One interesting fact about Manito is that it used to house a zoo. At one time, there was 165 animals but was closed in 1932 due to the depression. It is a popular area for family picnics and for runners and walkers.
There are many other things to see and do in or around Spokane. Driving to Coeur d’Alene and walking around the boardwalk. Visiting one of the many historical sites around the region. Going to the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. Spending the day at one of the public pools and water parks.
We are very lucky to live in a city where we are able to choose an adventure and not have to go far. It’s one of the reasons I love my hometown so much.
Do you have any fun plans for the summer?
Until next time….