Ah, summer. The days are longer, the nights are warmer, and parents are frantically trying to keep their kids busy to avoid the dreaded cry of "I'm bored!"
Lucky for parents (and kids!), it's impossible to be bored in Spokane. Below is a list of great activities that will keep the kiddos wishing that it was summer year-round:
Spokane has dozens of parks throughout the region. Visit 100-acre Riverfront Park to explore some unique attractions, or take a walk around Manito Park to see a variety of flowers and trees. If your kids are more the playground type, Discovery Playground in Mirabeau Park is where it's at (seriously, with multiple interactive and sensory toys, this is not your average playground).
Spokane is surrounded by mountains, natural areas and lush forests, making it easy to find a different place to hike every week of the summer. Start at the state parks, Riverside and Mount Spokane, for unique hikes that provide gorgeous views. For a longer hike, head to the Liberty Lake Loop Trail which provides a lot of shade and opportunities to see wildlife. Dishman Hills is another great spot, as there are plenty of trails to explore.
Adrenaline junkies must make at least one trip to Silverwood Theme Park this summer. With nearly 70 rides, shows and attractions, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained...from the thrill-seeker to the "I'd rather watch" type. The park is also home to Boulder Beach Water Park, so you can cool off in the wave pool or lazy river after you hit the rides.
With 76 lakes throughout the Spokane region, there's no shortage of places to play in the water. Throw in a couple of water parks, dozens of splash pads, swimming beaches and the lengthy Spokane River, and you're set to splash all summer long.
Summertime means no bedtime, giving you the perfect excuse to see an outdoor movie. Bring a blanket, pack some popcorn, and enjoy some of the latest blockbusters, as well as a few animated classics. A full list of outdoor movies offered this summer can be found here.
Trying to tame a sunburn and need some time in the AC? Kids love exploring Mobius Children's Museum (best for little ones eight and under), as well as the brand new Mobius Science Center (most enjoyed by older children....okay, and the parents, too). Go full stealth mode in Laser Quest as you chase other competitors in the multi-level arena. Learn the basics of rock-climbing at Wild Walls, which offers a variety of programs for beginning climbers. Or, your kids can literally bounce off the walls at Sky High, an indoor trampoline park.
Nothing says summer like a night at the ballpark. Cheer on the Spokane Indians at Avista Stadium as they battle other minor league teams from across the Northwest. Each game also has a fun promotion, including everything from fireworks to family feast nights.
Riding your bike in the driveway is only fun for so long. Why not load up the whole family for a bike ride on the scenic 37.5 mile Centennial Trail? Or, make a day trip of it and coast down the Route of the Hiawatha. The entire ride is downhill, and (most) kids love going through the old train tunnels.
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