Spokane! It's pretty chilly right now! We get it, you aren't feeling great about shedding your warm blankets and cozy slippers and heading out in the great outdoors this winter. Luckily there’s still plenty to do in Spokane that will not only keep you out of the elements, but also help keep you warm! Our marketing team put our heads together and we came up with a few things you might want to give a go this winter.
Get Some Air!
Bored children and really chilly temperatures don’t mix. They beg me to go outside to play, I spend 20 minutes getting them suited up like Randy from Christmas Story and after five minutes outside they want to come in! Whew, too much work! The perfect solution? Get Air at North Town Mall. Let the kids bounce all their energy out at the trampoline park. There’s even a special section for the five and under crowd! Prices range from $6-$20 depending on age and how long you want to jump.
Battle Royale with Lasers!
Sometimes it feels good to strap on a pack, grab a laser and start hunting people. That sounds weird, but it’s perfectly acceptable at downtown Spokane’s Laser Quest. It’s also a great option if you’re trying to get out of the cold and burn off some energy. They offer day camps and group rates as well, but just make sure you make a reservation!
-- Kate Hudson
A tried and true indoor favorite! Museums! And we have several in Spokane for you to check out! The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture has some great exhibits coming up this winter including Titans of the Ice Age: Mammoths and Mastodons. You can also check out Mobius Science Center or the Mobius Children’s Museum right in downtown Spokane.
Stretch it Out!
Hot yoga is a great cold weather activity because you’re literally in a hot room. It will also help you hit those New Year’s Resolutions. Two birds, one stone! My favorite studio is The Union, they have locations in North Spokane and Downtown and offer several classes throughout the day. Other studios to hit include Beyoutiful and Yarrow.
Catch a Flick!
The Garland Theater is one of Spokane’s first movie theaters and it’s still a great place to catch a flick for a great price. New movies hit the Garland a few weeks after their initial release and you can see them for five bucks. While new movies are great, I suggest hitting the Garland up on Totally Tubular Tuesday. They show throwback films like Labyrinth and Men in Black for half the normal ticket price.
-- Camille Troxel
Digital Content Specialist
Grab a Drink!
Winter, a season I am not totally in love with due to the cold. Thankfully during this time of year many breweries come out with many winter ales that will warm your body right up. So gather your friends and check out some of our local craft breweries on the Inland Northwest Ale Trail. Start at No-Li Brewhouse, a nationally recognized brewery known for its Born & Raised IPA. From there you can visit Perry Street Brewery in the Perry District or jump to Iron Goat Brewing where their new downtown tasting room will warm you right up!
Beer not your thing? No worries, Spokane has a Cork District (no really we have our own wine district) for the wine lovers who prefer an oaky Chardonnay or a spicy Merlot over that hop taste. Start at Barrister Winery and let their gold medal winning Cabernet Sauvignon warm you from the inside out. You might even get a wine tour from one of their wine makers (it’s a great story, so don’t be afraid to ask). Once you have your wine blanket on, head down to Nodland Cellars and enjoy their modern but classy tasting room and if you’re lucky, some live music. Starting to get hungry? Visit Patit Creek Cellars for a pairing experience, their cheese option is a must! Be sure to grab a Cork District map and visit their website to get all the details on how to plan your wine excursion this winter.
-- Kaylen McRae
Try New Eats!
A key factor to hibernation is bulking up for the long winter months, which provides a prime opportunity to get out and try some of Spokane’s unique restaurants. The name alone is enough to make you love the Gilded Unicorn, but the cozy underground location, retro menu (Tatertot Casserole, anyone?) and great drink selection seal the deal.
Dust off your record player, and head to Garageland, which not only offers daily lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekends, but has an attached record store and vintage shop that you can browse while you enjoy a beer or specialty absinthe. Don’t miss Tiki Mondays and Twin Peaks Tuesdays.
Join the Circus!
We’ve all dreamed of running away with the circus, but reality always seems to slap us back to our desk job. Do the second best thing, and learn the high flying art of Aerial Silks. Take one of these classes and you learn to safely climb, roll, pose and drop while hanging high above everyone’s heads. Think Cirque du Soleil. Beginning classes are offered at Coil Studio, in the Washington Cracker Company Building, and at Spokane Aerial Performance Arts, which also offers classes for children and teens.
-- Melissa Skomer-Kafton
Visitor Engagement Specialist
Check out a New Place!
Is there anything better than food? Okay, maybe. But food...dining...going out to eat...is right up there near the top of life's great things. My recommendation for cold weather indoor fun: go eat! But where to go? If someone splayed a map of the entire region in front of you, you could close your eyes, throw a dart and find somewhere great to dine. But let me suggest the City of Liberty Lake. They've got so many terrific options, so many varied cuisines. From fine dining to good old pizza -- and everything in between -- feel free to try Liberty Lake. Take a look at this video and see for yourself!
Go for a Drive!
Is there anything cooler than being a race car driver? Okay, maybe. But when it's cold outside, you can warm up, stay cool and go racing at Fast Kart Indoor Speedway. It's a very simple set up: you pay anywhere from $25 to $45 (18 to 60 laps), you get a helmet, they go over the safety tips. Then you buckle up, rev up and ride. When I Fast Karted, I was racing against friends from work. It was hilarious to see the way that some co-workers were awesome behind the wheel...some weren't so awesome. I should have had a milk at the end of the race, instead we got some beers from the little restaurant at Fast Kart. The whole experience was, literally, a great ride.
-- Tim Robinson
Sr. Dir. of Marketing & Communications