Kids will be thrilled with a SkyRide at Riverfront Park and can observe the Spokane River Falls from a gondola high above the water. Each gondola can fit up to six people and are ADA compliant. The ideal time to take the SkyRide is when the rushing water is at its peak from March through June.
Practice your figure eights at the new ice skating ribbon, the first of its kind on the west coast. Riverfront Park’s ice ribbon is a sweeping ice path (16 feet wide and 650 feet long) designed as a loop with a huge adjoining pond. Skate up and glide down inclining and declining lengths of ice while the surrounding greenery whirrs by. Grab some cocoa and rest beside the cozy fire pits to watch the kids or catch your breath.
Big Red Wagon
Remember Radio Flyer wagons? Let the kids explore the giant red wagon in the children’s play area. The Childhood Express, as named by its creator Ken Spiering, is a colossal favorite of childhood wonder. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a Lilliputian as in Gulliver’s Travels, this is the place to get that experience. Plus, the handle doubles as a large slide. If you haven’t been down a slide since you were younger, this is the big kid one to try.
There’s something for everyone!
And no trip to Riverfront Park* is complete without a riveting ride around the historic Looff Carrousel. Originally a gift from master carver Charles I. D. Looff to his daughter upon her wedding, the Looff Carrousel dates back to 1909. Composed of ornately carved wooden horses and other colorful creatures, it’s an attraction enjoyed by generations of visitors to Spokane. To preserve it’s beauty for future generations, the recently restored Carrousel is now housed in a climate controlled structure that looks like a music box. A wondrous ride on the Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park is one you and your family will not soon forget.
Mobius Science Center
Looking for indoor activities that will delight the entire family? One option is the Mobius Science Center across the street from Riverfront Park. Let the kids lead the way through the countless exhibits of this engaging space for hands-on exploration and discovery. They can launch water rockets, observe turtles and reptiles (including a python!), learn about the stars in the sky, and so much more.
Mobius Children’s Museum
Near both Riverfront and Huntington Park inside the River Park Square Mall is the Mobius Children’s Museum, where kids can play and create. The museum provides children with a wide range of activities that engage the senses, from building bridges made out of marshmallows, making bird costumes to learn about birds, or putting on their explorer hats to seek out pirate treasure. For younger kiddos, you can even enjoy “Toddler & Me” classes together. There’s so much to discover!
Lions, tigers, and bears, yes please! If you have animal lovers in your family who would be interested in seeing majestic cats and other animals in a renowned animal-friendly environment, don’t miss Cat Tales Zoological Park. A special animal rescue sanctuary with a unique collection of large cats, bears, birds, and more, Cat Tales is known for its careful attention to animal rescue. And thanks to expert zoological staff sharing their knowledge, there’s so much to learn for the whole family.
Looking for an all-out family fun trip? Spend the day at Wonderland Family Fun Center! Zip line across the park and see it all from high above, knock in a hole-in-one on the 18-hole miniature golf course, and see who can clock in first in an adrenaline-boosting race on the go-karts.
This list is far from complete! Bringing the family to Spokane promises an unforgettable experience.
*Riverfront Park is undergoing an extensive renovation. Get updates on the progress here.