Things to Do in Spokane with Kids

A city known for its convenience, accessibility, and walkability, family fun in Spokane is easy to come by. Exploring the city is fun and relaxing and family-friendly amenities abound. The activities below are just a sampling of what you will find!

Outdoor Activities 

There are countless outdoor spaces to enjoy Spokane’s long summer days with friends and family. Let the spray from Spokane Falls cool you off on a warm day as you explore Riverfront Park. There, you will be immersed in an abundance of serene nature, the fragrance of fresh flowers, and the sounds of families enjoying one of Spokane’s most prized outdoor gems. 


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. 

Skate Ribbon 

The Skate Ribbon is the first of its kind on the west coast. In the winter, it 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. Grab some cocoa and rest beside the cozy fire pits to watch the kids or catch your breath. When the weather warms up and the ice melts, grab your scooters and roller blades and enjoy the ribbon for free.

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 artist Ken Spiering, is a city favorite. With the inscription that it is “dedicated to Spokane’s children, as a reflection of the past, created in the present, to last into the future,” this is the perfect pit stop for the family. Parents can take a seat and watch the children slide down the wagon handle or even take a slide down yourself.


Indoor Fun

Looff Carrousel 

No trip to Riverfront Park is complete without a 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 its 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!), build a bridge, 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 creating masterpieces in the art room, dressing up and performing on a stage, and making water currents around in the water tables! For younger kiddos, you can even enjoy the “Toddler & Me” classes together. There’s so much to discover!

Other Adventures

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 interactive family fun trip? Spend the day at the Blue Zoo Aquarium! There are several aqua attractions to please the entire herd. Meet magical mermaids amongst their fellow sea friends. Feed the ocean's most dynamic and misunderstood predators--sharks! Or head to the stingray pool to touch these majestic creatures.

Bringing the family to Spokane promises an unforgettable experience. 

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