Traveling with children can be tough. Especially if you have tantrum-prone toddlers or surly teenagers, trust us, we get it. Never fear, there's something in Spokane that will entertain everyone and make family memories while you are here. Whether teenagers will admit they had fun is another matter.
Family-Friendly Adventure Awaits
Riverfront Park Attractions
First stop, Riverfront Park. Plan to stay awhile, there's so much to do. It's the heart of downtown Spokane and beautiful in any season. Ride the classic 1909 Looff Carrousel, go skating on the 650-foot long Numercia Skate Ribbon, then fly over the Spokane Falls on the Numerica SkyRide. On the weekends after dark, you can enjoy a spectacular Pavilion Light Show for free.
Riverfront Park Playgrounds
Not one, not two, but three unique playgrounds invite kids of all ages to play in Riverfront Park. The Childhood Express is the world's largest Radio Flyer wagon standing 12 feet tall. Climb up, slide down. Providence Playscape is a special playground that boasts more than 20 unique elements designed to promote social and physical inclusivity. Riverfront's destination playground (opening spring 2021) offers Ice Age themed climbing structures, a wheels park, and a Hooptown basketball court, because Spokane, aka Hooptown USA, is home to Hoopfest and basketball is big here.
Historic Flight Museum
At the Historic Flight Foundation Museum, located 15 minutes east of downtown at Felt's Field, you can tour and view an extensive vintage aircraft collection, take part in seminars, and watch aircraft fly most weekends during spring and summer, weather permitting. There are even opportunites to book a flight and view the region from high in the sky.
Ziplines and Water Adventures
Fly high through the air over treetops at Mica Moon Zip Tours & Aerial Park in Liberty Lake. Choose your adventure! They have a variety of zip line and aerial park tours suitable for ages 6+. For a day on the water, rent kayaks or paddleboard from Fun Unlimited, Inc. on the Centennial Trail in Riverfront Park, or book a rafting adventure on the Spokane River with Wiley E. Waters.
Zoos and Aquariums
If you have animal lovers in your family, Spokane has great options for you. Home to majestic cats and other native species Cat Tales Wildlife Center is a renowned animal-friendly environment. A special animal rescue sanctuary with a unique collection of large cats, bears, wolves, foxes, 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. If you are curious about life under the sea, The Blue Zoo is a hands-on aquarium where you can touch stingrays and reptiles and experience sharks, seahorses, fish, and more.
Mobius Discovery Center
Mobius Discovery Center is just across the street from Riverfront Park. Let your kids lead the way through this engaging space of 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 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 the water tables! For younger kiddos, you can even enjoy the “Toddler & Me” classes together. There’s so much to discover!
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