Looking for some fun things to do with kids in Spokane, Washington? Here are some amazing and fun ideas for you to try. In fact, there’s so much here, you may be surprised that your family was ever bored! We hope you enjoy all these activities. Feel free to leave comments!
1.Visit our beautiful Riverfront Park.
Not only is Riverfront Park a Spokane landmark, but it is home to a myriad of kid-friendly activities. Whether summer is in full swing or the snow of winter is upon us, Riverfront Park always has fun things to do in Spokane with kids! A few fun summer events include Pigout in the Park and Hoopfest, amusement rides, water feature, gondola rides over Spokane Falls, IMAX theater and train rides.
In the winter, the amusement rides are put away to reveal an awesome outdoor skating rink. Strolling in the park, looking at the falls (springtime is best), watching the ducks, and visiting the giant red wagon and/or the garbage eating goat are just a few ideas of some free activities to indulge in while exploring Riverfront Park. In addition, Riverfront Park has fun rides, activities and festivals (ferris wheel, IMAX theater, ice skating) throughout the year. In addition, don’t forget to look up Hoopfest, Bloomsday, Pig out in the Park, and some of our beautiful parades.
2. Go roller skating or blading!
- If you are on the north side of Spokane you will want to visit Pattison’s North Family Skating Center.
- If you are in the valley, you should visit Roller Valley Skate Center Roller Skating Rink.
3. Go ice skating, learn how to skate, or play some hockey at Eagles-Ice-A-Rena.
4. Catch a SCENIC train ride to Ione, Wa (fall) - this is a GREAT train ride that runs seasonally in Ione, WA (about 2 hours north of Spokane) Lion’s Club Excursion Train
5. Take a magical horse carriage ride through downtown Spokane (holiday season is recommended).
6. Attend a concert, show, or event just for kids! Check the following sites for complete listings.
7. Join a mom’s club.
It may seem like something just for you but trust me, your children will love the playdates at the parks and pools, the kids crafts, the kids parties for all the major holidays, field trips, and family nights out!
- MOPS Groups in the area (Mother’s of Preschoolers)
- If you are on the North side of Spokane, check out this mom’s club.
- If you live on the South Hill or Valley, check out this mom’s club.
8. Visit Green Bluff!
Green Bluff is a collection of farms where you can pick your own fruit and or pumpkins, shop for eclectic and homemade foods and items, sit down to some fresh pie, run a 5k (Cherry Picker’s Trot), go to an outdoor concert, run through a corn maze, ride behind a tractor, feed goats, ride ponies, and definitely try some fresh pumpkin doughnuts! It’s a blast for children of all ages. Each farm has something different to offer and while you are up there you might run into a beautiful winery or candy shop. This is a must-see!
9. Send the kids to a summer camp. Check out listings here.
10. Get active with the YMCA.
The YMCA is not just a gym and a pool. If you look online, their are tons of listings for infants, children, and teens. This includes but is not limited to swim lessons and water acclimation starting at 6 months old, tumbling, sports, teen programs, and day camps. They also have a teen center that is a safe place for teens to mingle, musical instruments amongst other activities are provided. This gym, also has in my opinion, some of the best child care available.
- Shadle Park High School- Indoor/outdoor pool
- Whitworth indoor pool
- Northpark Fitness and Racquet Club Outdoor Pool- pool use only can be obtained (Check with them to see if this is still current.)
12. Play at Mobius!
The Mobius Kids Children Musem provides hands-on activities in science, culture and the arts for under 8s and their families, it’s a more accessible version of the Mobius Science Center. Young kids will have a great time exploring the different exhibits, driving “cars”, getting wet in the mud
exhibit and more! In addition, crafts, parties, and children activities are offered here.
The Mobius Science Center is geared towards slightly older children. It includes 65 hands-on, interactive science and technology exhibits covering a vast list of topics along with numerous educational programs. This is located just a few blocks away from the Mobius Kids Children Museum.
13. Play at the Wonderland Family Fun Center.
There are both indoor and outdoor attractions for all ages to enjoy. Two 18-hole Miniature Golf Courses, Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, a 2,000 square foot Laser Tag Arena, Batting Cages, a two story Adventureland Playhouse, an Arcade with more than 80 Video and Ticket Redemption Games, Wonderland Prize Center and much more. Unlimited passes are also available.
14. Get your water slide on at Splashdown Family Waterpark.
Spokane’s only waterpark, Splash Down is location just off I90 in the Spokane Valley. Featuring 400′ water slides, inner tube rides, kiddie tubes & body slides, water wars, fastball and more, your kids won’t be bored! It usually opens in May.
15. Visit some BIG and exotic cats at Cat Tales Zoo.
Spokane’s only zoo, the Cat Tales Zoological Park is a great experience for kids of all ages. Come within 6 feet of the “big cats” and event purchase a “Treat Bag” to feed a lion, tiger or bear with a zookeeper! Check with the zoo for feeding times and special events. There’s a bear there too and its a good time to learn about pet ownership and responsibility. Many of the cats were rescued.
16. In the mood for a beautiful park? Spokane is the perfect place for that! Most parks will be listed here, but some parks will receive special mention below. In addition, some of the parks have their own websites.
- Manito Park- This is a must see. Beautiful gardens, an observatory that is lit with thousands of light in the winter, a lovely duck pond, several playgrounds, and free summer concerts. It’s not to be missed! Our family also enjoys walking under the large trees on Manito Blvd. in the fall and jumping in the leaf piles!
- John A. Finch Arboretum-A stunning park filled with trees and foliage not normally found in your backyard and complete with a waterfall. It’s the perfect photo-op. In the fall, they gather a huge leaf pile for the kids to play with.
- Mirabeau Park – Located in the Spokane Valley, it is a gorgeous park with a lovely waterfall and fun kids play area.
- Riverside State Park- Kids will love the trill of crossing the Spokane River – on a swinging bridge at the Bowl and Pitcher area! Bring a picnic and some hiking shoes to take a scenic stroll through Riverside Park, enjoying local wildlife and views of the river. You can also bring your bikes, cross over the bridge and find your way to the paved Centennial trail running through the park. Camping is also available in this area. Follow the link for more information.
17. Go skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, and more at these local mountains.
- Mount Spokane- offer a Snoplay Daycare. Little ones are taken care of while adults and older children enjoy a day on the slopes.
- 49 Degrees North
- Lookout Pass
- Silver Mountain- also includes indoor waterpark and golf
18. Visit Spokane Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture MAC.
A fun and educational outing a family with older kids will enjoy! The first Friday of every month, admission is free from 5-8pm.
19. Be amazed at Carr’s One-of-a-Kind World Museum.
With a little planning ahead, this can be a fun afternoon adventure. The name of Marvin Carr’s museum should be taken literally. While there may be, somewhere on earth, another water-cooled World War I German machine gun or the top third of a stuffed 16-foot-tall giraffe, nowhere else will you see both in the same room. Just here. Enjoy this educational and fun museum!
20. Visit the Little Spokane Natural Area and tube or kayak.
Along the way you may even spot a moose or some deer. There’s also Pine River Park, that is along the river. It’s the perfect place to cool off and enjoy a family picnic in the sun.
21. Admire and learn about the history of St. John’s Cathedral.
With marble from Italy and one of the most extensive organs in the area, the fascinating stories are sure to be a hit with your kids. In addition, this excursion is educational as well. Arrange in advance for a tour.
22. Jump in a lake! Spokane is surrounded by a bunch of them! Or go canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, etc.
- Priest Lake-amazing hiking, hidden areas, and canoeing
- Bead Lake – great canoeing
- Bonnie Lake – a fun, non-motorized lake
- Long Lake
- Bear Lake
Storytime occurs weekly and for different age groups. Children learn through reading, rhymes, songs, and play. The best part is its free to the public. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity! Personally, I’ve noticed that the Spokane County Libraries tend to do more with the kids and include a play time afterwards with educational toys!
24. Kids driving you up a wall? Climb up an actual climbing wall at Wild Walls.
They offer rentals, lessons, events, parties, portable walls, and even yoga. A great way to really tire out those kids! All climbing is supervised and training is required.
REI also has wall that kids can climb during limited hours.
25. Shoot it out at Laser Quest - Laser Quest Spokane features live action laser tag at its best!
26. Enjoy family fun and dinner at 5 Mile Pizza Parlor.
27. Win some tokens at Chuck E. Cheese.
28. Join a Kindermusik class!
Have a young Mozart? Kindermusik is so effective and fun that it is an international company. Infants-7 years old learn through music.
29. Go to the fair or other events at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center.
The pet show, junior livestock show, and the huge Just Between Friends Consignment Sale are just a few of the family friendly events that are offered here.
30. Go see a movie!
Visit this site for more local information on movie times, dates, and prices.
These are fun outings that come with hotdogs, loud music, and lots of yelling! The perfect family adventure!
32. Free zoo at Northwest Seed and Pet! A North and Valley location are available.
Lots of furry cuddly critters, hairy tarantulas and snakes, birds, fish, and the occasional tortoise or alligator. Its lots of free fun!
33. Ride your bike or roller blade!
Here is a list of our favorite kid-friendly bike rides from Spokane to Coeur d’Alene.
34. Join a sports league.
This includes basketball, baseball, soccer, and cheerleading just to name a few. Check out the following sites for more information. Some of these start as early as 18 months.
35. Dance the night away!
This may be more appropriate for older children and for a family outing! Get your sillies and wiggles out on the dance floor. Also find out more about dance classes including tap, tumbling, jazz, ballet and hip-hop by looking up local studios.
- Simply Dance Studio- salsa every Friday night, instruction followed by salsa dancing
- Spokane Swing Dance Club- 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month is swing dancing
36. Visit an off-leash dog park.
Kids love dogs and whats not to love? Furry, cuddly, and lots of energy! These dog parks are busiest on the weekends and there are areas for large and small dogs. Make sure your children are comfortable with dogs, know how to approach them, or are aware that they will just be watching them play. A fun place to exhaust your dog and your kiddos in one spot!
37. Live on the wild side and go camping!
Follow this link or do your own exploring around one of our many lakes. There are camping sites everywhere and at Riverside State Park too! S’mores and a campfire… yes please!
39. Bounce it out! Sometimes we just need to jump! Check out these places for jumping.
- Jump n Party- Jump n Party is a great indoor Playground in Spokane, Washington featuring HUGE Inflatables and toddler areas.
- Jump n Bounce – Welcome to the Inland Northwest’s ORIGINAL and LARGEST indoor inflatable playground.
- Sky High Sports – Sky High Sports is a unique trampoline fun center.
40. Feel like joining the circus some days? Have your kids learn the art of aerial performance and join a circus camp at Spokane Aerial Performance Arts.
41. Race at the Fast Kart Indoor Speedway!
Spend a few hours racing your kids at this fun indoor go kart racing speedway! Just remember to bring shoes and socks for racing! Flip-flops don’t count for safety reasons.
42. Wanna be the next Katniss Everdeen? Learn the art of archery at Spokane Valley Archery.
They have junior classes available. And while you are there feed the sheep! All the kids can participate in that. They have a large herd of hungry sheep!
43. Attend a big event.
44. Walk and shop the Northtown Mall Spokane, WA
In addition to shopping, their is a food court, movies, a free kids play area with slides and tunnels and a Drop N’ Play where kids can either be dropped off to play while you shop or for a reduced fee you can stay and play with your kids there. They have video games, cars to drive around, structures to play on, slides and more! Special events for children are hosted here frequently.
45. Walk and shop the Spokane Valley Mall.
The Valley Mall provides similar offerings as the Northtown Mall. Special events for children are also hosted here frequently.
46. Go see a reduced fee or free movie at the Garland Theater.
47. Go to open gym night at Spokane Gymnastics for children 6 years and older.
49. Plan a fun night for the kids and enjoy a Parent’s Night Out!
Sound too good to be true? Check out these sites!
50. Watch a FREE movie or a FREE concert during the summer! During the summer, many Spokane & Spokane Valley parks & recreation departments offer free movies and concerts. Just bring your lawn chair and have some fun. Check out our calendar for more information.
51. There are many more fun things to do in Spokane with kids, click our event calendar for more the latest happenings in the Inland Northwest! It’s your one stop shop for complete listings around here! Have fun and be safe!