We've entered into the 2nd half of summer!
Camps are in full swing, the Columbia Cup (and the Airshow) takes place this
weekend, and the Benton Franklin Fair
is just around the corner! The big question is … how often
have you heard "I'm bored" or "I don't have anything to do"?
Or, have you run through all of your planned summer activities and
need a few ideas on what to plan next?
We asked, you answered!
What can you do in the Tri-Cities that's unique and
Gail from Richland shared: An excellent
resource on over 30 hikes and walks around the Columbia
Basin is just a click away!
Check out www.hiketricities.com for descriptions,
directions, photos and more!
Angie from Kennewick wrote: You can get a good
book at the library or participate in one of their many activities,
then go outside, take a walk around the park and watch your kids
play. Perfect! (If you haven't visited yet, she's
referring to the branch located on Union in Kennewick.)
Jane from Richland recommended: Kids Bowl Free
is one of my favorite programs. I've known about it for a couple of
years, but whenever I bring it up, no one has ever heard of it
before. There are places in several cities around the country,
including Richland, Kennewick and Pasco.
Basically, you pay for one adult and up to 4 kids bowl free.
You're paying for the chaperone/nanny/babysitter. If you're
travelling, don't worry! It's a nationwide program:
Maryann from Kennewick suggested: We do all
sorts of things for Wednesday family night! Walks along the
river, Mid - Columbia library water park, and we have been known to
just go to the library when it is too hot for outside.
Criselda from Pasco submitted: I would
recommend a picnic at Memorial Park in Pasco. Parents can take
advantage of the FREE Preschool story time at 10:30 am in the Pasco
library, walk across the street for lunch and if time and money
allow, jump in the pool for the 1:00 session! The free summer
lunch program launched June 14th from 11:30-12:45 if parents want
to take advantage of that as well. I enjoy this park because there
are not large crowds and the jungle gym is large enough for many
children to play on. The park is kept very clean and lots of
space for kids to run around and play some great gross motor
Dawn from Richland offered: My favorite park is
Columbia Point Marina's Park. The toys are appropriate for a wide
age range, there is enough open space for a little soccer or
playing catch, and there is easy access to a wide, paved, mostly
flat (kid friendly) bike/walk path. There is also at least some
shade and covered eating areas.
Erin from Kennewick proposed: Mini-at-home
Olympics to celebrate the 2012 summer games: Make up your own
events, invite over some friends, and have some fun.
Digital photo scavenger hunt: Great for a day spent outside with
nice weather, or inside if it rains, or the wind blows. Create a
list and let the kiddos loose with the camera. You can let
the kids create the list as well and take turns being the
Heidi in West Richland advises: My family's
favorite is the Badger Mt Community Park. We spend many weekends
there playing with the 2- and 4-legged children. The splash park
was a great addition last year. The walking/biking trails nearby
make it easy to get some adult exercise in as well.
We also enjoy the trail along the Columbia through Richland. It
has a variety of activities from big toys to tennis courts and lots
of shade for the hot summer days.
Add to our list! What activities are you and your
family enjoying this summer?
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