Traveling with children? There are plenty of fun things to do in Spokane to keep the whole family happy.
Mobius Science Center and Kids’ Museum
At the Mobius Science Center (811 W. Main), kids have fun while learning scientific concepts. Exhibits in the 26,000 foot facility feature hands-on learning in physics, acoustics, optics, engineering, flight, Northwest geology and ecology, chemistry, space, fluid dynamics, chaos theory, and more. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10–6 and Sunday 11–5. Admission prices are adults $10.00, ages 18 and under $7.00, ages 3 years and under free. Seniors (65+), military families, and students with ID receive $1.00 off daily admission.
Kids can play and interact in six themed exhibit areas at the Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, located on the lower level of River Park Square. Some fun activities include taking control of traffic lights in a miniature city, creating unique art in the Out of Hand Art Studio, and performing in costume with musical instruments in the Globe Theater. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10–5 and Sunday 11–5. Admission is $6.00 for adults and children, free for babies 12 months and under, and $5.00 for military families and seniors.
The Mobius Bounce Pass single day admission to both Mobius Kids Children’s Museum and Mobius Science Center is $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for children. Both facilities offer birthday party packages.
Cat Tales Zoo
Visit an entire zoo of wild cats, including tigers, lions, leopards, bob cats, and more. For a memorable experience, Cat Tales, offers hand feeding of a big cat for adults and kids 8 and older. It is a nonprofit zoological training center as well as a zoo. Some of the animals are rescues who lived in poor conditions, some were transferred from other facilities, and some were born at Cat Tales. You can learn about each animal’s story in the informational tour given by knowledgeable staff members. The zoo is open year round. Click here for hours and admission prices. Cat Tales is located in Mead, at 17020 Newport Hwy.
A piece from the upcoming Patrick Siler exhibit at the MAC.
MAC Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and the Campbell House
The MAC showcases the history, native cultures, and art of the Inland Northwest. Five galleries hold long-term and visiting exhibitions, including traveling exhibitions in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute. Many exhibits are fun for kids (call to ask if you are not sure).
Historic Campbell House
Upcoming exhibits include 100 Stories: A Centennial Exhibition, which will feature themes of the American West in honor of the Eastern Washington State Historical Society’s first century; and Meet Me at the Spot: The Art of Patrick Siler. Both open February 22. Your admission to the MAC also gets you a tour of the gorgeous Campbell House early 1900s mansion right next door, which is fascinating for kids and adults alike. Tours are available Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the hour. The MAC is open Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $7.50 for seniors ages 60+, $5 for students with ID, and free for kids 5 and under.
Spokane’s beloved Riverfront Park is a great place to take energetic kids, even in the winter months. Although the IMAX is closed for the season, the Ice Palace, one of the best outdoor ice skating rinks in the nation, is open. The historic 1909 Looff Carousel is fun for all ages, as is the Skyride over the Spokane Falls, and during the winter you can often see beautiful ice-encased waterfalls. Don’t forget to take the kids to the giant red wagon slide. The garbage eating goat is another favorite with kids. Check the calendar for hours on all attractions—the Skyride closes in extreme weather, and the Looff Carousel has occasional maintenance closures.
Wonderland Family Fun Center
This is a great place to spend a few hours playing. Attractions in the 2,200 square foot Wonderland include black light or outdoor mini-golf, air hockey, climbing wall, lazer tag, batting cages, and go-karts. There are over 80 video and redemption games, with ticket rewards that can be exchanged for prizes. In the eating area (pizza, soda, and snacks available), kids can climb, crawl, and slide in the adventure playhouse. Outdoor activities are weather dependent, but there is plenty to do inside for adults and kids alike to have a great time. Click here for hours. Wonderland is located at 10515 N. Division.
Pattison’s North Skating Center
Get those restless kids out of the car and into the skating rink to use up some energy! Pattison’s North, located at 11309 N. Mayfair Rd. just north of Wonderland, offers affordable roller and inline skating for all ages. Click here for schedules of sessions and lessons.