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Family Fun In Washington: Where To Go And What To Do

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again – I love your input, comments and suggestions! The dialogue is what keeps the blog alive, and I always love hearing back from you, all the Re-Discover Washington readers. Rich Coulter, a Facebook fan, had a wonderful suggestion for a blog post! Here is what he said “With the school year coming to an end soon, could you tell your fans some stuff to do in the Washington area that inexpensive or free?” I asked you what are your favorite activities to do in Washington and the area, and this is what you came up with. I took the liberty to add a few things and put them in order, but this blog post is from you for you! 🙂

The Riverfront Trail is everyone’s preferred spot! It is beautiful in every season and great for all ages.

Outdoor Family Activities:

1. Walk the Riverfront Trail (bike, jog, or roller skate)

 – make it fun, try to identify trees and other botanical species with your kids

– have a small picnic at the Riverfront park

– do a nature photo walk

2. Go fishing at Lions Lake, kids love the fishing derbies.

3. Go to the Dog Park! Kids love to play with dogs, and so do grown-ups. Where is the Dog Park? Click here for a map.

4. Ride a bike on the Katy Trail.

5. When it’s hot, for the little ones, tot time at the City Pool is $1.

6. Enjoy a movie outdoors, Movies in the Park are always fun.

7. Take the kids to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday. It is educational and provides commerce and sustainability for our community. Music At The Market is always an enjoyable event.

8. Visit Purina Farms. It is fun for the kids & it’s FREE.

9. Go to Shaw’s Nature Reserve. $5 to get in or you can buy a season pass. They have a natural playground for kids, many hiking trails, wildflower gardens, wetland areas, and the list goes on. Also really educational and affordable classes for kids and adults throughout the summer.

10. Check the Hillermann Nursery and Florist’s website for events that they have through out the year. They always offer some free activity for the kids and they have a playground.

11. GEOCACHING! It’s a great thing to do and so many people have smart phones and GPS, so why not? : )

12. Take your kids to the playground at City Park.

Hillermann Nursery and Florist always has wonderful classes and events for kids and grown-ups alike!

Indoor Family Activities:

1. Visit the Photo Journalism Hall of Fame in Washington. It is open on the weekends and has the greatest photos to look at. Take your kids, then furnish them with a disposable camera and let their photo-imaginations run wild!

2. Story time at the libraries is fun and free.

3. Check Michael’s for craft classes.

4. Watch how fudge is made at the Fudge Shoppe and get an ice-cream cone on a hot summer day.

Downtown Washington Inc. knows how to attract the crowds with their wonderful Festivals and events!

2014 Special Events

June 19 – Thirsty Thursday     

June 21 – Clean-Up Day

 June 26 – Sunset on the Riverfront     

June 28 – Downtown Sidewalk Sale

 July 24 – Sunset on the Riverfront

August 23 – Foodstock     

August 28 – Sunset on the Riverfront

Sept. 18 – Thirsty Thursday

Sept. 25 – Sunset on the Riverfront

Sept. 26 – Chili Cook-Off

Sept. 27-28 – Fall Festival of the Arts & Crafts

October 16 – Murder Mystery Dinner     

October 21 – United Way Soup Day    

 October 25 – Pumpkin Palooza

November 6 – Thirsty Thursday     

November 21-23 – Holiday Shopping Open House     

November 28 – Black Friday Shopping & Holiday Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting     

November 29 – Small Business Saturday

December 4 – Kid’s Downtown Shopping    

 December 4, 11 & 18 – Downtown Merchant Extended Hours     

December 5 – Santa on Amtrak     

December 6, 13, 20 – Santa at the Market     

December 14 – Holiday House Tour

You can always count on me to keep you updated on upcoming events and happenings around town! Feel free to e-mail or message me anytime if you are organizing an event and you need more exposure!

Quick links: 

Washington Visitor Calendar
Farmer’s Market Events
Washington Parks
Downtown Washington Inc. Events
Hillermann Nursery and Florist Events
Washington Historical Society Events
The Art Center Calendar of Events
Re-Discover Washington on Facebook
Experience Union on Facebook
If you know of any other family fun activities to do in Washington and the area, please let us know in the comments below! 

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.


8 Responses to “Family Fun In Washington: Where To Go And What To Do”

  1. Lowes has a monthly class for kids & parents to come in and build a project.

    Posted by vivobello | April 18, 2012, 7:16 pm
    • Slava,
      You are so good to our community!! Thank you for sharing your wisdom on Washington. I’m sure there are many natives that would not have thought of many of your suggestions. I am so glad to have met you and Jeremy!
      And the tourism department as gotten a true gem in you!!! Enjoy your days there and keep up the good work!

      Posted by Sandi McDonald | April 18, 2012, 7:44 pm
  2. Slava,
    Thanks for the great ideas and for all of your wonderful posts and blogs. Your enthusiasm inspires me!

    Posted by teresa haire | April 19, 2012, 9:55 am
  3. What is “tot time” at the pool?

    Posted by Nikki flores | May 28, 2014, 4:53 pm
    • Tot Time
      Bring your children ages 7 and under to the Leisure Pool to enjoy some time together without the daily crowd. Child must be accompanied by an adult and there is no charge for the adult. The large slide will not be available during this time.

      July 7 – August 2
      10:00am – 12:00pm
      $1 per person


      Posted by Slava | May 28, 2014, 7:57 pm
  4. Thanks for including the Dog Park! It’s a great chance for kids to learn how to interact with dogs.

    A couple tips: if your child is outside the park, avoid fingers poking through the fence. They are vulnerable. Be aware that some dogs jump enthusiastically on newcomers and little people can be knocked over. If a child runs, some dogs thinks that looks like a squirrel and will give chase while barking aggressively. PLEASE always stay with your child in the park. Check the posted rules. There is an age requirement.

    Dogs and kids are a great combination, when sprinkled with a little awareness and common sense!

    Posted by Washington MO Dog Park group | August 8, 2014, 8:58 pm
  5. The Hillermann’s Events page is a bad link. You may want to have your admin fix this.

    Posted by Chimichanga | January 29, 2016, 1:41 pm

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