Outdoor Kid-Friendly Activities
We just celebrated the 4th of July, and my family always goes up to my aunt’s house in hills of Manson to watch the amazing fireworks show. This year we had a ton of kids running around the deck. They had endless energy and the parents were trying to come up with as many ideas as possible to wear them out. Since I so often write about going wine tasting and dancing, I decided this month I would focus on summer outdoor activities for kids in the valley.
(Note: Since the kids at my aunt’s house was aged 4wks-7yrs, I’ll be focusing on activities for younger kids.)
• Slidewaters: This place has rides for people of all ages! They have the “Bug-A-Boo” and the “Squirt Gun” slides for toddlers, and the “Aqua Zoo” with a mushroom waterfall is made for little kids under 48in. Kids can go on larger slides with a parent traveling down with them.
• Lake Chelan Mini Golf: The Green by Don Morse Park is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, 7 days a week through Labor Day Weekend. It’s the perfect place for your kids to soak up the sun and get their first hole-in-one!
• Rally Ally Go-Karts: This is a race to the finish line! With cars made for 1 to 2 people, kids compete for speed. Note: These are not bumper cars and no one is allowed to crash into each other. Must be 52in to drive.
• Osprey Rafting Company: Osprey offers a family fun adventure pack that includes an easy float down the riverside. It’s perfect for people of all ages, even 99 years old. (And right now, we’re offering a lodging + rafting package!)
• Go Blueberry Picking: This activity is available after mid-July (depending on how the weather has been). It is an easy activity for small kids and can be used to teach them about nature, farming, and healthy eating. Blueberry Hills is also one of the most popular restaurants in town, so you can eat after you’re done!
• In the end…nothing beats the lake! There are a million of ways to play on the lake. There are beaches in Manson & Chelan to swim in, boating, boating, fishing, and even tubbing!
Important note: There are a ton of ways to get your kids outside this summer vacation, but please note that it is HOT here in the valley. Please go prepared, with sunscreen and lots of ice water. Even if your kids are in the water, they can suffer from heat exhaustion. Take care of yourself and your family.