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Spokane offers a bunch of great things for kids, so feel free to bring them along for a family trip. Check out our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ list of the five best things to do with kids in Spokane:
1. Explore Riverfront Park. This 100-acre park in downtown Spokane offers non-stop fun, including the Childhood Express, a gigantic interactive Radio Flyer wagon with a 26-foot-long bed, six-foot-tall wheels and a slide for a handle. From there, head to the wacky garbage-eating goat, a sculpture designed to eat garbage out of hands. The goat is next to the 100-year-old Looff Carrousel, with its hand-painted horses with real horsehair tails. The park also features an IMAX Theater, the Spokane Falls SkyRide and seasonal carnival rides and ice-skating.
2. Spend the day at Mobius Kids Children’s Museum and Mobius Science Center. Spend a day exploring both the museum and the science center. These sister centers offer hours of entertainment for kids and adults alike with fixed exhibits, ranging in topics from teaching about living in third world countries to how to generate electricity, as well as traveling exhibits and themed classes. When mealtime rolls around, grab a bite to eat at the food court at River Park Square.
3. Head to Green Bluff Growers. Just 20 miles northeast from downtown Spokane, Green Bluff is a loop of nearly 30 U-Pick farms. Located at the base of Mount Spokane, this is an incredible spot for fresh fruits and veggies, hay mazes, pumpkins and Christmas trees, as well as fresh baked goods, antiques and wine tasting for the adults.
4. Visit Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC). The MAC offers exhibits with a tremendous historical perspective on the entire region. Best of all, the main exhibit always includes a hands-on learning opportunity for the youngest museum-goers.
5. Go skiing and snow tubing. With five ski resorts within a two-hour drive of Spokane, downhill and cross country skiing and snow tubing are popular winter sports. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park is 28 miles northeast of the city and offers more than 1,425 acres of space to hit the slopes.