Summer Activities for Kids in Tri-Cities

by Melody on May 22, 2015

Summer Activites for Kids in Tri-Cities

Summer has officially hit our house (we had early preschool release) and we are already starting to feel the pinch of having two boys cooped up in the house together, wrestling to what seems like the death every morning, afternoon and night.  We LOVE summer, but definitely need some inexpensive ways to keep the kids cool and entertained and sane.

We are busy creating a bucket list so September doesn’t roll around and we are looking at each other wondering why in the world we never visited one of the parks we talked about or made it very far off the couch.  There are so many great things to do with kids in this area, this list is just scratching the surface!

Here’s a round-up of our favorite local summer activities:

Libraries and Story Time

  • Mid-Columbia Libraries – All the different branches in our area have tons of different story time hours, craft time, movies and other activities for kids of all ages.  Be sure to check out their monthly calendar and sign up for their summer reading programs!
  • Richland LibraryGreat story time, puppet shows and other activities, Therapy Dogs and a fun summer reading program.


Other Local Activities

  • Rollarena Skating Center in Richland – Their summer schedule is not released yet, but generally public skating is on Wednesdays, Fridays through Sundays with special family rate on Sunday evening and Wednesday afternoon.  One parent free admission with a child’s paid admission.
  • Mid-Columbia Gymnastics Indoor Gym – Two huge open gyms with activities for all ages on Fowler Street or Gage Boulevard in Kennewick.  17 months and under are free, 18 months and up $5.  First visit is free w/ coupon from website.
  • Garlands Gymnastics Parents Night Out – Third Friday of every month from 6 – 10 PM.  Drop kids 4-12 off for open gym, coloring contests and age-appropriate movie.  $20 per child, $15 for siblings.
  • Kids Bowl Free Program – 2 free games for all kids in your family, plus the option to purchase an inexpensive family pass.  Available at most lanes in Tri-Cities and nationwide.
  • Local Fire Station Tours – Contact your local fire station, they are happy to arrange tours for the kids of the station and the fire trucks.


  • Tri-City Dust Devils – Fabulous family-friendly event!  Minor league baseball games at GESA Stadium in Pasco, inexpensive tickets, Family Feast Night and tons of fun promotions.

  • Tri-Cities Live at 5 Concert SeriesThursday evenings in John Dam Plaza starting May 28th, FREE admission.  Free KidZone, restaurants, retail booths, beer and wine garden and concerts each week.
  • Concerts at the Pavilion – Put on by the Red Mountain Lions Club of West Richland, four concerts at Flat Top Park over June and July
  • Local Farmer’s Markets – We have markets in Kennewick, Pasco, West Richland and Richland, all on different days of the week.  They all have wonderful local produce, beef, eggs, honey, live music and much more!  For more farmer’s markets in SE Washington and NE Oregon, check out my post here.

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  • Cool Desert Nights – Classic car, street rod and motorcycle event with showings, car cruises, kid zone, pancake breakfast and more.  June 25 – 28, 2015.
  • Hogs and Dogs – Family friendly event in West Richland at the Bombing Range Sports Complex. June 18, 2015.
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams – Beautiful new carousel recently opened in Kennewick.  Open Thursday through Sunday, with tokens priced as low as $2 each.  Birthday parties and special events can be arranged, connected to the Southridge Sports Complex.
  • Tri-Cities Summer Camps – TONS of great day camps and others that run the entire summer, ranging from theater camp to crafts and educational camps, sports, astronomy and so much more.  Check out this great comprehensive list here.
  • Creation Fest 2015 – July 30th and August 1st with a great lineup featuring Toby Mac, Switchfoot and much more.


  • Tri-Cities Slide the City – Slide once, three times or unlimited on this 1,000 foot waterslide set up in the city!  Prices start at just $10.  Saturday July 25th, 2015.

Kid-Friendly Movie Series

  • Regal Summer Movie ExpressEvery Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10 AM, Regal Cinemas will show a family-friendly movie for just $1.  Seats are first come, first serve.
  • Fairchild Free Kids Movies – At Fairchild Cinemas in Pasco, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, they offer free movie showings!  I will update with the schedule as soon as it is released.


  • Carmike Summer Kid Series – Kids’ movies every Thursday at 10 AM starting June 18th.  Admission is $4 per seat and includes small popcorn and small drink.
  • Richland Parks and Rec Summer Movie Series Movies shown Friday nights in John Dam Plaza in Richland, Badger Mt. Park, Columbia Point Golf Course and Columbia Point Marina Park, starting at dusk.  Bring snacks or buy from local food vendors, list of movies and more updates coming soon.  Movies begin in June.

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Local Parks

  • Badger Mountain Splash Park – Great playground for all ages and splash park on Keene Road in Richland, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Mid-Columbia Library Splash Park – Another fun playground and splash park at the library on Union Street in Kennewick
  • Southridge Event Complex – Off of Southridge Boulevard in Kennewick, large playground and splash park
  • Sturgeon Cove Playground at Howard Amon Park – Huge pirate-themed playground, toddler wading pool and zipline swing
  • TRAC Sports Complex Splash Park – Behind the TRAC in Pasco near Gesa Stadium.  This is a smaller playground and splash park, but not generally super busy and it’s easier to keep track of all the kiddos!
  • Columbia Park Family Fishing Pond – Free warm water family fishing area at east end of Columbia Park
  • Playground of Dreams and Aquatic Splash Park – 12,000 square foot playground in Columbia Park with features that represent local landmarks.  Accessible to children of all ages and those that are physically challenged.
  • Mushroom Pool – Free wading pool near Kennewick High School and the public pool
  • Kurtzman Park in East Pasco – Off of Lewis and Wehe Avenue, nine acres and a new splash park
  • Memorial Pool in Pasco – 13-acre park with a large seasonal aquatics facility, 50-meter lap pool, leisure pool, 2 slides and multiple play features.  Lots of shady areas to sit!


Outside Tri-Cities

  • Bill’s Berry Farm in Grandview – Bill’s is an amazing, family-friendly farm with tons of great events.  Admission is free, with a few activities costing a little $$.  Great U-pick options, BBQ, play area.  Their Cherry Festival is June 26th and 27th and their Blueberry Daze Festival is July 3rd and 4th.
  • Hermiston Aquatic Center in Hermiston, OR – Fun for all ages!  Large and small water slides, zero entry pool, splash and wading area, full-size pool with basketball hoops and more.  Very inexpensive, entry starting at just $4 per person!
  • Pendleton Family Aquatic Center in Pendleton, OR – Two tower waterslides, over 200′ of open/covered tube slides, smaller slides for young kids, three pools including zero entry and family picnic areas.  Open through Labor Day.  Rates start at $4/ person or can buy family passes.
  • Joe Humbert Family Aquatic Center in Milton-Freewater – Three story water slide and zero entry pool for kids, family BBQ nights and sand volleyball.  Outside food and beverages allowed.

Please leave a comment if you see anything I’ve missed or have a fun activity you like to do with your family!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

sandra June 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

my kids and i went to Howard anon park today what a beautiful day the river was super cold and very high but still had a lot of fun, we had a picnic too. The only not fun was driving around for a few minutes because of parking and that George washington way road was under constructiion was very choatic getting thru!


Lori May 29, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Don’t forget about the Kids Bowl Free program. Can’t beat two free games a day, all you pay for are shoe rental! We usually buy the additional family pass for the hubby & I as it is a great deal, also. I believe the Kids Bowl Free Program is at Atomic Bowl in Richland, Spare Time Lanes in Kennewick, & Go Bowl Lanes in Pasco.


annie May 31, 2014 at 7:18 am

Here in prosser we have a fun aquatic center as well.


Abby May 31, 2014 at 9:51 am

There is a brand new spray park in Pasco at Kurtzman park too!

Thanks for the great list! I will be bookmarking this for future reference. I think we’ll have to make a summer bucket list too.


Tammy Fryer June 1, 2014 at 9:22 am

Kids Free Day at Howard Amon Park by playground of dreams with balloons, train ride, face painting, games, candy, and more. Usually held by Southridge High School club.
There’s also free fishing for children under 12 @ Howard Amon Park Pond.


Arianna June 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm

There is also the creation fest happening this July 30-aug 2


Cherrelle May 30, 2015 at 8:11 am

There is also the M-F drive in movie in Milton-freewater


Mirandy June 4, 2015 at 8:37 am

What is Arrow Tour? Arrow Tour is a celebration of the 100th birthday of the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts Honor Society. There will be games, silk screening (bring your own shirt, etc.), trading post, and historical displays. Open to the public on June 18, 2 pm – 8 pm. Columbia Center parking lot east of Barnes and Noble. OA has provided a lot of great memories for a lot of scouts. Come see what it was like when your Dad was in OA; see what it was like when you Granddad was in OA. Come and have fun and be a part of the history of Scouting.
To learn more:


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