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Easy Thrills: Tubing the Spokane River

Photo by Amy Silbernagel McCaffree.

Parents like to feel in control, but you can’t control a river. Which is why I was a little nervous to take my young son, 6 years old at the time, tubing on the Spokane River last July.    The trip ...

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Summer Camping Smiles: Create the Ultimate Camping Experience for Your Kids

Photo by Amy Silbernagel McCaffree

Camping provides an immersive, hands-on educational experience for children. To optimize fun while ensuring comfort and leisure, try these tips on your next family camping adventure. Not All Campgrounds Are Created Equal Choose a campground with amenities that best suit ...

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Pedal to The Park: Explore Spokane’s Parks by Bike

Photo by Amy Silbernagel McCaffree.

Hop on your bike and pedal your way to one of these local parks for some simple, no-cost recreational fun. To find the best biking route, go to Srtc.maps.arcgis.com and search for “Spokane Regional Bike Map” to access Spokane’s interactive ...

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Coaching Your Child’s Sport

Photo of Shallan Knowles and dad courtesy of Kathy Wilson.

Take a look around, and it’s pretty easy to find a parent coach. Whether it’s coaching soccer, softball, basketball, or football, it seems that many of us have put on that hat, either because we were drawn to it or ...

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Summer Camps Guide

Photo courtesy of Camp Spalding.

Summer is prime time for kids to romp in the woods, get dirty, climb trees, and take new risks. Around the region, there are summer camps devoted to helping children of all ages learn more about nature, camping, science, and ...

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6 Inland NW Fun Runs for Kids & Families

Spring Dash (April 23): This is a great race to kick off the running season and raise funds for United Way of North Idaho. The beautiful course passes through downtown Coeur D’Alene and starts and finishes at McEuen Park. Priest ...

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Running with Kids

Photo courtesy Stephanie Hoffman

For many kids who run, Bloomsday suffices. At nearly 7.5 miles, it’s long enough to require training if they want to take the race seriously, but short enough that many of them can show up on race day and just ...

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Fishing with Kids: Connecting Foster Kids with the Outdoors

Photo by Kaitlin Barnhart

What if they don’t catch a fish? I started to worry, but as the truck doors swung open and the boys filed out, I could see their bright smiles and it clicked: I knew we had already given these children ...

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11 Ideas for Family Fun in the Great Outdoors

Photo of West Valley Outdoor Learning Center.

1) Hike or Bike in Palisades Park: This 700-acre nature park west of Spokane has awesome views of the city and several trails for hiking or biking. Kids will especially enjoy Indian Canyon’s Mystic Falls. A park map is available ...

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Spring & Summer Outdoor Events for All Ages

Lilac Century Bike Ride (April 30, 2017) Like SpokeFest in the spring, the Lilac Century Bike Ride is a great way to kick off the biking season with the whole family in a fun, safe and friendly environment. The Lilac ...

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