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Summer Fun: 12 Things to Do With Kids

Summer Fun: 12 Things to Do With Kids

Visiting the Yakima Valley or have grandkids visiting and looking for something to do for a few hours? Here are 12 summer activities guaranteed to cause smiles and laughter.


  1. Second Saturday Downtown Yakima: Providing family friendly activities and specials at downtown Yakima businesses. This 6 month program pilot started Saturday, July 11th and featured, “Cruise the Ave”  from 6 PM – 10 PM, buskers playing music around town from 3 PM – 6 PM, a family oriented yoga class at Yoga Collective at 4 PM, a Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament and deck building starting at 12:30 PM at Ron’s Coin and Books on 3rd Street, and a food special at the Sports Center. Future dates for this series are August 8th, September 12th, October 10th, November 14th, and December 12th.   The Yakima Makers Space, the YMCA, Vintage Me, the Pippins, and other area downtown businesses will be participating on some of the future event dates.
  2. Hit the City Pools/Water Playgrounds: Franklin Park Pool; Recreational Swims (12:30-6:30p.m. and 7-9:00p.m. M-F) Saturday & Sunday Rec. Swim (12:30-4:30p.m.) Lions Pool; Recreational Swim (1:30-3:00p.m. or 3:15-4:45p.m. Mon – Thurs) Funky Friday Nights (7-8:30pm). There is a new playground area with convenient shade structures in Franklin Park. Rooster’s Diner and Ice Cream Shop in the nearby Yakima Valley Museum is open. Enjoy those 50’s style lunches and ice cream. Water Playgrounds at Martin Luther King and Miller Park. Prosser Aquatic Center Pool. Toppenish Public Pool. Selah WA Public Pool.
  3. Ride the Trolley: Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays through Sunday, September 27, 2015. Trolleys leave the Car barn at South 3rd Avenue and Pine Street in Yakima between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. 2015 fares when operating on the Pine Street line: Adults $6.00 . Children (12 and under) $4.00. Child on lap -Free. Seniors (60 and older) $4.00.
  4. Yakima Valley Museum Explore Central WA Program: Thursday, July 9, Pegasus Project 10a.m. Have you heard of Tumbleweed Ranch? Meet the horses behind the magic of this wonderful facility. Find out how they play an important role in therapeutic riding for 50 riders a week! Tuesday, July 14, Inaba Produce Farms Inc. 10a.m. What is fertilizer made of? Discover the inner workings of a produce farm- the machinery, the fertilizer, and much, much more! Thursday, July 16, Capitol Theatre 10a.m. Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol Theatre. Come discover with us what it takes to produce a Broadway show! Story Time at the Yakima Valley Museum: Every Wednesday 10-11a.m.
  1. Outdoor Summer Cinema Series: Chesterley Park. July 19- Planes: Fire & Rescue. July 26 - Paddington. Aug 2 - Monsters Inc. August 9 - Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Day. August 16- The Hunger Games. August 23 - When the Game Stands Still.
  2. Yakima Greenway: Kiddin’ Around Children’s Events. July 11 Saturday Yoga for Kids 10a.m. 1 Geocaching 9am-11am.  Aug 8 Kids Tour D’ Park.
  3. Arboretum event Aug 14 Nature Day Camp Arboretum
  4. Community Summer Celebrations: July 18-19 Nile Valley Community Days - Family activities, Vendors, Food booths, games, Live entertainment, bingo, Event kicks off each day with a pancake breakfast, Jim Sprick Park 13680 St. Route 410, Naches. Aug 22-23 Highland Community Days - Tieton, WA – Street dancing, food vendors, craft booths and Mexican dancing horses. Yakima Folklife Festival - Visit the free family friendly Folklife Festival in Franklin Park on July 10-12(Second full weekend in July). Enjoy the music in the park, craft vendors, kid’s activities, located next to the community pool and playground. During the festival receive free Yakima Valley Museum admission. In the museum, the children's underground encourages imagination to grow with child-sized replicas of period building and costumes. The festival grounds are adjacent to the Franklin Park Pool and new playground area with convenient shade structures. Rooster’s Diner and Ice Cream Shop in the museum will be open to enjoy those 50’s style lunches and ice cream.
  5. Bills Berry Farm: July 31 Aug 1/Aug 7.8.9. Peach Festival; Enjoy a celebration of summer’s glorious golden fruit… peaches! Hop a hayride out to the pedestrian friendly orchard, where small trees make it possible for every member of the family to discover that nothing compares to a ripe juicy peach fresh off the tree. Cool shady park you can enjoy live music, great food, and of course PEACH DONUTS! Kiddos will also enjoy playing on our two big playgrounds, riding the Barnyard Train, visiting Andrew’s Animal Farm and taking a pony ride.
  6. 34th Annual Central WA Pioneer Power Show and Swap Meet: Aug 15-16. Kids will learn what it was like down on the farm. Presented by Central Washington Antique Farm Equipment Club. Union Gap at 4508 Main Street. Admission $5.00 per person. Children under age 12 admitted FREE with Parent. Open to Public; Featuring the Single Cylinder Hit and Miss Engine. Home of the Lindeman Tractor. Farm Equipment Displays, Demonstrations, Petting Zoo, Kids Treasure Hunt, Giant Flea Market, Working Bread Shack, Free Train Ride for Kids, Lawn Tractor Pulls, Farm Tractor Pull, Live Entertainment with Gone Fiddling Again , Threshing & Binding, Working Sawmill, Equipment Parade, Flea Market.
  7. Meadowbrook Family Fun Center: Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Go Carts, Batting Cages, Video Arcade, Pizza and fun.
  8. Skateland: To hot to be outside? Come to Skateland in Union Gap, WA. Wednesday Night is Bargain Night! 7:00-9:30p.m.for only $6.50.