Tri-Cities, Washington consists of three cities: Kennewick, Pasco and Richland. The area in southeastern Washington also includes the intersection of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers. The growing area features a diverse landscape and is home to a diverse array of activities for its residents to enjoy. Families with toddlers can find a number of opportunities to help their little ones learn, explore and play.
1. Story Time
A good story can be all you need to see and explore new places and activities. At the Mid-Columbia Libraries, toddlers can enjoy a number of special programs. The Family Evening Story Hour, Miss Jacque's Storytime, ABC Storytime and Tiny Tots Storytime are all open to toddlers. At the Barnes & Noble in Kennewick, there is a Toddler Story Time every Tuesday at 10 a.m. that features age-appropriate stories and snacks. Other events are held for toddlers from time to time, such as character appearances from Curious George and other favorites.
2. Outdoor Activities
Toddlers need a lot of free time to run around and explore. They can enjoy some healthy outdoor exercise at The Playground of Dreams in Kennewick. The playground lives up to its name for many toddlers, as it features 12,000 square feet of play space that includes clubhouses, climbing areas and pretend play spaces. The Sturgeon Cove playground at Howard Amon Park in Richland features a 16-foot sturgeon-shaped play structure. There's also a large steamboat and smaller tug boat, in addition to sand and water play areas.
3. Water Fun
When the weather is warm, it's fun to cool down with some water play. Badger Mountain Splash and Play is a zero-depth water playground that gives toddlers plenty of opportunities for cool fun. There are 19 interactive water sprays and other fun games and activities. The Aquatic Splash Park near The Playground of Dreams is a seasonal attraction that features a series of jets and water spouts that toddlers will love.
4. Events and Festivals
There are a number of events and festivals held throughout the year that have activities for toddlers. The annual River of Fire Festival celebrates the Fourth of July. In addition to the fireworks, toddlers can also get a free ride on the J&S Dreamland Express, pet one of the many animals in the petting zoo, or enjoy one of the many kids' games that are offered. At Bill's Berry Farm, toddlers can be a part of the Cherry Festival in the summer by picking cherries, going on a hay ride, and visiting the petting zoo. A week or two later, they can come back for the Blueberry Daze Festival.
- Mid-Columbia Libaries: Library Event Calendar
- Barnes and Noble: Columbia Center
- Waymarking: Playground of Dreams
- Richland Parks and Recreation: Howard Amon Park
- Richland Parks and Recreation: Badger Mountain Splash and Play
- Water Follies: About the Tri-Cities
- Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce: River of Fire Festival
- Bill's Berry Farm
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