Ellensburg, Washington, offers indoor and outdoor activities that are sure to please children of all ages, even a 2-year-old. Ellensburg, which is situated just east of the Cascade Mountains, boasts a small town charm. It provides the perfect setting for a leisurely day spent with the family.
U Lazy U Farms
U Lazy U Farms (ruralbounty.com) creates fun for you and your toddler year round. Take some time to pick your own sunflowers, pumpkins and vegetables or sit and be mesmerized by a bonfire. Kids can get close to smaller animals in the petting zoo or view the larger horses and pigs. During autumn, climb aboard the hay-filled truck for a ride around the farm. Hold on tight to the little ones.
Children's Activity Museum
If you are looking for a safe, laid-back way to spend an afternoon, visit the Children's Activity Museum (childrensactivitymuseum.org). Purchase a family admission or membership. The exhibits often rotate to maximize interest and excitement. Your child can use his imagination to buy and sell in the kiddie store or cook a meal for you and friends in the museum's Bistro de Cam. Use your imagination to blast off to the moon on a space mission in the museum's rocket simulator.
Kittitas County Fair
Each Labor Day, the Kittitas County Fair (kittitascountyfair.com) delivers some old-fashioned nostalgia into Ellensburg. If your child has a knack for theatrics, he will get a kick out of performing in "The Cutest Show on Earth." Actors encourage audience participation from adults and kids alike. Just slip the costume on over your clothes and you are instantly the show's main attraction. Balloon Man is a Kittitas County Fair staple and is in the Kid Zone. Watch as he amazes your little one by twisting and tying his favorite character into a balloon shape.
Olmstead Place State Park
Introduce your little one to the beauty of the outdoors by visiting Olmstead Place State Park (parks.wa.gov). This 217-acre park offers tours and has a working farm. Plan a picnic on the grounds or take a nature hike through the numerous trails, pointing out various plants and wildlife along the way. Help your child collect samples of the plants and rocks to create a memory box that represents the day spent touring the park.