Washington State Offers Endless Opportunity for Kids and their Families
Washington Hometown is a team effort—with each member bringing a different perspective to the project. Meet Shanna, one of our team members who is discovering all you can do with kids in our state.
Shanna: “I have always lived in the Pacific Northwest and had spent time in Vancouver and Seattle, but I only moved to Washington as an adult. I grew up in a little old logging town outside of Portland, but when I met my husband at a church convention in Oregon almost six years ago, I knew that the only way we could be together was for me to move to Ellensburg in Central Washington where his family had a ranch. I can work anywhere, but moving the family farm is a bit more difficult. Before I moved here, I knew nothing of Ellensburg and the surrounding areas, and I definitely knew nothing of farming or ranching. Now, six years later, not only have a learned to be comfortable with the farming lifestyle, but my family has grown to include our little boy, now almost two and a half and our daughter who is 10 months old. Growing up I never really thought about being a mom, but now I can tell you it’s the best job that I have ever had and I won’t trade my little munchkins for anything! I love raising them here in Ellensburg, and we have found different fun things to do around here and are starting to get better about venturing out around the state.
Growing up in Oregon, between the beach and Mount Hood, I knew where to go for recreation and when I worked in Disney World for a year, it was also easy to find out about things to do. But when I moved to Ellensburg, I knew that there were opportunities, but it took a lot more research to find them. I am thankful for websites like these that help parents find fun things to do with their kids because it has for sure helped me, and I hope that we can help you find new adventures for you and your kids.
One place that we like to go in the summer time is to Surf’nSlide Water Park in Moses Lake. It’s not a huge water park, but it’s a fun and affordable place to take kids on a hot summer day. There are a water slides, including a tube slide, diving boards, a younger kids play area, a splash pad, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a lazy river when you just need to relax and a playground for when the little ones are done in the water. For those who are a little more adventurous, the water park has the Flowrider, which is an artificial surfing simulator. This is a great summer place to take children of any age and for those adults who just want to relax and play like a kid again in the water. There are shady grassy areas as well as a picnic shelter area that are perfect to hang out between swimming and have a snack or lunch. The kids and I like to pack our lunch as well as a picnic blanket and find a grassy area in the shade to hang out at and eat lunch, but there is also a picnic shelter if that is more your style. You can go by yourself or as a group; the area works great for both. Daily rates range from $13 for kids to $14 for adults, with children 4 and under free. You can also get 10-punch cards, which give you a small discount, or a season pass if you find yourself going there regularly. So on a hot day that you just want to be in the water having fun and you are wanting some place new to try that isn’t going to cost a whole ton of money head over to Moses Lake and try out the water park. Have fun swimming!”