Fall Weekend Getaway for Families
4:00 p.m. Check-in to your hotel, kids love hotels with indoor swimming pools and the Tri-Cities has plenty to offer.
5:30 p.m. When it’s time to eat, families have lots of options to choose from: quick eats to casual dining. A couple of our family friendly favorites are Chuck E. Cheese and Spare Time Lanes and Arcade. For dessert visit Frost Me Sweet for their large selection of cupcakes.
7:00 p.m. After dinner if the kids still have energy to burn, make a visit to I-Play where there is something to entertain the whole family.
10:00 a.m. If you want to insert a bit of STEAM education into your weekend, Visit The REACH Museum. There the entire family can learn about the Ice Age Floods, the flora and fauna indigenous to the region and step back in time and learn about the Manhattan Project.
If you haven’t played Footgolf, here is your chance. Choose nine or eighteen holes and play a round at the Columbia Park Golf Tri-Plex overlooking the Columbia River. If you have any fledgling (or semi-pro) soccer players in the family, they will love this.
11:00 a.m. Choose from a number of local Harvest Festivals. The Tri-Cities is an agricultural epicenter and there are numerous family farms that go all out to entertain and share a true-authentic-on-the-farm experience. Get lost in a corn maze, pet an alpaca, take a hayride, indulge in harvest treats and pick your own pumpkins. A few of our favorite spots are Country Mercantile, Bill’s Berry Farm, Middleton’s Fall Festival.
6:00 p.m. Dinner at Carmines. You will have worked up an appetite, so a hearty Italian dinner served family style will really hit the spot.
7:30 p.m. Don’t miss the virtual reality exploration experience at the Atomic Escape Room.
9:00 a.m. If you missed one of the above harvest festivals, now is your time to squeeze in a little more time “on the farm” or perhaps a little shopping for fun, funky and unusual souvenirs. We suggest Adventures Underground for comics, games and collectables; Luna Fish for unique and funky items and The Octopus Garden for gifts that are truly out of the ordinary. Later in the day check out the GESA Carousel of Dreams. Or refer to our Calendar of Events for other Family Fun Stuff.