FAMILY BUCKET LIST AROUND VANCOUVER
Don’t know how to entertain your kids over the weekend? Create a family bucket list! It gives families a chance to get excited about adventures that are big and small while creating great memories that last a lifetime. Spending time doing fun family activities can be one of life’s greatest joys.
Below are just a few ideas for daily fun and upcoming events to take your kids to!
1. Vancouver Community Library
Yes! They often have events for kids, including reading to kids, book clubs, writing workshops, sing-along, and MORE! Boasts one of the largest discovery zones in the nation and a viewing deck on the fifth floor.
2. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
It is simply a must-see for all. Aside from touring through a working blacksmith shop, woodshop, and other trades at the fort, kids can actually dig artifacts on site. Make sure to stop next door at Pearson Air Museum to get a historic perspective on aviation or even take a ride in one of the restored airplanes.
3. Sky Zone, the rock Walls at the Source Climbing Center or Kids Club Fun & Fitness
If little ones really need to burn off some energy, try an indoor trampoline or rock climbing walls. You can’t help but have fun at these attractions.
4. Laser Blasters & Reality Factory VR and Laser Wars
These attractions are geared toward your teenage kids. These feature large laser tag arenas and black mini-golf! Bring your friends along and suit up with their tech laser tag vest and blaster or play a game of mini Gold! They also Feature room games, as well as a large catalog of amazing virtual reality experiences and games!
Here is my favorite list of upcoming Kid events in the Months of May and June.
5. Vancouver Farmers Market
- Dates: March 20, 2021 – October 31, 2021
- Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
- Location: Downtown Vancouver
- Address: 8th & Esther Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
- Phone: 360-737-8298
- Time: Saturday – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM; Sunday – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
- Price: Free
The market is Southwest Washington’s #1 visitor attraction and home to more than 100 vendors. You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, your home, or your garden. The Vancouver Farmers Market is a pet-friendly place where you can chat with people who have grown or created your purchase, grab a bite to eat, listen to music, stroll through the park, watch the kids play, and enjoy a wonderful, relaxing day.
6. Camas First Fridays
- Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday
- Location: Downtown Camas
- Address: Camas, WA
- Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Held in charming, historic Downtown Camas and hosted by the DCA and the downtown merchants, Camas First Fridays are monthly themed passport events featuring games, art, dining, and after-hours shopping.
7. Dozer Day
- Dates: May 15, 2021 – May 16, 2021
- Recurrence: Recurring daily
- Location: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds
- Address: 17402 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA 98642
Dozer Day is the ultimate construction experience: putting kids in the driver’s seat to operate Dump Trucks, Dozers, Excavators all while educating them about building sustainable communities, industry opportunities, and public safety.
There is something for everyone with music, food, giveaways, digging for treasures (including real gemstones), pipe and tire crawl, garbage trucks, fire trucks, an ambulance, and MUCH more!
Young guests receive a FREE, official Dozer Day hardhat and will enjoy collecting sponsor stickers for their hat while they get their “Dig” on! Also, once admission is paid, all rides are FREE with just a couple of activities requiring a donation to participate.
8. Loretta Lynn NW Regional Qualifier
- Dates: May 28, 2021 – May 30, 2021
- Recurrence: Recurring daily
- Location: Washougal Motorcross Track
- Address: 40205 NE Borin Rd, Washougal, WA 98671
- Phone: 360-601-5347
The Area Qualifiers serve as the first step in qualifying for the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross championship. The Regional Championships then serve as the next step to seed riders into the National Championship at the Loretta Lynn Ranch. Only riders who finish in a qualifying position at a Regional Championship are eligible to race the National in August.
So, ditch the screens, and head out for amazing fun in the sun. Fulfilling a bucket list goal doesn’t mean you have to travel to the ultimate dream location at a great expense. Just go somewhere you and your family have not been. It could be something as simple as visiting a new park or taking a day trip to a nearby town or place that you have been wanting to explore.