While the Tri-Cities and surrounding area offer many outdoor activities for kids, accompanied by months of great weather, there are those blustering winds and chilly days with which to contend. Fortunately, there are affordable venues you can take your “littles” to that will help them release pent up energy and make your life more peaceful once back home.

Max Air Trampoline Park

Max Air (formerly Get Air) Trampoline Park in Kennewick, with a central location near Columbia Center, offers kids a chance to get their bounce on! You can find out all that is offered and ask questions at [email protected] or by calling (509) 579-0818. This fun facility is open Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m. There are times set aside for little kids (under 46”) called Toddler Time. It is offered on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. It should be noted that all jumpers must wear jumpsocks, which can be purchased on site for $3.00. Friday and Saturday nights from 8:00 p.m. to closing is reserved for older kids. Special effects of lights and music combined with healthy exercise make for great entertainment on cooler evenings. Check out the Max Air website to see all of the organized activities that will keep your kids entertained for two hours of fun for less than $20.00.

Garland’s Gym

Garland’s Gym is a mainstay in the Tri-Cities. Years ago, gymnastics coach Brett Garland started the Tumble Bus. He took a retrofitted school bus to local pre-schools and shared his love of gymnastics with kids across the area. Coach Garland followed his Tumble Bus with the opening many years ago of Garland’s Gymnastics, located at 8710 W Victoria Ave off Gage, near Costco. Every level of gymnastics classes, but also tumbling and ninja, are offered here, but for days when the weather makes it necessary to find a place for your kids to play inside, Garland’s open gym is a fabulous opportunity for active play.

The Rock Shop

The newest addition to indoor fun for kids is the Rock Shop at 1965 Fowler, again centrally located near Columbia Center. This new facility offers all levels of rock climbing for kids who have some experience with rock climbing to kids who have never tried the sport. You can see pictures of the climbing walls at https://www.rockshopclimbing.com. An interesting part of their website is that it shows a tracker, allowing you to know how many climbers are using the facility at any given time. This way you can see how crowded the climbing walls are and decide when to go. Reservations are not needed.  

When your kids have been cooped up too long and they are starting to climb the walls in the house because the weather is lousy and you can’t send them outside, consider taking them for fun and provide them with a chance to burn off energy by taking them to one of three facilities in the Columbia Center area where kids can be kids. 

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