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Even more to do at Summer Parkways this year

Who could ask for better weather for 2016 Summer Parkways? The annual community event, which takes place between Manito and Comstock parks, is tonight, Tuesday, June 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., and the forecast shows mostly sunny skies and temps in the mid-70s.

Participants are able to enjoy four miles of car-free streets for running, walking, cycling or skating, as well as other family-friendly activities like fitness activities, chalk art, music and dancing, jump rope, food vendors and much more.

Spokane Summer Parkways map

And there’s something new for this year’s festivities. Pick up a “Parkways Passport” at Manito Park (Manito Place and Manito Blvd.), Jefferson Elementary (Division St. and Manito Blvd.) or Comstock Park (Post St. and 32nd Ave.). Collect stamps at booth along the route and turn in a completed Passport at the final spot to enter a raffle for the Grand Prize, a 2016 SpokeFest registration for a family of four.

There will also be a raffle giveaway of 10 Strider Bikes, courtesy of SpokeFest. Kids ages 18 months to 5 years can test out the bikes at the Strider Adventure Zone course (S. Manito Blvd. and S. Division St.) from 6 to7:15 p.m.

Don’t miss out on the sunny skies and outdoor fun! Visit Spokane Summer Parkways more information.

Win free tickets to Peppa Pig Live!

More fun than a muddy puddle! Peppa Pig, star of the top-rated Nick, Jr. animated series, is hitting the road for her first-ever U.S. theatrical tour, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash!

You can see Peppa and friends for free! Just Enter to Win and you could receive 4 tickets to her Spokane appearance at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Peppa Pig Live!

The perfect theatre show for pre-schoolers, Peppa Pig Live! will visit nearly 100 cities during her first-ever U.S. tour. The performance features life-size puppets of Peppa, her family and her animal friends. Broadcast in the U.K., the U.S., Australia and Latin America, Peppa Pig delights young children all over the world, reaching 76 million U.S. households each day.   

Contest closes Feb. 21. Enter to Win today!

Now accepting info for 2016 summer camps

Spokane is still in the midst of winter, but the Spokesman-Review is getting ready for summer!

We are now accepting submissions for our 2016 Summer Camp Directory, which publishes in May.

The section details many of the summer camps and youth activities throughout the Inland Northwest, and is available online at spokesman.com throughout spring and summer.

Organizations can submit their listing for free by emailing the info to summercamps@spokesman.com or completing our online form at http://www.spokesman.com/summercamps-form/.

Each entry should include details such as camp name, location, dates, cost, age range, and a short description (50 words or less). Please include contact information that will be published, such as a phone number, email or web site. 

The deadline for the print edition is Friday, March 11, 2016 at 5 p.m. Any entries received after this date will be considered for the online version only.  

Questions? Leave a comment or contact us at summercamps@spokesman.com.

Animal lovers, look for “4 PAWS” on Sunday

On October 25, The Spokesman-Review is proud to present 4 PAWS: Caring for our Pets, a special full-color section featuring specialty pet care available in our readership area.

Ten percent of subscriber proceeds will be donated to the Good Samaritan Fund at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which helps to provide medical care for animals that are ownerless or owned by clients who cannot pay for care due to circumstances beyond their control.

Sunday subscribers will automatically receive this section with regular delivery. If you would like to upgrade your subscription to receive this special section, visit spokesman.com/subscribe.

Subscribers who do not wish to receive this section must visit spokesman.com/section-opt-out or call (509) 459-3800 by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

(un)Bored Kids: Spring into action

Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained this weekend? Check out these highlights of local family-friendly events:

Con d’Alene
Learn new games or play your favorites! Second annual game convention at the American Legion Steven H. Nipp Post 143 in Post Falls with Strategy & Games to benefit veterans. [Weekend: $40/advance, $45/door; one day: $20/advance, $25/door; $5 discount for military and children age 12 and younger]
Event: Today, 1 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 9 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Spring Equinox Celebration Open House
Take a Space Adventure at the Outdoor Learning Center with a variety of activities, including star gazing, a scavenger hunt and more. [$5 suggested donation per person]
Event: Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Super Saturday at the Mac
Celebrate Women’s History with special activities at the Northwest MAC. Play with clay with ceramic artist Liz Bishop, enjoy music featuring the work of famous women musicians like Linda Allen and much more. [$10/adults, $7.50/seniors, $5/students, free/Museum members]
Event: Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Disney’s Choo Choo Soul
All aboard for a musical experience at Bing Crosby Theater with hip-hop Conductor Genevieve Goings and beat boxing Engineer Constantine “DC” Abramson. [$15/children, $30-40/adults]
Event: Saturday, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year
Learn about Chinese culture with dance, candy and fun with the Spokane Chinese Association at the Shadle Library. [Free]
Event: Saturday, 3 p.m.

Spokannibals Roller Derby
First home game of the 2015 season at Roller Valley Skate Center, the Spokannibals battle Storm City Roller Girls’ Misfits of Mutiny. [In advance: $8/adults, $6/students/seniors; at the door: $10/adults, $8/students/seniors, $5/military with ID]
Event: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs Hockey
Last game of the season, the Chiefs play the Everett Silvertips at the Spokane Arena. Individual player awards will be presented. [$10-$22 with discounts for kids/students/seniors/military]
Event: Sunday, 5:05 p.m.

Easter Bunny
Get a photo with the Easter Bunny at River Park Square. [photo prices vary]
Event: Today-Apr.4, hours vary

Want more? Visit spokane7.com/family for kid-friendly activities and events in our area.

Summer camp info due April 6

Don’t forget to submit your information for our upcoming Summer Camp directory! The publication, available May 6, will also include information about activities for the whole family to enjoy together during the summer.

Deadline for submission is April 6.

If you would like to include your camp listing, please complete the online form at spokesman.com/summercamps-form/. You can also email directory information to summercamps@spokesman.com. Remember to include the following details:

  • Camp name
  • Location
  • Dates
  • Cost
  • Age range
  • Short description (50 words or less)
  • At least one form of contact information for publication (phone number, email or website)

Submissions received after Monday, April 6, will be included in the online directory at spokesman.com, but are not guaranteed for the print edition.

Questions? Leave a comment or email summercamps@spokesman.com.

(un)Bored Kids: Lucky 3.14

Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained this weekend? Check out these highlights of local family-friendly events:

Central Valley High School Arts and Crafts Show
Fundraiser sponsored by CVHS Band Boosters with crafts and baked goods. [$2]
Event: Mar. 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mar. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pi(e) Day
Mobius Science Center is celebrating 3.1415926 at 3-14-15 9:26 a.m. with pie-related treats (while supplies last) and extra program activities all day. [$10/adults, $7/kids, free/members and ages 3 and younger]
Event: Mar. 14, 9: 26 a.m.-5 p.m.

Family Construction Zone
Kids ages 1-8 (and their grown-ups) are invited to explore engineering and creativity with block stations at Cheney Library. [Free]
Event: Mar. 14, 10 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Thirty-seventh annual event hosted by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in downtown Spokane. Don’t forget to wear your green! [Free]
Event: Mar. 14, noon

“Alice in Wonderland”
Based on the classic tale by Lewis Carroll, Spokane Children’s Theatre’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” begins shortly after Alice has fallen down the rabbit-hole. [$12/adult, $8/children age 12 and younger]
Event: Mar. 14, 1 and 4 p.m., Mar. 15, 1 p.m.

“Pig Tales: A Summer Aswinement”
Ferris High School PTG presents the 52nd annual Ham on Regal fundraiser for academic, athletic and extracurricular programs at the school. This year’s musical extravaganza reviews what students did over their summer vacation. [$7-$9]
Event: Mar. 14 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Gizmo-CDA Classes
The non-profit makerspace offers a variety of programs introducing kids to concepts of engineering, construction and innovation. [$45 and up]
Event: Ongoing

Want more? Visit spokane7.com/family for kid-friendly activities and events in our area.

(un)Bored Kids: Mad Hatters and Hams

Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained this weekend? Check out these highlights of local family-friendly events:

“Alice in Wonderland”
Based on the classic tale by Lewis Carroll, Spokane Children’s Theatre’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” begins shortly after Alice has fallen down the rabbit-hole. [$12/adult, $8/children age 12 and younger]
Event: Mar. 6, 7 p.m; Mar. 7, 4 p.m.; Mar. 8, 1 p.m.

Bird Watching for Beginners
Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge offers an introductory bird watching class once a month. See Our Weekly Pick for Families for more information. [Free; $3 car entry fee]
Event: Mar. 7, 9-11 a.m. (upcoming classes scheduled for Apr. 4, May 9 and June 6)

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(un)Bored Kids: Ducks and pucks

Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained this weekend? Check out these highlights of local family-friendly events:

Looff Carrousel - Now Open
The historic Riverfront Park attraction reopened today for 2015 after its annual spring cleaning. See Our Weekly Pick for Families for more information.

“Honk! Jr.”
Enjoy a family-friendly musical production adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen story “The Ugly Duckling” at Bing Crosby Theatre, presented by Christian Youth Theatre Spokane.
Event: Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 28, 3 & 7 p.m.; Sunday, Mar. 1, 3 p.m.

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Submit info for 2015 Summer Camp directory

Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow last week, but we’re already planning for summer!

The Spokesman-Review is preparing our annual Summer Camp directory for publication on May 6, and we need your info! If you run a day camp, an overnight camp, sports camp, art camp, computer camp—you get the idea—we want to know about it!

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Send us your camps!

The Spokesman-Review is again assembling a list of all the summer camps throughout the region for our annual print publication and online resource. If you would like a free listing, we make it easy!

  1. Email your listing to summercamps@spokesman.com
  2. Snail mail it to The Spokesman-Review, 999 W. Riverside, Spokane WA 99210 attn: Summer Camps
  3. Submit the info online at www.spokesman.com/summercamps-form (for simple listings only please  – places with multiple days/locations/prices may want to use another option)

For the first two options, please include the camp's location, date,  theme, cost, and contact info for the public. (You can also contact info not for publication so we can let you know if we have any questions)

Any listings that come in before Friday April 4 will be included in the print edition. .



Put swimming on your Monday calendar

This is the season, apparently, for bargains. Thanks to Taco Bell, your friendly Mexican-like fast-food restaurant chain, all six City of Spokane swimming pools will offer free admission on Monday, Aug. 19. That's right. If you like to swim, Monday is the day you can do it in the city's pools … for free.

In case you're not familiar with the city's facilities, included in the promotion are the following sites: the Witter Aquatic Center, A.M. Cannon Aquatic Center, Shadle Aquatic Center, Hillyard Aquatic Center, Comstock Aquatic Center and the Liberty Aquatic Center.

For pool locations, hours and other information, click here.

Remember: Taco Bell burritos are tasty. But don't eat one for at least an hour before going swimming.

Check out the Sierra Silver Mine Tour in Wallace

I've lived in the Inland Northwest since 1980, just three months before Mount St. Helens blew. And all during that time, even though I've driven through Wallace, Idaho, dozens of times, I've never once visited a silver mine.

Until today. Along with a group of Chinese students, age 8 to 12, who are staying and studying in Coeur d'Alene as part of an international exchange program, I took the Sierra Silver Mine Tour. And during the 45 minutes or so that we were underground, we learned about how miners lived and worked.

Turns out that, years ago, they worked by candlelight and stayed alive by keeping an eye on the bird they kept in cages. How things have changed.

The tours run daily, and group rates can be had. You can find everything you need by clicking on the link above. If you do decide to go, take a light wrap (it's cool inside), wear sensible shoes (the walkway is rocky) and prepare for loud noises.

By the way, the Chinese kids loved it. 

Photo: That's our tour guide, Albert, who was a miner for 36 years.

Get that bike out, rain or shine

It's always good to celebrate a little bit of the international when it comes to Spokane. I'm talking about Summer Parkways, which is an idea based on an event from Bogota, Colombia, called Ciclovia (which is Spanish for "cycle lane" or "bike path").

Summer Parkways, which is described in the embed below, will be held 6-9 p.m. today in the Comstock/Manito Park neighborhoods. Streets will be closed, activities will be offered and even a bike-decorating contest will be held.

So have fun. Or, as they say in Spanish, "Diviértanse!"

The Magic Kingdom is pricey … duh

You can go to Disneyland (or Disney World) as many times in your life as you can afford. But you can go for the first time only once. And when you do, it's best either to be a child or be with a child. And I was with two of them when we battled the crowds in Anaheim to ride with Dumbo, meet a bevy of princesses, tour the Jungle Cruise, eat overpriced hot dogs (and cotton candy), not to mention meet Mickey and Minnie in all their splendor.

The two tickets above cost a total of $187, for one adult and one 4-year-old (the near-2-year-old was free). After I found a defibrillator, I pulled out my American Express card, gulped and proceeded to hand it over. And a good time was had by all.

After our nine-hour adventure, we were already making plans for next year. Or maybe the year after that. It'll take me that long to pay off my Amex so that I can load it up again.

Thanks, Walt. I know you died relatively young. Now I know why.