Things to do in Walla Walla with Kids
By Beth Swanson:
Traveling to our Valley this summer? Bring your family! With sports, music, theatre, history, culture and education, Walla Walla provides plenty for families with kids of all ages. As our community gears up for summer break our businesses, nonprofits, and facilities gear up for family fun!
Grab your glove and head to the ballpark for peanuts and summer baseball. Almost any evening this summer you can enjoy our warm nights watching players from all over the country play for our ownWalla Walla Sweets baseball team. With a view of the Blue Mountains, great food, local beer and wine, fun inning promotions, and the best mascot west of the Mississippi your entire family will be thrilled with the game at our Borleske Stadium. Get there early and your little ones can sign up to race the bases against mascot Sweet Lou or your teens can join in on the inning promotions. If you have a budding ball player the Sweets offer training camps for ages 6 and older. Click here to visit the Walla Walla Sweets website for tickets and more information.
When you think of your local library you probably think of little old ladies saying ‘shh’. Not so in Walla Walla. Our local library has events all summer long and is air conditioned when you need a break from the hot summer sun. Story times, Wonder Wednesdays, Fantastic Fridays and Block n’ Roll Saturdays are just a few of the programs designed to stimulate young minds. Click here to visit the summer events calendar for the Walla Walla Public Library.
In early June, musicians from all over the world arrive in Walla Walla for the Chamber Music Festival. While they play mostly for adults they do provide two free Sounds Like Fun! family performances. The first is Tuesday, June 18 at 2pm at the aforementioned public library and Wednesday, June 24 at 10am at the YMCA. These interactive musical events will ensure your children will see classical chamber music in a fun new way. Click here to visit their website and the full performance calendar.
Walla Walla also has two children’s theatre performances in June using our local talent. What is more fun for your children then to watch other children perform? See “Little Red Riding Hood” at the Little Theatre of Walla Walla on June 26 at 7pm or June 27 at 3pm or 5:30pm. Craving sweets? Then you don’t want to miss “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” performed by the Walla Walla Community College Children’s Theatre on June 25 through 27 at 7pm. Tickets are available at the door for all performances.
If you want to learn about the history of our local area then Fort Walla Walla Museum should be on your list; with indoor and outdoor exhibits and lots of fenced-in green space even your busy ones will enjoy the experience. Fort Walla Walla Museum also has the best playground in Walla Walla tucked in the middle of the facility. Enjoy a picnic in the shade while your children climb, swing and play in the all wooden Fort. Each weekend Fort Walla Walla Museum also provides community events and living histories performances. Click here to visit Fort Walla Walla’s website and to view their calendar of events.
On June 14, Walla Walla celebrates our hispanic culture with Dia de los Niño’s (Children’s Day Celebration) at Washington Park (located at 9th & Cherry). At this free, community celebration families enjoy music, food, piñatas, games and more. A brand new, community funded, splash pad will be open during the celebration. Be sure to bring their bathing suites or a change of clothes, because kids are going to want to play on this fun new addition to Walla Walla!
For children under ten Walla Walla has a Children’s Museum with indoor and outdoor activities. The facility is filled with hands-on activities and summer classes to keep the little ones busy. Click here for class details and museum hours.
Walla Walla is proud of the 18 public parks and facilities sprinkled throughout the city with over 600 acres of recreation area. Our local parks provide hiking, fishing, playgrounds, wildlife, BBQ, sports, summer camps and much more. Visit city’s Parks & Recreation department at Click here to visit the City of Walla Walla’s Parks & Recreation department website and to see park details.
For our rock n’ roll fans the acclaimed children’s band Recess Monkey is coming to Walla Walla on July 31 for three free community concerts! Praised by People, Time, USA Today, The New York Times and NPR for their pitch-perfect understanding of what gets kids excited, Recess Monkey is known for prolific album output, high-energy shows and laugh-out-loud funny lyrics that capture the essence of being young. Concerts are 10am at the library, 2pm outside at the YMCA and 7pm on First Avenue & Main Street in downtown Walla Walla.
There is never a dull day in Walla Walla for families.
President, the Moms’ Network