July 6, 2016 by Trisha Henning
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By Trish Henning
As soon as spring rolls around I’m trying to plan fun adventures. Adventures that will inspire my child to think, ask questions, learn, be active — all while having fun. My guess is you are, too. Well, I’ve got the perfect day-long outing for your whole family. Best of all, it can be as inexpensive as you’d like it to be.
Pack up your kiddos, hiking shoes, extra clothes, sunscreen, water and a few snacks and head for the beautiful town of Leavenworth, WA. Just before you reach Leavenworth you will go through a tiny town called Peshastin (if you blink you’ll miss it). Just a ways after the stoplight at the bridge in Peshastin is a neat little petting farm/playground/fruit & vegi store called Smallwoods. Here you can let the kids play on the swings, toys, bounce house and more. You can even head into the farm store to purchase some food to feed the barn yard animals. Entry to the petting farm is just $2 per person! Your kids will enjoy seeing the bunnies, goats, ponies, chickens, peacocks and more! There is even an expresso stand so you can keep your energy up too.
Once the kids have stretched their legs and run out some of their endless energy, it’s a great time to head into Leavenworth for a bite to eat. There are a ton of places to choose from but my favorite is a little restaurant called “South”. Yummy latin food and lots of healthy options for the whole family. I’ve tried several of their offerings but find myself always going back to my favorite sweet potato enchiladas with a corn and zucchini baked pudding and black beans. Their homemade tortilla chips and many dips top off this lunch stop. After lunch, there are plenty of cute shops to pop in and out of that are sure to have you telling your kids to “Put that down”.
If you really want to make your kids day check out the horse and carriage ride that stops and picks up passengers down on Front Street. If, you are trying to keep your adventure on the cheap side then skip the horse drawn carriage and head down the road to Waterfront Park or Enchanted Park both of which are totally free and packed full of fun and adventure for the whole family.
This easy walking trail winds its way along the Icicle River with beautiful river banks, benches for sitting, inlets for swimming, wildlife and interpretive signs that can make this a learning adventure for your kids. If your kids enjoy riding bikes they will enjoy the bike park located across from the playground on the Enchanted Park side. If hiking/walking around doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, or you want more of an adventure you can keep driving up Hwy 2 to the town of Skykomish, which is located, about 16 miles west of Stevens Pass.
Skykomish is rich in railroad history and is a quaint little town that you’d probably drive right past if you didn’t know any better. Located just across the bridge in the town of Skykomish are two little gems sure to spur excitement for the whole family.
First stop, the Great Northern Cascade Railway — a 7 1/2-inch gauge live steam railroad that the whole family can ride on. This is a great 1/2-mile railway loop that is open every weekend (including holidays) from May through October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. And best of all, rides are completely free! (A small donation would be gratefully accepted, since this project has been at the heart of many volunteers).
Once you’ve had your fill of this amazing train, the old depot building and the history behind it, it’s time to head to the best little candy shop in Sky town: Skykomish Toot Sweet. This cute train-themed candy shop, located at 108 W. Railroad Ave., is every kid’s dream! From candy to toys to his and her striped railroad hats, this little shop is way too cute to pass up. Toot Sweet is open on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.
So plan a family trip and take a day to enjoy the scenery & some quality family time your kids will remember for a lifetime!
10461 Stemm Rd.
Peshastin, WA 98847
Hours: Jun. – Oct. 8am-6pm Daily
Nov. – May 9am-5pm Daily
913 Front St.
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Hours: Mon-Thur 11:30am – 9:00pm
Fri 11:30Am – 11:00PM
Sat 11:00am – 11:00pm
Sun 11:00Am – 9:00PM
Waterfront Park Trailhead
From Downtown Leavenworth go to the corner of 8th Street and Commercial Street. Follow Commercial Street and go down the steep hill. At the bottom of the hill you will find the trail to the left side.
300 Enchantment Park Way,
Leavenworth, WA 98826