2013: Family-Friendly Fun Awaits

If you’re traveling with children, there are plenty of places offering adventure or an easy-going afternoon. From Great Wolf Lodge off Exit 88 a few miles north of Centralia to Victory Lanes, a Morton bowling alley, you’ll have no trouble keeping the kids entertained while you’re in town.

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Great Wolf Lodge

The Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, which opened in March 2008, offers more than the average hotel stay. The lodge features an enormous indoor water park, various restaurants, an arcade, a gym and much more for toddlers, teens or the entire family.

Check out these amenities:

Fun for Children and Toddlers

• Cub Paw Pool, a safe pool where toddlers can explore the spray-and-play features or wade into the zero-depth entry kiddie pool with a maximum depth of 18 inches.

• Slap Tail Pond, a wave pool with three feet tall waves.

• Fort Mackenzie, a four-story treehouse in the center of the indoor water park.

Fun for Teens

• Howlin’ Tornado, a three-person water ride that drops down a six-story funnel and swirls people 30 feet up the side of the funnel before safely landing at the bottom.

• River Canyon Run, a signature raft ride down a waterslide.

• Scoops Kids Spa, a spa designed for kids offers oversized banana splits while getting a pedicure among other experiences.

Fun for the Entire Family

• Hot Springs offers relaxation in a jumbo warming pool.

• Northern Lights Arcade, a family-friendly arcade with over 100 games designed for everyone in the family.

• Iron Horse Fitness Room, a 24-hour fitness room with a variety of workout equipment.

If You Go

Where: 20500 Old Highway 99, SW, Grand Mound

Reservations: 800-640-9653

Contact: 360-273-7718

Website: www.greatwolf.com



From birthday parties to league events, Lewis County has bowling available for everyone looking for a night on the lanes.

Centralia Lanes

This eight-lane alley offers Rock N Bowl Saturday night from 9:30 to midnight.


Where: 827 N. Tower Ave., Centralia

Contact: 360-736-3815

Winter Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m. to midnight

Summer Hours: Tuesday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m. to midnight

Fairway Lanes

Along with Rock N Bowl, Fairway Lanes, an 18-lane alley, hosts Monte Carlo bowling Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

If You Go

Where: 1501 S. Gold St., Centralia

Contact: 360-736-4100

Website: fairwaylanes.net

Prices: Winter rates are $3.50 per game. Summer rates are $2 per game. On Friday and Saturday Rock N Bowl takes place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Winter Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Summer Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Victory Lanes

Victory Lanes is a 12-lane bowling alley that also offers an arcade, go karts and mini golf.


Where: 834 Westlake Ave., Morton

Contact: 360-496-6797


Swimming Pools

News.111128.Pool.ceg1Those looking to cool off in the water or get a workout in can find the opportunity at different swimming pools around Lewis County. Outdoors pools open in the summertime and Thorbeckes Fitlife Aquatic Center in Centralia offers swimming indoors year round.

Chehalis Community Pool

If You Go

Where: 410 S.W. Parkland Dr., Chehalis

Contact: 360-740-8097

Hours: Opens June 22, swim lessons begin June 27

Swim Lesson Registration: June 23 and 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30  p.m.

Tenino Quarry Pool

Where: 319 Park Ave. W., Tenino

Contact: 360-264-2368

Hours: Opens Fourth of July, Wednesday through Sunday noon to 7 p.m.

Thorbeckes Fitlife Aquatic Center

Where: 2020 Borst Ave. #2, Centralia

Contact: 360-736-1683

Website: thorbecks.com

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.,Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday Noon – 5 p.m. Open year round.


Children’s Museum

Discover! Children’s Museum

Opened in the Twin City Town Center just this year, the Discover! Children’s Museum has educational offerings for all ages. The pilot project is set to continue through August as organizers gauge interest in the community and discern how the project is working.

The museum offers a variety of exhibits including one titled “Power of Air” in which air blows through a maze of flexible tubing. There is a veterinarian clinic where kids can “treat” stuffed animals, a weather studio with a green screen and a farmers market with plastic produce to teach children commerce and healthy living.

The museum also houses a paleontology fossil dig, a Lego building exhibit, a train table, a toddler area with building blocks and a music room.

If you Go

Where: 1461 NW Louisiana Ave., Chehalis

Contact: (360) 996-4011

Visit: www.discovermuseum.org

Hours & Admission:

Wednesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday-Tuesday: Closed

Admission: $4 per person


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