Family-Friendly Fun for All

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.

Where: 20500 Old Highway 99 SW, Grand Mound

Reservations: 800-640-9653

Contact: (360) 273-7718


Swimming Pools

Those looking to cool off in the water or get a workout in can find the opportunity at different swimming pools around Lewis  and south Thurston counties. Outdoor pools open in the summertime and Thorbeckes FitLife Aquatic Center in Centralia offers indoor swimming year round.

Gail and Carolyn Shaw Aquatic Center — The newest addition to the local parks and recreation offerings, the Gail and Carolyn Shaw Aquatic Center offers a pool, kiddie spray park and more. The aquatic center is notable in that the community and Chehalis Foundation partnered to raise the funds for its construction. The facility opens in June traditionally.

Where: 410 SW Parkland Dr., Chehalis

Contact: (360) 740-8097

Tenino Quarry Pool — Probably the most unique pool for miles around, the Tenino Quarry Pool is aptly named because it sits in what was once a sandstone quarry. Cost is $1.50 for people within the Tenino School District and $3.50 for all others.

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 — Centralia’s only indoor pool is open to anyone year-round. The aquatic center is part of Thorbeckes, a gym with two locations in the Twin Cities.

Where: 2020 Borst Ave. #2, Centralia

Contact: (360) 736-1683


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.

Miniature Golf

Shankz Blacklight Miniature Golf — Shankz Blacklight Miniature Golf has enjoyed success in the Yard Birds Mall, having moved from Olympia. The facility offers a unique 18-hole indoor course in addition to snacks, a theater and an arcade. The business specializes in hosting parties for special events such as birthdays.

Contact: (360) 943-1715


Hours: Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 1 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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

Fairway Lanes

Fairway Lanes boasts 18 lanes of bowling open for the whole family. Events held at the alley range from leagues to Rock N Bowl and its locally famous Monte Carlo bowling Saturday nights from 7-9:30 p.m. Call ahead for lane reservations.

Where: 1501 S. Gold St., Centralia

Contact: (360) 736-4100


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 in Morton is the bowling venue for East Lewis County, containing a 12-lane bowling alley that also offers an arcade, go-karts and mini golf.

Where: 834 Westlake Ave., Morton

Contact: (360) 496-6797

Rollerdrome — The Centralia Rollerdrome location was built in 1904 and was originally called McNitt Hall for its owner Frank McNitt, a prominent Centralia businessman who also owned a successful hardware store. Ray said he can confirm that when it was built, McNitt Hall was used for dances. If there was evidence that proved roller skating was taking place there in 1904, the Rollerdrome would be the oldest continually operating roller rink in the United States.

Today, it offers opportunities ranging from an afternoon of skating to a full-fledged party.

Where: 216 W. Maple Street, Centralia

Contact: 360-736- 7376