Family Fun in Leavenworth, WA

Family Fun


Flag-lined Street
Leavenworth has something for everyone in the family. Throughout the year Leavenworth is home to many festivals, events and activities for the whole family. From IceFest in January to Kinderfest on the Fourth of July, to Leavenworth's world-famous Christmas Lighting Festival, Leavenworth is the place to be for celebrations of all sorts. Take a peek at our Festivals page to find out which festival will best appeal to your family and plan your visit for then. You'll find festivals created to celebrate holidays, seasons, nature, art and dance. The folk instrument, the accordion, even has a festival.

Is your family the adventurous type or want to expose your family to more outdoor adventures? Leavenworth is the perfect locale for outdoor adventuring, no matter the season. It's become an outdoor activities destination. No matter the time of year, Northwest Mountain School offers classes and guided climb, hikes and ski adventures. They are experienced and certified expert rock, Alpine and ski guides. In the winter, in addition to back-country ski courses, ice climbing instruction and northwest and European ski tours, they offer AIARE L1 & L2 Avalanche Courses. In the climbing season, which can extend from March-November depending upon weather, the school offers group courses and custom private lessons, guided climbs and expeditions. Take some time perusing their informative website and then give them a call. They might be just what your family is looking for to create a great adventure for your next vacation.


Leavenworth Is For Lovers
In the spring and summer, multiple outfitters, like Leavenworth Outfitters, River Rider and Leavenworth Outdoor Center, provide white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, and trips. For more Family Fun in the spring, summer and autumn months in the Leavenworth area check out our Sports and Recreation page or our Summer Fun page. You'll find ideas and links for family adventures of all types. Our Camping page has links to area campgrounds, RV parks and to the nearby state and national parks.

Throughout the summer, Youth Dynamics provides adventure camps for youth. They have 5-10 day wilderness trips, rafting adventures, climbing trips, and horseback riding. Even father-son fly fishing trips in the North Cascade lakes.

The Leavenworth Fish Hatchery is open for tours year-round, and in September they have the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival. You can feed the salmon, take a nature walk, and in season, watch the spawning salmon. In the winter, snowshoe tours are available.


Leavenworth At Night
Winter is filled with sports and outdoor activities. The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club is sports central for tubing, snowshoeing, Nordic and Alpine skiing and even ski jumping. Leavenworth is home to the US west coast's only ski jump hill. The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club has ski-jumping lessons. There's are 15' and 27' jumps. Enjoy affordable and family friendly at the Leavenworth Ski Hill. The Ski Hill is a great venue for beginners and families. Nordic skiing is available on 26 km of groomed trails in four areas in Leavenworth. There are even 5 km of lighted trails for evening fun.

Leavenworth Powersports Adventures provides snowmobile and ATV rentals, while Red-Tail Canyon Farm has sleigh rides, hay rides and BBQ cookouts. And at Sierra Blu Kennels you can take dog sled rides. Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge both have skiing, snowboarding and Nordic skiing throughout the season. Also see our Winter Fun page for more winter activities.


The Outdoors Beckons
Leavenworth is a fantastic base for outdoor adventurers. It's also a great small-town getaway in its own right. Located on the "dry-side" of the Cascade Mountain Range, the area has beautiful weather and is easy to get to and move around in at most times of the year. In the winter of 2012-13 Stevens Pass remained opened all winter. WSDOT does a fantastic job of clearing snow and keeping the pass passable. In the spring, summer and fall the temperatures are cool at night and warm in the day, with the occasional mountain shower just to keep things green, in an average year. To see more about the average temperatures and rain fall see our Weather page. There you'll also find a link to a weather forecast for the 98826. You'll also find live webcams showing conditions throughout the village.


Leavenworth from Above
Leavenworth WA has great places for families to stay in to suit all tastes and budgets. From family friendly hotels and motels to cabins for rent by the week or weekend, you'll be able to find something to meet your needs. Holiday and festival weekends can require a two-night minimum, but you can find off-season specials at almost every budget level. Some hotels offer buy two-get one night free specials, while others offer upgrades to more spacious accommodations during the off-season. Off-season for most places in Leavenworth is January through April. Some offer specials in November as well. See our Stay page for links to all sorts of accommodations. The best advice we can give is to call and talk to the hotel directly to find out when they'll have the best prices for your family.

Leavenworth has great shopping for kids of all ages. For many of us a trip to Leavenworth isn't complete until we've tried on some crazy hats, bought some handcrafted wood toys, sampled some fudge or had a taste of yummy gingerbread. Broaden your family's palate with a visit to the Cheesemongers or to the Oil and Vinegar Cellar, shops where tasting is encouraged. For more shopping adventures see our Shop page.


Eating at München Haus
Looking for great places to eat with the whole family? You won't run out of choices in Leavenworth. One of our favorite places to eat with ours is SOUTH. It's a fresh take on regional Mexican fare. We love it so much that when we got to spend time with our grown up kids in Leavenworth that's where we took the family. You can check our blog post about eating at SOUTH. In the warmer months they have outdoor seating on their patio. If your family includes a four-legged member or two, the pets are welcome on the patio. Another great place to spend time with your family over a meal is München Haus. It's a family-friendly outdoor sausage and bier garden. It has a great selection of imported and domestics, both beer and brats. They often have live entertainment and show family friendly movies at weekly movie nights in the warm months. It's open year-round with some reduced hours in the winter. For more links and a restaurant guide organized by food type, see our Eat page.

At Icicle Junction Activities Center you watch current, first-run movies, play in the arcade or take the kids to the Coca Cola® Soda Fountain, where they can get milk shakes and chili fries and pizza. The also have a putt-putt golf course.

Will your family enjoy an evening of musical theater? The Leavenworth Summer Theater has been providing family entertainment for 20 years. The Sound of Music is staged annually outdoors at the Leavenworth Ski Hill Amphitheater. Two other musicals are performed in rotation through the summer. See our Theater page for links to the theater, their shows and other information such as age suitability and accessibility.


Sledding in Downtown
There are several fun ways to get out, see and tour the Leavenworth area. In the winter you can take a sleigh-ride or learn to snow shoe. In the summer, rent some bicycles for in-town riding, go river rafting, do some hiking or visit Stevens Pass Mountain Bike Park for some outrageous downhill rides. Pack up some delicious meats, cheeses, breads and chocolate from your wanderings around town and picnic at Waterfront Park, right along the Wenatchee River. Or picnic in our favorite picnic spot just 12 miles west of Leavenworth in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. You'll find more links to these and other activities on our Winter Fun and Summer Fun pages.

Whether you're a young family of just 2 or 3, grandparents spending time with your preteen grandkids, or empty-nesters reconnecting with your grown children, Leavenworth Washington is a great family destination for all ages.

For more ideas on visiting Leavenworth with kids, check out these great posts by Lora at Cascadia Kids. Lora Shinn writes all about family travel in the PNW and British Colombia.

Family Entertainment
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Aspen Suites Condominiums, at the Icicle Village Resort Map:

     

505 U. S. Highway 2  Leavenworth
800/961-0162
www.IcicleVillage.com
Luxurious one, two, and three bedroom condominiums. Swimming pool, hot tub, fitness facility, recreation lawn, guest barbeque, Activities Center, high speed internet, massage services, restaurant.

Bumfields Party Rental & Supply Map:

PO Box 664  Cashmere
509/264-7859
www.BumfieldsPartyRental.com
From backyard barbeques to one-of-a-kind luncheons to elegant weddings Bumfields provides everything you need to set the stage for an unforgettable event!

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Chelan County Fair Map:

5700 Wescott Drive  Cashmere
509/782-3232
www.co.chelan.wa.us/fa
"Barn in the USA" The Chelan County Fair, September 7-11, 2011

Christkindlmarkt Map:

   Leavenworth
509/548-5807
www.ChristkindlmarktLeavenworth.com
Christkindlmarkt will be held outdoors on Front Street at the City Park to welcome the Christmas shopping season with food, music and activities for children.

Christmas Lighting Ceremony Map:

   Leavenworth
www.leavenworth.org/event/3103
Our nationally-acclaimed Christmas Lighting Festival returns for an emotional visit to a turn-of-the-century Bavarian Christmas, Holiday personalities and a ceremonial lighting of the town. New for 2010 - Lights on Friday nights - Lights & Ceremony on Saturdays and Sundays only

Enzian Falls Putting Course Map:

590 Highway 2  Leavenworth
509/548-5269
www.EnzianInn.com
Professionally designed 18-hole championship putting course. Spectacular waterfall and real mountain goats. Guests of Enzian Inn and Alpine Rivers Inn golf free with proof of stay voucher. All equipment provided.

Hans Christian Andersen Carriage Co. Map:

10395 Chumstick Highway  Leavenworth
509/885-8517
www.AndersenCarriage.com
Hans Christian Andersen Carriage Company is Washington's Premiere Horse & Carriage Experience. Let us make your upcoming vacation, wedding or special event feel fit for a fairytale.

Icicle Arts Map:

  See front door

11734 Highway 2  Leavenworth
509/548-2278
www.IcicleArts.org
Icicle Arts Gallery presents six solo shows per year featuring local and regional professional artists and two special exhibits each year (Bird Fest and Icicle Arts Festival) for student projects. They make arts available without limitations to local and visiting arts lovers.

Icicle Village Resort Map:

     

505 Highway 2  Leavenworth
800/961-0162
www.IcicleVillage.com
Full service resort in Leavenworth with hotel, condominiums, restaurant, massage and spa facility, activities center, tented outdoor reception and ceremony lawn, banquet rooms, on-site catering.

Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center Map:

12355 Ingalls Creek Road  Peshastin
509/548-5272
www.IngallsCreek.org
A Christian retreat center for use by churches and other non-profit groups. Currently 30+ campsites are available and a lodge accommodating 50+ guests is under construction.

Jump Around Inflatable Games Map:

414 Elliott Avenue South  Wenatchee
509/888-4402
www.JumpAroundInflatables.net
We rent giant inflatable games for all types of occasions and events.

Junction Cinema Map:

565 W Us Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA 98826  Leavenworth
509/548-6684
www.iciclejunction.com/movies.htm
Visit the Junction Cinema to see great movies and enjoy real hospitality. While at the movies try fresh popcorn with real melted butter and great food at the Coca Cola Soda Fountain - at surprising low prices.

Kinderfest Map:

   Leavenworth
509/548-5807
www.leavenworth.org/modules/pages/?pageid=253
A town Festival that celebrates children and their families. Fun for everyone, but especially the youngest of our population. Face painting, bird feeder crafts, free snacks, games, balloons!

L-Bow the Clown Map:

     

10046 Mengelos Street  Peshastin
509/860-2517
www.L-BowTheClown.com
L-Bow draws smiles and laughter at festivals, birthdays, school assemblies, wedding receptions, company picnics, and all other events with amazing juggling, fire, unicycling and ballooning.

Leavenworth Carriage Co.Map:

8th and Front Street  Leavenworth
509/421-0679
Carriage rides available year round in downtown area. Wagon and sleigh rides for all occasions; Dinner rides, engagements, weddings, reunions, sightseeing by reservation.

Leavenworth International Dance Festival Map:

    
www.LeavenworthInternationalDanceFestival.org
Two days of International Dance showcasing groups from throughout the Pacific Northwest and representing such countries as Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Philippines and featuring our won German dance group, The Edelweiss Tanz Gruppe.

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Map:

12790 Fish Hatchery Road  Leavenworth
509/548-7641
www.fws.gov/leavenworth
Open year round, daily 8:00am-4:00pm. Salmon Tours available upon request, Icicle Nature Trail, Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, horseback and sleigh rides, ski, XC skiing, outdoor education and more.

Leavenworth Outdoor Center Map:

     

321 9th St  Leavenworth
509/548-8823
www.LeavenworthOutdoorCenter.com
We are a Tubing, Rafting, Stand Up Paddle Board and Bicycle Rental company. At the LOC getting people outside to enjoy mother nature is our priority. We try to keep everything as affordable and fun as possible.

Leavenworth Outfitters Outdoor Center Map:

21312 Highway 207/220 Highway 2  Leavenworth
509/548-0368
www.LeavenworthOutfitters.com
April-Oct - Spectacular scenery and adventure. Raft and inflatable kayak adventure and nature river trips. Dec-Mar - Snowshoe and X-country ski tours and rentals.

Leavenworth Powersports Adventures Map:

220 Highway 2  Leavenworth
509/264-4093
www.LeavenworthPowerSports.com
ATV and snowmobile rentals, including free delivery, helmets and snowmobile suits. We also provide trailers at no additional charge.

Leavenworth VideoMap:

1133 US Highway 2 #F  Leavenworth
509/548-0108

Magic & Comedy of Bruce Meyers LLC Map:

2906 152nd Pl NW  Stanwood
360/652-5779
www.BruceMeyers.com
"Bruce Meyers's award winning magic astounds and baffles in uniquely comical performances celebrated throughout the Pacific Northwest. Just what you're looking for to make your event a success."

Maifest Map:

   Leavenworth
www.leavenworth.org/event/2441
Celebrate Fruhling (Spring) and Mother's Day in our tradtional Bavarian fashion. Experience the Grand March, including village folk and visitor alike dressed in Trachten and traditional fare. Enjoy flowers, weekend entertainment, and dancing.

Malamalama O Ka Mahina Map:

426 Ash Street  Leavenworth
509/548-2497
www.momip.com
Cultural resource teaching hula, chant, language and historical perspective. Both traditional Kahiko and modern (to music) 'auana Hula are taught.

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort Map:

     

7500 Mission Ridge Road  Wenatchee
509/663-6543
www.MissionRidge.com
Sunshine, Powder, Great Grooming, 2,250 vertical, 2,000 acres and more snowmaking than any other area in the state and 32 miles from Leavenworth! Family friendly offering childcare.

Mountain Springs Lodge - Sleigh Rides Map:

19115 Chiwawa Loop Road  Leavenworth
800/858-2276
www.MtSprings.com/sleigh.html
2 or 1 horse sleigh, clean crisp mountain air, sleigh bells, hot spiced cider by an open fire. Feed the horses breakfast ride. Romantic dinner ride.

Mountain Springs Lodge - Snowmobile Tours Map:

19115 Chiwawa Loop  Leavenworth
800/858-2276
www.MtSprings.com/snowmobile.html
What fun! Guided snowmobile tours, 1 to 5 hour tours. No experience needed and everything provided. Bring your camera. Check our website for details.

Ohme Gardens Map:

3327 Ohme Road  Wenatchee
509/662-5785
www.OhmeGardens.com
9-acre alpine garden high on a rocky bluff above the Columbia River. Stone-pathways, spectacular views, pools, waterfalls, rustic shelters. Weddings. Open everyday. April 15-Oct. 15.

Pounding Paws Dog Sled Adventures Map:

     

15263 North Shore Drive  Leavenworth
509/630-0456
www.NCWDogsledRides.com
A unique and memorable winter experience you won't forget! Call now to reserve your exciting family adventure.

Red-Tail Canyon Farm Map:

     

11780 Freund Canyon Road  Leavenworth
800/678-4512
www.RedTailCanyonFarm.com
A cozy log guesthouse, sleeps 6. 2 bedrooms with loft. Fully furnished, gas fireplace, quiet setting. 2 miles from Leavenworth on a working draft horse ranch. Also sleigh rides in the winter, hayrides and BBQ in the summer.

River Riders Map:

10860 Highway 2  Leavenworth
800/448-RAFT
www.RiverRider.com
We're excited about river rafting and want to enjoy it with as many people as possible. It's our job as river rafting professionals to make sure you enjoy more than just the river.

San Juan Safaris Map:

#2-Spring Street Landing  Friday Harbor
800/450-6858
www.SanJuanSafaris.com
See wild whales, eagles, seals & sea life from a new, fast 55 foot boat with Marine Naturalists. April-Oct. Fun, educational and kid friendly.

SierraBlu Kennels Map:

3975 Highway 97  Peshastin
509/782-4400
www.SierraBluKennels.com
We offer dogsled rides on a seasonal basis or by appointment.

Stevens Pass Map:

     

Summit of Stevens Pass & Highway 2  Skykomish
206/812-7372
www.StevensPass.com
Located atop the Cascade Crest on scenic Highway 2, Stevens Pass caters to all ability levels with 10 chairlifts and 37 major runs, covering 1125 acres of skiable terrain.

Stonewater Ranch Map:

19537 Chiwawa Loop Road  Leavenworth
509/763-3161
www.yd.org/stonewater
Taking students outdoors. Challenging them physically, emotionally and spiritually. Leadership skill training and retreats.

Tall Timber Ranch Map:

27875 White River Rd  Leavenworth
509/763-3127
www.ttr.talltimber.org
For 53 years, Tall Timber has provided inspiring camping experiences for people of all ages. Our purpose is to glorify God through Christ-centered camping programs in connection with local churches.

THZ Kennels/Lake Wenatchee Sled Dog Tours Map:

15263 North Shore Drive #A  Leavenworth
509/763-0558
www.NCWDogSledRides.com
Experience winter in North Central Washington as it was meant to be....by dog sled! Rides and tours available by appointment only throughout the winter.

Tour Guys Map:

2623 North Baker  East Wenatchee
509/886-1307
www.TourGuys.org
We do adventure tours to small groups up to 9 at a time. Archeological, Native American, Historical, Mining and Tipi dinner tours.

Town Toyota Center Map:

1300 Walla Walla Ave  Wenatchee
509/667-7847
www.TownToyotaCenter.com
The Town Toyota Center complex is comprised of the main, multi-purpose 4,100 seat arena and a permanent ice arena open daily for public skating.

Trinity Inflatables Service/Delivery Map:

PO Box 3  Cashmere
509/782-9973
www.TrinityInflatables.com
We INFLATE your FUN! Sumo suits, rock walls, poker tables, water slides, bungee race, jumping castles and more...RENT US for corporate, church and private events! Serving over 9 years.

Tunnel Zip Lines Map:

PO Box 313  Lake Chelan
509/682-0152
www.TunnelZipLines.com
Tunnel Zip Lines was designed and developed to provide an extreme zip line experience desired by both visitors and residents. We are one of the fastest zip line in North American. We have four zip lines the longest is 880 feet!

Uber Scooter Rental Map:

940 Highway 2 Suite F  Leavenworth
509/888-8807
www.UberScooters.com
Scooters for rent.

WA State Autumn Leaf Association Map:

P O Box 116  Leavenworth
509/548-0366
www.AutumnLeafFestival.com
Funeral and memorial services of commemoration to celebrate ones life.

Waterfront ParkMap:

Blackbird Island (Downtown)  Leavenworth
The trails wind along the Wenatchee River and through quiet riverbank forests. There are benches for sitting and interpretive signs to explain the natural and cultural history of the area. Throughout the park there are small beach inlets that are perfect for swimming on hot summer days.

YMCA Map:

15263 N Shore Dr #A  Leavenworth
509/763-9622
www.lwyCamp.org/ymca


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-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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