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Theme Park Fun
Pack up the kids and drive to northern Idaho for an action-packed vacation filled with parks, rides and water adventures. Start out at Silverwood Theme Park 15 miles north of Coeur d’Alene. This family-friendly park is modeled after a turn-of-the-century Victorian town, complete with a steam train, water rides, performance shows, Boulder Beach Water Park, antique aircraft museum, games of skill and Tremors, a 60 mile-per-hour underground roller coaster. Panic Plunge is the park’s newest attraction - due to open May 6 – and will tower over the park at 140 feet and plunge riders straight down at 47 mph.
At the end of the day, stop by Triple Play in Hayden for a one-of-a-kind experience. This complete family entertainment center with the Raptor Reef Indoor Water Park, bumper boats, bowling and two miniature golf courses, plus go karts and laser tag, has it all in the heart of Hayden. The real adventurous can try the climbing wall located inside the complex.
When it’s time to get wet Wild Waters Water Park in Coeur d’ Alene is the place to go. This family water park offers something for everyone with 11 water slides including a tube ride, hot tubs, Kahuna Waterfall and a landing pool. For the little ones there’s Water Toy Play Land and a kid-friendly paddle boat lagoon. After a few slips and slides, enjoy a movie or laser show on the large screen while relaxing in the summer warmth in the grassy picnic area. Or hang out at the arcade or snack bar.
Next summer add the new Water Park at Silver Mountain to your list. Opening in 2007 the 55,000 square-foot water park will feature several waterslides, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, a FlowRider surfing wave/pool and other major aquatic attractions.
Wildlife, Dance and Science
The Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls is a national traveling exhibit museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing the natural and cultural history of Idaho and the West. Children and adults alike experience regional educational programs in the sciences and humanities. Nationally-acclaimed exhibitions including a T. Rex Named Sue; Discovering Idaho: The World of Lewis & Clark and Space Journey (NASA). The museum offers permanent displays about the Columbian Mammoth, Lewis and Clark and the race for atomic power. There’s also a Children's Discovery Room, a reading and reference library, presentations and educational programs.
Continuing north toward Yellowstone National Park, watch for bear signs. The beauty of eastern Idaho will draw you in as you explore many parts of this region. Start of with a family-friendly experience unlike any other at Yellowstone Bear World. Located in Rexburg, Bear World is the area’s only drive-through wildlife preserve where visitors young and old enjoy seeing grizzly bear, black bear and gray wolves, all in their natural habitat, all from the safety of a car. This is a true family adventure you won't want to miss.
While in Rexburg, take the kids on the Idaho Centennial Carousel at Porter Park. This carousel is one of the last ones of its kind in the world, built by the Spillman Engineering Co. in about 1926. It is the only restored, authentic wooden carousel in Idaho. Restoration on the old carousel began in 1985 with a reopening in 1990, Idaho's centennial year.
Another great event in Rexburg features hundreds of dancers from around the world as they come together to share their culture and promote world peace. Events at the Idaho International Dance & Music Festival include opening and closing ceremonies, street dance, parade, fireworks and Youth Culture Day. Tickets are required for the BBQ, Music Fair and indoor performances.