CdA Events Calendar - Kids
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Kids' Fishing Derbies
RATHDRUM'S YOUTH FISHING DERBY
June 10 (Sat), 9-11 am
Rathdrum City Park
15456 N. Latah St., Rathdrum
For kids ages 14 & under
No fishing license required. This is also "Idaho FREE Fishing Day" for all ages.
City Park will be dammed & stocked for this FREE event!
Registration May 1-June 8 (or until full). See details HERE.
Take fishing pole, bait (worm) & barbless hooks (only).
Sponsored by City of Rathdrum w/cooperation from IDFG
YOUTH FISHING DERBY
June 17 (Sat), 8 am-noon
Fernan Lake, CdA
Popular annual event at Fernan Lake, east side of CdA
Ages 5-16 are invited to enter derby FREE of charge (parent or guardian must accompany kids)
Prizes presented w/special awards for biggest fish & largest stringer in all age groups
Sponsored by CdA Parks & Rec, & Fins & Feathers Tackle Shop; 208-667-9304
Pre-register at Fins & Feathers, 1816 E. Sherman Ave., CdA; or at 7:30 am day of derby at Fernan Lake boat ramp
Gather in Parks for Stories, Fun
COEUR D'ALENE LIBRARY begins its "Summer Sunshine Story Time" program with weekly gatherings in area parks (see schedule below) for stories, crafts & nature-themed activities. Open to all & FREE, events begin at 10 am.
June 27 (Tues) - Higgens Point State Park
June 28 (Wed) - McEuen Park
July 5 (Wed) - G.O. Phippeny Park
July 12 (Wed) - Cherry Hill Park
July 19 (Wed) - Shadduck Lane
July 25 (Tues) - Higgens Point State Park
July 26 (Wed) - North Pines Park
Aug 2 (Wed) - Bluegrass Park
Aug 9 (Wed) - Landings Park
Aug 16 (Wed) - Winton Park
Aug 23 (Wed) - Atlas Mill Park
Aug 29 (Tues) - Higgens Point State Park
Higgens Point is located at the east end of Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive. It is accessible by vehicle or boat. For CdA city park locations, see see maps/info HERE.
CdA Library Outreach Team will distribute different "park cards" to participants for each park visit. Collect (5) to earn a prize; collect more to be entered into a drawing for a grand prize.
Creativity at Gizmo
NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE CAMPUS
283 Hubbard Ave., Ste. 102, CdA
GIZMO-CDA is Coeur d'Alene's community makerspace for ages pre-K & older. It is a place where art, design, technology & tools join together the hands & minds of participants.
Programs for kids & teens vary by season. Click HERE to see what Gizmo-CdA is currently offering FREE of charge.
Peers With STEM Careers
Tinker Time (Fall, 2023)
3D Printing for Ages 10-14
Teen 3D Printing for Ages 14-18
"Playland Pier Carousel"
439 W. Fort Grounds Dr., Coeur d'Alene
Saturdays, 11 am-5 pm
Sundays, noon-5 pm
Open 7 days a week starting June 10
Not quite FREE, but well worth $2.50 to ride the original Playland Pier Carousel (aka Coeur d'Alene Carousel). Children under 42" tall ride with an adult (one token for both). Weight limits apply.
Hand-carved by the Herschell-Spillman Engineering Co. in New York (1922), the carousel has 20 ponies & 2 chariots. Click HERE for carousel history.
Cooling Splash Pads in Parks
SPLASH PADS IN AREA PARKS
Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls & Rathdrum
PUBLIC PARKS - FREE
McEuen Park, 420 E. Front Ave., CdA
Landings, 3849 Long Meadow Dr., CdA
Bluegrass, 6071 N. Courcelles Parkway, CdA
Syringa, 2975 N. Bunchgrass Dr., PF
Tullamore, E. Bogie Dr., PF
Beck, 2610 Howell Rd., PF
Majestic, 5750 W. Majestic Ave., Rathdrum
Safe Summer Bicycle Riding
HAYDEN BIKE RODEO
June 28 (Wed), 10:30 am-noon
8385 N. Government Way, Hayden
Annual event sponsored by Community Library Network, Hayden Parks & Recreation & Kootenai Health
For ages 5-12
Obstacle course, helmet testing & bike tune-ups
FREE - open to the public!
Coeur d'Alene Library - Kids
COEUR D'ALENE LIBRARY
702 E. Front Ave., CdA
SPECIAL KIDS' PROGRAMS include:
WEEKLY CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS include:
"Baby Storytime" (0-18 mo), Tuesdays, 10 am
"Construction Crew at the Library" (ages 5-12), Tuesdays, 4-5 pm
"Wildflower Wednesdays" (ages 8-12), Wednesdays, 4-5 pm; a study of wildflowers - where to find them & why they're important. Dress appropriately for outdoors.
"Toddler Storytime" (ages 18 mo-3), Wednesdays, 9 am & 11 am
"Pre-School Storytime" (ages 3-5), Fridays, 10 am & 3 pm
For more info on children's programs, contact Youth Services Librarian, at 208-769-2315, ext 439; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Some require pre-registration.
TEEN PROGRAMMING includes:
May 15-Aug 31 - "Teen Summer Reading Challenge" - read (3) books; receive 4th one FREE. Pick up punch card from library to participate.
"Silent Book Club" (ages 12-19), Wednesdays, 4-4:30 pm. Receive a FREE beverage while seen reading silently on upper floor.
"eSports Club" (ages12-19), Fridays, 4-5:30 pm in Teen Zone; a time to play video games with others (in-person or Discord)
For teen programs, contact Angela Flock, Young Adult Coordinator at 208-769-2315, ext 463; or email email@example.com
Home School Resources
To empower learning at home, COMMUNITY LIBRARY NETWORK has launched a new website focusing on resources for home-schooling. See it HERE.
Help Getting Started
Educational You-Tube Channels/Podcasts
Field Trips (Local & Virtual)
"Kids Bowl Free" Program
SUNSET BOWLING CENTER
202 W. Sunset Ave., CdA
FREE bowling for kids (ages 2-18)
All participants must wear bowling shoes. Standard rental fees apply.
Online registration HERE
Store Events for Youngsters
These businesses offer in-store activities, workshops & special events for children, FREE of charge (or for a minimal fee), on various dates.
901 W. Appleway Ave., CdA
June 10 (Sat), 10 am-1 pm, "Lawn Mower Photo Holder"
July 15 (Sat), 10 am-1 pm, "Tic-Tac-Toe Grill Game"
Aug 12 (Sat), 10 am-1 pm, "Rolling Toy Pickup Truck"
Sept 16 (Sat), 10 am-1 pm, "Home Team Football Card Holder"
Silver Lake Plaza, 225 W. Canfield Ave., CdA
Explore! Have fun! (Note: Parent/adult must accompany child.) Click links for event dates, details & registration.
220 W. Kathleen Ave., CdA
101 N. Cabela Way, Post Falls
Special Library Programs
Click link above for event schedules at these libraries:
Post Falls Library, 821 N. Spokane St., 208-773-1506
Rathdrum Library, 16320 Hwy 41, 208-687-1029
Hayden Library, 8385 N. Gov't Way, 208-772-5612
Athol Library, 30399 Third St., 208-683-2979
Spirit Lake Library, 32575 N. 5th St., 208-623-5353
Harrison Library, 111 Coeur d'Alene Ave., 208-689-3976
Pinehurst Library, 107 Main St., 208-682-3483
Click HERE for an awesome display of FREE monthly activities for children, teens & adults.
Ask about "Library of Things" which are collections/kits which can be borrowed for home use. Examples are: candy-making, Christmas stamps, egg incubator, telescope, felting, birdwatching, quilting, knitting, rock tumbler, cake decorating, crocheting, jewelry making/repair, dog cookie cutters, flora & fauna stamps, Chromebooks, Viewmaster & vintage reels, digital film scanner & Kodak 8 mm film projector.
Explorer kits include: foraging, hiking, insects, wildflowers, trees & shrubs, rocks/gems & animal tracks. More info - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can't travel to the library? Let the full-service library-on-wheels come to you. Check out books & audiovisual materials for all ages. View the Bookmobile's schedule HERE.
RLM Indoor Play Structures
REAL LIFE MINISTRIES
POST FALLS CAMPUS: 1860 N. Cecil Rd.
PINEHURST: 708 N. Division St.
Kids in the community are invited to enjoy these indoor play structures at Real Life Ministries campuses. FREE & open to the public!
Real Life - Post Falls "Training Grounds" is open: Sun, 9 am-1:30 pm; Mon, 10 am-2 pm; Tues & Wed, 11:30 am-2 pm; & Thurs, 3:30-7:30 pm. Recommended ages are 2-12. The structure is cleaned daily when in use.
Real LIfe - Pinehurst "Discovery Zone" has an I-click interactive play pad. It's also FREE to use & open to the community.
Take socks for kiddos. Snacks/drinks can be enjoyed in the lobby. Call 208-682-4801 for hours.
Skateparks & BMX Freestyle
CITY OF COEUR D'ALENE
"Woody McEvers Skate Park"
607 Northwest Blvd., CdA
This exciting skate park serves as a regional draw for skaters & experiences a large amount of use.
FREE & open to the public! More info & interactive map can be seen HERE.
CITY OF RATHDRUM
"Rathdrum Skate Park"
adjacent to P&R Dept., 7851 W. Main St.
On .10 acres (4,200 sf), this concrete skate park is available for skateboard enthusiasts, complete with half-pipe, grinding boxes & rails.
It has outdoor lighting & is open 7 am-10 pm in the summer months.