Fall family activities line up to get out and move


September marks the beginning of a period when family calendars are busy, but it is also a good time to be active. This fall, family and youth events in the region are picking up momentum after a two-year wait. It’s a ripe season to be on the move.

Here are some new or returning options that promote fall activity:

Free STA youth rate. Beginning in early October, Spokane area youth 18 and under can ride Spokane Transit Authority buses with a free pass. This can help young people who need to get to activities, sports or schools of choice. On July 21, the STA Board of Directors approved a new fare policy that creates the Youth Zero Fare Pass, following a recent state transportation funding program that the US Legislature Washington State approved in March. The funding comes from the new Transit Support Grant program, which is part of the Move Ahead Washington legislation.

The ability to submit applications began September 1, but cards will not be available by mail or STA Plaza pickup until after October 1. The page includes details of a zero-fare driver’s license and new unlimited free rides for connect cardholders aged 6-18.

Valley Festival. After two years of cancellation, this longtime family event is set to return Sept. 23-25 ​​at Mirabeau Point Park, Plantes Ferry Sports Complex and CenterPlace Regional Event Center in the Spokane Valley. Options include a parade, juggling school, toy building, petting zoo, fishing event and performances.

Valleyfest’s newest event is the Multicultural Festival taking place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 25 at the Center Place Regional Center, West Lawn, 2426 Discovery Place. The festival is programmed with animations and stands on local cultures. For more information on the three days of activities, visit valleyfest.org.

Hooptown Youth League. The new league is designed to give more Spokane-area kids the chance to play basketball, from kindergarten through sixth grade. The game kicks off this fall, with a September 22 registration deadline on a first-come, first-served, school-by-school basis. Some registration places may be limited or closed on this date.

Costs range from $30 to $125, depending on tiers or if there are qualified reduced fees. Hooptown provides three levels: Recreational, Competitive, and Advanced Competitive. Important dates include the skills clinic on September 25 for competitive and advanced players, the coaches conference on October 9 and the start of practices on October 17. More details are at www.hooptownusa.com.

Firefighters open house. Families can visit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at Coeur d’Alene Fire Station 3, 1500 N. 15th St. The event features free hot dogs and drinks, while parents and children can see ID Disaster Dogs, CdA Firefighter Pipes & Drums, fire equipment, a fire extinguisher demonstration, Sparky the fire dog and Life Flight.

On October 1, the Spokane Valley Fire Department is planning a free family open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2411 N. Pioneer Lane with hot dogs, drinks, and David’s Pizza. Activities include sitting in a fire apparatus, seeing a medical helicopter, operating a fire hose, trying out gear, checking blood pressure and meeting the comfort dog, Pierce. For more information about the event, call (509) 928-1700 or visit www.spokanevalleyfire.com.

HUB-apalooza. The HUB Sports Center will host a free HUB-apalooza Family Fun Festival, from 4-7 p.m. on September 30. In Liberty Lake at 19619 E. Cataldo, the facility will offer activities and games to mark its 15th anniversary, including activity information. offered and what the center does for the community.

The festival will include activities for basketball, volleyball, pickleball, futsal/soccer, corn hole, table tennis and martial arts. If you have any questions, contact the HUB at (509) 927-0602 or visit their website.

WSECU Fall Festival. Organizers are planning several family-friendly activities described as Farm Fall Fun in downtown Spokane from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2, sponsored by the Washington State Employees Credit Union. Event locations span from the Pavilion Amphitheater to River Park Square and Wall Street.

Each day at 11 a.m., events include an artist fair hosted by Spokane Arts, a fall photo station, and food trucks. At 11:30 a.m., families can watch Cecil’s magic show at the rotating fountain. Free horse and carriage rides take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Other activities are face painting, children’s carnival, urban pumpkin patch and dancing. There’s even a Shakespeare in the Park sketch at 2 p.m. at Central Plaza. Visit the event page for more information.


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