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Staycation ideas: Making the most of Spring Break in the Tri-Cities

Staycation ideas: Making the most of Spring Break in the Tri-Cities

TRI-CITIES, Wash. —Mother of five Katie Geldmacher told Action News she's starting Spring Break 2018 with an open mind.

“I said, ‘Is there anything that you’ve wanted to do that I keep telling you no?’,“ she laughed. “We already went swimming but that might happen again, my family loves the water.”

The West Richland mom said her family is spending their Tuesday burning off some energy at Get Air, Kennewick's trampoline park.

“It’s always their first choice when we say we’re going to do a family activity and we often turn them down," she explained. "So I thought, ‘I’m going to say yes this time and let them have fun today’.”

Looking at the crowd of bouncing kids, Geldmacher wasn't the only Mom saying 'yes' today.

Get Air District Manager Ryan Hanson said it's one of their busiest weeks of the year.

“We staff heavily just to make sure everyone stays safe," Hanson said. "But its a lot of fun. A lot of kids. A lot of jumping action during the week.”

Hanson said this year's Spring Break coincides with Autism Awareness month, so they're selling Autism Awareness socks, with proceeds and extra donations going toward the Doug Flutie Autism Foundation.

"It's an awesome tie-in," he said about the two lining up. "Anytime you can give back is awesome."

He said the bounce zone can get a bit crazy at times, but he's glad they're offering Tri-Cities families a healthy alternative to sitting in front of the television.

“We want kids to come out and have fun and be active and just get away from the norm of video-games and hanging out," he said. "This gets them a little exercise and wears them out and hopefully helps the parents as well.”

Hanford REACH Museum Education Manager Pauline Schafer said her team has boredom-busters planned every day this week.

“As a parent, I know that sometimes its hard to just find something to do that's a little different each day," Schafer said.

The Hanford REACH Interpretive Center offers story time and arts and crafts.

But they're also offering your kids a chance to make a mess you can walk away from.

“I always think of doing the messy projects that you might not want to tackle at home, we’ll gladly try that out here," she said. "We’re game for adventures."

Geldmacher said going to the park and spending time with friends is also on her family's Spring Break to-do list, but she said she also has a wish-list started.

“I want to work in some weed-pulling," she laughed. "I don’t know if I’ll get that accomplished."


Spring Break 2018 things to do


Tuesday, April 3


Get Air Trampoline Park

-10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 731 North Columbia Center Blvd., Suite 100A, Kennewick, Wash.


Public Skating

-11:30a.m. to 2 p.m. at Toyota Arena Ice Rink, 7016 West Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, Wash.


Mid-Columbia libraries

-Various activities throughout the day, visit event calendar for details.


Wednesday, April 4


Boredom Busters at the REACH Museum

-10a.m to 1p.m at Hanford REACH Interpretive Center, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland, Wash.


Get Air Trampoline Park

-10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 731 North Columbia Center Blvd., Suite 100A, Kennewick, Wash.


Learn to Skate

-10:15 a.m. to 11:15 p.m.

-Details on website.


Public Skating

-11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Toyota Arena Ice Rink, 7016 West Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, Wash.


Mid-Columbia libraries

-Various activities throughout the day, visit event calendar for details.


Thursday, April 5


Get Air Trampoline park

-10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 731 North Columbia Center Blvd., Suite 100A, Kennewick, Wash.


SOAR Presentation: meet a great horned owl

-10:30 a.m to 12 p.m at Hanford REACH Interpretive Center, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland, Wash.


Learn to Skate

-10:15 a.m. to 11:15 p.m.

-Details on website.


Public Skating

-11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Toyota Arena Ice Rink, 7016 West Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, Wash.


Spring Break at GESA Carousel of Dreams

-3p.m. to 7 p.m. at Carousel, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick, Wash.


Mid-Columbia libraries

-Various activities throughout the day, visit event calendar for details.


Friday, April 6


Boredom Busters at the REACH Museum

-10 a.m to 1 p.m at Hanford REACH Interpretive Center, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland, Wash.


Get Air Trampoline park

-10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 731 North Columbia Center Blvd., Suite 100A, Kennewick, Wash.


Spring Break at GESA Carousel of Dreams

- 11ap.m. to 7p.m. at Carousel, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick, Wash.


Mid-Columbia libraries

-Various activities throughout the day, visit event calendar for details.

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