Vancouver Spotlight

Family Fun in Vancouver, WA

Girl at ES FountainVancouver USA is a great place to connect with your family. Perhaps it’s the relaxed pace of our friendly town. Or maybe it’s the abundance of exciting and educational activities that will delight all of your family members, from toddlers to teens.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is simply a must-see for all visitors to the area. Aside from touring through a working blacksmith shop, wood shop, and other period trades at the reconstructed fort, kids can actually dig for artifacts on site. Make sure to stop next door at Pearson Air Museum to get a historic perspective on aviation or even take a ride in one of the restored airplanes.

There are plenty of outdoor attractions to keep kids busy: the Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center is a 100-acre space that is designed to entertain kids with nature trails and a fish hatchery; the Pomeroy Living History Farm provides a first-hand view of pioneer life on this working farm; and the Water Resource Education Center has hands-on activities designed to give children a closer look at our drinking water and where it comes from.

There are also kid-friendly options for those ‘few’ rainy days we have too. Check out the Fort Vancouver Main Library. Trust us; your kids will love this library. It has one of the largest discovery zones in the nation and a viewing deck on the fifth floor. If they really need to blow off some steam, try one of the local kid’s indoor play lands which offers daily passes.


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Vancouver Mall

  • 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive
  • , Vancouver, WA 98662
  • Region: Central Vancouver
  • Phone: 360-892-6255
  • Fax: 360-892-0124

Southwest Washington's largest and only enclosed shopping center with more than 120 of your favorite stores including Macy's, Sears, JCPenney, Old Navy, H&M and more. Dine at more than 20 eateries, take a break in the children's play area or catch the latest movie at Cinetopia 23.…more

Allen's Crosley Lanes

  • 2400 E. Evergreen Blvd.
  • , Vancouver, WA 98661
  • Region: Downtown Vancouver
  • Phone: 360-693-4789
  • Fax: 360-737-9883

Allen's Crosley Lanes offers 42 high quality lanes with easy automatic scoring for family, friends, and league bowling. Enjoy cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as Saturday afternoons. There are arcade games, a snack bar, and a 21-and-over bar inside the alley.…more

Bi-Zi Farms

  • 9504 NE 119th St.
  • , Vancouver, WA 98662

Since 1872, Bi-Zi Farms has been growing and selling a variety of berries, vegetables, flowers, and seasonal produce throughout the entire year. They host special events, including Harvest Days and the Pumpkin Patch in October complete with hay rides, a corn maze and a pumpkin launcher.…more

Big Al's Family Entertainment Center

  • 16615 SE 18th Street
  • , Vancouver, WA 98683

Voted as Clark County’s best family fun value in 2008 and 2009, Big Al’s is more than just your typical bowling alley. Built to resemble a stadium, Big Al’s Sports Bar and Grill boasts a monster 8-foot by 36-foot-wide jumbo-tron video screen to broadcast all the games. For the kids, there is a snack bar adjacent to the bowling lanes and arcade.…more


  • 808 Main Street
  • , Vancouver, WA 98660

Boomerang is a non-profit Generosity Shop in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The combination of a coffee house, upscale retail store, event center and fine art gallery, in 10,000 square feet, creates a relational environment that inspires the community to give back to local worthy causes.…more

Cathlapotle Plankhouse

  • 28908 Northwest Main Avenue
  • , Ridgefield, WA 98642

This full-scale replica of a Chinookan-style cedar plankhouse is located at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge at the location of Cathlapotle, one of the largest Chinookan villages in the area. This Lewis & Clark historical site is where the Corp of Discovery camped in November 1805 and again in March 1806. Visitors to the Plankhouse can learn about the culture and …more

Cedar Creek Grist Mill

  • 43907 NE Grist Mill Road
  • , Woodland, WA 98674

The picturesque Cedar Creek Grist Mill is the only grain-grinding mill in Washington that has maintained its original structural integrity, grinds with stones, and is water-powered. Built in 1876, the mill has been fully restored as a working museum and is registered as a National Historic Site. The covered bridge spanning Cedar Creek adjacent to the mill was rebuilt in 1994, …more

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

  • NE Railroad Ave
  • , Yacolt, WA
  • Region: Battle Ground
  • Phone: 360-686-3559
  • Fax: 360-905-1746

In the logging boom days, this railroad line transported logs to Columbia River ports. Pulled by an 1841 diesel locomotive, the train transports passengers through scenic northern Clark County from Yacolt to Moulton Falls and Chelatchie Prairie and back. Open on weekends during the summer, with special events throughout the year that include casino nights, murder mysteries, …more

Cinetopia Mill Plain 8

  • 11700 SE 7th Street
  • , Vancouver, WA 98683
  • Region: East Vancouver
  • Phone: 360-213-2800
  • Fax: 360-213-2828

Each of Cinetopia's auditoriums feature the industry's finest comforts with plush Ultra Leather extra wide seats, extra leg room, and excellent stadium viewing. The Living Room Theaters have five seating areas that create a private "skybox" type of experience. In addition, these theaters offer unique pillow pits, live pre-show music Friday and Saturday and restaurant table …more

Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23

  • 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr
  • , Vancouver, WA 98662

Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23 features three types of theater venues: four GXL Auditoriums with screens up to 80', five Grand Auditoriums, nine Living Room Theaters with screens up to 80', and five Movie Parlors. Order food "to-go" at the adjoining restaurant to enjoy dinner and a movie.…more

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