Things to do in Northern Idaho with Kids this summer

June 22, 2010

If you have kids and live in Coeur d’ Alene or Sandpoint, Idaho (or the surrounding areas), you are in luck.  There is plenty to do this summer!

Thank you to the moms who provided me with this comprehensive list of things to do.  If you see something you want to do, you may wish to double check the info as some details may have changed since the time they were provided to me.  Feel free to leave a comment letting me know if there is something else going on that we should know about!

Vacation Bible Schools

Liberty Lake

Liberty Lake Community Church

There is a husband and wife team (Tim and Amanda Cowles) who do puppets and magic.  August 16-19 9:00 to Noon — K through 4th grade

Coeur d’Alene and Hayden

Christ the King Lutheran – 1700 Pennsylvania Ave., CdA  664-9231

June 21-25, 9-12:00.  5 yrs old – 5th Grade.

Registration forms in office or call for one to be mailed; this is a free service.

Community United Methodist Church – 1470 W. Hanley Ave., CdA 765-8800

June 21-25, 9-12:00. Pre-K -5th Grade.

Registration in office. Cost:  $10 for 1st child, $7 for 2md child, $5 for 3rd child.

Emmanuel Baptist Church “Saddle Ridge Ranch”

June 28- July 2, 6:20 pm.-9:00

3115 N. 15th St., Coeur d’Alene


CdA Bible Church – 5350 N. 4th St., CdA  664-4883

June 28-July 2,  5:30 PM- 8:30 PM. 4-12 yrs old.

Register in the office; this is a free service.

Hayden Lake Friends Church – 251 W. Miles Ave.,  Hayden  772-7544

June 21-25, 9- 11:30. Ages:  4 yrs old – 6th Grade.

Register at the office; this is a free service.

Lutheran Church of the Master – 4800 Ramsey Rd., CdA  765-1002

July 19-23, 8:30-11:30. Ages:  K-5th Grade.

Register in the office or online at This is a free service.

St. Pius X Catholic Church – 625 Haycraft Ave., CdA  765-5108

June 21-25, 9-12:00. Ages:  4 yrs old – 4th Grade.

Register in the office. Cost:  $15 for parishioners; $25 for non-parishioners.

Trinity Lutheran Church – 812 N. 5th St., CdA  664-5743

July 6-9, 8:30-12:00. Ages:  Preschool-5th Grade; 6th-12th Grade can be assistants.

Register in the office.

Post Falls

Community Presbyterian Church – 417 N. William, Post Falls  773-2527

July 5-9. Ages:  Pre-K – 5th Grade.

Register in office or online at

His Place Evangelical Free Church – 3079 E. 16th Ave., Post Falls  777-9654

July 12-16. Ages:  Pre-K – 5th Grade.

Register in the office; this is a free service.

St. George’s Catholic Church – 2010 N. Lucas St., Post Falls  773-4715

June 28 – July 22. Ages:  1st – 6th Grade.

Register in office;  Cost is $12 per child.

North Country Chapel – 2281 West Seltice, Post Falls 773-7100

July 12 through 16th – 9:00 Am to Noon.  Ages: 6-12.

Register online:

New Beginnings Baptist Church “Saddle Ridge Ranch”

July 12-16, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

16218 Westwood Dr, Rathdrum

Kathy Porter 660-5269

Shepherd of the Hills

July 12-16

Hwy 53 & 41 Rathdrum

Athol Baptist Church – 29450 N Highway 95 Athol, ID 83801 – (208) 683-2802

July 19-23
Spokane Craft Classes

Needles, Pins and Friends: “Classes in Knitting, Crocheting, Felting, Beading and Crafting.” They also have customizable classes as well (if a group gets together, they will do a different class throughout the summer including all the above skills, plus some cool crafts). It is located in 2220 S. Vera Crest Dr, Spokane Valley, WA 99037. Phone is (208) 779-7788, and website is

Coeur d’Alene Area Camps

Residential Camps

Camp Four Echoes, Worley, Idaho, located on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Girls (grades 2-12) are welcome to attend camps run by the Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho Council with activities including windsurf- ing, canoeing, kayaking, sports, cooking, photography, sailing, hiking and more from June 21-Aug. 15. Cost: $152- $500. Scholarships available. Visit: Call: (800) 827-9478 ext. 227

Camp Lutherhaven, 3258 W. Lutherhaven Rd., Coeur d’Alene. This residential Bible camp offers youth (ages 4-18) a summer camp experience with amenities like a high-ropes adventure course, climbing tower, waterfront blob and more from June 20-Aug. 13. Cost: $100-$339. Day camps and financial assistance available. Transportation and scholarships. Visit: Call: (208) 667- 3459 ext. 13

Shoshone Base Camp, North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. A resident Bible camp operated by Luther- haven for children (ages 8-18). Amenities include river tubing, zip line, rock climbing and more. July 25-29 and Aug. 8-13. Cost: $199-$369. Visit: Call: (208) 667-3459 ext. 13

Ross Point Camp, Post Falls, Idaho. Youth (grades K-12) and families play softball, swim, boulder, kayak and more. My first camp: July 9-10. Cost: $26. Middler camp (grades 2-4): July 4-7. Cost: $163. Junior camp (grades 4-6): July 4-9. Cost: $237. Junior High Camp (grades 6-9): June 20-25. Cost: $237. Senior high camp (grades 9-12): June 27-July 2. Cost: $237. Visit: Call: (208) 773-1655

Camp Cross, McDonald Point, Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Youth (grades 2-12) can make friends with their cabin mates through all sorts of outdoor activities. Adult and family camps provide time to relax and do everything from carnivals to Dutch oven cooking. Camps run all summer from May 21-Oct. 2. Cost: $120-$260. Visit: campcross. org. Call: 624-3191

Camp Gifford, 3846 N. Deer Lake Rd., Loon Lake, Wash. Camps for youth (ages 5-17) include activities like swimming, canoeing, paddleboats, crafts, daily chapel, nightly campfire and crafts from June 21-Aug. 2. The camp offers a youth camp (7-12) and a wilderness camp (13-17). Pee Wee camp (ages 5-6) will be from July 7-9. Cost: $60-190. Visit: Call: 233-2511

Camp Mivoden, 17415 E. Hayden Lake Rd., This Seventh-Day Adventist camp offers residential activities at its outdoor resort from June 20-Aug. 22. A Spanish camp (youth 13-17) will be from June 27-July 4. Teen wakeboard camp (ages 13-16) will be offered from June 20-July 18 in four sessions. Family camp will be from July 18-Aug. 22 in three sessions. Cost: $225-$615. Visit: Call: (208) 772-3484 or 838-2761

Camp Sweyolakan, Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Camp Fire USA runs this camp on the north end of Lake Coeur d’Alene and offers a variety of day and residential camps that are open to youth (grades 1-12) from June 28-Aug. 20. Activities include kayaking, outdoor cooking, sailing, horseback riding, backpacking, hiking, arts and crafts, rock climbing and more. Cost: $430- $745. Financial assistance available. Visit: Call: 747-6191 ext.10

Twin Lakes Friends Camp, 8068 W. Radmer Rd., Rathdrum, Idaho. This Christian-themed residential camp for kids (grades 1-12) will be held weekly June 28-Aug. 7. It’s designed to bring kids to Jesus Christ and develop Christian leaders. Boys camp will be from June 28-July 3. Day camp will be from July 5-9. Junior high camp will be from July 19-24. Girls camp will be from July 26-31. Senior high camp will be from Aug. 2-7. Cost: $105-$155. Scholarships available. Visit: twinlakesfriendscamp. org. Call: (208) 687-1026

Legacy Kids Camp- Real Life Ministries

Held at Silver Lake Camp in Medical Lake, WA

August 23-27, Ages:  3rd – 6th Grade.

Cost:  $179 per child, call Jake 777-7325 ext. 153 to register or online at

Day Camps

Boys and Girls Club, 457-9089

June 21 – August 20, Ages:  6-18

Breakfast Program 7:00-9:00 (additional $5 per day per child)

Regular Program 9:00 – 5:00 (lunch and snacks included)

Located: Church of the Nazarene in Post Falls  308 W. 12th Ave

Fee:  $20 per child.

Cd’A Church of the Nazarene – 4000 N. 4th St., CdA  667-3543

June 14-August 20, 9am-3pm.  Ages: 8-14.

$90/week; $70/week for additional children from the same family or $18/day per camper. Extended hours are available from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. for $2.00/hr.   Register in the office or online at

Our calendar for the summer is packed. Each week is focused around a theme. With activities such as swimming at the beach, ice skating in the summer or having a picnic lunch at a park, kids will experience a summer full of fun and excitement. Other activities like visiting a retirement center or stocking shelves at the food bank, teach kids the value of serving in their community. All activities in Quest serve as life learning experiences for children and their families.

Treasure Hunt on Pirates’ Island, North Idaho Discovery Association—Hayden, Idaho. Youth (grades K-3) are invited to walk the plank from June 30-July 2. Cost: $60. Call: (208) 640-9412

United Methodist Church Day Camp, Twinlow Camp, Rathdrum, Idaho. Youth (grades K-6) may attend day camp from June 13-Sept. 3. Games, waterskiing, crafts, swimming, canoeing and more are included. Cost: $80-$155 per week. Visit: twinlowcamp. org. Call: (208) 687-1146

Outbackers, Camp Sweyolakan, Mica Bay, Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Campers (grades 1-6) can participate in swimming, canoeing, kayaking, Aqua Jump, outdoor cooking, hiking, archery and more. Transportation provided. Monday-Friday from June 28-Aug. 20. Cost: $205. Visit: Call: 747-6191 or (800) 386-2324

Camp Invention, Sandpoint, Pullman and Coeur d’Alene. A nonprofit science enrichment camp will be held for children ages 1-6 from June 21-25 and June 28-July 2. Cost: $210. Visit: Call: 800-968-4332.

Arts, Writing, & Theatre Camps

Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission, Harding Family Center, 411 N. 15th., Coeur d’Alene. Classes include Drawing and Painting, Guitar, Arts and Crafts, Rhythm and Music, Kitchen Kids, Stage Improv, Batik, Cultural Arts, Pirate School, Mixed Media, Book Arts, Mosaics and more, held on Tuesdays- Thursdays from June 22-July 15 for ages 5-15. Cost: $30 per class. Call: (208) 676-9132

Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, NIC Schuler Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Youth will work with professional actors that are here to perform during the 2010 summer season. Camp will be from June 12-19 and Aug. 7-14 for ages 6-16 from 9 am-3 pm. Cost: $150. Call: 208-769-7780.

Christian Youth Theater (North Idaho), Eight weeks of week-long camps from June 28-Aug 20. Junior Campers (ages 7-13) can choose between “Camp Rock” or “Survivor” themes. Campers meet Mon-Thurs from 9 am-3 pm and Fri from 9 am-4 pm. Each camp includes theater arts workshops, theater and outdoor games, team competitions, a camp T-shirt and a performance on Friday, with parts for everyone. Bitty Campers (ages 5-6) come half-days from 9-noon, M-Th and Friday all day. The Bittys perform with the Junior Campers on Fridays. Camps are offered at three locations — one in Sandpoint and two in Coeur d’Alene. Cost is $150-$175 if registered by June 11; $90 for Bitty camp. Visit: Call: (208) 765-8600

Library Programs

CDA Library – LEGO Club: An hour of building time with the library’s huge collection of LEGOs, for 5-10, Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.

CDA Library – Preschool Storytime: For ages 3-5, Wednesday, 10:30-11 a.m.

More details on the CDA summer reading program can be found here:

Hayden Library – Summer Reading Program:

Monday: Open crafts, all ages, 10:00am-2:00pm
Ka-Boom!, ages 10-14 years, 10:30-11:30am
Every Child Ready to Read, ages 3-5 years, 10:30-11:30am

Tuesday: Mother Goose Time, ages birth-2 years, 10:30am
All ages story time, 10:30-11:00am

Wednesday: Summer Reading, ages 5-10 years, 12:30-1:30pm

Thursday: Finucane Park story time, all ages, 10:30am

Friday: Open Game Time, ages 10-14 years, 10:30am-Noon

Literacy Play Group, ages birth-5 years, 10:30am-Noon

Saturday: Checkmate Chess Club, all ages, 10:00am-Noon
June, 19, July 17, August, 21

For every 5 hours of reading earn free books and prizes all summer long!

Registration for all summer reading begins June 1

Summer Programs begin June 8 and  end August 21

Athol Library – Summer Reading Program from July 6-July 27 (Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00)

July 6 – Pirates
July 13 – High Seas
July 20 – Water’s Edge
July 27  – Water Extravaganza

Details are here: Read over the summer and earn a free pass to the North Idaho Fair!

Rathdrum Library - Summer Reading Program Thursdays at 11:00 am at the city park (bring a sac lunch)

June 17 – Smokey the Bear
June 24 – Ronald MacDonald
July 8 – Ice Cream Social

Games, Puzzles, and Art at the Rathdrum Library though the summer.

Registration: June 10 -17
Call for information: 208-687-1029  or visit

Summer Meals

Join the Hayden Library and the Bookmobile all summer~ free lunch for children birth to 18 years old, plus crafts, story time, check out materials from the Bookmobile and have lots of fun!

Summer Meals at Bryan Elementary
1st/3rd Tuesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm

Summer Meals at Fernan Elementary
1st/3rd Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm

Summer Meals at Ramsey Elementary
2nd/4th Wednesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm

Summer Meals at Kinder Center
1st/3rd Fridays, 11:30am-1:30pm

Education Camps

Planet X-Deep Space Terraformers, North Idaho Discovery Association, Hayden, Idaho. Design and build a Lego robot from July 12-16. Cost: $175. Call: (208) 640-9412

Team Trophy Tour, North Idaho Discovery Association, Hayden, Idaho. Make an autonomous robot from July 5-9. Cost: $175. Call: (208) 640-9412

Tetrix Robot Challenge, North Idaho Discovery Association, Hayden, Idaho. Build them and then fight them in this camp for youth (grades 6-12) from July 19-23. Cost: $175. Call: (208) 640-9412

Young Advocates for Human Rights, 414 Mullan Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This camp offers the opportunity for area middle-school students (grades 6-8) to examine human rights issues via intensive, one-week advocacy training. Registration open to all for Level One camp on Aug. 2-6 and 9-13. Level Two camp (must be Level One graduate) on Aug. 16-20. Cost: $50 per child per week. Visit: Call: (208) 292-2359

Sports Camps & Lessons

First Assembly of God Church – 2200 N. 7th St., CdA  667-5481
Breakaway Sports Camp; baseball and soccer skills camp
June 15-17, 9-12:00. Ages:  6-12
Registration deadline is June 7th and can be done in the office or online at; $25 per person-everyone receives a T-shirt and photo.

Rathdrum Parks and Recreation, Stub Myer Park, between 8320 W. Fourth St. and Montana St., Rathdrum, Idaho. Youth (ages 5-7) can participate in a tee ball program that teaches baseball fundamentals. Games will run from June 14-Aug.2. Cost: $16-$22. Visit: Call: (208) 687-2399

NIC Boys Basketball Camp, NIC, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Experienced players looking for specific and overall skills enhancement from June 14-17 from 9 am-5 pm. Cost: $175. Call: (208) 769-5975

NIC Girls Basketball Camp, NIC, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. From June 7-11, grades 3-6 will practice from 3:30-5:30 pm and grades 7-9 will practice from 6:30-8:30 pm. Cost: $80. Call: (208) 769-5975

NIC Women’s Soccer Camp, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Girls (grades 9-12) will participate on Aug. 2-5 from 5-7:30 pm. Cost: $75. Call: (208) 769-5952

North Idaho Soccer Camps, Coeur d’Alene Soccer Complex, 6651 N. Courcelles Pkwy. Youth (ages 5-12) can take part in camp working on individual moves and technical skills on June 14-17, July 12-15, and August 2-5. Elite soccer camp (ages 10-17) is also offered on July 12-15. Cost:  $70 -$105. Email: Call: (208) 929-2503.

NIC Volleyball Position Camp, NIC, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. This camp is for setters, outside hitters, liberos, and middle blockers from August 7-8 from 4-6 pm and 6-8 pm, Cost:  475 Call: (208) 769-5975.

NIC Wrestling Camp, NIC, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Boys and girls (K-8) are invited to participate in this gender-separated camp on July 5-8. Cost:  $275.

NIC Softball Pitchers’ Heat Camp, NIC, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Practice your pitching skills on July 27-30 from 8am-2pm. Cost:  $200. Call: (208) 769-5975.

Horse Back Riding Lessons at Bridle Path Quarter Horses Inc -

208-699-5238 – 1111 E Lancaster Rd Hayden Lake, ID 83835 – Monday/Wednesday in June & July – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Riverstone Stadium 14, Free Family Film Festival

2416 Old Mill Loop

Coeur d’Alene, ID  83814


Movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theater capacity.


Muppets from Space (G)

Paul Bart:  Mall Cop (PG)


Tales of Despereaux (G)

Coraline (PG)


Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything (G)

Astro Boy (PG)


Charlotte’s Web (G)

Planet 51 (PG)


Rugrats:  The Movie (G)

Ice Age:  Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PG)


Rugrats in Paris (G)

Kung Fu Panda (PG)


Wallace & Gromit (G)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG)


Jimmy Neutron:  Boy Genius (G)

Monster vs. Alien (PG)


Doogal (G)

Hotel for Dogs (PG)

Free Events in Coeur d’Alene

American Hero’s Parade, July 4, 11am, Downtown Cd”A

CDA park days celebration, Saturday, July 10, Sunshine Meadows 8 am – Noon and Landings Park 5 pm – Dusk. They have free breakfast at Sunshine Meadows and free Lunch and Dinner at the Landings, as well with activities for the kids to do.

Street Fair, Art on the Green, & Taste of CdA, July 30-August 1, Downtown

July 30 &31- 10am-8pm

August 1-10am-5pm

Free Live Music

CdA City Park, Sunday, Rotary Lakeside Bandshell

Sundays 1:00pm – 4:00 pm

June 6 – August 22

Sherman Square Park, 316 Sherman Ave, CdA

Tuesdays 6:00pm-8:30pm

June 29-August 24

Bad weather moves event into the CdA Resort Plaza

Hayden City Park, 8930 N. Government, Hayden

Wednesdays 6:00pm-8:30pm

July 7-August 4

Sandpoint Residential Camps

Cocolalla Lake Bible Camp 209 N. Coco- lalla Loop Rd., Cocolalla, Idaho. This residential camp (ages 7-18 and family), which offers swimming, canoeing, paddle boats and more, will run from July 15-Aug. 15. Call: (208)-263-3912

Youth Horsemanship Camp, Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, 1413 Upper Gold Creek, Sandpoint, Idaho. Kids will get hands-on experiences with horses. Available for kids ages 10-16. June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 4-8, July 11-15, July 18-22, Aug. 1-5, Aug. 8-12. Cost: starting at $680. Scholarships are available. Visit: westernpleasureranch. com Call: (208) 263-9066

Twin Eagles Summer Camps, Sandpoint, Idaho. Day camps for kids (ages 6-13) that focus on nature and sensory awareness, fire by friction, natural shelters, animal tracking, natural mysteries, sustainable living skills and wild edible and medicinal plants will be offered in Sand- point from June 21-25, June 28-July 2 and July 5-9. Cost: starting at $195. A camp will be offered in the Spokane area from July 12-16. Cost: starting at $195. An overnight camp for families will be from July 24-25. Cost: $95, per person. An overnight camp for youth (ages 10- 13) will be offered July 25-July 30. Cost: starting at $475. Visit: Call: (208) 265-3685

Schweitzer Summer Camp, Schweitzer Resort, Sandpoint, Idaho. Youth (ages 6-11) hike, do crafts, swim and more at Adventure Camp from July 6-Aug. 20. Cost: $160 per week; $150, season pass holders. Visit: schweitzer. com. Call: 877-ITS-IN-ID ext. 2152

Day Camps

Camp Invention, Sandpoint, Pullman and Coeur d’Alene. A nonprofit science enrichment camp will be held for children ages 1-6 from June 21-25 and June 28-July 2. Cost: $210. Visit: Call: 800-968-4332.

Theatre Camps

Christian Youth Theater (North Idaho), Eight weeks of week-long camps from June 28-Aug 20. Junior Campers (ages 7-13) can choose between “Camp Rock” or “Survivor” themes. Campers meet Mon-Thurs from 9 am-3 pm and Fri from 9 am-4 pm. Each camp includes theater arts workshops, theater and outdoor games, team competitions, a camp T-shirt and a performance on Friday, with parts for everyone. Bitty Campers (ages 5-6) come half-days from 9-noon, M-Th and Friday all day. The Bittys perform with the Junior Campers on Fridays. Camps are offered at three locations — one in Sandpoint and two in Coeur d’Alene. Cost is $150-$175 if registered by June 11; $90 for Bitty camp. Visit: Call: (208) 765-8600

Sandpoint Children’s Theater Summer Day Camps
Acting  *Voice*  Dance*Stage Crafts
TWO weeks  Cost $195     Ages 7-16   9AM-3:30PM

Be a Superstar! Make a Music Video Aug 9-13
Hip hop  *  Voice  *  Acting for camera
ONE week  Cost $125  Ages 7-11/Ages 12-16 (2 age groups) 9AM-3:30 PM

Modeling Camp & Back-to-School Fashion Show  Aug. 16-20
ONE week  Cost $95   Ages 6-17   9AM-3:30 PM

More information can be found here: or by calling 208-304-7567

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