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CDA Cold Weather Activities

As we move into the colder months don’t worry about a lack of fun things to do in Kootenai County! Here are a few of our personal favorite ways to stay busy when the weather outside is frightful.


Big Reds Barn

Big Red’s Barn offers a hands on animal experience YEAR ROUND! Indoors and out of the weather, where our animals are clean and dry, enjoying the attention of kids and grown ups alike! Here at Big Red’s, come hang out with exotics, miniatures, farm animals, and reptiles. $10 per person. Children under 2 are free with paid adult. Admission price for Military/Veterans, First Responders, and Seniors over 65 is $8 and season passes are available.

Holiday Light Cruises “Journey to the North Pole”

Take a festive holiday lake cruise across the sparkling waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. View more than 1.5 million twinkling holiday lights and visit Santa Claus and his elves at the North Pole waterfront toy workshop, where he magically speaks to each child by name.

Adults: *$24.25
Seniors (55+ yrs.): *$23.25
Children (6 – 12 yrs.): *$9.50
Children (5 yrs. & under): Free
*Ticket prices Sunday – Thursday decrease by $1.00

Eagle Wildlife Viewing Cruise

Cruise to isolated quiet bays on Lake Coeur d’Alene to observe the national bird of the United States of America, the North American Bald Eagle, in their natural habitat. Two-hour lake cruises depart from the resort at the designated seasonal dates and times below.

December 5 – 6, 12 – 13, 19 – 20 | 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM & December 26 – January 3 | 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Adults: $27.25
Seniors (55+ yrs.): $25.72
Children (6 – 12 yrs.): $19.25
Children (5 yrs. & under): Free

Barn 31

Barn 31 offers workshops of all kinds! Pallet signs, porch signs, wreaths, planters, chunky blankets and more! You are sure to find at least one class that interests you! Our classes are intended for those ages 14 and up unless labeled a “family friendly” class, in which younger children are welcome to attend with a grown up! Most classes last 2 1/2-3 hours. We provide complimentary coffee, hot cocoa bar, water and light snacks. You are free to BYOB and snacks, to include adult beverages, we provide plates, cups and a bottle opener. All workshops require pre-registration. Check out all of their upcoming events here:

Triple Play 

As an award-winning Family Entertainment Center in Coeur d’Alene, Triple Play Family Fun Park offers endless fun for the entire family. Triple Play Family Fun Park opened in July 2000 with a bowling alley, rock wall, 9-hole indoor miniature golf, 1500 sq. ft. laser tag arena, and a variety of arcade games. In 2002, their outdoor attractions were added to include go-karts, bumper boats, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. Three years later, Raptor Reef Indoor Waterpark opened with three slides, the fourth being added in 2012.

Momentum Sports and Play

This is the perfect place to take the kiddos on a cold day! With a variety of classes from Nija Training to Tumbling and even birthday parties, you are sure to find something your little human will enjoy.

Northwest Soft Play

NorthWest Soft Play is another indoor event center for kids! You will find activities that include a ball pit, slides, a soft block area, a soft play castle, interactive toys, and lots more.  There is also a space for children under 2 years of age to crawl and explore under a watchful eye of the parent.

We would love to hear some of your favorite winter activities. Leave us a comment with your suggestions!

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