Live in the Yakima Valley - Family Activities- Live in Yakima, WA


The Valley Enjoys Family Friendly Communities

The Yakima Valley’s interwoven communities create a perfect place for families. Nonexistent commute times, endless outdoor recreation opportunities, open spaces, and sunny skies make family time even more fun.

From groups to help moms find time for themselves and to connect with others to an endless array of enrichment activities for children of all ages, the valley offers a family-oriented way of life.


Family in the park

Arts & Science Stretch a child’s imagination and encourage creativity with story time at local bookstores and libraries and a wide range of art, drama and music classes. Sign up for a series of art classes at local studios and galleries or stop by for an afternoon of pottery painting. Visit local museums and explore the sciences with after school and summertime camps.





Yakima Valley Library System

Yakima County is privileged to have a public library system which includes 18 public libraries located throughout our beautiful agricultural valley. Serving residents throughout Central Washington, Yakima Valley Libraries provide books and materials that meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of our diverse population. Click here to view locations.

Yakama Nation Library

In addition to a wide range of educational publications, the Yakama Nation Cultural Center Library offers education for all ages through live performances of Native American legends. Native storytellers dressed in colorful costumes share legends passed down by ancient generations. Click here for more information.

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Sports You’ll find organized team sports from soccer and t-ball to basketball throughout the valley, as well as private martial arts, ski, tennis, golf, dance, and gymnastics programs.

Recreation Hiking nearby trails, biking local Greenway paths, and even horseback riding allow kids to learn about the Valley’s diverse landscapes and the wildlife that share it with them.

Clubs From mommy and me groups and sports clubs to arts groups and youth service clubs, kids find endless ways to get involved in the community and make friends.


Playdate MagazinePlaydate Magazine, a publication produced by the Yakima Herald-Republic, is a valuable resource for parents, listing current events, activities and classes and providing a directory of groups and services for kids, babies and parents.

Yakima Makers Space At Yakima Maker Space, they believe that making things with others is a powerful creative engine, that learning by doing teaches better than a textbook, and that access to tools and a supportive community will launch the next generation of entrepreneurs in Yakima. Makers Space provides arts and crafts classes for people of all ages - visit their Facebook page (link provided above) to learn more. 

Check out the Yakima Sports Commission for information and organized sports and competitive events in the valley. You may also click here to learn more about organized sports for youth and adults.

For families needing special therapeutic and medical services, Children’s VillageCamp Prime Time, and the Pegasus Project provide varied programs are amazing assets to the Yakima Valley community.

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"You get the best of both worlds over here. If you get an itch for the city, you're only two hours away, but here you're close to hiking, camping, fishing, boating, and great wineries!" - Sarah Cassell Frenzel, Valley Resident