Take a gander at the long list of events that take place in Wallowa County every year and you'll see that there are plenty of family-friendly events where parents can entertain their kids. Make a stop at the Wallowa Valley Chamber of Commerce office and the Wallowa Mountains Visitor Center on your way into Enterprise and you'll come away with a list of museums, galleries, train rides, boating adventures, trailheads, bike routes, and campsites.Wallowa has a library, a museum, a video store and a very nice city park. Many families enjoy a day trip to Flora to take photos in the near-ghost-town that blooms on June 19 for Flora Days.
Also this year, a living history presentation honoring Maxville, the historic African American logging town outside of Wallowa is planned for every Saturday afternoon in Wallowa.
Musical kids may wish to enroll in the Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Workshop July 12-16 Visit (www.wvmusicalliance.org) for information on that.
There are a number of great drives, campsites and hikes out of Lostine and kids enjoy a quick visit to the Blue Banana and M. Crow General Store, too.
In addition to the rodeos and fairs held in Enterprise, the Watershed Festival (June 25) and Bowlby Bash (July 10) in the summer are both tailored to children.
Enterprise also has a very nice city park with plenty of playground equipment where kids can just run around screaming and burning up energy. If you're visiting in the winter, the ice rink at the city park also provides a great exercise opportunity. Skates are available to rent at Deb's Apparel on Main Street in Enterprise. Always call the Ice Rink Hotline before making plans, 541-263-0715.
The O.K. Theatre on Main Street shows first run movies on Thursday through Sunday and there are two video stores.
Enterprise has a very nice library and bookstore and if you pick up a walking tour booklet at the Bookloft on Main Street you can take the kids on a historic walk. The 100 year-old courthouse has a wonderful piece of artillery kids enjoy looking at and families with veterans can spend a few moments in the new outdoor Fountain of Honor at the courthouse showing the kids the names of people who served in the various branches of the armed forces.
As you leave Enterprise heading for Joseph, you'll see a small skate park on the left.
Joseph also has a nice park with playground equipment and several stores stock card and board games and toys for travelers. Just walking the main street of Joseph is a family activity with opportunities for gallery visits, museum visits, window-shopping in unique shops, and more.
Families can bowl at Wallowa Lanes in Joseph or, if you want a night in, you can rent a video.
Turn toward Imnaha out of Joseph during the winter months and you'll find your way to Ferguson Ridge Ski Area (approximately nine miles out) where a full range of ski equipment can be rented very reasonably for a day of skiing (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) on any of eight trails. The ski slope has a t-bar and a rope tow and Nordic trails are accessible from Ferguson. Bring cash or your checkbook, no credit cards please. Visit (www.skifergi.com) for open days and prices.
Kids in second through fifth grades may wish to sign up to attend the Chief Joseph Days Summer Camp, July 12-16, at the Buhler Ranch near Joseph. Visit (www.chiefjosephsummercamp.com) for information on that.
Wallowa Lake is a carnival of fun for kids. Start out with a gondola trip up Mount Howard, or ride the go-karts, bumper boats or horses. Day use areas around the lake provide beautiful settings for family picnics, boating, swimming or fishing and hikes into the wilderness can be anything from rigorous to gentle.