Our Voice: We’re thankful for a family friendly community

From our rivers to our parks, to our special events, the Mid-Columbia is a great place for families to live, learn and have fun. Visitors, often with children in tow, enjoy our activities and scenic area too.

We are grateful for what makes this a family friendly community.

PNNL celebration

It was all about family fun Saturday at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory campus.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Battelle’s operation of the lab, PNNL made kids the focus of its Family Day. There was a time capsule dedication, along with contests, demonstrations, activities and more that helped make science easier to understand.

It was an opportunity for curious children and other family members of PNNL employees to learn about the fun of science and how the work done in the Tri-Cities is making important contributions around the world.

Lady Washington

A very tall ship has sailed into town to give young and old alike a rare opportunity — one that gives a sense of what life was like on the waters in another era.

Thanks to the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, the Lady Washington is here through Aug. 9 at the Columbia Marine Center in Pasco.

This replica of the original mid-18th century cargo vessel brings fun and learning experiences that may be brand new.

The ship’s crew touches on basic science and math principles through skill lessons, like navigation, and there’s a chance to learn what sailors ate and what they wore back then.

So, whether it’s a walk-on tour or an evening sail with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing and maritime storytelling, it is an adventure for all.

Daughters of Hanford

Families visited the Reach center recently to enjoy a variety of activities at the opening of the Reactor Factor event, and to learn about women who have influenced and been influenced by the Hanford nuclear site.

The Daughters of Hanford project highlights important contributions made by women who might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

These examples of women who followed their passion just might affect a young person who is dreaming about their own future. For parents of the next generation, it is a family friendly opportunity for education and hope.

Partners ‘N Pals

It was riding day for a special group of children and young adults recently.

Grateful parents watched with smiles as volunteers stepped up to offer an enjoyable adventure for special needs kids.

The 21st annual Partners ‘N Pals at the Richland Riders Club provided a day of riding horses, petting animals and playing games for about 100 participants.

We’re thankful for the Arc of Tri-Cities, CH2M and the volunteers who made possible the wonderful family event.