Every summer for the past four years we’ve made a point to visit Silverwood Theme Park. Just north of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho it’s an easy drive for most folks in the Northwest. Both my kids have summer birthdays within a week of each other – so we went to Silverwood as part of their birthday celebration!
We always get Silverwood about 30 minutes before they open. Make sure you bring $5 cash for parking – we’ve never had a problem finding parking within a reasonable walking distance to the park. You can get into the park early and wait for the inside gates to open up.
While we wait for the park to open, we use that time to get situated – we apply sunscreen (a must pack item!) and stay hydrated – especially on those hot summer days! I love all the flower displays around the park – they do such a great job on their landscaping!
Silverwood has TWO distinct areas within the theme park – both are included in your ticket price. The amusement park area is where you’ll find all the roller coasters and thrill rides. And Boulder Beach is where you’ll have fun with water slides and water rides.
We like to start our days off at the amusement park area – this is where you’ll find Roller Coaster Alley with all the exciting roller coasters and rides for all ages and thrill levels.
First the bumper cars. . . .
And the kids took these old cars for a spin. . .
So much fun to be a six-year-old DRIVING by yourself. 🙂
A little apprehensive on the Roaring Creek Log Flume but we had fun and got splashed at the bottom!
After spending the morning on the amusement park rides we played some games. Hadley won a Shopkins pillow!
And Liam won a stuffed dinosaur!
Then we went to arcade. And played games for awhile. . .
My goodness, the kids scored big with the arcade games – we all had fun playing the various games. Both kids traded in their tickets for a baggie full of fun trinkets and prizes.
After a fun morning of games and rides, we headed over to Boulder Beach and enjoyed the spray area, water slides, water rides, lazy river and wave beach. It’s the perfect way to beat the hot summer days!
Silverwood has a NEW water ride this year called the Riptide Racer – this thing is as AWESOME as it looks. There are six distinct slides – all starting from the same spot. When the Silverwood employee says “go!” you and five of your closest friends jump into the slides on your belly (on a foam slide) and you race to the bottom.
My kids convinced me to go on this ride and race them. . .it was crazy how fast it went!
I ended up winning – laughing all the way to the end. What an adrenaline rush. When you get to the bottom of the slide there are times displayed for every lane with the winning lane highlighted. So much FUN! I love this new addition to Boulder Beach.
The Boulder Beach wave pools are one of my kid’s favorite places to play. Silverwood don’t just have one wave pool – they have TWO! Set for 5-minute intervals the waves kick on and you feel like you’re swimming in the ocean.
In addition to all the rides and water park fun, this was the first year that we’ve went to the Silverwood Theme Park magic show. Every year people tell us we “need to go see the magic show. . .” but for whatever reason it hasn’t worked out until this year. A FREE 30-minute show, the Nick Norton magic show was phenomenal.
We got there about 30 minutes early because seating is first-come, first serve. I’m glad we got there as early as we did, the place really filled up. Honestly I didn’t have big expectations for the show. But let me tell you – this is a class act! Every part of the show was well done and I found myself in awe more than once at the “tricks” they perform.
Toward the end of the night the kids enjoyed some soft serve ice cream and we spent more time on the kiddy rides.
We stayed right up until the park closed so we could squeeze out every possible moment of fun. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the kids birthdays – especially since we just moved to this area and a birthday party with friends wasn’t really an option. Since we live locally now I think we’ll be getting season tickets so we can really have fun next summer.
And the fun doesn’t stop with autumn, every weekend in October Silverwood turns into Scarywood Theme Park and you’ll experience five haunted attractions, seven scare zones and most of Silverwood’s signature rides in the dark! Not recommended for ages 12. Tickets are $26 – $40 depending on the day you go (Thursday thru Saturday). Find out more about Scarywood Theme Park here.
And just for fun. . here are a couple flashback photos of our 2012 trip to Silverwood. Hadley was 2 and Liam was 5. They look like such babies!
And this is Liam and Mr. Queen Bee on the Roaring Creek Log Flume back in 2012. We’ve created so many fun memories here and we look forward to many more. . .
Have you been to Silverwood Theme Park before? Do you have a favorite ride or attraction at the park!?!
Sponsored post – This post is sponsored by Silverwood Theme Park. We were provided complimentary admission into the park for the day. All photos, content and opinions are my own.