Orcas Island Kids Activities
Moran State Park’s five fresh-water lakes include Cascade Lake, with special appeal for families—a sandy beach and designated swimming and play area. Rent a paddle boat if you’re feeling energetic, or cast a fishing line off the dock. Visit the salmon hatchery at the lake’s day-use area. Take a little hike and see a waterfall or circle around to hug an old-growth tree.
Orcas Island’s biggest village is the takeoff point for nearby beaches to explore—Crescent Beach, Waterfront Park, or North Beach—and at Eastsound’s Buck Park kids will find a 15,000-square-foot, world-class skate park. The town’s ice cream shops, good library, and gift shops appeal to kids, and consider taking your lunch to the Village Green and relaxing in the shade of fruit trees.
If kids need an indoor break, check out The Funhouse Discovery Center in Eastsound for hands-on interactive exhibits about science, sports, geography, music, history, and the human body. Plus find a pitching cage with speed gun, an art studio, a recording studio with musical instruments, a video production room, a climbing wall, and computers to surf the net or check email or Facebook. Summer hours: Wed.–Sat., 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; fall/winter hours: Mon.–Fri., 3:00–5:30 p.m. Take at look online at thefunhouse.org
Orcas hosts a great variety of summer camps for preschoolers to teens, from singing and soccer to sailing and theater. Check listings at orcasfamilyfun.com/special-events.
Right Place Pottery
Orcas is famous for it arts community and there are opportunities to explore this at the Right Place Pottery. Here Trudy Erwin gives pottery classes to adults and children; get the hang of a potters wheel then return later to pick up your crafts.
Once in a Blue Moon Farm
Call ahead to schedule a personalized tour of this working farm—feed chickens, alpacas, llamas, horses, goats, and sheep; gather eggs; collect flowers and herbs to take with you; sample fruit; and groom farm animals.
Orcas Island Trail Rides & Turtlehead Trails and Farm
Sign up for guided horseback trail rides or summer natural horsemanship children’s camps.