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Chattanooga Activities for Kids

My sister and her kids came to visit us for a couple of days and we had lots of fun in the sun with the kids. I thought I would share the activities we did – all were free or cheap and kept us busy and wore us all out. If you are visiting Chattanooga during warm months and want to do kid activities that won't break the bank, these would be at the top my list.


Warner Park Pool and Spray and Play Park
To kick things off, we met Angela and her kids downtown at the Warner Park Pool and Spray and Play Park. The pool is a little hard to find (if you aren't familiar with the area) because it is right behind the Warner Park Zoo. Basically you have to park at the zoo and walk a little way to the pool entrance.


Between us, my sister and I have three kids ages 2-5, so the pool and spray park are the perfect combo. The kids had fun wading in the 1-2 foot pool and running around the spray park. There is also a 3-4 foot wading pool and 4-12 foot pool with obstacle course for bigger kids. If yo…

Summer Kickoff: Paddling on Wolftever Creek

Hiking, biking and paddling all within a 30-minute drive of our house. Have I mentioned that we love where we live?


To round out Memorial Day Weekend and our Summer kickoff, we decided to take Jack out in our canoe. We actually got him in the canoe with us when he was 11.5 months old, but I had to hold him the entire time and we were fearful of tipping. 


This time it was the real deal – he sat in the middle, by himself and didn't tip the boat over or try to jump out.


Before getting on the water we casually mentioned that we were going to go ride in a boat and wear our life jackets and our little guy seemed to be on board with our plans.


Our only issue before launching the canoe was that Jack was adamantly against letting me put sunblock on him. 


Since a fair-skinned toddler shouldn't be out on the water in the middle of the day without sunblock, I stuck to my guns and insisted on slathering him from head to toe. 


In the end I won and we were able to get out on the water.


Since it was…

Summer Kickoff: Tennessee River Park

After our attempt at backpacking, we decided to do an activity we knew Jack would love: biking. 


We recently purchased a bicycle trailer (off of Craigslist) because Jack has almost outgrown the seat we had attached to Daniel's bike. 


Also, he gets tired of wearing his helmet and kind of maxes out at 8 miles when we ride. 


We are hoping the bike trailer will mean we can take longer bike rides. In addition, the trailer has suspension and we can put snacks and toys in it to keep Jack occupied. 


Plus it is probably more comfortable if Jack happens to fall asleep on our ride.


Daniel and Jack took a practice ride at home the day before and Jack only cried when they came home.



Saturday was the perfect day for a ride. Sunny, but nice and cool. For this ride we headed to the Tennessee River Park, but instead of starting in downtown Chattanooga we started at the Chickamauga Dam. 



Jack began the ride in the trailer. We took a brief water break by the marsh a couple of miles into our ride and he de…