Have a safe summer at the Northwest’s largest theme park
Silverwood Theme Park puts the safety of its guests first, and this year is no different. In addition to ensuring attractions and amazing rides like Timber Terror and the log flume are pristinely maintained, Silverwood has revamped the guest experience to adjust for social distancing and other new health guidelines designed to keep guests safe from coronavirus.
“In the last month we have worked tirelessly to develop a plan and strategy that will reduce the risk associated with catching the virus while visiting,” says Jordan Carter, director of marketing. “This includes creating an online reservation system for tickets, a park-wide cashless operation, and an enhanced sanitization and safety program that goes above and beyond any of the state and local recommendations.”
In order to keep the number of guests to the required minimum, the park has created reservation-only tickets for anyone NOT using their season pass. And they’re offering big incentives for online ordering. Get up to $20 off your ticket for one-day or two-day reservation tickets, which can only be used on the dates you specify.
Not sure about dates? Try the flex ticket — $10 savings if ordered online — which allows guests a little wiggle room in choosing dates. Make a weekend of it with their three-day ticket options (standard and flex tickets available) and consider camping out at their convenient RV Park with 123 full hookups and 41 tent spots.
Silverwood is going cashless to limit person-to-person transactions. Buy a cashless card while purchasing your tickets or at select locations throughout the park and use it on food, games, whatever. When you’re done for the day, easily transfer the balance back to your credit card account.
The park’s enhanced sanitization and safety program is also comprehensive. Employees will be monitored daily to ensure they’re healthy to work. They have undergone new safety training and will be wearing masks, which will also be available free-of-charge to any guest who would like to wear one.
Sanitation stations have been set up throughout the park for guest use and although it may extend the wait time for rides just a little, employees will be wiping down high-touch areas in between ride cycles.
Guests will notice more spacing in the ride queues — the ride lines may look longer but they’re not! — and in gathering areas, such as food venues to promote good airflow between guests.
Enclosed spaces got an overhaul, too. Silverwood upgraded their ventilation system to hospital-grade HEPA filtration, the best there is.
In an open letter to Silverwood Theme Park guests, owner Gary Norton says they have done their best to follow health guidelines and minimize risks for guests seeking the fun and family time that Silverwood has provided for over 30 years.
“We believe it is your right to assess the risks involved, take your own precautions, and come to your own conclusion as to whether to participate in social activities during these trying times,” says Norton. Visit silverwoodthemepark.com for more info.
Kootenai County Farmers Market
Downtown Coeur d’Alene’s charming farmers market resumes on Wednesdays from 4-7 pm, all summer long. Stop in this week for some plant starts, flowers, honey, veggies, and artisan-made crafts. 4-7 pm; downtown Coeur d’Alene, Fifth and Sherman.
Breakfast & Backswings
The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s deluxe Live Well Retreats are back. The first offering of the summer is the Breakfast & Backswings retreat, featuring a golf clinic on their famed course, vinyasa yoga class, a spa service, breakfast and a luxurious overnight stay. Packages start at $175 per person. Go to cdaresort.com/play/spa/livewell_retreats for details.
Live music, lake views and dozens of craft brews. It doesn’t get much better than downtown Coeur d’Alene’s Brewfest. Save the date and start your training. 1-7 pm; McEuen Park, 420 E. Front St.
Coeur d’Alene’s beloved classic car weekend has been moved to July this year. Watch the classic cruise on Friday night, or peak under the hood of these one-of-a-kind classics on Saturday. Look for more details on cda4.fun.