Working with the Weather at Silverwood

June 13, 2019.Cheree Sauer.5 Likes.61 Comments

June 8th, opening day of Boulder Beach. As soon as the warm weather rolls into North Idaho, our kids begin anxiously waiting for the water park to open. This was our third adventure to Silverwood this season and each time they have asked why we couldn’t go to the water park, we kept assuring them opening day was right around the corner.


Finally, opening day was upon us however, the hot weather and sunny skies did not. As we arrived at Silverwood, the temperature was around the mid 60’s with a 60% chance of thunderstorms. (Bummed is an understatement!) There were some brave souls who decided to enjoy the water park however, our family does not enjoy cold temperatures, so we were not among them. I was left asking myself “what do you do when you promise your kids a day full of water fun?”


We decided to make the best of it. After all, there were rumors that the Seahawks and Seahawks dancers (formerly named Seagals) were all around the park riding rides and signing autographs. Maybe, just maybe, we would be the lucky few who caught a glimpse of them. Maybe even an autograph.

It was our lucky day! We were able to catch some players as they were racing from Timber Terror to the Panic Plunge. Both our boys got autographs from Seahawks players’ safety, Tedric Thompson, and cornerback Neiko Thorpe. The boys were thrilled and we were very happy as our entire extended family are Seahawks fans.

My 7-year-old found out he was finally tall enough for the Panic Plunge and had been asking all morning when he was finally able to ride it.  After receiving our autographs, we decided to follow the Seahawks players, and sure enough, they were headed to the Panic Plunge. The precarious weather worked out to our advantage because we ended up two people away from getting to ride on the Panic Plunge with Tedric, Neiko and the rest of the Seahawks entourage, which I am certain worked out in our favor.

We had a front-row view watching the players as they nervously awaited the 140-foot ascent.  Listening to their commentary on the way up and seeing their faces at the end was absolutely priceless. They were impressed a 7-year-old was so willing to free fall from 100 feet in the air. To my surprise he asked to go on again and again and again, he couldn’t get enough of that adrenaline rush. The Seahawks, however, were not so willing and carried on to their next destination.


Despite the fair weather,  we still had a fulfilling day of fun at the park. We learned cooler days at the park are not so bad, especially when you have young kids. There are no lines, which means less whining about waiting and more fun. On a hot day, the wait to ride the more popular attractions can be grueling. We were able to ride the most popular attractions over and over with little to no waiting in line.  What’s not to like about that?!


If you find yourself in a pickle without proper attire, be sure to visit the array of gift shops all around the park. They each have a slightly different collection of items that are congruent with what you are around. For example, Tremors gift shop has Tremor specific attire whereas Boulder Beach has summer-specific items.  You can find blankets, sweatshirts, T-shirts, umbrellas, flipflops, etc. A few weeks ago we showed up to the park assuming it would be warm, but it was windy and cold. My 5-year-old was freezing and the gift shop saved the day with this Silverwood sweatshirt. He loves to show off his Silverwood sweatshirt with pride and he was so excited to wear it to the park again. He won’t take the hood off because he loves that it says Ride On. The gift shops are very reasonably priced and come in handy when you find yourself unprepared as we did.

If you happen to find yourself at the park on a day where the weather isn’t all that great you can certainly make the best of it.  If it starts to rain or storm we recommend waiting for it to pass and enjoying many of the other things Silverwood has to offer.

  • Grab a pizza and sit down to watch the award-winning Nick Norton Magic Show
  • Eat at one of the tasty indoor restaurants like Lindy’s or High Moon Saloon which offers live music and entertainment.
  • Kick back and relax with popcorn as you watch a black and white movie
  • Take a scenic ride on the historic Engine no.7. But be aware there may be a “robbery” along the way to collect money for the non-profit organization Children’s Village.  
    • Tip: Be sure to take a blanket and grab a warm coffee and cocoa from The Victorian Coffee House across from the train station because it may be cold on fair weather days. 

All in all, we had another great day at Silverwood.

Heartfelt blessings until next time,


About the Author:

Hello, my name is Cheree! I am a wife and mom. I own a business called Heartfelt Mamas, where I share motherhood struggles and teach self-care through blogging and social media. I have been married to my husband for 12 years, and we have two boys who are in 1st grade and preschool. Our family loves to explore the outdoors and find activities around the Spokane area. We do our best to cherish experiences over things. I have been to Silverwood as a kid, teenager, young adult, adult — and now as a parent too. I am an adrenaline seeker; roller coasters and thrill rides are my all time favorite! As a child, my dad and I would always try to find the rides that gave us the biggest adrenaline rush. Now my 6-year-old and I do the same. He is so excited to be tall enough for the big coasters this year!


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Comments (61)

  • Oxana . June 13, 2019 . Reply

    So fun! We love Silverwood!

  • Julie Bez . June 13, 2019 . Reply

    This happened to us a couple of years ago, we were rained on, when boulder beach just opened. My husband and I were the only ones in the water park.. and there were no lines. It was great 🙂

  • Robert Lindner . June 13, 2019 . Reply

    Good advice, thank you!

  • Jen . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Some of the best childhood memories our kids have are from Silverwood!

  • Bonnie James . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Thanks for the great tips!

  • Adele . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Optimism and Patience are key!! Your kiddos are lucky to have such an inspirational mama❤️

  • Sara . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Love Silverwood!

  • Alisha Cleverley . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Love silverwood

  • Ashleigh anne . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    I love silverwood! I cant wait to take my little one there for the first time

  • Amy . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    That is amazing

  • Karen Hanson . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Chris Hauer . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Sometimes, less ideal weather means more fun, because there are fewer people.

  • Brianna Pacetti . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    I just moved to the area with my family. Although I have a two year old, i believe she can enjoy lots if stuff at silverwood

  • Theresa . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Loved going to Silverwood as a kid! Can’t wait to take my son!

  • Sarina . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    We love Silverwood, hoping to go again soon

  • Beth Dill . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Love Silverwood!

  • Tonya . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    My family and i love Silverwood. We are planning a trip in August.

  • Cristal Hernández . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    We would love to win some tickets and plan a family vacation thank you Silverwood ❤️

  • Candice white . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Hoping to take my son this year!

  • Emilie . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Thanks for the opportunity

  • Ashley . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    I live silverwood

  • Paula Castillo Garcia . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    First summer ever that we have my boyfriend’s 2 kids hoping to take them to silverwood next month would be the kids and mine first time 🙏🏼

  • Casey . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Can not wait to make it over that way. We always have fun no matter the weather

  • Nicole . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Love silverwood

  • Brandy . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    I cant wait till my family visit to your park

  • Kate P . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    So excited to hit up Silverwood this summer!!

  • Brandy Goakey . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Love Silverwood, it is such a fun place for the family

  • Trista . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    💕 Love Silverwood 💕

  • Jeff D . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Weather has never really been an issue during our visits except one time after a shower while we were on the ferris wheel & the operator couldn’t get it to stop in the right place to let us off ~

  • Mallory rautio gustafson . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Awesome story. Glad u had fun

  • Marina Sanchez . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Love going!

  • Cheyenne Hendrickson . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    This is so lovely! I agree, even on cooler days, Silverwood can be a blast.

  • Bonnie Schultz . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    I’ve taken my granddaughter there,she loves it!!!!

  • Kristen . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    This is great! Thanks!

  • Jonathan Soderberg . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    We’ve only been once but we loved it and look forward to returning!

  • Matthew Trotter . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Silverwood this summer with the wife and kids would be amazing

  • Shannon . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    My family loves Silverwood, couldnt afford to get the gold pass this year but would love ro come out and enjoy the park!!

  • Tanya Constable . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Would love to visit from BC!

  • Starr Bortz . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Love Silverwood! Hope we make it this year. We have 2 kids that earned tickets reading…just need to find the time and the money for the other 4 of us. 🙂

  • Maria Arguello . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Would love to win some tickeys

  • Maria Arguello . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Would love to win some tickets already have our mini getaway planned with the family next month 🙂

  • LaDawna Sutton . June 19, 2019 . Reply

    Thank you for the tips.

  • Amber Crawford . June 20, 2019 . Reply

    Going for the first time this summer, can’t wait!

  • Kelly nelson . June 20, 2019 . Reply

    Fun! I can’t wait to go back to Silverwood, even if it’s a cooler day; thanks for the tips!

  • Angelina guerrero . June 20, 2019 . Reply

    We loved it had so much fun when we went last summer.

  • Angelina guerrero . June 20, 2019 . Reply

    cant Wait to go this summer

  • Carmen . June 20, 2019 . Reply

    Excited to see the magic show this year

  • Vicky . June 20, 2019 . Reply

    Never been there! would love to check it out this summer with our RV 😀

  • DeeDee . June 20, 2019 . Reply

    So excited to go in 2 weeks. Love Silverwood.

  • Kiersten Fogarty . June 20, 2019 . Reply

    So many fun things to do at Silverwood

  • Kiersten Fogarty . June 20, 2019 . Reply

    So many fun things to do at Silverwood! Great tips

  • Bridgett . June 20, 2019 . Reply

    My family loves theme parks. We try to go every summer. Although some people boast about other nearby state theme parks, I prefer Silverwood. Besides their price being the best ANYWHERE north of L.A., their water park is HUGE and with two wave pools, you are not on top of the other thousand swimmers like other parks. The grounds are clean and the landscape and foliage are gorgeous. With the addition of kid friendly park rides it really has something for everyone! Thrill rides for all ages and even some Grandma and Grandpa can enjoy. Save me a seat on the train and the antique cars Grandma!

  • Wendi C . June 20, 2019 . Reply

    Can’t wait to bring my kids to their first ever theme park!!

  • Heather Bruggman . June 20, 2019 . Reply

    We’ve never been, and I can’t wait to take my daughter!!

  • Melanie Calcut . June 20, 2019 . Reply

    Great advice thanks so much!

  • Breanne . June 21, 2019 . Reply

    Great tips thank you! Looking forward to our first visit this summer.

  • Patty Gioia . June 21, 2019 . Reply

    This would be awesome!

  • Stephanie Mackey . June 21, 2019 . Reply

    Fair weather days are the best because you don’t die in the heat and the lines are much shorter!! We love going then!

  • Trina Aquino . June 21, 2019 . Reply

    ❤️ Silverwood

  • Amy Schmidt . June 21, 2019 . Reply

    Looking forward to going to Silverwood for the first time!!

  • Darlene Martin . June 22, 2019 . Reply

    Hope to some day travel to Silverwood from Central Oregon.

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