Things to do
Kelso Highlander Festival
Tam O’Shanter Park
Kelso, WA 98626
When: September 2021
Experience a whole weekend of Scottish & Celtic culture, with the Avenue of Clans, Scottish craft & food vendors, Scottish music & dancing, as well as Highland Games.
At beautiful Tam O’Shanter Park on Saturday, September 2021 the festivities begin, starting at 7:00 am with a Fun Run/Walk 5K road race. At 9:00 am the Highland Dance Competition, Silent Auction and Highland Games begin. At 10:00 am please join us for the annual Highlander Festival Parade. Also beginning at 10:00 am join us for the Kelso Garden Club Flower Show “Journey Through the Highlands”. At 12:30 the Opening Ceremonies & Parade of Clans begins on the field. The Silent Auction ends at 4:00. The entertainment continues all day Saturday with music by Men of Worth, Darby O’Gill, and pipe bands from Ft. Vancouver and Clan Gordon. This is located under the covered area.
The Kilted Klassic Golf Tournament starts with registration at 8:00 AM at the Three Rivers Golf Course on Saturday, September 2021. Tee-off is at 10:00 AM. Contact Mike Fowler 360-749-4925
Sunday, September 2021
At 8:00 AM please join us for the Kirkin’ of the Tartan Worship Service at Tam O’Shanter Park and again at 10:00 AM at the Kelso Methodist Presbyterian Church in Kelso at 206 Cowlitz Way. There will be a special tea reception following the Kirkin’ at 11:00 in the Fellowship Hall. There will be a bagpiper and a Highland Dancer performing.
The Highland Games will begin at the park at 9:00 AM with those hardy lads and lasses tossing the caber and throwing the stone. There will be entertainment in the afternoon at the park with the Wicked Tinkers, and Men of Worth.
The Kelso Rotary will be holding their Annual Duck Race in the afternoon raising money for charities and scholarships.
Get your Highlander Festival Buttons, on sale July 2021, for only $1.00 each and you could win many prizes which have been donated from various merchants in Kelso, $600 grand prize shopping certificate.
Cowlitz Public Shooting Range is open to all members of the public, providing shooters with a safe place to shoot rifles, pistols, shotguns and archery since it opened on May 1, 2013. From the beginning, the range has staffed its operations with volunteers, a practice that continues to this day.
NRA certified Range Safety Officers (RSOs) are on duty at all times the range is open to insure the safety and fun of our shooters, friends and their families. The volunteer work of the RSOs allows the Cowlitz Game & Anglers to provide an excellent outdoor shooting range experience to its users at a very affordable price.
The Range is offers free firearm training classes open to any and all interested persons. These are classroom sessions only, not range shooting, but the range will be open as usual for shooting after the classes. All classes will be held at the Cowlitz Public Shooting Range Education Building, 1000 Toutle Park Road, Castle Rock, WA 98611. Take Exit 52 from I-5 and follow the signs to the end of Toutle Park Road.
Take exit 52 toward Barnes Dr/Toutle Park Rd
Turn or Continue East onto Old Pacific Hwy
Turn left onto Burma Rd
Turn right onto Toutle Park Rd
Continue 0.9 mi. to the end of Toutle Park Rd
Castle Rock, WA 98611
The Children’s Discovery Museum was founded in 2016 with
the goal of providing a safe space for children and their families to learn. We are located in Historic Downtown Longview at 1209 Commerce Avenue. We specialize in interactive play and hands-on learning. Exhibits include
the nature niche, farm to market area, the giant Lincoln Logs, the doctors office, dental office, and everyone’s favorite: the ping pong ball shower. Stop by to see our facilities for yourself, and get the chance to experience learning through play.
Entry to the museum is FREE for Everyone!
Wednesday 11 am to 4 pm
Thursday 11 am to 4 pm
Friday 11 am to 7 pm
Saturday 11 am to 4 pm
Sunday 11 am to 4 pm
Longview, WA 98632
For more than two decades, the Broadway Gallery has been a staple in the local art scene. A collaborative effort by 50 area artists,
the Broadway Gallery hosts ongoing classes and special events.
Longview, WA 98632
Lewis & Clark Bowmen
Archery Lessons – Youth and Adult, Individual/Group
Archery Shoots – Competitions
Archery Range Situated in the Woods – 3-D Range
(Range accessible to members only or during shoots)
Hunting Preparation Shoots – Fall/Winter Archery
Inexpensive Club Memberships
Kelso Theater Pub & Backstage Cafe… We are a unique single-screen movie theater, showing current mainstream films & Occasionally first-run blockbusters.
The movie theater is for all ages. Watch a movie and have a pizza. The theater has been set up for your enjoyment. Tables have been placed in front of each seat for your dining enjoyment while watching one of our movies.
Our adjoining Backstage Cafe is open Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm for lunch & Every evening for Dinner from 5 pm – 8 pm. Our full menu & specials
are always available in the cafe. Our menu is limited form but including all of our pizzas are always available in our Theater along with the standard movie fare. Beer & Wine is served in both Theater and Cafe & Chef Marc usually has a limited yet tantalizing selection of handcrafted desserts, including his signature Peanut Butter Pie as well as seasonal selections, all made from scratch.
Kelso, WA 98626
Breathtaking views, Lakeside relaxation, & World class fishing. Magical evenings around the bonfire with new friends. Friendly staff who treat you like family. Silver Lake Resort has it all, with a variety of accommodations to meet your needs. Our beautiful property is located on the shores of Silver Lake with stunning Mt. St. Helens in the backdrop. Silver Lake has some of the best fishing in the Pacific Northwest – from one of our many rental boats, from our docks, or even from the balcony of your own room. Kids can play on the playground, feed the ducks by the waterfront, or catch fish with a rented fishing pole. Silver Lake Resort is the perfect lodging for visiting Mt. St. Helens, fishing for largemouth bass, or relaxing in the natural beauty all year ‘round. Our rustic setting has been drawing vacationers looking for rest and relaxation for over 50 years
Just minutes away to Castle Rock WA and the following Restaurants and more to explore
* Parkers Steakhouse
* El Compadre
* Papa Pete’s Pizza
* Peper’s 49er
* C & L Burger Bar
* CJ’s Pizza
* Crosscut Taproom
* Mount St Helens Visitor Center
* Castle Rock Visitor Center
Admission is always FREE!
Plan a 60-90 minute visit to the Forest Learning Center at Mount St. Helens.
The Forest Learning Center showcases remarkable volcano and forestry exhibits (updated in 2020!), a new playground, picnic tables, a gift shop, wildlife viewing and rest area facilities. It is located inside the blast zone on the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, 19 miles before Johnston Ridge Observatory.
Experience the story of Mount St. Helens and the recovery of forests, fish and wildlife following the eruption. Walk through the forest, hearing the sounds of the birds and animals on the mountain prior to May 18, 1980. Enter the “eruption chamber” to view an astounding video of what the forest looked like immediately after the eruption. Hear a first-hand report from a local newscaster who barely escaped. Breathtaking photographs and life-size models of loggers working in the blast zone bring the experience to life. The Forest Learning Center tells the story from nature’s perspective and gives a hands-on approach to learning in the Discovery Room where families can touch lava rocks, learn about the animals of the Pacific Northwest, and discover how trees grow.
Groups larger than 25 people are kindly asked to make reservations at least two weeks in advance by calling the Exhibit Reservation Message Number below. School field trip information is available on the website link.
The Forest Learning Center is a partnership of Weyerhaeuser, Washington State Department of Transportation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Location: 33.5 miles from I-5, approximately a 40 minute drive east of Castle Rock, Washington.
From Interstate 5 in Western Washington, take Exit 49 and continue east on Highway 504 to Milepost 33. The Forest Learning Center is located at 17000 Spirit Lake Highway, Toutle, WA. Please watch for wildlife on roadways.
Gift Shop – Open Daily 10 am to 4 pm
Exhibits – Temporarily Closed
Exhibit Reservation Message Number 360.414.3439
(Please leave a voicemail for groups larger than 25 people;
calls will be returned within 1-2 business days during regular operating season)
Toutle, WA 98649
Mile Marker 33
Eco Park Resort is a private reservation facility that offers the closest accommodations to Mt St Helens, with Log Cabins, Yurts, RV & Tent Sites, so you get to
spend more time taking in what you came to see. They offer a full service cafe on site for their guests, and have hiking and biking trails.
Conveniently located near Mt St Helens
* Forest Learning Center
* Coldwater Lake
* Johnston Ridge Observatory
Toutle, WA 98649