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Riverfront Park brings in the new, ushers out the old

SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're staying here in Spokane and maybe have some kids out of school, or guests coming for the holidays, you're in luck.

Riverfront Park offers lots of ways to entertain your family and your visitors without blowing your budget. Here are some tips on how to make the most out of the holiday fun.

Riverfront Park is offering a free film festival in the old IMAX theater where you can take in some of your favorite Christmas classics. It's the last curtain call for that building, and the same is true of the pavilion that holds the Looff Carrousel.

In fact, this is the last time you'll be able to ride the carrousel until early 2018.

The renovations may be underway, but the city wanted to get us through the Christmas holidays before shutting down some of your favorite attractions. So, you've got a little more than two months to put in your last turns at the ice palace.

“We'd like people to come down and enjoy the Ice Palace,” says Jeffrey Bailey, Acting Assistant Director of Riverfront Park. “This will be the final season before we open up the ice ribbon in front of the park in November of 2017.”

This is also your last chance to catch a film in the old IMAX theater. The park is recognizing its long history with daily showings of some classic Christmas movies.

The Looff Carrousel is about to go into storage, and the park is replacing its leaking home with a new climate-controlled pavilion. The sky ride is also temporarily shutting down after January 2, but still offering a thrilling ride over the river.

Right now you can ride the sky ride, warm up with indoor miniature golf, ride the carrousel, and then ice skate for just $14 per person.

“We really want people to come down and enjoy what we have to offer at Riverfront Park,” says Bailey, especially people who may have not been here before and seen it's current condition. With it changing we'd like to get people down here and see what we can offer them.”

Most of all, it's a chance to get the kids out of the house on those days before and after Christmas.