Monkey Bizness is an indoor family play place for achieving safe, physically active good times. Open play includes access to all 13,000 square feet of interactive inflatables and play structures within this fortress of familial felicity. Freed from the clutches of video games and imagination-zapping electronics, young explorers can rampantly tunnel and slide their way to an afternoon of entertainment. Just as a cave of wonders requires a secret passcode, a waiver of liability must be signed by everyone who enters Monkey Bizness, and socks must be worn at all times. Since there are no lifeguards on duty, parents or guardians must serve as spotters and bodyguards.
Six World Beer Cup medals and eight Great American Beer Festival medals. Impressive numbers, both, but they represent only a fraction of the 100+ awards won by Sockeye Grill & Brewery's six brewers. Led by Josh King, this self-described "brew crew" showcases their talents with six mainstay pours, headlined by the hopped-up Dagger Falls IPA. Beyond these, Sockeye's crew handcrafts seasonal drafts such as their Belgian-Style Summer Ale and Socktoberfest Lager. There are even a few rotating experiments only available at the Sockeye pub, such as a stout infused with espresso beans.
Chef Brad Severeid and his culinary team whip up hearty pub food to complement the ever-changing list of libations. But they aren't above sneaking some beer into their food; for examples, look no further than the bratwursts simmered in pale ale and the boneless wings coated in porter-spiked barbecue sauce.
With six tables and room for up to 115 guests, Shak Billiards' pool hall is an idyllic spot for pool sharks and spectators alike. There's little reason to just watch pool, though, with so many other games to play, from foosball and darts to arcade games and lottery machines. That being said, spectating is pretty tempting in the bar, where three HD flat-screens and one widescreen projector show the night's biggest games.
To nourish fans through wins and losses, cooks season burgers with Cajun spices, smother slow-cooked Hawaiian pork with barbecue sauce, and craft Philly-style cheesesteaks with teriyaki-glazed beef. Bartenders complement each feast with an extensive selection of beer, wine, and blended drinks, including Red Bull sours and sake margaritas.
Stage Coach Theatre has entertained audiences for 29 consecutive seasons, shining a flashlight on the human spirit in a variety of genres, including thrillers, comedies, dramedies, and comedramlers. With the 2010–11 season in full bloom, theatergoers can pick its contemporary stage-fruits and slurp up its performance-juices. Darwin in Malibu, a comedy opening October 15, features a living Charles Darwin, 120 years after he died, engaging in a spirited debate with Thomas Huxley and the Bishop of Oxford about science, God, and lesser-known benefits of flossing. For a holiday family outing, A Christmas Twist (opening November 26) stirs the story of A Christmas Carol with a comedic straw, adding a dash of Oliver Twist and Little Orphan Annie. On April 22, Always…Patsy Cline will begin regaling theater-goers with 27 of her tunes, including memorable songs like "Crazy," "Sweet Dreams," and "That Ain't My Medical Chart, Doctor Franklin."
Though they share both a moniker and a multifarious menu brimming with eclectic American cuisine, Willowcreek's Vista Avenue and Eagle locations each boast their own set of genial qualities. Set dangling tonsils aside and hypnotize taste buds with eats such as the chicken, broccoli, and feta salad ($9.99), or the bestselling Payette club, a chewy ciabatta roll mounded with house-roasted turkey, hickory-smoked ham, and honey-cured bacon ($9.99). Diners in search of plant-happy hunger-busters can nosh on the portobello melt, a 'shroom harvested by a garden gnome co-op and slathered in swiss cheese and rosemary mayo ($9.99). Willowcreek also entices palates with traditional entrees, including the thai chicken pasta tossed in peanut sauce ($13.99) and the cedar-fired salmon ($16.99). Avoid tantrums from attention-seeking esophagi with liquidy love from a signature watermelon-cucumber margarita at the Eagle location's full bar, or a regional wine and northwest microbrew from Vista Avenue's drink selection.
Ever since it premiered on NBC on Christmas Eve 1951, Amahl & the Night Visitors has become one of the most frequently performed holiday operas in the world, far surpassing The Flying Elf Man, Wagner's epic eight-opera cycle chronicling the life of Santa. Boise mezzo-soprano Tiffany Calas stars in the one-act opera, which tells the story of a crippled boy who meets the Magi on their way to visit the birth site of Jesus. Showtimes are at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 5, and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4.