Two of Christian music’s most iconic artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith join forces to spread the good news, leading congregations in melodious worship on their 2 Friends Tour. Since 1982, this dynamic duo has engaged millions to flock to their catchy, ecclesiastical pop music, sharing a musical camaraderie as impenetrable as a fortress with abandonment issues. Amy Grant, author of No. 1 hits such as “El Shaddai” and “Baby Baby,” has shared her gift of song for more than 30 years, selling more than 30 million albums, garnering six Grammys, and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Michael W. Smith has earned countless accolades with his tremendous songbook of head-bobbing hymns and choir-rousing hits. Sharing the stage for the first time in two decades, Amy and Michael thrill fans with new psalms and favorites from their sonic scroll, merging their sets with joyful duets and chemistry that crackles like Abbott and Costello after getting struck by lightning.
Muse Bistro and Wine Bar dazzles diners and sates stomachs with a rotating menu of artfully designed and presented entrees built from seasonal ingredients and market-fresh fish. Lasso stampeding appetites with starters such as calamari fritti dredged in crispy panko crumbs and sidled up next to a lemon-basil aioli. Though entrees change weekly, like a fickle gorilla's opinions on foreign affairs, offerings include dishes such as top sirloin garbed in a sherried mushroom ragout and joined by a sidecar of vegetables and whipped potatoes. Gastronomic gurus tickle market-fresh fish en papillote with basting brushes coated in sun-dried-tomato-basil butter before nestling the piscatorial provender atop a bed of flavor-enhancing aromatics.
Planet Kid is Boise’s bounce-friendly headquarters for kids’ recreation and fitness, and is home to one of the largest soft indoor playgrounds in Idaho. Offering healthy recreational alternatives to the basketball-shaped video game consoles and vegetable-shaped junk food so heavily marketed to children, Planet Kid provides excitable tykes and active 12-and-unders with several blood-pumping playable obstacles. Gaze upwards at the towering climbing tube known as the astral ascent, or crane your neck further for a glimpse of moon mountain, a giant wadeable ball pit. A collection of space-themed slides like the comet, the Milky Way, and the star shoot test fundamental laws of gravity without resorting to pelting famous physicists in the face with apples. Finally, kids looking to conquer their fear of heights before moving onto their fear of inherently evil clowns will enjoy the ‘reach the peak’ two-sided mountain rope climb.
Nestled alongside the banks of the Boise River, Warm Springs Golf Course spans 6,719 yards of lush, tree-lined terrain. A championship-style, par 72 course, Warm Springs beckons to inaccurate novices and driver devotees alike with its circuit of open, generous fairways, though a network of mature trees ominously awaits to snatch the life forces from particularly ill-struck orbs. Formidable golfers will need full control off the tee to bisect the fairway as it doglegs around an encroaching pond on the par 4 seventh hole, while sound approaches, confident putts, and dream catchers crafted out of broken tees will be necessary to navigate the course's consistently bunkered, well-maintained bent-grass greens.
For 12 years, Prairie Dog Productions has tickled funny bones both young and old with original scripts that parody pop culture and classical stories. Just in time for Halloween, season opener Vampire vs. Wolfman skewers the vampire mania that’s reared its fanged head over the past few years. Local talent instills the yuletide values of generosity and humane reindeer ownership in Scooge…Older, but Miser! before jabbing superhero stories in the vividly costumed Gnat Man!. With casual cabaret seating, families can snag seats together to enjoy the ageless appeal and peroxide-squirting pistol of international super spy James Blonde.
The Big Three unites three bars under its umbrella, but that’s about the only thing the venues have in common. Each offers a completely different nightlife atmosphere, ranging from a rustic honky-tonk bar to a swanky lounge.
The dance floor throbs to the DJ’s pulsing beats under a pattern of colorful lights. Professional dancers gyrate on elevated platforms over the dance floor, and three different lounges provide a more laid-back atmosphere with elements such as exposed brick walls, leather sofas, and luminous aquariums behind the bars.
Main Street Bistro
Red billiards tables and neon beer logos fill one room of the tavern-style bar, but Main Street Bistro erupts with competition on Monday and Tuesday nights. Beer-pong tournaments pack teams into the bar, and the sound of cheers temporarily drowns out the commentary on the sports games playing on the wall-mounted TVs.
Dirty Little Roddy's
With its wooden plank walls and tabletops supported by sawhorses, Dirty Little Roddy's evokes a back-roads bar in all ways but one: the bar hosts bikini and boxer bull riding for cash prizes. The event provides risqué entertainment without asking firefighters to approximate a pole dance.