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Things To Do With Kids in Boise

The City of Trees is growing rapidly, likely due to its consistent rankings on top 10 lists. Boise has been placed among the best US downtowns, the best city to raise a family, the healthiest, best place to retire, best place to be a doctor, a good spot for yogis and asthmatics, and much more. It’s clear that there’s many reasons to bring a family to Boise, Idaho, even for just a quick weekend trip. Look below for some kid-approved activities in Boise:

Winter is mild, summers aren’t too hot or humid, and there’s plenty of things to do with kids. Boise knows how to have plenty of fun. For family-friendly things to do, look no further:

  • Learn how the world works at Northwest Science Museum
  • Check out a book from Boise Public Library
  • Swim, fish, hike, and have fun at Lucky Peak
  • Fight off an intergalactic invasion at Grinkers Grand Palace
  • Stop and smell the flowers at Idaho Botanical Garden

Whether it’s restaurants, theatre productions, or even paddle boarding, Boise has plenty of kid-approved activities to keep you busy. Check out the following vacation ideas:

  • See classics recreated at The Historic Egyptian Theatre
  • Visit Boise’s longest-running community theater: Boise Little Theater
  • Catch a flick at Northgate Reel Theatre
  • Taste authentic Boise cuisine at Cucina di Paolo
  • Go on the water with Paddles Up Poke
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What’s a trip to the potato state without a couple key Idaho landmarks to visit? Step back in time and look at some of the most iconic sites in Boise:

  • Explore the rooms and architecture at Idaho State Capitol Building
  • See what makes an engine tick with Yanke Motor Museum
  • Go on a quick jaunt to Eagle Historical Museum
  • Step back in time at History in the Bown House
  • See the iconic Camel's Back Park
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Whether it’s a trip to the zoo, a toy store, or an ice cream shop, there are a few moments that make a trip as memorable for your family as it is for you. Kids and parents alike will both enjoy these Boise activities:

  • See the wildlife at Zoo Boise
  • Order that double scoop at Delsa's Ice Cream Parlour
  • Grab a souvenir from Penny Lane Toys
  • Customize your dessert from Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
  • Enjoy the playplace at Planet Kid Indoor Soft Playground
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Groups of kids are easy to keep entertained if you know where to look. Make a birthday party special with one of the below family-friendly group activities:

  • See the sea creatures at Aquarium of Boise
  • Enjoy the green spaces at Julia Davis Park
  • Ride down the water slide at Roaring Springs
  • See local artists’ work at Freak Alley Gallery
  • See natural flight at World Center for Birds of Prey

The classroom isn’t the only place to learn something new. In Idaho, you’ll get geology museums, cultural centers, and science centers galore. Look below:

  • Learn more about local art at Boise Art Museum
  • See what makes the state unique at Idaho State Museum
  • Learn about the city’s rich miner history at Idaho Museum of Mining & Geology
  • See relics, artifacts, and more from the city’s past at The Basque Museum & Cultural Center
  • Learn about science at Discovery Center of Idaho

Let your family’s artist cultivate their gifts even on a family trip. They’ll be thankful for a music lesson, dance lesson, or other kids classes in Boise. Check these out:

  • Watch your little dancer do their thing at Dance Unlimited Studios
  • Learn how ceramics are made at Ceramica Boise
  • Play an instrument at Boise Rock School
  • Enjoy the kids’ artistry with Art Party Boise
  • Book music lessons with Music Center Studios

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, have fun inside! There are plenty of games and Boise indoor activities made just for kids. Check these out:

  • Play with your family at Wahooz Indoor Adventure Park
  • Grab some ice cream at Ben & Jerry's Downtown Boise Ice Cream Shop
  • Strike down the pins at Emerald Lanes
  • Game with your kids at VR1 Arcade
  • Skate around a rink at Idaho IceWorld