Boise, ID: Free & Frugal Family Events Summer 2011

Here are some fun things you can do with your family in the Boise, Idaho area fthis summer. If you know of another fun family-themed event please share!

Fun Summer Things to do in the Treasure Valley


Celebration of Flight Air Show- June 25, 9am-4pm  Caldwell Industrial Airport

Highlighting all the living color and breathtaking excitement of multi-dimensional high energy aerobatics. The Air show is all about bringing the members of the Treasure Valley out to the Caldwell airport on a summer day to see and share in the splendor, heritage and adventure of flight!


Boise Rec Fest- June 25, 10am-8pm and June 26, 10am-5pm

Enjoy this FREE 2 day event, offering free lessons for kids and adults, exhibits, workshops, demos, youth activities, giveaways, and live entertainment. Food and drink available for purchase., Ann Morrison Park,


Kuna Business Buzz About- June 4, 10am-3pm

Enjoy games, food, entertainment for the kids, and win fabulous prizes including an X-Box 360 Kinect Bundle, a $300 gift card to Roaring Springs, 2 day passes to Roaring Springs, as well as dozens of other prizes donated by Kuna Businesses. Pick up your “passport” at one of the Kuna Chamber of Commerce Information tables located at: Paul’s Market, Deer Flat Crossing (Deer Flat & Linder), & Marketplace Center (corner of Main St. & Ave. C).


Independence Day in Meridian- 1pm-11:30pm 


Twilight Criterium- July 16, 2-10pm 

Inaugurated in 1987 the Downtown Boise Boise Twilight Criterium is a fast-paced, high stakes cycling race in the heart of downtown Boise. The electric atmosphere of the event attracts over 20,000 spectators to downtown streets to see cyclists from around the world compete for cash, naming rights and ego! This is one of Boise’s favorite summer attractions and one of the best criteriums on the USA Cycling racing calendar..


Snake River Stampede- July 19-23


Canyon County Fair & Festival– July 28th – 31st.


Zoofari- June 2, July 7, Aug 4, 5:30-8:30pm


4th Annual Pooch Party- August 27, Lakeview Park in Nampa (near the pool)

            -dog swim, pet-friendly vendors, raffle, 1 mile walk, entertainment, contests and more

            $25 includes t-shirt, doggie gift and admission for one dog into the walk, and swim

            $10 each additional dog (all proceeds go to support the Nampa Dog Park)


Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic- Aug 31-Sept. 4 at Ann Morrison Park

Five fantastic mornings of ballooning as hot air balloons color the sky of our beloved Boise, Idaho.


Places to go…

Settler’s Park– Meridian and Ustick Rds.

            -Water Park open daily

            -Snack Shack

            -Friday Night Family Movies for schedule


Traveling Playground-June 14-July 28 ( or 468-5858)

            -Mondays-Lions Park  10:30am

            -Tuesdays-Liberty Park  11:45am

            -Wednesdays-Lakeview Park  11:00am

            -Thursdays-Indian Creek  12:00pm


Outdoor Pools in Nampa

            -Lakeview Water Park 465-2219

            -Lincoln Pool 465-2218

June 19th-Parents’ Day- Parents get in free with a paying child (Both Pools)

July 16th-Lincoln Olympics- Lincoln Pool-division offered for all ages and medals awarded

July 16th-Noodle Mania- Lakeview Water Park

August 6th-Hawaiian Beach Party- free Otter Pops with paid admission (both pools)


            Hours of Operation

Monday-Sunday 1-4:45pm and 6-8:45pm

            Pool Fees

5yrs and under                        $1

6-17yrs.                       $2

18yrs. and older          $3

(punch passes are available)



Junior Golf Clinics

            Ridgecrest Golf Club (468-5888)

            Centennial Golf Course (468-5889)

            Monday-Thursday  $35

            (call for session dates and ages)


Family Fun Golf Nights

            Ridgecrest Golf Club (468-5888)

            -Sat. and Sun. on the Wee-9, $5 after 5pm

            Centennial Golf Course (468-5889)

            Sat. and Sun., $10 after 5pm







Nampa Rec Center- Kids In Action Summer Day Camp

Mon-Fri           6:30am-6:30pm           $17/day for members or $19/day for non-members

            Field Trips Scheduled

            June 7- Discovery Center (k-2nd)

            June 8- Discovery Center (3rd-5th)

            June 22- Outdoor Pools (all ages)

            July 12- Zoo Boise (k-2nd)

            July 13- Zoo Boise (3rd-5th)

            July 27- Outdoor Pools (all ages)

            Aug 3- Outdoor Pools (all ages)

            Aug 9- Wahooz (k-2nd)

            Aug 10- Wahooz (3rd-5th)


Treasure Valley Family YMCA-

          Downtown Boise Location (344-5501)

                        -Fabric Art

                        -Exploring Science

                        -Jedi Training Day Camp

                        -Guitar Lessons

                        -Jewelry Day Camp

                        -Babysitting Training Course

                        -Hula Hooping


                        -Music Theater

                        -Improv Comedy Camp

                        -Video Production

                        -Masters of Illusion Camp

                        -Decadent Desserts Camp

                        -Engineering and Robotics

                        -Little Engineers

                        -Rock Climbing

-Basketball, Volleyball, T-Ball, Tennis, Track & Field, Football, Soccer, Lacrosse,     Mountain Biking, Skateboarding Camps

                        -Swimming Lessons

            West Boise Location (377-9622)

                        -Tumble Bugs

                        -Little Monkey’s Climbing Class

                        -Adventures at the Y

                        -International Camp

                        -Craft Summer Camp

                        -Hula Hooping



                        -Sports Camps

                        -Track & Field

                        -Swimming Lessons

            Meridian/Eagle Location (855-5711)

                        -Cheer Camp

                        -Jumprope Camp

                        -Music Theater

                        -Engineering and Robotics

-Basketball, Volleyball, Pee Wee Sports, T-Ball, Tennis, Track, Soccer, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking and Skateboarding Camps

                        -Swimming Lessons

            Caldwell Location


Roaring Springs Water Park- or 884-8842



Shakespeare Summer Camps- or 429-9908

          June and July Camp Shakespeare

            August 1-5 Camp Improv!

            August 8-12 Camp Musical


Ballet Idaho- or 343-0556

          July 11-15, Ages 3-6 Angelina Ballerina

            July 18-22, Ages 3-6 Fancy Feet

            July 25-29, Ages 5-8 Prima Ballerina

            August 1-5, Ages 5-8 Dance with Character



Roaring Springs Water Park- or 884-8842


Ceramica- or 342-3822


Bodies In Motion- or 381-0587


Tennis 101- or 322-5150


Camp Laff-A-Lotta- or 336-7383


Summer Performance Camps- or 426-1034


Young At Art- [email protected] or 345-7207

Gem State Gymnastics- 853-3220


Zoo Boise-


Danik Gymnastics- or 939-2290 (eagle) or 846-8311 (meridian)


Little Feet Taekwondo- or 939-7593


Idaho Writing Camp- or 331-8000


Day Trips



            -Thunder Mtn. Days , July 2-4  (parade on July 2, 11am)

            -“The Best Show in Idaho” Fireworks Display, July 3, 10:30pm

            -Summer Music Festival at Roseberry, July 14-16,

            -Valley County Fair and Rodeo, Aug. 3-6

            -Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival, Aug. 5-7,

            -hiking trails-



            -Fourth of July Celebration, July 2-4, 10am-9pm

(except on the 4th-will do fireworks at 10pm)

            -Centennial Celebration!, July 19, 4:30-10pm

            -Kelly’s Whitewater Park opens June 18th,


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Update Here are more Fun things to do in the Treasure Valley with thanks to


REI Family Adventure Program– The Family Adventure Program involves a wide range of activities, information, and how-tos.  Learn more about where to go and how to get outside this summer.  Stop by REI Customer Service to pick up a Family Adventure Journal.  The Journal is filled with fun activities and tips for getting outside.  or call 322-1141

Meridian Dairy Days– June 16-18  -Events include a Dairy Princess contest, Pancake Feed, Meridian Symphony Orchestra free concert, Dairy Days Marketplace & Festival, Fun Run, Idaho Dairy Dash Kids Bicycle Race, Cow Wow Art, Hatter Tea Party, Old McDonald’s Farm Animal Education and much more.  Visit the Meridian Chamber of Commerce website at for a complete schedule and locations of events, or call 888-2817.

Boise City Outdoor Pools Open. For hours and locations contact the individual pools. Borah Pool, Fairmont Pool, Lowell Pool, South Pool, Natatorium & Hydrotube, Ivywild Pool,, 608-7675 or 608-7680.

Family Hands on History. Get some ink on your hands and join the fun of hands-on printmaking. Noon–3pm, Idaho State Historical Museum,, 334-2120.

Picnic in the Park– Boise times and locations  (free healthy lunch for ages 1-18, Mon-Fri., June 6-Aug 17) The Nampa lunches (Boys and Girls Club, 316 Stampede) will start June 9 and 10. Hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 for enrichment activities, Monday through Friday.
This year’s Boise sites are Ann Morrison, Cassia, Elm Grove, Fairmont, Ivywild, Manitou, Owyhee, Veterans Memorial and Winstead parks, plus the Boise Family YMCA (1050 W. State St.), Davis Apartments (970 N. 29th St.) and Northwest Pointe Apartments (3475 N. Five Mile Rd.). The lunches at the apartment complexes are open to all. 
In Meridian, Picnic in the Park lunches will be served at Storey Park, also June 6 – August 22. In Nampa, lunch will be at the Boys and Girls Club (316 Stampede Dr.) starting June 9 and the Salvation Army (403 12th Ave. S.) starting June 10. 

Other Summer Foods Programs

Eagle Fun Days- June 10-11. A great family festival to kick-off the summer! Family bike night, street dance, fun run, carnival, pancake breakfast, parade, rodeo, old glory show & shine, golf tournament, Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed, and much more. For a complete schedule visit, or call 939-4222.

Kids Fishing Day- June 11. Kids can learn about fish biology, fishing ethics, water safety, and casting and rigging, and then test their new skills fishing in Lake Lowell. Fishing poles will be available to borrow. 10am–3pm, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge,, 467-9278.

Free Fishing Day-June 11. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game invites veteran and novice anglers of all ages to celebrate the day by fishing anywhere in Idaho without a license. All other rules, such as limits or tackle restrictions, remain in effect. For more information about events and special opportunities visit

Emmett Cherry Festival- June 17. Lots of family fun; carnival, concerts, quilt show, parade, art show, kids zone, fun run, pancake breakfast, cherry pit spitting and much more. Continues through June 18 in Emmett, for a complete schedule visit

Idaho Youth Games-June 17. Fun competition and learning for all youth in a wide variety of sports and activities – basketball, bowling, dance, golf, running, volleyball, tennis, theatre, and many more. For complete details and an application to participate (due June 10), Events continue in Caldwell through June 19, 322-5172

Movies Under the Stars- June 18. An evening of fun for the whole family beginning at 7pm. Boise Parks and Recreation will have their Mobile Recreation Unit on hand to provide free games and activities for kids. The Boise Public Schools Education Foundation will present the movie Megamind on a huge inflatable screen, beginning at dusk. Bring a blanket and a picnic to this free event, Julia Davis Park, Gene Harris band shell,

Boise Robotics Group (BoRG)-June 18. Open to the public, get more information a 10am–noon, DCI,, 343-9895.

Father’s Day Ice Cream Sampler-June 18. Cloverleaf Dairy will be sampling some of their delicious ice cream, so stop by and treat Dad. Brown Box Organics, 36th & Hill Road in Boise,

Ye Olde Renaissance Faire- June 18-19. More than 100 entertainers, artisans and vendors along with classes, activities, fashion show, children’s games, and more. 10am–7pm, Eagle Island State Park. 7pm showing of Taming of the Shrew. yeolderenaissance

Boise Hawks Baseball-June 22. Family fun, 7:15pm, Hawks Stadium., 322-5000. Home games continue through June 27.

Great Backyard Campout-June 25. National Wildlife Federation’s event encourages parents and kids alike to trade screen time for green time by spending a night under the stars. For great ideas and to register for the event visit

These deals were compiled by specialist Kelly Wolsten, who is a SAHM of three beautiful and energetic boys. She, and her husband of nine years, have lived in the Treasure Valley for 6.5 years. She loves couponing, crafting, and spending time with friends, but most of all she loves finding things that her family can do together to make memories.


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  1. Ashleigh says:

    Love it!! Thanks for all the hard work Kelly. I’m so excited for this summer and all the fun things Boise has to offer. Thanks again!

  2. Annie Murphy says:

    Hi Karrie,

    I am the Public Art Assistant for the City of Boise and I wanted to let you know that our Department offers free walking art tours downtown. Anyone can schedule a free group tour, all they have to do is e-mail me and I’ll set it up.

    Thank you,
    Annie Murphy
    City of Boise Department of Arts and History
    Public Art Assistant

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