Here are some fun things you can do with your family in the Boise, Idaho area for the month of April 2011. If you know of another fun family-themed event please share!
Free Events in April
2 – Scout Day. Take a hike, make a nature craft, earn a badge! Meet other Girl Scouts or Cub Scouts. 1–3pm, Visitor Center at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, www.fws.gov/deerflat, 467-9278. Registration required.
2 – Star Wars Program. Resist the power of the Dark Side and join an exciting all ages program celebrating everything Star Wars, costumes are welcome. 1–3pm, Library! at Hillcrest,www.boisepubliclibrary.org, 562-4996
6 – Kids Experience. Cool art and science projects for ages 6–10. 4pm, Garden City Library,www.notaquietlibrary.org, 472-2944.
6 – Rhythms In Motion. A free 30-minute movement-based class for toddlers. For details contact Bodies In Motion, www.bodiesinmotionidaho.com, 381-0587.
6- Mr. Patrick’s Workshop. All ages are invited to build, share and create with Legos. Bring your own Legos if you have them, or share with the Library. 6:30pm, Ada Community Library,www.adalib.org, 362-0181.
8- Family Game Night. Everyone is welcome to watch a feature film, eat snacks, and play video games. 6:30pm, at the new Lake Hazel Branch of the Ada Community Library,www.adalib.org.
8- Puppet Show. Rain, Rain. Fun for all ages. 10:30am, Boise Public Library,www.boisepubliclibrary.org, 384-4200
9 – Fire Station Military Family Tours. Multiple Boise fire stations will offer free tours of their facilities and refreshments to military families. Get a special behind-the-scenes look! For details visit www.cityofboise.org and click on Our Troops, Our Families
9 – Treasure Valley Flea Market. 9am–6pm, Expo Idaho, www.treasurevalleyfleamarket.com
13- Get Loud at the Library. Help celebrate National Library week, April 10–16, at this popular festivity for all ages. Music, snacks, and lots of fun with science and technology. Each Boise Public Library location will have programs and activities, check the website for details,www.boisepubliclibrary.org.
13- Mr. Patrick’s Workshop. All ages are invited to build, share and create with Legos. Bring your own Legos if you have them, or share with the Library. 6:30pm, Ada Community Library, 362-0181, www.adalib.org.
18 – Easter Egg Scramble. Thousands of eggs will be filled with candy and other surprises. Kids ages 3–12 can participate in the scramble, while those 2 and under can visit the Easter Bunny and receive special treats. Begins at 10am, Fenrich Ballfield in Memorial Park, Caldwell,www.cityofcaldwell.com.
18- Learn How to Drum – International Style. John Hammond, returned Peace Corp volunteer, and the Failla drumming group will teach you some basic drumming techniques and encourage you to join in drumming sets with them. 11am–2pm, Idaho Historical Museum,history.idaho.gov, 334-2120.
27 – Family Streamside Tour. In support of Be Outside Idaho Unplugged Week, enjoy an evening at the MK Nature Center. Families can join in a tour, have a face-to-fish encounter, learn new facts about habitat, and more. 5–8pm, MK Nature Center,fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/education/mknc.
30- Camp & Education Fair. A Treasure Valley Family Magazine event! Discover fun and enriching programs for kids, sign-up for summer programs and camps, visit exhibitors. Also including offerings and choices in education and academics. 11am–5pm, Expo Idaho (North Building),www.treasurevalleyfamily.com, 938-2119. For details see page 32.
Other Fun Events
1 – Annual Spring Book Sale. Presented by Friends of Boise Public Library, paperback and hard bound books, special priced books and sets, records, CD’s, video and audiotapes, and software. 9am–7pm, Behind Boise Public Library in the warehouse between 8th & 9th streets,www.boisepubliclibrary.org, 384-4076.
5- Homeschool Day. Discovery Center of Idaho, www.scidaho.org, 343-9895.
Mommy and Me Classes. Adult/child classes for children ages 6 months–5 years. For class descriptions, schedule, and registration contact Sheri Doyle,www.meridianmommyandme.com, 602-4198.
7- Preschool Zoo. For ages 3–5 with an adult. Includes zoo tours, movement activities, story, craft, and touching live animals. 9:30–10:30am & 11am–noon, Zoo Boise, www.zooboise.org, 608-7680. Registration required
7 – Nutrition and Your Child. Registered dietician Jennifer Taylor will be presenting on creating craveable kid-friendly meals, food ideas for elimination (avoiding constipation), teaching kids to love to eat, and the importance of eating together. 7-8:30pm, St. Luke’s Meridian, St. Luke’s Elks Children’s Rehab, call to register, 706-5549.
7 – The Diary of Anne Frank. Presented by Cole Valley Christian Schools Secondary Campus. Enjoy this passionate rendition with stunning set design and collaborative venue which includes visual arts, choir, and music ensemble. 7pm, Cole Valley Christian School, colevalleychristian.org, 898-9003.
8 – Kids Night Out. Ages 5–12 can spend the night or just enjoy the evening. Swimming, gym games, pizza, and movies. 7–11pm or 7pm–8am on Saturday, Downtown YMCA,www.ymcatvidaho.org, 344-5501.
8- The Diary of Anne Frank. Presented by Cole Valley Christian Schools Secondary Campus. Enjoy this passionate rendition with stunning set design and collaborative venue which includes visual arts, choir, and music ensemble. 7pm, Cole Valley Christian School, colevalleychristian.org, 898-9003
16 – Easter “Egg”stravaganza. A fun-filled day for the whole family with games, face painting, food, Easter Bunny photo-op, and Easter egg scrambles for all age groups. Plus, the animals will be receiving special Easter treats. 10am–5pm, Zoo Boise, www.zooboise.org, 384-4125.
29- Sleeping with the Lions – Family Snooze at the Zoo. Enjoy zoo tours, games, art projects, up-close animal encounters, and sleep next to the lion exhibit to hear them roar all night. For ages 6 and older with an adult. 6pm–9am on April 30, Zoo Boise, www.zooboise.org, 608-7680. Registration and fee required.
Family Movie Day. $1 movies. Overland Park Cinema, www.opcmovies.com, 377-3072.
Preschool Time at Ceramica. Preschoolers paint for free. 11am–3pm, Ceramica,www.ceramicaboise.com, 342-3822.
Storytime Adventures. Fun for all children, complete with a snack. 12:30pm, Barnes & Noble, 375-4454
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.