School is almost out, and that means that the dog days of summer are on their way! If you have kids, you might be stressed about what to do to keep them busy, active, and learning all summer long. The Treasure Valley has a TON of awesome camps and programs specifically designed just for that!
The YMCA is dedicated to creating programs and camps that nurture and celebrate the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of all youth. The Y wants kids to have the BEST SUMMER EVER! The great thing about the YMCA is that their locations are convenient no matter where you live in the Valley, with the Downtown Y on State Street and the West Y on Cloverdale and Chinden, both locations are perfectly located to make it easy for parents to drop the kiddos off for days filled with fun! Check out the YMCA Summer Youth Guide on their website for more information about child care, day camps, summer camps at Horsethief Reservoir, youth health & fitness camps, and summer sports leagues!
Make a Splash!
There are tons of options to get wet and wild this summer in Boise! If you’re looking for free water fun, check out the Splash Park at Settlers Park in Meridian by The Village, or head down to Ann Morrison Park to play in the giant fountain! With big enough kids, you can look forward to the Boise River opening up for a fun family friendly float, or head up to Lucky Peak for a quick daytime trip! For just a few dollars, you can play at Eagle Island Park, Ivywild Pool in East Boise, Lakeview Waterpark in Nampa, or make a day of it and go all out at Roaring Springs in Meridian! Each end of town has its own unique aquatic activity! If you’re thinking about moving from one side of the Treasure Valley to another, click here and let us help you decide where in the Valley is going to be the best place for you to call home!
Don’t Stop Learning!
A lot of parents worry that with school being out, kids will lose interest in activities that keep them learning. Luckily, Boise has a lot of opportunities for keeping those little brains active! One of the best resources the Treasure Valley has are the fantastic libraries! Meridian, Boise, Kuna, and Caldwell libraries all offer summer reading programs as well as a bunch of other learning focused activities! And, the Discovery Center of Idaho has some super cool camps, including Spy Camp, Robot Rockstars, Lego Engineering, Chemical Concoctions, an All Girl Coding Camp, and the Wonders of Water & Wildlife!
Entertainment for Everyone
While parents might not get the summer vacation that kids do, there are still many activities that the whole family can enjoy together this summer! Attend a play at Stagecoach Theater, Boise Little Theater, or Starlight Mountain Theater in Garden Valley. Spend the day at Zoo Boise, or an evening at Firebird Raceway. Take in some history at the Warhawk Air Museum, the Basque Museum and Culture Center, or the Old Idaho Penitentiary! No matter where you live in the Valley, there’s entertainment, educational fun, and kid focused activities nearby! And, don’t forget the fantastic Saturday Market in Downtown Boise! Click here to read more about the market, and take the whole family downtown for some delicious treats and local artisan goods!
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