Fun and FREE Things to Do in the Treasure Valley

May 22, 2014 14 Comments | Disclosure

Here is a big list of FREE, INEXPENSIVE, and fun summer ideas to keep moms and kids in the Treasure Valley (Boise, Meridian and surrounding Idaho cities) busy and happy.

Fun and Free things to do in Idaho

Find  great things to do with your family in Idaho…


Idaho Travel Guide

Order this FREE Travel guide and discover all sorts of fun things to do and places to see in Idaho!  Your Idaho adventure starts now by ordering the 2014 Travel Guide. The Gem State offers whitewater rafting, guided outdoor adventures, majestic golf, and is the gateway to scenic Yellowstone.

Free, Cheap, and Fun Activities for Kids and Families

Free Outdoor Movies:cable one movie night

Free Summer Lunch Programs:

Public Pools and Splash Parks:boise centre on the grove

Water fun in Boise, Meridian, and Nampa:  boise river float

Entertainment in the Treasure Valley:


Sports and Outdoors

Other Outdoor Ideas: settlers park

Cheap Movies:

Refreshment Deals:crepes

  • Sonic- Happy Hour 2-4pm daily (1/2 price drinks) and 1/2 priced milkshakes after 8pm all summer long
  • Best Sno Shacks- TenMile/McMillan, Cherry/Linder, Overland/Cloverdale


Other Resources

Visit IDAHO:  Great place to find info on everything in Idaho
Treasure Valley Family Magazine:  (Great tips & info on community events, etc)

Parks & Rec:

  • (Meridian)
  • (Nampa)
  • (Eagle)
  • (Boise)
  • (Idaho)

Leave your ideas for fun things to do in the comments and I’ll update the post!


  1. What is Ice Blocking? I’ve never heard of that! Sadly, Treasure Valley Family Magazine no longer publishes new issues or keeps their event calendar going. Their last issue was June. :(

    • Ice Blocking… you buy a big block of ice, sit on it and slide down the hill. :) You’ll want to fold up a towel to sit on so your behind doesn’t get wet/cold!

    • Beware of Ice Blocking. We know people who’s teen daughter was killed on Simplot Hill while ice blocking with her Youth Group. This is not a safe activity.

  2. What a terrific resource. Great post Cathy! Thanks…

  3. Hey folks this is just a side note. Right now in Boise, if you eat at the QDoba Mexican Grill on Broadway(by Myrtle), you will find a coupon on the bottom of your receipt that gives you a buy one get one Half Off entree after 5pm. Can you say date night?!!!! The food is excellent!! They even have veggie alternatives.

  4. Thanks so much for this list! Just moved to Boise last month. This is a great resource of activities in our new home.

  5. Hello!

    We have a small, family operated business in Eagle I wanted to share with your readers. My Masterpiece Parties offers painting classes in an entertaining environment.

    Our painting classes are fun art, not fine art! Even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before, we’ll walk you step-by-step to make your own painting that’s ready for to take home after class. Whether it’s a date night, girls night, birthday or anniversary celebration- come eat, drink and be creative at the Treasure Valley’s only BYO paint & party place!

    Just check our online calendar for our schedule.

    Thanks, Fabs!

  6. Laura Pedersen says:

    I am having trouble finding the schedule for free lunch in the Nampa area for summer 2014. Anyone know of a link?

  7. Thank You so much for taking the time to put this list together!! My family and I just transferred into the Boise area this past weekend. What a jewel this list is for my son and I to ‘play through’ while Daddy begins work in this beautiful city!
    Thank you!

  8. Depressing! The pin for this should say things to do in west idaho! I’m in rexburg :( I can’t travel hours for this stuff lol

  9. Children’s Garden Club of Edwards Greenhouse and The Florist at Edwards is provides children between the ages of 3 & 12 the opportunity to experience gardening through stories, print material and hands-on activities.

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