Fun Things to Do in the Treasure Valley

July 9, 2013 8 Comments

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.

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
  • Arby’s- Buy a $4 wristband and get free drinks every day.
  • Chick-fil-a:  Every Mon in June 3-5pm – Free milkshakes
  • Best Sno Shacks- TenMile/McMillan, Cherry/Linder, Overland/Cloverdale
  • Best Dinner/Movie Deal - $29.99 for 2 Crepes, 2 drinks, and 2 movie tickets at The Creperie (right by Edwards 21 in Boise)


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)

What other great things do you do with your kids/family in Idaho?

Leave your ideas in the comments and I’ll update the post!

Thanks to my virtual friend Angela (who blogs at The Creative Homemaker) for putting this list together and letting us share it!


  1. 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!

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

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

  5. 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. :(

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