Best Boise Family Friendly Summer Activities

Summer is a great time to get out an enjoy local activities in and around the Treasure Valley and even unplug and get outside. Here are a few fun ideas that cost nothing for you and your family to enjoy. 

Mobile Recreation Vans
These mobile recreation vans help Boise Parks and Rec staff provide free supervised drop-in activities all summer through August 18. Staff coordinates field games, teach art, and serve a healthy snack at local parks and apartment buildings. For more information, call (208) 854-4910 or check out the activity guide for a complete schedule.

Movies Under the Stars
Settlers Park in Meridian and several Boise parks offer free movie nights for families throughout the summer. Check out the list of movies using the links below and save the date.

Settlers Park Family Night Movie: A fun family-friendly free tradition that happens every summer from June to August in Meridian

Movies Under the Stars Boise: Another fun option to watch family-friendly hits in Boise 

 Splash Park Rundown

 Foothills Learning Center Educational Events
The Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center is a place where visitors can explore, learn about, and connect with Boise's diverse natural landscapes. We serve over 10,000 students and community members annually, offering environmental education programs designed to ignite interest in natural resources, science, and Idaho's cultural and ecological heritage.

Hiking, biking and exploring Boise's trails
Ninety unique parks and more than 190 miles of multi-use trails within the Ridge to Rivers system. The Ridge to Rivers Trail System provides a variety of experiences and opportunities. Some trails are steep and require skill or stamina to negotiate, while others are more gradual and suitable for a wide range of skill levels. 

Bike the Greenbelt
Boise Greenbelt: Enjoy a ride on the greenbelt and enjoy a ride along the Boise River. 

Boise Watershed
Take a visit to the Boise Water Renewal Facility, the Boise WaterShed where you’ll be introduced to water protection and conservation through hands-on exhibits. There are some fun activities planned this summer. Check out their event calendar. Free WaterShed Wednesdays, from 10:00a.m. to noon. Activities for all ages, arts and crafts, and scientific demonstrations inside and outside. 

Enjoy Nature
Visit the MK Nature Center to see some beautiful nature, birds, and all the fish! They have a Class in the Creek coming up on Sunday, August 18 where families and kids can learn more about water levels in the Boise River, collect insects and talk about living creatures in the river. Check out their event calendar to learn more.

Edwards Greenhouse 
Every Saturday from 11:00a.m. to 12p.m.  children ages 3 to 12 are invited to experience gardening through stories and hands-on activities through the Edwards Earthworms club. Be sure to check out their website for a list of activities.

Kids Bowl Free Program
Sign up for free bowling with Kids Bowl Free. You’ll have to pay for bowling shoes or pay a small fee to buy a shoe rental pass for the rest of the summer. Kids 15 and under receive two free games of bowling every day until Sunday, September 15th! Family Passes available for purchase, too! Visit to sign up.

Colin Eggleston