Things To Do in Boise, Idaho With Kids

by Molly Horan
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Boise, Idaho, is a capital city with a ton of excitement and opportunities for family fun. There are multiple museums with a family focus to check out or you and your kids could explore one of the many parks. Here are our favorite things to do in Boise with kids.

Kids Attractions in Boise, Idaho

Children’s Museum of Idaho lets kids explore through play with areas dedicated to farming, building, and art. The museum primarily serves kids between two and eight years old.

Discovery Center of Idaho features hands-on exhibits that let kids truly engage with science. Open seven days a week, kids 17 and under get in for $10.

Aquarium of Boise features sharks, stingrays, and a collection of intriguing fish. And if you want to see a real-life baby shark, you can check out their shark nursery.

Boise Art Museum features striking exhibits like Jae Yong Kim’s “Donut Ever Forget Me” and Margaret Jacobs’ “Steel Medicine.” Periodic family art days invite kids and their families to create their own art at the museum.

Altitude Trampoline Park offers plenty of exciting twists on their collection of trampolines. Climb up a skatepark-style ramp, hit the sensors on the reaction wall, or crash into a stunt pad.

Best Restaurants in Boise, Idaho for Kids

Fork’s kids menu has traditional and healthy options, from cheeseburgers to fresh fruits and veggies plates. All kids meals come with a drink and ice cream for dessert.

Waffle Me Up is known for its unique spins on their signature homemade waffles. Try them with Nutella, bacon, and whipped cream.

Wild Root Cafe and Market is a restaurant focused on healthy options run by married couple Michael and Anne-Marie Trebbi. Their kid-friendly menu options include grilled PB&J and their granola bowl.

Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro has been serving breakfast for 20 years. Create your own breakfast by mixing and matching their a la carte options.

The STIL makes homemade ice cream and ice cream sandwiches. Try their ice cream flights to sample four flavors at once.

Boise Pie Co. has a wide selection of homemade pies. If you’re looking for something savory they also carry Sheppard’s pie and soup.

Best Hotels in Boise, Idaho for Kids

Residence Inn Boise Downtown/University is a pet-friendly hotel that offers guests free breakfast. They also have an outdoor pool and whirlpool.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Boise stocks high chairs, cribs, and playpens guests can borrow. They also feature a pool and a pool table.

Modern Hotel is vintage inspired with plenty of amenities. Guests enjoy free breakfast and can borrow one of the hotel’s bikes.

Outdoor Activities in Boise, Idaho for Kids

Wahooz Family Fun Zone features a waterpark, bowling alley, and bumper car zone. You can get a kid’s day pass for under $40.

Idaho Botanical Garden is a massive collection of beautiful wildlife—it takes over an hour to talk through the whole garden. It also acts as the perfect picnic spot.

Zoo Boise boasts an impressive menagerie that includes giraffes, tigers, and red pandas. They also host overnights at the zoo for young animal lovers.

Parks in Boise, Idaho for Kids

Camel’s Back Park features a playground, tennis court, and volleyball court. They also feature a picnic area for when you need to take a break.

Ann Morrison Park is dog-friendly and has multiple unique sporting opportunities, including a horseshoe area and cricket field. It’s also a prime spot for birding.

Julia Davis Park boasts a beautiful rose garden for visitors to admire. They also offer fishing, bocce, and a playground.

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