Four Ways for Families to Beat Boredom

This month, schedule some family time and create lasting memories. We recommend a variety of activities for you to experience with your loved ones. Some are old, some are new, some are close to home, some require a bit of travel, but whether you have a whole day to spend or only an hour, we hope you get the chance to slow down and have a bit of fun this summer — and don’t forget to take a few photos!

Alive After Five Summer Concert Series

For 32 years, Alive After Five has been celebrating live music in the heart of downtown Boise. The Downtown Boise Association produces Alive After Five as a way to build both community and local business. Its goal is to make all Idahoans proud of the heart of their capital city, to bring the community together with great music and to keep the downtown business district thriving. 

In 2017, between 3,500 and 5,000 people attended Alive After Five each week. Many came early or stayed late, enjoyed the new fountain, went shopping, and got a great meal or cool drink at a favorite downtown hot spot. The event featured 27 artists, both local and nationally touring, and tips from beverages contributed $18,269 to three local charities who provided volunteers for the event.

Check it out this summer from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 29. 

850 W. Front St., Boise, Idaho, DowntownBoise.org

Zip Idaho

Zip Idaho is a unique eco-adventure that combines tree-based, canopy tour-style zip lines with lines up to 2,000 feet. Conveniently located just 30 minutes north of Boise onStateo state Highway 55, the complete tour takes about three hours including shuttle time and has a wide variety of lines.

Reservations are available online or by phone. The cost is $90, or $85 per person with a group discount of four or more people. There are no age restrictions, but you must weigh between 75 and 250 pounds to participate. 

This is truly a world-class zip line tour that is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime for you and your friends and family.

101 Locust St., Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, 208.793.2947, ZipIdaho.com

The STIL

The STIL, an acronym for The Sweetest Things In Life, opened its doors in July 2017. With a focus on creative, unique flavors of ice cream made on-site, The STIL has become a popular ice cream destination in a short time. Located in downtown Boise’s BoDo region, The STIL offers dairy-free and vegan ice creams along with custom-crafted dairy choices and a line of booze-infused treats for adults.

The STIL sets itself apart by making its own ice cream in-house, with rotating flavors that are created using fresh, local ingredients. With no artificial flavors or colors, The STIL crafts creamy, rich, flavorful treats that customers can enjoy alongside local and regional beer, wine and cider options. The STIL is also known for its ice cream pairings with beer and wine, ice cream cookie sandwiches, and craft soda, beer or wine floats. 

786 W. Broad St., Boise, Idaho, 208.953.7007, ILoveTheSTIL.com

Sandy Point

Part of Lucky Peak State Park and located at the base of the dam, Sandy Point is a day-use park and a great place to take the family for swimming and a picnic. Only 10 minutes from Boise, this park is popular for its sandy beach and clear, cool water. Family-friendly amenities include restroom facilities, group shelter, grills, picnic tables, outdoor showers and a changing area. In addition to swimming and playing in the sand, there are two volleyball courts and a pavilion for group gatherings. 

The entrance fee is $5 per car, or you can purchase the Idaho State Parks Passport for $10. This annual sticker allows unlimited day-use access to all Idaho State Parks and can be purchased at any Department of Motor Vehicles office. For more information, visit ParksAndRecreation.Idaho.gov.

74 Arrowrock Road, Boise, Idaho, 208.334.2432, ParksAndRecreation.Idaho.gov