BOISE - Money is tight for many families, and it's not always easy to find affordable things to keep your kids busy. KTVB's Maggie O'Mara has some great ideas for you as we ramp up for summer. As part of Free Family Fun Week on Today's Morning News, Maggie will be featuring seven activities in five cities. Friday's featured city is Boise!

Mobile Recreation Vans

These mobile recreation vans help Boise Parks and Rec staff provide free supervised drop-in activities all summer, June 5 to August 18. Staff coordinate 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.

Fort Boise Teen Center

Teens ages 12 - 17 can hang out in the 1,500 square foot teen activity center in Fort Boise Community Center Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. from June 2 through August 18 for free. The teen center offers a pool table, table tennis, air hockey, foosball, gaming consoles etc. for teens to use. There’s also a computer lab. More details here.

Ice Skating

This summer, Idaho Ice World will host several “Learn to Skate for Free” and “Try Hockey for Free” clinics open to boys and girls ages four and up. Adults are also welcome! These events will be a great chance for beginners to try skating or hockey for the first time. Come cool off at Idaho Ice World when the weather heats up this summer! Registration and rental skates are free. Space is limited, so sign up today!


  • Saturday, June 18 from noon to 12:30 p.m. – Activity number 461203-01
  • Saturday, August 27 from noon to 12:30 p.m. – Activity number 461203-02


  • Saturday, June 18 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Activity number 460008-01
  • Saturday, August 27 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Activity number 460008-02

Movies Under the Stars

Families will enjoy a fun-filled evening of kids’ activities and great films on seven evenings for the “Movies Under the Stars ” in Boise. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with games. At dusk, family-friendly movies are shown on a huge 30’ inflatable movie screen.

Movies and locations include:

  • June 17: Sing - Julia Davis Park, 700 S Capitol Blvd.
  • June 24: The Secret Life of Pets - Bowden Park, 3230 W Edson St.
  • July 15: Moana - Julia Davis Park, 700 S Capitol Blvd.
  • July 22: Pete's Dragon - Sunset Park, 2625 N 32nd St.
  • August 5: Finding Dory - Ivywild Park, 416 W Ivywild St.
  • August 12: LEGO Batman - Fort Boise Park, 155 E Garrison Rd.
  • August 19: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Julia Davis Park, 700 S Capitol Blvd.
  • August 26: BFG - Molenaar Park, 2815 S Maple Grove Rd.

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 abilities.

Borah and Comba splash pads

Cool off this summer at a splash pad! Boise Parks and Recreation staff plan to open the Borah Splash Pad this Memorial Day Weekend. Comba will open later in the summer. Both are free. More information on Boise pools.

Check out Boise Parks and Rec Activity Guide for more summer activities. Boise has a scholarship program for all activities and camps for adults and kids. The form is easy to fill out!