Summer Treasure: BW's annual guide to all things summer 

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Summer for the kids

Movies in the park



Gather the kids for a free family friendly outdoor movie on the third Saturday of the month June to August in Julia Davis Park or every Friday night through the summer in Settlers Park in Meridian.

Swim at the Natatorium Pool and Hydrotube

One of Boise's oldest public pools has generations of fans.

Ride the slides at Roaring Springs Waterpark

Let the kids fling themselves down massive waterslides while you try to avoid a sunburn.

Play mini golf at Wahooz Family Fun Zone

One of the two outdoor courses ends with a giant flame-throwing tiki head. If that's not your thing, there are go-carts, laser tag and bumper boats, too.

Hit the skatepark

Eagle Skatepark, Eagle

Fort Boise Skatepark, Boise

Gem Island Skatepark, Emmett

Kuna Skatepark, Kuna

McMillan Skatepark, West Boise

Pipe Dreams Skatepark, Caldwell

Rhoades Skatepark, Downtown Boise

Stampede Skatepark, Nampa

Tully Skatepark, Meridian

The perfect place when childhood involves a set of wheels, a giant concrete bowl and a really good helmet.

Ride the rides at the Western Idaho Fair

Spinning around until you think you're going to throw up is a rite of passage.

Visit the Discovery Center of Idaho

Hands-on science exhibits are education in disguise. The famous Bodies exhibit will fill the museum starting in September.

Ride the paddleboats in Julia Davis Park

See if you can paddle hard enough to make a wake.

Visit the MK Nature Center

An urban escape the adults will like as much as the kids.

Play in the sprinklers

Because childhood requires it.

Visit Zoo Boise

Watch for cool camps, educational programs and even the chance to stay in the zoo overnight.

Swimming beach at Eagle Island State Park


Can say anyone say "sandcastles"?

Wet Wild Parade in Eagle

Saturday, June 9

Be prepared to get soaked at this signature Eagle Fun Days event.

Dairy Days Parade

Friday, June 15

Old-fashioned family entertainment with lots of cows.

Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows

Some of the top skaters in the world show up to perform on the tiny outdoor rink in the mountains.

Wagon Days

Saturday, Sept. 1- Monday, Sept. 3

Labor Day weekend is filled with antique fairs, barbecue, a Western shootout and the famous Big Hitch Parade.

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