Friday, March 26, 2010

So you think you can dance?

A friend of mine attended a "Free Family Dance" event last Saturday night and said it was so much fun. She told me they will be hosting another "Free Family Dance" on Saturday, April 10th from 7 to 11 pm at the Boise Square Dance Hall. Here is the website that explains the details. Looks like a good time if you like that sorta thing.

Almost Easter

Zoo Boise is hosting its 7th annual Easter EGGstravaganza on March 27th from 10 am to 5 pm with last admission at 4:30 pm. "Join the Easter Bunny for fun activities include egg scrambles, photo ops, face painting, Easter egg toss, fun jumps, animal enrichment activities, and, of course, the zoo."--the Zoo Boise website.

*If you know of any upcoming Easter egg hunts, please let me know.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

"But do I have to camp?"



Lol, that's what the girl said this morning when I asked her if she'd ever want to be in a gymnastics camp. Camping to her means tents, camp fires, and sleeping over night. Here are a few more spring break camps I found online. It's time to start planning your week. Good luck.

MEGA FUN CHESS CAMP - for ages 4 - 12. Beginners welcome. Check out Vellotti's Chess Kids for more info. 713-2486

LEGO CAMP - for ages 4 - 10. Check out Vellotti's Chess Kids for more info. This looks really fun. 713-2486

HORSE BACK RIDING CAMP - ages 6 - 12. Check out Kaizen Farm's for more details. 888-0363

SKI LESSONS - Bogus Basin will be featuring a "buddy deal" during spring break. Have fun downhill skiing, snowboarding, nordic skiing, or snow shoeing. Also note the tubing hill will close on March 27th before spring break begins. 322-5100

COOKING CAMP - They didn't list ages, so I'm not sure. Check out Young Chefs Academy for their camp schedule and more info. 939-2550

MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP - for grades 1-5 and 6-12. Students will be performing Disney's High School Musical 2, jr. Sign up early to get 10.00 off camp fee. Their website doesn't have any details so just call Starlight Mountain Theatre at 342-2187 like I did.

ART CAMP - ages 7 - 12 at the Boise Art Museum.

There are so many more camps available that it's hard to post them all. I know NAMPA and CALDWELL also have their camps listed on their respective parks and recreation websites.

The YMCA is also a wonderful resource for kids' camps and adult classes. Pick up one of their schedule books at your local YMCA and you'll be astonished at how much they offer. You do not have to be a member of the Y to participate in their camps. You just pay a little bit more. Also, if you cannot afford a Y camp, you can apply for a membership and financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

If you're looking for a day care -ish place for spring break, CLUB KID- WINGS is an all day camp for kids age 5-14. See their website for more details or call 376-3641. Something similar to Wings would be TUMBLE TIME, located in West Boise, and BRONCO ELITE, located in downtown Boise and Caldwell. Bronco Elite offers gymnastics, indoor swimming, dance, sports instruction, arts & crafts, and field trips. Also, GEM STATE GYMNASTICS ACADEMY offers preschool, cheerleading, gymnastics, and swimming. Check out their website or call 853 -3220.

There are other fun places around town to explore if you are not interested in doing a camp. During the week of spring break, WAHOOZ FAMILY FUN ZONE is offering $5.00 off an adult fun pass and $3.00 off a child fun pass with the donation of a canned food item.

Also, the DISCOVERY CENTER has some fun things going on during spring break like Nano Day on Wednesday and Friday, Story and Activity Time on Wednesday at 10:30 am, and Firefighter Equipment stuff on Saturday.

We love going to the MK Nature Center, the Botanical Gardens, the Greenbelt, different parks when the weather is good. When the weather is not so good we love Rafiki, Monkey Bizness, Overland Park Cinemas, the Reel Theaters, bookstores and the library.

I know on one of the days during spring break we will be making a day trip. Since the girl is learning Idaho history this year, we will be making a trip to the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City, Oregon to see the Oregon Trail. I hope we survive the 2 hour drive. My kids don't do so well after 40 minutes. What are your plans for spring break?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring Break Camps through Boise Parks and Recreation


I did a bunch of research this week trying to find spring break camps for kids. Just as I was preparing my post I got this email from Amy over at the Boise Parks and Recreation. Wow, she's done a fabulous job putting this list together so I'm going to include her list here and add the other things that I found above this post.



ART CAMP – Kids age 6-12 will get hands-on experience with clay, watercolor, drawing, designing, sculpture and more in three-hour sessions! Camps meet from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. March 29-April 2 at Fort Boise Community Center . Cost is $72.12 for Boise City residents; $11.24 for non-residents. To register, see www.cityofboise.org/parks, call (208) 384-4486 or stop by Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road.


CYCLING SAFETY – Cyclists age 9-12 will learn the laws and rules for riding on the road. Classroom instructional and actual riding will provide the proper techniques to be safe, visible and responsible. Camp is based out of Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road and is co-sponsored by the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association. The class meets from 1-3 p.m. March 29-31. Cost is is $33 for Boise City residents and $57.10 for non-residents. To register, see www.cityofboise.org/parks, call (208) 384-4486 or stop by Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road.


MOUNTAIN BIKING -- Spend Spring Break exploring some of the single-track trails on the Boise Front! These half-day youth camps are offered March 29-April 2. Learn proper bike maintenance, equipment responsibility, technical skills, safety, sharing, respect and more! Camp is based out of Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road and is co-sponsored by the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association. Bikes are available. Kids age 9-12 will meet from 9 a.m.-noon; 6-8 year-olds from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $63 for Boise City residents; $97.10 for non-residents. To register, see www.cityofboise.org/parks, call (208) 384-4486 or stop by Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road.


DRAMA CAMP – Thespians will love this unique and musical theater experience during Spring Break! Skits, musical production, improvisational activities, and basic theater knowledge are all part of this week-long camp for youth ages 9-12. Each participant needs to bring sack lunch, water bottle and a snack. There will be a mini performance on the last day of the camp. Camp will meet from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 29-April 2 at Whitney Community Center1, 1609 S. Owyhee St. Cost is $41 for Boise City Residents; $63 for non-residents. To register, see www.cityofboise.org/parks, call (208) 384-4486 or stop by Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road.


GOLF CAMP – Tee up for five days of fun at Warm Springs Golf Course! This camp is designed to prepare youth to play golf on their own. Kids age 7-15 will learn full swings, short game, play and rules. Campers will take breaks with movies and down time too. Clubs are provided. Camp meets from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 29-April 2 at the golf course, 2495 Warm Springs Ave. Cost is $250. To register, call 343-5661.


GOIN’ WILD! -- Come explore the wonderfully wild world of animals at Zoo Boise. At these one-day camps, we offer a variety of games, crafts, hands-on science experiments, zoo tours, and an up-close animal encounter, students will explore animal wildlife. Open to youth in grades 1-3, each session meets from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the zoo. March 29 -- Herps! Reptiles & Amphibians

  • March 30 -- Feline Wonders: The Cats
  • March 31 -- Things with Wings
  • April 1 -- Beastly Behavior: Why do they do that?
  • April 2 -- Who Was Here? Animal Scene Investigations

Cost per person per day is $25 Boise City residents, $30 non-residents, $20 zoo members. To register, seewww.cityofboise.org/parks, call (208) 384-4486 or stop by Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road .


LEARN TO SKATE CAMP – Beginners age 5-12 are invited to learn basic skating skills in this camp, which is taught by professional coaches. Open to boys and girls, “It’s Great to Skate” meets from 8:30-11:30 a.m. March 29-April 2 at Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road . In addition to skating instruction, campers will enjoy snacks, games and public skate sessions. Cost is $100. Registration deadline is March 27. Call 331-0044 for registration information.


HOCKEY CAMP – Boys and girls will learn basic hockey skating skills in this camp, which is taught by professional coaches. Camp meets from 8:30-11:30 a.m. March 29-April 2 at Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road . In addition to skating instruction, campers will enjoy snacks, games and public skate sessions. Cost is $100. Registration deadline is March 27. Call 331-0044 for registration information.


Youth scholarships are available. For more information, see www.cityofboise.org/parks or call them (208) 384-4486.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Upcoming Events and Spring Break Camps


FREE FAMILY DANCE! Come join the fun! The Treasure Valley Country Western Dance Association (TVCWDA) puts on a free family dance every month. The dance for March is on Saturday, March 13th beginning at 7pm. It is held at the Boise Square Dance Center 6534 W. Diamond, Boise. More information and directions are found at their website: www.treasurevalleycwda.org Its a dance for families with children of all ages- no smoking- no alcohol, and they usually teach a couples dance (mixer) and a line dance! Sounds fun!


Have you ever been lost in the woods? Learn how to prepare yourself for grand adventures in the outdoors at “Hike Smart! Lost & Found,” a free family program offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at the Foothills Learning Center. For more information, see www.BoiseEnvironmentalEducation.org or 493-2530.


The Foothills Learning Center is launching a new series of free programs about vegetable gardening starting Tuesday, March 9. The monthly family classes meet from 6-7 p.m. at the center. Open to children and adults. No registration is required. See website above.


Boise Roadster Show at the Western Idaho Fair Expo this Thursday thru Sunday, March 11-14, 2010. Spiderman will be on hand for pictures with the kids on Saturday. See event website for more details.

SPRING BREAK CAMPS

Great to Skate Spring Break Camp runs March 29–April 2 at Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road . Beginning skaters age 5-12 will learn basic skating skills taught by certified coaches. Camp includes snacks, games, friendship and fun in a secure family friendly environment. Sessions meet from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Cost is $100. To register, call 331-0044, ext. 0. For more information, see www.idahoiceworld.com.

Edge Spring Break Hockey Camp runs March 29-April 2 at Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road . Camp includes instruction in stick handling, power skating, edge work, passing and positional play. Sessions meet from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Cost is $100. Full hockey equipment is required. To register, call (208) 331-0044, ext. 0. For additional information, see our website at www.idahoiceworld.com.

Kids will learn how to play golf on their own at a fun five-day spring break camp from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 29-April 2 at Warm Springs Golf Course, 2496 Warm Springs Ave. Instructors are golf professionals at the municipal 18-hole course operated by Boise Parks & Recreation. Open to youth age 7-15, this camp will focus on full swing, short game, sand play, rules and etiquette. Campers will also take breaks for movies and down time at a specially designed yurt. Cost is $250, which includes use of clubs. To register, call 343-5661.

Also, the YMCA has lots of Spring Break camps for kids. You do not have to be a Y member to participate in the camps. They also have financial assistance available for members. See their website for a list of camps.