1. Don't Get Bored in Idaho. This blog is mine and my children's favorite place to go to get ideas on where to go and what to do. All the ideas we have collected are in one place for us. We click on links to movies, parks, the weather, and more. We check often for hours of operation, prices, location, etc.
2. The Treasure Valley Family Magazine. I like to pick this up as I walk out of Winco. It can be found in the grocery store, anywhere free magazines are found, and online. The Treasure Valley Family Magazine is on my list because it is the most comprehensive in-hand guide available. Sign up for their weekly e-newsletter that goes out on Wednesday and tells of the upcoming weekend activities.
3. The Idaho Statesman. I find upcoming events by browsing articles and the event calendar and entertainment section.
4. My inbox. I subscribe to different email lists such as the Treasure Valley Family Magazine e-newsletter, the YMCA, the Discovery Center, the Idaho Botanical Gardens, ICTickets, and more.
5. The Boise Parks list. Boise Parks and Rec has an awesome page that lists all of the different parks in Boise with a link to each one that describes the features of the park and has a photo of it. Meridian, Eagle, and Nampa have a park list too. For state parks, such as Eagle Island, Lucky Peak, Bruneau Sand Dunes, Ponderosa, and more, check out the State of Idaho Parks Page.
6. YMCA. Pick up their seasonal activity guide at any YMCA and circle anything you think your kids might be interested in. Call to register or register and pay online. They offer fitness classes, day camps, activities, sports camps, special events, musical theater, child watch, and volunteer opportunities. Sign up for the E-Newsletter located on the right of their home page. You do not have to be a YMCA member to be involved. They offer a separate fee for non-members.
7. Ridge to Rivers website. I love to hike/walk outdoors with my kids because it's fun, healthy, and free. My favorite website for finding a good hike in the Boise Foothills is the Ridge to Rivers website. It will direct you to hikes that are dog-friendly and kid friendly, and show you which ones are appropriate for mountain bikes, ATVs and motorcycles, horses, and which ones for pedestrians only. There are approximately 10 kid friendly hikes listed on their website. To find them, click on the hike you are interested and it will take you to a trail map. Zoom in, then click around on the Ps until you find your hike. You can really zoom in to see what it will look like.
8. Meetup. I am the member of several Meetups and an organizer of one. Join a mom's group or recreational group.
9. Boise Activity Guide. The park and recreation departments of each city offer a in-hand guide to local events, movie nights, classes, festivals and parades, camps and more, put on by the city. They are affordable and fun and often free and you do not have to be a city resident to enjoy these, just pay a non-resident fee for certain classes. Meridian and Nampa also have awesome summer guides.
10. Visit Idaho.org. This incredible resource will help you explore Idaho and appreciate the beauty of our state. Find events and things to do and places to explore.
When in doubt, there is always Google.