Boise What To Do

Jun. 8, 2019

Hello Adventure Friends!  I hope you had an eventful week and are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am!  Lets all get out and get adventuring.

1.  This bright but chilly weekend is fun and busy...from rodeos to nature expos, there is something for everyone! First, Saturday morning starting at 7:30 it is the Poop Scoot Fun Run hosted by the City of Meridian in honor of national public works week. This is a free family event that starts off at Kliener Park and is FREE. A donation of a toiletry item for a local charity would be greatly appreciated. This is a great way to celebrate those very necessary but overlooked employees over at Public works, enjoy an event with the whole family all while helping out a charity with much needed items.  Everybody get Poop Scooting!

2.  If you are like me and 730 comes a little too early in the morning on a Saturday, don’t be discouraged.  Starting at 10 its the Get Outdoors Festival at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Reserve. Join everyone at the Visitor’s Center off the intersection of Indiana and Roosevelt from 10 to 2 for lots of fun activities like fishing, hunting education, nature journaling, interpretive walks, and more including hands on activity booths and guided walks. What a fantastic way to get out and enjoy the day with the whole family while learning about the gifts of nature our beautiful state has to offer.

3.  Keeping with the nature theme we have going between poop scooting and fishing….Saturday at 11 at the Ford Idaho Center is the Great Northwest Expos Elk Calling Contest.  I have to tell you there is no greater sound that the bugling of elk on the mountainside on a crisp morning. I know we have some pretty talented callers here so get out there and put your skills to the test.  For those of us that sound more like a fog horn than a bull, head over and take a listen. You will be impressed with the talent our idaho buglers bring to the table.

4.  This Saturday is also the kick off for the City of Kunas summer concert series.  Kuna is Idaho’s HomeGrown Hometown just outside the big city and there is nothing more relaxing than enjoying music under the stairs kicked back in your lawnchair on the Kuna Greenbelt.  Llive music with the Almost Dangerous Band starts at 630. This is a FREE family friendly event. Not only is local music featured but also local food and adult beverages. Check out some hometown just outside the big city.  

5.  Saturday is shaping up to be a busy day.  Ending the day is the Midnight Grudge Drags out at Firebird Raceway.  The gates open at 7 pm with races starting at 8. Sponsored by Peterson Chevrolet and featuring unlimited grudge racing, it is a great way to end an Idaho Saturday night.  

6.  After the weekend settles down, be sure to join in supporting Idaho students around the state at the Idaho Student Media Festival.  The festival takes place at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise on Monday evening starting at 6. This is a FREE event hosted by the Idaho Mastery Education Network.  They are inviting the community to experience on the big screen media projects created by our talented idaho students. A fantastic way to spend a Monday evening and support idaho talent.

*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***

For my Bucketlist adventure last week...and to celebrate my birthday….I headed up to Banks, Idaho and the Lazy R Ranch for a guided trail ride.  So much fun! First of all, it is a beautiful drive about 1 hour outside of Boise on highway 55. You are right along the river so not only do you get the enjoy the national forest, but also the people out enjoying the river.  Once in Banks its about 5 miles down a little bit of a rough dirt road, but well worth it. This little ranch not only does guided trail rides, but also weddings and camping. We met up with our guide Brian at the corrals just outside the home area.  I got to meet a Sunny the horse and we became fast friends. This is open to people off all skill levels as far as horsemanship. Brian explained everything and was helpful making sure everyone was comfortable and knew what they were doing. We joined a group of 6 others that ranged in ages from 8 to….well….me.  I like the fact they didn’t just take you along a dirt road, it was an actual trail up the mountain and back. A real trail ride. They have plenty of ride options available from 1 hour to a half day. They pick your horse by matching height and weight so you are both comfortable. Brian took the time to make sure all of us fit correctly in our saddles and stirrups.  Be sure to take water and wear something weather appropriate. I would suggest a light jacket also because the weather can change quickly. Contact Lazy R Ranch on their website for more information and mention that you heard about them on Realistic Guide to a BucketList. It is definitely a bucket list item I plan to do again.

 Heads up fellow Adventurers...KQFC will be hosting Country Stomp next week so there will be no radio show, but tune in here for a weekly update.  Have a great week!  

May. 31, 2019

What crazy weather we have had this week!  People don’t know whether to go camping or hit the indoor activities.  I say it is still summer so I am giving you a little bit of both so the weather is no deterrent to a great weekend!

1.  To start things off...for a great date night, join Juniper, the Idaho Wine Commission and over 20 different wineries and cider makers in Boise’s Freak Alley Downtown Gallery for an amazing night of tasting.  This is a fantastic way to kick off Idaho Wine and Cider month in June. Yes, Steve, there really is such a thing. $15 at the door gets a stemless glass for tasting and 5 pours. Additional pours are available.  Proceeds go to the Idaho Wine Commission’s Wine Education Scholarship. This is a 21 and older event and not only can you enjoy some incredible Idaho wines, but you can also check off an item on your BucketList by strolling down Freak Alley, one of Boise’s favorite Landmarks, a beautiful celebration of street art right in downtown.  

2.  Next, we have the 38th Annual Greek Food Festival Friday and Saturday from 11 to 9 pm at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church on Bannock in Boise.  Enjoy authentic Greek food, pastries, music, dancing and even a Greek Happy Hour. Family Friendly and a great way for the entire family to learn about and celebrate another culture.

3.  Another Family Friendly event happening all weekend is the Miniature Horse Show at the Ford Idaho Horse Park.  Sponsored by the Idaho Miniature Horse Club see miniature horses under 38 inches tall strut their stuff and learn more about them with available activities and education.  My granddaughter would love this.

4.  Did you know that Boise has a new yummy festival?  The First Boise Ice Cream Festival started this past Tuesday and continues until June 15th.  This is a delicious festival that highlights locally made ice cream in lots of fun activities and events.

This Saturday is the Family Comedy Trolley Tour.  It combines 3 Boise treasures, ice cream, a 30 minute trolley ride and comedian Megan Bryant.  Such a fun way to spend a Saturday. The festival schedule holds several chef-inspired events, ice cream collaborations and drive up events.  Everything cummalates in a Grand Tasting Event on June 15th at JUMP with guests sampling over 200 ice cream flavors for the price of a ticket.  Part of the proceeds from the grand tasting go to benefit Create Common Good, a Boise non-profit that provides a place of safety and empowerment for those seeking a fresh start in life.  Check out the Boise Ice Cream Festival website for a complete schedule of events.

Now, if the weather cooperates Saturday you might want to head over to Nampa for the 6th Annual Summer Splashtacular.  Kick off swim season with Nampa Parks and Rec at Lakeview Waterpark or Lincoln Pool. Enjoy FREE entry all afternoon with water safety educational booths and fun safe swimming activities.  You can even enter to win an outdoor pool punch pass or swim lessons. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a warm day

5.  Finally, we have a combination of quick draw, music, and wine over on Eagle Island tomorrow night starting at 3 pm.  Art on the Island will be hosted by Eagle Island State Park. Not only is this a fun event, but you also get to enjoy the picturesque setting of Eagle Island.  Watch painters compete in a 2 hour artist quick draw competition while enjoying a blues concert and sampling top Idaho food and wines. The evening will end with a wet paint sale and live auction.  Bring your lawn chairs and well behaved pets for a memorable and relaxing night on the island. Kids 12 and under are Free.

*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***

My bucketlist adventure this week is right in our backyards.  I took to downtown Boise to explore and add to my bucketlist adventures.  

First of all I rented a scooter to get me around.  Boise has them available all over downtown. You simply download the app, it unlocks the scooter, you ride it til you are done then turn off the app and leave it where you end.  So much fun! I have never really rode a scooter before and I found it pretty easy, even in the pouring rain. While scooting around town, I hit up the Space Bar. What a great place!  Its an over 21 establishment where you can go in and buy an adult beverage and place some vintage video games or pinball. They have great games like pacman, tron and even donkey kong. Most games are only a quarter to play.  

We took the scooters down Freak Alley and got the opportunity to see some of the amazing street art along the way.  Freak alley is amazing. The artwork is stunning and it is one of my favorite landmarks in downtown boise. It has grown so much.  What started off as a small alleyway that artists rebels painted on has quadrupled in size and sports some of the best artwork in Idaho.  This is a great spot for photography sessions or just a scooter ride.

Scootering Boise was a fantastic way to explore all that downtown has to offer and have fun doing it.  I seriously felt like a teenager again.

 

May. 24, 2019

Hello fello adventurers!

Sorry there was no post last week.  If you tune into KQFC with Steve Shannon on Friday mornings then you know that I was doing a remote show in Central Idaho.  Last week was an adventure filled week with lots of BucketList adventures.  Be sure to stay tuned to the website to catch up on all those adventures.  

I am back in Boise this Memorial Day Weekend and there is lots going on!  Memorial Weekend might be a little wet this year, but its going to be as fun as a Slip-n-Slide!  All around the Valley there are plenty of fun activities if you decide its too sloopy outside for camping.  Here I have just the activities to keep you busy right at home!

1.  All this week Stage Coach Theatre is doing Legally Blonde. Enjoy an award winning musical full of laughs with the whole family WHILE staying dry.  Can't beat that!  The show starts Friday night at 8 pm with showings all week.  Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased here.

2.  Another fun family activity for this weekend is the Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure.  Each day over the weekend, starting Friday, from 10 to 7 turn Boise into a giant game board. Teams solve clues and complete challanges while learning local history and enjoying a tour of this fantastic city we all call home!  

Play at your own pace.  A great opportunity for the family to play and learn at the same time.  Sigh up here

3.  For some adult fun this weekend, head over to Cowgirls in Kuna.  Saturday night Country Music Star Josh Gracin will be in town and performing for Idaho's Country Music Fans!  Josh is a Veteran so Memorial Day is just his platform.  He will be performing songs like "Nothing to Lose" and "Stay with Me".  Its going to be a great show!

Tickets are only $5 and available at the door.  Show starts at 9.  See you there!

4.  Did you know that every year on May 25th TOWEL DAY is celebrated as a tribute to author Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyTowel Day came to light because according to Adams, and I quote, "A towel is about themost massively useful thing an intersteller hitchhiker can have".

Re-Pop Gifts on 10th Street in Boise is celebrating Towel Day with FREE screen printed tea towels with a $10 purchase.  Plus there will be a prize for the 42nd customer.  Get down there and join in the celebration.  You never know when you might be hitchhiking the galaxy and need that towel!

5.  Now, Saturday is also the 2nd Annual Boise Dog Carnival.  This is a fun activity for the entire family including fur babies!  The fun starts at 9 at the Julia Davis Park Bandshell.  There will be dog contests, a parade, demos, vendors, food, games and it's FREE.  You can even enter your fur baby into one of the contest.  There is even a Look-a-Like contest for parents and fur babies.  And its all FREE!

The event is hosted by Maidens Hope, a non-profit that provides housing and education for girls in the Philipines that wouldn't have access otherwise.  You can find the schedule on their website.  Just click the link above.  

6.  Sunday check out the Rock-N-Roll Icons Show at the Nampa Civic Center.  With Brian McCullough as Roy Orbison and Mac Fisherman as both Frankie Vallie and Billy Joel, they will transport you through decades of the best music ever produced.  Family friendly and out of the wet!  Show starts at 2:30.  

Nampa Civic Center tickets are $18.75-$32.75 for the theater show, $16.75-$27.75 for the garden, at ICTickets. The Indian Creek Steakhouse performance costs $25 (show only) or $50 (dinner and show) at eventbrite.com.

7.  Finally, don't miss the Warhawk Memorial Day Flyover at the Warhawk Air Museum.  The flyovers happen all day and they are truly impressive.  What better way to celebrate Memorial Day then the way it was intended to be celebrated!  The airmen do this to pay tribute to our heroes.  

The Warhawk Air Museum is a great place to explore with the whole family and is open during the flyovers from 10 to 5. 

*** BucketList Adventure this Week **

While I was out traveling around Idaho for my BucketList last week, I ended up in the small town of Atlanta.  It was quite a drive back there but well worth it!  Down Hwy 21 past Idaho City and almost to Lowman (about 11/2 hours outside Boise to the turnoff), is a turnoff to Atlanta.  The rest of the way is a dirt road, but most of it is very travelable even by car.  After the turnoff you travel about 40 miles on dirt road before you come into Atlanta.

It is a beautiful town situated in the Boise National Forest.  There are a ton of camping and fishing spots along the way so stop and stay for the weekend.  When I got into Atlanta we stopped and had lunch at the Beaver Lodge.  Best Burger!  Had a great chat with the bartender (I love bartenders...they know everything!) and found out about a hidden hot springs in the area.  About 2 miles out of town off Power Plant Road you can either continue straight and there is one on the right (this would be best for young children or if you are not physically agile because it is easy to get to) or you can take a left before the bridge, drive to the "No Overnight Camping" sign, park and look over the edge.  

It is AMAZING!  A short climb down and it is a waterfall right into a spring.  Super clean and there is even a bench.  It is right off the river.  We spent all afternoon here and even in the rain it was worth it!  

This is one of the most beautiful and remote spots I have visited on my BucketList.  Stay tuned to the website for pictures this week!  I highly recommend taking the drive over there.  Say hello to the bartender at the Beaver Lodge for me!

See you next week!  

May. 10, 2019

Its shaping up to be a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my fellow mothers an early Happy Mother’s Day.  I hope all of you get out there and enjoy this weekend that is all about celebrating you! To get you started I have found some great ways to spend your time.

  1. To begin your celebratory weekend, be sure to stop at Chik-Fil-A in Nampa Saturday morning from 9 to 1030  for their Mother/Daughter Garden Party. It will be a magical morning of breakfast, tea a fairy gardens. The Chick-fil-A cow will be joining in while everyone enjoys the morning dining together while creating their very own mini-fairy garden.  Seating is limited so be sure to get ahold of Chick-Fil-A to get your spot reserved. What a beautiful idea for a garden party
  2. For an event the whole family can enjoy, don’t miss out on the Boise Metro Fish Derby also Saturday morning from 8 to 1230.  The Boise Metro Rotary Club invites you to bring the family and drop a line at Eagle Island State Park for a family friendly Fish Derby.  They will have food trucks, a beer garden, raffle prizes and a ton of fun. There will even be chances to win prizes up to $10,000 for the most and longest trout caught.  The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is making an appearance so you can get a fishing license issued onsite. All proceeds go to benefit local youth programs supported by Boise Metro.  So get out there, catch a fish, win some money, enjoy some family time and help a great cause.

  3. How about a fun and education activity for kids and parents alike?  Most mothers I know are always looking for ways to make education fun.  The Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead is open Saturdays now until the End of September for living history tours.  Catch a glimpse of what rural Idaho life was like in the 1860s. Its a great example of early homesteading in Idaho and the tours are lead by actual descendants of the original inhabitants.  The Farmstead covers over 2 acres and has a variety of historical buildings to explore. Open Saturdays from 1230 to 430. Sounds like fun for everyone...and you can learn more about this place you call home.

  4. Speaking of history, the Traveling Trolley Time Capsule is an interpretive exhibit visiting neighborhoods via trolley all around Boise.  The Time Capsule captures the stories of the heyday of streetcars in Boise. The exhibit contains historic streetcar rails, nails, bricks and other items discovered over the years.  Historic photographs and maps will show the streetcar routes in all the neighborhoods. Saturday it will be at the Trolley House Restaurant from 10 to 12 in the morning, also a great place to grab breakfast, and at Ivywild Park from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.  I have ridden the trolley in Boise and in several other cities and it is always fun for kids and adults alike.

  5. Did you love Alice in Wonderland as a kid?  I always thought the Mad Hatter was both scary and fun all at once.  Well the Caldwell Event Center, O’Connor Field House is bringing it all to life to celebrate Mothers Day.  They are throwing a Spring Fling: A Very Mad Hatters Mothers Day, from 9 to 5 Saturday bring the whole family to this FREE event and enjoy the scavenger hunt, meet and greets with Alice in Wonderland Characters, a Photo area, over a hundred vendors and more.

  6. Okay so for those who aren’t looking for a mother’s day event, check out the Secret Comedy at Docs Lodge in Boise. This is a big show in a small space.  Its an intimate comedy experience featuring a mystery headliner. They aren’t advertising the name yet, but will tonight. All they will say so far is the headliner has been on comedy central, conan, jimmy kimmel live, last comic standing and more.  I’m dying to know who it is. Get your tickets fast. There are only 30 available and this sounds like a show you don’t want to miss!

*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***

This weeks BucketList adventure involves a trek out towards Middleton. I was just out there this past week and it is one of my favorite places to visit with the littles.  I’m talking about Babby Farms.

Babby Farms is a non-profit organization created to give people with disabilities the opportunity to interact with a wide range of animals. Most of their animals are hand raised for this purpose.  They are also open to the general public and all proceeds go to help out their cause. Babby Farms gives children and adults alike the opportunity to interact with monkeys, kangaroos, turtles, miniature goats and horses...even a miniature burros.  

I took my littles out there and they had the chance to meet an adorable miniature horse named Puppy. The staff is fantastic. They are there to help the kids get comfortable with the animals and answer any questions they might have. For example, one of my g-babies wanted to know what camels eat and if burros were always so hairy.  You can feed some of the animals and they have pony rides for the kiddos. They have a picnic area available if you want to make a day of it and bring a lunch. There is also a play area for this kiddos while you take a break.

To celebrate Mothers Day, Sunday all mothers get in for FREE. This is a fantastic way to spend mothers day as well as enjoy the nice weather with the family.  Be sure to stop in the Jungle Center and give the fastest turtle I have ever seen a pat on the shell.

Have a great Mothers Day everyone!  I'll be on air LIVE from an adventure next week so be sure to tune into KQFC Friday Morning from 7:30 to 8:30.  I'll be chatting with Steve Shannon!

May. 4, 2019

Hello everyone!  Happy May!  There are some fun things happening this weekend to get you in the summer spirit and for once the weather is cooperating!  Here is what Steve Shannon and I discussed this morning on KQFC. 

1.  The 1st Annual Taco Fest Bar Crawl....Food crawl meets bar crawl that turns into an epic Cinco de Mayo weekend party.  This Saturday, May 4th, from 11 to 5 pm...A 21 and older event.  Stroll thru participating bars eating tacos, sipping margaritas and dancing!  Sounds like a great way to enjoy the Cinco de Mayo weekend.  Information can be found at AllEvents.  

2.  This Saturday and Sunday the Indigo Art Festival is happening at Storey Park in Meridian.  Come celebrate the arts and help spread mental health awareness.  This is an all ages event and its FREE.  Enjoy a variety of workshops, kids art activities, food, live music and over 60 vendors.  What a great way to enjoy the arts and help out a good cause. 

3.  Now for some fun to get the blood moving and to benefit a cause of your choice, check out the Bubble Balls Pick Your Cause Tournament at Expo Idaho Saturday from 11 to 4.  There are adult and youth divisions and bubbles to fit all sizes.  Only $20 a person and you can pledge to the cause of your choice.  A fun event for everyone to get outside and enjoy this great weather and you get to help a cause that means something to YOU!

4.  Moms...grab your Avengers and join Chick-Fil-A at the Village in Meridian for Mother/Son Date Knight Saturday night.  Enjoy a date night meal, a photo booth and even a limo ride.  Seating times at 5, 6 and 7.  If you can't make it this Saturday, don't fret....they will be doing this event again next Saturday, May 11th.  Contact the Village Chick-Fil-A for more information. 

5.  How about a great adventure into the past.  Visit Eagle Island State Park this Saturday from 9 to 4.  They will take you back in history to the American Civil War.  This is a Living History Event set in the 1860s.  There will be cannon and musket firing demostrations, living history presentations, and military and civilian stations. A family friendly event and only $5.  Sounds fun and helps support Idaho Parks and Recreation.  Enjoy the weather and a little bit of history!

6.  Let's also remember the Paw Patrol Live Pirate Adventure at the Ford Idaho Center Saturday and Sunday.  This is an all ages family event that has all Paws on deck to help the Paw Patrol decipher a treasure map and save the day.  What a great way to enjoy some family time!

*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***

The first weekend in May every year starts off rodeo season with a BANG at the Riggins Rodeo.  Only 3 hours outside of Boise, its a great day trip or spend the whole weekend.  You can enjoy not only the rodeo, but there is some fantastic fishing up there and the weather is definitely cooperating this weekend!  I am a Riggins Rodeo regular and it is always a wild time.  Not really a kids event, but well worth the drive for some real Idaho fun!  Check out details here for more information.  

Have a great week Boise!   Happy Cinco de Mayo!