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Best Family-Friendly Spots in Downtown Boise

Updated: Sep 18, 2022

We have a pretty phenomenal downtown. It's vibrant, active, clean, safe and fun! Our family loves to go downtown and enjoy all that it has to offer. Let me tell you a little about some of the best family-friendly spots.

What To Do

-We usually start around 8th Street since it's so walkable and there's always so much happenin!

We ALWAYS take a picture here!


-be sure to print our interactive scavenger hunt before you go!

-great place to let the kids run around

-fun to play in the water features if they're on!

"The Climber"

-kids of all ages love "the Climber" - the big rope pyramid thing

-the slides are both fun and famous but hours are limited

-always lots of fun, colorful things to see like big blow up balloons

We love these swings!

-you've probably driven past the landmark pink metal tree with swings

-green space to run around, kick a ball, set up a picnic

-follow @downtownboise on Instagram to see if there is a "DT Plays" happening when you're there!

-kids love running up and down the big steps or around Cecil D. Andrus Park right in front

-check out the beautiful inside! Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturdays and Holidays’, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays

Where to Eat

-We don't always love going out to eat as a family because our kids are picky and hate sitting in one place for too long. But here are some of our favorites that are easy and kid-friendly!

-think mall food court but waaaaaay yummier

-lots of open seating and something for everyone

See! Kid approved.

-world's greatest flavor = Deja Vu (thank me later)

-unique and fun flavors with lots of sizes

-crowd pleaser!

-single slices are easy to grab and go

Worth the sticky mess!

-love their upstairs patio

-great waffles for kids and Southern faves for adults

-legit sandwiches and salads!

-easy to grab and take to a green space (see above for ideas) for a picnic

The smiles say it all! ;)

-kids meals served on a frisbee

-it's loud enough that you don't have to worry about kids being annoying (IYKYK)

Kid-Friendly Stores/Shopping

-Okay I have to be honest and say I haven't taken my kids into many stores downtown because... well... kids. BUT here are a few that you might wanna check out!

-the CUTEST items for babies and kids

-"city chic"

-as Idaho fanatics, we LOVE this store packed with local/Idaho-made items

-plenty of kid items

-The gift shop in the front of this coffeehouse is packed with all kinds of fun stuff

-look for the BEST coloring book, Color Boise

*Just a head's up there are some more "adult" items intermixed (ex: swear words, political humor, pop culture, etc.)*

-their slogan is "your headquarters for the best pop culture gifts and fandom favorites"

-toys, games, apparel, prints, etc.

*Same "head's up" as above applies here too!*

The list could go on and on but hopefully this is a great start for you! What would you add as some of your family's favorites? Let us know in the comments!


Sep 19, 2022

It would be so amazing if someone would address "kid friendly" spots in the city that are allergy friendly! The fact that 1 in 13 kids are dealing with food allergies, should definitely create a strong need for that sort of guide. So many parents would love to see some potential suggestions for safe place to take their kids. We used to have Woodland kids 😔 And ANY restaurant that considers themselves an allergy friendly establishment would gain such a loyal following! In order to be truly "kid friendly", it should definitely be inclusive of kids with disabilities as well. 😊


Sep 18, 2022

Can’t wait to explore more with you!

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