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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!

Freak Alley


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

Grove Plaza

-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!

Cherie Buckner-Webb Park

-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!

The Capitol Building

-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!

The Warehouse

-think mall food court but waaaaaay yummier

-lots of open seating and something for everyone

See! Kid approved.

The Stil Ice Cream

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

-unique and fun flavors with lots of sizes

Pie Hole Pizza

-crowd pleaser!

-single slices are easy to grab and go

Worth the sticky mess!

Tupelo Honey

-love their upstairs patio

-great waffles for kids and Southern faves for adults

Lemon Tree Co.

-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! ;)

10 Barrel Brewing

-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!

City Kid Boutique

-the CUTEST items for babies and kids

-"city chic"

Idaho Made

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

-plenty of kid items

Flying M Coffeehouse

-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.)*

Re-POP Gifts

-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!

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