KIDDOS: Boise Parks + Rec

This summer is the first time we've really taken advantage of the Boise Parks and Recreation Summer Activities since we've been working full-time in previous years. From sculpture class to nature camps, they offer a range of activities that are around $20 for Boise residents for a 6-8 week class. They offer a summer full of swimming lessons for kids that usually run Mondays thru Thursdays for two full weeks. We chose the Borah Pool since it was fairly close to our house and fit our schedule. The instructors were young and fun and Lucy learned the back float this year.

She has also taken two dance classes at Fort Boise Community Center which have been fantastic. She loved the 4-and-5-year-olds Storybook Ballet, where they did fun movements based on stories the teacher would read each class, and has just started a kids movement ballet and tap class there as well. The instructors are exceptional, and the facility is really nice.

I really wanted to sign her up for some art classes here this summer, but, of course, I procrastinated and the classes were all full. If you live in Boise, you should receive a paper copy of the summer activities guide in the mail, or you can pick one up late spring in various places around town. I highly suggest you do, but be sure to sign your kids up early, as the classes fill up fast. They also offer great classes for adults, from cooking to dance, to more obscure things like how to travel to Quatar on a budget. I took Sewing for Beginners last fall with some girlfriends in an evening course held at a local junior high for a similarly cheap rate.