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355 Julia Davis Dr, Boise, ID 83702 (208) 608-7760
Zoo Boise does not currently host birthday parties, however, you are more than welcome to have your party on the zoo grounds. Individual admission or annual pass is required for all attendees. Birthday cakes, snacks, and party favors may be brought in, however, for the safety of the zoo animals, balloons, stickers, glass, and straws are not permitted. Zoo Boise’s preferred caterer, Taste of the Wild is available for any food related needs. Picnic tables are available on a first come first serve basis, however, if you would like to insure that space will be available, reservations can be made.
Wahooz Fun Zone
1385 S Blue Marlin Ln, Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 898-0900
Wahooz Fun Zone just completed a 17,000 square foot, four-story, multi-million dollar expansion features eight new indoor attractions. Many of these attractions are brand new to southern Idaho and offers an exciting and unique entertainment experiences for their guests. The multi-million dollar addition is connected to the front of Wahooz and Pinz, creating the area’s largest indoor family entertainment space at over 70,000 square feet. There are so many option for fun activities here your toughest decision will be “where do I start?” Here are a few of the fun rides they offer: “The Twister” A thrilling amusement ride with four swinging capsules that hold four passengers each. The entire ride rotates, lifts and tilts, while riders spin the capsules themselves to create the ride they want. “The Frog Hopper” Seven riders will ascend 16-feet into the air, then bounce down this miniature drop tower. “Bumper Cars” These futuristic bumper cars provide a hover-like ride while bumping and spinning 360 degrees. “XD Dark Ride” America’s most incredible new interactive ride. The XD Dark Ride is an 8-seat, full motion, 7D movie experience and the first of its kind in the entire Northwest. Compete with other thrill-seekers as you laser blast robot cowboys, werewolves or alien robots in three-different, four-minute movie adventures. When you get hungry (and we know you will especially since you’ll likely be there all day) head over to their “Stargazer Grill” where they have hand-made pizzas, sandwiches, hamburgers, fresh salads, and a build-your-own-sundae bar. This place is appropriately named WAAAAHHHHHOOOOZZZEEEE!
Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park
3876 E Lanark St, Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 278 2005 www.urbanairmeridian.com
Looking for a great place to host a kids birthday party? Take your child’s birthday party experience into the stratosphere with party experts at Urban Air Adventure Park in Meridian! It’s the perfect place for stress-free, indoor birthday parties for boys, girls, kids and teens – anyone can have a great time here. They have more than just trampolines, Urban Air is a unique indoor adventure park with something for everyone. They have classic trampolines, climbing walls, basketball, obstacle courses, glow-in-the-dark golf, laser tag and more. You can also expect good food here, the pizza’s were a surprising find for our family and they are very reasonably priced. They also offer a tasty gluten-free version. Other standouts were the wings served with a sweet and spicy sauce, two styles of chicken strips (regular and gluten-free) so delicious! None of the chicken was greasy and there wasn’t any gristle that you often find in cheap chunks of chicken. This chicken was good quality white breast meat. The adventure park’s attractions are reason enough to visit but paired with the food and the fact that they serve beer, wine and adult juice boxes, yes you heard that right. A-grown-up-juice-box-for-adults, say whaaaat?! What’s not to love? You can choose between 6 different flavors; Long Island Ice Tea, Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Greyhound or a Whiskey Lemonade. We enjoyed it all and will definitely be back!
Pojos Family Fun Center
7736 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83704 (208) 376-6981
Pojos Family Fun Center has been family owned and operated for over 44 years! They opened their doors on the corner of Fairview and Eldorado in 1974 and then moved into the newest location in December of 1992. Pojos is 22,000 square feet of fun. They have over 100 games to play as well as indoor bumper cars, an indoor carousel, and for the smaller children a soft play area. The Carousel Cafe serves pizza, burgers, sandwiches, soups, and delicious desserts. Pojos has three themed party rooms to choose from: A princess/kingdom room, a jungle room and an ocean room.
1875 Century Way, Boise, ID 83709 (208) 376-3641
Planet Kid’s Indoor Soft Playground is physical fun on a galactic scale. They have created a safe place for kids 12 and younger to explore, climb, swing, zip, slide and play. They like to think of it as the new “old” neighborhood where children meet up with friends, discover new ones, use their imagination to create games and play with no particular agenda. Planet Kid is Idaho’s largest indoor soft playground where your kids can explore the never-ending maze of tunnels, slides, cargo nets, rope climbs, and ball-pits. They even have a “Toddler Town” section for ages 2 and younger with the perfect tot-sized equipment for endless enjoyment. It’s only natural – a kid’s gotta move! And even better, they have no video games – just pure physical play!
5878 W Franklin Rd, Boise, ID 83709 (208) 342-0342
Nerfed is the latest family-friendly alternative to paintball. With two 4,000 ft arenas fitted with their own hand built obstacles and a range of other barriers where you can set an ambush, or duck when in trouble. For Nerf Wars, they have a multitude of dart and disk-based Nerf Guns ranging from the small Firestrike to the intimidating Lawbringer. On select days, they open the arena for an epic Airsoft Battle. You can bring your own guns but even if you don’t have a weapon, no problem, they have your back with over 30 guns to choose from. Their indoor arena is perfect for a good battle! The referees keep the games safe and moving so adults and kids can play together. Minimum age requirement is 5 years old, however some of our bigger guns might require an older age to be used.
JumpTime is a locally owned activity center for the whole family. They were the first to bring and indoor trampoline park to the Treasure Valley and enjoy serving the community. They offer new ways to play aside from their classic Trampolines which includes: Dodgeball, Slam Dunk basketball, Laser Maze, Battle Balls and Foam Pits. Unique to the Meridian location is a super fun Nerf battle zone, prepare to be locked and loaded! Unique to the Boise location is their Fly Bed, a high flying aerial trampoline where you can test your stunts. What’s nice about JumpTime is they have an area that your littles will be safe and have fun!
Grinkers Grand Palace
228 E Plaza Dr, Eagle, ID 83616 (208) 939-9534
Grinkers is a playable vintage arcade museum representing one of the most complete collections of vintage arcade games on the plant. Many of their games are rare and some of them are extremely rare, so finding parts for these vintage classics can range from difficult to nearly impossible. Grinkers has over 300 vintage games to play and they all take a quarter, that’s right $0.25 ea. Where else can you play a video game for a quarter? Unfortunately due to an ongoing challenge of some patrons abusing the games, Grinkers is now a members-only, private venue. I can assure you it is worth the $8.00 per month membership fee. This small month fee covers everyone in your household and you can bring guests. It’s a win-win to preserve these beautiful, functional machines that many of parents, grand parents and great grandparents played! Also be sure to check out their food menu, their sub sandwiches are AHH mazing! The bread is scratch made daily and steamed warm. They use thinly sliced high-quality meats and cheeses, authentic pickles direct from Chicago and of course a super secret Italian dressing recipe. FUN GAME FACT: In Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong’s son is trying to rescue Donkey Kong who has been imprisoned by Mario. It is Mario’s only appearance as a villain in a video game.
Children’s Museum of Idaho
790 S Progress Ave, Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 345-1920
The Children’s Museum of Idaho inspires and nurtures future explorers, innovators, and critical thinkers through interactive play in a safe, engaging environment with hands-on exhibits and programs designed specifically for children ages two to eight years old. The Children’s Museum of Idaho is a place where children learn through play and exploration in environments and experiences created just for them. The interactive exhibits are designed to be manipulated by children and guided by an adult (parent, grandparent, caregiver). This hands-on approach inspires young minds to take an active role that stimulates learning and addresses the developmental needs of children.
228 East Plaza Street, Eagle, ID 83616 (208) 939-5346
Bricknowlogy is a construction-themed retail toy store, education center, party experience, and LEGO® trading post – in addition to providing unique printing technology that allows you to create custom minifigures, parts, bricks, photos and more, Bricknowlogy also has the largest LEGO selection in the State of Idaho. They offer LEGO brand building parties with friends and family where everyone builds together and takes home their awesome creations. You can pick any set within the party budget, how cool is that?! No need for party favors (the LEGO sets are the favors). No First-Aid Kits, Jugs of Hand Sanitizer, or Ear Plugs Required. This will probably be the most fun your kids have without getting any booboos!