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October Activities around Boise

October

October is one of the most fun months of the year.  There are many great activities to frighten us, to help us have fun, and to give us reasons to celebrate.  There’s no reason to ever feel bored during this month.  Here are some ideas of things to keep your month hopping.

Scarecrow Stroll

Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 31, 2018

9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Idaho’s Botanical Gardens:  2355 N Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID

The Idaho Botanical Gardens is having their 11th annual Scarecrow Stroll.  Scattered among the beautiful gardens will be displays of 31 scarecrows.  These scarecrows are created by people and organizations throughout the community.  Everyone is invited to stroll through the garden to view these fantastic scarecrows.  If you’re a member, admission is free.  If you’re not a member then adult tickets cost $7, seniors 65 or older is $5, youth ages 5-12 are also $5, and children 4 and younger are free.  Don’t forget to vote on your favorite scarecrow.

The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Friday, September 21 until Saturday, November 3

1020 S. Rackham Way in Meridian, ID:  Open Thursdays from 4 pm to 9 pm, Friday from 4 pm to 11 pm and Saturday 10am – 11pm.  Closed on Sunday

Field of Screams: open from dark until 11 pm every Friday and Saturday nights of October.

Each year the cornfield is cut into a unique maze and is the Farmstead’s main attraction. But, if you’re looking for something a little more daring then a Field of Screams just might be for you.  The Farmstead also has a Pumpkin Patch which can be accessed by foot or by hayride. You know you’ll get hungry while you’re there having fun so make sure you bring a picnic, or just buy food at the Farmstead.  There will be plenty available.

See Spot Walk

Saturday, October 6th, 9 am to 1 pm.  Julia Davis Park BandShell

The Idaho Humane Society is having their 26th Annual Dog Walk and Festival.  It is their biggest fundraiser of the year and will feature demonstrations, contests, food, and more. You can choose from a one-mile long walk through the park or a 5k Fun Run.  This event attracts more than 3000 participants both two-legged and four-legged.  So, bring your furry friends and help support the Idaho Humane Society.

Boo at the Zoo

Saturday, October 25, 10 am to 5 pm.  Boise Zoo

Animal lovers of the Treasure Valley, this is your opportunity to indulge in your love for dressing up and to satiate your sweet tooth at the same time.  Costume-clad workers will be distributing candy to all visitors.  There will be costume contests, face painting, fun, and games.  And if you haven’t yet picked up a pumpkin to decorate, no worries there will be a pumpkin patch available as well.  All proceeds go to benefit the zoo.

Frightened Felons

Friday, October 26 – All Ages Night 10+-year-olds:  Saturday, October 27 – Adults only

7pm – 11pm, The Old Penitentiary:  2445 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise

The Adult night is exclusively for ages 18 and up. You will need to show your ID to take this tour.  You will be taken through the haunted Cell House where you will be scared to death and have fun doing it.  You’ll have an opportunity to watch Zombies dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.  There will be a costume contest, pizza, tacos, beer, wine and more.  Admission is $15.  For $30 you can go on a private, one and a half hour tour through the cemetery, penitentiary, the haunted Cell House and see actual mugshots of the former felons of Idaho.  This private tour will be guided by members of the International Paranormal Reporting Group.  There will also be a Frightened Felons Family Night held on Saturday, October 26th from 7 pm to 11 pm.  Although this is a family-friendly event, it is recommended that only 10-year-olds and older attend.

Linder Farms

Friday, September 21 – October 30, Monday -Thursday 5 pm to 9 pm, Fridays 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 10 pm and Sundays Closed.

7165 S Linder Rd., Meridian

At Linder Farms you will find a corn maze, pumpkin patch, concession stand, a petting zoo, giant slide, tire playground, pedal tractors, corn box, straw bale pyramid, straw bale maze, and more. It also hosts Zombie Acres which is a unique paintball adventure. Armed with a paintball gun, you’ll ride a bus through a field teeming with zombies.   Never a dull moment.

With so many fun things to do during October, it could be easy to spend more time having fun than doing the things you’re supposed to do!

 

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February Events Around Boise

February Events

For many people, February means only one thing: cold. However, here in the Boise area, there are plenty of great things you can do to enjoy yourself and get away from the bitter cold. Well, at least most of them will; it’s hard not to enjoy the great outdoors here in Idaho, even in the winter. So, here are 5 awesome events for February 2018 in the Treasure Valley.

Boise Golf and Travel Show

Feb 9th to 11th, Expo Idaho:  Times Vary

Golf is well loved sport by many people, and the people of Boise are no different. In fact, we love golf here enough that we are having the Boise Golf and Travel Show over the weekend of February 9th. Whether you are an avid golfer or just a casual practitioner, you will find something you love here at the show. General Admission costs $12 and VIP Night tickets cost $20. Check out the website for more info.

Crazy Quilt & Embellishments Class

Feb 10th, Creative Corner Custom Framing

10:00 AM

For all you craft lovers out there, this one is for you! Creative Corner Custom Framing is more than just a frame shop— it’s also a fun place to go to learn about crafts of every kind. On February 10th, the craft of choice is quilting and embellishments. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to piece ‘crazy quilt blocks and explore the creative world of embellishments,’ according to their website.

Romancing the Pen

Wed., Feb. 14, 12-9 p.m.
208-334-2844
Quoted from the Idaho State Historical Society:

Looking for something other than roses or chocolates this Valentine’s Day? The Old Idaho Penitentiary is offering a unique alternative to this hum-drum day devoted to love. Stroll through the site and snuggle up with your Valentine or find the true meaning of “ball and chain.” Visitors can read ‘Love’ Stories from the Penitentiary, and play games like Match-In’ Mates, Honey Bee Heist and Pin the Rose on the Gardener, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, fireside chats with experts, and self-guided tours. Presentations are indoors and have a limited capacity. Last admission 8 p.m. $11 for 2

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Old Idaho State Penitentiary2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise East Boise (map)

 

Intro to Woodworking

Feb 16th or 17th

Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)

Times Vary

If you have ever looked at the fine craftsmanship of a woodworking project, or watched a video of a woodworker and thought, “I would love to do that!” then you’ll definitely want to sign up for the Intro to Woodworking class at JUMP. This class will go through the basics of woodworking and act as a springboard for you into the wonderful and fulfilling world of wood.

Build a Lending Library

Feb 24th, JUMP:  10:15 AM

Another JUMP even you should definitely check out is the Build a Lending Library instructional event. It is a wonderful way to life the spirits of your community while having fun at the same time. Lending libraries are small, waterproof boxes that you put around your neighborhood that have books placed in them for anyone to read. Now, the rules for the lending library may differ depending on the neighborhood, but typically people can provide books they would like to share and borrow and read books put there by their neighbors as often as they like. It is a wonderful way to promote literacy, and community unity.

 

We hope you are as excited for this month as we are. If so, mark your calendars and buy you tickets now so you won’t miss out on all the fun!

Lock Up a Local Celebrity and Fight Hunger in Idaho

I think this sounds like an excellent event supporting two charities that need it – The Idaho Foodbank and a scholarship fund for Idaho Schools Field Trips.  This post comes directly off of the history.idaho.gov website.  Check it out:

 Escaping Hunger Event

As part of MAKE HUNGER HISTORY, on Friday January 13th from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the ISHS support organization The Friends of the Historical Museum will present the first ever “Escaping Hunger Celebrity Lock Up”; a free community event held at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Special drawings, tours, prizes and giveaways will occur all day long. While there is no charge to attend, food and monetary donations are encouraged! All proceeds will be divided between the Idaho Foodbank and a scholarship fund for Idaho school field trips. Local celebrities will be locked up from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Their goal will be to get the most food and monetary donations. The winning celebrity will be presented with the “Warden’s Cup” and bragging rights for the year!

Celebrities includes: Blue (Idaho Steelheads’ mascot), Niccole Blaze (musician), Ty Brennan (KTVB Channel 7), Bill Coffey (musician), Nate Fowler (musician), Natalie Hurst (KBOI Channel 2), Mix 106 Team, Rick Moorten (Wild 101.1), Ryan Peck (Boise Rock School and Anna Webb (Idaho Statesman).   See Mug Shots: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150439572651669.358935.94920681668&type=1

 

More information on:

 

http://history.idaho.gov/old-idaho-penitentiary-events