Spring Break Fun in Idaho

Large steelhead held by man and boy.

Quite a catch! credit Exodus Wilderness Adventures

Spring is near, and with spring, comes spring break.  As you’re out and about enjoying time with friends and family, consider these activities.

 

 

 

North Central Idaho 

Fishing is always good in north central Idaho with Steelhead and Chinook leading the way. Spring Chinook numbers should be double last year’s runs to the Snake River according to the Columbia River Recreational Advisor Group.  They are predicting “the largest flood of salmon since fish counts began at the new Bonneville Dam in 1938” so your chances are pretty good!

Steelhead are running now and there are guides and outfitters ready to help you make fishing memories.  Start fishing for hatchery Chinook in April as they return to the Clearwater, Snake and Salmon Rivers. This wild fish is endangered so catch and release is required, but the thrill is in the catch.

Southwest Idaho

In Boise, the buzz is all about the Treefort Music Fest (best for adults and young adults). The festival is March 20-23 in venues all around downtown Boise. Treefort began with a straightforward music focus but now offers:

  • Treefort Film Fest, the best in emerging independent cinema
  • Hackfort, pairing Idaho’s best coders, engineers and designers with some of the best national tech minds
  •  Yogafort, yoga and dance classes taught by certified yoga instructors from studios around Idaho and featuring live music classes
  • Storyfort a forum for authors, songwriters, bloggers and other literary junkies
  • Alefort to showcase the best local and regional brews
  • Development Sessions, informative music industry-related sessions, panels, and speakers
  • Treefort Comedy Showcase

    Centripetal spinner at Discovery Center of Idaho

    Centripetal spinner at Discovery Center of Idaho

  • Skatefort – skate and music events

There is so much happening at the Discovery Center of Idaho in Boise that it’s a good idea to plan your visit to see and experience the programs, exhibits and events you don’t want to miss, like one of the daily science demonstrations or a Young Discoverers program designed for preschoolers. DCI is also offering a Spring Break Day Camp March 24-28 for grades 1-4.

The World Center for Birds of Prey is discounting admission fees and offering special activities for children March 25-30. Activities include live bird presentations, craft projects and a special spring break scavenger hunt. Watch films on birds of prey and take a tour of the Archives of Falconry. Be sure to spend some time at the outdoor California condor exhibit.

South Central Idaho

Astronaut - now showing at the Faulkner Planetarium

Astronaut – now showing at the Faulkner Planetarium

Herrett Center’s Faulkner Planetarium on the College of Southern Idaho campus hosts daily planetarium shows at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  On March 29, catch “Earth Hour” Night Telescope Viewing — the night the world is asked to turn out all unnecessary lights for one hour as a gesture of energy conservation. Visit the Centennial Observatory at the Herrett Center and enjoy the dark skies.

Eastern Idaho

At the Museum of Idaho, the Race to the End of the Earth exhibit tells one of the most stirring tales of Antarctic exploration, the contest to reach the South Pole. It focuses on the challenges that Norwegian and British explorers faced as they undertook their separate 2900 km journeys from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf to the South Pole and back.

Southeastern Idaho

Visit the Lava Hot Springs hot pools. For centuries, many Indian tribes called these natural hot water springs “healing waters.” Geologists theorize the water has been a consistent 110 degrees for at least 50 million years. Today this world-famous, family-friendly, year-round resort complex is a playground for young and old.  There are a number of lodging properties in town that also offer private hot pools and spa services on their property.

Catch some air at the Airbag Tour at Brundage.

Catch some air at the Brundage Airbag Tour.

There is still great snow at Idaho’s ski areas.  When the temps warm up, there is sure to be even more fun on the slopes.  Here is a quick list of ski area spring celebrations.

 

 

  • Solfest, a celebration of sun, soft snow and spring, takes place March 22-23 in Sun Valley.
  • Mountain Dew Big Bowl Super Cross will be held at Boise’s Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area March 22-23.
  • Brundage Mountain has a lot going on for Spring Break with specials, live entertainment, US Airbag Tour (March 21-23) and Winter Games (March 27-28).
  • Grand Targhee is going all out with its Spring Break Away celebration March 22-30.
  • Lookout Pass will have a scavenger hunt and Crazy Costume Day on March 29, followed by a beach party and Big Kahuna Downhill on March 30.
  • Pebble Creek will hold its Spring Celebration & Deck Party March 28-30, including the Monster Dummy Jump March 22 and the Boxes for Dayze competition March 28-29.
  • Don’t miss the Costume Party Competition March 29 and Slush Cup Pond Skim (April 5) at Pomerelle Ski Resort.
  • Enjoy the outdoor brewfest at Schweitzer Mountain’s Winterfest on March 29.
  • Catch the Silver Cup Races at Silver Mountain on March 29.
  • Join Tamarack for its spring break celebration March 20-30 with themed specials (tie-die Tuesday, flannel Friday, etc.) and the Beach Party End of Season Celebration on March 30.

Learn more about these events and Idaho’s ski areas at www.skiidaho.us. For lodging information and more Idaho spring travel ideas, go to www.visitidaho.org.