Winter Survival Guide :: Toddler Edition

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Whether this is your first winter here in Idaho or you’ve lived here your whole life, you can never be too prepared. Being cooped up for a long winter with active kids can make the sanest mother go crazy! We put together this list so you can have activities to get you out of the house all winter long. All of these activities are toddler-friendly, but even babies and older kids will enjoy most of them!

Library Story Time

The Idaho Falls Public Library has three different story time groups: Book Babies for 2 and under, Story Time for preschool ages, and Family story time for the whole family. Most storytimes are mid-morning, and there is usually a family story time in the afternoon. The times are regularly posted for the week on the IFPL Children’s Programs Facebook group and on their website calendar.

Zoo Tots

The Idaho Falls Zoo holds a monthly class for ages 2-5. The 45 minute class includes crafts, games, songs, stories, and animals! Times available here: https://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/826/Monthly-Zoo-Tots-Ages-2-5 Cost: $12 for one child/adult pair, regular zoo admission for additional siblings and adults.

Rec Center Indoor Playtime

The Idaho Falls Recreation Center on Memorial drive has play time for ages 6 and under every Tuesday and Friday from 9-11am. They have lots of fun toys to play with and plenty of space to run! Cost: $1 per child. For more information call 208-612-8580.

Kids Town

Kids Town is already a favorite for my 2 year old! They have a racetrack to ride cars on, a pretend play town, slides, and other fun educational activities. You can also bring snacks and meals to enjoy. Kids Town has daily deals that make it affordable to enjoy everything they offer! My favorite is BOGO Monday. Open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-7pm. Cost: 1 and under FREE, 2 and 3 $5, 4+ $7. Yearly memberships available (these would make a great Christmas present that gives all year long!). More information:  https://www.kidstownatthefalls.com/

Blast Off

Blast off has two indoor playgrounds and one is specifically for smaller children under 7. There are dress up and building rooms, a playground, and other activities! Open Monday-Friday 12pm-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm. Cost: $7 per child for all day pass, $6 per child for 2 hour session Monday-Friday. Adult admission included.  More information: https://www.blastoff2fun.com/playgrounds/

Leo’s Place Playland

The playland is a giant jungle gym and is great for older toddlers to get their energy out! Open Monday-Thursday 11-10, Friday and Saturday 11-11, Sunday 12-8. Cost: $4.50/child. Even cheaper with a food purchase over $2! More info: http://www.leosplaceidahofalls.com/deals-kids-activities/

iJump

iJump is a must for the Idaho Falls area. The trampoline park also has a smaller trampoline section and ball pit for smaller jumpers. They even have Wee Jump time specifically for little ones under 48 inches! This is every Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-1pm. Cost: 18 months and under, free with a paying adult. Under 48 inches, $6/hour. Over 48 inches, $10 for first hour. More info: http://www.ijumpidaho.com/hours-pricing/

ARTitorium on Broadway

The ARTitorium provides a fun experience for kids of all ages. Even young toddlers will have fun with arts and crafts, interactive exhibits, and the indoor slide. They have Time for Tots every Tuesday from 10am-12pm, but little ones are welcome at during any business hour. Cost: Under 3 years, free. 4 years and up, $5. Info: http://www.artitoriumonbroadway.org/visit

The Playground

The Playground is exactly that- an indoor playground! They also have several inflatable slides and jungle gyms that toddlers will love. The Playground has Tot Time for little ones Monday through Thursday from 10am-1pm. Cost: $4  More info: http://theplaygroundidaho.com/

The Little Gym

The Little Gym is newer to the Idaho Falls area and offers classes for all ages and interests including dance, sports, beginning gymnastics, and parent/child classes for younger toddlers and babies 4 months and up. There are classes available to fit any schedule. Members also have free access to gymnastics practice and building block times.  Information: Call 208-881-2346  More info: https://www.thelittlegym.com/idahofallsid

Kindermusik

Kindermusik is a parent/child activity that focuses on developing skills through music and movement! Classes are available for every age up to 7 years old and run in semesters. Class lengths are typically once a week for 15 weeks. Cost: varies per class. Info: http://www.kmwithmichelle.com/

East Idaho Aquarium

Also a new attraction to Idaho Falls, the aquarium is fascinating for toddlers. They have several interactive exhibits and chances to feed the fish and birds! Hours are Monday through Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday 1pm-6pm. Cost: under 3, free. Ages 3-12, $9. 13+, $12. Weekly, seasonal, and yearly passes are also available! More info: https://www.eastidahoaquarium.com/

Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto Ice Arena

Preschool skate is every Thursday from 9:15 – 10:15am.  Parents can skate with their kids for $5 including skate rentals.

Grand Teton Mall

For a free activity, the mall provides space for toddlers to walk around and play at the indoor playground located in front of JC Penney’s.

Chick fil A

The small indoor playground provides a fun place for toddlers to get their wiggles out, and is a popular place to meet up for a playdate with friends.