Winter Survival Guide: Toddler Edition

 

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 young 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! Please call ahead before visiting these locations to check updated times as they change continuously.

Library Story Time-Idaho Falls

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 story times 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.

Tauphaus Park Zoo Tots-Idaho Falls

The Idaho Falls Zoo holds a monthly class for ages 2-5. The 45 minute class includes crafts, games, songs, stories, and animals! Cost: $12 for one child/adult pair, regular zoo admission for additional siblings and adults.
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Rec Center Indoor Playtime-Idaho Falls

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.
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Kids TownIdaho Falls

Kids Town is a toddler favorite! 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 including BOGO on Mondays. Open Monday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm and Saturday 10am-7pm. Cost: 1 and under FREE, 2 and 3 $5, 4+ $7. Yearly memberships available (these would make a great Christmas or birthday present that lasts all year long!).
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Blast Off-Idaho Falls

Blast Off has two indoor playgrounds, one of which is specifically for smaller children under 7. There are dress up and building rooms, a playground, and other activities! Open Monday-Friday 12:00-10:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm. Cost: $7 per child for an all day pass or $6 per child for a 2 hour session Monday-Friday. Adult admission included.  
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Leo’s Place Playland-Idaho Falls

The playland at Leo’s Place is a giant jungle gym that is great for older toddlers to get their energy out! They also have a fun arcade. Open Monday-Thursday 11:00am-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00am-11:00pm, and Sunday 12:00-8:00pm. Cost: $4.50/child. Admission is less expensive with a food purchase over $2!
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iJump-Idaho Falls

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.
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ARTitorium on Broadway-Idaho Falls

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 during any business hour. Cost: Under 3 years, free. 4 years and up, $5.
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The Little Gym-Idaho Falls

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.
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East Idaho Aquarium-Idaho Falls

The aquarium is fascinating for toddlers and party for their senses. They have several interactive exhibits and chances to feed the fish and birds! Hours are Monday through Saturday 11:00am-8:00pm and Sunday 1:00-6:00pm. Cost: under 3, free. Ages 3-12, $9. 13+, $12. Weekly, seasonal, and yearly passes are also available!
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Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto Ice Arena-Idaho Falls

Preschool skate is every Thursday from 10:30-11:30am.  Families of 4 can skate for just $6 including skate rentals. They also have offer lessons.
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Grand Teton Mall-Idaho Falls

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-Idaho Falls

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 play date with friends.
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Gravity Factory-Rexburg

Popular with all ages, this trampoline park also has special times for toddlers. “Mommy Mornings” are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am-1:00pm. Cost:$8 plus a one time purchase of socks for $3 per individual. Gravity Factory has something for everyone including a “Ninja Warrior” course, jousting area, trampoline basketball, trapezes, and more. It’s a great way to spend a snowy morning and burn some energy before naptime!
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Geronimo’s Trampoline Park-Chubbuck

There is so much to explore at Geronimo’s! They have a huge open jumping area, balance beams, dodgeball courts, basketball lanes, and a special area for your youngest jumpers! Visit them during “Mommy and Me” time on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00am-12:00pm. Cost: $8 for each Mommy and child together. This time is reserved just for them with special entertainment and music!
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Marshall Public Library-Pocatello

The Marshall Public Library offers 4 different story times for you to enjoy with your children. They have Book Babies for 0-24 month olds, Terrific Twos for your active 2 year old, 3-5 year old Story times for your preschool age children, and Family Story timesfor the whole family. Story times include stories along with songs, activities, and crafts. Check their website for current information!
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Madison Library District-Rexburg

The Madison Library offers varied story and activity times for children of all ages. With story time programs for children 0-5 and craft activities for 6-11 year olds, and reading challenges for all ages; they have something for everyone. They are currently doing story times online with take-n-go kits of crafting supplies available!
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Rigby City Library-Rigby

They offer story times on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:00am and 12:00pm.
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Iona City Library-Iona

The Friends of the Iona Library host a weekly story time for all kids every Thursday at 10:00am in the community room above the library. The Iona Library is also open extra hours from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Thursdays.
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Shelley Library-Shelley

Under normal operations, the North Bingham County District Library offers story times with activities for each age group. Please check their website for the latest information.
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Blackfoot Library-Blackfoot

Preschool Story Time is on Wednesdays at 10:00 am from September through May.  During the summer months Story Time is offered in the park.  Be sure to stop by for a schedule!
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Portneuf District Library-Chubbuck

Their library offers multiple story times throughout the week which are currently offered via Facebook Live on their Facebook page. They also have a children’s room which is focused on learning through play. Check out their website for current story times.
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Outer Limits Fun Zone-Pocatello

Outer Limits Fun Zone offers a Play Palace Soft-Play area for ages 8 and younger, where they can climb and let their imaginations run wild. In this area there are also a variety of token-operated rides. The Play Palace includes tree houses, trampolines, and more. Socks must be worn and the area is constantly disinfected.
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Wanting more for your toddler to do? Check out classes taught just for them at the following locations: Idaho Falls Training Center, Eagle Rock Gymnastics Academy, and Popov Gymnastics Academy.

We invite you to check out our Ultimate Guide to Indoor Activities for even more fun ideas to create memories this winter!