TWIN FALLS — Winter officially began last week. Christmas is over, presents are stale and children are bored. What’s a body to do?
From art shows to indoor rock climbing, the Magic Valley offers many ways to stay entertained through foul weather.
Here’s a sampling of things to do this winter:
Gemstone Climbing Center
Gemstone Climbing Center at Fifth Avenue and Shoshone Street South in Twin Falls opened in November. Rent climbing equipment from the gym, or bring your own. Individual and family memberships are available, as well as day passes and punch cards for those who don’t want to commit to a membership.
Gemstone has 125 climbing “routes” for beginners to advanced climbers, plus a fitness area that includes cardio machines, weights and yoga.
“What’s great about this place is that it’s good for all types of weather,” manager Hailey Barnes said. “People can use the gym when it’s too hot or too cold outside, or when it’s raining or snowing.”
It’s ADA accessible and family-friendly, to boot.
“Kids are so good at climbing,” Barnes said. “They don’t consider it exercising because it’s so much fun.”
When the roads aren’t safe to cycle, bring your own bicycle to Rider’s Roost at 435 U.S. 30 in Kimberly. You can’t miss the warehouse: just look for the red door with a rooster on it, about a block east of Kimberly City Hall.
Rear wheels are placed on stationary pedestals — smart trainers — that control the resistance as riders experience a high-definition virtual track, projected onto a wall along with each rider’s stats.
Cyclists can enjoy 15 group rides per week from October through May. Call for information.
Rider’s Roost is also opening a second location soon in the west end of Twin Falls County.
Herrett Center for Arts and Science
Located on the College of Southern Idaho campus, the Herrett Center for Arts and Science brings snakes and lizards out of the basement at 6 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of the month for the free “Mingle with the Reptiles” for those who want to hold the creepy crawlers.
Herrett’s Centennial Observatory offers Telescope Tuesdays — held on the second and fourth Tuesdays depending on the weather for $1.50 per person. Free Star Parties are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month.
Catch a show at the Faulkner Planetarium or artist Dave Thomas’ “Birdbath Romance and Other Paintings” through Jan. 20 at the Jean B. King Gallery of Art.
Also, the college is also hosting youth athletic camps throughout the holiday break. Information: 208-732-6442.
For kids who like to get creative, Hands On at Shoshone Street and Second Avenue North in Twin Falls will offer Kids’ Movie Night at 6 p.m. Friday. Children will get pizza, a ceramic project and a movie for $25 plus tax.
Christmas Cookie Camp started Tuesday, but there might be space available. Call for information.
In addition, Hands On offers a laundry list of adult projects from fused glass to Paint and Sip classes (BYOB).
Jump Time at 302 Third Ave. E. in Twin Falls offers extended hours during the Christmas break so kids can jump from trampolines into a fun foam pit to their hearts content. There’s also a “junior section” for children up to 48 inches tall. Party packages are available.
Next door to Jump Time is the indoor sports arena Soccer Time, offering soccer programs and leagues for ages five and up, including an over 35 men’s league. The facility is open Monday through Friday evenings. Call assistant manager Grace Silva at 208-320-3851 for information.
The Rapids Soccer Club is offering a free Recruiting Camp for ages 8 to 14 starting Jan. 9 at Soccer Time. Call Suzy Harper at 208-731-7899.
Redeemed Decor is a custom decor store that offers offers an open studio from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Redeemed Decor also has do-it-yourself workshops. Check its Facebook page for more information.