TWIN FALLS – Spring break is a welcome relief for children and teachers alike.
But children may get antsy and bored. And that can create a headache for parents.
Here are seven options of fun things to do:
Watch movies and play with LEGOs
The Twin Falls Public Library is offering a variety of free activities this week.
Kids club: There’s a free LEGO build day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday.
“It’s geared for elementary kids, but anyone is welcome to come,” said Erica Littlefield, youth services supervisor for the library.
Comics and coffee: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Twin Beans Coffee Co., 144 Main Ave. E.
The event is geared toward those 16 and older.
Comics and coffee is a new program that started a few months ago. “It’s like a book club, but for comic books,” Littlefield said.
This week’s comic book: “Watson and Holmes” by Karl Bollers.
Teen movie marathon: Sixth through 12th graders are invited to a Marvel superhero movie marathon Thursday, starting at 10 a.m.
Story times: 10:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday. The Thursday event is for toddlers from 18 months-3 years old. The Friday event is for preschoolers ages 3-5.
Family movie matinee: A screening of “Moana” begins at 3 p.m. Saturday.
All week: The library will have craft kits available for elementary school-aged children to make paper bag ninja puppets.
Location: 201 Fourth Ave. E. in Twin Falls
Information: 208-733-2964, http://twinfallspubliclibrary.org/ or visit “Twin Falls Public Library” on Facebook.
For the young artists in your family, Hands On is offering a spring break camp.
The camp starts Monday and continues throughout the week. Children can participate in activities for $30 per day or the whole week for $100. A sibling discount is available.
Children ages 7-9 meet from 9 a.m.-noon and ages 10-13 meet from 1-4 p.m.
Can’t make it to a class? There are open paint times at Hands On from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Saturday.
Here’s the schedule of projects during spring break camp:
Monday: 7-to-9-year-olds will read books about sea creatures, and will paint an octopus box. The 10-to-13-year-olds will make a mosaic wall hanging.
Tuesday: Both groups will be doing canvas painting. The 7-to-9-year-olds will be painting a ladybug and 10-to-13-year-olds will be painting an owl.
Wednesday: Both age groups will watch the movie “Trolls.” For a project, they’ll paint a cup and plant grass inside it.
Thursday: 7-to-9-year-olds will have a story time about frogs, and will paint a cup and bowl. The 10-to-13-year-olds will paint a dinner mug and plate.
Friday: 7-to-9-year-olds will make a handprint fused glass coaster. The 10-to-13-year-olds will make a fused glass suncatcher.
Location: 147 Shoshone St. N. in Twin Falls
How to register: Call 208-736-4475
Information: 208-736-4475, handsonstudio.com/ or visit “Hands On” on Facebook.
Make suncatchers and see a planetarium show
Want to make a suncatcher or see a full-dome planetarium show about flying? You can find those offerings at the College of Southern Idaho’s Herrett Center for Arts & Science.
Free drop-in activities
Noon-3 p.m. Tuesday: Treasure boxes.
Noon-3 p.m. Wednesday: Suncatchers, made using colorful tissue paper. Bring your own leaves or flowers if you’d like to incorporate them into the project.
Noon-3 p.m. Thursday: Make your own mask.
Noon-3 p.m. “Fling it Friday”: Try your hand at using prehistoric tools such as an atlatl or spear.
3:15-4:30 p.m. daily: Make paper airplanes.
A new show, “Dream to Fly,” opened Tuesday. Showtimes are 2:30 p.m. daily through Saturday, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
1:30 p.m. shows this week: “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” on Tuesday, “Perfect Little Planet” on Wednesday, “The Accidental Astronauts” on Thursday and “Solar System Odyssey” on Friday.
3:30 p.m. shows this week: “Eclipse: The Sun Revealed.”
4:30 p.m. Saturday: “Asteroid: Mission Extreme”
8 p.m. Saturday: “Flight of the Butterflies”
Planetarium tickets: There’s a spring break special this week: Buy one ticket to a planetarium show and get $2 off a ticket to another show the same day.
Tickets cost $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (ages 60+), $4 for children and CSI students with an activity card, and free for children younger than 2.
Location: 315 Falls Ave. in Twin Falls
Information: 208-732-6655 or herrett.csi.edu.
Take a swim
The Magic Valley YMCA is offering a variety of spring break activities this week.
Free swim lessons: Lessons are offered for 6 to 14-year-olds in memory of Dr. David Webster. Students will learn the basics of water safety.
Lessons will run through Thursday and there are several time slots to choose from: 9-9:40 a.m., 9:45-10:25 a.m., 10:30-11:10 a.m., 11:15-11:55 a.m. and noon-12:40 p.m.
Jr. lifeguard camp: This free camp — which starts Monday and runs through Thursday — will teach children the basics of first aid, CPR/AED and how to be a lifeguard.
The class is free for 10 to 14-year-olds and runs from noon-1 p.m. each day.
Open swim: Take a dip in the pool during open swim from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. through Friday. It’s free for YMCA members and for non-members, it’s $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for children and $2.50 for children ages three and younger.
Location: YMCA/Twin Falls City Pool, 756 Locust St. N.
Information: 208-733-4384, ymcatf.com or visit “YMCA of Twin Falls” on Facebook.
Go on trips and play games
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Magic Valley expect to see up to 200 children this week while school is out.
“Spring break is usually a time where we make sure kids are having fun,” program director Garren Moreno said. Plus, there are “educational aspects to everything we do.”
Activities at the Twin Falls and Buhl clubs this week include playing games in the gymnasium, doing activities outside, playing in bounce houses, baking and decorating cookies, and doing art projects.
Plus, there are field trips planned, such as to Jump Time.
“Since it’s spring break, we like to do lots of fun trips for the children,” Moreno said, especially since some don’t have the opportunity to go on vacations with their families.
The big activity is a ski trip Wednesday for children ages 9 and older, and Thursday for 5-to-8-year-olds. But the deadline has passed to sign up.
It’s not too late, though, to participate in activities at the Twin Falls and Buhl clubs.
In Twin Falls, there’s a weekly orientation for parents at 6 p.m. Wednesday to learn more about the club and programs offered.
There’s a $20 yearly fee per child. Some programs and activities may have an additional fee.
Location: 999 Frontier Road in Twin Falls and 523 Sawtooth Blvd. in Buhl
Information: 208-736-7011 in Twin Falls, 208-420-8678 in Buhl, bgcmv.com or visit “Boys and Girls Clubs of Magic Valley” on Facebook.
Hit the slopes
Spring is finally in the air. But there’s still time to hit the slopes one last time.
South-central Idaho is home to a handful of ski resorts, including Magic Mountain Resort near Hansen, Pomerelle Mountain Resort near Albion, Soldier Mountain Ski Area near Fairfield and Sun Valley.
They’ll likely all be open Saturday and some, on weekdays. But before you head out, be sure to double check because that can change depending on weather conditions.
Information: Visit the ski resorts on Facebook, or call Magic Mountain at 208-736-SNOW, Pomerelle at 208-673-5599, Soldier Mountain at 208-764-2526 and Sun Valley Resort at 800-786-8259.
Learn to fight off zombies
The Jerome Recreation District has an unusual offering for children this spring break — a zombie survival camp.
The camp runs from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Becker Park and Spears Park in Jerome. The cost is $60 and includes a t-shirt.
Children will learn how to build a shelter, test their survival skills and participate in a tactical game of humans versus zombies.
Location: 2032 S. Lincoln Ave. in Jerome
To register: Call 208-324-3389.