TWIN FALLS — The winter holidays are over. Are you feeling bored, lazy, irritable or restless?
Twin Falls’ Parks and Recreation Department wants you to fight back cabin fever by taking part in a community-wide event on Saturday. The 18th annual Cabin Fever Day kicks off with activities beginning as early as 9 a.m.
This year, 13 organizations are offering free or discounted ways to put the winter blues at bay.
“Cabin Fever Day is a day for the community to get out,” Twin Falls Recreation Supervisor Stacy McClintock said. “They get depressed and they get withdrawn because they’re inside the whole time. I encourage people to get out and explore and do things.”
The event includes activities such as bowling, golfing, scuba diving and swimming. Not sure where to start? Each participating location — and the Parks and Recreation Department — will have maps available before and during the event.
“If you want to do something, get there early,” McClintock said.
Here are 13 things you can do this Saturday, either by yourself or with your family:
1. Swim at the YMCA pool
The YMCA will host a free swim day from noon to 4 p.m. at 1751 Elizabeth Blvd. The family can also participate in crafts and games.
2. Feed your child for free
Each child 11 years and younger will get a free meal with the purchase of one regular adult buffet at Pizza Pie Café, 1826 Canyon Crest Drive. The offer will be available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Children can also participate in a coloring contest, and the winners will receive a free pizza party.
3. Jump on a trampoline
JumpTime, 302B Third St. S., is offering a discount at its indoor trampoline park. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when you buy one hour, you get a second hour for free.
The business has 18,000 square feet of trampolines, foam pits, slam dunk basketball, inflatables and video games for the entire family.
4. Golf for free
If weather permits, the Twin Falls Golf Course will have its driving range open free of charge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 554 Grandview Drive. The putting green will also be open.
5. Walk through the park
The Twin Falls Public Library, 201 Fourth Ave. E., is encouraging people to come take a walk through the City Park. A winter story and family activity will also take place, followed by hot chocolate and cider in the program room. The activities happen between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with a movie matinee to follow.
6. Learn to play an instrument
Teachers at the Wakefield Music Academy will offer free music lessons from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 684 Blue Lakes Blvd. N., behind Arctic Circle. You’ll be able to get a 15- to 30- minute introduction to an instrument — such as piano, violin, guitar, ukulele, viola or cello — owner Alissa Wakefield said. You may bring your own or use one of theirs.
The Wakefield Music Academy offers group and individual music lessons for ages 16 months and older. The business started in Mountain Home about seven years ago and opened in Twin Falls in August, she said. Saturday is also its grand opening, with giveaways.
7. Get crafty
The Idaho Department of Health And Welfare, Division of Behavioral Health will be helping you learn creative coping techniques through crafts. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., staff will be at the College of Southern Idaho’s Herrett Center, 315 Falls Ave., to facilitate rock painting, coloring and mask painting. You can also learn how to build a “calming bottle.”
8. Bowl for free
The Bowladrome, 220 Eastland Drive, will treat visitors to one free game of bowling and shoe rental from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
9. Go cross-country skiing
Magic Mountain Ski Resort will offer free cross-country skiing with free snow shoe rentals from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. off of Rock Creek Road in Kimberly. The whole family can ski and snowboard for $50.
10. Go scuba diving
AWOL Dive and Kayak will teach scuba diving classes from noon to 4 p.m. at the city pool, 756 Locust St. N. Adults and children 10 years and older can take part — just bring a bathing suit. Children ages 17 and younger will have to have an adult signature.
“We start you out on the shallow end,” AWOL Dive and Kayak owner Paul Melni said.
Each class takes about a half-hour and is limited to eight participants. You can pre-register at the Parks and Recreation Department, 136 Maxwell Ave.
AWOL offers scuba diving classes year-round.
“We teach twice as many scuba diving classes in the winter as in the summer,” Melni said.
11. Meet reptiles
The Herrett Center, 315 Falls Ave., will have a reptile meet-and-greet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the planetarium will offer live “sky tours” and a sneak-peek of some of the full-dome video shows. The observatory will be open for viewing through the telescope from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
12. Learn self defense
Success Martial Arts, 1300 Kimberly Road, will have two sessions where you can learn self defense and build focus, self-control, courage and confidence. A “Noodle Samurai” activity will help you develop quickness and teamwork.
All ages can come to either session, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
13. Play some pool or ping pong
Mardi Katz of Twin Falls, 677 Filer Ave., will offer discounted activities from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Play “Glow-Mini-Golf,” pool, video games, ping pong, basketball, darts and more.
There will be snacks, and free candy will be given to anyone who gets a hole-in-one on the last hole of mini golf.