Spring Break didn’t come a minute too soon. Between the weather and life, it’s time to bust out. Luckily, there are tons of things to do. If you’re not looking for anything too organized, be sure to visit the MK Nature Center, Municipal Park, and the Boise Greenbelt. They won’t disappoint.

There’s also country swing dance, Zoo Boise’s Easter Eggstravaganza, a Tiny House fundraiser for the homeless at Kleiner Park, Vietnam 50th Symposium at the Warhawk Air Museum, TONS of free artwork to view, and a bunch of stuff going on for First Thursday.

For even more things to do, visit the Appetite for Idaho page on Facebook, and/ or check out the Appetite for Idaho e-book on Amazon.com

Enjoy your week!


Dance Lesson and Social Dancing
Fri., March 27, 7-11:30 p.m.
Eagles Lodge Nampa 118 11th Ave. N., Nampa
Want to learn to country swing dance? Take a lesson, then dance during open dance to the sounds of the band Straightaway. Not a member? You don’t need to be! You don’t even need a partner. For more info, call Randy at 208-941-4853. $5 for lesson, $6 for dance

Zoo Boise Easter EGGstravaganza
Sat., March 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Zoo Boise 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise
How do you think over 30,000 pieces of candy hidden throughout the zoo in colored plastic eggs would sound to a kid? Zoo Boise’s staff is hiding them all over the Zoo for the Eggstravaganza. There will be hunts for all age groups every 30 minutes, face painting, photo-opps with the big bunny himself, and many of the animals will have giant eggs sprayed with a special perfume, or filled with food on the inside. We’ll get to watch them try to get to them. Zoo Boise staff says it’s like a dog with a kong. Adults-$7, kids $4.25

Idaho Tiny House Fundraiser for the Homeless
Sat., March 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park 1900 N. Records Ave., near Fairview Avenue and Eagle Road, Meridian
Idaho Tiny House, the nonprofit that builds tiny homes for the homeless, is offering food, music, facepainting, a silent auction, and more when visit their fundraiser. You can even check out the very first tiny house that’s being built. Family fun, suggested donation: $10.

Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Symposium
Sat., March 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat., April 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat., May 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat., June 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat., July 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Warhawk Air Museum Nampa Airport, 201 Municipal Drive, Nampa
You’ve read about this in local magazines, and the first Saturday of the Symposium is here. Teaming up with the U.S. Department of Defense for the Vietnam War’s 50th Anniversary, six different symposiums will focus on the war’s many different aspects. This is a chance for people to give the honor to those who’ve served, and to better understand what really happened. At the end of the six symposiums, a Welcome Home party and BBQ will be had for our Vietnam Veterans. Museum opens early at 9:30 a.m. For more info on each session, check out the Warhawk website calendar of events. FREE

Wild About Life Lecture: High-Mountain Lakes

Wed., April 1, 7-8 p.m.
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa
Idaho’s high-mountain lakes offer boundless recreational opportunities, and Mike McLean will be at the Refuge to tell you all about them, especially the lakes near McCall. He’ll tell you how to get the most out of your journey both to and from the lakes, activities to do while there, and he’ll even offer some tips on fishing and about the sort of fish you might expect to catch. FREE

Albertsons Library 50th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Thu., April 2, 4-8 p.m.
Albertsons Library 1910 University Dr., Boise Southwestern Idaho (map)
It’s the big 5-0 for the Albertsons Library! Help celebrate with an opening reception for a juried exhibition. 36 works by 27 will be selected for exhibition inclusion by Boise State jurors Lily Lee, visual artist and assistant professor sculpture, and Brian Wiley, visual artist and assistant professor graphic design. Top works awards will be announced at 6 p.m. Exhibition and reception are both open to the public. FREE

Boise Creative Center
First Thursday of every month, 5-9 p.m. Continues through May 6
Boise Creative Center 1204 W. Front St., Boise
View artist Myra Hage’s work all throughout April. On First Thursday there will be live music, and a live performance painting by Alex Vega, plus an interactive painting area for kids. FREE

Design Center of Boise
First Thursday of every month, 5-9 p.m. Continues through May 6
Design Center of Boise 1185 W. Grove St., Boise
Enjoy live music, snacks, and inhale the aroma coming from the popcorn machine. Sodas, drinks, and a food truck out front. Extended spring home specials! FREE

Goldy's Corner
First Thursday of every month, 5-9 p.m. Continues through May 6
Goldy's Corner 625 W. Main St., Boise
Art. Drinks. Food. And Annie Huntley and ten other local artists are in the shop. FREE