It's been a gray and dark beginning of winter so far, and many people -- especially those who don't like to play in the snow -- might be itching to get off the couch, ditch the video games and escape the confines of the house to do something fun.
We all know what can happen if you wait too long ... you might get grouchy or much worse! Remember how Jack Nicholson turned into a horrifying nut case in The Shining? Or when a bunch of college students went into the woods in the movie Cabin Fever, only to catch a skin-eating disease?
OK, humor aside, we know you're not that bad off. But you'll be glad to know that the City of Twin Falls Parks & Recreation Department joined forces with Activate Magic Valley to serve up a huge array of FREE activities this Saturday, Jan. 9, for families, kids and adults. City parks officials are calling it "Cabin Fever Day," and Activity Magic Valley underlines the motivation of the event by calling it "Get MOVIN' Day."
"Our goal is to help people get active and stay active," says Scott Standley of Activate Magic Valley.
Twin Falls Parks has 14 activities set up at 14 locations throughout the city of Twin Falls, including open swimming at the YMCA/City Pool, free dancing classes for young girls provided by the Dancing Divas, trampoline fun at Jump Time (second hour is free), all kinds of games, sports activities, arts and crafts at the Boys and Girls Club, Karate and Martial Arts, free bowling, skiing at Magic Mountain ($50 for the whole family to ski or ride), free Scuba lessons at the Y/City Pool, Live Sky Tours at the Faulkner Planetarium, and indoor archery target shooting courtesy of Magic Valley Bowhunters.
See a complete listing of activities, times and locations on the parks web site. A fun approach might be to do your homework on the activities you'd like to do, make a schedule and try to hit as many as possible since this is only a one-day event! Kind of like a speed-dating format for non-stop fun! Before you get started, be sure to stop by the Activate Magic Valley venue by the Elizabeth Street YMCA to visit with 25-30 vendors, and pick up an Activate Magic Valley passport so you can get a stamp at any of the Cabin Fever activities and at least five vendors at the Get Movin' event to be eligible to win the grand prize - a one-year family membership to the YMCA. At the Activate Magic Valley venue, they'll have many sports and activity clubs on hand (soccer, fly fishing, running, hiking, etc.), plus health and fitness vendors, city parks organizations for Twin Falls and Jerome, and local companies like St. Luke's, Glanbia, Clear Springs Foods and Clif Bar.
While you're in Twin Falls, check out some great eateries such as Twin Falls Sandwich Co. (good craft beer, too), Idaho Joe's, Burnt Lemon Grill or Garibaldi's Mexican restaurant. They also have several sushi spots and Prasai's Thai Cuisine. Check out these foodie review apps and sites and make your own choice!
Need a place to stay?
Look for lodging deals here at the Southern Idaho Tourism web site. Here are some event posters to help you find your favorite activities (click on the images to enlarge):