May is the pre-summer explosion of enthusiasm. It’s a windows-open, flowers-bloomin’, celebration for the end of school and kick-off to sunshiny days full of swimming and camping and patio dining. It’s FULL of anticipation and celebration.
May averages a glorious 68-77 degrees F and extends another hour of sun daily. Plus, we have all kinds of reasons to eat more delicious food: from Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day Brunch to the Greek Food Festival to Graduation Party BBQ's.
Here are the things to think about adding to your calendar:
Opening Day of Babby Farms
Wednesday, May 1 at 9am
Babby Farms is a unique place because there are so many animals you really can see up close and even pet or feed including kangaroos and monkeys. There are many hooved animals that the public can feed and pet. Our favorites, by far, were the mischievous monkey, the otters, and silky soft kangaroos.
The mission at Babby Farms is to “give children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy of interacting with a wide range of animals. Most of our animals are hand-raised for this purpose. To help our cause, we are open to the general public for a fee. Studies show that all people, disabled or not, benefit from hands-on interaction with animals.” We visited for the first time last year and had a blast. It’s on the outskirts of Caldwell, so it’s a drive away from most places. Definitely bring a camera, sunscreen, your own lunch, and kids. It’s a totally affordable, interesting escape from the ordinary.
The holiday for Star Wars Nerds.
Saturday, May the 4th
Two events worth mentioning:
A Trapeze and Aerials Show: Star Wars themed flying trapeze and aerial acts. Catered, opportunities for trying the trapeze for $5, and it’s held to raise money for struggling individuals to build confidence. I have seen and heard this trapeze around town, but have yet to participate. #goals. Somebody do it and tell me all about it! $10/$15 Tickets. Learn more >>
Star Wars Improv Show: Recycled Minds Comedy is putting on a family-friendly comedy improv show. We’ve taken our elementary-aged boys to another improv comedy show here in the valley and they loved it! So, our Star-Wars loving family will check it out. Learn more>> $5/$10 tickets.
Boise Music Week:
Monday-Sat, May 2-May 12
Music has a long history, though not a TON of fanfare.The music lover will appreciate the many different venues, different styles for this week-long celebration. It really feels like a community event with roots and not at all commercial. Which is nice isn’t it? In one week you can enjoy international dance, jazz, Basque song and dance, opera, hymns, classical, school choirs, A Capella, and more. All events are free—even the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the Morrison Center (however you still need to reserve tickets for that one.) Learn more >>
Note: Boise Music Week is not to be confused with the Boise Music Festival which smells of carnival & sweat, and is put on by a local broadcasting company who brings in the lesser-known bands or those who had hits a few decades ago for an all day concert at the fairgrounds in Garden City! Altogether different.
Sunday, May 12
Brunch is going to be a madhouse everywhere. So, just beware. Maybe we should just call it Mother's Weekend instead of Mother's Day. Here’s what I’d do:
2) Give her those hand-made cards or the funny one you picked up at Mixed Greens.
3) Go for a run/walk/bike in the foothills together.
4) Lounge. Let mom go shopping with her mom.
5 ) Go to dinner.
Do not give cleaning gifts or forget to clean the kitchen if you do stay home and eat. Moms should just tell their people exactly what would be wonderful and not expect them to guess. It’s the nicest thing you can do.
Family Friendly Kickball in the Park with Scott Swan Real Estate
Saturday, May 18
This is going to be fun. Your job is just to show up with or without sweatbands and kick it with us. We have reserved a shelter at Stephen C. Guerber park and will have Stella’s ice cream there to keep us refreshed and fueled for our not-so-intense game of Kickball.
Bring your family and friends!
Famous Idaho Potato Marathon, Half, 10k, 5K
Saturday, May 18
7 & 10am
It’s well attended, popular race because it’s a point-to-point, there’s a very slight slope downhill, and it’s not too hot yet! You’ll see marathoners that morning if you are using the greenbelt. Give them a shout out! They might not be able to smile, but it will be received! Learn more >>
To participate in Memorial Day, our family has visited those places closest to our house- namely the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery and the “Field of Honor” next to Merrill Park in Eagle. Both places are worth visiting.
At the cemetery you can expect fly-overs and an hour long wreath ceremony with officials. It's beautiful and reverent. Park at Optimist Park and catch a shuttle.
At the park, you’ll find The Eagle Field of Honor flags. They will start flying on Armed Forces Day and continue through the Memorial Day holiday. Each flag in the field holds a name, a story, and reminder to the men and women currently serving, that they are not forgotten. It truly is a moving display and worth visiting as a family. Squeeze it in your plans!
37th Greek Food Festival
Friday - Saturday May 31-June 1
11:00 am to 9:00 pm
“I might be Greek because I love this food so much.” That’s what my husband said when we went to Boise’s Greek Food Festival for the first time together in 2003. He didn’t know much of his heritage then and I agree- it was SOOO delicious. So. so. so good.
Perks? Greek Dancing & Tours of the Greek Orthodox Church at 27th & Jefferson St. Learn more about the menu/food/prices here>>
Other Notable Openings this month: