A Kid’s Perspective on Favorite Hangouts and Hidden Gems
Ever wondered what kids love about Garden City? Let Liam, a bubbly 9-year-old, and Hadleigh, a keen-eyed 13-year-old, guide you through their favorite hangouts, from the luxurious Riverside Hotel to the tranquil Mystic Cove.
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, this heartwarming duo will show you the city’s best from a fresh perspective.
Hi, my name is Liam, I am 9 years old, and I am in the 3rd grade. These are things I like about Garden City.
1. I like The Riverside Hotel.
These are the things I like about the Riverside Hotel:
- I like the beds because they are so comfy!
- The pools. There are 2 pools. One is inside, the other outside, and they are so fun!
- The business.😊 [The people that work in all the businesses there.]
2. I also like going to the river and eating sandwiches; the food is good in Garden City.
That’s it for now. These are the things that I like about Garden City the most!
Hi, my name is Hadleigh Bostron, I am 13, in the 7th grade, and these are the things that I like the most about Garden City.
I like The Riverside Hotel.
One of my favorite things to do in Garden City is go to the Riverside Hotel. It is really a fantastic place to be. When you walk in there is a beautiful high ceiling with a huge chandelier. It’s got an awesome heated pool and delicious food. They even give you a cookie, and the band that plays while you are eating is cool. You can be an adult or be a kid and have fun there. That’s pretty much everything in Garden City though to be honest.
Another place I like to visit in Garden City is Mystic Cove. It’s a park with a big biking path but there is a trail that leads to a river. By that river is a bunch of large rocks and white as snow sand. You are like right in the middle of a city but in the middle of the wilderness with ducks and geese and frogs and crawdads.
Places to Eat!
I like that there are a lot of places to eat, and do fun things in Garden City, no matter how old you are or where you live.
These are some of the reasons that I really like Garden City.
Family Day in Garden City
There’s No Shortage of Family Fun in Garden City
Sure, Garden City has plenty of big fun for adults thanks to its Craft Beverage Corridor. But it’s also a wonderland of interesting activities for kids — and who knows, their parents might learn a few things, too!
Start the morning in the garden.
Garden City is the first Bee City, U.S.A. in Idaho, which means that the city is devoted to preserving and protecting these important insects. Garden City has created a safe space for bees at its purpose-built Pollinator Garden. At this educational garden, you and your kids can learn about native bee species, the plants they enjoy, and how the whole family can do its part to help Idaho’s bees thrive.
Learn at the library.
The Garden City Public Library proudly proclaims that it’s “not a quiet library.” And with the number of programs for kids, you’ll quickly find out why! Take your little ones to Toddler Tales storytime and Puppet Theater, or help your older children learn how to speak Spanish at Bilingual Storytime. You’ll discover plenty of other activities, from rock painting workshops to chess, as well as one of the most welcoming environments in the Treasure Valley.
Get weird at the Reuseum.
Let your kids’ imaginations run wild at this family-friendly electronics surplus and supply store. You never know what you’ll find here: Old lab coats, beakers, used motherboards — the list goes on and on and on. The Reuseum is a huge advocate for STEM education and regularly hosts workshops for kids like Deconstruction Labs, Bristlebot Builds, Circuit Building Basics, and Junk Drawer Robots. Or, if your child has a STEM or science project, book time with the staff to go over logistics and see how the Reuseum might be able to help.
Bowl like a pro.
Westy’s Garden Lanes have been a Garden City staple since 1959, and they’re still a family favorite. Strike down some pins and let the kids gorge on Westy’s breakfast-all-day specials (there’s a full-service bar on hand for adults, too). You could always make your excursion into a party: Westy’s has a party package that includes an hour of bowling, 30 minutes of arcade games, unlimited soda, and take-home gifts.