Things for Kids to Do in Twin Falls, Idaho

by Leyla Norman Google

Twin Falls is a city of about 42,741 as of July 2009. It's located in the south central part of Idaho. Waterfalls, planetariums, and arts and crafts are just some of the activities your kids can get involved in while in Twin falls. No matter your children's interests, Twin Falls has plenty to keep them engaged and happy.

Faulkner Planetarium

The Faulkner Planetarium on the campus of the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls seats 144 people under a dome 50 feet high. The planetarium is located in the Herret Center for Arts and Sciences on campus. It offers shows throughout the year, although show times vary in the different seasons. Show times are generally in the afternoon and evening. As of 2011, children less than 2 years old enter free, while one adult can bring in five kids for $1 each. The cost of admission for an adult is $4.50. Students are $2.50 each, and seniors over 60 are $3.50 each.

Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls is located about 6 miles northeast of Twin Falls. It offers spectacular views of falls almost 1,500 feet wide that drop 212 feet. Known as the Niagara Falls of the West, Shoshone Falls out-drops Niagara by 36 feet. Shoshone Falls has large grassy areas kids can run and play in, as well as hiking trails and playgrounds. Several vantage points offer views of the falls from many different angles. As of 2011, entrance fees per car were $3.

Hands On

Take your kids to Hands On, a do-it-yourself ceramics studio in downtown Twin Falls. Open from about 11 a.m. through 7 or 9 p.m. -- depending on the day of the week -- Hands On offers art classes, silver jewelry-making classes, fused art instruction and other types of art projects kids can do on their own. Their creativity will know no bounds in this studio. The projects are kiln-fired and usually ready in about a week.

Twin Falls County Fair

The Twin Falls County Fair and Magic Valley Stampede is a must-see annual event in late August or early September. A rodeo, concerts, a demolition derby, petting zoo and motocross were just a few of the events on the 2011 County Fair calendar. Kids can pick and choose activities that interest them from a week-long schedule of events.