MERIDIAN, Ida. — The Meridian Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready for its sixth annual Unplug and Be Outside event. The fun kicks off this weekend with a family-friendly day at Kleiner Park.
This year's Unplug and Be Outside event runs from Saturday, May 4th to Saturday, May 11th. It's designed to help everyone experience a new activity, make new friends and explore new places for free. Throughout the week, there are nearly 40 activities and events for people of all ages to choose from in the areas of arts, sports, and recreation.
The Unplug Kick-off at Kleiner Park will be May 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families can bring their bicycles for a free tire slime to get prepared for summer rides, participate in the bike rodeo, try out a free smoothie on the Boise Co-Op's smoothie bike, and take a jump rope lesson from the popular youth group, the Summerwind Skippers.
Meridian Parks and Rec Coordinator Renee White says there's a weeks-worth of "oh that sounds fun" activities for all ages. Printed schedules of the activities can be picked up during Saturday's kick-off event so families stay unplugged. Activities include outdoor photography by acclaimed photographer Monte Stiles, teen yoga, and a chance to learn a new line-dance. Youth can try out a new sport with introductory lessons in lacrosse, golf, tennis, soccer or flag football. Movement and self-expression are encouraged in the free classes offered in dance. A full schedule can be found here.
Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd is hosting an Unplug Challenge and some great prizes are up for grabs. You can win by simply setting aside technology or attending a free unplug event. Just grab an Unplug Bingo Card during the Unplug Kick-Off and play to win prizes like admission passes to Roaring Springs Water Park, Nordic ski pass from Bogus Basin, event passes from Idaho Botanical Garden, and more.