Written by Thomas Walsh
December 15

Rainy Day Fun

So, today you woke up in beautiful McCall and now it’s raining. Don’t despair. You can still make this an amazing day!

Gather up your family and head to The Pancake House for some hot chocolate with whipped cream and a giant cinnamon roll (they are famous for them!) to warm up. After breakfast, wander back to the Christmas House, inside the Pancake House, where you will find a huge array of intriguing, whimsical and decorative seasonal items. It’s never too early for Christmas! Continue on through the Christmas House to Auggie’s Sheepskin and slip your feet into a cozy pair of sheepskin slippers while the kids hug the genuine sheepskin-stuffed bears and play with the unique toys. As you leave with your new slippers, toys for the kids and yes…..the sheepskin rug you just couldn’t resist, breathe in that fresh rain smell!

Still raining and now you are ready for some recreation! We have just the solution…the Manchester Ice and Event Center’s daily public skate sessions. Be brave! Get out there on the ice and execute a flawless triple lutz (or just go slow and keep close to the wall as most of us do). Warm up in Skater Things Cafe where you can enjoy coffee, wine, beer, snacks or even a light lunch. Before you go, be sure to check the schedule to see if the Idaho Jr. Steelheads are in town – you won’t be disappointed with these exciting hockey games!

Next stop, Gold Fork Hot Springs. It is already wet outside so why not make the most of it? Gold Fork Hot Springs is located just south of Donnelly off Gold Fork Road (it is about 6 miles once you turn off the highway, so just follow the blue signs!) and features 6 geothermal pools ranging in temperatures. There is a sand pool with waterfall for the kids to play in and a series of pools for mom and dad to enjoy while being able to keep an eye on the little ones. Gold Fork is open from Noon to 9:00pm (open until 11:00pm on Saturdays) and closed on Tuesdays. Just be sure to bring cash or check as credit/debit cards are not accepted! Adults admission is $8 and admission for children 11 and under is $6.

After skating and a soak in the hot springs, hunger strikes. Head to Growlers Pizza Grill in McCall for lunch! As a family run business, Growlers offers the freshest ingredients that go into delicious pizzas, calzones, hamburgers and sandwiches. We recommend taking a taste (at least!) of their special fry sauce. It has just a hint of smoke flavoring that makes it perfect for dipping crisp fries!

By now the family may be exhausted (fingers crossed the kids are worn out), but in the case everyone is still awake and kicking try PLAYLive McCall to entertain the entire family. PLAYLive is McCall’s premier family entertainment and gaming center where the options are endless! Family friendly, social gaming lounge with 250 XBox 1 games, and XBox 360 games, 200+ video game titles, as well as racing, sports, role play and strategy games. Need a break? At PLAYLive it is okay to leave your kids to have their own fun for a while in this supervised lounge (at the discretion of each parent). Not comfortable with leaving them? Relax into a comfy, oversized leather armchair, put on your head phones and select a movie from over 50,000 titles. There are also group stations for family viewing or gaming. Hours change seasonally, so please call 208-634-5188 to confirm times and specials.

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