We are excited to offer field trips during our Legislative Pie Day event. During this guided tour of the Idaho capitol building, students will learn about the history of our state and our beautiful Capitol building. They will discover historic treasures on display throughout the capitol with our special field guides. The tour will begin on the first floor and conclude on the 4th floor where you and your students can see for yourselves what Homeschool Idaho’s Pie Day is all about.
February 7, 2024
Tours are offered at six different times.
700 West Jefferson Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
Planning Your Field Trip
Reserving Your Spot
Six field trip times will be available:
9:30 – 10:30 AM
10:00 – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Each tour has a limited capacity of 25 students.
Each child or sibling group must be accompanied by a parent.
All students must be pre-registered. We regret that we are unable to offer at-the-door additions for this field trip.
Before Your Field Trip
Our Capitol building has an amazing history! In order for your family to get the most from our tour of this beautiful historic building, we’d like to suggest some activities you can do with your children before joining us on Pie Day.
Watch the Capitol of Light video through PBS. This video is a 45 min look into the original building of our Capitol and its historic restoration.
Former Idaho First Lady Lori Otter has written several fun books about our state including one about the Capitol. It’s called Ida Explores the Capitol and it can be found through most public library systems in Idaho.
It can be challenging to find parking near the capitol. The parking meters are closely monitored, and hefty fines are accrued when they expire.
We recommend parking in the public parking garage on 9th and Bannock, and using the Parkmobile app if parking at metered parking. There is also a Parkmobile code (65222) for the Bannock garage. The entrance is on Bannock across from the Banner Bank.
Inside the Capitol
We will be using the beautiful marble stairs to navigate through the building for our tour together. There is a total of four flights of stairs we will be climbing throughout our tour, and for this reason, we ask that you do not bring strollers, and wear comfortable shoes.
There are elevators located in the building, but we ask you use them only out of extreme necessity, as they are small and crowded.The rotunda of our capitol is surrounded by a low wall with wide openings, overlooking a 4-story open center. Young children must be very well attended for safety’s sake!
The Legislature is in session during Legislative Pie Day. Be aware that sound carries easily because of the open rotunda.
Our Capitol is a formal office environment. Please take advantage of this opportunity to practice etiquette skills like these:
- Walk, don’t run.
- Parents need to remain in close proximity to their children to help maintain good behavior and ensure safety when we get into the Rotunda areas.
- Please do not touch objects unless invited to do so.
- Please remain with your tour group and don’t wander.
- Shake hands firmly, though without inflicting pain.
- Make eye contact when speaking with someone.
- Speak clearly using an appropriate “inside voice.”
- Put on your Sunday best.
- Smile! You will be meeting many potential friends.
We encourage you to contact the Legislators from your district ahead of Pie Day to let them know your family will be attending and ask them to come join us on the 4th floor to enjoy the displays, music, and of course a piece of pie! Legislators are happy to meet with their constituents as time permits during the session. You can find out who your Legislator is here: Who’s My Legislator? – Idaho State Legislature.
Register Your Family Today!
The Guided Capitol Tour is offered at six different times. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Looking to be more involved?
This event is sponsored by Homeschool Idaho,
but we could not do it without the help of families just like yours.
We would love to have you join us this year!
There are five different ways to be participate in Legislative Day: