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Sacramento Summer Bucket List and a Chance to Win FREE Passes to Our Local Museums!

May 27, 2014

By Heather CrivelloneCool_Summer_freecomputerdesktopwallpaper_p

Its official….the countdown is ON!  The countdown to summer vacation that is. My kids are anxiously awaiting that last day of school to get  and I have to admit, so am I! Tired of the alarm clocks, the schedule, the homework… I’m looking forward to some relaxing time to be a kid with my kids.  Isn’t that what summer is about? And if you are looking for some ideas to keep those kids busy and not screaming “I’m bored” the first week of summer…then check out our Sacramento Summer “Bucket List”. You may find some things that you have never thought of, and if you have other ideas you would like to share, please email us.


Sacramento Summer Fun with Kids:

  1. Go Berry Picking.  We have some great local orchards that will let you bring the kids and pick fresh fruit to take home. Impossible Acres is my personal favorite!
  2. Take a Hike. We have great local trails in the area that will keep your kids busy and active all summer.
  3. Visit the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town and/or Funderland.
  4. Enjoy a FREE concert in the park at Pops in the Park. Saturdays in June, the parks in East Sacramento host concerts- this is always a fun tradition for Sacramento families!
  5. Visit a local Farmers Market. Many markets offer entertainment and food choices- so you can make an evening out of it.
  6. Grab some peanuts and cheer on our local River Cats Baseball team (check schedule here).
  7. Put on some sunblock and hit up one of our local Spray Parks in the area.
  8. Make homemade ice cream, or visit one of the great local ice cream parlors (Vics, Farrells, Leatherby’s and Gunthers are great options).
  9. Check out the Planetarium at the Sacramento Discovery Museum.
  10. Visit a local nature center- Effie Yeaw and Placer Nature Center are great for kids.
  11.  Catch a movie at the Drive In’s
  12. Play Flashlight Tag (can’t wait to do this one!).
  13. Check out the water parks in the area- SunSplash and Raging Waters.
  14. Take a FREE tour at the Jelly Belly Factory.
  15. Go Bowling- many leagues have summer programs for kids to bowl for really inexpensive.
  16.  Visit the Sacramento Children’s Museum.
  17. Take an Art Class or visit ArtBeast.
  18. Bounce out those giggles at the Bounce Spot or Sky Zone
  19. Visit one of our local libraries and check out some of the great free programs they have for kids in the summer.
  20. Learn how to flip pizza at Pizza Rock during their “Kids in the Kitchen”
  21. Bake some cookies to go with that pizza, or learn how to decorate those baked goods at Megan’s Bake Shop in West Sacramento.
  22. Take a bike ride along the American River Trail.
  23. Visit Six Flags Amusement Park
  24. Take your young children to Story Time at Big Spoon Yogurt (check your location for times and dates)
  25. Make plans to go to the California State Fair.

I hope this list gives you some ideas for things to do with your kids this summer. Our bucket list is made and ready to start crossing items off.  I added things like “Take a Nap in a hammock”, “Read a book” and “Stay in our pajamas all day.”  These are the activities I’m most looking forward to.

Let us know what is on your summer bucket list and get entered into a drawing to win a pair of VIP Passes for up to 4 people to visit some of our great local attractions.
We will announce the winner on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014.

Whatever your plans, have fun and make some memories with your kids this summer!

34 Comments leave one →
  1. Allison F. permalink
    June 3, 2014 7:47 am

    Our bucket list: Going camping, trips to the beach, concerts and movies in the park and Legoland

  2. June 2, 2014 6:33 pm

    Pick our own fruit! Concerts in the park! Drive-in movies! Count us in! Thanks for the great ideas!

  3. Kristine Stanowicz permalink
    June 1, 2014 9:27 pm

    We want to have a big backyard campout with our friends! lots of swim parties, buy a new trail-a-bike so the whole family can ride bikes more, and visit family! Thanks for your new ideas too!

  4. Sonia Byard permalink
    June 1, 2014 9:00 pm

    Going to San Diego and camping is on my bucket list 🙂

  5. Donna permalink
    May 30, 2014 4:28 pm

    We’re taking a trip to Oregon, but locally, we’ll try to get to the state fair, spray grounds & pool, a day trip to SF, a weekend trip to Tahoe, and some relaxing picnics in the park.

  6. Lex permalink
    May 30, 2014 12:59 am

    Some items on our summer bucket list with our 2 year old is: to take a bike ride along the American River trail, visit our local North Natomas library during their toddler story time, the CA State Fair (deep fried oreos for us!), berry picking… making day trips to tourist spots close to us- to another SF Giants game (we just went yesterday and had a blast), Monterey… summer is such a fine time, hoping for a good one!

  7. L Anguiano permalink
    May 29, 2014 4:40 pm

    This summer, our family hopes to go to San Diego and visit Legoland as we’ve never been. We also hope to do lots of Camping and attend the weekly $1 movies at our local Regal cinema as well as story time at our local Barnes & Noble…
    Summer 2014 should be a blast!!!

  8. doug permalink
    May 28, 2014 8:51 pm

    Day trips to Point Reyes, Point Arena, Nike Missile Base, Big Trees Grove

  9. Jennifer permalink
    May 28, 2014 8:11 am

    First on the list would be Six Flags. I have an almost 3 year old and a 19 month old. I think they would get a kick out of Six Flags. Second is a River Cats Baseball game. My 3 year son would love it!! Plus us parents would too. It has been several years since we have been to a game. Would love to go again.

  10. Kimberly permalink
    May 28, 2014 8:01 am

    With baby #2’s arrival, the only thing on our list is to not stay trapped inside of our house!

  11. Brie F permalink
    May 28, 2014 7:48 am

    We plan to spend time outdoors camping & hiking. Our go-to indoor favorites are Art Beast and Sac Children’s Museum. We can’t wait to visit some splash parks too!

  12. May 28, 2014 6:11 am

    With my son’s broken toe, the activities we were looking forward to for this summer are not going to be doable (SkyHigh, bowling at Strikes, hiking) so we are having to come up with some new plans. The museums would be nice to go to

  13. Marquita permalink
    May 27, 2014 11:26 pm

    Visit Monterrey and drive down the Pacific Coast.

  14. Jessica Holl permalink
    May 27, 2014 11:06 pm

    I would love to visit the Bohart museum at uc Davis and check out all the bugs with my boys. Also we are hoping to visit some new parks in Sacramento, any ideas?

  15. Janice Auna permalink
    May 27, 2014 11:05 pm

    Our summer bucket list consists of trips to splash pads, creamery, some museums, and lots of swimming!

  16. May 27, 2014 11:03 pm

    Sacramento has so many great things to do! It’s nice to see a list for ideas as to what to plan for this summer!

  17. Drena permalink
    May 27, 2014 9:54 pm

    Splash parks, Sacramento Zoo, Swimming, Bounce House, Eating Ice Cream are probably going to be on our bucket list. =)

  18. Jennifer permalink
    May 27, 2014 9:31 pm

    Our summer bucket list includes catching a river cats game, going camping, raging waters and going to the library.

  19. Christy Brockhouse permalink
    May 27, 2014 5:12 pm

    Camp in the backyard, go fishing, and make giant bubbles are some of ours 🙂

  20. Rebecca Long permalink
    May 27, 2014 4:57 pm

    Take the kids indoor rock climbing, maybe at! Or indoor surfing, perhaps at my

  21. Deana permalink
    May 27, 2014 4:53 pm

    We are going to Monterey & Tahoe this summer. We also plan on staying busy by doing lots of swimming.

  22. May 27, 2014 4:49 pm

    Great list! I will Make Ice Cream, go to the Fair, Stay in my PJ all day, hit yogurt shops, read books, and backyard camping, are on my list!

  23. Desiree Sanders permalink
    May 27, 2014 4:34 pm

    My favorite ideas are the state fair and taking the kids to a river cats game!!

  24. Lori permalink
    May 27, 2014 3:57 pm

    Great list, it gave me lots of ideas. We’ll be spending lots of time at splash pads and pools. We want to go camping at Yosemite, too.

  25. Alanna permalink
    May 27, 2014 3:57 pm

    Camping, homemade ice cream and lots of swimming!

  26. Darcie permalink
    May 27, 2014 3:54 pm

    we are going to run through the sprinklers and make giant bubbles and read lots of books!

  27. Emily Norboe permalink
    May 27, 2014 3:51 pm

    Camping in our local Sierras

  28. Diane Richards permalink
    May 27, 2014 3:31 pm

    Our Summer Wish List Adventures include the Cache Creek Lavendar Festival, hike the Independence Trail to experience walking through an old miner’s tunnel, Bodega Bay day trip to hike and enjoy fresh crab, riding the Roaring Camp Railroad, the State Fair, Concerts in the Park at Ceasar Chavez Park and going to the local farmer’s market.

    • L Anguiano permalink
      May 29, 2014 4:41 pm

      ^That’s a great list Diane! great ideas 🙂

  29. Anna Howie permalink
    May 27, 2014 3:21 pm

    The most exciting item on our summer bucket list is to go visit grandparents!

  30. May 27, 2014 3:16 pm

    Love your bucket list! We will definitely be going to the Sacramento Zoo, Fairy Tale Town, and Effie Yaw. We haven’t been to Sutter’ s Fort since my kindergartener was very little, so we need to go there too. Can’t wait to play with my kids this summer!

  31. Mary Haase permalink
    May 27, 2014 2:41 pm

    Some of our bucket list for this summer are: Six Flags, Raging Waters and going to the state fair.
    We will also probably go to Funderland, Sac Zoo, Fairytale Town and maybe even take a trip down to SF.

  32. May 27, 2014 1:58 pm

    We just made our bucket list. Farmers market visits and a water balloon fight are on the list.

  33. J Corona permalink
    May 27, 2014 12:54 pm

    One big item on our summer bucket list is to go on a family camping trip.

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