Spring break is around the corner and the kids will soon be out of school. Now is the time to plan what to do with them. If you haven’t planned a big Spring Break trip, no worries. We have plenty of local activities to keep your kids busy and enjoying their time out of school without breaking the bank. Depending on Mother Nature, we also have plenty of indoor activities to keep your family warm and dry in case El Nino decides to grace us with her appearance during the week off. Here is a list of some ideas to keep your kids entertained and active while on Spring Break:
1. Bike the Trails. Living in Sacramento, we are lucky to have so many options to keep us outside and enjoying nature. If you are searching for an active day out, grab your bike helmets, pack a lunch and hit the American River Bike trail for an afternoon outing.
The American River Bike Trail (a.k.a. the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) runs along the American River and takes you through riparian habitat preserved by the American River Parkway.
This 32 mile trail runs between Folsom Lake’s Beal’s Point and into Discovery Park in Old Sacramento. The bike path is completely paved and is shared among roller bladders, bikers, runners, walkers and even equestrians along the way. There are plenty of spots to stop and rest, explore and take in a picnic. You can also find restrooms, trailside maps and water fountains along the way.
Getting to the trail is easy, as there are many access points along the 32 mile route. Visit the map for details, but some general spots to start at include the entrance at the Fish Hatchery near Hazel Avenue, Discovery Park, Old Town Entrance, CSUS entrance and Goethe Park.
2. Play at William Land Park. If your children are elementary age and younger, make sure you check out Sacramento’s most beloved childhood destination, Fairytale Town. A day at William Land Park isn’t complete without a visit to Fairytale Town, Funderland and/or the Sacramento Zoo.
Fairytale Town is by far my most favorite Sacramento destination. With a park completely dedicated to imagination, and classic storybook themes, this park will keep your kids busy and engaged all day long. Our favorite activities here are taking a walk down the Crooked Mile and sliding down the boot from the Old Woman who lived in a Shoe.
Funderland and the Sacramento Zoo are across the street and who doesn’t love good old-fashioned carnival rides and visiting the tigers and animals? A trip to these three favorite Sacramento children “hot spots” are sure to make your Spring Break week fun and entertaining for your kids.
3. Challenge your kids to a game of Mini Golf and let them ride the “Screamer” at Scandia.
Mini golf is my kind of golf… even through the windmills and into the castle, I can compete with my husband at this type of golf! My kids love the arcades, bumper cars, batting cages and even the crazy roller coasters they have. We have not yet been brave enough to try the “Sky Screamer”- but, I’m sure they will be begging to do it soon.
We have several options for mini golf in the area:
Scandia Fun Center on 5070 Hillside Blvd, Sacramento
Sunsplash Mini Golf on 1893 Taylor Rd, Roseville
Indoor Mini Monster Golf (in case of the rain) at 12401 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova.
4. Hike the hills. Our family loves hiking. It’s the best cheap or free entertainment for our kids. We love to watch them explore the local trails, burn energy and SLEEP really well on those nights.
Some of my favorite local hiking destinations include:
Gibson Ranch Park: 8556 Gibson Ranch Rd, Elverta
Hidden Falls Regional Park: 7587 Mears Place, Auburn
Davis Arboretum: 440 La Rue Rd, Davis
Effie Yeaw Nature Center and Trails: 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael
5. Visit the Museums. Sacramento has several museums in the area that are great to explore and learn while playing and having fun . Spring break doesn’t mean you have to turn those brains off – explore and learn at some of these great local spots:
California Railroad Museum: 125 I Street, Sacramento
California Automobile Museum: 2200 Front Street, Sacramento
Sacramento Discovery Museum: 3615 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento
Aerospace Museum of California: 3200 Freedom Park, Sacramento
Hopefully this list helps you with ideas of things to do with the kids during Spring Break (and other times of the year). We have so many options to choose from, between indoor activities and outdoor adventures that you should be able to keep those kids busy and entertained all throughout the year. This is by no means a complete list, but just some of my family favorites. I hope you have fun exploring our Sacramento region with your family and Happy Spring!
By Heather Crivellone