Summer is around the corner and the kids will be out of school in no time. Every year, parents scramble to find summer camps, sporting events, day trips and activities to keep the kids occupied – without breaking the bank. If you don’t do a little research ahead of time, you may find yourself spending too much money on outings or end up with kids glued to their electronic devices. There are several free and inexpensive activities to do with the kids all summer long in the Sacramento region. Here are my top 5 summer activities that your kids love:
- Kids Skate Free. Sunrise Rollerland and RollerKing in Roseville both participate in this program. Just visit their website and sign the kids up and you will receive weekly coupons to take the kids skating during the hottest part of the day (relief!). The only out-of-pocket costs are the skate rentals if needed and anything from the concession stand.
- Dollar summer movies at Regal Cinema. On select days you can visit Regal Theaters, UA Artists and Edwards Theaters during the summer and view an older family friendly move for only $1. Show times vary and I would check their website for listings.
- Kids Bowl Free. Just like the skating program, all you need to do is visit their website and sign up. You will receive weekly free coupons to bowl all summer long. My family especially enjoys this program, I love visiting Strikes Unlimited during the hottest time of the day and getting some relief from our scorching summer heat! Bowling alley rental is free for two full games and the only out-of-pocket is the cost of the bowling shoes. Participating alleys include:
Steve Cooks Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights
Pins N Strikes in Elk Grove
Country Club Lanes in Sacramento
Strikes Unlimited in Rocklin
- Cool off by visiting one of our many Spray Parks in the area. This is a great activity if you have younger children especially, but even my older kids still love to run around and play at the parks that have the splash pads. Visit our site to see a list of local spray grounds.
- Summer evenings are the best when there is free, family entertainment involved. Our family has enjoyed Pops in Park for several years and we are excited for this year’s lineup. Every Saturday night in June, you can pack a picnic dinner and enjoy a live concert at one of East Sacramento’s favorite parks.
June 3: Joy and Madness at East Portal Park (51st and M Street)
June 10: John Skinner Band at Bertha Henschel Park (45th and Brand Way)
June 17: Mumbo Gumbo at McKinley Park (H and 33rd Street)
June 24: Unsupervised at Glenn Hall Park (Sandburg and Carlson Way)
So there you have it, my families top 5, nearly free summer activities. Hope you decide to make a list and take advantage of some of the summer fun in the area. I’m always reminding myself that we only have 18 summers with our kids… and I want to make each one of the count.
By Heather Crivellone