For most Sacramento area kids, Spring Break is just around the corner. Kids anticipate this week-long break full of fun and relaxation from the “daily grind” of school, sports and chores. For parents, it can be a break in the routine, but finding ways to keep them entertained can be stressful, expensive and nerve-wracking.
I’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite activities around the Sacramento area. Each child is different, so you can choose to be adventurous, active or creative throughout the week.
Weather dependent, some of these can be an inexpensive day outing or you can splurge and have a great time making memories (and keeping those kids busy) throughout the break:
Art Bistro: Learn to paint, step by step by talented instructors.
Address: 6848 Five Star Blvd. #5, Rocklin
Price: Starting at $10 for open art studio and classes can range upwards $30.
Art Beast: Let the children run free and create in their own fashion, finger paint, chalk paint, create with papers and glue… however they feel artistic.
Address: 2226 K Street, Sacramento
Price: $8 admission.
Scandia Family Fun Centers: Miniature golf, arcade, bumper cars and more. Day packed with family fun.
Address: 5070 Hillsdale Boulevard, Sacramento
Price: Tickets can be purchased for individual attractions or you can purchase wristbands to include everything.
Top Golf: For an indoor golf experience with real clubs and golf swings.
Address: 1700 Freedom Way, Roseville
Price: Bay rentals start at $25 per hour
Auburn State Recreation Center:
Located off of Highway 49 outside of Auburn (approximately 45 minutes from Downtown Sacramento) at the North Fork of the American River and Old Foresthill Road. Known as the “Confluence”, you can find miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. Over 100 miles of trails wind through the steep American River canyons and along the North and Middle Forks of the American River.
Price: $10 parking fee
Effie Yeaw Center: Now if you have littler ones who may not be up for the “High Sierras” quite yet, or if you are just looking for a simple day outing with your family, then check out the park located in Carmichael.
With a 77 acre nature preserve and smooth hiking trails through the riparian woodlands along the American River, this makes for a wonderful family outing.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm
Address: 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael
Price: There is no fee to visit the nature center, but since it is a nonprofit organization, a recommended donation of $2 is asked.
Bounce and Jump
Sky High Sports: Jumping, Dodge ball, Ninja Course fun and more. This will keep the kids busy and active for hours!
Address: 11327 Folsom Boulevard, Rancho Cordova
Price: $12 per hour
Rockin’ Jump: Jumping, Dodge ball, Rock Climbing Wall, Laser Tag (at the Roseville location), basketball, and more crazy fun.
Location: Roseville (384 N. Sunrise Avenue) and Elk Grove (3132 Dwight Rd #900)
Price: $14 for an hour of jump time.
Granite Arch: This indoor rock climbing facility has over 20,000 square feet of rock walls. Experienced and novice climbers will find a way to get to the top and burn some energy. Trained staff members are on site to help with any questions.
Address: 11335-G Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova
Price: Admission starts at $10
Pack up a picnic lunch and visit one of the many local parks for a day outing. Family favorites in Sacramento include:
Mckinley Park: 601 Alhambra Avenue, Sacramento
Southside Park: 2115 6th Street, Sacramento
William Land Park: 3800 Land Park Drive, Sacramento
Enjoy the break and we hope you find some relief from the “I’m Bored” comments while they are off of school.