What To Do In Sacramento When It’s Too Cold And Wet To Go Outside

untitledBy Heather Crivellone

We are lucky to live in California where the winters are short and the warm weather is long.  However, when we do have some cold and wet days, there are plenty of options for keeping our kids entertained, engaged and active when we just can’t be outside. We can choose from museums (California Railroad, Automobile, Sacramento Children’s museum to name a few), Art museums and exploration (Crocker Art Museum, Art Beast,  Recreate).  Or if your kids are like mine and have more energy than they can burn, an indoor play facility (and I’m not talking about McDonalds) is what you need!

We have plenty to choose from – anything from complete jumping adventures like Sky High Sports (an indoor trampoline center), to bounce houses and indoor play structures that are completely soft and made for the youngest of children.  There is something for every age and ability!

I have compiled a quick list of indoor play structures to help get those “wiggles” out when going to the park is not an option!

Sky High Sports is an indoor trampoline center located at 11327 Folsom Blvd in Rancho Cordova.  They have open “bounce” hours, dodgeball, AIRobics, special days for those with “special needs”, family and great holiday discount packages.  For the kids who are a little older and have lots of energy to burn- this is the place to take them! Admission is $12.

Bounce U has 2 locations, one in Roseville (7611 Galilee Rd) and another in Rancho Cordova (11280 Sanders Dr).  Both locations offer open play sessions of bouncing fun- all with slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and more.  Admission is $7.50 per child and check their website for specific days and times each location is open.  They have two different sessions of “open bounce”- one for the children who are 7 years of age and younger and one for “all ages”.  This will help in making sure your little toddlers don’t get trampled by the bigger kids!

Laguna’s Awesome Party Palace is located in Elk Grove (3147 Dwight Rd)- about 20 minutes outside of downtown Sacramento.  As with most of the indoor bounce facilities, they don’t allow outside food or drink, but do offer a wide selection of snacks at reasonable prices.  Socks are required- so don’t forget to pack an extra pair!  Admission is $7 and call for weekend times and prices since they host private parties.

The Bounce Spot in West Sacramento (2939 Promenade St) is open Tuesday-Friday for open play from 9am-11am and again on Friday nights for family fun 6pm-9pm  Admission is $5 during the day and $7 for Friday nights.  Check their website for weekend hours, since they are usually hosting parties.  They have a climbing structure, bouncer and toddler play area. They also have in the Bounce Room an obstacle course with big slide, a jousting bouncer, and a sports combo with soccer goals, basketball hoops, twister mat and volleyball net.  Socks are required and your kids will be fully worn out after a few hours here!

Now, if the bounce house is a bit overwhelming for your child – then Funtastic (9882 Waterman Rd, Elk Grove)  is a wonderful option.  The entire play area is made of soft foam blocks to climb on, roll over and just play around.  They have climbing rope structures, slides and mazes to climb through- a great place for your little monkey to burn some energy.  Plus, they have coffee and free WiFi for us moms to sit back and get a little “quiet time” in… a perfect way to spend a cold winter morning!

Another great place to take your kids on a cold day is Wacky Tacky (7351 Galille Rd, Roseville)-  This indoor playground has everything to keep your kids entertained for hours (and it also has free WiFi for the parents), you will be ensured a quiet evening since the kiddos will be asleep early after a day here!  The soft playground has climbing areas, obstacle-like courses, soft “shooting” balls and slides to keep them running, crawling and climbing for hours.   The kids love the fast slide…but as a mom, I would rather just sit back and watch them zip down it, since I’m not quite as fearless as they are!  Kids of all ages are welcome (they even have a soft play area for toddlers). Price is $7 for children over the age of 2 and they are open 7 days a week.  Check their website for “Open Play” times, since this is a great place to host birthday parties- you don’t want to show up when it’s reserved.

Climbaroo in Natomas (4421 Gateway Park Blvd) is another option for the younger children.  They have giant, soft blocks to climb and build with.  A climbing structure with slides and ropes to climb through and an area to just run, jump and be a kid in!  For the parents, they offer one of the best full service cafés for a “bounce house”.  They are open 7 days a week and offer special events like “mommy and me” dance days, family nights, and more.

And of course, if bouncing isn’t your kids “thing” or you just want a mellow afternoon and not get “crazy” at some of these indoor play centers, some of our local malls have great kids areas.  Plus, what mom doesn’t need an excuse to hit the mall? Arden Mall and the Roseville Galleria both have great indoor play areas for the kids to run around in and burn energy.  And if your kids are a bit older for these small play areas, the Arden Mall has the Lego Store to keep them entertained and building.  And the Roseville Galleria has a Color Me Mine to keep them busy and creating!

Or, if you want to keep it really simple and just sit back, enjoy some good food and let the kids play, then of course there is always Wicked West Pizza in West Sacramento, Johns Incredible Pizza  in Roseville and Chuck E Cheese on Arden and another in Roseville.  You can just order a pizza, hand over some coins and let the kids have some fun at the arcade.

I hope this list gives you and your family some ideas of things to do with your little ones when the weather just doesn’t cooperate.  It’s always good to keep our children active and it’s even better when they burn enough energy to take an “extra long” nap in the afternoon. Happy bouncing to you and your kids!

 

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Family Friendly Valentine’s Activities Around Sacramento

 

untitledBy Heather Crivellone

Love is in the Air!  It’s Valentine’s month and there are so many fun events and ways to say “I love you”.  If you want to give your kids and spouse an extra “treat” this month, here are a few ideas to make the special day even sweeter.

At Bounce U in Roseville, the kids can have an evening of bouncing fun, while you and your sweetie can have some alone time.  On February 14, they will be hosting a special Valentine’s Bounce night.  From 6:00 – 9:00pm, the kids can be dropped off for an evening of bouncing, games, pizza and crafts!  Children ages 4-12 are welcome and the admission is $20.  Reserve spots now, as they fill up fast!

The Sacramento Children’s Museum in Rancho Cordova will be celebrating from February 8-14 with a daily craft activity and making Valentines Cards (with the price of admission into the museum).  And on Valentines night, February 14, you can drop your children off from 5pm-9pm for an evening out.  Price is $25 per child and they have full run of the museum while you and your sweetie enjoys a night out on the town.

Enjoy a Valentines “High Tea” at a Dash of Panache in Roseville on February 12 and 14.  Prices are $27.95 for adults and $24.95 for children.  Everyone will enjoy a “fancy tea” full of treats and sweets!

If you are looking for something a bit more active, then join other “sweeties” at the 12th annual Valentine Run/Walk on February 14.  Kids can choose between the ½ mile and ¼ mile Fun Run and adults can choose 1.8 or a 4 mile course.  Race will begin at Macy’s Country Club Plaza Mall.

On February 11 at 4pm, your children can attend the Sacramento Library’s program at Arden Arcade and make their own Heart Mosaic to keep.  This would make a lovely Valentines gift and is Free.

The Discovery Museum is also hosting a special Valentines program.  On February 8, children can make their own special Valentine banner to take home.  This event is included in the price of admission to the museum.

If you are looking for a fun “date day” to take your kids, you can always check out one of the many crafting studios located around town.  Petroglyph is my daughter’s favorite, and I’m sure we will spending an afternoon painting away and making another treasured ceramic piece for our collections.

And of course, you can always just bake some cookies with your loved ones, make some cut out Valentines hearts and snuggle up with your favorite people.  Whatever you choose to do, we hope it’s a special day for you and your family!

Fun Things To Do With Kids When It Rains In Sacramento

untitledBy Heather Crivellone

Our beautiful spring-like weather has finally disappeared…and it’s feeling a bit more like our typical Sacramento winter!  Luckily for us, the rainy and cold season isn’t very long and we have plenty of options to keep our kids entertained, engaged and active in our beautiful city.  We can choose from museums (California Railroad, Automobile, Sacramento Children’s museum to name a few), Art museums and exploration (Crocker Art Museum, Art Beast,  Recreate).  Or if your kids are like mine and have more energy than they can burn- an indoor play facility (and I’m not talking about McDonalds) is what you need!

We have plenty to choose from- anything from complete jumping adventures like Sky High Sports (an indoor trampoline center), to bounce houses and indoor play structures that are completely soft and made for the youngest of children.  There is something for every age and ability!

I have compiled a quick list of indoor play structures to help get those “wiggles” out when going to the park is not an option!

Sky High Sports is an indoor trampoline center located at 11327 Folsom Blvd in Rancho Cordova.  They have open “bounce” hours, dodgeball, AIRobics, special days for those with “special needs”, family and  great holiday discount packages.  For the kids who are a little older and have lots of energy to burn- this is the place to take them!

Bounce U has 2 locations, one in Roseville (7611 Galilee Rd) and another in Rancho Cordova (11280 Sanders Dr).  Both locations offer open play sessions of bouncing fun- all with slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and more.  Admission is $7.50 per child and check their website for specific days and times each location is open.  They have two different sessions of “open bounce”- one for the children who are 7 years of age and younger and one for “all ages”.  This will help in making sure your little toddlers don’t get trampled by the bigger kids!

Laguna’s Awesome Party Palace is located in Elk Grove (3147 Dwight Rd)- about 20 minutes outside of downtown Sacramento.  As with most of the indoor bounce facilities, they don’t allow outside food or drink, but do offer a wide selection of snacks at reasonable prices.  Socks are required- so don’t forget to pack an extra pair!  Admission is $7 Monday-Friday and $8 on weekends and holidays.  They are open Monday and Wednesday 9am-6pm, Tuesday and Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday 9am-6pm.  Call for weekend times since they host private parties.

The Bounce Spot in West Sacramento (2939 Promenade St)  is open Tuesday-Friday for open play from 9am-11am and again on Friday nights for family fun 6pm-9pm  Admission is $5 during the day and $7 for Friday nights.  Check their website for weekend hours, since they are usually hosting parties.  They have a climbing structure, bouncer and toddler play area. They also have in the Bounce Room an obstacle course with big slide, a jousting bouncer, and a sports combo with soccer goals, basketball hoops, twister mat and volleyball net.  Socks are required and your kids will be fully worn out after a few hours here!

Now, if the bounce house is a bit overwhelming for your child – then Funtastic (9882 Waterman Rd, Elk Grove)  is a wonderful option.  The entire play area is made of soft foam blocks to climb on, roll over and just play around.  They have climbing rope structures, slides and mazes to climb through- a great place for your little monkey to burn some energy.  Plus, they have coffee and free WiFi for us moms to sit back and get a little “quiet time” in… a perfect way to spend a cold winter morning!

Another great place to take your kids on a cold day is Wacky Tacky (7351 Galille Rd, Roseville)-  This indoor playground has everything to keep your kids entertained for hours (and it also has free WiFi for the parents), you will be ensured a quiet evening since the kiddos will be asleep early after a day here!  The soft playground has climbing areas, obstacle-like courses, soft “shooting” balls and slides to keep them running, crawling and climbing for hours.   The kids love the fast slide…but as a mom, I would rather just sit back and watch them zip down it, since I’m not quite as fearless as they are!  Kids of all ages are welcome (they even have a soft play area for toddlers).
Price is $7 for children over the age of 2 and they are open 7 days a week.  Check their website for “Open Play” times, since this is a great place to host birthday parties- you don’t want to show up when it’s reserved.

Climbaroo in Natomas (4421 Gateway Park Blvd) is another option for the younger children.  They have giant, soft blocks to climb and build with.  A climbing structure with slides and ropes to climb through and an area to just run, jump and be a kid in!  For the parents, they offer one of the best full service cafés for a “bounce house”.   Admission is $8 per session (check their website for specific session times).  They are open 7 days a week and offer special events like “mommy and me” dance days, family nights, and more.

And of course, if bouncing isn’t your kids “thing” or you just want a mellow afternoon and not get “crazy” at some of these indoor play centers… some or our local malls have great kids’ areas for them to play in.  Plus- what mom doesn’t need an excuse to hit the mall?
Arden Mall and the Roseville Galleria both have great indoor play areas for the kids to run around in and burn energy.  And if your kids are a bit older for these small play areas, the Arden Mall has the Lego Store to keep them entertained and bulding.  And the Roseville Galleria has a Color Me Mine to keep them busy and creating!

I hope this list gives you and your family some ideas of things to do with your little ones when the weather just doesn’t cooperate.  It’s always good to keep our children active- and it’s even better when they burn enough energy to take an “extra long” nap in the afternoon….so  happy bouncing to you and your kids!

Don’t Miss Out On These Fun St. Patrick’s Day Activities

happy-st-patricks-day-bannerIf you are looking for some fun St. Patrick’s Day activities to celebrate with your kids this week, you are in luck.  There are several green happenings around town.  Take a  look!

3/13 – St. Patty’s Bounce at Bounce U in Roseville – If bouncing, games, and celebrating with friends and family sounds like your idea of the perfect St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in luck!  Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day treasure hunt, leprechaun drawing contest, cookies and shamrock lemonade.  Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Admission: $8.95/child. Children under 2 and adult guardians are FREE with a paying child. Admission must be prepaid – online (through our events calendar) or by phone.

3/14 – Build a Leprechaun trap at the Franklin Library – The legend says if you capture a leprechaun then he has to lead you to his pot of gold. So how, exactly, do you get a leprechaun? They’re wiley creatures so you need to build a trap that lures leprechauns and then captures him for good! You bring your imagination and creativity and use our supplies to build your very own fool-proof leprechaun trap. Ages 5-12.

3/15 – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day fun at Climbaroo – Kids who wear green will receive a free shamrock cookie, and parents a free irish coffee – all day long.  Come for family night from 6pm to 10pm and meet Lenny the Leprechaun!

TopLeftPatty3/16 – St. Patrick’s Day river cruise aboard the Hornblower – This St. Patrick’s Day spend your afternoon on the Sacramento River. Enjoy a one  hour cruise of the Sacramento River with a Face painter & Balloon Artist for  the kids and Specials on Green Beer for adults! See where the American and  Sacramento Rivers come together to experience the wildlife and breathtaking  natural beauty that this historic and important waterway has to offer

3/16 – 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors, and a variety of cultural organizations, will all join together to be a part of the 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Always a free event, the parade steps off promptly at 1pm from 2nd & L Streets in Old Sacramento and proceeds throughout the national historic landmark.

3/17 – Wear green and get 1/2 off admission at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Museums are an exciting adventure for kids, a place to see and learn about art and displays of valuable monuments. But Sacramento Children’s Museum is not just a place to observe and learn about the art world, it is a place where kids explore innovative ideals in a hands-on environment. Kids learn to intertwine imaginary ideals with play, which enhances a kid’s abilities and builds high self-esteem and confidence. Kids who are inspired to explore and be creative are kids who can easily adapt to the real world. Check out SCM’s St. Patrick’s Day discount. Kids will receive 50 percent off the regular admission fee if they wear green.

car_pictures_2_006_category3/17 – St. Patrick’s Day at the California Automobile Museum – Come to the California Automobile Museum for St. Patrick’s Day! Adults and kids get in for just $4 if they wear primarily green. Coloring stations and a “Luck o’ the Irish” scavenger hunt will be available for kids and families to enjoy.

Things to do with your kids when it’s too cold to be outside!

umbrellaBy Heather Crivellone

Our beautiful spring-like weather we had the past couple of days seems to have left us…and it’s feeling a bit more like February this afternoon,  and as the weather turns cold, we try to find ways to entertain our kids indoors.  Luckily for us here in Sacramento, the rainy and cold season isn’t very long and we have plenty of options to keep our kids entertained, engaged and active.  We can choose from museums (California Railroad, Automobile, Sacramento Children’s museum to name a few), Art museums and exploration (Crocker Art Museum, Art Beast,  Recreate).  Or if your kids are like mine and have more energy than they can burn- an indoor play facility (and I’m not talking about McDonalds) is what you need!

We have plenty to choose from- anything from complete jumping adventures like Sky High Sports (an indoor trampoline center), to bounce houses and indoor play structures that are completely soft and made for the youngest of children.  There is something for every age and ability!

I have compiled a quick list of indoor play structures to help get those “wiggles” out when going to the park is not an option!

Bounce U has 2 locations, one in Roseville and another in Rancho Cordova.  Both locations offer open play sessions of bouncing fun- all with slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and more.  Admission is $7 per child and check their website for specific days and times each location is open.

Laguna’s Awesome Party Palace is located in Elk Grove- about 20 minutes outside of downtown Sacramento.  As with most of the indoor bounce facilities, they don’t allow outside food or drink, but do offer a wide selection of snacks at reasonable prices.  Socks are required- so don’t forget to pack an extra pair!  Admission is $7 Monday-Friday and $8 on weekends and holidays.  They are open Monday and Wednesday 9am-6pm, Tuesday and Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday 9am-6pm.  Call for weekend times since they host private parties.

The Bounce Spot in West Sacramento is open Tuesday-Friday for open play from 9am-11am and again on Friday nights for family fun 6pm-9pm  Admission is $5 during the day and $7 for Friday nights.  Check their website for weekend hours, since they are usually hosting parties.  They have a climbing structure, bouncer and toddler play area. They also have in the Bounce Room an obstacle course with big slide, a jousting bouncer, and a sports combo with soccer goals, basketball hoops, twister mat and volleyball net.  Socks are required and your kids will be fully worn out after a few hours here!

Now, if the bounce house is a bit to overwhelming for your child – then Funtastic (located in Elk Grove)  is a wonderful option.  The entire play area is made of soft foam blocks to climb on, roll over and just play around.  They have climbing rope structures, slides and mazes to climb through- a great place for your little monkey to burn some energy.  Plus, they have coffee and free WiFi for us moms to sit back and get a little “quiet time” in… a perfect way to spend a cold winter morning!  Admission into Funtastic is $8 and they are open Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-8pm.

Another great place to take your kids on a cold day is Wacky Tacky–  This indoor playground has everything to keep your kids entertained for hours (and it also has free WiFi for the parents), you will be ensured a quiet evening since the kiddos will be asleep early after a day here!  The soft playground has climbing areas, obstacle-like courses, soft “shooting” balls and slides to keep them running, crawling and climbing for hours.   The kids love the fast slide…but as a mom, I would rather just sit back and watch them zip down it, since I’m not quite as fearless as they are!  Kids of all ages are welcome (they even have a soft play area for toddlers).
Price is $7 for children over the age of 2 and they are open 7 days a week.  Check their website for “Open Play” times, since this is a great place to host birthday parties- you don’t want to show up when it’s reserved.

And of course, if bouncing isn’t your kids “thing” or you just want a mellow afternoon and not get “crazy” at some of these indoor play centers… some or our local malls have great kids’ areas for them to play in.  Plus- what mom doesn’t need an excuse to hit the mall?
Arden Mall and the Roseville Galleria both have great indoor play areas for the kids to run around in and burn energy.  And if your kids are a bit older for these small play areas, the Arden Mall has the Lego Store to keep them entertained and bulding.  And the Roseville Galleria has a Color Me Mine to keep them busy and creating!

I hope this list gives you and your family some ideas of things to do with your little ones when the weather just doesn’t cooperate.  It’s always good to keep our children active- and it’s even better when they burn enough energy to take an “extra long” nap in the afternoon….so  happy bouncing to you and your kids!

New Years Eve Fun for the Whole Family

imagesCA076XWLBy Heather Crivellone

The Holiday excitement is over- the presents have been unwrapped and put away and the kids are still buzzing with post holiday excitement.
Now it’s on to the next sha-bang, New Years! I’m sure everyone is frantically eating the last of the Christmas cookies, making their New Years Resolutions and wondering if those resolutions will actually “stick” this year. If this is the year that you are planning on losing weight, exercising more, organizing more or whatever you plan to resolve to do- I wish you good luck on all of them.

But before the New Year begins- we still have one last “hoorah”, New Years Eve. If you are trying to find something fun to do with your family- since the kids (or yourself) may or may not stay up until midnight to watch the ball fall and ring in the New Year, I have a few options around town that may be just what you are looking for!

Bounce U located in Roseville and Rancho Cordova is hosting a New Years Eve DAY celebration. $7.95 per child.  They will have games, crafts, and an NYE celebration to help the kids ring in the New Year. And of course- there will be plenty of bouncing to help get their energy out, so maybe mom and dad can have a peaceful evening.

Crocker Art Museum- Holiday Noon.  An event that everyone can stay awake for!  From 10am-2pm, join others at the museum and “count down” to the new year at noon, while learning about New Years Eve traditions from around the world.  Enjoy live music, entertainment and more at this family friendly event.

Kids Park in Natomas is also hosting a New Year’s Eve Party for the kids and they will open until 12:30am so the adults can celebrate on their own. They will have hats, horns, crafts, games and sparkling cider to enjoy. Reservations are recommended.

Old Sacramento New Years Eve Sky Spectacular.  This is Free family fun event to ring in the New Year with Fireworks, entertainment and fun.  From 9pm- Midnight, put on your gloves, warm jackets and head out to Old Sacramento for the big fireworks spectacular.

So however you plan to spend your New Years, I wish you a very safe a happy holiday and cheers to you and your family and all those resolutions that are to be made!

 

New Year’s Eve events for the family to enjoy.

By Heather Crivellone

The Holiday excitement is over-  the presents have been unwrapped and put away and the kids are still buzzing with post holiday excitement. 
Now it’s on to the next sha-bang,  New Years!   I’m sure everyone is frantically eating the last of the Christmas cookies, making their New Years Resolutions and wondering if those resolutions will actually “stick” this year.  If this is the year that you are planning on losing weight, exercising more, organizing more or whatever you plan to resolve to do-  I wish you good luck on all of them. 

But before the New Year begins- we still have one last “hoorah”, New Years Eve.   If you are trying to find something fun to do with your family- since the kids (or yourself) may or may not stay up until midnight to watch the ball fall and ring in the New Year, I have a few options around town that may be just what you are looking for!

Bounce U located in Roseville and Rancho Cordova is hosting a New Years Eve DAY celebration.   $16 per child and siblings are only $14.  They will have games, crafts, pizza and an NYE celebration to help the kids ring in the New Year.  And of course- there will be plenty of bouncing to help get their energy out, so maybe mom and dad can have a peaceful evening.

The Bounce Spot in West Sacramento is hosting a New Years Eve Sleepover.  The cost is $35 per child and 25% of the proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life.  The evening will begin at 7pm and goes until 9am the next morning.  Includes bouncing,  dinner, balloon twisting, magic, face painting, a midnight surprise, sundae bar and much more.  The child must be between the ages of 3-13.  Spots are limited so you must RSVP.

Kids Park in Natomas is also hosting a New Year’s Eve Party for the kids and they will open until 12:30am  so the adults can celebrate on their own.  They will have hats, horns, crafts, games and sparkling cider to enjoy.  Reservations are recommended.

So however you plan to spend your New Years,  I wish you a very safe a happy holiday and cheers to you and your family and all those resolutions that are to be made!