Climb your Way out of the Rainy Day Blues at Granite Arch Climbing Center

newMats3.jpgBy Heather Crivellone

All of this rain is driving my kids insane!  They have been climbing the walls in our home, so we decided to put that energy to use and visited Granite Arch Climbing Center in Rancho Cordova over the weekend.

Whether your family is into rock climbing, wants to try out to be the next “American Ninja Warrior” or you just have some energy to burn, then you’ll want to check this place out. With over 20,000 square feet of rock wall climbing, you are sure to get any and all wiggles out of your kids.  If you are a skilled climber who has dreams of conquering Half Dome or if you don’t even have a clue as to what a “belay” is, no worries. Granite Arch has something for everyone.

Classes for beginners, youth camps, and knowledgeable staff are on site to help you with shoe and equipment rental.  They can even help to get you off the ground (literally!).

My kids are familiar with rock climbing (thanks to the West Sacramento Recreation Center and REI on Friday evenings), but they were not prepared for the extent of climbing they were about to do at Granite Arch.

Upon arrival, we had to fill out an extensive liability waiver.  I highly suggest printing one out and completing before arrival.  This took up more time than my kids wanted to wait, but, understandably, it’s needed for such a dangerous sport.   Now,  I say “dangerous” loosely.  There was not one thing about Granite Arch that I felt was dangerous.  My kids are quite the daredevils, and I felt very safe at this facility.  Automatic belays helped to ease the worry that if they fell, they were secure by the belts.  My kids had a blast climbing themselves to the top and “jumping” down.

Once they were bored with just climbing up… they headed into the boulder room and climbed up, across and under several “mountains”.   My kids transformed into a Spiderman-type of superhero for the entire day…and loved every minute of it.  I tried my strength in the boulder room, and sadly found that I need a little more time at the gym to get my upper body strength able to pull myself up and across the room!

For those kids who are younger and not ready to climb the walls, they do have an Adventure Room that is designed for children ages 11 and younger.  This was great for when my kids were too tired to climb, but not quite ready to go home – a perfect playground for these rainy days when the kids are climbing the walls at home, but you would rather them not climb on your furniture.

Admission into Granite Arch for a child (ages 11 and under) is $10 or $19 if you are renting equipment (harness and shoes).  Youth/ Young Adult Day pass (ages 12-21) is $11 for the day or $19 for equipment rental. Adults are $13 or $23 for all day including equipment rental.

What: Granite Arch Climbing Center 

Where: 11335-G Folsom Boulevard, Rancho Cordova.

Hours: Monday through Friday from 11:30am-10pm, Saturday 11am-9:30pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.

Now if you are debating on whether or not you need to rent equipment, I would talk to the staff about what your climbing abilities are.  My children did not rent any equipment and they had a great time climbing for several hours. If this is a sport you have ever thought about taking up, I would highly recommend visiting Granite Arch and checking out one of their classes.  Or if you have kids like mine who are climbing up and on everything, this is a great place to burn some energy during these rainy days. Happy Climbing!

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Win Tickets: Blue Angels Join the California Capital Airshow Lineup at Mather Field this Weekend for the First Time in Nearly a Decade

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The California Capital Airshow, presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, will be flying in and entertaining thousands of spectators at Mather Field this weekend, Oct. 1 & 2. And this year, the world-famous Blue Angels will perform in Sacramento for the first time in almost ten years. In addition to the Blue Angels, air performers will include military and civilian performers that will delight the crowds with jet demonstrations, acrobatics, bombers, rare warbirds, and pyrotechnics. On the ground, attendees will be able to explore aircraft, interact with pilots and crew members, and enjoy educational interactive exhibits. Here’s what’s going on especially for kids:

The Hangar. Sponsored by the Sacramento Children’s Museum, The Hangar is a family-friendly area which features action-packed inflatables and interactive activities. There is no additional charge to enter The Hanger. Ideal for children under 12 years of age.

The Launch Pad. The Launch Pad is an interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) exhibit, sponsored by Aerojet Rocketdyne. The activities at this science and aviation launch pad are geared towards teenagers who are considering a STEM career. The Launch Pad combines the love of games and technology with real world applications and includes aircraft, space artifacts, robots, demonstrations and flight simulators. Ideal for 13 years and older.

What: California Capital Airshow featuring the world-famous Blue Angels

Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with flying performances from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

When: Oct. 1 & 2, 2016

Where: Mather Field, Rancho Cordova

Tickets: $10 for children, $30 for adults. Purchase tickets here.

Win Tickets: We have got 4, 1-day tickets to give away to one of our lucky readers. If you are interested in winning these tickets, please leave a comment in the section below telling us why you would like to attend this year’s airshow. Leave your comment by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Good luck!

The Sacramento Children’s Museum Is Celebrating Their 1st Anniversary – Win A Family Pass!

Last year at this time we were extremely excited about the opening of the new (and long anticipated) Sacramento Children’s Museum.  Although somewhat small, the museum did not disappoint.  Sacramento area children love all that the museum has to offer.

Some of the fun  includes experimentation in “Water Ways”
and “Airways,” dressing up in “My Neighborhood,” getting creative in “My Studio,” discovering gravity, friction and motion in “Raceways,” weekly story time and sing-alongs, and exploration in “Baby Bloomers,” a play area for children 3 and under.  Oh, and who can forget the amazing giant Lite Brite?  Ah…so much fun!

Well, it’s been a whole year since opening and we congratulate the SCM on a successful first year!  In celebration, the nice folks over at the museum have given us (2) family passes to give away to a couple of our lucky readers.  But first, let me tell you what’s going on in celebration during the month of August.

Daily Happenings

Tuesdays – Story Time – 10am & 2pm

Wednesdays – $1.00 off admission

Thursdays – Cultural Connections

Fridays – Music & Movement

Saturdays – Sing-Along-Saturdays

Specials & Discount Days

Saturday, 8/11 – Bring a grandparent for FREE day

Thursday, 8/16 – Rancho Cordova Pride Day – FREE admission for RC residents

Thursday, 8/23 – Bring a parent for FREE day

Friday, 8/24 – Green Day – wear green and get 50% off admission

Saturday, 8/25 – Leo’s Birthday – FREE cake at 2pm

Okay…so do you want to win a family 4-pack to the museum?  Here’s what you need to do.  Leave a comment underneath this post telling us what your child loves most about the SCM.  Winners will be randomly selected on Monday, August 6th, 2012.

Storytime in the Barn at Hagan Park- a fun way to spend a Tuesday morning with your preschooler!

Old McDonald had a farm… E-I-E-I-O, and on his farm he had a story time…. E-I-E-I-O.
I don’t know a preschooler who doesn’t love farm animals or reading stories. And when I found that the barn at Hagan Community Park in Rancho Cordova did both- we were there!

Every Tuesday morning at 10:30am, join the barnyard crew and Mrs. LuAnne in the big read barn for a fun and interactive story time.
While we were there we had the opportunity to pet a baby lamb (only 2 days old!), a friendly donkey (who also wanted to hear the story), bunny rabbits and even doves. The kids helped feed the turkeys, chickens and chased the roosters.

LuAnne read two interactive stories and the kids enjoyed “helping” with making sounds that the barn animals made. After the stories and playing with the animals, we took a little walk over to the playground and my kids had an active and fun-filled morning.

So if you have kids that are preschool age, this is a fun and educational way to spend a Tuesday morning. All they ask for is a $5 donation per child- which is more than worth it for the experience to pet, see and learn about the animals in a real barn!