Can you remember your summers as a kid? I always think back about he hype and parties leading up to the end of school and then the joy of being free for a couple months. It seems to me that things have changed and there are way more parties and end of school productions that there use to be. There was great joy in being done with the everyday grind, but also sadness in knowing that there were some friends that you wouldn’t see until you were sitting in your desk with your “school clothes” in a few months. Anyway, kids seem to have an adjustment period where they go from being super busy to feeling like they have nothing to do. Have you heard the phrase “I’m bored!” yet this summer? I am sure my wife hears it a lot more that I do, but I have had some calls from home during the day with the complaint of not having anything to do. My answer is always work! Mow the lawn, wash the car, water the plants, clean the floor, wash the windows…I could go on and on. Anyway, summer is supposed to be fun for the kids, and for those Moms, Dads, Grandmas or Grandpas out there that need some ideas to keep the kids busy, I am going to post some great ideas of things to do over the summer. I can’t take credit for the list, this has been compiled by others for all of us to use.
The first list is of FREE activities and ideas:
Summer Fun 2010
Print out a calendar for the whole summer at: http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2010/05/summer-calendar.html and fill in what is already known and pick theme days, this could include a library day, a craft day, a food/cooking day, and outing day, movie day, friends over day, and a water day or whatever works for you.
Let children choose a theme for each week nd focus activities around that theme.
Establish a point system for things such as reading or outdoor play and use those points to earn media time or special outings.
If you choose a certain day for outings, keep it a surprise but let the children know it is almost always that day of the week to look forward to, for example “Wacky Wednesday” or “Surprise Friday”.
Grab those local parents’ magazines in the front of the grocery store. Even if you don’t have young kids, the calendar in the back can be very useful.
Sign up for the City of Lincoln eBulletin, you get an email every couple of days with the activities, events and meetings around Lincoln: http://www.ci.lincoln.ca.us/ConstantContact.cfm -These bulletins don’t always have fun activities for the kids but will give you a good idea of what is going on in the City.
Regal Family Movies – Olympus Pointe 12 – Tues., Wed., Thurs. @ 10:00 AM
520 N. Sunrise Ave., Roseville, CA 95661, 916-772-1245
June 22, 23, 24 Doogal (G)
Monsters vs. Aliens (PG)
June 29, 30 & July 1 Tale of Despereaux (G)
Planet 51 (PG)
July 6, 7, 8 Wallace & Gromit (G)
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (PG)
July 13, 14, 15 Kit Kittredge: American Girl (G)
Aliens In The Attice (PG)
July 20, 21, 22 March Of The Penguins (G)
Where The Wild Things Are (PG)
July 27, 28, 29 Arctic Tale (G)
Kung Fu Panda (PG)
August 3, 4, 5 Clifford’s Big Movie (G)
The Spy Next Door (PG)
Water Parks-were not talking about the big slide parks like “Sunsplash”
Lincoln – Foskett Ranch
Rocklin – Lone Tree, Camp Whitney, Memorial Park
Roseville – Leonard Duke Davis Park, Mark White Park, R.F. Nelson Park, and others in greater Sac.
Frisbee Golf – Johnson Springview Park in Rocklin, Oak Park in Carmichael
Flashlight Tag – Fun to play at night at McBean Park
Tennis – Court at LHS usually open starting at 8 am
Free Books at Carnegie Library – Fridays 8:00 am – 12 Noon beginning June 11th
Hidden Falls Regional Park (between Lincoln & Auburn) – Beautiful hiking. Bring a lunch and make it a day. Check website for directions and map: www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/Facility/Parks/hiddenfalls.aspx
Rocklin’s 2010 Evening-In-The-Park free concerts held at Johnson-Springview Park, 5480 Fifth Street at the Community Stage. Performances held on Friday nights from 7 pm – 9 pm.
June 11 – Dad’s Night with “Square1”
July 9 – Kids’ Night with “Essex”
July 23 – Health & Safety Night with “Eclipse”
August 6 – Teachers’ Appreciation Night with “Departure” www.rocklin.ca.gov/government/service_n_facility/special_events_theatre_n_arts/special_events/evening_in_the_park_concert_series.asp
Rocklin’s Shakespeare Company presents Dream On: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Johnson-Springview Park Community Stage. Free performances start at 8 pm. Dates: July 29, 30 and August 1, 13, 14, 15
Fun cement slide – Lincoln Estates Park, 331 James Drive in Roseville. Bring a rolls of wax paper for easy sliding. There are picnic areas and regular play structures at the park, but NO bathrooms.
Art Walk – 3rd Saturday of every month. Downtown Roseville galleries, and retail & civic venues keep their doors open for visitors to enjoy an evening of fine art, music and refreshment. Roseville Arts Blue Line Gallery participates in this community event by offering regular 3rd Saturday afternoon hands-on activities for children (1-4pm) and evening receptions (6:30-9pm). http://www.rosevillearts.org/tours.html#3rdsat
Friday night movie at the Twelve Bridges Library – July 2nd at 6:00 pm – Percy Jackson; the Lightening Thief
Check website for August movie: www.libraryatlincoln.org
Lincoln Library Summer Reading Program – June 1st thru July 5th. www.libraryatlincoln.org
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program – Read 8 books and get a free book off their list. Sign-up forms in the store. 1256 Galleria Blvd., Roseville
Concerts at The Fountains in Roseville – Sat. July 3rd, 8 – 10 pm
Lincoln Farmer’s Market – Thursday Nights in downtown Lincoln
Martha Riley Library – new library in Roseville that has an upstairs room where kids can play games. Also houses the Utility Exploration Center.
Downtown Roseville Tuesday Night – 5 – 9 pm on Vernon Street, May through July
Lowe’s free Build & Grow Clinics – kids build projects at 10 am on some Saturdays https://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/
Home Depot free kid’s workshops – first Saturday of each month from 9am – 12 Noon
Michael’s – variety of craft classes http://www.michaels.com/art/online/events?storeid=1680
Chuck E. Cheese – use coupons from the newspaper for free and cheap tokens-I’m not a huge fan of this one, something about furry animals being around pizza…but the kids like it!
Play areas in the mall
Geocaching – high tech treasure hunting http://www.geocaching.com/ This is pretty cool for older kids. REI has GPS units you can rent. Sometimes the treasures they find are fun. Make sure that you give them some things to leave for the next people at the geocache-the treasures don’t have to be expensive. I have seen fast food toys and dollar store items in the cache. You could probably find some things around the house that would be great geocache treasures.