Fun Places for Kids

Ah Summer — it’s upon us and many of us are looking for fun activities & vacations. Well, I know I’d personally love to go to Hawaii. Buuuuuuuuut, that is not in the cards for us {hello backyard redo!!}. So instead of one big, pricey trip how about several small, less expensive trips or even stay local for the day? There was a recent article in the SF Gate about 20 places every California kid should see. Click here for that information.

Some other fun ideas.

Take a hike – yes, really! We have so many beautiful places in Northern California to explore on foot. Click here for a directory of trails. Slack Packer also has a wealth of resources. Check them out here.

Jump in – check out Swimming Holes of Northern California by clicking here. Sac Magazine also shared an article last summer with a few local spots, click here to read that.

Get out of town –  How about a day trip? Here in EDH, we are situated between Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area. We could take off either way and in less then 2 hours, be at so many destinations. A few ideas?

  • Six Flags offers amusement for the whole family.
  • Angel Island is a pretty place and the ferry ride there makes it is that much more fun for the kids. You could make a day of it and then head into Sausalito for some dinner.
  • Take a ride on a paddlewheeler in Tahoe. MS Dixi II and Tahoe Queen offer guided trips along the majestic blue waters of Lake Tahoe.
  • You could also head to Amador or Calavares County for a tour of an old mine or cavern. Click here for details and locations.
  • If you are looking for an adventure, take the short drive to Santa Rosa and take part in a Safari at Safari West. My son actually did this with my sister and had a blast.
  • Enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Tahoe by riding the gondolas at Heavenly.
  • Squaw Valley  offers activities and plenty of gorgeous scenery in the crisp mountain air. Check out their site for what to do while visiting.
  • Head into San Francisco and visit the Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park or the San Francisco Zoo.
  • Speaking of zoos, I hear that the Oakland Zoo is one of the best around. I’m hoping to get there this summer myself!
  • I also just stumbled across this fab little site called California Day Trips. It is full of great resources from beach to mountain spots to explore as well as various amusement parks and even local events.

Hang out locally

Raging Waters is a great way to cool off in Sacramento. They are offering a great deal right now where you buy a day and get a season pass for free! It’s a pretty great deal.

Golfland Sunsplash in Roseville offers fun in the sun too!

How about a little river fun? You can get out there via kayak or raft. River Rat off of Fair Oaks and Sunrise offers rentals as does American River Rafting on Sunrise Blvd. These are both very family friendly and the waters are not white water conditions at all. If you are looking for something more advanced {for the bigger kids}, check out White Water Voyages or Whitewater Excitement.

Check out your local community pool. I hear that many might close due to budget issues {boo, hiiissss} but check, you never know what might change. In El Dorado Hills, you can check out the CSD website by clicking here. For info on Folsom, click here. For info on Cameron Park, click here. Sacramento has several community pools, click here for locations, times and entry fees.

How about a day of berry picking? Of course a picnic lunch is in order. Patricks Berry Farm in Camino is a fun day trip and you are also surrounded by beautiful Apple Hill. The location can’t be beat. American River Cherry Company got a nice little plug in Sunset Magazine. Call before heading out to do some berry picking as these places have estimated opening dates in the next week but things can change.

Something on our Summer to do list is the drive-in movies. I have not been to a drive-in movie in over 20 years {wow .. really?}. I think my kids would love it!!

These are just a few of so many ideas of how to spend the dog days of summer. What do you have planned? I’d love to hear of any local favorite things to do. Please share 😉


  1. Hey lady…I LOVE the “look” of your sight!!!! Absolutely Perfect!! Miss and love you! Love you~xo

  2. Okay, so what are we going to check off this list together this summer?

  3. Jennifer says:

    Great list!! I knew I could find this on your blog 🙂 Thinking about our summer bucket list…

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