With the weather getting warmer and sunnier, now is the perfect time to plan your summer vacation with your family. However, it might be a bit tricky to find a place that caters to everyone’s whims, and so we curated this list of activities (and the corresponding destinations) that kids and kids at heart will surely love.
Summer activities ideal for families living near Orangevale
1) Horse-back riding
If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity that can improve your balance, physical strength, and even cardio–without feeling that you’re doing a boring, monotonous workout–you may want to consider taking a horse-back riding lesson in Five Oak Farms.
This farm not just serves as a training center for competition riders and hobbyists, it also provides a full-service boarding facility for guests and their horses that can stay in one of its barns’ 25 stalls.
During summer, the farm offers horsemanship day camp for children between 6 and 13 years old who will learn about proper riding, trail riding, barn management, basic horse health care and grooming, and horse show preparation.
The summer camp, which typically lasts 4-5 days, also includes horse-related art projects.
Location: 6905 Filbert Avenue Orangevale, CA 95662
Contact: (530) 400-3342
Summer is the perfect time to learn a critical life skill: swimming.
Why not enroll your kid in one of Boost Swim School’s summer classes so he can learn one of the most basic life skills?
If you have a toddler, you may want to check out their “parent-tot,” a swimming program for parents and their kids as young as four months. The goal is to help young swimmers to feel comfortable in the water through fun games and songs. Once your kid “graduates” from this program, he can proceed to the “learn to swim” class.
They also offer group and private swimming lessons for young children and adults who want to learn competitive strokes or water-safe practices.
Location: 990 Riley Street Folsom, CA 95630 (located inside the Folsom Wellness and Sports)
Contact: 916-335-SWIM / email@example.com
3) Visit a community park
Orangevale Park has lots of open fields (two softball fields, multi-use fields, and a full-size soccer field) that are ideal for ball games and frisbees, picnics, kite flying, or simply lounging around. The community park also features paved trails where small kids can ride their bikes.
As a family-friendly park, it also has playgrounds, a horse stadium, shade trees, and a covered patio perfect for birthday parties and other small gatherings.
The park also houses a community center with meeting rooms and classrooms, a third of a mile of walking trail, an activity building with covered picnic tables, and a zero-entry swimming pool.
Its zero-entry swimming pool provides a gradual slope into the water (as opposed to steps or stairs) that makes it ideal for small children, seniors, and anyone with mobility issues. There are also water slides and shaded picnic tables that are great for birthday parties.
You can reserve the pool area for private use before or after business hours or the two private rooms during public use hours.
Meanwhile, the community park still has 3 acres of undeveloped land that will be turned into multi-use trails, a library, and other recreational amenities.
Location: 6826 Hazel Ave Orangevale, CA 95662
Contact: (916) 988-4373
4) Water sports
Sac State Aquatic Center is arguably one of California’s best water sports facilities with its extensive equipment rentals and water sports classes (group and individual), including sailing, paddling, rowing, windsurfing, boating, wakeboarding and water skiing, and jet skiing.
The aquatic center also has meeting rooms and beach area reservations perfect for birthday parties and other family gatherings.
(Note: As of this writing, the beach area and meeting rooms are temporarily closed to all reservations due to COVID-19.)
Location: 1901 Hazel Ave., Gold River, CA 95670
Contact: (916) 278 2842
We hope that this list of summer activities and destinations can inspire your family to break away from your usual routine, allowing you to build life-long memories and experiences with your kids.