Fun Activities For Families This Summer – Davis & Beyond

Summer is in full swing and you may find yourself out of ideas of where to head with the kiddos next for a little entertainment. Here are a few of our favorite outings locally:

ArtBeast, Sacramento             Fee: $8 drop in               Open Daily 9-6


ArtBeast offers a little something for all children though it’s designed for kiddos up to 5 years old. We love the open art studio where you are free to paint, draw, craft, mold clay, scoop moon sand and so much more. Not to mention exploring the rooms dedicated to building, dramatic play, music, and a beautiful outdoor courtyard that features water play. There are plenty of staff members who are helpful and are constantly cleaning up which makes for a comfortable environment for all visitors. Visit their website here

$1 Movies at Regal Davis Stadium 5     Tickets: $1    Tues/Wed   10am


The summer movie express is back! See previously released family-friend movies on the big screen for $1! This week (July 26th and 27th) check out The Book of Life or Hotel Transylvania 2.  See the full line up here.

Metzgar’s Zinnia Farm                Cost: Free                  Open Daily Sunrise – Sunset


Mark Metzgar donates two acres of his property to growing zinnias for the public to enjoy. The only thing that he asks is that for every bouquet you pick, you pick one for someone who is unable to pick their own. Mezgar provides vases and water though we suggest bringing your own, and, scissors and big hats! Find more information here

Jack Slaven Park          Free          Open Daily


Jack Slaven Park is a relatively new park in Woodland located at 1705 Miekle Avenue. Jack Slaven offers an expansive playground area including a toddler area and sophisticated “big kid” area. Perhaps the most popular feature though is the water splash pad, complete with sprinkler features. This is the only park in the area where kids can play on a splash pad for FREE! Don’t forget your sunscreen, towels and perhaps a change of clothes in the car. Clean and modern bathrooms on site. More information here. Stay tuned to our blog where we begin our local park series featuring neighborhood information and nearby real estate listings.

William Land Park          Cost: Varies          Open Daily



Land Park, as it is known to locals, is packed full of fun. Whether you visit for a quiet morning of fishing, or to visit the larger attractions: Sacramento Zoo, FairyTale Town, Funderland, you are sure to find something for every budget and member of the family!

iFly          Cost: $69+          Open Daily


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iFly is the most expensive option listed but all the older kids are buzzing about the new location that has opened in Roseville. Flyers ages 3-103 years of age are welcome to experience their free fall flight equivalent. Find more information on their website

Explorit Davis          Cost: $5          Wed/Sat/Sun 1-5, Fri 3-6


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Enjoy hand-on science in the exploration gallery or attend one of Explorit’s special events. Don’t miss the Final Blast of Summer with the UC Davis Chemistry Department faculty’s chemistry show & more! August 28th, 2016 11-4.  Find more information here

Sacramento Children’s Museum          Cost: $8.50          Hours Vary


A place space for children to explore building towers, pretend play (kids love the full grocery store set up) and various art media. Check out their special event for National Dance Day on July 30th, 10am-12noon.

California State Railroad Museum      $10/$5       Open Daily 10-5


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A favorite of history buffs and locomotive lovers alike, the Sacramento Train Museum is full of exhibits of immaculately restored engines as well as props and costumes. Children love the train tables upstairs (beware: you may want to bring your own Thomas the Tank Engine with your name on it!).  Kiddos can also enjoy story time here every Monday at 11 am. Check out the train excursion options along the Sacramento River here. Interested in the ever popular holiday train, The Polar Express? More information here.


Yolo County Library Programming          Free          Hours Vary By Location


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Aside from an expansive collection to borrow books, DVDs, CDs, etc. the Yolo County Libraries offer fantastic FREE programming throughout the year. Check out your local branch for more details, but don’t miss the upcoming Magic Show at Mary L. Stephens Library (Davis), July 26th, 2016 1-2pm. You may also want to check out the Get Ready For Kindergarten Reading Group

Davis Farmer’s Market – Picnic in the Park          Cost: Varies          Wednesdays 4:30-8:30


The Picnic in the Park runs from March to October on Wednesday evenings and in addition to the delicious selections of local farm products, each week there is live music, food vendors, the Soroptimist beer & wine booth, as well as bounce houses, pony rides, face painting, rock climbing and more for kids.

Did we miss your favorite place? Leave us a comment below and we will update this post!

Blog Post Author: Allison Skaggs-Cuevas

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