By Anne Marquez
Spring break is on the horizon and it’s time to get your Coppertone 45 and your best pair of flip-flops and take a road trip to So Cal!
Whoa, wait. I’m not 20 anymore. Let me try it again. Spring break is on the horizon and you have to work but don’t want your kids to be bored, or maybe you want some alone time. We have options for you. My, how times have changed.
Check out the many recreational good times the city of Davis Community Services has to offer! Phew, that’s better. Thank goodness, I’m not 20 anymore. But …we are still heading to So Cal; more on that in a bit.
Spring Break Safari — March 24-28 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. — offers maximum fun times and is open to 6- to 12-year-olds. Participants will enjoy arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games, field trips to Sky Zone in Sacramento and bowling. There also will be movie time and some cooking (read: eating!) activities. The program is held at the Redwood Building in Redwood Park on Anderson Road.
If that is more coverage than you need, let me suggest Spring Fling Gym and Dance camp, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon in the city of Davis Gym and Dance Center, 23 Russell Blvd. Participants will utilize all of the gym equipment and learn some dance moves during this compact half-day program. The camp is open to 6- to 12-year-olds.
How about hanging with the horses? Mini Horse Camp is held at Sterling Riding Academy on County Road 102 north of Davis and is a great introduction to basic skills such as mounting, dismounting, riding at a walk, navigating obstacles as well as horse care and behavior. This camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to kids ages 7-12.
We also have a Lego program — actually, two Lego programs. Lego Pre-Engineering is open to children ages 5-6 and is offered from 9 a.m. to noon. Lego Engineering, meanwhile, is offered for kids ages 7-11 from 1 to 4 p.m. The future designers get their chance to manipulate little pieces of plastic (that you would never want to step on in during the middle of the night, by the way) into creations of their imagination. Both sessions are held at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St.
Lastly, that SoCal Road trip… Oh, it’s on, but we are checking out potential institutions of higher education, not engaging in otherwise immature youthful behavior that hypothetically or stereotypically might occur. It’s SoCal Safari, and it’s a four-day trip to mostly Southern California colleges to see which one might be a good fit or if one enjoys the SoCal lifestyle. Hey, moms, we try to keep them close to home with a stop at UC Santa Cruz! The trip is open to youths in grades 9-12.
So there you go: several great opportunities to keep the youngsters occupied and not destroying the house during spring break. To find out more about our recreation awesome-ness, check us out on Facebook, at www.cityofdavis.org or by calling the Community Services office at 530-756-5626.
— Anne Marquez is a community services supervisor with the city of Davis. The Rec Report is published monthly.