Educational Summer Activities

Looking for activities that are fun, engaging, and educational over the summer? Check out these resources:

Libraries are a terrific resource for fun and educational activities.

Most libraries have a summer reading program with incentives and rewards for books read.

For more info visit https://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/library to locate a library near you and special summer programs offered.

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Colleges often offer programs, which are educational and have hands –on learning opportunities.

Sierra College in Rocklin has a wonderful Natural History Museum and is having Dinosaur Days, a science fest, on May 6th from 9 am – 4pm.  This is an adventure for the whole family and includes chemistry & physics.  You can also explore the planetarium while you’re there.

For more info visit www.sierracollege.edu/dinoday.

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The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center on the Sierra Nevada College Campus in Incline Village has a science center where students can enjoy hands-on activities, learn about the lake ecosystem, and find out how they can help to keep Tahoe blue.  Admission is free and docent-guided tours are available Tuesday-Friday, 1-5.

For more information visit www.sierranevada.edu.

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After interacting with all the exhibits at the research center why not drive over to Tahoe Vista on the lake’s north shore, and visit North Tahoe Regional Park, located in Tahoe Vista. The park spans approximately 124 acres and offers a variety of year-round recreation activities for visitors of all ages.  There is hiking and biking and they just recently added zip lines in the treetops.

For more information visit www.northtahoeparks.com/north-tahoe-regioal-park.com.

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Sacramento has more than 25 culturally rich and diverse museums. Why not make a day of it and take Amtrak down to visit Sutter’s Fort, The California State Railroad Museum or the Aerospace Museum for some hands on activities and engaging learning.

Visit www.sacmuseums.org to find out which museums your child might be interested in visiting.  Be sure to stop by the Visitors Center at 1004 Second Street to pick up brochures & coupons.

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If you have a budding zoologist or biologist why not visit the Sacramento Zoo.  They have special events, overnight safaris, summer camps, and more.  You can go on line to Teacher Resources and download a scavenger hunt that your child and you can go on and learn about California’s State, mineral, bird, reptile, flower, and more.  Visit www.saczoo.org/education to find out more.

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Placer County has several museums as well.  Visit www.placer.ca.gov/museum for a list of museums.

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Looking to find out how the Gold Rush was started?  Why not visit Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in Coloma!  It is a living-history town where you can watch a working blacksmith create tools and horseshoes, pan for gold, visit a museum, and even get icecream!  Visit https://eldoradohillschamber.org/  to find out more.

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Still have Gold Fever and want to learn more about the Gold Rush?  Visit the Empire State Mine in Nevada City where you can go down into a mine shaft to experience what the gold miners endured in their quest for gold, visit historical buildings, and explore the area.  For more info visit https://www.parks.ca.gov.

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Looking for ways to teach your child about Earth’s natural resources, what renewable energy is, and learn about sustainable practices?  Visit Roseville’s Utility Exploration Center where students can see the floor to ceiling garbage pile that displays facts about consumption and recycling, or crawl through a sewer pipe where voices of bacteria explain how wastewater is treated.

For more information visit https://www.roseville.ca.us/residents/utility_exploration_center

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There are plenty of places to hike and/or bike in the beautiful area that we live in. Why not plan a day with your child/children and bring a journal to keep a record of your travels as well as to sketch in.  For a list of local parks and their amenities visit https://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/facility/Parks/parksmap

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If you are planning on traveling to the Bay Area, San Francisco has a wealth of interesting places to visit.  There is the Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park and The Exploratorium at Pier 15.  It’s always fun to take the ferry out of Vallejo and make a day or a weekend out of it.

For information on the Exploratorium visit www.exploratorium.edu.

For information on The Academy of Science visit https://www.calacademy.org/

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If you plan to travel a little father south be sure to stop by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey.  Whether you have a budding marine biologist or just a lover of the sea there is plenty to do in Monterey.  Children between the ages of eight and 13 can try surface SCUBA in the summer Underwater Explorers program!  Before you go, visit their website and look under ‘Family Activities”.  There you can download animal fact cards, bird BINGO cards, and more.  Did you know you can even spend the night in the aquarium?  For more information about this amazing place visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

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Another amazing place to visit is Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel.  There you can learn about the Chinese fishing and whaling industry, visit the Whaler’s Cabin Museum, or simply hike along the bluffs to see sea otters at play, elephant seals and their offspring, and take in the beauty of your surroundings.  Be sure to bring a sketch book to record all the beautiful sites you see!  To learn more, visit www.pointlobos.org.

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