It’s officially summertime, Sacramento. It’s also 100° outside through the coming weekend, and that can be rough on everyone, especially the little ones. Don’t sweat, we’ve picked out three wet + wild activities to cool you and the kids off with during this week’s heat wave.
Race up to five of your friend’s on Wake Island’s Ninja Race Course. | Photo by @wakeislandwaterpark
Billing itself as the largest aqua park of its kind on the West Coast, Wake Island boasts tons of activities for kids + adults, including an aquatic obstacle course, hamster wheels, VIP cabanas, and boatless wakeboarding where guests are pulled by a suspended cable.
Pro tip: Book your activities + sign a waiver before arriving early to maximize your visit.
Summer in the River City of course means rafting down the American River. You can snag a tube or kayak if going alone, or pile into a raft with your squad of up to 12. While their Sunrise location is open seven days a week, their new Sailor Bar location is only open on weekends.
Pro tip: The float lasts 4-5 hours, so be sure to bring snacks, water + sunscreen to stay safe and comfortable.
The city operates 12 spray parks between Memorial Day and Labor Day that are free + open to the public. Running from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., these are perfect if you need to let your kids burn off some excess energy after being stuck inside the air-conditioned house all day.
Heads up: The spray parks at Jefferson Park, Witter Ranch, and Wild Rose Park are currently undergoing repairs.
If these sound like too much effort in this heat — which we completely understand — then check out our guide on local ways to beat the heat, and remember to stay hydrated.
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Sacramento Bachata and Salsa Festival | Thurs., June 23-Sun., June 26 | Times vary | 2001 Point W Way | Prices vary | Attend workshops on different dance styles from international experts + get into the rhythm of live Latin music by Carlos Kandia. 💃
NeighborGood Market Elk Grove | Thursdays | 4-8 p.m. | District 56 | Free | Support neighborhood artisans, farmers + food trucks at this weekly attraction.
Funk Night | Thursdays | 6 p.m. | Good News Wine | Free | Put on your dancing shoes, grab some sparkling wine — or a flight of the very best reds — and vibe out to the sounds of funk, soul, and disco. 🍷
Tahoe Park Food Trucks | Fri., June 24 | 5-8 p.m. | Tahoe Park | Free | Indulge in an array of gourmet food trucks as you enjoy the outdoor weather. 🚚
Banana Sundaes ‘The Streets’ Block Party | Sat., June 25-Sun., June 26 | Times vary | The Flamingo House | $45 | Underground electronic artists from the US + UK will strike like ground-to-cloud lightning at this Midtown street festival. 🔊
Curtis Fest Artisan Fair | Sun., June 26 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 3349 W Curtis Dr. | Free | The annual gathering, situated under the shade of trees, is bringing live music and 70+ vendors to Curtis Park.
Daisies | Sun., June 26 | 1 p.m. | Dreamland Cinema, 1901 P St. | $10 | One of the preeminent examples of Czech New Wave + frequently cited as one the greatest feminist films of all time.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Indomitable. Republic FC will face off against Sporting KC on July 26 or 27 following a victory in the US Open Cup against LA Galaxy Tuesday night. The club is the tournament’s first non-MLS semifinalist since 2017. ⚽️ (Sac Bee)
Mike Brown was formally introduced to the media as the Sacramento Kings new head coach Tuesday after winning the NBA Championship with the Gold State Warriors. Brown called the city’s fanbase “tremendous,” while adding “I’m not coming here to ‘fun.’ I’m coming here to win.” 🏀 (FOX40)
City leaders in Rancho Cordovaapproved a plan this week that would allocate $100,000 to provide a furnished home for five residents at a time who are experiencing homelessness. The home is meant to serve its occupants temporarily while case managers help them find permanent housing. (KCRA 3)
Look out below. Tahoe Paddle Sports is now offeringclear kayak tours — which allow explorers to peer into the lake’s waters as they paddle. The tours run every day of the week + begin at Bonsai Rock. Sessions are 90 minutes long and accessible to all experience levels. (CBS13)
The Sacramento Zoo celebrated World Giraffe Day by announcing that one of the zoo’s giraffes, Shani, is pregnant + due with a calf later this summer. The calf will be the twenty-first giraffe born at the zoo. 🦒 (Sac Bee)
Oakland-based nonprofit Planting Justicehas applied to bring a retail nursery + garden to a five-acre stretch of land near the Sacramento Executive Airport. The city — who owns the land — would provide a trailer for office space and bathrooms. 🪴 (Sac Biz Journal)
University of the Pacificwill build a new health care clinic at its Sacramento campus thanks to a $4 million gift the college received. The project — which is expected to cost $50 million — will be located near 34th St. + Fifth Ave, close to the Muddox Building. (Sac Biz Journal)
The Sacramento Fire Departmentwill be holdingopen houses at select stations — one for each Council district — from July-Sept.The first open house will be held at Fire Station 43, located at 4201 El Centro Rd. on July 9. 🚒 (Natomas Buzz)
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What in tarnation? This is no hologram? That’s right —Sacramento History Museum tour guide Miss Odessa is really dressed in period finery from the 1800s to show you the modern day secrets lying underneath Old Sac.
The underground tours, which run daily, uncover the former street level of the historic district + reveal how the city moved to higher ground to avoid flood waters.
We recently took a tour for ourselves and — from the excavated items to the historic buildings — we can certainly say that this dark underground experience was right up our alley.
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Editor’s Pick: Confession time — I am so out of shape y’all. I checked out Wake Island and was beat after maybe 15-20 minutes of running up, over + through that obstacle course. Pray for my arms and legs to recover because even those one-hour sessions are a workout.
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