Friday Jul 11 2008
Fun for all ages
By: Lauren Weber The Press-Tribune
Summer tours, games for kids and adults alike
Editor’s note: Looking for ways to keep the kids and family busy during the out of school months? This is the last of three articles exploring summer camps, classes and events offered in Roseville during the summertime. Summer is the prime time for trips and time off – no matter the age – and Roseville offers field trips for kids and tours for all ages, all summer long. From ice-skating and visits to Golfland Sunsplash Roseville for kids and a San Francisco Giants game and trip to the Armstrong Redwoods and Sebastopol for any age, everyone has something to do. Camp Roseville for kids ages 6-11 splits into two parks: Maidu and Mahany. Each offer fun – Maidu with two weekly field trips and one swim day and Mahany, which offers two swim days and one field trip every week – both camps are intertwined with craft projects throughout the week. The city prides itself on safety for Camp Roseville campers – the kid to staff ratio is no more than 10 to one – so the kids can concentrate on fun. “I think for parents, we do over 40 hours of training; safety is huge,” said Pam Allen, camp supervisor, of what attracts parents to Roseville’s camps. Every staff member is also CPR trained, she added. But in addition to the safety aspect, parents and kids enjoy the busyness of the camps. “It’s a jam-packed day. We schedule things all day long,” Allen said. “They’re tired when they come home and parents like that.” Kids enjoy kayaking, horseback riding, indoor rock climbing and bowling all summer long for their field trips, while swimming at the pool and getting creative with crafts every week. In addition to the summer-long camps the city also offers a one-day event for children with special needs. For keeping cool during these hot months, children and their families can enjoy a day by the pool July 25, from 6-7:30 p.m. and families can join others at the Roseville Aquatics Complex, with a cost of $5 for kids ages 5 to adults and free for kids under 4 years old. To register, call 774-5950. Another family friendly summer activity is Roseville’s Trips and Tours for All Ages. The city’s tours have been offering residents weekend and daily escapes for 17 years. Although Joanie Cameron, senior parks and recreation supervisor, admits that the trips typically attract seniors, all getaways are welcome to any age. “We try to do some on Saturdays so that more people can go,” Cameron said. This year’s lineup includes the Strauss Festival July 24, a showing of “Evita” at the Sacramento Music Circus Aug. 16 and a tour of Alcatraz on Sept. 27. But newcomers to the tour this year are a wine country drive to the Armstrong Redwoods and Sebastopol for shopping and gallery window-shopping Aug. 24. An Italian luncheon and a visit to the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center is scheduled Oct. 4 for those foodies. For baseball fans Aug. 10 will be the day for an opportunity to travel to San Francisco for a Giants game against the Dodgers. Cameron said this trip is a very family-friendly tour and great for grandkids. Whether it’s a trip with one of Roseville’s kids camps or a tour with other residents to summer destinations, Roseville’s camps and trips can make anyone feel like a kid again, no matter the age.