Summer Vacation Survival Guide

12 Ways to entertain your kids this summer


Here's some activities where you can replace the PlayStation with some real-life playtime.ng the Walls

✣ Climbing the Walls

Let your kids literally climb the walls at the Vert Rock Gym at Action Sports on Brimhall. With 5,000 square feet of challenging fun, the rock wall features full texture, changing routes, bouldering, and more. www.teamactionsports.com;


✣Pump it Up

Let your kids have a blast bouncing, sliding, climbing, and jumping on giant, interactive inflatables at Pump It Up's Pop-In Play Time Pre-K for kids ages 2-6 every Tuesday and Friday from 10:00-11:30 a.m. www.pumpitupparty.com; 392-8800.

Brothers, Ryan (age 5) and Nate (age 8), enjoy swimming and playing sports together all summer long.

Keep your kids' minds from turning to mush this summer with all kinds of activities that promote education.

✣ Visit Fossils

Sharks and volcanoes and fossils… oh my! The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History offers a wide variety of educational opportunities for children. The third Thursday of each month is free. www.sharktoothhill.org; 324-6350.rog

✣ Summer Reading Programs and Storytimes

What better way to spend a day than reading and using your imagination? Many booksellers and library branches around the city offer free storytelling and activities. The following organizations provide weekly programs at different times and for different ages. And sometimes, you can attend these events in your pajamas!

Summer schedules vary, so call the following stores for more information: Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 631-2575; Borders, 328-9800; and Russo's Books, 665-4686.

Many of the Kern County Library branches offer reading clubs and storytimes. www.kerncountylibrary.org.t

✣ Book Blast

Brothers, Jaden (age 7) and Jared (age 10), love hanging out with (and training) their new puppy Lola.
Families can celebrate summer reading at a festival centered around books and literacy at the Kern County Museum with free admission on Saturday, July 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. www.kcmuseum.org; 852-5000.


Boost your kids' creativity this summer with programs centered on the arts.of Art

✣ Bakersfield Museum of Art

Take in the beautiful artwork showcased at this world-class museum. The third Friday of each month, admission is free. www.bmoa.org; 323-7219. ds Discover

✣ Kids Discover Music

Join the Bakersfield Symphony musicians as they share their musical prowess at Barnes & Noble Booksellers the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. lace Concert By the Fountain Series

Friends, Bryce (age 10), Mallorie (age 10), and Jennifer (age 9), love hanging out and getting all wet.
✣ Marketplace Concert by the Fountain Series

Take time this summer to unwind with your family while learning to appreciate all types of music at The Marketplace with free concerts every Thursday night from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. www.russosbooks.com.


Movies provide a few fun hours when we can suspend our imaginations while eating popcorn and candy. Some of these free movies are even outdoors!

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✣ Edwards Theater 14 at The Marketplace

Take part in this film festival at Edwards Theater 14 featuring both G and PG-rated movies shown at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. www.regmovies.com; 663-3042.

✣ NOR Neighborhood Flicksks

Watch some of your favorite movies at your neighborhood park on a Giant 220" projection screen. www.norfun.org/html/neighborhoodflicks.html. es in the Park

✣ Movies in the Park

Every Wednesday night from 8:00-9:30 p.m., you and your family can head over to the Park at Riverwalk and take in a fun feature on the big screen under the stars. www.bakersfieldcity.us.


One thing is for certain when living in Bakersfield: it's HOT! Water Spray Parks and City Pools are a great way for your family to cool off.arks & Pools

✣ Bakersfield Spray Parks and Pools

Zane: (age 3) likes riding the pool inflatables as much as actually getting in the pool.
The water spray parks and city pools that dot our landscape can provide your family with hours of enjoyment while beating the heat. At McMurtery Aquatic Center, you can even watch "Float-In" movies. On July 1 and 29, everyone swims for free at all city pools. www.bakersfieldswim.us.

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