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31 Days of Summer

Summertime’s lazy days can quickly turn into boring, what-do-we-do-today days, and when in doubt, the screens come out – handheld video games, the television, computers, and cell phones. KCFM wanted to create a summer survival guide to help you plan creative, fun, and exciting days. Each month in KCFM’s Happenings also details all kinds of activities and events that are going on around Kern County. You can always turn to this section for more information. Here are 31 activities, one for each day of July, for your family to make the most of your summer.

1. Embrace July’s patriotic spirit and create a care package for a soldier serving our country – Aunt Nancy can help you find a soldier in need. www.auntnancyusa.com/

2. Calling all aquatics enthusiasts! Visit McMurtrey Aquatics Center for a day of fun and sun on two water slides, kid-friendly play area, and pools. www.bakersfieldswim.us

3. Get crafty! Check out your local Michael’s store for its class schedule and project list. www.michaels.com

4. Before you hit the road this summer on a car trip, make sure to print out games like Car Bingo and other activities to keep your little ones busy. http://www.mydeliciousambiguity.com/2011/01/road-trip-printables-for-kids_13.html

5. Celebrate music under the stars with Bakersfield Symphony every Sunday night from 7:15-9 pm at Beale Park. www.bakersfieldcity.us/recreation

6. Get slimy! Spend hours making and playing with slime that glows in the dark. http://www.theidearoom.net/2009/07/make-glow-in-dark-slime.html

7. Catch the reading bug at your local library. Check out books and movies and participate in crafts, story time, or special events. www.kerncountylibrary.org.

8. Make your own homemade marshmallows for a night of S’mores with a campfire. http://www.funonadime.net/?p=1042

9. Cinema Time! Check out days and times for local family film festivals available at both Edward’s Theatre and Maya Cinemas.

10. Cool off at a water spray park. Four parks around town, Beale Park, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Jefferson Park, and Planz Park, all have water spraying amenities. www.bakersfieldcity.us/recreation

11. Let your kids make their very own Lemonade or Snow Cone Stand to sell to neighbors and friends. They’ll not only have fun, but they could make a buck or two.

12. Lake Ming is only 10 minutes north of Bakersfield. The manmade lake can provide hours of water fun for your family, or simply the perfect backdrop for a picnic. www.co.kern.ca/parks/

13. Take in the beautiful artwork showcased at Bakersfield Museum of Art. Free admission on the third Friday of each month. Check out its special events and art camps. www.bmoa.org.

14. Make tasty bird treats and hang them in a nearby tree so you can watch the birds enjoy them. http://smilemonsters.blogspot.com/2011/01/bird-treats.html

15. See history come alive at Kern County Museum’s Pioneer Village. Check out its special events and summer camps. www.kcmuseum.org

16. Origami fun! Learn the ancient art of paper folding with kid-friendly designs. http://www.origami-fun.com/origami-for-kids.html

17. Explore nature through art and learn about Lewis and Clark at the Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center. www.kcmuseum.org/loribrock

18. Learn about sharks, volcanoes, and fossils at Buena Vista Museum of Natural History. Free admission on the third Thursday of each month from 12-3 pm. www.sharktoothhill.org

19. Sign up for Home Depot’s free children’s do-it-yourself workshops on the first Saturday of each month from 9-12 pm. www.homedepot.com

20. Build a free wooden project with your child at a Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic every Saturday at 10 am. www.lowesbuildandgrow.com

21. Bike, walk, or roll on any of the many bike paths and trails located throughout Kern County. www.bikebakersfield.org/bikemap.htm

22. Every first Friday night of the month from 5-8 pm, First Friday Downtown Arts District hosts artists along the downtown sidewalks where local shops stay open late – between Chester to “F” Streets and 18th to 21st Streets.

23. Let your kids literally climb the walls at Vert Rock Gym at Action Sports on Brimhall Road. www.teamactionsports.com

24. Read a book together as a family. After you’ve finished the book, rent the movie and watch it together. Discuss the differences between the book and the movie.

25. Take a whitewater rafting trip down the Kern River. Look for packages and special events. www.riversendrafting.com

26. Enjoy live music under the night sky at The Marketplace with free concerts every Thursday night from 7-9 pm. www.russosbooks.com

27. Watch some of your favorite movies at your neighborhood park on a giant 220” projection screen. www.norfun.org/html/neighborhoodflicks.html and www.bakersfieldcity.us/recreation

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

29. Schedule a tour with Dewar’s and see how they make their fine candies and ice cream. Tours available by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30 am. www.dewarscandy.com

30. Go camping in your front yard, back yard, or even in your living room, or make it a weekend trip to Los Angeles National Forest just south of Bakersfield. www.fs.usda.gov/angeles

31. Plant a pumpkin. If you plant it now during the summer, you’ll have a nice, big specimen to carve for a Halloween Jack-O-Lantern.

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