Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 FREE & Nearly FREE Summer Activities

Summer is coming! I can tell because my kids are getting ornery and I've given up on making sure all their homework is done. My patience for things like end of the year school projects and finding lost library books is waning.

But summer is less stressful, right? Well, it's supposed to be. The first two weeks are similar to the first two weeks of school. Lots of enthusiasm. We implement the "no screens or fun outings until our work is done" policy, and at first the kids hop on board. But as the weeks go on, they don't want to go anywhere fun. "Do we HAVE to go to the lake AGAIN?" So that's not an incentive. And I've gotten lazy so the screens are more accessible. Every summer I say it's not going to happen. We are going to be productive and still have fun. But this year, I'm just not feeling it. The last several months have drained me. I feel like I've been chewed up and spit back out. (Maybe you've wondered why there hasn't been a new blog post since November 2017?) I've already given up and summer hasn't even started. My "Mom of The Year" award is now completely out of reach and I'm just getting by. Do you ever feel that way? Maybe it's just me. But I know I can't stay this way. I need some incentive. Something to look forward to. Motivation. A goal to reach for. But sitting here whining isn't going to make fun happen. Talking about goals doesn't help me meet them. I love the quote by Thomas Monson that says, "It's not enough to want to make the effort, it's in the doing not just the thinking that we accomplish our goals."

So here it goes. My first summer attempt at "doing". The updated "Free & Nearly Free" 2018 Summer Activities!

**Check out North In Cali's Google Calendar called "Summer Fun - Redding, CA and Surrounding Areas" with most of these activities on it.**

Ranger Programs @ Whiskeytown Lake, FREE (June 9-Sept 3)
I am amazed at the variety of FREE programs offered by the Rangers. Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayak Tours (Daylight & Moonlit), Junior Rangers, Junior Firefighters and Evening Astronomy Programs are just a few.

Fantasy Fountain, Redding, California  www.northincali.com

Fantasy Fountain @ Enterprise Park, Open Daily May 29 - Sept 4, 10am-8pm, FREE
Splash Zone has multiple "water spray features for kids of all ages to enjoy with a volcano that rumbles and erupts with a torrent of water whenever kids want it to." MORE ABOUT FANTASY FOUNTAIN ON NORTH IN CALI’s POST

Barnes & Noble Story Time, FREE, Saturdays @ 11am, geared toward Preschool age children

Family Evening Splash, Redding Aquatic Center, Mon - Thurs, 6:45pm - 8:00pm, 0-2 Years FREE, 3-15 Years $2.25, Adults $2.75
There are other times for public swim, swim lessons and classes, but if you're on a budget, this is the time to go swimming!

Movies In The Park, FREE, Fridays @ Dusk (June 1 - Aug 17) Park Varies - see calendar
Watch some great movies with your family; Beauty & The Beast, Oliver, The Greatest Showman, Thor Ragnarok, Pirates of The Caribbean 5, Coco, Jumanji, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Wonder Woman, Moan & The Goonies

Junior Giants Summer Baseball League, Free, Registration begins April 16
FREE Program that involves over 450 youth participants

Shasta County Farmers' Market, Saturdays, April 7 - Dec 15, 7:30 am - 12:00 pm.  Behind Redding City Hall @ 777 Cypress Ave. (Other markets on different days in different places. Check website.)

Shasta Public Library, FREE
The Library wins this year for the best FREE activities! You will be amazed! Everything from preschool story hour to kayaking on Whiskeytown lake to Game Night and SO MUCH MORE!

Sunset River Jam, FREE, Wednesday evenings 5-8pm (Aug 29 - Sept 26)
This concert series at Anderson River Park entertains and brings professional talent to the North State.

Kids Summer Movie Club @ Cascade Theatre, FREE, Sundays in July, 2pm. There will be games, prizes, costumed characters and chances to win tickets to Cascade Theatre events.

Shasta Dam Tours (FREE!) Tours daily from 9am-3:30pm. Tours take 1 hour.

I have created a Google Calendar called "Summer Fun - Redding, CA and Surrounding Areas" with most of these activities on it. I have added some one time events to the calendar too. Check it out.


Maybe I'll see you at the lake...late afternoon of course...when all the chores are done at home.

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