Sacramento-area residents don’t have to face the single-digit temperatures, icy roads and heavy snow that other parts of the country often do at this time of year. And it is a good thing too, since kids don’t stop bursting with energy simply because the calendar suggests winter. So zip up their coats and head out to one of the many great – and free – playgrounds in the area.
There is plenty of fun for kids of all ages at this festive park in South Natomas. In addition to the skate plaza and soccer fields for the older children, there is a tot lot with swings and an adventure play area. You can even indulge the dreams of your little Spiderman with a fun and safe net climbing structure. And while it might not be the right time of year to actually use them, the interactive play water misters disguised as giant cartoon blue birds are still fun to see.
Rusch Community Park
Swing, slide and play at the amazing Rusch Park, which offers extensive playground equipment and facilities to skate, swim, wade or hike. Visitors can play tennis, volleyball, tennis, baseball and softball and the gymnasium, concessions and community center offer something for everyone. There is ample parking, so come and enjoy the garden and nature area and meandering creek. Also check out the beautiful Rusch Home, built in 1916; part of the original grounds were donated years later to form Rusch Park.
Antelope Community Park
This 43-acre park has everything a family could need for a day of entertainment. Covered picnic areas, barbeque grills, walking trails and an aquatic complex are attractive features, along with softball and baseball fields and tennis courts. Best of all is the expansive playground: it looks like the perfect small-town carnival from a child’s dream.
Bertha Henschel Park
If you’ve never been to this 2-1/2 acre park in East Sacramento, its time to bundle up the kids and check it out. The “adventure play area”, slides, sand and fun playground equipment are great for children, and there is a swing set and tot play area designed especially for preschoolers. Restrooms are open all day and there are two full-court basketball courts and a bantam soccer field as well.
Stone Creek Community Park
The Cordova Recreation and Park District runs this lovely 21 acre park, which includes a playground, basketball court and fields for soccer, softball and kid’s baseball. Skateboarders will enjoy the section devoted just to them and the whole family can use the two sizes of group picnic areas and the parking lot amphitheater.
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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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