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Sweet Summer: 50+ Ways to Savor the Season

The heat is on, and so is the fun. Keep reading for your ticket to the best summer ever.

Boredom Busters: Cool Events

Stay active and entertained this summer by choosing your own fun-venture from the happenings here.

Passport to The Great Out There


Sip a little something. Experience the beauty of El Dorado County one sip at a time with Passport to The Great Out There. Over 20 wineries will share their innovative spirits between July 16-18. Not only will there be incredible food and wine pairings, but each winery will engage with an experience; whether it’s live music, art demonstrations, historical tours or winemaking insights, treasured memories of wine, food, and fun will be made.

Wine Run 5K

Make a run for it. If you like wine, walking, or running, then the Wine Run 5K at Wise Villa Winery in Lincoln on June 26 is for you. Participants will receive a souvenir wine glass and a pour of wine, along with a winery tour voucher and coupon for a Miner’s Creek Brewery pint. They’ll even have lively music to keep spirits up. This event benefits charity and is family- and stroller-friendly (kids get soda instead of wine).

I Love Lucy Grape Stomp

Stomp it out. Get ready for some giddy-headed fun at Wise Villa Winery’s I Love Lucy Grape Stomp on September 18. Revive this traditional winemaking technique after a chef-prepared dinner buffet and award-winning wine. Ladies are invited to don white dresses (I Love Lucy-style) and get to stomping while a band plays fun music and the crowd cheers on.

Woga Classes

Say “namaste” to cabernet. Don’t miss the irresistible experience of basking in the sun while perfecting your downward dog at Boeger Winery’s Woga classes (June 27, July 25, August 22, September 19). Taught by Robin Lenzi of Living Fit Yoga, these classes are slow flowing vinyasa-style and fun for all levels (don’t forget to bring your mat). Best part? A complimentary glass of wine afterward!

Quarry Park Adventures


Elevate that adrenaline. Quarry Park Adventures in Rocklin offers something for every type of thrill seeker. From rock climbing and zip lining to free falling and paddle boating, there are adventures galore, including their Aerial Adventure that has you work through a series of 60 fun challenges, three stories high! They even have summer camps for kids (June 21-August 6), so get in on the action for a memorable summer. 

Friday Flicks


Mosey on to the movies. Summer’s the best time for outdoor movies, and the Roseville Parks and Recreation department is bringing family favorites to their Friday Flicks lineup with Back to the Future (June 18), Grease (July 16), and Godzilla vs. Kong (August 20). Email [email protected] for free tickets. Enjoy an evening at Roseville’s Royer Park with family, friends, and neighbors for a viewing of Small Foot (July 24), beginning at sundown. Movie in the Park is hosted by Roseville Coalition of Neighborhood Associations; visit for details. Margaret Azevedo and Whitney Community Parks in Rocklin are also hosting Friday Movie Nights with Trolls (June 18) and Onward (August 20).

Placer County Fair


Face your fairs. @the Grounds in Roseville is bringing back old-school fun with the Placer County Fair from June 24-27. Meant for the whole family, you’ll be treated to concerts, carnival rides, a family fun zone, livestock competitions, exhibits, and so much more…not to mention some of the finest fair foods!

Historic Folsom Hometown Parade


Partake in a parade. Proud Folsom residents can expect the works at this year’s Historic Folsom Hometown Parade on June 26. Set your lawn chairs on Sutter Street and settle in to enjoy the Pony Express, Ophir Prison Band, soap box derby cars, Wild West groups, vintage fire and police vehicles, horses, and more.

Summer Harvest Days

Savor the flavors of summer. Apple Hill Growers are bringing the seasonal festivities with their Summer Harvest Days on July 24-25 at participating ranches. There will be lots of summer activities and offerings featuring fresh seasonal produce like berries, plums, peaches, vegetables, wine, baked goods, jams, treats, and more.

Camp Roseville

Play with Parks and Rec. Your local parks and recreation departments are trying to ensure an engaging and fun summer for your kids. Folsom is offering summer day camps—including zookeeper, Lego robotics, and a variety of sports camps; while Roseville has over 30 kids’ camps to choose from including specialty camps like music and science as well as traditional day camps like the fun-filled Camp Roseville. Visit and to register.

Chill Out: Perfect Scoops

Sweeten your summer with this roundup of the best ice cream treats in town.

Sweet Dozen Cones’s Nutty Professor; Photo by Dante Fontana © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


Sweet Dozen Cones offers a seriously sweet spin on ice cream treats. Their chimney cones—also known as kürtőskalács in Hungarian—are unique, hollow, bread-like pastries. They have a satisfying crunch on the outside and light, fluffy texture on the inside, providing the perfect vessel for ice cream. Select from a variety of flavored cones, half a dozen cream fillings, and soft serve gelato. One (of many!) fan favorite is the Nutty Professor (cinnamon sugar cone with peanut butter, walnuts, and chocolate gelato, topped with granola, Oreo crumbs, and a Nutter Butter). Their over-the-top offerings prove you can never have too much of a good thing. 807 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-358-9814,

Snooks Chocolate Factory; Photo by Dante Fontana © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


What’s better than chocolate? Chocolate and ice cream, of course! And Snooks Chocolate Factory in Folsom delivers both. Whether you’re craving melt-in-your-mouth morsels of luxurious chocolate or cool spheres of smooth, silky ice cream, Snooks has treats that’ll satisfy the entire family. In addition to fabulous fruit freezes, they carry Gunther’s Ice Cream (a Sacramento institution since 1940) in a rainbow of flavors—favorites include taro, birthday cake, and mint chip. Ask for all three piled high onto one of Snooks’ hand-made, chocolate-dipped waffle cones. 731 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-985-0620,

Cia di Gelateria’s Affogato


Cià di Gelateria brings authentic Italian gelato to Folsom with fresh, local ingredients and raw ingredients imported from Italy. If that’s not authentic, what is? There are no artificial sweeteners or colors in their gelato and very little cream, but fret not: slow churning achieves a dense, creamy texture. While they offer their gelatos in all their naked goodness (hazelnut, midnight chocolate, salted caramel, etc.), they also make cute-as-a-button gelato popsicles (chocolate-covered peanut butter, praline-coated fior di latte, graham-sprinkled cappuccino, etc.) and serve an especially exquisite affogato that comes with the gelato of your choice (we recommend the stracciatella featuring sweet cream with shavings of chocolate) topped with two shots of espresso. It’s the ultimate Italian indulgence. 2784 East Bidwell Street, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-817-1430,

Birthday Cake at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream


Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream lays claim to the title of “best ice cream in the world”—something you’ll have to verify on your trip(s) there this summer. Their homemade ice cream is crafted using methods and recipes that have a history of over 75 years. And they don’t skimp on the good stuff. Fistfuls of nuts, creamy caramel, deep dark chocolate, fresh fruits, and fluffy marshmallows are blended into each batch, promising a cornucopia of ice cream adventures whenever you visit. Buckeye, black raspberry truffle, pistachio, French silk pie, birthday cake…they’re all fantastic. Try them in a four-scoop sampler, waffle bowl, or sugar cone. They even have cute little ice cream pops and sandwiches for additional frozen fun. 1011 East Bidwell, Suite 123, Folsom, 916-597-2947; 1164 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 100, Roseville, 916-755-4256,

The Parlor Ice Cream Puffs’s Shorty Got Cakes (back) and Elmo’s Revenge (front); Photo by Dante Fontana © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


The Parlor Ice Cream Puffs takes creative ice cream flavors and puts them in freshly baked donuts. Order a “Puff” and you’ll be asked to pick a glazed or non-glazed donut, select a flavor (or flavors!) of ice cream, plus as many toppings as you want (Fruity Pebbles, gummy bears, potato chips, almonds, toffee bits, coconut, honey, etc.). Wake up with ice cream in the form of tea (matcha, Thai, and Earl Grey) and coffee (with swirls of Nutella) or celebrate an occasion with strawberry shortcake (“Shorty Got Cakes”) or red velvet with Oreo, cookie dough, and chocolate chip (“Elmo’s Revenge”). And if you don’t dig donuts, get your ice cream in the form of a milkshake or with churros (cinnamon, Nutella Oreo, or Fruity Pebbles flavored). Talk about a sugar high! 1490 Eureka Road, Suite 170, Roseville, 916-781-7833; 2620 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Sacramento, 916-977-3997,

T. W. Bonkers Toy & Candy Emporium; Photo by Dante Fontana © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


T. W. Bonkers Toy & Candy Emporium is a magical place in more ways than one. They’ve recently added ice cream to their vast and wonderous selection of candy, chocolate, games, and toys, and are extending their hours this summer. Can you imagine a more perfect place to be? They’re starting out with 12 flavors of Gunther’s Ice Cream with plans to offer more. Served in sugar or cake cones, they also offer to-go options. Current flavors include marble fudge, bubblegum, pecan praline, strawberry, toasted almond, and rainbow sherbet. Let Tony know what you love and want more of and he’ll make it happen—magically! 398 Main Street, Placerville, 530-642-2671,

T-Crepes’s Matcha


T-Crepes typically tempts with treats like boba tea and Japanese-style crêpes, but there’s also ice cream to be found here—tucked into specialty bubble waffle wraps. Sweet, chewy, hot, cold—you’re assured of all the makings of a delectable dessert within these sweet packages. Take for instance, their Matcha that pairs green tea ice cream with Fruity Pebbles, chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, mini marshmallows, and Pocky. Or their Oreo Funky Town with vanilla ice cream, Oreo, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, and Pocky. Get in the summer spirit and try one of each! 1870 Prairie City, Suite 300, Folsom, 916-597-2787,

Dive In: Make A Splash

Summer’s sweltering temps have even the most indoors-y of folks searching for a body of water. This list of spots to cool off is just what you need to keep from melting.

If your kiddos have been spending too much time inside hiding from the heat, get familiar with this list of local splash pads and water features at our area parks.

Rocklin splash pads are up and flowing daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through October. Check out Whitney Park (1801 Whitney Ranch Parkway), Kathy Lund Park (4240 Rocklin Road), and Johnson-Springview Park (5480 5th Street).

Promontory Community Park

Promontory Community Park (2700 Alexandra Drive) in El Dorado Hills has a colorful spray ground that’s open now thru Labor Day.

The City of Roseville is ready to help you beat the heat! Check out the water features at Vernon Street Town Square (311 Vernon Street), Nela Luken Park at the Village Center (2350 Pleasant Grove Boulevard), and Harry Crabb Park (1000 Scarborough Drive). Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily (thru Labor Day).  

Harry Crabb Park

Though technically an outdoor mall and not a park, you can still stay cool (and meet some cool kids, too!) at the Fountains at Roseville. Their interactive children’s fountain (open daily till September from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.) is a family-friendly favorite come summertime.

Nisenan Community Park


Folsom’s mini water park and splash pads operate daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. until the end of September. Check out John Kemp Community Park (1322 Bundrick Drive), Nisenan Community Park (700 Golf Links Road), and Livermore Community Park (6004 Riley Street).

Hanging out at a public pool might seem like a blast from the ’90s past, but these local community pools boast state-of-the-art facilities and a fun array of activities for all ages.

Steve Miklos Aquatic Center

Steve Miklos Aquatic Center in Folsom is unveiling a renovated activity pool (featuring a colorful play structure and pool deck) this summer. Lap pools, aquacise classes, swim lessons, and public swim sessions are the perfect way to get your exercise in during the hottest months of the year. 1200 Riley Street, Folsom, 916-461-6640,

EDHCSD Community Pool

The EDHCSD Community Pool is available for private parties and special occasions (think birthdays, company picnics, and/or youth outings) from June 5-August 29. Rentals require a two-hour minimum, and the fee includes certified lifeguards. 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills, 916-941-1627,

The Roseville Aquatics Complex—home to the Summer Sanders Olympic-sized competition pool, which features a children’s interactive water play area, 150-foot water slide, and zero-depth recreation pool—includes programs like family night swimming, recreational swimming, and private parties. 3051 Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard, 916-774-5262,

Placerville Aquatic Center

The Placerville Aquatic Center—which boasts a two-story water slide, kids’ activity pool area, and diving board—opens June 5. This year’s offerings include public swim, lap swim, water exercise classes, swim lessons, and more. Session times vary, and reservations are required. 3071 Benham Street, Placerville, 530-642-5232,

Golfland Sunsplash

Locals have cooled off at Golfland Sunsplash in Roseville for decades. Trade your spot under the AC vent for a ride on their water slides and a float along the lazy river, or get your thrills in by moonlight with their Nite Slide. 1893 Taylor Road, Roseville, 916-784-1273,

No pool? No problem! Take advantage of our region’s lakes and rivers by going for a sunset paddle-boarding session, wakeboarding adventure, or heading to a picture-perfect beach for a picnic and quick dip.

American River

Starting in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and with three distinct forks, the American River provides plenty of swimming spots, like Clarks Hole (also called Clarks Pool) on the North Fork. Walk the Clarks Hole Trail, enjoy the waterfall along the way, and spend the day soaking in the swimming hole. Those with an even bigger appetite for adventure can get splashed by the river’s rapids on a whitewater rafting expedition. There are dozens of commercial outfitters listed on, but we recommend booking with OARS (an international company with headquarters in the Sierra Foothills).

Folsom Lake


Lake Natoma is the area’s go-to kayaking, stand-up paddling, and sailing spot, thanks to its 5-mph speed limit. Check out the Sacramento State Aquatic Center ( in Gold River for Sunset Paddle excursions (held every full moon throughout the summer) and Youth Summer Camps for kids ages 7-17; offerings include Basic Boating Camp, Sailing Camp, or Rowing Camp. They also offer kayaking, sailing, and stand-up paddling lessons for beginners, in addition to rentals. For some fast-paced summer fun, Folsom Lake is the primo place to play. Beat the heat while boating, jet skiing, swimming, or windsurfing into the sunset.

7 Water Safety Tips

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning—every day. Play it safe this season by following these tips.

1) Enroll in swim lessons. The earlier a child starts swim lessons, the better, as they’ll achieve developmental, physical, and social benefits, and gain skills ensuring a lifetime of safe, fun swimming.

2) Children should ultimately learn to swim without goggles and be comfortable opening eyes underwater. As kids become dependent on wearing goggles, they lose the ability to swim if their goggles fall off or fill with water. If a child happens to fall into a pool without goggles, it’s critical they’re comfortable opening their eyes, so they can locate the nearest step or wall and swim to safety.

3) Limit the use of flotation devices. These devices create a false sense of security and cause children to become dependent on swimming with them. If a child falls or jumps in a pool, it’s important they know how to float and/or put their face in the water, without the aid of a flotation device, and swim to the side of the pool. With that said: Always make sure your kids wear life jackets on boats, personal watercraft, and in open bodies of water.

4) Follow a “getting ready to swim” routine before swimming. Just like a morning routine, if a child follows a “getting ready to swim” routine, such as going to the bathroom, putting on a swim diaper and suit, and applying sunscreen, it helps deter them from jumping into a pool on a whim.

5) Keep children under constant supervision. No matter how advanced you think your child is at swimming, they must always be supervised when in or around the water.

6) Know CPR. CPR is a procedure that everyone should know how to do. You never know when administering CPR could help to save a life.

7) Install pool fences or other barriers. If you have a pool, installing fences or other barriers around the pool is highly recommended, especially if there are children near the area.

Courtesy of Steve Wallen Swim School, 1230 Glenhaven Court, Suite 100, El Dorado Hills, 916-939-7075; 10608 Industrial Avenue, Suite 150, 916-794-7977,

BY Nelly Kislyanka & Tara Mendanha

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Fountains at Roseville photo by Mara Hodgson, @__marxoxo. Passport to the Great Out There photo by Russ Reyes. Woga photo by Eileen Javora. Placer County Fair photo by Lisa Zeng Photography. Apple Hill Summer Harvest Days photo courtesy of “Patrick’s Berry Farm” and Apple Hill Growers. Friday Flicks photo courtesy of City of Roseville. Sweet Dozen Cones and Snooks Chocolate Factory photos by Dante Fontana. Ciàdi Gelateria photo by Jacob Cantu. The Parlor Ice Cream Puff’s photo and T.W. Bonkers Toy & Candy Emporium photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group. Fountains at Roseville photo by Mara Hodgson, @__marxoxo. Nisenan Community Park photo by Marisela Morales, Macaroni Kid Folsom-El Dorado Hills Publisher. American River photo by James Kaiser, OARS. Folsom Lake photo courtesy of Tiffany Basque, @tiffany_basque. Swim lessons photo courtesy of Steve Wallen Swim School. Other photos courtesy of their respective companies or organizations.