Davis, nestled in the Sacramento Valley, is just a 20-minute drive to California’s capital city of Sacramento. This community of around 65,000 has plenty of activities to offer kids in the area, perfect for those days when your little munchkin bounces off the walls and needs an outlet for all of his excess energy.
During the summer, take your family to participate in one of the family camps offered through the Davis California Recreation and Community Services Department (community-services.cityofdavis.org). You can participate in an assortment of activities with your tot, such as swimming, crafts and nature walks. Take your child to one of the parks or swimming pools in Davis for some outdoor fun. You can visit Manor Pool (no website; 1525 Tulip Lane, Davis; 530-758-2000) for one of the open swim times or attend one of the themed family events, like Summer Fun, Hawaii or Boy Band and Pop Stars, to enjoy swimming along with music and trivia. Take a hike with your cutie pie to view wildlife and enjoy the splendor of nature at the Yolo Basin and Wildlife Area (yolobasin.org).
Show your little Einstein that learning can be fun at Explorit Science Center (explorit.org). This hands-on science museum has an array of interactive displays and exhibits, including The Discovery Den and Animal Alcove. Participate in programs like Family Explorations, where you and your sweetie pie can do science activities and learn together. Or, take your little wiggle worm to the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library (no website; 315 E. 14th St., Davis; 530-757-5593). Toddlers can participate in Mother Goose on the Loose and preschoolers can go for Preschool Stories. You can even read to a therapy dog with your kiddo during Tales for Tails.
The City of Davis Recreation and Community Services Department offers a variety of entertaining programs, events and activities for area kids. Little ones can take swim lessons at Manor Pool (no website; 1525 Tulip Lane, Davis; 530-758-2000). You can sign your toddler up for private lessons or your preschooler can take the Tadpole class to learn about how to enter and exit the pool safely and blow bubbles in the water. Toddlers can also participate in Diaper Daredevils to explore movement or Creative Climbers to improve motor skills. Preschool-age children can work on increasing strength and coordination in a Tiny Tumblers class or cut a rug in Tumbling Tutus. Other programs that your busy body can join include Mini Maestros, Play and Learn, and Beyond the Crayon Box.
Sign your kiddo up for a class in the area to keep him occupied. Your little rock star can enjoy a Music Together class with you at Music Together of Davis (musictogetherofdavis.com). This class is just for children 5 and under, with a parent, and includes play time, music, movement and musical instruments. Let your preschooler give dance a try at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop and Performing Arts Center (trokanski.com). He’ll be introduced to hip hop, jazz and modern dance. At Davis Diamonds Gymnastics (davisdiamondsgymnastics.com), your bouncing little boy can put some of his energy to good use, through a gymnastics class. Preschool classes are available for toddlers and preschoolers and include a variety of exercises to prepare children for gymnastics in a fun and entertaining way.