California's capital city of Sacramento boasts lovely weather -- which means there are plenty of parks with expansive playground equipment and water features to visit with your child during any season of the year. In addition to scenic parks, Sacramento's big city population and diversity also brings with it other spaces for your child to enjoy using his imagination and getting in touch with his creative side.
Boasting 43 acres of park space, the Antelope Community Park provides plenty of entertainment for families with little ones. In addition to covered picnic tables, barbecue grills and walking trails, this park also has tennis courts, baseball and softball diamonds for the big kids to enjoy. The park's aquatic complex has slides along with water features and a wading pool. The large children's playground looks similar to a small-town carnival, according to CBS Sacramento. Rusch Community Park has facilities for hiking, skating, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Enjoy a nature walk through the gardens and along the creek and visit the historic Rusch Home, built in 1916. On a hot day, your child can cool off at one of the two large swimming pools.
Fairytale Town boasts 25 play sets inspired by nursery rhymes and fairytales, two performing arts stages and gardens. In Storybook Park, your child can walk through Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest and see Humpty Dumpty's wall. The Mother Goose Stage hosts concerts, live theatre, movie nights and storytelling and serves as a creative space for your child to perform during his visit. Funderland Amusement Park has rides for children of all ages, featuring everything from roller coasters to a carousel, and a train ride for the littlest tots.
In the event of a rainy day, allow your child to explore his artistic side at ArtBeast Studio. The studio features open space, arts exploration rooms and a variety of classes. In the open studio, your budding artist can spend time molding clay and creating mixed-media masterpieces. The play spaces encourage dramatic play, music play and movement by providing puppet theatres, costumes, guitars, drums and obstacle courses. The Sacramento Children's Museum has exhibits designed specifically to nurture your child's imagination and encourage his creativity. The "Waterways" exhibit allows him to experiment with water, build his own boat and create a whirlpool. At the "Airways and Raceways" exhibit, he can play with velocity, gravity, motion, friction and acceleration. The art studio provides him with the opportunity to participate in an art project using recycled materials.
With over 30 branches comprising the Sacramento Public Library system, there are plenty of opportunities for your child to participate in a free program, class or event at a nearby branch. Your child can attend one of the many weekly story times geared towards his particular age group, or participate in one of the library book clubs. The library hosts a variety of special events, including reptile shows, craft times, local magicians and puppet shows.