At Metro BMX's weekly bicycle-motocross practice sessions, seasoned BMX vets and neophytes alike hone their racing chops on a well-maintained dirt motocross track. Racers bring their own BMX bikes (without pegs) to the course for two hours of open ride practice, during which BMX'ers can train for future races, fine-tune their skills, and conquer one of the newest Olympic sports. Riders as young as 3 (with a parental waiver) and as old as 60 frequent Metro BMX, allowing for high-octane family bonding and cross-generational understanding without awkward rides through the park on a bicycle built for nine. Metro BMX encourages riders to bring along their own helmets, though loaner helmets are available at the track.
Featured in Bakersfield Life for its summertime thrills, River's End and its certified and experienced rafteraunteurs lead thrill-seeking water wanderers on fun, exciting, and safe adventures down Kern River. During the two-hour Blaster trip, rapids-romantics begin their journey at the mouth of the Kern Canyon and encounter Class-II (moderate) and Class-III (moderately difficult) rapids, suitable for voyagers of all skill levels. River’s End’s energetic adventure guides will navigate and talk about the river’s wildlife and propensity to gurgle ‘70s lite-rock as rafters head down to Lake Ming on a 3.5-mile jaunt. The tour departs four times daily and is suitable for groups, families, and gung-ho whippersnappers aged 6 and up.
California Keyboards Music Center has sharpened the ears and tamed the wandering digits of the Southern Valley for more than 35 years. Each weekly 30-minute lesson is taught by instructors whose performance resumés include enlivening Carnegie Hall, marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and treading alongside jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald.
The 5K Fun Fest helps runners stay active, but it also channels running for a good cause, inviting racers to test their endurance while raising money and awareness for special-needs support groups and programs. Participants are invited to walk, run, or bunny hop the 5K at their own pace, which puts an emphasis on the importance of enjoying the journey, as opposed to finishing the fastest. A special-needs parade follows the 5K, and other event highlights include food, entertainment, and a community fair.
The Bakersfield Museum of Art caters to avid aesthetes with a prismatic pastiche of regional art and traveling exhibits. From June 16 to August 2, the museum will play host to the 2011 Visual Arts Festival, featuring media-spanning works by Californian artists dealing with the theme "connection." Swing by to see how painter Anne Laddon wields saturated oils to create impressionistic landscapes of California’s ranches, hayfields, and vineyards, or explore the modern world's fascination with small gadgets and Wayne Szalinski with Mini-Size Me: A Monumental Critique On Today's Hand Held Society. In addition to free entry to the museum, members receive access to premieres, invitations to events, museum discounts, and more.