The Little Miss Strawberry contestants excitedly primp their pink dresses and adjust their sparkling tiaras in anticipation of the pageant’s beginning. The lighthearted event—in which girls compete in five different age groupings—is one of many novel attractions at BerryFest. A Mother's Day–weekend tradition, the 2012 festival marks the year's harvest by bringing together local farmers with a host of vendors, sponsors, entertainment acts, and conciliatory deer families at the Placer County Fairgrounds.
Daytime revelers can indulge in a surplus of diverse, certified-organic berries, which can be purchased whole or in the form of inventive, strawberry-based eats such as strawberry pizza, strawberry barbecue sauce, or strawberry-flavored strawberries. The festival’s lineup of booths also includes a beer garden where Lost Coast Brewery whets patrons’ whistles with strawberry drafts. A no-hands shortcake-eating contest crowns the winner with a commemorative trophy and proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts of America. During a live cooking demonstration, TV star Michael Marks of Your Produce Man shares recipe tips as well as tips for catching runaway piecrusts. On Sunday, festival-goers can take in a car show with a gathering of shiny, classic wheels, and all weekend long, kids can kick it on the Fun Zone’s Berry-Go-Round or drop by the event’s on-site petting zoo.
The press certainly likes California Family Fitness, granting the exercise venue such awards as Best Gym on KCRA-3's 2012 and 2014 A-List and Sacramento News and Review's Best of Sacramento 2012 Award. The press, however, isn't the top priority for the gym's staff; they believe that, to quote their about CFF page, ?awards don't greet you at the door.? Instead, they depend upon their dedicated staffers at the front desk, chaperones at the Kidz Club play zone, and personal trainers to make families of clients feel at home. Certified personal trainers take aspiring exercisers of all ages through regimens that make use of the 18 available locations' ample workout machinery. Seasoned instructors, meanwhile, hold group fitness classes, free with a membership, fostering community as they incinerate calories during high-energy Zumba, step aerobics, Turbo Kick, and Hip Hop Hustle. Nine of the locations boast pools that host swim lessons taught by certified water-safety instructors.
While hitting the gym, parents can drop wee ones at childcare havens. After breaking a sweat on the exercise floor, clients can also shed excess body moisture in saunas and tanning beds.
The fun-loving team members at Flip 2 It Sports Center?whose collective credentials include a degree in child development, coaching experience in competitive cheer and gymnastics, and CPR and first-aid training?strive to cement physical activity as a part of kids' daily lives. They have made it their mission to provide a safe, welcoming place where kids can learn important life skills. Instructors lead fitness-oriented classes ranging from parkour-like urban gymnastics and floor-exercise-focused tumbling sessions to jazz and hip-hop dance. The facility's excellence in teaching made it a finalist in CityVoter's Best Cheer and Gymnastics category in 2011.
The center organizes activities such as field trips and parents' nights out. They also host special events including summer camps and princess-in-training days that feature a tea party, makeover, and guide to selecting moat-worthy goldfish.
The blazing Sacramento summer sun is easily forgotten after stepping into the cool Skatetown Ice Arena, where skates and sleds slice across the frosty floors of two NHL-sized ice rinks. The arena bustles with wintry activity year round, from lively open skating sessions to festive themed skating parties.
To help avid patrons prepare to shine during special skating events, a team of professional skate instructors captain hockey clinics, youth synchronized skating teams, and instructional skating lessons for students of all ages and experience levels.
The pro shop also equips athletes for the ice—knowledgeable rink staffers outfit guests with skates in a range of sizes and styles, and provide athletes with repair services and gear. The expansive ice arena even features an onsite cafe, where servers dole out selections from a menu of pretzels, corndogs, and specialty coffee drinks that can thaw any frozen-solid feet.
Since 1972, Spare Time Clubs has evolved into a 10-club, full-service family sports club company that includes programs for both adults and children. Each location varies in size—some boasting multiple complexes—and houses amenities such as lighted tennis courts, pools, kids’ play areas, and fitness centers. At the Diamond Hills and El Dorado Hills locations, members can shine up in the onsite European spas, and the jewel of the Gold River club is a lighted stadium court encircled by a 5,000 square-foot observation deck. In the event of inclement weather or courts being overrun by ball-chasing dogs, players can schedule time at the dedicated indoor-tennis center, where eight fully sectioned-off, championship courts glow under the power of tournament-level lighting. World-class coaches develop kids’ court skills at the junior tennis academy, students of which can practice with an unlimited number of sessions at any of Spare Time’s other clubs.
As soon as kids can walk, they can tumble. Sometimes those tumbles aren't that graceful. That's where the gymnastics teachers at Byers Gymnastics come in. The learning center starts working with kids as young as twelve months, teaching them safety awareness through basic jumping, rolling, and bouncing. As they grow, they can learn basic hand-eye coordination and play in mock Olympic events including basic gymnastics and competitive napping.
Kids six through teen develop gymnastics skills on the vault, balance been, and parallel bars. Throughout the gym, bodies cartwheel, flip, and spring off trampolines, somersaulting in the air and coming back down for graceful landings. For more focused instruction in handsprings and flipping, kids can enroll in the tumbling and tramp class, which progresses through floor and tumble track events at a quicker pace.