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 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.
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.
Callson Manor isn't your average haunted house. Owned by a professional animatronics artist, the haunt is uniquely suited to bewilder and terrify guests. Here, mechanical creatures help elicit screams with a supporting cast of dedicated actors, makeup artists, and special effects masters, all determined to up the fear factor to surpass guests' expectations. And the screams don't stop at the first exit: eight different attractions are spread across the grounds, each with a different spooky theme to give guests' their biggest fright since the night they thought their pet rock died.
Athletes can work out face-to-face with their choice of news anchors, reality stars, or Bart Simpson at the award-winning Roseville Health and Wellness Center. A bulwark of TVs hangs in front of their treadmills, guarding visitors against boredom or fatigue during independent workouts. Alternatively, patrons can join an eclectic array of group classes, which run the gamut from spinning sessions to posture-enhancing Pilates and Zumba’s Latin-inspired dance moves. For a more joint-friendly workout, the full-size heated pool hosts aquatic classes that allow arthritis-sufferers a more rigorous workout that gets hearts pumping faster than a shark armed with a defibrillator. Patrons can toss add-ons into their exercises with an array of health services, such as physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and nutritional guidance.