It took forever to get here, but now it seems like summer is just flying by! There’s still plenty of time to have a fun-filled family adventure or two before the school year starts back up, though. If you’re tired of pools and splash pads, and want to get the kids off their electronic devices and out of the house, we can help! Our Szymanowski Orthodontics team has put together a few of our favorite things to do around Sacramento in the summer. Take a look at our suggestions below, and let us know if we missed anything on your must-do list for the next month or two. 

SeaQuest

430 Palladio Pkwy #1801

Folsom, CA 95630

The newest SeaQuest location at Palladio in Folsom is now open! SeaQuest lets you explore rainforests, deserts, and the depths of the seas without ever hopping on a plane or setting sail on a boat. This convenient location gives local families the chance to see thousands of animals from five continents across the globe, get up close and personal with stingrays, feed birds and reptiles, encounter caimans, observe sharks and snakes, plus so much more! 

Explorit Science Center

3141 5th Street

Davis, CA 95618

The Explorit Science Center creates excitement for science and nature through interactive exploration for children of all ages. Kids have the opportunity to explore all the ways science is connected to everyday life through hands-on programs. The center even offers family exploration programs on the weekends, which are full of informal activity sessions for children and adults alike! Some programs feature take-home products to make the visit even more memorable. 

West Wind Drive-In

9616 Oates Dr

Sacramento, CA 95827

Experience a unique slice of Americana by treating your family to a movie at the West Wind drive-in. This retro outdoor theater screens the latest releases and pipes sound into your cars via FM radio stations. It’s old-school style meets the latest digital technology! There are traditional movie snacks available, or you can bring your own cooler full of your family’s favorite food and drinks. West Wind features first run movies at the same time as indoor theaters, and even have midnight screenings and early openings. You can catch all the summer blockbusters from the comfort of your own car! Click here to view current and upcoming movies and showtimes.

Sacramento wild life refuge

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

752 Co Rd 99W

Willows, CA 95988

If you and your family love getting in tune with nature, the Sacramento NWR could be just the ticket for you this summer. The complex is made up of five wildlife refuges and three wildlife management areas, meaning there is plenty to see and do for everybody! There are auto tours, multiple hiking trails, seasonal bicycle paths, and an observation platform, plus photography opportunities of all kinds. The Visitor Center has maps and brochures available, as well as information on their exciting programs and guided tours. They will also lend you binoculars and field guides to help you really immerse yourself in the landscape.

City of Sacramento’s Volunteer Program

Historic City Hall

915 I Street, First Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814

When looking for fun things to do in Sacramento with your kids this summer, consider giving back to the community! The City of Sacramento’s Volunteer Program has a variety of volunteer opportunities for kids and adults alike. Projects can be short-term or simple ongoing projects like cleaning up parks, picking up playgrounds, or cleaning up a creek. Volunteering feels good and it really does make a difference to our city and communities. Click here to start your search with a list of youth volunteer opportunities!

Keep your child’s smile in shape this summer

Whatever you and your family are planning this summer, we want our orthodontic patients to have fun without losing sight of their treatment plan. That means keeping up with caring for their braces or aligners so that treatment isn’t interrupted, even if your regular routine is! 

To help your child get through the summer with their braces and treatment schedule intact, all you need is a little thinking ahead and a few helpful recommendations like: 

  • Keep an orthodontic kit with you for braces care on the go, and include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and a little orthodontic wax
  • Put our phone numbers and email address in your phone or write it down somewhere, so we can walk you through any unexpected emergencies that may occur while you’re out and about
  • If your child is in braces, make sure they stick to treats that are orthodontist-approved, and avoid offering anything that’s too crunchy or chewy
  • Be sure your child’s dental hygiene routine is maintained and that they are brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing every night before bed

By following the tips we’ve outlined above, you can make the most of the summer without sacrificing your child’s smile! And remember, you can always count on our talented team for expert support and advice if you ever have any questions or concerns. Szymanowski Orthodontics is here to help your child achieve a healthy smile, not just this summer, but all year long!