Are you ready for the Summer of 2016? There are many alternatives to summer camps for your kids this summer. This guide contains activities your kids can participate in all summer long. Some are very low-priced and some are FREE!
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if we have missed a program. This is a work in progress, check back often for updates!
Have a great summer!
Summer Movie Programs
June 15-August 11
$1/movie. Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10am. Concession discounts available also.
June 15 & 16: How to Train Your Dragon 2
June 22 & 23: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
June 29 & 30: Minions
July 6 & 7: The Peanuts Movie
July 13 & 14: Home
July 20 & 21: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
July 27 & 28: Spongebob Movie
August 3 & 4: The Lego Movie
August 10 & 11: Hotel Transylvania 2
August 12-September 16
FREE. Friday Nights. Movie starts at dusk (approximately 8pm in August and 7:45pm in September). Arrive at Howarth Park early (around 6pm) to enjoy pre-movie entertainment and to purchase movie snacks.
June 7-July 26
FREE. 8 Tuesday nights this summer. Movies begin 10 minutes after sunset. Bring your own chairs!
June 7: Frozen
June 14: King Fu Panda 3
June 28: Minions
July 5: The Peanuts Movie
July 12: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
July 19: Wall-E
July 26: Star Wars the Force Awakens
June 14-August 18
$1 per movie or $5 for 10 movies (pre-purchased). Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am all summer.
Get coupon for $1 off snacks HERE.
June 14 & 16: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
June 21 & 23: The Peanuts Movie
June 28 & 30: Pan
July 5 & 7: Home
July 12 & 14: BoxTrolls
July 19 & 21: The Sandlot
July 26 & 28: Norm of the North
August 2 & 4: Shawn the Sheep, The Movie
August 9 & 11: Max
August 16 & 18: Paddington
June 16-August 12
$3 per movie or $15 for 9 movies (pre-purchased). Every Thursday and Friday at 10am all summer.
$4 for popcorn, drink, and candy.
June 16 & 17: Peanuts Movie
June 23 & 24: Home
June 30 & July 1: Goosebumps
July 7 & 8: Shaun the Sheep
July 14 & 15: Alvin & the Chipmunks 4
July 21 & 22: Minions
July 28 & 29: Hotel Transylvania
August 4 & 5: Book of Life
August 11 & 12: Norm of the North
June 14-August 10
$3 per movie or $15 for 9 movies (pre-purchased). Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am all summer.
$4 for popcorn, drink, and candy.
June 14 & 15: The Peanuts Movie
June 21 & 22: Home
June 28 & 29: Goosebumps
July 5 & 6: Shaun the Sheep
July 12 & 13: Alvin and the Chipmunks 4
July 19 & 20: Minions
July 26 & 27: Hotel Transylvania 2
August 2 & 3: Book of Life
August 9 & 10: Norm of the North
May 17-September 6
This program is geared towards children in grades 1-6. Kids will read books and complete a journal. Bring the completed journal into any Barnes and Noble store for a FREE book! Visit their WEBSITE for more info.
Starts June 6!
Sign up online or visit your hometown Copperfield's Books.
We are celebrating the characters from some fantastic authors this summer, authors such as Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Beverly Clearly, JK Rowling and more. If you want ideas on what to read, pick up a reading list with these and other wonderful books in our stores beginning June 6.
Beginning June 6, you can pick up your very own Festival of Characters Bingo Card. Fill it out to win prizes all summer!
The Festival of Characters ends on August 29 and your hometown bookstore will host a party for its readers in August. Date to be announced.
Sign up ONLINE or at any Copperfield's Books.
June 7 at any Sonoma County Library
Keep your child reading all summer! Kids that sign up receive a journal to log their summer reads. Read for fun, earn prizes, and complete your reading goals for a chance to win bigger prizes! 0-12 years.
Register at your local library to pick up your Teen Read Game Card. Read Books and complete Library Activities to earn stamps on your Game Card. Level up to win five different prizes, including treats, gift cards and a FREE book! Get raffle tickets for book reviews and workshop attendance. Raffle for prizes (grand prize is a Kindle Fire).
*Open to 7th-12th grades only
10 weeks of do-it-yourself summer reading camp! Online activities with a different theme each week. Visit the WEBSITE for more info.
May 9-September 9
Read books and log minutes all summer! Take weekly challenges and earn rewards. Enter contests for prizes. Visit the WEBSITE for more info.
Sponsored by Sylvan Learning, Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Visit the WEBSITE for more info.
Kids can earn 10 FREE tokens for reading every day for 2 weeks. Visit the WEBSITE to download the Reading Rewards Calendar. There are other Reward programs such as Good Behavior, Daily Chores, Good Eater, Potty Training, and Table Manners. All of these can be redeemed for FREE tokens.
FREE Live Music Concerts
May 18-Sept 22
Thursdays at 6pm (doors open at 5:30pm). 3565 Standish Avenue, Santa Rosa
Please bring low lawn chairs or blankets. Kids are welcome, but please leave pets at home. All shows are FREE. Beer, wine, and food are available for purchase. See WEBSITE for the 2016 lineup.
June 29-August 31
Wednesdays, 5-8pm @ Ives Park in Sebastopol
FREE live music sponsored by Lagunitas and Taft Brewery. See WEBSITE for 2015 lineup.
May 28-October 8
Saturdays, noon-3pm @ Montgomery Village. 911 Village Court, Santa Rosa
FREE live music, Cattlemen's BBQ, Monti's outdoor grill, beer, and wine. See WEBSITE for 2016 lineup.
July 3-August 14
Sundays, 5-7pm @ Julliard Park in Santa Rosa
There’s no better way to spend your summer Sunday evenings than enjoying music, food and fun at Live at Juilliard! Now celebrating its 22nd season, this FREE concert series brings some of the Bay Area’s finest bands to Juilliard Park. Pack a picnic or purchase food from one of our tasty vendors.See WEBSITE for 2016 lineup.
June 8-August 17
Wednesdays, 5-8:30pm @ Fourth Street in Santa Rosa
3 bands each Wednesday night. The main act is on a stage set up at the corner of Fourth and E. On D between Fourth and Fifth, is a wine garden that includes a band. At the far end of Fourth, near the Courthouse and Mendocino, is where you’ll find the 3rd band. Visit the WEBSITE for full lineup.
April 3-August 21
Sundays, 11am (market hours: 9:30am-2pm) @ 817 Donahue Street, Santa Rosa
Musical acts that are often a solo act, sometimes a duo or trio with various amplified, stringed instruments and maybe an accordion. Visit the WEBSITE for lineup.
June 9-September 1
Thursday nights, 6-8pm @ the Windsor Town Green.
Concerts are part of the Windsor Thursday Night Farmer's Markets (5-8pm). Visit WEBSITE for lineup.
May 31-August 30
Tuesdays 6-8pm @ Plaza Park in Healdsburg.
There’s something for everyone: BBQ oysters, pizza, chicken salads, sandwiches, gyros, spanakopita, paella, burgers, sliders, sausages, fries, drinks, ice cream and desserts. Visit the WEBSITE for lineup.
June 19-August 21
Sundays at 2pm @ Stern Grove in San Francisco.
As part of Stern Grove Festival’s admission-free performances, the public is invited to experience the Festival’s array of admission-free education and outreach events, designed to inform, engage, and inspire.
From 11:00 am until 1:00 pm before every concert (excluding June 19 Big Picnic), kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects exploring "The Art of Nature" at KidStage in the West Meadow. Each week at KidStage, teaching artists will lead a workshop on making art wiht nature, an instrument exploration station and a dance workshop.
**KIDS DAYS at Stern Grove
The Festival offers a free series of fun and interactive arts education programs for children ages 4-13. Youth and families can attend one Kids Day a week. The workshops are held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required at http://www.sterngrove.org/home/education/kids-days.
What: Kids Day with Salsamania Dance Company
When: June 16, 17 or 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What: Kids Day with Halau o’ Keikiali’i
When: July 7, 8, or 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What: Kids Day with Sam Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education
When: July 21, 22, or 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other Summer Activities
June 4-September 5
Daily activities in the early afternoon (usually after 2pm, call for schedule). Activities include Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. The staff is flexible on activities and will take requests. FREE lanyard the first time you play. FREE character button every week. Each week is a different character. Visit the WEBSITE for the schedule of characters.
June 13-July 29 10am-noon
Summer Crafting journey for kids ages 3 and up. Two new crafts per day, fun weekly themes, and face paint Fridays.
June 6-September 4
Register your children to receive 2 FREE games every day this summer. Upgrade to FREE family bowling for a small fee. Does not include shoe rental. See WEBSITE for more info.
May 31-August 31
Register your children to receive 2 FREE games every day this summer.
May 23-September 5
Purchase a Kids Pass (ages 15 and under) for $26.95 or an Adult Pass (ages 16 and over) for $31.95, and you and your children can enjoy bowling 3 games all summer long! Shoe rental may be included in this pass (please verify). See WEBSITE for more info.
Begins July 1.
Pick up the list of participating Petaluma businesses in Copperfield's. Your child will love hunting for Waldo in stores and checking them off the card. Bring the completed card back into Copperfield's for a prize. End of July there will be a party at each local Copperfield's store.
June - September.
Walk, hike, run, or bike at least 5 Sonoma County Trails between June and September. When you finish, you'll get a free Trails Challenge commemorative pin and also could win park memberships and trail gear from REI and CamelBak. Kids get special prizes too, including a nature-themed book from the Sonoma County Library.
As always, the library always provides FREE, fun entertainment for the kids all summer. Reading programs, arts & crafts, puppet shows, live music, storytelling, and much more. See the Sonoma County Library Website for calendar.