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Schools out for summer!

The foothills offers many activities for kids
By: Paige Smith
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School is out for summer and kids are ready to enjoy their time off with their friends, family or on their own, there are many options to choose from. Aside from summer camp, here is a variety of options for you to enjoy with your kids this summer.


On a hot day where it seems unbearable to go outside, remember a place that includes a quiet environment. The library offers book clubs and readings throughout the week for all ages. Furthermore, you can use a computer and work from there while the kids are at their readings.

All Placer County libraries are offering various events throughout the summer with their program called, Summer @ Your Library: Let’s Go! They have various programs and events throughout the summer at various libraries such as Elemental Experiments, Musical Robot, Global Crafting and more. For event information, visit


Grab your swimsuits, sunscreen and pool gear and get ready to head to the pools.

The Sierra Pool in Auburn has many events this summer including Wednesday Movie Nights, Family Swim Night, Party in the park and more! For information on these events, visit
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Venture down Highway 49 to the famous Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and learn about the history of the discovery of gold, walk along the Levee Trail, picnic along the North Beach and look at the exhibits at the state park. With so much to do, you can easily spend a whole day embracing the history of the area.

  • Day Use Areas: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Museum Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Where: 310 Back St., Coloma
  • Info: 530-622-3470

Get outdoors

Auburn is home to over 40 hiking trails with a variety of options to choose from on each. Whether you and your kids want to go fly-fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing or even horseback riding. The summertime is the perfect opportunity for you and the kids to get outside and explore new trails in the area. Kid friendly trails include:

  • Hidden Falls Trail: 7587 Mears Place, Auburn
  • Clementine Trail to Clark’s Pool: The trail begins near Old Foresthill Road at gate 139 about five miles northeast of the City of Auburn.

For more trails and information on each, visit


Here is another option for when the weather gets too hot, learning about the history and the cities around you. Visit the Placer County Museum and see the original Thomas Kinkade painting “Auburn Centennial.”

  • Placer County Museum: Open Daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 101 Maple St. in Auburn. For more information, call 530-889-6500.
  • Griffith Quarry Museum: 7504 Rock Springs Roads, Penryn
  • Bernhard Museum: 291 Auburn Folsom Road, Auburn
  • Gold Rush Museum: 601 Lincoln Way, Auburn
  • DeWitt History Museum: 2985 Richardson Drive, Auburn

To learn more about these museums or plan a visit, go to


Enjoy a crisp summer morning bike riding around town with your kids. Don’t want to bike too far from home? Enjoy your neighborhood and local biking trails with your family and friends. 

  • Hidden Falls Regional Park, Blue Oak Loop Trail: 7587 Mears Place, Auburn
  • Confluence Trail: Located off Old Foresthill Road is the entrance for this trail. This is meant for mountain bikes.