Rocklin’s got the cure for the winter break blues
Rocklin is becoming a family entertainment destination and it couldn’t have come at a better time than the winter school break.
One of the venues slated to open soon is LaserCraze at Blue Oaks and Highway 65.
“Everyone is going to leave here with a smile on their face,” said Rocklin resident and co-owner Sue Hughes.
Hughes bills the 7,000 square foot multi-level arena as Northern California’s largest laser-tag entertainment and fun center. They have three huge bounce houses for children under age 7, who aren’t allowed into the arena. They also have a cafe and a giant arcade.
Co-owner John Hughes said the open concept to the entertainment center is parent friendly.
“Parents can sit in the cafe and see their kids going into the arena, going to the arcade and in the inflatable bounce houses,” John Hughes said.
Shooters can expect 30-minutes of non-stop laser tag for $15.
Literally next door is the $10-million Blue Oaks 16 Cinema, which moved in just over a year ago and has served nearly 800,000 moviegoers, according to the family owned business.
Rocklin parent Janet Burns takes her kids to Blue Oaks 16 and doesn’t want to go anywhere else.
“Blue Oaks is more convenient than Roseville theaters,” Burns said. “It’s a nice theater.”
The latest and greatest Hollywood fare is presented on the first in the country Ultra Digital Cinema with a ceiling-to-floor screen and 29 speakers. Admission ranges from $5.50 per person to $15.25 depending on the time of the show.
For more physical fun for all ages, check out Sky Zone (on Tinker Road off Industrial Boulevard), an indoor park with an all trampoline walled playing field for playing dodge ball.
Guests can use the trampoline to bounce, flip and fly into a huge gentle pit of foam.
Admission to Sky Zone is $11 per person, per hour (includes required shoe rental), $15 for 90-minute jump and $17 for two-hour jump.
Around the corner on Tinker Road is EPIC Indoor Skatepark. Owner, creator and designer Danielle Killingsworth chose Rocklin because it’s her hometown.
“We wanted to give something amazing to our community and to create a safe environment in which kids could skate while getting them off the streets and parking lots where they could get hurt,” Killingsworth said.
Admission to the 36,000-square-foot, climate controlled indoor skatepark costs $12 for 2 hours (helmets required). They’re open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. most days.
For those who want to learn to skate, lessons start at $30.
Tryout for a basketball club at Hardwood Palace, where student athletes can hone their skills along with their families on a 70,000 square foot indoor court and event center.
To rent the entire court, the cost is $65 per hour.
A climbing wall is also available.
Or check out Strikes Unlimited on Lonetree Boulevard where 50 bowling lanes as well as an arcade are available. Call (916) 626-3600 for pricing.
And for those who prefer some outdoor activities, check out the popular tournament-ready 18-hole disc golf course at the wooded Johnson Springview Park on Fifth Street.
Rocklin Director of Parks and Recreation Gordon Holt said the popularity of the sport could attract some high profile tournaments to Rocklin, which may even attract national coverage on ESPN.
“I think it’s going to happen. I really do,” Holt said. “We could host some big tournaments.”
For Burns, the sunny weather during winter break is also an incentive to get the kids out of the house to visit one of Rocklin’s 30 free parks.
“Stay local and take your kids to the park,” Burns said.
Good to Know:
For more information on places to go during winter break, check out these websites.
Blue Oaks 16 Cinema:
Epic Skatepark: www.epicindoorskate.com/skatepark/index.php
Hardwood Palace: hardwoodpalace.com