Striking up wintertime fun for the kids

From bowling to movies, there’s plenty to keep a family busy
By: Megan Wood, Gold Country News Service
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There are two words that incite panic in the heart of any parent; “I’m bored.”
While it’s typical to send restless kids outside to get their wiggles out, the gloomy, grey January weather keeps parents and their offspring in close quarters where cabin fever runs rampant.
So when an “I’m bored” threatens to escape the lips of your rug rats, fear not, The Placer Herald has scoured the area to find the perfect places to get your yahoos out.
Knock ‘em down
As if the little ones didn’t already have enough experience upending things around the house, at least at Strikes Family Entertainment Center’s bowling alleys it’s welcome and even preferred.
Strap on the day-glo bowling shoes and let the little kiddies bowl to their hearts content. If you want to get creative, come up with silly ways to bowl like bending over and shooting upside down between your legs.
If bowling isn’t your thing, Strikes also has a rock climbing wall and laser tag facilities to get adrenaline pumping.
Get to the alley early on the weekends to take advantage of $1.50 games and shoe rental with the early-bird pricing from 9-11 a.m.
Laser Tag games are $5 per person and a climb on the rock wall is $3.
Strikes is located at 5681 Lonetree Blvd. in Rocklin. For more information, call 632-8200 or go to
Go swimming
Ordinarily, swimming is out of the question during the winter months.
That’s not the case anymore after the opening of Roseville’s first indoor pool in October.
Featuring an eight-lane lap and recreational swim pool and a warm water pool that is 5 feet at its deepest, the Central Park Indoor pool is the year-round spot to get waterlogged.
Recreational swim hours are 3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Admission to the pool for children and adults is $5 and multi-pass punch cards are available starting at $50 for 10 visits.
Children aged 2 and under are free with the purchase of an adult admission.
Attend the pool’s grand opening celebration on Jan. 9 and receive free admission.
The Central Park Indoor Pool is located at 10210 Fairway Drive behind the Nugget Market.
For more information
Catch a flick
When was the last time you cuddled up with a box of movie theater popcorn and escaped the real world?
If it’s been a while check out some of the new features at a movie theater near you.
Just released for the kids is “The Princess and the Frog,” based on the fairytale by E.D Baker and set in New Orleans. The animated musical follows Princess Tiana and human-turned-frog Prince Naveen as they navigate adventure, love and what’s really important in life.
For tweens and teens, the second installment of the Twilight saga, “New Moon” catches up with Bella, Edward and Jacob in a love triangle that mixes vampires, werewolves and brooding teenage romance.
For the grown-up crowd, check out Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law portray an adventure seeking, gun wielding Sherlock Holmes and Watson duo like you’ve never seen before.
Or catch Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin in a mid-life love triangle that deals with love, divorce and second chances.
Find show times at a theater near you by calling (800) 326-3264 or at
If you’d rather sit on your own couch and munch your own snacks without shelling out the cash, rent a movie.
Video HQ in Roseville rents new releases for 99 cents a day and older flicks like “The Princess Bride” or “The Jerk” for 49 cents a day. With more than 30,000 different titles to choose from, it’s impossible not to find something the family can enjoy.
Video HQ is located at 9010 Fairway Drive in Roseville. For more information call 780-4202.
Stay in
Don’t vacate, staycate.
With a little creativity, staying at home can be just as fun as escaping for a day.
Eat a picnic lunch or dinner on the living room floor. Spread out a tablecloth and serve up finger sandwiches or fried chicken, just like you would in the summer time.
Make it a game night by pulling out family favorites like Risk, Monopoly or fun, educational games like Bananagrams to pass the time.
Learning Express has two locations in Roseville that carry fun inventive games that make the learning aspect disappear in the fun of the game play.
Manager Colleen Hendon puts a fun spin on the game Left Right Center, a dice game that requires speedy memory of directions, by swapping out the game regulated chips with candy or pennies.
Learning Express is located at the Galleria Mall and at 2030 Douglas Blvd. in the Rocky Ridge Town Center in Roseville. For more information visit