Summer Fun: It’s Not Just For Kids Anymore

By Becky Larson,

Ah, those summer days when we were kids.

Riding our bikes through the neighborhood, swimming all afternoon and playing baseball in the park.  It sometimes seems as we enter into the “real world” of adulthood those long summer days and nights are a thing of the past.  Jobs, family and trying to pay rent or a mortgage are the reality and it becomes sadly official that spring break and summer vacation no longer exist.

But just because we’re over the age of 12 doesn’t mean we have to give up the joys of summer.  In fact, I’ve discovered a way to help avoid those grown-up summer time blues and because you’re a lucky Midtowner, I’m willing to share my secret in the hopes you will make the most out of your summer.

Over the last few years, my friends and I have created what we like to call our summer “Calendar of Fun.”  The idea behind the calendar is to plan all summer activities well enough in advance so no one has an excuse to not participate in the fun.  It has been pretty effective so far and I’m happy to report my friends are now requesting a 2011 “Calendar of Fun.”

So, it’s time to create your own summer calendar and below are some suggestions to get you started.

There is no need to wait until the official day of summer (it’s June 21st) to start your activities.  After all, that is one great thing about not being a kid again…you don’t have to wait for school to get out so summer vacation can begin the second the weather starts getting warm.

My “Calendar of Fun” normally kicks off on Cinco de Mayo because who doesn’t love a good Cinco de Mayo party?  River Cats games are a must over the summer since nothing goes better with warm weather than beer and baseball.  It’s also time to dust off that cruiser bike and take advantage of the Midtown Bike Tours to learn a little history about our beloved Midtown.   Grab a river tube and float your way down the American River.  It’s the perfect way to keep cool as we approach those 100+ degree days.  Or play it cool poolside.  If you don’t have a pool, invest in an inflatable one.  I know it sounds absolutely ridiculous but I swear they can be as much fun as any lap pool.  Dedicate as many nights as possible to happy hours.  Nothing beats lounging outside on a Midtown patio with friends and a nice glass of Chardonnay after a long day of work.

These are just some of my favorite activities to partake in this summer but I strongly recommend you make your own “Calendar of Fun” this year.  As we get older, life can get in the way of what’s really important.  So recreate some of those fun summer memories you miss from your childhood and make new ones along the way as well.  Make your 2011 summer one that your 12-year-old self would be proud of.

About Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer has extensive experience in journalism and new media. As the founding editor of, Spencer combines his writing, reporting and editing skills to produce a "pretty good site about midtown." During the day, Spencer covers government and also covers the NBA. At night, he watches T.V. and plays on the Internet. Every now and then, he walks around his midtown neighborhood. Spencer began his professional journalism career with The Sacramento Bee, finishing his tenure with the McClatchy-owned newspaper in the new media department. Spencer moved to Connecticut where he continued his growth in new media as a writer/content producer for NBC Sports. Spencer also worked in media relations with the Sacramento River Cats, Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The State Hornet campus newspaper. Spencer was raised in Marin County and currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. Spencer works in the community as a high school basketball coach in the Sacramento area.


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