Do you want to get the kids out of the house and let them burn off some energy? In this video, I’m going to share some of the fun, sporty things you can do with your family right here in Santa Clarita. We’ll talk about everything from BMX biking to walking on our paseo system so you know the best local spots to get active.
The first sporty thing you can do with the kids here in Santa Clarita is to visit the BMX bike track. A lot of my clients love taking the kids to the bike track. This dirt track features jumps and all kinds of stuff, broken down into different skill levels.
Little ones there can go to the easy track, while older kids can ride on either the medium or advanced track. Just make sure you pick the right track to go on; they’re marked so you can tell which one is which. The track is free, with no appointments or reservations necessary.
The second fun thing to do is swimming, splashing, and diving—which you can do at either one of two local aquatic centers. One is located in Canyon Country, called the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, while the other is in Castaic and is called the LA County Aquatic Center.
Both places offer a variety of activities. There are little areas for the kids to run and play in if they're too little to actually swim. They also have diving boards and swim areas, including a free swim pool and a lap pool. I recommend checking out both locations to see which one you like the best.
For more water activities, the third thing you can do with the kids is paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming in Castaic Lake. They also have those little paddle boats as well. The Lower Lake has all kinds of activities that are really going to burn some energy and get them going—including great playground areas.
If you have a boat and want to go waterskiing, wakeboarding, or wakesurfing, the Upper Lake does accommodate those activities as well.
I don't know if you've thought about taking the kids horseback riding yet or not, but the Santa Clarita Valley Equestrian Center has some great horseback riding. They can accommodate younger kids in the arenas, or take your older kids out on the trail for a day of fun.
Another great option is skate parks. Whether they're on a little scooter, skateboard, rollerblades, or roller skates, the kids will love it. There are two skate parks here in the area, one in Santa Clarita and one in nearby Castaic.
The Santa Clarita Skate Park is located right near the bike park, while the Spohn Ranch Skate Park is located in Castaic next to the aquatic center. So if you're going to check out the Aquatic Center, bring the skates and skateboards to extend the fun. The skate park in Castaic is a little smaller than the one that's out in Canyon Country.
Top Out Climbing
For kids five and older, Top Out Climbing is a cool option to check out. Kids can climb the walls, some of which are quite high, for the ultimate challenge. For those eight and older, climbing courses are another fun option to test their skills. And of course, it's for adults, too—make this a perfect sporty activity to do together as a family.
Top Out Climbing has almost 11,000 square feet of space with lots of climbing and lots of stuff to do. This includes yoga and fitness classes and more. This is a cool spot to tire out the kids and have a lot of fun.
Another great option is simply checking out the open spaces here in Santa Clarita. I know I say this a lot, but I really enjoy hiking. We have so many nice, open spaces to enjoy. For example, there's Towsley Canyon, which features both a shorter loop and a longer loop. Depending on your kid’s age, it might be a little advanced.
Another great spot is the Summit right off Lindsey Boulevard on the hill. They have some cool, more gradual terrain that you can hike. You’ll be surrounded by oak trees as you're walking through, and it’s a bit of an easier trek for the kids. Don’t forget the Golden Valley Open Space, the Quigley Ranch Open Space, and the Haskell Canyon Open Space—all of which are really nice.
I can go on and on when it comes to hiking in Santa Clarita. The website for the city of Santa Clarita does have a list of all the different hiking trails here, so be sure to check it out. Hiking is just so much fun, it’s a great way to get the kids outside, and it's free.
The Paseo System
My last sporty activity to do with the kids is walking and biking on the paseo system here in Santa Clarita. This paseo system is mainly in the Valencia area, though we have bypasses all the way out through Santa Clarita that you’ll want to check out.
If you're walking on the paseo system or on the bike path, very rarely do you have to cross a busy street. Most of the paseos are completed, so you can either go under the larger streets or over them on a bridge. This allows you to go on long rides for miles and miles without ever having to enter or cross into traffic.
I think the paseo system is pretty awesome. Many of the paths run along the riverbeds, which makes for a very scenic walk or ride. If you’re on your bike, you’re not out in traffic breathing in all the exhaust and smog. Rather, you’re getting great exercise while having fun.
Enjoy Santa Clarita Living
I hope you enjoyed my eight suggestions for sporty things to do with the kids here in the Santa Clarita Valley. These activities will ensure they have a great night’s sleep.
If you’re thinking of moving to the Santa Clarita Valley and would like more information, feel free to reach out to me and I’d be happy to connect with you. I do sell real estate in the Santa Clarita area, and I'd be happy to answer any of your questions regarding purchasing a home. If you're planning on making a trip out just to check it out, let us know as well we'd be happy to sit down with you and go over what's out here. We’ll even give you a driving tour of the area so that you can see what we're talking about.
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