Boredom busters

Activities to keep kids occupied before school

SUMMER FUN Kids can swoosh down the two large water slides or have a go at the inflatable obstacle course in Morgan Hill.
It’s the final stretch of summer break and school is starting up soon, but the season is not over yet.

Though summer camps are coming to a close and the children are bored at home, there’s still plenty do right here in the South Valley that will keep the youngsters busy.

Morgan Hill Riding Company is open Sunday through Friday giving children every chance chance to embrace their inner cowgirl or cowboy.

Founded just two years ago, the independently-run operation at Big Oak Ranch offers individualized lessons for those with a passion for horses and an interest in riding.

Head trainer Crysta Causin understands her clients and specializes in showing beginning riders how to have a good time.
Not all the fun has to be outside, kids will definitely get their share of exercise and entertainment at Rockin Jump Gilroy.

The massive warehouse turned trampoline park has a dodgeball arena, a rock climbing wall, a “slam dunk zone” as well as a free jump area—and that’s just a sneak peek.

For kids interested in tactical challenges, Laser Recon in Morgan Hill takes the action from video games and movies and turns it into reality with its fast-paced, interactive gameplay on unique outdoor fields.

Less heavy hitting than other shooting sports, Laser Recon uses high-powered infrared beams designed to hit a variety of sensors attached to the player’s outfit.

Connecting bat to ball is a surprisingly distinctive feeling for both entertainment and therapeutic purposes at Practice Diamond in San Martin. With opportunities to perfect your swing on weekends and weekday afternoons, Practice Diamond offers batting practice and a fun, cost-friendly way to burn off some energy.

For the water-loving kids, Morgan Hill Aquatics Center offers a number of attractions for kids.

Kids can swoosh down the two large water slides or have a go at the inflatable obstacle course. There’s also a water playground and a water “spray ground” as it is known. If none of that piques any interest, just cool off and take a dip in the recreational pool.

By Ryan Vermont