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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 4:38 pm, Wed May 23, 2012.

Are your kids out for summer break? Have grandchildren visiting from out of town? This family friendly area has you covered.

Here are our 10 favorite things to do with kids:

Burn some energy: Impact Sports Center may be known as a place for gymnasts, but it also has open play for members of the public five and under. Children accompanied by an adult can jump in bounce houses, on trampolines and into the foam pit.

There are also specific age-level classes offered.

Impact Sports is located at 1111 W. Kettleman Lane. Call 209-369-2436 for the most up-to-date schedule.

Get crafty: At the Mud Mill, patrons can paint and glaze their own pottery and ceramics. There are more than 300 designs and 70 paints to choose from.

It is located at 115 S. School St. Visit www.themudmill.com for coupons and schedules.

Catch a flick: Lodi Stadium 12 in Downtown Lodi is one of the area’s newest movie theaters. It shows most new releases and is close to a variety of eating establishments, including Coldstone Creamery.

The theater is located at 109 N. School St. For movie times, visit www.fandango.com or www.mrmovie.com.

Get wet: Micke Grove water park is a perfect spot for the preschool crowd to cool down on a hot summer day. Interactive water features make running around fun, while adults can sit nearby on a quilt.

Pack a picnic and make it an all-day outing. Just don’t forget to lather up with sunscreen!

Micke Grove Regional Park is located at 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, off Armstrong Road south of Lodi. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

See the animals: Micke Grove is also home to the region’s only zoo. It is home to more than 130 animals representing more 50 different species, including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates. Many are classified as endangered or threatened in the wild.

Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for youths 3 to 17 years old; and children 2 years and under are free. Hours vary by season, so call 209-369-7330 ahead of time.

Learn something new: Want to know how electricity is made or what causes an earthquake? Visit The World of Wonders Science Museum, which offers hands-on science exhibits for children of all ages. There are close to three dozen exhibits that make learning fun.

The museum is located in Downtown Lodi at 2 N. Sacramento St. Call 209-368-0969 or visit www.wowsciencemuseum.org for more information.

Go on a hike: Lodi Lake’s wilderness area provides a relaxing getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle as you walk along marked path flanked by lush flora. The wide path is suitable for strollers as it meanders along the Mokelumne River.

Make it an educational venture by trying to spot specific plant and animal species outlined on an informational board at the trailhead.

The wilderness area is located at the back of the park. That entrance is on Turner Road at Mills Avenue.

Watch birds fly: Cosumnes River Preserve is home to more than 250 bird species and walkable paths let you gaze at them year-round. There are guided tours, but both the trails and the visitors center are open most days. Photography and nature study are encouraged.

The preserve is located at 13501 Franklin Boulevard in Galt. For directions or more information, call 916-684-2816 or visit www.cosumnes.org.

Take a swim: The city of Lodi opens its sole public pool for the season on Memorial Day. Enze Pool, located at Blakely Park, 1050 S. Stockton St. is open Saturdays and Sundays May 26-Sept. 2, 1-5:30 p.m. Cost is $1.50 for swimmers 3 and older, 2 and under are free.

Hutchins Street Square 125 N. Hutchins St., also opens its schedule to allow family swimming. Call 209-333-5510 to find out specific times.

Go to the park: Whether your little one wants to swing or slide, both the cities of Galt and Lodi have plenty of parks to choose from. Some are available for rentals for birthday parties or other special occasions.

In Lodi, visit www.lodi.gov/parks_rec for more information. For a list of parks in Galt, go to www.ci.galt.ca.us and click on “Parks and Recreation” and then “Parks.”

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