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Where to hang out when the heat gets high

Posted: August 6, 2009 3:06 p.m.
Updated: August 7, 2009 6:00 a.m.

Mountasia Family Fun Center offers lots to do inside and out. Why not try Guitar Hero?

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It's hot now, but experience tells us the rest of the summer will be even hotter. And maybe you've already run out of keep-cool activities for your family. Well, here, just in time, the Escape team offers you our suggestions. Some are traditional and others you may not have considered. And these ideas may spark some of your own. So get out there and keep cool!

INDOOR COOL

Ice Station Valencia
27745 North Smyth Drive
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 775-8686
For information visit www.icestation.net
Among many other skating-related activities, Ice Station Valencia offers public skating Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays the public skating is from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., respectively. Evening skates are Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. General admission is $9 and skate rentals at $3.

Westfield Valencia Town Center
24201 West Valencia Blvd.
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 287-9050
http://westfield.com/valencia
While it might sound a bit cliché, a stroll in the mall during the hottest part of the day can be a very pleasant experience. And, of course, you can get some shopping done or eat at the food court or restaurants. Current hours are Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mountasia Family Fun Center
21516 Golden Triangle Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
(661) 253-4386
www.mountasiafuncenter.com
They say the fun never stops at Mountasia and a lot of it is indoors, where it is cool on a summer afternoon. Why not try Guitar Hero?

Public Library
A visit to the library can be a cool, quiet and enlightening experience.

Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
18601 Soledad Canyon Road
(661) 251-2720
www.colapublib.org/libs/canyoncountry  

Newhall Library
22704 W. 9th
(661) 259-0750
www.colapublib.org/libs/newhall  

Valencia Library
23743 W Valencia Blvd
(661) 259-8942
www.colapublib.org/libs/valencia  


The movies
One of the best ways to totally "Escape" the summer heat in to visit your local movie theater. Not only do you stay cool, but you find yourself in a totally different world.
Go to www.the-signal.com, drag down the Escape tab to Local Movie Times.

Edwards Valencia 12
24435 Town Center Drive, Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 287-1740

Edwards Canyon Country 10
18800 Soledad Canyon Road
Canyon Country, CA 91351
(661) 299-9385

Freezer section at your grocery store
I remember this from my youth. Hanging out in a grocery store, near the freezer bins, can chill you so thoroughly that you actually enjoy going outside to your hot car. But, do your grocer a favor and shop a little, too.

OUTDOOR COOL

Santa Clarita Aquatics Center
20850 Centre Pointe Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
(661) 250-3766 (Aquatics Office) or (661) 250-3700
For information about the Aquatics Center and about local public pools, see the online Seasons brochure (pdf format) at www.santa-clarita.com/cityhall/parks/seasons/summer/2009/Aquatics.pdf

Newhall Pool
24907 Newhall Ave.
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 799-1050

North Oaks Pool
27824 North Camp Plenty Road
Canyon Country, CA 91351
(661) 284-1471

Santa Clarita Pool
27285 Seco Canyon Road.
Saugus, CA 91350
(661) 284-1470

Valencia Glen Pool
23750 Via Gavola
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 284-1467

Valencia Meadows Pool
25671 Fedala Road
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 284-1464

Castaic Lake State Recreation Area
32132 Castaic Lake Drive
Castaic, CA 91384
(661) 257-4050
www.castaiclake.com
Vehicle entry fees for the summer are $11 per day. R/Vs are $12 and busses $25.
Swim beach hours for the summer are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 255-4257
Visit www.sixflags.com/hurricaneharborLA for hours and other information.
Tickets are $24.99 for adults and $19.99 for children under 48 inches tall. Buy your tickets online and everyone pays the kids price of $19.99.

Shady picnic at the park
For information on any of the city of Santa Clarita's parks, including facilities offered and maps, visit www.santa-clarita.com/cityhall/parks/parks.

Ventura
For Ventura information visit www.ventura-usa.com and for the fair visit http://venturacountyfair.org.
Less than an hour away, and located near the ocean, Ventura usually offers much cooler summer temperatures than those found in the SCV. And while you can certainly visit the beach, there are numerous other cool-temperature activities you can enjoy. For example, continuing through Aug. 16, the Ventura County Fair offers exhibits, shows, contests and big name musical entertainment.

Big Bear
For information visit www.bigbearmountainresorts.com/summer.
With mountain biking, sightseeing, golfing, hiking and lake activities, the Big Bear area offers good times and the mountain temperatures are usually much cooler than those in the SCV.


Zuma Beach
30050 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA
Visit www.watchthewater.org/beach.cfm?bid=19
While any beach will bring some cool into your summer, my personal favorite is Zuma. For current conditions there, including regularly updated photos, visit the Web site above.

Bouquet Canyon Creek
Just a few miles up Bouquet Canyon Road, and below the dam of Bouquet Canyon Reservoir, you can find a strip of cool relief beside the road. Tucked back in under the shading trees, little Bouquet Canyon Creek cools things off literally and spiritually. You'll have the cars passing only a few yards away, but you can still imagine you are somewhere in the Sierras.

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