Bailey Higa

Education Specialist Bailey Higa snaps a picture with three of the Sacramento Zoo’s parrots.

Even though in some ways it might feel like school has been out for months, the school year is just now coming to a close and families are faced with very different prospects for this year’s summer break: the Gora Aquatic Center will remain closed until further notice; Galt Parks and Recreation’s Camp SOAR, like many other summer camps, has not received the green light from county health officials; and the Galt Marian O. Lawrence Library is closed to the public. But, thanks to modern technology and a little creativity, there are plenty of options for safe summer fun to be found in Galt and even further from home.

Home Library

Galt’s Marian O. Lawrence Library may not be open to the public, but that doesn’t mean you have to have a summer without reading. The Galt library is one of eight Sacramento County Public Library locations offering curbside pickup by appointment Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. To place an item on hold, log into your account on saclibrary.org and find the books you would like to check out. Be sure that you only place books on hold if they are currently at the Galt location, as books cannot be sent between locations for the time being. You will then be contacted by library staff with a time to pick up your books – and you’re free to keep them up to six weeks.

Take a tour of the town

Last year Galt celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding, and there are many original or historical buildings throughout the city. Chances are you’ve driven past a century-old church or schoolhouse without even realizing it, but thanks to the Galt Area Historical Society’s “Walking/Driving Tour of Historic Galt”, you can learn more about Galt history without ever even leaving the car. The tour map can be found under “Archives” on the GAHS’s website (galthistory.com).

Go virtually anywhere

With FaceTime and Zoom dominating communication these last few months, it should come as no surprise that video technology also offers options for some in-home summer fun. Across the nation, zoos and aquariums are offering free live feeds of their most popular animals.

Join the Sacramento Zoo on Facebook to enjoy a live question and answer session with animal experts and a different animal assistant every Monday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. Keep an eye on their social media channels for additional live sessions, such as the June 9 show featuring Bubba the Spur-thighed Tortoise.

Monterey Bay Aquarium offers 10 live feeds that you can tune into any time or join them online every weekday for narrated feedings. The “Open Sea” exhibit’s feedings are scheduled for 11 a.m, sea otters at 1:30 p.m., and the penguins at 3 p.m. Every Tuesday and Thursday you can also watch staff feed the fish in the kelp forest tank.

U.S. National Parks are also making it possible to bring the outdoors inside with a wide variety of resources, from events like an ongoing Virtual Backyard Jr. Ranger Summer Camp, virtual book launches, ranger chats, and much more. Find events using the “Virtual Events Calendar” on nps.gov.