Dates at Skateland and fireworks at Sam Lynn Ballpark

Darla Mangrum, Reporter

All semester long, The Rip has found some fun and affordable places to go for a date and this edition is no different.

If you’re looking for something fun to do with your significant other, you can always go skating at Skateland or have a picnic with fireworks.

Skating is not only fun but great exercise, too. What’s really great about Skateland is they have some reasonable prices more than five days a week.

The first Tuesday of the month is Two-Buck Tuesday. Between the hours of 6:30-8:30 p.m., you can get free quad skate rental and only pay $2 per person.

On Wednesday night every week is Bargain Night. Between the hours of 7:30-9:30 p.m., you only pay $3 per person and that includes your quad skate rental.

Every Friday night is open session between 7:30-10 p.m. The price of admission is $6 per person and that includes the quad skate rental.

Saturday afternoons are open session. Between the hours of 1:30-4 p.m., the price is $5 per person with free quad skate rental.

Saturday nights is also open session between 7:30-10:00 p.m., and is only $6 per person with free quad skate rental.

Then they have a Sunday afternoon open session from 1:30-4 p.m., and the price is only $5 per person including free quad skate rental.

They also have inline skates, if that is what you prefer, and the rental fee for them is only $2 per person.

Skateland also has party packages for anyone wanting to have a skating party.

Skateland is located at 415 Ming Ave. in Bakersfield, and the phone number is (661) 831-5567. For more information, go to

And, if you are not into skating, you can always have a picnic on the bike trail that runs along the river.

The city has just put new picnic tables along the bike trail and one in particular is right off of the North Chester bridge.

The best time for a picnic there is on any Friday night that the Bakersfield Blaze baseball team is playing a home game at Sam Lynn Ballpark, because there is always a fireworks show on Friday nights when the Blaze are here at home, win or lose.

The next home game that is on a Friday night is on April 24, then again on May 8, and May 22. The fireworks usually go off between 9-10 pm. This should give you plenty of time to plan a nice romantic picnic dinner and fireworks show for the cost of food (which you may already have in your refrigerator.)