Father’s Day weekend offers family fun, including an event for pet rabbits and guinea pigs.
Santa Barbara Foresters summer season of baseball is underway, with games against the Ventura Pirates at 6 p.m. Friday and the SLO Blues at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The games, which are now held at Pershing Park, located near the corner of Cabrillo Boulevard and Castillo street, are terrific family entertainment. Tickets are sold at the gate only: $7 for adults, $3 for seniors and kids. The Foresters have already won their first three home games, and are six-time past winners of the National Baseball Congress. They were eliminated by the Everett Merchants in the World Series quarterfinals last year. Top players from colleges around the country comprise the roster, including Westmont pitcher Bailey Reid and Santa Barbara City College centerfielder Mitch Sancier. Another plus: They play with traditional wooden bats; there’s nothing quite like the crack of a baseball connecting with a wooden bat. (www.sbforesters.org)
Go ice skating
It’s just about a mile from Goleta Beach, and the Ice in Paradise ice skating rink is certainly a cool-down during hot summer days. Skating is offered every day from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for $11.50 (plus skate rental). It’s only $8.50 (plus skate rental) Mondays through Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. and Tuesdays and Sundays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights are party nights. Don’t know how to skate? Lessons are also available, as is hockey, figure skating and private parties. (805-879-1550, www.iceinparadise.org)
Rockin’ Saturday nights
El Capitan Canyon’s Summer Concert Series offers a lively range of live music under the stars on Saturday nights through Sept. 1. Classic rock from the 1960s to the ’90s is performed by local band Rankin File this week. Next week is family- friendly rock ’n’ roll of the Mark Roberts Band. Upcoming concerts will feature Latin funk, rockabilly, roots, folk and party music. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the music is from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are just $10 for general admission seating. A yummy barbecue dinner is $22 for adults, $15 for kids aged 10 and under. Take the El Capitan State Beach exit, turn toward the mountains and turn left on the Calle Real frontage road. Entrance is on the right. (866-352-2729, www.elcapitancanyon.com/events/summer-concert-series)
Pet rabbits and guinea pigs are invited to socialize with other fuzzy friends in a supervised, extra-large play arena on the lawn of the Santa Barbara Humane Society on Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This “Hoppy Hour and Pignic” is a good way for your pet to become socialized by playing with others. Refreshments for pets and owners are provided, grooming and trims are available for pets and it'll be fun for all! Admission is $10. All animals must be healthy and rabbits must have been spayed or neutered at least 30 days in advance. (5399 Overpass Road, Goleta, 805-683-0521, www.bunssb.org)