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Frozen Fever is Alive and Well at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena this Weekend

February 11, 2016

Disney on Ice Frozen 1With three girls under the age of six, Frozen fever is alive and well at our house – and Disney on Ice Presents Frozen did not disappoint! Having never been to any of the Disney on Ice productions, I was curious to see how they would make the story come to life.  First and foremost you knew it was going to be a kid-friendly show.  Everyone was encouraged to dance and sing along, to laugh out loud when they thought something was funny (side note: Sleep Train Arena has booster seats available for FREE and we found that very helpful!).  The costumes were bright and fun, and my daughter especially enjoyed seeing Sven and Olaf come to life.  The movements of the performers were very exaggerated and a bit over the top, but when you think about it in the context of performing to a young audience in a large arena it seemed more appropriate.

The visual effects were eye-catching – a lot of colorful flags and ribbons, pyrotechnics, and of course, SNOW!  Every time the snow fell you could hear an audible gasp from the crowd and my four-year-old loved it!  The ice skating itself was also impressive, but almost overlooked because there were so many other things to focus on.

I thought the highlight of the show was going to be Elsa’s “Let it go”, which was mesmerizing to watch with all of the bursts of light and falling snow, but it was clear that Olaf’s “In Summer” was the crowd favorite.  It seemed like all of the performers participated in that number and my daughter loved seeing butterflies, bees, flowers, and birds dance all over the ice.

We had a wonderful time at our first Disney on Ice show and our Frozen obsession lives on for another day. Disney on Ice Presents Frozen will be at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena all weekend, Feb.10 – Feb. 15, 2016, with three shows on Saturday and Sunday, and two shows on Monday.  Tickets are still available, you can buy them here.

Post and photos by Kate Nally

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Family Friendly Valentine’s Events Around the Sacramento Area

February 5, 2016

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Cupid is all over the place these days, reminding us that “love is in the air”.  February is the month of all things “lovey, dovey and gushy” (as my 6-year-old boy would say)!  It’s Valentine’s month and there are so many fun events and ways to say “I love you”.  If you want to give your kids and spouse an extra “treat” this month, here are a few ideas to make the special day even sweeter.

At Bounce U in Roseville, the entire family can enjoy a special night of bouncing, Valentines crafts and activities.  On Wednesday, February 10  from 6:00 – 8:00pm, Bounce U will be open for some Valentines fun.  Admission is $8.95 per child.

Enjoy a Valentines “High Tea” at a Dash of Panache in Roseville on February 14.  Prices are $27.95 for adults and $24.95 for children.  Everyone will enjoy a “fancy tea” full of treats and sweets!  Tea time sittings will be at 11am, 2pm and 5pm.
This event for more mature children- so, make sure you have your best dresses on and enjoy an afternoon of “High Tea”.

If you are looking for something a bit more active, then join other “sweeties” at the
 Annual Valentine Run/Walk on February 13.  Kids can choose between the ½ mile and ¼ mile Fun Run and adults can choose 1.8 or a 4 mile course.  Race will begin at Macy’s Country Club Plaza Mall and will take runners through the beautiful Arden Park neighborhood.

Disney on Ice is coming back to Sacramento February 10-15.  Everyone will enjoy watching their favorite characters from the hit “Frozen” skate the night away.  Tickets are available on the Sleep Train Arena website.

If you are looking for a fun “date day” to take your kids, you can always check out one of the many crafting studios located around town.  Petroglyph is my daughter’s favorite, and I’m sure we will spending an afternoon painting away and making another treasured ceramic piece for our collections.

And of course, you can always just bake some cookies with your loved ones, make some cut out Valentines hearts and snuggle up with your favorite people.  Whatever you choose to do, we hope it’s a special day for you and your family!

By Heather Crivellone

The Best Museums to Visit on Sacramento Museum Day

February 4, 2016

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Sacramento Museum Day is this Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Sponsored by Bank of America, Sacramento Covered and Amtrak, the 18th Annual Museum Day offers FREE or 1/2 price admission to 26 area museums. As you might have guessed, this is a pretty popular Saturday to be out and about around town! Let’s face it…you are probably wondering if it’s worth getting out there with the kids and fighting the crowds. Well, the answer depends on what your game plan is. We’ve come up with some tips and suggestions to help make Sacramento Museum Day a wonderful experience for the entire family.

  1. Go early. This is sort of a no-brainer, but nevertheless, the most important. If you’ve got kids, you’ll want to avoid the crowds as much as possible – and this means getting to your no. 1 choice of museums first. All museums open up at 10am, so make sure to take into account parking and walking time as you plan your day.
  2. Avoid the most popular museums. The most popular museums for families on Museum Day are typically the California State Railroad Museum, Crocker Art Museum, California Automobile Museum and Sacramento Children’s Museum. If you really must go to one these, make it first on your list. It’s also best to avoid the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town, as admission is 1/2 price rather than free and both parks offer free admission on other days of the year.
  3. Visit a new museum. Take this opportunity to visit a lesser-known or more expensive area museum that you haven’t been to before. Several years ago, my family visited the Aerospace Museum for the first time on Museum Day – we had never been before because admission at this museum is typically more expensive than other area museums. So we took advantage of the free admission, visited first thing, and had a fantastic time. We have been back many times since!
  4. Be flexible. If you are going to brave the crowds on this day, you’ve got to be flexible. Don’t try to pack too much into the day, just choose one or two museums to visit and know that things might get a little bit zooey. And be aware that some museums have a limit of how many people can be inside at one time (Powerhouse Science Center Discovery Campus), so you may have to wait a bit. Your kids might have meltdowns and you might even head home earlier than you anticipated. It’s best to keep your expectations low and hope for the best on this day.

So, what would be my recommendations for your family on Museum Day? The Sacramento History Museum, Maidu Museum and Historic Site, State Indian Museum, Roseville Utility Exploration Center and California Museum. For the full list of participating museums, click here. Have fun!

What: 18th Annual Sacramento Museum Day

When: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Time: 10am to 5pm

Admission: Free or 1/2 price

 

Monster Jam: An American Experience

January 30, 2016

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Sitting on the lower level of the Sleep Train Arena, we were close to the action and noise on the dirt-covered floor.  We took our two oldest kids with us and didn’t tell them where we were going until we got there.  The expressions on their faces were priceless when they realized that we were going to the Monster Jam truck rally.  We could hear the trucks well before we actually got into the arena.  Next time we will make sure to bring earplugs.

My family had never been to a truck rally before and had no idea what to expect.  For me, the show seemed to start off fairly slowly with races in much smaller vehicles.  The crowd roared when the actual monster trucks entered the competition.  Although the several different types of smaller vehicles were interesting and fun to watch, the monster trucks’ wheelee and freestyle segments with their slinging dirt and roaring exhaust were what we had all come to see.  My son and oldest daughter were riveted by the giant trucks flying through the air.
New Earth Authority’s Travis Groth left the ground accompanied by the gasp of the entire audience.  We were all instant monster truck fans when his truck crashed and landed upside-down.
My daughter was disappointed that Zombie won the donut competition when El Toro Loco obviously put on a better showing.  The crowd’s cheering for Kayla Blood was immediately followed by booing the judges.
Although she liked the roaring engines and flinging dirt of the donuts, her favorite part was the freestyle competition and Morgan Kane’s perfect score in Grave Digger.  The giant green and black truck flew back and forth over the dirt ramps and crushed cars all while deafening us with the roar of exhaust.  My Danish born wife said, “Now I feel very American.” with a huge grin on her face. We will definitely be doing this again.
Monster Jam will be at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena this weekend only with one show tonight at 7:30 pm and two shows tomorrow at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. For tickets, click here.
By Jed Christian
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Win Tickets: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

January 28, 2016

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It’s almost here. The most anticipated Disney on Ice presentation is finally coming to Sacramento. Frozen, the academy award-winning Disney tale that has captivated the world is now told live, and will soon be skating into Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena for six grand performances over five days. Disney on Ice Presents Frozen, hosted by Mickey and Minnie, will feature favorite royal princesses Anna and Elsa, goofy snowman Olaf, Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven and will have the audience singing and dancing to favorite tunes “Let it Go” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman.” You’ll want to arrive early to learn the snowman dance at the Stonyfield YoKids and Disney Magic of Healthy Living Dance-Along Pre-show.

The folks at Feld Entertainment have graciously given us a family 4-pack of tickets for the opening night performance of this spectacular Disney on Ice presentation.

If you would like a chance to win, post the correct answer to the following trivia question in the comment section below : Which Hans Christian Anderson fairytale is Disney’s Frozen based on?

Post your answers by 3:00 pm on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. One winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

What: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

When: Feb. 10-15, 2016

Where: Sleep Train Arena

Tickets: prices start at $25

 

Celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day at a Sacramento favorite bakery

January 25, 2016

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Did you know that on Wednesday, January 27 the world will be celebrating a very important day?  Yes, it’s the most important day of the year… National Chocolate Cake Day!
I don’t know about you,  but this National day should be declared a National holiday in my chocolate-loving world!  I don’t think the kids would mind an extra day off of school to enjoy in the gooey decadence of chocolate cake… but since I’m sure it will never become an official National holiday, let me enlighten you a little bit about the history of chocolate cake.

Until the 1840’s, chocolate in America, was consumed primarily as a beverage.  It wasn’t until 1765 when the first chocolate cake was born.  A doctor and a chocolate maker teamed up and ground up cocoa beans between huge millstones to make a syrup, where this liquid was then poured into molds, which took the shape of  cake.
The first chocolate cake recipe dates back to 1847 and the first boxed cake mix was created by a company called O. Duff and Sons in the late 1920’s.  And it wasn’t until 1947 when our beloved Betty Crocker introduced their first dry cake mixes to the world.

So now that you have a little bit of history on the chocolate cake, go ahead and indulge this week in some chocolate decadence.  If you don’t feel like making your own cake, then check out the top 4 places to grab a sweet treat here in Sacramento:

  1.  Freeport Bakery:  2966 Freeport Blvd.  Sacramento
    Known by moms around town to have the best birthday cakes!  This place is a local favorite.  Whether you are in town on business and craving a sweet treat, or you are a local and need something for your next dinner party – Freeport has some of the best cakes in town!
  2. Rick’s Dessert Diner:  2401 J Street, Sacramento
    Best late night dessert spot!  This was my personal all time favorite place when I was pregnant… open late and has a German Chocolate Cake to die for.  Always busy, but worth the wait.
  3. Ettore’s European Bakery:  2376 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento
    Ettore’s is a great place to find elegant and unique cakes.  Definitely a crowd pleaser if you were to purchase a cake for your next dinner party.  Some favorites include the flourless chocolate cake and carrot cake.  This bakery never disappoints and you don’t even have to pack your bags to travel to Paris, you can have the best of the European pastries here in Sacramento!
  4. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolate:  1801 L St. #600, Sacramento.
    So, you wouldn’t necessarily come here for cake, but for the most decadent chocolates you have ever had…absolutely!  Located in the heart downtown, this is a great spot for a sweet treat.  Some of their most loved treats include:  coconut cardamom pralines,  macaroons and you can’t leave here without having a mug of hot chocolate.

This is just a short list of some of our favorite sweet spots in Sacramento.  So if you decide to celebrate National Chocolate Day or not, you have some ideas of where to go, unless you choose to grab a box of Betty Crocker and make your own special treat instead.  Either way, we hope you and your sweet tooth enjoy the day!

By Heather Crivellone

Win Tickets: All New Monster Jam Competition Comes to Sacramento

January 11, 2016

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Each January for the past several years, Sleep Train Arena has rolled out the dirt and hosted America’s favorite monster truck show, Monster Jam featuring world-famous monster trucks such as Grave Digger, Blue Thunder and El Toro Loco. We’ve all been thrilled by the engines roaring, the trucks racing, the amazing jumps and the overall competition. If you and your kiddos have been thrilled as much as we have, then you are in for a treat as Monster Jam rolls back into town with even more of what we love.

Get ready for new tricks and more competition from your favorite teams. New this year, Monster Jam will add speedsters and ATVs to the mix, creating new and exciting entertainment for monster truck fans. And make sure you get your pit passes and arrive early for Party in the Pits where you will meet the drivers a see your favorite truck, up close and personal.

What: Monster Jam

When:  Jan. 29, Jan 30, and Jan. 31, 2016.

Where: Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena

Admission: $10 for kids ages 2-12 (select seating), $20-$50 for adults, $15 Opening Night discount tickets (select seating), and $10 for Pit Passes. Buy tickets here.

Win Tickets: Would you like some tickets? We’ve got a family four-pack of tickets to give away to one of our lucky readers. Here’s what you need to do to be eligible to win. Answer this trivia question correctly in the comment section below by 5pm on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2015: What Monster Jam truck/team consists of all female drivers?

A winner will be randomly chosen on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Good luck!

 

 

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