Skip to content

Brick Fest Live Winner #4 Announcement

September 21, 2017

Congratulations SHAREE! You are our fourth and final Brick Fest Live ticket winner. Please contact us no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 to claim your five tickets to this exciting event. For more information on this LEGO fan experience at the Sacramento Convention Center on Sept. 23-24, 2017, click here.


The Least Expensive Places to Have your Kid’s Birthday Party in Sacramento

September 20, 2017

Let’s face it. Throwing your kid a birthday party can be expensive. Even if you plan the event at home, the costs add up with decorations, party favors, food, cake and ice cream, entertainment and more. Before you know it, you’ve spent a couple hundred dollars…and you still have to set up and clean up. And when it’s over? You’re exhausted! We’ve all been there. But what if you could spend the same amount of money but, not have to set-up, clean up or entertain the kids? Here’s a great list of Sacramento-area party venues that won’t break the bank and will leave the birthday child and all his or her friends very happy. Best of all, YOU will be happy, because you won’t be exhausted when it’s all over! Happy birthday planning!

*Prices based on a group of 8 unless otherwise stated.

Big Spoon Yogurt/$20 to $40

Big Spoon offers two party packages – the “yogurt party” starts at $2.50 per person and includes reserved seating for 90 minutes and mini yogurt cups for all. For just a few dollars more – $5 per person, you can add pizza and a drink. Bring your own decorations, games and fun. Locations in East Sacramento, Land Park and Natomas.

Fairytale Town/$50

For just $50, you can rent Fairytale Town’s Sherwood Forest for one hour. Bring in your own food, celebrate and open presents, then the kiddos can explore the park for as long as they like afterwards. This price does not include entrance into Fairytale Town, though, so you’ll want to add that into the cost. Sacramento.


If you are open to having your party on a weekday at 4:00 pm, you’ll have one full hour in the party room, and a full hour of play for up to eight children and eight adults. You can bring in your own bakery items (cakes, cookies, etc.), but no homemade food is allowed. Sacramento.

Laguna’s Awesome Party Palace/$99

Again, if you are open to a weekday afternoon, the kids will enjoy a half hour in the party room, followed by a full hour of play time for up to 10 children. Also included in this package is a pitcher of punch, invitations, paper plates, cups, napkins, utensils and candles. You may bring in your own pre-cooked food except for pizza and ice cream. Elk Grove.


Michael’s birthday package includes invitations and thank-you note cards, drawstring party bag for guest of honor, use of classroom, craft supplies and team member to lead craft activities for up to eight guests. Locations in Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Sacramento and Woodland.

Mardi Gras Lanes/$130

For just $15.99 per person, party-goers will receive cheese pizza and soda, and have two fun hours of bowling. For $5 per person more, you’ll be able to choose two menu options in addition to French fries and soda. Also included is partyware, signable bowling pin and a $5 gift certificate for each child. Sacramento.

The Princess Party Co./$125

The 30-minute Basic Ball package includes the dramatic appearance of a princess, Signature Storytime, Princess Picture time, Happy Birthday Celebration and Magic Wishes. No venue provided, though with this one.

Laser Tag of Carmichael/$149

The Knight’s Crusade party package is a 90-minute celebration that includes three games of laser tag for 6 guests, 20 video game tokens per player, one fountain drink and refill per player, a T-shirt and 100 arcade tickets for the birthday child, and buy-one, get-one party favors. Carmichael.

Fast Track Hobbies/$149

The Slot Car Play Party provides an hour in the party room, ½ hour of slot car play time on the Red Kingleman slot car track for up to ten guests. Also includes Fast Track Cup for the guest of honor and a fifteen-minute Track Pass for each person. Rocklin.

Funderland Amusement Park/$170

For $16.95 per person, you’ll receive use of the party area for one hour with a party host or hostess, birthday invitations, Funderland birthday shirt for birthday child, special coupon for a free wristband for a future visit, and two hours of unlimited rides for 10 people. Sacramento.

* For a complete list of children’s birthday party venues in the Sacramento region, Click here.

Brick Fest Live Winner #3 Announcement

September 19, 2017

Congratulations BRITTANY ALLRED! You are our third Brick Fest Live ticket winner. Please contact us no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 to claim your five tickets to this exciting event.

Stay tuned! Our fourth and final winner will be announced on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.

For more information on this LEGO fan experience at the Sacramento Convention Center on Sept. 23-24, 2017, click here.

Circus Vargas to Entertain Fans at Three Sacramento Area Locations this Fall

September 19, 2017


Elephants at the Circus

America’s historic traveling big top circus returns to the Sacramento area! Circus Vargas has been traveling the states and entertaining families with their big top tricks and amazing shows for over 40 years. I can remember going to the circus for the first time and being amazed at the grandiose big top, the ferocious animals and the graceful acrobatics.

However, unlike the circus performances of the past, Circus Vargas has eliminated the animals from the big top.  Making sure that no animals are harmed during trainings and live performances, Circus Vargas now relies exclusively on human performers. Prepare to be amazed with jugglers, acrobats, trapeze artists, magicians, contortionists and of course, clowns!

Goggles, gears and gadgets set the stage for  this 2017’s retro-futuristic production of Steam Cirque. This year’s theme is a science-fiction fantasy inspired circus that kids of all ages will be mesmerized at the big top adventures.

If you would like to catch a glimpse under the big top, you will have three opportunities:

Citrus Heights (Sunrise Mall) September 21-25
Folsom (Folsom Lakeside Church) September 28-October 2
Roseville (Westfield Galleria Mall) October 5-15

Tickets can be purchased here and range from $17-$67.

Make sure you plan on arriving 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration. Kids can learn circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more!
Cast members will also  available after the show for pictures with the kids. It will be an evening of unforgettable fun under the big top at Circus Vargas!



Kids Eat for Free at these Sacramento-Area Restaurants

September 18, 2017

Days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler and school is officially back in session.  For most families, that means homework, sports practice and endless school events.  As our days get more hectic, we tend to find ways to make our lives a little easier.  Dinner sometimes get’s pushed off to last minute and instead of spending a ton of money on fast food, why not check out some of our local restaurants that offer a Kids Eat Free day.

Every few months, we update our Kids Eat Free page…this page is always a work in progress so, if you happen to know of your favorite local eatery that holds a promotion, please let us know.
Currently I have compiled a list of some of our family favorites:

Macaroni Grill
2010 Douglas Blvd. Roseville
(916) 773-6399
What kids doesn’t love Italian?  Spaghetti, tortellini, macaroni…most kids love pasta, and every parent loves a free meal.  Kids receive a free meal on Monday and Tuesday with a paying adult.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Locations throughout Sacramento, Dickey’s serves up some authentic BBQ – from Ribs, brisket and tri tip to chicken, there is something for every meat lover in your family!  And on Sundays, Kids eat free! The best part? Every meal comes with a make-your-own soft serve ice cream cone.

Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant
6049 Madison Avenue Carmichael
(916) 344.3177
Authentic Mexican food at great prices!  On Sundays, with the purchase of an adult meal, kids eat for only .99 cents.

Riverside Clubhouse
2633 Riverside Blvd.  Sacramento
(916) 448-9988
Pizza, burgers, soups, salads, Riverside has something for everyone.  Kids eat free on Tuesday with an adult entrée purchase.

These are just some of our family favorites that offer free kids meals.  You can check out the entire list on our Kids Eat Free link.  As always, this is a work in progress as restaurants end or change their promotions. Please feel free to let us know of any changes or additions.

By Heather Crivellone



Show Review: Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes Offers an Exciting and Action-Packed Performance to Sacramento Marvel Hero Lovers

September 15, 2017

Having been to our fair share of princess on ice shows, we were excited to see what Marvel Universe Live! had in store for our little superhero (and villain) lovers. We took our two boys to the Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes show at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on a recent weekday night. We had a blast seeing characters from both the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy come to life and work together to try to save the universe from destruction.

The show was filled with intense, but not too frightening, fighting scenes, fireworks, explosives, acrobatics, dirt bike tricks, fire dancers and tons of aerial maneuvers. One of the highlights was watching Spiderman effortlessly soar around the stage and catch villains with his web-slinging abilities. Of course, all the favorites were there, including Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, the Wasp, Groot and Rocket. They moved seamlessly across several scenes displayed realistically on stage and battled villains such as Loki, Nebula and Chitauri. When my 5-year-old asked, “is this real?,” I felt pretty confident saying, “yes, it is.” I mean, they were real actors, right? Regardless, the audience was captivated by the dozens of Marvel characters engaging in almost constant combat sequences.

At one hour and 40 minutes, the show kept our attention, but did not drag on. There was also one intermission, which allowed us time to browse the masks, swords, guns, and plenty more Marvel paraphernalia to take home as souvenirs. Then, it was back to the show for more action-packed battle scenes and acrobatic stunts. When the Hulk finally made his arrival, our boys were ecstatic, as they had been waiting the whole show for him. It was the perfect ending to a marvelous night.

Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes entertains fans of all ages at Golden 1 Center through Sunday, September 17, 2017. Tickets are still available, and you can purchase them here: Marvel Universe tickets.

By Kara Keister

Brick Fest Live Winner #2 Announcement

September 14, 2017

Congratulations ROBERT LAUGHTER! You are our second Brick Fest Live ticket winner. Please contact us no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 to claim your five tickets to this exciting event.

Stay tuned! Our third winner will be announced on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

For more information on this LEGO fan experience at the Sacramento Convention Center on Sept. 23-24, 2017, click here.