Another Disney on Ice Production is coming to Sacramento, but this time, the excitement will extend from the show itself, to the backdrop of Sacramento’s newest venue, Golden 1 Center. Passport to Adventure rolls into downtown on Thursday, Nov. 3, and sticks around all weekend long with seven performances in all. Passport to Adventure follows Mickey and Minnie Mouse as they travel from place to place, each highlighting a Disney movie setting. Your kids will love traveling with them to the worlds of Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Frozen. The Disney on Ice cast will entertain with colorful sets, upbeat music, fun choreography, and of course, award-winning figure skaters. Disney on Ice comes around often, but if there’s one thing you can count on with Disney on Ice, it’s that it’s always a good time!
Win Tickets: If you would like to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the opening night of Passport to Adventure, leave a comment telling us why you are dying to see this show at Sacramento’s new Golden 1 Center. Comments must be received by Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 at 5pm. A winner will be chosen on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. One entry per person, please. Thank you and good luck!
When: November 3-6, 2016
Where: Golden 1 Center
Admission: Ticket prices start at $20. SacramentoKids.net readers will receive a special 20 % discount by entering the code: MOM when purchasing. Purchase tickets here.
Win Tickets: Enter Comic Book City and Meet your Favorite Superheroes at Fairytale Town’s Safe & Super Halloween Event
One of the best places for kids to celebrate Halloween in Sacramento is at Fairytale Town. Located in William Land Park, across the street from the Sacramento Zoo and next door to Funderland Amusement Park, Fairytale Town is celebrating its 30th year of Safe & Super Halloweens. And let me tell you, nobody does Halloween better than FTT. This year, the theme is a popular one – Superheroes. The three-night event will entertain little guests as they enter comic book city to trick-or-treat at 15 different stations, and they just might meet their favorite heroes along the way! Guests can take part in Wonder Woman’s Amazon training camp, see a magic show featuring Batman and Harley Quinn, and participate in a nightly costume parade.
WIN TICKETS: Doesn’t this sound like a blast? If you are ready to don your cape and mask and fly to this fun Halloween event, you are in luck. Our friends at Fairytale Town have given us 4 tickets to give away to one lucky SacramentoKids.net reader. Here’s what you need to do to enter. Leave us a comment letting us know what superhero your child would most like to run into at this year’s Safe & Super Halloween by Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at 4pm. One entry per person, please. The winner will be chosen via a random drawing. Thank you!
When: Oct. 21, 22, 23, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento
Admission: $10 per person (child & adult) with advance purchase, $12 at the door. Children 1 year and younger, FREE.
By Heather Crivellone
October is my favorite month of the year! The weather is getting cooler, the kids are back in the groove of school, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin muffins and caramel apples are everywhere- It’s a glorious time of year!! With the tastes and colors of fall, you can be sure to spot a few ghosts, goblins and zombies around every corner. If you are searching for some fun and safe Halloween activities for your family, Sacramento has plenty to keep you going all month long.
I have compiled a list of events that your family may want to check out this month. Some of these events are free, some have a small admission charge and some may or may not be appropriate for your children’s age group. Either way, there is something going on for everyone.
Saturdays and Sundays, October 15- October 31: Sacramento Halloween River Cruise. For three weekends in October, – the Hornblower will be cruising along the Sacramento River with fun, family friendly Halloween events. Cruise along the river as the evening begins to set with chilling haunted sounds and kid friendly events. The cruise is 1 hour in length and begins boarding at 2:45pm with a 3pm departure time. Everyone is encouraged to dress in their costumes for this family fun event. Tickets are $18.
Saturdays and Sundays, October 15- October 30: The California State Railroad Museum is proud to offer diesel–powered “Spookomotive” train rides. This family friendly “spooky” train is perfect for riders of all ages. Enjoy a train ride along the levees of the river and listen to a whimsical Halloween story while the “skeleton” crew passes out a special toy treat for each child. On the return trip, rock to the music of the “Monster Mash” and other creepy Halloween. Each weekend is specially-themed: Super Heroes and Villains, Princesses and Pirates and Wizards and Witches. Tickets range from $8- $25. Children 2 and under are free.
October 22: Sacramento Children’s Museum- Monster Bash from 6-8pm. Enjoy an evening of ghoulish games and treats with music and dancing… and of course, museum play! $15 general admission.
October 29: Safetyvilles Annual Halloween Haunt. This is a perfect event for your youngest of children, as they can prance around in their costumes at the Costume Parade; enjoy food, drinks and raffles. Get lost in a Hay Maze and enjoy games all throughout the Safetyville “town”. $5 per person and 2 and under are FREE. 11am-4pm.
October 28 and 29: The Haunted Fort at Sutter’s Fort State Park. The historic site will offer a special Halloween program based in fact, but with a creepy twist. Visitors will go on guided tours through the darkened rooms and hear unusual tales of how California’s early pioneers perished throughout history. $6 adults, $4 youth.
October 21- October 23: Fairytale Town’s Safe and Super Halloween- Superheroes. Kids can trick or treat in a safe environment throughout the park at Fairytale Town. Hands on activities, a costume parade and live performances will keep you entertained all night long…5pm-9pm. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
October 24- October 31: Bass Pro Shops in Rocklin is hosting a FREE pumpkin celebration with crafts, pumpkins, costumer parade, face painting and trick or treating. This is a free event that is fun for the whole family!
October 28-29, 11am-5pm: Boo at the Zoo at the Sacramento Zoo. Kids can trick or treat around the zoo, enjoy crafts, activities and entertainment…And of course- the animals! Admission is $10-$12.
This is just a handful of the events going on around the city. Hopefully your little ghosts and goblins find the perfect event to keep you having fun all month long.
I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone in admitting that I have seen Top Gun a million times and can recite almost every line in that movie! Hollywood has done a good job with introducing us to the world of aviation; Leonardo DiCaprio in “Aviator”, Harrison Ford in “Air Force One” and of course the great Jimmy Stewart in “The Spirit of St. Louis”. And with the help of the California Aerospace Museum we can visit and see up close these amazing aeronautical wonders.
The Aerospace Museum of California has an extensive display of aircraft- both military and civilian. You can have an opportunity to see fighter planes, trainers, transport and specialized types flown by the USAF and Navy.
The museum itself consists of aircraft, engines, a beautiful Coast Guard art collection and so much more. Outside in the airpark you can wander through history while exploring aircraft that was used during the World Wars and aircraft that is still used today.
If you have children who are interested in Aviation, they have an Aerospace Learning Center that teaches students the introduction to flight- along with science, math, navigation, weather, forces of lift and more. If you have children that are too young for the educational courses, they have a kids’ corner equipped with toys, coloring pages and markers to keep their imaginations running wild and busy while learning about the science of aviation.
This Saturday, October 15- the museum is celebrating 100 years of Coast Guard Aviation. It’s going to be a celebration that everyone will enjoy with special presentations about the Coast Guard. You will be able to tour a new C-27J Spartan Coast Guard Multi Mission Aircraft, talk to active duty and retired coast guard pilots and crew members, view the USCG Aviation art display and even have complimentary refreshments during the day.
The museum is located at 3200 Freedom Park Drive at the McClellan Air Force Base. Admission into the museum is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students age 13-17, $5 for children and kids under the age of 5 are free. Museum hours are Tuesday- Sunday 10am-5pm.
As a bonus, the park next to the museum is fantastic for kids to play and picnic at. The play structure looks like a large Rocket Ship- with plenty of things to climb on, slide down and crawl through. My kids always have a blast at this park, and is always a great end to fun afternoon at the museum.
Searching for the Perfect Pumpkin and a Halloween Thrill? Check out our List of Sacramento’s Top 5 Pumpkin Farms
It’s that time of year when the air is getting cooler, pumpkins are everywhere, the ghosts and goblins start to appear. Yes, it’s officially fall! If your family is like mine, we start to decorate the home with gourds, pumpkins and leaves in mid-September (even when the weather is anything but fall-like). My kids are already deciding their Halloween costumes and my daughter is already planning her Trick-or-Treating route!
With the fun of the season here, we need to find the best pumpkins in town…and that means we have to visit one of the many local pumpkin patches in the area.
Sacramento has an abundance of pumpkin patches, petting zoos and fun things to do this time of year. With my kids being a little older now, we want to find the most exciting and entertaining patches to keep them busy on our outing. I have made a list of my top 5 pumpkin patches in the area to visit with your family (based on activities at the farms):
1. Goblin Gardens (Bastiao Farms): 3845 El Centro Rd, Sacramento
Open 7 days a week from October 1- October 31, 10am-7pm.
They have plenty of activities to keep kids of all ages entertained all day long. Some of the activities include: pick your own pumpkins, hay rides, hay maze, haunted train rides, haunted miners cabin, play area with giant slides and more!
$7 admission into the farm and children ages 2 and under are free.
2. Bishops Pumpkin Farm: 1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland
Open 7 days a week from September 17- October 31: 9am- 7pm Sunday- Monday and 9am-8pm on Saturdays.
Free Admission, but parking is $10 on Fridays and $15 on weekends. Free Parking Monday-Thursday.
This place has is it all: zip line for the adventure seekers, play areas for kids of all ages, Coyote Mountain with giant slides and “gem panning”, petting zoo, train ride, hay ride, corn maze and so much more! Bring your appetites as they have plenty of food on site and spend the day at this fun pumpkin patch!
3. Dave’s Pumpkin Patch: 3010 Burrows Avenue, West Sacramento.
Open Sunday- Thursday 10am- dusk and weekends 10am-9pm.
If you are searching for something a little more frightening for your Halloween lovers, then check out their famous Haunted Corn Maze. Opens in the evening for those who love a good scare!
Prices for activities are “a la carte” and can be found on their website. They have everything from the corn maze, to hay bale climbing, jumping pillows and petting zoos. Other activities include pony rides, BBQ, pumpkin picking and even a farmers stand. It’s the perfect afternoon (or evening) to get your fall festivities going.
4. Branco Farms: 1033 Reserve Drive, Roseville.
Open 7 days a week from 12pm-9pm, October 7- October 31.
If you don’t want to head out of the city too far, this is the place for you! They offer a huge assortment of pumpkins to choose from, pony rides, jump houses and even laser tag!
5. Fog Willow Farms: 11011 Cecatra Drive, Wilton.
Open Monday- Friday 12pm-6pm and weekends 9:30-6pm from October 1-October 31.
Admission is $4 and they offer a variety of activities including: hay rides, pony rides, family mining, petting zoo, and pumpkins galore! This is a fun place for kids who are for good old-fashioned family fun!
So grab a caramel apple, your camera and make memories this fall at one of our local pumpkin patches!
By Heather Crivellone
This Saturday, October 1st, Sierra College in Rocklin will host the 2016 Mini Maker Faire.
If you are not familiar with the Mini Maker Faire, it’s an all day event featuring rockets, robots, DIY science, technology and more! This event will feature both established and emerging local “makers” showcasing their inventions and creativity. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to scientists, crafters to engineers… and everything in between! Neither age nor experience matters at this event – everyone comes together to showcase, learn and experiment.
My 7-year-old son is obsessed with the show “Battle bots”- and he is always trying to find ways to create robots from Legos, and is taking apart any old appliances we have to create new things… this is the event for him!
Not only will “Battle bots” be on site and demonstrating their skills, but there will be vendors and hands on projects for kids of all ages to enjoy. Some of the events and vendors include:
Upcycling of clothing Tie die stations Bender Toss competitions Rocket launching and photos Mutant vehicles Virtual Reality Zombie Games Robots and Battle bots Crafts and so much more!
This is a FREE family friendly event from 10am-5pm on the Sierra College Campus (5000, Rocklin Road) in Rocklin. If you have children who are interested in science and technology of any kind, this is the event to take them to. It’s free, educational and fun…and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Win Tickets: Blue Angels Join the California Capital Airshow Lineup at Mather Field this Weekend for the First Time in Nearly a Decade
The California Capital Airshow, presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, will be flying in and entertaining thousands of spectators at Mather Field this weekend, Oct. 1 & 2. And this year, the world-famous Blue Angels will perform in Sacramento for the first time in almost ten years. In addition to the Blue Angels, air performers will include military and civilian performers that will delight the crowds with jet demonstrations, acrobatics, bombers, rare warbirds, and pyrotechnics. On the ground, attendees will be able to explore aircraft, interact with pilots and crew members, and enjoy educational interactive exhibits. Here’s what’s going on especially for kids:
The Hangar. Sponsored by the Sacramento Children’s Museum, The Hangar is a family-friendly area which features action-packed inflatables and interactive activities. There is no additional charge to enter The Hanger. Ideal for children under 12 years of age.
The Launch Pad. The Launch Pad is an interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) exhibit, sponsored by Aerojet Rocketdyne. The activities at this science and aviation launch pad are geared towards teenagers who are considering a STEM career. The Launch Pad combines the love of games and technology with real world applications and includes aircraft, space artifacts, robots, demonstrations and flight simulators. Ideal for 13 years and older.
What: California Capital Airshow featuring the world-famous Blue Angels
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with flying performances from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
When: Oct. 1 & 2, 2016
Where: Mather Field, Rancho Cordova
Tickets: $10 for children, $30 for adults. Purchase tickets here.
Win Tickets: We have got 4, 1-day tickets to give away to one of our lucky readers. If you are interested in winning these tickets, please leave a comment in the section below telling us why you would like to attend this year’s airshow. Leave your comment by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Good luck!