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TrailMix.Net in Old Sacramento

February 3, 2011

During our latest “adventure”, the kids and I decided to enjoy the cold (yet sunny) February weather and explore some of the greater things that Old Sacramento has to offer.
Beyond the Railroad museum, candy shops and boutiques- we found what I think has to be Sacramento’s best kept secret. Well- it’s probably not so “secret”…but I was in heaven when I finally stumbled upon The Trail Mix.Net Store.

If you or your kids are hikers, backpackers, campers or just nature enthusiasts, then this is the store for you! The best way to really describe this store if you haven’t been is to think of “REI”- but for kids!
Science Kits, books on butterflies, bugs, and dinosaurs, camping gear for kids and all sorts of nature games. They have so many great things for the kids who love nature…and this is a great place to pick up unique birthday gifts for moms to stock up on!

Even though the store is fun to wander through- it was their Activity/Art Center that we were interested in. The Activity Center is set up to be thought of as a “restaurant”- however, instead of the waiter/waitress bringing food, they serve paint, change the painters’ water and make sure that the kids (and adults) are happy.
Just as a restaurant, you can choose an “Entrée”- such as a bird feeder to build and paint, picture frame, flower pot, etc. Or, you can choose something off the “A’la Carte Menu”- blank canvas boards to create your own work of art and adding some “Sides” as U pick-em Seashells, Twigs, Critter Cutouts, and all sorts of other materials to make your artwork unique and your own.
My little kiddos were having so much fun choosing different things to paint…we now have a collection of wooden butterflies, trees, door hangers… and so much more!

I was a little nervous about my little guy who is almost 2 and starting to get very rambunctious (as most little boys are), but he had fun painting his pictures and they have crayons and paper for the little ones to keep entertained. He was artistic for about 5 minutes and then was more intrigued by the Volcano of Rocks and puzzles they have out for the little ones. I literally had to drag my daughter away from the paint since she continued to pick up items off the “A la Carte” menu and I knew it was starting to add up!! You can view their menu on their website.

My suggestion would be to find something off the “Main Course” if your kids are older and enjoy art… if I would have known my girl was going to enjoy it so much, I would have had her make one of their newest additions- a paint your own Kite (we will be back to get that kite…especially since spring is around the corner).
They do have aprons that you can purchase (I would suggest wearing your “Paint Clothes”) and they do have a washroom to clean up in when your done (also equipped with a changing table for the little guys!).

I am absolutely in love with this store… It just makes me excited for the spring to officially hit and bring on the hiking sticks, camping gear and flowers to pot with the kids! Living in Sacramento you have to love being outdoors and enjoying everything this area has to offer. The Trail Mix.Net store is going to make it easy to get my kids excited about nature and all the fun we can have outdoors.

 

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2011 7:53 pm

    Thanks so much for the kind words!

  2. Ellie Shaw permalink
    February 8, 2011 10:59 pm

    I dropped by TrailMix.net Feb. 5 and checked out the coolest hands-on demonstration – big bugs brought out so the kids could touch them while learning a little bit about insects and spiders and such. There were tarantulas, huge beetles and more. The kids were fascinated, even the girls!

    The demonstration was put on for a birthday party (you can rent out the activity center) by Danielle Wishon, president of the Entomology Club at UC Davis. But the store routinely offers these kinds of educational shows. Well worth checking out (www.trailmix.net.)

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