Heidrick Ag History Center – Review and GIVEAWAY!

If you are a parent to boys, you probably know all about John Deere Tractors. But did you know that within minutes of Sacramento your boys (or girls) can be in tractor heaven? That’s right, Woodland, California is home to the Heidrick Ag History Center which includes the Heidrick Antique Tractor Museum and the Hays Antique Truck Museum.  The area’s largest collection of tractors, trucks and farm equipment dating back to 1890.

My family and I had the pleasure of visiting last weekend.  Upon arrival we were greeted by our fabulous tour guide Jim Scott who walked around with us for over two hours sharing all kinds of interesting information. He was great with my boys, who at ages 7 and 10 were asking all kinds of questions and he was patient with them when they quickly ran off in the middle of his answers to see something else that caught their eye.

Highlights from the tour include the actual fire truck used in the movie James and the Giant Peach, a replica Route 66 Service Station, and for my 7-year-old, having the pleasure of pedalling a John Deere riding tractor throughout the entire museum.

I was surprised to learn that the Center offers both a conference room and outdoor courtyard for private rentals. The courtyard (equipped with a large BBQ in the form of a tractor) is a great place to hold children’s parties for which the center often brings a tractor or truck out for the kids to climb on and sit for photo ops. Something to think about for future birthdays….                                                                      

Now, for the best part – The Heidrick Ag History Center has graciously donated two family passes for us to give away to our readers. So, if you are interested, visit the Heidrick Ag History Center’s website and then come back here and leave a comment to be eligible for the passes.  The Drawing will be held on Wednesday, May 4th at 2pm.  Good luck! 

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Art Beast Winner!

Congratulations to Deana – our Art Beast winner! Please email us within 48 hours to claim your family passes.

To all of you who entered, check back with us next week for another giveaway. Have a happy day!

ArtBeast Childrens Studio in Sacramento- Review and Giveaway!

 

If your child is a mini- Picasso and loves to paint, sculpt or just create- then a visit to Art Beast is a must for you and your family!
Art Beast is a “drop-in” art studio that provides children (predominately those under the age of 6) an opportunity to explore all aspects of the arts in a fun and comfortable setting.

Located in Mid-Town Sacramento (2226 K street), this children’s creative center is a 3-story “heaven” for children and their parents. With areas dedicated to dramatic play (costumes, puppets and everything needed to act out your children’s favorite fairytales), and musical instruments from around the world to inspire your little musicians.
The open studio is equipped with paint, brushes, paper, glue glitter, clay , sand and all sorts of objects to create any masterpiece.
Aprons are available- but as any smart moms knows… just dress them in anything other than their “Sunday best”. My kids were too excited to start painting the “wall” that I couldn’t even get the apron on in time before they had a paintbrush full of paint in hand!
Yes- they did paint the “wall”, an ingenious idea of Plexiglas and paint… an ever changing art piece on display.

The staff at ArtBeast are incredible. They are constantly refilling paint, wiping up spills, keeping the art studio clean and stocked while little hands explore. Moms and dads can relax and enjoy coffee and tea while their children create… who could ask for a better morning out??

While the studio is open and mostly a “Free-for-all”, they also have various classes throughout the week. Art classes, story times for pre-schoolers, children’s yoga and more, just check the website for specific days and times.

Between the dramatic play, painting, sculpting, music classes, and everything else- time had flown while we were there and luckily I had packed a lunch so we enjoyed a picnic on the outdoor patio (with even more outdoor play for the kids!).
If you plan on visiting ArtBeast, I suggest on arriving early and plan on several hours at the studio (we spent 4 hours there and my kids still didn’t want to leave!).
Make sure you wear clothes that you don’t mind getting some paint one and bring snacks for a picnic outside (weather permitting).

The cost is $8 per person and the proceeds from ArtBeast goes to the Tubman House, a residential community for homeless youth and children. So while you are visiting the studio and having fun with your children, you are also helping an entire community.

If you would like to visit ArtBeast, check out their website and see for yourself what they are all about and what they have to offer. Come back to this article and leave a comment as to why you would like to take your family to visit this amazing creative art center. The Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau will be randomly selecting one lucky winner to receive a family pack to admit up to 5 people into Art Beast.

The drawing will take place on Wednesday, April 27th at 12:00pm. Please get your comments in as soon as possible for a chance at this family fun day at ArtBeast!

Good luck and have fun creating!

 

Easter Egg Hunts and Spring Festivities in Sacramento

If you are looking for some fun (cheap/free) springtime fun- then check out one of the local “Easter Egg Hunts” that are going on in the area.

Our family loves watching the kids run and search for those “special” eggs… and the kids love the goodies that come along with finding those treasures.

Many of these egg hunts, the Easter Bunny will be making appearances and there are always fun activities planned for each of these events.

The kids can enjoy face painting, live music (at some), games and a day full of excitement.

If you are in the area- check out some of these events:

Belle Cooledge Spring Egg Hunt
5900 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento
April 16th 12pm-1:30pm

Southside Park Egg Hunt
2115 6th Street, Sacramento
April 23rd 11:00am

Carmichael Easter Egg Hunt
Carmichael Park
5750 Grant Ave, Carmichael
April 23rd 10:00am

The Great Land Park Egg Hunt
William Land Park- Between 12th and 13th Avenues, Sacramento
April 16th 9:30am-11:30am

Funderlands Easter Bash
William Land Park/ Across from the Sacramento Zoo
April 16th and 17th 10:00am- 6:00pm

Spring Eggstravaganza at Fairytale Town
Willaim Land Park
April 23rd and 24th 11:00am- 3:00pm
Egg Hunt with Paid Admission into park

Have fun…and Happy Hunting!!!

 

 

Sacramento River Cats hosts “Mommy and Me” Day

Last year, my daughter and I visited Raley Field during their “Mommy & Me Day”, and we both had such a great time that she continues to talk about “Dinger” the River Cats Mascot and how she wants to go back and visit the baseball field.

Luckily for us, the Sacramento River Cats will be hosting another FREE “Mommy and Me Day” on Wednesday April 20th from 10am- 1pm. If you did not get a chance to attend last year- we highly recommend making the time to take your little ones out to the baseball field.

Parents and their children (Under the age of 6) can spend the day out on the baseball field playing different games and participating in activities such as: tee-ball, soccer, arts and crafts, and much more.

Last year they had Dinger the Mascot visiting with all the children, games with parachutes, balls and everything that the pre-school aged children love!

Kids will receive a River Cats & Raley’s gift pack (while supplies last) that are full of goodies.

If you are planning on attending this event, please go on their website and fill out the mandatory waivers and bring them with you to the field. This will help in having to wait in the long lines…. And since we know that children are not the most patient little beings- this may help avoid a spontaneous “melt-down”.

Make sure you don’t forget your sunscreen (since you will be down on the field), camera for those great shots of your little ones “sliding” into home-plate, and plenty of energy for a fun filled day!

And as they say at the games…. “Play Ball!”

 

Having fun at Funderland!

With this beautiful Spring weather, I had to venture out to my favorite park in Sacramento- William Land! Not only do they have a perfect playground for my kiddos, but it also is home to the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town and Funderland. My little guy just turned 2, so I thought he would enjoy the “kiddie” rides at this small-scale amusement park for children ages 2-12…. and he did!

The park consists of several “amusement park” style rides for the kids. They can ride on an old-fashion carousel, pilot a “Red Baron” plane, ride a mini roller-coaster, spin like a top (or until the puke) in the “Crazy Cups”, take a train ride around the park and more.

Of course they have a concession stand with the best “amusement park” fare- hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and snow-cones. But as always, I prefer to pack a lunch and picnic on one of the many benches under the beautiful trees our city has to offer!

Admission into the park is FREE and you just purchase tickets to ride on the rides. Each ride is only 1 ticket and you can purchase them individually or during the week, you can purchase wristbands (this is what I would suggest).

This really is a cute “amusement park” for the younger kids. Because they are located in the William Land Park, public restrooms are available, but be aware- they are “park” bathrooms. Bring plenty of hand sanitizer and wipes!

If you happen to be visiting the park April 16th or 17th, make sure you bring your Easter baskets. The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance and there will be several Egg Hunts throughout the day (for children under 12). Cost is $3/child and along with the egg hunt, the kids will have fun doing crafts, games, taking pictures with the Easter Bunny and more.

Bring you camera, snacks, sun block and wear comfortable shoes- as a trip to Funderland in William Land Park (located across from the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town)- a visit to this fun destination can make for an all day family adventure!

Earth Day Celebrations in Sacramento

Spring has finally sprung here in Sacramento. The weather is wonderful, the flowers are blooming and all the spring festivities are about to begin.

Every April, families come together to celebrate Earth Day, and Sacramento has several opportunities where you can get out, learn about the environment and enjoy activities in honor of great Mother Earth.

This coming Saturday, April 2nd join other families at the Sacramento Zoo for “Earth Fest”- a “party for the planet”. Enjoy crafts and activities, face painting, visit with environmental and conservation organizations. Kids can even celebrate with Jingga the tiger as he turns one this month!

On Thursday, April 21st from 9am-2pm, you can celebrate with Radio Disney at Cesar Chavez park (10th and J Street) in Downtown Sacramento. This is a FREE family fun event!

Saturday, April 23rd at 10am, Southside Park (2115 6th Street, Sacramento), you can enjoy food, live entertainment, music, crafts, wildlife presentations, hands-on activities for children (and adults), organic farmers, demonstrations and much more. This event is also free- and the park itself has enough to keep the kids entertained for the entire day.

So whatever you choose- there is plenty of family fun this month to help celebrate our wonderful Planet Earth.