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The wait is finally over… Sacramento Children’s Museum’s Grand Opening is August 25th- and we are giving away passes!!!

August 5, 2011

This past weekend, the kids and I were lucky enough to get the opportunity to attend the “Sneak Peek” of the Sacramento Children’s Museum. And I’m not sure who was more excited- the kids or myself! I have been waiting for the grand opening of Sacramento’s first children’s museum (along with many other local moms) for a while. And now that the wait is almost over- my family and I are thrilled to soon become members of this new fun and educational kids’ “hot spot”.

The Sacramento Children’s Museum believes that “play is an essential part of a child’s “work”. Through hands-on exhibits, children can use their imagination and creativity to express themselves and learn new things.
The museum is geared for children ages 0-8, but I think kids of all ages would have fun exploring and creating at the museum.

My kids were completely enthralled in the Airways and Raceways exhibits. We spent the majority of our time learning about velocity, gravity, frictions and the basic principles of objects in motion. My little guy never tired of making the balls roll though the roller coasters and giant spirals. While my daughter had a blast watching bright colored scarves zigzag through an incredible maze powered by air compression.

My favorite was the “Studio of Arts” where ReCreate sponsors an area where kids can use their imagination along with recyclables to create their own masterpieces.
Other exhibits include a giant “Lite Brite”- this took me back to when I was seven years old- and it was a huge hit with my kids as well!

The Waterways exhibit let the children explore water and how things float in a safe environment. They had fun doing boat races, splashing and creating their own “waves”. This exhibit is guaranteed fun- and prepare to get a bit wet while your at it! Luckily for me, I had a spare of clothes for my daughter , but she wouldn’t’ take the time to change- thankfully, it was our last exhibit of the day!

They also have areas for dress up and imaginative play (a favorite for my little girl!).  Baby Boomers is an area where the younger children can explore with soft toys, create their own “gardens”, read stories or just gaze at the amazing colors and murals that make this area so enjoyable for the youngest of kids.

If you do have very small children, the museum also has a private room for nursing mothers, along with a changing area. I’ve been to many kids’ attractions with my two children and this is a very special element. Finding quiet areas to take your very young while your older kids are playing is a wonderful luxury for some tired moms!

The museum is located at 2701 Prospect Drive in Rancho Cordova.  Admissions will be $7.00 General Admission, $6.00 for Military and those over 60 and Free to museum members and children under the age of 1.

But don’t just take my word for it that this is a great place to take your children (or nephews, nieces, grandkids, etc)- mark your calendars for Thursday, August 25th for the Grand Opening Celebration of Sacramento’s First Children’s Museum.
And if you would like to experience the fun “hands-on”, we are going to be giving away 2 family 4 pack passes to a couple lucky readers. Please comment on this article and let us know why your family should be one of the first to visit the museum and next Friday (August 19th) 2 lucky winners will be announced.

Good luck and HAVE FUN!!!

 

 

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  1. August 25, 2011 2:00 am

    Nice blog. I’ll be there on the 25th for the grand opening with my two kids! 11:00 ribbon cutting.

  2. Tom Guarnera permalink
    August 24, 2011 8:09 pm

    It’s great to have another wonderful learning spot for the kids of Sacramento and its surrounding areas. Look forward to our first visit and many more to come.

  3. August 19, 2011 5:08 am

    Hi! I have 3 year old triplets and a 6 year old, and 3 of them have wild red hair. They are fun and spunky and energetic and the four of them are always looking for a good time. We have been so excited for the museum to open and would love to be the recipients of your family pass. We are great museum testers. Please choose us!! Thank you.www.woolsey6.com

  4. Barbra Jacobs permalink
    August 19, 2011 1:10 am

    We would LOVE to win passes to the opening of the Sacramento Children’s Museum! I am a stay at home mom to a 12.5 year old and 2.5 year old! I have been looking forward to the museum opening because trying to entertain two kids with a 10 year age gap is difficult to say the least! I know it is geared towards kids up to 8 but in reading up about the museum I think that our 12.5 year old will find lots to keep her entertained!! Please pick us!

  5. meagan miller permalink
    August 19, 2011 12:47 am

    I am a stay at home mom, and with this heat trying to find something to do with my 14 month old that is age appropriate and inexpensive is hard! Would love free tickets, I have been excited about this museum opening!!

  6. Lisa Chavez permalink
    August 18, 2011 11:07 pm

    I had foot surgery on July 20th and although my recovery was supposed to be 2-3 weeks, a fracture during surgery has extended my recovery period to 6-8 weeks. My 5-year old twins have been confined to the home with me much of the past 4 weeks and I would love to be able to take them for a special treat. The timing of my surgery also interrupted our vacation plans, and doing something fun, new and interesting would be very welcome for all of us. Thanks for your consideration!!

  7. jill schabow permalink
    August 18, 2011 9:07 pm

    I would love passes because I watch an wonderful two year old boy and I am always trying to find something fin to do with him… however its hard because I can’t drive and because he is so young… this place sounds like it would be more then worth it to take the bus too.. I want to be able to expose him to more thing this place eill be great… thanks jill

  8. Colleen permalink
    August 18, 2011 9:05 pm

    I babysit two of the most fantastic kids, ages 2 and 5, and I know they would love this experience. Like most kids, they are all about hands-on playing and this museum is exactly that. The kids are so excited about the museum and would truly love the chance to be the first kiddos to be lucky enough to experience the museum.

  9. Mary H permalink
    August 18, 2011 8:48 pm

    We have been waiting for this to open for what seems like years. I can’t wait to take my son there. It looks like it is going to be so much fun
    I hope we win! 🙂

  10. Adelina permalink
    August 16, 2011 3:12 pm

    My daughter and I can’t wait until the museum opens! Good job sacramento!

  11. Lori permalink
    August 15, 2011 7:00 pm

    We are so excited for the opening, and your preview has us even more eager to check it out. Yay for Sacramento for adding a great kids destination.

  12. Jeanne permalink
    August 13, 2011 3:23 pm

    We are so excited to hear the Children’s Museum is opening up at the end of the month. We’ve been waiting for the museum to open since 2009 when we saw your display at the Ca. State Fair. We really enjoyed the educational, hands-on exhibits/play structures. We took part in the contest to name “Leo”. Since learning about you, we’ve been tracking your completion progress regularly. My boys will be so thrill to finally set foot in the museum and to see museum has finally become a reality.

  13. R. Shane permalink
    August 13, 2011 1:52 pm

    We can’t wait!!!!

  14. August 13, 2011 1:58 am

    We live in one of the Central Valley cities and love getting a chance to come to Sacramento. It would be wonderful to bring our grandchild to experience the new Children’s Museum and visit Sacramento.

  15. Sarah K permalink
    August 12, 2011 5:46 pm

    My 3 year old has had one of the WORST years of her life. She’s been thorough more in the past year than most adults go through in their entire lives. We’ve been trying lots of stuff to lift her spirits, and we’ve been watching the Children’s Museum to see when it would open so we could take her. We are currently pregnant, and letting her have her own special day would take some of the focus off the new baby and onto her. She’s smart, funny, and engaging. Everything this museum seems to be. Can’t wait!!!

  16. Debbie K permalink
    August 12, 2011 2:18 pm

    I’m so excited that Sacramento has a new children’s museum. With 4 grandkids that are 2 years old and under, I am looking forward to taking them to the museum. Yes, Sacramento!

  17. Lynn Taverna permalink
    August 12, 2011 5:15 am

    This Sounds great for my grandchildren and I would like to recommend it to the other teachers at my school for field trips.

  18. Cheryl permalink
    August 12, 2011 3:11 am

    Grammie and Grandpy would just love to take the grandkids to such a wonderful place to discover, play and even learn!

  19. steve slinkard permalink
    August 12, 2011 2:37 am

    Great article – it really makes me want to check out the new Sacramento Children’s museum. The idea that “play is an essential part of a child’s “work” is so true. I’m an engineer who has always been interested in flying and auto racing – so the Airways and Raceways exhibits sound particularly interesting. My wife, an avid gardener, is intrigued with the idea of kids creating their own “gardens”
    It’s been a rough year for us – I was diagnosed in January with Lymphoma and went through 5 months of radiation and chemotherapy . The up side to my illness has been the opportunity for me to reevaluate my priorities; and spending time with and teaching my two granddaughters (aged 2 and 5) is high on my list. I can’t wait to experience this museum with my two little girls!

  20. Leslie Wilson permalink
    August 12, 2011 2:19 am

    I would love our family to win tickets to the new children’s museum for two reasons. I am a kindergarten teacher and would love to see if this would be a good idea for a study trip for our class. I also have a 10 year old who remembers when you were at the State Fair last year and loved all the activities you had on display and said how she couldn’t wait to see the new museum.

    Thank you,

    Leslie Wilson

  21. Lana permalink
    August 12, 2011 1:01 am

    My grandchildren and I have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the museum. We would love to win a 4 pack!

  22. Erin P permalink
    August 12, 2011 12:50 am

    So excited that there is a new place to take my 2yo daughter where she can just let loose and be a kid.

    Our family should be one of the first to be able to visit for a couple of reasons. First, my daughter is incredibly inquisitive, loves to learn, and learns quickly. The Children’s Museum is the perfect place for her to learn and have fun at the same time. Second my daughter is adorable with Shirley Temple like curls and would be the perfect in the impromptu pictures that will be taken of the winners redeeming their prize… ;).

  23. Sheril Anderson permalink
    August 11, 2011 10:41 pm

    SO neat that there will be something so engaging for children both educational and fun! I am always looking for places the children can learn as well as play. I adopted 2 children and am the foster parent to 2 other little ones and we are always “making memories”. I would love to win the tickets to create additional moments of joy!

  24. August 11, 2011 10:09 pm

    This sounds like a great place to ALL ages!! Mostly for the kid in all of us!!

    I’d like to win the tickets for my son in law is raising my 3 grandchildren all by himself. The Kyra is 7, Aubree is 6 and Jonas is 3. The kids have to get up at 5:15am every morning to go to day care so that Dad can be at work by 6:30am. The kids didn’t have any “summer vacation”.

    Kyra and Aubree are wonderful artist themselves and Jonas loves air planes and race cars. This museum would be a perfect way to end their summer!

    I hope you pick them to win the 4 pack! Thanks!!

  25. Grace Sauser permalink
    August 11, 2011 10:01 pm

    We are so excited! As a mom of twins, the most challenging thing about outings is finding somewhere that they will entertained enough to stay engaged yet enclosed enough that I don’t have to worry about them running in two different directions where I might lose one in pursuit of the other:) The other advantage of this museum is that I don’t have to fret over them touching something (like I do at the Crocker) and it is indoors which makes it doable on both hot and rainy days (unlike Fairy Tale Town). Can’t wait to check it out.

  26. betty permalink
    August 11, 2011 9:43 pm

    This article about the new Children’s Museum in Sacramento makes me want to join you on Opening Day!

  27. Nicki Marshall permalink
    August 11, 2011 8:45 pm

    I would love to win the passes. My grandson is almost two and his mommy has a chronic illness which prevents her from doing alot with him (as well a preventing her from working) so this is something we could do with him together. I could be more active with him, she could enjoy watching and their families already strapped budget wouldn’t be affected by the activity cost.
    It looks fun and makes me want to be 5 again!!!

  28. Tami permalink
    August 11, 2011 8:42 pm

    We are so excited to hear the news of the opening of the Children’s Museum. Our son is 2 years old so we are sure that much of our free time will be used to explore every inch of the museum. We can’t wait to join you on Opening Day……and many days in the near future!
    Tami, Taellor & Turner

  29. August 11, 2011 8:30 pm

    We wanna go!
    We would like to win the free passes.
    I am meeting my grand daughter in Sacramento. We live in Hawaii and she lives in North Carolina. Her daddy is deployed with the US Army and her mommy is about to have her baby brother any minute, and then move back to Cali to be near her family.
    I am coming to California in October to see her.
    We plan to come see the Sacramento Children’s Museum.
    Sandi

  30. August 9, 2011 7:26 pm

    I have never seen anything like this before! It’s been 11 years since our last baby was born, and we are having so much fun rediscovering these cool new things with our 10 mo. old!

  31. Tara Leonhardt permalink
    August 9, 2011 5:46 pm

    We had one in Appleton, WI when we lived there. It was a lifesaver during the winter! I am so excited to share the fun with my younger children! Such a great place to bring children and just let them have fun in a clean, safe enviornment!

  32. Kelly permalink
    August 9, 2011 4:29 pm

    Can’t beat a “hands on” experience!! It will be so nice to have a place to go where my kids can learn through play.

  33. Deana permalink
    August 6, 2011 3:39 pm

    My kids would have CRAZY FUN at the Children’s Museum! What a treat for them not to hear mommy say, don’t touch or pick up anything in here. Ha! They LOVE being able to explore and create things. This will be the perfect place for my kids (7 & 4). I love that the museum is finally opening!!

  34. Claudia Solla permalink
    August 6, 2011 5:54 am

    Can’t wait for the opening! Looks like fun!!!

  35. August 5, 2011 5:24 pm

    i love taking my kids to the Sacramento childrens Museum. its such a great place to go. ive been going for many many years. and someday will take my grandkids.

  36. August 5, 2011 5:08 pm

    WOW! This place looks amazing! My son will absolutely LOVE this place! And the “Studio of Arts” exhibit sounds like our Sunday afternoons. We’ll be stopping by, even if we don’t win passes. 😉

  37. August 5, 2011 4:41 pm

    We attended a preview of the museum and the kids had a ball. We would love to attend the grand opening and see all the exhibits. I have been looking forward to this for a long time.

  38. August 5, 2011 4:39 pm

    I’ve got 2 young boys who love to get into everything & this would be great fun! Also, we’ve been to a few childrens museums across CA so it’d be nice to see & compare how our new museum stacks up to the rest. We’re excited to check out the new place! so glad we’ve got our own childrens museum now! :^)

  39. August 5, 2011 4:20 pm

    It looks and sounds pretty awesome! I’ve been very excited to hear about it and I can’t wait to take the kids. What a great way to learn and have fun family time all at once. Thanks for your review and for the opportunity to win passes. You rock! 🙂

  40. Niki Levy permalink
    August 5, 2011 4:18 pm

    My son has boundless curiosity! A visit to the new museum would be a great opportunity to keep the little man busy.

  41. Rachael Wallace permalink
    August 5, 2011 4:04 pm

    How exciting! Sounds like a wonderful museum for my family to visit!

  42. Femi permalink
    August 5, 2011 3:46 pm

    Can’t wait, the babies love to learn. We’ve been to the Childrens Museum in Stockton. Glad to have one in Sacramento.

  43. Ashley permalink
    August 5, 2011 3:39 pm

    My daughter’s 4th birthday is the 24th and she’d love to go here during her birthday week with her mommy and daddy and grandmother who is visiting from NC.

  44. August 5, 2011 3:39 pm

    I grew up in San Jose, some of my best memories as a kid were at the Children’s museum there. I have been dying to take my kids (1 1/2 and 3) I’m so excited to have one opening so close to home! I would LOVE a family pass for my kiddos to get a fun jump start on learning the way I did.

  45. Holly Hashimoto permalink
    August 5, 2011 3:23 pm

    This sounds like a great place! We will Need to come check it out for sure!

  46. August 5, 2011 3:22 pm

    This looks amazing, and would definitely be a family outing! My son is autistic, and the visuals alone look like they could keep us busy for hours. I would love to visit and have some family play time in this really cool museum.

  47. Janet Sellers permalink
    August 5, 2011 2:59 pm

    I used to take my daughter to the Children’s Museum. now she is 30 I have a grandson now I am sure he will be delighted to go to the Children’s Museum

  48. Jan permalink
    August 5, 2011 2:52 pm

    I have two grandchildren in the area and we’ll be there often!

  49. victoria rule permalink
    August 5, 2011 6:11 am

    Omg! I have been waiting.g.so.long for this place to be completed and ready to.open. We moved here almost 5 yrs ago and even before we knew about all the excitings things it had to offer we knew it would be one place our whole family will love!! Simply can not wait! Opening day…. we are so there!

  50. August 5, 2011 4:30 am

    We have been excited for the opening of this museum for years now. We can’t wait to go and see all it has to offer. We are especially excited to see how we can tie some of the exhibits into our learning since we attend a virtual school and love to go to museums to expand our learning experience.

  51. carrie permalink
    August 5, 2011 3:53 am

    I am SO excited for this! I have been patiently waiting for this museum to open and now I’m getting antsy. I love children’s museums more than any other type. I always make a point to visit the children’s museums in big cities I visit because they are such a unique way to explore.

    If I’m not a winner, you can bet I will still be visiting the museum soon.

  52. Cindy permalink
    August 5, 2011 3:18 am

    I’m so excited for this museum to open, I’ve seen all the advertisements for months now and can’t wait for my little ones to explore. I would love to be one of the first to visit because I know my kids will have fun AND learn so much!

  53. Mary Storz permalink
    August 5, 2011 3:04 am

    I’m so excited that we’ll finally have a children’s museum here! I went to the one in Houston and my son had a blast!

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