Step Back In Time This Labor Day Weekend

By Alyssa Green

Labor Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate than to step back in time to the days of the California Gold Rush?  Here are two family-friendly events that are not only fun and FREE, but educational as well.

Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento – September 3-5, 2011

Bring your family out to Old Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days this upcoming Labor Day weekend.  At this wonderful FREE family event Old Sacramento is transformed into an 1850’s scene at the height of the California Gold Rush.  The event provides fun and games, arts and crafts, entertainment, admission to all Old Sacramento museums and of course plenty of California’s Gold Rush history.

The kids can pan for gold, take a pony,wagon or train ride, dabble in arts and crafts, learn period skills in the Artisan Alley, witness live historic re-enactments and enjoy the music of old time musicians.  There will be plenty of fun, food and shopping to go around.  And when it gets too hot to be outside, go ahead and step into any of the nearby museums (Free of charge) including the California Railroad Museum and the Sacramento History Museum for a bit of down time before heading back out into the streets for more fun.

Little Buckaroos Day at the Crocker Art Museum – September 5, 2011

To top off your wild west weekend of fun, head over to the Crocker Art Museum for free admission.  Target has teamed up with the Crocker in sponsoring FREE admission to the museum on Labor Day, September 5th, 2011.  The Museum will be open to everyone from 10am to 5pm, but make sure to swing by with your kiddos between 11am and 3pm for Little Buckaroos Day.

Experience the Wild West through story telling, square dancing, arts and crafts and puppet show performances.  And don’t forget to introduce your kids to the museum’s permanent artwork collection by taking the kid-friendly Story Trail tour…then stop off in Tot Land for some more fun!  There isn’t a better way to enjoy a family day at the museum!

Enjoy your holiday!


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