Safetyville USA- a fun and interactive way to teach children safety skills

Safetyville USA has been teaching children since 1984, the basic safety skills they need to know in a fun, interactive and memorable experience.

The goal of the program is to reduce injury and possible death of children resulting from preventable accidents. A trained volunteer tour guide leads children, preschool through third grade, through the town teaching them a variety of safety skills, including: fire, bicycle, pedestrian, electrical, stranger danger, and railroad safety.

Outside of Sacramento in Rancho Cordova- this “mini-city” is set up so children can explore their surrounding at their “own level”.

If you have groups of 10 or more preschoolers, you can take the guided tour around the “city” , however, when we went, we didn’t have that many children with us (WHEW!), so we decided to take the self-guided tour and let the children explore while we visited each exhibit and explained the safety issues with the children on our own. The children took turns pressing the buttons and practiced waking across the streets, watched a video on fire safety at the “fire station”, learned about the dangers of train tracks, electrical wires and more.

At the end of our self-guided tour, we all enjoyed our picnics outside and admired the tiny buildings that make up this fun city.

Safetyville is open to the public Monday-Friday 8:45-3:00pm and admission is $3 per person. Make sure you call ahead to make a reservation if you have a large group.

Events are held throughout the year and this month- on Saturday, October 8th, join local firefighters for the 1st annual Firefighter Chili Cook-off. From 12-4pm, enjoy entertainment, food, demonstrations and fun for the entire family. For more information on this event, visit their website.

And on Saturday, October 22nd, your little ghosts and goblins can “trick and treat” in a secure and safe environment at their 20th annual Halloween Haunt. This is the best Halloween extravaganza around for the younger children! Admission is $6 per person and children 2 and under are free. Kids can enjoy games, mazes, magic shows, costume contests, face-painting, raffles and fun for the entire family.

 

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October Happenings At Apple Hill

By Alyssa Green

It’s peak season at Apple Hill…truly one of the best places to experience “the harvest” of the season here in Nor Cal.  As promised, here is our second installment of Fall happenings at Sacramento’s favorite Autumn gathering place. 

October 1 – Model A’s in Apple Hill – Drop by Apple Pantry Farm on Sunday from 12pm-2pm to for a FREE showing of restored 1928-1931 Model A’s.  While you are there, go ahead and try Apple Pantry’s yummy apple fritters.  Mmmm…

October 9 – Girl Scout Scarecrow Contest at Harris Tree Farm – Stop here and check out scarecrows made by the girlscouts.  FREE.  Don’t forget to pick up some fresh organic produce,  flowers and of course a pumpkin!

October 27-31 – Haunted Nature Trail at Grandpa’s Cellar – the usual Nature Trail turns haunted for the last five days of October.  Kids of all ages are invited on this tour.  When finished, stop in at the Country Store for all things “apple.”

October 29-30 – Syrup Tasting at Denver Dan’s Apple Patch – here you can sample a variety of syrups…over ice cream!  Once you have tasted them all, vote for your favorite.

October 29-30 – Trick-or-Treat Days at Apple Ridge Farms – FREE treat bags for the kiddos at this fun farm…in addition to the hay maze, nature trail, pumpkin patch, country store, crafters and petting farm.  A great place to stop with the little ones.

For a complete list of kid friendly activities, click here.

Introduce Your Kids To The World Of Art During Sacramento’s Artober

By Alyssa Green

The month of October is National Arts and Humanities month and the Sacramento region has embraced this opportunity to share with it’s residence the importance of art in our community through a month long celebration.

Artober – 31 Days of Art and Soul was launched in 2010 by Mayor Kevin Johnson with the purpose of  “increasing the visibility of talent in Sacramento.” Communities throughout the region have planned special art events in celebration.  From music…to theater…to dance and literary readings, there is something to spark the interest of any person, of any age.  Below are five family friendly art happening that are definitely worth your consideration.

October 2 – Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival – Old Sacramento.   The Sac World Fest is a FREE annual event for the whole family which celebrates the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Sacramento Region through dance, musical performances poetry, culinary offerings, and more. 

Your kids will be mesmerized by the cultural dances and musical happenings in the streets.  In the Global Village they’ll learn about different cultures through crafts, art activities, musical instruments and dance clinics.  In the Old Eagle Theater they’ll hear stories, poetry and other readings geared towards youth audiences.  There is also a bonus Sac World Fest kickoff on Saturday Octber 1st.  For more information click here.                                                  

October 8-9Harvest the Arts Festival – South Natomas Community Center – with live music, Sac Show Biz Dancers, theater make-up demos and arts and craft activities for children.  Come support Natomas’ first annual harvest and arts festival!

October 9Community Center Theater Open House – This is a fabulous opportunity for your kids to see what goes on behind the scenes of a theater production.  Open from 1 to 5pm, this FREE event offers tours of the theater as well as presentations by professionals, students, and community groups.  Probably best for kids 5 and older. 

October 15Acorn Day – California State Indian Museum – Come on out to the Indian Museum for a fun and educational day in celebration of  the “Acorn” – a main food staple of the American Indians.  Kids can participate in native arts and crafts, games and other hands on activities.  Basketry, beadwork and clothing artifacts will be on display as well as basket making demonstrations.

October 16Water: A Free Family Festival – Crocker Art Museum – Liquid Assets: Perspectives on Water celebrates water as an essential part of living as well as creative inspiration in art.  There will be hands on activities, performances and demonstrations all centered around water in every day life.  Perfect for families with young children.  And as usual, we recommend you take the Story Trail tour and stop in at Tot Land for more kid friendly artsy experiences.

Pumpkin Patches and fun in the Sacramento area this month

By Heather Crivellone

October is always full of fun events and activities at our house. We love this time of year- the chill in the air, the leaves changing color, the caramel apples and the pumpkins galore! We love visiting new pumpkin patches and checking out the scarecrows, decorations, hay stacks, mazes and gourds. We love everything about this time of year! And if you are trying to find a place to take the kids for some “fall fun”, check out this list of local pumpkin patches and try and hit up one or a couple of them for some cheap family entertainment.

 

 

Dave’s Pumpkin Patch– 3010 Burrows Ave, West Sacramento
Opening Sept 21st– Oct. 31st
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 10am- dusk, Fri-Sat: 10am-9pm
*Corn Maze, Craft Fair, Hay Rides, Hay Maze, Haunted Corn Maze, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides

The Pumpkin Farm– 7736 Old Auburn Blvd. Citrus Heights
Opening Oct. 1st– 31st
Hours: 9am-6pm
*Haunted Barn, Farm Zoo, Hay rides, Tower Slides, Corn Maze, Train Rid, Go-Kart Trains

Bastiao Farms Goblin Gardens– 3845 El Centro Rd, Sacramento/Natomas
Hours: 10am-7pm 7 days a week
*Corn Maze, Hay Bale Pyramid, Hay Maze, Slides, Hayrides

Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm– 1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland
Open Sept. 24th– Oct. 31st
Hours: 9am-7pm
*Hay Rides, Train rides, Coyote Mountain, Pig Races, Play areas, Petting Zoo

Fog Willow– 11011 Cecatra Drive, Wilton
Open Oct 1st-31st
Hours: 9:30am-6pm/ Oct. 31st 9:30am-3pm
*Petting Zoo, Adventure Course, Hay Rides, BBQ

Roemer Pumpkin Patch– 6851 Hedge Avenue, Sacramento
Open Oct. 1st– 31st
Hours: Closed Mondays; Tues-Fri 2pm-5pm Sat-Sun 9am-5pm
* Corn Maze, Hay Rides, Hay Maze

I hope this helps you out as a little guide for some of our local pumpkin patches. This isn’t a complete list- but, hopefully enough to get you started and on your search for the “Great Pumpkin”.

Family Day At The Heidrick Ag History Center

By Alyssa Green

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting Woodland’s Heidrick Ag History Center, Sunday October 2nd is the perfect time to stop in.  Bring the kids or grandkids for Family Day – a fun-filled afternoon of tractor and truck rides, crafts, face painting and storytelling. 

You will be surprised at the size of both the tractor and truck collections housed at the center.  Any day of the week this place is a dream come true for little boys (and adventurous little girls)….but on this day of tractor and truck rides, your kids will think they have died and gone to heaven.  So grab a camera (you are definitely going to want one,) gather up the family and head on over to the Ag History Center for an afternoon of fun – then come back and tell us about it! 

Click here to read one of our previous posts on the musuem.

Don’t Miss The Polar Express When It rolls Into Sacramento This Holiday Season

By Alyssa Green

Remember way back in August when we told you that the hottest tickets in town were for the Sacramento Airport Terminal B tour?  Well….although very popular, we were wrong.  The hottest tickets in town are actually for the Polar Express train ride (based on the movie) along the Sacramento River this Holiday Season.

Here’s what it’s all about, straight from the sponsors – the California State Railroad Museum:

Once on board the train, you will travel to the “North Pole” while we read the story of The Polar Express.  Dancing waiters will fly through the cars as each ticketed passenger is served hot chocolate and a cookie treat.  As the train passes the North Pole, you will catch a glimpse of Santa while the engine switches for the return trip.  As you head back to Old Sacramento, Santa will be on board and walk through each car to give out the “first gift of Christmas” — the sleigh bell — to each passenger.  We will all join in and sing Christmas Carols as we pull into the station in Old Sacramento.  Once you de-board the train, walk across the street to the Eagle Theater, where Santa will be available to talk with your child and take a photo.” – from http://www.csrmf.org/polar-tickets-faqs

Tickets go on sale October 1st, 2011 and we have heard from a very good source that they sell out fast.  So, if you want to jump on board, get your planning underway for a magical experience the whole family will enjoy.  For tickets and additional information, contact the California Railroad Museum at www.csrmf.org.