Weekend Activities For March 30 – April 1st

Happening this weekend…

Something’s Fishy at the Discovery Museum – Fish have existed for millions of years and are being highlighted in the exhibit, lab and classroom. View fish fossils in the Blast from the Past! exhibit, visit live fish in the Nature Room, make a fish print in our classroom, get close-up views with microscopes, and more!  March 31 – April 1st, 12:30 – 4pm.

Easter Bash at Funderland –  Funderland Park will be hosting their annual “Easter Bash” (weather permitting of course).  For children 12 and under, they can enjoy hunting for Easter eggs ($3 per child), coloring contests, arts and crafts, and riding on some of Funderland’s famous kiddie rides.  Entrance to the park is always free and tickets for the amusement rides are available for purchase.  March 30th-April 1st

Animal April Fools at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Many animals use little “tricks” to fool predators or find food. Join a naturalist to find out about these clever tricks and take a walk in the nature preserve to see some of them in action.  All ages welcome.  Sunday, April 1st, 1:30 PM

Silly Sunday at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – In celebration of April Fool’s Day, everyone is invited to Silly Sunday! Wear your shirt backwards, your hair a funny way, or your shoes on the wrong foot! It’s ok to be silly.  Sunday April 1st

River Cats vs. Oakland A’s at Raley Field – For the first time in half a decade Sacramento will host Major League Baseball when the Oakland A’s visit the Sacramento River Cats. This marks the fifth time Raley Field has hosted the four-time World Series champion Oakland A’s. The first four games were sellouts, so be ready for a great game.  Sunday, March 31st, 6:05 pm

Beginning this weekend…

Weekend Excursion Train Rides – The California State Railroad Museum’s popular excursion railroad–the Sacramento Southern Railroad–officially returns to operation for the 29th consecutive season, and continues on weekends through September.

Guests are treated to a six-mile, 40-minute roundtrip excursion along the picturesque levees of the Sacramento River while enjoying the sights, smells, and sounds of authentic locomotives rolling down the tracks. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats, and open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating.

Sacramento Underground Tours – For the third consecutive season, popular Old Sacramento Underground tours resume, and continue through Fall 2012. Old Sacramento has the distinction of being the only city in California to raise its streets in the 1860s through the 1870s to protect the city from devastating flooding. Tour participants explore excavated foundations, an open archeological site and enclosed pathway –all while entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides recount the tales of the devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project.

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Egg Hunts, Easter Bunnies and Spring Time Fun in the Sacramento Area!

By Heather Crivellone

As we look outside our windows and see the raindrops falling this week, it seems as if Mother Nature is playing tricks on us.  Spring is officially here- and even though the clouds have come in to greet us, the springtime festivities are still right around the corner!  And with springtime here, that means we will be greeted with bunnies, butterflies, baskets and all the wonderful things that come with spring and Easter.

This weekend, March 30th-April 1st, Funderland Park (located at 1350 17th Avenue in William Land Park) will be hosting their annual “Easter Bash” (weather permitting of course).  For children 12 and under, they can enjoy hunting for Easter eggs ($3 per child), coloring contests, arts and crafts, and riding on some of Funderland’s famous kiddie rides.  Entrance to the park is always free and tickets for the amusement rides are available for purchase.

Next weekend (April 7th and 8th), join locals at a family favorite- Fairytale Town (located in William Land Park) will be hosting their annual “Spring Eggstravaganza”.  Watch as your children run through a park where nursery rhymes come to life and while they enjoy egg hunts, spring- themed activities and may even meet “Peter Cottontail”!  Daily egg hunts will be held at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.  There will also be puppet shows throughout the day to enjoy.  Admission into Fairytale Town is $5 and children under the age of 1 is free.

Some local parks are also getting “Spring Fever” with egg hunts, games and fun for the family.  On Saturday, April 7th from 11am-12pm at Southside Park (2115 6th Avenue, Sacramento), you can enjoy an afternoon of egg hunting (with 15,000 eggs to be found!), crafts for the kids, raffle drawings and more.  This event is free, and since it is located at one of the most popular parks in town- this event is sure to be fun for the entire family!

Saturday, April 7th from 8:30am-2pm at the Elk Grove Regional Park (9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd., Elk Grove), the Easter Bunny will make an appearance and kids can hunt for eggs, have thier faces painted, play carnival games and enjoy yummy food.  Event is free, but each activity will be a small fee.

In Rancho Cordova at Hagan Park (2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova)- on Saturday, April 7th thier annual Spring Extravaganza will begin at 10:00am.  They will have a pancake breakfast to get the kids ready for the big egg hunt and then the family can enjoy the “Kid Zone” and craft faire after.

For an adventure “on the rails”, visit the Sacramento River Train at thier “Easter Egg Express”.  Located in Woodland, board the train and take a special train ride along the river with the Easter Bunny.  There will be hundreds of eggs for hunting and entertainment and snacks will be provided along the way.  The trip will take about 3 hours and the cost is $36 for adults and $29 for children 2-12 years of ages.

There are plenty of events and activites happening around town to keep you and your family entertained during this spring season.  Now, let’s just hope that Mother Nature cooperates with us.  Either way- I’m hoping you and your family have a “hopping good” holiday!

5 Spring Weekend Family Activities

By Alyssa Green

Enjoy the first official weekend of spring doing some fun things with your kids!  We hope it’s not going to rain…but just in case, we have included some great indoor activities.  Enjoy!

1) Hoppin’ into Spring at the Discovery Science and Space Center – Celebrate the first weekend of spring learning about the museum’s froggy friends in the classroom and the lab. Make a souvenir frog mask with tooter. Visit Bud, the Giant African Bullfrog, at Creature Feature.  3/24-25, 12:30-4pm.

2) Twilight Open Cockpit at the California Aerospace Museum – Come explore, climb into, or imagine what it would be like to soar through the skies in several of the many aircrafts on the ramp. Experience historic planes and displays representing over eight decades of aviation history. Swabbies will be on hand selling their famous tacos, and hot dogs for the kids, as well as beer and wine. Don’t miss this chance to explore with us! 3/24, 4-8pm.

3) Beaks, Claws & Jaws at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Discover and learn about the unique adaptations of birds, mammals, and reptiles. Participate in games and activities and get a close-up look at some of the Nature Center’s animals.  3/24 at 10:30am.

4) Baby Loves Disco “We are family” Tour at H &M, Westfield Galleria – Bring your babies and toddlers to the hottest dance party around for kids and families–the Baby Loves Disco’s “We Are Family” Tour presented by H&M (you’ll even get the chance to win some great H&M gear!). Grab a tattoo, get a mini manicure, make a sock puppet or a family tree, and then grab your egg shakers! There will be prizes and more at this great family event!  3/24, 1pm.

5) The Great Train Robbery  on the Sacramento River Train – Take a ride back to the Old West. This 3.5-hour trip departing from West Sacramento includes a relaxing train ride over the Fremont Trestle and through some pretty countryside.

While riding along, however, keep an eye for outlaws who tend to hide out along the tracks. Fortunately, the Marshall is on board to keep things safe. More often than not, he has to teach those outlaws a lesson!  3/24, 10am.

Family Concert Series With The Camellia Symphony Orchestra

By Alyssa Green

Join the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria at Sacramento Central Public Library on Sunday, March 25th for a FREE family concert presented by the Camellia Symphony Orchestra.

Bring the kids to the west meeting room and library lobby at 1pm for pre-concert activities that will introduce them to the world of music.  They’ll meet the musicians, enjoy an instrument “petting zoo” and  have a chance to create music-related art at various Fun Shops. 

The concert will begin at 2pm and will include a number of familiar classical selections from movie scores such as Pirates of the Carribean and Spider Man.  What a fantastic way to spend Sunday afternoon with your family!

Add the next CSO Family Concert event to your calendar:

Sunday, April 22, 2012
John Bidwell Elementary
1730 65th Ave., Sacramento, 98522

The Oakland A’s vs. The Sacramento River Cats At Raley Field

By Alyssa Green                                                                          

Baseball season is just around the corner and if your family enjoys watching the Sacramento River Cats play ball, then you’ll love watching them play the Oakland A’s at Raley Field on Saturday, March 31st, 2012. 

This great “kick-off” to the River Cats season which officially begins the following week on April 5th, is the fifth time Raley Field has hosted the World Series Champions, and the first time in five years.   All previous games sold out, so be sure to purchase your tickets soon.  Click here for more information on the game.

The River Cats season runs all the way through August and each game is a fantastic family activity.  If you attend games often, you’ll want your kids to be part of Dinger’s Kids Club.  Here’s what you get for the $25 Kids Club fee:

9 Sunday game vouchers, 20 Kids Corner tickets, a Kids Club hat, a Pre-season party, a Player Meet & Greet.

As always, Raley Field and the River Cats host daily game specials:

Sunday – Kids Day – Pre-game autograph session and post-game run the bases. 

Monday – Seniors Eat Free – Perfect night to bring the  grandkids.                               

 Tuesday – Kids Eat Free – with a membership in the Dinger’s Kids Club.

Wednesday – Business Person’s Special     

Thursday – Thirsty Thursday                                                                                                     

Friday – Family Value Night – $1 hot dogs, $1 desserts                                        

Saturday – Postgame Fireworks – fun, fun!

And don’t forget, each home game has a theme.  Like, Art Day, Olympic Night, Firefighter Day and Star Wars Night.  Check the schedule for more theme nights. 

4 Miles + 4 Donuts = 4 a great cause!

By Heather Crivellone

This Saturday, March 24th– lace up your running shoes, bring the family out to William Land Park and join others at Sacramento’s 4th annual Donut Dash. 4 Miles and 4 donuts to benefit the Child Life Program and Sutter Children’s Center.
Now this is the race for me! First of all, you start and finish in beautiful Land Park (not a bad way to start your Saturday morning), then you can run, jog or walk 2 miles through the park to Maries Donuts on Freeport Blvd (a Sacramento favorite) and eat 4 donuts (or 6 donut holes) and then run, jog or walk the 2 miles back to the finish line.
All proceeds from this race will go to support the Child Life Program at Sutter Children’s Center. It will help to pay for art supplies, toys, movies, games and anything else to help children smile while they are admitted in the hospital.
For more information on the cause and to register (or just donate), please visit their website.

So bring out the family- strollers and furry family members on leashes are welcome. Have some donuts and get in a bit of exercise for a great cause!

Book And Music CD Giveaway: The Return Of Phineas McBoof

By Alyssa Green

Earlier this month we celebrated Dr. Suess’ birthday and kicked off Read Across America 2012.  As an incentive to continue to encourage your kids to read, we have a fun children’s book and music CD to give away to one lucky reader!

If you haven’t heard of Doctor Noize and his famous Phineas Mcboof character, your kids most likely have.  The guitar playing monkey started a band in first, a music CD The Ballad of Phineas McBoof, followed by the book of the same name.  Together with a robot, a hippo, four monsters and one eight-armed drummer girl wizard, Phineas McBoof and his International Band of Misundertood Geniuses hit the road on a musical tour. 

The band’s most famous song is “Banana,” which, within two months of it’s release, made it to #1 on XM Sirius Kids Radio and won several Parent’s Choice awards.  Surprisingly, this song consists of just that one word…banana…sung over and over again.  Now, you would think that this would absolutely drive parents crazy, but really it’s quite catchy.  And kids absolutely go crazy for it! 

Although “Banana” is near the top of my son’s list of favorites, the song that tops his list is “My Parents Think Their Very Important.”  This is a rolling-on-the-floor-laughing song…at least according to my 8 year old. He loves to sing this to us.  We actually think it’s pretty funny, too!

Now the famous monkey and his band are back with The Return of Phineas McBoof with all of the favorite old friends, as well as some new ones.  And we are offering the book and music cd to you.  Here’s what you need to do to eligible to win.  Visit Dr. Noize’s website, then come back here and tell us why your kids would enjoy owning this new book and cd.  One lucky winner will be randomly selected on Monday, March 19th, 2012. 

Oh, and if you are interested in seeing Dr. Noize in person, he’ll be playing at the Bay Area Discovery Museum on March 31st.  Tickets can be purchased online at their website.  Hopefully, Dr. Noize will make it to Sacramento in the future, and if and when he does, you better believe I’ll be letting you know!