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Weekend Family Fun For May 11-13th

May 11, 2012

It’s Mother’s Day weekend and there is a lot going on – not only for mom, but for the whole family.  Click here for a fantastic list of events and activities (from Sacramento365.com)…and I have added a few more, below.  Happy Mother’s Day to all you fabulous moms out there, have a wonderful weekend!

5/12  National Train Day at the California State Railroad Museum – National Train Day is a celebration of American railroading, trains, and train travel in cities all across the country.

Two visually exciting 1950s-era vintage streamlined diesel locomotives from the California State Railroad Museum’s prized collection–Southern Pacific 6051 and Western Pacific 913–will be on a special back-to-back configuration pulling the open-air gondolas and first class El Dorado observation lounge car on National Train Day.

5/12  Scouts at the Fort at Sutter’s Fort – Initially developed by a dedicated 10-year old docent at Sutter’s Fort SHP who is also an active Girl Scout, the specially designed program includes hands-on crafts and activities such as toy making, daily chores and cooking activities, and period-appropriate games that engage juniors in understanding the life of a young pioneer living in 1846 at Sutter’s Fort.

Although initially designed to meet the requirements for the Girl Scout badge, “Scouts at the Fort” is an outstanding learning opportunity that can be tailored for all youth groups (for kids ages eight and older) who are interested in expanding their knowledge of California history in a fun, unique, and interactive way. Even when “Scouts at the Fort” activities are underway, the Fort is still open to the community as usual.

5/12  3rd Annual Natomas Duck Pluck Festival at Natomas Charter School – Over 40 booths, including food vendors, carnival-like games, arts, sports and education activities, will serve the interest of all ages and all family members. The culminating event of the day will be the Duck Pluck itself, which gives participants a chance to win $10,000.

5/12-13  Nikon’s Small World at the Discovery Museum – It really is a small world after all! Visit the Museum this weekend for the opening of a beautiful photographic exhibit of some very small subject matter. The Small World microphotography exhibit is on a national tour and this is its only California appearance. To add to the fun, a microscope lab is available for visitors; older kids (and adults) can have fun with the pond water lab; youngsters can enjoy stereoscopes and magnifying glasses. A great opportunity for students of all ages.

5/13  Velveteen Rabbit at the Mondavi Center – A beloved tradition returns to the Mondavi Center. ODC/Dance, one of the Bay Area’s most exciting and acclaimed contemporary dance companies, enlivens Margery Williams’s classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told though music, dance, and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love. Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters, and the perfect amount of childhood whimsy!

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