Sacramento Area 4th of July Celebrations

2012 4th of July celebrations start this weekend.  Here’s what’s happening in and around Sacramento in celebration of the red, white and blue.

6/29 – Family Friday:  Red, White & Blue at the Crocker Art Musuem – The theme is red, white, and blue. Children of all ages and their families are invited to celebrate the Fourth of July with a holiday-themed art-making activity and a sing-along to patriotic tunes, performed live by Shade Chasers. Then join a music parade and march and twirl around the Courtyard. Picnic fare will be available for purchase from the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club.  Free with Museum admission.

6/29-7/1 – Folsom Pro Rodeo and Fireworks – Seven event PRCA rodeo.  Entertainment includes  fireworks every night, an American Flag Sky Diver parachute jumps into arena, mutton busting, silver dollar dig, live music and dancing.

6/30 – Run 4 Independence in Elk Grove – By participating in Run 4 Independence each of you helps a family or individual in need. The funds raised at this event will impact seniors, men, women, children, and the homeless by providing food, clothing, and services year round. The Elk Grove Food Bank serves approximately 32,000 each year. This past year they had an unprecedented 40 percent increase, especially among seniors and children.

The races includes: 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids’ 1/4 Mile and 1/2 Mile Fun Runs.

7/3 – River Cats Independence Day Celebration – The River Cats take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in this baseball game. Kids eat free with a free membership in the Dinger’s Kids Club and there will be an American Flag giveaway to the first 2,500 fans.

The River Cats will also be offering a special All-American BBQ ticket package, which includes a pregame BBQ withTri tip, hamburgers, Raley Field hot dogs, three sides, one drink ticket, and a Senate ticket to the game.

In additon there will be a firework extravaganza that is sure to light up the night sky after the game.

7/3-4 – Rancho Cordova 4th of July Celebration at Hagan Park – Rancho Cordova Fourth of July is a two-day festival celebrating the local community and our American heritage. Includes a parade, food and beer garden, a kids zone and fireworks show.

7/4 – Military Appreciation Day at Funderland – In honor of the 4th of July, and those who have served or are currently serving with the US Military, Funderland would like to say thank you by extending some very special offers and discounts for you and your family.
Remember that Military ID will be required to obtain these offers. Come in early as there are limited quantities of vouchers to give away!

7/4 – Sacramento Independence Day Celebration – Cal Expo annually joins the City and County of Sacramento to produce the largest-scale pyrotechnics display in the area’s history. The Independence Day Celebration is a family oriented collection of activities focused around our Nation’s birthday. The celebration begins with music provided by 107.9 The End, followed by a spectacular live performance by the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. Poppy, the State Fair Mascot, is always on hand to entertain the crowd.

7/4 – Arden-Arcade 4th of July Parade – Come celebrate America at the 11th Annual Arden Arcade 4th of July Parade. The parade will begin at the Sacramento County Building. The route goes south past El Camino Avenue and turns on Cottage Way continuing west to Bell Street where it will turn north and finish at Howe Park. Afterward there will be food, fun, and family activities at the park. The Fulton El Camino Recreation and Park District is coordinating the event.

7/4 – Salute to the Red, White & Blue in Elk Grove – This year, the City of Elk Grove is hosting the 16th Annual Salute to the Red, White, and Blue fireworks show. This event is Elk Grove’s premier Fourth of July, community-wide celebration; a patriotic salute to the birth of our nation. The festivities begin in the evening with live music and food. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and have a picnic or BBQ while enjoying the concert in the park.

7/4 – 2oth Annual Fireworks Show at Woodland’s Pioneer High School – 20th Annual Fireworks Show: New this year, the annual fireworks celebration will be held at Pioneer High School. The fireworks celebration begins with pre-show activities from 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. The Fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Pioneer High School clubs and student groups will be selling food and refreshments. The City’s Parks & Recreation Department staff will be providing entertainment for families with an obstacle course, bounce houses, and tattoo station. Parking for this event is located at Woodland Community College.

7/4 – City of Roseville Independence Day Celebration – Parade – As in years past, the parade begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Riverside/Vernon/Douglas,  and ends at Royer Park.  Park Activities – Stay for the fun after the parade in Royer Park from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. including food, games, and music by the Capitol Pops Concert Band starting at 12 p.m.
Fireworks – Join us at the Placer County Fairgrounds for fireworks. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at approximately 9:30 p.m.  No alcohol, glass containers, barbecues or personal fireworks permitted. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds.


Weekend Family Fun For June 22-24th

6/22 – Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music – Mark your calendar for a musical event like no other–monsters making music! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music.

Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street only to discover that her instruments are missing. Jenny’s new Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover “instruments” they never knew existed…rubber duckies, trash can lids, and even cookie jars. Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together.

6/22 – Readers of Homer’s The Odyssey at Fairytale Town – From dusk till dawn, 200 individuals—including children, veterans, poets and teachers—will read aloud pre-assigned passages from Homer’s great epic, The Odyssey. The poem follows the famous hero, Odysseus, through his 10-year struggle to reach home following the end of the Trojan War. The all-night, nonstop reading, presented by Fairytale Town and the Readers of Homer, will take place on the Mother Goose Stage. There will be music and other effects to complement and add to the magic of the reading.

6/22 – Family Friday: Green – at the Crocker Art Museum – This week’s color theme is green. Children of all ages and their families are invited to make art from recycled materials with Girl Scout Troop 1412, use green veggies to create unique prints, play with mint-scented homemade playdough, and enjoy live music by Girl Scout Dani Cordero. Picnic fare will be available for purchase from the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club.

6/22 – Roseville Party in the Park – The Westfield Galleria at Roseville will unveil its new Park on the Promenade with a weekend of celebration. Enjoy games, face painting, music, and more.

The first 300 people in line will receive a free Party Pak with discounts, giveaways, and the chance to win a $100 gift card. Customers can enter to win a high-octane getaway to experience the new Cars Land at the Disney California Adventure Park. The prize package includes accommodations at the Disneyland Resort hotel, Park tickets, and airfare for four.

6/23 – Reliving a Night In History at the Folsom History Museum – Celebrating Folsom’s 150 year history, enjoy a family event featuring a BBQ dinner, gold panning, doll making, blacksmith demonstrations, storytelling, games for kids, a bluegrass band, and other entertainment.

Period or western clothing is encouraged. Proceeds will benefit the Folsom History Museum and Pioneer Village.

6/23 – Black-tailed Deer at the Nature Center – Walk the Preserve with a naturalist to learn all about our local black tailed deer. “Biofacts” such as fur and antlers will be displayed for a close-up learning experience.

Enjoy “Third Thursday” Discounts & Fun At The California Automobile Museum

Alyssa Green

Did you know that on the third Thursday of each month the California Automobile Museum is open extended hours and offers half off general admission?  This is a fabulous time to bring the family on down to enjoy this classic museum.

On June 21st from5-9pm,  experience two new exhibits.  No Job Too Big, and Citroen: L’icon Francais.  Additionally, your family will enjoy the permanent car collection, music, food trucks and special activities for the kids.  Presently, they will be able to “make their mark” by actually painting on a car!

Special Third Thursday Admission Fees:  General Admission – $4, Children 0-5 –  FREE

Next stop in our Splash Park tour… Swanston Park- a great place to cool off with your kids!

By Heather Crivellone

Temperatures have been rising fast- and it’s officially summertime here in Sacramento! To keep those kids active and cool, we have been visiting the local spray parks in our area.  Recently, we visited Swanston Park located at 2350 Northrop Avenue.  It was very easy to find, just off of Howe Avenue (in between Arden Way and Fair Oaks Blvd),  situated close enough to plenty of restaurants and shopping areas in case you happen to forget anything..yet, just out of the way of the traffic and congestion of the busy streets to have some peaceful play time with your kids.

My kids and I had a great time cooling off in their splash park. Sprayers, misters, water “shooters”, buckets of water that manually spin and soak you…it was a perfect way to cool off in the Sacramento heat! Once the kids were tired of splashing around- they enjoyed the afternoon playing on the playground…as what any kid loves to do on a warm summer day!
The playground is the perfect size- not so big that you can lose track of your kids, but just big enough to keep them playing and having fun. My little guy loved the sandbox and spent most of his time digging and playing in the dirt (typical 3year old boy!) My daughter loves to climb- so she was trying to master the unique curved climbing wall they had. The spray ground is open 7 days a week from 10am-7pm during these hot summer months.

This is a really fun park to spend the entire day at, especially with a group of friends. They have bathrooms, picnic tables, a water play area and a seperate playground.  For the older kids they have tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball and a large field to run and play sports on. This is definitely a great summer destination when you are looking for a fun and cheap family outing..just don’t forget to pack a lunch and your sunscreen since you will be spending the entire day out at this park!


Weekend Family Fun For June 15-17th

6/15 – Willy Wonka begins @ the Fair Oaks Ampitheater – Based on the book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka is a wonderful story of a boy and his adventures in a most magical Chocolate Factory. Songs are from the score of the 1971 movie (“The Candy Man,” “Pure Imagination,” & “Oompah Loompah”) with new songs added for this adaptation by Academy Award and Grammy winners Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

6/15 – Local Celebrity Basketball Game – Come watch Sacramento’s most popular and successful men get their hoops on at the Local Celebrity Basketball Game III! This family event features lots of entertainment including live bands, cheerleaders, the little ladies’ basketball game, & three point shooting contest.

6/15 – Sleepover Night with the River Cats – The Sacramento River Cats take on the Tacoma Rainiers in this baseball game. Eat, sleep, baseball…at Sleepover Night. Wear your PJs to the ballgame and snuggle with the River Cats for a night.  Also enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 desserts with the family as part of Family Value Night. First 2,500 fans will recive a River Cats pillowcase.

Sleepover Night Ticket Package available. Camp out under the stars on the Raley Field grass with a ticket package that includes a Delta ticket to the River Cats game, a dinner voucher, the sleepover, and breakfast the next morning.

6/15 – Family Friday: Rainbow at the Crocker Art Museum – The Family Friday series kicks off with a rainbow theme. Celebrate the beautiful diversity of colors, art, and people. Children of all ages and their families are invited to blow iridescent bubbles, dance and play with rainbow-colored ribbons, draw with sidewalk chalk, and share their favorite colors. Picnic fare will be available for purchase from the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club.

6/15-16 – Sacramento Juneteenth Festival at William Land Park – Sacramento’s Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom Weekend includes Gospel Under the Stars concert on Friday night.  Saturday’s activities include a parade, talent show, live entertainment, a kids fishing derby, kids play area, food vendors and more.

6/16 – 3rd Annual Pinata Festival at Southside Park – The Pinata Festival is an annual event that was created to celebrate art, culture, and innovation through the design of piñatas. The day will include: music & entertainment, food & food trucks, free pinata workshops, sugar skull making area, art & vendor marketplace. Performances by: La Misa Negra, DJ Leydis, El Indio of World Hood, Agua de Beber Capoiera, Maquilli Tonatiuh Aztec Dancers.

6/16 – 14th Annual Family Safety and Health Expo at Safetyville, USA– The Family Safety & Health Expo is designed to give your family valuable information focused on health, safety, and youth recreation resources in the Sacramento region. Over 80 booths will be available with information and easy access. Over 2,500 people are expected to attend and participate in the activities.Entertainment will include a magic show by Trevor Wyatt. There will be giveaways, raffles, food, and live stage performances.

6/16 – Pops in the Park – Councilman Steve Cohn and the Pops in the Park Committee are pleased to present the annual Pops in the Park summer concert series, featuring The Q-Balls at East Portal Park. Food and beverages will be for sale, and all proceeds benefit neighborhood and park improvements.

The Q-Balls are a local band plays classic rock & roll from the ’60s to the ’80s. This charismatic group is ready to deliver rhythm, energy, and musical joy.

6/15 – Sensational Snakes at the Nature Center – Meet a resident snake up close and discover how these reptiles use their senses to survive. Enjoy a short stroll with a naturalist and learn how to be safe when viewing the reptiles who dwell in the Nature Preserve. All ages welcome.

6/16-17 – Luis Palau Festival at the Cal Expo – The Luis Palau Sacramento Festival is a FREE two-day event featuring a life-changing message of hope from evangelist Luis PalauLuis Palau and performances by Skillet, TobyMac, Lincoln Brewster, Phil Wickham, Thousand Foot Krutch and American Idol’s Mandisa! There will also be action sports demonstrations by BMX, FMX, and skateboarding pros, shows and a world-class, action packed Amazing Wonders Kids Experience.

6/17 – Father’s Day with the River Cats – Treat Dad to a day of baseball as the River Cats continue their tradition of Father’s Day at the ballpark. The River Cats take on the Tacoma Rainiers. It’s also Sunday Funday where kids can run bases postgame & get autographs pregame. First 2,500 fans receive a BBQ tool set.

A Father’s Day BBQ ticket package available which includes a Senate ticket; pregame BBQ that includes tri tip, hamburgers, Raley Field hot dogs, three sides, and one drink ticket; the chance to have a Father’s Day greeting printed along the baseline warning track; and the chance to throw out a first pitch.

Little girls always dream of owning their very own pony…and Sacramento has many ways of making that dream “come true”.

By Heather Crivellone

Whether you live in the country, mountains, the “big city” or even “suburbia”, one thing is always the same…  a little girl (at one point in time or another) will dream of ponies, horseback riding and owning their very own horse.
This dream may or may not come true for most little girls for obvious reasons… space limitations, cost of ownership, etc.  However, one thing is for sure, living in Sacramento, we have the opportunity to be in the “big city”, yet minutes away from rural farm land to give our little girls (and boys), and even ourselves that “dream come true”.

Just minutes outside of downtown Sacramento you can find stables, horse trails and opportunities galore to give even your littlest of horse-lovers the chance to get close to the beautiful creatures.
From pony rides  to guided trail rides along the American River.  Kids’ day camps to learn how to groom and ride.  Private and group lessons and even “mommy and me” classes for the youngest of riders can be found here in Sacramento.  I spoke with and visited a few of the local stables and was surprised to find how much was available to those of us “non-horse owners”.

Shadow Glen Stables, located in Fair Oaks has quite a few options for those of us who are interested in riding, but just can’t seem to find the space to house an animal in the backyard of our suburban home 🙂 .  Just minutes outside of downtown Sacramento, you can visit this stable and participate in one of their guided trail rides along the American River to Lake Natoma.   They also offer lessons and summer camps for children ages 8 and older.  Along with their summer camps, you can also contact them regarding hosting birthday parties.  What a fun way to celebrate your little cowboy or cowgirls birthday!

Another local stable that offers lessons is Hillside Training Stables in Orangevale.  They offer private and group lessons to children 5 years of age and older and they even offer a Mommy and Me class for children ages 3-5.  With the help of the parent, they will have the opportunity to brush, groom and ride the ponies in a safe and secure setting.  Along with lessons, they also host summer camps and a program that gives your little riders an opportunity to “Own a Horse for a Week”…  Talk about a great way to introduce your children to horsemanship!  They also host a variety of events including Girl Scout troops and birthday parties.  Call for more information and to schedule a time to visit.

The last stable we visited was a bit more my kids’ speed… Gibson Ranch Park.  This park has it all- Horse Trails, lessons for kids ages 8 and older, farm tours to let the smallest of kids pet and brush the horses.  And even pony rides for those who don’t want to invest in anything more than close-toed shoes, $5 per kid and a morning/afternoon at the ranch.

So, even if your kids are the youngest of riders you can start them off with Mommy and Me at the age of 3 at Hillside Training,  if they are older they can join in one of the many summer day camps…or even just a simple pony ride at the park, there is something in the area to let those little cowgirl dreams come true!

And these are just the stables that my family was in contact with…I found that there are many, many stables in the area that board horses, have lessons, summer camps, pony rides and birthday parties.  So go ahead- do a little research if these 3 aren’t enough to choose from.  From Auburn to Davis and everywhere in between you will find an opportunity to explore the great world of horsemanship here in Sacramento.

Join Old Sacramento In Celebrating The 150th Anniversary Of The Pony Express Ride

By Alyssa Green

Come on down to Old Sacramento on Wednesday, June 13th at 10am as the National Pony Express Association embarks on the first leg of the annual re-ride of the Pony Express Trail, now celebrating it’s 150 year anniversary.

The 10-day, 24-hour a day event commemorates the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company founded by members of a Missouri freighting firm as a way to quickly transport letters and telegrams from one coast to another.

Over 750 riders from eight states will carry commemorative letters by horseback, Pony Express style, nearly 2000 miles from the Sacramento River to the Missouri River.  The first rider will depart Pony Express Plaza in Old Sacramento on Wednesday morning at 10am.  The public is encouraged to come out and join in the celebration.

For more information on the event as well as the organization that keeps the Pony Express alive, click here.