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Weekend Family Fun For July 20-22nd

July 20, 2012

Here’s to a fun-filled weekend!

7/20 – Navy Day at the Aerospace Museum – The Aerospace Museum of California is bringing a small glimpse of the United States Navy to Sacramento. The Museum will be highlighting all things Navy and visitors will be treated to a day full of activities and the opportunity to meet sailors and learn about this branch of the military.

7/20 – Family Friday: Gold at the Crocker Art Museum – This week’s color theme is gold, so wear what’s bright or sparkling. Children of all ages and their families are invited to enjoy a dance performance by 11 young dancers ages 8–12 from Kalanjali Dances of India. The dance is called Bharatanatyam, an ancient classical dance form of South India.

7/20 – Summer Concert Series:  Ricky Berger at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center -Ricky Berger, touring pop, folk, and jazz artist, will be performing live in this concert series. Get ready for an evening of creative musical storytelling and be prepared to be entertained as Berger uses a variety of musical instruments during her performance.  Bring your own picnic and beverages. No glass containers or dogs allowed.

7/20-21 – Family Camp-out at Fairytale Town –  Spend the night at Humpty’s house. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theatre performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories, and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast.

 7/20-29th – California State Fair Continues – The State Fair will focus its traditional exhibits and competitions on recreation, sports, and tourism that make California an adventure capitol of the world. The 159th California State Fair theme is FUN that Moves You! It’s all about BIG FUN, and this year’s entertainment, exhibits, and coming attractions are predicted to get you out of your chair and to the State Fair for an exciting summer experience!

The fairgrounds will highlight some of the unique recreational activities available throughout the State of California for people of all ages.

7/21 – Eppie’s Great Race & US Bank Kids Duathlon – Also known as the world’s oldest triathlon, Eppie’s Great Race has been held every year since 1974, and is a Sacramento-area summertime tradition for elite athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and families. Compete in the 39th annual Eppie’s Great Race triathlon–a 5.82 mile run, 12.5 mile cycle, and 6.36 mile paddle on and along the American River Parkway. Kids can join the fun with the US Bank Kids Duathlon–a 2 mile run and 5.75 mile cycle for kids ages 17 and younger.

7/21 – Get Me The Moon with Art Beast – Preschoolers and toddlers will go home with glittering moon sand after enjoying Eric Carle’s clever tale, “Papa Please Get the Moon for Me.” Children will explore two art stations. At one, they will create Carle style drawings using watercolor and wax crayons to create a moonscape. At the other station using simple ingredients, the children will mix sand, corn starch, glitter and water to create moon sand, a magical sand that holds its shape and carries a bit of the moon’s glow.

7/21 – Hands on History: Before the Gold Rush at Sutter’s Fort – Even before the gold discovery, the community of Sutter’s Fort and the visitors to New Helvetia were an incredibly diverse mixture of people and cultures. There were the local Native people who became such an important part of Sutter’s dreams. There were at least 30 different groups of Native people mentioned in the New Helvetia Diary (the daily log book of Sutter’s Fort) as having visited or provided labor for John Sutter.

Experience foods, drinks, activities, and games practiced by the many cultures that inhabited the Fort. There will be many hands-on crafts such as stringing beads, making dolls, seeing a variety of different weapons, and making your own souvenir. Cannon demonstrations are scheduled for 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

The adjacent California State Indian Museum is also having activities for “Before the Gold Rush.”

7/21 – Solitary Bees at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center –  Join “bee-ologist” Julie Serences in learning the fascinating life cycle of native bees and gain an understanding of why they are important to the ecology of our landscapes. Following a 45 minute program, stroll the grounds with Julie to identify a variety of busy native bees.

7/21 – Navy Day at the Sacramento Zoo– Sacramento has been chosen as a host city for a Navy Week Celebration July 16-July 22, giving area residents an opportunity to meet some Navy Sailors and learn about the Navy’s critical mission and capabilities.Don’t miss your chance to catch demonstrations by the Explosive Ordinance Disposal team including an interactive and fully operational robot and a 76 lb bomb suit, view Navy Tour displays with Immersa-Domes that give 180-degree simulations of the sights, sounds and smells of being on an aircraft carrier, and experience Blue Angel F/A-18 Flight Simulators that present a pilot’s perspective of an aircraft carrier take-off and landing combined with low level flying.  This event includes performances by the Navy’s high-energy seven-piece rock and pop ensemble The Destroyers.
7/22 – Navy Day with the River Cats– Come celebrate the conclusion of Sacramento’s Fleet Week on Navy Day at Raley Field. Naval simulators and a Navy band will be on Ballpark Drive prior to the game and the River Cats will honor the men and women who serve during an on-field enlistment and re-enlistment ceremony.The River Cats will be facing off against the Tucson Padres in this baseball game. It’s Sunday Funday, so there will be a pregame autograph session and kids will be able to run the bases postgame. 
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