8/9-13 – Circus Vargas – Welcome to the World of Circus Vargas. Take a look beyond the sawdust and spangles, a peek past the mystique and wonder, and discover why Circus Vargas is America’s Favorite Big Top Circus! It’s musical, it’s memorable…it’s circus with a touch of Broadway. It’s family entertainment at its finest. And it’s coming your way!
8/10-11 – Wierd Al Yankovic at Three Stages – The biggest selling comedy recording artist of all time is coming to Three Stages for three live performances! With the 2012 Alpocalypse Tour, his first full-length studio album in nearly five years, “Weird Al” Yankovic has returned to demolish the pop landscape. He hasn’t lost a beat and is in rare form.
8/11- Back to School with Mad Science – Join in the fun at Mad Science’s Back-to-School Blast! Mark your calendar and plan to bring the entire family for an afternoon filled with hands-on science activities. Your junior scientists can magically transform sugar into cotton candy, create ooey-gooey slime, investigate electrifying science, and shoot a water rocket into the atmosphere! Be entertained by a real Mad Scientist as he demonstrates the wacky world of science during the Blast-Off show.
8/11 – Art for Wetlands at the Nature Center – Join Sabreena from California Waterfowl as she shares biological specimens from ducks, geese, and swans, and instructs children on how to draw waterfowls. At this event you will find out how your waterfowl art can help to conserve wetlands and the animals that live in those habitats.
8/11 – Parallax Robotics at the Discovery Museum – Get hands on with robots and learn to solder. Parallax Inc., a local robotics and microcontroller company, shows participants how to solder their very own badge with a seven-color LED that lights up and looks just like a mini-version of the popular Parallax Scribbler 2 (S2) robot. This activity is great for children and adults ages 7 and up. Robot demonstrations include popular robots, such as the Boe-Bot Robot and flying ELEV-8 quadcopter.
8/11 – Big Art Party – Bring your family and friends to celebrate the fine arts in Sacramento at the Big Art Party which launches the Capital Artists’ Studio Tour (CAST) events! Meet artists on this year’s Tour and be among the first to pick up a free CAST Guide, a 32-page, four-color guide with all 150 artist listings and tour maps, as it will be debuted at the Big Art Party. The Capital Artists’ Studio Tour, scheduled for Sept 8-Sept 9 and Sept 15-Sept 16, is a city-wide opportunity for the public to meet local artists in their working studios. It is all FREE, fun and celebrates our area artists!
8/11-12 – Sacramento River Delta’s Passport to Farmers – Just minutes from Sacramento and Elk Grove, travel the river to visit the farms on the Delta Grown Farm Trail. Farm tours, kids activities, local wine tasting, farm equipment displays, wildlife viewing, and fresh produce (tomatoes, pears, eggs, organic, veggies, etc). Meet the local Delta farmers and see what they have to offer. Each ticket includes a “freebie” at each farm.
8/12 – Critters of the River at the Nature Center – Join in and enjoy a presentation on the local river’s wildlife. There will be “biofacts,” items such as skulls and feathers, and a live animal too! This event will be fun for all ages.
8/12 – Dino Diorama at the Discovery Museum – Feeling crafty? Join the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center for a day of dinosaur diorama design. Each child 12 and under has a diorama to decorate and take home as a souvenir. View the Blast from the Past exhibit to get ideas for your project.
Remember, admission also includes an animal presentation at Noon & 2pm.