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Weekend Family Fun

November 15, 2012

This weekend you’ll find Monster Trucks at Raley Field, Kings Basketball at the Sleep Train Arena, a Festival of Trees at the Automobile Museum, a harvest festival to begin your holiday shopping and many more fun activities your family will enjoy!

11/16 -Sacramento Kings vs. Atlanta Hawks – The Sacramento Kings take on the Atlanta Hawks in this basketball game at the Sleep Train Arena (formerly Power Balance Pavilion.)

11/16 -17 – Monster X Tour at Raley Field – The Monster X Tour will include racing, wheelie contests, and freestyle competition, as well as myriad side acts including Moto X freestyle, trophy truck and demo cross. The list of participating monster trucks, which is subject to change, includes BigFoot, Time Flys, Detour, Fired Up, Super Stomper, El Perro Loco, Rock Star, California Kid, and General Lee.

11/16-18 – Kids & Company Gallery Adventures at the Crocker – Wildly amusing and surprisingly educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children ages five and older (and the adults that tag along with them) in a fun and playful manner.  Free with Museum admission. This program takes place every first and third Sunday of the month.

11/16-18 – Sacramento Harvest Festival at the Cal Expo Pavilion – The Sacramento Harvest Festival, one of the largest indoor arts and craft shows on the West Coast, will return with over 24, 000 handmade arts and crafts. This year marks the 40th Anniversary Tour for the Harvest Festivals. Attendees can browse original art, jewelry, clothing, pottery, toys, specialty foods, home decor, and more. Throughout the weekend there is live entertainment, strolling performers, artist demonstrations, food tastings, a hands on KidZone, and fabulous prize drawings.

Plus, anyone who brings a canned food donation for Elk Grove Food Bank Services will receive $2 off admission

11/17 – Family Activity: Things that Slither at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – What has no arms or legs and smells with its tongue? What can lose and re-grow its tail? Learn about the life cycles, predators, prey, habitats, and defenses of reptiles. Meet a resident reptile up close!

11/17 – Hands-on-History: Trapped in the Mountains at Sutter’s Fort – In the winter of 1846-1847 over 80 emigrants became trapped in the Sierra snows. We know them as the Donner Party, but the travelers included individuals and many different families. Did you know that the snowbound emigrants lived in two separate camps almost five miles apart? Sutter’s Fort was their destination and became their only hope of survival. Rescue parties of volunteers were assembled at the Fort, mules and packs were gathered, and a variety of food supplies were packed for the rescue. Few people are aware that the second relief party carried 100 pounds of cocoa and 400 pounds of sugar among other more mundane staple items.

View replicas of rarely seen original documents and hear the mysterious and haunting stories that have fallen through the cracks. Visitors will be able to pack a wagon or write in their journal with a quill pen, or make a corn husk or rag doll and create their own pioneer souvenir item. Come to the Fort and hear why there continues to be so much discussion about the Donner Party.  Cannon Demonstrations will be held at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

11/17-18 – Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright at the Discovery Museum – This weekend is all about big cats at the Discovery Museum. Start out by viewing the cat corner in the Bone Zone exhibit. Kids try on tiger costumes and make big growls for the camera. Watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in the Doctor’s Office play space. The classroom has Daniel Tiger coloring sheets, mask making, and tiger-themed freebies to take home (as supplies last).  Planetarium shows are at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older. Tiger slide show in our planetarium at Noon & 2pm for all ages.

11/18 – Family Activity: Great Gobblers at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center -Beards, wattles, and snoods—what strange things to see on a bird! Look and listen for wild turkeys as you explore their world on this guided walk through the Nature Preserve.  All ages welcome.

11/18 – Festival of Trees at the California Automobile Museum – Join for a fun-filled evening that the entire family can enjoy. View the beautiful trees decorated and displayed by local merchants and organizations. The shimmering trees are the backdrop for this magical evening. You will be thrilled by the excitement of the auctions and raffles. Mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will be incredible live music, all in a fairytale-like atmosphere. Make this evening the most enchanting evening of the season!

The festival will feature “A Taste of Northern California” surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmas. Some amazing items will be auctioned off including family vacations, weekend getaways, fun and exciting kids items, great gifts, and more. Generous, talented groups and individuals from businesses, civic groups, churches, families, and friends in the community have donated their time and talent to decorating Christmas trees and wreaths that will be raffled off during the event.  Remember, this year’s Festival of Trees will be benefiting The Birth Connection.

11/18 – Sacramento Kings vs. Brooklyn Nets – The Sacramento Kings take on the Brooklyn Nets in this basketball game at the Sleep Train Arena.

11/18 – BusyKidz Grand Opening Celebration – Join in for the official ribbon cutting! BuzyKidz will have music, face painting, activities, snacks, a craft sponsored by Lakeshore Learning, and of course, all of BusyKidz to play in.

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