Thanksgiving Weekend Family Fun

The weekend begins early with tonight’s tree lighting in Old Sacramento and the Kings vs. Lakers game at Sleep Train Arena.  Join in the Run to Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving morning, and then forego the Black Friday shopping for a free visit to Fairytale Town, the California State Railroad Museum, and more!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

11/21 – Old Sacramento Tree Lighting – Come celebrate the holidays and experience a beautiful tree lighting. Join for the lighting of the 55′ City of Sacramento Christmas Tree on the Waterfront at Front and K Streets in Old Sacramento. Ceremonies begin at 6pm and will
immediately be followed by the premiere of the Raley’s Theatre of Lights. Join special guest Dinger, the Salvation Army Band, and emcee Mark S. Allen for the kick-off to the Capital City’s holiday season!

11/21 – Sacramento Kings vs. L.A. Lakers – The Sacramento Kings take on the Los Angeles Lakers in this basketball game at the Sleep Train Arena.

11/22 – Run to Feed the Hungry – Run to Feed the Hungry has become a family tradition for thousands of area families, as well as a favorite event for many of the elite runners in California. As one of the largest and most respected races in the United States, Run to Feed the Hungry will attract over 27,000 participants this year. You, your family, and your friends are invited to join for the 19th annual event on Thanksgiving morning.  All proceeds benefit Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

11/23 – Free Admission Day & Canned Food Drive at Fairytale Town – On the day after Thanksgiving, Fairytale Town offers free admission to families who bring a canned food item for donation to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services: Holiday Spirit of Giving Food Drive. The day also includes free arts and crafts activities and a puppet show (for an additional
cost).

11/23-24 – Small Train Holiday at the Railroad Museum – As an alternative to the post-Thanksgiving shopping rush and to help you get into the spirit of the season, the California State Railroad Museum presents A Small Train Holiday. Visitors of all ages will be dazzled by amazing scale models, toy train displays, fun interpretive hand car rides, and much more.

Guests will enjoy many new discoveries as they participate in a scavenger hunt and will have the opportunity to watch a whimsical silent movie where the viewer’s eye-level perspective provides a unique experience inside the world of vintage toy trains. Also, Mrs. Claus will provide special story time activities when she’s not roaming through the museum greeting kids and visitors of all ages.

11/23-25 – Holiday Art and Craft Festival at the Crocker Art Museum – This holiday season impress your friends and family with local handmade gifts while supporting local artisans and the Crocker Art Museum’s exhibitions and education programs. The annual Holiday Art & Craft Festival will feature unique creations including jewelry, fiber arts, woodwork, ceramics, and more by nearly 100 artists and craftspeople. Attendees can also enjoy delicious treats by Ambrosia Cafe. For those who want to capture the holiday spirit, there will be a Victorian Santa Claus available for a vintage photo opportunity.

11/23-25 – Holiday Tangram Puzzles at the Discovery Museum – Get in the holiday spirit by completing some tangram challenges. The tangram is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap. Take them home and hang them as a holiday decorations.

Remember, your admission also includes visiting the Bone Zone and Nature Discovery Room exhibits, an animal presentation at Noon & 2pm, and a planetarium show at 1pm & 3pm (for ages 4 and above only).

11/24 – Family Activity: Under the Oaks at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Our mighty oak trees provide food and shelter for many animals and insects. Learn how to identify the three species of oak trees found in the nature preserve, and who may be living in them.

11/25 – Family Activity: Turkey Vultures at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – What bird is truly bald-headed? These relatives of the condor and stork are intelligent, family oriented, and play games together. Learn how these birds are important to our ecosystem and try on some condor wings for size.

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