Weekend Family Fun

Fairytale Town reschedules Winter Wonderland for this weekend,  hear the story of the Christmas Tree Spider at the Explorit Science Center, visit Mars at the Discovery Museum, and much more fun!

Experience a voyage to Mars at the Discovery Museum12/14 – Voyage to Mars at the Discovery Museum – The Challenger Learning Center simulated space mission is open to the public on occasional Friday evenings. You can experience the thrill of space exploration with your family, friends, scout troop, or small community group. Your adventure begins when you launch into space with the Voyage to Mars program. Working in
the spacecraft and Mission Control, you will experience the wonder of space exploration! See what it is like to work for NASA while you perform hands-on science experiments, operate robotic arms, or build a probe. You will also direct the astronauts’ activities and solve emergencies from Mission Control.

Christmas Memories at the Governo's Mansion12/14-15 – Christmas Memories at the Governor’s Mansion – Get ready to experience lavishly re-created period décor and an impressive array of live holiday music during two upcoming special events. Surrounded by docents in period costume, Mansion visitors will be transported back in time to the very place where thirteen of California’s early governors and their families lived,
spent Christmas seasons, and shared holiday traditions. In fact, then-Governor Edmund G. Brown and his family were the last first-family to celebrate Christmas in the stately mansion. And, to add to the festive activities, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make special visits to the Mansion to meet excited little ones and be available for holiday photographs.

A Charlie Brown Christmas12/14-16 – A Charlie Brown Christmas at Victory Life Church -Come see A Charlie Brown Christmas this holiday season. Back by popular demand, join Free Fall Stage for a classic, beloved story of Charlie Brown and the gang (with a few little changes that the audience is sure to enjoy). Fun and entertaining for the whole family! Based from the beloved book and cartoon by Charles M. Shultz.

On December 15 don’t miss Special Kid’s Day. Join the cast of A Charlie Brown Christmas after the show for snacks, craft stations, activities, and prizes. Each child will get an autographed picture of the cast (and they’ll get to make their own frame), they will decorate a cookie at the cookie decorating station, and much more. Each station will be led by your child’s favorite characters as seen in the show.

12/15 – Jingle All the Way at St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church – Bring your kids to the Sacramento Master Singers’ children’s holiday concert. This annual holiday concert for children is just 45 minutes in length, and programmed especially for kids.

12/15 – WiWinter Wonderland at Fairytale Townnter Wonderland at Fairytale Town – Celebrate the holiday season with a day of holiday fun featuring arts and
crafts, Santa Claus, and his reindeer! Enjoy festive decor and holiday music throughout the park. Stop by Santa’s (temporary) workshop located in the Children’s Theater and let the big guy know what you are wishing for this holiday season. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase for an additional fee. Don’t forget to visit with two of Santa’s best reindeer in Pooh Corner as they rest up for the flight back to the North Pole. Happy Holidays!

12/15 – Lego Block Party at the Franklin Community Library – Come build and celebrate with a lego block party. The Franklin Community Library will have lots of lots of Legos (and Duplos for the smallest of hands). Just bring your imagination and creativity and build something spectacular!

Legend of the Christmas Tree Spider12/15 – Legend of the Christmas Tree Spider at Explorit Science Center – Please join for the last spider-themed event of 2012. The story of the Christmas Tree Spider is a tale that has been told for generations in Germany. The Christmas Tree Spider is a wonderful legend for all ages—young and old alike—and a tradition that you can carry on in your family. If you have ever wondered where Tinsel came from, the Legend of the Christmas Spider answers that question. Enjoy hot cocoa and make a beautiful glass beaded spider ornament to take home and learn about the legend of the Christmas Tree Spider. All materials
and instructions will be provided.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa12/15 – Pancake Breakfast with Santa at the Discovery Museum – Santa Claus is coming to town—and he’s bringing pancakes! Join the Discovery Museum as they get into the holiday spirit with a pancake breakfast with St. Nick. Get your last look at The Bone Zone exhibit before it closes after New Year’s, visit with Santa, create a holiday craft, and of course, eat delicious
pancakes! Pancakes will be served in the Robotics Lab with a special Pancake Topping Bar! Toppings include crushed candy canes, chocolate chips, whipped cream, butter, syrup, and fresh strawberry sauce.

Christmas Extravaganza12/15-16 – Natomas Christmas Extravaganza at Natomas Crossroads Church – Come enjoy Believe the Miracle: Christmas Extravaganza. Join in for a free community Christmas celebration. The party will be happening amidst some amazing Christmas decorations including thousands of lights, giant-sized Christmas displays, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, and more. There will be fun activities for kids and adults, including train rides, instant family portraits, live Christmas music, cookie decorating, face painting, and story time.

12/16 – Sacramento Kings vs. Denver Nuggets – The Sacramento Kings take on the Denver Nuggets in this basketball game at the Sleep Train Arena (formerly Power Balance Pavilion.)

Last weekend to see Pinocchio Now thru 12/16 – Young Performers Theater: Pinocchio at the Davis Muscial Theater Company -You will not want to miss Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre presentation of the Prince Street Players production of Pinocchio. Set in the Italian Alps, this classic tale by Carlo Collodi follows the little wooden puppet who longs to become a real boy, and whose nose grows whenever he bends the truth.

Just in time for the holidays, DMTC’s whimsical production will delight audiences of all ages, and includes memorable songs such as “I Don’t Want to Go to School” and “Buon Giorno.” The show is directed and choreographed by Jan Isaacson, with musical direction by Utsav Bhargava.

Wild NIghts and Holiday Lights at the Folsom ZooNow thru 12/23 – Wild Nights and Holiday Lights at the Folsom Zoo – This 3rd annual family holiday event celebrates the magic of the season and helps support the animals at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary.  Highlights include thousands of colorful LED lights on zoo exhibits, buildings, and grounds; a beautiful enchanted forest of decorated and lighted trees; visits with Santa and Zoo holiday mascot Santa Paws; carolers and seasonal refreshments; animal presentations by Zoo Docents; rides on miniature scale live steam Starlight Express Train (tickets $3/person)

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