Free Chipotle Kids Meal Cards & Activity Books on Museum Day

Chipotle-Sac Museum DayWe’ve already told you about Sacramento Museum Day coming up this Saturday with the full list of area museums that are offering FREE or 1/2 Price admission.  In addition to free or discounted entrance, Chipotle (don’t you just love Chipotle?) is giving out free kids meal cards at all the participating museums, in addition to activity books (complete with stickers, recipes and tomato seed packets) at the most popular museums.  There is a limited amount, so go early if you want some!  Below are the museums that will have activity books in addition to the meal cards:

Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, California State Railroad Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Fairytale Town, Sacramento History Museum, Sutter’s Fort, Sacramento Zoo

Have a fantastic Museum Day!


15th Annual Sacramento Museum Day is this Saturday!


This Saturday, February 2nd is the 15th Annual Sacramento Museum Day.  Museums throughout the Sacramento area (30 of them) will either offer FREE or 1/2 priced admission all day long.  This event will take place from 10am-4pm.

This is always an extremely popular event, and many of your favorite museums may become crowded on this day.  I would highly suggest mapping out your day and hitting those favorite “hot spots” first thing in the morning and try not to visit more than 2 or 3 to ensure being able to enjoy all of the exhibits.

Here is a list of the participating museums:

Aerospace Museum of California
California Automobile
California Foundry History Museum
The California
California State Military Museum
California State Capitol   Museum
California State Railroad Museum
Center for Contemporary  Art
Crocker Art Museum
Discovery Museum Science & Space Center
Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum
Fairytale Town
Folsom History Museum
Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park
Heidrick Ag History  Center (Woodland)
Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Museum of Medical History
Old Sacramento Schoolhouse  Museum
Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Roseville Utility Exploration  Center
Sacramento Children’s Museum
Sacramento Zoo
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
Sacramento History Museum
Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts  Museum
State Indian Museum
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall)
Wells Fargo History Museum (Old  Sacramento)

Have fun!

There is still time to be entered into our giveaway for FREE Disney on Ice Tickets!

disneyonicedaretodreamI hope everyone has marked their calendars for February 13th-18th when Disney on Ice returns to Sacramento!  And one lucky reader will have the opportunity for a family 4 pack of tickets to the opening night on February 13th.
Our drawing will be held this Wednesday, January 30th….so if you haven’t already sent us your answers to the Disney trivia questions to be entered in to win, you still have time!

If you would like to win these tickets, please post in the comment section of this blog with your name and email address and answer these three Disney trivia questions:

1.  What is Tiana’s Dream?

2.  What are the names of two of Cinderella’s mice friends?

3.  What weapon does Rapunzel use against Flynn when he climbs into the tower?

Good luck!

Weekend Family Fun

Here’s what’s going on this weekend.  Have a good one!

1/25 – Sacramento Kings Basketball Game – The Kings take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in this basketball game at Sleep Train Arena.

stf_winterfest_category1/25-26 – Winterfest Dance Concert at St. Francis High School – Come out and enjoy ballet to modern dance in the Winterfest Dance Concert, performed by the St. Francis High School Dance Company.

importantbusiness_leadperformer_category1/25-27 – Vespertine Circus: Important Business – Renowned indie performing-arts troupe, the bombastic Vespertine Circus, has done it again with their latest original production, Important Business. Jam packed with acrobatics, juggling, clowning, aerial-artistry, & dance, this is one show you don’t want to miss. Coming to the Cal Stage for one weekend only!  A cast of six clowns set a new bar for circus-theatre in their delightfully surreal, entirely unexpected office comedy…

winter_bird_watching_category1/26 – Family Activity: Winter Bird Walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Discover why winter is a great time for bird watching. Join a naturalist for a guided hike while looking for some of the Sacramento area’s most common birds. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the Nature Center.

Living in Sapce1/26-27 – Living in Space at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center – What is an astronaut and what do they do? Learn more about the work these scientists do in space. Try on an astronaut costume and use glove boxes or perform simple science. The planetarium shows feature astronaut life and the
International Space Station. All children (ages 0-12) are invited to make an astronaut-themed craft to take home.

1/27 – Sunday Funday: Kids Cooking Class at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa -Let the joy of cooking start early! Your little ones are invited to join a special Sunday Funday: Kids Cooking Class. During the hands-on class, talented and fun Chef Rina will show children how to make tasty and nutritious snacks and nutritious dishes they’ll love. This cooking class is designed to be fun and help create healthy eating habits to last a lifetime.  Parents are welcome to stay and participate with their children or leave them with a certified Kids Korner staff member.

critter_close_up_category1/27 – Family Activity: Critter Close-up at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Where do our animals come from? Why are they here? Meet a couple of small animal residents at the Nature Center up close. Learn about each of their unique journeys and how they became an educational ambassador for the Nature Center.

childrens_museum_rose_at_work_categoryThru 1/31 – Pop-Up Science Month at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – This is the last weekend to join the Sacramento Children’s Museum for science experiments and activities! Pop-Up Science month is filled with wonderful opportunities for children to witness science experiments, have hands-on time testing, and explore science activities themselves. Each child will be given goggles and a lab coat to complete the retend play.

Electric Indoor Kart Racing Opens in Rancho Cordova

K-1 SpeedBy Alyssa Green

Talk about a kids’ dream come true!  If you want to show your kids a good time, take them to recently opened k-1 Speed in Rancho Cordova.  Dubbed “the place to race,” this electric indoor kart racing venue makes for a fabulous family activity.

My family recently gave kart racing a try for the very first time, and although my boys had no reservations, I have to admit to having some.  Not for my kids, but for me.  I knew that my boys would be racing with other kids in smaller and safer karts than the adults, so I wasn’t worried about their safety or whether or not they would have fun.  I was however, a bit concerned about it being my first time racing, and possibly being thrown into a race with a bunch of really competitive drivers.  I’m a cautious sort of person, so I knew I would probably be the slowest racer out on the floor – would I be in everyone’s way?  Would I get bumped around?  How fast did these things go, anyway?  The bottom line was, would it hurt if someone rammed into me.  Well, for the most part, my fears were unwarranted.

K-1 SpeedFirst, let me back up and explain the process you’ll go through as a new racer to K-1.  Upon entering the premises, you’ll realize that this is really cool place to be.  There is a real live race car at the entrance (great for photo ops) and racing gear, photos and memorabilia throughout.  The first thing you’ll want to do is register your racers in k-1’s computer system (kids must be 48 inches tall to race, so this is not for the little ones.)  Once you have done that, you’ll go to the counter to pay for your races.  There are several payment options ranging from just one race for $19.99 to 8 races to use anytime for $100.

Once payment has been made, you’ll most likely have to wait a bit for your race.  While you are waiting, you can have lunch at the on-site Subway, play video games or pool in the arcade, or watch others race.  Once your name(s) has been called, you go out to the racing floor, grab a head sock and a helmet and get a run-down of how the kart works and the racing rules out on the floor.  And, not to worry, because new drivers are not thrown in with seasoned, competitive drivers.  Phew.  What a relief!

Okay. Ready, set, go!  Luckily everyone starts off slowly as the karts gradually gain speed.  Adults race 14 laps, kids race 12 laps, the perfect number to get a pretty good handle on your racing skills.  Most drivers were kind and courteous on the floor, however I did have one driver intent on getting ahead of me and didn’t hesitate to ram me out of the way, which did produce a tiny bit of whiplash (and some irritation) but nothing serious, thank goodness.  All in all, it was a fun time!

K-1 Speed

Just a couple of things I wished someone had told me ahead of time.  First, the racing floor is not heated, so be sure to dress warmly.  I really could have used some gloves, as my hands felt like ice cubes by the time my race was over.  Second, unfortunately adult and junior racers cannot race at the same time, so you won’t be able to be out on the floor with your kids.  Adult and Junior races are alternated, so I suggest you have your kids go first, otherwise you might miss photo opportunities (if this is their first time) because they will already be in their karts, rearing to go while you are coming out of your race.  Other than that, make an afternoon of it and prepare yourself for a great time!  My kids are already talking about going back and have begun planning their September birthday parties at K-1 Speed. 

One Lucky Reader Will Win a Family 4 Pack of Tickets to the Opening Night of Disney on Ice- February 13th

By Heather Crivellone disneyonicedaretodream

I am so thrilled to announce that we have a Family 4 Pack of tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader!  If you didn’t already know- Disney on Ice will be back in Sacramento February 13th-18th with thier newest show “Dare to Dream”.

Join a celebration of royal proportions when Rapunzel, Tiana and Cinderella star in the all-new ice skating production of Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream!  Relive memorable moment from Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella as a cast of world-class skaters brings the romance, humor and adventure of the films to life in this contemporary skating spectacular.  Combining the contemporary stories of two modern-day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, with the classic elegance of Cinderella, Dare to Dream whisks audiences away on exciting journeys where dreams really do come true.

Experience Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled; as Rapunzel, her unlikely companion, Flynn, and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths!  Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss.  And fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true.  All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime!  Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream comes to Sacramento!

We have a Family 4 Pack of Tickets to give to one lucky reader.  These are for opening night on Wednesday, February 13th at 7:00pm at the Sleep Train Arena.

If you would like to win these tickets, please post in the comment section of this blog with your name and email address and answer these three Disney trivia questions:

1.  What is Tiana’s Dream?

2.  What are the names of two of Cinderella’s mice friends?

3.  What weapon does Rapunzel use against Flynn when he climbs into the tower?

One lucky winner will be announced on January 30th…. Good Luck!!