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Weekend Family Fun

January 17, 2013

You’ll find plenty of family-friendly options this weekend.  Check out the new Space Quest exhibit at the Discovery Museum, Hands on History at Sutter’s Fort, Midtown’s Bacon Fest, the Monster Jam, MLK celebrations, and more!

Monster Jam1/18-20 – Monster Jam at Sleep Train Arena -Monster Jam, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over—or smash through. Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.

Party in the Pits: In 2013, Monster Jam has expanded the action by having TWO Pit Parties for you, the fans. Come out early on Saturday evening and Sunday morning for your chance to take pictures with the drivers, their trucks, and get all the autographs you can handle!

Space Quest Exhibit at the Discovery Museum1/19-21  – Space Quest at the Discovery Museum  – One of the most popular of the Museum’s rotating exhibits, Space Quest! returns on January 19th, 2013. Some visitor favorites will return as well, including – by popular request!– the rocket ship play area  from Habitot in Berkeley, complete with astronaut costumes and helmets. Little visitors will also be happy to know that the Cosmic Café play space is back, too!

Hands on History at Sutter's Fort1/19 Hands on History: Trappers, Trades & Treaties – Sutter’s Fort visitors will step back in time to the 1840s to learn why trappers were considered “jacks of many trades,” and experience how they lived, worked, explored new territory, and traded with local Native Americans. In addition to learning about many fascinating aspects in the life of a trapper, Sutter’s Fort visitors will have the hands-on opportunity to examine fur pelts, create documents with a quill pen and oak gall ink, and string trade beads.

Fun Family Activity Weekend1/19 – Family Activity: Animal Tracks & Signs at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – There are many animal-made signs in the woods that reveal who has used the trail before you. Become a nature detective and search for some animal tracks, scat, and signs in the Nature Preserve.

1/20 – Family Activity: Turtle Talk – What is turtle island? What’s the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Learn about these shelled critters with a hands-on approach to these amazing reptiles. Find out what’s in the shell with Elaine from the Sacramento Turtle and Tortoise Club and her turtles.

Bacon Fest Midtown Sacramento1/20-27 – Bacon Fest – Bacon Fest Sacramento is all about pork from pigs who lived healthy, happy lives at farms where farmers value ethical and sustainable food production. All the bacon and pork enjoyed at BFS events are house-made by Sacramento chefs that
give a damn about quality natural foods. Bacon activities abound at Sacramento’s Bacon Fest. From a Kevin Bacon-themed musical tribute to a chef’s competition, with many delicious, bacon-filled activities inbetween, you will be sure to leave this event full and satiated.

Globetrotterw World Tour1/21 – Harlem Globetrotter: You Write the Rules World Tour -Your family’s smiles will begin before you even get to the show as the Harlem Globetrotters 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour takes kid participation to a whole new level. For the first time ever, fans will decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. Vote for your favorite, craziest rule now, then see the winning rules implemented live into Globetrotter basketball. After the game, Globetrotter stars will remain on court for autographs and photographs with fans.

Before the game, take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family where you get to actually spend time on the court with the Globetrotters—shooting, trying out ball tricks, getting autographs, and taking photos! The unique 30-minute pre-show, Magic Pass, will create memories of a lifetime.

Anastasia KrupnikNow thru February 17 – Anastasia Krupnik at the B Street Theater – Don’t miss Anastasia Krupnik, adapted by Meryl Friedman and based on the story by Lois Lowry. This opinionated and imaginative 10-year-old gives you an outrageously funny perspective on finding herself.

MLK Day at Fairytale Town1/21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Fairytale Town – Fairytale Town will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Bring the kids for a day of fun. Fairytale Town offers children and families a safe place to imagine, play, and learn. With 25 playsets based on nursery rhymes and fairytales, a friendly flock of farm animals, two performing arts stages and several gardens, learning has never been more fun!

March for the Dream1/21 – March for the Dream – MLK365 is proud to bring you the 32nd Annual March for the Dream, the 2nd largest MLK March West of the Mississippi! Each year a diverse crowd of more than 28,000 enthusiastic participants from across Northern California come to Sacramento to honor late Martin Luther King Jr. Starting this year, marchers will be able to both “honor the past and impact the future.” While the march itself is free, MLK365 is encouraging participants to register, donate, and fundraise for the March for the Dream Foundation in their effort to eliminate the academic achievement gap, creating educational opportunities for all children to thrive.

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