Celebrate Dr. Seuss at Fairytale Town this weekend!

dr_seussBy Heather Crivellone

“Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than you”.  And there was no one who was like the incredible Dr. Seuss!  Everyone knows the classic tales of  “The Lorax”, “Green Eggs and Ham”, “The Cat in the Hat” and other well known Dr. Seuss tales.

This Saturday, you can celebrate his birthday with your children at one of Sacramento’s most loved destinations Fairytale Town (where classic story-book tales come to life at this ultimate children’s playground).  From 11am-3pm (with the price of admission into the park) your children can participate in hands on activities and crafts based around Dr. Seuss and his wild imaginative tales.

Kids can create their own words just like Dr. Seuss by making rhyming flip books.  They can plant a truffula tree (from the Lorax) and watch as it grows.  They can even make “The Cat in the Hat” Hats to wear during the day!
And it wouldn’t be a Seuss-sational party without some stories to go along with the fun.  At the Mother Goose Stage there will be nonstop reading of the favorite colorful, tongue twisting, rhyming Seuss books!

This will be a day full of fun, rhyming, nonsense and sheer entertainment.  The forecast is calling for beautiful weather all weekend -so why not spend one of your first days of spring at one of Sacramento’s most treasured parks and enjoy the birthday bash of America’s most beloved authors!


“A Touch Of Blue” At The Crocker Will Delight The Entire Family

By Alyssa Green

For the first time in 20 years, Sacramento native and renowned landscape artist Gregory Kondos is exhibiting his well-known work at the Crocker Art Museum A Touch of Blue celebrates 70 of his most beloved paintings of Greece, France, the American Southwest, the scenery of California including Yosemite, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, and of course his home town and ours, the Sacramento Valley.  Exhibited at the Crocker are several of Kondos’ Sacramento River scenes, one of his most popular being Sacramento River with 32 Palms, below.

Sacramento River with 32Palms

Known for his vibrant use of the color blue, it is not surprising that when studying Kondos’ work, one feels calm and relaxed while taking in the beauty of the world the artist so eloquently captures on canvas.  Claiming that “nature was his teacher,” it is evident in all of his work that he sees the world as a beautiful and inspiring place.  We are lucky enough here in Sacramento to be the recipients of Kondo’s amazing vision.

The exhibition is indeed beautiful and inspiring, and will be enjoyed by museum patrons of all ages.  So gather up the kids, and head on down to the Crocker for a fabulous museum experience.  The exhibition opened Sunday, February 24 and runs through May 19, 2013.

Weekend Family Fun

What’s happening this weekend?  The Model Railroad Show, a Mad Hatter Tea Party, Abalone necklace making, Duck, Duck, Goose, California Duck Days, and more.  Enjoy the spring-like weather!

duck_duck_goose_category2/23 – California Duck Days – For the annual Northern California Wetlands and Wildlife Festival enjoy field trips to sites around the region and workshops held throughout the day that include waterfowl identification, wood duck box building, and hydrology for beginners.

Children will enjoy the fishing activity, one of the most popular events at Duck Days. At this event children may fish for trout in either the demonstration wetlands or in a special pond for young children. They will then have their fish cleaned and packed to take home.

There will also be a large mobile aquarium filled with local fish, including many native species, for everyone’s viewing pleasure, a special workshop with live bats, falconry demonstration in the field and interactive displays in the Exhibit Hall.

2/23 – Family Activity: Duck, Duck, Goose at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Winter is a great time to see waterfowl along the American River. Join a naturalist on a guided walk to look for herons, ducks, geese, and other birds along the river. Bring your binoculars or borrow some of ours.

train-layouts1-590x250_category2/23-24 – World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour: Model Railroad Show – This event is all about showcasing the model railroad hobby to the public in an exciting, family-oriented atmosphere. The tour should attract its millionth visitor this year. More than 950,000 people have attended the shows since the first one in December 2004. In 2010, the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour set a record with over 41,000 people attending the show in Washington, D.C., the largest number of people ever to attend a model railroad show.

Stamp-a-rama2/23-24 – Polar Bears and Other Endangered Species – Once an animal or plant is extinct, it is gone forever. Bring youngsters to the Museum this weekend to share how important it is that we protect these animals. A variety of
specimens are available, highlighting endangered species. February 27 is International Polar Bear Day so that is the focus for the weekend. A paper polar bear pillow craft is available to make and take home (ages 12 and under). To add
to the fun, a special presentation is to be given at Noon and 2pm highlighting polar bears and their biology.

sketch_it_category2/24 – Sketch It  at the Crocker Art Museum – Visitors ages five and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery on the fourth Sunday of each month and all supplies are provided. No experience is necessary.  Free with Museum admission.

2/24 – Mad Hatter Tea Party – Enjoy arts and crafts, dance lessons, and dress up with Stages dancers. There’ll be a special appearance by Alice in Wonderland cast members and you can have your picture taken with your favorite character. Fun for all ages, this will be a wonderful afternoon of tea, lemonade, finger sandwiches, cookies, and other delectable treats.

run-walk_category2/24 – Getty Owl Run & Walk – Join for the Getty Owl Run/Walk in Crocker Park in Downtown Sacramento. All proceeds benefit Getty Owl Foundation to help find a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the #1 genetic killer of young children. The 1/4 mile kids run, 5K Walk/Run, and 10K Run routes around Downtown Sacramento along the waterfront. Post-race family festival will include massages, vendors, food, music, and activities for all ages.

2/24 – Sunday Funday: The Science Wizard -Want to make science fun and exciting for your kids? Think silly putty, slime, and magic potions—that will do the trick! Don’t miss the fun with hands-on science experiments at the next Sunday Funday! The engaging Science Wizard is sure to inspire curiosity and spark young imaginations.

Parents are welcome to stay to enjoy the fun or leave their children in the care of certified Kid’s Korner staff while they enjoy a spa service or nice brunch at Olive Branch Restaurant (costs not included in the price for Super Science Sunday).

2/24 – Family Activity: Abalone Necklace Making – Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join a naturalist in the replica Nisenan Maidu village to polish an abalone shell piece for your own unique necklace.

Registration for the Color Me Rad 5k is now open!

558077_299420063460082_278273525574736_731740_1728059135_n1-600x468Color Me Rad may sound like your favorite boy band from the 90’s, but it’s actually one of the hottest, most fun 5K runs you will lace up your sneakers for! This run has been very successful raising money for charities across the country and has gained media attention in each city it has been held, bringing people together to run in support of a great cause: the Special Olympics.
“The Special Olympics of Northern California is a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 15,700 athletes compete in 154 competitions throughout the region in 12 sports. This requires the extraordinary support and time of 14,370 volunteers and volunteer coaches. Financial support comes almost exclusively from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. For more information on Special Olympics Northern California,click here.

Sacramento is proud to host this colorful run on May 27th at the Sacramento Raceway (5305 Excelsior Rd). If you are wondering what exactly is the Color Me Rad…think of a preschool classroom gone crazy!!! Every five minutes runners are showered with nontoxic colorbombs! The Color Bombs start flying at 9 am with waves of runners getting plastered with color every 5 minutes after. You’ll end up with colorful paint from head to toe… running for a great cause- how cool is that??
Registration is now open and children 7 & under are FREE with paying adult.
So what are you waiting for? I know everyone made resolutions to “get back into shape”, “give back to the community” and more. Why not do both and sign up for this fun run.. get your kids out there running with you- I guarantee they will have a blast being “bombed” by the colors!

Weekend Family Fun

There is something for just about everyone this weekend. Enjoy Sunday afternoon crafts at the Crocker, President’s Day at Fairytale Town, Black History Month showings of family-friendly movies, discount admission to a performance of Anastasia Krupnik, and more. Have a great weekend everyone!

2/16 – Heroes! Family Concert – Who is your hero? An astronaut, a sports star, an action figure? Or how about someone you know like a teacher, a friend, or a family member?

The popular Target Family Concert returns to dazzle your ears and touch your heart in this kid-friendly and fun extravaganza. Come on an exciting musical journey as the Sacramento Philharmonic explores the world of heroes, past and present, real and make believe. Featured will be Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, a work dedicated to our great American president, Abraham Lincoln. You’ll also hear pieces such as the Superman March, selections from Apollo 13, Armed Forces Salute, and so much more! Children of all ages will be sure to smile with delight as they listen to great music and learn all about the instruments of the symphony orchestra. Who knows, maybe a hero will pay everyone a surprise visit right there on the stage!

Come early for all the fun activities in the lobby:Meet special Heroes from our Sacramento community; create your own Heroic comic strips and other art work; hear compelling stories of real life Heroes; honor our local men and women in uniform; learn about Abraham Lincoln and American history; visit with a Superhero.

2/16 – Family Activity: Owl Be Seeing You at the Effie Yeaw Naure Center -Uncover the mysteries of owls: what they eat, where they sleep, how they find food, and more. Get a close-up look at the Nature Center’s newest resident Echo, the great horned owl.

2/16 – Climbaroo Dance Party – Climbaroo Indoor Play Center in Natomas is excited to announce their first Club Roo Dance Party. This dance party is designed specifically for children ages 9-14. Climbaroo will be pulling up the play mats, cranking up the music, and dancing the night away with line dances, conga lines, a limbo contest, and lots more fun under the DJ lights.

2/16 – Hands On History at Sutter’s Fort – Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun Hands on History activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park will present a special Hands on History: By Land and By Sea event. Through exciting demonstrations and fun hands-on activities, docents will help Fort visitors understand the two different ways emigrants originally came to California—by land or by sea—while sharing the unique challenges they faced and what daily life was like during their journeys.

As an event highlight, the Mexican-American war fife and drum corps will be visiting Sutter’s Fort SHP to take part in special activities that include a visually-exciting flag raising ceremony, marching demonstrations, and more. Multiple hands-on activities await Fort visitors as they will help pack a wagon or trunk, make choices about what to bring along for their “journey of a lifetime,” learn how to use a nautical compass, hoist a laden barrel, weave rope and simple knots, create maps with available resources, and even join the Navy and receive pay in Stonington Bank $2 bills.

2/18 – President’s Day at Fairytale Town – Fairytale Town will be open on Presidents’ 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!

2/17 – Black History Month Film Series: “Ruby Bridges” & “Polly” – During Black History Month 2013, the Sacramento Area Black Caucus (SABC) and The Black Group (tbg) will present old school afternoons at the movies, complete with popcorn and peanuts. This event in the film series will feature films two family-friendly movies for young children and the young at heart entitled: Ruby Bridges (90 min.) and Polly.

Ruby Bridges (1998) protrays the true story of an African-American girl who, in 1960 at age 6, helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans. Polly, directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, is a musical adaptation of the book Pollyanna set in the 1950s in which an African-American orphan tries to use gladness to unite the people in a small southern town.

2/17 – Sunday Crafternoon at the Crocker Art Museum – Make simple crafts that celebrate the season while enjoying warm drinks and sweet treats at this gathering for all ages. This class takes place every third Sunday of the month. Register in advance by logging in online, by phone, or the Museum Admission Desk.

Thru 2/17 – Anastasia Krupnik – 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.

And here’s a special offer for our readers: : This Saturday February 16th we are offering buy one adult get 1 kid ticket free for our 1pm and 4pm performance of Anastasia Krupnik. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Please mention “sacramento kids” to redeem offer! Call the Box Office to reserve. (916)443-5300

Thru 2/18 – Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream – Get tangled up in the newest thrilling show to hit the ice, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. 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 from The Princess and the Frog, 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 your hometown.

2/18 – Cub Scout Academics: Astronomy – Space is the place to explore for the Astronomy belt loop and academic pin! During this fun activity, Cubs and Webelos will visit the planetarium for a star show to learn about the planets, moons, and other objects of our Solar System, learn to locate constellations and then follow the life cycle of a star, and discuss how to safely observe the cosmos and use this knowledge in their own backyards.

Disney on Ice “Dare to Dream”- a memorable experience for the whole family!

mediumBy Heather Crivellone
Last night, Disney on Ice came back to Sacramento with their newest spectacular “Dare to Dream”. Showing February 13th- 18th, this is an opportunity not to be missed…and especially if you have your own little princesses who love everything Disney!

I had the opportunity to take my 5-year-old on a special “mommy-daughter” date for Valentines Day. She was beyond thrilled when I told her where we were going…and even more so when I allowed her to wear her “Super-Fancy, Rapunzel dress” to the show!

“Dare to Dream” is absolutely perfect for little girls because it is all about PRINCESSES…and what little girl doesn’t love princesses?? Now, if you are wondering about whether or not to take your little boys- the answer is YES! Because even though it is about princesses, they still have the brave Princes, evil witches, silly animals, daring and fast acrobatic type stunts and even fireworks to amaze the crowd…this show may be “princessey” but it is exciting and fun for all!

The amazing skaters followed the story lines from three beloved Disney princesses and the big dreams they each had.
Starting with Princess Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog”, we are immediately transported into the heart of New Orleans. The ingenious set designs will later rotate and morph into the familiar Disney Cinderella Castle and then again into Rapunzels tower. As with anything Disney- the design and engineering into their sets will amaze and literally transport your imaginations into another world!

The story lines are shortened versions of the classic tales of “Princess and the Frog”, “Cinderella” and “Tangled”. Giving about 30 minutes for the plot, memorable songs from each movie and of course showing how each princess eventually makes their dreams come true.

With all things Disney- you can expect to see unbelievable skating, gorgeous and colorful costumes, fantastic set designs and be completely in awe by some of the stunts.
My favorite of the evening was watching Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder as they literally “fly through the air” during an impressive aerial acrobatic scene.
My daughter loved watching the fairy godmother transform Cinderella from the “homely maid” into a “beautiful princess” all while singing “Bippity, Boppity, Boo…”
And of course watching Tiana and Prince Naveen as they become frogs, fall in love and come back to open her dream restaurant…it was all just amazing!

Now, don’t be discouraged if your favorite Disney princess isn’t among one of these 3. All of the princesses come together at the end for the grand finale ball… and they are all there: Belle, Aurora, Jasmine and Snow White to name a few. And of course it wouldn’t be a Disney production without the appearances of Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy. They all show up throughout the night to make the event that much more magical.

So if you are ready to be amazed with all things Disney.. and put a smile on your little princesses (or princes) face, then make sure you don’t miss out on this production of Disney on Ice while it’s here in Sacramento. Again, it’s showing through February 18th at the Sleep Train Arena and you can purchase tickets online or at the box office.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner…what do you have planned?

pink-valentine-heart-2By Heather Crivellone

Valentines Day is just around the corner and what are you planning for your sweet Valentines?  There are events around town that you and your little sweetie can stay busy “expressing their love” for one another.

This Wednesday night, February 13th is the opening night of Disney on Ice’s “Dare to Dream“.  Your little princess will be love struck by watching all of her favorite princesses skate the night away.  I can’t think of a better way to spend Valentines than on a “date night” with your little girls.

And on Thursday, February 14th, visit some of our local libraries across town for FREE Valentines crafts and activities:
Robbie Waters Pocket Library in Sacramento kids ages 6-12 will enjoy a story and make a craft to take home from 4:00pm-4:45pm.
Valley Hi Library, North Laguna:  teenagers will make polymer clay Valentine designs- bracelets, pendants, tiny sculptures, whatever they decide!  Event takes place from 4pm-5pm.
North Natomas Library from 3:30-4:30pm teenagers can decorate some sweet treats.  Registration is required and this event is also FREE.
North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library from 4pm-5pm let your teenagers get excited about the classic game of CandyLand all over again!  The library will have a live action game set up through the entire library where they will travel through Cupcake Commons, Gummy Pass and Licorice Lagoon!

And of course, there are plenty of options where your kids can create their own special Valentines.  At Art Beast, in Downtown Sacramento the kids can create cards, sculptures and/or paint to their hearts content.
At Color Me Mine, they can make their own special mugs, plates, sculptures, banks, etc.  for their Valentines.  And my kids’ favorite- Build- a -Bear.  Let them choose the bear, pick out a special “heart” and watch as they bring the bear to life…. and don’t forget all the coordinating outfits they can choose from to “glam up” their special new friend.

However, my favorite…and what my kids will be doing is just enjoying each other with some good old-fashioned construction paper, scissors, glue and lots of glitter…because there really isn’t anything better than a homemade Valentine heart made with love (and some peanut butter and jelly stains of course)!

So whatever you and your sweethearts do on this holiday make sure you spend it with your “loves”.