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Weekend Family Fun

February 1, 2013

The big news this weekend is Sacramento Museum Day on Saturday, February 2.  30 museums are open to the public for free, or 1/2 price admission, so this is your chance to visit those museums you haven’t been to yet!  Go early and be prepared for the crowds.  It’s a fun-filled, but busy day.

Professional Bull Riders2/1-2 – Professional Bull Riders at Sleep Train Arena -Buckle up, Sacramento. The PBR Built Ford Tough Series is non-stop, adrenaline-fueled action featuring the Top 35 bull riders on the planet taking on the fiercest bucking bulls in the world in the toughest 8 seconds in sports. Every event begins with pyrotechnics, explosions, and flames.

Then the excitement really begins when the Top 35 bull riders in the world compete against the fiercest bucking bulls on the planet, providing two hours of thrills and spills guaranteed to keep you on the edge-of-your-seat and your heart pounding. The nationally televised Built Ford Tough Series visits some of the most famous arenas across the United States, including Madison Square Garden in New York and Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Each event has a winner, and riders accumulate points toward the ultimate goal, the Professional Bull Riders World Championship. The highest-paid bull riders in the world are not only competing for the coveted Championship Buckle, but also the $1 million bonus awarded to the winner.

Sacramento Museum Day2/2 – 15th Annual Sacramento Museum Day – Sacramento Museum Day, a popular Sacramento cultural tradition, is designed to encourage all members of the community to experience the Capital City’s incredible wealth of art, history, science and wildlife – at little or no cost.

A record 30 Sacramento area museums will offer free or half-priced admission all day during the 15th Annual Sacramento Museum Day. With assistance provided by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, this hugely popular community event is presented by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and proudly supported by Umpqua Bank and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation. Event coordinators suggest that guests plan to visit no more than two or three different museums on this day in order to allow adequate time to enjoy the experience and to travel between individual sites.

2/2 – Kids Club: Chinese New Year at Arden Fair Mall – Join us in Center Court in front of Nordstrom where Eastern Ways Martial Arts will be teaching us how to lion dance to celebrate Chinese New Year! Each child will receive a special gift for attending. We’ll see you there!

Arden Fair Kids hosts a FREE monthly event for kids ages 2-10. Each child who signs up will receive a VIP membership badge and earn prizes for reaching milestones.

Tai Kwon Do Championships2/2 – 11th Annual Sacramento Invitation Tai Kwon Do Championships – The Sacramento Invitational TKD Championships is bringing a world-class Olympic medal winner from Team USA to participate in showcasing the world’s most taught martial art. This Olympic Medalist joins hundreds of black belt martial artists eager to fight in the Sacramento Invite! Hundreds of  trophies are up for grabs in the sparring circles of this competition.

Leapin Lizards at the Nature Center2/2 – Family Activity: Leapin’ Lizards at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Do lizards leap? What’s a skink? What’s a blue belly? Do lizards lose their tails? Come meet some resident lizards and find out what make these cold-blooded critters so amazing.  As always, events at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center are free for the entire family!  (Parking in Ancil Hoffman Park is $5 per car.)

Teens and kids in the kitchen2/2 – Kids & Teens in the Kitchen: Quick Breads and Yeast Breads at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op – Cooking is a skill that can be developed over a lifetime. Young people: get a head start in these fun, hands-on classes. Class ends with the students enjoying the dishes they have prepared together in class. Students will learn valuable skills in menu planning, using fresh seasonal ingredients, knife skills, measuring and working as a team.  There is nothing more enticing than bread fresh from the oven. In this class, students will learn the essential steps of bread baking. Jill Simmons will teach students how to make monkey bread with cinnamon and sugar, quick cheese bread, almost “no-knead” bread, and banana-coconut bread with macadamia nuts.

Stamp-a-rama2/3 – Stamp-a-rama at the Discovery Museum – Learn about the science of the universe and about our own solar system in the entertaining and hands-on Space Quest! exhibit. Explore color and light in the light effects room then try to use the astronaut glove boxes to complete building tasks.  Visit the 12-foot rocket play space and dress up in an astronaut costume and helmet.  Children make and take a space stamp banner as a souvenir.

Otters and Beavers2/3 – Family Activity: Fun Facts about Otters at the Nature Center – These two are not related, but are often mistaken for each other. Did you know what otters are highly intelligent and that beavers are actually rodents? Come learn some fun facts about these creatures who roam out local waters.

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