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.

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