You will have plenty of wonderful family friendly activities to choose from this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. In addition to Old Sacramento’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, you’ll find Sutter’s Fort abuzz with Hands on History, several theater productions including Charlotte’s Web, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Shrek The Musical. You can celebrate Einstein’s birthday at the Discovery Museum and even join in a couple of early easter egg hunts. Whatever you do, have fun!
3/14-3/17 – Shrek The Musical – Based on the Academy Award-winning film that started it all, Shrek The Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage at Three Stages. During its Broadway run, it played over 500 performances and garnered eight 2009 Tony Award nominations. Part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and entirely irreverent fun for the whole family, the musical boasts a terrific score, big laughs, great dancing, and breathtaking scenery. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram exclaims, “It is difficult to know where to begin praising this sparkling production. Every element of an outstanding musical is found in abundance here.”
3/15-3/17 – Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts – A performance by the Cashore Marionettes is a celebration of life. Engineering marvels with an extraordinary quality of movement, these marionettes explore a range of emotions with precise action and endearing nuance. The combination of virtuoso manipulation, music, illusion, and artistry blend into a sensitive perspective of what it is to be human. Simple Gifts is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven, and Copland.
3/16 – 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors, and a variety of cultural organizations, will all join together to be a part of the 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Always a free event, the parade steps off promptly at 1pm from 2nd & L Streets in Old Sacramento and proceeds throughout the national historic landmark.
3/16 – Hands on History: Hard Working Women of the Frontier – Author of Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War and Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past, Stapp will be at the Fort to give three presentations throughout the day about the multi-faceted roles of frontier women in California.
In addition to the special guest presentations, many interactive Fort activities will be available that demonstrate how pioneer women were vital economic partners in families, many of whom set up their own businesses selling eggs, milk, or baked goods to neighbors and travelers. Other special activities await Fort guests, too, including crowd-favorite black powder and musket demonstrations, dutch-oven cooking demonstrations, and an interactive wagon trail camp for visitors to experience what it was like to camp as part of a wagon train. On this special day, Fort guests will also learn to carry water buckets, use a yoke, make rope, decide what supplies are necessary for the trip, help load the wagon and climb inside an authentic covered wagon to feel what it was like to journey across country.
3/16 – St. Patrick’s Day River Cruise – This St. Patrick’s Day spend your afternoon on the Sacramento River. Enjoy a one hour cruise of the Sacramento River with face painters & balloon artists for the kids and specials on green beer for adults. See where the American and Sacramento Rivers come together to experience the wildlife and breathtaking natural beauty that this historic and important waterway has to offer.
3/16 – Easter Egg Hunt at Hagginwood Park – Join for a fun-filled day of hunting the elusive eggs of Easter. Many have tried, and all have gained the prize of chocolates and candies!
3/16 – Easter Egg Hunt at Parkway Oaks – Join for a fun-filled day of hunting the elusive eggs of Easter. Many have tried, and all have gained the prize of chocolates and candies!
3/16 – Cub Scout Academics: Weather at the Discovery Museum – Calling all Cubs and Webelos! What do you know about the weather? Here’s a great opportunity for a hands-on learning experience. During this action-packed morning you will make your own weather station to take home and track weather conditions, and learn the correct use of weather terms, use prisms to explain rainbow formation and identify different types of clouds, understand and discuss the greenhouse effect, hurricanes, and tornadoes, and perform an experiment to see the effects of acid rain and make a poster to understand the water cycle. Pre-registration is required. Attending Cubs & Webelos will receive
a Discovery Museum Participation Scout patch.
3/16 – Family Activity: Nature’s Symphony at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Listen for a drumming woodpecker, a sweet soprano songbird, and the deep bass notes of a bullfrog on this guided walk to discover the sounds of nature.
3/16-3/17 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – This colorful and imaginative ballet tells a fanciful story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a world full of unusual characters. The story comes brilliantly to life with fanciful costumes, out of this world scenery, and fun, family friendly choreography.
3/16-3/17 – Einstein and Pi at the Discovery Museum – In celebration of Pi Day and Einstein’s birthday, the Discovery Museum is packing in the science fun with multiple activities for the whole family. Visitors will learn about Pi and how it was discovered, taking measurements and doing the math—just like Archimedes. A packet filled with more Pi activities to take home will also be provided. Add to the Pi chain by coloring a number and tacking it on the wall—how long will it go? Visitors can also celebrate and learn a bit about Albert Einstein—make an Einstein craft to take home and dress up like him for a photo-op.
3/17 – California Theater Center: Charlotte’s Web – Explore a magical barnyard world where animals talk and miracles happen. This story of courage and friendship, based on E.B. White’s touching novel of a lovable pig named Wilbur and a kind spider named Charlotte, has inspired readers for decades. Recommended for grades K-5.
3/17 – Family Activity: Living in Water at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Discover the hidden world of water insects and polliwogs. Using catch and release activities get a close-up look at amazing little animals that live in
the Effie Yeaw Nature Center’s pond.