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Weekend Family Fun

April 25, 2013

Another beautiful weekend is in store for the Sacramento region.  Tour the wildflowers at Soil Born Farms, teach your kids how to be healthier at the Sacramento YMCA Healthy Kids Day, take in a River Cats baseball game or head to Fairytale Town for the last weekend of the Children’s Theater Festival.  See below for our complete list of what going on this weekend.

4/25 – 4/27  – Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Salt Lake Bees. Don’t forget to take advantage of Thirsty Thursday specials which include all 12oz. Miller and Miller Lites for just $2 each and 24oz. Miller and Miller Lites for just $4 each!

boxtales_1_category4/26 – 4/28 – Children’s Theater Festival This is the last Weekend! Introduce your children to the magic of theater! During the month of April, Fairytale Town showcases a diverse selection of theater performances each weekend in the Children’s Theater. Performing companies include the Fairytale Town Troupers, Shadow Puppet Theatre, Boxtales Theatre Company, Roseville Theatre Arts Academy, and more.

4/27-4/28 – Rockin’ with the Richter Scale – Here’s a fun fact: April 26 is Richter Scale Day and the Discovery Museum is celebrating! This useful measurement has helped people define how strong earthquakes are. Cindy Pridmore, geologist with the California Geological Survey, will talk about why and where there are earthquakes in the state. This event will have fault blocks, the liquefaction box, the new state fault map, as well as a make-and-take fault activity.

wildflower_wonders_category4/27 – Wildflower Wonders at Soil Born Farms – This year’s Wildflower Wonders will be a showcase of native plants in their natural habitats of the greater Sacramento region. It will highlight wildflowers and plants from these local habitats: oak woodland, vernal pool & prairie, riparian woodland, and chaparral. Hundreds of fresh-cut native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and grasses illustrate each display. Rounding out each habitat area are inspiring photographs of the landscape. Expert naturalists provide friendly and knowledgeable interpretation at each exhibit.  There will be a Discovery Zone for kids in the Old Schoolhouse which will include a Focus on Flowers section with several microscopes, an art table with flowers in vases posing for the artists, a Scavenger Hunt table (the hunt itself will gather outside; prizes for those who complete), and a Quiet Corner featuring a YouTube video of the life cycle of the Swallowtail Pipevine Butterfly plus California Gold’s Huell Howser episodes of Mather Vernal Pools and of the American River Parkway.

4/27 – Kids Art Festival: Community Focus on the Arts -This event will feature hands on workshops taught by professional artists and teachers of the arts, performing art exhibits, music and dance performances, an art show, and food vendors. The goal is to introduce children to various art forms in hopes that they may open their minds to new experiences. Art brings people together and encourages a strong work ethic, setting goals, dreaming, creativity, imagination, and hard work. Workshops will be geared toward children of all ages.  This festival is presented by the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District in partnership with the San Juan Unified School District, the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, and the Fair Oaks Library.

kidsdayranchocordova_category4/27 – 24th Annual Kids Day in the Park: Color Me Happy – It’s a great day to be a kid at the 24th Annual Kid’s Day in the Park. Come celebrate the “Color Me Happy” theme and enjoy free art activities, a petting barn, train rides, fabulous children’s entertainment on the Kid’s Stage featuring Radio Disney, food trucks, inflatables, and much, much more. Get free health screenings and parent resources from over 100 exhibitors each hosting a free activity for kids. Kids who complete the PAL Bike Safety Rodeo are eligible to win one of 100 bikes.

sactomofoapril2013_category4/27 – SactoMoFo 6: Mobile Food Festival – Sacramentans will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of culinary delights served up by over two dozen mobile food vendors at the sixth edition of the Sacramento Mobile Food Festival (SactoMoFo). The festival will feature all the best local food trucks as well as all-star food trucks from all over Northern California. The event will feature a beer garden and live music.

4/27 – Critter Close Up at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Meet an animal resident at the Nature Center up-close and learn what habitat and food they need to survive.

hkd_b_category4/27 – YMCA Healthy Kids Day –  Come join the Sacramento Area YMCA to celebrate YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, a free community event to get kids moving and learning, and also to get families living healthier.  Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out, and grow, but sometimes when the school year ends, so does a child’s exposure to activities that keep the body and mind active. The Y’s Healthy Kids Day event will include fun, active play as well as educational activities that will inspire kids to carry a spirit of excitement and exploration throughout their summer and give them the tools to keep growing and achieving all year long.

Healthy Kids Day® at Sacramento Area YMCA will kick off with a Family Fun Run 5K leaving the Sacramento YMCA and running through the surrounding neighborhood and returning to the Y. Healthy Kids Day® activities will start at the conclusion of the Family Fun Run 5K and will feature a variety of activities, community organizations, and resources available in the Sacramento Area.

4/28 – 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.  This event is free with museum admission.

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