Congratulations go out to Sonia! She is our lucky reader to have won four admission tickets to Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing on June 22 or 23, 2013. Please contact us to claim your tickets. Thank you all!
The weather is warming up and you have a variety of fun and family friendly events to choose from. Experience the wild west with a Great Train Robbery ride, or be a spectator at the premier hydroplane event at Folsom Lake. If you want to be indoors, catch Annie Jr. at the 24th Street theater, Good Night Moon at the Woodland Opera House or Sacramento Public Library’s summer reading program kick-off and ice cream social. Don’t forget that the River Cats are playing this weekend followed by a fabulous fireworks show!
5/31 – 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. The hugely popular Raley Field fireworks shows are back. Stay tuned after the game for a spectacular fireworks display. Spend Friday night enjoying some baseball and fireworks!
5/31 – 6/2 – Annie Jr. at the 24th Street Theater -Based on the popular Broadway musical, Annie Jr. tells the story of a spunky, Depression-era orphan who is determined to find the parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan.
In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil plans, befriends President Franklin Roosevelt, and finds a new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Annie Jr. features songs from the original Broadway show including “Tomorrow,” “Hard-Knock Life,” “Little Girls,” and “Maybe.”
5/31 – 6/2 – Big Wake Weekend – Bike Wake Weekend is California’s premier beach picnic and party, combining culture, sport, and entertainment. It’s been 46 years since a hydroplane event has visited the shores of Folsom Lake. This event changes that.
The three-day sun filled festival will also feature the Hyperlite Experience*, wakeboarding’s foremost presentation and show, as well as American Power Boat Association (APBA) championship race series, exciting exhibitions, themed beer gardens, quality food & souvenir concessions and Nationwide Insurance’ Motorsports Midway with entertainment for all ages.
Athletes will wow the crowd hitting kickers and performing huge aerial maneuvers. Technical gap sliders will also be in place to please the viewers looking for a more daring stunt.
5/31 – 6/9 – Goodnight Moon at the Woodland Opera House – Everyone’s favorite bedtime book comes vibrantly alive on the Woodland Opera House stage in this new musical generously underwritten by Jennifer Goldman, D.D.S. and Amy Tran, D.D.S. The show features catchy songs,
delightful choreography and a colorful set that pays homage to Clement Hurd’s vivid book illustrations. The story revolves around the humorous antics of one very nocturnal bunny as sings his way to sweet dreams through nursery rhyme scenes with the Three Bears dancing with chairs, the Cat and the Fiddle, and the Cow Jumping Over the Moon.
6/1 – A Night in History at the Folsom History Museum – A Night in History is a living history night featuring a BBQ dinner, ice cream sundae social sponsored by Snooks’ Candies, bluegrass music by Fiddle Flash and Friends, Old West entertainment by Legends ‘n Liars, blacksmith demonstrations, gold panning, and activities for children and a raffle of prizes. Dress in vintage or western attire and strut your stuff in a costume judging contest for adults and children.
6/1 – Animals of the World with Wild Things – Wild Things members will bring live animals from around the world to the library. Come learn about these amazing creatures and how they came to live at the Wild Things Wildlife Rescue Center!
6/1 – Critter Close-up at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Get a chance to meet one of the Nature Center’s resident animals up close! Learn all about an amazing animal and its own unique journey to becoming an educational ambassador.
6/1 – Dia del Nino KiDDay Festival – This outdoor children’s festival serves to honor kids’ happiness, enthusiasm, and possibility. Hosted by La Raza Galeria Posada, families will enjoy a variety of art activity center including chalk art workshops, dance/movement health and fitness workshops, puppet workshop, a ballet folklorico workshop, a create-a-garden workshop, a group art collage project, dance group performances throughout the day, and the unveiling of a newly-created large community mural designed by Los Angeles muralist Shaun Burner and youth from Sacramento’s La Familia Counseling Center.
6/1 – Great Train Robbery Ride – Take a ride back to the Old West. This 3.5 hour trip departing from West Sacramento includes a relaxing train ride over the Fremont Trestle and through some pretty countryside. While riding along, however, keep an eye for outlaws who tend to hide out along the tracks. Fortunately, there is the Marshall on board to keep things safe. More often than not, he has to teach those outlaws a lesson! You’ll deboard the train to enjoy a western barbecue lunch by the river.
6/1 – Sacramento Public Library Summer Reading Program Kick-off – There’s only one thing we like as much as reading and that is ice cream! Celebrate with an ice cream and craft extravaganza to help kick off this year’s summer reading program. Don’t forget to sign-up for our program Reading is So Delicious. All library patrons can pick up their game cards and participate this summer to win prizes. Happening at Belle Cooledge, Franklin and North Natomas Libraries.
6/1-6/2 – Sizzling Sun Fun – Visit the Discovery Museum this weekend and enjoy some sizzling sun fun. They are premiering a special planetarium show, Solar Max, highlighting sun spots at 1pm and 3pm for ages 4 and older and included with admission. As a souvenir, kids 12 and under decorate a glittery sun banner to hang up at home. Learn other space facts while touring our Space Quest! exhibit.
6/2 – Positive Energy Kids Triathlon -The Positive Energy Kids Triathlon is a kids triathlon for ages 3 to 18 that incorporates exercise into a fun event. Participation, a positive experience, and a sense of accomplishment are what the young athletes walk away with after the event.
At this event, the goal is for every finisher—whether first or last or somewhere in-between—to feel a sense of triumph when they cross the finish line. Both finish times and placement take a backseat to the goals at hand, which are to introduce children to the exciting sport of triathlon as well as to simply portray exercise in a fun manner. In order to participate, each child must bring: a swimsuit, a bike, a bike helmet, and a pair of athletic shoes for the bike/run portions.
Who isn’t a Sesame Street fan? I grew up watching the ever popular kids show, and loved experiencing it again when my two boys were little. Now, all of our favorite muppets are coming to Sacramento to entertain us. Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing will be making us smile at Sleep Train Arena June 22nd and 23rd. Here’s a little bit about the show to get you super excited:
“When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, there’s something in the air – and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Grover and Baby Bear sing their highs and lows, Cookie Monster sings fast and slow, Bert and Ernie converse in song and Murray makes mouth music for all to sing along! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!”
Tickets are on sale now, you can get them here. Doors open one hour before the show, at which time your kiddos can experience Sesame Street up close and personal (and for FREE!) in the Play Zone.
Now, for the really exciting part…we have tickets to give away to one lucky reader! If you would like to win the family 4-pack to Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing, leave a comment on this post telling us who your child’s favorite muppet is. The winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, May 31, 2013. Good luck!
It’s Memorial Day weekend and you’ll want to get out and enjoy it! The Sacramento Music Festival will be going strong all weekend long, as well as the Sacramento County Fair, where kids 12 and younger are FREE! You might want to head over to William Land Park for the International Children’s Festival, or cruise the Sacramento River aboard the Hornblower. On Monday, take advantage of the FREE Family Palooza Festival at the Crocker. There is so much to do…take a look at our list before you make your final plans.
5/23 – Sacramento River Cats vs. the New Orleans Zephyrs – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the New Orleans Zephyrs.
5/23-27 – Sacramento County Fair – Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the Sacramento County Fair—a fun, affordable, and safe event for the whole family! The community enjoys the Sacramento County Fair’s friendly atmosphere, traditional county fair competitions, agriculture displays, hands-on family activities, carnival, festival-style entertainment, and specialty foods. Kids 12 years and younger are free!
5/24-25 – The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – Just when ten-year-old Stanley Lambchop tires of being the most ordinary boy around, a nighttime accident leaves him flat—”really” flat. The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr. follows the beloved, 2-D character from Jeff Brown’s classic children’s book in a whirlwind travel adventure. From Hollywood to France to Honolulu, music and magic accompany this paper-thin boy as Flat Stanley searches for a solution to his unique problem.
The culmination of Musical Mayhem Productions’ Homeschool Performance Workshop, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr. showcases local young acting talent in a show perfect for children of all ages
5/24-27 – Sacramento Music Festival – Get ready to dance in the streets of Old Sacramento morning, noon, and night when the Sacramento Music Festival celebrates 40 amazing years of world-class musical entertainment! Sure to delight music lovers of all ages, headliners for the 40th anniversary event include Los Lobos, Kenny Wayne Shepard Band, Ben Taylor, The Blasters, John Lee Hooker Jr., The James Hunter Six, Wanda Jackson, Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Jimmy Pailer, Johnny “Guitar” Knox, and Beer Dawgs, to name a few.
5/25 – 9th Annual International Kids Festival – Come partake in a great way to celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends at no cost with lots of fun as well as exciting things to see and do. Be sure to enjoy the stage entertainment program, professional magician show, face painting, jump houses, and lots of fun and prizes, including activities for the
5/25 – Critter Corner at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Where do our animals come from? Why are they here? Meet a couple of small animal residents at the Nature Center up close. Learn about each of their unique journeys and how they became an educational ambassador for the Nature Center. All ages welcome
5/25 -26 – Fairytale Town Puppet Festival – Fairytale Town brings you another season of playful puppetry! Children and adults can enjoy live puppet show performances inside Fairytale Town’s Children’s Theater. This year’s festival features six original roductions based on new and traditional fairytales.
5/25-27 – Sensational Space Stamping at the Discovery Museum – Having a stay-cation over the holiday weekend?
Come out and explore the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center! There is a lot happening this weekend to entertain the entire family. Visit their Space Quest! exhibit, make a space banner with ink stamps (ages 0-12) and learn
about a live animal at Noon or 2pm (all ages). This is the last weekend of the special planetarium show, Dance of the Planets, at 1pm or 3pm (ages 4+). Guests are welcome to enjoy their picnic lunches on the grounds.
5/26 – Vettes for Vets – This is an annual car show arranged by the California Automobile Museum as memorial to military veterans and Corvettes. Veterans will enjoy over 50 raffle prizes, food trucks coordinated by Sacto MoFo, and music. The car show is also free for spectators and is an excellent event for kids. Come out and enjoy the sun gleaming off the gorgeous Corvettes!
5/26 – Reading of the Names: Memorial Day at Capitol Park – Please join in honoring and remembering those California Vietnam Veterans who were killed in the Vietnam War, as well as Veterans from all wars, all services, and those currently serving at this Reading of the Names in honor of Memorial Day. Vietnam Veterans, family, friends, and the public are all invited to attend.
The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located in the State Capitol grounds at 15th & L Streets.
5/27 – Color Me Rad – Color Me Rad Sacramento benefits the Special Olympics. The Color Bombs start flying at 9am with waves of runners getting plastered with color every five minutes after. You’ll end up looking like a kindergarten art class gone wrong, but the Art of Running will make you feel oh so right.
What do you get besides a run? We have been told we have the best run package around. You get a nice participant shirt (comfy and not one with 25 sponsors on it), a pair of neon ’80s glasses to protect those eyes during the run, a “rad” tattoo, and more. Don’t forget to like Color Me Rad on Facebook for race updates and to win sweet stuff like Camelbacks, running shoes, hoodies, and free entries.
5/27 – Holiday Monday: Family Palooza at the Crocker Art Museum – Come enjoy music by Frankie and the Fabletones, the Hipwaders, and Sacramento Philharmonic’s “WolfGANG!” Learn new dance moves at a Pepper Von Production featuring Step 1 Dancers and Corina Bianca. Pose for a fun family portrait and create your own art.
In the spirit of “it takes a village,” bring a donation of diapers or wipes for the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services’ Parent Education Program. The Museum will be open and free from 10am-5pm for the Holiday Monday. Holiday Mondays are sponsored by Target.
5/27 – Hornblower Memorial Day Cruise – Come aboard for a Memorial Day River Cruise on the Sacramento River. This one hour river cruise is the perfect way to cool down while learning about the history of Sacramento and the nature of the water ways. Come aboard this Memorial Day with your family!
5/27 – Wounded Veteran Run – The area’s fastest growing run is the 3rd Annual Wounded Veteran Run, presented by Aerojet. The courses follow the beautiful Folsom Parkway Trails and include a 3K walk, a 5K run/walk, a 10K run, and the newly added Kids Fun Run. All Kids Fun Run finishers will receive an award for participation. Runners will enjoy custom T-shirts, the wonderful scenery, and, most of all, the lack of monstrous hills.
By Heather Crivellone
Some of my most cherished memories as a child is packing up a lunch, grabbing a pole and going fishing with my Dad. I don’t remember ever actually catching a fish- but I do remember the squeals of trying to bait the worms and sitting anxiously watching the bobbers bounce in the water.
And now that I have children of my own, I want them to experience the same simple, innocent fun of casting their lines into the water and waiting… watching… and waiting some more for a fish to eventually “take the bait”.
Unfortunately, these days it can be quite expensive to go fishing for the day. You need a license, the fishing pole, the bait, the lunches, etc. etc. Now, I’m not an avid fisher-woman by any means (I prefer to get my seafood from Scott’s Seafood on the River and keep the worms in my garden), however I do want my kids to have the experiences of this classic pastime.
Luckily for us here in Sacramento, we have quite a few options to choose from when deciding to go fishing. We are literally surrounded by waterways and have access to major rivers (the American and Sacramento), we are close to Folsom Lake and many of our local parks have stocked ponds for our fishing enjoyment. Some of these parks include: Southside Park, William Land Park, Howe Community Park, Hagan Community Park, Mather Regional Park and Elk Grove Community Park. If you choose to fish in one of these parks and/or rivers and lake, you do need to purchase a fishing license.
I wasn’t ready to invest in my children’s fishing future quite yet- so I found a place outside of Lincoln that takes the headache out of prepping for the day’s adventure.
Big M Fishery in Lincoln is a fishery “one stop shop”. No license required, they have poles to rent, bait, stocked fishing ponds, picnic tables, restrooms, shade and they even have snacks and lunch items available if you get hungry! You don’t have to worry about packing a lunch, a pole, the worms… just show up and cast a line…this is my kind of fishing!
Big M is located 8 miles west of the city of Lincoln off of Nicholas Road (approximately 50 minutes from Downtown Sacramento). To view directions click here.
They are open Wednesday- Sunday 6am-4pm (Rain or Shine). Day rate is $15 per person and this includes the first 2 pounds of fish that is caught. There is a $3 visitor fee for non-fishing chaperones and kids under the age of 2 are free.
The admission fee gives you the opportunity to “Catch -n-Release” all day in any of the five stocked ponds. Choose from Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish and Channel Catfish.
If you choose to visit Big M or any one of our locally stocked ponds for a day out fishing with your kids- remember to bring sunblock, snacks and a camera to get those fantastic pictures of your children with their first “caught fish”. These will be memories that will last a lifetime and you never know- you may have the next “Deadliest Catch” on your hands!
Is your child the next Picasso or VanGogh? Do they spend hours coloring pictures and making artwork? Or are you looking for a way to introduce your child to the wonderful world of Art and may be searching for something other than coloring books to peak their interest?
At the Kids Studio of Fine Arts in Roseville your child can learn everything from the basics of drawing to more complex and expressionistic styles of drawing and painting.
They offer classes for children between the ages of 4 and 18 and have many classes available throughout the week.
If you are looking for an unique birthday party idea- they can host a party such as “Mini Monet’s”, “Let’s Paint” and “Drawing Parties” for your child. This would not only make for a fantastic birthday memory, but the skills they will learn during the class they will have for a lifetime!
I had the opportunity to visit the studio with my 4 year old boy and watch while he took the class “Getting Ready” for children ages 4-6. In this class, they are taught the basics of shape and color recognition while learning the basics of color mixing and application. I was extremely impressed with the instructor and how she was able to get the children to focus and create a picture with using basic shapes and designs. My son, who has mastered the art of “stick people” and “happy faces” was able to create a picture that literally looked like a real Chameleon (what they were actually trying to make!).
I know this may not sound like a huge accomplishment…but when they broke it down into simple processes for these children and explained how a triangle or a circle can be used and developed into a larger picture- it was amazing to see what they were able to create! I’m not sure what I was actually more impressed with- the fact that they were able to get the young children to sit quietly and focus or that the pictures actually looked like what they were supposed to look like! For a mom with a highly rambunctious 4 year old son… It was the best 40minutes of my week (not to mention I have some beautiful artwork now on display).
This summer they will be hosting Summer Camps for children ages 6 and up. Some of the camps that will be offered are: “Painting with Acrylics”, “Fashion Design”, “World of Fantasy”, “All about Horses”, and more.
I wish they had programs like these when I was a kid- I remember spending my summer days watching Bob Ross on PBS and trying to make my watercolors look like the paintings he did. Most of the time, I just made a mess and my mom would yell that I had paint all over her tables!
So, if you are anything like my mom was and terrified of having the watercolors and chalk all over your living room- I highly suggest checking out the Kids Studio of Fine Arts in Roseville and letting the trained instructors help your budding Picasso’s learn how to express themselves creatively and in an environment that is inviting to the young artists.
***UPDATED FOR 2015***
It’s hard to believe, but summer is right around the corner…and you know what that means, the kids will soon be out of school. You don’t need to spend a fortune keeping them busy all summer long. There are plenty of fun activities and events that are free or nearly free right here in town. Take a look – the fun starts now!
1. Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long at Fireside Lanes – 5/1 – 9/7 – Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the Kids Bowl FREE program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer. You can sign up online and your kids can bowl 2 free games every day of the summer. Special discounts are offered to parents, too!
2. Pay-What-You-Wish Sundays at the Crocker Art Museum – 6/21, 7/29, 8/16, 9/20 – Through the generous support of Western Health Advantage, the Crocker Art Museum will provide free access to the general public on the third Sunday of each month. “Pay What You Wish Sunday” is part of the Crocker ‘s commitment to provide Museum access to the entire community.
3. Sacramento Fire Department Open Houses – 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/12, 9/19 – You are invited to bring your family and friends to visit with firefighters, take a tour of the fire station, get an up-close look at a fire engine, and more!
4. Pops in the Park – 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27 – FREE family friendly summer concerts the whole family can enjoy! Each Saturday throughout the month of June, you’ll be entertained by various artists at various East Sacramento Parks. Bicycle valet parking, food and drink is available.
5. Mommy & Me Day at Raley Field – 6/22 – Mommy & Me Days are non-ticketed, FREE events open to children ages 6-and-under and their parents. They are exclusive opportunities for families to enjoy a fun play date at Raley Field. Children will enjoy a variety of activities on the baseball field, including running the bases, playing catch, and exploring the River Cats’ inflatable bounce house and obstacle course. In addition, the River Cats’ beloved mascot Dinger will be on hand to entertain children and parents alike. Free parking, free snacks and drinks for the first 1,500 children.
6. Family Bike Nights at Safetyville, USA – 6/18-19, 6/25-26, 7/2-3, 7/9-10, 7/16-17, 7/23-24, 7/30-7/31, 8/6-8/7, 8/13-14, 8/20-22 – This FREE event is open to all ages and skill levels. A special area will be provided for smaller riders in the center in front of the capital. Additionally each event will include a safety or health lesson with a special guest speaker for the families that attend; i.e.: how to fit a bike helmet, pedestrian safety, stranger danger, etc. Helmets required, snacks and drinks will be available.
7. Wells Fargo Wednesdays at the Sacramento Zoo – 7/15, 7/22 & 7/29 – Bring your kids to the Zoo for FREE on three Wednesdays in July thanks to Wells Fargo! Up to four kids, ages 2-11 will be admitted for free with a paid adult. Wells Fargo will offer a free train or carousel ride to kids. On July 30th the famous Wells Fargo Stage Coach will be at the Zoo too! Sponsored by Wells Fargo.
8. Free Kids Day at the California State Fair – 7/14, 7/21 – On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under get FREE admission to the California State Fair, and all rides are only $1 for all ages!
9. Screen on the Green – 8/28, 8/29 – Screen on the Green is a series of FREE movie screenings held at various parks throughout the district. The program is made possible by contributions from Councilmember Steve Cohn and the Pops in the Park project. This year’s movie is Big Hero 6. FREE popcorn provided!
10. Gold Rush Days – 9/4 – 9/7 – Hitch up the team to your buckboard and come on down! Bring the young’uns and the in-laws, the neighbors and the new folk just off the stage from back East. Heck, bring your sweetheart along for a thrill. During Labor Day Weekend in Old Sacramento you’ll find yourself transported back to the days of gold and glory, when California was a brand-new state with brand-new ideas. Join in the truly old-time fun in the world of yesterday! Admission is FREE.
Parks with Water Features – there are plenty of neighborhood parks that have water features (splash grounds, kiddie pools, misters.) Take advantage of these fabulous and FREE ways to stay cool!
Effie Yeaw Nature Center – The Nature Center is part of a 77-acre nature preserve with riparian and oak woodlands, shrub lands, meadows, and aquatic habitats. There are three self-guided trails that are equipped with interpretive signage along the way, pointing out interesting features. There are also classes, workshops and family outings to participate in. While admission to the center is always FREE, there is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle.
Regal Cinemas Summer Movies – June through August, Regal hosts the Summer Movie Express. Kid-friendly movies are just $1 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. This is a great way to get out of the heat when the temperature rises.
Tower Theatre Summer Movies – The mid-week, morning screenings will run for nine weeks, from mid-June to mid-August for just $1. The coolest movie playing this summer? The Wizard of Oz on July 1 & 2.
Other Summer Activities Not to be Missed:
River Cats Baseball – Sacramento’s triple A baseball team is one of the best in the league. Take advantage of a good old-fashioned night out with the family at Raley Field. Enjoy fireworks on Friday and Saturday home games, and $1 hot dogs and desserts on Tuesdays. Parking is FREE this season. And don’t forget about the Dinger Kids Club!
Raging Waters – Raging Waters Sacramento features more than 25 exhilarating water attractions, breath-taking slides, crystal clear pools and fun-filled activities for children and adults of all ages. Thrill slides include favorites such as Splashdown, Hurricane, Cliffhanger Speed Slides, Breaker Beach Wave Pool and the Shark Attack Waterslide complex. Those park goers in the mood for more chill than thrills can cool down in the tranquil waters of the Calypso Cooler Lazy River or explore Treehouse Reef, our new 5-story children’s attraction with water slides, secret tubes and hundreds of water activities. And don’t forget, when you buy the Sacramento Season Pass, you also get FREE admission into the State Fair!