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.