Weekend Family Fun

Phew.  The winter-like weather has passed, and it looks like summer is here again in Sacramento!  You’ll want to check out Fairytale Town’s annual Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy event, or spend some time outside at the Nature Center.  The Crocker Art Museum’s popular Family Fridays returns this Friday night, or have the kids bring their bikes down to the Children’s Museum for some biking fun with Leo.  Whatever you choose, have a wonderful weekend!

6/28 – Family Fridays: Rainbow Day at the Crocker Art Museum – Join other families in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard for music, art-making, and good old-fashioned fun. Picnic fare and artfully educational toys will be available for purchase in the courtyard. On Rainbow Day, jump around to colorful, Caribbean music performed by Asheba.

lorax_filmposter_category6/28 – Drive-in Movie: Lorax at the Fulton-El Camino Recreation District – Enjoy an evening swim. Bring a picnic dinner, popcorn, or purchase available concessions, then settle in for the evening to enjoy a screening of The Lorax.  Grass seating will be available, so bring blankets to sit on. Please no glass in the pool area.  Guests will also be able to help choose the next week’s movie.

sacramento-river-cats-logo_W26/28 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Reno Aces – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Reno Aces. Enjoy the hugely popular Raley Field fireworks, with a show immediately following the game. See the best fireworks show in Northern California all season long!  Also, the first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive a River Cats rally towel. Show up early to make sure you get one.

6/28 – reCreate the Masters at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join Sacramento Children’s Museum and Miss Cynthia from reCREATE to experience art in a new way. Weekly art projects have been designed using recycled materials. You will reCREATE well-known masterpieces and children’s books.  All materials are provided and the class is included with admission to the Museum

fairytale town 6/29 – Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy at Fairytale Town – Celebrate the classic works of William Shakespeare while enjoying all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream at Fairytale Town’s magical midsummer evening inspired by the popular fairy-themed play. The enchanting evening emceed by Mix 96’s Jennifer Wood features multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an old-time marketplace, and more.  Costumes for the whole family are encouraged. No host food and bar.

girl_with_pizza_category6/29 – Kids and Teens in the Kitchen: Farm Pizza Party at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op – Cooking is a skill that can be developed over a lifetime. Young people get a head start in these fun, hands-on classes, and they get to enjoy the dishes they have made together. Students will learn valuable skills using fresh seasonal ingredients: knife skills, measuring, kitchen math, and working as a team.  In this Farm Pizza Party class, students will harvest fresh veggies from the farm and use them as toppings for their own personal pizza. They will learn to make pizza dough as well as pesto from scratch. Not to mention they will learn where the food comes from.

kidsonbikes_category6/29 – Wheels Day at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Bring your bike, trike, or scooter (and a helmet)! Join Team Leo outside to roll and ride all day. Remember your helmet. Bubbles, music, and a hydration station will be available. No fee to play outside with us. General admission will apply for indoor museum activities

waspoakgalls_category6/29 – What Gall at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Discover how tiny wasps have caused galls in Effie Yeaw’s oak trees. Some galls look like apples, some like Hershey Kisses, and some even look like tiny sea urchins.  Join a Naturalist for a hike in the preserve to find three different types of oak trees and discover what kinds of galls each oak hosts.

Stamp-a-rama6/29-6/30 – Meteor Madness at the Discovery Museum – Come to the Discovery Museum and learn about rocks from space–meteors! There is a collection of meteorites on display in the Space Quest! exhibit. Children craft a shooting star on a stick to take home as a souvenir. The family feature this weekend is a presentation on meteors–where they come from and where they go–at Noon or 2pm for all ages. Planetarium shows are at 1pm or 3pm for ages 4 and older.

6/30 – Animals of the American River at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Reptiles, mammals, and birds can be found all along the American River. How can
you tell these three groups apart? Is it by eggs or skin or flight? Examine some biofact evidence and meet an animal resident of the Nature Center up close to decide in which group it belongs.


Hands-On Kids Workshop Series Begins at the California Museum

By Alyssa Green

California Museum 020Sacramento is a great family town, with plenty of museums, events and activities that welcome and cater to kids.  We have the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento, Fairytale Town at William Land Park, and the Sacramento Children’s Museum in nearby Rancho Cordova.  Even the Crocker Art Museum has a fabulous kids tour and program.  But there is one local museum that may have escaped your kid’s radar.  The California Museum.

First opened in 1998, the California Museum’s purpose was to showcase the materials of the California State Archives.  In 2003, former first lady Maria Shriver began working with the museum in showcasing California’s prominent women in history, and in 2004, “California’s Remarkable Women” exhibit opened, raising the profile and awareness of the museum.  The museum continues to evolve, and in doing so has become more family friendly.

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Today, one of the first exhibits one encounters at the museum, is “Health Happens Here,” an interactive exhibit that teaches kids that where they live, their actual zip code, may determine their life expectancy.  Here’s an excerpt from the Museum’s website on this exhibit:

“Discover what Californians are doing to build health in communities across the state in this interactive journey through all the places and all the ways health happens in California. Through a series of high-tech games and interactive stations, visitors explore key factors that affect health beyond traditional diet and exercise while earning points that can be donated to 1 of 10 charities to make health happen for all Californians.”

durell_120916_tcm_health_0173_0Visitors will find several interactive games in this exhibit, from a Kinect game teaching kids what is good or bad for their health, to “Stop the Glop,” teaching kids how to put together a healthy meal from school lunch choices, to an interactive game on bullying, to a good old-fashioned hopscotch game.  This wonderful, hands-on exhibit recently received the “Excellence in Exhibition” award at the American Alliance of Museums 25th annual national conference, one of just four national museums to receive the distinction.

As the museum has worked to expand its reach, it has developed a new program for kids.  Starting this month (June),  the fourth Saturday of each month will offer a series of hands-on learning workshops, free with regular admission.  The workshops provide engaging educational activities for kids ages 3 and up.

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In the very first workshop, “Greetings from California,” held this past Saturday, children had the opportunity to decorate their very own California post card using vintage, culture and history-inspired travel templates.  Take a look at the next three scheduled workshops:

July 27 – Make Your Mark on History – kids will have the chance to create their own “Spirit of California” medal highlighting a California Hall of Fame inductee.

August 24Discover California’s Treasures: State Symbols – Kids can participate in a museum treasure hunt that will teach them about California’s state symbols.

September 28 I Love You, California – Kids will join with the museum in celebrating our state’s birthday by learning the official State anthem and designing a California state flag.

What:  Hands-on Learning Series for kids

When:  Fourth Saturday of each month, 11am to 1pm

Where: California Museum, 1020 O Street (free weekend parking across the street)

Admission:  FREE for children 5 years and younger, $6 for youth ages 6-13, $8.50 for adults

Weekend Family Fun

Movies in the Park, music in the park, Sesame Street Live at Sleep Train Arena, even a campout at Fairytale Town!  There is so much to do this weekend.  Hope you have a good one!

family_bike_nights_logo_safetyville_category6/20-6/21 – Family Bike Night at Safetyville, USA – Families attending will enjoy bike riding in an enclosed safe riding area, food court selling hot dogs, sodas, and other snacks, a special designated area for the young riders, bike safety clinic, and local area bike vendors on hand for bike assistance and questions. This event also features CHP involvement and presentation.

$4fridays_category6/21 – $4 Friday Night at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Celebrate summer inside and outside the Sacramento Children’s Museum during the first “$4 Friday night” event happening this summer. Come and enjoy with live music by The Hoots, food trucks by FoodMob, Big Spoon Yogurt, face painting, eye-catching classic cars provided by the California Automobile Museum, and other fun activities.

logo_category6/21 – Movies in the Park: Angels in the Outfield – Come out early to get a good seat and let your kids experience the Wonderful Outdoor World (W.O.W.) bus before the movie begins.  Concessions (hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, and ice cream) will be available for purchase from the Fair Oaks Host Lions Club and Fair Oaks Youth Advisory Board (FOYAB).  The movie screened tonight will be Angels in the Outfield.

campout_category6/21 – Family Campout at Fairytale Town – Spend the night at Humpty Dumpty’s house. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theatre performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories, and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast.

wizardofozbanner_category6/21 – 6/30 – Wizard of Oz – Join Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion as they band together on an adventure along the Yellow Brick Road to Oz and face the wrath of the Wicked Witch. The production will be true to the movie that has enchanted fans
of all ages for decades featuring the songs “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.”

smurfs_movie_category6/22 – Macy’s Great American Drive-In – Coast-to-coast, bumper to bumper, join Macy’s as they continue their American Icons celebration with movie night at authentic drive-in and pop-up drive-in locations across the country. The fun begins with carnival games, top tunes, yummy treats, and more.  Bring your camera for a snapshot with your favorite Smurf character. At dusk, enjoy a free screening of the family blockbuster hit, The Smurfs™ and a sneak peek of The Smurfs 2™ in theatres July 31!

pops_2013_category6/22 – Pops in the Park: Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers  – Pops in the Park is a series of free evening concerts that raises money for under-funded neighborhood parks. Sponsorship and advertising dollars, as well as proceeds from the sale of food and beverages at the events, have been used since 1995 to fund the events, enhance neighborhood parks, bring improvements to the neighborhood, and provide youth athletic scholarships.

6/22  – Nature Tales at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Members of the Sacramento Storytellers Guild will share their entertaining tales of animals and nature.  Admission is free.

dingerrivercats_category6/22 & 6/23  – River Cats vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The River Cats are commemorating the 1,000th game ever played at Raley Field with A “Grand” Celebration. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will be invited down to the field post game to watch fireworks in the outfield!

sesamestreetlive_category6/22 & 6/23 – Sesame Street: Can’t Stop Singing – Come and play before the show! Play Zone at Sesame Street Live is a fun way for children to experience their favorite street. Imagine your child sitting in Big Bird’s nest, popping up in Oscar’s trash can, twirling in Zoe’s dance studio, or visiting Elmo’s World. You never know who’ll make an appearance. Families won’t want to miss a single picture-perfect moment. Play Zone opens one hour before the show and is free with your Sesame Street Live ticket.

Upcoming Events at Fairytale Town- Campouts, Concerts and more!

MLK Day at Fairytale TownBy Heather Crivellone

I have to admit, one of my most favorite and cherished places to take the kids here in Sacramento is Fairytale Town. How can it get any better… a park made specifically for toddlers and little feet to run around and play to their hearts content all while adding in the great nursery rhymes we have all grown up with? Stories and the Old Mother Goose rhymes literally come to life at this 2.5 acre play park.

The kids can explore old nursery rhyme favorites while speeding down slides, climbing through tunnels and balancing along the “Crooked Mile”.  Kids can enjoy viewing animals from the “Three Little Pig”, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and more.  My favorite area is Mr. McGregors Garden where the kids can help water the vegetable plants.  You can spend the entire day exploring and playing with your kids at this park!
And during the summertime, there are also events for the entire family to enjoy.

They will be hosting a “Family Campout” on three different nights during the summer.  If you and your family are looking for a fun “practice round” before hitting the “great outdoors” , then you should look into this event and schedule now. Sleep out under the stars and enjoy activities all day and night with your family.  Cost is between $25-$30 and they will be setting up camp on June 21st, July 16 and August 16.

On Saturday June 29 enjoy some sweet treats from 6pm-10pm at “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with All You Can Eat Crystal Ice Cream, craft activities, live music, theater performances and all the fun park play you can dream of.   Purchase your tickets in advance for $15 Adults, $5 Children ages 2-12 and children under the age of 1 are free.

In July, mark you calendars for several fun events:
July 6 is an International Celebration with performances from around the globe.  Some performances include Chinese lion dancers, Scottish Highland dancers and more.
July 13 is a “Very Special Arts Day” with different art show performances throughout the afternoon.
On July 20,21, 27 and 28 the Fairytale Town Troupers will present: Jack and the Meanstalk on the Fairytale Town Stage.

In August the family can enjoy “Cat and the Fiddle Music Festival” on Friday August 9 through Sunday August 11.  This will be a weekend full of music and celebration!  “Big Kids” will enjoy live music in the evenings performed by some of our favorite local bands.  And the younger kiddos will enjoy “rockin’ daytime concerts”.
And on Saturday August 24 one of Sacramento’s favorite and well know musicians Jackie Greene will take the stage to perform. 

Visit the Fairytale Town website for more information and special pricing for these upcoming events.  But make sure you mark your calendars for some family fun at Sacramento’s most beloved children’s play park.


Berry Picking at Impossible Acres in Davis- one way to celebrate “National Fruit and Veggies Month”


By Heather Crivellone

I don’t think anyone can argue that one of the best things of summer is the abundance of fresh fruit. The sweet, juicy berries, yummy peaches and nectarines. Whether they are in fresh cobblers, home-made pies or just out of the fruit bowl- everyone loves sweet summer fruit!  And a great way to get kids excited about fruit (other than the A-la-mode) is to get them involved in watching it grow and the fun of picking the fruit!


Now,  if you have been reading our posts…or just have a mind like Cliff Claven (full of all sorts of information), then you know that June is “National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month”.  And luckily for us here in Northern California, we have plenty of “you-pick-em” orchards where we can take the kids to explore, learn and see where our food comes from.

With the beautiful spring-like weather we’ve been having it’s a perfect time to visit some of the local farms. Impossible Acres, located in Davis is a small family farm that has been growing a variety of fruits and vegetables for over 12 years. They are very kid-friendly and when we visited they handed us all baskets and told us we could “sample” as we pick. The kids had a blast running through the peach tress and “trying” the apricots. My daughter loves raspberries, so she filled her basket in no time and informed me that were making raspberry jelly that night!

Because it is a farm, don’t expect too many extra amenities… no real bathrooms, no frills, but some tables to picnic on and some of the tastiest fruit to pick and enjoy!

During the fall, Impossible Acres turns into a Pumpkin Patch and has farm animals, petting zoo and more…I’m sure we will be back for the autumn festivities! But as for now, we enjoyed the experience of picking the fresh fruit. Knowing where it comes from, how it’s grown and whose hands it was in makes for such a better experience and such a piece of mind when feeding your children.

There are many “U Pick-em” farms throughout the area and to locate others, check out http://www.pickyourown.org/CA.htm to find out locations and what types of produce are available. Currently at Impossible Acres you can get Ollalieberries, Marionberries, Raspberries, Peaches and Nectarines. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 9am-6pm, and closed Monday and Tuesday.

If you decide to make the trip out to the farm with children here are a few tips: make sure the kids (and you) wear “real” shoes…my daughter refuses to wear shoes and even flip-flops drive her insane. Well, the dirt, thorns and bushes were enough to make her put on her “lace-up” shoes. Bring water and put on the sunscreen!!! We took a picnic and then headed out to one of the parks in Davis to enjoy lunch with the fresh berries we had picked. It was the perfect end to a wonderful summer morning!

And if you find that you have picked more peaches than you can consume, here is my absolute favorite Peach Bar Recipe (it’s always a hit at the summer picnics!).  Enjoy!

Peach Crumb Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes


For the Dough: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold 1 egg, lightly beaten

For the Filling: 5 cups diced or sliced peaches (about 7 peaches, peeled) 2 tablespoons lemon juice ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

2. For the Dough: In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter, and then the egg. The dough will be crumbly. Pat half of the dough into the prepared pan. Place the pan and the remainder of the dough in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

3. For the Filling: Place the diced (or sliced) peaches in a large bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix gently. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour over the peaches and mix gently.

4. Spread the peach mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble the remaining dough over the peach layer.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.


Raley Field and the Sacramento RiverCats will host another “Mommy and Me” Day on Wednesday, June 19th

dingerrivercats_categoryBy Heather Crivellone

The last couple of years, my kids and I have visited Raley Field during their “Mommy & Me Days”, and we all had such a great time that they continue to talk about “Dinger” the River Cats Mascot and how they want to go back and visit the baseball field.

Luckily for us, the Sacramento River Cats will be hosting another FREE “Mommy and Me Day” on Wednesday June 19 from 10am- 12pm. If you did not get a chance to attend the last Mommy and Me events-  we highly recommend making the time to take your little ones out to the baseball field. Parents and their children (Under the age of 6) can spend the day out on the baseball field playing different games and participating in activities such as: tee-ball, soccer, arts and crafts, and much more.

Last time they had Dinger the Mascot visiting with all the children, games with parachutes, balls and everything that the pre-school aged children love! There will also be free snacks and drinks provided while supplies last.

If you are planning on attending this event, please go on their website and fill out the mandatory waivers and bring them with you to the field. This will help in having to wait in the long lines…. And since we know that children are not the most patient little beings- this may help avoid a spontaneous “melt-down”.

Make sure you don’t forget your sunscreen (since you will be down on the field), camera for those great shots of your little ones “sliding” into home-plate, and plenty of energy for a fun filled day!

Father’s Day Weekend Family Fun


If you are looking for some events and activities to show Dad that you care, you’re sure to find one or two that really float his boat this weekend.  He’s bound to enjoy a ball game at Raley Field, or California war history at Sutter’s Fort.  How about heading over to William Land Park for the 12th Annual Sacramento Juneteenth Celebration?  Or maybe Dad will be content to build legos with the kiddos at Franklin Public Library.  Whatever you choose, Dad is sure to feel loved in Sacramento this weekend!

6/15 – Pops in the Park: The John Skinner Band at Bertha Henschel Park – Pops in the Park is a series of free evening concerts that raises money for under-funded neighborhood parks. Sponsorship and advertising dollars, as well as proceeds from the sale of food and beverages at the events, have been used since 1995 to fund the events, enhance neighborhood parks, bring improvements to the neighborhood, and provide youth athletic scholarships.

effie_yeaw_logo_category6/15 – Summer Solstice at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Summer is here! Beat the heat and take time on this morning Preserve hike to see what changes are taking place as we enter the season of Summer.

6/15 – Lego Robotics with Bricks 4 Kids – How would you like to turn a LEGO® creation into a robot, programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do? Bricks 4 Kids robotics combines classic LEGO® building with the world of robotics, using motors, sensors, and software. You’ll learn how to design and program your LEGO® bots that can perform all kinds of tasks.  This is a Summer Reading Program.

suttersfort_category6/15 – Hands on History: War in California at Sutter’s Fort – Stepping back in time to 1846, the Fort will re-visit a time when Mexican California was in a continuous state of political unrest and threats from foreign powers were a constant menace. The English Navy was anxious to have a good seaport on the Pacific Coast and kept warships in the area; French emissaries had approached John Sutter for an alliance; United State President James Polk was espousing the concept of “Manifest destiny” and the dream that the U.S. would extend from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans. The turmoil reached an apex in June of 1846, when as many as five flags may have had a turn flying over Sutter’s Fort.

cupcake_logo_category6/15 – Cupcake Ball Father Daughter Dance – Sacramento Children’s Museum cordially invites fathers and their daughter(s) to the Museum to dance the night away at the 2nd annual Cupcake Ball. Princess dress-up encouraged. Enjoy playing in the Museum and dancing the night away to a DJ.  Cupcakes and light refreshments will be served.

imagescaecgj3m6/15 – Family Safety & Health Expo – The Family Safety & Health Expo is designed to give your family valuable information and easy access to some of the health, safety, and recreation resources that are available in our community. Visit over 80 informational booths and interactive displays focusing on health and safety. Enjoy live entertainment from magician Travor Wyatt, Kovar’s Satori Academy, and Granite Bay Dance Connection. Meet local law enforcement and fire department representatives. Raffles, giveaways, and more!

juneteenth_category6/15-6/16 – Sacramento’s 12th Annual Juneteenth Festival at William Land Park – Sacramento’s Juneteenth Festival has celebrated and educated the community about one of America’s most important acts of legislation: The Emancipation Proclamation. Signed into law in 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation declared that all those enslaved were now freeJuneteenth events include Gospel Under the Stars, 1 mile race, parade, talent show, fishing derby, golf tournament, live music and food vendors.

fairytaletownpuppet_category6/15 – 6/16 – Fairytale Town Puppet Festival:  The Three Little Pigs – 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 productions based on new and traditional fairy tales.

sacramento-river-cats-logo_W26/16 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Tacoma Rainiers – Bring Dad to the ballpark for the annual Father’s Day BBQ in the Kinder’s BBQ Area behind right field. Special game-ticket-and-BBQ packages are available, or you can just bring Dad out for an afternoon of baseball and sunshine!  Kids of all ages will enjoy U.S. Bank Sunday Fundays, featuring pregame player autographs, face painters, and balloon artists, and the opportunity to “Run the Bases” on the field after every Sunday home game!

superheroes5krunwalk2013_category6/16 – Superheroes 5k run/walk – The capital of California is being overrun by caped crusaders for a good cause! The bad guys will tremble this Father’s Day as thousands of superheroes storm the Capitol Mall in this larger than life 5K run/walk! At each mile marker, you’ll run by scenes from your favorite comic books and enjoy the music that has made our favorite superheroes light up on the big screen. At the finish line there will be prizes awarded to the best superhero costumes and those who were faster than a speeding bullet.