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Weekend Family Fun

July 18, 2013

This weekend would be a great one to spend outdoors.  How about a campfire at the Maidu Museum and Historic site?  Or catch one of two outdoor movie showings: Brave in Elk Grove, or Madagascar 3 in Fair Oaks.  How about some Hands on History at Sutter’s Fort?  And of course, there is the California State Fair.  You don’t want to miss that!  And if you are one of those who doesn’t take well to the heat, then head on over to the Discovery Museum or Sacramento Children’s Museum for indoor, air-conditioned fun.  Have a happy weekend!

7/19 – Movies in the Park: Madagascar 3 -Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District and Spanda Industrial General Contractors are excited to announce the free summer Movies in the Park series. 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).

$4fridays_category7/19 – $4 Friday Night at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Celebrate summer inside and outside the Sacramento Children’s Museum during $4 Friday Night. Come and enjoy live music, food trucks (OMKarmabile and Sun Pizza), face painting, late night Museum play, Robo Party Bank, Big Spoon Yogurt, and other fun activities.

campfireatnight_category7/19 – Campfire at Maidu Museum and Historic Site – Storytelling has been an important part of Native American culture for thousands of years. Sit under the stars at the outdoor amphitheater to enjoy songs and native stories around the campfire. Maidu Museum will provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program’s end to this fun family event.

fairytale_town_rabbit_hole_slide_2_category7/20 – Children’s Play Day at Fairytale Town -Celebrate the importance of childhood play with a fun-filled day for the whole family. This program features games, hands-on activities, arts and crafts, and more. Plus, enjoy a performance of Jack and the Meanstalk by the Fairytale Town Troupers on the outdoor Mother Goose Stage.

In Jack and the Meanstalk, Brave Jackson sets out on a dangerous quest to reclaim his lost family treasure and save the sleepy countryside from the dark sorcery in the sky. Armed with only his courage and a magical singing sword, Jackson climbs up and up, into the mysterious kingdom of the clouds, for an unexpected journey into adventure!

7/20 – Outdoor Movie Night: Brave at Calvine Storage King – Calvine Storage Kings in Elk Grove is offering a 4th summer of FREE outdoor movies. We’ve had so much fun the last few years that we want to do it again. But this year, we’ve made it even better:  Foodmob trucks will be on site from 5:30pm – 8:30pm!  We’ll also provide free popcorn, so you definitely don’t want to miss out on this fun-filled event! Come early to set up your chairs and enjoy the pre-show food. We’ll see you there!

suttersfort_category7/20 – Hands on History: Mining the Miners  at Sutter’s Fort – Join in the most profitable game of the mining era, “Mining the Miners.” Fort visitors are invited to spend the day enjoying hands-on activities such as gold panning, playing games of chance, period-appropriate bowling, and the opportunity to win “Sutter Bucks.” There will be a display of guns and weapons from the Gold Rush era, demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action, and the crowd-favorite: firing of Sutter’s cannon.

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present this special event to focus on providing high-energy, interactive, and educational activities.

Flying High at the Nature Center7/20 – What’s the Buzz? Solitary Bees at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join “bee-ologist” Julie Serences to learn about the fascinating life cycle of
native bees and why they are important to the ecology of our landscapes. Following a 45 minute program, stroll the grounds with Julie to identify a variety of busy native bees.

7/21 – Bark Rubbing at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Come explore the variety of trees found in the Nature Center’s village and create your own colorful bark rubbing art. Learning each tree’s bark pattern is the key to identifying the many types found in this area. All ages welcome.

Stamp-a-rama7/20 – 7/21 – 3-2-1 Blastoff!  At the Discovery Museum –  Blast off to the Discovery Museum this weekend for a great family day! The Space Quest exhibit offers fun for everyone. Younger children try on costumes and make believe in the rocket ship play-space, while older kids become a human gyroscope.  All the youngsters, ages 12 and under, construct straw rockets this weekend. Test yours out in the classroom then take it home as a souvenir. Don’t forget to get your picture taken with a real Titan II engine that is on the museum grounds.  Also enjoy this month’s special planetarium show, Man on the Moon, highlighting the Apollo 11 mission. And don’t forget the animal presentation that is included with admission

2013-160thpoppy-signature-610x250_categoryThrough July 28 – 160th Annual California State Fair – The seventeen-day California State Fair is a robust celebration of the State of California, its industries, agriculture, and diversity of its people. For many, the State Fair is the culmination of hard work throughout the year. For others, the State Fair is a family summer tradition of enjoyment with plenty of entertainment, fascinating exhibits, popular livestock venues, and mouthwatering food.

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