Weekend Family Fun

What’s going on this weekend?  A Great Train Robbery, a family campout at Fairytale Town, Junior Chef’s cooking classes at Soil Born Farms, the final weekend of the California State Fair and plenty of theater presentations if you want to stay indoors.  Check out all the other fun activities below.  Have fun!

snowwhitestorybooktheatre_category7/26-7/27 – Storybook Theater: Snow White – With lips of ruby red, hair as black as pitch, and skin as white as snow, Princess Snow White is the most beautiful in the land. This is as much a curse as a blessing, and earns her the murderous jealousy of her stepmother, the Queen. Fortunately for Snow White, she has the loyalty of the Dwarf brothers, who take her in, but ultimately cannot protect her from the Queen’s scheme. Can the love of a handsome prince save the innocent Snow White or will the evil Queen get her way? Another fractured fairy tale to please young and old alike.

2013-160thpoppy-signature-610x250_category7/26-7/28 – 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 mouth-watering food.

wizard_of_oz_runaway_stage_cast_category7/26 – 7/28 – The Wizard of Oz presented by Runaway Stage Productions at the 24th Street Theater – Don’t miss this fantasy live on stage! Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy, and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their heart’s desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.

fttroupers_category7/26 – 7/28 – Jack and the Meanstalk at Fairytale Town – The Fairytale Town Troupers close their season with a clever retelling of the classic children’s tale Jack and the Beanstalk. 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.  Performances will take place on the outdoor Mother Goose Stage and are free with paid park admission.

fairytaletowncampout_category7/27 – Campout at Fairytale Town – Spend the night under the stars at Fairytale Town. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theatre performance, arts and crafts, 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.

train_ride_category7/27 – Great Train Robbery -Take a ride back to the Old West. This 3.5 hour trip 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, the Marshall is on board to keep things safe. More often than not, he has to teach those outlaws a lesson.  You deboard the train to enjoy a western barbecue lunch by the river. While there is some seating at the park, it is suggested you also bring a blanket in case you want to picnic on the shady grass.

7/27 – Beat the Heat at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Take time to appreciate trees for all the shade they provide by enjoying a leisurely morning walk on the Preserve trails. Join a Naturalist as you watch for deer, hawks, woodpeckers, and much more before the afternoon heats up.

youth_cooks_category7/27 – Junior Chefs: Cooking Series at Soil Born Farms – Picnic Dinner Without the Ants with seriously Good Citrus Water with lots of ICE; Picnic Salad: Fresh Greens, Cut from the Cob Corn and Tomato Salad & dressing; oven Baked Chicken Tenders (way better than ANY fast food place!); watermelon Cake with Fruit “Icing.Students will take home: recipes and nutrition information packet, to go Chinese carton of picnic salad. Students will learn: cooking techniques; nutrition newsflash; food labels and why they are important; compare fat, sugar, salt content of fast food chicken tender vs. our recipe.

Stamp-a-rama7/27-7/28 – Beach Bum Bonanza – In town and looking for some summer excitement? Visit the Discovery Museum this weekend for some beach themed fun. The classroom has a beautiful display of shells to view, for this weekend only. All children are invited, ages 12 and under, to make some beach inspired crafts to take as souvenirs. Decorate a sea star banner with glitter pizzazz and fashion a sea shell pendant to wear home.

schoolhouse_rock_live_category7/27 – 7/28 – Schoolhouse Rock Jr.  Live!Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. follows Tina, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is nervous about her first day of teaching. She tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of her personality emerge from the set and show her how to win her students over with imagination and music, through such songs as “Just A Bill,” “Interplanet Janet,” “Conjunction Junction,” and many more.

pearfair_category7/28 – Courtland Pear Festival – Come out to a country fair in the Sacramento River Delta town of Courtland celebrating the Bartlett Pear Harvest. The day is filled with a fun run, pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, wine tasting, children’s area, parade, music all day, and lots of food. It’s a day of fun for the whole family!

7/28 – Critter Corner 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.


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