Weekend Family Fun
Fall is finally here, and there are a host of activities to help you get out and celebrate. Join the Maidu Museum for a family campfire, search for fall foliage at the Discovery Museum, experience hands-on history at Sutter’s Fort, go birdwatching at the Nature Center and more!
9/20 – 9/21 – 9th Annual Mediterranean Food & Music Festival – This festival celebrates Middle Eastern, Greek, and American culture with music, food, and more! A Middle Eastern dance group will perform throughout the day along with the Jodette Belly Dancing Academy. The evening will have Hafli (a dance party) with live music, lamb on the outdoor roaster, falafel sandwiches, shawarma (gyros) chicken and lamb sandwiches, stuffed grape leaves, tabouli salad, houmos, baklava, and much more. Take a memorable photo and dress in Middle Eastern attire, drink arabic coffee from a damatask cup, and dance, dance, dance the night away!
9/20 – 9/22 – Diesel Days at the California State Railroad Museum – The California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum is offering special train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad featuring two visually exciting and gracefully styled diesel locomotives. Especially when these eye-catching diesels are in operation, guests of all ages will enjoy taking a memorable and relaxing weekend excursion train ride that is reminiscent of train travel from an earlier era.
Those aboard are treated to a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion along the levees of the Sacramento River. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats and open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating.
9/20 – 9/22 – Disney’s The Little Mermaid – Disney’s beloved movie gets a musical stage adaptation in The Little Mermaid, an interactive treat for the whole family performed by local actors between the ages of 5-18. Ariel the mermaid has always dreamed of seeing what lies beyond the sea. When she spies a handsome prince who lives on land she is willing to give up the life she’s known to be with him. She makes a deal with Ursula the sea witch to become human, but she must sacrifice her beautiful voice in return. Can she win over the prince, even without a voice?
9/20 – Campfire at the Maidu Museum and Historic Site – Sit under the stars at our outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories told by a local Elder around the campfire. We’ll provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program’s end to this fun family event.
9/20 – Movie in Fremont Park: Wreck It Ralph – Councilmen Steve Hansen, CADA and Friends of Fremont Park will be hosting “Movie in Fremont Park” with a showing of Wreck it Ralph at dusk. Come early to enjoy all the pre-movie activities and fun! There will be live music by The Bell Boys, local area craft vendors with Getty Owl Foundation, Willie’s Woodshop, plus face painting for kids. Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen will be on-site for your movie and pre-movie needs.
9/21 – Hands-On History: Harvest Time at Sutter’s Fort – When John Sutter first arrived in California in 1839, his dream was to build an agricultural empire. While it took many years for California’s agricultural industry to recover from the impacts of the Gold Rush, it is now one of the primary breadbaskets of the world. Fort guests are invited to step back in time during the next “Hands on History” event that celebrates harvest time at the Fort.
Visitors will help thresh and winnow wheat, turn the stones on the grist mill, make rope, sling a lariat and learn to use a lasso. Guests can also make an eye-opening trip to the doctor to learn how a cut arm, bruised head, or swollen check was treated. There will also be hands-on activities for young and old and history hunts to complete and earn a free coloring book. In addition, there will be a display of guns and weapons from the Gold Rush era and demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action — including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon
9/21 – Great Train Robbery – Show by The Old West Legends. The 3.5-hour trip includes a train ride, barbecue lunch and western show. During numerous western characters entertain the guests. Look out at Robber’s Roost where outlaws lurk. Later on you’ll stop at Elkhorn Park for a delicious western buffet lunch.
9/21 – Solstice and Beginning Bird Watching at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Fall is here and with it comes a variety of bird species passing through as they head south for the winter. Join us for a hike in the Nature Study Area to observe the start of this wonderful season and to help you learn about our birds. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome.
9/21 – 9/22 – Fall Foliage Fun at the Discovery Museum – Welcome Fall by trekking around the grounds and learning to identify trees using the nature trail guide. The Sacramento Tree Foundation is here to visit and work with you on learning some tree-rific facts. Families will make leaf headbands to celebrate the first weekend of Autumn. Admission includes: the Space Quest! exhibit, a planetarium show (1pm & 3pm, ages 4 & older) and an animal presentation (noon & 2pm, all ages). Admission includes: – The Space Quest! exhibit – Live animal presentation (Noon & 2pm, all ages) – Planetarium show (1pm & 3pm, ages 4+).
9/22 – Creepy Crawley Creature Feature – It’s time to bug out! This zany entomology expo showcases hundreds of bugs, from terrifying tarantulas to beautiful butterflies. Test your bug bravery with Fear Factor inspired games, fun crafts, and yummy food (including incredible edible insects). Join in a tour to see all the creepy crawlies and the rest of STAR Eco Station’s rescued exotic wildlife.