Sacramento Arts Festival Winners

Congratulations to Leeanna, April, Kim and Julie O!  You each have won two free passes to this weekends 16th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival at the Sacramento Convention Center.  Please contact us to claim your tickets.  Thanks everyone!

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Win Tickets To This Weekend’s Sacramento Arts Festival

dollaroffcoupon_smThe 16th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival returns to the Sacramento Convention Center November 1-3, 2013.  The festival features 225 of America’s best contemporary crafts people and fine artists offering more than 15,000 original works.

“Attendees can also shop from a wondrous selection of handmade wearables and accessories or from an extensive assortment of functional and decorative glass. In fact, every category of fine art and contemporary craft-including drawings, printmaking, photography, decorative fiber, leather, metal, stone, and two and three-dimensional mixed media-is thoroughly represented by a variety of exhibitors.

Shoppers will find spectacular works of art and craft in all price ranges for themselves, their homes, and as one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts.  In addition to all the visual art, the festival features continuous live Main Stage entertainment including the GG Amos Blues Band, the Kurt Ribak Jazz Quartet, Dirk K, jazz soloist and Scott Meltzer & Katrine Spang-Hansen, comedy jugglers.  And hungry festival goers can dine on Restaurant Row from great area restaurants offering a variety of delicious edibles including Greek,Indian and American cuisine.”

Here are the details:

Sacramento Arts Festival

• Nov 1 & 2, 10am to 6pm

• Nov 3, 10am to 5pm

• Sacramento Convention Center

• $8/adults, $7/seniors, Free/children 12 and under

If this sounds like fun and you would like to attend with your family, leave a comment at the end of this post telling us why you think you should win tickets. Four lucky readers will win a set of tickets to the festival through a random drawing on Wednesday, Oct. 30th.  And remember, kids under 12 years of age are free, so you can bring the whole family!

Create Family Memories at Apple Hill this Year!

apple-hill-applesBy Heather Crivellone

If you are a native to Sacramento, then you know that the place to be during this time of year is Apple Hill. With fall in full swing and the weather getting cooler- there is nothing better than a piece of fresh apple pie and some hot apple cider!  This is by far, my most favorite time of the year.  I love everything related to fall… the crisp chill in the air and beautiful colors everywhere!  I love that in only 45 minutes, we can be in the heart of Apple Hill and enjoying fresh apple donuts, pies, fritters, and even apple beer.  It’s the absolute BEST!

Now, if you think that apple picking season is over and with Halloween in a few days that you have missed the best that Apple Hill has to offer- you are mistaken.  Even though some of the pumpkin patches and orchards will start to close after the end of October, there are quite a few that will remain open through December… and especially when you start thinking about getting your fresh cut Christmas trees (although, I don’t want to think about Christmas quite yet-  I’m still enjoying the sweet fall events).

Here is a list of some of my favorite Apple Hill growers.  There are many more places to visit, this is just a quick snapshot of what is available after Halloween.  To find a complete listing of Apple Hill growers, check out the Apple Hill website.

Abel’s Acres– open until Christmas Eve.  They offer Pony rides, Hay Maze, food and fun for the entire family.

Denver Dans– Open through December 16. They offer U pick apples, face painting, cooking classes and more.

Fudge Factory Farm–  Candy tasting galore for those of us with a sweet tooth!

Grandpa’s Cellar–  Interactive Nature Trail, Photo Opportunities for those holiday cards we all need to start thinking about and of course a delicious bake shop to stock up on pies!

High Hill Ranch– Fresh cut Christmas Trees, Fishing, pony rides, hay rides and craft fairs.

As I said, this is just a small list of what Apple Hill has to offer.  Check out the Apple Hill Growers full website and map out where you want to visit with your family.  They also have some great wineries and plenty of picnic spots for you to enjoy.

So don’t let this fall season pass you by- take some time to visit one of the most beautiful areas that Sacramento has to offer and make some lasting Fall memories with your family!

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Weekend Family Fun

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10/25 – Artober Discount Days at the California Children’s Museum – In celebration of ARTober, SCM is offering a 50% off discount for all children, every Friday in October!  This is the last one, you won’t want to miss it!

10/25 – Freaky Friday Halloween Event for Kids – The South Natomas Community Center would like to invite you to participate in its effort to provide you with a safe and fun Halloween. Trick or treat throughout the spooky center and enjoy a scary movie and treats from the café afterwards.

10/25 – Night of 1,000 Pumpkins – During this yearly event, Folsom attempts to light 1,000 jack-o-lanterns in Historic Sutter Street. Thousands will gather to trick-or-treat, watch outdoor movies, and of course, check out the pumpkins!  Kids are encouraged to come in costume and enjoy the festivities. Jack-o-lanterns are provided by
attendees of the event – so please bring a few carved pumpkins!

10/25 – 10/26 – The Haunted Fort at Sutter’s Fort – Looking for something ghoulishly unique to do this Halloween? For a spirited good time, check out the fourth annual “The Haunted Fort”! Back by popular demand, the historic site will offer special lantern-lit guided tours — for two evenings only – that are based in fact but with a decidedly creepy twist.

10/26 – Spooky Storytime at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Gear up for Halloween with some spooky stories told by the Sacramento Storytellers Guild. Don’t worry, these stories are guaranteed not to cause nightmares!

10/26 – Hallozeum 2: The Sequel – It’s bigger, it’s battier, it’s Hallozeum 2: The Sequel!  Looking for a safe, fun place to haunt this Halloween with your little goblins? The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center will be inhabited by a bunch of spooky characters – with a real sense of fun.

10/25-10/26 – CSI: Transylvania Law & Order Special Pumpkins Unit – You won’t want to miss out on this incorporation of theater and pumpkin patch.  Billy Mansion, recently winning his county’s largest pumpkin contest, decides to throw a costume party to celebrate the blue-ribbon-winning massive pumpkin. As guests arrive, suddenly the lights go out, and an incredibly unfortunate incident takes place. Billy calls in Lt. Erroneous Plot and his team of scientific experts to figure out Who Did It? And Why? A ridiculous satirical romp unfolds with exaggerated confessions, wild science experiments gone wrong, and a really cool huge audience participating explosion with a surprise ending.  Come see this hilarious, kid-friendly who-done-it mystery show and pick out a pumpkin to take home.

10/25 – 10/27 – Fairytale Town Safe & Super Halloween:  A Hobbit Adventure – world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Trick or treat at 17 candy stations as you journey through Middle Earth on your way to the Lonely Mountain. Peek into the elven kingdom of Rivendell, explore Bilbo’s hobbit hole, and wander through the forest—but remember to stay clear of goblins and orcs. Keep an eye out for Gandalf, dwarves, elves, hobbits and even Smaug the dragon. Plenty of photo ops, games, candy and family fun await.

10/25 – 10/27 – Spookomotive Train Rides – Halloween-themed Spookomotive trains decorated for the season depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento. Join the Skeleton Crew for a fun and delightful (but not frightful) 40-minute ride along the Sacramento River.

10/26 – 10/27 – Spooktacular Hallowen at Funderland  – This family weekend will include some deliciously diabolical treats, trick or treating, a silly haunted house, a happy little pumpkin patch, a not so spooky train, costume contest, crafts and more.

10/27 – Enchanted Green Hallow’s Eve at Star Eco Station – Go wild this Halloween with the wackiest rescued wildlife on the planet at STAR Eco Station’s 8th Annual Enchanted Green Hallow’s Eve. STAR transforms into a world of favorite fairy tale lands, with costumed characters. This family friendly event features trick-or-treating throughout the station and many activities. Experience the magic of an exotic wildlife encounter, participate in our children’s costume contests, or complete your own craft project.

Win Family Passes to Fairytale Town’s Safe & Super Halloween

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As a parent of young children, safety is a priority, especially when it comes to Halloween.  Well, Fairytale Town really GETS this and provides not only a safe, but a super fun environment for families at Halloween time.  In fact, they have been doing it for 27 years!  This year, Fairytale Town presents its Super & Safe Halloween: A Hobbit Adventure from 5-9pm on the evenings of October 25, 26 & 27th.

Safe  Super Halloween at Fairytale Town 5“Join us as we transform Fairytale Town into the magical world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Trick or treat at 17 candy stations as you journey through Middle Earth on your way to the Lonely Mountain. Peek into the elven kingdom of Rivendell, explore Bilbo Baggin’s hobbit hole, and wander through the forest—but remember to stay clear of goblins and orcs! Keep an eye out for Gandalf, dwarves, elves, hobbits and even Smaug the dragon! Plenty of photo ops, games, candy and family fun await!”

In addition to trick-or-treating, the fun will include costume parades, puppet shows, hands-on activities, and of course, the park itself with its fairytaled-themed slides,  gardens, and climbing structures….and so much more. This is sure to be your kids’ favorite Halloween party this year!

Advance tickets are required and are discounted if purchased before October 25.  Click here for more ticket information. 

Now, if you would like to win a family 4-pack to this year’s Hobbit Adventure, leave a comment at the end of this post telling us what your child loves most about fairytale town.  One lucky reader will be randomly selected on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.  Good luck!

Weekend Family Fun

10/18 – Artober Discout Day at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – In celebration of ARTober, SCM is offering a 50% off discount for all children, every Friday in October!

10/18 – Campfire at the Maidu Museum and Historic Site – This is the last weekend to 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.

halloweenhaunt_category10/19 – 22nd Annual Halloween Haunt at Safetyville USA – The best family carnival in Sacramento, featuring a magic show, mazes, and more. See Safety Bill, Sparky, McGruff, and your other favorite characters, and join them in the costume parade. You will also enjoy face painting, carnival games, and delicious food and drinks. Pumpkins also for sale starting in October and running through the Halloween Haunt.

10/19 – Fall Colors at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Create colorful Fall art by making a leaf rubbing for each of the leaf shapes found near the Nature Center. Learning each leaf is the key to identifying the many trees found in this area. Space is limited and sign-ups are taken the day of the event.

magicians_brdr_lo_category10/19 – Magic Show: Mysteries of Magic – This is a gathering of top named magicians in Northern California who want to share their magic with you. All ages will enjoy their mysteries and will ask themselves, “How did they do that?” all event long.

goolsscm_category10/19 – Monster Bash at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join in for a night of ghoulish fun! Gear up for Halloween and wear your best costume and play the night away at the museum. There will be a DJ, dancing, refreshments, photo opportunities, a ‘haunted hallway,’ and of course, museum fun. Tickets will go fast so make sure to get yours today.

scarecrow2013_category10/19 – Scarecrow Festival and Parade – Denio’s Farmers Market and Swap Meet in Roseville is inviting the entire community to join this year’s Denio’s Scarecrow Festival & Parade. The day will feature a variety of activities for the entire family including pumpkin and treat bag decorating, caramel apples, carnival games, a costume parade, scarecrow decorating contest, and trick-or-treating in the scarecrow arena.  The entire region is invited to participate in the scarecrow contest and costume parade to help raise awareness and support for Roseville Firefighters Caring for Kids & Community, a program specifically designed to help Roseville’s children in need.

10/19 – 10/20 – Spookomotive Train Rides – Halloween-themed Spookomotive trains decorated for the season depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento. Join the Skeleton Crew for a fun and delightful (but not frightful) 40-minute ride along the Sacramento River.

acf_flyer_category10/18 – 10/19 – 2013 African Cultural Festival -Experience Africa without leaving Sacramento. Enjoy African cultural dances, arts, music, and crafts exhibits. Not to mention authentic cultural foods and live performances of African music, reggae, hip-hop, and so much more. Come out with the whole family and let children have fun and discover diverse cultures.  Proceeds from the event will go to Humanitarian Foundation for charity causes in our local communities and in Africa.

cute_bat_category10/19 – 10/20 – Going Batty at the Discovery Museum – Come out to the Museum highlighting some infamous creatures of the night-bats!  Bring your family to explore some of the science behind these nocturnal mammals. A small bat display is set up for this weekend only and children may assemble a  “bat clip” craft to take home. The Creature Feature is a PowerPoint presentation on bat biology in our planetarium (for all ages).

csirtaa_categoryThru 10/26 – CSI Transylvania Law and Order Special Pumpkins Unit – You won’t want to miss out on this incorporation of theater and pumpkin patch.  Billy Mansion, recently winning his county’s largest pumpkin contest, decides to throw a costume party to celebrate the blue-ribbon-winning massive pumpkin. As guests arrive, suddenly the lights go out, and an incredibly unfortunate incident takes place. Billy calls in Lt. Erroneous Plot and his team of scientific experts to figure out Who Did It? And Why? A ridiculous satirical romp unfolds with exaggerated confessions, wild science experiments gone wrong, and a really cool huge audience participating explosion with a surprise ending.  Come see this hilarious, kid-friendly who-done-it mystery show and pick out a pumpkin to take home.