Weekend Family Fun

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1/31- April 2014 – Earth From Space  at the Roseville Utility Explorations Center – See the Earth as never before! Earth from Space is a set of amazing artwork from the popular exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. This exhibit runs January 2014 through April 2014.

2/1 – 16th Annual Museum Day – A record 30 Sacramento area museums will offer free or half-priced admission all day during the 16th Annual Sacramento Museum Day.  Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation. Event coordinators suggest that guests plan to visit no more than two or three different museums on this day in order to allow adequate time to enjoy the experience and to travel between individual sites.  Due to the popularity of Sacramento Museum Day, some locations must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons. More detailed information about participating museums, limitations, suggested parking and public transit options is available here.

2/1 – Nighttime Hunters  at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center –  Uncover the mysteries of owls: what they eat, where they sleep, how they find food and more! Get a close-up look at one of the Nature Center’s owl residents.

2/3 – Sacramento Kings vs. Chicago Bulls – The Sacramento Kings take on the Chicago Bulls in this basketball game.

Thru February 23 – The Conductor: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad – Back by popular demand, Jerry R. Montoya’s acclaimed The Conductor: Harriet Tubman and the UndergroundRailroad.  Follow the incredible story of one woman’s extraordinary courage and her riveting journey from slavery to freedom.  An insightful tale for children 8 years and older.

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Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After Family 4-Pack Winners

Congratulations to our two winners: Tara and Louise! You each have won vouchers good for 4 tickets to the upcoming Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After performance at Sleep Train Arena February 12-17, 2014. Please contact us to claim your vouchers. Thanks everyone!

Create a unique Valentines Gift for someone special at Petroglyph Ceramics Studio

imagesBy Heather Crivellone

On any normal winter day, us moms would be itching at the seams to get our kids outside and burning energy!  However, this year has been an exception and we have been lucky enough (or unlucky…however you may think of this climate change) to be able to still hit up the parks and bike trails… ALL winter long.

It’s almost February and we have had NO rainy days.  That means, no excuses to stay in, drink hot cocoa and play board games.  Only days to be out enjoying our strange ‘spring-like’ weather!  However, if you are getting a little tired of those active afternoons and are looking for an indoor activity to keep your kids busy (besides sitting in front of the TV and/or playing the Wii)..then check out one of our local pottery studios to get their creative juices flowing! 

Recently, we took a trip to Roseville to the Petroglyph Ceramics Lounge for a quiet afternoon activity.  My daughter was thrilled at the idea of painting her own jewelry box…until she spotted the “most perfect Hello Kitty statue”.  My son (who surprisingly enjoyed the painting way more than I thought) found a skateboard to paint and make “his own”.

Once you arrive at Petroglyph, you are greeted by friendly staff who helps find you a table and shows you where to find your perfect piece to create. Choices range from piggy banks, plates, mugs, sculptures, picture frames…so many to choose from!  My children quickly chose and were off to get the paints and tools. 

It was a quiet Monday afternoon and all the tables seemed to be filled-  people of all ages enjoying the opportunity to create a one of a kind masterpiece.  I was amazed at how much detail my 4 and 6 year olds were putting into their pieces.  This was definitely an outing that tested patience- and luckily for me, they enjoyed every minute of it!
After they were finished painting- my son ran into the “cave” and watched a cartoon while I proceeded to checkout.

Pricing for petroglyph is reasonable- you just pay your sitting fee (covers the cost of the paint, glaze and kiln firing) and the cost of the piece you are choosing to paint.  Once you are done painting, it goes into the kiln and you can go back in a few days to pick up your artwork. The sitting fee is for all day- you can literally spend the entire day at Petroglyph.  And with the location in the heart of Roseville, you can arrive in the morning, leave for lunch and then come back to finish your art.  Located in one of Roseville’s more popular shopping centers- you have choices such as Subway, Starbucks, Noah’s Bagels, Jamba Juice, Macaroni Grill and others to choose from…all walking distance from Petroglyph.

So, if you are searching an activity for your children, mommy’s group or just an outing by yourself- Petroglyph is a perfect opportunity to get reach your creative side and make a one of a kind gift for yourself or someone you love.  And since Valentine’s day is around the corner…this may be a great choice for that personalized gift! 

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The Railroad Museum adds Tuesday Excursion Train Rides to the Schedule

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All aboard!  The California State Railroad Museum is now offering excursion train rides to the general public on 12 pre-determined Tuesdays in 2014.  For 12 Tuesdays in 2014, weekday guests can delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, working locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River.  Appealing to all ages, the experience offers guests with the chance to enjoy train travel from an earlier era. Passengers 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.  For more information, call 916-445-6645 or visit www.csrmf.org

What:     Tuesday Train Rides!

Where:  Trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot Old Sacramento (on Front Street between J and K Streets)

When:     February 4 & 18; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6

Time:      Tuesday excursion trains depart at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Cost:        Train ride tickets: $10 adults, $5 youths ages 6-17, free for children ages 5 and under, museum admission:  $10 adults, $5 youths ages 6-17, free for children ages 5 and under

For More: 916-445-6645 or www.csrmf.org

Kids Eat Free in Sacramento

imagesOYJUW3Z5By Heather Crivellone

Everyone is always looking for a great deal- and as moms, we are always trying to find ways to save on our monthly budget. Sometimes going out on “date night” is just not an option. However, there are quite a few local restaurants that offer “Kids Eat Free” and/or very reduced prices for our little ones.
If you are looking for a kid-friendly place to have your next family night out- take a look at our “Kids Eat Free” page. This page is always a work in progress so, if you happen to know of your favorite local eatery that holds one of these promotions, please let us know.
Currently I have compiled a list of some of our family favorites:

Chevys Fresh Mex on Howe Avenue offers “Kids Eat Free” every Tuesday with a purchase of an adult entrée.  Who doesn’t love those fresh chips and salsa (and a margarita for mom and dad)?

Texas West Barbeque on Fulton Avenue offers a kid’s meal for only $1.99 all day, everyday!  Burgers, cheese sandwiches, ribs…  all of our kids favorites for under the price of a fancy coffee… you can’t go wrong!

Squeeze Inn in West Sacramento known around Sacramento as the “best burger joint”!  This local favorite has been featured on Guy Fieri’s ”Diners, Drive in’s and Dives” as having one of the best and cheesiest burgers around! And on Wednesday evenings- kids eat free with a paying adult!

Woody’s Bar and Grill in Sacramento and in Rocklin has yummy burgers, soups, salads, pastas and more- this Sacramento favorite also offers a kids eat free on Wednesday night with a paying adult.

Ikea in West Sacramento offers free kids meals all day on Tuesdays!  You can get in some shopping, send the kids to the “Small Land” for some playtime and feed your kids for free… a mothers dream!

This is just some of our family favorites that offer Free kids meals.  You can check out the entire list on our “Kids Eat Free” link.  As always, this is a work in progress as restaurants end or change their promotions.  Please feel free to let us know of any changes or additions.

Merida Debuts at Sleep Train Arena as Disney On Ice Presents Rockin’ Ever After

Character Logo_D33sDisney on on Ice is coming back to Sleep Train Arena and we have two family four-packs to give away!  The new show, Rockin’ Ever After will be in Sacramento February 12-17, 2014.  And I bet you’ll want to go.

“Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the Academy Award-winning Disney•Pixar film, BRAVE, competes to win the heart of adventurous, sharp-shooting Merida, making her on-ice debut!  Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel.  A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle.  It will be a rockin’ remix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this superstar line-up to Sacramento!”

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If you are interested in a chance to win tickets to the show, please answer this trivia question:

What does King Fergus give Merida for her birthday?

Please comment on this post with the correct answer by Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.  Two lucky readers will each be randomly selected to win a family four-pack on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.  Good luck!

Weekend Family Fun

Collage1/23 – Olympic Building with Bricks4Kids – Are you ready for the Winter Olympics? Join Bricks 4 Kidz as they build a luge basic sliding track which children can modify to increase the speed and difficulty for a thrill-seeking mini-figure. Is skiing your sport of choice? Build a skier instead and watch him or her swoosh back and forth. Bricks 4 Kidz uses all LEGO building components and helps develop creative thinking and problem solving skills.

1/23 – 1/25 – Winnie the Pooh (The Musical) at the 24th Street Theater – Winnie the Pooh (The Musical) is a delightful new show based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and animated feature films. Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship, and sharing snacks.

1/24 – Sacramento Kings vs. Indiana Pacers – The Sacramento Kings take on the Indiana Pacers in this basketball game.

1/25 – Clay Modeling for Mini Car Designers at the California Automobile Museum – For small hands only! The kids will be able to see and experience how cars have different shapes and designs over the years, and then they can build their own car out of clay – similar to how car designers still do it today! The final product can be taken home as a keepsake from the class. It’s recommended that the kids wear clothing that can get dirty.

1/25 – Legacy of a Lost Neighborhood at the California Museum – Honor the legacy of local Japanese-Americans in this special workshop on citizenship, constitutionality and the the concept of redress during WWII.  Activities will include presentations, tours by formally interned docents, a book signing for Sacramento’s Historic Japantown: Legacy of a Lost Neighborhood, and internment-inspired origami for kids.  Always enjoy FREE parking on Saturdays at the 10th and O Street lot.

1/25 – Nature’s Hide and Seek at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Take a guided walk through the Nature Area and see how nature protects herself by playing hide and seek.

1/25 – Sacramento Youth Symphony Winter Concerto -The Premier Orchestra of the Sacramento Youth Symphony under the direction of Michael Neumann will perform works including Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #1 in C Major, Allegro con brio, and Roger Xia, pianist, will perform Brahm’s First Symphony and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.  Roger Xia, age 11, is a resident of Elk Grove and has been a violinist in the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra for three years. He has studied piano and violin for seven years and attends Pony Express Elementary School. He is currently Concertmaster of the Premier Orchestra.

1/25 – 1/26 – Dino Diorama at the Discovery Museum – You and your family will find dinosaurs lurking about our Blast from the Past! exhibit.  From the peaceful Apatosaurus to the terrifying claws of the raptor family, we’ve got a dinosaur for everyone!  Make sure you catch a view of our newest beast- a life-size Velociraptor!  Bring your camera to catch your little ones transformed into dinos in our costume corner. Children craft a dinosaur diorama in the classroom.  Admission includes an animal presentation at noon & 2pm and planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm (for ages 4 and older).

1/26 – Critters of the American River at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Reptiles, mammals, and birds are found all along the American River. How can you tell these three groups apart? Is it by eggs, 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.

1/26 – Sacramento Kings vs. Denver Nuggets – The Sacramento Kings take on the Denver Nuggets in this basketball game.