Win 4 Free Tickets to Leo’s Birthday Bash at the Sacramento Children’s Museum

The Sacramento Children’s Museum is hosting one of the biggest party’s of the summer on Saturday, August 2, 2014.  Leo’s Birthday Bash will include carnival games, face painting, dancing, dinner (hamburger meal with a vegetarian option) and the very first appearance of LEO himself.  Proceeds from the bash support museum activities, programming and exhibits.  If you haven’t yet taken your kiddos to the musuem, you are missing out.  Check out these fun photos:PicMonkey Collage

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What:  Leo’s Birthday Bash

Where:  Sacramento Children’s Museum

When:  Saturday, August 2, 2014

Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Tickets:  $12 members, $16 non-members

Now, would you like to attend the birthday bash?  For FREE?  Great.  We have 4 admission tickets to give away to one lucky reader,  Check out the museum’s website, then come back here and leave us a comment telling us what exhibit your kids would enjoy the most.  A random drawing will take place tomorrow – Thursday, August 1, 2014.  Good luck!



Weekend Family Fun

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7/25 – $4 Fridays at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – In celebration of summer, join the Sacramento Children’s Museum for $4 Fridays Admission is just $4 after 4pm and includes both indoor museum play and outdoor fun! Look forward to food trucks, live music by The Hoots, face painting, art of popcorn, and classic cars from the California Automobile Museum!

7/25 – Fun Tastic Evening Fundraiser at Funderland – Join the Keaton Raphael Memorial for a fun evening at Funderland Amusement Park, full of rides, games, and raffle prizes! All proceeds will benefit children battling cancer and their families. Please bring cash for purchasing any food, drinks, or raffle tickets.

7/25 – 7/26 – Last weekend for Disney’s High School Musical presented by the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy – Full of singing and dancing, High School Musical is an adaptation of the timeless love story, Romeo and Juliet. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Although Troy and Gabriella come from different cliques, they join together to audition for the school musical. Will the couple’s alliance open doors for others to shine as well?

7/25 – 7/27 – Last weekend for the California State Fair at Cal Expo – 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!

7/26 – Fire Station Open House at Station 11 – The Sacramento Fire Department hosts Fire Station Open Houses on Saturdays all summer long. Bring your family and friends to visit with firefighters, take a tour of the fire station, get an up-close look at a fire engine, and more!

7/26 – Family Overnight Safari at the Sacramento Zoo – Camp-out with your family under the stars just yards away from slumbering lions, and wake to the call of flamingos — and of course a tasty breakfast. This fun-filled educational evening will guide you through all that the nighttime zoo has to offer. This is a perfect opportunity to see animal behaviors you may not have seen before.

7/26 – Great Train Robbery – Take a ride back to the Old West on the Sacramento RiverTrain! During this three and a half hour trip, keep an eye for outlaws who tend to hide out along the tracks. Fortunately, the Marshall will be on board to keep things safe. More often than not, he has to teach those outlaws a lesson!  Guests will de-board the train and a BBQ lunch will be served in kid-friendly Elkhorn Park.

7/26 – 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.

7/26 – Fun on the Farm at Soil Born Farm – Join the fun and explore the American River Ranch! Meet the farm animals, make a farm fresh snack, and create something special to take home. This event is suggested for children (ages 3-9) with adults.

7/26 – 7/27 – Fairytale Town Campout – Spend the night in Fairytale Town’s storybook park.  This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts activities, 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.

7/26 – 7/27 – Last weekend for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty presented by the Fairytale Town Troupers – The unforgettable songs and characters from the Disney animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” are brought to life by the award-winning Fairytale Town Troupers. When Princess Aurora falls under the wicked spell of the evil sorceress Maleficent, it’s up to brave Prince Phillip, with the help of the good fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, to battle an army of ghoulish goons, penetrate the forest of thorns and defeat Maleficent to save the day.

7/26 – 7/27 – Butterfly Bash at the Discovery Museum – Butterflies will be abound at the Discovery Museum this weekend. Multiple insect cases are on display highlighting local and exotic species of butterflies. Take a close up look at butterfly wings using a stereoscope. If you would like to take a walk, enjoy the butterfly garden. Kids will make giant paper butterfly wings to wear home!

7/27 – Critter Corner at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Skinks, blue bellies, and alligator lizards, oh my! Come meet some resident lizards and find out what makes these cold-blooded critters so amazing.

7/27 – Sketch It at the Crocker Art Museum – Visitors (Ages 5+) can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month. No experience necessary, and all supplies are provided

Enjoy local Farmers Markets in the Nation’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.

produceBy Heather Crivellone

Sacramento is known as America’s “Farm to Fork” capital.  We are truly blessed to live in an area that focuses and produces the largest amount of agriculture in the nation. Did you know that 70 percent of our region’s land is either agricultural, forest or open space?  We are also home to close to 8,000 acres of boutique farms that provides produce, cheese, wine and other great products to more than 50 regional farmers markets in the area. As a mom and a self-proclaimed “foodie”, I find these facts extremely exciting and I love taking advantage of the fresh, local goods for my family.

One of our summer traditions is to visit as many local Farmers Markets as we can.  I love taking my children to try out samples of fresh fruits and veggies and allowing them to pick out the produce for the week. The atmosphere is always upbeat and family friendly at the markets and they always come home with a smile on their faces!

Luckily for us, we have many markets to choose from in Sacramento… And for some, it’s more of a fun family outing than just going to shop for produce.  Some markets even have Food Trucks on site, so you can purchase dinner and make it a fun-filled evening out.

On Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings, head out to Davis for their “Picnic in the Parks”. Located at Central Park on 4th and C Streets in Davis- from mid-March until the end of October, you can take the family out to find seasonal goodies and enjoy live music from local bands, have dinner from vendors at the International Food Faire and even purchase beer or wine! Other entertainment includes bounce houses for the kids, pony rides, clowns, face painting and more!

If you are looking to stay more local than a drive out to Davis, then check out the popular Farmers Market on Sunday mornings “under the freeway”. Every Sunday (year round) from 8am-noon on 8th and W Street, you can purchase fresh fruits, veggies, meats, seafood, cheeses and more. Not as much entertainment for the kids at this market, but it is located next to Southside Park, a great kid-friendly destination.

On Tuesday mornings, visit Freemont Park located at 16th and P streets.  From 10am-1:30pm local vendors are on site around the park.  Also at Roosevelt Park on 9th and P streets on Tuesday from 10am- 1:30pm you can enjoy fresh fruit and produce with your family.

On Thursday evenings, join locals at the West Sacramento Farmers Market at 1110 West Capital Ave. From 4:30- dusk, enjoy dinner from one of the local food vendors, listen to live music and see what is happening each week as they have different events and entertainment each week. One week they had a family story time, another was a visit from Dilly Dally the Clown…check out the schedule to see what’s next!

On Wednesday mornings, take a stroll through downtowns Cesar Chavez park located at 910 I Street. From 10am-1:30pm through October you can visit local growers and purchase some greens.

For a list of local markets in your area check out You will find a market on most days of the week through the greater Sacramento area.  And in September, Sacramento will be hosting the annual “Farm to Fork” Celebration.  From September 13-28, you will find restaurants throughout our region hosting events and specials.  This is a week for us Sacramento natives to celebrate and enjoy the real “fruits of our labor” and praise the local farmers here in our region.

If you have kids, you know it can be a challenge to get them to eat their veggies. However, if you include them in the process of picking them out, preparing and serving them, they will be more likely to try new things and hopefully eat their veggies.

Although, sometimes this tactic doesn’t always work with my 5-year-old, but I still try…heck, I spent the afternoon baking Beet Cookies! They were definitely NOT a hit in our house, but as long as we keep going and he gets the opportunity to pick them out and try new things I feel like I’m doing the best I can as a mom to get him to eat his veggies!


Sacramento Rivercats will host a Mommy and Me Day on Wednesday July 23

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The last couple of years, my kids and I have visited Raley Field during their “Mommy & Me Days”, and we all had such a great time that they continue to talk about “Dinger” the River Cats Mascot and how they want to go back and visit the baseball field.

Luckily for us, the Sacramento River Cats will be hosting another FREE “Mommy and Me Day” on Wednesday July 23  from 10am- 12pm (registration starts at 9am). If you have not had a chance to attend the past Mommy and Me events, we highly recommend making the time to take your little ones out to the baseball field.  Parents and their children (Under the age of 6) can spend the day out on the baseball field playing different games and participating in activities such as: tee-ball, soccer, arts and crafts, bounce houses and much more.

Last time they had Dinger the Mascot visiting with all the children, games with parachutes, balls and everything that the pre-school aged children love! There will also be free snacks and drinks provided while supplies last.

If you are planning on attending this event, please go on their website and fill out the mandatory waivers and bring them with you to the field. This will help in having to wait in the long lines…. And since we know that children are not the most patient little beings, this may help avoid a spontaneous “melt-down”.

Make sure you don’t forget your sunscreen (since you will be down on the field), camera for those great shots of your little ones “sliding” into home-plate, and plenty of energy for a fun-filled day!

The California State Fair Runs from July 11 to July 27

state-fairCan you smell it?  The deep-fried Twinkies, corn dogs and funnel cakes?  It’s here- the California State Fair!

Today, the fair comes into town and makes it annual appearance at Cal Expo.  For 17 fun-filled days, your family and friends can experience everything the fair has to offer.

Livestock, carnival rides, horse racing, live music and entertainment- there is something for everybody!

Here is a quick list of some of the great events coming to the fair this year:

Classic Car Show Whiskey Festival Splash Dog Competition World Cup Viewing Party Brewers Festival Concerts that include: Macy Gray, Phil Vassar, Pat Benatar, Brett Michaels and more!

This year’s roundup of entertainment tops the lists!

So if it’s a family tradition, or you are just looking for something fun to do this weekend- head out to Cal Expo and experience everything that the great State Fair has to offer.

The fair will be town from July 11 through July 27.  General Admission into the fair is $12 and Kids 5-12 is $8.  Check their website for special deals and coupons. Have fun and we will see you at the fair!


Weekend Family Fun

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7/11 – 7/27 – 161st 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!

7/12 – Maidu Summer Village Tour – The Maidu people have lived in this area since long before Europeans came to California. Join a naturalist to view cultural artifacts and craftwork, and then take a tour of the Nature Center’s replica Maidu village.

7/12 – Sacramento Fire Station Open House  – The Sacramento Fire Department will host a Fire Station Open House this week at Station 19 – 1700 Challenge Way.  Bring your family and friends to visit with firefighters, take a tour of the fire station, get an up-close look at a fire engine, and more!

7/12 – Arts for All Day at Fairytale Town – Performances, visual art shows, and art “funshops” will be featured at this annual event presented by I Can Do That!  Arts for All Day brings together children of all abilities to interact through, create and enjoy the arts. Enjoy a performance by ACT ON!, a children’s theater camp project of I Can Do That!, and view visual arts creations by I Can Do That! students. Stop by the art “funshops” to make flying saucers, rhumba shakers, pipe cleaner jewelry, spiral mobiles and more.

7/12 – Art Blast at the Crocker Art Museum – Each month, a different work of art provides the inspiration for a memorable art-making activity. Families are welcome to arrive anytime during this drop-in program.

7/12 – 7/13 – Summer Fun at the Discovery Museum – Beat the summer heat and head inside to the Discovery Museum! Have a prehistoric adventure in their Blast from the Past exhibit, greet one of their live animals in the Creature Feature, or blast-off into space by attending a planetarium show. To complete this day of fun, children will decorate a bedazzled sun windsock to take home as a souvenir!

7/12 – 7/13 – Community Campout – Gather your camping gear and explore the great outdoors a little closer to home. Enjoy campground favorites like swimming, crafts, campfire songs, and s’mores at this campout hosted by The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) and Boy Scout Troop 007. Dinner and breakfast will be prepared by the Elk Grove Lions Club.

Thru July 13 -Broadway Sacramento’s Mary Poppins at the Wells Fargo Pavillion Using a little bit of discipline, a spoonful of sugar, and a whole lot of magic, the quintessential nanny reacquaints the Banks family with the things that really matter in life. This Disney classic is fun for all ages, and will bring to life classic songs, “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and “Step In Time.”

7/13 – Whoo’s There at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Meet an owl and take an eye-opening look at these amazing hunters.

7/13 – Summer Fun: B Street Theatre’s Children’s Workshop – Children will experience the fantasy and imagination of acting and role-playing. This is a great introduction to theatre and the many facets of play making. The mission of B Street Theatre is to promote education and literacy, social interaction, and cultural enrichment by engaging children and adults in the highest quality theatre arts and playwriting.

July is National Ice Cream Month- so treat your family to some icy cold goodness!

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Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?  And on the third Sunday of the Month is recognized as National Ice Cream Day.  If you didn’t know this, here is a little bit of history.. it was declared in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities”. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t know of a kid (or an adult) who doesn’t love ice cream… and especially on a hot summer day!

Ice cream is a staple summertime treat for kids of all ages. And for long time Sacramento residents, there are a few “hot spots” here in the area to keep cool with the icy treat.  Vic’s Ice Cream  in Land Park (3199 Riverside Ave) has been a household name for several generations. They have been a family business since 1947 and continue to serve up some of the best ice cream in Sacramento. Ice Cream isn’t their only forte, they serve up lunch items and according to some regulars, the hot dog sandwich is fantastic!

Along with Vic’s, there is Gunthers Ice Cream.  Another household name who has been serving up ice cream and treats since 1940.  They are located at 2801 Franklin Blvd. in Sacramento from 10am-10pm daily.  Just like Vic’s, they serve up some of the best ice cream treats around, along with lunch specials and even lower fat options for those of us who are “watching thier waistlines”.

Leatherby’s Family Creamery, with 3 locations in the Sacramento area ( 2333 Arden Way, Sacramento, 7910 Antelope Rd. Citrus Heights and 8238 Laguna Blvd. Elk Grove)  they have been serving sundaes, floats and other treats since 1982.  They also offer lunch and dinner items… but, the specialty is ice cream- so just skip the meal and go straight for the hot fudge sundae!  Now I can remember my parents taking me to Leatherby’s when I was young for a birthday party and one of my fondest memories was the Clown Ice Cream Sundae.  If you are a Sacramento native and reading this…then I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  There was nothing better than a sugar cone, lots of whip cream, ice cream and chocolate chips to make a 5 year old happy!

And recently reopened, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour-(1625 Watt Avenue)  When you walk into this famous ice-cream shop, you will instantly be taken back into time, back into the 1890’s to be exact.  Their theme has employees dressed in part- wearing “old time” attire, straw boater hats and listening to catchy piano tunes. They first opened in Portland, Oregon in 1963 and quickly became popular by offering free ice cream sundaes to children on their birthdays.
This tradition still exists- as does the famous Farrell’s “Zoo” dessert (an ice cream sundae that is big enough for 10 people to share).  This is delivered to the guests’ table by several employees who have to carry it on a stretcher….this is accompanied by loud sirens and yelling.  Definitely worth the experience…not sure if I could eat that much ice cream- but it would be fun to try!

So in honor of National Ice Cream Month, go out and treat your family to a cone, shake or sundae… isn’t that what summer is all about?