Labor Day Weekend Family Fun

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8/29 – Free Family Bike Night at Safetyville USA – Free Family Bike Nights was designed to give families a safe place to ride their bikes together, learn basic bike safety rules, and get some exercise.  Bring your bike and helmet because there is three and a half acres to ride on, a special area for new riders, bike safety clinics, and food available for purchase.

8/29 – Friday Night Concert Series: Hip Service – Have some fun with the whole family at Cordova Community Council’s Friday Night Concert Series!

8/29 – 8/30 – Beauty and the Beast, Jr. – Step into the enchanted world of Disney, with a twist, in Beauty and the Beast, Jr., where child actors Ages 5-18 step into the roles made famous by the animated movie. This show features original music from composers Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, plus new songs contributed by Tim Rice.

8/29 – 8/31 – SacAnime: The Sacramento Anime Convention – SacAnime is the anime convention “Where Fans Come to Play,” providing Japanese influenced pop culture fun for the entire family. Over 10,000 fans, many in costume, are expected to attend.

8/30 – Rattle Sssssnakes at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – These awesome animals deserve everyone’s respect. Learn to identify these amazing creatures and discover how they fit into the California landscape.

8/31 – 8/31 – Diesel Days at the Railroad Museum – California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are 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 round trip 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.

8/30 – 8/31 – Fairytale Town Troupers: Beach Party Princess – It’s a family friendly comedy review that’s just for you! Help select the winner of the beach party princess contest, then dance with your favorite fairytale princesses live onstage. Beach Party Princess is packed with pretty princesses, silly surprises, music, magic and interactive fun in the sweet summer sun!

8/30 – 9/1 – Chalk it Up! to Sacramento 2014 Art & Music Festival – the three-day event draws 30,000+ people each year and features more than 200 Artists creating chalk art masterpieces on the sidewalks, live music by more than two dozen acts, hands-on art activities for children and more. Live music is featured all day long throughout the festival and this year’s stage will feature 30 top-notch regional acts including James Cavern and the Council; Seaons; The Westwards; Sneeze Attack and others.

8/30 – 9/1 – Americana in Old Sacramento – An “Americana in Old Sacramento” celebration awaits visitors to the popular historic district over Labor Day weekend complete with live music, classic cars, and vintage vehicles — such as 1950s-era buses, emergency vehicles, and taxi cabs. In addition, a variety of special evening events and various museum-related activities are planned for the extended holiday weekend.

Activities include free live music and beer garden at Waterfront Park featuring popular bands such as Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads, Madison Hudson Band, Rachel Steele & Road 88, 27 Outlaws, and the Cripple Creek Band. As an added musical treat, live gospel music will be featured on Sunday morning.

8/30 – 9/1 – Labor Day Fun at the Discovery Museum – Enjoy the holiday weekend by showing your patriotic pride. Visit the Discovery Museum for a self-guided tour of their Blast from the Past exhibit. Kids crafts will make a patriotic windsock. Also check out their planetarium shows (Ages 4+) and animal presentations (all ages).

8/31 – Those Wacky Woodpeckers at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable by their unique behavior of pecking vertically on trees and poles, but how much do you really know about these outstanding birds? The Nature Center will help clue you in.

9/1 – Little Buckaroos Day: A Free Family Festival – Families with young children will have a yee-haw time at the Crocker celebrating Sacramento’s annual Gold Rush Days. The West is always wild with wiggles and giggles in this unique festival featuring live performances, craft-making demos, art-making, and even a petting zoo. To make this event even more special, it is the last day to see Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.


Win a Family 4 pack of tickets to the California Capital Airshow when it flies into town September 6-7

imagesBy Heather Crivellone

Are your kids (husbands or yourself) fascinated with the aeronautical wonders in the sky? Do you have future pilots zipping and zooming around the house? If so- then mark your calendars for the ninth annual California Capital Airshow , presented by Sacramento County and held at Mather Airfield on September 6-7.  You will experience all things shiny, fast and loud!  Spine-tingling military and civilian jet performance, thrilling aerobatics, barnstorming, pyrotechnics, vintage aircraft, music choreography and more!

Kids of all ages will be amazed at the demonstrations, interactive exhibits and shows that are scheduled to appear this year. Some of the events that can be seen include the USAF F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, the Patriots Jet Demonstration Team with aerobatic maneuvers, opportunities to explore aircraft both inside and out and even meet some of the pilots and crew members!

Established in 2004, the California Capital Air show is one of the largest and highly respected air shows in the nation, and we are very lucky to have it hosted in our Sacramento area.  As part of its community relations this non-profit organizations has awarded over 80 scholarships to deserving students from our region with an interest in aviation, aerospace, aeronautics and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related fields.

Located at the Mather Airport, it’s just 10 miles outside of downtown Sacramento at 10510 Superfortress Avenue in Mather.  The show will run from 9am-5pm and admission can be purchased in advance or at the gates. The general admission prices for adults 12 and over is $20 at the door, pre sale $15.  Children ages 6-12 is $10 or $7.50 presale and children 5 and under are free.

There is a $10 parking fee (CASH only) or you can purchase a prepaid parking pass on their website (if you are like me I would buy the prepaid pass, since I never seem to have cash on hand!).

If you are planning on attending this exciting fun-filled event here are a few tips to keep in mind:

* Wear Comfortable Shoes… lots of walking and asphalt…forgo the desire to “look cute” and dress for comfort today! * Don’t forget the sunscreen and umbrella to protect you from the sun. * Bring CASH for parking and concession purchases (they will have ATM’s inside- but no one wants to pay the bank service fees). * Bring ear plugs if you are sensitive to the noise…there will be LOTS of noise. *Don’t forget your camera for those great once in a lifetime shots!

This is a great experience for kids and adults alike. Many memories will be made and your family will have a great time if you decide to attend and one lucky reader will have the opportunity to take their family!  Respond to this post as to what you would like to experience at the air show.  We will be announcing the winner on Tuesday, September 2nd -this is for a family 4 pack of tickets to attend. Good Luck!

Chalk it Up is back this Labor Day Weekend

imagesBy Heather Crivellone

Summertime is quickly coming to an end and the Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner!  You may have plans for grilling up some burgers with friends and family, but if you get the chance , take an opportunity to check out one of the coolest (in my opinion) annual festivals that takes place in Downtown Sacramento- Chalk it Up!

Chalk it Up is an annual Art and Music festival that started in 1991 and has been held every Labor Day weekend at Sacramento’s Freemont Park.  It’s an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work and those who may be “aspiring” artists to grab some chalk and create a masterpiece along with others around the park. Chalk it Up helps to raise money to benefit the arts here in Sacramento, and many organizations will sponsor a “Square” to be seen and increase awareness of their organization.  Last year there was close to 35,000 people who came out to view the art- and if you are like me, it’s a great way to get your kids exposed to art and let them get messy by “chalking up” the ground. You can expect to see lots of beautiful work, plenty of arts and crafts booths, vendors, food, live music and entertainment.  This is an event that is always fun for everyone.

Chalk it Up comes to town this weekend, August 30- September 1st at Freemont Park 1515 Q Street in Downtown Sacramento. Parking can be tricky downtown, but one block from Chalk it UP there will be parking provided by Ace Parking at 1515 R Street (R Street between 15th and 16th streets).  A portion of all parking fees collected at this location during the festival is being donated back to Chalk it Up!

So grab some sidewalk chalk and head out to Freemont Park this weekend for some fun!


Win Tickets to this Weekend’s SacAnime Convention


If you have anime fans living in your house, then you are more than likely aware that the Sacramento Convention Center and Sheraton Grand Sacramento will be hosting the year’s 2nd SacAnime convention this weekend.  More than 10,000 people are expected to attend this large event in downtown Sacramento over Labor Day weekend.

SacAnime is the anime convention “Where Fans Come to Play,” providing Japanese influenced pop culture fun for the entire family. Over 10,000 fans, many in costume, are expected to attend. Events include live concerts with Eyeshine and Akai Sky, a huge vendors’ room, karaoke contests, cosplay costume contest, lolita tea party, maid cafe, video game tournaments, artists alley, panels and workshops, a kids zone and much more.

Sound like fun?  If you would like a chance to win four tickets to SacAnime, tell us by way of “comment”, who your favorite anime character is and why.  The winner will be chosen via random drawing on Wednesday, August 27, 2104.  Good luck!


Weekend Family Fun


8/22 – Movie in Fremont Park – CADA and Friends of Fremont Park will be hosting movie in the park and will be showing Back to the Future. There will also be live music by Rebel Punk and a food truck will also be on site for purchase.

8/22 – $4 Fridays at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – In celebration of summer, join the Sacramento Children’s Museum for its first $4 Friday of the year! 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!

8/23 – 3rd Annual Multicultural Festival – The City of Elk Grove is hosting a global celebration at the third annual Multicultural Festival featuring ethnic food, music, entertainment, fashion shows, artwork and activities for children. Its two stages will feature more than 20 performances from around the world. This day-long festival is Elk Grove’s premier community-wide celebration of diversity, and is hosted by the City of Elk Grove’s Multicultural Committee.

8/23 – Sacramento Fire Station Open House at Station 8 – The Sacramento Fire Department will begin hosting Fire Station Open Houses on Saturdays starting in May. 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!

8/23 – Nature Story Time at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Come relax and enjoy some nature tales. This event is recommended for children and those young at heart.

8/23 – A Synchro Wish Upon A Star – Aqua Show – Sac Synchro, Sacramento’s only year round competitive swim team, presents their annual aqua show titled “A Synchro Wish Upon A Star.”  This year’s event will feature National Team Members Nicole Meza and Noelle Song who are representing the US at the Pan American games in Riverside.  After the show audience members have the opportunity to let their children “Try Synchro” with the team. Bring a suit and towel for girls ages 5-18 (girls only).

8/23 – Bach to Rock Open House – At this Bach to Rock open house you can jam with a staff member, tour the facility, and test out an instrument or two at this free, family friendly event. Can’t decide between the drums, guitar, vocals, bass, or keyboard? Well good news, they’re offering demo lessons for all ages! There will be a Rock City and Kids N Keys demo class for children ages 3-7, as well as a recording studio demo and tour, rock band and private lessons demos.

8/23 – 10 Year Anniversary of the Small Wonders Exhibit at the California State Railroad Museum – California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to recognize August 2014 as Toy Train Month in celebration of 10 years of the popular Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains exhibit. Accumulated over four decades by the late Mr. Thomas W. Sefton, the collection includes 20th century toy trains, Buddy “L” riding toys, railroad-related artifacts, approximately 7,000 toy trains and a variety of accessories, such as locomotives and railroad cars from companies including Buddy L., Ives, American Flyer, Marklin, Marx, and Lionel.

8/24 – Critter Corner at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Where do our animals come from? Why are they here? Meet a couple of small animal residents at the Nature Center up close. Learn about each of their unique journeys and how they became an educational ambassador for the Nature Center.

8/24 – Sketch It for August – Visitors Ages 5 and older 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.


Art Appreciation Month in Sacramento

12570panel20By Heather Crivellone

Did you know that August is National “Art Appreciation Month”?  If not, then you are in luck- Because, one of the great things about having children in Sacramento, is that there are so many opportunities to let them develop their imaginations and expose them to the arts and while learning how to appreciate the arts in whatever form they choose.

Every month, Downtown Sacramento hosts 2nd Saturday”, where local businesses, art galleries and restaurants open up for a progressive art show.  Enjoy an evening of art, music, wine (for the adults), and people watching at it’s finest.

With the variety of art shows you can take the kids to view, don’t miss an opportunity to visit the   Crocker Art Museum. During the summer, I took my kids to “Family Fridays” at the Crocker Art Museum and was highly impressed. First of all, the museum itself is gorgeous (I have been to quite a few in my days of prancing abroad) and I was pleasantly surprised at the architecture and the work on display.  The Family Friday series was a weekly program during the summer where families could enjoy making different art projects in the courtyard, followed by live entertainment.  Now, if you missed the summer events at the Crocker- there are plenty of family events throughout the year. Every Wednesday, they host their Wee Wednesday” class for the preschool age children and their caregivers.   This is an opportunity to introduce your young children to the beauty of art in a fun and interactive way.  Instructors will typically walk the children through the museum to a particular work of art and discuss it in ways that is fun and understanding for the children.  When we visited this event a few months back, they also read a story and at the end of the class the children had an opportunity to explore Tot Land.  This is a child friendly, interactive area where the kids can play, create and learn about the world of art around them.

Other special events that are coming up include: “Sketch It” on Sunday, August 24 from 11am-1pm, visitors five and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month and all supplies are included. No experience necessary On Monday, September 1 from 11am-3pm families with young children will have a yee-haw time at the Crocker’s fourth annual celebration of Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days. The West will be wild with wiggles and giggles in this event featuring live performances, craft-making demos, hands-on art-making, and even a petting zoo. On this day there will be FREE admission. These are just some of the events that are coming up.  Check the website and calendar for other fun filled events at the Crocker Art Museum.

If you are looking for more hands- on, create your own “masterpiece” with your children, then check out some of our local art studios like Art Beast and Recreate.  Art Beast is a favorite for many local moms- $8/ person and you can spend the entire day getting lost in your creativity at this drop in art studio. Painting, coloring, sculpting, dramatic play, daily classes and so much more! This place has everything to keep your creativity entertained for hours and hours. Recreate in Roseville is an eco-friendly art gallery where kids can create their own masterpieces with recyclables.

So, just remember that when you are thinking about exposing your family to the arts.. there is no need to travel far for museums and “culture”… our beautiful golden city already has it all!

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