8/1 – Family Friday: The Snowy Day at the Crocker Art Museum – This summer, Family Friday celebrates the art of children’s books. This week’s featured book is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Create one-of-a-kind art inspired by the book that broke the color barrier in mainstream children’s literature and captured the magic of a child’s simple pleasures in his urban neighborhood. Sing along with the talented Fong siblings from Elk Grove, a.k.a. The College Fund Street Band, as they cover songs by Bruno Mars, Jason Mraz, Corinne Bailey Rae, and other pop artists. Inspired by Peter in The Snowy Day, the Museum invites families to come to this Family Friday dressed in pajamas or your favorite patterned tops and bottoms!
8/2 – Leo’s Birthday Bash – The Sacramento Children’s Museum is celebrating its third birthday with a big party! Join the Museum for dance parties, painted faces, games and prizes galore — you name it! This event will mark the very first appearance of Leo, the museum’s mascot! The Sacramento Children’s Museum can’t wait for him to meet everyone!
8/2 – Sacramento Fire Station Open House at Station 13 – 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!
8/2 – Under the Oaks at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Effie Yeaw’s mighty oak trees provide food and shelter for many animals and insects. Learn how to identify different varieties of oak trees in the Nature Preserve and who might be living in them.
8/2 – 8/3 – Festa Italiana – 2014 will make the 28th anniversary of Festa Italiana. This beautiful Italian community event features delicious Italian food and drink and stellar entertainers. There will be an Italian Marketplace, a children’s games and rides area, bocce ball, Italian cars, motorcycles, and much more entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
8/2 – 8/3 – Puppet Show: Three Billy Goats Gruff at Fairytale Town – Puppet Art Theater Company presents the tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff in the Children’s Theater. This production starts with the classic race of the Tortoise and the Hare. The Hare, super speedy; the Tortoise, slow and steady. Who will win? The conclusion of the race takes place on the Troll Bridge, waking up the Grumpy Old Troll. Then, watch on as the Three Billy Goats find a way to outwit the Troll and get across the bridge so they can enjoy the field of green, green grass. Little Billy, his older sister Brittany, and their father Bruno all try to trip-trap their way across the bridge.
8/2 – 8/3 – Meet a Rock Houne at the Discovery Museum – Visit the museum to meet and learn from a local “rock hound.” This geology enthusiast is bringing his amazing collection of rocks and fossils that he has collected over the years. See a bendable rock, a mineral that bends light, a whale vertebrae fossil and more! Each family gets a free poster as a souvenir (while supplies last).
8/3 – Wonder Lab at the Crocker Art Museum – This creative gathering, open to all, is designed to spark playful experimentation! Children with learning and developmental disabilities and their families are especially invited to enjoy inclusive and individualized art-making activities. This session of Wonder Lab is presented in collaboration with UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute and the Crocker Art Museum’s Art Access Committee.
8/3 – Beaks, Claws and Jaws at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Have you ever wondered who eats whom and how? Join a naturalist and find out how animals have adapted for survival.