Keep it simple, enjoy the fall colors and have some fun with your kids this month!

DSC_0101 By Heather Crivellone

The holiday season is upon us… even if we ignore it, the Christmas music that is already playing at the stores is enough to remind us that the holiday craziness is just around the corner! This year, I am trying to take a vow to slow down, keep it simple and just enjoy my family and the beauty this time of year brings.
If you are searching for activities to do with your kids to bring some “calm before the storm”, or just to get out and enjoy nature and craft up some fall goodness- then take a look at some local events and my personal favorite stops in Sacramento to enjoy this time of year.

Pack up a picnic lunch and visit some of the beautiful parks in downtown Sacramento. McKinley Park is located at 601 Alhambra Blvd, in East Sacramento.   This park is a favorite among locals and you will likely see groups of runners, families strolling through and feeding the ducks, many children playing on the newly remodeled play structure- and fall colors galore!  It’s simply stunning this time of year.

Another great park for fall foliage is Southside Park. Located in the heart of Sacramento at 2115 6th Street, this park has two large play structures, a man-made lake for fishing, several picnic tables and it’s just a great place to spend the afternoon playing with your kids.

Of course, I can’t forget to mention everyone’s favorite- William Land Park at 4000 S Land Park Drive. The neighborhood alone is enough to want to grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte, put on some music and cruise along the beautiful tree lined streets.  Nothing says “fall” more than a drive through these neighborhoods and soaking in the beauty!

If the fall foliage isn’t your thing- then check out some of the local events with your kids:

CrafterNoon at the Crocker– Sunday, November 16 from 1pm-3pm at the Crocker Art Museum. This monthly gathering will inspire your family’s creativity and help you enjoy quality time together by making simple crafts that celebrate the season.  Ages 4 and up with adult participation is required.  Call to reserve space in this class- $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

Saturday, November 22 from 2pm-4pm at Ikea in West Sacramento, your child can create a Fall Masterpiece.  This activity is Free and available on a first come- first serve basis.  Kids will create art for the season, and parents can enjoy some shopping time in the store.

Sunday, November 23 at the Effie Yeaw Center in Carmichael, your family can participate in “Great Gobblers” at 1:30pm. You will look and listen for wild turkeys on a guided walk through the nature preserve.  Test out your turkey calls at this fun and educational event.

However you decide to spend these shorter days and cooler nights, we hope that you and your family take time to enjoy the season and be thankful for the beauty and loved ones around.

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