By Heather Crivellone
Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~Author Unknown
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and how will you celebrate your favorite moms in your life? Many choose brunch, breakfast in bed, pedicures and salon days. I prefer a day out spent enjoying it with those who matter the most – my mom and my kids! Don’t get me wrong, my toes need some serious pampering, I need some serious “soul rejuvenating” and someone else cooking for me – yes please! But, all in all, the most important thing to me is to spend the day with those whom I love and cherish.
If you are like me and trying to think of the perfect day out with your family, then look no further. I have compiled a short and sweet list of some great ideas of how you can celebrate those wonderful mothers in your life here in the Sacramento area.
- Mother’s Day High Tea at a Dash of Panache. Join other moms at this 11th annual event in downtown Roseville. Located at 217 Vernon Street, this Old Fashioned tea parlor will be hosting three different sittings on Mother’s Day. One at 11am, 2pm and 5pm. You can enjoy wearing “funny hats” (as my daughter likes to call them) while sipping gourmet teas and nibbling on “fancy” tea sandwiches. This event is very popular and does sell out, so get your tickets on their website and enjoy an afternoon of class with your loved ones
- Sacramento’s most beloved Amusement Park- Funderland will be offering moms free rides all day on Mother’s Day! If your idea of a “high tea’ isn’t your “cup of tea”, then head out to William Land Park and enjoy the log ride, dragon roller coaster and train rides and more with your kids.
- The 17th Annual East Sacramento Garden Tour on May 9 and 10 is always a family favorite. Benefitting the David Lubin Elementary School, this event is one not to be missed. Tickets to this event can be purchased on their website and you can tour 7 beautiful and inspiring gardens in Sacramento’s “Fabulous 40’s” neighborhood. A luncheon will also be served at the Sutter Lawn Tennis Club, along with boutiques and food trucks at the David Lubin School. The walk through these amazing homes is worth the ticket price and it’s a great event to take a part of with your moms.
- Treat mom to a Mother’s Day Sacramento River Cruise. The boat will set sail from the Old Sacramento L Street Dock and you will enjoy an hour-long ride along the Sacramento River, hearing stories about the history of our beloved city. Tickets and times can be found on the website. Tickets are $20 per person.
- Spend the afternoon at the California Automobile Museum, where moms get FREE admission and a sparkling mimosa to enjoy while “cruising” through the museum. Free admission will be from 10am-5pm on Sunday, May 10.
- My favorite way to spend the day is enjoying one of our local vineyards. At Scribner Bend Winery, you can enjoy a special Mother’s Day picnic with delicious artisan sandwiches and gourmet salads while sipping on their award-winning wines. Cost for the picnic is $10.50 and wine purchase is separate. Reserve your picnic on their website and enjoy a day out in the vineyard!
These are just a few ideas to keep you and mom going on her special day. But whatever you choose to do, enjoy each moment with your loved ones!
Congratulations to Rochelle Hollis and Adan! Both of you have won a family 4-pack of tickets to this weekend’s Discover the Dinosaurs. Please contact us by Thursday, 4/23 at 5 pm to claim your tickets. Thanks everyone!
By Heather Crivellone
I remember the days when I would be out with my dad on one of his construction sites and the “Roach Coach” would pull up and everyone would stop for lunch. The thought of eating anything off of one of those trucks repulsed me at the time. However, the days of thinking that food that comes off a truck is uneatable are long gone. Gourmet food trucks have been sweeping the nation, with Food Network Stars creating reality shows with them, major city events centered around them, and well-known local chefs have been taking their business “to the road” in them. The idea of a “Roach Coach” is no longer in existence, but instead a gourmet meal that can be found at a local community event.
With the rise of the food truck mania, we can find events in every part of Sacramento to give us a reason to hang our aprons for the night and enjoy some local grub. The spring time weather gives us an even better reason to hit up these events, as many families come out to enjoy live music and entertainment, while trying out new foods on the trucks.
Recently, I took a poll to see which trucks were favorites among local families- and many of them said KRUSH Burger, Drewskis Hot Rod Kitchen, Chando’s Tacos and Slightly Skewed came up at the top of the list. You can enjoy all types of foods from gourmet burgers and tater tots, to burritos and Quesadillas, to Specialty Grilled Cheese Sammys and a Pan-Asian flare with skewers for everyone. There are so many more options than these- you will have to take your family out to one of the local events in your area to see which truck is your favorite. My goal is to check out as many trucks as I can this spring, but to find the menu with the healthiest option for my family. Although, my kids are happy with e tots and quesadillas, I would like to find those options that are just a bit more “heart healthy” for my family (I promise to report back with my findings).
You can find the local Food Truck events at the Sacto MoFo Website. And here is a quick list of when the events will take place around town:
Lincoln: First Tuesday of the month at Beerman’s Plaza
Anatolia: First Tuesday of the month at Eagle’s Nest Park
Elk Grove: First Wednesday of the month in Old Town Elk Grove
Citrus Heights: Second Wednesday of the month at Rusch Park
Roseville: Second Thursday of the month at Vernon and Lincoln Streets
West Sacramento: Fourth Wednesday of the month at the Lowe’s Shopping Center on Southport Parkway
Rocklin: Fourth Thursday of the month at Johnson Springview Park
East Sacramento: Second Friday of the month at Mckinley Park on Alhambra
Some of these events will also offer live music and entertainment for the entire family. These are fun events not to be missed- so, plan a night out with family and friends and support your local community with some gourmet grub!
If you read the blog on Friday, you are aware that Discover the Dinosaurs will be at Cal Expo this coming weekend (April 25-26, 2015). You can read the blog post here.
Well, now we’ve got some tickets to give away. The organizers – Blue Star Productions – have graciously given us two family four-packs to give away to two of our lucky readers. If you would like a chance to win the tickets, take a look at the Discover the Dinosaurs website, then leave a comment telling us what you think your kids would love most about this cool event. Two lucky readers will be randomly chosen on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Good luck!
The Bassmaster Elite Series is heading to Sacramento from April 30 – May 3, and Discovery Park will be the center of not only the angler competition that will bring thousands of spectators and ESPN coverage, but also some exciting family friendly events and activities.
The competition. Bassmasters is the most widely distributed tournament-based fishing show in the U.S., reaching 168 million households. The Bassmaster Elite Series brings together 110 professional anglers to compete over four days for a $100,000 top prize. And it’s happening right here in Sacramento, so you’ll want to come on down to Discovery Park to get in on all the action. Anglers will launch each morning at 6:15 am and return for weigh-ins by 3:15 pm each afternoon. Gates open to the public at 6:00 am.
Events and Activities. Fans can enjoy a free, family friendly Fan Expo, live music with a special performance by The Voice Season 7 Winner, Craig Wayne Boyd, and a kid’s area. California Boating and Waterways will be at the kids’ area with a family photo booth and a 10′ x 10′ inflatable life jacket with interactive games including a bean bag toss. One Hundred children’s life jackets and 200 camouflage adult life jackets will also be given away. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will offer a casting station for kids to learn how to fish as well as a Gyotaku station where kids can learn the ancient form of Japanese fish print art. The California Children’s Museum will also be present with their Raceways exhibit, which demonstrates basic principles of objects in motion that were formulated by Sir Isaac Newton and Galileo Galileo.
Food. Concessions will open for breakfast each morning at 8:00 am and will include menu items such as breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy, french toast sticks and more. Concessions will re-open at 11:00 am and remain open through the afternoon weigh-in. There will be a variety food offerings on the lunch and dinner menus that Include a selection of Farm-to-Fork inspired meals like the Texas burger teriyaki chicken sandwich, chicken caesar wrap, onion rings, french fries and more.
The Bassmaster Elite Series is sure to be a fun event for the whole family. And the best part, is parking and admission is FREE! So, come on down to Discovery Park next week and join us in the great outdoors. For more information, click here.
By Heather Crivellone
Does your child dream of becoming a Paleontologist when he or she grows up? Do they know the difference between a T-Rex and a Triceratops? Or if they are like my kids- they just sound like a noisy dinosaurs in the morning!
Next weekend, your family can learn about all things prehistoric related at “Discover the Dinosaurs” as this amazing exhibit comes to life at Cal Expo. On April 25 and 26, Cal Expo will transform into a land before time with exhibits showcasing the amazing dinosaurs of the past.
“The goal of Discover the Dinosaurs is to create a fun environment of learning and activity that explores the wonderment and mystery of our pre-historic past. Once you enter through the stone arch, the adventure begins that is full of smiles, amazement and fun.”
Life like exhibits with sight, sound and motion along with hands on exhibits, will allow your family to really “dig in” and learn about these great dinosaurs of the past. Kids will enjoy activities such as: Dino Dig (to discover fossils), Dino Theater (to watch educational movies), Dinosaur Rides (they can ride on the back of a T-Rex!), Gem and Fossil Painting, Bounce Houses and even Mini Golf!
Tickets are on sale at their website. Adults that are ages 13 and up are $20 for an all-day ticket. Children ages 2-12 are $25 for an all-day ticket. Seniors $18.
This will be an event not to be missed! Kids of all ages will enjoy learning about the dinosaurs and will have fun doing it.
By Heather Crivellone
Earth Day on April 22 is a day when millions of people worldwide come together and show support for environmental protection. This date marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Throughout the month of April, you can find events around Sacramento to help support and “do your part” in celebrating our precious Earth. And what a wonderful gift to give your children, but a better understanding of how we each take a part in protecting and preserving our planet!
This Saturday, April 19, is the Annual Sacramento Earth Day Festival at Southside Park from 11am-4pm. There will be over 180 exhibitors on site with practical information for saving money, living healthier and protecting the environment! With entertainment, live music and food vendors all at one of the most popular Sacramento parks…this is an event not to be missed.
West Sacramento will also host an Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 25. From 10am-2pm at the West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria, families can learn about the importance of “going green” while enjoying live music, activities for kids, local food vendors and more!
Sacramento Children’s Museum in Rancho Cordova (2701 Prospect Park) will also be hosting an event for the kids to have an opportunity to learn Earth-friendly lessons through interactive activities on April 22. There will be free activities outside from 11 am to 1 pm, and free admission for children all day inside!
This is a great way to get your children involved in helping to make a difference in our world and I hope each and every one of you will take a part in one of these activities or any of the other activities that may be happening in your community during this month.