For many of you, it’s the last weekend before school starts up again for the kiddos and you’ll want to make the most of it. There are some fantastic activities and events happening around Sacramento this weekend. All-you-can-eat ice cream at the Sacramento Zoo sounds heavenly doesn’t it? How about letting your kids work off some energy at Safetyville’s Family Bike Night? Or camp out at Fairytale Town, play some games at Sutter’s Fort, or catch a movie in the park. We guarantee you’ll find something fun to do, so get out there and have some fun!
Family Campout at Fairytale Town – 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. 8/14 at 5:30pm to 8/16 at 7am.
Family Bike Night at Safetyville USA – 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. 8/14, 5:30 – 8pm.
Hands On History: Fun on the Frontier – The special Hands on History: Fun on the Frontier event at Sutter’s Fort will showcase some of the pioneer games and activities popular during the early days at the Fort including: the Game of Graces, bean bag toss, and sack and barrel hoop races for the kids. The Fort will offer “games of chance” for adults, complete with fancy card shuffling tricks and more. Also, interactive and fun hands-on craft making will be available for kids of all ages who are interested in creating special keepsakes to take home. Of course, demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon. 8/15, 10am to 5pm.
Ice Cream Safari at the Sacramento Zoo – At the 31st annual Ice Cream Safari where you can get all-you-can-eat Baskin Robbins Ice Cream in cones, sundaes, and floats along with all-you-can-drink Coca-Cola beverages. Explore the 14-acre zoo with ice cream treats around every corner! There will be entertainment for the kids and fun for everyone. There will be a face painting station, an ice cream dance party, and live entertainment. Don’t forget to enter the Gi-Raffle for the chance to win some fun prizes. 8/15, 4pm – 8pm.
Rattlesnakes Myths and Truths – Join the Effie Yeaw Nature Center on Saturday for a fascinating lecture and field study by Mike Cardwell. You will learn about the ecology and behavior of local rattlesnakes, myths, and bite prevention/treatment and how biologists study wild rattlesnakes. You’ll see how tiny transmitters are implanted and how the snakes are radio-tracked, as well as other tools used to document the private lives of these fascinating and timid creatures. 8/15, 10am to noon.
Wizard of Oz presented by Runaway Stage Productions – Don’t miss this production is based on the MGM movie The Wizard of Oz, which won three Academy Awards and was one of the first films to be named to the National Film Registry. 8/15, 12pm and 2pm.
Bookworm Pencils at the Discovery Museum – It is time to go back to school and the Museum is celebrating with a “bookworm” pencil craft. Color your worm and have it crawl up your new pencil. Have one more weekend of fun with your family and friends before school begins. 8/15 & 8/16, 12:30 to 4pm.
Let the River Run Clean at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Take a hike to the river and learn some ways you can help take care of it and the salmon, egrets, beavers, and other wildlife that depend on its clean water. As you learn, you’ll put on some gloves and help clean the river by collecting trash along its banks. 8/15, 10:30am.
Movie Night in the Park: The Incredibles – District 4 hosts another movie night in the park! This time they will be playing The Incredibles, so come out and have fun. There will be free popcorn, juice, and water. 8/15, 8:30pm – 10:30pm.
Critter Corner at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Have you ever wondered where the animals in the Nature Center come from? Join in for this program to meet some critters and learn why these animals are unable to return to the wild. 8/16, 1:30pm.