Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Barnes and Noble Bookstores

9c4o4Ryzi“Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than you”.  And there was no one who was like the incredible Dr. Seuss!  Everyone knows the classic tales of “The Lorax”, “Green Eggs and Ham”, “The Cat in the Hat” and other well-known Dr. Seuss tales. This Saturday, February 27 you can celebrate his birthday with your children at one of Sacramento area Barnes and Nobles Stores.

This special story time event will be held at the Natomas, Arden and Roseville Barnes and Noble locations.  Starting at 11am, your child can pin the tail on Horton, decorate their very own “Cat in the Hat” hat and listen to the beloved tales of Dr. Seuss.  Additional games and activities will vary depending on location.

So grab your kids and head to Barnes and Noble this weekend to celebrate the very special Dr. Seuss’s birthday at this fun-filled event

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Kids Skate Free at Local Participating Skating Rinks

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One of the most fun and carefree activities a kid can do is to lace up some roller skates and hit the pavement.  I remember hours of enjoyment roller skating around the local park and at the local roller rink.  Enjoying our junior high days at the “sock hops” and dancing the night away on roller blades.   The music, the lights and the fun of just skating hours away with friends while making memories that have lasted forever.

Recently, I decided to take my daughter and her friends on a roller skating adventure.  I was quite naïve to think that she would actually want to skate alongside and hang out with me (she is 8 going on 18 after all), so I found myself sitting on the sidelines watching them whiz past me while I enjoyed a little fountain bubbly from the snack bar.

With spring break around the corner and with the grey days we typically have in March, you may want to check out some of the skating session times near you.   There are several roller skating rinks in our area, and we even have a couple of ice skating rinks if you are brave enough to hit the ice.

We went to the Roseville Roller King. The skate rentals were reasonable and the session was the perfect amount of time to skate, get tired and be ready to go home! They also offered a “learn to skate” class before our session to teach us the basics. Here is a list of local skating rinks in the area (Be sure to double-check their websites for times of sessions and pricing):

Roller King– 889 Riverside Ave, Roseville
Sunrise Roller Land– 6001 Sunrise Vista Drive, Citrus Heights
Foothill Skate– 4700 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento
King Skate– 1048 Franklin Blvd. Elk Grove
The Rink– 2900 Bradshaw Blvd, Sacramento

Ice Skating:

Skate Town– 1009 Orlando Avenue, Roseville
Iceland Ice Skating– 1430 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento

And if your children love to skate and you live close to one of the participating rinks, you can sign up and participate in “Kids Skate Free”.  Sign up your children and they will receive coupons every week for free skate sessions!  This is a huge savings and a great way to get your kids to burn some energy.  Participating rinks include Sunrise Roller Land in Citrus Heights, Roller King in Roseville and The Rink in Sacramento. Happy Skating!

By Heather Crivellone

 

 

5 Family Friendly Pizza Places to Try in Sacramento

Pizza in SacramentoEvery Friday night is pizza night in our home. I love this tradition, as it gives mama a night off from cooking and cleaning, and I can always be sure that at least one night a week everyone can agree on what’s for dinner.

Some nights we pick up a “take and bake” and pop it in the oven. Sometimes we attempt to recreate the chefs we see on TV and flip our pizza dough in the air… always ending up being much more of an ordeal than planned. My favorite nights are when we treat it as a special family date and we hit the town on Sacramento and search for the best pizza pies.

I have compiled a list of our family’s top 5 pizza places in the Sacramento region. Some of these may not be on your list, but you may just have to visit them to try them out. If you have a favorite pizza spot not listed, feel free to let us know. We love to hear from our readers and suggestions are what make this site so valuable to our readers.

  1. Pizza Rock (1020 K Street, Downtown Sacramento). Don’t let this hip nightclub appearing pizza joint scare you away from taking your kids.   They have some of the best wood-fired pizzas in Sacramento.  Loud music, a wild truck “hanging” from the ceiling and the ability to watch the pizzas go directly into the wood fired oven give this perfect place to take kids for an evening out on the town.   Of course, too late on a Friday or Saturday night, you will begin to get the college crowd hitting the club scene, but, if you go in for dinner, you won’t be disappointed. They also offer Kids in the Kitchen class for children ages 5-12 on the first Saturday of the month. At 11am, they let kids create their own pizza concoctions. Flipping pizza dough in the air is a favorite with my kids! Reserve your spots to this monthly event in advance.  $10 per child.
  2. Pieology:  With several locations (Roseville, Rancho Cordova and Downtown Sacramento), you can satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.  Stand and order service where you pick and choose the crust, sauce and all toppings. Each pizza is served for an individual, so everyone can choose their own toppings. My daughter loves pepperoni and cheese.  My son loves his olives and sausage. I’m partial to adding all the veggies, while my husband is the meat-eater. We can order what we want without having to hassle about everyone’s likes and dislikes. This pizza comes out very fast, so it’s great for a busy night when you are on the go and don’t necessarily want the ambience of a “date night”.
  3. Masullo’s (2711 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento). We absolutely love this place. Wood fired neapolitan pizza all served on family long tables. Everyone gets “close” here and it’s very family friendly.  The atmosphere is more date night”than Pieology, but it’s not so fancy that you can’t take your youngest of children (they have clean restrooms and changing pads for babies!).
  4. Hot Italian (1627 16th Street, Midtown): Located in the heart of Midtown, this is a great place for visiting during a 2nd Saturday Art walk, or after you have spent several hours playing at Fremont Park across the street. Pizza is thin crust and delicious! My daughter thought her pepperoni was a little to spicy, but, the gelato after cooler her mouth right off. You can order some of the tastiest pizzas in town, and then indulge in my favorite – pistachio gelato.
  5. Skipolinis (6600 Lonetree Boulevard, Rocklin and 191 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom) If you are visiting the Roseville Galleria mall or checking out the Folsom Outlets, then you must stop in to Skipolinis for an Italian meal (pizza of course) with your family. Definitely a family friendly restaurant, full bar and big screen TV’s for the adults watching the games and a play structure to keep those little ones busy and entertained while waiting for their pizza.

I hope you find this list helpful for planning your next week’s meals.  Everyone needs a break from cooking every once in a while, and if you are visiting from out of town, make sure you stop into some of our local favorites. Ciao

By Heather Crivellone

Frozen Fever is Alive and Well at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena this Weekend

Disney on Ice Frozen 1With three girls under the age of six, Frozen fever is alive and well at our house – and Disney on Ice Presents Frozen did not disappoint! Having never been to any of the Disney on Ice productions, I was curious to see how they would make the story come to life.  First and foremost you knew it was going to be a kid-friendly show.  Everyone was encouraged to dance and sing along, to laugh out loud when they thought something was funny (side note: Sleep Train Arena has booster seats available for FREE and we found that very helpful!).  The costumes were bright and fun, and my daughter especially enjoyed seeing Sven and Olaf come to life.  The movements of the performers were very exaggerated and a bit over the top, but when you think about it in the context of performing to a young audience in a large arena it seemed more appropriate.

The visual effects were eye-catching – a lot of colorful flags and ribbons, pyrotechnics, and of course, SNOW!  Every time the snow fell you could hear an audible gasp from the crowd and my four-year-old loved it!  The ice skating itself was also impressive, but almost overlooked because there were so many other things to focus on.

I thought the highlight of the show was going to be Elsa’s “Let it go”, which was mesmerizing to watch with all of the bursts of light and falling snow, but it was clear that Olaf’s “In Summer” was the crowd favorite.  It seemed like all of the performers participated in that number and my daughter loved seeing butterflies, bees, flowers, and birds dance all over the ice.

We had a wonderful time at our first Disney on Ice show and our Frozen obsession lives on for another day. Disney on Ice Presents Frozen will be at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena all weekend, Feb.10 – Feb. 15, 2016, with three shows on Saturday and Sunday, and two shows on Monday.  Tickets are still available, you can buy them here.

Post and photos by Kate Nally

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Family Friendly Valentine’s Events Around the Sacramento Area

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Cupid is all over the place these days, reminding us that “love is in the air”.  February is the month of all things “lovey, dovey and gushy” (as my 6-year-old boy would say)!  It’s Valentine’s month and there are so many fun events and ways to say “I love you”.  If you want to give your kids and spouse an extra “treat” this month, here are a few ideas to make the special day even sweeter.

At Bounce U in Roseville, the entire family can enjoy a special night of bouncing, Valentines crafts and activities.  On Wednesday, February 10  from 6:00 – 8:00pm, Bounce U will be open for some Valentines fun.  Admission is $8.95 per child.

Enjoy a Valentines “High Tea” at a Dash of Panache in Roseville on February 14.  Prices are $27.95 for adults and $24.95 for children.  Everyone will enjoy a “fancy tea” full of treats and sweets!  Tea time sittings will be at 11am, 2pm and 5pm.
This event for more mature children- so, make sure you have your best dresses on and enjoy an afternoon of “High Tea”.

If you are looking for something a bit more active, then join other “sweeties” at the
 Annual Valentine Run/Walk on February 13.  Kids can choose between the ½ mile and ¼ mile Fun Run and adults can choose 1.8 or a 4 mile course.  Race will begin at Macy’s Country Club Plaza Mall and will take runners through the beautiful Arden Park neighborhood.

Disney on Ice is coming back to Sacramento February 10-15.  Everyone will enjoy watching their favorite characters from the hit “Frozen” skate the night away.  Tickets are available on the Sleep Train Arena website.

If you are looking for a fun “date day” to take your kids, you can always check out one of the many crafting studios located around town.  Petroglyph is my daughter’s favorite, and I’m sure we will spending an afternoon painting away and making another treasured ceramic piece for our collections.

And of course, you can always just bake some cookies with your loved ones, make some cut out Valentines hearts and snuggle up with your favorite people.  Whatever you choose to do, we hope it’s a special day for you and your family!

By Heather Crivellone

The Best Museums to Visit on Sacramento Museum Day

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Sacramento Museum Day is this Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Sponsored by Bank of America, Sacramento Covered and Amtrak, the 18th Annual Museum Day offers FREE or 1/2 price admission to 26 area museums. As you might have guessed, this is a pretty popular Saturday to be out and about around town! Let’s face it…you are probably wondering if it’s worth getting out there with the kids and fighting the crowds. Well, the answer depends on what your game plan is. We’ve come up with some tips and suggestions to help make Sacramento Museum Day a wonderful experience for the entire family.

  1. Go early. This is sort of a no-brainer, but nevertheless, the most important. If you’ve got kids, you’ll want to avoid the crowds as much as possible – and this means getting to your no. 1 choice of museums first. All museums open up at 10am, so make sure to take into account parking and walking time as you plan your day.
  2. Avoid the most popular museums. The most popular museums for families on Museum Day are typically the California State Railroad Museum, Crocker Art Museum, California Automobile Museum and Sacramento Children’s Museum. If you really must go to one these, make it first on your list. It’s also best to avoid the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town, as admission is 1/2 price rather than free and both parks offer free admission on other days of the year.
  3. Visit a new museum. Take this opportunity to visit a lesser-known or more expensive area museum that you haven’t been to before. Several years ago, my family visited the Aerospace Museum for the first time on Museum Day – we had never been before because admission at this museum is typically more expensive than other area museums. So we took advantage of the free admission, visited first thing, and had a fantastic time. We have been back many times since!
  4. Be flexible. If you are going to brave the crowds on this day, you’ve got to be flexible. Don’t try to pack too much into the day, just choose one or two museums to visit and know that things might get a little bit zooey. And be aware that some museums have a limit of how many people can be inside at one time (Powerhouse Science Center Discovery Campus), so you may have to wait a bit. Your kids might have meltdowns and you might even head home earlier than you anticipated. It’s best to keep your expectations low and hope for the best on this day.

So, what would be my recommendations for your family on Museum Day? The Sacramento History Museum, Maidu Museum and Historic Site, State Indian Museum, Roseville Utility Exploration Center and California Museum. For the full list of participating museums, click here. Have fun!

What: 18th Annual Sacramento Museum Day

When: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Time: 10am to 5pm

Admission: Free or 1/2 price