Dinosaur Day Science Fest is this Sunday at Rocklin’s Sierra College

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Is your child a paleontologist in the making?  Do they know the difference between a triceratops and a pterodactyl?  Or if they are like my little guy, run around the house growling and pretending to be a T-Rex?  If so, then get your tickets for this weekend’s Dinosaur Fest at the Sierra College Natural History Museum.

This Sunday, May 1 from 9am-4pm, your family can discover the world of the dinosaurs and learn all about science at this fun and interactive event.  Everything from fossil digging, physics demonstrations, anatomy dissections, planetarium shows, crafts and even live reptiles to play with… there will be something for the entire family to enjoy. If your child is fascinated with science (what kid isn’t??), then this will be an event not to miss.

Located at the Natural History museum on the Sierra College Campus (5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin), this museum in a non-profit, volunteer run organization.  All of the proceeds from this event are used to help maintain the exhibits and provide programs throughout the year for families to enjoy.  Tickets to this event can be purchased on their website and are $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12.  Under the age of 4 is free.

My kids are excited to check out the exploding watermelon exhibit and the tie die booth…it’s going to be a fun (and possibly messy) weekend! We hope to see your family enjoying the world of science and dinosaurs with us.

By Heather Crivellone

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For it’s One, Two, Three Strikes You’re Out! Family Night Out With the River Cats

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If you are looking for a fun family friendly activity right at your doorstep, look no further than Raley Field in West Sacramento.  We loaded up our kids recently to catch an evening Sacramento River Cats game.  The sights, sounds, and smells brought a nostalgic feeling for us parents as our little ones got to experience the buzz of excitement for the first time.  We’ve always wanted to take them to a San Francisco Giants game, but a minor league game in town offers a much more affordable option without the hassle of driving to the Bay.   We were seated right behind home plate, but looking around we saw many other great seats available including lawn seats which looked like a nice option for little ones with a lot of energy to burn.  The kids loved being so close to the action, as we could hear the loud crack of the bats and the ball hitting the catcher’s mitt.  The pitchers were really throwing some heat!  Every so often a foul ball would fly over our heads and the kids held onto hope that they would eventually catch one.

Its best not to come to Raley Field with a full belly because you will want to try at least one of the many treats offered to baseball goers. We tried the kettle corn which was fabulous.  Our daughter could not pass up the “Chicago mix,” which is a mixture of caramel-covered popcorn and cheddar popcorn.   Of course, you will find classic ballpark hot dogs, but they also serve a wide variety of other dishes, such as salmon tacos and garlic fries.  We surprised the kids with a treat/souvenir they could take home: miniature helmets filled with ice cream and hot fudge.  I remember collecting those as a kid!  Needless to say, those treats were a home run.

While the older kids were fixated on the game, the younger kids were not left out of the excitement as they watched River Cats’ mascot, Dinger’s antics around the stadium and waited for a chance meet him in person. Our five-year old was ecstatic when he finally got a chance to high-five Dinger and we later were able to snap a picture with him on our way out of the park.  Other entertaining activities included a potato sack race on the field and standing up and signing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch. Kids can also join Dinger’s Club for a discount at the Deck Shop, tickets to the Kids Corner and other fun promotions and activities.  For more information on Dinger’s Club, click here.

What: Sacramento River Cats, Sacramento’s AAA Baseball team, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Where: Raley Field, West Sacramento, just across the river from Old Sacramento.

When to Go: The season runs from April 7 – September 5, 2016, but the best family days are Toyota Family Value Tuesdays, when hot dogs and desserts are just $1 each and Sunday Fundays when balloon artists, face painters and even the players themselves are out for the family to enjoy. Check out the many other fun game day promotions, here and click here to view the full game schedule.

Where to Park:

Parking option 1: this year, the River Cats and Lashers Auto Group have partnered up to reward carpoolers. Parking is FREE at any Raley Field parking lot if you have at least 4 people to a car. You must fill out a form here, print out a voucher and present it upon entering the lot on game day.

Parking option 2: Head into Old Sacramento, park in the South garage, and enjoy a short, picturesque walk across the Tower Bridge to the ballpark.

by Kara Keister

 

Sacramento Moms Deserve the Very Best on Mother’s Day

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“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?  Brunch? Breakfast in bed? Pedicures and salon days?  I prefer a day out enjoying it with those who matter the most – my mom and my kids! Don’t get me wrong, my toes need some serious pampering, and I love someone else cooking for me. But, the most important thing to me is to spend the day with those whom I love and cherish.

If you are searching for 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.

  1. Mother’s Day Tea and Talk:  Gibson Mothers and their Flapper Daughters at the California Automobile Museum.  Located at 2200 Front Street in Sacramento, join moms of all ages at this one of a kind Mothers Day Tea.   From 2pm- 4 pm on May 8, join historian Bonnie Hansen as she shares how the automobile contributes to one of the greatest generation gaps of the century- Victorian era mothers and their free thinking flapper daughters! Enjoy teas and desserts, view the museum and take a pictures inside a vintage 1920s era Model A.   Admission is $30-$35
  2. Mother’s Day High Tea at a Dash of Panache.  Join other moms at this 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
  3. The 18th Annual East Sacramento Garden Tour on May 7 & 8 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.  An elegant luncheon will also be served from 11am- 2pm, for $15. Enjoy vendors, boutiques and an elegant lunch while touring these breathtaking homes.  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.  Tickets are $21.
  4.  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.        This special Mother’s Day cruise will be on Sunday, May 8 departing at 10:30, 12:00, 1:30 and 3:00. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased on the website.
  5. Take the entire family to Roseville for their annual Berry Fest! Enjoy Strawberry treats and eats at this fun-filled event. On May 7 and 8, the Roseville fairgrounds will turn into a berry heaven with fun for kids of all ages.   Enjoy cooking demonstrations, live music an entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo, a Berry Fun Color Run and more!   Don’t forget to go hungry, as there will even be a strawberry shortcake eating contest.   General admission is $10, children ages 6-12 and seniors are $5, under the age of 5 is free.

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!

By Heather Crivellone

In its Inaugural Season, PRO Rugby Debuts in Sacramento

On Sunday, PRO Rugby came to town in its inaugural season and gave us a matchup between Sacramento and San Francisco. Walking into Bonney Field (home to local soccer team Sacramento Republic, FC) at Cal Expo, I could feel the excitement, and was amazed by the large number of families and young fans! For new rugby fans, here’s a little overview of the game:

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If you see the above formation, it is called a scrum, and it takes place when there is a penalty of some sort on the pitch. Eight members of each team bind together and meet to contest for the ball and move it to the rear of the pack, where it is delivered through a series of lateral passes to players who are trying for the goal.

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When a player enters the try-zone, he touches the ball down for 5 points.  An extra point kick adds 2 more points if the player can manage it.

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At Halftime there was an exhibition game between two local Girl’s Middle School teams, the Land Park Harlequins and the Gold Country Mother Lode. After their game was over, it was awesome to see little groups of them tooling around the grandstand in the second half.

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This is something you will always see at the end of a rugby game. The two teams meet on the field in a show of sportsmanship unique to the sport: a lineup where earnest congratulations are exchanged.  Athletes honor their common bond and agree to leave any aggression or ill will behind them on the field (in collegiate rugby the host team will not only house the visiting team, but also show them a good time the evening after the game!)

Intrigued? The next home game is scheduled for Sunday, May 8 at 5pm, when Sacramento takes on Ohio. You can purchase your tickets here.

By John Foster

 

9 NFL Players to Play in Charity Basketball Game in Sacramento Tomorrow

press_kit_design_page_1[1]There’s a really cool event happening in Sacramento tomorrow, that just came across my desk. Nine NFL players from teams like the Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles will be in Sacramento tomorrow to play a charity basketball game. We’ve got several tickets to give away. If you would like a couple of tickets, please leave a comment at the end of this post or email asgreen@visitsacramento.com.

Hosted by Sacramento native and Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Marlon Moore, the first annual Marlon Moore Charity Classic basketball game played by the NFL players will provide entertainment (who doesn’t want to watch football players try their hand at basketball?) and raise funds for the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento.

“My goal is to bring together NFL players and provide an entertaining basketball game to raise money for CRH,”  said Marlon.

Some of the biggest names in the NFL such as Dwayne Bowe, Asa Jackson and Rashad Jones confirmed their participation for this event. The game will take place in Sacramento at the Capital Christian Center, and is expected to fill the gym that seats 1,500 people.

What: 1st Annual Marlon Moore Charity Classic

Why: to raise funds for the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016

Time: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

Where: Capital Christian Center, 9470 Micron Ave., Sacramento

Roseville’s Arena Softball Offers Much More Than Just Batting Cages

Logo%202013“Take me out to the ball game, Take me out to the crowds”- this tune is being sung across the nation as fans everywhere are wearing their favorite team colors.   If you are a native Californian, then I’m sure you cheer on the Black and Orange or the Blue and White.
Even if you are not a baseball fan, you know that opening day of baseball season has come and we have kids of all ages playing everything from T-ball and little league up to the Majors.   

With our crazy El Nino weather, we have had many of our little league games cancelled this year.  Instead of letting our little slugger kick back and not practice his batting skills, we have been enjoying the convenience of Arena Softball– an indoor softball field with batting cages of varying speeds.

Arena Softball is located at 8288 Industrial Avenue in Roseville.  They host leagues, tournaments and special events featuring two 10,000 square ft. fields and 12 batting cages.
What sets them apart from the basic batting cages you can visit is that they offer a family friendly sports bar and restaurant that features dining options for everyone in your group.
Not only do they have the batting cages and softball fields, they also have a small arcade that the kids love.

The batting cages offer great practice for kids of ages.  With six batting stations and 12 machines, you have complete control over the baseball, choosing fast-pitch or slow pitch to fit your level and abilities. 

Rentals are only $35 for 30 minutes and $65 for 60 minutes, or you can choose to purchase batting cage time by the round.  Cages are $2.50 per round and one round is equal to 17 pitches.  

Arena Softball is a great destination for the entire family.   If you don’t want to make the trek out to Roseville, there are other batting cage locations around the area.  Here is a quick list of some of those cages:

Premiere Performance Training:  9980 Horn Rd, Sacramento
Scandia Family Fun Center:  5070 Hillsdale Blvd.  Sacramento
Extra Innings: 4283 Duluth Ave, Rocklin

As they say in the Majors….”Play Ball!”

Campfires are back at Sacramento Valley’s Maidu Indian Museum!

fire.med_categoryOur Sacramento valley sits upon some fascinating history.  From the days of the Gold Rush to the history of the California Railroad, to Sutter’s Fort and the Indian tribes that surrounded us, we have the opportunity to explore and teach our children some of the most amazing historical facts of our region. Recently, we visited the Maidu Indian Museum in Roseville and I was pleasantly surprised by this “hidden” discovery and the history that is among this area.

The Maidu Indian Center was built on the edge of an ancient village site in which Nisenan Maidu families thrived for over 3,000 years.  Our historic site was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 because of its importance as a unique cultural resource due to the hundreds of bedrock mortar holes and the numerous petroglyphs carved into the sandstone boulders strewn across the north end of the site.  In addition, a vast midden area is telling evidence of thousands of years of occupation.”

The two-story museum has interactive exhibits explaining the life of the Niesenan Maidu families and how they lived during this time.  Along with the exhibits, they also have a beautiful trail (a little under a mile long) that takes you passed petroglyphs, bedrock mortars, towering oaks and a year-round stream.  This trail is easily accessible for wheelchairs, strollers and those of us who just like to take a leisurely stroll.

My kids’ short attention spans were kept engaged in the museum by the exhibit drawers that pulled out and learning about the toys the Maidu children would play with.  They also enjoyed doing their own petroglyph rubbings, puzzles and especially enjoyed the trails outside.  When we visited, we had perfect weather for our stroll and had the opportunity to chase butterflies, search for coyotes (luckily we didn’t see any) and exploring the ancient bedrock mortar holes and boulders that are along the trail.

This is a great place for any and all children (or adults) to learn about the Maidu Indians who resided in this area and how they lived.  The center is open Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.  Admission into the center is $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors or $16 for a family of four.

This Friday, April 15, the Storytelling Campfires are back!  Storytelling has been an important part of Native American culture for thousands of years.   Your family can enjoy roasting marshmallows and hearing native stories of the Maidu Indians under the night sky at the outdoor amphitheater.  This event takes place every third Friday from mid-April until the end of October.  Please call in advance if you will have groups of 10 or more.   Museum doors will open at 7pm and the program begins at 7:30pm.

The Maidu Museum and Historic Site is located at 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive in Roseville.

By Heather Crivellone