A Day at the Beach in Sacramento

beals_point_beachSummertime means longer days, warmer nights, sand in between your toes and afternoons at the beach. Just because we live in the Sacramento valley doesn’t mean we can’t spend our summer days lounging at the beach! Just 30 minutes from Downtown Sacramento, you can be building sand castles with your family at Beal’s Point  on Folsom Lake, in Granite Bay!

I have lived around the Sacramento area most of my life, and I have never visited Beal’s Point until just recently…and what a shame!

Beal’s Point is a great place for kids and families, with all the amenities for a fun-filled summer day. Conveniently located off of Auburn-Folsom Boulevard, they offer a sandy beach; buoyed swim area and lifeguards are on site to help ease the “mama worries”.   For an all-day, family event, they have shaded and grassy areas with barbecue pits, picnic tables and restrooms and even a snack bar. My kids were happy to get an ice-cold sweet treat at the snack bar after a long day of playing in the sand!

You can spend the day building sand castles and swimming in the lake, or you can rent rafts, paddle boards, pedal boats and kayaks on site.

Summer hours for Beal’s point are 6am to 9pm.   If you are feeling adventurous, you can pack a tent and spend the night in their campground (reservations are required).

Park fees are only $12 per vehicle.   So, when you are thinking about spending the day at the beach, you don’t have to book a flight to San Diego, you can just pack up the car and head to Granite Bay for some family fun in the sun!

By Heather Crivellone

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2016 Fourth of July Celebrations in Sacramento

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Fourth of July picnic and croquet game, anyone? How about a real live rodeo? Or maybe a neighborhood parade? These are just a few of the many Independence Day celebrations happening in the Sacramento area this year. Sacramento loves to celebrate America’s independence so there is no shortage of events to choose from, so start making your plans now! We’ve highlighted just a few of the area’s events, below. You can check your local city website for additional events around the region.

July 2

4th of July Picnic and Croquet Game, Sacramento History Museum in Old Sacramento – Bring the entire family down to Old Sacramento to celebrate Independence Day in historic style. Old Sacramento Living History re-enactors will be enjoying a picnic on the grass, followed by their annual croquet tournament. Come decked out in your red, white, and blue.

July 2 – July 4

Folsom Pro Rodeo – Come experience a great American tradition. The Folsom Pro Rodeo has been kickin’ it for 55 years. Don’t miss this fun family event that includes: bull riding, bare back, barrel racing, mutton busting, and a spectacular fireworks show.

July 3 – July 4

Rancho Cordova Fourth of July – Join the folks in Rancho Cordova for a fun two-day festival celebrating the local community and American heritage. Enjoy concerts, a carnival, festival food, a kids zone, a BMX show, a beer garden, exhibits, and parade.

July 4

Fourth on the Field, Raley Field in West Sacramento – Come out and celebrate the birth of the nation while bringing back the feel of a neighborhood block party with local food trucks lining the warning track, interactive games on the field, a kids area with fun games and inflatables for all ages, and live music.

Independence Day Fireworks at Cal Expo – A free, family friendly Independence Day Celebration will take place at the Miller Lite Grandstand at Cal Expo. Join the City and County of Sacramento and iHeart Media to watch the largest pyrotechnics display in Sacramento. While admission is free, parking is $10 per vehicle.

Spirit of Freedom 4th of July Parade – Bring the family out to the 15th Annual Arden Arcade Spirit of Freedom 4th of July Parade. The parade route is approximately 1.4 miles. Immediately following the parade, there will be an awards ceremony at the park, along with informational booths, family activities, and food.

All floats will be judged, and trophies will be given for the most creative youth, best-decorated bicycle, best of show, most spirited, best of show youth, best auto/motorcycle, and best community group.

4th of July Fireworks Show at La Sierra Community Center in Carmichael – Join in for food, music, and fun. Activities include arts and crafts, inflatables, face paintings, a balloon artist, and more. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and shade umbrellas.

Salute to the Red, White and Blue at Elk Grove Regional Park – Join the City of Elk Grove to celebrate 20 years of spectacular fireworks! The Salute to the Red, White, and Blue will include vendors, live entertainment, and of course, a spectacular fireworks display.

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Free Fourth at Funderland – Military and their families will receive free, unlimited ride wristbands to Sacramento’s favorite kid-size amusement park on July 4. Have fun driving the Backroads Buggies, flying through the air with the Flying Dragon or swinging with the park’s newest ride, the Squirrelly Whirl.

Make Memories at the Fair this Summer!

placer_county_fair_2014Summer is here…and that means summertime memories are about to be made!  Nothing screams summer fun more than the local fair.  Between the cotton candy, carnival rides and livestock shows, there is something fun for all ages at any one of the Sacramento region’s local fairs.

Here is a list of the local upcoming events:

  1. El Dorado County Fair’s “Cowboys and Carousels” will run June 16-19 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville.
  2. Placer County Fair will run from June 23-26 at the Roseville Fairgrounds.
  3. Annual California State Fair makes its famous appearance July 8-24 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds.
  4. Amador County will host “Saluting the Heroes among Us” at Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth from July 28-31.
  5. From August 1“-14 you can “Kick it Up” at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.
  6. Yolo County hosts “the original free gate fair” at the Yolo County Fairgrounds Woodland from August 17-21.

So grab your kids and get ready for some corn dogs, funnel cake and head out to the local fair and make some family memories this summer!

By Heather Crivellone

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Top 6 Ways to Celebrate Dad this Weekend for Fathers Day

Father’s Day is this weekend and what are you planning for dear old dad? Sacramento has many options to keep the dads in your life happy and enjoying the day dedicated to them. Here is a quick list of some places to take them and local events that are celebrating Father’s Day:

  1. Take dad to see our professional soccer team the Sacramento Republic at Cal Expo.  These games are always-action packed and fun (even if you are not a soccer fan).  This weekend they will be playing at 8pm against Rio Grande Valley FC Toro.  Tickets are available on their website and it’s sure to be an action packed evening!

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2. On June 18, from 5:15 – 8pm, visit Old Sacramento and watch as the Great Race cruises into town.  The Great Race is an annual event that showcases 120 of the world’s finest collector cars for a week-long time/distance/endurance rally across the United States.  The route travels from the famous Lincoln Highway, beginning in San Rafael and ending in Moline, Illinois.   View these classics as they roll into Old Sacramento at one-minute intervals for two hours, winding their way down Second Street, then onto L Street and finishing on Front Street. This is a FREE event for the family.

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3. Enjoy a family fun day at a River Cats game!  Grab some hot dogs, peanuts and cracker jacks and watch our area’s favorite minor league baseball team.  This weekend, they are taking on the El Paso Chihuahuas.  Enjoy a Father’s Day Pregame BBQ on Saturday, or just enjoy the Sunday Family Day at the afternoon game.  Friday night and Saturday evening games begin at 7:05 pm and Sunday afternoon’s game begins at 1:05 pm.

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4. Take Dad on a Father’s Day River Cruise.  Hornblower River Cruise departs from Old Sacramento and will take you and your family on a one hour narrated tour.  You can see the sights of Sacramento and hear about the history of the Sacramento River in this fun and relaxing afternoon.  Tickets are available for $20 and the cruises will run from 12-4 on Father’s Day.

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5. Enjoy some Classic Cars, Craft Beers and Corn Dogs at the Annual Dad’s Day Event at Denio’s market on June 18.  From 10am-2pm, you and dad can enjoy a car show and cruise the swap meet with your beers for this fun filled event.  Denio’s market is located at 1551 Vineyard Road in Roseville.

6. The Annual Rides in Classics hosted by the California Automobile Museum will be June 19 from 10am – 5pm.  Enjoy rides to Old Sacramento in some amazing classic cars and view exhibits.   Best part of the day?  Dads get in FREE to the museum on Father’s Day.

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So, whatever you choose to do to make Father’s day special for the dads in your life, we hope you take the time to celebrate and enjoy with family and friends.  This is just a short list of things to do – I didn’t even mention my dad’s favorite – GOLF.  We have so many courses in the area; I couldn’t choose a top one to highlight.

I hope this helps in deciding something fun for you and your dad. If not, just do what we will be doing, grilling in the backyard and celebrating our favorite men!

By Heather Crivellone

 

 

Win Tickets: Fairytale Town’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy

MidsummerPostcardWebOne of Fairytale Town’s most popular events is just around the corner. A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy comes to the park on June 25, 2016. On this magical night, William Shakespeare’s fairy-themed play comes to life on the Mother Goose Stage where Shakespeare Lite will present Pyramus and Thisbe from A Midsummer Night’s Dream with free theater performances at 6, 7 and 8 pm. Also part of the fun will be hands-on activities, live music by Celtic band Stepping Stone, and all-you-can-eat ice cream. This is surely to be a magical evening at Sacramento’s favorite storybook park.

Would you like a chance to win tickets to this popular event? Simply tell us your favorite Fairytale Town memory (as a child, or with your own kiddos) and you’ll be entered to win a family 4-pack to the event on June 25. Leave your memory in the comment section below no later than Wednesday, June 15 at 4pm. A winner will be randomly chosen at 5pm on June 15, 2016. Good luck!

What: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016, 5-9 pm

Where: Fairytale Town

Cost: Advance Tickets – $15 adults, $7 children; day-of tickets – $20 adults, $10 children

 

Family Friendly Lincoln AirFest Returns to the Sacramento Region

hn7PaCuNThis weekend, the city of Lincoln (just 32 miles from downtown Sacramento) will host its first Airfest in 7 years!  If you have children who are fascinated with airplanes, hot-rods and balloons, then you should put Saturday, June 11 on your calendar.

The Lincoln Regional Airfest will kick off on Saturday morning, bright and early at 6:30 am with the Hot Air Balloon launch.  Throughout the day you will be able to view classic planes up close and personal.  Check out a classic-car show, enjoy live entertainment, parachutes, tethered balloon rides, helicopter rides, Youth Aerospace exhibits and more.

This event will take place at Lincoln Regional Airport at 1480 Flightline Drive in Lincoln.   Located just three miles west of Lincoln, and approximately 45 minutes from downtown Sacramento.   Admission is $10 for adults, ages 17 and under and FREE!

This is going to be a family friendly event with exhibits, entertainment, food vendors and more.  I remember going to the Lincoln Airfest as a child and sitting in the cockpits of planes on display, imagining that I was a famous fighter pilot!   I’m looking forward to taking my kids this year to see the amazement and wonder on their faces as they explore these aeronautical wonders of the sky.

 

Win Tickets: Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con

WW logo (002)Comic Con will be back at the Sacramento Convention Center next weekend, June 17-19, 2016. Produced by Wizard World (where pop culture comes to life), this year’s Comic Con features some exciting celebrities like Evan Peters (X-Men), Sebastian Stan (Captain America), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), William Shatner (Star Trek), and more.

Attendees to the 3-day convention will enjoy seminars on their favorite pastime (comic, gaming, publishing, etc.), question & answer panel sessions with actors and other media professionals, a trade show and shopping experience not to be rivaled outside of Comic Con and autographs and photo ops with your favorite celebrity. Oh, and if you really want to have fun, dress up in your favorite superhero costume…you’ll fit right in!

Enter to win: a pack of 4 tickets good for Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Simply leave us a comment about what celebrity you would most like to see at this year’s Comic Con. All comments must be received by Thursday, 6/9 at 4pm. A random drawing will be held on Friday, 6/10. Good luck!

What: Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con

When: June 17-19, 2016

Where: Sacramento Convention Center

Cost: Friday admission: $39.95, Saturday admission: 49.95, Sunday admission: 44.95, 3-Day weekend admission: 79.95. Children under 10 years of age are FREE.

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