Celebrate Dr. Seuss at Lakeshore Learning Center in Roseville this Saturday

lakeshoreBy Heather Crivellone

Are you looking for a way to keep your kids entertained on the weekends during these wild stormy days?

There are many options (some are even FREE) to keep your kids engaged, creating and using their imaginations on those “boring” Saturday mornings. Lakeshore Learning Center in Roseville has FREE crafts for kids every Saturday. Each Saturday, you can drop in to the store and have your child create one of their “crafts of the day”.  Every week is something new…and this weekend (February 25), your child can even celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday at a special Birthday Bash!

Beginning at 3pm, kids can enjoy an afternoon of crafts, games and rhyming away with the great Dr. Seuss.  They will have activities, gross-motor games and hourly readings of the classic Dr. Seuss books.

During the mornings, from 11am-3pm, kids can create a one-of-a-kind craft.  Here is a list of the upcoming activities:

Saturday, February 25:  “Pup in a Cup!” Craft

Saturday, March 4:  “Looking Sharp” Pencil Holder

Saturday, March 11:  “Lots O’ Luck Hat” for St. Patricks Day

Saturday, March 18:  “Rockin’ Guitar”

Saturday, March 25:  “Honeybee House”

Hopefully this gives you and your family an idea of something to do on these rainy Saturdays, and remember… the sun will eventually come back out- enjoy the quiet times with your family while you can.

 

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Climb your Way out of the Rainy Day Blues at Granite Arch Climbing Center

newMats3.jpgBy Heather Crivellone

All of this rain is driving my kids insane!  They have been climbing the walls in our home, so we decided to put that energy to use and visited Granite Arch Climbing Center in Rancho Cordova over the weekend.

Whether your family is into rock climbing, wants to try out to be the next “American Ninja Warrior” or you just have some energy to burn, then you’ll want to check this place out. With over 20,000 square feet of rock wall climbing, you are sure to get any and all wiggles out of your kids.  If you are a skilled climber who has dreams of conquering Half Dome or if you don’t even have a clue as to what a “belay” is, no worries. Granite Arch has something for everyone.

Classes for beginners, youth camps, and knowledgeable staff are on site to help you with shoe and equipment rental.  They can even help to get you off the ground (literally!).

My kids are familiar with rock climbing (thanks to the West Sacramento Recreation Center and REI on Friday evenings), but they were not prepared for the extent of climbing they were about to do at Granite Arch.

Upon arrival, we had to fill out an extensive liability waiver.  I highly suggest printing one out and completing before arrival.  This took up more time than my kids wanted to wait, but, understandably, it’s needed for such a dangerous sport.   Now,  I say “dangerous” loosely.  There was not one thing about Granite Arch that I felt was dangerous.  My kids are quite the daredevils, and I felt very safe at this facility.  Automatic belays helped to ease the worry that if they fell, they were secure by the belts.  My kids had a blast climbing themselves to the top and “jumping” down.

Once they were bored with just climbing up… they headed into the boulder room and climbed up, across and under several “mountains”.   My kids transformed into a Spiderman-type of superhero for the entire day…and loved every minute of it.  I tried my strength in the boulder room, and sadly found that I need a little more time at the gym to get my upper body strength able to pull myself up and across the room!

For those kids who are younger and not ready to climb the walls, they do have an Adventure Room that is designed for children ages 11 and younger.  This was great for when my kids were too tired to climb, but not quite ready to go home – a perfect playground for these rainy days when the kids are climbing the walls at home, but you would rather them not climb on your furniture.

Admission into Granite Arch for a child (ages 11 and under) is $10 or $19 if you are renting equipment (harness and shoes).  Youth/ Young Adult Day pass (ages 12-21) is $11 for the day or $19 for equipment rental. Adults are $13 or $23 for all day including equipment rental.

What: Granite Arch Climbing Center 

Where: 11335-G Folsom Boulevard, Rancho Cordova.

Hours: Monday through Friday from 11:30am-10pm, Saturday 11am-9:30pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.

Now if you are debating on whether or not you need to rent equipment, I would talk to the staff about what your climbing abilities are.  My children did not rent any equipment and they had a great time climbing for several hours. If this is a sport you have ever thought about taking up, I would highly recommend visiting Granite Arch and checking out one of their classes.  Or if you have kids like mine who are climbing up and on everything, this is a great place to burn some energy during these rainy days. Happy Climbing!

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Enchantment Comes to Sacramento as Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment Graces Downtown’s Golden 1 Center

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There’s nothing better on a cold wintry night than to be transported to many worlds of enchantment within our new Golden One Center. Disney on Ice does it again, proving there is something for everyone in a spectacular show of ice skating talent, theatrics, classic Disney characters, and music! The house was full and the stage set for success with delightful costumes and the magic of imagination brought to life.

My friend brought her 5-year-old daughter and I brought my 4-year-old son. Both were completely entranced throughout, especially knowing they would be seeing their all-time favorite characters, Elsa and Lightning McQueen live! And for us adults, the music and choreography was a definite plus. With songs like Dream Weaver, Walking on Sunshine, and Rescue Me, we were hooked. My personal favorite was the flawless performance by the soldiers from Toy Story, along with of course the infamous “Let it Go” from Frozen.

With the classic Mickey Mouse to start the show, we were all taken on an ultimate Disney adventure from start to finish with an amazing array of characters! Everyone including Woody and Jesse, Buzz Lightyear, Barbie and Ken, Ariel from the Little Mermaid, the full cast of Cars, not to mention Elsa and Anna from Frozen were there to entertain us and take us away from our busy lives for one very special night.

What: Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento

When: Feb. 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20

Tickets: Prices start at $15, click here to purchase

By Annie Fairburn

Three Things to Do in Sacramento Over President’s Day Weekend

It’s President’s Day weekend, the kids are out of school and it’s going to be a wet weekend. Instead of being disappointed that you won’t be able to enjoy the great outdoors, check out some of the fantastic indoor activities you can do with your kiddos. Here are three events or activities you may want to check out this weekend.

1. Hands on History at Sutter’s Fort. Ok…so this one may not keep you completely dry, but it is worth it, I promise. The fort’s Hands on History: By Land and By Sea will take you back in time to the 1840s. Visitors will learn about the two ways emigrants came to California, the challenges they faced and what daily life was like when they arrived. Enjoy the fort in its re-enactment of its glory days, experience hands-on activities like packing a wagon, weaving rope, tying knots, creating maps and marching in the drum corps, and more. This is a fabulously fun and education experience for your whole family. Sutter’s Fort

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2. Live Free: California Motorcycle Culture at the California Automobile Museum. Been to Sacramento’s auto museum lately? If not, you’ll want to get out there by Saturday, Feb. 19 to see the California Motorcycle Culture exhibit before it leaves. Learn about the first motorcycles and see how they have evolved over the years. If you’ve got a motorcycle lover in your house, you won’t want to miss this exhibit. California Automobile Museum

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3. Junior Engineer training at the California State Railroad Museum. Head on down to the railroad museum this weekend and let your kids earn their Junior Engineer award. Download this pamphlet before you go and then set your kids free to complete the tasks and activities inside. Once they finish the packet and take the Junior Engineer Pledge, they are all set to help the hundreds of volunteers who protect and care for our California State Parks. California State Railroad Museum

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Love is in the Air – Celebrate Valentines Day with your Family in Sacramento

valentine-heart-love-friendshipHearts and cupids are all over the place these days, reminding us that “love is in the air.” It’s Valentine’s month and there are so many fun events and ways to say “I love you.”  If you are searching for special ways to show your affection, here are some ideas:

Take your family to the Sacramento Zoo on February 12 for their annual “I Heart the Sacramento Zoo” event. This event features valentine-themed activities, informative talks and zoo fun. Activities are included in the price of admission.

Create a special art masterpiece at Art Beast studios. This is a perfect date idea for your youngest valentines. Make cards, paint a special picture, and enjoy some interactive play with musical instruments and imaginary play. Open daily from 9am-6pm. Admission $8 and includes all your crafting supplies and best of all… you don’t have to clean the mess when you are done!

Enjoy a dinner and a movie at Studio Movie Grill in Rocklin.   Nothing is better than being served dinner, snacks and drinks while watching a new release on the big screen.

Old Town Pizza in Elk Grove is hosting a “Paints and Pizza for KIDS” on February 12th. Kids will create a Valentines masterpiece with the help of artist Liz Harrington while she teaches them how to paint. Adults can join in on the fun, or they can observe and enjoy pizza and drinks. Make sure to register online, as there only so many spots available.

Lace up your running shoes and join in the 14th annual “Race for Justice- Valentine Run”. Choose either a 1.8 mile untimed course or a 4 mile timed course that takes your through the beautiful Arden Park neighborhood. This Valentine run/walk is kid and dog friendly – perfect for the whole family! Participants are encouraged to wear hearts on their outfits to show their love and compete in a best dressed awards show.

However you plan to show your loved ones you care, make it a special day and enjoy!

Win Tickets: Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment at Golden 1 Center Features Lightning McQueen, Woody & Buzz and Ariel, with a visit from Anna & Elsa

lightning-mater-et-alDisney on Ice is back in Sacramento this month with Worlds of Enchantment featuring our favorite characters from Cars, Toy Story, The Little Mermaid and Frozen. This definitely sounds a little more boy-oriented than the past couple of Disney on Ice performances, so we are pretty excited! Want to know a little about the show? We can’t say it any better than the Disney on Ice folks themselves. Read for yourself:

“Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice! Dive into adventure with Ariel and The Little Mermaid’s undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in their most daring adventure! Plus, enter the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love comes from within. Get warmed up for the show and be your best with exclusive moves taught by the mouse that started it all at Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.”

I bet you would LOVE to take your family to this show! Well, we’ve got a family pack of four tickets to give away to one of you. To be eligible to win the tickets, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us what actor was the voice of Lightning McQueen in the beloved movie Cars, released on the big screen in 2006. Leave your comment no later than Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 at 5pm. A winner will be chosen on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Good luck!

What: Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment

When: Feb. 16-20, 2017

Where: Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center

Tickets: individual ticket prices start at $15