Eat, Drink and Create Masterpieces with your Kids at Art Bistro


Anyone else have an aspiring Picasso in their household? My daughter loves art… drawing pictures, painting, and pottery, creating extraordinary masterpieces out of recyclables… yep – we love art of all kinds!

A couple of years ago when the whole “paint and sip” craze came to Sacramento, I was excited to take my daughter to experience a night out of painting. Sadly, due to my daughter’s young age, we couldn’t find a place that allowed  those under 21 years old, due to the presence of alcohol. Luckily, I finally found Art Bistro in Rocklin! Art Bistro is located at 6848 Five Star Boulevard in Rocklin (right off of Hwy 65). They offer painting, drawing and pottery classes, as well as an open studio to create on your own.

Unlike other “paint nights” hosted at different venues, Art Bistro offers classes throughout the month to anyone ages 8 and over. They have a great selection of bistro items – sandwiches, pizzas, salads, appetizers plates, etc. to munch on, and for those who are of age and choose to have an adult beverage, they also sell those as well.   The painting classes are approximately 2 hours and they urge you to arrive early so you can order, eat and be ready for the lessons.

We chose to visit over Mother’s Day weekend and my daughter painted me a beautiful bouquet of flowers…one that I will have forever and not worry about watering. While she was getting the instructions on how to paint, I was wandering around the studio and learned that they also offer the “drop in” studio, which is similar to other ceramics places around town and you can choose a ceramic item to paint and they will glaze and fire it for you (at a fraction of the cost of some of the other places).

So if you like to paint, create or draw, this is a great place to stop in and check out. They also have “Live music and Open Mic” nights for those who are more creative with their singing voices.   During the summer, they host Summer Camps for kids and open studios throughout the week. They open for lunch at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, close at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

For 2 hours of painting instruction and a beautiful canvas of flowers that my daughter painted for me, it was only $35. They almost always have coupons and for 2 hours of entertainment, it’s a great deal. The food was tasty and they have a nice selection of drinks to choose from.   Between the open studio, classes and party choices- I’m sure we will be back to visit Art Bistro.

By Heather Crivellone


Making Memorial Day Memorable in Sacramento

Beautiful weather is on tap for Sacramento this Memorial Day weekend and there’s no shortage of activities and events happening around the region. From a good old-fashioned county fair to an international kids festival, you’re bound to find just what your family is looking for. Take a look at this roundup from Sacramento 365: Make Memories This Memorial Day Weekend. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!



Ticket Giveaway: Sacramento River Cats vs. Memphis Redbirds Baseball Game

Do you love the Sacramento River Cats as much as we do? Would you like to take your family out to a game this week? Well, we’ve got a River Cats ticket package that includes four tickets and a parking pass to give away to one of our lucky readers. The tickets are for this Thursday’s home game against the Memphis Redbirds. If you would like a chance to win the tickets, tell us who your favorite Sacramento River Cats player is and why in the comment section below. Leave your comment no later than Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm for a chance to win. One entry per person, please. A winner will be randomly selected and notified via email on May 24, 2017. Best of luck!

What: Sacramento River Cats vs. Memphis Redbirds

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:05 pm

Where: Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento

Cost: Tickets start at $10 for general admission


From Roller Skating to Free Concerts in the Park, Here are our Top Five, Nearly Free Summer Activities for Families in Sacramento

Summer is around the corner and the kids will be out of school in no time. Every year, parents scramble to find summer camps, sporting events, day trips and activities to keep the kids occupied – without  breaking the bank. If you don’t do a little research ahead of time, you may find yourself spending too much money on outings or end up with kids glued to their electronic devices. There are several free and inexpensive activities to do with the kids all summer long in the Sacramento region. Here are my top 5 summer activities that your kids love:

  1. Kids Skate Free.   Sunrise Rollerland and RollerKing in Roseville both participate in this program. Just visit their website and sign the kids up and you will receive weekly coupons to take the kids skating during the hottest part of the day (relief!). The only out-of-pocket costs are the skate rentals if needed and anything from the concession stand.
  2. Dollar summer movies at Regal Cinema. On select days you can visit Regal Theaters, UA Artists and Edwards Theaters during the summer and view an older family friendly move for only $1. Show times vary and I would check their website for listings.
  3. Kids Bowl Free.  Just like the skating program, all you need to do is visit their website and sign up. You will receive weekly free coupons to bowl all summer long. My family especially enjoys this program, I love visiting Strikes Unlimited during the hottest time of the day and getting some relief from our scorching summer heat!   Bowling alley rental is free for two full games and the only out-of-pocket is the cost of the bowling shoes. Participating alleys include:
    Steve Cooks Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights
    Pins N Strikes in Elk Grove
    Country Club Lanes in Sacramento
    Strikes Unlimited in Rocklin
  4. Cool off by visiting one of our many Spray Parks in the area.   This is a great activity if you have younger children especially, but even my older kids still love to run around and play at the parks that have the splash pads.   Visit our site to see a list of local spray grounds.
  5. Summer evenings are the best when there is free, family entertainment involved.  Our family has enjoyed Pops in Park for several years and we are excited for this year’s lineup. Every Saturday night in June, you can pack a picnic dinner and enjoy a live concert at one of East Sacramento’s favorite parks.
    June 3: Joy and Madness at East Portal Park (51st and M Street)
    June 10: John Skinner Band at Bertha Henschel Park (45th and Brand Way)
    June 17: Mumbo Gumbo at McKinley Park (H and 33rd Street)
    June 24: Unsupervised at Glenn Hall Park (Sandburg and Carlson Way)

So there you have it, my families top 5, nearly free summer activities. Hope you decide to make a list and take advantage of some of the summer fun in the area. I’m always reminding myself that we only have 18 summers with our kids… and I want to make each one of the count.

By Heather Crivellone

Forget Brunch and Manicures for Mom this Weekend – Check Out these 10 Unique Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Sacramento

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”- Robert Browning.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 14. Hopefully you have already made plans to help celebrate that special woman in your life. If not, don’t worry! We have compiled a list of activities and events that are happening around Sacramento this weekend. Whether your mom is adventurous or would rather enjoy a quiet picnic at the park, we’ve got you covered.

  1. Smother her in berries. Visit the annual Berryfest at the Placer County Fairgrounds on May 13 and 14. From 10am-6pm, you and mom can enjoy all things that are berries. Petting zoo, kids fun zone, berry tastings, live music, entertainment and much more!
  2. Get your game on. For the more sporty moms out there, check out the Junior Kings Mother’s Day Clinic. On May 13, you and mom can train like a pro. Learn basketball basics, sharpen your shooting and dribbling skills and make memories with former Sacramento Monarchs players. This event will be held from 9am-12pm at the Sacramento Kings practice facility at 1 Sports parkway. $75-$175.
  3. Picnic in the park. For an activity that won’t break the bank, consider packing up a picnic lunch and visiting one of our local parks. McKinley Park and Southside Park are some of Sacramento’s favorites, especially if you have younger children. If you would like to do something a little more active than strolling through a city park, then check out the Auburn Recreation area and hike along the river to find a good picnic spot.
  4. Tea and crumpets. Put on your fancy hats, gloves and consider having “high tea” at Dash of Panache in Roseville. Enjoy tea sandwiches, scones and sweet treats at the one and only Parisian-themed teahouse in Sacramento. Tea times are 11am and 2pm on Saturday, 2pm and 5pm on Sunday. $29.95.
  5. All Aboard! Jump on the Sacramento River Train on Mother’s Day for a train ride to celebrate mom. Train departs at 12pm and includes a relaxing 2 hour train ride to enjoy the sights of Sacramento and along the river. Mimosas and lunch options are available to purchase. This will be a relaxing trip all moms will enjoy!
  6. Cheer her on. For the ultra-marathoner mom, check out the Mother’s Day All Women Triathlon/ Duathlon and 5k. Swim, bike and run the course at Granite Beach with your mom, and bring along the dads and sons as well. This event may be held on Mother’s Day, but it’s for the whole family.
  7. Take in a live show at Sutter Street Theater on historic Sutter Street in Folsom. Treasure Island begins on May 13 and is part of the family series of live shows at Sutter Street. When you are finished watching Long John Silver and the other pirates, take a stroll and visit the boutiques along Sutter Street. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
  8. Eat, Drink and be creative at Art Bistro in Rocklin. Learn how to paint with your mom and create a memento from this Mother’s Day. This weekend, you can take a glass painting class and make a vase, learn how to paint a daisy, moonlit seascape or a whimsical tree. Unlike other paint night adventures, this location welcomes children ages 8 and older.
  9. Shop for antiques. One of my favorite things to do with my mom is to visit antique stores. If you haven’t been to the Sacramento Antique faire, make sure you take some time out of your day and visit. This faire is an outdoor antiques and collectible marketplace. Held the second Sunday of each month, you can browse 300 vendors from throughout Northern California.  Located at 21st and X streets, you are sure to find a treasure of some sort.
  10. Take it easy! Let her kick back and relax while you grill up some burgers and hot dogs, serve homemade lemonade and enjoy the wonderful Sacramento spring weather we will have this weekend.

Whatever you choose to do for mom this weekend, it’s bound to be a special day she’ll cherish for years to come!