Adventure Seekers Will Find Excitement on a Day Trip from Sacramento to the Granlibakken Tree Top Adventure Park in Tahoe City

Have you ever dreamed of being that “daring young man on the flying trapeze.  He’d fly through the air with the greatest of ease?”  Or do you have children who were born daredevils and want to climb through the tree tops?  If so, then take a day trip to Tahoe City and visit the Granlibakken Tree Top Adventure Park. This park is not for those who have a fear of heights. It is for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.  Considered an Aerial Adventure Park, the Granlibakken has a series of courses that are linked together by a variety of ropes courses, bridges, tree platforms and zip lines.  Each course is hovering in the air, anywhere from 15 to 50 feet amongst the beautiful Tahoe Treetops.

Each course is designated for a beginner, intermediate and even black diamond challenges.  You and your family will be challenged both mentally and physically at this adventure park.  Whether you choose to do the Flying Squirrel or Monkey course, you are sure to test your limits at some point. My daughter (who is a thrill-seeker) spent the day at Granlibakken with her Girl Scout troop.  They spent 2.5 hours zipping through the trees and climbing through the ropes on the Flying Squirrel course.  This course is designed for anyone ages 5 and over.   By the time the day was done, she was begging to go back and test her skills on the Fuzzy Bunny and Twins courses (which are much more advanced… and a little scary for a mom who has a fear of heights!)  Luckily, the adventure park put my fears to ease when I was educated on the safety of the courses.  Everyone who participates wears helmets and a full body harness.  The harnesses are connected to a continuous belay system that is basically fall-proof and kept my sweet little girl swinging through the trees! Adventure admission starts at $40 and the session lasts for 2.5 hours.  The Treetop Adventure Park is open year round: Rain, Snow or Shine! Located at 725 Granlibakken Road in Tahoe City, the drive is approximately 2 hours from downtown Sacramento, and well worth it!  So, whether you are looking for an adventurous afternoon with your family and friends, or you want to have a team building event, this is a great place to be.  You will be challenged, have fun, make some great memories and enjoy the beauty that Tahoe has to offer!

 

 

 

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Win Tickets: Marvel Universe Live! Comes to Golden 1 Center with New Show Age of Heroes, Featuring Guardians of the Galaxy

In just a few short weeks, downtown Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center will be inundated with super heroes in a fabulous new show of non-stop action, jaw-dropping stunts and cutting-edge special effects. Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers will be joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy including Star Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax in an action-packed battle as the heroes defend the universe from evil. The superhuman forces team up against the evil Nebula and villains Loki and Green Goblin in a spectacular production from Feld entertainment, who never fails to pull out all the stops when entertaining families. You’ll want to don your superhero capes with your kids and head on down to Sacramento’s new arena for some non-stop, family fun.

Want to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the opening performance on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017? Head over to the Marvel Universe Live! website here, and tell us how many Marvel Super Heroes and Villains guests are expected to see at Age of Heroes. Leave your answer in the comment section below no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. A winner will be chosen and announced on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Best of luck!

What: Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes

When: Sept. 14-17, 2017

Where: Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center

Tickets: prices start at $20 and can be purchased here.

 

Win Tickets: California Capital Airshow Takes Flight This September

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Sacramento will once again host one of the largest air shows on the West Coast. The California Capital Airshow lands at Mather Field on Saturday, Sept. 9 and continues to entertain fans on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Dubbed a “massive family friendly festival,” attendees of all ages will witness aviation and aircraft ingenuity from the past century. Aircraft on display and in the air include the Patriots Jet Team, U.S. Navy F-18 tactical demonstration, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight starring the A-10 Thunderbolt II, world-class aerobatics, barnstorming, warbirds and more. In addition, on the ground will be the Aerojet Rocketdyne Launchpad – an interactive STEM experience geared towards teens, Kiddie Hawk – a free interactive kids area, and plenty of food and drink.

Enter to win tickets: If this sounds like an event you would like to take your family to – for FREE – then head on over to the California Capital Airshow website here, and tell us in the comment section below which aircraft is featured on the Home page. Leave your comment by 5pm on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 and you’ll be entered into the drawing to win a family 4-pack of tickets. The winner will be selected through a random drawing on Monday, Aug. 28. One entry per person, please. Good luck!

What: California Capital Airshow

When: Sept. 9-10, 2017

Where: Mather Field, Rancho Cordova

Admission: Ticket prices start at $10




7 Big Events (4 Free!) Coming to Sacramento in September

School starting up again after a warm summer may signify the beginning of fall for the rest of the country, but the weekends here in Sacramento are still gloriously warm – and locals like to take advantage of the Indian summer we experience nearly every year. If you are looking to fill your weekends with family fun before the cooler weather really sets in, take a look at these seven festivals and events happening throughout the month of September in Sacramento. From educational to experiential to pure fun, your family is guaranteed a great time at any of these events.

9/1-9/4 – Gold Rush Days. The streets of Old Sacramento step back into the Gold Rush era, transforming Sacramento’s historic district into a scene straight out of the 1850s. Hundreds of costumed performers bring history to life in various ways. There is Tent City – a recreation of town life during the Gold Rush, Artisan Alley where tinsmiths, blacksmiths and lacemakers abound, fortune-seekers panning for gold, melodramas, pony express reenactments, wagon and buggy rides, good food and lots of fun. FREE admission.

9/2-9/4 – Chalk it Up. Fremont Park in downtown Sacramento hosts an influx of chalk art masterpieces, live music, public art, and community engagement.The main attraction of the Chalk It Up! festival are the hundreds of sidewalk chalk paintings that are created over the course of the weekend. Volunteer Artists turn gray concrete squares into beautiful works of art. These chalk masterpieces are started on the first day of the festival and the public is encouraged to watch their progress throughout the weekend. FREE admission.

9/9-9/10 – California Capital Airshow. The family friendly California Capital Airshow comes to Mather Airport in Rancho Cordova and highlights a century of American aviation and ingenuity. Visitors will enjoy miles of aircraft, military jet performances, world-class aerobatics, interactive STEM experience at Aerojet Rocketdyne Launchpad, Kiddie Hawk – a kids zone featuring education and hands-on activities and more.

9/14-9/17 – Marvel Universe Live. Marvel Universe LIVE! brings your favorite comic book character to life. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, The Avengers – Iron Man, Hulk, and more, and threatening villains – come to life in an action-packed experience at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center. Feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more.  

9/16-9/17 – Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival. The largest early childhood literacy event in the Sacramento region, the Scholarshare book festival takes place at Fairytale Town and includes storytelling performances from real-life children’s book authors, hands-on-literacy activities, a book fair and more. FREE admission.

9/23 – Farm-to-Fork Festival. Celebrate where our food and drinks come from at Sacramento’s 5th Annual Farm-to-Fork Festival. The city’s signature event brings attendees face-to-face with the people who are feeding our region and the world. The free festival hosted on the city’s iconic Capitol Mall boasts a delicious selection of Farm-to-Fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as live music, live cooking demonstration stages, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches and more! FREE admission.

9/23-9/24 – Brick Fest Live Lego Fan Experience.  The Brick Fest Live LEGO® Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate, and entertain. Attractions include a Glow Zone – glow-in-the-dark creations, a brick fest derby, collaborative building experiences, video game area, mini golf, Brick Fest Theater & Entertainment, shopping and more!

 

Round Up the Family and Hit the Streets of Sacramento for a View of All the New Artwork Going Up Around the City

If you haven’t already heard, read or seen, Sacramento is currently hosting Wide Open Walls, a huge 10-day mural festival that includes 40 local, national and international artists who are carefully applying their art in a huge way, on various buildings all over the city. The mural festival began Aug. 10 and runs through the weekend, ending on Aug. 20. Even if you aren’t a big “street art” fan, there is something for you to see and enjoy. In fact, few of the murals have that gritty, spray-painted street art look. The many artists vary in style, medium and concept for their art piece. Some works are soothing and beautiful. Some make a loud social statement, while others are fun and playful. What you can be sure of is that each artist’s mural is a planned out masterpiece with purpose and meaning, and sometimes, a history. You’ll want to do your research – learn about the artists, their style and meaning behind their work. Get your kids involved for even more fun!

There are a few different ways you can view the city’s new murals.

  1.  Self-guided tours. Print out the list and map (or pull up on your phone) at the Wide Open Walls website and hit the streets on your own.
  2. Walking and running tours. Don’t feel like navigating the streets on your own? Call in an expert. Sac Running Tours offers running and walking tours of the city’s murals (they also offer other city tours featuring historic landmarks and city highlights.)

Here’s some highlights from this year’s festival – some are complete, many are not. But you can still enjoy!



 

 

 

 

 

11 Surprising Ways to Immerse your Kids in Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Culture this Fall

What makes Sacramento the Farm-to-Fork Capital of the world? A year-round growing season and ideal climate for, oh, just about 1.5 million acres of farms and ranches growing over 160 crops! But did you know that there’s a cornucopia of ways in which families and kids can dig into all this Farm-to-Fork fun? And the time is ripe since September is Farm-to-Fork month!

1. Explore Farms at the Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum is hosting several events in celebration of all things Farm-to-Fork. One particularly youth-focused affair is the Kids & Company Gallery Adventure, which is a museum tour where farms are discovered and explored through art. (They might not even notice how educational it is). Dates are: Sundays, September 3 & 17, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m. https://www.crockerart.org/calendar/9/17

2. Attend the Farm-to-Fork Festival: September 23

The Farm-to-Fork Festival brings us face-to-face with the people who are feeding our region and beyond. Meet farmers and ranchers, enjoy interactive booths from local grocers, and check out live cooking demonstrations. Sample some goods, sip some local beer, and listen to live music. A kids’ zone rounds this one out quite nicely. Capitol Mall. https://www.farmtofork.com/events/farmtoforkfestival/

3. Eat Out During Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Week: September 8-18

Is your kid a foodie in the making? Well, here are 10 days of special menus, deals, and events at restaurants within and around Sacramento. Meet local chefs, learn where the food comes from, then indulge in the final product. A portion of all proceeds is donated to ProStart, a two-year culinary arts and hospitality management program for California high school students.  https://www.farmtofork.com/events/restaurant-week/

4. Head to Apple Hill

The farms within the foothills of apple country are loaded with fun things to do for kids of every age!  You’ll find tractor rides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, pony rides, craft stands, farm tours, you-pick farms, gold panning, gold mines, rubber duck races, nature trails, farm animals … and, well, Christmastime is charming too. Think holiday shopping and crisp air, hot cider and baked goods, Santa sightings and Christmas tree farms. http://applehill.com/fun-4-kids/

5. Watch a Film About Food and Family: Tampopo, September 7 *Sorry everyone, apparently this Japanese film is not as family-friendly as we thought, but great for grownups!

Tampopo is a funny film about food for the whole family that’s also been dubbed “one of the best food movies of all time.” It is co-presented with Slow Food Sacramento in honor of farm-to-fork month at the Crocker Art Museum. https://www.crockerart.org/event/1479/2017-09-07

6. Shop at Neighborhood Markets

Corti Brothers retains the old-fashioned corner grocery charm with sandwiches and ravioli that are legend among locals. In fact, true to the original recipe, their ravioli are the oldest continuously produced food product in Sacramento.  5810 Folsom Blvd.

Selland’s Market Café has been committed to the principles of Farm-to-Fork cuisine for 20 years, with many of their products and ingredients sourced locally. Monthly specials showcase pizza, salad and sandwiches. East Sacramento, Broadway and El Dorado Hills locations. http://www.sellands.com/

Taylor’s Kitchen features a seasonal menu with a focus on the fresh local foods found at Taylor’s Market. Desserts are created in-house by their own pastry chef and reservations are accepted. 2900 Freeport Blvd.

7Go on a Farmers Market Picnic

The Wednesday farmers’ market at Cesar Chavez Park downtown is a one-stop shop for lunch al fresco. Purchase some fruit, nuts and bread for a Mediterranean-inspired picnic near the fountain. Still hungry for more? There are plenty of cafes nearby, including Farm-to-Fork bar & restaurant, La Cosecha, which is in the park itself. 10th & J.

8. Try Some Comfort Food

Dad’s Kitchen in Land Park is family friendly and locally sourced with organic chicken, grass-fed beef, homemade mac ‘n cheese, local greens, and craft beers. Pick your poison and grab a seat on the patio. Fun Fact: Dad’s was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives! 2968 Freeport Blvd.

9. Tour and Taste Some Old-Fashioned Ice Cream  –  Sundae FunDay

Old fashioned ice cream parlors are still beloved around these parts, and include Vic’s, Gunther’s, Burr’s, and Leatherby’s. Bonus: You can schedule a tour of Leatherby’s cream room and deep freezers where they make and store all of their ice cream and sauces. Arden Way, Citrus Heights and Elk Grove locations. https://leatherbys.net/

10. Take a Scenic Drive – Sacramento River Delta

If you have a hankering for exploration, cruising the Sacramento River Delta (along Highway 160) truly overflows with sensory delights. Wineries and breweries abound, as do olive oil and vinegar sampling stops, swimming and fishing spots, historic towns, bridges and farm equipment. How about Farm-to-Fork eateries, family farms and produce stands, pumpkin patches, and just general all-around gorgeous scenery?! Get a super handy and detailed map at sacriverdeltagrown.org.

11. Play Chef – Family Recipes

Want to take home a little slice of the proverbial Farm-to-Fork pie? Find family friendly recipes here: http://eatfarmtofork.com/cook-it-yourself-recipes/

Bon Apetite!

By Melanie Noel Light

Day Trip to Sugar Pine Reservoir

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For most kids in the Sacramento area, school has either started or will be starting up any day now. If you are hoping to get out of the city one last time before the hustle and bustle of back-to-school sets in, then take a quick day trip to Sugar Pine Reservoir. Located approximately an hour outside of downtown Sacramento, the Sugar Pine Reservoir is a perfect day trip to a quiet lake for some fishing, hiking, biking or water play activities.

We visited the reservoir on a Friday afternoon, and my children and I enjoyed the 3-mile walk around the lake (we didn’t actually finish all 3 miles, as they decided they wanted to play in the water instead). The paved trail winds around the lake, in and out of the forest with plenty of shade and lake views. It’s great trail for those with younger children in strollers or those who like to ride bikes or scooters. It’s not a strenuous hike, so you could even do it in flip-flops (although, I really wouldn’t recommend walking 3 miles in flip-flops).

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If you enjoy fishing, water sports, biking, hiking or just having a relaxing picnic with your family and friends, then this is a great spot to visit. The Sugar Pine Reservoir is located in the Tahoe National Forest, just above Foresthill. From Sacramento, take Hwy 80 East towards Lake Tahoe and exit onto Foresthill Road. Once you pass the town of Foresthill, you will come to Sugar Pine Road on your left. Follow the road for approximately 8 miles and you will find the Sugar Pine Reservoir boat launch area. This is a paid parking area ($5), so bring cash.

So if want to take a day trip and relax in the mountains, this is the perfect place. No crowds, just you, your family and the great outdoors.

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