Win Tickets: Fairytale Town Blasts off into Space for this Year’s Safe & Super Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and Fairytale Town is gearing up for its 31st annual Halloween event. The storybook park’s Safe & Super Halloween this year will send you into outer space for an intergalactic night of trick-or-treating, Jedi training, lightsaber fitness and planet hopping. Add that to an already fun backdrop of fairytale play structures, farm animals and gardens, and your kids are in for a very fun, very safe Halloween night.

WHAT: 31st Annual Safe & Super Halloween in Space

WHEN: Oct. 20, 21, & 22 from 5 to 9 pm

WHERE: Fairytale Town

ADMISSION: $7 advance tickets for members, $10 advance ticket for non-members. $12 per person at the door.

Want to win tickets? We’ve got a family 4-pack to give away to one of our lucky readers. To be eligible to win, leave a comment below telling us what your favorite Fairytale Town memory is. We must receive your comment no later than 5pm on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. We will announce the winner on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Good luck!

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Win Tickets: Gibson Ranch Hosts its First Pumpkin Festival Complete with Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Costume Contest, and More!

From bird watching to fishing to horseback riding and hiking, Gibson Ranch Park in nearby Elverta, Ca. has been the setting for many Sacramento-area family activities and events over the years. The 325-acre country park has now added “pumpkin farm” to its repertoire. Each Saturday and Sunday beginning Sept. 30 through Oct. 29, 2017, Gibson Ranch will welcome children of all ages through its gates for a day of fall fun. Here’s what you can expect at the new Gibson Ranch Pumpkin Festival:

Activities will include Games, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, kiddie train, hay rides, straw bale maze, costume contest, character meet and greet and a pumpkin patch. Jugglers, magicians and balloon twisters will entertain the kiddos while the parents can shop the farmer’s market and peddler’s fair for holiday gifts.

WHAT: Gibson Ranch Pumpkin Festival

WHEN: Weekends, Sept. 30 – Oct. 29, 2017

WHERE: Gibson Ranch Park, Elverta, Ca.

ADMISSION: Free admission, parking $5, activity tickets $1 per ticket

WIN TICKETS: The folks at Gibson Ranch want you to check out their pumpkin festival, so they’ve given us a family fun pack (includes 1 parking pass and 55 activity tickets) to give away to one lucky reader. All you need to do to be eligible to win is tell us your favorite Gibson Ranch Park memory in the comment section below. Leave your comment by 5 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 – a winner will be selected on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

Win Tickets: Fairytale Town Giving Away Prize Bundle in Celebration of the 17th Annual ScholarShare Book Festival

One of Fairytale Town’s signature events is coming up this next weekend. The 17th Annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival will feature New York Times Best-Selling Author and Caldecott award-winner Lindsay Mattick, author of Finding Winnie, the true story of World War I Canadian Soldier Harry Coleburn who rescued a baby bear as he headed overseas to war. He named the bear Winnie, and that bear became the model for one of the best-loved children’s book series of all time, Winnie-the-Pooh. The author is Coleburn’s great-great granddaughter. Lindsay, along with several other authors and illustrators, will be available for book signings.

The FREE, two-day festival is sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan and will include live readings, storytelling performances, live music, hands-on literacy activities and a book fair. Here’s the full lineup of authors and illustrators who will be present during the weekend festival:

Lindsay Mattick  Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear • Sat 11:30AM, 3PM & Sun 12PM, 3PM
JaNay Brown-Wood Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story • Sun 12:30PM
Rita Campbell Emberlina Sprite-a-Light • Sun 10:30AM
Linda Champion & Rose Fante • Fairy Tales for Life • Sat 10:30AM (Linda) & 11AM (Rose)
Brandon Chappell Drew & Boo Adopt Lou & Sue • Sat 2:30PM
Erin Dealey K is for Kindergarten • Sat 2PM & Sun 11:30AM
Sandy Lynne Holman We All Have A Heritage • Sun 2 PM
Catlyn LeGault, Leonie Pickett & Miakoda Plude The Princess and the Sunflowers • Sat 12:30PM
Karen J. Moore Pen the Tale, Oogie • Sun 2:30PM
Elaine Russell All About Thailand • Sat & Sun 1PM
Karen Sanders-Betts & Hannah Howerton The Little Lemon that Leapt • Sat 1:30PM
Linda Joy Singleton A Cat is Better • Sun 11AM

WIN PRIZE BUNDLE: While admission to the ScholarShare Book Festival is FREE, Fairytale Town is offering one of our lucky readers a prize bundle during this weekend’s festivities. The bundle includes a copy of Finding Winnie, admission for four to Fairytale Town, a magic key and a plush Humpty Dumpty. If you would like to win this prize bundle, please visit the ScholarShare Book Festival page on Fairytale Town’s website here and tell us which author or illustrator you would most like to see in person. Leave your answer in the comment section below no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  A winner will be chosen on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. One entry per person, please. Good luck!

WHAT: ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival

WHEN: Sept. 16 & 17, 2017

WHERE: Fairytale Town

ADMISSION: FREE

Seeing the Sights of Sacramento by Bike: Our Top Family Friendly Biking Trails in the Region

Living in Sacramento, we are fortunate to have some of the best biking trails in the area. Even if you are not an avid biker and don’t sport the fancy shorts, you can still enjoy a stroll down the trails with your family by your side.

Whether you want to stay within the Sacramento city limits, or head to some of our surrounding areas, you will find a trail that meets your needs. Rugged or flat terrain, cityscapes or river views…we have them all!

Here is a list of some of my favorite family friendly bike trails in the area:

American River Bike Trail (aka:  Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail).  This is probably one of the most popular trails in Sacramento.  On any given day, you find people running, hiking, biking and even rollerblading along this trail.
The trail is paved, runs along the river in many parts and is easily accessible from Beals Point (near Folsom Lake) and down at Jibboom Street in Discovery Park. Spanning 32 miles from Folsom to Old Sacramento- you have many options as to where to get on the trail at. We have done this trail many times with our children (ages 8 and 10) and we always find it easy to get on the trail at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery (off of Highway 50 at Hazel Avenue).

The Yolo Causeway Bike Path is a path that follows along the highway from West Sacramento to Davis.  If you are looking for an easy 3.7 mile path to lead you into the city of Davis, then this is it.  It’s definitely not a quiet path (going alongside the freeway is a bit noisy and windy), but it does have some nice views and is well-traveled by locals commuting in and out of the city.  There are no parking areas for the Yolo Causeway Bike Path, but the trail can be accessed from West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento and County Route 32A east of Davis.

Miners Ravine Trail is a 7.5 mile trail that winds its way through the city of Roseville. The trail travels between Sierra College Boulevard, through Royer Park and into Downtown Historic Roseville, along the way enjoying a wooded greenway, passing over creeks and through suburban neighborhoods.  This is a very easy trail for walkers, bikers and strollers to take advantage of.  There are several access points to the trail, but I have found the easiest (with children) have been to begin at the access at the shopping plaza along Sunrise Avenue (opposite of the Roseville Auto Mall).

Finally, if you are searching for a nice easy ride with kids, then check out William Land Park.  Trails will wind you around gardens, ponds and of course – the famous Sacramento Zoo, Funderland and Fairytale Town. Plenty of shade and areas to stop and rest make this a nice family friendly bike ride in the heart of Sacramento.

If you are visiting from out-of-town and want to check out some of these great trails but don’t have access to a bike, there are plenty of places to rent nearby.
Practical Cycle is conveniently located at 114 J Street in Old Sacramento and also at 150 Natoma Station Drive in Folsom.  They rent bikes, hybrids and even electric bikes.

City Bicycle Works is another option for bike rentals in downtown Sacramento.  Located at 2419 K Street, they have road bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes for daily rentals.

So the next time you are feeling a bit adventurous, hit the trails and explore the Sacramento region on a bike – you will see some great sights, get some exercise and create wonderful memories with your family.

By Heather Crivellone

 

Celebrate Mother Earth and Teach Your Children About Earth Day this Saturday, April 22

This Saturday, people all over the world will be celebrating Mother Earth. April 22 marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It’s a day of celebration, raising public awareness and coming together as a community to help preserve our land. Around the nation there will be rallies, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects. Here in Sacramento, you can find several activities to join with your family to celebrate our precious earth.  And what better gift to give your children than a better understanding of how we each take a part in protecting and preserving our planet!

April 22 at the Sacramento Zoo your family can participate in EarthFest. This event will be held from 9am-4pm with the zoo general admission. You will learn how to protect and preserve the earth with environmental, wildlife and conservation organizations.  Kids can enjoy face painting, giant coloring wall, stuffed animal clinic (bring in your “sick” bears and get them “fixed”, crafts, games and more!

Sunday April 23 is the Annual Sacramento Earth Day Festival at Southside Park from 11am-4pm.  There will be over 150 organizations on site with practical information for saving money, living healthier and protecting the environment.  With entertainment, live music and food vendors all at one of the most popular Sacramento parks… this is an event not to miss!

The Sacramento Area Creeks Council hosts the annual Creek Week”with a variety of activities starting on April 21 and going through April 29.  Activities include: Creek exploration, Bufferlands Birds and Blooms tour, Steelhead Creek Beaver Pond walks, Mather Vernal Pool Flower walks and more.  And of course the week will end with the “Big Day Celebration” at Carmichael Park (5750 Grant Ave) on April 29 from 12-2pm. Enjoy vendors, exhibit, luncheon and activities at this celebration.

Sacramento Children’s Museum in Rancho Cordova (2701 Prospect Park) will also be hosting an event for the kids to have an opportunity to learn Earth-friendly lessons through interactive activities on Saturday April 22.  From 10am-2pm, enjoy live music and interactive, Earth-friendly activities. This event will be held outdoors and is free for all to enjoy.

If you are looking for something a little more “crafty” and would rather stay away from all the crowds, then check out Re-Create in Roseville. Re-Create is an eco-friendly art studio that is committed to reducing waste in the community. They take local businesses “trash” and turn it into art supplies and treasures for others to enjoy.  They offer classes, but if you would just like to craft on your own, they have open craft time Wednesday-Friday, 10am- 5pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm. Drop in rates are $6.75 per crafter per hour.

So as you can see, there are plenty of events throughout the Sacramento area to keep you and your family busy learning about and celebrating Mother Earth.  This is a great way to start getting your children involved in helping to make a difference in our world and I hope each and every one of you will take a part in one of these activities or any of the other activities that may be happening in your community during this month.

By Heather Crivellone

 

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss: Celebrate Around Sacramento this Thursday, March 2

imagesEveryone knows the beloved tales from Dr. Seuss and can recite many of his famous quotes, “Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than you.” His stories have carried through generations and are loved by children of all ages.  Some of his greats have been turned into family classic movies like The Lorax, Cat in the Hat and The Grinch are family favorites (to name a few).

This Thursday, March 2nd, you can celebrate his birthday with your children at one of Sacramento’s most loved destinations Fairytale Town (where classic story-book tales come to life at this ultimate children’s playground).  From 6pm-8pm (weather permitting) your family can celebrate the great Theodore Seuss Geisel’s 113th birthday!  Arrive in your pajamas and enjoy Dr. Seuss- themed activities throughout the park.  Arts and crafts, bilingual story times and fun activities will help your kids get to sleep at night with this “Books Before Bedtime” event.

Admission into Fairytale town is $4.75 for adults and children ages 2 and up.  Members and children ages 1 and under will receive 50% off admission with a donation on one new or gently used children’s book for donations to Reading Partners, a Sacramento non-profit literacy organization.Fairytale Town Concert Series

Depending on the weather, you may choose to celebrate Dr. Seuss indoors.   Barnes & Noble Bookstores, will also be hosting a “birthday party event” on Thursday, March 2nd.   Enjoy story time, games and activities all Seuss related.  Barnes and Noble locations and times vary; visit their website to find specifics at the location nearest you (Roseville, Sacramento, Folsom and Citrus Heights).

So whatever you choose to do remember:  “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose”.

By Heather Crivellone

Win Tickets: Fairytale Town’s Free Book Festival to Feature Barbara Jean Hicks, Author of Frozen: A Sister More Like Me

webeventbanner-21Every September, Sacramento’s favorite storybook park opens its doors to children of all ages for its free annual children’s book festival, featuring a lineup of renowned children’s book authors. This year, the 16th annual Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival will feature headlining author Barbara Jean Hicks, of Frozen: A Sister Like Me and a new book, Once Upon a Parsnip. Children will enjoy back-to-back readings and presentations on the Mother Goose stage from several authors and illustrators who will be available for book signings. Other fun literacy activities will be storytelling performances, hands-on activities, a scholastic book fair and more. And the best part about this festival? Admission is FREE giving all children and their parents/caregivers the chance to enjoy this special event.

What: Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival

When: Sept. 24 & 25, 2016

Where: Fairtyale Town

Admission: FREE

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Wondering who the other authors and illustrators will be? Here’s the lineup:

Allison Branscombe: All About China

Lynda Bulla: Under the Yellow Leaf

Madeleine Dunphy: Cat in the Night

Kelsey Lynn Estep: A Stone’s Throw

Ronald Javor: Homer Finds a Home

Sami Kader: Sami vs. the Negative Voice

Jennifer Kuhns: Paisley of Plaid…Being Your Very Best You!

Kris Aro McLeod: Catch a Kiss

Akshaj Mehta: Super Mouse

Lori Mortensen: Cowpoke Clyde

Karen Sanders and Hannah Howerton: The Little Lemon that Leapt

The folks at Fairytale Town would really like you to come out and enjoy this festival with them and so they are offering SacramentoKids.net a great giveaway package for one or our lucky readers. The package includes 4 Fairytale Town admission tickets, a Magic Key, a plush Humpty Dumpty doll and copies of Barbara Jean Hicks two books, Frozen: A Sister More Like Me and Once Upon a Parsnip. Want to win? Here’s how you can become eligible. Tell us which of the books above is your child’s favorite, and why. Leave your comments below by 5pm on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. A random drawing will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016.  *Once entry per person, please.

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