Win Tickets: See B Street Theatre’s 2018 Family Series at their New Home, The Sofia

 

Something really exciting will be happening at the beginning of the new year. Sacramento’s beloved B Street Theatre will be opening the 2018 season at its new Midtown venue – The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, or The Sofia – located at 2700 Capitol Ave. The center will have a 250-seat main stage, a 350-seat children’s stage – The Sutter Theatre for Children –  and will host not only theatre, but comedy, dance, and musical acts as well. An onsite restaurant, open-air courtyard and large lobby will make the guest experience unforgettable at this beautiful new performing arts center.

Here’s a little blurb from B Street about children’s theatre:

Children’s theatre has grown 25 percent nationally in the last five years. Join us for the Family Series in the Sofia and contribute to the growth in youth-oriented arts programming. The B Street Theatre’s Family Series is Northern California’s only fully professional, resident theatre for children. This beloved and highly acclaimed series bring the joy of live theatre to children through exciting, original plays and lively adaptations of classic novels, stories and tales. Since its premier season in 2003, the Family Series has presented over 50 professional play for approximately 300,000 children and families in the Sacramento region.

If you’ve never had the chance to see a Family Series production, you’re missing out. Each performance at B Street’s children’s theatre is fantastic. The story adaptations are wonderful, the acting is professional and entertaining, and kids love the experience. Here’s the list of 2018 Family Series productions:

Gandhi!

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Treasure Island

A Christmas Carol

If you can’t hardly wait to check out B Street’s new venue with your kiddos, we’ve got you covered. The folks at B Street have graciously given us a Family Series 2018 season subscription to give away to one lucky winner. To be eligible to win the season subscription, check out all the 2018 B Street productions here, and then leave a comment as to which one you would most like to see. Leave your comment no later than 5 pm on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The winner will be chosen on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Good luck!

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Win Tickets: It’s Girl Time at Golden 1 Center when Eight Princesses Come Together for Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big


Are you ready for a girls night out? Downtown Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center will soon host the newest Disney on Ice production – Dream Big – featuring eight of our favorite Disney princesses of all time. Audiences of all ages are invited to dabble in pixie dust with Tinker Bell and travel through Disney lands as they visit Ariel under the sea; watch as Cinderella, Rapunzel and Belle work to create their own magic; travel to the wintry land of Arendelle with Anna and Elsa; discover a new world with jasmine; and learn about strength and kindness with Snow White, Aurora and Tiana. As always, this Disney on Ice production will thrill audiences with breathtaking scenery, enchanting lights, high-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, and flawless skating.

WHAT: Disney on Ice present Dream Big

WHEN: Nov. 2-5, 2017

WHERE: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento

TICKETS: ticket prices start at $20

WIN TICKETS: Want to surprise that special little girl (or two) in your life with tickets to the show? We’ve got 4 tickets for opening night to give away to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment below telling us who your favorite Disney princess is, and why. Leave your comment no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 – the winner will be chosen on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Good luck!

Circus Vargas to Entertain Fans at Three Sacramento Area Locations this Fall

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Elephants at the Circus

America’s historic traveling big top circus returns to the Sacramento area! Circus Vargas has been traveling the states and entertaining families with their big top tricks and amazing shows for over 40 years. I can remember going to the circus for the first time and being amazed at the grandiose big top, the ferocious animals and the graceful acrobatics.

However, unlike the circus performances of the past, Circus Vargas has eliminated the animals from the big top.  Making sure that no animals are harmed during trainings and live performances, Circus Vargas now relies exclusively on human performers. Prepare to be amazed with jugglers, acrobats, trapeze artists, magicians, contortionists and of course, clowns!

Goggles, gears and gadgets set the stage for  this 2017’s retro-futuristic production of Steam Cirque. This year’s theme is a science-fiction fantasy inspired circus that kids of all ages will be mesmerized at the big top adventures.

If you would like to catch a glimpse under the big top, you will have three opportunities:

Citrus Heights (Sunrise Mall) September 21-25
Folsom (Folsom Lakeside Church) September 28-October 2
Roseville (Westfield Galleria Mall) October 5-15

Tickets can be purchased here and range from $17-$67.

Make sure you plan on arriving 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration. Kids can learn circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more!
Cast members will also  available after the show for pictures with the kids. It will be an evening of unforgettable fun under the big top at Circus Vargas!

 

 

Show Review: Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes Offers an Exciting and Action-Packed Performance to Sacramento Marvel Hero Lovers

Having been to our fair share of princess on ice shows, we were excited to see what Marvel Universe Live! had in store for our little superhero (and villain) lovers. We took our two boys to the Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes show at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on a recent weekday night. We had a blast seeing characters from both the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy come to life and work together to try to save the universe from destruction.

The show was filled with intense, but not too frightening, fighting scenes, fireworks, explosives, acrobatics, dirt bike tricks, fire dancers and tons of aerial maneuvers. One of the highlights was watching Spiderman effortlessly soar around the stage and catch villains with his web-slinging abilities. Of course, all the favorites were there, including Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, the Wasp, Groot and Rocket. They moved seamlessly across several scenes displayed realistically on stage and battled villains such as Loki, Nebula and Chitauri. When my 5-year-old asked, “is this real?,” I felt pretty confident saying, “yes, it is.” I mean, they were real actors, right? Regardless, the audience was captivated by the dozens of Marvel characters engaging in almost constant combat sequences.

At one hour and 40 minutes, the show kept our attention, but did not drag on. There was also one intermission, which allowed us time to browse the masks, swords, guns, and plenty more Marvel paraphernalia to take home as souvenirs. Then, it was back to the show for more action-packed battle scenes and acrobatic stunts. When the Hulk finally made his arrival, our boys were ecstatic, as they had been waiting the whole show for him. It was the perfect ending to a marvelous night.

Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes entertains fans of all ages at Golden 1 Center through Sunday, September 17, 2017. Tickets are still available, and you can purchase them here: Marvel Universe tickets.

By Kara Keister

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.

 

The Crocker Art Museum Unveils New Art Spot PL!NK, and Kids Love it!

Sacramento is a wonderful family town with a plethora of events, activities and venues for children and families. Perhaps one of the most surprising places in Sacramento to welcome children is the West Coast’s oldest public art venue, the Crocker Art Museum. While the Crocker has welcomed children for years, they have really stepped up their game within the last several, opening exhibit after exhibit and offering class after class geared towards children of all ages as well as their parents and caregivers.

In an effort to better understand what kids enjoy and how they learn, and with funding in part from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and First 5 Sacramento, the Crocker developed an experimental Art Spots program that features four experiential installations designed for children ages 5 and under. The first Art Spot, Gato – a mellow, but mesmerizing exhibit featuring a giant cat – opened in May.

The museum’s newest Art Spot exhibit PL!INK opened just a few days ago. While Gato is housed in the museum’s historic building, PL!NK is perfectly situated in the light and airy Teel Family Pavilion, the museum’s modern addition. Comprised of more than 100 tetrahedron clusters of mirror and colorful plexiglass, PL!NK is meant to be an immersive experience where children can experiment, explore and even create their own shape-based, interlocking sculptures to add to the colorful collection that shines with light reflected from the windows of the room.

The artwork isn’t just something to see, it’s interactive as well. Guests have the opportunity to insert themselves into the artwork as tiny cameras capture and magnify their images and display them in a real-time video playback effect as if a kaleidoscope within the artwork. They also can hear their experiences play back to them by talking into a storytelling station that voice-records their stories about what they see, hear, do, touch, feel and create within PL!NK. What kid doesn’t love to hear their recorded voice play back to them in a fun and creative way? It’s pretty awesome. PL!NK will be on display through Oct. 29, 2017.

What’s up next for the Crocker’s child-centric Art Spots? The very popular Tot Land will soon be completely revamped and a new creation by Bay Area artist Martin Webb unveiled. The new Tot Land will feature a life-size wooden boat that will allow children to hop on board and let their imagination soar. Tot Land will close briefly at the end of August and re-open on Sept. 10, 2017. And opening in Nov. 2017, the last Art Spots exhibit will be open to the public. Wingding will be yet another interactive exhibit that lets children learn through play, experimentation and creative collaboration.

What: Art Spots: PL!NK

When: Now through Oct. 29, 2017

Where: Crocker Art Museum, Teel Family Pavilion

Mom of Four Small Children Braves the Crocker Art Museum and Leaves with Very Happy Kids

With four kids under the age of seven, I’m always looking for new ways to get out of the house AND beat the heat. Tired of splash parks and not wanting to go to an indoor play place, we found ourselves at the Crocker Art Museum.  I had been to the Crocker once before, many years ago, for their Wee Wednesday program (which was wonderful!) – but this time we’d be walking around the museum on our own and I was particularly worried about how my 3 and 4-year-old would fair.  I did a little research and found that the Crocker Art Museum offers something called The Story Trail.

If you want to take your kids on the Story Trail, just pick up a book called “Birdy’s Museum Adventure” at the admission desk and it takes you on a little scavenger hunt through the museum. My kids loved it! We were able to walk through many different galleries, ending in Tot Land which was by far everyone’s favorite stop.  It’s a very inviting space where the kids performed puppet shows, read books, and made crafts.

Over all I was very impressed with how kid friendly the Crocker Art Museum is. Not only did the Story Trail keep my kids engaged, but the museum staff was incredibly helpful. As soon as we left the admission desk a docent approached me and suggested a few exhibits the children might enjoy. Another docent encouraged the kids to touch an interactive exhibit (which they were thrilled about since the “no touching” rule had been firmly established!).  And I was thrilled that the museum offers free admission to children age 5 and under.

In addition to Story Trail and Tot Land, the museum offers a host of other kid-friendly activities and events. For babies and toddlers, there’s Wee Wednesdays, a gallery-based art experience, Baby Loves Art where babies and toddlers are free to roam the galleries while interacting with each other,  and Sunday Playday, a program that helps to support school readiness. Older kids will enjoy Sketch It, a drop-in art instruction program, Kids & Co. Gallery Adventure, an educational tour for children five years and older, and Wonder Lab, another drop-in art making program where kids with disabilities are especially welcome. For more information on all of the Crocker’s kids programs, click here.

We can’t wait to go back!

By Kate Nally