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Find Out What’s New for Kids at this Year’s Annual Farm-to-Fork Festival

September 13, 2017

Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Festival is celebrating five years this month. One of the best parts of the celebration is the free Farm-to-Fork Festival held on Capitol Mall. Last year, the festival drew more than 50,000 people to downtown Sacramento where they were able to enjoy face-to-face meetings with the farming and restaurant community – those who contribute to the farm-to-fork movement. Attendees also participated in fun activities, tapped their feet to live music, satiated their taste buds with local, fresh food and much more. If you are planning on bringing your family down, there is plenty of fun for the little ones. Find out what’s new for the kids this year, and what’s returning here.

WHAT: The 5th Annual Farm-to-Fork Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at 11:00 am

WHERE: Downtown Sacramento, Capitol Mall

ADMISSION: FREE

For more information on the festival including getting to downtown and parking, click here.

Enjoy these photos from past Farm-to-Fork Festival events:

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Brick Fest Live Winner #1 Announcement

September 12, 2017

Congratulations MARK LOPER! Your are our first Brick Fest Live ticket winner. Please contact us no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 to claim your four tickets to this exciting event.

Stay tuned! Our second winner will be announced on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

For more information on this LEGO fan experience at the Sacramento Convention Center on Sept. 16-17, 2017, click here.

 

 

 

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

September 11, 2017

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

Win Tickets: Brick Fest Live!, the Largest Touring LEGO Fan Experience is Coming to Sacramento

September 6, 2017

Get ready LEGO fans, the Sacramento Convention Center is about to be inundated with those tiny little bricks that offer hours and hours of entertainment. On Sept. 23-24, 2017, Sacramento will be hosting Brick Fest Live! for the first time – and we hope the event becomes an annual tradition in our city.

Brick Fest Live! is the largest touring LEGO show in the United States featuring amazing creations, collaborative building activities including a brick wall and floor puzzles, mosaics, a Brick Fest derby, inspiration stations, a video game arena, shopping, a Brick Fest Theater for trivia and more.

Founded by a couple of dads-turned-entrepreneurs, Brick Fest Live! was created to “increase awareness that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are all in play when it comes to LEGO and other construction toys. Families build together to accomplish their goals and find creative solutions – all while inspiring the next generation of artists, engineers and leaders.”

WIN TICKETS: Want to win some tickets for your family? The folks with Brick Fest Live! have been super generous with us. They’re giving us four – that’s right, FOUR family packs of five (5) tickets to give away to you, our loyal (and lucky!) readers. Here’s what you need to do to be entered into the drawing. Head on over to the Brick Fest Live! website here, watch the video on the home page and in the comment section below, give us the answer to the following question:

HOW LONG IS THE BRICK FEST DERBY TRACK? Make sure to leave your comment with the correct answer no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Winners will be chosen and announced one at a time on the following days: winner #1 – Tuesday, Sept. 12; winner #2 – Thursday, Sept. 14; winner #3 – Tuesday, Sept. 19; winner #4 – Thursday, Sept. 21. Good luck!

WHAT: Brick Fest Live! LEGO Fan Experience

WHEN: Sept. 23-24, 207

WHERE: Sacramento Convention Center

ADMISSION: Ticket prices start at $24.50 and can be purchased here.

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

August 30, 2017

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!

 

 

 

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

August 28, 2017

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

August 25, 2017

California Capital Airshow 2012 http://www.markeloper.com/aviation

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