7 Ways Sacramento will Honor our Veterans this November 11th

US Flag SacramentoVeterans Day is Wednesday, November 11.  This is a day that is dedicated to honoring those who have served in our United States military.  We are all very thankful to the sacrifices that are made to keep our great country safe! The holiday began as a day to remember the end of World War I and was declared a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919.  Originally known as Armistice Day, the holiday became Veterans Day in 1954.

Around Sacramento you can find several ways to honor veterans and military personnel.  Here is a quick list of events happening in our area:

The 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Sacramento will begin at 11am at Capitol Mall.  There will be vendors, food trucks and children’s activities immediately following the parade.

Auburn Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 7, will begin at 11am on Main Street in Auburn.

The Sacramento Zoo will offer half-off admission to all military families on November 11.

The Aerospace Museum will be having a special veteran-honoring day that includes free admission into the museum on November 11.

California State Railroad Museum will offer a Veterans Day Train Ride at 1pm 2pm and 3pm.  All veterans can ride free and will also receive free admission on this day.

Chicago Fire Pizza is offering a 10% discount to anyone who shows a valid military ID.

Fat’s Asia Bistro is also offering a discount to Veterans on this day.  They will receive 20% off any appetizer or dessert.

This is just a quick list of what you can participate in.   The best way to celebrate Veteran’s Day in my opinion is to thank a veteran for all they have done and all they continue to do to make our country great.

By Heather Crivellone


Children’s Museums in the Sacramento Region

    DSC_0214By Heather Crivellone

The fall festivities are enough to give your littlest ones a fright and “scare them silly”.  If you are ready for the ghosts and goblins to disappear and find some activities for you and your child that involves more playful learning, then visit some of our local museums that are dedicated to fostering creativity and education.

Here is a list of some of our local museums and some that are just a quick drive away if you were visiting some of our neighboring cities:

Sacramento Children’s Museum:  2701 Prospect Park, Rancho Cordova 95670.  (916) 638-7225 Tuesday- Sunday 9am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm General Admission $7 The Sacramento Children’s Museum believes that “play is an essential part of a child’s “work”. Through hands-on exhibits, children can use their imagination and creativity to express themselves and learn new things.

Discovery Museum and Science Center:  3615 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento, 95821 (916) 808-3942 Tuesday- Friday 12pm-4:30, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4:30pm Adults $8, Teens $7, Children 4-12 $6 This is a “hands on”, interactive museum that teaches children (and parents) the wonders of science and space. Exhibits change throughout the year- check website for current exhibit. They also have planetarium and wildlife shows, as well as nature walks and craft activities on the weekends.


California Automobile Museum:  2200 Front Street, Sacramento. (916) 442-6802 Auto enthusiasts of all ages will love the displays and exhibits this museum has to offer.  Whether you are a fan of the classic car, hot-rods or just the history of the automobile, there is something for everyone.  The knowledgeable staff is very informative and you will be impressed on what you can see and learn at this museum. Open Daily 10am-6pm.  General Admission $8 Students $4.

California Railroad Museum:  125 I Street, Old Sacramento. (916) 323-9280 Kids of all ages will enjoy a visit to what is regarded as North America’s finest and most popular railroad museum.  This museum really is quite spectacular. There are more than 20 restored locomotives and railroad cars, along with a variety of exhibits. Open Daily 10am-5pm.  $10 Adults, $5 Children

California Aerospace Museum:  3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan 95652 (916) 643-3192 If you or anyone in your family is interested in aviation- then a visit the Aerospace museum is a must!  They have over 40 military and civilian aircraft on display, along with 15 restored engines, a beautiful Coast Guard Art collection, a Morphis Motion Ride Simulator and more! Open Daily 10am-4pm.  Adults $8. Children $6.


Lodi’s World of Wonders:  2 N Sacramento Street, Lodi, 95240 (209) 368-0969
“An educational hands-on science museum located in Historical downtown Lodi, California. The mission of the World of Wonders Science Museum is to offer hands-on science-based exhibits and programs to stimulate discovery for all ages.” Open Wednesday- Monday (closed Tuesday) 10am-5pm.  General Admission $6, Children $4.

Scientopia- Discovery Center 1785 B Tanen Street, Napa 94559 (707) 259-1559 Napa’s hidden treasured family destination. At the discovery center, imagination and love of science, math and art is encouraged through hands-on exhibits and creative play. Open Daily.  Adults are Free.  Children $8.


Weekend Family Fun

Sacramento weekend family fun

5/16 – Museum Campfire at the Maidu Museum – Sit under the stars at our outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories around the campfire. The museum will provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program’s end.

5/17 – Armed Forces Open Cockpit Day at the California Aerospace Museum –  Join us in celebrating & honoring those who serve in our Armed Forces.  This special FREE Open Cockpit Day is hosted by Wells Fargo. Planes Open & Lots to See and Do!

5/17 – Farms, Friends and Fairytales – Join Fairytale Town for a fun-filled celebration of agriculture! Arrive early to watch the amusement park’s twin Babydoll sheep get sheared, then watch as the wool is spun into thread using an old-fashioned spinning wheel. Plus, participate in agriculture-themed hands-on activities, shop the mini farmers’ market, and visit with local area farms and organizations.

5/17 – Splash Park Season Opener – The Swanston Splash Park is gearing up for its sixth year of fun in the sun! This is a free event for families to come out and celebrate the opening of Splash Park for the summer and enjoy fun activities including magic shows for the kids, games, dance performances, and a bike rodeo where the first 1,000 kids will receive a free bike helmet! There will also be information on the many programs and services available.

5/17 – Fish Family Fest –  103.9 The Fish’s Christian Music festival is back and better than ever! Enjoy a day full of music with Francesca Battistelli, Hawk Nelson, Lincoln Brewster, Bob Smiley and many more.  Of course, like any good festival, there will be plenty to do, including food, carnival rides for the kids, and the artist booths.  It’s hours of music and fun for the whole family you won’t want to miss!

5/17 – 5/18 – Sleeping Beauty Dreams –  Sleeping Beauty Dreams, written by award-winning playwright, Amaranta Leyva, re-imagines the famous princess as an overprotected daughter looking for a way to break free of her castle walls in order to search for true love and her true self. A contemporary look at this classic tale, Marionetas de la Esquina’s humorous storytelling and whimsical puppetry awaken this sleeping princess as never before.

5/17 – Eppie’s Kids Duathlon –  Local nonprofit health and wellness organizations, Eppie’s Great Race, Nicolas’ Garden, and Soil Born Farms, are partnering to present ninth annual Eppie’s Kids Duathlon (running and cycling) along with a children’s health and wellness expo.  Activities will have a “Farm-to-Fork” focus, incorporating entertainment, and educational, hands-on health, nutrition and fitness activities.

5/17 – Birding for Families – Bring the family out for a birding and nature walk led by a naturalist and special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed. Remember to bring your binoculars (or the group can loan you a pair)!

5/18 – Unleash Your Inner Animal – Join a Naturalist for an afternoon of channeling your inner animal to create an animal mask of your favorite oak woodland creature! Have fun getting creative and learn some fun art techniques. Supplies provided, space is limited. Sign-ups taken the day of the event.

5/18 – 22nd Annual Pacific Rim Street Fest – Taking place in Old Sacramento and the Sacramento Downtown Plaza, for years the festival has displayed the richness and diversity of many Pacific Rim cultures through cultural programs, entertainment, art, and food. The event also enhances the community’s knowledge of Asian/Pacific Island cultures in a fun and positive environment.  So stop by and taste the food at one of their many food booths, watch and listen to the variety of entertainers at one of the four entertainment stages, and purchase a T-shirt or merchandise from one of the art and craft vendors.

5/18 – A Day on the Farm at Soil Born Farms – Soil Born Farm’s spring fundraiser is a family favorite! Collaborating for the past seven years with their title sponsor Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, the intention of this event is to create an opportunity for families to visit the American River Ranch for a day of learning, eating, music, celebrating community, and exploring the natural world.

Weekend Family Fun

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4/24 – Free Movie Night at West Wind Drive-In – Head to the drive-in for a family friendly movie night. There will be live music, games, food and much more.  Movies include Frozen, The Hunger Games Catching Fire, The Lego Movie, and Ride Along.

4/24 – 4/27 – Sacramento Rivercats vs. El Paso Chihuahuas – Fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights, and kids of all ages will enjoy Sunday Fundays, featuring pregame player autographs, face painters and balloon artists, and the opportunity to “Run the Bases” on the field after every Sunday home game!

4/26 – Save the Frogs at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Celebrate Mother Earth by learning all about some of her most precious creatures, frogs.  See resident amphibians up close, learn how important they are in the web of life and how they let you know about the health of local waterways.  Afterwards you can make beautiful art celebrating your favorite amphibian.

4/26 – Family Fun Fest at Fairytale Town -Join the Junior League of Sacramento for a magical evening of fun games, activities, food, beer and wine, live music, and picnics on the lawn. See the amazing work of JLS community programs including “Kids in the Kitchen.”  Enjoy local produce at Raley’s Farmer’s Market and be entertained by Joey Ventitteli and the City of Trees Brass Band. Proceeds raised from these annual events go to support the League’s vision of enhancing the well-being and future of women and children in the greater Sacramento area.

4/26 – Kids’ Day in the Park celebrating Hagan Oak’s 25th Anniversary – It’s all about kids on April 26. In its 25th year, this celebration will be the biggest party of all! Break out the strollers, the sneakers and sunscreen and head down to the park for a great line-up of fun activities, health screenings and parent resources, all wrapped up into giggles and activities for children.

4/26 – Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA – The Sacramento Central YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event to get kids moving and learning, and families living healthier. Sacramento Central’s Healthy Kids Day is the YMCA’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families, featuring fun active play and educational activities to help kids be healthy and reach their full potential.

4/26 – 4/27 – The Secret Garden at the Sutter Street Theater – After Mary Lennox is orphaned, she becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she adjusts to her new life at secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary discovers a secret garden. If she can uncover the mysterious circumstances behind the garden, she might be able to save her sickly young cousin and melt the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. A touching coming-of-age story, based on the classic novel.

4/27 – Sketch It! at the Crocker Art Museum – Visitors ages 5 and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month. No experience necessary, and all supplies are provided.

4/27 – Yomen: A Spring Celebration at the Maidu Museum – Celebrate and experience California Indian culture at our biggest event of the year! Spend the day with your family and enjoy the opening blessing, tribal dance groups, traditional art and craft demonstrations, native storytelling, hourly guided tours of the historic site, and live animals on display. Children’s activities include flute and bracelet making, petroglyph rubbings, soapstone carving and acorn grinding.  Shop at the vendor booths and don’t forget the Indian tacos and other foods available for sale.

4/27 – Science Sunday at the Aerospace Museum of California – Mad Science come to the museum, so bring the whole family and experience flight and space travel in an exciting way. See how hot air balloons, rockets and space travel affect the human body!  The Mad Science presentation is FREE with paid admission.



Weekend Family Fun

What’s on your schedule this weekend?  The weather is going to be close to perfect – for an overnight safari at the Sacramento Zoo, a music festival at Fairytale Town or for banana lovers, stop by the Banana Festival for some special treats.  How about an outdoor movie?  Take your pick from Brave, Toy Story 3 or 101 Dalmatians.  Check our list below for all the other great family friendly events happening in Sacramento this weekend.

nappingjagsaczoo_category8/9 – Family Overnight Safari –  This fun-filled educational evening will guide you through all that the nighttime Zoo has to offer. These camp-outs are designed for small groups. This is a perfect opportunity to see animal behaviors you may not have seen before. Dinner and breakfast are provided.  During this Overnight Safari you will: take a nighttime tour of the Zoo; watch the Overnight Safari Leaders give special animal feedings, talks, and even help make one of the animal’s special treats; enjoy a tasty dinner; meet Animal Ambassadors up close and personal; gather around the campfire for songs, stories, and snacks; listen to the sounds of the wild as you fall asleep under the stars; and the next morning get the chance to explore the Zoo in the daytime!

8/9 – Dive-in Movie: Brave at Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District – Enjoy an evening swim. Bring a picnic dinner, popcorn, or purchase available concessions, then settle in for the evening to enjoy a screening of Brave. Grass seating will be available, so bring blankets to sit on. Please no glass in the pool area.  Guests will also be able to help choose the next week’s movie.

Kalanjali-Dances-of-India8/9 – Family Friday: Gold Day at the Crocker Art Museum – Join other families in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard for music, art-making, and good old-fashioned fun. Help us wrap up Family Fridays with a mesmerizing performance by youth dancers from Kalanjali Dances of India! Picnic fare and artfully educational toys will be available for purchase in the courtyard.

mumbo-gumbo-at-fairytale-town-300x194_category8/9 – 8/11 – Cat & the Fiddle Music Festival at Fairytale Town – Hey diddle, diddle! Join Fairytale Town as they celebrate music and fun in the summer sun with a three-day music festival. Mumbo Gumbo, the Keri Carr Band, Joy and Madness, and more of your favorite local bands will take to the Mother Goose Stage for live evening concerts.  The kiddos will enjoy rockin’ daytime children’s concerts featuring the Raytones, Two in Tune: Sacramento Opera and Philharmonic, and more on Saturday and Sunday.

bb_category8/9 – 8/11 – Beauty and the Beast Jr. at the Sierra 2 Center  – Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. featuring songs from the Academy-Award winning animated feature. Be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town.  When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maurice’s daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life. Belle’s taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince is a beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love

8/10 – Outdoor Movie Night:  Toy Story 3 –  : Calvine Storage Kings in Elk Grove is offering another summer of FREE outdoor movies. We had so much fun the last few years that we want to do it again. But this year, we’ve made it even better. There will be food available courtesy of FOODMOB, as well as free popcorn, so you definitely don’t want to miss out on this fun-filled event! Come early to setup your chairs and enjoy the pre-show food. We’ll see you there!

8/10 – Sacramento Valley Otter Project at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Learn about these playful carnivores and how to recognize their scat and tracks.  Put these new skills to work by learning how you can help the research process that will further the understanding of our local river otters.

picture1_category8/10 – Screen on the Green: 101 Dalmatians at Glenn Hall Park – Come out to Screen on the Green, brought to you by Councilman Steve Cohn and Pops in the Park. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating or a lawn chair for seating, and snacks. A sweatshirt for the cooler evening weather and a flashlight are also recommended.

twilight_open_cockpit_category8/10 – Twilight Open Cockpit Day at the California Aerospace Museum – Pilot Your own Adventure! Radio Disney will be on hand to help celebrate Twilight Open Cockpit. Put yourself in the pilot’s seat and climb aboard the cockpit of one of the Museum’s planes. Come join in and get excited for the upcoming new Disney Planes movie in theatres August 9th. Fly by the Aerospace Museum of California for music, fun and prizes provided by the Radio Disney Road Crew.

Stamp-a-rama8/10-8/11 – National Smile Week Celebration at the Discovery Museum – Flash your smile this weekend at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center because they are celebrating National Smile Week. Make A Smile Dentistry is here to hand out goodies. These dental pros are leading a Tooth Fairy program about dental health. Once the kids learn about healthy teeth they craft a fun take home project to remember the day.

banana_festival_logo_category8/10 – 8/11 – 4th Annual Banana Festival – The Banana Festival returns to Sacramento for their fourth year! The yellow  fruit has become a star for this festival that finds everything about this yellow fruit “a-peeling.” It is served up in main entrees, beverages, breakfasts, and desserts. It’s the center of contest and the theme of the 5K run.

8/11 – Kestrel Connection at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Meet Rocky, the Nature Center’s resident Kestrel, hear his story and what makes him North America’s smallest falcon. After a good look at this handsome bird, make a Kestrel bracelet to remember your new friend. All ages welcome.

sacramento-opera-la-boheme_category8/11 – Peter and the Wolf at Fairytale Town – Can there be a more magical place to introduce your children to the thrilling world of opera than Sacramento’s Fairytale Town?  Then WolfGANG!, Sacramento Philharmonic’s superb woodwind ensemble, performs Prokofiev’s delightful Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Education Director Julian Dixon. Smiles are guaranteed with this charming musical gift for youngsters of all ages.  Presented by the Sacramento Opera Association.

Weekend Family Fun

A day on the farm, a Lao Fest, a bike expo, Sutter’s Fort Hands-on-History, open cockpit day at the Aerospace Museum, a production of Rumpelstiltskin.  These are just a few of the events going on this weekend.  So, choose wisely and have fun!

fun_fest_2013_category5/18 – Scooter’s Clean Air Fun Fest and Bike Expo -The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) and the Air Districts of the region will host the fourth annual Spare The Air kick-off event. This family-friendly event is slated to feature bike-centric exhibits and live entertainment.

Scooter, the Spare The Air mascot, and his mascot friends such as Dinger, Jelly Belly, and others will be there along with residents throughout the Sacramento region to bring awareness to the 19th Spare The Air season, which runs from May through October. The fun fest and bike expo will feature a celebrity host, a BMX bike team performance, bike safety demonstrations, helmet fittings, a live DJ as well as numerous organizations and businesses that cater to bicycles, families, pets, and the environment. The first 300 people who attend the event will receive a free goodie bag, and there will be raffles and prize giveaways throughout the day.

5/18 – Armed Forces Open Cockpit Day at the California Aerospace Museum – Celebrate and honor those who serve in our Armed Forces with this special Open
Cockpit Day.  Kids will have “fun with physics” while checking out the museum’s large indoor and outdoor collection of impressive aircraft.

babydollsheep-300x232_category5/18 – Farms and Friends Go Green at Fairytale Town – Fairytale Town brings together two of its popular spring programs and creates one magical day celebrating agriculture and the environment. Arrive early to see the twin Babydoll sheep get sheared, then watch as a wool spinner spins their wool into thread using an old-fashioned spinning wheel.  Stop by several local area organization booths to catch educational displays on conservation, learn about incentives and information on green programs, and get some easy tips on how you and your family can go green. Enjoy agriculture themed hands-on activities, a mini-farmers’ market, and visit with local area farms and organizations to learn more about California’s rich agricultural history.  It will be a fun-filled celebration of the earth!

suttersfort_category5/18 – Hands-on-History: Sutter’s Fort in 1846: A Community of Many Faces – The Gold Rush of 1849 brought tens of thousands of people to California from all over the world. But even before the first gold seekers arrived, Sutter’s Fort was already a melting pot of ethnic, social, and cultural diversity. The volunteers of Sutter’s Fort and invited guests will honor and celebrate the diversity of the fort before the Gold Rush.

reading_day_category5/18 – Reading Day at the Greater Sacramento Urban League Headquarters –  Please join the Greater Sacramento Urban League Young Professionals (GSULYP), as they celebrate the joy of reading at the next Reading Day.   A full day of fun is planned with a free pancake breakfast for the kids, 9am-10am, and free storytime and reading activities, 10am-2pm.  Afternoon lunch will be provided. All kids will receive a certificate for attending Reading Day. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover how much fun reading can be! Event is for children ages 5-10 years old.

fenixrising_2013_category5/18 – Fenix Rising presented by Fenix Drum and Dance Company – Come enjoy an extraordinary experience as Fenix members show off their talents in this evening of West African and Afro-Caribbean drumming and dance. This event will include a marketplace with handcrafted musical instruments. Refreshments will also be available. Attendees will enjoy a night of entertainment for the whole family!

5/18 – Abalone Necklace Making at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join a naturalist in the replica Nisenan Maidu village to polish an abalone shell piece for your own unique necklace. All ages welcome; children will need assistance from an adult.

lao_category5/18 – Sabaidee Pbeemai Lao Fest – Explore the Jewel of the Mekong River. Join the crowd in one of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular events in Northern California. Take a walk through the sprawling market stalls of fine arts, crafts, textiles, and souvenirs. Watch enchanting folk dances and a fashion show. Participate in the pageant parade and interactive games. Dance and sing along with live music and taste some of the world’s most exquisite cuisines.

The festival is a celebration for the 2556 Lao New Year, which is related to the water festival shared by Asian communities from the Yunnan Province in China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Laos. Although typically the water festival is celebrated in April, the Sabaidee Pbeemai Lao Festival is celebrated in a later month in order to encourage the public to attend temple festivities throughout April.

5/18 – 5/19 – It’s Butterfly Time at the Discovery Museum – Flutter by the Discovery Museum this weekend and enjoy a bounty of butterfly activities. Using stereoscopes, you can view the fascinating structure of butterfly wings—then create a butterfly life cycle using pasta. Remember to leave time for enjoying the grounds; bring a picnic and explore the butterfly garden showing plants that attract butterflies.

rumpelstiltskin_category5/19 -California Theater Center: Rumpelstiltskin at Three Stages in Folsom – Recall the Grimm Brothers’ moral tale of promises made and promises broken. A poor miller tries to impress the royal cousin by boasting untruthfully that his beautiful daughter can turn straw into gold. When the girl is locked in a room with a spinning wheel and some straw to accomplish this task, a strange little man appears and entices the young maiden to promise him her first-born child if he assists her. Later, he returns to claim the baby in fulfillment of their bargain, but is undone by his own ego.  Recommended for grades K-5.

dayonthefarm_category5/19 – A Day on the Farm with Soil Born Farms – This event has become a regional favorite! Collaborating for the past six years with Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, the intention of this event is to create an opportunity for families to visit the American River Ranch for a day of learning, eating, celebrating, and exploring the natural world. There will be gardening and cooking classes, kid’s garden and art activities, live music, delicious food, and community education demonstration tables and lots of fun for the whole family. Soil Born Farms organic plants and produce will be sold at the ever-popular plant sale and farm stand.

Free Chipotle Kids Meal Cards & Activity Books on Museum Day

Chipotle-Sac Museum DayWe’ve already told you about Sacramento Museum Day coming up this Saturday with the full list of area museums that are offering FREE or 1/2 Price admission.  In addition to free or discounted entrance, Chipotle (don’t you just love Chipotle?) is giving out free kids meal cards at all the participating museums, in addition to activity books (complete with stickers, recipes and tomato seed packets) at the most popular museums.  There is a limited amount, so go early if you want some!  Below are the museums that will have activity books in addition to the meal cards:

Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, California State Railroad Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Fairytale Town, Sacramento History Museum, Sutter’s Fort, Sacramento Zoo

Have a fantastic Museum Day!