Weekend Family Fun

Sacramento activities for familiesThe weather in Sacramento is going to be perfect this weekend, so make sure you head outside to enjoy one of many outdoor activities and events. How about a train ride along the river? Or celebrate Creek Week at Arcade Creek? How about exploring the Fishhead Lake Mitigation Wetlands? Last but not least, take in a River Cats game at Raley Field. Parking is free this year! Have a great weekend!

4/11 – 4/12 – Excursion Train Rides along the River – hop on board the Sacramento Southern Railroad for a picturesque train ride along the Sacramento River. Trains run every hour, on the hour, between 11am and 4 pm, weather permitting.

4/11 – 4/12 – Festival for Kids at Cal Expo – bring the kids out to Cal Expo this weekend to for some great family events and activities. Kids will have the opportunity to take pictures with their favorite cartoon characters like Spongebob or Dora the Explorer. Learn about sporting activities, meet with law enforcement and learn what to do in emergencies, be entertained by jugglers, magicians and animals. You won’t want to miss out on this great event!

4/11 – 4/12 – Yuri’s Weekend at the Discovery Museum – join in on the international celebration of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. Learn all about Yuri, make a Yuri finger puppet, and pretend to be astronauts in the space rocket play area.

4/11 – Art Blast at the Crocker Art Museum – bring your kids, ages 7 to 12, to the Crocker for their monthly activity meant to inspire children to be creative and produce a memorable work of art. Drop in any time between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.

4/11 – Bufferlands Birds and Blooms Tour – come on out to the Fishhead Lake Mitigation Wetlands for a free tour of the resident waterfowl, songbirds, raptors and wildflowers. Visitors will receive a packet of native wildflower seeds.

4/11 – Arcade Creek Exploration – follow along with biologists as they guide visitors through the creek and explore the wildlife that live there. Help collect live animals from the Arcade Creek and Del Paso Regional Park and learn to identify them using scientific tools.

4/11 – Squeaky Clean Comedy – this improv show is perfect for people of all ages. Filled with spontaneity, quick wit and humor, this interactive night of laughs shows that you don’t need to use profanity to be funny.

4/12 – Living in Water at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – celebrate Creek Week by using catch and release activities to get a close-up look at some local pond animals. You’ll learn about the variety of water insects hidden in our local waterways.

4/12 – Sunday Funday with the Sacramento River Cats – Watch as Sacramento’s favorite baseball team, the River Cats take on the Salt Lake Bees on this Sunday Funday at Raley Field. Face painters and balloon artists will be available pre-game, while kids will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game.

 

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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.

 

 

The Sacramento River Cats Are Ready To Play Ball

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It’s springtime here in Sacramento, and that means trees in bloom, lots of sunshine, warm evenings and…River Cats baseball at Raley Field!  We love our local triple A baseball team, don’t we?  So, head on down to Raley Field tonight, Thursday, April 11, 2014 for the River Cats Season opener against the Salt Lake Bees.  If you can’t make it on opening night, take a look at the schedule – there are plenty of home games with specials on each day of the week as well as fun promotional days such as Throwback Thursday, Shark night, Princess & Pirate night, Bike Day, and more!  And don’t forget about Sutter Health fireworks every Friday and Saturday!

If your family attends games often, your kids might want to join Dinger’s Kids Club.  For just $25, here’s what they’ll get:

  • Sunday Ticket Vouchers
  • Player Meet & Greet
  • Kids Club Hat
  • Kids Corner Vouchers
  • On Deck Shop 10% Discount
  • Kids Run the Bases Express Pass

Here are the weekly Ssecials:

Baseball Bingo Monday – Every Monday, join us at Raley Field for a little game we like to call baseball bingo, brought to you by our friends at Cache Creek Casino Resort. Every play on the field corresponds to a square on your bingo card. Get a straight line, and win a prize! It’s as simple as that!

Family Value Tuesdays – All fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 desserts every Tuesday throughout the River Cats season. Bring a few dollar bills and feed the whole family!

Wireless Wednesday – River Cats fans are invited out to the ballpark to enjoy all of the high-tech amenities Raley Field has to offer. Use the free Wi-Fi to post your pictures on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and see yourself on Cat Vision during the game!

Thirsty Thursday – The tradition continues with Miller and Miller Lite beer specials, available every Thursday night at Raley Field. All 12-oz. Miller and Miller Lites are just $2 each, or you can get 24-oz. Miller and Miller Lites for just $4 each!

Fireworks Friday – The hugely popular Raley Field fireworks shows are expanding again this season, with a show immediately following every Friday and Saturday home game. Bring a group and enjoy the best fireworks show in Northern California all season long!

Fireworks Saturday – Sutter Health once again will be partnering with the Cats for Sutter Health Fireworks Saturdays. Enjoy fireworks across the Sacramento skyline after all 10 Saturday home games in 2014.

Sunday Funday – Kids of all ages will enjoy K-LOVE Sunday Fundays, featuring pregame player autographs, face painters, balloon artists, and the opportunity to “Run the Bases” on field after every Sunday home game.

Here’s to a great season.  Go River Cats!

 

 

Weekend Family Fun

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4/11 – 4/13 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees – The Sacramento River Cats take on Salt Lake Bees in the opening weekend of the season.   Join Dinger and his friends as they host the first Kids Clubgame of the season, presented by Raley’s & Bel Air. They will be showcasing the artwork that was selected for the 2014 “Art of Baseball” calendar and creating some more fun at their interactive art booths!  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.

4/11 – 4/13 – Easter Bash and Funderland – Funderland’s annual Easter Bash is back! Come on out for egg hunts, meet Happy the Squirrel and the Easter Bunny, make some fun crafts, and most of all, make some lasting memories.

4/12  – Art Blast at Crocker Art Museum – Each month, a different work of art provides the inspiration for a memorable art-making activity. Families are welcome to arrive anytime during this drop-in program.

4/12 – 1st Annual Spring Carnival at the Placer County Fairgrounds – Come for fun-filled kid activities, carnival games, food, crafts, raffle, photos and more! This event is a fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Information Alliance.  Admission is FREE.

4/12 – District 4 Easter Egg Hunt at William Land Park – Join the office of Councilmember Steve Hansen for some Spring fun at the District 4 Land Park Easter Egg Hunt. You’ll enjoy festive carnival games, face painting, Peter Cottontail, and, of course, candy filled Easter eggs. You won’t want to miss out on all the family fun!

4/12 – District 4 Easter Egg Hunt at Southside Park – Join the office of Councilmember Steve Hansen for some Spring fun at the District 4 Southside Park Easter Egg Hunt. You’ll enjoy festive carnival games, face painting, Peter Cottontail, and, of course, candy filled Easter eggs. You won’t want to miss out on all the family fun!

4/12 – Birding for Families at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Bring the family out for a birding and nature walk led by a naturalist special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels are welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars, or they can loan you a pair.

4/12 – 4/13 – Traders Fair at Sutter’s Fort: California’s First Mall – Visitors will have the opportunity to learn from and support artisan crafters while browsing through this Traders’ Faire at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and the State Indian Museum. Visitors will experience the hustle and bustle of pioneer trading days by watching artisans create goods, make their own crafts, haggling with traders, hammer square nails, and enjoying musket and cannon demonstrations at Sutter’s Fort. Nearby at the State Indian Museum, guests can peruse beautiful custom beaded jewelry, artwork, baskets, gourds, soapstone and elk horn carvings, drums and much, much more.

4/13 – Featured Aircraft A-1: close Air Support & Combat Rescue in Vietnam at the Aerospace Museum of California – join the aerospace museum for a pilot meet and greet and presentations on flying combat rescue mission in Vietnam.

4/13 – EggORama – Come and enjoy the egg-citement of Spring with a day chalked full of activities including the “tattoo” parlor, children’s crafts, bounce house, and game booths, plus a visit from the Easter Bunny! This year, the Egg Hunt will be in Cottage Pool!  Please bring a plastic bucket, appropriate swim attire and your towel. Families can enjoy an hour of open swim for the whole family after the conclusion of the hunts!  Note: Only Coast Guard approved life jackets will be accepted, with an adult per child within arm’s-length in the shallow end of the pool. All children Ages 3-5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Weekend Family Fun

Are you loving this delta breeze?  Take advantage of the warm days and cool nights this weekend by bringing the family out to South Natomas Community Park for an outdoor screening of How to Train your Dragon, or head to Raley Field for a River Cats game.  Into old cars?  Join the California Automobile Museum for its 5th Annual Car Cruise, celebrate Leo’s birthday at the Sacramento Children’s Museum, or enjoy nature along the American River at the Nature Center.  Whatever you choose to do, have a fabulous weekend!

river_cats_batter_category8/2- 8/3 –  Sacramento River Cats vs. Albuquerque Isostopes – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Albuquerque Isotopes.  Get excited to participate in Swing for the Cure. You get to bid on special pink breast cancer awareness jerseys worn by the players during the game in the silent auction to support the fight against breast cancer. Winners will get the game-worn, autographed jersey and a picture with the player or coach who wore it!  Don’t forget about the Friday Fireworks! Bring a group and enjoy the best fireworks show in Northern California all season long.

colorrun_colorthrow_category8/3 – The Color Run – The Color Run™ event is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. For our events, it is about participants of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of The Color Run™ course will be the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a very long time.

cam_car_cruise-2013_v5_1_category8/3 – 5th Annual California Automobile Museum Car Cruise – The CAM Car Cruise is an annual event for vintage car owners to show off their rides. The Cruise begins at Sac State and ends on Fulton and El Camino in a huge vintage car show. Spectators will be greeted with live music, food trucks, vendor booths, and a beer garden. All cars, trucks, and motorcycles of interest are welcome.

lbb_leo_2013_category8/3 – Leo’s Birthday Bash – Get ready for a night full of birthday celebrations and family fun. Join Sacramento Children’s Museum to celebrate their second birthday.  Activities include: the return of Raceways (one night only), photo booth courtesy of Giggle and Riot, music by Music Matt, face painting by Whimsy, face painting and body art, cupcake walk, carnival games, tasty food, beer and wine available for mom and dad, and of course, Museum play.

picture1_category8/3 – Screen on the Green: How to Train your Dragon – Screen on the Green is a series of free movie screenings shown at various parks in Sacramento brought to 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.

effie_yeaw_category8/3 – Under the Oaks at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Effie Yeaw’s mighty oak trees provide food and shelter for many animals and insects. Learn how to identify different varieties of oak trees in the Nature Preserve and who might be living in them.

festival_italiana_category8/3 – 8/4 – Festa Italiana -2013 will make the 28th anniversary of Festa Italiana. This beautiful Italian community event features delicious Italian food and drink and stellar entertainers. There will be an Italian Marketplace, a children’s games and rides area, bocce ball, Italian cars, motorcycles, and much more entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Everyone is invited to come out and celebrate Italian heritage. Don’t miss Festa Italiana, Northern California’s Italian community gathering for two days of Italian cuisine, music, dancing, fun, and friendship.

Stamp-a-rama8/3 – 8/4 – Ramblin’ Mars Rover – It has been one year since Curiosity landed on Mars and the Discovery Museum is celebrating this weekend with a Ramblin’ Rover good time! View the life-size Opportunity model in the Space Quest! exhibit. A new planetarium show
debuts with a focus on the Curiosity rover. Learn more about space rovers with special guest, Steven Ainsworth, an official NASA ambassador.

8/4 – Those Wacky Woodpeckers at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center -Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable by their unique behavior of pecking vertically on trees and poles, but how much do you really know about these outstanding birds? We will clue you in.

dingerrivercats_category8/4 – 8/6 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Texas Round Rock Express – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Texas Round Rock Express.  The Bobblehead Series continues with another bobblehead giveaway for the first 2,500 fans, after fan voting decides one of the three greatest outfielders in River Cats history, #8 Nick Swisher.  Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items to the ballpark to benefit the Players Wives’ Food Drive Help the River Cats players’ spouses that collect food for those less fortunate.

Come and enjoy the Sunday Funday where kids of all ages will enjoy U.S. Bank 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!

Weekend Family Fun

Some great activities and events are planned around town this weekend.  Join Fairytale Town for Very Special Arts Day, or head to the zoo with your kids and their stuffed friends in tow.  The zoo vet will be on hand to give the stuffed animals a check-up.  Of course, the Sacramento Rivercats are in town – don’t forget about Friday and Saturday night fireworks after the games!  All astronauts are welcome at the Discovery Museum for Space Quest, or join Colonial park for movie night…so much to do.  You are bound to have a great weekend!

7/11 – 7/14 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Fresno Grizzlies  – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Fresno Grizzlies.

Family-Friday7/12 – Family Friday: Silver Day at the Crocker Art Museum – Join other families in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard for music, art-making, and good old-fashioned fun. Picnic fare and artfully educational toys will be available for purchase in the courtyard. On Silver Day, enjoy an acoustic Indie-Folk performance by Be Brave Bold Robot.

2011_category7/13 – It’s My Park Day at Fair Oaks Park – During It’s My Park Day you can volunteer to clean a park and reduce your carbon footprint. Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District invites you and your family to help care for and celebrate your parks. The day will consist of planting, cleaning-up, repairs, and much more.  Come work alongside district employees to clean up your parks and make them the place to be. At the end of the day the district presents an afternoon BBQ and entertainment to show their appreciation

zoostuffedanimals_category7/13 – Stuffed Animal Veterinary Clinic at the Sacramento Zoo – Is your teddy bear feeling under the weather? Does your stuffed animal have a cut that needs fixing? The Stuffed Animal Veterinary Clinic is here to help! A Stuffed Animal Veterinarian will assess the overall health of your stuffed animal and make a diagnosis based on the symptoms.

very_special_arts_day_2_category7/13 – Very Special Arts Day at Fairytale Town  – Performances, visual art shows, and art “funshops” will be featured at this annual event presented by I Can Do That!  Very Special Arts Day brings together children of all abilities to interact through, create, and enjoy the arts. Enjoy a performance by ACT ON!, a children’s theatre camp project of I Can Do That!, and view visual arts creations by I Can Do That! students. Stop by the art “funshops” to make flying saucers, rhumba shakers, pipe cleaner jewelry, spiral mobiles, and more.

7/13 – Plants with Purpose at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join a Naturalist for a walk as they share the Native Californian’s uses of plants for food, fiber, and medicine. Learn how the Native people “tended” the landscape so it would continue to provide a bountiful harvest.

7/13 – Movie Night: The Hobbit at Colonial Park – Join Councilmember Jay Schenirer & the Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association for movie night in the park. Come watch The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Free popcorn, ice cream, and water.  Scrumptious food trucks including Miz Shirley and New Bite will also have food available for purchase.

Stamp-a-rama7/13 – 7/14 – Calling All Astronauts at the Discovery Museum – Visit the Space Quest! exhibit—out-of-this-world fun for the entire family. A variety of activities are being offered to keep your little astronauts busy, including an astronaut finger puppet craft and stations where kids complete “astronaut tasks”. Bring your camera to take a picture of your child in an astronaut costume.

7/13 – 7/14 – Community Campout at Elk Grove Regional Park – Gather your camping gear and explore the great outdoors a little closer to home. Enjoy campground favorites like swimming, crafts, campfire songs, and s’mores. Dinner and breakfast will be prepared by the Elk Grove Lions Club. All ages welcome.

effie_yeaw_category7/14 – Wet and Wild Pond Animals at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Some are slimy, some are bumpy, and some even have hard outer shells. Come meet
some resident critters up close and find out why they call our local ponds and wetland habitats home.

Weekend Family Fun

Phew.  The winter-like weather has passed, and it looks like summer is here again in Sacramento!  You’ll want to check out Fairytale Town’s annual Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy event, or spend some time outside at the Nature Center.  The Crocker Art Museum’s popular Family Fridays returns this Friday night, or have the kids bring their bikes down to the Children’s Museum for some biking fun with Leo.  Whatever you choose, have a wonderful weekend!

6/28 – Family Fridays: Rainbow Day at the Crocker Art Museum – Join other families in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard for music, art-making, and good old-fashioned fun. Picnic fare and artfully educational toys will be available for purchase in the courtyard. On Rainbow Day, jump around to colorful, Caribbean music performed by Asheba.

lorax_filmposter_category6/28 – Drive-in Movie: Lorax at the Fulton-El Camino Recreation 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 The Lorax.  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.

sacramento-river-cats-logo_W26/28 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Reno Aces – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Reno Aces. Enjoy the hugely popular Raley Field fireworks, with a show immediately following the game. See the best fireworks show in Northern California all season long!  Also, the first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive a River Cats rally towel. Show up early to make sure you get one.

6/28 – reCreate the Masters at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join Sacramento Children’s Museum and Miss Cynthia from reCREATE to experience art in a new way. Weekly art projects have been designed using recycled materials. You will reCREATE well-known masterpieces and children’s books.  All materials are provided and the class is included with admission to the Museum

fairytale town 6/29 – Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy at Fairytale Town – Celebrate the classic works of William Shakespeare while enjoying all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream at Fairytale Town’s magical midsummer evening inspired by the popular fairy-themed play. The enchanting evening emceed by Mix 96’s Jennifer Wood features multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an old-time marketplace, and more.  Costumes for the whole family are encouraged. No host food and bar.

girl_with_pizza_category6/29 – Kids and Teens in the Kitchen: Farm Pizza Party at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op – Cooking is a skill that can be developed over a lifetime. Young people get a head start in these fun, hands-on classes, and they get to enjoy the dishes they have made together. Students will learn valuable skills using fresh seasonal ingredients: knife skills, measuring, kitchen math, and working as a team.  In this Farm Pizza Party class, students will harvest fresh veggies from the farm and use them as toppings for their own personal pizza. They will learn to make pizza dough as well as pesto from scratch. Not to mention they will learn where the food comes from.

kidsonbikes_category6/29 – Wheels Day at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Bring your bike, trike, or scooter (and a helmet)! Join Team Leo outside to roll and ride all day. Remember your helmet. Bubbles, music, and a hydration station will be available. No fee to play outside with us. General admission will apply for indoor museum activities

waspoakgalls_category6/29 – What Gall at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Discover how tiny wasps have caused galls in Effie Yeaw’s oak trees. Some galls look like apples, some like Hershey Kisses, and some even look like tiny sea urchins.  Join a Naturalist for a hike in the preserve to find three different types of oak trees and discover what kinds of galls each oak hosts.

Stamp-a-rama6/29-6/30 – Meteor Madness at the Discovery Museum – Come to the Discovery Museum and learn about rocks from space–meteors! There is a collection of meteorites on display in the Space Quest! exhibit. Children craft a shooting star on a stick to take home as a souvenir. The family feature this weekend is a presentation on meteors–where they come from and where they go–at Noon or 2pm for all ages. Planetarium shows are at 1pm or 3pm for ages 4 and older.

6/30 – Animals of the American River at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Reptiles, mammals, and birds can be found all along the American River. How can
you tell these three groups apart? Is it by eggs or skin or flight? Examine some biofact evidence and meet an animal resident of the Nature Center up close to decide in which group it belongs.