Weekend Family Fun


Now thru 1/16 – Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink – The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink has a long history on The Kay. The rink was first established in 1991 by the City of Sacramento. The Downtown Sacramento Partnership assumed operation and management of the rink soon after with the goal of creating a signature holiday experience for the region. Downtown Sac has been a holiday destination ever since.

1/6-1/17 – Discovery Museum – CLOSED for exhibit change

1/10 – Sacramento Kings vs. Orlando Magic at Sleep Train Arena

1/10 – Composting, Mulching & Organic Fertilizers for Healthy Trees and Gardens – Shady backyards and bountiful harvests start with healthy trees. Learn how compost, mulch and organic fertilizers can enhance your entire garden. Each participating family will go home with a compost bin (truck, van or SUV needed to transport).

1/11 – Fairytale Theater – Enjoy two different Fairytale Theatre productions starring local high school students. Shows will occur on a rotating schedule.   Holka Polka is a fun journey through a mythical land where witches, wizards, and royalty come together to solve the mystery of who cast the sleeping spell on the prince.  Peggy the Pint-Sized Pirate is the fun story of a determined pirate who has been alienated by her peers for being too small. While she may be small, Peggy is brave, fearless and, determined to prove her worth, she sets out to boldly go where no pirate has gone before: to the lair of the
evil sea-monster

1/11 – Tools and Tales at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Come join the Effie Yeaw for some tantalizing tales of creatures, people, and nature! Get a chance to view replica Maidu artifacts made from the gifts of the earth and learn about their many uses.

1/11 – Second Saturday at the Auto Museum – The Museum offers special tours every 2nd Saturday of the month at 2pm.  A new topic is featured every month! January will feature Pistons and Cams and Gears… Oh My!, led by docent Greg Goodsell. The tour will give you a peak under the hood of many of the museum’s cars to explain what makes a car work and why. Plus, you will be able to see how those technologies have changed over the years.  Free with Museum Admission.

1/12 – Sacramento Kings vs. Cleveland Cavaliers at Sleep Train Arena – The Sacramento Kings take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in this basketball game.

1/12 – Salamander Story Time at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Come enjoy some stories about these amazing amphibians, learn all about their double lives, and meet one of the most deadly kinds up close!


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1/2 – 1/5 – 2014: Space Quest – Final Days at the Discovery Museum – 3…2…1 Blast off! Join us for the closing of our Space Quest! exhibit.  Learn about the science of the universe and about our own solar system in this entertaining and hands-on exhibit. Visit the 12-foot rocket play space and dress up in an astronaut costume and helmet. Explore color and light in the light affects room.  Children 12 and under make a paper rocket wand to fly around the exhibit and to take home. Admission includes an animal presentation at noon & 2pm and planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm (for ages 4 and older).

1/3 – 1/5 – SacAnime Winter 2014 – SacAnime is the anime convention “Where Fans Come to Play”, providing Japanese influenced pop culture fun for the entire family. Over 10,000 fans, many in costume, are expected to attend.  Convention highlights include live
concerts with Nylon Pink, Kazha and Raj Ramayya, karaoke contests, cosplay costume contest, video game tournaments, artists alley, panels and workshops and much more.

1/4 – Fingerpainting for Pre-readers – Pre-Readers, or children from the ages of 18 months to five years old, are invited to join the Franklin Community Library for some messy fun with tempera paints. Wear your play clothes to this fun, creative event.

1/4 – Raptor Rapture  at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Raptors do more than just soar above us. Discover how these birds play a crucial role in their habitats. Meet a live raptor!

1/4 – Sacramento Kings vs. Charlotte Bobcats at Sleep Train Arena – The Sacramento Kings take on the Charlotte Bobcats in this basketball game.

1/5 – New Year’s Stroll at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – You may hear the splash of a fish or the call of a circling hawk. Perhaps the flash of a dashing deer’s black tail or the ruby red of an acorn woodpecker head will catch your eye. Many sights and sounds await you on this guided walk.

1/5 – Kids & Company Gallery Tour at the Crocker Art Museum – Wildly amusing and surprisingly educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children ages five and older (and the adults that tag along with them) in a fun and playful manner.  Free for members. Included with general admission for nonmembers.

1/5 – A Children’s Christmas Festival – Families will enjoy a puppet show, crafts, musics, book fair, folk dancing and more as celebrated in Italy. $10 adults, free for children ages 16 and under. 1:30-4pm at The Italian Center, Carmichael.

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12/12 – 12/22 – Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town -Celebrate the holiday season with Winter Wonderland Magic at Fairytale Town!  The
storybook park will be trimmed with festive décor and lit up with a dazzling display of lights, starting at dusk. Enjoy hands-on craft activities, holiday vendors, and more at this annual family holiday event.

12/14 – A Simple Emigrant Christmas at Sutter’s Fort – Join at Sutter’s Fort for this special seasonal event. In John Sutter’s day, people from around the world passed through the gates, each with their own customs and traditions for the holiday season. A Simple Emigrant Christmas presents several vignettes showing holiday scenes, including foods, music, decorations, and traditions from other cultures. During the day visitors will be able to dip candles, make cornhusk dolls, and create Christmas ornaments.

12/14 – Santa Parade – The traditional holiday parade features marching bands, clowns, youth groups, horses, antique vehicles, and much more! Santa, the star of the parade, will make his appearance at the end of the parade, ringing in the holidays.  Parade Route: Starts at 14th & N, continues west on N to 10th, then north to L, west on L and ending at 4th and L.

12/14 – A Charlie Brown Christmas – The theatre company presents its third annual production of A Charlie Brown Christmas, the beloved story of Charlie Brown and the whole gang as they try to find the true meaning of Christmas.  On Saturday (12/14) the company presents a “Special Kid’s Day” where children can join the cast after the show for snacks, craft stations, activities, and prizes! Each child will get an autographed picture of the cast, a cookie to decorate, a variety of snacks, and much more. Each station will be led by your child’s favorite characters from the show.

12/14 – Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo – Bundle up the family and come enjoy the holiday season at the Zoo!  Food and Toy Drive: Bring a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item and receive a $1 off your Zoo admission. The U.S. Marine Corps will be taking your toy donations for Toys for Tots and food donations go the the Sacramento Food Bank and families in need.  Animal Enrichments: Animals will get special treats delivered to them and staff will be on hand to share facts, secrets and answer your questions.

12/14 – Return of the Salmon at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Come join the Effie Yeaw Nature Center as returning guest speaker Chris Fitzer gives a talk about Chinook salmon and steelhead that make annual spawning runs in the American River. Learn the life history and ecology of these two amazing fish species as well as a brief overview on the changes to their historical habitat in the American River. Be sure not to miss this amazing and informative speaker!

12/15 – Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets at Sleep Train Arena -The Sacramento Kings take on the Houston Rockets in this basketball game.

12/15 – The Elves and the Shoemaker -In this holiday favorite, two merry elves arrive at a small village in the Black Forest to discover a shoemaker who clearly needs their assistance.  A Folsom favorite for many years, California Theatre Center has repeatedly been recognized as the top professional theatre for young American audiences. Having twice opened the season at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, CTC creates quality experiences for youth (grades K-5) and families alike.

12/15 – Birding For Families at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Bring the family out to join special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society for a birding walk. Birdwatchers of all levels are welcome!

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11/15 – Sacramento Kings vs. Detroit Pistons at the Sleep Train Arena

11/15 – 11/16 – Wizard of Oz – Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination as the Christian Youth Theater (CYT), Sacramento, presents The Wizard of Oz.

11/16 – Princess Academy at Fairytale Town – Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! Little princesses-in-training will learn the magical secrets of being a fairytale princess in this one-day workshop for ages 5 to 8. Princesses will play dress up, attend a pink tea party, and decorate delicious treats to enjoy.  From princess etiquette to royal manners and social skills, this fairytale-fun workshop has everything a budding princess needs, including a Fairy Godmother.

11/16 – Hands on History: The Donners and other Emigrant Wagon Parties at Sutter’s Fort – Wagon travel across the Sierra Nevada was a dangerous proposition. In the winter of 1846-1847 over 80 emigrants became trapped in the Sierra snows. They are known as the Donner Party, but they were many different families and individuals. Sutter’s Fort was their destination and became their only hope of survival. Rescue parties of volunteers were assembled at the Fort, mules and packs were gathered, and a variety of food supplies were packed for the rescue. Few people are aware that the second relief party carried 100 lbs. of cocoa and 400 pounds of sugar among other more staple items.  Come to the fort and hear why there is so much discussion about the Donner Party.  Visitors will be able to pack a wagon or write in a journal with a quill pen, or make a corn husk or rag doll, and create their own pioneer souvenir item.

11/17 – Family Sundays at Central: Musical Robot – Dance and sing along with the energetic music duo Musical Robot, and create a unique robot using recycled materials.

11/17 – Sunday Funday: Wild Things Inc. at Arden Hills – Looking for an amazing and captivating experience perfect for kids? Well, Wild Things Inc. to the rescue! Wild Things Inc. will be on-site so young ones can enjoy meeting and learning about animals from around the world. Don’t miss this perfect event for kids. Parents are welcome to stay and enjoy the fun or leave their children in the care of certified Kid’s Korner staff.

11/17 – Compass Walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join docent Jennifer Kerr for a guided map and compass walk. You will learn how to use a compass, take bearings, use a compass with a map and find our way around the trails.  Donations are gratefully accepted.

11/17 – Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies at Sleep Train Arena

11/17 – Free Family Concert: Bi-Lingual – For the first time ever, Camellia Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a bi-lingual Free Family Concert with Instrument Petting Zoo. This kid-friendly concert will also include a visual art element presented by I Can Do THAT!, who will offer “funshops” for children to create art related to the musical experience.

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Veteran's day weekend Sac Kids Collage

Now thru 12/8 – Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftan – The Hawaiian Chieftain, which specializes in living history education programs for young people, is scheduled to make a visit to Old Sacramento. The tall ship, which is 103 feet, nine inches long with a main mast rising 75 feet from the water, will arrive soon, docking upriver of the Tower Bridge.

11/8 – Opening Day of the Downtown Ice Rink – The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink has a long history on The Kay. The rink was
first established in 1991 by the City of Sacramento. The Downtown Sacramento Partnership assumed operation and management of the rink soon after with the goal of creating a signature holiday experience for the region. Downtown Sac has been a holiday destination ever since.

11/9 – Nightmare Before Thanksgiving Roller Derby Mayhem – Don’t miss the home team championship as the Sacred City Derby Girls take on The Donna Party, Midtown Maulies, The Roseville TrainWreckers in a number of round-robin bouts. Join us for one last night of live Roller Derby Mayhem.

11/9 – Beavers and Otters at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – These two are not related, but are often mistaken for each other. Did you know that otters are highly intelligent and that beavers are actually rodents? Come learn some fun facts about these creatures who roam our local waters.

11/9 – Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trailblazers – The Sacramento Kings take on the Portland Trailblazers in this basketball game.

11/10 – Salmon Stroll at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Come join a naturalist for a stroll to the American River in hopes of catching a
glimpse of the migrating salmon. Learn about these amazing anadromous fish and their remarkable life cycle.

11/11 – City of Sacramento Veteran’s Day Parade – You don’t want to miss this “Proud to be an American” themed parade! Come out to celebrate a Veterans Day like no other. There will be a children’s carnival and multiple food trucks that will keep you wanting more.

11/11 – Veteran’s Day at the California State Railroad Museum – To honor their service and celebrate the patriotic holiday, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer veterans and active military personnel complimentary excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad, plus complimentary museum admission on Veteran’s Day. With
patriotic music playing aboard the trains, veterans and active military personnel are encouraged to wear their uniforms with pride.

11/11 – 8th Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony – Join us for the 8th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony, “Vietnam 50 Years Later.”  Honoring all our Veterans and especially those who served in Vietnam.

11/11 – Military Family Day at the Sacramento Zoo – In appreciation of our troops, all military personnel, veterans and their families receive a 50% discount with military identification.

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Watch the animals open up their Valentine gifts at the Sacramento Zoo, watch the Kings beat the Utah Jazz, learn how to make Sugar Skulls, or study the Pipeline Swallowtale Butterfly at the Nature Center.  Check out what else is happening this weekend:

2/8 – Families in the Kitchen at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op – Cooking as a family is one of the best ways to connect with children, teach them valuable life skills, and put them on the path to good health. But getting the kids involved can seem a little daunting. Join Shankari Easwaran as she shares some of her favorite recipes and techniques for sharing time and tasks in the kitchen. The instructor and guests will prepare the menu together and then enjoy the dishes made: rice pilaf with veggies, chicken tortilla soup, mini turkey meatballs, and apple crisp for dessert.

2/9 – Drop, Yak, Splat! Museum Fun for Families – Each month a different work of art provides the inspiration for a memorable art-making activity. This drop-in program is for families with children ages 5-12. This program takes place the 2nd Saturday of each month.

kingsvsjazz_640x480_category2/9 – Sacramento Kings vs. Utah Jazz at Sleep Train Arena – The Sacramento Kings take on the Utah Jazz in this basketball game.

2/9 – Kids Crafting: Sugar Skull & Sacred Heart Activity – As part of the Rob-O Sugar Skull Art Exhibit, kids and adults can enjoy the
crafting of sugar skulls and sacred hearts in honor of loved ones.

butterlfy_category2/9 – Family Activity: Pipeline Swallowtale – at the always free Effie Yeaw Nature Center.  Come learn about this beautiful butterfly and its amazing life cycle. Then take a hike with a naturalist to discover the butterfly’s Pinevine plant host with its unique blossoms.

5K & 10K for women and girls2/10 – Girls on the Go: 5K & 10K for women and girls – Ladies, start your engines! Put your pedals to the metal and join more than a thousand like-minded girls for Girls on the Go, a 5K/10K run/walk. Girls on the Go is every girl’s chance to commune with mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmas, and friends in a run, walk, jog, or samba to the finish line. This is not just any race; this race is a celebration of women of all ages and fitness levels. The finish line includes a girlicous medal, stylish t-shirt, festival, and so much girl time fun!

chimp_and_heart_(7)_category2/10 – I Heart the Sacramento Zoo – Bring your Valentine to a special I Heart Sacramento Zoo day organized by the Sacramento Zoo Teen volunteers. The event features Valentine-themed animal enrichments, informative talks, and activity tables—all included with general

Looking for the purrr-fect one-of-a-kind, gift for Valentine’s Day? Check out the Sacramento Zoo’s Zoo Parent Package. This fundraising program makes it easy to show your support for the Zoo as well as provide a unique opportunity to give a gift your loved one will never forget. The Zoo Parent program enables the Zoo Parent to learn more about the Sacramento Zoo’s diverse animal collection and to support the Zoo’s wildlife conservation efforts. To order your Valentine’s Day gift visit the “Official Website” and click on “Get Involved”.

vday_love_bugs_category2/10 – Mommy & Me Valentine Crafts at HelloXOXO in Midtown – What better way to get ready for Valentine’s Day than to spend some quality
crafting time together? This afternoon of fun includes adorable pom pom love bugs and a super cute fabric wreath. Bring your little ones and have a great Sunday crafting and bonding

MLK Day at Fairytale Town2/11 – Lincoln’s Birthday at Fairytale Town – Fairytale Town will be open on Lincoln’s Birthday! Bring the kids for a day of fun. Fairytale Town offers children and families a safe place to imagine, play, and learn. With 25 playsets based on nursery rhymes and fairytales, a friendly
flock of farm animals, two performing arts stages and several gardens, learning has never been more fun!

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This weekend is full of Veteran’s Day celebrations, the opening of Annie at the 24th Street Theater, a Maidu Village tour at the Nature Center, Zany Zoology at the Discovery Museum & more!

11/9 – Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs – The Sacramento Kings take on the San Antonio Spurs in this basketball game in this early season home game at Sleep Train Arena (formerly Power Balance Pavilion.)

11/9 – Annie, presented by Runaway State Productions opens at the 24th Street Theater – An orphan, Annie, and her dog Sandy are placed in the lap of luxury for a week as a part of a publicity campaign for Oliver Warbucks. However, Annie’s stay
turns out to be much more than anyone had bargained for as she works her way
into everyone’s hearts and learns a few things for herself. Considered a classic, and a much loved favorite, Annie is sure to be a great and heart warming show!

11/10 – Family Activity:  Salmon Stroll  at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – The annual migration of Chinook salmon have arrived. Join a naturalist and hike to the river to catch a glimpse of these impressive fish as they swish and swirl in the shallows.

11/10 – Youth Class:  Relief Printmaking Holiday Edition at Verge Center for the Arts – Try your hand at printmaking and discover the fun of trying a new way of making
art. Learn how to carve a print block print using Safety-Kut printmaking blocks,
which are easy to carve. Make holiday gift cards and/or decorative wrapping
paper using recycled materials.

11/10-11 – Zany Zoology at the Discovery Museum – Come visit the Discovery Museum this weekend to learn about popular animal groups. The Bone Zone exhibit highlights the anatomy of animals, as well as the special features that classify each animal group. There are many skeletons and skulls on display, pelts to touch, and costumes to wear—bring a camera! Do not forget to visit the live animals in the Nature Discovery Room. Children enjoy an arts and craft activity, making critter cubes to take home.  Planetarium shows are at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older. Live animal presentations at Noon & 2pm for all ages.

11/11 – Saluting Our Heroes Veteran’s Day Parade at the Capital Mall Greens – Come support our Veterans at the 2nd annual Sacramento Veterans Day Parade! The parade begins at 10am, followed by a program.

11/11 – Veteran’s Day Tribute at the Aerospace Museum – to the Veteran’s Day Tribute at the Aerospace Museum of California. A special tribute and ceremony will be held in honor of all veterans presented by the Air Force Sergeant’s Association of Sacramento. The special program will be held at the Museum’s Memorial Plaza with a tribute to the flag, followed by the National Anthem, a wreath laying, and remarks. Also, the recently purchased bricks and pavers are installed and available for viewing.

11/11 – Family Activity:  Village Tour at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Step back in time on a guided tour of the Nisenan Maidu replica village. Discover the traditional uses for structures such as the granary, tule house, and grinding rock, and why it takes many steps to make acorns into food.  All ages welcome.

11/11 – Sunday Funday with Music Matt at the Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa – Time for the little ones to tap their feet to some fun musical tunes! That’s right, as part of a continuing monthly offering, kids ages three to six are invited to participate in an exciting and interactive Music Fun With Music Matt class designed to introduce them to enriching music, instruments, singing, and even some dancing, too. Parents are invited to enjoy the show as well or they can choose to explore all that the wellness resort has to offer (daily resort fees apply).

11/12 – Military Family Day at the Sacramento Zoo –  appreciation for our troops, all military personnel, veterans, and their families receive a 50% discount on Zoo admission with a valid military identification card.

11/12 – Veteran’s Day Celebration at the Military Museum – Come to the Veteran’s Day Celebration at the California State Military Museum. With visually-enticing army equipment on special display outdoors, the California State Military Museum will celebrate Veteran’s Day by offering free Museum admission to all community members on Sunday. In addition, the Museum will be open on the Veteran’s Day holiday Monday (regular Museum admission applies that day).