California Aerospace Museum celebrates 100 years of Coast Guard Aviation

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I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone in admitting that I have seen Top Gun a million times and can recite almost every line in that movie!  Hollywood has done a good job with introducing us to the world of aviation; Leonardo DiCaprio in “Aviator”, Harrison Ford in “Air Force One” and of course the great Jimmy Stewart in “The Spirit of St. Louis”.  And with the help of the California Aerospace Museum we can visit and see up close these amazing aeronautical wonders.

The Aerospace Museum of California has an extensive display of aircraft- both military and civilian. You can have an opportunity to see fighter planes, trainers, transport and specialized types flown by the USAF and Navy.

The museum itself consists of aircraft, engines, a beautiful Coast Guard art collection and so much more.  Outside in the airpark you can wander through history while exploring aircraft that was used during the World Wars and aircraft that is still used today.

If you have children who are interested in Aviation, they have an Aerospace Learning Center that teaches students the introduction to flight- along with science, math, navigation, weather, forces of lift and more.  If you have children that are too young for the educational courses, they have a kids’ corner equipped with toys, coloring pages and markers to keep their imaginations running wild and busy while learning about the science of aviation.

This Saturday, October 15- the museum is celebrating 100 years of Coast Guard Aviation.  It’s going to be a celebration that everyone will enjoy with special presentations about the Coast Guard.  You will be able to tour a new C-27J Spartan Coast Guard Multi Mission Aircraft, talk to active duty and retired coast guard pilots and crew members, view the USCG Aviation art display and even have complimentary refreshments during the day.
The museum is located at 3200 Freedom Park Drive at the McClellan Air Force Base. Admission into the museum is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students age 13-17, $5 for children and kids under the age of 5 are free. Museum hours are Tuesday- Sunday 10am-5pm.

As a bonus, the park next to the museum is fantastic for kids to play and picnic at.  The play structure looks like a large Rocket Ship- with plenty of things to climb on, slide down and crawl through. My kids always have a blast at this park, and is always a great end to fun afternoon at the museum.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Weekend Family Fun

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6/6 – June First Friday at the Fountains in Roseville – June’s First Friday includes: Cinderella Company appearances from Tangled: Rapunzel and Flynn from 6 – 9pm, near the main stage,  the Sacramento Kings Slamsom appearance from 6:30 – 7:30pm, car show by Sac City Muscle Car Club, artisans and Crafters, allStar DJ and dancing by Twin Cities Dancers. Come out for some fun street dancing, FREE Kids Zone including inflatable interactive game, mad science experiments, face painting, balloon artistry and more!

6/7 – Nature Tales at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Members of the Sacramento Storytellers Guild will share their entertaining tales of animals and nature.

6/7 – 2nd Annual Dia del Nino – The 2nd Annual Día del Niño is a day for kids to create art! There will be mural paintings, mask making, story-telling, dance workshops, and much more.

6/7 – 37th Annual Gathering of the Elders at the Indian Museum – In today’s fast-paced world, it’s more important than ever to take a moment and honor history, culture, and traditions. The State Indian Museum is hosting a very special community event to celebrate and honor California’s Native Elders with the 37th Annual Gathering of Honored Elders.

6/7 – Fire Station 1 Open House – are invited to bring your family and friends to visit with firefighters, take a tour of the fire station, get an up-close look at a fire engine, and more!

6/7 – Summer Reading Kick-off Party and Ice Cream Social at Franklin Library – Paws to Read this summer! Get into the spirit and sign up for our Summer Reading program at this fun, annual, community event. There will be games and crafts and of course, yummy ice cream!

6/7 – 6/8 – Puppet Show: Cinderella at Fairytale Town – Puppet Art Theater Company presents the popular princess story Cinderella in the Children’s Theater. In the classic tale, told Puppet Art Theater style, Cinderella wants to attend the ball and dance the night away. Unfortunately her stepmother and awful stepsisters conspire against Cinderella, and it is up to her Fairy Godmother to get her to the Ball.

6/7 – 6/8 – Cosmic Comets and NASA Activities at the Discovery Museum – Celebrate comets this weekend and watch the family feature “The Comet Kitchen.” Learn how to make a comet nucleus at home using household ingredients and dry ice. Kids can make a paper “PDA” booklet to save their comet information, and make a “dirty comet” model to take home.

6/7 – 6/8 – Childrens Fun and Literacy Area – Join for a day full of fun children’s activities that include storytelling, reading, book mobile, face painting, music, games, books, and much more during the first Sacramento Black book fair.
6/8 – Sports Spectacular Lego Adventure at the Aerospace Museum – From biking to mini-golf or airplane acrobatics, explore the mechanics of sport as you build a motorized model of your favorite sport.

6/8 – Cold Blooded Creatures at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Some have scaly skin, some have slimy skin, some have legs and some do not. Can you guess what they are? Join a naturalist and find out, and meet a resident animal up close!

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May the Fourth Be With You Sacramento

5/3 – Critter Corner at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Have you ever wondered where our animals come from and why they are here? Come nose to nose with a few of the Center’s resident animals, hear their story and learn all about what makes them unique.

5/3 – Where the Wild Kids Are – Explore the Sacramento Zoo during a day of kid-centered cultural entertainment, art, music and dance. Local museums, historical societies, genealogy groups, plus arts and crafts for great family fun.

5/3 – Wildflower Wonders – This year’s Wildflower Wonders will be a showcase of native plants in their natural habitats of the greater Sacramento region. There will be a native plant sale and exhibit, a discover zone for kids, monarch butterfly way stations, ethnobotany stations, microscope fun, an art table, and much more!

5/3 – 5/4 – May the Fourth Be With You Festival – This out-of-this-world, community-run convention is a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the City of West Sacramento Dept. of Parks & Recreation’s children’s programs, and other local not-for-profit community organizations. Festivities include vendors, artists, exhibits, costume characters, a costume parade, art, contests, comedy by Critical Hit Geek Comedy Troupe and Retrocrush, and live entertainment (including light saber battles)!

5/3 – 5/4 – Civil War Days at Gibson Ranch – Gibson Ranch Regional Park is hosting its annual Civil War Days Experience. This unique exhibition is a great opportunity for students and families to get a “hands on” introduction to how life was in the 1860s. Through re-enactors, visitors can get a slice of camp and village life and see actual skirmishes between Union and Confederate forces. Guests can also enjoy parades, and participate in photo ops with General Robert E. Lee and President Lincoln, and more!

5/4 – Wonder Lab at the Crocker Art Museum – This creative gathering, open to all, is designed to spark playful experimentation! Children with learning and developmental disabilities and their families are especially invited to enjoy inclusive and individualized art-making activities. This session of Wonder Lab is presented in collaboration with the Short Center South and the Crocker Art Museum’s Art Access Committee.

5/4 – River Stroll at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Follow a Naturalist for an afternoon stroll along the river. See what changes are happening along the American River as our area approaches the Summer season.

5/4 – Mission 2 Space Lego Robotic Adventure – Join on a space mission as you build incredible robotic structures like the Shuttle, Launch Pad, and the International Space Station

5/4 – Banners n Bling 64th Annual Opening Day Boat Parade – The Sacramento Yacht Club will host the 64th Annual Opening Day Boat Parade on the Sacramento River. Watch the parade, featuring yachts decorated with this year’s theme of “Banners ‘n Bling!”  The parade will proceed up river through Old Sacramento and turn around at the Virgin Sturgeon restaurant. The parade can be viewed anywhere along the Sacramento River, with the best vantage points at Old Sacramento and the West Sacramento River Walk Park

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

3/29 – Hawk Talk at the Nature Center – Do you wonder which hawks you are seeing in your neighborhood this season? Come learn some tricks of the trade about how to identify the most common hawks in the area and get close up with one of the Center’s resident hawks.

3/29 – Mister Cooper in Concert at Busy Kids – Looking for ideas for fun indoor activities for your children? BusyKidz is the place! We are an indoor play-city-in-miniature located in Folsom, CA, providing kids with interactive activities designed to spark their imagination and creative ideas. BusyKidz is not only fun, but develops your children’s creativity while they are playing AND learning. We offer unique, hands-on activities in an indoor environment that encourage children and toddlers aged ten and under to pretend, to develop imaginative activities, to form original ideas, to play with other children and to have fun!

3/29 – Fun on the Farm at Soil Born – Join the fun & explore the American River Ranch, meet the farm animals, make a farm fresh snack and create something special to take home.

3/29-3/30 – Nano Days at the Discovery Museum – Nano Days is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and the potential impact on the future. The Museum is a member of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and is offering a nano-celebration–museum classrooms will be full of hands-on activities to help your family understand the nano-world and its importance to our society.

3/30 – Science Sundays at the Aerospace Museum – This spring, there is something new at the museum.  Science Sundays.  Come out and learn something new with Mad Science’s Galactic Show.  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.  Free with museum admission.

3/30 – Turtle Talk at the Nature Center – What is turtle island? What’s the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Learn about these shelled critters with a hands-on approach to these amazing reptiles. Find out what’s in the shell with Elaine from the Sacramento Turtle and Tortoise Club.

Thru 3/31 – Blast from the Past: Rockin’ Rocks& Diggin’ Dinos – Rocks are a fascinating artifacts from the past that have a lot to tell you about Earth’s ancient–and not-so-ancient–history. Interactive displays will give visitors a real science encounter with rocks, crystals, and fossils of all kinds. The basics of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks are presented in an engaging, hands-on style using large, attractive specimens. Displays include volcanoes, floating rocks, magnetism, fluorescence, and rocks under different magnifications.