Celebrating Dad on Father’s Day in Sacramento

Happy-Fathers-Day-2015-Quotes-Sayings-In-English-Free-DownloadBy Heather Crivellone

Father’s Day is just around the corner and what are you planning for dear old dad?

Sacramento has many options to keep the dads in your life happy and enjoying the day dedicated to them. Here is a quick list of some places to take them and local events that are celebrating Father’s Day:

  1. 1.  Take dad to see our professional soccer team the Sacramento Republic at Cal Expo.  These games are always-action packed and fun (even if you are not a soccer fan). Tickets and schedule are available on their website.sac rep2.  Lace up your running shoes and sign up dad for the Father’s Day Triathlon on June 14th at Discovery Park.  Dad can show off his fitness abilities by completing a 200 yard swim, a 5.5 mile bike ride and a 1 mile run…. He will earn his BBQ and brew once he’s finished!
    3.  Enjoy a family fun day at a River Cats game!  Grab some hot dogs, peanuts and cracker jacks  and watch our area’s favorite minor league baseball team.  Tickets and schedule of games can be found on their website.h0150jMJ_400x4004.  Take Dad on a Father’s Day River Cruise.  Hornblower River Cruise departs from Old Sacramento and will take you and your family on a one hour narrated tour.  You can see the sights of Sacramento and hear about the history of the Sacramento River in this fun and relaxing afternoon.  Tickets are available for $20 and the cruises will run from 11-4 on Father’s Day.5.  Enjoy some Classic Cars, Craft Beers and Corn Dogs at the 4th Annual Dad’s Day Event at Denio’s market on June 20.  From 8am-2pm, you and dad can enjoy a car show and cruise the swap meet with your beers for this fun filled event.  Denio’s market is located at 1551 Vineyard Road in Roseville.

6. The 2nd Annual Rides in Classics hosted by the California Automobile Museum will be June 21 from 11am-3pm.  Enjoy rides to Old Sacramento in some amazing classic cars and view exhibits. There will even be a “Dad’s day” card making station for the youngsters.  Best part of the day?  Dads get in FREE to the museum on Father’s Day.car

So, whatever you choose to do to make Father’s day special for the dads in your life, we hope you take the time to celebrate and enjoy with family and friends.  This is just a short list of things to do – I didn’t even mention my dad’s favorite – GOLF.  We have so many courses in the area, I couldn’t choose a top one to highlight.

I hope this helps in deciding something fun for you and your dad. If not, just do what we will be doing, grilling in the backyard and celebrating our favorite men!


Local Sacramento Events that Celebrate Mom for Mother’s Day!

Mothers-Day-BouquetBy Heather Crivellone

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~Author Unknown

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and how will you celebrate your favorite moms in your life?  Many choose brunch, breakfast in bed, pedicures and salon days.  I prefer a day out spent enjoying it with those who matter the most – my mom and my kids! Don’t get me wrong, my toes need some serious pampering, I need some serious “soul rejuvenating” and someone else cooking for me – yes please!  But, all in all, the most important thing to me is to spend the day with those whom I love and cherish.

If you are like me and trying to think of the perfect day out with your family, then look no further.  I have compiled a short and sweet list of some great ideas of how you can celebrate those wonderful mothers in your life here in the Sacramento area.

  1. Mother’s Day High Tea at a Dash of Panache.  Join other moms at this 11th annual event in downtown Roseville.  Located at 217 Vernon Street, this Old Fashioned tea parlor will be hosting three different sittings on Mother’s Day.  One at 11am, 2pm and 5pm.  You can enjoy wearing “funny hats” (as my daughter likes to call them) while sipping gourmet teas and nibbling on “fancy” tea sandwiches.  This event is very popular and does sell out, so get your tickets on their website and enjoy an afternoon of class with your loved ones
  2. Sacramento’s most beloved Amusement Park- Funderland will be offering moms free rides all day on Mother’s Day!  If your idea of a “high tea’ isn’t your “cup of tea”, then head out to William Land Park and enjoy the log ride, dragon roller coaster and train rides and more with your kids.
  3. The 17th Annual East Sacramento Garden Tour on May 9 and 10 is always a family favorite.  Benefitting the David Lubin Elementary School, this event is one not to be missed.  Tickets to this event can be purchased on their website and you can tour 7 beautiful and inspiring gardens in Sacramento’s “Fabulous 40’s” neighborhood.  A luncheon will also be served at the Sutter Lawn Tennis Club, along with boutiques and food trucks at the David Lubin School.  The walk through these amazing homes is worth the ticket price and it’s a great event to take a part of with your moms.
  4. Treat mom to a Mother’s Day Sacramento River Cruise.  The boat will set sail from the Old Sacramento L Street Dock and you will enjoy an hour-long ride along the Sacramento River, hearing stories about the history of our beloved city.  Tickets and times can be found on the website.  Tickets are $20 per person.
  5. Spend the afternoon at the California Automobile Museum, where moms get FREE admission and a sparkling mimosa to enjoy while “cruising” through the museum.  Free admission will be from 10am-5pm on Sunday, May 10.
  6. My favorite way to spend the day is enjoying one of our local vineyards.  At Scribner Bend Winery, you can enjoy a special Mother’s Day picnic with delicious artisan sandwiches and gourmet salads while sipping on their award-winning wines.  Cost for the picnic is $10.50 and wine purchase is separate.  Reserve your picnic on their website and enjoy a day out in the vineyard!

These are just a few ideas to keep you and mom going on her special day.  But whatever you choose to do, enjoy each moment with your loved ones!

Hot Rods and Fast Cars at the California Automobile Museum

 DSC_0069By Heather Crivellone

What little boy doesn’t love “hot rods” and “fast cars”?  Well, my son is no exception…and with his daddy always talking about how he should have been a “race car driver” in a previous life, I knew I had to take him to the California Automobile Museum to check out the historical “hot rods” of the past.  Conveniently located at 2200 Front Street in Downtown Sacramento (near Old Sacramento) – it was easy for us to stop by before heading off to preschool for the day!dsc_0058

To be honest, I was a little skeptical in taking my wild and crazy 4-year-old boy to a museum with vehicles that I knew would be out on display….and possibly too tempting not to touch.  However, with the help of the very kind employees we had a fantastic time “cruising” the cars and even had some stops along the way where my son could hop in take one for a “test drive”.

“Visiting the California Automobile museum is a unique and interesting experience – and that is in large part due to the expansive collection of over 150 vehicles on display. Walking through the exhibits will take visitors past cars from 1885 and all the way through to 2011. It is walk through the history of cars and California culture!”

As you enter the museum, you can choose to take a self-guided tour through the exhibits, but I would highly recommend following the tour led by one of the knowledgeable docents.

Our docent was VERY well-informed and explained everything there was to know about each vehicle on display.  He even got down with the kids and explained how things work in a fun way so that the kids could understand and enjoy the tour!

Unfortunately, the building itself is not climate controlled. So while we were trying to “get out of the house and stay warm”, our plan backfired on us since the museum was quite cold! Knowing this now, next time we go we will dress appropriately (warmer clothes and layers in the winter and cooler clothes in the summer). The museum is open to the public 10:00 am-6:00 pm, 7 days a week. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for students, ages 5 and younger are free.auto museum collage

The museum is always bringing in new displays, offering classes for the auto enthusiast and changing their exhibits. The current exhibit is It’s Electrifying!” Alternative Fuel Vehicles in California” presented by SMUD at the California Automobile Museum opened February 15 and runs through Father’s Day, June 15, 2014. This exhibit is a historical look at the progression of alternative fuel and electric cars produced with California’s trending market in mind.

Upcoming events for the museum include:

“Selling the Dream”- Stories from Northern California early car dealers.  This exhibit will be opening in June.

Third Thursday Nights Out at the Museums- the museum stays open late with free tours and beer and wine sales.  In the summer onths, local food trucks will be on site for dinner purchases.

Second Saturday Tour Series- visit the museum on these days to learn about specific topics and tour the museum.

If you have an automobile enthusiast I highly suggest visiting the museum.  Exhibits are always changing so if it’s been a while, this is a great time to revisit the museum.



Weekend Family Fun

As always, there are some super fun family activities happening in and around Sacramento this weekend!  Join Funderland for an Easter Bash all weekend long, craft a yarn rabbit at the Discovery Museum, enjoy birds and breakfast at the Nature Center, learn about Susan B. Anthony and the Women’s Suffrage movement, take in a basketball game and more!

cars_under_stars_logo_category3/21 – Cars Under the Stars at the California Automobile Museum – This Museum after-hours event is great for all ages. Enjoy all exhibits at half price. Freebies, including free tours, will be available.  Every month visitors can enjoy special programming coordinated by Museum staff and volunteers.  Visitors will also enjoy free coffee and hot chocolate.

3/21 – Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Sleep Train Arena – The Sacramento Kings take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in this basketball game.  Bring the family out for an exciting game!

easter_bash_funderland_1_category3/22-24 – Funderland Easter Bash – The 2013 Easter Bash includes Easter Egg hunts throughout the day, appearances by the Easter Bunny and Happy the Squirrel, fun Easter crafts, coloring contests, face painting by a pro, nine great kid sized rides, and more.  Bring in a new game or new art supplies for River Oak Center for Children and receive free tickets (amount of tickets based on item donated).  This event benefits River Oak Center for Children and celebrates Easter in a safe, fun, affordable setting.

egg_o_rama_fec_category3/23 – Egg-O-Rama Egg Hunt & Carnival – Come celebrate spring at Fulton-El Camino’s Egg-O-Rama! This fun-filled day will include games for all ages, an egg hunt (based on age), bounce house, face painting, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the morning at this exciting community event

babyexpo_category3/23 – Sacramento Baby and Toddler Expo – Where stylish moms and moms-to-be come to shop! You prepared for your wedding with love and care, do the same when preparing for your new family. Join for the fabulous selection of vendors offering wonderful products and services for expectant moms, new moms, and dads.  Event highlights include  mini workshops offered throughout the Expo by experts in the field, ideas for beautiful baby shower ideas, a chance to win great prizes,  and free swag bags to the first 100 guests.

Stamp-a-rama3/23-24 – Rascally Rabbits at the Discovery Museum – Wiggle your nose, perk up your ears—it’s bunny time! The Discovery Museum has gone to the rabbits this weekend. Have fun crafting a yarn rabbit to decorate your backpack or hang up at home and learn rabbit facts in the animal presentation. The museum’s newest bunny addition will also be debuting, so don’t forget to stop in the Nature Room and say, “Hello!”

3/23-4/14 – The Gingerbread Man at Chatauqua PlayhouseThe Gingerbread Man is adapted and directed by Marie Raymond. “Run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” Do they catch him?

camellia_instrument_petting_zoo_category3/24 – Free Family Concert Series:  I Can Do That! – Camellia Symphony Orchestra will once again present its very popular Free Family Concert Series with its instrument petting zoo. This year, the family concerts will also include a visual art element presented by I Can Do That! (formerly Very Special Arts) who will offer “funshops” for children to create art related to the musical experience. Leading the orchestra for this season’s concert series will be CSO’s new music director and conductor, Dr. Christian Baldini.

birdandbreakfast_category3/34 – Family Activity: Bird and Breakfast -The American River Natural History Association (ARNHA) and Sacramento Audubon are teaming up to offer a special weekend of morning birding trips coupled with wonderful breakfast fare.

This event combines some of the best local bird guides pointing out nests and local rarities on a 1 hour walk together with a pancake breakfast served by the Carmichael Kiwanis, good coffee, and other fun to help raise money for the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. No extensive birding experience is necessary—this event caters to all levels.  Saturday’s Bird and Breakfast event will feature a gourmet
breakfast buffet following a longer walk

3/24 – Spring Hunt at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Practice your observation skills and join a Naturalist as you take a hike and hunt for the signs of spring. See how many things you can check off the list. Bring your binoculars or borrow some from the Center

findingourvoice_susanb_bstreet_categoryThru 4/4 – Finding Our Voice: Susan B. Anthony & the Women’s Suffrage Movement – Don’t miss the world premiere of Finding Our Voice: Susan B. & the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Follow these brave women who, through perseverance, overcame opposition and brought about social equality.  At the dawn of the 20th Century, the struggle for women’s suffrage brings sweeping change for generations to come. But is the nation ready to give women the vote?

In his powerful, original new play, B Street Company Member David Pierini explores the impassioned crusade for the 19th Amendment from the uniquely poignant perspective of one young woman torn between freedom and family. Along the way, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, President Woodrow Wilson, and other champions of women’s equality inspire her to pursue her dreams.

Weekend Family Fun

This weekend you’ll find Monster Trucks at Raley Field, Kings Basketball at the Sleep Train Arena, a Festival of Trees at the Automobile Museum, a harvest festival to begin your holiday shopping and many more fun activities your family will enjoy!

11/16 -Sacramento Kings vs. Atlanta Hawks – The Sacramento Kings take on the Atlanta Hawks in this basketball game at the Sleep Train Arena (formerly Power Balance Pavilion.)

11/16 -17 – Monster X Tour at Raley Field – The Monster X Tour will include racing, wheelie contests, and freestyle competition, as well as myriad side acts including Moto X freestyle, trophy truck and demo cross. The list of participating monster trucks, which is subject to change, includes BigFoot, Time Flys, Detour, Fired Up, Super Stomper, El Perro Loco, Rock Star, California Kid, and General Lee.

11/16-18 – Kids & Company Gallery Adventures at the Crocker – 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 with Museum admission. This program takes place every first and third Sunday of the month.

11/16-18 – Sacramento Harvest Festival at the Cal Expo Pavilion – The Sacramento Harvest Festival, one of the largest indoor arts and craft shows on the West Coast, will return with over 24, 000 handmade arts and crafts. This year marks the 40th Anniversary Tour for the Harvest Festivals. Attendees can browse original art, jewelry, clothing, pottery, toys, specialty foods, home decor, and more. Throughout the weekend there is live entertainment, strolling performers, artist demonstrations, food tastings, a hands on KidZone, and fabulous prize drawings.

Plus, anyone who brings a canned food donation for Elk Grove Food Bank Services will receive $2 off admission

11/17 – Family Activity: Things that Slither at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – What has no arms or legs and smells with its tongue? What can lose and re-grow its tail? Learn about the life cycles, predators, prey, habitats, and defenses of reptiles. Meet a resident reptile up close!

11/17 – Hands-on-History: Trapped in the Mountains at Sutter’s Fort – In the winter of 1846-1847 over 80 emigrants became trapped in the Sierra snows. We know them as the Donner Party, but the travelers included individuals and many different families. Did you know that the snowbound emigrants lived in two separate camps almost five miles apart? 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 pounds of cocoa and 400 pounds of sugar among other more mundane staple items.

View replicas of rarely seen original documents and hear the mysterious and haunting stories that have fallen through the cracks. Visitors will be able to pack a wagon or write in their journal with a quill pen, or make a corn husk or rag doll and create their own pioneer souvenir item. Come to the Fort and hear why there continues to be so much discussion about the Donner Party.  Cannon Demonstrations will be held at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

11/17-18 – Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright at the Discovery Museum – This weekend is all about big cats at the Discovery Museum. Start out by viewing the cat corner in the Bone Zone exhibit. Kids try on tiger costumes and make big growls for the camera. Watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in the Doctor’s Office play space. The classroom has Daniel Tiger coloring sheets, mask making, and tiger-themed freebies to take home (as supplies last).  Planetarium shows are at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older. Tiger slide show in our planetarium at Noon & 2pm for all ages.

11/18 – Family Activity: Great Gobblers at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center -Beards, wattles, and snoods—what strange things to see on a bird! Look and listen for wild turkeys as you explore their world on this guided walk through the Nature Preserve.  All ages welcome.

11/18 – Festival of Trees at the California Automobile Museum – Join for a fun-filled evening that the entire family can enjoy. View the beautiful trees decorated and displayed by local merchants and organizations. The shimmering trees are the backdrop for this magical evening. You will be thrilled by the excitement of the auctions and raffles. Mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will be incredible live music, all in a fairytale-like atmosphere. Make this evening the most enchanting evening of the season!

The festival will feature “A Taste of Northern California” surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmas. Some amazing items will be auctioned off including family vacations, weekend getaways, fun and exciting kids items, great gifts, and more. Generous, talented groups and individuals from businesses, civic groups, churches, families, and friends in the community have donated their time and talent to decorating Christmas trees and wreaths that will be raffled off during the event.  Remember, this year’s Festival of Trees will be benefiting The Birth Connection.

11/18 – Sacramento Kings vs. Brooklyn Nets – The Sacramento Kings take on the Brooklyn Nets in this basketball game at the Sleep Train Arena.

11/18 – BusyKidz Grand Opening Celebration – Join in for the official ribbon cutting! BuzyKidz will have music, face painting, activities, snacks, a craft sponsored by Lakeshore Learning, and of course, all of BusyKidz to play in.

Enjoy “Third Thursday” Discounts & Fun At The California Automobile Museum

Alyssa Green

Did you know that on the third Thursday of each month the California Automobile Museum is open extended hours and offers half off general admission?  This is a fabulous time to bring the family on down to enjoy this classic museum.

On June 21st from5-9pm,  experience two new exhibits.  No Job Too Big, and Citroen: L’icon Francais.  Additionally, your family will enjoy the permanent car collection, music, food trucks and special activities for the kids.  Presently, they will be able to “make their mark” by actually painting on a car!

Special Third Thursday Admission Fees:  General Admission – $4, Children 0-5 –  FREE

California Automobile Museum


Over the holidays, my family began to go stir-crazy from staying in and trying to keep warm…so we decided a day to visit some local museums was what we needed! My husband who is a car fanatic wanted to visit the California Auto Museum while the exhibit “Automobilia”- showcasing Italian auto manufacturing (sponsored by Ferrari) was there. Somehow he thinks that his next car should be a Ferrari… not sure if I agree with him on that one!

My daughter and I were “along for the ride” and my son (whose first words were car and truck) was just as excited to see the shiny hot-rods as his daddy was! Although, we were all in for a treat and I was surprised at how much everyone in the family enjoyed the museum!


The mission of the California Automobile Museum is to educate and entertain while preserving and promoting the automobile and its influence on our lives. As you enter the museum, you can choose to take a self- guided tour through the exhibits, but I would highly recommend following the tour led by one of the knowledgeable docents.
Our docent was VERY well informed and explained everything there was to know about each vehicle on display. My husband who knows practically everything about every car made was even very impressed and was excited to learn a few new things about some of the older cars. Our docent even got down with the kids and explained how things work in a fun way so that the kids could understand and enjoy the tour!
He was patient with our two rowdy kiddos and luckily there were plenty of opportunities for the kids to climb into and “drive“ some of the classics!

Unfortunately, the building itself is not climate controlled. So while we were trying to “get out of the house and stay warm”, our plan backfired on us- since the museum was quite cold! Knowing this now, next time we go we will dress appropriately (warmer clothes and layers in the winter and cooler clothes in the summer). The museum is open to the public 10am-6:00pm, 7 days a week. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for students, ages 4 and younger are free.

The museum is always bringing in new displays, offering classes for the auto enthusiast and changing their exhibits. An upcoming exhibit (Jan 22-March 27) is “Dropped and Chopped“, exploring the classic years of traditional hot rods and custom cars between 1946-1960. I have a feeling that this definitely won’t be the last time our family visit’s the museum!