7 Ways Sacramento will Honor our Veterans this November 11th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Heather Crivellone


Children’s Museums in the Sacramento Region

    DSC_0214By Heather Crivellone

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


Weekend Family Fun

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9/19 – Buccaneer Ball at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Children’s Museum cordially invites moms and their sons(s) to the museum to dance the night away to a DJ for the first Buccaneer Ball! Pirate dress-up is encouraged and desserts and light refreshments will be served.

9/19 – Movie in Fremont Park: The Lego Movie – CADA and Friends of Fremont Park will be hosting Movie in Fremont Park featuring The Lego Movie. Enjoy live music by The Bell Boys with the feature film beginning after their performance. There will also be food trucks and face painting for kids.

9/19 – Talk Like A Pirate Day at Fairytale Town – Ahoy, me hearties! Join Fairytale Town in celebrating international Talk Like a Pirate Day. The Pirates of Sacramento will be on hand to present “Pirate Skool” and other games along with plenty of pirate themed fun and activities for yer whole family, savvy?

9/20 – Hands on History – Harvest: The Real Gold in California – When John Sutter arrived in California in 1839, his dream was to build an agricultural empire that would encompass all of the Sacramento Valley, filling it with ranchers, who owed fealty to Sutter and had to buy all their supplies from his trading post. Unfortunately, the Gold Rush crushed Sutter’s dream by re-routing the water courses without a thought for environmental damage and mountains reduced to gravel by hydraulic mining, all of which left tons of dredge tailings on the fertile soil. It took many years for California’s agricultural industry to recover, but we eventually achieved the agricultural prominence about which Sutter had dreamed. Join and be part of life during harvest time at the Fort.

9/20 – Cemetery Adventures for Children – Do you have a child who is interested in the cemetery but would rather see bugs than burial records? Perhaps they’d like to take a peek into a mausoleum, learn about the animals that make their home there, or hear a short tale about the exciting days of old. If so, this tour is for them. Specifically designed for children third grade and younger, this tour is more of an informal stroll to introduce kids to the many wonders the cemetery has to offer.

9/20 – Big Wheels at the Franklin Community Library – Bring the whole family to get up close and personal with trucks, buses, one-of-a-kind vehicles, and have all kinds of family fun. The event features the Wells Fargo Stagecoach and the first-ever real Batmobile. There will also be storytimes for preschoolers and you can even enjoy lunch from one of the visiting food trucks

9/20 – Birding with Families at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Bring the family out for a birding and nature walk led by a naturalist and special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels are welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars, or they can loan you a pair.

9/20 – 9/21 – Diesel Days at the California State Railroad Museum – the California State Railroad Museum is offering special train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad featuring two visually exciting and gracefully styled diesel locomotives. Especially when these eye-catching diesels are in operation, guests of all ages will enjoy taking a memorable and relaxing weekend excursion train ride that is reminiscent of train travel from an earlier era.

Those aboard are treated to a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion along the levees of the Sacramento River. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats and open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating.

9/20 – 9/21 – Terrific Triceratops at the Discovery Museum – Are you ready for some prehistoric fun? Kids will make a jointed Triceratops to remember the giant life-size juvenile in the exhibit. You can even touch a real Triceratops fossil!

9/21 – Under the Oaks at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Our mighty oaks provide food and shelter for many animals and insects. Lean how to identify the three species of oak trees found in the Nature Preserve and who may be living in them.

Weekend Family Fun


8/22 – Movie in Fremont Park – CADA and Friends of Fremont Park will be hosting movie in the park and will be showing Back to the Future. There will also be live music by Rebel Punk and a food truck will also be on site for purchase.

8/22 – $4 Fridays at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – In celebration of summer, join the Sacramento Children’s Museum for its first $4 Friday of the year! Admission is just $4 after 4pm and includes both indoor museum play and outdoor fun!  Look forward to food trucks, live music by The Hoots, face painting, art of popcorn, and classic cars from the California Automobile Museum!

8/23 – 3rd Annual Multicultural Festival – The City of Elk Grove is hosting a global celebration at the third annual Multicultural Festival featuring ethnic food, music, entertainment, fashion shows, artwork and activities for children. Its two stages will feature more than 20 performances from around the world. This day-long festival is Elk Grove’s premier community-wide celebration of diversity, and is hosted by the City of Elk Grove’s Multicultural Committee.

8/23 – Sacramento Fire Station Open House at Station 8 – The Sacramento Fire Department will begin hosting Fire Station Open Houses on Saturdays starting in May. 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!

8/23 – Nature Story Time at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Come relax and enjoy some nature tales. This event is recommended for children and those young at heart.

8/23 – A Synchro Wish Upon A Star – Aqua Show – Sac Synchro, Sacramento’s only year round competitive swim team, presents their annual aqua show titled “A Synchro Wish Upon A Star.”  This year’s event will feature National Team Members Nicole Meza and Noelle Song who are representing the US at the Pan American games in Riverside.  After the show audience members have the opportunity to let their children “Try Synchro” with the team. Bring a suit and towel for girls ages 5-18 (girls only).

8/23 – Bach to Rock Open House – At this Bach to Rock open house you can jam with a staff member, tour the facility, and test out an instrument or two at this free, family friendly event. Can’t decide between the drums, guitar, vocals, bass, or keyboard? Well good news, they’re offering demo lessons for all ages! There will be a Rock City and Kids N Keys demo class for children ages 3-7, as well as a recording studio demo and tour, rock band and private lessons demos.

8/23 – 10 Year Anniversary of the Small Wonders Exhibit at the California State Railroad Museum – California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to recognize August 2014 as Toy Train Month in celebration of 10 years of the popular Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains exhibit. Accumulated over four decades by the late Mr. Thomas W. Sefton, the collection includes 20th century toy trains, Buddy “L” riding toys, railroad-related artifacts, approximately 7,000 toy trains and a variety of accessories, such as locomotives and railroad cars from companies including Buddy L., Ives, American Flyer, Marklin, Marx, and Lionel.

8/24 – Critter Corner at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Where do our animals come from? Why are they here? Meet a couple of small animal residents at the Nature Center up close. Learn about each of their unique journeys and how they became an educational ambassador for the Nature Center.

8/24 – Sketch It for August – 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.


Weekend Family Fun

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5/29 – Heart and Music – Natomas Charter School Performing and Fine Arts Academy’s Vocal Music Department wants to share their love of music with you. If music is the food of love, they have a feast fit for a king and something to whet everyone’s appetite. Come and hear their wonderful of classics, pop medleys, and Broadway’s greatest in this extraordinary vocal concert.

5/30 – Food Truck and Flick Night  – Enjoy a movie under the stars! Frozen will be shown on the big screen. You and your family can also grab a snack from local food trucks, Kine Shaved Ice and Costas Fine Kettle Corn.

5/31 – 6/1 – Wings of Freedom Tour at McClellan Airpark – This amazing national WWII living history tour will feature: The iconic B-17 Flying Fortress and extremely rare B-24 Liberator bombers. Flying escort to the bombers is the mighty P-51C Mustang fighter.  This is the world’s only full dual- control C model Mustang. Tour through and fly in these incredible historical jewels.

5/31 – Sacramento Fire Department Open House at Station 20 –  You 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! Click here for the schedule.

5/31 – 4th Annual Sacramento Promenade of Mermaids – Mermaids, mermen, pirates and all sea creatures will take over the boardwalk of Old Sacramento! Prizes will be awarded for best costume for both adult and children categories

Thru 6/1 – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day – Not only does Alexander wake up with gum in his hair, his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend decides he’s not his best friend anymore. Even the inanimate objects come alive to conspire against Alexander. It’s enough to make anyone want to move to Australia!

5/31 – 6/2 – Terrific Tyrannosaurus at the Discovery Museum – There’s a plethora of T-Rex excitement happening this weekend at the museum. There will be a special area dedicated to this colossal beast!

Thru 6/2 – All Aboard Story Time at the Railroad Museum – Let the California State Railroad Museum help introduce and foster the love of reading for your little ones! With exciting locomotives and railroad exhibits as visual backdrops, this interactive and fun new program is designed for imaginative young children (Ages 2 to 5).  Museum staff will read a different railroad-related book each month. Afterward, little ones can enjoy the museum with their parents.

Weekend Family Fun

Weekend Family Fun

4/5 – Sutter Children’s Center wellness Festival at Fairytale Town – Enjoy fun games, free play, gardening activities, health screenings, and more at this celebration of active and healthy living. Sutter’s medical personnel will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on healthy childhood development.

4/5 – Earth Fest Party for the Planet at the Sacramento Zoo – It’s a party for the planet! Learn how to protect and preserve the earth with environmental, wildlife and conservation organization. During the day, visit EdZOOcation Stations to explore animal bio-artifacts; participate in storytelling and activities in the Discovery Room; come face-to-face with outreach animals, or listen as keepers present enrichment talks in the afternoon.

4/5 – “The Cat Who Chose to Dream” presentation and book signing by local children’s author Loriene Honda at the California Museum.  Advance tickets required; free parking across the street.

4/5 – Westlake Charter 9th Annual International Festival – Come on down and celebrate the cultural diversity of Natomas at this festival. Feast your eyes on amazing cultural booths from around the world with ethnic cuisine, music and activities.  Come try your luck dessert walk and win some tasty treats!

4/5 – 4/6 – Museum’s on Us with Bank of America – If you are a Bank of America or Merril Lynch card holder , you can receive FREE admission into the California Museum and the Crocker Art Museum this weekend,

4/5 – 4/6 – Goldilocks presented by Sacramento City College’s Storytime Theatre  –  with a modern twist! In this production, Goldilocks is a modern teenager with access to a credit card and a lousy sense of direction! Watch her crazy encounters with a wolf, bears and other furry creatures of the forest.

4/5 – 4/6 – Puppet Show: Tha Adventures of Sir Enamel at Fairtytale Town – Puppet Art Theater Company presents a special wellness-themed show, The Adventures of Sir Enamel in the Children’s Theater. This fun tale that encourages dental health is made possible in part by ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

4/6 – California Railroads Presentation at Sacramento Central Library – Families and children are invited to a fascinating program on California Railroads. A short film and interactive presentation will reveal abandoned granite tunnels, stunning trestles, gigantic cuts, and breathtaking scenery of the railroad from Sacramento to Donner Summit. You can also stay after the presentation for a craft and playtime with toy trains!

Thru 4/13 – Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at the B Street Theater – This will be a rollicking comic adventure not to be missed! Follow the amazing Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson as they trek all over England, meet Charles Darwin, encounter a host of Druids, and match wits with the evil Dr. Moriarty.

The Railroad Museum adds Tuesday Excursion Train Rides to the Schedule

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All aboard!  The California State Railroad Museum is now offering excursion train rides to the general public on 12 pre-determined Tuesdays in 2014.  For 12 Tuesdays in 2014, weekday guests can delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, working locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River.  Appealing to all ages, the experience offers guests with the chance to enjoy train travel from an earlier era. Passengers are treated to a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion along the levees of the Sacramento River. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats and open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating.  For more information, call 916-445-6645 or visit www.csrmf.org

What:     Tuesday Train Rides!

Where:  Trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot Old Sacramento (on Front Street between J and K Streets)

When:     February 4 & 18; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6

Time:      Tuesday excursion trains depart at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Cost:        Train ride tickets: $10 adults, $5 youths ages 6-17, free for children ages 5 and under, museum admission:  $10 adults, $5 youths ages 6-17, free for children ages 5 and under

For More: 916-445-6645 or www.csrmf.org