Win Tickets: Experience a Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town

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Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town and experience a magical Winter Wonderland. Starting at dusk each night, families will stand in awe at the festive holiday décor, a dazzling display of lights, and even some snow fall near the Mother Goose Stage!

On Saturdays and Sundays, children will enjoy hands-on holiday activities while parents enjoy Victorian carolers and a holiday marketplace. Haven’t gotten your annual Christmas photo with Santa yet? You can get your family Santa photos at Santa’s Workshop located near the Children’s Theater each day between 3pm and 6pm. You can even meet two of Santa’s reindeer at Pooh Corner! And of course, your kids will have the full reign of all the usual fun the park offers all year long.

All of this magical winter wonderland fun is free with paid admission to the park. In addition, one lucky family will receive four free tickets, complements of the nice folks at Fairytale Town. If you would like a chance to win the family four-pack, you’ll have to act fast. Leave us a comment TODAY by 12 pm, telling us why your kids love Fairytale Town. The winner will be randomly chosen at 12:01 pm. Good luck!

What: Winter Wonderland

Where: Fairytale Town

When: Dec. 10-13 and 17-20, 2015

Admission: Regular admission fees apply

 

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Win Tickets to Fairytale Town’s Winter Wonderland

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The holiday season in Sacramento is really quite enchanting.  Old Sacramento is decked out in festive decor and features the city of Sacramento’s Christmas tree as well as the nightly productions of the Theatre of Lights.  A few blocks away, visitors can ooh and aah over the beauty of California’s official Christmas tree at the State Capitol building, skate to their heart’s content at the seasonal Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink or enjoy the beauty of massive Chinese lanterns at the debut of Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo. Well, winter festivities are also descending upon Sacramento’s favorite storybook park, Fairytale Town.

For the two weekends before Christmas, Fairytale Town will transform into a winter wonderland that will include holiday lights, festive decorations, Santa Claus himself, two of his favorite reindeer and even snowfall! Visitors will enjoy arts and crafts activities, vendors selling holiday treats, strolling entertainers including Ebenezer Scrooge from the holiday tale “A Christmas Carol,” Victorian carolers and characters from the Sacramento Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Of course, children will also be able to enjoy all the other usual fun features of Fairytale Town like the Crooked Mile, Farmer Brown’s Barn and the Little Engine that Could. Here are the details:

What: Winter Wonderland

Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento

When: Thursday – Sunday, Dec. 11-14 & 18-2, 2014

Times: 1-7 pm (weather permitting)

Cost:  All activities are FREE with paid park admission – $4.50 weekdays, $5.50 weekends

Are you excited for Winter Wonderland?  Great!  Our good friends at Fairytale Town have given us a family four-pack to give away to one lucky family.  You know the drill.  Visit the Fairytale Town website, check out the Winter Wonderland page, them come back here and tell us why your family would like to attend this great event.  The winner will be selected on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.  Good luck!

 

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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!

Drop Off Your “Coats For Kids” Donations At The SCVB For A Chance To Win A $50 Firehouse Restaurant Gift Certificate!

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Tis the season for giving, so why not add those less fortunate to your holiday list?  The Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau is joining News 10’s Coats for Kids in partnership with Swansons Cleaners, Tri Counties Bank, The UPS Store and the Salvation Army in collecting coats for local children who may not be able to keep warm this winter without your generosity.

With the community’s help, News 10 and Tri Counties Bank hope to donate over 20,000 coats to struggling families this year.   If you would like to help, we encourage you to stop by our office to drop off your donations by December 14th, 2012.

Now, we know Sacramentans are a giving bunch and do so freely without the expectation of getting something in return, but we do want to show our appreciation.  So, to thank you for your generosity, each donor will have a chance of winning a $50 gift certificate to the Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento.  For each coat dropped off at the Sacramento CVB, you’ll receive one entry into our raffle!  So come on down and bring in your coats.  We are ready for you!

What:  Coat donations for News 10’s Coats for Kids.  For more information on the program click here.

 When:  Now through December 15, 2012

 Where:  Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau

1608 I Street, Sacramento 95814

 Questions:  Call us at (916) 808-7777

Last Minute DIY Stocking Stuffers

By Alyssa Green

Christmas is just three days away.  Are you ready?  Some of you are nodding your head “yes,”  but the rest of you are panicking! 

Although I usually have my “big” shopping done way ahead of time, I consistently struggle with what to put in my kids’ stockings and then end up doing what I swear each year that “I’m not going to do again next year!”  I go back out, brave the holiday shopping center crowds looking for those last minute stocking gifts.

If you are in the same boat, then this post is for you.  Here are three easy and fun do-it-yourself stocking stuffer gifts your kids will love!  You decide whether the best part of each of these ideas is that you don’t have to risk your life vying for a parking space, or that the cost of these items is practically zero.  Either way, enjoy!

First up:  Candy Cane Playdough

This is a photo of candy cane playdough made by my good friend Stacie for her son’s classmates.  She found the idea, recipe and directions here, but made a few changes to the packaging.  First she washed out tall baby food jars (which she had on hand) and spray painted the lids.  In the making of the dough, she used peppermint extract instead of essential oil.   After the dough was made and placed in the jars, they were wrapped  in clear celophane bags and tied with a cute tag.  Voila! 

Next up:  Recycled Crayons

These mini star crayons were made by yours truly as a gift to my preschoolers last year.   Now, I have to admit that although the actual making of them was a cinch, it can get a bit messy.  And cleaning up wax is somewhat time consuming.  However, I had been collecting broken crayons for years, not wanting to throw them out so finally recycling them was a wonderful feeling. For directions, click here.

Last, but not least:  Paper Crafts

If you have boys, you know they love paper airplanes.  How about printing out some 3D paper models (cars, trucks, airplanes, etc.) for them to color and then fold and glue?  Papertoys.com has some great printouts.  You could make a little book for your kids stocking!

What little girl doesn’t love paper dolls?  Click here for some free vintage paper doll printouts.  I don’t happen to have any little girls in my family, but I just might have to print some of these out for my stocking! 

Well, I hope you find these stocking stuffer gift ideas as fun and interesting as I do.  Each project encourages creativity away from the t.v. and computer.  Yay!  Hopefully your kids will like them too!

We wish you all a very wonderful holiday!

Easy Paper Plate Christmas Tree Craft

By Alyssa Green

This Christmas craft is so easy you don’t even need directions.  Just look at the picture and you’ll  know what to do.  And you know what that means…your kids can do it, too! 

(But just in case…)  All you need to make this paper plate Christmas tree is, a paper plate, green paint, pom pons, scissors and glue.  Haphazardly paint your plate, let it dry, cut it into a tree shape, cut the remaining pieces into smaller shapes, glue to tree and then decorate with pom poms…or glitter, or anything else you have on hand.  Your kids can go crazy and make one for their teacher…and grandma and grandpa…and their friends.  Hmm.  This could get out of control!

Recycled Puzzle Wreath Ornament

By Alyssa Green

I love making easy Christmas crafts with my kids.  What’s even better is if I don’t have to go to the store to buy the supplies.  Here is a cute little Christmas wreath ornament made from recycled puzzle pieces and random buttons, both of which you can find around your home if you look hard enough (you probably have random puzzle pieces in every nook and cranny in the house!)

So, break out the paint and the glue and put your kids to work.  Whether you make one or a dozen, this activity should keep them busy for a while and add life to your christmas tree!