Shake your Turkey Feathers this Thanksgiving for a Good Cause at One of our Local Fun Runs


Loosen up the belts and get ready – Thanksgiving is around the corner! For most people, that means football, mashed potatoes, stuffing and food galore.
This year, why not join other local Sacramento families and find a way to give back, earn that calorie intake and enjoy the beautiful fall weather Sacramento has to offer.
Across the region, you can find several “Turkey Trots” and fun runs to participate in with your family. Most are stroller friendly for even the youngest of participants and it doesn’t matter if you are an avid runner, walker or weekend warrior. Just lace up those sneakers and hit the streets for some community fun and exercise before the feast.

Here are my top 5 to choose from:

Saturday, November 18: Davis Turkey Trot. This family friendly event hosts eight different events and distances for all fitness levels. Enjoy the stroll through Davis’ residential neighborhoods and green belts. Live music, arts and crafts booths for the kids, vendors and fun is to be had at this event.

Thanksgiving Day: Run to Feed the Hungry in Sacramento is the largest Turkey Run in the country!
Join hundreds of people in support of the Sacramento Food Bank on Thanksgiving morning. This fun run begins at the Sacramento State Campus and winds through the beautiful tree-lined streets of East Sacramento, You can choose between the 5K or 10K option.

Thanksgiving Day: Turkey Trot for Teal 7 in Herald. Join other families at the 6th annual Turkey Trot for Teal. Walk, run or jog 3.1 miles and help raise money for the children’s cancer foundation. Once you are finished, enjoy treats and raffles to get you ready for your big day with family. Race begins at the Herald Community Center.

Thanksgiving Day: Folsom Turkey Trot. Choose from a 5k or 10k to participate in, starting at the Folsom zoo park. This fun run will benefit the Twin Lakes Food Bank. Registration sells out early, so if you are in the Folsom area make sure you check to see there is still space for you and your family.

Thanksgiving Day: Roseville Turkey Trot to support the Placer County Food Bank. This course will begin and end in Downtown Roseville on historic Vernon Street.

So this year, don’t feel guilty about going in for seconds with the candied yams. Burn those calories before you sit down at the table and support your local community at one of the many fun runs in the area.



Family-Friendly Earth Day Celebrations in Sacramento

Celebrate the Earth Roseville

It’s springtime and the temperatures are up. April is the primary month for Earth Day celebrations.  Families get an opportunity to learn, eat and play together.  Most people choose a festival that is closest to their home or one that they’ve been to before.

We like the Celebrate the Earth Festival at Mahany Park in Roseville. It has free parking and a good variety of things to do and see.  Families are encouraged to use alternate forms of transportation, such as buses and bicycles, if they live nearby.  Mahany Park has a nice playground and a library (Riley Library) in case the kids need a distraction.  There are vendor booths, animals, demonstrations, food trucks and lots of kid’s activities.  The vendors typically provide handouts and fun stuff for the kids to do at home.  Check it out on April 16th from 10am-3pm.

If you want to have a weekend getaway, try the Whole Earth Festival in Davis. It’s happening on May 6th-May 8th.  The theme this year is RAW.  Each year, U.C. Davis strives for a zero waste event.  No paper plates, cups or silverware are used.  Alternate forms of transportation are encouraged.  Daily activities are posted on the website:  They have a variety of entertainment including: bands, demonstrations and kid’s activities.  Food and vendor booths are located on the quad area.

Here is a list of other upcoming Earth Day celebrations in the Sacramento area:

April 14 – Earth Day, California State University of Sacramento. 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

April 16 – Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup with California State Parks Foundation. See individual park locations for cleanup times.

April 19 – Earth Day Celebration, Sacramento, Cesar Chavez Park, 9:00 am-2:00 pm.

April 20 – Earth Day Upcycle, American River College, 8:00 am-3 pm.

April 23 – Earth Day Celebration, City of West Sacramento, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

April 24 – Sacramento Earth Day, Southside Park Sacramento, 11:00 am-4:00 pm.

By contributing author Lara Brandon

Cooling Off at Manor Pool in Davis

By Alyssa Green

It’s finally getting hot here in Sacramento, and we want to make sure you and your kids stay cool this summer.  When my boys and I were last in Davis, we stopped in at Manor Pool for a fun afternoon of swimming, diving and lounging.  There is something for every age here to enjoy.  A sprayground and zero entry pool for the little ones, a lap pool with water slide for the bigger kids and adults and a diving pool with two diving boards of different heights. 

There is plenty of shaded grassy areas for parents to lounge and a snack bar selling everything from drinks to ice cream to popcorn and pizza.  You could literally spend all day here.  I also love that there are plenty of lifeguards on duty.  I can truly relax in knowing that my kids are safe.  Even at the diving pool where my 7 year old thoroughly wore himself out by repeatedly jumping off the highest board for much of the afternoon.

The pool is open for “free swim” daily from 1pm to 5pm and costs $3.00 per person.  Babies are free.  We’ll definitely be visiting again soon, I hope we see you there!

Explorit Science Center in Davis

Are the rainy and cold days of winter getting you down? Do you have kids that are curious to learn a little bit about everything? Are you tired of being cooped up inside with those kids who keep asking…who, what and how??? Well if you need a little “brain stimulation” or just an excuse to get those little hands exploring… then a quick drive to Davis to visit the Explorit Science Center is what your family needs!


Just a quick 10-15 minute drive (depending on who’s driving) out of Downtown Sacramento and you and your children can discover the wonders of science with all of the hands-on exhibits.
Open on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, this center is great place for the kids to explore and learn at the same time.

The center has two levels- the upper level is always changing with different exhibits and the lower level is “hands on” exploration at multiple stations. You can discover the behaviors of moving objects, test shapes in a wind tunnel, experiment with sound waves, check out different “Creatures” and much, much more.

During our visit, we were able to create our own parachute and watch it fly…my daughter loved this, since she was able to cut out, tape and assemble it all together and then was able to let it “blast off”! My little guy couldn’t be torn away from the “test track”. He is way too young to understand how much energy is needed for a car to go over a hill…but since they had race cars and a track…it was all he needed to keep those cars in motion and him entertained for a long time!
We even had the opportunity to pet a “Bearded Dragon” and check out some live cockroaches…

My kids were a bit too young to actually understand and fully grasp everything this museum had to offer, but they both had a great time, especially in the “toddler area”. This room is full of blocks, tinker toys, books, puzzles, puppets, creatures of sorts (lizards, bugs, etc.). It was a great way to spend a rainy morning playing and learning about all types of new and exciting things.

The exhibits are always changing and while we were there, the exhibit “Wheels to Wings” was on display. You can learn everything from planes, trains and automobiles. This exhibit will continue until January 9th, 2011 and then “Game On! The Science of Sports” will begin. All those sports players out there will be able to learn how to improve their game while investigating the physics, biology and chemistry behind their favorite sports!

They do have an outdoor area with picnic tables if you plan on staying the entire day (given that the weather permits dining al fresco). This is a fun outing if you have kids that are school age and are interested in learning about how things work. Or even if your kids are young like mine, they still had a blast just exploring and playing with everything. They may not have learned or understood everything- but it was a great rainy day activity none the less.