Sacramento Weekend Family Fun: A Weekend of Festivals

Weekend Family Fun Sacramento Festivals

It’s a great weekend to celebrate the beginning of Fall. Join us at Capitol Mall for the 3rd Annual Farm-to-Fork Festival, or head to West Sacramento for Talk Like a Pirate Day. At William Land Park you’ll find Red Panda Day a the Sacramento Zoo, as well as free admission to Fairytale Town for the Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival. Check out our list of even more fun weekend activities below. Happy Fall!

Red Panda Day at the Sacramento Zoo – Join for an interactive and educational event about Red Panda awareness and conservation. Kids and adults can become Red Panda Rangers after stopping at the various Red Panda Stations and completing the Panda activities. Other stations include face painting and an opportunity to decorate your own flag that will be added to the ones currently surrounding the Red Panda exhibit. 9/26

Talk Like a Pirate Day  – Join the fun and adventure of Talk Like A Pirate Day. Meet local area pirates and mermaids, play games, go to Pyrate Skool, take photos with real pirates, shop, eat, and enjoy all the while supporting the Yolo County Children’s Alliance. There will be live music by The Bucklers, live cannons, merchants, and belly dancing. 9/26

3rd Annual Farm-to-Fork Festival – The free festival hosted on the city’s iconic Capitol Mall boasts a delicious selection of Farm-to-Fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches, and more

Family Fest at Roseville Vernon Street Town Square – Come for a day of family fun at the 3rd annual Family Fest event. Enjoy a truck exploration zone, food trucks, a kids’ zone, and over 50 family-friendly vendors including sports organizations, places to go, and family services. There were stage performances presented by youth groups

Plants with Purpose at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Discover how the first Californians used only what the land provided for everyday life. Learn uses of many plants such as tule, willow, and other native plants that provided food, medicines, baskets, and other necessities. 9/26

Mega Family Carnival – The Mega Family Carnival is a celebration of the best products, services, and entertainment for families. This true community event offers unmatched face-to-face interaction between family product and service providers and thousands of moms, dads, expectant parents, grandparents, teens, and kids. The Carnival will include sections for infancy, parties, entertainment, household items, family resources, a vendor marketplace, and a family talent showcase. Entertainment at the carnival is includes bounce houses, face painters, performances by a magician, family fun, and more. 9/26

Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival and Fairytale Town – It’s Fairytale Town’s 15th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival, the largest early childhood literacy event in the Sacramento. You’ll hear back-to-back readings and presentations from authors and illustrators,then shop at the official bookseller, Time Tested Books booth, to purchase your favorite story. Authors and illustrators will be available to sign books immediately following their presentations. The festival will also feature storytelling performances, hands-on activities, a Scholastic book fair and more. Admission to this two-day festival is free. 9/26 – 9/27

International Space Station Fun at the Discovery Museum – Are you ready to experience some of the toys and treats of the International Space Station (ISS)? If so, head to the Discovery Museum this weekend to play some of the games astronauts play in space. Children can craft a toy, just like ones experimented with on the ISS. You can also taste a treat that astronauts enjoy.

Wasps and Gall at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Explore the mysteries of galls and take a walk in the Nature Area.


Whether Grand or Small, Sacramento has the Perfect Venue for your Child’s Birthday Party

Party BalloonsIf you are stumped with what to do for your child’s next big day, then take a look at our list of birthday party ideas in the Sacramento area.

Anyone with kids knows that planning a birthday party can become a major event. Whatever happened to the days when we made a cake with help from Betty Crocker, blew up some balloons and called it “Happy Birthday”. Today, it seems that every birthday party seems to get a little bigger and more extravagant. My kids know that our parties consist of backyard BBQ’s and cupcakes but, we have been to some outrageously fun birthdays in the past few years.

Here in the Sacramento area , we have everything from magical tea parties at places like Dash of Panache, to science parties at the Discovery Museum and even American Ninja Warrior parties! Yes, we recently had the opportunity to “Beat the Wall” and show off our athletic prowess at Free Flow Academy during an American Ninja Warrior birthday!

Fairytale Town always hosts fun events for those younger children, and if you have pre-teens and up, then let them try their racing abilities at K-1 Speedway.

Between Laser tag, Indoor Surfing, Movie Watching and everything in between… you are sure to find something fun for your entire family.

Visit our birthday party page for ideas on where to host your next event, or for ideas for those cold and rainy Saturday afternoons that our in our future.

By Heather Crivellone

Sacramento Weekend Family Fun: Circus XTREME, Buccanner Ball and Panning for Gold

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This weekend Sacramento has some great events going on. Head over to Sleep Train Arena for some captivating circus acts, watch Big Hero 6 in Freemont Park, pan for gold at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, or let the kids experience all kinds of big trucks at Touch a Truck in Rescue. Have a great weekend in Sacramento!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Circus XTREME – The circus rolls in to Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento with a brand-new show people of all ages. You’ll witness extraordinary animal performances, captivating clown escapades, and daring high-wire acts, with contemporary surprises and thrills to make the circus-going experience memorably unique. 9/17 – 9/20

Movie in Freemont Park: Big Hero 6 – Come on down to Fremont Park on Friday night for Movie in Fremont Park showing of Big Hero 6There will be live music, a food truck and a face painting station before the event. 9/18, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Buccaneer Ball – Dance the night away at the Sacramento Children’s Museum’s second annual mother-son dance, the Buccaneer Ball. Everyone is welcome: dads, daughters, grandparents, and more. Pirate dress-up is encouraged and desserts and light refreshments will be served. 9/19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Birding for Families – Bring the family out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and join special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society for a birding walk. Birdwatchers of all levels welcome! Bring your binoculars or the Center can lend you a pair. 9/19, 10:30 am to noon.

Touch a Truck at Foothills United Methodist Church – Bring the family down to United Methodist Church in Rescue on Saturday to see, touch and feel all kinds of trucks. Kids can explore construction, recreational, emergency, classic and antique vehicles, enjoy a “fun zone” that includes a petting zoo, face painting, cake walk games, live entertainment and food. While admission is free, some activities require tickets. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive 2 free tickets. 9/19, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Fall Foliage Fun at the Discovery Museum – Welcome fall by trekking around the Museum grounds exploring a variety of trees. Remember the trees you saw by making leaf rubbings in the classroom. Families with children (Ages 12 and under) can make a leaf headband to celebrate the autumn equinox (September 23). 9/19 – 9/20, 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Eureka – Pan for gold at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Get your hands on a pan and catch gold fever. Learn about some of the local Gold Rush history as you learn how to pan for gold like the pioneers. 9/20

Kids and Company Gallery Adventure Tour – Wildly amusing and surprisingly educational, this Crocker Art Museum tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children (Ages 5+) and the adults that tag along with them, in a fun and playful manner.

Labor Day Weekend Family Fun: Gold Rush Days, Chalk Art and Space Elevators

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Labor Day Weekend in Sacramento is always a busy one! So much to see and do. Gold Rush Days is going on all weekend in Old Sacramento. When you are done panning for gold, head over to the air-conditioned Crocker Art Museum for the free Little Buckaroos Day, don’t forget to head to Freemont Park for a look at the glorious chalk art. Enjoy your weekend!

Gold Rush Days – bring the family out to Old Sacramento this Labor Day weekend for a fun and FREE festival that will take you back in time. Experience Sacramento during the Gold Rush, complete with dirt streets, horses and carriages and period costumes and entertainment. Activities include country-western dancing, western movie: Paint Your Wagon, medicine shows, artisan alley, story-telling, watermelon and pie-eating contest, food, music and more! 9/4 – 9/7, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Just For Kids Native American Book Sale – Stop by the State Indian Museum to stock up on Native American books for children and youths. There will be special discounts and lots of titles. 9/5, 10:00 to 5:00 pm.

Happy Hearts Healthy Eating Day at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Happy Hearts Healthy Eating Day is an all-day event that promotes healthy eating and good exercise habits for Museum attendees. Visit the museum for lots of nutrition and fitness activities. 9/5, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Walk in the Wild at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Learn some tips for spotting wildlife on this guided walk in the Nature Area. 9/5, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Chalk It Up Festival at Freemont Park – Chalk It Up invites art lovers to come out and enjoy Sacramento’s chalk art festival, now in its 25th year. The festivities are nothing short of magical, not to mention great support for local youth arts. Each year the festival raises money at the event and gives it back to local youth art by way of grants. Come out and create art, come see the creations, enjoy the music, the food, the crafts, and the beer garden! 9/5 – 9/7.

Space Elevator Spectacular at the Discovery Museum – Let your future astronaut dream about the future of space travel this weekend. With advancements in nano technology, the idea of a space elevator is becoming more realistic than ever before. Learn about nanotubes and how they play a part in this futuristic feat. Kids can design a concept drawing of what their space elevator would look like. Families can complete the challenge of building a “space elevator” out of spaghetti and tape that can support a marshmallow station at the top. 9/5 – 9/7, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Museums on Us! – If you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch debit or credit card, admission to the California Museum and Crocker Art Museum are FREE for you today! 9/6

Critter Close-Up at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Get eye to eye with one of our furry, scaly, or feathered residents. 9/6, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

Little Buckaroos Day at the Crocker Art Museum – Families with young children will have a yee-haw time at this 5th annual celebration of Gold Rush Days. Giddy up and head over to the Crocker for live performances, craft-making demos, and art activities for the whole family. 9/7, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

All-Aboard Storytime at the Railroad Museum – join the California State Railroad Museum for railroad -inspired stories for kids. 9/7, 11:00 am and 11:30 am, East Theater.

Weekend Family Fun: Toy Trains, Wacky Woodpeckers and Screen on the Green

Weekend Family Fun in Sacramento

Looking for something to do with the kids this last weekend of August? Check out the special toy train exhibit at the Railroad Museum, celebrate Leo’s birthday at the Sacramento Children’s Museum, or stop by the Effie Yeaw Nature Center to learn about pond animals. For more weekend happenings, check out the list below.

Leo’s Birthday Bash – The Sacramento Children’s Museum is celebrating its fourth birthday with a big party. Join the Museum for dance parties, painted faces, games, and prizes galore. 8/28, 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Family Bike Night at Safetyville USA – Grab the kids and the bikes and come on down to Safetyville for a fun and safe place to ride bikes tonight. Enjoy bike safety clinics and food for purchase. 8/28, 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Those Wacky Woodpeckers – Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable by their unique behavior of pecking vertically on trees and poles, but how much do you really know about these outstanding birds? The Effie Yeaw Nature Center will teach you all you ever wanted to know. 8/29, 10:30 am

Annie Jr., The Musical –  the loveable story of little orphan Annie adopted by wealthy businessman Daddy Warbucks, returns to the stage, better than ever. The talented young performers of Musical Mayhem Productions (ages 5-12) bring the iconic characters to life. Annie Jr. is a pared-down children’s theater production for youngsters and features one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including the song “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” and the ever-optimistic “Tomorrow.” 8/28 – 8/29

Screen on the Green: Big Hero 6 – Screen on the Green is a series of free movie screenings shown at various parks in Sacramento. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and snacks. Free popcorn available. 8/28 – 8/29, 8:15 pm

Balloon Rocket Racing at the Discovery Museum – Space Quest! has been refreshed and new additions have been made. Visit the museum to enjoy the improved exhibit full of space, physics, and science. Children are invited to engineer a balloon rocket that can race against others. 8/29 – 8/30, 12:30 – 4:30 pm

Wet and Wild Pond Animals at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Splashing, skimming, swishing, and swimming; what are all those critters in the water? Meet and learn about aquatic critters found near ponds and rivers. 8/30, 1:30 pm

Science Sundays at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join Leo and his team at the SCH for some fun science activities and experiments throughout the afternoon. 8/30, 12:00 – 5:00

Toy Train Month at the Railroad Museum – Don’t miss the last weekend of the California State Railroad Museum’s special August display for Toy Train Month.  In recognition, an entirely new selection of Buddy “L” toys – never before displayed at the Museum — will be introduced as part of the Small Wonders exhibit. The special items added to the exhibit will include a Model T dump truck, fire truck, lumber truck, cement mixer, toy boat, toy airplane complete with its hangar, and a four-motor “air cruiser.” Thru 8/31


Weekend Family Fun: Family Bike Night, Campfires & Friction Fun

Sacramento Family ActivitiesWhat’s happening in Sacramento this weekend? Family Bike Night at Safetyville, open house at Fire Station #60, Shrek the Musical, and more! Check out our list below.

Family Bike Night at Safetyville USA – Family Bike Nights was designed to give families a safe place to ride their bikes together, learn basic bike safety rules, and get some exercise. Bring your bike and helmet because there is three and a half acres to ride on, a special area for new riders, bike safety clinics, and food available for purchase. 8/21, 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Campfire at the Maidu Museum – Sit under the stars at this outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories around the campfire every 3rd Friday of the month. They will provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program’s end to this fun family event. 8/21, 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Fire Station Open House at Station 60 – Bring your families and come on out to your local fire station. Meet the firefighters and medics who protect your neighborhood; tour the station; pick up some safety brochures; and take an up-close look at the trucks, engines, ambulances, equipment, and gear that your first responders use every day. 8/22, 2 – 4:00pm.

Skye is the Limit at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Come to the Nature Center to meet resident red-shouldered hawk, Skye. Take a peek into the amazing world of birds of prey that live in and around the Nature Center. 8/22, 10:30 am.

Friction Fun at the Discovery Museum – Kids can have fun with friction by taking the museum’s “race cars” for a test drive down four different ramps made with different surfaces. Time your car for each heat and discover how different surfaces cause different speeds. Remember the fun by making your own scratch art racer to take home. 8/22 – 8/23, 12:30 to 4:30 pm.

Shrek the Musical – In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who’ve been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task — if he rescues the feisty Princess Fiona from the dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him. However, a fairy tale wouldn’t be complete without unexpected twists and turns along the way. 8/22 – 8/23, 1:00 pm.

Nature’s Gifts at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Spend a morning in the Maidu village crafting an abalone necklace inspired by nature’s beauty and Valley Nisenan Maidu traditions. 8/23, 1:30 pm.

Weekend Family Fun: All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream, Campouts with Humpty Dumpty and Fun on the Frontier

Sacramento Weekend Kids ActivitiesFor many of you, it’s the last weekend before school starts up again for the kiddos and you’ll want to make the most of it. There are some fantastic activities and events happening around Sacramento this weekend. All-you-can-eat ice cream at the Sacramento Zoo sounds heavenly doesn’t it? How about letting your kids work off some energy at Safetyville’s Family Bike Night? Or camp out at Fairytale Town, play some games at Sutter’s Fort, or catch a movie in the park. We guarantee you’ll find something fun to do, so get out there and have some fun!

Family Campout at Fairytale Town – Spend the night in Fairytale Town’s storybook park. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories, and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast. 8/14 at 5:30pm to 8/16 at 7am.

Family Bike Night at Safetyville USA – Family Bike Nights was designed to give families a safe place to ride their bikes together, learn basic bike safety rules, and get some exercise. Bring your bike and helmet because there is three and a half acres to ride on, a special area for new riders, bike safety clinics, and food available for purchase. 8/14, 5:30 – 8pm.

Hands On History: Fun on the Frontier – The special Hands on History: Fun on the Frontier event at Sutter’s Fort will showcase some of the pioneer games and activities popular during the early days at the Fort including: the Game of Graces, bean bag toss, and sack and barrel hoop races for the kids. The Fort will offer “games of chance” for adults, complete with fancy card shuffling tricks and more. Also, interactive and fun hands-on craft making will be available for kids of all ages who are interested in creating special keepsakes to take home. Of course, demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon. 8/15, 10am to 5pm.

Ice Cream Safari at the Sacramento Zoo – At the 31st annual Ice Cream Safari where you can get all-you-can-eat Baskin Robbins Ice Cream in cones, sundaes, and floats along with all-you-can-drink Coca-Cola beverages. Explore the 14-acre zoo with ice cream treats around every corner! There will be entertainment for the kids and fun for everyone. There will be a face painting station, an ice cream dance party, and live entertainment. Don’t forget to enter the Gi-Raffle for the chance to win some fun prizes. 8/15, 4pm – 8pm.

Rattlesnakes Myths and Truths – Join the Effie Yeaw Nature Center on Saturday for a fascinating lecture and field study by Mike Cardwell. You will learn about the ecology and behavior of local rattlesnakes, myths, and bite prevention/treatment and how biologists study wild rattlesnakes. You’ll see how tiny transmitters are implanted and how the snakes are radio-tracked, as well as other tools used to document the private lives of these fascinating and timid creatures. 8/15, 10am to noon.

Wizard of Oz presented by Runaway Stage Productions – Don’t miss this production is based on the MGM movie The Wizard of Oz, which won three Academy Awards and was one of the first films to be named to the National Film Registry. 8/15, 12pm and 2pm.

Bookworm Pencils at the Discovery Museum – It is time to go back to school and the Museum is celebrating with a “bookworm” pencil craft. Color your worm and have it crawl up your new pencil. Have one more weekend of fun with your family and friends before school begins. 8/15 & 8/16, 12:30 to 4pm.

Let the River Run Clean at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Take a hike to the river and learn some ways you can help take care of it and the salmon, egrets, beavers, and other wildlife that depend on its clean water. As you learn, you’ll put on some gloves and help clean the river by collecting trash along its banks. 8/15, 10:30am.

Movie Night in the Park: The Incredibles – District 4 hosts another movie night in the park! This time they will be playing The Incredibles, so come out and have fun. There will be free popcorn, juice, and water. 8/15, 8:30pm – 10:30pm.

Critter Corner at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Have you ever wondered where the animals in the Nature Center come from? Join in for this program to meet some critters and learn why these animals are unable to return to the wild. 8/16, 1:30pm.