Fourth of July Weekend Family Fun in Sacramento

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6/3 – 7/3 – Fourth of July Fun at the Discovery Museum – Enjoy a visit to the Discovery Museum this holiday week with a self-guided tour of their Blast from the Past exhibit. Everyone loves rocks, fossils, and dinosaurs! Kids can show patriotic pride by crafting one of the most popular crafts, a star-spangled waver.

7/4 – 4th of July River Cruise aboard the Hornblower – Celebrate the red, white, and blue on a cruise down the Sacramento River this 4th of July! Enjoy a one hour river cruise leaving from Old Sacramento to see the historical river ways that built Sacramento into what it is today.  Celebrate with your whole family while getting your face painted, or receive a special balloon character from a balloon artist.

7/3 – 7/4 – Rancho Cordova’s Fourth of July Celebration – Rancho Cordova’s Fourth of July Celebration returns for a 30th year, and it’s bigger and better than ever! Join the fun with carnival rides, concerts, BMX show, festival food, free activities, booths, great Beer Garden, and the best fireworks shows in the region.  The day before, it’s Journey Unauthorized on the Main Stage followed by a fireworks minishow warm-up. On the fourth, run the All America City 5k and spend a fun-filled day in Hagan Park. Dance the night away with Night Fever on stage topped off with the Fireworks Spectacular!

7/4 – Fourth on the Field – Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Fourth on the Field celebration! Come out and celebrate the birth of the nation, while bringing back the feel of a neighborhood block party with local food trucks lining the warning track, interactive games on the field, a kids area with fun games, inflatables for all ages, and live music from Nunchuck Taylor!  To cap the night, bring your blankets and grab a spot on the field as they present a spectacular show in the sky with fireworks synced to America’s favorite patriotic music. Be prepared for a bigger, better, and longer show than last year!

7/4 – Stars & Stripes Breakfast – Start your day with a hearty American breakfast courtesy of the Elk Grove Lions Club! Come out to the park for pancakes with all the trimmings.  After breakfast, bring your bicycle and participate in the Let Freedom Ride Bike and Pedal Parade

7/4 – 13th Annual Spirit of Freedom 4th of July Parade – The 13th Annual Arden Arcade Spirit of Freedom Parade will travel south on Fulton Avenue, West on Cottage Way and North on Bell Street into Howe Park’s North lot (Route length is 1.7 miles).  Immediately following the parade, will be an awards ceremony at the Howe Park, along with family activities and free food.

7/4 – 7/5 – Rancho Cordova 4th of July 5k Run/Walk – Bring your family and friends and come exercise your freedom by participating in this fun 4th of July 5k! The run/walk will precede the 4th of July Parade. Run along Coloma Rd as people start lining the streets to cheer you on!  The course will be flat and fun! The 5k will start and finish at Mills Middle School. The course will run/walk you right through Hagan Park and along the 4th of July parade route, where people will be lining the streets to cheer you on.

7/5 – International Celebration at Fairytale Town – Fairytale Town presents a day of international dance on the outdoor Mother Goose Stage. Enjoy nonstop performances of dances from around the world, including Chinese lion dancing and drumming, Scottish highland dancing, ballet folklorico and more.

7/5 – Wet Wild Pond Animals at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Some are slimy, some are bumpy, and some even have hard outer shells. Join a naturalist for some “catch and release” activities in the Nature Center pond and discover the animals that call our local ponds and wetland habitats home.

7/5 – 7/6 – Fanciful Fishes – Are you ready to swim like a fish? Visit the Discovery Museum this weekend to experience their “Swim For Your Life” experience. The visitor is an avatar salmon fighting their way upstream to spawn.  Beware of the bear, eagle, and fisherman! In the classroom, kids will craft a woven paper fish mat to remember their fishy day at the museum.

7/6 – Meet the Menagerie at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Visit the critters that live in the Nature Center and learn why these animals couldn’t survive in the wild.

Weekend Family Fun

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3/7 – Recycled Art Class at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join us every Friday at 3:30 PM for an art class. Every week children will get the opportunity to create using recycled materials. This class is included with admission and all materials are supplied.  All ages welcome.

3/7 – 3/9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con – Join tens of thousands of fellow fans as they converge to celebrate the best in pop culture. Sacramento Comic Con brings it all–Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Graphic Novels, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, Anime, Manga and more!

3/8 – Children’s Introduction to Soft Pastels at the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center – Check out this children’s introduction to soft pastels workshop.

3/8 – Precious Plants at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Take a walk and discover how native plants are used for food, shelter, and games.

3/8 – Art Blast at the Crocker Art Museum – Each month a different work of art provides the inspiration for a memorable art-making activity for families with children ages 7 to 12. Families are welcome to drop in anytime during the program.

3/8 – Second Saturday Tour Series: Women’s History Month at the California Automobile Museum  – March is Women’s History Month and will highlight the usually hidden history of women in the automotive industry.  Free with museum admission.

3/8 – 3/9 – Dinosaur Stamp-A-Rama at the Discovery Museum – Make your own dinosaur fact book! Children ages 12 and under can use a dozen different dinosaur stamps and match them up with interesting prehistoric facts to construct a personal take-home memento. Remember to bring your camera for the many photo opportunities available in the Blast from the Past exhibit, featuring rocks, crystals, dinosaurs, volcanoes and fossils.

Weekend Family Fun

There are plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy the beautiful springlike weather this weekend!  Learn about snakes at the Nature Center, watch some King’s Basketball, celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at Fairytale Town and the Discovery museum, run in your undies at the Sacramento Undy 5000 walk/run, and more!

annie-jr_category3/1-3/3 – Annie Jr. at the 24th Street Theater – Young Actors Stage presents the family classic Annie Jr. based on the popular and award winning Broadway musical. Spunky, depression-era orphan, Annie is determined to find her parents and sings and dances her way to our hearts. From the New York City orphanage run by Miss Hannigan, to the mansion of billionaire Oliver Warbucks, you’ll see Sacramento kids performing classic favorites, “Tomorrow,” “Hard Knock Life,” and “Little Girls.”  This family-friendly favorite is perfect for all ages.

3/2 – Sacramento Undy 5000 5k Walk/Run – Grab the kids and grab the dog, but leave your pants at home. Run in your underwear while raising awareness of colon cancer. Instead of race day T-shirts, all registered participants receive a commemorative pair of Undy 5000 boxers. It is a family-friendly event open to all ages. There is also a one-mile fun run. A giant, walk-through inflatable colon will make its appearance at the event!

3/2 – Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration at the Old Schoolhouse Museum – Visitors to the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum can celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with fun (and free) activities all afternoon.  In addition to copies of many of Dr.Seuss’ children books that will be on-hand for reading, informative political editorial cartoons about World War II will be available along with a visually compelling “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss” art book for perusal.  Plus, kids will have the opportunity to try on a fun “cat’s hat”!

cat_inthe_hat_hattip_category3/2 – Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at Fairytale Town – Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” There was no one quite like Dr. Seuss! Join Fairytale Town and celebrate Theodore Seuss Geisel’s birthday with Seuss-themed hands on activities
and crafts. Stop by the Mother Goose Stage and join for a unique nonstop reading of your favorite colorful, tongue-twisting, rhyming Seuss books. “If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”

536917_535027366531224_968240151_n_category3/2 – Happy Heart, Healthy Eating at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Activities will include an exercise class, place mat art project, an “Easy Ways to Stay Healthy” presentation, and a take-home spring vegetable planting activity. Shoki Ramen house will be hosting a cooking demonstration, showing children and adults how to make a delicious and healthy Japanese-style meal. Members of Girl Scout Troop 2153 from Arden Park in Sacramento will be hosting several healthy eating-related activities as well, including a puppet show.  This event is supported by a grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation.

3/2 – Family Activity: Ssssssnakes at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Where do these scaly creatures go when the sun does not shine? Learn about the life of a snake and get a chance to meet one of these cold-blooded critters up close.

Stamp-a-rama3/2-3 – Seuss, Science and Space at the Discovery Museum – Dr. Seuss is on the loose at the Discovery Museum. Visit with our friend, the Cat in the Hat, for a photo opportunity you can’t pass up. He is appearing in the Family Feature. Share the stories of Dr. Seuss with your children by bringing them in for story times taking place throughout the day. A themed craft will also be provided for children to make and take home.

e_t_-4x6_category3/2 – Live Roller Derby: Roseville Trainwreckers vs. Midtown Maulies -Sacred City Derby Girls present: OUCH! See The Roseville TrainWreckers vs. Midtown Maulies in this evening of live roller derby!  Sacred’s TrainWreckers are currently undefeated and the 2012 Home Team Champions, but Sacred’s Maulies are clawing their way to the top. Don’t miss out on all the hard hitting action!  Home Teams are comprised of an even mix of skaters drafted from Sacred’s All-Star Team (Sacrificers), B-Travel Team (Disciples), and currently unrostered skaters.

Sacramento Kings play the Atlanta Hawks3/3 – King’s Basketball – Don’t miss this exciting game as the Sacramento Kings take on the  Charlotte Bobcats at the Sleep Train Arena.

3/3 – Family Activity: Children’s Storytime at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Welcome Spring with a story from guest story teller Julian Jefferson. Recommended for children or those young at heart.

yo_gabba_gabba_get_the_sillies_out_category3/4 – Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!  Get the Sillies Out! – Is your family ready to get the sillies out? Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! is going back on the road with a new show, Get the Sillies Out! featuring the one and only DJ Lance Rock, plus Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex, and, of course, hip hop legend Biz Markie.

Winner of Billboards Creative Content Award, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! has performed in front of countless fans across the U.S. and Canada over the past three years, and the new show Get the Sillies Out! is sure to be one you won’t want to miss. They’ve taken the fan favorites from the past two tours and combined them with some all-new music and other surprises that the can’t tell you about yet!  Buy tickets or Gabba Party Packages (including a meet & greet with the characters) right away and give your kids an experience they won’t soon forget. Plus, you’ll have just as much fun as they will.

Weekend Family Fun

Here’s what’s going on this weekend.  Have a good one!

1/25 – Sacramento Kings Basketball Game – The Kings take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in this basketball game at Sleep Train Arena.

stf_winterfest_category1/25-26 – Winterfest Dance Concert at St. Francis High School – Come out and enjoy ballet to modern dance in the Winterfest Dance Concert, performed by the St. Francis High School Dance Company.

importantbusiness_leadperformer_category1/25-27 – Vespertine Circus: Important Business – Renowned indie performing-arts troupe, the bombastic Vespertine Circus, has done it again with their latest original production, Important Business. Jam packed with acrobatics, juggling, clowning, aerial-artistry, & dance, this is one show you don’t want to miss. Coming to the Cal Stage for one weekend only!  A cast of six clowns set a new bar for circus-theatre in their delightfully surreal, entirely unexpected office comedy…

winter_bird_watching_category1/26 – Family Activity: Winter Bird Walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Discover why winter is a great time for bird watching. Join a naturalist for a guided hike while looking for some of the Sacramento area’s most common birds. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the Nature Center.

Living in Sapce1/26-27 – Living in Space at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center – What is an astronaut and what do they do? Learn more about the work these scientists do in space. Try on an astronaut costume and use glove boxes or perform simple science. The planetarium shows feature astronaut life and the
International Space Station. All children (ages 0-12) are invited to make an astronaut-themed craft to take home.

1/27 – Sunday Funday: Kids Cooking Class at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa -Let the joy of cooking start early! Your little ones are invited to join a special Sunday Funday: Kids Cooking Class. During the hands-on class, talented and fun Chef Rina will show children how to make tasty and nutritious snacks and nutritious dishes they’ll love. This cooking class is designed to be fun and help create healthy eating habits to last a lifetime.  Parents are welcome to stay and participate with their children or leave them with a certified Kids Korner staff member.

critter_close_up_category1/27 – Family Activity: Critter Close-up 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.

childrens_museum_rose_at_work_categoryThru 1/31 – Pop-Up Science Month at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – This is the last weekend to join the Sacramento Children’s Museum for science experiments and activities! Pop-Up Science month is filled with wonderful opportunities for children to witness science experiments, have hands-on time testing, and explore science activities themselves. Each child will be given goggles and a lab coat to complete the retend play.

Thanksgiving Weekend Family Fun

The weekend begins early with tonight’s tree lighting in Old Sacramento and the Kings vs. Lakers game at Sleep Train Arena.  Join in the Run to Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving morning, and then forego the Black Friday shopping for a free visit to Fairytale Town, the California State Railroad Museum, and more!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

11/21 – Old Sacramento Tree Lighting – Come celebrate the holidays and experience a beautiful tree lighting. Join for the lighting of the 55′ City of Sacramento Christmas Tree on the Waterfront at Front and K Streets in Old Sacramento. Ceremonies begin at 6pm and will
immediately be followed by the premiere of the Raley’s Theatre of Lights. Join special guest Dinger, the Salvation Army Band, and emcee Mark S. Allen for the kick-off to the Capital City’s holiday season!

11/21 – Sacramento Kings vs. L.A. Lakers – The Sacramento Kings take on the Los Angeles Lakers in this basketball game at the Sleep Train Arena.

11/22 – Run to Feed the Hungry – Run to Feed the Hungry has become a family tradition for thousands of area families, as well as a favorite event for many of the elite runners in California. As one of the largest and most respected races in the United States, Run to Feed the Hungry will attract over 27,000 participants this year. You, your family, and your friends are invited to join for the 19th annual event on Thanksgiving morning.  All proceeds benefit Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

11/23 – Free Admission Day & Canned Food Drive at Fairytale Town – On the day after Thanksgiving, Fairytale Town offers free admission to families who bring a canned food item for donation to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services: Holiday Spirit of Giving Food Drive. The day also includes free arts and crafts activities and a puppet show (for an additional
cost).

11/23-24 – Small Train Holiday at the Railroad Museum – As an alternative to the post-Thanksgiving shopping rush and to help you get into the spirit of the season, the California State Railroad Museum presents A Small Train Holiday. Visitors of all ages will be dazzled by amazing scale models, toy train displays, fun interpretive hand car rides, and much more.

Guests will enjoy many new discoveries as they participate in a scavenger hunt and will have the opportunity to watch a whimsical silent movie where the viewer’s eye-level perspective provides a unique experience inside the world of vintage toy trains. Also, Mrs. Claus will provide special story time activities when she’s not roaming through the museum greeting kids and visitors of all ages.

11/23-25 – Holiday Art and Craft Festival at the Crocker Art Museum – This holiday season impress your friends and family with local handmade gifts while supporting local artisans and the Crocker Art Museum’s exhibitions and education programs. The annual Holiday Art & Craft Festival will feature unique creations including jewelry, fiber arts, woodwork, ceramics, and more by nearly 100 artists and craftspeople. Attendees can also enjoy delicious treats by Ambrosia Cafe. For those who want to capture the holiday spirit, there will be a Victorian Santa Claus available for a vintage photo opportunity.

11/23-25 – Holiday Tangram Puzzles at the Discovery Museum – Get in the holiday spirit by completing some tangram challenges. The tangram is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap. Take them home and hang them as a holiday decorations.

Remember, your admission also includes visiting the Bone Zone and Nature Discovery Room exhibits, an animal presentation at Noon & 2pm, and a planetarium show at 1pm & 3pm (for ages 4 and above only).

11/24 – Family Activity: Under the Oaks at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Our mighty oak trees provide food and shelter for many animals and insects. Learn how to identify the three species of oak trees found in the nature preserve, and who may be living in them.

11/25 – Family Activity: Turkey Vultures at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – What bird is truly bald-headed? These relatives of the condor and stork are intelligent, family oriented, and play games together. Learn how these birds are important to our ecosystem and try on some condor wings for size.

Weekend Family Fun For May 4-6th

5/4-5/5   Firebirds: An African Inspired Ballet by the Fenix Drum & Dance Company at Artisan Building – Three powerful creatures–the Phoenix, the Freedom Bird, and the Firebird–come to life in this exhilarating enactment with African music and dance. Special guest, balafon and djembe player Lansana Kouyate of Guinea, join the performers of Fenix Drum and Dance Company to create a dance and musical collage showing the qualities of longevity, determination, and courage.  8pm.

5/5  Where the Wild Kids Are at the Sacramento Zoo – Come to the Sacramento Zoo for a day of art, music and dance Where the Wild Kids Are. Kids will be kids with interactive crafts, performances and much more great family fun all included with regular Zoo admission or Sacramento Zoo Membership.  9am-4pm.

5/5  A Berry Special Dance Fest at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – You’re invited to attend a fun night at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. This is a Cinco de Mayo dance party for children with special needs. Of course, friends and siblings are very welcome too. All kids are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear to dance the night away. There will be holiday decorations, a disc jockey, and light refreshments.  5:30-8pm.

5/5-5/6  Sacramento Multicultural Festival – Redemption Women and Children are hosting the first historic Sacramento Multicultural Festival. This event will help bring unity to the community with diverse fun, rides, and excitement for all the family. Enjoy performances by brass bands, gospel groups, and jazz & reggae performers. Plus, there will be art work on display and a diverse group of vendors.  The goal of the Festival is to raise funds so housing and employment training can be offered to women with children.  10am – 6pm.

5/5-5/6  Space Days at the Discovery Museum – Celebrate the national event, Space Days, at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center. There is a variety of activities available, suitable for guests of all ages. Children have a blast launching egg-o-nauts, dressing in astronaut costumes for photo ops, and creating artwork to take home. Families with interest in astronomy and space have the opportunity to meet with local clubs to learn how to get more involved in the “Sacramento space scene.”  12:30-4pm.

5/6  The Lost Ladybug Project at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – The Lost Ladybug Project is citizen science for Kids and Adults. Did you know that all ladybugs are not the same? Learn about common ladybugs in our area and become part of the monitoring team that helps scientists across the US. Join “Bee-ologist” Julie Serences for a 15-20 minute talk about ladybugs (beetles) and, depending on conditions, go searching for them in the Nature Area.  1:30-2:30pm.