Sacramento Summer Bucket List and a Chance to Win FREE Passes to Our Local Museums!

By Heather CrivelloneCool_Summer_freecomputerdesktopwallpaper_p

Its official….the countdown is ON!  The countdown to summer vacation that is. My kids are anxiously awaiting that last day of school to get  and I have to admit, so am I! Tired of the alarm clocks, the schedule, the homework… I’m looking forward to some relaxing time to be a kid with my kids.  Isn’t that what summer is about? And if you are looking for some ideas to keep those kids busy and not screaming “I’m bored” the first week of summer…then check out our Sacramento Summer “Bucket List”. You may find some things that you have never thought of, and if you have other ideas you would like to share, please email us.


Sacramento Summer Fun with Kids:

  1. Go Berry Picking.  We have some great local orchards that will let you bring the kids and pick fresh fruit to take home. Impossible Acres is my personal favorite!
  2. Take a Hike. We have great local trails in the area that will keep your kids busy and active all summer.
  3. Visit the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town and/or Funderland.
  4. Enjoy a FREE concert in the park at Pops in the Park. Saturdays in June, the parks in East Sacramento host concerts- this is always a fun tradition for Sacramento families!
  5. Visit a local Farmers Market. Many markets offer entertainment and food choices- so you can make an evening out of it.
  6. Grab some peanuts and cheer on our local River Cats Baseball team (check schedule here).
  7. Put on some sunblock and hit up one of our local Spray Parks in the area.
  8. Make homemade ice cream, or visit one of the great local ice cream parlors (Vics, Farrells, Leatherby’s and Gunthers are great options).
  9. Check out the Planetarium at the Sacramento Discovery Museum.
  10. Visit a local nature center- Effie Yeaw and Placer Nature Center are great for kids.
  11.  Catch a movie at the Drive In’s
  12. Play Flashlight Tag (can’t wait to do this one!).
  13. Check out the water parks in the area- SunSplash and Raging Waters.
  14. Take a FREE tour at the Jelly Belly Factory.
  15. Go Bowling- many leagues have summer programs for kids to bowl for really inexpensive.
  16.  Visit the Sacramento Children’s Museum.
  17. Take an Art Class or visit ArtBeast.
  18. Bounce out those giggles at the Bounce Spot or Sky Zone
  19. Visit one of our local libraries and check out some of the great free programs they have for kids in the summer.
  20. Learn how to flip pizza at Pizza Rock during their “Kids in the Kitchen”
  21. Bake some cookies to go with that pizza, or learn how to decorate those baked goods at Megan’s Bake Shop in West Sacramento.
  22. Take a bike ride along the American River Trail.
  23. Visit Six Flags Amusement Park
  24. Take your young children to Story Time at Big Spoon Yogurt (check your location for times and dates)
  25. Make plans to go to the California State Fair.

I hope this list gives you some ideas for things to do with your kids this summer. Our bucket list is made and ready to start crossing items off.  I added things like “Take a Nap in a hammock”, “Read a book” and “Stay in our pajamas all day.”  These are the activities I’m most looking forward to.

Let us know what is on your summer bucket list and get entered into a drawing to win a pair of VIP Passes for up to 4 people to visit some of our great local attractions.
We will announce the winner on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014.

Whatever your plans, have fun and make some memories with your kids this summer!


Weekend Family Fun

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2/7 – 2/9 – Pocahontas – Pocahontas has also made friends with the English settlers of Jamestown, a community struggling with starvation and sickness. This enchanting musical is graced with a wonderful cast of characters: Little Running Rabbit, Brave Eagle, Aunt Morning Star, Forest Spirits, Mother Earth and, of course, the people of Jamestown.  Audiences will be swept away with DeTurk’s original music, featuring such songs as “Live Forever,””No Common Ground” and the beautiful “Your Heart Always Knows.”
This is a Workshop Production featuring Sacramento Theatre Company’s 6-12 year old performers.

2/8 – 25th Annual Sweet Potato Festival – The Sacramento Valley Section of The National Council of Negro Women, INC. and the Samuel C. Pannell Community Center present the 25th Annual Sweet Potato Festival- please join in a day of food, fun & activities for the whole family! There will be a sweet potato pie contest, games, food vendors (all featuring an item made with sweet potatoes), a DJ and live music. Attendees will be able to enjoy sweet potato pies as well as get access to educational, civic, and community resources that promote positive and healthy behaviors for youth and adults.

2/8 – Save the Frogs at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Amphibian populations around the world are declining at an alarming rate and nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Michael Starkey will share photos of amphibians from around the world, explain the Amphibian Extinction Crisis, and ways you can help out amphibians around the globe!

2/8 – 2/9 – Circus Oz: From the Ground Up – Circus Oz sizzles into UC Davis to gleefully present its latest spectacular show for audiences of all ages.  From old black and white photographs of workers on high steel girders, Circus Oz has created a new production, starting from the ground up. With a ridiculous combination of jugglers, musicians, acrobats, riggers, and aerialists, it is a celebration of diversity.

2/8 – 2/9 – Apatosaur Adventure – Visit the Blast from the Past! exhibit with loads of rocks, crystals, fossils and dinosaurs for you to explore. Study the ferocious meat eaters and the massive plant eaters of the past.  Once you know who’s who, craft one of the largest herbivores, a Brachiosaur. With crayons and scissors, children create a dinosaur to take home as a souvenir.  There will be representatives from Walt Disney Home Entertainment, with Jungle Book-themed crafts and give-aways. Enter a drawing for Jungle Book Blu-Ray packages!

2/9 – I Heart Sacramento Zoo – Bring your valentine to a special I Heart Sacramento Zoo day organized by the Sacramento Zoo Teen volunteers. The event features valentine-themed animal
enrichment, informative talks and activity tables.

2/9 – Squirrel at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Feeling a little nutty? Come join for a relaxing stroll in the Nature Preserve to learn about these little bushy-tailed neighbors.

Weekend Family Fun

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12/27 – Sacramento Kings vs. Miami Heat at Sleep Train Arena- The Sacramento Kings take on the Miami Heat in this basketball game.

12/27 – New Year’s Eve Banner at the Discovery Museum – Make the end of 2013 memorable by visiting the Discovery Museum with family and friends. Explore exhibits, a nature walk and the craft room.  Kids 12 and under color and assemble a New Year Banner to take home.  Admission includes an animal presentation at noon & 2pm, the Space Quest! exhibit and planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm (for ages 4 and older).

12/27-12/28 – Comedy Sportz Improv Comedy – ComedySportz isn’t comedy about sports—it’s comedy played as a sport! Two teams compete for your laughs and your points by making up scenes based on your suggestions. This is high energy, interactive fun for all ages, similar to the hit show Whose Line Is It Anyway? As the winner for KCRA Best Comedy Club 2009 & 2010, ComedySportz loves to make you laugh!

12/27-12/29 – The Christmas Train aboard the Sacramento River Train – Come celebrate the holiday season on a festive two-hour train ride! This trip features a show that brings the fun family book Morgan and the Magical Christmas Train to life. Characters will interact with the kids, a musician plays fun music throughout the trip, and tickets include hot cocoa and cookies. Santa might also make a surprise visit! Guests are encouraged to come in their most holiday themed pajamas.

12/28 – Tissssssss the Season at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Have you been missing the cold-blooded critters that have been hiding out this winter? Come in to see and learn all about the Nature Center’s reptiles that are awake and warm!

12/28-12/29 – Beauty and the Beast at the Be Street Theater – “Beauty and The Beast” tells the story of a merchant’s daughter, Belle, who sacrifices herself to save her father.  Condemned to his ugly visage unless he can marry, the Beast repeatedly asks Belle for her hand in marriage. Belle rebuffs him, but slowly his violent and intimidating façade melts away as the Beast and Belle form a friendship. When the friendship is tested, by the appearance of Belle’s shallow sister, Magette, the Beast and Belle must learn to look beyond the surface and take the greatest leap of faith, the leap of love.

12/28-12/29 – A Winnie The Pooh Christmas Tail – A very special friend tells Christopher Robin a story of a Christmas Eve very long ago (about last year) when Eeyore, the old gray donkey who lives by himself in the thistle corner of Hundred-Acre Wood, was absolutely miserable. It seems that he lost his tail and Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet got all of their friends together and a search was organized. There is a great deal of fun and excitement, plus delightful songs, in the adventure that follows.

12/28 – 12/31 – Winter Scienceland at the Discovery Museum – It may not snow often in Sacramento but that does not mean that we can’t celebrate the science of snow.  Learn a bit about snowflakes.  As a take home, children 12 and under craft a Jack Frost wand.  Admission includes these activities, an animal presentation at noon & 2pm, the Space Quest! exhibit and planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm (for ages 4 and older).

12/29 – Coyote Tales at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join the Effie Yeaw Nature Center for a program all about an animal some people may call the “Trickster”. Learn about this animal, hear some coyote tales, and get a close-up look at a coyote pelt, skull and even a mounted specimen! Then hit the trails with a Naturalist to search for tracks and scat of these wild canines.

What to do when your kids get the “Summertime Blues”

ImBoredFrontCover-150By Heather Crivellone

Well, summer is officially underway, and if you are like most moms out there, you are counting down the days left until school starts.  Kids are probably complaining that they are “bored” or just getting those little hands into everything that they shouldn’t be getting into. Here is a simple (and CHEAP) list of activities that you can do with your kids to keep those busy hands active and keep them entertained during these “dog days” of summer:

1.  Visit one of our local libraries.  They offer free story times and most have a “kids” area with toys, puzzles, computer games and other activities to keep them busy.

2.  Go on a Scavenger Hunt.  If you can’t imagine yourself creating your own map to find treasures, then head down to Old Sacramento and  follow the one that has been created for Old Sac.  You will learn a few things about our city, and have some fun along the way!nature-center-photo-01

3.  Take a nature walk with your kids and explore nature.  You can visit places like the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Auburn’s Hidden Falls or just venture out in one of our city’s beautiful parks.

4.  And speaking of parks- we have a plethora of family friendly parks with amenities to keep you and your kids busy all day.  When was the last time you packed a lunch and had a picnic at William Land Park?

5.  Visit on of the local Farmer’s Markets in the area.  Chat with the growers and sample some of fresh fruit and veggies.  My kids seem to eat more veggies at the “samples” and it’s always a fun way to spend the afternoon or evening with the kids.

6.  Take some of those veggies that you just bought at the Farmers Market and make some crafts.  Have you tried painting with fruit and veggies?  Cut the Apples and Potatoes and make paints… and if you don’t have any leftover, then use some leaves, sponges or anything else you can find on hand other than the typical paintbrush.  Kids will giggle and have fun while creating their masterpieces.

7.  Visit the Davis Arboretum.  Beautiful gardens and trails will keep you busy.. take a lunch and stay the day.

dsc_01338.  Make a bird feeder with peanut butter, bird seed and toilet paper rolls.  My kids had a blast doing this-  although, we did have more bird seed on the ground than on the “feeder”, but every morning they still run outside to see the birds.

9. Go to an outdoor concert or movie.  Jackie Greene will be performing at Fairytale Town on Saturday, August 24. or catch a movie at “Screen on the Green” Saturday nights in August.  “How to Train your Dragon” will be showing on August 3rd at South Natomas Community Park and “101 Dalmations” will be showing on August 10 at Glen Hall Park.

10.  Take the kids fishing.  We are surrounded by water with lakes, rivers and streams.  Or visit a park like Gibson Ranch where they stock their ponds for fishing.

11.  Go on a bike ride.  We have fantastic trails throughout the Sacramento Area.  If you don’t have a bike, you can always rent one and travel along the American River.  It’s a great way to get in some exercise and family fun all in one.

12.  Take a trip to the State Capitol.  Visit the gardens, take a tour of the building, or just take a picnic and enjoy the scenery.

13.  Explore art in the area at the 2nd Saturday Art Walk.  Or have the kids create their own art at Art Beast.  This is a day adventure that will keep the busy all day long.  Of for a little more of an “educational” experience- check out the Crocker Art Museum on Wednesday mornings for their “Wee Wednesday” program geared towards pre-school age, or their Family Fridays events.100_5437

14.  Visit a local farm to pick your own produce and check out the animals.  They may even let you feed the animals.  Impossible Acres in Davis is a great place to pick your own fresh fruit.

15.  Tour a local historic site.  Sacramento is bursting with history and you don’t have to go far to enjoy your own history lessons first hand.  Sutter’s Fort, The Governor’s Mansion, and Old Sacramento to name a few.

16.  Visit the LEGO Store at Arden Fair mall to create something unique.  Have a building contest and get “out of the heat” and into some air conditioning at the local mall.

17.  And to keep cool on these hot summer days, visit one of the many spray parks in the area.  Free and fun ways to keep cool with the kids as they splash and burn energy.

18.  Craft Times are offered at local Michael’s and Joann Stores.  Also check out Big Spoon Yogurt – they offer craft times for the kids (with a free frozen yogurt after).

19.  Some movie theatres in the area offer $1 movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  The movies are kid appropriate and it’s a great way to get the kids out of the heat and do something “fun” for cheap.  And don’t forget about Sacramento’s oldest and only Drive-In theater West Wind Drive In.  They offer “double features” and it’s a great way to enjoy our beautiful Sacramento summer nights!

ice20cream20pic20.  Visit one of Sacramento’s favorite ice cream parlors for a “Sweet Treat”.  Leatherby’s Family Creamery, Vic’s Ice Cream, or Gunther’s Ice Cream to name a few!

Hope this list helps for things to do with your kids when they start complaining and yelling “I’m Boooooorrrreeeeddd!”.

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.

Weekend Family Fun

You’ll find plenty of family-friendly options this weekend.  Check out the new Space Quest exhibit at the Discovery Museum, Hands on History at Sutter’s Fort, Midtown’s Bacon Fest, the Monster Jam, MLK celebrations, and more!

Monster Jam1/18-20 – Monster Jam at Sleep Train Arena -Monster Jam, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over—or smash through. Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.

Party in the Pits: In 2013, Monster Jam has expanded the action by having TWO Pit Parties for you, the fans. Come out early on Saturday evening and Sunday morning for your chance to take pictures with the drivers, their trucks, and get all the autographs you can handle!

Space Quest Exhibit at the Discovery Museum1/19-21  – Space Quest at the Discovery Museum  – One of the most popular of the Museum’s rotating exhibits, Space Quest! returns on January 19th, 2013. Some visitor favorites will return as well, including – by popular request!– the rocket ship play area  from Habitot in Berkeley, complete with astronaut costumes and helmets. Little visitors will also be happy to know that the Cosmic Café play space is back, too!

Hands on History at Sutter's Fort1/19 Hands on History: Trappers, Trades & Treaties – Sutter’s Fort visitors will step back in time to the 1840s to learn why trappers were considered “jacks of many trades,” and experience how they lived, worked, explored new territory, and traded with local Native Americans. In addition to learning about many fascinating aspects in the life of a trapper, Sutter’s Fort visitors will have the hands-on opportunity to examine fur pelts, create documents with a quill pen and oak gall ink, and string trade beads.

Fun Family Activity Weekend1/19 – Family Activity: Animal Tracks & Signs at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – There are many animal-made signs in the woods that reveal who has used the trail before you. Become a nature detective and search for some animal tracks, scat, and signs in the Nature Preserve.

1/20 – Family Activity: Turtle Talk – What is turtle island? What’s the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Learn about these shelled critters with a hands-on approach to these amazing reptiles. Find out what’s in the shell with Elaine from the Sacramento Turtle and Tortoise Club and her turtles.

Bacon Fest Midtown Sacramento1/20-27 – Bacon Fest – Bacon Fest Sacramento is all about pork from pigs who lived healthy, happy lives at farms where farmers value ethical and sustainable food production. All the bacon and pork enjoyed at BFS events are house-made by Sacramento chefs that
give a damn about quality natural foods. Bacon activities abound at Sacramento’s Bacon Fest. From a Kevin Bacon-themed musical tribute to a chef’s competition, with many delicious, bacon-filled activities inbetween, you will be sure to leave this event full and satiated.

Globetrotterw World Tour1/21 – Harlem Globetrotter: You Write the Rules World Tour -Your family’s smiles will begin before you even get to the show as the Harlem Globetrotters 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour takes kid participation to a whole new level. For the first time ever, fans will decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. Vote for your favorite, craziest rule now, then see the winning rules implemented live into Globetrotter basketball. After the game, Globetrotter stars will remain on court for autographs and photographs with fans.

Before the game, take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family where you get to actually spend time on the court with the Globetrotters—shooting, trying out ball tricks, getting autographs, and taking photos! The unique 30-minute pre-show, Magic Pass, will create memories of a lifetime.

Anastasia KrupnikNow thru February 17 – Anastasia Krupnik at the B Street Theater – Don’t miss Anastasia Krupnik, adapted by Meryl Friedman and based on the story by Lois Lowry. This opinionated and imaginative 10-year-old gives you an outrageously funny perspective on finding herself.

MLK Day at Fairytale Town1/21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Fairytale Town – Fairytale Town will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Bring the kids for a day of fun. Fairytale Town offers children and families a safe place to imagine, play, and learn. With 25 playsets based on nursery rhymes and fairytales, a friendly flock of farm animals, two performing arts stages and several gardens, learning has never been more fun!

March for the Dream1/21 – March for the Dream – MLK365 is proud to bring you the 32nd Annual March for the Dream, the 2nd largest MLK March West of the Mississippi! Each year a diverse crowd of more than 28,000 enthusiastic participants from across Northern California come to Sacramento to honor late Martin Luther King Jr. Starting this year, marchers will be able to both “honor the past and impact the future.” While the march itself is free, MLK365 is encouraging participants to register, donate, and fundraise for the March for the Dream Foundation in their effort to eliminate the academic achievement gap, creating educational opportunities for all children to thrive.

Weekend Family Fun

It’s the weekend before Christmas and this is what you’ll find:  Santa’s workshop in Midtown, free admission to Fairytale Town on Christmas Eve, a PJ Party at the Sacramento Zoo, shopping at Denio’s, The Nutcracker, and more.  We wish you and your family a very happy holiday!

Through 12/23 – The Nutcracker – It’s Christmas Eve. A majestic tree sparkles and the Silberhaus’ are hosting their annual Christmas party, welcoming the arrival of their guests. Suddenly, Clara’s beloved Herr Drosselmeyer appears and entertains the guests with magical tricks and life-size dolls. Come and be swept away with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on an enchanted journey through the Kingdom of Sweets where you will meet the adorable sweeties, the hilarious Mother Ginger, the beautiful Sugar Plum
Fairy and her Cavalier, and all of the characters you have grown to love in this timeless tale. Pamela Hayes’ The Nutcracker has been recognized for its unique entertainment approach and wonderful costuming.

Christmas at DeniosThrough 12/23 – Christmas at Denio’s -Denio’s Farmers Market and Swap Meet in Roseville is inviting your entire family to join them this Christmas season to shop local for that unique gift for everyone on your Christmas list. Featuring the largest farmers market in Northern California, you’ll also find all the fresh fruits and veggies needed for your holiday table.

To celebrate the season Denio’s is inviting Santa to set up his workshop for the three weekends leading up to Christmas. Little ones can have their photos taken with Santa, visit Santa’s petting zoo complete with pony rides, and enjoy some delightful holiday treats.

With hundreds of vendors every weekend at Denio’s selling unique, hand-crafted and hard to find items, Denio’s is one of the best places to find gifts for friends and family of all ages and within all budgets.

Wild Nights and Holiday Lights at the Folsom ZooThrough 12/23 – Wild Nights and Magical Lights at the Folsom Zoo – This 3rd annual family holiday event celebrates the magic of the season and helps support the animals at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary.  Highlights include thousands of colorful LED lights throughout the Zoo exhibits, buildings, and grounds; a beautiful enchanted forest of decorated and lighted trees; visits with Santa and Zoo holiday mascot Santa Paws; carolers and seasonal refreshments; Animal presentations by Zoo docents; rides on miniature scale live steam Starlight Express Train (tickets $3/person.)

Santa's WorkshopThrough 12/22 – Santa’s Workshop – Skip the crowded malls this holiday season and bring your wish lists and your camera down to the MARRS Building in Midtown to visit Santa’s Workshop! Santa and his elves will be opening up their workshop every Saturday in December before Christmas. MARRS retailers invite all, big and small, to join them at this festive event located in the heart of Midtown at 20th & J Streets.  Families will have the opportunity to take their own photos or they can purchase an instant photo from the on-site photographer.

San Francisco Family Concert12/21 – San Francisco Family Concert at the Mondavi Center – Sight and sound combine for this charming holiday experience. The short animated film “The Snowman” tells the story of a young boy’s magical friendship with a snowman. The Oscar-nominated short, based on the book by Raymond Briggs, is shown above the symphony as it performs Howard Blake’s heart-warming score. The evening also features performances of kid friendly seasonal tunes and sing-alongs with the Orchestra!

Frog vs. Toad at the Nature Center12/22 – Family Activity: Frog vs. Toad at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Meet the Nature Center’s resident toad and frogs up close and discover how they are both amphibians, yet very different from each other. Discover the “two lives” of these animals and how their skin can breathe.

12/23 – Family Activity: Insects Home for the Holidays at the Nature Center – What’s bugging you this winter? Cool weather may cause insects to seek shelter inside our homes this holiday season. View Effie Yeaw’s preserved collections of insects to see some fascinating bugs up close and learn some earth friendly ways to keep bugs out of your home.

Free admission to the PJ party at the zoo!12/24 – Free Admission Day at Fairytale Town – Bring your family to Fairytale Town free of charge! Fairytale Town offers free
admission as a holiday gift to guests for visiting throughout the year.

12/24 – PJ Party at the Sacramento Zoo – Free admission to the Sacramento Zoo!  Celebrate Christmas Eve at the Zoo, and you don’t have to change out of your pajamas! That’s right, admission is free and the Zoo staff will be in their best PJs too. *Zoo closes early at 1:30pm.

Junie B. JonesThrough 12/26 – Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells – Just in time for the holiday season, Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Storybook Theatre invites your family to spend some time with everyone’s favorite first-grader, Junie B. Jones. Based on Barbara Park’s wildly popular children’s series, this stage adaptation follows the hilarious hijinks of Junie B. as she
draws the name of her arch nemesis, May, for her class’ Secret Santa gift exchange. This delightful holiday show is directed by Jenifer Price, and promises fun for all ages. The cast includes actors from Yolo, Solano, and Sacramento counties, featuring Junie B. Jones (Emily Jo Seminoff), May (Elisha Machado), Herb (Shane Osterhoudt), Sheldon (Tomas Eredia), Jose (Hugo Figueroa), Lucille (Danika Carlisle), Mr. Scary (Adam Sartain), Mr. Toot (James Cubbage), Elf Ellen (Jennifer Nachmanoff), Grampa (Bruce Seminoff), and Philip Johnny Bob (Fiona Cubbage).

Madeline's Christmas: The MusicalThrough 12/30 – Madeline’s Christmas: the Musical – “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.” So begins this delightful story of Madeline’s Christmas. The day begins like any other day. Miss Clavel takes the twelve little girls on their morning walk. They go to the zoo and then back to school for their French lesson. Suddenly disaster strikes when everyone gets the flu! Every one that is, except for the ever resilient Madeline. Saddened that they may not be able to go home for Christmas, the girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. But on Christmas Eve, the adventure begins…