Win Tickets: Fairytale Town Blasts off into Space for this Year’s Safe & Super Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and Fairytale Town is gearing up for its 31st annual Halloween event. The storybook park’s Safe & Super Halloween this year will send you into outer space for an intergalactic night of trick-or-treating, Jedi training, lightsaber fitness and planet hopping. Add that to an already fun backdrop of fairytale play structures, farm animals and gardens, and your kids are in for a very fun, very safe Halloween night.

WHAT: 31st Annual Safe & Super Halloween in Space

WHEN: Oct. 20, 21, & 22 from 5 to 9 pm

WHERE: Fairytale Town

ADMISSION: $7 advance tickets for members, $10 advance ticket for non-members. $12 per person at the door.

Want to win tickets? We’ve got a family 4-pack to give away to one of our lucky readers. To be eligible to win, leave a comment below telling us what your favorite Fairytale Town memory is. We must receive your comment no later than 5pm on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. We will announce the winner on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Good luck!

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Win Tickets: Fairytale Town Giving Away Prize Bundle in Celebration of the 17th Annual ScholarShare Book Festival

One of Fairytale Town’s signature events is coming up this next weekend. The 17th Annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival will feature New York Times Best-Selling Author and Caldecott award-winner Lindsay Mattick, author of Finding Winnie, the true story of World War I Canadian Soldier Harry Coleburn who rescued a baby bear as he headed overseas to war. He named the bear Winnie, and that bear became the model for one of the best-loved children’s book series of all time, Winnie-the-Pooh. The author is Coleburn’s great-great granddaughter. Lindsay, along with several other authors and illustrators, will be available for book signings.

The FREE, two-day festival is sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan and will include live readings, storytelling performances, live music, hands-on literacy activities and a book fair. Here’s the full lineup of authors and illustrators who will be present during the weekend festival:

Lindsay Mattick  Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear • Sat 11:30AM, 3PM & Sun 12PM, 3PM
JaNay Brown-Wood Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story • Sun 12:30PM
Rita Campbell Emberlina Sprite-a-Light • Sun 10:30AM
Linda Champion & Rose Fante • Fairy Tales for Life • Sat 10:30AM (Linda) & 11AM (Rose)
Brandon Chappell Drew & Boo Adopt Lou & Sue • Sat 2:30PM
Erin Dealey K is for Kindergarten • Sat 2PM & Sun 11:30AM
Sandy Lynne Holman We All Have A Heritage • Sun 2 PM
Catlyn LeGault, Leonie Pickett & Miakoda Plude The Princess and the Sunflowers • Sat 12:30PM
Karen J. Moore Pen the Tale, Oogie • Sun 2:30PM
Elaine Russell All About Thailand • Sat & Sun 1PM
Karen Sanders-Betts & Hannah Howerton The Little Lemon that Leapt • Sat 1:30PM
Linda Joy Singleton A Cat is Better • Sun 11AM

WIN PRIZE BUNDLE: While admission to the ScholarShare Book Festival is FREE, Fairytale Town is offering one of our lucky readers a prize bundle during this weekend’s festivities. The bundle includes a copy of Finding Winnie, admission for four to Fairytale Town, a magic key and a plush Humpty Dumpty. If you would like to win this prize bundle, please visit the ScholarShare Book Festival page on Fairytale Town’s website here and tell us which author or illustrator you would most like to see in person. Leave your answer in the comment section below no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  A winner will be chosen on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. One entry per person, please. Good luck!

WHAT: ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival

WHEN: Sept. 16 & 17, 2017

WHERE: Fairytale Town

ADMISSION: FREE

Win Tickets: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy, Fairytale Town’s Most Popular Summer Event

It’s starting to heat up here in Sacramento, which means hot days and warm nights – a typical Central Valley summer.  So, how do Sacramentans stay cool (and sane) all summer long? One of our favorite ways to stay cool is to eat ice cream. There’s really nothing better on a hot summer night than cold, creamy, all-you-can-eat ice cream. If you’ve got kiddos, you’ll want to head over to Fairytale Town on Saturday, June 24 to enjoy one of the summer’s most popular events, A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy – a Shakespearean-themed event at the area’s most popular theme park where fairies run wild all night long and eat ice cream to their heart’s content.

This enchanted evening features nonstop entertainment for the whole family including live theater performances of “Pyramus and Thisbe” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, arts and crafts, live music by Celtic band Stepping Stone and plenty of Crystal ice cream to go around. All of this within our beloved Fairytale Town. Here are the details:

What: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy

Where: Fairytale Town

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Cost: Advanced tickets start at $7 for children, $15 for adults

Win Tickets: We’ve got a family four-pack to give away to one of our lucky readers. Tell us what your favorite Crystal Ice Cream flavor is in the comment section below. Leave your comment no later than Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5pm. A winner will be selected on Friday, June 16, 2017. Good luck!

It’s Spring! Four Sacramento Activities your Kids are Going to Love

Whether your kids are currently on spring break or not, you’ll want to take advantage of this beautiful weather to get the family out to enjoy the sunshine and special spring activities around Sacramento. Here are four of our favorite family friendly events that are coming up.

  1. 1. To the Rescue: The Fire Trucks and People That Saved Our Cities. This new exhibit at the California Automobile Museum is just up your kids’ alley. They’ll get to enjoy this colorful and dramatic exhibit that includes antique fire trucks from as early as late 1800s, all the way through the 1940s. Also on display are fire-fighting equipment and other tools that helped fire fighters save our cities throughout the years. A highlight of the exhibit will be stepping up into a 1921 Graham fire truck and sitting in the driver’s seat. Exhibit runs from March 16 through May 29, 2017. If you go opening weekend (3/16, 3/18, 3/19) there will be special docents on hand to answer your questions and show you around. California Automobile Museum.
  2. Fun on the Farm: Enchanted Garden at Soil Born Farms. If your kiddos are into gardening, fairies or both, you won’t want to miss this special day at Soil Born Farms. Kids ages three to nine will explore the magical world of gardens and the flower fairies and garden gnomes who mysteriously live there. They’ll enjoy hands-on activities like making flower crowns, nature wands and more. They’ll also enjoy a healthy snack. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Soil Born Farms. Tickets are $25 and advanced registration is required. While this event is currently sold out, you can add your child’s name to a waiting list here.
  3. Going West: Story of the Transcontinental Railroad at B Street Theatre. Kids can bring their California State Railroad Museum entrance receipt (or season pass) to the famed B Street Theatre on Saturday and Sundays at 1pm and 4pm beginning March 18 through April 2 to see a performance of Going West: Story of the Transcontinental Railroad. In addition to the performance, register for the Family Activity Day on March 25 for fun activities and healthy snacks. March 18 through April 2, B Street Theatre.
  4. Sutter Children’s Wellness Festival at Fairytale Town. Enjoy FREE admission and free play all day long while Fairytale Town partners with Sutter to celebrate active and healthy lifestyles among kids everywhere. Families can enjoy games, play and puppet shows. The Sacramento Division of Public Health will also be on site offering free immunizations for children under two years of age (bring your child’s immunization record). Saturday, March 25 at Fairytale Town.

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss: Celebrate Around Sacramento this Thursday, March 2

imagesEveryone knows the beloved tales from Dr. Seuss and can recite many of his famous quotes, “Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than you.” His stories have carried through generations and are loved by children of all ages.  Some of his greats have been turned into family classic movies like The Lorax, Cat in the Hat and The Grinch are family favorites (to name a few).

This Thursday, March 2nd, you can celebrate his birthday with your children at one of Sacramento’s most loved destinations Fairytale Town (where classic story-book tales come to life at this ultimate children’s playground).  From 6pm-8pm (weather permitting) your family can celebrate the great Theodore Seuss Geisel’s 113th birthday!  Arrive in your pajamas and enjoy Dr. Seuss- themed activities throughout the park.  Arts and crafts, bilingual story times and fun activities will help your kids get to sleep at night with this “Books Before Bedtime” event.

Admission into Fairytale town is $4.75 for adults and children ages 2 and up.  Members and children ages 1 and under will receive 50% off admission with a donation on one new or gently used children’s book for donations to Reading Partners, a Sacramento non-profit literacy organization.Fairytale Town Concert Series

Depending on the weather, you may choose to celebrate Dr. Seuss indoors.   Barnes & Noble Bookstores, will also be hosting a “birthday party event” on Thursday, March 2nd.   Enjoy story time, games and activities all Seuss related.  Barnes and Noble locations and times vary; visit their website to find specifics at the location nearest you (Roseville, Sacramento, Folsom and Citrus Heights).

So whatever you choose to do remember:  “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose”.

By Heather Crivellone

Win Tickets: Enter Comic Book City and Meet your Favorite Superheroes at Fairytale Town’s Safe & Super Halloween Event

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One of the best places for kids to celebrate Halloween in Sacramento is at Fairytale Town. Located in William Land Park, across the street from the Sacramento Zoo and next door to Funderland Amusement Park, Fairytale Town is celebrating its 30th year of Safe & Super Halloweens. And let me tell you, nobody does Halloween better than FTT. This year, the theme is a popular one – Superheroes. The three-night event will entertain little guests as they enter comic book city to trick-or-treat at 15 different stations, and they just might meet their favorite heroes along the way! Guests can take part in Wonder Woman’s Amazon training camp, see a magic show featuring Batman and Harley Quinn, and participate in a nightly costume parade.

WIN TICKETS: Doesn’t this sound like a blast? If you are ready to don your cape and mask and fly to this fun Halloween event, you are in luck. Our friends at Fairytale Town have given us 4 tickets to give away to one lucky SacramentoKids.net reader. Here’s what you need to do to enter. Leave us a comment letting us know what superhero your child would most like to run into at this year’s Safe & Super Halloween by Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at 4pm. One entry per person, please. The winner will be chosen via a random drawing. Thank you!

What: Fairytale Town’s Safe & Super Halloween: Superheroes

When: Oct. 21, 22, 23, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento

Admission: $10 per person (child & adult) with advance purchase, $12 at the door. Children 1 year and younger, FREE.

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Win Tickets: Fairytale Town’s Free Book Festival to Feature Barbara Jean Hicks, Author of Frozen: A Sister More Like Me

webeventbanner-21Every September, Sacramento’s favorite storybook park opens its doors to children of all ages for its free annual children’s book festival, featuring a lineup of renowned children’s book authors. This year, the 16th annual Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival will feature headlining author Barbara Jean Hicks, of Frozen: A Sister Like Me and a new book, Once Upon a Parsnip. Children will enjoy back-to-back readings and presentations on the Mother Goose stage from several authors and illustrators who will be available for book signings. Other fun literacy activities will be storytelling performances, hands-on activities, a scholastic book fair and more. And the best part about this festival? Admission is FREE giving all children and their parents/caregivers the chance to enjoy this special event.

What: Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival

When: Sept. 24 & 25, 2016

Where: Fairtyale Town

Admission: FREE

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Wondering who the other authors and illustrators will be? Here’s the lineup:

Allison Branscombe: All About China

Lynda Bulla: Under the Yellow Leaf

Madeleine Dunphy: Cat in the Night

Kelsey Lynn Estep: A Stone’s Throw

Ronald Javor: Homer Finds a Home

Sami Kader: Sami vs. the Negative Voice

Jennifer Kuhns: Paisley of Plaid…Being Your Very Best You!

Kris Aro McLeod: Catch a Kiss

Akshaj Mehta: Super Mouse

Lori Mortensen: Cowpoke Clyde

Karen Sanders and Hannah Howerton: The Little Lemon that Leapt

The folks at Fairytale Town would really like you to come out and enjoy this festival with them and so they are offering SacramentoKids.net a great giveaway package for one or our lucky readers. The package includes 4 Fairytale Town admission tickets, a Magic Key, a plush Humpty Dumpty doll and copies of Barbara Jean Hicks two books, Frozen: A Sister More Like Me and Once Upon a Parsnip. Want to win? Here’s how you can become eligible. Tell us which of the books above is your child’s favorite, and why. Leave your comments below by 5pm on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. A random drawing will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016.  *Once entry per person, please.

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