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: Gibson Ranch Hosts its First Pumpkin Festival Complete with Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Costume Contest, and More!

From bird watching to fishing to horseback riding and hiking, Gibson Ranch Park in nearby Elverta, Ca. has been the setting for many Sacramento-area family activities and events over the years. The 325-acre country park has now added “pumpkin farm” to its repertoire. Each Saturday and Sunday beginning Sept. 30 through Oct. 29, 2017, Gibson Ranch will welcome children of all ages through its gates for a day of fall fun. Here’s what you can expect at the new Gibson Ranch Pumpkin Festival:

Activities will include Games, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, kiddie train, hay rides, straw bale maze, costume contest, character meet and greet and a pumpkin patch. Jugglers, magicians and balloon twisters will entertain the kiddos while the parents can shop the farmer’s market and peddler’s fair for holiday gifts.

WHAT: Gibson Ranch Pumpkin Festival

WHEN: Weekends, Sept. 30 – Oct. 29, 2017

WHERE: Gibson Ranch Park, Elverta, Ca.

ADMISSION: Free admission, parking $5, activity tickets $1 per ticket

WIN TICKETS: The folks at Gibson Ranch want you to check out their pumpkin festival, so they’ve given us a family fun pack (includes 1 parking pass and 55 activity tickets) to give away to one lucky reader. All you need to do to be eligible to win is tell us your favorite Gibson Ranch Park memory in the comment section below. Leave your comment by 5 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 – a winner will be selected on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm, the King of Pumpkin Patches in the Sacramento Area, adds Outdoor Movies to it’s Attraction Lineup

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Pumpkins, falling leaves and cooler nights prove that it’s finally fall, my most favorite time of the year. Everything about fall I absolutely love – sweaters, caramel apples, and pumpkins galore! There are many pumpkin patches in and around Sacramento, but the one that I crown the “king of patches” is Bishop’s. 

Bishop’s Pumpkin farm is located at 1415 Pumpkin Lane in Wheatland (approximately 40 minutes from Downtown Sacramento). They have finally opened the farm for the 2017 season, and crowds have already been enjoying the hay rides and gathering their pumpkins for the fall. If you have never been to Bishops, then be prepared. You will need an entire day to enjoy all they have to offer!  The farm can get busy on the weekends, but if you plan your day accordingly (like Disneyland), and then you can have a sensational fall day full of fun and excitement.

Some of the attractions at Bishop’s include hay Rides, a corn maze, Sunflower Labyrinth, pony rides, zip line, train rides, petting zoo, pig races and so much more!My family has been making memories at Bishops since…well, since I was a kid. And that is a VERY long time. Some of the activities my kids enjoy most are gold (marble) panning, inflatable pillow jumping, running through the pumpkin and apple orchards and of course, eating a caramel apple!

This year, Bishop’s has added something new – Movies on the farm. Every Saturday in October, they will be showing a different movie.  Free with regular admission, but you’ll want to bring some chairs and a blanket to enjoy one of the family friendly movies on the big screen.  Here is the lineup:

September 30:  Sing
October 7:  Secret Life of Pets
October 14:  Minions
October 21:  Beauty and the Beast
October 28:  Hotel Transylvania

Admission to Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm is free and parking is free through the month of September. and then in October there is a parking charge on the weekends only. All activities have an additional charge for which you can purchase tickets. And if you get hungry while you’re there? There are also several dining options including great pies to take home (Thanksgiving is just around the corner).

Plan out your day by visiting the website to determine what attractions your family would like to participate in, and then purchase your tickets and get ready to make some fall memories!

By Heather Crivellone

 

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: Brick Fest Live!, the Largest Touring LEGO Fan Experience is Coming to Sacramento

Get ready LEGO fans, the Sacramento Convention Center is about to be inundated with those tiny little bricks that offer hours and hours of entertainment. On Sept. 23-24, 2017, Sacramento will be hosting Brick Fest Live! for the first time – and we hope the event becomes an annual tradition in our city.

Brick Fest Live! is the largest touring LEGO show in the United States featuring amazing creations, collaborative building activities including a brick wall and floor puzzles, mosaics, a Brick Fest derby, inspiration stations, a video game arena, shopping, a Brick Fest Theater for trivia and more.

Founded by a couple of dads-turned-entrepreneurs, Brick Fest Live! was created to “increase awareness that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are all in play when it comes to LEGO and other construction toys. Families build together to accomplish their goals and find creative solutions – all while inspiring the next generation of artists, engineers and leaders.”

WIN TICKETS: Want to win some tickets for your family? The folks with Brick Fest Live! have been super generous with us. They’re giving us four – that’s right, FOUR family packs of five (5) tickets to give away to you, our loyal (and lucky!) readers. Here’s what you need to do to be entered into the drawing. Head on over to the Brick Fest Live! website here, watch the video on the home page and in the comment section below, give us the answer to the following question:

HOW LONG IS THE BRICK FEST DERBY TRACK? Make sure to leave your comment with the correct answer no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Winners will be chosen and announced one at a time on the following days: winner #1 – Tuesday, Sept. 12; winner #2 – Thursday, Sept. 14; winner #3 – Tuesday, Sept. 19; winner #4 – Thursday, Sept. 21. Good luck!

WHAT: Brick Fest Live! LEGO Fan Experience

WHEN: Sept. 23-24, 207

WHERE: Sacramento Convention Center

ADMISSION: Ticket prices start at $24.50 and can be purchased here.

Win Tickets: California Capital Airshow Takes Flight This September

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Sacramento will once again host one of the largest air shows on the West Coast. The California Capital Airshow lands at Mather Field on Saturday, Sept. 9 and continues to entertain fans on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Dubbed a “massive family friendly festival,” attendees of all ages will witness aviation and aircraft ingenuity from the past century. Aircraft on display and in the air include the Patriots Jet Team, U.S. Navy F-18 tactical demonstration, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight starring the A-10 Thunderbolt II, world-class aerobatics, barnstorming, warbirds and more. In addition, on the ground will be the Aerojet Rocketdyne Launchpad – an interactive STEM experience geared towards teens, Kiddie Hawk – a free interactive kids area, and plenty of food and drink.

Enter to win tickets: If this sounds like an event you would like to take your family to – for FREE – then head on over to the California Capital Airshow website here, and tell us in the comment section below which aircraft is featured on the Home page. Leave your comment by 5pm on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 and you’ll be entered into the drawing to win a family 4-pack of tickets. The winner will be selected through a random drawing on Monday, Aug. 28. One entry per person, please. Good luck!

What: California Capital Airshow

When: Sept. 9-10, 2017

Where: Mather Field, Rancho Cordova

Admission: Ticket prices start at $10




The Crocker Art Museum Unveils New Art Spot PL!NK, and Kids Love it!

Sacramento is a wonderful family town with a plethora of events, activities and venues for children and families. Perhaps one of the most surprising places in Sacramento to welcome children is the West Coast’s oldest public art venue, the Crocker Art Museum. While the Crocker has welcomed children for years, they have really stepped up their game within the last several, opening exhibit after exhibit and offering class after class geared towards children of all ages as well as their parents and caregivers.

In an effort to better understand what kids enjoy and how they learn, and with funding in part from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and First 5 Sacramento, the Crocker developed an experimental Art Spots program that features four experiential installations designed for children ages 5 and under. The first Art Spot, Gato – a mellow, but mesmerizing exhibit featuring a giant cat – opened in May.

The museum’s newest Art Spot exhibit PL!INK opened just a few days ago. While Gato is housed in the museum’s historic building, PL!NK is perfectly situated in the light and airy Teel Family Pavilion, the museum’s modern addition. Comprised of more than 100 tetrahedron clusters of mirror and colorful plexiglass, PL!NK is meant to be an immersive experience where children can experiment, explore and even create their own shape-based, interlocking sculptures to add to the colorful collection that shines with light reflected from the windows of the room.

The artwork isn’t just something to see, it’s interactive as well. Guests have the opportunity to insert themselves into the artwork as tiny cameras capture and magnify their images and display them in a real-time video playback effect as if a kaleidoscope within the artwork. They also can hear their experiences play back to them by talking into a storytelling station that voice-records their stories about what they see, hear, do, touch, feel and create within PL!NK. What kid doesn’t love to hear their recorded voice play back to them in a fun and creative way? It’s pretty awesome. PL!NK will be on display through Oct. 29, 2017.

What’s up next for the Crocker’s child-centric Art Spots? The very popular Tot Land will soon be completely revamped and a new creation by Bay Area artist Martin Webb unveiled. The new Tot Land will feature a life-size wooden boat that will allow children to hop on board and let their imagination soar. Tot Land will close briefly at the end of August and re-open on Sept. 10, 2017. And opening in Nov. 2017, the last Art Spots exhibit will be open to the public. Wingding will be yet another interactive exhibit that lets children learn through play, experimentation and creative collaboration.

What: Art Spots: PL!NK

When: Now through Oct. 29, 2017

Where: Crocker Art Museum, Teel Family Pavilion