Celebrate Dr. Seuss at Lakeshore Learning Center in Roseville this Saturday

lakeshoreBy Heather Crivellone

Are you looking for a way to keep your kids entertained on the weekends during these wild stormy days?

There are many options (some are even FREE) to keep your kids engaged, creating and using their imaginations on those “boring” Saturday mornings. Lakeshore Learning Center in Roseville has FREE crafts for kids every Saturday. Each Saturday, you can drop in to the store and have your child create one of their “crafts of the day”.  Every week is something new…and this weekend (February 25), your child can even celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday at a special Birthday Bash!

Beginning at 3pm, kids can enjoy an afternoon of crafts, games and rhyming away with the great Dr. Seuss.  They will have activities, gross-motor games and hourly readings of the classic Dr. Seuss books.

During the mornings, from 11am-3pm, kids can create a one-of-a-kind craft.  Here is a list of the upcoming activities:

Saturday, February 25:  “Pup in a Cup!” Craft

Saturday, March 4:  “Looking Sharp” Pencil Holder

Saturday, March 11:  “Lots O’ Luck Hat” for St. Patricks Day

Saturday, March 18:  “Rockin’ Guitar”

Saturday, March 25:  “Honeybee House”

Hopefully this gives you and your family an idea of something to do on these rainy Saturdays, and remember… the sun will eventually come back out- enjoy the quiet times with your family while you can.



Weekend Family Fun

As always, there are some super fun family activities happening in and around Sacramento this weekend!  Join Funderland for an Easter Bash all weekend long, craft a yarn rabbit at the Discovery Museum, enjoy birds and breakfast at the Nature Center, learn about Susan B. Anthony and the Women’s Suffrage movement, take in a basketball game and more!

cars_under_stars_logo_category3/21 – Cars Under the Stars at the California Automobile Museum – This Museum after-hours event is great for all ages. Enjoy all exhibits at half price. Freebies, including free tours, will be available.  Every month visitors can enjoy special programming coordinated by Museum staff and volunteers.  Visitors will also enjoy free coffee and hot chocolate.

3/21 – Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Sleep Train Arena – The Sacramento Kings take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in this basketball game.  Bring the family out for an exciting game!

easter_bash_funderland_1_category3/22-24 – Funderland Easter Bash – The 2013 Easter Bash includes Easter Egg hunts throughout the day, appearances by the Easter Bunny and Happy the Squirrel, fun Easter crafts, coloring contests, face painting by a pro, nine great kid sized rides, and more.  Bring in a new game or new art supplies for River Oak Center for Children and receive free tickets (amount of tickets based on item donated).  This event benefits River Oak Center for Children and celebrates Easter in a safe, fun, affordable setting.

egg_o_rama_fec_category3/23 – Egg-O-Rama Egg Hunt & Carnival – Come celebrate spring at Fulton-El Camino’s Egg-O-Rama! This fun-filled day will include games for all ages, an egg hunt (based on age), bounce house, face painting, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the morning at this exciting community event

babyexpo_category3/23 – Sacramento Baby and Toddler Expo – Where stylish moms and moms-to-be come to shop! You prepared for your wedding with love and care, do the same when preparing for your new family. Join for the fabulous selection of vendors offering wonderful products and services for expectant moms, new moms, and dads.  Event highlights include  mini workshops offered throughout the Expo by experts in the field, ideas for beautiful baby shower ideas, a chance to win great prizes,  and free swag bags to the first 100 guests.

Stamp-a-rama3/23-24 – Rascally Rabbits at the Discovery Museum – Wiggle your nose, perk up your ears—it’s bunny time! The Discovery Museum has gone to the rabbits this weekend. Have fun crafting a yarn rabbit to decorate your backpack or hang up at home and learn rabbit facts in the animal presentation. The museum’s newest bunny addition will also be debuting, so don’t forget to stop in the Nature Room and say, “Hello!”

3/23-4/14 – The Gingerbread Man at Chatauqua PlayhouseThe Gingerbread Man is adapted and directed by Marie Raymond. “Run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” Do they catch him?

camellia_instrument_petting_zoo_category3/24 – Free Family Concert Series:  I Can Do That! – Camellia Symphony Orchestra will once again present its very popular Free Family Concert Series with its instrument petting zoo. This year, the family concerts will also include a visual art element presented by I Can Do That! (formerly Very Special Arts) who will offer “funshops” for children to create art related to the musical experience. Leading the orchestra for this season’s concert series will be CSO’s new music director and conductor, Dr. Christian Baldini.

birdandbreakfast_category3/34 – Family Activity: Bird and Breakfast -The American River Natural History Association (ARNHA) and Sacramento Audubon are teaming up to offer a special weekend of morning birding trips coupled with wonderful breakfast fare.

This event combines some of the best local bird guides pointing out nests and local rarities on a 1 hour walk together with a pancake breakfast served by the Carmichael Kiwanis, good coffee, and other fun to help raise money for the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. No extensive birding experience is necessary—this event caters to all levels.  Saturday’s Bird and Breakfast event will feature a gourmet
breakfast buffet following a longer walk

3/24 – Spring Hunt at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Practice your observation skills and join a Naturalist as you take a hike and hunt for the signs of spring. See how many things you can check off the list. Bring your binoculars or borrow some from the Center

findingourvoice_susanb_bstreet_categoryThru 4/4 – Finding Our Voice: Susan B. Anthony & the Women’s Suffrage Movement – Don’t miss the world premiere of Finding Our Voice: Susan B. & the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Follow these brave women who, through perseverance, overcame opposition and brought about social equality.  At the dawn of the 20th Century, the struggle for women’s suffrage brings sweeping change for generations to come. But is the nation ready to give women the vote?

In his powerful, original new play, B Street Company Member David Pierini explores the impassioned crusade for the 19th Amendment from the uniquely poignant perspective of one young woman torn between freedom and family. Along the way, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, President Woodrow Wilson, and other champions of women’s equality inspire her to pursue her dreams.

Things to do when the kids are complaining that they are “BORED” during the summertime!

By 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!

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 McKinley or 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.

8.  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.  Visit a local pizzeria for lunch and see if you can do a “tour”.  Pizza Rock in Downtown is great for kids- if you plan it correctly, you can watch them do their “pizza acrobats”.

10.  Go to an outdoor concert or movie.  Friday night concerts at Cesar Chavez Park (Through July 27th) or catch a movie at “Screen on the Green” Saturday nights in August.

11.  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.

12.  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.

13.  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.

14.  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.

15.  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.

16.  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.

17.  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.

18.  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.

19.  Craft Times are offered at local Michael’s and Joann Stores.  Also check out Big Spoon Yogurt on the first and third Thursday’s of the month.  They offer story time and craft times for the kids (with a free frozen yogurt after).

20.  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.

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