The 19th Annual Sacramento Museum Day is this Saturday…Here are Some Tips on How to Enjoy the Day

sam_museumday_2017If you are looking for something fun and free to do this weekend, then check out the 19th annual Sacramento Museum Day on Saturday, February 4, 2017. With over 25 local museums and attractions participating, the community can get into these local sites for free or at a reduced price.

This annual event is sponsored by Sutter Health and Bank of America.   Participating museums will offer this special day from 10am-5pm.  Most of the museums will be offering free admission, and two destinations (the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town) will offer half priced admission.

Participating museums are anticipating high volume of visitors, so plan your day accordingly.   Make sure you map out the museums you want to visit, hitting the “most popular” ones first thing in the morning.

Here are some of the participating locations you can visit:

Sacramento History Museum
The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
California Agriculture Museum
Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
Sacramento Children’s Museum
California Agriculture Museum
California Railroad Museum
Sutter’s Fort


These are some of my top choices for hands on experiences with the kids- but check out the complete list of museums here.

A few tips to before you begin: 

  1. Start early and map out your route.   Choose just a couple that you would like to visit and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy each museum.
  2. Bring snacks for the road. You don’t want any “meltdowns” from the young ones, so keep them nourished!
  3.  Choose something new. Many local residents have already visited the most popular museums such as the Railroad Museum, Children’s Museum and Fairytale Town.  Pick a new destination to explore.  I would suggest the California Agriculture Museum, Maidu Roseville Utility Center or the California Museum (yes- these are in different locations, so hitting all three would be nearly impossible).
  4. Have patience… this day can get very busy, please be courteous and remember everyone is out trying to enjoy and learn something new with their children.
  5.  Have fun!




Sacramento Museum Day is Just Around the Corner

museumday-2014_categoryIt’s time to plan for the ever-popular Sacramento Museum Day!  Mark you calendar and make your plans now for the 16th Annual Sacramento Museum Day on Saturday, February 1, 2014.  This year, 30 area museums will be welcoming you, your family and friends all day long.  Admission to most museums is FREE, with just a couple of museums offering half-price admission.  Chipotle, one of the sponsors of Sacramento Museum Day will be passing out coupons to visitors, good for FREE children’s meals as well.

In addition to free or reduced-cost admission, some museums will also have some special activities going on for all to enjoy.  The Aerospace Museum will have an open cockpit day, a children’s art contest and the Tuskeegee Airmen exhibit, and the Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland will have a special selection of “big monster tractors” on display.  As always, I encourage you to plan ahead and go early, as many of the museum fill up to capacity quickly on Museum Day.

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Museums offering FREE admission:

Aerospace Museum of California – California Automobile Museum – The California Museum – California State Capitol Museum – California State Military Museum – California State Railroad Museum – California Statewide Museum Collections Center – Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento – Center for Sacramento History – Crocker Art Museum – Discovery Museum Science and Space Center – Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum – Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park – Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland) – Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park – Maidu Museum & Historic Site (Roseville) – Museum of Medical History – Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – Old Sacramento State Historic Park – Roseville Utility Exploration Center – Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Historic City Cemetery – Sacramento History Museum –  Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum – State Indian Museum – Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall) – Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)

Museums offering half-price admission:

Sacramento Zoo – Fairytale Town

For more information on Sacramento Museum Day, click here.

Weekend Family Fun

Enjoy FREE admission to the California State Railroad Museum, Fairytale Town, Aerospace Museum, Military Museum, California Museum and the Oroville Temple Complex & Museum.  Check below for details.

9/28 – Mountain Lions Home Opener – The Mountain Lions’ home opener against the Omaha Nighthawks will be the first-ever football game played at Raley Field, which opened on May 15, 2000.   The Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League will play their entire 2012 home schedule at Raley Field, home of the Pacific Coast League’s Sacramento River Cats. The United Football League provides a fun and affordable way for families and friends to enjoy high-quality professional football at an affordable price while providing an exciting and memorable game experience.

9/28 – Junk 2 Genius at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Children’s Museum and reCREATE are bringing a quirky and fun art competition to Rancho Cordova. Join to watch the competition with free SCM admission and fun for the whole family, including a beer garden, food trucks, activities for the kids, and Museum play!

This fun, high-energy celebration of creative reuse is a timed sculpt-off where teams create sculptures from cast-off materials provided by reCREATE. Each team will receive a large box of similar materials and race against the clock to create their work of art! To add drama to the event, the theme for the sculptures will be announced when the competition begins. The creation time will have rules and referees to add to the excitement. When the alarm sounds, a panel of judges will critique the final pieces and award the Trophy du Trash. In addition, there will be a People’s Choice Award.

9/29 – Viva la Musica -The Sacramento Philharmonic’s 16th season opens with Viva la Musica! a concert celebrating the Latin music influence. A rhythmically charged celebration of our region’s spirit–and a virtual “who’s who” of internationally-recognized and award-winning composers with Latin American roots or ties. Music from Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, Brasil, Argentina, Spain, and the US will be featured.

Come early and enjoy “festival activities” in the theater lobby and celebrate the rich cultural traditions and connections of our Central and South American communities. The talents of regional musicians, dancers, and artists from various cultural organizations will be showcased, including Institute Mazatlan Bellas Artes (IMBA), Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange of Sacramento, La Raza Galeria Posada, and Firehouse 5 Dance Studio. These activities are free of charge and the public is invited to participate, whether or not they are attending the paid concert that follows.

9/29 – Movie in the Park: Incredibles – Come out to Belle Cooledge Park to watch Pixar’s The Incredibles under the stars, hosted by Crosswalk Christian Ministries. Free admission and free
popcorn and drinks!

9/29 – 2012 Romanian Festival – The purpose of the Festival goes beyond maintaining cultural heritage. The
Festival is a great opportunity to unify a fragmented ethnic community of 30,000 Romanian-Americans in an effort toward creating a self-sustaining and socially contributing immigrant population. This community capacity building effort aims to increase education, employability, and the overall sense of community.

9/29 – Tracks & Scat at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Stroll through the Nature Preserve with a naturalist and learn to identify the tracks, scat, and other signs left behind by resident wildlife. All ages welcome.

9/29 – Big Wheels at the Franklin Library – Love big wheels? Then come and see an assortment of cool vehicles from fire trucks to motorcycles to Model-Ts. Join in for a fun-filled family day, where everyone is sure to have a good time!

9/29 – Smithsonian Day Live! -Spend a day at a museum for free! Smithsonian magazine plans to mimic the Smithsonian free-admission policy by offering free entry to participating museums in Sacramento. You must download your ticket before arriving.

Sacramento-area museums participating in Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! include the Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, California State Military Museum and Resource Center, La Raza Galería Posada, The California Museum, and the Oroville Chinese Temple Complex & Museum.

9/29-30 – Scholar Share Book Festival at Fairytale Town -Join Fairytale Town and several local area arts organizations for the largest early childhood literacy event in the region! The Festival features dynamic presentations from children’s book authors and illustrators, storytelling performances, hands-on literacy activities, a book fair, and information booths from literacy and arts organizations.

This year’s featured children’s book authors include: Bob Barner, Dorina Lazo Gilmore, Sandy Lynne Holman, Heather Leigh, Bethany Telles, Joanne Jeffers Veeck and Dawn Wynne. Featured illustrators include Felipe Davalos, Michael Slack, and Kenneth Spengler. Hazuki Kataoka of Storycard Theater will give a storytelling performance featuring their traditional Japanese picture-card stories called “kamishibai,” meaning “paper theater.”
This two day program is free thanks to the generous support of ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

9/29-30 – Celebrate the the Union Pacific Railroad’s 150 year anniversary.  Free admission to the California State Railroad Museum and free train excursion rides on both Saturday and Sunday.

9/29-30 – 15th Annual Reptile Show – The Sacramento Reptile Show is back for its 15th year at the Convention Center’s Exhibit Halls. The largest reptile exhibit in Northern California features more than 3000 reptiles on display. This popular reptile display will feature over 30 venomous species from around the world including King Cobras and Black Mambas.  Also returning will be “Izod the Alligator,” a 10 foot, 100 pound alligator for all to see! The Sacramento Reptile Show also provides the opportunity to purchase a new reptile pet from one of the many professional reptile breeders at the event.

9/29-30 – Slitherin’ Snakes at the Discovery Museum – Now is the perfect time to start spotting snakes when you are out enjoying nature. Learn about snakes at the Discovery Museum and visit the Bone Zone exhibit to see a snake skeleton. The classroom has a small display of snake skin for guests to view. Make and take a twirling snake kite to play with outside on the property’s fourteen acres.  Admission includes an animal presentation at Noon & 2pm, and a planetarium show at 1pm & 3pm (for ages 4 and above only).