Our Top Winter Break Activities to Keep your Kids Busy

winter-breakIt’s winter break for most kids in the Sacramento area and some parents are wondering how to keep them busy.  We have plenty of options in the Sacramento area and here is my top list of things to do with my crazy and active kids:

Sky High Sports is an indoor trampoline center located at 11327 Folsom Blvd in Rancho Cordova.  They have open bounce hours, dodgeball, AIRobics, special days for those with “special needs”, family and great holiday discount packages.  For the kids who are a little older and have lots of energy to burn, this is the place to take them! Admission is $12 per hour.

Bounce U has 2 locations, one in Roseville (7611 Galilee Rd) and another in Rancho Cordova (11280 Sanders Dr).  Both locations offer open play sessions of bouncing fun – all with slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and more.  Check their website for specific days and times each location is open.  They have two different sessions of open bounce – one for the children who are 7 years of age and younger and one for all ages.  This will help in making sure your little toddlers don’t get trampled by the bigger kids!

Roller Skating and Ice Skating is always a great way to burn energy indoors.  Sunrise Roller Lane (6001 Sunrise Vista Drive, Carmichael) has several weekday sessions to choose from.  Admission is $8 and skate rental is $3.  Skatetown Ice Skating Rink (1009 Orlando Avenue, Roseville) is a premier facility that currently has both indoor and outdoor ice skating available.   Holiday rates include the price of skate rental and are $15 general admission and $13 for ages 10 and under.  Both roller skating and ice skating sessions have “learn to skate” times for those who may not be quite as comfortable on skates.

Check out one of our local museums: California Aerospace Museum, Sacramento Powerhouse Museum, Sacramento Kids Museum and the California Railroad Museum to name a few.  Each museum has interactive exhibits and is a great way to spend time with the kids, learn a few things and stay warm during these cold winter mornings.

Get busy creating a unique masterpiece at Color Me Mine Ceramics studio.  Choose a ceramics option (vase, trinket box, statue, bowl, etc) and spend hours painting and creating your own unique project.  Locations are in Elk Grove, Folsom and Roseville. The cost of the items are dependent on what you choose, but the best part of painting at a studio is that the mess is contained, they do the firing and glazing of the pieces and all the cleanup is taken care of- this is my kind of art project!

So even though it may be cold outside and the kids are bouncing off the walls, you don’t have to resort to turning on the TV and playing video games all winter break.  Go out, explore the city, get active and have fun creating memories with your children.

For information on SNOW PLAY, click here.

By Heather Crivellone


Kids Skate Free at Local Participating Skating Rinks


One of the most fun and carefree activities a kid can do is to lace up some roller skates and hit the pavement.  I remember hours of enjoyment roller skating around the local park and at the local roller rink.  Enjoying our junior high days at the “sock hops” and dancing the night away on roller blades.   The music, the lights and the fun of just skating hours away with friends while making memories that have lasted forever.

Recently, I decided to take my daughter and her friends on a roller skating adventure.  I was quite naïve to think that she would actually want to skate alongside and hang out with me (she is 8 going on 18 after all), so I found myself sitting on the sidelines watching them whiz past me while I enjoyed a little fountain bubbly from the snack bar.

With spring break around the corner and with the grey days we typically have in March, you may want to check out some of the skating session times near you.   There are several roller skating rinks in our area, and we even have a couple of ice skating rinks if you are brave enough to hit the ice.

We went to the Roseville Roller King. The skate rentals were reasonable and the session was the perfect amount of time to skate, get tired and be ready to go home! They also offered a “learn to skate” class before our session to teach us the basics. Here is a list of local skating rinks in the area (Be sure to double-check their websites for times of sessions and pricing):

Roller King– 889 Riverside Ave, Roseville
Sunrise Roller Land– 6001 Sunrise Vista Drive, Citrus Heights
Foothill Skate– 4700 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento
King Skate– 1048 Franklin Blvd. Elk Grove
The Rink– 2900 Bradshaw Blvd, Sacramento

Ice Skating:

Skate Town– 1009 Orlando Avenue, Roseville
Iceland Ice Skating– 1430 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento

And if your children love to skate and you live close to one of the participating rinks, you can sign up and participate in “Kids Skate Free”.  Sign up your children and they will receive coupons every week for free skate sessions!  This is a huge savings and a great way to get your kids to burn some energy.  Participating rinks include Sunrise Roller Land in Citrus Heights, Roller King in Roseville and The Rink in Sacramento. Happy Skating!

By Heather Crivellone



Win Tickets: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen


It’s almost here. The most anticipated Disney on Ice presentation is finally coming to Sacramento. Frozen, the academy award-winning Disney tale that has captivated the world is now told live, and will soon be skating into Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena for six grand performances over five days. Disney on Ice Presents Frozen, hosted by Mickey and Minnie, will feature favorite royal princesses Anna and Elsa, goofy snowman Olaf, Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven and will have the audience singing and dancing to favorite tunes “Let it Go” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman.” You’ll want to arrive early to learn the snowman dance at the Stonyfield YoKids and Disney Magic of Healthy Living Dance-Along Pre-show.

The folks at Feld Entertainment have graciously given us a family 4-pack of tickets for the opening night performance of this spectacular Disney on Ice presentation.

If you would like a chance to win, post the correct answer to the following trivia question in the comment section below : Which Hans Christian Anderson fairytale is Disney’s Frozen based on?

Post your answers by 3:00 pm on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. One winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

What: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

When: Feb. 10-15, 2016

Where: Sleep Train Arena

Tickets: prices start at $25


Weekend Family Fun

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It’s going to be somewhat of a quiet weekend for Sacramento-area kids and families now that the holidays are over. But not to worry, there are still some fun things to do. The big news is the three new lion cubs on display at the Sacramento Zoo…who can resist a peak at these adorable creatures? (Guess who will be making a special trip to the zoo on Saturday?) Also, it might be the perfect weekend to try out your new skates at the Downtown Holiday Ice Rink if you haven’t been yet – receive 50 percent off skate rentals after 4pm on Fridays. Have a great weekend!

1/10 – Frog or Toad at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center -What’s the difference between frogs and toads? Meet some amphibious creatures up close and find out!

1/10 – The I Hate Children Children’s Show – Comedy magician Paul Nathan has the cure for what ails parents — a family show that’s actually fun for adults as well as kids! The I Hate Children Children’s Show, is smart, funny and interactive, giving you and your family a chance to be invited up on stage to make magic. Magician Paul Nathan, winner of Best Children’s Show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, combines dry humor with tricks that keep kids entranced and parents smiling.

1/11 – Nature’s Symphony at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Take a guided hike and discover the sounds of nature with Effie Yeaw staff.

Thru 1/19 – Downtown Sacramento Holiday Ice Rink – The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink has a long history on The Kay. The rink was first established in 1991 by the City of Sacramento. The Downtown Sacramento Partnership assumed operation and management of the rink soon after with the goal of creating a signature holiday experience for the region. Downtown Sac has been a holiday destination ever since.

1/9 -1/11 – The Addams Family at the 24th Street Theatre – Experience both laughs and chills as the wickedly witty Addams family comes to life in an all-new musical comedy. When the grown-up Wednesday Addams falls head over heels for a normal boy, she invites his parents to the family mansion for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Sit back and savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and everyone’s favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as the special occasion brings out the best — and worst — in everyone involved.

Daily – See the New Lion Cubs at the Sacramento Zoo – The three African Lion cubs are settling into their exhibit since their public debut two weeks ago. The rambunctious trio continue to develop their skills by climbing on the rocks and logs, pouncing on each other, running and tumbling down the slope and using their mother as a big chew toy, teething and chewing on her tail, legs or anything else that is handy! Even in the chilly temperatures they are bounding about and enjoying the sunshine. Currently they cubs are on exhibit from approximately 10 am to 2 pm daily but do have access to their off-exhibit den. Mornings are still the best time to catch a glimpse of them.


Weekend Family Fun

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11/7 – Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink Opening Day – The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink rink was first established in 1991 by the City of Sacramento. The Downtown Sacramento Partnership assumed operation and management of the rink soon after with the goal of creating a signature holiday experience for the region. Downtown has been a holiday destination ever since. We can’t wait for you to join us out on the ice this season!

11/8 – November Art Blast at the Crocker Art Museum – Each month a different work of art provides the inspiration for a memorable art-making activity for families with children Ages 7 to 12. Families are welcome to drop in anytime during the program. This program takes place every second Saturday of the month.

11/8 – Mega Family Carnival  at Countryside Community Park – Don’t miss out on the largest outdoor family carnival event of the year hosted by a special surprised celebrity guest! There will be over 50+ of the most respected local, regional and national companies that provide products and services designed to enrich the lives of families. Come plan for a day of family fun, shopping, family resource, food, and great entertainment!

11/8 – Salmon Stroll at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – The annual migration of Chinook salmon has arrived. Join a naturalist and hike to the river to catch a glimpse of these impressive fish as they swish and swirl in the shallows.

11/8 – Healthy Kids Day at Sleep Train Arena – Sacramento Covered presents their annual Healthy Kids Day. The event will offer free health screenings, enrollment workshops, free health and dental services, free flu vaccines, lunch, healthy snacks and beverages. There will be fun activities and entertainment for the entire family!

11/8 – The I Hate Children Children’s Show – Your children are the stars of this award-winning, magic show for kids and cool parents. If you love your kids but hate boring kid shows then you are going to love this children’s show. It’s an adult magic show, for the whole family. Every child Age 8 years or older is invited on stage to help with the magic. The magic is amazing enough to make believers out of those hard to reach teens. The banter is non-stop and hilarious.

11/8 – 11/9 – The Flying Machine a the B Street Theater – Travel back in time and bear witness to the death-defying adventures of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk as they dazzle the world with their new invention: The Aeroplane!

11/8 – 11/9 – Fingerprinting Fun at the Discovery Museum – It is Child Safety Protection Month and the Discovery Museum wants your family to be prepared for emergencies. Visit the museum this weekend to get children a free child ID to take home and keep on file. This is very important for all families to have and keep current for all of their children. After receiving your free child ID, kids complete a fingerprinting craft activity. Your admission includes these activities and planetarium shows for ages 4 and older.

11/8 – 11/9 – The Little Mermaid – This original adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid tells the “punny” tale of King Tri-Tip and his youngest daughter Aerosol as she strives to shed her tail and grow legs to be with her human prince. But to reach her goal she must make a deal with the evil Sand Witch. Will she live happily ever after, or be doomed to a life aquatic? Come join the fun and find out!

11/9 – Fall Colors at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Create colorful fall art by making leaf rubbings of the leaves found in the Nature Centers’ village area. Have fun while learning how leaf shape and size help in identifying trees.

There’s Still Time to Purchase Tickets to Rockin’ Ever After

d33s_merida and familyBy Alyssa Green

Wednesday night, Brave’s Merida made her debut with Disney on Ice at Sleep Train Arena.  And what debut it was!

I have heard a lot of wonderful things about Disney on Ice over the years, but because I have two sons and no daughters, we have never attended a performance – there has never been any interest.  Now I know what we have been missing.  Pure entertainment joy!

The show opened with a spectacular under the sea scene, complete with all of our favorite characters from The Little Mermaid.  Sebastian, Flounder, Ursula, and of course Ariel and Prince Eric.  It was fun to see Sleep Train Arena transformed into a beautiful and mesmerizing  ocean world full of movement and color.  What a way to get us excited about the rest of the show!

Next came Rapunzel, then the “brave” Merida, the star of the show, making her Disney on Ice debut.  I have to admit to never having actually seen the movie Brave, but guess what is on my list to watch this weekend?  Yep, Disney’s Brave.  Loved, loved, loved Merida and her spunky personality, not to mention her very cute little brothers, who joined her on the ice.  Last, but not least came the beauty Belle, Gaston, the beast and all our other favorite characters from Beauty and the Beast, ending the show with a bright and colorful bang.

The skating and dancing throughout the show was impressive, as were the scenery and props – true to Disney style, of course.  I really can’t imagine anyone attending the show and going away disappointed.  How can you not love all the lights, glitz, costumes and singing from your favorite Disney movies?  Even my 10-year-old son (that’s right, he came along) enjoyed it!

If you don’t have tickets to the show yet, there is still time!  Rockin’ Ever After will be at Sleep Train Arena through Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 and you can still purchase tickets.  For showtimes, locations and prices, click here.

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Merida Debuts at Sleep Train Arena as Disney On Ice Presents Rockin’ Ever After

Character Logo_D33sDisney on on Ice is coming back to Sleep Train Arena and we have two family four-packs to give away!  The new show, Rockin’ Ever After will be in Sacramento February 12-17, 2014.  And I bet you’ll want to go.

“Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the Academy Award-winning Disney•Pixar film, BRAVE, competes to win the heart of adventurous, sharp-shooting Merida, making her on-ice debut!  Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel.  A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle.  It will be a rockin’ remix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this superstar line-up to Sacramento!”

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If you are interested in a chance to win tickets to the show, please answer this trivia question:

What does King Fergus give Merida for her birthday?

Please comment on this post with the correct answer by Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.  Two lucky readers will each be randomly selected to win a family four-pack on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.  Good luck!