What To Do In Sacramento When It’s Too Cold And Wet To Go Outside

untitledBy Heather Crivellone

We are lucky to live in California where the winters are short and the warm weather is long.  However, when we do have some cold and wet days, there are plenty of options for keeping our kids entertained, engaged and active when we just can’t be outside. We can choose from museums (California Railroad, Automobile, Sacramento Children’s museum to name a few), Art museums and exploration (Crocker Art Museum, Art Beast,  Recreate).  Or if your kids are like mine and have more energy than they can burn, an indoor play facility (and I’m not talking about McDonalds) is what you need!

We have plenty to choose from – anything from complete jumping adventures like Sky High Sports (an indoor trampoline center), to bounce houses and indoor play structures that are completely soft and made for the youngest of children.  There is something for every age and ability!

I have compiled a quick list of indoor play structures to help get those “wiggles” out when going to the park is not an option!

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.

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.  Admission is $7.50 per child and 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!

Laguna’s Awesome Party Palace is located in Elk Grove (3147 Dwight Rd)- about 20 minutes outside of downtown Sacramento.  As with most of the indoor bounce facilities, they don’t allow outside food or drink, but do offer a wide selection of snacks at reasonable prices.  Socks are required- so don’t forget to pack an extra pair!  Admission is $7 and call for weekend times and prices since they host private parties.

The Bounce Spot in West Sacramento (2939 Promenade St) is open Tuesday-Friday for open play from 9am-11am and again on Friday nights for family fun 6pm-9pm  Admission is $5 during the day and $7 for Friday nights.  Check their website for weekend hours, since they are usually hosting parties.  They have a climbing structure, bouncer and toddler play area. They also have in the Bounce Room an obstacle course with big slide, a jousting bouncer, and a sports combo with soccer goals, basketball hoops, twister mat and volleyball net.  Socks are required and your kids will be fully worn out after a few hours here!

Now, if the bounce house is a bit overwhelming for your child – then Funtastic (9882 Waterman Rd, Elk Grove)  is a wonderful option.  The entire play area is made of soft foam blocks to climb on, roll over and just play around.  They have climbing rope structures, slides and mazes to climb through- a great place for your little monkey to burn some energy.  Plus, they have coffee and free WiFi for us moms to sit back and get a little “quiet time” in… a perfect way to spend a cold winter morning!

Another great place to take your kids on a cold day is Wacky Tacky (7351 Galille Rd, Roseville)-  This indoor playground has everything to keep your kids entertained for hours (and it also has free WiFi for the parents), you will be ensured a quiet evening since the kiddos will be asleep early after a day here!  The soft playground has climbing areas, obstacle-like courses, soft “shooting” balls and slides to keep them running, crawling and climbing for hours.   The kids love the fast slide…but as a mom, I would rather just sit back and watch them zip down it, since I’m not quite as fearless as they are!  Kids of all ages are welcome (they even have a soft play area for toddlers). Price is $7 for children over the age of 2 and they are open 7 days a week.  Check their website for “Open Play” times, since this is a great place to host birthday parties- you don’t want to show up when it’s reserved.

Climbaroo in Natomas (4421 Gateway Park Blvd) is another option for the younger children.  They have giant, soft blocks to climb and build with.  A climbing structure with slides and ropes to climb through and an area to just run, jump and be a kid in!  For the parents, they offer one of the best full service cafés for a “bounce house”.  They are open 7 days a week and offer special events like “mommy and me” dance days, family nights, and more.

And of course, if bouncing isn’t your kids “thing” or you just want a mellow afternoon and not get “crazy” at some of these indoor play centers, some of our local malls have great kids areas.  Plus, what mom doesn’t need an excuse to hit the mall? Arden Mall and the Roseville Galleria both have great indoor play areas for the kids to run around in and burn energy.  And if your kids are a bit older for these small play areas, the Arden Mall has the Lego Store to keep them entertained and building.  And the Roseville Galleria has a Color Me Mine to keep them busy and creating!

Or, if you want to keep it really simple and just sit back, enjoy some good food and let the kids play, then of course there is always Wicked West Pizza in West Sacramento, Johns Incredible Pizza  in Roseville and Chuck E Cheese on Arden and another in Roseville.  You can just order a pizza, hand over some coins and let the kids have some fun at the arcade.

I hope this list gives you and your family some ideas of things to do with your little ones when the weather just doesn’t cooperate.  It’s always good to keep our children active and it’s even better when they burn enough energy to take an “extra long” nap in the afternoon. Happy bouncing to you and your kids!

 

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Art Appreciation Month in Sacramento

12570panel20By Heather Crivellone

Did you know that August is National “Art Appreciation Month”?  If not, then you are in luck- Because, one of the great things about having children in Sacramento, is that there are so many opportunities to let them develop their imaginations and expose them to the arts and while learning how to appreciate the arts in whatever form they choose.

Every month, Downtown Sacramento hosts 2nd Saturday”, where local businesses, art galleries and restaurants open up for a progressive art show.  Enjoy an evening of art, music, wine (for the adults), and people watching at it’s finest.

With the variety of art shows you can take the kids to view, don’t miss an opportunity to visit the   Crocker Art Museum. During the summer, I took my kids to “Family Fridays” at the Crocker Art Museum and was highly impressed. First of all, the museum itself is gorgeous (I have been to quite a few in my days of prancing abroad) and I was pleasantly surprised at the architecture and the work on display.  The Family Friday series was a weekly program during the summer where families could enjoy making different art projects in the courtyard, followed by live entertainment.  Now, if you missed the summer events at the Crocker- there are plenty of family events throughout the year. Every Wednesday, they host their Wee Wednesday” class for the preschool age children and their caregivers.   This is an opportunity to introduce your young children to the beauty of art in a fun and interactive way.  Instructors will typically walk the children through the museum to a particular work of art and discuss it in ways that is fun and understanding for the children.  When we visited this event a few months back, they also read a story and at the end of the class the children had an opportunity to explore Tot Land.  This is a child friendly, interactive area where the kids can play, create and learn about the world of art around them.

Other special events that are coming up include: “Sketch It” on Sunday, August 24 from 11am-1pm, visitors five and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month and all supplies are included. No experience necessary On Monday, September 1 from 11am-3pm families with young children will have a yee-haw time at the Crocker’s fourth annual celebration of Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days. The West will be wild with wiggles and giggles in this event featuring live performances, craft-making demos, hands-on art-making, and even a petting zoo. On this day there will be FREE admission. These are just some of the events that are coming up.  Check the website and calendar for other fun filled events at the Crocker Art Museum.

If you are looking for more hands- on, create your own “masterpiece” with your children, then check out some of our local art studios like Art Beast and Recreate.  Art Beast is a favorite for many local moms- $8/ person and you can spend the entire day getting lost in your creativity at this drop in art studio. Painting, coloring, sculpting, dramatic play, daily classes and so much more! This place has everything to keep your creativity entertained for hours and hours. Recreate in Roseville is an eco-friendly art gallery where kids can create their own masterpieces with recyclables.

So, just remember that when you are thinking about exposing your family to the arts.. there is no need to travel far for museums and “culture”… our beautiful golden city already has it all!

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Exploring the World of Art in Sacramento with Kids

12570panel20By Heather Crivellone

One of the great things about having children in Sacramento, is that there are so many opportunities to let them develop their imaginations and expose them to the arts. Every month, Downtown Sacramento hosts “2nd Saturday”, where local businesses, art galleries and restaurants open up for a progressive art show.  Enjoy an evening of art, music, wine (for the adults), and people watching at it’s finest. With the variety of art shows you can take the kids to view, don’t miss an opportunity to visit the   Crocker Art Museum. During the summer, I took my kids to  “Family Fridays” at the Crocker Art Museum and was highly impressed. First of all, the museum itself is gorgeous (I have been to quite a few in my days of prancing abroad) and I was pleasantly surprised at the architecture and the work on display. The Family Friday series was a weekly program during the summer where families could enjoy making different art projects in the courtyard, followed by live entertainment.  Now, if you missed the summer events at the Crocker- there are plenty of family events throughout the year. Every Wednesday, they host their “Wee Wednesday” class for the preschool ages children and their caregivers.   This is an opportunity to introduce your young children to the beauty of art in a fun and interactive way.  Instructors will typically walk the children through the museum to a particular work of art and discuss it in ways that is fun and understanding for the children.  When we visited this event a few months back, they also read a story and  at the end of the class the children had an opportunity to explore Tot Land.  This is a child friendly, interactive area where the kids can play, create and learn about the world of art around them. Other special events that are coming up include: “Sketch It” on Sunday, August 25 11am-1pm where visitors five and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month and all supplies are included. No experience necessary On Monday, September 2 from 11am-3pm families with young children will have a yee-haw time at the Crocker’s third annual celebration of Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days. The West will be wild with wiggles and giggles in this event featuring live performances, craft-making demos, hands-on art-making, and even a petting zoo. On this day there will be Free admission. Tuesday, September 3 from 10:30am-12pm join other families at “Artful Tot”.  “Toddlers can explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. Adults learn how to encourage experimentation and self-expression while nurturing their child’s creativity. Families are welcome to arrive anytime during this drop-in program. Please dress for mess. This program is for children from 19 to 36 months old and their caregivers.”  $10 Museum members per pair (includes one child + one adult) $15 Nonmembers per pair (includes one child + one adult) $5 per additional person. These are just some of the events that are coming up.  Check the website and calendar for other fun filled events at the Crocker Art Museum.

If you are looking for more hands- on, create your own “masterpiece” with your children, then check out some of our local art studios like Art Beast and Recreate.  Art Beast is a favorite for many local moms- $8/ person and you can spend the entire day getting lost in your creativity at this drop in art studio. Painting, coloring, sculpting, dramatic play, daily classes and so much more! This place has everything to keep your creativity entertained for hours and hours. Recreate in Roseville is an eco-friendly art gallery where kids can create their own masterpieces with recyclables.

And if you are looking for an ongoing class for your little Picasso- then visit Kids Studio of Fine Arts. Your child can learn everything from the basics of drawing to more complex and expressionistic styles of drawing and painting.  They offer classes for children between the ages of 4 and 18 and have many classes available throughout the week. So, just remember that when you are thinking about exposing your family to the arts.. there is no need to travel far for museums and “culture”… our beautiful golden city already has it all!

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ReCreate in Roseville- where your kids can make truly unique holiday gifts.

By Heather Crivellone

“Reuse, Recycle, Recreate”- that is the mantra of a local eco-friendly art studio in Roseville. We had the opportunity to visit ReCreate and we all had an absolute blast!

As the saying goes, “One persons trash is another persons treasure”, well this is definitely the truth when it comes to this studio!

Recreate collects all sorts of interesting (yet unwanted) usable materials from local businesses and provides them for environmental lessons, and uses them to create works of art.

ReCreate is located at 8417 Washington Blvd. in Roseville.  As you enter the studio, you will find bins after bins full of reusable “things”. Everything from wine corks, electrical wire, bubble wrap, toilet paper rolls, coffee cans, etc. etc. Things we would normally just “toss” into the recycling bin, they put it back to use!

You and your child’s imagination can go wild here. Creating anything you can imagine with the use of a hot glue gun (yes- they have hot glue… it’s up high for the adults, but beware- it is available for those “reaching hands”).

They do offer Art classes and parties (check their website), for those who would like a little more structure. However, for me and the kids we opted to try their “Drop in crafting”. For only $6/ crafter per hour, we had full run (basically) of the studio. You can also choose to purchase additional items for your creation (at a nominal price).

At first I was a bit intimidated, not knowing what to do and make. However, the staff was extremely helpful and they had so many examples throughout the studio that it really gave us some inspiration to start creating.

I was impressed as my daughter Siena (5) stayed so focused on her picture frame she decorated with buttons and “shiny” tape. Lucca (my little 3 year old) had fun coloring and was excited over the “choo choo” train that I helped him make out of wine corks and wooden blocks (he was actually still playing with that train this morning).

Luckily, they do have crayons and paper for the younger ones, but if your child enjoys art and using their imagination (who doesn’t?) then you will have a blast creating something unique with them.

The best thing about ReCreate is that not only is it a drop-in art studio, but they are helping local businesses to create less waste and teaching our children the concept of recycling and reusing. A teachable moment that goes far beyond the crafts they make in the studio.

And for a truly unique gift this Christmas,  drop in for one of thier Gift Making Workshops for kids.  These will be held on December 7 and 14.    Drop the kids off at the studio while you hit the malls and finish up (or start) your Christmas shopping. These sessions are $39/ child and they will create a unique, one-of a kind gift for someone special. Check out thier website for more information.

The wait is finally over… Sacramento Children’s Museum’s Grand Opening is August 25th- and we are giving away passes!!!

This past weekend, the kids and I were lucky enough to get the opportunity to attend the “Sneak Peek” of the Sacramento Children’s Museum. And I’m not sure who was more excited- the kids or myself! I have been waiting for the grand opening of Sacramento’s first children’s museum (along with many other local moms) for a while. And now that the wait is almost over- my family and I are thrilled to soon become members of this new fun and educational kids’ “hot spot”.

The Sacramento Children’s Museum believes that “play is an essential part of a child’s “work”. Through hands-on exhibits, children can use their imagination and creativity to express themselves and learn new things.
The museum is geared for children ages 0-8, but I think kids of all ages would have fun exploring and creating at the museum.

My kids were completely enthralled in the Airways and Raceways exhibits. We spent the majority of our time learning about velocity, gravity, frictions and the basic principles of objects in motion. My little guy never tired of making the balls roll though the roller coasters and giant spirals. While my daughter had a blast watching bright colored scarves zigzag through an incredible maze powered by air compression.

My favorite was the “Studio of Arts” where ReCreate sponsors an area where kids can use their imagination along with recyclables to create their own masterpieces.
Other exhibits include a giant “Lite Brite”- this took me back to when I was seven years old- and it was a huge hit with my kids as well!

The Waterways exhibit let the children explore water and how things float in a safe environment. They had fun doing boat races, splashing and creating their own “waves”. This exhibit is guaranteed fun- and prepare to get a bit wet while your at it! Luckily for me, I had a spare of clothes for my daughter , but she wouldn’t’ take the time to change- thankfully, it was our last exhibit of the day!

They also have areas for dress up and imaginative play (a favorite for my little girl!).  Baby Boomers is an area where the younger children can explore with soft toys, create their own “gardens”, read stories or just gaze at the amazing colors and murals that make this area so enjoyable for the youngest of kids.

If you do have very small children, the museum also has a private room for nursing mothers, along with a changing area. I’ve been to many kids’ attractions with my two children and this is a very special element. Finding quiet areas to take your very young while your older kids are playing is a wonderful luxury for some tired moms!

The museum is located at 2701 Prospect Drive in Rancho Cordova.  Admissions will be $7.00 General Admission, $6.00 for Military and those over 60 and Free to museum members and children under the age of 1.

But don’t just take my word for it that this is a great place to take your children (or nephews, nieces, grandkids, etc)- mark your calendars for Thursday, August 25th for the Grand Opening Celebration of Sacramento’s First Children’s Museum.
And if you would like to experience the fun “hands-on”, we are going to be giving away 2 family 4 pack passes to a couple lucky readers. Please comment on this article and let us know why your family should be one of the first to visit the museum and next Friday (August 19th) 2 lucky winners will be announced.

Good luck and HAVE FUN!!!

 

 

Art in Sacramento for Kids

One of the great things about having children in Sacramento, is that there are so many opportunities to let them develop their imaginations and expose them to the arts.
Every month, Downtown Sacramento hosts “2nd Saturday”, where local businesses, art galleries and restaurants open up for a progressive art show.

Enjoy an evening of art, music, wine (for the adults), and people watching at it’s finest.

Our family especially enjoys “window shopping” through the boutiques on J street, listening to the live music and eating slices of pizza at Luigi’s Pizza Parlor during this festive art show.

Historic Folsom also hosts their version of “2nd Saturday” as well as Roseville with their “3rd Saturday” or every month.

With the variety of art shows you can take the kids to view, don’t miss an opportunity to visit the newly remodeled Crocker Art Museum.

Recently I took my kids to their “Wee Wednesday” at the Crocker Art and was highly impressed. First of all, the museum itself is gorgeous (I have been to quite a few in my days of prancing abroad) and I was pleasantly surprised at the architecture and the work on display.

“Wee Wednesday” was great for the kids (preschool age). The instructor had the children discuss a particular painting, helped them to understand what they were viewing, read to them and ended in the education room where they were free to create their own artwork, play with puzzles, books and just…explore! It was a great experience for children starting to develop a love for art.

Now if you and your kids are more “hands on”- then a trip to one of the local art studios is for you. Art Beast is a favorite for many local moms- $8/ person and you can spend the entire day getting lost in your creativity at this drop in art studio. Painting, coloring, sculpting, dramatic play, daily classes and so much more! This place has everything to keep your creativity entertained for hours and hours.

Trailmix.net is another fun destination for some drop-in crafters. Create a critter, paint a flowerbox and other outdoor craft ideas on their “a la carte” menus.

Recreate in Roseville is an eco-friendly art gallery where kids can create their own masterpieces with recyclables.

So whatever you choose there are plenty of opportunities to expose your children to the wonderful world of art here in Sacramento.

ReCreate in Roseville… an Eco Art Center for Kids and Adults!

“Reuse, Recycle, Recreate”- that is the mantra of a local eco-friendly art studio in Roseville. We had the opportunity to visit ReCreate a few weeks ago and we all had an absolute blast!

 

As the saying goes, “One persons trash is another persons treasure”, well this is definitely the truth when it comes to this studio!

Recreate collects all sorts of interesting (yet unwanted) usable materials from local businesses and provides them for environmental lessons, and uses them to create works of art.

ReCreate is located in downtown Old Roseville (also a great area to walk around and “window” shop). As you enter the studio, you will see bins after bins full of reusable “things”. Everything from wine corks, electrical wire, bubble wrap, toilet paper rolls, coffee cans, etc. etc. Things we would normally just “toss” into the recycling bin, they put it back to use!

You and your child’s imagination can go wild here. Creating anything you can imagine with the use of a hot glue gun (yes- they have hot glue… it’s up high for the adults, but beware- it is available for those “reaching hands”).

They do offer Art classes and parties (check their website), for those who would like a little more structure. However, for me and the kids we opted to try their “Drop in crafting”. For only $5/ crafter, we had full run (basically) of the studio. You can also choose to purchase additional items for your creation (at a nominal price).

At first I was a bit intimidated, not knowing what to do and make. However, the staff was extremely helpful and they had so many examples throughout the studio that it really gave us some inspiration to start creating.

I was impressed as my daughter Siena (3) stayed so focused on her picture frame she decorated with buttons and “shiny” tape. Lucca (my little 1 year old) had fun coloring and was excited over the “choo choo” train that I helped him make out of wine corks and wooden blocks (he was actually still playing with that train this morning).

Luckily, they do have crayons and paper for the younger ones, but if your child enjoys art and using their imagination (who doesn’t?) then you will have a blast creating something unique with them.

The best thing about ReCreate is that not only is it a drop-in art studio, but they are helping local businesses to create less waste and teaching our children the concept of recycling and reusing. A teachable moment that goes far beyond the crafts they make in the studio.