Win Tickets: Sacramento River Cats Play the Albuquerque Isotopes this Saturday

Raley Field 027The River Cats, Sacramento’s award-winning triple-A baseball team faces the Albuquerque Isotopes this weekend. What better way to start summer vacation with your kids, right? We’ve got 4 tickets plus a parking pass to give away to one lucky reader. Simply tell us what your favorite Raley Field eatery is, and you’ll be entered to win the family 4-pack for Saturday’s game. Act fast, the drawing will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 3:00 pm. Here’s the game details:

What: Sacramento River Cats vs. Albuquerque Isotopes

When: Saturday, June 4 at 7:05 pm

Where: Raley Field, West Sacramento

Don’t forget to stick around after the game for the Sutter Health fireworks show!

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For it’s One, Two, Three Strikes You’re Out! Family Night Out With the River Cats


If you are looking for a fun family friendly activity right at your doorstep, look no further than Raley Field in West Sacramento.  We loaded up our kids recently to catch an evening Sacramento River Cats game.  The sights, sounds, and smells brought a nostalgic feeling for us parents as our little ones got to experience the buzz of excitement for the first time.  We’ve always wanted to take them to a San Francisco Giants game, but a minor league game in town offers a much more affordable option without the hassle of driving to the Bay.   We were seated right behind home plate, but looking around we saw many other great seats available including lawn seats which looked like a nice option for little ones with a lot of energy to burn.  The kids loved being so close to the action, as we could hear the loud crack of the bats and the ball hitting the catcher’s mitt.  The pitchers were really throwing some heat!  Every so often a foul ball would fly over our heads and the kids held onto hope that they would eventually catch one.

Its best not to come to Raley Field with a full belly because you will want to try at least one of the many treats offered to baseball goers. We tried the kettle corn which was fabulous.  Our daughter could not pass up the “Chicago mix,” which is a mixture of caramel-covered popcorn and cheddar popcorn.   Of course, you will find classic ballpark hot dogs, but they also serve a wide variety of other dishes, such as salmon tacos and garlic fries.  We surprised the kids with a treat/souvenir they could take home: miniature helmets filled with ice cream and hot fudge.  I remember collecting those as a kid!  Needless to say, those treats were a home run.

While the older kids were fixated on the game, the younger kids were not left out of the excitement as they watched River Cats’ mascot, Dinger’s antics around the stadium and waited for a chance meet him in person. Our five-year old was ecstatic when he finally got a chance to high-five Dinger and we later were able to snap a picture with him on our way out of the park.  Other entertaining activities included a potato sack race on the field and standing up and signing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch. Kids can also join Dinger’s Club for a discount at the Deck Shop, tickets to the Kids Corner and other fun promotions and activities.  For more information on Dinger’s Club, click here.

What: Sacramento River Cats, Sacramento’s AAA Baseball team, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Where: Raley Field, West Sacramento, just across the river from Old Sacramento.

When to Go: The season runs from April 7 – September 5, 2016, but the best family days are Toyota Family Value Tuesdays, when hot dogs and desserts are just $1 each and Sunday Fundays when balloon artists, face painters and even the players themselves are out for the family to enjoy. Check out the many other fun game day promotions, here and click here to view the full game schedule.

Where to Park:

Parking option 1: this year, the River Cats and Lashers Auto Group have partnered up to reward carpoolers. Parking is FREE at any Raley Field parking lot if you have at least 4 people to a car. You must fill out a form here, print out a voucher and present it upon entering the lot on game day.

Parking option 2: Head into Old Sacramento, park in the South garage, and enjoy a short, picturesque walk across the Tower Bridge to the ballpark.

by Kara Keister


Sacramento River Cats Host “Mommy and Me Day” at Raley Field

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“Take me out to the Ballgame, Take me out the Crowds….”  Yes- It’s baseball season and everyone here in Sacramento is cheering for the River Cats!  If you are new to town or just visiting, then check out the schedule for our minor league, Triple A affiliate team of the San Francisco Giants!  The games are always fun for the entire family and every Friday and Saturday nights you can enjoy a fireworks show after the game!

Along with the baseball games and the mascot “Dinger” coming out to surprise the kids- they also have “Mommy & Me Days” where the kids can enjoy running the bases and playing games out on the field.  The last couple of years, my kids and I have visited Raley Field during these Mommy & Me Days”, and it has been such a treat for my little 5-year-old baseball player!

Luckily for us, the Sacramento River Cats will be hosting another FREE “Mommy and Me Day” on Tuesday May 12 from 10am- 12pm (registration starts at 9am). If you have not had a chance to attend the past Mommy and Me events, we highly recommend making the time to take your little ones out to the baseball field.  Parents and their children (Under the age of 6) can spend the day out on the baseball field playing different games and participating in activities such as: tee-ball, soccer, arts and crafts, bounce houses and much more.

Last time they had Dinger the Mascot visiting with all the children, games with parachutes, balls and everything that the pre-school aged children love! There will also be free snacks and drinks provided while supplies last.

If you are planning on attending this event, please go on their website and fill out the mandatory waivers and bring them with you to the field. This will help in having to wait in the long lines…. And since we know that children are not the most patient little beings, this may help avoid a spontaneous “melt-down”.

Make sure you don’t forget your sunscreen (since you will be down on the field), camera for those great shots of your little ones “sliding” into home-plate, and plenty of energy for a fun-filled day!

Weekend Family Fun

Sacramento activities for familiesThe weather in Sacramento is going to be perfect this weekend, so make sure you head outside to enjoy one of many outdoor activities and events. How about a train ride along the river? Or celebrate Creek Week at Arcade Creek? How about exploring the Fishhead Lake Mitigation Wetlands? Last but not least, take in a River Cats game at Raley Field. Parking is free this year! Have a great weekend!

4/11 – 4/12 – Excursion Train Rides along the River – hop on board the Sacramento Southern Railroad for a picturesque train ride along the Sacramento River. Trains run every hour, on the hour, between 11am and 4 pm, weather permitting.

4/11 – 4/12 – Festival for Kids at Cal Expo – bring the kids out to Cal Expo this weekend to for some great family events and activities. Kids will have the opportunity to take pictures with their favorite cartoon characters like Spongebob or Dora the Explorer. Learn about sporting activities, meet with law enforcement and learn what to do in emergencies, be entertained by jugglers, magicians and animals. You won’t want to miss out on this great event!

4/11 – 4/12 – Yuri’s Weekend at the Discovery Museum – join in on the international celebration of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. Learn all about Yuri, make a Yuri finger puppet, and pretend to be astronauts in the space rocket play area.

4/11 – Art Blast at the Crocker Art Museum – bring your kids, ages 7 to 12, to the Crocker for their monthly activity meant to inspire children to be creative and produce a memorable work of art. Drop in any time between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.

4/11 – Bufferlands Birds and Blooms Tour – come on out to the Fishhead Lake Mitigation Wetlands for a free tour of the resident waterfowl, songbirds, raptors and wildflowers. Visitors will receive a packet of native wildflower seeds.

4/11 – Arcade Creek Exploration – follow along with biologists as they guide visitors through the creek and explore the wildlife that live there. Help collect live animals from the Arcade Creek and Del Paso Regional Park and learn to identify them using scientific tools.

4/11 – Squeaky Clean Comedy – this improv show is perfect for people of all ages. Filled with spontaneity, quick wit and humor, this interactive night of laughs shows that you don’t need to use profanity to be funny.

4/12 – Living in Water at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – celebrate Creek Week by using catch and release activities to get a close-up look at some local pond animals. You’ll learn about the variety of water insects hidden in our local waterways.

4/12 – Sunday Funday with the Sacramento River Cats – Watch as Sacramento’s favorite baseball team, the River Cats take on the Salt Lake Bees on this Sunday Funday at Raley Field. Face painters and balloon artists will be available pre-game, while kids will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game.


Weekend Family Fun

Are you loving this delta breeze?  Take advantage of the warm days and cool nights this weekend by bringing the family out to South Natomas Community Park for an outdoor screening of How to Train your Dragon, or head to Raley Field for a River Cats game.  Into old cars?  Join the California Automobile Museum for its 5th Annual Car Cruise, celebrate Leo’s birthday at the Sacramento Children’s Museum, or enjoy nature along the American River at the Nature Center.  Whatever you choose to do, have a fabulous weekend!

river_cats_batter_category8/2- 8/3 –  Sacramento River Cats vs. Albuquerque Isostopes – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Albuquerque Isotopes.  Get excited to participate in Swing for the Cure. You get to bid on special pink breast cancer awareness jerseys worn by the players during the game in the silent auction to support the fight against breast cancer. Winners will get the game-worn, autographed jersey and a picture with the player or coach who wore it!  Don’t forget about the Friday Fireworks! Bring a group and enjoy the best fireworks show in Northern California all season long.

colorrun_colorthrow_category8/3 – The Color Run – The Color Run™ event is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. For our events, it is about participants of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of The Color Run™ course will be the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a very long time.

cam_car_cruise-2013_v5_1_category8/3 – 5th Annual California Automobile Museum Car Cruise – The CAM Car Cruise is an annual event for vintage car owners to show off their rides. The Cruise begins at Sac State and ends on Fulton and El Camino in a huge vintage car show. Spectators will be greeted with live music, food trucks, vendor booths, and a beer garden. All cars, trucks, and motorcycles of interest are welcome.

lbb_leo_2013_category8/3 – Leo’s Birthday Bash – Get ready for a night full of birthday celebrations and family fun. Join Sacramento Children’s Museum to celebrate their second birthday.  Activities include: the return of Raceways (one night only), photo booth courtesy of Giggle and Riot, music by Music Matt, face painting by Whimsy, face painting and body art, cupcake walk, carnival games, tasty food, beer and wine available for mom and dad, and of course, Museum play.

picture1_category8/3 – Screen on the Green: How to Train your Dragon – Screen on the Green is a series of free movie screenings shown at various parks in Sacramento brought to by Councilman Steve Cohn and Pops in the Park. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating or a lawn chair for seating, and snacks. A sweatshirt for the cooler evening weather and a flashlight are also recommended.

effie_yeaw_category8/3 – Under the Oaks at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Effie Yeaw’s mighty oak trees provide food and shelter for many animals and insects. Learn how to identify different varieties of oak trees in the Nature Preserve and who might be living in them.

festival_italiana_category8/3 – 8/4 – Festa Italiana -2013 will make the 28th anniversary of Festa Italiana. This beautiful Italian community event features delicious Italian food and drink and stellar entertainers. There will be an Italian Marketplace, a children’s games and rides area, bocce ball, Italian cars, motorcycles, and much more entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Everyone is invited to come out and celebrate Italian heritage. Don’t miss Festa Italiana, Northern California’s Italian community gathering for two days of Italian cuisine, music, dancing, fun, and friendship.

Stamp-a-rama8/3 – 8/4 – Ramblin’ Mars Rover – It has been one year since Curiosity landed on Mars and the Discovery Museum is celebrating this weekend with a Ramblin’ Rover good time! View the life-size Opportunity model in the Space Quest! exhibit. A new planetarium show
debuts with a focus on the Curiosity rover. Learn more about space rovers with special guest, Steven Ainsworth, an official NASA ambassador.

8/4 – Those Wacky Woodpeckers at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center -Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable by their unique behavior of pecking vertically on trees and poles, but how much do you really know about these outstanding birds? We will clue you in.

dingerrivercats_category8/4 – 8/6 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Texas Round Rock Express – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Texas Round Rock Express.  The Bobblehead Series continues with another bobblehead giveaway for the first 2,500 fans, after fan voting decides one of the three greatest outfielders in River Cats history, #8 Nick Swisher.  Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items to the ballpark to benefit the Players Wives’ Food Drive Help the River Cats players’ spouses that collect food for those less fortunate.

Come and enjoy the Sunday Funday where kids of all ages will enjoy U.S. Bank Sunday Fundays, featuring pregame player autographs, face painters and balloon artists, and the opportunity to run the bases on the field after every Sunday home game!

Weekend Family Fun

Phew.  The winter-like weather has passed, and it looks like summer is here again in Sacramento!  You’ll want to check out Fairytale Town’s annual Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy event, or spend some time outside at the Nature Center.  The Crocker Art Museum’s popular Family Fridays returns this Friday night, or have the kids bring their bikes down to the Children’s Museum for some biking fun with Leo.  Whatever you choose, have a wonderful weekend!

6/28 – Family Fridays: Rainbow Day at the Crocker Art Museum – Join other families in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard for music, art-making, and good old-fashioned fun. Picnic fare and artfully educational toys will be available for purchase in the courtyard. On Rainbow Day, jump around to colorful, Caribbean music performed by Asheba.

lorax_filmposter_category6/28 – Drive-in Movie: Lorax at the Fulton-El Camino Recreation District – Enjoy an evening swim. Bring a picnic dinner, popcorn, or purchase available concessions, then settle in for the evening to enjoy a screening of The Lorax.  Grass seating will be available, so bring blankets to sit on. Please no glass in the pool area.  Guests will also be able to help choose the next week’s movie.

sacramento-river-cats-logo_W26/28 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Reno Aces – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Reno Aces. Enjoy the hugely popular Raley Field fireworks, with a show immediately following the game. See the best fireworks show in Northern California all season long!  Also, the first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive a River Cats rally towel. Show up early to make sure you get one.

6/28 – reCreate the Masters at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join Sacramento Children’s Museum and Miss Cynthia from reCREATE to experience art in a new way. Weekly art projects have been designed using recycled materials. You will reCREATE well-known masterpieces and children’s books.  All materials are provided and the class is included with admission to the Museum

fairytale town 6/29 – Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy at Fairytale Town – Celebrate the classic works of William Shakespeare while enjoying all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream at Fairytale Town’s magical midsummer evening inspired by the popular fairy-themed play. The enchanting evening emceed by Mix 96’s Jennifer Wood features multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an old-time marketplace, and more.  Costumes for the whole family are encouraged. No host food and bar.

girl_with_pizza_category6/29 – Kids and Teens in the Kitchen: Farm Pizza Party at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op – Cooking is a skill that can be developed over a lifetime. Young people get a head start in these fun, hands-on classes, and they get to enjoy the dishes they have made together. Students will learn valuable skills using fresh seasonal ingredients: knife skills, measuring, kitchen math, and working as a team.  In this Farm Pizza Party class, students will harvest fresh veggies from the farm and use them as toppings for their own personal pizza. They will learn to make pizza dough as well as pesto from scratch. Not to mention they will learn where the food comes from.

kidsonbikes_category6/29 – Wheels Day at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Bring your bike, trike, or scooter (and a helmet)! Join Team Leo outside to roll and ride all day. Remember your helmet. Bubbles, music, and a hydration station will be available. No fee to play outside with us. General admission will apply for indoor museum activities

waspoakgalls_category6/29 – What Gall at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Discover how tiny wasps have caused galls in Effie Yeaw’s oak trees. Some galls look like apples, some like Hershey Kisses, and some even look like tiny sea urchins.  Join a Naturalist for a hike in the preserve to find three different types of oak trees and discover what kinds of galls each oak hosts.

Stamp-a-rama6/29-6/30 – Meteor Madness at the Discovery Museum – Come to the Discovery Museum and learn about rocks from space–meteors! There is a collection of meteorites on display in the Space Quest! exhibit. Children craft a shooting star on a stick to take home as a souvenir. The family feature this weekend is a presentation on meteors–where they come from and where they go–at Noon or 2pm for all ages. Planetarium shows are at 1pm or 3pm for ages 4 and older.

6/30 – Animals of the American River at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Reptiles, mammals, and birds can be found all along the American River. How can
you tell these three groups apart? Is it by eggs or skin or flight? Examine some biofact evidence and meet an animal resident of the Nature Center up close to decide in which group it belongs.

Weekend Family Fun

Movies in the Park, music in the park, Sesame Street Live at Sleep Train Arena, even a campout at Fairytale Town!  There is so much to do this weekend.  Hope you have a good one!

family_bike_nights_logo_safetyville_category6/20-6/21 – Family Bike Night at Safetyville, USA – Families attending will enjoy bike riding in an enclosed safe riding area, food court selling hot dogs, sodas, and other snacks, a special designated area for the young riders, bike safety clinic, and local area bike vendors on hand for bike assistance and questions. This event also features CHP involvement and presentation.

$4fridays_category6/21 – $4 Friday Night at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Celebrate summer inside and outside the Sacramento Children’s Museum during the first “$4 Friday night” event happening this summer. Come and enjoy with live music by The Hoots, food trucks by FoodMob, Big Spoon Yogurt, face painting, eye-catching classic cars provided by the California Automobile Museum, and other fun activities.

logo_category6/21 – Movies in the Park: Angels in the Outfield – Come out early to get a good seat and let your kids experience the Wonderful Outdoor World (W.O.W.) bus before the movie begins.  Concessions (hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, and ice cream) will be available for purchase from the Fair Oaks Host Lions Club and Fair Oaks Youth Advisory Board (FOYAB).  The movie screened tonight will be Angels in the Outfield.

campout_category6/21 – Family Campout at Fairytale Town – Spend the night at Humpty Dumpty’s house. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theatre performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories, and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast.

wizardofozbanner_category6/21 – 6/30 – Wizard of Oz – Join Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion as they band together on an adventure along the Yellow Brick Road to Oz and face the wrath of the Wicked Witch. The production will be true to the movie that has enchanted fans
of all ages for decades featuring the songs “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.”

smurfs_movie_category6/22 – Macy’s Great American Drive-In – Coast-to-coast, bumper to bumper, join Macy’s as they continue their American Icons celebration with movie night at authentic drive-in and pop-up drive-in locations across the country. The fun begins with carnival games, top tunes, yummy treats, and more.  Bring your camera for a snapshot with your favorite Smurf character. At dusk, enjoy a free screening of the family blockbuster hit, The Smurfs™ and a sneak peek of The Smurfs 2™ in theatres July 31!

pops_2013_category6/22 – Pops in the Park: Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers  – Pops in the Park is a series of free evening concerts that raises money for under-funded neighborhood parks. Sponsorship and advertising dollars, as well as proceeds from the sale of food and beverages at the events, have been used since 1995 to fund the events, enhance neighborhood parks, bring improvements to the neighborhood, and provide youth athletic scholarships.

6/22  – Nature Tales at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Members of the Sacramento Storytellers Guild will share their entertaining tales of animals and nature.  Admission is free.

dingerrivercats_category6/22 & 6/23  – River Cats vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The River Cats are commemorating the 1,000th game ever played at Raley Field with A “Grand” Celebration. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will be invited down to the field post game to watch fireworks in the outfield!

sesamestreetlive_category6/22 & 6/23 – Sesame Street: Can’t Stop Singing – Come and play before the show! Play Zone at Sesame Street Live is a fun way for children to experience their favorite street. Imagine your child sitting in Big Bird’s nest, popping up in Oscar’s trash can, twirling in Zoe’s dance studio, or visiting Elmo’s World. You never know who’ll make an appearance. Families won’t want to miss a single picture-perfect moment. Play Zone opens one hour before the show and is free with your Sesame Street Live ticket.