A Family Friendly St. Patrick’s Day in Sacramento

Shamrock clip artIf you are looking for some fun St. Patrick’s Day activities to do with the kids, here’s a great list. You can trap a leprechaun at the the public library, get your face painted on a St. Patrick’s Day river cruise, or see green at Shrek the Musical and much, much more. Have a good one!

3/11 – Make Your Own Pot of Gold with ArtBeast at the Sacramento Arcade Library – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a little magic! After sharing a silly St. Patrick’s Day story guests will paint some rocks gold to make their very own golden nuggets and then nestle them in a little pot under the rainbow.

3/12 – Trap a Leprechaun at the North Highlands Library – Build a leprechaun trap with a variety of recyclable materials. You will add some coins, Lucky Charms, and glitter to catch those wily leprechauns!

3/12 – Taste a Rainbow – Become a food explorer! Fruits and vegetables have many different flavors. Come explore and taste sweet, savory, and sour foods. Record your favorites in an explorer journals. There will also be a reading of Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.

3/13 – 3/21 – Shrek the Musical presented by Musical Mayhem – Join Shrek, a green swamp-dwelling ogre, on his life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land in this sensational stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks movie. Accompanied by a wise-cracking donkey, Shrek becomes an unlikely hero who fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and ultimately learns that real friendship and true love aren’t just for fairy tales. Adapted for young performers ages 8-20, this junior production of Shrek The Musical is a hilariously irreverent foray into everyone’s favorite fairy tales.

3/14 – 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Sacramento – Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors, and a variety of cultural organizations, will all join together to be a part of the 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade!

3/14 – St. Patrick’s Day River Cruise – This St. Patrick’s Day spend your afternoon on the Sacramento River. Enjoy a one hour cruise of the Sacramento River with a Face painter & Balloon Artist for the kids! See where the American and Sacramento Rivers come together to experience the wildlife and breathtaking natural beauty that this historic and important waterway has to offer.

3/15 – Seeing Green at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join a naturalist for some “catch and release” activities in the Nature Center’s pond. Explore the critters living there and see how being green makes life a little easier in the pond.

3/17 – Trap a Leprechaun at the Franklin Community Library – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making a trap to catch tricky leprechauns! During the class you’ll use coins, Lucky Charms, glitter, and recycled materials to build one-of-a-kind leprechaun traps in this free craft program hosted by the Franklin Community Library.

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Weekend Family Fun

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It may rain in Sacramento on Halloween night, but don’t let that stop you from going out and having fun with your kiddos. There are still plenty of fun Halloween events happening inside or out – rain or shine.  How about Boo at the Zoo?  Or a Spooky Halloween River Cruise on the river?  Or maybe Spooky Science Night at the Explorit Science Center?  Check out our full list below.  Happy Halloween!

10/30 – 10/31 – Boo at the Zoo – Rain of Shine. Enjoy two nights of ghoulish family fun. Kids can safely trick-or-treat around the lake at 25 different candy stations! Other activities include magic shows, costume dance party, ghoulish games, and lots of family fun! You can also ride the Spooky Train or Creepy Carousel for an additional fee.

10/30 – 10/31 – Spooky Science Nights at Explorit Science Center – Grab the little goolies, ghosties, zombies and more and join for a Spooky Science good time for the whole family! When darkness falls, the Explorit lab will come alive for a hair-raising fundraiser. Join as they transform public hours into Spooky Science. Halloween night will feature additional fun including trick-or-treating and a costume contest, complete with prizes. If you’ve been looking to inject a little science into your seasonal festivities, you won’t want to miss Spooky Science Nights.

10/31 – Mylars Annual Halloween Party – Singer and songwriter, William Mylar, will perform Halloween themed music for the 5th consecutive year. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be free treats and prizes.

10/31 – Halloween Party at Infinite Potential – Join Infinite Potential: Academy of Body and Mind for a spooktacularly fun Halloween Party. Costumes, light sabres, archery, laser maze, and much more are on the schedule. Come shoot pumpkin balloons for prizes and have a blast this Halloween! Costumes are welcomed and encouraged.

10/31 – Spooky Halloween River Cruise aboard the Hornblower – Make this Halloween about more than just going door to door on Beggars’ Night. For three weekends in October, Hornblower Cruises will sail you along the Sacramento River at dusk for an hour of chilling good times. Costumes are encouraged as you enjoy the scenery and descending nightfall with Halloween-themed music as the backdrop. There are coloring sheets, snacks available for purchase, and party favors for the wee ones on this fun family cruise that’s sure to elicit squeals of delight.

11/1 – Dia de los Muertos at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join the Sacramento Children’s Museum in celebrating the wonderful Dia de los Muertos folk art tradition of decorating grinning sugar skulls with bright color and glittery adornments.

11/1 – Black-Tailed Deer at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Come see these bucks in all their glory with beautiful antler crowns. Grab your binoculars or borrow some and catch a closer look at the black-tailed deer in their oak woodland home while learning more about their world.

11/1 – Meditation for Children – This class is designed to introduce meditation building blocks to children in a fun and interactive manner. Games, stories, art, and other activities will be used to allow children to experience how meditation skills such as awareness, focus, and breathing can be used to help calm the mind and body. The first class session is for children ages 6 to 8 and the second class is for youth ages 8 to 10.

11/1 – Introduction to Video Game Programming at the Discovery Museum – Explore video game creation by making a simple game using MIT’s Scratch. This software allows students to learn about programming using a friendly graphical user interface. By the end of the session, students will explore Loops, Conditional Statements, Operators, and Sensors. Students will create a simple game that can be played and enhanced from home. This event is for children ages 10 and up, and please pack a snack.

11/1 – 11/2 – Ferocious Flyers at the Discovery Museum – Take to the skies this weekend by crafting your own prehistoric flying reptile. Children Age 12 and under can assemble a take-home glider that resembles an animal of the past. Learn about these prehistoric reptiles in the classroom and dinosaurs in the Blast from the Past .

Fourth of July Weekend Family Fun in Sacramento

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6/3 – 7/3 – Fourth of July Fun at the Discovery Museum – Enjoy a visit to the Discovery Museum this holiday week with a self-guided tour of their Blast from the Past exhibit. Everyone loves rocks, fossils, and dinosaurs! Kids can show patriotic pride by crafting one of the most popular crafts, a star-spangled waver.

7/4 – 4th of July River Cruise aboard the Hornblower – Celebrate the red, white, and blue on a cruise down the Sacramento River this 4th of July! Enjoy a one hour river cruise leaving from Old Sacramento to see the historical river ways that built Sacramento into what it is today.  Celebrate with your whole family while getting your face painted, or receive a special balloon character from a balloon artist.

7/3 – 7/4 – Rancho Cordova’s Fourth of July Celebration – Rancho Cordova’s Fourth of July Celebration returns for a 30th year, and it’s bigger and better than ever! Join the fun with carnival rides, concerts, BMX show, festival food, free activities, booths, great Beer Garden, and the best fireworks shows in the region.  The day before, it’s Journey Unauthorized on the Main Stage followed by a fireworks minishow warm-up. On the fourth, run the All America City 5k and spend a fun-filled day in Hagan Park. Dance the night away with Night Fever on stage topped off with the Fireworks Spectacular!

7/4 – Fourth on the Field – Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Fourth on the Field celebration! Come out and celebrate the birth of the nation, while bringing back the feel of a neighborhood block party with local food trucks lining the warning track, interactive games on the field, a kids area with fun games, inflatables for all ages, and live music from Nunchuck Taylor!  To cap the night, bring your blankets and grab a spot on the field as they present a spectacular show in the sky with fireworks synced to America’s favorite patriotic music. Be prepared for a bigger, better, and longer show than last year!

7/4 – Stars & Stripes Breakfast – Start your day with a hearty American breakfast courtesy of the Elk Grove Lions Club! Come out to the park for pancakes with all the trimmings.  After breakfast, bring your bicycle and participate in the Let Freedom Ride Bike and Pedal Parade

7/4 – 13th Annual Spirit of Freedom 4th of July Parade – The 13th Annual Arden Arcade Spirit of Freedom Parade will travel south on Fulton Avenue, West on Cottage Way and North on Bell Street into Howe Park’s North lot (Route length is 1.7 miles).  Immediately following the parade, will be an awards ceremony at the Howe Park, along with family activities and free food.

7/4 – 7/5 – Rancho Cordova 4th of July 5k Run/Walk – Bring your family and friends and come exercise your freedom by participating in this fun 4th of July 5k! The run/walk will precede the 4th of July Parade. Run along Coloma Rd as people start lining the streets to cheer you on!  The course will be flat and fun! The 5k will start and finish at Mills Middle School. The course will run/walk you right through Hagan Park and along the 4th of July parade route, where people will be lining the streets to cheer you on.

7/5 – International Celebration at Fairytale Town – Fairytale Town presents a day of international dance on the outdoor Mother Goose Stage. Enjoy nonstop performances of dances from around the world, including Chinese lion dancing and drumming, Scottish highland dancing, ballet folklorico and more.

7/5 – Wet Wild Pond Animals at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Some are slimy, some are bumpy, and some even have hard outer shells. Join a naturalist for some “catch and release” activities in the Nature Center pond and discover the animals that call our local ponds and wetland habitats home.

7/5 – 7/6 – Fanciful Fishes – Are you ready to swim like a fish? Visit the Discovery Museum this weekend to experience their “Swim For Your Life” experience. The visitor is an avatar salmon fighting their way upstream to spawn.  Beware of the bear, eagle, and fisherman! In the classroom, kids will craft a woven paper fish mat to remember their fishy day at the museum.

7/6 – Meet the Menagerie at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Visit the critters that live in the Nature Center and learn why these animals couldn’t survive in the wild.

Five Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Activities in Sacramento

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It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone and it’s already time to celebrate the beginning of 2014.  If you are looking for some New Year’s Eve activities  in Sacramento that the whole family can enjoy together, you are in luck.  Check out our list below – you are sure to find at least one event or activity that you will want to participate in.  Happy New Year!

1. New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular in Old Sacramento – The 2013 New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular event will offer kid-friendly programming, lively street entertainment and live music provided by the popular Radio Disney Road Crew, the ever-energetic Natomas Drumline, Nashville Recording Artist McKenna Faith and the Northern California-based funk and soul phenomenon, Joy & Madness band. In addition, the magical and electrifying “Theatre of Lights” will wrap up the holiday season with two final – and free – performances at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. on K Street (between Front & 2nd Streets).  Fireworks shows are at 9:00 pm and Midnight.

2. Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink – Presented by the Sacramento Downtown Partnership, the holiday ice rink is located at St. Rose of Lima Park and is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on New Year’s Eve day.  Bring in a receipt from the Downtown Plaza and you’ll receive free skate rental.

3. Noon Year’s Eve: A Free Family Festival at the Crocker Art Museum – Say a big hello to 2014 with a high energy New Year’s celebration that takes you around the world and back again. Families can count down to the New Year at noon at this fun and free celebration of global cultural experiences. With live music and dance performances and festive art activities happening throughout the Museum, this is one New Year’s celebration everyone can stay awake for.

4. Sacramento New Year’s Eve River Cruise – Spend your New Year’s Eve on the Sacramento River aboard the Hornblower.  Enjoy a unique view of  the New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular Fireworks show* onboard a one hour River  Cruise! There are two Cruise times available so you can catch the earlier  Fireworks Show*, or the traditional show timing. You and your guests can relax  during an evening cruise under the Tower Bridge and I Street Bridge with  background music and a complimentary toast of champagne! A bar is available on  board to purchase additional wine, beer and cocktails. Mingle inside or step  onto the outer deck to view the fireworks show put on by the City of Sacramento  as you ring in 2014.

5. Who Year Celebrations at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Come celebrate the arrival of the New Year at SCM on December 31st, with Who Year activities all day! Every hour, guests will learn what countries are celebrating New Year’s Day in real-time. Every hour you will be invited to participate in a Bubble Stomp, creating the sounds of celebration! Guests will also participate in Cultural Connections activities that relate to the celebration of New Year’s Day around the world!  All admissions are 50% off!

Memorial Day Weekend Activities

usaflag2_theader_categoryIt’s Memorial Day weekend and you’ll want to get out and enjoy it!  The Sacramento Music Festival will be going strong all weekend long, as well as the Sacramento County Fair, where kids 12 and younger are FREE!  You might want to head over to William Land Park for the International Children’s Festival, or cruise the Sacramento River aboard the Hornblower.  On Monday, take advantage of the FREE Family Palooza Festival at the Crocker.  There is so much to do…take a look at our list before you make your final plans.

5/23 – Sacramento River Cats vs. the New Orleans Zephyrs – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the New Orleans Zephyrs.

saccountyfair_category5/23-27 – Sacramento County Fair – Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the Sacramento County Fair—a fun, affordable,  and safe event for the whole family! The community enjoys the Sacramento County Fair’s friendly atmosphere, traditional county fair competitions, agriculture displays, hands-on family activities, carnival, festival-style entertainment, and specialty foods.  Kids 12 years and younger are free!

musical_adventures_flat_stanley_jr_category5/24-25 – The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley – Just when ten-year-old Stanley Lambchop tires of being the most ordinary boy around, a nighttime accident leaves him flat—”really” flat. The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr. follows the beloved, 2-D character from Jeff Brown’s classic children’s book in a whirlwind travel adventure. From Hollywood to France to Honolulu, music and magic accompany this paper-thin boy as Flat Stanley searches for a solution to his unique problem.

The culmination of Musical Mayhem Productions’ Homeschool Performance Workshop, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr. showcases local young acting talent in a show perfect for children of all ages

sacramento-music-fest-logo_2013_category5/24-27 – Sacramento Music Festival – Get ready to dance in the streets of Old Sacramento morning, noon, and night when the Sacramento Music Festival celebrates 40 amazing years of world-class musical entertainment! Sure to delight music lovers of all ages, headliners for the 40th anniversary event include Los Lobos, Kenny Wayne Shepard Band,  Ben Taylor, The Blasters, John Lee Hooker Jr., The James Hunter Six, Wanda Jackson, Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Jimmy Pailer, Johnny “Guitar” Knox, and Beer Dawgs, to name a few.

dsc-2963_category5/25 – 9th Annual International Kids Festival – Come partake in a great way to celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends at no cost with lots of fun as well as exciting things to see and do. Be sure to enjoy the stage entertainment program, professional magician show, face painting, jump houses, and lots of fun and prizes, including activities for the
little ones.

5/25 – Critter Corner at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Where do our animals come from? Why are they here? Meet a couple of small animal residents at the Nature Center up close. Learn about each of their unique journeys and how they became an educational ambassador for the Nature Center. All ages welcome

5/25 -26 – Fairytale Town Puppet Festival – Fairytale Town brings you another season of playful puppetry! Children and adults can enjoy live puppet show performances inside Fairytale Town’s Children’s Theater. This year’s festival features six original roductions based on new and traditional fairytales.

Stamp-a-rama5/25-27 – Sensational Space Stamping at the Discovery Museum – Having a stay-cation over the holiday weekend?
Come out and explore the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center! There is a lot happening this weekend to entertain the entire family. Visit their Space Quest! exhibit, make a space banner with ink stamps (ages 0-12) and learn
about a live animal at Noon or 2pm (all ages). This is the last weekend of the special planetarium show, Dance of the Planets, at 1pm or 3pm (ages 4+). Guests are welcome to enjoy their picnic lunches on the grounds.

5v4v_postcard_front_2013-1_category/26 – Vettes for Vets – This is an annual car show arranged by the California Automobile Museum as memorial to military veterans and Corvettes. Veterans will enjoy over 50 raffle prizes, food trucks coordinated by Sacto MoFo, and music. The car show is also free for spectators and is an excellent event for kids. Come out and enjoy the sun gleaming off the gorgeous Corvettes!

5/26 – Reading of the Names: Memorial Day at Capitol Park – Please join in honoring and remembering those California Vietnam Veterans who were killed in the Vietnam War, as well as Veterans from all wars, all services, and those currently serving at this Reading of the Names in honor of Memorial Day. Vietnam Veterans, family, friends, and the public are all invited to attend.

The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located in the State Capitol grounds at 15th & L Streets.

cmr_5k_30k_category5/27 – Color Me Rad – Color Me Rad Sacramento benefits the Special Olympics. The Color Bombs start flying at 9am with waves of runners getting plastered with color every five minutes after. You’ll end up looking like a kindergarten art class gone wrong, but the Art of Running will make you feel oh so right.

What do you get besides a run? We have been told we have the best run package around. You get a nice participant shirt (comfy and not one with 25 sponsors on it), a pair of neon ’80s glasses to protect those eyes during the run, a “rad” tattoo, and more. Don’t forget to like Color Me Rad on Facebook for race updates and to win sweet stuff like Camelbacks, running shoes, hoodies, and free entries.

familypalooza_category5/27 – Holiday Monday: Family Palooza at the Crocker Art Museum – Come enjoy music by Frankie and the Fabletones, the Hipwaders, and Sacramento Philharmonic’s “WolfGANG!” Learn new dance moves at a Pepper Von Production featuring Step 1 Dancers and Corina Bianca. Pose for a fun family portrait and create your own art.

In the spirit of “it takes a village,” bring a donation of diapers or wipes for the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services’ Parent Education Program.  The Museum will be open and free from 10am-5pm for the Holiday Monday. Holiday Mondays are sponsored by Target.

5/27 – Hornblower Memorial Day Cruise – Come aboard for a Memorial Day River Cruise on the Sacramento River. This one hour river cruise is the perfect way to cool down while learning about the history of Sacramento and the nature of the water ways. Come aboard this Memorial Day with your family!

wounded_veterans_run_runners_category5/27 – Wounded Veteran Run – The area’s fastest growing run is the 3rd Annual Wounded Veteran Run, presented by Aerojet. The courses follow the beautiful Folsom Parkway Trails and include a 3K walk, a 5K run/walk, a 10K run, and the newly added Kids Fun Run. All Kids Fun Run finishers will receive an award for participation. Runners will enjoy custom T-shirts, the wonderful scenery, and, most of all, the lack of monstrous hills.

Weekend Family Fun

You will have plenty of wonderful family friendly activities to choose from this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  In addition to Old Sacramento’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, you’ll find Sutter’s Fort abuzz with Hands on History, several theater productions including Charlotte’s Web, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Shrek The Musical.  You can celebrate Einstein’s birthday at the Discovery Museum and even join in a couple of early easter egg hunts.  Whatever you do, have fun!

shrek_the_musical_category3/14-3/17 – Shrek The Musical – Based on the Academy Award-winning film that started it all, Shrek The Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage at Three Stages. During its Broadway run, it played over 500 performances and garnered eight 2009 Tony Award nominations. Part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and entirely irreverent fun for the whole family, the musical boasts a terrific score, big laughs, great dancing, and breathtaking scenery. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram exclaims, “It is difficult to know where to begin praising this sparkling production. Every element of an outstanding musical is found in abundance here.”

event_category3/15-3/17 – Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts – A performance by the Cashore Marionettes is a celebration of life. Engineering marvels with an extraordinary quality of movement, these marionettes explore a range of emotions with precise action and endearing nuance. The combination of virtuoso manipulation, music, illusion, and artistry blend into a sensitive perspective of what it is to be human. Simple Gifts is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven, and Copland.

3/16 – 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors, and a variety of cultural organizations, will all join together to be a part of the 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Always a free event, the parade steps off promptly at 1pm from 2nd & L Streets in Old Sacramento and proceeds throughout the national historic landmark.

handsonhistory_women_category3/16 – Hands on History: Hard Working Women of the Frontier – Author of Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War and Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past, Stapp will be at the Fort to give three presentations throughout the day about the multi-faceted roles of frontier women in California.

In addition to the special guest presentations, many interactive Fort activities will be available that demonstrate how pioneer women were vital economic partners in families, many of whom set up their own businesses selling eggs, milk, or baked goods to neighbors and travelers. Other special activities await Fort guests, too, including crowd-favorite black powder and musket demonstrations, dutch-oven cooking demonstrations, and an interactive wagon trail camp for visitors to experience what it was like to camp as part of a wagon train. On this special day, Fort guests will also learn to carry water buckets, use a yoke, make rope, decide what supplies are necessary for the trip, help load the wagon and climb inside an authentic covered wagon to feel what it was like to journey across country.

TopLeftPatty3/16 – St. Patrick’s Day River Cruise – This St. Patrick’s Day spend your afternoon on the Sacramento River. Enjoy a one hour cruise of the Sacramento River with face painters & balloon artists for the kids and specials on green beer for adults. See where the American and Sacramento Rivers come together to experience the wildlife and breathtaking natural beauty that this historic and important waterway has to offer.

3/16 – Easter Egg Hunt at Hagginwood Park – Join for a  fun-filled day of hunting the elusive eggs of Easter. Many have tried, and all have gained the prize of chocolates and candies!

3/16 – Easter Egg Hunt at Parkway Oaks – Join for a  fun-filled day of hunting the elusive eggs of Easter. Many have tried, and all have gained the prize of chocolates and candies!

scoutpatch_category3/16 – Cub Scout Academics: Weather at the Discovery Museum – Calling all Cubs and Webelos! What do you know about the weather? Here’s a great opportunity for a hands-on learning experience. During this action-packed morning you will make your own weather station to take home and track weather conditions, and learn the correct use of weather terms, use prisms to explain rainbow formation and identify different types of clouds, understand and discuss the greenhouse effect, hurricanes, and tornadoes, and perform an experiment to see the effects of acid rain and make a poster to understand the water cycle. Pre-registration is required. Attending Cubs & Webelos will receive
a Discovery Museum Participation Scout patch.

3/16 – Family Activity: Nature’s Symphony at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Listen for a drumming woodpecker, a sweet soprano songbird, and the deep bass notes of a bullfrog on this guided walk to discover the sounds of nature.

kate(action)_category3/16-3/17 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – This colorful and imaginative ballet tells a fanciful story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a world full of unusual characters. The story comes brilliantly to life with fanciful costumes, out of this world scenery, and fun, family friendly choreography.

3/16-3/17 – Einstein and Pi at the Discovery Museum – In celebration of Pi Day and Einstein’s birthday, the Discovery Museum is packing in the science fun with multiple activities for the whole family. Visitors will learn about Pi and how it was discovered, taking measurements and doing the math—just like Archimedes. A packet filled with more Pi activities to take home will also be provided. Add to the Pi chain by coloring a number and tacking it on the wall—how long will it go?  Visitors can also celebrate and learn a bit about Albert Einstein—make an Einstein craft to take home and dress up like him for a photo-op.

charlotte's_web_category3/17 – California Theater Center: Charlotte’s Web – Explore a magical barnyard world where animals talk and miracles happen. This story of courage and friendship, based on E.B. White’s touching novel of a lovable pig named Wilbur and a kind spider named Charlotte, has inspired readers for decades.  Recommended for grades K-5.

3/17 – Family Activity: Living in Water at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Discover the hidden world of water insects and polliwogs. Using catch and release activities get a close-up look at amazing little animals that live in
the Effie Yeaw Nature Center’s pond.

Don’t Miss Out On These Fun St. Patrick’s Day Activities

happy-st-patricks-day-bannerIf you are looking for some fun St. Patrick’s Day activities to celebrate with your kids this week, you are in luck.  There are several green happenings around town.  Take a  look!

3/13 – St. Patty’s Bounce at Bounce U in Roseville – If bouncing, games, and celebrating with friends and family sounds like your idea of the perfect St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in luck!  Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day treasure hunt, leprechaun drawing contest, cookies and shamrock lemonade.  Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Admission: $8.95/child. Children under 2 and adult guardians are FREE with a paying child. Admission must be prepaid – online (through our events calendar) or by phone.

3/14 – Build a Leprechaun trap at the Franklin Library – The legend says if you capture a leprechaun then he has to lead you to his pot of gold. So how, exactly, do you get a leprechaun? They’re wiley creatures so you need to build a trap that lures leprechauns and then captures him for good! You bring your imagination and creativity and use our supplies to build your very own fool-proof leprechaun trap. Ages 5-12.

3/15 – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day fun at Climbaroo – Kids who wear green will receive a free shamrock cookie, and parents a free irish coffee – all day long.  Come for family night from 6pm to 10pm and meet Lenny the Leprechaun!

TopLeftPatty3/16 – St. Patrick’s Day river cruise aboard the Hornblower – This St. Patrick’s Day spend your afternoon on the Sacramento River. Enjoy a one  hour cruise of the Sacramento River with a Face painter & Balloon Artist for  the kids and Specials on Green Beer for adults! See where the American and  Sacramento Rivers come together to experience the wildlife and breathtaking  natural beauty that this historic and important waterway has to offer

3/16 – 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors, and a variety of cultural organizations, will all join together to be a part of the 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Always a free event, the parade steps off promptly at 1pm from 2nd & L Streets in Old Sacramento and proceeds throughout the national historic landmark.

3/17 – Wear green and get 1/2 off admission at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Museums are an exciting adventure for kids, a place to see and learn about art and displays of valuable monuments. But Sacramento Children’s Museum is not just a place to observe and learn about the art world, it is a place where kids explore innovative ideals in a hands-on environment. Kids learn to intertwine imaginary ideals with play, which enhances a kid’s abilities and builds high self-esteem and confidence. Kids who are inspired to explore and be creative are kids who can easily adapt to the real world. Check out SCM’s St. Patrick’s Day discount. Kids will receive 50 percent off the regular admission fee if they wear green.

car_pictures_2_006_category3/17 – St. Patrick’s Day at the California Automobile Museum – Come to the California Automobile Museum for St. Patrick’s Day! Adults and kids get in for just $4 if they wear primarily green. Coloring stations and a “Luck o’ the Irish” scavenger hunt will be available for kids and families to enjoy.