Celebrate Mother Earth and Teach Your Children About Earth Day this Saturday, April 22

This Saturday, people all over the world will be celebrating Mother Earth. April 22 marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It’s a day of celebration, raising public awareness and coming together as a community to help preserve our land. Around the nation there will be rallies, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects. Here in Sacramento, you can find several activities to join with your family to celebrate our precious earth.  And what better gift to give your children than a better understanding of how we each take a part in protecting and preserving our planet!

April 22 at the Sacramento Zoo your family can participate in EarthFest. This event will be held from 9am-4pm with the zoo general admission. You will learn how to protect and preserve the earth with environmental, wildlife and conservation organizations.  Kids can enjoy face painting, giant coloring wall, stuffed animal clinic (bring in your “sick” bears and get them “fixed”, crafts, games and more!

Sunday April 23 is the Annual Sacramento Earth Day Festival at Southside Park from 11am-4pm.  There will be over 150 organizations on site with practical information for saving money, living healthier and protecting the environment.  With entertainment, live music and food vendors all at one of the most popular Sacramento parks… this is an event not to miss!

The Sacramento Area Creeks Council hosts the annual Creek Week”with a variety of activities starting on April 21 and going through April 29.  Activities include: Creek exploration, Bufferlands Birds and Blooms tour, Steelhead Creek Beaver Pond walks, Mather Vernal Pool Flower walks and more.  And of course the week will end with the “Big Day Celebration” at Carmichael Park (5750 Grant Ave) on April 29 from 12-2pm. Enjoy vendors, exhibit, luncheon and activities at this celebration.

Sacramento Children’s Museum in Rancho Cordova (2701 Prospect Park) will also be hosting an event for the kids to have an opportunity to learn Earth-friendly lessons through interactive activities on Saturday April 22.  From 10am-2pm, enjoy live music and interactive, Earth-friendly activities. This event will be held outdoors and is free for all to enjoy.

If you are looking for something a little more “crafty” and would rather stay away from all the crowds, then check out Re-Create in Roseville. Re-Create is an eco-friendly art studio that is committed to reducing waste in the community. They take local businesses “trash” and turn it into art supplies and treasures for others to enjoy.  They offer classes, but if you would just like to craft on your own, they have open craft time Wednesday-Friday, 10am- 5pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm. Drop in rates are $6.75 per crafter per hour.

So as you can see, there are plenty of events throughout the Sacramento area to keep you and your family busy learning about and celebrating Mother Earth.  This is a great way to start getting your children involved in helping to make a difference in our world and I hope each and every one of you will take a part in one of these activities or any of the other activities that may be happening in your community during this month.

By Heather Crivellone

 

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Celebrating the New Year with your Family in Sacramento

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All the holiday presence have been unwrapped and put away, the last of the cookies are probably in the trash and the tree (if it was real) is probably dead and losing needles.  Yes – the holiday excitement is over – but it doesn’t mean the fun is over!

New Years Eve is always a party, no matter the age!  Sacramento has several options on how to celebrate and ring in the New Year with your family.  If you are like me, we celebrate the East Coast New Year with bells and whistles and then we are all sound asleep by the time midnight strikes.

If you are looking for some alternative ways to spend the celebration and not stay up until midnight, check out this list of fun things going on around the Sacramento area:
Crocker Art Museum celebrates a “Noon Year’s Eve” at 11, 12, 1 and 2pm.  Enjoy a celebration of live music, dance performances and festive art activities for the entire family.   This is a fun celebration that anyone can stay awake for!

Roller King in Roseville hosts a New Year’s party with a canned food drive to help local needy families.  From 7pm-1am, you can ring in 2017 on skates!  Admission is $10 with a can food.  If you can’t make it until 1am, then it’s only $5 from 7pm-10pm.

Sacramento Children’s Museum is hosting its annual “Who Year” daytime celebration.  The museum is open from 9am- 4pm with hourly New Year’s celebrations starting at 10am.  Enjoy games, arts and crafts, noise makers and a bubble stomp to ring in different countries New Years.

Old Sacramento hosts its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza.  Beginning at 5pm, you can enjoy live music and family friendly activities until the fireworks begin at 9pm (early enough to get those kids home and in bed!).

So grab your family and get out ringing in the New Year around Sacramento.  My only resolution this year is spend more time making memories with my family- I hope you do the same!

By Heather Crivellone

Sacramento Weekend Family Fun: Circus XTREME, Buccanner Ball and Panning for Gold

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This weekend Sacramento has some great events going on. Head over to Sleep Train Arena for some captivating circus acts, watch Big Hero 6 in Freemont Park, pan for gold at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, or let the kids experience all kinds of big trucks at Touch a Truck in Rescue. Have a great weekend in Sacramento!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Circus XTREME – The circus rolls in to Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento with a brand-new show people of all ages. You’ll witness extraordinary animal performances, captivating clown escapades, and daring high-wire acts, with contemporary surprises and thrills to make the circus-going experience memorably unique. 9/17 – 9/20

Movie in Freemont Park: Big Hero 6 – Come on down to Fremont Park on Friday night for Movie in Fremont Park showing of Big Hero 6There will be live music, a food truck and a face painting station before the event. 9/18, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Buccaneer Ball – Dance the night away at the Sacramento Children’s Museum’s second annual mother-son dance, the Buccaneer Ball. Everyone is welcome: dads, daughters, grandparents, and more. Pirate dress-up is encouraged and desserts and light refreshments will be served. 9/19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Birding for Families – Bring the family out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and join special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society for a birding walk. Birdwatchers of all levels welcome! Bring your binoculars or the Center can lend you a pair. 9/19, 10:30 am to noon.

Touch a Truck at Foothills United Methodist Church – Bring the family down to United Methodist Church in Rescue on Saturday to see, touch and feel all kinds of trucks. Kids can explore construction, recreational, emergency, classic and antique vehicles, enjoy a “fun zone” that includes a petting zoo, face painting, cake walk games, live entertainment and food. While admission is free, some activities require tickets. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive 2 free tickets. 9/19, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Fall Foliage Fun at the Discovery Museum – Welcome fall by trekking around the Museum grounds exploring a variety of trees. Remember the trees you saw by making leaf rubbings in the classroom. Families with children (Ages 12 and under) can make a leaf headband to celebrate the autumn equinox (September 23). 9/19 – 9/20, 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Eureka – Pan for gold at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Get your hands on a pan and catch gold fever. Learn about some of the local Gold Rush history as you learn how to pan for gold like the pioneers. 9/20

Kids and Company Gallery Adventure Tour – Wildly amusing and surprisingly educational, this Crocker Art Museum tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children (Ages 5+) and the adults that tag along with them, in a fun and playful manner.

Weekend Family Fun: Toy Trains, Wacky Woodpeckers and Screen on the Green

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Looking for something to do with the kids this last weekend of August? Check out the special toy train exhibit at the Railroad Museum, celebrate Leo’s birthday at the Sacramento Children’s Museum, or stop by the Effie Yeaw Nature Center to learn about pond animals. For more weekend happenings, check out the list below.

Leo’s Birthday Bash – The Sacramento Children’s Museum is celebrating its fourth birthday with a big party. Join the Museum for dance parties, painted faces, games, and prizes galore. 8/28, 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Family Bike Night at Safetyville USA – Grab the kids and the bikes and come on down to Safetyville for a fun and safe place to ride bikes tonight. Enjoy bike safety clinics and food for purchase. 8/28, 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Those Wacky Woodpeckers – 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? The Effie Yeaw Nature Center will teach you all you ever wanted to know. 8/29, 10:30 am

Annie Jr., The Musical –  the loveable story of little orphan Annie adopted by wealthy businessman Daddy Warbucks, returns to the stage, better than ever. The talented young performers of Musical Mayhem Productions (ages 5-12) bring the iconic characters to life. Annie Jr. is a pared-down children’s theater production for youngsters and features one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including the song “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” and the ever-optimistic “Tomorrow.” 8/28 – 8/29

Screen on the Green: Big Hero 6 – Screen on the Green is a series of free movie screenings shown at various parks in Sacramento. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and snacks. Free popcorn available. 8/28 – 8/29, 8:15 pm

Balloon Rocket Racing at the Discovery Museum – Space Quest! has been refreshed and new additions have been made. Visit the museum to enjoy the improved exhibit full of space, physics, and science. Children are invited to engineer a balloon rocket that can race against others. 8/29 – 8/30, 12:30 – 4:30 pm

Wet and Wild Pond Animals at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Splashing, skimming, swishing, and swimming; what are all those critters in the water? Meet and learn about aquatic critters found near ponds and rivers. 8/30, 1:30 pm

Science Sundays at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join Leo and his team at the SCH for some fun science activities and experiments throughout the afternoon. 8/30, 12:00 – 5:00

Toy Train Month at the Railroad Museum – Don’t miss the last weekend of the California State Railroad Museum’s special August display for Toy Train Month.  In recognition, an entirely new selection of Buddy “L” toys – never before displayed at the Museum — will be introduced as part of the Small Wonders exhibit. The special items added to the exhibit will include a Model T dump truck, fire truck, lumber truck, cement mixer, toy boat, toy airplane complete with its hangar, and a four-motor “air cruiser.” Thru 8/31

 

Earth Day Celebrations in Sacramento

earthBy Heather Crivellone

Earth Day on April 22 is a day when millions of people worldwide come together and show support for environmental protection.  This date marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.  Throughout the month of April, you can find events around Sacramento to help support and “do your part” in celebrating our precious Earth.  And what a wonderful gift to give your children, but a better understanding of how we each take a part in protecting and preserving our planet!

This Saturday, April 19, is the Annual Sacramento Earth Day Festival at Southside Park from 11am-4pm.  There will be over 180 exhibitors on site with practical information for saving money, living healthier and protecting the environment!  With entertainment, live music and food vendors all at one of the most popular Sacramento parks…this is an event not to be missed.

West Sacramento will also host an Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 25.  From 10am-2pm at the West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria, families can learn about the importance of “going green” while enjoying live music, activities for kids, local food vendors and more!

Sacramento Children’s Museum in Rancho Cordova (2701 Prospect Park) will also be hosting an event for the kids to have an opportunity to learn Earth-friendly lessons through interactive activities on April 22.  There will be free activities outside from 11 am to 1 pm, and free admission for children all day inside!

This is a great way to get your children involved in helping to make a difference in our world and I hope each and every one of you will take a part in one of these activities or any of the other activities that may be happening in your community during this month.

Sacramento Weekend Family Fun: March 20-22

PicMonkey CollageHere’s a great list of activities and events for kids and families in Sacramento this weekend. Get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather!

3/20 – Free Capitol Pops Concert at the California Automobile Museum – Join the Capitol Pops as they kickoff 18th season with this free concert open to the public.

3/20 – Sacramento Kings Basketball – the Sacramento Kings take on the Charlotte Bobcats at Sleep Train Arena.

3/20 – 3/21 – Shrek The Musical – Don’t miss this last opportunity to see Shrek The Musical’s this weekend at Consumnes Oaks High School. Our favorite green ogre will be joined by other fairytale character favorites likes the three little pigs, pinocchio, and the gingerbread man.

3/21 – Hands on History at Sutter’s Fort – Join Sutter’s Fort for this month’s Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier in celebration of Women’s History month. Visitors will enjoy black powder and musket demonstrations, an interactive wagon trail camp, and dutch oven cooking demonstrations.

3/21 – Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival at Fairytale Town – Enjoy FREE admission to Fairytale Town this Saturday during the Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival where kids will enjoy games, gardening activities and free play as they learn about healthy living.

3/21 – 3/22 – Discovery Weekend: Amateur Radio at the Discovery Museum – Kids can learn how to talk to people all over the world without cell phones and internet, using “ham radio.” Open Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 4:00 pm.

3/21 – 3/22 – The Reluctant Dragon at the Sutter Street Theatre – When Dragon Slayer St. George seeks to slay the town’s dragon, the peaceful, harmless creature who likes tea, and afternoon naps is befriended by a young boy who arranges a meeting between the two and a battle begins that  provides an entertaining climax and a happy ending.

3/22 – Sacramento Kings Basketball – more Kings basketball as Sacramento takes on the Washington Wizards at Sleep Train Arena.

3/22 – Sketch It at the Crocker Art Museum – kids ages 5 years and older can receive drawing instruction at this drop-in program.

3/22 – Mad Science at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join Mad Science of Sacramento Valley as they visit the Children’s Museum on Science Sunday. Kids will have the opportunity to see science experiments and enjoy hands-on activities all day long.

3/22 – Early Engineers: Rockets at the Aerospace Museum – Learn all about propulsion and chemical reactions needed to launch a rocket into space. Kids will also design and build a rocket and launch tower.

 

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

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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!