Mini Maker Faire for Future Engineers Returns to Rocklin this Weekend


Sacramento is calling all engineers-to-be, inquisitive minds and creative kids to come together this Saturday at the annual Mini Maker Faire in Rocklin.

A Maker Faire is a gathering of “fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do”. Discover everything from engineering, science, arts and crafts at this fun and hands on event.

This Saturday, October 14 from 9am to 4pm on the Sierra College campus, you can explore and learn about all things engineering and science related.

Last year, my family attended this event and I wasn’t sure who had more fun – the kids or the parents!  We visited the Auto Bots station, did experiments with circuits, learned to sew and so much more.  My kids were thrilled when they found out it was coming back to town, so you know we will be first in line at the exhibits this year!

This year you can view the entire list of events here, but a quick glimpse of some of the exhibits include:
Moving light demonstrations
Learn how to make circuits and fidget spinners
View a moveable fashion show
Enjoy a magic show
And so much more!

WHAT: Rocklin Mini Maker Faire

WHEN:  Saturday, October 14 from 9am to 4pm

WHERE:  Sierra College Campus at 5100 Sierra College Boulevard in Rocklin

ADMISSION: FREE!

So bring your curious minds and spend the day at Sierra College this weekend.  They will have plenty of food options available so you so you can enjoy the event and spend the entire afternoon.

By Heather Crivellone

 

 

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Disney on Ice’s Production of Dare to Dream Brings to Life your Favorite Disney Princesses, Past and Present

Dare to Dream 2Last night was opening night of Disney on Ice’s Dare to Dream show celebrating 75 years of Disney Princess stories. This is our third show in the past couple of years and Disney on Ice always does a wonderful job at featuring a variety of your favorite Disney movies and characters. Last night’s performance showcasing a mix of classic and modern characters from Snow White and Cinderella to Rapunzel and Tiana, was no exception.

I love the look on my daughter’s face as her favorite characters, in amazing costumes, glide across the ice with the greatest of ease singing her favorite songs. The highlights of the night were watching Flynn Rider and Rapunzel fly into the air numerous times high above the ice! It was nothing short of amazing and a bit Cirque de Soleil-esque! The other was the Maximus character from Tangled! Two people in an awesome horse costume really captured the funny and animated character from the movie!

We love that every show is hosted and narrated by the classics, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck! We sang, we danced, and we tried our hardest to catch the attention of our favorite princesses, who all made an appearance at the end. The Disney on Ice series always has us leaving with giant smiles on our faces!

Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream captivates audiences at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena through Sunday, Oct.25, 2015. Get your tickets here.

By Lindsey Adams

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Funfinity: Where Kids Can Bounce And Be Kids

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With these 100 degree days upon us, and the threat of El Nino winter in our future, many moms are wondering what to do with the kids. There are many indoor playgrounds around the area to help kids burn energy and have fun and the newest in town is Funfinity.

Funfinity is the newest indoor play area that has recently opened in the surrounding Sacramento area.  Located at 1195 Dry Creek Road in Auburn, this place has it all!  The indoor play area features slides, trampolines, climbing tunnels and all the fun things to climb through, over and around.  They also have a separate area for the toddlers to play in, so the big kids don’t run over them while rough-housing and playing.  Not only do they have the “play structure”, but they also have arcade games, pool, air-hockey, and bungee jumping!Funfinity 2

What I enjoyed the most about Funfinity, was that they sold food.  Not just snacks, but actual pizza and salads….they even sell beer for those moms and dads who decide to spend a few hours letting their kids play on a Friday night!  The ambience is completely kid friendly, all the way to the Disney channels and Nickelodeon shows playing on the TV’s surrounding the arcade.

We recently took our kids to Funfinity on a Friday after school – we purchased the Groupon to “check it out,” thinking we would be there for an hour tops…we ended up spending 4.5 hours there!  The kids gave it “2 thumbs up” and continue to ask to go back.  If you are in the area or looking for an indoor playground to take your kids, I recommend Funfinity.

Things to remember, you do need to wear socks in the play structure.  They sell some if you forget (we have a nice pair of Olaf socks now), they ask that you don’t bring in outside food as they do sell food there (good prices- $9 for an 8 slice cheese pizza), and come ready to burn energy!  My kids slept VERY good that night!

Admission in Funfinity is only $8.  Bungee Jumping is an additional $5, and they do also offer specials on their website. Check out their website for party packages and more information. So remember, whether we are in the midst of summer heat or winter rains, we can still have fun jumping, bouncing and soaring  through the fun at Funfinity!Funfinity 3

Weekend Family Fun: Family Bike Night, Campfires & Friction Fun

Sacramento Family ActivitiesWhat’s happening in Sacramento this weekend? Family Bike Night at Safetyville, open house at Fire Station #60, Shrek the Musical, and more! Check out our list below.

Family Bike Night at Safetyville USA – Family Bike Nights was designed to give families a safe place to ride their bikes together, learn basic bike safety rules, and get some exercise. Bring your bike and helmet because there is three and a half acres to ride on, a special area for new riders, bike safety clinics, and food available for purchase. 8/21, 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Campfire at the Maidu Museum – Sit under the stars at this outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories around the campfire every 3rd Friday of the month. They will provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program’s end to this fun family event. 8/21, 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Fire Station Open House at Station 60 – Bring your families and come on out to your local fire station. Meet the firefighters and medics who protect your neighborhood; tour the station; pick up some safety brochures; and take an up-close look at the trucks, engines, ambulances, equipment, and gear that your first responders use every day. 8/22, 2 – 4:00pm.

Skye is the Limit at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Come to the Nature Center to meet resident red-shouldered hawk, Skye. Take a peek into the amazing world of birds of prey that live in and around the Nature Center. 8/22, 10:30 am.

Friction Fun at the Discovery Museum – Kids can have fun with friction by taking the museum’s “race cars” for a test drive down four different ramps made with different surfaces. Time your car for each heat and discover how different surfaces cause different speeds. Remember the fun by making your own scratch art racer to take home. 8/22 – 8/23, 12:30 to 4:30 pm.

Shrek the Musical – In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who’ve been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task — if he rescues the feisty Princess Fiona from the dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him. However, a fairy tale wouldn’t be complete without unexpected twists and turns along the way. 8/22 – 8/23, 1:00 pm.

Nature’s Gifts at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Spend a morning in the Maidu village crafting an abalone necklace inspired by nature’s beauty and Valley Nisenan Maidu traditions. 8/23, 1:30 pm.

What to do with Bored Kids? Take them to the Sacramento Discovery Museum!

By Heather Crivellone

Summertime always leads to that same phrase “I’m bored”.  While it’s hard to keep the kids entertained 24/7, it’s always a good to keep them engaged and learning while they are having fun.

Recently, I took my kids to revisit the Sacramento Discovery Museum for an afternoon of exploring (and to get out of the heat!).

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To my surprise, they were fully engaged and having fun that we didn’t even want to go home!

First of all, we began the “Science Scavenger Hunt”- they had levels that fit both my youngest (Kinder) and my third grader.  I’m not going to lie, I did bribe them with a trip to Leatherby’s if they finished (a mother sometimes has to do what she has to do…plus- who can’t pass up ice cream on these hot summer days!).

During our afternoon out, they explored the hands on exhibits, learned about space, the elements of our universe, the color spectrum and even “became astronauts” and launched a rocket to space! They learned about reptiles, amphibians and especially enjoyed watching the rabbits have lunch in the Nature Discovery room.  My son’s favorite activity was the interactive exhibit that allowed him to become a salmon as he “swam” in the river trying to avoid the fisherman and eagle who was lurking overhead.   Everyone had a great time and then we even had a picnic lunch near the pond while we watched the turtles sunbathe.

If you visit the museum on weekends, you can catch their planetarium shows and learn about the constellations in our galaxy.  These shows are held at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays for those over the age of 4. The museum is located at 3615 Auburn Blvd. in Sacramento.  They are open daily during the summer from 10:00 am- 4:30 pm.  Admission into the museum is: Children ages 4-12 $6, Teens ages 13-17 $7, Adults $8 and seniors $7.

Win Tickets to Hello Kitty’s First Ever Supercute Friendship Festival in Sacramento

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It’s hard to believe that Hello Kitty and her loveable friends have been putting smiles on children’s faces for over 40 years. While this loveable kitty has been around for a while, next week will mark her first time visiting Sacramento. Hello Kitty and favorite friends like My Melody and Dear Daniel will be hosting the Supercute Friendship Festival at Sleep Train Arena June 26-28, 2015.

If you are a Hello Kitty fan, then this interactive festival is for you. You’ll want to dress up in your favorite Kitty costume for photos ops with your favorite characters while you enjoy live multi-stage performances, animation, interactive exhibits, fashion and event-exclusive merchandise.

What: Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival

When: June 26, 27, 28

Where: Sleep Train Arena

Cost: Tickets prices start at $25

But, of course we have tickets to give away to one lucky reader. If you would like a chance at winning a family pack of 4 tickets to the Friendship Festival on June 27 at 7:30 pm, take a look at Hello Kitty’s Friendship Festival website here, and let us know why your family would enjoy this event – leave your comments in the comment section below. A random drawing will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Good luck!

Sacramento County Fair comes to town Memorial Day Weekend!

Sac County Fair 2015By Heather Crivellone

Every summer, the California State Fair comes to town and everyone in Sacramento is lined up to experience the thrill of the rides and the taste of the fried Twinkies! With the excitement and preparation for this large event, many people forget about the Sacramento County Fair that comes to town Memorial Day weekend at Cal Expo (1600 Exposition Blvd.).

This smaller event is way more this mama’s speed when it comes to taking her young children.  I have to be honest, I have not had the desire to take my children to the State fair yet.  Every year when the fair comes to town….I purposely avoid that area of Sacramento.  Not because I don’t like the deep-fried Twinkies and the smell of the livestock auction, but because I am afraid of never being able to leave!  My kids would run off and get lost in junk-food heaven and would make me go on a few too many twirly rides!

However, this time around, with the County fair around the corner, I think it will be different and I’m actually excited to take them on their first fair adventure!

This year’s theme:  “Sacramento County Fair: Let’s Eat, Have Fun and Celebrate the Red, White and Blue” just screams summertime fun!  And what a better way to kick-start your summer than with a trip to the fair over Memorial Day weekend!

Opening day will be Thursday, May 21.  On Friday, there will be a Demolition Derby as well as “Value Day” with dollar food items between 4pm-9pm.  Saturday is “Stars and Stripes” Bull Riding.  On Sunday watch and participate in the Junior Livestock Auction.  Finally on Monday, the last day of the fair is Military Appreciation Day.

These are just some of the events taking place, along with the exhibits, carnival rides, live entertainment and all the yummy fair food, you can’t go wrong!  General admission into the fair is $5.  Children 0-12 are FREE.  Parking is $10 and of course tickets for the rides can be purchased at the fair or wristbands for the rides can be purchased online.

So if you are looking for something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend, make plans to head out to the Sacramento County Fair and make some fond family memories!

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