The 19th Annual Sacramento Museum Day is this Saturday…Here are Some Tips on How to Enjoy the Day

sam_museumday_2017If you are looking for something fun and free to do this weekend, then check out the 19th annual Sacramento Museum Day on Saturday, February 4, 2017. With over 25 local museums and attractions participating, the community can get into these local sites for free or at a reduced price.

This annual event is sponsored by Sutter Health and Bank of America.   Participating museums will offer this special day from 10am-5pm.  Most of the museums will be offering free admission, and two destinations (the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town) will offer half priced admission.

Participating museums are anticipating high volume of visitors, so plan your day accordingly.   Make sure you map out the museums you want to visit, hitting the “most popular” ones first thing in the morning.

Here are some of the participating locations you can visit:

Sacramento History Museum
The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
California Agriculture Museum
Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
Sacramento Children’s Museum
California Agriculture Museum
California Railroad Museum
Sutter’s Fort

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These are some of my top choices for hands on experiences with the kids- but check out the complete list of museums here.

A few tips to before you begin: 

  1. Start early and map out your route.   Choose just a couple that you would like to visit and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy each museum.
  2. Bring snacks for the road. You don’t want any “meltdowns” from the young ones, so keep them nourished!
  3.  Choose something new. Many local residents have already visited the most popular museums such as the Railroad Museum, Children’s Museum and Fairytale Town.  Pick a new destination to explore.  I would suggest the California Agriculture Museum, Maidu Roseville Utility Center or the California Museum (yes- these are in different locations, so hitting all three would be nearly impossible).
  4. Have patience… this day can get very busy, please be courteous and remember everyone is out trying to enjoy and learn something new with their children.
  5.  Have fun!

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Five Reasons to Visit to your Favorite Sacramento Museum this Winter

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Wintertime in Sacramento is a great time to visit your favorite area museum. Here’s what’s new this winter:

1. Fast Tracks: The World of High Speed Rail at the California State Railroad Museum. If you’re a Sacramento area resident, there’s no doubt you’ve been to the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento countless times. But, have you been there lately? If not, you’ll probably want to head on over to see the Fast Tracks exhibit that was installed in late 2015 on the 2nd floor of the museum. The exhibit gives visitors a glimpse into the state’s rail future, literally. You’ll have the chance to step inside the cockpit of a series E5 Shinkansen bullet-train simulator that was imported from Japan and experience traveling at a high speed of 150 mph using interactive controls and a digital projector. Who wouldn’t love stepping inside this train of the future? Note: the museum’s website states that this exhibit is there “at least through the end of 2016”, and a call to the museum confirmed that it is still open as of January 2017…but if you really want to see Fast Tracks, it wouldn’t hurt to get over there soon!

2. Hands on History: Trappers, Traders and Treaties at Sutter’s Fort. Visitors to the fort on Saturday, Jan. 21 will step into the past through reenactments of the bustling life at Sacramento’s first settlement. Learn how animal trappers in the 1840s lived, worked and traded. Explore life at the fort for traders by examining pelts, creating documents using quill and ink, stringing trade beads, watching how flint and steel can start a fire and witness the firing of Sutter’s Russian-made cannon. 1/21, 10am to 5pm.

3. Sacramento Museum Day. This is your chance to visit one, two or three area museums…for FREE, or close to free. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 marks the 19th annual Sacramento Museum Day. This year, 24 museums will offer free admission, and two will offer half-price admission. Museums participating include the California Museum,

4. Machines in Motion at the Aerospace Museum of California. On display from Feb. 6, 2017 through Sept. 4, 2017 will be a special traveling exhibit featuring the ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci including 40 full-size replicas made from his designs and drawings. Da Vinci’s visionary inventions include flying machines, parachutes, and armored tank and a robot, spanning the use of the four elements: earth, water, fire and air. Visitors will be wowed as they have the opportunity to set the machines in motion while learning the mechanical principles da Vinci used to create each one. 2/6 – 9/4

5. Tractor Family Fest at the California Agriculture Museum. Home of the Heidrick tractor collection, the California Agriculture Museum houses a unique collections of tractors, artifacts and interactive exhibits. The museum, which is dedicated to instilling and understanding and appreciation of California’s rich cultural heritage, will host the Tractor Family Fest on Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017. Bring the family out to Woodland to enjoy the museum’s collection, live music, demonstrations and a new exhibit. Don’t forget to check out the newly expanded kids corner and climb aboard a Caterpillar 10. 3/18, 10 am to 2 pm

The Best Museums to Visit on Sacramento Museum Day

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Sacramento Museum Day is this Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Sponsored by Bank of America, Sacramento Covered and Amtrak, the 18th Annual Museum Day offers FREE or 1/2 price admission to 26 area museums. As you might have guessed, this is a pretty popular Saturday to be out and about around town! Let’s face it…you are probably wondering if it’s worth getting out there with the kids and fighting the crowds. Well, the answer depends on what your game plan is. We’ve come up with some tips and suggestions to help make Sacramento Museum Day a wonderful experience for the entire family.

  1. Go early. This is sort of a no-brainer, but nevertheless, the most important. If you’ve got kids, you’ll want to avoid the crowds as much as possible – and this means getting to your no. 1 choice of museums first. All museums open up at 10am, so make sure to take into account parking and walking time as you plan your day.
  2. Avoid the most popular museums. The most popular museums for families on Museum Day are typically the California State Railroad Museum, Crocker Art Museum, California Automobile Museum and Sacramento Children’s Museum. If you really must go to one these, make it first on your list. It’s also best to avoid the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town, as admission is 1/2 price rather than free and both parks offer free admission on other days of the year.
  3. Visit a new museum. Take this opportunity to visit a lesser-known or more expensive area museum that you haven’t been to before. Several years ago, my family visited the Aerospace Museum for the first time on Museum Day – we had never been before because admission at this museum is typically more expensive than other area museums. So we took advantage of the free admission, visited first thing, and had a fantastic time. We have been back many times since!
  4. Be flexible. If you are going to brave the crowds on this day, you’ve got to be flexible. Don’t try to pack too much into the day, just choose one or two museums to visit and know that things might get a little bit zooey. And be aware that some museums have a limit of how many people can be inside at one time (Powerhouse Science Center Discovery Campus), so you may have to wait a bit. Your kids might have meltdowns and you might even head home earlier than you anticipated. It’s best to keep your expectations low and hope for the best on this day.

So, what would be my recommendations for your family on Museum Day? The Sacramento History Museum, Maidu Museum and Historic Site, State Indian Museum, Roseville Utility Exploration Center and California Museum. For the full list of participating museums, click here. Have fun!

What: 18th Annual Sacramento Museum Day

When: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Time: 10am to 5pm

Admission: Free or 1/2 price

 

It’s Time for Sacramento’s 17th Annual Museum Day

Randoms 166Twenty-five area museums are gearing up for the 17th Annual Sacramento Museum Day on Saturday, February 7, 2015. We LOVE the first Saturday of February each year, when most of our museums open up to the public for FREE – providing a great opportunities for families to visit museums they may not otherwise be able to experience. This year, 23 museums will offer free admission, while two will offer 1/2 price admission. Here’s the list of participants:

FREE Admission – Aerospace Museum of California – California Automobile Museum – California State Capitol Museum – California State Railroad Museum – Discovery Museum Science and Space Center – Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum –  Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland) – Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park – Maidu Museum & Historic Site (Roseville) – Museum of Medical History – Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – Old Sacramento State Historic Park – Roseville Utility Exploration Center – Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Historic City Cemetery – Sacramento History Museum –  Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum – State Indian Museum – Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – Verge Center for the Arts – Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall) – Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)

1/2 Off Admission – Fairytale Town – Sacramento Zoo

*Please note that the following museums are NOT on the free or 1/2 price list this year – California Museum – California State Governor’s Mansion (closed for renovations until 2016) – Crocker Art Museum ($5 for ages 18+ and free for 17 and younger on Museum Day. Also free every 3rd Sunday of every month of the year) – Stanford Mansion.

Sacramento Museum Day tends to be very popular, so our advice is to plan ahead, go early and enjoy!

 

Weekend Family Fun

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1/31- April 2014 – Earth From Space  at the Roseville Utility Explorations Center – See the Earth as never before! Earth from Space is a set of amazing artwork from the popular exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. This exhibit runs January 2014 through April 2014.

2/1 – 16th Annual Museum Day – A record 30 Sacramento area museums will offer free or half-priced admission all day during the 16th Annual Sacramento Museum Day.  Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation. Event coordinators suggest that guests plan to visit no more than two or three different museums on this day in order to allow adequate time to enjoy the experience and to travel between individual sites.  Due to the popularity of Sacramento Museum Day, some locations must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons. More detailed information about participating museums, limitations, suggested parking and public transit options is available here.

2/1 – Nighttime Hunters  at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center –  Uncover the mysteries of owls: what they eat, where they sleep, how they find food and more! Get a close-up look at one of the Nature Center’s owl residents.

2/3 – Sacramento Kings vs. Chicago Bulls – The Sacramento Kings take on the Chicago Bulls in this basketball game.

Thru February 23 – The Conductor: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad – Back by popular demand, Jerry R. Montoya’s acclaimed The Conductor: Harriet Tubman and the UndergroundRailroad.  Follow the incredible story of one woman’s extraordinary courage and her riveting journey from slavery to freedom.  An insightful tale for children 8 years and older.

Sacramento Museum Day is Just Around the Corner

museumday-2014_categoryIt’s time to plan for the ever-popular Sacramento Museum Day!  Mark you calendar and make your plans now for the 16th Annual Sacramento Museum Day on Saturday, February 1, 2014.  This year, 30 area museums will be welcoming you, your family and friends all day long.  Admission to most museums is FREE, with just a couple of museums offering half-price admission.  Chipotle, one of the sponsors of Sacramento Museum Day will be passing out coupons to visitors, good for FREE children’s meals as well.

In addition to free or reduced-cost admission, some museums will also have some special activities going on for all to enjoy.  The Aerospace Museum will have an open cockpit day, a children’s art contest and the Tuskeegee Airmen exhibit, and the Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland will have a special selection of “big monster tractors” on display.  As always, I encourage you to plan ahead and go early, as many of the museum fill up to capacity quickly on Museum Day.

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Museums offering FREE admission:

Aerospace Museum of California – California Automobile Museum – The California Museum – California State Capitol Museum – California State Military Museum – California State Railroad Museum – California Statewide Museum Collections Center – Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento – Center for Sacramento History – Crocker Art Museum – Discovery Museum Science and Space Center – Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum – Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park – Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland) – Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park – Maidu Museum & Historic Site (Roseville) – Museum of Medical History – Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – Old Sacramento State Historic Park – Roseville Utility Exploration Center – Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Historic City Cemetery – Sacramento History Museum –  Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum – State Indian Museum – Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall) – Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)

Museums offering half-price admission:

Sacramento Zoo – Fairytale Town

For more information on Sacramento Museum Day, click here.

Weekend Family Fun

The big news this weekend is Sacramento Museum Day on Saturday, February 2.  30 museums are open to the public for free, or 1/2 price admission, so this is your chance to visit those museums you haven’t been to yet!  Go early and be prepared for the crowds.  It’s a fun-filled, but busy day.

Professional Bull Riders2/1-2 – Professional Bull Riders at Sleep Train Arena -Buckle up, Sacramento. The PBR Built Ford Tough Series is non-stop, adrenaline-fueled action featuring the Top 35 bull riders on the planet taking on the fiercest bucking bulls in the world in the toughest 8 seconds in sports. Every event begins with pyrotechnics, explosions, and flames.

Then the excitement really begins when the Top 35 bull riders in the world compete against the fiercest bucking bulls on the planet, providing two hours of thrills and spills guaranteed to keep you on the edge-of-your-seat and your heart pounding. The nationally televised Built Ford Tough Series visits some of the most famous arenas across the United States, including Madison Square Garden in New York and Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Each event has a winner, and riders accumulate points toward the ultimate goal, the Professional Bull Riders World Championship. The highest-paid bull riders in the world are not only competing for the coveted Championship Buckle, but also the $1 million bonus awarded to the winner.

Sacramento Museum Day2/2 – 15th Annual Sacramento Museum Day – Sacramento Museum Day, a popular Sacramento cultural tradition, is designed to encourage all members of the community to experience the Capital City’s incredible wealth of art, history, science and wildlife – at little or no cost.

A record 30 Sacramento area museums will offer free or half-priced admission all day during the 15th Annual Sacramento Museum Day. With assistance provided by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, this hugely popular community event is presented by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and proudly supported by Umpqua Bank and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation. Event coordinators suggest that guests plan to visit no more than two or three different museums on this day in order to allow adequate time to enjoy the experience and to travel between individual sites.

2/2 – Kids Club: Chinese New Year at Arden Fair Mall – Join us in Center Court in front of Nordstrom where Eastern Ways Martial Arts will be teaching us how to lion dance to celebrate Chinese New Year! Each child will receive a special gift for attending. We’ll see you there!

Arden Fair Kids hosts a FREE monthly event for kids ages 2-10. Each child who signs up will receive a VIP membership badge and earn prizes for reaching milestones.

Tai Kwon Do Championships2/2 – 11th Annual Sacramento Invitation Tai Kwon Do Championships – The Sacramento Invitational TKD Championships is bringing a world-class Olympic medal winner from Team USA to participate in showcasing the world’s most taught martial art. This Olympic Medalist joins hundreds of black belt martial artists eager to fight in the Sacramento Invite! Hundreds of  trophies are up for grabs in the sparring circles of this competition.

Leapin Lizards at the Nature Center2/2 – Family Activity: Leapin’ Lizards at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Do lizards leap? What’s a skink? What’s a blue belly? Do lizards lose their tails? Come meet some resident lizards and find out what make these cold-blooded critters so amazing.  As always, events at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center are free for the entire family!  (Parking in Ancil Hoffman Park is $5 per car.)

Teens and kids in the kitchen2/2 – Kids & Teens in the Kitchen: Quick Breads and Yeast Breads 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. Class ends with the students enjoying the dishes they have prepared together in class. Students will learn valuable skills in menu planning, using fresh seasonal ingredients, knife skills, measuring and working as a team.  There is nothing more enticing than bread fresh from the oven. In this class, students will learn the essential steps of bread baking. Jill Simmons will teach students how to make monkey bread with cinnamon and sugar, quick cheese bread, almost “no-knead” bread, and banana-coconut bread with macadamia nuts.

Stamp-a-rama2/3 – Stamp-a-rama at the Discovery Museum – Learn about the science of the universe and about our own solar system in the entertaining and hands-on Space Quest! exhibit. Explore color and light in the light effects room then try to use the astronaut glove boxes to complete building tasks.  Visit the 12-foot rocket play space and dress up in an astronaut costume and helmet.  Children make and take a space stamp banner as a souvenir.

Otters and Beavers2/3 – Family Activity: Fun Facts about Otters at the Nature Center – These two are not related, but are often mistaken for each other. Did you know what otters are highly intelligent and that beavers are actually rodents? Come learn some fun facts about these creatures who roam out local waters.