Sacramento Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday All Week Long

One FishToday is a special day. it’s the birthday of famous children’s book author Dr. Seuss! Theodore Seuss Geisel authored some of the most beloved children’s books of all time. Forty-six of them, to be exact. Who hasn’t read Green Eggs and Ham to their kids? How about Hop on Pop or Horton Hatches the Egg? Kids and adults LOVE these books – the clever rhyming, the colorful images, and of course, the positive messages. Celebrate this wonderful man all week long here in Sacramento. Take a look at the birthday events going on around town.

3/2 – Read Across America Storytime at Barnes & Noble – Join Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Natomas for a fun family evening celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Your kids will enjoy storytime and activities.

3/3 – Read Across America: Pajama Storytime at Rio Linda Library – Let’s celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a pajama storytime in the library. Special guests will read their favorite books, we’ll serve a bedtime snack, and sing a lullaby. Jammies, slippers, and favorite stuffed animals are encouraged. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Rio Linda Library.
3/5 – Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Read-a-thon and Party at the North Highlands-Antelope Library – Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday with reading and listening to your favorite Seuss’ stories such as Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs & Ham, the Lorax and others. We will enjoy even more activities and prizes this year and don’t forget–there will be plenty of cake and Grinch Punch. Teen and parent volunteers are welcome! Free admission.

3/5 – Dr. Seuss Party at McKinley Library – Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with this Dr. Seuss-themed party! We will read a Dr. Seuss story, make slimy oobleck, create our own Dr. Seuss crafts and creations, and enjoy Dr. Seuss-themed snacks.

3/7 – A Seussical Celebration at Pocket Library – You’re invited to a special celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2). Sacramento Public Library Director Rivkah Sass (and her sidekick Abe), former City Councilmember Robbie Waters, Lt. Terrell Marshall, and award-winning author JaNay Brown-Wood will share some of their favorite stories.

3/14 – Dr. Seuss Party at Ella K. McClatchy Library – Come celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday the this Dr. Suess-themed party! We will read a Dr. Seuss story, make slimy oobleck, create our ownDr. Seuss craft and creations and enjoy Dr.Seuss-themed snacks.

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Weekend Family Fun

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9/19 – Buccaneer Ball at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Children’s Museum cordially invites moms and their sons(s) to the museum to dance the night away to a DJ for the first Buccaneer Ball! Pirate dress-up is encouraged and desserts and light refreshments will be served.

9/19 – Movie in Fremont Park: The Lego Movie – CADA and Friends of Fremont Park will be hosting Movie in Fremont Park featuring The Lego Movie. Enjoy live music by The Bell Boys with the feature film beginning after their performance. There will also be food trucks and face painting for kids.

9/19 – Talk Like A Pirate Day at Fairytale Town – Ahoy, me hearties! Join Fairytale Town in celebrating international Talk Like a Pirate Day. The Pirates of Sacramento will be on hand to present “Pirate Skool” and other games along with plenty of pirate themed fun and activities for yer whole family, savvy?

9/20 – Hands on History – Harvest: The Real Gold in California – When John Sutter arrived in California in 1839, his dream was to build an agricultural empire that would encompass all of the Sacramento Valley, filling it with ranchers, who owed fealty to Sutter and had to buy all their supplies from his trading post. Unfortunately, the Gold Rush crushed Sutter’s dream by re-routing the water courses without a thought for environmental damage and mountains reduced to gravel by hydraulic mining, all of which left tons of dredge tailings on the fertile soil. It took many years for California’s agricultural industry to recover, but we eventually achieved the agricultural prominence about which Sutter had dreamed. Join and be part of life during harvest time at the Fort.

9/20 – Cemetery Adventures for Children – Do you have a child who is interested in the cemetery but would rather see bugs than burial records? Perhaps they’d like to take a peek into a mausoleum, learn about the animals that make their home there, or hear a short tale about the exciting days of old. If so, this tour is for them. Specifically designed for children third grade and younger, this tour is more of an informal stroll to introduce kids to the many wonders the cemetery has to offer.

9/20 – Big Wheels at the Franklin Community Library – Bring the whole family to get up close and personal with trucks, buses, one-of-a-kind vehicles, and have all kinds of family fun. The event features the Wells Fargo Stagecoach and the first-ever real Batmobile. There will also be storytimes for preschoolers and you can even enjoy lunch from one of the visiting food trucks

9/20 – Birding with Families at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Bring the family out for a birding and nature walk led by a naturalist and special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels are welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars, or they can loan you a pair.

9/20 – 9/21 – Diesel Days at the California State Railroad Museum – the California State Railroad Museum is offering special train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad featuring two visually exciting and gracefully styled diesel locomotives. Especially when these eye-catching diesels are in operation, guests of all ages will enjoy taking a memorable and relaxing weekend excursion train ride that is reminiscent of train travel from an earlier era.

Those aboard are treated to a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion along the levees of the Sacramento River. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats and open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating.

9/20 – 9/21 – Terrific Triceratops at the Discovery Museum – Are you ready for some prehistoric fun? Kids will make a jointed Triceratops to remember the giant life-size juvenile in the exhibit. You can even touch a real Triceratops fossil!

9/21 – Under the Oaks at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Our mighty oaks provide food and shelter for many animals and insects. Lean how to identify the three species of oak trees found in the Nature Preserve and who may be living in them.

Weekend Family Fun

The weather is warming up and  you have a variety of fun and family friendly events to choose from.  Experience the wild west with a Great Train Robbery ride, or be a spectator at the premier hydroplane event at Folsom Lake.  If you want to be indoors, catch Annie Jr. at the 24th Street theater, Good Night Moon at the Woodland Opera House or Sacramento Public Library’s summer reading program kick-off and ice cream social.  Don’t forget that the River Cats are playing this weekend followed by a fabulous fireworks show!

dingerrivercats_category5/31 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Salt Lake Bees. The hugely popular Raley Field fireworks shows are back. Stay tuned after the game for a spectacular fireworks display. Spend Friday night enjoying some baseball and fireworks!

annie_jr__ek4o_category5/31 – 6/2 – Annie Jr. at the 24th Street Theater -Based on the popular Broadway musical, Annie Jr. tells the story of a spunky, Depression-era orphan who is determined to find the parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan.

In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil plans, befriends President Franklin Roosevelt, and finds a new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Annie Jr. features songs from the original Broadway show including “Tomorrow,” “Hard-Knock Life,” “Little Girls,” and “Maybe.”

19675/31 – 6/2 – Big Wake Weekend –  Bike Wake Weekend is California’s premier beach picnic and party, combining culture, sport, and entertainment. It’s been 46 years since a hydroplane event has visited the shores of Folsom Lake. This event changes that.

The three-day sun filled festival will also feature the Hyperlite Experience*, wakeboarding’s foremost presentation and show, as well as American Power Boat Association (APBA) championship race series, exciting exhibitions, themed beer gardens, quality food & souvenir concessions and Nationwide Insurance’ Motorsports Midway with entertainment for all ages.

Athletes will wow the crowd hitting kickers and performing huge aerial maneuvers. Technical gap sliders will also be in place to please the viewers looking for a more daring stunt.

goodnight%20moon%20logo5/31 – 6/9 – Goodnight Moon at the Woodland Opera House – Everyone’s favorite bedtime book comes vibrantly alive on the Woodland Opera House stage in this new musical generously underwritten by Jennifer Goldman, D.D.S. and Amy Tran, D.D.S. The show features catchy songs,
delightful choreography and a colorful set that pays homage to Clement Hurd’s vivid book illustrations. The story revolves around the humorous antics of one very nocturnal bunny as sings his way to sweet dreams through nursery rhyme scenes with the Three Bears dancing with chairs, the Cat and the Fiddle, and the Cow Jumping Over the Moon.

pioneervillage_group_folsomhistmuseum_category6/1 – A Night in History at the Folsom History Museum – A Night in History is a living history night featuring a BBQ dinner, ice cream sundae social sponsored by Snooks’ Candies, bluegrass music by Fiddle Flash and Friends, Old West entertainment by Legends ‘n Liars, blacksmith demonstrations, gold panning, and activities for children and a raffle of prizes. Dress in vintage or western attire and strut your stuff in a costume judging contest for adults and children.

wildthings_category6/1 – Animals of the World with Wild Things – Wild Things members will bring live animals from around the world to the library. Come learn about these amazing creatures and how they came to live at the Wild Things Wildlife Rescue Center!

6/1 – Critter Close-up at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Get a chance to meet one of the Nature Center’s resident animals up close! Learn all about an amazing animal and its own unique journey to becoming an educational ambassador.

untitled6/1 – Dia del Nino KiDDay Festival – This outdoor children’s festival serves to honor kids’ happiness, enthusiasm, and possibility.  Hosted by La Raza Galeria Posada, families will enjoy a variety of art activity center including chalk art workshops, dance/movement health and fitness workshops, puppet workshop, a ballet folklorico workshop, a create-a-garden workshop, a group art collage project, dance group performances throughout the day, and the unveiling of a  newly-created large community mural designed by Los Angeles muralist Shaun Burner and youth from Sacramento’s La Familia Counseling Center.

picnic_train_category6/1 – Great Train Robbery Ride – Take a ride back to the Old West. This 3.5 hour trip departing from West Sacramento includes a relaxing train ride over the Fremont Trestle and through some pretty countryside.  While riding along, however, keep an eye for outlaws who tend to hide out along the tracks. Fortunately, there is the Marshall on board to keep things safe. More often than not, he has to teach those outlaws a lesson!  You’ll deboard the train to enjoy a western barbecue lunch by the river.

summer-reading_category6/1 – Sacramento Public Library Summer Reading Program Kick-off – There’s only one thing we like as much as reading and that is ice cream! Celebrate with an ice cream and craft extravaganza to help kick off this year’s summer reading program. Don’t forget to sign-up for our program Reading is So Delicious. All library patrons can pick up their game cards and participate this summer to win prizes. Happening at Belle Cooledge, Franklin and North Natomas Libraries.

Stamp-a-rama6/1-6/2 – Sizzling Sun Fun – Visit the Discovery Museum this weekend and enjoy some sizzling sun fun. They are premiering a special planetarium show, Solar Max, highlighting sun spots at 1pm and 3pm for ages 4 and older and included with admission. As a souvenir, kids 12 and under decorate a glittery sun banner to hang up at home. Learn other space facts while touring our Space Quest! exhibit.

pekt_category6/2 – Positive Energy Kids Triathlon -The Positive Energy Kids Triathlon is a kids triathlon for ages 3 to 18 that incorporates exercise into a fun event. Participation, a positive experience, and a sense of accomplishment are what the young athletes walk away with after the event.

At this event, the goal is for every finisher—whether first or last or somewhere in-between—to feel a sense of triumph when they cross the finish line. Both finish times and placement take a backseat to the goals at hand, which are to introduce children to the exciting sport of triathlon as well as to simply portray exercise in a fun manner.  In order to participate, each child must bring: a swimsuit, a bike, a bike helmet, and a pair of athletic shoes for the bike/run portions.

June Library Round-Up

Well….the kids are out of school!  It’s time to start planning what you are going to do with them over the next couple of months.  In addition to our June list of Sacramento Public Library events, don’t forget about the Summer Reading Program, which is such a great way to keep your kids reading through summer.  Each  branch has it’s own summer reading kickoff day near the beginning of the month, so check with your local branch to find out more!

6/6  Constellations t-shirts and Dream Interpretation at McClatchy Teen Program – What’s your sign? Mine’s Scorpio. Show off your sign with a constellation t-shirt! We’ll share some good snacks and do some dream interpretation while you paint your Zodiac sign onto a t-shirt. Tshirts will need to dry overnight in the library. You can pick them up the next day! You bring your dream memories, we’ll provide all other materials. This program is part of Sacramento Public Library’s Dream Big – Read! Summer Reading Series.  6-7:30pm.

6/7  Magic, Illusions and More with  Dan at North HighlandsSchool Age Program – Magic Dan presents a fun-filled and educational magic show for kids of all ages. He will delight and entertain with the message of Dream Big! 4-5pm.

6/9  Kids’ Garden Club at Colonial HeightsSchool Age Program – How does your garden grow? Help us maintain our garden and enjoy some garden-themed crafts at the library. Part of the Sacramento Public Library Summer Reading Program – Dream Big, READ! 2-3pm.

6/12  Family Puzzles at MLK Jr.  – Family Program – Join us in the Community Room for lots of fun with family, friends and puzzles. All are welcome to attend.

6/14  Journey to Bubble Land with the Bubble Lady at Sylvan Oaks School Age Program – Rebecca Nile, the Bubble Lady presents lots of fun with bubbles in an interactive, creative bubble show. A Drem Big-Read summer program.

6/16  Juggling Tornado at North Sacramento Family Program – Be amazed and astonished by Mark Bunnell, the Juggling Tornado! This is a Summer Reading program.  2-3:45pm.

6/19  Dances of the Hawaiian Islands with the Ohana Dance Group at MLK Jr. – Family Program – The Ohana Dance Group presents the music and dance of the Hawaiian Islands. Join Summer Reading and Dream Big READ at Martin Luther King, Jr. Library!  4-5pm.

6/21  Uncle Jer’s Traveling  Bee Show at Rio LindaFamily Program – Program will be held at the Rio Linda Depot Park building, 6730 Front Street. Uncle Jer will bring observation hives, large mounted photo cards or slide show, and frames of wax and honey. You will learn about the many jobs of a worker bee – and get a taste of the honey!  Summer Reading 2012.  3:30-4:30pm.

6/22  Stuffed Animal  Sleepover at North Natomas School Age Program – Inspired by the Dream Big summer reading theme, kids will bring their stuffed animals to the library for a sleepover. Join us for a program of crafts and stories. Kids will tuck their animals into bed before leaving them at the library for the night. What will the animals do overnight at the library? Return on Saturday morning to find out! (On Saturday, June 23rd, the library opens at 10am.) Pajamas are optional – for people and stuffed animals!  5-5:45pm.

6/27  Rocketship Origami with Artworks at Elk Grove Family Program – Travel to places we only know about because of books. We’ll create large size posters of those travels in this fun program with ArtWorks!  3:30-4:30pm.

May Library Round-Up

May is a busy month at our Sacramento Public Libraries!  There is the celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month and Cinco de Mayo/dia de los ninos.  There are things to make and do for Mother’s Dayas well as many more fun and educational activities for kids, teens and families.  Click here to find out what’s happening at your nearest library.  

5/2  Mother’s Day Crafts Family Program – Create beautiful Mother’s Day crafts and cards with ArtWorks!  Elk Grove.

5/2   Origami & Kirigami School Age Program – Celebrate Asian/Pacific Heritage month with the traditional paper crafts of origami (paper folding) and kirigami (paper cutting). We’ll provide the supplies and a demo of each style; you can use your imagination to create your own works of art!  North Sacramento/Hagginwood, 4-5:45pm.

5/3  Music Around the World –  Special Program – Celebrate El Dia de Los Ninos. Make and play musical instruments such as drums and guitars. Kids will receive free books!  North Highlands, 4-5pm.

5/3  Feathers, Fetishes and other things Teen Program – Every culture creates beautiful adornments to wear. Explore jewelry making from various continents.   A Dia de los Ninos event at Del Paso, 4-5:15pm.

5/5   Huichol Yarn Art – School-Age Program – Huichol yarn paintings originated in north central Mexico, and the artistic expressions continue today. Join us for this fun activity, and take home a beautiful piece of art. Children will also take home a free book for keepsies. This program is part of Sacramento Public Library’s Dia de los Ninos.  Ella McClatchy, 12-3pm.

5/10  Book Bingo – School-Age Program – Celebrate Children’s Book Week at the library! Our Bingo game will feature books and book characters. The first person to complete a row wins. BINGO!!!  North Natomas, 3:30-4:30pm.

5/10  Mother’s Day Crafts School-Age Program – Make a lovely gift basket for the first lady in your life.  McKinley, 3-4pm.

5/12  Asian Pacific Heritage Month Special Program – The Elk Grove Chinese Association will present Chinese dances for this special program. Everyone is invited to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage at this program.  Valley Hi, 2-3pm.

5/18  Mask Making CrafternoonSchool-Age Program – Join us to create and decorate storytelling masks.  South Natomas, 4-5pm.

5/24  Mae Lin and the Magic Brush School-Age Program – The Puppet Company brings to life the Chinese tale “Mae Lin & the Magic Brush”, the story of a girl whose magic brush can make anything that she paints come to life. Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month at a show with a traditional dragon dance, authentic Chinese music, and lots of surprises!  Rancho Cordova, 3:30-4:30pm.

5/24  American Red Cross Disaster Party – Family Program – It’s a Disaster Party and You’re Invited! Join the American Red Cross for an upbeat afternoon of quirky disaster-themed games, activities, and snacks to verse yourself and your family in three simple steps to be Red Cross Ready!  Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven, 3:30-4:30pm.

5/26  Garden Tea PartyFamily Program – Wear your fanciest sunhat; it’s garden tea party time! We will be sharing tea and treats outdoors, if the weather permits.  North Sacramento-Hagginwood, 12-1:45pm.

*For more Sacramento Public Library events, click here.

April Library Round-Up

As always, our Sacramento Public Library system has some wonderful events happening  in April for kids and families.  This month you’ll find celebrations for Spring, Easter, Earth Day and Dia de los ninos/Dia de los libros (Kids Day/Book Day)  with plenty of music, art and crafts.  Check with your local Sacramento library for more fun events. 

4/4 – Live Action Candy Land Game.  Family Program – We’ll be creating a life-sized Candyland game right here in the library. Kids are the playing pieces and will work in teams to win. There will be prizes for the winners and lots of fun! 2-4pm, Belle Cooledge.

4/5  – Spring Crafts.  School-age program – Chicks and bunnies abound in this most festive season. Plant a seed, color an egg, and make lovely paper flowers to welcome the season of growth.  3-4pm at McKinley.

4/12 –  Alligators, Snakes and maybe a Kangaroo with Wild Things, inc.  School-Age Program –  Don’t miss this opportunity to see live animals–some rare and endangered species–at this fun and educational free event.  4-5pm at North Highlands-Antelope.

4/12 – Melted Crayon Art.  Teen Program – Remember playing with crayons when you were little? Wish you could still create artful masterpieces with all those vibrant colors? Join us for an afternoon of using old crayons and hairdryers to make beautiful designs you’ll be proud to show off. Materials, and snacks, will be provided.  2:30-4:30pm at Arden-Dimick.

4/14 – Kite Making.   Family Program – Come celebrate National Kite Month with Artworks and make your own kite to take home.  2-3pm at Sylvan Oaks.

4/14 –  Magnetic Poetry.  School-Age Program –  Make your own magnetic poetry set with magnetic tape and words cut out from magazines, to celebrate National Poetry Month!  2-3pm at Rancho Cordova.

4/14 – Rock ArtSchool-Age Program –  Create a pet rock. Make a prop to hold your book open while you read. Design a paperweight. We will be using acrylic paint, so be sure to wear appropriate clothing.  2-3pm at North Natomas.

4/21 – Music Circle with Felipe Ferraz.  Family Program –  Join award-winning teacher and musician Felipe Ferraz in this lively family music program. Enjoy folk songs in a variety of languages, including English, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew and others in celebration of Dia de los ninos/Dia de los libros.  11-12pm at Pocket- Greenhaven.

4/24 – Dirt Can’t HurtFamily Program –  Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to make things grow!  4-5:45pm at North Sacramento-Hagginwood.

4/28 – My Colors, My World/Mi Colored, Mi Mundo with Art Beast Studio.  Family Program –  Celebrate El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)at your library. Using the book “My Colors, My World/Mi Colores,Mi Mundo” by Christina Gonzales as inspiration, create small paintings featuring your favorite colors with watercolor and oil pastel. The paintings will be bound into your own book with a clever stick and elastic binding.  11:30-12:30pm at Arcade.

Family Concert Series With The Camellia Symphony Orchestra

By Alyssa Green

Join the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria at Sacramento Central Public Library on Sunday, March 25th for a FREE family concert presented by the Camellia Symphony Orchestra.

Bring the kids to the west meeting room and library lobby at 1pm for pre-concert activities that will introduce them to the world of music.  They’ll meet the musicians, enjoy an instrument “petting zoo” and  have a chance to create music-related art at various Fun Shops. 

The concert will begin at 2pm and will include a number of familiar classical selections from movie scores such as Pirates of the Carribean and Spider Man.  What a fantastic way to spend Sunday afternoon with your family!

Add the next CSO Family Concert event to your calendar:

Sunday, April 22, 2012
John Bidwell Elementary
1730 65th Ave., Sacramento, 98522