Ticket Giveaway: Sacramento River Cats vs. Memphis Redbirds Baseball Game

Do you love the Sacramento River Cats as much as we do? Would you like to take your family out to a game this week? Well, we’ve got a River Cats ticket package that includes four tickets and a parking pass to give away to one of our lucky readers. The tickets are for this Thursday’s home game against the Memphis Redbirds. If you would like a chance to win the tickets, tell us who your favorite Sacramento River Cats player is and why in the comment section below. Leave your comment no later than Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm for a chance to win. One entry per person, please. A winner will be randomly selected and notified via email on May 24, 2017. Best of luck!

What: Sacramento River Cats vs. Memphis Redbirds

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:05 pm

Where: Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento

Cost: Tickets start at $10 for general admission



Sacramento’s Raley Field Overhauls Food and Kids Zone for the 2017 Baseball Season

The 2017 baseball season officially kicks off here in Sacramento this Thursday, April 6 at 7:05 pm at Raley Field. If you are thinking of treating the family to a night out at the game, here’s some motivation. Raley Field has overhauled their concessions and kids zone to make the Sacramento baseball experience top-notch for the whole family. First, when you enter the stadium, you’ll notice right away the new restaurant storefronts. River Cats management wanted to take eating at Raley Field to a whole new level in America’s Farm-to-Fork capital, so partnered with RS3/Ryan Sanders Sports Services to create a unique culinary experience at the ballpark. In the mood for Mexican food? Head over to Oso’s Cantina for fresh tacos. How about a gourmet hot dog with buffalo sauce topped with fresh blue cheese? You can grab that from the 50’s-style Cadillac Diner. There’s also Coop & Kennel, an Irish pub, the railroad history-themed Golden Spike for burgers, Raley’s for specialty sandwiches, and the old-fashioned Sweet Spot where you’ll be able to get your favorite frozen dessert like ice cream, root beer floats and even spiked shakes for the adults.

Once you’ve enjoyed your farm-to-fork dinner and watched a few game innings, the kids will probably get antsy. Head over to the new Down on the Farm children’s Area, located behind third base. While the old Raley Field kids zone required a fee for entrance, this new one is FREE. Your little ones will love to climb atop and slide down the one-and-only Tower Bridge play structure or climb all over the gigantic baseball and glove. Don’t worry, the bounce houses will still be available, in addition to a new misting pad to stay cool (yay!)

While the Sacramento River Cat’s Raley Field was already a state-of-the-art baseball stadium, it just got better. So, head across the river to enjoy a spectacular 2017 baseball season in Sacramento. For the 2017 River Cats baseball schedule, click here.

The 50’s-style Cadillac Diner was named after the 1989 movie Pink Cadillac, which was partially filmed her in Sac.

The Clint Eastwood dog at the Cadillac Diner.

Head to the Sweet Spot for a good, old-fashioned root beer float.

The new Down on the Farm children’s area.



Celebrate Independence Day with Fireworks Displays and Other Holiday Events around Sacramento

Fireworks in Sacramento

By Heather Crivellone

With the 4th of July right around the corner, you may be starting to plan your family festivities.  The temperatures are high and most of us are wanting to stay cool, but if you are feeling adventurous and ready for some fun, then check out the list of some local parties going on around town. All are family friendly, so put on some “red, white and blue” and enjoy Independence Day with your family and friends!

River Cats Independence Day Celebration 
July 3rd at Raley Field 400 BallPark Drive, the Sacramento River Cats will take on the Salt Lake Bee’s followed by an Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.

Raley Field 4th on the Field Food Truck Event
 Saturday, July 4 from 6pm -10pm, Raley Field will host a 4th of July celebration.
The food truck community will gather on Raley Field’s outfield for a family friendly event featuring some of the region’s best local food, live music and a fireworks extravaganza.
Admission for Children under 12 is $9.95 and anyone over 12 is $15.85

Sacramento Independence Day Celebration at Cal Expo
July 4th from 5 – 10pm experience the largest pyrotechnics display in Sacramento!
Food and beverages will be sold and the fireworks show will begin at 9:30pm.
Admission is Free and Parking is $10.  

4th of July fun at the Davis Community Park
1405 F Street in Davis from 5pm – 10pm.
Food vendors and live entertainment for the whole family!
Fireworks show to begin at 9:30pm.

Carmichael Annual Fireworks Show at the La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Rd, Carmichael
From 7pm – 10pm enjoy music, food and free activities for the family.
Fireworks show will begin approximately 9:30pm.

Elk Grove’s “A Salute to the Red, White and Blue
Elk Grove Regional Park 9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd
From 5pm – 10pm enjoy live music, vendors, food and entertainment.
Fireworks will begin at 9:30. Parking is $10 per vehicle.

Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration
Two-day cerebration on Friday and Saturday July 3 and 4.
Hagan Park 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova
Enjoy Food vendors, Beer gardens, live entertainment, bounce houses, kids zone, carnival and more.

Roseville’s 4th of July Fireworks Show at Placer County Fairgrounds
800 All America City Blvd. Roseville
Gates will open at 6:30pm and the Fireworks show will begin approximately at 9:30.
Live music, food and beverages will be available for purchase. Parking is $5.

Lincoln’s 4th of July Celebration at McBean Park
Join local’s at this all day event that includes a food vendors, a kids zone and a fireworks show that will begin at 9:30pm.
This is just a few of the activities going on around the Sacramento area this week.  I’m sure there are many more events in your area that are not listed… parades, carnivals and such.  But hopefully this will help you to decide what to do when America celebrates our Independence on Thursday!

Woodland 4th of July Events – Starting first thing in the morning, join the city of Woodland for a fun run, pancake breakfast, bike parade and family fest, ice cream social, swim fest, and finally, a fireworks celebration at Woodland High School. Check the City of Woodland website for location and times for each event.

Have fun and be safe!

The Sacramento River Cats Are Ready To Play Ball

River Cats Collage

It’s springtime here in Sacramento, and that means trees in bloom, lots of sunshine, warm evenings and…River Cats baseball at Raley Field!  We love our local triple A baseball team, don’t we?  So, head on down to Raley Field tonight, Thursday, April 11, 2014 for the River Cats Season opener against the Salt Lake Bees.  If you can’t make it on opening night, take a look at the schedule – there are plenty of home games with specials on each day of the week as well as fun promotional days such as Throwback Thursday, Shark night, Princess & Pirate night, Bike Day, and more!  And don’t forget about Sutter Health fireworks every Friday and Saturday!

If your family attends games often, your kids might want to join Dinger’s Kids Club.  For just $25, here’s what they’ll get:

  • Sunday Ticket Vouchers
  • Player Meet & Greet
  • Kids Club Hat
  • Kids Corner Vouchers
  • On Deck Shop 10% Discount
  • Kids Run the Bases Express Pass

Here are the weekly Ssecials:

Baseball Bingo Monday – Every Monday, join us at Raley Field for a little game we like to call baseball bingo, brought to you by our friends at Cache Creek Casino Resort. Every play on the field corresponds to a square on your bingo card. Get a straight line, and win a prize! It’s as simple as that!

Family Value Tuesdays – All fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 desserts every Tuesday throughout the River Cats season. Bring a few dollar bills and feed the whole family!

Wireless Wednesday – River Cats fans are invited out to the ballpark to enjoy all of the high-tech amenities Raley Field has to offer. Use the free Wi-Fi to post your pictures on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and see yourself on Cat Vision during the game!

Thirsty Thursday – The tradition continues with Miller and Miller Lite beer specials, available every Thursday night at Raley Field. All 12-oz. Miller and Miller Lites are just $2 each, or you can get 24-oz. Miller and Miller Lites for just $4 each!

Fireworks Friday – The hugely popular Raley Field fireworks shows are expanding again this season, with a show immediately following every Friday and Saturday home game. Bring a group and enjoy the best fireworks show in Northern California all season long!

Fireworks Saturday – Sutter Health once again will be partnering with the Cats for Sutter Health Fireworks Saturdays. Enjoy fireworks across the Sacramento skyline after all 10 Saturday home games in 2014.

Sunday Funday – Kids of all ages will enjoy K-LOVE Sunday Fundays, featuring pregame player autographs, face painters, balloon artists, and the opportunity to “Run the Bases” on field after every Sunday home game.

Here’s to a great season.  Go River Cats!



Weekend Family Fun

PicMonkey Collage

4/11 – 4/13 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees – The Sacramento River Cats take on Salt Lake Bees in the opening weekend of the season.   Join Dinger and his friends as they host the first Kids Clubgame of the season, presented by Raley’s & Bel Air. They will be showcasing the artwork that was selected for the 2014 “Art of Baseball” calendar and creating some more fun at their interactive art booths!  Kids of all ages will enjoy Sunday Fundays, featuring pregame player autographs, face painters and balloon artists, and the opportunity to “Run the Bases” on the field after every Sunday home game.

4/11 – 4/13 – Easter Bash and Funderland – Funderland’s annual Easter Bash is back! Come on out for egg hunts, meet Happy the Squirrel and the Easter Bunny, make some fun crafts, and most of all, make some lasting memories.

4/12  – Art Blast at Crocker Art Museum – Each month, a different work of art provides the inspiration for a memorable art-making activity. Families are welcome to arrive anytime during this drop-in program.

4/12 – 1st Annual Spring Carnival at the Placer County Fairgrounds – Come for fun-filled kid activities, carnival games, food, crafts, raffle, photos and more! This event is a fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Information Alliance.  Admission is FREE.

4/12 – District 4 Easter Egg Hunt at William Land Park – Join the office of Councilmember Steve Hansen for some Spring fun at the District 4 Land Park Easter Egg Hunt. You’ll enjoy festive carnival games, face painting, Peter Cottontail, and, of course, candy filled Easter eggs. You won’t want to miss out on all the family fun!

4/12 – District 4 Easter Egg Hunt at Southside Park – Join the office of Councilmember Steve Hansen for some Spring fun at the District 4 Southside Park Easter Egg Hunt. You’ll enjoy festive carnival games, face painting, Peter Cottontail, and, of course, candy filled Easter eggs. You won’t want to miss out on all the family fun!

4/12 – Birding for Families at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Bring the family out for a birding and nature walk led by a naturalist 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.

4/12 – 4/13 – Traders Fair at Sutter’s Fort: California’s First Mall – Visitors will have the opportunity to learn from and support artisan crafters while browsing through this Traders’ Faire at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and the State Indian Museum. Visitors will experience the hustle and bustle of pioneer trading days by watching artisans create goods, make their own crafts, haggling with traders, hammer square nails, and enjoying musket and cannon demonstrations at Sutter’s Fort. Nearby at the State Indian Museum, guests can peruse beautiful custom beaded jewelry, artwork, baskets, gourds, soapstone and elk horn carvings, drums and much, much more.

4/13 – Featured Aircraft A-1: close Air Support & Combat Rescue in Vietnam at the Aerospace Museum of California – join the aerospace museum for a pilot meet and greet and presentations on flying combat rescue mission in Vietnam.

4/13 – EggORama – Come and enjoy the egg-citement of Spring with a day chalked full of activities including the “tattoo” parlor, children’s crafts, bounce house, and game booths, plus a visit from the Easter Bunny! This year, the Egg Hunt will be in Cottage Pool!  Please bring a plastic bucket, appropriate swim attire and your towel. Families can enjoy an hour of open swim for the whole family after the conclusion of the hunts!  Note: Only Coast Guard approved life jackets will be accepted, with an adult per child within arm’s-length in the shallow end of the pool. All children Ages 3-5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Weekend Family Fun

Another beautiful weekend is in store for the Sacramento region.  Tour the wildflowers at Soil Born Farms, teach your kids how to be healthier at the Sacramento YMCA Healthy Kids Day, take in a River Cats baseball game or head to Fairytale Town for the last weekend of the Children’s Theater Festival.  See below for our complete list of what going on this weekend.

4/25 – 4/27  – 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. Don’t forget to take advantage of Thirsty Thursday specials which include all 12oz. Miller and Miller Lites for just $2 each and 24oz. Miller and Miller Lites for just $4 each!

boxtales_1_category4/26 – 4/28 – Children’s Theater Festival This is the last Weekend! Introduce your children to the magic of theater! During the month of April, Fairytale Town showcases a diverse selection of theater performances each weekend in the Children’s Theater. Performing companies include the Fairytale Town Troupers, Shadow Puppet Theatre, Boxtales Theatre Company, Roseville Theatre Arts Academy, and more.

4/27-4/28 – Rockin’ with the Richter Scale – Here’s a fun fact: April 26 is Richter Scale Day and the Discovery Museum is celebrating! This useful measurement has helped people define how strong earthquakes are. Cindy Pridmore, geologist with the California Geological Survey, will talk about why and where there are earthquakes in the state. This event will have fault blocks, the liquefaction box, the new state fault map, as well as a make-and-take fault activity.

wildflower_wonders_category4/27 – Wildflower Wonders at Soil Born Farms – This year’s Wildflower Wonders will be a showcase of native plants in their natural habitats of the greater Sacramento region. It will highlight wildflowers and plants from these local habitats: oak woodland, vernal pool & prairie, riparian woodland, and chaparral. Hundreds of fresh-cut native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and grasses illustrate each display. Rounding out each habitat area are inspiring photographs of the landscape. Expert naturalists provide friendly and knowledgeable interpretation at each exhibit.  There will be a Discovery Zone for kids in the Old Schoolhouse which will include a Focus on Flowers section with several microscopes, an art table with flowers in vases posing for the artists, a Scavenger Hunt table (the hunt itself will gather outside; prizes for those who complete), and a Quiet Corner featuring a YouTube video of the life cycle of the Swallowtail Pipevine Butterfly plus California Gold’s Huell Howser episodes of Mather Vernal Pools and of the American River Parkway.

4/27 – Kids Art Festival: Community Focus on the Arts -This event will feature hands on workshops taught by professional artists and teachers of the arts, performing art exhibits, music and dance performances, an art show, and food vendors. The goal is to introduce children to various art forms in hopes that they may open their minds to new experiences. Art brings people together and encourages a strong work ethic, setting goals, dreaming, creativity, imagination, and hard work. Workshops will be geared toward children of all ages.  This festival is presented by the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District in partnership with the San Juan Unified School District, the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, and the Fair Oaks Library.

kidsdayranchocordova_category4/27 – 24th Annual Kids Day in the Park: Color Me Happy – It’s a great day to be a kid at the 24th Annual Kid’s Day in the Park. Come celebrate the “Color Me Happy” theme and enjoy free art activities, a petting barn, train rides, fabulous children’s entertainment on the Kid’s Stage featuring Radio Disney, food trucks, inflatables, and much, much more. Get free health screenings and parent resources from over 100 exhibitors each hosting a free activity for kids. Kids who complete the PAL Bike Safety Rodeo are eligible to win one of 100 bikes.

sactomofoapril2013_category4/27 – SactoMoFo 6: Mobile Food Festival – Sacramentans will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of culinary delights served up by over two dozen mobile food vendors at the sixth edition of the Sacramento Mobile Food Festival (SactoMoFo). The festival will feature all the best local food trucks as well as all-star food trucks from all over Northern California. The event will feature a beer garden and live music.

4/27 – Critter Close Up at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Meet an animal resident at the Nature Center up-close and learn what habitat and food they need to survive.

hkd_b_category4/27 – YMCA Healthy Kids Day –  Come join the Sacramento Area YMCA to celebrate YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, a free community event to get kids moving and learning, and also to get families living healthier.  Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out, and grow, but sometimes when the school year ends, so does a child’s exposure to activities that keep the body and mind active. The Y’s Healthy Kids Day event will include fun, active play as well as educational activities that will inspire kids to carry a spirit of excitement and exploration throughout their summer and give them the tools to keep growing and achieving all year long.

Healthy Kids Day® at Sacramento Area YMCA will kick off with a Family Fun Run 5K leaving the Sacramento YMCA and running through the surrounding neighborhood and returning to the Y. Healthy Kids Day® activities will start at the conclusion of the Family Fun Run 5K and will feature a variety of activities, community organizations, and resources available in the Sacramento Area.

4/28 – Sketch It at the Crocker Art Museum – Visitors ages five and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery on the fourth Sunday of each month and all supplies are provided. No experience is necessary.  This event is free with museum admission.

Mommy and Me Day at Raley Field on July 18th

 By Heather Crivellone

Last year, my daughter and I visited Raley Field during their “Mommy & Me Day”, and we both had such a great time that she continues to talk about “Dinger” the River Cats Mascot and how she wants to go back and visit the baseball field.

Luckily for us, the Sacramento River Cats will be hosting another FREE “Mommy and Me Day” on Wednesday July 18th from 10am- 1pm. If you did not get a chance to attend the last Mommy and Me event- we highly recommend making the time to take your little ones out to the baseball field.
Parents and their children (Under the age of 6) can spend the day out on the baseball field playing different games and participating in activities such as: tee-ball, soccer, arts and crafts, and much more.

Last time they had Dinger the Mascot visiting with all the children, games with parachutes, balls and everything that the pre-school aged children love!
There will be free snacks and drinks provided while supplies last, and they will also have additional food and beverages to purchase.

If you are planning on attending this event, please go on their website and fill out the mandatory waivers and bring them with you to the field. This will help in having to wait in the long lines…. And since we know that children are not the most patient little beings- this may help avoid a spontaneous “melt-down”.

Make sure you don’t forget your sunscreen (since you will be down on the field), camera for those great shots of your little ones “sliding” into home-plate, and plenty of energy for a fun filled day!