Safetyville’s Annual Firefighter Chili Cook Off on September 19

Safetyville chili cookoffBy Heather Crivellone

If you are a native to Sacramento, then you know that Safetyville USA has been teaching children for over 30 years, the basic safety skills they need to know in a fun, interactive and memorable experience.
The goal of their program is to reduce injury and possible death of children resulting from preventable accidents. Trained volunteer tour guides lead children, preschool through third grade, through the town teaching them a variety of safety skills, including: fire, bicycle, pedestrian, electrical, stranger danger, and railroad safety.

Outside of Sacramento in Rancho Cordova- this “mini-city” is set up so children can explore their surrounding at their “own level”.

If you have groups of 10 or more preschoolers, you can take the guided tour around the “city” , however, when we went, we didn’t have that many children with us (WHEW!), so we decided to take the self-guided tour and let the children explore while we visited each exhibit and explained the safety issues with the children on our own. The children took turns pressing the buttons and practiced waking across the streets, watched a video on fire safety at the “fire station”, learned about the dangers of train tracks, electrical wires and more. At the end of our self-guided tour, we all enjoyed our picnics outside and admired the tiny buildings that make up this fun city.

Safetyville is open to the public Monday-Friday 8:45-3:00pm and admission is $3 per person. Make sure you call ahead to make a reservation if you have a large group.

Events are held throughout the year and on Saturday, September 19 from 12pm- 4pm,  join local firefighters for their annual Firefighter Chili Cook-off.  Enjoy entertainment, chili tasting and celebrity judges,  interactive activities and fun for the entire family. Tickets are only $5 per person and children ages 5 and under are FREE!  For more information on this event, visit their website.

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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.

Upcoming Events at Safetyville USA

BSafetyville chili cookoffy Heather Crivellone

Safetyville USA has been teaching children since 1984, the basic safety skills they need to know in a fun, interactive and memorable experience. The goal of the program is to reduce injury and possible death of children resulting from preventable accidents. A trained volunteer tour guide leads children, preschool through third grade, through the town teaching them a variety of safety skills, including: fire, bicycle, pedestrian, electrical, stranger danger, and railroad safety.

Outside of Sacramento in Rancho Cordova- this “mini-city” is set up so children can explore their surrounding at their “own level”.

If you have groups of 10 or more preschoolers, you can take the guided tour around the “city” , however, when we went, we didn’t have that many children with us (WHEW!), so we decided to take the self-guided tour and let the children explore while we visited each exhibit and explained the safety issues with the children on our own. The children took turns pressing the buttons and practiced waking across the streets, watched a video on fire safety at the “fire station”, learned about the dangers of train tracks, electrical wires and more. At the end of our self-guided tour, we all enjoyed our picnics outside and admired the tiny buildings that make up this fun city.

Safetyville is open to the public Monday-Friday 8:45-3:00pm and admission is $3 per person. Make sure you call ahead to make a reservation if you have a large group.

Events are held throughout the year and on September 20 from 12pm- 4pm,  join local firefighters for their annual Firefighter Chili Cook-off.  Enjoy entertainment, food, demonstrations and fun for the entire family. Tickets are only $5 per person and children ages 5 and under are FREE!  For more information on this event, visit their website.

And on Saturday, October 18, your little ghosts and goblins can “trick and treat” in a secure and safe environment at their annual Halloween Haunt. This is the best Halloween extravaganza around for the younger children! Admission is $6 per person and includes $2 coupon for food or games.  Kids can enjoy games, mazes, magic shows, costume contests, face-painting, raffles and fun for the entire family.

 

Weekend Family Fun

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6/13 – Old City Cemetery Tour: The Unlucky 13 – For your evening pleasure, as luck would have it, the Old City Cemetery is conducting a summer tour – “The Unlucky 13”. For one night in June on Friday the 13th, hear 13 stories about bad luck and poor souls being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Are you superstitious? We’ll dare you to walk under a ladder or step on a crack (especially if your mother is with you). Come early or stay after your tour to win prizes, if you’re lucky, in the “Test Your Luck” area. This promises to be a fun-filled event for the whole family for only $13 per person. Good luck — it’s also a full moon!

6/13 – 6/14 – Family Campout at Fairytale Town –  Spend the night at Humpty’s House! This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast.

6/13 – 6/15 – Western States Horse Expo – More than 40,000 horsemen from around the country will come together for the 16th Western States Horse Expo, a family friendly event that features contests, demonstrations and more. You’ll find more than 400 exhibits with some of the top companies in the horse industry showcasing their products. Special events include the Magnificent 7 stock horse championship, a trail symposium and up close and personal clinics from a variety of experts, and an Equine Dream Art Show and Sale. For the kids, there’s a Young Rider Park with horseshoe painting, pony rides and more.

6/14 – 16th Annual Family Safety & Health Expo – Safetyville USA’s 30th Birthday Party is being celebrated at the 16th Annual Family Safety and Health EXPO with giveaways, raffles, live stage performance, and over 80 booths focused on health, safety, and youth recreation resources for families in the Sacramento region.

6/14 – Six-Legged Sensations at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join a naturalist for a close look at insects commonly found in and around the Nature Area. Then, take a creature safari and observe insects in their natural habitat.

6/14 – Third Annual Cupcake Ball at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – The Sacramento Children’s Museum cordially invites daddies and their daughter(s) to the Museum to dance the night away for the third annual Cupcake Ball! Princess dress-up is encouraged, and each daughter will receive a princess halo. Cupcakes and light refreshments will be served.

6/14 – Personalized Grill Apron Father’s Day workshop at Orchard Supply Hardware on Arden Way – Orchard Supply Hardware is celebrating Father’s Day by offering patrons the chance to create personalized grill aprons.  Orchard Supply Hardware will supply the apron and fabric markers. There will be an area setup for the kids to paint their special creation for Dad, so bring your imagination.

6/14 – 6/15 – palaeontologists Past and Present at the Discovery Museum – Rumor has it that T-rex and stegosaurus “fossils” have been discovered on the grounds of the Museum! They have a brand-new dig pit where little ones can make their first exciting discoveries looking for fossils beneath the sand. What a fun way to introduce your children to the science field of paleontology.

6/15 – Hornblower’s Father’s Day River Cruise – Get on board the Capitol Hornblower and spend some quality time with Dad this Father’s Day. Departing from Old Sacramento, this one hour river cruise features a narration of the nature and history of the Sacramento River ways in a fun relaxing environment.

6/15 – Father’s Day at McConnell Estates – Bring the family out to share family fun games out in the yard and savory wines for the adults this Father’s Day. Games to include volleyball, bean bag toss, bocce ball and much more!

6/15 – Fathers and Falcons at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Celebrate Father’s Day by bringing your dad to meet Rocky, the Nature Center’s resident Kestrel. Learn all about what makes the Kestrel North America’s smallest falcon and how Rocky ended up at the Nature Center. After a good look at this handsome bird, make a Kestrel bracelet to remember your new friend.

6/15 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Iowa Cubs – The Sacramento River Cats take on the Iowa Cubs in the third game of this series. 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!

Summer Activities at Safetyville USA Include a Birthday Bash, Free Family Bike Nights and the Annual Family Safety and Health Expo

mascotwhiteBy Heather Crivellone

Safetyville USA has been teaching children since 1984, the basic safety skills they need to know in a fun, interactive and memorable experience.

The goal of the program is to reduce injury and possible death of children resulting from preventable accidents. A trained volunteer tour guide leads children, preschool through third grade, through the town teaching them a variety of safety skills, including: fire, bicycle, pedestrian, electrical, stranger danger, and railroad safety.

Outside of Sacramento in Rancho Cordova- this “mini-city” is set up so children can explore their surrounding at their “own level”.

If you have groups of 10 or more preschoolers, you can take the guided tour around the “city”, however, when we went, we didn’t have that many children with us (WHEW!), so we decided to take the self-guided tour and let the children explore while we visited each exhibit and explained the safety issues with the children on our own. The children took turns pressing the buttons and practiced waking across the streets, watched a video on fire safety at the “fire station”, learned about the dangers of train tracks, electrical wires and more.

At the end of our self-guided tour, we all enjoyed our picnics outside and admired the tiny buildings that make up this fun city.

Safetyville is open to the public Monday-Friday 8:45-3:00pm and admission is $3 per person. Make sure you call ahead to make a reservation if you have a large group.

Events are held throughout the year and this month- on Saturday, June 14th from 10am-3pm join other families in celebrating their 30th birthday at  Safetyville’s  Annual Family Safety and Health Expo.

This is a FREE event featuring over 80 info booths focusing on health, safety and youth recreation resources available in the Sacramento area.  There will be live performances, raffles and giveaways, food and entertainment at this event.

Also, coming is FREE family Bike Nights every Thursday and Friday evening from 5:30pm-8pm June 19th thru August 29th.  Bring the family out (along with your bikes and helmets), ride around the park, enjoy special guest speakers and have some dinner as food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Make it a family fun night out with some exercise, safety education and fun this summer!

Weekend Family Fun

Movies in the Park, music in the park, Sesame Street Live at Sleep Train Arena, even a campout at Fairytale Town!  There is so much to do this weekend.  Hope you have a good one!

family_bike_nights_logo_safetyville_category6/20-6/21 – Family Bike Night at Safetyville, USA – Families attending will enjoy bike riding in an enclosed safe riding area, food court selling hot dogs, sodas, and other snacks, a special designated area for the young riders, bike safety clinic, and local area bike vendors on hand for bike assistance and questions. This event also features CHP involvement and presentation.

$4fridays_category6/21 – $4 Friday Night at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Celebrate summer inside and outside the Sacramento Children’s Museum during the first “$4 Friday night” event happening this summer. Come and enjoy with live music by The Hoots, food trucks by FoodMob, Big Spoon Yogurt, face painting, eye-catching classic cars provided by the California Automobile Museum, and other fun activities.

logo_category6/21 – Movies in the Park: Angels in the Outfield – Come out early to get a good seat and let your kids experience the Wonderful Outdoor World (W.O.W.) bus before the movie begins.  Concessions (hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, and ice cream) will be available for purchase from the Fair Oaks Host Lions Club and Fair Oaks Youth Advisory Board (FOYAB).  The movie screened tonight will be Angels in the Outfield.

campout_category6/21 – Family Campout at Fairytale Town – Spend the night at Humpty Dumpty’s house. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theatre performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories, and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast.

wizardofozbanner_category6/21 – 6/30 – Wizard of Oz – Join Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion as they band together on an adventure along the Yellow Brick Road to Oz and face the wrath of the Wicked Witch. The production will be true to the movie that has enchanted fans
of all ages for decades featuring the songs “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.”

smurfs_movie_category6/22 – Macy’s Great American Drive-In – Coast-to-coast, bumper to bumper, join Macy’s as they continue their American Icons celebration with movie night at authentic drive-in and pop-up drive-in locations across the country. The fun begins with carnival games, top tunes, yummy treats, and more.  Bring your camera for a snapshot with your favorite Smurf character. At dusk, enjoy a free screening of the family blockbuster hit, The Smurfs™ and a sneak peek of The Smurfs 2™ in theatres July 31!

pops_2013_category6/22 – Pops in the Park: Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers  – Pops in the Park is a series of free evening concerts that raises money for under-funded neighborhood parks. Sponsorship and advertising dollars, as well as proceeds from the sale of food and beverages at the events, have been used since 1995 to fund the events, enhance neighborhood parks, bring improvements to the neighborhood, and provide youth athletic scholarships.

6/22  – Nature Tales at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Members of the Sacramento Storytellers Guild will share their entertaining tales of animals and nature.  Admission is free.

dingerrivercats_category6/22 & 6/23  – River Cats vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The River Cats are commemorating the 1,000th game ever played at Raley Field with A “Grand” Celebration. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will be invited down to the field post game to watch fireworks in the outfield!

sesamestreetlive_category6/22 & 6/23 – Sesame Street: Can’t Stop Singing – Come and play before the show! Play Zone at Sesame Street Live is a fun way for children to experience their favorite street. Imagine your child sitting in Big Bird’s nest, popping up in Oscar’s trash can, twirling in Zoe’s dance studio, or visiting Elmo’s World. You never know who’ll make an appearance. Families won’t want to miss a single picture-perfect moment. Play Zone opens one hour before the show and is free with your Sesame Street Live ticket.

Summer Events at Safetyville USA

imagescaecgj3mBy Heather Crivellone

Safetyville USA has been teaching children since 1984, the basic safety skills they need to know in a fun, interactive and memorable experience.

The goal of the program is to reduce injury and possible death of children resulting from preventable accidents. A trained volunteer tour guide leads children, preschool through third grade, through the town teaching them a variety of safety skills, including: fire, bicycle, pedestrian, electrical, stranger danger, and railroad safety.

Outside of Sacramento in Rancho Cordova- this “mini-city” is set up so children can explore their surrounding at their “own level”.

If you have groups of 10 or more preschoolers, you can take the guided tour around the “city” , however, when we went, we didn’t have that many children with us (WHEW!), so we decided to take the self-guided tour and let the children explore while we visited each exhibit and explained the safety issues with the children on our own. The children took turns pressing the buttons and practiced waking across the streets, watched a video on fire safety at the “fire station”, learned about the dangers of train tracks, electrical wires and more.

At the end of our self-guided tour, we all enjoyed our picnics outside and admired the tiny buildings that make up this fun city.

Make sure you call ahead to make a reservation for your large group and to double check hours for public visits since they are so popular with hosting field trips.

Events are held throughout the year and this month- on Saturday, June 15th from 10am-3pm join other families for Safetyville’s 15th Annual Family Safety and Health Expo.

This is a FREE event featuring over 80 info booths focusing on health, safety and youth recreation resources available in the Sacramento area.  There will be live performances, raffles and giveaways, food and entertainment at this event.

Also, coming is thier FREE family Bike Nights every Thursday and Friday evening from 5:30pm-8pm June 2o thru August 23.  Bring the family out (along with your bikes and helmets), ride around the park, enjoy special guest speakers and have some dinner as food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Make it a family fun night out with some exercise, safety education and fun this summer!