Weekend Family Fun

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10/17 – Campfire at the Maidu Museum – Storytelling has been an important part of Native American culture for thousands of years. Sit under the stars at this outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories around the campfire. They will provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program’s end to this fun family event.

10/17 – 10/18 – Old Sacramento Magic Festival – The first major magic festival ever on the West Coast featuring a stellar international cast.  This incredible weekend also stars Eric Stevens, one of Magic’s bright new stars, Hank Morfin, headliner at The California Magic Dinner Theatre, Master Magician and Balloon Artist, Kenn Serrano and Man of Mystery, Terry Robinson.  The festival also features multiple One-Man Shows, International Galas, Lectures, an All-Star Street Magic Performance and much more! This is a family-friendly weekend showcasing a full spectrum of the Art, from close-up to stage.

10/18 – Halloween Haunt at Safetyville – Safetyville USA will be decorated in “Spook-tacular” fashion with a harvest-festival theme. There will be live entertainment, games, face painters, magic show, straw bale maze, raffles, costume parade, food and fun for the entire family.

10/18 – Rachel Coleman Signing Time Concert – Emmy nominated, co-creator and star of Signing Time, Rachel Coleman will perform to benefit the Signing Time Foundation which helps make sign language fun and accessible to all children. There will be time to meet and greet with Rachel after the show.

10/18 – Third Annual Monster Bash at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join for a night of ghoulish fun at Sacramento Children’s Museum’s Monster Bash! Gear up for Halloween and wear your best costume and come play the night away at the museum. There will be a DJ, dancing, refreshments, photo opportunities, a haunted hallway, and even more.

10/18 – Birding for Families at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Bring the family out and join for a birding and nature walk led by a naturalist and special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon. Birdwatchers of all levels are welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars, or they can loan you a pair.

10/18 – 10/19 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – This family musical contains a zany, wise cracking mirror who will only answer if spoken to in rhyme, as well as a whole court full of funny and bubbling characters. It hums with 14 lively songs, including a scary forest ballet.  Snow White runs away from the evil queen and seeks refuge with seven little miners. But the queen and her sister, a once-powerful witch, need “a locket from the pocket of a princess that is pure”. They come after Snow White, but Sir Pompous leads members of the queen’s court into the woods to thwart their evil plans. The queen is trapped in an ugliness spell and forced to remain that way, as the entire court reminds her (in a rousing gospel song), “You’re the mirror of every deed that you do!”

10/18 – 10/19 – Microscope Mania at the Discovery Museum – From large to microscopically small, the Discovery Museum has it all! Visit gigantic dinosaurs in the Blast from the Past exhibit and colossal redwoods in the nature area. Get down to the teeny and tiny in their microscope lab. By using different levels of magnification, visitors explore pond life and other samples. This is a great opportunity for youngsters to get their hands on real science tools.

10/18 – 10/19 – Folsom Renaissance Faire – The Folsom City Lions Park will be transformed to a delightful Elizabethan town filled with myriad characters and vignettes resembling those of Shakespeare’s plays we so dearly love. In addition, over 900 costumed entertainers and over 100 shopkeepers and artisans will add to the ambiance of the Faire. The Festival will be the ultimate Renaissance bash, a lively Dionysian party, where the guests enjoy turkey legs, exotic food, and drink as they banter with the myriad performers filling the streets. The event sports one-of-a-kind shows, music, and comedy.

10/19 – Sunday Crafternoon at the Crocker Art Museum – This monthly gathering will inspire your family’s creativity and help you enjoy quality time together. Make simple crafts that celebrate the season, using a variety of beautiful materials, while enjoying warm drinks. For ages four and up with adult participation; siblings ages three and under are welcome to tag along at no extra charge.

10/19 – Hunters of the Night at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Take an eye-opening look at these amazing nocturnal hunters. Find out when owls are most active, what an owl pellet is, and meet a resident owl up close!

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Labor Day Weekend Family Fun

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8/29 – Free Family Bike Night at Safetyville USA – Free 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.

8/29 – Friday Night Concert Series: Hip Service – Have some fun with the whole family at Cordova Community Council’s Friday Night Concert Series!

8/29 – 8/30 – Beauty and the Beast, Jr. – Step into the enchanted world of Disney, with a twist, in Beauty and the Beast, Jr., where child actors Ages 5-18 step into the roles made famous by the animated movie. This show features original music from composers Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, plus new songs contributed by Tim Rice.

8/29 – 8/31 – SacAnime: The Sacramento Anime Convention – SacAnime is the anime convention “Where Fans Come to Play,” providing Japanese influenced pop culture fun for the entire family. Over 10,000 fans, many in costume, are expected to attend.

8/30 – Rattle Sssssnakes at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – These awesome animals deserve everyone’s respect. Learn to identify these amazing creatures and discover how they fit into the California landscape.

8/31 – 8/31 – Diesel Days at the Railroad Museum – California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are 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 round trip 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.

8/30 – 8/31 – Fairytale Town Troupers: Beach Party Princess – It’s a family friendly comedy review that’s just for you! Help select the winner of the beach party princess contest, then dance with your favorite fairytale princesses live onstage. Beach Party Princess is packed with pretty princesses, silly surprises, music, magic and interactive fun in the sweet summer sun!

8/30 – 9/1 – Chalk it Up! to Sacramento 2014 Art & Music Festival – the three-day event draws 30,000+ people each year and features more than 200 Artists creating chalk art masterpieces on the sidewalks, live music by more than two dozen acts, hands-on art activities for children and more. Live music is featured all day long throughout the festival and this year’s stage will feature 30 top-notch regional acts including James Cavern and the Council; Seaons; The Westwards; Sneeze Attack and others.

8/30 – 9/1 – Americana in Old Sacramento – An “Americana in Old Sacramento” celebration awaits visitors to the popular historic district over Labor Day weekend complete with live music, classic cars, and vintage vehicles — such as 1950s-era buses, emergency vehicles, and taxi cabs. In addition, a variety of special evening events and various museum-related activities are planned for the extended holiday weekend.

Activities include free live music and beer garden at Waterfront Park featuring popular bands such as Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads, Madison Hudson Band, Rachel Steele & Road 88, 27 Outlaws, and the Cripple Creek Band. As an added musical treat, live gospel music will be featured on Sunday morning.

8/30 – 9/1 – Labor Day Fun at the Discovery Museum – Enjoy the holiday weekend by showing your patriotic pride. Visit the Discovery Museum for a self-guided tour of their Blast from the Past exhibit. Kids crafts will make a patriotic windsock. Also check out their planetarium shows (Ages 4+) and animal presentations (all ages).

8/31 – Those Wacky Woodpeckers at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable by their unique behavior of pecking vertically on trees and poles, but how much do you really know about these outstanding birds? The Nature Center will help clue you in.

9/1 – Little Buckaroos Day: A Free Family Festival – Families with young children will have a yee-haw time at the Crocker celebrating Sacramento’s annual Gold Rush Days. The West is always wild with wiggles and giggles in this unique festival featuring live performances, craft-making demos, art-making, and even a petting zoo. To make this event even more special, it is the last day to see Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.

Weekend Family Fun

10/18 – Artober Discout Day at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – In celebration of ARTober, SCM is offering a 50% off discount for all children, every Friday in October!

10/18 – Campfire at the Maidu Museum and Historic Site – This is the last weekend to sit under the stars at our outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories told by a local Elder around the campfire. We’ll provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program’s end to this fun family event.

halloweenhaunt_category10/19 – 22nd Annual Halloween Haunt at Safetyville USA – The best family carnival in Sacramento, featuring a magic show, mazes, and more. See Safety Bill, Sparky, McGruff, and your other favorite characters, and join them in the costume parade. You will also enjoy face painting, carnival games, and delicious food and drinks. Pumpkins also for sale starting in October and running through the Halloween Haunt.

10/19 – Fall Colors at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Create colorful Fall art by making a leaf rubbing for each of the leaf shapes found near the Nature Center. Learning each leaf is the key to identifying the many trees found in this area. Space is limited and sign-ups are taken the day of the event.

magicians_brdr_lo_category10/19 – Magic Show: Mysteries of Magic – This is a gathering of top named magicians in Northern California who want to share their magic with you. All ages will enjoy their mysteries and will ask themselves, “How did they do that?” all event long.

goolsscm_category10/19 – Monster Bash at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join in for a night of ghoulish fun! Gear up for Halloween and wear your best costume and play the night away at the museum. There will be a DJ, dancing, refreshments, photo opportunities, a ‘haunted hallway,’ and of course, museum fun. Tickets will go fast so make sure to get yours today.

scarecrow2013_category10/19 – Scarecrow Festival and Parade – Denio’s Farmers Market and Swap Meet in Roseville is inviting the entire community to join this year’s Denio’s Scarecrow Festival & Parade. The day will feature a variety of activities for the entire family including pumpkin and treat bag decorating, caramel apples, carnival games, a costume parade, scarecrow decorating contest, and trick-or-treating in the scarecrow arena.  The entire region is invited to participate in the scarecrow contest and costume parade to help raise awareness and support for Roseville Firefighters Caring for Kids & Community, a program specifically designed to help Roseville’s children in need.

10/19 – 10/20 – Spookomotive Train Rides – Halloween-themed Spookomotive trains decorated for the season depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento. Join the Skeleton Crew for a fun and delightful (but not frightful) 40-minute ride along the Sacramento River.

acf_flyer_category10/18 – 10/19 – 2013 African Cultural Festival -Experience Africa without leaving Sacramento. Enjoy African cultural dances, arts, music, and crafts exhibits. Not to mention authentic cultural foods and live performances of African music, reggae, hip-hop, and so much more. Come out with the whole family and let children have fun and discover diverse cultures.  Proceeds from the event will go to Humanitarian Foundation for charity causes in our local communities and in Africa.

cute_bat_category10/19 – 10/20 – Going Batty at the Discovery Museum – Come out to the Museum highlighting some infamous creatures of the night-bats!  Bring your family to explore some of the science behind these nocturnal mammals. A small bat display is set up for this weekend only and children may assemble a  “bat clip” craft to take home. The Creature Feature is a PowerPoint presentation on bat biology in our planetarium (for all ages).

csirtaa_categoryThru 10/26 – CSI Transylvania Law and Order Special Pumpkins Unit – You won’t want to miss out on this incorporation of theater and pumpkin patch.  Billy Mansion, recently winning his county’s largest pumpkin contest, decides to throw a costume party to celebrate the blue-ribbon-winning massive pumpkin. As guests arrive, suddenly the lights go out, and an incredibly unfortunate incident takes place. Billy calls in Lt. Erroneous Plot and his team of scientific experts to figure out Who Did It? And Why? A ridiculous satirical romp unfolds with exaggerated confessions, wild science experiments gone wrong, and a really cool huge audience participating explosion with a surprise ending.  Come see this hilarious, kid-friendly who-done-it mystery show and pick out a pumpkin to take home.

Weekend Family Fun

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend, and there are several outdoor and nature-inspired activities to enjoy.  Have you ever been to the Placer Nature Center?  This weekend you’ll learn about acorns and astronomy.  Want to enjoy some chili?  Head over to Safetyville USA for the annual Firefighter Chili Cook-off, or enjoy a movie night at Southside park.  And don’t forget about the circus – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be presenting Built to Amaze at Sleep Train Arena.  Enjoy!

built_to_amaze_category9/13 – 9/16 – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® Presents Built To Amaze!, the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility, and courage. As the momentum builds so does the anticipation; anything can happen when Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze.

firefighterchilicookoff_category9/14 – Firefighter Chili Cook-off at Safetyville USA – Local fire departments compete for bragging rights at Safetyville USA’s 3rd Annual Firefighter Chili Cook-Off. Other highlights of this event include a helicopter landing as well as demonstrations of repelling; the Stop, Drop, and Roll; fire extinguisher use; and basic first aid. There will also be raffles and giveaways, door prizes, and plenty of fun for the whole family.

the_frog_god_layout_category9/14 – Frog God at Empire’s Comics Vault – Empire Comics and Fourth Way Comics will be hosting the Sacramento premiere of Frog God, a comic book made completely with a series of over 70 paintings.  Local artist, Jared Konopitski, painted each comic panel on a separate wood canvas to give a surreal dream like comic reading experience. Each of these paintings will be on display. The publisher Fourth Way Comics will be present along with the artist himself. The Frog God comic will also be available for the first time in Sacramento. A night of art, comics, and dream like story.

9/14 – Movie Night: Madagascar 3 at Southside Park Madagascar 3 will be playing on a giant outdoor movie screen at Southside park. There will be free popcorn, water, and juice available. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a fun night in the park, or come early to BBQ at one of Southside park’s picnic areas.

images_category9/14 – Habitat Hunt at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Hike with a naturalist along the Nature Center’s trails to see what makes a habitat a home and learn why animals can’t live without it.

9/15 – Cold Blooded Creatures at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Do you know what the difference between a reptile and an amphibian is? Come  learn about these captivating critters and meet some of these cold blooded creatures up close.

9/14 – 9/15 – Rock On! At the Discovery Museum  – Did you know that September 16th is “Collect Rocks Day”? Youngsters who are passionate about collecting rocks can be geologists this weekend at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center. Each guest (Age 0-12) can build a take-home mini rock starter kit with three basic rock types. Learn about space rocks in the Space Quest! exhibit. Rock fun for everyone!

9/14 – Astronomy and Stargazing at the Placer Nature Center – Special focus on Saturn, Moon, stars! Do you have an interest in astronomy? Feed your wonder and answer your questions about the heavens! Colfax astronomer Don Machholz, author and comet-hunter, will weave tales of the galaxies and explore the night sky with his telescopes. Pre-registration  is requested on our website. Canceled if you cannot see the stars.

acorns9/14 – Science Saturday: Acorn Frenzy at the Placer Nature Center– Come explore the acorn! Where does it come from? Who lives in it? How do we make flour from it? What can we cook with it? Who eats it? Lots of activities to make an acorn frenzy

9/15 – Center 5k Color Run and Kids Fun Run – Center High School is hosting the Center 5K Color Run and Kids Fun Run. This year’s event will include food and merchant vendors with items for purchase.  Awards will be given for the first man and woman who complete the race. Participants will receive a T-Shirt, while supplies last, as well as fruit and water at the end of the race.

Upcoming Events at Safetyville USA

229By 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 14 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 19h, your little ghosts and goblins can “trick and treat” in a secure and safe environment at their 21th 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

Events this weekend include Open Cockpit Day at the Aerospace Museum, Day of the Dead activities at the Sacramento History Museum, a Scarecrow Festival at Denio’s and much more!

10/19  – Monster Bash at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Come one, come all to the Sacramento Children Museum’s Monster Bash! Get those costumes ready for Halloween with a night of music, dancing, refreshments, and museum play.

10/19 – Two Rivers Elementary’s Harvest Festival – Dress up in your costume and bring the entire family to the Harvest Festival! There will be carnival games, a cake walk, a haunted house, BBQ, cotton candy, giant slide, bounce house, and much, much more. Last year over 1000 people attended. Don’t miss out on the fun this year as the tradition continues. It’s a fundraising event for the whole community.

10/20 – Halloween Haunt at Safetyville USA – The 21st Annual Halloween Haunt benefits the youth safety & health education programs at Safetyville USA. The miniature village takes on a harvest festival theme and provides activities and fun for the entire family in a safe environment.  Entertainment includes a magic show by Trevor Wyatt and a maze. Enjoy a family safe Halloween with food, games, stage shows, & fun.

10/20 – Family Activity: Amazing Salmon at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center -The incredible Chinook Salmon have arrived! Discover the amazing life cycle of these impressive fish and hike to the river in search of these kings of the river.  All ages welcome.

10/20 – Midtown Arts Festival -The Midtown Business Association (MBA) is proud to present the 2nd Annual Midtown Arts Festival, in conjunction with Sacramento’s ARTober: Fall for the Arts celebration, which will showcase the various arts in the region for National Arts and Humanities month in October.  There will be live music and performances from local arts organizations, in addition to the performances, attendees of all ages will have the opportunity to explore a variety of innovative art processes that will be demonstrated during the festival. The festival will also highlight local artist and craft vendors, and a Kid’s Arts Area. 

10/20 – Open Cockpit Day at the Aerospace Museum – Come see an open cockpit with a special admission of $5 (but museum members, active duty military, and children 5 and under are still free)!

10/20 – Decorate Frames & Candles for Day of the Dead at the Sacramento History Museum -Personalize your own Dia De Los Muertos picture frame and altar candles. Picture frames and candles are an essential part of Dia De Los Muertos altars used to remember and honor those who have passed.  This event is part of Souls of the City, presented by Sol Collective and the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation.

10/20 – Scarecrow Festival & Parade at Denio’s – Denio’s Scarecrow Festival & Parade is a benefit fundraiser for Roseville Firefighters Caring for Kids & Community.  Participants are invited to enter the scarecrow contest to help neighborhood schools and win fantastic prizes. Cash awards will be handed out to the top two scarecrows and a third will receive a special Denio’s Choice Award. The costume parade will also have winners for the most creative and fun costumes.

Activities will include caramel apple sales, a scarecrow contest and auction, trick or treating, raffle, and children’s parade and activities. 100% of proceeds from the day’s activities will be donated to the Roseville Firefighters Caring for Kids & Community charity.

10/20 – Halloween Crazy Cats & Ghosts at Pence Gallery – Ceramic artist Heidi Bekebrede leads a workshop for families (kids ages 4+) in sculpting crazy cats, ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night, just in time for Halloween. Kids will scupt, paint with underglazes, and then come back once the pieces are fired.

To RSVP, please call the number below by Oct 19. Sponsored by Anne Lincoln & Steve Roth.

10/20-21 – Day of the Dead Celebration at the Discovery Museum -This weekend the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center salutes the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, a time for celebration. A common symbol for this holiday is the skull. Sugar skulls are a traditional gift given to both the living and the dead during these festivities. The whole family can learn about this fascinating custom, and children under 12 can decorate a small sugar skull to take home. There are coloring sheets too.

Upcoming Events at Safetyville USA

By 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 Saturday, October 6th, join local firefighters for their annual Firefighter Chili Cook-off. From 12-4pm, enjoy entertainment, food, demonstrations and fun for the entire family. For more information on this event, visit their website.

And on Saturday, October 20th, your little ghosts and goblins can “trick and treat” in a secure and safe environment at their 20th annual Halloween Haunt. This is the best Halloween extravaganza around for the younger children! Admission is $6 per person and children 2 and under are free. Kids can enjoy games, mazes, magic shows, costume contests, face-painting, raffles and fun for the entire family.