It’s Spring! Four Sacramento Activities your Kids are Going to Love

Whether your kids are currently on spring break or not, you’ll want to take advantage of this beautiful weather to get the family out to enjoy the sunshine and special spring activities around Sacramento. Here are four of our favorite family friendly events that are coming up.

  1. 1. To the Rescue: The Fire Trucks and People That Saved Our Cities. This new exhibit at the California Automobile Museum is just up your kids’ alley. They’ll get to enjoy this colorful and dramatic exhibit that includes antique fire trucks from as early as late 1800s, all the way through the 1940s. Also on display are fire-fighting equipment and other tools that helped fire fighters save our cities throughout the years. A highlight of the exhibit will be stepping up into a 1921 Graham fire truck and sitting in the driver’s seat. Exhibit runs from March 16 through May 29, 2017. If you go opening weekend (3/16, 3/18, 3/19) there will be special docents on hand to answer your questions and show you around. California Automobile Museum.
  2. Fun on the Farm: Enchanted Garden at Soil Born Farms. If your kiddos are into gardening, fairies or both, you won’t want to miss this special day at Soil Born Farms. Kids ages three to nine will explore the magical world of gardens and the flower fairies and garden gnomes who mysteriously live there. They’ll enjoy hands-on activities like making flower crowns, nature wands and more. They’ll also enjoy a healthy snack. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Soil Born Farms. Tickets are $25 and advanced registration is required. While this event is currently sold out, you can add your child’s name to a waiting list here.
  3. Going West: Story of the Transcontinental Railroad at B Street Theatre. Kids can bring their California State Railroad Museum entrance receipt (or season pass) to the famed B Street Theatre on Saturday and Sundays at 1pm and 4pm beginning March 18 through April 2 to see a performance of Going West: Story of the Transcontinental Railroad. In addition to the performance, register for the Family Activity Day on March 25 for fun activities and healthy snacks. March 18 through April 2, B Street Theatre.
  4. Sutter Children’s Wellness Festival at Fairytale Town. Enjoy FREE admission and free play all day long while Fairytale Town partners with Sutter to celebrate active and healthy lifestyles among kids everywhere. Families can enjoy games, play and puppet shows. The Sacramento Division of Public Health will also be on site offering free immunizations for children under two years of age (bring your child’s immunization record). Saturday, March 25 at Fairytale Town.

Weekend Family Fun

3/29 – Hawk Talk at the Nature Center – Do you wonder which hawks you are seeing in your neighborhood this season? Come learn some tricks of the trade about how to identify the most common hawks in the area and get close up with one of the Center’s resident hawks.

3/29 – Mister Cooper in Concert at Busy Kids – Looking for ideas for fun indoor activities for your children? BusyKidz is the place! We are an indoor play-city-in-miniature located in Folsom, CA, providing kids with interactive activities designed to spark their imagination and creative ideas. BusyKidz is not only fun, but develops your children’s creativity while they are playing AND learning. We offer unique, hands-on activities in an indoor environment that encourage children and toddlers aged ten and under to pretend, to develop imaginative activities, to form original ideas, to play with other children and to have fun!

3/29 – Fun on the Farm at Soil Born – Join the fun & explore the American River Ranch, meet the farm animals, make a farm fresh snack and create something special to take home.

3/29-3/30 – Nano Days at the Discovery Museum – Nano Days is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and the potential impact on the future. The Museum is a member of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and is offering a nano-celebration–museum classrooms will be full of hands-on activities to help your family understand the nano-world and its importance to our society.

3/30 – Science Sundays at the Aerospace Museum – This spring, there is something new at the museum.  Science Sundays.  Come out and learn something new with Mad Science’s Galactic Show.  Bring the whole family and experience flight and space travel in an exciting way.  See how hot air balloons, rockets and space travel affect the human body.  Free with museum admission.

3/30 – Turtle Talk at the Nature Center – What is turtle island? What’s the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Learn about these shelled critters with a hands-on approach to these amazing reptiles. Find out what’s in the shell with Elaine from the Sacramento Turtle and Tortoise Club.

Thru 3/31 – Blast from the Past: Rockin’ Rocks& Diggin’ Dinos – Rocks are a fascinating artifacts from the past that have a lot to tell you about Earth’s ancient–and not-so-ancient–history. Interactive displays will give visitors a real science encounter with rocks, crystals, and fossils of all kinds. The basics of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks are presented in an engaging, hands-on style using large, attractive specimens. Displays include volcanoes, floating rocks, magnetism, fluorescence, and rocks under different magnifications.

Sign Your Kids up for Summer Day Camp at Soil Born Farms

August 2013 013 - editedWhat’s better than fresh fruit and veggies? How about teaching your children the importance of healthy eating through local, organic means while learning about our impact on the environment? At Soil Born Farms in Rancho Cordova, their mission is “to create an urban agriculture and education project that empowers youth and adults to discover and participate in a local food system that encourages healthy living, nurtures the environment and grows a sustainable community.”

Located at American River Ranch, next to Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova (2140 Chase Drive), Soil Born Farms has been developing community education programs to teach adults and children all about the importance of organic farming, gardening, and even cooking.

This summer, students entering grades 1 through 12 can attend a unique, fun and educational summer day camp at Soil Born Farms’ 40-acre ranch located along the beautiful American River Parkway.  Soil Born day camps provide a wonderful opportunity for young people to make the connection between food, health and the environment, and learn more about what it takes to bring food from the farm to their table.  For more information, click here.

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Family Friendly Farm-to-Fork Happenings

Last year, Sacramento was named America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital – a well-deserved designation, as the Sacramento area has been supporting and consuming fresh, locally grown food for years.  Now that it’s official, just about everyone has enthusiastically jumped on board to participate in and celebrate Sacramento’s inaugural Farm-to-Fork Week, September 22-28, 2013.  While there are literally dozens and dozens of events and activities happening all month-long, we have highlighted the more family friendly events below.  However, you can find the complete list of activities and events here.


Grow Your Groceries at Soil Born Farms – Soil Born Farms’ Grow Your Groceries is a beginning farmer training program designed to provide knowledge and hands-on experience to the aspiring urban grower. The instructors are experienced masters of organic agriculture and experts in farm entrepreneurship. Through classes, hands-on field days, and farm tours, this course will educate the aspiring urban farmer and the inspired home, community, or school gardener on best practices for growing abundant produce in small spaces.  9/7-9/11

Farm-to-Fork Train –  Guests will get to taste local food expertly prepared, see the farmland from the train, and tour a gorgeous local farm.  You will ride the train to Peabody Ranch and de-board there for appetizers and local wine. Guests will get a tour of Suzanne’s lovely farm and learn about the Farm to Fork movement from her perspective. After, you will get back on the train for a longer ride, while a three-course dinner with wine pairings is served.  9/21

All food is prepared by the excellent Chef Gabriel Glasier from Maranello Bar and Kitchen in Fair Oaks, with produce from local sources including Del Rio Botanical and Produce Express. The train heads back to West Sacramento and pauses at Peabody one last time where one-bite, pastry-style desserts are served on an elegant buffet table.

Sacramento Cattle Drive – Farm-to-Fork week will kick off September 23rd at 10:00am with a cattle drive from West Sacramento across the Tower Bridge and right down Capitol Mall toward the Capitol.  Bring the family out to witness this special event.  9/23


Demonstration Gardens Tour at the Sacramento Food Bank – In mid-2012 Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services unveiled a Demonstration Garden where families can learn how to grow produce for their family. In just one year, hundreds of individuals from seniors to children have taken courses on composting, container gardening, seasonal produce, and starting a backyard garden. The Garden also produces a small amount of fruits and vegetables distributed in the community at local food distributions.  Please join to tour the Garden and learn about the courses offered in our community. A tour of all six of SFBFS’ programs will be provided by President/CEO Blake Young.  9/26

Farm-to-Fork Festival –  The inaugural Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival will be held from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, on Capitol Mall between Third and Seventh streets.

The free festival – the largest zero-waste event in the country – will feature a selection of everything Sacramento has to offer in farm-to-fork eating. From local chefs, farmers and other food producers to food trucks, animal displays, a kids’ zone and live music, festivalgoers can expect to learn about food from its source to the plate.  All of that will be accompanied by food demonstrations, live music, a beer garden and a wine pavilion.  9/28


Sunday Funday in the Garden at Arden Hills – In celebration of Farm-to-Fork Week, it’s time for kids to really dig in to learn about the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in the garden. Kids should dress appropriately (tennis shoes required) for this “Sunday Funday” special activity where they will have the opportunity to learn more about where our food comes from and why fresh is best. Parents are welcome to stay to watch the hands-on activity or leave their children in the care of certified Kid’s Korner staff while they enjoy a spa service or nice brunch at Olive Branch Restaurant (costs not included in the price for Sunday Funday).  9/29

Hoes Down Harvest Festival – In its 26th year at Full Belly Farm, the Hoes Down Harvest Festival offers educational farm tours, a magical children’s area, hands-on workshops, farm products, craft vendors, a silent auction, and an abundance of organic food, live music, and good times.  10/5-10/6

Pick Me!  Food Crate exhibit at the California State Railroad Museum – The third and final phase of visually powerful fruit crate art will be showcased in an exhibit titled Pick Me! A Bumper Crop of the Pacific Coast. This popular exhibit includes selections from the entire U.S. Pacific Coast. For example, colorful labels showcasing Washington cherries and Oregon apples join the ranks of California oranges and asparagus that serve to entertain and amaze visitors.

Through this continuing vibrant exhibit, guests will gain an appreciation for an early art form that featured beautifully bold imagery, learn how fresh produce was kept cool during transport before refrigerated cars, and discover why the railroad was the key to the early success of the agriculture industry on the West Coast.  Additionally, you will also have the hands-on opportunity to create your own labels using magnetic cut-outs of typical design elements, so bring a camera to capture your creations. Museum guests of all ages and interests are sure to enjoy the final phase of the popular Pick Me! exhibit.  Now thru April, 2014.

Click here for a list of Sacramento area farmers markets.

Weekend Family Fun

You won’t want to miss this weekend’s events.  Your kids will love the Back to School Extravaganza at Funderland, or bringing their bikes down to the Sacramento Children’s Museum for Wheels Day.  How about exploring a Maidu Indian village along the American River?  Or learning about aviation at the Discovery Museum?  There is plenty to keep your little ones busy, so get out there and have a wonderful weekend!

8/23 – Hot Summer Nights Summer Concert Series: Music in the 80’s  – Bring your family out to this free musical event with Music of the ’80s featuring 8 Track Vandals. Bring a blanket or low lawn chair and enjoy live music in the outdoor amphitheater. Blanket policy: No blankets or lawn chairs allowed in the amphitheater before 4pm. Items placed before 4pm will be removed by staff. No pets permitted, except service animals. Food available for purchase.

flags_category8/24 – District 2 Multicultural Festival – Come and celebrate the District 2 Multi-Cultural Festival to celebrate our diversity! The festivities will include live music, dance performances, local food vendors, plus informational booths, community services, and a kids zone. Bring the family and neighbors to enjoy together!

8/24 – Exploring the Maidu Village  at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Nisenan Maidu people have lived in this area for thousands of years.  Come learn about their special relationship to the land – which they still celebrate today- through stories and a hike through the Village.

wheels_day_category8/24 – Wheels Day at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Vroom, vroom! The Sacramento Children’s Museum is setting up its very own race track in the back yard of the Museum for one special day in August. Kids of all ages are encouraged to bring their own bikes, trikes or scooters and play outside during “Wheels Day” at the Museum. In addition, the Museum will provide a few wheels to borrow, too. Participants are asked to bring helmets and can expect to learn about important safety tips as they cruise along the track.

8/24 – Fun on the Farm at Soil Born Farms – You are in for a real treat!  Join the fun & explore the American River Ranch. Meet the farm animals, explore the magic of seeds, harvest veggies from the garden, make a farm fresh snack, create something special to take home.Take this opportunity to get to know your community and your food!  Suggested ages 3-9.

funderlandteacups_category8/24 – Funderland’s Back to School Extravaganza – Start the school year with a bang by coming out to Funderland’s Back to School Extravaganza!  This year’s event features Mr. Cooper and his educational sing-a-long songs (11am & 3pm), a special performance by Radio Disney (1pm-2:30pm), educational vendor booths, games, crafts, & more!

Who says learning can’t be fun? Plus, if you donate new school supplies to River Oak Center for Children, you’ll receive a free goodie bag (while supplies last). So come enjoy a day of educational fun and celebrate a new school year with Funderland!

Stamp-a-rama8/24 – 8/25 – Aviation Antics at the Discovery Museum – Join in the celebration for National Aviation Day and learn about flight. A history of flight activity is available for children to learn about different modes of flight through the years.  In the Space Quest! exhibit, little ones pretend to fly in the rocket ship play station while wearing astronaut costumes. Test your aeronautical engineering skills by building a paper airplane and aiming it through a hanging hoop. Are you going to earn your wings?

aladdin2_category8/24 – 8/25 – Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp  at Fair Oaks Community Club House – New Star Children’s Theatre proudly presents an original musical written by Elly nominated Playwright Melanie Thompson, and composers Kayla, Dana, and Robert B.  Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp is a intuitive new version of the well-known tale of Aladdin. This story takes you on his journey of finding the magic lamp and having a Genie to give him his every wish. Aladdin finds out the true value of riches through his friendships, not gold. Starring a talented cast of children, teens, and some awesome parents too.

Flying High at the Nature Center8/25 – Critter Corner at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Where do our animals come from?  Why are they here?  Meet a couple of small animal residents at the Nature Center up close.  Learn about each of their unique journeys and how they became an educational ambassador for the Nature Center.

curtis_fest_category8/25 – 7th Annual Curtis Fest Artisan Festival at William Curtis Park – Curtis Fest was established in 2007 to give local artists a venue to exhibit and sell their work. This event has fun for the whole family. You are sure to find 50+ artists; petting zoo; children’s fairy; photo booth; and musicians Jon Merriman, Jahari Sai Trio, and Mike Justis Band; food trucks Wicked ‘Wich and Mama Kim’s will be on hand for yummy treats.

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.

A Day on the Farm to Learn, Eat and Celebrate at Soil Born Farms this Sunday, May 20th

By Heather Crivellone

What’s better than fresh fruit and veggies? How about teaching your children the importance of healthy eating through local, organic means while learning about our impact on the environment?
At Soil Born Farms in Rancho Cordova, their mission is “to create an urban agriculture and education project that empowers youth and adults to discover and participate in a local food system that encourages healthy living, nurtures the environment and grows a sustainable community.”

Located at American River Ranch, next to Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova (2140 Chase Drive), Soil Born Farms has been developing community education programs to teach adults and children all about the importance of organic farming, gardening, and even cooking.
And this Sunday, May 20th from 10am-4pm they are hosting “Day on the Farm”, an educational event for the entire community.
There will be hands-on events throughout the day for adults and children, including: cooking classes, farm tours and nature walks, face painting and photo booth, community education, kid’s garden activities, live music and dancing, arts and crafts. You will also join the team at Soil Born Farms to learn about gardening, composting, raising chickens, beekeeping, the American River’s native plants and more.
Entrance into this event is only a $5 donation.

Soil Born Farms also hosts a variety of classes throughout the year, including summer camps and farm outings for the kids. They will learn everything from farming, gardening, harvesting and cooking. They will take part in nature explorations, community service projects and so much more than just sitting by the pool all summer vacation! Check out their website for more information and how to sign up your 1st-12th graders.

I’m looking forward to visiting the farm and taking my children to learn more about where their food comes from…. I’m even more excited for my husband to see that raising chickens isn’t as intimidating as it may seem- and hopefully I’ll get that chicken coop I’ve been begging for (probably not- but, a girl can dream can‘t she?).