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.
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Five Spring Break Activities to do with your Kids

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Spring break is around the corner and the kids will soon be out of school. Now is the time to plan what to do with them. If you haven’t planned a big Spring Break trip, no worries. We have plenty of local activities to keep your kids busy and enjoying their time out of school without breaking the bank.  Depending on Mother Nature, we also have plenty of indoor activities to keep your family warm and dry in case El Nino decides to grace us with her appearance during the week off. Here is a list of some ideas to keep your kids entertained and active while on Spring Break:

1. Bike the Trails.  Living in Sacramento, we are lucky to have so many options to keep us outside and enjoying nature.  If you are searching for an active day out, grab your bike helmets, pack a lunch and hit the American River Bike trail for an afternoon outing.
The American River Bike Trail (a.k.a. the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) runs along the American River and takes you through riparian habitat preserved by the American River Parkway.
This 32 mile trail runs between Folsom Lake’s Beal’s Point and into Discovery Park in Old Sacramento.  The bike path is completely paved and is shared among roller bladders, bikers, runners, walkers and even equestrians along the way.  There are plenty of spots to stop and rest, explore and take in a picnic.  You can also find restrooms, trailside maps and water fountains along the way.
Getting to the trail is easy, as there are many access points along the 32 mile route.  Visit the map for details, but some general spots to start at include the entrance at the Fish Hatchery near Hazel Avenue, Discovery Park, Old Town Entrance, CSUS entrance and Goethe Park.American River Bike Trail

 

2. Play at William Land Park. If your children are elementary age and younger, make sure you check out Sacramento’s most beloved childhood destination, Fairytale Town.   A day at William Land Park isn’t complete without a visit to Fairytale Town, Funderland and/or the Sacramento Zoo.
Fairytale Town is by far my most favorite Sacramento destination.  With a park completely dedicated to imagination, and classic storybook themes, this park will keep your kids busy and engaged all day long. Our favorite activities here are taking a walk down the Crooked Mile and sliding down the boot from the Old Woman who lived in a Shoe.
Funderland and the Sacramento Zoo are across the street and who doesn’t love good old-fashioned carnival rides and visiting the tigers and animals? A trip to these three favorite Sacramento children “hot spots” are sure to make your Spring Break week fun and entertaining for your kids.

Fairytale Town Concert Series

3. Challenge your kids to a game of Mini Golf and let them ride the “Screamer” at Scandia.
Mini golf is my kind of golf… even through the windmills and into the castle, I can compete with my husband at this type of golf!  My kids love the arcades, bumper cars, batting cages and even the crazy roller coasters they have.  We have not yet been brave enough to try the “Sky Screamer”- but, I’m sure they will be begging to do it soon.
We have several options for mini golf in the area:
Scandia Fun Center on 5070 Hillside Blvd, Sacramento
Sunsplash Mini Golf on 1893 Taylor Rd, Roseville
Indoor Mini Monster Golf (in case of the rain) at 12401 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova.

Kids love this glow in the dark mini golf course

4. Hike the hills. Our family loves hiking.  It’s the best cheap or free entertainment for our kids.  We love to watch them explore the local trails, burn energy and SLEEP really well on those nights.
Some of my favorite local hiking destinations include:
Gibson Ranch Park:  8556 Gibson Ranch Rd, Elverta
Hidden Falls Regional Park:  7587 Mears Place, Auburn
Davis Arboretum: 440 La Rue Rd, Davis
Effie Yeaw Nature Center and Trails:  2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael

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5. Visit the Museums. Sacramento has several museums in the area that are great to explore and learn while playing and having fun .  Spring break doesn’t mean you have to turn those brains off – explore and learn at some of these great local spots:
California Railroad Museum:  125 I Street, Sacramento
California Automobile Museum:  2200 Front Street, Sacramento
Sacramento Discovery Museum: 3615 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento
Aerospace Museum of California:  3200 Freedom Park, Sacramento
Railroad Museum 2016 - HJ

 

Hopefully this list helps you with ideas of things to do with the kids during Spring Break (and other times of the year).  We have so many options to choose from, between indoor activities and outdoor adventures that you should be able to keep those kids busy and entertained all throughout the year.   This is by no means a complete list, but just some of my family favorites.  I hope you have fun exploring our Sacramento region with your family and Happy Spring!

By Heather Crivellone