Sacramento Weekend Family Fun: March 20-22

PicMonkey CollageHere’s a great list of activities and events for kids and families in Sacramento this weekend. Get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather!

3/20 – Free Capitol Pops Concert at the California Automobile Museum – Join the Capitol Pops as they kickoff 18th season with this free concert open to the public.

3/20 – Sacramento Kings Basketball – the Sacramento Kings take on the Charlotte Bobcats at Sleep Train Arena.

3/20 – 3/21 – Shrek The Musical – Don’t miss this last opportunity to see Shrek The Musical’s this weekend at Consumnes Oaks High School. Our favorite green ogre will be joined by other fairytale character favorites likes the three little pigs, pinocchio, and the gingerbread man.

3/21 – Hands on History at Sutter’s Fort – Join Sutter’s Fort for this month’s Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier in celebration of Women’s History month. Visitors will enjoy black powder and musket demonstrations, an interactive wagon trail camp, and dutch oven cooking demonstrations.

3/21 – Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival at Fairytale Town – Enjoy FREE admission to Fairytale Town this Saturday during the Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival where kids will enjoy games, gardening activities and free play as they learn about healthy living.

3/21 – 3/22 – Discovery Weekend: Amateur Radio at the Discovery Museum – Kids can learn how to talk to people all over the world without cell phones and internet, using “ham radio.” Open Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 4:00 pm.

3/21 – 3/22 – The Reluctant Dragon at the Sutter Street Theatre – When Dragon Slayer St. George seeks to slay the town’s dragon, the peaceful, harmless creature who likes tea, and afternoon naps is befriended by a young boy who arranges a meeting between the two and a battle begins that  provides an entertaining climax and a happy ending.

3/22 – Sacramento Kings Basketball – more Kings basketball as Sacramento takes on the Washington Wizards at Sleep Train Arena.

3/22 – Sketch It at the Crocker Art Museum – kids ages 5 years and older can receive drawing instruction at this drop-in program.

3/22 – Mad Science at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join Mad Science of Sacramento Valley as they visit the Children’s Museum on Science Sunday. Kids will have the opportunity to see science experiments and enjoy hands-on activities all day long.

3/22 – Early Engineers: Rockets at the Aerospace Museum – Learn all about propulsion and chemical reactions needed to launch a rocket into space. Kids will also design and build a rocket and launch tower.



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The weekend weather here in Sacramento is shaping up to be absolutely beautiful, so there will be plenty of reasons to get out of the house and do something fun with the kids. Head on down to Midtown for Hands on History at Sutter’s Fort, or go on a birding walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. If you want some peace and quiet, have the kiddos join Crocker Art Museum’s drop-in Sketch It program. Or simply, stroll along the American River Parkway. You can’t go wrong this weekend in Sacramento!

2/20 – Storytime at the Aerospace Museum – Bring your little ones to the Museum’s story time. Each Friday at 10:30 am, we will read stories about planes and space. Kids will make a craft or participate in activity and then tour the Museum.

2/21 – Birding for Families at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Bring the family out to join special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society for a birding walk. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed! Bring your binoculars or the Center can lend you a pair.

2/21 – Hands on History: By Land and By Sea at Sutter’s Fort – Through special presentations, exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities, docents will help Sutter’s Fort visitors understand the two different ways emigrants originally came to California — by land or by sea — while sharing the unique challenges they faced and what daily life was like during their journeys. A special station will be set up with pioneer clothes where visitors can select outfits and have their pictures taken with the wagon or with another pioneer setting (using their own cameras). More hands-on activities also await Fort visitors as they will help pack a wagon or trunk, make choices about what to bring along for their “journey of a lifetime,” learn how to use a nautical compass, hoist a laden barrel, weave rope, learn simple knots, create maps with available resources and even join the Navy and receive pay in Stonington Bank $2 bills.

2/21 – 2/22 – Discover Engineering NASA Weekend at the Discovery Museum – Blast off this weekend into the world of engineering! As participants in National Engineering Week, the museum is focusing on the engineering involved with space suits- past, present and future. The Family Feature focuses on EVAs (extravehicular activities) and the role space suits have in them. On Sunday NASA’s Mobile Exhibit will immerse visitors in the story of NASA and the International Space Station Program. Visitors will learn about current scientific research being done on the space station, where future exploration may take humans, and how NASA will prepare for long-duration space travel. As an added bonus, visitors will have the out-of-this-world opportunity to touch a four billion year-old moon rock!

2/22 – Owl Be Seeing You at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Uncover the mysteries of owls: what they eat, where they sleep, how they find food, and more. You will get a close-up look at a live owl!

2/22 – Sketch It at the Crocker Art Museum – Visitors (ages 5 and up) can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month. No experience necessary and all supplies are provided.


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With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll find plenty of festive activities and events for the family. How about a visit to Santa’s workshop? Or watching zoo animals open up Christmas gifts? There’s picture-taking with Santa at Harley-Davidson Sacramento and even snowfall at Fairytale Town.  Take a look at many other fun Sacramento holiday events.  Have a great weekend!

12/11 – 12/13 – Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town – Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town! The storybook park will be trimmed with festive décor and lit up with a dazzling display of lights, starting at dusk. Enjoy hands-on craft activities, holiday vendors, and more at this family holiday event.

12/11 – 12/13 – Save the Frogs with Michael Starkey at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Amphibian populations around the world are declining at an alarming rate. Nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Up to 200 species have disappeared since 1979. Why is this happening? Save The Frogs! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey will share photos of frogs and other amphibians from around the world, explain what is causing the crisis, and how you can help out. Then join Michael for a field study at the pond– a frog habitat– and a walk through the nature preserve, continuing discussion of the Amphibian Extinction Crisis.

12/12 – Nutcracker: The Ugly Sweater Night – Ditch the tux and gown and don your ugliest holiday sweater to this showing of The Nutcracker This is a chance to show of your true holiday spirit (or maybe the spirit of a remembered elementary school teacher). Attendees are encouraged to wear their ugliest holiday sweaters (extra points will be given for sweaters that are homemade).

12/12 – 12/14 – 8th Annual Elk Grove Nativity Festival – Come see hundreds of multi-cultural creches, watch local children re-enact the Nativity, hear musical talents from our diverse community, and participate in a scavenger hunt as you wander the Nativity Festival.

12/13 – Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo – Bundle up the family and come enjoy the holiday season at the Zoo! Bring a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item and receive a $1 off your Zoo admission. The U.S. Marine Corps will be taking your toy donations for Toys for Tots and food donations go the Sacramento Food Bank and families in need. Animals will get special treats delivered to them and staff will be on hand to share facts, secrets and answer your questions.

12/13 – Santa’s Workshop Open House – Join for holiday fun arts and crafts! Create holiday lanterns, patterned wrapping paper, paper snowflakes, garlands, and ornaments. Move from station to station making holiday masterpieces and enjoying a festive afternoon at Verge.

12/13 – Pictures with Santa at Harley-Davidson of Sacramento – Santa Claus is coming to Harely-Davidson of Sacramento! Avoid the long lines in the mall and take your complimentary picture with Santa! Guests can also enjoy complimentary gift wrapping with any purchases made (while supplies last).

12/13 – Christmas Memories at the Mansion – On Saturday the community is invited to tour the majestic Governor’s Mansion! Delight in elaborate holiday decorations, festive live holiday music, children’s activities, captivating storytellers and docents in period attire sharing holiday-related stories of past governors and their families. To add to the festivities, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make special visits to the Mansion to meet excited little ones and be available for holiday photographs.

12/13 – Sacramento’s First Kings: King Salmon at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – We’re not talking basketball here, we’re talking fish! Join a Naturalist for a walk to the salmon “arena” and see Sacramento’s first Kings! Space is limited though sign-ups can be taken the day of the event as space permits. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to start time.

12/13 – Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas at Sutters Fort – Families are encouraged to visit the Fort to step back in time to holidays past and enjoy docents in period attire as they demonstrate a variety of early holiday traditions and cultural activities similar to what early emigrants did in the 1840s. Entertaining vignettes will be set up that showcase a few of the diverse holiday scenes that will include food, music, decorations, and other holiday traditions.

Plus, the Fort will be celebrating a 19th century holiday with toys on display from that era for viewing and a captivating storyteller will be on hand to share stories about what Christmas was like in 1848. Fort visitors can also participate in a number of special hands-on activities such as craft holiday ornaments — that include snowflakes, corn husk angels and bird nests – plus decorate the Christmas tree, create popcorn chains, make holiday cards with nib (or “dip”) pens and colored ink, grind raw wheat into “Christmas flour,” sing Christmas carols with Fort musicians and more!

12/13 – Victorian Holiday Ball and Pony Express Ride – Come one, come all to a traditional and FREE Victorian Holiday Ball complete with music and dancing! Guests are welcome to enjoy the festivities and can learn the fashionable dance steps of the time and Father Christmas will even make an appearance during the celebration. Also, the Pony Express will ride into town to collect the mail as part of their day-long ride through Sacramento. And, cards and letters deposited in the Pony Express mailbox at the Sacramento History Museum will be stamped and delivered to loved ones across the country!

12/13 – 12/14 – All I Want for Christmas is Clean Air at the Discovery Museum – Join Breathe California as they explore Sacramento’s air quality. Join for the family feature to learn how you and your family can keep your holidays green. Children are invited to participate in a helping hands craft activity to take home.

12/14 – Gifts from Mother Earth at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Learn the skill of making abalone necklaces to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry from Mother Earth. Keep your gift for yourself or share it with someone special! Space is limited though sign-ups may be taken the day of the event as space permits. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to start time.

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9/19 – Buccaneer Ball at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Children’s Museum cordially invites moms and their sons(s) to the museum to dance the night away to a DJ for the first Buccaneer Ball! Pirate dress-up is encouraged and desserts and light refreshments will be served.

9/19 – Movie in Fremont Park: The Lego Movie – CADA and Friends of Fremont Park will be hosting Movie in Fremont Park featuring The Lego Movie. Enjoy live music by The Bell Boys with the feature film beginning after their performance. There will also be food trucks and face painting for kids.

9/19 – Talk Like A Pirate Day at Fairytale Town – Ahoy, me hearties! Join Fairytale Town in celebrating international Talk Like a Pirate Day. The Pirates of Sacramento will be on hand to present “Pirate Skool” and other games along with plenty of pirate themed fun and activities for yer whole family, savvy?

9/20 – Hands on History – Harvest: The Real Gold in California – When John Sutter arrived in California in 1839, his dream was to build an agricultural empire that would encompass all of the Sacramento Valley, filling it with ranchers, who owed fealty to Sutter and had to buy all their supplies from his trading post. Unfortunately, the Gold Rush crushed Sutter’s dream by re-routing the water courses without a thought for environmental damage and mountains reduced to gravel by hydraulic mining, all of which left tons of dredge tailings on the fertile soil. It took many years for California’s agricultural industry to recover, but we eventually achieved the agricultural prominence about which Sutter had dreamed. Join and be part of life during harvest time at the Fort.

9/20 – Cemetery Adventures for Children – Do you have a child who is interested in the cemetery but would rather see bugs than burial records? Perhaps they’d like to take a peek into a mausoleum, learn about the animals that make their home there, or hear a short tale about the exciting days of old. If so, this tour is for them. Specifically designed for children third grade and younger, this tour is more of an informal stroll to introduce kids to the many wonders the cemetery has to offer.

9/20 – Big Wheels at the Franklin Community Library – Bring the whole family to get up close and personal with trucks, buses, one-of-a-kind vehicles, and have all kinds of family fun. The event features the Wells Fargo Stagecoach and the first-ever real Batmobile. There will also be storytimes for preschoolers and you can even enjoy lunch from one of the visiting food trucks

9/20 – Birding with Families at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Bring the family out for a birding and nature walk led by a naturalist and 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.

9/20 – 9/21 – Diesel Days at the California State Railroad Museum – the California State Railroad Museum is 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 roundtrip 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.

9/20 – 9/21 – Terrific Triceratops at the Discovery Museum – Are you ready for some prehistoric fun? Kids will make a jointed Triceratops to remember the giant life-size juvenile in the exhibit. You can even touch a real Triceratops fossil!

9/21 – Under the Oaks at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Our mighty oaks provide food and shelter for many animals and insects. Lean how to identify the three species of oak trees found in the Nature Preserve and who may be living in them.

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8/14 – Thursday Night River Cruise aboard the Hornblower – California’s capital city is filled with lively history and beautiful sights, and you’ll have the perfect view on this Sacramento river cruise. Hop aboard Thursday nights throughout the summer for special late night river cruises!  The one hour boat cruise ride includes live narration by the Captain, including Sacramento River facts and history.

8/15 – August Campfire at the Maidu Museum & Historic Site – 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.

8/15 – 8/16 – Family Campout at Fairytale Town – Spend the night in Fairytale Town’s storybook park. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater 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.

8/16 – Ice Cream Safari at the Sacramento Zoo – Join for the 30th Annual Ice Cream Safari where you can get all-you-can-eat Baskin Robbins ice cream in cones, sundaes, and floats along with all-you-can-drink Coca-Cola beverages. Explore the 14-acre zoo with ice cream treats around every corner!  There will also be entertainment for the kids and fun for everyone including face painting, an Ice Cream Dance Party and live entertainment. Don’t forget to enter the GiRaffle for the chance to win some fun prizes.

8/16 – Hands On History: 175th Anniversary Commemoration at Sutter’s Fort – Celebrate 175 years at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park during Hands on History: 175th Anniversary Commemoration!  A few of the interactive activities and stations set-up for the day include: a stencil rubbing station of John Sutter’s brand; a pioneer dress-up station where families dress as pioneers; pen and quill activity station; period-appropriate laundry station; period games for kids; a corn husk doll craft station; cooking demonstrations using iron ware with tastings of food prepared in the outdoor brick bake oven; and a display of guns and weapons from the Gold Rush era complete with demonstrations of black powder weaponry highlighted by the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon.

Thru 8/16 – The Big Bad Wolf by Runaway Stage Productions – What happens when three slick swine join one cape-wearing girl with a vengeance in an attempt to frame the Big Bad Wolf? Nothing short of mysterious mix-ups and musical mayhem, of course!  Join Fairytale Forest’s top reporter as she attempts to get the “cross-my-heart, true story” of the Big Bad Wolf. Find the fun in an old classic, and hold on for an adventure that will give Little Red and the gang a taste of the twenty-first century.

8/16 – Sacramento Fire Station Open House at Station 60 – The Sacramento Fire Department will begin hosting Fire Station Open Houses on Saturdays starting in May. Bring your family and friends to visit with firefighters, take a tour of the fire station, get an up-close look at a fire engine, and more!

8/16 – 8/17 – Breathe California Presentations at the Discovery Museum – Take a deep breath and meet the museum’s special guests from Breathe California. They’ll teach your family all about Sacramento’s air. The family feature will explore the connection between clean air and healthy lungs. Learn how food waste is used to help improve our air quality! Children 12 and under are also invited to create and decorate a model of a wind turbine to take home.

8/17 – Back-to-School Celebration at the Crocker – Teachers, parents, students, and homeschoolers are invited to kick of the new school year at this festive event! Learn how the Crocker can affordably bring creativity and art education into your child’s life or classroom.  Enjoy a performance by Calidanza Dance Company; go on a SketchCrawl through the galleries; preview new Tour + Art Workshop themes; climb aboard the Art Ark; visit Homeschool Day discovery stations; and preview an “A” is for Art tour.

8/17 – Exploring the Maidu Village at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Nisenan Maidu people have lived in this area for thousands of years. Learn about their special relationship to the land, which they still celebrate today through stories and a hike through the Village.


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6/19 – 6/22 – Placer County Fair – This year’s summer beach party has packed the Grandstands! From livestock shows to stock car racing this year’s fair will entertain all. With shopping, fair foods, art, agriculture and county exhibits this will be the biggest carnival in Roseville. There will be the longest zip line, a Kids Zone, community stage performances, and a Princess Pageant.

6/20 – Museum Campfire at the Maidu Museum and Historic Site – Sit under the stars at our outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories around the campfire. The museum will provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program’s end.

6/20 – 6/21 – Once Upon a Storytime at the 24th Street Theatre – With book, words, and music by Dave and Kara Lack, Once Upon A Storytime is an award-winning original interactive musical in which the audience helps Fairytale Princess Lilly, who has lost her memory, embark on an exciting and madcap adventure to find and return to her own Fairytale Story. With help from the audience and her new-found friend the Storyteller, she wanders through other famous Fairytales searching for her own while the evil Nefaria, for her own devious purposes, tries to keep Lilly trapped in those other stories.

6/20 – 6/22 – Juneteenth Celebration – Juneteenth has been a day of celebration for many African-Americans, a de facto second Independence Day commemorating the end of slavery and a first step toward inclusion in the greater American dream.

6/21 – 6/22 – International Sun Day at the Discovery Museum – Welcome the summer season by taking part in International SUN-day — both Saturday & Sunday. The Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society, will be outside with their solar telescopes. These hydrogen-alpha scopes allow you to see the sun directly — so you can actually see sun spots, solar flares, and prominences — all in real-time.

6/21 – Hands-On History:  War in California at Sutter’s Fort – Stepping back in time to 1846, the Fort will re-visit a time when Mexican California was in a continuous state of political unrest and threats from foreign powers were a constant menace.  The turmoil reached an apex in June of 1846, when as many as five flags may have had a turn flying over Sutter’s Fort.  At the special “Hands on History” event, guests will hear debates about which alliance Sutter and the Fort should take in the conflict and will find out which five flags may have flown over the Fort.  During this exciting day, interested Fort guests will be treated to an award-winning presentation about the Bear Flag Revolt that showcases rare historic photographs and treasured maps from the Fort Archives.  Fort visitors can also participate in history-themed scavenger hunts and watch black powder weaponry in action including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon.

6/21 – Lego Block Party at the Franklin Community Library – Come build with us! Join our Lego Block Party. You bring your imagination and creativity, and the library supply lots and lots of Duplo and Lego blocks to build with. This is a Summer Reading event.

6/22 – Critter Close-up at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Get eye to eye with one of our feathered, lumpy, or scaly residents.

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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.