Five Reasons to Visit to your Favorite Sacramento Museum this Winter

da Vinci at CA Aerospace Museum

Wintertime in Sacramento is a great time to visit your favorite area museum. Here’s what’s new this winter:

1. Fast Tracks: The World of High Speed Rail at the California State Railroad Museum. If you’re a Sacramento area resident, there’s no doubt you’ve been to the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento countless times. But, have you been there lately? If not, you’ll probably want to head on over to see the Fast Tracks exhibit that was installed in late 2015 on the 2nd floor of the museum. The exhibit gives visitors a glimpse into the state’s rail future, literally. You’ll have the chance to step inside the cockpit of a series E5 Shinkansen bullet-train simulator that was imported from Japan and experience traveling at a high speed of 150 mph using interactive controls and a digital projector. Who wouldn’t love stepping inside this train of the future? Note: the museum’s website states that this exhibit is there “at least through the end of 2016”, and a call to the museum confirmed that it is still open as of January 2017…but if you really want to see Fast Tracks, it wouldn’t hurt to get over there soon!

2. Hands on History: Trappers, Traders and Treaties at Sutter’s Fort. Visitors to the fort on Saturday, Jan. 21 will step into the past through reenactments of the bustling life at Sacramento’s first settlement. Learn how animal trappers in the 1840s lived, worked and traded. Explore life at the fort for traders by examining pelts, creating documents using quill and ink, stringing trade beads, watching how flint and steel can start a fire and witness the firing of Sutter’s Russian-made cannon. 1/21, 10am to 5pm.

3. Sacramento Museum Day. This is your chance to visit one, two or three area museums…for FREE, or close to free. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 marks the 19th annual Sacramento Museum Day. This year, 24 museums will offer free admission, and two will offer half-price admission. Museums participating include the California Museum,

4. Machines in Motion at the Aerospace Museum of California. On display from Feb. 6, 2017 through Sept. 4, 2017 will be a special traveling exhibit featuring the ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci including 40 full-size replicas made from his designs and drawings. Da Vinci’s visionary inventions include flying machines, parachutes, and armored tank and a robot, spanning the use of the four elements: earth, water, fire and air. Visitors will be wowed as they have the opportunity to set the machines in motion while learning the mechanical principles da Vinci used to create each one. 2/6 – 9/4

5. Tractor Family Fest at the California Agriculture Museum. Home of the Heidrick tractor collection, the California Agriculture Museum houses a unique collections of tractors, artifacts and interactive exhibits. The museum, which is dedicated to instilling and understanding and appreciation of California’s rich cultural heritage, will host the Tractor Family Fest on Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017. Bring the family out to Woodland to enjoy the museum’s collection, live music, demonstrations and a new exhibit. Don’t forget to check out the newly expanded kids corner and climb aboard a Caterpillar 10. 3/18, 10 am to 2 pm

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Weekend Family Fun

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10/9 – The Future of Cheetahs – Listen to cheetah expert and director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Dr. Laurie Marker, as she discusses living in Africa and introduces her new book “A Future for Cheetahs.” Joining her will be Suzi Eszterhas an award-winning photographer who spent three years in Africa, photographing the life of wild cheetahs.

10/9 – 10/12 – The Velveteen Rabbit – A timeless children’s classic, The Velveteen Rabbit hops from the bedside table to the theatrical stage in this magical production from Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers’ Theatre. In Margery Williams’ touching story, a young boy forms a special bond with his stuffed rabbit, who wants nothing more than to become real through the love of its owner. This delightful play introduces this poignant tale to a new generation of fans.

10/10 – 10/11 – 47th Annual Oktoberfest – The Sacramento Turn Verein will hold its 47th Annual Oktoberfest at Turner Hall, a celebration patterned after the world-famous Oktoberfest in Munich. The largest folk festival in the world has been a Bavarian tradition for 200 years. Many Sacramentans have come to anticipate the Turn Verein’s Oktoberfest because they know they can enjoy traditional German music, food and drink that they can find only at this event.  Children’s activities and crafts will also be available Saturday afternoon

10/11 – Art Blast Global Cardboard Challenge – Families with children (Ages 7-12) are invited to participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge! Come create at this worldwide celebration of child creativity and the role communities play in fostering it. Kids will be offered the opportunity and resources to design and build using cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination.

10/11 – Clay Modeling for Mini Car Designers at the California Automobile Museum – Do your kids love to play with clay? Well, this class will take that love to a whole new level! For generations, automakers have designed their cruising masterpieces from everyday modeling clay, and this class, open to children Ages 3 to 8, will show them how to make model cars just like the pros; of course, they’ll get to take their models home as a souvenir.

10/11 – Last Call Vintage Car Show Fundraiser – The Heidrick Ag History Center is hosting one of its largest fundraising events of the year! Spectators can enjoy music, food, raffles and prizes, beer and wine, awards and more!

10/11 – Nature Detectives at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Put your detective skills to use as you explore many of the different signs animals leave behind. You’ll go on a tracking adventure and examine pelts, tracks, teeth, and bones from a variety of animals to determine what has been visiting our trails.

10/11 – 10/12 – The I Hate Children children’s Show The I Hate Children Children’s Show is the ultimate magic show for families. The show stars the meanest man in the world played by Paul Nathan. Nathan is one of the top magicians working in the world today. He plays the scoundrel but ultimately delivers the most well thought out children’s show imaginable while keeping parents engaged and in stitches from beginning to end.

10/12 – Going Batty at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Explore the mysteries of bats and get eye to eye with some bat biofacts! Discover why these beneficial animals have been so misunderstood.