Sacramento’s Raley Field Overhauls Food and Kids Zone for the 2017 Baseball Season

The 2017 baseball season officially kicks off here in Sacramento this Thursday, April 6 at 7:05 pm at Raley Field. If you are thinking of treating the family to a night out at the game, here’s some motivation. Raley Field has overhauled their concessions and kids zone to make the Sacramento baseball experience top-notch for the whole family. First, when you enter the stadium, you’ll notice right away the new restaurant storefronts. River Cats management wanted to take eating at Raley Field to a whole new level in America’s Farm-to-Fork capital, so partnered with RS3/Ryan Sanders Sports Services to create a unique culinary experience at the ballpark. In the mood for Mexican food? Head over to Oso’s Cantina for fresh tacos. How about a gourmet hot dog with buffalo sauce topped with fresh blue cheese? You can grab that from the 50’s-style Cadillac Diner. There’s also Coop & Kennel, an Irish pub, the railroad history-themed Golden Spike for burgers, Raley’s for specialty sandwiches, and the old-fashioned Sweet Spot where you’ll be able to get your favorite frozen dessert like ice cream, root beer floats and even spiked shakes for the adults.

Once you’ve enjoyed your farm-to-fork dinner and watched a few game innings, the kids will probably get antsy. Head over to the new Down on the Farm children’s Area, located behind third base. While the old Raley Field kids zone required a fee for entrance, this new one is FREE. Your little ones will love to climb atop and slide down the one-and-only Tower Bridge play structure or climb all over the gigantic baseball and glove. Don’t worry, the bounce houses will still be available, in addition to a new misting pad to stay cool (yay!)

While the Sacramento River Cat’s Raley Field was already a state-of-the-art baseball stadium, it just got better. So, head across the river to enjoy a spectacular 2017 baseball season in Sacramento. For the 2017 River Cats baseball schedule, click here.

The 50’s-style Cadillac Diner was named after the 1989 movie Pink Cadillac, which was partially filmed her in Sac.

The Clint Eastwood dog at the Cadillac Diner.


Head to the Sweet Spot for a good, old-fashioned root beer float.

The new Down on the Farm children’s area.

 

 

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Don’t Miss the Sacramento River Cats’ Home Opener on April 6 at Raley Field

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“Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd; Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don’t care if I never get back. Let me root, root, root for the RIVERCATS, If they don’t win, it’s a shame. For its one, two, three strikes, you’re out, at the old ball game.”

It’s that time of year again… when hot dogs and peanuts can constitute a “real dinner”.  Yes, it’s baseball season and that means for many of us in Sacramento, we are excited to get back to cheering on our local River Cats baseball team.

If you haven’t experienced a River Cats game yet, this is a great time to check out the schedule and put a game or two on your calendar.   The stadium is easily accessible from downtown and the freeways – they always have plenty of parking and the food lines have never been too crowded, it’s a great way to experience the thrill of a “Big League” game with your family without having to travel to the Bay Area. Now, don’t get me wrong, we have several families out there who bleed black and orange…and nothing can replace the thrill of watching a major league game with your family.  However, if you still want the experience without the cost- this is a great option, especially since the River Cats are a San Francisco affiliate.

Next Thursday, April 6 is the River cats home opener.  They will be welcoming the defending Pacific Northern Division Champion Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners) for a five-game series.  Tickets can be purchased online and range from $12-$42.Sacramento River Cats

Throughout the season, Raley Field will host special events and promotions on certain days of the week.  Here is a quick list of some of the more family friendly promotions:

Sunday Funday:  Hosted by K-LOVE radio station, there will be kid’s activities throughout the game.  Bounce houses; face painting, kids running the bases and more.

Baseball Bingo Mondays:  Follow along with the game cards and win prizes throughout the baseball game!

Family Night Tuesdays:  Enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 ice creams… easy way to plan dinners throughout the summer!

Wellness Wednesdays:  Fun workouts and activities to keep your bodies moving and the wiggles out of the kids.   Yoga and Zumba are some of the line ups.

Orange Fridays:  Live music, drink specials (for the adults) and post-game fireworks show.

Saturday Nights:  Enjoy post-game fireworks show after every Saturday night game.

You can find the full schedule of events here and order tickets online or at the park. So grab your favorite baseball hat, your family and head out to the ballpark and cheer on the Sacramento River cats!

 

Raley Field Hosts Dinger’s Drive-In this Fall for Families

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Baseball season is over for our beloved River Cats, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stay away from Raley Field. This Fall, the River Cats invite you to come and enjoy family friendly-friendly movies out on the field. Dinger’s Drive-In debuts with Zootopia this Saturday night, Sept. 24 at 6pm. Grab a blanket or chair and your kiddos, and find a great spot on the field to watch the movie on the video board. The doors open at 5:30 pm and the movie will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $6 for children (ages 2 and under are FREE), $8 for adults. You can purchase tickets here: Tickets

If you can’t make it this Saturday night, then make sure you add to your calendar upcoming Dinger’s Drive-In movie nights: Oct. 15 & Oct. 29

What: Dinger’s Drive-In

When: Sept. 24, Oct. 15 & Oct. 29

Where: Raley Field

Admission: $6 for kids, $8 for adults, FREE for kids 2 years and under; buy tickets for all three movies for a special discounted rate of $15 per person

 

Family-Friendly Earth Day Celebrations in Sacramento

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It’s springtime and the temperatures are up. April is the primary month for Earth Day celebrations.  Families get an opportunity to learn, eat and play together.  Most people choose a festival that is closest to their home or one that they’ve been to before.

We like the Celebrate the Earth Festival at Mahany Park in Roseville. It has free parking and a good variety of things to do and see.  Families are encouraged to use alternate forms of transportation, such as buses and bicycles, if they live nearby.  Mahany Park has a nice playground and a library (Riley Library) in case the kids need a distraction.  There are vendor booths, animals, demonstrations, food trucks and lots of kid’s activities.  The vendors typically provide handouts and fun stuff for the kids to do at home.  Check it out on April 16th from 10am-3pm.

If you want to have a weekend getaway, try the Whole Earth Festival in Davis. It’s happening on May 6th-May 8th.  The theme this year is RAW.  Each year, U.C. Davis strives for a zero waste event.  No paper plates, cups or silverware are used.  Alternate forms of transportation are encouraged.  Daily activities are posted on the website: https://wef.ucdavis.edu.  They have a variety of entertainment including: bands, demonstrations and kid’s activities.  Food and vendor booths are located on the quad area.

Here is a list of other upcoming Earth Day celebrations in the Sacramento area:

April 14 – Earth Day, California State University of Sacramento. 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

April 16 – Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup with California State Parks Foundation. See individual park locations for cleanup times.

April 19 – Earth Day Celebration, Sacramento, Cesar Chavez Park, 9:00 am-2:00 pm.

April 20 – Earth Day Upcycle, American River College, 8:00 am-3 pm.

April 23 – Earth Day Celebration, City of West Sacramento, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

April 24 – Sacramento Earth Day, Southside Park Sacramento, 11:00 am-4:00 pm.

By contributing author Lara Brandon

Feed your Need for Speed at Go Kart Racer in West Sacramento

 

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The “Fast and the Furious” isn’t reserved for just Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker.  Does someone in your family have the “need for speed” and has always dreamed of becoming a Nascar or Formula One driver?  If so, then treat them to an outing at a local racetrack and have them put the “petal to the metal” and show off those racecar driving abilities.

My husband thinks we should move to Italy and become the next famous Formula One driver.  I’m not sure that is in our family plans quite yet, but I am willing to give him an evening or two at Go Kart Racer in West Sacramento.

Located at 1430 Enterprise Blvd. in West Sacramento, Go Kart Racer is the newest racing venue in Sacramento.  They offer indoor racing on two tracks at a professional and clean venue.   They have a full fleet of Sodi RX7 European racing karts.  These advanced karts deliver a combination of speed, handling and safety for drivers of all ages, sizes and skill levels. Now, even though they say “all ages”- the minimum age limit is 8 with a minimum height requirement of 4’ and they must drive the Kid Karts or Junior Karts. If you are 18 years of age or older, you must have a valid, government-issued ID (Drivers License, etc.), if you are under 18, you MUST have a valid driver’s license or learners permit and the parent must sign a liability waiver.

If you meet the above requirements, then you are ready to suit up and race.   Once you arrive at the facility (no reservations are required), you pay your $10 membership fee that includes a head sock, driving suit and helmet rental and choose your kart. With two tracks and plenty of karts, there was very little waiting and just the anticipation of the race. If you are not racing and just a spectator, you will be happy to know that they have a great viewing area to watch the race.  One of the bonus features of this racetrack was that they have an area to take pictures of the winners at a special “podium finish”.   This was fun for the guys to take “selfies” at the end of the race and having bragging rights as to who was the big winner of the night.

They have several racing package options to choose from and the cost for racing ranges between $25-60, anywhere from 20-70 laps.  Our total was $45 for about 20 minutes, and it was pure racing exhilaration the entire time! If you wanted to host a birthday party or corporate event, they also offer discounted packages, check their website for more information on these.

Even if your little speed demon isn’t quite ready for the race track, but still wants to be a racecar driver, then visit one of our family fun centers (Scandia or Sunsplash) for a race around the outdoor track with mom or dad in the driver’s seat.  So go ahead, buckle your seatbelts and put the pedal to the metal at one of these Sacramento speedways.

By Heather Crivellone

 

 

Cool off and have some fun at one of Sacramento’s Spray Parks

100_53471By Heather Crivellone

As the Sacramento summer starts to heat up, many of us moms are looking for fun (and cheap) things to do with the kids. And with the heat- there is nothing more fun than playing in the water to cool off! I absolutely love the option kids have these days with the water parks, wading pools, slides, splash/spray parks and more. What happened to the days of playing in the sprinklers in your own backyard? Well, whatever happened to those days- I don’t’ care.. I Love, Love, Love the water parks!

And if you haven’t checked our local weather forecast for this upcoming weekend….well, let me tell you- It’s going to be HOT! So, if you don’t already have plans and want to keep those kids busy running and burning that beginning of summer energy, then visit one of our local spray grounds that are now open for the summer.

Here is a list of some of my kids’ favorite spots in Sacramento to splash about at:

Bridgeway Island Spray Park:  3650 Southport Parkway, West Sacramento

Freedom Park- E and 32nd Street, North Highlands

Lone Tree Park–  6101 West Oaks Boulavard, Rocklin

Morse Park–  Bellaterra Drive, Elk Grove

Seely Park–  3000 Pope Avnue, Sacramento

Swanston Park–  2350 Northrop Avenue, Sacramento

Stephenson Family Park–  5511 Dorcey Drive, Elk Grove

So this weekend, grab some sunblock, snacks and lots of water and hit up one of our local spray grounds for some FREE family fun and a chance to “keep cool” during these hot summer days.

For a more complete list of Sacramento Parks with water features, click here.

Weekend Family Fun

Wow!  It’s going to be a very busy Easter weekend!  You’ll have plenty of Easter or non-Easter activities to choose from.  Join the Old City Cemetery for a special Sacramento History Tour for kids, or dress up as your favorite vegetable and run for charity in the Veggie Chase.  Join in Easter festivities with the Sacramento River Train, Fairytale Town, or Sacramento’s parks and more!

easter-promenade_category3/30 – Living History Annual Easter Bonnet Promenade – Dress up in your favorite Easter finery—or other historic apparel—to celebrate in high style during the 18th Annual Living History Easter Bonnet Promenade!
You’ll enjoy a leisurely one-hour stroll through the historic board walks and cobblestone streets of Old Sacramento.

veggie_chase_category3/30 – Veggie Chase 5k and Kids’ Fun Runs -The Veggie Chase 5K also includes a separate Kids’ Fun Run. Come dressed as your favorite food! Outrun an official Veggie Chase veggie for two chances to be entered in raffle for iPad®. There’ll also be custom T-shirts, ChronoTrack disposable tag timing, an accurately measured course, awards, and fueling station. All registered participants will be provided a complimentary breakfast sponsored by local food vendors.  After the race, stay for the free Family Fun Festival which will include booths with nutritional information and lasting, inflatable activities, music, and games. Enjoy activities that promote fitness for a lifetime!

rabbit_nickpretecc_category3/30 – Family Activity: Hop, Leap, Jump at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center  – Hop on over for a hare raising good time. Join a Naturalist for a hike and discover where a rabbit would make a nest, hide from danger, or find a tasty plant to eat.

dscf3618_category3/30 – Sacramento History Tour for Kids at the Old City Cemetery – Tales of old Sacramento pioneers, trappers, railroad men, society women, heroes, and villains come to life on this cemetery tour specifically designed for kids in fourth grade and up. Come see why truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.

eastereggstravaganza_category3/30 – Easter Eggstravaganza -The Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District presents an “Eggciting” Easter adventure for the entire family. Come enjoy a free egg hunt for children age 0-13 years old, pictures with the Easter Bunny, or purchase a $10 wristband for unlimited carnival games and bouncers, one face painting, and one train ride. Also, adults can join in on the fun by purchasing a $3 ticket to the adult egg hunt for a chance to win gift cards and prizes!

eggonauts_category3/30 – Egg-o-naut Challenge at the Discovery Museum – It’s that time of year when eggs are here, there, everywhere! The Discovery Museum is getting in the spirit with an “eggstra” special activity. Families are challenged to protect their egg-o-naut from the museum staff, who are dropping them off the second story balcony. Countdown and compete with other visiting families to see whose mission is the most successful

coloma_open_house_2013_category3/30 – Come Out and Play: Sacramento Open House – Come enjoy a free sample class courtesy of the City of Sacramento’s Parks and Recreation Department. Event has free parking, and light refreshments will be provided. This is the perfect opportunity to try something new, and allow your little ones to try a class out before committing.  Presented by the Neighborhood Services Division, a City booth will also be set up to provide information and resources.  Classes include: -Karate for Kids -Martial Arts for Adults -Belly Dancing -Funky Style Street Dance -Spanish 4 Toddlers -Drum Lessons with Chris Amato -Scandinavian Dance -Just 4 Kicks Soccer -And more!

kiwanis_category3/30 – Pancake Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt – The East Sacramento-Midtown Kiwanis Club is hosting its 26th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt. Come celebrate a Sacramento tradition with an Easter egg hunt, carnival games, and a fundraising breakfast benefiting the work of the Kiwanis in Sacramento.

playdate_category3/30 – Special Need Play Date at the Arthur F Turney Community Library in West Sacramento – Friends and family of children with special needs: come play in a fun-loving environment. Enjoy treats while your children make new friends. Plenty of room and toys to play with. Please RSVP so we’re sure to have enough goodies for everyone.

eggs!_category3/30-3/31 – Spring Eggstravaganza at Fairytale Town – This popular, fun-filled family weekend features egg hunts, prizes, spring-themed hands-on activities, and pictures with Peter Cottontail (additional cost). Egg hunt areas are separated by age groups as follows: 0-3 years, 4-6 years, and 7-12 years. The Fairytale Town Troupers will also open their sixth annual season with performances of Beauty and the Beat, a retelling of the classic fairytale with music, magic, and mid-century mod (additional cost).

sacramentorivertrain_category3/30-3/31 – Easter Egg Express on the Sacramento River Train – This is a fun family trip on the Sacramento River Train to a park where the Easter Bunny hides 100s of easter eggs for the kids to find! Along the way, there is entertainment strolling car to car. Children will be offered an egg collecting bag that they can decorate.  No food or drink is allowed to be brought on the train. There will be sandwiches and hot dogs with drinks available at the snack bar.

childrens_museum_category3/31 – Pop-Up Music: Sing-along-Saturdays at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join Miss Shanna under the Community Tree for a fun sing-a-long. You can join all month to explore musical instruments while enjoying other special activities, such as Music & Movement dancing on Fridays and more. Museum
visitors will also have the hands-on opportunity to craft a musical instrument in the Art Studio all month long.