SACTOWN KIDS: TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! JULY 14TH – JULY 15TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of July 14th & 15th!

[All listings are provided by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

SATURDAY, JULY 14TH

Community Day at the Sacramento Adventure Playground. All ages are invited for a day of play at the Sacramento Adventure Playground! Children get to create their own play structures and spaces by re-purposing everyday items such as cardboard boxes, plus household wares, natural elements and unexpected items. The Playground is a fun and safe environment where children can use their imagination and creativity to direct their own play! The Sacramento Adventure Playground is open rain or shine. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Sacramento Adventure Playground, 3301 37th Ave., Sacramento.

Pond Paint at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Settle in to a spot in the shade and take time to notice all beauty of the Nature Center Pond. Using water colors and water from the pond create unique pieces of art to take home! Art supplies and encouragement provided. Free, $5 parking. Arrive 30mins prior to start time. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. More info…

Historic Folsom Farmer’s Market Peach Festival. California is the top producer of peaches! Enjoy a day of all things peaches and taste the many peach inspired products and specialty items prepare by our many vendors. This event is fun for the whole family and included free kids crafts, games, and prizes, Raffle prizes, peach eating contest, Best Peach Dessert Contest and more! Live entertainment, chef demos with local chefs with peaches as the main ingredient. Free. Sat. 8am – 1pm. 915 Sutter Street, Folsom.

Learn about Water Cycle and Pond Habits. The Koobs Nature Area is open the 2nd Saturday of every month through October. July’s theme will be the water cycle and pond habitats. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area and see the pond life that they have available. They will have activity tables for kids to create and learn about the Water Cycle and Pond Habitats.This wonderful natural treasure in the heart of Carmichael is run and maintained by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Koobs Nature Area. More info…

Fair Oaks Kids Bike Race. Join in for a 1K and 2K fun bike race around the Phoenix Park pathways and into the new Bike Park! Awards will be given to the Top 3 finishers in each category and all participants will receive a race medal. In addition to the race there will be bike decorating, carnival games, and other fun activities to enjoy! Sat. 9am – 12am. Phoenix Park, Fair Oaks. $25. More info…

Sacramento Youth Symphony Summer Chamber Music Concert. Sacramento Youth Symphony Summer Chamber Music workshop students and staff perform Classical favorites for small ensembles and Chamber Orchestra. The Festival Concert on Sat. 7:30pm – 9pm will be held at CSUS Capistrano Hall. A dessert reception will follow. The Summer Chamber Music Workshop under the direction of Susan Lamb Cook is celebrating its 29th season under the sponsorship of the Sacramento Youth Symphony. $5+. Kids ages 10 & under free. More info…

Watch the Sacramento River Cats take on the Salt Lake Bees at Raley Field. Sat. 7:05pm. $12+. More info…

Guided Nature Walk at the Consumnes River Preserve. Explore part of the River Walk Trail and talk about the plants and animals you might see. You’ll also traverse the Wetlands Walk Trail and see the migratory waterfowl and maybe a few Sandhill Cranes. This is a leisurely walk on a trail that is unpaved in sections and paved in others. The route will take approximately three and a half miles, but participants who do not wish to walk that far may turn around at any time. Participants may want to bring binoculars or borrow a set for free from the Preserve (quantity limited). Free. 9am – 12pm. More info…

Teen Painting Party. Join in for a fun afternoon of creative painting using acrylic paints, mini canvases, and more! All levels welcome! This event is for Ages 13-19. Free. Sat. 3pm – 4:30pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Outdoor Movie Nights at Sutter’s Fort. Offered in partnership with Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and Friends of Sutter’s Fort, and proudly presented by Sutter Health, the movie "La La Land’ will start at approximately 8pm on the historic walls of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (on the west side) and the community is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to set up on the grassy area outside the Fort. Recommended for teens. Free. 8pm – 11pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

Art for Families at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Head to the Arts Center in Carmichael for some creative, hands-on, quality together time with your child or grandchild (ages 5+). Work together or separately with your child. Master artists and instructors will demonstrate and assist. All materials provided. Free, $5 donation appreciated. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. More info…

Lego Block Party. Join the Franklin Library for their Lego Block Party! You bring your imagination and creativity and they’ll supply lots and lots of Duplo and Lego blocks to build with. This is a free program hosted the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Franklin Community Library in Elk Grove. More info…

Explore a Fire Station at their Open House. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. This week, Station 5 at 731 Broadway is open to the public. Free. More info…

SUNDAY, JULY 15TH

Summer Season Celebration. Join in to celebrate the Summer Season at the Manetti Shrem Museum in Davis. Hear exhibiting artists Susan Swartz and Andrea Chung discuss how they see the world and their place
as artists, make cyanotype prints, cool off with free refreshments, and hear live music featuring the Cloud Hats. Free. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. More info…

Mary Poppins Jr. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.” $13+. Sutter Street Theatre. Sun. 1pm (also Sat.) More info…

Leapin’ Lizards. Skinks, blue bellies, and alligator lizards, oh my! Come meet some resident lizards at Effie Yeaw Nature Center and find out what make these cold-blooded critters so amazing. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Free, $5 parking. Arrive 30mins prior. More info…

Crocker Art Museum Panel Talk: Becoming a Woman. Recommended for teens. Listen to a museum art curator talk about the new exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection. Join guest curator Melissa Hyde alongside scholars of 18th-century French history and literature for an exploration of women’s roles in that era and today. Moderated by Crocker curator William Breazeale and co-presented by the Alliance Française of Sacramento. $6+. Sun. 2pm. More info…

Colossal Summer Science: Seriously Strong Scents. Every weekend throughout July and August Powerhouse Science Center will be highlighting a different scientific concept that is massive in size or impact as part of their Colossal Summer Science series. Join them to learn more about what your nose knows. Find out how we smell, why some things smell good or bad, and how smell is connected to taste. In the Design Lab, you will have the opportunity to make “mucus” to take home. Free with museum admission. Sun. 11am (Sat. too). More info…

Disney’s Newsies. They sold the newspapers, until they made the headlines. Based on the hit Disney film, this Tony-winning, crowd-pleasing smash-hit features a band of spirited New York City newsboys, facing insurmountable odds and standing up to the powerful publishers. With stirring music by Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) and breathtaking dance numbers, it’s a new classic with the power to inspire. $40+. Wells Fargo Pavilion. Sun. 3pm (also showing Fri. and Sat.) More info…

Get Fancy with Etiquette Tea for Grandma and Me. The Novel Tea invites grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers, fathers, or any other adults who think it’s time for an introduction to proper table etiquette to come to a child-centered tea (and apple juice or lemonade for the youngsters) with formal table settings and some gentle guidance on proper table etiquette in our fast-food, eat-in-the-car world. According to Miss Manners (Judith Martin): “But eating rituals, as any anthropologist can attest, are a deeply emotional part of civilization. Sophisticated travelers know that gross violations of other cultures’ eating habits are fatal to any welcome for which they might hope.” This tea is designed for school-age children (Ages 5-14). Child and adult appropriate food will be presented with common table manner instructions, and tips for the art of graceful eating and conversing. The Garden Room at the Sierra 2 Center on 24th St. $50+. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. Advance Registration by today, Thurs. 7/12 required. More info…

[All listings are provided by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend With Kids! [July 7th – July 8th, 2018]

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of July 7th & 8th! It’s a slightly abbreviated version to what we normally do, but we’ll be back in full force next week! Stay cool and explore something new!

[All listings are provided by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

 

SATURDAY, JULY 7TH

Colossal Summer Science: Vast Galaxies. Celebrate the Colossal Summer Science at Powerhouse. Every weekend in July and August they will highlight a different scientific concept that is massive in size or impact. Join Powerhouse Science Center for a “Big Space” planetarium show that explores the size of planets and distance between stars. You can also put your cosmic knowledge to the test with our “Name That Planet” interactive game show. Free with admission. Starts at 11am both Sat. and Sun. Planetarium shows at 1pm and 3pm for ages 4+. “Name That Planet” at 12pm and 2pm, all ages. More info…

Puppet Show: Cinderella. Puppet Art Theater Company will perform the classic tale of Cinderella. Cinderella wants to attend the ball and dance the night away. Unfortunately, her stepmother and awful stepsisters conspire against Cinderella, and it is up to her Fairy Godmother to get her to the ball. Fairytale Town. Admission plus $1-2. Sat. 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm (shows also on Sunday). More info…

American River the Beautiful. Come celebrate the beauty of the American River this 4th of July weekend. Join a naturalist for a walk and learn about this historic and beautiful waterway. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. 10:30am – 12pm. Free, $5 parking. Arrive 30mins early. More info…

We Need Bees. Learn about the importance of bees with the Food Literacy Center during this Summer Reading event! Kids (Age 5+) will play games to learn which types of bees like to eat the pollen from different plants and make a seasonal salad with honey. The group will also read Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Techentrup. Free. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. More info…

Teen Art: Acrylic Painting. An instructor will lead teens ages 13-19 through an acrylic painting project, start to finish. Mixed media techniques will also be introduced. All materials provided, free of charge. Sat. 11am – 1pm. Free. Sylvan Oaks Library, Citrus Heights. Registration recommended. More info…

“Two Birds One Heart” Family Fun Paint Party.  Everything you need is provided to create a one-of-a-kind family painting. Team NorCal teachers will guide you and your kids through two lively hours of creativity, bonding, and laughing at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to have an amazing time. $45.Use the d iscount code WETPAINT at checkout to save $15. Age 6+. Sat. 10am – 12pm. More info…

Peter Pan by American River College Theatre’s Children Traveling Show. See the ARC Children’s Traveling Show “Peter Pan” for one month only. Be prepared to be graced by the magic of the tale of three children’s journey to Neverland. This land where they meet all sorts of characters, including the mischievous Peter Pan! Learning about themselves, and family, the children go on a wild ride. $5. Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse. 916-966-3683. Sat. 11am.

Introduction to Aromatherapy. Take teens (15+) to learn aromatherapy at Soil Born Farms. Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from plants for healing body, mind, and spirit. This class will give you the foundation of using essential oils: extraction techniques, categories and properties, common uses and the types of tools, equipment and carrier agents used in aromatherapy. Instructor: Ann Sibbet, Integrative Therapy & Learning Center. $25. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. More info…

SUNDAY, JULY 1ST

5th Annual ¡Fiesta de Frida. The Latino Center of Art and Culture is pleased to announce the 5th Annual ¡Fiesta de Frida! This popular free event is a day to honor the legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and celebrate not only her work but also her iconic status for girls/women empowerment. The hugely-popular centerpiece activity of the afternoon is the Frida Kahlo look-a-like contest. This event will also feature art workshops, and from the Crocker Art Museum, there will be a takeaway art activity called Repujado (Push Design). The push design is inspired by Mexican Metal artisans. It’s created using aluminum and wooden tools to raise the desired design. Whoever is creating it can decide on the design from simple flowers to their names. (It would be a project for children 6 and up.) There will also be local craft vendors including John Huerta, Teresa Lerma-Gracia, Gabriela Torres, Maggie Gomez-Devos, and Nancy Garcia from Kultura. The Little Frida Children’s Parade will be a part of the festivities. In addition, authentic Mexican food and drink, beer and wine will be served. Dancers from Mike Del Campo Dance School, and cumbia performers, La Diferencia Por Siempre, will be in attendance. Latino Center of Art & Culture. Sun. 1pm – 6pm. Free. More info…

Jet to the Aerospace Museum of California for some summer fun. Explore one of aviation’s greatest showcases at the spacious Aerospace Museum. Learn about aviation’s past, present and future through different themed weeks such as Sci-Fi Week, Flight Week, STEAM Week, and Space Exploration Week. Great for kids of all ages. The 37,500 square-foot Hardie Setzer Aerospace Museum Pavilion includes: Massive exhibit hall with aviation and aerospace exhibits, 4-acre Air Park featuring over 50 historic aircraft including C-53 D-Day Aircraft, A-10 Thunderbolt, ‘Top Gun’ F-14 Tomcat, etc. $10 and up. Kids ages 0-5 free. Open weekends 10am – 4pm. More info…

Let the kids pick out super-special gifts for the next round of kids birthday parties at the Sacramento Antique Faire. Three-hundred vendors from California, Nevada, and other neighboring states selling antiques and collectibles that are 20 years and older. Vintage clothing, art, jewelry, silver, toys, fascinating objects, and so much more can be found at every 2nd Sunday, rain or shine! Bring cash. $3 adults, kids free. Sun. 6:30am – 3pm. 21st & X St (under the freeway). More info…

Nature Storytime at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Come relax and enjoy some nature tales. This event is recommended for children and the young at heart. Free, $5 parking. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. More info…

Mary Poppins. Fair Oaks Theatre Festival is excited to announce an extended run of their summer production Mary Poppins, directed by Michael Coleman. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story and unforgettable songs. Set in Edwardian, London – Jane and Michael, the two naughty Banks children, have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.” Sat. or Sun. 8pm. $12 adults, $6 kids. Fair Oaks Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre. More info…

Carmichael Concerts in the Park. Introduce the kids to swing music with the Carmichael Kiwanis Swing Band. Bring your family, blankets and lawn chairs and join in for free music all summer long at the Daniel Bishop Memorial Pavilion at Carmichael Park. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks. Sun. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Carmichael Park. (On Air Park is performing Sat. same time). More info…

 

[All listings are provided by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

For more summer activity ideas, order our book, “1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids (& the Young at Heart).” >>

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend With Kids! [June 30th – July 1st, 2018]

Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of June 30th & July 1st! Take older kids and teens to the Shakespeare Festival and watch Monte Cristo on a blanket under the stars, pick the last crop of blueberries at Camino Ridge, or join a Fawn Frolic and catch some baby deer sightings at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. So many reasons to get outdoors this weekend! Go out and play in the morning hours so you can cool off in water or indoors in the afternoon. It’s heating up!

[All listings are provided by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 30TH

Let the kids pick blueberries to their heart’s content! It’s the last couple of weeks for u-pick blueberries at Camino Ridge. Luscious blueberry varieties include Duke, Chandler, Legacy, Liberty, Blue Crop, Ozark Blue, Elliott, Titan, and Toro. Camino Ridge is part of Rainbow Orchards Family Farm and is located next to Camino School, with panoramic foothill views. Open 8am – 2pm this weekend and next… after that they may close for the season depending on how many berries are left. More info…

Sacramento Shakespeare Festival. See some incredible live theatre under the stars at William Land Park’s Amphitheater. They will be performing The Count of Monte Cristo this Sat. at 7:30pm. Recommended for older kids and teens. Box office opens at 6pm, gates open at 6:30pm. General $20, Kids 6-12 Free. Get 2 for 1 Cap Radio tickets for $10 each at checkout. More info…

Walk across (or just look at) Foresthill Bridge, the tallest bridge in California. It towers over the North Fork American River. Then grab a delicious piece of country pie at Ikeda’s or grandma’s bread pudding at Awful Annie’s in Auburn. 

Soil Born Farms Farmstand. Bring the whole family out to the American River Ranch for activities, tours and classes. Taste and purchase fresh-from-the-field produce, organic coffee and delicious Magpie Café baked goods. Soil Born Farms encourages you to bike or walk to the ranch, bring your shopping bag, and take a self-guided tour around the farm. Soil Born Farms is proud to offer bread from Grindstone Bakery. The breads are certified organic made from freshly ground grains and seeds. Stop by and sample some of the bread on sale. Sat. 8am – 12:30pm. More info…

Cooking for Teens: One-Pot Wonders with Elaine Lander. Teens (grades 7th and up) will learn how to make easy, healthy meals with minimum dishes and maximum flavor. This program will cover knife skills, basic cooking techniques, tips, and strategies for shopping on a budget and cooking without a full kitchen. This free program is part of the Sacramento Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. Pocket-Greenhaven Library. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. More info…

Along the River Edge Hike at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Who lives at the river edge? Hike with a naturalist and explore the habitat where beaver, otter, herons and other wildlife live. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Space is limited, arrive 30mins prior to start time. More info…

See young actors perform Into the Woods, Jr. Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch\’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever. With unforgettable roles, minimal dancing and no chorus, Into the Woods Jr. showcases a medium-sized ensemble of talented singers and actors. The sophisticated score has been adapted to make it more accessible to young performers. Presented by Folsom Theatre Co. at Cordova High School. $12-$15. Sat. 2pm & 7pm (last shows). More info…

Village Family Day. Join the Village Program for a day of family fun. Families can come enjoy a day of music, community resources, free food, games and activities. Free. All ages. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Antioch Progressive Church. More info…

Watch the Sacramento River Cats take on the Fresno Grizzlies and enjoy the fireworks show. Sat. 7:05pm. $10+. More info…

Historic Folsom’s Hometown Parade. Come out to enjoy some old fashion family fun while celebrating Folsom! Located on Sutter Street from Scott Street to Reading Street. Enjoy the Ophir Prison Band, The Pony Express, Soap Box Derby Cars, wild west groups, vintage fire and police vehicles, horses, clubs, and more! There will be many fun activities in the district after the parade to continue the celebration! Island of Black and White will be performing at the Hacienda Lot, and there will be Wild West reenactments, along with John Wayne (Jeff Sutherland) and other characters throughout the district. Ophir Prison Band performing in the parade and after the parade at the amphitheater. Parade Grand Marshal is Mayor Steve Miklos. Free. Parking $2. Sat. 9:30am – 10:30am. Wild West Reenactments 11:30am – 12:30pm. More info…

If you’re near Davis, drop by the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts to check out the whimsical Kevin Snipes solo exhibition. Kevin Snipes has demonstrated his sculpting prowess for over 30 years, and in this breakthrough exhibition, he is also revealing some of his paintings. Snipes work consists of funky figurative imagery, isolating the head as the point of focus. Gallery is open Sat. 11am – 5pm. More info…

Nature Explorers at the Sacramento Zoo. Enjoy a new way for young nature explorers and their grownups to investigate the wilderness in their own backyard. Join the Sacramento Zoo and the Sacramento Library the last Saturday of every month, January thru September, anytime between 10am- 2pm, as they read stories, play, and explore the wonders of the natural world. There will be a new topic each month. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Free with zoo admission. More info…

Take the kids to try some Yoga In The Park at McKinley Park. It’s free! Yoga Moves Us makes yoga available by organizing free vinyasa yoga classes in the Greater Sacramento area and beyond. This free, all-ages, all-levels vinyasa yoga class is accessible to everyone! Do what you can, and take rest when you need to. Bring a yoga mat and a water bottle. Wear clothes that allow for comfortable movement. A limited amount of yoga mats will be available for those without a mat. Sat. 9am – 10:15am. Arrive 15mins early. More info…

 

SUNDAY, JULY 1ST

Rent a cargo bike (like a tricycle) at Practical Bikes in Old Sac and explore the beautiful waterfront with the kids in a cart in front of you! So fun. One cargo bike can usually hold 4 small kids. Includes helmets, locks, and more. They also have a location in Folsom. $25/hour. Be sure to bike to the Frederico Diaz sculpture on the west side of the river, just south of Raley Field. The kids will love it. More info…

Storytime Party for Nanny Paws by Wendy Wahman. The Avid Reader (Davis) is happy to welcome author and illustrator Wendy Wahman for a presentation of her latest children’s book, Nanny Paws. It’s a fun afternoon of storytelling and coloring! Nanny Paws looks after Ally and Mae the only way she knows how – as a dog would. There’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her girls. She feeds them a hearty breakfast (cookies are best), picks up their toys (teddy bears fit nicely in freshly dug holes), and even walks them to school (running them there is fun too). But one Tuesday, Ally and Mae come home sick, and it’s up to Nanny Paws to take care of them … in her own special way. Free. Sun. 4pm – 5pm. Avid Reader in Davis. More info…

Americana Singalong. Americana Singalong is a fun way to prepare for the 4th of July and celebrate early. All the words for these folk songs and songs of American history will be projected to follow along. For those who prefer, sheet music will also be available. A great event for all ages! Come, bring a friend, and join in the singing. Free. Sun. 4pm. St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2391 St. Mark’s Way, Sacramento.

Watch the Sacramento River Cats take on the Fresno Grizzlies and enjoy the fireworks show. Sat. 7:05pm. $10+. More info…

Fawn Frolic at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. It’s fawn season, get out in the preserve in hopes of “spotting” one these secretive babies! Free, $5 parking. Sun. 1:30pm – 3pm. Arrive early. More info…

World Dang Soo Do Nationals. The 18th Annual World Dang Soo Do Union (WDU) National Martial Arts Tournament is here! Special guests will include Grandmaster Song Ki Kim of Korea and Shihan Ron Marchini of Renbukan. There will be seminars by Grandmaster Song Ki Kim and Grandmaster Mariano Estioko The Saturday tournament will take place in the Galt High School Gymnasium. The Sunday seminars will take place in the Chabolla Community Center in Galt. Free. Sun. 10am – 2pm (also Sat. 8am – 6pm). More info…

Gold Fever Tours. Guests to Old Sacramento can experience what it was like to catch gold fever while getting actively involved in the intriguing “Gold Fever!” guided tours available every weekend this summer through the end of the year. Tour guests take on personas of characters in history — or “real-life rascals” — who scratched and clawed their way to make this area the center of the Gold Rush. “Gold Fever!” tours relive Sacramento’s early days when gold fever ruled amid horrible disasters that threatened fates and fortunes. To spice things up even more, elements of chance are introduced that could change the fate of tour guests. Through the course of the lively tours that meander through Old Sacramento, visitors discover if they successfully escaped the many floods, if they managed to keep their gold dust (or lose it all at the gambling tables), and if they survived the fires, disease, and occasional steamboat explosion! Sun. 11am. Recommended for older kids and teens. $10, Kids 6-17 $6. More info…

Book a 5-hour Tom Sawyer Float Trip on the South Fork American River. Easy Class I & II rafting on a beautiful stretch of the river, with the added bonus of optional inflatable kayaking. See oak trees, cottonwood trees, and wild blackberry bushes along the riverbed. Their prices are 50% off for kids on Sunday and Thursday trips. Ages 5 & up. Each kid must be accompanied by one full paying adult. More info on the Tom Sawyer Float Trip through Coloma by All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting… There are many other rafting companies to choose from, however. Take your pick!

Take a 90-minute group horseback riding lesson ($45 each for a group of 4 or more) at the Sacramento Equestrian Center in Carmichael. More info…

Splash parks are open! Try a new one you’ve never been to before, like North Natomas Regional Park, Kathy Lund Park or Whitney Park in Rocklin, Sunridge Park in Rancho Cordova, or the Freedom Park next to the Aerospace Museum. Here’s a current list of spray parks in Sacramento…

 

[All listings are provided by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

For more summer activity ideas, order our book, “1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids (& the Young at Heart).” >>

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend With Kids! [June 23rd – 24th, 2018]

Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of June 23rd & 24th! All-you-can-eat ice cream at Fairytale Town, a guided photography nature walk, or look at the sun through a solar telescope! Cap it off with some water fun!

Also, we saw that there are a few openings left for Full Belly Farm’s Farm Dinner this Saturday the 23rd. This is one of our favorite experiences. If all the spots are taken by the time you call, ask about their July date, or go for a Pizza Night. Kids get to explore an organic farm and eat a fantastic meal under the stars. Bring your own wine! More info…

[All listings are provided by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

SATURDAY, JUNE 23RD

See Musical Robot, a quirky, funny, kid-friendly band, perform at Midtown Farmer’s Market, as part of their free Everyday Wellness Day. Get some bright heirloom tomatoes and juicy peaches while you’re there. Show the kids all the beautiful fruit in season! 8am – 1pm. Musical Robot performs at 10am – 11am. 20th Street from J to K. Free. More info…

Sing along with Mister Cooper! Join neighborhood favorite Mister Cooper for 30 minutes of music time and freeze dancing for ages 3 to 7 years. Belle Cooledge Library. Sat. 11am – 11:30am. Free. More info…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy. Shakespeare’s popular fairy-themed comedic play comes to life at Fairytale Town, along with all-you-can-eat ice cream! Join in for a magical midsummer’s eve featuring multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an enchanted marketplace and more! Celtic band Stepping Stone will perform throughout the evening on the outdoor Mother Goose Stage, and Shakespeare Lite will present Pyramus and Thisbe from A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Children’s Theater. Sat. 5pm – 9pm. Advance Adults $17, Kids $7. Door Adults $20, Kids $10. More info…

Take teens to the Guided Photography Walk at the Consumnes River Preserve. With their cameras in hand, Volunteer Naturalists will await your arrival at the Cosumnes River Preserve’s Visitor Center. These guided photo walks give visitors the chance to walk along the Cosumnes River Preserve’s Wetlands Walk, a 1+ mile loop trail that takes you through wetlands and riparian forest. Expert advice from your guide will enable you to take the finest pictures of the flora and fauna that surrounds you. Meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center. Be sure to bring your camera along! Location: Meet at the Visitor Center Deck (Bring a Camera!) Tour departs the Visitor Center’s upper parking lot on Sat. at 8:00am. Walk ends at 11am. Recommended for teens. More info…

Createfest: A Celebration of Art, Music, and Summer. Createfest is a free community event that encourages the participation of young visual artists, musicians, and designers to display and sell their artwork at our Maker’s Market. 10 young artists will be selling everything from soap and jewelry to prints and paintings. Come find some great art from up and coming artists and support your local art scene. The event will also features musical performances on our stage outside by teen bands such as Amethyst and RadaR. Rock out to live music and enjoy free refreshments and drinks on a warm Davis night. There is something for all ages at Createfest. Hands-on craft activities include lanyard weaving, beaded jewelry, chalk art designs, henna designs and spin art painting. Teens Take Charge will also unveil their collaborative artwork, titled “Projections Make Shadows.” This wire sculpture was created by all female teen group, who felt strongly about how women are burdened by the labels and expectations society projects onto them. Projected onto the female form are words that judge and attempt to define her. The event marks the culmination of a four-month intensive program called Teens Take Charge, which introduces teens to professional artists in the region, tours museums and art studios, and gives them the opportunity to create their own public artwork. Pence Gallery in Davis. Sat. 5pm – 8pm. More info…

Engineer for fun! H@ck the Park Fest transforms North Laguna Park into a tech wonderland for all ages! In partnership with the City of Sacramento, local S.T.E.M.-based non-profit Square Root Academy has curated a STEM-tastic experience for the whole family celebrating culture, innovation, and community. The InnoStage will showcase science infused performances with a special performance. Free. Sat. 11am – 3pm. North Laguna Park. More info…

Soltice Stroll at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Beat the heat and join a Naturalist for a hike through the preserve as the summer season arrives. See what changes are happening as the weather heats up! Free, parking $5. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. More info…

Catch a Sacramento Republic FC game as they it out with Saint Louis FC. Sat. 8pm. $16+. More info…

Ride your bike or carpool to Glen Hall Park for the last Pops in the Park of the summer, featuring The Count, playing music by The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more. If you get there early, take a walk behind the levee to a trail that leads the the river. Family-friendly, Free. More info…

Learn how to roll DIY paper beads at the Librarian Sabrina’s Craft Corner event at McKinley Library. Learn a new craft technique every month, using simple household items and affordable materials. This is a free adult program, but kids 8 and up are welcome. Sat. 2:30pm – 3:30pm. More info…

Ever wanted to learn how to draw dragons? Join the Sacramento Public Library for this fun Summer Reading event where artist Julia Stagg will teach children (Ages 8 to 12) and teens the skills to create a detailed dragon sketch from beginning to end. Free. North Sacramento – Hagginwood Library. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. More info…

Commune at Our Street. Yellow Brick Group presents Our Street Night Market! Sacramento’s one and only night market. Enjoy street food from a vast amount of vendors served by Chefs from all different types of backgrounds, drinks, activities, and a great community environment. Announced food vendors include Milk Money Donuts, Yolanda’s Tamales, LowBrau, La Cosecha, Mayahuel, Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining, Wandering Boba, Conscious Creamery, The Craft Service, Market 5 ONE 5, Skool Restaurant, Camellia Coffee Roasters, Puur Chocolat, Fire Wings, Nixtaco Mexican Kitchen, and Kodaiko, a new concept from Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine and Fish Face Poke Bar’s Billy Ngo. Southside Park’s Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse will curate the Green Acres-designed beer garden and Device Brewing will pour their brews on the 11th Street side of the block. Kimo Sabe Mezcal margaritas will be served at the event’s two bars. All ages. Sat. 7pm. Wal Public Market on R Street. More info…

El Dorado Dance Academy’s Summer Concert 2018: Travels. Take older dance enthusiasts to see El Dorado Dance Academy as they voyage around the world in Summer Concert 2018: Travels. Dances with global inspiration will guide us through a colorful journey of movement styles including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary as well as Musical Theatre and Bharata Natyam Classical Indian Dance. Come adventure with us through time, space and dance: travels. $22. Sat. 10am. More info…

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH

Splash parks are open!!! Try a new one you’ve never been to before, like North Natomas Regional Park, Kathy Lund Park or Whitney Park in Rocklin, Sunridge Park in Rancho Cordova, or the Freedom Park next to the Aerospace Museum. Here’s a current list of spray parks in Sacramento…

Go to a Lavender Festival! The Bluestone Meadow lavender farm in Placerville is open weekends this month for u-cut lavender and crafts! And this weekend is their much-awaited Lavender Fest. They grow more than twenty different varieties and staff is on-hand to provide instruction and supplies for crafts. Sat. or Sun. 10am – 4pm. More info…

Solar Telescopes for International SUN-Day. Welcome the summer season by taking part in International SUN-day. The Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society will be on-site with their solar telescopes. These hydrogen alpha scopes allow you to see the sun directly, showing spots a and prominences. Visitors will also be able to experience sun-themed planetarium shows at 1pm and 3pm for Ages 4 and older. Powerhouse Science Center. Sun. 4pm (also on Sat. at 4pm). Free with admission, $7. More info…

Salamander Storytime. Enjoy a stories about these amazing amphibians, learn all about their double lives, and meet one up close! Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Free, $5 parking. More info…

Summer Season Kick Off Celebration at Old Town Elk Grove Farmers Market. Join the City of Elk Grove celebrate the start of summer with organic fresh produce, artisan and crafts goods, live music, gourmet specialty foods, complimentary lemonade and cookies, face painting for the kids, kids craft table, games, and more. Sun. 9am – 1pm. More info…

Watch the Sacramento River Cats take on the El Paso Chihuahuas at Raley Field. $10+. Sun. 1:05pm. More info…

Got a teen that loves to tinker? Take them to Amateur Radio Field Day at Dry Creek Ranch House. Amateur Radio Field Day is the most popular on-the-air operating event in amateur radio. This annual event demonstrates volunteer emergency communications skills. The public is encouraged to attend, and a special “Get On The Air” station will allow all attendees to talk to other amateurs across the country. The River City Amateur Radio Communications Society encourage youth to take the controls and make a live radio contact. Free. Sat. 7am – 11am. More info…

Placer County Fair. This year’s theme “Renew Your Love of Fair” is brought to you with a $10 million renovation @the Grounds. Placer County is celebrating summer with one heck-of-a hand clappin’, foot stompin’, belly stuffin’ old-fashioned good time! The 2018 Placer County Fair is a showcase of everything wonderful in Placer County! The Fair will showcase artists, wine and beer makers, community performers, exhibits, live music, entertainment for kids and adults of all ages and likes…and tons more! Sun. 12pm – 11pm. Also open Fri. & Sat. Kids 0-5 free. Admission $2 and up. More info…

Go mega-watersliding or just float lazily in shallow waters at Roseville’s Golfland Sunsplash. Their Twilight Admission Hours start at 3pm during weekdays for $6+ off. And toddlers under 32″ inches are always $2. Play mini-golf, lazer tag, or race cars beforehand to make a day of it. More info…

[All listings are provided by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend With Kids! [June 16th – 17th, 2018]

Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of June 16th & 17th! Take Dad on a nature walk, planetarium show, or 5-story exhilirating water slide (the Dragon’s Den at Raging Waters). Have a fun and adventurous Father’s Day weekend. Try something new!

[All listings are provided by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

SATURDAY, JUNE 16TH

It’s Hands on History time at Sutter’s Fort! Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun hands-on activities happening on the third Saturday each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and Friends of Sutter’s Fort will present a special “Hands on History: War in California” event. As part of this special event, Fort visitors will take a step back in time to 1846 when Mexican California was in a continuous state of political unrest and threats from foreign powers were a constant menace. Kids can take photographs in a covered wagon, view classic firearms that range from pocket derringers to a 40-pound musket, make rope, learn how to tie knots used by sailors (and find out why there were sailors in Sutter’s Fort in the first place), sit and work a real loom in the Fort Loom Room, learn how to stamp leather, make a keepsake souvenir fob, and watch black powder weaponry in action – including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon. If you’ve never taken the kids to Sutter’s Fort, this is the best event to start with. Sat. 10am – 5pm. Kids 0-5 are free. Ages 6-17 $5, Adults $7. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

Dance the night away while eating cupcakes at the annual father-daughter Cupcake Ball at Sacramento Children’s Museum. Starting at $25 per couple. Access to the museum, face painting, and a special guest princess. Sat. 6pm – 8pm. More info…

Skip around the beautiful edible gardens and orchards at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center and meet master gardeners that are experts at growing berries, fruits, vegetables, and ask them all the gardening questions you can dream up–like how to build a garden butterflies will flock to! The edible landscape areas of this huge garden are only open on these rare open garden days. See a mini-vineyard too! Free. Sat. 9am – 12pm. More info…

See dozens of colorful Mustangs. The annual Mustang and Ford Car Show will take place the Saturday of Father Day’s weekend at the Sacramento Marriott Hotel. Hosted by the Sacramento Area Mustang Club (SAMC), the event benefits local non-profits and youth at risk programs. The show is open to all years of Ford family products (Antiques, Rods, Trucks, Exotics, and lots of Mustangs!). There will be over 80 big trophies and is limited to 200 vehicles. Free. Sat. 9am – 2pm. Sacramento Marriott in Rancho Cordova. More info…

Get to McKinley Park early for the free, family-friendly Pops in the Park musical event featuring the folksy, beautiful, soulful music by songwriter/musician Jessica Malone. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. If you miss her on Sat., you can catch her in Davis on Sun. More info…

Eating Around the World. Explore what kids are eating around the world with the Food Literacy Center during this Summer Reading event! Kids (Age 5 and up) will have the chance to draw and share what breakfast, lunch, or dinner looks like here in Sacramento and make an international recipe to share. The group will also read This is How We Do it: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids Around the World by Matt Lamothe. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Six-Legged Sensations. Join a naturalist for a close look at insects commonly found in and around the Nature Area. Then take a creature safari and observe insects in their natural habitat. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. More info…

Night Out at the Museum: Feathers to the Future. Meet artist Kai LaPena during the closing reception for Feathers to the Future: A California Traditional Continuum. This exhibit features contemporary cultural arts and colorful, feather-filled ceremonial regalia by local artist Kai LaPena. Art pieces will be available for sale. Light refreshments. Free. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Program at 7pm. Maidu Museum & Historic Site. More info…

Baby Love Bugs at Crocker Art Museum. Bring your baby (Ages 0-18 months) and yourself to this special edition of Baby Loves Art inspired by Cyrus Tilton’s The Cycle. Everyone will explore the exhibition together, then have fun discovering new ways for baby to interact with the fascinating visuals of Tilton’s work and the insects that inspire it. Musical engagement and play time will add to the fun. Meet at the admission desk; no advance registration required. Free with admission. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. More info…

Nature’s Critters in Elk Grove. Kids can meet critters and learn about their habitats with the Sacramento Public Library. Franklin Community Library. Free. Sat. 11am – 12pm. More info…

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 17TH

Pick lavender at their peak! The Bluestone Meadow lavender farm in Placerville is open weekends this month for u-cut lavender and crafts! They grow more than twenty different varieties and staff is on-hand to provide instruction and supplies for crafts. Sat. or Sun. 10am – 4pm. They also have a lavender festival June 23rd & 24th (free admission). More info…

Father’s Day BBQ at the Zoo. Bring dad or granddad to the zoo for a classic American BBQ to celebrate Father’s Day! Enjoy a menu of pulled pork sandwiches, 1/4 rack of BBQ ribs, hotdogs, pasta salad, chips and cookies under the giant redwood tree at Hornbill Haven. Try your hand at some fun lawn games, join in activities and other family fun! You can spend the rest of the day exploring the zoo with the family and be sure to visit some of the zoo’s best animal dads. Kids $20 (ages 2-11), Adults $28. Unlimited beer wristband is $12. Sun. 11:30am – 1:30pm. More info…

Dads ride free at Father’s Day at Funderland. Funderland wants to give a shout out to all fathers out there by letting them ride for free on Father’s Day. Come on out and have a blast with your dad! Single rides regularly $2.25, or $19.95 for a ten-pack. Family pack of 30 rides $44.95. Sun. 10am – 6pm. More info…

Fathers and Feathers at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Bring Dad and meet some of the Natures Center’s feathered residents! Learn all about what makes these birds so special and how they became educational ambassadors for the Nature Center. Free, $5 parking. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Space is limited, arrive 30 mins. prior to start time. More info…

Sunday 3pm is the last performance of the Singin’ in the Rain, considered by some to be the greatest musical of all time. But have you ever seen it live? With glorious dance sequences, riotous comedy routines and unforgettable songs — including “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Good Morning” and the show-stopping title song — you don’t want to miss this classic. Broadway At Music Circus premiere. Highly recommended for older kids only, especially those interested in musical theatre. $50+. Sun. 3pm. Other times on Fri. and Sat. as well. More info…

Disney’s Little Mermaid is on stage in Davis. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. $16 and up. Sun. 2pm. Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center. More info…

Bring a rolling cart or stroller and show the kids the best fruits and vegetables in the Sacramento Valley. The farmer’s market under the freeway at W St. & 8th St. is reportedly the largest (most vendors) in the state of California. Last weekend we stocked up on lemongrass ($1 for a bunch of 3 large stalks), tomatoes, peaches, and Thai basil. Lowest prices on produce you can find–and all picked at their peak ripeness! Parking is usually available in the free lot next to the market, otherwise there is street parking on 8th & 7th. Stop by Southside Park on your way out and let the kids play tag on the playground.

Go to a planetarium show at the Powerhouse Science Center at 1pm or 3pm. For ages 4 and up. Weekend planetarium presentations take your family on a thrilling tour of the night sky. Discover constellations, planets, and other celestial objects currently visible from the Central California region. Learn sky watching tips from educators, and embrace an appreciation for our solar system and what lies beyond. Free with museum admission. More info…

Take the kids for the first fun water day of summer at Raging Waters at Cal Expo. It’s Sacramento’s largest family water park, and you can get together with friends and go in on a cabana for $79+. Spring for the locker rental so you can enjoy yourself without worrying about losing your wallet or phone.

Another favorite is Golfland Sunsplash in Roseville. Their twirly mega-slides are exciting just to see from the road. You can save by getting the Twinight Admission at 3pm or later. And toddlers under 32″ are free!

Plan ahead for a family jet ski night the at Sacramento State Aquatic Center. “One Aquatic Center PWC Safety Instructor and two Jet Skis – family and friends can enjoy an evening of riding on beautiful Folsom Lake.” These clinics can be scheduled with the Aquatic Center after 4pm Mondays-Fridays. Before enjoying an evening on the water all PWC riders must complete the Department of Boating and Waterways home study safety course. The books will be provided prior to your night on the water. $275 for up to 4 people. Must be 16 years old to operate PWC solo. Children 12-15 must have a rider over 18 on-board the vessel. A request form for Family PWC Night must be completed and submitted prior to a lesson being scheduled. More info…

 

[All listings are provided by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend With Kids! [June 9th – 10th, 2018]

Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of June 9th & 10th! Air guitar, a free hula performance, the Pride march, and the US Youth National Rowing Championships… it’s a busy weekend here in Sacramento!

[All listings are provided by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

Plan ahead… get tickets now for the Broadway at Music Circus production of the incredible classic (and our fave!) “Singin’ in the Rain” June 12-17th! Phenomenal music, great dancing, and a funny storyline involving lip-syncing… older kids who like theatre will love this musical. More info…

On Friday night (tonight), there’s a Float-In Movie Night at Rutter Swim Center from 7:30pm – 10pm. I love this idea! Stay cool on a hot summer night and enjoy some of your favorite flicks projected on the big screen while you join your family and friends for a night at the pool. Adults $4, Kids $3. Tonight they’re screening Moana. More info…

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH

Outdoor Movie Night (Wonder Woman) at Sutter’s Fort. In a continuing effort to increase activation, engagement and community use of the beautiful parks located throughout Midtown, the Midtown Association is proud to present a special summer series of Free Outdoor Movie Nights! This weekend they are screening the blockbuster hit, Wonder Woman. Offered in partnership with Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and Friends of Sutter’s Fort, and proudly presented by Sutter Health, the movies will start at approximately 8pm on the historic walls of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (on the west side) and the community is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to set up on the grassy area outside the Fort. Sat. 8-11pm. Free. More info…

Free Hula Performance at Pocket-Greenhaven Library Summer Reading Kick Off. The Ohana Dance Group is back with another hula performance to celebrate the beginning of the Summer Reading season at the library. Along with outdoor carnival games and a dance performance, you can sign up the whole family for the library’s Summer Reading Challenge. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Ohana Dance Group performs at 11am. More info…

Community Day at the Sacramento Adventure Playground. All ages are invited for a day of play at the Sacramento Adventure Playground! Children get to create their own play structures and spaces by re-purposing everyday items such as cardboard boxes, plus household wares, natural elements and unexpected items. The Playground is a fun and safe environment where children can use their imagination and creativity to direct their own play! The Sacramento Adventure Playground is open rain or shine. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Free. More info…

Critters that Crawl and Fly in Carmichael. The Koobs Nature Area is open to the public open days on the 2nd Saturdays of every month through October. June’s theme will be Critters that Crawl and Fly. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area and discover the variety of bugs the crawl on the ground or fly through the air to make the Koobs Nature Area their home. They will have activity tables for kids to create and learn about the critters that crawl and fly. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Free. More info…

Cheer on the Sacramento Republic FC as they battle against Phoenix Rising FC. Tickets $16+. Sat. 8pm. More info…

Southgate Safety Day. Come learn how to stay safe in and around the water with presentations and appearances from various community safety groups. Not only will you learn all about water safety, you’ll also enjoy games and activities while cooling off from the hot summer heat. Events take place during regular pool hours and public swim fees apply, $1-2. Sat. 1pm – 4:30pm. Fruitridge Aquatic Center. More info…

Pops in the Park continues at Bertha Henschel Park in East Sacramento Sat. 6pm – 9pm. Arrive early with a picnic basket and blanket to get a good spot! Free. AKA Live will be performing. Free bicycle valet parking. More info…

UPCyclePOP Fathers Summer Upcycle Market. A playful indoor pop-up market for artistically repurposed art, furniture, fashion, home design, inventions and fathers day gifts. Watch artists re-purpose discarded items into works of art. Play with the interactive art installations, sip wine, enjoy live music and shop sustainably for a Father’s Day gift in a chill indoor market. Knowing it is impossible to indefinitely run a linear system on a finite planet, UPcyclePOP is doing something about it by seeding circular economy principles to grow our local creative economy. UPcyclePOP is America’s first upcycle market, remade all here in Sacramento. Remake, play, shop, eat and get creative! Free. Sat. 12pm – 6pm at The Atrium on Folsom Blvd. More info…

Midtown Bizarre Maker Pop-Up Shop. With Father’s Day just around the corner pick up something special and unique for Dad at the Midtown Bizarre at Identity Coffees, 1430 28th St. Free. Sat. 10am – 4pm. More info…

Barrio Market Block Party. Barrio Market showcases local artisan vendors, art, barrio art making for the entire family, food, music, and much more! This Barrio Market will partner with its neighborhood Taqueria Jalisco to delight the taste buds of attendees. There will be an open wall for painting so bring your own paint and unleash your creativity. Hosted by the Washington Neighborhood Center. Sat. 2pm – 7pm. Free. More info…

Perler Beads for Teens. Fuse plastic beads will be used to create a pixelated art project at this fun drop-in Summer Reading event. Guest can use a template or create one of their own! Free. Ages 13-19. Sat. 3-4:30pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library More info…

Got a teen who loves to draw? Take them to see a marvelous exhibit of contorted figure drawing. Groundswell presents installation and works by artist Akira Beard. Life Drawing is a body of work where Beard aims to draw his journey and exploration of the subconscious. “If the subconscious mind could be projected onto a flatscreen, what images would appear? What sort of story might they tell? The drawings in this body of work aim to do just that.” Starting with ink pen and paper, Beard never knows what will reveal itself in front of him. Of a hundred drawings Beard says that he may only consider ten to be included in this series, totaling over a hundred works that took more than two years to complete. Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. Groundswell is on J St. between 25th and 26th St. Inspired to get drawing? Pick up some art supplies half a block away at University Art.  More info…

Listen to 10-year old Lyric Watts’ speech at the Black Women’s March. This is the moment to celebrate Black women!  Black Women United Sacramento invites everyone who supports Black women to join this historic celebration. Other speakers include MC Lyte, Jamilah Lemieux, Patrisse Cullors, and Alicia Garza. Performances by Porsche Kelly, 100s Unit, BlyueRose Dance Project, Vadia Rhodes, and Mino Yanci. Great dancers and performances are scheduled. Event start at 9am at Crocker Park. After the walk, speakers and performers will take the stage at the Capitol. Free. Meet Sat. 9am at Crocker Park, marching to the Capitol steps. Rally starts at 9:45am. More info…

Official US Air Guitar Nationals Qualifier Competition (for older teens). Come witness the spandex, the rock-n-roll, and the greatest thing you’ve never seen before. Watch all levels of air guitarists compete in 2 rounds of 60 second performances, where technical merit, stage presence, and “airness” earn them points with a panel of judges who will be selecting the top air guitarist to represent Sacramento at the 2018 US Air Guitar Nationals. Current reigning Sacramento champion, Kitkat, will be defending her title as 10-15 air guitarists battle it out on stage. $12, Sat. 9:30pm, door opens at 9pm. More info…

Teach kids to knit at the Worldwide Knit in Public Day at Crocker Art Museum. World Wide Knit in Public Day is an international event that encourages experienced and novice knitters alike to come out and knit together in public places. The Crocker is glad to again be a host this year and welcomes knitters to convene in Friedman Court for the free exchange of ideas. Not a knitter? Not a problem! Join in and learn from accomplished knitters in a fun, low-key atmosphere. Limited supplies will be provided, or feel free to bring your own! Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Pack a lunch or order up some tasty grub at the Crocker Cafe. They have gelato popsicles. Free. More info…

Mahogany Festival. Celebrate Black culture, unity, natural hair, music, Black business, Black economics, Black education and Black people at the Mahogany Festival. This event is also a celebration of the 19th Anniversary of the Mahogany Urban Poetry Series. Festival features live performances, guest speakers, vendors, and activities for all ages. Free. Sat. 10am – 6pm. William Lee College Prep School. More info…

Got a teen interested in politics? Learn about the wackiness of past Sacramento politics at Mugwumps, Know-Nothings and Dolly Vardens at the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. California has had plenty of fascinating Third Party movements, most splintered off from existing parties. You may be surprised at the level of popular support for their more questionable platforms. Learn about the rapid rise and fall of the Know-Nothings (a real political movement!), how the Workingmen’s Party helped write the state constitution and elected a mayor, examine just how progressive the Progressive Party was, and meet local members of the Socialist, Greenback Labor, and Prohibition Parties. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. More info…

Family Overnight Safaris at the Sacramento Zoo. During the summer months of June, July and August, the Sacramento Zoo offers Family Overnight Safaris. These fun-filled educational evenings will guide you through all that the nighttime Zoo has to offer. These camp-outs are designed for small groups and families of two or more people. This is a perfect opportunity to see animal behaviors you may not have seen before. Dinner and breakfast are provided. $55+. Sat. 5:30pm. More info…

Art for Families at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Do you want a free, fun, creative outlet for you and your kids on selected weekend afternoons? Head to the Arts Center for some hands-on, quality together time with your child or grandchild (ages 5+). Work together or separately with your child. Master artists and instructors will demonstrate and assist. All materials provided. Free, $5 donation appreciated. Sat. 1-3pm. More info…

Sacramento Fire Department Fire Station Open House. Are you interested in seeing what the inside of a fire station looks like? How about finding out more about what it’s like to be a firefighter? Then plan to attend one of the scheduled Fire Station Open Houses and meet your hometown heroes, tour the station, greet Sparky the Fire Dog, see the apparatus, tools, equipment and gear used to fight fires and save lives, and learn about the day-to-day duties of active firefighters. Sat. 2-4pm. Sacramento Fire Station 4 (3145 Granada Way). More info…

Guided Nature Walk at the Consumnes River Preserve. Explore part of the River Walk Trail and talk about the plants and animals you might see. You’ll also traverse the Wetlands Walk Trail and see the migratory waterfowl and maybe a few Sandhill Cranes. This is a leisurely walk on a trail that is unpaved in sections and paved in others. The route will take approximately three and a half miles, but participants who do not wish to walk that far may turn around at any time. Participants may want to bring binoculars or borrow a set for free from the Preserve (quantity limited). Free. Meet at 9am at the Visitor Center. There is also a guided walk at 1pm. More info…

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH

Wake up early and head out to 24 Carrot Farms in Placerville to pick some strawberries at their peak ripeness! Open on Sun. 10am – 5pm. Bring a sunhat and sunscreen. More info…

Watch kids compete at the US Youth Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. The championships, which serve as the premier youth rowing event in the United States, sees approximately 1,500 athletes competing in more than 350 crews, representing some 150 teams from across the country – all vying for national titles in 18 boat classes. As part of the festivities around the final day of racing, USRowing will again host an Olympic Day in conjunction with the Youth National Championships. Olympians will be on-site for meet-and-greet opportunities, autographs, and photos. All day Sunday. Free. More info…

From Orphan to Queen: The Story of Esther. This inspiring musical is the Biblical heroine’s story of Hadassah, a young Jewish woman who transforms into Queen Esther and, by putting her own life in danger and winning the respect of the king, saves her people from a massacre. This production is suitable for all ages. $15. Sun. 3pm. (other dates/times available). Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom. More info…

Cheer on our city’s baseball team as the Sacramento Rivercats as they challenge Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Raley Field. $10+. Sat. 7:05pm. More info…

Rainbow Families Pre-Parade Party. The Crocker Art Museum, in partnership with Sacramento Rainbow Families, invites all families to come “rainbow up” at Crocker Park for the Sacramento Pride Parade, which kicks off nearby at 11am. Streamers, crowns, face paints, and more will be available to decorate babies, kids, mamas, papas, allies, and friends – not to mention strollers, bikes, and wagons. Light refreshments provided to help fuel the fun. Walk in the parade, or just be a colorful spectator! Sacramento Pride Parade follows at 11am. Sun. 9:30 – 10:30am. More info…

Be all the colors of the rainbow and watch the Sacramento Pride Parade March & Festival. Sun. 11am. Parade March starts at 3rd & N St. and ends at 10th & N St. The parade is free to watch, but participation in the actual parade is full. The festival is $10 per person (kids 10 & under are free) and is located on the Capitol Mall between 3rd & 7th. More info…

Ron & Carinne Cunningham Thank You Party. Ron and Carinne Cunningham have selflessly dedicated 30 years to the Sacramento community as Artistic Directors of the Sacramento Ballet. During their three decade tenure, they have transformed the Sacramento Ballet into a professional company of international renown, touched the lives of countless Sacramento children through their production of Ron Cunningham’s “The Nutcracker,” and given thousands of community members the opportunity to see a ballet performance for the first time thanks to their wide reaching and impactful dance outreach programs. Now is your chance to thank them for their dedication to Sacramento! Refreshments, cake, and an honorary ice cream flavor by Vic’s Ice Cream will be provided. Free. Land Park Village Green, Sutterville & Freeport Blvd. Sun. 5:30 – 8pm.

Nichiren Church Japanese Food Bazaar and Rummage Sale. The Sacramento Nichiren Buddhist Church hosts its annual summer food bazaar and rummage sales! A wide variety of Japanese foods, snow cones, and raffle prizes will be available. The bazaar will also include a rummage sale featuring an eclectic assortment, including many Japanese items. There will be Japanese food (tempura, sushi, noodles, etc.) for sale. Sun. 11am – 5pm. Sacramento Nichiren Buddhist Church. More info…

Pet-A-Palooza 2018. Sacramento’s biggest FREE pet event is back! It’s PET-A-PALOOZA at our brand new home of Elk Grove Regional Park on Sunday, June 10th from 10a-4p. Grab your furry friend for a FREE day of fun in the park with concerts from HANSON and Rozzi! You’ll enjoy the Doggy Obstacle Course, an exotic animal show from Wild Things, The Splash Dogs, kids play area and more! And if you’re looking to add to your family, head to the pet adoption area on site to help you out. Sun. 10am – 4pm. Elk Grove Regional Park. Free. More info…

Critter Close Up at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Get eye to eye with one of their feathered, lumpy, or scaly residents. Then take a short walk to the American River and skip rocks into the water. Sun. 1:30pm. Free, $5 for parking. More info…

[All listings are provided by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend! [June 2nd – 3rd, 2018]

Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of June 2nd – 3rd! Feeling celebratory? Don’t miss the Filipino Fiesta, the Taco Festival, or the first Pops in the Park! There’s also a cool Kayak by Starlight tour for teens…

We don’t usually post for Fridays, but if you ever wanted to take the kids to Burning Man without going to Burning Man… check out the B)o(B “Burners on Broadway” kid-friendly event taking place Fri. at 5pm on 34th St. & Broadway. Taking inspiration from the annual counterculture festival in the desert, Playa-to-Plaza aims to bring immediacy, radical self-expression and participation to Oak Park through art, dance, music and revelry. Come see art projects, flow artists, art cars, and theme camps that have previously been to Burning Man. Stay for the community. Don’t miss Kate Marusina’s art car inspired by a giant pill bug in a post-apocalyptic world. The artist hopes that this vehicle will bring awareness to global warming, pollution, water shortages. You can also see this car at Sat. 4-6pm at the Village Green Park in Rancho Cordova.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2ND

Family Workshops: Harnessing Solar Strength. Spring will soon give way to a sweltering summer. To celebrate the upcoming solstice, Powerhouse Science Center will shine a light on the star of our solar system – the sun! They’ll also put the sun to work. Families will construct a solar oven to take home, with some simple recipes to test. $15, pre-registration is required. Sat. 9:30am – 10:30am. More info…

Take teens (14 & up) on the Kayak by Starlight tour of Lake Natoma with REI. Register today to snag your spot, there are only 7 openings. Sat. 8pm. $55. More info…

Summer Reading Kick-Off and Ice Cream Social at Rancho Cordova Library. Join the Rancho Cordova Branch Library’s fantastic Summer Reading kick-off. See a great magic show, and then enjoy free ice cream and face painting after the show! This is an all ages program. Sat. 1pm – 4pm. More info…

Enjoy the first Pops in the Park of the summer! This East Sacramento family favorite is a popular free event, so get there early to find parking and a great spot for your picnic blanket. Food and drinks for sale. Musical feature: Ideateam. Ideateam is a 9-piece ensemble driven to fuse influences together in a fresh way. Loaded with two guitars, bass, drums, percussion, brass section, and soulful vocals, the group explores the corridors of groove while flipping through styles like a deck of cards, flowing in and around various genres and noticeably leaning on the funk. They bring sounds old and new, blended with a drop or two of extraterrestrial soundscapes – presented by a group of people who simply love to play music. Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. More info…

Storytime with WNBA Star Ruthie Bolton. As part of the continuing Storytime book reading activity for children that happens on the first Saturday of each month at the California Automobile Museum, local WNBA star Ruthie Bolton will be a celebrity reader in June. Bolton will read Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Gwen Strauss, a story about the travels of an African American family in the 1950s when a young girl named Ruth learned about the Jim Crow Laws and how The Green Book helped the family travel safely on their adventure. Free with museum admission. Kids 0-5 free, 6-18 $5, Adults $10. Sat. 11am. More info…

Sacramento Taco Festival. The Sacramento Taco Festival is the largest of its kind in all of Northern California and features taco eating contests, continuous live music, professional wrestling, kid’s activities, arts and crafts, Nor Cal’s Chihuahua Beauty Contest, and the largest selection of tacos in one location. Plus, it features a variety of informational and arts booths where one-of-a-kind items will be available for purchase. $10 ($7 advance), Kids 12 & under free. Chihuahua Beauty Contest Entry $5. Sat. 10:30am – 6:30pm. More info…

Art Beast: Crayon Batik at North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. Kids will learn about the traditional Indonesian art of batik and use crayons to make a paper version of the technique at this fun Summer Reading drop-in program. Note: This class is for Children Age 5 and up. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. More info…

National Trails Day at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Enjoy a hike in the Effie Yeaw nature area to show your support for our local trails. Learn about local wildlife and what you can do to help maintain the trails! Free. $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. More info…

Watch a real polo tournament and stomp some divots! Saint John’s presents Polo for Change 2018. This formal and fun event will combine the excitement of a polo match with the fanciness of funny hats, equine demonstrations, food, drinks, and live music. Beware, there is a formal dress code. Dress in your best! Kids Lawn Tickets $15, Adults $35. Includes sparkling wine for the Champagne Divot Stomp. Pack a picnic and bring blankets and folding chairs. Sat. 3pm – 8pm. More info…

Take older teens to the Weaving Workshop at Verge Center for the Arts. In this class, you will learn the basic skills to make your own weaving from start to finish. You do not need any experience to join this class. You will learn how to dress the loom, start the weaving, create your design, and how to tie it off to finish. This workshop will teach you all the tricks to start you off on a weaving frenzy! Your registration fee includes a small lap loom and weaving tools that you will take home at the end of the workshop. This class will set you up with the knowledge and tools necessary to continue creating stunning wall hangings! Instructor: Jess Filip from The Northern Needle. Sat. 1pm – 5pm. More info…

Cheer on Sacramento Republic soccer team as they duke it out with Orange County SC! Tickets $16 & up. Sat. 8pm. More info…

The Neighborhood Marketplace at Makers Place: A Summer Shopping Shindig. The small community marketplace will have a combination of crafters, artisans and vendors on hand to answer any questions you may have about the brand they represent. Free coloring activity for kids and DIY craft making vintage paper gift tags. Sat. 12pm – 6pm. More info…

Baby Signing Workshop. This 90-workshop will teach you 20 signs, basic language development, the do and don’ts of signing, and provide additional resources. This class is taught by a certified speech-language pathologist and is ideal for parents with babies ages 4-18 months. Family $30. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. More info…

Take older kids to Symbology and Superstition. The Old City Cemetery is filled with the symbols of a time long past, but what do they mean? Is there more to a lamb, a broken bud or an urn than meets the eye? Come join the Old City Cemetery Committee as the tour attempts to unlock the secrets hidden in plain sight and take a look into Victorian mourning culture. Widow’s weeds not required. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. More info…

Sacramento Black Book Fair. The Sacramento Black Book Fair will include book signings, talks by each featured writer, cultural vendors, food trucks, a Kids Zone, a community parade, poetry readings, writer’s circles, and art displays. SBBF will feature more than fifty authors of African descent, showcasing and highlighting a diverse spectrum of authors and literature, from contemporary and historical fiction, to anthologies, poetry, academic books; children’s stories and books, non-fiction to biographies, self-help, inspirational, and religious. Check schedule for specific events and locations. Fri. 5:30pm – 11pm, Sat. 10am – 7am. More info…

Take older kids to The Sofia for Eleven, two dance works by the directors of CORE Contemporary Dance. Kelli Leighton’s new work, inspired by “Warrior” by Segovia Amil, shows the resilience of the human spirit when confronted with the insurmountable challenges of life. We should embrace them, celebrate them, and wear them as our armor. No matter what mistakes we have made, or how much we have been burned, we will fly on with “Scorched Wings”. “Carved in Fire”, by Jared Baker and set to the music of Bon Iver, depicts the process of a passion running thin. Through its timeline, the piece urges us to balance the responsibilities of life, while maintaining the spark that keeps us moving forward. $25. Fri. and Sat. 7:30pm – 9pm. More info…

Art Where Wild Things Are is the 9th open juried art show at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center benefiting the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Over 100 regional artists will submit paintings, sculpture and textile art that are broad and creative interpretations of life in our local natural world. Judges Boyd Gavin and Marcy Freidman will choose 5 dozen pieces for the exhibit. This art show is a preview of the Gala and Art Auction to be held at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center on June 9. Sat. 11am. More info…

Learn how to can strawberries with your older teen at Canning Basics: Strawberries! at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op. $45 and up. Must pre-register. Or just borrow a book at the public library and get started on your own!

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD

Filipino Fiesta. The Filipino Festival features community service groups, vendors, folk dance, entertainment, clinics, youth activities, cultural exhibits, and food. This is one of Southgate’s largest events, bringing thousands of people to enjoy Filipino culture and food. Free. Jose Rizal Community Center. Sun. 10am – 5pm. More info…

Theater Show: The Three Little Pigs at Fairytale Town. Three pigs strike out on their own looking to have fun and adventures. But first, they must build houses for themselves. Straw, sticks, bricks and a huffing-and-puffing Big Bad Wolf add up to hilarity and mayhem in this adaptation by Puppet Art Theater Company. $1-$2 in addition to park admission. More info…

Learn about Rattlesnakes. Warm weather is perfect weather for snakes, especially for rattlesnakes along the American River. Learn all about these snakes and who imitates them, and how to enjoy the American River and keep your family safe during this season. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Free, $5 parking. More info…

Kids & Company Gallery Adventure at Crocker Art Museum. Amusing and educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children ages 5 and older (and the adults who tag along with them) in a fun and playful manner. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 11:30am. More info…

U-pick some fresh strawberries at Pacific Star Gardens in Woodland or another farm close to you. Just be sure to confirm they are open before driving out! Berry season is here!

Take a family bike ride to a new area you’ve never been to before! Try kid-friendly Elk Grove Creek Trail or Miner’s Raving Bike Trail in Roseville.

Test your guts on a giant zipline at Quarry Park in Rocklin. Situated in and around a 60-foot deep, 160-year-old granite quarry, Quarry Park Adventures is a 5-½ acre family adventure park featuring a variety of interactive activities suitable for all ages. The primary attractions include a three-level aerial ropes course; numerous zip lines; a giant three-person pendulum swing; free fall drops; horizontal walkways traversing the inner-perimeter of the quarry; a huge belay-free kids zone, a serene lake with with boats; great food, gift shop and a 2,000- square foot deck over-looking the quarry floor 60-feet below. Open 10am – 6pm on weekends, free for 2 & under. $24.99 & up. More info…

Take a family archery lesson from Deborah’s Mobile Archery Range at Discovery Park. All equipment provided. She’s hosting a lesson this Sun. 9am. Register here… 

ExplorAbility at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. ExplorAbility is an early-morning program for children on the autism spectrum, ages 3 to 5. With a maximum of 20 participants per session, the ExplorAbility program offers opportunities for children on the autism spectrum to participate in small group sessions within a structured program, featuring Sacramento area professionals from a variety of disciplines. Registration is required. Call 916-638-7225 x.103 to register.

Take hungry bellies down to Low Brau, Federalist Public House, Tower Cafe, The Shack, or other favorite Sacramento eateries for the Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle, where chefs come up with their best plant-based burger feasts. Judging by the photos, they look pretty spectacular. You have ’til June 30th to vote for your favorite! Get a full list of participating restaurants here…

The Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Association presents the annual Carmichael Park Community Band Festival at Carmichael Park Amphitheater. With 14 concert bands, this is one of the largest community band festivals in California for over 20 years. There will be music from 12:00 am to 6 pm Saturday and 11:00 am to 7 pm Sunday. Bring the entire family, a picnic, lawn chairs, sun hat, and enjoy two lovely afternoons of music. Sat. 12pm – 5pm & Sun. 11am – 6pm. More info…

Hunt for some good children and young adult books at the Sacramento SPCA Book Sale and help out animals at the same time! All proceeds benefit the animal programs at the Sacramento SPCA. Sunrise Mall (next to Macy’s North, Men’s & Home), Sun. 11am – 5pm. Runs through June 10th. More info…

Older teens can take an Aerial Hoop Class at The Firehouse 5. Lyra is a metal hoop suspended in the air, on which acrobatics are performed. Depending on ability, a number of tricks and transitions can be performed with grace. Like most all circus acrobatics, a fair amount of upper body strength is required to make things work, but beginners can work on developing this with proper technique and training. Lyra is a great start for anyone interested in aerial arts, as it is usually the first apparatus taught. Great for building strength and finding avenues into the rabbit hole we call “circus art”. Sun. 4:30pm. $20 drop in rate. Must contact instructor to register before the class: 916-715-1955 or email: katienicole.aerial@gmail.com. $20 for a drop in rate, or 5 class pass for $80. More info…

After a 14-year, $22 million restoration. the Leland Stanford Mansion is open again. Step back in time to experience life in the 19-Century Victorian era at its height. Originally built in 1856 by Gold Rush merchant Sheldon Fogus, the Mansion was later purchased and remodeled (twice!) by Leland and Jane Stanford. Leland Stanford served as Governor of California from 1862-1863.  The Mansion served as the office of three governors during the turbulent 1860’s. Recommended for older kids. Tours daily 10am – 5pm. Tours may be cancelled at certain times due to official activities inside the Mansion. Please call the recorded message at (916) 324-0575 prior to your visit or the Visitor’s Center during regular business hours at (916) 324-9266. More info…

Take a family pedal boat or canoeing expedition at Sacramento State Aquatic Center on the flat, serene Lake Natoma. $16/hr for a pedal boat. More info…

Happy Adventuring!

xo,
sabrina : )

[All listings are provided by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads. We do not accept payment for listings.]

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend! [May 19th – 20th, 2018]

Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of May 19th – May 20th!


SATURDAY, MAY 19TH

Sacramento Promenade of Mermaids. The 8th Annual Promenade of Mermaids will begin and end on the boardwalk in front of the Delta King! Attractions include Dive Bar Mermaids and Mermen photo booth, Pixie Tribe face painting, giant bubbles, various vendors including Merman Alfonso’s handmade mermaid treasures in his Merman’s Grotto, and Pirates of Sacramento’s monkey cannon arcade. There will be Mermaids, Mermen and Pirates aplenty as well as sea creatures of every persuasion. Prizes will be awarded for best costume for both adult and child entrants as well as some miscellaneous categories, to be announced. Sat. 11:30am – 3pm. Free. Delta King Riverboat in Old Sac. More info…

Walk on the Wildside and learn about Central Valley habitats. This free family-oriented event includes hiking tours of local wetlands and forests, presentations, live animal shows, music, children’s hands-on activities, informational exhibits, and more! Guided and self-guided tours are offered throughout the day. Explore a pristine valley oak riparian forest in search of migratory songbirds. Visit numerous wetland and riparian forest restoration projects. Take one of the Bufferlands guided tours and enjoy a unique opportunity to see a rare heron and egret rookery—one of only four in Sacramento County. This rookery contains more than 120 active nests of great blue herons, great egrets and double crested cormorants. Spotting scopes will be available for optimum viewing of these fascinating and beautiful birds. The fun activities are held at the beautiful Beach Lake Park, near the town of Freeport. Free. Sat. 10am – 4pm. More info…

Rock Art Mysteries. Take a walk with the Maidu Museum through the historic site to observe petroglyphs by lantern light. Journey back in time and explore ideas about the purpose of these mysterious symbols carved in stone thousands of years ago. Note: Please wear comfortable shoes. All ages welcome. $6. Sat. 8-9pm. More info…

Watch bicyclists finish the Amgen Tour at the State Capitol Building. It’s such an exciting race! Take the opportunity to run around the gardens and old growth trees at the Capitol. More info…

Take older kids to see a Broadway show on tour. An American In Paris is playing at the Community Center Theater. An American In Paris is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin. Sat. 2pm, 8pm. Tickets $25+. More info…

International Migratory Bird Day. Come join us and celebrate the 350 species of North American birds that migrate between their breeding grounds and wintering grounds every year! Have fun learning about this amazing migration including where the birds stop in between their destinations, and how you can play a part in their journey. Stop by to enjoy free arts and crafts, hands-on activities, games, and prizes while learning all about bird migration. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Free with zoo admission. More info…

Community Carnival, presented by the Sacramento Children’s Home North Sacramento Family Resource Center Birth and Beyond, is a free, fun, family-friendly event themed like an old-school Carnival! Lunch, music, performances, bounce houses and more! Free lunch for the first 300 guests. Folklorico and Zumba performances. Sat. 10am – 1pm. More info…

Wheels Day at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. Vroom Vroom! Race around on a tricycle track and get up close to a recycling truck, police car, and other vehicles during Wheels Day, a free, outdoor family fun event! Vehicles will be on display in the Museum’s parking lot. Plus, they’ll have face painting, wheels-themed art activities, and more! Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. More info…

Saturday with the Snakes at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Join Save The Snakes Executive Director Michael Starkey in an exploration of California’s most spectacular serpents! He will discuss the ecological importance of snakes, identification of Californian venomous vs. non-venomous snakes, how to avoid snakebites, first aid, and treatment in the event of a snakebite. Then hike the trails to learn how snakes live in their natural environment. Don’t miss this fun, interactive and family-friendly program! Free, parking $5. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. More info…

Day at the Farm at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. This event has become a regional favorite! Collaborating for the past eight years with title sponsor Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, the intention of this event is to create an opportunity for families to visit the American River Ranch for a day of learning, eating, celebrating and exploring the natural world. There are free gardening and cooking classes, kid’s garden and art activities, live music, delicious food, community education demonstration tables and lots of fun for the whole family. Soil Born Farms organic plants and produce will be sold at the ever-popular plant sale and farmstand. Learn about gardening, water conservation, chickens, beekeeping, cooking, farm animals, herbs, and drought tolerant native plants. Sun. 10am – 3pm. $5, Free for kids under 2. More info…

Take a free, 90-minute Introduction to 3D Printing at Franklin Community Library in Elk Grove. This class will introduce 3D printing in a fun and accessible way for teens, ages 13-18. You’ll learn a brief history of 3D printing, examples of its potential uses and applications, and basic processes of 3D design and modeling. Free, but registration required. Sat. 10am and 2pm. More info…

Play in an all-ages cornhole tournament. Cornhole comes back to East Sacramento! Over 80 teams from all over Northern California will compete in front of hundreds of spectators for the chance to take home cash prizes from our 2nd Annual 20-30 Cornhole Tournament. Do you think you have what it takes to win? Sign up and play! The 20-30 Club is partnering up with some fantastic local breweries to provide teams and spectators alike with plenty of delicious craft beer throughout the day, which is included in the price of admission.The tournament also features food trucks, great music, wine, complimentary water and sodas. There will be an assortment of bounce houses and activities for kids. The cost is $80 total for a team of two and $30 per spectator (again, all of your drinks are inlcuded). Sat. 11am – 4pm. All ages event. More info…

 

SUNDAY, MAY 20TH

Dance through fields of irises. They’re in peak bloom at the High Sierra Iris & Wedding Garden in Camino, but the gardens are only open to the public in May. From their Facebook page: “The iris garden will be open daily for viewing from 9:30-4:30, seven days a week, during the entire month of May, except for May 19, 26, and 27. Many varieties are available for purchase in pots, and all rhizomes are available to order.” Bring a picnic! Call (530) 642-1222 to make sure they’re open before driving out. More info…

Ride the Parkway. Support the American River Parkway while logging some May is Bike Month miles. Grab your friends and your roadie, fixie, single-speed, or cruiser and enjoy the Parkway’s paved Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, followed by a BBQ, beer, live music and more! Join 500 cyclists of all levels for a bike ride along the beautiful American River Parkway, starting at William B. Pond Park. Choose from 3 different routes ranging from 5 miles to 26+ miles with rest stops along the way at the Guy West Bridge, Discovery Park, William B. Pond Park and Upper Sunrise Recreation Area. Then join the post-ride party at William B. Pond Park with delicious Santa Maria-style BBQ from O’Connor’s Wood Fire Grill and Bar, featuring meat grilled over “red oak” coals (vegetarian options available). Cool off with brews from River City Brewing Co. and New Belgium Brewing Co. as you explore booths from numerous bicycle vendors. Plus, rock out to Unsupervised, featuring your very own Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna on the electric bass. And lastly, win a new bike, restaurant gift cards and other cool items in their prize drawing. Sun. 7am – 1pm. Kids 11 & under Free. 12-17 $45, adults $80 (pre-purchased before Sunday). More info…

Critter Corner at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Have you ever wondered where their resident animals come from and why they are there? Come nose to nose with a few of resident animals, hear their story and learn all about what makes them unique! Free, parking $5. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. More info…

Davis Pride Community Festival and Run for Equality. Davis Pride is an all inclusive celebration event for members and supporters of the LGBTQIA community. Davis Pride is a two-part large scale fundraising event: a 5 and 10k family fun run/walk followed by a free community festival. Effie Passero, a Top 20 contestant on this season’s American Idol, is one of two headliners. This year’s Davis Pride Festival is dedicated to Sage Casey Schmitt, a Sonoma County teen who took their life on May 1, 2017, after coming out as gender fluid. Sage ran in the 2016 Davis Pride race and their family ran last year, just days after the 14-year-old’s death. The run is Sun. 8am-11am, and the free community festival is 11am – 4pm at Central Park in Davis. Free. Kid-Friendly Fun Run/Walk 1K $22, Rainbow Dash $5.  More info…

Hear some beautiful music at the amazing new B Street Theatre as Camellia Symphony Orchestra performs at The Sofia with the world premiere of “Jubilant Burbs,” Puccini and Verdi arias performed by sopranos Carrie Hennessey and Katelan Bowden, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral.” Kids 12 & under $8, students $15, adults $30. Sat. 7:30pm (doors 6pm), Sun. 2pm (doors 12:30pm). More info…

See some incredible child actors take the stage at 24th Street Theatre. Into the Woods, one of Sondheim’s most popular works, takes everyone’s favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless, yet relevant, modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Young Actors Stage’s production of Into the Woods is directed and choreographed by Elly Award winner, Liorah Singerman. The cast consists of local middle school, high school and college students with extensive musical theatre experience, who are no strangers to Sondheim’s work and bring an energy to the show that is sure to be memorable. All ages, $15. Sat. and Sun showtimes. More info…

Browse used bikes at Two Rivers Cider Company, a family-friendly, dog-friendly, bike-loving venue. Free. Food on site: Honduran. The minimal booth fee for sellers goes to support Boys 4 Bikes, who will be on site that day selling baked goods and educating people on their cause. Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen has generously offered to MATCH funds raised up to $1000 for Boys 4 Bikes. Sun. 1pm – 5pm. More info…

Go on a six-mile, 45-minute Excursion Train Ride along the levees of the Sacramento River. Train rides include closed coach cars, open-air gondolas and a first-class observation car pulled by either Granite Rock No. 10 steam locomotive or one of our vintage diesel locomotives from the Museum’s collection. They run on Saturdays and Sundays, 11am – 4pm, every hour on the hour, departing from Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento (located on Front Street between J and K Streets). Get tickets at Central Pacific Passenger Station in Old Sacramento (located on Front and J Streets). Regular coach $12, kids 5 & under free. You can order tickets online, but not on the day of the trip. More info…

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend! [May 12TH – 13TH, 2018]

Happy Mother’s Day! There are so many Mother’s Day brunches and lunches to choose from, so we’ve mainly focused on fun activities for families. Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of May 12th – May 13th!


SATURDAY, MAY 12TH

Spend Mother’s Day weekend at the Flower Farm in Loomis. They will be serving a delicious buffet brunch all day in the Cafe, in the garden patio, and on the Casque (wine) tasting room patio. A great little outdoor garden for kids to explore and play bocce ball. Sat. & Sun. By reservation only, call 916-652-5661.

Join in for the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers! Fill a bag with non-perishable food items and leave it by your mailbox! Your letter carrier will pick it up on their normal mail run! #StampOutHunger is the largest one-day food drive in America! All food collected stays local and helps families in need right here in Sacramento County. Sat. 7am – 6pm. Check out their website for top requested food items and what NOT to give. More info…

Get teary-eyed at Mother’s Day Storytime at Barnes & Noble. “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” and “Everything is Mama.” Sat. 11am. More info…

Check out what’s at the galleries at the 2nd Saturday Art Walk. Sat. 5ish to 9ish. Plan to grab a bite somewhere along the way and make a night of it. We recommend The Art Studios (1727 I St behind Easy On I Bar & Grill) for painting, ceramics, bronze sculptures, and an artist’s reception for local artists Pam Avery and Kathy S Farros. Children’s activities and refreshments. Free. Find some other cool gallery exhibits here…

All ages are invited for a day of play at the Community Day at the Sacramento Adventure Playground! Children get to create their own play structures and spaces by re-purposing everyday items such as cardboard boxes, plus household wares, natural elements and unexpected items. The Playground is a fun and safe environment where children can use their imagination and creativity to direct their own play! The Sacramento Adventure Playground is open rain or shine. Free, Sat. 11am – 4pm. More info…

The Koobs Nature Area in Carmichael is open to the public open days on 2nd Saturdays through October. May’s theme will be Birds and Birding. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area and see the variety of birds they have visiting. If you have binoculars, bring them, but they will also have pairs available to rent. They will also have activity tables for kids to create and learn about birds and birding. Bird guide Clifford Hawley of Sacramento Audubon and the Central Valley Bird Club will lead tours each hour for kids and/or adults interested in learning how to recognize and identify local birds. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Free. More info…

Mom and Me Paint Party at Blue Line Arts Gallery in Roseville. Enjoy a paint party for the whole family! Create a special spring bouquet painting with your child to help celebrate Mother’s Day creatively! Painters can paint diptych style (two canvas to form one painting) or you can choose to paint individually. Light refreshments — cookies, fruit, tea, juice and water — will be provided. Recommended for 7 & up. Moms are welcome to have more than one child attend, but please be sure you will be able to aid them in the process. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. More info…

Take older kids and teens to Sacramento Zine Fest at Verge Center of the Arts and spark their imagination of what is possible in print. Unibrow Collective presents a showcase of DIY and alternative press zines as well as other artwork for display and purchase from the artists themselves! Catch the last weekend of The Jumble Sale while scoping some zines. What is a zine? Zines come in all shapes and sizes but primarily fit the bill of a smaller in size, self-published magazine. Content of zines may range from poetry and creative writing to music and fashion review, to feminism and people of color empowerment, to any art book made solo or collaboratively. Zine Fest will also feature non-zine items sold by their makers such as stickers, pins, patches, shirts, prints, or other artworks. And there will be a video projection of short art films looped throughout the day. Definitely a cool event, we hope this is annual. Free. Sat. 11am – 5pm. More info…

Isang Bagsak Festival. From the forgotten parts of Filipino American history, to the small traditions that Filipinos have passed on from generation to generation, Samahang Pilipino would like to host the first ever Isang Bagsak Festival of Sacramento! Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. California State Capitol – North Steps. More info…

Watch the Sacramento Republic FC (soccer) take on the Reno 1868 FC at Papa Murphy’s Park! Wear pink for “More Than Pink Night.” Sat. 7:30pm. Tickets $16 & up. More info…

Rancho Cordova iFest in a festival celebrating the ethnic diversity of the community and reaching out to newcomer groups by offering an opportunity for them to showcase their cultural heritage. It celebrates the sounds, dance and tastes from around the world… and around the corner. Free. Wines of the World $20. Sat. 5 – 9pm. Village Green Park, Rancho Cordova. More info…

Take older kids to the Public Tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Experienced docents will guide visitors through the wildlife area sharing information about the area and searching for migratory and resident wildlife. The American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) is a large, elegant shorebird with long legs, a distinctive black and white pattern on its back and sides, and a long, upturned bill. A winter white head and neck changes to a beautiful rusty color in the breeding season. Avocets feed by moving their black upturned bill back and forth through shallow water in search of aquatic invertebrates or by snapping up its prey on sight. Other species that may be seen on this tour include Western Meadowlarks, Mallards, Black-necked Stilts, White-faced Ibis and Marsh Wren. Meet Parking Lot A of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, at the west end of the Yolo Causeway. This is a driving tour on gravel roads with several stops and optional, short walks. Free. Sat. 8am – 11am. More info…

Birding for Families at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Bring the family out for a birding and nature walk led by a Naturalist and their special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars or they can loan you a pair. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Free, $5 parking. More info…

Take the kids to Smaland and enjoy a Free 2-hour Mother’s Day Faux Floral Arrangement Workshop at IKEA. Using the SMYCKA artificial floral range, participants will design and keep their arrangement. The SMYCKA artificial floral range looks so real you can almost smell them! An assortment of Swedish beverages and sweet treats will be served, plus attendees will receive a special thank you gift from IKEA Family. Participants must be IKEA Family Members. Sat. 10am – 12pm. More info…

Treat your Mom to a special Mother’s Day at the Midtown Bizarre Maker Pop-Up Shop at Identity Coffees on 28th St. with handmade shopping, delicious coffee and treats! Find delightful local Makers Andie the Kitchen Witch, Best Supply Co, Cru Chocolate, Feed the Fish Co, Mega Babe Vintage, PXC Designs, and Sandra Vargas Art and pickup the perfect unique handmade gift. Sat. 10am – 4pm. More info…

Take dance enthusiasts to the incredible Senior Dance Concert at CSUS presenting the graduating senior dance majors final exams. The seniors put all they’ve learned onstage — designing, choreographing, and staging their individual pieces. Sat. 2pm and 8pm performances. $10 and up. More info…

 

SUNDAY, MAY 13TH

Need to see some cars and trucks smashing, crashing, and mud splattering everywhere? Go to the Mother’s Day Demolition Derby at the Dixon May Fair. $25, all ages. If tickets purchased before May 12th, fair admission is included. Sun. 5:30pm, seating starts at 4pm. Arrive early for a seat, this is a popular event. More info…

Mother’s Day Tea Party. Join the Carmichael Park Farmers Market for a lovely day of celebrating the wonderful women in your life! There will be a silent raffle with great raffle prizes, live music, a chef demo, gourmet specialty food, and great activities for every age. Free. Sun. 9am – 2pm. More info…

BerryFest Strawberry Festival at The Grounds Placer County (Roseville). There’s loads of strawberry eats and strawberry treats, arts and crafts shopping, boy scouts strawberry pancake breakfast, cooking demonstrations and live bands; BerryFest is loaded with fun for the kids with petting zoo, pony rides, princess pageant, strawberry shortcake eating contest, strolling entertainers, a daily parade, nonstop shows on the kids caboose stage, a community stage and a full kid’s carnival. General $10, Youth $5, 5 & under free. Free for Girl and Boy Scouts in uniform. Strawberry Pancake Breakfast 8am – 11am. Sat & Sun. See website for event & entertainment schedule. More info…

Let mom go antiquing by herself at the Sacramento Antique Faire. 300 vendors from California, Nevada, and other neighboring states selling antiques and collectibles that are 20 years and older. Vintage clothing, military antiques, art, jewelry, lighting, glassware, silver, toys, furniture, and so much more! Held every 2nd Sunday of the month, rain or shine. No pets. Food and ATM on site. $3, kids 0-16 free. Sun. 6:30am – 3pm. 21st & X St (under the freeway).

Monarchs and Moms. Are you fascinated by butterflies, their life-cycle metamorphosis, and annual migration patterns? Do you want to help this threatened species to survive? Treat mom to a butterfly adventure hosted by EYNC Docent Krystin, as she explains the amazing monarch lifecycle and introduces you to the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project, an international research project across the US, Canada, and Mexico. Free. $5 parking. Sun. 1:30 – 2:30pm. More info…

The Rogues of the Golden Coast (“where history and imagination collide”)are hosting the biggest event of the season! Mark your calendars so you do not miss the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing blend of Renaissance, Fantasy, SteamPunk and Pirate themed activities. This will be a family friendly weekend of fun, games, food, shopping and laughter! $8-10. Kids 0-5 free. Sat. & Sun. 10am – 6pm. The Grounds Placer County in Roseville. More info…

Roam around beautiful private gardens at the East Sac Garden Tour on Mother’s Day weekend. Seven fabulous gardens will be open to public viewing, including the star of the tour this year, “The Blue House” garden from the Oscar-nominated movie Lady Bird. During your walking tour, you can buy locally-made crafts at the Artisan Boutique, visit the ChalkTop featuring David Lubin Elementary student’s chalk art, enjoy a Tea Garden lunch at Sutter Lawn, visit the Sweet Stop for refreshments, and see cars on display from the California Auto Museum. All proceeds from the tour directly benefit children’s education at David Lubin Elementary, the first STEAM elementary school in the Sacramento Unified School District. $25, $20 before 5/11, Kids 0-12 Free. Sat. & Sun. 10am – 3pm. More info…

See Twelfth Night for Kids. This Shakespearean comedy centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as a boy) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man. A hilarious plot filled with mismatched relationships, Twelfth Night for Kids is a great way to expose children to the fun of Shakespeare. This Pre-Professional Ensemble program serves students Ages 7 to 13 and culminates in a full-length production on STC’s stages. These workshops, taught by professional directors and actors, offer students the experience of participating in a fully-produced play with sets, costumes, and lighting, as well as performance and collaboration skills as they work together to tell great stories. Sat. 2pm and 7pm, Sun. 2pm. More info…

 

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend! [May 5th – May 6th, 2018]

Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of May 5th – May 6th! Don’t miss our last bookstore craft event at Avid Reader Broadway at 1pm – 3pm on Sunday!


SATURDAY, MAY 5TH

Music on the Bus featuring musician Jared Johnson. Live near Davis? Come check out the free pilot live music program they are starting on their free farmer’s market red double-decker shuttle bus (to downtown Davis & UC Davis campus) Saturday 9am – 12:30pm… Jared Johnson, local super-talented accordion player, will be playing a repertoire ranging from classic French tunes to modern jams like the theme from “Game of Thrones” or your favorite video game soundtrack. We’ve heard him play songs from the film Amelie, and it is magic. The bus runs every 20 minutes! Sponsored, in part, by a grant from the City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs program More info…

Cinco de Mayo Party at Waterman Brewing Company. Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with craft beer made right here at Waterman Brewing Company! The party features Mexican entrees, live music by band Conjunto Castillo, meet and greet with bay area luchador legend Chicano Flame, live art show by painter Heather Gorton, and face-painting for kids and adults by professional special effects and make-up artist Lamira Herrera! All ages. $10. Sat. 5pm – 10pm. More info…

Strawberries are in season at 24 Carrot Farm! U-pick will be available soon, but until then, there’s a bounty of fruits and vegetables to be had at this beautiful farm in Placerville. Take a picnic and make a day of it. Open Sat. and Sun. 10am – 5pm. More info…

Print Day in May. Myrtle Press is proud to host Print Day in May. Print Day in May is part of a worldwide printmaking event. Schedule: 11am-4pm: Make a print, 4pm-5pm: Demonstration of printmaking techniques, 5pm-6pm: Refreshments and social hour. Just drop by to see what is happening, meet printmakers, find out about Myrtle Press, and see prints being made. Print Day in May began in 2007 at the Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), Monterey, CA.Print Day in May is one day each year when printmakers all over the world come together through printmaking and then share about it on the Official Print Day In May Blog. Sat. 11am – 5pm. $5 to make a print. Myrtle Press, 625 S St. More info…

River City Marketplace at Fremont Park. Shop local, support art, handmade goods and small businesses of Sacramento. River City Marketplace will be hosting over 100 vendors on Cinco De Mayo at Fremont Park. Enjoy live music and local bites while you shop, and see what Sacramento’s talent has to offer. Free. Sat. 11am – 5pm. More info…

Children’s Arts & Crafts. Children of all ages are welcome to come in to Garden Party Coffee & Tea, 5972 S. Land Park Drive from 9:30 to 11:00 to work on crafting projects to take home and celebrate these special festivities. Free of charge but donations for crafting materials are welcome. Sat. 9:30am – 11am. More info…

Take older kids to Puccini’s Tosca performed by the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. Christoph Campestrini to conduct. $18-40. Sat. 8pm, Community Center Theater. More info…

Free Comic Book Day presented by Diamond Comic Distributors. Free Comic Book Day is founded on the belief that for every person out there, there is a comic book perfect for them. Free Comic Book Day offers you the opportunity to support a local business and get a free comic out of it! Check out other local comic shops nearby to see how they are celebrating Free Comic Book Day! Then, on May 5, you can to the shop to pick up some free comic books! Keep in mind, some shops do it up really big, hosting cosplay contests, creator signings, raffles and more! Contact your local shop to find out more. Free. Sat. 11am, Comics & Collectibles. More info…

Free Comic Book Day Festival at Empire’s Comics Vault. Celebrate the joy of reading comics with 20,000 free comic books, Supreme Pro Wrestling, roller derby athletes, cosplayers (including West Coast Avengers, Vader’s First: the 501st Legion, and more), and so much more at this Free Comic Book Day event. Free. Sat. 8am – 8pm. More info…

Writing the Picture: A Comic Book Workshop. Join a hands-on free Comic Book Day workshop with comic book author Eben Burgoon! During this workshop, you will learn the basics of writing scripts for a comic book and collaborate with others or individually to create the basic framework for writing your own comic. Free. For ages 10 & up. Space is limited, registration is required. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Kidtopia. A festival built for kids, offering everything kids of all ages will love. From giant slides and inflatables to mad science experiments, crafts, selfie galleries, sports activities, video games, laser tag and cool vendors, plus interactive areas with fun for all kids. Come see Disney Channel stars Sofia Carson from Descendants, Descendants 2 and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists along with Asher Angel from Andi Mack performing on the California Family Fitness Stage and meet Miranda May from Bunk’d! General $12. Sat. 10am – 4pm, Fair Oaks Park. More info…

Under the Oaks at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. The mighty oak trees provide food and shelter for many animals and insects. Learn how to identify the three species of oak trees found in the Nature Preserve, and who may be living in them. Free, parking $5. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Arrive 30mins before start time, space is limited. More info…

Take older kids to the Metmorphosis: American River College Spring Fashion Show. Metamorphosis represents women’s fashion through stages of her life. With the hard work and innovation from our fashion merchandising students and with the creativity and passion from student fashion designers, American River College is able to bring this fashion show to you. General $12, Students/Kids $10, Parking in Lot A or B $2. Sat. First show 3pm – 3:45pm, Second show 6:30pm – 7:15pm. American River College. More info…

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The classic tale of The Wizard of Oz adapted by Tim Kelly and directed by Jill McMahon. Join Dorothy and Toto as they meet the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion on their way to meet the Wizard of Oz. This production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is interactive and is fun for the whole family. Dorothy and Toto find themselves in a strange land when their house is picked up by a tornado and deposited in Munchkin Country. On their journey to meet the Wizard of Oz, they run into many interesting creatures: a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman, a Cowardly Lion, a good with, a wicked witch., flying monkeys, and fighting trees. $5 at the door. Sat. 11am and 2pm. Theater One. More info…

 

SUNDAY, MAY 6TH

Fiesta En La Calle Cinco De Mayo Festival. Head to the largest celebration in the Sacramento area! Performers include Maya, Sugar High, Don Gato, and De’Anza. The celebration also features ballet folklorico, Aztec dancers, samba dancers, salsa dancers, crafts, and a great display of classic cars and bikes. No outside food or drinks or pets are allowed at the festival. Free. Southside Park. Sun. 11am – 6pm. More info…

Free Modern Clay Pendant Craft & Book Signing. Make a necklace for a special someone on Mother’s Day! Come on down to the Avid Reader bookstore, grab a pen, and draw your favorite words or designs for mom on a modern cut white clay pendant. All ages welcome. Free coffee and juice boxes. You don’t need a kid to join in the crafting fun. Author Sabrina Nishijima and illustrator Sarah Golden will be on-hand to sign their book, 1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids (and the Young at Heart) and help with the craft project. Free. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. Avid Reader, 1245 Broadway. More info…

Mike’s Camera and Lens Demo Day and Test Drive. OK, so, I love this event. Such a great idea. All the latest camera gear, telephoto lenses, and other gear will be available for use at the Sacramento Zoo this Sun. 9am – 4:30pm, free with zoo admission. Mike’s Camera people will be on-site to give you photography tips and tricks! Test out cameras and lenses that you’ve been wondering about. There’s no better place to do this than the zoo. More info…

Sacramento Yacht Club 68th Annual Opening Day Boat Parade. The Old Glory-themed boat parade begins at the Sacramento Yacht Club on the Sacramento River at noon with a Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony. Boaters will proceed upriver through Old Town Sacramento, turn around at the Virgin Sturgeon restaurant, make the return pass of Old Sacramento, and return to the Sacramento Yacht Club. Boats will be judged in various classes with prizes awarded for first, second, and third place per category. The parade can be viewed anywhere along the Sacramento River with the best vantage point being Old Sacramento. Come watch the parade, enjoy the Old Glory-themed day, and join in welcoming the Opening Day of the 2017 boating season. Sun. 12pm. Awards ceremony at 4pm. Old Sacramento. More info…

Dreaming of Musical Landscapes. Join the Sacramento Children’s Chorus as it takes you on an adventure through the mysterious night, the boundless sea, and the soaring sky in the final concert of its 25th season, “Dreaming of Musical Landscapes.” From classic melodies of Mozart, to movies like Brave and Lilo and Stitch, to Broadway’s Wicked and Hamilton, the Chorus will present music — some chosen by our singers themselves — that helps remind us of how nature can be a constant and comforting presence in our lives. Sun. 4pm – 5:30pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church. General $20, Student $10. More info…

Ho’ike Hula. The Ohana Dance Group and Kuhai Halau O Ke’alaanuheaokalaua’e is a non-profit, multi-generational hula halau where students of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities are exposed to the Hawaiian culture and music through traditional hula. Because Ohana means “family”, their goal is to maintain a family-oriented atmosphere where students can enjoy learning about the Hawaiian culture. Join them for a special afternoon of Hawaiian culture and music, and share in the feeling of Aloha (love). There will be a silent auction at the event. A portion of their proceeds will be donated to the Queen Lili’uokalani Trust Fund. Sun. 2pm. Adults $25, Youth $10. The Center at Twenty Three Hundred. More info…

Harmony for the Homeless. Harmony for the Homeless is a joint concert of the UC Davis Concert Band, San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band and Camerata California Chamber Choir to benefit Joshua’s House–California’s first homeless hospice. Currently, one to three people die on the streets in Sacramento each week, many due to advanced illnesses. Joshua’s House is dedicated to providing comfort and care to our community members who are most in need. The Harmony for the Homeless benefit concert will raise funds for the establishment of Joshua’s House, as well as promote awareness of the various issues surrounding homelessness and healthcare. The program will include: Rhapsody in Blue (featuring Richard Glazier, piano), American in Paris, West Side Story Overture, Candide Overture and Suite, and more. Sun. 2pm. Adults $20, Kids $10. McClatchy High School. More info…

Intergalactic Expo. A local science fiction and fantasy convention, known as the Intergalactic Expo or IGX for short, launches into the West Sacramento Civic District. Previous years conventions have featured a rush of attendees dressed as their favorite sci-fi characters that come to enjoy live entertainment, vendors, artists and informative panels. Other highlights include one of a kind photo ops, where attendees snap photos with a variety of props including a Tardis à la Doctor Who. This year props will include an AT-AT, the large land roaming transport as seen in the Star Wars movies. This year’s IGX theme is time travel, with vehicles from the Back to the Future trilogy making an appearance. Sun. 10am – 5pm. General $10. Up to two children (0-8) free with each adult. West Sacramento City Hall Galleria. More info…

Gifts from Mother Nature at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Create a one-of-a-kind craft from Mother Earth as you learn the skill of polishing abalone to make a necklace. Free, $5 parking.  Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Arrive 30 mins early, space limited. More info…

Last day of Children’s Book Week. Celebrate Children’s Book Week with storytime, activities, and giveaways each day of the week! From April 30 through May 6, join us on the Mother Goose Stage each day at Noon. A different book will be featured each day with storytime and craft activities inspired by the selected book. There will also be a Scholastic Book Fair with books for sales. It’s a week of literary fun! Children’s Book Week activities are free with paid park admission. Sun. 10am – 3pm. Fairytale Town. More info…

Take older teens to… Opera in Disguise. Sac State’s Opera Theatre presents two tales with Opera in Disguise, a fully staged production with orchestra. An engaged couple don disguises to learn more about each other in “The Game of Love and Chance.” And a doctor’s wedding night is interrupted by a string of patients in “The Night Bell.” Sun. 2pm. Students $8, General $15. More info…

Gold Fever Tours. Guests to Old Sacramento can experience what it was like to catch gold fever while getting actively involved in the intriguing Gold Fever!guided tours. Tour guests take on personas of characters in history, or “real-life rascals”, who scratched and clawed their way to make this area the center of the Gold Rush. Gold Fever! tours relive Sacramento’s early days when gold fever ruled amid horrible disasters that threatened fates and fortunes. To spice things up even more, elements of chance are introduced that could change the fate of tour guests. Through the course of the lively tours that meander through Old Sacramento, visitors discover if they successfully escaped the many floods, if they managed to keep their gold dust (or lose it all at the gambling tables) and if they survived the fires, disease and occasional steamboat explosion. Gold Fever! tours last approximately one hour. Kids 5 & under, Free. 6-17 $6. Adults $10. Sacramento Visitor’s Center. Sat. & Sun. 10am. More info…

 

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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