TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, JUNE 7TH – JUNE 9TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of June 7th – June 9th! Have a picnic with a pig, celebrate summer reading with snakes, meet artist Penelope Lenaerts, look for baby fawns, learn how to glamp, hike 2 miles to look for old growth, go to a kids art gallery show, go on a French picnic, go to Sac Anime, go to an upcycle pop-up market, celebrate World Refugee Day, march in SacPride, go to a comic book signing for Teslaman (a climate change-fighting superhero), go to DOCO’s 2nd Sat. Arts & Crafts, knit in public at Crocker Art Museum, celebrate black culture at the Mahogany Festival, walk around a real miniature city, learn centuries-old sewing techniques to make a handmade doll or coin purse, paint mountains on a lake, swap clothes, see the Beatles perform (kinda), learn about the first woman lawyer who helped Mary Todd Lincoln get out of an insane asylum, visit with bats at the library, celebrate Oaxaca culture and food, go to a Japanese Bazaar, meet author Jeff Kubiak, watch a fancy polo match, go to a storytime reading of Moon’s First Friends, watch Goonies & Raiders of the Lost Ark for free at Sutter’s Fort, spend the night at the zoo, go to Pops in the Park, eat cake in an art gallery, see a high school musical about people who buy their grades, see Madagascar, go to the air guitar championships, see a charcoal art exhibit, join a drum circle at PanGaia Fest, bowl to raise money for youth bowlers, go an a Spanish-speaking underground tour, learn how to cook food from the Philippines, see German expressionism paintings while listening to German composers, and more! Saturday is projected to be 92, mostly sunny. Sunday should be 98 and cloudy. Stay cool and have fun exploring this weekend!!

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A few things going on for FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH, 2019:

Have a picnic and paint with a Genevieve the Pig. The Big Yellow Barn EDH will provide the Pig, the Play, and the Paint. You just provide your own picnic. $15 per child Fridays 11am-1pm (drop-in). Coffee/tea/lemonade available for a small donation. The Big Yellow Barn provides a peaceful, supportive, and empowering space for local families and at-risk youth. More info…

And… [FREE] Celebrate the Summer Reading Kick-Off with Snakes. Papaya Pythons will bring an assortment of snakes and reptiles for us to see, tell us about each one and their original habitats, and even let us pet some of these incredible animals. Then stay for a snake-themed craft and to sign-up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. If you arrive early, enjoy the library’s children’s area, filled with books, toys, computer games, and more. Free. Fri. 3:30pm – 5pm. McKinley Library. More info…

There’s also [FREE] Oak Park First Fridays, a free night of community where artists come together and celebrate art, food, and live musicians. Free. Fri. 5pm – 10pm. More info…

The kids can also explore KidZone–a safe, fun place for kids to play and be entertained while parents enjoy the Oak Park First Friday events. Parents can register online or at the Guild Theater (2828 35th) where  their child / children to watch movies and play games with trained staff between the hours of 5pm-8pm. Parents are required to sign a waiver and pay $15 for up to 3 hours. More info…

Mosey on down to WAL Public Market between 6-8PM for a special Kids Exhibit by kid artists and the [FREE] family-friendly opening reception of “Papier” an exhibit of work by Penelope Lenaerts. “As an artist, I care about issues regarding sustainability and human interaction in the natural world. The female experience plays a large role in my life and practice, and my work celebrates feminine form…These pieces [included in Papier] are an expression of the movement of feminine forms through nature. I think a lot about nostalgia while I draw; a longing for simplicity and dreamlike images from my childhood become expressions of my past. Repetition and pattern in my work talk about movement and mirror the organic shapes of the natural world.” The gallery is located at 1104 R St, inside the WAL Public Market, down the hall past Fish Face Poke Bar and Camellia Coffee Roaster. All artwork can be purchased inside Shop Old Gold. First Fridays include Open Studios at the Warehouse Artist Lofts (next door). More info…

And for any glamping enthusiasts out there… There’s still a couple spots left in the Deluxe Camping Workshop at the Roseville REI. Join REI’s expert guides to learn to be the envy of every other camper. In this hands-on experience, you’ll learn tips and tricks for decking out your tent and campsite, and learn the secrets to becoming the coziest creature at camp. You’ll get the chance to try out various camp comforts, and learn the secrets for a speedy campsite set up. All equipment is provided. No experience necessary. $10+. Fri. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. REI in Roseville. More info…

SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH, 2019

Hike for 2 miles off-path looking for old growth. This is the follow-up to Tom Petersen’s Pitch Pine carving demonstration earlier this year with the American River Conservancy (ARC). On this hunt for old-growth, participants will hike about 2 miles to an unmaintained trail looking for samples in the wild and enjoy a streamside picnic area for lunch. You will also visit an abandoned mining site along Empire Creek. Responsible teens+ welcome. Rain postpones. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Garden Valley area). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. Sat. 9am – 11am. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224. More info…

Go to the Sac Anime convention. Originally a strictly comic book show, SAC-CON has grown to encompass all forms of pop-culture entertainment, with a large emphasis on anime and manga. Kids 8 & under Free, General $31+. Sat. 8am – 11:55pm. Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

[FREE] Get crafty and sustainable at UpcyclePop Saturdays. UpcyclePop is a playful pop-up market, an all-ages interactive market with live entertainment, eco-friendly repurposed art, furniture, fashion, home design, and inventions. Enjoy art demonstrations, try something yourself, and experience local creativity. UpcyclePop will be right by where you get on and off the train, a fun local fair for sustainable living. Watch eco-friendly artists create works of art from discarded items, meet eco-conscious inventors and play with the interactive art installations, all while finding locally made, crafty, and sustainable items. UpcyclePop will be at the old North Public Market every Saturday from the nd of May to the beginning of August. UpcyclePop seeks to promote local creativity and education on the need to discard our social norm of the throwaway mindset. It is free with something for everyone and every age. Knowing it is impossible to indefinitely run a linear system on a finite planet, Upcycle Pop is America’s first Upcycle Market, the inducer of play, sustainability, kindness, and circular economy reasoning. Remake, shop, play, explore, and get creative. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 5pm. Old Sacramento Waterfront. More info…

Get active at The Festival of Dreams. The Festival of Dreams powered by California Family Fitness is back @TheGrounds in Roseville. Stop by the Hall of Heroes, where you can save the world alongside your favorite super hero! Meet your favorite fairytale princesses and get a royal makeover at the Royal Court. Visit a faraway galaxy and learn to be a space trooper. Plus, interactive games, crafts & bounce houses. $12+. Sat. 10am – 4pm. @TheGrounds in Roseville. More info…

[FREE] Go to a storytime reading of Moon’s First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship, by Susanna Leonard Hill. From high up in the sky, the Moon has spent her whole life watching Earth and hoping for someone to visit. When is it her turn? Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

[FREE] Go to Sacramento World Refugee Day at Papa Murphy’s Park. Bring your family for a free day of soccer, international food, an international women’s fashion walk, children’s activities, a community resource fair and so much more. You will have the opportunity to celebrate Sacramento as the “most welcoming city” in the U.S. alongside our newest refugee and immigrant neighbors. Free. Sat. 8:30am – 3:30pm. 11am-3pm: Adult Soccer Tournament, 11am-3pm: Community Resource Fair, 11am-3pm: Family Fun. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

[FREE] Go to a Comic Book Signing for Teslaman, a kid-friendly climate change-fighting superhero. Spanish Press is proud to announce the publication of the bilingual (English/Spanish) comic Teslaman Fights Dirty! Teslaman, along with his partners (Pachi, Windmill Giant, and Nerdy Boy), are ready to take on the villains that are destroying Planet Earth (Paul Looter, Stynky, Poysun, and Smogman). Celebrate with this author signing at Pachamama Coffee. The purpose of this graphic novel is to engage the public and raise awareness of an issue impacting our planet and lives. The publication is also a captivating classroom resource appropriate for all grade levels, especially for elementary school children.After more than five years, esteemed CSU Sacramento Professor Emeritus Jorge A. Santana’s cause célébre has created a superhero whose mission in life is to save Planet Earth from a wide cast of villains who foment pollution, greenhouse emissions, and the illegal use of toxins. The fantastic illustrations are by graphic design artist Mimi Cortazar. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Pachamama Coffee on 20th St. More info…

[FREE] Visit DOCO for 2nd Saturday Arts & Crafts: School’s out. On the 2nd Saturday of each month, DOCO hosts an event for families with children. These art activities are specially designed by Verge Center for the Arts to stimulate creativity while providing a fun weekend activity for families. DOCO has four garages onsite, each conveniently located. They suggest parking at the DOCO Central Garage (414 J Street) for 2nd Saturday Activities. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Downtown Commons. More info…

[FREE] Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day. 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. Not a knitter? Not a problem! Join the Corcker Art Museum and learn from accomplished knitters in a delightful, low-key atmosphere. Supplies will be provided, or feel free to bring your own. Free. Sat. 10am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

[FREE] Celebrate black culture at the Mahogany Festival. People of all nationalities welcome. Celebrate black unity, natural hair, music, black business, black economics, black education and black people. This event is also a celebration of the 19th Anniversary of the Mahogany Urban Poetry Series. Mahogany has been a place for activism for 20 years and counting. Every Wednesday night, poets, comedians, and entertainers grace the stage to tell their stories. This year’s theme is “seize the time.” Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 6pm. William Lee College Prep. More info…

[FREE] Walk around a miniature city. The newly revamped Family Day at Safetyville is a free event designed to give families valuable information and access to community resources in the Sacramento area. The event takes place in our unique miniature city that is designed to teach children safety skills. Enjoy food and refreshments, safety and health giveaways, raffle tickets, and safety demonstrations. Free. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Safety Center (Safetyville USA) on Bradshaw Road. More info…

[FREE] Drop-in at the Powerhouse Science Center’s Nature Discovery room to listen to a science-themed story. Afterwards, participate in fun, hands-on activity. This Saturday, they will be reading Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad by Liz Climo. Afterwards, you can hang out to view dinosaur egg models and pretend to be a baby dinosaur. Free with admission. Sat. 11am – 11:30am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Go to Demonstration Days at Sutter’s Fort. Dive into history and connect with your past! Activities vary on Demonstration Days, but may include blacksmithing, carpentry, cooperage, candle dipping, cooking, baking, weaving, scavenger hunts, and more. $5+ (Kids 5 & under free). Sat. 10am – 4pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

Learn about Living History: Sewing Techniques at the Sacramento History Museum. Visitors are invited to watch and learn different sewing techniques used by ladies who lived in early Sacramento. Each guest can will then have the fun opportunity to apply what they learned to make their own hand-made doll or coin purse to take home. The Sacramento History Museum is proud to introduce and offer monthly Second Saturday Living History Day activities both inside and outside the museum located along the Old Sacramento Waterfront. With always-popular and free gold panning activities happening outside the museum on Second Saturdays, games of chance and special hands-on crafts will be offered inside the newly renovated Sacramento History Museum. Plus, Living History characters in period attire will roam inside and outside the museum to entertain and engage with interested guests. Free with admission. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Sacramento History Museum. More info…

Take teens to a Mountains on the Lake Acrylics Class and come away with a 16” x 20” work of art on canvas. Discover the joy of painting in this landscape art class led by local artist Lizzy Mailho. In this class, Lizzy will guide painters in mastering puffy clouds, mountain ranges, pine trees, and lake water, in a scene not unlike a beautiful day in Lake Tahoe. You will use tabletop easels, palette knives, and two-inch bristle brushes to create your masterpiece, in a style inspired by a beloved television painter with a cult following. All painting styles are welcome, especially beginners because there is no such thing as mistakes, only happy accidents. All materials provided. This class is designed for adults, but mature teens are welcome. $40. Sat. 11am – 2:30pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

Go to a French picnic & petanque event. Join the Alliance Française de Sacramento for their end-of-session family picnic and Pétanque event, open to the public. Enjoy the start of Summer by playing Pétanque, reminiscing about the South of France, and spending time with AF members and non-members alike. The Alliance will supply water, boules, and snacks. Participants should bring blankets and chairs. Everyone is welcome. They are currently having some website issues, so if you want to purchase tickets, call them at 916-453-1723. $5 members & non-members, Kids 12 & under Free. Sat. 11:30am – 1:30pm. East Portal Park. More info…

Get creative at Art for Families. Head over to the Sacramento Fine Arts Center for some hands-on, quality together time with your child or grandchild (Ages 5+). Work together or separately, everyone takes home a masterpiece. Master artists and instructors will demonstrate and assist. Instructors and projects vary each month. $5 per family. All materials provided. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Sacramento Fine Arts Center. More info…

Take teens to swap clothes at the Trendy Thrift Fashion Event. Clean out your closets and get ready to swap. Bring five or more clean, gently used women’s clothing, shoes, or accessories and leave with a bag full of new-to-you fashion items. $10+. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Shepard Garden and Art Center. More info…

Go to a Beatles concert (sort of). In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, Rain will bring the great songs of that epic recording to life, plus all your early Beatles favorites. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles” (Associated Press). Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate the best of Abbey Road with Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. $42+. Sat. 2pm (also on Thurs., Fri., and Sun.). Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Take older teens to Mary & Myra. On May 20, 1875 Widow of Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, was sent to an insane asylum by her only living son, Robert Todd Lincoln, and her friend, Myra Bradwell the first woman lawyer comes to her aid. Sat. (and Sun.) 1pm. Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom. More info…

[FREE] See live bats at the library. Learn about bats and meet some real, live ones at the Colonial Heights Library. All ages are welcome. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Colonial Heights Library. More info…

Celebrate OaxaCA with a lively street festival. Experience the magic of Oaxaca, México and enjoy their world-renowned art, food, drinks, and music. Various indigenous master artisans from Oaxaca will be in Sacramento to showcase their traditional crafts with live demonstrations and hands-on workshops. This is a family-friendly event. This festival is part of a week-long series of educational events. Proceeds from the festival will help fund free family events at various schools and community centers throughout the Sacramento region. Tickets include: Live Oaxacan music Oaxacan performances by el Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno Oaxacan calenda-style street parades Live artisan demonstrations Kids art zone with free activities Street market featuring Oaxacan master artisans and local artists Various artisan-led alebrije, textile and ceramic workshops will be available at an additional price of $5-15 to cover materials. Participants will be able to sign up for the workshops the day of the festival. Oaxacan inspired street food and drinks and cocktails will be available for purchase. Early bird ticket sales will end June 7, or until sold out. At the door, adult tickets will be $15 and kids will be $10. Sat. 3pm – 8pm. Casa de Espanol. More info…

[FREE] Meet author Jeff Kubiak. The Avid Reader is pleased to welcome author Jeff Kubiak and his debut work of fiction for children, One Drop Of Kindness. Kubiak’s novel tells the story of one-time orphan Gus who goes through life thinking that hurtful words and actions are the only way to behave and communicate with others. Gus lives in a town that holds a mysterious secret which finally gets unlocked by something that was hidden away. By unlocking this secret, you too can join the ripple effect of kindness that Gus, along with his school and town, is experiencing with the rest of the world. Free. Sat. 4pm. The Avid Reader in Davis. More info…

[FREE] Go to Family Day at Bethany Park for free food, ice cream, games, water activities, and more. Presented by the Bethany Slavic Missionary Church. Free. Sat. 4pm – 10pm. Bethany Park.More info…

Watch a fancy polo match. The Saint John’s Program for Real Change combines the excitement of sport with the sophistication of high fashion, fine dining and live music, all in support of the up-to 270 women and children we serve each day at Saint John’s. The host and longtime Saint John’s supporter, Steve Chamberlain of Chamberlain Ranch, will open up his property to more than 900 guests for the third year running on June 8, 2019. Proceeds from the event, will directly support the families of Saint John’s as they work hard on their journeys, moving from poverty and dependence to confidence and self-sustainability. $15 for child lawn ticket, $35 for adult lawn ticket Sat. 5pm – 9pm. Chamberlain Ranch in Wilton. More info…

[FREE] Go to Gather: Movies at the Fort and watch Goonies & Raiders of the Lost Ark. After a successful first season of free outdoor movie nights in Midtown that launched last year, the Sutter District is excited to present “Gather: Movies at the Fort” happening this summer on the exterior grounds of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. The fun and free monthly outdoor movie program is presented by Midtown’s Sutter District restaurants and Sutter Health and in partnership with Unseen Heroes, California State Parks and Friends of Sutter’s Fort. The evening event begins at 5 p.m. with a spirited DJ, beer, wine & cocktails (for ages 21 and over), a relaxing Lounge area, a lively Art Market, and the family-friendly movies start at sundown on the historic walls on the west and east sides of Sutter’s Fort (corner of 26th & L Streets & corner of 28th & L Streets). The community is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to set up on the grassy areas outside Sutter’s Fort. Also, a number of food options will also be available (for purchase) on-site each movie night including a concession stand with local popcorn makers and a special food menu created by Sutter District restaurants. Free. Sat. 5pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

[FREE] Go to a Block Party in midtown and grab some eats. AUTOGRAF headlines the June edition of THIS Midtown Block Party. Also performing: Adam Jay, B Funky, and Rich Soto. Free, cost of purchases, all ages. Sat. 5pm – 10pm. In front of the MARRS Building. More info…

Go to Family Overnight at the Zoo. Enjoy a fun-filled educational evening including a tour of what the nighttime zoo has to offer. Sat. 5:30pm – 9pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

[FREE] Head to Bertha Henschel Park for Pops in the Park. Expect a rockin’ lineup, great food, a new beer vendor and Bogle wine. This yearly event is a fundraiser for our under-funded neighborhood parks. Hear Dana Moret & Zen Voodoo on June 8. Pops in the Park is a family-friendly outdoor concert series brought to you by City Councilmember Jeff Harris. Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm, food booths open at 5pm. More info…

[FREE] Eat some cake and art. The Art Studios will be celebrating their 23rd Artiversary (Anniversary) in their hidden away off-I-Street location on Second Saturday with an anniversary show in the gallery and cake for all their guests. The Art Studios is one of the oldest artist collectives in Sacramento and has been home to scores of new and established artists over the years. The Art Studios is currently home to 14 resident painters, sculptors, potters, photographers, and glass and ceramic artists. Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. The Art Studios. More info…

Take older kids to Ranked: A New Musical. Buy your grades. Buy your future. But what happens when the rest of the world finds out? After the tremendous success of the original production of Ranked: A New Musical at Theatre at Granite Bay, writer Kyle Holmes and composer David Taylor Gomes will mount a concert version of the show at the Crest Theatre this Saturday at 7pm. This one night only alumni concert will feature the original cast from Theatre at Granite Bay, and will be directed by local theatre professional Joelle Robertson. Ranked, which was featured locally and nationally in the press asks – What are you worth? Who decides? And what do you do when it all comes crashing down? $15+. Sat. 7pm. Crest Theatre. More info…

See Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr., presented by performers ages 6-12 with Musical Mayhem Productions, at the Cosumnes Oaks High School Performing Arts Center. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin friends as they escape from their home in New Yorks Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Juliens Madagascar. Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape with the help of some prodigious penguins to explore the world. Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture. $10. Sat. 7pm. Cosumnes Oaks High School Performing Arts Center. More info…

Take older teens to the Air Guitar Championships. Head to The Sofia, home of B Street Theatre in Sacramento, to witness some of California’s best air guitarists battle it out to find which of them will represent Sacramento in the US Air Guitar Championship! Part rock show. Part comedy act. Part spectacle. US Air Guitar allows ordinary people to become rock stars! Up to 20 competitors give us their best air guitar performances, being judged on technical merit, stage presence, and airness, to crown one winner. In 2019, US Air Guitar, the official governing body of competitive air guitar in America, is holding competitions in 20 cities coast-to-coast to crown the Nation’s best air guitarist. US Air Guitar is devoted to taking our nation’s unofficial pastime out of the bedroom and putting it up on the national and world stage. $15. Doors 8:30pm, starts 9pm. The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. More info…

SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH, 2019

Do some vintage treasure hunting. More than 300 vendors from California, Nevada, and other neighboring states will be selling antiques and collectibles that are 20 years and older. You’ll find vintage clothing, military antiques, art, jewelry, lighting, glassware, silver, toys, furniture, and so much more. Event is rain or shine. No pets please. $3 adults, Free for kids 16 & under. Sun. 6:30am – 3pm. Sacramento Antique Faire, 2350 21st St., Sacramento. More info…

[FREE] Rainbow up for the Sacramento Pride Parade, which kicks off nearby at 11am. Go to the pre-parade festivities at Crocker Art Museum. Streamers, crowns, face paints, and more will be available to decorate babies, kids, mamas, papas, allies, and friends as well as strollers, bikes, and wagons. Light refreshments are provided to help fuel the fun. Walk in the parade with Crocker friends and staff, or just be a colorful spectator. Presented in partnership with Sacramento Rainbow Families. Free. Sun. 9:30am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

[FREE] See the charcoal art exhibit by Brad Morlock. Brad Morlock is an award-winning Sacramento-based charcoal artist whose work has been published in the Calaveras Station Art and Literary Journal. With his debut solo show titled “Into the Woods,” Brad employs his signature large format drawing style to create photo-realistic landscapes. His work invites the viewer to explore the metaphor of nature mirroring the human experience. “I’ve created pieces that the viewer can imagine stepping right in to and contemplate the human component of something as simple as a single tree,” Morlock said. Free. Gallery open Sun. 10am – 4pm (and Sat. 10am – 6pm). ARTHOUSE on R Gallery & Studios. More info…

Go to the WakamatsuFest150. American River Conservancy invites the public to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese colony in America at the historic location of their 1869 tea and silk farm in Placerville, CA. WakamatsuFest150 is a celebration of 150 years of Japanese American heritage, arts, and cuisine. The festival will feature Japanese and Japanese American food, art, music, performances, demonstrations, discussions, booths, historical interpretation, and more.  Each day includes the world premiere live play, “Gold Hill Samurai” on Main Stage.  Local and international visitors, dignitaries, and tour groups will join this event. WakamatsuFest150 is a celebration of 150 years of Japanese American heritage, arts, and cuisine. The festival will feature Japanese and Japanese American food, art, music, performances, demonstrations, discussions, booths, historical interpretation, and more.  Each day includes the world premiere live play, “Gold Hill Samurai” on Main Stage.  Local and international visitors, dignitaries, and tour groups will join this event. $10+. Sun. 10am – 4pm (also on Sat.).  Wakamatsu Farm. More info…

[FREE] Join a drum circle at the PanGaia Festival. A delightful event of vendors, performers, and presenters distilled down from the best of the best of magical festivals over the past fifteen years, PanGaia Festival invites you to be a part of its fun and light-hearted festivities. Key staff members from festivals of the past came together to form the North Western Circles Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to hosting high-quality magical events and raising funds for local charities. PanGaia Festival is about the fostering of loving, inclusive, and joyful relationship in the magical community and working together to create a blessed and fun-filled event for those who wish to celebrate Litha, the Summer Solstice, with joyful, friendly people. This event will include contests, opportunity drawings, awesome vendors, live music, fabulous performers. This event will have a Pagan County Fair atmosphere. After the sun goes down, O’CRAVEN and LIPSHOK are Saturday’s grand finale. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 10am – 6pm (and Sat. 10am – 8pm). VFW Center Township Post in Fair Oaks. More info…

[FREE] Go gallery-hopping in El Dorado Hills and see artists in their studios. El Dorado Hills Arts Association invites you to join in their 10th Annual Art Studio Tour through 12 locations in El Dorado Hills, Shingle Springs, and Folsom. The tour is free and it’s a wonderful chance for the public to see award winning local art to talk with the 36 participating artists, and to purchase art directly from them. Featured artwork includes paintings in oils, acrylics, and watercolors, as well as jewelry, woodworking, fabric arts, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. Start your adventure at any place on the tour, including The Gallery at 48 Natoma Street where samples of the artists’ work will be on display. Free. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also on Sat.) More info…

[FREE] March in SacPride 2019. SacPride has grown from just a few thousand people in a neighborhood park to 18,000+ participants on Capitol Mall with Sacramento’s picturesque Capitol as the perfect backdrop on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. This year’s two-day festival will host several hundred organizations, nonprofits, corporations, and small businesses. This event intends to center the voices of the community, and show the diversity that makes Sacramento and California such a beautiful and unique space. Not only will there be dozens of local, queer singers, dancers, and comedians, but the day will also feature top-notch talent from RuPaul’s Drag Race and Lizzo! For the full entertainment lineup, click here. SacPride is a family-friendly event and will have zones catered to families, youth, interactive art and lawn games. Sunday will be the free Pride March — it begins at Southside Park, heads down T Street, and north on 10th all the way to the Capitol. The march is free to participate, but the festival passes start at $10. Sat. & Sun. 11am – 5pm. Pride March starts at 11am. Capitol Mall Greens. More info…

[FREE] Go to a Japanese Food Bazaar and Rummage Sale. The Sacramento Nichiren Buddhist Church hosts its annual summer food bazaar and rummage sale featuring a wide variety of Japanese foods alongside snow cones and raffle prizes! The bazaar will also include a rummage sale featuring an eclectic assortment, including many Japanese language books. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 11am – 5pm (also on Sat.). Sacramento Nichiren Buddhist Church. More info…

[FREE] Take teens to meditate. They always need it. Or go by yourself. Meditation classes are approximately 1 hour long. Always drop-in. Always free of charge. Sun. 11am. Lotus Garden Meditation Center in Carmichael. More info…

[FREE] Support youth bowlers. Country Club Lanes is throwing a Summer Carnival to raise money to benefit all of our youth bowlers. Games, food and prizes will be available. Venture out for a great family time and support the youth of Sacramento. Free. 11am – 4pm. Country Club Lanes. More info…

Learn how to cook food from the Philippines (teens welcome with an adult). Join Hostelling International as Guest Chef and Hostelling International Sacramento Team Member Maribel Diaz leads participants through an interactive cooking and conversation workshop geared towards exploring culture through the lens of local cuisine. In addition to showing participants how to make two of her favorite dishes, she will be sharing stories from her life in the Philippines. $10. Note: Hostelling International cannot change the menu to accommodate dietary restrictions. Please make arrangements as necessary for your personal needs. Sun. 12pm – 3pm. Hostelling International Sacramento. More info…

Look for baby fawns. Learn all about the world of deer at the Fawn Watch at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Go have a table talk with a Naturalist before heading out into the preserve to look for baby deer. This program has a cuteness level that is off the charts. $5 adults ($4 members), $3 Kids 12 & under ($2 members), $5 parking. Sat. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Join a singing circle. Singing with friends and neighbors is an uplifting and healing experience. The Library of MusicLandria invites you to join a community singing circle where all are encouraged to participate in musical creation. This month’s circle is graciously hosted by the amazing Classy Hippie Tea Co., a wonderful local business dedicated to activism and community building. How a singing circle works: Leaders make up simple vocal melodies, giving a different part to each section of the circle. The parts change over time. Together, you’ll create evolving, improvised vocal compositions. Everyone can sing! This is a chance to exercise your vocal pipes without fear or judgement. There’s no need to have a “good voice,” read music, or know the words to songs. Snacks and drinks provided, please bring a re-usable water bottle. Suggested donation $10, registration recommended. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. More info…

Go on a Spanish Speaking Underground Tour with the Sacramento History Museum on Second Sundays. The special Spanish-speaking tour will be led by knowledgeable and entertaining guide Alejandra Meléndez-Silva who portrays Doña Benicia (Francisca Benicia Carillo de Vallejo), the wife of Gen. Mariano Vallejo. As part of the tour that travels back in time, Doña Benicia relates intriguing facts about her life and marvels at what the Capital City has become at that point in history. While describing Sacramento’s fight to save itself from frequent flooding, Doña Benicia tells guests about life in Mexican California, before the Gold Rush. She describes her own adventures, including riding more than four months and 600 miles on a mule – while pregnant – to reach her husband. As background, the cities of Vallejo and Benicia – named for the couple – were also state capitals before Sacramento became the permanent capital in 1854. $12+. Free for Kids 5 & up. Sun. 3pm. Sacramento History Museum. More info…

See German expressionism paintings and then listen to a classical piano performance with music by German composers at the Crocker Art Museum. With her “thrilling blend of fury and finesse” (San Antonio Express-News), Steinway artist Young-Ah Tak takes inspiration from the Crocker’s world-renown collection of German painting to present a concert of German composers that includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s fiery masterpiece Appasionata. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Tak has performed across the globe and is a professor of piano at the State University of New York at Potsdam and an artist-in-residence at Southeastern University in Florida. For more than 50 years, the Crocker has proudly presented its Classical Concert Series, a monthly concert featuring the finest musicians and singers from around the region and across the world. Performances are 60 minute concerts with no intermission and draw a connection to the art on view at the Museum and offer audiences a chance to hear a variety of classical music, from Baroque to contemporary. Performers are selected by the Crocker’s Classical Concert Music Board based on experience, quality of proposed program, and, most importantly, talent and musicianship. Before the performance, at 1pm and 2pm, enjoy a docent led tour of the Crocker’s permanent collection of 19th century German painting, to help put the music in context with the art. $10+. Sun. 3pm. Online registration will close 1pm on Fri., June 7th. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

[FREE] Go to the Single Mom Strong’s Kids Summer Sports Series: Soccer. The SMS Kids Summer Sports Series is an opportunity for the children of the Single Mom Strong community to get to know each other better and have some fun, while getting to know those interested in volunteering for our Men’s Mentoring program in the coming year. The volunteers and mentors will “coach” the kids in a different game each month. June is soccer, in July—Volleyball, and in August, they are inviting the moms to play too, in our finale for the summer—kickball. All children of single moms, ages 4-16 are welcome. Lack of experience or athleticism should not discourage you from participating. There are no special requirements, and you need not have attended a prior SMS event. Free. Sun. 6:45pm – 8:15pm. The Park. More info…

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Happy Adventuring!
xo, sabrina : )

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, JUNE 1ST – JUNE 2ND, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of June 1st – June 2nd! Go to a kids’ musical about bike safety, see installation LED-light art while the Sacramento Youth Symphony performs for free, run through bubbles in an official race, go on a free nature walk, dissect a squid, see the movie Goonies on a golf course, try some free plein air painting in the Koobs Nature Area, go to Hack the Park tech festival, build a pinhole camera from simple materials, learn about Sacramento’s baseball history, learn the science behind a hot wheel loop, volunteer at the Oak Park Art Garden, go on a Streng architecture tour, go to a dance installation in an art gallery, go to a community carnival in Natomas, take your binoculars on a river walk, learn how to paint California poppies, find out what a “lambslide” is at B&N’s storytime, go to the Sacramento Black Book Fair, learn about D-Day, watch a dance battle, go to a winery with a Japanese/Hawaiian food truck, go to a Juneteenth celebration, get free ice cream at a grand opening, learn about snakes, see 16-year old Roger Xia play violin and piano, see a cyanotype photography exhibit, go to a Filipino Festival, go to Pops in the Park, go to a family-friendly concert in NPR’s garden, see four high school choirs in their final performance, take your pet to a pet festival, play lawn games at Drake’s: The Barn, listen to symphonic bands for free outdoors at the park, take teens to a podcast festival, watch soccer legends from Guadalajara play, see the puppet show Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and more! Sat. mostly sunny 89, Sun. mostly sunny 88. Now this feels more like June…

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A special, free find for FRIDAY evening, May 31st:

See a cool, LED installation art & music collaboration. Arden Fair’s public arts program, UnchARTed, is bringing the Sacramento Youth Symphony to collaborate with Christopher Schardt of LED Labs. Together, they will create a mesmerizing and immersive art experience at Arden Fair for the community and beyond. Sacramento Youth Symphony will perform live Fri. 6:30pm with Schardt’s world-renowned, Constellation, a 6-pointed LED canopy near JCPenney. Visitors will have a chance to slow down, sit back and enjoy the moment underneath the structure while gazing up at the lights as they sync to classical music provided by the Sacramento Youth Symphony. Constellation will be on view from May 29 – June 14, 2019. Free. Fri. 6:30pm. Arden Fair Mall. More info…

SATURDAY, JUNE 1ST, 2019
Sunny, 89

Spray Parks are open this weekend! City of Sacramento Spray Parks are open now until Labor Day weekend! Click here for a full list… (be sure to check links before going. Gardenland Park is under repair.)

Go berry-picking! Pacific Star Gardens in Davis is open all weekend, sun up to sun down and they are ripe with strawberries! If you want to head to Apple Hill, here are some berry-picking farms…

Run through bubbles in the Bubble Run. Kids 4 & under run free, and until midnight Wed. May 29th, adults register free too. After that it’s $40. This event looks insane, just check out the pictures! Scroll down for FAQ’s. Free (if registering by May 29th). Sat. 8am & 11am. Cal Expo. More info…

Go to a Community Garage Sale in Fair Oaks. Looking for some treasures and incredible finds? Come shop the Fair Oaks Community Garage Sale and find items from nearly 60 sellers. Call (916) 966-1036 for more information. Free, with cost of purchases. Sat. 8am – 1pm. Fair Oaks Park, upper parking lot. 

Go on a free, guided nature walk at the Cosumnes River Preserve. Guided walks help you get to know the birds and wildlife of an area better – whether you are local or are vacationing here. Experienced volunteer naturalists will lead this seasonal Guided Walk through the oak woodlands, explaining the plant and animal life that make the Preserve their home. We’ll also talk about the first inhabitants of the area, the Plains Miwok, and how they tended the land and wildlife they found here. This walk will be at a leisurely pace, suitable for families. Free. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Consumnes River Preserve. Meet at the visitor’s center at 9am. More info…

Volunteer as a family at Community Action Day at Oak Park Garden. This family and community-focused event will be include several art and garden related projects that are designed to not only be fun, but allow you to make a tangible improvements to this high impact neighborhood space! Alchemist CDC is excited to show off the amazing murals created by Oakridge Elementary students and gather together for a morning of creation, transformation and inspiration. Wear clothes that can get dirty and maybe even covered in paint. We will provide light refreshments and snacks. If you have a personal water bottle, bring it to reduce waste. Free. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Oak Park Art Garden. More info…

Dissect a squid. Join the Family Workshop: Squid Dissection at the Powerhouse Science Center. To most people a squid might be an item on the menu, but there is more to a squid then you might think. Come learn the inner workings of this aquatic cephalopod and participate in a dissection. $25 for one adult + one child, $10 for additional person. Sat. 9:30am – 10:30am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Do some En Plein Air Painting at the Koobs Nature Area. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area and paint the environment around you. They will have easels and clipboards for kids to paint as well as professional artists on hand making artwork. The Koobs Nature Area is open for public open days on the first Saturday of every month, March through October. Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Koobs Nature Area. More info…

Go to the H@ck the Park tech festival for kids. 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. This festival is engineered for fun and you definitely don’t want to miss out on experiencing the festivities. Speaking of festivities, be prepared for all kinds of fun at the HtP Fest InnoStage, InnoBooths and Science Fair Exhibits. The InnoStage will showcase science infused performances with a special performance from some friends at Intel (ever been to a drone show?). Festival goers will also get a chance to interact with dozens of interactive booths hosted by HtP Maker Partners, including SMUD, Hackerlab, SCOE, Sacramento Public Library, Amazon, City of Sacramento, Intel, EGUSD, Powerhouse Science Center, Square Root Academy, Maker HQ, Sac Development Collective, HDR, CSUS Hornet Racing, CSUS Physics Club, CSUS Concrete Canoe, La Familia, California Sunlight, PG&E, and more. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 2pm. North Laguna Creek Park. More info…

Build a pinhole camera. Teens and adults can take the Pinhole Camera and Photography Workshop this weekend at Verge. Exploring the magic of photography through its most fundamental form: camera obscura, aka the pinhole image. Camera obscura is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon that has inspired and has been implemented by artists and scientists over many centuries. In this one day intensive workshop, you will first learn how to build a functional camera with everyday materials, and create your very own black and white photograph in the darkroom! You don’t have to know a lot about photography to make a pinhole image, not knowing the result makes the process full of excitement, surprises and lots of fun. $100. Sat. 10am – 5pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

Learn about Sacramento’s baseball history at Take Me Out to the Ball Game at the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. Explore Sacramento’s rich (and nearby) baseball history, full of guys with names like “Spooks”, “Chief”, and “Brick.” With special guest Alan O’Connor, author of Gold On The Diamond: Sacramento’s Great Baseball Players, 1886-1976, and special appearance by Central Valley Vintage Base Ball, demonstrating the rules of 1864 base ball (two words) and its evolution into the current game. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

Take teens on an architecture tour, the Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour.This special-edition tour celebrates the 60th anniversary of Streng Bros. Homes, a Sacramento-based company founded by Jim and Bill Streng who built and sold over 3,500 modern homes in Sacramento, Yolo, and Placer Counties over the course of 30 years. The self-guided tour features a wide variety of Streng Bros. models with distinctive interiors that reflect the mid-20th century aesthetic and lifestyle. Homes along the 18-mile route are located in the neighborhoods of Eastridge (Citrus Heights), Overbrook and Evergreen Commons (Sacramento), and Homewood (Carmichael). A rare 1959 custom modern home designed by architect Carter Sparks in Fair Oaks is also featured. Instructions regarding the tour route and specific addresses will be provided via email after ticket purchase and before tour day. A general map can be found here. $25+ (kids in arms free). Sat. 10am – 4pm. Sacramento Area. More info…

Go to the Community Carnival in South Natomas Community Park. Free lunch will be provided while supplies last (served at noon), along with bounce houses, popcorn, carnival games, and the opportunity to link up with local businesses and non-profits doing great work in our Sacramento communities. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 1pm. South Natomas Community Park. More info…

Go on a River Walk. Celebrate the beauty of nature on National Trails Day with a guided walk through the Nature Preserve and down to the American River. You may want to bring your binoculars or borrow a pair. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Eat tacos at the Sacramento Taco Festival. From taco eating contests to a Chihuahua beauty contest, there is food, drink, live entertainment, arts/crafts, and activities for everyone. Thousands of taco lovers have come to expect launching their summer with this fun and exciting street festival. The Sacramento Taco Festival is held the first Saturday of June, that is why it’s called “The First Party of the Summer” by Sacramento News and Review. Kids 12 & under Free. General $8, Door $10. Sat. 10:30am – 6pm. U-HAUL/Wonder Bread Site. More info…

Sit down for storytime at Barnes & Noble featuring: Lambslide. Confusion ensues when a pack of lambs confuse “landslide” for “lambslide” in this hilarious new story. Get a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4 (Café stores only). Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

Go to the Children’s Fun & Literacy Area at The Brickhouse Art Gallery for the Sacramento Black Book Fair. Blue Nile Press, in conjunction with community sponsors, present the sixth annual Sacramento Black Book Fair. This historic two-day book fair and celebration will include a panel discussion among featured authors, book signings, talks by writers, cultural and food vendors, book discussions with each writer listed in the program, children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and much more. Free, cost of purchases. The Children’s Fun & Literacy Area runs Sat. 11am – 5pm. Brickhouse Art Gallery. Other fair events take place at the Women’s Civic Improvement Center. More info…

Explore the science behind the hot wheel loop at Tinker Time at the California Auto Museum. Learn how the loop-de-loop works. Kids are encouraged to bring out their favorite toy cars to test out on the track. Free with admission. Sat. 11am. California Auto Museum. More info…

Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day with Living History and the legendary Colonel Bud Anderson. Learn what life was like during D-Day and World War II. Colonel Anderson will speak and take questions about his amazing experiences during WWII, including his flight over Normandy, as well as Commander Diz Laird, the only U.S. Navy Ace to have scored combat victories in both the European and the Pacific theaters of WW II. Bud will also be taking questions, and signing copies of his book, To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace. $10+. Sat. 11am – 3pm. 11am: Living History: D-Day, 1pm: Bud Anderson Talk & Q&A. Aerospace Museum of California. More info…

Go to a family-friendly wine tasting “Rice and Shine at Matchbook Wine Company” featuring the food truck Kado’s Asian Grill, a fresh twist on Japanese-American and Hawaiian cuisine. Enjoy a variety of savory foods like rice bowls, Spam masubi and tacos with a Japanese flair. Free, cost of purchases. Wine tastings are $10 per flight of 6 wines. Sat. 11am – 7:30pm. Matchbook Wine Company in Zamora (about 35mi northwest of Sacramento). More info…

It’s the last weekend to see three notable photography exhibits at the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center: Out of the Blue (John and Rhonda Campbell display their cyanotype images), Habitat Lost by Debra Small, and A Long Mournful Cry (figures in motion by Karalee Kuchar). As a dancer, Karalee Kuchar grew up using movement as an entry point into the depths of her own creative mind. Her visual work is a fusion of figure and landscape. She believes it is through movement that we can discover the source of our opposition and ultimately free ourselves of it. Karalee received her formal training from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, receiving an MFA in 2017 and a BFA in 2010. Free. Gallery is open Sat. 12pm – 5pm. Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. More info…

Driving to the Bay Area? Get free ice cream at CREAM Vacaville’s Grand Opening. On Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 12 PM CREAM will be giving out free ice cream sandwiches for the first 1,000 customers (while supplies last). Does not include waffle ice cream sandwiches. They will have a live DJ and free samples to those waiting in line. Vegan, gluten-free, and soy options available. Free. Sat. 12pm. CREAM Vacaville. More info…

See the play Sleeping Beauty. In this twist on the beloved fairy tale, a traditional storyteller reading from his all too well-known book of Sleeping Beauty is quickly usurped by the story’s feisty villain, the evil Griselda. With a magical spell, she literally turns back the hands of time to show what really happened to “Sleeping Betty.” Fortunately, two good fairies and a magical frog help set the story straight, and make sure everyone lives happily ever after. $8+. Sat. 1pm. Chautauqua Playhouse in Carmichael. More info…

Go to the new, weekly makers market. Sacramento’s one and only weekly makers market is landing in Old North Sacramento. From the creators of River City Marketplace, the new series Uptown Market on the Boulevard will host 65+ creative vendors every single Saturday. Check it out and buy local for dads, grads, and others. Food, drinks, and live music. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 12pm – 5pm. Uptown Market on the Boulevard, 1409 Del Paso Blvd. More info…

Go to a funny kids’ musical about bike safety. Bike City Theatre in Davis presents a cute and funny musical about wearing helmets and biking safely. Sure to be a good time! Free. Sat. 2pm & 7pm, also Sunday at 2pm. Patwin Elementary School in Davis. More info…

See the super-funny musical 25th Annual Putnam County Bee. El Camino Real Charter High School’s Drama Department presents to you the sensational musical: “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which won two Tony awards and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album the year it came out.$10+. Sat. 2pm & 7:30pm. The Grieb Theatre in Woodland. More info…

Watch a dance battle. SacTown Showdown is a performing arts youth battle. Purchase a ticket to enjoy a phenomenal show and support the participating youth. Studio T believes in the power of dance and in using the arts to build confidence, bring hope, and open doors of opportunity in the lives of youth and families. $10+. Sat. 3pm. Luther Burbank High School Theatre. More info…

Take a watercolor class and paint California Poppies (teens and adults) at the Sierra 2 Center. This class will focus on the beloved California Poppy. The instructor will teach you several different ways to create the delicate petals and help you complete a composed piece with complimentary greenery and flowers. No drawing skills are needed, this class is good for beginners and intermediate level painters. Watercolor paint generally has a translucent quality, which is great for ethereal or emotive effects. Blending colors is fun, and you can also layer imagery so that what is underneath shows through. Watercolors are generally more affordable than some other paint mediums and are lightweight for easy transporting. This workshop will arm you with the tips and tricks to maximize your watercolor experience. $40 (this class is designed for adults, but teens are welcome). Sat. 3pm – 5:30pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

Watch Goonies outdoors… on a golf course! Food Truck Cinema is more than an outdoor movie it’s a comprehensive experience combining gourmet Food Trucks, local live music, and pop culture films. We are bringing back the community atmosphere of neighborhood movie houses. Food Truck Cinema is creating a combined atmosphere that will make the audience want to return. All of this on the lawn in a safe, comfortable, cozy, picnic atmosphere. Blending hot, fresh, gourmet food with live local music, and a great pop culture film is the vision of Food Truck Cinema. $5+. Free pet pass (register). Sat. 5pm. Food Truck Cinema at Wood Creek Golf Club in Roseville. More info…

Go to Pops in the Park at East Portal Park. Head to East Sacramento and South Natomas for the 28th year of Pops in the Park. Expect a rockin’ lineup, great food, a new beer vendor and Bogle wine. This yearly event is a fundraiser for our under-funded neighborhood parks. Hear Joe Craven and The Sometimers this Saturday. Pops in the Park is a family-friendly outdoor concert series brought to you by City Councilmember Jeff Harris. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 6pm – 8pm. East Portal Park in East Sac. More info…

Go to a family-friendly concert at NPR’s CapRadio garden. CapRadio showcases outstanding local entries who’ve enteredNPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. Curated by Nick Brunner, host of CapRadio’s modern music discovery show, Hey, Listen!, enjoy a collection of local talent, all who will perform an outdoor concert in the CapRadio Garden. Food trucks onsite and beverages for sale, in addition to merchandise featuring CapRadio Print Radio design contest winners. $10+ (pre-purchased tickets required). Sat. 6pm – 8:30pm. CapRadio Garden. More info…

See the Davis Senior High School Choirs final performance. Featuring Advanced Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, and Madrigals. Join us for a fun-filled evening of popular choral music from all of DHS’s choirs. The program will include familiar favorites from across the decades, as well as more recent hits from the Broadway musical Hamilton. Several featured soloists will mark the end of their vocal journey at DHS. $10. Sat. 7pm. – 9pm. Richard Brunelle Performance Hall in Davis. More info…

Go to a dance/movement installation in an art gallery. The John Natsoulas Gallery and Linda Bair Dance Company presents What Do You See, an evening of dance and discovery. Shortly before 7pm maps will handed out and directions given. Next you will wander all levels of the gallery to find as many dance and movement installations as you can. Sketch, photograph, video or simply watch. Images can be shared on #lbdsee. Short reception with more dance to follow! Free, suggested donations $10-20. Sat. 7pm – 9pm. John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis. More info…

Watch a professional soccer game. Cheer on the Sacramento Republic FC as they take on San Antonio FC. $14+. Sat. 8pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

SUNDAY, JUNE 2ND, 2019
Sunny, 88

Go to a Filipino Fiesta. The annual Filipino Fiesta is held every first Sunday of June to celebrate the Philippine Independence Day. The highlights of the fiesta include a parade of different organizations groups with their own individual theme, live music and entertainment (Eskrima, Arnis, Kali Tournament), and traditional Filipino food. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 10am – 5pm. Jose Rizal Community Center. More info…

Take your pets to a pet party. Come out to Northern California’s largest free pet event, put on by Now 100.5, KHTK, Mix 96 and KNCI. Bring your furry friend and listen to the live music from some of today’s hottest artists at this free concert. Wander through dozens of animal rescue groups, adopt a pet, eat, shop, and enjoy the animal exhibitors and exhibitions and more. Bring your furry friend and listen to the live music from some of today’s hottest artists at this free concert. Wander through dozens of animal rescue groups, adopt a pet, eat, shop, and enjoy the animal exhibitors and exhibitions and more. Performances by Chris Janson and Andy Grammer. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 10am – 4pm. Elk Grove Regional Park. More info…

Take the kids on an adventure at the art museum. Amusing and educational, the Kids & Company Gallery Adventure tour at Crocker Art Museum is the perfect way to introduce art to children ages 5 and older and the adults who tag along with them. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 11:30am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Go to Barnes & Noble’s new baby storytime. Introducing the new Baby & Me Storytime for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join B&N as they read the book Alphaprints: Colors by Roger Priddy. Participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. Free. Sun. 11am. Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

Play some lawn games at the River City Marketplace: Crafts & Drafts. Shop from over 75 local creative vendors while enjoying everything Drake’s: The Barn has to offer. Enjoy food, fire pits, outdoor bar and beer garden, live music, lawn games, and more. This event is dog and kid friendly. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 12pm – 5pm. Drake’s: The Barn. More info…

Go to the Yolo Juneteenth Celebration in Davis. The 2019 Juneteenth Celebration will be a joyous mix of free music, food, dancing, and will include cultural and educational exhibits, presentations and performances for the whole family. Over 500 people attend the Davis Juneteenth celebration annually. Juneteenth is the oldest African-American holiday and celebrates the freeing of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. Free. Sun. 12pm – 5pm. Veterans Memorial Center Theater in Davis. More info…

Watch a professional baseball game. Cheer on the Sacramento River Cats as they take on the Las Vegas Aviators. $10+. Sat. 1:05pm. Raley Field. More info…

Celebrate the oldest African American holiday celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation. This annual festival celebrating freedom and the rights gained with it, continues the tradition of the oldest African American holiday, celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in the United States. This free, family-friendly event includes a fashion show, live entertainment, educational presentations, activities for all ages, and delicious food and artisan vendors from all over the region. Entertainment beings with lively music by Calvin Handy of Jazz Patrol, followed by a trio of speakers sharing different aspects of African American culture and experience: UC Davis Resident Director Hakeem Croom, Master Quilter Khristel Johnson, and Leigh Roberts who will honor the memory of local Tuskegee Airman Boyd Taylor, who passed away last year. Khristel Johnson will also display her visually stunning quilts that are designed using African fabrics, beds and textures to illustrate African American history through stories and significant events. Free. Sun. 12pm – 5pm. Potluck and entertainment at 1pm. Davis Veterans Memorial Center. More info…

See symphonic bands for free. The Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Association presents the annual Carmichael Park Community Band Festival, featuring 15 bands over two days.  Bring a lawn chair and some shade, and don’t forget the sunblock. Saturday, June 1: 11am-Noon: Ben Ali Shrine Band, Noon-1pm: Elk Grove Community Concert Band, 1pm-2pm: Rancho Cordova River City Concert Band, 2pm-3pm: Sacramento Symphonic Winds, 3pm-4pm: Solano Winds, 4pm-5pm: Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo band & Temperance Society, Lmtd., 5pm-6pm: Winds of Faith, 6pm-7pm: Citrus Heights Community Marching Band. Sunday, June 2: 11am-Noon: 3 Note Band, Noon-1pm: The Pacific Brass Band, 1pm-2pm: Sacramento Concert Band, 2pm-3pm: Roseville Community Concert Band, 3pm-4pm: Pittsburg Community Band and Vallejo Symphonic Band, 4pm-5pm: Roseville Flute Ensemble, 5pm-6pm: Capital City Concert Band. Free. Sun. 11am – 6pm (and Sat. 11am – 7pm). Carmichael Park. More info…

See a Puppet Show: Cinderella. Puppet Art Theater Company will perform the classic tale of Cinderella at Fairytale Town. 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. $1-$2 plus admission. Sun. 12:30pm (and other times). Fairytale Town. More info…

Learn about Sensational Snakes at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Meet a resident snake up-close and discover how these reptiles use their senses to survive. Enjoy a short stroll with a Naturalist and learn how to be safe when viewing the reptiles who dwell in the Nature Preserve. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Go to a funny kids’ musical about bike safety. Bike City Theatre in Davis presents a cute and funny musical about wearing helmets and biking safely. Sure to be a good time! Free. Sun. 2pm (also on Sat. 2pm & 7pm). Patwin Elementary School in Davis. More info…

See Disney’s Aladdin, presented by Broadway Sacramento. Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. $35+. All ages. Sun. 2pm (also on Sat. 2pm & 8pm, last weekend). Community Center Theater. More info…

Hear the Folsom Lake Symphony play songs about Heroes & Villains. Would James Bond be as cool without his iconic theme? No way. It’s the exciting film scores that help our favorite screen characters loom larger than life. This blockbuster program showcases a host of heroes and villains, including Superman, Indiana Jones, Goldfinger—even extraplanetary visitors like Darth Vader and ET! Concert goers will be treated to a unique display of James Bond memorabilia. Guest Artist: Glory Parsons, soprano. $20+. Sun. 2pm (also Sat. 7:30pm). Harris Center for the Performing Arts. More info (and see a video preview featuring Darth Vader himself! Almost)…

Go to a county fair in Orangevale. The Orangevale Town Fair, a Pow Wow Days tradition takes place every year in Orangevale Community Park. The Orangevale Town and Country Fair is fun, affordable, safe for the whole family and admission is always free. Festivities include a wonderful parade, traditional country fair displays, hands-on activities, a midway, yummy specialty foods, festival-style entertainment, and special attractions. Enter the cornhole tournament for $15 (pre-register online). Proudly hosted by the Orangevale Chamber of Commerce. Free, cost of purchases. Parking $7 most vehicles, $10 oversized vehicles.  Sun. 2pm – 7pm. Orangevale Community Park. More info…

Take serious musicians to hear new work by Samuel Adams for the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang. The Mondavi Center is a proud co-commissioner of this new music. This special series event will take place in Jackson Hall, and present Adams’ quintet alongside two treasured pieces of chamber music by Mozart and Brahms. Robert Greenberg will not provide commentary for this event. Program includes: Mozart Quartet No. 2 for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, K. 493, Samuel Adams Quintet for Piano and Strings”, Brahms Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor, op. 34. $32.50+. Sun. 2pm. Mondavi Center at UC Davis. More info (& see video of Joyce Yang on piano)…

Go to an extraordinary youth concert: Roger Xia. Roger Xia, age 16, a Junior at Davis Senior High School (DSHS), is a San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) pre-college scholarship student. Winning a 2017 National Young Arts Foundation merit award, he has appeared as a soloist with orchestras since age eight; made his Carnegie Hall debuts at age ten; won top prizes including the 2015 Mondavi Young Artist Competition, and was featured on From the Top. He is the concertmaster of San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and Davis Senior High School Symphony Orchestra. Roger, an extraordinary talent, will leave you breathless and awe stuck as he carries you away with his virtuosity in both piano and violin. $5-$25. Sun. 3pm – 5pm. Riverside United Methodist Church. More info…

Learn about the Sacramento experience during World War II and D-Day. Join Sacramento Public Library tech Eric Webb and librarian James Scott for an observation of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings with a presentation on the Sacramento experience during World War II and a special look at the impacts of the invasion of Europe on the Capital City. Copies of the library’s World War II Sacramento will be available for purchase. Free. Sun. 3pm – 4:30pm. Central Library. More info…

Take older teens to the Sacramento Podcast Festival. Got a teen interested in starting a podcast? Three days of the best podcasts of the region and beyond. It’s the first inaugural Sacramento Podcast Festival hosted by STAB! Comedy Theater. $5+. Sun. 2pm – 9pm (also on Fri. & Sat.) STAB! Comedy Theater. More info…

Watch soccer legends of Guadalajara and America face off in a star-studded showdown at Papa Murphy’s Park, Super Clasico: Leyendas Chivas v. Leyendas America. $24+. Sun. 6pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

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Happy Adventuring!
xo, sabrina : )

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, MAY 25TH – MAY 27TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of May 25th – May 27th! Go strawberry-picking, visit all the splash parks in Sacramento, do some forest bathing (it’s not what you think), design a straw rocket, go to the opening of Clunie Pool, take a 1-hour Memorial Day cruise, watch the NCAA West Coast Baseball Championships in person, make a dragonfly craft, see magic tricks, listen to Hawaiian slack key guitar, go to a Cherry Festival, Greek Festival, International Kids Festival, Zine Fest, listen to the Camellia Symphony Orchestra play songs from Star Wars, do yoga on the waterfront, make some drawings in an art gallery, learn how to meditate, see the play Sleeping Beauty, Quest for the Gold Spike, Peter Pan, Miss Electricity, Holmes & Watson, A Night of Scenes, eat pizza in a really old–but cool–bank, and then eat a gourmet popsicle in DOCO! Have some fun in this gorgeous weather! Happy Memorial Day weekend! : )

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SATURDAY, MAY 25TH, 2019

Spray Parks are open this weekend! City of Sacramento Spray Parks are open now until Labor Day weekend! Click here for a full list… (be sure to check links before going. Gardenland Park is under repair.)

Go berry-picking! Pacific Star Gardens in Davis is open all weekend, sun up to sun down and they are ripe with strawberries! If you want to head to Apple Hill, here are some berry-picking farms…

Take free dance classes. Sac Dance Lab’s youth dance program is in full effect. Free Youth Dance Day is a perfect way to try classes, get to know instructors, and tour the new studio! Parents are welcome to stay in the lounge area during class, which features WiFi and a TV displaying the current class. Ages 17 and under are invited to drop in to take free hip hop, jazz, ballet, and pom classes. Each class features a quick warm up and fun choreography perfect for dancers of all levels. Parents or guardians must sign a waiver. Free. Sat. 9am – 1pm. Sac Dance Lab, The Atrium – Art, Tech Events. More info…

Do some forest bathing. Have you heard of “shinrin yoku,” the Japanese healing method of “forest bathing”? It’s not about taking a shower/bath. Forest bathing is a restorative and healing practice that is both a nature walk and a meditation. Slow down this Memorial Day Weekend and learn forest bathing with nature guide Erin at Cosumnes River Preserve. This experiential, interactive walk will teach you about the natural environment’s healing properties and how to connect with nature. This walk is suitable for all fitness levels. $10, all ages. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Arrive 5-10mins early to check-in. Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center. More info…

Jump on trampolines and go rock climbing at the International Kids Festival in Land Park. Join the 15th Annual International Kids Festival and enjoy free pony rides, jumbo inflatables, a rock climbing wall, miniature train rides, trampolines, face painting, and more. Try some amazing food from a parade of local food trucks while you watch spectacular stage entertainment by professional dancers, gymnasts, and athletes. Free. Sat. 10am – 4pm. William Land Park. More info…

Hear some country music at Old Sacramento Waterfront Days. Guests in Old Sacramento Waterfront will be entertained by talented period musicians performing live throughout the district in addition to a Shakespearian Comedic Play. Experience the Gold Rush Fire Brigade (as seen at the Rose Bowl Parade), and other Old West theatrics, family-friendly melodramas, history re-enactments, horse-drawn carriages, canons, gold panning, hands-on children’s arts and crafts activities, the popular Tent City depicting daily life during the Gold Rush, and much more. As the sun goes down you’ll move to the Embarcadero for the Waterfront Days Country Dance and Beer Garden. Saturday and Sunday will feature country artist Brad Johnson and The Killin’ Time Band on Saturday and The Rob Staley Band on Sunday. All shows are completely free to attend. Sat. 10am – 10pm (also on Fri. & Sun.). Old Sacramento Waterfront. More info…

Go to the Sacramento County Fair and enjoy traditional county fair competitions, agriculture displays, hands-on family activities, a midway, festival-style entertainment, and specialty food. There will be local bands, hypnotists, petting zoos, and rescued exotic animals. Kids 12 & under are free. Adults $5+. Carnival wristbands $25+. Parking $10. Sat. 10am – 10pm. (Also open on Fri., Sun., and Mon.). Cal Expo. More info…

Investigate some Insects. Observe the live insects in the Nature Discovery Room at Powerhouse Science Center to compare their similarities and differences at the Create & Take: Insect Investigation program series. Afterwards, enjoy a special viewing of our preserved insect collection and make a balancing dragonfly craft to take home. Free with admission. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Introduce the kids to jazz in the cool, breezy outdoors. The Roseville Jazz Festival brings world-class jazz to Downtown Roseville for the second year in a row.. The lineup includes internationally, nationally, and locally known artists. The headliners are The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra directed by Mike Vax, The Four Freshmen, pianist Tamir Hendelman (Barbra Streisand, Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra), saxophonist Cleave Guyton (The Lionel Hampton Orchestra), guitarist Will Matthews (The Count Basie Orchestra), Michigan bassist Paul Keller, and The US Air Force Commanders Jazz Ensemble from Travis AFB. Many more artists and bands will perform in four venues on Vernon Street. A free outdoor venue will feature youth bands, including Woodcreek High School Jazz Band, and the award-winning Folsom High School Jazz Band I. Parking is free all throughout Downtown Roseville, including two close-by parking garages. The Saturday Jam Session is $5. Otherwise the day pass is $45 general, $20 for high school/college students, $5 for Kids 12 & under. Sat. 10am – 8:10pm (also on Sun.). Vernon Street Town Square. Click here for a video clip. More info…

Walk along thousands of succulent plants at The Secret Garden’s Succulent Extravaganza. There will even be master gardener’s on-hand 10am – 2pm to diagnose your succulent questions. There will be self guided tutorials on how to create fabulous succulent arrangements in each sun-zone. Let the kids pick out one drought-tolerant succulent to take care of for summer! Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 5pm (also on Sun.). The Secret Garden in Elk Grove. More info…

Eat some cherry pie at the Sacramento Cherry Festival. There will be a kids’ zone, cherry vendors, food court, performers, raffle, pie-eating contest for kids and adults, music & dancers. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the day with us. 

Go to storytime at Barnes & Noble bookstores, featuring Aladdin. Celebrate the release of the live-action movie Aladdin with this storytime. Activities to follow. Plus, 20% off all books for Memorial Day weekend. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

Go to the Sacramento Zine Fest. The Unibrow Collective is proud to present the second annual Sacramento Zine Fest in the gallery of Verge Center for the Arts. Sacramento Zine Fest is an all ages, free, and open to the public event showcasing 30+ vendors that independently publish zines, books, artwork, and other such printed materials for display and purchase. It will also feature tunes by MC Ham and a reading area for lounging and enjoying your finds. Unibrow Collective is a Sacramento based art collaborative, comprising of Natalye Valentina and Daniel Alejandro Trejo, that seeks to help in the cultivation of the Central Valley’s burgeoning contemporary art culture by erasing artist divisions and blending the boundaries of “high” and “low” art into a unified one. Free. Sat. 11am – 5pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

See the play Sleeping Beauty. In this twist on the beloved fairy tale, a traditional storyteller reading from his all too well-known book of Sleeping Beauty is quickly usurped by the story’s feisty villain, the evil Griselda. With a magical spell, she literally turns back the hands of time to show what really happened to “Sleeping Betty.” Fortunately, two good fairies and a magical frog help set the story straight, and make sure everyone lives happily ever after. $8+. Sat. 1pm. Chautauqua Playhouse in Carmichael. More info…

It’s the last weekend to take older kids to see a little play at the tiny Eagle Theatre! Have you see this super-tiny theatre in Old Sac? It’s usually closed down, but they are opening it for a special show. As part of a series of special events, activities, and exhibits designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad culminating this May, the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to present an entertaining and interpretive melodrama titled The Quest for the Gold Spike. Lasting approximately one-hour in length, the performances are free to the public and will take place in the historic Eagle Theatre in Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Envisioned, written, and directed by a team of dedicated California State Railroad Museum staff members, the melodrama will be performed by talented local actors and actresses. Melodrama guests will be entertained by a story line centered around a character named Mei Ling as she journeys to a dream world. She travels back in time to a shadowy, unknown world where she meets some of the historic individuals who helped build the nation’s first Transcontinental Railroad: Theodore Judah, The Big Four and Chinese railroad workers. Mei Ling learns important lessons from each of them; ultimately, they help her to overcome her fears and accomplish the impossible. Seating is very, very limited as this is a tiny venue, so arrive early. Free. Sat. 1pm & 3pm (also on Fri. & Sun.). Eagle Theatre in Old Sac. More info…

See magic tricks from around the world. Kick off the public library’s Summer Reading program with fun games and a free comic book giveaway, followed by Magician Forrest Barnes with amazing magic tricks and illusions from around the world. Stay after the performance for face painting and refreshments. Free. Sat. 2pm – 5pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

See Disney’s Aladdin, presented by Broadway Sacramento. Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. $35+. All ages. Sat. 2pm (and other times thru June 2nd). Community Center Theater. More info…

Near Yuba City this weekend? See Miss Electricity. Ten-year old Violet is determined to show the world how special she is. With the help of her assistant Freddy, she becomes accidentally extraordinary when she’s struck by lightning—twice. She gains control over all things electric, but could lose everything when power goes to her head. Tickets are $5 per child, and $10 per adult. Best to make reservations in advance. Box Office: Regular hours are Monday – Friday from Noon to 2:00 p.m., except holidays. During performances, Box Office is open 30 Minutes prior to show time. Magic Theatre performances are Saturdays at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. The Acting Company in Yuba City. More info… 

See Peter Pan. Wendy and her two brothers are amazed when a magical boy named Peter Pan flies into their bedroom, supposedly in pursuit of his rebellious shadow. He and his fairy friend, Tinkerbell, come from a far-off place called Neverland, where children stay perpetually young. Enchanted, the kids follow him back. But when Pan’s nemesis, the pirate Captain Hook, causes trouble, the kids begin to miss their old life.Class Act Theatre in Woodland. Sat. 1:30pm & 7:30pm (also on Sun.). More info…

Watch the final game of the West Coast Conference Baseball Championships in Stockton. Watch the best of the best baseball teams compete to the top spot. #1 seed: BYU, #2 seed: Gonzaga, #3 seed: Saint Mary’s, #4 seed: LMU. Tickets for the tournament start at $6 for students and seniors, $12 for MVP seating, and $15 for Club seating (available exclusively for Ports’ Season Ticket Holders). West Coast Conference Baseball Championship tickets will be available at the Stockton Ports Box Office or over the phone at 209-644-1900. Final game: Sat. 3pm. More info…

Calling all Star Wars fans… Join the Camellia Symphony Orchestra for an exciting rendition of John Williams’ spectacular Star Wars Suite, with live performance by multiple members of the 501st Legion (Central California Garrison) in Star Wars costume. Conducted by Maestro Christian Baldini, young pianist Parker van Ostrand will perform Beethoven’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 2, and we will perform the world premiere of Colin Regan’s “Solace”, performed live in synchrony to an original video created by Claire Youngerman. To start the evening, the Camellia Juniors and Cadets will join us for a side-by-side performance of Strauss’ Radetzky March. This event is appropriate for the entire family. Kids 12 & under $8, Students with ID $15, Seniors $25, Adults $30. Sat. 7:30pm – 9:15pm. Camellia Symphony Orchestra. More info…

SUNDAY, MAY 26TH, 2019

Do Yoga on the Waterfront. The Old Sacramento Waterfront and The Bridge District are excited to bring back Waterfront Yoga, a free series hosted by The Yoga Seed Collective this spring and summer. Waterfront Yoga welcomes all ages and skill levels. Come get your zen on right by the water and under the canopy shade. This class will be located at the end of Riverfront and Mill Street in the Bridge District. You can view a map of the location here. Free. Sun. 10am – 11am. Mill Street Pier. More info…

See historical pictures on how they build the coast-to-coast railroad at the exhibit “Making the Grade: California and the Transcontinental Railroad.” Discover the transcontinental railroad’s Golden State history in a new exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of the route’s completion at the California Museum. Based on an online exhibit developed by the California State Archives, the installation features documents drawn from its collections and other from institutions. Highlights include historic documents, photographs, maps and more chronicling the California construction of the 1,912-mile line that connected America coast-to-coast and united the nation. Free with admission. Open Sun. 10am – 5pm (also open on Sat.). California Museum. Also, the Blue Star Museums program provides free admission to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and up to 5 members of their family at the California Museum, Saturday, May 18 (Armed Forces Day) through Sunday, September 1, when a current military ID is presented at time of admission. For details on Blue Star Museums at the California Museum, click here. More info…

Drop in on a Sketch It session at Crocker Art Museum. Sketch it allows children to sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month. No experience necessary, and all supplies are provided. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Teach teens how to meditate. According to the Lotus Garden Meditation Center, the practice of meditation soothes away stress, and allows you to experience a new feeling of health, gradually leaving behind tension headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia, etc. Through meditation you can become free from anxiety, feelings of inner emptiness, achieve self-realization: you can come to know who you are, what real peace is, and how to transcend the problems of this world. This free beginning meditation class, Mantra Meditation Part 1, will teach you simple, enjoyable, and effective processes of meditation to add to your daily life. You may preregister on the classes page, but it’s not necessary. Drop-ins are welcome. Free. Sun. 11am – 12:15pm (also on Sat. 11am – 12:15pm). Lotus Garden Meditation Center. More info…

Go to a Greek festival. Eat, drink, and party Greek-style. Enjoy festival specialties include souvlaki, pastitsio, mousaka and an assortment of delicious Greek pastries. You’ll find all the Greek favoriates, as well as many vegan and vegetarian dishes, while listening to the wonderful sounds of live Greek music from Helios Band. Kids 12 & under are free. Adults $3. Sat. 12pm – 10pm (also on Fri. & Sun.). St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church in Roseville. More info…

See an awesome clay competition/exhibit. The Artery in Davis presents the 30th Annual California Clay Competition Exhibit. The Artery has sponsored this popular competition since 1990, timing it with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art. The exhibit will feature 35 works from 72 entries by California clay artists chosen by our juror, Bill Abright. The opening reception will include the announcement of cash awards. The People’s Choice award will be give at the end of the exhibit. Free. Gallery open Sun. 12pm – 5pm (also open Sat. 10am – 6pm). The Artery in Davis. More info…

Go to the play The Secret Garden. After Mary Lennox is orphaned, she becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she adjusts to her new life at secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary discovers a secret garden. If she can uncover the mysterious circumstances behind the garden, she might be able to save her sickly young cousin and melt the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. This touching coming-of-age story, based on the classic novel is suitable for the entire family. $13+. Sun. 1pm – 2:30pm (also on Sat.). Last weekend of performances. Sutter Street Theatre. More info…

It’s the last weekend to take teens to Holmes & Watson, an all new Sherlock mystery. In the year following the assumed death of the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes at the falls of Reichenbach, his most trusted companion, Dr. Watson is called upon to discredit a number of “false sightings.” With each call, Watson must travel to expose them as fakes until one day when he is summoned to an insane asylum on an island, in the middle of a storm, where there is not one man claiming to be Sherlock Holmes, but three. With the shocks and surprises that we expect from a Sherlock Holmes story, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher puts us on the edge of our seats until the final moment. Don’t give away the ending. $28+. Sun. 2pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. More info…

Watch the super-exciting NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Sacramento welcomes another NCAA Championship in 2019, as big-time college track programs come to Hornet Stadium to compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championships. The top collegiate track athletes in the western half of the country will battle for the opportunity to advance to the NCAA Championships. For a schedule of events, click here. All Day Pass $15. Sacramento State – Hornet Stadium. More info…

Take teens to A Night of Scenes.Every year, Capital Stage seeks passionate and motivated college students and graduates interested in gaining practical professional theater training. The purpose of the apprenticeship program is to bridge the gap between academic theater and the professional world by providing additional training and experience to individuals with career ambitions in the theater. The 2018/19 Apprentice Company presents A Night of Scenes immediately following select performances of The Other Place at Capital Stage. The Annual Apprentice Showcase is fully produced by the Capital Stage Apprentice Company. Free, donation suggested. Sun. 3:30pm – 4:30pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). Capital Stage. More info…

Take teens to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. This very funny comedy was the winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boyfriend, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose beauty somewhat worries the imperious Masha. $24 general. $18 student with ID, $15 Kids 12 & under. Sun. 4pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). This is their last weekend of performances. Sutter Street Theatre. More info…

Take older kids to listen to slack key Hawaiian guitar music. Aloha Hawaii Live “On Tour” features Hawaiian Music and Entertainment from the Islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island. The 2019 Shows feature Jim “Kimo” West, Bobby Moderow, Aloha Polynesia Entertainment, and Fire Dancer Maritza Canto performing traditional Hawaiian “Dances of Fire.” Slack Key Guitar Magic provides a unique Hawaiian Musical perspective to this great acoustic guitar tradition. Click here for a video preview. $19 for students with ID, $29+ for adults. Sun. 5pm – 8pm. Harris Center for the Performing Arts. More info…

Take teen musicians to see a super-creative vocalist/bassist/jazz composer at CLARA. Enjoy a live performance of Casey’s original compositions. Casey Lipka is a vocalist, bassist and composer based in Sacramento. Described as “an emerging talent” with “a lush, textured, and organic listen that’s all too easy to become infatuated with“. Casey blends elements of pop, jazz, classical, and folk to create a unique sound. She performs locally leading her band as well as accompanies artists throughout Sacramento. She recently toured with the rock band CAKE. Hosted by the Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy. $10+. Sun. 7pm, doors 6:30pm. The Auditorium at CLARA. More info… 

MONDAY, MAY 27TH, 2019

Go to Swanston Splash Park. It’s open for Memorial Day weekend and stays open ’til Labor Day, yay! Mon. 11am – 6pm. More info…

Design and make your own straw rocket at the Powerhouse Science Center’s Launch Into Summer program. Then, join a Powerhouse Educator outside for a giant slingshot demonstration (12pm – 2pm only) where you will learn more about the different types of energy and forces. Free with admission. Open Mon. 12pm – 4pm (also on Sat. & Sun.). Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Take a Sacramento Memorial Day Cruise. Join Hornblower Cruises for this family-friendly hour-long narrated river cruise. While on board you’ll learn fun facts about the Sacramento water-ways and take in the city’s scenic nature sights. $20. Hornblower Cruises, L Street Dock. More info…

Celebrate the opening of Clunie Pool, the first public pool to open this summer in Sacramento! Open Mon. 1pm – 5pm. More info…

Looking for adventure a little farther away? Lake Oroville, 75-miles away, is the second-largest reservoir in California, and it is open and ready for summer! Check out the Visitor’s Center, go for a bike ride or hike, and then picnic and swim at one of the two officially designated swimming areas: Loafer Creek Area and North Forebay. More info…

Share a pizza in an interesting settingThe Bank on J St. downtown was once home to the second-oldest bank west of the Mississippi. Marble walls, ornament ceiling, and original brass staircases make this a memorable pizza night for the kids. There are several restaurants to choose from, but Platypus Pizza might be fun for the kids. Wander around behind The Bank to see several mural works by Wide Open Walls artists. Or skip on down to Golden 1 Center and grab dessert at Popbar (super-cool gourmet popsicles), Estelle’s, Pressed Juicery (plant-based chocolate soft-serve), or Häagen-Dazs in DOCO (Downtown Commons)

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Happy Adventuring!
xo, sabrina : )

For more activity ideas, check out our book, 1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids (& the Young at Heart) >>

TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MAY 18TH – MAY 19TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of May 18th & May 19th! Go to a 100-home neighborhood yard sale in Curtis Park, do yoga next to cacti, plant a garden that feeds the hungry, go to a May Faire, visit an open fire station, spend the day at the farm, take a guided walk at Beach Lake Park, go to a carnival, circus, take a photography class, learn about headstone carvers, go to sensory storytime, watch senior musical recitals, touch a real meteorite at the Tot Planetarium, eat Lithuanian ice cream, meet an air pollution scientist, learn about the Nuremberg trials, see 3 modern ballet shorts, watch motorbike riders flip through the air, take a free Lacrosse workshop, listen to banjo and washboard music, see The Secret Garden, Shakespeare’s Tempest for Kids, James & the Giant Peach, Aladdin, and more! It will be rainy and thunderous this weekend. Some outdoor activities may be cancelled, so call ahead! Watch out for rain-lovin’ snails on the sidewalk and have a cozy weekend! : )

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SATURDAY, MAY 18TH, 2019
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Find some treasures at the Curtis Park Yard Sale. Over 100 homes will participate in this epic Curtis Park Neighborhood Yard Sale. Stroll through the shady streets as you scoop up fantastic bargains and help others reuse and recycle their treasures. Curtis Park is located between Hwy 99 and Freeport Blvd, north of Sutterville and south of Broadway. Times vary by homeowner. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 8am – 1pm. William Curtis Park neighborhood. More info…

Do yoga next to cacti! Older kids who like yoga are welcome to join a parent for Oasis Yoga at The Prickly Pear. Afro Yoga by Angie will be teaching one yoga class a month, and this is the first one. Angie’s work centers on creating access to wellness in unique spaces that are inclusive, diverse, and representative. $10+ donation. Few spaces are left, grab your tickets. Sat. 9am – 10am. The Prickly Pear. More info…

Help plant a giving garden to feed the hungry. It’s Planting Day at the American River Conservancy’s Giving Garden. People of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome to participate in planting, seeding, and trellis set up, weeding, and pathways maintenance. The Giving Garden began as no more than a five acre plot of land and a dream to have a place for public both to experience and learn from. Visitors enter the space through the Native Plant Demonstration Garden (NPDG) where volunteers and staff plant, propagate, and care for native plants. They have annual vegetable rows and a small fruit tree orchard where produce is grown to donate to the Upper Room in Placerville to help feed the hungry. The Giving Garden is tended using only natural organic soil amendments and compost and is absolutely dependent upon support from volunteers in the community. All are welcome in the garden. Free. Sat. 9am – 12pm. American River Conservancy. More info…

Experience a May Faire, presented by A.M. Winn School. This year’s A. M. Winn School May Faire will include performances, games, crafts, food, raffle, and silent auction. Join in and celebrate the Waldorf community and raise funds for its beloved classrooms and specialty programs. Free, food/craft/game tickets for purchase. Sat. 10am – 2pm. A.M. Winn Elementary School. More info…

Visit Station 1 for their Open Fire House. Meet fire fighters and check out all their equipment at Station 1, 624 Q Street in Sacramento. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. More info…

Take a Walk on the Wild Side. Bring the family and join Regional San’s Bufferlands staff for the 25th anniversary of Walk on the Wildside, a celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. Walk on the Wildside highlights local efforts to protect and restore Central Valley habitats. This family-oriented event includes hiking tours of local wetlands and forests, presentations, live animal shows by Wild Things Inc., live music, children’s hands-on activities, informational exhibits, and more. Free. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Beach Lake Park in Freeport. More info…

Go to a Community Carnival. South Natomas Community Park’s Community Carnival 2019 is an annual event that provides safe fun or the whole family. Free lunch will be provided while supplies last (served at noon), along with bounce houses, popcorn, carnival games, and the opportunity to link up with local businesses and non-profits doing great work in our Sacramento communities. There will be a live DJ, dance performances, and local fire fighters. Free. Sat. 10am – 1pm. South Natomas Community Park. More info… 

Take older kids and teens to learn about the art of carving a headstone, at “Stonecutters: Sacramento’s First Artists.” Early Sacramento had its own group of “Monuments Men,” stonecutters who were true artisans. Join the Historic City Cemetery to examine these works of art — the hand-carved marble and granite headstones that grace resident graves — and learn about this lost art, including what some of the symbols on the headstones mean. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

Take teens to a Photography 101 class. Mike’s Camera offers great short courses on photography, and this is one of their most popular classes. They welcome teens with an adult! This 101 class is designed for users of interchangeable lens and premium compact cameras and the course will set you up with foundations they’ll need to succeed. They’ll review numerous photographs and learn to see photographically—all while getting inspired to go out and take your own amazing photos. They’ll also learn Workflow Concepts: Capture, Edit, Share Photographic Foundations: Composition & Light, Focus & Exposure, Focal Length Mode Dial: Differences Between Auto, Program, & Manual Video Principles. $59. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Mike’s Camera. More info…

Or take teens to a Smoothie Bowl Brunch & Food Photography Workshop. How fun is this? Food Simply and Mindful Andi will be in collaboration for this event! We will be offering a smoothie bowl workshop with instructions on how to create the perfect smoothie bowl base, a superfood topping bar with a variety of exciting ingredients, and a few quick food photography tips given by the amazing @mindfulandi! $18. Sat. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Location disclosed upon sign-up. More info…

Enjoy some Sensory Storytime at the library. Join Sylvan Oaks library for a special storytime for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders featuring books, music, fidget toys, crafts and more! The presenter is the parent of a young man with autism and there will lots of time for parents to network with others. Noise and/or behaviors are never a problem at the library. Free. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Sylvan Oaks Library. More info…

Go to a UC Davis senior musical recital “Off the Beaten Path” by Mira Huang, Soprano, with pianist Jeremiah Trujillo and guitarist Colin Barr or watch it live online here at 11am on Sat. Mira Huang is a stunningly talented vocalist. At UC Davis, Mira Huang has been a member of the chorus and chamber singers and was a semi-finalist in the Mondavi Young Artists Competition. As co-winner of the 2018 UC Davis Concerto Competition, she performed Mozart’s “Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” from the opera “Zaide” with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra (click here to listen). “Off the Beaten Path” is an hour-long program of underperformed repertoire, united by themes of travel and distant places. Composers include William Byrd, Francis Poulenc, Joseph Schwanter, and Richard Hundley. Free. Sat. 11am – 12pm. UC Davis Ann E Pitzer Center, Recital Hall.More info on Mira Huang’s recital…Stream other recitals from the UC Davis Music Dept. here on Sat…

Go to the Tot Planetarium. Powerhouse Science Center’s tot planetarium will cover the basics of space travel, a view of the night’s sky, and the chance to touch a real meteorite. Free with admission. Sat. 11am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Go to the Asian Pacific Spring Festival. The Locke Asian Pacific Spring festival is held in the heart of the Sacramento Delta in the wild west town of Locke California  which was known for its illegal gambling halls, opium dens and brothels. It is the only town remaining in America that was inhabited only by the Chinese, a National Historic Landmark. Along with the events of the day, there are historic and educational museums such as the Dai Loy Gambling House, the Boarding House Museum, the Joe Soong one room Chinese School House that one can peruse in addition to the festival itself. There will be crafts, brush painting, martial arts, dance, music, food, tea ceremonies, taiko drumming, lion dances, and more. Free. Sat. 11am – 5pm. Historic Locke. More info…

Catch the Sac State baseball game against Grand Canyon. Wear your green! Free. Sat. 12pm – 3pm. John Smith Field at Sac State. More info…

Play with clay in an art gallery. Explore art through all five senses and movement. Pence Gallery invites families of all abilities to join in this inclusive children’s Saturday arts program, designed for children ages 5-11 years old. The program includes a self-guided gallery tour and an art project based on current exhibitions. A sensory station will also be set up for all our young art enthuses who have a hard time participating in gallery activities for too long. Free. Sat. 12pm. Pence Gallery. More info…

Eat some Armenian candy and Lithuanian ice cream at the Yamarka International Festival. Experience an array of company promotions, trade shows, consultations, master classes by famous stylists/makeup artists, raffle prizes, free gifts, performances, and lots more! This event unites more than a dozen ethnic groups from the Greater Sacramento area, including Slavic, Asian, Jewish, Armenian, and many others. This family-friendly event will feature special program for kids, Russian singers, Ukrainian dancers, Moldavian musicians, Armenian candymakers, Uzbek kebob, Lithuanian ice-creamers, Georgian spices, prizes and raffles such as a vacation in Mexico for the whole family, and food and vendor booths. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 12pm – 7pm. Southside Park. More info…

Join in on Game Day at the Pocket Library every 3rd Saturdays for all ages. All abilities are welcome. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library. More info…

Learn Flower Photography Tricks. In this fun session taught by Betty Sederquist, at the American River Conservancy, you’ll be spending about half the time in the classroom learning great tricks for amazing flower photos, then apply your newfound knowledge to the lovely gardens of the Graner House at Wakamatsu Farm. Ages 14+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (Coloma). Suggested Donation: $65/members, $75/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224. $65+. Sat. 1pm – 5pm. Wakamatsu Farm. More info…

Catch Nature’s Critters with Lisa Seto for a variety of educational, live animal presentations. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Arcade Library. More info…

Play around in a Digital Photography learning lab. (for ages 8-12). In the Digital Photography lab, kids will learn the basics of composing the best photo and how all those settings, like contrast and brightness work together to give them the best result. At the end of the session, kids will pick their favorite image and have it printed to take home. Free, must register. Sat. 3pm – 4pm (also 10:30am & 1:30pm). Verizon Innovative Learning Lab at the Sacramento Verizon Smart Store, 1740 Arden Way. More info…

Take teens to meet an air pollution scientist. At the Meet the Author event at The Book Collector, meet Dr. Shahir Masri , an air pollution scientist at the University of California, Irvine. He earned his Doctor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health, and his Bachelor of Science from UCLA. In his book, Beyond Debate, Dr. Shahir Masri clears up 50 of the most common misconceptions surrounding climate change. He simplifies the science and resolves the confusion so that everyone may better understand the issue. Now is not the time for silence, but rather a time for conversation and collective action to move towards a climate solution. Action begins with understanding, which Beyond Debate so eloquently offers. Dr. Masri conveys a sense of urgency while describing opportunities for hope. Is the public divided about global warming? Won’t pricing carbon will hinder the free market? Is it too late for the climate? Free. Sat. 3pm. The Book Collector. More info…

Enjoy Junie B. Jones the Musical, Jr. in Elk Grove, presented by the Wolfpack Performing Arts Children’s Theatre. Awaken your child’s desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade. This delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books is brought to life in a genuinely comical musical. It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend Lucille doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously lovable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones Jr. will capture your audiences’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. $5+. Sat. 7pm (also at 2pm, and Fri. 7pm). Consumnes Oaks High School Black Box Theatre. More info…

See a funny Shakespeare play, ‘Tempest for Kids.’ Sactown Kids highly recommends this performance. It’s not often we can see a 100% kid-friendly Shakespeare play! This musical rendition of Shakespeare’s ‘Tempest’ is filled with funny songs, rap, and bee-bop. Prospero and his teenage daughter, Miranda live on a remote island. Their only companions are Ariel, a magical spirit and island native, Caliban. Prospero was originally Duke of Milan, but his position was usurped by his brother Antonio. The play opens with Antonio, Alonso, and several of their retainers on a ship in a great storm, the tempest. Unbeknownst to them, the storm is the work of Prospero, who aims to shipwreck them on his island. Washed ashore, Prospero plans to regain his position as Duke of Milan. Watch Prospero use magic and trickery to succeed in restoring his dukedom. This family-friendly and accessible musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic is written in rhyming couplets and performed by STC School of the Arts Pre-Professional Ensemble and Young Professionals Conservatory students. ‘Tempest for Kids’ was written by Lois Burdett, adapted by Megan West with original music by Rob Broadhurst. $12+ (There are only 3 tiered rows in this tiny theatre, so every seat has a fantastic view!). Sat. 2pm & 7pm (also Sun. 2pm). Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

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Take older kids on an Animal Walk & Talk. Enjoy nature and wild animal communication with Suzanne Thibault, Animal Communicator and Healer, and Norma Springsteen, Forest Whisperer and amazing trail guide. This outdoor adventure will have you connecting with nature with all of your senses. Savor the sounds, smells and sights of nature to bring relaxation and ground your senses with a Nature Immersion experience. Free, must register, spaces limited. Sun. 9am – 11pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Spend A Day on 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 will be 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 this ever-popular plant sale and farmstand. $0-$5. Sun. 10am – 3pm. Soil Born Farm American River Ranch. More info…

Go on the Kids & Co. Gallery Adventure at Crocker. Amusing and educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children and the adults who tag along with them. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 11:30am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Take mature teens interested in the Holocaust to a documentary on the Nuremberg trials, “Judgment at Nuremberg.” From 1946 to 1949, a series of trials were held in Nuremberg, Germany by an international tribunal, headed by American legal and military officials with the intent of bringing to justice those guilty of crimes against humanity. This is the story of one of those trials, not a documentary, but an intense feature dramatization directed by Stanley Kramer and based on the factual Judges Trial, the 3rd of those trials held in 1947. After the end of World War II, the world gradually became aware of the full extent of the war crimes, the holocaust perpetrated by the Third Reich and its genocidal, extreme nationalistic policies. A classic of post-war cinema, brilliantly acted and directed, nominated for 11 Academy Awards, the film, based on actual trial testimony, chronicles one of the most important trials of the 20th century. Most powerful for its subtle and shaded characterizations of both victim and victimizer that even in its three hour length is absorbing from beginning to end. This program will include opening and closing commentaries. Not sure you can handle 3 hours? You can always leave early. Free. Sun. 12:30pm – 4pm. Central Library. More info…

Get a free introduction to Lacrosse. Lacrosse is an active team sport for both boys and girls. Players are provided a substantial aerobic and strength-building workout while having fun with their friends. Lacrosse is extremely fun to watch. All of the players are actively involved throughout the game. You don’t have to be the biggest or strongest player on the field, speed and agility often win out. Join for this new player introduction that is open to boys and girls, grades 3-12. All necessary equipment will be provided. Free. Sun. 1pm – 2:30pm. Bartholomew Sports Park. More info…

Go to Banjo-rama. This year’s Banjo-Rama will be the Sacramento Banjo Bands 52nd consecutive year for this event. This program will feature solo, accomplished banjo players as well as several banjo bands (10-20 players) and will also include an “All-Girls” banjo band. Most banjos will be four-string instruments but will also include some five-string banjos and other instruments — i.e. guitars ukuleles, string bass, tuba, washboards. Kids 12 & under are Free. $20+. Sun. 1pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). Lions Gate Hotel. More info…

Go to the play The Secret Garden. After Mary Lennox is orphaned, she becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she adjusts to her new life at secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary discovers a secret garden. If she can uncover the mysterious circumstances behind the garden, she might be able to save her sickly young cousin and melt the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. This touching coming-of-age story, based on the classic novel is suitable for the entire family. $13+. Sun. 1pm – 2:30pm. Sutter Street Theatre. More info…

Take teens to learn how we can protect the Amazon rainforest. The mists of the Amazon supply some of California’s desperately-needed rainfall and play a crucial role in absorbing climate pollution – protecting California from raging, deadly wildfires produced by drought. Deforesting the Amazon can put California, and the world, at grave risk – but now, Californians have a chance to step up and protect the rainforest. You’ll get a chance to talk directly to EDF experts about California’s proposed Tropical Forest Standard – which sets out to protect tropical rainforests while supporting the rights of the indigenous communities who safeguard these forests. Free, register. Sun. 1pm – 2pm. Environmental Defense Fund’s Sacramento Office at 1107 9th St., in the 4th Floor Board Room1107 9th Street, Suite 1070 (The building is closed on weekends, but someone will be there to let you in.) More info…

Trek out to Loomis for James and the Giant Peach. Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. $0-$18. Sun. 2pm (and other times on Fri. & Sat.) McLaughlin Studio Theatre. More info…

Go to a free spring concert. Join the Sacramento Concert Band’s 60-member ensemble for their annual spring concert in Rio Americano High School’s new Center for the Arts performance hall. Hear popular and traditional music performed by community members who enjoy making music a part of their lives. Support art in the community by attending this family-friendly event. Donations are appreciated. Free. Sun. 2:30pm. Rio Americano High School. More info…

See Disney’s Aladdin, presented by Broadway Sacramento. Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. $35+. All ages. Sun. 2pm (and other times thru June 7th). Community Center Theater. More info…

Go to the Venardos Circus at Vierra Farms. The Venardos Circus, a unique Broadway-style circus is coming to West Sacramento. Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos in 2014, the Venardos Circus wraps world-class animal-free circus acts into a Broadway musical-style format dubbed “The American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show.” Guests can expect to be transported back in time to the center ring of a centuries-old tradition; but one that has been reinvented for the next generation. With an amazing assortment of aerialists, acrobats, juggling, hand-balancing/contortion, comedy, daredevilry, magic, musical production and much more, this amazing Circus experience will delight adults and kids of all ages. Venardos Circus proudly features its own custom-made big-top, a classic red-and-white striped tent, with an intimate feel and limited seating. The circus performers also are the crew in this 15-person traveling tour who are completely self-contained, much with the original circus tradition. $15+ (kids 2 & under free). Sun. 1pm – 2:30pm (& various other times). Vierra Farms. More info…

See X Games medalists flipping through the air on motorbikes at the Nitrus Circus. In 2018 Nitro Circus launched its all new You Got This show, which features a star-studded cast of top tier international athletes who hold over 45 X Games medals combined, including FMX riders such as 12-time X Games medalist Jarryd McNeil, 19-time X Games medalist Nate Adams, and 8-time X Games medalist Mike Mason; multi-sport sensations such as Ryan “R-Willy” Williams, and BMX stars such as X Games medalist Kurtis Downs, Accomplished female FMX athlete Vicki Golden will be making her first full tour debut with Nitro Circus. With no roof there are no limits. This huge stage set features the Giganta ramp, now with its biggest takeoff yet, that launches riders five stories into the air while the FMX riders will be flying 75 feet through the air from take-off to landing. The contraptions team is also in the lab cooking up crazy new monstrosities for Nitro’s daredevils to attempt to jump through the air. $32+. Cal Expo. Sun. 6pm – 8:30pm. More info…

Take ballet-fanatics to Fast Forward. Where else can the classical ballet language lead? See three short ballets that show how this art form is evolving and thriving. Program includes: The Bridge by Val Caniparoli, Written and Forgotten by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, World Premiere by Amy Seiwert. $65. Sun. 7:30pm. Presented by Sacramento Ballet. The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. More info…

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Happy Adventuring!
xo, sabrina : )

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MAY 11TH – MAY 12TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of May 11th & May 12th! Donate non-perishables to the food bank by leaving it out for your mail carrier, make a free DIY kite, have a proper tea party with Mom, meet artists at Design Week Sacramento events, make a family art project, see the funny Shakespeare musical ‘Tempest for Kids’, go to a Teen Career Fair, go to a French Fry Festival, go to a Mindful Community Festival, Whole Earth Festival, or a Strawberry Festival, see photo prints from a real darkroom, see a professional soccer or baseball game, go to family game night at a golf course, get mom an heirloom gift at the antique faire, picnic at several Capay Valley farms open to the public, see a play in the historic, mini-sized Eagle Theatre, watch world-class cyclists whiz by, and more! So much to do this Mother’s Day weekend. Get out and enjoy the sunshine! Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who have nurtured young people in this world. We need you!

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SATURDAY, MAY 11TH, 2019
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Donate food to the Sacramento Food Bank. This is a fantastic opportunity for families to help the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services go all in to end hunger in Sacramento. All you have to do is fill a bag with non-perishable food items and leave by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up on Saturday, May 11, 2019. For more information about this drive, click here.

Go to the free May Open Garden at the Horticulture Center. This open garden will feature a mini-demonstration on container gardening in the Water Efficient Landscape Garden. On-going demonstrations: Water Efficient Landscape Garden: Irrigation, Orchard: Fruit tree planting ideas, Herbs: Spring planting and grooming beds for summer growth, Berries: Keeping birds off of berries, Vegetables: Planning for warm season crops, Vineyard: Canopy management, and Compost: Types of compost bins and tips for success. Free. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. More info…

Make a free DIY kite. On the 2nd Saturday of each month, DOCO hosts an event for families with children. These art activities are specially designed by Verge Center for the Arts to stimulate creativity while providing a fun weekend activity for families. This weekend’s free craft project is: Kite Making — make paper kites and fly them on the green! The festivities occur on the West end of the Plaza (near Yard House). DOCO has four garages onsite, each conveniently located. They suggest parking at the DOCO Central Garage (414 J Street) for 2nd Saturday Activation’s. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. DOCO. More info…

Go to Demonstration Day at Sutter’s Fort. Dive into history and connect with your past! Activities vary on Demonstration Days, but may include blacksmithing, carpentry, cooperage, candle dipping, cooking, baking, weaving, scavenger hunts, and more. Free with admission. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

Go to Artful Tot at the Crocker Art Museum. Toddlers explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. A quiet sensory room encourages learning through artistic play. Adults learn how to encourage experimentation and self-expression while nurturing their child’s creativity. Families are welcome to arrive any time during the program period. Dress for mess. Artful Tot will take a break for June, July, and August. Join us instead for Fourth Fridays and All Aboard! Free Community Festival. Artful Tot will return in September. $8 members/$16 non-members (includes one adult, one child, additional person free with admission. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Go to Mother’s Day storytime at Barnes & Noble. Featuring In a Minute, Mama Bear by Rachel Bright. When Mama Bear decides to throw the to-do list out the window and spend the day playing and relaxing in the park with baby Bella Bear, they find that sometimes, when things don’t go as planned, they can still have a whole lot of fun. The Natomas B&N store will also be doing a special Mother’s Day storytime & tea party on Sunday at noon with costume character, Little Brown Hare. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

Prince & Princess Tea. Tea for two (your child and you) at Chocolate Fish Coffee in Land Park. Wear your favorite costume! This fun afternoon includes sandwiches, cakes and tea. $50. 12pm & 2pm. Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters. More info…

It’s Design Week in Sacramento! Meet 12 local designers and artists at a pop-up market at Urban Roots for 2nd Saturday. Free. 12pm – 4pm. Then go on a mural-hunting adventure using this guide from Art of the Day Sacramento. More info on Design Week here…

Make a family art project. Go to the Sacramento Fine Arts Center for some hands-on, quality together time with your child or grandchild (Ages 5+). Work together or separately, everyone takes home a masterpiece! Master artists and instructors will demonstrate and assist. Instructors and projects vary each month. $5 per family. All materials provided. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael. More info…

Shop art and make a card for Mom. Celebrate mom with art. Shop art glass, paintings and prints, pottery and ceramics, succulents and gifts from visiting artisans. Enjoy the works of the 15 resident artists and bring the whole family by the card station and make a card for mom on 2nd Saturday. Free. Sat. 1:30pm – 9pm. The Art Studios. More info…

See a funny Shakespeare play, ‘Tempest for Kids.’ Sactown Kids highly recommends this performance. This musical rendition of Shakespeare’s ‘Tempest’ is filled with funny songs, rap, and bee-bop. Prospero and his teenage daughter, Miranda live on a remote island. Their only companions are Ariel, a magical spirit and island native, Caliban. Prospero was originally Duke of Milan, but his position was usurped by his brother Antonio. The play opens with Antonio, Alonso, and several of their retainers on a ship in a great storm, the tempest. Unbeknownst to them, the storm is the work of Prospero, who aims to shipwreck them on his island. Washed ashore, Prospero plans to regain his position as Duke of Milan. Watch Prospero use magic and trickery to succeed in restoring his dukedom. This family-friendly and accessible musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic is written in rhyming couplets and performed by STC School of the Arts Pre-Professional Ensemble and Young Professionals Conservatory students. ‘Tempest for Kids’ was written by Lois Burdett, adapted by Megan West with original music by Rob Broadhurst. $12+ (There are only 3 tiered rows in this tiny theatre, so every seat has a fantastic view!). Sat. 2pm & 7pm. Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

Take teens to the Teen Career Fair: Grab Bag to meet with a lawyer, psychologist, interpreter, hair stylist, plumber, accountant, and more. Get good advice from seasoned professionals in their field of interest. Free. Arcade Library. Sat. 3pm – 5pm. More info…

Eat some french fries at Sac Fry Fest. Sacramento’s only food festival dedicated to loaded fries is back. Experience the creativity of local chefs as they put their culinary skills to the test with loaded fries you’ll love! From the savory to the sweet and everything in between, there will be something for everyone. Plus, witness an epic loaded fry battle and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Favorite. There will also be live music and fry-themed entertainment, craft brew or cider, a local makers bazaar, and a Fry Fest kids zone at Roosevelt Park. $10+ (Kids 8 & under are Free). Sat. 3pm – 7pm. Roosevelt Park. More info…

See the free play Trigger at the Mindful Community Festival. The Mindful Community Festival is a two-day event. Festival activities include: prizes, bounce houses, yoga, youth concert, dancing, face painting, balloon animals and much more. Each day will feature live music, food trucks, kid activities, and giveaways from local community groups plus a live stage performance of Trigger, a locally written play featuring local youth. Free. Sat. 3pm – 9:30pm. Nielsen Park. More info…

Go to the THIS Midtown Block Party with Will Clarke. Grab dinner and dance in the street at this all-ages event. Free with RSVP @ bit.ly/this916 Sat. 5pm – 10pm. Marrs Building. More info…

Show kids the beauty of real photo prints made in a darkroom. Join the first ever Photosource community print night for a showing including prints made in the Photosource darkroom from local Sacramento photographers. Support local photographers and help keep film alive. Free food and refreshments will be offered. Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. Photosource Sacramento. More info…

Go to a love-themed choral music concert. Cantaré Chorale of the Sierra Foothills, under the direction of Mariia Pechenova, presents Tapestry of Love. A concert devoted to mankind’s most profound emotion — love! Performing three major choral works in three languages, Cantaré Chorale’s expressive performance of these unique works conveys the universal tenderness, euphoria, joy, heartache, passion, and longing that touch the soul of anyone who’s experienced love. This intensely evocative music, woven together by string quartet and oboe, will inspire not only the audience, but the artists who will create original works of art as part of each concert. Come and join Cantaré Chorale and their special guest artists as they celebrate love, that most human of all emotions. Students $18, Adults $20. Sat. 7pm. Harris Center for the Arts. 

Watch the Sacramento Republic FC take on Reno 1868 FC! $14+. Sat. 7:30pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

Take part in Family Game Night at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. Play lawn chess, cornhole, giant Jenga, and more. The driving range is open 24 hours a day and family game night is available every night. Haggin Oaks. More info…

SUNDAY, MAY 12TH, 2019
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Take mom to the Sacramento Antique Faire. 300 vendors from California, Nevada, and other neighboring states will be 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 can be found. This event is held every 2nd Sunday of the month, rain or shine. Food and an ATM are accessible on site. $3 (Kids 0-16 Free). Sun. 6:30am – 3pm. 21st & X St. (under the freeway). More info…

Run around Capay Valley for Mother’s Day. Join in the delight of spring flowers, strolling through many of the Capay Valleys’ finest gardens. See how California native shrubs are integrated into lovely annual and perennial gardens. Talk to the gardeners themselves and learn the secrets of their success. New gardens have been added this year as well as several points of interest along the drive though the valley. Many of the gardens are also showcases for agricultural production in the Capay Valley. You are welcome to picnic in the gardens – delicious box lunches will be for sale at the Guinda Grange Hall using local ingredients. Art and plants will be for sale at the Grange Hall. A floral design demonstration will be available – with Mother’s Day bouquets to purchase. $0-$12. Sun. 10am – 5pm. Capay Valley. More info…

Go to BerryFest Strawberry Festival in Roseville. Celebrate the Strawberry Harvest on Mother’s Day in Roseville. Besides loads of strawberries, different types of food and treats, the BerryFest is packed with fun not just for the ‘kids.’ There’s an extreme skate pro park, second line parade, paint-a-rock project, princess pageant, strawberry shortcake eating contest, amazing animal world exhibit, scout-o-rama demonstrations, a strawberry selfie village, a model railroad exhibit, a strawberry pancake breakfast hosted by the Boy Scouts, a live graffiti wall, a classic car show, two arts and crafts villages, a kids’ carnival, a moms’ retreat area, a race car show, a petting zoo and pony rides. There will also be non-stop performances on the Blueberry Caboose stage, the Mulberry Community stage, the Strawberry Beer stage and cooking demonstrations will held on the Cranberry Cooking stage. Make sure and grab a fresh baked strawberry pie on your way out. For a schedule of events, click here. $6+ (Kids 5 & under are free). Sun. 10am – 6pm. The Grounds Placer County. More info…

Visit the Kids Space and do art and activities at the Whole Earth Festival in Davis. The Whole Earth Festival began in 1969 as a small art class project (“Art Happening”) on the UC Davis Quad. The students used art to teach visitors about the realms of activism, wellness, and environmental sustainability in an interactive and creative way. Following the United Nations’ recognition of Earth Day in 1970, the event was renamed to the Whole Earth Festival, fondly nicknamed as “WEF,” and has since evolved into a free student-run event, attracting over 30,000 visitors annually on Mother’s Day weekend. For a schedule of events, click here. The Whole Earth Festival seeks to be a zero-waste event. Free. Sun. 10am – 6pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). More info…

Take older kids to the Meet the Designer event at Shelf. Join Design Week Sacramento for a fun and jam-packed day, filled with a pop-up shop, two workshops and presentations by all of our designers: Michael Rottman, Hans Bennewitz, Lily Therens, Amber Witzke, Jason Malmberg. A perfect excuse to wander down to DOCO for the day. Grab some macarons at Estelle’s while you’re there. $0-$20 (depending on ticket level). Sun. 11:30am – 3pm. Shelf at DOCO. More info…

Go to a bookstore storytime & tea party. The Barnes & Noble bookstore in Natomas will be doing a special Mother’s Day storytime & tea party on Sunday at noon with costume character, Little Brown Hare. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble (Natomas location). More info…

Take older kids to see a little play at the tiny Eagle Theatre! Have you see this super-tiny theatre in Old Sac. It’s usually closed down, but they are opening it for a special show. As part of a series of special events, activities, and exhibits designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad culminating this May, the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to present an entertaining and interpretive melodrama titled “The Quest for the Gold Spike.” Lasting approximately one-hour in length, the performances are free to the public and will take place in the historic Eagle Theatre in Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Envisioned, written, and directed by a team of dedicated California State Railroad Museum staff members, the melodrama will be performed by talented local actors and actresses. Melodrama guests will be entertained by a story line centered around a character named Mei Ling as she journeys to a dream world. She travels back in time to a shadowy, unknown world where she meets some of the historic individuals who helped build the nation’s first Transcontinental Railroad: Theodore Judah, The Big Four and Chinese railroad workers. Mei Ling learns important lessons from each of them; ultimately, they help her to overcome her fears and accomplish the impossible. Seating is very, very limited as this is a tiny venue, so arrive early. Free. Sun. 1pm & 3pm (also on Sat. and other dates). Eagle Theatre in Old Sac. More info…

Cheer on the Sacramento River Cats as theytake on the El Paso Chihuahuas. $11. Sun. 1:05pm. Raley Field. More info…

Watch world-class cyclists race in the Amgen Tour of California. The 2019 Amgen Tour of California starts where it left off in 2018. Like it has on four other occasions, California’s capital will host the overall start of the race. This will be the race’s 10th year here and each is more thrilling than the last. The men’s race starts at 2:15pm and the 88.9 mile route takes riders across the iconic Tower Bridge into Yolo County and eventually back in downtown with three laps around the Capitol. Guests can enjoy the popular Lifestyle Festival designed to provide and promote healthy lifestyle and cycling-related experiences with over 40 vendors as well as Strider Races. Race Day Schedule: Noon: Lifestyle Festival and Hospitality Opens, 1pm: Men’s Race Start Ceremonies Begin, 2:15pm: Men’s Race Start, 4:15pm: Strider Races Begin, 5:40pm: Men’s Race Finish, 6:30pm: Lifestyle Festival and Hospitality Closes. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 12pm – 6:30pm. Downtown Sacramento. More info…

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a real tea party (ages 12+). Join The Novel Tea for a traditional Mother’s Day Tea. Learn about the history of afternoon tea in the United States, the difference between afternoon tea and high tea, and how tea became a special occasion tradition. Celebrate the mothers in your life while you learn, eat and enjoy. Tea service will include three tiers of delicious food and your choice of one of three special Novel Tea tea options. Wear your best spring-time or tea-party hat. Everyone is welcome, though the event and menu are best suited for Ages 12+. $40. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

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xo, sabrina : )

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MAY 4TH – MAY 5TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of May 4th & May 5th! Grow some watermelons, blow geometric bubbles, go on a night nature walk, learn about the science of Star Wars, see a neon Lego city, go to a children’s book festival, visit the Hummingbird Gateway Garden, go to West Sac’s Intergalactic Expo, eat German food at Maifest, see some Chicano o/x art, learn how to use the iNaturalist app, watch a slackline athlete try to set a world record, see the sun through a safe telescope, walk for mental illness, picnic on a farm, listen to Geoffrey Burleson play piano, see a Marx brothers film, go to a worm workshop, do a watercolor painting in the UC Davis Arboretum, celebrate Star Wars day, get free comic books, March for Science, visit a fire station, see Holmes & Watson: a Sherlock mystery, Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, Amélie, Spirited Away, The Present, Shrek, High School Musical Jr., West Side Story, and more! Weather is predicted to be partly cloudy 82/51 for Sat. and partly cloudy 72/51 for Sun. Enjoy the incredibly mild spring weather and do something new this weekend!

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SATURDAY, MAY 4TH 2019
Partly Cloudy 82/51

Get watermelon starters into the ground for summer. Watermelons take about 2-3 months to grow and ripen, so start now and you’ll have one to eat by July. Kids love watching things grow and change. Visit your local nursery to see all their spring/summer starters. We like Green Acres (we are not affiliated in any way, we just like the selection and they’re kid-friendly). More info on growing watermelons…

Learn about the science of Star Wars in a family workshop at Powerhouse Science Center. May the fourth be with you! Science fiction films are full of futuristic technology and powers that capture our imagination. In this workshop compare space travel today with the light speed of the Sci-Fi world, how long would it take us to get from one planet to the next? Use a laser to pop balloons and apply forces to make objects move- hands free. $25 (one child, one adult, $10 additional people). Sat. 9:30am – 10:30am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Learn about birds & birding at the Koobs Nature Area. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area and discover new things about birds, such as where they live, how to bring them to your yard, and how to identify them. They will have activity tables for kids to create bird houses and other bird activities. The Koobs Nature Area is open for public open days on the first Saturday of every month, March through October. Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Koobs Nature Area. More info…

Add on to the Neon Lego City and Glow Gallery at the The Brick Fest Live Lego Fan Experience. This event is filled with hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate, and entertain. Other features: Brick Fest Speedway, Watch your custom-built Lego derby car zoom on 35-foot long timed-track, Guinness World-Record Setting Lego Mosaic: Build your part of Brick Fest Live’s Mystery Mosaic, Inspiration Stations: Add to mind-blowing, life-sized Lego builds and make them your own with more Lego than you’ve ever seen, Video Game Arena, Mini Golf: A miniature golf course built to inspire, Mosaics: Using a colorful variety of 1×1 Lego bricks, create your own mosaic tile and be part of the show, plus Lego Shopping: Find new, vintage, rare, and custom Lego sets and merchandise from the many merchants in attendance. $24.99+. Sat. 10am – 5pm. Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

Watch slackline athlete Ryan Robinson attempt to set a world record. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Folsom’s iconic Rainbow Bridge at once-in-a-lifetime events planned in the Historic District. The Rainbow Bridge will close to vehicular traffic to allow the community to explore the bridge on foot. The festivities kick off with a rededication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. World-renowned slackline athlete Ryan Robinson – who was raised in Folsom – will attempt to set a world record by traversing the 1,919-foot span over the American River between Lake Natoma Crossing and the Rainbow Bridge on a 1-inch wide line. A festival with informational displays about the landmark bridge, guided walking tours, hands-on activities, and a display of vintage cars round out the morning events that are free and open to the public. Free, some events later in the day are ticketed. The celebration wraps up with a free concert by the Folsom Lake Symphony in the Historic District Amphitheater from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sat. 9am – 9:30pm. Historic Old Folsom. More info…

Go to Demonstration Day at Sutter’s Fort. Dive into history and connect with your past. Activities vary on Demonstration Days, but may include blacksmithing, carpentry, cooperage, candle dipping, cooking, baking, weaving, scavenger hunts, and more. Free with admission. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

View the sun through a telescope. Go to the Community Observator in Placerville for safe viewing of our Sun. You can view sun through safe solar telescopes see both white-light, and Hydrogen-Alpha. You will be able to see sunspots, prominences, and maybe even a flare. Free, donations recommended. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Community Observatory. More info…

Go to Free Comic Book Day. Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. There are 51 free titles to choose from, ranging from super-heroes and science fiction to action/adventure and manga, and plenty in between! Free Comic Book Day has a free comic book for everyone!

To browse the full list of comics available and comic shops participating in Free Comic Book Day, click here. Free. Sat. 10am. Oblivion Comics & Coffee. More info…

Walk for mental illness on the NAMI Walk in Land Park. People from all walks of life will join together to show support for friends, families, and members of the community who are impacted by mental illness. This event features a one-mile option as well as the 5k walk (three loops). Come walk regardless of your fitness level — everyone is invited. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides mental health services, support, education, and advocacy in local communities. This is NAMI’s largest fundraising event of the year and enables them to continue providing vital services to the community free of charge. It’s a fun, family-friendly, pet-friendly, inclusive, and inspiring event for everyone. Free. Sat. 10am (check-in 8am). William Land Park. More info…

Take a self-guided walking tour of Wakamatsu Farm on their open farm day. Take a trip around the lake on the 1.5-mile wheelchair-accessible trail. Bring a picnic and chair to sit and relax.  On-site interpreters can share information and answer questions about Wakamatsu Farm’s human and natural history.  Suitable for all ages and capabilities, points of interest are mainly outdoors reached by dirt trail or unpaved road over generally flat terrain.  Seasonal produce may be available for purchase.  Amenities are limited, so plan for rugged outdoor leisure. $10 per vehicle. Buses/large vans are $5 per person. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Wakamatsu Farm, Located at 941 Cold Springs Rd, Placerville. More info…

Take teens to learn about the wonderful world of worms. Join the Master Gardeners Compost Team for an informative workshop that covers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about worm composting. Worm bins can be set up indoors or outdoors and therefore are great for small spaces like tiny houses and apartments. What’s more, the process produces a very rich fertilizer, also known as vermicompost or worm castings, for your home garden! In class, you’ll learn how to make a worm bin, the best types of bedding, how to care for worms, the do’s and don’t’s of worm composting (what to feed them, what to avoid), and the values and benefits of worm compost. After the presentation, there will be time for questions. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

Go on a Mother Nature Stroll. Join a Naturalist for an afternoon walk in the Nature Area at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Discover what many of nature’s moms are up to this time of year. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Relax and unwind with Nature Rx. Join the UC Davis Arboretum for a nature-immersed day of rest and relaxation in the Arboretum. Stay awhile to find peace of mind during yoga sessions for kids and adults, or take part in watercolor painting, tea sipping, and more. Free. Sat. 11am – 1pm. UC Davis Arboretum. More info…

Sample fruit-infused water and ride a smoothie bike at the 3rd Annual Fruit and Veggie Fest, presented by the Center for Wellness and Nutrition. There will be free cookbooks, free health screenings, recipe tastings, fun activities, raffles, and more. The goal is to encourage shoppers to improve their health by consuming more fruits and vegetables but also providing a means of awareness of the services that are available to assist them in their communities.Free. Sat. 11am – 2pm. King’s Supermarket. More info…

Learn how to high five with finesse. Cozy up to the storytime book “High Five” by Adam Rubin at Barnes and Noble bookstores. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble. More info…

Go to May the Fourth Be With You Star Wars Day in Old Sac. Stage Nine Entertainment and Evangeline’s costume mansion invite the community to experience a special May the Fourth Be With You Star Wars Day scavenger hunt on the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Fun and free activities will be available throughout the day, and each location will have clues at four stations that lead participants to the next. The first part of the family-friendly scavenger hunt will start at Evangeline’s (113 K Street) which will lead guests to Stage Nine Entertainment (102 K Street). Along the way, the experience will be complete with blue milk tasting (the galaxy’s most famous beverage), Wookie Cookie sampling, and an interactive Star Wars video game. Those who stay on target and finish — after solving all the clues — will be treated to a special password to gain them access to a Secret Rebel Base 9 room filled with Star Wars memorabilia, fan-made art, and more. In addition to the Star Wars-themed scavenger hunt, entertaining cosplayers in Star Wars apparel will be roaming about plus an 8’ tall Star Wars TIE fighter ship will tower over K Street on the balcony above the Stage 9 Entertainment store. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Old Sacramento Waterfront. More info…

Walk around the River City Marketplace at Fremont Park. River City Marketplace is designed to present the Sacramento region’s best artists, makers and small businesses in a setting that creates an enjoyable and family-friendly experience. River City Marketplace was conceived as a way to showcase local talent and products in a unique and fun atmosphere. Its hope is to create an opportunity for people who believe that shopping small and shopping locally is essential to helping our community and local economy,and to also provide a stage for small, hardworking artists and businesses to display their work to the public. RCMP presents over 100 local vendors, from fine art and crafts to DIY and gourmet food, as well as live music and a kid’s play area. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Fremont Park. More info…

Celebrate Star Wars Day at Fairytale Town. Meet intergalactic characters and make a Star Wars-themed craft. Puppet Shows will also be taking place in the Children’s Theater ($1-2). Check out Tommy’s Space Adventure. Free with admission. Sat. 11am – 1pm. Fairytale Town. More info…

Blow some geometric bubbles. In celebration of the National Math Festival, Powerhouse Science Center invites you to create geometric bubbles. Use a uniquely shaped bubble wand to create bubbles in the shape of squares, cubes, and more. Free with admission. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Get a free comic book at the North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. Celebrate Free Comic Book Day! Stop by the library to find the perfect comic book to take home (while supplies last) and participate in fun comic book related activities. Free. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Take teens to see the free film Good Guy, Bad Guy. As much a portrait of the city as of its main protagonist, Indu Krishnan’s documentary Good Guy, Bad Guy chronicles five years in the tumultuous life of Zakhir, a gentle soul who lives on thestreets of Bangalore. Followed by Q&A with filmmaker. Free. Presented by the South Asia Film Festival at UC Davis. Check out the other film screenings. Sat. 1pm. UC Davis. More info…

March for Science. Science and facts are critically important to good policy making. Join the 2019 Sacramento March for Science. It’ll start with a rally at the River Walk Park in West Sacramento, march across the Tower Bridge, and end in Old Town Sacramento. Enjoy some the live music, inspiring speakers, energy of your fellow supporters of science, and food trucks. Costumes and clever signs are encouraged. March for Science Sacramento is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit. Free, registration recommended. Sat. 1pm – 2:30pm. River Walk Park. More info…

See what it’s like to be a firefighter. Go to the open house at Fire Station 2 at 1229 I Street. Free. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. See the schedule for all of this year’s open fire stations here…

Take older teens to a film screening at The Sacramento International Film Festival. As Sacramento’s original Festival of Cinema, its mission for 24 years has been to foster greater appreciation of cinema as art, build the local film making community, and work with Hollywood and independents alike to showcase Northern California as a dynamic place to shoot and screen movies. Capital Public Radio’s Insight host Beth Ruyak documentary film The Not Dying Girl will be included as part of the Nor Cal All Stars Part 3 presentation on Saturday, May 4th from 4pm-6pm in the Delta King Theater. $12+. Various times on Sat. & Sun. Delta King Theatre on the Delta King Riverboat. More info…

Take teens to Holmes & Watson, an all new Sherlock mystery. In the year following the assumed death of the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes at the falls of Reichenbach, his most trusted companion, Dr. Watson is called upon to discredit a number of “false sightings.” With each call, Watson must travel to expose them as fakes until one day when he is summoned to an insane asylum on an island, in the middle of a storm, where there is not one man claiming to be Sherlock Holmes, but three. With the shocks and surprises that we expect from a Sherlock Holmes story, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher puts us on the edge of our seats until the final moment. Don’t give away the ending. $28+. Sat. 5pm (& Sun. 2pm). The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. More info…

See The Little Mermaid, presented by Moore Musicals. $15. Sat. 6pm – 8pm. 1723 25th St. More info…

Go to a college theatre performance of The Present. The Senior Theatre Students of Sacramento State invite you to the Playwright’s Theater in Shasta Hall as they present their culminating project entitled The Present. Mentored by the faculty and staff of the Theatre and Dance Department, senior students contributed to the creation of this original ensemble piece from start to finish including concept, design, and performance. The fundamentals of drama alongside dance, song, poetry, and student original works are just a few of the ways the seniors bring their unique blend of culture and style to the stage. $8 general admission and $5 for children under 12. All other performances are $12 general, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for children. Sat. 2pm. Playwrights’ Theatre (Shasta 101), Sac State. More info…

Go to Autism Speaks Night with the River Cats. Support Autism Speaks with some baseball, popcorn, and new friends. $35. Sat. 7:05pm. Raley Field. More info…

Take kids to see Shrek the Musical in Elk Grove. Shrek the Musical tells the story of an unlikely hero forced on a journey alongside a witty donkey and a feisty princess. Written by David Lindsay-Abaire (The Rabbit Hole, Good People) with music by Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Violet), Shrek the Musical is a whimsical and modern twist on the traditional fairytale. Shrek The Musical brings all of your favorite storybook characters to life in a story that everyone in the family can appreciate. Throw in a short tempered villian, a sassy cookie, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand; his name is Shrek, and he proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre. Shrek The Musical was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2009 (including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations). Wolfpack Performing Arts is the award-winning performing arts company of Cosumnes Oaks High School and Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School. $8+. Sat. 2pm & 7pm. Cosumnes Oaks Performing Arts Center. More info…

See Disney’s High School Musical Jr. presented by Toby Johnson Middle School. The culmination of their semester long homeschool performance workshop, High School Musical Jr. is a family-friendly performance. Seating is general admission. All seats are handicap accessible. $8+. Sat. 7pm – 8:30pm. Toby Johnson Middle School. More info…

See the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra perform “Aztec, Maya, and Inca Worlds.” Hear works by Argentinian composer Esteban Benzecry. One of South America’s most renowned composers, Benzecry has received commissions from numerous orchestras and institutions including Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. Also Double Concerto by Brahms, with Stephanie Zyzak on violin, and Eunghee Cho on cello. $12+. Sat. 7pm – 9pm. Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis. More info…

Listen to Geoffrey Burleson play the piano. The Piano Series at Sacramento State Univ. presents guest artist Geoffrey Burleson.  His program will feature works by Saint-Saëns, UC Davis professor Laurie San Martin’s “Dances for Solo Piano”, and Liszt’s “Dante Sonata”. Burelson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and jazz performer. The New York Times has hailed his solo performances as “vibrant” and “compelling”, and has praised his “command, projection of rhapsodic qualities without loss of rhythmic vigor, and appropriate sense of spontaneity and fetching colors.” $10+. Sat. 7pm. Capistrano Concert Hall, Sac State. More info…

Go on a night nature walk. Join Wings of the Night at Effie Yeaw Nature Center to observe our owls and learn their adaptations for hunting at night. We’ll take a walk to the river and let our eyes and ears adjust as the night closes in. Then we will walk in the dark in search of bats. $5+. Sat. 7pm – 9pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

SUNDAY MAY 5TH, 2019
Partly Cloudy 72/51

Go on the Wizard Fun Run. Wizards and Muggles are invited to a magical fun run! Arrive to Platform 9 3/4, pick your house at the sorting hat and get ready to run, walk, or fly through the 5k course. All runners receive a souvenir bib and medal. Costumes are a must in Hogwarts Square. All proceeds will benefit at-risk youth programs.$25. Sun. 9am – 10:30am. Vernon Street Town Square. More info…

Have some literary fun at Children’s Book Week with storytime, activities, and giveaways each day of the week at Fairytale Town. Events take place 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 and more for sale. Weekday $5, Weekend $5. Ages 1 and under Free. Sun. 10am – 3pm (also on Sat.). Fairytale Town. More info…

Go on the Arboretum West End Discovery Tour. Join Learning by Leading students and UC Master Gardeners of Yolo County for interactive tours of popular areas in the Arboretum including the Hummingbird GATEway Garden, our newly developed Good Life Garden (May 5 only) and other campus GATEway Gardens. Learn about ongoing collaborative research projects, efforts to combat campus food insecurity, and our pollinator-friendly plantings. Master Gardeners will be available throughout the tour to answer your sustainable home gardening questions.  Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Restrooms and water fountains are available. Parking is free on weekends and can be found along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo, in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55. Free. 10am & 11am. UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo. More info…

Go to West Sacramento’s Intergalactic Expo for more Star Wars fun. Meet Alan Fernandes, an actor that played one of the sand people (Tusken Raider) in Star Wars: A New Hope, and Jim Swearingen, former Kenner toy designer who worked on the original Star Wars toys. $10 (includes one adult and two children). Sun. 10am – 5pm. West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria. More info…

Inspire kids to draw. See A Passionate Muse: The Prints of Leonard Baskin. Sculptor, printmaker, and illustrator, Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) was well known for his spirited visual fantasy and storytelling. He also cast his eye on the modern world, with sometimes-biting commentary on the ills of society, woven into religious or mythological scenes. This exhibition focuses on his independent prints, many of them monumental, that examine his often cynical, often hopeful view of human nature. Free with museum admission. Sat. & Sun. 10am – 5pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Be German for a day at the Maifest. This annual event at the Sacramento Turn Verein is sponsored by the German Language School, and is a fun occasion for all ages! This event includes live music, traditional German dancers, games, face-painting, dancing around the Maypole, and crafts. For purchase there will be German food, ice-cream, Kaffe und Kuchen (coffee and cake), beer, and the famous “Maibowle” drink, which contains strawberries soaked in brandy. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 12pm – 5pm. Sacramento Turn Verein. More info…

Last weekend to see Xicanx Futurity, an art exhibit at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. These artists engage in an inter-generational dialogue that centers Indigenous forms of communal and hemispheric ceremony, rooted in sacred relations. Collectively, their respective artistic practices inform an emerging conceptual and aesthetic decolonial social practice within Chicana/o/x art. Free. Sun. 12pm – 5pm. Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. More info…

Learn how to identify plants and animals with iNaturalist. Have you ever been walking around and noticed a plant or animal and wondered what it was? There is a phone app called iNaturalist that can help you identify these organisms. Join a Naturalist in a crash course at Effie Yeaw Nature Center and gain an understanding of an awesome new science tool that is changing the face of citizen science. Don’t forget to bring your smartphone. Pre-Register in the Visitor’s Center or call (916) 489-4918. $2+. Sun. 1:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Take mature teens to see West Side Story, presented by El Dorado Musical Theatre. Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in this seminal retelling of Romeo and Juliet. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments. This production by El Dorado Musical Theatre features colorful costumes and sets, stunning choreography, and exceptional performances. It is an ideal event for the audiences 13+. Note: Parents need to know that West Side Story is an updated Romeo and Juliet story that explores race relations and immigration within a musical format. Street fighting and knifings are depicted, though some of the violence is lessened by the choreography. In one disturbing scene, a gang of boys physically abuses a young woman and a rape almost takes place. A major character is killed. $36+. (Bargain night tickets are $15 but they are sold out for this show.) Sat. 2pm (also on Sun. 7pm). Harris Center for the Arts. Harriscenter.net

Introduce older teens to the Marx Brothers with Animal Crackers at American River College Theatre. From the zinging one-liners to its slapstick brilliance, this boisterous and raucous musical comedy about the theft of a valuable painting from a society dinner party is quintessential Marx Brothers Mayhem. Performances are in ARC’s Main Theatre. $15+. Sun. 2pm – 4:30pm. American River College. More info…

Take teens to Lickspittles, Buttonholers, and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens. Three extraneous Danish court officials: a professional loud mouth (the buttonholer), a kiss ass for hire (the lickspittle), and a successful dastard (the go-between) are tossed out of court just as Denmark’s merchant fleet becomes of strategic importance in the Napoleonic war. The three men journey to France and meet Napoleon’s top lickspittle, buttonholer, and go-between, their female counterparts. Plots abound, flying machines are destroyed, and the head of Marie Antoinette is discovered during the madcap struggle to save Copenhagen from British howitzers. The main characters speak in rhyming Alexandrine verse, while a host of supporting characters converse in sestinas, haiku, free verse, limericks, and sonnets. In a rhyming, metered world, the offbeat rules. $18+. Sun. 2pm – 4pm (also showing on Sat.). California Stage Theatre. More info…

See Alice in Wonderland, presented by the Falcon’s Eye Theatre. Alice’s story takes a sharp turn as she falls down the rabbit hole into the dark and mysterious Wonderland. The Falcon’s Eye Theatre presents Lewis Carroll’s fairytale of the absurd in this exuberant, funny and strikingly pertinent production meant for curious audience members of all ages. The Falcon’s Eye Theatre is the production arm of the Department of Theatre and Cinema Arts at Folsom Lake College. $12+ (May 9th show is $5 for kids). Sun. 2pm (also on Sat. 7:30pm). Harris Center for the Arts. Harriscenter.net

Take older teens to see Amélie, the play. Amélie is a musical based on the 2001 french romantic comedy film with music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Messé and Nathan Tysen and a book by Craig Lucas. The musical premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2015, starring Samantha Barks. The musical opened on Broadway in March 2017 starring Phillipa Soo of Hamilton fame. The musical follows the same storyline as the French film upon which it is based. Amélie Poulain is a shy young woman in Paris who decides to dedicate her life to making others happy.  But can she recognize and seize happiness for herself? $20. Tower Theatre in Roseville. Presented by Green Valley Theatre Company. Sun. 7pm. More info…

See the moving Japanese film, Spirited Away. In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro (Rumi Hiiragi) and her parents (Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku (Miyu Irino), who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents. Sun. 7pm (doors 6pm). $7.50+. Crest Theatre. More info…

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Happy Adventuring!
xo, sabrina : )

For more activity ideas, check out our book, 1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids (& the Young at Heart) >>

TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! APRIL 27TH – APRIL 28TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of April 27th & 28th, 2019! Celebrate Earth Day, compete in a Kids Warrior Challenge, meet Star Wars characters at the Zoo, go to a flute festival, learn about native plants in real people’s gardens, see super-rare coins, make a tree cookie necklace, take a free family hula lesson, learn basketball skills from Sacramento Kings coaches, go to an art festival just for kids, go on a free sailboat ride, listen to teen pianists play, learn kid-friendly self-defense, go to a storytime, learn about neurodevelopment at the MIND Institute, listen to barbershop-style singing, go to a Rumi (poetry) event, watch a soccer match, help provide nature data to scientists, adopt a pet, go to an old-fashioned trader’s faire at Sutter’s Fort, go to a carnival on Del Paso Blvd, make a handmade doll, go to a poetry reading by Tough Old Broads, and see Alice in Wonderland, West Side Story, or a children’s choir, and more! Also check out the bottom of the post for a list of weekend farmers markets open in Sacramento. Discover new veggies and fruits, and eat more plants with the kids! Have a fun, adventurous weekend in the great outdoors! Weather is forecasted for mostly sunny 87/53 for Sat. and sunny 82/53 for Sun.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH, 2019
Mostly Sunny 87/53

Compete in a Kids Warrior Challenge. Join the City of Elk Grove and the Cosumnes Community Service District (CSD) at Fitfest, a special event celebrating everything fitness. Stroll through the Fitness Festival and visit the many healthy vendors on site, enjoy all-day stage entertainment, have lunch on site with a picnic or grab something from our food vendors, and check out the free kids zone featuring a BMX Stunt Bike Show, climbing rock wall, euro jumpers, inflatable obstacle course, bounce houses, zorb balls, bungee run, gladiator joust, hippo chow down, and jumbo soccer darts! Plus, there’s a little tot tumbling area. Take a seat and watch athletes battle it out in the Elk Grove Gauntlet and have fun watching the little ones make their way through the Kids Warrior Challenge Obstacle course, for ages 6-12. Each participant gets 45 minutes on the obstacle course. Pre-registration is required for competitions (Kids Warrior Challenge and The Elk Grove Gauntlet). Free (Kids Warrior Challenge is $25 and includes a t-shirt). Sat. 9am – 5pm. Elk Grove Park. More info…

Meet Star Wars characters at the Zoo. Meet your favorite Star Wars characters without making a trip to a galaxy far, far away. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and pose for free photos with the costumed characters. Visitors will learn how animal adaptations and behaviors in our galaxy relate to the creatures from the Star Wars universe through stage shows, crafts and other activities. The animals will join in on the fun as they enjoy special Star Wars themed enrichment items throughout the day. Costumed characters are members of the 501st Legion, Central California Garrison, a group of Star Wars fans who contribute to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work. Schedule of Events: 10am: Nature Explorers, 11am: Wildlife Stage Show, 11:45am: Giraffe Encounter, 1:30pm: Wildlife Stage Show, 2pm: Giraffe Encounter. $14+, pre-register. Sat. 9am – 3pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Love playing the flute? Harmonize your way down to the 5th Annual Flute Festival. Friday and Saturday will feature Ai Goldsmith, flute instructor and recording artist. Friday night will feature a concert at American River College. Saturday’s all day Flute Festival will include master classes, youth, and adult flute choirs, various classes on flute technic, vendor displays of flutes, music, and accessories, raffle drawings, and performances by Festival participants. Students $10, Adults $15. Sat. 9am – 6pm (Fri. 7:30pm – 9:30pm). American River College. More info…

Consider growing more native plants in your garden. Get tips and see other people’s native gardens at the Gardens Gone Native Tour, which features approximately 25 gardens in the Sacramento, Placer, and Yolo county areas. Gardens are comprised of at least 50 percent California native plants. Upon registration participants will receive a link to the garden tour brochure with garden descriptions and maps. Professionally landscaped gardens, homeowner designs, as well as native public gardens will be featured. Thinking of converting your lawn to water-wise, California-native plants? Here is your chance to see established gardens and talk with native plant gardeners in your area. The gardeners on this tour are passionate about sharing their experience and welcome any of your questions. Free, must register. Sat. 9:30am – 4pm. Various private residences. More info…

See some super-rare coins at a coin show. The Sacramento Valley Coin Club 2019 Spring Show will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton Sacramento. Over 40 dealers, free appraisals, hourly door prizes, a gold and silver coin raffle, youth activities, buy and sell opportunities and more will be featured. Ever see a Walking Liberty half dollar? Free for kids, $3 for adults. Sat. 10am – 4pm (also Fri. 10am – 6pm). Four Points by Sheraton. More info…

Make a Tree Cookie Necklace. Tree cookies are a cross section of a tree trunk. Each layer can give us clues about the tree’s life. Go to April’s Create and Take at Powerhouse Science Center to learn about the stories tree cookies tell and make your own tree cookie necklace. Afterwards, head outside to explore the trees on our grounds through a self-guided nature walk. Free with museum admission. Sat. 10am – 11:30pm. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Take a free family zumba or hula lesson or learn basketball tricks from a Sac Kings coach. Celebrate Healthy Kids Day at YMCA of Superior Cal! Bring a picnic blanket or chairs and grab a seat in front of the stage on the field to participate in free family fitness workshops and watch performances from local youth groups. See the full schedule on their website. In addition to lessons, they will have a free water play science area, face painting, an obstacle course, arts and crafts, STEM activities, vendor booths, and basketball skills and drills by Sacramento Kings coaches! Free. Sat. 10am – 1pm. Sacramento Central YMCA. More info…

Go to a Kids Art Festival. Join the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District and the San Juan Unified School District for a community-focused event on creativity. Make and take art stations, dance and music performances, art show, food trucks, and more will be a part of the festivities. The schedule is packed with performances and craft activity. Free. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Village Park. More info…

Go on a free sailboat ride. Complimentary sailboat rides and fun for all. Go  to the Lake Washington Sailing Club’s Annual Open House for fascinating displays of sailing activities and sailing related organizations, food and refreshments for sale, and fun activities for kids. Free. Sat. 10:30am – 3:30pm. Lake Washington Sailing Club. More info…

Go to storytime and listen to a reading of What Do You Do With A Chance? by Kobi Yamada at Barnes & Noble. This is the inspiring story of a child who isn’t sure what to make of a chance encounter and then discovers that when you’re brave, take chances, and say yes to new experiences, amazing things can happen. Definitely one of our faves! Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes and Noble bookstores. More info…

Listen to incredibly talented teen pianists and instrumentalists. Celebrating its 15th year, the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition (YAC) supports young artists in the early stages of their careers, providing scholarships to further their musical studies as well as valuable performance opportunities to encourage their artistic growth. A panel of internationally renowned musicians juries the competition through live auditions in cities throughout the U.S., with winners selected in multiple instrumental categories. This year the competition features the Founders’ Prize in cello to U.S. residents Ages 18–22 and the Young Artists Prize to California resident pianists and instrumentalists Ages 12–17. The Winners Concert will take place on the same day as the Competition Finals. The competition pass includes three events over two days. $50 for 2 day pass. Discounts available for UC Davis Students/Staff/Faculty, Active-duty Military, Youth and Non-UC Davis Students. Sat. 11am – 5:45pm and 8pm. (also on Fri. 8pm). Mondavi Center. More info…

Learn kid-friendly self-defense. Robinson’s Taekwondo Black Belt instructors will work with kids to learn tools they can use for safety, to resist drugs and protect themselves with self defense skills. Note: Event takes place at all Robinson’s Taekwondo locations. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2:30pm. Robinson’s Taekwondo. More info…

Explore the mind at the MIND Institute 2019 Open House & Resource Fair’s family-friendly event. You will have the opportunity to meet MIND Institute clinicians and researchers and participate in research studies. Enjoy presentations by MIND Institute researchers and go behind-the-scenes with self-guided tours showcasing the Resource Center and Research Clinic. Complimentary light refreshments and fun activities for kids. The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, and treatment of the challenges associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Free. Sat. 11am – 1pm. UC Davis MIND Institute. More info…

Introduce the kids to a cappella barbershop singing. Sacramento Capitolaires, the area’s premiere male a cappella singing group since 1946, will present “At the Barbershop” in Christ Community Church. Guest performers include American River College Jazz Choir, Antelope High School Choir, Checkered Past (Barbershop Quartet), Spirit West (Barbershop Ensemble), and Verve (Sweet Adelines Quartet). The musical director is Dan Warschauer and the show narrator is Larry Womac. Free for kids 12 & under. General $15. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. Christ Community Church. More info…

Teen Career Fair for Arts & Writing. Want to learn more about working in the arts or being a professional writer? Meet with a journalist, actor, writer, musician, filmmaker, and more. Free. Sat. 3pm – 5pm. Arcade Library on Marconi Ave. (not Arden-Arcade Library). More info…

Learn how to paint oceans and shorelines (teens & adults). Painting bodies of water can be one of the more challenging techniques to master in watercolor. Luckily, local watercolor artist, Tonja Wilcox, will share what she’s learned and give tips to make it a little easier as you focus on where oceans meet land from a distance. No drawing skills needed. Good for beginners and intermediate level painters. Watercolor paint generally has a translucent quality, which is great for ethereal or emotive effects. Blending colors is fun, and you can also layer imagery so that what is underneath shows through. Watercolors are generally more affordable than some other paint mediums and are lightweight for easy transporting. This workshop will arm you with the tips and tricks to maximize your watercolor experience. $40. Sat. 3pm – 5:30pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

Take teens to immerse themselves in Rumi: A Film & Music Concert. Join Vox Musica and host Parisa Soultani for an unforgettable evening of celebrating the life and writings of Jalaluddin Rumi at Verge Center for the Arts. This 13th century mystic from Khorasan (now northern Afghanistan) was a best-selling poet in the US for over a decade, in large part because he touches a deep vein of truth in people. The collaborative performance will include music, poetry, and imagery through film, including world premieres of pieces written for Vox Musica by Honiball Joseph, a prominent Iranian-Assyrian composer, and Dr. Kira Zeeman Rugen of Scottsdale, Arizona. This unique project is produced in joint collaboration with One Through Love, a cinematic multi-lingual film project and companion website which uses the poetry of Rumi to inspire and build new connections and understandings. $20 Presale, $25 at door. Sat. 7pm – 8:30pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

See Alice in Wonderland, presented by the Falcon’s Eye Theatre. Alice’s story takes a sharp turn as she falls down the rabbit hole into the dark and mysterious Wonderland. The Falcon’s Eye Theatre presents Lewis Carroll’s fairytale of the absurd in this exuberant, funny and strikingly pertinent production meant for curious audience members of all ages. The Falcon’s Eye Theatre is the production arm of the Department of Theatre and Cinema Arts at Folsom Lake College. $12+ (May 9th show is $5 for kids). Sat. 7:30pm (also Sun. 2pm). Harris Center for the Arts. Harriscenter.net

Take mature teens to see West Side Story, presented by El Dorado Musical Theatre. Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in this seminal retelling of Romeo and Juliet. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments. This production by El Dorado Musical Theatre features colorful costumes and sets, stunning choreography, and exceptional performances. It is an ideal event for the audiences 13+. Note: Parents need to know that West Side Story is an updated Romeo and Juliet story that explores race relations and immigration within a musical format. Street fighting and knifings are depicted, though some of the violence is lessened by the choreography. In one disturbing scene, a gang of boys physically abuses a young woman and a rape almost takes place. A major character is killed. $36+. (Bargain night tickets are $15 but they are sold out for this show.) Sat. 2pm (also on Sun. 7pm). Harris Center for the Arts. Harriscenter.net

Go to a children’s choir. Head out for an exciting evening of beautiful choral music featuring Inspire Choir’s children’s choir, based out of El Dorado Hills/Folsom area, a local swing choir (Proscenium with Ringger Studios), and the new adult choir. This concert will also feature a guest artist Justin Ancheta who is a teacher, multi-instrumentalist, and master musician (originally from Hawaii) and will be performing and showcasing a very rare percussion instrument known as the Handpan. Inspire Choirs of America was formed in 2018 to inspire local choirs among the El Dorado Hills and Folsom areas. $10+. Sat. 7pm – 8:30pm. Harris Center for the Arts. $10+. Sat. 7pm – 8:30pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Watch a professional soccer match. See the Sacramento Republic FC take on Phoenix Rising FC. $14+. Sat. 7:30pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

SUNDAY, APRIL 28TH, 2019
Sunny 82/53

Spend a lovely day outdoors on Sutter Street in Historic Folsom at the 52nd Annual Historic Folsom Spring Arts and Crafts Fair featuring 200 artisan crafters. You will find unique, quality, handmade items. Food and beverage stands available as well as many local eateries, bakeries, wineries, and pubs. There are many surrounding boutiques and shops as well. Note: You can ride Light Rail for free with a post card you can pick up from Historic Folsom merchants or from the event poster (follow link and take a snapshot or screenshot with your phone). Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 9am – 4pm. Historic Old Folsom. More info…

Re-Live the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. The California State Capitol Museum Volunteer Association presents a compelling 1906 Earthquake Living History Day at the California State Capitol Museum. This interpretive Living History event is designed to re-enact some little known events connected to what is known as California’s “Big One” — the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.For one day only each year, the California State Capitol Museum Volunteer Association invites the community to step back in time to revisit the earth-moving experience and learn from the past. Visitors to the California State Capitol Museum will be surrounded by docents in period attire as they re-create the memorable scenes of the recovery efforts. Some key moments in time include local dignitaries as they assisted refugees — many of whom camped out on the Capitol grounds or at Sutter’s Fort — and Sacramento women as they aided Bay Area families in need by providing meal tickets, clothing, and blankets. And, guests will be close-at-hand when then-California Governor George Pardee receives an important telegram — not a text, email or phone call — from President Theodore Roosevelt offering a staggering sum of $1 million for disaster relief. Free. Sun. 10am – 3pm. California State Capitol Museum. More info…

Celebrate Earth Day at Southside Park. Sacramento Earth Day is all about building community and finding ways to help residents reduce our ecological footprint. Attend the festival for the opportunity to learn about a vast array of methods to live more sustainably. Around 150 organizations and businesses will be exhibiting a multitude of practical information, goods and services that cultivate a healthier, greener way of living. You’ll also find a variety of fun activities to enjoy for the whole family, including live music, interactive educational games and a kids’ area. There will be several food vendors serving a range of plant-based (vegan) cuisine options. Featuring local art, environmentally protective products and even valet parking for your bicycle, this is the largest Earth Day celebration in the Sacramento region. Food vendors include: Deluxe Foods, Kimberley’s Kitchen, Xochimilco, Frik’n Vegan, KC Kombucha, Mr. Pops Popcorn, What’s Happenin’ Italian Ice, San Francisco Bay Coffee, and Conscious Creamery. Free. Sun. 11am – 4pm. Southside Park. More info…

Provide data to scientists. Help Sacramento win the City Nature Challenge! This event is a fun outdoor nature observation challenge where participants add data to an app that scientists will later use for their research. Join the Powerhouse Science Center for an hour-long Bioblitz where the group will explore our grounds for plants and animals to add to your iNaturalist account. Binoculars and hand lenses will be available for checkout. Free with museum admission. Sun. 10am – 11am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Adopt a cat or dog. Cosumnes River College Veterinary Technician Program is having their annual Adoption Day for colony animals. Go to the Veterinary Program building for the meet and greet of eight dogs and six cats. VT students will be available to introduce you to the animals of your choice and answer any questions you may have. Be sure to sign up to adopt the animal you fall in love with by noon, as lotteries will begin for any animal that has multiple families interested. Adoption fees are $150 for dogs and $50 for cats. Fees cover previously administered vaccines and other care. Cash and check only. If you wish to see more of the animals before the event, please or email to meet them or visit them on Petfinder, but be sure to come the day of the event as the animals will no longer be available to meet after the 28th. You can meet the animals before the day of the event by calling (916) 691-7355 or emailing Buchc@crc.losrios.edu. Free. Sun. 10am – 2pm. Consumnes River College. More info…

Go to the Trader’s Faire at Sutter’s Fort. Sutter’s Fort once served as a thriving commercial center in the early days of the Gold Rush. In fact, it was the only trading center on the way to the gold fields and literally thousands of gold miners passed through the Fort to purchase needed supplies from vendors hawking a variety of goods. At Shop Traders’ Faire, you can see handforged metal goods, traditional Native American beadwork, palm leaf hats shaped on-site, dream catchers, sun catchers, handmade dolls, medicine bags, and more. Adults $7, Kids 6-17 $5, 5 & under Free. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

Slow down and do some sketches in an art gallery. We love Sketch It at Crocker Art Museum. Visitors ages 5 and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month. No experience necessary, and all supplies are provided. Free with museum admission. Sun. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Visit the mouse-y, child-friendly art show of Stuart Dunkel: Mouse in the House. Stuart Dunkel is a still-life painter based in Boston. Dunkel enjoys incorporating humor and playfulness in his work, as well as a sense of classical balance and naturalism. He considers all of his work autobiographical, as he uses painting to draw out his ideas on philosophy and beauty. His choice of darker backgrounds in his work is influenced by 17th century Dutch artists such Willem Kalf and Jan Davidsz de Heem. As he states, “This perception enforces my belief that nothing exists until light is draped over it. From the nothingness of black, we build up to the perceived objects.” Apart from painting, Dunkel also teaches art at the Nautilus School of Realist Art, and music at the Boston Conservatory of Music. Free. Open Sat. & Sun. 11:30am – 5pm (this is the show’s last weekend). Pence Gallery in Davis. More info…

Go to a Spring Carnival. Del Paso Boulevard Partnership and Johnston Amusements brings a Spring Carnival to Old North Sacramento featuring rides, games, foods, and family fun. This annual event benefits the continued development of the Del Paso Boulevard Business District and Community through Del Paso Boulevard Foundation. Individual rides vary in price. Weekday All-Day Ride Wristbands (Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday) $30. Weekend All-Day Ride Wristbands (Saturday or Sunday) $35. Sun. 12pm – 11pm (also open Sat.) What’s By Watts Parking Lot. More info…

Take mature teens to a poetry reading by Tough Old Broads. The Tough Old Broads are a quartet of Sacramento poets and longtime friends — Annie Menebroker, Victoria Dalkey, Kathryn Hohlwein, and former Sacramento poet laureate Viola Weinberg. They will present a poetry reading and book signing for their book Tough Enough: Poems from The Tough Old Broads. Free, donations accepted. Sun. 1:30pm, doors open at 1pm. Harlow’s. More info… 

Make a super-legit handmade doll. This awesome Verge workshop is instructed by Andrea Lizalde from Goblin and Witch on Etsy. Materials, tools, and sewing machines are available but you are welcomed to bring your own portable sewing machine for comfort. There will be coloring and design activities for children. Doll making is a craft that had been present throughout Andrea Lizalde’s family history and once she had children she found the joy of making toys and dolls for them alongside her artistic practice of painting and illustration. She is interested in making dolls that have different shades of skin colors and a variety of genders because diversity is part of her family’s values. She uses natural and recycled materials that are machine washable and soft with no plastics or small accessories so they are safe for children. $55+. Sun. 1:30pm – 4:30pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

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It’s Children’s Book Week at Fairytale Town starting next Monday through to the weekend. Tons of cool book readings, activities, and a book fair to check out. More info…

Play Basketball with De’Aaron Fox
Calling all mothers, daughters (and sons!), aunts and grandmothers! Learn from De’Aaron Fox and his mother, Lorraine, at our Jr. Kings Mother’s Day Weekend Clinic. This clinic will give kids (and a parent) the chance to enhance their basketball skills, while having fun and learning together! Ages 6-14. $100. Moms, grandmas and aunts are welcome to participate. $100 for child only, plus $50 for each additional adult (up to 2 adults). The one day clinic will include: Instruction from De’Aaron Fox, Lorraine Fox, and Jr. Kings trainers, Jr. Kings t-shirt, Participation certificate, Exclusive chances to win Kings prizes. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Please bring a basketball and water. The clinic will take place at the Golden 1 Center Practice Facility at 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento, CA 95814. More info…

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Happy Adventuring!
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WEEKEND FARMERS MARKETS

There’s always good stuff at the California farmers markets! Take the kids and open their senses to all the beautiful bounty in our region. Find something new to try and support our local Sacramento-region farmers.

Saturdays

Auburn: Old Town Courthouse Parking Lot

Saturdays, OPEN YEAR ROUND
8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Auburn-Folsom Rd at Lincoln Way
Auburn CA
(530) 863-7487
Website

Country Club Plaza Farmers Market
Every Saturday, year-round
8 a.m.-noon
Accepts EBT
Watt and El Camino Avenues
Sacramento CA
(916) 688-0100
Website

Davis Farmers Market
Saturdays, year-round: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Central Park at Fourth and C Streets
Davis CA
(530) 297-1900

Folsom Saturday Farmers Market
Saturdays, year-round
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
At the Historic Railroad Turntable and Public Plaza in Historic Folsom
Folsom CA
916-806-3989
Website

Laguna Gateway Center Farmers Market
Every Saturday, year-round
8 a.m.-noon
Accepts EBT
Laguna and Big Horn Boulevards
Elk Grove CA
(916) 688-0100
Website

Midtown Farmers Market
Saturdays, year-round
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Accepts EBT
20 and J Streets
Sacramento CA
(916) 442-1500
Website

Oak Park Farmers Market
Saturdays, May-November
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
McClatchy Park
Sacramento CA
(916) 452-2968
Website

Rio Linda Farmer’s Market and Peddler’s Fair
Rio Linda Farmer’s Market and Peddler’s Fair
Every Saturday through the end of September
At Historical Dry Creek Ranch House
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
6852 Dry Creek Rd
Rio Linda CA
Website

Rocklin: Blue Oaks Center
Market Opens May 7th
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
6636 Lonetree Boulevard
Rocklin CA
(530) 863-7487
Website

Sunrise Light Rail Station Farmers Market
Every Saturday, year-round
8 a.m.-noon
Accepts EBT
Folsom and Sunrise Boulevards
Rancho Cordova CA
(916) 688-0100
Website

Sunrise Marketplace
Saturdays, open year round
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
6041 Sunrise Mall
Citrus Heights CA
916-806-3989
Website

The Natomas Promenade Farmers Market
Saturdays, May 9-Sept. 26
8 a.m.-noon
Accepts EBT
8637 N. Freeway Blvd. off of Gateway Boulevard
Natomas CA
(916) 688-0100
Website

Sundays

Farmers Market
Every Sunday, year-round
8 a.m.-noon
Accepts EBT
8th and W Streets
Sacramento CA
Website

Granite Bay: Quarry Ponds Town Center
Market Opens on May 22nd
8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
5550 Douglas Boulevard
Granite Bay CA
(530) 863-7487
Website

TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! APRIL 13TH – APRIL 14TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of April 13th & 14th, 2019! Go on a tour of the Bear Hollow Basin, help at a park or creek clean-up, see a dance performance about electricity, check outs some edible isotopes and make DNA bracelets or taste some honey at UC Davis’ Picnic Day, go to a workshop on climate change, meet artist Sarah Golden (illustrator of the “1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids” book), get something written in Chinese calligraphy, build a robot, learn about magic from around the world, see the movie “Penguin Highway”, make a family art project, learn how to speak Hmong, meet children’s author Linda Joy Singleton, taste rare teas, go to a Dog Show, drink some butterfly pea flower tea, paint a unicorn, take a free yoga or meditation class, see Jason Sia play the piano, see a cool indie band called Baseball Gregg, watch college track & field, women’s crew, field hockey, tennis, and more! Weather is forecasted for mostly sunny 76/51 for Sat. and partly cloudy 69/47 for Sun. Have a cool and adventurous weekend!

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SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH, 2019
Mostly sunny 76/51

Go on the Bear Hollow Nature Tour & Bird Watch. Explore the Rancho Cordova’s Bear Hollow Stormwater Basin. Click here for a map. Learn about the City’s recent tree planting restoration project and observe the native plants and animals that have taken up residence at this flood control facility. A certified biologist will lead the family-friendly nature tour and bird watch activity. Head to a nearby Creek Week Clean-up site at the end of the Nature Tour. Please RSVP by emailing akreiling@cityofranchocordova.org. Free. Sat. 8am – 9am. Bear Hollow Stormwater Basin. More info…

Get your hands dirty and clean up the parks. There are so many park clean-ups this spring. Find one close to home!For instance, you can help protect natural resources and enhance the quality of life in the community by joining CSD and JustServe as they clean and beautify the landscape of Elk Grove community parks. Hundreds of volunteers will be joining together for a day of community service as the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) presents JustServe Community Day of Service. Projects may include park enhancements, beautification projects, creek and open space clean-up. Free, registration required. Sat. 8am – 12pm. CSD Administration Building in Elk Grove. More info…

Go to UC Davis’ super-fantastic ‘Picnic Day.’ *Sactown Kids highly recommends this event.* Experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis. Explore over 100 department-sponsored exhibits and experience the vast diversity of UC Davis. Be an anthropologist for a day at the Anthropalooza, play math games at Adventures in Math & Stats, meet a bug doctor (bring in a speciman for them to identify) at the Entomology Department, make DNA bracelets at Storer Hall, learn about death and forensics at Briggs Hall, visit the kid-friendly electric vehicle showcase at the student community center, taste honey at the Honey Bee Haven, do hands-on activities and see edible isotopes at Plant & Environmental Sciences, send up a weather balloon and wait for the data/results, and so much more. Other popular events include the police K9 demonstration on Russell Field, baby chick holding, and dogs catching frisbees on Hutchison Field. Don’t miss the Children’s Discovery Fair at Cruess Hall Lawn, 10am – 4pm. For a full schedule of events, click here. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 5pm. UC Davis. More info…

Take teens who are passionate about climate change to the all-day ‘Fast Track to Carbon Zero’ Community Forum, hosted by 350 Sacramento. There are incredible speakers, including Jennifer Gress, policy director at the Mayor’s Office, and afternoon break-out sessions, including ‘Youth Climate Action’ and ‘Sacramento Climate Emergency Declaration.’ Climate change is the biggest challenge of our lifetime. We need to speed up the transition from fossil fuels to a sustainable future to achieve carbon zero within the time frame scientists tell us is required to stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius. With a federal government actively hostile to the climate, the real action is now at the local level. Cities are where innovation and creativity can make a huge difference, transforming urban landscapes into low-carbon, highly desirable communities. Sacramento, the capital of California, can be a leader in this exciting and ambitious effort. $5-$15 sliding scale, includes lunch. No one turned away for lack of funds. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center. More info…

Help teens get their first real job. Come and meet one-on-one with a volunteer job coach who will help you look for jobs, create an effective resume, and more. Each appointment lasts for approximately 30 minutes. Participants are encouraged to make a reservation online. Free. Sat. 10am – 10:30am. Open to teens (aged 13-18) and adults. More info…

Watch track & field, and then have a family race. UC Davis Track & Field hosts the Woody Wilson College Open at Toomey Field, all day. 9am – 5pm.

Learn about pollinators, succulents, composting, and more at the Master Gardeners of Placer County Garden Faire.  Over 25 vendors featuring the Master Gardeners of Placer County, will include pollinators, succulents, talks by experts, chickens, composting, children’s activities and more! Hands on demonstrations with succulents, food trucks, kids craft projects, door prizes, and more. Here is a schedule of events, and here is their flyer. Free, all ages. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Maidu Park in Roseville. More info…

Celebrate 2nd Saturday at the hip, new DOCO. On the 2nd Saturday of each month, DOCO hosts an event for families with children. These art activities are specially-designed by Verge Center for the Arts to stimulate creativity while providing a fun weekend activity for families. The festivities occur on the West end of the Plaza (near Yard House). Note on parking: DOCO has four garages onsite, each conveniently located. They suggest parking at the DOCO Central Garage (414 J Street) for 2nd Saturday Activation’s. The craft activity for this Saturday with be: Paper Daffodils — perfect for Easter or any spring day, these paper flowers are easy to make and fun for all ages. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Downtown Commons (DOCO). More info…

Get custom Chinese calligrapy for $5-10 at the Chung-Kong Chan: Art Show and Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration. Join Sol Collective for a pop-up exhibition of ceramics and calligraphy artworks by Chan Chung-Kong. Besides the exhibition, Chan will be doing a Chinese calligraphy demonstration and creating custom works for a sliding scale materials fee: $5-$10. Chan was born in Hong Kong in 1936, and studied fine arts at National Taiwan Normal University. As an educator, he spend several years teaching art at primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong, and later as an instructor in the Department of Extramural Studies, at The Chinese University where he taught courses on ceramics, calligraphy, sketching, and introduction to jewelry enameling. After migrating into the United States, he taught art in the Bay Area. Chan has exhibited his artwork in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, and the United States. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Sol Collective. More info…

Watch a game of field hockey. UC Davis takes on its sister school as part of the spring field hockey season. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Aggie Field Hockey Facility. More info…

Build a Robot. For ages 9-14. Join in for an exciting, free STEM program with an instructor-led STEM LEGO Robotics program.Participants will work in groups and learn to design, build and program their creation using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit. Session #6 of 8 offered, each session is not dependent on prior attendance. The lesson from Saturday will repeat the following Tuesday, so please only register for 1 class each week. Registration available 10 days prior to the class at saclibrary.org/events. Generously funded by the Friends of the Orangevale Library. Free, must register. Sat. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Orangevale Library. More info…

Go to the free Easter Egg Hunt at El Dorado Hills Town Center. Candy and free gift coupon filled eggs will be collected by excited children in the grass areas by the lake and the Steven Young Amphitheater. There will be 5 egg zone areas (Ages 0-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-12). After the egg hunt, children may visit participating businesses to collect their free gifts. Special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny for pictures and memories. This event will include a magic show, music, face painting, balloon artists and raffle for a Giant Easter Gift. Rain or Shine. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. El Dorado Town Center. More info…

Go to the Tahoe Park Community Easter Egg Hunt. Bring the kids have a fun morning playing games, jump in the bounce house, and meet your local Firefighters from Station 6 and local Police. The Easter Bunny will be there for photos with your family. Each of the two hunts will have a section roped for our littles who need parents’ help. Bigger kids can have fun collecting eggs on the big kid side. Kids should bring their own baskets. Along with all the donations of candy from community church members, this event is partnered with Congressman Eric Guerra for donations of candy. Free. Sat. 10:30am-Noon: Games, 11am: 1st Big Hunt, 11:30am: 2nd Big Hunt. Tahoe Park. More info…

Go to storytime at Barnes & Noble and read Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure. When Pete wakes up Easter morning and sees his basket of goodies, he discovers the Easter Bunny needs a little help. He puts on his bunny ears and hops to it to help save Easter. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble Bookstores. More info…

Watch UC Davis’ women’s tennis take on UC Riverside. Sat. 11am – 1pm. More info…

Get creative at Artful Tot, a drop-in art program at Crocker. Toddlers explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. A quiet sensory room encourages learning through artistic play. Adults learn how to encourage experimentation and self-expression while nurturing their child’s creativity. Families are welcome to arrive any time during the program period. Please dress for mess. For ages 19-36 months. $8 members/$16 non-members. Price includes one child and one adults. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Learn about magic from around the world. Forrest Barnes will use magic tricks and illusions from around the world. He will share the part of the world the magic originated. Using this information, kids may be inspired to learn more about the culture and traditions from the region where the magic trick was developed. Free. Recommended for kids 5-12. 11am – 12pm. Rio Linda Library. More info…

See the unique movie Penguin Highway at Tower Theatre. Recommended for older kids who can read, because it is sub-titled. Synopsis: Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea, Aoyama vows to solve the mystery. When he finds the source of the penguins is a woman from his dentist’s office, they team up for an unforgettable summer adventure! (Rated PG). $15. Sat. 11am – 1pm. Tower Theatre. More info and watch the video trailer here…

Celebrate Holi Festival of Color in Elk Grove. This special event will highlight traditional performance art from India and colorful display of friendship and community. Presented by VI-SH Koranne Foundation of Elk Grove, CA. Free, all ages. Sat. 11am – 12:30pm. Franklin Community Library. More info…

Clean up our waterways. Sacramento Creek Week continues and volunteers are invited to join in the fun after working hard to clear up our waterways. Enjoy a picnic, entertainment, exhibits and interactive displays. Volunteers can also enter your clean-up finds in the Junk and Gunk Contest. Be part of an area-wide volunteer effort to improve and enhance our urban waterways. Trash and invasive plant removal and water quality testing all help support a healthy creek system. You will have a great time and feel great about the work you have done to help protect our environment. Find volunteer opportunities here. Sat. 12pm – 2pm. Held at various creeks & waterways. More info…

Learn how to speak Hmong. Learn Hmong with Me is a free language playgroup. Each month focuses on a different theme. This month highlights the body.  Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Parent participation is strongly encouraged. Free. Sat. 12:30pm – 3:30pm. Colonial Heights Library Community Room. More info…

Make a family art project at Art for Families. Go to the Sacramento Fine Arts Center for some hands-on, quality together time with your child or grandchild (Ages 5+). Work together or separately, everyone takes home a masterpiece! Master artists and instructors will demonstrate and assist. Instructors and projects vary each month. Fee for each family is $5. All materials provided. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael. More info…

Meet Children’s Author Linda Joy Singleton. Celebrate National Library Week and listen to Linda Joy Singleton read her new picture book Crane and Crane. Win a free copy of the book signed by the author and enjoy a children’s activity based on the book. All ages welcome. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Del Paso Heights Library. More info…

Learn about the rare teas of China (16 & older) at The Learnery.Taste regional specialty teas from the various regions of China, from rare white tea to the most commonly consumed tea in China to the Yunnan province robust tea to the fermented pu’eh. Participants will taste six very different teas and learn the history behind the different tea territories. China’s history with tea dates back to over 5,000 years ago in 2732 B.C. with a legend that talks of the wind blowing leaves into a pot of boiling water. Presented by The Novel Tea shop in Sacramento. Ellen and Cid have over sixty years of teaching experience, and now instead of teaching communications or educational theory to college students, they plan to teach everyone in Sacramento how much better life can be with a book in one hand, a cup of tea in the other, and a friend by your side. Ellen is the resident tea expert, and one of only a handful of certified tea sommeliers in California. $25. 16 & up (call to get approval if you want to attend with a teen younger than 16). Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

See Beauty and the Beast. Panto Company US ensemble comes to the Harris Center for two family-friendly shows this season. In Beauty and the Beast, the beautiful Belle finds herself in a spellbound castle held captive by a beast…does she fall in love with the Beast before the last petal falls? Or will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew? Expect lots of laughter, stunning costumes, music and plenty of magic. $11.50+. Sat. 1pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Take teens to see what’s new at Crocker. Never the same tour twice, New on View dives into the latest exhibitions and newest works of art in the museum. Free with admission. Sat. 3pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Take the kids on a 2nd Saturday Art Walk in downtown Sacramento. On the 2nd Saturday of every month, Sacramento galleries and local businesses host an open house evening starting at around 5:30pm until 9pm or later. Enjoy the art exhibits, local artists, food and wine, live music, street fairs and special events.More info…

Meet friendly and prolific artist Sarah Golden, illustrator of “1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids” book at her first 2nd Saturday open studio and ask her anything/everything about her inspirations and the way she brings her artwork to life. Also ask her about the 100-Day Fabric Design Challenge she’s working on. Highly recommended for kids interested in graphic art and fabric design and chat with a local artist in-person. Free. Drop-in, Sat. 6pm-9pm. ARTHOUSE on R St. More info…

Go to a free Teen Lock In: Escape the Upside Down. Join Rancho Cordova Library for a teens only night at the library where they’ll try to escape the upside down, build an epic Eggo tower, and indulge in all things 1980s. Oh, and don’t forget, FIND WILL! Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. Rancho Cordova Library. More info…

Go to Renacido, a fabulous, spring-inspired art showcase of Latino artists. Winter is winding away. The season of rebirth is upon us and we are ready to bloom. Join the Lation Center for Arts and Culture for their Spring-inspired showcase exclusively by local artists. Free ,all ages. Sat. 6pm – 10pm. Latino Center of Art & Culture. More info…

Join Teen Game Night. Join the North Sac Teen Advisory Board for an after-hours teen night every 2nd Saturday of the month. Ages 13-19 come and enjoy a night of video games, movies, computers and more! Snacks provided by the Friends of the North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. Free. Ages 13-19. Sat. 6pm – 8pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Watch a dance performance called Dreamers. In this original new work by Jacob Gutierrez-Montoya, you can experience the artistry of Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company. Inspired by the dreams and goals we set out to achieve when we are young, each unique dance will be an exploration of the dreams and the thoughts our unconscious paints for as we sleep. From daydreaming and late night thinking to the deepest wishes and highest hopes, dreams have a way of guiding the direction of life. $15+. Sat. 7pm – 9pm. Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theatre. More info…

Take teen musicians to hear Opera in Concert: Rigoletto by the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. Rigoletto is widely considered to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Giuseppe Verdi’s middle-to-late career. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda. (No children under 4 are permitted.) $18+. Sat. 8pm. Community Center Theater. More info…

SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH, 2019
Partly Cloudy 69/47

Run in a family-friendly race. Join the pride as thousands of runners raise funds to benefit the Sacramento Zoo. Are you as fast as a hare or as slow as a tortoise? Find out at the 38th annual ZooZoom at the Sacramento Zoo. The course winds through scenic William Land Park along flat, tree-lined streets. This 5K, 10K and children’s fun run is a fundraiser for the Sacramento Zoological Society. Kid’s Run $15. Sun. 8am – 1pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Go to the Sacramento Dog Show. The Sacramento Kennel Club, a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC), presents one of the longest-standing dog shows in the country, just two years away from their 100th year mark. Since the 1920s, the show has brought judges from across the county to award the “Best in Show”, and other specialty categories. A great family event, the Sacramento Dog Show is open to the public, breeders, groomers, media and pet lovers alike. For a schedule of events, click here. $12+. Kids 12 & under are Free. Sun. 8am – 4pm (also on Sat.). Cal Expo. More info…

Go to the biggest Asparagus Festival in the West. The San Joaquin Asparagus Festival offers endless asparagus dishes and everything from food to fun. Bring your family and friends and enjoy Asparagus Alley, Asparagus Plaza, Live Entertainment, Health & Wellness Fair, Countless Food, Commercial and Craft Vendors, Craft Beer and Wine Pavilion, Recipe Contest, Kids Zone with carnival rides and games, Country Farm Animals and so much more. Sun. 10am – 8pm (also on Fri. & Sat.) More info…

Try some butterfly pea flower tea. Come and try five unique flavors: chrysanthemum, lavender, jasmine, rose and butterfly pea flower at the all-ages ‘Tea & Conversation’ event at the UC Davis Wyatt Deck. Co-sponsored by the Global Tea Club. All are welcome to this free public program. Parking is free in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive. Free. Sun. 11am – 1pm. UC Davis – Wyatt Deck. For more information, call (530) 752-4880. More info…

Watch the Sac State Hornets women’s row team compete at the Lake Natoma Invitational Rowing Competition. Cheer them on as they take on Stanford, USC, Brown, Cal Berkeley, and others. Sat. & Sun. at Lake Natoma, Nimbus Flat. More info…

Paint a unicorn. On a pre-sketched, 16×20 canvas, young artists (Ages 5+) will customize and design a unicorn with guided assistance by Instructor Ebony London. $25. Ages 5+. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. Ebony London Art Studio. More info…

Take a free yoga class (ages 7+). This ‘Yoga for Beginners’ session is presented by Isha Yoga. You will learn simple, but powerful, yoga postures to balance and stabilize your system. No prior experience with yoga is necessary.Benefits: Can relieve chronic ailments, relieve back pain, stress, anxiety, tension, strengthens the spine, takes only 5-10 minutes to practice daily. Designed by Sadhguru, this session will be conducted by a trained Isha facilitator, after which on-going online support will also be available. This session is brought to you by Isha Foundation, an international non-profit aimed to bring well-being to everyone through yoga and meditation. Free. Ages 7+. Sun. 1:30pm – 3pm. Southgate Community Library. More info…

Meet other families with special needs at We Embrace Families & Fun. Join the party when We Embrace Families presents an interactive, fun program for kids with special needs, including adaptive dance and an arts/crafts workshop.  Peer volunteers will be available by request-contact the organizers at weembracefamilies@gmail.com.  We Embrace’s mission is to support families with special needs and provide opportunities to network with each other, become knowledgeable about resources that exist, celebrate diversity and connect with the community at large. Free. Sun. 2pm – 3pm. Carmichael Library Meeting Room. More info…

See a dance performance about electricity. Having entertained millions of people around the world, Mayumana has become one of Israel’s leading cultural exports. The dance group’s shows combine custom-made musical instruments, massive video art projections and performers in constant motion. For their debut performance at the Mondavi Center, they will present Currents, inspired by the historic “Battle of Currents” between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest to find new energy sources for the world. Starting in the late 1880s, Edison developed direct current (DC) that runs continually in a single direction, like in a battery, and was the standard in the U.S. during the early years of electricity. But there was one problem: DC was not easily converted to higher or lower voltages and Tesla believed that alternating current (AC) was the solution. AC reverses direction a certain number of times per second (60 in the U.S.) and can be converted to different voltages relatively easily. On Stage, we witness a journey between two troops, each representing a different view of the essence of light and electricity and each inspired by a different aesthetic and artistic approach, all of which are presented as a dialogue through unique sounds, lights, and visual effects. $12.50+. Sun. 2pm. Mondavi Center. More info and watch a video clip…

Go to Family Storytime. Toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes and stories designed to build early literacy skills. Free. Sun. 3pm – 4pm. Fair Oaks Library Meeting Room. More info…

Take budding pianists to see Jason Sia play. The Crocker  welcomes Jason Sia, a Sacramento native and rising star, for a dazzling performance honoring the exhibition “The Roaming Eye: International Street Photography from the Ramer Collection.” Sia’s masterful musicianship and stunning virtuosity will bring musical stories to life, including solo masterworks like Hoedown from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo and selections from George Gershwin’s well-loved American Songbook. The program will also include the monumental Grand Piano Sonata in F minor, Opus 14 (Concerto Without Orchestra) by Schumann, and other favorite works by Romantic and Impressionistic composers Chopin, Ravel, Schubert, Liszt, and Debussy. $10+. Sun. 3pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Learn how to meditate for free (ages 12+). In this one-hour session you will learn Isha Kriya, a simple 12-18-minute practice to help you to become meditative effortlessly. Daily practice of Isha Kriya brings: Health, dynamism, peace, wellbeing, clarity, and joy. Isha Kriya does not require any previous experience with meditation and can be done sitting on a chair. Designed by Sadhguru, this session will be conducted by a trained Isha facilitator, after which on-going online support will also be available. This session is brought to you by Isha Foundation, an international non-profit aimed to bring well-being to everyone through yoga and meditation. Free. Ages 12+. Sun. 3:15pm – 4:15pm. Southgate Community Library. More info…

Take your older kid to see a cool indie band. Baseball Gregg is a Pop duo from Stockton by way of Italy. Founders Luca Lovisetto and Samuel Regan met in Bologna in 2013, the former a native of the city and the latter a student studying abroad. $10, all ages. Sun. 6:30pm (doors 6pm). Also performing: Majetic and Pregnant. Momo Sacramento. More info…

Plan Ahead & Other Notable Events…

The Ebony London Art Studio is hosting a very cool “Make a comic book workshop” if you’re looking for something for your non-conformist, creative teen to do during spring break. Teens will take all the steps from character development to printing! Class Schedule (4/13-4/19, 9:30am – 1:30pm):
-Day 1 (4/13): Main Character Development
-Day 2 (4/15): Storyline Development
-Day 3 (4/16): Supporting Character Development
-Day 4 (4/18): Creating Thumbnails and Editing
-Day 5 (4/19): Front and Back Cover, Editing
This workshop is $185, for ages 13-19. More info…

For parents concerned about our children’s food & health… This week, the Sacramento Food Film Festival celebrates films about our food system. At the final film of 2019, the Food Literacy Center spotlights a documentary about the growing problem of childhood obesity – The Kids Menu. Filmmaker Joe Cross meets with experts, parents, teachers and kids, coming to the realization that childhood obesity isn’t the real issue, but rather a symptom of a bigger problem. In this inspiring and hopeful documentary, see amazing programs in action, inspiring individuals paving the way for change. CapRadio’s Food & Sustainability Reporter Julia Mitric will moderate a panel following the film. All proceeds will benefit the Food Literacy Center. Free. April 16th, 6pm – 9pm. Uptown Studios. More info…

If you love the music of Star Wars, and want to introduce your kid to the genius of John Williams, take them to the Sacramento Philharmonics Star Wars performance on April 27th at 8pm. This one will probably sell out, so get your tickets soon. It’s pricey ($60+) so probably only suitable for die-hard fans. : ) April 27th, 8pm. Sacramento Community Center Theater. More info…

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! APRIL 6TH – APRIL 7TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of April 6th & 7th, 2019! Eat a fresh stroopwafel (Dutch cookie/waffle), go to a vinyl fair, get your spring garden started at a plant sale, make a DIY microscope, take teens to paddle board yoga, celebrate Earth Day at the Koobs Nature Area, listen to super-strange stories at Sacramento History for Kids, play in a cornhole tournament, go to a STEM fair or the Kids Expo, ride the Easter Egg Express train, help rescue Egrets with a paint party, walk in blue & yellow corridors, clean up a creek, see tiny bonsai trees, go on a gallery adventure at Crocker, watch a mochi pounding demonstration at the Davis Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrate Holi, get messy at free Art Studio Lab at Manetti Shrem, see a 6th grader play Haydn’s Cello Concerto, watch a baseball game, basketball game, softball game, sand volleyball game, junior roller derby, soccer game, see performances of Pinocchio, Addams Family, Legally Blonde, Little Red Riding Hood, Cindarella, Cats, Goldilocks & the Three Bears, When We Were Colored, and so much more! It’s a heck of a weekend in cloudy Sacramento.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH, 2019
Cloudy 64/53

Get garden-ready at the Soil Born Farms’ Spring Plant Sale. Join Soil Born Farms for their collaborative plant sale with Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery and Demo Garden, a project of California Native Plant Society. Fill your spring garden with organic vegetable starts, medicinal and culinary herbs, and flower starts grown in the Soil Born Farms Greenhouse and native plants from Elderberry Farms Nursery, Hedgerow Farms, WildJules Seedballs, and Cornflower Farms. Featuring guest speaker Wendy Johnson, the author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate. There will also be 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. Take a walk or bike ride along the beautiful American River. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 2pm. Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. More info…

Go to a Vinyl Fair (teens). The Armadillo Music and KDVS’s Vinyl and Music Fair has grown to be one of the largest in Northern California for rare and inexpensive vinyl. Vendors from all over the state, and the west coast, will be selling vinyl records, CDS, DVDs, VHS, tapes and anything else music related. Shoppers are encouraged to bring cash, and a bag. There’s lots of free parking. Woodstocks Pizza will be on site selling pizza around lunch. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 3:30pm. Davis Senior Center. More info…

Pick out some unique, low-water plants at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery’s Public Plant Sale. Multiple times each year the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery opens its doors for the public to shop from its incredible selection of attractive, low-water plants perfect for our region. Find the plants you’ve always wanted, but can never find. Your purchases help fund the growth and care of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden landscapes, collections, and free public programs. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 1pm. UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery. More info… (download their Inventory PDF)

Make a DIY Microscope. From the cells of an onion, to the surface of a penny, microscopes allow us to see the tiny details of everyday objects. Construct a microscope with provided materials — and your smartphone. Take it home and continue to explore the world around you. $25 (total for one child & one adult). $10 for additional person. Sat. 9:30am – 10:30am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Celebrate Earth Day Conservation at the Koobs Nature Area. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area and discover the ways we can protect and enjoy our Earth. They will have activity tables for kids to create and learn about Earth Day and Conservation. The Koobs Nature Area is open for public open days on the first Saturday of every month, March through October. Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Koobs Nature Area in Carmichael. More info…

Watch some sand volleyball as the Sacramento State Women’s team takes on Pacific at Livermore Park in Folsom. Free. Sat. 10am. More info…

Hear strange real stories at Sacramento History for Kids. Who says history has to be boring? Hear tales of floods, fires, mayhem, and the amazing accomplishments of the early residents of Sacramento. The kicker is that all of these stories are true and taken from the residents of the Old City Cemetery. Come see why truth is stranger than fiction. This tour is designed for kids in fourth grade and up, but all ages are welcome. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

Take teens to Slow Art Day at Crocker. Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission to help people discover the joy of looking at art. Be one of the thousands of people around the world who take part in this special opportunity to slow down and have art reveal itself through guided looking led by docent Nancy Hampton. Free with admission. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Eat a Dutch cookie/waffle from Dutchman’s Stroopwafels and get gardening tips at the Plant Foundry Spring Celebration. There will also be face painting, various vendors, master gardening clinics, and more. Free. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Plant Foundry. More info…

Learn about the Crocker family. Go on the Crocker History Tour and learn about the Crocker family and the era during which they lived as you journey back in time on this history infused gallery tour. Free with museum admission. Sat. 11am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Watch a junior roller derby tournament. Sacramento Junior Roller Derby is hosting a one day round robin tournament featuring teams from Northern California. The tournament will feature three full-length games throughout the day. Watch this year, and compete next year! They will also have an open snack bar and merchandise for sale. Doors Open for VIP Season Pass Holders: 10:15 AM GA Doors Open: 10:30 AM Mo-Town Misfits vs. Santa Cruz Groms: 11 AM SRD Jrs vs. Mo-Town: 1:30 PM Santa Cruz vs. SRD Jrs: 4 PM Adult GA: $8 Kids 8-12 GA: $5 Kids 7 and under are Free. Sat. 11am – 6pm. Sacramento Roller Derby Warehouse. More info…

Play in a cornhole tournament. Join the California Cornhole Association, Raley Field, and the Rivercats for a night of cornhole and baseball. Advanced, Social, and 15U Junior Division cornhole players can gather for pool play in single-elimination brackets with prizes for winners. There is also a “bring your own partner” Double event with cash and prizes. Don’t miss the post-game fireworks. Bring your own cornhole bags to play. $32. Sat. 12pm – 11pm. Games begin at 1:05pm. Doors open at 12pm. Raley Field. More info…

Go to Storytime & Activities featuring Family Forever at Barnes & Noble Bookstores. When Julia’s beloved fuzzy friend Fluffster goes missing, everyone works together to find him, and by the end it is clear that when “family and friends stick together,” everyone is happy. Sat. 11am. More info…

Watch a softball game. Sac State Hornets take on Montana at 12pm. Free. Sacramento State University. More info…

Go to a Top Hard-to-Kill Plants Workshop. Exotic Plants will be hosting their first free First Saturday Workshop and Tent Sale at their new 1525 Fulton Location. This workshop will be an informative workshop that will showcase the easiest and most hardy house plants you can buy that are easy to maintain and care for. Their knowledgeable staff will walk you through care steps and answer any questions you might have as well as identifying low maintenance plants you can find at the store. Tent Sale: Discounted Plants 10am-3pm. The tent sale will have largely discounted plants that are in need of a good home. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 12pm – 1:30pm. Tent Sale is 10am – 3pm. Exotic Plants. More info…

Go to a free Easter Egg Hunt at the Fruitridge Community Collaborative. Besides fun activities like Jump Bike demos, yoga, gardening, arts and crafts, and cooking, this day will have the VSP Eye Clinic which will provide complimentary eye exams to those that qualify. The VSP Eyes of Hope Mobile Clinic will be on site to provide no-cost, comprehensive eye exams and glasses to those who have no vision insurance and meet the program’s 2019 guidelines. The Easter egg hung starts at 12:30pm, and the Easter Bunny will visit at 1:30pm. 

Go to a STEM Fair. The NorCal STEM Education Foundation is proud to announce the 2019 Sacramento Regional STEM Fair. Join in on the action as a spectator, judge, or volunteer. Students in grades 5-12 from over 12 different Northern California counties will be a part of California’s largest regional STEM fair. There will be a College and Career Expo 1pm – 4pm outside of the ARC Student Center with dozens of local organizations and vendors showing cool gadgets, school programs, and future job opportunities. Free. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. Award Ceremonies are 4pm – 7pm. American River College. More info…

See a performance of Little Red Riding Hood. One day Little Red Riding Hood goes to visit her granny. Who will she meet in the woods? City Theatre performs this classic at Little Theatre. $5. Sat. 12-1pm. More info…

Ride the Sacramento RiverTrain Easter Egg Express. Hop on board for an unforgettable springtime experience that’s sure to please young and old, alike. Enjoy an Easter egg hunt, a ride on the rails, kid-friendly activities and a visit from that special, fluffy hare himself – the Easter Bunny. This 2.5-hour experience departs from their West Sacramento location. $35+ ($10 for infants). Sat. 1pm. Sacramento RiverTrain. More info…

Go to the Kids Fun Zone at Southgate Plaza. Kids Fun Zone offers free exciting monthly activities including crafts and fun STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects for kids 12 and under. This Fun Zone’s activities include: Craft – Big Bubble Maker STEM Project – Make Battery-powered Tiny Dancer All materials needed are provided while supplies last. Crafts and projects listed are subject to change, but are always entertaining. Free. Every first Saturday of the month, from 1pm – 4pm. Southgate Plaza. More info…

Go to a book reading for moms. Mom’s Turn, featured on Good Day Sacramento, is a book for everyone heading to a baby shower, anyone who knows a new mom, or any woman embarking on motherhood for the first time or again. Author and reporter Jennika Ingram interviewed moms across North America about what they wish they knew in that first year and shares their insights to make that important first year easier and help ward off postpartum. There will be coloring books available for kids. Free. Sat. 2pm. Crawford’s Books. More info…

Take teen girls to Lunafest Sacramento. Lunafest, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted by Soroptimist International of Metropolitan Sacramento. This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. $5-$25. Sat. 2pm – 9pm. Guild Theater. More info…

Learn how to make dangle earrings (adults & teens). Design and create as many pairs of dangle earrings as you would like within this four hour workshop. With a large assortment of beads available, creative inspiration will be in abundance. Enjoy displaying your earrings on your own four-tier jewelry stand. $65. Sat. 3pm – 7pm. Ebony London Art Studio. More info…

Watch a baseball game. Cheer on the Hornets as they take on CSU Bakersfield. Free. Sat. 3pm. Sacramento State University. More info…

Rescue Egrets with a paint party (ages 6 & up). Join Sacramento Heron and Egret Rescue for a fun painting party fundraiser to benefit wildlife rescue. Attendees will receive step-by-step instruction on how to paint a beautiful Snowy Egret. All materials are supplied including an 11″x 14″ gallery-wrapped canvas. All skill levels welcome – ages 6 to 106. Instruction provided by the fantastic VanGoGirl Paint Parties. Drewski’s is closed to the public on weekends and will not be serving food. However, sodas and snacks will be available, and you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks. $30. Sat. 4pm – 6:15pm. Drewski’s Pit Stop McClellan. More info…

Go to the Lantern Street Festival at Fremont Park. Celebrate lanterns and light and listen to live music and enjoy great food from food trucks. Each adult ticket comes with a free lantern and LED light. Children under 12 are free and can buy lanterns separately. If you want, you can decorate your lantern at the event. Bring materials and get busy creating an illuminated masterpiece. Kids 12 & under are Free, Adults $27+. Sat. 6pm – 11pm. Fremont Park. More info…

Watch a professional soccer game. Cheer on our Sac Republic as they battle it out with Austin Bold. $14+. Sat. 7:30pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

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It’s the second-to-the-last weekend to see Bruce Nauman’s Blue & Yellow Corridor at the Manetti Shrem Museum in Davis. Coinciding with the opening of Bruce Nauman’s (MFA ’66, UC Davis) retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, this exhibition features the first realization of a participatory environment Nauman conceived in 1970. The work is a narrow passageway that wraps around an existing room, combining colored fluorescent light and closed-circuit video to manipulate the viewer’s perceptual experience. An adjacent gallery includes artworks that situate the corridor within the artist’s career. This great, little museum is free every day. This exhibit was extended to April 14th. See it before it goes. Free. Open Sun. 12pm – 5pm. Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. More info…

Participate in Sacramento Creek Week: Water Colors Our World. Whether it is participating in one or more of the fun and educational activities or volunteering at the annual community-wide cleanup and celebration, there is something for everyone during Creek Week! Fun for all ages with activities throughout the Sacramento region. Events include: Sat. April 6th: Bufferlands Birds and Blooms Tour, Sat. April 6th: Water Wonderful World at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sat. April 6th: Arcade Creek Exploration at Del Paso Regional Park Natural Area, Sun. April 7th: Living in Water at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Most events are Free. More info…

Take teens to Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga. Spotted Dog Yoga is offering weekly “SUP DOG Paddle Board Yoga” classes in partnership with the City of Folsom. Take your yoga practice to the water and experience a new level of challenge and exploration of the land based yoga practice you may already be familiar with. The classes are open to all levels and are designed to teach the basic fundamentals of SUP Yoga. All classes will include a slow moving Spotted Dog Yoga style vinyasa yoga practice. Classes are 75 minutes long. Kids 13-17 are welcome to join if accompanied by an adult. Bring: towel, change of clothes, water bottle and an adventurous spirit. No yoga experience necessary. Although a lifeguard will be on duty, you must be able to swim. Class capacity is capped at 10 to deliver a superior experience They provide the best yoga-specific paddle boards and gear (included in program fee) needed for the class and they do not allow outside boards. $25. Sat. 8:15am – 9:30am or 10am – 11:15am. Folsom Aquatic Center. More info…

See some bonsai trees. The Bonsai Sekiku Kai bonsai show will have many bonsai tree specimens to view and will feature a demonstration by Yuzo Maruyama. Talk with team members to learn about the art and how it’s applied to the local climate. Amenities include refreshments, light snacks, door prizes, raffles, and a silent auction. Member and vendor sales of plants and bonsai-related items will also be available. Free. Sun. 10am – 4pm (Demonstration is at 2pm). Sacramento Buddhist Church. More info…

See Gold Fever! Games hosted by the Sacramento Visitor’s Center. Guests to the Old Sacramento Waterfront can experience what it was like to catch gold fever while getting actively involved in the intriguing Gold Fever! games. Participants 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. Never the same experience twice, Gold Fever! games 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 the historic district, visitors discover if they successfully escaped the many floods, if they managed to keep their gold dust (or lost it all at the gambling tables) and if they survived the fires, disease and occasional steamboat explosion. Gold Fever! games last approximately one hour, are great fun for all ages, and cost $12 for adults and $8 for children 6 to 17 (children ages five and under are free). Sun. 10:30am, 12pm, & 1:30pm (also on Sat.). The games start and end at the Sacramento Visitors Center, 1002 Second Street in Old Sacramento, near the corner of Second and J streets. Your ticket includes free admission to the Sacramento History Museum. More info…

Go on the Kids & Company Gallery Adventure. Amusing and educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children and the adults who tag along with them. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 11:30am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

See performances, take part in workshops, and science shows at the Kids Expo California. There will also be family-friendly vendors, exhibits, hands-on activities, giveaways, a bounce village, toddler town, science stations, model castings, VIP princess tea parties, and superhero meet & greets. Checkout the schedule to be sure to see what you want. $12+. Parking $10. Sat. & Sun. 11am – 5pm. (Get the $2 off Expo Coupon online). Cal Expo. More info…

See Goldilocks and the Three Bears on stage at Fairytale Town. The Fairytale Town Troupers present a gentle and happy story for the whole family. When the three bears return home from a walk, they find a stranger in their home — a lost little girl who goes by the name of Goldilocks. They are surprised, but they decide to help the little girl and keep her safe until she can be reunited with her real family again. Performances will be held in the Children’s Theater. $6, free for members. 11am – 1pm. Fairytale Town. More info…

Go to the Davis Craft & Vintage Fair and hear live music from The New Harmony Jazz Band. There will be craft table activities, great food, art, and upcycled goods. Free. Sun. 11am – 4pm. Davis Central Park. More info…

Check out everything Sac State has to offer at Sunday Funday. Sunday Funday is an opportunity for Sacramento State’s College of Arts & Letters to welcome students, staff, faculty, alumni, neighbors, and their families to campus for one day to experience creative and explorative programs of study. It is a day to have fun and thank the community for their support. Sunday Funday celebrates what makes these programs so unique and how the College of Arts & Letters contributes to the vibrancy of campus and produces creative and inquisitive alumni. There will be string musical performances, puppet sows, a film screening, etc. Check the schedule. Free. Sun. 11am – 3pm. CSU Sacramento. More info…

Go to the Davis Cherry Blossom Festival. Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan and Sudwerk Brewing Co. are excited to present the annual Davis Cherry Blossom Festival, a weekend filled with music, art, culture, food, beer, and friends. Activities include two music stages featuring live music and taiko (traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming), food and art vendors, local artist’s gallery, interactive educational/cultural demonstrations (mochi pounding, taiko lessons, shibori dying, origami, and more), games and activities, seasonal Sakura beer is back for the weekend, too. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 11am – 9:30pm (also on Sat. 11am – 10pm). Sudwerk Brewing Co. Dock Store. More info…

Throw color into the air and celebrate Holi. The Indian Graduate Student Association (IGSA) and Indian Student Association (ISA), in collaboration with the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, present “Rang de Davis” — a celebration of Holi. Have a fun-filled time in this magnificent celebration of joy and love with colors, water, dance, music and Indian food at the Arboretum Gazebo. Click here for the Location map. Parking is free and available in Visitor Lot 55. $8. Sun. 12pm – 4pm. UC Davis Arboretum. More info…

Take teens to Legally Blonde, the musical. Based on the beloved movie, Legally Blonde – The Musical is a journey from the sorority house to the halls of justice. Elle Woods appears to have it all, until her boyfriend dumps her to attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her ingenuity and charm to get into Harvard too, tackling stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal along the way. Driven by memorable songs and explosive dances, Legally Blonde – The Musical warms the heart, “a high-energy… hymn to the glories of girlishness.” (New York Times). $48+ (10% off Sunday single tickets). Sun. 1pm & 6:30pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

See Broadway Sacramento’s production of Cats, the beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater, “Memory.” Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. Featuring new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation. Ends this weekend. $26+. Sun. 2pm (also on Sat.). Community Center Theater. More info…

Hear junior high students in Davis play classical music in the beautiful Mondavi Center. A Celebration of Music is an afternoon of classical musical featuring students from Davis schools. Performances this year include the Emerson Da Vinci Harper Junior High Orchestras, the Emerson Da Vinci Harper and Holmes Junior High Choirs, the Davis Elementary All City Strings, and the Chamber Music Students of Susan Lamb Cook. $10+. Sun. 2pm – 5pm. Mondavi Center. More info…

Join a Community Singing Circle. Singing with friends and neighbors is an uplifting and healing experience. MusicLandria invites you to join its circle, where all are encouraged to participate in musical creation. How a singing circle works: The leaders make up simple vocal melodies, giving a different part to each section of the circle. The parts change over time. Together, everyone creates evolving, improvised vocal compositions. Everyone can sing! This is a chance to exercise your vocal pipes without fear or judgement. Suggested donation $10, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. KOH Library & Cultural Center. More info…

See Cindarella. Royal Stage presents the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Cinderella,” featuring a cast of performers all local to the Sacramento region. Experience a timeless tale that is family-friendly and includes themed concessions available for purchase and a lobby photo-op area. A cast meet & greet is available after each performance. $8. Sun. 2pm (also Sat. 2pm). Antelope Road Christian Fellowship. More info…

Get messy in the free Art Studio Lab at the Manetti Shrem Museum. All are invited to join in the Carol and Gerry Parker Art Studio for participatory activities every weekend. Get messy, express yourself, and play with hands on experiences. Free. Sun. 2pm – 4pm (also on Sat.). Manetti Shrem Museum in Davis. More info…

See a performance of The Addams Family by the Sierra College Theatre Arts Department. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesdays normal boyfriend and his parents. $10+. Sun. 2pm (also on Sat. 8pm). Dietrich Theater Sierra College. More info…

Take teens to When We Were Colored: A Mother’s Story. Based on a book by Eva Rutland, this world premiere tells the story of one family’s experience with integration in post-World War II Sacramento. When a black mother moves to California from the segregated south with her husband and children, the family must confront what it’s like to be the first black household on the block, the only black children at school, and how to continue to love those with different ideologies — even when they live under your own roof. At once timely, poignant, and funny, this production continues STC’s commitment to produce new works with local relevance. $17+. Sun. 2pm & 7pm (shows also on Fri. & Sat.). Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

Watch a 6th grader play Haydn’s Cello Concerto. The Sacramento Youth Symphony is one of the best music programs in Sacramento. Haydn’s Cello Concerto features cellist Benjamin Jiang, a 6th grade student at Elliott Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove. Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21 features Justin Wahby, a 10th Grader at Franklin High School in Elk Grove. Other works include Russian Easter Overture by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams, and the Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor by Borodin. Come see these amazing performers. $15+. Sun. 3pm – 4:30pm. More info…

Go to Family Storytime. Every Sunday toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to join Fair Oaks Library for songs, rhymes, and stories designed to build early literacy skills. Free. Sun. 3-4pm. Fair Oaks Library. More info…

See Walt Disney’s Pinocchio at Crest Theatre. Doors 3pm. Show 4pm. $7.50+. More info…

Watch the Sacramento Kings take on the New Orleans Pelicans. $16+. Sun. 6pm. Golden 1 Center. More info…

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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