TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! NOVEMBER 17TH – NOVEMBER 18TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of November 17th & 18th! Stay indoors and hit the trampolines, make some pottery, meet a poet, check out a giant train snowplow, go to a ski/board festival, read some new J.K. Rowling books, enter a scone baking contest, or see a Holocaust play. Or venture out (weather-permitting) and go birding, ice skating, check out a mandarin festival, eat Brazilian and Peruvian food, or see wild bucks and their giant antlers. High of 68 Saturday, high of 66 and cloudy Sunday. Pray that the forecast for rain Wednesday & Thursday is correct. Stay safe this weekend.

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Help victims of the wildfires… Here’s a vetted list, compiled by the NY Times, of organizations that you can donate money to for helping people affected by California wildfires. More info…

Sign-up the family to volunteer at the Sacramento Food Bank this holiday season. Kids 10 & up can participate! Their next volunteer orientation is on Wed. Nov. 28th. Learn how you can volunteer in their garden, sort food and clothing, mentor youth, etc. More info…

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2018

**We have tried to verify that all of these events are still taking place, but things may change. Confirm online or call ahead.**

Jump your heart out at a trampoline park. If you want to stay indoors but unleash the kids, Sky High Sports is open Sat. 10am – 11pm for kids who need to jump their willies out. Sign the waiver online to speed up registration and be sure to bring socks. Leave bags at home so you can enjoy jumping with the kids! (Tip: Thursday nights are family jump nights, $35 for 4 people, 1 large one-topping pizza, and 4 waters). More info…

Eat Mandarins on pizza. We verified that the 25th Annual Mountain Mandarin Festival is still happening. Meet growers, see a funnel cake eating contest, hula dancing, choral and band performances, magic shows, science wizardry, ride a pony, and visit the petting zoo. Kids 12 & under are free. Adults $8 ($4 on Preview Friday), parking $6. Sat. 9am – 5pm (also on Fri. & Sun.) Gold County Fairgrounds in Auburn. More info and entertainment schedule…

See a giant snowplow. For a limited time, visitors to the California State Railroad Museum have a special opportunity to see a 251,000-pound rotary snowplow from the Museum’s impressive collection along with a compelling exhibit titled “Snowbound in the Sierra.” With the historic snowplow as an eye-catching centerpiece, the exhibit highlights the dramatic story of 226 passengers and crew members who were rescued — with the help of crews working around the clock and seven rotary snowplows — after being trapped on a luxury streamliner locomotive during a massive snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada in 1952. The exhibit includes riveting narrative from passengers and crew, a special kiosk, exhibit case, and video along with an interactive game. Free with admission. Sun. 10am – 5pm (and other days). California State Railroad Museum. More info…

See 200 painstakingly crafted quilts. The three-day Quilt Show 2018 will show artistically stunning quilts handmade by local quilt artists. There will be traditional and modern quilts, handmade gift items for the upcoming holidays, demonstrations, door prizes, and a country store. Kids ages 12 & under free. Sat. 10am – 5pm (also on Friday and Monday). Adults $10 (for three days). Scottish Rite Temple. More info…

Go on a birding and nature walk led by a naturalist and special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars or borrow a pair. Free, $5 parking. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Sat. 10:30pm. More info…

Eat a Peruvian lunch at the Latin American Food Festival. Introduce the kids to delicious and unique food from Mexico, Brazil, Peru and more. Wines and many international beers will also be available, as well as live music and a kids zone. Kids $12 & under free. Adults $12+. Sat. 11am – 9:30pm. 3262 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento. More info…

Go to storytime at Barnes & Noble featuring the story “Bear Says Thanks.” What better way for Bear to say thanks than to have a big dinner with all his friends. Join in for this special Thanksgiving Storytime celebrating family and friendship. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble. More info…

Enter the Big Build Challenge. What can you create using only cutting tools, masking tape, and cardboard boxes? Will you add on to a project someone else created or start from scratch? How tall or wide can you build a structure? No ideas are off limits in this week-long engineering challenge that involves some basic materials and a lot of creative thinking at Powerhouse Science Center. Free with admission. Sat. 12pm – 4pm (the challenge ends Nov. 25th). Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Explore the Magic Harry Potter Event at Barnes & Noble. Live the adventure of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. Join B&N for activities, games, cosplay, LEGO building, special offers, and giveaways. Free, Sat. 2pm. Barnes & Noble. More info…

Stay indoors and paint some pottery with friends at Alpha Fired Arts. We like this studio because you can choose from more than 425 ceramic items to paint. Plus they have a full-service pottery studio were you can rent time on a wheel and use all their tools and glazes, and they give classes too. $8 paint studio fee for kids ($10 for adults) plus cost of your ceramic item. Open Saturdays 10am – 4pm. More info…

Join a Tween Book Club. Come join the Franklin Library for their very first Tween Book Club where they will be reading A Wrinkle in Time and discussing this science-fiction novel turned movie. Free. Sat. 3:30pm – 4:30pm. Franklin Community Library in Elk Grove. More info…

Holiday shop for local/handmade at River City Marketplace, which takes over The Urban Hive on Saturday. There will DIY workshops, patio games, food booths, children’s activity room, two bars, silent disco, live art, mobile boutiques, and mini art galleries. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 4pm – 9pm. The Urban Hive. More info…

Take your teen on a one-on-one and introduce them to hauntingly beautiful classical music. The Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera presents love duets and scenes from La Boheme, Carmen, Un ballo in maschera and Aida. Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet will also be performed. Christoph Campestrini will conduct. Ages 4+. $18+. Community Center Theatre. More info…

Last chance to see Peter Pan by the El Dorado Musical Theatre. Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up. Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and has delighted audiences for 60 years. This production by El Dorado Musical Theatre features colorful costumes and sets, stunning choreography, and exceptional performances. $36+. Sat. 7pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2018

**We have tried to verify that all of these events are still taking place, but things may change. Confirm online or call ahead.**

Grab some glue and make some simple leaf art with fallen leaves in your neighborhood. Let kids incorporate pens, crayons, paint, construction paper shapes if they want. Get even crazier and frame it. 

Ice skate indoors our outdoors at Skatetown in Roseville. Bring warm clothing and winter gloves and get ready to get a workout. Free skate aids and loaner helmets are available. They have a full-service cafe, free parking, snow play, live DJ, and laser lights shows at night. Holiday rates are a little higher than normal, but kids 3 & under are free, and so are the skate rentals. Youth $14. Adults $16. Check schedule for session times. Skatetown. More info…

Go to a ski & snowboarding festival. Take older kids to the Sacramento Snowbomb Ski and Board Festival at Cal Expo. Meet pro athletes, watch the BMX/Skate Ramp Show, win ski/board related prizes, and check out the Bear Valley Climbing Wall. Free (VIP passes available). Sun. 11am – 5pm (also on Sat.) Cal Expo. More info…

Go to Science Storytime. Meet in the Nature Discovery exhibit at the Powerhouse Science Center to hear a reading of The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires. Afterwards, participate in an activity that will challenge you to use familiar objects in new ways. Free with admission. Sun. 11am (also on other days). Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Enter a scone baking contest. Judges will be choosing best scone in each of three categories: Plain (cream or butter, no add ins), Sweet (fruit, nuts, or both. example: cranberry pecan), and Savory (spices, tea, cheeses. example: cracked pepper cheddar). Even if you’ve never baked a scone before, it’s still fun to enter! There are prizes, and winning recipes will be included in the national winners’ Amazing Scone Baking Race cookbook! Must bake one dozen scones and drop them off between 11am – 11:30am on Sun. in the Garden Room at Sierra 2. Free to participate. Register here…

See some modern art influenced by German & Italian expressionism. In the exhibition “urba(n)ation”, Ryan Bucko and Robert-Jean Ray explore the dynamics of the urban environment. Ray’s goal is to merge linear depictions of the human with collage compositions inspired by urban street graphics. Influenced by early German and Italian expressionism, his work consists primarily of diminutively sized artwork with strong visual impact. Free. Gallery is open Sun. 11am – 4pm (and other days). Arthouse Gallery & Studios. More info…

See wild bucks in all their glory, with beautiful antler crowns at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Grab your binoculars or borrow some and catch a closer look at the black-tailed deer in their oak woodland home while learning more about their world. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 1:30pm – 3pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Stop by the Animalia Group Art Show. “Animalia,” Tim Collom Gallery’s November offering is a group exhibition featuring work by more than 20 Sacramento artists working in a multitude of visual mediums celebrating the wide, wild world of animals. Free. Gallery is open Sat. 1pm – 6pm. More info…

Meet a Poet. Join anthology readers Lucille Lang Day, Joshua McKinney, Susan Kelly-DeWitt, and Stephen Meadows at the Davis Art Center as they dive into excerpts from Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California. Fire and Rain is an anthology containing more than 250 poems about California ecosystems. The anthology includes a Foreword by California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, an Introduction by poet and scholar Jack Foley, and poetry by 149 contributors. All profits from sale of Fire and Rain will be donated to environmental organizations. Free. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. Davis Arts Center. More info…

Make music with Ms. Nicole at Art Beast. Recommended for kids under 7. This class will sing favorite nursery rhymes and bravely share songs. Ms Nicole will play her guitar, guide children in exploring musical instruments and read stories about the wonderful world of music. On select weeks, students will get to create a simple art project related to music. They will meet in various rooms around the studio so check at the front desk for the location each week. Join in and make music! Free with admission. Sun. 2:30pm. Art Beast Children’s Art Studio. More info…

Go to a Holocaust remembrance play with teens. California Stage Theater presents the Sacramento premiere of Times Like These. Written by nationally celebrated playwright John O’Keefe, the Sacramento production will be directed by Elly Award-winning Sacramento director Richard Winters. The play takes place in Hitler’s Berlin between 1934 and 1938. O’Keefe has based his story loosely on the true story of Joachim Gottschalk, the German Cary Grant of his day, and Gottschalk’s Jewish wife, Meta Wolff. When Wolff is banned from the stage because she is Jewish, she attacks the only way she can: through her actor-husband, whom she directs behind the scenes in a production of Hamlet designed to boldly satirize the Nazis. Playwright John O’Keefe has been both an actor and writer for almost 50 years. Daily Variety lauds the play by saying: “The play’s distinction lies in its truthful examination of fear. O’Keefe’s characters don’t display typical stereotyped heroism. They bend and break, and by exploring this very human weakness, Times Like These gives the horror of Nazism a new and original clarity.” $12+. Last showing is Sun. 2pm. California Stage Theatre. More info…

Go to a free concert to support Habitat for Humanity’s Unity Project. Join Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, the Sacramento Children’s Chorus, St. John’s Lutheran Church Choir, and local faith leaders and representatives from across the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and non-denominational interfaith communities for an evening of song, celebration, and unity. Free, donations appreciated. Sun. 3pm – 4pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church. More info…

For adults w/ kids interested in cryptology…

Learn how to start a CryptoClub. Teachers and adults are invited to a one-day workshop at Fairytale Town to learn how to teach cryptography and establish a CryptoClub program at a school or after-school program. In a CryptoClub, kids in 5th – 8th grades use mathematics to make and break secret codes. Because of the mathematical nature of the subject and the natural interest surrounding secret messages, cryptography is an exciting hook for learning and applying mathematics. CryptoClub can be anywhere—after-school, in-class, as part of a youth group, or scout program. While curriculum is geared towards 5th – 8th graders, it can be adapted easily for lower or higher grades. $30 per person. Participants should bring a laptop computer. 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! NOVEMBER 10TH – NOVEMBER 11TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of November 10th & 11th! See beautiful Aspen trees on an easy half-mile hike, honor our veterans and climb into vintage airplane cockpits and meet real pilots, celebrate Diwali, join a drum circle, make art in a garden, meet a guy who makes fish art prints using real fish, see Peter Pan, touch real trucks in a safe environment, ice skate on the new & improved downtown rink, enter your dog into a pumpkin eating contest, and more! Mostly sunny this weekend, high of 72 both days. Have a great Veterans Day weekend!

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A cool, little thing happening today (Wed.)… 

Make a marshmallow catapult today 4-5pm at the Sylvan Oaks Library in Citrus Heights! Youth Ages 6-12 and their families are invited to explore science concepts and create original projects with a variety of tools. They will build catapults to fling marshmallows and other soft projectiles while learning about physics and engineering. More info…


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10TH, 2018

Go on the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Tour. Cooler weather is coming and so are the birds! Northern Pintails, Gadwalls, and Northern Shovelers are returning to the ponds in the Wildlife Area. Additionally, this is the time of year sparrows migrate back to the area. White-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) are large sparrows with long tails and bold black and white striped caps. They have grey breasts and the black, brown and white streaked wings typical of many sparrow species. White-crowned Sparrows can be seen hopping along the edges of low brushy habitat and using their short, conical bills to forage on seeds, grains, berries, and insects. All interested tour participants should meet a few minutes in Parking Lot A of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, at the west end of the Yolo Causeway. Participants may want to bring binoculars and water (there is no potable water on site). Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance wildlife viewing. This is a driving tour on gravel roads with several stops and optional, short walks. Free. 9am – 12pm. Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. More info…

Let the kids Touch-A-Truck. The Junior League of Sacramento (JLS) presents our fourth annual Touch-A-Truck, an educational community event that provides hands-on opportunities for children and their families to see and touch the trucks and machinery used in our communities and to meet the heroes that work on these awesome machines. The goal is to incorporate the group’s focus of empowering girls by providing access to examples of local women heroes in careers of all types, such as women police officers, bus drivers and firefighters. The event will be lights and horns free for the first hour from 9am-10am. $10+ ($36 family of four). Sat. 9am – 1pm. Raley Field. More info…

Go on a free train ride at Babies & Bumps, a free event celebrating pregnancy, babies and families. Win prizes, talk with experts, shop, laugh, dance and play with free entertainment on stage every hour. To celebrate its 10th year, Sacramento Parent is offering free train rides (while supplies last) and will be searching for a local mom-to-be to feature on the cover of a future issue of Sacramento Parent magazine. Free. Sat. 9am – 2pm. Folsom Community Center. More info…

Catch some harmonies sung by children. Enjoy a day of choral music as students throughout the Greater Sacramento area and beyond sing at the Capital Choral Festival. Each school will be adjudicated by expert clinicians where they will receive constructive notes on their performance. Then the choirs will be escorted to the Capitol building where they will have the opportunity to sing in the Rotunda. $5. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Westminster Presbyterian Church. More info… 

Go ice skating for a kindness campaign. Celebrate 2nd Saturday at the rink! Bring your creativity and take part in a community art piece, sponsored by Western Health Advantage. Bring a nonperishable food donation to the Sacramento Food Bank to receive $2 off skate admission. Ways to get to the rink hassle-free: Utilize Sacramento Regional Transit District light rail, Visit SacPark.org to find a parking spot, Travel by Train with Amtrak San Joaquins, Nearby garage parking includes City Hall Garage (10th & I) and Capitol Garage (10th & L). $6+. Sat. 10am – 5pm. St. Rosa Lima Park downtown on K St. More info…

Get some messy hands at the Artful Tot at Crocker. Every month, toddlers explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. 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 children 19-36 months old with a caregiver. $8+. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

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

See some fish prints. A Life Among the Fishes: 50 Years of Japanese Fish Printing is a retrospective of Christopher M. Dewees’ Japanese fish prints (gyotaku) as well as many new works. Christopher learned the technique of fish printing as a graduate student at Humboldt State University. The print is made by either covering an inked fish with paper or fabric and applying pressure, or by wrapping a fish and dabbing ink onto the receptive surface to get an image. His gyotaku style is traditional and delicate, with an emphasis on structure, printing and movement of fish and shellfish. Dewees often catches the fish, prints it and then prepares it for a meal. Among the new works is a series of collages featuring the Women’s March theme, deep-sea fishes, and California coastal fishes and shellfish. Many of the pieces will be accompanied by stories, poems, or relevant explanations. Free. Gallery open 10am – 6pm. The Artery in Davis. Meet the artist at the reception Fri. 11/9 7pm – 9pm, also free! More info…

Get creative with fall colors. Create colorful fall art by making leaf rubbings of the leaves found in the Nature Center’s village area. Have fun while learning how leaf shape and size help in identifying trees. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Take older kids to see Liz & the Blue Bird. The latest film by Naoko Yamada (A Silent Voice) comes to theaters to touch the hearts of audiences around the world. Based on the anime series, Liz and the Blue Bird focuses on two high school friends, Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki, in their last band competition. To end their high school career, the two musicians play “Liz and the Blue Bird,” featuring an elaborate oboe and flutist solo. While the song is supposed to showcase their strong friendship, their parts sound disjointed, underscoring a growing distance between them, as they talk of college and the future. This emotional and shocking coming of age story underscored by beautiful music is a masterpiece not to be missed. (PG, 90min). $7. Sat. 11am – 12:30pm. Tower Theatre. More info…

Drum up a story. Join the Fenix Drum and Dance Company for a joyous drum circle and storytime. Participants will get to play a variety percussion instruments. All ages are welcome. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

See Kubo & the Two Strings (PG) free at the Family Movie Matinee at Franklin Community Library. In this story, a young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. More info…

Take older musical kids to listen to Nathan Carterette: Poets of the Piano. First performed at Carnegie-Mellon University, “Poets of the Piano” celebrates the magic and poetry of piano music that transcends the instrument and the recreation of story-telling drama through piano performance. It represents an intersection of culture, and often a translation of effect, from text to music. Discover a deeper understanding and love of music through this unique performance and lecture experience. $15 advance, $20 at door. Sat. 3pm – 5pm. Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis. More info…

Experience some colorful installation art. Join The Garage On The Grove (TGTG) for a complexly saturated landscape by inaugural artist Rachel Deane. Her immersive installations originate on the wall and grow outward, creating tension between the history of painting and the occupation of space. She utilizes traditional painting materials alongside soft sculpture to build a web that connects art history, craft, dating culture, cinema, and folklore. This installation includes endurance performances throughout each opening, which introduce ideas of dedication and obsession to the work. TGTG is an independent, noncommercial project space dedicated to presenting experimental art works by deeply engaged artists who need time and space to take big risks in their studio practice. Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. The Garage on the Grove. More info…

What to see in the sky tonight… The annual Leonid meteor shower ramps up this week. The shower got underway November 6, when Earth encountered the outer edge of the debris stream laid down by Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle during its innumerable passes through the inner solar system. With the Moon currently in the evening sky, the best views will come after midnight. The shower will peak the night of November 17/18 under a waxing gibbous Moon. [astronomy.com]

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2018

The event we always wait for all year long… Veterns Day Open Cockpit at the Aerospace Museum! It’s your chance to climb aboard and put yourself in the pilot’s seat of one of the museum’s planes! In honor of Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11 is open cockpit day at the Aerospace Museum of California – and thanks to Wells Fargo Bank, admission is free to all guests, all day long. Come on out and hear the stories of these aircraft from our wonderful docent volunteers, many who flew and worked on these aircrafts. Talking to these veteran pilots is always fascinating, they are filled with interesting information. Plus, at 11am the Air Force Association will be hosting a wreath laying ceremony in our Memorial Plaza to honor all who have served. Free. Sun. 10am – 4pm. Aerospace Museum of California. More info…

Celebrate Veterans Day at Fairytale Town. Active Duty military and veteran families get 1/2 off admission to Fairytale Town. All active duty military, veterans, and their families receive half-price admission on general admission with a valid military identification card. Special offer is not valid for special events, birthday parties, field trips, combo tickets, or with any other offer or discount. Weekend admission is $6 for adults and children ages 2 and older. Members and children ages 1 and under are free. Open Sunday 10am – 4pm. More info…

Or go to the Sacramento Zoo for half-off (for military families)… More info…

Make some Art in the Garden. Spend some time with the kids in the gardens of The Beautiful Center and express yourself on canvas at their Art in the Garden workshop. Rather than an instruction session, you will get to start with a blank canvas, open to what you want to create. When you arrive, find a seat that inspires you and it will already have paints, brushes, a canvas, and easle, ready to go. They will even have themed transfers if you’d like to start with an outline. Date may change due to weather and tickets can be moved to new dates or refunded if the event date changes. For ages 8 and up. $25. Sun. 11am – 1pm. The Beautiful Center. More info…

Celebrate Diwali at the free Diwali & Annakut Darshan & Show in Rancho Cordova. Diwali is a festival of lights in India and celebrates the beginning of the new year. Throughout the day, all visitors will get the opportunity for various items including beautiful theme based Annakut Darshan of over 700 food items in front of Thakorji, Utsav Arti, special Nilkanth Varni Abhishek opportunity, miraculous wide screen audio video light and sound show (in hindi), Children’s Diwali Celebrations based on “Live Hinduism”, Diwali gifts for children, jump houses for children, free gala vegetarianfood, free Indian Calendar for 2019 with all listed hindu festivals and US holidays, Selfies booths, Indian snacks, Indian sweets for sale, Diwali souvenirs and much much more. Free, must register for tickets. Sun. various time slots available. Kids’ Diwali is 12-7pm. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Rancho Cordova. More info…

Enter your dog in a pumpkin eating contest at the BarkHappy Sacramento: Friendsgiving Pawty. Bring your dogs and your friends for our Friendsgiving Pawty benefitting Chako’s Pitbull Rescue and Advocacy at Big Stump Brewing Company! It’ll be a social time with a fun pumpkin eating competition and free goodies for attendees who purchase tickets, all while benefiting Chako’s Pitbull Rescue and Advocacy. All friendly, well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to the family-friendly event! $10+. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. Big Stump Brewing Company. More info…

Go on a Salmon Stroll. Learn about the life cycle of this amazing long distance swimmer and take a stroll to the river to see them spawning. Free, $5 parking. Sun. 1:30pm – 3pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Get out in nature! Bask in the yellow bursts of Aspen trees at Taylor Creek in South Lake Tahoe and look out for salmon. Take the super-easy .5-mile Rainbow Trail hike/walk and stop frequently. Start at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. Trails are open year-round but the Visitor Center will be closed. Parking $10. More info…

See Peter Pan performed by the stellar young performers with the El Dorado Musical Theatre, at Harris Center. Sunday’s shows are probably sold out, but you can still buy tickets for next weekend. Sactown Kids highly recommends EDMT musicals. More info…

What to see in the sky tonight… The waxing crescent Moon appears 4° to Saturn’s upper left this evening. The two stand nearly 20° above the southwestern horizon an hour after sunset and will make a pretty pair with the naked eye and through binoculars. Of course, Saturn makes a tempting target any night this week. The ringed world shines at magnitude 0.6, more than a full magnitude brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius. The best views come through a telescope, however, which reveals a 16″-diameter globe surrounded by a spectacular ring system that spans 35″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight. [astronomy.com]

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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! NOVEMBER 3RD – NOVEMBER 4TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of November 3rd & 4th! See a high school play at Sheldon High, learn life-saving CPR (ages 10 & up), learn about snakes, take a free walking tour under trees, make some sugar skulls, get a “kids tasting” at a mini street food festival, learn about Gloria & Emilio Estefan’s journey to America from Cuba, listen to Zimbabwe music, go to the grand opening of a succulent nursery, learn calligraphy, see Annie the musical, listen to Beethoven’s greatest symphonies, see Vega in the night sky, and more! Mostly sunny Sat., high of 83. Partly cloudy Sun., high of 80. Have a great weekend!

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2018

Participate in an all-girls United Nations. Presented by the Girls in Politics Initiative, Camp United Nations for Girls is a political leadership program that introduces girls ages 10 to 15 to international politics and the work of the United Nations. The program begins with a lesson on the history of the United Nations and its purpose. This is followed by an explanation of the structure, leadership and the rules of procedure of the United Nations starting with the General Assembly and subsidiary organs. Participants learn about the specific work undertaken by the United Nations’ boards, commissions, committees, councils and panels and working groups. Prior to convening the General Assembly, each participant will be assigned a country and solve geopolitical challenges in regional work groups. When the General Assembly convenes delegates will give speeches, negotiate with other delegates, caucus and propose resolutions along with amendments before finally voting. All activities will be guided by a camp counselor in small working groups of delegates. Instructors are women that have worked in government or electoral politics. Camp United Nations for Girls is ideal for girls with an interest in politics. The delegate fee covers all program materials and meals. $160. Sat. 9am – 5pm. More info…

Help create a community photo album at the photography tour, Photography in Sacramento. Standing on J Street during the latter part of the 19th century, it seemed you could throw a rock in any direction and hit a photography studio. On this interactive tour the Old City Cemetery Committee will be delving into the lives of local photographers and their subjects. They’re asking for shutterbugs of all levels to participate. Working together, you will help create an album on Facebook dedicated to this tour and everyone’s perspective of some of the most beautiful works of art that the cemetery has to offer. Bring your Point-and-Shoot, DSLR, or cell phone and get ready to have some fun. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Old City Cemetery. More info…

Take kids for a Walk Under the Trees: An Aroboreal Tour. Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation and Friends of Sutter’s Fort for a unique tour blending history and trees! The fall colored leaves should be in their prime on this walking tour of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP), located right in the heart of Midtown Sacramento. The grounds of Sutter’s Fort include an assortment of tree species native to California, many of which were planted before Sutter’s Fort became the living history museum that it is today. Join us to find out more! This walking tour is free to the public and is offered by our friends at the Sacramento Tree Foundation. Registration required. Sat. 10am – 11:30pm. 

Learn How to Build a 3D Printer. Open Source Ecology will teach you about the open source 3D Printer with the lowest part count in the world, and give you the opportunity to build it yourself. Free. An RSVP required, option to purchase a 3D Printer in advance for $799 to assemble with assistance from Open Source Ecology instructors during the event. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Ella K. McClatchy Library. More info…

Slithering Snakes. Learn all about these legless friends who live along the American River and get a visit from a reptilian animal ambassadors! Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. More info…

Get a free Advent calendar at the Barnes & Noble storytime featuring How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Grow your heart three sizes with this beloved holiday classic. Join in for storytime featuring activities and an Advent calendar to take home, while supplies last. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

It’s back… Disney On Ice: Celebrating 100 Years of Magic! Be charmed by a cast of over 50 of Disney’s unforgettable characters, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and many of the Disney Princesses. Costumes welcome. $20+. Sat. 11am, 3pm, 7pm (also on Sun.). Golden 1 Center. More info…

Anti-Bullying Workshop for Teens. Youth will have lunch and have an opportunity to express their concerns about bullying to local community leaders and special guests. Participants will then learn simple but effective self-defense techniques from renowned martial arts instructor, Lydia Ajay, co-owner of Ajay’s Karate. Attendees must pre-register via eventbrite. Parents/guardians are welcome to observe. $10 for ages 10-17. Sat. 12pm – 3pm. Elk Grove Teen Center USA. More info…

Learn about and celebrate our water resources. The annual Sacramento Water Festival is a multi-cultural, community organized grassroots event that honors the importance of water in our lives and in our communities. The event also reinforces the importance of working with nature to preserve our planet for future generations. Enjoy live performances by different cultural groups, raffle, food, and water related activities for children and adults. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. Discovery Park. More info…

See the play Little Women. The story of Little Women, Louisa M. Alcott’s famous novel, is so well known and so well loved that it is hardly surprising that many attempts have been made to portray its characters upon the stage. None has yet been so successful, however, as this brilliant dramatization by Peter Clapham. The structure of the play faithfully covers that of the novel, interweaving the lives of the March girls, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, and Laurie, the boy next door, as they grow up happily together. Sat. 1pm. $13+. Sutter Street Theatre. More info…

Learn adult, child, and infant CPR. Kids 10 & up can learn how to perform CPR on an adult, child and infant, choke-saving and how to use the AED. Highly recommended for teachers, summer camp counselors, coaches, fitness instructors. foster care, social workers, parents, babysitters (ten years or older), construction workers, & general workplace. You will get your certification card at the end of the 3-hour class. $70. Sat. 1pm – 4pm. Sacramento CPR Classes. More info…

See the musical Oklahoma! Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant Oklahoma! $15+ ($10 pre-sale). Sun. 2pm & 7pm (shows also on Thurs. & Fri.) Benvenuti Performing Arts Center. More info…

Catch some last Day of the Dead festivities at Souls of the City Festival at the Sacramento History Museum. The entire community is invited to come watch as the Maquilli Tonatiuh Aztec Dancers lead the Day of the Dead ceremony at the annual Souls of the City festival in Old Sacramento. There will be arts and crafts vendors, traditional face painting, sugar skull making, community altars, and live music performances for the whole family. Free. Sat. 4pm – 9pm. Sacramento History Museum. More info…

Go to a gala benefit for family-friendly theatre. Curtains Up is a student-run, produced, and directed performance and gala benefiting the Sacramento Theatre Company educational programs. This family event features a first-rate variety show and the opportunity to win great prizes, culinary delights, and fun activities for children. It is a great opportunity to expose children to the wonders of live theater. The social extravaganza includes a silent auction featuring travel, jewelry, gift cards, and gift baskets, as well as the opportunity to win a weekend for two in New York with tickets to see a Broadway show. $50+. Sat. 5pm & 7:30pm. Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

See a funny high school play. Sheldon THEATREworks presents The Imaginary Invalid. The Imaginary Invalid is Moliere’s classic comedy, adapted by Oded Gross and Tracy Young into a psychedelic mix of big hair, gogo boots, and colorful fashion. The plot centers around Argan, a hypochondriac obsessed with managing his imagined ailments. Life swirls around his wheelchair. He has two daughters (one beautiful and lovesick, the other humpbacked and hopeful), an unfaithful and scheming wife, a sassy but grounded housekeeper, and a “Man vs. Wild” brother who scoffs at physical weakness as much as Argan coddles it. Beyond them is a parade of characters who dance, sprawl, sing and twirl their way through Argan’s lavish home. The play is peppered with seven musical numbers composed by Paul James Prendergast, who co-wrote lyrics with Gross and Young. The music echoes the “Wall of Sound” style of early ’60s music producer Phil Spector. Like a fireworks show, this script pops rapidly until the finale, delivering a poignant carpe diem message. $10. Sat. 7pm (also on Fri.). Sheldon High School Studio Theatre. More info…

Listen to classical music from Argentina and Mexico. Camellia Symphony Orchestra presents a night of music from Argentina and Mexico conducted by Christian Baldini. The program includes: Marta Lambertini, “Angel Apasionado II”, Alberto Ginastera, “Piano Concerto No. 1,” with Eric Zivian Arturo Diemecke, “Chacona a Chavez”, Carlos Chávez, “Sinfonia India”. Kids 12 & under $8, Students $15, Adults $30. McClatchy High School. Sat. 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Pre-concert talk 6:45pm. More info…

Spend an evening with Beethoven. The American River College Orchestra brings one of Beethoven’s most uplifting symphonies and most optimistic piano concertos, featuring soloist Natsuki Fukasawa, to the ARC Theater. “This concerto has been on my ‘bucket list’ for a while, and I’m really excited that I have the chance to perform it with Dr. Steven Thompson and ARC Orchestra,” Fukasawa said. “I’ve played most of Beethoven’s other piano concertos before, but I feel that No. 5 (“Emperor”) is the most concise, direct and confident.” The orchestra is also excited to perform Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, a symphony that feels like a walk through the countryside, celebrating the beauty and solace that nature brings. If that sounds too mellow, have no fear, Beethoven also goes off. Nature’s raw fury is unleashed in the thunderstorm in the Fourth movement. $10+, $2 parking. Sat. 7:30pm. American River College Theatre. More info…

Experience traditional Zimbabwe music, mixed with Afro jazz at Nobuntu. The word “Nobuntu” is an African concept that values humbleness, love, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. This exhilarating female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe embodies their name, presenting luminous shows that feature a fusion of traditional Zimbabwean music, Afro jazz and gospel. Pure voices, minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments and authentic dance are the powerful tools that these award-winning, gifted performers use to preserve their cultural heritage while also promoting positive change through the unifying power of music. $29+, tickets are selling out quickly. Sat. 8pm. Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. More info…

Look up at the night sky… Although the calendar says November, the Summer Triangle of bright stars remains prominent in the early evening. Look overhead after darkness falls and you’ll spot Deneb, a conspicuous point of light despite being the faintest of the three luminaries. Brightest Vega lies west of Deneb and intermediate Altair appears to their south. [astronomy.com]

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2018

Celebrate succulents at The Prickly Pear’s grand opening—the first succulent specialty nursery in Sacramento. Mona Bahraini is a force of nature, spreading cheer and cacti all over Sacramento. Teach kids about sustainable gardening and choosing plants that naturally love Sacramento’s climate. Let kids pick out their very own cactus to grow. You can propagate some varieties and grow more from a few stems! Grand opening 10am – 7pm at 816 U St. The Prickly Pear. More info…

Decorate sugar skulls at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. Learn all about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) during their four-day celebration! Sugar skull decorating will be available in the Art Studio, and an ofrenda—an altar that is set up to remember and honor loved ones who have passed away—will also be on display. Free with museum admission. Open Sun. 12pm – 5pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Drop by one of the coolest little shops in Sacramento to see Charlotte Beavers’ watercolor exhibit, Land of Little Rain, then go outside and create your own mini watercolor landscapes. Charlotte Beavers continues to examine the Earth that surrounds us in her new exhibition Land Of Little Rain, inside Public Land Gallery. Borrowing hues from the most tranquil elements of our landscapes, the artist has seemingly perfected the transportation of viewer to serene environment with her use of watercolors. Her depictions of our American topography present a body of work that is as immersive as one standing within the canyon walls themselves. Charlotte Beavers is a painter who resides in Topanga Canyon and has received her BFA at San Francisco State University. Her previous showings include General Store in San Francisco, CA, and Sweeney Kaye Gallery in Oakland, CA. Free. Open Sun. 11am – 4pm. Public Land. More info…

Learn calligraphy in a 3-hour workshop (for adults, teens welcome!). Learn how to create beautiful letters with MadeByMariann. In this three hour class, you will learn the proper techniques of brush calligraphy including the letterforms, connecting the strokes, building lower case letters, and creating words. Join the fun and meet new creatives. $85. Sun. 12pm – 3pm. West Elm, downtown Sacramento. More info…

Grab lunch at the Street and Slow: Mini Street Food Festival. Join Slow Food Sacramento and Canon for an afternoon food festival featuring the slow side of street food with Ark of Taste ingredients, live music, kids area, craft cocktails, and informative lectures and demos. Participating Restaurants include: Canon East Sacramento, Nixtaco Mexican Kitchen, Pizza Supreme Being, VEG/Thai Basil, Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining. Slow Food means good, clean, fair food for all. Kids ages 4-12 $10 (incudes build-your-own bite station and vegetable tasting), Adults $40 (includes street food from all 5 restaurants), Students $30. No-host bar features beer, wine, and craft cocktails. Sun. 12pm – 4p. See times for lectures and demos. Canon. More info…

Land of Many Oaks. The acorns and leaves of the oak trees are falling all around! Learn all about different species of oak trees and about some of the mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects that call them home. Free, $5 parking. Sun. 1:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

See the musical about Gloria & Emilio Estefan’s inspiring journey from Cuba to America to musical stardom in On Your Feet! from Broadway Sacramento. From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. On Your Feet!, takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. $26+. Sun. 2pm. Community Center Theater. More info…

Watch the Akram Khan Company choreograph a multimedia story experience. Chotto Desh, meaning “small homeland,” draws on choreographer Akram Khan’s unique ability to tell cross-cultural stories, creating a compelling tale of a young man’s dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh. Using a magical mix of dance, text, visuals and sound, Chotto Desh celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the modern world and promises to be a thrilling and poignant dance theater experience for families to enjoy together. $12+. Sun. 2pm. Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall. More info…

Sing along to Hard Knock Life with Annie the musical, presented by the Davis Musical Theatre Company. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. $16+. Sun. 2pm (shows also Fri. & Sat.). Davis Musical Theatre Co. Performing Arts Center. More info…

Introduce kids to some jazz. Jazz Musician Kevin O’Neal and Friends. Kevin O’Neal is a talented, bassist, composer, pianist, vocalist, arranger and educator. Kevin hails from Los Angeles, California. Joining Kevin is virtuoso jazz pianist Robert Turner, illustrious performer drummer Lorca Hart, saxophonist Darius DeBaBa, and special guest vocalist Virginia Ayers-Dawson. $5 for kids ages 5-24, $25 adults. Sun. 3pm – 5pm. Riverside United Methodist Church. More info…


Plan ahead…

Get early tickets for El Dorado Musical Theatre’s Peter Pan run starting Nov. 9th. The good seats sell out fast. More info…

On the day after Thanksgiving, Fairytale Town offers free admission to visitors who bring in a canned good to donate. All goods collected will be donated to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive. Plan a free playdate with a couple other families!

Help teens 14 & up to sign-up to volunteer at super-inspiring sports events next month. The City of Sacramento needs your help facilitating the athletes in Wheelchair Rugby, Wednesday November 14, 2018, 5:30pm – 9:30pm at Rosa Parks Middle School. You will learn the rules and may be asked to participate in a wheelchair with the athletes! They also need help with the Goalball event, Saturday November 17, 2018, 10:00am – 3:30pm at CSUS. This sport is designed for athletes with visual impairment. You will learn the rules and may be asked to participate with the athletes while wearing an eye mask. Minimum age to volunteer is 14. Contact Michelle Tabarango for a volunteer form at 916-808-1205 or mtabarango@cityofsacramento.org.

 

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Happy Adventuring!

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! OCTOBER 27TH – OCTOBER 28TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of October 27th & 28th! Enter a family obstacle course, eat free s’mores, learn about phantom power that leaks in our home, walk around a mini city for kids, see some giant paper mâché street puppets, ride a hovercraft, walk along a path with giant story pages, go to a scary karaoke sing-along, watch the movie Coco on blankets with your friends at Raley Field or at DOCO, paint some rocks, see the awesome Broadway musical “Finding Neverland,” learn about owls in our region, solve a Sci-Fi mystery, meet a film composer, eat some Frankenstein empanadas and blood passion fruit punch, and of course celebrate Halloween in costume at special events in town every day! Just wear your costume for the whole weekend. Sunny with some clouds this weekend, high of 83 on Sat. and 79 on Sun. Have a super-safe Halloween weekend!

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH, 2018

Run and jump through a family obstacle course. The Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge is the ultimate family obstacle course, with 13-15 fun and challenging obstacles, plus lots of running, an adventure for the whole family. a family adventure. $32+. Sat. 8:30am (check schedule for waves according to age). Gibson Ranch Regional Park. More info…

Walk through the haunted Phantom Energy House and learn about what sucks energy from our electrical sockets when we’re not looking. It’s electrifying fun at the “Count Watts’ Spooktacular” as the Roseville Utility Exploration Center fights Voltage Vampires and knocks out energy waste! Can you find all those electronics that are stealing power when not in use? Meet Count Watts, dig through the boneyard, enjoy spirited activities and get your face painted. Play games like the Lineman’s Challenge and Voltage Vampire Knockdown to win exciting prizes. Go in costume for a spooky good time. Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Roseville Utility Exploration Center. More info…

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

Go to a one-hour campout at the mall. The Arden Fair Kids Club “Campout” event will include crafts with UnchARTed, s’mores, and stories. Participating retailers, such as Lolli and Pops, Sweet Factory, and Mr. Pops, will be passing out candy and sweets samples. Costumes are encouraged. Students, teachers, and staff from Aspire Capitol Heights Academy will be joining the program to tell fall-themed stories and help make s’mores. Free, but registration by phone is required: (916) 514-4100. Sat. 10am – 11am. Arden Fair Mall. More info…

Listen to a spooky storyteller perform a tale with precision. A seasoned storyteller from the Sacramento Storytellers Guild will be performing stories. Guaranteed to not cause nightmares. Recommended for 6+. Free. Parking $5, donations appreciated. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Effie Year Nature Center. More info…

Walk around a miniature city in your Halloween Costume. Halloween Haunt offers a unique setting and safe alternative to Trick-or-Treating for families with young children. Set in Safetyville USA, the unique miniature city, this event features carnival games, a costume parade, safety demonstrations and activities, and of course, Trick-or-Treat stations! $5+. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Safety Center (Safetyville USA), 3909 Bradshaw Road. More info…

Go to a haunted house in a martial arts studio. Family Tae Kwondo Plus is hosting a “Kick-or-Treat” Halloween party with a haunted house, games, and prizes. Wear your costume, of course. Free. Sat. 11am – 1pm. Family Tae Kwondo Plus in Citrus Heights. More info…

Watch some Mad Science at the Aerospace Museum of California. The Spooky Science Day event will include lots of STEM activities and trick-or-treating. Wear your costume! Sacramento Mad Science will be here at 11am for a live Spooky Science show plus hovercraft rides! Kick off your Halloween week with fun and learning for the whole family. $12+. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Aerospace Museum of California. More info…

Stroll through midtown for a mid-day trick-or-treat, visiting the many beloved businesses on J & K streets. Collect candy and join in on fun activities along the way like a photo booth at Birkenstock Midtown, coloring activities and live music at the Midtown Farmers Market, a Make n’ Take jewelry station at Capital City Beads, and the Midtown Halloween Festival and Pooch Parade at Marshall Park on J Street. Other shops and eateries participating in this fun day: RIRE Boutique, ShopCuffs, Paws & the Pallette, Wild Poppy & Col, Capital City Beads, The Golden Bear, Fleet Feet, and more. Free. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Midtown locations. More info…

Contribute a sugar skull or loved one’s picture to the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration at the Davis Cemetery. This all-ages celebration is one of the last Mesoamerican indigenous influenced rituals, honoring mother earth and all ancestors. This celebration is part of an effort to create community, a sense of belonging, and global awareness of cultural richness in our multicultural society. The Dia de Los Muertos Celebration will include a variety of artists and performers, as well as a collective altar honoring all ancestors. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the public alter. Everyone is encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and enjoy the day. Free. Sat. 12pm – 2pm. Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery and Arboretum. More info…

Ride the Trick-or-Treat Train along the Sacramento River. Climb aboard for a 45-minute train ride to Elkhorn Park. Kids will enjoy trick or treating as well as other kid-centric activities. The entire experience is about 2.5 hours long. Everyone’s encouraged to dress in costume. $15-$51. Sat. 12pm. Sacramento RiverTrain. More info…

Eat authentic Southeast Asian cuisine to raise awareness for asylum seekers and refugees currently displaced in Bangkok, Thailand. The Courageous Kitchen will be serving up some delicious homemade Southeast-Asian cuisine, live performances, children’s games, and more. The Courageous Kitchen, a 501c(3) non-profit focusing on food education, nutrition, and housing, will be hosting this event alongside civic leaders from Choyce Law Firm and the Full Circle Project of Sac State University. Free, cost of purchases. They do ask that you do your best to RSVP so they can get an approximate headcount. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. Harbor Oaks Clubhouse, Sacramento. More info…

Walk along a path with giant story pages. Join the North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library for Storywalk, a unique and exciting outdoor storybook activity. This event will feature the book City Shapes by Diana Murray. For this self-led storywalk, you’ll walk along a path lined with poster-size story pages. The story ends at the library where kids will be making cityscape collages. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Teen Street Artists Wanted… In 2018, a crack unit of teenage artists was assembled by the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. These teens promptly began various community art projects in the Carmichael underground. Now, still sought after for their creativity, they survive as a guerilla art force. If you’ve got the drive to make murals and banners, and if you can find them, join the Teens Create team. This art group is tasked with one thing: various community art projects. Free. It meets on the fourth Saturday of the month in Gallery 3 from 1pm to 3 pm. The new group will workwith volunteer artists on variousprojects such as murals, banners,community outreach, to name just a few ideas. For teens 13 & up. Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael. More info…

Take your dog to the Midtown Halloween Festival and Pooch Parade. Last year, almost 100 four-legged friends dressed up in costume to celebrate. The event will highlight Midtown’s popular mobile off-leash “Pop-Up Dog Park” and include family-friendly activities including face painting, a bounce house, hands-on arts and crafts, and entertaining live music by The Hoots, a popular children’s music band. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Marshall Park. More info…

Watch Coco’s at Raley’s Field on the videoboard from the outfield. Grab warm blankets and your costume to elebrate Halloween with Raley Field’s annual Flick-or-Treat extravaganza. They’ll have activities and contests too. $4+. Sat. 4:30pm. Movie starts at 6pm. Raley Field. More info…

Watch the Hornets play football against the Portland State Vikings. $10+. Sat. 6pm. Hornet Stadium at Sac State. More info…

Solve a fun but complex Sci-Fi mystery. Explorit Science Center’s immersive, Sci-Fi mystery returns with an all-new story for “Spooky Science Night.” Travel back in time to Explorit’s wild west, ghost town past to solve a gold rush mystery and help the Mace family save their horse ranch! Use physics to open the time portal and immerse yourself in the nineteenth century, then return to Explorit’s 21st-century lab to unravel the clues and solve the mystery. Analyze soil and mineral samples, decode a secret message, compare handwriting samples, and much more — your sleuthing could change the course of history! Then drop by the craft room to make a souvenir to take home. Solve the mystery, and win a prize. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. Kids 3-17 $10, Adults & Kids 0-2 Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. (also on Fri. night). Explorit Science Center. More info…

See a procession of giant street puppets made out of paper mâché by Mexican folk artists. Sacramento’s Latino Center of Art and Culture, presents the 9th Annual Panteón de Sacramento, a two-day event celebrating Día de los Muertos. The Panteón de Sacramento is an urban re-creation of a Mexican village with over 50 traditional memorials. Live music, dance, and spoken word, plus a mercado/marketplace with traditional foods are part of the 48-hour event. Live programming includes a procession with traditional elements only experienced in small towns and villages in Mexico. They are performed at El Panteón de Sacramento by immigrant cultural groups, these dances and traditions are usually only seen in small towns of Mexico and some southern cities like Oaxaca. El Panteón’s procession is lead by giant street puppets, Mojigangas. Revelers will experience the lively, ecstatic, and raucous sounds of a 12-piece bandas that are heard in every neighborhood in small towns across southern Mexico. Free, cost of purchases. Procession with puppets start Sat. at 6pm (festival runs through Sunday). Parking Lot at 2020 J Street. More info…

Take teens and young women to Danger In the Dark: Women’s Safety and Self Defense, a free annual women-only safety alert and self defense workshop at Robinson’s Taekwondo locations across the Sacramento region. This workshop empowers women with self-defense techniques and skills, raises awareness of danger, teaches conflict-avoidance strategy, and gives greater confidence as early dark arrives with the time change. defend yourself effectively against an attacker. Free, but registration is required. Sat. 6:30pm. Robinson’s Taekwondo. More info…

Find out about all the crazy & scary tales of how people from the Gold Rush era died. Join the “ghosts” of early Sacramento on an eerie journey back in time. Beware of wayward miners, murder victims, and other colorful personalities. Hear tantalizing tales of how folks lived — and died — in this fair city. Recommended for ages 8 & up. $15. Sat. 6:30pm – 9pm (also on Friday). Sacramento History Museum. More info…

Go to a scary karaoke party. Join all the ghosts, goblins and ghouls for Davis Musical Theatre Company annual Halloween skary-oke night and sing the haunted night away. Kids aged 13 & under must be accompanied by an adult. $10 (includes drinks and dessert). Sat. 7pm. Davis Musical Theatre Co. Performing Arts Center. More info…

Get a tarot card reading and see a pumpkin carving exhibit at the kid-friendly Brazilian Center’s Halloween Party. They will also feature a costume contest, healing circle, a live performance by Unidos da Capital drumming group, sounds by DJ Youth, an open mic, and food and drinks. Try the “Frankenstein empanadas” and “bloody passion fruit punch.” Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 7pm – 11pm. The Brazilian Center at CLARA. More info…

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH, 2018

Trick or treat while checking out vintage cars. Drive over for a safe day of “Trunk or Treating” at the California Automobile Museum. Wear your costume! “Trunk or Treat” will start off by decorating Halloween themed bags for collecting all the candy. After the kids decorate and design their bags they will set off on an adventure around the museum stopping at different stations each with a character in costume handing out candy and sharing spooky stories. Adults $10. 2 Kids in costume are free for each paid adult. Sun. 10am – 3pm. California Automobile Museum. More info…

Take artistic older kids to the Sacramento Arts Festival. The festival features 225 of America’s best contemporary craftspeople and fine artists offering more than 15,000 original works. The event has become not only the premier art and craft show in Sacramento, but has also developed into one of the top art festivals in the county. In addition to all the visual art, the festival features continuous live main stage jazz and blues groups. Festival attendees can dine on Restaurant Row from great area restaurants. General $8, Kids 12 & under Free. Open Sun. 10am – 5pm (also Fri. & Sat.). Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

Trick or Treat at Funderland’s Fall Festival. The amusement park will be hosting fall activities and entertainment in the park, including trick-or-treating, Jack Skellington and Sally Meet and Greet, Magical Mary the Magician, costume contests, and a hay maze. Free entry. $3.50 Trick-or-Treating. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also Sat.). Funderland Amusement Park. More info…

Sketch in a gallery at the art museum. At Crocker Art Museum’s “Sketch It” session, you can sketch at your own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month. No experience is necessary, and all supplies are provided. Ages 5 & up. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Get spooky with the animals at the Zoo. Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the entire Sacramento Zoo at 15 different candy stations, face painting for kids, festive games, themed stage shows, magic shows with Trevor the Magician, keeper chats, and even animal enrichments. Top off a perfect day with a ride on the spooky zoo train or the creepy carousel, for an additional fee. General $16, Kids 0-2 Free. Sun. 11am – 4pm (also Sat.). Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Be free to be yourself. Join the Sacramento LGBT Community Center for a very queer and spooky Halloween party for LGBTQ youth (Ages 13 – 24). This event includes snacks, costume contests, and movies. Free. Sun. 12pm – 5pm. The Sacramento LGBT Community Center. More info…

Contribute to the Community Altar and remember a loved one at the Califorinia Museum’s Día de Los Muertos Fiesta on October 12, Celebración de Almas: Día de Los Muertos 2018 (“Soul Celebration: Day of the Dead 2018”). This is a new exhibit featuring original art and contemporary altar installations by California artists Francisco Franco, John S. Huerta and Rob-O of I Love Sugar Skulls. A journey through life, love and death, the exhibit explores the Mexican cultural tradition of honoring deceased loved ones each year on November 1 and 2 by creating calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), altares de muertos (altars of the dead) and ofrendas (offerings), which has evolved from the Aztecs to modern-day Mexico and California. Members of the public are also invited to remember a lost loved one in the exhibit’s Community Altar. Free with admission. $6.50+. Kids 5 & under Free. Open Sun. 12pm – 5pm (and other days). California Museum. More info…

Do some rock painting. Artfully Rooted Marketplace is hosting a Halloween Bash that will also feature live music from Earl F. Smith and friends, games, raffles, and complimentary refreshments. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 12pm – 5:30pm (also on Sat.). Artfully Rooted Marketplace in Folsom. More info…

See the Legend of Sleepy Hollows at the cute & tiny Sutter Street Theatre. Last weekend! This is the spooky classic story by Washington Irving, presented with all the thrills, chills and laughs that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The storybook tale revolves around the main characters—the bumbling, awkward schoolteacher, Ichabod, the coquettish Katrina and Ichabod’s brutish rival, Brom Bones. As much fun as the play presents, it saves the best for last—the ride of the headless horseman. $13+. Sun. 1pm & 6pm showings (also on Sat.) Sutter Street Theatre. More info…

Celebrate Halloween by… eating tacos! Help Chando’s Tacos celebrate the two year anniversary of its West Sacramento location with a family-friendly Halloween event. Enjoy delicious tacos for $1, live music, face painting, a costume contest, raffles, and more. Kids of all ages can enter their costume contest. Check for schedule, grouped by ages. Costumes will be judged by the crowd and Chando’s. Costumes should be funny, creative, and spooky. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 1pm. Chando’s Tacos in West Sac. More info…

See a real Broadway musical and find out the story behind the famous Peter Pan character. “Finding Neverland” was a smash-hit on Broadway, and the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical. You can see it now the National Tour this weekend only at the Harris Center. Although pricey, Sactown Kids highly recommends this program, as this is a unique opportunity to see a Broadway with amazing kid performers. $48+. Sun. 1pm showing, 6:30pm showing (various times on Fri. & Sat.). Harris Center in Folsom. More info…

Get to know your Sacramento owls at the Happy Owloween event at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. From Great Horned Owls to Saw Whet Owls, it will be hard to pick whooooo’s your favorite. Learn about these spooky yet intriguing creatures. Free, $5 parking, donations appreciated. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm, arrive 30mins before start time. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Buy plants and loom bracelets at a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. At the U.N.I.C.O.R.N. Foundation’s plant sale at Arden-Dimick Library, you’ll find kids ranging from 2nd-6th grade selling succulents and loom bracelets for the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento. Local nurseries have donated plants to the event: including Folsom Nursery, Home Depot, Exotic Plants, and Arden Park Florist. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. Arden-Dimick Library. More info…

Break for an exciting soccer match at 2pm… Sac State plays their neighbor UC Davis in men’s soccer at Sac State. More info…

Listen to the local youth symphony’s first concert of the season. For the first concert of the season, the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Premier Orchestra will perform: Musical Masterpieces. The program will open with the vibrant Meistersingers Overture by Wagner. Also on the program will be the incredibly powerful Symphony #5 by Shostakovich, written under great duress during the Soviet Stalin regime. Finally, featured violinists William Barbini and Kineko Okamura will join to perform the well-loved Concerto for 2 Violins by Bach. Free for Kids ages 0-10. Adults $20. Students & Seniors $15. Sun. 3pm – 5pm. McClatchy High School. More info…

Take teens to listen to a film composer play songs from his debut solo-piano album… and then meet him. Philip Howard is introducing his debut album Connected. In 1992, at age 16, Philip won joint First Prize in the first BBC Young Musician of the Year Lloyds Bank Composer Award. His evocative compositions find their source and inspiration in conversations, the beauty in nature, and the relationships people have with each other and our environment. His wish is to connect with the listener and invite them on a journey. A reception (with wine!) follows the concert. $15 advance, $20 door. Sun. 3pm – 5pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church. More info…

Check out the delightful Bridgeway Lakes Community Park in West Sac for the 4th annual Fall Festival & Fundraiser. Join in for an afternoon of kid-friendly trick-or-treating, food trucks, music, face painting and family fun by the Boathouse in Bridgeway Lakes Community Park. A percentage of your food & drink purchases, and donations, will be donated to efforts to raise funds for shade structures at West Sac parks. Want to create artwork that will be installed at Summerfield Park’s new shade structure? Drop by the tile painting table with your kiddos and paint a tile! You can purchase a 4×4 tile (for $100) and paint it, use our brushes and paint, then we will prepare it for you and deliver it to the City for installation where your artwork will be professionally installed and will become a permanent part of the park. Free. Sun. 3pm – 6pm. Bridgeway Lakes Community Park. More info…

Trick or Treat in the Jurassic era with dinos. The Safe & Super Halloween: Dinosaurs experience at Fairytale Town may be sold out for Saturday, but you can still get tickets for Sunday (or Friday) night, as of this posting… Follow the dino tracks throughout the park to meet and take photos with different dinosaur species. Dig for giant fossils at the excavation site, visit the reptile lab to see growing dinosaurs, and test your dino roar with the roar-o-meter. This Halloween extravaganza also features 15 treat stations, a nightly costume parade at 8:30 PM, hands-on activities, and lots of fun. Sevilla Magic FX will perform “The Dino Encounter” each night at 6, 7 & 8 PM in Sherwood Forest. Advance tickets sold out, tickets will be sold at the door. $12. Kids 1 & under Free. Sun. 5pm – 9pm. Fairytale Town. More info…

Go to the free Harvest Fest on 58th St., hosted by the First Church of God. The church gym and parking lot will be filled with games, prizes, laughter and of course, candy. Play some games and enjoy some free food. Stroll the cake walk and jump in the bounce house, all while wearing your favorite costumes. Bring a basket or bucket to collect prizes. Free. Sun. 4pm – 6pm. First Church of God. More info…

Take older kids to see the cult classic Beetlejuice at the Crest Theatre at Sun. 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. $7.50+. More info… 

Enjoy another showing of Coco… this time at DOCO’s Movies on the Green. Coco, a Disney film inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, will play on a 25-foot outdoor movie screen on special display at DOCO plaza. Moviegoers can listen on one of the free headsets available to check-out and borrow (while supplies last) or through the listen app on individual smartphones and earbuds. Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket or borrow one available on-site (while supplies last); no lawn chairs. Leading up to the movie showing, Sol Collective will offer free activities for children that will include making Dia de los Muertos paper marigolds and having their faces painted in traditional designs. The free hands-on crafts will begin at 5:30 p.m. and guests of all ages are welcome. Additionally, Telemundo (T33) will be on-site to meet guests and introduce the movie. While movie viewing is free, guests who make a minimum $20 DOCO food purchase between 6pm-9pm on the day of the event can enter and enjoy a special VIP seating area for an optimal experience. Free. Sun. 7:30pm – 10pm. DOCO, 660 J St. More info…

If you need to take a mental break…

If you need to zone out from all the Halloween festivities, just go outside at night at peer up at the stars (weather permitting). Here’s what you can see (from astronomy.com):

In the sky on Saturday: A final chance to see Jupiter before it disappears in the Sun’s glow. Use binoculars to locate the giant planet some 6° above the southwestern horizon 30 minutes after sunset. Jupiter shines brightly at magnitude –1.7 and should stand out if you have a clear and unobstructed horizon. As a bonus, you might also catch a glimpse of Mercury. The innermost planet lies 3.4° (about half a binocular field) below Jupiter. At magnitude –0.2, Mercury appears about one-quarter as bright as its companion.

In the sky on Sunday: Mars continues to put on a great show these October evenings. The Red Planet appears more than 30° above the southern horizon once darkness falls. The world shines at magnitude –0.7, significantly brighter than any star visible on October evenings, against the faint backdrop of Capricornus. A telescope reveals a disk that spans 12″ and shows several subtle surface features.

Or go for a really beautiful, easy hike…

Visit Lake Tahoe’s alpine trails (or somewhere closer to you) for some amazing fall colors… orange is bursting everywhere. I highly recommend the Tahoe Meadows Access Trail on Mt. Rose Highway. There’s a parking lot, nicely graded 1.3-mile loop, easy for toddlers, not too tough to backpack the baby. The lush meadows and woodland critters provide lots of entertainment for curious little legs.

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! OCTOBER 20TH – OCTOBER 21ST, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of October 20th & 21st! Enter a tea dueling championship, paint a pet portrait, learn how to fix things, make a soda straw rocket, see Othello, learn how to draw architecture, walk through 3,000 carved pumpkins, do some hands-on creepy chemistry, learn how to do coptic bookbinding, get some apple cider donuts, visit a haunted fort, make sugar skulls, take a free shuttle to Apple Hill farms and u-pick apples, get lost in the world’s largest corn maze, go to a Mariachi festival, eat some Armenian pastries, or celebrate beautiful Diwali at night with complimentary dinner… and more! It’s gonna be great. Sunny all weekend long, high of 85 on Sat. and 82 on Sun. Have a super-fun weekend! 

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JUST A COOL LITTLE THING HAPPENING THURSDAY: 

Connect with your teen on Thurs. Oct. 18th by taking them to an artist’s salon at Verge Center for the Arts, to discuss whether or not art should be “beautiful.” PBS’s The Art Assignment explores the ancient philosophers’ thoughts on beauty and considers why we might be skeptical of beauty today. Check out the link to watch the short PBS video in preparation for the discussion. This will be their last salon meeting of 2018. Feel free to bring a snack to share. Thurs. 5:30pm. More info…

 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 20TH, 2018

Make art with real photos. Take crafty teens to the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. The Stamp & Scrapbook Expo events cater to paper crafters of all types and experience levels. Card Makers, Stampers and Scrapbook enthusiasts can find new products and designs from vendors. Swap ideas with like-minded crafters and learn new techniques by taking a workshop. $8 online, $15 on-site tickets. Sat. 9am – 5pm. Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

Kids with special needs, get dressed up early for the Wee Spooktacular Halloween Party at the Maidu Library in Roseville! There will be games, a coloring station with Halloween dot art, pumpkin-scented play dough, sensory bottles, a ball pit, and tunnels. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Maidu Library in Roseville. This event is for children w/ Special Needs 0-3 and their families. Costumes encouraged but not required. More info…

Breathe in some incredible fall colors with older kids at a public tour of the Wakamatsu Farm, held every third Saturday in the fall and spring. The site of the first Japanese colony in America in 1869, the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony is on the National Register of Historic Places and California Registered Historical Landmark #815.  This 272-acre property features Okei-san’s historic gravesite, an 1850’s farmhouse, and a turn-of-the-century barn. Rich in cultural and natural resources, the rolling landscape boasts productive farming soils, wildlife habitat, oak woodlands, ponds, and a wheelchair-accessible trail.  On-site is ARC’s native plant nursery, orchard, and giving garden. Led by trained docents, the approximate 1.5-mile hike is mainly outdoors, on dirt trails, over generally flat terrain, including stairs, and is not recommended for mobility-challenged visitors. Mature children 10+ are welcome. However, Wakamatsu Open Farm Days are suitable for all visitors, including families and mobility-challenged visitors. Steady rain or temperatures over 100 degrees will cancel.  Check ARC’s event calendar for updates. Please call 530-621-1224 to RSVP. $10 Adults, $5 Children 10-17 years old. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Wakamatsu Farm Tour. More info…

Pick up a pencil and draft your ideal house at Kids Draw Architecture. Bring your creativity, and your curiosity, and come sketch with architects! This event will take place at the iconic Sacramento Valley Station, our city’s historic train depot that was restored and renovated in 2017. Drawing materials, a light snack and water will be provided. The event is open to children of all ages. Children must have an accompanying parent or guardian 18 or older participate with them. Event led by Ida Clair, AIA with support by Yevgenia Watts, Assoc. AIA and Annie Luu, Assoc. AIA Pre-draw meeting at LPA located next to the station 431 I St., Sacramento; drawing activity at the Sacramento Valley Station, 401 I St., Sacramento. Consider taking light rail, or biking to the station: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Public-Works/Parking-Services/Lots-and-Garages/Lockers . Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Meet at the architectural and design firm LPA at 431 I St. More info…

Get your horse questions answered at the UC Davis Horse Day. Held at the Animal Science Horse Barn facility, this event is a day filled with workshops dedicated to continuing education for horse owners and horse enthusiasts. This day gives you the chance to interact with the animals, talk to the experts, and visit with exhibitors. At lunchtime, Dr. John Madigan from the UC Davis SVM will present a demonstration on horse rescue useful for all attendees. At the end of the day be sure not to miss the mounted archery demonstration by the California Centaurs! Whether your interests lie with reproduction, nutrition or medicine, there will be something for all horse owners. Recommended for older kids with a parent. $15+. Sat. 10am. The Horse Barn at UC Davis. More info…

Learn how to make a journal using the coptic bookbinding method. The Coptic Bookbinding Workshop at Verge will show you how to stitch a simple but elegant and non-adhesive bookbinding. Developed around the 4th Century, this bookbinding technique appears like a continuous chain of stitches that link across the exposed spine of the book. In this one-day workshop, you will learn to create signatures (folded paper) and paper covers, pierce sewing stations, and go home with a newly bound book. $60. Sat. 10am – 1pm. For adults and teens, as they will be using x-acto knives and thick needles. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

Take budding teen writers to the Creators of Classic Horrors talk at Arden-Dimick Library. Join in for 90 minutes of classic horror as they discuss the origins of Dracula, Cthulhlu, and the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Did you know that Bram Stoker’s favorite author was Walt Whitman? That H.P. Lovecraft lived on nothing but canned beans? That Edgar Allan Poe wrote about terrifying penguins (really!) and that Lovecraft borrowed them for one of his own stories? Hear some gossip about classic horror writers, and get some insights into their work which continues to inspire so much of the horror genre today. Free. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Arden-Dimick Library (not Arden Arcade Library). More info…

Think like a rocket scientist at the “Steam-o-torium: (not exactly) Rocket Science” at the Rocklin Branch Library. Each participant will use the engineering design process to create and fly their own Soda Straw Rocket. After the first build, kids will modify their rocket design and rebuild with changes in the length, fins, and nose-cone necessary to complete the challenge. The challenge: design a rocket that flies the longest distance with only the materials on hand—paper, scissors, soda straw, and tape. You’ll learn about motion, force, the design process, and problem solving skills during this activity. Registration is highly recommended, space is extremely limited. For ages 6-12. Children under 9 years old must attend with an adult. Free. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Rocklin Branch Library. More info…

Upcycle found objects and build forts at the Sacramento Adventure Playground’s open hours on Saturday, 11am – 4pm, rain or shine. Designed for kids 7-15. Free. More info…

Hunker down for storytime at Barnes & Noble, featuring the book “Elbow Grease.” Elbow Grease is a monster truck who’s smaller than everyone else. He decides to enter the Demolition Derby to show everyone that what he lacks in horsepower, he makes up for in gumption. Written by John Cena. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble Bookstores. More info…

Eat some Armenian food and pastries at the 71st Sacramento Armenian Food Festival at Trinity Cathedral. BBQ Lunch Service is at 11am – 4pm. A new Mezzeh menu at 5pm. $5 appetizer plate (lamajoon or boureg, yalanchi & salad) $5 beer & wine. Ala carte items will also be for sale. Family entertainment 12pm – 3pm with dancing after 5pm. Easy street parking. $5 Adults. Kids under 12: Free. Sat. 11am – 8pm. Trinity Cathedral. More info…

Teach kids how to fix just about everything at the Oak Park Fix-it Cafe. Fun activities for kids and light refreshments. Get help fixing and maintaining your bicycle, learn how to mend garments, learn to sew, get help repairing small electric appliances, sharpen the blades on your yard tools, knives, and scissors, and much more. Free. Sat. 11am. Oak Park United Methodist Church. More info…

Play some free games at the Rocklin Fall Festival. There will also be food, bounce houses, music, raffle prizes, and a costume contest at 12pm. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Johnson-Springview Park. More info…

Support the Sac Civic Ballet at a free festival at Compton’s Market in East Sacramento. There will be family-friendly performances, demonstration classes, balloon artists, food, vendors and beer and wine tasting. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Compton’s Market. More info…

Get creeped out with some Curious Chemistry at the Powerhouse Science Center. They’re turning their annex building into a haunted laboratory with bubbling chemical reactions and spooky experiments! Free with admission. Sat. 12pm – 4pm (also Sun.). More info…

See some ghoulish artworks at the Kennedy Gallery. Local artists present their Halloween themed work from the whimsical to the outright disturbing. ”Monsters and Mayhem” runs through Nov. 5th. Free. Open Sat. 12pm – 6pm. Kennedy Gallery. More info…

Tour SacState’s campus at Future Hornet Day. Beginning at 12pm on Sat., teens and their families can tour the campus, see and hear first-hand about some of the dynamic facilities, resources, programs, and student body from current students. Guests can take part in fun activities, games, food, visit the housing suites, check out more than 250 student clubs, and learn about academic programs offered at SacState. Free. Sat. 12pm – 4:30pm. Sacramento State. More info…

Go to a special Halloween author event at the Avid Reader” in Davis, featuring She Made a Monster” by Lynn Fulton. The Avid Reader is excited to be hosting Bay-area author Lynn Fulton and her latest children’s picture book She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein on Saturday, October 20th at 1 p.m., just in time to set the mood for Halloween. Free. Avid Reader Davis. More info…

Spend the afternoon at the theatre. Join Pinocchio on an adventure full of magic and wonder as he sings and dances his way to becoming a real boy. He’ll experience Stromboli’s travelling show, Pleasure Island, the inside of a whale’s mouth and more with the Blue Fairy and Jimmini Cricket. $11.50+. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Harris Center. More info…

Learn to paint a portrait of your pet! Always wanted to know what it takes to paint a portrait of your pet? Join artist Carrie Girdler for a 2-hour class at North Highlands Recreation and Park District at (6040 Watt Ave). She’ll be showing you tips and tricks of painting your pet. E-mail her (carriegirdler@comcast.net) a bright well-lit photo of your pet’s head and shoulders, that way you can get a head start on the process. Feel free to email her with any questions you may have. Cost is $35 and includes all supplies. For adults & teens. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. North Highlands Recreation and Park District. More info…

Learn about Archaeobotany, the study of human interaction with plants. The Maidu Museum in Roseville invites the public to presentations on: “Archaeobotany in California: Exciting Things Learned from the Artifacts of Everyday Life” by Eric Wohlgemuth and”Warrior Women of Central California” by Al Schwatala. Recommended for teens. $4+. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. More info…

Get free book swag at the Kids’ Book Hangout at Barnes and Noble Bookstores and discover your next favorite book. Enjoy games and activities, and save 20% off featured books. Sign up at bn.com/hangout. Free. Sat. 2pm. Barnes & Noble Bookstores. More info…

Watch a great soccer match. Sac State’s men’s soccer team takes on UC Riverside Sat. at 3pm at the Hornet Athletic Center at Sac State. Free. More info…

Watch the halftime fireworks at the exciting homecoming football game for the Sac State Hornets. We’re lucky to have a Div. I team so close to home! Tickets $10-$45. Family of 4 will be approx. $72, but you can get the $80 Family Pack deal that includes meal vouchers. Sat. 6pm. Hornet Stadium, Sac State. More info…

Stomp like a dinosaur to the Safe & Super Dinosaur Halloween at Fairytale Town. Dinosaurs will take over for trick-or-treating and family friendly fun at the 32nd annual Safe & Super Halloween. Follow the dino tracks throughout the park to meet and take photos with different dinosaur species. Dig for giant fossils at the excavation site, visit the reptile lab to see growing dinosaurs, and test your dino roar with the roar-o-meter. This Halloween extravaganza also features 15 treat stations, a nightly costume parade at 8:30 PM, hands-on activities, and lots of fun. Sevilla Magic FX will perform “The Dino Encounter” each night at 6, 7 & 8 PM in Sherwood Forest. $7+ advance tickets (until the 18th), $12 at the door. Kids 1 & under: Free. Sat. 5pm – 9pm (also Fri. & Sun.). Fairytale Town. More info…

Cheer on the Sac Republic FC as they kick off the Round 1 of the 2018 USL Playoffs. $16+Sat. Oct. 20th. Go Sac Republic! More info…

Introduce teens to “experience architecture.” Crocker Art Museum presents “An Evening with Donlyn Lyndon from UC Berkeley, widely recognized for his lifetime dedication to the design of places, and for his research examining the structure of place and the ethical dimensions of design. Lyndon will discuss The Sea Ranch community, in which he has been centrally involved since its founding. With partners Charles Moore, William Turnbull and Richard Whitaker, he designed Condominium One, built in 1965 as a defining example of the principles that would make The Sea Ranch a powerful model of architecture tuned to its region. While the Central Valley is a very different place, the ideas that underlie the design of The Sea Ranch responding to the climate and topography and the imaginative adaptation of traditional ways of building  will spark a much-needed discussion of what an architecture of our valley might be. Free for students (with I.D.), register early, space is limited. $25 for adults. Sat. 6pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Experience the family-friendly “Haunted Fort.” Friends of Sutter’s Fort, in partnership with California State Parks and B Street Theatre Company, are proud to present “The Haunted Fort” on two Saturday evenings on October 20 & 27, 2018, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm each night. With a kid-friendly format, guests will have the special opportunity to explore the dimly-lit Fort at night at their own pace, interact with knowledgeable docents in period attire (who will share scary, spooky and sometimes disturbing details of pioneer life in the 1800s), participate in fun and interactive stations set-up throughout the Fort, and also be entertained by talented performers from B Street Theatre Company. B Street will also perform an 8-minute original play inspired by Sutter’s Fort several times each night in the Fort’s Distillery room. Appropriate for all ages, free with admission $6+. New this year, attendees are encouraged to download Zamquest, a treasure hunt app in order to participate in a free treasure hunt during The Haunted Fort. Participants will receive Halloween treats after successfully completing the game during the event. Sat. 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

Go to a Halloween-themed tea duel. Kids 12 & under are free! The Nautilus Tea Co. will hold their 4th Annual Tea Dueling Championship this weekend. Wear your finest Halloween or Dapper-wear. Yummy tea snacks and desserts will be provided by the amazing Sweet 13 Cakes. Let them know if you have diet restrictions, as some vegan and/or gluten-free options are available. Adults $30. Kids 12 & under: Free. Sat. 7pm – 10pm. Nautilus Tea Company. More info…

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 21ST, 2018

Wake up at an ungodly hour to see Orionid meteors… If you’re up super-early this Sunday morning, you should see a number of bright streaks peppering the sky. These are Orionid meteors, which belong to an annual shower that peaks before dawn. The waxing gibbous Moon sets around 4 a.m. local daylight time, leaving nearly two hours of dark skies for observers. At its peak, the shower should produce up to 20 meteors per hour radiating from the northern part of the constellation Orion the Hunter. [astronomy.com] Or take a trip out to the free Community Observatory in Placerville on Sat. & Sun. at 8pm and see the whole universe through their giant telescopes. More info…

Wander through apple orchards and pick some sweet apples in Apple Hill. Harris Tree Farm is open for u-pick. Find others at applehill.com (Tip: Skip the parking headaches and take the El Dorado Transit free and jump on the Apple Farms Shuttle 9am – 4pm until Oct. 28th… brilliant! More info on the Apple Farms Shuttle…

Walk through 3,000 carved pumpkins at Pumpkin Nights at Gold County Fairgrounds in Auburn. Make a day of it and go apple-picking too. Adults $20, Kids 4-12 $16, 3 & under Free, Family Pack of 4 $60. Open nightly, 5:30pm – 10:30pm, until Nov. 4th. More info…

Run amok around pumpkins. Visit the pumpkin patch at Vierra Farms in West Sac to pick out a pumpkin and eat some apple cider donuts. $7+ Cash or check only (atm on site). Open 10am – 9pm Fri. & Sat. Open 10am until dusk on Sun. Check out the River City High School Marching Band perform on Sun. 12:30pm – 3pm! More info…

Get lost in the world’s largest corn maze in Dixon at Cool Patch Pumpkin. Certified by the Guinness Book for World Records! It’s pretty impressive, but recommended for older kids. $15 Adults. 5 & under Free. Open every day 9am – 8pm until Oct. 31st. More info…

Meet artists and “movie people” at the Sac Comic-Con. Enter or watch the amazing costume contest! In honor of Netflix’s Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters Season 2 Panel Discussion, Sac-Con will be giving away a commemorative poster – while supplies last. Get it signed by special guests Victor Cook (Supervising Director/Executive Producer), Kevin Burke and Chris “Doc” Wyatt (Executive Producers/Head Writers) and Brandon McKinney (Artist). Due to the limited availability of the free posters, it will only be given out at the guests’ tables and Panel Discussion. Make sure and check out the their panel being held at 11:30am in Rooms 103 & 104 in the West Lobby. $10. Sun. 10am – 5pm. Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

See the early works of Bruce Nauman, an artist that has an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City right now. Coinciding with the opening of Bruce Nauman’s retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, this exhibition at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art 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. Visit the link for a preview of what this passageway looks like. An adjacent gallery includes artworks that situate the corridor within the artist’s career. Fun Fact: Bruce Nauman graduated from UC Davis with an MFA in 1966. Guest Curator: Ted Mann. Free. Sun. 12pm – 5pm (also open Thurs., Fri., & Sat.). Manetti Shrem Museum of Art in Davis. More info…

Make a sugar skull. Join the Sol Collective team in decorating your very own sugar skull, a traditional offering used to celebrate the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos. Usually placed as decorations to recognize those who have passed away, the sugar skull represents a departed soul and can have the name written on the forehead to be placed at a home altar or gravestone to honor the loved ones no longer with us. In this family-friendly workshop Sugar Skulls will be colorfully decorated with icing, tin foil, glitter and colorful sugars. And If cared for and kept dry, they can last for years. Free, suggestion donation $10. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Sun. 12:30pm. Sol Collective. More info…

Experiment with Non-Traditional Painting Exploration (for 7 & under) with artist Brenda Cauchon at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. This exploratory class in painting will use a variety of non-traditional materials. Brenda calls this exploration “Anything Can Be a Paintbrush” and she’ll prove it to be true by providing a variety of implements such as pompoms, balls of ribbon, feathers, combs, straws, sponges, etc. Children will get to see how these different items can be used to create surprising and varied textures. The message here is that you can paint/create a beautiful work of art with things that you find around you; you don’t have to go out and buy expensive art supplies! Free with museum admission. Sun. 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Take teens to a matinee showing of Shakespeare’s Othello. In Othello, Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination, with elopement, and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths. $16+. Sun. 2pm. Big Idea Theatre on Del Paso Blvd. More info…

Celebrate Diwali, a beautifully lit Hindu festival at the Amphitheater at Quarry Park! There will be games, complimentary dinner, live music, a bounce house, and kid-friendly games. Free, register for tickets. Sun. 3pm – 8pm. Quarry Park in Rocklin. More info…

Dance the night away at a Mariachi Festival. The Mariachi Festival de Sacramento 2018 presents a fantastic lineup of performers, ballet folklorio, food, drinks and crafts from Mexico will be available for purchase. $25+. Sun. 3:30pm – 8:30pm. Doors open at 2pm. Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Sacramento. More info…

Introduce older kids to Beethoven, Schubert, and DeBussy. The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento hosts flutist Mathew Krejci and pianist Dmitriy Cogan at the Capistrano Hall. $12+. Sun. 4pm – 6:30pm. More info…

 

Plan Ahead…

Visit the beautiful, new Sofia theatre for Family Day next Sat. Oct. 27th for kid-friendly games and activities prior to their 1pm performance of “Treasure Island” in the Sutter Theatre for Children. Library of Musiclandria will be featuring a instrument petting zoo, Liquid Lolli will be making European-style lollipops right in front of you, and Art Beast will also have activities. The Sacramento Public Library will also be there to help you get a library card. The 1pm show is sold out, but you can get on the waitlist day-of, in case of no shows. Or you can nab tickets for the 4pm show, which are still available! More info…

Get early bird tickets if you want to go to “Boo at the Zoo” at the Sacramento Zoo Sat. Oct. 27th & Sun. Oct. 28th (11am – 4pm). Take little ones trick-or-treating in an exotic, playful, but safe environment away from all the cars. There will be 15 different candy stations throughout the entire zoo, magic shows, face painting, games, and more. $13+ More info…

Got an older teen who would like to join the team at the Sacramento Zoo? The Zoo is currently accepting applications for Zoo Ambassadors, the Level 1 volunteer position.  All new volunteers must begin as a Zoo Ambassador before moving on to additional programs. Zoo Ambassadors can participate in a variety of different roles: front gate greeting and assistance, grounds cleanup, special events and other special projects. Zoo Ambassadors must be 15 years or older and must complete a Zoo Ambassador orientation.  The next orientation will be November 3rd.  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! OCTOBER 13TH – OCTOBER 14TH, 2018

Here’s some of our Top Picks for the Weekend of October 13th & 14th! Go to a vinyl fair, make a bird house out of a gourd, learn about seeds, take a kitten foster class, listen to the Sac Philharmonic at a free outdoor concert in DOCO, compost with worms, eat Russian food at the Russian Festival, enjoy some Lebanese food at the Middle Eastern Festival, take a polar plunge (kids free!), play zombie tag, learn how to compose music, make botanical blueprints, eat some gumbo, make some sugar skulls, listen to Polish guitar, watch a hockey game, see an existential play called Constellations, or take an easy, flat hike the Humbug-Willow Creek Trail… and more! This weekend will be amazing. Sunny for Saturday, with a high of 87, sunny for Sunday with a high of 86. Fall in love with fall! 

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 13TH, 2018

Get street cred with your teen by taking them to the awesome Vinyl and Music Fair in Davis. The Armadillo Music and KDVS 90.3 FM Vinyl & Music Fair will feature vendors from all over California selling vinyl, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, equipment, and anything else you can imagine that is music related. This event is held twice a year, and has become one of the biggest and most popular vinyl events on the west coast. If you are looking for bargains, rare releases, or the unique, this event caters to vinyl fans at every level of collecting. Buyers are encouraged to bring lots of one and five-dollar bills and a bag. Free, plus cost of purchases (early admission $5). Sat. 9am – 4pm. Davis Senior Center. More info…

Run 5k along the American River to raise money for the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento. Univera is hosting their 4th Annual American River 5k and the goal is to put on a fun race and walk to raise over $30,000 for the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento. The course is a beautiful combination of bike path and horse trails along the beautiful American River. There will also be a Halloween contest and fun activities for the kids. $37.50+. Sat. 9am. Sign-up in advance. Sacramento Bar, American River. More info…

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Public Tour. Yolo Basin Foundation invites members of the community to attend a free, guided tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on the morning of Saturday, October 13. Docents will help visitors identify wildlife and provide information about the Wildlife Area. October can be an exciting month for birding in the Wildlife Area with fall migration bringing in a wide variety of species. The recent harvests of wild and white rice provides abundant feeding opportunities for seed, grain and insect-eaters. Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) flock these newly exposed crop fields and can be seen perched high on cattails and along the tops of trees. They produce a large range of distinct, metallic calls which fill the wetlands. The glossy black males have bright red and yellow shoulder patches. The females are a more subtle dark brown with crisp streaks. Participants may want to bring binoculars and water (there is no potable water on site). Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance wildlife viewing. This is a driving tour on gravel roads with several stops and optional, short walks. Free. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. More info…

Fun on the Farm: Seeds. Kids will explore the Youth Garden and the American River Ranch learning about seeds, what they are made of, how to grow and care for them, and why they are important. Participants will engage in various fun, educational activities, make a farm fresh snack, meet the farm chickens, and create something to take home. This is a child-focused (suggested Ages 3-9) farm experience. Registration is for children only, one adult may accompany each child. $15. Sat. 9:30am – 11:30am. Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. More info…

Koobs Nature Area Seasons Finale Event. This is the final public open day for the Koobs Nature Area in 2018. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area in the fall—they will also reflect on what it is like in the winter, spring, and summer. There will be activity tables for kids to create and learn about the Seasons. This wonderful natural treasure in the heart of Carmichael is run and maintained by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael. Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Koobs Nature Area. More info…

Behind the Scenes Smartphone Animal Photography Workshop. Have you ever wondered how to get the best shot you can? Join the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary as they discuss techniques for composition, exposure and focusing tips. After the tour, you’ll take photos in the zoo, participate in an image review session, and learn how to use photo editing apps and software to enhance their photos. The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary animals will be the subjects for this up-close photography workshop where you will and learn about the animals’ lives before coming to the zoo, along with the history and goals of the zoo. Digital cameras welcome. Ages 16+. $55+. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. More info…

Storytime and activities featuring I Lost My Tooth! at Barnes & Noble. Mo Willems is back with another breakout beginning-reader series. This time, an ensemble cast of squirrels, acorns, and pop-in guests host a page-turning extravaganza. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble (Arden Fair, Natomas, Folsom, Roseville, and Citrus Heights). More info…

Cat and Kitten Foster Class. There is no room for kittens at the shelter and they are in need of new volunteers to give kittens a temporary home for several weeks.  Help Front Street foster kittens and cats. Next Kitten and Cat Foster Class is Saturday, October 13th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Front Street Animal Shelter, 2127 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95818. More info…

Zipline, Climb, and Explore at the Fall Harvest Festival, Opening Weekend at Quarry Park. Quarry Park Adventures will be launching the Fall Harvest Festival October 13 and 14. This weekend is the first opportunity the general public can visit the park. Quarry Park Adventures will be open on weekends and school holidays through the winter. Of course, your Premier Pass is valid anytime the park is open to the general public. $24.99+. Sat. 10am – 6pm (also Sun.) Quarry Park Adventures in Rocklin. More info…

Arts In the Heart: A Celebration of Arts and Diversity in West Sacramento. The West Sacramento Community Center invites residents to kick off their weekend with family-friendly entertainment. Guests will be treated to a variety of entertainment, including music and dance performances, hands-on children’s and family art activities, food, music, an art reception, vendors, and informational booths. People itching to make art can participate in coloring and drawing part of a community mural themed around various cultural traditions including the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead. Families are also invited to work together to paint a calavera, also known as a sugar skull, as a take home memento of their day at Arts in the Heart. Local art commissioners will be voting on the best family created skull, treating a lucky family to bragging rights as winners of the inaugural art contest. In addition, with weather permitting, the sidewalk between the Community Center and Los Rios Community College will be transformed into a chalk art canvas. You can also enjoy dance performances by local dance groups, including the Community Center Jazz Dance and Tippy Toe Ballet classes, as well as a routine by the River City Dance Academy in the Black Box Theater. There will be an artist’s reception, a community altar where you can add a picture of your loved ones who have passed, and much more. A special event, indeed. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 1pm. West Sacramento Community Center. More info…

Kids can get a brain freeze for free. The second annual Sacramento Brain Freeze is a polar plunge style event to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society, which is dedicated to finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for brain tumors. Fundraise for this important cause and experience live music, guest speakers, vendors, a silent auction, and so much more. When it’s time to freeze, you’ll run into the chilly waters of Lake Natoma as a culmination of your efforts! There are team and individual fundraising prizes and incentives. Teams and individuals are encouraged to wear their best costumes, bring all the spirit they have and get ready to plunge into Lake Natoma in celebration of all their hard work, promoting and fundraising for this urgent mission. Top team and top individual fundraisers will be acknowledged during the closing ceremony. Adults $30 (ends 10/11). $35 on day of. Kids 17 & under Free. Sat. 10am – 1pm. Nimbus Dam Recreation Area. More info…

October Encore in the Rose Garden. Spring isn’t the only time to visit the Historic Rose Garden in the Old City Cemetery. Many of the roses that early Sacramentans loved bloom again and again. Join curator Anita Clevenger to discover the old roses that take an encore in the fall, often with deeper colors and better flowers than earlier in the year. The group will stroll, snip and sniff roses to our hearts’ content in the midst of our beautiful, historic cemetery. Free. Sat. 10am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info, call: (916) 448-0811

Make a family date to honor a Vietnam War veteran in the family, and take the kids to the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial Anniversary Dedication Ceremony. Join in as the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500 marks the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento’s Capitol Park. Family, friends, fellow veterans and elected officials will gather for a memorial ceremony that will include the unveiling of new names added to the memorial wall. The memorial honors the service and sacrifice of California’s Vietnam veterans who were killed or missing in action, or who died from causes related to their service in Vietnam. The event is hosted by the California Veterans Benefit Fund, in collaboration with Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500, CalVet, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honor Committee. Following Saturday’s ceremony there will be a luncheon ($25) at VFW Post 67 (2784 Stockton Blvd.). Free. Sat. 10am. Pre-ceremony music starts at 10am, ceremony starts at 11am. California State Capitol Park. More info…

Take older kids and teens to the I Love Sugar Skull Workshop. Learn how to design and decorate your own calavera de azúcar (sugar skull) for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in one of three workshops led by Rob-O of I Love Sugar Skulls on Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. Sessions require a minimum of 10 participants to proceed and $15.00 materials fee for pre-made sugar skull and royal icing. Also includes admission to “Celebración de Almas: Día de Los Muertos 2018,” featuring original work by Rob-O and other artists, and current exhibits. Advance registration by 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 11 recommended. $15 fee includes admission to current exhibits. Sat. 11am – 4:30pm. The California Museum. More info…

Take teens to the Composting with Worms Workshop in Roseville. It’s easy, inexpensive, and fun to raise worms for composting. Learn how to transform food scraps and household waste into nutrient-rich soil using worms. Participants will create their own worm bin and learn how to care for it. Discover more about this exciting way to improve your organic fertilizer. Ages 16 & up. Roseville residents $20. Non-residents $23. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Roseville Utility Exploration Center. More info…

Take your teen to The Beanwhisperer at Oak Park Farmer’s Market. “Industry” is a collection of cooking classes in Sacramento designed to introduce you to how restaurant-industry professionals approach food. Everybody loves a bean but they can be tricksey fellows. Learn to never turn your back on this delicious and important protein source at this vegan-friendly show. Dave Nelson is a Sacramento native and chef on a mission to champion a food-centric lifestyle in a fun, and approachable way. Chef Dave brings years of kitchen and teaching experience to the Sacramento Region through “Industry,” a series razor-sharp live kitchen shows. Free. Sat. 10am – 11am. Oak Park Farmer’s Market. More info…

DOCO’s Second Saturday: Family On the Green. DOCO (Downtown Commons) has announced a series of fun and free On the Green pop-up activations happening in October on the inviting outdoor plaza adjacent to Golden 1 Center and surrounded by a mix of locally-owned and national retailers, restaurants, bars and other engaging businesses that will continue to open on a rolling basis in the coming weeks. Local families are invited to gather the kids for a fun, new activity on the Second Saturday of every month at DOCO plaza. The new monthly series kicks off with Bubble Soccer and Sumo Wrestling in October. Guests of all ages can suit up and compete to win fun prizes from DOCO retailers. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. DOCO on J St. More info…

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

Gifts of the Earth. Learn about Sacramento’s native people and how plants and animals played a role in the lives of the Maidu people at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Rio Velo: A Sacramento Bicycle Festival! Get excited about biking at this free celebration designed to attract the recreational rider, seasoned cyclist or casual observer. Rio Velo showcases what makes cycling an amazing activity for people of all ages. Located at Township 9 Park, it offers the opportunity to explore the benefits of bicycling, active transportation and healthy living in the setting of our beautiful American River urban waterfront. The event will have live music, daredevil stunt riding sure to impress the kids, bike rodeo and bike safety training, electric bike test rides and SactoMoFo food and brew. Township 9 Park is located at the north end of North 7th Street (at Vine Street) along the American River in the River District. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Township 9 Bike Park. More info…

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

Russian Festival. Join in for the 5th Annual Russian Festival in the heart of Downtown Sacramento. At this event, you will have the opportunity to experience the different wonderful aspects of Russian Culture. There will be traditional food, dance, music, and art, as well as a crafts and activities area for children. There will be Russian souvenirs, Russian literature, and original art for sale. The Holy Ascension Church is happy to welcome the greater community of Sacramento to share in this unique experience and enjoy Russian culture. Adults $5, Students $3, Kids under 12 Free. Sat. 11am – 5pm. Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church. More info…

Make a bird house out of a gourd at the free workshop honoring the exhibit Anne Frank: Her Photos. Her Story. The Diary of Anne Frank has been translated to 70 different languages. The Exhibit “Anne Frank: Her Photos. Her Story.” is a combination of two exhibits from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect: “Anne Frank, a history for today” and “Anne Frank, a private photo album.” Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Mills Station Arts & Culture Center in Rancho Cordova. More info…

Drop by the colorful, geometric art exhibit: Reaction of Rhythm and Distant Shores at JAYJAY Gallery. Mark L. Emerson is a Sacramento favorite, and a master at making paint shift and vibrate in these new well-planned rectangles. This body of work is completely up tempo and energizing, as these smaller sized works confront us with superb color compositions which actually sing. Emerson received his MFA from UC Davis, and his work is found in collections locally, including the Crocker Museum, American River College, and Sacramento City College, among others. Dean DeCocker is a brilliant sculptor who champions the modern in his elegant, funny, graceful, and streamline executions, and is making his return to JAYJAY. You will see several wall-mounted architecturally constructed marvels, with some free-standing works as well. His work continues to reference the aeronautical in its modern sweeps and underlying structure. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. JAYJAY Gallery. More info…

10th Annual Antelope Crossing Spooktacular in Citrus Heights. A Halloween event featuring family-friendly entertainment and activities for both kids and adults. You can see live acts on the stage, shop the craft and vendor fair, play Midway Carnival games, get free raffle tickets, have your face painted and participate in other fun experiences. Don’t miss the highlight of the day, the Kid’s Costume Contest at 1:30pm. Free. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Summerhills Plaza in Citrus Heights. More info…

Nichiren Buddhist Church Fall Food Sale. Fall Food Sale items include agesushi, barasushi, bento, curry rice, ruby’s chicken salad, spam musubi, teriyaki beef sandwich, teriyaki chicken, and udon. The church will also be selling a large selection of Japanese-language books and a limited selection of rummage sale items. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Sacramento Nichiren Buddhist Church. More info…

Take older teens to the Progressive Game Jam 5. The Sacramento Developer Collective and Square One Clubs are once again hosting this year’s Progressive Game Jam. They’ll provide guidance and mentoring and a place to meet once a month for the next nine months. The Progressive Game Jam is a nine-month long game jam where you work with a dedicated team on a single video game. The goal is to build as complete a video game as possible in that time, and to gain valuable development skills, and learn just what it takes to make a full video game. The Sacramento Developer Collective and Square One Clubs are dedicated to helping you along the way by providing guidance, mentorship, and support to help you achieve your goal. All skills are welcome, whether you are a programmer, artist, level designer, sound engineer, storyteller, or simply just want to help provide ideas for a game. That includes all skill-levels from novice to expert, or maybe you are just learning and looking for a great place to start. Free. Sat. 11am – 6pm. Square One Clubs, Sacramento. More info…

Community Fun Day. Five of Sacramento’s major community organizations are coming together to create an unforgettable, all-ages Community Fun Day at Maple Neighborhood Center! Fairytale Town’s Sacramento Adventure Playground, La Familia Counseling Center, Inc., Powerhouse Science Center, 916 Ink, and the Crocker Art Museum are partnering for a day of science, technology, art, engineering, play, creativity, and, most of all fun. There will be music, scavenger hunts, fort building, hands-on art projects, word games, mud play, tree climbing, poetry-making, imaginative play, resource booths, and food. Free. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. Maple Neighborhood Center. More info…

Check out Spooky Magic with Magician Mike della Penna at Ella K. McClatchy Library. Free. Sat. 12pm – 1pm. More info…

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

Haunted Afternoon Art at the Library. Join artist Julia Stagg at the library where she will teach you the techniques to create a fun work of art to display at home. Using black crayons, watercolors, and your imagination, you will create a beautiful (or spooky!) silhouette scene. All supplies will be provided. For Ages 8-19. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Clay Exploration with Creative Arts & Music Center at Sacramento Children’s Museum. Enjoy a free-sculpting session with Red Clay, courtesy of the Creative Arts & Music Center of Granite Bay. They will be hosting a clay exploration station in the Art Studio from 2-4:30, so stop by to invent and create your own miniature sculptures, and then paint your finished product. Be ready to bring your project home to dry, and display it for all of your friends to see. What a great exercise for the mind, and for those busy little fingers. Free with museum admission. Sat. 2pm – 4:30pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Take older kids to William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. A love so right, a world so wrong. A pair of star-crossed lovers takes the stage, on a set inspired by the original venue in which the world first heard the famous words in Shakespeare’s passionate and tragic tale of warring families and young love. $5+. Sat. 7:30pm. Cosumnes River College Theatre. More info…

Kids 10 & up can participate in the City of Elk Grove Zombie Tag. In this live action zombie tag game, the undead will chase those seeking shelter at several designated checkpoints. Fortunately, the zombies are only fellow participants, who “infect” the living by tagging them. The first survivors to make it back to headquarters receive prizes. This year the City of Elk Grove has added a special treat for everyone — following zombie tag, there will be a screening The Nightmare Before Christmas. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars. Zombie Tag $5, Movie Screening Free. Sat. 3:30pm – 7pm. Registration Sat. 3:30pm. Starts at 5pm. The Nightmare Before Christmas screening is at 7pm. Elk Grove Regional Park. More info…

Take older teens to learn how to write music. Join the Library of MusicLandria for Intro to Musical Notation: Read and Write Music, an informal, hands-on workshop that will give you the basic knowledge you need to get started with standard Western musical notation — i.e. reading & writing music. This event will cover treble and bass clef notation, basic rhythm notation, key and time signatures, and try the opportunity to try your hand at reading and transcribing simple melodies. Bring a writing surface if you can (a notebook would work great). $10 suggested donation, registration required. Sat. 4pm – 5pm. The Library of Musiclandria. More info…

Go to a free symphony orchestra concert: Symphony d’Oro: Heroes. Symphony d’Oro Rancho Cordova (formerly the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra) with Pete Nowlen, conductor/music director, invites you to join them in Heroes concert, honoring all who make a positive difference in our world. This concert presents violinist Chase Spruill performing Vivaldi’s Autumn (from The Four Seasons) and Dvorak’s Humoresque. Also featured are Beethoven’s Eight Symphony and works by Mendelsohn, Gordon Jacob, and Harry Thacker Burleigh. SORC is an all-volunteer community orchestra. This SORC concert will benefit the Cordova Community Food Locker’s Annual Turkey Drive. Free. Sat. 4pm – 6pm. River City Christian Church. More info…

Celebrate the Fall Fest in El Dorado Hills. A free family-friendly event at the El Dorado Hills Town Center West includes live music, a classic car show, food trucks, carnival games, bounce houses, a costume contest, face painting, a scavenger hunt, and a wine bar/beer station. Free. Sat. 4pm – 8pm. El Dorado Hills Town Center West. More info…

You Are Art: Costume Party and Reception. At “You Are Art: LRCFT Costume Party & Reception” you can become your favorite masterpiece (costume optional). Meet the union staff and fellow members. Free. Sat. 6pm – 8pm. Union Hall Gallery. More info…

Listen to Polish piano and guitar music by Duo Klavitarre. Celebrate Polish Heritage Month with a concert by Duo Klavitarre. This internationally known Polish couple delights audiences with their piano and guitar arrangements of Chopin, Bach, and Mozart, as well as original modern compositions. For one night only they will grace the stage of the Polish American Community Hall. General $20. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. Polish American Community Hall. More info…

Watch an exciting game of ice hockey. The Stockton Heat hockey team goes up against San Jose Barracuda. Get fired up for the return of Hispanic Heritage Night, where the Stockton Heat will help celebrate our proud Hispanic roots in the San Joaquin County. $15+. Sat. 6pm. Stockton Arena. More info…

Ghost Tours: Mayhem in the Museum. Join the “ghosts” of early Sacramento on an eerie journey back in time. Beware of wayward miners, murder victims, and other colorful Gold Rush characters. Hear tantalizing tales of how folks lived — and died — in this fair city. Tours are recommended for Ages 8+. $15. Sat. 6:30pm – 9pm. Sacramento History Museum. More info…

Cheer on the Sacramento State Hornets women’s volleyball team as they challenge Weber State. It’s Kids Day too! Sat. 7pm. More info…

Get pumped up to watch a live soccer game!  Watch our very own Sacramento Republic FC battle it out with the Las Vegas Lights. Always a great time. Sat. 7:30pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info… 

Take teen instrumentalists to hear the delightful Mendocino Quartet in Davis. Featuring four-part harmonies, the quartet includes long-time collaborators Steven Bates, David Hayes, Gwyneth Moreland, and Gene Parsons playing contemporary and traditional folk music. Each writes songs, sings, and plays guitar, among other instruments. Each has recorded and performed solo and with other musicians, ranging from Michael Jackson-collaborator Bill Bottrell (Bates) to Foxglove (Moreland), Morrison and Jesse Colin Young (Hayes), and the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers (Parsons). As a duo, Hayes and Parsons played a sold-out concert at the Odd Fellows in September 2016. Moreland has also performed in Davis several times. Last year the Mendocino Quartet, which takes their name from their home county on California’s North Coast, released their first CD, Way Out There.  $20. Sat. 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Old Fellows Hall in Davis. More info…

Take older kids to see Julie Fowlis, a celebrated Gaelic singer, perform at the Mondavi Center. For an artist who will forever be known for “Touch the Sky,” the stirring theme song from the Disney/Pixar film Brave, Julie Fowlis is anything but a one-hit wonder. Fowlis, a native of the Outer Hebrides, is one of the preeminent modern interpreters of traditional Gaelic songs and a deeply knowledgeable scholar of Highland and Gaelic culture. Her latest album, alterum, is a continued exploration of those storied traditions and further evidence of her unique gift. $25+. Discounts available for youth & students. Sat. 8pm. Mondavi Center in Davis. More info…

Star-gazing on Saturday night… Uranus, the ice giant, rises during twilight and climbs 30° above the eastern horizon by 9:30 p.m. local daylight time. The magnitude 5.7 planet lies in the southwestern corner of Aries, 10° due south of the Ram’s second-brightest star, 3rd-magnitude Beta (β) Arietis. Although Uranus glows brightly enough to see with the naked eye under a dark sky, binoculars make the task much easier. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″. [astronomy.com] Take a trip out to the free Community Observatory in Placerville and see the universe through their giant telescopes. More info…

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 14TH, 2018

Go for a kid-friendly hike on the Humbug-Willow Creek Trail in Folsom and enjoy the splendor of autumn in the sun. Find the picturesque Jim Konopka Volunteer Bridge. 

Single Mom Strong’s Mother and Child Hike On Auburn’s Quarry Trail. Join Single Mom Strong on their annual hike. This gorgeous trail is wide and smooth and fairly level with the exception of the last bit up to to the quarry. Walk along the river where the historic railway once traveled and end up at a stunning amphitheater of carved limestone. This great hike along the Middle Fork of the American River ends in a spectacular amphitheater of sheer limestone walls rising around you. Enjoy the natural beauty of the American River canyon and also pass by an enormous cave that was the site of both paleontologic excavations and more mining activities. The trail is wide and smooth and follows the path of the old railway that was used to carry out the limestone. They will leave from Brookfields on Taylor Rd. in Roseville promptly at 7:30am, Sun. More info…

Find some treasures at 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. Kids 16 & under free, Adults $3. Sun. 6:30am – 3pm. 21st & X St. More info…

The Carmichael Park Farmers Market is hosting the Falling Leaf Craft Festival. This free event includes artisan & craft good, organic produce, a pumpkin decorating and carving contest, a doggy costume contest, live music and more. Free. Sun. 9am – 2pm. Carmichael Park. More info…

Imagine the possibilities of your backyard at the Sacramento Home and Garden Show. The Sacramento Home and Garden Shows in March and October every year are the events thousands of consumers enjoy for getting answers and building their dreams. Over 200 home and garden vendors make one stop shopping so easy at the Sacramento Home and Garden Show. You can spend your time getting to know the experts for your home renovation. Additional features include a wine garden and a full slate of speakers who are experts in their field. Meet the pros and learn in a casual atmosphere. Kids 12 & under Free. General $7, or $6 with a canned food donation. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also open Fri. & Sat.). Cal Expo. More info…

Davis Art Studio Tour. Grab family friends and plan an art filled weekend. Join Davis Arts Center’s celebration of 19 local artists on the Davis Art Studio Tour. This year the family-friendly tour will feature 19 Davis-based artists. Visit with artists and gain added insight of the work and the artistic process. Before going on the Tour, preview the work of each artist by viewing the Davis Art Studio Tour Exhibition in the Tsao Gallery at Davis Arts Center. The exhibition is open through October 26. Kids 12 & under Free. General $10. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also open Fri. & Sat.). More info…

Make Botanical Blueprints at Pence Gallery in Davis. Beautiful blue cyanotype prints are fun and easy to make. You don’t need to be an artist to get amazing results. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn all the basics of this magical alternative photo technique. Using light-sensitive chemicals, you’ll expose prints in the sun and process them in water. By the time you leave, you’ll have 4 deep blue 8 x 10 sunprints and the know-how to create more at home. Bring an assortment of your favorite plants and interesting flat objects to make prints that are uniquely yours. Pressed plants and flowers work really well. All materials are supplied by the instructor. This class is designed for all levels kids 12 and over are welcome. $90+ (parents do not need to purchase a ticket). Sun. 10am. Pence Gallery in Davis. More info…

California Freethought Day Festival. The 17th Annual California Freethought Day Festival will combine the fun and festivity of a fair with the education and activism of a conference. Featuring speakers, entertainers, music, food, prizes, a “family fun zone,” vendors, exhibits, panels, art, and tons of fun. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 11am – 5:30pm. California State Capitol Park. More info…

American Lebanese and Middle Eastern Music and Food Festival. The festival attracts over 1,800 people from all parts of Sacramento and Northern California who come together to celebrate the best in Lebanese and Middle Eastern food and culture. Experience authentic Lebanese and Middle Eastern food, desserts, music, dance, traditional dance, henna tattoos and a kids’ zone. Kids under 2 Free, General $3. Sun. 11am – 7pm (also Sat.). Our Lady of the Rosary in Carmichael. More info…

Gumbo & Jambalaya Music Festival & Little Miss Beignet Pageant. Eat gumbo at this family-friendly event with live music and activities for kids. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 11am – 5pm. Miller Regional Park. More info…

Candy Science. Head to Design Lab where you will be challenged to build a structure using only gum drops and toothpicks. Every visitor (12 and under) will  receive a goodie bag and experiments to take home. Free with admission. Sun. (and Sat.) 12pm – 4pm. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Going Batty. Explore the mysteries of bats at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and discover why these creatures are so misunderstood. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Sacramento Spooky Halloween River Cruise. Does your child like to wear their Halloween Costume all month? Or maybe they have more than one? For three weekends in October, Hornblower will be offering a fun, family-friendly Halloween river cruise. Spend one hour cruising along the Sacramento River as the evening creeps in with the chilling sounds of background Halloween-themed music. Take the kids to color spooky Halloween-themed sheets or stop and have your faces painted. As you disembark, children will receive a fun Halloween party favor. Activities include: One-hour yacht cruise on the Sacramento River, Scenic Sacramento views, Halloween coloring/activity sheets for kids, Background Halloween-themed music. Kids 3 & under Free. $8.96+. Sun. 1:30pm & 3pm (also on Sat.) L Street Dock, Sacramento. More info…

Take older teens to the existential play: Constellations. Suppose that life exists in a multiverse — a set of parallel existences that contain infinitely different futures. The possibilities in our lives are, quite literally, endless. Every possible event that could happen, does happen, in one universe or another. And if two lovers meet — are drawn together in every version of existence — every possible happy ending and heartbreak that could befall them, will. Marianne, a physicist, and Roni, a beekeeper, meet at a party. They hit it off, and go for a drink. Or perhaps they dont. They go home together, or maybe they go their separate ways. Perhaps Marianne is engaged to someone else, perhaps Roni is. Perhaps they come together and their love story can finally take root and grow, or perhaps it will be tragically cut short. Nick Paynes beautiful play, Constellations, explores how even the smallest change in our lives can dramatically alter the course we take. It is a spellbinding exploration of love, science, quantum theory, and infinite possibility for heartbreak or for hope. This play is recommended for audiences Ages 14+. $16+. Sun. 2pm (also Fri. & Sat.) Geery Theatre. More info…

West Side Story. 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 lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written. Its exciting, sophisticated score by Leonard Bernstein is often considered Broadway’s finest, its songs a part of the nation’s musical heritage. And the dancing, originally staged by Jerome Robbins, is remarkable. $10+. Sun. 2pm (also on Fri. & Sat.) American River College Theatre. More info…

Mesmerize older kids with beautiful and haunting chamber music at The Great Composers Chamber Music Series: The Empire Strikes Back at Harris Center. Susan Lamb Cook gathers together musicians from around the country to present exciting and engaging performances of some of the greatest chamber music ever written. The Great Composers Chamber Music Series includes violinist Ian Jesse, violist István Polónyi, pianist Gayle Blankenburg, and cellist Susan Lamb Cook. This event, “The Empire Strikes Back,” showcases music from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, including works by Beethoven, Dohnányi, and Brahms. Just check out this video to see Susan Lamb Cook in action. General $25-35. Students $20, Kids 12 & under $15. Sun. 2pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Take musical teens to the Crocker Classical Concert Series: Leslie Sandefur. In honor of the exhibition Duane Michals: The Portraitist, which showcases the photographer’s keen ability to capture personalities with images, soprano Leslie Sandefur will perform operatic music known to express character through music. An award-winning lyric soprano noted for her rich and full voice, Sandefur has performed throughout the United States, including at the San Francisco Opera and Carnegie Hall. The program will include works by Mozart, Puccini, and Richard Strauss. 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 a proposed program, and, most importantly, talent and musicianship. In advance of the Classical Concert, enjoy a docent-led tour of select works from the exhibition Duane Michaels: The Portraitist, plus portraits from the Crocker’s permanent collection, to help put the music in context with the art. Prelude Tours are open to all visitors. $10+. Sun. 3pm – 4pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

DOCO’s Concerts On the Green. DOCO (Downtown Commons) is proud to announce a series of fun and free On the Green pop-up activations happening in October on the inviting outdoor plaza adjacent to Golden 1 Center and surrounded by a mix of locally owned and national retailers, restaurants, bars and other engaging businesses that will continue to open on a rolling basis in the coming weeks. The community is invited to relax and enjoy soothing sounds at DOCO plaza on Sunday afternoons while listening to rotating Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera ensembles ranging from traditional to experimental classical music. Free. Sun. 3pm – 5pm. DOCO on J St. More info…

Listen to an incredible, world-renowned flute player. Globally renowned as the ultimate interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Sir James Galway is a consummate performer whose appeal transcends musical boundaries. His uniquely expressive interpretations span an extensive range of genres, from classical masterworks to high-profile commissions. He has also collaborated on film soundtracks such as The Lord of the Rings and partnered with such popular artists as Stevie Wonder and Sir Elton John. The diversity of Galway’s repertoire reflects his impressive musical range and has served to establish him as an artist of the very highest stature. Michael McHale on piano. $$27.50+. Sun. 7pm. Mondavi Center in Davis. More info…

Star-gazing on Sunday night… Saturn stands 1.5° to the left of the waxing crescent Moon this evening. The two lie 20° above the southwestern horizon at the end of twilight and remain on view until after 10 p.m. local daylight time. The ringed planet shines at magnitude 0.5 this week, more than a full magnitude brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius. If you own a telescope, there’s no better target than Saturn. Even the smallest instrument shows Saturn’s 16″-diameter disk surrounded by a dramatic ring system that spans 37″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight. [astronomy.com] Take a trip out to the free Community Observatory in Placerville and see the universe through their giant telescopes. More info…

 

Plan Ahead…

Join the first-ever girls firefighters camp organized by local Sacramento fire agencies! The Sacramento Area Girls Fire Camp takes place on Nov. 3rd – 4th (9am – 5pm) and is open to girls in the 9th – 12th grades. They’ll get instruction from women firefighters, hands-on learning with special tools and equipment, basic first aid and CPR experience, and learn about all of their career options. Enrollment is first-come, first-served. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. More info…

Die-hard Sac Republic FC fans can get early tickets for the 2018 USL Playoffs, Round 1! Kickoff is Sat. Oct. 20th. Go Sac Republic! More info…

Have a teen thespian? Take them to audition for Acme Theatre’s two winter productions The Burials and The Mythology Project. Actors of color, actors with disabilities, and trans & non-binary actors are encouraged to audition. No previous experience necessary.  Auditions are open to all actors in 9th- 12th grade. More info…

Find yourself strangely child-free next week Thursday at lunchtime?

Check out the eccentric ZOFO Piano Duo in a free concert at the Ann E. Pitzer Center in Davis (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert). These two have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. This GRAMMY-nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artist Ensemble—one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets—is blazing a bold new path for four-hands groups by focusing on 20th and 21st century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year. Against an ever-changing backdrop of contemporary paintings, 15 new ZOFO-commissioned duet compositions are revealed throughout continuous performance. Free. Thurs. Oct. 18th. More info (and video preview) here…

 

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

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! OCTOBER 6TH – OCTOBER 7TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of October 6th & 7th! Dissect an eye ball, go to a giant pumpkin festival, build a fireboat at a Home Depot workshop, watch some pop-up street soccer games, explore where DIY and technology intersect at the Maker Faire, go to an outdoor screening of the movie Coco, see pinwheel galaxies through telescopes, tour farms and barns, play vintage “base ball,” dance under the stars at the Greek Festival, dance hula at the Aloha Festival, go grape stomping, make paper flowers for Dia de los Muertos, celebrate the Sacramento Kings’ return to Golden 1 Center, and more! We took special note of events parents could enjoy with teens, like a fitness challenge in Elk Grove, a poetry slam in Midtown, 3D printing in Arcade, an insightful social issues talk on homelessness and bathroom access called “No Place To Go,” and more. Sunny for Saturday, high of 80, cloudy for Sunday, high of 81. If winds pick up a little, break out a kite in the park or along the river. Ideal kite conditions are just 10-20 mph. Enjoy the first week of October!

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 6TH, 2018

Build a Fireboat at the DIY Home Depot Workshop. Celebrate National Fire Safety Month in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model fireboat to put out shoreline or shipboard fires and transport emergency personnel and rescue workers. Once your firefighting vessel construction is complete, you and your hero can decorate it with paint and stickers and give it a name like the historically famous fireboats that precede your new firefighting craft. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Free, must pre-register. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Home Depot Stores. More info…

Get a jump on holiday gifts at the 35th Annual Bella Vista Craft Fair. This family-friendly craft fair has been a Fair Oaks tradition since 1983, and boasts almost 200 of the area’s best artisan’s, hand-crafted items and gifts, great food, raffles, music, and fun for all! Booths will be located both outdoors and indoors and the fair will run rain or shine. The purpose of the Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Fair is to raise funds for the PTSA, which sponsors scholarships, provides funds for the library, campus beautification, student activities, teacher grants, and more. Free, cost of purchases, $5 parking. Sat. 8am – 4pm. Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks. More info…

Rocklin Mini Maker Faire. Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, and projects. They call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the Rocklin Mini Maker Faire is a celebration for all ages featuring rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations. The Rocklin Mini Maker Faire follows the “big” Maker Faire model of celebrating invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, but is smaller in scale and showcases the wonders of Placer and Sacramento counties and beyond. Glimpse the future and get inspired! Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Sierra College. More info…

Dissection Discovery. Put on your gloves and get ready to dive into some gross science! In Dissection Discovery, Powerhouse Science Center will be getting up-close and personal with a cow’s eyeball. Learn how eyes function and allow us to take in the world around us by cutting, peeling, and identifying parts of the eye. Workshops are for participants Ages 5 and up. Minimum of one adult for every two children participating. $15. Sat. 9:30am – 10:30am. More info…

Take older kids and teens on a creepy morning walk through a cemetery with Haunted Sacramento. There are restless spirits in sleepy Sacramento. Apparitions are said to reveal themselves to unsuspecting passersby. Take a walk on the spooky side and learn the haunted history of Sacramento. You’ll never look at our town the same again. Free. Sat. 10am – 11am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

Visit family-friendly vendors like the Super Lice Removal Lady at the Folsom Family Expo at the Folsom Community Center. Presented by Style Magazine – Folsom. There will be bounce houses, raffle giveaways, live performances, demonstrations, vendors, and more. Free. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Folsom Community Center. More info…

Play vintage “base ball” with Central Valley Vintage Base Ball! Enjoy a free morning of 1864 “base ball” in Davis at John Barovetto Park. They’ll be playing America’s pastime the way it was in its formative years, with period-accurate rules and equipment, starting at 10 a.m. No experience is required, all are welcome and this event is completely free. Sat. 10am – 1pm. John Barovetto Park, Davis. More info…

Sacramento Archives Crawl. A sense of history and mystery can open up kids’ imaginations in magical ways that everyday objects in their normal world can’t. Luckily, we are steeped in history in Sacramento. And there are certain rare and historically significant documents and items that the State of California keeps close to its vest… for good reason. They are too precious to have on display all the time. See some of these artifacts at the awesome “archives crawl” this weekend. Tour among four host archives, gather stamps in your archives passport, view treasures from dozens of archives and special collections libraries, visit with real expert archivists, win prizes and go on special behind-the-scenes tour. California State Archives, Center for Sacramento History, California State Library, and the Sacramento Room in the Central Library will be a part of the crawl. Recommended for older kids. Free. Sat. 10am – 4pm. California State Library (and other locations). More info…

Go on a Fall Frolic. Acorns and leaves surround the area with their beauty and function in autumn! Find out how the oak woodland changes with the fall season and how wildlife is preparing for winter at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Material Exposion: Still Life at Crocker Art Museum. Draw a still life using oil pastels. Designed for busy schedules, enroll your child in one, two, three, or all sessions. Each Saturday, students will bring an artwork to conclusion, ready to take home. For ages 7-12. $15+. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Storytime at Barnes & Noble bookstores featuring the book Builder Brothers: Big Plans by Jonathan Scott. HGTV’s favorite twins have written a children’s book. Drew and Jonathan think up big plans for even bigger projects, but will their plans go the way they hope? Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble Bookstores (Arden, Natomas, Roseville, Folsom, Citrus Heights). More info…

Souls of the City returns to Old Sacramento for Dia de Los Muertos. Since 2011, Sol Collective has worked to bring the ancient tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to the Sacramento community. Shrouded in mysticism for many Americans, Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition celebrating and honoring the lives of relatives and ancestors past. Sol Collective’s annual Souls of the City festival and cultural arts programming offer hands-on education about the deep-rooted history and traditions of Dia de los Muertos. On Sat. they present a free workshops: Paper Flowers with Xico Gonzalez. Participants will learn basic papier-mache techniques and the art of making paper flowers. Participants will make flower vases to be placed on altars for the traditional honoring of ancestors. If possible, participants are encouraged to bring empty glass soda bottles. Sliding scale donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Sol Collective, 2574 21st St. More info…

Test yourself and your teen at the Fitness Court Launch Party and Challenge. Powered by Kaiser Permanente, the Roosevelt Park in Sacramento is the new home of the world’s best outdoor bodyweight gym: The Fitness Court. It’s free and owned by the public, of course. This day of celebration includes a competitive fitness challenge, fun workouts, free Fitness Court gear, a #FitFrame photobooth, giveaways, and more! The Fitness Court is open to the public and perfect for all adults and teens 14+. Free, registration required to compete in the fitness challenge. Sat. 11am – 12pm. Roosevelt Park. More info…

Take teens to Journey of Hope: Real Life Stories of Living with Mental Health Challenges Portrayed Through Art. In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Sacramento County’s “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” Project and the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center present Journey of Hope, a collaborative art exhibit that pairs local artists and writers to share stories about mental health, hope and recovery. Each piece began with a story written by a Sacramento County resident living with mental illness, which was then given to a local artist to be used as inspiration for an original art piece. Free, all ages. Sat. 11am – 4pm, artists’ reception 3pm – 7pm. Elk Grove Fine Arts Center. More info…

Got a budding teen poet? Drop by the Noontime Midtown Open Mic at McClatchy Library hosted by Sac Poetry. Read your poetry at the cute and quaint Ella K. McClatchy Library in Midtown and and socialize with other poets. Share about yourself, your writing life, what work you have out there, what you’re working on now, and how it can be supported. Free, registration required. Sat. 12pm – 1pm. McClatchy Library, 2nd floor. More info…

North Sacramento Art Explosion. Crocker Art Museum’s Block by Block and Grant Union High School are throwing a pop-up community event at Grant High School. They will have live local music and art performances, a graffiti battle, and art activities for all ages. Free. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Grant Union High School. More info…

Art In The Garden: Blank Canvas. Spend some time in the gardens of The Beautiful Center in Folsom and express yourself on canvas. Rather than an instruction session, you will get to start with a blank canvas, open to what you want to create. They will provide inspiration and guidance if you need it, but they won’t be telling you what to paint. When you arrive, find a seat that inspires you and it will already have paints, brushes, a canvas, and easle, ready to go. Come alone, with friends, or make it a family event. They will have themed transfers if you’d like to start with an outline. Themes: October – fall / harvest November – giving thanks December – winter / holiday. Ages 8 and up. $28.16. Sat. 11am – 1pm. The Beautiful Center, Folsom. More info…

Teens interested in photography will love exploring shapes, light, and contrast at the Mixing Light with Clay: Photography Exhibit at the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. The Gladding, McBean & Co. factory, in the Placer County town of Lincoln, has operated continuously since 1875. Starting as a clay pipe manufacturer, “the pottery” soon expanded its product line and by the end of the 19th century was producing the architectural terra cotta that continues to ornament buildings in major cities across the U.S. and beyond. From 1987 to 2011, Gladding, McBean was the site of Feats of Clay, an annual ceramics exhibition that introduced thousands of visitors to the factory. Between 1996 and 2011, in workshops organized by Gene Kennedy, nearly 300 photographers explored, documented, and interpreted Gladding, McBean, a working factory as well as an icon of California’s industrial heritage. This juried exhibit celebrates that extraordinary opportunity and the photographic legacy it has given us. Free. Sat. 12pm – 5pm (last showing). Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. More info…

Join in for an autism-friendly family showing of Sherlock Gnomes. These free movie presentations are designed especially for kids with developmental disorders and their families. “Typical” preschoolers are also welcome. Fidget toys and closed captioning will be available. This week they are watching: Sherlock Gnomes (Rated PG). Synopsis: When garden decor starts going missing, Gnomeo and Juliet ask Sherlock Gnomes to take the case. This colorful crew of lawn ornaments must traverse London to save their fellow decorations from being smashed. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Rancho Cordova Library. More info…

Childsplay: Tomás and the Library Lady at the Harris Center. Dedicated to “creating theatre so strikingly original that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love and respect for the medium,” the award-winning Childsplay brings the story of Tomás, the young son of migrant farm workers. A chance encounter introduces him to the Library Lady, who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read; his delight in books is equaled by his pride in teaching Spanish to the Library Lady. A bilingual musical based on the true story of Tomás Rivera, the first minority Chancellor in the University of California system. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. $11.50+. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Harris Center, Folsom. More info…

Star Wars Reads Day. The Force is strong with at Fair Oaks Library. Wear your favorite shirt or costume (grown-ups too!), hang with the 501st and the Rebel Legion, create your own Star Wars lightsaber using a pool noodle, and join us with good food, fun crafts, other great Star Wars themed games for all ages. Keep your Jedi mind sharp by checking out Star Wars books to read and listening to a Star Wars themed storytime. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Fair Oaks Library. More info…

Read. Write. Draw. at Valley Hi-North Laguna Library. In this program instructors emphasize the early literacy practice of Writing. Each month we feature a new picture book. After a reading, we provide art supplies similar to those used by the book’s illustrator to encourage children to draw, paint, scribble, and even write. All of these skills are an important step in early literacy. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. Valley Hi-North Laguna Library. More info…

Learn about Nor Cal Bats at Powerhouse. Join Powerhouse Science Center for a special presentation from Nor Cal Bats where you will learn more about the importance of bats in our environments and see live native bat species. Free with museum admission. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. More info…

Start or re-vamp your family composting and save the planet from some methane created by garbage. Take older kids to the one-hour Backyard Composting Workshop at McKinley Library. The UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County will teach how fall leaves, yard waste, and vegetable and fruit scraps create “gardener’s gold.” A class on the basics of composting will include setting up a compost bin, types of compost bins, and tips for success. Free. Sat. 3pm – 4pm. McKinley Library. More info…

Watch a great game of Division I football as the Sac State Hornets take on Cal Poly at Hornet Stadium. Parking $10 per vehicle. Home team fans park in Lot 8, surrounding the Hornet Walk. Click here for the Hornets Fight Song. Sacramento State Hornet Stadium. More info…

Outdoor Movie Night: Coco. In anticipation of the upcoming Dia de los Muertos holiday, the Latino Center of Art & Culture will be screening the blockbuster 2017 film Coco. This 2017 instant classic won Academy Awards for Best Animated Film and Best Original Song (“Remember Me”). The screening will be preceded by arts and crafts workshops, a Cempazuchitl (“flor de muerto” / marigold flowers) workshop and a mask workshop (mentioned above), and snacks and drinks will be available for sale. It is recommended that attendees bring chairs and blankets. Free, donations appreciated (Sactown Kids recommends $5 per family). Sat. 6pm. Latino Center of Art & Culture. More info…

See the Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School production of Disney’s The Lion King Jr. An excellent chance to see a great musical performed by kids, which we always recommend. Support local youth theatre arts! $10+. Sat. 1pm & 6pm. Consumnes Oaks High School Black Box Theatre. More info…

Spread the aloha at the Sacramento Aloha Festival. The Ka’onohi Foundation is proud to present a fun Hawaiian family day in the Sacramento sun and with free admission. If you are interested in anything related to the Polynesian cultures, the Aloha Festival brings you: live Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Entertainment, delicious Polynesian Food Vendors and Merchandise from near and far, Health and Community Awareness Exhibits, Educational Exhibits, Workshops, and Information, Speakers and Presentations, Cultural Village, Keiki Korner Arts & Crafts. Free. Parking at Cal Expo $10.  Sat. 9am – 6pm. Cal Expo. More info…

Introduction to 3D Printing @ Arcade Library. Visit Arcade Library’s Tom Sanderson Design Spot to learn the basics of designing and printing physical objects on a 3D printer. Once you have created your very own design, they will print the objects out for you to take home. For your convenience, the course will start at the hour and doors will lock after the first 15 minutes. To ensure a spot, you must register with the class before attending. If you have a personal laptop, bring it with you to work on, since there are a limited number of computers. Walk-ins are welcome if space permits. Basic computer skills are a must. Parents/guardians of enrolled children must be present during the course. Free. Sat. 3pm – 4:30pm. Arcade Library (not Arden-Arcade). More info…

A Year With Frog and Toad Kids. Performed by cast members ages 4-12, this one is great for all ages. Adapted from the three-time-Tony-nominated Broadway hit comes A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, the jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. This whimsical show follows two great friends the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. Throughout the year, two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. $10+. Sat. 7pm (also on Fri.). Albiani Middle School in Elk Grove. More info…

Take high school juniors and seniors interested in drama to the Ground and Field Theatre Festival, hosted by the UC Davis Dept. of Theatre. The Ground & Field Theatre Festival at UC Davis introduces new works for the stage. Mark Rigney’s Summertime tracks an upper middle-class clan dealing with an impending political crisis in which the U.S. Congress outlaws both medicine and medical practitioners in order to handle a burgeoning population crisis. Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King, a dark comedy by Sam Collier, centers on young sisters Josephine and Henrietta who create a new sister and their creation is monstrous, violent, and embodies everything they’ve dreamed of: the rage of children, the fury of girls. Free, reservations recommended. Sat. 7pm – 8:30pm, also on Thurs. & Fri, check schedule. UC Davis Wyatt Pavilion Theatre. More info…

Folsom Glow 2018. Folsom Glow is a family-friendly, non-competitive walk event for all ages. This is not a race — it’s all about the fun experience and lasting memories you create with friends and family. The 4K (2.5-mile) mostly flat course starts and finishes in Folsom’s Historic District. Most of the course is on paved recreational trails that are illuminated with string lights. DJs and live music provide motivational tunes, and special fun zones include a Silly String battle and a whipped-cream pie eating contest. Selfie stations help document the fun memories. All registered participants receive glow goodies and a custom-designed finisher’s medal. Kids under 3 free. Adults $34. Group/family discounts available ($100/group of four). Sat. 7:45pm – 9:30pm. More info…

Fall Stargazing at Wakamatsu. Join American River Conservancy amateur astronomers Tim Jackson and Herb Tanimoto to view the fall skies above the spacious Wakamatsu fields. Viewable telescopic objects include planets Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, and Mars, as well as more distant delights such as the Blue Snowball, Helix nebula, Double Cluster, the Andromeda, and Pinwheel Galaxies. Or if you wish, simply bring a lounge chair and gaze in wonder at the heavens above. Arrive before darkness (8pm) so observers will not be disturbed by car headlights. Obstructed sky cancels. Ages 7+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (Placerville area). Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. Sat. 7pm. American River Conservancy. More info…

Go plant-based for a month and celebrate the 8th Annual Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge. Enjoy an entire month of delicious vegan dining. 36 restaurants/ chefs create new, original vegan menu options offered daily Oct. 1-31. This year’s featured categories include Brunch & Dessert (along with lunch, dinner, and more!) Go, eat, and then vote for your favorites. Check out restaurants and menus, including The Porch, Hook & Ladder, Revolution Wines, de Vere’s Irish Pub, and more. More info…

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 7TH, 2018

Pick out a gently used Halloween costume at Eco Thrift, Thrift Town, Goodwill, or other thrift clothing store near you. The earlier you get there, the best variety of sizes you’ll get! 

Show kids the super-competitive world of horse riding at the Sacramento International Horse Show. See Olympic gold medalists, World Cup qualifiers, celebrities and local jumpers competing for a spot in the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping Finals. World-class athletes competing in Northern California’s premier equestrian event include last year’s winner Mandy Porter defending her title against world greats such as Olympic medalists Rich Fellars and Eric Navet, Jennifer Gates (daughter of Microsoft founder Bill Gates,) Karl Cook, who recently married The Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco, and Sacramento mother daughter duo Kassy and Kaitlin Perry. For a tentative schedule, click here. Many events are free, but check schedule and ticket prices before leaving. Parking $10. Events on Sun. start at 9am, but events begin this Wed. Murieta Equestrian Center. More info…

It’s Nature Fest 2018! Join the Effie Yeaw Nature Center for this wonderful annual event with activities, live animal presentations, displays, demonstrations, and guided nature walks for all ages! Guided Nature Walks will take place at 10:50am, Noon, 1:30pm. Free for kids 0-12, Adults $5. Parking free. Sun. 10am – 3pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Dog Days: Free Neighborhood Dog Day Clinic. 4R Friends, the Street Vet’s and Del Paso Heights Friends of the Library are sponsoring a free Neighborhood Dog Day clinic for Dogs and puppies 6 weeks and older. The clinic includes free: distemper/Parvo vaccination, rabies vaccination, flea & tick prevention, collars (engraved ID tags free), veterinary exams and care for medical problems. First come, first served. No registration or appointments needed. Free. Sun. 9am – 12pm. Del Paso Heights. More info…

Help your teen join a Teen Advisory Board at your local library. Go check out the Teen Advisory Board Meeting in the Teen Room @ Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meets regularly (usually on the first Saturday of each month) to plan and coordinate volunteer projects and special programs for our libraries. If you are interested but can’t make it to the meetings, or have other questions please email the teen services librarian at tjoe@saclibrary.org. TAB meeting time counts as service time, and TAB activities are great for both experience and college/scholarship applications. More info…

Get special access to farms at the PlacerGROWN Farm and Barn Tour. The whole family will enjoy the PlacerGROWN Farm and Barn self-guided expedition of farms, ranches, and hop fields in the beautiful countryside of Placer County. Each venue features different activities, tours, and demonstrations. Locally grown produce, meats, crafts, and more will be available for purchase. There are 12 stops on the self-guided 2018 Farm and Barn Tour: Alpacas All Around (Loomis), Coffee Pot Ranch (Sheridan), Colwell Ranch (Penryn), Dueling Dogs Brewing Co. (Lincoln), GoatHouse Brewing (Lincoln), Foothill Roots Farm (Meadow Vista), Fowler Ranch Pumpkin Patch (Lincoln), Little Bear Tree Farm (Alta), Mandarin Hill Orchards (Penryn), Rickey Ranch Pumpkin Patch (Granite Bay), Twin Peaks Orchards (Newcastle), and Quarry Ponds Farmers Market (Granite Bay). Free. Sun. 10am – 3pm. Click here for a tour map. Click here for more info…

Daytrip to beautiful Grass Valley and drop by annual gem and mineral show “Earth’s Treasures” at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, presented by the Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society.There will be vendors, exhibits of gold panning, Benitoite, exotic minerals and gold specimens, rock carving demonstrations, educational experiences for kids, and lots more to showcase the world of gems and minerals. Raffles and prizes and a grand prize will be offered. Kids 0-13 free, Adults $3. Sun. 10am – 5pm (open Sat. too). Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. More info… (There’s also the Gem Faire happening in Sac at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center this weekend. More info here…)

Let kids pick out some cool, specialty bulbs to plant in the frontyard or in a patio container at the UCCE Master Gardeners Fall Sale. This is a great opportunity to pick the brains of master gardeners and get all your questions answered. And by planting bulbs now, you’ll be greatly rewarded in the springtime! Kids will be excited to go home and bury their treasures. They’re also offering a Oct. 20th bulb seminar if you want to get all “next-level” with bulbs. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 10am – 4pm (also on Sun.). Shepard Garden & Art Center. More info…

Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival. What began in 1994 as a small harvest celebration is now Elk Grove’s largest family festival and attracts an estimated 50,000 guests each year. The Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival is always held during the first weekend in October and is hosted by the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with many sponsors. Activities include: Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Pumpkin Regatta, Giant Pumpkin and Produce Contest, Giant Pumpkin Carving, Giant Pumpkin Drop. A portion of festival proceeds benefit local youth and service organizations. Free. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also on Sat.). Elk Grove Regional Park. More info…

Street Soccer USA National Cup. The Street Soccer USA (SSUSA) National Cup is a three-day street soccer tournament that will transform Old Sacramento Waterfront’s “1849 Scene” Historic Park into a 4v4 family-friendly street soccer festival. Street Soccer USA is an exciting organization that uses the sport as a youth development tool to achieve outcomes in education and employment for the least served across the United States. Each year the SSUSA Cup Series takes places in center-city locations like Times Square NYC and Union Square SF. These premier events galvanize the community behind their work and raise awareness and funds for a year of programming. This year, the SSUSA’s biggest event, The National Cup, will be right here in Sacramento. All teams will play three games in a pop-up stadium with the winner of each group advancing to the final rounds. At the end of the tournament 8 men and 8 women will be named to the SSUSA National team for the 2018 Homeless World Cup in Mexico City in November. All event proceeds support Street Soccer USA’s efforts to support low-income and homeless youth in Sacramento through soccer. Spectators free, all ages. Sun. 10am – 6pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). Old Sacramento. More info…

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

Take a Spookomotive Train Ride. Back by popular demand, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum and Foundation will offer engaging and entertaining Spookomotive Train Rides in Old Sacramento every weekend in October. With VIP First Class train rides also available, Spookomotive trains depart hourly weekends in October. Each weekend the “Spookomotive” will have a special theme, and the experience includes exciting on board entertainment along with a tasty Halloween treat. Train ride guests are encouraged to get in the spirit and dress up according to the fun weekly themes. Staffed by a skeleton crew and whimsically decorated with spiders, cobwebs and cornstalks, the diesel-powered “Spookomotive” train ride offers a fun-filled, 45-minute, six-mile roundtrip trip along the Sacramento River. And, for “Spookomotive” excursion train ride guests who desire a VIP experience, they will enjoy themed entertainment along with the excitement of the Mad Scientist and his crew of minions. The laboratory is decorated with a display of crazy experiments fit for the Mad Scientist himself. First Class guests will also receive refreshments on board including a special Halloween cookie. Adults $15, Kids 2-17 $8, Kids under 2 Free. Sun. 11am – 4pm (weekend rides occur throughout Oct.) California State Railroad Museum. More info…

International Festival Davis 2018. The International House Davis presents this free festival and their biggest event of the year. The festival will have live performances for all five hours on two stages, ranging from Ballet Folklorico and Japanese taiko drumming to Brazilian capoeira and Indian classical dance. Booths at the festival will have educational displays about different cultural organizations, arts and crafts for sale, information about local nonprofits and businesses, and samples of the International House’s diverse programs like its Global Families series and its Humanizing Deportation exhibit. The kids will have a special activities section where they can meet animals, make a paper kite, discover multicultural books, and get their faces painted. Food trucks will offer Filipino cuisine, Greek gyros, and fusion tacos and tortas. The Good Scoop ice cream will have special flavors to pair with churros by Puros Churros and this year will featured a beer garden by Sudwerk Brewing Co. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 12pm – 5pm. Central Park, Davis. More info…

Sacramento Greek Festival. For more than 50 years, the Sacramento Greek Festival has shared the vibrant culture, rich food and traditions of Greece with our local community. The authentic cuisine is homemade by our volunteers with recipes from all corners of the Greek Mediterranean. The village-style atmosphere of the festival perfectly represents the historical and epic Greek passion for life, food, drink and dance. Free for kids 12 & under, $5 for Adults. (Free admission on Friday 10/5, 11am – 3pm). Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Sun. 12pm – 8pm (also open on Fri. & Sat.). More info…

Widen your teen’s social justice lens with a talk by Lezlie Lowe on an all-important topic concerning citizens of Sacramento who are homeless. No Place to Go is a toilet tour of several cities and beyond. From pay potties to deserted alleyways, No Place to Go is a marriage of urbanism, social narrative and pop culture that shows the ways public bathrooms just don’t work. Peel back the layers on public bathrooms and it’s clear many more people want for good access than have it. Public bathroom access is about cities, society, design, movement and equity. Author Lezlie Lowe is a journalist and journalism instructor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This program is highly recommended by Sactown Kids. Free. Sun. 12:30pm – 1:45pm. Central Library. More info…

Test your boat-making skills at Float the Boat. In this STEM program, create a miniature boat from simple materials and test it in water. Whose boat can hold the most pennies before sinking? Geared toward school-age children, but everyone is welcome. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Arcade Library. More info…

Celebrate the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center and catch a glimpse of the young core in action. Fan Fest is a fun, free event and your opportunity to watch the Kings take the floor as they prepare for the 2018-19 season. Kids can join the Sacramento Kings Kids Club for special perks! Free, register for tickets. Sun. 1pm. Golden 1 Center. More info…

Get pumped up for Halloween and see the movie Hocus Pocus at the historic Crest Theatre.  Synopsis: A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century. Hocus Pocus is a light fantasy tale of witches and magic, resurrection, and immortality. Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker lead an amazing cast in this Halloween favorite. $8+. Sun. 4pm. Crest Theatre. More info…

Go to a grape stomp and wine tasting at a family-friendly vineyard in Napa. Grgich Hills Estate is a rare winery that allows kids to stomp on grapes for $20, daily 10am – 3:30pm until Oct. 28th. Make a grand daytrip out of it and visit the Petrified Forest in Calistoga or the Francis Ford Coppola Winery swimming pool in Geyersville . More info…

 

Plan Ahead…

Enjoy an evening of ghoulish fun at Sacramento Children’s Museum’s Monster Bash on Oct. 20th. This spooktacular event will feature a DJ and dancing, refreshments, and of course – Museum play. Wear your best costume and dance the night away! Tickets will go fast, so reserve early if you’d like to go. Ticket prices are $25 per Member Couple ($4 for every additional Member adult/child), and $35 per Non-Member Couple ($5 for every additional Non-Member adult/child). Space is limited and this event always sells out. More info…

Get bargain night tickets for the production of Annie on July 11th, 2019 by the El Dorado Musical Theatre. This fantastic children’s company presents Broadway-quality productions, and their bargain night seats are always the first to go… the catch is—you have to reserve your seat months in advance. All bargain night tickets are $15 (regularly $47 for the good seats). Yes, it takes very early planning, but it’s well worth it, and we’ve never been disappointed. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. More info…

Love watching Division I football and basketball? Volleyball and soccer? Kids 12 & under can join the Future Hornets Kids Club and get into all Sac State athletic home games free, plus a t-shirt, drawstring bag and goodies, chance to be a ball boy/girl at official games, opportunity to be on the field/court and walk through the player tunnel. You also get youth admission price for up to two guests when you wear your future hornets t-shirt. $10+. More info…

Lego Mindstorms EV3, Session 2 on Tues. Oct. 9th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Limited to ages 9-14. Join in for an exciting, free STEM program with an instructor-led LEGO Mindstorms EV3 program. Participants will work in groups and learn to design, build and program their creation using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit. The lesson from Tuesday will be repeated on the following Saturday so please only register for 1 class each week. Registration available 10 days prior to the class at saclibrary.org/events. Funded by the Friends of the Orangevale Library. More info…

Wanna demo top-of-the-line photography lenses for free and take some spectacular photos of the kids? Whether you’re thinking of changing your camera or have your eye on a lens you’ve been hoping to upgrade to, Mike’s Camera Demo Days at the Sacramento Zoo provide a great chance to try out all sorts of gear, for one hour at a time, and capture some spectacular photographs of the wild and wonderful residents of Sacramento Zoo—not to mention family photos! All demo loaner gear for the test drive is free (with Zoo admission). You can bring an SD card to keep all the photos you take. Sun. Oct. 14th, 9am – 4pm. Get there early for the best pick of lenses. Sacramento Zoo. More info…


If you strangely find yourself kid-free on Saturday…

Take the Espresso Tasting Class at Temple Coffee in Midtown. $30 for the class + free bag of coffee. This class covers espresso brewing and tasting of five different coffees (Single-Origin and Blend), as well as education about flavor characteristics of espresso and visual notes: color of crema, consistency and persistence of crema, taste balance (harmonious balance of sweet/acidity/bitter), and tactile balance (body and roundness). This class is held at the Temple’s Roasting and Training Facility located next to Temple’s S Street-Midtown location. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. More info…

Observation Drawing at Crocker Art Museum, for adults. Looking closely is not as easy as it looks. Students will begin by exploring art on view with sketchbooks in hand. Participants will gain an appreciation of the tone, value, and shapes of shadows cast by the different forms. In the studios, learn techniques with watercolor pencils, gouache, and ink on paper, and complete a mixed-media artwork of your own design. $135+. Sat. 10:30am – 3:30pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

 

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

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! SEPTEMBER 29TH – SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of September 29th & 30th! Get ready for some farm-to-fork fun this weekend on the Capitol Mall! Or meet children’s book authors at Fairytale Town. Pumpkin patches are open for harvest, find one near you with fresh cider. Eat Romanian food or learn about Turkey Vultures. Meet a NASA pilot or women comicbook writers. Join a singing circle, meet a Cobra snake at the Reptile Fest, or start a weird coin collection. Holi Festival offers a rare opportunity to splatter color everywhere. Families affected by suicide have a chance to honor their loved ones and spread awareness. Have a great weekend. Mostly sunny and highs of 77 for Sat., mostly cloudy with highs of 78 for Sun. Enjoy the start of fall! 

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

 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2018

Greet the Saturday morning sun at McKinley Park’s last free yoga in the park class for the season! This end of summer yoga celebration is going out with a literal bang—Taylor Rynicki will be there to play the singing bowl sound bath for bright, calming sounds. They promise an “epic” class with 13 local yoga teachers on-hand to guide your practice. All ages. Bring a towel and water. Run over to the playground afterwards to ride the giant merry go-round, and get a serious workout trying to push it. Free. Sat. 9am – 10:15am. McKinley Park. More info…

Take teens or older kids who have lost a friend or family member to suicide to participate in the Out of Darkness Community Walk organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Sacramento chapter. Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. Teens should know that there are resources that can help anyone struggling to cope, and that the community cares. There will be honor beads and remembrance posters. Approx. 3 miles, wheelchair and stroller-friendly. Free, register online or in-person at the event. Sat. 10am – 12:30pm. Arrive early to check out the Walk Resource Fair. Tables open at 9am. Walk starts at 10am at the California State Capitol – West steps. More info…

It’s Red Panda day at the Sac Zoo! Join the Sacramento Zoo for an interactive and educational event about Red Panda awareness and conservation. Kids (and adults too!) can become “Red Panda Rangers” after stopping at the various red panda stations and completing the panda activities. Other stations include face painting and an opportunity to decorate your own flag that will be added to the ones currently surrounding the red panda exhibit. Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win your favorite red panda themed artwork, décor, and other keepsakes. All proceeds benefit The Red Panda Network (RPN), a conservation group working directly with community-based organizations in Nepal. Free with admission. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Nature Explorers. Learn new ways to investigate the wilderness in your own backyard! Join the Sacramento Zoo and the Sacramento Library the last Saturday of every month through September as they read stories, play, and explore the wonders of the natural world. Free with admission. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Start a weird coin collection. See real gold and silver coins at the Sacramento Valley Coin Club Fall Show. There will be kids activities, hourly door prizes, free appraisals, gold and silver coin raffle, and cool coin exhibits! Free for kids, $3 for adults. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Hosted by the Sacramento Valley Coin Club at The Four Points by Sheraton. More info…

Support local Sacramento artisans and find a gift for the next friend’s birthday party. The Franklin Friends Craft Faire will feature all unique, hand-made creations by over 35 vendors. Shop for jewelry, paper arts, crocheted and quilted items, vinyl and wooden signs, handmade dolls and doll clothing, book arts, local authors’ books, and more. Support ongoing library programs while you shop (bring cash). There will be baked goods and prize drawings too. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Franklin Community Library. More info…

National Public Lands Day. Be a part of the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands! Celebrate the beautiful land we all get to share and get the satisfaction that comes from preserving and protecting your favorite public places by joining Effie Yeaw for a trail and river clean-up. Families and individuals are both welcome! Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Farm-to-Fork Festival 2018! It’s here. Designed to showcase and celebrate where our food and drinks come from, the Farm-to-Fork Festival brings us face-to-face with the people who are feeding our region and the world. The free festival hosted on the city’s iconic Capitol Mall boasts a delicious selection of Farm-to-Fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as live music, live cooking demonstration stages, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches and more. Saturday performers include Dawes, Magic Giant, Sunny War, and Jessica Malone. Sacramento Regional Transit is offering free bus and light rail rides to the Farm-to-Fork Festival. Print the Farm-to-Fork Free Ride Flier and take it with you in lieu of purchasing a ticket. Free. Sat. 11am – 6pm. Capitol Mall Greens. More info…

Need a reason to check out the new Ice Blocks downtown on R Street? Drop by and meet the fun and talented baker Lisa from Borderlands Bakery , who will be at the new West Elm Sacramento, doing a pop-up shop with The Sweetest Mix. Both will be featuring colorful, artistic, and delectable cookies and desserts. There will be fall-themed treats, including pumpkin spice sugar cookies and macarons. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 11am – 1pm. West Elm Ice Blocks Sacramento. More info…

City of Roseville Family Fest. Have some family fun at this sixth annual Family Fest event! Enjoy a truck exploration zone, food trucks, kids zone, and over 50 family-friendly vendors including sports organizations, places to go and family services. Stage performances presented by youth groups. Free. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Vernon Street Town Square. More info…

Holi Festival of Colors. Throw your worries to the wind and be a part of the world’s happiest transformational event! Festival of Colors is a very exuberant festival, complete with music, dance, Yoga and throwing of organic colored powders. Activities include: interactive dance, mantra bands, deejays , yoga, cuisine, and crafts. Entry Wristband $6.50, Entry Wristband with One Packet of Color $10, VIP $30, Kids Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Southside Park. More info…

Do free family yoga at Sacramento Central YMCA’s 2nd Annual Healthy Living Week. This Family Yoga class follows the Kidding Around Yoga program format, which features a fun, interactive learning style for kids (and parents) to follow and keep them engaged through storytelling and play. KAY encompasses the 5 branches of Yoga in a clear, engaging method. A typical KAY class gets the children singing, dancing, skipping, marching, jogging, shaking, laughing, hopping, limbo-ing, and storytelling ALL while practicing authentic Yoga to original KAY music. A water bottle, a fitness towel, a playful attitude. Free. Sat. 11am – 11:30am. YMCA Superior Cal, in the gym. Check out all their free workshops and classes for kids and adults here…

Creative Women Mini-Con. Creative Women Mini-Con returns for its sixth year and will have some exciting exhibitors for you to meet. This Mini-Con has assembled 18 of the region’s most talented creative women. From 8 and 9 year old Maia and Kaimani to Mariko Tamaki, Marvel Comics and indie comics writer, the ladies of Creative Women Mini-Con will impress you. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 11am – 5pm. Empire’s Comics Vault. More info…

Thinking about adopting a family pet? Check out the Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary’s Open House. Happy Tails is celebrating 25 years as Sacramento’s no-kill, volunteer-driven, and cage-free animal rescue organization. There will be great raffle prizes, live music, food, adoption center tours, mingling with adoptable animals, and more. Free. Sat. 12pm – 3pm. Happy Trails Pet Sanctuary on Folsom Blvd. More info…

Romanian Festival Centennial Celebration. Romanian Community Center of Sacramento in collaboration with the Ministry for Romanians Abroad invite you to the largest Romanian event on the West Coast! This festival includes authentic Romanian food, Romanian folk dancing and music, Romanian singers and instrumentalists, various art displays, and much more entertainment for all ages. The Romanian Festival 2018 theme is dedicated to Romania’s 1918 Great Union Centennial. This year marks 100 years from the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia, and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 12pm – 7pm. Royer Park, Roseville. More info…

Listen to a NASA pilot talk about their awesome experiences! Take older kids and teens to the NASA Pilots Lecture: Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to listen to two of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) pilots as they talk about what it’s like to fly this one-of-a-kind aircraft! Liz Ruth and Ace Beall will be at the Aerospace Museum for a lecture and Q&A session, sharing their experiences piloting NASA’s 747, specially retrofitted with a massive telescope. The Boeing 747SP named SOFIA is the largest flying observatory in the world, according to NASA. SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is designed to observe the infrared universe. It provides data that can’t be picked up by any other telescope on the ground or in space. $10+, get tickets early, seating is limited to 250. Refunds up to 1 day before event. Kids 5 and under Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Aerospace Museum of California. More info…

Lego Building Challenge. Let your imagination fly in a Lego Building Challenge at North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library! Kids and teens will create a unique work of art using the library’s enormous tubs of Legos. Winners will be chosen from two age categories: Ages 6-12 and Ages 13-18. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3:30pm. N. Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Enjoy traditional Chinese food and celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rancho Cordova will have short traditional performances in a dining hall (limited to 500). Invite friends and bring a dish to share. Free. 6pm – 8pm. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Sacramento Temple. More info, call 916-365-2708. 

Watch an exciting soccer game! Cheer on the Sacramento Republic FC as they take on the Portland Timbers 2 at Papa Murphy’s Park! $16+. Sat. 7:30pm. More info…

Camellia Symphony Orchestra presents Poetic Impulse. The Camellia Symphony Orchestra opens its 56th year as the oldest Greater Sacramento area orchestra with 56 uninterrupted years. The program opens with the work Sequoia by Grammy-winning American composer Joan Tower followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor) featuring pianist Natsuki Fukasawa and closing with his cheerful and humorous Symphony No 8. Kids 12 & under $8, Adults $30. Sat. 7:30pm. McClatchy High School. More info…

Wanna stay up late and see something cool in the nightsky with binoculars? We found a great suggestion for this weekend from Astronomy.com: “Go out around 10 p.m. Sat. night, look toward the northeast, and find the W-shaped asterism that marks the main part of the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen. Then, using binoculars, scan about 10° to the east for the famed Double Cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884). This pair of open star clusters lies in the constellation Perseus the Hero. From a dark site, they appear as fuzzy patches to the naked eye. Any optics, especially 10-power binoculars, really bring out their glory.”

 

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2018

Meet children’s book authors at the ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival! Enjoy readings and presentations by children’s book authors and illustrators, storytelling performances, hands-on literacy activities, and family play time at the largest early childhood literacy festival in the region. Steve Antony, author, and illustrator of the Mr. Panda series will headline the two-day festival. Don’t miss the funny band Musical Robot at 11am and 3:30pm. Free. Sun. 10am – 4pm (also on Sat.). Fairytale Town. More info…

Pick out a pumpkin at the Gibson Ranch Pumpkin Festival. Farm hands have planted 2500 pumpkins in over two acres of Gibson Ranch Park! There will be food, crafts, bounce houses, a 20-foot slide, a 60-foot obstacle course, hay wagon, kiddie train, straw bale maze, corn pit, straw pyramid, a juggling show, and more. Adults $5, Kids $15, Under 2 Free, parking $5. Sun. 11am – 6pm. Gibson Ranch Regional Park. More info…

Just Between Friends Consignment Event. Over 200 local families are selling their gently used children’s clothing, toys, shoes, books, games, puzzles, outdoor play equipment, baby gear, room decor, and more. Just Between Friends is a bi-annual children’s and maternity consignment sales event that happens in various communities around the Sacramento area. Families gather and price their own items to sell and JBF provides the marketplace to earn cash back on outgrown items. Unsold items can be picked up or donated to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Starts Thursday at 4pm ($10). Sat. & Sun. Free. Olympus Sports Coliseum. More info…

21st Annual Sacramento Reptile Show. See King Cobras and Black Mambas at the largest reptile show in Northern California. They have brought back the ever popular venomous reptile display featuring more than 45 venomous species from around the world. Brad’s World Reptile will also be setting up a reptile education center to teach you about the world of reptiles. And, who can forget Izod the Alligator. Izod and Wild Things will be back to give you an opportunity to meet a 10ft 100lb alligator. Single day passes, $13 adults, $9 kids, free for 3 & under. Sun. 10am – 4pm (also on Sat.). Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

Take your teen on a 2 & 1/2 hour e-bike tour of Sacramento’s rich history… Lunch is included! Sacramento is rich in history and Sacramento Bike Tours will highlight the timeline of the beautiful city on their electronic bicycles designed to create a smooth, easy ride. Sacramento was formed to cater to the miners flocking to town during the Gold Rush era, participants will discover the history and explore the adventures that this city has to offer. Some of the sites included Old Sacramento, the State Capitol grounds, Sutter’s Fort, and many more! For safety reasons, the rider must be able to reach the bike pedals and the ground while on the bike (bike is a 26″ model.) For adults and mature teens. $49. Sun. 10am – 1:30pm. Meets in Old Sac on 2nd St. More info…

Historic Folsom Live Art Experience. Sixteen artists will be painting live and there will be a chalk art event for kids. A silent auction for all paintings created at the event will also take place with proceeds benefiting the Sesquicentennial Art Mural Refurbishment Project in the Folsom Historic District. Free. Sun. 10am – 3pm. Chalk art begins at noon. Folsom Historic District. More info…

Celebrate Silly Putty Weekend at the Powerhouse Science Center! Silly putty is a classic example of a polymer and the squishy, elastic physical properties they can exhibit. Head to the Design Lab to make your own silly putty to take home. Free with admission. Sun. 12pm – 4pm. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Watch some exciting women’s soccer at Sacramento State as they battle Weber State. Sun. 12pm, Sacramento State. Get a free poster for Youth Soccer Day. More info…

Go on a walk with a naturalist to see Turkey Vultures. Hats off to the bald and not so beautiful members of nature’s clean-up crew. These relatives of the condor and stork are intelligent, family‐oriented and play games together. Learn more about the amazing turkey vultures and their importance to our ecosystem. Free, $5 parking, space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Go on a half-mile, one-hour Old Sacramento Underground Tour (the last tour of the season). Learn how Sacramento lifted itself up out of the flood waters during the 1860s and 1870s! Tour guides explain how the streets and buildings were “jacked up” to avoid further flooding as visitors explore two spaces that were created by the city’s successful raising process. This historical tour includes hollow sidewalks, sloped alleyways, and the Underground spaces themselves. The colorful cast of guides ensures no two tours are ever the same! Departs from the Sacramento History Museum at 101 I Street in Old Sacramento. Sun. 11am – 4pm (various times). Adults $15, Kids $10, 5 & under Free (though, not recommended for this age group). More info…

See some otherworldly art… Artspace 1616 is showing a very special retrospective exhibit in two Sacramento galleries revisiting the art of Christine Hodgins. Christine passed away six years ago and left us with a legacy: a warehouse full of art. This body of work last seen at the Morris Grave Museum in Eureka was stored and stowed away in a garage and the unearthing of this art was not unlike a rebirth. Curated by Gwenna Howard, the exhibit is collaborative work between two galleries, Walburg Gallery 1632 and artspace1616. After all this time great care was taken that Christine’s work is shown in the way she intended it to be. The wire, polystyrene foams and paint installations, descending in clusters softly swaying barely moving in synchronicity is ethereal and mesmerizing. This body of work last seen 6 years ago at the Morris Grave Museum in Eureka was stored and stowed away in a garage and the unearthing of this art was not unlike a rebirth. Free. Gallery open Sun. 12pm – 3pm. artSpace 1616. More info…

Leo’s Amazing Race: Superhero Edition. Dust off your cape, put on your running shoes and compete in a race with a superhero twist. Leo’s Amazing Race is a family-friendly event where teams of four compete in different challenges while racing against the clock. Challenges include everything from pizza making to face painting to obstacle courses and more. Each of the ten challenges has a superhero twist. After the race, join in for a post race BBQ and museum play. This year’s grand prize includes a ride in a licensed replica Warner Bros. DC Comics 1966 Batmobile! There will be prizes for the winning team, best team costume and best team name. This is an all ages event. There must be at least one adult per team. Team of four $50. $5 per additional racer under age 5. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Stretch your vocal chords at a singing circle by The Library of Musiclandria. 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 — to eventually create evolving, improvised vocal compositions. Everyone can sing! This is a chance to exercise your vocal pipes without fear or judgement. The focus of this month’s singing circle will be “Restoration.” This class will practice breathing, movement, and chanting intended to renew and repair mind, body, and spirit. All are welcome. $10/sliding scale donation benefits MusicLandria; snacks and drinks provided, you may want to bring a water bottle. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. The Library of Musiclandria. More info…

Take older kids to the Sacramento Ballet’s incredible opening season performance at The Sofia with Telling Stories, a four-work production building on the company’s artistic roots and high-flying future. Telling Stories is the first of a series of innovative and artistically exciting programs envisioned by new Artistic Director Amy Seiwert. Telling Stories explores tales of fantasy, betrayal, and heartbreak as part of a full season of dance the Ballet is calling “Roots and Wings.” For ages 5 and up. $65. Sun. 2pm (additional performances on Thurs., Fri., and Sat.). The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. More info…

Go to a free orchestra concert by teens. Davis Young Artists Chamber Ensemble is a newly formed youth orchestra based in Davis under the direction of Bill Barbini. This is their debut concert and the program includes music by Dvorak, Elgar, Geminiani, and Mendelssohn. Free. Sun. 4pm – 5:30pm. Davis Senior High School – Brunelle Performing Arts Center. More info…

 

Plan Ahead…

Dissect a real eye ball in a family workshop… Put on your gloves and get ready to dive into some gross science at Powerhouse Science Center! In this Dissection Discovery workshops, you will be getting up-close and personal with a cow’s eyeball. Learn how eyes function and allow us to take in the world around us by cutting, peeling, and identifying parts of the eye. Workshops are for participants ages 5 and up. $15, must register in advance. Likely to fill up quickly, so we may not include this event in future round-ups. Oct. 6th, 9:30am – 10:30am. More info…

Learn how to make handmade ravioli with a real chef… Kids (10-17) will learn how to make their own fresh ricotta ravioli, a sage butter sauce, and homemade tiramisu at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Cooking School on Oct. 12th, 4:30pm. Cooking is a skill that can be developed over a lifetime. Young people can get a head start in cooking knowledge in fun, hands-on classes. They’ll cook with high quality ingredients and learn essential cooking skills and techniques along the way. $40+, must register to save your spot. Likely to fill up quickly, so we may not include this event in future round-ups. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. More info…

October are the last months to take the 14-hour sailing course this year at Sac State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma, to be eligible to rent their Quest sailboats all year-round. Anyone 12 & up can learn to sail! Cost is $185, includes free 2-hour rental card upon completion. Register online. More info…

Strangely find yourself kid-free on Saturday?

Grab dinner in midtown, stay out late, and see a play at the Sofia at 9pm for $9! The critically acclaimed Ironbound play, written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Martyna Majok, is a play where all scenes are set at the same bus stop. In this quietly gripping play, we meet Darja, a Polish immigrant living in New Jersey. With a steely determination, Darja makes her way in this foreign world and fights for the things she loves, most notably her son. This play was a New York Times Critic’s Pick when it debuted in New York City. Very mature themes, not for kids, but great for adults! Tickets are regularly priced at $28+ but this special late showing is $9. Sat. 9pm. The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. More info…

Learn how to build an urban bee haven in your backyard at the workshop Backyard Beekeeping for the Absolute Beginner, taking place at the The Cannery – Barn in Davis. This class will focus on beekeeping practices in an urban setting, some DIY beekeeping ideas and skills to make sure you know all of your options to keep your bees healthy. You’ll learn: Basic bee biology, identifying and using beekeeping equipment, safe hive placement, general maintenance and hive inspections, how to discuss your new hobby with neighbors, processes and life cycles within the colony, diseases, pests and treatments, troubleshooting and tips for beginner success, and preparing hives for winter. $50. 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! SEPTEMBER 22ND – SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of September 22nd & 23rd! Fall is here, and so are u-pick apples, pears, concord grapes in Apple Hill! There are so many special storytimes this weekend that are only hosted once a month, like at Underground Books and Effie Yeaw… anyone for hip hop storytime? Tour and ride a B-17 bomber, eat pancakes in the park, and get hypnotized in a family-friendly comedy show. The pop-up adventure play day with Fairytale Town in South Natomas looks fantastic. Celebrate deaf awareness at the zoo. We also have Latino and Greek food festivals. Get in free at the California Museum. Celebrate the Autumn Equinox! Learn all about galls on a nature walk, and then learn how to plant a tree in a 2-hour workshop for $8. Have a great weekend. Mostly sunny, highs of 91/89 forecasted for Sat. & Sun. Enjoy the gorgeous weather!

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

A recommendation for Friday for toddlers… The Effie Yeaw Nature Center has a wonderful, once-monthly nature-themed storytime and this month’s event is Friday at 10:30am. Volunteer docents also lead the kids through a nature-based craft project and introduce the kids to one of their resident animals. What we love about this storytime is the hands-on learning activities in such a beautiful setting. This week, they are reading “Tap the Magic Tree” by Christie Matheson. After storytime, take a winding path through the nature preserve and see what you can find with your “science eyes.” $5 per child, must pre-register. Fri. 10:30am – 11:30am. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Recommended for ages 3 and 4. Free parking with program registration. More info…

And on Friday afternoon, there’s an awesome Robot Recycler Make and Take at McKinley Library at 3:30pm – 5:30pm. Kids 8 and older can build a solar-powered robot using a Solar Recycler kit provided by SMUD! What an incredible great afterschool activity. Free, but pre-registration is required, one kit per family. More info…

Friday evening is special for star-gazers… Venus will be at its maximum brightness for the year. See its bright, waning crescent through industrial telescopes at the Community Observatory in Placerville, Friday after sunset around 8:30pm. They are open for Sat. & Sun. star-gazing events as well. Always check their calendar for cancellations before leaving…


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2018

Enjoy early morning pancakes at beautiful Carmichael Park. Carmichael celebrates 109 years of community with their annual Carmichael Founders Day. This event features a pancake breakfast, car show, live music, food trucks, games, hands-on activities, and more. Free, cost of purchases. Pancake breakfast $5 for adults, $3 for kids, Sat. 8am – 11:30am. Activities and Kids Zone 10am – 3pm. Carmichael Park. More info…

Get the last summer harvest of big, juicy slicer tomatoes at the American River Ranch Farm Stand. Say goodbye to fresh-picked, super-sweet tomatoes. You’ll also find a bounty of apples, radishes, peppers, corn, eggplant, and garlic. The American River Ranch Farm Stand has fun kids activities, tours, and classes every Saturday through November 17th. Taste and purchase fresh-from-the-field produce and enjoy organic coffee and delicious Magpie Café baked goods. Bike or walk to the ranch, bring your shopping bag, and take a self-guided tour around the farm. Credit card, Cash and EBT accepted. Soil Born Farms is proud to offer bread from Grindstone Bakery. The breads are certified organic made from freshley ground grains and seeds. Authentic sourdough, vegan, GMO-free, sugar-free. Free, with cost of purchases. Sat. 8am – 12:30pm. Soil Born Farms, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. More info…

Children’s Clothing and Equipment Sale, hosted by Parents of Multiples Sacramento at Faith Lutheran ChurchFind amazing deals on gently used clothing for babies and children of all ages, maternity wear, equipment, toys, books, and so much more! The sale is from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Red-tag items are half price starting at noon. It is free to shop and sell at this event. Members and non-members can sell gently used baby/child and maternity Items. Contact Kendra Martinez at pomspresident@gmail.com if interested in selling. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 1pm. Faith Lutheran Church, 4000 San Juan Ave., Fair Oaks. 

Deaf Awareness Day at the Sacramento Zoo. Join the Zoo for a special day for the deaf and hard of hearing community sponsored by NorCal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The zoo will have ASL interpreters on site for the event. There are limited facilities for service animals. Please call in advance for service dog information. Free with admission. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Pop-Up Adventure Play Day. Join Fairytale Town and Sacramento Adventure Playground for a day of free play and fun at Sacramento Public Library – South Natomas! Children get to create using a variety of ‘loose parts’ and their imagination. Activities may include cardboard forts, mud play, craft projects, paint wall, bubbles, chalk art, and more. All ages are invited. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get messy. Presented by Sacramento Adventure Playground, Fairytale Town, and Sacramento Public Library. Made possible by City of Sacramento’s Creative Economy Pilot Project. Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. South Natomas Library. More info… 

SES (School of Engineering and Sciences) Robotics Workshop at Pocket-Greenhaven Library. Join the Mini Robotics Workshop presented by the SES FIRST Robotics Team. The workshop is geared towards youth in 6th to 8th Grade wanting to learn more about robotics. Kids in grades 5th to 9th will be accepted. Participants will meet at the library & walk over to the Robotics Lab at the School of Engineering and Sciences. There the students will break out into groups & will receive hands on training for each area of the robotics workshop including CAD design, soldering, coding & more. At the end of the workshop each student will create a small project to take home. A mini handbook will be provided to each participant. Space is extremely limited (10 students); pre-register to reserve a space. A second, identical, workshop is scheduled for Sat. October 6. Free, pre-registration required. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library. More info…

Sensory Storytime @ North Natomas. This inclusive storytime is for children with developmental disabilities such as sensory disorders, autism and Down’s Syndrome. It features songs, stories, and other activities for children with a developmental age of 2 years to 6 years. Behaviors and/or noise are no problem. Siblings are welcome. Meet other parents! Find other library AccessABILITY programs at http://www.meetup.com/AccessABILITY. Free. Sat. 10am – 11am. North Natomas Library. More info…

Take teens to the Right Tree in the Right Place tree-planting workshop. Fall is the best time to get trees into the ground. Trees provide beauty, shade, and oxygen for the planet!  Planting a fruit tree can provide nourishment and picking fun for years to come! Learn how to choose appropriate trees for your landscape, where to plant for maximum enjoyment and usefulness, and when to water. Write a list of all your tree questions and get them answered at this workshop. $6 Roseville residents, $8 non-residents, must pre-register as spots are limited. Sat. 10am – 12pm. For adults and teens 14 & up. Martha Riley Community Library, meeting room 1 & 2. More info…

Beary Special Playdate. Beary Special Playdate is a sensory-friendly program for children with special needs and their families and friends where children can enjoy museum play and light refreshments. Featuring Rhythm & Grooves, a music and movement class for children with special needs, and a special musical guest. Free, RSVP required. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

District 8 Festival Latino. Festival Latino will feature a celebration of culture with music, dance, and art. Resources and information across the city will be available by many organizations. Youth will have the chance to play basketball and train with Sacramento Junior Kings coaches and play soccer alongside Street Soccer USA staff. A rock wall and jump house will be available to youth. There will be a Small Dog Race event for a chance to win prizes by the Front Street Animal Shelter (must pre-register your doggy). Free rides to and from the event are available by printing or showing the event flyer to SacRT on bus, light rail, or even the new SmaRT on-demand service. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Nielsen Park. More info…

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day at the California Museum. Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Admission for two with the Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day tickets include access to ALL current exhibits including “California at Bat: America’s Pastime in the Golden State” (highly recommended by Sactown Kids), California’s Remarkable Women, Californian Indians: The First People, etc. Enjoy the special presentation “MLB Comes to California” by Andy McCue and Rob Garratt detailing the 1958 arrivals of the Giants and Dodgers from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Free, must present printed ticket with California Museum selected as your venue. Sat. 10am – 5pm. California Museum. More info…

Autism-Friendly Family Movie: “Sherlock Gnomes.” Join us for a special family movie event for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. “Typical” toddlers and preschoolers are welcome too. We’ll have healthy snacks, the lights will be slightly up, the sound will be slightly down, and kids don’t need to remain seated while enjoying the movie. There will also be lots of fidget toys. In this funny sequel to “Gnomeo and Juliet”, garden decor starts going missing and Gnomeo and Juliet ask Sherlock Gnomes to take the case. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:45am. Sylvan Oaks Library. More info…

Galls for Fall at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Highly recommended by Sactown Kids. This nature walk through the nature preserve is lead by a naturalist and focuses on insects who make their nests and homes in plants and trees. You’ll learn about how wasps burrow their eggs in the bark of trees, which cause the tree to react and grow round galls to protect itself. Fascinating stuff. We can’t get enough of the science behind galls! Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Space is limited, arrive 30mins prior. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Hip Hop Storytime. Join Colonial Heights Library for ‘What Is Hip Hop’, a 30-minute, interactive storytime! Kids learn about the rich history of Hip Hop culture, followed by a fun and engaging Hip Hop dance session. Designed for ages 3-5. Siblings are welcome to attend. Free. 10:30am – 11:30am. Colonial Heights Library. More info…

Material Explosion: How to draw to get a 3D Look (art session at Crocker Art Museum). Try a variety of drawing techniques to get a 3-D look. For ages 7-12. Designed for busy schedules, enroll your child in one, two, three, or all sessions. Each Saturday, students will bring an artwork to conclusion, ready to take home. Instructor Josie Parker is a young artist who has been passionate about creating art of all kinds since childhood. She enjoys experimenting and working in mixed media, particularly with colored pencil, marker, acrylic paint, watercolor, and creating three dimensional art of all kinds, from attempts at stone carving to prosthetic makeup. Josie enjoys introducing people to new art forms and techniques, and is eager to share her love for creating with others. $15+. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Storytime at Barnes & Noble: Princesses Save the World. This week Barnes & Noble reads Princesses Save the World by Savannah Guthrie. Princess Penelope Pineapple is back and ready to save the day! When she receives an SOS from Princess Sabrina, Princess Penny learns that the Kingdom’s bees have disappeared and they need to help. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble (Arden Fair, Natomas, Folsom, Roseville, and Citrus Heights). More info…

100 Dads’ March and Rally. Support fathers in Sacramento. The Center for Fathers and Families will host the 100 Dads’ March and Rally at Cesar Chavez Plaza. This event is designed to uplift and encourage fatherhood and give men the energy they need to be great for their children. The Center for Fathers and Families (CFF) is a non-profit agency with a strong history of responding to the needs of fathers and their families by offering programs and services that lead to family growth, enrichment, and empowerment. MelloSmoove Band will perform. Free. 10:30am Cesar Chavez Plaza. Walk starts at 11am. Then grab lunch downtown at a new cafe or restaurant you’ve been dying to try! More info…

Children’s Storytime at Underground Books. Join in on the last Saturday of each month from 12-1pm for Children’s Story time at Underground Books hosted by the River City Road Runners. The free event is catered to children ages 3-10 and includes a book reading and an organized arts and crafts project.  Kids also receive a free book! Parents are welcome to attend and participate with their children. Sat. 12p – 1pm. Underground Books on 35th St. More info…

Take teens to learn about their genealogy at Book a Genealogist. Central Library’s amazing volunteer genealogists are available to assist you with a free, 45-minute session in the Genealogy Center on the 2nd Floor. Appointments are offered on Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm. To make an appointment, register online, call the library at 916-264-2920, or visit a Sacramento Public Library branch in person. Sessions book up fast, so you might need to reserve a spot for next week. 

Around sunset (Sat, 7pm), the sun crosses the celestial equator and makes its journey southward, marking the Autumnal Equinox and the start of fall! Have a fall harvest party and break out the pumpkin pie! 

Global Local Interactive Pop-Up. Enjoy an evening of art, music, and culture on top of the Nordstrom Parking Garage. Global Local is an interactive pop-up concept designed to engage the entire family. The Global Local theme highlights the diversity of Sacramento while linking the “Global Local” community through culturally-based hands-on arts activities, pop-up art exhibition, and live performances. The Sol Art Labs will allow participants, with the support of local artists, to create and explore a variety of unique cultural activities. The Global Print Lab will include printmaking activities from around the world, while the Global Music lab will feature sounds from around the world via digital drum machine stations. Frida’s Studio will bring the famous Mexican painter’s studio to you! Participants will create Frida-inspired masterpieces while feeling like they are in her famous blue house. The Global Local Golden Geo-dome will be turned into a henna lounge. Free. Sat. 5pm – 9pm. Top of Nordstrom Parking Garage in Sacramento. More info…

Shrek Jr. Our Broadway Bound series presents Shrek Jr. performed by talented 6-12 year olds! Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fionas love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. $10. Sat. 7pm. Consumnes Oaks High School Performing Arts Center. More info…

Ode to Earth IV. Ode to Earth features performing and visual artists who converge on stage to challenge, feed and inspire us. Two acts packed full of talent across styles, from comedy, dance, poetry, live music, and acrobatics, Ode to Earth is a testament to the fact that this movement needs and uses all platforms, talents and passions. The multi-talented April Walker will MC the evening. $5 for kids, $15 advance for adults. Sat. 7pm. VIP reception 6pm. Guild Theater. More info…

Introduce older kids and teens to South Indian music at World Music: South Indian Vocal at Sac State. South Indian Carnatic music featuring Sriranjani Santhanagopalan on vocals with B. Ananthakrishnan on violin and Sai Giridhar on mridangam. Sriranjani Santhanagopalan is one of the most sought after musicians in the Carnatic music field today. She has traveled extensively within India and abroad including almost 25 cities in the United States of America, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Australia, and New Zealand. Sriranjani is an “A” graded artiste of the All India Radio and was awarded the title of “Oustanding Vocalist” by the Madras Music Academy for the 2016-2017 season, after having received the “Best Vocalist” award in 2012, “Best Concert” award in 2013, and “Best Vocalist” in 2014. $8+. Sat. 7pm. Capistrano Concert Hall, Sacramento State. More info…

 

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2018

Celebrate autumn by taking a daytrip to Apple Hill. Pick fruit and flowers at a u-pick farm. You can pick flowers at 24 Carrot Farm, apples at Denver Dan’s, apples at Goyette’s North Canyon Ranch, apples, blackberries and pears at Harris Tree Farm, pears, apples & vegetables at Sloan Mountain Orchard, and apples at Goodness Orchards (by appointment). Boeger Winery is open ’til 5pm and features a lovely pond and a beautiful, little pear orchard for sitdown picnics. It’s always a good idea to confirm open hours before heading out. More info…

Pets on the Patio at Pachamama Coffee Co-op. You and your family (four-legged and otherwise) are invited to the last Pets on the Patio event of the summer. Pachamama Coffee Cooperative will be donating 10% of each sale to RedRover. Drop by, enjoy delicious organic, farmer-owned coffee, meet RedRover staff, learn about RedRover’s lifesaving programs, marvel at beautiful dogs, and get your portrait taken! Talented local photographer Bridget Piazza of Piazza Photography will be selling 20-minute photo shoot sessions for you and your pet. For $20, you’ll receive a high-resolution digital portrait of you and your pet, plus the chance to buy additional portraits from your photoshoot. Bridget is generously donating 100% of the proceeds to RedRover. Sun. 9am – 1pm. Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, 919 20th St. More info…

Minefaire, A Minecraft Fan Experience. Minefaire, the Ultimate Minecraft Fan Experience, is coming to Sacramento for two days. Minecraft players and their families unite at Minefaire to meet their favorite YouTube creators, compete in tournaments and build battles, participate in the famed costume contest, witness live stage shows, learn from Official Minecraft Education Global Mentors, shop at the World’s Largest Official Minecraft Merch Store for event exclusives, and more. $49 day pass, $45 afternoon only. Kids 2 & under Free. Sun. 10am – 5pm (Sat. too) Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

California Capital Airshow. The State Capitol region will gather on to honor Mather Airport’s 100 years of service to our nation and communities. Fans will enjoy two days of non-stop action and Airshow excitement headlined by the USAF Thunderbirds along with a spine-tingling lineup of world-class performers including the Canadian Force F-18, US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, Air Force Heritage Flight featuring the F-35 Lightning, miles of amazing aircraft displays and interactive activities, combined with a spectacular Friday night airshow, including a Wall of Fire, massive fireworks display and a ‘Wonder Bread 5’ concert to make Mather Airport’s 100th Birthday Bash truly unforgettable. Sun. 9am – 5pm, flying performances 11:30am – 3:30pm. Adult $35, includes entry for 4 children (15 & under). Mather Airport. More info…

B-17 Bomber Tour and Ride. One of the most iconic bombers of WWII, the B-17G “Sentimental Journey,” will be on public exhibition at the Mather Airport during the California Capital Airshow. The visiting B-17 is one of only eight airworthy in the world. The classic warbird was restored to authentic condition by Arizona Commemorative Air Force volunteers as part of its flying museum tour programs. Individual $10, Family of Four $20, Fees waived Friday-Sunday with purchase of ticket for California Capital Airshow. Sun. 10am – 1pm. Ages 12+. Mather Airport. More info…

It’s the last weekend to take a Weekend Excursion Train Ride with the California State Railroad Museum. Diesel or steam, excursion train ride guests delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, historic locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River for a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion. Appealing to all ages, the experience offers guests the chance to enjoy train travel from an earlier era. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats, open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating. Excursion train ride tickets are available to book online in advance or can be purchased in-person starting at 10:30am the day of the train ride (based on availability) at the Central Pacific Railroad Depot ticket office that will be relocated to the Central Pacific Passenger Station (Front and J Streets) in Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Excursion trains depart from the adjacent Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot on-the-hour from 11am to 4pm on the weekends the trains are running. $12 adults, $6 youths, 5 & under Free. California State Railroad Museum. More info…

Oobleck Weekend at Powerhouse Science Center. Is it a liquid? Is it a solid? Come explore the science behind this polymer with a number of exploration stations that highlight the unique properties of this slippery concoction. Stop by Design Lab to make a sample of your own oobleck to take home and experiment with. Free with admission. Sun. 12pm – 4pm (Sat. too). Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Sea Otter Awareness Week celebration. Join Effie Yeaw in celebrating otters by highlighting the region’s local species, river otters! Learn about these secretive and playful creatures, how they are alike and different than their ocean cousins, and their vital role in the fresh water ecosystem. Free, $5 parking, donations appreciated. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Tearing Walls Apart, an immersive art exhibit at the Mansion Inn. The former Mansion Inn has laid abandoned for half a decade. Before the walls are torn down to make way for the future, it will be transformed by local Sacramento students who will breathe new life into it with their art. From visual art installations in the hotel rooms, to live music, dance and theatrical performances at the outdoor festival, to a communal art piece that will be a centerpiece of the new hotel. The festivities include dance performances by Capitol City Dance Academy, KAST Academy of the Arts, performances by the Grant High School drumline, vocal performances, acting games with the STC School of the Arts, improvisation games with B Street Theatre, performance by the Sacramento Children’s Chorus, and more! An innovative boutique hotel concept. Suggested donation $10. Sun. 12pm – 6pm. Tearing Walls Apart, 700 16th St. 16th St. & H St. More info…

Circus Vargas: Dreaming of Pirates. Death-defying acrobats, daredevils, flying trapeze artists, jugglers, contortionists, clowns, motorcycles and much more. Join this swashbuckling circus spectacular and discover a world of pure circus magic under the Big Top. $15+, Kids 2 & under Free. Sun. 12:30pm – 2:30pm, 3:30pm – 5:30pm (also Fri. & Sat.). Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights. More info…

Chinese Warriors of Peking at Harris Center. Filled with high-intensity martial arts and breath-taking acrobatics, Chinese Warriors of Peking is a new production set during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) that tells the tale of two rival martial arts disciplines competing in the ancient Chinese capital of Peking. Under the direction of Qui Jian, it provides a culturally enriching experience filled with juggling, acrobatics, weapons handling, and live stage combat. Presented in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of The People’s Republic of China. $22+, discount on Sunday showtimes. Sun. 2pm & 7pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Know a family in need of medical and dental care? Take them to the California CareForce Medical, Dental, and Vision Clinic. California CareForce will return to Cal Expo to provide free medical, dental, and vision services to those in need. All services are provided at no cost with no restrictions on who can receive them. Demand is expected to be high so arrive early. Services available: physical screenings, general exams, dental screenings, dental x-rays, dental cleanings, dental fillings and extractions, eye health exams, vision exams, and custom prescription glasses made on-site! Free. Sun. 6am – 5pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). Cal Expo. More info…

Eat Greek food at the Weekend in Greece Greek Culture and Food Festival in Elk Grove. The Weekend in Greece Greek Culture and Food Festival is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Elk Grove.The festival features Greek cuisine, dancing, and the lively, festive atmosphere. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 11am – 5pm (also Fri. & Sat.). Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church. More info…

Comedy Hypnotism for a Cause – Family Friendly Show. Join in for an afternoon of hypnotic comedy laughs. This is a family friendly show with 100% of ticket sales and donations going directly to the American Red Cross. Participation is never required. $10. Sun. 4pm – 5:30pm. Blacktop Comedy. More info…

Take your songbird to “see” the great Maria Callas in concert, thanks to holographic technology at the Mondavi. Generations of opera lovers have only known American soprano Maria Callas from her immortal recordings. Callas in Concert celebrates her enduring power, drama and beauty through a cinematic experience that brings the beloved La Divina back to the stage. The remastered audio features iconic arias from Bellini, Bizet, Verdi and Puccini, all performed with the live accompaniment of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. Be among the first to witness this groundbreaking digital and laser holographic technology and toast the legacy of one of the 20th century’s great artists. Recommended for older kids interested in music and vocal performance. $22.50+. Mondavi Center in Davis. More info…

Take budding dancers to SacDance Theatre – Transcend18. The SacDanceTheatre company offers the valuable opportunity for performers and audiences to experience dance driven live performance works created by professional choreographers in various stages of their choreographic careers. Transcend18 is directed by Lorelei Bayne. $12+. Sun. 2pm. Dancespace, Solano 1010, Sacramento State. More info…

After the weekend…

Take a break from the school week, and walk somewhere with a clearing so you can see the Full Harvest Moon on Monday, around 8pm. This is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, and it usually rises at least 50 minutes later than usual. 

Calling all Rubik’s cube-lovin’ moms and dads… anyone interested in teaching a Rubik’s solving workshop (in small groups) with Sactown Kids next year for kids? Know anyone who grew up in the 80s? We’re thinking about hosting free science and nature events in the great outdoors in 2019. Contact us at hello@sactownkids.com if you have a specialty you would be willing to share with local kids for free!  

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

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! SEPTEMBER 15TH – SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of September 15th & 16th! Get your hands dirty with the Great American River Cleanup! Or find a cleanup closer to you. Placer Nature Center’s magical Harvest Tea Party is a sure-fire hit. Kids can enjoy tea with fresh herbs and frolic in the wilderness! Have an old-fashioned flapjack breakfast at Sutter’s Fort. Learn how to start a simple family compost bin with a free 1-hour class. Or take a free family birdwalk with a Naturalist at Effie. And of course it’s Sac Open Studios for one more week… let kids peek into an artist’s real workspaces and learn about their processes. Perfect, sunny highs of 79/81 forecasted for Sat. & Sun. Enjoy the gorgeous weather!

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018

For parents, learn about play at the Sacramento Play Summit. Play is the most important work of childhood, setting the foundation for a child’s physical, emotional and cognitive well-being. Yet there are growing threats and limitations placed on the time, resources and spaces devoted to play. The 6th annual Sacramento Play Summit, presented by Fairytale Town and Sacramento Public Library, aims to highlight the importance of play, the many types of play, ways to incorporate play into daily and school life, and more. Keynote speakers include: Lisa Murphy, founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc., and Mike Lanza, author of Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood into a Place for Play. This event is sponsored by Sutter Health and Friends of the Sacramento Public Library. $50+. Sat. 9am. Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. This is a conference for adults. More info…

The Great American River Cleanup… kids welcome! Join over 1,000 of your neighbors and participate in The Great American River Cleanup, an annual even done in conjunction with the California Coastal Cleanup Day, a statewide movement that mobilizes volunteers throughout California to clean up trash from local beaches, lakes, and waterways. On Saturday, the Sacramento community comes together and removes thousands of pounds of trash and debris from 20+ sites along the American River Parkway in only three hours.Volunteers last year were able to remove over 15,000 pounds of trash! With over 8 million visitors to the parkway yearly, this cleanup effort creates a much more enjoyable experience for tourists and community members alike and greatly benefits the Sacramento area as a whole. Be sure to register your family and friends for this event and Take Pride in the Parkway! Free, registration required. Sat. 9am – 12pm. American River Parkway – William Pond Recreation Area. More info… or Get registered… (note: there are other river cleanups taking place all over the region this weekend. find an event close to you!)

Visit the butterfly garden and take short trail walks through the trees at Placer Nature Center. Highly recommended by Sactown Kids. Saturday is their super-fun Harvest Tea Party (10am-12pm). Tea will be made from their summer plants (lemon, mint, etc.) for kids to enjoy. They will also plant the garden with seeds and plants for fall planting: chard, beets, cabbages and broccoli. You will get to take some home with you too. Free, but a small donation keeps the nature center running. Sat. 10am – 1pm. Placer Nature Center. More info…

Enter a clucking contest at the Fair Oaks Chicken Festival. Join the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District for the 13th annual Fair Oaks Chicken Festival! Festivities include live music on the main stage, a cluck n’ crow contest, craft brew tasting, 100+ vendors, SactoMoFo food court, pancake breakfast, kids park, kids entertainment, and so much more. Free plus cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 6pm. Village of Fair Oaks. More info…

Eat a flapjack breakfast at the Hands on History: Frontier Farm-to-Fork Event. Step back in time to the 1840s and learn about the agricultural empire Sutter set out to build at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. Kids and families will learn about the produce grown in and around Sutter’s Fort, and the importance of the livestock industry at the time. To kick off the day, Friends of Sutter’s Fort will be hosting a Flapjack Breakfast at the Fort. Tickets to the Flapjack breakfast will also include entry to the Frontier Farm to Fork event. Sutter’s Fort docent volunteers will provide many hands on learning stations appropriate for all ages throughout the Fort. Make a corn husk doll, grind grain, learn to lasso, sample fresh butter and bread baked in out outdoor oven. Admission to this special event at Sutter’s Fort SHP is $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and is free for children 5 and under (regular admission pricing is $5 per adult, $3 for youth). Advance tickets for the flapjack breakfast at 8-10am is $10 for adults, $6 for kids, 5 & under free. Includes pancakes, fruit, juice, coffee, fresh churned butter and more. Sat. 10am – 5pm (breakfast served 8-10am only). Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

Sacramento Hispanic/Latino Parade. Celebrate Hispanic/Latino culture with music, dancing, and colorful parade floats! The Franklin Boulevard Business District and La Familia Counseling Center, Inc. presents the 13th Annual Sacramento Hispanic/Latino Parade. After the parade, join in a celebration of Mexican Independence Day in the heart of Sacramento’s Latino Blvd hosted by Dprimeramano Magazine! The parade starts on Sutterville and Franklin Blvd. For a map, click here. El Grito and festival will be held at 5383 Franklin Blvd. Free. Sat. 10am – 8pm. Parade is at 10am. Festival is 12pm – 8pm. More info…

Take teens to Medicine in the Old West. The doctors of the Gold Rush Era worked exhaustively to not only take care of their patients, but also to give to the community through their roles in improving public health, education, and maintaining important records. Many needed to find other sources of income, as their patients often were unlucky in finding gold, as were most of the physicians. Some suffered exciting lives, including being on a ship full of gold that sunk off the eastern coast of the United States. A number of the physicians worked together to form the Sacramento Society for Medical Improvement, now the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, the oldest such Society in California. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

It’s Birding for Families time! Bring the family out for this once-a-month birding and nature walk led by a Naturalist and special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the visitor’s center. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Sensory Storytime. Join in 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. Sylvan Oaks Library. More info…

Artful Tot at Crocker Art Museum. Every month, toddlers explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. 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! Designed for kids 19-36 months. $8+. Sun. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Central Coast Carnage Skate Jam. Show off your skateboarding tricks or just watch the exciting action take place.Age groups: 8-11/12-14/15-17/18+. Sign ups at 11:00AM. Starts Sat. 12pm. $10 entry fee. Mather Field Skatepark.

Storytime at Barnes & Noble… featuring Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody. A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this clever parody that will keep kids laughing. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble Arden Fair, Natomas, Roseville, Folsom, and Citrus Heights.

Start a family backyard compost bin with the one-hour Backyard Composting Class. The UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County will teach you how to turn yard waste and vegetable/fruit waste into “gardener’s gold.” This class on the basics of composting will include setting up a compost bin, types of compost bins and tips for success. Geared to adults but kids welcome. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. North-Highlands-Antelope Library. More info…

Take your budding tenor or musical performer to Classic Masters Music Festivals: The Four Phantoms in Concert. This glorious new show celebrates the iconic work of the many composers and artists who have made Broadway an American art form. Four of Broadway’s iconic leading men — Brent Barrett, Ciarán Sheehan, Franc D’Ambrosio, and Marcus Lovett — have received accolades worldwide for their stirring performances as the Phantom, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway phenomenon The Phantom of the Opera. They have graced stages including London, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto. Recommended for older kids who might be familiar with Phantom of the Opera’s original musical score, although others would enjoy it too. $54+. Sat. 2pm & 7pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Teen Chess Club. Join in every Saturday in the Teen Lounge for casual games of chess! All experience levels welcome. Free. Sat. 2:30pm – 4:30pm. North Highlands-Antelope Library. More info…

Human Nature Youth Dance Performance (for older kids). Nature is a beautiful thing. When you think of the word “nature” you probably think trees, grass, ocean, mountains, or desert, but when it is paired with the word “human,” the meaning shifts. It becomes introspective, how do we or others think, feel, or act. Human Nature is an exploration of the two actualities inspiring each other. A contemporary dance work showcasing the connections we have to each other as humans and our human response to the beauty of nature. This re-imagining of a crowd favorite will be performed by the Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company, a pre-professional youth dance company based in Folsom, CA. It will feature 80 dancers, including 25 dancers returning from the 2015 original production. These young artists will inspire you with their passion. Advance $15, Door $15. Sat. 2pm & 7pm. Jill Solberg Performing Arts Center in Folsom.More info…

Thank a firefighter in-person at a Fire Station Open House… this week Sat. Station 43 is open, located at 4201 El Centro Rd. Meet Sparky the Fire Dog, tour a real station, see the apparatus and equipment used to save lives, learn the day-to-day duties of firefighters, and get some emergency planning tips for your own home! Sat. 2pm – 4pm.

Mosaic Art for Kids and Teens. Learn how to make real mosaic artwork with Italian tiles and special tile adhesive. Make your own artistic design on a fiberboard base, then use the tiles to create your artwork. At the end, you will even learn how to grout your finished masterpiece yourself! Limited to the first 20 participants. Recommended for ages 8-16. Free. Sat. 2-3pm. Ella K. McClatchy Library. More info…

Read to a Dog. Looking for a way to boost your child’s reading skills? Children (Age 6-12) are invited to read to Daphne, a friendly trained therapy dog. This is a great program for struggling or reluctant readers. Daphne is a great listener! Children can bring one of their favorite books from home or borrow one from the library. Kids under Age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Natomas Pops in the Park. Pops in the Park concert series, sponsored by Council member Harris, continues with the band Latin Touch! Expect the unexpected, because this cast of eleven multi-talented musicians serves up a large helping of Latin tropical flavors like Cumbia, Merengue, and Reggaeton. But it doesn’t stop there. Their musical cuisine also includes “covers” from your favorite ’70s & ’80s funk, and R&B artists. This free, family-friendly concert includes a wine and beer garden, burgers and dogs by Kiwanis, free valet bike parking, a bounce house, and face painting! Free plus cost of purchases. Sat. 5pm – 8pm. South Natomas Community Park. More info…

Play dress up and attend the Buccaneer Ball! The Sacramento Children’s Museum cordially invites moms and their sons (but all are welcome to attend) to the Museum to dance the night away at our annual Buccaneer Ball! Guests will enjoy visiting with pirates and mermaids, face painting by Whimsy, DJ dancing, and Museum play! Pirate dress-up is enthusiastically encouraged! Light refreshments and dessert will be served. $25+. Sat. 6pm – 8pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2018

Tiptoe around a real artist’s studio and ask them where they get their ideas. Download the guidebook and maps for Sac Open Studios here.

KVIE KidsFest. This immersive educational event for families celebrates the PBS KIDS shows that help children learn literacy, math, and social skills. Meet beloved PBS KIDS characters in person and take pictures. Kids of all ages will also enjoy a stage show sing-along with Mr. Steve, The Music Man, crafts, a photo booth, prize drawings, KVIE Corner, storybook village, book exchange, and more. $15, $10 parking. Sun. 10am – 4pm (also open Sat.) Cal Expo. More info…

Heroes and Rogues Weekend (for older kids) at California Automobile Museum. Celebrate all things comics! This will be a costume filled weekend that will include vendors, panel discussions, costume contests and photo opportunities. Local Marquee cosplay groups like the West Coast Avengers, Sacramento Ghostbusters, and the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers will be in attendance with activities and photo opportunities. Prizes will be given out for the best costumes during our costume contest as well as at the card and videogame tournaments. Sun. 10am – 5pm. $5+. California Automobile Museum. More info…

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

Expanding Polymers Weekend. Explore how the polymers in water beads can absorb a large amount of liquid. Take some water beads with you to experiment at home and don’t miss the sensory experience of an entire pool full of these squishy spheres. Free with admission. Sun. 12pm – 4pm (also open Sat.) Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Baby Storytime at Central Library. Bond with your baby and make new friends! Baby Lapsit Storytime is designed to encourage early literacy development through shared reading, songs, games and movement. Recommended for birth through 24 months, but older kids are welcome. In Kids’ Place on the lower level. Free. Sun. 12:10pm – 12:40pm. More info…

For teens who need a little self-love… The Unburdening: Finding Healing Through Writing. Author Kara Richardson, National Recovery Advocate for the Eating Recovery Center, is no stranger to struggle. She had to learn how to unburden herself of the emotional weight that comes with being a person who has had a less than friendly relationship with her body, and the space that it inhabits in a culture that actively encourages us to "take up less space." In her book, Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds, readers journey with Kara as she makes friends with her body as she takes on the monumental task of climbing one of the world’s most challenging mountains. But what about the healing that comes after such an intense experience? Kara credits much of her recovery to the process of unburdening and release that comes when she puts pen to paper. Writing is a powerful tool as it helps us be the author of our own stories and create narratives that help us survive. She will lead participants through a writing exercise to access their own healing through channeling their inner wisdom. Attendees will receive a free signed copy of Kara’s book Gorge: My Journey Up Mt. Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds or her book The Weight of Being: How I Satisfied My Hunger for Happiness. Geared to adults, but teens welcome. Free, registration required. Sat. 10am – 12pm. J Crawford’s Books. More info…

Sun Seekers. Some have scaly skin, some have slimy skin, some have legs, some don’t. Can you guess what they are? Join Effie Yeaw Nature Center and meet one of these cold blooded critters up close. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Sat. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

See the moving play, A Raisin In The Sun for older teens. The Youngers live in a cramped Chicago apartment while they await a life insurance check they hope will change their circumstances, but tensions arise over how to use the money. Vividly rendering Hansberry’s sharp observations on generational conflict and housing discrimination, this play captures the high stakes, shifting currents, and varieties of experience within black life in mid-century America. Lorraine Hansberry’s immortal and deeply resonant tale of dreams deferred, A Raisin in the Sun, was the first play by a black woman to be performed on Broadway. $10+. Benvenuti Performing Arts Center. More info…

Mediterranean Food and Music Festival. Holy Virgin Mary Church in West Sacramento to host it’s annual Mediterranean Food and Music Festival. Enjoy two days of mouth watering food. This year attendees will hear vocalist Rami Kaileh and his band. Food and beverage for purchase include gyros, falafel, garlic chicken sandwich and a roasted lamb plate. General $3, Kids 10 & under free. Sun. 11am – 7pm (also open on Sat.) Holy Virgin Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church. More info…

Try something totally different… like learning the basics of roller derby from the Sacramento Roller Derby Juniors Rec League! This 8-week course is fun and safe and open to kids aged 8-17 of all genders. Kids will learn the basics of roller derby and roller skating which include safety, stops, skating form, endurance, skate maintenance, and rules. Anyone can join these sessions until week three. Bring a mouth guard and water bottle. Skaters are encouraged to bring any gear (helmet, knee pads, wrist guards, elbow pads, and skates), but there is plenty of loaner gear available as well. $10 per week. Sundays 1pm – 3pm, 9/16 – 11/4. On-skates scrimmage 11/4. Sacramento Roller Derby Warehouse. More info…

Need some belly laughs? Go to the all-ages, family-friendly comedy and magic show featuring Justin Rivera at Laughs Unlimited Comedy Club. $5. Sun. 1pm. More info…

Watch Sacramento State’s women’s soccer team battle it out with Saint Mary’s at Sac State Sunday 1pm – 4pm. Go Hornets!

Make a flower lantern and go on a Sunday walk at dusk… Have the kids collect wildflowers that will be easy to flatten. Paint the outside of a washed glass jar with glue or Modge Podge and arrange the petals to the outside of the jar. Set it to dry for an hour, and carefully sponge on another layer of Modge Podge. Let dry. Pop in a tea light candle for a beautiful floral lantern ready for a magical evening walk. If you want a handle, just use crafting wire or pipe cleaners to wrap around the mouth of the jar.

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Kids love basketball? Reserve free tickets to Sacramento Kings Fan Fest at Golden 1 Center Sunday, Oct. 7th at 1pm… Watch the Kings take the floor as they prepare their 2018-2019 season. Activities include open practice with players and coaches, on-court contests with fans and players, giveaways, and 50% off at local eats stands. If your kids are basketball nuts, consider joining the Sacramento Kings Kids Club for fun events throughout the season. More info…

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

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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