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 fixing 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…

 

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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…

 

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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! 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! 

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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…

 

[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 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!

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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!  

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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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…

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xo, sabrina : )

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SACTOWN KIDS: TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! SEPTEMBER 8TH – SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of September 8th & 9th! It’s Sac Open Studios season! We love the chance to get kids face-to-face with the artists in our community, and maybe fill our homes with some of their art! Teach kids to support local artists—they beautify our city in so many ways. Alliance Française de Sacramento is having their first-ever Family Picnic and Pétanque Event.Grandparents get in free at Fairytale Town and the Sac Children’s Museum. We also have to give props to the public library this week. We’re so grateful to have such amazing, free programming. Libraries are not just for books… they are also for Slime-Making and Pirate Tea Parties, as our luck would have it! Have a great weekend! Sunny highs of 94/93 forecasted for Sat. & Sun.

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Just a couple pre-weekend festivities we had to mention…

THURSDAY… It’s Sac Open Studios time! We love this time of year… here’s a heads-up on a kid-friendly event you might want to check out this Thursday. Verge Center for the Arts will be kicking off the 13th Annual Sac Open Studios with a free Launch Party at their studios Thurs. from 6pm to 9 pm with local eats and drinks, kids activities, live art and music. Conscious Creamery will be serving up their unforgettable gelato! Meet participating Sac Open Studios artists and view 150+ artworks installed salon-style in Verge’s classroom. This event will also mark the opening of their fall exhibition, KOKO’S LOVE: The Technicolor Unfairy Tale Ball by Yoshie Sakai. This multimedia, expansive exhibition explores the ongoing saga of one Japanese American family with their overbearing patriarch, Hiroshi, a liquor store owner in South Los Angeles, and his annoying insistence on having a male heir. Thurs. 6pm – 9pm. Free, cost of purchases. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

FRIDAY… The Plant Foundry is hosting a family-friendly Pop Up Beer Garden at their Oak Park location this Friday, 5pm – 10pm. Bambi’s Vegan Tacos will be on-hand to feed hungry little bellies while you find things to plant!Let kids pick out colorful, leafy greens to put in the ground, and then enjoy your family harvest of sturdy, fresh-picked leaves all winter long. Kids love kale chips and smoothies! They are otherwise open 9am – 6pm Sat./Sun.

and on to things to do this weekend…

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2018

Wakamatsu Fall Bird Walk. Take older kids (8+) to an early-morning birding walk at the Wakamatsu Farm. The program host and bird enthusiast, Parker Flickinger, returns to lead his final bird walk before his term ends. Program host Parker joins in through the AmeriCorps program—he loves the outdoors, and has a B.S. in Environmental Science. This is an easy hike for all quiet bird enthusiasts over the age of 8. Call for meeting location (Placerville/Gold Hill area) and to sign up. Steady rain cancels the event. Suggested donation of $5/person or $10/family. Reserve spots: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224. Sat. 8am – 10:30am. Placerville area. More info…

Deadhead 1,200 roses at the all-ages volunteer deadheading event at McKinley Park Rose Garden. The 1.5-acre garden has 1,200 rose varieties and eight perennial beds. This year they started monthly volunteer events open to the public each second Saturday of the month. They will be pruning off anything that “wouldn’t look gorgeous in a bouquet.” Trainers will be on hand to show you how it’s done. They do have some supplies they can loan out on a first-come, first-served basis. If possible, bring your own garden gloves, buckets, hand trowel or bypass clippers, and wear a hat or visor, and closed-toed shoes. Kids need a signed waiver form. There are also opportunities for individual volunteer orientations: Once trained, you can volunteer on your own schedule! For more information or to get the volunteer waiver form for kids, contact friendsofeastsac. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Free. McKinley Park Rose Garden on 33rd St. & H St.

Get basketball tips from a former Harlem Globetrotter! Join in for a youth basketball clinic hosted by Damond Edwards! This onw-day clinic is geared towards boys and girls, ages 5-15. Camp includes: Basketball skills stations, contests, 5-on-5 games, speed, agility & quickness training, camp certificate & swag bag. and lots of fun! Each camper must provide their own lunch and water bottle and have a signed liability waiver. Sat. 9am – 2pm. $53.44. California Family Fitness in Rocklin. More info…

Make Hands-On Art at the Sac Open Studio Tour 2018! Check out the kid-friendly art activities taking place all weekend long at Sierra 2 Center. Sierra 2 Center is proud to participate as an event sponsor in Sac Open Studios organized by Verge Center for the Arts. This 13th annual art event spans 2 weekends in September showcasing over 150 emerging and established artists in their studios across Sacramento County and, new this year, West Sacramento! This event brings together artists who are unable to open their studios to performs arts demos, show their work and talk about their process. They will also offer hands-on arts experiences all day long! What’s simpler and easier than tie dye? Ice dye! Enjoy a hands on ice dye demo at 11am and 2pm both days. Purchase a shirt to dye yourself with guided artist instruction. You’ll need to come back after your ice has melted, pick up your shirt (safely wrapped in a plastic bag), and grab some instructions on how to easily rinse and wash at home. Nikki Thompson of Deconstructed Artichoke Press will demo one-sheet wonders–a book from a single sheet of paper on Saturday. Sat. & Sun. 10am – 5pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

Tree City Market. With its abundance of leafy green foliage, Sacramento easily earns its nickname, The City Of Trees. So much so that earlier this year, Facebook featured tree-related businesses in Sacramento as part of its “Keep It Local” advertising campaign. Now, this Saturday, September 8, Facebook presents the Tree City Market, a treehouse market and experience featuring local businesses from throughout Sacramento. The market will be taking place from 11:00 am to 4:00pm in a “tree house”-style space in William Land Park among the trees. Participating vendors include Kulture, Allspicery, Old Gold and interactive events and experiences will be happening throughout the day including face painting, wood carving, live music, and more. Sat. 11am – 4pm. William Land Park. More info…

Celebrate West African folktales of Anansi the spider, with music, drumming, dancing, and a craft activity. Fairytale Town is celebrating the opening of Anansi’s Web, their first brand new playset in 21 years! Anansi’s Web was designed, created, and installed by artist Garr Ugalde and represents the West African folktales of Anansi the spider, the keeper of all stories and wisdom. He’s also a trickster who obtains his goals through various ruses. The new set features three vertical climbing webs between four posts featuring characters from an Anansi tale, including one of Anansi himself. Sat. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Free with paid park admission. Fairytale Town. More info…

Plants with Purpose. Walk with a Naturalist through nature’s garden at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Learn plant identification and adaptations from an expert. Come with all your questions. Sat. 10:30am. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early.Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Visit Sacramento Adventure Playground on Community Day! While the Sacramento Adventure Playground’s regular operating hours are designed for ages 7-15, the Playground opens up for children of all ages to come and play on Community Days. Essentially a makers’ laboratory or tinkerers’ workshop, the Adventure Playground puts real tools into the hands of youth so they can build and create things that reflect their own ideas and visions. Noticing that children preferred to play in open spaces with raw materials rather than the designed playgrounds he built, Danish landscape architect Carl Theodore Sorensen organized the first Adventure Playground in Copenhagen in 1943, during the German occupation of World War II. Originally known as junk playgrounds, urban children were able to build their own spaces and structures using real tools, raw materials, and cooperation. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Sacramento Adventure Playground. Free. More info…

Read “Corduroy Takes a Bow” at the Saturday Storytime at Barnes & Noble Bookstores (Natomas, Arden, Roseville, Folsom, and Citrus Heights). Celebrate 50 years of Corduroy the teddy bear with a brand-new, classically illustrated picture book by Academy Award winner Viola Davis. Then get a coupon for the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4. Sat. 11am, Barnes & Noble Bookstores. More info…

Drop-in to Saturday Family Storytime at the beautiful Central Library downtown. Bring your tote bags and let kids choose a big bag of books to borrow for the next couple of weeks. Remember, you can borrow up to 30 books each, so take advantage! If you get out early enough, pick up some fresh fruits & vegetables at the Midtown Farmers Market beforehand on J St. & 20th St., a 20-minute walk away (about 1 mile). The stalls will be open from at 8am to 1pm, and it’s second Saturday, so their craft vendors will be out in full force. The Central Library Storytime is Sat. 11am to 12pm. Free. Recommended for babies and kids 0-5. Central Library on I St. & 8th St.. More info…

Catch Mr. Cooper’s sing-a-long and do some frenetic freeze dancing at Belle Cooledge Library. Sat. 11am to 11:30am. Free. Recommended for toddlers. More info…

Join Alliance Française de Sacramento for their first-ever Family Picnic and Pétanque Event! Enjoy the last bit of summer playing Pétanque and dreaming about the South of France. The Alliance will supply water and boules. Bring a picnic and blankets/chairs. $5, free for kids 12 & under. Must RSVP to the Alliance Française de Sacramento by Fri. Sept. 7th. info, 916-453-1723, and purchase tickets online. Event takes place 11:30am – 1:30pm, East Portal Bocce Club. More info…

Teens can get expert tips on writing their college application essay. Did you know that college applications require several different types of writing? The UC application includes Personal Insight Questions, the Common Application has longer essays, and many applications also have short answers and descriptions of high school activities. In this workshop, you will learn what colleges are looking for in essays and responses, how to choose topics and how to answer each type of prompt. Tips will also be shared on writing strategies and how to be organized and meet those all-important deadlines. Instructor Marilyn van Löben Sels is a certified college counselor with over 20 years of experience helping students and their families with the college application process. Sat. 1pm – 2:30pm. Free, but registration is required for this class as space is limited. Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library. More info…

Learn how to play chess and make new friends who want to learn too. Sat. 2pm to 4pm. Free. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. More info…

Slime-Making Party. Learn how to follow a basic recipe to make your own slime. All materials provided, just drop on by! All ages welcome. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. Arcade Library on Marconi Ave. (not the Arden-Arcade branch). More info…

Pirate Tea Party. Do you like fancy tea parties? Are you a pirate at heart? Then join in for a pirate tea party! Come dressed in your favorite tea party attire or your best pirate outfit–or both! There will be tea and cookies, and craft materials to make star wants and crowns. They will also make pirate hats, eye patches, maps and telescopes. Don’t miss this swashbuckling—yet refined—tea party. Bring your friends! Sat. 2pm – 3pm. Ella K. McClatchy Library. More info…

Make art from Perler Beads. Fuse plastic beads to create a pixelated art project at this fun drop-in program. Use a template or create one of your own! Recommended for older kids and teens. Sat. 3pm – 4:30pm. Free. North Sacramento Hagginwood Library. More info…

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2018

Continue an art-filled weekend. Download the guidebook and maps for Sac Open Studios here.

Check out the new playground at the Sacramento Zoo. The playground has moved to a larger area next to the Australian Outback and features periscope, binoculars, thatch shade structures, fencing, and new art. Open 9am – 5pm. Free with paid park admission. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Free Grandparents Week at Fairytale Town. Bring Grandma and Grandpa to Fairytale Town for a fun day of play during Grandparents Week! Grandparents get in free with any child 0-12 from Sept. 9th – 15th. A perfect time to show them the all-new Anansi’s Web! Arrive early in the day for less crowds and cooler weather. Open Sun. 9am – 4pm. More info…

Grandparents get in free at the Sacramento Children’s Museum too! They’re open 12pm – 5pm on Sunday. There will be science experiments throughout the day for Science Sunday. More info…

Travel the cosmos in a planetarium. The Powerhouse Science Center’s weekend planetarium presentations take your family on a thrilling tour of the night sky. Discover constellations, planets, and other celestial objects currently visible from the Central California region. Learn sky watching tips from their educators, and embrace an appreciation for our solar system and what lies beyond! Sun. 1pm & 3pm (also on Sat). Powerhouse Science Center. They also have an activity this weekend on Polymers and Physical Changes. Add water to a mystery substance and observe the physical changes that occur. Afterwards, find out where this substance can be found in our everyday lives and take some home with you! More info…

Sensational Senses. How do humans and animals explore and get information from their environment? Discover the functions of your senses and compare your sensory abilities to local wildlife. Use your senses to investigate animal artifacts and even a live animal! Sat. 1:30pm. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Take teens who like classical music to see famed New York pianist Amber Yiu-Hsuan Liao perform pieces by Czech composer Leos Janacek and others at the Crocker Art Museum. Liao is the winner of numerous piano competitions and is noted for her elegant technique. Her last concert at the Crocker was sold out, so be sure to reserve your tickets in advance. Before the concert, enjoy a free docent-led tour of select works from the exhibition Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo, as well as works by Eastern European artists in the Crocker’s permanent collection, to help put the music in context of the art on view. Sat. 3pm. Crocker Art Museum. $10-20. More info…

Need a change of scenery this weekend? Bolt for cooler weather with a Marin hike… they have more than 500 beautiful trails. Or visit the little town of Tiburon with waterfront pathways with magnificent views of San Francisco. Grab sandwiches, salads, or snacks at the gorgeous grocery store, Woodlands Market. It seems built for picnics. Visit the tiny Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum 1pm – 4pm. It’s right near the water and you can stop while riding the family-friendly Tiburon Bike Path. For more kid-friendly Tiburon ideas, click here…

CONSIDER FOR NEXT WEEK…

Visit the butterfly garden and take short trail walks through the trees at Placer Nature Center. Highly recommended by Sactown Kids. Next 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…

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Paging all flight propulsion engineers! Take part of a simulated space mission! The Challenger Community Mission is getting ready for a special night of space travel at the Powerhouse Science Center, Sept. 28th, 6pm – 8:30pm. The year is 2061. Comet Halley has entered our solar system and is approaching the Sun. A team of astronauts made up of scientists and engineers navigates through space in search of the comet. YOU could be a part of this team at our Challenger Community Mission! Simulated space missions are for explorers age 9+. $18+. This is a popular program. Get tickets in advance before they sell out. 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)” >>

SACTOWN KIDS: TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! SEPTEMBER 1ST – SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of September 1st & 2nd! Now that the kids are back in school, they’ll be much more enthusiastic for weekends. Build on that momentum and do something different! Make a new Labor Day Weekend family tradition—it can be big, like floating on a pretty lake, or small, like pressing some late summer flowers into a book. Have a great weekend! Sunny highs of 90/91 forecasted for Sat. & Sun.

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2018

Last weekend: Active duty military families get into museums free. Seven Sacramento area museums will participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the DepartmÅent of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. The seven local museums participating in Blue Star Museums include the following: Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, California Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Fairytale Town, Powerhouse Science Center and the Sacramento History Museum. More info…

Jump in a lake! Or pack a picnic and go sailing, paddle boating, paddle boarding, or kayaking at Sacramento State Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma. Enjoy the last days of summer on the water. $14 & up. More info…

Show your artwork in a tree-themed art show! No artwork will be turned away. Artists of all ages are invited to enter up to three tree-themed artworks (no size limitations) to the Sacramento Poetry Center fundraiser art show at the Sacramento Poetry Center Art Gallery entitled ‘City of Trees: An Invitational Art Show to Benefit the Sacramento Tree Foundation,’ curated by Bethanie Humphreys and Heather Judy. Submissions are open to the public, new, emerging, and established artists. City of Trees will run September 3, 2018 thru October 5, 2018, with a Second Saturday reception on September 8th. Artwork with completed entry form can be dropped off on Saturday September 1st, 12pm – 2pm at the Sacramento Poetry Center. Artwork must be wired and ready to hang. No commission will be taken, but the artist can choose a percentage to donate to the Sacramento Tree Foundation. More info…

Let the kids pick a bucketful of half-price u-pick flowers. For those who missed our previous mention of Flourish Farm, they are ending their season with a half-price u-pick flower sale. This means sale prices will range from $2.00 for an 8 oz (1 cup) mini-bouquet to $15.00 for a 5 gallon bucket packed full of flowers. Bring your containers of any size, and they will figure out the discounted price. Cash sales only. Lots of beautiful flowers still blooming including zinnias, sunflowers, celosia, snapdragons as well as herbs such as lavender, sages, mint, and lemon balm to mix into bouquets. There is very limited parking on the site, but lots of free parking across 5th Street in the lot behind Brodericks. Check-in for a brief orientation if you have not picked flowers at the farm before. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Flourish Farm, 317 5th St. in West Sacramento.

Family Workshops: Kitchen Chemsitry. Chemical reactions don’t always happen in a laboratory, they can occur in your very own kitchen! In Kitchen Chemistry you will perform a variety of experiments that demonstrate the changes that occur on a molecular level during cooking and baking. For ages 5+. Sat. 9:30am – 10:30am. $15, pre-registration required. Minimum of one adult for every two children participating. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Get your reggae on at the One Love One Heart Reggae Festival. Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland, CA will turn into International Culture Fest Labor Day Weekend. Gates are at 10am each day and the music goes to 11pm. Two Stages and arts and crafts vendors and a Kidz Zone round out the festival atmosphere. Musicians from Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and more. Sat. 10am – 11pm. $75. Kids 12 & under are free. More info…

Learn about Oak trees. Effie Yeaw Nature Center’s mighty oaks provide food and shelter for many animals and insects. Learn how to identify the three species of oak trees found in the Nature Preserve and discover who may be living in them. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program—kids will love being able to identify the oak trees that are so plentiful in Sacramento. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

A super-great Sibling Workshop for siblings of special needs kids. Play games and mingle with friends who "get it" about the good (and sometimes not-so-good) parts of having a sibling with special needs. The workshop is a place for kids to have fun. They are facilitated by adult siblings who also "get it", but who are not therapists. There is no cost to participate, but donations are gratefully accepted. Space is limited to 12 children, must pre-register. Open for children age (7-10). They will have more workshops soon for age groups (11-13) and (14-18). Sat. 10:30am – 1:30pm. Free. Elk Grove Library. More info…

The Great Train Robbery (for older kids & teens). Take a ride on the wild side, and live out your own old Western showdown aboard the Sacramento RiverTrain’s Great Train Robbery. Keep a weathered eye on the horizon for greedy outlaws! But don’t fret, the on-board Marshal will keep everyone safe!

This two-and-a-half-hour experience is fun for kids and adults alike, and you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time as you’re entertained with a live Wild West show. Relax in Elkhorn Park and enjoy a barbecue buffet lunch. You don’t need to go far to find an amazing adventure. Sat. 11am – 1:30pm. $45 for Kids 3-12. $55 for Adults. Sacramento RiverTrain. More info…

Tinker Time: Camping Activities. njoy family games, hands-on crafts, campfire songs and stories, learn camping safety tips, take a look back in time at a family road trip, and end the summer with a museum scavenger hunt (and a special prize at the end)! There will also be a themed story read as an optional addition to the activity. Join the California Automobile Museum every month on the first Saturday for special hands-on activities. Activities will range from taking rides in classic cars to hands-on fun with automotive art activities like pinstriping. If you’ve got a little sparkplug, they will love these monthly activities. Sat. 11am. Free with museum admission. California Automobile Museum. More info…

Sound of Music Sing-a-Long. Having started in the UK back in 1999, the Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music show has now become a worldwide hit, playing to packed houses across the globe with over 10,000 performances in 11 different countries! Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along. Then of course there is the famous fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their fantastic costumes. So get those vocal chords warmed up, cut up those chintz curtains and hurry down for another dose of the international smash-hit sensation. It’s the perfect night out for hen parties, birthday celebrations, office outings family trips, or anyone who has ever shed a tear during ‘Edelweiss’! Book early because this show sells out. Sat. 2:30pm. $15-20. Crest Theatre. More info…

Brazilian Center Open House. Eat delicious Brazilian food, watch live painting and poetry, dance presentations (Orixas and Belly dance!), drumming, and Capoeira martial arts at the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange in Sacramento at CLARA. Sat. 5:30pm – 10:30pm. Free, plus cost of purchases. More info…

Watch a great football game. Support our Hornets this Saturday as they face St. Francis of Illinois. Coming off of a historic 2017 season, Sacramento State opens the season ranked among the top 25 in the Football Championship Subdivision for just the second time in school history. Quarterback Kevin Thomson returns after his record breaking season. Thomson set the school record for yards per play last season as well as quarterback efficiency. Sat. 6pm. $10 for Kids 3-17. $20 Adults. Sacramento State Hornet Stadium. More info…

See some amazing art made by hot wax. Head down to Sparrow Gallery to see ‘Wildfire’ new exhibition of encaustic work by artist Jaya King. Saturday is the last day to see it. Gallery is open 10am – 4pm. More info…

Stay up late and go star-gazing at the Community Observatory in Placerville. If it’s clear just after sunset, you should be able to see Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars low on the horizon. Sat. 8:30pm – 10:30pm. Don’t miss the docent talk while lying down in the bowl at around 9-9:30pm. Free, $2 parking. Donations appreciated. More info…

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2018

Last day to jump in most public pools in the city! Clunie, Southside, and Tahoe are open for their final weekend. Check the pools closest to you…

Get the kids out of the house early for some free Yoga In the Park. Just bring a yoga mat and a water bottle. It’s OK to drop out and just play frisbee in the park at any point! : ) Sun. 9am – 10:15am. Tahoe Park. Free. More info…

Prepare to be stunned by some incredible chalk art at Chalk It Up Sacramento. Each Labor Day Weekend, Chalk It Up turns Fremont Park in downtown Sacramento into an explosion of chalk art masterpieces, live music, public art, and community engagement. The festival also features over 75 arts and craft booths and nearly two-dozen food vendors. Experience an array of locally created art, and all creative wares such as custom jewelry and clothing. Sun. 10am – 6pm. Free, plus cost of purchaes. Fremont Park. More info…

Dress up as your favorite anime character or just people-watch at SacAnime Summer 2018. Even if you don’t pay to get into the event, you can drop by and mill around the lobby, like we’ve done in the past. You’ll be astounded by all the artistry and creativity put into the costumes people wear! Sun. 10am – 6pm (also on Fri. & Sat.) Kids 8 & under Free. Family of Four Pack $30. Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

Learn about beautiful, colorful Koi fish at the Sacramento Koi Show. A great excuse to go to the Old Sugar Mill! This will be an educational and fun event featuring pond builders, fountains, landscape, and other vendors, artists, and beautiful koi to purchase or just to admire. Qualified judges are on hand to explain how koi are judged. There will also be a club raffle featuring many prizes and food trucks. There will also be wine tasting at the Old Sugar Mill’s many tasting rooms. Sun. 11am – 3pm (also on Sat.). Free. Old Sugar Mill. More info…

Sacramento Tejano Festival. The Sacramento Tejano Conjunto Festival is the only Tejano music festival of this scale in California. The day will be full of food, fun, and Tejano music! Little Joe y La Familia will be performing. Sun. 12pm – 7pm. $30. Cesar Chavez Plaza. More info…

Meet the Menagerie. Come meet the critters that live at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and learn why these animals are not able to return to the wild. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Free, $5 parking. More info…

Older kids and teens can feast their eyes on the noteworthy Eduardo Carrillo “Testament of the Spirit” exhibit at Crocker Art Museum, the bilingual and career-spanning exhibition of 60 works by Eduardo Carrillo, an inspirational leader, painter, teacher, and social activist known for advancing Chicano culture in California during the 1960s and 70s. Carrillo’s large-scale oil paintings have been described as mystical, surreal, and visionary, while his intimate watercolors reflect the artist’s daily life in self-portraits, still lifes, and images of people and places he held dear. But on Sunday at 2pm, you can also hear three scholars talk about his work and activism, which is super-helpful while looking at his artwork. $6-$12, must pre-register online. Sun. 2pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Go to an artists’ reception. It’s so fun to meet real, working artists. Even if kids are shy, it’s good for them to see people passionate about art and celebrating art. Sacramento Fine Arts Center is unveiling “In the Style of The Old Masters,” a juried fine art exhibition of work inspired by the Old Masters and open to all artists. Original work is inspired from a relevant artist/movement of 13th-18th century Europe. To top it off, there will be live music by Alison Sharkey, cellist. Sun. 3pm – 5pm. Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael. More info…

Catch the Sac State’s men’s soccer team battle it out with San Jose State. Wear your green and white! Kids day featuring a team photo and autographs. Sun. 4pm – 7pm. Sacramento State. More info…

Play golf on the Land Park Loop (holes 1, 2, 3) for $5 by booking the last hour at William Land Park (usually 6:15 – 6:50pm). Kids under 17 play free. Little kids can usually only last running a few holes, so this works out great. Or check golf courses nearest to you for similar specials. More info…

Start planting garlic now for a bountiful summer harvest! Garlic takes 10 months to grow, so it’s a great project for teaching kids how to plan and think ahead. Even if they don’t like garlic, teach them of all the yummy things they already eat with garlic in it! Pizza sauce and marinara–check! Best of all, garlic can be grown in containers. There are about 600 varieties out there to choose from. Try some purple garlic! : )

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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SACTOWN KIDS: TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! AUGUST 25TH – AUGUST 26TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of August 25th & 26th. Kid fun runs, fishing in the city, free gardening inspiration for the whole family, a fun dinner night at WAL, a photography walk, nachos festival, Jewish food fest, and family comedy show… wow. Plus one of our absolute faves, the Waste-a-Polooza, which teaches kids how we take care of our water and sewer systems. It’s actually really great. The weekend forecast is sunny highs of 89/84 for Sat./Sun. Enjoy the cooler weather and stay outside and play!

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 25TH, 2018

Race for the Arts in Land Park. Entertainment along the racecourse and a free arts festival – what’s not to love? Come out for the race and stay for the arts festival with food, hands-on booths, artists, musicians, and fun.Race for the Arts raises funds and awareness for California nonprofit visual, performing, culinary arts and cultural arts organizations and school programs. They receive 100% of pledges designated to them. Kids Fun Runs are 1/4th of a mile or 1/2 a mile. Sat. 8:10am: Kid’s Fun Runs. 8:35am: 5k Run/Walk. $15 for Kids Fun Run. William Land Park. More info…

xHope’s Caring for Kids Run. xHope’s specific focus is to shine a light on community groups that focus on at-risk youth, foster care and adoptive services within Elk Grove and the Greater Sacramento region. This event is designed to raise monies and awareness for xHope and our network of partner organizations that provide needed resources, programs and support for children throughout our community and abroad. Fun Run starts at 7:45am on Sat. in Elk Grove. $12 & up. More info…

Start your fall family garden! Drop by the Fall Gardening Clinic and Organic Plant Sale at Soil Born Farms. Learn how to grow vibrant, tasty and healthy plants from knowledgeable staff and community educators. Visit the organic plant sale to start your fall garden: vegetable starts, edible perennials, medicinal and culinary herbs, succulents and floral bouquets. Guests can also shop at the Soil Born farmstand, Phoebe’s Tea and Snack Bar and Greenhouse Garden and Gift shop. A lunch fundraiser, Magpie Cafe baked goods and assorted beverages will be available. Free, with cost of purchases. All ages. Sat. 8am – 1pm. Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. More info…

Fishing in the City. Come out to the newly renovated Florin Creek Park and join in this free community event on Saturday, August 25, 2018. We partner with the Department of Fish and Wildlife to bring fishing to the children in the community who may not have a chance to experience catching a fish. The event is for children up to the age of 16 and children do not need a fishing license to participate. The Department of Fish and Wildlife will have fishing poles and bait available for those who need it. We plan on catching a lot of fish in our newly renovated pond at Florin Creek Park. The event will start at 8:15am with a free demonstration from DFW volunteers and staff. We will begin fishing at approximately 8:30am and we will ask for all fishing poles to be out of the water at 11:00am. Each registered child will receive an opportunity to win some great donated items and we will give prizes to the first catch, smallest fish and largest fish caught. Please contact 916-395-0601 for more information. Sat. 8am – 12pm. Free. Florin Creek Recreation Center. More info…

Beginner’s Bird Walk in Coloma. Join in for a morning Summer Beginners’ birding walk designed for people of all ages. Bird enthusiast Parker Flickinger returns to lead the program. The event begins with an introductory presentation on bird watching. Next we will take a bird walk through the Marshall Discovery Park. We will be looking for the resident species, as well the summer migrants. Parker joins us through the AmeriCorps program. He loves the outdoors, and has a BS in Environmental Science. This is an easy hike for everyone. Call for meeting location (Coloma area) and to sign up. Sat. 9am – 11am. Suggested donation: $5/person or $10/family. American River Conservancy. More info…

Travel through time with Time Travelers Bazaar 2018. Featuring vendors from around the globe and throughout time, this event also hosts Fan Groups, Clubs, Performers and Special Guests.

Cosplay, Steampunk, Star Trek, Dr. Who, Pirate, Anime, Renaissance Faire, Costuming, Magical, and Fairy and Fantasy. Kids 0-6 Free. Adults $10. Sat. 10am – 6pm. More info…

Back-To-School Celebration and Teacher Appreciation Event. Families of pre-school or school-aged children, teachers, and homeschoolers can get back into a Back-To-School grove with products, prizes, and all kinds of specials to make this school year memorable. Gifts from the Heart of Elk Grove’s 3rd Annual Back-to-School Celebration and Teacher Appreciation Event will feature: hands on demonstrations of toys and games that make learning fun for everyone, free curriculum ideas and give-aways for teachers and homeschoolers featuring favorite Candlewick book characters Maisy and Judy Moody, special discount for teachers and homeshcoolers (with your I.D.), free back-to-school craft project, Jelly Belly guessing jar, Door Prize Drawings, including Not Bummer Summer books signed by author Megan McDonald, plus Special Order privileges and prices from awesome vendors. Sat. 10am – 5pm. Free, cost of purchases. Gifts From the Heart of Elk Grove. More info…

Barnes & Noble’s Storytime and Activities Featuring We Don’t Eat Our Classmates. It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so delicious. That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine. Join us and get a coupon from our Cafe for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! Sat. 11am. Free. Barnes & Noble Bookstores (Natomas, Arden, Folsom, Birdcage, and Roseville). More info…

Capital City SDA Community Fair. This all-ages event will feature healthy cooking demonstrations, informational booths, live entertainment, a school supplies give-a-way, medical and dental screenings, CPR/First Aid/AED for infants, children, and adults, and much more. Sat. 12pm – 5pm. Free. Capitol City Seventh-Day Adventist Church. More info…

Sactown Nachos Festival. Pick up some new books at the library and then head over a block to the Sactown Nachos Festival, a massive event focused around the delicious Hispanic dish, nachos! This is a family-friendly event flooded with live music, entertainment, beverages, and an enormous variety of nachos! A large portion of the proceeds will be donated to the non profit Project Optimism that benefits children, homeless, and individuals diagnosed with cancer. Kids 8 & under Free. $10 & up. Sat. 4pm – 8pm. Cesar Chavez Plaza. More info…

Curby the Recycling Robot invites you to join him at Waste-A-Palooza – a family event full of exciting activities. Get flushed down the sewer swim as you discover where backups can occur and help unclog the pipes. Watch out for those sticky wipes – they don’t belong there! Challenge yourself in the game room where you can flip one of the “Three Ps” into a toilet and knock out household hazardous waste. Do FOG (fats, oils, and grease) belong down the drain? Find out in the FOG Buster Relay – it’s as fun as it sounds! Talk to Curby and find out what should and shouldn’t go in your One Big Bin. Curby’s Creation Corner features a build-it activity and a chance to compete for prizes in the trash-talking quiz show! Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Roseville Utility Exploration Center. More info…

Let the River Run Clean. Take a hike to the river and learn some ways you can help take care of it and the salmon, egrets, beavers and other wildlife that depend on its clean water. As you learn, you’ll put on some gloves and help clean the river by collecting trash along the banks. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Space is limited, arrive 30mins prior. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

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

Teens Create. Teens Create is a new club at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Teens meet once a month to discuss and create art at the center or around the community. Past projects have included creating banners for the center. The group is currently working on a mural design for the art center building. New members are always welcome. Sat. 1pm – 3:30pm. Free. Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael. More info…

Fire Station Open House… Tour a real fire station, meet some real-life heroes, and greet Sparky the Fire Dog at Fire Station 13, 1100 43rd Ave, Sacramento. Free. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. More info…

Tales & Ales Fundraiser. Celebrate Fairytale Town’s 59th anniversary at an all-ages fundraiser featuring beer tastings, food trucks, and live music! Local craft breweries will be pouring unlimited tastes of their beers. Enjoy live music by AKAlive on the Mother Goose Stage. Plus, local food trucks will be onsite with food and beverages available for sale. Proceeds from Tales & Ales will support Fairytale Town’s education programs and park improvements. Tickets go on sale July 1. Advance tickets are $30 for adults and $6 for children ages 2-12. Fairytale Town members receive $5 off per adult ticket on advance tickets, and member children are free. VIP Adult tickets are $75. Day-of tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-12. Children 1 and under are free. Tickets are available at fairytaletown.org or (916) 808-7462. Sat. 5pm – 9pm. Fairytale Town in Land Park. More info…

Our Street Night Market. Sacramento’s one and only Night Market returns! Enjoy street food from a vast amount of vendors served by chefs from all different types of backgrounds, drinks, activities, and a great community environment. All ages. Vendors include Ramen Kodaiko, Yolanda’s Tamales, Nash & Proper, Fire Wings, Bambi Vegan Tacos, Journey to the Dumpling, Conscious Creamery, and more. Free, plus cost of purchases. Sat. 7pm – 1am. WAL Public Market. More info…

Rock of Ages: High School Edition. Musical Mayhem Productions Broadway Stars Series featuring talented actors ages 10-19 Rock of Ages: High School Edition Book by Chris DArienzo Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp Its the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, Heavy Metal flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where legendary rocker Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and groupies line up for their chance at an autograph. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri, and the gang save the stripand themselvesbefore it’s too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer. Sat. 2pm – 4pm and 7pm – 9pm. $10. Cosumnes Oaks High School Performing Arts Center in Elk Grove. More info…

Sacramento River Cats vs. Las Vegas 51s. Catch a baseball game with $10 lawn tickets. Sat. 7:05pm. Raley Field. More info…

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffery Siegel. Got a piano player? This unique series is perfect for older kids interested in music because prior to performing each work, internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel briefly, and in non-technical language, engagingly speaks about the music. These programs enrich the listening experience for the avid music lover as well as provide an inviting, entertaining, instantly accessible introduction to great music for the novice.. The year 2018 marks the 75th and 100th anniversaries of the deaths of beloved composers Rachmaninoff and Debussy. Program includes the famous “C Sharp Minor Prelude,” “Clair de lune,” and stirring Etudes of both composers. This talk/concert focuses on Rachmaninoff and Debussy. Future Keyboard Conversations concerts feature Chopin and Beethoven. Sat. 7:30pm. Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom. Students with ID and Kids 12 & under $6.50. Adults $13 & up. 2 1/2 hours long with a post-Q&A. More info…

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26TH, 2018

Head out of town for a farmers market you’ve never been to… El Dorado Hills Town Center hosts a Sunday Farmers Market 8am – 1pm. Explore the area or go on a walk in a nearby park. Free. More info…

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Festival 60th Anniversary. Enjoy delicious, authentic Mexican dishes and live entertainment. There will be everything from tacos, pupusas, tortas, mole oaxaqueno, tamales, and much more! There will be live musical entertainment throughout the day, ballet folkloric dancers, bingo, and many fun activities for the kids and family. Todos estan invitados! Sun. 8am – 7pm. Free, cost of purchases. National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on T St. More info…

Sacramento Jewish Food Faire. Now in its 41st year, the Faire features traditional and modern Jewish cuisine, live entertainment, arts & crafts vendors, activities for all ages, and an opportunity for the entire community to come together for a delicious and unique cultural experience. Feast on traditional and modern favorites such as corned beef, pastrami and brisket sandwiches, lox & bagels, Jewish breakfast combos, blintzes, latkes, falafel, chopped liver, stuffed cabbage rolls, noodle kugel, chicken matzo ball and vegetarian mushroom barley soups, falafel, hummus, Israeli pickled vegetables, expanded vegetarian and gluten-free choices, hard to find specialty foods and lots of noshes. Breakfast and lunch items are served all day and the expanded chilled & frozen food section offers pickled vegetables, chopped liver, blintzes, pickles and corned beef & pastrami packs to take home. Sun. 9am – 3pm. Free, cost of purchases. Congregation Beth Shalom, Sacramento. More info…

Curtis Fest Artisan Fair. The 12th Annual Curtis Fest will feature over 60 local artisans under the beautiful canopy of trees at Curtis Park. Art and craft work including paintings, sculpture, decor, textile arts, jewelry, ceramics, soaps, lotions, homey, ice cream, and Kombucha. Live music, food trucks, a petting zoo, children’s fairy and a pet refreshment station makes this a great way to finish out the summer. Sun. 10am – 4pm. Free, cost of purchases. William Curtis Park. More info…

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

Gold Fever Tours by the Sacramento History Museum, for older kids. Guests to Old Sacramento can experience what it was like to catch gold fever while getting actively involved in the intriguing “Gold Fever!” guided tours available every weekend this summer through the end of the year. Tour guests take on personas of characters in history — or “real-life rascals” — who scratched and clawed their way to make this area the center of the Gold Rush. “Gold Fever!” tours relive Sacramento’s early days when gold fever ruled amid horrible disasters that threatened fates and fortunes. To spice things up even more, elements of chance are introduced that could change the fate of tour guests. Through the course of the lively tours that meander through Old Sacramento, visitors discover if they successfully escaped the many floods, if they managed to keep their gold dust (or lose it all at the gambling tables), and if they survived the fires, disease, and occasional steamboat explosion! Sun. 11am (also on Sat.). $6 for Kids 6-17 (not recommended for under 6, although they get in free). $10 Adults. Sacramento Visitors Center. More info…

Super Science Bubbles. Explore the molecular makeup of a classic outdoor summer activity. After you learn what makes up a bubble try your hand at bubble art and experiment with different bubble blowing techniques using our super strong science bubbles. What makes them so strong? You will have to show up to find out! Sun. 11am – 4pm (drop-in). Avail. on Sat. too. Free with admission. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

It’s Science Sunday at Sacramento Children’s Museum. Drop in to do hands-on science experiments! 12pm – 5pm (drop-in). Free with admission. More info…

Cheer on the SacState Hornets Women’s Soccer team as they battle it out against UC Davis! Sun. 1pm – 4pm at Sacramento State. Free. More info…

Owl Be Seeing You. When are owls most active? Can they turn their heads all the way around? Discover how you can find out exactly what they have eaten. Meet a resident owl of the Nature Center and learn the answers to these questions and more. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Space is limited, arrive 30mins prior. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Off Track: All Ages Comedy in Rocklin. Off Track is the laugh-a-minute family show. This improv and music extravaganza is completely made up on the spot every week based on your suggestion. No two shows are alike. Best of all, children who want to participate have opportunities to be on stage and take part in the fun! Catch some of Placer’s most talented improvisers along with the wonderful teachers from the Blacktop Kids and Teens program perform a completely improvised show right before your eyes. The Family Show is best for children ages 4-12. Sun. 2pm – 3:30pm. $5. Blacktop Comedy in Rocklin. More info…

Music in the Park. Held the last Sunday of June, July and August, Music in the Park is a free summer concert series hosted by SCNA in William Curtis Park. This is a great way to relax with your family, friends and neighbors. With a blanket and picnic basket you can enjoy the music in a wonderful outdoor venue. The August 26th concert will conclude the 2018 Music in the Park series with a performance by On Air. The band’s powerfully popular horn section and energetic choreography will follow a day of art and food at Curtis Fest. On Air is known for its pulsating renditions of the classics from Tower of Power, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. Local children’s favorite, Mr. Cooper, will get the evening started and entertain the young at heart in between sets. Sun. 6pm – 8pm. Free. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

Listen to some classic, big band jazz music by the John Skinner Band while frolicking in Carmichael Park, for the last Carmichael Concert in the Park this summer. Bring your family, friends, blankets and lawn chairs and join in for free music at the Daniel Bishop Memorial Pavilion at Carmichael Park. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks. Sun. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Free, cost of purchases. There will also be a concert by a different band, the Dave Russell band, on Sat. night. Carmichael Park. More info…

[All listings are provided 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)” >>

SACTOWN KIDS: TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! AUGUST 18TH – AUGUST 19TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of August 18th & 19th! Local tomato season is peaking and it’s all for you! Find some colorful, kid-friendly sunny yellow or green zebra striped ones at your farmers market. There’s a canning party & campout in Dixon that sounds fantastic! See some super-rare baseball artifacts at a special exhibit at the California Museum. Plus a NY Times bestselling author gives story writing tips in Elk Grove—take all teen writers! It’s sunny high’s of 99/97-degree forecast for Sat./Sun. Stay cool and hydrated with water-rich fruits!

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 18TH, 2018

Start planning your fall garden, even if it’s just a one-pot deal! You can start growing some broccoli, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, peas, or a giant pumpkin now! Let kids watch food grow…

Historic Folsom Farmers Market Tomato Taste Off. Come learn and taste the many varieties of heirloom tomatoes grown here in California! You’ll taste and vote on your favorite tomatoes in four categories; Most Beautiful, Juiciest, Sweetest and Best Tasting. Chef demos will include tomato inspired recipes for you to taste and learn about. Win prizes and bragging rights and enter the best tasting salsa contest. Fun games and crafts for the kids and a scavenger hunt for a chance to win the farmers market gift basket. Sat. 8am – 1pm. Free. Historic Folsom Farmers Market, 915 Sutter St., Folsom. More info…

Go on a hunt for weird tomatoes! Get some fun, mini yellow or green zebra tomatoes at your nearest farmers market. Find all the farmers markets in Sacramento here… OR here

Bird Walk (for older kids). Experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. Instructor Cliff Hawley will point out other critters and plant life along the way. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers. Bring binoculars! Sat. 8am – 10am. $8. Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. More info…

Tomato Sauce Canning Party (and Campout!). Let’s get canning! Tomato season is in full swing on the farm, and the plants are bursting with ripe and juicy tomatoes ready for picking. Join Eatwell Farm in Dixon as they harvest the bounty of the farm, toss it in a pot, and create delicious tomato sauce to savor the rest of the year. The produce is free, so bring as many jars as you can process over the 2-day event! The ticket price covers the cost of hosting the event and paying staff. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to make tomato sauce. There will be plenty of experts on the farm with tips and tricks to help you out. $40. Sleepover is not mandatory if you’d just like a day out on the farm. Families welcome. For full details and schedule of events…

U-Pick Flowers in West Sac. Pick your own bouquet at a a West Sacramento urban flower farm. Zinnias, sunflowers, snapdragons, asters, celosia, statice, yarrow, and more. Wander around the flowers and a dragonfly might follow you. Cost range: $4 for a mini-bouquet to $30 for a 5 gallon bucket. Bring your own containers. Cash sales only. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Flourish Farm, 317 5th St. West Sacramento. More info…

Wanna get serious about family birdwatching in your backyard? Kids over 12, and adults, can become valuable citizen scientists and learn how to document birds around them and contributing to the Cornell University database, e-Bird. Sat. 9:30am – 12:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Hand on History: S.T.E.A.M. at the Fort. Visit Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and enjoy a very special Hands on History event featuring STEAM, science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics! Fort visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1840s and learn about the many ways in which those who lived, worked and visited Sutter’s Fort utilized science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Docent volunteers will provide many hands on learning stations appropriate for all ages throughout the Fort. These are just some of the questions visitors will find answers to during STEAM at the Fort: What role did the cattle industry in California play in technology of the times? How did Pioneers migrating from the United State to California know how fast they were traveling? What tools were available at the time? How was Sutter’s Fort constructed in the 1830s? How does a cannon fire? Sat. 10am – 5pm. $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 per youth (ages 6 to 17). Free for children 5 and under. Sutter’s Fort. More info…

Free Autism-Friendly Family Movie: “Early Man.” Join in for a special family movie event for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. This month: "Early Man" (PG, 2018). "Typical" toddlers and preschoolers are welcome too! They’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. Sat. 10am – 11am. Free. Arden-Dimick Library. More info…

Garden Family Storytime. Storytime is followed by 30 minutes of exploration and play in the Colonial Heights Library’s garden. Expect to get messy. This storytime is designed for ages 3-5, siblings are invited to attend. Sat. 10am – 11am. Free. Colonial Heights Library. More info…

Railroad Museum Celebrates Toy Train Month. California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to recognize August 2018 as Toy Train Month, an annual exhibit that spotlights the popular Thomas W. Sefton Gallery and “Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains” exhibit. Coinciding with Toy Train Month, the Railroad Museum will debut a newly-acquired collection of pre-war toy trains and accessories manufactured by the German company Märklin that will be available for public viewing. Kids 0-5 Free, Youths 6-17 $6, Adults $12. Open 10am – 5pm on weekends. More info…

Take aspiring teen writers to meet Allison Brennan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of three dozen thrillers and numerous short stories. Allison will discuss her writing process and how she gets her ideas. Questions are encouraged! Sat. 10am – 11am. Elk Grove Library. Free. More info…

Those Wacky Woodpeckers. Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable by their unique behavior of pecking vertically on trees and poles, but how much do you really know about these outstanding birds? The Effie Yeaw Nature Center will clue you in. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Arrive 30mins before start time. Free, $5 parking. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Japanese Taiko Drumming & Free Ice Cream Social. Celebrate the end of summer with an Ice Cream Social and learn about the Japanese art of Taiko with Kristy Oshiro! Feel the thunderous sounds of the drums vibrating through your body as language, culture, and history combine into an exciting educational experience. You will even get a chance to play the drums yourself! Free for All Ages. This is a Free program, hosted in partnership with the Franklin Community Library and the City of Elk Grove’s Multicultural Festival. Sat. 11am – 1pm. More info…

The Dinosaur Expert, storytime at Barnes & Noble bookstores. During a field trip to the museum, Kimmy loves to share what she knows about dinosaurs, but when someone asks if girls can be paleontologists, Kimmy loses her voice. Will she find it again? Join in for storytime and get a coupon from the Cafe for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4. Sat. 11am. Free. Barnes & Noble Bookstores (Natomas, Arden, Birdcage/Citrus Heights, and Folsom). More info…

Colossal Summer Science: Tremendous Gravity at the Powerhouse Science Center. Explore one of the most amazing forces in the universe! In Design Lab you will be challenged to design and build a protective vehicle for some very precious cargo: a raw egg. Test your vehicle by tossing it off our back stairs! Don’t miss the ultimate display of gravity when they toss a watermelon off the Powerhouse roof at 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Open Sat. 11am – 4pm (Sun. also). Free with admission. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Capital Dance Project Sensory-Friendly Dance Performances. Everyone is welcome to join in on the inclusive, sensory-friendly dance performance by Capital Dance Project. This performance is designed to make everyone, particularly individuals on the autism spectrum, feel comfortable, safe and accepted in a theater environment. Traditional theater rules will be relaxed and audience members are welcome to enter and exit, play with toys, dance and talk during this live dance performance. Food and drink are not allowed in the Auditorium, but an outdoor picnic area is available and a quiet space will be provided. Sat. 11:30am & 2pm. $5. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Sacramento RiverFest Seafood Festival. Enjoy a full day of music, Seafood, Barbecue and exhibitors at the Annual Sacramento RiverFest & Seafood & Barbecue Festival at beautiful Miller Park located right on the Sacramento River. Listen to over 20 different bands and entertainers while eating Seafood and barbecue from some of the best chefs, food trucks and caterers in the country. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a big day of family fun. Fishing lessons for the kids, frog jumping, blues, country western, jazz, and concerts all day. Just $10 per person in advance and $15 at the gate. Sat. 12pm – 6pm. $10+ advance. Miller Regional Park. More info…

Meet “How to Feed Your Parents” author Ryan Miller. Join Orangevale Library for the next installment in their 3rd Saturday author visit series featuring local author and Orangevale resident, Ryan Miller, as he discusses his recently released children’s book, How to Feed Your Parents. How to Feed Your Parents is Ryan’s first published book and features Matilda Macaroni, a young girl who is excited to try new foods. Since her parents plan to eat nothing but pizza and chicken nuggets for the rest of their lives, Matilda has to take the kitchen into her own hands. Matilda learns how to prepare delicious meals from around the world and discovers a way to bring her own family closer together while encouraging more adventuresome eating. Book sales will follow the program. Sat. 1pm – 2:30pm. Free. More info…

Watch Sacramento Republic FC take on the LA Galaxy II at Papa Murphy’s Park! Sat. 8pm. $16+. More info…

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19TH, 2018

Sunday Drives. Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to cruise through Old Sacramento in a Model A back in 1931? Well, the California Automobile Museum doesn’t have a time machine so they can’t take you back to Sacramento when it was 1931, but they do have a 1931 Model A and can drive you through modern-day Sacramento! Join them every third Sunday for classic drives by landmarks around Sacramento. Drives are weather contingent and times are subject to change. Sun. 10am – 2pm. Free for Kids 0-4, $5 Kids 5-17, Students $9, Adults $10. California Automobile Museum. 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. Sun. 10:30am – 11:30am. Free with admission. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

ExplorABILITY. ExplorABILITY is a free bi-monthly, play-based program offering children on the autism spectrum, ages 3 to 7, an opportunity to play in a safe setting, explore novel sensory equipment and materials, and work on social skills and building friendships, facilitated by a rotation of Sacramento area therapists from a variety of modalities. Registration required. Sun. 10am – 12pm. Attendance is capped at a maximum of 25 kids to keep it sensory friendly. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Sakura-mento: Japanese-Americans in the River City. (Recommended for teens interested in cultural issues.)By 1910, Sacramento had become the 4th-most Japanese-populated city in California and had a thriving Japantown. That all changed with World War II. Hear the amazing story of Japanese-American immigrants’ battle to overcome discrimination. The Old City Cemetery Committee will tell you about the farmers, the merchants, and the soldiers from the 100th Battalion and 442nd Infantry Regiment, who fought to free Europe while their relatives were in camps back home. Sun. 1pm – 2:30pm. Free. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery.

Bugs and Beyond. Explore the amazing world of invertebrates! Learn how to find, handle, sketch, and identify various hoppers, crawlers, fliers, swimmers, and slimers of the Preserve. Sun. 1:30am – 2:30pm. Free, $5 parking. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

The Gondeliers (for older kids), performed by Light Opera Theatre Sacramento, lightly pokes fun at class differences, the monarchy, and is filled with beautiful music and ‘fancy’ dances from the Mediterranean region. It is a classic Gilbert and Sullivan topsy-turvy story, which ends well for all parties at the last possible second. Gondoliers are guides and singers upon the gondolas they steer, attracting adoring girls wherever they travel. Kids 12 & under $15, Adults $20, Students/Seniors $18. Sun. 2pm (also Sat. 2pm & 7:30pm). 24th St. Theatre. More info…

California at Bat: America’s Pastime in the Golden State. The California Museum presents 6-7 short-term exhibits each year, highlighting people, places and stories not commonly known… and this is a noteworthy one for older kids who like baseball and softball. It chronicles the state’s history of baseball from the Gold Rush to the modern era, revealing its legacy of all-stars and the contributions of women, African American, Latino and other players who broke barriers to broaden its enduring appeal. This all-new exhibit features over 200 rarely-seen, Cooperstown-worthy artifacts and photographs. Highlights include uniforms, equipment and ephemera from historic games played by Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Rickey Henderson, Dusty Baker, Tony Gwynn and others. In addition, objects from Pacific Coast League teams and from Edmonds Field, home of the Sacramento Solons until 1960, recall the years before Major League Baseball arrived in California. Open Sun. 12pm – 5pm (or Sat. 10am – 5pm). Free for Kids 0-5, $6.50 for Youth 6-17. $9 for Adults. California Museum. More info…

Baby Storytime at Central Library. Here’s an excuse to get downtown early and check out new books at the massive children’s section at Central library. Parking is so much easier down there on weekends. Use this as a jumping off point for lunch at a new restaurant (instagram: @downtown_grid) you’ve been wanting to try, or a park you’ve been wanting to plop down at for a picnic. 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. Sun. 12:10pm – 12:40pm. Free. Central Library. More info…

Take older teens to listen to a college professor discuss Thoreau. Join Professor Nancy Sweet for discussion of Henry David Thoreau’s life and works. A leading figure in the counter-cultural Transcendentalist movement of the mid-nineteenth century, Thoreau believed in the spirit and the conscience of the American people—even as he witnessed the nation torn apart over slavery and the economic exploitation of workers. In his writings, he urges us to find a capacity for ethical behavior in Nature, including our own human nature. This is bound to be good. Sun. 3pm – 4:30pm. Free. Central Library. More info…

Got some avid climbers? Try a super-fun Kids Belay class. Sacramento Pipeworks offers them every hour 12pm – 3pm on weekends for kids 6-17. $30. More info… Granite Arch Climbing Center has a Youth Climbing Club that meets once a week 4-6pm for ages 7-12. More info… Rocknasium in Davis offers weekly classes or a First Timer Kid Climb $35/2 hrs, $5 additional for 2 climbers. Advanced reservations required. More info…

Ride the “Squirrelly Whirl”, the first new ride at Funderland in over 20 years! Their weekend deals include 10 rides for $19.95 or Family Value Pack of 30 rides for $44.95. 11am – 5pm. More info… We also like their round-up of eateries close to Funderland here…

Donate a backpack filled with school supplies to help local kids who can’t afford to buy them. Teach the kids about the importance of helping others in the community. Sacramento Children’s Home is accepting backpacks & supplies until Sept. 7th, here’s their need list…

**For next week… Fairytale Town’s Tales & Ales Brewfest Fundraiser is next weekend, on Sat. the 25th, and they still have some advanced tickets left. This is a family event, and kids can enjoy the park! Should be super-fun. More info…**

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

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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