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 : )

For more summer 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 11TH – AUGUST 12TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of August 11th – 12th! Wide Open Walls is surrounding us with more beautiful art in the city—get downtown to check out the sites! There’s mapping & treasure-hunting at Koobs Nature Area, and a traditional kid-friendly Pow Wow. Get crafty with bats at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. And don’t forget, stone fruit is in season. Grab a basket and fill it up with your faves! It’s a sunny 94/91-degree forecast for Sat./Sun. the weekend. Happy August!

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11TH

It’s Wide Open Walls week… when Sacramento gets beautified with more public art for all to enjoy! Download this map and artist reference, and check out all the works in progress with the kids. Bring some ice-cold water or note of thanks for the muralists!

Midtown Garden Tour. Get inspired to garden at the inaugural, first-ever Midtown Garden Tour! The tour includes six backyard gardens and one community garden. Garden the Grid is a collection of midtown gardeners who are passionate about getting dirty and eating clean. Begin your day at the New Era Community Garden (204 26th St.) Guests are encouraged to bike or walk between the gardens. A perfect day to get the bikes out! Proceeds from this tour benefit Alchemist Community Development Corporation. Sat. 9am – 3pm. $10. New Era Community Garden on 26th St. More info…

Mapping and Treasure Hunting. The Koobs Nature Area is open for public open days on the second Saturday of every month through October. August’s theme will be mapping and “treasure” hunting. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area and learn to follow maps and recognize directions. There will be activity tables for kids to create and learn about mapping and “treasure” hunting. This wonderful natural treasure in the heart of Carmichael is run and maintained by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Free. Koobs Nature Area, Carmichael. More info…

Deer Toes and Coyote Paws. Learn to read the tracks of rabbit, deer, coyote, turkey, and the clues that animals leave behind! Sat. 10:30 – 11:30am. Free, $5 parking. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Space is limited, arrive 30 mins prior to start time. 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. Note: Please dress for mess. For ages 2-3. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. General $10 (includes one adult with child), Members $7. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

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

Guided Nature Walk at the Cosumnes River Preserve. Explore part of the River Walk Trail and talk about the plants and animals you might see. You’ll also traverse the Wetlands Walk Trail and see the migratory waterfowl and maybe a few Sandhill Cranes. This is a leisurely walk on a trail that is unpaved in sections and paved in others. The route will take approximately three and a half miles, but participants who do not wish to walk that far may turn around at any time. Participants may want to bring binoculars or borrow a set for free from the Preserve (quantity limited). Sat. 12pm or 1pm. Meet at the Visitor Center. Free. Consumnes River Preserve. More info…

Crafts from Around the World. Crafting can take you everywhere! Join the Sacramento Public Library for a crafting session that will take participates to destinations from around the globe. Registration is required to attend. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Free. Franklin Community Library. There’s also a lego block party at this library 10am – 3pm. More info…

Felted Creatures for Teens. Craft with your friends at the library! Teens will use felt, needles, threads, and stuffing to make a creature that is cute, ugly, or somewhere in between. Sat. 3pm – 4:30pm. Free. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Take older kids to meet a painter participating in Wide Open Walls mural festival. CapRadio welcomes established painter Stan Padilla to the station for an afternoon of art, music and discussion. A multi-media artist whose disciplines include drawing, painting and silversmithing, Stan Padilla recognizes his ancestors by bringing to life ancient stories, myths, and legends. His large panels of varied blue honor one of the most precious colors in the spectrum. Padilla’s work can be seen across the Sacramento region, most recently as a three-story mural titled “Flight” in the Golden One Area. A participating Wide Open Walls (WOW) muralist, Padilla will live paint in downtown Sacramento August 9-19. Enjoy music from Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner. Sample C.G. Di Arie Winery’s limited-edition “On Air” (which was created in honor of the station). SacTown Union Brewing will also be pouring from their limited Local Artist Series, proudly showcasing local art on its beer cans, including another 2018 WOW muralist. Come learn what all the hype is about and then head downtown to enjoy the mural festival throughout the week. Sat. 4pm – 6pm. Free, registration required. Capital Public Radio, 7055 Folsom Blvd. More info…

The 11th Annual Fire Spectacular: Walk on the Wild Side. The Fire Spectacular is literally Sacramento’s hottest event of the year! Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy a night of high energy, beautiful, and artistically crafted fire dance performances. Suitable for all ages, this show has performed for thousands of audiences from here to Japan. Flashlights and comfortable shoes for the William A. Carroll Amphitheatre are recommended. Sat. 6pm – 10pm. Doors open at 5pm. Kids 0-8 Free. $10+. Family package, 2 adults/2 kids for $35. William Land Park, William A. Carroll Amphitheatre. More info…

Enjoy a night of baseball with $10 lawn tickets. Watch the Sacramento River Cats take on the El Paso Chihuahuas at Raley Field. Sat. 7:05pm. $10+. Raley Field. More info…

Take older teens to Behind the Barre: Made in Sacramento. Capital Dance Project returns to the Crest Theatre for the fourth-annual production of Behind the Barre: Made in Sacramento. This innovate, multi-disciplined dance and live art performance will feature nine world-premiere works. Capital Dance Project’s resident choreographers will explore movement in conjunction with Sacramento’s most exciting visual artists, musicians, and designers. This year’s collaborators include: visual artists Raphael Delgado, Franceska Gamez, and Melissa and Melinda Arendt; digital media artists Natalie McKeever and Brandon Manning, and musicians Schuyler Petersen aka Makebelief, bassist and singer Casey Lipka, and hip-hop artist The Philharmonik. Sat. 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. $25 advance. Crest Theatre. [Just FYI, Capital Dance Project will also be doing a Sensory-Friendly Dance Performance at Crocker Art Museum next week, Aug. 18th, 11:30am & 2pm. Tickets $5 from Crocker Art Museum] More info…

Wave your hands and stop your feet at the Sacramento Republic FC vs Rio Grande Valley FC soccer game! It’s fireworks night! Sat. 8pm, $16+. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

Take older kids to Outdoor Movie Nights at Sutter’s Fort. The movie Clueless will be projected on the west side wall. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, snacks, and hot cocoa. Sat. 8pm. Free. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12TH

It’s stone fruit season! Let the kids wake the house up early and get out for the for best fresh peaches, apricots, and other stone fruit at the Saturday Midtown Farmers Market or the Sunday Farmers Market under the I-80 freeway (8th & W St.). Go home and make a peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream! Or just sit under a shady tree and eat all of your peaches in one go.

Sacramento Banana Festival: Jazz-A-Peel. The 9th Annual Sacramento Banana Festival is an exciting family-friendly, multi-cultural festival celebrating the many countries and cultures that use the banana! Try delicious exotic foods from the Caribbean, Central America, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Africa, the Pacific Rim! Guests will enjoy the rhythmic Latin, Calypso, Caribbean and popular music that accompany high energy ethnic dancers. The two-day festival offers fun for all ages, banana cuisine, live entertainment, multi-cultural exhibits, marketplace, food trucks and more. The Sacramento Banana Festival benefits the National Academic Youth Corps, which provides art and educational programs for over 15,000 youth and adults every year in Sacramento. The event will take place at William Land Park’s Village Green Area. Sun. 10am – 5pm. $6+, Kids 5 under Free. William Land Park. More info…

Get some beads to make a one-of-a-kind bracelet or necklace. Get ready to be overwhelmed by all things sparkly! Gem Faire is coming to the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Sacramento. This show brings a wide array of quality crystals, gems and more straight from importers, wholesalers and manufacturers, so you can score some amazing deals on gorgeous jewelry, individual stones and beautiful beads to make your own cool wearables or gifts. Sun. 10am – 5pm. $7, get a free pass here. Free for kids 11 & under. Scottish Rite Center. More info…

24th Annual Sacramento Pow Wow. Come celebrate at the 24th Annual Sacramento Pow Wow! This great event features traditional singing and dancing as well as Indian tacos and high-quality arts and crafts. All ages welcome. Sun. 10am. Free. O’Neil Park. More info…

All aboard! Take a nice and easy 45-minute train ride with Excursion Train Rides with the California State Railroad Museum. Trains run every hour on the hour and depart from the Central Pacific Passenger Station in Old Sacramento. Kids 5 & under Free. $6 youths, $12 adults. More info…

Take little ones to do science experiments throughout the day at Science Sundays at the Sacramento Children’s Museum in Rancho Cordova. The museum is open 12pm – 5pm. Free with admission. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Eureka! Grab a pan and catch gold fever! Learn about some of the local Gold Rush history and get your hands dirty as you lean how to pan for gold in hopes of striking it rich. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30 mins prior to start time. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Mama Mia! Catch the last matinee show of this Broadway classic with older teens. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to an island paradise. Featuring over 20 ABBA songs, including the hits “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me,” this high-spirited, feel-good international sensation will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Sun. 3:30pm.

Wide Open Walls 2018 Bike Tours. Take older teens wheeling around to see our newest art murals.Bicycle through a unique art experience as local, national, and international artists converging on Sacramento for the Wide Open Walls mural festival. Guided cycling tours explore Sacramento’s newest street art pieces around Downtown and Midtown Sacramento as artists transform the city. On these guided bike tours, you will learn about each piece and about the artists who created them. Tours are two hours long. Sun. 9am, 12pm, or 3pm. $23. Sacramento Cycling Tours. Meeting place starts downtown. More info…

Invite friends and sing your heart out at karaoke with the kids. Sunday 4pm – 7pm is half-off karaoke rooms at Oishii Sushi and Karaoke on K Street. Sky KTV Lounge on Front Street has half-off rates every day 6pm – 9pm.

Bats and Crafts at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Join bat experts as they host a special bat event aimed at young children, especially those that are too young to stay up late to watch the bats fly. This fun filled day will include meeting live bats, arts and crafts, games and other bat related activities. Sun. 10am – 12pm. Cost is $7/child. Adult accompanying child is free. More info…

**We love the bat programs with the Yolo Basin Foundation. Nearly all the summer bat walks sell out. However, we saw that the last two in September (20 & 21) that are still open! You can reserve up to 6 spots per family. It’s truly stunning to be there when the bats fly out for the night. The Bat House Building Workshop on Sun. Aug. 26th, 10am is also still open. This will be a good one. Unfortunately, we probably won’t feature it on that week’s top picks because it will be sold out. That’s why we’re featuring it in this week’s top picks! We can’t recommend this program enough.**

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

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

For more summer 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 4TH – AUGUST 5TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of August 4th – 5th! The free kite-making workshop in Elk Grove is not to be missed. Older kids will love meeting real-world stylists and fashion experts for tips on thrift-shopping, also free! Sunflowers are in bloom and ready to be picked at u-pick farms, just $6 a bunch. And we have three art gallery suggestions for a lazy, art-filled Sunday. It’s a sunny 92-95-degree forecast for the weekend. Happy August!

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4TH

Kite-Making at Franklin Community Library in Elk Grove! This is likely to be a popular one, so register early and get your spot! Make your very own free kite, with Anwar Khan of Old City Kites in Sacramento, this Sat. at 1pm – 3pm. Ah, swoon!! Our dream event. : ) For ages 5-11. Registration is required. Click the "registration is required to attend" link on this page here…

LEGO Harry Potter Event at Barnes & Noble Natomas. Calling all Harry Potter fans. Join in for this exciting event and build a mini Hogwarts Express train to take home with you. Free. Sat. 2pm. Space is limited. Call to RSVP, 916-285-0387. More info…

The Great Train Robbery. 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, our 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! Each ticket includes a two-and-a-half hour train ride, barbecue buffet lunch and Wild West show. Adults $55, Kids 3-12 $45, Infants 0-2 $15. Sat. 11am. Sacramento RiverTrain. More info…

Fun on the Farm: Pollinators Experience. Kids will explore the Youth Garden and the American River Ranch learning about what pollinators are and how they help us grow food. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in various fun, educational activities, make a farm fresh snack, meet the farm animals and create something to take home. Jenn MacLeod from Soil Born Farms will instruct.
This is event is suggested for Ages 3-9. This is a child-focused farm experience.
Registration is for children only, one adult may accompany each child. $15. Sat. 9:30am – 11:30am. Soil Born Farms American River Rance. More info…

Vegetable Safari with the Food Literacy Center. Learn about what different animals from around the world like to eat with the Food Literacy Center during this Summer Reading event! Kids 5 & up will have the chance to make animal masks and make a salad with fruit and veggies that are favorites of humans and animals. The group will also read But I Don’t Eat Antsby Dan Marvin. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Older kids and teens can meet real, professional fashion stylists, many of whom shop at Goodwill and thrift stores themselves,at Style with a Purpose: Back to School. The goal is to make fashion accessible to everyone, to break down the stigma associated with thrifting, to promote eco-fashion, and to have on-hand style advice for shoppers free of charge. To accomplish this mission, Goodwill has gathered several Sacramento area stylists, artists, and fashionistas to participate in bringing Style With A Purpose to life. Stylists will pre-select clothing for men, women, and children of all sizes. Shoes, accessories, and other items will also be showcased. During the event, guests will be able to browse “style stations” where stylists will be available to offer personalized style advice. This is Goodwill’s second stylist’s event, the first one was held in April and was brought back by popular demand. Similar events have been held in Goodwill stores across the nation, making fashion accessible to everyone. Light bites and beverages will be served. Free! Sat. 1pm – 4pm. Alta Arden Goodwill. More info…

Tinker Time: Pinstriping. Join the California Automobile Museum for Tinker Time where you will learn from professional pinstripers and get hands-on for some pinstriping crafts! At the end of Tinker Time, there will be a reading of If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen. Free with admission. Sat. 11am – 12pm. More info…

Baby Signing Workshop at BusyKidz in Folsom. This 60-minute workshop will teach you 20 signs, basic language development, the do and don’ts of signing and provide additional resources. This class is taught by a certified speech-language pathologist and is ideal for parents with babies ages 4-18 months. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. $30+ per family. More info…

Wear dark red and get pumped up to cheer on the Sacramento Republic FC as they take on Fresno! $16+. Sat. 8pm at Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

Sunday Safari. Grab your binoculars to catch a closer glimpse of the animals and plants that make up the unique habitat along the American River. Free, $5 parking. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Sat. 10:30 – 12pm. Arrive 30 minutes prior to start time. More info…

Brainstorm as a family and take your public art ideas to the River Crossing, a pop-up community art event at the city-owned garage on 5th & C St, hosted by the City of West Sacramento. Show the kids how civic engagement can be fun and rewarding. The event will feature installation of a new, temporary mural that wraps the building, live music and host local food trucks, makers and designers with items for purchase. Discover what the future has in store for placemaking and public art in the up-and-coming Washington District. Help shape the city we love with artistic ideas. Suggest some kid-friendly art structures. Sat. 11am – 4m. More info…

The Story of Mo, presented by the Sacramento’s Children’s Chorus. A story concert set to the music of Mozart’s “Twinkle Twinkle.” Watch and listen as the story of Mo unfolds in a magical setting with music, instrumentalists, and narrator bringing the star Mo to life. This is the story of Mo. Mo was a star just like any other, or so he thought. He sparkled and shined and held his place in the sky night after night. Nothing special, in so far as being a star goes. And that was the trouble. At least, that was the trouble as Mo saw it. He didn’t want to be plain and ordinary. He wanted to be special. So Mo decided he was going to do whatever it took to be something other than just plain old Mo. Free, suggested donation $5-10. Sat. 10:30am – 11:15am. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. More info…

Manetti Shrem Museum Artist-Led Workshop for older teens. For the first time, older teens (16 & up) and adults can work with master-artists to experiment with new techniques inspired by exhibits in the Manetti Shrem Museum.Artist: This Saturday, learn from artist Angela Willetts (UC Davis MFA 2016). Try a new take on plein-air painting! Begin with a visit to Susan Swartz: Breaking Away, 2006 -2018 where you’ll see how this artist abstracts the natural landscape. Then immerse yourself in natural environments as you explore abstract responses to nature in the Arboretum. You’ll experiment with paint application and intuitive mark-making: dripping, wiping, glazing, spilling and layering to capture the infinite energy and texture of the natural world. Sat. 10am – 1pm. $40. Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art in Davis. More info…

Carmichael Concerts in the Park: Todd Morgan and the Emblems. Join the Carmichael Recreation and Park District for its annual summer Concerts in the Park series! Bring the kids, blankets and lawn chairs and join in for free music all summer long at the Daniel Bishop Memorial Pavilion at Carmichael Park. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks. Free. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. More info…

The Sacramento Fire Department’s open house continues at Station 19, 1700 Challenge Way. Meet some real-life heroes, and see all the tools and apparatus needed to fight fires and save lives. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. More info…

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5TH

Get the kids up early for free yoga in the park at Tahoe Park. Yoga Moves Us makes yoga available by organizing free vinyasa yoga classes in the Greater Sacramento area and beyond. This free all-levels vinyasa yoga class is accessible to everyone! Do what you can, and take rest when you need to. Bring a yoga mat (or towel) and a water bottle. Wear clothes that allow for comfortable movement. A limited amount of yoga mats will be available for those without a mat. All ages. Free. Sun. 9am – 10:15am. Amy Selix will be leading the class. Meet near the pool. More info…

U-pick sunflowers! Head on down to 24 Carrot Farm in Placerville for a variety of flowers kids can pick on their own. So fun. Sun. 10am – 5pm (Sat. too!). $6 for a 10-stem bouquet. They have sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds, cosmos, bachelors button, snap dragons, celosia and more. 2731 Jacquier Rd. More info…

Participate or watch some old-timey 19th Century "Base Ball." Sacramento history comes alive with Central Valley Vintage Base Ball (CVVBB). Spend the morning learning and playing the 1864 rules of baseball and celebrating both the history of the game and the Sacramento region. All are welcome to join regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or skill level. The organization channels the long history of the game in the region. The first organized club in Sacramento was formed in November 1859 and the first recorded game took place a year later between Sacramento and the San Francisco Eagle Club. Rules of 1864 baseball differs from the modern game in a few key ways. Instead of gloves, players simply used their hands to catch batted balls, pitchers throw the ball underhand and the umpire stands off to the first base side of home plate instead of behind the catcher. The early game also uses the “bound rule,” which means if a fielder catches a ball after it bounces only once, it still counts as an out, making it easier to catch the ball without a glove. Since its inception in late 2017, the organization has been growing with each successive event. Free. Sun. 9am – 12pm. Doc Oliver Field, 1500 11th Ave. More info…

SacCirque Park Takeover at Southside Park. SacCirque will be taking over Southside Park! Watch circus artists freestyle skill-share jam, do acro-yoga, hand balancing, flow arts, juggling, slacklining and more. This is mainly an event *for* performers, and we don’t know how big or small the event will end up being, but it’s always fun to watch performers to some tricks. Feel free to ask questions! Kids can also have fun at the Southside Park playground. Or bring some racquets and play some tennis. Sun. 1pm – 4pm. More info…

Obsess about peach season at the Carmichael Park Farmers Market Peach Festival! Enjoy a day of all things peaches and taste the many peach inspired products and specialty items prepare by many vendors. This event included free kids crafts, games, and prizes, peach eating contest, a peach walk, best peach dessert contest and more! Live entertainment, chef demos with local chefs with peaches as the main ingredient. Canning demos teach you how to can, pickle and/or sweeten your peaches to eat at a later date. Free. Sun. 9am – 2pm. Carmichael Park.

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

Got an older teen interested in war history? Check out World War I Revisited. One of the most devastating weapons of the war is discussed when weapons expert and historian Jacob Graham presents “The Devil’s Paintbrush: Machine Guns and the Great War.” The Nevada-based Graham will provide a bevy of rare images as well as a number of artifacts to power his discussion. Free. Sun. 1pm – 2pm at the Central Library on I St. More info…

Reptile Rapture. Can a turtle climb out of its shell? Do snakes blink? Can you really tell the age of a rattlesnake by the number of buttons on its rattle? Discover all this and more in this program by the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Free, $5 parking. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Arrive 30 mins prior to start time. More info…

A rare kid-friendly movie at the Crest Theatre! Share a classic with the kids… Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A sweet and innocent princess is jealously cast out of her home by her narcissistic stepmother. She finds solace in the home of seven miners who are in much need of her cleaning capabilities.$8+. Sun. 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. You may want to buy tickets in advance. Arrive early and check out all the new restaurants K Street and DOCO has to offer. More info…

Colossal Summer Science: Incredible Snakes. Get up-close and personal with sleek, slithering reptiles at Colossal Summer Science: Incredible Snakes. Powerhouse Science Center will have live papaya pythons onsite and there will be snake sensory stations where visitors can explore snake’s vision, eating habits, and skin shedding.Free with admission. Sun. 11am – 4pm (also open Sat.). Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Theater Show: Hansel and Gretel at Fairytale Town. Puppet Art Theater Company presents the classic tale “Hansel and Gretel” in the Children’s Theater. In this version, Gretel overhears her stepmother convince her father to lead she and her brother into the forest and leave them there for good. Hansel’s plan to leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find their way home fails miserably and he and Gretel are left in the forest, where they discover a house made of Gingerbread. Little did they know the house belongs to a Wicked Old Witch. Will Hansel and Gretel escape the Witch and find their way home? $1-2 with admission. Sun. 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm showtimes (also on Sat.) More info…

The Music Man. Stage Right Productions in Fair Oaks, is proud to present Meredith Willsons’ musical classic, The Music Man. Productions of The Music Man have been entertaining audiences since 1957. The play revolves around a traveling band salesman and con-man, Harold Hill who descends on the unsuspecting town of River City, Iowa. While conning the town into buying instruments, uniforms and instruction booklets for a band that will never exist, he falls in love with the local piano teacher. This production is funny, warm, romantic and filled with all the hit songs and dances that has made it an All-American musical classic! Stage Right Productions is celebrating its 10th season providing quality, family friendly theatre in the Fair Oaks area. Established originally as a theatre focusing on young performers, this year marks their first foray into community theatre production. General $15, 17 & under $12, Kids 10 & under $10. Sun. 2pm (also Fri. 7:30pm and Sat. 7:30pm). Faith Lutheran Church. More info…

It’s the last weekend to see… Mary Poppins Jr. at Sutter Street Theatre. Mary Poppins Jr. is a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.” Adults $18, Kids 12 & under $13, Students $15. Sun. 1pm. (Also Sat. 1pm.) More info… (Hint: Get good seats for their next production "The Boy Who Stole the Stars". This theatre is super-tiny so you can get great first-row seats by booking ahead.)

It’s another final show of Mary Poppins, but this time at the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival at the Fair Oaks Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre. This showing is Sun. at 8pm, and they have shows that time on Fri. & Sat. as well. General $18, Students $15, Kids 0-12 $10. More info…

Be mesmerized by Andrew Chung’s ethereal exhibit, You Broke the Ocean in Half to Be Here. Andrea Chung’s practice finds unexpected intersections between materials, processes, and places that often investigate the histories of Caribbean island nations. “You broke the ocean in half to be here,” organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, includes collages, prints, videos, sculpture, and an installation of cyanotype prints of the non-native predatory lion fish, conjuring up a fantastic underwater world that presents a potent allegory of colonization. Chung’s work is labor intensive and explores the complicated place of labor in postcolonial societies. Recently Chung was featured in KCET’s film, Artist and Mother, a documentary about the timely question of what it means to be a woman, an artist and a mother. Recommended for older kids. Free. Open Sun. 11am – 5pm. Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. More info…

Take older kids to a surreal, earthly art exhibit about trees at Triumphant Trees: Dressed in Leaves I Reach Into The Sky. Check out some of Northern California’s premier landscape artists, with a focus on the trees that make the region one of the world’s most sought-after locations! Sacramento is after all the “City of Trees” and these works will make you long for nature’s glory. Kennedy Gallery presents “Triumphant Trees” featuring the works of Michael Misha Kennedy, Rita Kaufman, Nathan Feldman, Kevin Trivedi, Carlos Rivera, Lori Lopez and Nancy Ridell. Get gelato at Devine’s Gelataria a block away afterwards. Sun. 12pm – 6pm. Kennedy Gallery Art Center. 20th & L St. More info…

Check out the colorful, whimsical, beach-themed artworks of TJ Lev and Lala Ortiz at the ARTHOUSE on R Gallery & Studios. Free. Open Sun. 10am – 6pm. Pack a picnic to enjoy at nearby Roosevelt Park afterward, or wander down R St. to the ultra-cool Warehouse Artist Lofts, where you can get fresh juice, poke, or shop vintage for kids at Old Gold. More info…

Take older teens to watch college kids perform. Join ACME Theatre Company at UC Davis for the premiere of The Twelve Huntsmen, by Briandaniel Oglesby (Acme Alumn of ’02). The Grimm brothers are lost in the woods when they stumble upon the mysterious Cesario and a band of dangerous huntsmen – each with a story to tell. A magical feast unfolds full of poetry, romance, fart-jokes, magic, secrets, and betrayal… but will this night of stories be enough to heal Cesario’s broken heart? General $12, students $10. Sun. 7pm (Sat. also). UC Davis Wyatt Pavilion Theatre. More info…

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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! JULY 28TH – JULY 29TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of July 28th & 29th! So many dance events to celebrate Dance Day–what better way to beat the heat than be indoors celebrating the world of dance, and maybe taking a couple free pop-up dance classes for some spontaneous fun. Of course, the Courtland Pear Fair is here on Sunday. Go early to beat the heat. It’s also the last weekend to catch the festivities at the Cal State Fair. Just stay cool and partially in water all weekend!

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SATURDAY, JULY 28TH

California’s National Day of Dance at Community Center Theater. This star-studded dance concert will take place at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. Doors open at 6:00PM for tons of pre-show activity. Theater doors open at 6:30PM. The concert starts at 7:00 PM and will feature performances from the top 16 performing arts organizations and artists from all over California. Recommended for older kids, especially those interested in dance. $15. Sat. 7pm, Community Center Theater. More info…

Catch free pop-up dance classes all around town, in association with California’s National Day of Dance on Saturday. Here’s a growing list of pop-ups…

California’s National Day of Dance at Fairytale Town. Fairytale Town is one of the Pop-Up Dance Studios for California’s National Day of Dance! Take advantage of a wide array of dance learning opportunities with genres ranging from hip-hop to ballet. This program is for dancers and non-dancers alike. Free with park admission. Sat. 12pm – 2pm. More info…

Owl Release and Picnic at Heringer Estates Vineyards & Winery. Rehabilitated owls will be released in a special family-friendly event hosted by the Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento and Heringer Vineyards! This owl release and picnic offers an opportunity to experience wildlife education, demonstrations, food trucks, fine wines for purchase, and, of course, the release of owls saved by the volunteers at Wildlife Care. Proceeds will benefit the Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento, a non-profit organization saving wildlife injured, orphaned or displaced across the region to be released for a second chance at life. Adults $8, Kids $2. Sat. 5pm – 8pm. Heringer Estates Vineyard. More info…

California’s National Day of Dance at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. Celebrate National Dance Day at Sacramento Children’s Museum! The purpose of National Dance Day is to bring dance lovers of all ages in celebration. Activities include dance classes, special performances, and the filming of a choreographed group dance routine with our mascot, Leo! Check the schedule online for all the special events. Free. Admission required for indoor Museum play. More info…

Fenix Drum and Dance: A Royal Tea Party. Superheroes, princes, and princesses gather for music, games, and afternoon tea. Come in costume or dress in one of ours. This event is for kids of all ages. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Free. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Visit the Sacramento Fire Department’s Station 18 (746 North Market Blvd.) for some open house fun Sat. 2pm – 4pm.

‘Beat the Heat’ nature walk. Take time to appreciate trees for all the shade they provide by enjoying a leisurely morning walk on the Preserve trails at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Join a Naturalist as you watch for deer, hawks, woodpeckers and much more before the afternoon heats up. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. More info…

Autism-Friendly Family Movie: Paddington 2. Join the Sylvan Oaks Library 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. Paddington is back in this popular sequel! Paddington Bear tries to buy an antique book for his aunt’s 100th birthday, but his quest brings him into conflict with an unscrupulous actor who also wants the tome. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, and Hugh Grant. Sat. 10am – 11:45am. Free. More info…

Take older teens to see the award-winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, presented by the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime! While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter and only one speller leaves victorious! At least the losers get a juice box! Note: This play is “PG-13” for language and mature content. Recommended for older teens only. $13. Roseville Theatre. Sat. 2pm and 7:30pm. (Also show on Fri. 7:30pm). More info…

It’s the last chance to see ARC Theatre’s Children Traveling Show: Peter Pan. Be prepared to be graced by the magic of the tale of three children’s journey to Neverland. This land where they meet all sorts of characters, including the mischievous Peter Pan! Learning about themselves, and family, the children go on a wild ride. $5. Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse. Sat. 11am. More info…

Got a kayak or SUP? Take a leisurely guided paddle up the Cosumnes River and its peaceful sloughs. With this winter’s abundant rains, everything will be budding and beautiful! You’ll likely see forest birds, perhaps an egret or heron, and maybe even a beaver and/or otter. This a great paddle tour for those who have not paddled on the Preserve in the past or are looking to learn about the flora and fauna found in this riparian corridor. Bring your own boat (canoe, kayak, SUP), paddle, and PFD. No experience necessary. Meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center Parking lot at 8:30 a.m. They will depart from the boat dock promptly at 9:00 a.m. and be back at the parking lot around noon. Prior registration required. More info…

Go along on a real Bird Survey at The Tall Forest (ages 10 and older). The Tall Forest is a substantial block of valley oak-dominated woodland strongly resembling the pre-Anglo Central Valley riparian forests, a habitat now almost obliterated from California. The big trees overtop a varied, dense understory, and California grape and poison oak climb into the canopy in many places. The complex vegetative structure permits a rich variety of birds to reside permanently or seasonally there. Come join John Trochet, leader of this survey for more than two decades now, as we follow the birdlife of the preserve’s plum parcel through the seasons and across the years. This is a real birding survey. Consumes River Preserve. Departs Sat. at 5:30am from the Farm Center gate at the corner of Bruceville Road and Desmond Road. Check website for all clothing requirements. More info…

Nature Explorers at Sacramento Zoo. Join the zoo and the Sacramento Library in an open play environment, the last Saturday of the month anytime between 10 am to 2 pm. They will be reading stories, playing, and exploring the wonders of the natural world with a new topic each month. This month is Fur, Feathers, and Scales. Storytimes are at 10:30am and 12:30pm. Free with park admission. Near the playground. More info…

SUNDAY, JULY 29TH

Cool off at a nearby lake and do some family-friendly floating, paddling, or kayaking. Jenkinson Lake, Rollins Lake, Lake Natoma are favorites. Happy Valley on the Consumnes River is always exciting for kids (near Placerville). A short half-mile hike in and you’re greeted with nice, shallow areas to splash around. Always bring life jackets for kids in open waters.

West Sacramento Urban Farm Bike Tour. Meet the farmers and visit the urban farm sites in West Sacramento by bike! This will be a fun, family friendly bike tour. At each stop you will get to meet the farmers and see their farms and learn more about their experience growing food, herbs and flowers that supply the SoLocal! Weekly Veggie Box, the Riverfront Farm Stand at the Barn and local restaurants. The last farm stop on the ride will feature a farm stand, refreshments and farm activities for the entire family. All the while, participate in a photo contest that will have a prize for best picture. Free, suggested donation $10. Sun. 9am – 12:30pm. Lake Washington Urban Farm. More info…

See the Biggest Pear Awards at the Courtland Pear Fair. The Pear Fair is a celebration of the annual Bartlett pear harvest in the picturesque, Sacramento River Delta region of California. Nestled along the Sacramento River, the town of Courtland is located 20 miles south of Sacramento on scenic Highway 160. Organized and run by a committee of local volunteers, it has become a long-standing summer tradition in the Delta that reflects the character and lifestyle of rural life, family fun, and is a wonderful day of entertainment, festivities, food and drink shared by all who attend each year. Free, parking $10. Town of Courtland. Sun. 9am – 6:15pm. See full schedule of events here…

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

Whoooo’s There: Owls. Meet an owl and take an eye-opening look at these amazing hunters at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Free, $5 parking. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm.

EmBark 2018. Join 4 R Friends for an evening of food, libations, art, and puppies! Help 4 R Friends set forth on a great adventure to raise the funds to equip a new mobile surgery trailer. This event will feature an auction and raffle, the unveiling of the new mobile medical trailer, and live music. A vegetarian and vegan tasting menu will be provided by Grange and Cafeteria 15L, a photography exhibit by Ken Raif will be present, and mini pet portrait sessions will be available on-site with Tina Swain. Kids 0-12 Free, Adults $30. Registration required. Brickhouse Gallery. Sun. 6:30pm – 9:30pm. More info…

Colossal Summer Science: Wonderful Water. This summer at Powerhouse they are celebrating Colossal Summer Science. Each weekend will have a different theme and fun science activities! Join them for Wonderful Water to learn about the impressive power of water and how it moves objects, tap into your inner scientist with a pond water observation activity, and participate in exciting water challenges (be prepared to get wet). Free with museum admission. Sat. and Sun. 11am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Transport to Austria with the Strauss Festival of Elk Grove. Enchanting, magical, and romantic are just a few adjectives commonly used to describe the evening performances, which each year feature a different choreographed storyline set to music by the family of Austrian composer Johann Strauss, played by a live orchestra. Strauss Festival dancers will visit the countries of France, Italy, Russia, England, USA, Germany and Austria in beautiful music, traditional dances and gorgeous costumes! Free, parking $10. Sat. and Sun. 8:15pm. Promenade of Dancers 7:30pm. Elk Grove Regional Park. More info…

The Fairytale Town Troupers Present Anansi. The Fairytale Town Troupers present a wonderful new play designed to celebrate a wonderful new playset set to open at the park in 2018. Anansi the spider is the hero of hundreds of folktales from Africa and the Caribbean. Visitors can watch as Anansi matches wits with Leopard, Python, and the Hornets in his quest to gather all the world’s stories and keep them safe. $1-2 in addition to park admission. Sun. 11am, 12pm, 1pm. (Shows on Sat. also). Fairytale Town. More info…

Check out some science exhibits and then take a spin on a few rides at the California State Fair. UB40 headlines the Golden1 Main Stage on the last and final day, Sun. 8pm – 10pm, if you want to stay up late and reggae dance with the kids.

See the night sky with special telescopes and expert guides to point out stars for you with cool red laser pointers at the Community Observatory in Placerville. Public viewing starts at 8:30pm. The informal talk usually begins around 9:00/9:30pm in the outdoor sky viewing bowl. Free. Weather-permitting. Cancellations are made up to 60mins before viewing. Check their calendar for updates before you go. (Also available on Sat.) More info

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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! JULY 14TH – JULY 15TH, 2018

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

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SATURDAY, JULY 14TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, JULY 15TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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! [July 7th – July 8th, 2018]

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

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SATURDAY, JULY 7TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, JULY 1ST

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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! [June 30th – July 1st, 2018]

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

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SATURDAY, JUNE 30TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, JULY 1ST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY, JUNE 23RD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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

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

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 16TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 17TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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

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