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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MARCH 16TH – MARCH 17TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of March 16th – March 17th! Learn how to write a limerick, watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the waterfront, or celebrate the holiday at a winery, go to a planetarium show designed for toddlers, learn about the biochemistry of the color green, see Charlotte’s Web, get a preview of the board game Bike Route Sacramento, meet author Shannon Smith, celebrate Brazilian Carnaval, see art made by zoo animals, see Mulan Jr., 10-minute one-act plays, go on a wildflower hike at Howard Ranch, visit vernal pools, watch a softball game, go to a shamrock pool party and swim a rainbow, drop-in at Bach organ concert marathon, take an easy bike ride away from the crowds, go to a handmade bicycle show, and take your photography skills from beginner to intermediate, and more! It’ll be mostly sunny, 70/46 on Sat. and partly cloudy 72/46 on Sun. Be sure to take a walk in the great outdoors to enjoy the glowing light-green colors of early spring everywhere, with bright delicate flowers and happy birds chirping! Have a great spring weekend!

Lots of love to this week’s post sponsor: 916KIDS.COM

A Message from our Sponsor: 916kids.com houses all of Sacramento’s best kids’ activities in one spot! Built as a quick reference for the busy parent, 916kids.com was designed to be easy enough for a toddler to use. Launch the site, hand the kiddos the phone, and see what they choose! The always expanding map makes finding region specific activities a breeze as well. 916kids.com is the bookmark every Sacramento parent needs for finding escapes from screen time. : )

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Saturday, March 13th, 2019
Mostly Sunny 70/46

See some handmade bicycles. The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the world’s largest and most innovative show for custom-built bicycles. The general public is invited to attend this amazing event and revel in the stunning collection of hand built bicycles and ride-able works of art on display. Sat. 10am – 6pm. $10+. Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

Go to Tot Planetarium. A family-friendly planetarium show geared for young explorers. Seating for this show is limited, arrive early to reserve your spot. Free with admission. Sat. 11am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Go to Leprechaun storytime at Barnes & Noble. You’ve been planning night and day, and finally you’ve created the perfect trap, but leprechauns are quick and sneakier than you may think. Will you ever catch one? Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble Bookstores. More info…

Learn how to write a limerick. Join Barnes & Noble bookstores to get your official leprechaun name, become a master limerick writer, learn how to leprechaun-proof your home, and take home fun giveaways as they celebrate the release of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. Free. Sat. 2pm. Barnes & Noble Bookstores. More info…

See the Science of Green exhibit at Powerhouse Science Center. From animal pigmentation to tree leaves and custom color mixing to penny chemistry we will be exploring the science behind the color green at 4 hands-on activity stations in Design Lab. Free with admission. Sat. & Sun. 12pm – 4pm. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors and a variety of cultural organizations all join together to be a part of the 23rd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade steps off promptly from Neasham and Front Streets in Old Sacramento Waterfront and proceeds throughout the national historic landmark district. More than 50 units with nearly 1,000 marchers will be featured in the parade. Irish dancers in elaborate Celtic costumes, bagpipers, bands, military regiments, police and fire representatives, costumed marchers and a variety of cultural organizations bring the luck of the Irish to the event. Free. Entertainment starts at 11:30am, the parade starts at 1pm. Old Sacramento Waterfront. More info…

See Charlotte’s Web at The Sofia. E.B. White’s beloved children’s story is adapted for the stage in this delightful, colorful production. When Wilbur the pig is befriended by a small spider named Charlotte, the friendship sets off a series of events that turn Wilbur from the runt of his litter to “Some Pig.” $19+. Sat. 1pm (also on Sun. 1p & 4pm). B Street Theatre. More info…

Help Design a Board Game: Bike Route Sacramento. Get a sneak peek and help work on a local board game in development called Bike Route Sacramento. It’s  looking good but it still needs work. Cruise on by the Board Game Workshop and help sort out some of the final issues. Locations that are still incomplete and they need Sacramentans to come and figure out what is the essence of each space on the board. Also if you are analytical you can take a look at the whole card and route design and find some improvements. They also will be playtesting the game and brainstorming about ideas. The event is hosted by J Crawford’s Books on Freeport. Bike Route Sacramento is a new family board game that is coming out in 2019. In the game, players build bike routes around the city, winning community rewards. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. J. Crawford’s Books. More info…

Play board games all day. Join the Pocket Library for an all-ages game day. All abilities are welcome. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Pocket-Greenhaven Library. More info…

Meet author Shannon Smith. The Avid Reader is proud to welcome back local author Nikki Shannon Smith and her latest title, Treasure Hunt , in-store on Saturday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m. More about Treasure Hunt: When Jazmine and Jason’s younger brother’s bike gets stolen, they team up to compete in a treasure hunt TV competition so they can use the prize money to replace it. But when they realize they have different strengths and different competing styles, the treasure hunt becomes more challenging than they ever imagined. Will they be able to work together long enough to take home the prize? Nikki Shannon Smith is from Oakland, California, but she now lives in the Central Valley with her husband and two children. She has worked in Elementary Education for over twenty-five years, and writes everything from picture books to young adult novels. $7.99. Sat. 1pm. Avid Reader in Davis. More info…

Read to a Dog. Looking for a way to boost your child’s reading skills? Children (Ages 6-12) are invited to read to a friendly therapy dog. This is a great program for struggling or reluctant readers. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Celebrate Carnaval! The Brazilian Carnaval Sacramento 2019 features Sambada, the Mistura Brasileira Samba Dance Company, Unidos da Capital, Capoeira Batuque, Capoeira Agua de Beber, Fenix Drum and Dace, some delicious Brazilian food and drinks and much more. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 5pm – 10pm. CLARA Studios. More info…

See paintings made by zoo animals. Community Gallery at 48 Natoma is featuring paintings created by the animals from the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. Trained zoo professionals provide animals such as tigers, mountain lions, deer, monkeys, rodents and birds, with non-toxic, washable paint. The animals then “paint” by using their paws, or crawl, wiggle and stamp on canvases. Their abstract paw prints, claw marks and scratchings become beautiful abstract works of art. The finished paintings will be offered for sale as a fundraiser for the Zoo programs. Free. Gallery open Sat. 6pm – 8pm. Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. More info…

Watch a hockey game. See the Stockton Heat play the Tucson Roadrunners at the Stockton Arena. $15. Sat. 6pm. More info…

Listen to college students sing arias & play instruments. The American River College Orchestra presents their annual Concerto and Aria Contest Winners. From viola and violin to original compositions and guitar, their talented students take the stage, supported by the full orchestra. It’s always an uplifting highlight of their Spring Season. Serena Chao and Vitalina Klyushnik will be vocal performers. $10+. Sat. (and Fri.) 7pm – 9pm. American River College Theatre. More info…

See Mulan Jr. at the Consumnes Oaks High School Performing Arts Center. Sat. 7pm. $8+. More info…

Watch a local talent contest. We Got Talent 2: Sacramento’s Talent Showcase is a family-friendly event. Cheer on your favorite local act! $10+ Advance. Sat. 8pm.  24th Street Theatre. More info…

Take teens to see one-act plays at the 31st Annual One-Act Festival at the Three Penny Theater. Enjoy stories of drama, comedy and suspense, each less than 10 minutes long. Since 1989, the Actor’s Workshop of Sacramento has existed as a safe place for actors of all ages and skill levels to develop and perfect their craft. Every year since then, the workshop has put on a festival of one-act plays, giving members of the workshop an opportunity to flex their theatrical muscles in a variety of roles and situations. $10. Sat. 8pm (also Sun. 2pm). The Three Penny Theater. More info…

Sunday, March 17th, 2019
Partly Cloudy 72/46

Take a nice & easy bike ride on the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail. Located in West Sac, this easy trailis a less busy option for a family bike ride and follows the old Sierra Northern Railroad. It’s a nice, straight, 3-mile path, but you can cut your trip short at any point. More info…

See wildflowers, tadpoles, and toads at Howard Ranch. The 7-mile Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail is a hiker’s paradise. There is a shorter 4 mile option as well. You are free to turn around at anytime, if you would like to walk a shorter distance. The trail begins by winding around the north end of Rancho Seco Lake along willow scrub and riparian marsh habitat. As the trail leaves the waters edge, it travels up onto a flat terrace supporting a mosaic of vernal pools and grassland habitat. This terrace also offers dramatic views of extensive blue oak woodlands in the foothills and the far-off peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. When filled with water, vernal pools are crucial to the short life cycle of federally listed threatened and endangered species, such as the California Tiger Salamander, fairy shrimp, tadpole shrimp, and Western spadefoot toad. In the spring, masses of flowering plants carpet the basins of these pools creating a sight not to be missed. Tour departs trailhead at 9am, plan on arriving at 8:30am. Free. 9am – 1pm. Consumnes River Preserve. More info…

Take athletic teens on a moderate/difficult 5-mile hike to see Hidden Places of Cronan and Magnolia. Volunteer hike leader and board member and retired Forest Fire Chief, Scott Vail, will lead this outdoor excursion. This is a moderate-difficult hike of 5-6 miles discovering a few hidden gems on this spectacular property purchased by ARC in 2004. Fit kids 12+ welcome. Suggested donation $10. Sat. 9am – 1pm. Pilot Hill area. More info…

Go on a Critter Walk in Mather. During the wet phase, the Mather Field Vernal Pools host dozens of species of aquatic invertebrates. Half of them have not even been named yet. Watching and wondering about them draws us deeper into their ancient, mysterious world. Bigger critters who eat them come to the pools to dine: frogs, snakes, shore birds, wading birds, and more. If you want to meet them, along with their famous pool mates the Fairy Shrimp and Tadpole Shrimp, join Sacramento Splash for a Critter Walk. $5, Kids 2 & Under Free. Sun. 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm. Splash Education Center in Mather. More info…

Take teens to a Photography 201 class. Help teens dive deeper into their photographic journey in this second-level photography class. Take this course with them if both of you have an interchangeable lens camera or an advanced compact and you’ve either completed our Photography 101 class or consider yourself to have a basic understanding of core photographic principles. What You’ll Learn: Three Exposure Variables: Aperture Size, Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity, P/A/S/M Mode Dial Options, Exposure Metering, Depth of Field & Focus, Controlling, Artificial Light, RAW Files, and Histogram. $59. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Mike’s Camera. 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. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 11:30am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Watch the Sac State Hornets’ softball team play Santa Clara University at Sac State. Free. Sat. 12pm. More info…

Drop by for some curious art by Steve Briscoe and Lynn Beldner. Steve’s art is sculpture created from cast-off elements like reclaimed lumber, household items and hardware from garage sales. In assembling these things, he is “repairing a breach in the universe” and “saving a space or finding a home for things that have become lost.” Lynn’s work is diaristic and immediate, utilizing domestic processes in order to respond to the world around her. Sewing and drawing often combining fabric, paper, and delicate objects to respond to an event, an idea or something that has just happened. All manner of things are unsettled or unstable in this world. She is a collector of discarded, broken, or unnoticed objects and how they reflect on the precarious nature of life. Reinventing objects from everyday recognizable things allows others to connect with her work. They are transformed into everyday objects of beauty and visual comfort. Free. Gallery is open Sun. 12pm – 6pm. artSpace 1616. More info…

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day at a winery. Join Julietta Winery for their family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Street tacos will be available for purchase by Selena’s. Live Music performed by Tressa Gaye & The Bone Shaker’s. They will be releasing their 2016 Chardonnay. Free entry, cost of purchases. Sun. 1pm – 5pm. Julietta’s Winery in Clarksburg. More info…

Take a Shamrock Plunge. Join The Sacramento Central YMCA for a special St. Patrick’s Day Pool Party. Enjoy a gold hunt — jump in the pool to collect gold coins for a prize. Swim the rainbow by gathering your leprechaun friends and racing to see who can swim the rainbow first. A leprechaun scramble will let you jump in the pool and see who can get to the shamrocks first when the music stops. And, of course, free-swim time in the indoor-heated pool. You can also rent an inner tube for the day and enjoy the games while relaxing in the pool. Treats for sale will include Shamrock Shakes, Golden Popcorn, and more. $5. Sun. 2pm – 5pm. Sacramento Central YMCA. More info…

Drop-in to a Bachathon. Celebrate Bach’s birthday with the Sacramento Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. This is a family-friendly drop-in concert, come and go as you please, all proceeds go to support a scholarship fund for young organ students. Free parking for the event is available in the Sutter Community Garage on the corner of 27th and N Streets. Enter from the 27th Street entrance. Suggested donation $5. Sun. 2pm – 6pm. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Church. 

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

Watch the Kings Take On the Bulls. Our Sacramento Kings will go head-to-head with the Chicago Bulls at Golden 1 Center. Get nosebleed tickets and join in on the excitement. $18+. Sun, 3pm. Golden 1 Center. More info…

Plan Ahead…

Grocery Story Time at the Co-op. Rockstar librarian Nate Halsan of the Sacramento Public Library will be at the Sac Natural Foods Co-op on April 4th at 10am for a storytime that promotes food literacy. Join them for food-themed songs and stories and search for a  rainbow of fruits and vegetables. This program is free but you must pre-register. Registration opens on Monday, Mar. 18th. There are 12 spots available. 

Super Science Saturdays Family Workshops at the Powerhouse Science Center. As a family you’ll be able to delve deep into scientific topics like the Science of Sci-Fi, Squid Dissection and even make your own DIY Microscope (on April 6th). It’s $25 per child ($10/additional child) and parents are free, but you must register early as spots are limited. More info…

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MARCH 8TH – MARCH 10TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of March 8th – March 10th! This time of year is so lovely: delightful patches of moss everywhere, crisp air, delicate sun, budding trees, and the gift of rain. So, get your spring/summer seeds started, go on a guided wildflower walk, stock up on colorful California fruit at the farmers market, see a rushing waterfall, see wearable creativity at fashion week, watch the high school basketball championship game, hang out with master gardeners, make a house for mason bees, see a 175-foot dancing dragon, go to a climate change pizza party, see collaborative art by an engineer and an artist, go for an easy hike in Auburn, go boulder climbing in a gym, meet Betty Reid Soskin, see a Midsummer’s Night Dream, listen to Duke Ellington’s jazz music, run around the teaching nursery at UC Davis and pick out some foamy bells and hairy wattles, march for International Women’s Day, make a lemon battery, watch a baseball game, see Sac Republic’s season-opening soccer game, and so much more! Have a great, cloudy weekend!

Lots of love to this week’s post sponsor: 916KIDS.COM 

A Message from our Sponsor: 916kids.com houses all of Sacramento’s best kids’ activities in one spot! Built as a quick reference for the busy parent, 916kids.com was designed to be easy enough for a toddler to use. Launch the site, hand the kiddos the phone, and see what they choose! The always expanding map makes finding region specific activities a breeze as well. 916kids.com is the bookmark every Sacramento parent needs for finding escapes from screen time. : )


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Friday, March 8th, 2019
Mostly Sunny, 56/40

Join the McKinley Library’s Tween Comics Club. They’ll have snacks, discuss a comic book, do a craft, and have a trivia contest with the chance to win a prize! Copies will be available at the front desk in February. This month’s book: Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke. Note: This event is recommended for ages 8-12. Free. Fri. 3:30pm – 4:30pm. McKinley Library. More info…

Spend the evening with Daniel Tiger. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. The beloved characters come alive on stage to captivate you with new songs to sing along to, magical moments, and surprise guests along the way! $28+. Fri. 6:30pm. Community Center Theater. More info…

Take teens to an intersection of performance, poetry, beats and improvisation. “Citizen X” is a collaboration between poet, vocalist, and electronics performer Sadiq Bey and guitarist/composer Jean-Paul Bourelly. $12+. Fri. 7-9pm.  UC Davis Ann E. Pitzer Center. More info…

Take older kids interested in fashion to the Sacramento Fashion Week finale showcase, where designers will be presenting their new collections for the year. $40+. Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. Fri. 7pm (doors 6pm, seating 6:30pm). More info…

Go to the Boat Show or RV Shows at Cal Expo. See power boats, pontoons, houseboats, kayaks, and canoes. Participate in fishing seminars. Kids under 12 Free. Fri. 11am – 8pm (also open Sat. & Sun., see times). More info…

Cheer on the Sac State Hornets baseball team as they challenge Towson at John Smith Field. Sat. 6pm. Tickets $5+. More info…

Take older kids to see the musical Oliver! Charles Dickens’ unforgettable characters are brought to vivid new life in this lively, heel-kicking classic about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and con men of 19th-century London. Overflowing with jubilant songs like “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything” and “Food, Glorious Food,” this Davis Musical Theatre Company production of “Oliver!” serves up a musical feast. $11+. Sat. 8pm (also Sun. 2pm or 8pm). Jean Henderson Performing Arts. More info…

Start something from seeds… or buy some starters. We’ve passed our average last frost date, so you can get those starters into the ground. Plan a glorious summer garden!


Saturday, March 9th, 2019
Mostly Cloudy, 55/41

Hike down to the waterfall dam at Lake Clementine for an exciting, loud rush of water. Our waterways are at full-steam right now. Stop in at the healthy cafe Nectar Cafe in Auburn for organic lunch fare or a gelato bar treat.

Go on a guided Wildflower Walk on the Buttermilk Bend Trail at the South Yuba River State Park (60-90 minute drive). You’ll see Western Buttercups, Zigzag Larkspur, and Shooting Stars. If you want to wait until mid-spring (April), the hills turn gold and purple with Tufted Poppies and Lupine. Mid-to-late spring offers Fairy Lanterns, Chinese Houses, and Birds-eye Gilia. Docents share facts, legends, and the many uses of flowers and plants along the trail. The Buttermilk Bend trail is an easy 2-mile out-and-back hike that lasts about 1.5 hours. Meet at the trailhead in the South Yuba River State Park north parking lot. $3 donation suggested. No pets. The Visitor’s Center is open 11am – 3pm on weekends. You can always go on this family hike on your own! More info…

Stay home and make a Lemon Battery. Got a winter harvest of lemons and a lightbulb you want to light? This is a fun and easy STEM project, if you have some copper wire and pliers in the garage. Follow this 1-minute tutorial to harness some citrus energy! 

March to the Capitol for International Women’s Day. Wear red and make a sign for an issue you care about. The march starts at 681 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento at 10:00 a.m. and start marching at 11:00 a.m., arriving to the NORTH Steps of the Capitol by 11:30 am. Program to follow will include speakers, singers, performers, and poetry. Free. Sat. 10am. More info…

See the best high school basketball players in the state face-off. Golden 1 Center is excited to host the 39th annual CIF State Basketball Championship Finals being held Friday and Saturday. Games scheduled for every two hours. $16+. Sat. various times (Friday too). Golden 1 Center. More info…

Learn how to make houses for Mason Bees to create new habitats for pollinators at the Open Garden at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, run by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County. Open Garden Days are the ideal time to walk through at your own pace. Mini-demonstrations include: Cane and spur pruning of grapes for arbors, Creating new habitats for pollinators: making houses for Mason Bees, Herbal gifts from the garden, Water Efficient Landscapes: Woody ornamentals. On-going workshops include: Berries: Testing soil pH, soil amendments for vigorous plants, and superior yields, Vegetables: Growing edibles in the Sacramento Valley, Vineyard: Disease management practices for vineyard health, Compost: Types of compost bins and tips for success, Orchard: Winter pruning of deciduous fruit trees, Water Efficient Landscapes: Selecting plants using Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) criteria. You can also bring samples of your problem plants or insects from your backyard to the Ask the Master Gardeners table! Free. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. More info…

Take the dog to Saturday Midtown Farmer’s Market and grab lunch from one of their many ready-to-eat food options. Stock up on colorful California fruits! More info…

Pick up some Foamy Bells and Hairy Wattles. Walk around the exciting, one-acre UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery (not usually open to the public) and shop the plants that UC Davis students have grown—many of which are unique native species you can’t find in stores. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 11am – 1pm. (Members only 9am – 11am, open to public 11am – 1pm.) More info (and inventory list)…

Go to Science Storytime at the Powerhouse Science Center. Join in a some nature discovery and listen to a science-themed story. They will be reading Oscar and the Moth, by Geoff Waring. Afterwards, take part in a fun activity that explores how shadows are created. Free with admission. Sat. 11am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Get a behind-the-scenes experience with the Eastern Bongo, and other African hoofstock at the Sacramento Zoo. The animals roaming the savanna and forests of Africa are beautiful and fascinating creatures. This tour will take you behind the scenes of our hoofstock area to talk about the care and keeping of giraffes, zebras and bongos here at the zoo. You will get a guided tour of the area from a zoo expert. The most exciting stop along the way will be with an eastern bongo, a Critically Endangered species. Come nose to nose with a member of our bongo herd and get the chance to hand-feed this amazing animal. This is a tour you will not soon forget. $65. Sat. 11am (45 to 60 mins). Sacramento Zoo. More info…

See a 175-foot dancing dragon at the Bok Kai Parade in Marysville. The Chinese American Pioneer Heritage Committee is working to increase knowledge of the historic Marysville Chinatown, once the second largest in the US, it was the hub of many Chinese Americans who built the infrastructure of California—including railroads, roads, wineries, mines, delta levees, water and irrigation systems and agricultural farmlands. This year they will also honor the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike – completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The Bok Kai Festival & Street Fair will have cultural booths, craft vendors, kids activities, and more. The dragon will rear its head in the parade 11am – 1pm. The festival is 9am – 5pm. The Old Chinese School Museum will be open 10am – 5pm. More info…

Go to a climate change pizza party. Do you want to make a difference on Climate Change? The youth are leading the way on climate action today. 350 Sacramento wants to help youth to lead the local Sacramento Climate Movement. Bring your friends to eat some pizza, learn about climate action, and start making a difference in your community and our world. Free, cost of purchases, RSVP required. Sat. 12pm – 3pm. The Atrium on Folsom Blvd. More info…

Shop a craft fair near the river at Drake’s: The Barn. River City Marketplace is designed to present the Sacramento region’s best artists, makers and small businesses in a setting that creates an enjoyable and memorable experience. River City Marketplace was conceived to showcase local talent and products in a unique and fun atmosphere. Its hope is to create an opportunity for people who believe that shopping small and shopping locally is essential to helping our community and local economy,and to also provide a stage for small, hardworking artists and businesses to display their work to the public. RCMP is delighted to present over 100 local vendors, from fine art and crafts to DIY and gourmet food, as well as live music and a kid’s play area. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 12pm – 5pm. Drake’s: The Barn. More info…

Make a fairy. Join Artfully Rooted Marketplace for a “make and take home” class for children taught by local small business owner Christy Hein. Materials are provided for up to two flower fairies (pipe cleaners, artificial flowers, and embroidery thread and yarn. Each child needs to be accompanied by a supervising adult; adults are free (unless would like to participate!). A minimum of three students must register for this class to run, adults are not included in student head count. $35+, registration required. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Artfully Rooted Marketplace in Folsom. More info…

Take a free lantern creation workshop. Want to create a lantern for the I Street Lantern Festival, but not sure where to start? Join The City of West Sacramento at one of their lantern creation workshops led by artists Robin Hill, UC Davis faculty member and Robert Ortbal, Sacramento State faculty member. Free. Sat. 2pm – 7pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

Cheer on the UC Davis Aggies’ women’s basketball team duke it out against UC Santa Barbara. Wear your blue & gold. $8+. Sat. 2:30pm. UC Davis – The Pavilion. More info…

Meet a veterinarian, dentist, pediatrician, nurse, and more at the Teen Career Fair for Medicine & Health. Get a chance to explore these fields and ask all the questions you have. Free. Sat. 3pm – 5pm. Arcade Library (not Arden-Arcade). More info…

Get a milkshake sprinkled with U.S. and presidential history at Milk House Shakes in Old Sac. Get the Abe Lincoln oreo shake or JFK’s mint chocolate chip (for his Irish heritage). Open Sunday 1pm – 5pm. Walk around Old Town, drop in to the Railroad Museum, or walk along the river. You can also rent kid-carrying cargo bikes at Practical CycleMore info on those milkshakes…

Watch what happens when an artist & an engineer create art together. What will happen when art and tech collide? Artists and Engineers is an arts program to bring six pairs of Sacramento-based artists and engineers to collaborate on original artworks around one of four themes: Revealing the Invisible, The Future of Together, Speed and Humanity, and Portraits of Engineers. For project details, click here. Society takes a lot of our technological world for granted, removing the human element from our understanding of systems like digital networks, civic projects, electrical grids, or chemical processes. But all technology has a human side. Artists and Engineers seeks to use the power of artists’ special perceptive abilities, creativity, and process to help the public experience a new view of some of the human themes of technology. Verizon is bringing together six artists and six engineers to create six new works of art. Inspired by 5G. Powered by innovation, technology, and humanity. This event was made possible by Verizon, Hiker Company, and the City of Sacramento. Free. Sat. 5:30pm – 9pm. Hacker Lab on R St. More info…

Go to a 2nd Saturday art gallery reception tucked away in an alley to celebrate Youth Art Month at The Art Studios on I featuring artworks from selected local Sacramento High, Middle, and Elementary schools. Also, enjoy the paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glassware and prints from the 15 resident artists of the Art Studios. There will be live music. If you’re hungry for dinner afterwards, grab some sandwiches at “Easy on I” cafe right in front of the gallery. Free. Sat. 5:30pm – 9pm. The Art Studios, located behind “Easy on I” at 1727 I St. More info…

See the Magnum Opus art show for 2nd Saturday. Magnum Opus is an annual exhibition at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center where artists locally and from around the globe showcase their best and most brilliant works. This is the 30th year of this amazing exhibition. This is an internationally open, juried show featuring artists working in all forms of media. The judge this year is Steve Memering, a renowned local artist who believes in the “uniquely human” qualities present in the making and experience of visual art. There will also be a Reception and Awards Ceremony where you can come enjoy live music, refreshments, and some truly incredible art. Free. Sat. 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Sacramento Fine Arts Center. More info…

Get tickets for Sacramento Republic FC’s opening night and see them take on Real Monarchs SLC. $14+. Sat. 7:30pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

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

Ask your kids some funny questions. How old is mom? What did you do yesterday? What is the funniest word you know?


Sunday, March 10th, 2019
Partly Cloudy 61/41

Take a family hike around the beautiful Auburn State Recreation Area. The rivers are raging and stunningly beautiful right now.

Wake up early and look for an odd toy at Sacramento’s truly amazing antique fair. The quality of goods (especially if you go early) is top-notch. See 300 vendors from California, Nevada, and other neighboring states selling antiques and collectibles that are 20 years and older. Peruse vintage clothing, military antiques, art, jewelry, lighting, glassware, silver, toys, furniture, and so much more! There will be food vendors and an ATM on site. Free for kids, $3 adults. Sun. 6:30am – 3pm. 21st St. & X St. in Sacramento. More info…

See a free film at the Jewish Film Festival. The Sunday morning film, The Samuel Project, is free to all students, teachers and teachers’ assistants, but you must reserve tickets online. The Samuel Project is a comedic drama about Eli (Ryan Ochoa), a teenager who gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of a senior-year animated art project. When the teen discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy, Samuel agrees to tell his story — one he hasn’t told in more than 75 years. Free for students (“The Samuel Project” film), must reserve tickets online. Sun. 10am. Festival runs Thurs. – Sun. Crest Theatre. More info…

Go climbing. Get a day use pass ($6+) at Granite Arch climbing gym and let the kids hang Mission Impossible-style. They have an Adventure Village for the 8 & under set, and a Bouldern Room for 11 & under. Open 12pm – 5pm on Sundays. Granite Arch in Rancho Cordova. More info…

Think you have a competitive youth climber on your hands? Check out the great youth programs and training available at The Boulder Field… this new climbing gym is seriously gorgeous.

Hear a cellist and pianist play together. Cellist Matt Haimovitz, an artist whose barrier-breaking performances have taken him around the world, collaborates with renowned pianist and composer Vijay Iyer in a program that truly defies definition. Repertoire from Iyer’s catalogue, plus the music of Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, J. S. Bach, Ravi Shankar, Billy Strayhorn and others, flow seamlessly, creating an event of unprecedented virtuosity and depth. Duets are the centerpiece but expect solo performances by each of these mesmerizing players. $10+ (there are only several tickets left). Sun. 2pm & 7pm. Mondavi Center. More info…

Or… see brothers play the violin and piano together! Artistic influences help shape the creative process, and in this special concert, the talented Irrera Brothers will explore the idea of influence through their performance of works by Stravinsky, Vitali, and Beethoven. Known for their expressive playing, the Irrera Brothers — Steinway Artist pianist Joseph and violinist John — have performed internationally as well as at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center. The concert will have a pivotal end with Beethoven’s historic Kreutzer Sonata. Enjoy an afternoon of enchanting music and fascinating insights. $10+. Sun. 3pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Take teens to a jewelry making class. This class will be a basic intro into the methods and techniques of lost wax casting. Lost wax is how most of the jewelry you see in stores is made. Basically, you make a wax original, put it into a mold, then burn out the wax and pour in your metal. There are a few other steps along the way which will be covered in this class. The goal for this session will be to create an original pendant design using sheet wax and soft wax. Feel free to research any designs or ideas you might have before you come to class. Lost wax is a very versatile method so let your imagination run wild. $5 suggested donation. Sun. 1pm – 4pm. Upcycled Pop. More info…

Take older kids to meet Betty Reid Soskin at her book signing event. When she was born in 1921, the lynching of African-Americans was a national epidemic, blackface minstrel shows were the most popular American form of entertainment, white women had only just won the right to vote, and most African-Americans in the Deep South could not vote at all. From her great-grandmother, who had been enslaved until her mid-20s, Betty heard stories of slavery and the times of terror and struggle for black folk that followed. In her lifetime, Betty has watched the nation begin to confront its race and gender biases when forced to come together in the World War II era; seen our differences nearly break us apart again in the upheavals of the civil rights and Black Power eras; and, finally, lived long enough to witness both the election of an African-American president and the re-emergence of a militant, racist far right. Betty Reid Soskin’s book, Sign My Name to Freedom, invites readers into an American life through the words and thoughts of a national treasure who has never stopped looking at herself, the nation, or the world with fresh eyes. Celebrate the accomplished life of this Bay Area hero with a conversation, reading, and book signing of her new memoir. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Free. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. The Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex. More info…

See A Midsummer’s Night Dream. In this, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” The magical tale concerns two pairs of young lovers lost in the forest, a hopeless troupe of actors, the king and queen of the woodland fairies, and the mischievous sprite Puck, who sprinkles romance and uproarious, free-for-all havoc over everyone. $17+. Sun. 2pm. Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

Go to the last showing of The Little Mermaid. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. This production by El Dorado Musical Theatre features colorful costumes and sets, stunning choreography, and exceptional performances. $45+ (Bargain night tickets are $15, but you must get on their mailing list and reserve months in advance. You can still get tix for the summers shows!). Sun. 2pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Take older musical teens to listen to jazz by Duke Ellington at CLARA Studios. Duke Ellington was one of the most prolific composers of the twentieth century, with a list of compositions numbering in the thousands. Modern jazz musicians continue to play many of his hit songs but rarely do they delve into his extended works due to the structural and orchestrational complexities that often construct these pieces. With this concert, Capital Jazz Project will perform excerpts of Ellington’s great extended compositions, adapting them to fit the instrumentation and style of the musicians performing, just as Duke would for the members of his ensemble. $10+. The Auditorium at CLARA. Sun. 6:30pm – 9pm. More info…

Make some healthy granola snack bars for the week. Let the kids choose a few ingredients. Here are 12 recipes to get you started…

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MARCH 1ST – MARCH 3RD, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of March 1st – March 3rd! Taking a hacking class, do yoga in the UC Davis Arboretum, see cherry blossoms in bloom, go to the River Cats Preseason Party, see egg art, go to a camellia flower show, watch some sand volleyball, go on a guided nature walk, make a lantern, see 60 old manual typewriters, celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, let your dog join a Mardi Gras parade, see some taiko drumming, learn how to doodle birds and flowers, see Oliver, The Little Mermaid, or Annie, listen to the music of Miles Davis or Rachmaninoff, audition for James & the Giant Peach, and more! Have a great weekend!


Friday, March 1st, 2019
High of 52, Low of 45, Light Morning Rain

See kids art at “More Than Just Scribbles.” More Than Just Scribbles showcases the beauty and complexity of young children’s work. Each photo and description captures the enthusiasm of the creative process, which allows viewers to gain a deeper understanding of the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development that occurs when children are engaged in creating art. The collection features collaborative pieces in a variety of media inspired by the children’s interests and experiences. Their inspiration is found through the beauty, diversity, and awe captured by these budding young artist as you see the world through their eyes. Free. Gallery is open Fri. 10:30am – 3:30pm. University Union Gallery at Sac State. More info…

Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. To celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and National Read Across America Day, the Sacramento Children’s Museum will have Dr. Seuss art activities and story times throughout the day. Free with admission. Fri. 9am – 4pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Audition for James & the Giant Peach Jr. Based on one of Roald Dahls most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. $35 audition fee. Fri. 5:30 – 7pm. McLaughlin Studio Theatre. More info…

Cheer on the Sacramento Kings as they take on the LA Clippers at Golden 1 Center. Fri. 7pm. More info…

See Annie Jr. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Sing along to the infections musical score. $10+. Fri. 7pm. Benvenuti Performing Arts Center. More info…


Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
High of 57/Low of 46/Mostly Cloudy

Take a family bike ride. The weather should be relatively good, just a little cloudy but hopefully no rain. The Elk Grove Creek Trail passes four different parks. Dress warm and bring a picnic lunch!

Go fishing. Get out your gear and reel in that “big catch” at Fulton-El Camino Recreations and Park Districts’ Annual Fishing Derby. Join FEC and the California Department of Fish and Game’s Fishing in the City Program for a day of fishing, fishing instruction and prizes. Howe Park Pond will be freshly stocked with trout. Prizes will be awarded for the longest and fattest catch. Rain or shine. $4+. Sat. 8am – 12:30pm. Howe Park. More info…

Get out early at run the Donut Dash 11:11. Every March the Donut Dash is held in Land Park with a stop at Marie’s Donuts. Participants start in Land Park then run, jog, or walk 2 miles to Marie’s Donuts. At Marie’s, runners consume 4 donuts (competitive division) or 6 donut holes or nothing at all before making their way back the 2 miles to the start/finish area. Proceeds from fundraising events are used to benefit hospitalized children. Donated funds are used for programs including Beads of Courage & Music Therapy. $18 (youth). Sat. 8:30am. William Land Park. More info…

Go on a Guided Nature Walk at the Consumnes River Preserve. Guided walks help you get to know the birds and wildlife of an area better – whether you are local or are vacationing here. Experienced volunteer naturalists will lead this seasonal Guided Walk through the oak woodlands, explaining the plant and animal life that make the Preserve their home. We’ll also talk about the first inhabitants of the area, the Plains Miwok, and how they tended the land and wildlife they found here. This walk will be at a leisurely pace, suitable for families. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Visitors Center. Free. Sat. 9am. More info…

Learn to hack as a family. Coding? Touchpad? Arduinos? Learn the basics and take your first steps into the world of hacking in this hands-on lab using a Makey Makey. Connect everyday objects to computers and hack them for a variety of uses. A flower can become a musical instrument, high fives control video games…the limit is your imagination! Family workshops are designed for children ages 5+. $10+. Sat. 9:30am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Learn about Animal Signs at the Koobs Nature Area. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area and discover things about animals by examining the tracks and signs they leave behind. They will have activity tables for kids to create and learn about Animal Signs. The Koobs Nature Area is open for public open days on the first Saturday of every month, March through October. This wonderful natural treasure in the heart of Carmichael is run and maintained by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael. Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Koobs Nature Area. More info…

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

Listen to Animal Tales. The pioneers found California teeming with wildlife, hence names like Elk Grove, Antelope, and Los Gatos. Both wild and domesticated animals played a large part in 19th century life. From horse and cattle ranches, beekeepers and ostrich farms, to pet bears, boa constrictors, parakeets, and escaped monkeys, the Old City Cemetery Committee will share stories of critters and their humans. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Old City Cemetery Committee. More info…

Watch some sand volleyball as Sac State women’s volleyball team battle it out with UC Davis in Davis. Sat. 11am and 1pm. More info…

Or watch some amazing, young track & fielders at the Sac State High School Classic. More info…

Get free health screenings at the Community Health and Wellness Fair. Kaleidoschool is sponsoring a health and wellness community fair. Attendees will be able to get health screenings along with information on nutrition and healthful cooking, there will be other activities for children and families and raffles. Free. Sat. 10:30am – 1:30pm. Rancho Cordova Community Clubhouse. More info…

Take a free lantern creation workshop. Want to create a lantern for the I Street Lantern Festival, but not sure where to start? Join The City of West Sacramento at one of their lantern creation workshops led by artists Robin Hill, UC Davis faculty member and Robert Ortbal, Sacramento State faculty member. The workshop on 3/2 will be located at the West Sacramento Community Center, and there is another 3/9 workshop at the Verge Center for the Arts. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. West Sacramento Community Center. More info…

Check out the Dr. Seuss birthday celebration at Barnes & Noble. They’ll read his classic stories, play games, and activities in celebration of the beloved author’s birthday. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

See more than 60 manual typewriters through the ages and a juried art exhibit focusing on type, fonts, letters, and numbers at Carriage Return: The Art of Typography. Artist works will encompass many mediums. This exhibit features Kae Sable and her Dime Store Review. Kae is an avid reader and writer, collector of old typewriters, book binder, and encaustic artist. She is also the Editor of the blog “Dime Store Review” which features literary works from all around the world. Kae has many of her Dime Store Books published for sale featuring poetry, essays, and ten word stories. Books will be for sale at the gallery. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Mills Station Arts and Cultural Center. More info…

Join Fairytale Town for their Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. There will be lots of fun  Seuss-themed hands on activities and crafts. Stop by the Mother Goose Stage for a unique nonstop reading of your favorite colorful, tongue-twisting, rhyming Seuss books. Dr. Seuss’ celebrated books will be read-aloud from the Mother Goose Stage throughout the program. Featured readers include Sacramento city council member Steve Hansen, Capital Public Radio’s Donna Apidone, and ABC10’s Mellisa Paul. There will also be a variety of Seuss-inspired hands-on activities for children to create and take home as souvenirs. Activities include making “Cat in the Hat” hats, Thing 1 and 2 puppets, and “truffula” trees. Free with admission. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Fairytale Town. More info…

Take teens to get practical knowledge about electric cars, and whether it’s right for your family at “Is an Electric Vehicle Right for You” at McKinley Library. Get the basics of electric vehicles from SMUD, including what to know before buying, charging technologies, and discounted rate options. Free. Sat. 10am – 11am. McKinley Library.More info…

Register your pooch in the Mardi Bark Parade. This is an event for dog owners and animal lovers alike. Old Sacramento Waterfront invites the Sacramento region to join in for a festive day celebrating all animals. The day kicks off with a small parade featuring dogs in costumes, on floats, and rocking traditional Mardi Gras gear. The procession will end at the 1849 scene, where event sponsors, vendors, food, drinks, a doggy play area, and more will be set up as the celebration continues festival style. All funds raised at this event will be donated to the Front Street Animal Shelter.

This is the first of what Old Sacramento Waterfront hopes becomes an annual tradition celebrate love for our pets. To register your pooch for the parade, click here. For parade guidelines and rules, click here. Free, $15+ to register your dog. Old Sacramento Waterfront. More info…

Take teens to see Flora the Red Menace at UC Davis Department of Theatre, and Dance, the first musical written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the Tony Award-winning creators of Cabaret and Chicago. Set in 1935, the government-funded Federal Theater Project gathers a group of performers to tell the story of optimistic Flora Meszaros, a fashion illustrator in Manhattan, who falls in love with Harry, an artist. But her beloved turns out to be an idealistic communist. Is Flora herself a “red menace” or just a girl in love? $12+. Sat. 2pm & 7pm (also on Fri. 7pm). UC Davis Wyatt Pavilion Theatre. More info…

Watch Taiko Drumming with Kristy Oshiro. Kristy demonstrates different instruments, tells Japanese folk tales, and gets the audience involved in the storytelling. Free. Sat. 3-4pm. Arcade Library. More info…

Take teens to a Watercooler Doodle Birds and Flowers Workshop. Join Tonja Wilcox for a couple hours of pure creativity, using blobs of watercolor paint, a fine line pen, and a little imagination to make whimsical birds and flowers. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to pair ink and watercolors together to enhance details, figures, and outlines in your paintings. Introducing ink will take your watercolor painting to a whole new level! Use your doodle skills to make your own wall art or custom greeting card. $40. Sat. 3-5pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

Hear some colorful harmonies at the 2019 River City Chorale’s Pops Concert. There will be classic favorite hit music from movies, TV, and Broadway from the 1950s to the present. “Over the Rainbow,” “Thanks for the Memory,” “Unchained Melody” and ‘Moon River” are just a few of the oldies in the shows. A great medley of songs from Jersey Boys is included, as are some Burt Bacharach pieces, and a medley of wonderful songs from The Sound of Music. $5+. Sat. 4-5pm. Christ Community Church. More info…

Listen to Rachmaninoff. The Russian National Orchestra will play an all-Rachmaninoff program, with pianist George Li tackling the remarkable “Rach 2,” a piece dedicated to Nikolai Dahl, the physician who aided Rachmaninoff’s recovery from severe depression and writer’s block. This is a mostly sold out event, but there are still tickets for $62 (youth)+. Or watch their version of Rach 2 here. Sat. 8pm. Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall. More info…

Introduce teens to Miles Davis at the event, Hearing Miles: The Life, Times, and Music of Miles Davis. From his time at Juilliard and the symphonic orchestration of 1949’s Birth of the Cool to his Grammy-winning but controversial pop-influenced recordings of the 1980s, Miles Davis’ life both reflected and drove American music for over four decades. Join Sacramento-based musicologist Jimi Michiel for a guided listening session and in-depth discussion as we explore the life and work of one of America’s great artists. Jimi Michiel has written chamber concerts for members of most major American orchestras (Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, etc). $10 suggested donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Sat. 7pm. The Library of Musiclandria. More info…

Take older kids to see the musical Oliver! Charles Dickens’ unforgettable characters are brought to vivid new life in this lively, heel-kicking classic about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and con men of 19th-century London. Overflowing with jubilant songs like “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything” and “Food, Glorious Food,” this Davis Musical Theatre Company production of “Oliver!” serves up a musical feast. $11+. Sat. 8pm (also Sun. 2pm or 8pm). Jean Henderson Performing Arts. More info…


Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
High of 56/Low of 43/Rainy & Windy

Pull up your rainboots and shake open your umbrellas for a nice, wet walk, and then come home and bake an easy strawberry rhubarb pie.

See an explosion of camellia flowers (indoors!) at The Camellia Society of Sacramento’s 95th Annual Show will be held at their new location, Elks Lodge #6. This is the oldest camellia show in the U.S. that has created many great memories, come to the show and share some of yours! See beautiful camellias of many sizes and colors and spectacular trophy table with winning blooms. Free. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also on Sat. 3pm – 6pm). Elks Lodge #6. More info…

See egg art created from real eggshells — ostrich, rhea, emu, goose, duck to as small as finch—at the29th annual Northern California Eggstravaganza. Artwork on display include: jeweled, beaded, painted, dioramas, Faberge, carved, Pysanky, etched, jewel boxes, wearable jewelry, purses and more. The show benefits the Shriners Hospital for Children (Prosthetics) and Shriner volunteers will be at the event to answer any questions the community has about the organization. Free. Sun. 10am – 3pm (also Sat. 10am – 5pm). Crowne Plaza Hotel Sacramento Northeast. More info…

See all the newest pools, hot tubs, and solar panels, at the 38th Annual Sacramento Home and Garden Show is returning to Cal Expo with the newest in landscaping, gardening, patios, fencing, decks, heating and air, solar, insulation, remodeling, new construction, plumbing, kitchens, baths, closets, home furnishings, appliances, lighting, roofing, painting, gutters, home security, windows, doors, siding, tile, stone, granite, BBQs, pools, spas and more. Kids are free, Adults $7. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also Fri. 12pm – 6pm & Sat. 10am – 6pm). Cal Expo. More info…

Take teens to a free genealogy class. In 1921, a fire in Washington, D.C. destroyed most of the records from the 1890 U.S. Federal Census, all but wiping out an important source of information often used for genealogy research. Join the Sacramento Public Library for this presentation by Madeline Yanov, who will explain how to find alternative sources for family history information during the late 1800s. Note: Since this program is being held before the library is open, please enter the building through the Old Foyer (the door east of the main entrance on I Street). This entrance has steps, so contact the library if you need a more accessible entrance. Sun. 10am – 11:30am. Central Library. More info…

Visit the Kids Fun Zone for some STEM fun. TheKids Fun Zone offers free exciting monthly activities including crafts and fun STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects for kids 12 and under. This Fun Zone’s activities include: Craft – Make and Shake Maracas STEM Project – Make an Easter Egg Rocket All materials needed are provided while supplies last. Visit Southgate Plaza on the first Saturday of the month, from 1 – 4 pm. Free. More info…

Head to Raley Field for the River Cats Preseason Party. The fun includes free food, drinks, and activities for kids. Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in batting practice on-field (weather permitting), where proceeds will benefit the River Cats Foundation. The Tri Counties Bank Ticket Office at Raley Field will be open for the event, giving fans their first chance to purchase remaining tickets for the 2019 River Cats season. Free, cost of purchases, all ages. Sun. 12pm – 3pm. Raley Field. More info…

Join a singing circle. Singing with friends and neighbors is an uplifting and healing experience. The Library of MusicLandria invites you to join their community singing circle, where all are encouraged to participate in musical creation. How a singing circle works: Leaders make up simple vocal melodies, giving a different part to each section of the circle. The parts change over time. Together, it creates evolving, improvised vocal compositions. Everyone can sing! This is a chance to exercise your vocal pipes without fear or judgement. There’s no need to have a “good voice,” read music, or know the words to songs. All are welcome. Free, $10 suggested donation, RSVP is encouraged. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. KOH Library & Cultural Center. More info…

See Scandinavian weaving and woodwork designs. “Weaving & Woodwork: A Scandinavian Design Partnership” celebrates the long and distinguished careers of UC Davis design professor emeritus Helge Olsen and his wife Birgitta Olsen. The exhibit combines Helge’s wood furniture design with Birgitta’s woven wall tapestries. Complementing one another, their work reflects their Scandinavian upbringing, training, and design aesthetic. When seen together it possess a compelling harmony of form and function. Free. Sun. 2-4pm.  UC Davis Design Museum. For a map and parking information, click here. More info…

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

Take the kids to see The Little Mermaid. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. This production by El Dorado Musical Theatre features colorful costumes and sets, stunning choreography, and exceptional performances. $45+ (Bargain night tickets are $15, but you have to get on their mailing list and reserve months in advance. You can still get tix for the summers shows!). Sun. 2pm & 6pm. (show also on Fri. & Sat.). Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

See the flowering cherry trees at the recently planted Sakura Grove at Southside Park. Most of our Sacramento parks have trees beginning to explode with blooms. 

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

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! FEBRUARY 22ND – FEBRUARY 24TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of February 22nd – 24th! Go to the drive-in movies for a double-feature, go trout fishing, ride a snowmobile, make an elderberry flute for free, learn about storytelling from an award-winning short story writer, go to a pop-up barn stand, learn about African-American history in Sacramento, see art made out of hot wax, listen to the philharmonic play “Rhapsody in Blue,” learn how to bookbind, stencil your clothes, watch short French films, see 50 different types of Acacias, learn about the Okapi animal, listen to kids play jazz music, go to a kid-friendly comedy club, listen to Hawaiian music, hear angelic soprano Bernadette Mondok, see Evita, and so much more! A magical February weekend for families in Sacramento.

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Before the weekend…

Fly a kite this Thursday. The weather forecast for Sacramento on Thursday is sunny & windy day, a high of 56. Perfect kite-flying weather.

See the zodiacal light in your night sky this Thursday until March 6th. For about half an hour after dusk during the two week period preceding the new moon on March 6, look west-southwest for a broad wedge of faint light rising from the horizon and centered on the ecliptic. This is the zodiacal light—reflected sunlight from interplanetary particles of matter concentrated in the plane of the solar system. Try to observe from a location without light pollution, and don’t confuse the zodiacal light with the brighter Milky Way to the northwest. (from Space.com)


 

Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Weather: Sunny 56°/36°

Take teens for a night of the written word and short stories at Stories on Stage Sacramento with Karen Bender and Valerie Fioravanti. Stories on Stage Sacramento welcomes Karen E. Bender, National Book Award finalist, to Stories on Stage Sacramento, and to feature a reading by Kelley Ogden from her just-published short story collection, The New Order. Also appearing with Karen is Sacramento favorite (and Stories on Stage founder) Valerie Fioravanti, author of Garbage Night at the Opera, with a new short story read by Tara Henry. Definitely a must-do for teens interested in writing. The tagline for Stories on Stage is “Electrifying prose. Crackling theatre.” What’s not to love? Suggested donation $10, but no one will be turned away. Fri. 7:30pm – 9pm. CLARA Studios. More info…

Have a bath bomb party with the kids. Pick up some packaging-free, locally made (Humboldt County) bath bombs at Old Gold at Wal Public Market and go home for some silly bath bomb fun. Make up stories and exfoliate! Old Gold is open 11am – 7pm (6pm on Sundays). More info…

Make s’mores in your oven. Here’s a great recipe for indoor s’mores…

Go to the drive-in for a double feature. See the new Lego Movie 2 and Alita: Battle Angel at West Wind Drive-In Theatres. Fri. 6:20pm. $8 Adults, $1.50 Kids. 4 & under are Free. More info…

Rent a sled and slide around the ice at Skatetown in Roseville. Or just do some ice-skating, beginners welcome. They have laser and disco light shows, constant games and activities, music videos, and hot chocolate in the snack bar. Adults $10, Kids $9, Kids 3 & under Free. Extra $10 to rent a sled or bobby. Bucket Skate Aids and loaner helmets are free. Public sessions 2-5pm or 7-10pm. More info…

Try astrophotography after sunset with any camera. Friday night should have a clear sky. Go to an open area where you can see some horizon. Put your camera on a tripod, set the aperture to F/2.8, set the ISO to 1600 (or higher), shutter speed: 20 seconds. Turn off auto focus and stabilization, zoom in and adjust focus until stars look sharp. Wide angle lenses are best, but use your lowest F-stop lens for best results. Post your pics to #sactownkids and tag us @sactownkids so we can see them! 


 

Saturday, February 23th, 2019
Weather: Party Cloudy, 57°/43°

Ride a snowmobile (Kids 6-12). (Or just take a trash can lid out to a free snow park.) You can trek out to the Kid-o-rama for some snow day fun at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (Saturday is the last day of snow events). Kids can go snow tubing, snowmobiling, check out the Big Truck Event featuring fire trucks, snowplows, and grooming machines, as well as street parties and kids’ concerts, an all-kid game and craft room, and more. Pricing varies. $40 for 15-minute kids’ snowmobile session. Activities 9am – 8pm. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. More info…

Win a robot and participate in free activities at the EDfair: Camps, Education, Enrichment, and Beyond. Parents can learn more about school programs, scout out camps, talk with tutors and explore activities — including dance, gymnastics, martial arts, music lessons, and more. There will be an Interactive Kids Zone featuring ReCreate and Sacramento Children’s Museum with hands-on activities and crafts, and an interactive, live exotic animal booth from Amazing Animal World. They will also have Bach to Rock entertaining guests as the DJ for the day with kid-friendly music to keep the celebration hoppin’. Most of the vendors are offering EDfair exclusive deals. There are deals such as reduced or free registration fees for schools and summer camps, to free or half-priced tickets to local museums and learning centers. Free. Sat. 9am – 2pm. The Grounds Placer County in Roseville. More info…

Go trout fishing and visit with live ducklings at the California Duck Days Festival. This annual event, which takes place in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, the migratory route of various birds, features a wide variety of wetland and bird field trips, workshops, and activities for everyone! Field trips are led by some of the region’s most experienced birders and naturalists. On-site activities for families include interactive exhibits, wetland themed arts and crafts, trout fishing in our ponds, visits with live ducklings, and more. California Duck Days is a family-oriented, community-based outdoor festival with activities for people of all ages. Field trips are led by some of the region’s most experienced birders and naturalists. On-site activities for families include interactive exhibits, wetland themed arts and crafts, trout fishing in our ponds, and more. $20 per car. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Yolo Basin Foundation Headquarters. More info…

Learn about the African-American experience in Sacramento on the African-American History Tour. Free born or slaves, slavery was not born in them. Celebrate the contributions of Sacramento’s African-American community as they struggled to gain a foothold in a dynamic and often hostile environment, and meet barbers, doctors, caterers, soldiers, singers, pastors, and others who settled the frontier. Free, all ages. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

Teens and parents can take a Backyard Beekeeping Workshop for the Absolute Beginner. Bond over bees! This class focuses on urban, backyard beekeeping for absolute beginners, so no prerequisite knowledge is required. You can walk in knowing absolutely nothing about bees and walk out with practical knowledge ready to get started with your own backyard beehive. This class will focus on beekeeping practices in an urban setting, some DIY beekeeping ideas, and skills to make sure you know all of your options to keep your bees healthy. Even if you have read a few books, taken some other classes, or already started keeping bees, this interactive class will still have a lot to offer you. $50/person – Registration will close 24 hours before the workshop. Sat. 10am – 2pm. The Cannery – Barn in Davis. More info…

Go to storytime at Barnes & Noble for an 11am reading of “I am Martin Luther King, Jr.,” an inspiring leader who had a dream of peace and love for all children everywhere. Plus get a coupon for their Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with a drink for $4. Or stop by at 2pm for the Lego Movie 2 event activities including building a Mini Emmet’s Dream House to take home with you, plus other giveaways while supplies last. Visit the Café and get a Blondie Blast for $1. Free. Barnes & Nobles. More info…

Go to a Pop-Up Barnstand for Signs of Spring. Taste and purchase fresh-from-the-field produce, delicious Magpie Café baked goods, organic coffee, youth activities, and live music performances at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. Proceeds support the restoration and development of the American River Ranch Center for Food, Health and the Environment. This event is weather-dependent and subject to cancellation. Free. Sat. 9am – 1pm. Soil Born Farms American River Ranch in Rancho Cordova. More info…

Make 5 books in 3 hours (teens and adults) in an Intro to Bookmaking workshop. Whether you are a first time bookmaker or have years of practice, you are “bound” to feel accomplished after this workshop. With bookmaker and creative writer, Nikki Thompson of Deconstructed Artichoke Press, starts out making books out of a sheet of paper. Then move to a simple pamphlet sewn together with a figure-eight stitch, followed by two signatures (a group of about 16 pages) sewn as one with a surprise sewn in the middle. The class will finish out with an elaborate sewing of a pamphlet with link stitches along the spine. You will need a bone folder, awl, needle, X-acto knife, ruler, cutting mat, scissors, and pencil (if you do not already have these the instructor will have them available for you to borrow). $60. Sat. 10am – 1pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

Watch kid-friendly Ted Talks. Here are some good ones…

Learn about Falcons of the Sky. The fastest animal in the world has some really cool adaptations which make it an excellent hunter. Meet Effie Yeaw’s resident Peregrine Falcon and get a closer look at her amazing adaptations. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Practice gratitude. Write a short note to someone to say thank you for a small act of kindness.

New moms can attend the Pride & Joy Community Baby Shower. Pregnant women and new moms with children under six months (and dads!) are invited to attend this community baby shower event, presented by First 5 Sacramento, with great resources and giveaways to support healthy pregnancies and babies in Sacramento community. Activities include maternity photos and a meet & greet with a Sacramento Kings legend. Free, registration required. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Fruitridge Community Collaborative. More info…

Go gem-mining on a Sacramento RiverTrain Excursion. The RiverTrain Excursion showcases Gold Rush history. Halfway through the train ride we will stop at their riverside park and de-board so guests can do their own gem mining. This family-friendly ride is suitable for all ages. Kids $10-35. Adults $45. Sat. 12pm. Sacramento RiverTrain. More info…

Cheer on Sac State’s softball team. After competing for three days last week in Puerto Vallarta, Sacramento State (3-6) returns home to host a three-game series against Loyola Marymount (6-2) this weekend. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday at noon, followed by a single game on Sunday at 11 a.m. All three games can be seen and live and free via watchbigsky.com. Go hornets!

Watch the Sac State men’s tennis team challenge Santa Clara University at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts at 1:30pm (free). Or see the women’s basketball team battle Portland State University at the Play4Kay Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Game. $5-10. More info on all Hornets sports games on Saturday…

Go on a walk and see 50 different types of Acacias. Don’t miss the spectacular late-winter display of yellow blossoms in the Eric E. Conn Acacia Grove at the UC Davis Arboretum. Join the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden for their “Amazing Acadias” guided tour featuring over 50 different acacias from around the world. Parking is free on weekends and can be found in Visitor Lot 55. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3:30pm. Putah Creek Lodge. More info…

See the captivating musical Evita. Eva Peron enthralled a nation and enchanted the world. Her story unfolds in Evita, the Tony® Award-winning Best Musical, a high flying theatrical experience adored the world over. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking musical captures the rise and fall of one of the world’s most glamorous first ladies in this classic Broadway and London hit. Evita’s Grammy-winning score combines Latin music, pop, jazz and musical theatre styles that have captivated audiences for more than 40 years. $48+ Thurs, Fri, and Sat. 2pm & 7:30pm. Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom. More info…

Learn how to Stencil on Fabric with instructor Gloria Jones (teens & adults). Bring any item made of fabric to this workshop, where a variety of stencil designs will be available. Participants may bring their own stencils. $40. Sat. 2:30pm – 5:30pm. Ebony London. More info…

Watch some Irish dancing at the McKeever School of Irish Dance Student Showcase. Watch the energetic and talented students of the McKeever School of Dance at CLARA Midtown as they perform in their annual Student Showcase. There are 4 showtimes and 4 unique casts of beginners, champions, children and adults. Live musical interlude as well. $15. Sat. 4pm. CLARA Auditorium. More info…

Go on a Rainbow Families Play Date. Attention Rainbow Families… Join Sacramento Children’s Museum, the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, and Sacramento Area Rainbow Families for a fun-filled evening of play at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. It will be a great opportunity for your kids to play and parents to socialize. Free, registration required. Sat. 5pm – 7pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Teach teens to write poetry to heal from traumas. How can poetry promote mental health and healing? Join Sac Poetry with special guest Sandy Holman, as she shares how poetry can benefit people with mental health challenges and personal trauma. Be empowered to become the author of your life and writer of your story. This evening is an opportunity for everyone, no matter who you are, to discover new and meaningful ways to appreciate poetry. Sandy Holman received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and her M.S. in School Counseling with a focus on Education from California State University, Sacramento. Free. Sat. 6 – 7pm. Belle Cooledge Library. More info…

Watch award-winning French language short films (teens). Crest Theatre hosts the 12th Winter Shorts Festival featuring nine 2019 César-Nominated Short Films. Take a look at this year’s fascinating films here. $12. Sat. 6pm doors open, films start at 7pm. 20-minute intermission. Crest Theatre. More info…

Watch the sunset from the beautiful Sacramento riverfront district. Get pizza at the orb-shaped Drake’s Barn and run around their enclosed grassy area, perfect for kids. Bring some blankets and huddle around one of their firepits. 

Listen to amazing, award-winning soprano Bernadette Mondok sing “Celestial Beings,” a program in which heavenly bodies and religious figures harmonize through multiple genres of art song, opera arias, and musical theater. See her sing here. Kids free, Students $10, Adults $15. Sat. 7:30pm. Trinity Cathedral. More info…

Hear some beautiful Hawaiian music by Faith Ako, a long time resident of the Bay Area and winner of two Hawaii Music Awards. She’s ready to bring back the islands of Hawaii to the Bay Area and abroad with the release of her second album Papaku, Bring it Home Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian Music. Sacramento’s own Halau Ka Waikahe Lani Malie will make a guest appearance. $30. Sat. 7pm. B Street Theatre. More info…

Take kids to hear Gershwin favorites “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris” performed live by the the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera (among other pieces). Hear guest pianist Kevin Cole talk about Gershwin here. Kids 4 & up only. $18+. Sat. 8pm. Community Center Theatre. More info…

Go to the Sac Roller Derby home season opener. Sacramento Roller Derby is back for 2019 and it’s quite the experience seeing these players on roller skates. Join them at The Rink for a doubleheader featuring the A and B teams. First, the B team, Bruin Trouble, will be facing Sonoma, followed by the A team, Capital Maulstars, taking on Santa Cruz. In addition to the awesome gameplay, they’ll have a bar, merchandise, and raffle prizes. 7pm: Bruin Trouble vs. Sonoma County Roller Derby, 9pm: Capital Maulstars vs. Santa Cruz Derby Girls. Kids 7 & under Free. Kids ages 8-12 $8, Adults $15. Sat. 7pm – 10:30pm. Doors 6:30pm. The Rink. More info…

Teach kids 3 songs on the ukulele that they can play with just 2 chords…

Go to a kid-friendly Comedy Club. Hilarious, spontaneous, interactive, this show is not a comedy about sports, it’s comedy played as a sport. Similar to the hit show Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, watch two teams compete for your points and laughs. This is the original family-friendly ComedySportz founded in 1984 and performed in 25 cities worldwide. $10+. Fri. & Sat. 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm with 5-10-minute intermission. CSzSacramento on Arden Way in Sacramento. More info…


 

Sunday, February 24th, 2019
Weather: Mostly Cloudy 56
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Go on a photo walk of the Sunday Farmer’s Market under the freeway at W St. & 8th St. Take pictures of all the interesting fruits and vegetables you see. Make a photo collage and frame it for your kitchen.

See new art at the Crocker by Latinx artists. Arte Extraordinario showcases work by a diverse group of artists, all of whom share a heritage associated with Spanish-speaking cultures in the Americas. Some of these artists may identify as Latinx, an alternative gender-neutral term for Latina or Latino that is quickly becoming more popular, especially among a younger demographic. The exhibition covers a range of genres from figuration to landscape to abstraction, as well as a variety of themes including politics, activism, humor, family, and religion. Many of the featured artists have roots in California and several are nationally or internationally recognized for works that challenge, critique, innovate, or inspire. $12 (Kids 5 & under are Free, Kids ages 6-17 are $6). Sun. 10am – 5pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

See an animal that looks like a cross between a giraffe and a zebra—the Okapi. Visit these sublime creatures, the newest residents at the Sacramento Zoo. Read about the okapi here. Free with zoo admission. Open daily 9am – 4pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Let the kids pick a prickly cactus to add to your garden. The Prickly Pear, a “nursery with a purpose” is open Sundays 10am – 5pm. Owner Mona Bahraini’s goal of The Prickly Pear is to be a facility for special needs adults to enjoy daily activities, gardening, and many other service-oriented events. The Prickly Pear. More info…

Watch high school and college kids play Jazz for free. Jazz Quest is a 15-piece big band of high school and college students from Niigata, Japan, a coastal city located 200 miles west of Tokyo. The band is led by high school educator Hideo Tsujimoto and accompanied by world-class trombonist and arranger, Mark Marin, an American living in Niigata. The band specializes in the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Duke Ellington is revered in Niigata because of his generosity following a devastating earthquake in 1964, at which time he cancelled his Hawaii tour in order to perform a charity concert in Tokyo in support of the Niigata earthquake victims. In 2018, Jazz Quest was the winner of a national high school jazz big band contest, performing the music of Duke Ellington. Jazz Quest has deep roots in the Sacramento area because the band leader and most of the band members have stayed with area families previously as part of a cultural exchange homestay program that has spanned 40 years. Free. Sun. 11:15am – 12:15pm. Sacramento Buddhist Church. 

See some art made out of hot wax at Heat: Encaustic Exhibition. In their fourth annual encaustic show, the Sparrow Gallery features the work of artist Jaya King and her students. What is encaustic painting? Click here to find out. Free. Sparrow Gallery is open Sunday 11am – 4pm. More info…

Plant some bee-loving herbs: Lavender, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme. Teach kids that bees are other insects are the lynchpin of our ecosystem. Without them, our food system would collapse. Support a small, locally owned nursery if possible (Talini’s, Plant Foundry, Fair Oaks Blvd Nursery, etc.).

Make an elderberry flute at the Native Californian Elderberry Flute-Making Workshop. Learn how to make and play an elderberry flute with East Bay Regional Parks docent Antonio Flores who will talk about the craft and culture of Native Californian flute making as well as the endangered elderberry beetle. All materials will be supplied. Please bring a sharpened pocket knife if you have one. Adults will need to supervise their young children, but all ages are welcome. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors. Free. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. UC Davis, Environmental Horticulture 146. More info…

Learn about butterfly-loving Pipevine. Come learn about this oddly beautiful California native vine that’s the host plant for the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. Join a Naturalist on a fun little hike to see if any “Dutchman’s Pipe” is blooming in the Nature Study Area. Free $5 parking. Sun. 1:30pm – 3pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

See a Shakespeare play. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” The magical tale concerns two pairs of young lovers lost in the forest, a hopeless troupe of actors, the king and queen of the woodland fairies, and the mischievous sprite Puck, who sprinkles romance and uproarious, free-for-all havoc over everyone. $17+. Sun. 2pm (also other dates until Mar. 2nd). Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

Celebrate Black History Month at the Black Expo. The two day extravaganza will include concerts, stages of live music, fashion shows, comedy night, the Sacramento BOOM Hair Battle For The Future, Soulful Saturday Gospel Sunday, Women Of Inspiration Awards, Tribute To our Black History Makers From Home, the Walk Of Fame, then shop in the Black Expo Marketplace while enjoying the best soul food anywhere. The Mega Family Expo with fun for the kids, the exciting Hair Show Battle, and the College Step Show will also be a part of the fun. Black Expo is open to everyone. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 12pm – 5pm (also on Sat.). Cal Expo. More info…

Jump around in a free bounce house at the Mega Family Expo. The Annual Mega Family Expo is produced by Kiddy Club, a full infant, preschool and daycare center located in South Sacramento. This community event offers unmatched face-to-face interaction between family product and service providers and thousands of moms, dads, expectant parents, grandparents, teens and kids from all areas. Entertainment at the Expo included with admission and features bounce houses, face painters, performances by a magician, family fun and more. Free. Sun. 11am – 5pm (also on Sat.). Cal Expo. More info…

Enjoy a night of music and bedtime stories at Goose & Suess. Join Vox Musica for an energetic and out-of-the-box choral music project for the whole family. This concert will feature puppets, crafts, illustrations, and your favorite bedtime stories. Kids of all ages are encouraged to attend and participate in singing along. If you don’t have children, don’t worry, the concert will be just as entertaining and musically impressive for adults as well. $10+. Sun. 5pm – 7:30pm (also on Sat.). Beatnik Studios. More info…

Ask the kids some funny questions. Tell me something that is gross? How strong am I? How strong are you? How old is Grandpa/Grandma? What car are you going to drive when you get older? If our pet could talk, what would it be saying right now?


 

Plan Ahead…

Learn how to play Pickleball. Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. and it’s perfect for kids. It’s kind of like tennis but you play on a smaller court and with paddles. There’s an upcoming 2-hour clinic Mar. 23rd at Del Norte Club presented by Positive Dinking that teaches you pickleball scorekeeping, rules, terminology, safety, etiquette, positioning, teamwork, and the 4 phases of a pickball point. All equipment is provided, you just need to wear athletic shoes. $20-25. Email reine@positivedinking.com to register. Their Feb. 23rd class has sold out, except 1 spot. Then you can go play for free with your family at the public pickleball court at the new R. Burnett Miller Park in East Sac.

Teens interested in writing, filming, and storytelling can take a 5-week workshop and learn about art and technology from professionals, plus two optional field trips (beginning with Access Sacramento Sat. Feb. 23rd, 10am – 1pm). Teens will learn about telling stories in today’s media-rich environments. Topics covered will include photography, writing, and more, culminating in a formal reception and website of the teens’ work. All materials will be provided. Best of all, this is free, by the Sacramento Public Library, courtesy of a grant from the Kline Foundation. To register, contact Molly Milazzo at mmilazzo@saclibrary.org.

 

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! FEBRUARY 15TH – FEBRUARY 17TH, 2019

We’re back and gearing up for a heartbreaker of a weekend!

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of February 15th – 18th! Happy Valentine’s Day! Dress for the rain and puddle-jump all the way to a park, see a magic show, go to a hockey game, see Moana ice skate, get a Heart Break Sundae at the Flower Farm, touch a meteorite, learn all about Ants, celebrate Chinese New Year, celebrate Black History Month, donate fancy clothes to a Prom Drive, take a kids golf lesson, touch expensive instruments at a musical instrument petting zoo, see Oscar-worthy animated short films, and more!

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First, a couple great donation drives to give to this weekend…

Donate your kids and teen books! Camp Fire in Paradise was the worst fire in California’s history. In Paradise, the public library and most public schools burned to the ground (in addition to many homes). This resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of books. Sacramento State’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is collecting and donating books to help replace the ones that burned. Their goal? 7,000 books, with a primary emphasis is children’s books, although books for teens and adults are accepted as well. There is a box in the lobby on the first floor of the department in Folsom Hall at Sacramento State University where you can drop the books off.

Donate your fancy wear to Sacramento Public Library’s Prom Drive and help teens in need. Drop them off at a library near you during open hours. More info…

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Friday, February 15th, 2019

Put on your rainboots, grab your umbrella, and take a walk to your nearest park. Delight in the tiniest of discoveries. Don’t be afraid to get dirty, and bring a towel for the car. Afterwards, find somewhere cozy to get some tea or hot cocoa nearby.

Jump your heart out at a trampoline gym. Morning Play Days at Mojo Dojo are just $7 for 1-hour flight tickets, Monday – Friday, 10am – 12pm. More info…

See an afterschool magic show. Join the Rancho Cordova Library for an exciting magic show presented by magician Trevor Wyatt. This high-energy, high quality show will include lots of audience participation and humorous antics. Free. Fri. 4-5pm. Rancho Cordova Library. More info…

Take older kids to the “Keep, Toss, Give Away, Sell” art exhibit at Axis Gallery. Roma Devanbu’s witty, new art show reflects her ongoing fascination with the human compulsion to make things and decorate them. In this, her third solo show at Axis Gallery, Devanbu contrasts these patterned elements with representational passages such as hands that hold on or let go of the objects, relationships, and ideas of our making. Devanbu explores these ideas in new drawings and paintings, as well as in interactive work which invite gallery goers to engage with the perpetual hoarder’s dilemma. Roma Devanbu has a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from the Pratt Institute in New York. Axis Gallery. Open 12pm – 5pm on weekends. More info…

Take a creative art class at Sacramento Children’s Museum. Offered each Friday, 3-3:30pm, Sacramento Children’s Museum staff present a themed art class designed for Ages 4-8, but all ages are welcome. All materials are provided. $8.50, free for members. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Dress up for Superheroes and Villains Skate Night. Join the skate party at Skatetown Ice Arena in Roseville, a family-friendly skating event with games, prizes, live DJ, laser light shows, black and disco lights, and a pile of snow to play in. Costumes are optional. $9+, kids 3 & under are free. Fri. 7pm – 10pm. Skatetown Ice Arena. More info…

See the ballet Hamlet (older kids). Hamlet is a dark, sumptuous journey through Shakespeare’s tale, bending and at times breaking the original narrative to create moments of intriguing texture and fiery emotion. Presented by the Sacramento Ballet. $25+. Fri. 7:30th. Community Center Theater. Ends Feb. 17th. More info…

See Moana on ice for the first time in “Dare to Dream.” In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana goes on a quest with demigod Maui to save her island and find her own identity. Anna’s devotion to her sister Elsa sets her on a journey to stop an eternal winter. Rapunzel goes to great lengths to realize her dream. Fearless Belle befriends the enchanted castle staff and uncovers the Beast’s gentleness. With help from her friends, Cinderella is determined to make her wish come true. $25+. Fri. 7pm. Also on Sat. Golden 1 Center. More info…

Make a heart-shaped mini pizzas with the kids! Here’s an easy tutorial…

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Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Let the kids pick out a unique bouquet of flowers and maybe some delicious persimmons and artichokes at the Midtown Farmers Market. There’s always fun, new things growing at our nearby farms. Free bike valet. 20th St. from J to K St. Every Saturday, 9am – 1pm. More info…

Celebrate Valentine’s with the kids at The Flower Farm in Loomis. While their nursery is closed for winter, it’s a great place to stretch your legs and walk around, play bocce ball, and eat at the cute cafe, where they’ll be serving up red velvet pancakes, bow tie pasta, and heart break sundaes. Ask them for their Winter Wonder Scavenger Hunt form, and turn it in for a chance to win a prize. Sat. 8am – 3:30pm (also Fri. & Sun.). The Flower Farm in Loomis. More info…

Use an insect vaccuum and eat some vegemite at UC Davis’ Biodiversity Museum Day. See collections from thirteen UC Davis departments that are usually under lock and key. Arrive early to get through a few departments. Don’t miss the Bee Haven and Good Life Garden where you can catch and release bees and decorate some upcycled pots. Dinosaur lovers will go nuts in the Paleontology Department and Raptors Museum. Free. UC Davis Campus. Sat. More info on maps and schedules…

See hundreds of spectacular old cars  at the Sacramento Autorama, now in its 69th year. More than 500 show vehicles will be on display, vying for the top awards. See old cars made shiny and sparkly with custom additions. Kids 5 & under are free. Kids ages 6-12 $10, Adults $20. Sat. 10am – 8pm (also on Fri. & Sun.). CalExpo. More info…

Go birding. Bring the family out for the free “Birding for Families” nature walk led by a naturalist and the special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars or borrow a pair. Space is limited, arrive early. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Go to the Sacramento lu Mien Festival, the first in Sacramento in over a decade. There will be cultural dances, activities, and food. Learn about the Yao people, a minority group originally from China but displaced during the Vietnam War. According to some ancient scripts, the lu Mien people were the first civilization in China. Free. Sat. 10am – 6pm. Hiram Johnson High School. More info…

Or Celebrate Chinese New Year in Locke. The Locke Historic District will be celebrating Year of the Boar, featuring Chinese lion dance, martial arts and calligraphy demo, tea ceremony, museum games, music, snacks, free parking. Free. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. Locke Historic District. More info…

Sew your own sunglasses case. This Woodland Community Library workshop will teach you how to sew this fun little project. Must pre-register and bring your own fun fabric. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Woodland Community College Library. More info…

Touch a meteorite. The family-friendly Tot Planetarium show at the Powerhouse Science Center will cover the basics of space travel, a view of the night’s sky, and the chance to touch a real meteorite! Free with admission, $7+. Kids 3 & under are free. Sat. 11am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

It’s also National Engineers Week at Powerhouse Science Center, and they are putting kids’ creative building skills to the test with their Creative Construction activity game. Draw from a deck of clues that will help determine what kind of object you will design, build and test using a variety of materials and your imagination. Experience the engineering design cycle where one challenge can have many different solutions. Free with admission. Sat. & Sun. 12pm – 4pm. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Take your baby to Crocker. Baby Loves Art engages babies (up to the Age of 18 months) in a visually stimulating gallery walk and gives parents and caregivers a fun opportunity to connect with their babies and each other. This week’s theme is “Baby Loves Animals.” A sensory stimulation playtime will follow. All baby noises are expected and welcome. For the best art view, front carriers are recommended. Strollers are allowed, but please no backpacks. Meet at the admission desk; no advance registration required. Free with admission. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Check out stunning animal art by high school students. The annual Wildlife Art Exhibit features wildlife art by Yolo County High School students and a display of the work from the California Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Curated by Betty Berteaux, the exhibit is presented in conjunction with the California Duck Days Festival (next weekend), a wetlands and wildlife festival sponsored by the Yolo Basin Foundation. The gallery exhibit is free. Open Sat. 10am – 3pm. Davis Art Center. More info…

See the ballet Sleeping Beauty. The youthful and exquisite dancers of the Hawkins Classical and Contemporary Ballet Company will perform the classic story of Sleeping Beauty as a ballet for the whole family to enjoy. $15+. Sat. 2-4pm or 7-9pm. Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theatre in Folsom. More info…

Watch a professional ice hockey game as the Stockton Heat take on the Colorado Eagles. $15. Sat. 6m, Stockton Arena. More info…

Take the kids to the symphony. The Camellia Symphony Orchestra begins the new year with its Past, Present, and Future Concert. The orchestra is under the baton of Music Director, Camellia Symphony Orchestra Christian Baldini. This concert includes the pieces: Study for Orchestra by Julia Perry, Violin Concerto No. 2 by Florence Price with Er-Gene Kahung on violin, New Work by Chris Castro, and Symphony No. 1 by William Grant Still. Kids 12 & under $8. Students $15, Seniors $25, Adults $30. Sat. 7:30pm. McClatchy High School. More info…

See how an artist turns the vibe of a city into abstract art. “Cities In Color” features abstract artwork depicting the spirit of cities around the world. The colorful and lively abstract paintings leave the viewer recounting memories of places they too have visited, or would like to see. Jeffrey Tover’s paintings are bold and vibrant, exploring color and mark-making and sporting titles such as “Berlin,” “Chicago,” “Beijing,” and “Sacramento.” For this exhibit, he has drawn inspiration from his travels. Particularly impressed with the gestural mark-making and color palettes of a group of artists he discovered in Australia, he set out to create this current body of work. Tover is a prolific painter and Bay Area native who has found his extensive traveling contributes to the evolution of his art-making practice. He is influenced by the work of Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell, and Willem DeKooning. His studio is located in the Benicia Arsenal area, a bustling colony of artists. Tover’s work is collected Internationally and can be found in public and commercial collections. Free. Gallery is open Sat. 10am – 6pm. ArtHouse on R St. More info…

Teens volunteer at the library. It’s Teen Service Saturday! Teens (13-17) can drop-in for a community service session. What better way to volunteer than at the public library! Make new friends and get valuable work experience. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Rancho Cordova Library. More info…

Take musical kids to the Piano Series: Anton Nel. Guest pianist Anton Nel performs a selection of Debussy preludes, works by Schubert and Beethoven, and Chopin’s “Andante Spianato” and “Grande Polonaise Brilliante”. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a pianist of exceptional sensitivity”, Anton Nel won first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall. $10+. Capistrano Concert Hall, Sac State Univ. More info…

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Sunday, February 17th, 2019

If it’s a sunny morning, take the kids bike riding on a scenic path, like the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail in West Sacramento.

Celebrate Black History Month at the family festival at Crocker, Sacramento’s largest Black History Month event. The richness of the African American experience comes to life through live performances, art activities, film shorts, mini-talks, and the return of The Black and Beautiful Artisans Marketplace. Participants include Thrive Choir, The BlyueRose Dance Project, Julian Dixon and his Tuba Time Tunnel, storyteller Diane Ferlatte, author Dr. Halifu Osumare, playwright Ginger Rutland, and a special presentation of Deborah Pittman’s Small Shoulders/Big Dreams II. In addition, there will be a unique opportunity to experience Sacramento Regional Transit’s “Rosa Parks Bus,” and a Nappy Hair Live Exhibition curated by Sacred Crowns Hair Salon. Free. Sun. 11am – 3pm. The museum is free and open from 10am – 5pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Celebrate the Vietnamese New Year. Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Greater Sacramento Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce’s Tet Festival. The event program will include entertainment, carnival games, traditional cuisine, many vendors, bingo, and raffle prizes. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 10am – 7pm (also on Sat.). Little Saigon, 4995 Stockton Blvd. More info…

Help kids eliminate the stigma of disabilities through music. The Michael Boussina Inclusion Program, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region and The Library Of MusicLandria, is planning this event to celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month. The program invites people of all abilities, from the entire community, to join in spreading the joy of music and art as a universal language. Each individual’s unique expression helps to compete the circle of humanity as we promote inclusion and kindness. All participants are encouraged to help eliminate barriers and the stigma around our perceived differences as we explore the creative potential inherent in us all. The goal of the event will be to make musical and artistic connections while enjoying the magical rhythms of our combined heartbeats. There will also be Sound Healing Stations, a drum circle, activities by Music To Grow On, various art activities, an instrument petting zoo and more. Free. Sun. 12pm – 4:30pm. KOH Library & Cultural Center. More info…

Meet youth artists from foster homes at their art show reception at Crocker Art Museum. Better Life Children Services’ Young Artists showcases works by foster youth that express what it means or how it looks to be part of a loving family. When children in foster care are provided with the opportunity to grow up in a loving, permanent, and safe home environment, the healing process begins. Support kids in the community who are growing up with great hardships. Members Free. $6 & up. Kids 5 & under are free. Sun. 1pm (during the Black History Month Family Festival). Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Cheer on the Sac State hornets’ baseball team as they challenge North Dakota State at John Smith Field. Sunday should be sunny (fingers crossed!). Tickets are $5-12. Game starts at 1pm. More info…

Hit some golf balls with a PGA professional at the Supervised Practice Session for Juniors at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course. $25. Registration required. Sun. 1:15pm – 2:15pm. More info…

Take a closer look at ants. Learn about the world of ants and how fascinating these little critters truly are. Follow one of Effie Yeaw’s naturalists through the preserve for an Ant-tastic hike. Free, $5 parking. Sun. 1:30pm – 3pm. Space is limited, arrive early. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

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

Take older kids to see the animated short films nominated for Oscars this year. The entire program will be 75 minutes and includes Bao, Late Afternoon, Animal Behaviour, Weekends, and One Small Step. There’s also the documentary short films nominated for Oscars next week (also recommended for older kids, some mature themes). Guaranteed to be one hour of fantastic short films. $14. Sun. 7pm (Doors 6pm). Also on Sat. Crest Theatre. More info…

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Plan Ahead: The Batty for Bats experience with the Yolo Basin Foundation is a spectacular bat viewing event that sells out every year. It’s a little spendy ($55), but totally worth it to do once with the kids–especially older kids who like creepy animals. A bat expert Corky Quirk leads a small group of 30 in their own cars down a private road not usually accessible by the public. Wine, appetizers, and cookies await you while you stop to watch literally hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats fly out of their nests. This year’s event is on Saturday, July 20th, 5:30pm – 9pm. Yes, it’s months away, but it’s worth the extreme pre-planning. There are still tickets available! More info…

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xo, sabrina : )

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

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

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

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

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For adults w/ kids interested in cryptology…

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

 

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Happy Adventuring!
xo, sabrina : )

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

TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! NOVEMBER 10TH – NOVEMBER 11TH, 2018

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

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

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


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10TH, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Get some messy hands at the Artful Tot at Crocker. Every month, toddlers explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. Adults learn how to encourage experimentation and self-expression while nurturing their child’s creativity. Families are welcome to arrive any time during the program period. Please dress for mess. For children 19-36 months old with a caregiver. $8+. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! NOVEMBER 3RD – NOVEMBER 4TH, 2018

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

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Plan ahead…

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

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

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

 

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

 

 

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

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

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you need to take a mental break…

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

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

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

Or go for a really beautiful, easy hike…

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

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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