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Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend! [May 19th – 20th, 2018]

Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of May 19th – May 20th!


SATURDAY, MAY 19TH

Sacramento Promenade of Mermaids. The 8th Annual Promenade of Mermaids will begin and end on the boardwalk in front of the Delta King! Attractions include Dive Bar Mermaids and Mermen photo booth, Pixie Tribe face painting, giant bubbles, various vendors including Merman Alfonso’s handmade mermaid treasures in his Merman’s Grotto, and Pirates of Sacramento’s monkey cannon arcade. There will be Mermaids, Mermen and Pirates aplenty as well as sea creatures of every persuasion. Prizes will be awarded for best costume for both adult and child entrants as well as some miscellaneous categories, to be announced. Sat. 11:30am – 3pm. Free. Delta King Riverboat in Old Sac. More info…

Walk on the Wildside and learn about Central Valley habitats. This free family-oriented event includes hiking tours of local wetlands and forests, presentations, live animal shows, music, children’s hands-on activities, informational exhibits, and more! Guided and self-guided tours are offered throughout the day. Explore a pristine valley oak riparian forest in search of migratory songbirds. Visit numerous wetland and riparian forest restoration projects. Take one of the Bufferlands guided tours and enjoy a unique opportunity to see a rare heron and egret rookery—one of only four in Sacramento County. This rookery contains more than 120 active nests of great blue herons, great egrets and double crested cormorants. Spotting scopes will be available for optimum viewing of these fascinating and beautiful birds. The fun activities are held at the beautiful Beach Lake Park, near the town of Freeport. Free. Sat. 10am – 4pm. More info…

Rock Art Mysteries. Take a walk with the Maidu Museum through the historic site to observe petroglyphs by lantern light. Journey back in time and explore ideas about the purpose of these mysterious symbols carved in stone thousands of years ago. Note: Please wear comfortable shoes. All ages welcome. $6. Sat. 8-9pm. More info…

Watch bicyclists finish the Amgen Tour at the State Capitol Building. It’s such an exciting race! Take the opportunity to run around the gardens and old growth trees at the Capitol. More info…

Take older kids to see a Broadway show on tour. An American In Paris is playing at the Community Center Theater. An American In Paris is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin. Sat. 2pm, 8pm. Tickets $25+. More info…

International Migratory Bird Day. Come join us and celebrate the 350 species of North American birds that migrate between their breeding grounds and wintering grounds every year! Have fun learning about this amazing migration including where the birds stop in between their destinations, and how you can play a part in their journey. Stop by to enjoy free arts and crafts, hands-on activities, games, and prizes while learning all about bird migration. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Free with zoo admission. More info…

Community Carnival, presented by the Sacramento Children’s Home North Sacramento Family Resource Center Birth and Beyond, is a free, fun, family-friendly event themed like an old-school Carnival! Lunch, music, performances, bounce houses and more! Free lunch for the first 300 guests. Folklorico and Zumba performances. Sat. 10am – 1pm. More info…

Wheels Day at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. Vroom Vroom! Race around on a tricycle track and get up close to a recycling truck, police car, and other vehicles during Wheels Day, a free, outdoor family fun event! Vehicles will be on display in the Museum’s parking lot. Plus, they’ll have face painting, wheels-themed art activities, and more! Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. More info…

Saturday with the Snakes at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Join Save The Snakes Executive Director Michael Starkey in an exploration of California’s most spectacular serpents! He will discuss the ecological importance of snakes, identification of Californian venomous vs. non-venomous snakes, how to avoid snakebites, first aid, and treatment in the event of a snakebite. Then hike the trails to learn how snakes live in their natural environment. Don’t miss this fun, interactive and family-friendly program! Free, parking $5. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. More info…

Day at the Farm at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. This event has become a regional favorite! Collaborating for the past eight years with title sponsor Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, the intention of this event is to create an opportunity for families to visit the American River Ranch for a day of learning, eating, celebrating and exploring the natural world. There are free gardening and cooking classes, kid’s garden and art activities, live music, delicious food, community education demonstration tables and lots of fun for the whole family. Soil Born Farms organic plants and produce will be sold at the ever-popular plant sale and farmstand. Learn about gardening, water conservation, chickens, beekeeping, cooking, farm animals, herbs, and drought tolerant native plants. Sun. 10am – 3pm. $5, Free for kids under 2. More info…

Take a free, 90-minute Introduction to 3D Printing at Franklin Community Library in Elk Grove. This class will introduce 3D printing in a fun and accessible way for teens, ages 13-18. You’ll learn a brief history of 3D printing, examples of its potential uses and applications, and basic processes of 3D design and modeling. Free, but registration required. Sat. 10am and 2pm. More info…

Play in an all-ages cornhole tournament. Cornhole comes back to East Sacramento! Over 80 teams from all over Northern California will compete in front of hundreds of spectators for the chance to take home cash prizes from our 2nd Annual 20-30 Cornhole Tournament. Do you think you have what it takes to win? Sign up and play! The 20-30 Club is partnering up with some fantastic local breweries to provide teams and spectators alike with plenty of delicious craft beer throughout the day, which is included in the price of admission.The tournament also features food trucks, great music, wine, complimentary water and sodas. There will be an assortment of bounce houses and activities for kids. The cost is $80 total for a team of two and $30 per spectator (again, all of your drinks are inlcuded). Sat. 11am – 4pm. All ages event. More info…

 

SUNDAY, MAY 20TH

Dance through fields of irises. They’re in peak bloom at the High Sierra Iris & Wedding Garden in Camino, but the gardens are only open to the public in May. From their Facebook page: “The iris garden will be open daily for viewing from 9:30-4:30, seven days a week, during the entire month of May, except for May 19, 26, and 27. Many varieties are available for purchase in pots, and all rhizomes are available to order.” Bring a picnic! Call (530) 642-1222 to make sure they’re open before driving out. More info…

Ride the Parkway. Support the American River Parkway while logging some May is Bike Month miles. Grab your friends and your roadie, fixie, single-speed, or cruiser and enjoy the Parkway’s paved Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, followed by a BBQ, beer, live music and more! Join 500 cyclists of all levels for a bike ride along the beautiful American River Parkway, starting at William B. Pond Park. Choose from 3 different routes ranging from 5 miles to 26+ miles with rest stops along the way at the Guy West Bridge, Discovery Park, William B. Pond Park and Upper Sunrise Recreation Area. Then join the post-ride party at William B. Pond Park with delicious Santa Maria-style BBQ from O’Connor’s Wood Fire Grill and Bar, featuring meat grilled over “red oak” coals (vegetarian options available). Cool off with brews from River City Brewing Co. and New Belgium Brewing Co. as you explore booths from numerous bicycle vendors. Plus, rock out to Unsupervised, featuring your very own Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna on the electric bass. And lastly, win a new bike, restaurant gift cards and other cool items in their prize drawing. Sun. 7am – 1pm. Kids 11 & under Free. 12-17 $45, adults $80 (pre-purchased before Sunday). More info…

Critter Corner at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Have you ever wondered where their resident animals come from and why they are there? Come nose to nose with a few of resident animals, hear their story and learn all about what makes them unique! Free, parking $5. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. More info…

Davis Pride Community Festival and Run for Equality. Davis Pride is an all inclusive celebration event for members and supporters of the LGBTQIA community. Davis Pride is a two-part large scale fundraising event: a 5 and 10k family fun run/walk followed by a free community festival. Effie Passero, a Top 20 contestant on this season’s American Idol, is one of two headliners. This year’s Davis Pride Festival is dedicated to Sage Casey Schmitt, a Sonoma County teen who took their life on May 1, 2017, after coming out as gender fluid. Sage ran in the 2016 Davis Pride race and their family ran last year, just days after the 14-year-old’s death. The run is Sun. 8am-11am, and the free community festival is 11am – 4pm at Central Park in Davis. Free. Kid-Friendly Fun Run/Walk 1K $22, Rainbow Dash $5.  More info…

Hear some beautiful music at the amazing new B Street Theatre as Camellia Symphony Orchestra performs at The Sofia with the world premiere of “Jubilant Burbs,” Puccini and Verdi arias performed by sopranos Carrie Hennessey and Katelan Bowden, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral.” Kids 12 & under $8, students $15, adults $30. Sat. 7:30pm (doors 6pm), Sun. 2pm (doors 12:30pm). More info…

See some incredible child actors take the stage at 24th Street Theatre. Into the Woods, one of Sondheim’s most popular works, takes everyone’s favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless, yet relevant, modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Young Actors Stage’s production of Into the Woods is directed and choreographed by Elly Award winner, Liorah Singerman. The cast consists of local middle school, high school and college students with extensive musical theatre experience, who are no strangers to Sondheim’s work and bring an energy to the show that is sure to be memorable. All ages, $15. Sat. and Sun showtimes. More info…

Browse used bikes at Two Rivers Cider Company, a family-friendly, dog-friendly, bike-loving venue. Free. Food on site: Honduran. The minimal booth fee for sellers goes to support Boys 4 Bikes, who will be on site that day selling baked goods and educating people on their cause. Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen has generously offered to MATCH funds raised up to $1000 for Boys 4 Bikes. Sun. 1pm – 5pm. More info…

Go on a six-mile, 45-minute Excursion Train Ride along the levees of the Sacramento River. Train rides include closed coach cars, open-air gondolas and a first-class observation car pulled by either Granite Rock No. 10 steam locomotive or one of our vintage diesel locomotives from the Museum’s collection. They run on Saturdays and Sundays, 11am – 4pm, every hour on the hour, departing from Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento (located on Front Street between J and K Streets). Get tickets at Central Pacific Passenger Station in Old Sacramento (located on Front and J Streets). Regular coach $12, kids 5 & under free. You can order tickets online, but not on the day of the trip. More info…

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend! [May 5th – May 6th, 2018]

Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of May 5th – May 6th! Don’t miss our last bookstore craft event at Avid Reader Broadway at 1pm – 3pm on Sunday!


SATURDAY, MAY 5TH

Music on the Bus featuring musician Jared Johnson. Live near Davis? Come check out the free pilot live music program they are starting on their free farmer’s market red double-decker shuttle bus (to downtown Davis & UC Davis campus) Saturday 9am – 12:30pm… Jared Johnson, local super-talented accordion player, will be playing a repertoire ranging from classic French tunes to modern jams like the theme from “Game of Thrones” or your favorite video game soundtrack. We’ve heard him play songs from the film Amelie, and it is magic. The bus runs every 20 minutes! Sponsored, in part, by a grant from the City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs program More info…

Cinco de Mayo Party at Waterman Brewing Company. Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with craft beer made right here at Waterman Brewing Company! The party features Mexican entrees, live music by band Conjunto Castillo, meet and greet with bay area luchador legend Chicano Flame, live art show by painter Heather Gorton, and face-painting for kids and adults by professional special effects and make-up artist Lamira Herrera! All ages. $10. Sat. 5pm – 10pm. More info…

Strawberries are in season at 24 Carrot Farm! U-pick will be available soon, but until then, there’s a bounty of fruits and vegetables to be had at this beautiful farm in Placerville. Take a picnic and make a day of it. Open Sat. and Sun. 10am – 5pm. More info…

Print Day in May. Myrtle Press is proud to host Print Day in May. Print Day in May is part of a worldwide printmaking event. Schedule: 11am-4pm: Make a print, 4pm-5pm: Demonstration of printmaking techniques, 5pm-6pm: Refreshments and social hour. Just drop by to see what is happening, meet printmakers, find out about Myrtle Press, and see prints being made. Print Day in May began in 2007 at the Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), Monterey, CA.Print Day in May is one day each year when printmakers all over the world come together through printmaking and then share about it on the Official Print Day In May Blog. Sat. 11am – 5pm. $5 to make a print. Myrtle Press, 625 S St. More info…

River City Marketplace at Fremont Park. Shop local, support art, handmade goods and small businesses of Sacramento. River City Marketplace will be hosting over 100 vendors on Cinco De Mayo at Fremont Park. Enjoy live music and local bites while you shop, and see what Sacramento’s talent has to offer. Free. Sat. 11am – 5pm. More info…

Children’s Arts & Crafts. Children of all ages are welcome to come in to Garden Party Coffee & Tea, 5972 S. Land Park Drive from 9:30 to 11:00 to work on crafting projects to take home and celebrate these special festivities. Free of charge but donations for crafting materials are welcome. Sat. 9:30am – 11am. More info…

Take older kids to Puccini’s Tosca performed by the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. Christoph Campestrini to conduct. $18-40. Sat. 8pm, Community Center Theater. More info…

Free Comic Book Day presented by Diamond Comic Distributors. Free Comic Book Day is founded on the belief that for every person out there, there is a comic book perfect for them. Free Comic Book Day offers you the opportunity to support a local business and get a free comic out of it! Check out other local comic shops nearby to see how they are celebrating Free Comic Book Day! Then, on May 5, you can to the shop to pick up some free comic books! Keep in mind, some shops do it up really big, hosting cosplay contests, creator signings, raffles and more! Contact your local shop to find out more. Free. Sat. 11am, Comics & Collectibles. More info…

Free Comic Book Day Festival at Empire’s Comics Vault. Celebrate the joy of reading comics with 20,000 free comic books, Supreme Pro Wrestling, roller derby athletes, cosplayers (including West Coast Avengers, Vader’s First: the 501st Legion, and more), and so much more at this Free Comic Book Day event. Free. Sat. 8am – 8pm. More info…

Writing the Picture: A Comic Book Workshop. Join a hands-on free Comic Book Day workshop with comic book author Eben Burgoon! During this workshop, you will learn the basics of writing scripts for a comic book and collaborate with others or individually to create the basic framework for writing your own comic. Free. For ages 10 & up. Space is limited, registration is required. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Kidtopia. A festival built for kids, offering everything kids of all ages will love. From giant slides and inflatables to mad science experiments, crafts, selfie galleries, sports activities, video games, laser tag and cool vendors, plus interactive areas with fun for all kids. Come see Disney Channel stars Sofia Carson from Descendants, Descendants 2 and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists along with Asher Angel from Andi Mack performing on the California Family Fitness Stage and meet Miranda May from Bunk’d! General $12. Sat. 10am – 4pm, Fair Oaks Park. More info…

Under the Oaks at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. The mighty oak trees provide food and shelter for many animals and insects. Learn how to identify the three species of oak trees found in the Nature Preserve, and who may be living in them. Free, parking $5. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Arrive 30mins before start time, space is limited. More info…

Take older kids to the Metmorphosis: American River College Spring Fashion Show. Metamorphosis represents women’s fashion through stages of her life. With the hard work and innovation from our fashion merchandising students and with the creativity and passion from student fashion designers, American River College is able to bring this fashion show to you. General $12, Students/Kids $10, Parking in Lot A or B $2. Sat. First show 3pm – 3:45pm, Second show 6:30pm – 7:15pm. American River College. More info…

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The classic tale of The Wizard of Oz adapted by Tim Kelly and directed by Jill McMahon. Join Dorothy and Toto as they meet the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion on their way to meet the Wizard of Oz. This production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is interactive and is fun for the whole family. Dorothy and Toto find themselves in a strange land when their house is picked up by a tornado and deposited in Munchkin Country. On their journey to meet the Wizard of Oz, they run into many interesting creatures: a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman, a Cowardly Lion, a good with, a wicked witch., flying monkeys, and fighting trees. $5 at the door. Sat. 11am and 2pm. Theater One. More info…

 

SUNDAY, MAY 6TH

Fiesta En La Calle Cinco De Mayo Festival. Head to the largest celebration in the Sacramento area! Performers include Maya, Sugar High, Don Gato, and De’Anza. The celebration also features ballet folklorico, Aztec dancers, samba dancers, salsa dancers, crafts, and a great display of classic cars and bikes. No outside food or drinks or pets are allowed at the festival. Free. Southside Park. Sun. 11am – 6pm. More info…

Free Modern Clay Pendant Craft & Book Signing. Make a necklace for a special someone on Mother’s Day! Come on down to the Avid Reader bookstore, grab a pen, and draw your favorite words or designs for mom on a modern cut white clay pendant. All ages welcome. Free coffee and juice boxes. You don’t need a kid to join in the crafting fun. Author Sabrina Nishijima and illustrator Sarah Golden will be on-hand to sign their book, 1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids (and the Young at Heart) and help with the craft project. Free. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. Avid Reader, 1245 Broadway. More info…

Mike’s Camera and Lens Demo Day and Test Drive. OK, so, I love this event. Such a great idea. All the latest camera gear, telephoto lenses, and other gear will be available for use at the Sacramento Zoo this Sun. 9am – 4:30pm, free with zoo admission. Mike’s Camera people will be on-site to give you photography tips and tricks! Test out cameras and lenses that you’ve been wondering about. There’s no better place to do this than the zoo. More info…

Sacramento Yacht Club 68th Annual Opening Day Boat Parade. The Old Glory-themed boat parade begins at the Sacramento Yacht Club on the Sacramento River at noon with a Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony. Boaters will proceed upriver through Old Town Sacramento, turn around at the Virgin Sturgeon restaurant, make the return pass of Old Sacramento, and return to the Sacramento Yacht Club. Boats will be judged in various classes with prizes awarded for first, second, and third place per category. The parade can be viewed anywhere along the Sacramento River with the best vantage point being Old Sacramento. Come watch the parade, enjoy the Old Glory-themed day, and join in welcoming the Opening Day of the 2017 boating season. Sun. 12pm. Awards ceremony at 4pm. Old Sacramento. More info…

Dreaming of Musical Landscapes. Join the Sacramento Children’s Chorus as it takes you on an adventure through the mysterious night, the boundless sea, and the soaring sky in the final concert of its 25th season, “Dreaming of Musical Landscapes.” From classic melodies of Mozart, to movies like Brave and Lilo and Stitch, to Broadway’s Wicked and Hamilton, the Chorus will present music — some chosen by our singers themselves — that helps remind us of how nature can be a constant and comforting presence in our lives. Sun. 4pm – 5:30pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church. General $20, Student $10. More info…

Ho’ike Hula. The Ohana Dance Group and Kuhai Halau O Ke’alaanuheaokalaua’e is a non-profit, multi-generational hula halau where students of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities are exposed to the Hawaiian culture and music through traditional hula. Because Ohana means “family”, their goal is to maintain a family-oriented atmosphere where students can enjoy learning about the Hawaiian culture. Join them for a special afternoon of Hawaiian culture and music, and share in the feeling of Aloha (love). There will be a silent auction at the event. A portion of their proceeds will be donated to the Queen Lili’uokalani Trust Fund. Sun. 2pm. Adults $25, Youth $10. The Center at Twenty Three Hundred. More info…

Harmony for the Homeless. Harmony for the Homeless is a joint concert of the UC Davis Concert Band, San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band and Camerata California Chamber Choir to benefit Joshua’s House–California’s first homeless hospice. Currently, one to three people die on the streets in Sacramento each week, many due to advanced illnesses. Joshua’s House is dedicated to providing comfort and care to our community members who are most in need. The Harmony for the Homeless benefit concert will raise funds for the establishment of Joshua’s House, as well as promote awareness of the various issues surrounding homelessness and healthcare. The program will include: Rhapsody in Blue (featuring Richard Glazier, piano), American in Paris, West Side Story Overture, Candide Overture and Suite, and more. Sun. 2pm. Adults $20, Kids $10. McClatchy High School. More info…

Intergalactic Expo. A local science fiction and fantasy convention, known as the Intergalactic Expo or IGX for short, launches into the West Sacramento Civic District. Previous years conventions have featured a rush of attendees dressed as their favorite sci-fi characters that come to enjoy live entertainment, vendors, artists and informative panels. Other highlights include one of a kind photo ops, where attendees snap photos with a variety of props including a Tardis à la Doctor Who. This year props will include an AT-AT, the large land roaming transport as seen in the Star Wars movies. This year’s IGX theme is time travel, with vehicles from the Back to the Future trilogy making an appearance. Sun. 10am – 5pm. General $10. Up to two children (0-8) free with each adult. West Sacramento City Hall Galleria. More info…

Gifts from Mother Nature at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Create a one-of-a-kind craft from Mother Earth as you learn the skill of polishing abalone to make a necklace. Free, $5 parking.  Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Arrive 30 mins early, space limited. More info…

Last day of Children’s Book Week. Celebrate Children’s Book Week with storytime, activities, and giveaways each day of the week! From April 30 through May 6, join us on the Mother Goose Stage each day at Noon. A different book will be featured each day with storytime and craft activities inspired by the selected book. There will also be a Scholastic Book Fair with books for sales. It’s a week of literary fun! Children’s Book Week activities are free with paid park admission. Sun. 10am – 3pm. Fairytale Town. More info…

Take older teens to… Opera in Disguise. Sac State’s Opera Theatre presents two tales with Opera in Disguise, a fully staged production with orchestra. An engaged couple don disguises to learn more about each other in “The Game of Love and Chance.” And a doctor’s wedding night is interrupted by a string of patients in “The Night Bell.” Sun. 2pm. Students $8, General $15. More info…

Gold Fever Tours. Guests to Old Sacramento can experience what it was like to catch gold fever while getting actively involved in the intriguing Gold Fever!guided tours. Tour guests take on personas of characters in history, or “real-life rascals”, who scratched and clawed their way to make this area the center of the Gold Rush. Gold Fever! tours relive Sacramento’s early days when gold fever ruled amid horrible disasters that threatened fates and fortunes. To spice things up even more, elements of chance are introduced that could change the fate of tour guests. Through the course of the lively tours that meander through Old Sacramento, visitors discover if they successfully escaped the many floods, if they managed to keep their gold dust (or lose it all at the gambling tables) and if they survived the fires, disease and occasional steamboat explosion. Gold Fever! tours last approximately one hour. Kids 5 & under, Free. 6-17 $6. Adults $10. Sacramento Visitor’s Center. Sat. & Sun. 10am. More info…

 

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend! [Apr. 28 – Apr. 29, 2018]

Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of April 28th – 29th! Don’t miss our handmade book/journal craft event and signing at Underground Books on Saturday at 1:30pm!


SATURDAY, APR. 28TH

Join us for our Journal-Making Craft & Book Signing Event at Underground Books in Oak Park. Author Sabrina Nishijima will be on-hand to sign books and help kids make their own handmade journals. All supplies provided. Free. First 25 people get a free denim book bag. Sat. 1:30pm – 3:30pm. 2814 35th St. Then stop by Old Soul for some lavender lemonade, Oak Park Brewing for some brews, Display: California for some quality local goods, or Vibe Health Bar for some killer smoothies, and explore all that Oak Park has to offer. More info…

Learn to “Deadhead” Roses at McKinley Park Rose Garden. Bring some clippers, gloves, and a hat to the Annual Volunteer Appreciation/Deadheading Event, and learn the proper way to cut off old roses! This is a family-friendly rose-clipping event. Trainers will be on hand to show you how it’s done! There will be morning goodies for volunteers from Freeport Bakery, with coffee and orange juice! They will need volunteer forms signed ahead of time for any minors attending the event. For more info, please contact: friendsofeastsac@aol.com. Sat. 9am – 1pm.

Free Sailboat Rides. Have you ever wanted to learn to sail a boat or a windsurfer? If so, head to the Lake Washington Sailing Club’s open house event. In addition to free sailboat rides there will be fascinating displays of sailing activities and sailing related organizations, food and refreshments for sale and fun activities for kids. Sat. 10:30am – 3:30pm. More info…

Nature Explorers at the Sacramento Zoo. Enjoy a new way for young nature explorers and their grownups to investigate the wilderness in their own backyard. Join the Sacramento Zoo and the Sacramento Library the last Saturday of every month, January thru September, anytime between 10am- 2pm, as they read stories, play, and explore the wonders of the natural world. There will be a new topic each month. Sat. 10am – 2pm. General $14.95, Kids 2-11 $9.95. More info…

Powerful Pollinators at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Who’s responsible for most of the delicious fruits and vegetables we eat? Pollinators! Learn all about the different creature forms pollinators come in, explore some the Nature Center’s incredible insect collection, and take a hike to see if you can catch these busy critters in action. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. More info…

Take older teens to Gear Up for Bike Month at OneSpeed Pizza. Join OneSpeed and the American River Parkway Foundation to Gear Up for Bike Month. Ride your bike down to learn tips and tricks on how to tune things up and be ready to cycle your way through May. They’ll have raffle prizes and May is Bike Month swag. Complimentary tune-ups courtesy of Bike Lab, Edible Pedal, and Kinetic Cycles. Free. Donations and raffle tickets will benefit the American River Parkway Foundation. Sat. 11am – 2pm.

Craft Corner at McKinley Library. Learn to make Hexagonal Shadowbox Shelves out of popsicle sticks. Learn a new craft technique every month using simple household items and affordable materials. Join in this April and use popsicle sticks to make hexagonal shadowbox shelves! This is an adult program, but children 8 and up are welcome. Free. Sat. 2:30 – 3:30pm. More info…

Star Wars Day at the Sacramento Zoo. Meet your favorite Star Wars characters without making a trip to a galaxy far, far away. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and pose for free photos with the costumed characters. Visitors will learn how animal adaptations and behaviors in our galaxy relate to the creatures from the Star Wars universe through stage shows, crafts and other activities. The animals will join in on the fun as they enjoy special Star Wars themed enrichment items throughout the day. Sat. 9am – 3pm. Adults $15, Kids 2-11 $10. Two entry times avail. 9am – 1pm, 1pm – 4pm. More info…

Superhero Day at Fairytale Town. Calling all superheroes! Celebrate National Superhero Day at Fairytale Town! Enjoy arts and crafts activities and meet your favorite superheroes and everyday heroes. Come dressed in your capes and masks. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Admission $6, 1 & under Free. More info…

Fair Oaks Kid’s Art Festival at Village Park. Join the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District and the San Juan Unified School District for a free community focus on creativity! Make and take art stations, dance and music performances, art show, food trucks, and more. Free. Sat. 10am – 3pm. More info…

Sac Fry Fest at Roosevelt Park. Share some fries with the kids, created by 15+ local chefs, and visit the Fry Fest kids zone. There will be live performances, a makers bazaar, beer garden, and free bike valet. Sat. 3pm – 7pm. Pets welcome on leash. General $10.50. More info…

Hardley Heroes – Avengers: Infinity War Opening Weekend Experience at Century Arden 14. Join the Hardly Heroes: Buddy, Manny, and Aaron for an amazing Avengers: Infinity War Experience. Admission includes:, Assigned seat for Avengers, Infinity War screening, Pre-movie fun including games and prizes, Galactic Hero Tickets come with a gift bag ($10+ value) of special Hardly Heroes and Avengers themed goodies, All attendees will receive a custom Hardly Heroes/Infinity War commemorative art print designed by local artist and a special edition badge and lanyard marking your seat location. Sat. 10:30am – 2pm. $10-$20. More info…

Take older teens to the 2-Hour Bird Walk at Soil Born Farms. Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. Cliff will point out other critters and plant life along the way. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers. Instructor: Cliff Hawley. $8. Sat. 9am – 11am. More info…

El Día de los Niños: Biligual Storytime at North Sacramento Library. Join Roberto Rivera Robles for a lively bilingual story time with stories, songs and movement. Following the program there will be Pixie Tribe face painting and a special craft project with ArtBeast. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm.

Watch the Sacramento Republic FC take on the Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Papa Murphy’s Park! Tickets start at $16. Sat. 7:30pm. More info…

Galt Día de los Niños Festival. Enjoy a fun-filled day featuring performances by musician Felipe Ferraz, Cenzontle a traditional Mexican dance group and Fenix Drum & Dance Co. and more. Galt Library. Free, Sat. 10am.

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

Spring Forward 2018. Join Oak Park Sol and Alchemist Community Development Corporation (Alchemist CDC) for food, drinks, and live music in the Pacific McGeorge School of Law courtyard and support neighborhood residents and their projects! There will be a drawing featuring prizes and goodies from local businesses, and lawn games galore. Oak Park Sol and Alchemist CDC are committed to activating and supporting residents with the funds raised from this event. Sat. 5pm – 9pm. All ages. General $25, Student $15. More info…

Kalpuli Xihuacoatl Aztec Dance Group. Enjoy an amazing Aztec dance performance by Kalpulli Xihuacoatl (House of the Serpent Woman) featuring local youth dancers. Free, Sat. 2pm. South Natomas Library.

City of Elk Grove Fit Fest. Join the City of Elk Grove and the Cosumnes Community Services District for Fitfest featuring the Elk Grove Gauntlet Fitness Challenge, Kids Warrior Challenge and free fitness festival! Bring the kids out for the free kid zone featuring a free zipline, rock wall, mini obstacle course and bounce houses. Watch athletes battle it out in the Elk Grove Gauntlet Fitness Challenge and the little ones make their way through the Kids Warrior Challenge obstacle course. Free. Kids Warrior Challenge Obstacle Course $25. Sat. 9am – 5pm. Elk Grove Regional Park. More info…

Danza Azteca Group. Celebrate with traditional Aztec dancers from Noxtin Nomecayotzin (All My Relations) Education and enjoy colorful costumes and the sounds of this indigenous dance style, as well as face painting with Pixie Tribe and a special craft. Free, Sat. 2pm. Walnut Grove Library.

Doggy Dash. Celebrate 25 years of community support for dogs and their owners, this special day is the perfect experience to share with your personal pet while helping those in the shelter still waiting for their forever homes. The start of the 2k/5k dog walk and the Bark in the Park Festival is located on the corner of Sutterville Road and Freeport Boulevard in the ‘Village Green’ area of the park. General $35, Kids 12 & under $20. Sat. 8:30pm. William Land Park. More info…

Take older teen writers to Fact to Fiction: Creating a Story from Real Events with Anne Da Vigo. Local author Anne Da Vigo will lead this hands-on workshop to help you down your creative path from real events to fiction! Da Vigo is the author of the new thriller, Thread of Gold, and will show you how to use real people, events, and settings and craft them into a fictional work. Bring paper and a pen! Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. Franklin Community Library in Elk Grove.

Spring Flowers Art Exhibit at the Kennedy Gallery Art Center. Drop-in to celebrate the beauty of nature and spring with an annual multi-artist spring flower exhibit. Free. Open Sat. 12pm – 6pm. Walk a block or two and share a snack at Low Brau, Pushkins, Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, etc.

 

SUNDAY, APR. 29TH

The Big Bounce America at South Natomas Community Park. The Biggest Bounce House in the World is visiting Sacramento as part of a 64 city tour. The Big Bounce America is a 10,000 square feet of full-on inflatable fun. It’s a crazy, action-packed fun day out suitable for all the family featuring the world’s largest bounce house alongside a host of amazing inflatable attractions. With every bounce, there’s a whole new experience to be shared and down every slide a new adventure for you, your friends and family to be a part of. They’re proud to have created a thrilling and memorable event that appeals to families, teenagers and grown-ups looking for an escape from adulting. So what are you waiting for? Sneakers off, party on! Open Fri. 1pm – 6:30pm, Sat. 8am – 7pm, and Sun. 8am – 7pm. $9-$25. More info…

Sac Civic Ballet and Deane Dance Center presents Giselle. One of the most popular ballets of all-time, Giselle tells the story of a young peasant girl who falls in love, is betrayed, suffers the ultimate tragedy, yet finds forgiveness and eternal love in the end. This production is suitable for the entire family. Hiram Johnson High School. Adults $17, Children $10. Shows Thurs, Fri, Sat, and Sun. More info…

DIAL-A-STORY. Listen to a story free by dialing up the library’s storyline at 916-441-1234 or toll-free 866-241-7490. There’s a new story weekly.

Open Air Singing Circle at William Land Park. Everyone can sing! Find your voice. The singing circle allows every participant to access the healing and restorative power of music. How does it work? The leaders make up simple vocal melodies, giving a different part to each section of the circle. The parts change over time. Together, you create evolving, improvised choral music, and lots of good vibrations! Why does it work? It just feels good to sing with other members of your community. It also feels good to listen to other voices. Add to this the specialness of a musical composition that is created on the spot and then disappears! It’s a great way to be in the moment. Weather permitting, the group may relocate to MusicLandria HQ. Suggested donation $10. Free if you cannot afford to pay. Sun. 2pm. More info…

Día del Niño KiDDay Festival at Latino Center of Art and Culture. In Mexico, Día del Niño (Children’s Day) is always filled with activities, and children look forward to a holiday all their own with fun, gifts and special events. This is Center’s 6th Annual festival focuses on active engagement by community members — creating and participating in art rather than simply observing. The major focus will be on kids themselves, and so part of center stage performances will be children. Healthy food and beverages will also be available. The Sacramento River Cats street team will be on hand with their games booth and info on their new spring/summer Latino outreach program, along with the LEAD Latino Club from Cosumnes Oaks High School.Also on hand will be Roberto López with his dog Marx from California Rescue Dog Association. Some of the featured adult performers are members of the very popular El Corro of Sacramento — guitarist/singer/storytellers Peter Baird and Michael Hirsher, as well as Dinorah. Free. Sun. 11am – 3pm. More info…

Haggin Oaks Golf Expo. There is something for the whole family during the Haggin Oaks Golf Expo weekend. Educational seminars, technology advice, celebrity appearances, ball fitting seminars and more will be held on the ESPN 1320 Golf-to-Go Game Improvement Stage. If you like golf, then you’ll love the Haggin Oaks Golf Expo. Over 200 vendors will attend. Free, parking $5. Fri., Sat. & Sun. More info…

Save the Frogs Day at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Join in for a celebration of some of Mother Nature’s most valuable creatures, frogs! Come see their resident amphibians up close, learn how important they are in the web of life, and how they let us know about the health of our local waterways. Make beautiful art celebrating your favorites. Free, parking $5. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. More info…

Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition. The Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition (YAC), now in its 14th year, supports young artists in the early stages of their careers, providing scholarships to further their musical studies as well as valuable performance opportunities to encourage their artistic growth. This year the competition features the Founders Prize in Vocals to US-residents Ages 18-22, and the Young Artists Prize to California-resident pianists and instrumentalists ages 12-17. This is a weekend-long festival, suitable for older kids and aspiring performers. Sat. & Sun. More info…

Fairytale Town Troupers present Little Red Riding Hood. The Troupers kick off their 11th anniversary season with a new retelling of the classic Grimm Brothers’ story, Little Red Riding Hood. In this fun, fast-paced, interactive performance, a comical Big Bad Wolf narrates the tale of his encounter with Red and Grandma as it happens — and has no luck being either big or bad throughout the entire misadventure. Performances will be held in the Children’s Theater. $1-$2 in addition to admission. Sat. & Sun. 11am, 12pm, 1pm. More info…

Play pickle ball at R. Burnett Miller Park in East Sacramento, Eastern Oak Park in Arden Arcade, Lembi Park in Folsom, or Auburn Regional Park in Auburn. It’s like mini tennis! We use tennis racquets and kid-sized tennis balls. Check here for more public courts…

 

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Picks for This Weekend!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of March 17th – 18th… Try the Family AcroYoga workshop by Handstand Nation on Saturday and learn some new tricks!

SATURDAY, MAR. 17TH

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 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade steps off promptly at 1pm from Neasham and Front Streets in Old Sacramento and proceeds throughout the national historic landmark district. Free. Sat. 11:30am – 3pm. More info…

Sacramento Republic FC vs. San Antonio FC (Opening Night). Watch the Sac Republic kick off the new season at this super-exciting game at Papa Murphy’s Park. Game starts at 7:30pm, Sat. There are still tickets left! Starting at $16. More info…

Hands on History: Frontier Survival Skills. For this special hands-on event, Fort visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1840s to learn necessary skills to survive on the frontier. Many of the 19th century adventurers who came west were farmers, clerks, smiths or bookkeepers and not prepared for life on the frontier. When they made the decision to leave behind their old lives and head into the largely unknown western lands of North America, they had to acquire new knowledge, new skills, and adapt their life to survival in the wilderness. Fort guests will view demonstrations of how fire is started with flint and steel (and see if they can create a spark!), explore what plants could be used for food or medicine, and how to treat wounds when no physicians were available. Guests will also learn how foods can be prepared and preserved, unexpected places to find fuel, and see many different types of guns and how they were used for survival. And, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon. Adults $7, kids ages 6-17 $5, 5 & under free. Sat. 10am – 5pm. More info…

Got Talent Sacramento is a fundraiser that showcases some of Sacramento’s hidden talents in a fabulous night of entertainment. Join Christian Youth Theater (CYT) for a charitable evening of entertainment and inspiration where you will eat, drink and mingle and also have the opportunity to bid on gift packages, services and a variety of donated prizes. $25. Sat. 6:30 – 9:30pm. More info…

Practice handstands at the Family AcroYoga event by the Handstand Nation. Join Sariah and her little partner Olivia in this playful workshop of AcroYoga for the whole family. Lift, flip, balance and play with your smaller, younger person. Learn AcroYoga poses and fun games. This event is great for all ages. Adult and child $30, additional children $15. Sat. 11am – 12:30pm. More info…

Watch a puppet show at Colonial Heights Library. Puppet Art Theater will perform “A Tale of Dragon’s Tail.” Princess Penny returns home to discover problems in the kingdom. A dragon has been spotted in the hills above the castle and the King has been giving all the kingdom’s gold to a wizard who claims he can keep the dragon away. Is there really a dragon? Free show. Sat. 1-2pm. All ages. More info…

Librarian Sabrina’s Craft Corner at McKinley Library. Learn a new craft technique every month, using simple household items and affordable materials. Join in this March as the group weaves baskets out of recycled maps! This is an adult program, but children 8 and up are welcome. The Sacramento Public Library is committed to providing the community with free, quality events for people of all ages. Sat. 2:30 – 3:30pm. More info…

Sacramento State Piano Series: Michael Rickman (Opening Night). Teen musicians might enjoy Sacramento State’s acclaimed Piano Series, which opens its spring season with Michael Rickman. Rickman has performed at venues around the world, and been described as “a resourceful and sensitive pianist.” General $20, Students $15. Sat. 7:30pm. The program includes works by Bach, Schubert, and Ravel. More info…

Got a teen who plays jazz? Check out the Fred Hersch and Anat Cohen Duo performing at the Mondavi Center. These two friends come together in an intimate, musical conversation covering the history of modern jazz. Woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen makes music that blends jazz and folk styles from Brazil, New Orleans, New York, Eastern Europe and Israel. Fred Hersch is an eight-time Grammy Award nominee and a revered figure among jazz’s piano elite. His low-key demeanor belies a restless, searching spirit, melodic genius and a distinctive keyboard style that has influenced countless musicians. Kids under 18, $23.50. More info…

Sensory Storytime at Sylvan Oaks Library. Join Sylvan Oaks Library for a special storytime for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. This event will also feature books, music, fidget toys, crafts and more. The presenter is the parent of a young man with autism and there will be plenty of time for parents to network with others.Noise and/or behaviors are never a problem at the library! Free. Sat. 10:30 – 11:15am. More info…

Stop by the Sacramento State University Library Gallery for A Spectrum of Contemporary Ceramics, a series of stunning, oversized sculptures. The free display spotlights utilitarian wares, pop culture objects, classically-inspired pieces, and large installation objects by 18 established artists. Free. Open Sat. 10-5pm. 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA. (916) 278-4189.

Meet author Janet Ann Collins at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. She’ll read one of her picture books. Janet is the author of several children’s books, including “Slime & All” and “Signs of Trouble.” Sat. 12:30pm – 1pm. Free with admission. More info…

Sing and dance to Mister Cooper’s songs at the Belle Cooledge Library Sat. 11-11:30am. Free concert. Ages 3-7. More info…

Watch a small, urban ping-pong tournament at Timeless Thrills, squeezed into a boutique in East Sac. For older teens. If it’s too crowded or intense, walk a couple blocks to Big Spoon for some frozen yogurt. Sat. 6pm. 3714 J St. More info…

SUNDAY, MAR. 18TH

Seeing Green at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Join a naturalist for some “catch and release” activities in the Nature Center’s pond. Explore what critters are living there and see how being green makes life a little easier in the pond. Free, $5 Parking. Sun. 1:30 – 2:30pm. Arrive 30 mins before start time, space is limited. More info…

See the pink Western Redbud trees in full bloom right now at the UC Davis Arboretum. Walk through the collection on the north path between La Rue Road and Mrak Hall Drive. Get Arboretum info and a visitor’s map here…

Sense and Sensibility at the City Theatre, Sacramento City College. The Dashwood sisters’ learn that happiness in love is an unpredictable struggle against the most important social values: family, honor, and wealth. Luckily, with Jane Austen, love wins. City Theatre at Sacramento City College begins the new year with Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility adapted by Jennifer Lee Taylor and directed by Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin. Performances will be held in the main auditorium of the Performing Arts Center on campus at Sacramento City College. For older teens. Students with ID $10. Sun. 2pm (or Sat. 2pm & 8pm). More info…

Taiko Drummers of Japan. Since its inception, Yamato has redefined the art of taiko drumming. Hailing from Nara, Japan, these masters put on a spectacular visual performance, combining riveting musicianship and high-energy movement with evocatively designed costumes and a remarkable assortment of wadaiko drums. In Chousensha (The Challengers), the drummers express emotions related to overcoming obstacles in their lives by challenging their own limits physically and rhythmically, breathing new life into traditional drumming like never before. Sun. 3pm at the Mondavi Center. Kids $12.50. More info…

Stop by the Pence Gallery in Davis with older kids to see Hannah Klaus Hunter’s colorful “Paper & Leaf” exhibit. Long captivated by the shapes of leaves and the patterns they make in her monoprints, Hannah Klaus Hunter has created a series of collage works that merges her interest in plant life with pattern and color. Each collage consists of many smaller leaf prints, which Hunter combines to create an evocative landscape. Gallery is open Sat/Sun 11:30am – 5pm. Nicole Mueller gives an artist talk Sat. 1-3pm for her work, “Light Matter,” and she is the recipient of the Glickman McClure Artist Award. More info…

Go to the Wildlife Stage Show at the Sacramento Zoo, a daily event where kids can learn about and meet some wildlife up-close. Sat/Sun 11-11:30am. Free with admission. More info…

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

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

xo,
sabrina

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Picks for This Weekend!

Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of March 3rd – 4th!

SATURDAY, MAR. 3RD

Visit the California Automobile Museum and take a look at some amazing cars, from vintage to modern. See an upside-down racing car. Climb into an old-fashioned Model T from the 1900s. A car-themed Storytime is being held at 11am and 12pm, Sat. More info…

Watch people eating donuts and racing at the Tesco Donut Dash X at Land Park. Participants start in Land Park then run, jog, or walk 2 miles to Marie’s Donuts. At Marie’s, participants 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. More info…

Join Barnes & Noble for a double-feature at 11am and noon: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime (11am), and A Wrinkle in Time Storytime & Giveaways (12pm). The new movie A Wrinkle in Time comes out Mar. 9th and they will read excerpts from the book and giveaway free items and do fun kid activities. More info…

Hawk Talk at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Come discover more about these majestic raptors, learns tips on identifying the most common types in our area, and get close up with one of our resident hawks. Sat. 10:30am. Free, $5 parking. More info…

Watch the Sacramento Kings take on the Utah Jazz at 7pm, Sat. Tickets start at $17. More info…

Mausoleum Tour at the Old City Cemetery, for older kids. Join in for a rare glimpse of the architecture, the stories and the secrets that hide inside these magnificent monuments to Sacramento’s golden age. Since they don’t have permission from the owners and due to the fragility of the monuments, you won’t be able to go inside them, but they’re fun to look at and learn about. 10:00am – 11:30am, Sat. Free. More info…

Journey to the fictional small town of Grover’s Corners in a youth production of the classic play Our Town. This play tells the story of a town in New Hampshire between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its young residents, particularly Emily Webb and George Gibbs. Performed by STC School of the Arts Young Professionals Conservatory students. The Young Professionals Conservatory is a ten-month program for students ages 12 to 18 that prepares students for careers in theatre through master classes and performance opportunities with professional actors, directors, and designers. Showtimes Sat. 2pm, 7pm, and Sun. 2pm. More info…

Walk, run, or in-line skate across Folsom’s beautiful historic Truss Bridge. Make your way to the ever-popular, iconic  Karen’s Bakery before jetting home.

Get or borrow some pop-up soccer goals, get some friends together and play 3-on-3 soccer at a peaceful, riverside park like Larchmont Community Park. Get ready for Sac Republic’s opening season in a couple of weeks! Buy tickets for their opening game here…

Get a good grip and cruise down some snow on a toboggan at Adventure Mountain, at the top of Echo Summit off of Highway 50. Where can you find a toboggan? Home Depot usually has them in the playsets & recreation department. More info…

SUNDAY, MAR. 4TH

Go to a free mini-concert at the Avid Reader Broadway Station. Musicians from the Sacramento Youth Symphony will be performing at 3pm, Sun. Join in for good books and music. More info…

Join Sacramento Zoo for a fun talk: Flamingo Youngsters Keeper Chat at 10:30am, Wildlife Stage Show at 11am, Giraffe Encounter at 11:45am, Burrowing Owl Keeper Chat at 2:15pm, Horbill Keeper Chat at 2:30pm, Flamingo Keeper Chat at 2:45pm, or Vet Hospital Chat at 3pm. More info…

Feast your eyes on an explosion of flowers at the 94th Annual Sacramento Camellia Show. Drop by the oldest camellia show in the United States! Featuring beautiful camellias of all sizes and colors and a spectacular trophy table with winning blooms! Also on display, winning photos from our photo contest and unique arrangements by our Sister City, Matsuyama Japan!​​​​​​​​​ Over 200 camellia plants will be on sale with many varieties not available for purchase anywhere locally except this show. Free. Sat. 3pm – 6pm, Sun. 10am – 5pm. More info…

Tree: A Book Reading and Conversation at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, for older kids. Join in for a special program as author Melina Sempill Watt shares a reading of her book, Tree. Take a journey with her as you experience 229 years in the life of a California live oak from the point of view of a tree. Space is limited. Sign-ups are taken the day of the event. They recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to start time. 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Sat. Free, $5 parking. More info…

If you missed the Wingding exhibit for young children at the Art Spot at Crocker Art Museum, Sunday is your last shot. Wingding is a festive, three-dimensional art experience designed for young children and their caregivers and/or families. This installation by Sonya White offers opportunities to interact with and learn about the basic elements of art through play, experimentation, and creative collaboration. Museum is open Sun. 10am – 5pm. More info…

Check out the Art of the Airport Tower, a special traveling exhibit from
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibit takes you on a photographic journey around the globe. Come explore and discover 50 striking airport tower photographs. Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo’s photographs reveal the architectural, cultural, and technological significance of each of the featured towers. This exhibit will change the way you think about flight. Open 10am – 4pm. More info…

Walk or ride all or part of the Davis-Covell Greenbelt in Davis. This 2.7-mile loop is flat, dog-friendly, and crosses large, grassy areas. Along the way, look for cherry blossoms in spring, giant dominos, dog sculptures, and the Julie Portansky Pond at Northstar Park.

Bring some lawn games to the quaint McConnell Estates Winery in Elk Grove and relax next to the vineyard and their 100-year old red barn. Tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 11-5pm.

Visit Kid’s Town at Mill View Ranch in Apple Hill, where you can explore a countryside mini-city, built just for little humans. Open year-round 7:30am – 5pm.

Go to John’s Incredible Pizza in Roseville and ride the bumper cars. Get unlimited salad at the pizza and salad bar!

xo
Sabrina

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Picks for This Weekend!

Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of February 24th – 25th! Don’t miss the Dinosaur Terrarium Workshop at Verge Center for the Arts on Sunday!

SATURDAY, FEB. 24TH

Oh, Deer! Go on a guided walk through Effie Yeaw Nature Center’s trails with a naturalist and find out what the deer population is up to at the end of winter. Space is limited. Sign-ups can be taken the day of the event. They recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to start time. Free, donations accepted. $5 parking. Sat. 10:30 – noon. More info…

Take the 2018 Sacramento Polar Plunge at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, or just register as a “chicken” and watch the craziness ensue. Guaranteed to be a good time. Students can enter the Cool School Challenge for $25. Tickets available for burrito breakfast starting at 10am. The plunge takes place Sat. at 12pm sharp! More info…

Take older kids to a free yoga class at the Arden-Dimick Public Library, taught by veteran yoga instructor Joan Howell. All skill levels welcome, bring a yoga mat. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. More info…

Nature Explorers at the Sacramento Zoo. Enjoy a new way for young nature explorers and their grownups to investigate the wilderness in their own backyard. Join the Sacramento Zoo and the Sacramento Library the last Saturday of every month, January thru September, anytime between 10am- 2pm, as they read stories, play, and explore the wonders of the natural world. There will be a new topic each month. Kids 2-11, $9.95, Adults $14.95. Sat. 10am – 2pm. More info…

Discover instruments that people play around the world at the Exploring Music Around the World event, hosted by the Department of Music at UC Davis. Kids can listen to unique instruments being played, and play them too! Sat. 12pm – 1pm, North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

The McKeever School of Irish Dance is putting on a student showcase for the second time! Watch top champions, cute beginners, and dancers of every age perform a wide variety of Irish Step Dances. Under the direction of former Riverdance Star Nicole McKeever, this event will be full of joy and energy, and will feature musician Liz Ryder, who will be performing beautiful Celtic vocal music accompanied by the harp during all three shows starting at 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm, Sat. Tickets $15. More info…

Got a budding jazz musician on your hands? Take them to hear some early jazz from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s at the free concert by the Phonotone Orchestra at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on J St. Live music played with no electronics, just sax, trumpet, string base, piano, and vintage drums. 90-minute program with a short intermission. Sat. 4pm.

Take older kids interested in fashion design to the Sacramento Fashion Week Fall and Winter Designer Showcase at the new, beautiful Downtown Commons (DOCO). General seats start at $35. Sat. 4pm – 7pm. More info…

Blast to the past at the 6th Annual Steampunk Bazaar, a free, family-friendly bazaar featuring handmade goods with a notalgic or retro-future theme, spanning science fiction, the Wild West, pirates, and neo-Victorian aesthetics. Located at Great Escape Games on Howe Ave. Sat. 10:30am – 4:30pm. More info…

Award-winning children’s book and comics writer, Lee Nordling will be signing his newest release, Chavo the Invisible, at Empire’s Comics Vault. Parents and grandparents, this is the one event you won’t want to miss, because Nordling’s books are training-wheel comics primers for those who are just learning to read. Sat. 12pm – 5pm. More info…

Material Explosion – Acrylic Painting: Wintry Scene at Crocker Art Museum. For ages 7-12, Paint a wintry scene using acrylic paint on canvas. $15 for members, $20 for non-members. More info…

Participate in (or just gawk at) the 1 Mile Fun Run at the Sacramento Undy RunWalk 2018 benefitting the local California Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C4). The Fun Run starts at 9:10am, Sat. Registration starts at 7:30am. Kids under 5 are free, adults $35. Starts at Land Park. More info…

There’s still time to buy tickets to see the Sacramento Kings take on the LA Lakers tonight, Sat. 7pm. Tickets start at $60. More info…

 

SUNDAY, FEB. 25TH

Learn how to cross-country ski at Tahoe Donner. The Tiny Tracks Morning Session 10am – 11:45am for ages 5-7 cost $45 and includes all rentals, lesson, and an all day trail pass. The Kids Club Afternoon Session 12pm – 1:45pm for ages 7-12 is also $45 and includes everything. These kids programs are on weekends only. More info…

Drop by the Dinosaur Terrarium Workshop at Verge Center for the Arts. You will create a living enclosed terrarium in a one gallon container and learn how to best take care of it at home. This program is great for all ages. Adults will want to help their kids under 5 years of age. Anyone making a terrarium must pay a registration fee. Materials and dinosaurs will be included. Members $25, non-members $35. Sun. 2pm – 3:30pm. More info…

Quarter Midget Race Training and Promo Day. Kids (Ages 4.5-15) can come out to Hayer Speedway in Rio Linda and take 10 laps in training cars! Youth will get the chance to race around the track in one of the Quarter Midget Sprints cars available. Participants must wear long pants and closed toes shoes to drive. No experience is necessary. 10 laps $10, spectators free. Sun. 10am – 3pm. Last sign-ups at 2pm. More info…

Pipevine Preview! Come learn about this oddly beautiful California native that’s the host plant for the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. Join a Naturalist on a hike to see if any “Dutchman’s Pipe” is blooming in the Nature Study Area! Space is limited. Sign-ups can be taken the day of the event. They recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to start time. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Free, donations accepted. $5 parking. Sun. 1:30 – 2:30pm. More info…

The Sacramento Children’s Chorus’ World of Music Concert will take the audience on a musical journey. Experience music from different cultures and styles, while rekindling your soul through the “universal language.” Special guest: Christian Brothers High School. Sun. 4pm – 6pm. General $20, students $10. More info…

Ducks in Scopes. Stop by the Cosumnes River Preserve and check out  “Ducks In Scopes”, where preserve docents have a row of scopes set up, some set lower to accommodate children. They’ll focus on giving you good views of the many colorful ducks and geese, as well as some of the more interesting shorebirds. A table display features “Duck Soup”, dishes of water dipped from the pond full of sand fleas, dragonfly nymphs, and other squiggly things that provide the protein the birds are feeding on. A microscope and hand lens provide close-up looks.  The Preserve is a quick drive from Sacramento – south on I-5 to Twin Cities Road; left (east) on Twin Cities for 1 mile; then right (south) on Franklin Blvd. The viewing area is in the first parking lot on your right as you drive into the preserve. Sun. 10am – 2pm. More info…

Solistic: Musiclandria Singing Circle. Everyone can sing! Library Of MusicLandria is overjoyed to bring their monthly singing circle to Sol Collective! Find your voice in this circle. This singing circle allows every participant to access the healing and restorative power of music. How does it work? Class leaders make up simple vocal melodies, giving a different part to each section of the circle. The parts change over time. Together, you create evolving, improvised choral music, and lots of good vibrations! Why does it work? It just feels good to sing with other members of your community. It also feels good to listen to other voices. Add to this the specialness of a musical composition that is created on the spot, then disappears! It’s a great way to be in the moment. All ages. Sun. 2pm at Sol Collective on 21st St. $10 donations gratefully accepted. More info…

In the mood for some epic soccer? Watch the Sacramento Republic battle it out with the Los Angeles Football Club Sun. at 2pm. Tickets start at $16, at Papa Murphy’s Field. More info…

Crocker Art Museum’s Sketch It class allows visitors 5+ to sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instructions. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month. No experience is necessary, and all supplies are provided. Sun. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Free with admission. More info…

Happy Adventuring!
xo Sabrina

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Picks for This Weekend

Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of February 17th – 19th! Don’t miss Biodiversity Museum Day in Davis on Saturday!

SATURDAY, FEB. 17TH

See twelve rare, exciting scientific collections that are seldom open to the public at Biodiversity Museum Day at UC Davis. Enjoy the insect petting zoo at the Bohart Museum (7th largest collection of insects in the U.S.), dinosaur bones at the Paleontology collection, carnivorous plants at the Conservatory, prehistoric tool demonstrations (flint knapping, atlatl throwing) at Anthropology, leaf rubbing and olive wreath crown making at the Arboretum, an insect vacuum for observation at Bee Haven, and so much more. Free parking, food available on campus on nearby. Sat. http://biodiversitymuseumday.ucdavis.edu/about.html

Take older kids to a ballet masterpiece. Experience the surreal beauty of Giselle by the Sacramento Ballet. Tickets $25-79. Sat. http://www.sacballet.org/events/giselle/

Drop-in to the free Barnes & Noble Saturday Storytime featuring Bruce the curmudgeonly bear who likes to keep to himself, in the book Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins. When Bruce’s goose eggs hatch, leaving him with four live goslings who are convinced he is their mother, he tries to get the geese to fly south. Will Bruce be able to rid himself of his new companions? Find out at Storytime, with activities to follow. This event takes place at most regional Barnes and Noble stores, Sat. 11am. https://stores.barnesandnoble.com

Go to an autism-friendly family movie at Arden-Dimick Library. This month features the movie Wreck-It Ralph (2012). Lights will be slightly up, the sound will be down, and kids don’t have to remain seated. Fidget toys are on-hand. Free, Sat. 10 – 11:30am. http://www.saclibrary.org/events

Bring the family out for the “Birding for Families” nature walk led by a Naturalist and special guest as you are guided through the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars, or they can loan you a pair. Space is limited. Sign-ups can be taken the day of the event. They recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to start time. Sat., 10:30am – 12pm. Free, $5 parking. https://www.sacnaturecenter.net

Go on an African-American History Tour at the Old City Cemetary and celebrate the contributions of Sacramento’s African-American community as they struggled to gain a foothold in a dynamic and often hostile environment. Meet barbers, doctors, caterers, soldiers, singers, pastors, and others who settled the frontier. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. https://www.historicoldcitycemetery.org/upcoming-events

Head to the opening reception of The Theft of Fire and Other Stories by Alan Wallace. at the Maidu Museum & Historic Site. This exhibit includes paintings and drawings of Nisenan stories told to Alan by his great-grandmother Lizzy Enos. The Maidu Independent Theater, a local theater youth group, will perform the play Salt Man. Refreshments and kids activities will be available. Sat. 6:30pm – 8:30pm.  https://roseville.ca.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=7964922&pageId=12315473

Go to Sutter’s Fort for the Hands on History: By Land and By Sea, and step back in time to the 1840s to understand the two different ways emigrants originally came to California – by land or by sea – while sharing the unique challenges they faced and what daily life was like during their journeys. See what it was like to pack a wagon for a journey of a lifetime, learn to make knots, and how to create maps with limited resources. Sat. 10am – 5pm. http://www.suttersfort.org

Celebrate Black History Month at an exciting family program with Magician Forrest Barnes at Franklin Community Library! Get an up close look at magic and learn about African American inventors who have changed lives with their remarkable inventions. The program will be full of surprises for all ages! Free. Sat. 11am – 12pm. http://www.saclibrary.org/Locations/Franklin/

Make a Kindness Craft at Michael’s. Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project. Sat. 10am – 12pm. http://www.michaels.com/classes

 

SUNDAY, FEB. 18TH

Join Crocker Art Museum’s Black History Month Celebration. This year’s festival will feature the one-woman exhibition Faith Ringgold: An American Artist, explosive beats by Grant High School’s renowned drumline, drama by Celebration Arts, and a special “Baby, that’s Jazz” presentation exploring African American musical roots and legacy. If that’s not enough, inspired by the history-making Black Panther film, the festival will explore AfroFuturism in art and music! Get ready to sing-along, call and respond, and most of all celebrate all the amazing contributions of many African Americans. Free. Sun. 12pm – 4pm. https://www.crockerart.org/event/1543/2018-02-18

Go to the Big Build Bonanza at Powerhouse Science Center. They give you materials. You bring ideas. They give you tools. You get to use your engineering skills to design imaginative creations. Explore supplies of all shapes and sizes in three engineering areas. Then construct ‘til your heart’s content. Sun. 11am – 4pm. http://powerhousesc.org/visit/

The Consilience of Art and Science is a bi-annual juried exhibit that explores the intersection between art and science, and is coordinated by Pence Gallery and the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion program. See mind-bending works of art that have scientific themes. Highly recommended for older kids. Free, open Sun. 11am – 5pm. http://www.pencegallery.org

Sensational Senses at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. How do humans and animals explore and get information from their environment? Come learn some fun facts about the function of your senses and compare them with the sensory ability of local wildlife. Meet a live animal! Space is limited. Sign-ups can be taken the day of the event. They recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to start time. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. https://www.sacnaturecenter.net

The Lunar Flower Fest and Tet Festival are cultural traditions on the Lunar New Year where families go shopping for new clothes, flowers, rice cake, red envelopes and everything to prepare for the New Year. This year’s Little Saigon Tet Festival rings in the Year of the Dog. These two significant events will promote Vietnamese culture and commerce to build a stronger, diverse community. The event program will include entertainment, carnival games, traditional cuisine, many different vendors in multiple industries, bingo, raffles and much more for two consecutive weekends. Free. Sun. 10a – 6pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/143919619622883/

Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart at Golden 1 Arena. Tickets start at $17. Multiple shows this weekend. https://www.ticketmaster.com

 

MONDAY, FEB. 19TH – SOME KIDS HAVE NO SCHOOL! 

Celebrate George Washington and Abe Lincoln and head to Verge for some fun Presidential art activities like “Pin-The-Top-Hat-On-Lincoln.” $10 for non-members. Mon. 11am – 3pm.  http://www.vergeart.com/attend/

Watch the Sac State Hornets’ baseball team face-off with Washington at the John Smith Field Mon. at 1pm. Youth $5, Adults $10. http://www.csus.edu/aba/hornettickets/store_athletics.html

Play a round of foot golf at Haggin Oaks. Soccer ball available for rent. Rates are discounted after 3pm. https://www.hagginoaks.com/footgolf/

Drop by the All Aboard Storytime at the California State Railroad Museum at 11am Mon. in the East Theatre for a train-related reading session. Free with admission. https://www.californiarailroad.museum

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Picks for This Weekend

Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of February 9th – 11th! Don’t miss Carnaval at the CLARA on Saturday–it’s free!

FRIDAY, FEB. 9TH

Celebrate Black History month with the Fenix Drum and Dance Company as they tell stories and teach traditional African dances around a drum circle. All members of the audience are encouraged to join in and use one of the percussion instruments provided and participate in learning dances. McKinley Park, Friday, Feb, 9th, 3:30pm – 4:30 pm. Click for more info.

Enjoy a Date Night and let the people at Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District entertain the kids with arts & crafts and a movie between 6pm – 9:30pm, Friday, Feb, 9th! $25 per child, must be 5 & over. Click for more info. 

Clean out Mom or Dad’s closet and donate formalwear to the Prom Drive at Sacramento Public Libraries. Even shoes, dresses, and accessories are needed! Take them down to your local library anytime during open hours. On-going until April 1st.

Make custom bottle cap magnets at the North Highlands/Antelope Public Library, Friday, Feb. 9th, 4pm – 5pm. 4235 Antelope Road, Antelope. More info here.

SATURDAY, FEB. 10TH

It’s Carnaval time again! Carnaval 2018 is an authentic Brazilian party experience featuring delicious cuisine, traditional music performed live by people trained at the Sacramento Brazilian Center, and more! Witness the fire and passion of Brazil with the premiere dance group SambaDa! Dubbed the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band by promoters, journalists and fans, SambaDá musically unites the Americas. Based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, SambaDá also references salsa and cumbia, and blends them playfully with funk and reggae beats. The Brazilian Carnaval 2018 will be a cultural celebration to remember that is free and fun for the whole family. Sacramento Brazilian Center 2420 N St, Sacramento, CA 95816 (The Brazilian Center is located in the CLARA parking lot, closest to the corner of 25th & O), Saturday, Feb. 10th, 6pm – 11pm. Click for more info.

Make Valentine’s Crafts in McGregor’s Garden at Fairytale Town 11am – 1pm on Saturday Feb. 10th and Sunday Feb. 11th. There will be hand-print cards on Saturday and a heart craft on Sunday. Free with paid park admission. $5.75 for adults and 2 & up on weekends. 1 & under free. More info here.

Go on a 1/4th or 1/2 mile Kids’ Fun Run benefitting Legal Services of Northern California! Celebrating its 15th year, the Race for Justice Valentine Run/Walk has become a classic event for individuals and families of all ages and abilities. The Valentine Run/Walk is kid-friendly, stroller-friendly, and canine-companion friendly! Participants are encouraged to wear their hearts on their sleeves, socks, tutus, onesies and collars to compete for best dressed awards and to show their love of the Valentine Run/Walk. Starts in the back side of Country Club Plaza Mall. Kids Fun Runs start at 8am, Saturday, Feb. 10th, fee starts at $20. Register beforehand here. 

Make DIY felted soap as a gift for a loved one for Valentine’s Day, or a handmade card using blank cards and a variety of materials including ink stamps and paper craft tools! Both events are at North Sacramento/Hagginwood Library, Saturday, Feb. 10th, 2pm – 3:30 pm. More info here.

Watch a daylong martial arts extravaganza as athletes demonstrate their power, speed, and superior martial arts techniques in six sparring circles at the Sacramento Inventational Taekwondo Championships at the American River College Sports Center gym. $15, free parking.  Saturday, Feb. 10th, 9am – 4pm. More info here.

Celebrate the Year of The Dog at the Chinese New Year Celebration gala event at Hiram Johnson High School. Catch the dragon dance, Chinese cultural entertainment, and do some arts and crafts and children’s games. General $6, Kids 12 & under $1. Saturday, Feb. 10th, 11am – 5pm. More info here. 

Guided Nature Walk at the Cosumnes River Preserve. Explore part of the River Walk Trail and talk about the plants and animals you might see. You’ll also traverse the Wetlands Walk Trail and see the migratory waterfowl and maybe a few Sandhill Cranes. This is a leisurely walk on a trail that is unpaved in sections and paved in others. The route will take approximately three and a half miles, but participants who do not wish to walk that far may turn around at any time. Participants may want to bring binoculars or borrow a set for free from the Preserve (quantity limited). Free 9am – 12pm, Saturday, Feb. 10th. Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center, 13501 Franklin Blvd., Galt. More info here.

It’s the Material Explosion series at Crocker Art Museum again, and this week kids 7-12 can learn all about manga/anime and create their own character! They’ll create a “character sheet” to display their character’s range of emotions. $15 members, $20 nonmembers. 216 O Street, Sacramento. Saturday, Feb. 10th, 10:30am – 12:30pm. More info here.

Stories in Dance. Dance groups that practice at Sierra 2 at the 24th Street Theatre will showcase their talents in this celebration of cultural and artistic dance performances to benefit the 24th Street Theatre. This family-friendly show will include performances by Manasa American Tribal Style® Belly Dance, Kalanjali: Dances of India, Rincones de mi Tierra Mexican Folklorica, and Hinalei Polynesian Dance. There will be concessions and theater merchandise available for sale in the lobby. All proceeds from this show will benefit the 24th Street Theatre Restoration Project. Saturday, Feb. 10th, $15 advance, $20 at the door, $10 kids 12 & under. More info here. 

See a free viewing of the original 1931 film Frankenstein at 3pm, Saturday Feb. 10th at the North Highlands/Antelope Public Library. This year commemorates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, published in 1818. Free popcorn included! 4235 Antelope Road, Antelope. More info here.

Join The Rink for a doubleheader featuring their A and B teams! First our B team will be facing Derby Republic, followed by our A team taking on MLC Roller Derby. In addition to the awesome gameplay we’ll have a beer garden, hot new merchandise, and raffle prizes. Advance $15 ($12 at the door), Kids 8-12 $8 ($6 advance), Kids 7 & under free. Saturday, Feb. 10th, 6pm – 10pm. More info here. 

Winter is a great time to see waterfowl along the American River. Join a naturalist on the Duck, Duck Goose guided walk to look for herons, ducks, geese and other birds along the river. Bring your binoculars or borrow some from the Nature Center. Space is limited. Sign-ups can be taken the day of the event. They recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to start time. Saturday, Feb. 10th, 10:30am – 12pm. Free, $5 parking, donations welcome. More info here. 

See a live orchestra and dance! The Camellia Symphony Orchestra continues its 55th season. The orchestra is under the baton of Music Director, Christian Baldini. Symphony by Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty Suite, will be performed with the Bellissima European Dance Academy lead by Artistic Director Alexa Lengyel. Ottorino Respigi – Vetrate di chiesa (Church Windows) is a major work that will also be performed. Adults $30, students $18, kids 12 & under $8. Saturday, Feb. 10th, 7:30pm – 9:30 pm. Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento.  More info here. 

See some local goodies and meet their makers! Walk around the Second Saturday Maker pop-up shop. Parents can enjoy a good cup of Identity Coffee. Find great goods from talented local Makers: All Elements Apothecary, Boxed and Potted, Cabine Monde, Cultured Card Co, Mothbear, Phoebe Sherman, and Southside Vintage. Free, Saturday, Feb. 10th, 10am – 4pm. Identity Coffees, 1430 28th Street, Sacramento. More info here.

Take a Public Tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. This time of year, after the leaves have fallen from the willows, Great Horned Owls are easier to see during the day in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Other bird species seen this time of year include Western Meadowlarks, Marsh Wrens, American Bitterns, Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks and Black-crowned Night Herons. All interested tour participants should meet a few minutes before 9am in Parking Lot A of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, at the west end of the Yolo Causeway. Directions to the YBWA are also available on Yolo Basin Foundation’s website at http://www.yolobasin.org. Participants should 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. Saturday, Feb. 10th, 9am – 12pm. Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 45211 County Rd. 32B (Chiles Rd.), Davis. More info here. 

Theater and circus rambunctiously collide in Saloon, the newest acrobatic creation from contemporary circus troupe Cirque Éloize. Set to live folk and fiddle music, the story starts with a piano tuner setting his sights on the saloon’s beautiful Belle and ends with a chase worthy of the greatest action-packed Westerns of our time. Combining tall tales and original acrobatic choreography, Cirque Éloize expresses its innovative style in a show for the whole family. Hold on to your 10-gallon hats! Tickets $12.50 – $45, discounts for kids/students. Saturday, Feb. 10th, 3pm, Mondavi Center – Jackson Hall, 501 Alumni Ln, Davis. More info here.

SUNDAY, FEB. 11TH

Stop by the Sacramento Children’s Museum for Science Sundays and learn how snowflakes are made, and get a chance to design your own! This activity takes place throughout the day. Recommended for kids under 7. All day, Sunday, Feb. 11th. 2701 Prospect Park, Rancho Cordova. More info here.

UPcyclePOP is a friendly interactive pop-up market for creatively upcycled art, furniture, fashion, home design and inventions. Watch artists create works of art from discarded items and discover something really unique. Do something fun for Valentine’s Day by shopping consciously and playing with interactive art installations. All items are repurposed and reclaimed because there’s only one planet. UPcyclePOP is America’s first upcycle market. Free, Sunday, Feb. 11th, 12pm – 6pm. 7300 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. More info here.

Drop in for Sunday Playday anytime between 10:30am – 12:30pm for gallery-based art-making led by a Museum educator. Kids 4-6 will create a project using a variety of art materials inspired by a different artwork each month. Sunday, Feb. 11th. 216 O Street, Sacramento. More info here.

Stuck on You: Exploring Magnetic Forces. Come learn the science behind why opposites attract with hands-on activities involving magnets. Discover which minerals found on the Earth make magnetism work. Sunday, Feb. 11th, 11am – 4pm. Members free, adults $8, kids 4-17 $7, kids 3 & under free. Powerhouse Science Center (Discovery Museum Science and Space Center), 3615 Auburn Boulevard, Sacramento. More info here.

Bring your valentine to a special I Heart Sacramento Zoo day organized by the Sacramento Zoo Teen volunteers. The event features valentine-themed animal enrichments, informative talks and activity tables – all included with general admission. Sunday, Feb. 11th, 9am – 4pm. Adults $14.95, kids 2-11 $9.95. More info here. 

Critter Corner: Valentine’s Day Edition. Get eye to eye with a loveable slimy, scaly, or feathered resident! Express your love for the animal residents as you construct hand-made Valentines to be displayed on their enclosures. Space is limited. Sign-ups will be taken the day of the event. They recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to start time. Free, suggested donation $1. $5 parking. Sunday, Feb. 11th, 1:30 – 2:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael. More info here.

Drop into the It’s Bugged: Insects’ Role in Design exhibit at UC Davis Design Museum between 2-4pm. This exhibition examines the two sides of the relationship between people and insects. The first side shows how makers, designers, architects, and artists draw upon nature’s patterns to create beautiful and useful materials and structures. The other side of this relationship involves the collaboration with insects as producers of raw materials, such as harvested silk and red dye made from cochineals. Free. Sunday, Feb. 11th. UC Davis Design Museum, Cruess Hall, Ste 124, Davis. More info here.