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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MAY 18TH – MAY 19TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of May 18th & May 19th! Go to a 100-home neighborhood yard sale in Curtis Park, do yoga next to cacti, plant a garden that feeds the hungry, go to a May Faire, visit an open fire station, spend the day at the farm, take a guided walk at Beach Lake Park, go to a carnival, circus, take a photography class, learn about headstone carvers, go to sensory storytime, watch senior musical recitals, touch a real meteorite at the Tot Planetarium, eat Lithuanian ice cream, meet an air pollution scientist, learn about the Nuremberg trials, see 3 modern ballet shorts, watch motorbike riders flip through the air, take a free Lacrosse workshop, listen to banjo and washboard music, see The Secret Garden, Shakespeare’s Tempest for Kids, James & the Giant Peach, Aladdin, and more! It will be rainy and thunderous this weekend. Some outdoor activities may be cancelled, so call ahead! Watch out for rain-lovin’ snails on the sidewalk and have a cozy weekend! : )

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SATURDAY, MAY 18TH, 2019
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Find some treasures at the Curtis Park Yard Sale. Over 100 homes will participate in this epic Curtis Park Neighborhood Yard Sale. Stroll through the shady streets as you scoop up fantastic bargains and help others reuse and recycle their treasures. Curtis Park is located between Hwy 99 and Freeport Blvd, north of Sutterville and south of Broadway. Times vary by homeowner. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 8am – 1pm. William Curtis Park neighborhood. More info…

Do yoga next to cacti! Older kids who like yoga are welcome to join a parent for Oasis Yoga at The Prickly Pear. Afro Yoga by Angie will be teaching one yoga class a month, and this is the first one. Angie’s work centers on creating access to wellness in unique spaces that are inclusive, diverse, and representative. $10+ donation. Few spaces are left, grab your tickets. Sat. 9am – 10am. The Prickly Pear. More info…

Help plant a giving garden to feed the hungry. It’s Planting Day at the American River Conservancy’s Giving Garden. People of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome to participate in planting, seeding, and trellis set up, weeding, and pathways maintenance. The Giving Garden began as no more than a five acre plot of land and a dream to have a place for public both to experience and learn from. Visitors enter the space through the Native Plant Demonstration Garden (NPDG) where volunteers and staff plant, propagate, and care for native plants. They have annual vegetable rows and a small fruit tree orchard where produce is grown to donate to the Upper Room in Placerville to help feed the hungry. The Giving Garden is tended using only natural organic soil amendments and compost and is absolutely dependent upon support from volunteers in the community. All are welcome in the garden. Free. Sat. 9am – 12pm. American River Conservancy. More info…

Experience a May Faire, presented by A.M. Winn School. This year’s A. M. Winn School May Faire will include performances, games, crafts, food, raffle, and silent auction. Join in and celebrate the Waldorf community and raise funds for its beloved classrooms and specialty programs. Free, food/craft/game tickets for purchase. Sat. 10am – 2pm. A.M. Winn Elementary School. More info…

Visit Station 1 for their Open Fire House. Meet fire fighters and check out all their equipment at Station 1, 624 Q Street in Sacramento. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. More info…

Take a Walk on the Wild Side. Bring the family and join Regional San’s Bufferlands staff for the 25th anniversary of Walk on the Wildside, a celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. Walk on the Wildside highlights local efforts to protect and restore Central Valley habitats. This family-oriented event includes hiking tours of local wetlands and forests, presentations, live animal shows by Wild Things Inc., live music, children’s hands-on activities, informational exhibits, and more. Free. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Beach Lake Park in Freeport. More info…

Go to a Community Carnival. South Natomas Community Park’s Community Carnival 2019 is an annual event that provides safe fun or the whole family. Free lunch will be provided while supplies last (served at noon), along with bounce houses, popcorn, carnival games, and the opportunity to link up with local businesses and non-profits doing great work in our Sacramento communities. There will be a live DJ, dance performances, and local fire fighters. Free. Sat. 10am – 1pm. South Natomas Community Park. More info… 

Take older kids and teens to learn about the art of carving a headstone, at “Stonecutters: Sacramento’s First Artists.” Early Sacramento had its own group of “Monuments Men,” stonecutters who were true artisans. Join the Historic City Cemetery to examine these works of art — the hand-carved marble and granite headstones that grace resident graves — and learn about this lost art, including what some of the symbols on the headstones mean. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

Take teens to a Photography 101 class. Mike’s Camera offers great short courses on photography, and this is one of their most popular classes. They welcome teens with an adult! This 101 class is designed for users of interchangeable lens and premium compact cameras and the course will set you up with foundations they’ll need to succeed. They’ll review numerous photographs and learn to see photographically—all while getting inspired to go out and take your own amazing photos. They’ll also learn Workflow Concepts: Capture, Edit, Share Photographic Foundations: Composition & Light, Focus & Exposure, Focal Length Mode Dial: Differences Between Auto, Program, & Manual Video Principles. $59. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Mike’s Camera. More info…

Or take teens to a Smoothie Bowl Brunch & Food Photography Workshop. How fun is this? Food Simply and Mindful Andi will be in collaboration for this event! We will be offering a smoothie bowl workshop with instructions on how to create the perfect smoothie bowl base, a superfood topping bar with a variety of exciting ingredients, and a few quick food photography tips given by the amazing @mindfulandi! $18. Sat. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Location disclosed upon sign-up. More info…

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

Go to a UC Davis senior musical recital “Off the Beaten Path” by Mira Huang, Soprano, with pianist Jeremiah Trujillo and guitarist Colin Barr or watch it live online here at 11am on Sat. Mira Huang is a stunningly talented vocalist. At UC Davis, Mira Huang has been a member of the chorus and chamber singers and was a semi-finalist in the Mondavi Young Artists Competition. As co-winner of the 2018 UC Davis Concerto Competition, she performed Mozart’s “Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” from the opera “Zaide” with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra (click here to listen). “Off the Beaten Path” is an hour-long program of underperformed repertoire, united by themes of travel and distant places. Composers include William Byrd, Francis Poulenc, Joseph Schwanter, and Richard Hundley. Free. Sat. 11am – 12pm. UC Davis Ann E Pitzer Center, Recital Hall.More info on Mira Huang’s recital…Stream other recitals from the UC Davis Music Dept. here on Sat…

Go to the Tot Planetarium. Powerhouse Science Center’s tot planetarium 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. Sat. 11am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Go to the Asian Pacific Spring Festival. The Locke Asian Pacific Spring festival is held in the heart of the Sacramento Delta in the wild west town of Locke California  which was known for its illegal gambling halls, opium dens and brothels. It is the only town remaining in America that was inhabited only by the Chinese, a National Historic Landmark. Along with the events of the day, there are historic and educational museums such as the Dai Loy Gambling House, the Boarding House Museum, the Joe Soong one room Chinese School House that one can peruse in addition to the festival itself. There will be crafts, brush painting, martial arts, dance, music, food, tea ceremonies, taiko drumming, lion dances, and more. Free. Sat. 11am – 5pm. Historic Locke. More info…

Catch the Sac State baseball game against Grand Canyon. Wear your green! Free. Sat. 12pm – 3pm. John Smith Field at Sac State. More info…

Play with clay in an art gallery. Explore art through all five senses and movement. Pence Gallery invites families of all abilities to join in this inclusive children’s Saturday arts program, designed for children ages 5-11 years old. The program includes a self-guided gallery tour and an art project based on current exhibitions. A sensory station will also be set up for all our young art enthuses who have a hard time participating in gallery activities for too long. Free. Sat. 12pm. Pence Gallery. More info…

Eat some Armenian candy and Lithuanian ice cream at the Yamarka International Festival. Experience an array of company promotions, trade shows, consultations, master classes by famous stylists/makeup artists, raffle prizes, free gifts, performances, and lots more! This event unites more than a dozen ethnic groups from the Greater Sacramento area, including Slavic, Asian, Jewish, Armenian, and many others. This family-friendly event will feature special program for kids, Russian singers, Ukrainian dancers, Moldavian musicians, Armenian candymakers, Uzbek kebob, Lithuanian ice-creamers, Georgian spices, prizes and raffles such as a vacation in Mexico for the whole family, and food and vendor booths. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 12pm – 7pm. Southside Park. More info…

Join in on Game Day at the Pocket Library every 3rd Saturdays for all ages. All abilities are welcome. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library. More info…

Learn Flower Photography Tricks. In this fun session taught by Betty Sederquist, at the American River Conservancy, you’ll be spending about half the time in the classroom learning great tricks for amazing flower photos, then apply your newfound knowledge to the lovely gardens of the Graner House at Wakamatsu Farm. Ages 14+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (Coloma). Suggested Donation: $65/members, $75/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224. $65+. Sat. 1pm – 5pm. Wakamatsu Farm. More info…

Catch Nature’s Critters with Lisa Seto for a variety of educational, live animal presentations. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Arcade Library. More info…

Play around in a Digital Photography learning lab. (for ages 8-12). In the Digital Photography lab, kids will learn the basics of composing the best photo and how all those settings, like contrast and brightness work together to give them the best result. At the end of the session, kids will pick their favorite image and have it printed to take home. Free, must register. Sat. 3pm – 4pm (also 10:30am & 1:30pm). Verizon Innovative Learning Lab at the Sacramento Verizon Smart Store, 1740 Arden Way. More info…

Take teens to meet an air pollution scientist. At the Meet the Author event at The Book Collector, meet Dr. Shahir Masri , an air pollution scientist at the University of California, Irvine. He earned his Doctor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health, and his Bachelor of Science from UCLA. In his book, Beyond Debate, Dr. Shahir Masri clears up 50 of the most common misconceptions surrounding climate change. He simplifies the science and resolves the confusion so that everyone may better understand the issue. Now is not the time for silence, but rather a time for conversation and collective action to move towards a climate solution. Action begins with understanding, which Beyond Debate so eloquently offers. Dr. Masri conveys a sense of urgency while describing opportunities for hope. Is the public divided about global warming? Won’t pricing carbon will hinder the free market? Is it too late for the climate? Free. Sat. 3pm. The Book Collector. More info…

Enjoy Junie B. Jones the Musical, Jr. in Elk Grove, presented by the Wolfpack Performing Arts Children’s Theatre. Awaken your child’s desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade. This delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books is brought to life in a genuinely comical musical. It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend Lucille doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously lovable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones Jr. will capture your audiences’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. $5+. Sat. 7pm (also at 2pm, and Fri. 7pm). Consumnes Oaks High School Black Box Theatre. More info…

See a funny Shakespeare play, ‘Tempest for Kids.’ Sactown Kids highly recommends this performance. It’s not often we can see a 100% kid-friendly Shakespeare play! This musical rendition of Shakespeare’s ‘Tempest’ is filled with funny songs, rap, and bee-bop. Prospero and his teenage daughter, Miranda live on a remote island. Their only companions are Ariel, a magical spirit and island native, Caliban. Prospero was originally Duke of Milan, but his position was usurped by his brother Antonio. The play opens with Antonio, Alonso, and several of their retainers on a ship in a great storm, the tempest. Unbeknownst to them, the storm is the work of Prospero, who aims to shipwreck them on his island. Washed ashore, Prospero plans to regain his position as Duke of Milan. Watch Prospero use magic and trickery to succeed in restoring his dukedom. This family-friendly and accessible musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic is written in rhyming couplets and performed by STC School of the Arts Pre-Professional Ensemble and Young Professionals Conservatory students. ‘Tempest for Kids’ was written by Lois Burdett, adapted by Megan West with original music by Rob Broadhurst. $12+ (There are only 3 tiered rows in this tiny theatre, so every seat has a fantastic view!). Sat. 2pm & 7pm (also Sun. 2pm). Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

SUNDAY, MAY 19TH, 2019
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Take older kids on an Animal Walk & Talk. Enjoy nature and wild animal communication with Suzanne Thibault, Animal Communicator and Healer, and Norma Springsteen, Forest Whisperer and amazing trail guide. This outdoor adventure will have you connecting with nature with all of your senses. Savor the sounds, smells and sights of nature to bring relaxation and ground your senses with a Nature Immersion experience. Free, must register, spaces limited. Sun. 9am – 11pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Spend A Day on 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 will be 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 this ever-popular plant sale and farmstand. $0-$5. Sun. 10am – 3pm. Soil Born Farm American River Ranch. More info…

Go on the Kids & Co. Gallery Adventure at Crocker. Amusing and educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children and the adults who tag along with them. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 11:30am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Take mature teens interested in the Holocaust to a documentary on the Nuremberg trials, “Judgment at Nuremberg.” From 1946 to 1949, a series of trials were held in Nuremberg, Germany by an international tribunal, headed by American legal and military officials with the intent of bringing to justice those guilty of crimes against humanity. This is the story of one of those trials, not a documentary, but an intense feature dramatization directed by Stanley Kramer and based on the factual Judges Trial, the 3rd of those trials held in 1947. After the end of World War II, the world gradually became aware of the full extent of the war crimes, the holocaust perpetrated by the Third Reich and its genocidal, extreme nationalistic policies. A classic of post-war cinema, brilliantly acted and directed, nominated for 11 Academy Awards, the film, based on actual trial testimony, chronicles one of the most important trials of the 20th century. Most powerful for its subtle and shaded characterizations of both victim and victimizer that even in its three hour length is absorbing from beginning to end. This program will include opening and closing commentaries. Not sure you can handle 3 hours? You can always leave early. Free. Sun. 12:30pm – 4pm. Central Library. More info…

Get a free introduction to Lacrosse. Lacrosse is an active team sport for both boys and girls. Players are provided a substantial aerobic and strength-building workout while having fun with their friends. Lacrosse is extremely fun to watch. All of the players are actively involved throughout the game. You don’t have to be the biggest or strongest player on the field, speed and agility often win out. Join for this new player introduction that is open to boys and girls, grades 3-12. All necessary equipment will be provided. Free. Sun. 1pm – 2:30pm. Bartholomew Sports Park. More info…

Go to Banjo-rama. This year’s Banjo-Rama will be the Sacramento Banjo Bands 52nd consecutive year for this event. This program will feature solo, accomplished banjo players as well as several banjo bands (10-20 players) and will also include an “All-Girls” banjo band. Most banjos will be four-string instruments but will also include some five-string banjos and other instruments — i.e. guitars ukuleles, string bass, tuba, washboards. Kids 12 & under are Free. $20+. Sun. 1pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). Lions Gate Hotel. More info…

Go to the play The Secret Garden. After Mary Lennox is orphaned, she becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she adjusts to her new life at secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary discovers a secret garden. If she can uncover the mysterious circumstances behind the garden, she might be able to save her sickly young cousin and melt the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. This touching coming-of-age story, based on the classic novel is suitable for the entire family. $13+. Sun. 1pm – 2:30pm. Sutter Street Theatre. More info…

Take teens to learn how we can protect the Amazon rainforest. The mists of the Amazon supply some of California’s desperately-needed rainfall and play a crucial role in absorbing climate pollution – protecting California from raging, deadly wildfires produced by drought. Deforesting the Amazon can put California, and the world, at grave risk – but now, Californians have a chance to step up and protect the rainforest. You’ll get a chance to talk directly to EDF experts about California’s proposed Tropical Forest Standard – which sets out to protect tropical rainforests while supporting the rights of the indigenous communities who safeguard these forests. Free, register. Sun. 1pm – 2pm. Environmental Defense Fund’s Sacramento Office at 1107 9th St., in the 4th Floor Board Room1107 9th Street, Suite 1070 (The building is closed on weekends, but someone will be there to let you in.) More info…

Trek out to Loomis for James and the Giant Peach. Based on one of Roald Dahl’s 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. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. $0-$18. Sun. 2pm (and other times on Fri. & Sat.) McLaughlin Studio Theatre. More info…

Go to a free spring concert. Join the Sacramento Concert Band’s 60-member ensemble for their annual spring concert in Rio Americano High School’s new Center for the Arts performance hall. Hear popular and traditional music performed by community members who enjoy making music a part of their lives. Support art in the community by attending this family-friendly event. Donations are appreciated. Free. Sun. 2:30pm. Rio Americano High School. More info…

See Disney’s Aladdin, presented by Broadway Sacramento. Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. $35+. All ages. Sun. 2pm (and other times thru June 7th). Community Center Theater. More info…

Go to the Venardos Circus at Vierra Farms. The Venardos Circus, a unique Broadway-style circus is coming to West Sacramento. Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos in 2014, the Venardos Circus wraps world-class animal-free circus acts into a Broadway musical-style format dubbed “The American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show.” Guests can expect to be transported back in time to the center ring of a centuries-old tradition; but one that has been reinvented for the next generation. With an amazing assortment of aerialists, acrobats, juggling, hand-balancing/contortion, comedy, daredevilry, magic, musical production and much more, this amazing Circus experience will delight adults and kids of all ages. Venardos Circus proudly features its own custom-made big-top, a classic red-and-white striped tent, with an intimate feel and limited seating. The circus performers also are the crew in this 15-person traveling tour who are completely self-contained, much with the original circus tradition. $15+ (kids 2 & under free). Sun. 1pm – 2:30pm (& various other times). Vierra Farms. More info…

See X Games medalists flipping through the air on motorbikes at the Nitrus Circus. In 2018 Nitro Circus launched its all new You Got This show, which features a star-studded cast of top tier international athletes who hold over 45 X Games medals combined, including FMX riders such as 12-time X Games medalist Jarryd McNeil, 19-time X Games medalist Nate Adams, and 8-time X Games medalist Mike Mason; multi-sport sensations such as Ryan “R-Willy” Williams, and BMX stars such as X Games medalist Kurtis Downs, Accomplished female FMX athlete Vicki Golden will be making her first full tour debut with Nitro Circus. With no roof there are no limits. This huge stage set features the Giganta ramp, now with its biggest takeoff yet, that launches riders five stories into the air while the FMX riders will be flying 75 feet through the air from take-off to landing. The contraptions team is also in the lab cooking up crazy new monstrosities for Nitro’s daredevils to attempt to jump through the air. $32+. Cal Expo. Sun. 6pm – 8:30pm. More info…

Take ballet-fanatics to Fast Forward. Where else can the classical ballet language lead? See three short ballets that show how this art form is evolving and thriving. Program includes: The Bridge by Val Caniparoli, Written and Forgotten by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, World Premiere by Amy Seiwert. $65. Sun. 7:30pm. Presented by Sacramento Ballet. The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. 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! MAY 11TH – MAY 12TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of May 11th & May 12th! Donate non-perishables to the food bank by leaving it out for your mail carrier, make a free DIY kite, have a proper tea party with Mom, meet artists at Design Week Sacramento events, make a family art project, see the funny Shakespeare musical ‘Tempest for Kids’, go to a Teen Career Fair, go to a French Fry Festival, go to a Mindful Community Festival, Whole Earth Festival, or a Strawberry Festival, see photo prints from a real darkroom, see a professional soccer or baseball game, go to family game night at a golf course, get mom an heirloom gift at the antique faire, picnic at several Capay Valley farms open to the public, see a play in the historic, mini-sized Eagle Theatre, watch world-class cyclists whiz by, and more! So much to do this Mother’s Day weekend. Get out and enjoy the sunshine! Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who have nurtured young people in this world. We need you!

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SATURDAY, MAY 11TH, 2019
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Donate food to the Sacramento Food Bank. This is a fantastic opportunity for families to help the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services go all in to end hunger in Sacramento. All you have to do is fill a bag with non-perishable food items and leave by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up on Saturday, May 11, 2019. For more information about this drive, click here.

Go to the free May Open Garden at the Horticulture Center. This open garden will feature a mini-demonstration on container gardening in the Water Efficient Landscape Garden. On-going demonstrations: Water Efficient Landscape Garden: Irrigation, Orchard: Fruit tree planting ideas, Herbs: Spring planting and grooming beds for summer growth, Berries: Keeping birds off of berries, Vegetables: Planning for warm season crops, Vineyard: Canopy management, and Compost: Types of compost bins and tips for success. Free. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. More info…

Make a free DIY kite. On the 2nd Saturday of each month, DOCO hosts an event for families with children. These art activities are specially designed by Verge Center for the Arts to stimulate creativity while providing a fun weekend activity for families. This weekend’s free craft project is: Kite Making — make paper kites and fly them on the green! The festivities occur on the West end of the Plaza (near Yard House). DOCO has four garages onsite, each conveniently located. They suggest parking at the DOCO Central Garage (414 J Street) for 2nd Saturday Activation’s. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. DOCO. More info…

Go to Demonstration Day at Sutter’s Fort. Dive into history and connect with your past! Activities vary on Demonstration Days, but may include blacksmithing, carpentry, cooperage, candle dipping, cooking, baking, weaving, scavenger hunts, and more. Free with admission. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

Go to Artful Tot at the Crocker Art Museum. Toddlers explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. A quiet sensory room encourages learning through artistic play. Adults learn how to encourage experimentation and self-expression while nurturing their child’s creativity. Families are welcome to arrive any time during the program period. Dress for mess. Artful Tot will take a break for June, July, and August. Join us instead for Fourth Fridays and All Aboard! Free Community Festival. Artful Tot will return in September. $8 members/$16 non-members (includes one adult, one child, additional person free with admission. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Go to Mother’s Day storytime at Barnes & Noble. Featuring In a Minute, Mama Bear by Rachel Bright. When Mama Bear decides to throw the to-do list out the window and spend the day playing and relaxing in the park with baby Bella Bear, they find that sometimes, when things don’t go as planned, they can still have a whole lot of fun. The Natomas B&N store will also be doing a special Mother’s Day storytime & tea party on Sunday at noon with costume character, Little Brown Hare. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

Prince & Princess Tea. Tea for two (your child and you) at Chocolate Fish Coffee in Land Park. Wear your favorite costume! This fun afternoon includes sandwiches, cakes and tea. $50. 12pm & 2pm. Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters. More info…

It’s Design Week in Sacramento! Meet 12 local designers and artists at a pop-up market at Urban Roots for 2nd Saturday. Free. 12pm – 4pm. Then go on a mural-hunting adventure using this guide from Art of the Day Sacramento. More info on Design Week here…

Make a family art project. Go to the Sacramento Fine Arts Center for some hands-on, quality together time with your child or grandchild (Ages 5+). Work together or separately, everyone takes home a masterpiece! Master artists and instructors will demonstrate and assist. Instructors and projects vary each month. $5 per family. All materials provided. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael. More info…

Shop art and make a card for Mom. Celebrate mom with art. Shop art glass, paintings and prints, pottery and ceramics, succulents and gifts from visiting artisans. Enjoy the works of the 15 resident artists and bring the whole family by the card station and make a card for mom on 2nd Saturday. Free. Sat. 1:30pm – 9pm. The Art Studios. More info…

See a funny Shakespeare play, ‘Tempest for Kids.’ Sactown Kids highly recommends this performance. This musical rendition of Shakespeare’s ‘Tempest’ is filled with funny songs, rap, and bee-bop. Prospero and his teenage daughter, Miranda live on a remote island. Their only companions are Ariel, a magical spirit and island native, Caliban. Prospero was originally Duke of Milan, but his position was usurped by his brother Antonio. The play opens with Antonio, Alonso, and several of their retainers on a ship in a great storm, the tempest. Unbeknownst to them, the storm is the work of Prospero, who aims to shipwreck them on his island. Washed ashore, Prospero plans to regain his position as Duke of Milan. Watch Prospero use magic and trickery to succeed in restoring his dukedom. This family-friendly and accessible musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic is written in rhyming couplets and performed by STC School of the Arts Pre-Professional Ensemble and Young Professionals Conservatory students. ‘Tempest for Kids’ was written by Lois Burdett, adapted by Megan West with original music by Rob Broadhurst. $12+ (There are only 3 tiered rows in this tiny theatre, so every seat has a fantastic view!). Sat. 2pm & 7pm. Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

Take teens to the Teen Career Fair: Grab Bag to meet with a lawyer, psychologist, interpreter, hair stylist, plumber, accountant, and more. Get good advice from seasoned professionals in their field of interest. Free. Arcade Library. Sat. 3pm – 5pm. More info…

Eat some french fries at Sac Fry Fest. Sacramento’s only food festival dedicated to loaded fries is back. Experience the creativity of local chefs as they put their culinary skills to the test with loaded fries you’ll love! From the savory to the sweet and everything in between, there will be something for everyone. Plus, witness an epic loaded fry battle and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Favorite. There will also be live music and fry-themed entertainment, craft brew or cider, a local makers bazaar, and a Fry Fest kids zone at Roosevelt Park. $10+ (Kids 8 & under are Free). Sat. 3pm – 7pm. Roosevelt Park. More info…

See the free play Trigger at the Mindful Community Festival. The Mindful Community Festival is a two-day event. Festival activities include: prizes, bounce houses, yoga, youth concert, dancing, face painting, balloon animals and much more. Each day will feature live music, food trucks, kid activities, and giveaways from local community groups plus a live stage performance of Trigger, a locally written play featuring local youth. Free. Sat. 3pm – 9:30pm. Nielsen Park. More info…

Go to the THIS Midtown Block Party with Will Clarke. Grab dinner and dance in the street at this all-ages event. Free with RSVP @ bit.ly/this916 Sat. 5pm – 10pm. Marrs Building. More info…

Show kids the beauty of real photo prints made in a darkroom. Join the first ever Photosource community print night for a showing including prints made in the Photosource darkroom from local Sacramento photographers. Support local photographers and help keep film alive. Free food and refreshments will be offered. Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. Photosource Sacramento. More info…

Go to a love-themed choral music concert. Cantaré Chorale of the Sierra Foothills, under the direction of Mariia Pechenova, presents Tapestry of Love. A concert devoted to mankind’s most profound emotion — love! Performing three major choral works in three languages, Cantaré Chorale’s expressive performance of these unique works conveys the universal tenderness, euphoria, joy, heartache, passion, and longing that touch the soul of anyone who’s experienced love. This intensely evocative music, woven together by string quartet and oboe, will inspire not only the audience, but the artists who will create original works of art as part of each concert. Come and join Cantaré Chorale and their special guest artists as they celebrate love, that most human of all emotions. Students $18, Adults $20. Sat. 7pm. Harris Center for the Arts. 

Watch the Sacramento Republic FC take on Reno 1868 FC! $14+. Sat. 7:30pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

Take part in Family Game Night at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. Play lawn chess, cornhole, giant Jenga, and more. The driving range is open 24 hours a day and family game night is available every night. Haggin Oaks. More info…

SUNDAY, MAY 12TH, 2019
Sunny 83

Take mom to the Sacramento Antique Faire. 300 vendors from California, Nevada, and other neighboring states will be selling antiques and collectibles that are 20 years and older. Vintage clothing, military antiques, art, jewelry, lighting, glassware, silver, toys, furniture, and so much more can be found. This event is held every 2nd Sunday of the month, rain or shine. Food and an ATM are accessible on site. $3 (Kids 0-16 Free). Sun. 6:30am – 3pm. 21st & X St. (under the freeway). More info…

Run around Capay Valley for Mother’s Day. Join in the delight of spring flowers, strolling through many of the Capay Valleys’ finest gardens. See how California native shrubs are integrated into lovely annual and perennial gardens. Talk to the gardeners themselves and learn the secrets of their success. New gardens have been added this year as well as several points of interest along the drive though the valley. Many of the gardens are also showcases for agricultural production in the Capay Valley. You are welcome to picnic in the gardens – delicious box lunches will be for sale at the Guinda Grange Hall using local ingredients. Art and plants will be for sale at the Grange Hall. A floral design demonstration will be available – with Mother’s Day bouquets to purchase. $0-$12. Sun. 10am – 5pm. Capay Valley. More info…

Go to BerryFest Strawberry Festival in Roseville. Celebrate the Strawberry Harvest on Mother’s Day in Roseville. Besides loads of strawberries, different types of food and treats, the BerryFest is packed with fun not just for the ‘kids.’ There’s an extreme skate pro park, second line parade, paint-a-rock project, princess pageant, strawberry shortcake eating contest, amazing animal world exhibit, scout-o-rama demonstrations, a strawberry selfie village, a model railroad exhibit, a strawberry pancake breakfast hosted by the Boy Scouts, a live graffiti wall, a classic car show, two arts and crafts villages, a kids’ carnival, a moms’ retreat area, a race car show, a petting zoo and pony rides. There will also be non-stop performances on the Blueberry Caboose stage, the Mulberry Community stage, the Strawberry Beer stage and cooking demonstrations will held on the Cranberry Cooking stage. Make sure and grab a fresh baked strawberry pie on your way out. For a schedule of events, click here. $6+ (Kids 5 & under are free). Sun. 10am – 6pm. The Grounds Placer County. More info…

Visit the Kids Space and do art and activities at the Whole Earth Festival in Davis. The Whole Earth Festival began in 1969 as a small art class project (“Art Happening”) on the UC Davis Quad. The students used art to teach visitors about the realms of activism, wellness, and environmental sustainability in an interactive and creative way. Following the United Nations’ recognition of Earth Day in 1970, the event was renamed to the Whole Earth Festival, fondly nicknamed as “WEF,” and has since evolved into a free student-run event, attracting over 30,000 visitors annually on Mother’s Day weekend. For a schedule of events, click here. The Whole Earth Festival seeks to be a zero-waste event. Free. Sun. 10am – 6pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). More info…

Take older kids to the Meet the Designer event at Shelf. Join Design Week Sacramento for a fun and jam-packed day, filled with a pop-up shop, two workshops and presentations by all of our designers: Michael Rottman, Hans Bennewitz, Lily Therens, Amber Witzke, Jason Malmberg. A perfect excuse to wander down to DOCO for the day. Grab some macarons at Estelle’s while you’re there. $0-$20 (depending on ticket level). Sun. 11:30am – 3pm. Shelf at DOCO. More info…

Go to a bookstore storytime & tea party. The Barnes & Noble bookstore in Natomas will be doing a special Mother’s Day storytime & tea party on Sunday at noon with costume character, Little Brown Hare. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble (Natomas location). More info…

Take older kids to see a little play at the tiny Eagle Theatre! Have you see this super-tiny theatre in Old Sac. It’s usually closed down, but they are opening it for a special show. As part of a series of special events, activities, and exhibits designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad culminating this May, the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to present an entertaining and interpretive melodrama titled “The Quest for the Gold Spike.” Lasting approximately one-hour in length, the performances are free to the public and will take place in the historic Eagle Theatre in Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Envisioned, written, and directed by a team of dedicated California State Railroad Museum staff members, the melodrama will be performed by talented local actors and actresses. Melodrama guests will be entertained by a story line centered around a character named Mei Ling as she journeys to a dream world. She travels back in time to a shadowy, unknown world where she meets some of the historic individuals who helped build the nation’s first Transcontinental Railroad: Theodore Judah, The Big Four and Chinese railroad workers. Mei Ling learns important lessons from each of them; ultimately, they help her to overcome her fears and accomplish the impossible. Seating is very, very limited as this is a tiny venue, so arrive early. Free. Sun. 1pm & 3pm (also on Sat. and other dates). Eagle Theatre in Old Sac. More info…

Cheer on the Sacramento River Cats as theytake on the El Paso Chihuahuas. $11. Sun. 1:05pm. Raley Field. More info…

Watch world-class cyclists race in the Amgen Tour of California. The 2019 Amgen Tour of California starts where it left off in 2018. Like it has on four other occasions, California’s capital will host the overall start of the race. This will be the race’s 10th year here and each is more thrilling than the last. The men’s race starts at 2:15pm and the 88.9 mile route takes riders across the iconic Tower Bridge into Yolo County and eventually back in downtown with three laps around the Capitol. Guests can enjoy the popular Lifestyle Festival designed to provide and promote healthy lifestyle and cycling-related experiences with over 40 vendors as well as Strider Races. Race Day Schedule: Noon: Lifestyle Festival and Hospitality Opens, 1pm: Men’s Race Start Ceremonies Begin, 2:15pm: Men’s Race Start, 4:15pm: Strider Races Begin, 5:40pm: Men’s Race Finish, 6:30pm: Lifestyle Festival and Hospitality Closes. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 12pm – 6:30pm. Downtown Sacramento. More info…

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a real tea party (ages 12+). Join The Novel Tea for a traditional Mother’s Day Tea. Learn about the history of afternoon tea in the United States, the difference between afternoon tea and high tea, and how tea became a special occasion tradition. Celebrate the mothers in your life while you learn, eat and enjoy. Tea service will include three tiers of delicious food and your choice of one of three special Novel Tea tea options. Wear your best spring-time or tea-party hat. Everyone is welcome, though the event and menu are best suited for Ages 12+. $40. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. Sierra 2 Center. 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! MAY 4TH – MAY 5TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of May 4th & May 5th! Grow some watermelons, blow geometric bubbles, go on a night nature walk, learn about the science of Star Wars, see a neon Lego city, go to a children’s book festival, visit the Hummingbird Gateway Garden, go to West Sac’s Intergalactic Expo, eat German food at Maifest, see some Chicano o/x art, learn how to use the iNaturalist app, watch a slackline athlete try to set a world record, see the sun through a safe telescope, walk for mental illness, picnic on a farm, listen to Geoffrey Burleson play piano, see a Marx brothers film, go to a worm workshop, do a watercolor painting in the UC Davis Arboretum, celebrate Star Wars day, get free comic books, March for Science, visit a fire station, see Holmes & Watson: a Sherlock mystery, Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, Amélie, Spirited Away, The Present, Shrek, High School Musical Jr., West Side Story, and more! Weather is predicted to be partly cloudy 82/51 for Sat. and partly cloudy 72/51 for Sun. Enjoy the incredibly mild spring weather and do something new this weekend!

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SATURDAY, MAY 4TH 2019
Partly Cloudy 82/51

Get watermelon starters into the ground for summer. Watermelons take about 2-3 months to grow and ripen, so start now and you’ll have one to eat by July. Kids love watching things grow and change. Visit your local nursery to see all their spring/summer starters. We like Green Acres (we are not affiliated in any way, we just like the selection and they’re kid-friendly). More info on growing watermelons…

Learn about the science of Star Wars in a family workshop at Powerhouse Science Center. May the fourth be with you! Science fiction films are full of futuristic technology and powers that capture our imagination. In this workshop compare space travel today with the light speed of the Sci-Fi world, how long would it take us to get from one planet to the next? Use a laser to pop balloons and apply forces to make objects move- hands free. $25 (one child, one adult, $10 additional people). Sat. 9:30am – 10:30am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Learn about birds & birding at the Koobs Nature Area. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area and discover new things about birds, such as where they live, how to bring them to your yard, and how to identify them. They will have activity tables for kids to create bird houses and other bird activities. The Koobs Nature Area is open for public open days on the first Saturday of every month, March through October. Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Koobs Nature Area. More info…

Add on to the Neon Lego City and Glow Gallery at the The Brick Fest Live Lego Fan Experience. This event is filled with hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate, and entertain. Other features: Brick Fest Speedway, Watch your custom-built Lego derby car zoom on 35-foot long timed-track, Guinness World-Record Setting Lego Mosaic: Build your part of Brick Fest Live’s Mystery Mosaic, Inspiration Stations: Add to mind-blowing, life-sized Lego builds and make them your own with more Lego than you’ve ever seen, Video Game Arena, Mini Golf: A miniature golf course built to inspire, Mosaics: Using a colorful variety of 1×1 Lego bricks, create your own mosaic tile and be part of the show, plus Lego Shopping: Find new, vintage, rare, and custom Lego sets and merchandise from the many merchants in attendance. $24.99+. Sat. 10am – 5pm. Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

Watch slackline athlete Ryan Robinson attempt to set a world record. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Folsom’s iconic Rainbow Bridge at once-in-a-lifetime events planned in the Historic District. The Rainbow Bridge will close to vehicular traffic to allow the community to explore the bridge on foot. The festivities kick off with a rededication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. World-renowned slackline athlete Ryan Robinson – who was raised in Folsom – will attempt to set a world record by traversing the 1,919-foot span over the American River between Lake Natoma Crossing and the Rainbow Bridge on a 1-inch wide line. A festival with informational displays about the landmark bridge, guided walking tours, hands-on activities, and a display of vintage cars round out the morning events that are free and open to the public. Free, some events later in the day are ticketed. The celebration wraps up with a free concert by the Folsom Lake Symphony in the Historic District Amphitheater from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sat. 9am – 9:30pm. Historic Old Folsom. More info…

Go to Demonstration Day at Sutter’s Fort. Dive into history and connect with your past. Activities vary on Demonstration Days, but may include blacksmithing, carpentry, cooperage, candle dipping, cooking, baking, weaving, scavenger hunts, and more. Free with admission. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

View the sun through a telescope. Go to the Community Observator in Placerville for safe viewing of our Sun. You can view sun through safe solar telescopes see both white-light, and Hydrogen-Alpha. You will be able to see sunspots, prominences, and maybe even a flare. Free, donations recommended. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Community Observatory. More info…

Go to Free Comic Book Day. Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. There are 51 free titles to choose from, ranging from super-heroes and science fiction to action/adventure and manga, and plenty in between! Free Comic Book Day has a free comic book for everyone!

To browse the full list of comics available and comic shops participating in Free Comic Book Day, click here. Free. Sat. 10am. Oblivion Comics & Coffee. More info…

Walk for mental illness on the NAMI Walk in Land Park. People from all walks of life will join together to show support for friends, families, and members of the community who are impacted by mental illness. This event features a one-mile option as well as the 5k walk (three loops). Come walk regardless of your fitness level — everyone is invited. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides mental health services, support, education, and advocacy in local communities. This is NAMI’s largest fundraising event of the year and enables them to continue providing vital services to the community free of charge. It’s a fun, family-friendly, pet-friendly, inclusive, and inspiring event for everyone. Free. Sat. 10am (check-in 8am). William Land Park. More info…

Take a self-guided walking tour of Wakamatsu Farm on their open farm day. Take a trip around the lake on the 1.5-mile wheelchair-accessible trail. Bring a picnic and chair to sit and relax.  On-site interpreters can share information and answer questions about Wakamatsu Farm’s human and natural history.  Suitable for all ages and capabilities, points of interest are mainly outdoors reached by dirt trail or unpaved road over generally flat terrain.  Seasonal produce may be available for purchase.  Amenities are limited, so plan for rugged outdoor leisure. $10 per vehicle. Buses/large vans are $5 per person. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Wakamatsu Farm, Located at 941 Cold Springs Rd, Placerville. More info…

Take teens to learn about the wonderful world of worms. Join the Master Gardeners Compost Team for an informative workshop that covers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about worm composting. Worm bins can be set up indoors or outdoors and therefore are great for small spaces like tiny houses and apartments. What’s more, the process produces a very rich fertilizer, also known as vermicompost or worm castings, for your home garden! In class, you’ll learn how to make a worm bin, the best types of bedding, how to care for worms, the do’s and don’t’s of worm composting (what to feed them, what to avoid), and the values and benefits of worm compost. After the presentation, there will be time for questions. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

Go on a Mother Nature Stroll. Join a Naturalist for an afternoon walk in the Nature Area at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Discover what many of nature’s moms are up to this time of year. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. 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. Free. Sat. 11am – 1pm. UC Davis Arboretum. More info…

Sample fruit-infused water and ride a smoothie bike at the 3rd Annual Fruit and Veggie Fest, presented by the Center for Wellness and Nutrition. There will be free cookbooks, free health screenings, recipe tastings, fun activities, raffles, and more. The goal is to encourage shoppers to improve their health by consuming more fruits and vegetables but also providing a means of awareness of the services that are available to assist them in their communities.Free. Sat. 11am – 2pm. King’s Supermarket. More info…

Learn how to high five with finesse. Cozy up to the storytime book “High Five” by Adam Rubin at Barnes and Noble bookstores. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble. More info…

Go to May the Fourth Be With You Star Wars Day in Old Sac. Stage Nine Entertainment and Evangeline’s costume mansion invite the community to experience a special May the Fourth Be With You Star Wars Day scavenger hunt on the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Fun and free activities will be available throughout the day, and each location will have clues at four stations that lead participants to the next. The first part of the family-friendly scavenger hunt will start at Evangeline’s (113 K Street) which will lead guests to Stage Nine Entertainment (102 K Street). Along the way, the experience will be complete with blue milk tasting (the galaxy’s most famous beverage), Wookie Cookie sampling, and an interactive Star Wars video game. Those who stay on target and finish — after solving all the clues — will be treated to a special password to gain them access to a Secret Rebel Base 9 room filled with Star Wars memorabilia, fan-made art, and more. In addition to the Star Wars-themed scavenger hunt, entertaining cosplayers in Star Wars apparel will be roaming about plus an 8’ tall Star Wars TIE fighter ship will tower over K Street on the balcony above the Stage 9 Entertainment store. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Old Sacramento Waterfront. More info…

Walk around the River City Marketplace at Fremont Park. 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 family-friendly experience. River City Marketplace was conceived as a way 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 presents 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. 11am – 4pm. Fremont Park. More info…

Celebrate Star Wars Day at Fairytale Town. Meet intergalactic characters and make a Star Wars-themed craft. Puppet Shows will also be taking place in the Children’s Theater ($1-2). Check out Tommy’s Space Adventure. Free with admission. Sat. 11am – 1pm. Fairytale Town. More info…

Blow some geometric bubbles. In celebration of the National Math Festival, Powerhouse Science Center invites you to create geometric bubbles. Use a uniquely shaped bubble wand to create bubbles in the shape of squares, cubes, and more. Free with admission. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Get a free comic book at the North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. Celebrate Free Comic Book Day! Stop by the library to find the perfect comic book to take home (while supplies last) and participate in fun comic book related activities. Free. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Take teens to see the free film Good Guy, Bad Guy. As much a portrait of the city as of its main protagonist, Indu Krishnan’s documentary Good Guy, Bad Guy chronicles five years in the tumultuous life of Zakhir, a gentle soul who lives on thestreets of Bangalore. Followed by Q&A with filmmaker. Free. Presented by the South Asia Film Festival at UC Davis. Check out the other film screenings. Sat. 1pm. UC Davis. More info…

March for Science. Science and facts are critically important to good policy making. Join the 2019 Sacramento March for Science. It’ll start with a rally at the River Walk Park in West Sacramento, march across the Tower Bridge, and end in Old Town Sacramento. Enjoy some the live music, inspiring speakers, energy of your fellow supporters of science, and food trucks. Costumes and clever signs are encouraged. March for Science Sacramento is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit. Free, registration recommended. Sat. 1pm – 2:30pm. River Walk Park. More info…

See what it’s like to be a firefighter. Go to the open house at Fire Station 2 at 1229 I Street. Free. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. See the schedule for all of this year’s open fire stations here…

Take older teens to a film screening at The Sacramento International Film Festival. As Sacramento’s original Festival of Cinema, its mission for 24 years has been to foster greater appreciation of cinema as art, build the local film making community, and work with Hollywood and independents alike to showcase Northern California as a dynamic place to shoot and screen movies. Capital Public Radio’s Insight host Beth Ruyak documentary film The Not Dying Girl will be included as part of the Nor Cal All Stars Part 3 presentation on Saturday, May 4th from 4pm-6pm in the Delta King Theater. $12+. Various times on Sat. & Sun. Delta King Theatre on the Delta King Riverboat. More info…

Take teens to Holmes & Watson, an all new Sherlock mystery. In the year following the assumed death of the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes at the falls of Reichenbach, his most trusted companion, Dr. Watson is called upon to discredit a number of “false sightings.” With each call, Watson must travel to expose them as fakes until one day when he is summoned to an insane asylum on an island, in the middle of a storm, where there is not one man claiming to be Sherlock Holmes, but three. With the shocks and surprises that we expect from a Sherlock Holmes story, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher puts us on the edge of our seats until the final moment. Don’t give away the ending. $28+. Sat. 5pm (& Sun. 2pm). The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. More info…

See The Little Mermaid, presented by Moore Musicals. $15. Sat. 6pm – 8pm. 1723 25th St. More info…

Go to a college theatre performance of The Present. The Senior Theatre Students of Sacramento State invite you to the Playwright’s Theater in Shasta Hall as they present their culminating project entitled The Present. Mentored by the faculty and staff of the Theatre and Dance Department, senior students contributed to the creation of this original ensemble piece from start to finish including concept, design, and performance. The fundamentals of drama alongside dance, song, poetry, and student original works are just a few of the ways the seniors bring their unique blend of culture and style to the stage. $8 general admission and $5 for children under 12. All other performances are $12 general, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for children. Sat. 2pm. Playwrights’ Theatre (Shasta 101), Sac State. More info…

Go to Autism Speaks Night with the River Cats. Support Autism Speaks with some baseball, popcorn, and new friends. $35. Sat. 7:05pm. Raley Field. More info…

Take kids to see Shrek the Musical in Elk Grove. Shrek the Musical tells the story of an unlikely hero forced on a journey alongside a witty donkey and a feisty princess. Written by David Lindsay-Abaire (The Rabbit Hole, Good People) with music by Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Violet), Shrek the Musical is a whimsical and modern twist on the traditional fairytale. Shrek The Musical brings all of your favorite storybook characters to life in a story that everyone in the family can appreciate. Throw in a short tempered villian, a sassy cookie, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand; his name is Shrek, and he proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre. Shrek The Musical was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2009 (including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations). Wolfpack Performing Arts is the award-winning performing arts company of Cosumnes Oaks High School and Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School. $8+. Sat. 2pm & 7pm. Cosumnes Oaks Performing Arts Center. More info…

See Disney’s High School Musical Jr. presented by Toby Johnson Middle School. The culmination of their semester long homeschool performance workshop, High School Musical Jr. is a family-friendly performance. Seating is general admission. All seats are handicap accessible. $8+. Sat. 7pm – 8:30pm. Toby Johnson Middle School. More info…

See the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra perform “Aztec, Maya, and Inca Worlds.” Hear works by Argentinian composer Esteban Benzecry. One of South America’s most renowned composers, Benzecry has received commissions from numerous orchestras and institutions including Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. Also Double Concerto by Brahms, with Stephanie Zyzak on violin, and Eunghee Cho on cello. $12+. Sat. 7pm – 9pm. Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis. More info…

Listen to Geoffrey Burleson play the piano. The Piano Series at Sacramento State Univ. presents guest artist Geoffrey Burleson.  His program will feature works by Saint-Saëns, UC Davis professor Laurie San Martin’s “Dances for Solo Piano”, and Liszt’s “Dante Sonata”. Burelson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and jazz performer. The New York Times has hailed his solo performances as “vibrant” and “compelling”, and has praised his “command, projection of rhapsodic qualities without loss of rhythmic vigor, and appropriate sense of spontaneity and fetching colors.” $10+. Sat. 7pm. Capistrano Concert Hall, Sac State. More info…

Go on a night nature walk. Join Wings of the Night at Effie Yeaw Nature Center to observe our owls and learn their adaptations for hunting at night. We’ll take a walk to the river and let our eyes and ears adjust as the night closes in. Then we will walk in the dark in search of bats. $5+. Sat. 7pm – 9pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

SUNDAY MAY 5TH, 2019
Partly Cloudy 72/51

Go on the Wizard Fun Run. Wizards and Muggles are invited to a magical fun run! Arrive to Platform 9 3/4, pick your house at the sorting hat and get ready to run, walk, or fly through the 5k course. All runners receive a souvenir bib and medal. Costumes are a must in Hogwarts Square. All proceeds will benefit at-risk youth programs.$25. Sun. 9am – 10:30am. Vernon Street Town Square. More info…

Have some literary fun at Children’s Book Week with storytime, activities, and giveaways each day of the week at Fairytale Town. Events take place 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 and more for sale. Weekday $5, Weekend $5. Ages 1 and under Free. Sun. 10am – 3pm (also on Sat.). Fairytale Town. More info…

Go on the Arboretum West End Discovery Tour. Join Learning by Leading students and UC Master Gardeners of Yolo County for interactive tours of popular areas in the Arboretum including the Hummingbird GATEway Garden, our newly developed Good Life Garden (May 5 only) and other campus GATEway Gardens. Learn about ongoing collaborative research projects, efforts to combat campus food insecurity, and our pollinator-friendly plantings. Master Gardeners will be available throughout the tour to answer your sustainable home gardening questions.  Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Restrooms and water fountains are available. Parking is free on weekends and can be found along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo, in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55. Free. 10am & 11am. UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo. More info…

Go to West Sacramento’s Intergalactic Expo for more Star Wars fun. Meet Alan Fernandes, an actor that played one of the sand people (Tusken Raider) in Star Wars: A New Hope, and Jim Swearingen, former Kenner toy designer who worked on the original Star Wars toys. $10 (includes one adult and two children). Sun. 10am – 5pm. West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria. More info…

Inspire kids to draw. See A Passionate Muse: The Prints of Leonard Baskin. Sculptor, printmaker, and illustrator, Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) was well known for his spirited visual fantasy and storytelling. He also cast his eye on the modern world, with sometimes-biting commentary on the ills of society, woven into religious or mythological scenes. This exhibition focuses on his independent prints, many of them monumental, that examine his often cynical, often hopeful view of human nature. Free with museum admission. Sat. & Sun. 10am – 5pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Be German for a day at the Maifest. This annual event at the Sacramento Turn Verein is sponsored by the German Language School, and is a fun occasion for all ages! This event includes live music, traditional German dancers, games, face-painting, dancing around the Maypole, and crafts. For purchase there will be German food, ice-cream, Kaffe und Kuchen (coffee and cake), beer, and the famous “Maibowle” drink, which contains strawberries soaked in brandy. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 12pm – 5pm. Sacramento Turn Verein. More info…

Last weekend to see Xicanx Futurity, an art exhibit at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. These artists engage in an inter-generational dialogue that centers Indigenous forms of communal and hemispheric ceremony, rooted in sacred relations. Collectively, their respective artistic practices inform an emerging conceptual and aesthetic decolonial social practice within Chicana/o/x art. Free. Sun. 12pm – 5pm. Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. More info…

Learn how to identify plants and animals with iNaturalist. Have you ever been walking around and noticed a plant or animal and wondered what it was? There is a phone app called iNaturalist that can help you identify these organisms. Join a Naturalist in a crash course at Effie Yeaw Nature Center and gain an understanding of an awesome new science tool that is changing the face of citizen science. Don’t forget to bring your smartphone. Pre-Register in the Visitor’s Center or call (916) 489-4918. $2+. Sun. 1:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Take mature teens to see West Side Story, presented by El Dorado Musical Theatre. Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in this seminal retelling of Romeo and Juliet. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments. This production by El Dorado Musical Theatre features colorful costumes and sets, stunning choreography, and exceptional performances. It is an ideal event for the audiences 13+. Note: Parents need to know that West Side Story is an updated Romeo and Juliet story that explores race relations and immigration within a musical format. Street fighting and knifings are depicted, though some of the violence is lessened by the choreography. In one disturbing scene, a gang of boys physically abuses a young woman and a rape almost takes place. A major character is killed. $36+. (Bargain night tickets are $15 but they are sold out for this show.) Sat. 2pm (also on Sun. 7pm). Harris Center for the Arts. Harriscenter.net

Introduce older teens to the Marx Brothers with Animal Crackers at American River College Theatre. From the zinging one-liners to its slapstick brilliance, this boisterous and raucous musical comedy about the theft of a valuable painting from a society dinner party is quintessential Marx Brothers Mayhem. Performances are in ARC’s Main Theatre. $15+. Sun. 2pm – 4:30pm. American River College. More info…

Take teens to Lickspittles, Buttonholers, and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens. Three extraneous Danish court officials: a professional loud mouth (the buttonholer), a kiss ass for hire (the lickspittle), and a successful dastard (the go-between) are tossed out of court just as Denmark’s merchant fleet becomes of strategic importance in the Napoleonic war. The three men journey to France and meet Napoleon’s top lickspittle, buttonholer, and go-between, their female counterparts. Plots abound, flying machines are destroyed, and the head of Marie Antoinette is discovered during the madcap struggle to save Copenhagen from British howitzers. The main characters speak in rhyming Alexandrine verse, while a host of supporting characters converse in sestinas, haiku, free verse, limericks, and sonnets. In a rhyming, metered world, the offbeat rules. $18+. Sun. 2pm – 4pm (also showing on Sat.). California Stage Theatre. More info…

See Alice in Wonderland, presented by the Falcon’s Eye Theatre. Alice’s story takes a sharp turn as she falls down the rabbit hole into the dark and mysterious Wonderland. The Falcon’s Eye Theatre presents Lewis Carroll’s fairytale of the absurd in this exuberant, funny and strikingly pertinent production meant for curious audience members of all ages. The Falcon’s Eye Theatre is the production arm of the Department of Theatre and Cinema Arts at Folsom Lake College. $12+ (May 9th show is $5 for kids). Sun. 2pm (also on Sat. 7:30pm). Harris Center for the Arts. Harriscenter.net

Take older teens to see Amélie, the play. Amélie is a musical based on the 2001 french romantic comedy film with music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Messé and Nathan Tysen and a book by Craig Lucas. The musical premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2015, starring Samantha Barks. The musical opened on Broadway in March 2017 starring Phillipa Soo of Hamilton fame. The musical follows the same storyline as the French film upon which it is based. Amélie Poulain is a shy young woman in Paris who decides to dedicate her life to making others happy.  But can she recognize and seize happiness for herself? $20. Tower Theatre in Roseville. Presented by Green Valley Theatre Company. Sun. 7pm. More info…

See the moving Japanese film, Spirited Away. In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro (Rumi Hiiragi) and her parents (Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku (Miyu Irino), who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents. Sun. 7pm (doors 6pm). $7.50+. Crest Theatre. More info…

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

Happy Adventuring!
xo, sabrina : )

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

TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! APRIL 27TH – APRIL 28TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of April 27th & 28th, 2019! Celebrate Earth Day, compete in a Kids Warrior Challenge, meet Star Wars characters at the Zoo, go to a flute festival, learn about native plants in real people’s gardens, see super-rare coins, make a tree cookie necklace, take a free family hula lesson, learn basketball skills from Sacramento Kings coaches, go to an art festival just for kids, go on a free sailboat ride, listen to teen pianists play, learn kid-friendly self-defense, go to a storytime, learn about neurodevelopment at the MIND Institute, listen to barbershop-style singing, go to a Rumi (poetry) event, watch a soccer match, help provide nature data to scientists, adopt a pet, go to an old-fashioned trader’s faire at Sutter’s Fort, go to a carnival on Del Paso Blvd, make a handmade doll, go to a poetry reading by Tough Old Broads, and see Alice in Wonderland, West Side Story, or a children’s choir, and more! Also check out the bottom of the post for a list of weekend farmers markets open in Sacramento. Discover new veggies and fruits, and eat more plants with the kids! Have a fun, adventurous weekend in the great outdoors! Weather is forecasted for mostly sunny 87/53 for Sat. and sunny 82/53 for Sun.

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH, 2019
Mostly Sunny 87/53

Compete in a Kids Warrior Challenge. Join the City of Elk Grove and the Cosumnes Community Service District (CSD) at Fitfest, a special event celebrating everything fitness. Stroll through the Fitness Festival and visit the many healthy vendors on site, enjoy all-day stage entertainment, have lunch on site with a picnic or grab something from our food vendors, and check out the free kids zone featuring a BMX Stunt Bike Show, climbing rock wall, euro jumpers, inflatable obstacle course, bounce houses, zorb balls, bungee run, gladiator joust, hippo chow down, and jumbo soccer darts! Plus, there’s a little tot tumbling area. Take a seat and watch athletes battle it out in the Elk Grove Gauntlet and have fun watching the little ones make their way through the Kids Warrior Challenge Obstacle course, for ages 6-12. Each participant gets 45 minutes on the obstacle course. Pre-registration is required for competitions (Kids Warrior Challenge and The Elk Grove Gauntlet). Free (Kids Warrior Challenge is $25 and includes a t-shirt). Sat. 9am – 5pm. Elk Grove Park. More info…

Meet Star Wars characters at the 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. Costumed characters are members of the 501st Legion, Central California Garrison, a group of Star Wars fans who contribute to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work. Schedule of Events: 10am: Nature Explorers, 11am: Wildlife Stage Show, 11:45am: Giraffe Encounter, 1:30pm: Wildlife Stage Show, 2pm: Giraffe Encounter. $14+, pre-register. Sat. 9am – 3pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Love playing the flute? Harmonize your way down to the 5th Annual Flute Festival. Friday and Saturday will feature Ai Goldsmith, flute instructor and recording artist. Friday night will feature a concert at American River College. Saturday’s all day Flute Festival will include master classes, youth, and adult flute choirs, various classes on flute technic, vendor displays of flutes, music, and accessories, raffle drawings, and performances by Festival participants. Students $10, Adults $15. Sat. 9am – 6pm (Fri. 7:30pm – 9:30pm). American River College. More info…

Consider growing more native plants in your garden. Get tips and see other people’s native gardens at the Gardens Gone Native Tour, which features approximately 25 gardens in the Sacramento, Placer, and Yolo county areas. Gardens are comprised of at least 50 percent California native plants. Upon registration participants will receive a link to the garden tour brochure with garden descriptions and maps. Professionally landscaped gardens, homeowner designs, as well as native public gardens will be featured. Thinking of converting your lawn to water-wise, California-native plants? Here is your chance to see established gardens and talk with native plant gardeners in your area. The gardeners on this tour are passionate about sharing their experience and welcome any of your questions. Free, must register. Sat. 9:30am – 4pm. Various private residences. More info…

See some super-rare coins at a coin show. The Sacramento Valley Coin Club 2019 Spring Show will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton Sacramento. Over 40 dealers, free appraisals, hourly door prizes, a gold and silver coin raffle, youth activities, buy and sell opportunities and more will be featured. Ever see a Walking Liberty half dollar? Free for kids, $3 for adults. Sat. 10am – 4pm (also Fri. 10am – 6pm). Four Points by Sheraton. More info…

Make a Tree Cookie Necklace. Tree cookies are a cross section of a tree trunk. Each layer can give us clues about the tree’s life. Go to April’s Create and Take at Powerhouse Science Center to learn about the stories tree cookies tell and make your own tree cookie necklace. Afterwards, head outside to explore the trees on our grounds through a self-guided nature walk. Free with museum admission. Sat. 10am – 11:30pm. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Take a free family zumba or hula lesson or learn basketball tricks from a Sac Kings coach. Celebrate Healthy Kids Day at YMCA of Superior Cal! Bring a picnic blanket or chairs and grab a seat in front of the stage on the field to participate in free family fitness workshops and watch performances from local youth groups. See the full schedule on their website. In addition to lessons, they will have a free water play science area, face painting, an obstacle course, arts and crafts, STEM activities, vendor booths, and basketball skills and drills by Sacramento Kings coaches! Free. Sat. 10am – 1pm. Sacramento Central YMCA. More info…

Go to a Kids Art Festival. Join the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District and the San Juan Unified School District for a community-focused event on creativity. Make and take art stations, dance and music performances, art show, food trucks, and more will be a part of the festivities. The schedule is packed with performances and craft activity. Free. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Village Park. More info…

Go on a free sailboat ride. Complimentary sailboat rides and fun for all. Go  to the Lake Washington Sailing Club’s Annual Open House for fascinating displays of sailing activities and sailing related organizations, food and refreshments for sale, and fun activities for kids. Free. Sat. 10:30am – 3:30pm. Lake Washington Sailing Club. More info…

Go to storytime and listen to a reading of What Do You Do With A Chance? by Kobi Yamada at Barnes & Noble. This is the inspiring story of a child who isn’t sure what to make of a chance encounter and then discovers that when you’re brave, take chances, and say yes to new experiences, amazing things can happen. Definitely one of our faves! Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes and Noble bookstores. More info…

Listen to incredibly talented teen pianists and instrumentalists. Celebrating its 15th year, the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition (YAC) 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. A panel of internationally renowned musicians juries the competition through live auditions in cities throughout the U.S., with winners selected in multiple instrumental categories. This year the competition features the Founders’ Prize in cello to U.S. residents Ages 18–22 and the Young Artists Prize to California resident pianists and instrumentalists Ages 12–17. The Winners Concert will take place on the same day as the Competition Finals. The competition pass includes three events over two days. $50 for 2 day pass. Discounts available for UC Davis Students/Staff/Faculty, Active-duty Military, Youth and Non-UC Davis Students. Sat. 11am – 5:45pm and 8pm. (also on Fri. 8pm). Mondavi Center. More info…

Learn kid-friendly self-defense. Robinson’s Taekwondo Black Belt instructors will work with kids to learn tools they can use for safety, to resist drugs and protect themselves with self defense skills. Note: Event takes place at all Robinson’s Taekwondo locations. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2:30pm. Robinson’s Taekwondo. More info…

Explore the mind at the MIND Institute 2019 Open House & Resource Fair’s family-friendly event. You will have the opportunity to meet MIND Institute clinicians and researchers and participate in research studies. Enjoy presentations by MIND Institute researchers and go behind-the-scenes with self-guided tours showcasing the Resource Center and Research Clinic. Complimentary light refreshments and fun activities for kids. The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, and treatment of the challenges associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Free. Sat. 11am – 1pm. UC Davis MIND Institute. More info…

Introduce the kids to a cappella barbershop singing. Sacramento Capitolaires, the area’s premiere male a cappella singing group since 1946, will present “At the Barbershop” in Christ Community Church. Guest performers include American River College Jazz Choir, Antelope High School Choir, Checkered Past (Barbershop Quartet), Spirit West (Barbershop Ensemble), and Verve (Sweet Adelines Quartet). The musical director is Dan Warschauer and the show narrator is Larry Womac. Free for kids 12 & under. General $15. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. Christ Community Church. More info…

Teen Career Fair for Arts & Writing. Want to learn more about working in the arts or being a professional writer? Meet with a journalist, actor, writer, musician, filmmaker, and more. Free. Sat. 3pm – 5pm. Arcade Library on Marconi Ave. (not Arden-Arcade Library). More info…

Learn how to paint oceans and shorelines (teens & adults). Painting bodies of water can be one of the more challenging techniques to master in watercolor. Luckily, local watercolor artist, Tonja Wilcox, will share what she’s learned and give tips to make it a little easier as you focus on where oceans meet land from a distance. No drawing skills needed. Good for beginners and intermediate level painters. Watercolor paint generally has a translucent quality, which is great for ethereal or emotive effects. Blending colors is fun, and you can also layer imagery so that what is underneath shows through. Watercolors are generally more affordable than some other paint mediums and are lightweight for easy transporting. This workshop will arm you with the tips and tricks to maximize your watercolor experience. $40. Sat. 3pm – 5:30pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

Take teens to immerse themselves in Rumi: A Film & Music Concert. Join Vox Musica and host Parisa Soultani for an unforgettable evening of celebrating the life and writings of Jalaluddin Rumi at Verge Center for the Arts. This 13th century mystic from Khorasan (now northern Afghanistan) was a best-selling poet in the US for over a decade, in large part because he touches a deep vein of truth in people. The collaborative performance will include music, poetry, and imagery through film, including world premieres of pieces written for Vox Musica by Honiball Joseph, a prominent Iranian-Assyrian composer, and Dr. Kira Zeeman Rugen of Scottsdale, Arizona. This unique project is produced in joint collaboration with One Through Love, a cinematic multi-lingual film project and companion website which uses the poetry of Rumi to inspire and build new connections and understandings. $20 Presale, $25 at door. Sat. 7pm – 8:30pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

See Alice in Wonderland, presented by the Falcon’s Eye Theatre. Alice’s story takes a sharp turn as she falls down the rabbit hole into the dark and mysterious Wonderland. The Falcon’s Eye Theatre presents Lewis Carroll’s fairytale of the absurd in this exuberant, funny and strikingly pertinent production meant for curious audience members of all ages. The Falcon’s Eye Theatre is the production arm of the Department of Theatre and Cinema Arts at Folsom Lake College. $12+ (May 9th show is $5 for kids). Sat. 7:30pm (also Sun. 2pm). Harris Center for the Arts. Harriscenter.net

Take mature teens to see West Side Story, presented by El Dorado Musical Theatre. Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in this seminal retelling of Romeo and Juliet. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments. This production by El Dorado Musical Theatre features colorful costumes and sets, stunning choreography, and exceptional performances. It is an ideal event for the audiences 13+. Note: Parents need to know that West Side Story is an updated Romeo and Juliet story that explores race relations and immigration within a musical format. Street fighting and knifings are depicted, though some of the violence is lessened by the choreography. In one disturbing scene, a gang of boys physically abuses a young woman and a rape almost takes place. A major character is killed. $36+. (Bargain night tickets are $15 but they are sold out for this show.) Sat. 2pm (also on Sun. 7pm). Harris Center for the Arts. Harriscenter.net

Go to a children’s choir. Head out for an exciting evening of beautiful choral music featuring Inspire Choir’s children’s choir, based out of El Dorado Hills/Folsom area, a local swing choir (Proscenium with Ringger Studios), and the new adult choir. This concert will also feature a guest artist Justin Ancheta who is a teacher, multi-instrumentalist, and master musician (originally from Hawaii) and will be performing and showcasing a very rare percussion instrument known as the Handpan. Inspire Choirs of America was formed in 2018 to inspire local choirs among the El Dorado Hills and Folsom areas. $10+. Sat. 7pm – 8:30pm. Harris Center for the Arts. $10+. Sat. 7pm – 8:30pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Watch a professional soccer match. See the Sacramento Republic FC take on Phoenix Rising FC. $14+. Sat. 7:30pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

SUNDAY, APRIL 28TH, 2019
Sunny 82/53

Spend a lovely day outdoors on Sutter Street in Historic Folsom at the 52nd Annual Historic Folsom Spring Arts and Crafts Fair featuring 200 artisan crafters. You will find unique, quality, handmade items. Food and beverage stands available as well as many local eateries, bakeries, wineries, and pubs. There are many surrounding boutiques and shops as well. Note: You can ride Light Rail for free with a post card you can pick up from Historic Folsom merchants or from the event poster (follow link and take a snapshot or screenshot with your phone). Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 9am – 4pm. Historic Old Folsom. More info…

Re-Live the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. The California State Capitol Museum Volunteer Association presents a compelling 1906 Earthquake Living History Day at the California State Capitol Museum. This interpretive Living History event is designed to re-enact some little known events connected to what is known as California’s “Big One” — the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.For one day only each year, the California State Capitol Museum Volunteer Association invites the community to step back in time to revisit the earth-moving experience and learn from the past. Visitors to the California State Capitol Museum will be surrounded by docents in period attire as they re-create the memorable scenes of the recovery efforts. Some key moments in time include local dignitaries as they assisted refugees — many of whom camped out on the Capitol grounds or at Sutter’s Fort — and Sacramento women as they aided Bay Area families in need by providing meal tickets, clothing, and blankets. And, guests will be close-at-hand when then-California Governor George Pardee receives an important telegram — not a text, email or phone call — from President Theodore Roosevelt offering a staggering sum of $1 million for disaster relief. Free. Sun. 10am – 3pm. California State Capitol Museum. More info…

Celebrate Earth Day at Southside Park. Sacramento Earth Day is all about building community and finding ways to help residents reduce our ecological footprint. Attend the festival for the opportunity to learn about a vast array of methods to live more sustainably. Around 150 organizations and businesses will be exhibiting a multitude of practical information, goods and services that cultivate a healthier, greener way of living. You’ll also find a variety of fun activities to enjoy for the whole family, including live music, interactive educational games and a kids’ area. There will be several food vendors serving a range of plant-based (vegan) cuisine options. Featuring local art, environmentally protective products and even valet parking for your bicycle, this is the largest Earth Day celebration in the Sacramento region. Food vendors include: Deluxe Foods, Kimberley’s Kitchen, Xochimilco, Frik’n Vegan, KC Kombucha, Mr. Pops Popcorn, What’s Happenin’ Italian Ice, San Francisco Bay Coffee, and Conscious Creamery. Free. Sun. 11am – 4pm. Southside Park. More info…

Provide data to scientists. Help Sacramento win the City Nature Challenge! This event is a fun outdoor nature observation challenge where participants add data to an app that scientists will later use for their research. Join the Powerhouse Science Center for an hour-long Bioblitz where the group will explore our grounds for plants and animals to add to your iNaturalist account. Binoculars and hand lenses will be available for checkout. Free with museum admission. Sun. 10am – 11am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Adopt a cat or dog. Cosumnes River College Veterinary Technician Program is having their annual Adoption Day for colony animals. Go to the Veterinary Program building for the meet and greet of eight dogs and six cats. VT students will be available to introduce you to the animals of your choice and answer any questions you may have. Be sure to sign up to adopt the animal you fall in love with by noon, as lotteries will begin for any animal that has multiple families interested. Adoption fees are $150 for dogs and $50 for cats. Fees cover previously administered vaccines and other care. Cash and check only. If you wish to see more of the animals before the event, please or email to meet them or visit them on Petfinder, but be sure to come the day of the event as the animals will no longer be available to meet after the 28th. You can meet the animals before the day of the event by calling (916) 691-7355 or emailing Buchc@crc.losrios.edu. Free. Sun. 10am – 2pm. Consumnes River College. More info…

Go to the Trader’s Faire at Sutter’s Fort. Sutter’s Fort once served as a thriving commercial center in the early days of the Gold Rush. In fact, it was the only trading center on the way to the gold fields and literally thousands of gold miners passed through the Fort to purchase needed supplies from vendors hawking a variety of goods. At Shop Traders’ Faire, you can see handforged metal goods, traditional Native American beadwork, palm leaf hats shaped on-site, dream catchers, sun catchers, handmade dolls, medicine bags, and more. Adults $7, Kids 6-17 $5, 5 & under Free. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

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

Visit the mouse-y, child-friendly art show of Stuart Dunkel: Mouse in the House. Stuart Dunkel is a still-life painter based in Boston. Dunkel enjoys incorporating humor and playfulness in his work, as well as a sense of classical balance and naturalism. He considers all of his work autobiographical, as he uses painting to draw out his ideas on philosophy and beauty. His choice of darker backgrounds in his work is influenced by 17th century Dutch artists such Willem Kalf and Jan Davidsz de Heem. As he states, “This perception enforces my belief that nothing exists until light is draped over it. From the nothingness of black, we build up to the perceived objects.” Apart from painting, Dunkel also teaches art at the Nautilus School of Realist Art, and music at the Boston Conservatory of Music. Free. Open Sat. & Sun. 11:30am – 5pm (this is the show’s last weekend). Pence Gallery in Davis. More info…

Go to a Spring Carnival. Del Paso Boulevard Partnership and Johnston Amusements brings a Spring Carnival to Old North Sacramento featuring rides, games, foods, and family fun. This annual event benefits the continued development of the Del Paso Boulevard Business District and Community through Del Paso Boulevard Foundation. Individual rides vary in price. Weekday All-Day Ride Wristbands (Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday) $30. Weekend All-Day Ride Wristbands (Saturday or Sunday) $35. Sun. 12pm – 11pm (also open Sat.) What’s By Watts Parking Lot. More info…

Take mature teens to a poetry reading by Tough Old Broads. The Tough Old Broads are a quartet of Sacramento poets and longtime friends — Annie Menebroker, Victoria Dalkey, Kathryn Hohlwein, and former Sacramento poet laureate Viola Weinberg. They will present a poetry reading and book signing for their book Tough Enough: Poems from The Tough Old Broads. Free, donations accepted. Sun. 1:30pm, doors open at 1pm. Harlow’s. More info… 

Make a super-legit handmade doll. This awesome Verge workshop is instructed by Andrea Lizalde from Goblin and Witch on Etsy. Materials, tools, and sewing machines are available but you are welcomed to bring your own portable sewing machine for comfort. There will be coloring and design activities for children. Doll making is a craft that had been present throughout Andrea Lizalde’s family history and once she had children she found the joy of making toys and dolls for them alongside her artistic practice of painting and illustration. She is interested in making dolls that have different shades of skin colors and a variety of genders because diversity is part of her family’s values. She uses natural and recycled materials that are machine washable and soft with no plastics or small accessories so they are safe for children. $55+. Sun. 1:30pm – 4:30pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

PLAN AHEAD…

It’s Children’s Book Week at Fairytale Town starting next Monday through to the weekend. Tons of cool book readings, activities, and a book fair to check out. More info…

Play Basketball with De’Aaron Fox
Calling all mothers, daughters (and sons!), aunts and grandmothers! Learn from De’Aaron Fox and his mother, Lorraine, at our Jr. Kings Mother’s Day Weekend Clinic. This clinic will give kids (and a parent) the chance to enhance their basketball skills, while having fun and learning together! Ages 6-14. $100. Moms, grandmas and aunts are welcome to participate. $100 for child only, plus $50 for each additional adult (up to 2 adults). The one day clinic will include: Instruction from De’Aaron Fox, Lorraine Fox, and Jr. Kings trainers, Jr. Kings t-shirt, Participation certificate, Exclusive chances to win Kings prizes. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Please bring a basketball and water. The clinic will take place at the Golden 1 Center Practice Facility at 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento, CA 95814. 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) >>

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WEEKEND FARMERS MARKETS

There’s always good stuff at the California farmers markets! Take the kids and open their senses to all the beautiful bounty in our region. Find something new to try and support our local Sacramento-region farmers.

Saturdays

Auburn: Old Town Courthouse Parking Lot

Saturdays, OPEN YEAR ROUND
8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Auburn-Folsom Rd at Lincoln Way
Auburn CA
(530) 863-7487
Website

Country Club Plaza Farmers Market
Every Saturday, year-round
8 a.m.-noon
Accepts EBT
Watt and El Camino Avenues
Sacramento CA
(916) 688-0100
Website

Davis Farmers Market
Saturdays, year-round: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Central Park at Fourth and C Streets
Davis CA
(530) 297-1900

Folsom Saturday Farmers Market
Saturdays, year-round
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
At the Historic Railroad Turntable and Public Plaza in Historic Folsom
Folsom CA
916-806-3989
Website

Laguna Gateway Center Farmers Market
Every Saturday, year-round
8 a.m.-noon
Accepts EBT
Laguna and Big Horn Boulevards
Elk Grove CA
(916) 688-0100
Website

Midtown Farmers Market
Saturdays, year-round
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Accepts EBT
20 and J Streets
Sacramento CA
(916) 442-1500
Website

Oak Park Farmers Market
Saturdays, May-November
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
McClatchy Park
Sacramento CA
(916) 452-2968
Website

Rio Linda Farmer’s Market and Peddler’s Fair
Rio Linda Farmer’s Market and Peddler’s Fair
Every Saturday through the end of September
At Historical Dry Creek Ranch House
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
6852 Dry Creek Rd
Rio Linda CA
Website

Rocklin: Blue Oaks Center
Market Opens May 7th
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
6636 Lonetree Boulevard
Rocklin CA
(530) 863-7487
Website

Sunrise Light Rail Station Farmers Market
Every Saturday, year-round
8 a.m.-noon
Accepts EBT
Folsom and Sunrise Boulevards
Rancho Cordova CA
(916) 688-0100
Website

Sunrise Marketplace
Saturdays, open year round
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
6041 Sunrise Mall
Citrus Heights CA
916-806-3989
Website

The Natomas Promenade Farmers Market
Saturdays, May 9-Sept. 26
8 a.m.-noon
Accepts EBT
8637 N. Freeway Blvd. off of Gateway Boulevard
Natomas CA
(916) 688-0100
Website

Sundays

Farmers Market
Every Sunday, year-round
8 a.m.-noon
Accepts EBT
8th and W Streets
Sacramento CA
Website

Granite Bay: Quarry Ponds Town Center
Market Opens on May 22nd
8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
5550 Douglas Boulevard
Granite Bay CA
(530) 863-7487
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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! APRIL 13TH – APRIL 14TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of April 13th & 14th, 2019! Go on a tour of the Bear Hollow Basin, help at a park or creek clean-up, see a dance performance about electricity, check outs some edible isotopes and make DNA bracelets or taste some honey at UC Davis’ Picnic Day, go to a workshop on climate change, meet artist Sarah Golden (illustrator of the “1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids” book), get something written in Chinese calligraphy, build a robot, learn about magic from around the world, see the movie “Penguin Highway”, make a family art project, learn how to speak Hmong, meet children’s author Linda Joy Singleton, taste rare teas, go to a Dog Show, drink some butterfly pea flower tea, paint a unicorn, take a free yoga or meditation class, see Jason Sia play the piano, see a cool indie band called Baseball Gregg, watch college track & field, women’s crew, field hockey, tennis, and more! Weather is forecasted for mostly sunny 76/51 for Sat. and partly cloudy 69/47 for Sun. Have a cool and adventurous weekend!

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SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH, 2019
Mostly sunny 76/51

Go on the Bear Hollow Nature Tour & Bird Watch. Explore the Rancho Cordova’s Bear Hollow Stormwater Basin. Click here for a map. Learn about the City’s recent tree planting restoration project and observe the native plants and animals that have taken up residence at this flood control facility. A certified biologist will lead the family-friendly nature tour and bird watch activity. Head to a nearby Creek Week Clean-up site at the end of the Nature Tour. Please RSVP by emailing akreiling@cityofranchocordova.org. Free. Sat. 8am – 9am. Bear Hollow Stormwater Basin. More info…

Get your hands dirty and clean up the parks. There are so many park clean-ups this spring. Find one close to home!For instance, you can help protect natural resources and enhance the quality of life in the community by joining CSD and JustServe as they clean and beautify the landscape of Elk Grove community parks. Hundreds of volunteers will be joining together for a day of community service as the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) presents JustServe Community Day of Service. Projects may include park enhancements, beautification projects, creek and open space clean-up. Free, registration required. Sat. 8am – 12pm. CSD Administration Building in Elk Grove. More info…

Go to UC Davis’ super-fantastic ‘Picnic Day.’ *Sactown Kids highly recommends this event.* Experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis. Explore over 100 department-sponsored exhibits and experience the vast diversity of UC Davis. Be an anthropologist for a day at the Anthropalooza, play math games at Adventures in Math & Stats, meet a bug doctor (bring in a speciman for them to identify) at the Entomology Department, make DNA bracelets at Storer Hall, learn about death and forensics at Briggs Hall, visit the kid-friendly electric vehicle showcase at the student community center, taste honey at the Honey Bee Haven, do hands-on activities and see edible isotopes at Plant & Environmental Sciences, send up a weather balloon and wait for the data/results, and so much more. Other popular events include the police K9 demonstration on Russell Field, baby chick holding, and dogs catching frisbees on Hutchison Field. Don’t miss the Children’s Discovery Fair at Cruess Hall Lawn, 10am – 4pm. For a full schedule of events, click here. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 5pm. UC Davis. More info…

Take teens who are passionate about climate change to the all-day ‘Fast Track to Carbon Zero’ Community Forum, hosted by 350 Sacramento. There are incredible speakers, including Jennifer Gress, policy director at the Mayor’s Office, and afternoon break-out sessions, including ‘Youth Climate Action’ and ‘Sacramento Climate Emergency Declaration.’ Climate change is the biggest challenge of our lifetime. We need to speed up the transition from fossil fuels to a sustainable future to achieve carbon zero within the time frame scientists tell us is required to stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius. With a federal government actively hostile to the climate, the real action is now at the local level. Cities are where innovation and creativity can make a huge difference, transforming urban landscapes into low-carbon, highly desirable communities. Sacramento, the capital of California, can be a leader in this exciting and ambitious effort. $5-$15 sliding scale, includes lunch. No one turned away for lack of funds. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center. More info…

Help teens get their first real job. Come and meet one-on-one with a volunteer job coach who will help you look for jobs, create an effective resume, and more. Each appointment lasts for approximately 30 minutes. Participants are encouraged to make a reservation online. Free. Sat. 10am – 10:30am. Open to teens (aged 13-18) and adults. More info…

Watch track & field, and then have a family race. UC Davis Track & Field hosts the Woody Wilson College Open at Toomey Field, all day. 9am – 5pm.

Learn about pollinators, succulents, composting, and more at the Master Gardeners of Placer County Garden Faire.  Over 25 vendors featuring the Master Gardeners of Placer County, will include pollinators, succulents, talks by experts, chickens, composting, children’s activities and more! Hands on demonstrations with succulents, food trucks, kids craft projects, door prizes, and more. Here is a schedule of events, and here is their flyer. Free, all ages. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Maidu Park in Roseville. More info…

Celebrate 2nd Saturday at the hip, new DOCO. On the 2nd Saturday of each month, DOCO hosts an event for families with children. These art activities are specially-designed by Verge Center for the Arts to stimulate creativity while providing a fun weekend activity for families. The festivities occur on the West end of the Plaza (near Yard House). Note on parking: DOCO has four garages onsite, each conveniently located. They suggest parking at the DOCO Central Garage (414 J Street) for 2nd Saturday Activation’s. The craft activity for this Saturday with be: Paper Daffodils — perfect for Easter or any spring day, these paper flowers are easy to make and fun for all ages. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Downtown Commons (DOCO). More info…

Get custom Chinese calligrapy for $5-10 at the Chung-Kong Chan: Art Show and Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration. Join Sol Collective for a pop-up exhibition of ceramics and calligraphy artworks by Chan Chung-Kong. Besides the exhibition, Chan will be doing a Chinese calligraphy demonstration and creating custom works for a sliding scale materials fee: $5-$10. Chan was born in Hong Kong in 1936, and studied fine arts at National Taiwan Normal University. As an educator, he spend several years teaching art at primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong, and later as an instructor in the Department of Extramural Studies, at The Chinese University where he taught courses on ceramics, calligraphy, sketching, and introduction to jewelry enameling. After migrating into the United States, he taught art in the Bay Area. Chan has exhibited his artwork in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, and the United States. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Sol Collective. More info…

Watch a game of field hockey. UC Davis takes on its sister school as part of the spring field hockey season. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Aggie Field Hockey Facility. More info…

Build a Robot. For ages 9-14. Join in for an exciting, free STEM program with an instructor-led STEM LEGO Robotics program.Participants will work in groups and learn to design, build and program their creation using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit. Session #6 of 8 offered, each session is not dependent on prior attendance. The lesson from Saturday will repeat the following Tuesday, so please only register for 1 class each week. Registration available 10 days prior to the class at saclibrary.org/events. Generously funded by the Friends of the Orangevale Library. Free, must register. Sat. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Orangevale Library. More info…

Go to the free Easter Egg Hunt at El Dorado Hills Town Center. Candy and free gift coupon filled eggs will be collected by excited children in the grass areas by the lake and the Steven Young Amphitheater. There will be 5 egg zone areas (Ages 0-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-12). After the egg hunt, children may visit participating businesses to collect their free gifts. Special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny for pictures and memories. This event will include a magic show, music, face painting, balloon artists and raffle for a Giant Easter Gift. Rain or Shine. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. El Dorado Town Center. More info…

Go to the Tahoe Park Community Easter Egg Hunt. Bring the kids have a fun morning playing games, jump in the bounce house, and meet your local Firefighters from Station 6 and local Police. The Easter Bunny will be there for photos with your family. Each of the two hunts will have a section roped for our littles who need parents’ help. Bigger kids can have fun collecting eggs on the big kid side. Kids should bring their own baskets. Along with all the donations of candy from community church members, this event is partnered with Congressman Eric Guerra for donations of candy. Free. Sat. 10:30am-Noon: Games, 11am: 1st Big Hunt, 11:30am: 2nd Big Hunt. Tahoe Park. More info…

Go to storytime at Barnes & Noble and read Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure. When Pete wakes up Easter morning and sees his basket of goodies, he discovers the Easter Bunny needs a little help. He puts on his bunny ears and hops to it to help save Easter. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble Bookstores. More info…

Watch UC Davis’ women’s tennis take on UC Riverside. Sat. 11am – 1pm. More info…

Get creative at Artful Tot, a drop-in art program at Crocker. Toddlers explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. A quiet sensory room encourages learning through artistic play. 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 ages 19-36 months. $8 members/$16 non-members. Price includes one child and one adults. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Learn about magic from around the world. Forrest Barnes will use magic tricks and illusions from around the world. He will share the part of the world the magic originated. Using this information, kids may be inspired to learn more about the culture and traditions from the region where the magic trick was developed. Free. Recommended for kids 5-12. 11am – 12pm. Rio Linda Library. More info…

See the unique movie Penguin Highway at Tower Theatre. Recommended for older kids who can read, because it is sub-titled. Synopsis: Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea, Aoyama vows to solve the mystery. When he finds the source of the penguins is a woman from his dentist’s office, they team up for an unforgettable summer adventure! (Rated PG). $15. Sat. 11am – 1pm. Tower Theatre. More info and watch the video trailer here…

Celebrate Holi Festival of Color in Elk Grove. This special event will highlight traditional performance art from India and colorful display of friendship and community. Presented by VI-SH Koranne Foundation of Elk Grove, CA. Free, all ages. Sat. 11am – 12:30pm. Franklin Community Library. More info…

Clean up our waterways. Sacramento Creek Week continues and volunteers are invited to join in the fun after working hard to clear up our waterways. Enjoy a picnic, entertainment, exhibits and interactive displays. Volunteers can also enter your clean-up finds in the Junk and Gunk Contest. Be part of an area-wide volunteer effort to improve and enhance our urban waterways. Trash and invasive plant removal and water quality testing all help support a healthy creek system. You will have a great time and feel great about the work you have done to help protect our environment. Find volunteer opportunities here. Sat. 12pm – 2pm. Held at various creeks & waterways. More info…

Learn how to speak Hmong. Learn Hmong with Me is a free language playgroup. Each month focuses on a different theme. This month highlights the body.  Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Parent participation is strongly encouraged. Free. Sat. 12:30pm – 3:30pm. Colonial Heights Library Community Room. More info…

Make a family art project at Art for Families. Go to the Sacramento Fine Arts Center for some hands-on, quality together time with your child or grandchild (Ages 5+). Work together or separately, everyone takes home a masterpiece! Master artists and instructors will demonstrate and assist. Instructors and projects vary each month. Fee for each family is $5. All materials provided. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael. More info…

Meet Children’s Author Linda Joy Singleton. Celebrate National Library Week and listen to Linda Joy Singleton read her new picture book Crane and Crane. Win a free copy of the book signed by the author and enjoy a children’s activity based on the book. All ages welcome. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Del Paso Heights Library. More info…

Learn about the rare teas of China (16 & older) at The Learnery.Taste regional specialty teas from the various regions of China, from rare white tea to the most commonly consumed tea in China to the Yunnan province robust tea to the fermented pu’eh. Participants will taste six very different teas and learn the history behind the different tea territories. China’s history with tea dates back to over 5,000 years ago in 2732 B.C. with a legend that talks of the wind blowing leaves into a pot of boiling water. Presented by The Novel Tea shop in Sacramento. Ellen and Cid have over sixty years of teaching experience, and now instead of teaching communications or educational theory to college students, they plan to teach everyone in Sacramento how much better life can be with a book in one hand, a cup of tea in the other, and a friend by your side. Ellen is the resident tea expert, and one of only a handful of certified tea sommeliers in California. $25. 16 & up (call to get approval if you want to attend with a teen younger than 16). Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

See Beauty and the Beast. Panto Company US ensemble comes to the Harris Center for two family-friendly shows this season. In Beauty and the Beast, the beautiful Belle finds herself in a spellbound castle held captive by a beast…does she fall in love with the Beast before the last petal falls? Or will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew? Expect lots of laughter, stunning costumes, music and plenty of magic. $11.50+. Sat. 1pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Take teens to see what’s new at Crocker. Never the same tour twice, New on View dives into the latest exhibitions and newest works of art in the museum. Free with admission. Sat. 3pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Take the kids on a 2nd Saturday Art Walk in downtown Sacramento. On the 2nd Saturday of every month, Sacramento galleries and local businesses host an open house evening starting at around 5:30pm until 9pm or later. Enjoy the art exhibits, local artists, food and wine, live music, street fairs and special events.More info…

Meet friendly and prolific artist Sarah Golden, illustrator of “1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids” book at her first 2nd Saturday open studio and ask her anything/everything about her inspirations and the way she brings her artwork to life. Also ask her about the 100-Day Fabric Design Challenge she’s working on. Highly recommended for kids interested in graphic art and fabric design and chat with a local artist in-person. Free. Drop-in, Sat. 6pm-9pm. ARTHOUSE on R St. More info…

Go to a free Teen Lock In: Escape the Upside Down. Join Rancho Cordova Library for a teens only night at the library where they’ll try to escape the upside down, build an epic Eggo tower, and indulge in all things 1980s. Oh, and don’t forget, FIND WILL! Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. Rancho Cordova Library. More info…

Go to Renacido, a fabulous, spring-inspired art showcase of Latino artists. Winter is winding away. The season of rebirth is upon us and we are ready to bloom. Join the Lation Center for Arts and Culture for their Spring-inspired showcase exclusively by local artists. Free ,all ages. Sat. 6pm – 10pm. Latino Center of Art & Culture. More info…

Join 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. Ages 13-19. Sat. 6pm – 8pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Watch a dance performance called Dreamers. In this original new work by Jacob Gutierrez-Montoya, you can experience the artistry of Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company. Inspired by the dreams and goals we set out to achieve when we are young, each unique dance will be an exploration of the dreams and the thoughts our unconscious paints for as we sleep. From daydreaming and late night thinking to the deepest wishes and highest hopes, dreams have a way of guiding the direction of life. $15+. Sat. 7pm – 9pm. Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theatre. More info…

Take teen musicians to hear Opera in Concert: Rigoletto by the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. Rigoletto is widely considered to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Giuseppe Verdi’s middle-to-late career. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda. (No children under 4 are permitted.) $18+. Sat. 8pm. Community Center Theater. More info…

SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH, 2019
Partly Cloudy 69/47

Run in a family-friendly race. Join the pride as thousands of runners raise funds to benefit the Sacramento Zoo. Are you as fast as a hare or as slow as a tortoise? Find out at the 38th annual ZooZoom at the Sacramento Zoo. The course winds through scenic William Land Park along flat, tree-lined streets. This 5K, 10K and children’s fun run is a fundraiser for the Sacramento Zoological Society. Kid’s Run $15. Sun. 8am – 1pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Go to the Sacramento Dog Show. The Sacramento Kennel Club, a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC), presents one of the longest-standing dog shows in the country, just two years away from their 100th year mark. Since the 1920s, the show has brought judges from across the county to award the “Best in Show”, and other specialty categories. A great family event, the Sacramento Dog Show is open to the public, breeders, groomers, media and pet lovers alike. For a schedule of events, click here. $12+. Kids 12 & under are Free. Sun. 8am – 4pm (also on Sat.). Cal Expo. More info…

Go to the biggest Asparagus Festival in the West. The San Joaquin Asparagus Festival offers endless asparagus dishes and everything from food to fun. Bring your family and friends and enjoy Asparagus Alley, Asparagus Plaza, Live Entertainment, Health & Wellness Fair, Countless Food, Commercial and Craft Vendors, Craft Beer and Wine Pavilion, Recipe Contest, Kids Zone with carnival rides and games, Country Farm Animals and so much more. Sun. 10am – 8pm (also on Fri. & Sat.) More info…

Try some butterfly pea flower tea. Come and try five unique flavors: chrysanthemum, lavender, jasmine, rose and butterfly pea flower at the all-ages ‘Tea & Conversation’ event at the UC Davis Wyatt Deck. Co-sponsored by the Global Tea Club. All are welcome to this free public program. Parking is free in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive. Free. Sun. 11am – 1pm. UC Davis – Wyatt Deck. For more information, call (530) 752-4880. More info…

Watch the Sac State Hornets women’s row team compete at the Lake Natoma Invitational Rowing Competition. Cheer them on as they take on Stanford, USC, Brown, Cal Berkeley, and others. Sat. & Sun. at Lake Natoma, Nimbus Flat. More info…

Paint a unicorn. On a pre-sketched, 16×20 canvas, young artists (Ages 5+) will customize and design a unicorn with guided assistance by Instructor Ebony London. $25. Ages 5+. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. Ebony London Art Studio. More info…

Take a free yoga class (ages 7+). This ‘Yoga for Beginners’ session is presented by Isha Yoga. You will learn simple, but powerful, yoga postures to balance and stabilize your system. No prior experience with yoga is necessary.Benefits: Can relieve chronic ailments, relieve back pain, stress, anxiety, tension, strengthens the spine, takes only 5-10 minutes to practice daily. Designed by Sadhguru, this session will be conducted by a trained Isha facilitator, after which on-going online support will also be available. This session is brought to you by Isha Foundation, an international non-profit aimed to bring well-being to everyone through yoga and meditation. Free. Ages 7+. Sun. 1:30pm – 3pm. Southgate Community Library. More info…

Meet other families with special needs at We Embrace Families & Fun. Join the party when We Embrace Families presents an interactive, fun program for kids with special needs, including adaptive dance and an arts/crafts workshop.  Peer volunteers will be available by request-contact the organizers at weembracefamilies@gmail.com.  We Embrace’s mission is to support families with special needs and provide opportunities to network with each other, become knowledgeable about resources that exist, celebrate diversity and connect with the community at large. Free. Sun. 2pm – 3pm. Carmichael Library Meeting Room. More info…

See a dance performance about electricity. Having entertained millions of people around the world, Mayumana has become one of Israel’s leading cultural exports. The dance group’s shows combine custom-made musical instruments, massive video art projections and performers in constant motion. For their debut performance at the Mondavi Center, they will present Currents, inspired by the historic “Battle of Currents” between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest to find new energy sources for the world. Starting in the late 1880s, Edison developed direct current (DC) that runs continually in a single direction, like in a battery, and was the standard in the U.S. during the early years of electricity. But there was one problem: DC was not easily converted to higher or lower voltages and Tesla believed that alternating current (AC) was the solution. AC reverses direction a certain number of times per second (60 in the U.S.) and can be converted to different voltages relatively easily. On Stage, we witness a journey between two troops, each representing a different view of the essence of light and electricity and each inspired by a different aesthetic and artistic approach, all of which are presented as a dialogue through unique sounds, lights, and visual effects. $12.50+. Sun. 2pm. Mondavi Center. More info and watch a video clip…

Go to Family Storytime. Toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes and stories designed to build early literacy skills. Free. Sun. 3pm – 4pm. Fair Oaks Library Meeting Room. More info…

Take budding pianists to see Jason Sia play. The Crocker  welcomes Jason Sia, a Sacramento native and rising star, for a dazzling performance honoring the exhibition “The Roaming Eye: International Street Photography from the Ramer Collection.” Sia’s masterful musicianship and stunning virtuosity will bring musical stories to life, including solo masterworks like Hoedown from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo and selections from George Gershwin’s well-loved American Songbook. The program will also include the monumental Grand Piano Sonata in F minor, Opus 14 (Concerto Without Orchestra) by Schumann, and other favorite works by Romantic and Impressionistic composers Chopin, Ravel, Schubert, Liszt, and Debussy. $10+. Sun. 3pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Learn how to meditate for free (ages 12+). In this one-hour session you will learn Isha Kriya, a simple 12-18-minute practice to help you to become meditative effortlessly. Daily practice of Isha Kriya brings: Health, dynamism, peace, wellbeing, clarity, and joy. Isha Kriya does not require any previous experience with meditation and can be done sitting on a chair. Designed by Sadhguru, this session will be conducted by a trained Isha facilitator, after which on-going online support will also be available. This session is brought to you by Isha Foundation, an international non-profit aimed to bring well-being to everyone through yoga and meditation. Free. Ages 12+. Sun. 3:15pm – 4:15pm. Southgate Community Library. More info…

Take your older kid to see a cool indie band. Baseball Gregg is a Pop duo from Stockton by way of Italy. Founders Luca Lovisetto and Samuel Regan met in Bologna in 2013, the former a native of the city and the latter a student studying abroad. $10, all ages. Sun. 6:30pm (doors 6pm). Also performing: Majetic and Pregnant. Momo Sacramento. More info…

Plan Ahead & Other Notable Events…

The Ebony London Art Studio is hosting a very cool “Make a comic book workshop” if you’re looking for something for your non-conformist, creative teen to do during spring break. Teens will take all the steps from character development to printing! Class Schedule (4/13-4/19, 9:30am – 1:30pm):
-Day 1 (4/13): Main Character Development
-Day 2 (4/15): Storyline Development
-Day 3 (4/16): Supporting Character Development
-Day 4 (4/18): Creating Thumbnails and Editing
-Day 5 (4/19): Front and Back Cover, Editing
This workshop is $185, for ages 13-19. More info…

For parents concerned about our children’s food & health… This week, the Sacramento Food Film Festival celebrates films about our food system. At the final film of 2019, the Food Literacy Center spotlights a documentary about the growing problem of childhood obesity – The Kids Menu. Filmmaker Joe Cross meets with experts, parents, teachers and kids, coming to the realization that childhood obesity isn’t the real issue, but rather a symptom of a bigger problem. In this inspiring and hopeful documentary, see amazing programs in action, inspiring individuals paving the way for change. CapRadio’s Food & Sustainability Reporter Julia Mitric will moderate a panel following the film. All proceeds will benefit the Food Literacy Center. Free. April 16th, 6pm – 9pm. Uptown Studios. More info…

If you love the music of Star Wars, and want to introduce your kid to the genius of John Williams, take them to the Sacramento Philharmonics Star Wars performance on April 27th at 8pm. This one will probably sell out, so get your tickets soon. It’s pricey ($60+) so probably only suitable for die-hard fans. : ) April 27th, 8pm. Sacramento Community Center Theater. More info…

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! APRIL 6TH – APRIL 7TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of April 6th & 7th, 2019! Eat a fresh stroopwafel (Dutch cookie/waffle), go to a vinyl fair, get your spring garden started at a plant sale, make a DIY microscope, take teens to paddle board yoga, celebrate Earth Day at the Koobs Nature Area, listen to super-strange stories at Sacramento History for Kids, play in a cornhole tournament, go to a STEM fair or the Kids Expo, ride the Easter Egg Express train, help rescue Egrets with a paint party, walk in blue & yellow corridors, clean up a creek, see tiny bonsai trees, go on a gallery adventure at Crocker, watch a mochi pounding demonstration at the Davis Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrate Holi, get messy at free Art Studio Lab at Manetti Shrem, see a 6th grader play Haydn’s Cello Concerto, watch a baseball game, basketball game, softball game, sand volleyball game, junior roller derby, soccer game, see performances of Pinocchio, Addams Family, Legally Blonde, Little Red Riding Hood, Cindarella, Cats, Goldilocks & the Three Bears, When We Were Colored, and so much more! It’s a heck of a weekend in cloudy Sacramento.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH, 2019
Cloudy 64/53

Get garden-ready at the Soil Born Farms’ Spring Plant Sale. Join Soil Born Farms for their collaborative plant sale with Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery and Demo Garden, a project of California Native Plant Society. Fill your spring garden with organic vegetable starts, medicinal and culinary herbs, and flower starts grown in the Soil Born Farms Greenhouse and native plants from Elderberry Farms Nursery, Hedgerow Farms, WildJules Seedballs, and Cornflower Farms. Featuring guest speaker Wendy Johnson, the author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate. There will also be activities, tours, and classes. Taste and purchase fresh-from-the-field produce, organic coffee, and delicious Magpie Café baked goods. Soil Born Farms encourages you to bike or walk to the ranch, bring your shopping bag, and take a self-guided tour around the farm. Soil Born Farms is proud to offer bread from Grindstone Bakery. The breads are certified organic made from freshly ground grains and seeds. Stop by and sample some of the bread on sale. Take a walk or bike ride along the beautiful American River. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 2pm. Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. More info…

Go to a Vinyl Fair (teens). The Armadillo Music and KDVS’s Vinyl and Music Fair has grown to be one of the largest in Northern California for rare and inexpensive vinyl. Vendors from all over the state, and the west coast, will be selling vinyl records, CDS, DVDs, VHS, tapes and anything else music related. Shoppers are encouraged to bring cash, and a bag. There’s lots of free parking. Woodstocks Pizza will be on site selling pizza around lunch. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 3:30pm. Davis Senior Center. More info…

Pick out some unique, low-water plants at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery’s Public Plant Sale. Multiple times each year the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery opens its doors for the public to shop from its incredible selection of attractive, low-water plants perfect for our region. Find the plants you’ve always wanted, but can never find. Your purchases help fund the growth and care of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden landscapes, collections, and free public programs. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 1pm. UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery. More info… (download their Inventory PDF)

Make a DIY Microscope. From the cells of an onion, to the surface of a penny, microscopes allow us to see the tiny details of everyday objects. Construct a microscope with provided materials — and your smartphone. Take it home and continue to explore the world around you. $25 (total for one child & one adult). $10 for additional person. Sat. 9:30am – 10:30am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Celebrate Earth Day Conservation at the Koobs Nature Area. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area and discover the ways we can protect and enjoy our Earth. They will have activity tables for kids to create and learn about Earth Day and Conservation. The Koobs Nature Area is open for public open days on the first Saturday of every month, March through October. Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Koobs Nature Area in Carmichael. More info…

Watch some sand volleyball as the Sacramento State Women’s team takes on Pacific at Livermore Park in Folsom. Free. Sat. 10am. More info…

Hear strange real stories at Sacramento History for Kids. Who says history has to be boring? Hear tales of floods, fires, mayhem, and the amazing accomplishments of the early residents of Sacramento. The kicker is that all of these stories are true and taken from the residents of the Old City Cemetery. Come see why truth is stranger than fiction. This tour is designed for kids in fourth grade and up, but all ages are welcome. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

Take teens to Slow Art Day at Crocker. Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission to help people discover the joy of looking at art. Be one of the thousands of people around the world who take part in this special opportunity to slow down and have art reveal itself through guided looking led by docent Nancy Hampton. Free with admission. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Eat a Dutch cookie/waffle from Dutchman’s Stroopwafels and get gardening tips at the Plant Foundry Spring Celebration. There will also be face painting, various vendors, master gardening clinics, and more. Free. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Plant Foundry. More info…

Learn about the Crocker family. Go on the Crocker History Tour and learn about the Crocker family and the era during which they lived as you journey back in time on this history infused gallery tour. Free with museum admission. Sat. 11am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Watch a junior roller derby tournament. Sacramento Junior Roller Derby is hosting a one day round robin tournament featuring teams from Northern California. The tournament will feature three full-length games throughout the day. Watch this year, and compete next year! They will also have an open snack bar and merchandise for sale. Doors Open for VIP Season Pass Holders: 10:15 AM GA Doors Open: 10:30 AM Mo-Town Misfits vs. Santa Cruz Groms: 11 AM SRD Jrs vs. Mo-Town: 1:30 PM Santa Cruz vs. SRD Jrs: 4 PM Adult GA: $8 Kids 8-12 GA: $5 Kids 7 and under are Free. Sat. 11am – 6pm. Sacramento Roller Derby Warehouse. More info…

Play in a cornhole tournament. Join the California Cornhole Association, Raley Field, and the Rivercats for a night of cornhole and baseball. Advanced, Social, and 15U Junior Division cornhole players can gather for pool play in single-elimination brackets with prizes for winners. There is also a “bring your own partner” Double event with cash and prizes. Don’t miss the post-game fireworks. Bring your own cornhole bags to play. $32. Sat. 12pm – 11pm. Games begin at 1:05pm. Doors open at 12pm. Raley Field. More info…

Go to Storytime & Activities featuring Family Forever at Barnes & Noble Bookstores. When Julia’s beloved fuzzy friend Fluffster goes missing, everyone works together to find him, and by the end it is clear that when “family and friends stick together,” everyone is happy. Sat. 11am. More info…

Watch a softball game. Sac State Hornets take on Montana at 12pm. Free. Sacramento State University. More info…

Go to a Top Hard-to-Kill Plants Workshop. Exotic Plants will be hosting their first free First Saturday Workshop and Tent Sale at their new 1525 Fulton Location. This workshop will be an informative workshop that will showcase the easiest and most hardy house plants you can buy that are easy to maintain and care for. Their knowledgeable staff will walk you through care steps and answer any questions you might have as well as identifying low maintenance plants you can find at the store. Tent Sale: Discounted Plants 10am-3pm. The tent sale will have largely discounted plants that are in need of a good home. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 12pm – 1:30pm. Tent Sale is 10am – 3pm. Exotic Plants. More info…

Go to a free Easter Egg Hunt at the Fruitridge Community Collaborative. Besides fun activities like Jump Bike demos, yoga, gardening, arts and crafts, and cooking, this day will have the VSP Eye Clinic which will provide complimentary eye exams to those that qualify. The VSP Eyes of Hope Mobile Clinic will be on site to provide no-cost, comprehensive eye exams and glasses to those who have no vision insurance and meet the program’s 2019 guidelines. The Easter egg hung starts at 12:30pm, and the Easter Bunny will visit at 1:30pm. 

Go to a STEM Fair. The NorCal STEM Education Foundation is proud to announce the 2019 Sacramento Regional STEM Fair. Join in on the action as a spectator, judge, or volunteer. Students in grades 5-12 from over 12 different Northern California counties will be a part of California’s largest regional STEM fair. There will be a College and Career Expo 1pm – 4pm outside of the ARC Student Center with dozens of local organizations and vendors showing cool gadgets, school programs, and future job opportunities. Free. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. Award Ceremonies are 4pm – 7pm. American River College. More info…

See a performance of Little Red Riding Hood. One day Little Red Riding Hood goes to visit her granny. Who will she meet in the woods? City Theatre performs this classic at Little Theatre. $5. Sat. 12-1pm. More info…

Ride the Sacramento RiverTrain Easter Egg Express. Hop on board for an unforgettable springtime experience that’s sure to please young and old, alike. Enjoy an Easter egg hunt, a ride on the rails, kid-friendly activities and a visit from that special, fluffy hare himself – the Easter Bunny. This 2.5-hour experience departs from their West Sacramento location. $35+ ($10 for infants). Sat. 1pm. Sacramento RiverTrain. More info…

Go to the Kids Fun Zone at Southgate Plaza. Kids 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 – Big Bubble Maker STEM Project – Make Battery-powered Tiny Dancer All materials needed are provided while supplies last. Crafts and projects listed are subject to change, but are always entertaining. Free. Every first Saturday of the month, from 1pm – 4pm. Southgate Plaza. More info…

Go to a book reading for moms. Mom’s Turn, featured on Good Day Sacramento, is a book for everyone heading to a baby shower, anyone who knows a new mom, or any woman embarking on motherhood for the first time or again. Author and reporter Jennika Ingram interviewed moms across North America about what they wish they knew in that first year and shares their insights to make that important first year easier and help ward off postpartum. There will be coloring books available for kids. Free. Sat. 2pm. Crawford’s Books. More info…

Take teen girls to Lunafest Sacramento. Lunafest, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted by Soroptimist International of Metropolitan Sacramento. This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. $5-$25. Sat. 2pm – 9pm. Guild Theater. More info…

Learn how to make dangle earrings (adults & teens). Design and create as many pairs of dangle earrings as you would like within this four hour workshop. With a large assortment of beads available, creative inspiration will be in abundance. Enjoy displaying your earrings on your own four-tier jewelry stand. $65. Sat. 3pm – 7pm. Ebony London Art Studio. More info…

Watch a baseball game. Cheer on the Hornets as they take on CSU Bakersfield. Free. Sat. 3pm. Sacramento State University. More info…

Rescue Egrets with a paint party (ages 6 & up). Join Sacramento Heron and Egret Rescue for a fun painting party fundraiser to benefit wildlife rescue. Attendees will receive step-by-step instruction on how to paint a beautiful Snowy Egret. All materials are supplied including an 11″x 14″ gallery-wrapped canvas. All skill levels welcome – ages 6 to 106. Instruction provided by the fantastic VanGoGirl Paint Parties. Drewski’s is closed to the public on weekends and will not be serving food. However, sodas and snacks will be available, and you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks. $30. Sat. 4pm – 6:15pm. Drewski’s Pit Stop McClellan. More info…

Go to the Lantern Street Festival at Fremont Park. Celebrate lanterns and light and listen to live music and enjoy great food from food trucks. Each adult ticket comes with a free lantern and LED light. Children under 12 are free and can buy lanterns separately. If you want, you can decorate your lantern at the event. Bring materials and get busy creating an illuminated masterpiece. Kids 12 & under are Free, Adults $27+. Sat. 6pm – 11pm. Fremont Park. More info…

Watch a professional soccer game. Cheer on our Sac Republic as they battle it out with Austin Bold. $14+. Sat. 7:30pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH, 2019
Cloudy 73/54

It’s the second-to-the-last weekend to see Bruce Nauman’s Blue & Yellow Corridor at the Manetti Shrem Museum in Davis. Coinciding with the opening of Bruce Nauman’s (MFA ’66, UC Davis) retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, this exhibition features the first realization of a participatory environment Nauman conceived in 1970. The work is a narrow passageway that wraps around an existing room, combining colored fluorescent light and closed-circuit video to manipulate the viewer’s perceptual experience. An adjacent gallery includes artworks that situate the corridor within the artist’s career. This great, little museum is free every day. This exhibit was extended to April 14th. See it before it goes. Free. Open Sun. 12pm – 5pm. Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. More info…

Participate in Sacramento Creek Week: Water Colors Our World. Whether it is participating in one or more of the fun and educational activities or volunteering at the annual community-wide cleanup and celebration, there is something for everyone during Creek Week! Fun for all ages with activities throughout the Sacramento region. Events include: Sat. April 6th: Bufferlands Birds and Blooms Tour, Sat. April 6th: Water Wonderful World at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sat. April 6th: Arcade Creek Exploration at Del Paso Regional Park Natural Area, Sun. April 7th: Living in Water at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Most events are Free. More info…

Take teens to Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga. Spotted Dog Yoga is offering weekly “SUP DOG Paddle Board Yoga” classes in partnership with the City of Folsom. Take your yoga practice to the water and experience a new level of challenge and exploration of the land based yoga practice you may already be familiar with. The classes are open to all levels and are designed to teach the basic fundamentals of SUP Yoga. All classes will include a slow moving Spotted Dog Yoga style vinyasa yoga practice. Classes are 75 minutes long. Kids 13-17 are welcome to join if accompanied by an adult. Bring: towel, change of clothes, water bottle and an adventurous spirit. No yoga experience necessary. Although a lifeguard will be on duty, you must be able to swim. Class capacity is capped at 10 to deliver a superior experience They provide the best yoga-specific paddle boards and gear (included in program fee) needed for the class and they do not allow outside boards. $25. Sat. 8:15am – 9:30am or 10am – 11:15am. Folsom Aquatic Center. More info…

See some bonsai trees. The Bonsai Sekiku Kai bonsai show will have many bonsai tree specimens to view and will feature a demonstration by Yuzo Maruyama. Talk with team members to learn about the art and how it’s applied to the local climate. Amenities include refreshments, light snacks, door prizes, raffles, and a silent auction. Member and vendor sales of plants and bonsai-related items will also be available. Free. Sun. 10am – 4pm (Demonstration is at 2pm). Sacramento Buddhist Church. More info…

See Gold Fever! Games hosted by the Sacramento Visitor’s Center. Guests to the Old Sacramento Waterfront can experience what it was like to catch gold fever while getting actively involved in the intriguing Gold Fever! games. Participants 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. Never the same experience twice, Gold Fever! games 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 the historic district, visitors discover if they successfully escaped the many floods, if they managed to keep their gold dust (or lost it all at the gambling tables) and if they survived the fires, disease and occasional steamboat explosion. Gold Fever! games last approximately one hour, are great fun for all ages, and cost $12 for adults and $8 for children 6 to 17 (children ages five and under are free). Sun. 10:30am, 12pm, & 1:30pm (also on Sat.). The games start and end at the Sacramento Visitors Center, 1002 Second Street in Old Sacramento, near the corner of Second and J streets. Your ticket includes free admission to the Sacramento History Museum. More info…

Go on the Kids & Company Gallery Adventure. Amusing and educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children and the adults who tag along with them. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 11:30am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

See performances, take part in workshops, and science shows at the Kids Expo California. There will also be family-friendly vendors, exhibits, hands-on activities, giveaways, a bounce village, toddler town, science stations, model castings, VIP princess tea parties, and superhero meet & greets. Checkout the schedule to be sure to see what you want. $12+. Parking $10. Sat. & Sun. 11am – 5pm. (Get the $2 off Expo Coupon online). Cal Expo. More info…

See Goldilocks and the Three Bears on stage at Fairytale Town. The Fairytale Town Troupers present a gentle and happy story for the whole family. When the three bears return home from a walk, they find a stranger in their home — a lost little girl who goes by the name of Goldilocks. They are surprised, but they decide to help the little girl and keep her safe until she can be reunited with her real family again. Performances will be held in the Children’s Theater. $6, free for members. 11am – 1pm. Fairytale Town. More info…

Go to the Davis Craft & Vintage Fair and hear live music from The New Harmony Jazz Band. There will be craft table activities, great food, art, and upcycled goods. Free. Sun. 11am – 4pm. Davis Central Park. More info…

Check out everything Sac State has to offer at Sunday Funday. Sunday Funday is an opportunity for Sacramento State’s College of Arts & Letters to welcome students, staff, faculty, alumni, neighbors, and their families to campus for one day to experience creative and explorative programs of study. It is a day to have fun and thank the community for their support. Sunday Funday celebrates what makes these programs so unique and how the College of Arts & Letters contributes to the vibrancy of campus and produces creative and inquisitive alumni. There will be string musical performances, puppet sows, a film screening, etc. Check the schedule. Free. Sun. 11am – 3pm. CSU Sacramento. More info…

Go to the Davis Cherry Blossom Festival. Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan and Sudwerk Brewing Co. are excited to present the annual Davis Cherry Blossom Festival, a weekend filled with music, art, culture, food, beer, and friends. Activities include two music stages featuring live music and taiko (traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming), food and art vendors, local artist’s gallery, interactive educational/cultural demonstrations (mochi pounding, taiko lessons, shibori dying, origami, and more), games and activities, seasonal Sakura beer is back for the weekend, too. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 11am – 9:30pm (also on Sat. 11am – 10pm). Sudwerk Brewing Co. Dock Store. More info…

Throw color into the air and celebrate Holi. The Indian Graduate Student Association (IGSA) and Indian Student Association (ISA), in collaboration with the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, present “Rang de Davis” — a celebration of Holi. Have a fun-filled time in this magnificent celebration of joy and love with colors, water, dance, music and Indian food at the Arboretum Gazebo. Click here for the Location map. Parking is free and available in Visitor Lot 55. $8. Sun. 12pm – 4pm. UC Davis Arboretum. More info…

Take teens to Legally Blonde, the musical. Based on the beloved movie, Legally Blonde – The Musical is a journey from the sorority house to the halls of justice. Elle Woods appears to have it all, until her boyfriend dumps her to attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her ingenuity and charm to get into Harvard too, tackling stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal along the way. Driven by memorable songs and explosive dances, Legally Blonde – The Musical warms the heart, “a high-energy… hymn to the glories of girlishness.” (New York Times). $48+ (10% off Sunday single tickets). Sun. 1pm & 6:30pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

See Broadway Sacramento’s production of Cats, the beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater, “Memory.” Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. Featuring new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation. Ends this weekend. $26+. Sun. 2pm (also on Sat.). Community Center Theater. More info…

Hear junior high students in Davis play classical music in the beautiful Mondavi Center. A Celebration of Music is an afternoon of classical musical featuring students from Davis schools. Performances this year include the Emerson Da Vinci Harper Junior High Orchestras, the Emerson Da Vinci Harper and Holmes Junior High Choirs, the Davis Elementary All City Strings, and the Chamber Music Students of Susan Lamb Cook. $10+. Sun. 2pm – 5pm. Mondavi Center. More info…

Join a Community Singing Circle. Singing with friends and neighbors is an uplifting and healing experience. MusicLandria invites you to join its circle, where all are encouraged to participate in musical creation. How a singing circle works: The leaders make up simple vocal melodies, giving a different part to each section of the circle. The parts change over time. Together, everyone creates evolving, improvised vocal compositions. Everyone can sing! This is a chance to exercise your vocal pipes without fear or judgement. Suggested donation $10, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. KOH Library & Cultural Center. More info…

See Cindarella. Royal Stage presents the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Cinderella,” featuring a cast of performers all local to the Sacramento region. Experience a timeless tale that is family-friendly and includes themed concessions available for purchase and a lobby photo-op area. A cast meet & greet is available after each performance. $8. Sun. 2pm (also Sat. 2pm). Antelope Road Christian Fellowship. More info…

Get messy in the free Art Studio Lab at the Manetti Shrem Museum. All are invited to join in the Carol and Gerry Parker Art Studio for participatory activities every weekend. Get messy, express yourself, and play with hands on experiences. Free. Sun. 2pm – 4pm (also on Sat.). Manetti Shrem Museum in Davis. More info…

See a performance of The Addams Family by the Sierra College Theatre Arts Department. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesdays normal boyfriend and his parents. $10+. Sun. 2pm (also on Sat. 8pm). Dietrich Theater Sierra College. More info…

Take teens to When We Were Colored: A Mother’s Story. Based on a book by Eva Rutland, this world premiere tells the story of one family’s experience with integration in post-World War II Sacramento. When a black mother moves to California from the segregated south with her husband and children, the family must confront what it’s like to be the first black household on the block, the only black children at school, and how to continue to love those with different ideologies — even when they live under your own roof. At once timely, poignant, and funny, this production continues STC’s commitment to produce new works with local relevance. $17+. Sun. 2pm & 7pm (shows also on Fri. & Sat.). Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

Watch a 6th grader play Haydn’s Cello Concerto. The Sacramento Youth Symphony is one of the best music programs in Sacramento. Haydn’s Cello Concerto features cellist Benjamin Jiang, a 6th grade student at Elliott Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove. Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21 features Justin Wahby, a 10th Grader at Franklin High School in Elk Grove. Other works include Russian Easter Overture by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams, and the Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor by Borodin. Come see these amazing performers. $15+. Sun. 3pm – 4:30pm. More info…

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. Fair Oaks Library. More info…

See Walt Disney’s Pinocchio at Crest Theatre. Doors 3pm. Show 4pm. $7.50+. More info…

Watch the Sacramento Kings take on the New Orleans Pelicans. $16+. Sun. 6pm. Golden 1 Center. More info…

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TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MARCH 30TH – MARCH 31ST, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of March 30th – March 31st!  Eat some Swedish pancakes, learn how to dye things with avocado pits, take a free self-defense class (9 & up), celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo or Superhero Day at Fairytale Town, learn about old-fashioned black powder weaponry and do S.T.E.A.M. activities at Sutter’s Fort, see the flowers blooming in a cemetery, play old school video games in a vintage arcade, learn how to stop bleeding and save a life, take part in the grand re-opening of the Sacramento History Museum, listen to Joanna Gaines’ new children’s book, learn about lizards, see 50 jazz musicians perform for free on the waterfront, go to a multimedia ecology performance honoring Costa Rica, go to a free 2-hour absolute-beginners sewing workshop, look at the stars through a 17″ telescope, watch a college baseball game for $5, go-kart racing, ride a mini-zipline, be stunned by the ‘Cirque du Soleil Crystal’ magic, and so much more. It’s a weekend full of quirks, variety, and fun… grab some friends and try something new!

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SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH, 2019
Partly Cloudy 71/46

Celebrate Earth Fest at the Sacramento Zoo. Join the Sacramento Zoo as they throw a party for the planet. Learn about the environment and conservation both locally and globally and how you can have an impact on the world around you right from home. Enjoy face painting, crafts, hands-on activities, and games all focused on the planet everyone calls home. Get the scoop on some of the Zoo’s animals and how to make the better world for them through Keeper chats and shows and be sure to visit the Zoo’s backyard to learn about native plants and explore the garden. Free with admission. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Climb up on a Viking ship and try some pannkakor (Swedish pancakes). Enjoy some Scandinavian music and dances at the 36th Annual Sacramento Scandinavian Festival. The sponsoring lodges provide Scandinavian prepared-food sales such as Swedish open-faced sandwiches (smörgåsar) and pancakes (tunn pannkakor), Finnish Salmon Chowder (lohikeitto), Norwegian Lefse, and several other dishes. The presentation of the national flags with the singing of each national anthem for each nation in their native tongue is a continuing tradition. There are also kid-friendly demonstrations of Scandinavian crafts, a Viking ship and village to visit, and cultural information tables and videos. $5, Kids ages 12 & under are Free. Cash only. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Scottish Rite Center. More info…

Wear your superhero capes for a fun day at Fairytale Town. Calling all superheroes! Enjoy arts and crafts activities and meet your favorite superheroes and everyday heroes. Come dressed in your capes and masks. Free with admission. $6, Kids ages 1 & under are Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Fairytale Town. More info…

Take a free women’s self-defense seminar (ages 9 & up). The Warrior Forged Project, an all-women team, is in high demand as they work to empower women teens families and children everywhere they travel. Their team is highly skilled in several martial arts, and are continually training in personal protection, law of self defense, victimology, criminology, and more. Wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move around in. They do discuss some serious topics (including some mature stories, so sometimes it gets emotional in the room. But they make learning fun and exciting as well. They will discuss many scenarios and techniques you can learn in class and practice at home. Free. Sat. 10am – 1pm. Ralph Gracie Sacramento. More info…

Learn how to make Cyanotype Prints (adults & teens). Using light sensitive chemicals you’ll expose prints in the sun and process them in water. By the time you leave you’ll have four gorgeous 8×10 cyanotype prints and the know-how to create more at home. Participants should bring an assortment of plant materials or interesting objects to print with. Pressed plants and flowers work quite well. Bring your favorites to make prints that are uniquely yours! The rest of the materials will be provided. Linda Clark Johnson is a mixed media artist working in cyanotype, collage, and watercolor. Her artwork focuses on the natural world, landscape, and plant forms. Her work is cyanotype-based. Cyanotype is an alternative photographic process developed in 1842. Prints are characterized by a deep shade of Prussian blue. She prints with foraged natural plant materials outdoors in the sun in her Sacramento studio. $85 Verge Members, $95 Non-Members. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

Hands on History: S.T.E.A.M. at the Fort. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is rich in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.). Visitors will have the opportunity to learn the importance of S.T.E.A.M. in early California, and how it made daily life easier and possible. Spend the day interacting with docents dressed in historic attire and participating in family-friendly hands-on activities. In addition, there will be demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s favorite cannon. $5+ (Free for kids ages 5 & under). Sat. 10am – 4pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

See spring blooms in the cemetery at “Spring Beauties Awaken – Garden Tour.” Join Historic Rose Garden volunteers to see and smell spring flowers that have emerged from a brief winter slumber and are blooming brightly throughout the garden. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the garden, spending time with the volunteers who created and care for it. The Historic Rose Garden is nestled among the cemetery’s monuments, re-creating the garden cemetery that was established in 1849. In spring, the combination of blooms and tombs are at their best. Please note that rain will cancel the event. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

Take a free beginners sewing workshop (ages 15 & older). Have you always wanted to learn to sew on a machine? This free, 2-hour workshop is for beginners who have never used or have very limited experience using a sewing machine. You will start from the beginning and learn the basics, such as identifying the parts of a sewing machine, threading the machine, loading the bobbin, adjusting the tension, changing needles, and troubleshooting. You will practice sewing straight and curved lines, turning corners, and backstitching. You will also learn about sewing techniques like seam allowances and how to adjust the settings on the machine. Free, pre-register. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Woodland Community College, Library. More info…

Celebrate Sacramento History Museum’s Grand Re-Opening. The Sacramento History Museum will officially re-open to the public on Saturday at 10am. The museum was temporarily closed earlier this year for a much-needed renovation project that included removing the escalator and remodeling the ground floor space. To celebrate the re-opening, the Sacramento History Museum will offer free admission that one day only along with free activities such as gold panning, storytelling, crafts and period games for kids. Free. Sat. 10am – 4:30pm. Sacramento History Museum in Old Sac. More info…

Take a guided flower hike. Take a “Flower Power!” flower hike with a naturalist through the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. Meet and learn about a few of the colorful flowers that call the American River Parkway their home. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am, arrive early. Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. More info…

Learn about block printing (adults & teens). This workshop will be a brief introduction to the history, tools, and techniques of relief printing (block printing), with emphasis on printing on fabric. Printmaking techniques allow you to produce multiples of the same design, yet each one is considered an original. Participants will create their own design and print it on fabric. With this technique you can make patches, bandanas, flags, and even printed T-shirts. Some fabric will be provided, yet participants are encouraged to bring others pieces of fabric and T-shirts to print on them. $30. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Sol Collective. More info…

Go to ‘We Are the Gardeners’ storytime at Barnes & Noble. From Joanna Gaines, this new children’s book chronicles the adventures of starting a family garden. Trying something new isn’t always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward. Free. Sat. 11am. At various Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

Sing, dance, and read at 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 the Kids’ Place on the lower level. Free. Sun. 12:10pm – 12:40pm. Central Library, Sacramento. More info…

Get a super-early Easter pic. The Easter Bunny will be at Artfully Rooted Marketplace for complimentary photos. Not just for kids, this is for adults too. The store itself will feature Spring and Easter decorations throughout the fall. You will find unique vintage items, antiques, furniture, home decor, and handmade items for your yard, home, parties, gifts, and more. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Artfully Rooted. More info…

Watch 50 jazz musicians perform on the riverfront, as they fundraise to send local kids to the Teagarden Jazz Camp. The four-hour show, held from 2 to 6 p.m. at Drake’s: The Barn, will feature headliners Element Brass Band and Peter Petty—both Sammie award winning acts—plus an assortment of brass bands, swing bands and New Orleans-style hot jazz ensembles to help send deserving students to the Teagarden summer jazz camp. There is no cover charge for this all-ages show, but a suggested $20-per-person donation will help bring the gift of jazz to up to budding young musicians. As the world’s oldest musical camp focusing specifically on early jazz, Teagarden Jazz Camp has a long list of celebrity alumni from pop star Carly Rae Jepsen to jazz singer and trumpeter Bria Skonberg. Camp instructors are themselves highly accomplished musicians who have played with some of the biggest names around the world. In Sacramento, it’s hard to find a jazz band that does not have at least one or two musicians who have taken part in the Teagarden camp as either an instructor, a one-time student, or both. The camp is an annual production of the Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and promote early jazz. Camp director Bill Dendle says the camp is always a labor of love. “Traditional jazz is contagious,” says Dendle. “Children are innately musical and creative, and can profit on many levels from learning about jazz and improvisation.” Free ($20 suggested donation). Sat. 2pm – 7pm. Drake’s: The Barn. More info…

See high schoolers perform Quilters, A Musical. The story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, Quilters blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge, and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or “blocks” with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor, and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, when the various patches are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt, the effect is both breathtaking and magical — and a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the house lights have dimmed. $5+. Sat. 2pm & 7pm. St. Francis High School. More info…

Listen to Mark Menzies perform Bach (free for kids). Hailed by the LA Times as an “extraordinary musician” and a “riveting violinist,” Mark Menzies will perform three of J.S. Bach’s cycle of solo sonatas and partitas on the Trinity Cathedral Music Series. In between works by Bach, he will be joined by series artists, Bernadette Mondok (soprano) and Derek Keller (tenor/countertenor) for works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. As a viola and violin virtuoso, chamber musician, and advocate of contemporary music, Menzies has performed across Europe, the Americas, Japan, New Zealand and across the US, including a series of appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall. $15 General, $12 Students/Seniors, Kids ages 12 & under are Free. Sat. 7pm – 9pm. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Church. More info…

Support a kid-produced, multi-media peace & conservation production. Natomas Charter School uses the One Voice Project to learn about peace and conservation across the globe. This time, making friendships and artistic collaborations with students from Costa Rica and the Ecology Project International.  One Voice – Costa Rica is an original multi-media performing arts production consisting of a blend of Western and Latin artistic elements performed in a variety of artistic disciplines. In 2018, the Natomas Charter School launched year one of the One Voice Costa Rica Project: an international exchange project focused on the sustainability of the environment. They sent a team of 8 Natomas Charter School students and 4 faculty to Costa Rica to begin a partnership with two schools in Costa Rica. With the support of Ecology Project International and the Edward Anderson Foundation, students participated in environmental activism on the Pacuare Sea Turtle Reserve. This year, they hope to bring 12 Costa Rican students and 2 faculty members to Sacramento. $10+. Sat. 2pm & 7pm. Benvenuti Performing Arts Center. More info…

See the hilarious 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical (ages 13 & up). This show was a long-running hit on Broadway, and now you have the chance to see it performed by local high schoolers. The story: eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite. Due to mature content, this show is rated PG-13. $8+. Sat. 7:30pm. Placer High School Auditorium. More info…

Look at the universe through a 17” telescope. Saturday is supposed to be mostly clear. This will be a great opportunity to have a late-night star viewing at the Community Observatory in Placerville for older kids and teens who can stay up past 8:30pm. Look through their 17″ Planewave CDK telescope (Provided by Aerojet/GenCorp) and see deep space objects in stunning detail live from our 14″ telescope/HD camera in this world class public observatory built by the Rotary Club of Cameron Park. Also enjoy the Art Cort Sky Theater, an outdoor ampitheater where docents give tours of the night sky. Free (we suggest a $5 family donation). Sat. 8:30pm – 10:30pm (you can come and go at any time, but the docent talk in the small amphitheater is a must-see–bring a blanket!). Community Observatory. More info…

SUNDAY, MARCH 31ST, 2019
Mostly Cloudy 74/52

Go speed racing at K1 indoor go-karting. Enter some junior races with your friends and speed your way through Sunday. Opens at 10am on Sundays and junior races end at 8pm. Kids height requirement is 48”. More info…

Learn how to stop life-threatening bleeding (older kids & teens). In October 2015, the White House launched its Stop the Bleed campaign—a special national initiative designed to provide bystanders with the tools and knowledge to stop life-threatening bleeding. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers. Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters as well as from everyday accidents. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives. Similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators, improving public awareness about how to stop severe bleeding and expanding personal and public access to Bleeding Control Kits can be the difference between life and death for an injured person. March is National Stop The Bleed Month and attendees can select from any one of 3 sessions on March 31, 2019, 9am-11am, 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm. Each session is two hours in length. Upon completion of the two hour session, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion. No minimum age is required to attend. However, due to the graphic nature of the material a responsible parent or guardian’s permission is recommended prior to attending. Free. Sun. 9am – 3pm (various times). Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center. More info…

Learn how to dye things with avocado pits (adults and teens). Fiber artist Roxanne Young will take you through the process of designing and dyeing a set of four cotton dinner napkins. She will talk about scouring, mordanting, and modifying the colors and different tie dye techniques. The beauty of this craft is that you get to add beautiful shades of pinks, purples, and grays to fabric by using the byproduct of a delicious and nutritious food. You will be given a step-by-step guide to take home with you to try the project again to revive an old garment or add color to a new piece. Roxanne has been working in the fiber arts for many years, beginning with her obsession with crochet in 2004. After having her son in 2013, she began working with coiling and weaving necklaces and wall hangings with conventionally dyed yarn, as well as creating her own dyed yarn with procion and plant dye. She also creates one of a kind herbal art to wear to inspirit the everyday. $75+. Sat. 11am – 12:30pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

Last chance to see the Adventures of Tom Sawyer on stage. Presented by Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers’ Theatre, the classic Mark Twain story jumps off the page and comes to life in this musical adaptation of America’s favorite book. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the irresistible story of a young boy growing up in the heartland of America. Set in 1840 Missouri, it is the tale of young Tom Sawyer and the never ending mischief of which he so often finds himself a part of; whether it’s matching wits with Aunt Polly, tricking his friends into white-washing a fence for him, or narrowly escaping the clutches of a murderous villain. Along with his friends Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher, the greatest Tom Sawyer exploits are plucked from the book and plopped on the stage. Aside from having one of the most recognizable titles from literary history, this musical piece is a superb family-friendly show. $8. Davis Musical Theatre Co. Performing Arts Center. Sun. 2pm. More info…

Cheer on the UC Davis Aggies baseball team as they take on UC Riverside. $5+. Sun. 1pm. Dobbins Baseball Field. 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+. Sun. 1pm (also on Sat.). B Street Theatre. More info…

Learn about Leapin’ Lizards. Do lizards really leap? What do they eat? Explore the world of these scaly creatures. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am, arrive early. Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. More info…

Take a walk around the Stock Ranch Nature Preserve, a 47-acre open space park along Arcade and San Juan creeks. There are interactive displays on Native/Drought-Tolerant Landscape Garden, Wetland Exhibit, and Bird/Waterfowl Viewing area. Enjoy 1.5 miles of stroller-friendly walking paths. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the mild weather! Or drive over to the nearby Arcade Creek Park Preserve and play in the well-maintained playground and take a spin on the mini-zipline for little kids.

Get to the Vintage Arcade at Punch Bowl Social… a new, amazingly modern & fancy bowling alley in DOCO. They also have karaoke, virtual reality, and awesome table games like giant scrabble and giant jenga. Great food with a kids menu too. More info…

Take musical-loving older kids to “I Can’t Do It Alone” Great Showbiz Duets (ages 4 & up). From vintage twosomes to newer duos, from romantic ballads to laughter-filled comedy numbers, this cabaret features a diverse mix of classic and contemporary showtunes with songs like “Do You Love Me?”, “Friendship”, “Unworthy of Your Love”, and many others. Whether attending single, as a couple, or with a group, you’ll leave with an understanding of why—at least in showbiz—“it takes two!” $20+. Sun. 2pm & 7pm (also on Sat.). Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

See Cirque du Soleil Crystal at Golden 1 Center. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats claim their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. $49+. Sun. 5pm. Golden 1 Center. More info…

PLAN AHEAD…

The Powerhouse Science Center is hosting an array of family workshops this spring, but you must pre-register before they fill up! This season they will have workshops on how to make a DIY Microscope (with your smartphone) Apr. 6th, Squid Dissection June 1st, and the Science of Sci-Fi (space travel at light speed!) May 4th. More info…

Sign-up to make a free birdhouse next Sat., Apr. 4th, at Home Depot. Encourage a love for nature and ornithology in a hands-on workshop where kids can build a real birdhouse. Your young birdwatcher can observe birds’ behaviors like nest building and provide them a safe place to eat without the need for expensive equipment. Once your birdhouse is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. 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 23RD – MARCH 24TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of March 23rd – March 24th! Watch a robotics competition, go to a tree planting event, visit a pop-up barnstand, make a bird-o-meter, learn pet CPR, take a self-defense class, learn lacrosse, see Tom Sawyer, hear Vivaldi, learn about joining the Peace Corp, walk in a lantern festival across a bridge, go to a Polynesian luau, swim in an indoor pool, become a raptor expert, go to a mariachi festival, rent a hydrobike, play footgolf, hear cellist Joy Yanai play Dvorak, and so much more! The potential fun this weekend is limitless. Choose your own adventure!

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SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD, 2019
Sunny/Windy 52/33

Watch a high school robotics competition. The Sacramento Regional is one of many FIRST Robotics Competitions held each year. The competition is an intense multi-day competitive event showcasing robots built and operated by dozens of high school teams from all over the world. Free. UC Davis , La Rue Avenue at Orchard Road. All day Thurs, Fri, & Sat. More info…

Do Yoga with Kids. The Isha Foundation presents a one-hour yoga session at the Folsom Community Center for adults and kids ages 7 & up. Yoga can improve memory, concentration, mental clarity, stress and anxiety, and takes only 5-10 minutes to practice daily. Free, pre-register. Sat. 9:15am – 10:15am. There is also a beginners meditation session 10:30am – 11:30am for 12 & up. More info…

Go to a Tree Planting Event in West Roseville. This is the third in a series of plantings sponsored by Roseville Urban Forest Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing the tree canopy cover in the West Roseville area. This will improve the urban forest which provides many benefits to the whole community: improved open space areas for biking, running, outdoor activities, wildlife habitat, increased water and air particulate filtration, slows water run-off & improves soil retention, which both work towards flood prevention. Trees also create cooler temperatures, keeping energy costs lower for the city and for residents. Fun for the whole family. They provide the tools, snacks and water. Free. Sat. 9am – 12:30pm. Old Coach Drive Planting, Roseville. More info…

Go to a Pop-Up Barnstand & Spring Gardening Clinic. In addition to the pop-up Barnstand Soil Born Farms will have a Spring Gardening Clinic. Gardening classes and tours. Learn how to grow vibrant, tasty, and healthy plants from Soil Born Farm’s knowledgeable staff and community educators. Registration will occur at the event only and be on a first-come, first-served basis. Taste and purchase fresh-from-the-field produce, delicious Magpie Café baked goods, organic coffee, youth activities, and live music performances. Weather-dependent and subject to cancellation. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 3pm. (Pop-Up Barnstand 9am – 1pm). Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. More info…

See many different types of unusual perennial flowers at the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club’s Annual Sale, and maybe buy some for your backyard. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 3pm. Shepard Garden and Art Center. More info…

Make a Bird-O-Meter. With some cutting and pasting, you’ll complete a bird-o-meter that tells you the weather outside. Free with admission. Powerhouse Science Center. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. More info…

Make a craft at Michaels Arts & Crafts store. Every Sat. 10am – 12pm is Kids Club at Michaels stores. This week’s theme is Gnome Sweet Gnome. There’s a group for 3 & up and another group for 6 & up. $5. Pre-register to reserve a spot. More info…

Go to Little Blue Truck’s Springtime storytime at Barnes & Noble bookstores. Celebrate the beauty of springtime with Little Blue Truck. Young fans will love finding all sorts of baby animals beneath the flaps in this delightful novelty board book. Join in for storytime and a cookie coloring activity, while supplies last. Free. Sat. 11am. (They also have an ‘Escape This Bookstore!’ event at 2pm). Barnes and Noble bookstores. More info…

Take Teens to a Self-Defense Class at California Family Fitness. This course is open to everyone and is designed specifically to teach participants how to protect themselves from assault. It’s based on the principles that assault can happen anywhere (not just dark alleyways) and attackers aren’t always strangers, so practical lessons are taught regarding risk detection and confronting people who aren’t respecting boundaries. The life skills that can be gained from this course are invaluable for members of all ages and stages of life, but may be particularly useful for college students, teenage girls, travelers, and women. This class is hands-on. In addition to watching demonstrations, you will be practicing real life scenarios and physical actions to defend yourself. Participants may experience adrenaline in these fight or flight situation drills. $40 for a 2-hour class. Limited to 16 people. Wear workout clothes and an oversized t-shirt to wear over your clothing. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. California Family Fitness on Fair Oaks Blvd. in Carmichael. You do not have to be a member to participate. More info…

See the Adventures of Tom Sawyer on stage. Presented by Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers’ Theatre, the classic Mark Twain story jumps off the page and comes to life in this musical adaptation of America’s favorite book. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the irresistible story of a young boy growing up in the heartland of America. Set in 1840 Missouri, it is the tale of young Tom Sawyer and the never ending mischief of which he so often finds himself a part of; whether it’s matching wits with Aunt Polly, tricking his friends into white-washing a fence for him, or narrowly escaping the clutches of a murderous villain. Along with his friends Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher, the greatest Tom Sawyer exploits are plucked from the book and plopped on the stage. Aside from having one of the most recognizable titles from literary history, this musical piece is a superb family-friendly show. $8. Davis Musical Theatre Co. Performing Arts Center. Sat. 2pm. More info…

Learn how to play lacrosse at a free clinic. The Sacramento Lacrosse Association is hosting a free beginners lacrosse clinic for kids ages 5-18 with no lacrosse experience. This is a great chance to learn all the rules of this fun game. The first 100 to pre-register get a free stick and shirt. Free. Sat. 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Encina Prepatory School. More info…

Learn how to build a sprinkler system for free. Take teens who love to garden to this free DIY irrigation workshop. Taught by the City of Roseville’s Water Efficiency experts, the workshop will provide you with the experience you need to take control of your irrigation system. Ages 14+. Free. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. Maidu Community Center in Roseville. More info…

Go to the Big Explore & Play Day at McKinley Library. Activities such as ice painting, discovering buried objects, jumping into a pool of shredded paper, observing insects, playing with magnets, and more will be available for kids ages 0-8. Learn by using your senses and having fun. Free. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. McKinley Library. More info…

Listen to Vivaldi. Beloved for its expressive energy and sweetness, Antonio Vivaldi’s music continues to delight through the centuries. Sacramento Baroque Soloists return to perform a vibrant new set of Concertos featuring our Soloists on flute, oboe, bassoon, cello, and violins. $20+. Sat. 2pm & 7:30pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Learn all about joining the Peace Corp. Want to learn about serving with the public? Teens can drop-in at the Teen Career Fair and meet with a librarian, social worker, AmeriCorps/Peace Corps volunteer, and more. Free. Sat. 3-5pm. Arcade Library. More info…

See high schoolers perform Quilters, A Musical. The story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, Quilters blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge, and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or “blocks” with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor, and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, when the various patches are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt, the effect is both breathtaking and magical — and a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the house lights have dimmed. $5+. Sat. 7pm. St. Francis High School. More info…

Walk across I Street Bridge with a lantern. The I Street Lantern Festival will kick off community engagement for the I Street Bridge Deck Conversion Feasibility Study. The Study is looking at how to transform the bridge to serve only pedestrians and bicyclists. The festival will begin with a brief welcome and introduction, and then lead into a 0.8 mile lantern walk with live music and entertainment. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Along the walk route, community members will have an opportunity to learn about the study, provide input on interactive boards, and celebrate the region’s cultural heritage. The I Street Bridge will be temporarily lit with lanterns and lights along the rails. Event will take place at the West Sacramento Parking Lot (201 C Street). Free, registration recommended. Sat. 7pm – 9pm. I Street Bridge. More info…

Watch a basketball game. The Sacramento Kings are playing the Phoenix Suns this weekend. Sat. 7pm. $14+. Golden 1 Center. More info…

Go to a Polynesian Luau. Cosumnes Oaks High School Polynesian Club will be hosting their 6th annual Polynesia Ikaika and Kotahi Haka Luau. Their goal is to educate and teach the culture and the dances of the six main Polynesian Islands. Performances include the Otea (Dance of Tahiti), contemporary hulas of the 1900s, and the Maori Haka of New Zealand. They are very proud to have expanded into the Samoan culture, and traditional Hawaiian hula kahiko. Tickets are $8 presale and $10 at the door. Includes food and entertainment. Sat. 7pm – 9pm. Cosumnes Oak High School Main Gym. More info…

SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH, 2019
Mostly Cloudy 60/47

Use this bicycle route planning tool from the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates and take the kids for a safe bike ride on Sunday. Be sure to bring a lunch and water, or bike in areas with little cafes on the way!

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

Learn how to give CPR to your pet. For adults and teens 14 & up. Do you know what to do in case of a pet emergency? In this class you will learn valuable techniques that will prepare you for most pet emergencies. You will learn: Choking Protocols Bleeding Protocols Wound Treatment/Bandage WrappingRescue Breathing (mouth to snout) CPR (chest compressions) Heat Stroke* Shock Treatment and more. All students will receive a course handbook and a completion certificate, which is valid for 2 years. Classes are fun and very hands on. They practice all techniques on demo dogs so you can get a real sense of how the skills are put into place. Class is limited to 10 students. Class is approx. 5 hours in duration with breaks. Wear comfy clothes and come prepared to have fun. $89. Sun. 11:30am – 5:30pm. The Animal Den Pet Resort. More info…

Go swimming in an indoor, heated pool. The Mike Shellito indoor pool in Roseville is open for recreation swim Sat. & Sun. from 1pm – 4pm. Kids who pass a swim test can go on the inflatable obstacle course. $5 (ages 2 & under are free). Check the schedule for Parent & Tot playtime in the warming pool 12pm-1pm. Save time for playing in the adjacent Central Park. You’ll find a climbing wall, basketball courts, and a nice, big soccer field. There are lots of lunch options nearby.

Go to a baseball game. Watch the Sac State Hornets take on UT Rio Grande Valley at John Smith Field. $5+. Sun. 12pm. (they also have a game on Sat. 3pm). Sacramento State University. More info…

Become a raptor expert. Join Effie Yeaw Nature Center for their Raptors of the River workshop. Invite your friends to become raptor experts on local birds of prey. Program includes Power Point presentation, specimens and live raptors. Visitors will examine unique adaptations, discuss environmental roles and find out how to protect these winged hunters. $5 Adult, $3 for kids 12 & under. Members $4 Adult, $2 for kids 12 & under. Pre-registration is available by at the Visitor’s Center or by phone only (916)489-4918. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Watch a soccer match. Cheer on the Sacramento Republic FC as they take on Oklahoma City Energy FC. $14+. Sun. 2pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

Go to a Mariachi Festival. Mariachi Festival de Sacramento is a celebration of Mexico’s music and it’s rich culture. This festival features Mariachi Angeles de Pepe Martinez Jr., Mariachi Las Colibri, Grupo Bella, Dinorah, and Mariachi Nuevo Mexico. Also Ballet Foklorico de Sacramento and many more. There will be lots of food, drinks, art, and crafts. Adults $25, Kids 12 & under are Free. Sun. 3pm – 8pm. Doors 2pm. Scottish Rite Center. More info…

Take a Pop Up! Child & Father Fitness Class. Fathers and their kids (ages 0-5) will have access to fitness equipment, early childhood education material, exercise programs, certified personal training tips, free gym passes, healthy snacks, and fatherly resources. Pop’s Up! is a group of father’s that support one another and allow fathers to bond with their children through exercise. Free. Sun. 3-4pm. Washington Neighborhood Center. Facebook: FathersFit4Fam 

Book a tee time and play some FootGolf at William Land Park (or other course). It’s easy and fun for older kids. $8+. Available at William Land after 11am on weekends. Find footgolf rules here, and book a tee time here.

Rent a family hydrobike at Sac State Aquatic and pedal into the sunset. Rentals are available on weekends 8am – 6pm (last rentals go out at 5:15pm). $15. $10 parking, cash only. Sac State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma. More info…

See Joy Yanai play the cello. Under the direction of Conductor and Musical Director Christian Baldini, hear the music of Dvorak, Cassado, and Saint-Saens performed by the Camellia Symphony Orchestra and guest performer Joy Yanai. Joy Yanai was born in Quebec, Canada and was raised in Sendai, Japan. She began taking cello lessons at the age of five in Japan before attending Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA in 2006. She completed her B.M. and M.M. degrees with Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz, and she is currently finishing her Graduate Diploma with Lluis Claret at New England Conservatory in Boston. $8+. Sun. 3pm. McClatchy High School. More info…

PLAN AHEAD…

Sactown Kids will be at the Rivercats’ Mommie & Me event at Raley Field April 23rd. Mark your calendars! It’s a free event with on-field games, music, snacks, face-painting, and Sactown Kids be hosting a super-cool free craft activity. Pre-register to save your spot! More info…

Gearing up for summer camps? Check out the incredible art camp offerings at Verge for 6-9 year olds and 10-13 year olds. Their camp themes include: Immersive Space: Installation Art, Paper Mache Creatures: Puppets & Alebrijes (like the ones in Coco) and Art on the Walls: Murals. They also offer some scholarship spots for kids who qualify for a free lunch at school. More info…

Get tickets for Cirque du Soleil: Crystal next weekend at the Golden 1 Center. $49+. More info…

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

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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

Sponsorships Now Available

If your company would like to sponsor an upcoming Weekend Top 20+ post and reach adventurous families in Sacramento, reach out to us at hello@sactownkids.com : )

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!

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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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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!

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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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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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