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Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Picks for This Weekend!

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

SATURDAY, MAR. 3RD

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

Watch people eating donuts and racing at the Tesco Donut Dash X at Land Park. Participants start in Land Park then run, jog, or walk 2 miles to Marie’s Donuts. At Marie’s, participants consume 4 donuts (competitive division) or 6 donut holes or nothing at all before making their way back the 2 miles to the start/finish area. Proceeds from fundraising events are used to benefit hospitalized children. More info…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, MAR. 4TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xo
Sabrina

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Picks for This Weekend!

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

SATURDAY, FEB. 24TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, FEB. 25TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Adventuring!
xo Sabrina

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Picks for This Weekend

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

SATURDAY, FEB. 17TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, FEB. 18TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Picks for This Weekend

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

FRIDAY, FEB. 9TH

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY, FEB. 10TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take a Public Tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. This time of year, after the leaves have fallen from the willows, Great Horned Owls are easier to see during the day in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Other bird species seen this time of year include Western Meadowlarks, Marsh Wrens, American Bitterns, Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks and Black-crowned Night Herons. All interested tour participants should meet a few minutes before 9am in Parking Lot A of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, at the west end of the Yolo Causeway. Directions to the YBWA are also available on Yolo Basin Foundation’s website at http://www.yolobasin.org. Participants should bring binoculars and water (there is no potable water on site). Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance wildlife viewing. This is a driving tour on gravel roads with several stops and optional, short walks. Saturday, Feb. 10th, 9am – 12pm. Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 45211 County Rd. 32B (Chiles Rd.), Davis. More info here. 

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

SUNDAY, FEB. 11TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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