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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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

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

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

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Before the weekend…

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Plan Ahead…

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, February 15th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, February 16th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, February 17th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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