Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Picks for This Weekend

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


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

Take older kids to a ballet masterpiece. Experience the surreal beauty of Giselle by the Sacramento Ballet. Tickets $25-79. Sat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make a Kindness Craft at Michael’s. Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project. Sat. 10am – 12pm.



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

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

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

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

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

Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart at Golden 1 Arena. Tickets start at $17. Multiple shows this weekend.



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

Watch the Sac State Hornets’ baseball team face-off with Washington at the John Smith Field Mon. at 1pm. Youth $5, Adults $10.

Play a round of foot golf at Haggin Oaks. Soccer ball available for rent. Rates are discounted after 3pm.

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


Celebrating the launch of our book today! You can order your books RIGHT HERE on our website. All orders submitted by 3pm PST will go out in TODAY’S MAIL. For a limited time, we are offering a free denim book bag with each order!

Or head out to grab your copies at the following retailers in Sacramento:

OLD GOLD (they have tons of copies!): 1104 R St #110, Sacramento. Open today 11am – 7pm, (916) 329-8569

DISPLAY: CALIFORNIA (they have tons of copies, too!): 3433 Broadway, Sacramento. Open today 12pm – 6pm. (916) 822-4925

CROCKER ART MUSEUM SHOP: 216 O Street, Sacramento. Open today 10am – 5pm. (916) 808-5531

UNDERGROUND BOOKS: 2814 35th St, Sacramento. Open today 12pm – 6:30pm. (916) 737-3333

AVID READER: 1945 Broadway, Sacramento. Open today 10am – 7pm,  (916) 441-4400

BEERS BOOKS: 915 S St, Sacramento. Open today 10am – 8pm,  (916) 442-9475

It might be a good idea to call ahead to make sure they still have available copies!


Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Picks for This Weekend

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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