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.

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