Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Picks for This Weekend!

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

SATURDAY, FEB. 24TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, FEB. 25TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Adventuring!
xo Sabrina

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