Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Picks for This Weekend!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of March 17th – 18th… Try the Family AcroYoga workshop by Handstand Nation on Saturday and learn some new tricks!

SATURDAY, MAR. 17TH

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 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade steps off promptly at 1pm from Neasham and Front Streets in Old Sacramento and proceeds throughout the national historic landmark district. Free. Sat. 11:30am – 3pm. More info…

Sacramento Republic FC vs. San Antonio FC (Opening Night). Watch the Sac Republic kick off the new season at this super-exciting game at Papa Murphy’s Park. Game starts at 7:30pm, Sat. There are still tickets left! Starting at $16. More info…

Hands on History: Frontier Survival Skills. For this special hands-on event, Fort visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1840s to learn necessary skills to survive on the frontier. Many of the 19th century adventurers who came west were farmers, clerks, smiths or bookkeepers and not prepared for life on the frontier. When they made the decision to leave behind their old lives and head into the largely unknown western lands of North America, they had to acquire new knowledge, new skills, and adapt their life to survival in the wilderness. Fort guests will view demonstrations of how fire is started with flint and steel (and see if they can create a spark!), explore what plants could be used for food or medicine, and how to treat wounds when no physicians were available. Guests will also learn how foods can be prepared and preserved, unexpected places to find fuel, and see many different types of guns and how they were used for survival. And, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon. Adults $7, kids ages 6-17 $5, 5 & under free. Sat. 10am – 5pm. More info…

Got Talent Sacramento is a fundraiser that showcases some of Sacramento’s hidden talents in a fabulous night of entertainment. Join Christian Youth Theater (CYT) for a charitable evening of entertainment and inspiration where you will eat, drink and mingle and also have the opportunity to bid on gift packages, services and a variety of donated prizes. $25. Sat. 6:30 – 9:30pm. More info…

Practice handstands at the Family AcroYoga event by the Handstand Nation. Join Sariah and her little partner Olivia in this playful workshop of AcroYoga for the whole family. Lift, flip, balance and play with your smaller, younger person. Learn AcroYoga poses and fun games. This event is great for all ages. Adult and child $30, additional children $15. Sat. 11am – 12:30pm. More info…

Watch a puppet show at Colonial Heights Library. Puppet Art Theater will perform “A Tale of Dragon’s Tail.” Princess Penny returns home to discover problems in the kingdom. A dragon has been spotted in the hills above the castle and the King has been giving all the kingdom’s gold to a wizard who claims he can keep the dragon away. Is there really a dragon? Free show. Sat. 1-2pm. All ages. More info…

Librarian Sabrina’s Craft Corner at McKinley Library. Learn a new craft technique every month, using simple household items and affordable materials. Join in this March as the group weaves baskets out of recycled maps! This is an adult program, but children 8 and up are welcome. The Sacramento Public Library is committed to providing the community with free, quality events for people of all ages. Sat. 2:30 – 3:30pm. More info…

Sacramento State Piano Series: Michael Rickman (Opening Night). Teen musicians might enjoy Sacramento State’s acclaimed Piano Series, which opens its spring season with Michael Rickman. Rickman has performed at venues around the world, and been described as “a resourceful and sensitive pianist.” General $20, Students $15. Sat. 7:30pm. The program includes works by Bach, Schubert, and Ravel. More info…

Got a teen who plays jazz? Check out the Fred Hersch and Anat Cohen Duo performing at the Mondavi Center. These two friends come together in an intimate, musical conversation covering the history of modern jazz. Woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen makes music that blends jazz and folk styles from Brazil, New Orleans, New York, Eastern Europe and Israel. Fred Hersch is an eight-time Grammy Award nominee and a revered figure among jazz’s piano elite. His low-key demeanor belies a restless, searching spirit, melodic genius and a distinctive keyboard style that has influenced countless musicians. Kids under 18, $23.50. More info…

Sensory Storytime at Sylvan Oaks Library. Join Sylvan Oaks Library for a special storytime for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. This event will also feature books, music, fidget toys, crafts and more. The presenter is the parent of a young man with autism and there will be plenty of time for parents to network with others.Noise and/or behaviors are never a problem at the library! Free. Sat. 10:30 – 11:15am. More info…

Stop by the Sacramento State University Library Gallery for A Spectrum of Contemporary Ceramics, a series of stunning, oversized sculptures. The free display spotlights utilitarian wares, pop culture objects, classically-inspired pieces, and large installation objects by 18 established artists. Free. Open Sat. 10-5pm. 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA. (916) 278-4189.

Meet author Janet Ann Collins at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. She’ll read one of her picture books. Janet is the author of several children’s books, including “Slime & All” and “Signs of Trouble.” Sat. 12:30pm – 1pm. Free with admission. More info…

Sing and dance to Mister Cooper’s songs at the Belle Cooledge Library Sat. 11-11:30am. Free concert. Ages 3-7. More info…

Watch a small, urban ping-pong tournament at Timeless Thrills, squeezed into a boutique in East Sac. For older teens. If it’s too crowded or intense, walk a couple blocks to Big Spoon for some frozen yogurt. Sat. 6pm. 3714 J St. More info…

SUNDAY, MAR. 18TH

Seeing Green at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Join a naturalist for some “catch and release” activities in the Nature Center’s pond. Explore what critters are living there and see how being green makes life a little easier in the pond. Free, $5 Parking. Sun. 1:30 – 2:30pm. Arrive 30 mins before start time, space is limited. More info…

See the pink Western Redbud trees in full bloom right now at the UC Davis Arboretum. Walk through the collection on the north path between La Rue Road and Mrak Hall Drive. Get Arboretum info and a visitor’s map here…

Sense and Sensibility at the City Theatre, Sacramento City College. The Dashwood sisters’ learn that happiness in love is an unpredictable struggle against the most important social values: family, honor, and wealth. Luckily, with Jane Austen, love wins. City Theatre at Sacramento City College begins the new year with Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility adapted by Jennifer Lee Taylor and directed by Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin. Performances will be held in the main auditorium of the Performing Arts Center on campus at Sacramento City College. For older teens. Students with ID $10. Sun. 2pm (or Sat. 2pm & 8pm). More info…

Taiko Drummers of Japan. Since its inception, Yamato has redefined the art of taiko drumming. Hailing from Nara, Japan, these masters put on a spectacular visual performance, combining riveting musicianship and high-energy movement with evocatively designed costumes and a remarkable assortment of wadaiko drums. In Chousensha (The Challengers), the drummers express emotions related to overcoming obstacles in their lives by challenging their own limits physically and rhythmically, breathing new life into traditional drumming like never before. Sun. 3pm at the Mondavi Center. Kids $12.50. More info…

Stop by the Pence Gallery in Davis with older kids to see Hannah Klaus Hunter’s colorful “Paper & Leaf” exhibit. Long captivated by the shapes of leaves and the patterns they make in her monoprints, Hannah Klaus Hunter has created a series of collage works that merges her interest in plant life with pattern and color. Each collage consists of many smaller leaf prints, which Hunter combines to create an evocative landscape. Gallery is open Sat/Sun 11:30am – 5pm. Nicole Mueller gives an artist talk Sat. 1-3pm for her work, “Light Matter,” and she is the recipient of the Glickman McClure Artist Award. More info…

Go to the Wildlife Stage Show at the Sacramento Zoo, a daily event where kids can learn about and meet some wildlife up-close. Sat/Sun 11-11:30am. Free with admission. More info…

Head over to the popular 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 Kids’ Place on the lower level. Sun. 12:10 – 12:40pm. Free. More info…

Go on a Kids and Company Gallery Adventure at Crocker Art Museum. 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) in a fun and playful manner. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30 – 11:30am. More info…

xo,
sabrina

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