Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend! [Apr. 21 – Apr. 22, 2018]

Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of April 21st – 22nd!


SATURDAY, APR. 21ST

Koobs Nature Area Earth Day. The Koobs Nature Area will be celebrating Earth Day! This is a wonderful event where multiple organizations come out, including Sacramento Audubon, Boy Scout Troop 55, Girl Scout Troop 3191, and more. There will be tables with information, activities, and snacks for kids and adults. This wonderful natural treasure in the heart of Carmichael is run and maintained by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael. Free. Koobs Nature Area. Sat. 10am – 2pm. More info…

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 you call home. Get the scoop on some of the zoo’s animals and how to make the world a better place for them through keeper chats and stage shows and be sure to visit the Zoo’s Backyard to learn about native plants and to explore the garden. Free with admission. Sat. 9am – 4pm. More info…

City of Roseville’s Earth Day Celebration. This event, formerly Celebrate the Earth Festival under the management of the City of Roseville, will this year celebrate Mother Earth, with a focus on the arts, libraries, community, culture and the environment. Food trucks available for local eats. 100 local artists will also be joining with the various libraries of Placer County to create My Favorite Book sculptures that will be on display at the festival and afterwards at various Libraries in Placer County. Devoting a special day to helping the earth is a way to demonstrate how much we care about the future of our planet. Free at Royer Park. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Check the schedule and get more info…

Disney’s The Lion King Jr. presented by River City Theatre Company at Hiram Johnson High School. Elly Award-winning River City Theatre Company presents Disney’s The Lion King Jr. The performance is 75-minute version of the Broadway Musical performed by 1st through 7th-grade school children from throughout the Sacramento area. River City Theatre Company is a Children’s musical theatre workshop that has been providing family entertainment by performing musical theatre in Sacramento for the past 27 years. The cast consists of children from throughout the Sacramento area in 1st through 12th grades. Kids $12, Adults $17. Sat. & Sun. various times. More info…

Sacramento Scandinavian Festival at The Scottish Rite Center. This collaborative celebration of Nordic Heritage will include the area’s Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish clubs. The festival features Scandinavian food, baked goods, and merchandise for sale. Viking re-enactors will present interactive activities for the entire family. Feel free to gather information about the Nordic countries and enjoy music, entertainment, and door prizes! Sat. 10am – 4pm. General $5, kids under 12 Free. Flag ceremony is at 12pm. For a schedule of events and more info, click here.

Earth Day Clean-up and Camp Out at Camp Pollock. The Sacramento Valley Conservancy is pleased to announce an Earth Day Clean-up and Camp-Out at Camp Pollock! This family-friendly event starts on Saturday at 9am with a clean-up for the earth to get your hands dirty! Help clean up trash, paint, move mulch, remove invasive plants and plant native plants. Then take the day to chill, cool off your toes in the river, enjoy nature and pop-up your tent. Dinner is on you, then afterwards the group will sing some campfire songs and SVC will bring the s’mores to share. SVC will provide a coffee and cocoa bar the next morning. Ends Sunday at 11am. More info…

The Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival at Roosevelt Park on P St. is a fundraiser for 4 R Friends and raises money for their programs that take pets from catastrophic beginnings to charmed lives in forever homes. Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival features a chili cook off competition (industry, individual, vegetarian, “People’s Choice”) and beer tastings provided by local breweries. Bike parking will be available along the fence and dogs are welcome. Children are allowed at the event but must be accompanied but an adult at all times. Event is rain or shine. Kids 10 & under Free. Adults $35 for beer & chili. Sat. 1-5pm. More info…

Nature’s Critters at North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. Get a hands-on introduction to Lisa Seto’s animal friends. Meet fascinating reptiles, fabulous frogs, creepy crawlies, and friends of fur and feather—all up close and personal! Note: Kids under Age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Sat. 3-4pm. More info…

Shabazz Safety and Family Fun Day at Valley Hi Community Park. Join the Valley Hi Family Resource Center and Shabazz Safety Committee for a day of free family fun! The day will include: Free Tri-tip and Chicken Lunch for first 300 attendees, Safety information, Health information, Health screenings, Family & Neighborhood Resources, Cooking Demos, Pet Safety, Kids Zone, Performances, Basketball tournament, and Prizes & Giveaways. Free. Sat. 10am – 4pm. More info…

Piano Series: Adam Neiman at Sac State Capistrano Concert Hall. Take older teens to see Adam Neiman close out Sac State’s Piano Series. Neiman received the Rubinstein Award upon his graduation from Juilliard and has performed around the world at venues in Belgrade, Chicago, Italy, and Germany. This performance will feature works by Brahms and Schubert. Students $15, General $20. Sat. 7:30pm. More info…

Music at the Mill. Enjoy an afternoon of live music from Mark Herin at the Seka Hills Tasting Room in the Old Sugar Mill! Also, 35% off mixed case sale olive oil, balsamic or wine will be available. Free. Sat. 1-3pm. Bring a picnic and play on the grass. More info…

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

Touch A Truck at SMF Mardi Gras Lanes. Touch A Truck is being hosted on behalf of the Arcade Creek Parks and Recreation District. The goal is to introduce large and unusual vehicles to families. There will be some activities and food in the area. Feel free to stop by and get some cool pictures by some cool trucks! Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. More info…

Audition Workshop for Singers. Presented by Sacramento Children’s Chorus. Participants will learn audition etiquette and techniques, and a mock audition will help empower your singer to be confident at their next opportunity. By practicing the process with working professional, singers will gain self-confidence and learn the tools for success. This workshop is for singers in 6th grade and above. Known for her soaring voice and richly nuanced  characters, soprano Carrie Hennessey is consistently thrilling audiences and critics in opera and concert appearances around the world. Alex Grambow believes that music provides children with a unique way to learn about the world and a safe and nurturing opportunity for self-expression. Mr. Grambow graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in vocal music. $50. Sat. 10am – 1pm. Northminster Presbyterian Church. More info…

Healthy Kids Day presented by UnitedHealthcare at YMCA on W St. Join in on some family yoga, zumba, hula classes, a childcare art show, obstacle course arts and crafts, water safety classes, fire trucks and more. Free. Sat. 10am – 1pm. More info…

Birding for Families at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Bring the family out for a birding and nature walk led by a Naturalist and a special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars or they can loan you a pair. Free, parking $5. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. More info…

JPTAG Piano Competition at CSU. The Japanese Piano Teachers of Greater Sacramento invite you to a piano competition and festival. This event is designed to motivate piano students in Sacramento area and will be performed by local piano students. All levels and ages are welcome. There are recitals for each group/category, and each recital is approximately 1 hour in duration. More info…

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Theater One. The classic tale of The Wizard of Oz adapted by Tim Kelly and directed by Jill McMahon. Join Dorothy and Toto as they meet the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion on their way to meet the Wizard of Oz. This production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is interactive and is fun for the whole family. Dorothy and Toto find themselves in a strange land when their house is picked up by a tornado and deposited in Munchkin Country. On their journey to meet the Wizard of Oz, they run into many interesting creatures: a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman, a Cowardly Lion, a good with, a wicked witch, flying monkeys, and fighting trees. Sat. 11am and 2pm. $5. More info…

 

SUNDAY, APR. 22ND

Sacramento Earth Day at Southside Park. Sacramento Earth Day is all about building community and finding ways to help residents of the Greater Sacramento Region reduce our ecological footprint. Attend the festival for the opportunity to learn about a vast array of methods to live more sustainably. Around 150 organizations and businesses will be exhibiting a multitude of practical information, goods, and services that cultivate a healthier, greener way of living. You’ll also find a variety of fun activities to enjoy for the whole family, including live music, interactive educational games, and a kids’ area. There will be several food vendors serving a range of plant-based (vegan) cuisine options. We’ll also have electric vehicles to check out, ask questions about, ride in or test drive! Featuring local art, environmentally-protective products, and even valet parking for your bicycle! Admission is free and we see thousands of attendees throughout the day. This is the largest Earth Day celebration in the Sacramento region. Sun. 11am – 4pm. More info…

Shop Traders’ Faire at Sutter’s Fort. California State Parks, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to present a vibrant, educational and fun three-day event — Shop Traders’ Faire. Offered just once a year, this lively and highly anticipated interpretive event offers a unique shopping bazaar where visitors can purchase one-of-a-kind reproductions from vendors dressed in period attire. In addition, Fort visitors will gain unique insights into the early days of the Fort when it served as a central and critically important trading post, and have the opportunity to step back in time to experience what California’s first shopping mall was like in the 1840s. During the bustling Shop Traders’ Faire three-day event and amid a lively shopping atmosphere, Fort visitors can watch artisans create pioneer goods for sale such as clothing, housewares, toys, beads and knives. Guests will also have the opportunity to make their own crafts, haggle with traders, hammer square nails and enjoy demonstrations of black powder weapons periodically throughout the day. In addition to the interactive opportunities, guests can also shop for artisan made hand-crafted items that make for treasured keepsakes, gifts and collectibles. Sun. 10am – 5pm. Kids 5 & under Free, 6-17 $5, Adults $7. More info…

Earth Day Walk at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Take time to appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature this Earth Day with a hike. Join a Naturalist as they explore the variety of local wildlife and plants that call this oak woodland home. Sun. 1:30pm – 3pm. Free, parking $5. More info…

Succulent Fairy Garden Class at Thin Line Brewery. Join in at Thin Line Brewery for a day of making your own fairy garden with succulents! Ticket prices will include a wood or tin container, 1 fairy house, 1 gnome or fairy, 3 small succulent plants, and all the extra decor needed to design your scene (rocks, moss, “gems”, etc). Extra fairy garden decor and plants will also be available for purchase to expand your fairy garden scene. A pint of your choice will also be included in this class! Thin Line Brewing is one of Rancho Cordova’s newest and upcoming breweries. They offer a wide variety of beer styles to make sure there is something for everyone. Sun. 1-3pm. More info…

Midtown Vanguard Jazz Series presents Tim Metz Trio. Take older teens to see a piano trio at CLARA studios–something they’ll never forget. The Tim Metz Trio featuring Brenden Lowe and Nicholas Martinez presents the music of the great piano trios. The night will be filled with songs from Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau, and Keith Jarrett as well as their own arrangements of some classic standards. Opening the night will be a very talented group from Rio Americano called tRio. Also a piano trio they will be playing selections from their award winning sets at the Monterey Next Generation festival. Sun. 7pm-9pm. Students $10, General $20. More info…

Premier Orchestra Concert from the New World. The Premier Orchestra of the Sacramento Youth Symphony performs under the direction of Michael Neumann featuring classical favorites. Come celebrate the Symphony’s grand finale concert of the season. Included on the program is the renowned and popular “New World Symphony” by Dvořák, “Mambo” from West Side Story by Bernstein and “Dance from Rodeo” by Copland. Sacramento Youth Symphony is proud to celebrate 61 years of musical excellence by young musicians from the Sacramento region. This performance will be held in the C. K. McClatchy High School Performing Arts Center. Sun. 3pm – 5pm. Box office opens at 2pm. Students $15, General $20, Kids 10 & under Free. More info…

Fairytale Town Troupers present Little Red Riding Hood. The Troupers kick off their 11th anniversary season with a new retelling of the classic Grimm Brothers’ story, Little Red Riding Hood. In this fun, fast-paced, interactive performance, a comical “Big Bad” Wolf narrates the tale of his encounter with Red and Grandma as it happens — and has no luck being either big or bad throughout the entire misadventure. Performances will be held in the Children’s Theater. $1-$2 in addition to park admission. Sun. 11am, 12pm, and 1pm shows. More info...

William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice at City Theatre – Sac City College.  City Theatre at Sacramento City College ends their 90th year of performing live theatre withWilliam Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Director Adrienne Sher has adapted the play with a modern-day Venice Beach setting, and the scenic design will include brightly colored mosaics and graffiti. This play was specifically selected as a response to the wave of hate crimes that have swept our country. The production focuses on the extreme anti-Semitism in the play and strives to mitigate the traditional portrayal of Shylock as a villain by highlighting the abuse he suffers at the hands of Antonio and his cronies, and by adding Jewish characters in the courtroom scene so that Shylock’s support is equal to that of Antonio. General $18, Kids 6-17 $10. Sun. 2pm. More info…

Take older teens to Frank Loesser’s Guys & Dolls by Davis Musical Theatre Company. Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Davis Musical Theatre Company presents Guys and Dolls. Motivated gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough. Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls travels from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City. But eventually, everyone ends up right where they belong. Great songs include: “Fugue for Tinhorn,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” and the title song “Guys and Dolls.” Jan Isaacson will direct and choreograph, with Jonathan Blum musical direction. Featured performers include Tate Pollack as “Sky Masterson,” Jori Gonzales as “Sarah Brown,” Steve Isaacson as “Nathan Detroit” and Bridget Styles and “Adelaide.” This production contains some instances of mature themes and is appropriate for older teens and up. Students $16, General $18, Sun. 2-4:30pm. Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center in Davis. More info…

Take a family bike ride anywhere along the American River and take in the spring wildflower blooms, rushing river water, and cool, perfect April weather.

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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