Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend! [Apr. 28 – Apr. 29, 2018]

Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of April 28th – 29th! Don’t miss our handmade book/journal craft event and signing at Underground Books on Saturday at 1:30pm!


SATURDAY, APR. 28TH

Join us for our Journal-Making Craft & Book Signing Event at Underground Books in Oak Park. Author Sabrina Nishijima will be on-hand to sign books and help kids make their own handmade journals. All supplies provided. Free. First 25 people get a free denim book bag. Sat. 1:30pm – 3:30pm. 2814 35th St. Then stop by Old Soul for some lavender lemonade, Oak Park Brewing for some brews, Display: California for some quality local goods, or Vibe Health Bar for some killer smoothies, and explore all that Oak Park has to offer. More info…

Learn to “Deadhead” Roses at McKinley Park Rose Garden. Bring some clippers, gloves, and a hat to the Annual Volunteer Appreciation/Deadheading Event, and learn the proper way to cut off old roses! This is a family-friendly rose-clipping event. Trainers will be on hand to show you how it’s done! There will be morning goodies for volunteers from Freeport Bakery, with coffee and orange juice! They will need volunteer forms signed ahead of time for any minors attending the event. For more info, please contact: friendsofeastsac@aol.com. Sat. 9am – 1pm.

Free Sailboat Rides. Have you ever wanted to learn to sail a boat or a windsurfer? If so, head to the Lake Washington Sailing Club’s open house event. In addition to free sailboat rides there will be fascinating displays of sailing activities and sailing related organizations, food and refreshments for sale and fun activities for kids. Sat. 10:30am – 3:30pm. 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. Sat. 10am – 2pm. General $14.95, Kids 2-11 $9.95. More info…

Powerful Pollinators at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Who’s responsible for most of the delicious fruits and vegetables we eat? Pollinators! Learn all about the different creature forms pollinators come in, explore some the Nature Center’s incredible insect collection, and take a hike to see if you can catch these busy critters in action. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. More info…

Take older teens to Gear Up for Bike Month at OneSpeed Pizza. Join OneSpeed and the American River Parkway Foundation to Gear Up for Bike Month. Ride your bike down to learn tips and tricks on how to tune things up and be ready to cycle your way through May. They’ll have raffle prizes and May is Bike Month swag. Complimentary tune-ups courtesy of Bike Lab, Edible Pedal, and Kinetic Cycles. Free. Donations and raffle tickets will benefit the American River Parkway Foundation. Sat. 11am – 2pm.

Craft Corner at McKinley Library. Learn to make Hexagonal Shadowbox Shelves out of popsicle sticks. Learn a new craft technique every month using simple household items and affordable materials. Join in this April and use popsicle sticks to make hexagonal shadowbox shelves! This is an adult program, but children 8 and up are welcome. Free. Sat. 2:30 – 3:30pm. More info…

Star Wars Day at the Sacramento Zoo. Meet your favorite Star Wars characters without making a trip to a galaxy far, far away. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and pose for free photos with the costumed characters. Visitors will learn how animal adaptations and behaviors in our galaxy relate to the creatures from the Star Wars universe through stage shows, crafts and other activities. The animals will join in on the fun as they enjoy special Star Wars themed enrichment items throughout the day. Sat. 9am – 3pm. Adults $15, Kids 2-11 $10. Two entry times avail. 9am – 1pm, 1pm – 4pm. More info…

Superhero Day at Fairytale Town. Calling all superheroes! Celebrate National Superhero Day at Fairytale Town! Enjoy arts and crafts activities and meet your favorite superheroes and everyday heroes. Come dressed in your capes and masks. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Admission $6, 1 & under Free. More info…

Fair Oaks Kid’s Art Festival at Village Park. Join the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District and the San Juan Unified School District for a free community focus on creativity! Make and take art stations, dance and music performances, art show, food trucks, and more. Free. Sat. 10am – 3pm. More info…

Sac Fry Fest at Roosevelt Park. Share some fries with the kids, created by 15+ local chefs, and visit the Fry Fest kids zone. There will be live performances, a makers bazaar, beer garden, and free bike valet. Sat. 3pm – 7pm. Pets welcome on leash. General $10.50. More info…

Hardley Heroes – Avengers: Infinity War Opening Weekend Experience at Century Arden 14. Join the Hardly Heroes: Buddy, Manny, and Aaron for an amazing Avengers: Infinity War Experience. Admission includes:, Assigned seat for Avengers, Infinity War screening, Pre-movie fun including games and prizes, Galactic Hero Tickets come with a gift bag ($10+ value) of special Hardly Heroes and Avengers themed goodies, All attendees will receive a custom Hardly Heroes/Infinity War commemorative art print designed by local artist and a special edition badge and lanyard marking your seat location. Sat. 10:30am – 2pm. $10-$20. More info…

Take older teens to the 2-Hour Bird Walk at Soil Born Farms. Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. Cliff will point out other critters and plant life along the way. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers. Instructor: Cliff Hawley. $8. Sat. 9am – 11am. More info…

El Día de los Niños: Biligual Storytime at North Sacramento Library. Join Roberto Rivera Robles for a lively bilingual story time with stories, songs and movement. Following the program there will be Pixie Tribe face painting and a special craft project with ArtBeast. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm.

Watch the Sacramento Republic FC take on the Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Papa Murphy’s Park! Tickets start at $16. Sat. 7:30pm. More info…

Galt Día de los Niños Festival. Enjoy a fun-filled day featuring performances by musician Felipe Ferraz, Cenzontle a traditional Mexican dance group and Fenix Drum & Dance Co. and more. Galt Library. Free, Sat. 10am.

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. Free. Meet at 9am at the Visitor Center. Participants may want to bring binoculars or borrow a set for free from the Preserve (quantity limited). Sat. 9am – 12pm. More info…

Spring Forward 2018. Join Oak Park Sol and Alchemist Community Development Corporation (Alchemist CDC) for food, drinks, and live music in the Pacific McGeorge School of Law courtyard and support neighborhood residents and their projects! There will be a drawing featuring prizes and goodies from local businesses, and lawn games galore. Oak Park Sol and Alchemist CDC are committed to activating and supporting residents with the funds raised from this event. Sat. 5pm – 9pm. All ages. General $25, Student $15. More info…

Kalpuli Xihuacoatl Aztec Dance Group. Enjoy an amazing Aztec dance performance by Kalpulli Xihuacoatl (House of the Serpent Woman) featuring local youth dancers. Free, Sat. 2pm. South Natomas Library.

City of Elk Grove Fit Fest. Join the City of Elk Grove and the Cosumnes Community Services District for Fitfest featuring the Elk Grove Gauntlet Fitness Challenge, Kids Warrior Challenge and free fitness festival! Bring the kids out for the free kid zone featuring a free zipline, rock wall, mini obstacle course and bounce houses. Watch athletes battle it out in the Elk Grove Gauntlet Fitness Challenge and the little ones make their way through the Kids Warrior Challenge obstacle course. Free. Kids Warrior Challenge Obstacle Course $25. Sat. 9am – 5pm. Elk Grove Regional Park. More info…

Danza Azteca Group. Celebrate with traditional Aztec dancers from Noxtin Nomecayotzin (All My Relations) Education and enjoy colorful costumes and the sounds of this indigenous dance style, as well as face painting with Pixie Tribe and a special craft. Free, Sat. 2pm. Walnut Grove Library.

Doggy Dash. Celebrate 25 years of community support for dogs and their owners, this special day is the perfect experience to share with your personal pet while helping those in the shelter still waiting for their forever homes. The start of the 2k/5k dog walk and the Bark in the Park Festival is located on the corner of Sutterville Road and Freeport Boulevard in the ‘Village Green’ area of the park. General $35, Kids 12 & under $20. Sat. 8:30pm. William Land Park. More info…

Take older teen writers to Fact to Fiction: Creating a Story from Real Events with Anne Da Vigo. Local author Anne Da Vigo will lead this hands-on workshop to help you down your creative path from real events to fiction! Da Vigo is the author of the new thriller, Thread of Gold, and will show you how to use real people, events, and settings and craft them into a fictional work. Bring paper and a pen! Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. Franklin Community Library in Elk Grove.

Spring Flowers Art Exhibit at the Kennedy Gallery Art Center. Drop-in to celebrate the beauty of nature and spring with an annual multi-artist spring flower exhibit. Free. Open Sat. 12pm – 6pm. Walk a block or two and share a snack at Low Brau, Pushkins, Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, etc.

 

SUNDAY, APR. 29TH

The Big Bounce America at South Natomas Community Park. The Biggest Bounce House in the World is visiting Sacramento as part of a 64 city tour. The Big Bounce America is a 10,000 square feet of full-on inflatable fun. It’s a crazy, action-packed fun day out suitable for all the family featuring the world’s largest bounce house alongside a host of amazing inflatable attractions. With every bounce, there’s a whole new experience to be shared and down every slide a new adventure for you, your friends and family to be a part of. They’re proud to have created a thrilling and memorable event that appeals to families, teenagers and grown-ups looking for an escape from adulting. So what are you waiting for? Sneakers off, party on! Open Fri. 1pm – 6:30pm, Sat. 8am – 7pm, and Sun. 8am – 7pm. $9-$25. More info…

Sac Civic Ballet and Deane Dance Center presents Giselle. One of the most popular ballets of all-time, Giselle tells the story of a young peasant girl who falls in love, is betrayed, suffers the ultimate tragedy, yet finds forgiveness and eternal love in the end. This production is suitable for the entire family. Hiram Johnson High School. Adults $17, Children $10. Shows Thurs, Fri, Sat, and Sun. More info…

DIAL-A-STORY. Listen to a story free by dialing up the library’s storyline at 916-441-1234 or toll-free 866-241-7490. There’s a new story weekly.

Open Air Singing Circle at William Land Park. Everyone can sing! Find your voice. The singing circle allows every participant to access the healing and restorative power of music. How does it work? The 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 and then disappears! It’s a great way to be in the moment. Weather permitting, the group may relocate to MusicLandria HQ. Suggested donation $10. Free if you cannot afford to pay. Sun. 2pm. More info…

Día del Niño KiDDay Festival at Latino Center of Art and Culture. In Mexico, Día del Niño (Children’s Day) is always filled with activities, and children look forward to a holiday all their own with fun, gifts and special events. This is Center’s 6th Annual festival focuses on active engagement by community members — creating and participating in art rather than simply observing. The major focus will be on kids themselves, and so part of center stage performances will be children. Healthy food and beverages will also be available. The Sacramento River Cats street team will be on hand with their games booth and info on their new spring/summer Latino outreach program, along with the LEAD Latino Club from Cosumnes Oaks High School.Also on hand will be Roberto López with his dog Marx from California Rescue Dog Association. Some of the featured adult performers are members of the very popular El Corro of Sacramento — guitarist/singer/storytellers Peter Baird and Michael Hirsher, as well as Dinorah. Free. Sun. 11am – 3pm. More info…

Haggin Oaks Golf Expo. There is something for the whole family during the Haggin Oaks Golf Expo weekend. Educational seminars, technology advice, celebrity appearances, ball fitting seminars and more will be held on the ESPN 1320 Golf-to-Go Game Improvement Stage. If you like golf, then you’ll love the Haggin Oaks Golf Expo. Over 200 vendors will attend. Free, parking $5. Fri., Sat. & Sun. More info…

Save the Frogs Day at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Join in for a celebration of some of Mother Nature’s most valuable creatures, frogs! Come see their resident amphibians up close, learn how important they are in the web of life, and how they let us know about the health of our local waterways. Make beautiful art celebrating your favorites. Free, parking $5. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. More info…

Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition. The Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition (YAC), now in its 14th year, supports young artists in the early stages of their careers, providing scholarships to further their musical studies as well as valuable performance opportunities to encourage their artistic growth. This year the competition features the Founders Prize in Vocals to US-residents Ages 18-22, and the Young Artists Prize to California-resident pianists and instrumentalists ages 12-17. This is a weekend-long festival, suitable for older kids and aspiring performers. Sat. & Sun. 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 admission. Sat. & Sun. 11am, 12pm, 1pm. More info…

Play pickle ball at R. Burnett Miller Park in East Sacramento, Eastern Oak Park in Arden Arcade, Lembi Park in Folsom, or Auburn Regional Park in Auburn. It’s like mini tennis! We use tennis racquets and kid-sized tennis balls. Check here for more public courts…

 

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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