Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend! [Apr. 7 – Apr. 8, 2018]

Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of April 7th – 8th! Don’t miss our super-fun, free handmade mini journal craft event at Barnes & Noble in Natomas on Sunday 12pm-2pm.


SATURDAY, APR. 7TH

Kids Expo California. Kids Expo is returning and encouraging kids to reach for the stars. Join us for this one of a kind baby, toddler, kids, and family event. Kids Expo California features affordable fun for the whole family. For the Kids: Toddler Town, Kids Pavilion, Kids-only prize giveaways, “Get Active” dance classes and exercise activities, Amazing Star Kids awards (recognizing great kids in the community), Lots of arts and Crafts, activities, and demonstrations, Game competitions. For the Parents: Shopping, Vendor marketplace, Parenting resources, Rest area zones. General $12, kids under 12 free. Sat. and Sun. 11am-5pm. Cal Expo. More info…

Davis Cherry Blossom Festival. Go to the Mochitsuki Demonstration on Sunday at 2:30pm to see how they make these traditional soft rice cakes. Open to all ages, Free. Music, art, culture, food, beer. Two-day festival runs both Sat. and Sun. 12pm – 10pm. More info… 

Puppet Show: The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Watch an updated zany version of a classic tale presented by Puppet Art Theater Company. Sat. and Sun. 12:30pm-1pm. $1 for members, and $2 for non-members, in addition to paid park admission. Fairytale Town. Check ahead before going. They are sometimes closed due to rain. More info…

Kids Art Club Series 3 at Crocker Art Museum. Four Saturdays, April 7-28th, 10:30am-12pm. Ages 6-8. Discover where artists get their ideas, while learning skills in painting, sculpting, drawing, and collage. Each session will feature different activities and time in the galleries and studios. $40 members, $50 non-members. Register online. More info…

Old Sacramento Underground Tours. First weekend! Now in its 9th season, the Old Sacramento Underground Tours give guests the unique opportunity to explore what’s been hidden beneath the city for more than 150 years, while uncovering the facts and legends that lie below historic buildings and sidewalks. Guests will explore excavated foundations, enclosed pathways and interesting archaeology exhibits while hearing sounds of 1860 street life. Entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides lead the way while recounting tales of the devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project. Tours of the underground last approximately one hour. Best for older kids and teens. General $15, kids 6-17 $10, kids 0-5 free. More info…

Water Wonderful World at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Join Effie Yeaw Nature Center in exploring the local waterways! Take a hike to the river and learn all about its journey, see what kinds of animals are living in and along its edge, and learn how keeping our local waterways clean can make life better for all that share this earth! All ages welcomed. Free. Parking $5. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. More info…

Paint the Park: A Celebration of Sacramento Art. Sacramento Republic FC is partnering with David Sobon and Wide Open Walls to host Paint the Park: A Celebration of Sacramento Art. The event will bring together over 50 local artists, including Maren Conrad, David Garibaldi and Raphael Delgado, to beautify the fence scrim around Papa Murphy’s Park prior to Republic FC’s match against Seattle Sounders FC 2. In addition to the painting of the scrim, Paint the Park will feature art-themed activities for fans, including an art lesson for kids, opportunities to make signs and a chance to win limited edition Republic FC scarves designed in past seasons. A portion of ticket sales from the match will be donated to Wide Open Walls, an annual mural festival celebrating Sacramento’s street art history. Free with game ticket (starts at $16). Sat. 6pm-9:30pm. Game kickoff 7:30pm. More info…

Watch the Sacramento Republic FC take on the Seattle Sounders 2 at Papa Murphy’s Park Sat. at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $16. More info…

Sacramento History for Kids at Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. Who says history has to be boring? Come hear tales of floods, fires, revolts, and even a story that almost ended in death by duck! The kicker is that all of these stories are true and taken from the residents of the Old City Cemetery. Come see why truth is stranger than fiction. Note: This tour is designed for kids in Fourth Grade and up. Free. Sat. 10am-11:30am.

Do Vinyasa Yoga for Free in McKinley Park. Yoga Moves Us makes yoga available by organizing free vinyasa yoga classes in the Greater Sacramento area and beyond. This free all-levels vinyasa yoga class is accessible to everyone! Do what you can, and take rest when you need to. Note: Bring a yoga mat and a water bottle. Wear clothes that allow for comfortable movement. A limited amount of yoga mats will be available for those without a mat. Sat. 9am-10:15am. More info…

Artful Tot at Crocker Art Museum. Every month, toddlers explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. Adults learn how to encourage experimentation and self-expression while nurturing their child’s creativity. Families are welcome to arrive any time during the program period. Please dress for mess. For kids 19-36 mo. old with caregivers. $7 members, $10 non-members. 10:30am – 12pm (drop-in). More info…

 

SUNDAY, APR. 8TH

Free Craft Project and Book Signing at Barnes and Noble Bookstore (Natomas). Join us for our second craft event! Design, decorate and punch your own free mini journal. This is a free event, all ages welcome. Sabrina Nishijima will be signing copies of her new book, “1,001 Things To Do In Sacramento With Kids (And The Young At Heart)”. Bring your silly smiles to the mini DIY photo booth too. First 25 people get a free denim bookbag and folding frisbee, no purchase necessary. Sun. 12pm – 2pm. Free. More info…

See Pandas: The IMAX 2D Experience and watch an American biologist embark on a life-changing journey to China to help scientists breed giant pandas and introduce the cubs into the wild. Narrated by Kristen Bell. Playing at Esquire IMAX Theatre, Sat. and Sun. 11am or 6pm. $11 adult, $8 child for evening show. $8 adult, $8 child for matinee. More info…

Sacramento Antique Faire. Find some vintage toys and kids clothing at the Sacramento Antique Faire at 21st and X St. Enjoy 300 vendors from California, Nevada, and other neighboring states selling antiques and collectibles that are 20 years and older. There will be vintage clothing, military antiques, art, jewelry, lighting, glassware, silver, toys, furniture, and so much more! This event is held the 2nd Sunday of the month, rain or shine. No pets are allowed. Food and ATM are on site. $3 general, free for kids 0-16. Sun. 6:30am-3pm. More info…

Living in Water at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Discover the hidden world of water insects and polliwogs! Using catch and release activities get a close-up look at amazing little animals that live in the pond and can be found in our local waterways. All ages welcomed. Free, $5 parking. More info…

Crafting a Rebellion: Sacramento’s Customs and Hot Rods Exhibit. The California Automobile Museum is proud to present an exciting new exhibit titled Crafting a Rebellion: Sacramento’s Customs and Hot Rods. With more than a dozen cars on special display in the Museum’s main gallery, the visually-enticing exhibit tells the story of the creativity, ingenuity, and craftsmanship in automobiles. The Crafting a Rebellion exhibit covers the culture that fueled the desire to customize and hot rod cars, the relationship between customs and hot rods, and their connection to racing. $10 general, $5 kids 5-17, 4 & under free. Open Sat. and Sun. 10am – 5pm. More info…

Eat outside in a storm. The Flower Farm Café’s enclosed outdoor heated porch is open even in a downpour of rain. Discover the magic of a rainy day. (#26 in the book!)

Cross the pedestrian-only Jim Jones Bridge and listen to the water rush under your feet. (#994 in the book!)

Donate your outgrown winter clothing to Lilliput Family Services, an organization that helps kids in foster care find their lifelong families. (#918 in the book!)

Dance through wildflowers and go on a nature-hike at the Sacramento Bar along the American River Parkway. (#891 in the book!)

Don a headlamp and take a 50-minute walking tour of the Black Chasm Cavern Caves, a National Natural Landmark, about 60 miles away. Cave & Mine Adventures give walking tours and help you identify stalagmites, stalactites, and rare helictite crystals. Go gemstone mining right outside the visitor’s center, which houses the large stalagmites that were used in Matrix trilogy. Buy a big geode ($10) to crack open with their very own, homemade geode-cracking tool. Walking tour, Adults $17.50, Kids ages 3-12 $9.50. (#889 in the book!)

Happy Adventuring! : )

xo
sabrina

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