Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend! [Mar. 24-25, 2018]

Looking for things to do this weekend with the kids? Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of March 24-25th!

SATURDAY, MAR. 24TH

Come join us for a FREE button craft project and book signing at Barnes & Noble Arden Fair Sat. 11am-1pm. Sabrina Nishijima and Sarah Golden will be signing copies of their new book, “1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids (& the Young at Heart” and helping you make a button! We’ve rented the button maker from the Sacramento Public Library (anyone can!) and we’ll be helping you punch your very own 2″ button! Design, color, and punch a whimsical accessory. The first 25 people to get a signed book will get a free denim book bag that says, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” There will also be a storytime reading of “Little Blue Truck’s Springtime” at 11am. More info…

Meet Aviation Legend Bud Anderson at the Aerospace Museum of California. National Aviation Hall of Famer Bud Anderson will speak about his aviation career, from the importance of education to becoming a WWII Triple Ace. This experience is open to aviation fans of all ages. He will also be signing his book To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace and taking questions from the audience. Kids activities will include: Maker’s crafts, Airplane contests, Tower building Get your tickets now to celebrate this American Hero. Each ticket includes admission to the museum and $5 goes toward the STEM education program to help inspire a new generation of pilots. Advance Members $15, Advance Non Members $20, Door $25. Sat. 2-4pm. More info…

Catch the Treasure Island children’s musical at the Harris Center in Folsom. Seating is almost sold out, but you can still snag a seat to this top-notch children’s theatre program. Sat. 1pm-3pm, $17.50 – $25. More info…

Get pictures with the Easter Bunny at a… winery! Kids can enjoy Easter Bunny snuggles and parents can sip on wine at McConnell Estates Winery in Elk Grove! Sat. 11am-3pm. General $5 or free with wine bottle purchase. More info…

Fun on the Farm at American River Ranch. Kids will explore the Youth Garden and the American River Ranch learning about what soil is made of, who lives in it, and how it helps us. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in various fun, educational activities, make a farm fresh snack, meet the farm animals and create something to take home. Alyssa Kassner and Jenn MacLeod will instruct. Note: This event is suggested for Ages 3-9. This is a child-focused farm experience. $15, one adult may accompany each child. Sat. 9:30-11:30am. More info…

Cypher Hip Hop Workshop for Kids at Pocket-Greenhaven Library. Kids and their families are invited to join the Cypher Hip Hop Crew to learn more about DJ-ing, rapping, and breakdancing with live performances and lots of audience participation. Free, Sat. 2-3pm. More info…

Southgate Bunny Breakfast. Join Southgate Recreation and Park District for a fun morning of activities and eat breakfast with the Easter Bunny. $7 for a family of 6. Extra family member $2. Sat. 8am-10am. More info…

Lunafest Sacramento. Take older teens to short films by, for, and about women at the Lunafest film screenings Sat. at 2pm and 7pm. There will be raffle drawings and a silent auction benefiting Soroptimist International of Metropolitan Sacramento (SIMS), an organization that supports women and children in the Sacramento region. $20-$25, $5 discount for students. More info… 

Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs at McKinley Library. Using beeswax and a multi-dye process, participants will get each get to make their own Ukrainian Easter Egg. All the supplies you need to make an amazing egg will be provided. Note: This event is for Ages 12 and up. Free, Sat. 2-3pm. More info…

Watch the exciting 38th annual CIF State Basketball Championship Finals at Golden 1 Center Sat. 6pm, $16-35. More info…

A Queen and Her Prince: Mother-Son Dance. This mother-and-son dance will include dinner, photos, dancing, entertainment and games. $30 advance, $40 at the door. $10 for each additional son. Brought to you by the Center for Fathers and Families, this event will take place at Blue Prynt Restaurant and Bar. Sat. 4-7pm. More info…

Autism-Friendly Family Movie: Despicable Me 3. Join in for a special family movie event for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. “Typical” toddlers and preschoolers are welcome too. They will have healthy snacks, the lights will be slightly up, the sound will be slightly down, and kids don’t need to remain seated while enjoying the movie. There will also be lots of fidget toys. The adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters, Margo, Edith and Agnes, and the Minions continue!  Despicable Me 3 introduces a new villain, Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s and who proves to be Gru’s biggest foe! Free. Sat. 10-11:30am. More info…

Take older musician teens to enjoy the Camellia Symphony Orchestra as Christian Baldini conducts Mozart’s Symphony N. 25 KV 183 and Strauss’ Don Quizote with cellist Susan Lamb Cook. General $30, students $15, kids 0-12 $8. Sat. 7:30-9:30pm at Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center. More info…

A Night to Bet On. Team Project Prosperity invites you to A Night to Bet On. This charity event that will donate 100% of its proceeds to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There will be live music performances by special guests Larry Tagg and Parker Van Ostrand, plus Drew Shafer the comedian. There will also be various raffle and silent auction prizes, including Sacramento Kings tickets and gift certificates to local restaurants. Free hors d’oeuvres and freshly made sushi will be served as well, courtesy of Sunh Fish and a local sushi chef. Sat. 4-7pm. Upon ticket purchase, you receive one drink ticket and additional drinks will be $1. General $20, Free for kids 0-10. More info…

The Magician is In: An Evening with Nick Fedoroff at the 24th St. Theatre. This highly original and dazzling stage show includes hilarious one-liners, astonishing illusions, audience participation, and occasional surprises designed to amaze and delight. Fedoroff engages the audience from the minute he walks on stage, enhancing his magical expertise with storytelling, mentalism, brilliant improvisation, and clever comic dialogue. His dynamic mix of skill and style— heightened by an impeccable sense of timing—deliver a fast-paced, high-energy show suited to audiences of all ages. $25, Sat. 7-9pm, doors 6:30pm. More info…

 

SUNDAY, MAR. 25TH

Cheer on the Sacramento Kings as they take on the Boston Celtics. Sun. 3pm, Golden 1 Center, $40+. Try not to wind up on the spy cam picking your nose!  More info…

Take older kids to Ron Cunningham’s epic, larger-than-life spectacle dance set to the soaring music of Carl Orff is the signature masterwork of the Sacramento Ballet. Complete with full chorus and orchestra, Carmina Burana’s passion ignites the senses for an intense experience not soon forgotten. George Balanchine’s famous quote, “see the music, hear the dance,” is eloquently illustrated in his first great masterpiece created on American soil. Serenade is one of the most beautiful ballets ever created and is an enduring monument to the development of an American aesthetic in dance. Sat. 2pm & 7pm, Sun. 2pm, $25+. More info…

Nature Tales at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Experience the magic of the forest as you hike and enjoy tantalizing tales of creatures, people, and nature. Sun. 1:30-3pm. $5 parking. More info…

Spring Primavera Barrio Market. This event will feature vendors and artisans showcasing their hand crafted items including art, jeweler, plants, and clothing.There will also be music and food happening throughout the day. Come shop and hang out during this spring event. This is right before Easter Sunday you may want to stock up on Easter Basket one of a kind finds! Barrio Art is also back! This is a family creative event. This go around they are doing the ever fun and traditional cascarones! Cascarones are egg shells decorated, stuffed with confetti and sealed with tissue paper. These are amazingly fun to play around with. Barrio Art is funded in part by Sacramento Creative Economy Grant program. Free. Sun. 10am-4pm at the Washington Neighborhood Center. More info…

Take older teens to meet the super-inspiring Betty Charbonnet Reid Soskin, as she signs her book “Sign My Name to Freedom” at the Brickhouse Art Gallery on 36th St. Sun. at 3pm.  Charbonnet Reid Soskin is an author, composer and singer, social and political activist, entrepreneur, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, historian, blogger, public speaker, and a National Park Service Ranger. Sign My Name to Freedom tells her story. Born into a Cajun/Creole African-American family in 1921, she spent her
 early years in New Orleans in the era of lynchings and Jim Crow segregation. Her family later settled in Oakland, California, following the historic floods that devastated the City of New Orleans in 1927. She continues to work as a Park Ranger and lives in Richmond, CA. More info…

Bird Adoption Care and Bird Care Workshop at Carmichael Library. Did you know birds evolved from dinosaurs? At this event you will learn more about what it’s like to have a pet dinosaur in your home. Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue is having a Bird Adoption Fair where you can meet many of the birds that are up for adoption and looking for a loving home. Their foster parents will be there to answer your questions and introduce you to them. A free Basic Bird Care workshop from 1pm – 3pm will be included, and is necessary before adopting a bird. For older kids. Sun. 11am – 4pm. More info…

Pet-a-Palooza. Sacramento’s biggest free pet event is back! Grab your furry friend for a day of fun in the park. You’ll enjoy the Doggy Obstacle Course, an exotic animal show from Wild Things, The Splash Dogs, The Disc Dogs Of Golden Gate, a petting zoo, kids play area and live music from Jackson Michelson and Thunder Cover. And if you’re looking to add to your family, head to the pet adoption area on site to help you out Note: Please keep all pets on leashes. Free, Sun. 10am-4pm. More info…

Roseville Gem, Jewelry, Fossil, and Mineral Show. This is Northern California’s biggest gem and mineral show. This show is hosted by the Roseville Rock Rollers Gem and Mineral Society. There will be over 60 vendors, activities, and special exhibits showing off treasures from all over the world. The event features crystals, fossils, minerals, Ethiopian opal, beads, gemstones, gold panning, meteorites, and a Kids’ education station. You can also watch demonstrations in the Lapidary Arts and bid on silent auctions. Bring your unknown rocks to the Rock ID station to find out what they are. The education station is the place to be for kids, scouts, and students to explore the science behind rocks, minerals, geology, and fossils. This two-day event is designed around education, with hands on opportunities and rewarding experiences. Come on out, touch a huge dinosaur bone, and hunt for gems. Lots of kid-friendly exhibits. 12 & under free. General $6. Parking $5. Sat. and Sun. 10am – 5pm. More info…

The Crow Show at Sparrow Gallery on R St. Drop by this gallery to see depictions of crows, nests, and bird-related art at this group show curated by artist Judy Knott. Featured artists will include Paula Wenzl Bellacera, Bob Androvich, Barbara Sabastian, Charlotte Cooper, Jill Allyn Stafford, Susan Silvester, Taylor Gutermute, Nicky Ruxton, Merridee Joan and many more. Free. Gallery is open to the public Sun. 11am – 4pm. More info…

Go for a wildflower walk along the American River at any point along the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail from Sacramento to Folsom. You’re bound to see amazingly delicate floral pop-ups, which makes spring a gorgeous time of year. By summer, most of these will be gone! Bring a picnic and a frisbee.

xo
sabrina

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