Sactown Kids: Top 20+ Things to Do in Sacramento This Weekend! [May 12TH – 13TH, 2018]

Happy Mother’s Day! There are so many Mother’s Day brunches and lunches to choose from, so we’ve mainly focused on fun activities for families. Here’s our Top 20+ Picks for the Weekend of May 12th – May 13th!


SATURDAY, MAY 12TH

Spend Mother’s Day weekend at the Flower Farm in Loomis. They will be serving a delicious buffet brunch all day in the Cafe, in the garden patio, and on the Casque (wine) tasting room patio. A great little outdoor garden for kids to explore and play bocce ball. Sat. & Sun. By reservation only, call 916-652-5661.

Join in for the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers! Fill a bag with non-perishable food items and leave it by your mailbox! Your letter carrier will pick it up on their normal mail run! #StampOutHunger is the largest one-day food drive in America! All food collected stays local and helps families in need right here in Sacramento County. Sat. 7am – 6pm. Check out their website for top requested food items and what NOT to give. More info…

Get teary-eyed at Mother’s Day Storytime at Barnes & Noble. “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” and “Everything is Mama.” Sat. 11am. More info…

Check out what’s at the galleries at the 2nd Saturday Art Walk. Sat. 5ish to 9ish. Plan to grab a bite somewhere along the way and make a night of it. We recommend The Art Studios (1727 I St behind Easy On I Bar & Grill) for painting, ceramics, bronze sculptures, and an artist’s reception for local artists Pam Avery and Kathy S Farros. Children’s activities and refreshments. Free. Find some other cool gallery exhibits here…

All ages are invited for a day of play at the Community Day at the Sacramento Adventure Playground! Children get to create their own play structures and spaces by re-purposing everyday items such as cardboard boxes, plus household wares, natural elements and unexpected items. The Playground is a fun and safe environment where children can use their imagination and creativity to direct their own play! The Sacramento Adventure Playground is open rain or shine. Free, Sat. 11am – 4pm. More info…

The Koobs Nature Area in Carmichael is open to the public open days on 2nd Saturdays through October. May’s theme will be Birds and Birding. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area and see the variety of birds they have visiting. If you have binoculars, bring them, but they will also have pairs available to rent. They will also have activity tables for kids to create and learn about birds and birding. Bird guide Clifford Hawley of Sacramento Audubon and the Central Valley Bird Club will lead tours each hour for kids and/or adults interested in learning how to recognize and identify local birds. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Free. More info…

Mom and Me Paint Party at Blue Line Arts Gallery in Roseville. Enjoy a paint party for the whole family! Create a special spring bouquet painting with your child to help celebrate Mother’s Day creatively! Painters can paint diptych style (two canvas to form one painting) or you can choose to paint individually. Light refreshments — cookies, fruit, tea, juice and water — will be provided. Recommended for 7 & up. Moms are welcome to have more than one child attend, but please be sure you will be able to aid them in the process. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. More info…

Take older kids and teens to Sacramento Zine Fest at Verge Center of the Arts and spark their imagination of what is possible in print. Unibrow Collective presents a showcase of DIY and alternative press zines as well as other artwork for display and purchase from the artists themselves! Catch the last weekend of The Jumble Sale while scoping some zines. What is a zine? Zines come in all shapes and sizes but primarily fit the bill of a smaller in size, self-published magazine. Content of zines may range from poetry and creative writing to music and fashion review, to feminism and people of color empowerment, to any art book made solo or collaboratively. Zine Fest will also feature non-zine items sold by their makers such as stickers, pins, patches, shirts, prints, or other artworks. And there will be a video projection of short art films looped throughout the day. Definitely a cool event, we hope this is annual. Free. Sat. 11am – 5pm. More info…

Isang Bagsak Festival. From the forgotten parts of Filipino American history, to the small traditions that Filipinos have passed on from generation to generation, Samahang Pilipino would like to host the first ever Isang Bagsak Festival of Sacramento! Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. California State Capitol – North Steps. More info…

Watch the Sacramento Republic FC (soccer) take on the Reno 1868 FC at Papa Murphy’s Park! Wear pink for “More Than Pink Night.” Sat. 7:30pm. Tickets $16 & up. More info…

Rancho Cordova iFest in a festival celebrating the ethnic diversity of the community and reaching out to newcomer groups by offering an opportunity for them to showcase their cultural heritage. It celebrates the sounds, dance and tastes from around the world… and around the corner. Free. Wines of the World $20. Sat. 5 – 9pm. Village Green Park, Rancho Cordova. More info…

Take older kids to the Public Tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Experienced docents will guide visitors through the wildlife area sharing information about the area and searching for migratory and resident wildlife. The American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) is a large, elegant shorebird with long legs, a distinctive black and white pattern on its back and sides, and a long, upturned bill. A winter white head and neck changes to a beautiful rusty color in the breeding season. Avocets feed by moving their black upturned bill back and forth through shallow water in search of aquatic invertebrates or by snapping up its prey on sight. Other species that may be seen on this tour include Western Meadowlarks, Mallards, Black-necked Stilts, White-faced Ibis and Marsh Wren. Meet Parking Lot A of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, at the west end of the Yolo Causeway. This is a driving tour on gravel roads with several stops and optional, short walks. Free. Sat. 8am – 11am. 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 their 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. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Free, $5 parking. More info…

Take the kids to Smaland and enjoy a Free 2-hour Mother’s Day Faux Floral Arrangement Workshop at IKEA. Using the SMYCKA artificial floral range, participants will design and keep their arrangement. The SMYCKA artificial floral range looks so real you can almost smell them! An assortment of Swedish beverages and sweet treats will be served, plus attendees will receive a special thank you gift from IKEA Family. Participants must be IKEA Family Members. Sat. 10am – 12pm. More info…

Treat your Mom to a special Mother’s Day at the Midtown Bizarre Maker Pop-Up Shop at Identity Coffees on 28th St. with handmade shopping, delicious coffee and treats! Find delightful local Makers Andie the Kitchen Witch, Best Supply Co, Cru Chocolate, Feed the Fish Co, Mega Babe Vintage, PXC Designs, and Sandra Vargas Art and pickup the perfect unique handmade gift. Sat. 10am – 4pm. More info…

Take dance enthusiasts to the incredible Senior Dance Concert at CSUS presenting the graduating senior dance majors final exams. The seniors put all they’ve learned onstage — designing, choreographing, and staging their individual pieces. Sat. 2pm and 8pm performances. $10 and up. More info…

 

SUNDAY, MAY 13TH

Need to see some cars and trucks smashing, crashing, and mud splattering everywhere? Go to the Mother’s Day Demolition Derby at the Dixon May Fair. $25, all ages. If tickets purchased before May 12th, fair admission is included. Sun. 5:30pm, seating starts at 4pm. Arrive early for a seat, this is a popular event. More info…

Mother’s Day Tea Party. Join the Carmichael Park Farmers Market for a lovely day of celebrating the wonderful women in your life! There will be a silent raffle with great raffle prizes, live music, a chef demo, gourmet specialty food, and great activities for every age. Free. Sun. 9am – 2pm. More info…

BerryFest Strawberry Festival at The Grounds Placer County (Roseville). There’s loads of strawberry eats and strawberry treats, arts and crafts shopping, boy scouts strawberry pancake breakfast, cooking demonstrations and live bands; BerryFest is loaded with fun for the kids with petting zoo, pony rides, princess pageant, strawberry shortcake eating contest, strolling entertainers, a daily parade, nonstop shows on the kids caboose stage, a community stage and a full kid’s carnival. General $10, Youth $5, 5 & under free. Free for Girl and Boy Scouts in uniform. Strawberry Pancake Breakfast 8am – 11am. Sat & Sun. See website for event & entertainment schedule. More info…

Let mom go antiquing by herself at the Sacramento Antique Faire. 300 vendors from California, Nevada, and other neighboring states selling antiques and collectibles that are 20 years and older. Vintage clothing, military antiques, art, jewelry, lighting, glassware, silver, toys, furniture, and so much more! Held every 2nd Sunday of the month, rain or shine. No pets. Food and ATM on site. $3, kids 0-16 free. Sun. 6:30am – 3pm. 21st & X St (under the freeway).

Monarchs and Moms. Are you fascinated by butterflies, their life-cycle metamorphosis, and annual migration patterns? Do you want to help this threatened species to survive? Treat mom to a butterfly adventure hosted by EYNC Docent Krystin, as she explains the amazing monarch lifecycle and introduces you to the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project, an international research project across the US, Canada, and Mexico. Free. $5 parking. Sun. 1:30 – 2:30pm. More info…

The Rogues of the Golden Coast (“where history and imagination collide”)are hosting the biggest event of the season! Mark your calendars so you do not miss the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing blend of Renaissance, Fantasy, SteamPunk and Pirate themed activities. This will be a family friendly weekend of fun, games, food, shopping and laughter! $8-10. Kids 0-5 free. Sat. & Sun. 10am – 6pm. The Grounds Placer County in Roseville. More info…

Roam around beautiful private gardens at the East Sac Garden Tour on Mother’s Day weekend. Seven fabulous gardens will be open to public viewing, including the star of the tour this year, “The Blue House” garden from the Oscar-nominated movie Lady Bird. During your walking tour, you can buy locally-made crafts at the Artisan Boutique, visit the ChalkTop featuring David Lubin Elementary student’s chalk art, enjoy a Tea Garden lunch at Sutter Lawn, visit the Sweet Stop for refreshments, and see cars on display from the California Auto Museum. All proceeds from the tour directly benefit children’s education at David Lubin Elementary, the first STEAM elementary school in the Sacramento Unified School District. $25, $20 before 5/11, Kids 0-12 Free. Sat. & Sun. 10am – 3pm. More info…

See Twelfth Night for Kids. This Shakespearean comedy centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as a boy) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man. A hilarious plot filled with mismatched relationships, Twelfth Night for Kids is a great way to expose children to the fun of Shakespeare. This Pre-Professional Ensemble program serves students Ages 7 to 13 and culminates in a full-length production on STC’s stages. These workshops, taught by professional directors and actors, offer students the experience of participating in a fully-produced play with sets, costumes, and lighting, as well as performance and collaboration skills as they work together to tell great stories. Sat. 2pm and 7pm, Sun. 2pm. More info…

 

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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