SACTOWN KIDS: TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! SEPTEMBER 8TH – SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of September 8th & 9th! It’s Sac Open Studios season! We love the chance to get kids face-to-face with the artists in our community, and maybe fill our homes with some of their art! Teach kids to support local artists—they beautify our city in so many ways. Alliance Française de Sacramento is having their first-ever Family Picnic and Pétanque Event.Grandparents get in free at Fairytale Town and the Sac Children’s Museum. We also have to give props to the public library this week. We’re so grateful to have such amazing, free programming. Libraries are not just for books… they are also for Slime-Making and Pirate Tea Parties, as our luck would have it! Have a great weekend! Sunny highs of 94/93 forecasted for Sat. & Sun.

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Just a couple pre-weekend festivities we had to mention…

THURSDAY… It’s Sac Open Studios time! We love this time of year… here’s a heads-up on a kid-friendly event you might want to check out this Thursday. Verge Center for the Arts will be kicking off the 13th Annual Sac Open Studios with a free Launch Party at their studios Thurs. from 6pm to 9 pm with local eats and drinks, kids activities, live art and music. Conscious Creamery will be serving up their unforgettable gelato! Meet participating Sac Open Studios artists and view 150+ artworks installed salon-style in Verge’s classroom. This event will also mark the opening of their fall exhibition, KOKO’S LOVE: The Technicolor Unfairy Tale Ball by Yoshie Sakai. This multimedia, expansive exhibition explores the ongoing saga of one Japanese American family with their overbearing patriarch, Hiroshi, a liquor store owner in South Los Angeles, and his annoying insistence on having a male heir. Thurs. 6pm – 9pm. Free, cost of purchases. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

FRIDAY… The Plant Foundry is hosting a family-friendly Pop Up Beer Garden at their Oak Park location this Friday, 5pm – 10pm. Bambi’s Vegan Tacos will be on-hand to feed hungry little bellies while you find things to plant!Let kids pick out colorful, leafy greens to put in the ground, and then enjoy your family harvest of sturdy, fresh-picked leaves all winter long. Kids love kale chips and smoothies! They are otherwise open 9am – 6pm Sat./Sun.

and on to things to do this weekend…

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2018

Wakamatsu Fall Bird Walk. Take older kids (8+) to an early-morning birding walk at the Wakamatsu Farm. The program host and bird enthusiast, Parker Flickinger, returns to lead his final bird walk before his term ends. Program host Parker joins in through the AmeriCorps program—he loves the outdoors, and has a B.S. in Environmental Science. This is an easy hike for all quiet bird enthusiasts over the age of 8. Call for meeting location (Placerville/Gold Hill area) and to sign up. Steady rain cancels the event. Suggested donation of $5/person or $10/family. Reserve spots: julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224. Sat. 8am – 10:30am. Placerville area. More info…

Deadhead 1,200 roses at the all-ages volunteer deadheading event at McKinley Park Rose Garden. The 1.5-acre garden has 1,200 rose varieties and eight perennial beds. This year they started monthly volunteer events open to the public each second Saturday of the month. They will be pruning off anything that “wouldn’t look gorgeous in a bouquet.” Trainers will be on hand to show you how it’s done. They do have some supplies they can loan out on a first-come, first-served basis. If possible, bring your own garden gloves, buckets, hand trowel or bypass clippers, and wear a hat or visor, and closed-toed shoes. Kids need a signed waiver form. There are also opportunities for individual volunteer orientations: Once trained, you can volunteer on your own schedule! For more information or to get the volunteer waiver form for kids, contact friendsofeastsac. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Free. McKinley Park Rose Garden on 33rd St. & H St.

Get basketball tips from a former Harlem Globetrotter! Join in for a youth basketball clinic hosted by Damond Edwards! This onw-day clinic is geared towards boys and girls, ages 5-15. Camp includes: Basketball skills stations, contests, 5-on-5 games, speed, agility & quickness training, camp certificate & swag bag. and lots of fun! Each camper must provide their own lunch and water bottle and have a signed liability waiver. Sat. 9am – 2pm. $53.44. California Family Fitness in Rocklin. More info…

Make Hands-On Art at the Sac Open Studio Tour 2018! Check out the kid-friendly art activities taking place all weekend long at Sierra 2 Center. Sierra 2 Center is proud to participate as an event sponsor in Sac Open Studios organized by Verge Center for the Arts. This 13th annual art event spans 2 weekends in September showcasing over 150 emerging and established artists in their studios across Sacramento County and, new this year, West Sacramento! This event brings together artists who are unable to open their studios to performs arts demos, show their work and talk about their process. They will also offer hands-on arts experiences all day long! What’s simpler and easier than tie dye? Ice dye! Enjoy a hands on ice dye demo at 11am and 2pm both days. Purchase a shirt to dye yourself with guided artist instruction. You’ll need to come back after your ice has melted, pick up your shirt (safely wrapped in a plastic bag), and grab some instructions on how to easily rinse and wash at home. Nikki Thompson of Deconstructed Artichoke Press will demo one-sheet wonders–a book from a single sheet of paper on Saturday. Sat. & Sun. 10am – 5pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

Tree City Market. With its abundance of leafy green foliage, Sacramento easily earns its nickname, The City Of Trees. So much so that earlier this year, Facebook featured tree-related businesses in Sacramento as part of its “Keep It Local” advertising campaign. Now, this Saturday, September 8, Facebook presents the Tree City Market, a treehouse market and experience featuring local businesses from throughout Sacramento. The market will be taking place from 11:00 am to 4:00pm in a “tree house”-style space in William Land Park among the trees. Participating vendors include Kulture, Allspicery, Old Gold and interactive events and experiences will be happening throughout the day including face painting, wood carving, live music, and more. Sat. 11am – 4pm. William Land Park. More info…

Celebrate West African folktales of Anansi the spider, with music, drumming, dancing, and a craft activity. Fairytale Town is celebrating the opening of Anansi’s Web, their first brand new playset in 21 years! Anansi’s Web was designed, created, and installed by artist Garr Ugalde and represents the West African folktales of Anansi the spider, the keeper of all stories and wisdom. He’s also a trickster who obtains his goals through various ruses. The new set features three vertical climbing webs between four posts featuring characters from an Anansi tale, including one of Anansi himself. Sat. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Free with paid park admission. Fairytale Town. More info…

Plants with Purpose. Walk with a Naturalist through nature’s garden at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Learn plant identification and adaptations from an expert. Come with all your questions. Sat. 10:30am. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early.Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Visit Sacramento Adventure Playground on Community Day! While the Sacramento Adventure Playground’s regular operating hours are designed for ages 7-15, the Playground opens up for children of all ages to come and play on Community Days. Essentially a makers’ laboratory or tinkerers’ workshop, the Adventure Playground puts real tools into the hands of youth so they can build and create things that reflect their own ideas and visions. Noticing that children preferred to play in open spaces with raw materials rather than the designed playgrounds he built, Danish landscape architect Carl Theodore Sorensen organized the first Adventure Playground in Copenhagen in 1943, during the German occupation of World War II. Originally known as junk playgrounds, urban children were able to build their own spaces and structures using real tools, raw materials, and cooperation. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Sacramento Adventure Playground. Free. More info…

Read “Corduroy Takes a Bow” at the Saturday Storytime at Barnes & Noble Bookstores (Natomas, Arden, Roseville, Folsom, and Citrus Heights). Celebrate 50 years of Corduroy the teddy bear with a brand-new, classically illustrated picture book by Academy Award winner Viola Davis. Then get a coupon for the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4. Sat. 11am, Barnes & Noble Bookstores. More info…

Drop-in to Saturday Family Storytime at the beautiful Central Library downtown. Bring your tote bags and let kids choose a big bag of books to borrow for the next couple of weeks. Remember, you can borrow up to 30 books each, so take advantage! If you get out early enough, pick up some fresh fruits & vegetables at the Midtown Farmers Market beforehand on J St. & 20th St., a 20-minute walk away (about 1 mile). The stalls will be open from at 8am to 1pm, and it’s second Saturday, so their craft vendors will be out in full force. The Central Library Storytime is Sat. 11am to 12pm. Free. Recommended for babies and kids 0-5. Central Library on I St. & 8th St.. More info…

Catch Mr. Cooper’s sing-a-long and do some frenetic freeze dancing at Belle Cooledge Library. Sat. 11am to 11:30am. Free. Recommended for toddlers. More info…

Join Alliance Française de Sacramento for their first-ever Family Picnic and Pétanque Event! Enjoy the last bit of summer playing Pétanque and dreaming about the South of France. The Alliance will supply water and boules. Bring a picnic and blankets/chairs. $5, free for kids 12 & under. Must RSVP to the Alliance Française de Sacramento by Fri. Sept. 7th. info, 916-453-1723, and purchase tickets online. Event takes place 11:30am – 1:30pm, East Portal Bocce Club. More info…

Teens can get expert tips on writing their college application essay. Did you know that college applications require several different types of writing? The UC application includes Personal Insight Questions, the Common Application has longer essays, and many applications also have short answers and descriptions of high school activities. In this workshop, you will learn what colleges are looking for in essays and responses, how to choose topics and how to answer each type of prompt. Tips will also be shared on writing strategies and how to be organized and meet those all-important deadlines. Instructor Marilyn van Löben Sels is a certified college counselor with over 20 years of experience helping students and their families with the college application process. Sat. 1pm – 2:30pm. Free, but registration is required for this class as space is limited. Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library. More info…

Learn how to play chess and make new friends who want to learn too. Sat. 2pm to 4pm. Free. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. More info…

Slime-Making Party. Learn how to follow a basic recipe to make your own slime. All materials provided, just drop on by! All ages welcome. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. Arcade Library on Marconi Ave. (not the Arden-Arcade branch). More info…

Pirate Tea Party. Do you like fancy tea parties? Are you a pirate at heart? Then join in for a pirate tea party! Come dressed in your favorite tea party attire or your best pirate outfit–or both! There will be tea and cookies, and craft materials to make star wants and crowns. They will also make pirate hats, eye patches, maps and telescopes. Don’t miss this swashbuckling—yet refined—tea party. Bring your friends! Sat. 2pm – 3pm. Ella K. McClatchy Library. More info…

Make art from Perler Beads. Fuse plastic beads to create a pixelated art project at this fun drop-in program. Use a template or create one of your own! Recommended for older kids and teens. Sat. 3pm – 4:30pm. Free. North Sacramento Hagginwood Library. More info…

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2018

Continue an art-filled weekend. Download the guidebook and maps for Sac Open Studios here.

Check out the new playground at the Sacramento Zoo. The playground has moved to a larger area next to the Australian Outback and features periscope, binoculars, thatch shade structures, fencing, and new art. Open 9am – 5pm. Free with paid park admission. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Free Grandparents Week at Fairytale Town. Bring Grandma and Grandpa to Fairytale Town for a fun day of play during Grandparents Week! Grandparents get in free with any child 0-12 from Sept. 9th – 15th. A perfect time to show them the all-new Anansi’s Web! Arrive early in the day for less crowds and cooler weather. Open Sun. 9am – 4pm. More info…

Grandparents get in free at the Sacramento Children’s Museum too! They’re open 12pm – 5pm on Sunday. There will be science experiments throughout the day for Science Sunday. More info…

Travel the cosmos in a planetarium. The Powerhouse Science Center’s weekend planetarium presentations take your family on a thrilling tour of the night sky. Discover constellations, planets, and other celestial objects currently visible from the Central California region. Learn sky watching tips from their educators, and embrace an appreciation for our solar system and what lies beyond! Sun. 1pm & 3pm (also on Sat). Powerhouse Science Center. They also have an activity this weekend on Polymers and Physical Changes. Add water to a mystery substance and observe the physical changes that occur. Afterwards, find out where this substance can be found in our everyday lives and take some home with you! More info…

Sensational Senses. How do humans and animals explore and get information from their environment? Discover the functions of your senses and compare your sensory abilities to local wildlife. Use your senses to investigate animal artifacts and even a live animal! Sat. 1:30pm. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Take teens who like classical music to see famed New York pianist Amber Yiu-Hsuan Liao perform pieces by Czech composer Leos Janacek and others at the Crocker Art Museum. Liao is the winner of numerous piano competitions and is noted for her elegant technique. Her last concert at the Crocker was sold out, so be sure to reserve your tickets in advance. Before the concert, enjoy a free docent-led tour of select works from the exhibition Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo, as well as works by Eastern European artists in the Crocker’s permanent collection, to help put the music in context of the art on view. Sat. 3pm. Crocker Art Museum. $10-20. More info…

Need a change of scenery this weekend? Bolt for cooler weather with a Marin hike… they have more than 500 beautiful trails. Or visit the little town of Tiburon with waterfront pathways with magnificent views of San Francisco. Grab sandwiches, salads, or snacks at the gorgeous grocery store, Woodlands Market. It seems built for picnics. Visit the tiny Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum 1pm – 4pm. It’s right near the water and you can stop while riding the family-friendly Tiburon Bike Path. For more kid-friendly Tiburon ideas, click here…

CONSIDER FOR NEXT WEEK…

Visit the butterfly garden and take short trail walks through the trees at Placer Nature Center. Highly recommended by Sactown Kids. Next Saturday is their super-fun Harvest Tea Party (10am-12pm). Tea will be made from their summer plants (lemon, mint, etc.) for kids to enjoy. They will also plant the garden with seeds and plants for fall planting: chard, beets, cabbages and broccoli. You will get to take some home with you too. Free, but a small donation keeps the nature center running. Sat. 10am – 1pm. Placer Nature Center. More info…

PLAN AHEAD…

Paging all flight propulsion engineers! Take part of a simulated space mission! The Challenger Community Mission is getting ready for a special night of space travel at the Powerhouse Science Center, Sept. 28th, 6pm – 8:30pm. The year is 2061. Comet Halley has entered our solar system and is approaching the Sun. A team of astronauts made up of scientists and engineers navigates through space in search of the comet. YOU could be a part of this team at our Challenger Community Mission! Simulated space missions are for explorers age 9+. $18+. This is a popular program. Get tickets in advance before they sell out. More info…

[All listings are provided free by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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