TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! FEBRUARY 15TH – FEBRUARY 17TH, 2019

We’re back and gearing up for a heartbreaker of a weekend!

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of February 15th – 18th! Happy Valentine’s Day! Dress for the rain and puddle-jump all the way to a park, see a magic show, go to a hockey game, see Moana ice skate, get a Heart Break Sundae at the Flower Farm, touch a meteorite, learn all about Ants, celebrate Chinese New Year, celebrate Black History Month, donate fancy clothes to a Prom Drive, take a kids golf lesson, touch expensive instruments at a musical instrument petting zoo, see Oscar-worthy animated short films, and more!

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

First, a couple great donation drives to give to this weekend…

Donate your kids and teen books! Camp Fire in Paradise was the worst fire in California’s history. In Paradise, the public library and most public schools burned to the ground (in addition to many homes). This resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of books. Sacramento State’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is collecting and donating books to help replace the ones that burned. Their goal? 7,000 books, with a primary emphasis is children’s books, although books for teens and adults are accepted as well. There is a box in the lobby on the first floor of the department in Folsom Hall at Sacramento State University where you can drop the books off.

Donate your fancy wear to Sacramento Public Library’s Prom Drive and help teens in need. Drop them off at a library near you during open hours. More info…

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Friday, February 15th, 2019

Put on your rainboots, grab your umbrella, and take a walk to your nearest park. Delight in the tiniest of discoveries. Don’t be afraid to get dirty, and bring a towel for the car. Afterwards, find somewhere cozy to get some tea or hot cocoa nearby.

Jump your heart out at a trampoline gym. Morning Play Days at Mojo Dojo are just $7 for 1-hour flight tickets, Monday – Friday, 10am – 12pm. More info…

See an afterschool magic show. Join the Rancho Cordova Library for an exciting magic show presented by magician Trevor Wyatt. This high-energy, high quality show will include lots of audience participation and humorous antics. Free. Fri. 4-5pm. Rancho Cordova Library. More info…

Take older kids to the “Keep, Toss, Give Away, Sell” art exhibit at Axis Gallery. Roma Devanbu’s witty, new art show reflects her ongoing fascination with the human compulsion to make things and decorate them. In this, her third solo show at Axis Gallery, Devanbu contrasts these patterned elements with representational passages such as hands that hold on or let go of the objects, relationships, and ideas of our making. Devanbu explores these ideas in new drawings and paintings, as well as in interactive work which invite gallery goers to engage with the perpetual hoarder’s dilemma. Roma Devanbu has a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from the Pratt Institute in New York. Axis Gallery. Open 12pm – 5pm on weekends. More info…

Take a creative art class at Sacramento Children’s Museum. Offered each Friday, 3-3:30pm, Sacramento Children’s Museum staff present a themed art class designed for Ages 4-8, but all ages are welcome. All materials are provided. $8.50, free for members. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Dress up for Superheroes and Villains Skate Night. Join the skate party at Skatetown Ice Arena in Roseville, a family-friendly skating event with games, prizes, live DJ, laser light shows, black and disco lights, and a pile of snow to play in. Costumes are optional. $9+, kids 3 & under are free. Fri. 7pm – 10pm. Skatetown Ice Arena. More info…

See the ballet Hamlet (older kids). Hamlet is a dark, sumptuous journey through Shakespeare’s tale, bending and at times breaking the original narrative to create moments of intriguing texture and fiery emotion. Presented by the Sacramento Ballet. $25+. Fri. 7:30th. Community Center Theater. Ends Feb. 17th. More info…

See Moana on ice for the first time in “Dare to Dream.” In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana goes on a quest with demigod Maui to save her island and find her own identity. Anna’s devotion to her sister Elsa sets her on a journey to stop an eternal winter. Rapunzel goes to great lengths to realize her dream. Fearless Belle befriends the enchanted castle staff and uncovers the Beast’s gentleness. With help from her friends, Cinderella is determined to make her wish come true. $25+. Fri. 7pm. Also on Sat. Golden 1 Center. More info…

Make a heart-shaped mini pizzas with the kids! Here’s an easy tutorial…

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Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Let the kids pick out a unique bouquet of flowers and maybe some delicious persimmons and artichokes at the Midtown Farmers Market. There’s always fun, new things growing at our nearby farms. Free bike valet. 20th St. from J to K St. Every Saturday, 9am – 1pm. More info…

Celebrate Valentine’s with the kids at The Flower Farm in Loomis. While their nursery is closed for winter, it’s a great place to stretch your legs and walk around, play bocce ball, and eat at the cute cafe, where they’ll be serving up red velvet pancakes, bow tie pasta, and heart break sundaes. Ask them for their Winter Wonder Scavenger Hunt form, and turn it in for a chance to win a prize. Sat. 8am – 3:30pm (also Fri. & Sun.). The Flower Farm in Loomis. More info…

Use an insect vaccuum and eat some vegemite at UC Davis’ Biodiversity Museum Day. See collections from thirteen UC Davis departments that are usually under lock and key. Arrive early to get through a few departments. Don’t miss the Bee Haven and Good Life Garden where you can catch and release bees and decorate some upcycled pots. Dinosaur lovers will go nuts in the Paleontology Department and Raptors Museum. Free. UC Davis Campus. Sat. More info on maps and schedules…

See hundreds of spectacular old cars  at the Sacramento Autorama, now in its 69th year. More than 500 show vehicles will be on display, vying for the top awards. See old cars made shiny and sparkly with custom additions. Kids 5 & under are free. Kids ages 6-12 $10, Adults $20. Sat. 10am – 8pm (also on Fri. & Sun.). CalExpo. More info…

Go birding. Bring the family out for the free “Birding for Families” nature walk led by a naturalist and the special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars or borrow a pair. Space is limited, arrive early. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Go to the Sacramento lu Mien Festival, the first in Sacramento in over a decade. There will be cultural dances, activities, and food. Learn about the Yao people, a minority group originally from China but displaced during the Vietnam War. According to some ancient scripts, the lu Mien people were the first civilization in China. Free. Sat. 10am – 6pm. Hiram Johnson High School. More info…

Or Celebrate Chinese New Year in Locke. The Locke Historic District will be celebrating Year of the Boar, featuring Chinese lion dance, martial arts and calligraphy demo, tea ceremony, museum games, music, snacks, free parking. Free. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. Locke Historic District. More info…

Sew your own sunglasses case. This Woodland Community Library workshop will teach you how to sew this fun little project. Must pre-register and bring your own fun fabric. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Woodland Community College Library. More info…

Touch a meteorite. The family-friendly Tot Planetarium show at the Powerhouse Science Center will cover the basics of space travel, a view of the night’s sky, and the chance to touch a real meteorite! Free with admission, $7+. Kids 3 & under are free. Sat. 11am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

It’s also National Engineers Week at Powerhouse Science Center, and they are putting kids’ creative building skills to the test with their Creative Construction activity game. Draw from a deck of clues that will help determine what kind of object you will design, build and test using a variety of materials and your imagination. Experience the engineering design cycle where one challenge can have many different solutions. Free with admission. Sat. & Sun. 12pm – 4pm. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Take your baby to Crocker. Baby Loves Art engages babies (up to the Age of 18 months) in a visually stimulating gallery walk and gives parents and caregivers a fun opportunity to connect with their babies and each other. This week’s theme is “Baby Loves Animals.” A sensory stimulation playtime will follow. All baby noises are expected and welcome. For the best art view, front carriers are recommended. Strollers are allowed, but please no backpacks. Meet at the admission desk; no advance registration required. Free with admission. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Check out stunning animal art by high school students. The annual Wildlife Art Exhibit features wildlife art by Yolo County High School students and a display of the work from the California Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Curated by Betty Berteaux, the exhibit is presented in conjunction with the California Duck Days Festival (next weekend), a wetlands and wildlife festival sponsored by the Yolo Basin Foundation. The gallery exhibit is free. Open Sat. 10am – 3pm. Davis Art Center. More info…

See the ballet Sleeping Beauty. The youthful and exquisite dancers of the Hawkins Classical and Contemporary Ballet Company will perform the classic story of Sleeping Beauty as a ballet for the whole family to enjoy. $15+. Sat. 2-4pm or 7-9pm. Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theatre in Folsom. More info…

Watch a professional ice hockey game as the Stockton Heat take on the Colorado Eagles. $15. Sat. 6m, Stockton Arena. More info…

Take the kids to the symphony. The Camellia Symphony Orchestra begins the new year with its Past, Present, and Future Concert. The orchestra is under the baton of Music Director, Camellia Symphony Orchestra Christian Baldini. This concert includes the pieces: Study for Orchestra by Julia Perry, Violin Concerto No. 2 by Florence Price with Er-Gene Kahung on violin, New Work by Chris Castro, and Symphony No. 1 by William Grant Still. Kids 12 & under $8. Students $15, Seniors $25, Adults $30. Sat. 7:30pm. McClatchy High School. More info…

See how an artist turns the vibe of a city into abstract art. “Cities In Color” features abstract artwork depicting the spirit of cities around the world. The colorful and lively abstract paintings leave the viewer recounting memories of places they too have visited, or would like to see. Jeffrey Tover’s paintings are bold and vibrant, exploring color and mark-making and sporting titles such as “Berlin,” “Chicago,” “Beijing,” and “Sacramento.” For this exhibit, he has drawn inspiration from his travels. Particularly impressed with the gestural mark-making and color palettes of a group of artists he discovered in Australia, he set out to create this current body of work. Tover is a prolific painter and Bay Area native who has found his extensive traveling contributes to the evolution of his art-making practice. He is influenced by the work of Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell, and Willem DeKooning. His studio is located in the Benicia Arsenal area, a bustling colony of artists. Tover’s work is collected Internationally and can be found in public and commercial collections. Free. Gallery is open Sat. 10am – 6pm. ArtHouse on R St. More info…

Teens volunteer at the library. It’s Teen Service Saturday! Teens (13-17) can drop-in for a community service session. What better way to volunteer than at the public library! Make new friends and get valuable work experience. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Rancho Cordova Library. More info…

Take musical kids to the Piano Series: Anton Nel. Guest pianist Anton Nel performs a selection of Debussy preludes, works by Schubert and Beethoven, and Chopin’s “Andante Spianato” and “Grande Polonaise Brilliante”. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a pianist of exceptional sensitivity”, Anton Nel won first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall. $10+. Capistrano Concert Hall, Sac State Univ. More info…

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Sunday, February 17th, 2019

If it’s a sunny morning, take the kids bike riding on a scenic path, like the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail in West Sacramento.

Celebrate Black History Month at the family festival at Crocker, Sacramento’s largest Black History Month event. The richness of the African American experience comes to life through live performances, art activities, film shorts, mini-talks, and the return of The Black and Beautiful Artisans Marketplace. Participants include Thrive Choir, The BlyueRose Dance Project, Julian Dixon and his Tuba Time Tunnel, storyteller Diane Ferlatte, author Dr. Halifu Osumare, playwright Ginger Rutland, and a special presentation of Deborah Pittman’s Small Shoulders/Big Dreams II. In addition, there will be a unique opportunity to experience Sacramento Regional Transit’s “Rosa Parks Bus,” and a Nappy Hair Live Exhibition curated by Sacred Crowns Hair Salon. Free. Sun. 11am – 3pm. The museum is free and open from 10am – 5pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Celebrate the Vietnamese New Year. Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Greater Sacramento Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce’s Tet Festival. The event program will include entertainment, carnival games, traditional cuisine, many vendors, bingo, and raffle prizes. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 10am – 7pm (also on Sat.). Little Saigon, 4995 Stockton Blvd. More info…

Help kids eliminate the stigma of disabilities through music. The Michael Boussina Inclusion Program, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region and The Library Of MusicLandria, is planning this event to celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month. The program invites people of all abilities, from the entire community, to join in spreading the joy of music and art as a universal language. Each individual’s unique expression helps to compete the circle of humanity as we promote inclusion and kindness. All participants are encouraged to help eliminate barriers and the stigma around our perceived differences as we explore the creative potential inherent in us all. The goal of the event will be to make musical and artistic connections while enjoying the magical rhythms of our combined heartbeats. There will also be Sound Healing Stations, a drum circle, activities by Music To Grow On, various art activities, an instrument petting zoo and more. Free. Sun. 12pm – 4:30pm. KOH Library & Cultural Center. More info…

Meet youth artists from foster homes at their art show reception at Crocker Art Museum. Better Life Children Services’ Young Artists showcases works by foster youth that express what it means or how it looks to be part of a loving family. When children in foster care are provided with the opportunity to grow up in a loving, permanent, and safe home environment, the healing process begins. Support kids in the community who are growing up with great hardships. Members Free. $6 & up. Kids 5 & under are free. Sun. 1pm (during the Black History Month Family Festival). Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Cheer on the Sac State hornets’ baseball team as they challenge North Dakota State at John Smith Field. Sunday should be sunny (fingers crossed!). Tickets are $5-12. Game starts at 1pm. More info…

Hit some golf balls with a PGA professional at the Supervised Practice Session for Juniors at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course. $25. Registration required. Sun. 1:15pm – 2:15pm. More info…

Take a closer look at ants. Learn about the world of ants and how fascinating these little critters truly are. Follow one of Effie Yeaw’s naturalists through the preserve for an Ant-tastic hike. Free, $5 parking. Sun. 1:30pm – 3pm. Space is limited, arrive early. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Family Storytime at Fair Oaks Library. Every Sunday toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to join Fair Oaks Library for songs, rhymes, and stories designed to build early literacy skills. Sun. 3 – 4pm. More info…

Take older kids to see the animated short films nominated for Oscars this year. The entire program will be 75 minutes and includes Bao, Late Afternoon, Animal Behaviour, Weekends, and One Small Step. There’s also the documentary short films nominated for Oscars next week (also recommended for older kids, some mature themes). Guaranteed to be one hour of fantastic short films. $14. Sun. 7pm (Doors 6pm). Also on Sat. Crest Theatre. More info…

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Plan Ahead: The Batty for Bats experience with the Yolo Basin Foundation is a spectacular bat viewing event that sells out every year. It’s a little spendy ($55), but totally worth it to do once with the kids–especially older kids who like creepy animals. A bat expert Corky Quirk leads a small group of 30 in their own cars down a private road not usually accessible by the public. Wine, appetizers, and cookies await you while you stop to watch literally hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats fly out of their nests. This year’s event is on Saturday, July 20th, 5:30pm – 9pm. Yes, it’s months away, but it’s worth the extreme pre-planning. There are still tickets available! 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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