TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! FEBRUARY 22ND – FEBRUARY 24TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of February 22nd – 24th! Go to the drive-in movies for a double-feature, go trout fishing, ride a snowmobile, make an elderberry flute for free, learn about storytelling from an award-winning short story writer, go to a pop-up barn stand, learn about African-American history in Sacramento, see art made out of hot wax, listen to the philharmonic play “Rhapsody in Blue,” learn how to bookbind, stencil your clothes, watch short French films, see 50 different types of Acacias, learn about the Okapi animal, listen to kids play jazz music, go to a kid-friendly comedy club, listen to Hawaiian music, hear angelic soprano Bernadette Mondok, see Evita, and so much more! A magical February weekend for families in Sacramento.

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Before the weekend…

Fly a kite this Thursday. The weather forecast for Sacramento on Thursday is sunny & windy day, a high of 56. Perfect kite-flying weather.

See the zodiacal light in your night sky this Thursday until March 6th. For about half an hour after dusk during the two week period preceding the new moon on March 6, look west-southwest for a broad wedge of faint light rising from the horizon and centered on the ecliptic. This is the zodiacal light—reflected sunlight from interplanetary particles of matter concentrated in the plane of the solar system. Try to observe from a location without light pollution, and don’t confuse the zodiacal light with the brighter Milky Way to the northwest. (from Space.com)


 

Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Weather: Sunny 56°/36°

Take teens for a night of the written word and short stories at Stories on Stage Sacramento with Karen Bender and Valerie Fioravanti. Stories on Stage Sacramento welcomes Karen E. Bender, National Book Award finalist, to Stories on Stage Sacramento, and to feature a reading by Kelley Ogden from her just-published short story collection, The New Order. Also appearing with Karen is Sacramento favorite (and Stories on Stage founder) Valerie Fioravanti, author of Garbage Night at the Opera, with a new short story read by Tara Henry. Definitely a must-do for teens interested in writing. The tagline for Stories on Stage is “Electrifying prose. Crackling theatre.” What’s not to love? Suggested donation $10, but no one will be turned away. Fri. 7:30pm – 9pm. CLARA Studios. More info…

Have a bath bomb party with the kids. Pick up some packaging-free, locally made (Humboldt County) bath bombs at Old Gold at Wal Public Market and go home for some silly bath bomb fun. Make up stories and exfoliate! Old Gold is open 11am – 7pm (6pm on Sundays). More info…

Make s’mores in your oven. Here’s a great recipe for indoor s’mores…

Go to the drive-in for a double feature. See the new Lego Movie 2 and Alita: Battle Angel at West Wind Drive-In Theatres. Fri. 6:20pm. $8 Adults, $1.50 Kids. 4 & under are Free. More info…

Rent a sled and slide around the ice at Skatetown in Roseville. Or just do some ice-skating, beginners welcome. They have laser and disco light shows, constant games and activities, music videos, and hot chocolate in the snack bar. Adults $10, Kids $9, Kids 3 & under Free. Extra $10 to rent a sled or bobby. Bucket Skate Aids and loaner helmets are free. Public sessions 2-5pm or 7-10pm. More info…

Try astrophotography after sunset with any camera. Friday night should have a clear sky. Go to an open area where you can see some horizon. Put your camera on a tripod, set the aperture to F/2.8, set the ISO to 1600 (or higher), shutter speed: 20 seconds. Turn off auto focus and stabilization, zoom in and adjust focus until stars look sharp. Wide angle lenses are best, but use your lowest F-stop lens for best results. Post your pics to #sactownkids and tag us @sactownkids so we can see them! 


 

Saturday, February 23th, 2019
Weather: Party Cloudy, 57°/43°

Ride a snowmobile (Kids 6-12). (Or just take a trash can lid out to a free snow park.) You can trek out to the Kid-o-rama for some snow day fun at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (Saturday is the last day of snow events). Kids can go snow tubing, snowmobiling, check out the Big Truck Event featuring fire trucks, snowplows, and grooming machines, as well as street parties and kids’ concerts, an all-kid game and craft room, and more. Pricing varies. $40 for 15-minute kids’ snowmobile session. Activities 9am – 8pm. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. More info…

Win a robot and participate in free activities at the EDfair: Camps, Education, Enrichment, and Beyond. Parents can learn more about school programs, scout out camps, talk with tutors and explore activities — including dance, gymnastics, martial arts, music lessons, and more. There will be an Interactive Kids Zone featuring ReCreate and Sacramento Children’s Museum with hands-on activities and crafts, and an interactive, live exotic animal booth from Amazing Animal World. They will also have Bach to Rock entertaining guests as the DJ for the day with kid-friendly music to keep the celebration hoppin’. Most of the vendors are offering EDfair exclusive deals. There are deals such as reduced or free registration fees for schools and summer camps, to free or half-priced tickets to local museums and learning centers. Free. Sat. 9am – 2pm. The Grounds Placer County in Roseville. More info…

Go trout fishing and visit with live ducklings at the California Duck Days Festival. This annual event, which takes place in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, the migratory route of various birds, features a wide variety of wetland and bird field trips, workshops, and activities for everyone! Field trips are led by some of the region’s most experienced birders and naturalists. On-site activities for families include interactive exhibits, wetland themed arts and crafts, trout fishing in our ponds, visits with live ducklings, and more. California Duck Days is a family-oriented, community-based outdoor festival with activities for people of all ages. Field trips are led by some of the region’s most experienced birders and naturalists. On-site activities for families include interactive exhibits, wetland themed arts and crafts, trout fishing in our ponds, and more. $20 per car. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Yolo Basin Foundation Headquarters. More info…

Learn about the African-American experience in Sacramento on the African-American History Tour. Free born or slaves, slavery was not born in them. Celebrate the contributions of Sacramento’s African-American community as they struggled to gain a foothold in a dynamic and often hostile environment, and meet barbers, doctors, caterers, soldiers, singers, pastors, and others who settled the frontier. Free, all ages. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

Teens and parents can take a Backyard Beekeeping Workshop for the Absolute Beginner. Bond over bees! This class focuses on urban, backyard beekeeping for absolute beginners, so no prerequisite knowledge is required. You can walk in knowing absolutely nothing about bees and walk out with practical knowledge ready to get started with your own backyard beehive. This class will focus on beekeeping practices in an urban setting, some DIY beekeeping ideas, and skills to make sure you know all of your options to keep your bees healthy. Even if you have read a few books, taken some other classes, or already started keeping bees, this interactive class will still have a lot to offer you. $50/person – Registration will close 24 hours before the workshop. Sat. 10am – 2pm. The Cannery – Barn in Davis. More info…

Go to storytime at Barnes & Noble for an 11am reading of “I am Martin Luther King, Jr.,” an inspiring leader who had a dream of peace and love for all children everywhere. Plus get a coupon for their Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with a drink for $4. Or stop by at 2pm for the Lego Movie 2 event activities including building a Mini Emmet’s Dream House to take home with you, plus other giveaways while supplies last. Visit the Café and get a Blondie Blast for $1. Free. Barnes & Nobles. More info…

Go to a Pop-Up Barnstand for Signs of Spring. Taste and purchase fresh-from-the-field produce, delicious Magpie Café baked goods, organic coffee, youth activities, and live music performances at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. Proceeds support the restoration and development of the American River Ranch Center for Food, Health and the Environment. This event is weather-dependent and subject to cancellation. Free. Sat. 9am – 1pm. Soil Born Farms American River Ranch in Rancho Cordova. More info…

Make 5 books in 3 hours (teens and adults) in an Intro to Bookmaking workshop. Whether you are a first time bookmaker or have years of practice, you are “bound” to feel accomplished after this workshop. With bookmaker and creative writer, Nikki Thompson of Deconstructed Artichoke Press, starts out making books out of a sheet of paper. Then move to a simple pamphlet sewn together with a figure-eight stitch, followed by two signatures (a group of about 16 pages) sewn as one with a surprise sewn in the middle. The class will finish out with an elaborate sewing of a pamphlet with link stitches along the spine. You will need a bone folder, awl, needle, X-acto knife, ruler, cutting mat, scissors, and pencil (if you do not already have these the instructor will have them available for you to borrow). $60. Sat. 10am – 1pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

Watch kid-friendly Ted Talks. Here are some good ones…

Learn about Falcons of the Sky. The fastest animal in the world has some really cool adaptations which make it an excellent hunter. Meet Effie Yeaw’s resident Peregrine Falcon and get a closer look at her amazing adaptations. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Practice gratitude. Write a short note to someone to say thank you for a small act of kindness.

New moms can attend the Pride & Joy Community Baby Shower. Pregnant women and new moms with children under six months (and dads!) are invited to attend this community baby shower event, presented by First 5 Sacramento, with great resources and giveaways to support healthy pregnancies and babies in Sacramento community. Activities include maternity photos and a meet & greet with a Sacramento Kings legend. Free, registration required. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Fruitridge Community Collaborative. More info…

Go gem-mining on a Sacramento RiverTrain Excursion. The RiverTrain Excursion showcases Gold Rush history. Halfway through the train ride we will stop at their riverside park and de-board so guests can do their own gem mining. This family-friendly ride is suitable for all ages. Kids $10-35. Adults $45. Sat. 12pm. Sacramento RiverTrain. More info…

Cheer on Sac State’s softball team. After competing for three days last week in Puerto Vallarta, Sacramento State (3-6) returns home to host a three-game series against Loyola Marymount (6-2) this weekend. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday at noon, followed by a single game on Sunday at 11 a.m. All three games can be seen and live and free via watchbigsky.com. Go hornets!

Watch the Sac State men’s tennis team challenge Santa Clara University at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts at 1:30pm (free). Or see the women’s basketball team battle Portland State University at the Play4Kay Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Game. $5-10. More info on all Hornets sports games on Saturday…

Go on a walk and see 50 different types of Acacias. Don’t miss the spectacular late-winter display of yellow blossoms in the Eric E. Conn Acacia Grove at the UC Davis Arboretum. Join the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden for their “Amazing Acadias” guided tour featuring over 50 different acacias from around the world. Parking is free on weekends and can be found in Visitor Lot 55. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3:30pm. Putah Creek Lodge. More info…

See the captivating musical Evita. Eva Peron enthralled a nation and enchanted the world. Her story unfolds in Evita, the Tony® Award-winning Best Musical, a high flying theatrical experience adored the world over. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking musical captures the rise and fall of one of the world’s most glamorous first ladies in this classic Broadway and London hit. Evita’s Grammy-winning score combines Latin music, pop, jazz and musical theatre styles that have captivated audiences for more than 40 years. $48+ Thurs, Fri, and Sat. 2pm & 7:30pm. Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom. More info…

Learn how to Stencil on Fabric with instructor Gloria Jones (teens & adults). Bring any item made of fabric to this workshop, where a variety of stencil designs will be available. Participants may bring their own stencils. $40. Sat. 2:30pm – 5:30pm. Ebony London. More info…

Watch some Irish dancing at the McKeever School of Irish Dance Student Showcase. Watch the energetic and talented students of the McKeever School of Dance at CLARA Midtown as they perform in their annual Student Showcase. There are 4 showtimes and 4 unique casts of beginners, champions, children and adults. Live musical interlude as well. $15. Sat. 4pm. CLARA Auditorium. More info…

Go on a Rainbow Families Play Date. Attention Rainbow Families… Join Sacramento Children’s Museum, the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, and Sacramento Area Rainbow Families for a fun-filled evening of play at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. It will be a great opportunity for your kids to play and parents to socialize. Free, registration required. Sat. 5pm – 7pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Teach teens to write poetry to heal from traumas. How can poetry promote mental health and healing? Join Sac Poetry with special guest Sandy Holman, as she shares how poetry can benefit people with mental health challenges and personal trauma. Be empowered to become the author of your life and writer of your story. This evening is an opportunity for everyone, no matter who you are, to discover new and meaningful ways to appreciate poetry. Sandy Holman received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and her M.S. in School Counseling with a focus on Education from California State University, Sacramento. Free. Sat. 6 – 7pm. Belle Cooledge Library. More info…

Watch award-winning French language short films (teens). Crest Theatre hosts the 12th Winter Shorts Festival featuring nine 2019 César-Nominated Short Films. Take a look at this year’s fascinating films here. $12. Sat. 6pm doors open, films start at 7pm. 20-minute intermission. Crest Theatre. More info…

Watch the sunset from the beautiful Sacramento riverfront district. Get pizza at the orb-shaped Drake’s Barn and run around their enclosed grassy area, perfect for kids. Bring some blankets and huddle around one of their firepits. 

Listen to amazing, award-winning soprano Bernadette Mondok sing “Celestial Beings,” a program in which heavenly bodies and religious figures harmonize through multiple genres of art song, opera arias, and musical theater. See her sing here. Kids free, Students $10, Adults $15. Sat. 7:30pm. Trinity Cathedral. More info…

Hear some beautiful Hawaiian music by Faith Ako, a long time resident of the Bay Area and winner of two Hawaii Music Awards. She’s ready to bring back the islands of Hawaii to the Bay Area and abroad with the release of her second album Papaku, Bring it Home Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian Music. Sacramento’s own Halau Ka Waikahe Lani Malie will make a guest appearance. $30. Sat. 7pm. B Street Theatre. More info…

Take kids to hear Gershwin favorites “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris” performed live by the the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera (among other pieces). Hear guest pianist Kevin Cole talk about Gershwin here. Kids 4 & up only. $18+. Sat. 8pm. Community Center Theatre. More info…

Go to the Sac Roller Derby home season opener. Sacramento Roller Derby is back for 2019 and it’s quite the experience seeing these players on roller skates. Join them at The Rink for a doubleheader featuring the A and B teams. First, the B team, Bruin Trouble, will be facing Sonoma, followed by the A team, Capital Maulstars, taking on Santa Cruz. In addition to the awesome gameplay, they’ll have a bar, merchandise, and raffle prizes. 7pm: Bruin Trouble vs. Sonoma County Roller Derby, 9pm: Capital Maulstars vs. Santa Cruz Derby Girls. Kids 7 & under Free. Kids ages 8-12 $8, Adults $15. Sat. 7pm – 10:30pm. Doors 6:30pm. The Rink. More info…

Teach kids 3 songs on the ukulele that they can play with just 2 chords…

Go to a kid-friendly Comedy Club. Hilarious, spontaneous, interactive, this show is not a comedy about sports, it’s comedy played as a sport. Similar to the hit show Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, watch two teams compete for your points and laughs. This is the original family-friendly ComedySportz founded in 1984 and performed in 25 cities worldwide. $10+. Fri. & Sat. 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm with 5-10-minute intermission. CSzSacramento on Arden Way in Sacramento. More info…


 

Sunday, February 24th, 2019
Weather: Mostly Cloudy 56
°/46°

Go on a photo walk of the Sunday Farmer’s Market under the freeway at W St. & 8th St. Take pictures of all the interesting fruits and vegetables you see. Make a photo collage and frame it for your kitchen.

See new art at the Crocker by Latinx artists. Arte Extraordinario showcases work by a diverse group of artists, all of whom share a heritage associated with Spanish-speaking cultures in the Americas. Some of these artists may identify as Latinx, an alternative gender-neutral term for Latina or Latino that is quickly becoming more popular, especially among a younger demographic. The exhibition covers a range of genres from figuration to landscape to abstraction, as well as a variety of themes including politics, activism, humor, family, and religion. Many of the featured artists have roots in California and several are nationally or internationally recognized for works that challenge, critique, innovate, or inspire. $12 (Kids 5 & under are Free, Kids ages 6-17 are $6). Sun. 10am – 5pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

See an animal that looks like a cross between a giraffe and a zebra—the Okapi. Visit these sublime creatures, the newest residents at the Sacramento Zoo. Read about the okapi here. Free with zoo admission. Open daily 9am – 4pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Let the kids pick a prickly cactus to add to your garden. The Prickly Pear, a “nursery with a purpose” is open Sundays 10am – 5pm. Owner Mona Bahraini’s goal of The Prickly Pear is to be a facility for special needs adults to enjoy daily activities, gardening, and many other service-oriented events. The Prickly Pear. More info…

Watch high school and college kids play Jazz for free. Jazz Quest is a 15-piece big band of high school and college students from Niigata, Japan, a coastal city located 200 miles west of Tokyo. The band is led by high school educator Hideo Tsujimoto and accompanied by world-class trombonist and arranger, Mark Marin, an American living in Niigata. The band specializes in the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Duke Ellington is revered in Niigata because of his generosity following a devastating earthquake in 1964, at which time he cancelled his Hawaii tour in order to perform a charity concert in Tokyo in support of the Niigata earthquake victims. In 2018, Jazz Quest was the winner of a national high school jazz big band contest, performing the music of Duke Ellington. Jazz Quest has deep roots in the Sacramento area because the band leader and most of the band members have stayed with area families previously as part of a cultural exchange homestay program that has spanned 40 years. Free. Sun. 11:15am – 12:15pm. Sacramento Buddhist Church. 

See some art made out of hot wax at Heat: Encaustic Exhibition. In their fourth annual encaustic show, the Sparrow Gallery features the work of artist Jaya King and her students. What is encaustic painting? Click here to find out. Free. Sparrow Gallery is open Sunday 11am – 4pm. More info…

Plant some bee-loving herbs: Lavender, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme. Teach kids that bees are other insects are the lynchpin of our ecosystem. Without them, our food system would collapse. Support a small, locally owned nursery if possible (Talini’s, Plant Foundry, Fair Oaks Blvd Nursery, etc.).

Make an elderberry flute at the Native Californian Elderberry Flute-Making Workshop. Learn how to make and play an elderberry flute with East Bay Regional Parks docent Antonio Flores who will talk about the craft and culture of Native Californian flute making as well as the endangered elderberry beetle. All materials will be supplied. Please bring a sharpened pocket knife if you have one. Adults will need to supervise their young children, but all ages are welcome. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors. Free. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. UC Davis, Environmental Horticulture 146. More info…

Learn about butterfly-loving Pipevine. Come learn about this oddly beautiful California native vine that’s the host plant for the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. Join a Naturalist on a fun little hike to see if any “Dutchman’s Pipe” is blooming in the Nature Study Area. Free $5 parking. Sun. 1:30pm – 3pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

See a Shakespeare play. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” The magical tale concerns two pairs of young lovers lost in the forest, a hopeless troupe of actors, the king and queen of the woodland fairies, and the mischievous sprite Puck, who sprinkles romance and uproarious, free-for-all havoc over everyone. $17+. Sun. 2pm (also other dates until Mar. 2nd). Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

Celebrate Black History Month at the Black Expo. The two day extravaganza will include concerts, stages of live music, fashion shows, comedy night, the Sacramento BOOM Hair Battle For The Future, Soulful Saturday Gospel Sunday, Women Of Inspiration Awards, Tribute To our Black History Makers From Home, the Walk Of Fame, then shop in the Black Expo Marketplace while enjoying the best soul food anywhere. The Mega Family Expo with fun for the kids, the exciting Hair Show Battle, and the College Step Show will also be a part of the fun. Black Expo is open to everyone. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 12pm – 5pm (also on Sat.). Cal Expo. More info…

Jump around in a free bounce house at the Mega Family Expo. The Annual Mega Family Expo is produced by Kiddy Club, a full infant, preschool and daycare center located in South Sacramento. This community event offers unmatched face-to-face interaction between family product and service providers and thousands of moms, dads, expectant parents, grandparents, teens and kids from all areas. Entertainment at the Expo included with admission and features bounce houses, face painters, performances by a magician, family fun and more. Free. Sun. 11am – 5pm (also on Sat.). Cal Expo. More info…

Enjoy a night of music and bedtime stories at Goose & Suess. Join Vox Musica for an energetic and out-of-the-box choral music project for the whole family. This concert will feature puppets, crafts, illustrations, and your favorite bedtime stories. Kids of all ages are encouraged to attend and participate in singing along. If you don’t have children, don’t worry, the concert will be just as entertaining and musically impressive for adults as well. $10+. Sun. 5pm – 7:30pm (also on Sat.). Beatnik Studios. More info…

Ask the kids some funny questions. Tell me something that is gross? How strong am I? How strong are you? How old is Grandpa/Grandma? What car are you going to drive when you get older? If our pet could talk, what would it be saying right now?


 

Plan Ahead…

Learn how to play Pickleball. Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. and it’s perfect for kids. It’s kind of like tennis but you play on a smaller court and with paddles. There’s an upcoming 2-hour clinic Mar. 23rd at Del Norte Club presented by Positive Dinking that teaches you pickleball scorekeeping, rules, terminology, safety, etiquette, positioning, teamwork, and the 4 phases of a pickball point. All equipment is provided, you just need to wear athletic shoes. $20-25. Email reine@positivedinking.com to register. Their Feb. 23rd class has sold out, except 1 spot. Then you can go play for free with your family at the public pickleball court at the new R. Burnett Miller Park in East Sac.

Teens interested in writing, filming, and storytelling can take a 5-week workshop and learn about art and technology from professionals, plus two optional field trips (beginning with Access Sacramento Sat. Feb. 23rd, 10am – 1pm). Teens will learn about telling stories in today’s media-rich environments. Topics covered will include photography, writing, and more, culminating in a formal reception and website of the teens’ work. All materials will be provided. Best of all, this is free, by the Sacramento Public Library, courtesy of a grant from the Kline Foundation. To register, contact Molly Milazzo at mmilazzo@saclibrary.org.

 

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