TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! JUNE 29TH – JUNE 30TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of June 29th – June 30th! Learn about Opossums, go to the biggest bounce house event in the world, start learning how to play chess, go to one of many storytimes, meet a snake at the library, visit Rosie the Clown, listen to Mr. Cooper perform while you freeze dance, watch some fireworks, go to a Japanese Obon Festival, listen to a free youth flute choir concert, go to a professional baseball game, ride the mini roller coaster at Funderland, play mini-golf, go to a free magic show, see Seussical, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, A Year with Frog & Toad, The Tenth Muse, Rent, James & the Giant Peach, and more! Saturday is sunny & 87. Sunday is sunny & 90. Enjoy the beautiful summer weather and get outdoors!

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 29TH, 2019

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Learn about Opossums at “Optimum Opossum.” Learn all about these fascinating, unique, and misunderstood creatures. These animals are very interesting, but most people don’t know anything about them. Come learn about this really cool critter. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Get inspired by Indigenous Art. Join in for a family-focused paint session. An artist inspired by all Indigenous cultures throughout the Americas, Bobby paints the ancestors and tries to bring the unwritten past and present history of Native communities to light. Registration required. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Colonial Heights Library. More info…

Storytime at Central Library. Children and their caregivers are invited to join in for fun songs, stories, fingerplays and a craft or play activity, all designed to build early literacy skills. This storytime is designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Free. Sat. 11am – 12pm. Central Library. More info…

Go to a Pride storytime at Barnes & Noble featuring Prince & Knight, Maiden & Princess, Red: A Crayon’s Story. Join in for a Pride Storytime that celebrates diversity and enjoy fun-filled activities. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Nobles bookstores. More info…

Go to Storytime at Underground Books. A book reading and an organized arts and crafts project takes place on the last Saturday of each month at Underground Books. Kids also receive a free book. Parents are welcome to attend and participate with their children. This event is catered to Ages 3-10. Free. Sat. 12pm – 1pm. Underground Books. More info…

Learn Chess. Learn or practice chess for free at Martin Luther King Jr. Library. Free. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. More info…

Summer Reading: Wild Things. Experience live wild animals from around the world and celebrate summer reading. For all ages. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. Fair Oaks Library. More info…

Meet Rosie the Clown. Join Rosie the Clown for a spectacular afternoon of magic, balloons, and other surprises. This event is for kids of all ages. Free. Sat. 3pm – 4pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

See free fireworks at the Summer Night Lights community event in West Sac.Join in for some fun in the sun: water play, bounce house, sports, games,  arts and crafts, face painting, and food. It’s a free backyard BBQ for the whole community. And we will have a safe and sane fireworks demo at the end of the night. Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. Bryte Park. More info…

See Roald Dahl’s James & the Giant Peach. MMP’s Broadway Stars series presents James and the Giant Peach starring 10-19 year old performers. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building. $8-$10. Sat. 7pm – 9:30pm. Cosumnes Oaks High School. More info…

Listen to a free youth flute choir. Enjoy classical and jazz pieces–students will be playing everything from piccolo to bass flute! Sat. 7:30pm. Bet Haverim Congregation. More info…

See Twelfth Night or Shakespeare in Love at the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival. The Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, which is produced by City Theatre at Sacramento City College, strives to provide top quality Shakespeare performances and training to the Sacramento community, utilizing the resources, teachers, and students of the Theatre Department, and utilizing the most experienced and professional artists in the Sacramento area. This year, catch Twelfth Night and Shakespeare in Love. $5+. Sat. 7:30pm. Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center. More info…

Take budding musical theater enthusiasts to the classic Oklahoma! A new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration. This groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize winning musical, set in early 1900s Oklahoma Territory, is about a young farm girl and her courtship by two rival suitors. With a rapturous and immortal score featuring the title song, “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and “People Will Say We’re in Love,” Oklahoma!, now celebrating its 75th Anniversary, set the standard for American musical theatre. $45+ Sat. 7:30pm (also 2pm and Sun. 3pm). Wells Fargo Pavilion. More info…

Take older teens to see the musical Rent. Back in 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway … and forever changed the landscape of American theater. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s “RENT” continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. Now, this Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. A loose re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème”, “RENT” follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical. The Davis Musical Theatre Company brings it to the stage of the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center. $11. Sat. 8pm. Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center in Davis. More info…

SUNDAY, JUNE 30TH, 2019

Jump your heart out at The Big Bounce. The Big Bounce America is the largest touring inflatable event in the entire world!. Get ready for an action-packed day out suitable for all ages and featuring some of the most unique and exciting custom-built inflatable attractions ever built. Jump in the world’s largest bounce house (Guinness certified!) and through a 900ft long inflatable obstacle course. There will also be a giant maze, as well as slides, ball pits and climbing walls galore. $16+. Sun. 9am – 6pm (also on Sat.). Fair Oaks Park. More info…

Ride the Funderland train, Squirrelly Whirl, Flying Dragon mini roller coaster and Red Barons airplanes at Funderland Amusement Park. Get a 10-ride pass for $19.95. Open this weekend 10am – 6pm. Free admission, cost of rides/purchases. Funderland. More info…

Go to the new Baby & Me Storytime at Barnes & Noble, for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Featuring the book ‘Hello, World! Solar System.’ Free. Sun. 11am. More info…

Go to the Lodi Obon Festival and enjoy Japanese food, bingo, kids’ games, farmers’ market, live entertainment, and exhibits. Free Taiko drum performance at 6pm. Free. Sun. 12pm – 6pm (also Sat.). Buddhist Church of Lodi. More info…

Play mini-golf or ride some epic water slides at Golfland Sunsplash. $8.99 for kids mini-golf. Water park is open 11am – 6pm this weekend. More info…

Watch the Sacramento River Cats take on the Albuquerque Isotopes! $12+. Sun. 1:05pm. Raley Field. More info…

Go to Tools & Tales at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Enjoy some tantalizing tales of creatures, people and nature. Get a chance to view replica Maidu artifacts made from the gifts of Earth and learn about their many uses. Then make abalone necklaces with a Naturalist. Kids $3/Adults $5, $5 parking. Sat. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. More info…

Go to a magic show. Forrest Barnes will use magic tricks and illusions from around the world. He will share the part of the world the magic originated in. Using this information, kids may be inspired to learn more about the culture and traditions from the region where the magic trick was developed. Free. Sun. 2pm – 3pm. Valley Hi-North Laguna Library. More info…

See A Year with Frog and Toad. Adapted from the three-time-Tony-nominated Broadway hit comes A Year with Frog and Toad Kids. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, the jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad Kids tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. This whimsical show follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad — through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. Throughout the year, two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. $13+. Sun. 1pm (shows also on Sat.). Sutter Street Theatre. More info…

See The Tenth Muse at the Davis Shakespeare Festival. Davis Shakespeare Festival returns in 2019 presenting two exciting productions in repertory for its 10th summer season. The first play is The Tenth Muse. In eighteenth century colonial Mexico, three young women meet in the convent of San Jeronimo with the threats of the Spanish Inquisition, the plague, and their own dangerous secrets at their back. Despite the challenges facing them, the women come together to celebrate and protect the writings of Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz, one of Mexico’s most beloved poets. $15+. Sun. 2pm. (and other dates/times). Veterans Memorial Center Theater in Davis. More info…

See Seussical, a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that brings to life all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination — Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. $15+. Sun. 4pm (shows also on Sat.) Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom. More info…

Dance while Mr. Cooper plays your favorite songs. The Music in the Park concert will kickoff with a performance by the Afro Latin Funk stylings of Sang Matiz. Local children’s favorite, Mr. Cooper, will get the evening started and entertain the young at heart in between sets. Music in the Park is a free summer concert series hosted by Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association in William Curtis Park. Bring a blanket and picnic basket to enjoy the music in a wonderful outdoor venue. Free. Sun. 6pm – 8pm. Curtis Park. 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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