TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MARCH 16TH – MARCH 17TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of March 16th – March 17th! Learn how to write a limerick, watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the waterfront, or celebrate the holiday at a winery, go to a planetarium show designed for toddlers, learn about the biochemistry of the color green, see Charlotte’s Web, get a preview of the board game Bike Route Sacramento, meet author Shannon Smith, celebrate Brazilian Carnaval, see art made by zoo animals, see Mulan Jr., 10-minute one-act plays, go on a wildflower hike at Howard Ranch, visit vernal pools, watch a softball game, go to a shamrock pool party and swim a rainbow, drop-in at Bach organ concert marathon, take an easy bike ride away from the crowds, go to a handmade bicycle show, and take your photography skills from beginner to intermediate, and more! It’ll be mostly sunny, 70/46 on Sat. and partly cloudy 72/46 on Sun. Be sure to take a walk in the great outdoors to enjoy the glowing light-green colors of early spring everywhere, with bright delicate flowers and happy birds chirping! Have a great spring weekend!

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Saturday, March 13th, 2019
Mostly Sunny 70/46

See some handmade bicycles. The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the world’s largest and most innovative show for custom-built bicycles. The general public is invited to attend this amazing event and revel in the stunning collection of hand built bicycles and ride-able works of art on display. Sat. 10am – 6pm. $10+. Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

Go to Tot Planetarium. A family-friendly planetarium show geared for young explorers. Seating for this show is limited, arrive early to reserve your spot. Free with admission. Sat. 11am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Go to Leprechaun storytime at Barnes & Noble. You’ve been planning night and day, and finally you’ve created the perfect trap, but leprechauns are quick and sneakier than you may think. Will you ever catch one? Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble Bookstores. More info…

Learn how to write a limerick. Join Barnes & Noble bookstores to get your official leprechaun name, become a master limerick writer, learn how to leprechaun-proof your home, and take home fun giveaways as they celebrate the release of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. Free. Sat. 2pm. Barnes & Noble Bookstores. More info…

See the Science of Green exhibit at Powerhouse Science Center. From animal pigmentation to tree leaves and custom color mixing to penny chemistry we will be exploring the science behind the color green at 4 hands-on activity stations in Design Lab. Free with admission. Sat. & Sun. 12pm – 4pm. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors and a variety of cultural organizations all join together to be a part of the 23rd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade steps off promptly from Neasham and Front Streets in Old Sacramento Waterfront and proceeds throughout the national historic landmark district. More than 50 units with nearly 1,000 marchers will be featured in the parade. Irish dancers in elaborate Celtic costumes, bagpipers, bands, military regiments, police and fire representatives, costumed marchers and a variety of cultural organizations bring the luck of the Irish to the event. Free. Entertainment starts at 11:30am, the parade starts at 1pm. Old Sacramento Waterfront. More info…

See Charlotte’s Web at The Sofia. E.B. White’s beloved children’s story is adapted for the stage in this delightful, colorful production. When Wilbur the pig is befriended by a small spider named Charlotte, the friendship sets off a series of events that turn Wilbur from the runt of his litter to “Some Pig.” $19+. Sat. 1pm (also on Sun. 1p & 4pm). B Street Theatre. More info…

Help Design a Board Game: Bike Route Sacramento. Get a sneak peek and help work on a local board game in development called Bike Route Sacramento. It’s  looking good but it still needs work. Cruise on by the Board Game Workshop and help sort out some of the final issues. Locations that are still incomplete and they need Sacramentans to come and figure out what is the essence of each space on the board. Also if you are analytical you can take a look at the whole card and route design and find some improvements. They also will be playtesting the game and brainstorming about ideas. The event is hosted by J Crawford’s Books on Freeport. Bike Route Sacramento is a new family board game that is coming out in 2019. In the game, players build bike routes around the city, winning community rewards. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. J. Crawford’s Books. More info…

Play board games all day. Join the Pocket Library for an all-ages game day. All abilities are welcome. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Pocket-Greenhaven Library. More info…

Meet author Shannon Smith. The Avid Reader is proud to welcome back local author Nikki Shannon Smith and her latest title, Treasure Hunt , in-store on Saturday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m. More about Treasure Hunt: When Jazmine and Jason’s younger brother’s bike gets stolen, they team up to compete in a treasure hunt TV competition so they can use the prize money to replace it. But when they realize they have different strengths and different competing styles, the treasure hunt becomes more challenging than they ever imagined. Will they be able to work together long enough to take home the prize? Nikki Shannon Smith is from Oakland, California, but she now lives in the Central Valley with her husband and two children. She has worked in Elementary Education for over twenty-five years, and writes everything from picture books to young adult novels. $7.99. Sat. 1pm. Avid Reader in Davis. More info…

Read to a Dog. Looking for a way to boost your child’s reading skills? Children (Ages 6-12) are invited to read to a friendly therapy dog. This is a great program for struggling or reluctant readers. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Celebrate Carnaval! The Brazilian Carnaval Sacramento 2019 features Sambada, the Mistura Brasileira Samba Dance Company, Unidos da Capital, Capoeira Batuque, Capoeira Agua de Beber, Fenix Drum and Dace, some delicious Brazilian food and drinks and much more. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 5pm – 10pm. CLARA Studios. More info…

See paintings made by zoo animals. Community Gallery at 48 Natoma is featuring paintings created by the animals from the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. Trained zoo professionals provide animals such as tigers, mountain lions, deer, monkeys, rodents and birds, with non-toxic, washable paint. The animals then “paint” by using their paws, or crawl, wiggle and stamp on canvases. Their abstract paw prints, claw marks and scratchings become beautiful abstract works of art. The finished paintings will be offered for sale as a fundraiser for the Zoo programs. Free. Gallery open Sat. 6pm – 8pm. Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. More info…

Watch a hockey game. See the Stockton Heat play the Tucson Roadrunners at the Stockton Arena. $15. Sat. 6pm. More info…

Listen to college students sing arias & play instruments. The American River College Orchestra presents their annual Concerto and Aria Contest Winners. From viola and violin to original compositions and guitar, their talented students take the stage, supported by the full orchestra. It’s always an uplifting highlight of their Spring Season. Serena Chao and Vitalina Klyushnik will be vocal performers. $10+. Sat. (and Fri.) 7pm – 9pm. American River College Theatre. More info…

See Mulan Jr. at the Consumnes Oaks High School Performing Arts Center. Sat. 7pm. $8+. More info…

Watch a local talent contest. We Got Talent 2: Sacramento’s Talent Showcase is a family-friendly event. Cheer on your favorite local act! $10+ Advance. Sat. 8pm.  24th Street Theatre. More info…

Take teens to see one-act plays at the 31st Annual One-Act Festival at the Three Penny Theater. Enjoy stories of drama, comedy and suspense, each less than 10 minutes long. Since 1989, the Actor’s Workshop of Sacramento has existed as a safe place for actors of all ages and skill levels to develop and perfect their craft. Every year since then, the workshop has put on a festival of one-act plays, giving members of the workshop an opportunity to flex their theatrical muscles in a variety of roles and situations. $10. Sat. 8pm (also Sun. 2pm). The Three Penny Theater. More info…

Sunday, March 17th, 2019
Partly Cloudy 72/46

Take a nice & easy bike ride on the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail. Located in West Sac, this easy trailis a less busy option for a family bike ride and follows the old Sierra Northern Railroad. It’s a nice, straight, 3-mile path, but you can cut your trip short at any point. More info…

See wildflowers, tadpoles, and toads at Howard Ranch. The 7-mile Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail is a hiker’s paradise. There is a shorter 4 mile option as well. You are free to turn around at anytime, if you would like to walk a shorter distance. The trail begins by winding around the north end of Rancho Seco Lake along willow scrub and riparian marsh habitat. As the trail leaves the waters edge, it travels up onto a flat terrace supporting a mosaic of vernal pools and grassland habitat. This terrace also offers dramatic views of extensive blue oak woodlands in the foothills and the far-off peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. When filled with water, vernal pools are crucial to the short life cycle of federally listed threatened and endangered species, such as the California Tiger Salamander, fairy shrimp, tadpole shrimp, and Western spadefoot toad. In the spring, masses of flowering plants carpet the basins of these pools creating a sight not to be missed. Tour departs trailhead at 9am, plan on arriving at 8:30am. Free. 9am – 1pm. Consumnes River Preserve. More info…

Take athletic teens on a moderate/difficult 5-mile hike to see Hidden Places of Cronan and Magnolia. Volunteer hike leader and board member and retired Forest Fire Chief, Scott Vail, will lead this outdoor excursion. This is a moderate-difficult hike of 5-6 miles discovering a few hidden gems on this spectacular property purchased by ARC in 2004. Fit kids 12+ welcome. Suggested donation $10. Sat. 9am – 1pm. Pilot Hill area. More info…

Go on a Critter Walk in Mather. During the wet phase, the Mather Field Vernal Pools host dozens of species of aquatic invertebrates. Half of them have not even been named yet. Watching and wondering about them draws us deeper into their ancient, mysterious world. Bigger critters who eat them come to the pools to dine: frogs, snakes, shore birds, wading birds, and more. If you want to meet them, along with their famous pool mates the Fairy Shrimp and Tadpole Shrimp, join Sacramento Splash for a Critter Walk. $5, Kids 2 & Under Free. Sun. 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm. Splash Education Center in Mather. More info…

Take teens to a Photography 201 class. Help teens dive deeper into their photographic journey in this second-level photography class. Take this course with them if both of you have an interchangeable lens camera or an advanced compact and you’ve either completed our Photography 101 class or consider yourself to have a basic understanding of core photographic principles. What You’ll Learn: Three Exposure Variables: Aperture Size, Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity, P/A/S/M Mode Dial Options, Exposure Metering, Depth of Field & Focus, Controlling, Artificial Light, RAW Files, and Histogram. $59. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Mike’s Camera. More info…

Kids & Company Gallery Adventure. Amusing and educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children ages 5 and older and the adults who tag along with them. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 11:30am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Watch the Sac State Hornets’ softball team play Santa Clara University at Sac State. Free. Sat. 12pm. More info…

Drop by for some curious art by Steve Briscoe and Lynn Beldner. Steve’s art is sculpture created from cast-off elements like reclaimed lumber, household items and hardware from garage sales. In assembling these things, he is “repairing a breach in the universe” and “saving a space or finding a home for things that have become lost.” Lynn’s work is diaristic and immediate, utilizing domestic processes in order to respond to the world around her. Sewing and drawing often combining fabric, paper, and delicate objects to respond to an event, an idea or something that has just happened. All manner of things are unsettled or unstable in this world. She is a collector of discarded, broken, or unnoticed objects and how they reflect on the precarious nature of life. Reinventing objects from everyday recognizable things allows others to connect with her work. They are transformed into everyday objects of beauty and visual comfort. Free. Gallery is open Sun. 12pm – 6pm. artSpace 1616. More info…

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day at a winery. Join Julietta Winery for their family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Street tacos will be available for purchase by Selena’s. Live Music performed by Tressa Gaye & The Bone Shaker’s. They will be releasing their 2016 Chardonnay. Free entry, cost of purchases. Sun. 1pm – 5pm. Julietta’s Winery in Clarksburg. More info…

Take a Shamrock Plunge. Join The Sacramento Central YMCA for a special St. Patrick’s Day Pool Party. Enjoy a gold hunt — jump in the pool to collect gold coins for a prize. Swim the rainbow by gathering your leprechaun friends and racing to see who can swim the rainbow first. A leprechaun scramble will let you jump in the pool and see who can get to the shamrocks first when the music stops. And, of course, free-swim time in the indoor-heated pool. You can also rent an inner tube for the day and enjoy the games while relaxing in the pool. Treats for sale will include Shamrock Shakes, Golden Popcorn, and more. $5. Sun. 2pm – 5pm. Sacramento Central YMCA. More info…

Drop-in to a Bachathon. Celebrate Bach’s birthday with the Sacramento Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. This is a family-friendly drop-in concert, come and go as you please, all proceeds go to support a scholarship fund for young organ students. Free parking for the event is available in the Sutter Community Garage on the corner of 27th and N Streets. Enter from the 27th Street entrance. Suggested donation $5. Sun. 2pm – 6pm. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Church. 

Go to Family Storytime. 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. Free. Sun. 3-4pm. More info…

Watch the Kings Take On the Bulls. Our Sacramento Kings will go head-to-head with the Chicago Bulls at Golden 1 Center. Get nosebleed tickets and join in on the excitement. $18+. Sun, 3pm. Golden 1 Center. More info…

Plan Ahead…

Grocery Story Time at the Co-op. Rockstar librarian Nate Halsan of the Sacramento Public Library will be at the Sac Natural Foods Co-op on April 4th at 10am for a storytime that promotes food literacy. Join them for food-themed songs and stories and search for a  rainbow of fruits and vegetables. This program is free but you must pre-register. Registration opens on Monday, Mar. 18th. There are 12 spots available. 

Super Science Saturdays Family Workshops at the Powerhouse Science Center. As a family you’ll be able to delve deep into scientific topics like the Science of Sci-Fi, Squid Dissection and even make your own DIY Microscope (on April 6th). It’s $25 per child ($10/additional child) and parents are free, but you must register early as spots are limited. More info…

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

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

For more activity ideas, check out our book, 1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids (& the Young at Heart) >>

Thank you, again, to this week’s post sponsor! 916KIDS.COM

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