TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MARCH 1ST – MARCH 3RD, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of March 1st – March 3rd! Taking a hacking class, do yoga in the UC Davis Arboretum, see cherry blossoms in bloom, go to the River Cats Preseason Party, see egg art, go to a camellia flower show, watch some sand volleyball, go on a guided nature walk, make a lantern, see 60 old manual typewriters, celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, let your dog join a Mardi Gras parade, see some taiko drumming, learn how to doodle birds and flowers, see Oliver, The Little Mermaid, or Annie, listen to the music of Miles Davis or Rachmaninoff, audition for James & the Giant Peach, and more! Have a great weekend!


Friday, March 1st, 2019
High of 52, Low of 45, Light Morning Rain

See kids art at “More Than Just Scribbles.” More Than Just Scribbles showcases the beauty and complexity of young children’s work. Each photo and description captures the enthusiasm of the creative process, which allows viewers to gain a deeper understanding of the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development that occurs when children are engaged in creating art. The collection features collaborative pieces in a variety of media inspired by the children’s interests and experiences. Their inspiration is found through the beauty, diversity, and awe captured by these budding young artist as you see the world through their eyes. Free. Gallery is open Fri. 10:30am – 3:30pm. University Union Gallery at Sac State. More info…

Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. To celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and National Read Across America Day, the Sacramento Children’s Museum will have Dr. Seuss art activities and story times throughout the day. Free with admission. Fri. 9am – 4pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Audition for James & the Giant Peach Jr. Based on one of Roald Dahls most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. $35 audition fee. Fri. 5:30 – 7pm. McLaughlin Studio Theatre. More info…

Cheer on the Sacramento Kings as they take on the LA Clippers at Golden 1 Center. Fri. 7pm. More info…

See Annie Jr. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Sing along to the infections musical score. $10+. Fri. 7pm. Benvenuti Performing Arts Center. More info…


Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
High of 57/Low of 46/Mostly Cloudy

Take a family bike ride. The weather should be relatively good, just a little cloudy but hopefully no rain. The Elk Grove Creek Trail passes four different parks. Dress warm and bring a picnic lunch!

Go fishing. Get out your gear and reel in that “big catch” at Fulton-El Camino Recreations and Park Districts’ Annual Fishing Derby. Join FEC and the California Department of Fish and Game’s Fishing in the City Program for a day of fishing, fishing instruction and prizes. Howe Park Pond will be freshly stocked with trout. Prizes will be awarded for the longest and fattest catch. Rain or shine. $4+. Sat. 8am – 12:30pm. Howe Park. More info…

Get out early at run the Donut Dash 11:11. Every March the Donut Dash is held in Land Park with a stop at Marie’s Donuts. Participants start in Land Park then run, jog, or walk 2 miles to Marie’s Donuts. At Marie’s, runners consume 4 donuts (competitive division) or 6 donut holes or nothing at all before making their way back the 2 miles to the start/finish area. Proceeds from fundraising events are used to benefit hospitalized children. Donated funds are used for programs including Beads of Courage & Music Therapy. $18 (youth). Sat. 8:30am. William Land Park. More info…

Go on a Guided Nature Walk at the Consumnes River Preserve. Guided walks help you get to know the birds and wildlife of an area better – whether you are local or are vacationing here. Experienced volunteer naturalists will lead this seasonal Guided Walk through the oak woodlands, explaining the plant and animal life that make the Preserve their home. We’ll also talk about the first inhabitants of the area, the Plains Miwok, and how they tended the land and wildlife they found here. This walk will be at a leisurely pace, suitable for families. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Visitors Center. Free. Sat. 9am. More info…

Learn to hack as a family. Coding? Touchpad? Arduinos? Learn the basics and take your first steps into the world of hacking in this hands-on lab using a Makey Makey. Connect everyday objects to computers and hack them for a variety of uses. A flower can become a musical instrument, high fives control video games…the limit is your imagination! Family workshops are designed for children ages 5+. $10+. Sat. 9:30am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Learn about Animal Signs at the Koobs Nature Area. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area and discover things about animals by examining the tracks and signs they leave behind. They will have activity tables for kids to create and learn about Animal Signs. The Koobs Nature Area is open for public open days on the first Saturday of every month, March through October. This wonderful natural treasure in the heart of Carmichael is run and maintained by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael. Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Koobs Nature Area. More info…

Relax and Unwind with Nature Rx. Join the UC Davis Arboretum for a nature-immersed day of rest and relaxation in the Arboretum. Stay awhile to find peace of mind during yoga sessions for kids and adults, or take part in watercolor painting, tea sipping, and more. You deserve a break at the Arboretum! Free. Sat. 11am – 1pm. UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo. More info…

Listen to Animal Tales. The pioneers found California teeming with wildlife, hence names like Elk Grove, Antelope, and Los Gatos. Both wild and domesticated animals played a large part in 19th century life. From horse and cattle ranches, beekeepers and ostrich farms, to pet bears, boa constrictors, parakeets, and escaped monkeys, the Old City Cemetery Committee will share stories of critters and their humans. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Old City Cemetery Committee. More info…

Watch some sand volleyball as Sac State women’s volleyball team battle it out with UC Davis in Davis. Sat. 11am and 1pm. More info…

Or watch some amazing, young track & fielders at the Sac State High School Classic. More info…

Get free health screenings at the Community Health and Wellness Fair. Kaleidoschool is sponsoring a health and wellness community fair. Attendees will be able to get health screenings along with information on nutrition and healthful cooking, there will be other activities for children and families and raffles. Free. Sat. 10:30am – 1:30pm. Rancho Cordova Community Clubhouse. More info…

Take a free lantern creation workshop. Want to create a lantern for the I Street Lantern Festival, but not sure where to start? Join The City of West Sacramento at one of their lantern creation workshops led by artists Robin Hill, UC Davis faculty member and Robert Ortbal, Sacramento State faculty member. The workshop on 3/2 will be located at the West Sacramento Community Center, and there is another 3/9 workshop at the Verge Center for the Arts. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. West Sacramento Community Center. More info…

Check out the Dr. Seuss birthday celebration at Barnes & Noble. They’ll read his classic stories, play games, and activities in celebration of the beloved author’s birthday. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

See more than 60 manual typewriters through the ages and a juried art exhibit focusing on type, fonts, letters, and numbers at Carriage Return: The Art of Typography. Artist works will encompass many mediums. This exhibit features Kae Sable and her Dime Store Review. Kae is an avid reader and writer, collector of old typewriters, book binder, and encaustic artist. She is also the Editor of the blog “Dime Store Review” which features literary works from all around the world. Kae has many of her Dime Store Books published for sale featuring poetry, essays, and ten word stories. Books will be for sale at the gallery. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Mills Station Arts and Cultural Center. More info…

Join Fairytale Town for their Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. There will be lots of fun  Seuss-themed hands on activities and crafts. Stop by the Mother Goose Stage for a unique nonstop reading of your favorite colorful, tongue-twisting, rhyming Seuss books. Dr. Seuss’ celebrated books will be read-aloud from the Mother Goose Stage throughout the program. Featured readers include Sacramento city council member Steve Hansen, Capital Public Radio’s Donna Apidone, and ABC10’s Mellisa Paul. There will also be a variety of Seuss-inspired hands-on activities for children to create and take home as souvenirs. Activities include making “Cat in the Hat” hats, Thing 1 and 2 puppets, and “truffula” trees. Free with admission. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Fairytale Town. More info…

Take teens to get practical knowledge about electric cars, and whether it’s right for your family at “Is an Electric Vehicle Right for You” at McKinley Library. Get the basics of electric vehicles from SMUD, including what to know before buying, charging technologies, and discounted rate options. Free. Sat. 10am – 11am. McKinley Library.More info…

Register your pooch in the Mardi Bark Parade. This is an event for dog owners and animal lovers alike. Old Sacramento Waterfront invites the Sacramento region to join in for a festive day celebrating all animals. The day kicks off with a small parade featuring dogs in costumes, on floats, and rocking traditional Mardi Gras gear. The procession will end at the 1849 scene, where event sponsors, vendors, food, drinks, a doggy play area, and more will be set up as the celebration continues festival style. All funds raised at this event will be donated to the Front Street Animal Shelter.

This is the first of what Old Sacramento Waterfront hopes becomes an annual tradition celebrate love for our pets. To register your pooch for the parade, click here. For parade guidelines and rules, click here. Free, $15+ to register your dog. Old Sacramento Waterfront. More info…

Take teens to see Flora the Red Menace at UC Davis Department of Theatre, and Dance, the first musical written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the Tony Award-winning creators of Cabaret and Chicago. Set in 1935, the government-funded Federal Theater Project gathers a group of performers to tell the story of optimistic Flora Meszaros, a fashion illustrator in Manhattan, who falls in love with Harry, an artist. But her beloved turns out to be an idealistic communist. Is Flora herself a “red menace” or just a girl in love? $12+. Sat. 2pm & 7pm (also on Fri. 7pm). UC Davis Wyatt Pavilion Theatre. More info…

Watch Taiko Drumming with Kristy Oshiro. Kristy demonstrates different instruments, tells Japanese folk tales, and gets the audience involved in the storytelling. Free. Sat. 3-4pm. Arcade Library. More info…

Take teens to a Watercooler Doodle Birds and Flowers Workshop. Join Tonja Wilcox for a couple hours of pure creativity, using blobs of watercolor paint, a fine line pen, and a little imagination to make whimsical birds and flowers. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to pair ink and watercolors together to enhance details, figures, and outlines in your paintings. Introducing ink will take your watercolor painting to a whole new level! Use your doodle skills to make your own wall art or custom greeting card. $40. Sat. 3-5pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

Hear some colorful harmonies at the 2019 River City Chorale’s Pops Concert. There will be classic favorite hit music from movies, TV, and Broadway from the 1950s to the present. “Over the Rainbow,” “Thanks for the Memory,” “Unchained Melody” and ‘Moon River” are just a few of the oldies in the shows. A great medley of songs from Jersey Boys is included, as are some Burt Bacharach pieces, and a medley of wonderful songs from The Sound of Music. $5+. Sat. 4-5pm. Christ Community Church. More info…

Listen to Rachmaninoff. The Russian National Orchestra will play an all-Rachmaninoff program, with pianist George Li tackling the remarkable “Rach 2,” a piece dedicated to Nikolai Dahl, the physician who aided Rachmaninoff’s recovery from severe depression and writer’s block. This is a mostly sold out event, but there are still tickets for $62 (youth)+. Or watch their version of Rach 2 here. Sat. 8pm. Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall. More info…

Introduce teens to Miles Davis at the event, Hearing Miles: The Life, Times, and Music of Miles Davis. From his time at Juilliard and the symphonic orchestration of 1949’s Birth of the Cool to his Grammy-winning but controversial pop-influenced recordings of the 1980s, Miles Davis’ life both reflected and drove American music for over four decades. Join Sacramento-based musicologist Jimi Michiel for a guided listening session and in-depth discussion as we explore the life and work of one of America’s great artists. Jimi Michiel has written chamber concerts for members of most major American orchestras (Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, etc). $10 suggested donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Sat. 7pm. The Library of Musiclandria. More info…

Take older kids to see the musical Oliver! Charles Dickens’ unforgettable characters are brought to vivid new life in this lively, heel-kicking classic about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and con men of 19th-century London. Overflowing with jubilant songs like “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything” and “Food, Glorious Food,” this Davis Musical Theatre Company production of “Oliver!” serves up a musical feast. $11+. Sat. 8pm (also Sun. 2pm or 8pm). Jean Henderson Performing Arts. More info…


Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
High of 56/Low of 43/Rainy & Windy

Pull up your rainboots and shake open your umbrellas for a nice, wet walk, and then come home and bake an easy strawberry rhubarb pie.

See an explosion of camellia flowers (indoors!) at The Camellia Society of Sacramento’s 95th Annual Show will be held at their new location, Elks Lodge #6. This is the oldest camellia show in the U.S. that has created many great memories, come to the show and share some of yours! See beautiful camellias of many sizes and colors and spectacular trophy table with winning blooms. Free. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also on Sat. 3pm – 6pm). Elks Lodge #6. More info…

See egg art created from real eggshells — ostrich, rhea, emu, goose, duck to as small as finch—at the29th annual Northern California Eggstravaganza. Artwork on display include: jeweled, beaded, painted, dioramas, Faberge, carved, Pysanky, etched, jewel boxes, wearable jewelry, purses and more. The show benefits the Shriners Hospital for Children (Prosthetics) and Shriner volunteers will be at the event to answer any questions the community has about the organization. Free. Sun. 10am – 3pm (also Sat. 10am – 5pm). Crowne Plaza Hotel Sacramento Northeast. More info…

See all the newest pools, hot tubs, and solar panels, at the 38th Annual Sacramento Home and Garden Show is returning to Cal Expo with the newest in landscaping, gardening, patios, fencing, decks, heating and air, solar, insulation, remodeling, new construction, plumbing, kitchens, baths, closets, home furnishings, appliances, lighting, roofing, painting, gutters, home security, windows, doors, siding, tile, stone, granite, BBQs, pools, spas and more. Kids are free, Adults $7. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also Fri. 12pm – 6pm & Sat. 10am – 6pm). Cal Expo. More info…

Take teens to a free genealogy class. In 1921, a fire in Washington, D.C. destroyed most of the records from the 1890 U.S. Federal Census, all but wiping out an important source of information often used for genealogy research. Join the Sacramento Public Library for this presentation by Madeline Yanov, who will explain how to find alternative sources for family history information during the late 1800s. Note: Since this program is being held before the library is open, please enter the building through the Old Foyer (the door east of the main entrance on I Street). This entrance has steps, so contact the library if you need a more accessible entrance. Sun. 10am – 11:30am. Central Library. More info…

Visit the Kids Fun Zone for some STEM fun. TheKids Fun Zone offers free exciting monthly activities including crafts and fun STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects for kids 12 and under. This Fun Zone’s activities include: Craft – Make and Shake Maracas STEM Project – Make an Easter Egg Rocket All materials needed are provided while supplies last. Visit Southgate Plaza on the first Saturday of the month, from 1 – 4 pm. Free. More info…

Head to Raley Field for the River Cats Preseason Party. The fun includes free food, drinks, and activities for kids. Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in batting practice on-field (weather permitting), where proceeds will benefit the River Cats Foundation. The Tri Counties Bank Ticket Office at Raley Field will be open for the event, giving fans their first chance to purchase remaining tickets for the 2019 River Cats season. Free, cost of purchases, all ages. Sun. 12pm – 3pm. Raley Field. More info…

Join a singing circle. Singing with friends and neighbors is an uplifting and healing experience. The Library of MusicLandria invites you to join their community singing circle, where all are encouraged to participate in musical creation. How a singing circle works: Leaders make up simple vocal melodies, giving a different part to each section of the circle. The parts change over time. Together, it creates evolving, improvised vocal compositions. Everyone can sing! This is a chance to exercise your vocal pipes without fear or judgement. There’s no need to have a “good voice,” read music, or know the words to songs. All are welcome. Free, $10 suggested donation, RSVP is encouraged. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. KOH Library & Cultural Center. More info…

See Scandinavian weaving and woodwork designs. “Weaving & Woodwork: A Scandinavian Design Partnership” celebrates the long and distinguished careers of UC Davis design professor emeritus Helge Olsen and his wife Birgitta Olsen. The exhibit combines Helge’s wood furniture design with Birgitta’s woven wall tapestries. Complementing one another, their work reflects their Scandinavian upbringing, training, and design aesthetic. When seen together it possess a compelling harmony of form and function. Free. Sun. 2-4pm.  UC Davis Design Museum. For a map and parking information, click here. More info…

Go to a 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. Fair Oaks Library. More info…

Take the kids to see The Little Mermaid. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. This production by El Dorado Musical Theatre features colorful costumes and sets, stunning choreography, and exceptional performances. $45+ (Bargain night tickets are $15, but you have to get on their mailing list and reserve months in advance. You can still get tix for the summers shows!). Sun. 2pm & 6pm. (show also on Fri. & Sat.). Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

See the flowering cherry trees at the recently planted Sakura Grove at Southside Park. Most of our Sacramento parks have trees beginning to explode with blooms. 

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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