TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MARCH 23RD – MARCH 24TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of March 23rd – March 24th! Watch a robotics competition, go to a tree planting event, visit a pop-up barnstand, make a bird-o-meter, learn pet CPR, take a self-defense class, learn lacrosse, see Tom Sawyer, hear Vivaldi, learn about joining the Peace Corp, walk in a lantern festival across a bridge, go to a Polynesian luau, swim in an indoor pool, become a raptor expert, go to a mariachi festival, rent a hydrobike, play footgolf, hear cellist Joy Yanai play Dvorak, and so much more! The potential fun this weekend is limitless. Choose your own adventure!

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SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD, 2019
Sunny/Windy 52/33

Watch a high school robotics competition. The Sacramento Regional is one of many FIRST Robotics Competitions held each year. The competition is an intense multi-day competitive event showcasing robots built and operated by dozens of high school teams from all over the world. Free. UC Davis , La Rue Avenue at Orchard Road. All day Thurs, Fri, & Sat. More info…

Do Yoga with Kids. The Isha Foundation presents a one-hour yoga session at the Folsom Community Center for adults and kids ages 7 & up. Yoga can improve memory, concentration, mental clarity, stress and anxiety, and takes only 5-10 minutes to practice daily. Free, pre-register. Sat. 9:15am – 10:15am. There is also a beginners meditation session 10:30am – 11:30am for 12 & up. More info…

Go to a Tree Planting Event in West Roseville. This is the third in a series of plantings sponsored by Roseville Urban Forest Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing the tree canopy cover in the West Roseville area. This will improve the urban forest which provides many benefits to the whole community: improved open space areas for biking, running, outdoor activities, wildlife habitat, increased water and air particulate filtration, slows water run-off & improves soil retention, which both work towards flood prevention. Trees also create cooler temperatures, keeping energy costs lower for the city and for residents. Fun for the whole family. They provide the tools, snacks and water. Free. Sat. 9am – 12:30pm. Old Coach Drive Planting, Roseville. More info…

Go to a Pop-Up Barnstand & Spring Gardening Clinic. In addition to the pop-up Barnstand Soil Born Farms will have a Spring Gardening Clinic. Gardening classes and tours. Learn how to grow vibrant, tasty, and healthy plants from Soil Born Farm’s knowledgeable staff and community educators. Registration will occur at the event only and be on a first-come, first-served basis. Taste and purchase fresh-from-the-field produce, delicious Magpie Café baked goods, organic coffee, youth activities, and live music performances. Weather-dependent and subject to cancellation. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 3pm. (Pop-Up Barnstand 9am – 1pm). Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. More info…

See many different types of unusual perennial flowers at the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club’s Annual Sale, and maybe buy some for your backyard. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 3pm. Shepard Garden and Art Center. More info…

Make a Bird-O-Meter. With some cutting and pasting, you’ll complete a bird-o-meter that tells you the weather outside. Free with admission. Powerhouse Science Center. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. More info…

Make a craft at Michaels Arts & Crafts store. Every Sat. 10am – 12pm is Kids Club at Michaels stores. This week’s theme is Gnome Sweet Gnome. There’s a group for 3 & up and another group for 6 & up. $5. Pre-register to reserve a spot. More info…

Go to Little Blue Truck’s Springtime storytime at Barnes & Noble bookstores. Celebrate the beauty of springtime with Little Blue Truck. Young fans will love finding all sorts of baby animals beneath the flaps in this delightful novelty board book. Join in for storytime and a cookie coloring activity, while supplies last. Free. Sat. 11am. (They also have an ‘Escape This Bookstore!’ event at 2pm). Barnes and Noble bookstores. More info…

Take Teens to a Self-Defense Class at California Family Fitness. This course is open to everyone and is designed specifically to teach participants how to protect themselves from assault. It’s based on the principles that assault can happen anywhere (not just dark alleyways) and attackers aren’t always strangers, so practical lessons are taught regarding risk detection and confronting people who aren’t respecting boundaries. The life skills that can be gained from this course are invaluable for members of all ages and stages of life, but may be particularly useful for college students, teenage girls, travelers, and women. This class is hands-on. In addition to watching demonstrations, you will be practicing real life scenarios and physical actions to defend yourself. Participants may experience adrenaline in these fight or flight situation drills. $40 for a 2-hour class. Limited to 16 people. Wear workout clothes and an oversized t-shirt to wear over your clothing. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. California Family Fitness on Fair Oaks Blvd. in Carmichael. You do not have to be a member to participate. More info…

See the Adventures of Tom Sawyer on stage. Presented by Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers’ Theatre, the classic Mark Twain story jumps off the page and comes to life in this musical adaptation of America’s favorite book. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the irresistible story of a young boy growing up in the heartland of America. Set in 1840 Missouri, it is the tale of young Tom Sawyer and the never ending mischief of which he so often finds himself a part of; whether it’s matching wits with Aunt Polly, tricking his friends into white-washing a fence for him, or narrowly escaping the clutches of a murderous villain. Along with his friends Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher, the greatest Tom Sawyer exploits are plucked from the book and plopped on the stage. Aside from having one of the most recognizable titles from literary history, this musical piece is a superb family-friendly show. $8. Davis Musical Theatre Co. Performing Arts Center. Sat. 2pm. More info…

Learn how to play lacrosse at a free clinic. The Sacramento Lacrosse Association is hosting a free beginners lacrosse clinic for kids ages 5-18 with no lacrosse experience. This is a great chance to learn all the rules of this fun game. The first 100 to pre-register get a free stick and shirt. Free. Sat. 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Encina Prepatory School. More info…

Learn how to build a sprinkler system for free. Take teens who love to garden to this free DIY irrigation workshop. Taught by the City of Roseville’s Water Efficiency experts, the workshop will provide you with the experience you need to take control of your irrigation system. Ages 14+. Free. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. Maidu Community Center in Roseville. More info…

Go to the Big Explore & Play Day at McKinley Library. Activities such as ice painting, discovering buried objects, jumping into a pool of shredded paper, observing insects, playing with magnets, and more will be available for kids ages 0-8. Learn by using your senses and having fun. Free. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. McKinley Library. More info…

Listen to Vivaldi. Beloved for its expressive energy and sweetness, Antonio Vivaldi’s music continues to delight through the centuries. Sacramento Baroque Soloists return to perform a vibrant new set of Concertos featuring our Soloists on flute, oboe, bassoon, cello, and violins. $20+. Sat. 2pm & 7:30pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Learn all about joining the Peace Corp. Want to learn about serving with the public? Teens can drop-in at the Teen Career Fair and meet with a librarian, social worker, AmeriCorps/Peace Corps volunteer, and more. Free. Sat. 3-5pm. Arcade Library. More info…

See high schoolers perform Quilters, A Musical. The story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, Quilters blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge, and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or “blocks” with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor, and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, when the various patches are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt, the effect is both breathtaking and magical — and a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the house lights have dimmed. $5+. Sat. 7pm. St. Francis High School. More info…

Walk across I Street Bridge with a lantern. The I Street Lantern Festival will kick off community engagement for the I Street Bridge Deck Conversion Feasibility Study. The Study is looking at how to transform the bridge to serve only pedestrians and bicyclists. The festival will begin with a brief welcome and introduction, and then lead into a 0.8 mile lantern walk with live music and entertainment. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Along the walk route, community members will have an opportunity to learn about the study, provide input on interactive boards, and celebrate the region’s cultural heritage. The I Street Bridge will be temporarily lit with lanterns and lights along the rails. Event will take place at the West Sacramento Parking Lot (201 C Street). Free, registration recommended. Sat. 7pm – 9pm. I Street Bridge. More info…

Watch a basketball game. The Sacramento Kings are playing the Phoenix Suns this weekend. Sat. 7pm. $14+. Golden 1 Center. More info…

Go to a Polynesian Luau. Cosumnes Oaks High School Polynesian Club will be hosting their 6th annual Polynesia Ikaika and Kotahi Haka Luau. Their goal is to educate and teach the culture and the dances of the six main Polynesian Islands. Performances include the Otea (Dance of Tahiti), contemporary hulas of the 1900s, and the Maori Haka of New Zealand. They are very proud to have expanded into the Samoan culture, and traditional Hawaiian hula kahiko. Tickets are $8 presale and $10 at the door. Includes food and entertainment. Sat. 7pm – 9pm. Cosumnes Oak High School Main Gym. More info…

SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH, 2019
Mostly Cloudy 60/47

Use this bicycle route planning tool from the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates and take the kids for a safe bike ride on Sunday. Be sure to bring a lunch and water, or bike in areas with little cafes on the way!

Drop-in at Sketch It at Crocker Art Museum. Visitors (Ages 5 and older) can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month. No experience is necessary, and all supplies are provided. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 12:30pm. More info…

Learn how to give CPR to your pet. For adults and teens 14 & up. Do you know what to do in case of a pet emergency? In this class you will learn valuable techniques that will prepare you for most pet emergencies. You will learn: Choking Protocols Bleeding Protocols Wound Treatment/Bandage WrappingRescue Breathing (mouth to snout) CPR (chest compressions) Heat Stroke* Shock Treatment and more. All students will receive a course handbook and a completion certificate, which is valid for 2 years. Classes are fun and very hands on. They practice all techniques on demo dogs so you can get a real sense of how the skills are put into place. Class is limited to 10 students. Class is approx. 5 hours in duration with breaks. Wear comfy clothes and come prepared to have fun. $89. Sun. 11:30am – 5:30pm. The Animal Den Pet Resort. More info…

Go swimming in an indoor, heated pool. The Mike Shellito indoor pool in Roseville is open for recreation swim Sat. & Sun. from 1pm – 4pm. Kids who pass a swim test can go on the inflatable obstacle course. $5 (ages 2 & under are free). Check the schedule for Parent & Tot playtime in the warming pool 12pm-1pm. Save time for playing in the adjacent Central Park. You’ll find a climbing wall, basketball courts, and a nice, big soccer field. There are lots of lunch options nearby.

Go to a baseball game. Watch the Sac State Hornets take on UT Rio Grande Valley at John Smith Field. $5+. Sun. 12pm. (they also have a game on Sat. 3pm). Sacramento State University. More info…

Become a raptor expert. Join Effie Yeaw Nature Center for their Raptors of the River workshop. Invite your friends to become raptor experts on local birds of prey. Program includes Power Point presentation, specimens and live raptors. Visitors will examine unique adaptations, discuss environmental roles and find out how to protect these winged hunters. $5 Adult, $3 for kids 12 & under. Members $4 Adult, $2 for kids 12 & under. Pre-registration is available by at the Visitor’s Center or by phone only (916)489-4918. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Watch a soccer match. Cheer on the Sacramento Republic FC as they take on Oklahoma City Energy FC. $14+. Sun. 2pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

Go to a Mariachi Festival. Mariachi Festival de Sacramento is a celebration of Mexico’s music and it’s rich culture. This festival features Mariachi Angeles de Pepe Martinez Jr., Mariachi Las Colibri, Grupo Bella, Dinorah, and Mariachi Nuevo Mexico. Also Ballet Foklorico de Sacramento and many more. There will be lots of food, drinks, art, and crafts. Adults $25, Kids 12 & under are Free. Sun. 3pm – 8pm. Doors 2pm. Scottish Rite Center. More info…

Take a Pop Up! Child & Father Fitness Class. Fathers and their kids (ages 0-5) will have access to fitness equipment, early childhood education material, exercise programs, certified personal training tips, free gym passes, healthy snacks, and fatherly resources. Pop’s Up! is a group of father’s that support one another and allow fathers to bond with their children through exercise. Free. Sun. 3-4pm. Washington Neighborhood Center. Facebook: FathersFit4Fam 

Book a tee time and play some FootGolf at William Land Park (or other course). It’s easy and fun for older kids. $8+. Available at William Land after 11am on weekends. Find footgolf rules here, and book a tee time here.

Rent a family hydrobike at Sac State Aquatic and pedal into the sunset. Rentals are available on weekends 8am – 6pm (last rentals go out at 5:15pm). $15. $10 parking, cash only. Sac State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma. More info…

See Joy Yanai play the cello. Under the direction of Conductor and Musical Director Christian Baldini, hear the music of Dvorak, Cassado, and Saint-Saens performed by the Camellia Symphony Orchestra and guest performer Joy Yanai. Joy Yanai was born in Quebec, Canada and was raised in Sendai, Japan. She began taking cello lessons at the age of five in Japan before attending Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA in 2006. She completed her B.M. and M.M. degrees with Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz, and she is currently finishing her Graduate Diploma with Lluis Claret at New England Conservatory in Boston. $8+. Sun. 3pm. McClatchy High School. More info…

PLAN AHEAD…

Sactown Kids will be at the Rivercats’ Mommie & Me event at Raley Field April 23rd. Mark your calendars! It’s a free event with on-field games, music, snacks, face-painting, and Sactown Kids be hosting a super-cool free craft activity. Pre-register to save your spot! More info…

Gearing up for summer camps? Check out the incredible art camp offerings at Verge for 6-9 year olds and 10-13 year olds. Their camp themes include: Immersive Space: Installation Art, Paper Mache Creatures: Puppets & Alebrijes (like the ones in Coco) and Art on the Walls: Murals. They also offer some scholarship spots for kids who qualify for a free lunch at school. More info…

Get tickets for Cirque du Soleil: Crystal next weekend at the Golden 1 Center. $49+. More info…

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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