TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MARCH 30TH – MARCH 31ST, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of March 30th – March 31st!  Eat some Swedish pancakes, learn how to dye things with avocado pits, take a free self-defense class (9 & up), celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo or Superhero Day at Fairytale Town, learn about old-fashioned black powder weaponry and do S.T.E.A.M. activities at Sutter’s Fort, see the flowers blooming in a cemetery, play old school video games in a vintage arcade, learn how to stop bleeding and save a life, take part in the grand re-opening of the Sacramento History Museum, listen to Joanna Gaines’ new children’s book, learn about lizards, see 50 jazz musicians perform for free on the waterfront, go to a multimedia ecology performance honoring Costa Rica, go to a free 2-hour absolute-beginners sewing workshop, look at the stars through a 17″ telescope, watch a college baseball game for $5, go-kart racing, ride a mini-zipline, be stunned by the ‘Cirque du Soleil Crystal’ magic, and so much more. It’s a weekend full of quirks, variety, and fun… grab some friends and try something new!

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SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH, 2019
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Celebrate Earth Fest at the Sacramento Zoo. Join the Sacramento Zoo as they throw a party for the planet. Learn about the environment and conservation both locally and globally and how you can have an impact on the world around you right from home. Enjoy face painting, crafts, hands-on activities, and games all focused on the planet everyone calls home. Get the scoop on some of the Zoo’s animals and how to make the better world for them through Keeper chats and shows and be sure to visit the Zoo’s backyard to learn about native plants and explore the garden. Free with admission. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Climb up on a Viking ship and try some pannkakor (Swedish pancakes). Enjoy some Scandinavian music and dances at the 36th Annual Sacramento Scandinavian Festival. The sponsoring lodges provide Scandinavian prepared-food sales such as Swedish open-faced sandwiches (smörgåsar) and pancakes (tunn pannkakor), Finnish Salmon Chowder (lohikeitto), Norwegian Lefse, and several other dishes. The presentation of the national flags with the singing of each national anthem for each nation in their native tongue is a continuing tradition. There are also kid-friendly demonstrations of Scandinavian crafts, a Viking ship and village to visit, and cultural information tables and videos. $5, Kids ages 12 & under are Free. Cash only. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Scottish Rite Center. More info…

Wear your superhero capes for a fun day at Fairytale Town. Calling all superheroes! Enjoy arts and crafts activities and meet your favorite superheroes and everyday heroes. Come dressed in your capes and masks. Free with admission. $6, Kids ages 1 & under are Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Fairytale Town. More info…

Take a free women’s self-defense seminar (ages 9 & up). The Warrior Forged Project, an all-women team, is in high demand as they work to empower women teens families and children everywhere they travel. Their team is highly skilled in several martial arts, and are continually training in personal protection, law of self defense, victimology, criminology, and more. Wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move around in. They do discuss some serious topics (including some mature stories, so sometimes it gets emotional in the room. But they make learning fun and exciting as well. They will discuss many scenarios and techniques you can learn in class and practice at home. Free. Sat. 10am – 1pm. Ralph Gracie Sacramento. More info…

Learn how to make Cyanotype Prints (adults & teens). Using light sensitive chemicals you’ll expose prints in the sun and process them in water. By the time you leave you’ll have four gorgeous 8×10 cyanotype prints and the know-how to create more at home. Participants should bring an assortment of plant materials or interesting objects to print with. Pressed plants and flowers work quite well. Bring your favorites to make prints that are uniquely yours! The rest of the materials will be provided. Linda Clark Johnson is a mixed media artist working in cyanotype, collage, and watercolor. Her artwork focuses on the natural world, landscape, and plant forms. Her work is cyanotype-based. Cyanotype is an alternative photographic process developed in 1842. Prints are characterized by a deep shade of Prussian blue. She prints with foraged natural plant materials outdoors in the sun in her Sacramento studio. $85 Verge Members, $95 Non-Members. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

Hands on History: S.T.E.A.M. at the Fort. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is rich in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.). Visitors will have the opportunity to learn the importance of S.T.E.A.M. in early California, and how it made daily life easier and possible. Spend the day interacting with docents dressed in historic attire and participating in family-friendly hands-on activities. In addition, there will be demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s favorite cannon. $5+ (Free for kids ages 5 & under). Sat. 10am – 4pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

See spring blooms in the cemetery at “Spring Beauties Awaken – Garden Tour.” Join Historic Rose Garden volunteers to see and smell spring flowers that have emerged from a brief winter slumber and are blooming brightly throughout the garden. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the garden, spending time with the volunteers who created and care for it. The Historic Rose Garden is nestled among the cemetery’s monuments, re-creating the garden cemetery that was established in 1849. In spring, the combination of blooms and tombs are at their best. Please note that rain will cancel the event. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

Take a free beginners sewing workshop (ages 15 & older). Have you always wanted to learn to sew on a machine? This free, 2-hour workshop is for beginners who have never used or have very limited experience using a sewing machine. You will start from the beginning and learn the basics, such as identifying the parts of a sewing machine, threading the machine, loading the bobbin, adjusting the tension, changing needles, and troubleshooting. You will practice sewing straight and curved lines, turning corners, and backstitching. You will also learn about sewing techniques like seam allowances and how to adjust the settings on the machine. Free, pre-register. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Woodland Community College, Library. More info…

Celebrate Sacramento History Museum’s Grand Re-Opening. The Sacramento History Museum will officially re-open to the public on Saturday at 10am. The museum was temporarily closed earlier this year for a much-needed renovation project that included removing the escalator and remodeling the ground floor space. To celebrate the re-opening, the Sacramento History Museum will offer free admission that one day only along with free activities such as gold panning, storytelling, crafts and period games for kids. Free. Sat. 10am – 4:30pm. Sacramento History Museum in Old Sac. More info…

Take a guided flower hike. Take a “Flower Power!” flower hike with a naturalist through the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. Meet and learn about a few of the colorful flowers that call the American River Parkway their home. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am, arrive early. Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. More info…

Learn about block printing (adults & teens). This workshop will be a brief introduction to the history, tools, and techniques of relief printing (block printing), with emphasis on printing on fabric. Printmaking techniques allow you to produce multiples of the same design, yet each one is considered an original. Participants will create their own design and print it on fabric. With this technique you can make patches, bandanas, flags, and even printed T-shirts. Some fabric will be provided, yet participants are encouraged to bring others pieces of fabric and T-shirts to print on them. $30. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Sol Collective. More info…

Go to ‘We Are the Gardeners’ storytime at Barnes & Noble. From Joanna Gaines, this new children’s book chronicles the adventures of starting a family garden. Trying something new isn’t always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward. Free. Sat. 11am. At various Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

Sing, dance, and read at Baby Storytime at Central Library. Bond with your baby and make new friends! Baby Lapsit Storytime is designed to encourage early literacy development through shared reading, songs, games and movement. Recommended for birth through 24 months, but older kids are welcome. In the Kids’ Place on the lower level. Free. Sun. 12:10pm – 12:40pm. Central Library, Sacramento. More info…

Get a super-early Easter pic. The Easter Bunny will be at Artfully Rooted Marketplace for complimentary photos. Not just for kids, this is for adults too. The store itself will feature Spring and Easter decorations throughout the fall. You will find unique vintage items, antiques, furniture, home decor, and handmade items for your yard, home, parties, gifts, and more. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Artfully Rooted. More info…

Watch 50 jazz musicians perform on the riverfront, as they fundraise to send local kids to the Teagarden Jazz Camp. The four-hour show, held from 2 to 6 p.m. at Drake’s: The Barn, will feature headliners Element Brass Band and Peter Petty—both Sammie award winning acts—plus an assortment of brass bands, swing bands and New Orleans-style hot jazz ensembles to help send deserving students to the Teagarden summer jazz camp. There is no cover charge for this all-ages show, but a suggested $20-per-person donation will help bring the gift of jazz to up to budding young musicians. As the world’s oldest musical camp focusing specifically on early jazz, Teagarden Jazz Camp has a long list of celebrity alumni from pop star Carly Rae Jepsen to jazz singer and trumpeter Bria Skonberg. Camp instructors are themselves highly accomplished musicians who have played with some of the biggest names around the world. In Sacramento, it’s hard to find a jazz band that does not have at least one or two musicians who have taken part in the Teagarden camp as either an instructor, a one-time student, or both. The camp is an annual production of the Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and promote early jazz. Camp director Bill Dendle says the camp is always a labor of love. “Traditional jazz is contagious,” says Dendle. “Children are innately musical and creative, and can profit on many levels from learning about jazz and improvisation.” Free ($20 suggested donation). Sat. 2pm – 7pm. Drake’s: The Barn. 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. 2pm & 7pm. St. Francis High School. More info…

Listen to Mark Menzies perform Bach (free for kids). Hailed by the LA Times as an “extraordinary musician” and a “riveting violinist,” Mark Menzies will perform three of J.S. Bach’s cycle of solo sonatas and partitas on the Trinity Cathedral Music Series. In between works by Bach, he will be joined by series artists, Bernadette Mondok (soprano) and Derek Keller (tenor/countertenor) for works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. As a viola and violin virtuoso, chamber musician, and advocate of contemporary music, Menzies has performed across Europe, the Americas, Japan, New Zealand and across the US, including a series of appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall. $15 General, $12 Students/Seniors, Kids ages 12 & under are Free. Sat. 7pm – 9pm. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Church. More info…

Support a kid-produced, multi-media peace & conservation production. Natomas Charter School uses the One Voice Project to learn about peace and conservation across the globe. This time, making friendships and artistic collaborations with students from Costa Rica and the Ecology Project International.  One Voice – Costa Rica is an original multi-media performing arts production consisting of a blend of Western and Latin artistic elements performed in a variety of artistic disciplines. In 2018, the Natomas Charter School launched year one of the One Voice Costa Rica Project: an international exchange project focused on the sustainability of the environment. They sent a team of 8 Natomas Charter School students and 4 faculty to Costa Rica to begin a partnership with two schools in Costa Rica. With the support of Ecology Project International and the Edward Anderson Foundation, students participated in environmental activism on the Pacuare Sea Turtle Reserve. This year, they hope to bring 12 Costa Rican students and 2 faculty members to Sacramento. $10+. Sat. 2pm & 7pm. Benvenuti Performing Arts Center. More info…

See the hilarious 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical (ages 13 & up). This show was a long-running hit on Broadway, and now you have the chance to see it performed by local high schoolers. The story: eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite. Due to mature content, this show is rated PG-13. $8+. Sat. 7:30pm. Placer High School Auditorium. More info…

Look at the universe through a 17” telescope. Saturday is supposed to be mostly clear. This will be a great opportunity to have a late-night star viewing at the Community Observatory in Placerville for older kids and teens who can stay up past 8:30pm. Look through their 17″ Planewave CDK telescope (Provided by Aerojet/GenCorp) and see deep space objects in stunning detail live from our 14″ telescope/HD camera in this world class public observatory built by the Rotary Club of Cameron Park. Also enjoy the Art Cort Sky Theater, an outdoor ampitheater where docents give tours of the night sky. Free (we suggest a $5 family donation). Sat. 8:30pm – 10:30pm (you can come and go at any time, but the docent talk in the small amphitheater is a must-see–bring a blanket!). Community Observatory. More info…

SUNDAY, MARCH 31ST, 2019
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Go speed racing at K1 indoor go-karting. Enter some junior races with your friends and speed your way through Sunday. Opens at 10am on Sundays and junior races end at 8pm. Kids height requirement is 48”. More info…

Learn how to stop life-threatening bleeding (older kids & teens). In October 2015, the White House launched its Stop the Bleed campaign—a special national initiative designed to provide bystanders with the tools and knowledge to stop life-threatening bleeding. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers. Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters as well as from everyday accidents. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives. Similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators, improving public awareness about how to stop severe bleeding and expanding personal and public access to Bleeding Control Kits can be the difference between life and death for an injured person. March is National Stop The Bleed Month and attendees can select from any one of 3 sessions on March 31, 2019, 9am-11am, 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm. Each session is two hours in length. Upon completion of the two hour session, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion. No minimum age is required to attend. However, due to the graphic nature of the material a responsible parent or guardian’s permission is recommended prior to attending. Free. Sun. 9am – 3pm (various times). Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center. More info…

Learn how to dye things with avocado pits (adults and teens). Fiber artist Roxanne Young will take you through the process of designing and dyeing a set of four cotton dinner napkins. She will talk about scouring, mordanting, and modifying the colors and different tie dye techniques. The beauty of this craft is that you get to add beautiful shades of pinks, purples, and grays to fabric by using the byproduct of a delicious and nutritious food. You will be given a step-by-step guide to take home with you to try the project again to revive an old garment or add color to a new piece. Roxanne has been working in the fiber arts for many years, beginning with her obsession with crochet in 2004. After having her son in 2013, she began working with coiling and weaving necklaces and wall hangings with conventionally dyed yarn, as well as creating her own dyed yarn with procion and plant dye. She also creates one of a kind herbal art to wear to inspirit the everyday. $75+. Sat. 11am – 12:30pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

Last chance to 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. Sun. 2pm. More info…

Cheer on the UC Davis Aggies baseball team as they take on UC Riverside. $5+. Sun. 1pm. Dobbins Baseball Field. 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+. Sun. 1pm (also on Sat.). B Street Theatre. More info…

Learn about Leapin’ Lizards. Do lizards really leap? What do they eat? Explore the world of these scaly creatures. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am, arrive early. Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. More info…

Take a walk around the Stock Ranch Nature Preserve, a 47-acre open space park along Arcade and San Juan creeks. There are interactive displays on Native/Drought-Tolerant Landscape Garden, Wetland Exhibit, and Bird/Waterfowl Viewing area. Enjoy 1.5 miles of stroller-friendly walking paths. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the mild weather! Or drive over to the nearby Arcade Creek Park Preserve and play in the well-maintained playground and take a spin on the mini-zipline for little kids.

Get to the Vintage Arcade at Punch Bowl Social… a new, amazingly modern & fancy bowling alley in DOCO. They also have karaoke, virtual reality, and awesome table games like giant scrabble and giant jenga. Great food with a kids menu too. More info…

Take musical-loving older kids to “I Can’t Do It Alone” Great Showbiz Duets (ages 4 & up). From vintage twosomes to newer duos, from romantic ballads to laughter-filled comedy numbers, this cabaret features a diverse mix of classic and contemporary showtunes with songs like “Do You Love Me?”, “Friendship”, “Unworthy of Your Love”, and many others. Whether attending single, as a couple, or with a group, you’ll leave with an understanding of why—at least in showbiz—“it takes two!” $20+. Sun. 2pm & 7pm (also on Sat.). Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

See Cirque du Soleil Crystal at Golden 1 Center. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats claim their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. $49+. Sun. 5pm. Golden 1 Center. More info…

PLAN AHEAD…

The Powerhouse Science Center is hosting an array of family workshops this spring, but you must pre-register before they fill up! This season they will have workshops on how to make a DIY Microscope (with your smartphone) Apr. 6th, Squid Dissection June 1st, and the Science of Sci-Fi (space travel at light speed!) May 4th. More info…

Sign-up to make a free birdhouse next Sat., Apr. 4th, at Home Depot. Encourage a love for nature and ornithology in a hands-on workshop where kids can build a real birdhouse. Your young birdwatcher can observe birds’ behaviors like nest building and provide them a safe place to eat without the need for expensive equipment. Once your birdhouse is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. More info…

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Happy Adventuring!

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