TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MARCH 8TH – MARCH 10TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of March 8th – March 10th! This time of year is so lovely: delightful patches of moss everywhere, crisp air, delicate sun, budding trees, and the gift of rain. So, get your spring/summer seeds started, go on a guided wildflower walk, stock up on colorful California fruit at the farmers market, see a rushing waterfall, see wearable creativity at fashion week, watch the high school basketball championship game, hang out with master gardeners, make a house for mason bees, see a 175-foot dancing dragon, go to a climate change pizza party, see collaborative art by an engineer and an artist, go for an easy hike in Auburn, go boulder climbing in a gym, meet Betty Reid Soskin, see a Midsummer’s Night Dream, listen to Duke Ellington’s jazz music, run around the teaching nursery at UC Davis and pick out some foamy bells and hairy wattles, march for International Women’s Day, make a lemon battery, watch a baseball game, see Sac Republic’s season-opening soccer game, and so much more! Have a great, cloudy weekend!

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Friday, March 8th, 2019
Mostly Sunny, 56/40

Join the McKinley Library’s Tween Comics Club. They’ll have snacks, discuss a comic book, do a craft, and have a trivia contest with the chance to win a prize! Copies will be available at the front desk in February. This month’s book: Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke. Note: This event is recommended for ages 8-12. Free. Fri. 3:30pm – 4:30pm. McKinley Library. More info…

Spend the evening with Daniel Tiger. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. The beloved characters come alive on stage to captivate you with new songs to sing along to, magical moments, and surprise guests along the way! $28+. Fri. 6:30pm. Community Center Theater. More info…

Take teens to an intersection of performance, poetry, beats and improvisation. “Citizen X” is a collaboration between poet, vocalist, and electronics performer Sadiq Bey and guitarist/composer Jean-Paul Bourelly. $12+. Fri. 7-9pm.  UC Davis Ann E. Pitzer Center. More info…

Take older kids interested in fashion to the Sacramento Fashion Week finale showcase, where designers will be presenting their new collections for the year. $40+. Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. Fri. 7pm (doors 6pm, seating 6:30pm). More info…

Go to the Boat Show or RV Shows at Cal Expo. See power boats, pontoons, houseboats, kayaks, and canoes. Participate in fishing seminars. Kids under 12 Free. Fri. 11am – 8pm (also open Sat. & Sun., see times). More info…

Cheer on the Sac State Hornets baseball team as they challenge Towson at John Smith Field. Sat. 6pm. Tickets $5+. 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…

Start something from seeds… or buy some starters. We’ve passed our average last frost date, so you can get those starters into the ground. Plan a glorious summer garden!


Saturday, March 9th, 2019
Mostly Cloudy, 55/41

Hike down to the waterfall dam at Lake Clementine for an exciting, loud rush of water. Our waterways are at full-steam right now. Stop in at the healthy cafe Nectar Cafe in Auburn for organic lunch fare or a gelato bar treat.

Go on a guided Wildflower Walk on the Buttermilk Bend Trail at the South Yuba River State Park (60-90 minute drive). You’ll see Western Buttercups, Zigzag Larkspur, and Shooting Stars. If you want to wait until mid-spring (April), the hills turn gold and purple with Tufted Poppies and Lupine. Mid-to-late spring offers Fairy Lanterns, Chinese Houses, and Birds-eye Gilia. Docents share facts, legends, and the many uses of flowers and plants along the trail. The Buttermilk Bend trail is an easy 2-mile out-and-back hike that lasts about 1.5 hours. Meet at the trailhead in the South Yuba River State Park north parking lot. $3 donation suggested. No pets. The Visitor’s Center is open 11am – 3pm on weekends. You can always go on this family hike on your own! More info…

Stay home and make a Lemon Battery. Got a winter harvest of lemons and a lightbulb you want to light? This is a fun and easy STEM project, if you have some copper wire and pliers in the garage. Follow this 1-minute tutorial to harness some citrus energy! 

March to the Capitol for International Women’s Day. Wear red and make a sign for an issue you care about. The march starts at 681 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento at 10:00 a.m. and start marching at 11:00 a.m., arriving to the NORTH Steps of the Capitol by 11:30 am. Program to follow will include speakers, singers, performers, and poetry. Free. Sat. 10am. More info…

See the best high school basketball players in the state face-off. Golden 1 Center is excited to host the 39th annual CIF State Basketball Championship Finals being held Friday and Saturday. Games scheduled for every two hours. $16+. Sat. various times (Friday too). Golden 1 Center. More info…

Learn how to make houses for Mason Bees to create new habitats for pollinators at the Open Garden at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, run by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County. Open Garden Days are the ideal time to walk through at your own pace. Mini-demonstrations include: Cane and spur pruning of grapes for arbors, Creating new habitats for pollinators: making houses for Mason Bees, Herbal gifts from the garden, Water Efficient Landscapes: Woody ornamentals. On-going workshops include: Berries: Testing soil pH, soil amendments for vigorous plants, and superior yields, Vegetables: Growing edibles in the Sacramento Valley, Vineyard: Disease management practices for vineyard health, Compost: Types of compost bins and tips for success, Orchard: Winter pruning of deciduous fruit trees, Water Efficient Landscapes: Selecting plants using Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) criteria. You can also bring samples of your problem plants or insects from your backyard to the Ask the Master Gardeners table! Free. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. More info…

Take the dog to Saturday Midtown Farmer’s Market and grab lunch from one of their many ready-to-eat food options. Stock up on colorful California fruits! More info…

Pick up some Foamy Bells and Hairy Wattles. Walk around the exciting, one-acre UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery (not usually open to the public) and shop the plants that UC Davis students have grown—many of which are unique native species you can’t find in stores. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 11am – 1pm. (Members only 9am – 11am, open to public 11am – 1pm.) More info (and inventory list)…

Go to Science Storytime at the Powerhouse Science Center. Join in a some nature discovery and listen to a science-themed story. They will be reading Oscar and the Moth, by Geoff Waring. Afterwards, take part in a fun activity that explores how shadows are created. Free with admission. Sat. 11am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Get a behind-the-scenes experience with the Eastern Bongo, and other African hoofstock at the Sacramento Zoo. The animals roaming the savanna and forests of Africa are beautiful and fascinating creatures. This tour will take you behind the scenes of our hoofstock area to talk about the care and keeping of giraffes, zebras and bongos here at the zoo. You will get a guided tour of the area from a zoo expert. The most exciting stop along the way will be with an eastern bongo, a Critically Endangered species. Come nose to nose with a member of our bongo herd and get the chance to hand-feed this amazing animal. This is a tour you will not soon forget. $65. Sat. 11am (45 to 60 mins). Sacramento Zoo. More info…

See a 175-foot dancing dragon at the Bok Kai Parade in Marysville. The Chinese American Pioneer Heritage Committee is working to increase knowledge of the historic Marysville Chinatown, once the second largest in the US, it was the hub of many Chinese Americans who built the infrastructure of California—including railroads, roads, wineries, mines, delta levees, water and irrigation systems and agricultural farmlands. This year they will also honor the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike – completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The Bok Kai Festival & Street Fair will have cultural booths, craft vendors, kids activities, and more. The dragon will rear its head in the parade 11am – 1pm. The festival is 9am – 5pm. The Old Chinese School Museum will be open 10am – 5pm. More info…

Go to a climate change pizza party. Do you want to make a difference on Climate Change? The youth are leading the way on climate action today. 350 Sacramento wants to help youth to lead the local Sacramento Climate Movement. Bring your friends to eat some pizza, learn about climate action, and start making a difference in your community and our world. Free, cost of purchases, RSVP required. Sat. 12pm – 3pm. The Atrium on Folsom Blvd. More info…

Shop a craft fair near the river at Drake’s: The Barn. River City Marketplace is designed to present the Sacramento region’s best artists, makers and small businesses in a setting that creates an enjoyable and memorable experience. River City Marketplace was conceived to showcase local talent and products in a unique and fun atmosphere. Its hope is to create an opportunity for people who believe that shopping small and shopping locally is essential to helping our community and local economy,and to also provide a stage for small, hardworking artists and businesses to display their work to the public. RCMP is delighted to present over 100 local vendors, from fine art and crafts to DIY and gourmet food, as well as live music and a kid’s play area. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 12pm – 5pm. Drake’s: The Barn. More info…

Make a fairy. Join Artfully Rooted Marketplace for a “make and take home” class for children taught by local small business owner Christy Hein. Materials are provided for up to two flower fairies (pipe cleaners, artificial flowers, and embroidery thread and yarn. Each child needs to be accompanied by a supervising adult; adults are free (unless would like to participate!). A minimum of three students must register for this class to run, adults are not included in student head count. $35+, registration required. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Artfully Rooted Marketplace in Folsom. 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. Free. Sat. 2pm – 7pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

Cheer on the UC Davis Aggies’ women’s basketball team duke it out against UC Santa Barbara. Wear your blue & gold. $8+. Sat. 2:30pm. UC Davis – The Pavilion. More info…

Meet a veterinarian, dentist, pediatrician, nurse, and more at the Teen Career Fair for Medicine & Health. Get a chance to explore these fields and ask all the questions you have. Free. Sat. 3pm – 5pm. Arcade Library (not Arden-Arcade). More info…

Get a milkshake sprinkled with U.S. and presidential history at Milk House Shakes in Old Sac. Get the Abe Lincoln oreo shake or JFK’s mint chocolate chip (for his Irish heritage). Open Sunday 1pm – 5pm. Walk around Old Town, drop in to the Railroad Museum, or walk along the river. You can also rent kid-carrying cargo bikes at Practical CycleMore info on those milkshakes…

Watch what happens when an artist & an engineer create art together. What will happen when art and tech collide? Artists and Engineers is an arts program to bring six pairs of Sacramento-based artists and engineers to collaborate on original artworks around one of four themes: Revealing the Invisible, The Future of Together, Speed and Humanity, and Portraits of Engineers. For project details, click here. Society takes a lot of our technological world for granted, removing the human element from our understanding of systems like digital networks, civic projects, electrical grids, or chemical processes. But all technology has a human side. Artists and Engineers seeks to use the power of artists’ special perceptive abilities, creativity, and process to help the public experience a new view of some of the human themes of technology. Verizon is bringing together six artists and six engineers to create six new works of art. Inspired by 5G. Powered by innovation, technology, and humanity. This event was made possible by Verizon, Hiker Company, and the City of Sacramento. Free. Sat. 5:30pm – 9pm. Hacker Lab on R St. More info…

Go to a 2nd Saturday art gallery reception tucked away in an alley to celebrate Youth Art Month at The Art Studios on I featuring artworks from selected local Sacramento High, Middle, and Elementary schools. Also, enjoy the paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glassware and prints from the 15 resident artists of the Art Studios. There will be live music. If you’re hungry for dinner afterwards, grab some sandwiches at “Easy on I” cafe right in front of the gallery. Free. Sat. 5:30pm – 9pm. The Art Studios, located behind “Easy on I” at 1727 I St. More info…

See the Magnum Opus art show for 2nd Saturday. Magnum Opus is an annual exhibition at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center where artists locally and from around the globe showcase their best and most brilliant works. This is the 30th year of this amazing exhibition. This is an internationally open, juried show featuring artists working in all forms of media. The judge this year is Steve Memering, a renowned local artist who believes in the “uniquely human” qualities present in the making and experience of visual art. There will also be a Reception and Awards Ceremony where you can come enjoy live music, refreshments, and some truly incredible art. Free. Sat. 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Sacramento Fine Arts Center. More info…

Get tickets for Sacramento Republic FC’s opening night and see them take on Real Monarchs SLC. $14+. Sat. 7:30pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

Get competitive at Teen Game Night. Join the North Sac Teen Advisory Board for an after-hours teen night every 2nd Saturday of the month. Ages 13-19 come and enjoy a night of video games, movies, computers and more. Snacks provided by the Friends of the North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. Free. Sat. 6pm – 8pm. North Sacramento – Hagginwood Library. More info…

Ask your kids some funny questions. How old is mom? What did you do yesterday? What is the funniest word you know?


Sunday, March 10th, 2019
Partly Cloudy 61/41

Take a family hike around the beautiful Auburn State Recreation Area. The rivers are raging and stunningly beautiful right now.

Wake up early and look for an odd toy at Sacramento’s truly amazing antique fair. The quality of goods (especially if you go early) is top-notch. See 300 vendors from California, Nevada, and other neighboring states selling antiques and collectibles that are 20 years and older. Peruse vintage clothing, military antiques, art, jewelry, lighting, glassware, silver, toys, furniture, and so much more! There will be food vendors and an ATM on site. Free for kids, $3 adults. Sun. 6:30am – 3pm. 21st St. & X St. in Sacramento. More info…

See a free film at the Jewish Film Festival. The Sunday morning film, The Samuel Project, is free to all students, teachers and teachers’ assistants, but you must reserve tickets online. The Samuel Project is a comedic drama about Eli (Ryan Ochoa), a teenager who gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of a senior-year animated art project. When the teen discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy, Samuel agrees to tell his story — one he hasn’t told in more than 75 years. Free for students (“The Samuel Project” film), must reserve tickets online. Sun. 10am. Festival runs Thurs. – Sun. Crest Theatre. More info…

Go climbing. Get a day use pass ($6+) at Granite Arch climbing gym and let the kids hang Mission Impossible-style. They have an Adventure Village for the 8 & under set, and a Bouldern Room for 11 & under. Open 12pm – 5pm on Sundays. Granite Arch in Rancho Cordova. More info…

Think you have a competitive youth climber on your hands? Check out the great youth programs and training available at The Boulder Field… this new climbing gym is seriously gorgeous.

Hear a cellist and pianist play together. Cellist Matt Haimovitz, an artist whose barrier-breaking performances have taken him around the world, collaborates with renowned pianist and composer Vijay Iyer in a program that truly defies definition. Repertoire from Iyer’s catalogue, plus the music of Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, J. S. Bach, Ravi Shankar, Billy Strayhorn and others, flow seamlessly, creating an event of unprecedented virtuosity and depth. Duets are the centerpiece but expect solo performances by each of these mesmerizing players. $10+ (there are only several tickets left). Sun. 2pm & 7pm. Mondavi Center. More info…

Or… see brothers play the violin and piano together! Artistic influences help shape the creative process, and in this special concert, the talented Irrera Brothers will explore the idea of influence through their performance of works by Stravinsky, Vitali, and Beethoven. Known for their expressive playing, the Irrera Brothers — Steinway Artist pianist Joseph and violinist John — have performed internationally as well as at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center. The concert will have a pivotal end with Beethoven’s historic Kreutzer Sonata. Enjoy an afternoon of enchanting music and fascinating insights. $10+. Sun. 3pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Take teens to a jewelry making class. This class will be a basic intro into the methods and techniques of lost wax casting. Lost wax is how most of the jewelry you see in stores is made. Basically, you make a wax original, put it into a mold, then burn out the wax and pour in your metal. There are a few other steps along the way which will be covered in this class. The goal for this session will be to create an original pendant design using sheet wax and soft wax. Feel free to research any designs or ideas you might have before you come to class. Lost wax is a very versatile method so let your imagination run wild. $5 suggested donation. Sun. 1pm – 4pm. Upcycled Pop. More info…

Take older kids to meet Betty Reid Soskin at her book signing event. When she was born in 1921, the lynching of African-Americans was a national epidemic, blackface minstrel shows were the most popular American form of entertainment, white women had only just won the right to vote, and most African-Americans in the Deep South could not vote at all. From her great-grandmother, who had been enslaved until her mid-20s, Betty heard stories of slavery and the times of terror and struggle for black folk that followed. In her lifetime, Betty has watched the nation begin to confront its race and gender biases when forced to come together in the World War II era; seen our differences nearly break us apart again in the upheavals of the civil rights and Black Power eras; and, finally, lived long enough to witness both the election of an African-American president and the re-emergence of a militant, racist far right. Betty Reid Soskin’s book, Sign My Name to Freedom, invites readers into an American life through the words and thoughts of a national treasure who has never stopped looking at herself, the nation, or the world with fresh eyes. Celebrate the accomplished life of this Bay Area hero with a conversation, reading, and book signing of her new memoir. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Free. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. The Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex. More info…

See A Midsummer’s Night Dream. In this, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” The magical tale concerns two pairs of young lovers lost in the forest, a hopeless troupe of actors, the king and queen of the woodland fairies, and the mischievous sprite Puck, who sprinkles romance and uproarious, free-for-all havoc over everyone. $17+. Sun. 2pm. Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

Go to the last showing of 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 must get on their mailing list and reserve months in advance. You can still get tix for the summers shows!). Sun. 2pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Take older musical teens to listen to jazz by Duke Ellington at CLARA Studios. Duke Ellington was one of the most prolific composers of the twentieth century, with a list of compositions numbering in the thousands. Modern jazz musicians continue to play many of his hit songs but rarely do they delve into his extended works due to the structural and orchestrational complexities that often construct these pieces. With this concert, Capital Jazz Project will perform excerpts of Ellington’s great extended compositions, adapting them to fit the instrumentation and style of the musicians performing, just as Duke would for the members of his ensemble. $10+. The Auditorium at CLARA. Sun. 6:30pm – 9pm. More info…

Make some healthy granola snack bars for the week. Let the kids choose a few ingredients. Here are 12 recipes to get you started…

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Happy Adventuring!

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