TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MAY 11TH – MAY 12TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of May 11th & May 12th! Donate non-perishables to the food bank by leaving it out for your mail carrier, make a free DIY kite, have a proper tea party with Mom, meet artists at Design Week Sacramento events, make a family art project, see the funny Shakespeare musical ‘Tempest for Kids’, go to a Teen Career Fair, go to a French Fry Festival, go to a Mindful Community Festival, Whole Earth Festival, or a Strawberry Festival, see photo prints from a real darkroom, see a professional soccer or baseball game, go to family game night at a golf course, get mom an heirloom gift at the antique faire, picnic at several Capay Valley farms open to the public, see a play in the historic, mini-sized Eagle Theatre, watch world-class cyclists whiz by, and more! So much to do this Mother’s Day weekend. Get out and enjoy the sunshine! Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who have nurtured young people in this world. We need you!

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SATURDAY, MAY 11TH, 2019
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Donate food to the Sacramento Food Bank. This is a fantastic opportunity for families to help the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services go all in to end hunger in Sacramento. All you have to do is fill a bag with non-perishable food items and leave by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up on Saturday, May 11, 2019. For more information about this drive, click here.

Go to the free May Open Garden at the Horticulture Center. This open garden will feature a mini-demonstration on container gardening in the Water Efficient Landscape Garden. On-going demonstrations: Water Efficient Landscape Garden: Irrigation, Orchard: Fruit tree planting ideas, Herbs: Spring planting and grooming beds for summer growth, Berries: Keeping birds off of berries, Vegetables: Planning for warm season crops, Vineyard: Canopy management, and Compost: Types of compost bins and tips for success. Free. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. More info…

Make a free DIY kite. On the 2nd Saturday of each month, DOCO hosts an event for families with children. These art activities are specially designed by Verge Center for the Arts to stimulate creativity while providing a fun weekend activity for families. This weekend’s free craft project is: Kite Making — make paper kites and fly them on the green! The festivities occur on the West end of the Plaza (near Yard House). DOCO has four garages onsite, each conveniently located. They suggest parking at the DOCO Central Garage (414 J Street) for 2nd Saturday Activation’s. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. DOCO. More info…

Go to Demonstration Day at Sutter’s Fort. Dive into history and connect with your past! Activities vary on Demonstration Days, but may include blacksmithing, carpentry, cooperage, candle dipping, cooking, baking, weaving, scavenger hunts, and more. Free with admission. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

Go to Artful Tot at the Crocker Art Museum. Toddlers explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. A quiet sensory room encourages learning through artistic play. Adults learn how to encourage experimentation and self-expression while nurturing their child’s creativity. Families are welcome to arrive any time during the program period. Dress for mess. Artful Tot will take a break for June, July, and August. Join us instead for Fourth Fridays and All Aboard! Free Community Festival. Artful Tot will return in September. $8 members/$16 non-members (includes one adult, one child, additional person free with admission. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Go to Mother’s Day storytime at Barnes & Noble. Featuring In a Minute, Mama Bear by Rachel Bright. When Mama Bear decides to throw the to-do list out the window and spend the day playing and relaxing in the park with baby Bella Bear, they find that sometimes, when things don’t go as planned, they can still have a whole lot of fun. The Natomas B&N store will also be doing a special Mother’s Day storytime & tea party on Sunday at noon with costume character, Little Brown Hare. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

Prince & Princess Tea. Tea for two (your child and you) at Chocolate Fish Coffee in Land Park. Wear your favorite costume! This fun afternoon includes sandwiches, cakes and tea. $50. 12pm & 2pm. Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters. More info…

It’s Design Week in Sacramento! Meet 12 local designers and artists at a pop-up market at Urban Roots for 2nd Saturday. Free. 12pm – 4pm. Then go on a mural-hunting adventure using this guide from Art of the Day Sacramento. More info on Design Week here…

Make a family art project. Go to the Sacramento Fine Arts Center for some hands-on, quality together time with your child or grandchild (Ages 5+). Work together or separately, everyone takes home a masterpiece! Master artists and instructors will demonstrate and assist. Instructors and projects vary each month. $5 per family. All materials provided. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael. More info…

Shop art and make a card for Mom. Celebrate mom with art. Shop art glass, paintings and prints, pottery and ceramics, succulents and gifts from visiting artisans. Enjoy the works of the 15 resident artists and bring the whole family by the card station and make a card for mom on 2nd Saturday. Free. Sat. 1:30pm – 9pm. The Art Studios. More info…

See a funny Shakespeare play, ‘Tempest for Kids.’ Sactown Kids highly recommends this performance. This musical rendition of Shakespeare’s ‘Tempest’ is filled with funny songs, rap, and bee-bop. Prospero and his teenage daughter, Miranda live on a remote island. Their only companions are Ariel, a magical spirit and island native, Caliban. Prospero was originally Duke of Milan, but his position was usurped by his brother Antonio. The play opens with Antonio, Alonso, and several of their retainers on a ship in a great storm, the tempest. Unbeknownst to them, the storm is the work of Prospero, who aims to shipwreck them on his island. Washed ashore, Prospero plans to regain his position as Duke of Milan. Watch Prospero use magic and trickery to succeed in restoring his dukedom. This family-friendly and accessible musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic is written in rhyming couplets and performed by STC School of the Arts Pre-Professional Ensemble and Young Professionals Conservatory students. ‘Tempest for Kids’ was written by Lois Burdett, adapted by Megan West with original music by Rob Broadhurst. $12+ (There are only 3 tiered rows in this tiny theatre, so every seat has a fantastic view!). Sat. 2pm & 7pm. Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

Take teens to the Teen Career Fair: Grab Bag to meet with a lawyer, psychologist, interpreter, hair stylist, plumber, accountant, and more. Get good advice from seasoned professionals in their field of interest. Free. Arcade Library. Sat. 3pm – 5pm. More info…

Eat some french fries at Sac Fry Fest. Sacramento’s only food festival dedicated to loaded fries is back. Experience the creativity of local chefs as they put their culinary skills to the test with loaded fries you’ll love! From the savory to the sweet and everything in between, there will be something for everyone. Plus, witness an epic loaded fry battle and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Favorite. There will also be live music and fry-themed entertainment, craft brew or cider, a local makers bazaar, and a Fry Fest kids zone at Roosevelt Park. $10+ (Kids 8 & under are Free). Sat. 3pm – 7pm. Roosevelt Park. More info…

See the free play Trigger at the Mindful Community Festival. The Mindful Community Festival is a two-day event. Festival activities include: prizes, bounce houses, yoga, youth concert, dancing, face painting, balloon animals and much more. Each day will feature live music, food trucks, kid activities, and giveaways from local community groups plus a live stage performance of Trigger, a locally written play featuring local youth. Free. Sat. 3pm – 9:30pm. Nielsen Park. More info…

Go to the THIS Midtown Block Party with Will Clarke. Grab dinner and dance in the street at this all-ages event. Free with RSVP @ bit.ly/this916 Sat. 5pm – 10pm. Marrs Building. More info…

Show kids the beauty of real photo prints made in a darkroom. Join the first ever Photosource community print night for a showing including prints made in the Photosource darkroom from local Sacramento photographers. Support local photographers and help keep film alive. Free food and refreshments will be offered. Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. Photosource Sacramento. More info…

Go to a love-themed choral music concert. Cantaré Chorale of the Sierra Foothills, under the direction of Mariia Pechenova, presents Tapestry of Love. A concert devoted to mankind’s most profound emotion — love! Performing three major choral works in three languages, Cantaré Chorale’s expressive performance of these unique works conveys the universal tenderness, euphoria, joy, heartache, passion, and longing that touch the soul of anyone who’s experienced love. This intensely evocative music, woven together by string quartet and oboe, will inspire not only the audience, but the artists who will create original works of art as part of each concert. Come and join Cantaré Chorale and their special guest artists as they celebrate love, that most human of all emotions. Students $18, Adults $20. Sat. 7pm. Harris Center for the Arts. 

Watch the Sacramento Republic FC take on Reno 1868 FC! $14+. Sat. 7:30pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info…

Take part in Family Game Night at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. Play lawn chess, cornhole, giant Jenga, and more. The driving range is open 24 hours a day and family game night is available every night. Haggin Oaks. More info…

SUNDAY, MAY 12TH, 2019
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Take mom to the Sacramento Antique Faire. 300 vendors from California, Nevada, and other neighboring states will be selling antiques and collectibles that are 20 years and older. Vintage clothing, military antiques, art, jewelry, lighting, glassware, silver, toys, furniture, and so much more can be found. This event is held every 2nd Sunday of the month, rain or shine. Food and an ATM are accessible on site. $3 (Kids 0-16 Free). Sun. 6:30am – 3pm. 21st & X St. (under the freeway). More info…

Run around Capay Valley for Mother’s Day. Join in the delight of spring flowers, strolling through many of the Capay Valleys’ finest gardens. See how California native shrubs are integrated into lovely annual and perennial gardens. Talk to the gardeners themselves and learn the secrets of their success. New gardens have been added this year as well as several points of interest along the drive though the valley. Many of the gardens are also showcases for agricultural production in the Capay Valley. You are welcome to picnic in the gardens – delicious box lunches will be for sale at the Guinda Grange Hall using local ingredients. Art and plants will be for sale at the Grange Hall. A floral design demonstration will be available – with Mother’s Day bouquets to purchase. $0-$12. Sun. 10am – 5pm. Capay Valley. More info…

Go to BerryFest Strawberry Festival in Roseville. Celebrate the Strawberry Harvest on Mother’s Day in Roseville. Besides loads of strawberries, different types of food and treats, the BerryFest is packed with fun not just for the ‘kids.’ There’s an extreme skate pro park, second line parade, paint-a-rock project, princess pageant, strawberry shortcake eating contest, amazing animal world exhibit, scout-o-rama demonstrations, a strawberry selfie village, a model railroad exhibit, a strawberry pancake breakfast hosted by the Boy Scouts, a live graffiti wall, a classic car show, two arts and crafts villages, a kids’ carnival, a moms’ retreat area, a race car show, a petting zoo and pony rides. There will also be non-stop performances on the Blueberry Caboose stage, the Mulberry Community stage, the Strawberry Beer stage and cooking demonstrations will held on the Cranberry Cooking stage. Make sure and grab a fresh baked strawberry pie on your way out. For a schedule of events, click here. $6+ (Kids 5 & under are free). Sun. 10am – 6pm. The Grounds Placer County. More info…

Visit the Kids Space and do art and activities at the Whole Earth Festival in Davis. The Whole Earth Festival began in 1969 as a small art class project (“Art Happening”) on the UC Davis Quad. The students used art to teach visitors about the realms of activism, wellness, and environmental sustainability in an interactive and creative way. Following the United Nations’ recognition of Earth Day in 1970, the event was renamed to the Whole Earth Festival, fondly nicknamed as “WEF,” and has since evolved into a free student-run event, attracting over 30,000 visitors annually on Mother’s Day weekend. For a schedule of events, click here. The Whole Earth Festival seeks to be a zero-waste event. Free. Sun. 10am – 6pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). More info…

Take older kids to the Meet the Designer event at Shelf. Join Design Week Sacramento for a fun and jam-packed day, filled with a pop-up shop, two workshops and presentations by all of our designers: Michael Rottman, Hans Bennewitz, Lily Therens, Amber Witzke, Jason Malmberg. A perfect excuse to wander down to DOCO for the day. Grab some macarons at Estelle’s while you’re there. $0-$20 (depending on ticket level). Sun. 11:30am – 3pm. Shelf at DOCO. More info…

Go to a bookstore storytime & tea party. The Barnes & Noble bookstore in Natomas will be doing a special Mother’s Day storytime & tea party on Sunday at noon with costume character, Little Brown Hare. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble (Natomas location). More info…

Take older kids to see a little play at the tiny Eagle Theatre! Have you see this super-tiny theatre in Old Sac. It’s usually closed down, but they are opening it for a special show. As part of a series of special events, activities, and exhibits designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad culminating this May, the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to present an entertaining and interpretive melodrama titled “The Quest for the Gold Spike.” Lasting approximately one-hour in length, the performances are free to the public and will take place in the historic Eagle Theatre in Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Envisioned, written, and directed by a team of dedicated California State Railroad Museum staff members, the melodrama will be performed by talented local actors and actresses. Melodrama guests will be entertained by a story line centered around a character named Mei Ling as she journeys to a dream world. She travels back in time to a shadowy, unknown world where she meets some of the historic individuals who helped build the nation’s first Transcontinental Railroad: Theodore Judah, The Big Four and Chinese railroad workers. Mei Ling learns important lessons from each of them; ultimately, they help her to overcome her fears and accomplish the impossible. Seating is very, very limited as this is a tiny venue, so arrive early. Free. Sun. 1pm & 3pm (also on Sat. and other dates). Eagle Theatre in Old Sac. More info…

Cheer on the Sacramento River Cats as theytake on the El Paso Chihuahuas. $11. Sun. 1:05pm. Raley Field. More info…

Watch world-class cyclists race in the Amgen Tour of California. The 2019 Amgen Tour of California starts where it left off in 2018. Like it has on four other occasions, California’s capital will host the overall start of the race. This will be the race’s 10th year here and each is more thrilling than the last. The men’s race starts at 2:15pm and the 88.9 mile route takes riders across the iconic Tower Bridge into Yolo County and eventually back in downtown with three laps around the Capitol. Guests can enjoy the popular Lifestyle Festival designed to provide and promote healthy lifestyle and cycling-related experiences with over 40 vendors as well as Strider Races. Race Day Schedule: Noon: Lifestyle Festival and Hospitality Opens, 1pm: Men’s Race Start Ceremonies Begin, 2:15pm: Men’s Race Start, 4:15pm: Strider Races Begin, 5:40pm: Men’s Race Finish, 6:30pm: Lifestyle Festival and Hospitality Closes. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 12pm – 6:30pm. Downtown Sacramento. More info…

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a real tea party (ages 12+). Join The Novel Tea for a traditional Mother’s Day Tea. Learn about the history of afternoon tea in the United States, the difference between afternoon tea and high tea, and how tea became a special occasion tradition. Celebrate the mothers in your life while you learn, eat and enjoy. Tea service will include three tiers of delicious food and your choice of one of three special Novel Tea tea options. Wear your best spring-time or tea-party hat. Everyone is welcome, though the event and menu are best suited for Ages 12+. $40. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. Sierra 2 Center. More info…

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Happy Adventuring!
xo, sabrina : )

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