TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MAY 18TH – MAY 19TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of May 18th & May 19th! Go to a 100-home neighborhood yard sale in Curtis Park, do yoga next to cacti, plant a garden that feeds the hungry, go to a May Faire, visit an open fire station, spend the day at the farm, take a guided walk at Beach Lake Park, go to a carnival, circus, take a photography class, learn about headstone carvers, go to sensory storytime, watch senior musical recitals, touch a real meteorite at the Tot Planetarium, eat Lithuanian ice cream, meet an air pollution scientist, learn about the Nuremberg trials, see 3 modern ballet shorts, watch motorbike riders flip through the air, take a free Lacrosse workshop, listen to banjo and washboard music, see The Secret Garden, Shakespeare’s Tempest for Kids, James & the Giant Peach, Aladdin, and more! It will be rainy and thunderous this weekend. Some outdoor activities may be cancelled, so call ahead! Watch out for rain-lovin’ snails on the sidewalk and have a cozy weekend! : )

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SATURDAY, MAY 18TH, 2019
Rainy, 60

Find some treasures at the Curtis Park Yard Sale. Over 100 homes will participate in this epic Curtis Park Neighborhood Yard Sale. Stroll through the shady streets as you scoop up fantastic bargains and help others reuse and recycle their treasures. Curtis Park is located between Hwy 99 and Freeport Blvd, north of Sutterville and south of Broadway. Times vary by homeowner. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 8am – 1pm. William Curtis Park neighborhood. More info…

Do yoga next to cacti! Older kids who like yoga are welcome to join a parent for Oasis Yoga at The Prickly Pear. Afro Yoga by Angie will be teaching one yoga class a month, and this is the first one. Angie’s work centers on creating access to wellness in unique spaces that are inclusive, diverse, and representative. $10+ donation. Few spaces are left, grab your tickets. Sat. 9am – 10am. The Prickly Pear. More info…

Help plant a giving garden to feed the hungry. It’s Planting Day at the American River Conservancy’s Giving Garden. People of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome to participate in planting, seeding, and trellis set up, weeding, and pathways maintenance. The Giving Garden began as no more than a five acre plot of land and a dream to have a place for public both to experience and learn from. Visitors enter the space through the Native Plant Demonstration Garden (NPDG) where volunteers and staff plant, propagate, and care for native plants. They have annual vegetable rows and a small fruit tree orchard where produce is grown to donate to the Upper Room in Placerville to help feed the hungry. The Giving Garden is tended using only natural organic soil amendments and compost and is absolutely dependent upon support from volunteers in the community. All are welcome in the garden. Free. Sat. 9am – 12pm. American River Conservancy. More info…

Experience a May Faire, presented by A.M. Winn School. This year’s A. M. Winn School May Faire will include performances, games, crafts, food, raffle, and silent auction. Join in and celebrate the Waldorf community and raise funds for its beloved classrooms and specialty programs. Free, food/craft/game tickets for purchase. Sat. 10am – 2pm. A.M. Winn Elementary School. More info…

Visit Station 1 for their Open Fire House. Meet fire fighters and check out all their equipment at Station 1, 624 Q Street in Sacramento. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. More info…

Take a Walk on the Wild Side. Bring the family and join Regional San’s Bufferlands staff for the 25th anniversary of Walk on the Wildside, a celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. Walk on the Wildside highlights local efforts to protect and restore Central Valley habitats. This family-oriented event includes hiking tours of local wetlands and forests, presentations, live animal shows by Wild Things Inc., live music, children’s hands-on activities, informational exhibits, and more. Free. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Beach Lake Park in Freeport. More info…

Go to a Community Carnival. South Natomas Community Park’s Community Carnival 2019 is an annual event that provides safe fun or the whole family. Free lunch will be provided while supplies last (served at noon), along with bounce houses, popcorn, carnival games, and the opportunity to link up with local businesses and non-profits doing great work in our Sacramento communities. There will be a live DJ, dance performances, and local fire fighters. Free. Sat. 10am – 1pm. South Natomas Community Park. More info… 

Take older kids and teens to learn about the art of carving a headstone, at “Stonecutters: Sacramento’s First Artists.” Early Sacramento had its own group of “Monuments Men,” stonecutters who were true artisans. Join the Historic City Cemetery to examine these works of art — the hand-carved marble and granite headstones that grace resident graves — and learn about this lost art, including what some of the symbols on the headstones mean. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

Take teens to a Photography 101 class. Mike’s Camera offers great short courses on photography, and this is one of their most popular classes. They welcome teens with an adult! This 101 class is designed for users of interchangeable lens and premium compact cameras and the course will set you up with foundations they’ll need to succeed. They’ll review numerous photographs and learn to see photographically—all while getting inspired to go out and take your own amazing photos. They’ll also learn Workflow Concepts: Capture, Edit, Share Photographic Foundations: Composition & Light, Focus & Exposure, Focal Length Mode Dial: Differences Between Auto, Program, & Manual Video Principles. $59. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Mike’s Camera. More info…

Or take teens to a Smoothie Bowl Brunch & Food Photography Workshop. How fun is this? Food Simply and Mindful Andi will be in collaboration for this event! We will be offering a smoothie bowl workshop with instructions on how to create the perfect smoothie bowl base, a superfood topping bar with a variety of exciting ingredients, and a few quick food photography tips given by the amazing @mindfulandi! $18. Sat. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Location disclosed upon sign-up. More info…

Enjoy some Sensory Storytime at the library. Join Sylvan Oaks library for a special storytime for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders featuring books, music, fidget toys, crafts and more! The presenter is the parent of a young man with autism and there will lots of time for parents to network with others. Noise and/or behaviors are never a problem at the library. Free. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Sylvan Oaks Library. More info…

Go to a UC Davis senior musical recital “Off the Beaten Path” by Mira Huang, Soprano, with pianist Jeremiah Trujillo and guitarist Colin Barr or watch it live online here at 11am on Sat. Mira Huang is a stunningly talented vocalist. At UC Davis, Mira Huang has been a member of the chorus and chamber singers and was a semi-finalist in the Mondavi Young Artists Competition. As co-winner of the 2018 UC Davis Concerto Competition, she performed Mozart’s “Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” from the opera “Zaide” with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra (click here to listen). “Off the Beaten Path” is an hour-long program of underperformed repertoire, united by themes of travel and distant places. Composers include William Byrd, Francis Poulenc, Joseph Schwanter, and Richard Hundley. Free. Sat. 11am – 12pm. UC Davis Ann E Pitzer Center, Recital Hall.More info on Mira Huang’s recital…Stream other recitals from the UC Davis Music Dept. here on Sat…

Go to the Tot Planetarium. Powerhouse Science Center’s tot planetarium will cover the basics of space travel, a view of the night’s sky, and the chance to touch a real meteorite. Free with admission. Sat. 11am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Go to the Asian Pacific Spring Festival. The Locke Asian Pacific Spring festival is held in the heart of the Sacramento Delta in the wild west town of Locke California  which was known for its illegal gambling halls, opium dens and brothels. It is the only town remaining in America that was inhabited only by the Chinese, a National Historic Landmark. Along with the events of the day, there are historic and educational museums such as the Dai Loy Gambling House, the Boarding House Museum, the Joe Soong one room Chinese School House that one can peruse in addition to the festival itself. There will be crafts, brush painting, martial arts, dance, music, food, tea ceremonies, taiko drumming, lion dances, and more. Free. Sat. 11am – 5pm. Historic Locke. More info…

Catch the Sac State baseball game against Grand Canyon. Wear your green! Free. Sat. 12pm – 3pm. John Smith Field at Sac State. More info…

Play with clay in an art gallery. Explore art through all five senses and movement. Pence Gallery invites families of all abilities to join in this inclusive children’s Saturday arts program, designed for children ages 5-11 years old. The program includes a self-guided gallery tour and an art project based on current exhibitions. A sensory station will also be set up for all our young art enthuses who have a hard time participating in gallery activities for too long. Free. Sat. 12pm. Pence Gallery. More info…

Eat some Armenian candy and Lithuanian ice cream at the Yamarka International Festival. Experience an array of company promotions, trade shows, consultations, master classes by famous stylists/makeup artists, raffle prizes, free gifts, performances, and lots more! This event unites more than a dozen ethnic groups from the Greater Sacramento area, including Slavic, Asian, Jewish, Armenian, and many others. This family-friendly event will feature special program for kids, Russian singers, Ukrainian dancers, Moldavian musicians, Armenian candymakers, Uzbek kebob, Lithuanian ice-creamers, Georgian spices, prizes and raffles such as a vacation in Mexico for the whole family, and food and vendor booths. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 12pm – 7pm. Southside Park. More info…

Join in on Game Day at the Pocket Library every 3rd Saturdays for all ages. All abilities are welcome. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library. More info…

Learn Flower Photography Tricks. In this fun session taught by Betty Sederquist, at the American River Conservancy, you’ll be spending about half the time in the classroom learning great tricks for amazing flower photos, then apply your newfound knowledge to the lovely gardens of the Graner House at Wakamatsu Farm. Ages 14+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (Coloma). Suggested Donation: $65/members, $75/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224. $65+. Sat. 1pm – 5pm. Wakamatsu Farm. More info…

Catch Nature’s Critters with Lisa Seto for a variety of educational, live animal presentations. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Arcade Library. More info…

Play around in a Digital Photography learning lab. (for ages 8-12). In the Digital Photography lab, kids will learn the basics of composing the best photo and how all those settings, like contrast and brightness work together to give them the best result. At the end of the session, kids will pick their favorite image and have it printed to take home. Free, must register. Sat. 3pm – 4pm (also 10:30am & 1:30pm). Verizon Innovative Learning Lab at the Sacramento Verizon Smart Store, 1740 Arden Way. More info…

Take teens to meet an air pollution scientist. At the Meet the Author event at The Book Collector, meet Dr. Shahir Masri , an air pollution scientist at the University of California, Irvine. He earned his Doctor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health, and his Bachelor of Science from UCLA. In his book, Beyond Debate, Dr. Shahir Masri clears up 50 of the most common misconceptions surrounding climate change. He simplifies the science and resolves the confusion so that everyone may better understand the issue. Now is not the time for silence, but rather a time for conversation and collective action to move towards a climate solution. Action begins with understanding, which Beyond Debate so eloquently offers. Dr. Masri conveys a sense of urgency while describing opportunities for hope. Is the public divided about global warming? Won’t pricing carbon will hinder the free market? Is it too late for the climate? Free. Sat. 3pm. The Book Collector. More info…

Enjoy Junie B. Jones the Musical, Jr. in Elk Grove, presented by the Wolfpack Performing Arts Children’s Theatre. Awaken your child’s desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade. This delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books is brought to life in a genuinely comical musical. It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend Lucille doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously lovable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones Jr. will capture your audiences’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. $5+. Sat. 7pm (also at 2pm, and Fri. 7pm). Consumnes Oaks High School Black Box Theatre. More info…

See a funny Shakespeare play, ‘Tempest for Kids.’ Sactown Kids highly recommends this performance. It’s not often we can see a 100% kid-friendly Shakespeare play! 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 (also Sun. 2pm). Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

SUNDAY, MAY 19TH, 2019
Thunderstorms, 62

Take older kids on an Animal Walk & Talk. Enjoy nature and wild animal communication with Suzanne Thibault, Animal Communicator and Healer, and Norma Springsteen, Forest Whisperer and amazing trail guide. This outdoor adventure will have you connecting with nature with all of your senses. Savor the sounds, smells and sights of nature to bring relaxation and ground your senses with a Nature Immersion experience. Free, must register, spaces limited. Sun. 9am – 11pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Spend A Day on the Farm, at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. This event has become a regional favorite. Collaborating for the past eight years with title sponsor Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, the intention of this event is to create an opportunity for families to visit the American River Ranch for a day of learning, eating, celebrating and exploring the natural world. There will be gardening and cooking classes, kid’s garden and art activities, live music, delicious food, community education demonstration tables and lots of fun for the whole family. Soil Born Farms organic plants and produce will be sold at this ever-popular plant sale and farmstand. $0-$5. Sun. 10am – 3pm. Soil Born Farm American River Ranch. More info…

Go on the Kids & Co. Gallery Adventure at Crocker. Amusing and educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children and the adults who tag along with them. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 11:30am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Take mature teens interested in the Holocaust to a documentary on the Nuremberg trials, “Judgment at Nuremberg.” From 1946 to 1949, a series of trials were held in Nuremberg, Germany by an international tribunal, headed by American legal and military officials with the intent of bringing to justice those guilty of crimes against humanity. This is the story of one of those trials, not a documentary, but an intense feature dramatization directed by Stanley Kramer and based on the factual Judges Trial, the 3rd of those trials held in 1947. After the end of World War II, the world gradually became aware of the full extent of the war crimes, the holocaust perpetrated by the Third Reich and its genocidal, extreme nationalistic policies. A classic of post-war cinema, brilliantly acted and directed, nominated for 11 Academy Awards, the film, based on actual trial testimony, chronicles one of the most important trials of the 20th century. Most powerful for its subtle and shaded characterizations of both victim and victimizer that even in its three hour length is absorbing from beginning to end. This program will include opening and closing commentaries. Not sure you can handle 3 hours? You can always leave early. Free. Sun. 12:30pm – 4pm. Central Library. More info…

Get a free introduction to Lacrosse. Lacrosse is an active team sport for both boys and girls. Players are provided a substantial aerobic and strength-building workout while having fun with their friends. Lacrosse is extremely fun to watch. All of the players are actively involved throughout the game. You don’t have to be the biggest or strongest player on the field, speed and agility often win out. Join for this new player introduction that is open to boys and girls, grades 3-12. All necessary equipment will be provided. Free. Sun. 1pm – 2:30pm. Bartholomew Sports Park. More info…

Go to Banjo-rama. This year’s Banjo-Rama will be the Sacramento Banjo Bands 52nd consecutive year for this event. This program will feature solo, accomplished banjo players as well as several banjo bands (10-20 players) and will also include an “All-Girls” banjo band. Most banjos will be four-string instruments but will also include some five-string banjos and other instruments — i.e. guitars ukuleles, string bass, tuba, washboards. Kids 12 & under are Free. $20+. Sun. 1pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). Lions Gate Hotel. More info…

Go to the play The Secret Garden. After Mary Lennox is orphaned, she becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she adjusts to her new life at secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary discovers a secret garden. If she can uncover the mysterious circumstances behind the garden, she might be able to save her sickly young cousin and melt the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. This touching coming-of-age story, based on the classic novel is suitable for the entire family. $13+. Sun. 1pm – 2:30pm. Sutter Street Theatre. More info…

Take teens to learn how we can protect the Amazon rainforest. The mists of the Amazon supply some of California’s desperately-needed rainfall and play a crucial role in absorbing climate pollution – protecting California from raging, deadly wildfires produced by drought. Deforesting the Amazon can put California, and the world, at grave risk – but now, Californians have a chance to step up and protect the rainforest. You’ll get a chance to talk directly to EDF experts about California’s proposed Tropical Forest Standard – which sets out to protect tropical rainforests while supporting the rights of the indigenous communities who safeguard these forests. Free, register. Sun. 1pm – 2pm. Environmental Defense Fund’s Sacramento Office at 1107 9th St., in the 4th Floor Board Room1107 9th Street, Suite 1070 (The building is closed on weekends, but someone will be there to let you in.) More info…

Trek out to Loomis for James and the Giant Peach. Based on one of Roald Dahl’s 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. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. $0-$18. Sun. 2pm (and other times on Fri. & Sat.) McLaughlin Studio Theatre. More info…

Go to a free spring concert. Join the Sacramento Concert Band’s 60-member ensemble for their annual spring concert in Rio Americano High School’s new Center for the Arts performance hall. Hear popular and traditional music performed by community members who enjoy making music a part of their lives. Support art in the community by attending this family-friendly event. Donations are appreciated. Free. Sun. 2:30pm. Rio Americano High School. More info…

See Disney’s Aladdin, presented by Broadway Sacramento. Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. $35+. All ages. Sun. 2pm (and other times thru June 7th). Community Center Theater. More info…

Go to the Venardos Circus at Vierra Farms. The Venardos Circus, a unique Broadway-style circus is coming to West Sacramento. Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos in 2014, the Venardos Circus wraps world-class animal-free circus acts into a Broadway musical-style format dubbed “The American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show.” Guests can expect to be transported back in time to the center ring of a centuries-old tradition; but one that has been reinvented for the next generation. With an amazing assortment of aerialists, acrobats, juggling, hand-balancing/contortion, comedy, daredevilry, magic, musical production and much more, this amazing Circus experience will delight adults and kids of all ages. Venardos Circus proudly features its own custom-made big-top, a classic red-and-white striped tent, with an intimate feel and limited seating. The circus performers also are the crew in this 15-person traveling tour who are completely self-contained, much with the original circus tradition. $15+ (kids 2 & under free). Sun. 1pm – 2:30pm (& various other times). Vierra Farms. More info…

See X Games medalists flipping through the air on motorbikes at the Nitrus Circus. In 2018 Nitro Circus launched its all new You Got This show, which features a star-studded cast of top tier international athletes who hold over 45 X Games medals combined, including FMX riders such as 12-time X Games medalist Jarryd McNeil, 19-time X Games medalist Nate Adams, and 8-time X Games medalist Mike Mason; multi-sport sensations such as Ryan “R-Willy” Williams, and BMX stars such as X Games medalist Kurtis Downs, Accomplished female FMX athlete Vicki Golden will be making her first full tour debut with Nitro Circus. With no roof there are no limits. This huge stage set features the Giganta ramp, now with its biggest takeoff yet, that launches riders five stories into the air while the FMX riders will be flying 75 feet through the air from take-off to landing. The contraptions team is also in the lab cooking up crazy new monstrosities for Nitro’s daredevils to attempt to jump through the air. $32+. Cal Expo. Sun. 6pm – 8:30pm. More info…

Take ballet-fanatics to Fast Forward. Where else can the classical ballet language lead? See three short ballets that show how this art form is evolving and thriving. Program includes: The Bridge by Val Caniparoli, Written and Forgotten by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, World Premiere by Amy Seiwert. $65. Sun. 7:30pm. Presented by Sacramento Ballet. The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. More info…

[All listings are provided free by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

Happy Adventuring!
xo, sabrina : )

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