TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, MAY 25TH – MAY 27TH, 2019

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of May 25th – May 27th! Go strawberry-picking, visit all the splash parks in Sacramento, do some forest bathing (it’s not what you think), design a straw rocket, go to the opening of Clunie Pool, take a 1-hour Memorial Day cruise, watch the NCAA West Coast Baseball Championships in person, make a dragonfly craft, see magic tricks, listen to Hawaiian slack key guitar, go to a Cherry Festival, Greek Festival, International Kids Festival, Zine Fest, listen to the Camellia Symphony Orchestra play songs from Star Wars, do yoga on the waterfront, make some drawings in an art gallery, learn how to meditate, see the play Sleeping Beauty, Quest for the Gold Spike, Peter Pan, Miss Electricity, Holmes & Watson, A Night of Scenes, eat pizza in a really old–but cool–bank, and then eat a gourmet popsicle in DOCO! Have some fun in this gorgeous weather! Happy Memorial Day weekend! : )

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SATURDAY, MAY 25TH, 2019

Spray Parks are open this weekend! City of Sacramento Spray Parks are open now until Labor Day weekend! Click here for a full list… (be sure to check links before going. Gardenland Park is under repair.)

Go berry-picking! Pacific Star Gardens in Davis is open all weekend, sun up to sun down and they are ripe with strawberries! If you want to head to Apple Hill, here are some berry-picking farms…

Take free dance classes. Sac Dance Lab’s youth dance program is in full effect. Free Youth Dance Day is a perfect way to try classes, get to know instructors, and tour the new studio! Parents are welcome to stay in the lounge area during class, which features WiFi and a TV displaying the current class. Ages 17 and under are invited to drop in to take free hip hop, jazz, ballet, and pom classes. Each class features a quick warm up and fun choreography perfect for dancers of all levels. Parents or guardians must sign a waiver. Free. Sat. 9am – 1pm. Sac Dance Lab, The Atrium – Art, Tech Events. More info…

Do some forest bathing. Have you heard of “shinrin yoku,” the Japanese healing method of “forest bathing”? It’s not about taking a shower/bath. Forest bathing is a restorative and healing practice that is both a nature walk and a meditation. Slow down this Memorial Day Weekend and learn forest bathing with nature guide Erin at Cosumnes River Preserve. This experiential, interactive walk will teach you about the natural environment’s healing properties and how to connect with nature. This walk is suitable for all fitness levels. $10, all ages. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Arrive 5-10mins early to check-in. Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center. More info…

Jump on trampolines and go rock climbing at the International Kids Festival in Land Park. Join the 15th Annual International Kids Festival and enjoy free pony rides, jumbo inflatables, a rock climbing wall, miniature train rides, trampolines, face painting, and more. Try some amazing food from a parade of local food trucks while you watch spectacular stage entertainment by professional dancers, gymnasts, and athletes. Free. Sat. 10am – 4pm. William Land Park. More info…

Hear some country music at Old Sacramento Waterfront Days. Guests in Old Sacramento Waterfront will be entertained by talented period musicians performing live throughout the district in addition to a Shakespearian Comedic Play. Experience the Gold Rush Fire Brigade (as seen at the Rose Bowl Parade), and other Old West theatrics, family-friendly melodramas, history re-enactments, horse-drawn carriages, canons, gold panning, hands-on children’s arts and crafts activities, the popular Tent City depicting daily life during the Gold Rush, and much more. As the sun goes down you’ll move to the Embarcadero for the Waterfront Days Country Dance and Beer Garden. Saturday and Sunday will feature country artist Brad Johnson and The Killin’ Time Band on Saturday and The Rob Staley Band on Sunday. All shows are completely free to attend. Sat. 10am – 10pm (also on Fri. & Sun.). Old Sacramento Waterfront. More info…

Go to the Sacramento County Fair and enjoy traditional county fair competitions, agriculture displays, hands-on family activities, a midway, festival-style entertainment, and specialty food. There will be local bands, hypnotists, petting zoos, and rescued exotic animals. Kids 12 & under are free. Adults $5+. Carnival wristbands $25+. Parking $10. Sat. 10am – 10pm. (Also open on Fri., Sun., and Mon.). Cal Expo. More info…

Investigate some Insects. Observe the live insects in the Nature Discovery Room at Powerhouse Science Center to compare their similarities and differences at the Create & Take: Insect Investigation program series. Afterwards, enjoy a special viewing of our preserved insect collection and make a balancing dragonfly craft to take home. Free with admission. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Introduce the kids to jazz in the cool, breezy outdoors. The Roseville Jazz Festival brings world-class jazz to Downtown Roseville for the second year in a row.. The lineup includes internationally, nationally, and locally known artists. The headliners are The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra directed by Mike Vax, The Four Freshmen, pianist Tamir Hendelman (Barbra Streisand, Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra), saxophonist Cleave Guyton (The Lionel Hampton Orchestra), guitarist Will Matthews (The Count Basie Orchestra), Michigan bassist Paul Keller, and The US Air Force Commanders Jazz Ensemble from Travis AFB. Many more artists and bands will perform in four venues on Vernon Street. A free outdoor venue will feature youth bands, including Woodcreek High School Jazz Band, and the award-winning Folsom High School Jazz Band I. Parking is free all throughout Downtown Roseville, including two close-by parking garages. The Saturday Jam Session is $5. Otherwise the day pass is $45 general, $20 for high school/college students, $5 for Kids 12 & under. Sat. 10am – 8:10pm (also on Sun.). Vernon Street Town Square. Click here for a video clip. More info…

Walk along thousands of succulent plants at The Secret Garden’s Succulent Extravaganza. There will even be master gardener’s on-hand 10am – 2pm to diagnose your succulent questions. There will be self guided tutorials on how to create fabulous succulent arrangements in each sun-zone. Let the kids pick out one drought-tolerant succulent to take care of for summer! Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 5pm (also on Sun.). The Secret Garden in Elk Grove. More info…

Eat some cherry pie at the Sacramento Cherry Festival. There will be a kids’ zone, cherry vendors, food court, performers, raffle, pie-eating contest for kids and adults, music & dancers. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the day with us. 

Go to storytime at Barnes & Noble bookstores, featuring Aladdin. Celebrate the release of the live-action movie Aladdin with this storytime. Activities to follow. Plus, 20% off all books for Memorial Day weekend. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

Go to the Sacramento Zine Fest. The Unibrow Collective is proud to present the second annual Sacramento Zine Fest in the gallery of Verge Center for the Arts. Sacramento Zine Fest is an all ages, free, and open to the public event showcasing 30+ vendors that independently publish zines, books, artwork, and other such printed materials for display and purchase. It will also feature tunes by MC Ham and a reading area for lounging and enjoying your finds. Unibrow Collective is a Sacramento based art collaborative, comprising of Natalye Valentina and Daniel Alejandro Trejo, that seeks to help in the cultivation of the Central Valley’s burgeoning contemporary art culture by erasing artist divisions and blending the boundaries of “high” and “low” art into a unified one. Free. Sat. 11am – 5pm. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

See the play Sleeping Beauty. In this twist on the beloved fairy tale, a traditional storyteller reading from his all too well-known book of Sleeping Beauty is quickly usurped by the story’s feisty villain, the evil Griselda. With a magical spell, she literally turns back the hands of time to show what really happened to “Sleeping Betty.” Fortunately, two good fairies and a magical frog help set the story straight, and make sure everyone lives happily ever after. $8+. Sat. 1pm. Chautauqua Playhouse in Carmichael. More info…

It’s the last weekend to 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. Sat. 1pm & 3pm (also on Fri. & Sun.). Eagle Theatre in Old Sac. More info…

See magic tricks from around the world. Kick off the public library’s Summer Reading program with fun games and a free comic book giveaway, followed by Magician Forrest Barnes with amazing magic tricks and illusions from around the world. Stay after the performance for face painting and refreshments. Free. Sat. 2pm – 5pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. 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. Sat. 2pm (and other times thru June 2nd). Community Center Theater. More info…

Near Yuba City this weekend? See Miss Electricity. Ten-year old Violet is determined to show the world how special she is. With the help of her assistant Freddy, she becomes accidentally extraordinary when she’s struck by lightning—twice. She gains control over all things electric, but could lose everything when power goes to her head. Tickets are $5 per child, and $10 per adult. Best to make reservations in advance. Box Office: Regular hours are Monday – Friday from Noon to 2:00 p.m., except holidays. During performances, Box Office is open 30 Minutes prior to show time. Magic Theatre performances are Saturdays at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. The Acting Company in Yuba City. More info… 

See Peter Pan. Wendy and her two brothers are amazed when a magical boy named Peter Pan flies into their bedroom, supposedly in pursuit of his rebellious shadow. He and his fairy friend, Tinkerbell, come from a far-off place called Neverland, where children stay perpetually young. Enchanted, the kids follow him back. But when Pan’s nemesis, the pirate Captain Hook, causes trouble, the kids begin to miss their old life.Class Act Theatre in Woodland. Sat. 1:30pm & 7:30pm (also on Sun.). More info…

Watch the final game of the West Coast Conference Baseball Championships in Stockton. Watch the best of the best baseball teams compete to the top spot. #1 seed: BYU, #2 seed: Gonzaga, #3 seed: Saint Mary’s, #4 seed: LMU. Tickets for the tournament start at $6 for students and seniors, $12 for MVP seating, and $15 for Club seating (available exclusively for Ports’ Season Ticket Holders). West Coast Conference Baseball Championship tickets will be available at the Stockton Ports Box Office or over the phone at 209-644-1900. Final game: Sat. 3pm. More info…

Calling all Star Wars fans… Join the Camellia Symphony Orchestra for an exciting rendition of John Williams’ spectacular Star Wars Suite, with live performance by multiple members of the 501st Legion (Central California Garrison) in Star Wars costume. Conducted by Maestro Christian Baldini, young pianist Parker van Ostrand will perform Beethoven’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 2, and we will perform the world premiere of Colin Regan’s “Solace”, performed live in synchrony to an original video created by Claire Youngerman. To start the evening, the Camellia Juniors and Cadets will join us for a side-by-side performance of Strauss’ Radetzky March. This event is appropriate for the entire family. Kids 12 & under $8, Students with ID $15, Seniors $25, Adults $30. Sat. 7:30pm – 9:15pm. Camellia Symphony Orchestra. More info…

SUNDAY, MAY 26TH, 2019

Do Yoga on the Waterfront. The Old Sacramento Waterfront and The Bridge District are excited to bring back Waterfront Yoga, a free series hosted by The Yoga Seed Collective this spring and summer. Waterfront Yoga welcomes all ages and skill levels. Come get your zen on right by the water and under the canopy shade. This class will be located at the end of Riverfront and Mill Street in the Bridge District. You can view a map of the location here. Free. Sun. 10am – 11am. Mill Street Pier. More info…

See historical pictures on how they build the coast-to-coast railroad at the exhibit “Making the Grade: California and the Transcontinental Railroad.” Discover the transcontinental railroad’s Golden State history in a new exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of the route’s completion at the California Museum. Based on an online exhibit developed by the California State Archives, the installation features documents drawn from its collections and other from institutions. Highlights include historic documents, photographs, maps and more chronicling the California construction of the 1,912-mile line that connected America coast-to-coast and united the nation. Free with admission. Open Sun. 10am – 5pm (also open on Sat.). California Museum. Also, the Blue Star Museums program provides free admission to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and up to 5 members of their family at the California Museum, Saturday, May 18 (Armed Forces Day) through Sunday, September 1, when a current military ID is presented at time of admission. For details on Blue Star Museums at the California Museum, click here. More info…

Drop in on a Sketch It session at Crocker Art Museum. Sketch it allows children to sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month. No experience necessary, and all supplies are provided. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Teach teens how to meditate. According to the Lotus Garden Meditation Center, the practice of meditation soothes away stress, and allows you to experience a new feeling of health, gradually leaving behind tension headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia, etc. Through meditation you can become free from anxiety, feelings of inner emptiness, achieve self-realization: you can come to know who you are, what real peace is, and how to transcend the problems of this world. This free beginning meditation class, Mantra Meditation Part 1, will teach you simple, enjoyable, and effective processes of meditation to add to your daily life. You may preregister on the classes page, but it’s not necessary. Drop-ins are welcome. Free. Sun. 11am – 12:15pm (also on Sat. 11am – 12:15pm). Lotus Garden Meditation Center. More info…

Go to a Greek festival. Eat, drink, and party Greek-style. Enjoy festival specialties include souvlaki, pastitsio, mousaka and an assortment of delicious Greek pastries. You’ll find all the Greek favoriates, as well as many vegan and vegetarian dishes, while listening to the wonderful sounds of live Greek music from Helios Band. Kids 12 & under are free. Adults $3. Sat. 12pm – 10pm (also on Fri. & Sun.). St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church in Roseville. More info…

See an awesome clay competition/exhibit. The Artery in Davis presents the 30th Annual California Clay Competition Exhibit. The Artery has sponsored this popular competition since 1990, timing it with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art. The exhibit will feature 35 works from 72 entries by California clay artists chosen by our juror, Bill Abright. The opening reception will include the announcement of cash awards. The People’s Choice award will be give at the end of the exhibit. Free. Gallery open Sun. 12pm – 5pm (also open Sat. 10am – 6pm). The Artery in Davis. 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 (also on Sat.). Last weekend of performances. Sutter Street Theatre. More info…

It’s the last weekend to take teens to Holmes & Watson, an all new Sherlock mystery. In the year following the assumed death of the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes at the falls of Reichenbach, his most trusted companion, Dr. Watson is called upon to discredit a number of “false sightings.” With each call, Watson must travel to expose them as fakes until one day when he is summoned to an insane asylum on an island, in the middle of a storm, where there is not one man claiming to be Sherlock Holmes, but three. With the shocks and surprises that we expect from a Sherlock Holmes story, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher puts us on the edge of our seats until the final moment. Don’t give away the ending. $28+. Sun. 2pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. More info…

Watch the super-exciting NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Sacramento welcomes another NCAA Championship in 2019, as big-time college track programs come to Hornet Stadium to compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championships. The top collegiate track athletes in the western half of the country will battle for the opportunity to advance to the NCAA Championships. For a schedule of events, click here. All Day Pass $15. Sacramento State – Hornet Stadium. More info…

Take teens to A Night of Scenes.Every year, Capital Stage seeks passionate and motivated college students and graduates interested in gaining practical professional theater training. The purpose of the apprenticeship program is to bridge the gap between academic theater and the professional world by providing additional training and experience to individuals with career ambitions in the theater. The 2018/19 Apprentice Company presents A Night of Scenes immediately following select performances of The Other Place at Capital Stage. The Annual Apprentice Showcase is fully produced by the Capital Stage Apprentice Company. Free, donation suggested. Sun. 3:30pm – 4:30pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). Capital Stage. More info…

Take teens to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. This very funny comedy was the winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boyfriend, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose beauty somewhat worries the imperious Masha. $24 general. $18 student with ID, $15 Kids 12 & under. Sun. 4pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). This is their last weekend of performances. Sutter Street Theatre. More info…

Take older kids to listen to slack key Hawaiian guitar music. Aloha Hawaii Live “On Tour” features Hawaiian Music and Entertainment from the Islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island. The 2019 Shows feature Jim “Kimo” West, Bobby Moderow, Aloha Polynesia Entertainment, and Fire Dancer Maritza Canto performing traditional Hawaiian “Dances of Fire.” Slack Key Guitar Magic provides a unique Hawaiian Musical perspective to this great acoustic guitar tradition. Click here for a video preview. $19 for students with ID, $29+ for adults. Sun. 5pm – 8pm. Harris Center for the Performing Arts. More info…

Take teen musicians to see a super-creative vocalist/bassist/jazz composer at CLARA. Enjoy a live performance of Casey’s original compositions. Casey Lipka is a vocalist, bassist and composer based in Sacramento. Described as “an emerging talent” with “a lush, textured, and organic listen that’s all too easy to become infatuated with“. Casey blends elements of pop, jazz, classical, and folk to create a unique sound. She performs locally leading her band as well as accompanies artists throughout Sacramento. She recently toured with the rock band CAKE. Hosted by the Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy. $10+. Sun. 7pm, doors 6:30pm. The Auditorium at CLARA. More info… 

MONDAY, MAY 27TH, 2019

Go to Swanston Splash Park. It’s open for Memorial Day weekend and stays open ’til Labor Day, yay! Mon. 11am – 6pm. More info…

Design and make your own straw rocket at the Powerhouse Science Center’s Launch Into Summer program. Then, join a Powerhouse Educator outside for a giant slingshot demonstration (12pm – 2pm only) where you will learn more about the different types of energy and forces. Free with admission. Open Mon. 12pm – 4pm (also on Sat. & Sun.). Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Take a Sacramento Memorial Day Cruise. Join Hornblower Cruises for this family-friendly hour-long narrated river cruise. While on board you’ll learn fun facts about the Sacramento water-ways and take in the city’s scenic nature sights. $20. Hornblower Cruises, L Street Dock. More info…

Celebrate the opening of Clunie Pool, the first public pool to open this summer in Sacramento! Open Mon. 1pm – 5pm. More info…

Looking for adventure a little farther away? Lake Oroville, 75-miles away, is the second-largest reservoir in California, and it is open and ready for summer! Check out the Visitor’s Center, go for a bike ride or hike, and then picnic and swim at one of the two officially designated swimming areas: Loafer Creek Area and North Forebay. More info…

Share a pizza in an interesting settingThe Bank on J St. downtown was once home to the second-oldest bank west of the Mississippi. Marble walls, ornament ceiling, and original brass staircases make this a memorable pizza night for the kids. There are several restaurants to choose from, but Platypus Pizza might be fun for the kids. Wander around behind The Bank to see several mural works by Wide Open Walls artists. Or skip on down to Golden 1 Center and grab dessert at Popbar (super-cool gourmet popsicles), Estelle’s, Pressed Juicery (plant-based chocolate soft-serve), or Häagen-Dazs in DOCO (Downtown Commons)

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Happy Adventuring!
xo, sabrina : )

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