TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! NOVEMBER 10TH – NOVEMBER 11TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of November 10th & 11th! See beautiful Aspen trees on an easy half-mile hike, honor our veterans and climb into vintage airplane cockpits and meet real pilots, celebrate Diwali, join a drum circle, make art in a garden, meet a guy who makes fish art prints using real fish, see Peter Pan, touch real trucks in a safe environment, ice skate on the new & improved downtown rink, enter your dog into a pumpkin eating contest, and more! Mostly sunny this weekend, high of 72 both days. Have a great Veterans Day weekend!

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A cool, little thing happening today (Wed.)… 

Make a marshmallow catapult today 4-5pm at the Sylvan Oaks Library in Citrus Heights! Youth Ages 6-12 and their families are invited to explore science concepts and create original projects with a variety of tools. They will build catapults to fling marshmallows and other soft projectiles while learning about physics and engineering. More info…


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10TH, 2018

Go on the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Tour. Cooler weather is coming and so are the birds! Northern Pintails, Gadwalls, and Northern Shovelers are returning to the ponds in the Wildlife Area. Additionally, this is the time of year sparrows migrate back to the area. White-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) are large sparrows with long tails and bold black and white striped caps. They have grey breasts and the black, brown and white streaked wings typical of many sparrow species. White-crowned Sparrows can be seen hopping along the edges of low brushy habitat and using their short, conical bills to forage on seeds, grains, berries, and insects. All interested tour participants should meet a few minutes in Parking Lot A of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, at the west end of the Yolo Causeway. Participants may want to bring binoculars and water (there is no potable water on site). Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance wildlife viewing. This is a driving tour on gravel roads with several stops and optional, short walks. Free. 9am – 12pm. Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. More info…

Let the kids Touch-A-Truck. The Junior League of Sacramento (JLS) presents our fourth annual Touch-A-Truck, an educational community event that provides hands-on opportunities for children and their families to see and touch the trucks and machinery used in our communities and to meet the heroes that work on these awesome machines. The goal is to incorporate the group’s focus of empowering girls by providing access to examples of local women heroes in careers of all types, such as women police officers, bus drivers and firefighters. The event will be lights and horns free for the first hour from 9am-10am. $10+ ($36 family of four). Sat. 9am – 1pm. Raley Field. More info…

Go on a free train ride at Babies & Bumps, a free event celebrating pregnancy, babies and families. Win prizes, talk with experts, shop, laugh, dance and play with free entertainment on stage every hour. To celebrate its 10th year, Sacramento Parent is offering free train rides (while supplies last) and will be searching for a local mom-to-be to feature on the cover of a future issue of Sacramento Parent magazine. Free. Sat. 9am – 2pm. Folsom Community Center. More info…

Catch some harmonies sung by children. Enjoy a day of choral music as students throughout the Greater Sacramento area and beyond sing at the Capital Choral Festival. Each school will be adjudicated by expert clinicians where they will receive constructive notes on their performance. Then the choirs will be escorted to the Capitol building where they will have the opportunity to sing in the Rotunda. $5. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Westminster Presbyterian Church. More info… 

Go ice skating for a kindness campaign. Celebrate 2nd Saturday at the rink! Bring your creativity and take part in a community art piece, sponsored by Western Health Advantage. Bring a nonperishable food donation to the Sacramento Food Bank to receive $2 off skate admission. Ways to get to the rink hassle-free: Utilize Sacramento Regional Transit District light rail, Visit SacPark.org to find a parking spot, Travel by Train with Amtrak San Joaquins, Nearby garage parking includes City Hall Garage (10th & I) and Capitol Garage (10th & L). $6+. Sat. 10am – 5pm. St. Rosa Lima Park downtown on K St. More info…

Get some messy hands at the Artful Tot at Crocker. Every month, toddlers explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. 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. Please dress for mess. For children 19-36 months old with a caregiver. $8+. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Use your imagination at Community Day at the Sacramento Adventure Playground. All ages are invited for a day of play at the Sacramento Adventure Playground. Children get to create their own play structures and spaces by re-purposing everyday items such as cardboard boxes, plus household wares, natural elements and unexpected items. The Playground is a fun and safe environment where children can use their imagination and creativity to direct their own play. The Sacramento Adventure Playground is open rain or shine. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Sacramento Adventure Playground. More info…

See some fish prints. A Life Among the Fishes: 50 Years of Japanese Fish Printing is a retrospective of Christopher M. Dewees’ Japanese fish prints (gyotaku) as well as many new works. Christopher learned the technique of fish printing as a graduate student at Humboldt State University. The print is made by either covering an inked fish with paper or fabric and applying pressure, or by wrapping a fish and dabbing ink onto the receptive surface to get an image. His gyotaku style is traditional and delicate, with an emphasis on structure, printing and movement of fish and shellfish. Dewees often catches the fish, prints it and then prepares it for a meal. Among the new works is a series of collages featuring the Women’s March theme, deep-sea fishes, and California coastal fishes and shellfish. Many of the pieces will be accompanied by stories, poems, or relevant explanations. Free. Gallery open 10am – 6pm. The Artery in Davis. Meet the artist at the reception Fri. 11/9 7pm – 9pm, also free! More info…

Get creative with fall colors. Create colorful fall art by making leaf rubbings of the leaves found in the Nature Center’s village area. Have fun while learning how leaf shape and size help in identifying trees. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Take older kids to see Liz & the Blue Bird. The latest film by Naoko Yamada (A Silent Voice) comes to theaters to touch the hearts of audiences around the world. Based on the anime series, Liz and the Blue Bird focuses on two high school friends, Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki, in their last band competition. To end their high school career, the two musicians play “Liz and the Blue Bird,” featuring an elaborate oboe and flutist solo. While the song is supposed to showcase their strong friendship, their parts sound disjointed, underscoring a growing distance between them, as they talk of college and the future. This emotional and shocking coming of age story underscored by beautiful music is a masterpiece not to be missed. (PG, 90min). $7. Sat. 11am – 12:30pm. Tower Theatre. More info…

Drum up a story. Join the Fenix Drum and Dance Company for a joyous drum circle and storytime. Participants will get to play a variety percussion instruments. All ages are welcome. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

See Kubo & the Two Strings (PG) free at the Family Movie Matinee at Franklin Community Library. In this story, a young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. Sat. 2pm – 4pm. More info…

Take older musical kids to listen to Nathan Carterette: Poets of the Piano. First performed at Carnegie-Mellon University, “Poets of the Piano” celebrates the magic and poetry of piano music that transcends the instrument and the recreation of story-telling drama through piano performance. It represents an intersection of culture, and often a translation of effect, from text to music. Discover a deeper understanding and love of music through this unique performance and lecture experience. $15 advance, $20 at door. Sat. 3pm – 5pm. Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis. More info…

Experience some colorful installation art. Join The Garage On The Grove (TGTG) for a complexly saturated landscape by inaugural artist Rachel Deane. Her immersive installations originate on the wall and grow outward, creating tension between the history of painting and the occupation of space. She utilizes traditional painting materials alongside soft sculpture to build a web that connects art history, craft, dating culture, cinema, and folklore. This installation includes endurance performances throughout each opening, which introduce ideas of dedication and obsession to the work. TGTG is an independent, noncommercial project space dedicated to presenting experimental art works by deeply engaged artists who need time and space to take big risks in their studio practice. Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. The Garage on the Grove. More info…

What to see in the sky tonight… The annual Leonid meteor shower ramps up this week. The shower got underway November 6, when Earth encountered the outer edge of the debris stream laid down by Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle during its innumerable passes through the inner solar system. With the Moon currently in the evening sky, the best views will come after midnight. The shower will peak the night of November 17/18 under a waxing gibbous Moon. [astronomy.com]

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2018

The event we always wait for all year long… Veterns Day Open Cockpit at the Aerospace Museum! It’s your chance to climb aboard and put yourself in the pilot’s seat of one of the museum’s planes! In honor of Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11 is open cockpit day at the Aerospace Museum of California – and thanks to Wells Fargo Bank, admission is free to all guests, all day long. Come on out and hear the stories of these aircraft from our wonderful docent volunteers, many who flew and worked on these aircrafts. Talking to these veteran pilots is always fascinating, they are filled with interesting information. Plus, at 11am the Air Force Association will be hosting a wreath laying ceremony in our Memorial Plaza to honor all who have served. Free. Sun. 10am – 4pm. Aerospace Museum of California. More info…

Celebrate Veterans Day at Fairytale Town. Active Duty military and veteran families get 1/2 off admission to Fairytale Town. All active duty military, veterans, and their families receive half-price admission on general admission with a valid military identification card. Special offer is not valid for special events, birthday parties, field trips, combo tickets, or with any other offer or discount. Weekend admission is $6 for adults and children ages 2 and older. Members and children ages 1 and under are free. Open Sunday 10am – 4pm. More info…

Or go to the Sacramento Zoo for half-off (for military families)… More info…

Make some Art in the Garden. Spend some time with the kids in the gardens of The Beautiful Center and express yourself on canvas at their Art in the Garden workshop. Rather than an instruction session, you will get to start with a blank canvas, open to what you want to create. When you arrive, find a seat that inspires you and it will already have paints, brushes, a canvas, and easle, ready to go. They will even have themed transfers if you’d like to start with an outline. Date may change due to weather and tickets can be moved to new dates or refunded if the event date changes. For ages 8 and up. $25. Sun. 11am – 1pm. The Beautiful Center. More info…

Celebrate Diwali at the free Diwali & Annakut Darshan & Show in Rancho Cordova. Diwali is a festival of lights in India and celebrates the beginning of the new year. Throughout the day, all visitors will get the opportunity for various items including beautiful theme based Annakut Darshan of over 700 food items in front of Thakorji, Utsav Arti, special Nilkanth Varni Abhishek opportunity, miraculous wide screen audio video light and sound show (in hindi), Children’s Diwali Celebrations based on “Live Hinduism”, Diwali gifts for children, jump houses for children, free gala vegetarianfood, free Indian Calendar for 2019 with all listed hindu festivals and US holidays, Selfies booths, Indian snacks, Indian sweets for sale, Diwali souvenirs and much much more. Free, must register for tickets. Sun. various time slots available. Kids’ Diwali is 12-7pm. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Rancho Cordova. More info…

Enter your dog in a pumpkin eating contest at the BarkHappy Sacramento: Friendsgiving Pawty. Bring your dogs and your friends for our Friendsgiving Pawty benefitting Chako’s Pitbull Rescue and Advocacy at Big Stump Brewing Company! It’ll be a social time with a fun pumpkin eating competition and free goodies for attendees who purchase tickets, all while benefiting Chako’s Pitbull Rescue and Advocacy. All friendly, well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to the family-friendly event! $10+. Sun. 1pm – 3pm. Big Stump Brewing Company. More info…

Go on a Salmon Stroll. Learn about the life cycle of this amazing long distance swimmer and take a stroll to the river to see them spawning. Free, $5 parking. Sun. 1:30pm – 3pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Get out in nature! Bask in the yellow bursts of Aspen trees at Taylor Creek in South Lake Tahoe and look out for salmon. Take the super-easy .5-mile Rainbow Trail hike/walk and stop frequently. Start at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. Trails are open year-round but the Visitor Center will be closed. Parking $10. More info…

See Peter Pan performed by the stellar young performers with the El Dorado Musical Theatre, at Harris Center. Sunday’s shows are probably sold out, but you can still buy tickets for next weekend. Sactown Kids highly recommends EDMT musicals. More info…

What to see in the sky tonight… The waxing crescent Moon appears 4° to Saturn’s upper left this evening. The two stand nearly 20° above the southwestern horizon an hour after sunset and will make a pretty pair with the naked eye and through binoculars. Of course, Saturn makes a tempting target any night this week. The ringed world shines at magnitude 0.6, more than a full magnitude brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius. The best views come through a telescope, however, which reveals a 16″-diameter globe surrounded by a spectacular ring system that spans 35″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight. [astronomy.com]

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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