TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! NOVEMBER 17TH – NOVEMBER 18TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of November 17th & 18th! Stay indoors and hit the trampolines, make some pottery, meet a poet, check out a giant train snowplow, go to a ski/board festival, read some new J.K. Rowling books, enter a scone baking contest, or see a Holocaust play. Or venture out (weather-permitting) and go birding, ice skating, check out a mandarin festival, eat Brazilian and Peruvian food, or see wild bucks and their giant antlers. High of 68 Saturday, high of 66 and cloudy Sunday. Pray that the forecast for rain Wednesday & Thursday is correct. Stay safe this weekend.

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Help victims of the wildfires… Here’s a vetted list, compiled by the NY Times, of organizations that you can donate money to for helping people affected by California wildfires. More info…

Sign-up the family to volunteer at the Sacramento Food Bank this holiday season. Kids 10 & up can participate! Their next volunteer orientation is on Wed. Nov. 28th. Learn how you can volunteer in their garden, sort food and clothing, mentor youth, etc. More info…

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2018

**We have tried to verify that all of these events are still taking place, but things may change. Confirm online or call ahead.**

Jump your heart out at a trampoline park. If you want to stay indoors but unleash the kids, Sky High Sports is open Sat. 10am – 11pm for kids who need to jump their willies out. Sign the waiver online to speed up registration and be sure to bring socks. Leave bags at home so you can enjoy jumping with the kids! (Tip: Thursday nights are family jump nights, $35 for 4 people, 1 large one-topping pizza, and 4 waters). More info…

Eat Mandarins on pizza. We verified that the 25th Annual Mountain Mandarin Festival is still happening. Meet growers, see a funnel cake eating contest, hula dancing, choral and band performances, magic shows, science wizardry, ride a pony, and visit the petting zoo. Kids 12 & under are free. Adults $8 ($4 on Preview Friday), parking $6. Sat. 9am – 5pm (also on Fri. & Sun.) Gold County Fairgrounds in Auburn. More info and entertainment schedule…

See a giant snowplow. For a limited time, visitors to the California State Railroad Museum have a special opportunity to see a 251,000-pound rotary snowplow from the Museum’s impressive collection along with a compelling exhibit titled “Snowbound in the Sierra.” With the historic snowplow as an eye-catching centerpiece, the exhibit highlights the dramatic story of 226 passengers and crew members who were rescued — with the help of crews working around the clock and seven rotary snowplows — after being trapped on a luxury streamliner locomotive during a massive snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada in 1952. The exhibit includes riveting narrative from passengers and crew, a special kiosk, exhibit case, and video along with an interactive game. Free with admission. Sun. 10am – 5pm (and other days). California State Railroad Museum. More info…

See 200 painstakingly crafted quilts. The three-day Quilt Show 2018 will show artistically stunning quilts handmade by local quilt artists. There will be traditional and modern quilts, handmade gift items for the upcoming holidays, demonstrations, door prizes, and a country store. Kids ages 12 & under free. Sat. 10am – 5pm (also on Friday and Monday). Adults $10 (for three days). Scottish Rite Temple. More info…

Go on a birding and nature walk led by a naturalist and special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars or borrow a pair. Free, $5 parking. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Sat. 10:30pm. More info…

Eat a Peruvian lunch at the Latin American Food Festival. Introduce the kids to delicious and unique food from Mexico, Brazil, Peru and more. Wines and many international beers will also be available, as well as live music and a kids zone. Kids $12 & under free. Adults $12+. Sat. 11am – 9:30pm. 3262 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento. More info…

Go to storytime at Barnes & Noble featuring the story “Bear Says Thanks.” What better way for Bear to say thanks than to have a big dinner with all his friends. Join in for this special Thanksgiving Storytime celebrating family and friendship. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble. More info…

Enter the Big Build Challenge. What can you create using only cutting tools, masking tape, and cardboard boxes? Will you add on to a project someone else created or start from scratch? How tall or wide can you build a structure? No ideas are off limits in this week-long engineering challenge that involves some basic materials and a lot of creative thinking at Powerhouse Science Center. Free with admission. Sat. 12pm – 4pm (the challenge ends Nov. 25th). Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Explore the Magic Harry Potter Event at Barnes & Noble. Live the adventure of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. Join B&N for activities, games, cosplay, LEGO building, special offers, and giveaways. Free, Sat. 2pm. Barnes & Noble. More info…

Stay indoors and paint some pottery with friends at Alpha Fired Arts. We like this studio because you can choose from more than 425 ceramic items to paint. Plus they have a full-service pottery studio were you can rent time on a wheel and use all their tools and glazes, and they give classes too. $8 paint studio fee for kids ($10 for adults) plus cost of your ceramic item. Open Saturdays 10am – 4pm. More info…

Join a Tween Book Club. Come join the Franklin Library for their very first Tween Book Club where they will be reading A Wrinkle in Time and discussing this science-fiction novel turned movie. Free. Sat. 3:30pm – 4:30pm. Franklin Community Library in Elk Grove. More info…

Holiday shop for local/handmade at River City Marketplace, which takes over The Urban Hive on Saturday. There will DIY workshops, patio games, food booths, children’s activity room, two bars, silent disco, live art, mobile boutiques, and mini art galleries. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 4pm – 9pm. The Urban Hive. More info…

Take your teen on a one-on-one and introduce them to hauntingly beautiful classical music. The Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera presents love duets and scenes from La Boheme, Carmen, Un ballo in maschera and Aida. Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet will also be performed. Christoph Campestrini will conduct. Ages 4+. $18+. Community Center Theatre. More info…

Last chance to see Peter Pan by the El Dorado Musical Theatre. Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up. Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and has delighted audiences for 60 years. This production by El Dorado Musical Theatre features colorful costumes and sets, stunning choreography, and exceptional performances. $36+. Sat. 7pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2018

**We have tried to verify that all of these events are still taking place, but things may change. Confirm online or call ahead.**

Grab some glue and make some simple leaf art with fallen leaves in your neighborhood. Let kids incorporate pens, crayons, paint, construction paper shapes if they want. Get even crazier and frame it. 

Ice skate indoors our outdoors at Skatetown in Roseville. Bring warm clothing and winter gloves and get ready to get a workout. Free skate aids and loaner helmets are available. They have a full-service cafe, free parking, snow play, live DJ, and laser lights shows at night. Holiday rates are a little higher than normal, but kids 3 & under are free, and so are the skate rentals. Youth $14. Adults $16. Check schedule for session times. Skatetown. More info…

Go to a ski & snowboarding festival. Take older kids to the Sacramento Snowbomb Ski and Board Festival at Cal Expo. Meet pro athletes, watch the BMX/Skate Ramp Show, win ski/board related prizes, and check out the Bear Valley Climbing Wall. Free (VIP passes available). Sun. 11am – 5pm (also on Sat.) Cal Expo. More info…

Go to Science Storytime. Meet in the Nature Discovery exhibit at the Powerhouse Science Center to hear a reading of The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires. Afterwards, participate in an activity that will challenge you to use familiar objects in new ways. Free with admission. Sun. 11am (also on other days). Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Enter a scone baking contest. Judges will be choosing best scone in each of three categories: Plain (cream or butter, no add ins), Sweet (fruit, nuts, or both. example: cranberry pecan), and Savory (spices, tea, cheeses. example: cracked pepper cheddar). Even if you’ve never baked a scone before, it’s still fun to enter! There are prizes, and winning recipes will be included in the national winners’ Amazing Scone Baking Race cookbook! Must bake one dozen scones and drop them off between 11am – 11:30am on Sun. in the Garden Room at Sierra 2. Free to participate. Register here…

See some modern art influenced by German & Italian expressionism. In the exhibition “urba(n)ation”, Ryan Bucko and Robert-Jean Ray explore the dynamics of the urban environment. Ray’s goal is to merge linear depictions of the human with collage compositions inspired by urban street graphics. Influenced by early German and Italian expressionism, his work consists primarily of diminutively sized artwork with strong visual impact. Free. Gallery is open Sun. 11am – 4pm (and other days). Arthouse Gallery & Studios. More info…

See wild bucks in all their glory, with beautiful antler crowns at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Grab your binoculars or borrow some and catch a closer look at the black-tailed deer in their oak woodland home while learning more about their world. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 1:30pm – 3pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Stop by the Animalia Group Art Show. “Animalia,” Tim Collom Gallery’s November offering is a group exhibition featuring work by more than 20 Sacramento artists working in a multitude of visual mediums celebrating the wide, wild world of animals. Free. Gallery is open Sat. 1pm – 6pm. More info…

Meet a Poet. Join anthology readers Lucille Lang Day, Joshua McKinney, Susan Kelly-DeWitt, and Stephen Meadows at the Davis Art Center as they dive into excerpts from Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California. Fire and Rain is an anthology containing more than 250 poems about California ecosystems. The anthology includes a Foreword by California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, an Introduction by poet and scholar Jack Foley, and poetry by 149 contributors. All profits from sale of Fire and Rain will be donated to environmental organizations. Free. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. Davis Arts Center. More info…

Make music with Ms. Nicole at Art Beast. Recommended for kids under 7. This class will sing favorite nursery rhymes and bravely share songs. Ms Nicole will play her guitar, guide children in exploring musical instruments and read stories about the wonderful world of music. On select weeks, students will get to create a simple art project related to music. They will meet in various rooms around the studio so check at the front desk for the location each week. Join in and make music! Free with admission. Sun. 2:30pm. Art Beast Children’s Art Studio. More info…

Go to a Holocaust remembrance play with teens. California Stage Theater presents the Sacramento premiere of Times Like These. Written by nationally celebrated playwright John O’Keefe, the Sacramento production will be directed by Elly Award-winning Sacramento director Richard Winters. The play takes place in Hitler’s Berlin between 1934 and 1938. O’Keefe has based his story loosely on the true story of Joachim Gottschalk, the German Cary Grant of his day, and Gottschalk’s Jewish wife, Meta Wolff. When Wolff is banned from the stage because she is Jewish, she attacks the only way she can: through her actor-husband, whom she directs behind the scenes in a production of Hamlet designed to boldly satirize the Nazis. Playwright John O’Keefe has been both an actor and writer for almost 50 years. Daily Variety lauds the play by saying: “The play’s distinction lies in its truthful examination of fear. O’Keefe’s characters don’t display typical stereotyped heroism. They bend and break, and by exploring this very human weakness, Times Like These gives the horror of Nazism a new and original clarity.” $12+. Last showing is Sun. 2pm. California Stage Theatre. More info…

Go to a free concert to support Habitat for Humanity’s Unity Project. Join Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, the Sacramento Children’s Chorus, St. John’s Lutheran Church Choir, and local faith leaders and representatives from across the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and non-denominational interfaith communities for an evening of song, celebration, and unity. Free, donations appreciated. Sun. 3pm – 4pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church. More info…

For adults w/ kids interested in cryptology…

Learn how to start a CryptoClub. Teachers and adults are invited to a one-day workshop at Fairytale Town to learn how to teach cryptography and establish a CryptoClub program at a school or after-school program. In a CryptoClub, kids in 5th – 8th grades use mathematics to make and break secret codes. Because of the mathematical nature of the subject and the natural interest surrounding secret messages, cryptography is an exciting hook for learning and applying mathematics. CryptoClub can be anywhere—after-school, in-class, as part of a youth group, or scout program. While curriculum is geared towards 5th – 8th graders, it can be adapted easily for lower or higher grades. $30 per person. Participants should bring a laptop computer. More info…

 

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Happy Adventuring!
xo, sabrina : )

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