TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! NOVEMBER 3RD – NOVEMBER 4TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of November 3rd & 4th! See a high school play at Sheldon High, learn life-saving CPR (ages 10 & up), learn about snakes, take a free walking tour under trees, make some sugar skulls, get a “kids tasting” at a mini street food festival, learn about Gloria & Emilio Estefan’s journey to America from Cuba, listen to Zimbabwe music, go to the grand opening of a succulent nursery, learn calligraphy, see Annie the musical, listen to Beethoven’s greatest symphonies, see Vega in the night sky, and more! Mostly sunny Sat., high of 83. Partly cloudy Sun., high of 80. Have a great weekend!

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2018

Participate in an all-girls United Nations. Presented by the Girls in Politics Initiative, Camp United Nations for Girls is a political leadership program that introduces girls ages 10 to 15 to international politics and the work of the United Nations. The program begins with a lesson on the history of the United Nations and its purpose. This is followed by an explanation of the structure, leadership and the rules of procedure of the United Nations starting with the General Assembly and subsidiary organs. Participants learn about the specific work undertaken by the United Nations’ boards, commissions, committees, councils and panels and working groups. Prior to convening the General Assembly, each participant will be assigned a country and solve geopolitical challenges in regional work groups. When the General Assembly convenes delegates will give speeches, negotiate with other delegates, caucus and propose resolutions along with amendments before finally voting. All activities will be guided by a camp counselor in small working groups of delegates. Instructors are women that have worked in government or electoral politics. Camp United Nations for Girls is ideal for girls with an interest in politics. The delegate fee covers all program materials and meals. $160. Sat. 9am – 5pm. More info…

Help create a community photo album at the photography tour, Photography in Sacramento. Standing on J Street during the latter part of the 19th century, it seemed you could throw a rock in any direction and hit a photography studio. On this interactive tour the Old City Cemetery Committee will be delving into the lives of local photographers and their subjects. They’re asking for shutterbugs of all levels to participate. Working together, you will help create an album on Facebook dedicated to this tour and everyone’s perspective of some of the most beautiful works of art that the cemetery has to offer. Bring your Point-and-Shoot, DSLR, or cell phone and get ready to have some fun. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Old City Cemetery. More info…

Take kids for a Walk Under the Trees: An Aroboreal Tour. Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation and Friends of Sutter’s Fort for a unique tour blending history and trees! The fall colored leaves should be in their prime on this walking tour of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP), located right in the heart of Midtown Sacramento. The grounds of Sutter’s Fort include an assortment of tree species native to California, many of which were planted before Sutter’s Fort became the living history museum that it is today. Join us to find out more! This walking tour is free to the public and is offered by our friends at the Sacramento Tree Foundation. Registration required. Sat. 10am – 11:30pm. 

Learn How to Build a 3D Printer. Open Source Ecology will teach you about the open source 3D Printer with the lowest part count in the world, and give you the opportunity to build it yourself. Free. An RSVP required, option to purchase a 3D Printer in advance for $799 to assemble with assistance from Open Source Ecology instructors during the event. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Ella K. McClatchy Library. More info…

Slithering Snakes. Learn all about these legless friends who live along the American River and get a visit from a reptilian animal ambassadors! Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. More info…

Get a free Advent calendar at the Barnes & Noble storytime featuring How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Grow your heart three sizes with this beloved holiday classic. Join in for storytime featuring activities and an Advent calendar to take home, while supplies last. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble bookstores. More info…

It’s back… Disney On Ice: Celebrating 100 Years of Magic! Be charmed by a cast of over 50 of Disney’s unforgettable characters, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and many of the Disney Princesses. Costumes welcome. $20+. Sat. 11am, 3pm, 7pm (also on Sun.). Golden 1 Center. More info…

Anti-Bullying Workshop for Teens. Youth will have lunch and have an opportunity to express their concerns about bullying to local community leaders and special guests. Participants will then learn simple but effective self-defense techniques from renowned martial arts instructor, Lydia Ajay, co-owner of Ajay’s Karate. Attendees must pre-register via eventbrite. Parents/guardians are welcome to observe. $10 for ages 10-17. Sat. 12pm – 3pm. Elk Grove Teen Center USA. More info…

Learn about and celebrate our water resources. The annual Sacramento Water Festival is a multi-cultural, community organized grassroots event that honors the importance of water in our lives and in our communities. The event also reinforces the importance of working with nature to preserve our planet for future generations. Enjoy live performances by different cultural groups, raffle, food, and water related activities for children and adults. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. Discovery Park. More info…

See the play Little Women. The story of Little Women, Louisa M. Alcott’s famous novel, is so well known and so well loved that it is hardly surprising that many attempts have been made to portray its characters upon the stage. None has yet been so successful, however, as this brilliant dramatization by Peter Clapham. The structure of the play faithfully covers that of the novel, interweaving the lives of the March girls, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, and Laurie, the boy next door, as they grow up happily together. Sat. 1pm. $13+. Sutter Street Theatre. More info…

Learn adult, child, and infant CPR. Kids 10 & up can learn how to perform CPR on an adult, child and infant, choke-saving and how to use the AED. Highly recommended for teachers, summer camp counselors, coaches, fitness instructors. foster care, social workers, parents, babysitters (ten years or older), construction workers, & general workplace. You will get your certification card at the end of the 3-hour class. $70. Sat. 1pm – 4pm. Sacramento CPR Classes. More info…

See the musical Oklahoma! Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant Oklahoma! $15+ ($10 pre-sale). Sun. 2pm & 7pm (shows also on Thurs. & Fri.) Benvenuti Performing Arts Center. More info…

Catch some last Day of the Dead festivities at Souls of the City Festival at the Sacramento History Museum. The entire community is invited to come watch as the Maquilli Tonatiuh Aztec Dancers lead the Day of the Dead ceremony at the annual Souls of the City festival in Old Sacramento. There will be arts and crafts vendors, traditional face painting, sugar skull making, community altars, and live music performances for the whole family. Free. Sat. 4pm – 9pm. Sacramento History Museum. More info…

Go to a gala benefit for family-friendly theatre. Curtains Up is a student-run, produced, and directed performance and gala benefiting the Sacramento Theatre Company educational programs. This family event features a first-rate variety show and the opportunity to win great prizes, culinary delights, and fun activities for children. It is a great opportunity to expose children to the wonders of live theater. The social extravaganza includes a silent auction featuring travel, jewelry, gift cards, and gift baskets, as well as the opportunity to win a weekend for two in New York with tickets to see a Broadway show. $50+. Sat. 5pm & 7:30pm. Sacramento Theatre Company. More info…

See a funny high school play. Sheldon THEATREworks presents The Imaginary Invalid. The Imaginary Invalid is Moliere’s classic comedy, adapted by Oded Gross and Tracy Young into a psychedelic mix of big hair, gogo boots, and colorful fashion. The plot centers around Argan, a hypochondriac obsessed with managing his imagined ailments. Life swirls around his wheelchair. He has two daughters (one beautiful and lovesick, the other humpbacked and hopeful), an unfaithful and scheming wife, a sassy but grounded housekeeper, and a “Man vs. Wild” brother who scoffs at physical weakness as much as Argan coddles it. Beyond them is a parade of characters who dance, sprawl, sing and twirl their way through Argan’s lavish home. The play is peppered with seven musical numbers composed by Paul James Prendergast, who co-wrote lyrics with Gross and Young. The music echoes the “Wall of Sound” style of early ’60s music producer Phil Spector. Like a fireworks show, this script pops rapidly until the finale, delivering a poignant carpe diem message. $10. Sat. 7pm (also on Fri.). Sheldon High School Studio Theatre. More info…

Listen to classical music from Argentina and Mexico. Camellia Symphony Orchestra presents a night of music from Argentina and Mexico conducted by Christian Baldini. The program includes: Marta Lambertini, “Angel Apasionado II”, Alberto Ginastera, “Piano Concerto No. 1,” with Eric Zivian Arturo Diemecke, “Chacona a Chavez”, Carlos Chávez, “Sinfonia India”. Kids 12 & under $8, Students $15, Adults $30. McClatchy High School. Sat. 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Pre-concert talk 6:45pm. More info…

Spend an evening with Beethoven. The American River College Orchestra brings one of Beethoven’s most uplifting symphonies and most optimistic piano concertos, featuring soloist Natsuki Fukasawa, to the ARC Theater. “This concerto has been on my ‘bucket list’ for a while, and I’m really excited that I have the chance to perform it with Dr. Steven Thompson and ARC Orchestra,” Fukasawa said. “I’ve played most of Beethoven’s other piano concertos before, but I feel that No. 5 (“Emperor”) is the most concise, direct and confident.” The orchestra is also excited to perform Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, a symphony that feels like a walk through the countryside, celebrating the beauty and solace that nature brings. If that sounds too mellow, have no fear, Beethoven also goes off. Nature’s raw fury is unleashed in the thunderstorm in the Fourth movement. $10+, $2 parking. Sat. 7:30pm. American River College Theatre. More info…

Experience traditional Zimbabwe music, mixed with Afro jazz at Nobuntu. The word “Nobuntu” is an African concept that values humbleness, love, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. This exhilarating female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe embodies their name, presenting luminous shows that feature a fusion of traditional Zimbabwean music, Afro jazz and gospel. Pure voices, minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments and authentic dance are the powerful tools that these award-winning, gifted performers use to preserve their cultural heritage while also promoting positive change through the unifying power of music. $29+, tickets are selling out quickly. Sat. 8pm. Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. More info…

Look up at the night sky… Although the calendar says November, the Summer Triangle of bright stars remains prominent in the early evening. Look overhead after darkness falls and you’ll spot Deneb, a conspicuous point of light despite being the faintest of the three luminaries. Brightest Vega lies west of Deneb and intermediate Altair appears to their south. [astronomy.com]

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2018

Celebrate succulents at The Prickly Pear’s grand opening—the first succulent specialty nursery in Sacramento. Mona Bahraini is a force of nature, spreading cheer and cacti all over Sacramento. Teach kids about sustainable gardening and choosing plants that naturally love Sacramento’s climate. Let kids pick out their very own cactus to grow. You can propagate some varieties and grow more from a few stems! Grand opening 10am – 7pm at 816 U St. The Prickly Pear. More info…

Decorate sugar skulls at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. Learn all about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) during their four-day celebration! Sugar skull decorating will be available in the Art Studio, and an ofrenda—an altar that is set up to remember and honor loved ones who have passed away—will also be on display. Free with museum admission. Open Sun. 12pm – 5pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Drop by one of the coolest little shops in Sacramento to see Charlotte Beavers’ watercolor exhibit, Land of Little Rain, then go outside and create your own mini watercolor landscapes. Charlotte Beavers continues to examine the Earth that surrounds us in her new exhibition Land Of Little Rain, inside Public Land Gallery. Borrowing hues from the most tranquil elements of our landscapes, the artist has seemingly perfected the transportation of viewer to serene environment with her use of watercolors. Her depictions of our American topography present a body of work that is as immersive as one standing within the canyon walls themselves. Charlotte Beavers is a painter who resides in Topanga Canyon and has received her BFA at San Francisco State University. Her previous showings include General Store in San Francisco, CA, and Sweeney Kaye Gallery in Oakland, CA. Free. Open Sun. 11am – 4pm. Public Land. More info…

Learn calligraphy in a 3-hour workshop (for adults, teens welcome!). Learn how to create beautiful letters with MadeByMariann. In this three hour class, you will learn the proper techniques of brush calligraphy including the letterforms, connecting the strokes, building lower case letters, and creating words. Join the fun and meet new creatives. $85. Sun. 12pm – 3pm. West Elm, downtown Sacramento. More info…

Grab lunch at the Street and Slow: Mini Street Food Festival. Join Slow Food Sacramento and Canon for an afternoon food festival featuring the slow side of street food with Ark of Taste ingredients, live music, kids area, craft cocktails, and informative lectures and demos. Participating Restaurants include: Canon East Sacramento, Nixtaco Mexican Kitchen, Pizza Supreme Being, VEG/Thai Basil, Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining. Slow Food means good, clean, fair food for all. Kids ages 4-12 $10 (incudes build-your-own bite station and vegetable tasting), Adults $40 (includes street food from all 5 restaurants), Students $30. No-host bar features beer, wine, and craft cocktails. Sun. 12pm – 4p. See times for lectures and demos. Canon. More info…

Land of Many Oaks. The acorns and leaves of the oak trees are falling all around! Learn all about different species of oak trees and about some of the mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects that call them home. Free, $5 parking. Sun. 1:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

See the musical about Gloria & Emilio Estefan’s inspiring journey from Cuba to America to musical stardom in On Your Feet! from Broadway Sacramento. From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. On Your Feet!, takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. $26+. Sun. 2pm. Community Center Theater. More info…

Watch the Akram Khan Company choreograph a multimedia story experience. Chotto Desh, meaning “small homeland,” draws on choreographer Akram Khan’s unique ability to tell cross-cultural stories, creating a compelling tale of a young man’s dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh. Using a magical mix of dance, text, visuals and sound, Chotto Desh celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the modern world and promises to be a thrilling and poignant dance theater experience for families to enjoy together. $12+. Sun. 2pm. Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall. More info…

Sing along to Hard Knock Life with Annie the musical, presented by the Davis Musical Theatre Company. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. $16+. Sun. 2pm (shows also Fri. & Sat.). Davis Musical Theatre Co. Performing Arts Center. More info…

Introduce kids to some jazz. Jazz Musician Kevin O’Neal and Friends. Kevin O’Neal is a talented, bassist, composer, pianist, vocalist, arranger and educator. Kevin hails from Los Angeles, California. Joining Kevin is virtuoso jazz pianist Robert Turner, illustrious performer drummer Lorca Hart, saxophonist Darius DeBaBa, and special guest vocalist Virginia Ayers-Dawson. $5 for kids ages 5-24, $25 adults. Sun. 3pm – 5pm. Riverside United Methodist Church. More info…


Plan ahead…

Get early tickets for El Dorado Musical Theatre’s Peter Pan run starting Nov. 9th. The good seats sell out fast. More info…

On the day after Thanksgiving, Fairytale Town offers free admission to visitors who bring in a canned good to donate. All goods collected will be donated to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive. Plan a free playdate with a couple other families!

Help teens 14 & up to sign-up to volunteer at super-inspiring sports events next month. The City of Sacramento needs your help facilitating the athletes in Wheelchair Rugby, Wednesday November 14, 2018, 5:30pm – 9:30pm at Rosa Parks Middle School. You will learn the rules and may be asked to participate in a wheelchair with the athletes! They also need help with the Goalball event, Saturday November 17, 2018, 10:00am – 3:30pm at CSUS. This sport is designed for athletes with visual impairment. You will learn the rules and may be asked to participate with the athletes while wearing an eye mask. Minimum age to volunteer is 14. Contact Michelle Tabarango for a volunteer form at 916-808-1205 or mtabarango@cityofsacramento.org.

 

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

 

 

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