TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! OCTOBER 20TH – OCTOBER 21ST, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of October 20th & 21st! Enter a tea dueling championship, paint a pet portrait, learn how to fix things, make a soda straw rocket, see Othello, learn how to draw architecture, walk through 3,000 carved pumpkins, do some hands-on creepy chemistry, learn how to do coptic bookbinding, get some apple cider donuts, visit a haunted fort, make sugar skulls, take a free shuttle to Apple Hill farms and u-pick apples, get lost in the world’s largest corn maze, go to a Mariachi festival, eat some Armenian pastries, or celebrate beautiful Diwali at night with complimentary dinner… and more! It’s gonna be great. Sunny all weekend long, high of 85 on Sat. and 82 on Sun. Have a super-fun weekend! 

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JUST A COOL LITTLE THING HAPPENING THURSDAY: 

Connect with your teen on Thurs. Oct. 18th by taking them to an artist’s salon at Verge Center for the Arts, to discuss whether or not art should be “beautiful.” PBS’s The Art Assignment explores the ancient philosophers’ thoughts on beauty and considers why we might be skeptical of beauty today. Check out the link to watch the short PBS video in preparation for the discussion. This will be their last salon meeting of 2018. Feel free to bring a snack to share. Thurs. 5:30pm. More info…

 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 20TH, 2018

Make art with real photos. Take crafty teens to the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. The Stamp & Scrapbook Expo events cater to paper crafters of all types and experience levels. Card Makers, Stampers and Scrapbook enthusiasts can find new products and designs from vendors. Swap ideas with like-minded crafters and learn new techniques by taking a workshop. $8 online, $15 on-site tickets. Sat. 9am – 5pm. Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

Kids with special needs, get dressed up early for the Wee Spooktacular Halloween Party at the Maidu Library in Roseville! There will be games, a coloring station with Halloween dot art, pumpkin-scented play dough, sensory bottles, a ball pit, and tunnels. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Maidu Library in Roseville. This event is for children w/ Special Needs 0-3 and their families. Costumes encouraged but not required. More info…

Breathe in some incredible fall colors with older kids at a public tour of the Wakamatsu Farm, held every third Saturday in the fall and spring. The site of the first Japanese colony in America in 1869, the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony is on the National Register of Historic Places and California Registered Historical Landmark #815.  This 272-acre property features Okei-san’s historic gravesite, an 1850’s farmhouse, and a turn-of-the-century barn. Rich in cultural and natural resources, the rolling landscape boasts productive farming soils, wildlife habitat, oak woodlands, ponds, and a wheelchair-accessible trail.  On-site is ARC’s native plant nursery, orchard, and giving garden. Led by trained docents, the approximate 1.5-mile hike is mainly outdoors, on dirt trails, over generally flat terrain, including stairs, and is not recommended for mobility-challenged visitors. Mature children 10+ are welcome. However, Wakamatsu Open Farm Days are suitable for all visitors, including families and mobility-challenged visitors. Steady rain or temperatures over 100 degrees will cancel.  Check ARC’s event calendar for updates. Please call 530-621-1224 to RSVP. $10 Adults, $5 Children 10-17 years old. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Wakamatsu Farm Tour. More info…

Pick up a pencil and draft your ideal house at Kids Draw Architecture. Bring your creativity, and your curiosity, and come sketch with architects! This event will take place at the iconic Sacramento Valley Station, our city’s historic train depot that was restored and renovated in 2017. Drawing materials, a light snack and water will be provided. The event is open to children of all ages. Children must have an accompanying parent or guardian 18 or older participate with them. Event led by Ida Clair, AIA with support by Yevgenia Watts, Assoc. AIA and Annie Luu, Assoc. AIA Pre-draw meeting at LPA located next to the station 431 I St., Sacramento; drawing activity at the Sacramento Valley Station, 401 I St., Sacramento. Consider taking light rail, or biking to the station: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Public-Works/Parking-Services/Lots-and-Garages/Lockers . Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Meet at the architectural and design firm LPA at 431 I St. More info…

Get your horse questions answered at the UC Davis Horse Day. Held at the Animal Science Horse Barn facility, this event is a day filled with workshops dedicated to continuing education for horse owners and horse enthusiasts. This day gives you the chance to interact with the animals, talk to the experts, and visit with exhibitors. At lunchtime, Dr. John Madigan from the UC Davis SVM will present a demonstration on horse rescue useful for all attendees. At the end of the day be sure not to miss the mounted archery demonstration by the California Centaurs! Whether your interests lie with reproduction, nutrition or medicine, there will be something for all horse owners. Recommended for older kids with a parent. $15+. Sat. 10am. The Horse Barn at UC Davis. More info…

Learn how to make a journal using the coptic bookbinding method. The Coptic Bookbinding Workshop at Verge will show you how to stitch a simple but elegant and non-adhesive bookbinding. Developed around the 4th Century, this bookbinding technique appears like a continuous chain of stitches that link across the exposed spine of the book. In this one-day workshop, you will learn to create signatures (folded paper) and paper covers, pierce sewing stations, and go home with a newly bound book. $60. Sat. 10am – 1pm. For adults and teens, as they will be using x-acto knives and thick needles. Verge Center for the Arts. More info…

Take budding teen writers to the Creators of Classic Horrors talk at Arden-Dimick Library. Join in for 90 minutes of classic horror as they discuss the origins of Dracula, Cthulhlu, and the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Did you know that Bram Stoker’s favorite author was Walt Whitman? That H.P. Lovecraft lived on nothing but canned beans? That Edgar Allan Poe wrote about terrifying penguins (really!) and that Lovecraft borrowed them for one of his own stories? Hear some gossip about classic horror writers, and get some insights into their work which continues to inspire so much of the horror genre today. Free. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Arden-Dimick Library (not Arden Arcade Library). More info…

Think like a rocket scientist at the “Steam-o-torium: (not exactly) Rocket Science” at the Rocklin Branch Library. Each participant will use the engineering design process to create and fly their own Soda Straw Rocket. After the first build, kids will modify their rocket design and rebuild with changes in the length, fins, and nose-cone necessary to complete the challenge. The challenge: design a rocket that flies the longest distance with only the materials on hand—paper, scissors, soda straw, and tape. You’ll learn about motion, force, the design process, and problem solving skills during this activity. Registration is highly recommended, space is extremely limited. For ages 6-12. Children under 9 years old must attend with an adult. Free. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Rocklin Branch Library. More info…

Upcycle found objects and build forts at the Sacramento Adventure Playground’s open hours on Saturday, 11am – 4pm, rain or shine. Designed for kids 7-15. Free. More info…

Hunker down for storytime at Barnes & Noble, featuring the book “Elbow Grease.” Elbow Grease is a monster truck who’s smaller than everyone else. He decides to enter the Demolition Derby to show everyone that what he lacks in horsepower, he makes up for in gumption. Written by John Cena. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble Bookstores. More info…

Eat some Armenian food and pastries at the 71st Sacramento Armenian Food Festival at Trinity Cathedral. BBQ Lunch Service is at 11am – 4pm. A new Mezzeh menu at 5pm. $5 appetizer plate (lamajoon or boureg, yalanchi & salad) $5 beer & wine. Ala carte items will also be for sale. Family entertainment 12pm – 3pm with dancing after 5pm. Easy street parking. $5 Adults. Kids under 12: Free. Sat. 11am – 8pm. Trinity Cathedral. More info…

Teach kids how to fix just about everything at the Oak Park Fix-it Cafe. Fun activities for kids and light refreshments. Get help fixing and maintaining your bicycle, learn how to mend garments, learn to sew, get help repairing small electric appliances, sharpen the blades on your yard tools, knives, and scissors, and much more. Free. Sat. 11am. Oak Park United Methodist Church. More info…

Play some free games at the Rocklin Fall Festival. There will also be food, bounce houses, music, raffle prizes, and a costume contest at 12pm. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Johnson-Springview Park. More info…

Support the Sac Civic Ballet at a free festival at Compton’s Market in East Sacramento. There will be family-friendly performances, demonstration classes, balloon artists, food, vendors and beer and wine tasting. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Compton’s Market. More info…

Get creeped out with some Curious Chemistry at the Powerhouse Science Center. They’re turning their annex building into a haunted laboratory with bubbling chemical reactions and spooky experiments! Free with admission. Sat. 12pm – 4pm (also Sun.). More info…

See some ghoulish artworks at the Kennedy Gallery. Local artists present their Halloween themed work from the whimsical to the outright disturbing. ”Monsters and Mayhem” runs through Nov. 5th. Free. Open Sat. 12pm – 6pm. Kennedy Gallery. More info…

Tour SacState’s campus at Future Hornet Day. Beginning at 12pm on Sat., teens and their families can tour the campus, see and hear first-hand about some of the dynamic facilities, resources, programs, and student body from current students. Guests can take part in fun activities, games, food, visit the housing suites, check out more than 250 student clubs, and learn about academic programs offered at SacState. Free. Sat. 12pm – 4:30pm. Sacramento State. More info…

Go to a special Halloween author event at the Avid Reader” in Davis, featuring She Made a Monster” by Lynn Fulton. The Avid Reader is excited to be hosting Bay-area author Lynn Fulton and her latest children’s picture book She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein on Saturday, October 20th at 1 p.m., just in time to set the mood for Halloween. Free. Avid Reader Davis. More info…

Spend the afternoon at the theatre. Join Pinocchio on an adventure full of magic and wonder as he sings and dances his way to becoming a real boy. He’ll experience Stromboli’s travelling show, Pleasure Island, the inside of a whale’s mouth and more with the Blue Fairy and Jimmini Cricket. $11.50+. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Harris Center. More info…

Learn to paint a portrait of your pet! Always wanted to know what it takes to paint a portrait of your pet? Join artist Carrie Girdler for a 2-hour class at North Highlands Recreation and Park District at (6040 Watt Ave). She’ll be showing you tips and tricks of painting your pet. E-mail her (carriegirdler@comcast.net) a bright well-lit photo of your pet’s head and shoulders, that way you can get a head start on the process. Feel free to email her with any questions you may have. Cost is $35 and includes all supplies. For adults & teens. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. North Highlands Recreation and Park District. More info…

Learn about Archaeobotany, the study of human interaction with plants. The Maidu Museum in Roseville invites the public to presentations on: “Archaeobotany in California: Exciting Things Learned from the Artifacts of Everyday Life” by Eric Wohlgemuth and”Warrior Women of Central California” by Al Schwatala. Recommended for teens. $4+. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. More info…

Get free book swag at the Kids’ Book Hangout at Barnes and Noble Bookstores and discover your next favorite book. Enjoy games and activities, and save 20% off featured books. Sign up at bn.com/hangout. Free. Sat. 2pm. Barnes & Noble Bookstores. More info…

Watch a great soccer match. Sac State’s men’s soccer team takes on UC Riverside Sat. at 3pm at the Hornet Athletic Center at Sac State. Free. More info…

Watch the halftime fireworks at the exciting homecoming football game for the Sac State Hornets. We’re lucky to have a Div. I team so close to home! Tickets $10-$45. Family of 4 will be approx. $72, but you can get the $80 Family Pack deal that includes meal vouchers. Sat. 6pm. Hornet Stadium, Sac State. More info…

Stomp like a dinosaur to the Safe & Super Dinosaur Halloween at Fairytale Town. Dinosaurs will take over for trick-or-treating and family friendly fun at the 32nd annual Safe & Super Halloween. Follow the dino tracks throughout the park to meet and take photos with different dinosaur species. Dig for giant fossils at the excavation site, visit the reptile lab to see growing dinosaurs, and test your dino roar with the roar-o-meter. This Halloween extravaganza also features 15 treat stations, a nightly costume parade at 8:30 PM, hands-on activities, and lots of fun. Sevilla Magic FX will perform “The Dino Encounter” each night at 6, 7 & 8 PM in Sherwood Forest. $7+ advance tickets (until the 18th), $12 at the door. Kids 1 & under: Free. Sat. 5pm – 9pm (also Fri. & Sun.). Fairytale Town. More info…

Cheer on the Sac Republic FC as they kick off the Round 1 of the 2018 USL Playoffs. $16+Sat. Oct. 20th. Go Sac Republic! More info…

Introduce teens to “experience architecture.” Crocker Art Museum presents “An Evening with Donlyn Lyndon from UC Berkeley, widely recognized for his lifetime dedication to the design of places, and for his research examining the structure of place and the ethical dimensions of design. Lyndon will discuss The Sea Ranch community, in which he has been centrally involved since its founding. With partners Charles Moore, William Turnbull and Richard Whitaker, he designed Condominium One, built in 1965 as a defining example of the principles that would make The Sea Ranch a powerful model of architecture tuned to its region. While the Central Valley is a very different place, the ideas that underlie the design of The Sea Ranch responding to the climate and topography and the imaginative adaptation of traditional ways of building  will spark a much-needed discussion of what an architecture of our valley might be. Free for students (with I.D.), register early, space is limited. $25 for adults. Sat. 6pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Experience the family-friendly “Haunted Fort.” Friends of Sutter’s Fort, in partnership with California State Parks and B Street Theatre Company, are proud to present “The Haunted Fort” on two Saturday evenings on October 20 & 27, 2018, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm each night. With a kid-friendly format, guests will have the special opportunity to explore the dimly-lit Fort at night at their own pace, interact with knowledgeable docents in period attire (who will share scary, spooky and sometimes disturbing details of pioneer life in the 1800s), participate in fun and interactive stations set-up throughout the Fort, and also be entertained by talented performers from B Street Theatre Company. B Street will also perform an 8-minute original play inspired by Sutter’s Fort several times each night in the Fort’s Distillery room. Appropriate for all ages, free with admission $6+. New this year, attendees are encouraged to download Zamquest, a treasure hunt app in order to participate in a free treasure hunt during The Haunted Fort. Participants will receive Halloween treats after successfully completing the game during the event. Sat. 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

Go to a Halloween-themed tea duel. Kids 12 & under are free! The Nautilus Tea Co. will hold their 4th Annual Tea Dueling Championship this weekend. Wear your finest Halloween or Dapper-wear. Yummy tea snacks and desserts will be provided by the amazing Sweet 13 Cakes. Let them know if you have diet restrictions, as some vegan and/or gluten-free options are available. Adults $30. Kids 12 & under: Free. Sat. 7pm – 10pm. Nautilus Tea Company. More info…

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 21ST, 2018

Wake up at an ungodly hour to see Orionid meteors… If you’re up super-early this Sunday morning, you should see a number of bright streaks peppering the sky. These are Orionid meteors, which belong to an annual shower that peaks before dawn. The waxing gibbous Moon sets around 4 a.m. local daylight time, leaving nearly two hours of dark skies for observers. At its peak, the shower should produce up to 20 meteors per hour radiating from the northern part of the constellation Orion the Hunter. [astronomy.com] Or take a trip out to the free Community Observatory in Placerville on Sat. & Sun. at 8pm and see the whole universe through their giant telescopes. More info…

Wander through apple orchards and pick some sweet apples in Apple Hill. Harris Tree Farm is open for u-pick. Find others at applehill.com (Tip: Skip the parking headaches and take the El Dorado Transit free and jump on the Apple Farms Shuttle 9am – 4pm until Oct. 28th… brilliant! More info on the Apple Farms Shuttle…

Walk through 3,000 carved pumpkins at Pumpkin Nights at Gold County Fairgrounds in Auburn. Make a day of it and go apple-picking too. Adults $20, Kids 4-12 $16, 3 & under Free, Family Pack of 4 $60. Open nightly, 5:30pm – 10:30pm, until Nov. 4th. More info…

Run amok around pumpkins. Visit the pumpkin patch at Vierra Farms in West Sac to pick out a pumpkin and eat some apple cider donuts. $7+ Cash or check only (atm on site). Open 10am – 9pm Fri. & Sat. Open 10am until dusk on Sun. Check out the River City High School Marching Band perform on Sun. 12:30pm – 3pm! More info…

Get lost in the world’s largest corn maze in Dixon at Cool Patch Pumpkin. Certified by the Guinness Book for World Records! It’s pretty impressive, but recommended for older kids. $15 Adults. 5 & under Free. Open every day 9am – 8pm until Oct. 31st. More info…

Meet artists and “movie people” at the Sac Comic-Con. Enter or watch the amazing costume contest! In honor of Netflix’s Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters Season 2 Panel Discussion, Sac-Con will be giving away a commemorative poster – while supplies last. Get it signed by special guests Victor Cook (Supervising Director/Executive Producer), Kevin Burke and Chris “Doc” Wyatt (Executive Producers/Head Writers) and Brandon McKinney (Artist). Due to the limited availability of the free posters, it will only be given out at the guests’ tables and Panel Discussion. Make sure and check out the their panel being held at 11:30am in Rooms 103 & 104 in the West Lobby. $10. Sun. 10am – 5pm. Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

See the early works of Bruce Nauman, an artist that has an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City right now. Coinciding with the opening of Bruce Nauman’s retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, this exhibition at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art features the first realization of a participatory environment Nauman conceived in 1970. The work is a narrow passageway that wraps around an existing room, combining colored fluorescent light and closed-circuit video to manipulate the viewer’s perceptual experience. Visit the link for a preview of what this passageway looks like. An adjacent gallery includes artworks that situate the corridor within the artist’s career. Fun Fact: Bruce Nauman graduated from UC Davis with an MFA in 1966. Guest Curator: Ted Mann. Free. Sun. 12pm – 5pm (also open Thurs., Fri., & Sat.). Manetti Shrem Museum of Art in Davis. More info…

Make a sugar skull. Join the Sol Collective team in decorating your very own sugar skull, a traditional offering used to celebrate the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos. Usually placed as decorations to recognize those who have passed away, the sugar skull represents a departed soul and can have the name written on the forehead to be placed at a home altar or gravestone to honor the loved ones no longer with us. In this family-friendly workshop Sugar Skulls will be colorfully decorated with icing, tin foil, glitter and colorful sugars. And If cared for and kept dry, they can last for years. Free, suggestion donation $10. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Sun. 12:30pm. Sol Collective. More info…

Experiment with Non-Traditional Painting Exploration (for 7 & under) with artist Brenda Cauchon at the Sacramento Children’s Museum. This exploratory class in painting will use a variety of non-traditional materials. Brenda calls this exploration “Anything Can Be a Paintbrush” and she’ll prove it to be true by providing a variety of implements such as pompoms, balls of ribbon, feathers, combs, straws, sponges, etc. Children will get to see how these different items can be used to create surprising and varied textures. The message here is that you can paint/create a beautiful work of art with things that you find around you; you don’t have to go out and buy expensive art supplies! Free with museum admission. Sun. 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Take teens to a matinee showing of Shakespeare’s Othello. In Othello, Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination, with elopement, and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths. $16+. Sun. 2pm. Big Idea Theatre on Del Paso Blvd. More info…

Celebrate Diwali, a beautifully lit Hindu festival at the Amphitheater at Quarry Park! There will be games, complimentary dinner, live music, a bounce house, and kid-friendly games. Free, register for tickets. Sun. 3pm – 8pm. Quarry Park in Rocklin. More info…

Dance the night away at a Mariachi Festival. The Mariachi Festival de Sacramento 2018 presents a fantastic lineup of performers, ballet folklorio, food, drinks and crafts from Mexico will be available for purchase. $25+. Sun. 3:30pm – 8:30pm. Doors open at 2pm. Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Sacramento. More info…

Introduce older kids to Beethoven, Schubert, and DeBussy. The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento hosts flutist Mathew Krejci and pianist Dmitriy Cogan at the Capistrano Hall. $12+. Sun. 4pm – 6:30pm. More info…

 

Plan Ahead…

Visit the beautiful, new Sofia theatre for Family Day next Sat. Oct. 27th for kid-friendly games and activities prior to their 1pm performance of “Treasure Island” in the Sutter Theatre for Children. Library of Musiclandria will be featuring a instrument petting zoo, Liquid Lolli will be making European-style lollipops right in front of you, and Art Beast will also have activities. The Sacramento Public Library will also be there to help you get a library card. The 1pm show is sold out, but you can get on the waitlist day-of, in case of no shows. Or you can nab tickets for the 4pm show, which are still available! More info…

Get early bird tickets if you want to go to “Boo at the Zoo” at the Sacramento Zoo Sat. Oct. 27th & Sun. Oct. 28th (11am – 4pm). Take little ones trick-or-treating in an exotic, playful, but safe environment away from all the cars. There will be 15 different candy stations throughout the entire zoo, magic shows, face painting, games, and more. $13+ More info…

Got an older teen who would like to join the team at the Sacramento Zoo? The Zoo is currently accepting applications for Zoo Ambassadors, the Level 1 volunteer position.  All new volunteers must begin as a Zoo Ambassador before moving on to additional programs. Zoo Ambassadors can participate in a variety of different roles: front gate greeting and assistance, grounds cleanup, special events and other special projects. Zoo Ambassadors must be 15 years or older and must complete a Zoo Ambassador orientation.  The next orientation will be November 3rd.  More info…

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

 

 

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