TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! OCTOBER 6TH – OCTOBER 7TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of October 6th & 7th! Dissect an eye ball, go to a giant pumpkin festival, build a fireboat at a Home Depot workshop, watch some pop-up street soccer games, explore where DIY and technology intersect at the Maker Faire, go to an outdoor screening of the movie Coco, see pinwheel galaxies through telescopes, tour farms and barns, play vintage “base ball,” dance under the stars at the Greek Festival, dance hula at the Aloha Festival, go grape stomping, make paper flowers for Dia de los Muertos, celebrate the Sacramento Kings’ return to Golden 1 Center, and more! We took special note of events parents could enjoy with teens, like a fitness challenge in Elk Grove, a poetry slam in Midtown, 3D printing in Arcade, an insightful social issues talk on homelessness and bathroom access called “No Place To Go,” and more. Sunny for Saturday, high of 80, cloudy for Sunday, high of 81. If winds pick up a little, break out a kite in the park or along the river. Ideal kite conditions are just 10-20 mph. Enjoy the first week of October!

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 6TH, 2018

Build a Fireboat at the DIY Home Depot Workshop. Celebrate National Fire Safety Month in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model fireboat to put out shoreline or shipboard fires and transport emergency personnel and rescue workers. Once your firefighting vessel construction is complete, you and your hero can decorate it with paint and stickers and give it a name like the historically famous fireboats that precede your new firefighting craft. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Free, must pre-register. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Home Depot Stores. More info…

Get a jump on holiday gifts at the 35th Annual Bella Vista Craft Fair. This family-friendly craft fair has been a Fair Oaks tradition since 1983, and boasts almost 200 of the area’s best artisan’s, hand-crafted items and gifts, great food, raffles, music, and fun for all! Booths will be located both outdoors and indoors and the fair will run rain or shine. The purpose of the Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Fair is to raise funds for the PTSA, which sponsors scholarships, provides funds for the library, campus beautification, student activities, teacher grants, and more. Free, cost of purchases, $5 parking. Sat. 8am – 4pm. Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks. More info…

Rocklin Mini Maker Faire. Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, and projects. They call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the Rocklin Mini Maker Faire is a celebration for all ages featuring rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations. The Rocklin Mini Maker Faire follows the “big” Maker Faire model of celebrating invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, but is smaller in scale and showcases the wonders of Placer and Sacramento counties and beyond. Glimpse the future and get inspired! Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Sierra College. More info…

Dissection Discovery. Put on your gloves and get ready to dive into some gross science! In Dissection Discovery, Powerhouse Science Center will be getting up-close and personal with a cow’s eyeball. Learn how eyes function and allow us to take in the world around us by cutting, peeling, and identifying parts of the eye. Workshops are for participants Ages 5 and up. Minimum of one adult for every two children participating. $15. Sat. 9:30am – 10:30am. More info…

Take older kids and teens on a creepy morning walk through a cemetery with Haunted Sacramento. There are restless spirits in sleepy Sacramento. Apparitions are said to reveal themselves to unsuspecting passersby. Take a walk on the spooky side and learn the haunted history of Sacramento. You’ll never look at our town the same again. Free. Sat. 10am – 11am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

Visit family-friendly vendors like the Super Lice Removal Lady at the Folsom Family Expo at the Folsom Community Center. Presented by Style Magazine – Folsom. There will be bounce houses, raffle giveaways, live performances, demonstrations, vendors, and more. Free. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Folsom Community Center. More info…

Play vintage “base ball” with Central Valley Vintage Base Ball! Enjoy a free morning of 1864 “base ball” in Davis at John Barovetto Park. They’ll be playing America’s pastime the way it was in its formative years, with period-accurate rules and equipment, starting at 10 a.m. No experience is required, all are welcome and this event is completely free. Sat. 10am – 1pm. John Barovetto Park, Davis. More info…

Sacramento Archives Crawl. A sense of history and mystery can open up kids’ imaginations in magical ways that everyday objects in their normal world can’t. Luckily, we are steeped in history in Sacramento. And there are certain rare and historically significant documents and items that the State of California keeps close to its vest… for good reason. They are too precious to have on display all the time. See some of these artifacts at the awesome “archives crawl” this weekend. Tour among four host archives, gather stamps in your archives passport, view treasures from dozens of archives and special collections libraries, visit with real expert archivists, win prizes and go on special behind-the-scenes tour. California State Archives, Center for Sacramento History, California State Library, and the Sacramento Room in the Central Library will be a part of the crawl. Recommended for older kids. Free. Sat. 10am – 4pm. California State Library (and other locations). More info…

Go on a Fall Frolic. Acorns and leaves surround the area with their beauty and function in autumn! Find out how the oak woodland changes with the fall season and how wildlife is preparing for winter at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Material Exposion: Still Life at Crocker Art Museum. Draw a still life using oil pastels. Designed for busy schedules, enroll your child in one, two, three, or all sessions. Each Saturday, students will bring an artwork to conclusion, ready to take home. For ages 7-12. $15+. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Storytime at Barnes & Noble bookstores featuring the book Builder Brothers: Big Plans by Jonathan Scott. HGTV’s favorite twins have written a children’s book. Drew and Jonathan think up big plans for even bigger projects, but will their plans go the way they hope? Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble Bookstores (Arden, Natomas, Roseville, Folsom, Citrus Heights). More info…

Souls of the City returns to Old Sacramento for Dia de Los Muertos. Since 2011, Sol Collective has worked to bring the ancient tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to the Sacramento community. Shrouded in mysticism for many Americans, Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition celebrating and honoring the lives of relatives and ancestors past. Sol Collective’s annual Souls of the City festival and cultural arts programming offer hands-on education about the deep-rooted history and traditions of Dia de los Muertos. On Sat. they present a free workshops: Paper Flowers with Xico Gonzalez. Participants will learn basic papier-mache techniques and the art of making paper flowers. Participants will make flower vases to be placed on altars for the traditional honoring of ancestors. If possible, participants are encouraged to bring empty glass soda bottles. Sliding scale donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Sol Collective, 2574 21st St. More info…

Test yourself and your teen at the Fitness Court Launch Party and Challenge. Powered by Kaiser Permanente, the Roosevelt Park in Sacramento is the new home of the world’s best outdoor bodyweight gym: The Fitness Court. It’s free and owned by the public, of course. This day of celebration includes a competitive fitness challenge, fun workouts, free Fitness Court gear, a #FitFrame photobooth, giveaways, and more! The Fitness Court is open to the public and perfect for all adults and teens 14+. Free, registration required to compete in the fitness challenge. Sat. 11am – 12pm. Roosevelt Park. More info…

Take teens to Journey of Hope: Real Life Stories of Living with Mental Health Challenges Portrayed Through Art. In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Sacramento County’s “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” Project and the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center present Journey of Hope, a collaborative art exhibit that pairs local artists and writers to share stories about mental health, hope and recovery. Each piece began with a story written by a Sacramento County resident living with mental illness, which was then given to a local artist to be used as inspiration for an original art piece. Free, all ages. Sat. 11am – 4pm, artists’ reception 3pm – 7pm. Elk Grove Fine Arts Center. More info…

Got a budding teen poet? Drop by the Noontime Midtown Open Mic at McClatchy Library hosted by Sac Poetry. Read your poetry at the cute and quaint Ella K. McClatchy Library in Midtown and and socialize with other poets. Share about yourself, your writing life, what work you have out there, what you’re working on now, and how it can be supported. Free, registration required. Sat. 12pm – 1pm. McClatchy Library, 2nd floor. More info…

North Sacramento Art Explosion. Crocker Art Museum’s Block by Block and Grant Union High School are throwing a pop-up community event at Grant High School. They will have live local music and art performances, a graffiti battle, and art activities for all ages. Free. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Grant Union High School. More info…

Art In The Garden: Blank Canvas. Spend some time in the gardens of The Beautiful Center in Folsom and express yourself on canvas. Rather than an instruction session, you will get to start with a blank canvas, open to what you want to create. They will provide inspiration and guidance if you need it, but they won’t be telling you what to paint. When you arrive, find a seat that inspires you and it will already have paints, brushes, a canvas, and easle, ready to go. Come alone, with friends, or make it a family event. They will have themed transfers if you’d like to start with an outline. Themes: October – fall / harvest November – giving thanks December – winter / holiday. Ages 8 and up. $28.16. Sat. 11am – 1pm. The Beautiful Center, Folsom. More info…

Teens interested in photography will love exploring shapes, light, and contrast at the Mixing Light with Clay: Photography Exhibit at the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. The Gladding, McBean & Co. factory, in the Placer County town of Lincoln, has operated continuously since 1875. Starting as a clay pipe manufacturer, “the pottery” soon expanded its product line and by the end of the 19th century was producing the architectural terra cotta that continues to ornament buildings in major cities across the U.S. and beyond. From 1987 to 2011, Gladding, McBean was the site of Feats of Clay, an annual ceramics exhibition that introduced thousands of visitors to the factory. Between 1996 and 2011, in workshops organized by Gene Kennedy, nearly 300 photographers explored, documented, and interpreted Gladding, McBean, a working factory as well as an icon of California’s industrial heritage. This juried exhibit celebrates that extraordinary opportunity and the photographic legacy it has given us. Free. Sat. 12pm – 5pm (last showing). Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. More info…

Join in for an autism-friendly family showing of Sherlock Gnomes. These free movie presentations are designed especially for kids with developmental disorders and their families. “Typical” preschoolers are also welcome. Fidget toys and closed captioning will be available. This week they are watching: Sherlock Gnomes (Rated PG). Synopsis: When garden decor starts going missing, Gnomeo and Juliet ask Sherlock Gnomes to take the case. This colorful crew of lawn ornaments must traverse London to save their fellow decorations from being smashed. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Rancho Cordova Library. More info…

Childsplay: Tomás and the Library Lady at the Harris Center. Dedicated to “creating theatre so strikingly original that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love and respect for the medium,” the award-winning Childsplay brings the story of Tomás, the young son of migrant farm workers. A chance encounter introduces him to the Library Lady, who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read; his delight in books is equaled by his pride in teaching Spanish to the Library Lady. A bilingual musical based on the true story of Tomás Rivera, the first minority Chancellor in the University of California system. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. $11.50+. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Harris Center, Folsom. More info…

Star Wars Reads Day. The Force is strong with at Fair Oaks Library. Wear your favorite shirt or costume (grown-ups too!), hang with the 501st and the Rebel Legion, create your own Star Wars lightsaber using a pool noodle, and join us with good food, fun crafts, other great Star Wars themed games for all ages. Keep your Jedi mind sharp by checking out Star Wars books to read and listening to a Star Wars themed storytime. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Fair Oaks Library. More info…

Read. Write. Draw. at Valley Hi-North Laguna Library. In this program instructors emphasize the early literacy practice of Writing. Each month we feature a new picture book. After a reading, we provide art supplies similar to those used by the book’s illustrator to encourage children to draw, paint, scribble, and even write. All of these skills are an important step in early literacy. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. Valley Hi-North Laguna Library. More info…

Learn about Nor Cal Bats at Powerhouse. Join Powerhouse Science Center for a special presentation from Nor Cal Bats where you will learn more about the importance of bats in our environments and see live native bat species. Free with museum admission. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. More info…

Start or re-vamp your family composting and save the planet from some methane created by garbage. Take older kids to the one-hour Backyard Composting Workshop at McKinley Library. The UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County will teach how fall leaves, yard waste, and vegetable and fruit scraps create “gardener’s gold.” A class on the basics of composting will include setting up a compost bin, types of compost bins, and tips for success. Free. Sat. 3pm – 4pm. McKinley Library. More info…

Watch a great game of Division I football as the Sac State Hornets take on Cal Poly at Hornet Stadium. Parking $10 per vehicle. Home team fans park in Lot 8, surrounding the Hornet Walk. Click here for the Hornets Fight Song. Sacramento State Hornet Stadium. More info…

Outdoor Movie Night: Coco. In anticipation of the upcoming Dia de los Muertos holiday, the Latino Center of Art & Culture will be screening the blockbuster 2017 film Coco. This 2017 instant classic won Academy Awards for Best Animated Film and Best Original Song (“Remember Me”). The screening will be preceded by arts and crafts workshops, a Cempazuchitl (“flor de muerto” / marigold flowers) workshop and a mask workshop (mentioned above), and snacks and drinks will be available for sale. It is recommended that attendees bring chairs and blankets. Free, donations appreciated (Sactown Kids recommends $5 per family). Sat. 6pm. Latino Center of Art & Culture. More info…

See the Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School production of Disney’s The Lion King Jr. An excellent chance to see a great musical performed by kids, which we always recommend. Support local youth theatre arts! $10+. Sat. 1pm & 6pm. Consumnes Oaks High School Black Box Theatre. More info…

Spread the aloha at the Sacramento Aloha Festival. The Ka’onohi Foundation is proud to present a fun Hawaiian family day in the Sacramento sun and with free admission. If you are interested in anything related to the Polynesian cultures, the Aloha Festival brings you: live Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Entertainment, delicious Polynesian Food Vendors and Merchandise from near and far, Health and Community Awareness Exhibits, Educational Exhibits, Workshops, and Information, Speakers and Presentations, Cultural Village, Keiki Korner Arts & Crafts. Free. Parking at Cal Expo $10.  Sat. 9am – 6pm. Cal Expo. More info…

Introduction to 3D Printing @ Arcade Library. Visit Arcade Library’s Tom Sanderson Design Spot to learn the basics of designing and printing physical objects on a 3D printer. Once you have created your very own design, they will print the objects out for you to take home. For your convenience, the course will start at the hour and doors will lock after the first 15 minutes. To ensure a spot, you must register with the class before attending. If you have a personal laptop, bring it with you to work on, since there are a limited number of computers. Walk-ins are welcome if space permits. Basic computer skills are a must. Parents/guardians of enrolled children must be present during the course. Free. Sat. 3pm – 4:30pm. Arcade Library (not Arden-Arcade). More info…

A Year With Frog and Toad Kids. Performed by cast members ages 4-12, this one is great for all ages. Adapted from the three-time-Tony-nominated Broadway hit comes A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, the jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. This whimsical show follows two great friends the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. Throughout the year, two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. $10+. Sat. 7pm (also on Fri.). Albiani Middle School in Elk Grove. More info…

Take high school juniors and seniors interested in drama to the Ground and Field Theatre Festival, hosted by the UC Davis Dept. of Theatre. The Ground & Field Theatre Festival at UC Davis introduces new works for the stage. Mark Rigney’s Summertime tracks an upper middle-class clan dealing with an impending political crisis in which the U.S. Congress outlaws both medicine and medical practitioners in order to handle a burgeoning population crisis. Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King, a dark comedy by Sam Collier, centers on young sisters Josephine and Henrietta who create a new sister and their creation is monstrous, violent, and embodies everything they’ve dreamed of: the rage of children, the fury of girls. Free, reservations recommended. Sat. 7pm – 8:30pm, also on Thurs. & Fri, check schedule. UC Davis Wyatt Pavilion Theatre. More info…

Folsom Glow 2018. Folsom Glow is a family-friendly, non-competitive walk event for all ages. This is not a race — it’s all about the fun experience and lasting memories you create with friends and family. The 4K (2.5-mile) mostly flat course starts and finishes in Folsom’s Historic District. Most of the course is on paved recreational trails that are illuminated with string lights. DJs and live music provide motivational tunes, and special fun zones include a Silly String battle and a whipped-cream pie eating contest. Selfie stations help document the fun memories. All registered participants receive glow goodies and a custom-designed finisher’s medal. Kids under 3 free. Adults $34. Group/family discounts available ($100/group of four). Sat. 7:45pm – 9:30pm. More info…

Fall Stargazing at Wakamatsu. Join American River Conservancy amateur astronomers Tim Jackson and Herb Tanimoto to view the fall skies above the spacious Wakamatsu fields. Viewable telescopic objects include planets Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, and Mars, as well as more distant delights such as the Blue Snowball, Helix nebula, Double Cluster, the Andromeda, and Pinwheel Galaxies. Or if you wish, simply bring a lounge chair and gaze in wonder at the heavens above. Arrive before darkness (8pm) so observers will not be disturbed by car headlights. Obstructed sky cancels. Ages 7+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (Placerville area). Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. Sat. 7pm. American River Conservancy. More info…

Go plant-based for a month and celebrate the 8th Annual Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge. Enjoy an entire month of delicious vegan dining. 36 restaurants/ chefs create new, original vegan menu options offered daily Oct. 1-31. This year’s featured categories include Brunch & Dessert (along with lunch, dinner, and more!) Go, eat, and then vote for your favorites. Check out restaurants and menus, including The Porch, Hook & Ladder, Revolution Wines, de Vere’s Irish Pub, and more. More info…

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 7TH, 2018

Pick out a gently used Halloween costume at Eco Thrift, Thrift Town, Goodwill, or other thrift clothing store near you. The earlier you get there, the best variety of sizes you’ll get! 

Show kids the super-competitive world of horse riding at the Sacramento International Horse Show. See Olympic gold medalists, World Cup qualifiers, celebrities and local jumpers competing for a spot in the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping Finals. World-class athletes competing in Northern California’s premier equestrian event include last year’s winner Mandy Porter defending her title against world greats such as Olympic medalists Rich Fellars and Eric Navet, Jennifer Gates (daughter of Microsoft founder Bill Gates,) Karl Cook, who recently married The Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco, and Sacramento mother daughter duo Kassy and Kaitlin Perry. For a tentative schedule, click here. Many events are free, but check schedule and ticket prices before leaving. Parking $10. Events on Sun. start at 9am, but events begin this Wed. Murieta Equestrian Center. More info…

It’s Nature Fest 2018! Join the Effie Yeaw Nature Center for this wonderful annual event with activities, live animal presentations, displays, demonstrations, and guided nature walks for all ages! Guided Nature Walks will take place at 10:50am, Noon, 1:30pm. Free for kids 0-12, Adults $5. Parking free. Sun. 10am – 3pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Dog Days: Free Neighborhood Dog Day Clinic. 4R Friends, the Street Vet’s and Del Paso Heights Friends of the Library are sponsoring a free Neighborhood Dog Day clinic for Dogs and puppies 6 weeks and older. The clinic includes free: distemper/Parvo vaccination, rabies vaccination, flea & tick prevention, collars (engraved ID tags free), veterinary exams and care for medical problems. First come, first served. No registration or appointments needed. Free. Sun. 9am – 12pm. Del Paso Heights. More info…

Help your teen join a Teen Advisory Board at your local library. Go check out the Teen Advisory Board Meeting in the Teen Room @ Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meets regularly (usually on the first Saturday of each month) to plan and coordinate volunteer projects and special programs for our libraries. If you are interested but can’t make it to the meetings, or have other questions please email the teen services librarian at tjoe@saclibrary.org. TAB meeting time counts as service time, and TAB activities are great for both experience and college/scholarship applications. More info…

Get special access to farms at the PlacerGROWN Farm and Barn Tour. The whole family will enjoy the PlacerGROWN Farm and Barn self-guided expedition of farms, ranches, and hop fields in the beautiful countryside of Placer County. Each venue features different activities, tours, and demonstrations. Locally grown produce, meats, crafts, and more will be available for purchase. There are 12 stops on the self-guided 2018 Farm and Barn Tour: Alpacas All Around (Loomis), Coffee Pot Ranch (Sheridan), Colwell Ranch (Penryn), Dueling Dogs Brewing Co. (Lincoln), GoatHouse Brewing (Lincoln), Foothill Roots Farm (Meadow Vista), Fowler Ranch Pumpkin Patch (Lincoln), Little Bear Tree Farm (Alta), Mandarin Hill Orchards (Penryn), Rickey Ranch Pumpkin Patch (Granite Bay), Twin Peaks Orchards (Newcastle), and Quarry Ponds Farmers Market (Granite Bay). Free. Sun. 10am – 3pm. Click here for a tour map. Click here for more info…

Daytrip to beautiful Grass Valley and drop by annual gem and mineral show “Earth’s Treasures” at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, presented by the Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society.There will be vendors, exhibits of gold panning, Benitoite, exotic minerals and gold specimens, rock carving demonstrations, educational experiences for kids, and lots more to showcase the world of gems and minerals. Raffles and prizes and a grand prize will be offered. Kids 0-13 free, Adults $3. Sun. 10am – 5pm (open Sat. too). Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. More info… (There’s also the Gem Faire happening in Sac at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center this weekend. More info here…)

Let kids pick out some cool, specialty bulbs to plant in the frontyard or in a patio container at the UCCE Master Gardeners Fall Sale. This is a great opportunity to pick the brains of master gardeners and get all your questions answered. And by planting bulbs now, you’ll be greatly rewarded in the springtime! Kids will be excited to go home and bury their treasures. They’re also offering a Oct. 20th bulb seminar if you want to get all “next-level” with bulbs. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 10am – 4pm (also on Sun.). Shepard Garden & Art Center. More info…

Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival. What began in 1994 as a small harvest celebration is now Elk Grove’s largest family festival and attracts an estimated 50,000 guests each year. The Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival is always held during the first weekend in October and is hosted by the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with many sponsors. Activities include: Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Pumpkin Regatta, Giant Pumpkin and Produce Contest, Giant Pumpkin Carving, Giant Pumpkin Drop. A portion of festival proceeds benefit local youth and service organizations. Free. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also on Sat.). Elk Grove Regional Park. More info…

Street Soccer USA National Cup. The Street Soccer USA (SSUSA) National Cup is a three-day street soccer tournament that will transform Old Sacramento Waterfront’s “1849 Scene” Historic Park into a 4v4 family-friendly street soccer festival. Street Soccer USA is an exciting organization that uses the sport as a youth development tool to achieve outcomes in education and employment for the least served across the United States. Each year the SSUSA Cup Series takes places in center-city locations like Times Square NYC and Union Square SF. These premier events galvanize the community behind their work and raise awareness and funds for a year of programming. This year, the SSUSA’s biggest event, The National Cup, will be right here in Sacramento. All teams will play three games in a pop-up stadium with the winner of each group advancing to the final rounds. At the end of the tournament 8 men and 8 women will be named to the SSUSA National team for the 2018 Homeless World Cup in Mexico City in November. All event proceeds support Street Soccer USA’s efforts to support low-income and homeless youth in Sacramento through soccer. Spectators free, all ages. Sun. 10am – 6pm (also on Fri. & Sat.). Old Sacramento. More info…

Kids & Company Gallery Adventure. Amusing and educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children ages 5 and older (and the adults who tag along with them) in a fun and playful manner. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 11:30am. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Take a Spookomotive Train Ride. Back by popular demand, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum and Foundation will offer engaging and entertaining Spookomotive Train Rides in Old Sacramento every weekend in October. With VIP First Class train rides also available, Spookomotive trains depart hourly weekends in October. Each weekend the “Spookomotive” will have a special theme, and the experience includes exciting on board entertainment along with a tasty Halloween treat. Train ride guests are encouraged to get in the spirit and dress up according to the fun weekly themes. Staffed by a skeleton crew and whimsically decorated with spiders, cobwebs and cornstalks, the diesel-powered “Spookomotive” train ride offers a fun-filled, 45-minute, six-mile roundtrip trip along the Sacramento River. And, for “Spookomotive” excursion train ride guests who desire a VIP experience, they will enjoy themed entertainment along with the excitement of the Mad Scientist and his crew of minions. The laboratory is decorated with a display of crazy experiments fit for the Mad Scientist himself. First Class guests will also receive refreshments on board including a special Halloween cookie. Adults $15, Kids 2-17 $8, Kids under 2 Free. Sun. 11am – 4pm (weekend rides occur throughout Oct.) California State Railroad Museum. More info…

International Festival Davis 2018. The International House Davis presents this free festival and their biggest event of the year. The festival will have live performances for all five hours on two stages, ranging from Ballet Folklorico and Japanese taiko drumming to Brazilian capoeira and Indian classical dance. Booths at the festival will have educational displays about different cultural organizations, arts and crafts for sale, information about local nonprofits and businesses, and samples of the International House’s diverse programs like its Global Families series and its Humanizing Deportation exhibit. The kids will have a special activities section where they can meet animals, make a paper kite, discover multicultural books, and get their faces painted. Food trucks will offer Filipino cuisine, Greek gyros, and fusion tacos and tortas. The Good Scoop ice cream will have special flavors to pair with churros by Puros Churros and this year will featured a beer garden by Sudwerk Brewing Co. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 12pm – 5pm. Central Park, Davis. More info…

Sacramento Greek Festival. For more than 50 years, the Sacramento Greek Festival has shared the vibrant culture, rich food and traditions of Greece with our local community. The authentic cuisine is homemade by our volunteers with recipes from all corners of the Greek Mediterranean. The village-style atmosphere of the festival perfectly represents the historical and epic Greek passion for life, food, drink and dance. Free for kids 12 & under, $5 for Adults. (Free admission on Friday 10/5, 11am – 3pm). Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Sun. 12pm – 8pm (also open on Fri. & Sat.). More info…

Widen your teen’s social justice lens with a talk by Lezlie Lowe on an all-important topic concerning citizens of Sacramento who are homeless. No Place to Go is a toilet tour of several cities and beyond. From pay potties to deserted alleyways, No Place to Go is a marriage of urbanism, social narrative and pop culture that shows the ways public bathrooms just don’t work. Peel back the layers on public bathrooms and it’s clear many more people want for good access than have it. Public bathroom access is about cities, society, design, movement and equity. Author Lezlie Lowe is a journalist and journalism instructor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This program is highly recommended by Sactown Kids. Free. Sun. 12:30pm – 1:45pm. Central Library. More info…

Test your boat-making skills at Float the Boat. In this STEM program, create a miniature boat from simple materials and test it in water. Whose boat can hold the most pennies before sinking? Geared toward school-age children, but everyone is welcome. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. Arcade Library. More info…

Celebrate the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center and catch a glimpse of the young core in action. Fan Fest is a fun, free event and your opportunity to watch the Kings take the floor as they prepare for the 2018-19 season. Kids can join the Sacramento Kings Kids Club for special perks! Free, register for tickets. Sun. 1pm. Golden 1 Center. More info…

Get pumped up for Halloween and see the movie Hocus Pocus at the historic Crest Theatre.  Synopsis: A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century. Hocus Pocus is a light fantasy tale of witches and magic, resurrection, and immortality. Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker lead an amazing cast in this Halloween favorite. $8+. Sun. 4pm. Crest Theatre. More info…

Go to a grape stomp and wine tasting at a family-friendly vineyard in Napa. Grgich Hills Estate is a rare winery that allows kids to stomp on grapes for $20, daily 10am – 3:30pm until Oct. 28th. Make a grand daytrip out of it and visit the Petrified Forest in Calistoga or the Francis Ford Coppola Winery swimming pool in Geyersville . More info…

 

Plan Ahead…

Enjoy an evening of ghoulish fun at Sacramento Children’s Museum’s Monster Bash on Oct. 20th. This spooktacular event will feature a DJ and dancing, refreshments, and of course – Museum play. Wear your best costume and dance the night away! Tickets will go fast, so reserve early if you’d like to go. Ticket prices are $25 per Member Couple ($4 for every additional Member adult/child), and $35 per Non-Member Couple ($5 for every additional Non-Member adult/child). Space is limited and this event always sells out. More info…

Get bargain night tickets for the production of Annie on July 11th, 2019 by the El Dorado Musical Theatre. This fantastic children’s company presents Broadway-quality productions, and their bargain night seats are always the first to go… the catch is—you have to reserve your seat months in advance. All bargain night tickets are $15 (regularly $47 for the good seats). Yes, it takes very early planning, but it’s well worth it, and we’ve never been disappointed. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. More info…

Love watching Division I football and basketball? Volleyball and soccer? Kids 12 & under can join the Future Hornets Kids Club and get into all Sac State athletic home games free, plus a t-shirt, drawstring bag and goodies, chance to be a ball boy/girl at official games, opportunity to be on the field/court and walk through the player tunnel. You also get youth admission price for up to two guests when you wear your future hornets t-shirt. $10+. More info…

Lego Mindstorms EV3, Session 2 on Tues. Oct. 9th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Limited to ages 9-14. Join in for an exciting, free STEM program with an instructor-led LEGO Mindstorms EV3 program. Participants will work in groups and learn to design, build and program their creation using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit. The lesson from Tuesday will be repeated on the following Saturday so please only register for 1 class each week. Registration available 10 days prior to the class at saclibrary.org/events. Funded by the Friends of the Orangevale Library. More info…

Wanna demo top-of-the-line photography lenses for free and take some spectacular photos of the kids? Whether you’re thinking of changing your camera or have your eye on a lens you’ve been hoping to upgrade to, Mike’s Camera Demo Days at the Sacramento Zoo provide a great chance to try out all sorts of gear, for one hour at a time, and capture some spectacular photographs of the wild and wonderful residents of Sacramento Zoo—not to mention family photos! All demo loaner gear for the test drive is free (with Zoo admission). You can bring an SD card to keep all the photos you take. Sun. Oct. 14th, 9am – 4pm. Get there early for the best pick of lenses. Sacramento Zoo. More info…


If you strangely find yourself kid-free on Saturday…

Take the Espresso Tasting Class at Temple Coffee in Midtown. $30 for the class + free bag of coffee. This class covers espresso brewing and tasting of five different coffees (Single-Origin and Blend), as well as education about flavor characteristics of espresso and visual notes: color of crema, consistency and persistence of crema, taste balance (harmonious balance of sweet/acidity/bitter), and tactile balance (body and roundness). This class is held at the Temple’s Roasting and Training Facility located next to Temple’s S Street-Midtown location. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. More info…

Observation Drawing at Crocker Art Museum, for adults. Looking closely is not as easy as it looks. Students will begin by exploring art on view with sketchbooks in hand. Participants will gain an appreciation of the tone, value, and shapes of shadows cast by the different forms. In the studios, learn techniques with watercolor pencils, gouache, and ink on paper, and complete a mixed-media artwork of your own design. $135+. Sat. 10:30am – 3:30pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

 

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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