TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! SEPTEMBER 15TH – SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of September 15th & 16th! Get your hands dirty with the Great American River Cleanup! Or find a cleanup closer to you. Placer Nature Center’s magical Harvest Tea Party is a sure-fire hit. Kids can enjoy tea with fresh herbs and frolic in the wilderness! Have an old-fashioned flapjack breakfast at Sutter’s Fort. Learn how to start a simple family compost bin with a free 1-hour class. Or take a free family birdwalk with a Naturalist at Effie. And of course it’s Sac Open Studios for one more week… let kids peek into an artist’s real workspaces and learn about their processes. Perfect, sunny highs of 79/81 forecasted for Sat. & Sun. Enjoy the gorgeous weather!

[All listings are provided free by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018

For parents, learn about play at the Sacramento Play Summit. Play is the most important work of childhood, setting the foundation for a child’s physical, emotional and cognitive well-being. Yet there are growing threats and limitations placed on the time, resources and spaces devoted to play. The 6th annual Sacramento Play Summit, presented by Fairytale Town and Sacramento Public Library, aims to highlight the importance of play, the many types of play, ways to incorporate play into daily and school life, and more. Keynote speakers include: Lisa Murphy, founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc., and Mike Lanza, author of Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood into a Place for Play. This event is sponsored by Sutter Health and Friends of the Sacramento Public Library. $50+. Sat. 9am. Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. This is a conference for adults. More info…

The Great American River Cleanup… kids welcome! Join over 1,000 of your neighbors and participate in The Great American River Cleanup, an annual even done in conjunction with the California Coastal Cleanup Day, a statewide movement that mobilizes volunteers throughout California to clean up trash from local beaches, lakes, and waterways. On Saturday, the Sacramento community comes together and removes thousands of pounds of trash and debris from 20+ sites along the American River Parkway in only three hours.Volunteers last year were able to remove over 15,000 pounds of trash! With over 8 million visitors to the parkway yearly, this cleanup effort creates a much more enjoyable experience for tourists and community members alike and greatly benefits the Sacramento area as a whole. Be sure to register your family and friends for this event and Take Pride in the Parkway! Free, registration required. Sat. 9am – 12pm. American River Parkway – William Pond Recreation Area. More info… or Get registered… (note: there are other river cleanups taking place all over the region this weekend. find an event close to you!)

Visit the butterfly garden and take short trail walks through the trees at Placer Nature Center. Highly recommended by Sactown Kids. Saturday is their super-fun Harvest Tea Party (10am-12pm). Tea will be made from their summer plants (lemon, mint, etc.) for kids to enjoy. They will also plant the garden with seeds and plants for fall planting: chard, beets, cabbages and broccoli. You will get to take some home with you too. Free, but a small donation keeps the nature center running. Sat. 10am – 1pm. Placer Nature Center. More info…

Enter a clucking contest at the Fair Oaks Chicken Festival. Join the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District for the 13th annual Fair Oaks Chicken Festival! Festivities include live music on the main stage, a cluck n’ crow contest, craft brew tasting, 100+ vendors, SactoMoFo food court, pancake breakfast, kids park, kids entertainment, and so much more. Free plus cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 6pm. Village of Fair Oaks. More info…

Eat a flapjack breakfast at the Hands on History: Frontier Farm-to-Fork Event. Step back in time to the 1840s and learn about the agricultural empire Sutter set out to build at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. Kids and families will learn about the produce grown in and around Sutter’s Fort, and the importance of the livestock industry at the time. To kick off the day, Friends of Sutter’s Fort will be hosting a Flapjack Breakfast at the Fort. Tickets to the Flapjack breakfast will also include entry to the Frontier Farm to Fork event. Sutter’s Fort docent volunteers will provide many hands on learning stations appropriate for all ages throughout the Fort. Make a corn husk doll, grind grain, learn to lasso, sample fresh butter and bread baked in out outdoor oven. Admission to this special event at Sutter’s Fort SHP is $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and is free for children 5 and under (regular admission pricing is $5 per adult, $3 for youth). Advance tickets for the flapjack breakfast at 8-10am is $10 for adults, $6 for kids, 5 & under free. Includes pancakes, fruit, juice, coffee, fresh churned butter and more. Sat. 10am – 5pm (breakfast served 8-10am only). Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. More info…

Sacramento Hispanic/Latino Parade. Celebrate Hispanic/Latino culture with music, dancing, and colorful parade floats! The Franklin Boulevard Business District and La Familia Counseling Center, Inc. presents the 13th Annual Sacramento Hispanic/Latino Parade. After the parade, join in a celebration of Mexican Independence Day in the heart of Sacramento’s Latino Blvd hosted by Dprimeramano Magazine! The parade starts on Sutterville and Franklin Blvd. For a map, click here. El Grito and festival will be held at 5383 Franklin Blvd. Free. Sat. 10am – 8pm. Parade is at 10am. Festival is 12pm – 8pm. More info…

Take teens to Medicine in the Old West. The doctors of the Gold Rush Era worked exhaustively to not only take care of their patients, but also to give to the community through their roles in improving public health, education, and maintaining important records. Many needed to find other sources of income, as their patients often were unlucky in finding gold, as were most of the physicians. Some suffered exciting lives, including being on a ship full of gold that sunk off the eastern coast of the United States. A number of the physicians worked together to form the Sacramento Society for Medical Improvement, now the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, the oldest such Society in California. Free. Sat. 10am – 11:30am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info…

It’s Birding for Families time! Bring the family out for this once-a-month 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 from the visitor’s center. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Sensory Storytime. Join in for a special storytime for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders featuring books, music, fidget toys, crafts and more! The presenter is the parent of a young man with autism and there will lots of time for parents to network with others. Noise and/or behaviors are never a problem at the library! Free. Sat. 10:30am. Sylvan Oaks Library. More info…

Artful Tot at Crocker Art Museum. Every month, toddlers explore art-making with different materials and in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. Adults learn how to encourage experimentation and self-expression while nurturing their child’s creativity. Families are welcome to arrive any time during the program period. Dress for mess! Designed for kids 19-36 months. $8+. Sun. 10:30am – 12pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Central Coast Carnage Skate Jam. Show off your skateboarding tricks or just watch the exciting action take place.Age groups: 8-11/12-14/15-17/18+. Sign ups at 11:00AM. Starts Sat. 12pm. $10 entry fee. Mather Field Skatepark.

Storytime at Barnes & Noble… featuring Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody. A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this clever parody that will keep kids laughing. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble Arden Fair, Natomas, Roseville, Folsom, and Citrus Heights.

Start a family backyard compost bin with the one-hour Backyard Composting Class. The UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County will teach you how to turn yard waste and vegetable/fruit waste into “gardener’s gold.” This class on the basics of composting will include setting up a compost bin, types of compost bins and tips for success. Geared to adults but kids welcome. Free. Sat. 1pm – 2pm. North-Highlands-Antelope Library. More info…

Take your budding tenor or musical performer to Classic Masters Music Festivals: The Four Phantoms in Concert. This glorious new show celebrates the iconic work of the many composers and artists who have made Broadway an American art form. Four of Broadway’s iconic leading men — Brent Barrett, Ciarán Sheehan, Franc D’Ambrosio, and Marcus Lovett — have received accolades worldwide for their stirring performances as the Phantom, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway phenomenon The Phantom of the Opera. They have graced stages including London, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto. Recommended for older kids who might be familiar with Phantom of the Opera’s original musical score, although others would enjoy it too. $54+. Sat. 2pm & 7pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Teen Chess Club. Join in every Saturday in the Teen Lounge for casual games of chess! All experience levels welcome. Free. Sat. 2:30pm – 4:30pm. North Highlands-Antelope Library. More info…

Human Nature Youth Dance Performance (for older kids). Nature is a beautiful thing. When you think of the word “nature” you probably think trees, grass, ocean, mountains, or desert, but when it is paired with the word “human,” the meaning shifts. It becomes introspective, how do we or others think, feel, or act. Human Nature is an exploration of the two actualities inspiring each other. A contemporary dance work showcasing the connections we have to each other as humans and our human response to the beauty of nature. This re-imagining of a crowd favorite will be performed by the Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company, a pre-professional youth dance company based in Folsom, CA. It will feature 80 dancers, including 25 dancers returning from the 2015 original production. These young artists will inspire you with their passion. Advance $15, Door $15. Sat. 2pm & 7pm. Jill Solberg Performing Arts Center in Folsom.More info…

Thank a firefighter in-person at a Fire Station Open House… this week Sat. Station 43 is open, located at 4201 El Centro Rd. Meet Sparky the Fire Dog, tour a real station, see the apparatus and equipment used to save lives, learn the day-to-day duties of firefighters, and get some emergency planning tips for your own home! Sat. 2pm – 4pm.

Mosaic Art for Kids and Teens. Learn how to make real mosaic artwork with Italian tiles and special tile adhesive. Make your own artistic design on a fiberboard base, then use the tiles to create your artwork. At the end, you will even learn how to grout your finished masterpiece yourself! Limited to the first 20 participants. Recommended for ages 8-16. Free. Sat. 2-3pm. Ella K. McClatchy Library. More info…

Read to a Dog. Looking for a way to boost your child’s reading skills? Children (Age 6-12) are invited to read to Daphne, a friendly trained therapy dog. This is a great program for struggling or reluctant readers. Daphne is a great listener! Children can bring one of their favorite books from home or borrow one from the library. Kids under Age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Natomas Pops in the Park. Pops in the Park concert series, sponsored by Council member Harris, continues with the band Latin Touch! Expect the unexpected, because this cast of eleven multi-talented musicians serves up a large helping of Latin tropical flavors like Cumbia, Merengue, and Reggaeton. But it doesn’t stop there. Their musical cuisine also includes “covers” from your favorite ’70s & ’80s funk, and R&B artists. This free, family-friendly concert includes a wine and beer garden, burgers and dogs by Kiwanis, free valet bike parking, a bounce house, and face painting! Free plus cost of purchases. Sat. 5pm – 8pm. South Natomas Community Park. More info…

Play dress up and attend the Buccaneer Ball! The Sacramento Children’s Museum cordially invites moms and their sons (but all are welcome to attend) to the Museum to dance the night away at our annual Buccaneer Ball! Guests will enjoy visiting with pirates and mermaids, face painting by Whimsy, DJ dancing, and Museum play! Pirate dress-up is enthusiastically encouraged! Light refreshments and dessert will be served. $25+. Sat. 6pm – 8pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2018

Tiptoe around a real artist’s studio and ask them where they get their ideas. Download the guidebook and maps for Sac Open Studios here.

KVIE KidsFest. This immersive educational event for families celebrates the PBS KIDS shows that help children learn literacy, math, and social skills. Meet beloved PBS KIDS characters in person and take pictures. Kids of all ages will also enjoy a stage show sing-along with Mr. Steve, The Music Man, crafts, a photo booth, prize drawings, KVIE Corner, storybook village, book exchange, and more. $15, $10 parking. Sun. 10am – 4pm (also open Sat.) Cal Expo. More info…

Heroes and Rogues Weekend (for older kids) at California Automobile Museum. Celebrate all things comics! This will be a costume filled weekend that will include vendors, panel discussions, costume contests and photo opportunities. Local Marquee cosplay groups like the West Coast Avengers, Sacramento Ghostbusters, and the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers will be in attendance with activities and photo opportunities. Prizes will be given out for the best costumes during our costume contest as well as at the card and videogame tournaments. Sun. 10am – 5pm. $5+. California Automobile Museum. More info…

Kids & Company Gallery Adventure at Crocker Art Museum. 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…

Expanding Polymers Weekend. Explore how the polymers in water beads can absorb a large amount of liquid. Take some water beads with you to experiment at home and don’t miss the sensory experience of an entire pool full of these squishy spheres. Free with admission. Sun. 12pm – 4pm (also open Sat.) Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Baby Storytime at Central Library. Bond with your baby and make new friends! Baby Lapsit Storytime is designed to encourage early literacy development through shared reading, songs, games and movement. Recommended for birth through 24 months, but older kids are welcome. In Kids’ Place on the lower level. Free. Sun. 12:10pm – 12:40pm. More info…

For teens who need a little self-love… The Unburdening: Finding Healing Through Writing. Author Kara Richardson, National Recovery Advocate for the Eating Recovery Center, is no stranger to struggle. She had to learn how to unburden herself of the emotional weight that comes with being a person who has had a less than friendly relationship with her body, and the space that it inhabits in a culture that actively encourages us to "take up less space." In her book, Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds, readers journey with Kara as she makes friends with her body as she takes on the monumental task of climbing one of the world’s most challenging mountains. But what about the healing that comes after such an intense experience? Kara credits much of her recovery to the process of unburdening and release that comes when she puts pen to paper. Writing is a powerful tool as it helps us be the author of our own stories and create narratives that help us survive. She will lead participants through a writing exercise to access their own healing through channeling their inner wisdom. Attendees will receive a free signed copy of Kara’s book Gorge: My Journey Up Mt. Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds or her book The Weight of Being: How I Satisfied My Hunger for Happiness. Geared to adults, but teens welcome. Free, registration required. Sat. 10am – 12pm. J Crawford’s Books. More info…

Sun Seekers. Some have scaly skin, some have slimy skin, some have legs, some don’t. Can you guess what they are? Join Effie Yeaw Nature Center and meet one of these cold blooded critters up close. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Sat. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

See the moving play, A Raisin In The Sun for older teens. The Youngers live in a cramped Chicago apartment while they await a life insurance check they hope will change their circumstances, but tensions arise over how to use the money. Vividly rendering Hansberry’s sharp observations on generational conflict and housing discrimination, this play captures the high stakes, shifting currents, and varieties of experience within black life in mid-century America. Lorraine Hansberry’s immortal and deeply resonant tale of dreams deferred, A Raisin in the Sun, was the first play by a black woman to be performed on Broadway. $10+. Benvenuti Performing Arts Center. More info…

Mediterranean Food and Music Festival. Holy Virgin Mary Church in West Sacramento to host it’s annual Mediterranean Food and Music Festival. Enjoy two days of mouth watering food. This year attendees will hear vocalist Rami Kaileh and his band. Food and beverage for purchase include gyros, falafel, garlic chicken sandwich and a roasted lamb plate. General $3, Kids 10 & under free. Sun. 11am – 7pm (also open on Sat.) Holy Virgin Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church. More info…

Try something totally different… like learning the basics of roller derby from the Sacramento Roller Derby Juniors Rec League! This 8-week course is fun and safe and open to kids aged 8-17 of all genders. Kids will learn the basics of roller derby and roller skating which include safety, stops, skating form, endurance, skate maintenance, and rules. Anyone can join these sessions until week three. Bring a mouth guard and water bottle. Skaters are encouraged to bring any gear (helmet, knee pads, wrist guards, elbow pads, and skates), but there is plenty of loaner gear available as well. $10 per week. Sundays 1pm – 3pm, 9/16 – 11/4. On-skates scrimmage 11/4. Sacramento Roller Derby Warehouse. More info…

Need some belly laughs? Go to the all-ages, family-friendly comedy and magic show featuring Justin Rivera at Laughs Unlimited Comedy Club. $5. Sun. 1pm. More info…

Watch Sacramento State’s women’s soccer team battle it out with Saint Mary’s at Sac State Sunday 1pm – 4pm. Go Hornets!

Make a flower lantern and go on a Sunday walk at dusk… Have the kids collect wildflowers that will be easy to flatten. Paint the outside of a washed glass jar with glue or Modge Podge and arrange the petals to the outside of the jar. Set it to dry for an hour, and carefully sponge on another layer of Modge Podge. Let dry. Pop in a tea light candle for a beautiful floral lantern ready for a magical evening walk. If you want a handle, just use crafting wire or pipe cleaners to wrap around the mouth of the jar.

PLAN AHEAD…

Kids love basketball? Reserve free tickets to Sacramento Kings Fan Fest at Golden 1 Center Sunday, Oct. 7th at 1pm… Watch the Kings take the floor as they prepare their 2018-2019 season. Activities include open practice with players and coaches, on-court contests with fans and players, giveaways, and 50% off at local eats stands. If your kids are basketball nuts, consider joining the Sacramento Kings Kids Club for fun events throughout the season. More info…

[All listings are provided free by our own independent review of activities. These are not ads.]

Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

For more activity ideas, check out our book, “1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids (& the Young at Heart)” >>

Comments are closed.