TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! SEPTEMBER 29TH – SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of September 29th & 30th! Get ready for some farm-to-fork fun this weekend on the Capitol Mall! Or meet children’s book authors at Fairytale Town. Pumpkin patches are open for harvest, find one near you with fresh cider. Eat Romanian food or learn about Turkey Vultures. Meet a NASA pilot or women comicbook writers. Join a singing circle, meet a Cobra snake at the Reptile Fest, or start a weird coin collection. Holi Festival offers a rare opportunity to splatter color everywhere. Families affected by suicide have a chance to honor their loved ones and spread awareness. Have a great weekend. Mostly sunny and highs of 77 for Sat., mostly cloudy with highs of 78 for Sun. Enjoy the start of fall! 

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2018

Greet the Saturday morning sun at McKinley Park’s last free yoga in the park class for the season! This end of summer yoga celebration is going out with a literal bang—Taylor Rynicki will be there to play the singing bowl sound bath for bright, calming sounds. They promise an “epic” class with 13 local yoga teachers on-hand to guide your practice. All ages. Bring a towel and water. Run over to the playground afterwards to ride the giant merry go-round, and get a serious workout trying to push it. Free. Sat. 9am – 10:15am. McKinley Park. More info…

Take teens or older kids who have lost a friend or family member to suicide to participate in the Out of Darkness Community Walk organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Sacramento chapter. Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. Teens should know that there are resources that can help anyone struggling to cope, and that the community cares. There will be honor beads and remembrance posters. Approx. 3 miles, wheelchair and stroller-friendly. Free, register online or in-person at the event. Sat. 10am – 12:30pm. Arrive early to check out the Walk Resource Fair. Tables open at 9am. Walk starts at 10am at the California State Capitol – West steps. More info…

It’s Red Panda day at the Sac Zoo! Join the Sacramento Zoo for an interactive and educational event about Red Panda awareness and conservation. Kids (and adults too!) can become “Red Panda Rangers” after stopping at the various red panda stations and completing the panda activities. Other stations include face painting and an opportunity to decorate your own flag that will be added to the ones currently surrounding the red panda exhibit. Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win your favorite red panda themed artwork, décor, and other keepsakes. All proceeds benefit The Red Panda Network (RPN), a conservation group working directly with community-based organizations in Nepal. Free with admission. Sat. 9am – 4pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Nature Explorers. Learn new ways to investigate the wilderness in your own backyard! Join the Sacramento Zoo and the Sacramento Library the last Saturday of every month through September as they read stories, play, and explore the wonders of the natural world. Free with admission. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Start a weird coin collection. See real gold and silver coins at the Sacramento Valley Coin Club Fall Show. There will be kids activities, hourly door prizes, free appraisals, gold and silver coin raffle, and cool coin exhibits! Free for kids, $3 for adults. Sat. 10am – 4pm. Hosted by the Sacramento Valley Coin Club at The Four Points by Sheraton. More info…

Support local Sacramento artisans and find a gift for the next friend’s birthday party. The Franklin Friends Craft Faire will feature all unique, hand-made creations by over 35 vendors. Shop for jewelry, paper arts, crocheted and quilted items, vinyl and wooden signs, handmade dolls and doll clothing, book arts, local authors’ books, and more. Support ongoing library programs while you shop (bring cash). There will be baked goods and prize drawings too. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Franklin Community Library. More info…

National Public Lands Day. Be a part of the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands! Celebrate the beautiful land we all get to share and get the satisfaction that comes from preserving and protecting your favorite public places by joining Effie Yeaw for a trail and river clean-up. Families and individuals are both welcome! Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 12pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Farm-to-Fork Festival 2018! It’s here. Designed to showcase and celebrate where our food and drinks come from, the Farm-to-Fork Festival brings us face-to-face with the people who are feeding our region and the world. The free festival hosted on the city’s iconic Capitol Mall boasts a delicious selection of Farm-to-Fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as live music, live cooking demonstration stages, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches and more. Saturday performers include Dawes, Magic Giant, Sunny War, and Jessica Malone. Sacramento Regional Transit is offering free bus and light rail rides to the Farm-to-Fork Festival. Print the Farm-to-Fork Free Ride Flier and take it with you in lieu of purchasing a ticket. Free. Sat. 11am – 6pm. Capitol Mall Greens. More info…

Need a reason to check out the new Ice Blocks downtown on R Street? Drop by and meet the fun and talented baker Lisa from Borderlands Bakery , who will be at the new West Elm Sacramento, doing a pop-up shop with The Sweetest Mix. Both will be featuring colorful, artistic, and delectable cookies and desserts. There will be fall-themed treats, including pumpkin spice sugar cookies and macarons. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 11am – 1pm. West Elm Ice Blocks Sacramento. More info…

City of Roseville Family Fest. Have some family fun at this sixth annual Family Fest event! Enjoy a truck exploration zone, food trucks, kids zone, and over 50 family-friendly vendors including sports organizations, places to go and family services. Stage performances presented by youth groups. Free. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Vernon Street Town Square. More info…

Holi Festival of Colors. Throw your worries to the wind and be a part of the world’s happiest transformational event! Festival of Colors is a very exuberant festival, complete with music, dance, Yoga and throwing of organic colored powders. Activities include: interactive dance, mantra bands, deejays , yoga, cuisine, and crafts. Entry Wristband $6.50, Entry Wristband with One Packet of Color $10, VIP $30, Kids Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Southside Park. More info…

Do free family yoga at Sacramento Central YMCA’s 2nd Annual Healthy Living Week. This Family Yoga class follows the Kidding Around Yoga program format, which features a fun, interactive learning style for kids (and parents) to follow and keep them engaged through storytelling and play. KAY encompasses the 5 branches of Yoga in a clear, engaging method. A typical KAY class gets the children singing, dancing, skipping, marching, jogging, shaking, laughing, hopping, limbo-ing, and storytelling ALL while practicing authentic Yoga to original KAY music. A water bottle, a fitness towel, a playful attitude. Free. Sat. 11am – 11:30am. YMCA Superior Cal, in the gym. Check out all their free workshops and classes for kids and adults here…

Creative Women Mini-Con. Creative Women Mini-Con returns for its sixth year and will have some exciting exhibitors for you to meet. This Mini-Con has assembled 18 of the region’s most talented creative women. From 8 and 9 year old Maia and Kaimani to Mariko Tamaki, Marvel Comics and indie comics writer, the ladies of Creative Women Mini-Con will impress you. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 11am – 5pm. Empire’s Comics Vault. More info…

Thinking about adopting a family pet? Check out the Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary’s Open House. Happy Tails is celebrating 25 years as Sacramento’s no-kill, volunteer-driven, and cage-free animal rescue organization. There will be great raffle prizes, live music, food, adoption center tours, mingling with adoptable animals, and more. Free. Sat. 12pm – 3pm. Happy Trails Pet Sanctuary on Folsom Blvd. More info…

Romanian Festival Centennial Celebration. Romanian Community Center of Sacramento in collaboration with the Ministry for Romanians Abroad invite you to the largest Romanian event on the West Coast! This festival includes authentic Romanian food, Romanian folk dancing and music, Romanian singers and instrumentalists, various art displays, and much more entertainment for all ages. The Romanian Festival 2018 theme is dedicated to Romania’s 1918 Great Union Centennial. This year marks 100 years from the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia, and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 12pm – 7pm. Royer Park, Roseville. More info…

Listen to a NASA pilot talk about their awesome experiences! Take older kids and teens to the NASA Pilots Lecture: Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to listen to two of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) pilots as they talk about what it’s like to fly this one-of-a-kind aircraft! Liz Ruth and Ace Beall will be at the Aerospace Museum for a lecture and Q&A session, sharing their experiences piloting NASA’s 747, specially retrofitted with a massive telescope. The Boeing 747SP named SOFIA is the largest flying observatory in the world, according to NASA. SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is designed to observe the infrared universe. It provides data that can’t be picked up by any other telescope on the ground or in space. $10+, get tickets early, seating is limited to 250. Refunds up to 1 day before event. Kids 5 and under Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Aerospace Museum of California. More info…

Lego Building Challenge. Let your imagination fly in a Lego Building Challenge at North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library! Kids and teens will create a unique work of art using the library’s enormous tubs of Legos. Winners will be chosen from two age categories: Ages 6-12 and Ages 13-18. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3:30pm. N. Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Enjoy traditional Chinese food and celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rancho Cordova will have short traditional performances in a dining hall (limited to 500). Invite friends and bring a dish to share. Free. 6pm – 8pm. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Sacramento Temple. More info, call 916-365-2708. 

Watch an exciting soccer game! Cheer on the Sacramento Republic FC as they take on the Portland Timbers 2 at Papa Murphy’s Park! $16+. Sat. 7:30pm. More info…

Camellia Symphony Orchestra presents Poetic Impulse. The Camellia Symphony Orchestra opens its 56th year as the oldest Greater Sacramento area orchestra with 56 uninterrupted years. The program opens with the work Sequoia by Grammy-winning American composer Joan Tower followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor) featuring pianist Natsuki Fukasawa and closing with his cheerful and humorous Symphony No 8. Kids 12 & under $8, Adults $30. Sat. 7:30pm. McClatchy High School. More info…

Wanna stay up late and see something cool in the nightsky with binoculars? We found a great suggestion for this weekend from Astronomy.com: “Go out around 10 p.m. Sat. night, look toward the northeast, and find the W-shaped asterism that marks the main part of the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen. Then, using binoculars, scan about 10° to the east for the famed Double Cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884). This pair of open star clusters lies in the constellation Perseus the Hero. From a dark site, they appear as fuzzy patches to the naked eye. Any optics, especially 10-power binoculars, really bring out their glory.”

 

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2018

Meet children’s book authors at the ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival! Enjoy readings and presentations by children’s book authors and illustrators, storytelling performances, hands-on literacy activities, and family play time at the largest early childhood literacy festival in the region. Steve Antony, author, and illustrator of the Mr. Panda series will headline the two-day festival. Don’t miss the funny band Musical Robot at 11am and 3:30pm. Free. Sun. 10am – 4pm (also on Sat.). Fairytale Town. More info…

Pick out a pumpkin at the Gibson Ranch Pumpkin Festival. Farm hands have planted 2500 pumpkins in over two acres of Gibson Ranch Park! There will be food, crafts, bounce houses, a 20-foot slide, a 60-foot obstacle course, hay wagon, kiddie train, straw bale maze, corn pit, straw pyramid, a juggling show, and more. Adults $5, Kids $15, Under 2 Free, parking $5. Sun. 11am – 6pm. Gibson Ranch Regional Park. More info…

Just Between Friends Consignment Event. Over 200 local families are selling their gently used children’s clothing, toys, shoes, books, games, puzzles, outdoor play equipment, baby gear, room decor, and more. Just Between Friends is a bi-annual children’s and maternity consignment sales event that happens in various communities around the Sacramento area. Families gather and price their own items to sell and JBF provides the marketplace to earn cash back on outgrown items. Unsold items can be picked up or donated to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Starts Thursday at 4pm ($10). Sat. & Sun. Free. Olympus Sports Coliseum. More info…

21st Annual Sacramento Reptile Show. See King Cobras and Black Mambas at the largest reptile show in Northern California. They have brought back the ever popular venomous reptile display featuring more than 45 venomous species from around the world. Brad’s World Reptile will also be setting up a reptile education center to teach you about the world of reptiles. And, who can forget Izod the Alligator. Izod and Wild Things will be back to give you an opportunity to meet a 10ft 100lb alligator. Single day passes, $13 adults, $9 kids, free for 3 & under. Sun. 10am – 4pm (also on Sat.). Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

Take your teen on a 2 & 1/2 hour e-bike tour of Sacramento’s rich history… Lunch is included! Sacramento is rich in history and Sacramento Bike Tours will highlight the timeline of the beautiful city on their electronic bicycles designed to create a smooth, easy ride. Sacramento was formed to cater to the miners flocking to town during the Gold Rush era, participants will discover the history and explore the adventures that this city has to offer. Some of the sites included Old Sacramento, the State Capitol grounds, Sutter’s Fort, and many more! For safety reasons, the rider must be able to reach the bike pedals and the ground while on the bike (bike is a 26″ model.) For adults and mature teens. $49. Sun. 10am – 1:30pm. Meets in Old Sac on 2nd St. More info…

Historic Folsom Live Art Experience. Sixteen artists will be painting live and there will be a chalk art event for kids. A silent auction for all paintings created at the event will also take place with proceeds benefiting the Sesquicentennial Art Mural Refurbishment Project in the Folsom Historic District. Free. Sun. 10am – 3pm. Chalk art begins at noon. Folsom Historic District. More info…

Celebrate Silly Putty Weekend at the Powerhouse Science Center! Silly putty is a classic example of a polymer and the squishy, elastic physical properties they can exhibit. Head to the Design Lab to make your own silly putty to take home. Free with admission. Sun. 12pm – 4pm. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Watch some exciting women’s soccer at Sacramento State as they battle Weber State. Sun. 12pm, Sacramento State. Get a free poster for Youth Soccer Day. More info…

Go on a walk with a naturalist to see Turkey Vultures. Hats off to the bald and not so beautiful members of nature’s clean-up crew. These relatives of the condor and stork are intelligent, family‐oriented and play games together. Learn more about the amazing turkey vultures and their importance to our ecosystem. Free, $5 parking, space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Go on a half-mile, one-hour Old Sacramento Underground Tour (the last tour of the season). Learn how Sacramento lifted itself up out of the flood waters during the 1860s and 1870s! Tour guides explain how the streets and buildings were “jacked up” to avoid further flooding as visitors explore two spaces that were created by the city’s successful raising process. This historical tour includes hollow sidewalks, sloped alleyways, and the Underground spaces themselves. The colorful cast of guides ensures no two tours are ever the same! Departs from the Sacramento History Museum at 101 I Street in Old Sacramento. Sun. 11am – 4pm (various times). Adults $15, Kids $10, 5 & under Free (though, not recommended for this age group). More info…

See some otherworldly art… Artspace 1616 is showing a very special retrospective exhibit in two Sacramento galleries revisiting the art of Christine Hodgins. Christine passed away six years ago and left us with a legacy: a warehouse full of art. This body of work last seen at the Morris Grave Museum in Eureka was stored and stowed away in a garage and the unearthing of this art was not unlike a rebirth. Curated by Gwenna Howard, the exhibit is collaborative work between two galleries, Walburg Gallery 1632 and artspace1616. After all this time great care was taken that Christine’s work is shown in the way she intended it to be. The wire, polystyrene foams and paint installations, descending in clusters softly swaying barely moving in synchronicity is ethereal and mesmerizing. This body of work last seen 6 years ago at the Morris Grave Museum in Eureka was stored and stowed away in a garage and the unearthing of this art was not unlike a rebirth. Free. Gallery open Sun. 12pm – 3pm. artSpace 1616. More info…

Leo’s Amazing Race: Superhero Edition. Dust off your cape, put on your running shoes and compete in a race with a superhero twist. Leo’s Amazing Race is a family-friendly event where teams of four compete in different challenges while racing against the clock. Challenges include everything from pizza making to face painting to obstacle courses and more. Each of the ten challenges has a superhero twist. After the race, join in for a post race BBQ and museum play. This year’s grand prize includes a ride in a licensed replica Warner Bros. DC Comics 1966 Batmobile! There will be prizes for the winning team, best team costume and best team name. This is an all ages event. There must be at least one adult per team. Team of four $50. $5 per additional racer under age 5. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Stretch your vocal chords at a singing circle by The Library of Musiclandria. How a singing circle works: Leaders make up simple vocal melodies, giving a different part to each section of the circle — the parts change over time — to eventually create evolving, improvised vocal compositions. Everyone can sing! This is a chance to exercise your vocal pipes without fear or judgement. The focus of this month’s singing circle will be “Restoration.” This class will practice breathing, movement, and chanting intended to renew and repair mind, body, and spirit. All are welcome. $10/sliding scale donation benefits MusicLandria; snacks and drinks provided, you may want to bring a water bottle. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. The Library of Musiclandria. More info…

Take older kids to the Sacramento Ballet’s incredible opening season performance at The Sofia with Telling Stories, a four-work production building on the company’s artistic roots and high-flying future. Telling Stories is the first of a series of innovative and artistically exciting programs envisioned by new Artistic Director Amy Seiwert. Telling Stories explores tales of fantasy, betrayal, and heartbreak as part of a full season of dance the Ballet is calling “Roots and Wings.” For ages 5 and up. $65. Sun. 2pm (additional performances on Thurs., Fri., and Sat.). The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. More info…

Go to a free orchestra concert by teens. Davis Young Artists Chamber Ensemble is a newly formed youth orchestra based in Davis under the direction of Bill Barbini. This is their debut concert and the program includes music by Dvorak, Elgar, Geminiani, and Mendelssohn. Free. Sun. 4pm – 5:30pm. Davis Senior High School – Brunelle Performing Arts Center. More info…

 

Plan Ahead…

Dissect a real eye ball in a family workshop… Put on your gloves and get ready to dive into some gross science at Powerhouse Science Center! In this Dissection Discovery workshops, you 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. $15, must register in advance. Likely to fill up quickly, so we may not include this event in future round-ups. Oct. 6th, 9:30am – 10:30am. More info…

Learn how to make handmade ravioli with a real chef… Kids (10-17) will learn how to make their own fresh ricotta ravioli, a sage butter sauce, and homemade tiramisu at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Cooking School on Oct. 12th, 4:30pm. Cooking is a skill that can be developed over a lifetime. Young people can get a head start in cooking knowledge in fun, hands-on classes. They’ll cook with high quality ingredients and learn essential cooking skills and techniques along the way. $40+, must register to save your spot. Likely to fill up quickly, so we may not include this event in future round-ups. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. More info…

October are the last months to take the 14-hour sailing course this year at Sac State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma, to be eligible to rent their Quest sailboats all year-round. Anyone 12 & up can learn to sail! Cost is $185, includes free 2-hour rental card upon completion. Register online. More info…

Strangely find yourself kid-free on Saturday?

Grab dinner in midtown, stay out late, and see a play at the Sofia at 9pm for $9! The critically acclaimed Ironbound play, written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Martyna Majok, is a play where all scenes are set at the same bus stop. In this quietly gripping play, we meet Darja, a Polish immigrant living in New Jersey. With a steely determination, Darja makes her way in this foreign world and fights for the things she loves, most notably her son. This play was a New York Times Critic’s Pick when it debuted in New York City. Very mature themes, not for kids, but great for adults! Tickets are regularly priced at $28+ but this special late showing is $9. Sat. 9pm. The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. More info…

Learn how to build an urban bee haven in your backyard at the workshop Backyard Beekeeping for the Absolute Beginner, taking place at the The Cannery – Barn in Davis. This class will focus on beekeeping practices in an urban setting, some DIY beekeeping ideas and skills to make sure you know all of your options to keep your bees healthy. You’ll learn: Basic bee biology, identifying and using beekeeping equipment, safe hive placement, general maintenance and hive inspections, how to discuss your new hobby with neighbors, processes and life cycles within the colony, diseases, pests and treatments, troubleshooting and tips for beginner success, and preparing hives for winter. $50. More info…

 

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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