“Reuse, Recycle, Recreate”- that is the mantra of a local eco-friendly art studio in Roseville. We had the opportunity to visit ReCreate and we all had an absolute blast!
As the saying goes, “One persons trash is another persons treasure”, well this is definitely the truth when it comes to this studio!
Recreate collects all sorts of interesting (yet unwanted) usable materials from local businesses and provides them for environmental lessons, and uses them to create works of art.
ReCreate is located at 8417 Washington Blvd. in Roseville. As you enter the studio, you will find bins after bins full of reusable “things”. Everything from wine corks, electrical wire, bubble wrap, toilet paper rolls, coffee cans, etc. etc. Things we would normally just “toss” into the recycling bin, they put it back to use!
You and your child’s imagination can go wild here. Creating anything you can imagine with the use of a hot glue gun (yes- they have hot glue… it’s up high for the adults, but beware- it is available for those “reaching hands”).
They do offer Art classes and parties (check their website), for those who would like a little more structure. However, for me and the kids we opted to try their “Drop in crafting”. For only $6/ crafter per hour, we had full run (basically) of the studio. You can also choose to purchase additional items for your creation (at a nominal price).
At first I was a bit intimidated, not knowing what to do and make. However, the staff was extremely helpful and they had so many examples throughout the studio that it really gave us some inspiration to start creating.
I was impressed as my daughter Siena (5) stayed so focused on her picture frame she decorated with buttons and “shiny” tape. Lucca (my little 3 year old) had fun coloring and was excited over the “choo choo” train that I helped him make out of wine corks and wooden blocks (he was actually still playing with that train this morning).
Luckily, they do have crayons and paper for the younger ones, but if your child enjoys art and using their imagination (who doesn’t?) then you will have a blast creating something unique with them.
The best thing about ReCreate is that not only is it a drop-in art studio, but they are helping local businesses to create less waste and teaching our children the concept of recycling and reusing. A teachable moment that goes far beyond the crafts they make in the studio.
And for a truly unique gift this Christmas, drop in for one of their Gift Making Workshops for kids. These will be held on December 7 and 14. Drop the kids off at the studio while you hit the malls and finish up (or start) your Christmas shopping. These sessions are $39/ child and they will create a unique, one-of a kind gift for someone special. Check out their website for more information.
Every family has their own traditions of some sort. And this time of year, moms all over the city are dragging their kids to events and doing activities to make their traditions “stick”.
Growing up, I can always remember “Candy Cane Lane”. It was the one night of the of year that my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all got together to drink hot cocoa, stay up late and walk down the cold (and sometimes rainy) court.
Year after year we have been going to view this spectacular light show that this court has to offer. Now, I call it “Candy Cane Lane”….however, it wasn’t until just recently that I realized that it’s actually just Dovewood Court in Orangevale. But once you take a walk down this memorable street and see all the lights and holiday trimmings, you will also be transformed into another world… hence the name “Candy Cane Lane” that I have somehow nicknamed and it’s just stuck with my family.
This street really has everything… Snoopy, the Grinch, and even a tribute to summertime with some Buffet and Margaritas!
As a kid, I remember walking down this street in amazement to see all the lights and displays. And as an adult, I’m even more amazed that the entire street can all pull together to make something so magical and amazing for everyone to see.
They have taken the simple “string of lights” to another level and have seriously transformed their homes into a winter wonderland. And, to make everything even more wonderful, they continue to collect cans of food to donate to Food for Families. These neighbors truly show everyone the real meaning of the holiday season!
If you are in the area, and even if your not…it’s well worth the drive to check out the light show at Dovewood court. My family will be there, as we are every year…and I’m just as excited this year as I was 20 some years ago when I first set foot on this magical (yet sometimes cold) walk down “Candy Cane Lane“!
One simple tip… try not to drive through the court if you can. Depending on the age of your children, you may find that bundling everyone up and parking a few blocks away is a better way to view the light shows. Some of the houses have displays that are better seen on foot…and with the traffic that can occur, you may rather want to be in the fresh air than stuck inside the car with some screaming kids that want to get a better look at Santa or what not.
Also, if you are looking to make a night of some “holiday cheer”- think about hitting up the Folsom Zoo before going to Dovewood Court. The Folsom Zoo is hosting their “Wild Nights and Holiday Lights” from 5-8pm on December 7-8 and December 13-23. Admission into the zoo is $5.
The zoo will be lit up and the animals exhibits are all festive and glowing for the holiday season. The miniature steam train (which is a favorite among kids of all ages) will be running and offering family rides on the “Starlight Express”.
There will be thousands of lights, an enchanted forest of lighted trees, Christmas carolers, refreshments and even a visit from Santa Claus!
So whether you decide to make the drive out to Folsom and Orangevale (it’s only about 20 minutes out of downtown Sacramento) or you decide to stay close to the city and view the lights in town… we wish you a very merry holiday season!
One of things I love the most about our wonderful city, is that we have so many opportunities to expose our children to the performing arts. Between community theaters, art galleries, 2nd Saturday art walks and such, there is no excuse to not have our children exposed to the wonderful world of art.
This month, with the holidays upon us we have a wide selection of festive plays and musicals to put us in the holiday spirit. I have compiled a list of some local shows that you can enjoy with (or without) your kids. These are sure to put a smile on your face, a “jingle in your step” and definitely put you in the mood for some holiday cheer!
The Elves and the Schumachers (Perfect for children of all ages). Showing December 7, 14 and 21 at Roseville Theatre Arts Academy. This is a retelling of the famous shoemaker and his wife who are down on their luck, but with the help of some little elves, they are able to have a merry Christmas! $8 general admission
A Charlie Brown Christmas- a classic for all ages to help us remember the true meaning of Christmas. Showing December 6-21 at Victory Life Church in Folsom. Admission is $8.
Holiday Moods! Featuring the Sacramento Symphonic Winds. December 8 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sacramento. General admission is $10, Students/Seniors $5
The Music Man will be at Rocklin Community Theatre. December 6-22 Tickets for this show are $10-$15.
A Merry Little Christmas on December 13 at Westminister Presbyterian Church in Sacramento. This concert will feature classical and popular music by the Sacramento Children’s Chorus. Admission is $17 and students are $12.
It’s a Wonderful Life the Musical (an all time classic) is playing through December 22 at the Sacramento Theatre Company. Tickets are $27 general, $22 seniors and $12 students.
Chautauqua Playhouse in Carmichael has a storybook theater production of “Reindeer in Space” December 7-21. Admission is $7.
Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom also has a couple of holiday shows for the month. A Holiday in the Hills is December 7-23 and A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail is showing December 14-29.
And of course, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a showing of the Nutcracker.
There are several theaters around town that is showing this classic tale and here are some of them: Capitol Ballet Company at Sheldon High School in Sacramento, Placer Theatre Ballet in Auburn, The Community Center Theatre in Sacramento and Pamela Hays Classical Ballet Theatre in Folsom.
This is just a small sample of some of the great family shows out there in our community.
Have fun and Happy Holidays!
Christmastime means candy canes, cold weather, warm smiles and of course- Sugarplum Fairies! What little girl (and boy) doesn’t have dreams of sugarplums dancing, marching toy soldiers, snowflakes and the magic that only this time of year can bring? I don’t think anyone could argue that the classic ballet “The Nutcracker” is one of the most beloved holiday traditions. And once again, the Sacramento Ballet is proud to feature Ron Cunningham’s “The Nutcracker” here in Downtown Sacramento at the Community Center Theater.
“The images of young Clara battling the Giant Mouse King, being saved by her Nutcracker Prince, and then journeying to the magical Snowflake Forest and Kingdom of the Sweets have become a part of our culture. Joining the professional company in this annual production are more than 500 youngsters from throughout the region who take their first “leap” into the world of performing arts with the Sacramento Ballet, making it a true holiday spectacular.”
I’m especially excited to go to the Nutcracker this year- as I’m planning on taking my six year old little girl. She is “All Girl” and I can’t wait to see her expression when she watches the Sugar Plum Fairy dance across the stage…probably the best Christmas gift I will receive!
And on December 8th, if you have your own little “girlie girl”, you may want to sign up for the popular children’s High Tea event. Now I say for the “girlie girls”- but I guarantee I will also be bringing along my little boy to this event J . From 3:30-5:30 in the Capitol Plaza Ballroom, step into a Winter Wonderland and meet the characters from the Nutcracker, while enjoying a dessert buffet and special tea or hot chocolate. Souvenir photos and memory books will be available to have your favorite cast members sign autographs. Tickets to this event are $30- please check website for availability, as they may sell out.
The Nutcracker Ballet begins on December 7 and runs through December 23. Show times vary and tickets are $19-$90. Check their website or call for ticket information and performance times.
It’s official…even if you have been trying to deny it (like I have), the fact is, it’s here. The holiday season is upon us! So with the hustle and bustle of preparing for the festivities, why don’t you take a break from the holiday cooking and start the season off with the annual tree lighting ceremony in Old Sacramento.
On Wednesday, November 27th join other families in Old Sacramento at Front and K Streets to watch the kick-off of the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Music and festivities will begin at 6:00 pm to get you and your family in the holiday spirit. Following the tree lighting, Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights will begin at 7:00pm.
The Theatre of Lights is a unique state-of-the-art live staging of the classic ’Twas The Night Before Christmas. The show blends a symphony of lights, sounds and visual effects which will take the audience back to a time when the beloved poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas was first introduced in Sacramento in 1857. The poem comes to life on the balconies and rooftops of Old Sacramento’s historic buildings on K Street between Front and 2nd Street.
The Theatre of Lights will take place through the holiday season with two 20-minute light shows at 6:15 pm. and 7:45 pm. every Thursday through Sunday until December 31st. December 24th will show at 6:15 and on New Years Eve 7:00 and 8:30pm.
This is a FREE family fun event… so wrap up the kids in their cozy sweaters, grab some hot cocoa and enjoy an evening in Old Sacramento. This is a great way to get into the holiday spirit (and escape the kitchen from all the pre-Thanksgiving baking and prep work!).
There will be plenty more festivities to come in the following weeks, so prepare yourself for some fun and excitement…and most importantly, have fun and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
It’s an absolutely beautiful year for fall leaves in Sacramento. I don’t know about you, but when I see trees all over the Sacramento Valley just bursting in colors of gold, orange and red, I want to preserve them. Well, guess what I’ll be doing next week with my kiddos? Yep, we’ll be preserving some Sacramento leaves in the way of Thanksgiving projects that my boys and I can do together in preparation for Turkey Day. Take a look at the following three projects – maybe you’ll be making them too!
Leaf Lantern - This is a fairly quick and easy project, assuming you plan ahead of time (you’ll need pressed leaves for this lantern.) Take a canning jar, cover the outside with Modge Podge, then layer your pressed leaves around the jar, to your liking. Once the leaves have dried, add another layer of Modge Podge. Add a votive and voila! A beautiful Thanksgiving table decoration!
Magic Leaf Rubbings - you probably remember leaf rubbings from grade school. Well, this technique takes leaf rubbing to the next level. Using two pieces of watercolor paper, place your leaves between the sheets, then use a white crayon on its side, to rub over the paper and the leaves underneath. Lastly, you’ll bring out the watercolor paints. Using a paint brush, paint over your leaf rubbings, and…ta da! Beautiful fall leaves appear! Frame your picture or make them into greeting cards. There’s a myriad of things you can do with this beautiful artwork.
Leaf Feather Turkeys - You’ll need some pressed leaves for this project as well, but once the leaves are pressed and dried, this work of art will take just minutes and is easy enough for even the smallest child to do themselves. Cut out two circles (one large, one small) from brown paper, place the pressed leaves behind the large circle and glue. The leaves become beautiful turkey feathers! Next glue the small brown circle in the middle – this will be the turkey’s head. Add eyes, a beak and waddle and you are done!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone – hope you enjoy our Sacramento leaves projects!
Thanksgiving is next week, and while you have probably plotted and planned your actual Thanksgiving day dinner and activities, have you thought about how you are going to keep your kiddos busy during their vacation from school? That’s right, your kids most likely have the ENTIRE week off and I bet you’ll want to keep them busy. Here is a list of five “unique-to-Sacramento” activities you may want to check out.
1. Turkey Trot at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – There is no better place for your kids to learn about America’s favorite bird this time of year, than at our very own nature center. Beards, wattles and snoods? What strange things to find on a bird! Look and listen for wild turkeys as you explore their world on this guided walk through the Nature Preserve. 11/24
2. Indian Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair at the California State Indian Museum – Looking for an authentic shopping experience on Black Friday? Then Head on over to the Indian Museum. Native artisans from all over California offer their wares for sale each year, on the two days following Thanksgiving. Enjoy browsing through jewelry, basketry, pottery, hand-painted gourds, ornaments, and much more, as you select those just-right gifts for the holidays. 11/29 – 11/30
3. Small Train Holiday at the California State Railroad Museum – Your kids will think they have died and gone to heaven! The whole family will get into the spirit of the season when the California State Railroad Museum presents a Small Train Holiday. Visitors will be dazzled by roving musical entertainment; fun, interpretive hand car rides; amazing scale and model toy train display; story time with Mrs. Claus and much more—all happening inside the Museum! 11/29-11/30
4. Theater of Lights in Old Sacramento – This is a must for any family visiting Sacramento during the holidays! Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights blends a symphony of lights, sounds, and visual effects that transport the audience back in time with a reading of the famous poem The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. The narrated reading of the powerful and nostalgic poem is brought to life through theatrical elements and visually-exciting lighting choreography that takes place on the balconies and rooftops of Old Sacramento’s historic buildings. The free outdoor performances artfully mix the historic charm of Old Sacramento with state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology to create a memorable and visually-exciting holiday experience for all visitors. 11/27-12/31
5. Old Sacramento Underground Tours - Underground tours offer a fun fall excursion for individuals, families and groups of friends! Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Finishing out its fourth season, visitors have the opportunity to uncover the facts behind the legends that lie below historic buildings and sidewalks. Tour guests explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides recount the tales of the devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project. Thru 11/30
***Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post on Thanksgiving crafts and projects your kids can do at home!