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Weekend Family Fun

October 16, 2014

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10/17 – Campfire at the Maidu Museum - Storytelling has been an important part of Native American culture for thousands of years. Sit under the stars at this outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories around the campfire. They will provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program’s end to this fun family event.

10/17 – 10/18 – Old Sacramento Magic Festival - The first major magic festival ever on the West Coast featuring a stellar international cast.  This incredible weekend also stars Eric Stevens, one of Magic’s bright new stars, Hank Morfin, headliner at The California Magic Dinner Theatre, Master Magician and Balloon Artist, Kenn Serrano and Man of Mystery, Terry Robinson.  The festival also features multiple One-Man Shows, International Galas, Lectures, an All-Star Street Magic Performance and much more! This is a family-friendly weekend showcasing a full spectrum of the Art, from close-up to stage.

10/18 – Halloween Haunt at Safetyville - Safetyville USA will be decorated in “Spook-tacular” fashion with a harvest-festival theme. There will be live entertainment, games, face painters, magic show, straw bale maze, raffles, costume parade, food and fun for the entire family.

10/18 – Rachel Coleman Signing Time Concert - Emmy nominated, co-creator and star of Signing Time, Rachel Coleman will perform to benefit the Signing Time Foundation which helps make sign language fun and accessible to all children. There will be time to meet and greet with Rachel after the show.

10/18 – Third Annual Monster Bash at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join for a night of ghoulish fun at Sacramento Children’s Museum’s Monster Bash! Gear up for Halloween and wear your best costume and come play the night away at the museum. There will be a DJ, dancing, refreshments, photo opportunities, a haunted hallway, and even more.

10/18 – Birding for Families at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Bring the family out and join for a birding and nature walk led by a naturalist and special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon. Birdwatchers of all levels are welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars, or they can loan you a pair.

10/18 – 10/19 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - This family musical contains a zany, wise cracking mirror who will only answer if spoken to in rhyme, as well as a whole court full of funny and bubbling characters. It hums with 14 lively songs, including a scary forest ballet.  Snow White runs away from the evil queen and seeks refuge with seven little miners. But the queen and her sister, a once-powerful witch, need “a locket from the pocket of a princess that is pure”. They come after Snow White, but Sir Pompous leads members of the queen’s court into the woods to thwart their evil plans. The queen is trapped in an ugliness spell and forced to remain that way, as the entire court reminds her (in a rousing gospel song), “You’re the mirror of every deed that you do!”

10/18 – 10/19 – Microscope Mania at the Discovery Museum – From large to microscopically small, the Discovery Museum has it all! Visit gigantic dinosaurs in the Blast from the Past exhibit and colossal redwoods in the nature area. Get down to the teeny and tiny in their microscope lab. By using different levels of magnification, visitors explore pond life and other samples. This is a great opportunity for youngsters to get their hands on real science tools.

10/18 – 10/19 – Folsom Renaissance Faire - The Folsom City Lions Park will be transformed to a delightful Elizabethan town filled with myriad characters and vignettes resembling those of Shakespeare’s plays we so dearly love. In addition, over 900 costumed entertainers and over 100 shopkeepers and artisans will add to the ambiance of the Faire. The Festival will be the ultimate Renaissance bash, a lively Dionysian party, where the guests enjoy turkey legs, exotic food, and drink as they banter with the myriad performers filling the streets. The event sports one-of-a-kind shows, music, and comedy.

10/19 – Sunday Crafternoon at the Crocker Art Museum – This monthly gathering will inspire your family’s creativity and help you enjoy quality time together. Make simple crafts that celebrate the season, using a variety of beautiful materials, while enjoying warm drinks. For ages four and up with adult participation; siblings ages three and under are welcome to tag along at no extra charge.

10/19 – Hunters of the Night at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Take an eye-opening look at these amazing nocturnal hunters. Find out when owls are most active, what an owl pellet is, and meet a resident owl up close!

Fairytale Town Safe and Super Halloween Ticket Winner

October 15, 2014

Congratulations to Keely Craig! You have won four family passes to Fairytale Town’s Super & Safe Halloween event featuring The Adventures of Percy Jackson. Please email us to claim your tickets. Thanks everyone!

Win Tickets to Fairytale Town’s Safe & Super Halloween Featuring Percy Jackson

October 13, 2014

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As parents of young children, safety is a priority, especially when it comes to Halloween. Well, Fairytale Town really GETS this and provides not only a safe, but a super fun environment for families at Halloween time. In fact, they have been doing it for 28 years! This year Fairytale Town presents its Safe & Super Halloween: The Adventures of Percy Jackson from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the evenings of October 24, 25 & 26th, 2014.

“Three nights of trick or treating and family friendly fun await at Fairytale Town’s 28th annual Safe & Super Halloween. Join us as we transform the park into Rick Riordan’s mythological world of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Young heroes can venture through the transformed park as they make their quest to Mount Olympus and the infamous Olympian Zeus. Visit Polyphemus’ lair, the replica Parthenon, the Oracle of Delphi and Medusa’s garden, just remember not to look her directly in the eyes! Keep an eye out for plenty of mythological characters and creatures along the way.

The event features 17 candy stations, a nightly costume parade at 8:30 PM, hands-on activities and lots of mythological fun! Puppet Art Theater Company will perform Frankenswine, a zany, Halloween-themed puppet show, each night at 6, 7 & 8 PM in the Children’s Theater.”

Check out these photos from last year’s event:

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Are you ready to win some tickets to this fun event?  Tell us in the “comment” section of this post who you would take to this event and why.  A winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 to win a family pack of four tickets.  Good luck!

Spooky and Fun Halloween Events in the Sacramento area.

October 12, 2014

untitledBy Heather Crivellone

I have to admit….October is my favorite month of the year.  With school in full swing, the leaves changing color, the weather getting cooler…it’s a glorious time of year!  And who can forget about the goblins, ghosts and pumpkins galore?   I’m not a fan of the “creepy and scary” aspects of Halloween, but the anticipation and events that lead to the haunted night are extraordinary.

And if you didn’t know…Sacramento is full of events to keep you and your little ones (and not so little ones) entertained, scared, and having fun all month-long!   I have compiled a list of events that your family may want to check out this month.  Some of these events are free, some have a small admission charge and some may or may not be appropriate for your children’s age group.  Either way, there is something going on for everyone:

October 11-26:  The California State Railroad Museum is proud to offer diesel-powered “Spookomotive” train rides. This delightful, not frightful train is just the ticket for the family.  Ride the train along the levees of the river and listen to a whimsical Halloween story while the “skeleton” crew passes out a special toy treat for each child.  On the return trip, rock to the music of the “Monster Mash” and other creepy Halloween music.  Each weekend is specially themed- Super Heroes October 11 and 12; Princesses and Pirates October 18 and 19; and Wizards and Witches October 25 and 26.  Tickets range from $5-$18.  Children 5 and under are free.

October 10-25: Old Town Ghost Tours through the streets of Old Sacramento.  Journey back into town and hear ghost tales and spooky stories while walking through the history-rich streets of Old Sacramento.  $15 for adults, $10 children 6-17 and those 5 and under are not allowed.  Tours will begin at 6:30pm on October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25.

October 18: Safetyville’s Annual Halloween Haunt. This is a perfect event for your youngest of children, as they can prance around in their costumes at the Costume Parade, enjoy food, drinks and raffles.  Get lost in a Hay Maze and enjoy games all throughout the Safetyville “town”.  $6 per person and 2 and under are FREE

October 18: Sacramento Children’s Museum Monster Bash  6-8pm.  Gear up for Halloween and wear your best costume and come play the night away at the Museum!  DJ, Dancing, and Halloween fun!  $15 non-members, $10 members.

October 24 and 25: The Haunted Fort at Sutter’s Fort State Park.  The historic site will offer a special Halloween program based in fact, but with a creepy twist.  Visitors will go on guided tours through the darkened rooms and hear unusual tales of how California’s early pioneers perished throughout history.  This creepy tour would not be suitable for the youngest kids in your household.

October 24, 25 and 26: Safe and Super Halloween at Fairytale Town-The Adventures of Percy Jackson . Kids can trick or treat in a safe environment throughout the park at Fairytale Town.   Hands on activities, a costume parade and live performances will keep you entertained all night long..5pm-9pm. Tickets $7 for members, $9 for non-members.

October 25 and 26: 10am-5pm: Spooktacular Halloween at Funderland.  Costume and Pumpkin Decorating Contests will take place throughout the day and offer the chance to win some prizes!

Elsa the Snow Queen will be available to visit with the children!

October 30 and 31 5pm-8pm: Boo at the Zoo at the Sacramento Zoo.  Kids can safely trick or treat around the zoo at 25 different candy stations.  They can enjoy magic shows, costume dance party, games and more.  And of course…enjoy the animals! Tickets are available in advance for $10 non-members, $8 for members.  The price increases after Oct 28 to $12.

October 31st:  Trick or Treat Night at Ikea. Let the kids trick or treat in a safe environment throughout the store.  Join a mad scientist in a spooky slime activity at the stores entrance.

This is by far, not all the events going on in our Capital City this month…but at least I’m hoping it gives you an idea of things to do and places to go during this fun and crazy month!

Winner of the Disney on Ice Production Worlds of Fantasy Family Pack

October 9, 2014

Congratulations to Melissa and Venu! You each have won family four-packs to the upcoming Disney on Ice production of Worlds of Fantasy at Sleep Train Arena Oct. 22- 26, 2014. Please contact us to claim your tickets.

Weekend Family Fun

October 8, 2014

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10/9 – The Future of Cheetahs - Listen to cheetah expert and director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Dr. Laurie Marker, as she discusses living in Africa and introduces her new book “A Future for Cheetahs.” Joining her will be Suzi Eszterhas an award-winning photographer who spent three years in Africa, photographing the life of wild cheetahs.

10/9 – 10/12 – The Velveteen Rabbit - A timeless children’s classic, The Velveteen Rabbit hops from the bedside table to the theatrical stage in this magical production from Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers’ Theatre. In Margery Williams’ touching story, a young boy forms a special bond with his stuffed rabbit, who wants nothing more than to become real through the love of its owner. This delightful play introduces this poignant tale to a new generation of fans.

10/10 – 10/11 – 47th Annual Oktoberfest - The Sacramento Turn Verein will hold its 47th Annual Oktoberfest at Turner Hall, a celebration patterned after the world-famous Oktoberfest in Munich. The largest folk festival in the world has been a Bavarian tradition for 200 years. Many Sacramentans have come to anticipate the Turn Verein’s Oktoberfest because they know they can enjoy traditional German music, food and drink that they can find only at this event.  Children’s activities and crafts will also be available Saturday afternoon

10/11 – Art Blast Global Cardboard Challenge - Families with children (Ages 7-12) are invited to participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge! Come create at this worldwide celebration of child creativity and the role communities play in fostering it. Kids will be offered the opportunity and resources to design and build using cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination.

10/11 – Clay Modeling for Mini Car Designers at the California Automobile Museum – Do your kids love to play with clay? Well, this class will take that love to a whole new level! For generations, automakers have designed their cruising masterpieces from everyday modeling clay, and this class, open to children Ages 3 to 8, will show them how to make model cars just like the pros; of course, they’ll get to take their models home as a souvenir.

10/11 – Last Call Vintage Car Show Fundraiser - The Heidrick Ag History Center is hosting one of its largest fundraising events of the year! Spectators can enjoy music, food, raffles and prizes, beer and wine, awards and more!

10/11 – Nature Detectives at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Put your detective skills to use as you explore many of the different signs animals leave behind. You’ll go on a tracking adventure and examine pelts, tracks, teeth, and bones from a variety of animals to determine what has been visiting our trails.

10/11 – 10/12 – The I Hate Children children’s Show - The I Hate Children Children’s Show is the ultimate magic show for families. The show stars the meanest man in the world played by Paul Nathan. Nathan is one of the top magicians working in the world today. He plays the scoundrel but ultimately delivers the most well thought out children’s show imaginable while keeping parents engaged and in stitches from beginning to end.

10/12 – Going Batty at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Explore the mysteries of bats and get eye to eye with some bat biofacts! Discover why these beneficial animals have been so misunderstood.

It’s the season for family fun in Apple Hill!

October 8, 2014

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If you are a native to Sacramento, then you know that the place to be during this time of year is Apple Hill. With fall in full swing and the weather getting cooler there is nothing better than a piece of fresh apple pie and some hot apple cider!  This is by far, my most favorite time of the year.  I love everything related to fall… the crisp chill in the air and beautiful colors everywhere!  I love that in only 45 minutes, we can be in the heart of Apple Hill and enjoying fresh apple donuts, pies, fritters, and even apple beer.  It’s the absolute BEST!
And with the threats of the King Fire being over, all orchards are open for business and ready for visitors!  The air is clean and smoke-free, so now is the perfect time to head up the hill and enjoy the beauty.

Here is a list of some of my favorite Apple Hill growers.  There are many more places to visit, this is just a quick snapshot of some of my favorites. To find a complete listing of Apple Hill growers, check out the Apple Hill website.

Abel’s Acres- open daily until Christmas Eve.  They offer Pony rides, Hay Maze, food and fun for the entire family.

Denver Dans- Open daily through Thanksgiving, then open on weekends until December 13. They offer U pick apples, face painting, cooking classes and more.

Fudge Factory Farm-  Candy tasting galore for those of us with a sweet tooth! Open daily through December.

Grandpa’s Cellar-  Interactive Nature Trail, Photo Opportunities for those holiday cards we all need to start thinking about and of course a delicious bake shop to stock up on pies! Open daily.

High Hill Ranch- Fishing, pony rides, hay rides, craft fair, cider mill and much more! Open daily.

As I said, this is just a small list of what Apple Hill has to offer.  Check out the Apple Hill Growers full website and map out where you want to visit with your family.  They also have some great wineries and plenty of picnic spots for you to enjoy.

So don’t let this fall season pass you by – take some time to visit one of the most beautiful areas that Sacramento has to offer and make some lasting Fall memories with your family!

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