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Baby Items Needed For Northern California Fire Evacuees

September 19, 2014


imagesCAYZHINOBy Alyssa Green

Many of you are aware that there are some pretty significant wildfires burning in Northern California at the moment.  Many people have lost their homes and hundreds more have been evacuated.  This leaves many families without the supplies they need.  With help from the Sacramento Children’s Museum, New Normal Meetup group is collecting basic baby items to donate to families in need.  If you would like to help, you can come down to the Sacramento Children’s Museum tomorrow – Saturday, September 20, at 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. and make a donation (see list of item below.) Mention New Normal Donation and receive a coupon for 50% off up to 4 people to the museum for immediate or future use.  Thank you for your help!

Requested baby/toddler items:


Baby Wipes


Baby Food


Clothing and blankets will also be accepted

Scholarshare Book Giveaway Winner!

September 18, 2014

Congratulations to Rory Barlew! You have won The Saltzberg book set Beautiful Oops and Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep! Please contact us to claim your books. Thanks everyone!

Upcoming Events at Safetyville USA

September 18, 2014

BSafetyville chili cookoffy Heather Crivellone

Safetyville USA has been teaching children since 1984, the basic safety skills they need to know in a fun, interactive and memorable experience. The goal of the program is to reduce injury and possible death of children resulting from preventable accidents. A trained volunteer tour guide leads children, preschool through third grade, through the town teaching them a variety of safety skills, including: fire, bicycle, pedestrian, electrical, stranger danger, and railroad safety.

Outside of Sacramento in Rancho Cordova- this “mini-city” is set up so children can explore their surrounding at their “own level”.

If you have groups of 10 or more preschoolers, you can take the guided tour around the “city” , however, when we went, we didn’t have that many children with us (WHEW!), so we decided to take the self-guided tour and let the children explore while we visited each exhibit and explained the safety issues with the children on our own. The children took turns pressing the buttons and practiced waking across the streets, watched a video on fire safety at the “fire station”, learned about the dangers of train tracks, electrical wires and more. At the end of our self-guided tour, we all enjoyed our picnics outside and admired the tiny buildings that make up this fun city.

Safetyville is open to the public Monday-Friday 8:45-3:00pm and admission is $3 per person. Make sure you call ahead to make a reservation if you have a large group.

Events are held throughout the year and on September 20 from 12pm- 4pm,  join local firefighters for their annual Firefighter Chili Cook-off.  Enjoy entertainment, food, demonstrations and fun for the entire family. Tickets are only $5 per person and children ages 5 and under are FREE!  For more information on this event, visit their website.

And on Saturday, October 18, your little ghosts and goblins can “trick and treat” in a secure and safe environment at their annual Halloween Haunt. This is the best Halloween extravaganza around for the younger children! Admission is $6 per person and includes $2 coupon for food or games.  Kids can enjoy games, mazes, magic shows, costume contests, face-painting, raffles and fun for the entire family.


17th Annual Reptile Show comes to the Sacramento Convention Center

September 18, 2014

snakeBy Heather Crivellone

I am NOT a fan of slippery, slimy snakes, toads, lizards or anything of that nature.  However, since I have a little boy I am learning that I have to put my fears aside and pretend to be interested in these creatures.  Oh how I hate going into the reptile room at the Sacramento Zoo…and that seems to be my little boys’ favorite place to go!  So, you can imagine his excitement when daddy told him about the “17th Annual Reptile Show” coming to town.

So if you have a little boy (or girl) who loves reptiles, then this may be the outing for you!  On September 27-28, at the Sacramento Convention Center (1400 J Street in Downtown Sacramento), you can visit the largest reptile show in Northern California! Last year they had over 3000 reptiles on display and this year is going to be even bigger.  With exhibits showcasing venomous reptiles from around the world that include King Cobras and Black Mambas,  you can visit educational booths to learn about the World of Reptiles and even have the opportunity to meet a 10 foot, 100 pound alligator!

If you are interested in adding a reptile pet to your family- this is the place to ask questions, get information and even purchase from.  They will have vendors onsite to discuss everything you need about making the best choice for your family.

There are two options for passes to the event.  You can purchase either a one or a two day pass. Adults 13 and older $13 for a one day pass and $19 for the two day passes.  Children ages 4-12 are $9 or $13 and those who are 3 and under are free.

You can guarantee that I will stay clear of the downtown area on these days….however, I will be packing snacks for my little guy and his daddy to visit the World of Reptiles.  Now, I just need to lock the doors in case they decide they want to bring home a pet!!!


Weekend Family Fun

September 17, 2014

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9/19 – Buccaneer Ball at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Children’s Museum cordially invites moms and their sons(s) to the museum to dance the night away to a DJ for the first Buccaneer Ball! Pirate dress-up is encouraged and desserts and light refreshments will be served.

9/19 – Movie in Fremont Park: The Lego Movie - CADA and Friends of Fremont Park will be hosting Movie in Fremont Park featuring The Lego Movie. Enjoy live music by The Bell Boys with the feature film beginning after their performance. There will also be food trucks and face painting for kids.

9/19 – Talk Like A Pirate Day at Fairytale Town – Ahoy, me hearties! Join Fairytale Town in celebrating international Talk Like a Pirate Day. The Pirates of Sacramento will be on hand to present “Pirate Skool” and other games along with plenty of pirate themed fun and activities for yer whole family, savvy?

9/20 – Hands on History – Harvest: The Real Gold in California - When John Sutter arrived in California in 1839, his dream was to build an agricultural empire that would encompass all of the Sacramento Valley, filling it with ranchers, who owed fealty to Sutter and had to buy all their supplies from his trading post. Unfortunately, the Gold Rush crushed Sutter’s dream by re-routing the water courses without a thought for environmental damage and mountains reduced to gravel by hydraulic mining, all of which left tons of dredge tailings on the fertile soil. It took many years for California’s agricultural industry to recover, but we eventually achieved the agricultural prominence about which Sutter had dreamed. Join and be part of life during harvest time at the Fort.

9/20 – Cemetery Adventures for Children - Do you have a child who is interested in the cemetery but would rather see bugs than burial records? Perhaps they’d like to take a peek into a mausoleum, learn about the animals that make their home there, or hear a short tale about the exciting days of old. If so, this tour is for them. Specifically designed for children third grade and younger, this tour is more of an informal stroll to introduce kids to the many wonders the cemetery has to offer.

9/20 – Big Wheels at the Franklin Community Library – Bring the whole family to get up close and personal with trucks, buses, one-of-a-kind vehicles, and have all kinds of family fun. The event features the Wells Fargo Stagecoach and the first-ever real Batmobile. There will also be storytimes for preschoolers and you can even enjoy lunch from one of the visiting food trucks

9/20 – Birding with Families at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Bring the family out for a birding and nature walk led by a naturalist and special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels are welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars, or they can loan you a pair.

9/20 – 9/21 – Diesel Days at the California State Railroad Museum – the California State Railroad Museum is offering special train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad featuring two visually exciting and gracefully styled diesel locomotives. Especially when these eye-catching diesels are in operation, guests of all ages will enjoy taking a memorable and relaxing weekend excursion train ride that is reminiscent of train travel from an earlier era.

Those aboard are treated to a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion along the levees of the Sacramento River. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats and open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating.

9/20 – 9/21 – Terrific Triceratops at the Discovery Museum – Are you ready for some prehistoric fun? Kids will make a jointed Triceratops to remember the giant life-size juvenile in the exhibit. You can even touch a real Triceratops fossil!

9/21 – Under the Oaks at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Our mighty oaks provide food and shelter for many animals and insects. Lean how to identify the three species of oak trees found in the Nature Preserve and who may be living in them.

Join Thousands at Capitol Mall for Sacramento’s Second Annual Farm-to-Fork Festival

September 16, 2014

farm_to_fork_week_2013_004_w640By Alyssa Green

Since being proclaimed America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital in October 2012, Sacramento has really had the opportunity to share with the world the farm-to-fork culture locals have been living and enjoying for years. The region is home to nearly 8,000 boutique farms and the largest Certified Farmers Market in California. As a result, local restaurants regularly feature local produce, meat, fish and dairy products on their menus each and every season.

While this agricultural abundance is available to us all year-long, September is Sacramento’s month of celebration. The region comes together and offers the community a variety of events highlighting the bounty that is available to us. Among the variety of events, the family friendly Farm-to-Fork Festival on Capitol Mall on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 offers something for everyone including the young, the old, the foodie, the wine connoisseur and even the simple people-watcher. This FREE festival is definitely an event you won’t want to miss.

Designed to showcase where our food and drinks come from, the festival will include cooking demonstrations, wine and beer gardens, opportunities to meet farmers and growers, food trucks and live music. For the kids, an animal exhibit and education area, the National Ag Science Center’s mobile classroom Ag in Motion, Radio Disney, and other fun activities designed to teach kids about farm to fork will be on hand.

What: Farm-to-Fork Festival

Where: Capitol Mall, between Third and Seventh streets

When: Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free


“Beautiful Oops!” Author to Headline at Fairytale Town’s 14th Annual Scholarshare Book Festival

September 15, 2014

By Alyssa Green


We have books to give away – so, read on!

Each September, Fairytale Town hosts the annual Children’s Scholarshare Book Festival.  This two-day event, the largest early childhood literacy program in the Sacramento region, is sponsored by Scholarshare College Savings Program and provides free admission to all visitors throughout the festival.  Visitors will enjoy hands-on activities, storytelling performances, as well as readings and presentations from children’s book authors and illustrators.

Headlining this year’s festival is Barney Saltzberg, author and illustrator of Beautiful Oops and his new book Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep If you aren’t yet familiar with these books, you might be in luck.  The folks at Fairytale Town have offered us a set of Saltzberg’s books to give away to one of our lucky readers.  Here’s what you need to do to qualify for a chance to win the books.  Go to this year’s list of authors and illustrators here, and then leave a comment on this post telling us which of the listed books you would like to hear read aloud by the author, and why.  A random drawing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

What:  Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival

Where:  Fairytale Town

When:  September 27 – 28, 2014

Admission:  FREE

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