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Weekend Family Fun

October 30, 2014

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It may rain in Sacramento on Halloween night, but don’t let that stop you from going out and having fun with your kiddos. There are still plenty of fun Halloween events happening inside or out – rain or shine.  How about Boo at the Zoo?  Or a Spooky Halloween River Cruise on the river?  Or maybe Spooky Science Night at the Explorit Science Center?  Check out our full list below.  Happy Halloween!

10/30 – 10/31 – Boo at the Zoo - Rain of Shine. Enjoy two nights of ghoulish family fun. Kids can safely trick-or-treat around the lake at 25 different candy stations! Other activities include magic shows, costume dance party, ghoulish games, and lots of family fun! You can also ride the Spooky Train or Creepy Carousel for an additional fee.

10/30 – 10/31 – Spooky Science Nights at Explorit Science Center - Grab the little goolies, ghosties, zombies and more and join for a Spooky Science good time for the whole family! When darkness falls, the Explorit lab will come alive for a hair-raising fundraiser. Join as they transform public hours into Spooky Science. Halloween night will feature additional fun including trick-or-treating and a costume contest, complete with prizes. If you’ve been looking to inject a little science into your seasonal festivities, you won’t want to miss Spooky Science Nights.

10/31 – Mylars Annual Halloween Party - Singer and songwriter, William Mylar, will perform Halloween themed music for the 5th consecutive year. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be free treats and prizes.

10/31 – Halloween Party at Infinite Potential - Join Infinite Potential: Academy of Body and Mind for a spooktacularly fun Halloween Party. Costumes, light sabres, archery, laser maze, and much more are on the schedule. Come shoot pumpkin balloons for prizes and have a blast this Halloween! Costumes are welcomed and encouraged.

10/31 – Spooky Halloween River Cruise aboard the Hornblower – Make this Halloween about more than just going door to door on Beggars’ Night. For three weekends in October, Hornblower Cruises will sail you along the Sacramento River at dusk for an hour of chilling good times. Costumes are encouraged as you enjoy the scenery and descending nightfall with Halloween-themed music as the backdrop. There are coloring sheets, snacks available for purchase, and party favors for the wee ones on this fun family cruise that’s sure to elicit squeals of delight.

11/1 – Dia de los Muertos at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join the Sacramento Children’s Museum in celebrating the wonderful Dia de los Muertos folk art tradition of decorating grinning sugar skulls with bright color and glittery adornments.

11/1 – Black-Tailed Deer at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Come see these bucks in all their glory with beautiful antler crowns. Grab your binoculars or borrow some and catch a closer look at the black-tailed deer in their oak woodland home while learning more about their world.

11/1 – Meditation for Children - This class is designed to introduce meditation building blocks to children in a fun and interactive manner. Games, stories, art, and other activities will be used to allow children to experience how meditation skills such as awareness, focus, and breathing can be used to help calm the mind and body. The first class session is for children ages 6 to 8 and the second class is for youth ages 8 to 10.

11/1 – Introduction to Video Game Programming at the Discovery Museum – Explore video game creation by making a simple game using MIT’s Scratch. This software allows students to learn about programming using a friendly graphical user interface. By the end of the session, students will explore Loops, Conditional Statements, Operators, and Sensors. Students will create a simple game that can be played and enhanced from home. This event is for children ages 10 and up, and please pack a snack.

11/1 – 11/2 – Ferocious Flyers at the Discovery Museum – Take to the skies this weekend by crafting your own prehistoric flying reptile. Children Age 12 and under can assemble a take-home glider that resembles an animal of the past. Learn about these prehistoric reptiles in the classroom and dinosaurs in the Blast from the Past .

Children’s Museums in the Sacramento Region

October 27, 2014

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The fall festivities are enough to give your littlest ones a fright and “scare them silly”.  If you are ready for the ghosts and goblins to disappear and find some activities for you and your child that involves more playful learning, then visit some of our local museums that are dedicated to fostering creativity and education.

Here is a list of some of our local museums and some that are just a quick drive away if you were visiting some of our neighboring cities:

Sacramento Children’s Museum:  2701 Prospect Park, Rancho Cordova 95670.  (916) 638-7225 Tuesday- Sunday 9am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm General Admission $7 The Sacramento Children’s Museum believes that “play is an essential part of a child’s “work”. Through hands-on exhibits, children can use their imagination and creativity to express themselves and learn new things.

Discovery Museum and Science Center:  3615 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento, 95821 (916) 808-3942 Tuesday- Friday 12pm-4:30, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4:30pm Adults $8, Teens $7, Children 4-12 $6 This is a “hands on”, interactive museum that teaches children (and parents) the wonders of science and space. Exhibits change throughout the year- check website for current exhibit. They also have planetarium and wildlife shows, as well as nature walks and craft activities on the weekends.

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California Automobile Museum:  2200 Front Street, Sacramento. (916) 442-6802 Auto enthusiasts of all ages will love the displays and exhibits this museum has to offer.  Whether you are a fan of the classic car, hot-rods or just the history of the automobile, there is something for everyone.  The knowledgeable staff is very informative and you will be impressed on what you can see and learn at this museum. Open Daily 10am-6pm.  General Admission $8 Students $4.

California Railroad Museum:  125 I Street, Old Sacramento. (916) 323-9280 Kids of all ages will enjoy a visit to what is regarded as North America’s finest and most popular railroad museum.  This museum really is quite spectacular. There are more than 20 restored locomotives and railroad cars, along with a variety of exhibits. Open Daily 10am-5pm.  $10 Adults, $5 Children

California Aerospace Museum:  3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan 95652 (916) 643-3192 If you or anyone in your family is interested in aviation- then a visit the Aerospace museum is a must!  They have over 40 military and civilian aircraft on display, along with 15 restored engines, a beautiful Coast Guard Art collection, a Morphis Motion Ride Simulator and more! Open Daily 10am-4pm.  Adults $8. Children $6.

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Lodi’s World of Wonders:  2 N Sacramento Street, Lodi, 95240 (209) 368-0969
“An educational hands-on science museum located in Historical downtown Lodi, California. The mission of the World of Wonders Science Museum is to offer hands-on science-based exhibits and programs to stimulate discovery for all ages.” Open Wednesday- Monday (closed Tuesday) 10am-5pm.  General Admission $6, Children $4.

Scientopia- Discovery Center 1785 B Tanen Street, Napa 94559 (707) 259-1559 Napa’s hidden treasured family destination. At the discovery center, imagination and love of science, math and art is encouraged through hands-on exhibits and creative play. Open Daily.  Adults are Free.  Children $8.

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Weekend Family Fun

October 23, 2014

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This weekend is a busy one!  Take a light Saber class, watch Hocus Pocus at Raley Field, or celebrate World Pasta Day at the Discovery Museum.  Check out all the other fun family weekend events happening!

10/24 – 10/26 – 28th Annual Safe and Super Halloween at Fairytale Town – Enter the mythological world of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” for three nights of trick-or-treating and family fun! Young heroes can go on a quest to Mount Olympus to see the infamous Olympian Zeus. Visit the lair of Polyphemus the Cyclops, 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.

10/24 – Night of 1000 Pumpkins IV - Night of 1,000 Pumpkins is a yearly event that attempts to light 1,000 jack-o-lanterns in Historic Sutter Street. Thousands of residents and visitors of Folsom visit this yearly event which consists of trick-or-treating, outdoor movies, and of course, pumpkins!

10/25 – Count Watts SPOOktacular - Meet Roseville Electric Utility’s Count Watts at the SPOOKtacular. Take a walk through the Phantom House — warning: your energy waste may be shocking. Round out your day with pumpkin carving, crafts, face painting, and prizes.

10/25 – Spooky Story Time at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Gear up for Halloween at the Nature Center with some spooky stories told by the Sacramento Storytellers Guild. Don’t worry, these stories are guaranteed not to cause nightmares!

10/25 – Light Saber Class - Come join Dragon Fire Martial Arts and learn light saber skills to defeat the evil doers. You will learn blocks and strikes you can use to help defend you in battle. Everyone will receiver a saber like those shown in the pictures.

10/25 – Trick or Treat at Raley Field - Raley Field will host a free community trick-or-treat event and a special screening of ©Walt Disney Pictures Hocus Pocus on the ballpark videoboard. The family-friendly comedy about a trio of witches on Halloween night in modern-day Salem, Mass. is rated PG. Children are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes and take part in fun activities including a photo corner, pumpkin patch, bobbing for apples, and a costume contest.

10/25 – Shirley Holmes and the Misfit Detectives - With the help of her band of quirky friends, Sherlock Holmes’ great-great-granddaughter, Sherly Holmes, is on a case — using all her pluck and resolve to solve the mystery of Pigzilla. Half-pig and half-Godzilla creature, this monster has been terrifying the townspeople for too long, sometimes even scaring the pants off of people…literally. But time is ticking, and Sherly and friends will have to solve the case before time runs out in order to claim the $500 reward with which to fix their clubhouse’s broken air-conditioner.

10/25 – Trick or Treating in Old Sacramento - The sounds of kids trick-or-treating will echo through the streets of Old Sacramento and the Sacramento Downtown Plaza this season. Last year more than 40 stores and museums in Old Sacramento provided special treats to children. The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is a great place to start as a limited quantity of maps and bags are available for interested participants.

10/25 – 10/26 – California capital Book Festival - Hundreds of authors and thousands of book lovers of all ages will attend the first California Capital Book Festival, produced in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library Foundation. The two-day festival will feature author panels, book seller exhibits, special venues for kid literature, pets, sports and cooking and more.

10/25 – 10/26 – World Pasta Day at the Discovery Museum - Have some fun celebrating World Pasta Day at the Discovery Museum! Children craft a pasta necklace to take home as a souvenir. Admission includes a visit to the Blast from the Past exhibit, an animal program, and planetarium shows for ages 4 and older.

10/25 – 10/26 – Funderland’s Spooktacular Halloween - This family weekend will include some deliciously diabolical treats including: Elsa the Snow Queen, a magical magician, trick or treating, a silly haunted house, a happy little pumpkin patch, the no so spooky train, costume contests, face painting, and so much more

10/26 – Sketch It at the Crocker Art Museum - Visitors (Ages 5+) can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month. No experience necessary, and all supplies are provided.

1/26 – There’s No Scent Like Home at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – The annual migration of Chinook salmon has arrived. Join a naturalist and hike to the river to catch a glimpse of these impressive fish as they swish and swirl in the shallows.

10/26 – Trunk or Treat at the California Automobile Museum - Only at the California Automobile Museum can you enjoy the unique experience of Trunk or Treating out of the back of rare and vintage classic cars from the early 1900′s to present day. Our docents will personally hand out candy to your junior superheroes and princesses as they explore the museum and engage in a myriad of fun activities.

First-Timer Reviews Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy

October 23, 2014

Disney on IceBy Lindsey Adams

I took my two and a half year old to Disney on Ice World of Fantasy last night and I think we’ve found a new tradition. She was in awe the entire time as one character after another skated out and I too enjoyed belting out songs from The Little Mermaid, one of my favorite Disney movies.  Watching a toddler’s face light up as Mickey drives out in his red car or point and scream as a fairy flutters from the sky is enough to make your heart melt. I had a feeling she was trying to figure out how these characters made their way out of our TV and onto the stage in front of her. Knowing how I am on two ice skates, I was thoroughly impressed by the skating in these intricate and very bulky costumes, many props to Ursula the Sea Witch and Slinky Dog! Hearing my daughter enthusiastically tell her friends and teacher about her night when I dropped her off at preschool this morning was music to my ears!  I’ll just be here at work all day singing Under the Sea to myself.

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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!

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