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Who Wants to Win Tickets to Wizard World’s Comic Con Sacramento?

May 29, 2015

Comic Con Sacramento VIP Promo Package

Comic Con is coming to Sacramento for the second year in a row, and it’s bound to be another hugely successful event. Wizard World’s Comic Con, which will be in town from June 19-21, brings together fans of all ages to celebrate the best of today and yesterday’s pop culture, pop-fi, comics, graphic novels, video gaming, television and original art and collectibles. Comic con fans will be in their glory as they roam the Sacramento Convention Center in cosplay (costumes), rubbing shoulders with top comic con celebrities such as Norman Reedus (Walking Dead), Katie Cassidy (Arrow) and Henry Winkler (Happy Days). There will be photo opportunities, celebrity panels, a shopping expo, and the chance to intermingle with other comic con fans. Sound like fun? Here’s the details. And for a chance to win some tickets, scroll on down to the bottom of the post for details on your chance to win.

What: Wizard World Comic Con

When: June 19-21, 2015

Where: Sacramento Convention Center

Cost: Single Day Tickets and 3-Day Tickets Available (See prices below)

$39.95 – 1-Day Friday Admission

$49.95 – 1-Day Saturday Admission

$44.95 – 1-Day Sunday Admission

Sold Out – 3-Day Weekend Admission

The folks at Wizard World have given us some tickets to give away to three lucky readers! Here’s what we’ve got:

(1) VIP Promo Pack – includes: 2 three-day weekend passes, 2 Comic Con VIP badges, early admission to the show floor on Saturday and Sunday, limited edition trading cards

(1) pair of single day tickets for Saturday

(1) pair of single day tickets for Sunday

If you would like a chance to win any of these ticket packs, answer this Comic Con trivia question in the comments below: What character did Comic Con celebrity Kelly Frye play in the recent television series The Flash?

All correct answers will be eligible for the random drawing to be held on Thursday, June 2, 2015. Good luck!

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Staying Cool During a Sacramento Summer, Part 1: Cool Things to do Indoors at Sacramento Area Museums

May 27, 2015

Cool Things to do Indoors at Sacramento Area Museums, By Alyssa Green

We enjoy some wonderful weather here in Sacramento, don’t we? Most of the year, the days are sunny and pleasantly warm. Summertime, however, does tend to get a little bit hot. While the statistics say that Sacramento’s average temperatures from June through August hover right around 90 degrees…we all know it often gets much hotter, hitting triple digits several days out of the year. In response, we’ve learned to stay cool. With all that Sacramento and it’s surroundings have to offer, it’s really quite easy. The first article of this two-part series focuses on staying cool indoors.

There are some wonderful museums in this family friendly town that cater to kids and families all summer long. Here’s our list of the best area museum in which your family can  stay cool and have fun.

California State Railroad Museum (CSRM). Since it’s opening in 1976, this railroad museum has become one of Sacramento’s largest and most popular attractions, having shared California’s railroad history with over a half million visitors. With 225,000 square feet of exhibit space, it’s the perfect place to let kids roam and run around as they check out the 21 restored locomotives and cars throughout the museum, many of which invite visitors to walk through to get a taste of the bygone era of rail travel. When all of the engines and cars have been explored, you’ll want to head upstairs to view the miniature train collection, railroad history artifacts and photos, and see the faces of your little ones light up as they spot the giant Thomas the Train set that they’ll want to play with for hours. When you finally pull your kiddos away from Thomas and friends, don’t forget to stop by the super fun gift shop on your way out where Railroad souvenirs abound in all price ranges. Oh, and have I mentioned that this railroad museum is gloriously air-conditioned? It’s true. It’s the perfect place to spend indoors on a hot Sacramento afternoon. Here are some of the special events happening at the museum this summer.

Amtrak Days – On June 6-7, enjoy FREE admission to the CSRM and explore the Amtrak exhibit train. Learn from an Amtrak representative the benefits of rail travel and why trains matter today. The kids will enjoy stopping off at the Chugginton Kids Depot featuring toy trains and a coloring table.

Diesel Days – On June 20-21 and August 15-16, ride behind WP 913 and SP 6051, two of the museum’s classic streamlined locomotives. Hourly departures, 11am to 4 pm.

All Aboard Storytime – On the first and third Monday of each month, join museum staff as they read aloud railroad-related stories to children. After the stories, families are free to explore the museum.

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Crocker Art Museum. Established in 1885, the Crocker Art Museum was the first public museum founded in the Western United States by judge Edwin B. Crocker who converted the family home into a museum. The museum today includes collections of California, European, Asian, African and Oceanic art, as well as special exhibits and a host of educational and art programs for people of all ages. When you bring the kids, make sure to allow plenty of time for them to explore Tot Land and then accompany them on the self-guided, children’s tour, Story Trail as a great first introduction to the world of art.

Wee Wednesdays – The month of June, only. Children ages 3-5, with their parents or caregivers, will meet in Tot Land to begin an a kids-based adventure of the museum. Groups leave at 10:30 am and 11:00 am.

Kids & Company Gallery Adventure – On 6/6, 7/19 and 8/1 kids ages 5 and older (along with a parent or guardian) will go on a fun and education art tour that is sure to pique their interest into the world of art.

Family Friday – Each Friday evening from 6/19 through 8/7, kids and parents can join in the museum courtyard for themed music and art activities the whole family can enjoy. Ok, so this doesn’t actually take place indoors, but since this is an evening event in the shaded museum courtyard, you should be able to stay cool.

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Sacramento Children’s Museum (SCM). Just four years old, this museum geared towards kids ages 0-8 is small, but mighty. In it’s 7,000 square feet, children can learn in a variety of ways, at a variety of exhibits. From baby and toddler sensory play, to dress-up, to water play and creative opportunities in the art studio, kids of all ages love this museum. There is even a new exhibit opening up soon. While the museum will be closed June 15-17, don’t fret. It’s closed for the installation of the new Noodle Forest exhibit. In the Noodle Forest, kids will experience a unique sensory experience – navigating through a dense and stimulating textural forest of pool noodles suspended from above. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Here’s some cool things the museum is offering for the summer.

Blue Star Admission – Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Sacramento Children’s Museum is offering FREE admission to the SCM for active duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserves.

Cultural Connections – Each Thursday at 10:30 am. Kids are exposed to a different country each month through a 30 minute class. First country up in June, is Sweden.

Creative Art Class – Fridays at 3:30 pm. Every week, children will get the opportunity to create using recycled materials. This class is included with admission and all materials are supplied. All ages welcome.

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Stay tuned for How to Stay Cool During a Sacramento Summer, Part 2: Staying Cool in the Sacramento Outdoors. Meanwhile, for more information on summer events happening at many other Sacramento Museums, click here.

Memorial Weekend Family Fun

May 20, 2015

Memorial Weekend in Sacramento

Memorial Day weekend in Sacramento seems to mark the acceptance of warm weather and the unofficial beginning of summer – and there’s a lot to do to celebrate this weekend! Enjoy diversity at William Land at the International Kids Festival, ride the ferris wheel and eat a corn dog at the Sacramento County Fair, head down to Old Town and Downtown to enjoy the Sacramento Music Festival, take in a baseball game or simply make a patriotic windsock at the Discovery Museum. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy!

11th Annual International Kids Festival at William Land Park – Hosted by Russian American Media, this one day event celebrates Sacramento’s diverse cultures by bringing together children and families of Eastern European, Asian Pacific, Hispanic, Indian, Native American and African-American descent for one big celebration! Festivities will include a magic show, pony rides, mini-train rides, jump houses, face painting as well as live music and entertainment. 5/23, 10am to 4pm.

Sacramento River Cats vs. Memphis Redbirds at Raley Field – Bring the family out to Raley Field throughout the weekend to watch the River Cats play the Memphis Redbirds on their home turf. Be in attendance on Friday for the Giants T-shirt giveaway and fireworks show, Saturday for princess and pirate night and fireworks, bring the dog on Sunday for Bark in the Park, and Monday for Nashville Sounds and a Memorial Day BBQ. 5/22, 5/23, 5/24, 5/25.

Sacramento County Fair at Cal Expo – Affordable and safe, the Sacramento County Fair is a great alternative to it’s big sister the California State Fair. Enjoy traditional county fair competitions, agricultural displays and animals, hands-on activities, entertainment, food and a carnival. General admission is $5, kids 12 and under are FREE. 5/21-5/25 at 10 am.

Sacramento Music Festival – The 42nd edition of the Sacramento Music Festival offers diverse musical talent for 2015. Some of the bands for this year’s Festival include Tower of Power, Everclear, Eve 6, Shawn Mullins, Gloriana, and the Latin-tinged rock and roll group, Malo. In addition to contemporary bands, fans of the Music Festival’s jazz roots can enjoy the sounds of artists like Sister Swing, the Dixie Company, Vivian Lee and Stephanie Trick. Popular acts Mumbo Gumbo, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, and Wonderbread 5 will also be returning, rounding out a diverse lineup of close to 300 sets of music performed throughout the holiday weekend. One of the highlights of the Sacramento Music Festival is the annual parade through the streets of Old Sacramento. The parade is free to the public, and a fun chance to hear live music and explore the historic district, and perhaps pick up tickets to the festival. Come out with the family and enjoy a taste of what the Sacramento Music Festival has to offer. 5/22-5/25, opening and closing times vary.

Create a Patriotic Windsock at the Discovery Museum – Take a self-guided tour of the museum’s Space Quest exhibit and Nature Discovery Room, then creat a patriotic windsock to fly at home during the Memorial Day weekend. 5/23-5/25, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Top 5 Sacramento Parks to Visit with your Family

May 19, 2015

By Heather Crivellone

With the beautiful spring weather here in Sacramento, there is no reason to stay inside to play.  We have some great parks around the Sacramento region. Many that offer unique structures to keep kids of all ages entertained and using their imagination to create afternoons full of fun and play!

I have visited countless numbers of local parks with my children and have put together a list of our favorites to share with our readers:

  1. Southside Park– aka the “Spaceship Park” at 2115 6th Street (near U), Sacramento. This 19 acre park has it all – but by far the most impressive attraction for the little ones is the spaceship! The theme of the play area is “the solar system” and there’s a fantastic tot and infant zone in addition to a merry-go-round. What’s not to love??
    Other amenities include: basketball, tennis and bocce ball courts, picnic areas, swimming and wading pools, a 3/4-mile jogging trail, outdoor amphitheater, and a fitness course.
    Parking is generally not a problem … with the exception of fair-weather Sundays, due to the crowds that attend the incredibly popular Farmer’s Market right across the street from the park. And a word to the wise about the restrooms: they are available, but they are not the cleanest of park bathrooms I have seen. Although the park itself is fabulous, the restrooms are not.Southside Park Sacramento
  2. Lincoln Estates Park (known to my kids as the “Rock Slide” Park) at 331 James Drive, Roseville.
    Hidden back in a suburban neighborhood, this little park is a gem!  The small playground is decent size for smaller kids, but the main attraction at this park is the cement slide! Bring cardboard from your recent Costco visits, some Band-Aids (just in case) and sit back to watch your family zip up and down the cement slides.
    My kids were literally on these slides for hours one day…which is why it has quickly become our local favorite hot spot. The park also backs up to some great hiking trails if you get bored with the park and slide, and there is plenty of shade to kick back and relax out of the sun.  The one major downfall to this park is that there is no bathrooms.
    Although, it is in the city of Roseville, so you know there is plenty of shopping and restaurants close by to escape to!
  3. McKinley Park located at 601 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento is probably one of the most well-known and loved parks in Sacramento.
    On any given day, you can see people jogging, playing, and feeding the ducks and even getting married at this popular park! Amenities at this park include a swimming and wading pool, community center, garden and arts center, several large group picnic areas, adventure play area, tot play area, softball and soccer fields, basketball courts, volleyball, horseshoe pits, tennis courts and a jogging trail!
    My kids love this park, especially the play structure, They can literally get lost in all the climbing play areas! They do have restrooms, so you can plan a long afternoon out and about with your family at this park.  And every 2nd Friday of the month, you can visit the park in the evening for “Food Truck Mania” and enjoy dinner out and live entertainment.  It’s a great way to spend a Friday evening with family and friends!mcKinley-pgopen1
  4. Rainbow City Park in Davis, located at the corner of W. Covell Blvd. and F Street in Downtown Davis.
    The playground consists of mostly wooden play structures in the form of castles, pirate ships, boats, sandboxes and swings… a bit more exciting than the suburban area play structures made of plastic.
    The kids have fun using their imaginations, while climbing through tires and running around the large fields of this park. They have three playgrounds at this park, along with a “skate park”, a large cement slide, and several fields for playing sports on, bathrooms, plenty of shade and picnic tables. This park is well worth the drive to Davis and is perfect for a day outing.
  5. William Land Park at 3800 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento
    By far this is our family’s favorite park in Sacramento!  Not only is it situated in beautiful Land Park, but it’s home to the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town, Funderland Amusement Park, a golf course and other amenities. This park can turn an ordinary day into a fun-filled family afternoon.
    The playground is enclosed (a huge relief for moms with multiple kids!) and consists of two play structures, sandbox with diggers, swings and even has a wading pool in the summertime (for the kids 7 and under).
    They do have public restrooms, but of course since it is a park, restroom, don’t forget to bring the hand sanitizer! There are plenty of benches and shade trees for a picnic so bring along a blanket and enjoy the day, as the kids won’t want to leave the playground!William Land Park Sacramento

Sacramento Weekend Family Fun

May 14, 2015

Weekend Family Fun in Sacramento

It’s going to be a beautiful spring weekend here in Sacramento with plenty of family friendly activities and events to choose from. Join Gunther’s Ice Cream for a huge anniversary celebration, make abalone necklaces for yourself or a loved one at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, watch sheep being sheared at Fairytale Town, and even join the Crocker for a FREE family festival full of activities and entertainment for the family. Have a good one!

Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Birding for Families. Join the Nature Center as guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society lead birdwatchers of all ages and levels on special bird walks. 5/16 at 10:30 am. Gifts from Mother Earth. Learn the skill of making abalone necklaces to create unique jewelry from Mother Earth. 5/17 at 1:30 pm

Discovery Museum Science & Space Center – Celebrate National egg month with the Discovery Museum’s Egg-o-naut Challenge. Families work to protect their egg-o-naut from museum volunteers, who will drop them off a second story balcony. Compete with other families to see whose mission is the most successful. 5/16 & 5/17, 12:30 pm to 4 pm.

Gunther’s Ice Cream – Bring the family down to the 75th anniversary of Gunther’s Ice Cream. Enjoy music, guest speakers, a magician and balloon artists, have your face painted and participate in other free activities as you stroll the closed-off street celebration with family and friends. 5/16, 12pm to 4pm.

Soil Born Farm – Enjoy a Day on the Farm at one of Sacramento’s best community farms. This year’s festivities will include live music, farm tours, cooking classes and demonstrations, kids activities, a farm stand and plant sale. 5/17, 10am to 3pm.

Fairytale Town – It’s all about farming at this weekend’s Farm, Friends and Fairytales. Join Fairytale Town for a fun-filled celebration of farm animals and agriculture! Watch Fairytale Town’s Babydoll sheep get sheared and the wool spun into yarn using an old-fashioned spinning wheel. Kids will also be able to participate in agricultural-themed activities, and visit with local area farmers. 5/16, 11am to 3pm. Sheep shearings at 11am and 1pm.

Crocker Art Museum – Join the Crocker for their annual day of art and creativity for the entire family at the FREE FamilyPalooza. Create one-of-kind art and enjoy life stage performances from some of Sacramento’s entertainment groups. 5/17, 11am to 3pm.

For more fun weekend activities, click here.

Sacramento County Fair comes to town Memorial Day Weekend!

May 13, 2015

Sac County Fair 2015By Heather Crivellone

Every summer, the California State Fair comes to town and everyone in Sacramento is lined up to experience the thrill of the rides and the taste of the fried Twinkies! With the excitement and preparation for this large event, many people forget about the Sacramento County Fair that comes to town Memorial Day weekend at Cal Expo (1600 Exposition Blvd.).

This smaller event is way more this mama’s speed when it comes to taking her young children.  I have to be honest, I have not had the desire to take my children to the State fair yet.  Every year when the fair comes to town….I purposely avoid that area of Sacramento.  Not because I don’t like the deep-fried Twinkies and the smell of the livestock auction, but because I am afraid of never being able to leave!  My kids would run off and get lost in junk-food heaven and would make me go on a few too many twirly rides!

However, this time around, with the County fair around the corner, I think it will be different and I’m actually excited to take them on their first fair adventure!

This year’s theme:  “Sacramento County Fair: Let’s Eat, Have Fun and Celebrate the Red, White and Blue” just screams summertime fun!  And what a better way to kick-start your summer than with a trip to the fair over Memorial Day weekend!

Opening day will be Thursday, May 21.  On Friday, there will be a Demolition Derby as well as “Value Day” with dollar food items between 4pm-9pm.  Saturday is “Stars and Stripes” Bull Riding.  On Sunday watch and participate in the Junior Livestock Auction.  Finally on Monday, the last day of the fair is Military Appreciation Day.

These are just some of the events taking place, along with the exhibits, carnival rides, live entertainment and all the yummy fair food, you can’t go wrong!  General admission into the fair is $5.  Children 0-12 are FREE.  Parking is $10 and of course tickets for the rides can be purchased at the fair or wristbands for the rides can be purchased online.

So if you are looking for something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend, make plans to head out to the Sacramento County Fair and make some fond family memories!

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Sacramento River Cats Host “Mommy and Me Day” at Raley Field

May 3, 2015

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“Take me out to the Ballgame, Take me out the Crowds….”  Yes- It’s baseball season and everyone here in Sacramento is cheering for the River Cats!  If you are new to town or just visiting, then check out the schedule for our minor league, Triple A affiliate team of the San Francisco Giants!  The games are always fun for the entire family and every Friday and Saturday nights you can enjoy a fireworks show after the game!

Along with the baseball games and the mascot “Dinger” coming out to surprise the kids- they also have “Mommy & Me Days” where the kids can enjoy running the bases and playing games out on the field.  The last couple of years, my kids and I have visited Raley Field during these Mommy & Me Days”, and it has been such a treat for my little 5-year-old baseball player!

Luckily for us, the Sacramento River Cats will be hosting another FREE “Mommy and Me Day” on Tuesday May 12 from 10am- 12pm (registration starts at 9am). If you have not had a chance to attend the past Mommy and Me events, we highly recommend making the time to take your little ones out to the baseball field.  Parents and their children (Under the age of 6) can spend the day out on the baseball field playing different games and participating in activities such as: tee-ball, soccer, arts and crafts, bounce houses and much more.

Last time they had Dinger the Mascot visiting with all the children, games with parachutes, balls and everything that the pre-school aged children love! There will also be free snacks and drinks provided while supplies last.

If you are planning on attending this event, please go on their website and fill out the mandatory waivers and bring them with you to the field. This will help in having to wait in the long lines…. And since we know that children are not the most patient little beings, this may help avoid a spontaneous “melt-down”.

Make sure you don’t forget your sunscreen (since you will be down on the field), camera for those great shots of your little ones “sliding” into home-plate, and plenty of energy for a fun-filled day!

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