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Discover the Dinosaurs next weekend at Cal Expo!

April 17, 2015

untitledBy Heather Crivellone

Does your child dream of becoming a Paleontologist when he or she grows up?  Do they know the difference between a T-Rex and a Triceratops?  Or if they are like my kids- they just sound like a noisy dinosaurs in the morning!

Next weekend, your family can learn about all things prehistoric related at “Discover the Dinosaurs” as this amazing exhibit comes to life at Cal Expo. On April 25 and 26, Cal Expo will transform into a land before time with exhibits showcasing the amazing dinosaurs of the past.
“The goal of Discover the Dinosaurs is to create a fun environment of learning and activity that explores the wonderment and mystery of our pre-historic past. Once you enter through the stone arch, the adventure begins that is full of smiles, amazement and fun.”

Life like exhibits with sight, sound and motion along with hands on exhibits, will allow your family to really “dig in” and learn about these great dinosaurs of the past. Kids will enjoy activities such as:  Dino Dig (to discover fossils), Dino Theater (to watch educational movies), Dinosaur Rides (they can ride on the back of a T-Rex!), Gem and Fossil Painting, Bounce Houses and even Mini Golf!

Tickets are on sale at their website.  Adults that are ages 13 and up are $20 for an all-day ticket.  Children ages 2-12 are $25 for an all-day ticket.  Seniors $18.

This will be an event not to be missed!  Kids of all ages will enjoy learning about the dinosaurs and will have fun doing it.

Earth Day Celebrations in Sacramento

April 13, 2015

earthBy Heather Crivellone

Earth Day on April 22 is a day when millions of people worldwide come together and show support for environmental protection.  This date marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.  Throughout the month of April, you can find events around Sacramento to help support and “do your part” in celebrating our precious Earth.  And what a wonderful gift to give your children, but a better understanding of how we each take a part in protecting and preserving our planet!

This Saturday, April 19, is the Annual Sacramento Earth Day Festival at Southside Park from 11am-4pm.  There will be over 180 exhibitors on site with practical information for saving money, living healthier and protecting the environment!  With entertainment, live music and food vendors all at one of the most popular Sacramento parks…this is an event not to be missed.

West Sacramento will also host an Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 25.  From 10am-2pm at the West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria, families can learn about the importance of “going green” while enjoying live music, activities for kids, local food vendors and more!

Sacramento Children’s Museum in Rancho Cordova (2701 Prospect Park) will also be hosting an event for the kids to have an opportunity to learn Earth-friendly lessons through interactive activities on April 22.  There will be free activities outside from 11 am to 1 pm, and free admission for children all day inside!

This is a great way to get your children involved in helping to make a difference in our world and I hope each and every one of you will take a part in one of these activities or any of the other activities that may be happening in your community during this month.

Weekend Family Fun

April 10, 2015

Sacramento activities for familiesThe weather in Sacramento is going to be perfect this weekend, so make sure you head outside to enjoy one of many outdoor activities and events. How about a train ride along the river? Or celebrate Creek Week at Arcade Creek? How about exploring the Fishhead Lake Mitigation Wetlands? Last but not least, take in a River Cats game at Raley Field. Parking is free this year! Have a great weekend!

4/11 – 4/12 – Excursion Train Rides along the River – hop on board the Sacramento Southern Railroad for a picturesque train ride along the Sacramento River. Trains run every hour, on the hour, between 11am and 4 pm, weather permitting.

4/11 – 4/12 – Festival for Kids at Cal Expo – bring the kids out to Cal Expo this weekend to for some great family events and activities. Kids will have the opportunity to take pictures with their favorite cartoon characters like Spongebob or Dora the Explorer. Learn about sporting activities, meet with law enforcement and learn what to do in emergencies, be entertained by jugglers, magicians and animals. You won’t want to miss out on this great event!

4/11 – 4/12 – Yuri’s Weekend at the Discovery Museum – join in on the international celebration of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. Learn all about Yuri, make a Yuri finger puppet, and pretend to be astronauts in the space rocket play area.

4/11 – Art Blast at the Crocker Art Museum – bring your kids, ages 7 to 12, to the Crocker for their monthly activity meant to inspire children to be creative and produce a memorable work of art. Drop in any time between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.

4/11 – Bufferlands Birds and Blooms Tour – come on out to the Fishhead Lake Mitigation Wetlands for a free tour of the resident waterfowl, songbirds, raptors and wildflowers. Visitors will receive a packet of native wildflower seeds.

4/11 – Arcade Creek Exploration – follow along with biologists as they guide visitors through the creek and explore the wildlife that live there. Help collect live animals from the Arcade Creek and Del Paso Regional Park and learn to identify them using scientific tools.

4/11 – Squeaky Clean Comedy – this improv show is perfect for people of all ages. Filled with spontaneity, quick wit and humor, this interactive night of laughs shows that you don’t need to use profanity to be funny.

4/12 – Living in Water at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – celebrate Creek Week by using catch and release activities to get a close-up look at some local pond animals. You’ll learn about the variety of water insects hidden in our local waterways.

4/12 – Sunday Funday with the Sacramento River Cats – Watch as Sacramento’s favorite baseball team, the River Cats take on the Salt Lake Bees on this Sunday Funday at Raley Field. Face painters and balloon artists will be available pre-game, while kids will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game.

 

5 Spring Break Activities to Enjoy with your Family

April 8, 2015

For many Sacramento kids, they are enjoying the week off of school this week for spring break.  If you are like most of the parents I have talked to, then you are counting down the days until school is back in session!

If you are trying to find some fun and inexpensive things to keep your kids busy this week, I have compiled a list of our favorite “to do’s” during the holiday week.

  1. Hiking at Hidden Falls Regional Park in Auburn.   Located at 7587 Mears Place in Auburn, this regional park is host to 221 acres of natural trails, creeks, wildlife and exploration.  They have several trails that you can choose from, even those that are suitable for young children.
  2.  Lace up your skates and hit one of our local Roller Skating Rinks.  Admission and times vary, but we have several in the area that have been offering special “Spring Break” sessions and rates.   We have Roller King in Roseville, Sunrise Rollerland in Citrus Heights, The Rink in Rancho Cordova and Foothills Skate in Sacramento.
  3. Enjoy a movie at the new Studio Movie Grill located in Rocklin.  This new movie theater has everyone excited… food, drinks and a movie all in one spot!  Order your tickets online and choose your seats ahead of time.  Once you arrive, you are greeted by your server who will show you to your “table” and you can choose from appetizers, salads, main courses and more.   If you want to skip the meal and just go for the movie theater popcorn, it still comes directly to your seat – so you can sit back and just enjoy the film.
  4. Enjoy a movie at the Drive-ins.  Sacramento West Wind Drive Ins are located in Rancho Cordova.  And on Thursday, April 16 – everyone can enjoy a FREE MOVIE NIGHT, along with $1.00 Nachos, live music and kids’ activities.  It will be a fun family evening the kids will surely remember!
  5. Enjoy the afternoon out playing a round (or 2) of mini golf.  Scandia Family Fun Center is located at 5070 Hillsdale Blvd, in Sacramento (off of Business 80).  Enjoy golf, bumper cars, rides, arcade games and much more.   Roseville Golfland-Sunsplash, located at 1893 Taylor Rd. in Roseville has golf, arcades, bumper cars, laser tag and more.  It’s a family favorite of many and you can spend an entire day just playing and making great family memories at one of these fun centers.

Hopefully this list helps you think of some ideas to do with your kids during the spring break, or just for a fun weekend outing.  Have fun and keep playing… they are only young once, enjoy these moments!

Weekend Fun for Sacramento Families

April 2, 2015

Easter Weekend Activities in SacramentoIt’s going to be a busy weekend here in Sacramento with Easter activities and events galore. However, there are still a few other fun things going on around town…like Party for the Planet at the Sacramento Zoo, or the Wildflower Walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. And of course, if you are looking for Easter events, scroll to the bottom of the page for a link to our list. Have fun and enjoy the beautiful weather!

4/3 – 4/4 – Nano Days at the Discovery Museum – Join Sacramento’s Discovery Museum for a nano-celebration education kids through programs about nanoscale science and engineering, at how it affects our future. There will be plenty of hands-on activities to help your kids learn and have fun at the same time!

4/4 – Earth Fest: Party for the Planet at the Sacramento Zoo – come to the Sacramento Zoo and learn how to take care of our planet Earth. Find out what you can do to when you meet up with environmental, wildlife and conservation groups, visit the edZOOcation stations and participate in storytelling activities. Meet Gus the green tree frog when you stop by the recycle rummage sale. And of course, don’t forget to visit your favorite animal exhibits!

4/4 – Willy Wonka at the 24th Street Theatre – You won’t want to miss Runaway Stage’s adventurous adaptation of the classic tale Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Experience the wonders of the candy factory with Charlie Bucket and the other kids who have won the golden ticket that sends them on a tour of this most fantastical place. The production features original songs from the 1971 movie.

4/5 – Wildflower Walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – join the Sacramento’s nature center for a chance to explore nature’s spring wildflower blooms along the American River.

4/5 – Hornblower Easter River Cruise – how often do your kids get to hang out with the Easter Bunny for a whole hour? Well, hop on board the Hornblower for a 1-hour cruise with the famous bunny himself as you cruise the Sacramento River on Easter Sunday. While the Easter Bunny is sure to be the grand attraction, there will also be food and drink available as well as activities for the kids. Oh, and dont’ forget about the spectacular river views!

For other Easter events happening this weekend, click here.

 

Easter Events around Town

March 27, 2015

imagesBy Heather Crivellone

Spring has sprung and the Easter Bunny is around the corner!  If you are looking for some fun and inexpensive entertainment for your children- then check out some of the local Egg Hunts and festivals that are going on around town.

At Fairytale Town on April 4th and 5th, with the price of admission your family can join in on the “Eggstravaganza”.  The weekend will be full of egg hunts, prizes, spring themed arts and crafts and more!  Bring a basket and join in on the daily egg hunts that will be held at 12, 1 and 2pm.

On March 27-29 at Funderland, join other families at their annual Easter Bash.  Egg hunts will be going on every 30 minutes at the top and bottom of the hour ($3 for the hunt), the Easter Bunny and Happy the Squirrel will be on site to visit with the kids, Free Crafts throughout the park and vendors will be onsite for any shopping needs.   If you bring in a new game or art supplies to donate to the River Oak Center for Children, you will receive FREE ride tickets to enjoy in the park.

The Sacramento River Train will be hosting their Easter Egg Express on March 28, 29 and April 4, 5. This kid friendly train ride will last approximately 3 hours and will have entertainment along the way, and they will enjoy an Easter egg hunt in the park- the Easter bunny may even make an appearance!

On April 4 at 9:30am, join locals at William Curtis Park for a fun morning starting off with a Pajama Parade that leads to the Sierra 2 Center for some Easter crafts and an egg hunt!

The “World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt” will be hosted on April 4 at the State Capitol.  There will be over a half million eggs hidden around the Capitol grounds, bounce houses, face painting, a petting zoo and of course the Easter Bunny!

This is just a small list of what is going on around the city-  as you can see, we have plenty to choose from and enough to keep our kids happy and hunting this Easter Season!

 

The World’s Largest Egg Hunt will be at the California State Capitol on April 4!

March 24, 2015

imagesBy Heather Crivellone

Sacramento is going to break the record this year- the Guinness World Record of Easter Egg Hunts that is!  Blue Heart International is hosting a giant Easter egg hunt at the California State Capitol on Saturday, April 4th.  With over a half million eggs being hidden around the Capitol grounds, you can be sure that the Easter Bunny will be on site to make sure your children are loaded up with prizes and fun!

The Easter Bunny will be available for photo opportunities, along with bounce houses, face painting, petting zoos and of course the largest Easter egg hunt around!

This event is FREE, but you can purchase a VIP egg hunt with special prizes and different VIP eggs.   An additional fee will be charged for the bounce houses and face painting, but proceeds from this event will go towards Blue Heart International, a non-profit organization that helps provide for survivors of human trafficking. To learn more about this organization visit their website.

The free egg hunt start times are as follows: Ages 0-3:  9:30am at the steps of the Capitol Ages 4-6:  10:00am at the steps of the Capitol VIP Egg Hunt:  10:30am Ages 7-9:  11:00am on Capitol Mall Parkway Ages 10 and up:  11:30am on Capitol Mall Parkway

Things to consider when visiting this event: Bring your own basket to gather the eggs. Bring cash for the “extra” fun. Arrive early to find parking. Parking can be found in the garages across the street from the Capitol at City Hall Garage (10th & I or 11th & I) Capitol Garage (10th & L)

Tower Bridge Garage (Front & Capitol Mall).

You won’t want to miss this event! The kids will have a great time and if you choose to do the “VIP Hunt”- the money goes to a great charity.

Happy Hunting!

 

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