Today is a special day. it’s the birthday of famous children’s book author Dr. Seuss! Theodore Seuss Geisel authored some of the most beloved children’s books of all time. Forty-six of them, to be exact. Who hasn’t read Green Eggs and Ham to their kids? How about Hop on Pop or Horton Hatches the Egg? Kids and adults LOVE these books – the clever rhyming, the colorful images, and of course, the positive messages. Celebrate this wonderful man all week long here in Sacramento. Take a look at the birthday events going on around town.
3/2 – Read Across America Storytime at Barnes & Noble – Join Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Natomas for a fun family evening celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Your kids will enjoy storytime and activities.
3/3 – Read Across America: Pajama Storytime at Rio Linda Library – Let’s celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a pajama storytime in the library. Special guests will read their favorite books, we’ll serve a bedtime snack, and sing a lullaby. Jammies, slippers, and favorite stuffed animals are encouraged. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Rio Linda Library.
3/5 – Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Read-a-thon and Party at the North Highlands-Antelope Library – Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday with reading and listening to your favorite Seuss’ stories such as Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs & Ham, the Lorax and others. We will enjoy even more activities and prizes this year and don’t forget–there will be plenty of cake and Grinch Punch. Teen and parent volunteers are welcome! Free admission.
3/5 – Dr. Seuss Party at McKinley Library – Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with this Dr. Seuss-themed party! We will read a Dr. Seuss story, make slimy oobleck, create our own Dr. Seuss crafts and creations, and enjoy Dr. Seuss-themed snacks.
3/7 – A Seussical Celebration at Pocket Library – You’re invited to a special celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2). Sacramento Public Library Director Rivkah Sass (and her sidekick Abe), former City Councilmember Robbie Waters, Lt. Terrell Marshall, and award-winning author JaNay Brown-Wood will share some of their favorite stories.
3/14 – Dr. Seuss Party at Ella K. McClatchy Library – Come celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday the this Dr. Suess-themed party! We will read a Dr. Seuss story, make slimy oobleck, create our ownDr. Seuss craft and creations and enjoy Dr.Seuss-themed snacks.
There’s some fun family activities happening around Sacramento this weekend. Your little car enthusiasts can learn how to model cars out of clay at the California Automobile Museum, or learn what happens to your trash from Curby, the talking trash-bot at Roseville’s Utility Exploration Center. How about celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday at the Discovery Museum, or take in a free Dr.Suess movie, the Lorax at the Coloma Community Center. Whatever you choose to do, do it well amd have a great weekend in the river city!
2/27 – Movie Night Indoors: Lorax – Join us at the Coloma Community Center for an indoor showing of The Lorax. Free popcorn will be provided, and additional snacks will be available for purchase.
2/27 – 3/1 – Disney’s Mulan Jr. at the 24th Street Theater – Young Actors Stage presents the family-friendly musical Mulan, Jr. based on the story Fa Mulan by Robert di San Souci and the 1998 Disney film about a young girl from ancient China who takes up arms to defeat the Huns. Familiar songs include “Reflection,” and “Honor to us All.”
2/28 – Curby’s Waste-A-Palooza at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center – Drop by to find out what happens when you throw stuff away or send it down the drain. Crawl through the obstacle course, create recycled crafts, and practice talking trash in our quiz show hosted by Curby the talking trash-bot. Create your own compost bin to remind you to rethink, reuse, and recycle every day. Help grow the community art garden with Blue Line Arts by making flowers from recycled materials.
2/28 – Pre-K Clay Modeling at the California Automobile Museum – Sign-up your little ones for the this hands-on and fun Pre-K Clay Modeling Class! Kids will learn about cars from a knowledgeable and kid friendly museum teacher, and get a chance to design their own car based off what they have learned. This class is appropriate for varying age levels; and can help accommodate growing minds and to peak interests in the engineering field.
2/28 – Future Engineers Clay Modeling at the California Automobile Museum – For ages 7-13, sign-up your child for the this fun, hands-on Future Engineers Clay Modeling Class! Kids will learn about how cars were first designed using clay medium in the early days of the automobile industry and how they have continue to use design method today. Then, the kids will gain the extraordinary opportunity to create a model car out of clay and peak their interest in the engineering field, just the way the pros do it! Of course, you get to keep your model as a souvenir!
2/28 – Tools and Tales at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and enjoy some tantalizing tales of creatures, people, and nature! Get a chance to view replica Maidu artifacts made from the gifts of the earth and learn about their many uses.
2/28 – 3/1 – Suess, Science and Space at the Discovery Museum – Celebrate Dr.Seuss’ birthday at the Discovery Museum! Share the stories of Dr. Seuss with your children by bringing them in for the Family Feature story time. Crafts for kids include making a Lorax mustache to take home and wear. Have fun coloring some Dr. Seuss themed pages. Bring a camera to get some photos with the Seuss inspired photo board!
3/1 – Sacramento Comic, Toy and Anime Show – The Sacramento Comic, Toy and Anime show (Sac-Con) is Sacramento’s original Comic-Con, providing family friendly pop-culture entertainment for over 30 years. Highlights include a huge vendors room, small press zone featuring talented local artists, panels and workshops hosted by our celebrity guests, cosplay costume contest, charity raffle benefitting local charities and much more.
3/1 – Fantastic Flyers at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Meet a live raptor and learn more about these amazing hunters.
Congratulations to reader Tara Garvin! You have won 4 tickets to the upcoming Marvel Universe Live! opening show at Sleep Train Arena on March 12, 2015. Please contact us to claim your tickets. Thanks everyone!
Some real, mind-blowing, superhero action is coming to Sleep Train Arena in a few weeks. Marvel Universe Live! debuts in Sacramento March 12-15, 2015 with 25 of your favorite Marvel heroes and villains battling to save (or destroy) the universe. This action-packed show tells the original story of the battle for the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power in the Marvel Universe that pits heroes such as Spider-Man, Captain America, Hulk and others against Mighty Thor’s evil brother Loki who schemes to clone the powers and destroy the universe along the way. Your kids won’t be able to contain their excitement as they witness cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and amazing video projections that will immerse the audience into action.
Sound like fun? Well, we’ve got opening night tickets to give away to one lucky family. Here’s what you need to do to be entered into the drawing. Leave a comment telling us who your kids’ favorite Marvel character is and why. The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Good luck!
What: Marvel Universe LIVE!
When: March 12-15, 2015
Where: Sleep Train Arena
Admission: Tickets start at $20 per person
The weekend weather here in Sacramento is shaping up to be absolutely beautiful, so there will be plenty of reasons to get out of the house and do something fun with the kids. Head on down to Midtown for Hands on History at Sutter’s Fort, or go on a birding walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. If you want some peace and quiet, have the kiddos join Crocker Art Museum’s drop-in Sketch It program. Or simply, stroll along the American River Parkway. You can’t go wrong this weekend in Sacramento!
2/20 – Storytime at the Aerospace Museum – Bring your little ones to the Museum’s story time. Each Friday at 10:30 am, we will read stories about planes and space. Kids will make a craft or participate in activity and then tour the Museum.
2/21 – Birding for Families at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Bring the family out to join special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society for a birding walk. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed! Bring your binoculars or the Center can lend you a pair.
2/21 – Hands on History: By Land and By Sea at Sutter’s Fort – Through special presentations, exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities, docents will help Sutter’s Fort visitors understand the two different ways emigrants originally came to California — by land or by sea — while sharing the unique challenges they faced and what daily life was like during their journeys. A special station will be set up with pioneer clothes where visitors can select outfits and have their pictures taken with the wagon or with another pioneer setting (using their own cameras). More hands-on activities also await Fort visitors as they will help pack a wagon or trunk, make choices about what to bring along for their “journey of a lifetime,” learn how to use a nautical compass, hoist a laden barrel, weave rope, learn simple knots, create maps with available resources and even join the Navy and receive pay in Stonington Bank $2 bills.
2/21 – 2/22 – Discover Engineering NASA Weekend at the Discovery Museum – Blast off this weekend into the world of engineering! As participants in National Engineering Week, the museum is focusing on the engineering involved with space suits- past, present and future. The Family Feature focuses on EVAs (extravehicular activities) and the role space suits have in them. On Sunday NASA’s Mobile Exhibit will immerse visitors in the story of NASA and the International Space Station Program. Visitors will learn about current scientific research being done on the space station, where future exploration may take humans, and how NASA will prepare for long-duration space travel. As an added bonus, visitors will have the out-of-this-world opportunity to touch a four billion year-old moon rock!
2/22 – Owl Be Seeing You at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Uncover the mysteries of owls: what they eat, where they sleep, how they find food, and more. You will get a close-up look at a live owl!
2/22 – Sketch It at the Crocker Art Museum – Visitors (ages 5 and up) 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.
Sacramento has seen some unusually warm days this winter. In fact, we could argue that we haven’t had a winter at all! I’m sure I’m with the majority when I say that I wish we had some rain…but, we may as well enjoy the wonderful California weather while we have it. And with the mild winter and warmer weather we have had, it seems that Spring has officially “sprung” here in the Sacramento Valley!
I absolutely Love, Love, Love the spring time. With blossoms on the trees, birds starting to build their nests and daffodils in bloom, it’s just about the most beautiful time of year! And with this warmer weather, make sure you don’t miss out on one of the more spectacular scenes in Northern California. Daffodil Hill (also known as McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill Ranch). Located in Amador County, just about an hour east of Sacramento, from mid-March through mid-April, Daffodil Hill explodes with thousands of blooms, attracting visitors from around the world. This beautiful area is home to over 300,000 bulbs, including 300 varieties of daffodils and a large number of other varieties of bulbs and flowers. They open when 25% of the flowers are in bloom, which is typically mid to late March, but this year the flowers are already in bloom and they will have their first official opening day on Monday, February 23. Before planning your visit, make sure to call their hotline (209) 296-7048 to find out for sure if they are open when you will be visiting. The farm is open from 10am-4pm and they have a small BBQ deli across the street if you would like to purchase lunch ,or, if you are like me, then you will pack a picnic to enjoy under one of the many shade trees.
If you haven’t been to Amador County, they have fantastic wineries and plenty of picnic areas. Wineries may not be on the top of your list of places to take kids, but many of them do have nice picnic areas and the scenery really is just too beautiful to pass up if you are in the area.
Another fun and picturesque place to visit in the area is Amador Flower Farm and Nursery. You can picnic on their grounds, visit the gardens and observe the hundreds of perennials, shrubs and vines they have to offer. My kids don’t really have the patience to explore the gardens with me quite yet, but after some hiking, biking and possibly exploring the local gold mines, I’m sure I can wear them out enough to possibly sneak into my favorite wineries (Karmere and Deaver to name a few). Spring is absolutely beautiful in Amador, and if you are searching for a fun day trip, this is one worth taking!
Everyone is always looking for a great deal- and as moms, we are always trying to find ways to save on our monthly budget. Sometimes going out on “date night” is just not an option. However, there are quite a few local restaurants that offer “Kids Eat Free” and/or very reduced prices for our little ones. If you are looking for a kid-friendly place to have your next family night out- take a look at our “Kids Eat Free” page. This page is always a work in progress so, if you happen to know of your favorite local eatery that holds one of these promotions, please let us know. Currently I have compiled a list of some of our family favorites:
33rd Street Bistro
3301 Folsom Blvd. East Sacramento
Great food for “date night” and even better when you don’t have to get a sitter! Monday nights, kids eat FREE with paying adults!
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Locations throughout Sacramento, Dickey’s serves up some authentic BBQ… from Ribs, brisket, tri tip to chicken- there is something for every “meat lover” in your family! And on Sunday- Kids eat free!! And the best part…. every meal comes with a “make your own” soft serve ice cream cone!
Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant
6049 Madison Avenue Carmichael
Authentic Mexican food at great prices! And on Sundays, with the purchase of an adult meal, kids eat for only .99 cents!
Strings Italian Café
4848 Madison Avenue, Sacramento
Who doesn’t love Italian?? And when it’s free… even better! Kids eat free on Sunday and Monday evenings with a paying adult!
2316 Watt Avenue, Sacramento
Great selections to choose from burgers, salads, pastas and more. The kids can eat for free all day on Wednesdays (with an Adult entree purchased). As a mom, I love that they have the option to substitute the fries for carrot and celery sticks.
This is just some of our family favorites that offer Free kids meals. You can check out the entire list on our “Kids Eat Free” link. As always, this is a work in progress as restaurants end or change their promotions. Please feel free to let us know of any changes or additions.