Mickey and Minnie will soon be back at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena hosting a new and exciting Disney Princess event! Join your favorites – Rapunzel, Tiana, Snow White and Cinderella – for Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream, October 21-24, 2015.
Relive memorable moments from Tangled, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and The Princess and the Frog as world-class skaters bring the romance, humor and adventure of your favorite Disney films to life on the ice. Watch as Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus embark on an adventurous Journey. See how Snow White escapes from the Evil Queen in search of true love. You’ll fall in love with Cinderella all over again as she meets Prince Charming for the first time. And lastly, you’ll have the time of your life as you boogie to the beat of the bayou in a magical journey that tells the story of Princess Tiana and her Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog.
When: October 21-24, 2015
Where: Sleep Train Arena
Tickets: Kids tickets are $10 for all shows; Adult tickets start at $17, click here to purchase
Giveaway Details: We have got a pack of 4 tickets (2 adults, 2 children) for opening night to give away to one of our lucky readers. To be eligible, just answer this trivia question in the comment section below by 5pm on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015: What year did Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs open in theaters for the first time? A winner will be randomly chosen on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Good luck!
It’s that time of year again…when the ghosts and goblins come out of hiding and everyone is sipping on their pumpkin spiced lattes. October is my favorite month and our family absolutely loves this time of year- the chill in the air, the leaves changing color, the caramel apples and the pumpkins galore! Visiting new pumpkin patches and checking out the scarecrows, decorations, hay stacks, mazes and gourds is always a treat. If you are searching for a place to take the kids for some fall fun, check out this list of local pumpkin patches and try to hit up one or a couple of them for some cheap family entertainment.
Dave’s Pumpkin Patch– 3010 Burrows Ave, West Sacramento
Open September 26- October 31
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 10am- dusk, Fri-Sat: 10am-9pm
*Zip line, Jumping Pillow, Pumpkin Princess Castle, Corn Boxes, Hay Rides, Pony Rides, Hay Maze, Corn Maze General Admission $7 Monday-Friday. $12 Saturday and Sunday. Haunted Corn Maze $15 General Admission and $25 VIP
The Pumpkin Farm– 7736 Old Auburn Blvd. Citrus Heights
Opening October 2-31
Hours: 9am-6pm (Closed Mondays)
*Haunted Barn, Farm Zoo, Hay rides, Tower Slides, Corn Maze, Train Ride, Go-Kart Trains, Jumping Castle
Kids Farm Pass $10, Adult Farm Pass $8.
Bastiao Farms Goblin Gardens– 3845 El Centro Rd, Sacramento/Natomas
Opening October 1-31
Hours: 10am-7pm 7 days a week **Closed on Oct 3 and Oct 6
*Corn Maze, Hay Bale Pyramid, Hay Maze, Slides, Hayrides, Toddler Pedal Car Track, Sunflower Pit, Corn Canon
Admission is $7 (Kids 2 and under are free).
Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm– 1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland
Open September 19- November 1
Hours: 9am-7pm weekdays, 9am-8pm weekends
*Hay Rides, Train rides, Coyote Mountain, Pig Races, Play areas, Petting Zoo
Admission is free, Parking is Free during the week and on the weekends it’s $10-15.
Additional activities have a small fee.
Fog Willow– 11011 Cecatra Drive, Wilton
Open October 1-31
Hours: Monday- Friday; 11:30-6pm Saturday and Sunday; 9:30am-6pm
*Petting Zoo, Adventure Course, Hay Rides, BBQ
Admission is $4 for persons age 4 and older.
Roemer Pumpkin Patch– 6851 Hedge Avenue, Sacramento
Open through October 31
Hours: Tuesday- Friday 2pm-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm
* Corn Maze, Hay Rides, Hay Maze
I hope this helps you out as a little guide for some of our local pumpkin patches. This isn’t a complete list- but, hopefully enough to get you started and on your search for the “Great Pumpkin
By Heather Crivellone
It’s a great weekend to celebrate the beginning of Fall. Join us at Capitol Mall for the 3rd Annual Farm-to-Fork Festival, or head to West Sacramento for Talk Like a Pirate Day. At William Land Park you’ll find Red Panda Day a the Sacramento Zoo, as well as free admission to Fairytale Town for the Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival. Check out our list of even more fun weekend activities below. Happy Fall!
Red Panda Day at the Sacramento Zoo – Join for an interactive and educational event about Red Panda awareness and conservation. Kids and adults can become Red Panda Rangers after stopping at the various Red Panda Stations and completing the Panda activities. Other stations include face painting and an opportunity to decorate your own flag that will be added to the ones currently surrounding the Red Panda exhibit. 9/26
Talk Like a Pirate Day – Join the fun and adventure of Talk Like A Pirate Day. Meet local area pirates and mermaids, play games, go to Pyrate Skool, take photos with real pirates, shop, eat, and enjoy all the while supporting the Yolo County Children’s Alliance. There will be live music by The Bucklers, live cannons, merchants, and belly dancing. 9/26
3rd Annual Farm-to-Fork Festival – The free festival hosted on the city’s iconic Capitol Mall boasts a delicious selection of Farm-to-Fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches, and more
Family Fest at Roseville Vernon Street Town Square – Come for a day of family fun at the 3rd annual Family Fest event. Enjoy a truck exploration zone, food trucks, a kids’ zone, and over 50 family-friendly vendors including sports organizations, places to go, and family services. There were stage performances presented by youth groups
Plants with Purpose at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Discover how the first Californians used only what the land provided for everyday life. Learn uses of many plants such as tule, willow, and other native plants that provided food, medicines, baskets, and other necessities. 9/26
Mega Family Carnival – The Mega Family Carnival is a celebration of the best products, services, and entertainment for families. This true community event offers unmatched face-to-face interaction between family product and service providers and thousands of moms, dads, expectant parents, grandparents, teens, and kids. The Carnival will include sections for infancy, parties, entertainment, household items, family resources, a vendor marketplace, and a family talent showcase. Entertainment at the carnival is includes bounce houses, face painters, performances by a magician, family fun, and more. 9/26
Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival and Fairytale Town – It’s Fairytale Town’s 15th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival, the largest early childhood literacy event in the Sacramento. You’ll hear back-to-back readings and presentations from authors and illustrators,then shop at the official bookseller, Time Tested Books booth, to purchase your favorite story. Authors and illustrators will be available to sign books immediately following their presentations. The festival will also feature storytelling performances, hands-on activities, a Scholastic book fair and more. Admission to this two-day festival is free. 9/26 – 9/27
International Space Station Fun at the Discovery Museum – Are you ready to experience some of the toys and treats of the International Space Station (ISS)? If so, head to the Discovery Museum this weekend to play some of the games astronauts play in space. Children can craft a toy, just like ones experimented with on the ISS. You can also taste a treat that astronauts enjoy.
Wasps and Gall at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Explore the mysteries of galls and take a walk in the Nature Area.
Anyone with kids knows that planning a birthday party can become a major event. Whatever happened to the days when we made a cake with help from Betty Crocker, blew up some balloons and called it “Happy Birthday”. Today, it seems that every birthday party seems to get a little bigger and more extravagant. My kids know that our parties consist of backyard BBQ’s and cupcakes but, we have been to some outrageously fun birthdays in the past few years.
Here in the Sacramento area , we have everything from magical tea parties at places like Dash of Panache, to science parties at the Discovery Museum and even American Ninja Warrior parties! Yes, we recently had the opportunity to “Beat the Wall” and show off our athletic prowess at Free Flow Academy during an American Ninja Warrior birthday!
Fairytale Town always hosts fun events for those younger children, and if you have pre-teens and up, then let them try their racing abilities at K-1 Speedway.
Visit our birthday party page for ideas on where to host your next event, or for ideas for those cold and rainy Saturday afternoons that our in our future.
By Heather Crivellone
Fairytale Town Hosts “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” Author Laura Numeroff at the 15th Annual Children’s Book Festival
Fairytale Town celebrates its 15th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival, the largest early childhood literacy event in Sacramento with back-to-back readings and presentations from authors and illustrators on the Mother Goose Stage. Who’s going to be there, you ask? Well, if you’ve got children, it’s likely that you can recite from memory, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The author of this beloved children’s book, Laura Numeroff, will be at Fairytale Town this weekend to entertain fans and introduce her latest book, Raising a Hero, scheduled to be released on Oct. 15, 2015.
Come join the fun, for FREE! In addition to author readings and autographs, children will be able to shop at Fairytale Town’s official bookseller booth, Time Tested Books, enjoy two musical storytelling presentations, “Peter and the Wolf”, and “Rhythms to Stay, Rhythms to Play”, and experience hands-on literacy activities throughout the entire weekend.
Giveaway: If you would like a chance to win a signed copy of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and a Fairytale Town prize pack (park admission for 4, magic key and plush Humpty Dumpty doll), check out the other authors who will be at the festival, and then come back here and tell us which author your kids would love to hear in person. A random drawing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.
When: Sept. 26 & 27, 2015, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Fairytale Town
Photo Credit: T. Leonhardt
By Guest Blogger Ida Christian
The circus of my childhood was a big red and yellow striped tent that would appear like magic in an empty field one day, and then vanish a few weeks later, leaving the field somehow emptier than it was before they came. Times have changed, and so has the circus – although, not entirely. All of my favorite acts were still being performed, in addition to some new and exciting favorites with the when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus rolled into town.
When my daughter and I pulled into our parking spot at Sacramento’s Sleep train arena, there was no outward sign that we had arrived at the circus. But once we made it inside it was a different story. Lights, music and vendors in amusing costumes sold circus treats and bobbles galore.
After finding our seats, we headed straight down to the pre-show event where you could dress up in real circus costumes, try your hand at various fun activities and meet the clowns and other performers. All were friendly and they ended the activities with a dance act that we were invited to participate in.
Back in our seats as the show began, we were fantastically entertained and my 8-year-old was appropriately happy and excited with each new act. This was my first time seeing the Ringling Brothers and unlike the circus I knew as a child, they had incorporated song and dance into the show. It was energetic and wild and very fun.
Feeling nostalgic, I remembered that as a child, I wanted to grow up to be a tight rope-walking circus ballerina – never mind that I had the coordination of a toddler. Despite the fact that my hopes and dreams have since changed, I was very happy to see that a tight rope act was still a part of the circus. There were also a lot of new things to see. We were pleasantly surprised to see camels as part of the show and my daughter’s favorite part of the evening was watching as they shot a person out of a canon. Apparently not even the tigers could top that.
Circus EXTREME performs at Sacramento Sleep Train Arena through Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.
This weekend Sacramento has some great events going on. Head over to Sleep Train Arena for some captivating circus acts, watch Big Hero 6 in Freemont Park, pan for gold at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, or let the kids experience all kinds of big trucks at Touch a Truck in Rescue. Have a great weekend in Sacramento!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Circus XTREME – The circus rolls in to Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento with a brand-new show people of all ages. You’ll witness extraordinary animal performances, captivating clown escapades, and daring high-wire acts, with contemporary surprises and thrills to make the circus-going experience memorably unique. 9/17 – 9/20
Movie in Freemont Park: Big Hero 6 – Come on down to Fremont Park on Friday night for Movie in Fremont Park showing of Big Hero 6. There will be live music, a food truck and a face painting station before the event. 9/18, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Buccaneer Ball – Dance the night away at the Sacramento Children’s Museum’s second annual mother-son dance, the Buccaneer Ball. Everyone is welcome: dads, daughters, grandparents, and more. Pirate dress-up is encouraged and desserts and light refreshments will be served. 9/19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Birding for Families – Bring the family out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and join special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society for a birding walk. Birdwatchers of all levels welcome! Bring your binoculars or the Center can lend you a pair. 9/19, 10:30 am to noon.
Touch a Truck at Foothills United Methodist Church – Bring the family down to United Methodist Church in Rescue on Saturday to see, touch and feel all kinds of trucks. Kids can explore construction, recreational, emergency, classic and antique vehicles, enjoy a “fun zone” that includes a petting zoo, face painting, cake walk games, live entertainment and food. While admission is free, some activities require tickets. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive 2 free tickets. 9/19, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Fall Foliage Fun at the Discovery Museum – Welcome fall by trekking around the Museum grounds exploring a variety of trees. Remember the trees you saw by making leaf rubbings in the classroom. Families with children (Ages 12 and under) can make a leaf headband to celebrate the autumn equinox (September 23). 9/19 – 9/20, 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Eureka – Pan for gold at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Get your hands on a pan and catch gold fever. Learn about some of the local Gold Rush history as you learn how to pan for gold like the pioneers. 9/20
Kids and Company Gallery Adventure Tour – Wildly amusing and surprisingly educational, this Crocker Art Museum tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children (Ages 5+) and the adults that tag along with them, in a fun and playful manner.