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.
It’s officially spring! And with the longer days and warmer evenings comes the festivals. Sacramento is lucky to host festivals of all sorts; everything from boats, jazz, art, food and more. To kick off the spring frenzy, the Sacramento Food Film Festival is back in town and better than ever.
Beginning on March 19-29, you can enjoy food and food-related movies at different locations throughout the Sacramento area. Events will be held anywhere from parks to restaurants with the admission ranges from FREE to $70.
Some of the upcoming events include an “Urban Farm Bus Tour and Pop up Picnic in the Park”. Enjoying live music and short films on urban farming at McClatchy Park. They will have local food trucks with healthy food items for sale.
Other venues include the Tsakopoulos library, Frank Fats catering facility, Chocolate Fish Coffee roasters and many more. Food selections range from food trucks, local restaurants, breweries and even chocolatiers!
And for a fun family evening out, on Friday March 27 at the Clunie Community Center (601 Alhambra Blvd) the Sacramento Food Film Festival will be showing Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Dinner will be served by Selland’s Market Café (spaghetti, salad and French bread- perfect for the whole family.) And for dessert, a slice of blueberry pie, inspired by the character Violet Beauregarde – a great ending to a great meal. There will even be a “Golden Ticket” giveaway with prizes. This will be an event not to be missed!
Tickets for this event range from $15-$25. Each event is priced differently, please visit their website for information on the specific events and to purchase tickets.
3/20 – Sacramento Kings Basketball - the Sacramento Kings take on the Charlotte Bobcats at Sleep Train Arena.
3/20 – 3/21 – Shrek The Musical – Don’t miss this last opportunity to see Shrek The Musical’s this weekend at Consumnes Oaks High School. Our favorite green ogre will be joined by other fairytale character favorites likes the three little pigs, pinocchio, and the gingerbread man.
3/21 – Hands on History at Sutter’s Fort - Join Sutter’s Fort for this month’s Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier in celebration of Women’s History month. Visitors will enjoy black powder and musket demonstrations, an interactive wagon trail camp, and dutch oven cooking demonstrations.
3/21 – Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival at Fairytale Town – Enjoy FREE admission to Fairytale Town this Saturday during the Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival where kids will enjoy games, gardening activities and free play as they learn about healthy living.
3/21 – 3/22 – Discovery Weekend: Amateur Radio at the Discovery Museum – Kids can learn how to talk to people all over the world without cell phones and internet, using “ham radio.” Open Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 4:00 pm.
3/21 – 3/22 – The Reluctant Dragon at the Sutter Street Theatre – When Dragon Slayer St. George seeks to slay the town’s dragon, the peaceful, harmless creature who likes tea, and afternoon naps is befriended by a young boy who arranges a meeting between the two and a battle begins that provides an entertaining climax and a happy ending.
3/22 – Sacramento Kings Basketball - more Kings basketball as Sacramento takes on the Washington Wizards at Sleep Train Arena.
3/22 – Sketch It at the Crocker Art Museum – kids ages 5 years and older can receive drawing instruction at this drop-in program.
3/22 – Mad Science at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Join Mad Science of Sacramento Valley as they visit the Children’s Museum on Science Sunday. Kids will have the opportunity to see science experiments and enjoy hands-on activities all day long.
3/22 – Early Engineers: Rockets at the Aerospace Museum – Learn all about propulsion and chemical reactions needed to launch a rocket into space. Kids will also design and build a rocket and launch tower.
Witness the Battle Between Good and Evil in the Debut of Marvel Universe Live! at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena
Marvel Universe Live! debuted in Sacramento last night, and I’m here to tell you that it did not disappoint! Get ready to don your favorite superhero costume and head on over to Sleep Train Arena for an exciting, fast-paced, captivating, live action show that brings together 25 of your favorite superheroes and villains to battle for the cosmic cube, the source of ultimate power that everyone wants to get their hands on. The show begins with Thor, one of mythologies greatest superheroes as he destroys the cosmic cube into thousands of pieces in order to save the universe from the power source falling into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, Thor’s evil brother Loki uses the scattered fragments to clone the cube’s powers. And the battle between good and evil begins.
In this battle to save the universe, there’s fire and explosions. Amazing acrobatics as our favorite characters climb tall buildings and fly through the air. Death-defying stunts, martial art battles and motorcross races. But it’s not all special effects. Our favorite superheroes and villains stay true to their personalities with witty one-liners from our heroes Ironman and Spider-Man. Black Widow and Storm use both brains and superhuman strength to help win the battle. Wolverine shows up as his usual brusque self while at the same time trying to help Bruce Banner keep his temper from spiraling out of control – which of course, it does, and Hulk finally shows up near the end of the production – and his appearance is rather spectacular! If you are wondering what the outcome of this great battle is, rest assured that the good guys win and all the evil villains we love to hate go down. Spider-Man sums it up perfectly when he says, “good never goes out of style!” Well said, Spider-Man, well said.
The debut of Marvel Universe Live! is entertaining for sure, action-packed and even a bit ridiculous (in a good way) and If you’ve got boys (or girls) ages 3 to 15 years, I’d say they are going to love this show!
What: Marvel Universe Live!
When: March 12-15, 2015
Where: Sleep Train Arena
The World of Wonders Science museum located in Lodi is a mini- Exploratorium. Without having to travel to San Francisco and deal with the parking, crowds or high costs, you can take your younger children to this museum in downtown Lodi for an afternoon of science, play and exploration without the headaches of the big city.
This hands on museum is great for children ages preschool to adults. They can learn about the wonders of magnetism, gravity, energy, electricity and more…all while playing games and exploring with the interactive exhibits. I recently took my kids here for the day to explore and I was surprised at how long my kids were engaged and “playing” at each exhibit. They may not understand quite yet what they were doing- but it was a fun way to introduce them to the magic of science. My little guy was intrigued by the “build your own Lego race car” and watching it “race” down the ramp. We also had fun with bubbles, dominoes, Plasma Balls, Wind Tubes and much, much more. They thought they were just playing and having fun- but really, they were learning about the variables of kinetic energy, observing electric currents on meters, and experimenting with reflection and refraction while seeing how light behaves. It was a great learning experience- all while playing with my children. My daughter especially loved the “Bearded Dragon” and wanted to take him home….not so sure that this is the best first pet for our family, and I’m still trying to convince her that a goldfish is more our speed.
On Saturday, March 14 from 10am-3pm, they will be presenting their 5th annual “Reptile Roundup”. Your children will have the opportunity to learn about reptiles “up close and personal” and discover the world of reptiles through arts, crafts and other amazing activities!
The World of Wonders (WOW) Science Museum is located at N Sacramento Street in Lodi. About an hour outside of downtown Sacramento. They are open Wednesday- Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Admission into the museum in $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 2-17 and FREE for teachers
By Heather Crivellone
The Nimbus Fish Hatchery, located at 2001 Nimbus Road in Rancho Cordova is an educational, fun and FREE family outing on a beautiful spring day.
Bring your bikes and start off by taking a ride along the American River Bike Trail that runs adjacent to the hatchery. There are plenty of picturesque spots to stop off at for a snack and to let the kids explore nature along the trail (be mindful of the bikers though, it can become very busy this time of year).
If biking isn’t your “thing”, then take a stroll around the hatchery and learn about the biology of salmon, hatchery operations and river conservation through interactive exhibits in the Visitors Center. You can even watch egg- taking on the Spawning Deck through the viewing window in the visitor’s center (depending on the time of the year).
If you have little ones, then check out their toddler time every Monday and Tuesday morning at 10:30 beginning on March 23rd, a popular story time for kids ages 1-4. They will enjoy songs, stories, crafts, activities, nature exploration and even fish feeding!
Here is a schedule of some of their upcoming topics:
March 23/24: I Love Bugs!
March 30/31: In Our Garden
April 6/7: The Incredible Egg
April 13 (No Session on April 14): Spiders are Special
April 20/21: Loving Earth, Our Home
April 27/28: Frogs are Fabulous!
So pack a lunch, some bikes or a stroller and head out to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery for some fun and educational family time with your little ones. You will be amazed at the beauty and natural resources right in our own backyards!
If you are looking for some fun St. Patrick’s Day activities to do with the kids, here’s a great list. You can trap a leprechaun at the the public library, get your face painted on a St. Patrick’s Day river cruise, or see green at Shrek the Musical and much, much more. Have a good one!
3/11 – Make Your Own Pot of Gold with ArtBeast at the Sacramento Arcade Library – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a little magic! After sharing a silly St. Patrick’s Day story guests will paint some rocks gold to make their very own golden nuggets and then nestle them in a little pot under the rainbow.
3/12 – Trap a Leprechaun at the North Highlands Library – Build a leprechaun trap with a variety of recyclable materials. You will add some coins, Lucky Charms, and glitter to catch those wily leprechauns!
3/12 – Taste a Rainbow – Become a food explorer! Fruits and vegetables have many different flavors. Come explore and taste sweet, savory, and sour foods. Record your favorites in an explorer journals. There will also be a reading of Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.
3/13 – 3/21 – Shrek the Musical presented by Musical Mayhem – Join Shrek, a green swamp-dwelling ogre, on his life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land in this sensational stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks movie. Accompanied by a wise-cracking donkey, Shrek becomes an unlikely hero who fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and ultimately learns that real friendship and true love aren’t just for fairy tales. Adapted for young performers ages 8-20, this junior production of Shrek The Musical is a hilariously irreverent foray into everyone’s favorite fairy tales.
3/14 – 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Sacramento – Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors, and a variety of cultural organizations, will all join together to be a part of the 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade!
3/14 – St. Patrick’s Day River Cruise – This St. Patrick’s Day spend your afternoon on the Sacramento River. Enjoy a one hour cruise of the Sacramento River with a Face painter & Balloon Artist for the kids! See where the American and Sacramento Rivers come together to experience the wildlife and breathtaking natural beauty that this historic and important waterway has to offer.
3/15 – Seeing Green at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join a naturalist for some “catch and release” activities in the Nature Center’s pond. Explore the critters living there and see how being green makes life a little easier in the pond.
3/17 – Trap a Leprechaun at the Franklin Community Library – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making a trap to catch tricky leprechauns! During the class you’ll use coins, Lucky Charms, glitter, and recycled materials to build one-of-a-kind leprechaun traps in this free craft program hosted by the Franklin Community Library.