Book Giveaway: 1,001 Things to do in Sacramento with Kids

Those of us who live in Sacramento or visit frequently know that there are all kinds of fun things to do with kids of all ages. But did you know that someone has actually counted? According to local author Sabrina Nishijama, there are at least a thousand (seriously, one-thousand) things to do with your kiddos in and around Sacramento, and she’s listed them in her new, aptly named book, 1,001 Things to do in Sacramento with Kids.

No doubt you know about the toy train exhibit at the California State Railroad Museum, or Fairytale Town’s all-you-can-eat ice cream event (a Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy). But did you know that you can see actual bones from an Apatosaurus at one of the best college natural history museum’s in the nation? Or get a basket-weaving demonstration at the California State Indian Museum? How about taking a beginner fly-fishing class in the American River or going on a bat tour in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area? Not so adventurous? Then The Elegant Dollhouse and immerse yourselves in a doll’s world or indulge in some mini donuts in Old Sacramento. Whatever the age, gender, interests of your child or children, I guarantee that you will find new and exciting things to do in this book – things you’ve never done before or even thought of.

You are also going to want to own this book. It will become your go-to, kid activity guide that’ll you’ll keep in your purse, car or even back pocket. And we’ve got a copy to give away to one lucky reader. Interested?

For a chance to win Sabrina Nashijima’s 1,001 Things to do in Sacramento with Kids, tell us in the comment section below your child’s favorite things to do in Sacramento. The more unique and obscure, the better! Leave your comment no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. A winner will be chosen on Thursday, April 19, 2018. One entry per person, please.

You can purchase the book online here, and here. It is also available at local Barnes & Noble book sellers. You can also subscribe to Nishijima’s website and weekly newsletter Sactown Kids.

17 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: 1,001 Things to do in Sacramento with Kids

  1. The Sacramento County Fair and the California State Fair are huge events the kids and the entire family looks forward to every year. William Land Park with the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town and Funderland are awesome places to take the kids, too. The annual trip to Apple Hill for apple pie, apple donuts and picking out a pumpkin is always an October MUST do!

    Our family enjoys taking day trips and go nature hikes. The kids like Gibson Ranch and Effie Yeaw Nature Center, as well as going on vernal pool tours at Mather with Sacramento Splash to see the vernal pool critters and vernal pool bloom. Exploring the Gold Country is another family favorite. Empire Mine and South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport have great visitor centers and hiking trails. Our family enjoys taking day trips and go nature hikes.

  2. Welllll, my son is only 1.5, but he already loves the Folsom Sanctuary Zoo….almost as much as he loves watching and playing with his dollar store pin wheels in the backyard.

  3. We are moving to Sacramento at the end of May from Rochester, NY. I can’t wait to explore the city! I’m going to have to get my hands on one of these books!

  4. We keep our trunk full of outdoor gear (kites, balls, picnic blankets) because we never know when we’ll come across a great new park that we just have to explore. Sacramento is amazing for all of its green space. You’re never too far from an open field or a fun playground.

    • Congratulations, Farrah! Your name was chosen as the winner to receive the book 1,001 Things to do in Sacramento with Kids! Please contact us by 5pm on Monday, April 22, 2018 to claim your book.

      • That is so exciting! Thank you very much! I’m looking forward to reading it and learning more about Sac. 🙂

  5. We love Theater of Lights during the winter holiday season. It is a free event in Old Sacramento held in the evening where the kids can see a rendition of “Twas a Night Before Christmas” with lots of lights, color, and a surprise visit from Santa. Hot chocolate is available at Steamers (at cost) and there are MANY last minute shopping opportunities. Santa is also available at the Eagle Theater (free – photos are at a cost) and the Polar Express is available at a cost (and sells out fast). They also have horse carriage rides (at a cost). Well worth a night out in late November/December.

  6. There are so many things to do, but my kids love the train museum and riding the train along the Sacramento River. Plus there are so many bike trails. We love riding our bikes.

  7. We just love going to the Davis Farmers Market on Saturdays to ride on the human-powered vintage Merry Go Round there. It’s so charming! A real person makes the ride turn around by peddling a bicycle hooked up to it. Not to mention all the farm fresh fruit and veggies (yum!)

  8. When it’s cold or rainy, we tend to head over to Wacky Tacky for some good exercise, but on nice days, heading over to a local park for a bike ride or to play on the swings is the best. In the dead of summer, when the days are hot, we head over to the water park at Swanston Park.

  9. We love everything from Roller Skating at Sunrise Rollerland to seeing whats new at the zoos in town to exploring Effie Yeaw’s nature center and trails… Would love to find out about more fun things to do around town!

  10. One of the things my kids loved most was visiting Moaning Caverns. They liked the big cave and the zip lines that even 3 years old can do. It is a super fun place to visit.
    Locally my kids love to go to Track Seven in Natomas and play outside while we picnic and drink beer.

  11. Previously mentioned…my girls LOVE the Bat Walk and Talk at the Yolo Bypass, they also like the bat house building class they have. They enjoy movies in the park, the Annual Reptile Show & the State Fair.

  12. We really enjoy being outside and exploring! So anything from renting kayaks on Folsom lake, bike riding, hiking to Hidden Falls, and going back in time in the old sacramento school house! We would love to find more places to explore in our new area we call home!

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