Chuck E. Cheese Debuts a New Pizza Recipe

August 2, 2011 by

Let me be completely up-front in saying that before I became a parent I vowed to never take my child to Chuck E. Cheese, let alone (gasp!) host one of my child’s birthday parties there. Now that my son has celebrated two birthdays with unnecessarily extravagant parties and the third will occur while I am 8 months pregnant with child number two, my opinion has changed a bit. I totally get the appeal of the Chuck E. Cheese birthdays. I do. Will I host a birthday party there? Maybe not. Will I attend one? Heck yes. And enjoy the pizza!

You may or may not have heard that Chuck E. Cheese has upgraded its pizza recipe for the first time in 30 years. Our little East Sac family got the opportunity to try out the new recipe and review our local Chuck E. Cheese on Arden Way. Since the hype is about the pizza, we’ll start there. We ordered the barbecue chicken (minus the onions and bell peppers) and the cheese pizza. The kids (ages 2, 3, and 9) happily ate the cheese with not much comment or complaint. I think pizza is pizza when you’re a kid, isn’t it? The barbecue chicken was surprisingly good. The chicken was a bit sparse (my fellow ESM companion and I fought over the “good” slice) but tasty and the crust was actually the highlight! It was delicious on its own and had just the right thickness and crispness. I was really glad I opted to also get the “all you can eat” salad bar. That was my favorite part of the whole experience. Every item was fresh, stocked, and gobbled up by my 2-year-old. He ate more baby corn, kidney beans and beets than he did cheese pizza.

As far as the rest of our experience at Chuck E. Cheese goes… here are the points we felt were important to mention:

  • You do not want to go on a Sunday afternoon, if you can avoid it. The noise level… OH. MY. And small children screaming and running wild everywhere. Everywhere.
  • The toddler zone was great! Every game or “ride” was only one token and after using only 5 tokens our little ones thought they had experienced Disneyland.
  • We let the 9-year-old roam free and play games and felt comfortable because the whole place is pretty small so from our table in the middle we could see him almost everywhere.
  • That being said, DO NOT rely on the staff to verify your stamps on the way out. When you enter, you and your children are stamped with the same number. They are supposed to check the numbers on the way out to make sure you are leaving with just your child/children. This definitely was not happening.
  • Take it for what it is– a fun place to let your kids burn up some energy while you collect tickets and try to stash enough away to get some candy before you leave. Enjoy it.

If you want to visit Chuck E. Cheese with your family, the Arden location is at 1690 Arden Way, next to Party City and for more information click HERE or call 916.920.9181.

Before your visit, remember to click HERE for some coupons too.

We’ll see you there!

Crocker Art Museum Launches Museum Guide & Interactive Gallery for Families

August 1, 2011 by

Little ones and their caregivers now have two new ways to experience the Crocker Art Museum. The Museum has launched Story Trail, a family-friendly journey through the Museum, and Tot Land, an interactive gallery, designed for children from infancy to five years of age and their caregivers. Tot Land and Story Trail are sponsored, in part, by the First 5 Sacramento Commission.

Story Trail is an engaging way for young children and adults to talk about art while they visit the Museum. It features a captivating storybook, called “Birdy’s Museum Adventure,” which incorporates images and “characters” from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. The story leads families on an imaginative adventure to look, discuss, and discover seven works of art. Families can check out a copy of “Birdy’s Museum Adventure” at the Admission Desk and begin a fun exploration into the galleries with trail markers to lead the way.

Story Trail concludes in Tot Land, a gallery devoted entirely to families. Located in the Museum’s Education Center, the gallery is designed to encourage creativity while building early-learning skills. Tot Land features an interactive touch screen for unparalleled creative play, as well as spaces for art making and reading. All of the activities are designed to enable children and adults to learn together through layered, dynamic, and playful experiences. Resources available in Tot Land support a successful path to early literacy and creative thinking.

The interactive touch screen, called “The Living Art Wall,” uses highly advanced technology and gaming software to give children a unique educational experience. Using the screen, toddlers will be able to express their creativity through digital drawing and painting with their fingers. Visitors’ contributions will build on top of each other, creating a community mural.

Tot Land and Story Trail are *FREE* with Museum admission and are available during the Museum’s regular operating hours. For more information, click HERE or call 916. 808.7000.

This East Sac Mama will be checking out Tot Land and Story Trail on Wednesday with my little guy, I’ll let you know what we think.

We’ll see you there!

Week End Wrap Up

July 29, 2011 by

Happy Friday East Sacramento Moms and Dads! What do you and your families have planned for this last weekend in July? Back-to-school shopping yet? Wishful thinking, maybe. :) Here are a few suggestions and we’d love to hear from you if you end up out and about in East Sacramento…

  • Ginger Elizabeth’s Cupcake Day is tomorrow! Drop by the boutique at 1801 L Street to sample the Plum Elderflower Cobbler, Peach Melba, Real Red Velvet, or the Salty Caramel cupcake for only $3 each. Mmm…
  • Have you been to Concert in the Park yet this summer? We caught a concert there a few weeks ago and were surprised at how many families and children were there– and enjoying it! Check it out tonight starting at 5PM. Also, it’s *FREE*!
  • Enjoy the fruits (fish, flowers, and far more!) of the downtown farmer’s market under the freeway from 8AM to 12PM on Sunday morning. Get there early for the best selection and be sure to stop by the fresh egg booth in the corner.
  • If you have a baby, don’t miss the Central Library’s Baby Lapsit story time at noon on Sunday. Parking on the street is *FREE* and so is the music and story time.

Enjoy the time with your families and we’ll see you there!

FREE Sacramento Zoo Admission with Tillamook’s Loaf Love Tour

July 28, 2011 by

Tillamook Cheese, the 102-year-old, farmer-owned cheese brand that has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s premier natural cheese makers, and its “Loaf Love Tour,” the second annual cross-country event dedicated to “bringing tasty cheese to the people,” is returning to Sacramento from July 25th to August 14th. As a fun way to share the “Loaf Love” with Sacramento-area residents, The Loaf Love Tour will be offering *FREE* admission to the Sacramento Zoo on Saturday, July 30th for the first 100 fans who sport their brightest & wildest Tillamook Cheese orange.* (Orange-clad fans arriving after the first 100 tickets will receive $1 off admission.) Once inside, zoo-goers will have the chance to experience the Loaf Love Tour and receive cheese samples, coupons & more. For more information, tune into Tillamook Cheese on Facebook or follow @TillamookCheese on Twitter.

The Loaf Love Tour will visit grocery stores, farmers’ markets and special events, educating attendees about Tillamook Cheese while sampling their all-natural cheddars made in the Pacific Northwest using only the highest-quality milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.

*Free entry for the first 100 eligible participants only. Free entry starting at 9:00AM until limit reached. Participating fans may check-in at the Tillamook Baby Loaf bus adjacent to the Sacramento ticketing booth. To win, attendees must be wearing orange. Limit one free entry per person, no monetary value.

To see the tour’s full & detailed schedule of stops in Sacramento, click HEREThe Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 West Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.5885.

We’ll see you there!

Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express

July 27, 2011 by

Moviegoers of all ages can climb aboard to enjoy a great selection of films during this 9-week festival.  Select Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres are offering selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00AM. The nearest participating theater to our 95819 zip code is Arden Fair 6. Here are the remaining movies this summer…

7/26-7/27
CHARLOTTE’S WEB
MARMADUKE
 
8/2-8/3
NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS
WALLACE AND GROMIT
 
8/9-8/10
JIMMY NEUTRON
KARATE KID

Arden Fair 6 is located at 1739 Arden Way and for more information click HERE or call 916.568.5188.

Want to make it a family movie night? Don’t forget the Sacramento 6 Drive-In’s! On Tuesday nights admission for two movies is only $5.50 per vehicle. Pack up the kids, lots of blankets and pillows, and plenty of snacks and drinks.

We’ll see you there!

New Carbon Monoxide law passed in CA

July 12, 2011 by

July 1st marked the passing of Senate Bill 183 which calls for at least one CO2 detector in each single family residence. Find out more about the bill HERE. You can find a handy safety checklist for your home HERE. Does your home already have a CO2 detector? Were you aware of the bill that passed requiring CO2 detectors in homes?

My favorite kind of scoop

July 11, 2011 by

 

Did you know there’s a new ice cream shop in East Sac?! Here’s the scoop (ahem, okay we’re done with that, I promise)…

What’s the Scoop opened recently in East Sacramento and is proudly serving Gunther’s ice cream. They have a ton of flavors and some super yummy concoctions (hello, 50-50, a champagne and berry ice with vanilla ice cream) and fabulous local service. Check out the Yelp reviews HERE (warning, out of 10, I’m not sure how many are authentic) and then go taste for yourself! Let us know what you think! East Sacramento Mom readers even get 20% off one item for mentioning you found them through East Sac Mom.

What’s the Scoop is located at 6350 Folsom Boulevard, next to Dos Coyotes.

We’ll see you there!

 

Week End Wrap Up

July 8, 2011 by

Happy Friday East Sac Mamas! Did anyone else need the rest of the week to recover from Monday’s festivities? Thanks to ESM reader, Kati for sharing that Sacramento Scoop’s recap images HERE. Now that we’re all rested up, what do you and your families have planned for the weekend? We have a few suggestions, if you need some inspiration…

  • Of course, this weekend is Second Saturday. Get out and take in some local art and culture. We take our toddler to Second Saturday regularly and love the *FREE* family fun! Be sure to treat yourself to something cold at Ginger Elizabeth.
  • The National Train Show is this weekend at the Convention Center. Have a little one into Thomas the Tank Engine? You won’t want to miss exposing them to an array of train history, technology and more.
  • On Sundays in July, Fairytale Town has a children’s concert series. This weekend features Francie Dillon and the concert is *FREE* with admission.
We’ll see you there!

Week End Wrap Up + WINNERS

July 1, 2011 by

First thing’s first, here are the winners of last week’s giveaway!

Sport-Brella Chair: Felicia
Sport-Brella: Veronica
Peekaru Ozone: Megan

The Aqua Jogger Jr. is still up for grabs, so if you know someone who could use it, please let me know! Congratulations to the winners and thanks for your support of East Sacramento Mom.

So, admittedly, we haven’t gotten around to working on the calendar page quite yet. Regardless, we all know where we’ll be this weekend, er, on Monday. The East Sacramento “Fab Forties” parade takes place on Monday morning at 10AM and begins on J Street between 41st and 42nd Avenue. We’d love to see your pictures afterwards!

Have a great time, be safe, enjoy your families, and we’ll see you there!

Week End Wrap Up + the Giveaway

June 24, 2011 by

Happy Friday, East Sacramento Moms and welcome News 10 viewers! We have just returned this week from a summer break and are back and ready to give away some cool stuff to encourage outdoor fun. All you have to do is comment on this post with the answer to these two questions: 1) What activity or event are you most looking forward to this summer? 2) Which item would you like to win?

Here’s what’s up for grabs: Aquajogger Junior, Peekaru Ozone, Sport-Brella, Sport-Brella Chair.

You can read full descriptions of all of the items HERE. Now for some giveaway rules: open to anyone (East Sacramento or not) and one entry per person, please. Winners will be announced next Friday and entries close next Thursday at 11:59PM.

So, what are you and your families doing this weekend? Pops in the Park, perhaps? A ride on the bike trail? We’d love to hear about them and get your photos and stories afterward! Email us at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.

We’ll see you there!


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