Archive for July, 2009

Friends of McKinley Park Annual Ice Cream Social Wrap Up

July 30, 2009

Here are a few photos from the Friends of McKinley Park Annual Ice Cream Social last week. What fun! Thank you so much to Burr’s for donating all the ice cream. It was a great mid-week early-evening activity for the kids.


Fairytale Town Family Camp Out

July 28, 2009

Saturday – Sunday, August 8 – 9, 2009 from 5:30PM – 7AM you can sleep over at Humpty’s House! Bring your sleeping bags and spend a night under the stars at Fairytale Town. This is a special ticketed event.

  • Camp out at Fairytale Town from 5:30PM to 7:00AM.
  • After setting up camp, enjoy a picnic, play in the park, participate in a scavenger hunt, exciting arts and crafts, then enjoy a special theater performance by Puppet Art Theater. Of course there will be time for storytelling and sing-a-longs!
  • An evening snack will be served during the theater show and a light breakfast snack will be provided bright and early in the morning.

Children ages 3-12 are $25 and adults $30 for non-members. Members can stay the night for $20 and $25.

For more information click here or call 916.808.7462. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento.

Twilight Tuesday Tomorrow

July 27, 2009

Enjoy the Sacramento Zoo during Twilight Tuesday for some extra perks! This is the last week of Twilight Tuesdays but it isn’t too late to join in the fun.

On July 28 the Sacramento Zoo will be open from 9 am to 7 pm for extended summer time enjoyment for the whole family. The Twilight Tuesday concert series starts at 5 pm and will feature Second.Wind.

Also performing, Kaulumele Polynesian Dancers. And there is a dinner special: Chicken Satay Skewers over Rice with Peapods, Bamboo Shoots and Water Chestnuts. Beer and drink specials too!

Zoo admission is $6.50 for children aged 3-12, $8.25 for seniors and $9 for everyone in between. (Children under 3 are free.) Visit the zoo at 3930 West Land Park Drive in Sacramento.

For more information click here or call 916.808.5888

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

July 24, 2009

I know you can pick up sidewalk chalk at the Dollar Store for, well, a dollar, but if you make it at home not only is it a fun project to do with your school-aged child, but it makes the driveway-masterpieces all that much more special.

Making your own chalk is so easy! It is simply Plaster of Paris mixed with water and tempera paint. Using sidewalk chalk helps build little hand muscles which will help when they are in school, practicing writing their ABC’s.

Here is what you need…-toilet paper or paper towel tubes (basically a mold– next time I’m going to Ikea for some of their silicone ice trays, they always have cute shapes!)
-duct tape
-wax paper
-3/4 cup warm water
-small bucket or disposable container
-1 1/2 cups Plaster of Paris (I waited for the Michael’s 40% off coupon in the mail and bought a huge bucket for under $3)
-2-3 tablespoons tempera paint
1. Cover one end of each tube with duct tape. Cut as many pieces of wax paper as you have tubes. Each piece should be as long as the tube and about 4 inches wide. Roll up each piece of wax paper and slip it into the tube. (Note: My wax paper kept getting crunched up inside the tube as the Plaster of Paris mixture was pretty thick. Next time I would probably tape it to the outside of the tube to prevent it from slipping down inside.)

2. Pour the water into the bowl or bucket. Sprinkle the Plaster of Paris over the water and stir the mixture thoroughly. Mix in the paint. (I started with yellow and divided it in half to stir some red into one half in order to make orange, then I did a batch of green and a batch of red.)

3. Place each tube tape side down on a level surface. Pour the wet plaster mixture into the tubes. Lightly tap the sides of each tube to release air bubbles, then set the plaster-filled tube aside to harden for a few days. (Mine was dry over night.) Once they are dry, peel off the tubes and wax paper. Your chalk is ready for action!

Museum Week: California State Capitol Museum

July 23, 2009

Welcome to California! (We assume you are already here– at least virtually.)

“At the State Capitol, the past, present and future of California interact with equal force. The building serves as both a museum and the state’s working seat of government. Visitors to the Capitol can at once experience California’s rich history and witness the making of history through the modern lawmaking process.”

You know by now how much we ESM loves *FREE* fun and supporting our local community. The California State Capitol Museum satisfies both of those! Now through May 23, 2010 when you visit the museum you can see the “Our Union Forever: California’s Role in the Civil War” exhibit. A cool bit of history if you ask me– and I am not a fan of history.

The museum is located at 10th and L Streets at the State Capitol, Room B-27 and is open to the public (did we mention it’s free) daily from 9AM-5PM.

For more information, click here or call 916.324.0333

Museum Week: California State Railroad Museum

July 21, 2009

“Located in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is a complex of historic facilities and unique attractions. Widely regarded as North America’s most popular railroad museum, there is something here for everyone! Throughout the year, experience lavishly restored trains, engaging exhibits, and unique special events. Weekends April 25-September 27, ride behind a real steam locomotive.”

Now through February 15, 2010 you can check out The Rail Splitter and the Railroads: Lincoln, the Union and the Golden State exhibit at the California State Railroad Museum. The museum is located in family-friendly Old Sacramento at 111 I St. and is open 10AM-5PM daily. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6-17 (kids aged 5 and under are *FREE*).

I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve actually been on a date at the Railroad Museum. Most of the time it’s a quiet, peaceful place to hang out. Feel free to go without the kids! I’m just sayin’…

For more information call 916.445.6645 or click here.


Museum Week: The California Museum

July 20, 2009

With the heat all but unbearable right now in Sacramento, spend time indoors (on someone else’s electric bill dime) and visit a few of our many museums. This week we will highlight a few, starting with The California Museum today.

Exhibits change regularly and you can visit The California Museum’s website to find out what they are currently featuring. Year-round you can check out the California Legacy Trails and *very* cool Constitution Wall. They feature a fun gift shop with items that can only be found in California.

In preparation for your visit, click here to print out “California Passports” for your kids. Bring a picnic lunch and sit out on the  (shaded) patio and with the Constitution Wall and see how many words they can find (or for older children, ask them if they can recite any of the Constitution by memory.)

Don’t miss the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition that runs now through August 22. The exhibit highlights Lincoln’s life from childhood through his seat in the Oval Office. This exhibit is perfect for engaging your older children in conversation about some of the “hot topics” surrounding President Lincoln’s time in office and the events that lead him there.

The California Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM-5PM and Sundays from 12-5PM. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $6 for children aged 6-13 and *FREE* for children 5 and younger.

NOTE: The first weekend of every month is *FREE* for Bank of America debit card holders and (one admission per card) and on August 15 Wells Fargo card holders get in *FREE*.

The California Museum is located at 1020 O St. downtown. For more information click here or call 916.653.7524.

Sacramento River Cats Baseball

July 18, 2009

imagesTake me out to the ball game! This post is long overdue as the Sacramento River Cats season began in April, but don’t fret, there is well over a month left of bat-swinging, home-team-cheering, hot-dog-eating enjoyment to be had.

Our family makes a point to attend at least one game each season. We are baseball lovers (go Giants!) We also enjoy warm summer evenings with the crisp Delta breeze so River Cats games are right up our alley. As you can imagine, we’ve found that the day games work best for the little ones and older elementary-aged kids do fine with the evening games– as long as they are out of school for the summer and can sleep in the next morning.

Below is a list of the rest of the season’s home games, but click here for the full schedule.

Sunday, July 19 – 1:05PM
Tuesday, July 28 – 7:05PM
Wednesday, July 29 – 7:05PM
Thursday, July 30 – 7:05PM
Friday, July 31 – 7:05PM ($1 hot dog & ice cream!)
Wednesday, August 5 – 7:05PM
Thursday, August 6 – 7:05PM
Friday, August 7 – 7:05PM ($1 hot dog & ice cream!)
Saturday, August 8 – 7:05PM
Sunday, August 9 – 6:05PM
Monday, August 10 – 7:05PM
Tuesday, August 11 – 7:05PM
Wednesday, August 12 – 11:35AM
Saturday, August 22 – 7:05PM
Sunday, August 23 – 1:05PM
Monday, August 24 – 7:05PM
Tuesday, August 25 – 7:05PM
Wednesday, August 26 – 7:05PM
Thursday, August 27 – 7:05PM
Friday, August 28 – 7:05PM ($1 hot dog & ice cream!)
Saturday, August 29 – 7:05PM
Sunday, August 30 – 1:05PM

One of the biggest reasons these are GREAT family friendly events is the huge grassy area in right field. You’ll want to go early and bring blankets and (low) chairs to get a good space. Bring your own shade and lots (and lots) of sunblock. You are even allowed to bring a small cooler of snacks to make sure to be prepared.

River Cats games are easy on the pocketbook too– lawn and “value corner” seats are only $7. You can purchase special “Family Packs” valid for August 8 and August 28 games for $56. The Family Pack includes…

  • 4 tickets to the game
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 4 sodas
  • 4 bags of chips
  • 4 desserts
  • 4 tickets to Fairytale Town
  • 4 tickets to the Sacramento Zoo

How cool is that??? Basically three family outings for $14 per person.

Noteworthy: Sundays are kids’ days at Raley Field where there are face painters, children’s activities throughout the park, and your child can run the bases after the game!

For more information click here or call 916.371.HITS

Big Event on the Road

July 17, 2009


One part parade, one part auto show, all parts fun! The California Auto Museum is hosting the Big Event on the Road on Saturday, August 1. The show begins at 2PM starting at 1630 I St. in Midtown. The cruise starts at 5PM and winds down to CSU Sacramento into the final show, awards and food. Enjoy tunes courtesy of Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers from 6-8PM.

Here is East Sac Mom’s favorite part: the festivities are *FREE*! Take the family (wear your sunscreen, drink lots of water, invest in a good umbrella even) and be swept back to an earlier time… one full of juke boxes, soda fountains, and penny candy.

For more information click here or call 916.442.6802.

Sac Screen on the Green

July 16, 2009

Movie nights are fun family activities but they are even better when the movie is shown on an outdoor screen and the show is free! East Sacramentans are treated to a family-friendly film each Saturday in August at one of four local parks. All movies begin at sundown and it is a BYO chair/blanket/snack format. Spread out your quilt, bring some pillows and a picnic, and enjoy the show!

Here is the schedule:
Saturday, August 1 – Babe the Gallant Pig
East Portal Park – 51st and M Streets, East Sacramento

Saturday, August 8 – Bee Movie
Grant Park – 21st and C Streets, Midtown Sacramento

Saturday, August 15 – Beauty and the Beast
Babcock Park – 2400 Cormorant Way, Swanston Estates

Saturday, August 22 – The Parent Trap (the 1961 version)
Glen Hall Park – Sandburg and Carlson Drives, River Park

Screen on the Green is sponsored by City Councilmember Steve Cohn, PhotoSource, SureWest, the Midtown Business Association, Mercy General Hospital and Inside Publications.

Click here or call 916.808.5240 for more information.