Archive for December, 2009

Family Friendly New Years Eve

December 30, 2009

Ah, New Years Eve. Of all the holidays it seems like this is the one that changes the most when you become a parent. And it is constantly changing as your children get older. If your NYE plans this year include the kids, check out Old Sacramento’s New Years Eve Sky Spectacular with Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Roadcrew.

There will be live music, fireworks and vendors in Old Sacramento. You can go for just the fireworks or make an evening out of it with dinner and dessert. Here is the official schedule:

9:00PM Fireworks (Set to childrens’ music!)
6-6:45PM Todd Morgan (singer/musician)
7-7:30PM Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Crew
7:40-8:20PM Todd Morgan
8:25-8:55PM Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Crew

The rest of the evening’s entertainment will be provided by the Ralph Woodson Experience performing a Jimi Hendrix Tribute and more fireworks at midnight. You can also find Clemon Charles (pop and rock) from 6-10PM at 2nd and J Streets, Allie Marcel and Friends (rockin’ blues) from 8PM-12AM at Front and J Streets, and Obsidian Butterfly (Fire Dancers) from 9PM to 12AM at Front and K Streets. All of the festivities are *FREE* so you know we love that.

If you’re staying in with the kids you can trick them into thinking it is midnight by showing them the ball dropping in New York at 9PM local time… and then let us know if that really works!

For more information about the New Years Eve Spectacular click here or call 916.808.7777.

What are your New Years plans? (We are mostly asking because we’re still undecided about what we’re doing.) Do your kids make it to midnight? Any fun traditions? Please share! Leave us a comment below.

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My First 5K

December 29, 2009

Next to events that include ice cream, one of this ESM’s favorite activities are 5K’s and fun runs. The My First 5K run is the perfect way to start off 2010! (And more resolution-friendly than ice cream.)

Even if you’ve participated in 5K’s in the past, the My First 5K run will likely be your first in 2010, so the name still applies. Brought to you by the Wellness Task Force, My First 5K takes place on Sunday, January 3rd on the west steps of the Capital (10th Street and Capital Mall.)

The race is open to all ages! Bring the whole family (bundled up, of course) and start 2010 with a healthy and FUN activity. Here is an overview of the mornings’ events:

7-8AM: Race Day Registration & Packet Pickup
8:10AM: Kids’ Winter Fun Run (Ages 5 & under, quarter mile) 
8:20AM: Kids’ Winter Fun Run (Ages 6 to 10, half mile)
8:30AM: 5k Run/Walk
9:45AM: New Year’s Toast & Awards Ceremony
7-11AM: New Year’s Resolution Expo

Registration includes a race t-shirt, ChampionChip timing, refreshments, live music featuring the Wooden Nickel Band, awards, raffle and kids’ entertainment. In addition to a medal, all kids participating in the Kids’ Winter Fun Runs will receive a special #1 foam finger at the conclusion of their runs.

Now, what about the New Years’ Resolution Expo? There will be a My First 5K Resolution Expo Table where you can solidify your wellness goals for 2010. Write down your resolutions and they will even mail it back to you mid-year!

My First 5K is supported by Whole Foods and Capital Road Race Management.

For more information click here or call 916.534.7750.

We’ll see you there!

My Creative Space at the Crocker Art Museum

December 28, 2009

I don’t know about you, but we are still full from Christmas (and Christmas cookies, chocolate covered pretzels and cake… mmm… cake…) Anyway, while basking in the after-Christmas glow we are also looking ahead to the new year and looking forward to the fun and *FREE* (or cheap) family activities in and around East Sacramento.

A great place to start is the Crocker Art Museum! On Wednesday, December 30th you can join the Crocker for My Creative Space. My Creative Space is hands-on art activities, family tours and story time from 10:30AM-4PM. All ages are welcome and all activities are *FREE* with admission. Admission for adults is $6, $4 for seniors and $3 students and children.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street. For more information click here or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2009

We know you’ll be spending the next few days and (hopefully) on into the weekend immersed in family, good food and celebration. May and I want to wish you a very happy holidays. Enjoy the time with your loved ones. We’ll be back on Monday with more fun and *FREE* or cheap activities to do in and around East Sacramento.

If you need ideas or suggestions on what to do over the holidays, check out our calendar (which can be accessed by the button on the right), the ice rink post, or spend an afternoon at ArtBeast.

We’ll see you there!

What are you and your families doing over the next couple of weeks? Any suggestions for other East Sac Moms for how to entertain kids during winter break? Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

Heaven(Ly) in a cup

December 23, 2009


So… speaking of *FREE* yogurt, don’t forget HeavenLy’s on 55th and H Streets. Every Friday from 4-8PM kids 12 and under partake in sweet (some sugar free) treats for *FREE*.

This East Sac Mom recommends an Irish Mint and Vanilla Bean swirl topped with crushed York Peppermint Patties and raspberries. Don’t knock it ’til you try it! We are walking distance from HeavenLy’s and are there fairly often and I appreciate that it is always clean, well lit, staffed by friendly people and there is indoor and outdoor seating. They don’t seem to mind that the hubbs and I have to take turns getting our yogurt while the other person entertains the dog and contains the baby, er, other way around.

Oh, and guess what? They take ALL COMPETITOR COUPONS. So clip away and save some money for your next visit (because I guarantee you’ll be back). One last thing– don’t forget your punch card. Buy 10 yogurts and get one *FREE*. It’s like the savings never end.

HeavenLy’s is located at 5535 H Street. For more information click here or call 916.455.6000.

We’ll see you there!

We want to know, what is your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt flavor and/or concoction?

FREE Admission to Fairytale Town and the Sacramento Zoo

December 22, 2009

 More *FREE* fun for kids out of school for winter break! This Thursday admission to the William Land Park’s Fairytale Town and the Sacramento Zoo is complimentary. Take some time out from the hurried pace of the holidays and invest in quality time with your family that involves penguins, flamingoes, rides and slides.

Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive and for more information click here or call 916.264.5233.

The Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 West Land Park Drive and for more information click here or call 916.808.5888.

We’ll see you there!

2009 Battle of the Santas

December 21, 2009

It wasn’t until I became a mom that I realized not all Santas are equal.  Some look more “realistic”, some are friendlier, and some Santas are set in better locations.

This year, my son and I visited two Santas, and have two pictures to prove it.  He is not yet two, so he hasn’t noticed that small inconsistencies between the plethora of Santas floating around this time of year.  Different colored red suits, or real versus fake beards.  And, why do some Santas where glasses, and some don’t?  Does Santa have contacts that he pops in some mornings?

I came up with a rating system, or “rubric”.  Being a teacher the big professional buzzword is rubric, its basically a scoring system with set guidelines.  Here is a simplified version.

Santa’s Location “realistic” appearance

(minus points for fake beard or stuffed belly)

Friendliness of Santa Santa’s ability to stay in character (must use phrases such as “ho, ho, ho” and “have you been good this year?” Time Santa spends with child (including Santa’s patience as child tries to remember what he wants for Christmas) Helpfulness of Santa’s Elves (patience and help getting the perfect child on Santa’s lap pic) Value of Picture Package (cost of pictures and quality of shot, bonus point if they will email the pic to you) Overall Score
Points Possible 5 5 5 5 5 5 30
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 Below are my ratings:

Santa’s Location “realistic” appearance

(minus points for fake beard or stuffed belly)

Friendliness of Santa Santa’s ability to stay in character (must use phrases such as “ho, ho, ho” and “have you been good this year?” Time Santa spends with child (including Santa’s patience as child tries to remember what he wants for Christmas) Helpfulness of Santa’s Elves (patience and help getting the perfect child on Santa’s lap pic) Value of Picture Package (cost of pictures and quality of shot, bonus point if they will email the pic to you) Overall Score
Country Club Plaza 4 5 5 5 5 5 29
Comments Beard was fake, but tummy seemed real! Awesome!

My son loved him.

Even had candy canes and sang songs. We spend two and a half hours warming up to Santa They were very patient (for two and a half hours) $30 got me a picture on a CD and a $20 credit at Shutterfly  

 

Santa’s Location “realistic” appearance

(minus points for fake beard or stuffed belly)

Friendliness of Santa Santa’s ability to stay in character (must use phrases such as “ho, ho, ho” and “have you been good this year?” Time Santa spends with child (including Santa’s patience as child tries to remember what he wants for Christmas) Helpfulness of Santa’s Elves (patience and help getting the perfect child on Santa’s lap pic) Value of Picture Package (cost of pictures and quality of shot, bonus point if they will email the pic to you) Overall Score
Midtown Santa (Santa’s Toy Shoppe) 5 5 5 4 4 4 27
Comments 100% genuine This Santa even has storytime! A little different from the typical character, but still good A little rushed The staff are not professional Elves and struggled a little $15 for one picture with Santa (they said they would email it, but I am still waiting 2 weeks later)  

Giveaway winner!

December 18, 2009

Congratulations to Brie who won the California State Railroad Museum tickets! For everyone else, we’d still love to hear what giveaways you’d like to see on East Sac Mom– or anything else you’d like to see here, for that matter– going into 2010. Send us an email to eastsacmom@gmail.com or leave us a comment below the post.

Be sure to check out the East Sac Mom calendar to see what *FREE* and cheap activities are going on this weekend.

As always, we’ll see you there!

P.S. Check back on Monday when May will post her 2009 Santa Review— she has visited various Santa’s workshops in the Sacramento area (some several times) and will give other East Sac Moms the scoop. You will not want to miss it!

Storytime + Yogurt?

December 17, 2009

You had us at yogurt. If you’ve followed this blog since summer you know we’re a bit obsessed with events that include ice cream or frozen yogurt. Imagine my delight when May discovered that Big Spoon Yogurt has story time on the third Thursday of each month! Not only that, but children under 6 receive a *FREE* yogurt!

So you know where to find us on the third Thursday of each month between 1-2PM. Big Spoon in East Sacramento is located at 3644 J Street and is open 11AM-11PM every day. Since you know your kids are not going to want to share, bring a canned food donation and get 10% off your own yogurt! You’re welcome.

For more information click here or call 916.731.4655.

We’ll see you there!

ArtBeast’s Winter Solstice Party

December 16, 2009

With all of the other holidays to celebrate, the winter solstice gets lost in the mix. Join ArtBeast in celebrating the official start of the season with yoga, storytelling, art, music and dance. Explore the values of giving, gratitude and joy (we could all use a reminder, especially after all of the last-minute shopping.) After the workshop, join the potluck!

The Winter Solstice Party will take place on Sunday, December 20th from 2-4PM. Admission to ArtBeast is $8 per adult, $8 per child and free for extra adults in the family. Don’t forget that your admission is tax-deductible because all proceeds go to support the Tubman House. Talk about doing good.

ArtBeast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click here or call 916.441.1233.

We’ll see you there!

Have you been to ArtBeast yet? Taken a class? What did you think? What did your kids think?

P.S. Need a last-minute gift? Why not enter to win *FREE* passes to the California State Railroad Museum? Click here and comment!