Archive for December, 2010

January Activities at the Crocker Art Museum

December 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 11, 12-2PM
Homeschool Day
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the museum for thematic, gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. Registration is required. For pricing and registration, visit or call (916) 808-1182. 

Wednesdays, January 12, 19, 26, 11AM
Wee Wednesday
Bring your little one and yourself to this gallery-based play date for children ages 3 to 5.  Advance registration is required. Register at *FREE* with admission.

Monday, January 17, 10AM-3PM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Crocker with inspirational tours based on King’s teachings at 10:30AM, 12:30PM, and 2:30PM; gospel music performances by Cosumnes River College Contemporary Gospel Choir at 11AM and 1PM; screenings of “Martin Luther King: Legacy of a Dream” at 12PM and 2PM; and at 10:30AM, 12PM, and 1:30PM, a reading of Faith Ringgold’s “My Dream of Martin Luther King” followed by a hands-on art making project. The museum is open until 5PM. *FREE* with admission.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street. Admission is *FREE* for members, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and older and college students, $5 for youth ages 6 to 17, and *FREE* for children younger than 6. For more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

Children’s New Years Eve at Art Beast

December 27, 2010

East Sac Moms (and Dads): enjoy a night out as GROWN UPS and let Art Beast take care of creating a sweet, memorable stroke-of-midnight moment for your children!

New Years Eve at Art Beast means bringing meaning to the countdown with art, cooperative games, and romping. Erin Tinney, their assistant director, will lead the evening of crafts, stories, and fun especially designed for children 4 to 8 years old.

Children will experience Art Beast’s play-based environment in the calm, after hours. They will make party hats and noise makers, sip cocoa and nibble snacks, and hold a dramatic countdown a couple of hours before the official arrival of 2011. Afterward, your children will cozy up in their sleeping bags for shadow puppets and stories until they fall asleep!

When: New Years Eve

Time: 6:30PM to 12:30AM

Where: Art Beast Studios at 2226 K Street

Cost: $40 per child, $35 dollars for each sibling

Supplies: Please bring a sleeping bag, flashlight, and any special stuffed friend or snuggly that helps your child fall asleep.

For more information or to secure your spot, call 916.441.1233 or click HERE.

To learn more about Tubman House, click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

ArtBeast Winter Camp: Camp Wonderland

December 20, 2010

For children ages 4-7, Art Beast Winter Camps will celebrate the arrival of Winter in proper Art Beast fashion with lots of creating, storytelling, and movement activities. The children will use art, dance, and dramatic play to explore the world of Winter as they consider the magic of the changing seasons, the coming of a new year, and the busy animals preparing for the cold. As always, Art Beast welcomes all so the camps will center on the joy of the season rather than specific holidays.

Two sessions of Winter Camp are offered, each running from Monday through Thursday. The first session runs from December 20th (today) to the 23rd and the second from December 27th to the 30th. Each session will be unique. Camps will start at 9AM each day and end at 1PM.

Sessions fill at 16 children and are led by two teachers, promising a group that can grow close. The camps offer a blend of structured arts exploration in the classroom and free play within the building, always under close supervision by the camp teachers.

Art Beast camps are about exploring art and self-expression. Children dig into an array of mediums and arts in their own way. No matter the theme, they promise a range of arts integration with movement, song, story, and art.

After or before camp each day, you can stay and play at Art Beast with your child as long as you’d like.

The first week’s camp is led by Brenda Brinkhous-Hatch. It includes the following activities:

-Book Nook includes stories with winter themes such as arctic animals and snowy landscapes.
-Winter Wishing Tree for children to write wishes and hang on the branches.
-Animal Shelters: Build “nests” or “caves” for different woodland creatures using fabric, feathers, leaves, etc.
-Migration patterns: Using large maps, plot the migration route for different birds &/or animals.
-Make feeders for the creatures that do not migrate.
-Animal Tracks: White play dough and small toy polar animals (reindeer, polar bears, penguins, arctic wolves, etc.) are placed in the play dough area.
-Clay Arctic Animal: Children will sculpt an Arctic creature from clay, then paint it with liquid watercolor and “glaze” with glossy Modge-Podge.
-Melt Ice with Salt: When we do this, the salt seems to “eat away” at the ice creating crystals.
-Cryogenics: Freeze four different substances (water, liquid soap, vanilla pudding, and honey) to observe what effect freezing had on the substances.
-Ice Rainbows: Drop colored water onto crushed ice to watch the colors travel down through the ice.
-Winter Walk & Painting
-Make a Snowman Snack
-Glittering Snowballs: Balloons are covered with glue, yarn, and glitter for a beautiful effect.
-Snowflakes: Learn to make glorious snowflakes!
-Snowstorm: Create a “snowstorm” of warm snow by using cotton balls and crumbled tissue.
-Snowy Snapshot: Turn yourself into a paper doll!

Holly Grupe leads the second week with even more art, dance, and movement activities!

Each session is $150. Siblings receive a 15% discount. To register, click HERE. If morning sessions fill, they will consider adding afternoon sessions to meet demand. Call 916.441.1233 to express interest in an afternoon session.

As always, when you choose Art Beast, your money supports Tubman House, a residential community for young, homeless parents and their children. A portion of your camp fees is tax-deductible.

Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.441.1233.

We’ll see you there!

Week End Wrap Up + a WINNER

December 10, 2010

Better late than never, right? Thank you for all the comments on this month’s giveaway post! If I got to choose a winner based on my favorite comment, the $35 CSN gift certificate would go to Debbie, whose family finds a rutabaga in one of their stockings each year. How much fun is that?! Alas, according to, Mariah is our winner. Congratulations!

For everyone else, what are your weekend plans? If you have a break from your gingerbread house decorating, holiday treat baking, and Christmas light seeing, check out the East Sac Mom calendar for ideas.

We’ll see you there!

Hats off to the Holidays with the Sacramento Women’s Chorus

December 8, 2010

Does anyone still go Christmas caroling in their neighborhood? I’ve heard of groups of neighbors who make an event out of it, meet at one house, enjoy hot chocolate, light candles and roam their street belting out holiday cheer. I have yet to live on one of those streets though. If your block doesn’t participate either, the Sacramento Women’s Chorus has an alternative.

Join Sacramento Women’s Chorus for a *FREE* Seasonal Singalong, Monday, December 13 from 7PM to 8:15PM at 3901 Folsom Boulevard (First Christian Church – SWC is not affiliated with any church). They will be collecting warm hats, gloves and socks for the homeless women and children served by Maryhouse and Wellspring. Canned food and non-perishable donations will also be accepted.

For more information, call 877.758.7827.

We’ll see you there!

Week End Wrap Up + a GIVEAWAY

December 3, 2010

The countdown is in full swing. 22 days until Christmas. How much of your shopping list is crossed off? Are you making gifts this year? Any tips on what you do to make the holidays more affordable or focus less on the season and more on the reason? Do tell. Leave us a comment or send us an email at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.

If you need a kick-start on your shopping, check out the CSN family of stores. They’d even like to give one East Sac Mom reader a $35 gift certificate to spend on any item (does not cover shipping). Guys are sometimes so difficult to shop for, how about a new suitcase for his business trips? I just got my little guy some new Melissa & Doug play food to stick in his stocking from CSN. No matter who you have to shop for or what you’re looking for, there is bound to be one of CSN’s 200 online stores that has it.

To enter to win the $35 CSN gift certificate, leave us a comment telling us your favorite holiday tradition. Enter by 11:59pm on Thursday, December 9 and the winner will be announced Friday, December 10. Good luck!

What are you and your families doing this weekend? Check out the East Sacramento Mom calendar page (there’s a link on the right hand side of the page there –>) for ideas.

We’ll see you there!

Old Sacramento Theatre of Lights

December 2, 2010

Image found HERE

In the works (in my head) is a fun-filled family night of ice skating at the Downtown Ice Rink, viewing Christmas lights in the Fabulous Forties while sipping hot chocolate, and observing Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights very soon. The debate is whether or not my almost-2-year-old will be up for all of that.

At the very least we can view Christmas lights from the warmth of the car (as eco-unfriendly as that may be) and snuggle up together as we enjoy the Theatre of Lights. If any of that sounds good to you, here is a little more about the Theatre of Lights:

Back for the second year, event-goers will experience the Old Sacramento Theatre of Lights. At 6:00p.m. a symphony of lights, sounds and visual effects will take the audience back to a time when the beloved poem The Night Before Christmas was first introduced in Sacramento in 1857. The Old Sacramento Theatre of Lights will run two 20-minute light shows throughout the holiday season Thursdays through Sundays at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights will celebrate “enhanced nights” with a visit from Santa Claus in The Christmas Shoppe following the performances, living history characters, and themed street vendors with traditional treats like spiced nuts and hot cocoa. Also new this year are the celebrity “Papas” who will appear in the Theatre of Lights performances. Dates and guests include:

4-Dec – Mellisa Paul, News10 Weather
11-Dec – Amy Lewis and Ed Crane, KFBK
17-Dec – Melissa Crowley & Guy Farris, Sacramento & Co.
18-Dec – Sydney Fong, Salvation Army

The Theatre of Lights takes place in Old Sacramento and for more information click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

December Programs at the Crocker + McKinley Library

December 1, 2010

December 2 – Gift Making for Kids – 3:30-4:30PM – McKinley Library
Your school-aged child can make handmade gifts for the holidays. *FREE*

December 11 – Holiday Party – 11AM-12PM – McKinley Library
Come visit with Santa and enjoy treats of the season at McKinley Library. *FREE*

December 11 – Drop, Yak, Splat! – 1PM – Crocker Art Museum
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with Museum admission.

December 14 – Homeschool Day – 12-2PM – Crocker Art Museum
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the Museum for thematic, gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. *FREE* but registration is required.

December 15 – Wee Wednesday – 11AM – Crocker Art Museum
Bring your little one and yourself to this gallery-based play date for children ages 3 to 5.  Registration is required. *FREE* with Museum admission.

December 16 – Cookie Decorating – 3:30-4:30PM – McKinley Library
Your teen can enjoy the sweetest of crafts in the kitchen. Cookies and supplies will be provided, as well as design ideas. *FREE*

December 19 – Drop, Yak, Splat! – 11AM – Crocker Art Museum
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with Museum admission.

December 26 – Kwanzaa Family Festival – 12-4PM – Crocker Art Museum
Celebrated worldwide, Kwanzaa focuses on family, community, creativity and the cultural traditions found in the African diaspora. At this museum-wide festival, the Crocker celebrates its new collection of African art with music and dance performances, unique studio art workshops, storytelling and much more. *FREE*

The McKinley Library is located at 601 Alhambra Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.264.2700.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000. (Note: Have you checked out the Crocker’s new website? Too cool!)