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Chuck E. Cheese Debuts a New Pizza Recipe

August 2, 2011

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

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!

FREE Sacramento Zoo Admission with Tillamook’s Loaf Love Tour

July 28, 2011

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

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!

Week End Wrap Up + WINNERS

July 1, 2011

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

April 29, 2011

Whew. Friday. At last.

Can I get an amen?

What are your plans for the weekend? Planting anything on Sunday? Enjoying the weather? Nothing at all? Here are some suggestions, if you’d like an idea or two…

Enjoy the weekend with your families and we’ll meet you back here (refreshed!) on Monday.

We’ll see you there!

East Sac Support: Herself Moms

April 25, 2011

The best way to find a reliable plumber or electrician is to ask a friend for a referral, right? The same goes for any service provider, and we love getting referrals from other East Sacramento Moms for the services of another East Sac Mom. Such is the case with our very own Paige Schulte, who used the services of local lactation consultant, Julie Hurst. Julie teaches childbirth classes at Sutter Memorial and is also the owner of Herself Moms.

Herself Moms offers childbirth classes, lactation services, breast pump rentals and a variety of prenatal, postnatal, and mom and baby yoga classes. Herself Moms even has baby sign language and a “daddy and me” class! Click HERE for a full description for all of the classes and HERE for a schedule.

When she’s not teaching yoga, Julie can be found at Sutter Memorial teaching a variety of classes and helping new parents. Learn more about Julie and Herself Moms HERE.

Herself Moms yoga classes are held  at the Sierra 2 Center located at 2791 24th Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.690.2202.

We’ll see you there!

Week End Wrap Up

April 22, 2011

Can someone please explain to me how it is already the end of April? Maybe I just feel like it should be earlier because Easter is so late. What are your Easter plans? If the weather cooperates, ours include brunch, bocce ball, and a Bloody Mary bar. 🙂 Here are a few other suggestions for you though…

Send us your egg hunt pictures! We want to hear about your weekend and share with other ESM readers. Email us at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com or comment below and link up to your own blog.

We’ll see you there!

Sacramento Scoops Earth Day

April 21, 2011
Sacramento’s Earth Day Logo

As parents, we try to teach our children to share, so of course we want to model it ourselves! We wanted to take a moment today to share that the local blog Sacramento Scoop has a great summary of Earth Day events happening in our area. Click HERE to check it out.

We’ll see you there!

Mommy & Me Day at Raley Field + 2011 Rivercats Season

April 11, 2011

If I had to choose my favorite thing about spring and summer, it would be longer days. BUT, my second favorite thing is without a doubt, baseball. Whether it be the San Francisco Giants, the Sacramento Rivercats, or our neighborhood little league, give me a seat in the bleachers with a hot dog and a beer (iced tea if I’m at a little league game, of course) and I am one happy mama. I can’t wait for my little guy to be old enough to play tee ball. In the meantime, we love it when we can get our fix out at Raley Field! You have plenty of chances to do the same, starting this month.

Mommy and Me Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 20 and again on Wednesday, June 15 from 10AM to 1PM. You and your little ones have a chance to get out on the field and play games, enjoy snacks, and run the bases. My just-over-1-year old and I attended last year and since then the Rivercats have learned a thing or two. Here are a couple of tips to make your experience that much better:

  • Fill out the waiver before you go. Click HERE to get that. You’ll also need the pre-registration form which you can get HERE.
  • Bring your own snacks and/or entertainment. There was quite a line to get in last year and people got there early. Even having the waivers completed in advance, there will probably still be a bit of a wait to get into the field.
  • Don’t expect too much. There were some coloring and game stations, and kids could run around on the field, in the dugouts, and behind the backstop, so that was cool. Dinger will be there, but it would be even cooler if there were some players there though! (Hint, hint, Rivercats.)

If you go, email us some pictures and your thoughts! We love getting feedback to pass on to other moms. Mommy & Me Day is *FREE* and is for children aged 6 and younger.

For more information, click HERE or call 916.376.4834.

In addition to Mommy & Me Day, the Rivercats have a host of home games to attend. The Sunday afternoon games are our favorite, but if your kids are up to a weeknight evening, why not spend a few bucks for a grass seat and enjoy the Delta breeze when the nights get warm. Here is the 2011 home game schedule: 

 April
Monday, 11th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 12th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 13th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 14th – 7:05PM
Saturday, 23rd – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 24th – 1:05PM Pregame Easter Egg Hunt
Monday, 25th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 26th – 7:05PM

May
Monday, 2nd – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 3rd – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 4th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 5th – 7:05PM
Friday, 6th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 7th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 8th – 1:05PM
Monday, 9th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 19th – 7:05PM
Friday, 20th – 7:05PM
Saturday, 21st – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 22nd – 1:05PM
Monday, 23rd – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 24th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 25th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 26th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 31st – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free

June
Wednesday, 1st – 12:05PM
Thursday, 2nd – 7:05PM
Friday, 3rd – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Thursday, 9th – 7:05PM
Friday, 10th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts/Family Campout
Saturday, 11th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 12th – 1:05PM
Friday, 17th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 18th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 19th – 1:05PM
Monday, 20th – 12:05PM
Saturday, 25th – 7:05PM
Sunday, 26th – 1:05PM
Monday, 27th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 28th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Thursday, 30th – 7:05PM

July
Friday, 1st – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 2nd – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 3rd – 6:35PM
Thursday, 14th – 7:05PM
Friday, 15th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 16th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 17th – 1:05PM
Friday, 22nd – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 23rd – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 24th – 1:05PM
Monday, 25th – 7:05PM
Saturday, 30th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 31st – 1:05PM

August
Monday, 1st – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 2nd – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Friday, 12th – 7:05PM $1 hot dog & desserts
Saturday, 13th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 14th – 1:05PM
Monday, 15th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 16th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 17th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 18th – 7:05PM
Friday, 19th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Monday, 29th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 30th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 31st – 12:05PM

September
Thursday, 1st – 7:05PM

Click HERE to find out what giveaways/promotions are happening on any given night.

Raley Field is located at 400 Ballpark Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.376.4700. Ticket prices begin at $7.

We’ll see you there!