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Rivercats Wrap Up

August 26, 2009


For our family, baseball = summer. Summer is drawing to a close and we realized we hadn’t been to a single game this season! Sunday was the day. We planned it out, made a schedule, prepared everything ahead of time so we could arrive early and get a good spot in the grass– and yet we still managed to be standing outside the ballpark by the time the National Anthem rang out. Oh well, such is life with kids, right?

Lucky for us, there were surprisingly few people at the game and despite being late we found a good spot in the grass with plenty of room to spread out our blanket and giant umbrella. The weather could not have been more perfect and there were even people handing out free sunblock when we walked through the gates! Score!rivercats1Look how cute these kids are up against the fence, hoping to catch a ball thrown to them by an outfielder. We have a baby (under 12 months) so we mostly sat, let him people-watch, and walked around the park. Raley Field had some kind of dog-lovers promotion so there were puppies all over the place. (They handed out packages of free dog biscuits as we were leaving– score again!)

It was also military appreciation day and an enormous plane flew low over the field before the game started. It was extremely cool. We did purchase “Value Corner” tickets for $7 each instead of grass seats but the cashier assured us it was okay to sit in the grass instead of the Value Corner. After a hot dog and a frozen lemonade, plus $7 for parking, we had a great day out for less than $30. Our son slept a few innings and actually made it to the end of the game. The Rivercats lost, but our family won, in the form of a wonderful afternoon together.

There are only a few games left but if you get a chance, I highly recommend taking one in.

Fairytale Town 50th Anniversary

August 20, 2009

Sunday, August 29 will be 50 years to the day Fairytale Town opened in 1959! Be a part of the 50th anniversary “Rockin’ Road” celebration from 5-9PM.

Join us for live music with the Tune-Ups, a vintage car display courtesy of the California Auto Museum, dancing, hula hoops, a performance from the King of Rock & Roll himself,  games, all you can eat ICE CREAM at seven Crystal Ice Cream stations PLUS a float station and much more! Food and beverages, including beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Adult admission is $19.59 if you pre-order your ticket online. Kids 5-12 get in for $5. Prices go up on the day of event. Online Presale Ticket sales end on Friday, August 28th at 4:00pm.

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

11th Annual Race for the Arts

August 19, 2009

This particular East Sac Mom is a sucker for the fun-runs and 5K walks. Whether it be the Run to Feed the Hungry, Race for the Cure, or even the Shamrock’n 5K, I’m there. I think it’s a combination of the matching t-shirts, enthusiastic participants and the Mimosas with brunch afterwards– oh, and the fact that you’re supporting a good cause while getting some physical activity– but I can’t seem to pass them up. Whenever possible, my kiddo (and significant other) are right beside me on the trail.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, check out the 11th Annual Race for the Arts taking place on Friday, August 28th at 6PM. This year’s race will be held at William Land Park.

There is a kids’ 1/2 mile for ages 8 and younger, a kids’ 1-mile for ages 9-12, and a 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk. Registration is $17 for kids 12 and younger and $30 for adults and includes a race t-shirt and post-race refreshments.

If you want to come support the arts but not participate in the race you are welcome to show up and enjoy music, dance, characters in costume and interactive booths.

Bring the whole family and enjoy an evening in support of the arts. For more information click here or call 916.441.1751.

St. Mary’s 78th Annual Festival Wrap Up

August 18, 2009

St. Mary’s School knows how to throw a party! There was so much to do… carnival games, bounce attractions, live music, arts and crafts, food– so much food– Bingo, plenty of seating, a book sale… whew. Here are a few highlights:





We are already looking forward to the 79th Annual Festival! Did you attend? What did you think? We’d love to hear your feedback! Comment on this post.

50 Cent Monday!

August 17, 2009

Today, August 24 and 31st, in honor of Fairytale Town’s 50th anniversary, the first 50 guests to come through Humpty’s gates each Monday will be admitted for just 50 cents!

Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive and is open from 9AM to 4PM, of course get there early to take advantage of the discounted rate.

For more information, click here or call 916.808.7462.

It’s (almost) fair time!

August 12, 2009

You know the California State Fair is “Big Fun”… here is the nitty gritty first:

August 21-September 7
Monday thru Thursday 12PM-10PM
Weekends and Labor Day 10AM-10PM
General Admission $12 ($10 by August 19th)
Children aged 5-12 $8 ($6 by August 19th)
Children aged 0-4 are *FREE*

Now then, for the good stuff! (The freebies… because you know at ESM we’re all over those…)

  • Kids 12 and under get in free on Tuesdays and all rides are $1 rides for the whole family!
  • On Tuesday, August 25, men and women who serve our country as First Responders and as members of the Armed Forces get *FREE* admission to the Fair (with proper identification) in or out of uniform.
  • Kids in grades K-8 can read 3 books and get 3 FREE carnival rides. Just fill out a Read to Ride report form and redeem it at Guest Services for free rides at the Fair.
  • Come by the Forest Center all 18 days of the Fair and pick up a FREE tree, courtesy of the California Forest Products Commission. Teach your children about sustainability and the benefits of planting that tree.
  • For FREE food samples, just visit the Save Mart Supermarkets California Foodstyle building, presented by Health Craft in Expo Center # 2, any day of the Fair. Or visit the Dirt to Dish Outdoor Cooking Demonstration at The Farm on Fridays, Saturdays & Labor Day.
  • Milk a cow or a goat and make butter for free at California Ranchland. How cool is that???
  • Opening Day, Friday, August 21 is News10 Red Day. Be one of the first 5,000 in line wearing News10 Red and receive a limited edition FREE News10/State Fair beverage tote bag, courtesy of News10 and the State Fair! Gates open at 10 AM. First come, first served.
  • On Kids Day, Tuesdays, August 25 and September 1, Hunter Douglas will give away Child Safety Cord Cleats to the first 5,000 fair guests.
  • Tuesday, September 1 is Save Our Water Day at the State Fair. Be one of the first 1,000 families through the gate and receive a free water shower timer and “Save Our Water” goodie bag, courtesy of the California Department of Water Resources & ACWA.
  • On Kids Day, Tuesday, September 1 the Youth Exhibits team will be giving away a free donated book to youth ages 3 – 18 in Expo Center #1, starting at 12 PM, while supplies last.

So that concludes the free “stuff”, now here is a summary of the free activities…

  • All State Fair concerts are free with Fair admission. But there are a limited number of FREE seats at the Golden1 Stage. To claim your free seat, come to the Golden1 Stage at 4 PM on the day of the concert to receive a concert wristband.
  • “Farm Games” create an opportunity for fairgoers to participate in a variety of competitions ranging from corn husking to watermelon eating. This is a great setting for fairgoers to learn about California Agriculture in a fun and competitive environment. Competitions will be held daily at 12:30, 3:30 & 6:30 daily.
  • You can be a News10 Sportscaster and get your picture taken doing it…. free! Every day in the News10 booth in the California Building.
  • You can be Weird, Wild or Wacky in these FREE 5” x 7” Green Screen pictures, courtesy of Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel and the California State Fair. In the Weird, Wild & Wacky Zone.
  • Defenders of Freedom California Chapter, surrounding VFW Posts and the United States Postal Service have joined forces to underwrite “Operation Postcard: Support Our Troops.” This program is to honor those who are deployed overseas. Come write a personal message on one of our large vinyl postcards that will be mailed to all the different military branches. Located across from Hussong’s Cantina.
  • The California Family Fitness Kids Craft & Fitness Area will provide fair guests with a taste of Kidz Klub activities that currently take place at California Family Fitness locations. Activities include ‘make & take’ crafts, physical activities and much more, all designed to help motivate and encourage children to become active through creative play.
  • Kids 12 and under can receive a stamp towards their “Golden Passport to Fire Prevention” and receive a FREE Smokey the Bear Award by completing all the fire prevention tasks. Every day in Camp Smokey.
  • Follow this map and you will have taken 10,000 steps, the minimum amount of daily exercise recommended by health professionals. Pick up your FREE Walking Map any day at any of the information booths at the Fair.

Whew, there you have it. If you park across the street from Cal Expo and walk to the fair instead of paying $10 for parking you can actually make it a reasonably-priced family outing. Stay for the fireworks at 10PM (if your kids aren’t falling-apart-crabby-exhausted-piles-of-mush by then) and you’ll have had a fun-filled, culturally rich, educational and memorable day at the California State Fair.

Do you have any fair family traditions? Favorite attractions? Helpful hints? We would love to hear them. Leave us a comment!

For more information click here or call 916.263.3000 and as a bonus, you can click here for even more savings with fair coupons! Enjoy, and we’ll see you there!

McKinley Park Music

August 11, 2009

Thank you so much to East Sac Mom Oriana, for telling us about the music program offered at McKinley Park on Thursdays at 11:30AM. Here is her review:

The music was a great toddler time activity!!! As far as I know it is held upstairs at McKinley Park  library every Thursday at 11:30 with teacher Christine. She has a guitar and sings songs with the children in a large lap sitting circle. The music lasted to about noon.

We’ve heard rumors that there may be music offered on Mondays as well. We’re hoping to get confirmation sometime soon. If you’ve attended, please let us know!

Second Saturday Wrap up

August 10, 2009

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If you haven’t been to Second Saturday downtown, this mom highly recommends it. We took our 6-month old this weekend and did our best to arrive when it started (which really meant we got there 20 minutes later) so we could make the most of our time before it got to be too close to bed time.

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The Second Saturday art walk has grown in popularity and has become a bustling marketplace of artists, vendors, photographers and singers. Our baby enjoyed the people-watching and I enjoyed the freebies! Simply Juice was there passing out samples of their raspberry lemonade (I’m sold) and Off was giving out individual packets of insect repellent.

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I was surprised to see the variety of art offered along J Street but even more surprised when I saw displays of furniture (pictured above). I’ve been eyeing one of those white watering cans.

There was pizza for sale by the slice and restaurant specials at every turn. If you haven’t been to Plum Blossom, it is definitely worth stopping in if you’re hungry because the portions are really generous (their claim to fame is that they will deliver until 2AM– awesome!) Tapa the Worldwas packed to the brim, which isn’t uncommon for that place, and the scents wafting in the air were irresistible.

Second Saturday is (obviously) only once a month, but it is worth checking out and is an entertaining *FREE* family activity. If you go, or if you’ve been and have comments or suggestions please let us know! We’d love more feedback from other East Sac Moms.

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St. Mary’s 78th Annual Festival

August 7, 2009

I don’t know about you, but I love festivals! Especially when they include food, games and crafts. If you haven’t been gone during one of the last 77 St. Mary’sAnnual Festivals you’ll have to make it there during the 78th.

You can join in the festivities on Sunday, August 16th from 10AM to 8PM. Not only will there be food (a chicken and pasta dinner, mmm), games (festival booths) and crafts, you’ll also have an opportunity to enjoy live music, a “shopping mall”, dancing, bingo, and even rock climbing, water slides and laser tag!

There is quite literally something for everyone so don’t miss it! St. Mary’s is located at 1351 58th St and you can call 916.452.1100 for more information.

Saturday Morning Playgroup at East Portal

August 6, 2009

Maybe you’ve driven by East Portal Park and seen what looks like a picnic or a family gathering full of kids on Saturday mornings. There is actually a playgroup that meets every Saturday from 10AM-12PM at the East Portal Park playground.

The group is facilitated by David Phillips, who is a father of two in East Sacramento. All ages are welcome! For more information you can call David at 916.453.1296 or email him at

Do you already participate in this group? Do you know of another group that meets regularly? Let us know! Email us at or leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.