Archive for the ‘August 2010’ Category

Real Mom Review: McKinley Library SRP Wrap Up

August 30, 2010

East Sac Mom May hit up the McKinley Library’s Summer Reading Program Wrap Up (how could anyone resist *FREE* Burr’s ice cream?!) and here is what she thought…

The McKinley Park Summer Reading Program Wrap Up Party was awesome!  the event, which started at six, had activities including arts and crafts and the Bubble Lady. My son and I hung out at the Bubble Lady’s show upstairs in the library.  The show was interactive and every child was engaged the entire time.  The show entertained kids from as young as one and up to age ten.  The parents and grandparents seemed to enjoy the show also, at one point one of the grandfathers was brought up on stage and put inside a giant bubble.  By the end of the show everyone in the room was covered with a thin film of “bubble mixture”. After the show we headed down to the lawn for ice cream.  There were also arts and crafts activities and face painting (we didn’t make it over to the arts once my son got his hands on a cone of Cookies and Cream). One of my favorite things during the event was seeing the librarians.  After spending the summer attending storytimes hosted by the very talented librarians, it was almost like spotting a celebrity. I attended last year, and both events were great.  In fact, knowing that the wrap up party was coming motivated us to keep up on our summer reading program, so we could enjoy the wrap up party and celebrate the reading we had done.


The moral of the story? Support your local libraries! That, and send us your own Real Mom Review of a local event, activity or venue to share with other moms. Feel free to include pictures and don’t worry, we can spell-check for you. Not every review has to be positive either! I’m not saying be rude, but how about realistic for other moms who want to try the same thing? Questions? Reviews? Email us: eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com

We’ll see you there!

East Sac Support: KidzArt

August 26, 2010

Imagination sparkles. Curiosity powers up. Ideas take form. Self-discovery is set in motion.

Owned and operated by an East Sacramento Mom, Jessica Tindel, KidzArt has grown from a studio in Natomas and expanded into all areas of Sacramento by way of art education classes.

KidzArt is a fun, unique and confidence-building drawing program for preschoolers through seniors. Our mission at KidzArt is to provide kids of all ages with the opportunity to have art in their lives, increase their skills and knowledge of various art media, learn to draw using a proven method, and most of all, to have fun!

KidzArt enhances a child’s experience of art.  Kids have a great need to express themselves in many ways — artistically, emotionally, physically and spiritually.  KidzArt impacts each and every area of expression.  The KidzArt classroom is a non-competitive environment enhanced by soft music that allows children to focus and enjoy what they are doing.  Parents see the difference in the quality of art their children bring home.  Kids get immediate results as their enthusiasm for art increases.

KidzArt impacts their lives by sparking their creative process in other areas as well.  KidzArt reaches the artistic individual as well as those who never thought they could draw or create works of art!

Not only does KidzArt offer studio classes (including Mommy & Me) and art education in the public schools, they can even help you host birthday parties with a focus on activities and imagination.

For a complete class schedule with prices, click HERE. You can also take advantage of one *FREE* preview class per child.

The KidzArt studio is located at 4480 Duckhorn Suite 100, at I-5 and Arena Boulevard, and for more information click HERE or call 916.574.9700.

We’ll see you there!

ArtBeast Big & Little Beast Workshops

August 25, 2010

Every Friday from 10AM to 12PM, Art Beast offers the Big and Little Beast Workshops. These workshops are designed for adults and children to explore a new art or craft together. A bit more intricate than their typical offerings, the workshops are a great time to learn together and appreciate one another’s strengths in exploring the creative world. Often the children remind the grown ups how to greet the unfamiliar with joy and a sense of adventure.

Workshops can accommodate up to 20 families over the two hours and there is usually have room for everybody. On August 27 participants will make Acorn Babies from Felted Wool.

Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.441.1233. Admission to Art Beast is $8 for adults and children, with second adults and babies 12 months and younger *FREE*.

We’ll see you there!

12th Annual Race for the Arts

August 24, 2010


“It’s More Than a Run – It’s an Experience!” 

To experience the 12th Annual Race for the Arts for yourself, plan to show up at William Land Park on Saturday, August 28 at 8:30AM. Enter to race in the 5K run/walk, the 220 yard kids run, the 440 yard kids run or the 1/2 mile kids run. Entry fees are $30 for the 5K and $15 for the kids’ fun runs and include a t-shirt and refreshments. 

Should you decide to observe rather than participate, you can enjoy lots of entertainment, including interactive booths and refreshments. Or why not make a donation or sponsor a participant? 100% of pledges benefit designated nonprofit arts organizations or school programs. 

Race for the Arts takes place at William Land Park at 15th Avenue and Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.933.4056. 

We’ll see you there! 

Leave No Trace Workshop at Trailmix.Net

August 19, 2010

My favorite childhood memories are of huge family camping trips with aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandparents. Every time we packed up to leave, my great grandpa would offer a cash incentive to the grandchild who collected the most trash or litter from our camp site. We learned from a young age how to “leave no trace” and, thanks to Trailmix.Net, you can too!

Leave No Trace promotes responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. They are hosting a *FREE* awareness workshop covering the seven principles of leave no trace for families with children of all ages on Sunday, August 22 from 9AM to 11AM.

Although the workshop is *FREE*, seating is limited to 20 participants, so be sure to reserve your space in advance by calling 888.95.TRAIL or emailing

The Trailmix.Net store is located at 116B I Street and for more information click HERE or call 888.95.TRAIL.

We’ll see you there!

Fire Station #4 Open House

August 18, 2010

The Sacramento Fire Department’s Fire Station #4 is the oldest working fire station in the Sacramento area, first built in 1902. In 1933 the station was relocated from 26th Street between L Street and Capitol Avenue to its current home on Granada Way, nearAlhambra. On Saturday, August 21 from 2PM to 5PM the public can visit the fire house for a tour and meet the firefighters.

Fire Station #4 is located at 3145 Granada Way and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.1357.

Firefighters + big trucks + photo ops for me my toddler = we will definitely see you there!

T Street Block Sale

August 17, 2010

Yard-saling can be fun if it’s done right– that includes rested kids armed with a few dollars in change and some hot chocolate (and Starbucks for mom, of course)! Clean out the trunk of your car and head out to the Elmhurst Parents Group’s annual neighborhood yard sale on Saturday, August 21 starting at 8AM to see what new-to-you stuff you didn’t know you needed.

Funds raised will go toward the Elmhurst Parents Group’s programs, such as their spring egg hunt.

The yard sale will take place in the Sunset Parkway near T and 41st Streets and for more information click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

Summer Reading Program Wrap Up (+ ice cream!)

August 16, 2010

Have you and your children been keeping up with your summer reading? If so, reward yourselves with the Summer Reading Program wrap up and ice cream social on Thursday, August 19 from 6PM to 7:30PM at the McKinley Library.

Rebecca Nile, the Bubble Lady, will work her magic, filling the air with bubbles. Ice cream will be provided for *FREE* by Burr’s Fountain. Kids can make their own fish prints and have a blast with their families to celebrate a successful Summer Reading Program.

Even if you didn’t pick up a book this summer, come out and show your support of the public libraries and relax during one of the last summer evenings before school starts.

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

We’ll see you there!

St. Mary’s 79th Annual Festival

August 12, 2010

Sunday, August 15 is the 79th Annual Festival at St. Mary’s Church. Stop by any time from 10AM to 8PM to enjoy carnival games, Bingo, water play, bounce houses, food, drinks (adult beverages included), local vendors, a book sale and bake sale.

If you can walk or ride your bicycle I would recommend it, as there is usually limited parking. Also, be sure to bring cash. Join in a Bingo game or two and don’t forget to stop by the bake sale– last year I had the most amazing brownie I have ever eaten there! Even if you just go to walk around and enjoy the festivities, you will be entertained for *FREE*. Oh, and you may want to take it easy on the pitchers… you are pretty much guaranteed to see at least three of your neighbors at any given time at the festival.

St. Mary’s is located at 1333 58th Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.452.0296.

We’ll see you there!

P.S. You have until 11:59PM tonight to enter to win the August GIVEAWAY for a $25 McCormick & Schmick’s gift card! The winner will be announced tomorrow.

Sacramento Zoo *FREE* Days

August 11, 2010

Thanks to Target’s *FREE* Admission Days, you can take your family to the Sacramento Zoo on Mondays, August 16, 23 and 30 at no charge!

Get in a few last visits to the monkeys, lemurs and lions before your own little wild animals go back to school. Zoo hours on Mondays are 9AM to 4PM.

The Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.5885.

We’ll see you there!

P.S. Click HERE to enter to win a $25 McCormick & Schmick’s gift card, our August giveaway. Good luck, the winner will be announced Friday!