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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!

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April Events at the McKinley Library

April 5, 2011

All McKinley Library programs are *FREE* and sponsored by the Friends of McKinley Library.

Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19 & 26

Baby Lapsit Storytime
10:30-11AM
Ages birth through 24 months. This storytime is designed to help develop literacy with stories, songs, and movement.

Toddler Storytime
11-11:30AM
Stories, songs, fingerplays and more for children aged 18 months to 3 years.

Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27

Preschool Storytime
11-11:30PM
Stories, songs, fingerplays and more for preschoolers aged 3 – 5. Younger children welcome as space permits.

Thursday, April 7

Just Dance 2
3:30-4:30PM
Teen program. Come shake your groove thing at McKinley Library!

Thursday, April 21

Spring Crafts
3:30-4:30PM
School-age program. Bunnies and eggs, flowers and butterflies, make many lovely little tokens of the season.

Saturday, April 30

Fancy Nancy Tea Party
2-3:30PM
Family program. Tea party and fashion show. Come show your glittery best at the library. Crafts include fancy hats, crowns, and accessories.

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!

April Events at the Crocker Art Museum

March 29, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 3PM
Classical Concert: William Feasley, Guitar
Inspired by “John Buck: Iconography,” classical guitarist William Feasley will perform works by American composers Peter Madlem, Robert Beaser, Carlos Jobim, and Thelonius Monk along with the world premiere of “Black Tango” (“Tango Negro”) by the Argentine composer Marcelo Ferraris. Purchase tickets HERE, at the admission desk, or by calling 916.808.1182. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.

This would be a great afternoon activity for a parent and teen! Why not grab a dessert at Ginger Elizabeth afterward and discuss the music?

Thursday, April 14, 5-9PM
Art Mix: Lit Fix
Celebrate Literary Arts Month with a night full of poetry, spoken word, live music, tours, and talks. Don’t miss an open mic session and interactive activities. *FREE* with museum admission. Art Mix is part of the program series Thursdays ‘til 9.

Another good parent-teen activity, this would make for a fun “date night”. Grab dinner Tapa the World before you get your art fix.

Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27, 11AM
Wee Wednesday
Bring your little one and yourself for gallery-based art activities for children ages 3 to 5.  *FREE* with museum admission. This is a family program and space is limited. Signup begins at 10AM on the day of the event at the museum admission desk.

SUCH a fun activity for your toddler! Get them exposed to the arts at an early age.

Saturday, April 9, 1PM
Sunday, April 17, 11AM
Drop, Yak, Splat! A Museum Adventure for Families
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with museum admission.

This would be a great way to start your family Second Saturday fun.

Tuesday, April 12, Noon-2PM
Homeschool Day
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the museum regularly for thematic gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. Registration is required. For pricing specifics and registration, click HERE or call 916.808.1182.

Sunday, April 17, 1-3PM
Opening Reception: Meaning and Medium – Self-Portraits by Christian Brothers High School Students
See the exhibition “Meaning and Medium,” on view April 7 through July 10, 2011, and meet the artists who have explored portraiture through fresh eyes.

Tuesday, April 19, 10:30AM
Baby Loves Art – Singing in the Rain
Baby Loves Art is an entertaining and interactive way for children ages three and under and their caregivers to experience the educational stimulation that the visual arts can provide. Children sing, move, groove, touch, and play at the Crocker while building key cognitive and motor skills. This program is funded by the First 5 Sacramento Commission.

I can’t WAIT to take my 2 year-old to this new program for babies!

If you attend (or have attended in the past) any of the program or special events at the Crocker, we’d love to hear about it and get your thoughts and insight. Email us at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

We’ll see you there!

March Activities at the McKinley Library

March 1, 2011

If you aren’t already familiar with East Sacramento’s very own public library, you have been missing out. Along with the wealth of knowledge (and *FREE* DVD rentals) contained inside those walls, check out the *FREE* family-friendly activities you can enjoy this month:

 Baby Lapsit Storytime, Tuesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 10:30-11AM
Ages birth to 24 months. This storytime is designed to help develop literacy with stories, songs, and movement.

Toddler Storytime, Tuesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 11-11:30AM
Stories, songs, fingerplays and more for children aged 18 months to 3 years.

Preschool Storytime, Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 23 & 30, 11-11:30AM
Stories, songs, fingerplays and more for preschoolers aged 3–5. Younger children welcome as space permits.

Family Movie Night, Thursday, March 3, 5-7PM
Come watch a movie with the whole family. Safe for all ages.

Lucky Charms Teen Program, Thursday, March 10, 3:30-4:30PM
Make charm bracelets, necklaces, and cell phone charms. Mix & match, keep or give as a gift.

St. Patrick’s Day School-Age Program, Thursday, March 17, 3:30-4:30PM
Bring your little leprechauns to McKinley Library to make green and gold crafts. Learn about the Fair Folk and listen to some Irish blarney.

Lego Creations Family Program, Saturday, March 26, 2-3:30PM
All ages are welcome! Come to McKinley Library and build fantastic new creations with Lego blocks. You can’t take it with you, but pieces created during the program will be proudly displayed in the library.

The McKinley Library is located at 601 Alhambra Boulevard and is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Hours of operation the rest of the week are Tuesdays 12-8PM, Wednesdays 10AM-6PM, Thursdays 12-8PM, Fridays 1-5PM and Saturdays 9AM-5PM. For more information click HERE.

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
-Insta-Snow
-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!

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!)

November Programs at the McKinley Library

November 4, 2010

TODAY 3:30-4:30 – Teens can learn to make adorable little creatures out of wool. Make ’em, swap ’em, give them as gifts. The possibilities are endless!

Thursday, November 18 3:30-4:30 – Your school-aged kids can immortalize the beauty of fallen leaves in projects such as greeting cards, gift tags, wrapping paper, and art projects. Celebrate the autumn season and get a jump-start on the holidays with these lovely keepsakes.

Support our local library and get the kids out of the house– it’s a win-win. Best of all? The programs are *FREE*.

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!

Getty Owl’s Fundraiser Supporting a Local Family

October 11, 2010

Sacramento parents Kate and Mark took their daughter, Getty, to her routine 4-month pediatric appointment back in July and assumed that the most painful part of that trip would be the immunization shots that Getty would receive at the end of the visit. What they never imagined was that they would be told their daughter likely only had two years to live.

Getty was diagnosed with SMA1. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is an inherited disease that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness, eventually leading to death. Infants like Getty with SMA Type 1 are born with very little muscle tone, weak muscles, and develop feeding and breathing problems over time. Weakness gets worse and will eventually become severe. There is no cure or treatment for the progressive weakness.

Since the condition is considered terminal a lot of the medical equipment that they will need will not be covered. In Getty’s honor and to raise money for the family, Mark and Kate’s friend, Stacey Ball, decided to organize a craft event.

The event will be taking place on Saturday, October 16th from 10AM to 2PM at Fremont Park at 1515 Q Street.  At last count there was 77 vendors participating.  There will be a raffle the day of the show and select vendors are donating a portion of their proceeds to the family.

You can find more information about Getty and this event at their blog: www.gettyowl.com.  They also have a Facebook event that can be shared at:

http://www.facebook.com/#%21/event.php?eid=130763776971424

Please help support Getty and her family by attending the event, making a donation or helping spread the word to others.

We’ll see you there!

September Home Depot Kids’ Workshop

September 2, 2010

This month’s Home Improver Club project is a cool football stand, just in time for the season. Take your little builder or crafter to Home Depot on Saturday, September 4th from 9AM to 12PM to make one on their own.

Home Depot Kids Workshops are *FREE* and participants ages 5-12 get to decorate and keep their crafts along with a kid-sized Home Depot apron and achievement pin.

The Home Depot is located at 8000 Folsom Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.381.3181.

We’ll see you there!