Archive for the ‘Crafty’ Category

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!


Home Depot Kids’ Workshops

August 3, 2010

Home Improver Club is a service offered through The Home Depot providing do-it-yourself workshops for both adults and kids. Each month there is a DIY project just for school-aged kids. August’s project (perfectly timed to coordinate with back to school) is the School Bus Pencil Organizer. The sessions are hands-on and the August workshop will be hosted on Saturday, August 7 from 9AM to 12PM. Best of all, the workshops are *FREE*.

The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.

In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates’ aprons, and an 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!

July Programs at the McKinley Library

July 7, 2010

How has your family’s Summer Reading been going? We are steadily marking off boxes in our house, we just need to remember to get our drawing entries in to our local branch to be entered in the cool giveaways they have.

The Friends of the McKinley Library are hosting several activities for your school-aged child in July:

  • July 8 – Greek Gods, Heroes and Monsters – Come learn the mythology behind the popular “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series, hear some classic myths and try a Greek-inspired craft.
  • July 15 – Percy Jackson Party – Have you read the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” books? Seen the movie? Come answer trivia questions, play games, participate in a raffle for fabulous Percy Jackson prizes, and leave sporting an ancient Greek style laurel wreath.
  • July 22 – Pirate Party – Arrr there, matey! Come to the party and make your own pirate hat. Then we’ll hunt for “buried treasure” around McKinley Park. High seas adventure without even getting your feet wet!

All events are *FREE* for school-aged children and take place from 3:30PM to 4:30PM on the dates listed above.

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!

*Don’t forget, tomorrow is the last day to enter the got milk? GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details.*

Camp BEAST at ArtBeast

May 19, 2010

Are your children counting down the school days left? Are you? You might be dreading the last day of school if you don’t have summer plans. ArtBeast is here to help, with weeks of super fun summer camps for children ages 4-6.

Our 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, we 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 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.

Camp BEAST session times are 9AM to 1PM and 1:30PM to 5:30PM and the cost is $160, with additional children from the same family discounted 15%.

Here are the session dates and camp themes:

June 14 to June 18
Morning Camp: Acting and Storytelling
Afternoon Camp: Rocket Camp

June 21 to June 25 Morning Camp: Exploring Art
Afternoon Camp: Camp Gizmo

June 28 to July 2
Morning Camp: Garden Camp
Afternoon Camp: Yoga and Eco Art

July 5 to July 9
Morning Camp: Exploring Textiles
Afternoon Camp: Rocket Camp

July 12 to July 16
Morning Camp: Puppet Making
Afternoon Camp: Dance Camp

July 19 to July 23
Morning Camp: Camp Gizmo
Afternoon Camp: Acting and Storytelling

July 26 to July 30
Morning Camp: Exploring Art
Afternoon Camp: Yoga and Eco Art

August 2 to Aug 6
Morning Camp: Dance Camp
Afternoon Camp: Drum and Movement

August 9 to Aug 13
Morning Camp: Puppet Making
Afternoon Camp: Yoga and Dance

Aug 16 to Aug 20
Morning Camp: Drum and Movement

For camp descriptions and more information click HERE or call 916.441.1233. To register click HERE. Remember that all proceeds from ArtBeast go to benefit the Tubman House and are tax deductible.

We’ll see you there!

The Crocker Art Museum’s Homeschool Day + Wee Wednesday

May 10, 2010

If there is one group of moms who can appreciate *FREE* and inexpensive local activities, it would have to be homeschool moms. While at my day job I meet homeschool moms and their students pretty frequently (usually right after I ask if they are playing hookie from school) and they seem to always be on their way to some exciting adventure.

The Crocker Art Museum is offering a *FREE* Homeschool Day on Tuesday, May 11. Participants will compare and contrast the architecture of the old and new Crocker on an art trail and create their own 3-D artwork. They will also receive a post-visit art education activity to continue the experience at home. Homeschool Day takes place between 10AM and 1PM and is designed for small homeschool groups and individual families. Reservations are required, so to register, call 916.808.1182 or email

Later on in the month, take your preschooler to the Crocker to enjoy Wee Wednesday. Wee Wednesdays are designed for children ages 3-5 and the special adult in their lives. Encourage your early learner’s development through multi-sensory activities inspired by art and storytelling. Two Wee Wednesday sessions will be offered at 10:30AM and 1PM on Wednesday, May 19. Reservations are required so to register, call 916.808.1182 or email Participation is *FREE* with admission.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click here or call 916.808.7000. Admission to the Crocker is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students.

We’ll see you there!

Make a Paper Garden at McKinley + Mothers Day Bouquets at Whole Foods

May 4, 2010

I’ve got to hand it to whoever comes up with the awesome after-school activities that are hosted at the McKinley Library each month– there is such a variety in themes and activities and they all seem to be timed perfectly. This week, for example, your school-aged child can join the Friends of McKinley Library in making paper gardens and “lovely paper flowers that won’t wilt”. Just in time for Mother’s Day! The paper gardens workshop will take place on Thursday, May 6th from3:30-4:30PM.

The McKinley Library fun isn’t just reserved for the younger kids though. Teens can come hang out at the library on Thursday, May 13th from 3:30-4:30PM and challenge their friends to a game of Wii Mario Cart. Sorry East Sac Dads, it’s just for your teens.

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

When I think Mother’s Day gifts from kids my mind immediately goes to noodle necklaces. I have a feeling it is because my own mother received more than her share of those over the years from me and my brothers. Flowers are nice too, but only last so long– unless the bouquet is made of pipe cleaners!

Your 5-12 year old can join Whole Foods on Saturday, May 8th from 11AM-12PM in making pipe cleaner flowers. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Participation is $5 and pre-registration is required. Click here to register. Moms, feel free to get some shopping done while you’re there (or maybe just visit the Starbucks in the parking lot with a good book?)

Whole Foods is located at 4315 Arden Way and for more information click here or call 916.488.2800.

We’ll see you there!

McKinley Park Easter Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast + Easter Egg Dyeing at Whole Foods

March 30, 2010

The East Sacramento-Midtown Kiwanis Club is sponsoring the 23rd annual pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 3rd. Breakfast will be served from 7:30-11AM in the Clunie Community Center at McKinley Park. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children with proceeds benefiting the McKinley Park playground project, the Kiwanis Family House at UC Davis Medical Center and other community service projects.

At 9:30AM a *FREE* Easter egg hunt for children up to age 10 will be held and there will be other childrens activities including carnival games.

McKinley Park is located at 601 Alhambra Boulevard and for more information click here or call 916.484.1314.

In case Saturday rolls around and your kids haven’t had enough egg dyeing of their own (or if you want to avoid the mess on your kitchen table at home) you can take them to Whole Foods for Natural Egg Dyeing. Whole Foods will be using natural plant-based dyes to tint hard-boiled eggs, teaching your children to “go green” in many colors.

There will be two Natural Egg Dyeing sessions at Whole Foods on Saturday, one at 11AM and one at 2PM. Participation is limited to 10 children per class and is open to kids aged 5-12. Participants 8 or younger will need an adult chaperone. To register for the 11AM click here and for the 2PM session click here.

Whole Foods is located at 4315 Arden Way and for more information click here or call 916.488.2800 ext 260.

We’ll see you there!

Do you have a favorite egg decorating technique? Do you use traditional dyes? Crayons? Paper?

April Classes at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op

March 29, 2010

It is rare when we get a Co-Op Class posted before they are already full. These workshops fill up in record time, so if you’re at all interested make sure to register TODAY.

While some of the classes are pricey, such as Kids in the Kitchen: Italian Favorites at $45 ($35 for members), there are occasionally more budget-friendly options. Signs of Spring: Caterpillars and Butterflies is an opportunity for children aged 3 and older to learn to create cute caterpillars and beautiful butterflies out of all-natural wool. This is a simple art project and would make a PERFECT daddy/daughter activity (crafty enough for daughter but no “girlie” craft knowledge required by dad.)

Signs of Spring: Caterpillars and Butterflies will be offered on April 17th and there are even TWO sessions being held, so there are more seats available for this class than many others held by the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op. To register for the 9:30-10:30AM session click HERE and for the 11AM-12PM session click HERE. Best of all, THIS WORKSHOP IS *FREE*! I promise, there were still seats available before we published this post, but they are not going to last.

The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op is located at 1900 Alhambra Boulevard and for more information click here or call 916.455.2667.

We’ll see you there!

What is your favorite sign of Spring? The blossoming trees? Sprouting flowers? Green, green grass everywhere? Mine is without a doubt daylight savings time– bring on the late sunny evenings!

Children’s Poetry Day

March 18, 2010

Did you know that March 21st is Children’s Poetry Day?

Or that the month of March is…

  • Womens History Month
  • Youth Art Month
  • American Red Cross Month
  • Music in our Schools Month
  • National Craft Month and
  • National Noodle Month?

True story. Why not use one of those as an excuse to do something fun with your child to “celebrate”?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Write a poem with your child with as many words as you can find that rhyme with “March” (making up your own words is completely acceptable)
  • Teach your child about a female family member they don’t know much about or better yet, take them to visit an elderly female to hear about her history
  • Create a work of art out of Red Cross logos…
  • Let your child make a musical instrument out of non-musical instrument materials (pots and pans are my 1-year-old’s favorite)
  • Hold a family Iron Chef competition with prizes for “Best Tasting” and “Most Unique Ingredients” pasta dishes

Instant and *FREE* family fun.


Does your child have a favorite poet (or author) or a favorite poem?

Wee Wednesday + St. Patty’s Day at Art Beast

March 15, 2010

Are you in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit yet? With two days to go, you have a couple more opportunities to participate in *FREE* (or cheap) family activities on Wednesday.

First up, St. Patrick’s Day at Art Beast takes place from 9AM to 6PM and includes Irish storytelling, Shamrock art, green dough, and St. Patrick’s Day crafts. There will even be and a round of Irish tales and Drum Circle at 10:30AM and Irish dance at 10:30AM. This celebration is perfect for the wee ones! The Art Beast St. Patrick’s Day event is *FREE* for members or with admission to Art Beast. Admission for adults and children over 1 is $8 (one extra adult in family and children under 12 months are *FREE*.)

If you don’t have time (or energy) to take your children to Art Beast, Trader Joe’s is coming to your rescue with *FREE* face painting on St. Patrick’s Day. Get some grocery shopping done, pick up a bouquet of Irish Bells for yourself and let the kiddos take home a green balloon (my one-year-old’s favorite part.) Thank you TJ’s.

For your child ages 3-5 make sure to check out Wee Wednesday at the Crocker Art Museum. Wee Wednesdays are designed for children and the special adult in their lives. Encourage your early learner’s development through multi-sensory activities inspired by art and storytelling. Reservations are required however the workshop is *FREE* with admission. Admission to the Crocker is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. To register, call 916.808.1182 or email

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

Trader Joe’s is located at 5000 Folsom Boulevard and is open from 9AM-8PM. For more information click here or call 916.456.1853.

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!

Do you have a favorite Trader Joe’s find? Personally, I think their frozen lemonade has something in it that makes it addictive. I can’t get enough of the stuff.