Archive for the ‘December 2009’ Category

Kids Club at Whole Foods

January 14, 2010

Whole Foods may not exactly be in East Sacramento (or very near us, for that matter) but we still think it is worth the drive to Carmichael to shop there once in a while. If you can carry yourself out of their wine section (maybe that’s just me…) check out their class offerings.

This Sunday, January 17th, Whole Foods has a Kids Club activity to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Bring your little one aged 6-12 (under 8 must have parent involvement) to Whole Foods at noon to create rainbow pins “demonstrating that people of all colors are part of one family.”

The activity is *FREE* however registration is required. Reserve your space by calling 916.488.2800.

Whole Foods is located at 4315 Arden Way. For more information click here or call the number above.

We’ll see you there!

As an East Sacramentan, are you a Whole Foods shopper? Do they have any items you go there specifically for?

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Family Friendly New Years Eve

December 30, 2009

Ah, New Years Eve. Of all the holidays it seems like this is the one that changes the most when you become a parent. And it is constantly changing as your children get older. If your NYE plans this year include the kids, check out Old Sacramento’s New Years Eve Sky Spectacular with Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Roadcrew.

There will be live music, fireworks and vendors in Old Sacramento. You can go for just the fireworks or make an evening out of it with dinner and dessert. Here is the official schedule:

9:00PM Fireworks (Set to childrens’ music!)
6-6:45PM Todd Morgan (singer/musician)
7-7:30PM Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Crew
7:40-8:20PM Todd Morgan
8:25-8:55PM Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Crew

The rest of the evening’s entertainment will be provided by the Ralph Woodson Experience performing a Jimi Hendrix Tribute and more fireworks at midnight. You can also find Clemon Charles (pop and rock) from 6-10PM at 2nd and J Streets, Allie Marcel and Friends (rockin’ blues) from 8PM-12AM at Front and J Streets, and Obsidian Butterfly (Fire Dancers) from 9PM to 12AM at Front and K Streets. All of the festivities are *FREE* so you know we love that.

If you’re staying in with the kids you can trick them into thinking it is midnight by showing them the ball dropping in New York at 9PM local time… and then let us know if that really works!

For more information about the New Years Eve Spectacular click here or call 916.808.7777.

What are your New Years plans? (We are mostly asking because we’re still undecided about what we’re doing.) Do your kids make it to midnight? Any fun traditions? Please share! Leave us a comment below.

My Creative Space at the Crocker Art Museum

December 28, 2009

I don’t know about you, but we are still full from Christmas (and Christmas cookies, chocolate covered pretzels and cake… mmm… cake…) Anyway, while basking in the after-Christmas glow we are also looking ahead to the new year and looking forward to the fun and *FREE* (or cheap) family activities in and around East Sacramento.

A great place to start is the Crocker Art Museum! On Wednesday, December 30th you can join the Crocker for My Creative Space. My Creative Space is hands-on art activities, family tours and story time from 10:30AM-4PM. All ages are welcome and all activities are *FREE* with admission. Admission for adults is $6, $4 for seniors and $3 students and children.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street. For more information click here or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2009

We know you’ll be spending the next few days and (hopefully) on into the weekend immersed in family, good food and celebration. May and I want to wish you a very happy holidays. Enjoy the time with your loved ones. We’ll be back on Monday with more fun and *FREE* or cheap activities to do in and around East Sacramento.

If you need ideas or suggestions on what to do over the holidays, check out our calendar (which can be accessed by the button on the right), the ice rink post, or spend an afternoon at ArtBeast.

We’ll see you there!

What are you and your families doing over the next couple of weeks? Any suggestions for other East Sac Moms for how to entertain kids during winter break? Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

FREE Admission to Fairytale Town and the Sacramento Zoo

December 22, 2009

 More *FREE* fun for kids out of school for winter break! This Thursday admission to the William Land Park’s Fairytale Town and the Sacramento Zoo is complimentary. Take some time out from the hurried pace of the holidays and invest in quality time with your family that involves penguins, flamingoes, rides and slides.

Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive and for more information click here or call 916.264.5233.

The Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 West Land Park Drive and for more information click here or call 916.808.5888.

We’ll see you there!

2009 Battle of the Santas

December 21, 2009

It wasn’t until I became a mom that I realized not all Santas are equal.  Some look more “realistic”, some are friendlier, and some Santas are set in better locations.

This year, my son and I visited two Santas, and have two pictures to prove it.  He is not yet two, so he hasn’t noticed that small inconsistencies between the plethora of Santas floating around this time of year.  Different colored red suits, or real versus fake beards.  And, why do some Santas where glasses, and some don’t?  Does Santa have contacts that he pops in some mornings?

I came up with a rating system, or “rubric”.  Being a teacher the big professional buzzword is rubric, its basically a scoring system with set guidelines.  Here is a simplified version.

Santa’s Location “realistic” appearance

(minus points for fake beard or stuffed belly)

Friendliness of Santa Santa’s ability to stay in character (must use phrases such as “ho, ho, ho” and “have you been good this year?” Time Santa spends with child (including Santa’s patience as child tries to remember what he wants for Christmas) Helpfulness of Santa’s Elves (patience and help getting the perfect child on Santa’s lap pic) Value of Picture Package (cost of pictures and quality of shot, bonus point if they will email the pic to you) Overall Score
Points Possible 5 5 5 5 5 5 30
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 Below are my ratings:

Santa’s Location “realistic” appearance

(minus points for fake beard or stuffed belly)

Friendliness of Santa Santa’s ability to stay in character (must use phrases such as “ho, ho, ho” and “have you been good this year?” Time Santa spends with child (including Santa’s patience as child tries to remember what he wants for Christmas) Helpfulness of Santa’s Elves (patience and help getting the perfect child on Santa’s lap pic) Value of Picture Package (cost of pictures and quality of shot, bonus point if they will email the pic to you) Overall Score
Country Club Plaza 4 5 5 5 5 5 29
Comments Beard was fake, but tummy seemed real! Awesome!

My son loved him.

Even had candy canes and sang songs. We spend two and a half hours warming up to Santa They were very patient (for two and a half hours) $30 got me a picture on a CD and a $20 credit at Shutterfly  

 

Santa’s Location “realistic” appearance

(minus points for fake beard or stuffed belly)

Friendliness of Santa Santa’s ability to stay in character (must use phrases such as “ho, ho, ho” and “have you been good this year?” Time Santa spends with child (including Santa’s patience as child tries to remember what he wants for Christmas) Helpfulness of Santa’s Elves (patience and help getting the perfect child on Santa’s lap pic) Value of Picture Package (cost of pictures and quality of shot, bonus point if they will email the pic to you) Overall Score
Midtown Santa (Santa’s Toy Shoppe) 5 5 5 4 4 4 27
Comments 100% genuine This Santa even has storytime! A little different from the typical character, but still good A little rushed The staff are not professional Elves and struggled a little $15 for one picture with Santa (they said they would email it, but I am still waiting 2 weeks later)  

Giveaway winner!

December 18, 2009

Congratulations to Brie who won the California State Railroad Museum tickets! For everyone else, we’d still love to hear what giveaways you’d like to see on East Sac Mom– or anything else you’d like to see here, for that matter– going into 2010. Send us an email to eastsacmom@gmail.com or leave us a comment below the post.

Be sure to check out the East Sac Mom calendar to see what *FREE* and cheap activities are going on this weekend.

As always, we’ll see you there!

P.S. Check back on Monday when May will post her 2009 Santa Review— she has visited various Santa’s workshops in the Sacramento area (some several times) and will give other East Sac Moms the scoop. You will not want to miss it!

Storytime + Yogurt?

December 17, 2009

You had us at yogurt. If you’ve followed this blog since summer you know we’re a bit obsessed with events that include ice cream or frozen yogurt. Imagine my delight when May discovered that Big Spoon Yogurt has story time on the third Thursday of each month! Not only that, but children under 6 receive a *FREE* yogurt!

So you know where to find us on the third Thursday of each month between 1-2PM. Big Spoon in East Sacramento is located at 3644 J Street and is open 11AM-11PM every day. Since you know your kids are not going to want to share, bring a canned food donation and get 10% off your own yogurt! You’re welcome.

For more information click here or call 916.731.4655.

We’ll see you there!

ArtBeast’s Winter Solstice Party

December 16, 2009

With all of the other holidays to celebrate, the winter solstice gets lost in the mix. Join ArtBeast in celebrating the official start of the season with yoga, storytelling, art, music and dance. Explore the values of giving, gratitude and joy (we could all use a reminder, especially after all of the last-minute shopping.) After the workshop, join the potluck!

The Winter Solstice Party will take place on Sunday, December 20th from 2-4PM. Admission to ArtBeast is $8 per adult, $8 per child and free for extra adults in the family. Don’t forget that your admission is tax-deductible because all proceeds go to support the Tubman House. Talk about doing good.

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

We’ll see you there!

Have you been to ArtBeast yet? Taken a class? What did you think? What did your kids think?

P.S. Need a last-minute gift? Why not enter to win *FREE* passes to the California State Railroad Museum? Click here and comment!

The Elves and the Shoemaker

December 15, 2009

Laugh when two merry elves arrive at a small village in the Black Forest to discover a poor, gentle shoemaker who clearly needs their assistance. Their good deeds, kindness and resourcefulness save the shoemaker and his wife from a bleak and unhappy holiday. This hilarious CTC production has been delighting students throughout the U. S. for two decades!

Don’t take this the wrong way, because I’m not advocating that you encourage your child to skip school, NOR am I downplaying the value of education. That said, I believe that once in a while it is okay to let your child miss a day of school in the name of quality time. Kids can sometimes get lost in the holiday shuffle (between packages, Christmas cards, wrapping paper and baking) and taking a day with just you and your little one can mean more than a tree full of gifts for them.

Here is an idea: surprise your elementary school kiddo with a special day this Thursday that includes lunch with just the two of you and The Elves and the Shoemaker.

The California Theater Center is performing The Elves and the Shoemaker at the Crest Theater on Thursday, December 17th with showtimes at 10AM and 12PM. Tickets are $7-10 and the Crest is located at 1013 K Street.

For more information click here or call 800.606.0424.

We’ll see you there!

Have you ever taken your child out of class to do something special? Would you consider it? We’d love to get your feedback and hear your ideas. Comment below!

P.S. Don’t forget about the December giveaway for the California State Railroad Museum. Leave a comment on the post by Thursday!