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Chuck E. Cheese Debuts a New Pizza Recipe

August 2, 2011

Let me be completely up-front in saying that before I became a parent I vowed to never take my child to Chuck E. Cheese, let alone (gasp!) host one of my child’s birthday parties there. Now that my son has celebrated two birthdays with unnecessarily extravagant parties and the third will occur while I am 8 months pregnant with child number two, my opinion has changed a bit. I totally get the appeal of the Chuck E. Cheese birthdays. I do. Will I host a birthday party there? Maybe not. Will I attend one? Heck yes. And enjoy the pizza!

You may or may not have heard that Chuck E. Cheese has upgraded its pizza recipe for the first time in 30 years. Our little East Sac family got the opportunity to try out the new recipe and review our local Chuck E. Cheese on Arden Way. Since the hype is about the pizza, we’ll start there. We ordered the barbecue chicken (minus the onions and bell peppers) and the cheese pizza. The kids (ages 2, 3, and 9) happily ate the cheese with not much comment or complaint. I think pizza is pizza when you’re a kid, isn’t it? The barbecue chicken was surprisingly good. The chicken was a bit sparse (my fellow ESM companion and I fought over the “good” slice) but tasty and the crust was actually the highlight! It was delicious on its own and had just the right thickness and crispness. I was really glad I opted to also get the “all you can eat” salad bar. That was my favorite part of the whole experience. Every item was fresh, stocked, and gobbled up by my 2-year-old. He ate more baby corn, kidney beans and beets than he did cheese pizza.

As far as the rest of our experience at Chuck E. Cheese goes… here are the points we felt were important to mention:

  • You do not want to go on a Sunday afternoon, if you can avoid it. The noise level… OH. MY. And small children screaming and running wild everywhere. Everywhere.
  • The toddler zone was great! Every game or “ride” was only one token and after using only 5 tokens our little ones thought they had experienced Disneyland.
  • We let the 9-year-old roam free and play games and felt comfortable because the whole place is pretty small so from our table in the middle we could see him almost everywhere.
  • That being said, DO NOT rely on the staff to verify your stamps on the way out. When you enter, you and your children are stamped with the same number. They are supposed to check the numbers on the way out to make sure you are leaving with just your child/children. This definitely was not happening.
  • Take it for what it is– a fun place to let your kids burn up some energy while you collect tickets and try to stash enough away to get some candy before you leave. Enjoy it.

If you want to visit Chuck E. Cheese with your family, the Arden location is at 1690 Arden Way, next to Party City and for more information click HERE or call 916.920.9181.

Before your visit, remember to click HERE for some coupons too.

We’ll see you there!

FREE Sacramento Zoo Admission with Tillamook’s Loaf Love Tour

July 28, 2011

Tillamook Cheese, the 102-year-old, farmer-owned cheese brand that has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s premier natural cheese makers, and its “Loaf Love Tour,” the second annual cross-country event dedicated to “bringing tasty cheese to the people,” is returning to Sacramento from July 25th to August 14th. As a fun way to share the “Loaf Love” with Sacramento-area residents, The Loaf Love Tour will be offering *FREE* admission to the Sacramento Zoo on Saturday, July 30th for the first 100 fans who sport their brightest & wildest Tillamook Cheese orange.* (Orange-clad fans arriving after the first 100 tickets will receive $1 off admission.) Once inside, zoo-goers will have the chance to experience the Loaf Love Tour and receive cheese samples, coupons & more. For more information, tune into Tillamook Cheese on Facebook or follow @TillamookCheese on Twitter.

The Loaf Love Tour will visit grocery stores, farmers’ markets and special events, educating attendees about Tillamook Cheese while sampling their all-natural cheddars made in the Pacific Northwest using only the highest-quality milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.

*Free entry for the first 100 eligible participants only. Free entry starting at 9:00AM until limit reached. Participating fans may check-in at the Tillamook Baby Loaf bus adjacent to the Sacramento ticketing booth. To win, attendees must be wearing orange. Limit one free entry per person, no monetary value.

To see the tour’s full & detailed schedule of stops in Sacramento, click HEREThe Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 West Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.5885.

We’ll see you there!

Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express

July 27, 2011

Moviegoers of all ages can climb aboard to enjoy a great selection of films during this 9-week festival.  Select Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres are offering selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00AM. The nearest participating theater to our 95819 zip code is Arden Fair 6. Here are the remaining movies this summer…

7/26-7/27
CHARLOTTE’S WEB
MARMADUKE
 
8/2-8/3
NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS
WALLACE AND GROMIT
 
8/9-8/10
JIMMY NEUTRON
KARATE KID

Arden Fair 6 is located at 1739 Arden Way and for more information click HERE or call 916.568.5188.

Want to make it a family movie night? Don’t forget the Sacramento 6 Drive-In’s! On Tuesday nights admission for two movies is only $5.50 per vehicle. Pack up the kids, lots of blankets and pillows, and plenty of snacks and drinks.

We’ll see you there!

My favorite kind of scoop

July 11, 2011

 

Did you know there’s a new ice cream shop in East Sac?! Here’s the scoop (ahem, okay we’re done with that, I promise)…

What’s the Scoop opened recently in East Sacramento and is proudly serving Gunther’s ice cream. They have a ton of flavors and some super yummy concoctions (hello, 50-50, a champagne and berry ice with vanilla ice cream) and fabulous local service. Check out the Yelp reviews HERE (warning, out of 10, I’m not sure how many are authentic) and then go taste for yourself! Let us know what you think! East Sacramento Mom readers even get 20% off one item for mentioning you found them through East Sac Mom.

What’s the Scoop is located at 6350 Folsom Boulevard, next to Dos Coyotes.

We’ll see you there!

 

Sacramento Scoops Earth Day

April 21, 2011
Sacramento’s Earth Day Logo

As parents, we try to teach our children to share, so of course we want to model it ourselves! We wanted to take a moment today to share that the local blog Sacramento Scoop has a great summary of Earth Day events happening in our area. Click HERE to check it out.

We’ll see you there!

31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin Robbins

April 18, 2011

If Baskin Robbins’ 31 cent scoop night isn’t a sure sign that summer is coming, I don’t know what is.

Head over to BR on Wednesday, April 27th from 5PM to 10PM and get your favorite flavor (or try a new one) for just 31 cents.

Baskin Robbins is located at 5648 Folsom Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.450.9081.

We’ll see you there!

Kiwanis FREE Community Easter Egg Hunts + Pancake Breakfast

April 12, 2011

The East Sacramento-Midtown Kiwanis Club will be hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast, carnival, and *FREE* community Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday April 23rd at McKinley Park.  The Pancake Breakfast will be from 7:30AM until 11:30AM inside the Clunie Clubhouse.  The cost for the breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children.  The carnival games for children are just 50 cents each. The schedule for the Free Easter Egg Hunts is:
Ages 0-1: 9:30AM
Ages 1-2: 9:45AM
Ages 3-4: 10:00AM
Ages 5-6: 10:15AM
Ages 7-8: 10:30AM
Ages 9-10: 10:45AM

For more tickets to the Pancake Breakfast or for more information on Kiwanis click HERE or contact John Brummer at jrbkpltg7@aol.com or 916.642.2505.  All funds raised will be donated to various community service organizations and the Kiwanis Family House.
We’ll see you there!

Mommy & Me Day at Raley Field + 2011 Rivercats Season

April 11, 2011

If I had to choose my favorite thing about spring and summer, it would be longer days. BUT, my second favorite thing is without a doubt, baseball. Whether it be the San Francisco Giants, the Sacramento Rivercats, or our neighborhood little league, give me a seat in the bleachers with a hot dog and a beer (iced tea if I’m at a little league game, of course) and I am one happy mama. I can’t wait for my little guy to be old enough to play tee ball. In the meantime, we love it when we can get our fix out at Raley Field! You have plenty of chances to do the same, starting this month.

Mommy and Me Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 20 and again on Wednesday, June 15 from 10AM to 1PM. You and your little ones have a chance to get out on the field and play games, enjoy snacks, and run the bases. My just-over-1-year old and I attended last year and since then the Rivercats have learned a thing or two. Here are a couple of tips to make your experience that much better:

  • Fill out the waiver before you go. Click HERE to get that. You’ll also need the pre-registration form which you can get HERE.
  • Bring your own snacks and/or entertainment. There was quite a line to get in last year and people got there early. Even having the waivers completed in advance, there will probably still be a bit of a wait to get into the field.
  • Don’t expect too much. There were some coloring and game stations, and kids could run around on the field, in the dugouts, and behind the backstop, so that was cool. Dinger will be there, but it would be even cooler if there were some players there though! (Hint, hint, Rivercats.)

If you go, email us some pictures and your thoughts! We love getting feedback to pass on to other moms. Mommy & Me Day is *FREE* and is for children aged 6 and younger.

For more information, click HERE or call 916.376.4834.

In addition to Mommy & Me Day, the Rivercats have a host of home games to attend. The Sunday afternoon games are our favorite, but if your kids are up to a weeknight evening, why not spend a few bucks for a grass seat and enjoy the Delta breeze when the nights get warm. Here is the 2011 home game schedule: 

 April
Monday, 11th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 12th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 13th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 14th – 7:05PM
Saturday, 23rd – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 24th – 1:05PM Pregame Easter Egg Hunt
Monday, 25th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 26th – 7:05PM

May
Monday, 2nd – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 3rd – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 4th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 5th – 7:05PM
Friday, 6th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 7th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 8th – 1:05PM
Monday, 9th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 19th – 7:05PM
Friday, 20th – 7:05PM
Saturday, 21st – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 22nd – 1:05PM
Monday, 23rd – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 24th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 25th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 26th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 31st – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free

June
Wednesday, 1st – 12:05PM
Thursday, 2nd – 7:05PM
Friday, 3rd – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Thursday, 9th – 7:05PM
Friday, 10th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts/Family Campout
Saturday, 11th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 12th – 1:05PM
Friday, 17th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 18th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 19th – 1:05PM
Monday, 20th – 12:05PM
Saturday, 25th – 7:05PM
Sunday, 26th – 1:05PM
Monday, 27th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 28th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Thursday, 30th – 7:05PM

July
Friday, 1st – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 2nd – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 3rd – 6:35PM
Thursday, 14th – 7:05PM
Friday, 15th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 16th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 17th – 1:05PM
Friday, 22nd – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 23rd – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 24th – 1:05PM
Monday, 25th – 7:05PM
Saturday, 30th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 31st – 1:05PM

August
Monday, 1st – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 2nd – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Friday, 12th – 7:05PM $1 hot dog & desserts
Saturday, 13th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 14th – 1:05PM
Monday, 15th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 16th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 17th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 18th – 7:05PM
Friday, 19th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Monday, 29th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 30th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 31st – 12:05PM

September
Thursday, 1st – 7:05PM

Click HERE to find out what giveaways/promotions are happening on any given night.

Raley Field is located at 400 Ballpark Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.376.4700. Ticket prices begin at $7.

We’ll see you there!

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!

Earth Fest at the Sacramento Zoo

March 30, 2011

Earth Day isn’t until April 21, but why not make it “Earth Month” and start the celebration with the Sacramento Zoo this weekend? Earth Fest is Saturday, April 2 from 9AM to 4PM you can take part in the following activities and events, along with enjoying the zoo’s inhabitants!

Participants and Exhibitors
Association of Professional Landscape Designers
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Consumnes River Preserve
Friends of the Sacramento Public Library
Friends of San Juan de Oriente
Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk
Gus the Green tree frog, Sacramento Zoo Mascot
Heifer International
IKEA
Mira Loma High School – Arcade Creek Project
Organic Gardening Club of Sacramento County
Recycled Zoo Banner Bags for Sale!
Sacramento County Sierra Club
Sacramento New Technology High School
Sacramento Regional Sanitation District
Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership
Solar Cookers International
Tranquill Gardens
Village Nurseries
WormFancy
…More participants to come!
All Day Activities
Recycle Rummage Sale in the Kampala Center
Interactive Wildlife Wagons
Hands-on artifacts in the Discovery Room
Face painting
Funshop crafts
Timed Activities 
Zoo P.I.’s Critter Caper
   11:00 am on the amphitheater stage 
Wildlife Stage Show
   1:30 pm on the amphitheater stage  
Keeper Chats — all talks at the exhibit
   2:15 pm Giant anteater
   2:30 pm Mongoose lemur
   2:45 pm Tortoise by the Giraffe exhibit

The Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 West Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.5888. Admission is *FREE* for children under 2, $7 for ages 2-11, $10.25 for seniors, and $11 for the general public. Remember, members get in *FREE*.

We’ll see you there!