Archive for the ‘July 2009’ Category

Friends of McKinley Park Annual Ice Cream Social Wrap Up

July 30, 2009

Here are a few photos from the Friends of McKinley Park Annual Ice Cream Social last week. What fun! Thank you so much to Burr’s for donating all the ice cream. It was a great mid-week early-evening activity for the kids.


Twilight Tuesday Tomorrow

July 27, 2009

Enjoy the Sacramento Zoo during Twilight Tuesday for some extra perks! This is the last week of Twilight Tuesdays but it isn’t too late to join in the fun.

On July 28 the Sacramento Zoo will be open from 9 am to 7 pm for extended summer time enjoyment for the whole family. The Twilight Tuesday concert series starts at 5 pm and will feature Second.Wind.

Also performing, Kaulumele Polynesian Dancers. And there is a dinner special: Chicken Satay Skewers over Rice with Peapods, Bamboo Shoots and Water Chestnuts. Beer and drink specials too!

Zoo admission is $6.50 for children aged 3-12, $8.25 for seniors and $9 for everyone in between. (Children under 3 are free.) Visit the zoo at 3930 West Land Park Drive in Sacramento.

For more information click here or call 916.808.5888

Museum Week: California State Capitol Museum

July 23, 2009

Welcome to California! (We assume you are already here– at least virtually.)

“At the State Capitol, the past, present and future of California interact with equal force. The building serves as both a museum and the state’s working seat of government. Visitors to the Capitol can at once experience California’s rich history and witness the making of history through the modern lawmaking process.”

You know by now how much we ESM loves *FREE* fun and supporting our local community. The California State Capitol Museum satisfies both of those! Now through May 23, 2010 when you visit the museum you can see the “Our Union Forever: California’s Role in the Civil War” exhibit. A cool bit of history if you ask me– and I am not a fan of history.

The museum is located at 10th and L Streets at the State Capitol, Room B-27 and is open to the public (did we mention it’s free) daily from 9AM-5PM.

For more information, click here or call 916.324.0333

Museum Week: California State Railroad Museum

July 21, 2009

“Located in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is a complex of historic facilities and unique attractions. Widely regarded as North America’s most popular railroad museum, there is something here for everyone! Throughout the year, experience lavishly restored trains, engaging exhibits, and unique special events. Weekends April 25-September 27, ride behind a real steam locomotive.”

Now through February 15, 2010 you can check out The Rail Splitter and the Railroads: Lincoln, the Union and the Golden State exhibit at the California State Railroad Museum. The museum is located in family-friendly Old Sacramento at 111 I St. and is open 10AM-5PM daily. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6-17 (kids aged 5 and under are *FREE*).

I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve actually been on a date at the Railroad Museum. Most of the time it’s a quiet, peaceful place to hang out. Feel free to go without the kids! I’m just sayin’…

For more information call 916.445.6645 or click here.


Museum Week: The California Museum

July 20, 2009

With the heat all but unbearable right now in Sacramento, spend time indoors (on someone else’s electric bill dime) and visit a few of our many museums. This week we will highlight a few, starting with The California Museum today.

Exhibits change regularly and you can visit The California Museum’s website to find out what they are currently featuring. Year-round you can check out the California Legacy Trails and *very* cool Constitution Wall. They feature a fun gift shop with items that can only be found in California.

In preparation for your visit, click here to print out “California Passports” for your kids. Bring a picnic lunch and sit out on the  (shaded) patio and with the Constitution Wall and see how many words they can find (or for older children, ask them if they can recite any of the Constitution by memory.)

Don’t miss the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition that runs now through August 22. The exhibit highlights Lincoln’s life from childhood through his seat in the Oval Office. This exhibit is perfect for engaging your older children in conversation about some of the “hot topics” surrounding President Lincoln’s time in office and the events that lead him there.

The California Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM-5PM and Sundays from 12-5PM. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $6 for children aged 6-13 and *FREE* for children 5 and younger.

NOTE: The first weekend of every month is *FREE* for Bank of America debit card holders and (one admission per card) and on August 15 Wells Fargo card holders get in *FREE*.

The California Museum is located at 1020 O St. downtown. For more information click here or call 916.653.7524.

Sacramento River Cats Baseball

July 18, 2009

imagesTake me out to the ball game! This post is long overdue as the Sacramento River Cats season began in April, but don’t fret, there is well over a month left of bat-swinging, home-team-cheering, hot-dog-eating enjoyment to be had.

Our family makes a point to attend at least one game each season. We are baseball lovers (go Giants!) We also enjoy warm summer evenings with the crisp Delta breeze so River Cats games are right up our alley. As you can imagine, we’ve found that the day games work best for the little ones and older elementary-aged kids do fine with the evening games– as long as they are out of school for the summer and can sleep in the next morning.

Below is a list of the rest of the season’s home games, but click here for the full schedule.

Sunday, July 19 – 1:05PM
Tuesday, July 28 – 7:05PM
Wednesday, July 29 – 7:05PM
Thursday, July 30 – 7:05PM
Friday, July 31 – 7:05PM ($1 hot dog & ice cream!)
Wednesday, August 5 – 7:05PM
Thursday, August 6 – 7:05PM
Friday, August 7 – 7:05PM ($1 hot dog & ice cream!)
Saturday, August 8 – 7:05PM
Sunday, August 9 – 6:05PM
Monday, August 10 – 7:05PM
Tuesday, August 11 – 7:05PM
Wednesday, August 12 – 11:35AM
Saturday, August 22 – 7:05PM
Sunday, August 23 – 1:05PM
Monday, August 24 – 7:05PM
Tuesday, August 25 – 7:05PM
Wednesday, August 26 – 7:05PM
Thursday, August 27 – 7:05PM
Friday, August 28 – 7:05PM ($1 hot dog & ice cream!)
Saturday, August 29 – 7:05PM
Sunday, August 30 – 1:05PM

One of the biggest reasons these are GREAT family friendly events is the huge grassy area in right field. You’ll want to go early and bring blankets and (low) chairs to get a good space. Bring your own shade and lots (and lots) of sunblock. You are even allowed to bring a small cooler of snacks to make sure to be prepared.

River Cats games are easy on the pocketbook too– lawn and “value corner” seats are only $7. You can purchase special “Family Packs” valid for August 8 and August 28 games for $56. The Family Pack includes…

  • 4 tickets to the game
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 4 sodas
  • 4 bags of chips
  • 4 desserts
  • 4 tickets to Fairytale Town
  • 4 tickets to the Sacramento Zoo

How cool is that??? Basically three family outings for $14 per person.

Noteworthy: Sundays are kids’ days at Raley Field where there are face painters, children’s activities throughout the park, and your child can run the bases after the game!

For more information click here or call 916.371.HITS

The Local Farmers’ Market

July 15, 2009


If there is one benefit to living in Sacramento it is the access we have to amazing produce. I’ve lived elsewhere is this great country of ours and I can speak first-hand to the abundance of fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables we have here (and don’t cost us a small fortune) that other states just don’t have.


Sacramento and the surrounding areas offer several farmers’ markets throughout the week so you’re sure to find a time and location convenient for you.


In addition to bringing home food that is super fresh, you can rest easy knowing you are supporting the community locally by purchasing directly from local farmers. Another plus? Most of the produce is organic, so no yucky pesticides making their way into your children’s mouths or seeping into the ground water.


Here is a quick summary of the farmers markets closest to East Sacramento:

Sunday – 8AM-12PM at the State Parking Lot at 8th and W
Tuesday – 10AM-2PM at Fremont Park at 16th and P
Wednesday – 10AM-2PM at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 10th and J

Click here for a complete listing of locations and times for the Sacramento area.


A few helpful hints:

– Be prepared to walk. You may not find parking too close to the venue but even if you do, you’ll walk quite a bit around the market itself.
– Bring your sunscreen! And remember to lather up before hand.
– A water bottle comes in handy, especially for afternoon summer-in-Sacramento heat.
– Don’t forget your own grocery bags. Cloth, plastic, reusable, it doesn’t matter.
– Stop by the ATM before you go. Most vendors accept cash only and a very select few will take a check.


Most importantly, have fun! Use the farmers market as an opportunity to teach your children about what the oh-so popular terms “organic”, “sustainable”, and “locally grown” really mean.

Click here for the California Farmers’ Market website and more information.

25th Annual Sacramento Zoo Ice Cream Safari

July 14, 2009

photo630I’m seeing a trend here… one that is made with cream, eggs, milk and sugar. If you didn’t get your fill of the cool, delicious treat during the McKinley Park Ice Cream Social, you will have another chance to satisfy your craving during the Sacramento Zoo’s 25th Annual Ice Cream Safari. Come for the ice cream but stay for the entertainment! The Sacramento Zoo will be buzzing with street-performers, live music, face-painting and several ice cream, sundae, and float stations throughout.

The ice cream extravaganza takes place from 4-8PM at the zoo grounds on Saturday, July 25th. Admission is $17 for ages 13 and up, $13 for kids 3-12, and FREE for children 2 and younger.

For more information click here or call 916.808.5888  

Story time at the Public Library

July 13, 2009

If you haven’t noticed, East Sac Mom is big on supporting our local libraries. Our contributors are faithful storytime attendees (and we have been known to hit up multiple locations each week… I guess that makes us storytime groupies.)

Jump on the bandwagon! Here is a brief summary of storytimes in the area:

  • Tuesdays at the McKinley Library, Toddler Storytime; ages 18 months-3 years, 11-11:45AM
  • Wednesdays at the McKinley Library, Preschool Storytime; ages 3-5, 11-11:45AM
  • Thursdays at the Central Library, Music & Movement, ages 3-6, 10:05-10:50AM
  • Fridays at the Central Library, Baby Lapsit, ages birth-18 months, 10-10:30AM
  • Sundays at the Central Library, Baby Lapsit, ages birth-18 months, 12-12:30PM (remember that parking downtown is FREE on Sundays!)

There are even summer reading list suggestions for your little ones on the Sacramento Library website. Click on over there for more information.

If you’re just east of East Sacramento and don’t feel like driving downtown, head over to Borders on Tuesday mornings at 10:30AM for their storytime.

Regardless of how you do it, exposing children to literacy early will help prepare them for a lifetime of learning, encourage vocabulary and verbal skills and is overall just plain fun!

Know of any other storytimes in the area? Want to comment on the ones listed above? Leave us a note at the bottom of this post or email us at We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your feedback.

McKinley Park Ice Cream Social

July 10, 2009

Is there anyone who doesn’t love ice cream? There might be a couple of people. BUT, is there any child who doesn’t love ice cream? We certainly can’t think of any. The Friends of McKinley Libraryknow that and are hosting their annual ice cream social on Thursday, July 23rd from 6-8pm. Ice cream is provided by Burr’s Fountain (yum) and there will be games and crafts for the kids to enjoy. Mimo the Clown will also be there for photo ops and for your entertainment.

For more information, call 916.264.2871. We’ll see you there!