Archive for the ‘June 2010’ Category

Hot Walkin’ Nights

June 28, 2010

Summer days in Sacramento may be hot, but by the time the evening rolls around outdoor activities are bearable again– especially if we’re fortunate enough to have the Delta breeze come in. Take the opportunity to get the kids outdoors for a little pre-bedtime exercise and wind-down with the Sacramento Walking Sticks’ Hot Walkin’ Nights.

Each Wednesday throughout June, July and August the Sacramento Walking Sticks sponsors a *FREE* neighborhood walk. No timers, no competition, just enjoying a walk at your own pace with a big group of your Sacramento cohabitants. Participants can choose between a 5K or a 10K route to walk and most routes are suitable for strollers, scooters and wagons.

Sound like fun? Hot Walkin’ Nights will wander its way through East Sacramento on Saturday, July 14 at 5:30PM, beginning at the McKinley Park Rose Garden at 33rd and H Streets.

For the full Hot Walkin’ Nights schedule click HERE. The group will also be in Land Park on July 7 and 28. For more information click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

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Learn about bats with Trailmix.Net

June 24, 2010

Am I the last person to know about Trailmix.Net? This incredible kids’ adventure store (think R.E.I. for little tykes) opened last year in Old Sacramento and “helps parents create family outdoor learning and adventure experiences.” They sell products that “engage children, educate them on topics such as nature, history, and the natural sciences, and teach them how to set and achieve goals.”

Once in a while we come across a business, event or idea that we fall head-over-heels for (ArtBeast was one of those) and Trailmix.Net is our new favorite. You can read more about how Trailmix.Net got started and about local owners, Mike and Sara Barlow, HERE.

Trailmix.Net provides a line of educational products that facilitate interaction with nature, the outdoors, and the sciences. The majority of their products fall into one of these categories:

-Animal Watching With Kids
-Backyard Safari Gear
-Hiking With Kids
-Geocaching With Kids
-Birding With Kids
-Gardening With Kids
-Science Projects

In addition to Trailmix.Net’s cool Old Sacramento store, *FREE* downloadable activities, and interesting blog, they offer drop-in activities for all ages at the downtown location. Click HERE for a full menu of offerings and prices.

Oh, I almost forgot, the whole reason I started to write this post was to tell you about how Trailmix.Net is teaming up with NorCalBats on Saturday, June 26 at 1PM to teach children (and parents) about bats. Families can meet up at the Trailmix.Net store to look at live bats, clear up some common bat myths, learn about bat rescue and rehabilitation, and find some special places in the Sacramento region where bats can be observed in the wild.

Trailmix.Net’s bat session is *FREE* and reservations are not necessary, but appreciated. You can RSVP by calling 916.498.9090.

Trailmix.Net is located at 116B I Street and for more information click HERE or call 888.95.TRAIL. You can also check out the Trailmix.Net blog by clicking HERE.

We’ll see you there!

Family Camp Out at Fairytale Town

June 23, 2010

For our family, summer is not summer without popsicles, playing in the sprinklers, and weekend camping trips. If those activities are on your list for this summer, Fairytale Town lets you cross off that last one with their Family Camp Outs happening June, July and August.

This month’s camp out is Friday, June 26 and begins at 5:30PM, lasts all night long, and ends at 7AM on Saturday, June 27. In Fairytale Town’s own words:

Bring your sleeping bags & tents to Fairytale Town for a memorable night at Humpty’s house! This fun filled sleepover includes a special theater performance, arts & crafts, a scavenger hunt adventure, bedtime stories and a sing-a-long.

Fairytale Town members can join the camp out for $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 3-12. Nonmembers can participate for $30 for adults and $25 for children. To register for the Family Camp Out click HERE. Registration fees include all activities, an evening snack and a light breakfast.

If the June 26 date doesn’t work, mark your calendars for July 24 or August 6 for alternate Family Camp Out dates.

Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7462.

A *FREE* option? Camp out in your own back yard! Pitch a tent, grab your flash lights and sleeping bags and tell scary stories (or funny stories) well into the night. Use the money you saved to score a barbecue or fire pit from Craigslist and don’t forget the s’mores. Then send us your family camp out pictures!

We’ll see you there (at Fairytale Town, not your back yard– unless you invite us!)

Game Day at the Central Library & Summer Reading Program

June 22, 2010

There are some activities I just can’t wait to write about, and this post is one of those.  East Sacramento Mom is a big supporter of our local libraries and we try our best to encourage you to be as well. Aside from the many story times offered throughout the week there are often special programs during the month and all summer long.

On Saturday, June 26 from 2PM to 5PM adults can participate in a Game Day at the Central Library. I’m sure this activity would be appropriate for teens and even preteens when accompanied by a parent. Game Day is a monthly program and in June the featured games are Skate 2, Rock Band and Street Fighter IV. Remember that parking is *FREE* downtown on Saturdays.

Game Day is *FREE* but registration is required. Click HERE to register. The Central Library is located at 828 I Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.264.2700.

A couple of weeks ago while at the McKinley Library with our toddler a librarian asked if we were signed up for the Summer Reading Program. No sooner than we replied, “Not yet” she had a pencil and clipboard in hand, writing down our little guy’s name and age. We walked out with a super cool swag bag.

I’ll admit that I was skeptical about how many of the Bingo boxes on our activity sheet we were going to be able to mark off with our not-yet-18-month-old, but we are already half way there! The activities are age appropriate and we were super excited to see that a lot of them were things we did on a daily basis. I’m going to save our full Summer Reading activity lists each year to show the progress our kiddo has made and reinforce the importance of literacy.

Oh, did I mention there are PRIZES involved for those who are completing the Summer Reading Program? Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of these:

  • Sony Reader with a $25 Reader Store gift card
  • iPod Touch with a $25 iTunes gift card
  • Nintendo DSi with a $25 Target gift card
  • Target gift card
  • Sign up for the *FREE* Sacramento Public Library’s Summer Reading Program at any local library OR online by clicking HERE. For more information click HERE.

    If you’re participating in the Summer Reading Program, we want to know! What age group? What do you think of the activities? Comment below or send us an email to eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.

    We’ll see you there!

    Farm fresh and family friendly :: summer squash

    June 21, 2010

    Summer squash. It’s that time of year. They’re popping up in many stalls at the farmers market. They’re maturing in many people’s backyard gardens.

    I don’t really like squash. Nonetheless, I plant it every year. This year, we went a bit overboard. We have 4 very healthy zucchini plants and 3 or 4 other squash plants blooming away. Not only is it squash season, but squash recipe season. If I can successfully mask the flavor of the squash I’m good to go and ready to eat as much as my garden can provide (that may be an exaggeration this year).

    If you’re like me and need help consuming squash, or if  your kids need a little help, or if you love squash, I have a couple of tried and true squash recipes to share today. My family loves both of these recipes and I hope yours does to!

    The first recipe is a summer squash gratin recipe from 101 Cookbooks. It takes a little bit of time, but it’s easy and so good. Any type of squash will do. We made this last week, enjoying it with hot dogs and sausages (from Bledsoe Pork). Get the cheese the recipe recommends–either gruyere or feta. So tasty!

    The second recipe can be found in Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. The recipe can also be found online, here. We’ve made this recipe a number of times over the last couple of summers and will be making it for the first time this weekend. The ingredients are simple: zucchini, orzo pasta, onion, fresh herbs, and parmesan cheese (we substitute romano). It’s a great as a side or as a main dish mixed with some chicken. It’s also a great dish to make when you’ve run out of time to make dinner. It’s super quick!

    Enjoy!

    Sac State Arboretum Tour

    June 17, 2010

    Teachers will tell you that after 3 months of summer vacation, students return to school and remember a very small percentage of what they learned the previous year. That might be a slight exaggeration, but why not make an effort to continue your child’s learning during the summer?

    The Sacramento Tree Foundation is sponsoring a tour of the trees in the CSUS Arboretum on Saturday, June 19 from 10-11:30AM. Families can learn to identify trees by leaf, bark and growth habits. Insect and disease issues will be discussed as well as watering needs for Sacramento’s clay soils and hot weather.

    The tour is *FREE* and begins at the arboretum’s northeast pathway. Sac State is located at 6000 J Street and for more information click HERE.

    We’ll see you there!

    Honk! Jr. at California Stage Theater

    June 16, 2010

    Honk! Jr. is performed by 30 students from second through eighth grade. In fact, at Flying Monkey Productions, all productions, the duties of producer, director, vocal director, choreographer, stage manager, costume designer, set designer, and prop master are performed by teens and young adults.

    Honk! Jr. plays at 7:30PM on June 17 and 18 and at both 2PM and 7:30PM on June 19. Admission is $10 for students and $12 general. California Stage Theater is located at 1723 25th Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.451.2420.

    We’ll see you there!

    Twilight Thursdays at the Sacramento Zoo

    June 15, 2010

    Twilight Thursdays at the Sacramento Zoo begin June 17 and run through July 29. Seven Thursdays of hot cars, live music, good food and cool drinks. Each Thursday from 5:30-8:00PM you can enjoy live music featuring local bands and a car show with local car-clubs. Dinner and drink specials will also be available for purchase at the Zoo’s Kampala Café. The Zoo will be open extended hours for summer enjoyment until 8:00PM.

    Here are the dates and deets:

    June 17 – Bugs & Beetles VW’s
    Music by Indestructible Band (80’s cover band) and a VW car show

    June 24 – Grandparent’s Night
    Music by The Detours and a 50’s & 60’s car show

    July 1 – Red, White and Blues
    Music by Mick Martin & the Blues Rockers and a Muscle Car & Harley show

    July 8 – British Night
    Music by Because: A tribute to the Beatles and a British car show

    July 15 – Kickin’ It Old Skool
    Music by East Wind and a low-rider car show

    July 22 – Rockabilly Night
    Music by The Nickel Slots and a Rat Rods car show

    July 29 – Hot Rods Night
    Music by the Q Balls and a Hot Rods car show

    Twilight Thursdays are included with zoo admission which is *FREE* for members and children under 3, $6.50 for ages 3-12, $10.50 general and $9.75 for seniors. 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!

    Bodies Revealed

    June 14, 2010

    Let me preface this post by saying two things: A) this activity isn’t necessarily considered “cheap” and B) it is not in East Sacramento. Having said that, if you have a school aged child, preteen or teenager interested in the human body, you are not going to want to miss Bodies Revealed.

    The Bodies Revealed Exhibit “uses 14 full body human specimens and over 200 organs to tell the story of the miraculous systems at work within each of us every second of our existence.” The real human bodies are displayed respectfully and have been meticulously preserved. I can’t think of a better way to teach a child how the human body works than to show them an actual human body from the inside out. It is truly incredible.

    Bodies Revealed is located at 2040 Alta Arden Expressway (across from Arden Fair Mall) and runs through June 30th. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 10AM to 8PM and Fridays and Saturdays from 10AM to 10PM. Admission is as follows:

    Adults (13 – 54)
    $22.00
    $18.00
    Senior (55+)
    $18.00
    $14.00
    Children (4 – 12)
    $14.00
    $12.00
    Student/ College (with ID)
    $18.00
    $14.00
    School Group
    $12.00
    $12.00
    Military (with ID)
    $17.00
    $14.00

    I do want to mention that strollers are not allowed into the exhibit, so bring your Ergo/sling/Baby Bjorn if you’re bringing the little, little ones.

    For more information about Bodies Revealed, click HERE or call 1.888.263.4379.

    We’ll see you there!

    River Park Car Wash

    June 10, 2010

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    Can you remember the last time you had your car washed? If it hadn’t been for East Sac Dad giving my poor car the once-over recently, I wouldn’t have been able to answer that question. Lucky for you, there will be a car wash held on Sunday, June 13 from 9AM to 1PM at the River Park Shopping Center.

    The car wash is sponsored by the River Park Neighborhood Association, River Park Mother’s Club, Glenn Hall River Rats swim team, Caleb Greenwood PTSO, and the River Park community and proceeds benefit the Glenn Hall Park Swimming Pool to keep the pool open this summer.

    The River Park Shopping Center is located on Carlson Drive.

    We’ll see you there!