Archive for the ‘May 2010’ Category

Farms, Friends & Fairytales

May 25, 2010

Fairytale Town is hosting the third annual Farms, Friends & Fairytales event which promises to bring another exciting day filled with everything agriculture! Arrive early to watch the twin Babydoll sheep, Lucy & Ethel, get sheared, then watch as a wool spinner spins the wool into thread using an old fashioned spinning wheel! Enjoy agriculture focused hands on activities, a mini-farmer’s market and visit with Sacramento area farms and agricultural organizations to learn more about California’s rich agricultural history and how you can get involved.

Special guest appearance By SUPER WHY…with the Power to Read! SUPER WHY is the only preschool show created to help kids learn key reading skills through interactive storybook adventures, connecting with kids in their everyday lives and helping them learn to read in a powerful and exciting way.

Farms, Friends and Fairytales takes place on Saturday, May 29 from 11AM to 3PM. Admission is $4.50 for ages 3 and up and *FREE* for members and children under 3. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.5233.

We’ll see you there!

Stranger Danger & Safety Meeting

May 24, 2010

For the second year in a row the River Park Mothers’ Club is hosting a Stranger Danger and Safety Meeting at the Glenn Hall Park Playground.

The event takes place on Tuesday, May 25th at 6PM and is open to all. The Sacramento Police Department will be giving short presentations to kids appropriate to their age.

3 to 5 year olds: What to do if you are approached by a stranger (the lesson taught through story books and scenarios), road safety and the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet.

6 years old and older: A more mature conversation on awareness, reacting to negative attention, gun safety, the consequences of calling and hanging up a 911 call and looking out for others.

After the talks there will be time for parents to ask questions pertaining to child, personal and community safety. Both discussions will be topped off with the opportunity to sit in the back of a police car, hang out with the police officers, get stickers and have their photos taken. The K9 Unit will also attend so the kids can “meet” the dogs and learn about their jobs.

This is a community event so bring a picnic, hang out at the playground, and get to know your neighbors better. This is not just for members of the Mothers’ Club, they want everyone in the area to benefit from this important education.

Organizers would like to have an idea of how many children to expect and the ages of the children attending, so please RSVP to Jill at Also, if there is a topic that you would like to be discussed please let Jill know and she will ensure it is included in the questions and answers time.

Glenn Hall Park is located at the end of Carlson Street in River Park. For more information email or call Jill at 415.846.1497.

We’ll see you there!

18th Annual Pacific Rim Street Fest

May 20, 2010

In 1993, the first Pacific Rim Street Fest was presented in Old Sacramento by the restauranteur, Frank Fat, and community groups. With his ever optimistic spirit, he was able to create a coalition of community leaders and succeed in seeing his dream of a street festival come to pass.

For seventeen years the festival has displayed the richness and diversity of many Pacific Rim cultures through cultural programs, entertainment, art and food. The event also enhances the community’s knowledge of Asian/Pacific Island cultures in a fun and positive environment.

There are so many reasons to take your family to Old Sacramento for the Pacific Rim Street Fest— my favorite reason is the food! The festival takes place on Sunday, May 23 from 10AM to 5PM and the festivities are *FREE*.

For more information click HERE or call 916.451.6200.

We’ll see you there!

Walk for Wishes + Walk ‘N Rock for Kids

May 18, 2010

Are you tired of me talking about 5K’s and fun runs and jog-a-thons yet? What if I told you there was one you could participate in while wearing PAJAMAS?! Possibly my favorite active, family friendly activity ever.

Walk for Wishes: Pancakes and Pajamas is a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation that takes place on Saturday, May 22 from 9AM to 12PM. There is no minimum needed to fundraise and no registration fee. Just collect donations and join in the fun! The walk begins at the West Steps of the Capitol downtown.

For more information click HERE or call 916.437.0206 or to register click HERE.

Saturday the 22nd won’t work for you? How about Sunday the 30th?

Walk ‘N Rock for Kids is a fundraising walk and benefit concert to support local children’s charities. 

The event will kick off with a morning 5K walk involving families, local businesses, walk teams and supporters. Participants will walk and raise funds on behalf of our 2010 Nonprofit Partners and Nonprofit Associates. The morning will be filled with music at Raley Field and along the route. After the walk, enjoy entertainment, interactive booths, kids activities, more music, food and fun! There is NO FEE to register before 5/22/2010, and all funds raised will go directly to the children’s charity you register to walk in support of.

Registration begins at 7AM and the walk begins at 8AM. Raley Field is located at 400 Ballpark Drive and for more information click HERE or to register click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

Week End Wrap Up

May 14, 2010

This week has flown by for me and I am so happy the weekend is here! You’ve got to love Spring weather in Sacramento. Summer is creeping in and longer days means more fun and *FREE* family activities. Check out the East Sacramento Mom calendar page for a few ideas.

Enjoy the beautiful weekend with your families! We’ll be back on Monday with another one of Amanda’s fabulous family friendly recipes.

We’ll see you there!

Angelman Syndrome Walk-a-Thon + “Wizard of Oz” at Fairytale Town

May 13, 2010

Angelman Syndrome (AS) in a not so well known genetic disorder often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism. Individuals with AS have little to no verbal communication, motor difficulties, developmental delay, eating difficulties and more than 80% develop seizures prior to the age of 3. The most unique charactaristic of AS is that individuals have a very happy demeanor, which actually helps keeps moms going when days are tougher than most.

Each year thousands of people gather across the nation for the National Angelman Syndrome Walk-a-Thon, the major fundraiser for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation. This event further introduces Angelman Syndrome to communities, while allowing families and friends to gather and make key connections. The ASF National Walk also raises the much-needed funds to support the mission of advancing the awareness and treatment of Angelman Syndrome.

This year marks the 4th year for the Sacramento area walk, which will be taking place at William Land Park. Registration is *FREE* and there will be 1.5 and 3 mile walk options, with refreshments in the morning and lots of entertainment for the kids.

Registration begins at 9AM on Saturday, May 15 with the Walk-a-Thon beginning at 10AM. Set your own fundraising goal and join us! William Land Park is located at 4000 South Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.316.3831.

Why not enjoy the entire day in Land Park? Stay until dusk and head over to Fairytale Town for the film “The Wizard of Oz”. Doors open at 7PM and the show starts promptly at 8:15PM. Tickets are $5, members receive 2-for-1 admission and children under 2 are *FREE*.

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

We’ll see you there!

Demonstration Day at Sutter’s Fort

May 12, 2010

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is offering a special demonstration day event “Spring has Sprung! It’s Time for Fun: Frontier Games and Contests” on Saturday, May 15. This exciting interactive event will give visitors an opportunity to step back in time by experiencing the fun of historic games and toys!  When the sun came out, the pioneers welcomed spring with games, contests, and dancing.  If rain lingers, gambling and parlor games still entertain one and all.  Graces, classic jacks, marbles were children’s favorites and are taught to visitors to the Fort on this special demonstration day.

Extra points if you and your kids dress in period attire! (Okay not really, but wouldn’t that be fun?) Sutter’s Fort is located at 2701 L Street and admission is $6 for adults, $4 ages 6-17 and *FREE* ages 5 and younger. Visit Sutter’s Fort from 10AM to 5PM during Demonstration Day.

For more information about Demonstration Day at Sutter’s Fort click here or call 916.445.4422.

We’ll see you there!

peace. love. swap.

May 11, 2010

Have you heard of peace. love. swap. yet? This concept is nothing short of brilliant if you ask me.

The peace. love. swap. mission is to keep gently used baby, kid, and maternity items out of our landfills, and to donate to local charities by producing fun affordable, family friendly swaps on an ongoing basis.

That is the mission of peace. love. swap. and it is definitely being accomplished. The swaps consist of families who come to donate gently used clothing and baby and children’s items (even maternity clothes) and in return get to “shop” for new items. There is no pricing, no tags, no commitment. You simply trade the things that no longer fit or your children are no longer using for new-to-you items you actually need.

Admission to peace. love. swap. is $5 per family, although if you volunteer you not only get to swap for free (5 items), but you get first pick. If you don’t have anything to swap you can still “shop” but priority is given to those who bring items to contribute. After the swap the leftover goods are donated to local charities.

Are you sold yet? Are you already packing boxes of onesies and unused toys? The Sacramento swap is being held at Funderland on Wednesday, May 12 from 8:30AM to 10AM.

For more information click here or email Funderland is located at 1350 17th Street.

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!

Happy 125th Birthday to the Crocker Art Museum!

May 6, 2010


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Happy Birthday, Crocker Art Museum

On Saturday, May 8, the Crocker Art Museum will mark its 125th anniversary with a celebration of the Crocker family, the era in which they lived, and the generous gift of their Art Gallery and collection to the city of Sacramento. From noon to 4PM, all ages will enjoy events that hearken back to the Floral Festival in 1885, when the Museum was formally given to the City of Sacramento.  

Starting at noon, living history interpreters portraying Museum founders E. B. and Margaret Crocker and their daughter Aimée Crocker will greet visitors as they arrive. At 1:25PM, visitors are invited to join in singing Happy Birthday. Throughout the event, visitors can take part in a video project to record memories of and birthday wishes for the Crocker. Additional festivities include:  

  • Presentations by trick roper James Barrera and banjo-ologist Gordy Ohliger.
  • Dance and music performance by Folklorico Latino de Woodland.
  • Recitations of original Sacramento-inspired poems by poets from the Sacramento Poetry Center and storytelling with the Sacramento Public Library.
  • Tours highlighting the Museum’s architecture and floral-themed artworks.
  • Demonstrations of floral arranging by local gardening groups.
  • Cake decorating and tasting by River City Cake Co.
  • A display of Black paper dolls from the late 19th century.

The Crocker Art Museum was established on May 6, 1885, when Margaret E. Crocker presented her family’s art gallery building, grounds, and art collection “in trust for the public” to the public-private partnership of the City of Sacramento and the California Museum Association, now the Crocker Art Museum Association.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street. Admission on May 8 is $1.25 per person, and the festivities are free with admission. For more information, click here or call 916.808.1961. 

We’ll see you there!