Archive for the ‘October 2009’ Category

Halloween Week: Part 5

October 30, 2009

j0436225Happy Friday! Still looking for a family friendly and safe trick-or-treat activity for your kids? Old Sacramento proprietors are handing out treats (or tricks, if your kids are on the ornery side) to children in costume from 12-4PM.

Old Sacramento is located at 1002 I Street and trick-or-treating on Halloween is *FREE*.

Do you know of any other great places to trick-or-treat? Or do you have an alternative? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Also, don’t forget to check out the calendar on the right hand side of the page for a complete list of what’s going on in the East Sacramento area this weekend.

Enjoy the weekend with your families!

Halloween Week: Part 4

October 29, 2009

esm-saccoopIf you are looking for some “old fashioned” Halloween fun this year, check out Trick or Treat at the Co-op. Participants ages 4-10 will get to design their own treat bags, make mini caramel apples, roll popcorn balls and decorate pumpkin cookies.

Be sure to have your kids attend in costume and take part in the costume parade to the Co-op and trick or treat the aisles. The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is located at 1900 Alhambra Boulevard.

Participation is $10 ($5 for Co-op owners) and for more information click here or call 916.455.2667.

We’ll see you there!

Halloween Week: Part 3

October 28, 2009

esm-booatthezooHappy Wednesday! We are half way through the week, do you have your kids’ costumes finished? This East Sac Mom does not… I am a bit of a procrastinator… but I feel like I do my best work at the last minute. I will definitely have my little guy’s costume done by Friday though, in time for the Sacramento Zoo’s Halloween celebration: Boo at the Zoo!

The annual Boo at the Zoo begins October 30th at 4:30PM and runs 4:30-8PM Friday and Saturday. Bring your children ages 10 and younger for magic shows, kid’s haunted house, food, music, spooky train, creepy carousel and lots of family fun!

Boo at the Zoo general admission is $9, $5 for members and children 2 and younger are *FREE*.

For more information click here or call 916.808.5888.

Have you been to Boo at the Zoo in years past? What did your kids think? Any suggestions for parents? Leave us a comment below, we appreciate your input!

Halloween Week: Part 2

October 27, 2009


Day two of ESM’s Halloween Week brings us out and about to tour midtown business for tricks and treats! On Saturday, October 31st you and your children can participate in the Midtown Halloween Trick-or-Treat Walk between 11AM and 3PM.

Throughout the day bring your kids in costume to businesses in the Capitol Avenue/J Street corridor between 16th and 27th Streets– participating businesses will have a poster near the front door– to collect candy and participate in fun kid-centered activities.

To help with the crash after the sugar rush there are two “rest stops”: one at Relles Florist at 24th and J Streets and the other in the courtyard at 1801 L Street.

ESM note: There will be a parking “freeze” (free parking at meter spaces/no time limit enforcement) in Midtown from I Street thru Capitol Avenue, and from 16th to 29th Streets. Additionally, port-a-potties will be available.

Are you planning to visit some of the businesses for some early tricks or treats with your kids? Take some pictures and submit them along with your “Real Mom Review” at

We’ll see you there!

Halloween Week: Part 1

October 26, 2009


Each day this week we’re bringing you a different East Sacramento (and surrounding area) Halloween activity, starting with one of our favorite venues, the Crocker Art Museum!

The Crocker’s Halloween Scene is for children ages 5 and younger and takes place Saturday, October 31st from 1-4PM. Trick-or-treating for healthy goodies, a parade, interactive puppet show, and hands-on art stations are included with the price of admission (which is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students with a student ID.) Go check it out and get in some Halloween fun before your little ones are already getting ready for bed (you know, when the older kids are ramping up and your door bell starts ringing.)

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street. For more information click here or call 916.808.1961.

We’ll see you there!

Happy Friday!

October 23, 2009

Just a reminder to check out some of the activities happening in the East Sacramento area this weekend…

Enjoy the weekend with your families!

Halloween Week Kick-off

October 22, 2009

esm-haunted house(Image found here)

With Halloween just over a week away we’re devoting the rest of this week and next week’s posts to all the spooky, creepy, and scary activities for families in the East Sacramento area to partake in. Enjoy!

The annual Reed family haunted house at the corner of 25th and I Streets begins tomorrow. This years Haunted House is open from dusk until they decide to close it from Friday the 23rd through Sunday the 25th and then reopens Wednesday, October 28th to run through the 31st.

Mark down the Reed Haunted House on your list of “must visit’s” as the proceeds all go to benefit Sunburst Projects, a program benefiting families and children living with HIV and AIDS.

Have you been to the Reed’s Haunted House in years past? Was it family friendly? Please let us know if you’ve been or if you plan to go. We’d love to get your feedback! Leave a comment below.

We’ll see you there!

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Classes

October 21, 2009


“Little Journeys Art & Yoga” sounds like something this East Sac Mom could use after a hectic work week, but in reality it is a childrens yoga and art class offered by the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. If you’ve looked into classes at the Co-op before, you know that they can be pricey, whether or not you are a Co-op member (although members do get a discount.) The Little Journeys class is actually one that is affordable at just $15 ($12 for members.)

During the Little Journeys Art & Yoga class children will learn some simple and fun yoga stretches (sooo helpful for when your kids are entering melt-down mode) and then get to create works of art that tie into the theme of the yoga poses. Examples of art projects include sculpting clay bowls and sunflower seed mosaics.

Little Journeys Art & Yoga is offered October 21st, 28th, November 4th, 11th and 18th from 3-4PM. Registration is limited to 12 participants to click here to sign up soon.

The Co-op  offers a variety of classes for children and not all classes incur a fee. Creating Art Inspired by Nature is a class where parents and children ages 4-6 use elements from nature to create works of art. This class will be offered on December 6th from 10:30-11:30AM and participants  should bring a non-perishable food item or a new toy to donate to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. This class is already full but you can click here to get on the waiting list.

Be sure to check out the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op’s calendar for a full class schedule and be sure to register well in advance for classes. The Co-op is located at 1900 Alhambra Boulevard.

Click here or call 916.455.2667 for more information.

We’ll see you there!

For (East Sac) Mom: European Wax Center

October 20, 2009

This is by far the coolest *FREE* thing we have yet to bring to you on East Sacramento Mom: A FREE TOTAL BODY WAX. We’re not even kidding. No strings attached. Nothing to purchase. Here’s the deal…

European Wax Center is opening a location in Loehmann’s Plaza on Wednesday, October 28th. From Thursday the 22nd through Tuesday the 27th they are holding a “test opening” where you can schedule a whole body wax for *FREE*. Call them to schedule your appointment as soon as possible! (June’s already has hers scheduled!)

If you can’t make it in for the test opening, there is still good news. At European Wax Center your first bikini, under arm, or brow wax is absolutely *FREE* (there are small charges to upgrade to the full or Brazilian bikini waxes) so you will definitely have to leave the kids with your partner and make it a point to visit them. (I doubt your hubby will put up much of a fight!)

At European Wax Center bikini waxes are only $22-35 and if you’ve ever had one, you know they usually run anywhere from $40-70 at most salons. ALL they do is waxing too, so there is less of that awkwardness (at least for this East Sac Mom) because you know they are professionals and do this all day, every day.

For more information, click here or call 916.486.2929. European Wax Center is located at 2525 Fair Oaks Boulevard.

Remember to call for your appointment during the test opening this week and be sure to let us know if you go, and what you thought! Comment on this post or email us at

Sacramento Ballet Family Day

October 19, 2009


As moms we want to expose our children to as many different experiences as possible, right? Have you considered ballet? I remember going to see The Nutcracker as a child during school field trips and I recall how magical the production seemed. It was as if the dancers’ feet never touched the ground.

The Sacramento Ballet is bringing Peter & the Wolf to life on Saturday, October 24th from 3-5PM. The show will be interactive and afterwards kids will have an opportunity to check out the Sacramento Zoomobile and Kid Friendly animals, Fairytale corner and will be able to meet the dancers.

We can’t say this event is cheap though– tickets for adults are $25 and ages 12 and under are $12. If the ticket prices are within your means and you are interested in sharing ballet with your child, don’t miss Peter & the Wolf!

The performance will be held at the Crest Theater at 1013 K Street. To purchase tickets online click here.

For more information call 916.442.7378 or click here.

We’ll see you there!