Archive for the ‘Year round’ 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!

Wee Wednesday at the Crocker Art Museum

February 16, 2010

It’s that time again– Wee Wednesday at the Crocker! Wee Wednesdays are designed for children ages 3-5 and an adult in their lives. Encourage your early learner’s development through multi-sensory activities inspired by art and storytelling. Wee Wednesday is *FREE* with admission but pre-registration is required. To register, call 916.808.1182 or email

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and admission is $3 for students, $4 for seniors and $6 for ages 12 and up. Wee Wednesday sessions are 10:30AM and 1PM on Wednesday, February 17th and for more information click here or call 916.808.1182.

We’ll see you there!

Second Saturday for Families at the Crocker Art Museum

February 11, 2010

Sacramento has many claims to fame (ha, ha) and one of the most popular is Second Saturday. My favorite thing about Second Saturday is that there is literally something for everyone. Whether you are a regular or you’re interested in checking it out for the first time, start your day at the Crocker Art Museum’s Second Saturday for Families: Drawing from Still Life.

The Crocker is home to still-life paintings featuring grapes, flowers, fruit and even dead fish and birds. In this Saturday’s art workshop your family can experiment with an assortment of objects to create and draw a still life arrangement of their own. This would be the perfect way to introduce a form of art to your child, and let them take home their own masterpiece!

Second Saturday for Families is *FREE* with admission to the Crocker Art Museum and takes place Saturday, February 13th from 12-3PM. Admission to the Crocker is $6 for ages 12 and up, $4 for seniors and $3 for students up to 12.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click here or call 916.808.1182.

We’ll see you there!

How many local artists can you name? (Um, this ESM can’t name any, which I feel is shameful… so you’ll be seeing our family at SS this weekend!)

2010 Art Beast Schedule is out!

January 7, 2010


If you haven’t already checked out the new Art Beast class schedule, here is a summary of a few of the classes offered. You can also find the class listings on our calendar page.

Baby and Me Music and Movement (0 to 2):
10 – 10:30 AM
Infants, toddlers, and adults come together to sing songs, dance and create rhythm. Stomping, clapping, rocking, and raising voices in song, children learn the magic of creating music and of being together. 

Tiny Tappers (3 and up) 3:30 – 4:00 PM
This class teaches rhythm, coordination, terminology and is an introduction to basic tap fundamentals. Our main focus will be on the development of coordination, concentration, listening skills and self confidence through positive interactions. The classes are structured and paced for the beginning learner in a fun introduction to tap! 

Tap Dance (5 and up) 4:00 – 4:45 PM
This class teaches rhythm, coordination, terminology and an is an introduction to basic tap fundamentals. Our main focus will be on the development of coordination, self expression, listening skills, concentration, memory and self confidence through dance activities. The class stimulates physical, emotional and intellectual growth through fun tap steps! Children will have an opportunity for dance individually and learn about group work as they learn their routines. 

Yoga and Creative Movement (All ages) 10 – 10:30 AM
A fun-filled and enriching class ensured to engage your young ones in exploring yoga, dance and music. This class is a wonderful way for children to begin practicing self expression in a healthy and creative way! Parents are welcome to join their children in the class. 

Eco Yoga (4 and up) 3:15 – 4 PM
Come and experience the beauty and power of children’s yoga. In Yoga, children not only connect with and strengthen their bodies, they also experience the self within. Through yoga, children cultivate self awareness, self esteem, a balanced nervous system, hand-eye coordination, body/mind balance, and optimized brain functioning, among countless other benefits. We will be exploring yoga techniques such as: asana (postures), mantra (sound), pranayam (breath) and relaxation through sharing stories about the vibrant local ecosystem. Come join us for our adventure integrating song, dance, music, art and sharing circle with Yoga & Nature Awareness. 

Beastie Song Circle (All Ages) 11 AM
Come raise your voice and wiggle at our Beastie Song Circle. Ryan or Lida will play a variety of sing-a-long classics and original tunes as children and their grown ups join in to create a magical morning of song.


Spanish Song and Play (2 and up) 4 – 4:30 PM
Children will develop vocabulary and an ear for the Spanish language as they play and sing in Spanish. Movement games will help children integrate the new words they are learning. The instructor is fluent in Spanish and will immerse the children in the sounds of this beautiful language. 

Hip Hop (4 and up) 4:30 – 5 PM
This class is all about feeling the rhythms, beats and letting your body move to the music. Students will enjoy dance games set to music. Hip Hop offers your child the opportunity to discover innovative ways to be in motion. Your child’s input is accepted and encouraged when it comes to creating dance moves, and the laughs and smiles at the end of the class are more important than a final dance product. Hip hop is a brilliant way to get great exercise, discover dance, and feel inventive! 

Storybook Art and Fingerplay (2 and up)
10:30 – 11:15 AM 
Each class opens with gentle songs and fingerplay to capture the meaning of the songs. Smaller children often sit on their parents lap as they sing together. Next, we uses great children’s stories to launch into art, creating art to express the story’s themes. 

World Dance and Storytelling (All ages) 11:30 – 12 PM
Travel the globe with Sonja as she shares stories and folk dances from around the world. Sonja is a wonderful storyteller and carries on the oral tradition by sharing tales from around the world. In between, music from each land is played and a simple folk dance taught and danced in a joyful circle. Parents are welcome to join this class. 

Exploring Art with the Great Artists (4 and up) 2 PM
Children explore art and learn about the world’s artists in this workshop. Each week, an artist is featured. Children learn about the mediums and approaches the artists used, and then explore the methods themselves. They may mix egg yolk and crush pigment like Giotto to create their own paint. They may get up close with the flowers to create their own O’Keefe inspired blooms. 

Natural Childhood Crafts (4 and up) 3 PM
Model with bees wax. Fingerknit a scarf. Needle felt a woolen treasure. Make candles. Each week, the children will learn a new craft and take home a treasure they created with their own hands and vision. Grown ups are very much encouraged to join the class, learn the arts, and guide their child as they create!Classes are limited to 12 participants per session so be sure to arrive early or call ahead to reserve your space. Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click here or call 916.441.1123.

Heaven(Ly) in a cup

December 23, 2009

So… speaking of *FREE* yogurt, don’t forget HeavenLy’s on 55th and H Streets. Every Friday from 4-8PM kids 12 and under partake in sweet (some sugar free) treats for *FREE*.

This East Sac Mom recommends an Irish Mint and Vanilla Bean swirl topped with crushed York Peppermint Patties and raspberries. Don’t knock it ’til you try it! We are walking distance from HeavenLy’s and are there fairly often and I appreciate that it is always clean, well lit, staffed by friendly people and there is indoor and outdoor seating. They don’t seem to mind that the hubbs and I have to take turns getting our yogurt while the other person entertains the dog and contains the baby, er, other way around.

Oh, and guess what? They take ALL COMPETITOR COUPONS. So clip away and save some money for your next visit (because I guarantee you’ll be back). One last thing– don’t forget your punch card. Buy 10 yogurts and get one *FREE*. It’s like the savings never end.

HeavenLy’s is located at 5535 H Street. For more information click here or call 916.455.6000.

We’ll see you there!

We want to know, what is your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt flavor and/or concoction?

Storytime + Yogurt?

December 17, 2009

You had us at yogurt. If you’ve followed this blog since summer you know we’re a bit obsessed with events that include ice cream or frozen yogurt. Imagine my delight when May discovered that Big Spoon Yogurt has story time on the third Thursday of each month! Not only that, but children under 6 receive a *FREE* yogurt!

So you know where to find us on the third Thursday of each month between 1-2PM. Big Spoon in East Sacramento is located at 3644 J Street and is open 11AM-11PM every day. Since you know your kids are not going to want to share, bring a canned food donation and get 10% off your own yogurt! You’re welcome.

For more information click here or call 916.731.4655.

We’ll see you there!

FREE Yoga Workshop and Kids Yoga

December 10, 2009

If you’ve ever practiced yoga you know how relaxing it can be– that is, if it is done correctly. This East Sac Mama hits up classes whenever I can and encourage others to try it out. In fact, I participated in a yoga class the night before I gave birth a month early! (My honey and I attributed the early arrival to the class… either that or the spicy Chinese food for dinner afterwards.)

Given the calming effect yoga can have on the body, doesn’t it make sense that this is something we should teach our kids? Can tantrums be avoided by a Triangle Pose? Can deep breathing diffuse melt-downs? The owners of Asha Yoga believe so! In a society where an enormous percentage of children are overweight and do not get enough physical activity, children’s yoga can have endless benefits. Kids yoga helps children gain strength, flexibility, a more positive body image and physical awareness.

If this sounds like something you’d like your child to try, visit Asha Yoga on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:15PM to participate in the Kids Yoga class. The cost is $13 per class or you can save $2 and get a 5-class pass for $63. The Kids yoga class at Asha Yoga is appropriate for ages 4-9. Click here to sign up!

For (East Sac) moms or dads, this Saturday Asha Yoga is offering a *FREE* yoga workshop from 1-3PM. Here is what Asha Yoga has to say about the beginner workshop:

Yoga 101 is the perfect place to begin your yoga practice. Explore and learn at a comfortable pace in a supportive environment with others who are new to yoga. This 2.5 hour workshop is designed to provide you with a strong foundation for an educated practice so that you can feel confident and comfortable in the all level or basics classes. It includes: A brief discussion of the historical and philosophical background of Yoga, demonstration and practice of the fundamental Yoga postures, instruction on how to combine breath and movement, answers to frequently asked questions and misconceptions. You don’t need to be flexible, strong, or be able to quiet the mind. Simply show up and do your best.

Need we say more? I think that would convince even the most hesitant participant. Make sure to call now to reserve your space as participation is limited to 30. Click here to sign up now! Asha Yoga is located at 1050 20th Street, Suite 110. For more information click here or call 916.443.6535.

We’ll see you there!

We’d love to hear your opinion on the subject. Have you taken a yoga class at Asha Yoga? In East Sacramento in general? Is it something you’d like your children to participate in? Please share your experiences!