Posts Tagged ‘August 2010’

Real Mom Review: McKinley Library SRP Wrap Up

August 30, 2010

East Sac Mom May hit up the McKinley Library’s Summer Reading Program Wrap Up (how could anyone resist *FREE* Burr’s ice cream?!) and here is what she thought…

The McKinley Park Summer Reading Program Wrap Up Party was awesome!  the event, which started at six, had activities including arts and crafts and the Bubble Lady. My son and I hung out at the Bubble Lady’s show upstairs in the library.  The show was interactive and every child was engaged the entire time.  The show entertained kids from as young as one and up to age ten.  The parents and grandparents seemed to enjoy the show also, at one point one of the grandfathers was brought up on stage and put inside a giant bubble.  By the end of the show everyone in the room was covered with a thin film of “bubble mixture”. After the show we headed down to the lawn for ice cream.  There were also arts and crafts activities and face painting (we didn’t make it over to the arts once my son got his hands on a cone of Cookies and Cream). One of my favorite things during the event was seeing the librarians.  After spending the summer attending storytimes hosted by the very talented librarians, it was almost like spotting a celebrity. I attended last year, and both events were great.  In fact, knowing that the wrap up party was coming motivated us to keep up on our summer reading program, so we could enjoy the wrap up party and celebrate the reading we had done.


The moral of the story? Support your local libraries! That, and send us your own Real Mom Review of a local event, activity or venue to share with other moms. Feel free to include pictures and don’t worry, we can spell-check for you. Not every review has to be positive either! I’m not saying be rude, but how about realistic for other moms who want to try the same thing? Questions? Reviews? Email us: eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com

We’ll see you there!

East Sac Support: KidzArt

August 26, 2010

Imagination sparkles. Curiosity powers up. Ideas take form. Self-discovery is set in motion.

Owned and operated by an East Sacramento Mom, Jessica Tindel, KidzArt has grown from a studio in Natomas and expanded into all areas of Sacramento by way of art education classes.

KidzArt is a fun, unique and confidence-building drawing program for preschoolers through seniors. Our mission at KidzArt is to provide kids of all ages with the opportunity to have art in their lives, increase their skills and knowledge of various art media, learn to draw using a proven method, and most of all, to have fun!

KidzArt enhances a child’s experience of art.  Kids have a great need to express themselves in many ways — artistically, emotionally, physically and spiritually.  KidzArt impacts each and every area of expression.  The KidzArt classroom is a non-competitive environment enhanced by soft music that allows children to focus and enjoy what they are doing.  Parents see the difference in the quality of art their children bring home.  Kids get immediate results as their enthusiasm for art increases.

KidzArt impacts their lives by sparking their creative process in other areas as well.  KidzArt reaches the artistic individual as well as those who never thought they could draw or create works of art!

Not only does KidzArt offer studio classes (including Mommy & Me) and art education in the public schools, they can even help you host birthday parties with a focus on activities and imagination.

For a complete class schedule with prices, click HERE. You can also take advantage of one *FREE* preview class per child.

The KidzArt studio is located at 4480 Duckhorn Suite 100, at I-5 and Arena Boulevard, and for more information click HERE or call 916.574.9700.

We’ll see you there!

Leave No Trace Workshop at Trailmix.Net

August 19, 2010

My favorite childhood memories are of huge family camping trips with aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandparents. Every time we packed up to leave, my great grandpa would offer a cash incentive to the grandchild who collected the most trash or litter from our camp site. We learned from a young age how to “leave no trace” and, thanks to Trailmix.Net, you can too!

Leave No Trace promotes responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. They are hosting a *FREE* awareness workshop covering the seven principles of leave no trace for families with children of all ages on Sunday, August 22 from 9AM to 11AM.

Although the workshop is *FREE*, seating is limited to 20 participants, so be sure to reserve your space in advance by calling 888.95.TRAIL or emailing

The Trailmix.Net store is located at 116B I Street and for more information click HERE or call 888.95.TRAIL.

We’ll see you there!

Fire Station #4 Open House

August 18, 2010

The Sacramento Fire Department’s Fire Station #4 is the oldest working fire station in the Sacramento area, first built in 1902. In 1933 the station was relocated from 26th Street between L Street and Capitol Avenue to its current home on Granada Way, nearAlhambra. On Saturday, August 21 from 2PM to 5PM the public can visit the fire house for a tour and meet the firefighters.

Fire Station #4 is located at 3145 Granada Way and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.1357.

Firefighters + big trucks + photo ops for me my toddler = we will definitely see you there!

1st Annual Banana Festival

August 10, 2010

What is the Banana Festival? It is a family friendly festival aimed at building community, promoting health and sharing culture. Kids 11 and under are *FREE* all weekend and adults are only $5.00.

The Banana Festival is being put on by volunteers from the National Academic Youth Corps and the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum, both here in Sacramento, and is happening at Consumnes River College August 13th through 15th. Yes, this is a little bit outside of our “East Sacramento” range, but how much fun does a Banana Festival sound? Especially when it’s so cheap! There will be music, dance, educational booths, a 5K fun run, all kinds of food and even a banana cook-off.

The Banana Festival runs the following days and times:
Friday 4-8:00PM
Saturday and Sunday 11AM-8:00PM

Consumnes River College is located at 8401 Center Parkway and for more information click HERE or call 916.424.3904.

We’ll see you there!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter to win this month’s GIVEAWAY: a $25 McCormick & Schmick’s giftcard!

River Cats Mommy & Me Day

August 9, 2010

Here is my little guy at April’s Mommy & Me Day at Raley Field (pardon the text on the picture, it was from my own personal blog). There were a ton of mommies and kiddos at the last one and the line to get in was pretty long. Then, once they opened the gates, moms had to fill out a waiver before they could enter. It was honestly a little disorganized. But wait, there is good news! The River Cats have learned their lesson since that first Mommmy & Me Day and have another (more organized) one scheduled for Wednesday, August 11.

Head over to Raley Field from 10AM to noon with your kids, under the age of 6, to come out enjoy a day on the field.  Activities will include running the bases, catch, tee-ball, soccer, arts and crafts, cartoons on the video board, and other fun activities. Parents and children will also enjoy snacks, beverages, and a visit from Dinger, the mascot. Kids will receive a River Cats &  Raley’s “gift pack” while supplies last (last time mine included a *FREE* Merlino’s freeze coupon). This time there are even waivers available for you to download and print before the event. Click HERE for those and avoid the long wait to get in. Dads are welcome too!

Raley Field is located at 400 Ballpark Drive in West Sacramento and for more information click HERE or call 916.376.4676.

We’ll see you there!

P.S. You have until Thursday night to enter to win a $25 McCormick & Schmick’s gift card! Click HERE and comment to enter!

Week End Wrap Up + a GIVEAWAY!

August 6, 2010

August is one of the busiest months for fun, *FREE*, family friendly activities and events in East Sacramento. Take advantage of one of the last few weekends of summer (at least, summer vacation from school) and enjoy one of the following…


After spending all summer entertaining your kids from sun up to sun down, could you use a date night? Now through September 30, McCormick & Schmick’s is offering $5 movie tickets you can add to your bill, with the purchase of an entrée at their restaurant. Personally, I haven’t been to the movie theater in… I can’t even remember… but I know how expensive it has become. This is the perfect excuse to splurge (maybe even make it a girls night and you won’t have to get a sitter– thanks, East Sac Dad) and get out of the house without having to pack a bag full of extra diapers, baby wipes and Goldfish crackers!

McCormick & Schmick’s even wants to help one East Sac Mom (or dad) out by offering a complimentary $25 gift certificate toward their night on the town.

Bringing the freshest seafood to Sacramento, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant is located at the historical Elks Club Building in downtown Sacramento – just minutes from the Convention Center and Arco Arena, as well as near a number of theaters.  Whether you are a local or a visitor, enjoy a delicious, specially prepared meal combined with impeccable service and meticulous attention to detail.  Come to McCormick & Schmick’s and experience seafood dining at its finest!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite East Sacramento activity or event is! The contest closes at midnight on Thursday, August 12 and a winner will be selected at random and announced next Friday. Good luck!

Walk for Team Hope

August 4, 2010

Huntington’s Disease is a hereditary neurological brain disorder that slowly robs the affected individual of the ability to walk, talk, think and reason. HD affects over 30,000 Americans and places more than 200,000 “at risk” for developing the disorder. In Northern California it is estimated that at least 1,300 individuals are affected with more than an additional 6,500 at risk.

On Sunday, August 8 you and your family have the opportunity to support the Huntington’s Disease Society of America and their pursuit to find a cure for HD. Registration for the Walk for Team Hope begins at 9AM with the walk starting at 10AM. The walk takes place at William Land Park and the cost for participation is *FREE*! Raise as much as you can and bring your donations. All participants also receive a *FREE* t-shirt.

William Land Park is located at 3800 South Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.927.4400.

We’ll see you there!

Home Depot Kids’ Workshops

August 3, 2010

Home Improver Club is a service offered through The Home Depot providing do-it-yourself workshops for both adults and kids. Each month there is a DIY project just for school-aged kids. August’s project (perfectly timed to coordinate with back to school) is the School Bus Pencil Organizer. The sessions are hands-on and the August workshop will be hosted on Saturday, August 7 from 9AM to 12PM. Best of all, the workshops are *FREE*.

The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.

In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates’ aprons, and an achievement pin.

The Home Depot is located at 8000 Folsom Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.381.3181.

We’ll see you there!

Kidz Love Soccer

July 27, 2010

Occasionally I am asked how I find out about some of the activities and events we feature on East Sac Mom. Basically, I’m nosy. And I ask a lot of questions.

A few weeks ago we were enjoying a cool Saturday morning at East Portal Park and happened to notice a group of toddlers and parents engaging in what appeared to be an organized soccer practice. Intrigued, I walked over (after the practice when the kids and adults all swarmed the playground) and asked the coach who they were and what they were doing there. That’s how I found Kidz Love Soccer!

For over 30 years Kidz Love Soccer (KLS) has been dedicated to teaching children the world’s most popular game within a nurturing environment. At Kidz Love Soccer the emphasis is always on fun! Located throughout the states of California and Washington, KLS provides the foremost in soccer camps and instruction for kids age 2 to 12, instilling an exuberant, skillful confidence, in the young player … through the Kidz Love Soccer method; a session experience includes age appropriate activities: skill demonstrations, fun games, and instructional scrimmages always conducted in a non-competitive, recreational format.

East Portal Park is the home of three KLS sessions that run year-round: Mommy & Me (ages 2 1/2-3 1/2), Tot-Soccer (3 1/2-4) and Pre-Soccer (4-5). Parent participating is required in Mommy & Me as well as Tot-Soccer. There were two coaches during the session we observed and there was more than enough equipment for everyone participating.

Kidz Love Soccer sessions last 8 weeks and cost $80 per child. For more information click HERE or call 408.774.4629. To register click HERE or call 916.808.6060.

East Portal Park is located at 1120 Rodeo Way, near L Street.

We’ll see you there!