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Chuck E. Cheese Debuts a New Pizza Recipe

August 2, 2011

Let me be completely up-front in saying that before I became a parent I vowed to never take my child to Chuck E. Cheese, let alone (gasp!) host one of my child’s birthday parties there. Now that my son has celebrated two birthdays with unnecessarily extravagant parties and the third will occur while I am 8 months pregnant with child number two, my opinion has changed a bit. I totally get the appeal of the Chuck E. Cheese birthdays. I do. Will I host a birthday party there? Maybe not. Will I attend one? Heck yes. And enjoy the pizza!

You may or may not have heard that Chuck E. Cheese has upgraded its pizza recipe for the first time in 30 years. Our little East Sac family got the opportunity to try out the new recipe and review our local Chuck E. Cheese on Arden Way. Since the hype is about the pizza, we’ll start there. We ordered the barbecue chicken (minus the onions and bell peppers) and the cheese pizza. The kids (ages 2, 3, and 9) happily ate the cheese with not much comment or complaint. I think pizza is pizza when you’re a kid, isn’t it? The barbecue chicken was surprisingly good. The chicken was a bit sparse (my fellow ESM companion and I fought over the “good” slice) but tasty and the crust was actually the highlight! It was delicious on its own and had just the right thickness and crispness. I was really glad I opted to also get the “all you can eat” salad bar. That was my favorite part of the whole experience. Every item was fresh, stocked, and gobbled up by my 2-year-old. He ate more baby corn, kidney beans and beets than he did cheese pizza.

As far as the rest of our experience at Chuck E. Cheese goes… here are the points we felt were important to mention:

  • You do not want to go on a Sunday afternoon, if you can avoid it. The noise level… OH. MY. And small children screaming and running wild everywhere. Everywhere.
  • The toddler zone was great! Every game or “ride” was only one token and after using only 5 tokens our little ones thought they had experienced Disneyland.
  • We let the 9-year-old roam free and play games and felt comfortable because the whole place is pretty small so from our table in the middle we could see him almost everywhere.
  • That being said, DO NOT rely on the staff to verify your stamps on the way out. When you enter, you and your children are stamped with the same number. They are supposed to check the numbers on the way out to make sure you are leaving with just your child/children. This definitely was not happening.
  • Take it for what it is– a fun place to let your kids burn up some energy while you collect tickets and try to stash enough away to get some candy before you leave. Enjoy it.

If you want to visit Chuck E. Cheese with your family, the Arden location is at 1690 Arden Way, next to Party City and for more information click HERE or call 916.920.9181.

Before your visit, remember to click HERE for some coupons too.

We’ll see you there!

Crocker Art Museum Launches Museum Guide & Interactive Gallery for Families

August 1, 2011

Little ones and their caregivers now have two new ways to experience the Crocker Art Museum. The Museum has launched Story Trail, a family-friendly journey through the Museum, and Tot Land, an interactive gallery, designed for children from infancy to five years of age and their caregivers. Tot Land and Story Trail are sponsored, in part, by the First 5 Sacramento Commission.

Story Trail is an engaging way for young children and adults to talk about art while they visit the Museum. It features a captivating storybook, called “Birdy’s Museum Adventure,” which incorporates images and “characters” from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. The story leads families on an imaginative adventure to look, discuss, and discover seven works of art. Families can check out a copy of “Birdy’s Museum Adventure” at the Admission Desk and begin a fun exploration into the galleries with trail markers to lead the way.

Story Trail concludes in Tot Land, a gallery devoted entirely to families. Located in the Museum’s Education Center, the gallery is designed to encourage creativity while building early-learning skills. Tot Land features an interactive touch screen for unparalleled creative play, as well as spaces for art making and reading. All of the activities are designed to enable children and adults to learn together through layered, dynamic, and playful experiences. Resources available in Tot Land support a successful path to early literacy and creative thinking.

The interactive touch screen, called “The Living Art Wall,” uses highly advanced technology and gaming software to give children a unique educational experience. Using the screen, toddlers will be able to express their creativity through digital drawing and painting with their fingers. Visitors’ contributions will build on top of each other, creating a community mural.

Tot Land and Story Trail are *FREE* with Museum admission and are available during the Museum’s regular operating hours. For more information, click HERE or call 916. 808.7000.

This East Sac Mama will be checking out Tot Land and Story Trail on Wednesday with my little guy, I’ll let you know what we think.

We’ll see you there!

Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express

July 27, 2011

Moviegoers of all ages can climb aboard to enjoy a great selection of films during this 9-week festival.  Select Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres are offering selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00AM. The nearest participating theater to our 95819 zip code is Arden Fair 6. Here are the remaining movies this summer…

7/26-7/27
CHARLOTTE’S WEB
MARMADUKE
 
8/2-8/3
NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS
WALLACE AND GROMIT
 
8/9-8/10
JIMMY NEUTRON
KARATE KID

Arden Fair 6 is located at 1739 Arden Way and for more information click HERE or call 916.568.5188.

Want to make it a family movie night? Don’t forget the Sacramento 6 Drive-In’s! On Tuesday nights admission for two movies is only $5.50 per vehicle. Pack up the kids, lots of blankets and pillows, and plenty of snacks and drinks.

We’ll see you there!

31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin Robbins

April 18, 2011

If Baskin Robbins’ 31 cent scoop night isn’t a sure sign that summer is coming, I don’t know what is.

Head over to BR on Wednesday, April 27th from 5PM to 10PM and get your favorite flavor (or try a new one) for just 31 cents.

Baskin Robbins is located at 5648 Folsom Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.450.9081.

We’ll see you there!

Mommy & Me Day at Raley Field + 2011 Rivercats Season

April 11, 2011

If I had to choose my favorite thing about spring and summer, it would be longer days. BUT, my second favorite thing is without a doubt, baseball. Whether it be the San Francisco Giants, the Sacramento Rivercats, or our neighborhood little league, give me a seat in the bleachers with a hot dog and a beer (iced tea if I’m at a little league game, of course) and I am one happy mama. I can’t wait for my little guy to be old enough to play tee ball. In the meantime, we love it when we can get our fix out at Raley Field! You have plenty of chances to do the same, starting this month.

Mommy and Me Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 20 and again on Wednesday, June 15 from 10AM to 1PM. You and your little ones have a chance to get out on the field and play games, enjoy snacks, and run the bases. My just-over-1-year old and I attended last year and since then the Rivercats have learned a thing or two. Here are a couple of tips to make your experience that much better:

  • Fill out the waiver before you go. Click HERE to get that. You’ll also need the pre-registration form which you can get HERE.
  • Bring your own snacks and/or entertainment. There was quite a line to get in last year and people got there early. Even having the waivers completed in advance, there will probably still be a bit of a wait to get into the field.
  • Don’t expect too much. There were some coloring and game stations, and kids could run around on the field, in the dugouts, and behind the backstop, so that was cool. Dinger will be there, but it would be even cooler if there were some players there though! (Hint, hint, Rivercats.)

If you go, email us some pictures and your thoughts! We love getting feedback to pass on to other moms. Mommy & Me Day is *FREE* and is for children aged 6 and younger.

For more information, click HERE or call 916.376.4834.

In addition to Mommy & Me Day, the Rivercats have a host of home games to attend. The Sunday afternoon games are our favorite, but if your kids are up to a weeknight evening, why not spend a few bucks for a grass seat and enjoy the Delta breeze when the nights get warm. Here is the 2011 home game schedule: 

 April
Monday, 11th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 12th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 13th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 14th – 7:05PM
Saturday, 23rd – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 24th – 1:05PM Pregame Easter Egg Hunt
Monday, 25th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 26th – 7:05PM

May
Monday, 2nd – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 3rd – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 4th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 5th – 7:05PM
Friday, 6th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 7th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 8th – 1:05PM
Monday, 9th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 19th – 7:05PM
Friday, 20th – 7:05PM
Saturday, 21st – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 22nd – 1:05PM
Monday, 23rd – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 24th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 25th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 26th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 31st – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free

June
Wednesday, 1st – 12:05PM
Thursday, 2nd – 7:05PM
Friday, 3rd – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Thursday, 9th – 7:05PM
Friday, 10th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts/Family Campout
Saturday, 11th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 12th – 1:05PM
Friday, 17th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 18th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 19th – 1:05PM
Monday, 20th – 12:05PM
Saturday, 25th – 7:05PM
Sunday, 26th – 1:05PM
Monday, 27th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 28th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Thursday, 30th – 7:05PM

July
Friday, 1st – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 2nd – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 3rd – 6:35PM
Thursday, 14th – 7:05PM
Friday, 15th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 16th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 17th – 1:05PM
Friday, 22nd – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Saturday, 23rd – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 24th – 1:05PM
Monday, 25th – 7:05PM
Saturday, 30th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 31st – 1:05PM

August
Monday, 1st – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 2nd – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Friday, 12th – 7:05PM $1 hot dog & desserts
Saturday, 13th – 7:05PM Postgame fireworks
Sunday, 14th – 1:05PM
Monday, 15th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 16th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 17th – 12:05PM
Thursday, 18th – 7:05PM
Friday, 19th – 7:05PM $1 hot dogs & desserts
Monday, 29th – 7:05PM
Tuesday, 30th – 7:05PM Kids Eat Free
Wednesday, 31st – 12:05PM

September
Thursday, 1st – 7:05PM

Click HERE to find out what giveaways/promotions are happening on any given night.

Raley Field is located at 400 Ballpark Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.376.4700. Ticket prices begin at $7.

We’ll see you there!

Earth Fest at the Sacramento Zoo

March 30, 2011

Earth Day isn’t until April 21, but why not make it “Earth Month” and start the celebration with the Sacramento Zoo this weekend? Earth Fest is Saturday, April 2 from 9AM to 4PM you can take part in the following activities and events, along with enjoying the zoo’s inhabitants!

Participants and Exhibitors
Association of Professional Landscape Designers
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Consumnes River Preserve
Friends of the Sacramento Public Library
Friends of San Juan de Oriente
Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk
Gus the Green tree frog, Sacramento Zoo Mascot
Heifer International
IKEA
Mira Loma High School – Arcade Creek Project
Organic Gardening Club of Sacramento County
Recycled Zoo Banner Bags for Sale!
Sacramento County Sierra Club
Sacramento New Technology High School
Sacramento Regional Sanitation District
Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership
Solar Cookers International
Tranquill Gardens
Village Nurseries
WormFancy
…More participants to come!
All Day Activities
Recycle Rummage Sale in the Kampala Center
Interactive Wildlife Wagons
Hands-on artifacts in the Discovery Room
Face painting
Funshop crafts
Timed Activities 
Zoo P.I.’s Critter Caper
   11:00 am on the amphitheater stage 
Wildlife Stage Show
   1:30 pm on the amphitheater stage  
Keeper Chats — all talks at the exhibit
   2:15 pm Giant anteater
   2:30 pm Mongoose lemur
   2:45 pm Tortoise by the Giraffe exhibit

The Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 West Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.5888. Admission is *FREE* for children under 2, $7 for ages 2-11, $10.25 for seniors, and $11 for the general public. Remember, members get in *FREE*.

We’ll see you there!

April Events at the Crocker Art Museum

March 29, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 3PM
Classical Concert: William Feasley, Guitar
Inspired by “John Buck: Iconography,” classical guitarist William Feasley will perform works by American composers Peter Madlem, Robert Beaser, Carlos Jobim, and Thelonius Monk along with the world premiere of “Black Tango” (“Tango Negro”) by the Argentine composer Marcelo Ferraris. Purchase tickets HERE, at the admission desk, or by calling 916.808.1182. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.

This would be a great afternoon activity for a parent and teen! Why not grab a dessert at Ginger Elizabeth afterward and discuss the music?

Thursday, April 14, 5-9PM
Art Mix: Lit Fix
Celebrate Literary Arts Month with a night full of poetry, spoken word, live music, tours, and talks. Don’t miss an open mic session and interactive activities. *FREE* with museum admission. Art Mix is part of the program series Thursdays ‘til 9.

Another good parent-teen activity, this would make for a fun “date night”. Grab dinner Tapa the World before you get your art fix.

Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27, 11AM
Wee Wednesday
Bring your little one and yourself for gallery-based art activities for children ages 3 to 5.  *FREE* with museum admission. This is a family program and space is limited. Signup begins at 10AM on the day of the event at the museum admission desk.

SUCH a fun activity for your toddler! Get them exposed to the arts at an early age.

Saturday, April 9, 1PM
Sunday, April 17, 11AM
Drop, Yak, Splat! A Museum Adventure for Families
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with museum admission.

This would be a great way to start your family Second Saturday fun.

Tuesday, April 12, Noon-2PM
Homeschool Day
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the museum regularly for thematic gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. Registration is required. For pricing specifics and registration, click HERE or call 916.808.1182.

Sunday, April 17, 1-3PM
Opening Reception: Meaning and Medium – Self-Portraits by Christian Brothers High School Students
See the exhibition “Meaning and Medium,” on view April 7 through July 10, 2011, and meet the artists who have explored portraiture through fresh eyes.

Tuesday, April 19, 10:30AM
Baby Loves Art – Singing in the Rain
Baby Loves Art is an entertaining and interactive way for children ages three and under and their caregivers to experience the educational stimulation that the visual arts can provide. Children sing, move, groove, touch, and play at the Crocker while building key cognitive and motor skills. This program is funded by the First 5 Sacramento Commission.

I can’t WAIT to take my 2 year-old to this new program for babies!

If you attend (or have attended in the past) any of the program or special events at the Crocker, we’d love to hear about it and get your thoughts and insight. Email us at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

We’ll see you there!

Fairytale Town Goes Green

March 17, 2011

Green matters, if we each do a little, we all do a lot! Join Fairytale Town and several local area organizations and spend the day promoting environmental awareness. The event will feature educational displays on global warming, conservation and pollution. Children will be able to participate in various free recycled hands-on art activities. Local area organizations will also be on hand with booths to discuss green programs they offer, and to provide tips and tools on how to get started.

Puppet Art Theater will be performing The Three Little Pigs, with a conservation twist, in the Children’s Theater. Puppet show tickets are $1 for members, $2 for nonmembers, and children 1 and under are *FREE*. Puppet show times are 12:30PM, 1:30PM and 2:30PM. Fairytale Town Goes Green will take place from 11AM to 3PM on Saturday, March 26th.

Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive and admission is $4.50 for ages 2 and up and *FREE* for ages 1 and younger. For more information click HERE or call 916.808.5233.

We’ll see you there!

Runaway Stage presents

March 15, 2011

We LOVE theater– especially if it involves kids. The 24th Street Theater is the home of the Runaway Stage, a theater company performing plays and musicals by kids and for kids (and for adults too). With super reasonable tickets, a show at the Runaway Stage might be just the thing to beat the cabin fever that is setting in due to all the rain this week.

You have a choice of two productions this month. The first is Pigs In Space which runs Saturdays March 19th and 26th at both 12pm and 2pm. Shows are just $8 for general admission and $6 for kids 12 and under!

The second, a musical, Seussical Jr. plays March 22-24 at 7pm and admission is just $10. Here is a little more about Seussical Jr.:

Do you like Green Eggs and Ham and pretty much all the other Dr. Seuss books? Well, from there to here and here to there, funny things are everywhere during this staging of Seussical Jr. Kids and teens from Runaway Stage Productions’ youth workshops will perform this one-act version of the Broadway musical, which still features beloved characters such as Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat and Gertrude McFuzz, and songs like “Oh the Thinks You Can Think”.

The Runaway Stage is located inside the 24th Street Theater at 2791 24th Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.207.1226.

We’ll see you there!

March Events at the Crocker

February 28, 2011

Have you been to the new Crocker yet? Don’t wait, make March the month to check it out. Here are some great opportunities for you and your family to get involved!

Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 11AM
Wee Wednesday
Bring your little one and yourself to this gallery-based play date for children ages 3 to 5.  *FREE* with museum admission.

Tuesday, March 8, Noon-2PM
Homeschool Day
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the museum regularly for thematic gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. Registration is required. For pricing specifics and registration, click HERE or call 916.808.1182.  

Saturday, March 12, 1PM
Sunday, March 20, 11AM
Drop, Yak, Splat! A Museum Adventure for Families
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with museum admission.

Saturday, March 12, 4PM
Art Appetizers
On Second Saturdays, start your evening at the Crocker with a tour of the Museum’s most recent exhibitions. This is a 50-minute experience designed to fulfill your art cravings. *FREE* with museum admission.   

Sunday, March 20, 1-3PM
Youth Art Month Reception
In conjunction with the California Arts Education Association (CAEA), the Crocker is proud to serve as a venue for Youth Art Month. At this reception we celebrate the artists and recognize successful participating art programs. *FREE* with museum admission.

The Crocker Art Museum, established in 1885, is one of the leading art institutions in California. The museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events, and programs to augment its collections of Californian, European, Asian, African and Oceanic artworks.

The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10AM–7PM, Tuesday and Wednesday; 10AM–9PM, Thursday; 10AM–5PM, Friday through Sunday. Every third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Bank of America. For more information, call 916.808.7000 or click HERE.

We’ll see you there!