Posts Tagged ‘education’

January Activities at the Crocker Art Museum

December 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 11, 12-2PM
Homeschool Day
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the museum for thematic, gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. Registration is required. For pricing and registration, visit crockerartmuseum.org or call (916) 808-1182. 

Wednesdays, January 12, 19, 26, 11AM
Wee Wednesday
Bring your little one and yourself to this gallery-based play date for children ages 3 to 5.  Advance registration is required. Register at crockerartmuseum.org. *FREE* with admission.

Monday, January 17, 10AM-3PM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Crocker with inspirational tours based on King’s teachings at 10:30AM, 12:30PM, and 2:30PM; gospel music performances by Cosumnes River College Contemporary Gospel Choir at 11AM and 1PM; screenings of “Martin Luther King: Legacy of a Dream” at 12PM and 2PM; and at 10:30AM, 12PM, and 1:30PM, a reading of Faith Ringgold’s “My Dream of Martin Luther King” followed by a hands-on art making project. The museum is open until 5PM. *FREE* with admission.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street. Admission is *FREE* for members, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and older and college students, $5 for youth ages 6 to 17, and *FREE* for children younger than 6. For more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

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ArtBeast Winter Camp: Camp Wonderland

December 20, 2010

For children ages 4-7, Art Beast Winter Camps will celebrate the arrival of Winter in proper Art Beast fashion with lots of creating, storytelling, and movement activities. The children will use art, dance, and dramatic play to explore the world of Winter as they consider the magic of the changing seasons, the coming of a new year, and the busy animals preparing for the cold. As always, Art Beast welcomes all so the camps will center on the joy of the season rather than specific holidays.

Two sessions of Winter Camp are offered, each running from Monday through Thursday. The first session runs from December 20th (today) to the 23rd and the second from December 27th to the 30th. Each session will be unique. Camps will start at 9AM each day and end at 1PM.

Sessions fill at 16 children and are led by two teachers, promising a group that can grow close. The camps offer a blend of structured arts exploration in the classroom and free play within the building, always under close supervision by the camp teachers.

Art Beast camps are about exploring art and self-expression. Children dig into an array of mediums and arts in their own way. No matter the theme, they promise a range of arts integration with movement, song, story, and art.

After or before camp each day, you can stay and play at Art Beast with your child as long as you’d like.

The first week’s camp is led by Brenda Brinkhous-Hatch. It includes the following activities:

-Book Nook includes stories with winter themes such as arctic animals and snowy landscapes.
-Winter Wishing Tree for children to write wishes and hang on the branches.
-Animal Shelters: Build “nests” or “caves” for different woodland creatures using fabric, feathers, leaves, etc.
-Migration patterns: Using large maps, plot the migration route for different birds &/or animals.
-Make feeders for the creatures that do not migrate.
-Animal Tracks: White play dough and small toy polar animals (reindeer, polar bears, penguins, arctic wolves, etc.) are placed in the play dough area.
-Clay Arctic Animal: Children will sculpt an Arctic creature from clay, then paint it with liquid watercolor and “glaze” with glossy Modge-Podge.
-Melt Ice with Salt: When we do this, the salt seems to “eat away” at the ice creating crystals.
-Cryogenics: Freeze four different substances (water, liquid soap, vanilla pudding, and honey) to observe what effect freezing had on the substances.
-Ice Rainbows: Drop colored water onto crushed ice to watch the colors travel down through the ice.
-Winter Walk & Painting
-Insta-Snow
-Make a Snowman Snack
-Glittering Snowballs: Balloons are covered with glue, yarn, and glitter for a beautiful effect.
-Snowflakes: Learn to make glorious snowflakes!
-Snowstorm: Create a “snowstorm” of warm snow by using cotton balls and crumbled tissue.
-Snowy Snapshot: Turn yourself into a paper doll!

Holly Grupe leads the second week with even more art, dance, and movement activities!

Each session is $150. Siblings receive a 15% discount. To register, click HERE. If morning sessions fill, they will consider adding afternoon sessions to meet demand. Call 916.441.1233 to express interest in an afternoon session.

As always, when you choose Art Beast, your money supports Tubman House, a residential community for young, homeless parents and their children. A portion of your camp fees is tax-deductible.

Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.441.1233.

We’ll see you there!

December Programs at the Crocker + McKinley Library

December 1, 2010

December 2 – Gift Making for Kids – 3:30-4:30PM – McKinley Library
Your school-aged child can make handmade gifts for the holidays. *FREE*

December 11 – Holiday Party – 11AM-12PM – McKinley Library
Come visit with Santa and enjoy treats of the season at McKinley Library. *FREE*

December 11 – Drop, Yak, Splat! – 1PM – Crocker Art Museum
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with Museum admission.

December 14 – Homeschool Day – 12-2PM – Crocker Art Museum
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the Museum for thematic, gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. *FREE* but registration is required.

December 15 – Wee Wednesday – 11AM – Crocker Art Museum
Bring your little one and yourself to this gallery-based play date for children ages 3 to 5.  Registration is required. *FREE* with Museum admission.

December 16 – Cookie Decorating – 3:30-4:30PM – McKinley Library
Your teen can enjoy the sweetest of crafts in the kitchen. Cookies and supplies will be provided, as well as design ideas. *FREE*

December 19 – Drop, Yak, Splat! – 11AM – Crocker Art Museum
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with Museum admission.

December 26 – Kwanzaa Family Festival – 12-4PM – Crocker Art Museum
Celebrated worldwide, Kwanzaa focuses on family, community, creativity and the cultural traditions found in the African diaspora. At this museum-wide festival, the Crocker celebrates its new collection of African art with music and dance performances, unique studio art workshops, storytelling and much more. *FREE*

The McKinley Library is located at 601 Alhambra Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.264.2700.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000. (Note: Have you checked out the Crocker’s new website? Too cool!)

Crocker Art Museum Grand Opening

October 7, 2010

After years of planning, fundraising and building, the Crocker Art Museum is finally ready to reveal its new look! Opening 10.10.10, you won’t want to miss all the fun, *FREE* festivities and a chance to check out the “new” Crocker.

From 10AM to 10PM on October 10, celebrate the grand opening of the new 125,000-square-foot Teel Family Pavilion with entertainment for children, families and adults. The all-day art festival will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with community and Museum leaders. Highlights of the day’s festivities include: 12 hours of entertainment featuring performing and visual artists on multiple stages; a global arts block party with food, beer and wine; a creative community center with hands-on art activities and performances by regional dance troupes, bands and puppeteers; artist demonstrations; roaming street performers and living history interpreters; swing and salsa dance contests; and much more.

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!

September Home Depot Kids’ Workshop

September 2, 2010

This month’s Home Improver Club project is a cool football stand, just in time for the season. Take your little builder or crafter to Home Depot on Saturday, September 4th from 9AM to 12PM to make one on their own.

Home Depot Kids Workshops are *FREE* and participants ages 5-12 get to decorate and keep their crafts along with a kid-sized Home Depot apron and 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!

Sacramento Greek Food Festival

September 1, 2010

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One of the best reasons to live in Sacramento (right up there with the proximity to both San Francisco and Tahoe) is the diversity we have and availability to immerse your children into another culture. Personally, the Greek Food Festival is my favorite way to do that!

The Sacramento Greek Festival is held each year during Labor Day weekend at the Sacramento Convention Center. Friday, September 3rd from 11AM to 11PM, Saturday, the 4th from 12PM to 11PM and Sunday, September 5th from 12PM to 10PM you can take a tasting tour of Greece, stroll through Hellenica (a cultural display), sample Greek wine and beer and enjoy music of “Mythos” band– all without the pricey plane ticket.

Don’t miss the authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, Greek folk dancing (there are even lessons available), the Pantopolion (marketplace of imported gifts and jewelry) and cooking demonstrations! General admission is $5, seniors (55 and older) are $4 and children 12 and younger are *FREE* and if you click HERE you can print a $2 off admission coupon. Also, show up on Friday from 11AM to 3PM and admission is *FREE* for everyone!

The Sacramento Convention Center is located at 1400 J Street and for more information click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

Pre-K Pilot at Theodore Judah

August 23, 2010

The two most common questions we get at East Sac Mom are, “Can you recommend an East Sacramento preschool?” and “How can I get information about East Sacramento child care programs?” Theodore Judah Elementary is attempting to address that first frequently asked question with a new Pre-Kindergarden Pilot program.

Theodore Judah’s Pre-K pilot is open to all Sacramento preschoolers, even if they plan to attend kindergarten at another school. The program will start as soon as there are enough children enrolled, so don’t wait if you’re interested in getting your preschooler in. Since it’s summer, we haven’t been able to get much more information on the program (other than its existence) but with the school year drawing near, you may have more luck.

Theodore Judah is located at 3919 McKinley Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.277.6364.

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 mikebarlow@trailmix.net.

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!

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!

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!