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Old Sacramento Theatre of Lights

December 2, 2010

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In the works (in my head) is a fun-filled family night of ice skating at the Downtown Ice Rink, viewing Christmas lights in the Fabulous Forties while sipping hot chocolate, and observing Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights very soon. The debate is whether or not my almost-2-year-old will be up for all of that.

At the very least we can view Christmas lights from the warmth of the car (as eco-unfriendly as that may be) and snuggle up together as we enjoy the Theatre of Lights. If any of that sounds good to you, here is a little more about the Theatre of Lights:

Back for the second year, event-goers will experience the Old Sacramento Theatre of Lights. At 6:00p.m. a symphony of lights, sounds and visual effects will take the audience back to a time when the beloved poem The Night Before Christmas was first introduced in Sacramento in 1857. The Old Sacramento Theatre of Lights will run two 20-minute light shows throughout the holiday season Thursdays through Sundays at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights will celebrate “enhanced nights” with a visit from Santa Claus in The Christmas Shoppe following the performances, living history characters, and themed street vendors with traditional treats like spiced nuts and hot cocoa. Also new this year are the celebrity “Papas” who will appear in the Theatre of Lights performances. Dates and guests include:

4-Dec – Mellisa Paul, News10 Weather
11-Dec – Amy Lewis and Ed Crane, KFBK
17-Dec – Melissa Crowley & Guy Farris, Sacramento & Co.
18-Dec – Sydney Fong, Salvation Army

The Theatre of Lights takes place in Old Sacramento and for more information click HERE.

We’ll see you there!


Old Sacramento Underground Tours

July 26, 2010

Talk about a local history lesson. Sacramento is the only city in California to have raised its streets, leaving the old streets down below, and now through October 31 you can tour them! The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF) in partnership with the City of Sacramento, California State Parks, Old Sacramento Business Association and participating merchants and businesses, is offering educational and entertaining tours of the underground in Old Sacramento.

The entertaining and history-rich “Old Sacramento Underground” tours will provide visitors with a unique glimpse into the massive and dramatic undertaking that took place when the streets were painstakingly raised in the 1860s through the 1870s to protect the city from devastating flooding. Underground tour visitors will have the opportunity to view disappearing windows and doors, dipping alleyways, exposed retaining walls, walk into underground hollow sidewalks and tour historic buildings all while being entertained and educated by tour guides and docents who portray characters true to the period.

Underground tours are an hour-long and cost $15 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 6-17). Visitors need to be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces in areas that have low ceilings and in occasional small spaces (so not an ideal activity for very young children).

Tours are offered every 30 minutes on Thursdays and Fridays from 11AM to 3PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 11AM to 2PM and 3:30PM to 4:30PM.

The tours depart from the Sacramento History Museum located at 101 I Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7059.

We’ll see you there!

Learn about bats with Trailmix.Net

June 24, 2010

Am I the last person to know about Trailmix.Net? This incredible kids’ adventure store (think R.E.I. for little tykes) opened last year in Old Sacramento and “helps parents create family outdoor learning and adventure experiences.” They sell products that “engage children, educate them on topics such as nature, history, and the natural sciences, and teach them how to set and achieve goals.”

Once in a while we come across a business, event or idea that we fall head-over-heels for (ArtBeast was one of those) and Trailmix.Net is our new favorite. You can read more about how Trailmix.Net got started and about local owners, Mike and Sara Barlow, HERE.

Trailmix.Net provides a line of educational products that facilitate interaction with nature, the outdoors, and the sciences. The majority of their products fall into one of these categories:

-Animal Watching With Kids
-Backyard Safari Gear
-Hiking With Kids
-Geocaching With Kids
-Birding With Kids
-Gardening With Kids
-Science Projects

In addition to Trailmix.Net’s cool Old Sacramento store, *FREE* downloadable activities, and interesting blog, they offer drop-in activities for all ages at the downtown location. Click HERE for a full menu of offerings and prices.

Oh, I almost forgot, the whole reason I started to write this post was to tell you about how Trailmix.Net is teaming up with NorCalBats on Saturday, June 26 at 1PM to teach children (and parents) about bats. Families can meet up at the Trailmix.Net store to look at live bats, clear up some common bat myths, learn about bat rescue and rehabilitation, and find some special places in the Sacramento region where bats can be observed in the wild.

Trailmix.Net’s bat session is *FREE* and reservations are not necessary, but appreciated. You can RSVP by calling 916.498.9090.

Trailmix.Net is located at 116B I Street and for more information click HERE or call 888.95.TRAIL. You can also check out the Trailmix.Net blog by clicking HERE.

We’ll see you there!

18th Annual Pacific Rim Street Fest

May 20, 2010

In 1993, the first Pacific Rim Street Fest was presented in Old Sacramento by the restauranteur, Frank Fat, and community groups. With his ever optimistic spirit, he was able to create a coalition of community leaders and succeed in seeing his dream of a street festival come to pass.

For seventeen years the festival has displayed the richness and diversity of many Pacific Rim cultures through cultural programs, entertainment, art and food. The event also enhances the community’s knowledge of Asian/Pacific Island cultures in a fun and positive environment.

There are so many reasons to take your family to Old Sacramento for the Pacific Rim Street Fest— my favorite reason is the food! The festival takes place on Sunday, May 23 from 10AM to 5PM and the festivities are *FREE*.

For more information click HERE or call 916.451.6200.

We’ll see you there!

Old Sacramento St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 9, 2010

Since we are already looking forward to the weekend (see yesterday’s post) lets stick with it all week. With St. Patrick’s Day coming next Wednesday you will definitely want to begin celebrating early at the 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Sacramento.

Bagpipes, drum corps, Irish step dancers, costumed marchers, and festive pageantry, bring the luck of the Irish to parade watchers during Sacramento’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Over a decade in existence, the parade has become a celebrated tradition filling the streets of Old Sacramento with over 500 costumed marchers, military regiments, marching bands, uniformed police and fire professionals, cultural organizations and much more.

The hour-long parade begins promptly at 1PM at 2nd and L Streets  and proceeds throughout the historic district of Old Sacramento. This is a family friendly event appropriate for all ages (no alcoholic beverages will be served.) During the evening many restaurants will offer Irish menus or specialties, and adults who prefer a Guinness with their meal will be able to enjoy one with their meal at restaurants throughout Old Sac.

The festivities run from 12-6PM on Saturday, March 13th and for more information click here or call 916.558.3912.

We’ll see you there!

Do you have any St. Patricks Day traditions you observe in your home? Corned beef and cabbage for dinner? Wearing green? Share in the comments below this post!

St. Patty’s Day Crafts at the Sac History Museum

March 1, 2010

St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday. Irish or not, you’ve got to love all the green, the corned beef and the beverages. I’ll do my best to bring you as many St. Patrick’s Day activities over the next two weeks, the first being a crafty activity taking place throughout the month.

Visit the Sacramento History Museum today through March 31st and you and your child can make St. Patrick’s Day door hangers to take home. Crafts are *FREE* with admission.

The Sacramento History Museum is located at 101 I Street in Old Sacramento and is open 10AM-4:30PM every day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 ages 6-17 and *FREE* for ages 5 and younger.

For more information click here or call 916.808.7059.

We’ll see you there!

Irish or not, does your family have any fun St. Patricks Day traditions?

Family Friendly New Years Eve

December 30, 2009

Ah, New Years Eve. Of all the holidays it seems like this is the one that changes the most when you become a parent. And it is constantly changing as your children get older. If your NYE plans this year include the kids, check out Old Sacramento’s New Years Eve Sky Spectacular with Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Roadcrew.

There will be live music, fireworks and vendors in Old Sacramento. You can go for just the fireworks or make an evening out of it with dinner and dessert. Here is the official schedule:

9:00PM Fireworks (Set to childrens’ music!)
6-6:45PM Todd Morgan (singer/musician)
7-7:30PM Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Crew
7:40-8:20PM Todd Morgan
8:25-8:55PM Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Crew

The rest of the evening’s entertainment will be provided by the Ralph Woodson Experience performing a Jimi Hendrix Tribute and more fireworks at midnight. You can also find Clemon Charles (pop and rock) from 6-10PM at 2nd and J Streets, Allie Marcel and Friends (rockin’ blues) from 8PM-12AM at Front and J Streets, and Obsidian Butterfly (Fire Dancers) from 9PM to 12AM at Front and K Streets. All of the festivities are *FREE* so you know we love that.

If you’re staying in with the kids you can trick them into thinking it is midnight by showing them the ball dropping in New York at 9PM local time… and then let us know if that really works!

For more information about the New Years Eve Spectacular click here or call 916.808.7777.

What are your New Years plans? (We are mostly asking because we’re still undecided about what we’re doing.) Do your kids make it to midnight? Any fun traditions? Please share! Leave us a comment below.

Carnival of Lights and Carnival at St. Rose

December 1, 2009

One of our family’s favorite holiday activities is walking around East Sacramento and enjoying the gorgeous light displays and decorations. We load the thermos with hot chocolate, bundle up with scarves, gloves and beanies, and enjoy the fruits of our neighbors’ labor. Not only is the walk great exercise, it is good for both the environment and our budget (saving money in gas instead of driving.)

If the weather doesn’t permit walking or you’d like to take in some professionally assembled displays you need to make time in the next month to see the Downtown Partnership’s Carnival of Lights!

This holiday season, the Carnival of Lights will delight visitors with a dazzling display of lights throughout the Central City from the waterfront through Midtown. Lights, reminiscent of the historic Grand Electric Carnival of 1895, will be on display November 25 through January 3. Downtown Sacramento will be aglow with colorful lights, twinkling trees, shooting stars, holiday banners and much more!

The promotion, produced by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, will connect holiday events including Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights and Carnival at St. Rose with downtown retailers, hotels and restaurants. The decorative lighting will create a magical and memorable pedestrian experience.

The Carnival of Lights is the Downtown Partnership’s effort to make up for not hosting the Downtown Holiday Ice Rink and encompasses the area between Old Sacramento and 7th and K Streets (where you will find the Carnival at St. Rose!)

Complete with classic carnival games, rides and food vendors, the Carnival at St. Rose will “bring the holidays to life at 7th & K streets.” The Carnival at St. Rose is subject to weather restrictions, but is generally open to the public daily through January 3rd from noon to 8PM. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors over 55 and children under 12. The Carnival at St. Rose is located at Lima Park at 7th and K Streets.

Where to park? Parking validation is available for the Westfield Downtown Plaza (garage entrances are located at 5th and J Streets and 4th and L Streets) but you may also find street parking (if you’re lucky!)

For more information about the Carnival at St. Rose click here or call 916.442.5563.

For more information about the Carnival of Lights click here or call 916.442.8575.

Are you planning to check out either of the light displays? Are there any neighborhood displays you would recommend? Share with other readers by commenting on this post. We appreciate your feedback.

We’ll see you there!

Old Sacramento Tree Lighting and Theater of Lights

November 24, 2009

Each year the Old Sacramento Tree Lighting ceremony boasts the “first tree lighting of the season” and this year the event takes place tomorrow, November 25th. Head out to  Front and K Streets before 6:30PM to witness the 50 foot tree light up for the first time in the 2009 season. There will also be live entertainment preceeding the ceremony and Sacramento’s own Mayor Kevin Johnson will kick off the tree lighting itself.

After the ceremony stay for the first Theater of Lights show immediately following! The Theater of Lights is a “symphony of lights, sounds and visual effects” set to the poem “The Night Before Christmas”.

The Theater of Lights continues through January 3rd with 6:30PM and 8:00PM showings Thursday through Sunday. Parking is available on the street in Old Sacramento, however there is also parking available in the Old Sacramento garage on I Street or the Tower garage.

For more information on both events click here or call 916.442.8575.

Have you attended either Old Sacramento event in past years? Any tips or helpful hints for parents wanting to join in the fun with their children? Leave a comment below!

We’ll see you there!

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!