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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!

Mothers’ Support Network + Sacramento Mamas & Babes

February 8, 2011

If there is one thing a new mom needs, it’s a support group. Maybe your support group consists of friends, neighbors, other moms from your lamaze class, or maybe it is a bit more modern, like support groups via Twitter and Facebook. Either way, it is important to connect with other moms who know exactly what you’re going through and are right there in the trenches with you. Thank you so much to East Sac Mom, Jennifer for giving us a heads up about two local support groups.

The first is sponsored by the Mothers’ Support Network and is a New & Pregnant Moms’ Group that meets in Midtown.

The Mothers’ Support Network meets from 10:30AM to 12PM at the YMCA located at 2021 W Street in Sacramento and meetings are *FREE*.

Do you have questions about your new little bundle of joy? Need some support and encouragement? We’d love to invite you to spend time with the New & Pregnant Moms’ Groups. We have weekly meetings held Wednesdays at the Y. Babies range from a few days old to around one year (before walking). Pregnant moms often come to find a new circle of friends before their babies are born. For more information contact our facilitator: Melissa (

The second support group Jennifer suggested (but admits she hasn’t yet attended) is the Sacramento Mamas and Babes group. From the group’s organizer, Jen:

Hi beautiful Mamas!! I started this group to meet lots of great moms and to help my son develop friendships that will carry on through the years!!

The purpose of this group is to bring moms together for support, conversation, friendship, and fun! As well as to associate my little one with others!!

This group is geared towards newborn to 18months roughly!

You should join this group if you are available for meetups during the weekdays, during the day, as that is when most of the meetups will be held!

This is an interactive group that requires all members to be active in group discussions, RSVPing and even hosting events! This group is a member based group, created by a member for members…I want it to be what the members want it to be! I need everyone’s help to make it a success! So please join if you are ready to get out and meet some awesome Moms and Babes!

For more information, check out the Sacramento Mamas and Babes meet up page HERE.

Are you part of any moms’ support groups? Know of any others you’d recommend? Send us an email at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com or comment below.

We’ll see you there!

ArtBeast Big & Little Beast Workshops

August 25, 2010

Every Friday from 10AM to 12PM, Art Beast offers the Big and Little Beast Workshops. These workshops are designed for adults and children to explore a new art or craft together. A bit more intricate than their typical offerings, the workshops are a great time to learn together and appreciate one another’s strengths in exploring the creative world. Often the children remind the grown ups how to greet the unfamiliar with joy and a sense of adventure.

Workshops can accommodate up to 20 families over the two hours and there is usually have room for everybody. On August 27 participants will make Acorn Babies from Felted Wool.

Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.441.1233. Admission to Art Beast is $8 for adults and children, with second adults and babies 12 months and younger *FREE*.

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!

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!

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!

Cash Savvy Kids

June 9, 2010

Sarah Cook is not your average mom, nor is she raising average kids. Sarah is a Sacramento mom who recognized the potential for her children to learn about high finance at a young age and has encouraged them to learn about and even start their own businesses! After seeing the success her own children were having she decided to start Raising CEO Kids: The Definitive Source for Supporting Kids Who Are or Want to be in Business.

This summer Raising CEO Kids is offering *FREE* online seminars covering a variety of topics including:

Growing Your Business While Raising Kids in Business (June 7)
Biz Tripping – How to Turn your Family VaCay into a Business Learning Experience (June 9)
Press Forward – Tips from the Experts on How to Get FREE Media Coverage (June 16)
Grocery Smarts – How to Save Money on Food and Get Your Kids involved in the Process (June 23)
Beyond the Piggy Bank – Teaching Kids about Money (July 08)

I’m pretty sure I can use those seminars for myself! There is a wealth of information (pun intended) at Raising CEO Kids and its sister site, Cash Savvy Kids. To register for any of the webinars click HERE.

We would love to hear your impressions of the online seminars and hear about the ways your children are learning about finance and small business this summer. Email us at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com or comment below.

We’ll “see” you there!

Second Saturday + Crocker Art Museum April Events

April 7, 2010

Have you ventured out to Second Saturday yet in 2010? With each passing month the evenings are warming up and thanks to daylight savings it is lighter later. April would be a great month to check out the local art scene with your families and there is no better place to begin your art walk than the Crocker Art Museum.

Second Saturday this month falls on April 10th and from 12-3PM families can enjoy a Children’s Film Festival at the Crocker. See films from around the world! Stay the entire afternoon or view just a few screenings of animation and live-action shorts. Second Saturday for Families is *FREE* with admission.

Following the Children’s Film Festival there will be a Teen Film Festival hosted by the Teen Action Team. From 3:30-5PM teenagers can enjoy short films about and starring teens. The Festival features nine recently released films, including Up Jump the Boogie and award winning A Summer Rain, ranging from animation to live action comedy drama and theatrical documentaries. This program is presented in partnership with the San Francisco International Children’s Film Festival. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for ages 13-17. Contact Emma Moore at or call at 916.808.1961 to register. The Teen Film Festival is *FREE* with museum admission.

Since we’re on the subject of events at the Crocker, mark your calendars for Wee Wednesday on April 21st. Wee Wednesdays are designed for children ages 3-5 and the special adult in their lives. Encourage your early learner’s development through multi-sensory activities inspired by art and storytelling. There are sessions offered at 10:30AM and 1PM and although participation is *FREE* with admission, reservations are required. To register, call 916.808.1182 or email

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10AM–5PM Tuesday through Sunday and 1st and 3rd Thursdays until 9PM. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students and *FREE* admission on Sundays from 10AM-1PM. For more information click here or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

Composting Seminars + Green Cleaning Workshop

April 5, 2010

Six months ago we told you about the *FREE* Composting Seminars offered by the City of Sacramento so we’re back to remind you to check one out if you haven’t already. There are so many benefits to composting! You’ll save unnecessary waste from going into landfills, create ideal soil for your garden and teach your family to be environmentally responsible.

 During the *FREE* seminar participants will learn…

  • How composting works
  • What materials you should and should not compost
  • Getting the right balance of food, air and moisture
  • Maintaining your compost pile
  • Vermicomposting (composting with worms)
  • Here are the session dates and locations:

    April 10 – Fremont Community Garden at 14th and Q Streets
    May 1 – Neely Johnson Park Community Garden at 516 11th Street
    September 18 – GEO Garden at 1221 South Avenue
    October 9 – Southside Community Garden at 5th and W Streets

    All sessions are from 8-10AM and pre-registration is NOT required. Participants will also be able to purchase compost bins from the city at a discount. For more information click here or call 916.808.5454.

    In addition to the *FREE* seminars mentioned above, you can also attend a Composting Tutorial at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op on Sunday, April 18th from 10:30AM-12PM for only $5. The admission fee supports the Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project and during the class you’ll learn the basics to make compost in two weeks, six weeks, six months or one year. You can even bring in a sample bag of your yard waste for an individual consultation at the end of class! To register, click here.

    Finally, since we’re on the subject of “green”, check out the Green Cleaning for a Healthy Household workshop being offered at the Co-Op *FREE* on Wednesday, April 14th from 6:30-8PM. Spring Cleaning is inevitable, why not learn techniques and products that can help you eliminate toxins from your home? To sign up for this workshop, click here.

    The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op is located at 1900 Alhambra Boulevard and for more information on these and other classes click here or call 916.455.2667.

    We’ll see you there!

    What steps have you taken as a family to “go green”?

    River Park “Mothers” Club + Meals for Moms

    March 25, 2010

    River Park neighborhood boundaries

    (Image found here)

    If you are a River Park resident you might have heard of the River Park Mothers Club— they have been around for 57 years now. Yes, FIFTY SEVEN years. What was originally formed as a way for new mothers to connect and support each other has become a network of 88 members and growing. “River Park Families Club” might be more accurate, as the club now has stay-at-home dads and grandparents raising their grandchildren as members.

    The most popular draw to the River Park Mothers Club is their “Meals for Moms” program where they bring meals to families who have just had a baby. Another mother will show up at the home of the new arrival with a meal, a friendly face and, in some cases, extra hands to hold that new bundle of joy so the new mom can take a shower. That alone is worth its weight in gold.

    Even after the families are beyond the newborn stage the River Park Mothers Club serves as discussion group, an events calendar and a way to get involved with small groups (such as a toddler group, for example.)

    For more information about the River Park Mothers Club contact club president, Jill Bornemann at or 415.846.1497.

    Has your neighborhood formed any kind of group? Let us know! We would love to help get the word out and encourage East Sacramento families to connect.