Posts Tagged ‘preschool’

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!

Sacramento Scoops Earth Day

April 21, 2011
Sacramento’s Earth Day Logo

As parents, we try to teach our children to share, so of course we want to model it ourselves! We wanted to take a moment today to share that the local blog Sacramento Scoop has a great summary of Earth Day events happening in our area. Click HERE to check it out.

We’ll see you there!

Wonder Tree: A New School by the Founders of Art Beast

April 19, 2011

The founders of Art Beast are on the Founding Board of Wonder Tree, a new elementary school opening in Fall 2011 in Midtown Sacramento. Wonder Tree will take a balanced approach to keeping learning magical, meaningful, and full of joyful challenge. We are currently registering children for Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2.

Our Mission
Wonder Tree School is a community of children, parents, and teachers engaged in student-centered learning that values strong academics, social justice, and the natural world. Students grow to be brave, compassionate, and action oriented, and to think critically and creatively about the world around them. Our educational environment is forged by the dynamic interaction of great teachers, empowered and curious children, and our evolving understanding of how the brain learns best.

Our Approach
Though Wonder Tree does not claim a particular educational philosophy, our design infuses elements of Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, Democratic Education, Expeditionary Learning and Humane Education. We embrace project based learning, healthy classroom rhythms, a vibrant school community, academic rigor and daily engagement with the arts, with movement, and with the outdoors. We hope to provide an environment that holds each child as they develop their strength, brilliance, sense of responsibility, and capacity to love.

Want to learn more? Read the complete details at the Wonder Tree website. They will hold the first informational meeting on April 27th from 6:00PM to 7:30PM at the planned school location. They can also be reached by phone at 916.760.7349, or by email at admin@wondertreeschool.comWonder Tree School also has a Facebook Page with regular updates.

The Wonder Tree School will be located at the Pioneer Church at 2700 L Street just across from Sutter’s Fort.

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!

FREE Playdate at Fancy Feet Dance Academy

April 14, 2011

After almost two years, we finally have an East Sacramento Mom playdate scheduled! Why didn’t we think to do this sooner? Elizabeth Ercila, owner of the newly opened Fancy Feet Dance Academy, has graciously offered to host a *FREE* playdate next Wednesday, April 20 at 9:30AM. Come join us!

At the Fancy Feet ESM playdate, we’ll let the kids enjoy a dance class, play some games, and even get in a little fun and exercise with the moms (or dads). Spread the word and bring a friend.

Fancy Feet Dance Academy is located at 712 57th Street, near Crepe Escape, and for more information click HERE or call 916.451.4900.

We’ll see you there!

Kiwanis FREE Community Easter Egg Hunts + Pancake Breakfast

April 12, 2011

The East Sacramento-Midtown Kiwanis Club will be hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast, carnival, and *FREE* community Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday April 23rd at McKinley Park.  The Pancake Breakfast will be from 7:30AM until 11:30AM inside the Clunie Clubhouse.  The cost for the breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children.  The carnival games for children are just 50 cents each. The schedule for the Free Easter Egg Hunts is:
Ages 0-1: 9:30AM
Ages 1-2: 9:45AM
Ages 3-4: 10:00AM
Ages 5-6: 10:15AM
Ages 7-8: 10:30AM
Ages 9-10: 10:45AM

For more tickets to the Pancake Breakfast or for more information on Kiwanis click HERE or contact John Brummer at jrbkpltg7@aol.com or 916.642.2505.  All funds raised will be donated to various community service organizations and the Kiwanis Family House.
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!

Fancy Feet Grand Opening

April 7, 2011

There is something new in East Sacramento! Lets all give a big, warm welcome to Elizabeth Ercila, owner of Fancy Feet Dance Academy.

Fancy Feet Dance Academy is open for business, however still under construction.  They are holding two grand opening events, one on Saturday April 16th and the other on Saturday, May 14th from 10:00AM to 4:00PM both days.  At the ceremony they will be providing cupcakes as well as providing lots of entertainment:  including a raffle for Disneyland tickets, balloon twisting and face painting!  There will also be a meet and greet with some of the Fancy Feet Parties characters and for the dance academy side of things there will be class demos for Zumba, Baby Music, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Belly Dance!  It’s sure to be an event to remember!

Fancy Feet Dance Academy is located at 712 57th Street, near Crepe Escape, and for more information click HERE or call 916.451.4900.

We’ll see you there!

April Events at the McKinley Library

April 5, 2011

All McKinley Library programs are *FREE* and sponsored by the Friends of McKinley Library.

Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19 & 26

Baby Lapsit Storytime
10:30-11AM
Ages birth through 24 months. This storytime is designed to help develop literacy with stories, songs, and movement.

Toddler Storytime
11-11:30AM
Stories, songs, fingerplays and more for children aged 18 months to 3 years.

Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27

Preschool Storytime
11-11:30PM
Stories, songs, fingerplays and more for preschoolers aged 3 – 5. Younger children welcome as space permits.

Thursday, April 7

Just Dance 2
3:30-4:30PM
Teen program. Come shake your groove thing at McKinley Library!

Thursday, April 21

Spring Crafts
3:30-4:30PM
School-age program. Bunnies and eggs, flowers and butterflies, make many lovely little tokens of the season.

Saturday, April 30

Fancy Nancy Tea Party
2-3:30PM
Family program. Tea party and fashion show. Come show your glittery best at the library. Crafts include fancy hats, crowns, and accessories.

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

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!