Family Events In Sacramento

Family Events in Sacramento

September 22nd, 2014
Sacramento Family Events and Things To Do Free and low cost Events for Kids and Families. We believe "every family friendly event or link to a Sacramento event for family and kids is listed on this webpage." A tip is to "Bookmark" this page and get Ready to start having fun!
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Parks and Recreation
Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District Activity Guide>>
City of Sacramento Neighborhood Services Division Bi-Weekly Tidbits Special Events
Mission Oaks Parks and Recreation Long list of all events and activities
Consumnes Community 
Services District

South Sacramento and Elk Grove Events and Calendar>>
County of Sacramento
Go Outside and Play!
Events page and to see numerous locations for fun.
Effie Yeaw Nature Center>>
Ancil Hoffman County Park
Nature Center and preserve is free. Park entrance fee - $5 per car, free for ARNHA members.
Parks and Rec in Roseville
more info>>
Hagen Community Park
Live steam trains - Picnic facilities - Petting barn - swimming pools - 
basketball court - playground.
City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation District
Hundreds of classes, workshops and 
programs. Read the Online 
Event Magazine »
Folsom Parks and Recreation Community activities and events.
Click here to view the calendar>>
Sacramento County Regional Parks pass If you are receiving aid from
Sacramento County Human Assistance, 
aid to the Aged, Blind, Disabled, or 
receiving aid under the CALWORKS 
program, Click HERE for details.
Museums "Daily Events" 2014
Museum Events Calendar>>

 Water and Amusement Parks
 Sacramento Public Swimming Pools - Closed
List of pool locations and hours.
Admission Fees for recreational swim Children & Youth 17 & under...$2.00 Adults 18 & up....$4.00
PLAY POOLS free admission here>>
Pool locations open year round
Tahoe park pool Summer Season
 Raging Waters
1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815 map
Ph. (916) 924-3747
Season pass $41.00 includes State Fair admission.
 Sunsplash Water Attractions
1893 Taylor Road Road, Roseville, CA
11:00 a.m. - 6:30 regular $22.99 - $28.99
5:00 - 10:30 Nite Slide $19.99
 Granite Bay and Beal's Point
Sandy beach, buoyed swim area and lifeguard services during the summer season make this area a safe location for swimming and playing in the water. Daily Summer Hours 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 10.00 - 12.00 daily admission.
See also Negro Bar and Nimbus Flat>>
 Here is a great list of Swimming Holes that are family friendly>>
 If you cannot afford an admission fee, you can park on the street and walk into the Howe Avenue River map
 Six Flags 
Tip: buy a season pass that includes parking and and make monthly payments!
Water Park attractions>>
1950 Waterworld Parkway, Concord, CA 94520
Ph. (925) 609-1364
10.00 parking Tickets 48"+ 31.99 - under 48" 25.99
 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
You can purchase single tickets or a wristband for only 31.95
Access to the beach and Santa Cruz Fishermans Wharf are FREE!
Parking is 12.00 to 15.00
 California's Great America
4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Boomerang Bay Water Park now open! 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Single daily tickets for the ENTIRE Park are 42.99 - 47.99 Parking is 15.00 daily.
Featured Events
West Wind Drive-In 
All the latest movies - Great Family Fun!
  • General Admission $7.25 per person
  • Kids Admission 5-11 years, $1.00 per child Younger than 5 are FREE
  • Tuesday is Family Fun Night $5.00 per person

  •  2nd Saturday Art Walk2nd Saturday Art Walk -Sacramento Local Sacramento Galleries display art work.
     Insight Coffee Roasters - Public Coffee Tasting
  • 1901 8th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
    A public cupping every Thursday and Sunday. Checkout the latest offerings and learn your preferences.
     Sacramento Antique FairSacramento Antique Faire
    2300 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
  • Second Saturday of every month
  • Admission 3.00 - Kids under 16 and Parking free.
  • Sundays 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    October 12 -November 9 -December 14
  • Fair Oaks Theatre FestivalFair Oaks Theatre Festival Ongoing theater events
    Tickets 8.00 to 20.00 more info>>
     Certified Farmers Markets
    Eleven locations where you can purchase fresh fruits, flowers andvegetables! 
  • Most open all year Saturday-Sunday-Tuesday-Wednesday and Thursday and accept EBT.

  • Skate Town - Family Ice Skating
    1009 Orlando Ave., Roseville, CA 95661 
    Ph. (916) 783-8550
    Skate rental 3.50 - 9.00 youth 8.00 4 and under 3.00
    Wednesday Family Night 9.00 includes skate rental!
    Downtown Toastmasters Club
  • Tuesdays at 12:05 p.m
  • 827 7th Street. (old County Administration Bldg)
    Ph. (916) 361-1621
    Parking & bike racks at 7th & G.
    Open to all interested individuals. "an active atmosphere of speaking, listening and enjoying the art of public speaking, all while networking and becoming better leaders in the community."
     D Hot Spot Program 
    Friday Late Nite program for teens providing structured and supervised indoor basketball, volleyball, dance, recreational activities, and much more. 
    Registration handled upon entrance at program site.*
    • Age/grade of participants: 13-19 yrs. Location(s): George Sim Community, Oak Park and Pannell/Meadowview Community Centers, Martin Luther King Jr. High School, Rio Tierra Middle School.

    Tweener Program
    Afterschool enrichment program for youth providing structured homework assistance, indoor & outdoor recreational activities, life skills workshops, and much more. 

    • Age/grade of participants: 12-17 yrs (6th grade – qualifies)
      Location: George Sim Community Center.
    2230 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 map
    Ph. (916) 243-8541 
    Fun for any age group! Kids can play or bring a game to play while waiting for the show to begin. A snack bar is available or bring your own healthy snacks. Kids can raise their hand and participate during the show. 
    • Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Sundays at 7:00 p.m.
    Tickets only 8.00 for 13 and under. Students - Seniors and Military 9.00. Grown ups 10.00!
     Summer Excursion Train Rides along the River
    Saturdays and Sundays until September 28, 2014
    Every hour on the hour, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Departure location: Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento (located on Front Street between J and K Streets).
    Tickets: Regular Coach:  $10 adults, $5 youths (ages 6-17), ages 5 and under ride free. 
    First Class El Dorado Car:  $20 adults, $15 youths (ages 6-17), ages 5 and under ride free.

    Arden Garden Farmers Market
  • 2014-9-20 Every Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 p.m.
  • 1409 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815 map
    Ph. (916) 287-1980
    The only farmers market serving Del Paso Heights and North Sacramento is now open. Every Saturday you can now find fresh fruits and vegetables. There will be a free cooking demo on the first Saturday of every month November 4th, and December 1st
    Spirit in the Arts - FREE
  • Monday September 22nd, & Tuesday September 23rd, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 24th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Closed Friday and Sunday
  • Saturday September 27th 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    650 El Camino Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95815 map
    Ph. (916) 648-1803
    FREE open and free Studio All materials provided at no cost! Make something- Paint something -Draw something - Creative and self directed expression always welcome. All ages and Families welcome to this FREE event.
    Sunrise Mall Kids Club - FREE
    Sunrise Mall
    • Each Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Make and take crafts, entertainment - more.
    Over a hundred FREE events and things to with kids. Family game night - Homework help - Story time - Knitting - Job coach - and much more. Here is a link directly to the Library's list of events for you to scroll through. Opens in a new window>>
    WestWind Drive-In FREE Movie Night
    9616 Oates Drive, Sacramento, CA 95827
    Ph. (916) 363-6572
    • Thursday, September 25th, BIG Tip: Show up Early!
    Planes: Fire & Rescue

    8:00 PM
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    9:45 PM
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    8:00 PM
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    10:25 PM
    Transformers: Age of Extinction
    8:00 PM
    Planes: Fire & Rescue
    11:05 PM
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    8:00 PM
    Transformers: Age of Extinction
    10:05 PM

    Fairytale Town for the 14th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival
    3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
    • Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Sunday, September 28, 2014 10AM – 4PM - Free Admission thanks to ScholarShare College Savings Plan.
    Largest early childhood literacy event in the Sacramento region! Enjoy readings and presentations from authors and illustrators, then shop at our official bookseller, Time Tested Books booth to purchase your favorite story.
    Storytelling performances, hands-on literacy activities, a book fair and more! Plus literacy and arts organizations will be on hand to provide information about early childhood literacy programs offered in the region.
    Farm to Fork Festival
    Capitol Mall Downtown Sacramento
    • Saturday, September 27th 11:00 - 6:00
    Obviously a huge number of food vendors, expanded kids’ activities including a petting zoo, this year’s festival is packed with fun activities. Admission is free, not the food and drinks...
    Lowes Build and Grow
    FREE project and apron, goggles, patch and more.
    • Saturday September 27th 10:00 - 11:00 build a wooden fire truck.
    These events fill up very fast. You must register and RSVP HERE>>
    Library Anniversary Party @ Colonial Heights
    4799 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95820
    • September 27, Saturday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Family/All Ages
    The Colonial Heights Library opened in 1989, and we’re celebrating the branch's 25th birthday with a bang! Join us for an afternoon of food, face painting, henna, and all the friendly neighbors you could ask for.
    Autism-Friendly Family Flicks! @ Sylvan Oaks
    6700 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA 95621
    • September 27, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
    Early Childhood (0-5)
    Join us for a special family movie event for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. "Typical" toddlers and preschoolers are welcome too! We'll have healthy snacks, the lights will be slightly up, the sound will be slightly down, and kids don't need to remain seated while enjoying the movie. There will also be lots of fidget toys!
    For more information or to find out what movie we're currently showing, please contact Janet at or call our main number at 264-2920.
    4th Annual Mother Son Kickball
    • Saturday, September 27th, 2014
    10:00am-12:00pm, Fair Oaks Park
    Boys, grab your moms, step-moms, or grandmas. This fun filled event will include a game of kickball and a commemorative t-shirt.
    $20 per couple, $5 each additional son
    17th Annual Reptile Show
    Convention Center
    1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
    • Saturday and Sunday September 27, 28, 10:00 - 4:00
    Grown ups 12.00, 6 to 8 ages 8.00, 5 and under FREE
    Reptile display featuring more than 45 venomous species from around the world including King Cobras and Black Mambas. Meet a 10ft 100lb alligator. We also provide the opportunity to purchase a new reptile pet from one of the many professional reptile breeders at the event.
    18th Annual Citrus Heights Sunday Funday - Free Family Events.
    Rusch Park, 7801 Auburn Blvd., 
    • Sunday September 28th, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Sunrise Mall is excited to sponsor the 18th Annual Citrus Heights Sunday FunDay! Kids Zone - Inflatables and Rides (Buy tickets?) - Be sure to stop by Sunrise Mall's Balloon Booth for free balloon animals and creations for the whole family by Aloha Balloon Company!
    Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
    3333 Third Avenue, Sacramento CA 95817
    Space is limited! To sign up call (916) 456-1980
    Learn how to cook vegetables, make seasonal dishes and create easy meals for your family 
    using basic ingredients.   
    • Cooking Fall Vegetables Carrots, cabbage and more! Wednesday, September 24 1 - 3 p.m.

    Home Depot FREE Kids Workshops!
    Saturday October 4, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Come learn how to build an EMS Truck for Fire Safety Month.
  • 2014-October 4th and 5th Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 p.m.
  • 8820 Elk Grove Boulevard, Elk Grove, CA 95624
    Free admission - 5.00 parking - expect a fee for tickets, rides, etc.
    Kids zone, live entertainment and of course giant pumpkins.
    Celebrate Natomas
    2921 Truxel Road, Sacramento, CA 95833
    • October 11, 2014 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    FREE community event with art exhibits, bounce houses, vendors, live music and more.
    Mission Oaks Community Center
    4701 Gibbons Drive, Carmichael, CA
    Ph. (916) 972-0336
    • Saturday, October 11, 2014
    Doors open at 6:30pm, Show starts at 7:00 pm
    $5/person at the door
    Dr. Who's Halloween - Elk Grove
    Franklin Community Library 
    10055 Franklin High Road, Elk Grove CA 
    Ph. (916) 264-2920
    • Saturday, October 18, 2014 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Dr. Who themed Halloween event featuring crafts, face painting, and story time by a campfire. Limited to the first 30 children. This free program is for ages 6 to 12 only.
    Howlin' on the Parkway - details soon
    Sun, October 19, 12am – Mon, October 20, 12am
    American River Parkway Foundation
    Join us for the first ever Howlin' on the Parkway! This 2.2 mile dog walk will benefit the multi-use trail.
    Upcoming family events at the Sleep Train Arena ticket info>>
    • October 22nd to the 26th Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy
    • January 1st, 2015 until January 4, Walking with Dinosaurs 
    • January 24, 2015 until January 25, Monster Truck Jam 
    Sutters Fort
    2701 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
    Fri & Sat 6:30pm-9pm
    • October 24, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and;
    • October 25, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
    Annual The Haunted Fort 2014. Lantern guided tours with a haunted effect.
    18 years and older 5.00 - 6 to 17 3. 00 - 5 and under Free.
    Special program days $7 for adults and $5 for youth.
    Mutual Assistance Network Presents
  • 2014-October 25th Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Johnston Community Center, 231 Eleanor Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95815
    Prizes for best costume - Pumpkin decorating - Carnival gamesSafe trick-or-treating. Flyer>> Kids bring your costumes and a bag to trick-or-treat.
    Safe & Super Halloween: The Adventures of Percy Jackson
  • 2014-October 26th Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.
  • 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
    Three nights of trick or treating. 17 candy stations, a nightly costume parade at 8:30, hands on activities and lots of mythological fun! Advance tickets are $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Ticket prices increase beginning October 24 to $9 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Children 1 and under are free. Buy tickets online>>
    Safety Fair - Elk Grove/Halloween
    Bruceville Road and Elk Grove Blvd.
    • Saturday October 25th 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Hosted by the Elk Grove Police Department. Past Safety Fair events are Safe Halloween event featuring a safety fair the Radio Disney Road Crew, a costume contest (11:30 am) and trick or treating at participating stores, while supplies last. This is a FREE event open to all ages.
    California Capital Book Festival
    Convention Center
    1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
    • Saturday and Sunday, October 25, 26, 10:00 - 5:00
    Free public event for book lovers, featuring prize-winning authors, presentations, children's entertainers and activities, booksellers and other exhibitors. 
    Wee Halloween Crocker Art Museum
    216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
    Ph. (916) 808-7000
    • Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Ages 5 and younger and their grownups are invited to come in costume to the Crocker for this special event. Decorate treat bags (provided) before being guided in small groups through the galleries. Along the way, encounter gentle surprises in the form of music and dance. After each mini-performance, a small gift will be deposited into each child's treat bag. This Halloween stroll ends with a delicious celebration featuring live music.
    Space is limited and advance registration is required for a specific departure time (groups depart from 10 - 11 AM). Siblings under 18 months are welcome to tag along for free (treat bag not included).
    $10 Members (adult or child) - $15 Nonmembers (adult or child)
    Free for children under 18 months
    Boo at the Zoo - Two Nights!
    3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
    Ph. (916) 808-5888
    • Thursday, October 30, and Friday, October 31, 2014 5 to 8 pm
    Thursday or Friday rain or shine. Kids safely trick-or-treat at 25 candy stations! Magic shows, costume dance party, ghoulish games, and lots of family fun! The spookiness is appropriate for children under 10 years of age. Early Bird Ticket Prices, through October 28th. Non-Members: $10
    Sacramento Zoo Members: $8 Children 1 and under: Free
    General Ticket Prices, October 29th until the event General: $12 Children 1 and under: Free.
    Halloween Dance 
    Mission Oaks Community Center
    4701 Gibbons Dr., Carmichael, CA 95608
    Ph. (916) 972-0336
    Friday, October 31st 1:15– 3:45 pm
    6.00 person. Refreshments Costume Contest & Prizes!
    Halloween Carnival - more info coming soon.
    Thursday • October 31st • 10am-5pm
    Presented by the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks and the Fair Oaks Theater Festival.
    Games, face painting and much more! 
    Location: Plaza Park - Old Fair Oaks

    • November 8, 2014 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Valley Oak Ballroom 9014 Bruceville Road, Elk Grove, CA 95758
    This event if for all ages. What to expect: Dinner-Entertainment-Dancing-Family Dance Competition-Raffles-Photo Booth-Balloon Twisting for the kids. The price of tickets will be 13 and older $15.00, Children aged 3 thru 12 $10.00 and Children 2 and under are free ( children 2 and under still need to get a ticket by selecting the free ticket for their age). 
    Wonder Lab
    Crocker Art Museum
    216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 Adults $10 - Seniors $8 - College Students $8 - Youth (7–17) $5 - 6 and under and members Free.
    Open to all and designed to inspire playful creativity! Children with learning and developmental disabilities, ages 5 and older, and their families are especially invited. Join us in the courtyard to paint watercolor images of hot air balloons, inspired by the Crocker's special exhibition Jules Tavernier: Artist and Adventurer.
    Fairytale Town Free Admission Day: Canned Food Drive
    Fairytale Town
    • Friday, November 28, 2014 10:00 – 4:00
    FREE admission to visitors who bring in a canned good to donate the day after Thanksgiving! Includes free arts and crafts activities.
    The Dickens' Street Fair - Elk Grove
    Old town Elk Grove, Near School Street, 9108 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove Blvd- from 2nd Ave to Waterman.
    • Saturday November 29th, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    FREE entertainment, 15 tons of snow for the kids, magic acts and much more.
    11601 Fair Oaks Blvd.
    (916) 264-2920
    FREE! Ages: 3-8 Must pre-register!
    Bring your favorite teddy bear and join us at the Fair Oaks Library for “tea” and cookies, story time, and a “beary” special craft project. Space is limited, so reserve a space by calling or signing up on October 1st.

    Winter Wonderland
    Fairytale Town
    • Thursday, December 11, - Sunday, December 14 and;
    • Thursday, December 18, - Sunday, December 21.
    Open for play, trimmed with festive holiday décor and lit up with a dazzling display of lights, starting at dusk, each night. Plus, this year the magic of the season brings a true holiday miracle, every night at 7PM a flurry of snow is in the forecast for our guests! Standard ticket prices.
    Wells Fargo Home for the Holidays
    Memorial Auditorium
    1515 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
    • Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
    $45, $35, $30 – Students: 50% discount
    Plan to get your tickets early for this popular family Christmas performance! Last year’s performance was sold out!
    Free Admission Day - Fairytale Town
    • Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Fairytale Town
    Guests who visit on Christmas Eve receive free admission. 
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