Life in Sacramento, California promises to become more entertaining. With all of the new construction in the downtown area of the city for example, it seems that one new idea burgeons into another; and to top it off there's a bit more water now in the valley due to a wonderfully rain-soaked winter season; a beautiful spring is sure to be near. A few things fun for the whole family happening in town...
Take a ride on the train on Tuesdays at the Sacramento Southern Railroad. Relax and enjoy, this activity is fun for all ages! Learn about the history of Sacramento this authentic relic of the 19th century so iconic of the city of Sacramento.
Pack a picnic for the Discovery Park Nature Trail Loop. This loop takes about 2 hours but is totally flat so great for kids. They'll love it, because there's tons of wildlife along the trail! There's a huge picnic area and playground at the very end, just before the parking lot, so a great spot to eat some tasty treats after all that amazing fresh air.
Celebrate Easter at the Egg-O-Rama Egg Hunt and Carnival. April 4th It's a day long egg-hunting extravaganza. Be there in the morning for pancakes, and the games begin immediately afterwards continuing throughout the day. The egg hunters will be organized by age and takes place at the Fulton - El Camino Recreation Park and District @ Howe Park.
Let their imaginations run wild at Fairytale Town. With 25 playsets based on nursery rhymes and fairytales, a friendly flock of farm animals, two stages, and several gardens, learning has never been more fun! They host tons of special events that make for a perfect time to visit, click here for their upcoming schedule of events.
Practice your short game and take the kids mini golfing. On a sunny day, Golfland Sunsplash is the perfect option. Two enchanting 18-hole courses: Adventure Golf and Lost Continent Golf! The HUGE castle is also home to over 200 arcade games for indoor fun, and you can find roller coaster rides and water rides to boot (for the older kids). If you want to try a unique spin on the classic game, there's an indoor mini golfing place in Rancho Cordova that is glow-in-the-dark! It's called Monster Mini Golf, and is a totally fun-filled family outing, great for a rainy day.
Take your little dog lover to the Sacramento Dog Show. Happening April 9th – April 12th, at the Cal Expo 1600 Exposition Blvd. This event is being produced by the Sacramento Kennel Club. Judges come from around the county to award the very best.
Cirque Du Soleil will be in town April 9th- April 12th. This particular production of Cirque Du Solei s about the path which leads to Varekai which means "wherever" in the Roman language. The productions of this very popular circus company are a must-see, and a great way to expose your child to the arts.
Take a stroll through Old Sacramento and grab ice cream from Frozen In Time. An old-fashioned ice cream parlour serving the famous Gunthers Premium ice cream, or, you can even get a Sno Cone! There's so many flavors that it may be hard to choose, but with free samples, choosing is half the fun.
Get creative at the Kids Art Festival. Register for the festival on their website and you can expect hands on art experience for children and teens. This is an opportunity for children to focus on creativity. There will be music, take away stations, performance, an art show, and plenty of food available in Village Park, on April 25th.
Swing by the Sacramento Spring Classic Car & Parts Swap Meet on April 18th. Taking place at the Sleep Train Arena. This might be a great opportunity to teach children an appreciation for cars and machinery. Learning about the components of a vehicle may save them money and hassle in the future, as well as foster and interest in science and engineering.
Go for a bike ride along the American River Bicycle Trail. This well maintained biking route is a great way to spend a sunny day and get some fresh air. It's 32 miles long from Sacramento to Folsom, but you can make it as long (or as short) as you want.
Celebrate Earth Day at Southside Park. Join over 5,000 people to celebrate Earth Day, where there will be live music, great learnings, tasty food, and fun activities for all ages. Bike, walk, run, or use transit to get to the event, and teach your kids first hand how to make steps towards living more sustainably and helping the environment.
Take a drive out to the Jelly Belly Factory, mmmm! They offer free 40 minute walking tours around the factory, where they're cooking up over 150 different sweet treats. Did you know it takes over one week to make a single bean? The entire factory is colorful and fun, you'll kids will feel like they've stepped into Willy Wonka's factory! Don't forget to grab some tasty treats as a souvenir on the way out :) Note that they are open daily but closed on Easter Sunday.
Berry Fest! Taking place the weekend of May 9th – May 10th, this festival celebrates the harvest of nature and berries, in the town of Roseville at the Fairground Placer County.
Go on a nature hike and try your hand at geocaching. We are surrounded by beautiful trails and mountains that are waiting to be explored. They can range in difficulty, so finding one suitable for your kids will be important. To add even more excitement to your nature hike, check out geocaching.com, or download the app, and your hike can turn into a search for a hidden treasure! Have your kids make a prize that you can leave behind for someone else to find.