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Sacramento Community Bike Ride Schedule

Sacramento Community Bike Ride Schedule

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23 Spraygrounds to Cool Off at this Summer

23 Spraygrounds to Cool Off at this Summer

We all need a place to take the kids for some fun water play when it is HOT and are extremely lucky that throughout Sacramento, there are 23 parks with wonderful water features open for the Summer! The majority of them have just turned their water on or will be turning it on Saturday…so you [...]

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Storytimes in Sacramento

Storytimes in Sacramento

Whether your child is a baby, toddler or school-age, they probably love storytime just like mine do!  Not only is it a fun outing, but it plays an important role in introducing kids to the magic of books.   Another plus is that storytimes are FREE!  We are lucky in Sacramento to have so many [...]

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Shop and Play at The Fountains

Shop and Play at The Fountains

The Fountains at Roseville have some fun…and FREE ways to entertain your little ones!  Right in the middle of this beautiful shopping center are a few amenties just for kids.  They can take a train ride, watching the dancing water fountain, get wet in the interactive fountain, and play on the playground. The Train runs [...]

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A Capitol Adventure

A Capitol Adventure

The California State Capitol is beautiful…and a must-see for all that come to visit Sacramento.  But even if you are not a tourist, this is an awesome place to take your kids! Our Experience: When my dear friend and her son came up from San Diego to visit us this summer, the Capitol was at [...]

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Summer Fun

White Rock Neighborhood Splash Park with Water Slides

White Rock Neighborhood Splash Park with Water Slides

The Best $1.00 Outing Around! This is the perfect place to go when your kids need to get drenched and you want a cheap outing with the WOW factor! White Rock Neighborhood Splash Park has an incredible play structure with large dump buckets, canons, water jets…and WATER SLIDES! This park is SO worth our 30 [...]

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Ultimate Summer Fun Guide 2014

Ultimate Summer Fun Guide 2014

Are you ready? I have IDEAS for you! Over 100 ways to make summer in Sacramento AWESOME! My mission: to round up all the very best things to do around town in order to ensure you have solutions when you hear “I’m bored” or better yet – avoid ever hearing it! If you’re a planner, [...]

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BounceU Create & Bounce Camps 2014 [Discount]

BounceU Create & Bounce Camps 2014 [Discount]

*$10 OFF Camp for Sidetracks Readers!* (Just mention Sacramento Sidetracks when you register!) Check out FUN DETAILS on the 2 different camps available at BounceU including weekly themes and guest performers by clicking on one of these banners: My kids attended Create & Bounce Art Camp over Thanksgiving Break and had a BLAST! We are [...]

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Summer Dollar Movies 2014

Summer Dollar Movies 2014

It’s DOLLAR MOVIE time! This is always a great way to stay cool and treat the kids to the big screen without breaking the bank! Climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. During this 9-week festival, participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or [...]

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5 Aquatic Centers in the Greater Sacramento Area

5 Aquatic Centers in the Greater Sacramento Area

Photo: My boys and I at the Wackford Aquatic Complex in Elk Grove! Aquatic Centers are like mini water parks with amazing play structures and water slides that kids go crazy for! For just a fraction of a large water park’s price, you can have a ton of fun cooling off! Here are the five [...]

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Labor Day Weekend Top 10: Aug 30th – Sept 1st

Labor Day Weekend Top 10: Aug 30th – Sept 1st

| August 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Listen to live music, climb aboard a vintage bus and learn how to carve wood at the Old Schoolhouse Museum during AMERICANA IN  OLD SACRAMENTO. Saturday – Monday FREE Be amazed at the sidewalk chalk art, listen to live music and check out the kids’ activities at the annual CHALK IT UP FESTIVAL in Fremont [...]

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Chalk it Up Festival 2014

Chalk it Up Festival 2014

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The annual Chalk It Up Festival is this weekend! It’s a great place to spend time as a family over Labor Day Weekend. Check out the amazing sidewalk chalk art, live music, and kids activities. This is always a super fun, FREE event! When: Saturday August 30 – Monday, September 1; 10am – 6pm Where: [...]

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Weekend Top 10: August 22nd – 24th

Weekend Top 10: August 22nd – 24th

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Dance to the music of The Hoots, get your face painted and play at Sacramento Children’s Museum’s $4 FRIDAY. Friday Watch Back to the Future in Fremont Park or Monsters University in Vernon Street Town Square. Friday FREE Enjoy music, dancing and an international petting zoo at the MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL in Elk Grove Regional Park. [...]

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Free Multicultural Festival in Elk Grove Regional Park

Free Multicultural Festival in Elk Grove Regional Park

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

An international petting zoo, origami and piñata making are just a few of the new children’s activities at the 3rd annual Multicultural Festival in Elk Grove Regional Park this Saturday, August 23rd! The festival will feature ethnic food, music, entertainment, fashion shows, artwork and activities for children. Its two stages will feature more than 20 [...]

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Weekend Top 10: August 15th – 17th

Weekend Top 10: August 15th – 17th

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bring a picnic dinner and relax at the HOT SUMMER NIGHTS CONCERT in Elk Grove. Friday FREE Ride and play in the miniature town of Safetyville on FAMILY BIKE NIGHT. Friday FREE Dress up like a pioneer, make a corn husk doll and see a cannon fired during HANDS ON HISTORY as Sutter’s Fort commemorates [...]

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Weekend Top 10: August 8th – 10th

Weekend Top 10: August 8th – 10th

| August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Get your face painted, jump and get dinner at FOOD TRUCK MANIA in McKinley Park. Friday Watch Frozen and swim at DIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHT at Cottage Pool. Friday Dance and play to the tunes of talented musicians during Fairytale Town’ CAT & THE FIDDLE MUSIC FESTIVAL. Saturday, Sunday Take a tour, meet firefighters and see [...]

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Weekend Top 10: August 1st – 3rd

Weekend Top 10: August 1st – 3rd

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Enjoy music, check out the Kids Zone and meet the Little Mermaid during FIRST FRIDAY AT THE FOUNTAINS. Friday FREE Take a picnic dinner and dance around to the swingin’ tunes of KB and the Slingtones at Elk Grove’s HOT SUMMER NIGHT CONCERT. Friday FREE Giggle at Puppet Art Theater’s wacky version of the THREE [...]

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White Rock Neighborhood Splash Park with Water Slides

White Rock Neighborhood Splash Park with Water Slides

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Best $1.00 Outing Around! This is the perfect place to go when your kids need to get drenched and you want a cheap outing with the WOW factor! White Rock Neighborhood Splash Park has an incredible play structure with large dump buckets, canons, water jets…and WATER SLIDES! This park is SO worth our 30 [...]

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Leo’s Birthday Bash & Giveaway

Leo’s Birthday Bash & Giveaway

| July 25, 2014 | 42 Comments

It’s party time! On Saturday, August 2nd, Sacramento Children’s Museum is inviting us all to join them for a night of family fun, including: CARNIVAL GAMES FACE PAINTING DANCING …and the very first appearance of LEO, their mascot! Besides having a blast, attending this event will help raise funds for all of the exhibits, programming, [...]

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