Free Things to do with Kids

Exploring WPA Rock Garden

Exploring WPA Rock Garden

So we all know that William Land Park is Sacramento’s hot spot for families with the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town, Funderland, pony rides, a duck pond, playground, play pool, and picnic areas galore. But…did you know that there is a HIDDEN TREASURE as well? The WPA Rock Garden sits undiscovered by most visitors. Right next […]

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Kids Eat Free Every Day of the Week

Kids Eat Free Every Day of the Week

Whether you want to go out because you do not feel like cooking or simply to have fun, Kids Eat Free Days at local restaurants sure make it more affordable to go out as a family!  I have rounded up lots of great places to eat and most of these restaurants offer one Kid’s Meal […]

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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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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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Hiking at the Cosumnes River Preserve

Hiking at the Cosumnes River Preserve

Are you in the mood to get some fresh air, some exercise…and explore nature with the kids?  Here’s a place you’ll want to check out! For quite a while I had been wanting to take my little ones to the Cosumnes River Preserve after seeing some pictures of a friend and her teenagers hiking there.  […]

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Summer Fun

Summer Fun Guide 2017

Summer Fun Guide 2017

Summer is both a magical time of memory making and a daunting time for parents as we try to find ways to keep the kids busy. 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 […]

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Spraygrounds in Sacramento 2017

Spraygrounds in Sacramento 2017

If you’ve been following Sacramento Sidetracks through the years, then you know I am always enthusiastic about the spraygrounds we have in our area! They offer the most fabulous FREE way for kids to cool off in the summer! Most of the “spraygrounds”, “splash pads” and “fountains” on this list are located within a park […]

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Summer Camp Guide 2017

Summer Camp Guide 2017

Summer Camps in Sacramento If you’re searching for summer camps, you’ve come to the right place!  Here you can explore a vast variety of half-day, full-day and overnight camps offered in the greater Sacramento area. Choosing a camp for your child As you are planning out your summer and trying to make decisions on camps […]

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Summer $1 Movies

Summer $1 Movies

[updated for 2017] This is always a great way to stay cool and treat the kids to the big screen without breaking the bank! Both Regal and Cinemark theaters are offering a fun lineup of kid-friendly movies this year, beginning in June. Check out their schedules so you can add the movies your kids will […]

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5 Aquatic Centers in the Greater Sacramento Area

5 Aquatic Centers in the Greater Sacramento Area

[updated for 2016] 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 […]

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Weekend Top 10: August 19th – 20th

Weekend Top 10: August 19th – 20th

| August 14, 2017

Enjoy live music in the park at Elk Grove’s HOT SUMMER NIGHT CONCERT. Friday FREE Listen to the reading of a children’s story out in nature at Placer Nature Center’s STORY BOOK TRAIL. Saturday FREE Learn all about the SOLAR ECLIPSE and see an eclipse-themed planetarium show at the Powerhouse Science Center. Saturday Tour a […]

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Weekend Top 10: August 12th – 13th

Weekend Top 10: August 12th – 13th

| August 10, 2017

Watch Cars and eat popcorn under the stars at Natomas’ MOVIE IN THE PARK. Friday FREE Listen to music and bounce during El Dorado Hill’s CONCERT IN THE PARK. Friday FREE Enjoy live music in the park at Elk Grove’s HOT SUMMER NIGHT CONCERT. Friday FREE Build your own play space during COMMUNITY DAY AT […]

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Weekend Top 10: August 5th – 6th

Weekend Top 10: August 5th – 6th

| August 4, 2017

Swim and watch Trolls at DIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHT AT COTTAGE POOL. Friday Enjoy live music in the park at Elk Grove’s HOT SUMMER NIGHT CONCERT. Friday FREE Watch LEGO Batman under the stars at SCREEN ON THE GREEN. Friday FREE Enjoy magician and ventriloquist, Tony Border’s ANIMAL OLYMPICS at Fairytale Town. Saturday – Sunday Learn […]

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Weekend Top 10: July 29th – 30th

Weekend Top 10: July 29th – 30th

| July 27, 2017

Enjoy family concerts all day long during the CAT & THE FIDDLE MUSIC FESTIVAL weekend at Fairytale Town. Saturday – Sunday See the new life-sized animatronic dinosaur exhibit and celebrate the CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR’s 50th year at Cal Expo. Daily – Sunday Play games and win prizes at the WOW Museum’s CARNIVAL OF SCIENCE. Saturday […]

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