The kids must be bouncing off the walls with all this wet weather, so below is a compilation of fun, low-cost, kid-friendly activities to ease their energy levels. Most are indoors, educational, some are free and all are sure to please the kid in everyone.
Where/When: Discovery Museum Science and Space Center, 3615 Auburn Blvd. / Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 – 4 p.m.
Why: NanoDays is a nationwide festival of education programs about nanoscale science and engineering. The museum is a member of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, and its classrooms will be full of hands-on activities to help families experience the nano-world.
Pricing: Adults: $6, seniors and teens: $5, children 4-12: $4, children 0-3: Free
Where/When: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive / Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Why: Fairytale Town is teaming up with several local organizations to spend the day promoting environmental awareness. The event will feature educational displays on global warming, conservation and pollution and kids will be able to take part in various free, recycled hands-on art activities. Local organizations will also have booths to discuss the green programs they offer and provide tips and tools on how to get started. Puppet Art Theater will also be performing “The Three Little Pigs,” with a conservation twist in the Children's Theater (puppet show times are 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.).
Pricing: $4.50 for general admission or free for members and children 1 and younger; puppet shows are $1 for members, $2 for non-members and children 1 and younger are free. Due to a city ordinance, adults must be accompanied by a child in order to visit.
Where/When: Fair Oaks Library, 11601 Fair Oaks Blvd., Tuesday, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Why: For toddlers 18 months to 3 years old and their grown-ups, this is an opportunity to enjoy stories, songs and fun.
Where/When: Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street / Wednesday, 11 a.m.
Why: Bring yourself and your little one to this gallery-based activity for kids 3 to 5. Funded by the First 5 Sacramento Commission, the program is free with museum admission. Space is limited, so sign up at the museum admission desk starting at 10 a.m.
Pricing: Museum admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and college students, $5 for kids 7 to 17 and free for kids up to age 6 and to members.
Where/When: Fair Oaks Library, 11601 Fair Oaks Blvd., Thursday, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Why: Stories, songs and fun times for kids ages 3 to 5 and their grown-ups.