Winter Activities for Kids in the Sacramento Area
Winter Activities for Kids in Sacramento
With cooler weather upon us, many families are looking for ways to keep their kids entertained with winter activities for kids in Sacramento. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly event to attend together, or an activity for the holiday break, we’ve put together our top picks for fun winter activities for kids in the Sacramento Area:
Global Winter Wonderland
CalExpo, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento
Sun, Nov 16 – Sat, Jan 6
Global Winter Wonderland is a fantastic option for parents seeking winter activities for kids in Sacramento. This spectacular festival and multi-cultural celebration features awe-inspiring illuminated landscapes celebrating holidays around the world! Event entertainment includes a Circus of Light, Ice Skating and a full carnival with family and thrill rides. Attendees will also enjoy delicious international cuisine, shopping, and fun crafts and activities for all ages. To plan your visit or to purchase tickets go to the event website.
Magical Moments at Sunrise Village
Sunrise Village, 5425 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights
• Sat, Dec 1 | 12-3 pm | Victorian Holiday
• Sat, Dec 15 | 5-7 pm | WinterFest
• Thurs, Dec 20 | 5-7 pm | Nutcracker
Magical Moments at Sunrise Village is a collection of special events that take place through the holiday season. For 2018, these events will include free family-friendly activities that are sure to please young and old alike:
On December 1, the Victorian Holiday event will feature holiday carolers, a caricature booth, rides on a horse drawn sleigh and, of course, Santa Claus himself. Craft stations with be setup throughout the event and the Nutcracker, Father Time Mouse and the Christmas Bear will be walking around, passing out candy canes and spreading old-fashioned holiday cheer.
Then on December 15 the Winterfest carnival brings amusement and spirited entertainment! This event will feature games and activities for children of all ages. Kids will love the inflatable bounce houses, face painting with a holiday elf, and a Christmas Magic Show. Then, head over to the Benihana booth to create your own candy sushi roll. Plus, kids can get their photos taken with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Mouse and the Christmas Bear.
On December 22, the Nutcracker comes to to life as the Sac Civic Ballet shares the story of the Nutcracker with two performances. There will be a storytime reading of the Nutcracker, Nutcracker character appearances, and a meet-and-greet session with the dancers. Enter for a chance to win tickets to the full performance of the Nutcracker Ballet, and a $250 Prize Giveaway! Mix96Sac will also join for some holiday fun!
Christmas in the Village
Fair Oaks Plaza Park, 10219 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks
Saturday, December 1 | 3 – 8 pm
Enjoy this festive event featuring holiday activities for the whole family! Held at the Fair Oaks Plaza Park, the event celebrates the lighting of the holiday tree as well as a festival of trees display, a parade, and wreath and yule log decorating workshops. The event offers craft vendors, pictures with Santa and much, much more! For an event schedule or for more information, visit the event webpage.
Holiday Movies at Tower Theater
Tower Theater, 2508 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95818
• Mon, Dec 3 | 7 pm | A Christmas Story
• Sat, Dec 8 | 7 pm | The Polar Express Pajama Party
Built in 1938, the Tower Theater is a Sacramento landmark and is the oldest remaining, continuously running picture palace. Located in the heart of the Broadway District, The Tower has had the honor to showcase some of Sacramento’s finest local filmmaker premieres. The Tower Theater offers families a unique opportunity to view beloved family films in a movie-palace setting. During the winter season, the theater screens kid-friendly holiday films, which offer a delightful experiences for old and young alike. For more information, visit the Tower Theater website.
Ornament Party & Paint-A-Thon
Color Me Mine, 250 Palladio Parkway #1315, Folsom
Ornament Party & Paint-A-Thon | Thurs, Dec 6 | 5-8 pm
This family-friendly ceramic studio is committed to helping children experience the arts with their winter ornament painting event. Kids can paint their own personalized ornaments and enjoy holiday cheer with cookies and holiday music! This event gives kids the opportunity to express their creativity, to relax, have some fun and learn in a creative and pressure-free environment. To learn more about this fun, cozy event, visit the event webpage.
Kids Night Out / Parents Night Off
Wackford Community Center, 9014 Bruceville Rd, Elk Grove
Sat, Dec 8 | 5:30 – 10 pm
Kids can enjoy craft projects, games, dinner and a movie while pre-teens can hang out in The Grove Teen Center… the event gives parents the chance to finish-up holiday shopping or enjoy a long overdue date night. Pajamas are welcome (but not required) and sleeping bag or blankets can be brought for the movie. Space is limited, so register early to guarantee your child’s participation. For more information or to register, go to the event webpage.
Santa’s Whistlestop Train Adventure
Placerville-Sacramento Valley Railroad, 700 Oak Ave Pkwy, Folsom
Saturday & Sundays, Dec 1 – 16
Take a ride on Santa’s Whistlestop Adventure and ride from Oak Avenue to Santa’s Grotto at Willow Springs! Spend some time with Old St. Nick before returning on a later train. These rail adventures typically take between 40 and 60 minutes and are a great experience for the entire family. Tickets are valid for any departure on the date of the ticket. Trains run 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, departing every 20 minutes. Rides are open to all ages and provide wonderful photo opportunities, so don’t forget your camera! For more information or to book your tickets, visit the railroad website.
Magical Christmas Train
Make timeless memories with Santa and his elves aboard the Magical Christmas Train. Passerngers can hear the story of Skippy the Traindeer and learn how Santa helps when he finds a child in danger of losing their Christmas spirit. Tickets include a 90-minute train ride through a storybook wonderland, cookies, hot chocolate in a souvenir mug, and a personal visit with Santa Claus himself. Come dressed in your Christmas morning pajamas, if you’d like, and join in carols and reindeer games. One thing is certain, there is never a dull moment aboard the Magical Christmas Train. To learn more, or to book your trip on the Holiday Excursion, visit the Sacramento RiverTrain website.
Walking in a River Wonderland
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael
Dec 27 & 28 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
See and learn about the wonderful world of the American River ecosystem. This fun winter camp lets kids discover the natural habitat of the river and meet some of the animals who call the river home. Each day offers exciting activities, including hiking all over the preserve trail system, creating amazing art projects, and playing games that educate and entertain! If your child is ready to make great new friends and gain an appreciation for the American River, this camp is the perfect winter activity! To learn more about this (and other) exciting winter camp activities, visit the center’s event website.
Wild Nights & Holiday Lights
Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, 403 Stafford St, Folsom
Dec 1-30 | 5 – 8 pm
Celebrate the magic of the season and help support amazing animals by attending this incredible event! This event is perfect for parents seeking winter activities for kids in Sacramento, as the zoo with be ablaze with holiday lights, providing a beautiful backdrop for a unique family experience. An enchanted forest of beautifully decorated trees provides a colorful backdrop for Santa’s nightly visits, while carolers fill the air with seasonal cheer. This event also provides a unique opportunity to see some of the zoo’s animals who are more active at night, and zoo docents are on hand to share fun facts and answer questions about the animals. To learn more visit the event website.
Winter Camp at the Sacramento Zoo
Sacramento Zoo, 3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento
• Mon, Dec 27 – Wed, Dec 29 | 10 am – 3 pm | Theme: Primate Pals
• Wed, Jan 2 – Fri, Jan 4 | 10 am – 3 pm | Theme: What’s for Lunch?
Looking for unique winter activities for kids in Sacramento? Look no further, because winter at the Sacramento zoo is unlike any other time of year! Whether your kids have participated in the zoo’s summer camp or are new to the zoo and want to try their programs, this three-day camp is a great way to keep kiddos busy during the holiday break. Campers will explore the zoo, learn about the animals, participate in games and crafts and even get up close and personal with some of their animal ambassadors! There are two sessions available: 12/27 – 12/29, or 1/2 – 1/4. Each three-day camp session is $145 per child. Registration opens Tuesday, November 13. To learn more or to register for camp, visit the program website.
Jr. Kings Basketball Camp
Golden 1 Center – 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento
Sat, Dec 29 & Sun, Dec 30 | Clinics held 9 am – 12 pm
Give your child the chance to enhance their basketball skills this winter break. Each one-day clinic includes instruction from a Junior Kings trainer, a Junior Kings t-shirt and headband, a participation certificate, and an exclusive offers for Kings products. Space is limited, so early reservations are encouraged. Program costs are $75 per child, per clinic day ($125 for 2-day program). For more information or to reserve your child’s spot, visit the program website.
Noon Years Eve
Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St, Sacramento
• Mon, Dec 31 | 10 am – 2 pm
One of Sacramento’s most heartwarming and fun-filled traditions, Noon Years Eve is an event where families come together to count down the New Year at noon. With live music from the steel drums of the Pan United Youth Movement , folk dancing by Alpentanzer Schuhplatter, festive activities throughout the Museum, and the Far East Dragon Lion Dance Association starting everything off, this is one New Year’s celebration everyone can stay awake for. To learn more visit the event website.
Winter Activities for Kids in the Sacramento Area
Families have so many options for winter activities for kids in the Sacramento area, it’ll be hard to pick just one! Whether you are looking for a family-friendly event to attend together, or a fun activity for the holiday break, these top picks for winter activities for kids in the Sacramento area are sure to offer something delightful for every family.
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