Winter Activities for Kids in the Sacramento Area
December 11, 2017

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:

Enjoy a Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town

3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento
Saturday, December 9 – Sunday, December 17 | 1 pm – 7 pm

Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town is the perfect place to find winter activities for kids in Sacramento. Have you ever wanted to visit Whoville? Visitors will enjoy Dr. Seuss and Grinch-themed hands-on activities throughout the event. Starting at dusk each night, the park is trimmed with festive décor and a dazzling display of lights.  Listen to strolling Victorian carolers and shop for gifts from local vendors. Step inside a giant snow globe, and don’t miss a flurry of snow falling nightly at 7 PM near the Mother Goose Stage. Please note that this is a special ticketed event and that during Winter Wonderland, Fairytale Town’s operating hours are 1 – 7 PM. Winter Wonderland tickets are $7 (children under age 2 are free). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Global Winter Wonderland – Sacramento
Global Winter Wonderland – Sacramento

Global Winter Wonderland

CalExpo, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento
Through January 7, 2017

Global Winter Wonderland is another 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, purchase tickets, or view the event schedule go to the event website.

Christmas in Polynesia – Citrus Heights

Magical Moments at Sunrise Marketplace

Sunrise Village, 5425 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights
• Wednesday, December 12 | 5-7 pm | Intergalactic Holiday – Train to be a Jedi Knight
• Thursday, December 14 | 5-7 pm | Fiesta de Natividad
• Wednesday, December 19 | 5-7 pm | Christmas in Polynesia – Celebrate in Island Style

Magical Moments at Sunrise Village is a holiday collection of special events that take place through the holiday season. Three of these events include free family-friendly activities that are sure to please young and old alike:  On December 12, the Intergalactic Holiday event will allow attendees to train to be a Jedi knight and learn the best lightsaber tactics, watch battle recreations, and include a live appearance from 98 Rock. The event will include a chance to win tickets to “The Last Jedi”, and more.

On December 14, the Magical Moments holiday Fiesta de Natividad event will feature festive experiences such as mariachi bands, colorful piñatas, traditional foods, and more. The event will include opportunities to win gift cards to El Tapatio restaurant, poinsettias, and more.

Then on December 19, they’ll host a Christmas in Polynesia event where families can celebrate the holidays island style with the help of Moana and Maui. Attendees can participate in a Kakamora Coconut Warriors craft activity, have a chance to win Moana merchandise, and more. Sunrise Village encompasses a collection of over 400 stores, restaurants and services, so it’s perfect for parents seeking winter activities for kids in Sacramento. Best of all, parents can take care of holiday shopping while they’re there. To learn more, visit the Magical Moments events website.

Watch a Holiday Movie in a Unique Setting

Crest Theater

1013 K Street, Sacramento
• Saturday, December 16 | 12 pm | Home Alone
• Sunday, December 17 | 3 pm | The Muppet Christmas Carol

Located in downtown Sacramento, the Crest Theater offers families a unique opportunity to view beloved family films in a movie-palace setting. During the holiday season, the Crest Theater is screening two kid-friendly holiday films, Home Alone (December 16) and The Muppet Christmas Carol (December 17). Purchase tickets online, by phone at 1-877-987-6487 or at the Crest theater box office (box office is open Monday through Friday, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm). For more information, visit the Crest Theater website.

Crocker Art Museum presents The Sound of Music - Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum presents The Sound of Music – Sacramento

Crocker Art Museum presents The Sound of Music

216 O St, Sacramento
• Thursday, December 28 | 1:30 pm & 6 pm

The Sound of Music at the Crocker Art Museum returns for its sixth and final year. The screening will include costume contests, door prizes, yodeling, singing, and many laughs. This beloved film is multi-Academy-Award-winning, tickles the heart and warms the soul. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume and sing along to make things even more interesting! This event is a wonderful option for anyone looking for winter activities for kids in Sacramento, but it is expected to sell out…. so make sure to get your tickets as soon as possible. To learn more or to reserve your tickets, visit the event website.

Ride the Holiday Railways

Santa’s Whistlestop Adventure

Placerville-Sacramento Valley Railroad, 700 Oak Ave Pkwy, Folsom
Saturday & Sundays, December 9 – 17

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 11am to 4pm 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.

Holiday Excursion on the Sacramento RiverTrain – West Sacramento

Holiday Excursion on the Sacramento RiverTrain

400 N Harbor Blvd, West Sacramento
Wednesday/Thursday, December 27 – 28 | 1 pm

This relaxing rail excursion is an excellent option for anyone looking for winter activities for kids in Sacramento. The trains are decorated for the season and the route winds through rural West Sacramento on a 2.5 hour trip.  This family-friendly ride is suitable for all ages, so bring the entire family and spend the day relaxing on the rails. Lunch is not included in the price of the ticket however, you may order from the below menu at checkout. Meals must be pre-ordered, and will not be available for purchase on board the day of your trip. Note that meal orders end 24 hours before departure. Mimosas are available for purchase on board. To learn more, or to book your trip on the Holiday Excursion, visit the Sacramento RiverTrain website.

Learn About Amazing Animals

Wild Nights & Holiday Lights - Folsom
Wild Nights & Holiday Lights – Folsom

Wild Nights & Holiday Lights

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, 403 Stafford St, Folsom
December 15-23 & December 26-30  | 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. Admission is $7 per person (children under 2 are free). To learn more, or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Sacramento Zoo Winter Camp - Sacramento
Sacramento Zoo Winter Camp – Sacramento

Winter Camp at the Sacramento Zoo (Ages 5-10)

Sacramento Zoo, 3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento
• Monday, December 27 – Wednesday, December 29 | 10 am – 3 pm | Theme: Shells, Scales, and Scoots!
• Wednesday, January 3 – Friday, January 5 | 10 am – 3 pm | Theme: Super Senses

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 1/3 – 1/5. Each three-day camp session is $140 per child. To learn more or to register for camp, visit the program website.

December Holiday Jr. Zookeeper Program (Ages 8-11)

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, 403 Stafford St, Folsom
Monday, December 27 – Wednesday, December 29  | 10 am – 3 pm

Another excellent option for winter activities for kids in Sacramento is available at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. Kids can learn about the care of animals this winter with a fun and educational experience during this December holiday program. The Junior Zookeeper program offers youth a hands-on experience where they’ll have the chance to prepare animal diets, refresh enclosures, create animal enrichment items, and get acquainted with unusual species such like hedgehogs, skunks, ferrets, tortoises and geckos, all of which are part of the sanctuary’s outreach program. The camp is best suited for students age 8-11. Program costs are $198 with an additional discount for Folsom residents. To learn more, visit the program website.

 Keep Warm by Staying Active

Sacramento Zoo Winter Camp - Sacramento
Sacramento Zoo Winter Camp – Sacramento

Junior Kings Basketball Camp (Ages 6-14)

Sleep Train Arena, 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento
Wednesday, January 3, Thursday, January 4, or Friday, January 5 | Clinics are 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 $175 per child, per clinic day. For more information or to reserve your child’s spot, visit the program website.

SkyHawks Multi-Sports Camp - Folsom
SkyHawks Multi-Sports Camp – Folsom

SkyHawks Multi-Sports Camp

Folsom Sports Complex, 66 Clarksville Rd, Folsom
Monday, December 27 – Wednesday, December 29  | 9 am – 12 pm

This multi-sport program provides kids a fun athletic experience during the holiday break. Kids will learn the essentials of baseball, basketball and soccer in a safe, structured environment with lots of encouragement. Through games and activities, they’ll explore balance, hand-eye coordination, and skill development while working at their own pace. Participants receive a t-shirt, ball and player evaluation. Participants should bring appropriate clothing, two snacks, a water bottle, running shoes, and sunscreen (baseball glove is optional). This three-day program is $119 per child ($10 discount for Folsom residents). To learn more about this (and other Folsom holiday sport camps), or to secure your child’s spot, go to the program webpage.

‘Tis the Season to be Social & Creative

Family Painting Workshop (ages 6+)

Hobby Lobby, 1815 Douglas Boulevard, Roseville
Thursday, December 14 | 5:20 pm

Join painting instructor Deidre Trudeau from Brush of Creativity for this fun, multi-generational art making experience, where children, parents and grandparents can create works of art, side-by-side while learning how to use color, line, and space to develop their own beautiful acrylic paint creations. This workshop is open to all ages, genders and skill-levels. The workshop is $35 per person, tickets and information are available on the event Facebook page.

Kids Night Out / Parents Night Off – Elk Grove
Kids Night Out / Parents Night Off – Elk Grove

Kids Night Out / Parents Night Off (ages 5-12)

Wackford Community Center, 9014 Bruceville Rd, Elk Grove
Saturday, December 16 | 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 change 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.

Art Lab at BusyKidz Play Town (age 0 – 10)

118 Woodmere Rd, Ste 110, Folsom
Thursdays: December 14, 21 & 28 | 12 – 1 pm

Small children love the exploration and expression at the BusyKidz ArtLab. Held on Thursday afternoons in December, these sessions allow small children the opportunity for creativity, self-expression and sensory integration. The stimulating activities offered during the Art Lab provide a safe, fun activity where young children can develop hand-eye coordination, practice muscle control, and process language development and socialization. Plus, they can get a little messy which translates into FUN! The cost is $5 per child. To learn more about the ArtLab at BusyKids Play Town, visit their 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.

Still looking for more winter activities for Kids in Sacramento? No problem! Check out our comprehensive listing of places to go in the region.


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Michele is a freelance writer based in Sacramento county. She lives in Elk Grove with her husband, two children and four cats. Michele is proud of her role as a working mother and maintains a full-time career. Writing is one of Michele’s passions and she aims to share her unique perspective on parenting through the written word.

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