I am desperate for a couple of days of heat before fall sets
in and would like to take a family vacation in Sacramento.
Does anyone know of somewhere to stay there? I would prefer
to stay close to Old Town. Thank you for any information!
Searching for Summer
My family took a memorable 4 day trip to Sacramento when I
was a child. We stayed on the Delta Queen. My dad got us 2
rooms with a connecting door and my brother (4) slept on a
foldout in their room- my sister and I had the other room.
We were 9 and 7. We went to the train museum and old Town. I
think we also panned for gold, but that was a drive out of
town. We had a great time and whenever I'm in Sac, I
remember my first time there as a child. Rachel
We just took Amtrak to Sacramento a couple of weekends ago.
We stayed at the Hyatt Regency. Very nice, sweet pool with
poolside service (loved that!) and about a 10-15 minute walk
from Old Town. Loved the Railroad Museum, too. Would
definitely go again and would stay at the Hyatt. Have Fun!
We like to stay at the Embassy Suites, right in Old Sac.
Both times we stayed there, there were tons of kids. They
have the complimentary deluxe hot breakfast which includes
made-to-order omlettes. In the evening, they have the free
happy hour. Free wine and beer for the adults. Beverages
for the kids. Popcorn and chex mix other munchables. Pool
- kind of cold but the kids don't seem to mind. What's most
important to us (besides happy hour), is that there is a
separate living space with couch and TV. So when our
toddler goes to sleep at 8, we still have a room to hang out
in. Happy Travel Family
We like the Embassy Suites Sacramento. Just cross the
street and you're in Old Town Sacramento (or a short walk
away from the Railroad Museum--our son's favorite place).
Our kids always enjoy the pool. We like the separate rooms
that keep peace between the family's night owls and larks.
And the breakfasts have something for everybody.
We're headed to Sacramento for a few days with our 1 year
old and 5 year old. We know that we'll spend at least one
day at the train museum but wanted to get recommendations
for other fun, kid-friendly activities in the area. Has
anyone been to Sacramento lately? Have any suggestions for
things to do?
A little outside of Sacramento in Folsom (15 minutes) my
kids and I really LOVED the Folsom Zoo/animal sanctuary when
we lived in the area...Also downtown Folsom is a nice to
pass some time (walk over the bridge for a fantastic view of
There's also Children's Fairyland which is always fun for
little kids- it's near the Sacramento Zoo,
Old Sacramento is also an interesting couple of hours--old
west style with tons of shops, ice cream/candy stores etc, I
think there's a train ride over there also.
When you drive over the Yolo causeway prior to entering
Sacramento, there's a really cool little drive through a
bird sanctuary... you don't even have to get out of the car!
Fairytale Town is great for those ages! I grew up going
there and my kids love it when we visit. The Sacramento Zoo
is across te street from FTT too and it's a cute, manageable
zoo with some cool animals. They're both in William Land
Park which has a few ponds where you can feed the ducks --
right next to FTT. Have fun! Grew up in Sacramento
Art Beast Studio in mid-town is an old Victorian converted
into art and play spaces for the under-eight set. It's open
from 9-6 daily and costs $8 per person (1 and under free and
extra adult with kid/adult also free - so for your family,
$16). It is rainy day heaven! Paint, crafts, puppet
theater, moon sand - and they clean up. It is also a
For some grownup fun also, check out the River Cats AAA
baseball team. (www.rivercats.com) The new-ish stadium is
just across the river from Old Town. Sloping lawn tickets
are under $10, and there are many promotions. Sunday day
games are 'kids days' with mascots and running the bases
after the game. See your future Oakland A's in a much nicer
FairyTale Town in Land Park would be really fun and easy for
both the 1 and 5 year old.
McKinley Park in East Sacramento (35th and F) has a big
playground, an old-fashioned library, and a duck pond, and
is THE place for a jog.
In downtown, Southside Park at 6th and T has two large
playgrounds, but the neighborhood is a little seedy.
On Sunday mornings under the elevated freeway at about 5th
and W/X, there is a farmer's market that is the largest
around with lots of local produce, fish, meats and cheese.
I'm looking for a birthday party site in the sacramento/davis
area for a group of kids between the ages of 2 and 4yo. Any
ideas? Or does anyone know the name of their local ''parent
press'' newspaper or if they have anything similar to bpn?
My nieces and nephews in Davis and Sacramento loved parties in King
at Fairytale Town in Sacramento. I've always enjoyed taking my kids
there. It's old
fashioned, do-it-yourself fun for toddlers and preschoolers. For more
info go to their
website www.fairytaletown.org .
A lot of people have kids parties of all ages at William Land
Park. You can contact the city and they can tell you the
details. I believe that it is not very expensive.
I know Children's Fairyland in Oakland is great for that age
group, so you can try the equivalent in Sacramento, Fairytale
Town. I haven't been there in years, but I hear they are
putting in a real yellow brick road. Check it out at
www.fairytaletown.org. Good luck!
Depends where you want to be -- Davis or Sacramento.
Some Davis favs...Central Park, the Rainbow Park, the Hobby
Craft does birthday parties, UC Davis Games Area has bowling
parties for young kids with bumpers.
Sacramento: Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town right next to the
zoo, train museum in old town.
There is also a jump place in Vacaville that is fun and a place
called Stars Recreation -- it has it all -- food, bowling,
And you can't forget the Nut Tree in Vacaville! The little
train and kid rides are great. My 3.5 year old loves 'em. And
let's not forget that next month FENTON'S is opening a location
right next door. You can't go wrong!
The Davis-raised and Sacramento-lovin' fool!
I live in Davis and belong to the Mom's Circle Davis - a Yahoo
group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/moms_circle/). It is
similar to BPN, you can post your question and wait for replies.
Davis Diamonds gymnastics would be a fun place for a party
(http://davisdiamondsgymnastics.com/bday.html), there is also a
Pump it Up in Woodland, and the new Nut Tree Park in Vacaville.
If you are on a budget, Central Park in Davis is great. There is
a wonderful farmer's market every Sat, an old bicycle-powered
carousel for kids, and a fountain that shoots up out of the
ground, in addition to a good playground. It's at 3rd and C Sts.
I don't know as much about Sac, but you could check the parent's
monthly (http://www.parentsmonthlyonline.com/) for ideas. The
Sac Zoo and Fairytale Town are right across the street from each
other, and Fairytale Town would be fun for a preschooler's party
is also a small amusement park located across from the zoo, with
pony rides and small roller coasters...I can't remember the name.
Good luck, and remember it gets reeeeeeeally hot up here in the
already turned my A/C on
Does anyone know of some fun parks, play areas, etc. in the Davis area? Or
someplace off I-80 in that general area? I'm trying to figure out a good
meeting point between here (Richmond) and Sacramento along I-80, so a friend
and I can get together more often. Her daughter is 1 1/2, and my kids are 3 1/
2 and 6 mos. It doesn't have to be too fancy--a good park would do--just
somewhere where the kids could play and we could talk and maybe grab a
nearby bite to eat. Thanks!
Davis has many, many beautiful parks but few are walking distance
to restuarants. Luckily you can go to 3rd and B streets in
downtown to Central Park. This park is close to several
restaurants and cafes and is also the location for Picnic in the
Park. This event runs every Wednesday in April thru October from
4-8 pm and includes Davis' wonderful farmers market, restaurant
booths, pony rides, bouncy houses, live music and more. Its a
fantastic family event and many bring their own food.
Another option is that each of you could take the Capital
Corridor train to Suisun or some such mid point. Suisun is
trying to revitalize and has a quaint park area along the water
(and near the train station and downtown). While I know there is
grass and trees, I'm just not sure if there is playground equipment
Good luck and feel free to email me for more suggestions.
I went to UCD and one of my favorite places about Davis is
that it is VERY kid-friendly. It is full of parks and great places
to run around. When it's hot, going to the farmers' market
downtown and letting your kids play in the fountain is really
fun (the water shoots straight up from the ground like a giant
sprinkler). I also recommend Rainbow City park...it was
designed and built by the community, much like Frogpark in
Rockridge. You can find out much more information on City
of Davis public parks and open space here:
A brochure about City of Davis Play Areas can be found at:
Dept.: Parks & Community Services
Phone: (530) 757-5626
Re: Winter birthday party for outdoorsy 5-year-old
While my idea won't work with 10 kids you might consider
for another year. Two of my sons have winter birthdays so I
have been in your shoes. A couple of years ago for the 6th
birthday of one of them, all of us (family only) took the train
from Emeryville to Sacramento. Once then, we walked the
block and a half to the train museum. It was a great trip for
all us and the train was so fun and easy - take your own
snacks though. He wants to do it again this year! If you
consider it, check with Amtrak as they often have specials,
kids free, etc.
We are taking a train trip to Sacramento over Thanksgiving weekend to visit
the Train Museum. Can anyone recommend good kid-friendly places for lunch
and dinner, as well as a nice park for buring off some energy? All would
need to be within walking distance of the museum. Thanks
We did this a few years ago, so my memory is somewhat foggy, but the
museum borders on something -- I think it's the river -- and all along
the river is a long strip of park to run in. Part of it is a boardwalk.
Are you taking the train (Amtrak) there? If you are, it's a short walk
station to the museum, also useful for burning off steam. Also, the museum
is full of lots of trains to go through, which can wear one out.
(Particularly adults, I suppose.) You can walk around old town. You can
take a horse-drawn buggy around old town. There are little sandwich/ice
cream shops in old-town, too. Don't know where you'd eat dinner.
If you're feeling very energetic, you can walk to the capital which has a
very lovely park all around it.
Seems to me we did all those things. We took the train there, ran around
all day and took the train back. It was very fun -- the train ride itself
is a lot of fun and very scenic. It feels like a big adventure.
The Train Museum is in Sacramento Old Town which has lots of fun stores and
restaurants. Also, there's a pedestrian walkway under Hiway 5 to the
Downtown Mall, which is pretty for a mall, and has shops and restaurants.
Just walk around and you'll find what you need.
A nearby park is Discovery Park, which sits on the junction of the
Sacramento and American Rivers. Walk over to the Sacramento River from the
Museum (there are paddle wheel riverboats there), as you face the river turn
right, and there's a walk/bike path to the Park, not a long walk which
includes a bridge across the American River to the park.
Or, go to the park in front of the Museum, which is a few blocks south of
Old Town, across the Capitol Mall.
Regarding the Sacramento Trip... the train ride to and from Sacramento is
over too soon...it is really fun.The train museum is a great destination
Town Sacramento has many restaurants which can suffice for
lunch. There is plenty of running room outside along the river promenade in
Old Town. It has more train cars and some boats to look at. The Sacramento
Discovery Museum is right next door and worth a visit.
Also worth visiting (perhaps on another trip) are Sutter's Fort and the
capitol building (open weekdays only).
Sutter's Fort can be reached by taking a local bus and the capital can be
reached by bus or by walking, especially if your kids are a little older.
Sutter's Fort is really interesting for the kids
We went to the Rail Fair at the train museum with two 3 year olds and a 6
year old this summer. We found that it was enjoyable to spend some time at
one of the patio areas overlooking the river just watching boats. There are
several very casual restaurants/ice cream parlors right there. We stopped
which had hot dogs and ice cream.
The Train Museum is great for kids! My two year loved it and she burned plenty
of energy in the museum itself. Within walking distance is Old Sac. No parks
exactly but lots of walking and running ops. We usually eat dinner at
Fat City. There are lots of fast lunch places on every block.
The best park in Sacramento is McKinley Park on G St near 34th. It's huge and
has a wonderful play structure and a large pond, too
The area called "Old Sacramento" is very close to the Train Museum and has
family-friendly places to eat and attractions. Plenty of room for kids to
run around in, as well as more trains to look at. It's also right on the
river and a good place to take in the view and tell your kids about the
history of Sacramento as a deep water port and shipping area (Sacto Valley
River drainage-->Delta (agriculture, levies)-->SF Bay-->Pacific Ocean
Also try the Crocker Art Gallery, located south of Old Town at 211 O St.
Wonderful Victorian mansion with good permanent and rotating exhibits.
http://www.sacto.org/crocker/ is Crocker webpage,
http://ci.sacramento.ca.us/ is the Sacto webpage,
http://ci.sacramento.ca.us/npdsd/parks/parkmap.htm is the parks map.
And Capitol Park is a wonderful place to run around, see century old trees,
More on train rides: Recently we took our 2 year old son to Sacramento via
the Amtrak train. He rode free, we paid $17.50 each, RT. We boarded at the
Berkeley stop at the end of University. My son loves trains and was
delighted to be on the trains that we hear go by all the time. He ran
non-stop up and down the bi-level cars. While we didn't get to rest, it was
a comfortable trip. You can get train schedules (but not fares) on the web
With some friends who met us at the train station, we first strolled around
old town Sacramento. It's similar to a beachside boardwalk - the shops
contain much useless, but fun (for some) stuff. There is an old steam train
which goes down the river about 3 miles. That ride takes about 40 minutes.
Costs $5 for adults, little kids are free. The big draw was the train
musuem, which is very close to the Amtrak station. I think it costs about $6
for adults; again, the little kids are free. There are lots of exhibits for
all different ages. The kids had a great time running around.
If you like shopping, there is a relatively new mall with all the stores
one could want nearby. There's a walkway under the freeway with murals and
piped in music. There are also huge parking garages there.
It was definitely an exciting trip for my son. I thought he would nap on the
way home, but he too charged and continued to run around the cars. Now he
constantly talks about going to Sacramento.
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