Dec 20, 2006

Space & Science Center Museum

Space & Science Center
3615 Auburn Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 575-3941

Take the I-80 Fwy (NOT the Capital City Fwy). Exit Watt Ave. Go south over the I-80 Capital City Fwy. Turn left on Auburn Blvd. The Space & Science Discovery Museum will be on your left a 1/2 mile or less.

Hours: 10-5pm most days depending on the season. Call to verify. $5 adult, $4 teens/seniors, $3 kids 4-12. Free 3 and under.

This Discovery Museum is home to Sacramento's only public planetarium. You can see the stars every weekend at 1:00 and 3:00pm. They also have animal shows, and free kids crafts every weekend. Every year is a different interactive theme. This year is Bone Zone and Tree Life, the animals that live in them. See the Dr's office to see bones, and learn about skeletons and your body. See the kitchen and fake food to learn what to eat to stay healthy. This museum also has the Challenger Learning Center where you can come with your school, birthday party or office to learn to succeed. Go outside along the trails and learn about trees, habitats and the outdoor ampitheatre. It is great fun in the fall to rustle through the leaves! Don't forget to look in the parking lot to see the life size of a whale and other animals! There is Renfree Park next to this museum if you still have energy you need to burn off.

Gold Rush History Discovery Museum

Gold Rush History Center
101 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 264-7057

From the I-5, Exit I or J streets. Follow the signs to Old Downtown Sacramento. It will lead you to the old town area. Park in the parking structures or the metered spaces anywhere around the old town shops. The Gold Rush History museum is past the Railroad Museum to the north of all the shops.

The Gold Rush History Museum is part of the Discovery Museums (Space & Science Discovery Museum). One ticket in either one will get you a free ticket to the other one within 90 days. ($5 adult, $4teens/seniors, $3 kids 4-12, Free 3 and under. Open 10am-5pm. Open everyday July-August. Open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays in September-June.)

The Gold Rush History Museum is about the days when gold was being discovered and became discovered and the impact on the Sacramento region and people. Right in the entrance (after you pay) is a glass floor where you can see treasures excavated from the streets of Sacramento. It is really cool to look down through the floor. Upstairs are articfacts about clothes, rooms, and treasures from people of this time. Don't forget to try on clothes from this area and take old pictures! Downstairs is agriculture tools and canned food they used in this time period. The 1928 kitchen is really modern (for its time!). Kids will love the puzzles, fake food, and tractor and animal toys here. Lots of history in this museum.

C-Bar-C Park in Citrus Heights

C-Bar-C Park
8275 Oak Avenue
Citrus Heights, CA 95610

Greenback exit off I-80 North. Continue on Greenback going east 5 miles or so. Turn left on Fair Oaks Blvd. Go a mile or so. Turn right on Oak Avenue. C-Bar-C Park will be on the left at the first light.

This 25 acre park has one of a few dog parks around, for all you dog lovers. There is also a great nature trail that goes around the park that has information stations to learn about trees, plants and nature itself. The playground is not right next to the parking lot nor next to the dog park, it is next to the 4 baseball fields. The paved path that leads to the playground is at the west end of the parking lot. The playground has a small child playground and older child playground along with lots of swings. The open space is great for soccer as well.

Dec 11, 2006

Greenback Woods Park in Citrus Heights

Take the Greenback Blvd exit in Citrus Heights off I-80. Make the first left going east, at Verner Ave. Go a mile or less. Turn right on Flaming Arrow and park on the street next to the park. The golf course will be across teh streeet.

Greenback Woods Park is a cute, quiet, and large neighborhood park. It has a paved walking trail that goes around the perimeter of the park to explore and relax in nature. A nice BBQ area with shaded awnings. Two great playgrounds for all ages along with two types of swings. There is a great sand box area all kids of all ages will love to play and make sand castles in. There are no bathroom facilities at this park. It also has two basketball courts.