Sep 23, 2008

Free Fairytale town day

I just read that Fairytale Town is free this Saturday Oct. 11th for children ages 0-5 and their parents. It is a First 5 Children's Celebration. There will be lots of larger than life cartoon characters walking around. Free snacks, wealth of information and lots of fun things to see.
It will be from 10am-4pm. There are also many events you can see at they have harvest festivals and shows galore.

Ancil Hoffman Park/ Effie Yeaw Nature Center!

This park is located in Carmichael off of Fair Oaks Blvd. Go to this link for good directions (depending on where you live there are many ways to get there: and click on directions/map on the left sidebar. Or for the Ancil Hoffman park information click here.

Ancil Hoffman Park is $4 to get in during business hours. You can golf, hike, or just have a picnic. Once you wind around past the golf course there will be parking directions to get to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. There are many nice trails and a trail that goes and you can see the old indian pots, writing and a teepee. 

The Effie Yeaw Nature Center, in Ancil Hoffman Park, is an award-winning environmental and cultural education center within the American River Parkway. The center offers a wide variety of hands-on educational activities and exhibits for all ages. This center is free! It has so many cool exhibits. They have a "tree house" you can climb up and read books and look over the museum. It has some animals inside as well, an owl, snakes, lizards, etc. So neat!!

Trails - Walk quietly along the nature trails winding through the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and one may see a herd of deer or listen to the chirps and chatter of over 100 bird species.

Golf- Golf Digest has named Ancil Hoffman Golf Course one of America's top 75 courses. Shady even in the summer, the course also houses a spacious clubhouse, a restaurant, and a trophy room.

Picnic - Enjoy a picnic with friends and family. This picnic area is operated on a first-come, first served basis. To protect wildlife and others, glass containers are not allowed in County Parks. Dogs are required to be on leashes throughout the park and may not enter the Nature Center.

Worth the drive, money and time!

Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Here are pictures of the Nature Center which is free with $4 parking for the Ancil Hoffman entrance...but when I went on a weekday no one was at the front gate, so it was free to go in...maybe you just have to pay on the weekends?.