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editor’s letter


Dear Readers, As each year passes, it seems like a blink of an eye. When I moved to Sacramento to attend Sacramento State (nearly twenty years ago...gulp), I would have never guessed I would end up calling it home.

editor SHANNON SMITH art director JILL LENDAHL assistant editor CHRISTINE QUARRY advertising executives RAYCHELL SARCOMO LINDSAY TRENZ CHERYL WAPLES founders SHELLY BOKMAN SUE LETO COLE contributors: SUSIE FRANKLIN ROESER, MICHELLE KOPKASH, CARRIE MADORMO, RN, MPH, CHRISTINE QUARRY, JENNIFER RODGERS, SHANNON SMITH, CYNDI SPENCER Copyright 2017 Sacramento Parent Magazine 530.888.0573 All Source Book listings were submitted by the businesses themselves, and Sacramento Parent is not responsible for any information that is misrepresented. All offers are valid for the 2017 calendar year only. If you find any incorrect information or have updates or suggestions, please email us at While we are unable to change any information in print, we can make corrections online and in the 2018 Source Book. As always, we welcome your feedback!

Fast forward (and I’m talking almost light speed) and here I am with my family who have embraced this area and all it has to offer. With that being said, it’s been great fun to work on this annual publication that celebrates local families, local businesses and places. Many of the sources that you will find in this book are places that the team at Sacramento Parent frequent with our families. Read on to quickly find everything from annual events and activities in the area to locating options in regard to your family’s needs for just about any service you can think of. Now in its 9th edition, we are excited to ring in 2017 and bring you another issue designed with the mission to guide families in finding “who to call, where to go, and what to do.” New to the area or born and raised here...word is out, Sacramento is a great place to call home. Warmly, SacParent SacParent

Shannon & the Sac Parent team SacramentoParent

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what’s inside ON OUR COVER:

Meet JJ, he is one of four brothers...who he can’t live without! JJ is a super busy kid, he plays football, basketball, baseball, and rides dirt bikes. He loves spending his summers boating and wake boarding on the river with his family.





Adoption, foster care, products & services

Adult education, charter schools, virtual academies, childcare, preschools, private schools & tutors

35 ENRICHMENT Attractions, camps, classes, dance,

destinations, museums & swim





Dental, fertility, fitness, medical services, orthodontists, pediatric care, products & services

Entertainers, party places, supplies & services


51 Photographer:


Legal, services, therapy, organic produce & retail

SPECIAL NEEDS Education, services & support

stories 11

Important Questions You Aren’t Asking Childcare Providers


The Region’s Top Kid-Friendly Museums



Cook Once, Eat All Week


Perfect Gift Pairings


Importance of MNO’s!


FUN, FUN, FUN in 2017: Calendar of Events

59 Take a Hike!


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By Cyndi Spencer Whether you’re a seasoned mom going through this for the millionth time, or you’re first time parents freaking out about going back to work, you’ve probably Googled, “questions to ask your daycare provider” more than a few times. Armed with your list of questions, you interview a half dozen providers—but, have you asked the most important questions? Do you LIKE this person? Think about it. You’re not just hiring a warm body, you’re inviting in an extension of your family. Some days, they’ll spend more awake time with your child than you will. Sure, you can hire the person with the most perfect answers to all the expert questions, but can you comfortably talk to them about your child? We’ve all had friends and colleagues recommend, “OMG, the most perfect daycare!” only to arrive for a tour and be underwhelmed, or worse, put off. The director seems cold or is just way too touchy feely for your taste. You know what that means? It’s NOT the perfect place for you and your family. Choosing childcare is an incredibly personal decision. We’re told over and over to base our choice on answers to lists created by experts, but I’m going to tell you a secret—childcare providers know all the right answers to those questions—they’ve been asked them a million times. This is a high stake, emotional investment you’re about to make. There are fewer feelings in the world that are worse than dropping your toddler off with a teacher that you just don’t ‘click’ with. In six months, that list of questions you asked will have left your mind, when your daily drop-offs are nightmare scream fests. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 13) • The Source Book 2017



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Can you TALK to this person? When asked for my advice, I always tell my friends to have a real conversation with their prospective care provider. Talk about some gritty issues. Dig a little into their time-out policy or their meal policy, or whatever is very important to you. Because, if you can’t have open, free conversations with this person, you may just be setting yourself up for moving your child from daycare to daycare. Maybe they won’t have the most perfect answer, but if you can actually have a real conversation about things, you’re going to spend your days much more secure in your choice.

In my time as a daycare provider, I got more than a few new clients because they were “unhappy” with their old providers. I’ve had many conversations with parents, letting them vent about all the things they were unhappy with about their old providers. But often, they never felt comfortable telling those concerns to their provider—and that always made me a little sad. Parents should ALWAYS feel comfortable bringing concerns to their provider. Sometimes when that doesn’t happen, it’s a case of the parent or provider being hard to talk to. But in my experience, it was just often a case of people who weren’t compatible communicators. That’s why when I’m asked, I tell people that the answers to the lists of those questions are secondary. Sure, it’s important to find out sick policies and how they feel about picky eaters or tough nappers. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you’re able to comfortably talk with your provider about those things. Easy, open communication will make you feel a million times better about leaving your little one, which in turn will make your little one have an exponentially better experience in their care. So, go in to your interviews with some flexibility in your lists. And keep an ear open for what your gut is telling you. SB Cyndi Spencer is a Sacramento mom of four and ran her own daycare for seven years. • The Source Book 2017


Hourly childcare tailored to fit your family. Preschool education programs School age activities Ages 2-11 Back-up care

Come for a tour! Near Galleria Mall In Rocklin • 6801 Five Star Blvd. #B • For ages 2-11 Lic. #313611140, 313611141 14


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Adoption + Foster


4144 Winding Way, Sacramento Call today for more information about becoming a foster parent or others ways you can help. 916-737-1481 Products + Services


Greater Sacramento Focusing on prenatal breastfeeding education. Home visits available. Nursing Your Baby classes begin Spring 2017. 916-205-8151

Give your child the Best Foundation at Little Blossom Montessori School


• Infant – Pre-Kindergarten • School-Age Program at the Gold River Location • Before & After School Care • Two, Three & Five Day Programs • Half Day, Full Day & Extended Day Programs • Hot Meals / Year Round 2317 Gold Meadow Way Gold River, CA 95670

(916) 389-0093

2075 Arena Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95834

(916) 515-0550


Greater Sacramento Rested Family helps tired parents get their children sleeping better with sleep education, individualized sleep coaching plans and on-going support. 916-546-8341

Help Your Child Be the Best They Can Be

Hope Wellness Institute We help YOUR kids excel with Focus ~ Concentration ~ Hyperactivity ADHD ~ Autism ~ Learning Difficulties 9801 Fair Oaks Blvd., Ste 200, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (916) 965-6558 • The Source Book 2017


Discover the difference at Camellia Waldorf School!

• Outstanding Academic Program • Small Class Sizes • Outdoor Education • Athletics • Field Trips • Music Instruction • Spanish • Parent-Toddler Classes • Summer Camps • Festivals • Preschool • Elementary • Middle School

Now located in the Pocket neighborhood:

7450 Pocket Road • Sacramento 95831

(916) 427-5022

A nonprofit, independent school, fully accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America


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Charter Schools|Virtual Academy

ASPIRE CAPITOL HEIGHTS ACADEMY K-5 2520 33rd Street, Sacramento Free and public K-5 school, small school and class sizes, individualized instruction, college prep program, music, electives, library, physical education, and STEM activities. 916-739-8520


Brighton Schools offer private care and education for infants through 5th grade; plus, after school programs and summer camps for elementary-age students. Excellence in education for your child, peace of mind for you. 916-353-1681


Sacramento Tuition-free public charter school with a focus on innovation and preparing students to be successful in a changing, dynamic world. Opening Fall 2017—now enrolling K-1! 916-287-0531


Greater Sacramento Free, public, K-12 charter school offering homeschooling, independent study and enrichment classes. With a 23-year history, we provide more choices, more support and more confidence. 800-338-8003


1172 W. National Drive, Ste. 30, Sacramento Striving to provide quality education for children in partnership with parents by maximizing the learning potential of their children. 916-419-3788


Sacramento Options For Youth is a free public school serving students grades 7-12, offering oneon-one teacher instruction in a safe and welcoming environment. Call or visit the website to learn more today! 916-485-5155


2399 Sellers Way, West Sacramento A charter school with strong community support and participation that provides a rigorous, standards-based curriculum and individualized support for all children. 916-596-6422


4535 Missouri Flat Road, Ste. 1A, Placerville South Sutter is an independent study charter school driven by a strong tradition of advocating for parent choice in education. 800-979-4436

www.SSCS.CC Childcare


9800 Old Winery Place, Sacramento Child Care Counselors help parents through the often-emotional process of choosing child care, with referrals to active, licensed centers and homes. 916-369-0191 • The Source Book 2017



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4858 San Juan Avenue, Fair Oaks Providing the highest quality of early childhood education and care while focusing on developing cooperative social skills. 916-965-3190


5230 Ehrhardt Avenue, Sacramento Affordable Full-Time or Part-Time Toddler, Preschool & Transitional Kinder Program Available. Days and hours: M-F 6:30am6pm. Year Round Program. Free Tour Today! Call Now! 916-617-7248


6801 Five Star Blvd., Rocklin KidsPark is a unique HOURLY childcare with a safe and fun environment for children ages 2 to 11 years-old. Open 90 hours a week for hourly care. Preschool education M-F, 9am to noon for ages 2 to 5. 916-624-2344


Folsom, El Dorado Hills, East Roseville, West Roseville, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove Hourly child care for ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Days, evenings and weekends. Superior care, the cleanest centers. Free preschool during child care services. 916-358-5276


Serving the State of California California’s registry of in-home child care providers, tutors and in-home counselors who passed a California Department of Justice background screening…Has your care provider passed? 800-822-8490 • The Source Book 2017


GOLDEN VALLEY CHARTER SCHOOLS K-8 TUITION-FREE PUBLIC W ALDORF S CHOOLS Since its founding in 1999, Golden Valley has offered a unique and highly interdisciplinary curriculum based on a deep understanding of the developmental stages of childhood. Here, learning is embedded in storytelling, movement, arts, music and direct experience of natural phenomena. The goal is to help students develop to their highest potential so they will one day actively create and participate in a vibrant, healthy society that serves the good of all.

(916) 987-6141 9601 Lake Natoma Drive Orangevale, CA 95662

(916) 987-1490 6550 Filbert Avenue Orangevale, CA 95662

Visit our website to learn more about our schools and enrollment process.


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801 Sibley Street, Folsom Providing children six weeks through school-age an opportunity to learn and develop as individuals in a creative handson environment. 916-985-7055

SAN JUAN UNIFIED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Gold River, Orangevale and Citrus Heights San Juan Unified offers flexible, researchbased preschool programs. Learn more about their fee-based, state and federally funded programs for dreamers, explorers and creators of any preschool age. 916-971-5988


5477 Eureka Road Granite Bay


Collaborating with School Districts and SELPAs to provide a continuum of care in behavior intervention and quality education.

Believe and you will Achieve

Antelope, Citrus Heights, Foothill Farms Sunrise offers 6 unique Preschools. Children 3 to 5 years-old will experience academics, arts and crafts, sharing, music, movement, indoor and outdoor play. 916-725-1585


5130 Golden Foothill Parkway, El Dorado Hills The Gift of Kids offers a structured, fun, loving program that fits every family’s needs. We offer daycare, preschool, before and after school care, summer camps and date nights. 916-521-1835


3300 Walnut Avenue, Carmichael Wonder-Land Christian Preschool is where kids learn as they play. They have top quality teachers who will nurture your child in a safe, clean school. Come in for a tour! 916-481-1798 • The Source Book 2017



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Private School


7450 Pocket Road, Sacramento Camellia is an independent, coeducational Waldorf school that offers preschool-8th grade. Parent/toddler classes also available. 916-427-5022


9470 Micron Avenue, Sacramento Christ-centered Early Education (ages 2+) through High School, before/after school program. ACSI and WASC accredited, college-preparatory academics, outstanding athletics and fine arts programs. 916-856-5611


3020 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento Well-rounded, academic curriculum that meets the needs and interests of children in K-8th grades. Equal opportunity for growth and character development. Fundamental education includes French, P.E., Computers and Music/Art. 916-488-1313


6029 Gold Meadows Road, Placerville Cedar Springs is an accredited Waldorf school serving children Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade on a lovely five-acre wooded campus just minutes from Highway 50. 530-642-9903


Antelope, Davis, Dixon, Elk Grove, Fairfield, Modesto, Sac, Tahoe, Tracy, Woodland In our preschools and after schools, children work in a homelike environment with a rich variety of materials; caring teachers and a daily routine of fun and educational activities. We are a part of your family and you can count on us. 916-286-7865 • The Source Book 2017



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205 24th Street, Sacramento Since 1982, students have excelled in Courtyard’s nurturing environment and small class sizes. A TK through Middle School program helping to educate tomorrow’s scholars, artists and leaders. Call to schedule a tour. 916-442-5395


Roseville, Granite Bay Since 1991, GBM has educated the whole child using hands on learning through traditional Montessori materials and methods. 916-791-7849


410 Crother Road, Meadow Vista Imagine a place...where children love to learn! Give your child the gift of an authentic Waldorf education. A variety of programs available— PreK-8th. Call today! 530-878-8720


1921 Arena Blvd., Ste. 100, Sacramento A fully accredited preschool through 12th grade hi-tech school that is Biblically based, family-centered, academically excellent, individually tailored and financially affordable. 916-246-3320

SACRAMENTO COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 2636 Latham Drive, Sacramento Founded in 1964, Country Day is an independent, co-educational, collegepreparatory school for students in prekindergarten through 12th grade. 916-481-8811


3750 Bannister Road, Fair Oaks A private Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade school in Fair Oaks with a spectacular 22-acre campus and working farm. 916-860-2518 • The Source Book 2017



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7869 Kingswood Drive, Citrus Heights St. Mark’s Lutheran School (Jr. K-8th grade) strives to serve families with excellence in Christian education (academics, athletics & the arts). Call to schedule a campus visit today! 916-961-7891


2320 El Camino Avenue, Sacramento St. Philomene School provides students with Chromebook laptops, homework help, and affordable after school care. Call today to schedule a tour. 916-489-1506


3045 Garfield Avenue, Carmichael A Christian K-12 school that teaches Biblical truths & offers academic knowledge essential for building positive life skills. 916-488-5601 Tutor


910 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Ste. 110, Roseville THE TUTORING CENTER’s intense One-to-One Instruction and “The Rotational Approach to Learning™” provides your child with longterm skills that will last a lifetime. 916-771-4100 • The Source Book 2017



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The Region’s Top Kid-Friendly Museums

By Michelle Kopkash

A trip to the museum is an entertaining, educational and budget-friendly way to spend an afternoon together with your family. Luckily, the Sacramento and Placer County regions are home to several delightful, family-friendly museums. Check out this year’s round-up of local, must-see museums, each offering a unique twist on learning:

Aerospace Museum of California This museum touts over 50 historic planes including military and commercial aircrafts—many of which visitors can climb inside— plus, a flight simulator and a large collection of engines. It’s worth the visit to the McClellan Business Park. Be sure to check their calendar for story times, STEM events and tours.

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A local favorite, this museum houses a permanent collection of some of the most impressive, beautifully restored steam locomotives to ever ride the California railways. With 19 steam locomotives, an extensive miniature train collection and an interactive center for kids on the upper floor, families can enjoy hours getting a true taste of railway history. Train enthusiasts of all ages will appreciate the opportunity to climb aboard a few of the engines, which have been staged to mimic the mail, dining and sleeper cars of the olden days. Check the event calendar for story times and train ride schedules, both of which are a big hit for kids.

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Crocker Art Museum

This Sacramento museum is one of the most highly acclaimed in the region, known for its world-class art exhibits and diverse collections. The Crocker offers a large selection of children’s programs including art classes, kidfriendly museum tours and family events, in addition to their permanent children’s exhibit, where kids are free to meander and explore different art mediums at their own pace.

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Explorit Science Center Science and nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy this top-notch, hands-on learning center where visitors are encouraged to participate in interactive experiments and lessons. The welcoming environment, designed to spur exploration in inquisitive minds, features a lively variety of changing nature and science exhibits. Family programs include workshops, classes, science clubs, vacation classes and weekend family programs.

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KidZone Museum True to its inherently fun nature, KidZone Museum strives to promote childhood development through play-based experiences. Activities focus on enhancing problem solving skills, physical coordination, creativity and ingenuity through an array of centers—a nature play area, art studio, science exploration center, indoor play structure and a baby zone. An impressive medieval-style kingdom allows imaginations to roam free as children pretend to cook, go to the market, visit a castle and sail a ship. The calendar is packed with exciting programs—family fun Fridays, sing-a-longs, story times and art studio sessions, to name a few.

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Maidu Museum & Historic Site This excellent museum offers a culturally rich experience for families who wish to learn about the Nisenan Maidu, indigenous people of California who lived in this area for thousands of years. The indoor center showcases real artifacts from the period, in addition to narrations of the life and culture of this Native American tribe. There is also a nature trail behind the center where visitors will see petroglyphs and real-life mortar holes that were used to grind acorns. The museum offers petroglyph tours and enjoyable camp fires with storytelling and marshmallow roasting for the children. Roseville |

Sacramento Children’s Museum Children up to eight-years-old will love visiting this “learn-by-doing” museum, where they’ll spend hours playing in the amazingly fun play-based exhibits. The center has a pretend neighborhood and market, a splash-worthy waterway section, an art studio filled with materials galore and a sensory exhibit created with pool noodles to resemble a forest. Solar power, gravity and other natural mysteries are among the topics covered in other permanent exhibits throughout the center.

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World of Wonders Science Museum With dozens of amazing exhibits that are meant to inspire wonder about the world around us and within our own physical bodies, this interactive museum sets the stage for a life-long love of the sciences. Families will find educational experiences for all ages that teach interesting facts about space, medicine, engineering, weather patterns, light and so much more using fun materials. The museum offers kid’s nights out events and a number of highly entertaining family oriented programs.

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3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento Let your child’s imagination run wild at this 3.5-acre children’s park with play sets based on favorite fairytales and nursery rhymes, farm animals and gardens. 916-808-7462

Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin, Sacramento Ingeniously Fun STEAM focused Science, Maker, Technology & Nature Camp for PreK-8th Grade. First Time Families SAVE $50. Use Code: FIRSTSPS17 877-993-6673



403 Stafford Street, Folsom The Zoo is home to nearly 100 animals, with a focus on education and outreach. Grounds are park-like with nearby picnic and play areas. 916-351-3527


1350 17th Avenue, Sacramento Funderland is an amusement park for kids ages 2 to 12. The Park has nine childsized rides, birthday parties, and more. Admission and parking are always FREE! 916-456-0131 | 916-456-0115


Sonoma Redwoods Since 1957, Cazadero has offered a unique blend of musical instruction and outdoor recreation. Located in Sonoma County. Ages 9 to 18. 510-527-7500


3141 5th Street, Davis Explorit’s hands-on Summer Science Camps for Pre-K to 6th grade encourage imagination and creativity with projectbased activities. See website for schedules and pricing. 530-756-0191

828 I Street, Sacramento Discover, learn and grow with free, funfilled activities including storytimes, STEM programs, homework help, coding classes, art and music plus books, e-books, and more at 28 different Library locations. 916-264-2920




3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento Home to more than 140 native, exotic and endangered species within a park-like setting of 14 acres, this AZA-accredited facility has fun for all ages and offers birthday parties, camps, overnights and more! 916-808-5888

Greater Sacramento Area Delivering unique, hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational. 916-779-0390

3615 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento Explore hands-on interactive STEM exhibitions, planetarium shows, summer science camps, field trips, space/dinosaur birthday parties and family fun! 916-808-39412 • The Source Book 2017



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Antelope Sunrise Kids Club offers three licensed all-day summer camps for school age children (Tk-6th) with enriching activities and field trips. 916-725-1585 Classes


Rocklin, Roseville Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is a theater arts training program for students ages 4-18. They offer voice, drama, dance and specialty classes, as well as produce three Broadway-style musicals each year. 916-623-4343 Dance


780 Sterling Parkway, Ste. 30, Lincoln A community dance studio in Lincoln for all ages, specializing in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, and Lyrical/Contemporary. 916-543-0299


6404 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael Fliptastic teaches Gymnastics, Dance and Cheer in a safe, great, positive atmosphere at affordable rates. We also have fantastic Parties and Camps. 916-487-3547

Free Family-Friendly Fun!

Come explore with us!


118 Woodmere Road, Folsom Professional Instruction in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Acrobatics, Dance, Acting and Voice. Ages 3 and up; beginning to advanced. 916-355-1900

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4561 Pacific Street, Ste. D, Rocklin Our family-friendly dance studio offers classes for all ages and levels. Come try one of our exciting classes and see that dancing is seriously fun! Now accepting many charter school vouchers. 916-624-1636


920 Reserve Drive, Roseville Northern California Dance Conservatory has been recognized as one of the top dance training programs in the country. We offer recreational to professional programs in ballet, tap, hip hop and jazz for age 2+. Call us to set up your free trail class. 916-791-2061 Museums


1020 O Street, Sacramento Specializing in hands-on programs aligned with State Content Standards for historysocial science and Common Core for K-12 students inspiring the next generation of California dreamers. 916-653-0650


125 I Street, Old Sacramento Located in the heart of Old Sacramento, this museum complex offers a first-hand glimpse of early California, including seasonal train rides and interactive exhibits. 916-323-9280


216 O. Street Sacramento Activities abound for kids of all ages at the Crocker Art Museum! From baby-friendly gallery walks to art classes for toddlers to teens. Admission is just $10, and children 6 and under are always free. Discover it all at 916-808-7000 38

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1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville Discover ways to save energy and water, reduce waste and protect watersheds through fun and interactive exhibits and activities. Come explore with us! 916-746-1550


2 North Sacramento Street, Lodi, 95240 The mission of the World of Wonders Science Museum is to offer hands-on sciencebased exhibits and programs to stimulate discovery for all ages. 209-368-0969 Music


510 Lawrence Expressway #221, Sunnyvale Board Certified Music Therapists address cognitive, physical and emotional needs through music therapy in Sunnyvale and San Jose. Trained Music Coaches teach music to high-functioning students at their own pace. 408-531-6428 Swim


2121 Second Street Ste. 101A SwimAmerica Davis offers a fun, safe environment for year-round swim lessons (infants, children, and adults) in our indoor, warm-water pool. Email for more information, 530-759-1214


Antelope, Citrus Heights Rusch Pool and Antelope Aquatics Complex: teaching excellent, affordable swim lessons for all ages and skill levels (May-Aug). 916-725-1585 • The Source Book 2017


Cook Once, Eat All Week...


By Carrie Madormo, RN, MPH I love being home with my kids. The impromptu trips to the Zoo or spending the morning in our pajamas playing Candyland make every day worth it. The parts I don’t love would be everything else. Trying to find the time to work from home, keep a somewhat clean house and feed the family quickly overwhelms me and often leaves me feeling drained. When our days race by, it is far too easy to drive home after a long day and order a pizza or go through the drive-thru. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything I want to accomplish, so I have two choices. I could keep trying to do it all and burn myself out or I could change my strategy. One of the most influential changes I have made for our family is batch cooking. Spending a few hours in the kitchen Sunday afternoon ends up saving hours and hours throughout the week. Not to mention the improved quality of life. Finding an extra few hours in the weekend may sound impossible, but you will get those hours back and more throughout the week. Imagine starting Monday morning knowing that your fridge is stocked with healthy, home-cooked meals and snacks for the entire week! It is actually easier than it sounds. First, make the decision that this new meal planning process is going to be fun. It sounds silly, but our intentions make a difference. You could tell yourself that you’re wasting your Sunday afternoon stuck in the kitchen or that you are going to spend time with your family while teaching them about sustainable healthy eating. Set aside a few minutes to sit down with your favorite cookbook or food blog. Pinterest is a great place to look for ideas. Pick a few meals and plan to make double batches for plenty of leftovers. This is a great time to get the kids involved. Ask them to page through your cookbooks or think of some of their favorite meals. My four-year-old loves scrolling through Pinterest with me to pick out tasty treats. The more invested they feel in the process, the more fun they’ll have with it. They’ll also be a lot more likely to actually eat those meals come dinnertime! Once you have a plan, head to the grocery store with your list in hand. As vital as I believe it is to involve your kids with this meal planning process, I highly recommend heading to the store alone if you have small kids. This should be fun for you as well!


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When you return home from the store, try to start cooking right away. This way you do not have to put all the food away, only to take it back out to cook an hour later.

Ask your family to help you unpack the food and make it fun. Put some music on and pour yourself a cup of tea (or wine). As you set out the food, this is a great time to ask your kids about school and what they have to do this week. It’s amazing how much your sweet children will spill about their lives when they’re engaged with something else, like cooking. To get started, take out all your fruits and vegetables. Wash and chop bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce. Washing the produce is a perfect job for little hands. Then peel and chop your onions and mince the garlic. Ask your older kids if they’d like to help with that step. Having plenty of chopped veggies will keep the week easy, as they can then be used for fresh salads, soups, pasta dishes or omelets. If you prefer cooked vegetables, toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roast in the oven. To make your own salad dressing, ask your kids to pour some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a few spices and a little salt in a mason jar and shake it up. This homemade dressing will keep for about a week in the fridge. Then make a big batch of grains for the week. You could start with brown rice or quinoa. This will keep all week and is a perfect base for roasted vegetables, grilled meat or a hearty soup. You could also use this time to make soup for the week. Use some of your chopped produce to make homemade vegetable soup and throw in some noodles in fun shapes for the kids. Finally, making snacks ahead of time is incredibly convenient, especially when everyone is starving after school. Mix up your own trail mix with your favorite nuts, dried fruits, granola and maybe a few chocolate chips. Ask your kids to portion out the prepared snacks in plastic bags or Tupperware containers to throw in school lunches all week. Then gather some mason jars and whip up your favorite smoothie recipe. Pour into the jars and keep in the freezer all week. Each week try experimenting with different vegetables, grains and snacks. Before you know it, meal prep time could become your family’s favorite part of the week! SB Carrie Madormo is a health writer, nurse and mom of two. She shares healthy family recipes on her food blog, Her work has been featured in MetroParent Magazine, Livestrong. com and Work-at-Home Mom Magazine. • The Source Book 2017


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7916 Pebble Beach Drive, Ste. 101, Citrus Heights Voted top pediatric/orthodontic dental practice in Sacramento area. Annually voted “Top Dentists” by their peers. Referred to as the “Disneyland of Dentistry” by their patients. 916-962-0577


1130 Conroy Lane, Ste. 100, Roseville Bringing together the most advanced techniques, cutting edge equipment, and outstanding people to bring you the superior care you truly deserve. Building families with care and compassion. 916-773-2229




568 N. Sunrise, Ste. 350, Roseville Joelle C. Taves Speed D.D.S, Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry for infants, children, and young adults. 916-782-5503

1901 Hazel Avenue, Gold River Lake Natoma is close to home and offers sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddling, rowing, water skiing, wakeboarding, and jet skiing. 916-278-2842


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Medical Services


Davis, Elk Grove, Folsom, Roseville, Sacramento, Woodland For over a decade, Community Psychiatry has been improving access to psychiatry by creating cooperative relationships with physicians, psychotherapists, hospitals, and insurers. Call to schedule an appointment. 866-497-4055


9801 Fair Oaks Blvd., Ste. 200, Fair Oaks Change your child’s life! ADHD, Autism, Behavioral, Learning & Speech difficulties alleviated. We guide you with a personalized treatment for understanding and managing specific concerns. 916-965-6558 Pediatric Care

MAKE-A-WISH® NORTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA AND NORTHERN NEVADA 2800 Club Center Drive, Sacramento Make-A-Wish® grants wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions and to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. 916-437-0206


2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento Northern California’s regional pediatric medical center providing highly specialized care and rehabilitation to children with congenital conditions and complex medical needs regardless of a family’s ability to pay. 916-453-2000

Products + Services


10336 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks EJ’s Little People have been in the kids haircut business for nearly forty years. They guarantee a great haircut in a calm, fun, child-centered environment. 916-966-3322


212 Harding Blvd., Ste. V, Roseville, CA 95678 2230 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 320, Rocklin, CA 95765 Kids are coming from all over, and they love Jack n Jillybeans Salon—a fun place for hair! M/C, Visa and debit cards accepted. 916-786-3888, Roseville 916-784-1888, Rocklin • The Source Book 2017


Perfect Gift Pairings By Susie Franklin Roeser

Gifts From The Heart Of Elk Grove

You may have heard of wine pairings, where food and wine experts guide guests in selecting a combination to bring out the best in each, and provide the ultimate enjoyment for the connoisseur. Have you ever thought of this idea as it applies to selecting gifts? Certainly, the same concept can be applied when it comes to picking out an extra special gift—gift pairings create a unique synergy, leading to a memorable presentation and maximum enjoyment by its recipient! Read on to learn how you might incorporate gift pairings as you set out to do your gift shopping this year.

The Book Pairing Start by selecting a book on your gift recipient’s favorite topic. Next, add a clever bookmark to hold their place as they read. Then, to take the pairing up a notch—add a food item they can enjoy read. If food is mentioned in the book, you could even include that item for a heightened reading experience! This pairing works well for connoisseurs of all ages—from the littlest board book reader to the book club aficionado. 44

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Special Interest Pairing For this pairing, look to your gift recipient’s hobbies or current “favorites.” Selecting an ornament with this theme and then pairing it with a year-round useful gift is sure to be a hit! Having the ornament personalized with the recipient’s name (or better yet—nickname) and the year, will create a meaningful keepsake for this era of their life.

Pairing to Inspire As opposed to the previous pairings that focus on your recipient’s current interests, why not inspire them to learn or try something new? These pairings might start with a clever how-to guide to spark the recipients interest and then give them some supplies to get them started on this new activity.

The Ultimate in Gift Pairing A gift basket is the ultimate in gift pairing! Although, feel free to get creative—it does not actually need be presented in a basket! The best gift “baskets” focus on a common theme and contain multiple gifts relating to the theme that can be used together in harmony. The container or basket that holds all the items might be an additional, larger item related to the theme, or a storage container that can neatly hold all the gift items when not in use (making it easy to keep all the pieces together so your gift recipient can find them when needed). Once you have assembled your grouping of gifts, artfully arrange them in your “basket” and wrap with a cellophane bag, topping it all off with a matching bow. Hopefully these suggestions will give you the inspiration to try gift pairings as you’re shopping for friends and family this year. Be prepared to see amazement in their faces as they experience their personalized and perfectly paired gifts! SB If you would like help in creating your own gift pairings, come visit Susie at Gifts From The Heart Of Elk Grove (located at 9685 Elk Grove Florin Rd., Elk Grove). Susie would be more than happy to help coach you as you develop your skills as an expert on gift pair-ers. • The Source Book 2017



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Greater Sacramento Award winning balloon artist! Fabulous face painting! Parties for all ages. Available for Birthday parties, grand openings, and many other events. Call today to book your party! 530-662-5882 Party Places


405 Vernon Street, Roseville Blue Line Arts fosters creative minds and critical thinking skills through exploratory art experiences in workshops, camps, birthdays and much more. 916-783-4117


6831 Lonetree Blvd., Ste. E102, Rocklin Slot car race party: Extreme racing rush for all speed enthusiasts! Exciting pastime that comes from the time before video games and bounce houses. Action-packed excitement for all ages. 916-784-1722


6404 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael Fliptastic has awesome Party Packages, Kids Night Out and teaches children Gymnastics, Dance and Cheer in a safe, great, positive atmosphere. 916-487-3547


11335-G Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova Explore new heights at your next birthday party. Two hours of staff managed indoor rock climbing fun. Minimum group of 6; advanced reservations required. Call for available dates and pricing. 916-852-7625 • The Source Book 2017



2939 Promenade Street, West Sacramento Sacramento’s Super Party Center offers: All New Party Packages, New Playtastic Room, Family Fun Nights, Licensed After School Program, Fun & Fitness Camps, and Open Play Sessions. 916-371-2386

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The Importance of MNOs! By Jennifer Rodgers

The other night I accepted an

invitation for a spontaneous momsnight-out (MNO), a few moms were going to a movie at the Studio Movie Grill in Rocklin. At first, I debated whether to go. It was Friday evening and they were leaving in two hours, my husband was not home yet and it seemed like a big effort to get out of my comfortable clothes and put on something a little less pajama-like. Still, it sounded like fun.

Like many moms, I don’t go out often, I am always the one to put the kids to bed and I rarely take a break, so I decided to take a chance and go. I arranged it all with my husband and another dad whose wife was coming—then I spent way too much time deciding what to wear, and off I went. To my surprise, it was much more fun than I thought it would be. We laughed and joked, sometimes at ourselves, sometimes at each other. Studio Movie Grill had great food at reasonable prices and drinks too. The movie we saw was funny and set just the right tone for our night out. It was not a super late night or a crazy night, but that was okay. We enjoyed getting out and taking a break from the constant calls of “Mom!” It dawned on me, how much I needed this break. I realized that all of us need this time to get away. Not only is it beneficial to moms, but to our children, too. If they’re always with mom, it can be good for them to be around other people, be it a babysitter or their dad. They also get to see that their mom has a life beyond her children and that is important, too. It is not and cannot be about them 100% of the time. It is not healthy for anyone. Getting away—even for a short time—will have you coming home feeling refreshed with a new appreciation for your kiddos (ideally). You are more interested in what they are doing or what they want to talk with you about, when you’ve had a little break. You also might feel a little more patient, when the constant calls of “Mom!” resume when you get back. And although I was a little slow and more tired at their Saturday soccer games the next day—it was well worth it. So, call a couple of friends and do a MNO. Whether, you’re shopping, meeting up for dinner, or heading out to a movie—you’ll be glad you did! SB

Jennifer Rodgers is a full-time mom and part-time writer who lives in the Sierra foothills with her husband, two children, and too many animals to count. Visit her website and blog at • The Source Book 2017


Law Services


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3336 Bradshaw Road, Ste. 175, Sacramento Attachment, adoption competent, and trauma informed therapy for all ages. 916-403-0588


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Sacramento 11100 Coloma Road, Rancho Cordova CCHAT is an auditory/oral program that teaches children, birth to age 8, who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk. 916-361-7290


Roseville The Down Syndrome Information Alliance provides support and resources to empower individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and our community. 916-658-1686


PO Box 255722, Sacramento, 95865 FEAT is a non-profit organization providing Education, Advocacy and Support for families in the greater Sacramento area who have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. |


1617 Willowhurst Avenue, San Jose The Music Place offers Music Education with Special Needs Music Coaches who are experienced helping high-functioning students achieve their musical goals in a fun way and at their own pace in 10 locations. 408-445-2787


Greater Sacramento, Vacaville Dottie Pearson is a licensed Davis Dyslexia Correction Facilitator, providing programs in the areas of reading, math, and ADD/ ADHD. 707-334-7662 • The Source Book 2017



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DECEMBER Through 12/31 Theatre of Lights 12/13 Chanukah (first day) 12/24 Free Admission Day at Fairytale Town 12/25 Christmas Day 12/26 Kwanzaa


1/20-22 Monster Jam 1/28 Chinese New Year 1/28 Geekology

The World of Wonders Science Museum is having an event to celebrate all things “nerdy.” This will include: a gaming expo, comic books, pinball machines, 3D printing, board games, science of sci-fi, arts & MINECRAFTs, hackerspace, cosplay contest, and much more! Wear a costume get $2 off admission!


1/1 New Year’s Day

2/11 14th Annual Valentine Run/Walk

1/16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

2/14 Valentine’s Day

Through 1/16 Outdoor Ice Skating Downtown Sacramento Holiday Ice Rink

2/16-20 “Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment”

Historic Folsom Ice Rink Iceland Ice Skating Rink 1/16 Harlem Globetrotters 1/19-20 DRUMLine Live

“DRUMLine Live” is a thrilling spectacle that pays homage to the show-style marching popularized at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), while providing a soul-stirring revue of some of America’s favorite music. With musical highlights from hip-hop, Top 40, American soul, gospel, jazz and other musical genres, the 35-member cast—a world-class ensemble of percussionists, musicians and dancers—takes the audience on a journey infused with colorful, choreographed routines, vibrant costumes, and heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences.

Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen and the crew of “Cars” race across the ice! Dive into adventure with Ariel and her undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the “Toy Story” gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in their most daring adventure! Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s “Frozen” as they learn that true love comes from within plus more! • The Source Book 2017



3/2 Read Across America Day


3/4-26 Jack and the Beanstalk

4/2 Run Rocklin

Fee. Fi. Fo. Fum. We smell another wonderful fairytale brought to life! “Jack And The Beanstalk” is a splendid spin on the classic tale. Needing money to pay the yearly taxes, Jack’s mother instructs him to sell their cow. True to form, Jack winds up with a bag full of magic beans in exchange for the cow. The next morning, after planting them, Jack awakens to find a giant beanstalk, at the top of which lives one very scientifically minded Giant who has invented a plucky Golden Harp and a tapdancing Golden Goose. Wackiness ensues as Jack tries to escape the magical kingdom!

3/5 WOW Birthday Party



4/8 9th Annual Babies & Bumps by Sacramento Parent

We can’t wait for Greater Sacramento’s premier event celebrating parenthood and pregnancy, babies and families. Win amazing prizes, talk with experts, shop, dance and play with free entertainment on stage every hour, and more. Plus, participate in our 4th Annual Cover Kid Search where your kiddo may be chosen to be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of Sacramento Parent! 9am to 2pm, free entry.

The World of Wonders Science Museum is having its 8th birthday anniversary. Admission will be free to the public the entire day and they will have special science activities going on throughout the event.

4/15-16 Spring Eggstravaganza at Fairytale Town

4/22 Earth Day

3/12 Daylight Savings Time Begins

4/28-5/15 Mary Poppins

3/17 St. Patrick’s Day 3/20 First Day of Spring 3/24-26 Peter Pan & Viva Vivaldi

Let your imagination soar on a non-stop flight past the second star on the right to Neverland with the boy who won’t grow up. Ron Cunningham’s high flying “Peter Pan” is perfect fun for the whole family!

4/16 Easter Sunday

MAY 5/5 Cinco De Mayo 5/10-21 A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids 5/13 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5/13-14 Berry Fest 2017


Have a berry fun time with mom this Mother’s Day weekend at Berry Fest 2017! Enjoy strawberry treats, shopping, cooking demonstrations, and live bands. Berry Fest is loaded with fun for the kids too with a petting zoo, pony rides, a princess pageant, berry fun color run, nonstop shows on the Kids Caboose Stage, a full kid’s carnival and fun zone. 5/14 Mother’s Day 5/29 Memorial Day 54

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SIZZLIN’ SUMMER JUNE 6/3 Taco Festival 2017

Tacos! Tacos! Tacos! It’s back, the 4th annual street festival featuring the largest variety of taco’s in one place. Plenty of tacos and plenty of fun for the entire family! 6/9-11 Pippin


6/18 Father’s Day 6/24 A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy at Fairytale Town 6/24 MakerFest

JULY 7/4 Independence Day 7/4 Salute to the Red, White and Blue

7/7-16 Willy Wonka

Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the worldfamous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate-covered life. Mysterious candy manufacturer Willy Wonka stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. These tickets win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats. The fifth is a likeable boy named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour with his equally amiable grandfather. Come take a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!

7/29 Science Carnival

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9/1-9/4 Gold Rush Days

The unique four-day event features a wide variety of crowd-favorite entertainment, all free to experience and enjoy. Guests in Old Sacramento will be entertained by talented musicians performing live on several stages, Old West theatrics and family-friendly melodramas, history re-enactments, horse-drawn carriages, cowboys on horseback, ladies riding sidesaddle, wagon rides, gold panning, Artisan Alley, handson children’s arts and crafts activities, the popular Tent City depicting daily life during the Gold Rush, and much more. 9/2-4 Chalk It Up

Join this interactive art and music festival and help raise grant money for local youth arts!

OCTOBER 10/7-8 Elk Grove Pumpkin Festival

Elk Grove’s largest family festival! Mark your calendar for a weekend full of fall festivities all in one place! Pumpkins galore, entertainment, food, vendors, contests, plus so much more!

10/9 Columbus Day 10/20-22 Safe & Super Halloween at Fairytale Town 10/31 Halloween

NOVEMBER 11/2 Daylight Savings Time Ends 11/11 Veterans Day 11/23 Thanksgiving Day 9/4 Labor Day 9/7-10 Gold Country Fair 9/11 Patriot Day

11/23 Run to Feed the Hungry

10K Run & 5K Run/Walk to support Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services! Your contribution and support will be felt by thousands of families in need throughout our community. The funds raised at this event will impact men, women and children in our community by providing free emergency goods and life-changing services including food, diapers, clothing, mentoring, education and hope. Happy Thanksgiving!

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EDITED BY SHANNON SMITH Foster a love of nature and explore the great outdoors with your littles all year-long on these family-friendly hiking trails located right in our very own “backyard.” A family that hikes together, stays together. American River Conservancy, Themes & Locations Vary Born to Roam is a family program that takes place on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am to 12pm. Volunteer Naturalists lead families on exploration hikes in the foothills once a month. The theme and locations vary and all ages are welcome. Cosumnes River Preserve Nature Trails , Galt Lost Slough Wetlands Walk is a one-mile universally-accessible trail offering an upclose view of lush marshes, wetland plants, water-birds, insects, and amphibians. There is also a wooden boardwalk meandering into the Lost Slough open from 10am to 4pm.

Effie Yeaw Nature Trails, Carmichael Located inside Ancil Hoffman County Park, the nature study trails are open from dawn to dusk. There is a $5 per car parking fee to enter the park, but once inside there are three self-guided trails. Family-friendly Nature Walks and presentations for all ages are available almost every weekend. Some of the trails are not accessible by stroller and dogs are not allowed, but they each provide a unique experience of the varied habitats. Check their monthly event calendar for specific hikes and themes.

Gibson Ranch Trail, Elverta Check out the pristine countryside, and get some great exercise while you’re at it, with a hike or bike ride through the many trails in the park. The Park Loop trail makes a scenic 3-mile trek around the entire perimeter of Gibson Ranch Park. If you like the sound of gently rushing water, hike along the 2-mile Dry Creek trail. Make sure you brake for horses, though. Hidden Falls, Auburn A family favorite of ours, although it’s a destination that you’ll want to get an early start to, as it can get busy. Hidden Falls offers approximately 30 miles of multiple-use trails for hiking, running, biking and equestrian riding, two observation decks for viewing the waterfalls and lots of spots to stop for a picnic. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 60) • The Source Book 2017



6 Independence Trail, Nevada City There are many amazing trails in and around Nevada City, but I chose this one because it was the first wheelchair accessible wilderness trail in the country. The trail utilizes the old Excelsior Ditch, built around 1859 to carry water for hydraulic mining. With an easy, level grade, this is a good walking trail for families and folks with limited mobility.

7 Miner’s & False Ravine Trails, Roseville

Catch the trail at Sculpture Park (behind The Home Depot on N. Sunrise) and explore some of Roseville’s most beautiful open space and wetland areas. Follow the Miner’s Ravine Trail all the way to Sierra College Boulevard, or take the False Ravine Trail and make a stop at Piches Park to enjoy a picnic or a game of basketball. (Both trips are nearly 3 miles one-way.)

8 Quarry Park, Rocklin

Quarry Park is a central gathering place and picturesque setting for community events, concerts, quiet walks through nature, and active play. Quarry Park is home to an amphitheater, trails, open space, and wildlife.

9 Quarry Trail, Auburn

This wide, level trail can be used for a half-day walk and a pleasant picnic along the Middle Fork (MF) American River. It goes through some of the best scenery available in the American River Canyons, and picnic tables are provided along the first 1¼ miles of the trail. For those looking for a good workout, this trail is 11.2 miles roundtrip. Parking is limited and there is little shade, so take plenty of water and sunscreen on hot days.

10 River Discovery Trail, Gold River

A fully accessible, 1/4-mile trail that follows the edge of the American River and provides opportunities to watch the seasonal spawning of salmon and steelhead. Look for migrating and resident birds. Deer, river otter and coyote also call this area home. Most of the remaining spawning beds are located within the 8 river miles below this area. Water conservation and your responsible use of the river protect salmon, steelhead and a wide array of river wildlife. Stop in at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery to see the fish feeding, too.

11 The Oaks Nature Trail, Folsom

A 3/4 -mile, natural trail that is accessible for the disabled and is considered easy for all fitness levels. The trail is located just past the turn off to the day use area in Folsom Lake SRA. There are handrails throughout most of the trail. Horseback riding and bicycling are not allowed on this trail. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the oak woodland, lake shore views and the various creek side habitats.

12 UC Davis Arboretum, Davis

There are a variety of garden walks available. Arboretum paths are popular with walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. The main path is a 3.5-mile loop. The lawns at the west end near Peter J. Shields Grove are perfect for informal games and picnics. Picnic tables are located behind Putah Creek Lodge and in the Redwood Grove. Looking for more ideas, or families to hike with, check out Hike It Baby Sacramento at 60

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The 2017 Annual Source Book  

Once again, it's been great fun to bring you this annual publication that celebrates local families, businesses and places. Read on to quick...

The 2017 Annual Source Book  

Once again, it's been great fun to bring you this annual publication that celebrates local families, businesses and places. Read on to quick...