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About Me & My Family

I’m a single mom with a 4 yr old boy. My two passions are traveling and raising my son. I love being a mom; there’s no place I’d rather be then with my son. I work full time and love to exercise.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, quiet, cautious, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, sophisticated, easy_going, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
Cancun
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Carmel, CA
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Petite St. Vincent
Favorite Vacation Memory
Half Moon Bay, Carmel, Manhattan Beach, Cancun, Maui.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
I’ll never forget flying home from Honolulu with my 1.6 month old son on Delta. The plane did not have milk for the flight and even though I boarded early, not one person thought to inform me that the plane was not stocked with milk. My son was still drinking from a bottle at this time and freaked out over having to go 5 hours without a bottle. This old cranky lady behind me was loudly complaining the whole flight about how she was tired of hearing my son cry (as if I wasn’t.) I wanted to scream (but did not) at every employee on the plane for not informing me the plane was out of milk until we were up in the air.
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Sacramento Museum Day - Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sacramento Museum Day takes place February 4, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (all participating museums close at 5 p.m.) These hours mean you’ve got until 4 p.m. to enter one or more museums of your choice. After 4 p.m., participating museums will not be admitting guests, but simply allowing those already admitted to tour for one final hour, until 5.

26 of the 28 museums will offer free admission whereas two destinations located in residential areas -- the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town -- will offer half-priced admission to offset parking control and security costs.

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3200 Freedom Park Drive
McClellan, California

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This museum is a hidden jewel!! They have a large parking lot adjacent to an amazing kids playground.

reviewed on: July 22 2011

"Local Hidden Treasure"
The Aerospace Museum of California is OFF THE HOOK. Hands down the best $8 I've spent in Sacramento.  The museum is extraordinary! Children of all ages can explore, climb into, or imagine what it would be like to soar through the skies in several of many aircraft parked out back.

The Docents  are all sweet old men who I imagine all must be veterans and war heroes. They probably didn’t need much docent training as I’m guessing they've piloted the planes that are housed here and lived through the history of the aircraft. Currently, all active duty service members with ID can bring up to 5 family members for free.

Guests will experience historic planes and displays representing over eight decades of aviation history, as well as a chance to view thrilling jets like a famous ‘Top Gun’ F-14 Tomcat just like the movie.

On display is one of the original Norden bomb sights which were used by American bombardiers for precision day bombing during World War II. These bomb sights were really small computers and were maintained and repaired in the shops at the Sacramento Air Depot (later Sacramento Air Logistics Center at McClellan AFB).

Art pieces on loan from the Coast Guard Art Collection feature oil paintings, water color and acrylic art works. These pieces depict Coast Guard personnel, equipment, historic events and other subjects in scenes relevant to the service and its mission.

The Museum’s collection of engines is quite extensive and grows frequently as new engines are restored and put on display.

Have you ever wanted to fly as a pilot in a World War? Now is your chance. The Motion Ride Simulator allows you to have the feeling and visual effect of sitting in the cockpit with the pilot and experiencing flight as never before. Or, you can launch from an aircraft carrier and fly a mission in a US Navy F/A-18. There is a small extra charge, but it is worth every cent!

The AeroPlay Kid Zone allows kids to fly non-motion flight simulators (think miniature versions of planes the kids can sit in and pretend to fly.) There are several kid size tables set up with coloring pages, planes the kid’s can assemble with tools, and foam puzzles.

I’m planning a return trip very soon!!

  

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2200 Front Street
Sacramento, California

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It is suggested that you NOT try to park anywhere in the vicinity of Old Sacramento, which will be packed with automobiles, rain or shine.


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Former McClellan Air Force Base
5601 Price Avenue North Highlands, California

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Make sure you also check out the Aerospace Museum while you're here. There is a wonderful kids playground next to it.


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10th & 0 Streets
Sacramento, California

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December 9, 2011 through October 31, 2012, The sixth annual California Hall of Fame exhibition will showcase the personal artifacts of the visionaries, legends and dreamers in the class of 2011 inductees.


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1119 Second Street
Sacramento, California

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Only a few minutes walk from the State Capital and the California State Railroad Museum


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10th and L Streets
State Capitol, Room B-27 Sacramento, California

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Public tours are conducted daily, on the hour, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For tour information contact Tour Office: (916) 324-0333.


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2618 K Street
Sacramento, California

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Photography in general is prohibited at the museum.


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111 I Street
Sacramento, California

Comment:
It is suggested that you NOT try to park anywhere in the vicinity of Old Sacramento, which will be packed with automobiles, rain or shine.

reviewed on: January 11 2011

"Spookomotive Train"
Climb on board the Spookomotive train for Halloween bravura in Old Sacramento! On select weekends through the month of October, the California State Railroad Museum offers diesel-powered train rides run by a skeleton crew.

The train's non-scary Halloween decorations are appropriate for children of all ages. Skeletons, bats, cobwebs, and crows jovially adorn the ceilings of the train and I must admit, brought a huge smile to my face. Hats off to the museum for creative décor! The six mile ride from start to finish is 40 minutes in length and departs hourly from 11 am to 4 pm at the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot at Front and “K” Streets.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

The spook factor of the Spookomotive train is nonexistent which makes this activity fantastic for young children. As for myself, I found the Spookomotive Train slightly boring. I think I expected more than first-rate decorations from the ride since it's a special event ride. With that being said, the train is a pleasant ride staffed with pleasant people. My four year old son fell asleep during the ride, but honestly, he falls asleep in ALL moving vehicles.

Here are some of the highlights of my trip:

• An energetic staff member who posed with my son for a
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• Affordable ticket prices ~ $10 for adults, $5 for youths

• The 40 minute ride was ideal for my son's short
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While I was onsite, I purchased a Caboose Club membership to the museum for $25. What an amazing deal! With the Caboose Club membership, my son and I will receive free entry into the California State Railroad Museum and will be able to ride the train (there are some blackout dates) for free for a year! WE ALSO GET ADVANCED PURCHASE RIGHTS TO NEXT YEAR'S POLAR EXPRESS!

I received complimentary train tickets to complete this review. My opinions are always my own.


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3615 Auburn Boulevard
Sacramento, California

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Each weekend from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Museum explores a new science topic through special displays, visiting exhibits, and guest presentations—followed by free craft activities for kids 4 to 12 years old!



4030 Lennane Drive
Sacramento, California

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Due to budget cuts, tours of the museum are now available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 916.779.1410 x326


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3901 Land Park Drive
Sacramento, California

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One of my favorite places for toddlers in Sacramento. Admission is half price only. In general we suggest that you NOT try to park anywhere in the vicinity of the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town this day (the Land Park area gets very, very crowded if the weather is nice), and the same thing applies for parking in Old Sacramento, which will be packed with automobiles, rain or shine.

reviewed on: January 10 2011

"A Sacramento Jewel"
Fairytale Town is a magical place for children and families to imagine, play and absorb. With 25 play areas built around nursery rhymes and fairytales, exhibits with gentle farm animals, and two performing arts stages, Fairytale Town is the jewel of Sacramento.

A recently constructed Yellow Brick Road leads to the facility’s main gates. This unique atttraction aims to imitate the legendary Yellow Brick Road traveled by Dorothy and her friends to the Emerald City in L. Frank Baum’s classic book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In order to raise funds for the construction of the road, Fairytale Town allowed individuals a chance to donate funds by purchasing a brick. Once purchased, brick owners were able to have a personal message imprinted on their brick.  

Somewhere in that road is a brick with my son’s name on it. I like to think that someday when my son grown with children of his own, he’ll take my grandchild to Fairytale Town and show them his brick in the road that grandma helped build.

I last visited Fairytale Town the weekend of Easter for the Spring Eggstravaganza.  Fairytale Town offered a full day of fun Spring and Easter themed activities for the kids. Every child who participated in an Easter egg hunt received a prize! We received some Spiderman candy. Since Spidey is my son’s hero, he was beyond ecstatic. We enjoyed puppet shows, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and best of all, a baby dance party! It was one of those days where you wish you could freeze time to prevent your child from growing any older.

Fairytown Town is conveniently located across the street from The Sacramento Zoo and Funderland. I guess you could call this small area within William Land Park “The Toddler Trifecta.” Finding parking is difficult but not impossible. Though, one really can’t complain because at least it’s free.

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823 Sutter St
Folsom, California

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Parking available in front and across the street from the Museum.


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1526 "H" Street
Sacramento, California

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Guides conduct tours on the hour, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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Corner 8th and N Streets
Sacramento, California

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By guided tour only - Tour hours: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00


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1962 Hays Lane
Woodland, California

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Located in Woodland, Just 15 Minutes from Downtown Sacramento.


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5380 Elvas Ave #101
Sacramento, California

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This museum is always free to the public.


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1200 Front Street
Sacramento, California

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It is suggested that you NOT try to park anywhere in the vicinity of Old Sacramento, which will be packed with automobiles, rain or shine.


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3930 West Lane Park Drive
Sacramento, California

Comment:
Admission is half price. In general we suggest that you NOT try to park anywhere in the vicinity of the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town this day, the Land Park area gets very, very crowded if the weather is nice.

reviewed on: January 10 2011

"Save your money"
The animals here looked depressed. Every time I go to this zoo I want to cry. The animal’s habitats are old and decrepit. During our hot summers this dilapidated zoo barely provides the animals with enough shade. The orangutans especially look depressed. Ugh, I'm getting sad just thinking about the zoo.


Sacramento
Sacramento, California

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I never knew old Sacramento was considered a State Park! It is suggested that you NOT try to park anywhere in the vicinity of Old Sacramento, which will be packed with automobiles, rain or shine.


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1000 Broadway
Sacramento, California

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The City Cemetery is the oldest existing cemetery in Sacramento


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101 I Street
Sacramento, California

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The Sacramento History Museum is a reproduction of the 1854 City Hall and Waterworks. The museum also offers the perfect starting point for exploring Old Sacramento State Historic Park.

reviewed on: June 12 2012

"My Toddler Caught Gold Fever!"
The Sacramento History Museum in Old Sacramento has recently unveiled a commemorative photo display following the history of the I Street Bridge for the last 100 years. I took my preschooler and we had WAY more fun than I guessed we would have.

Here's the scoop on the bridge:

Sacramento’s I Street Bridge is rusty and narrow. She’s the ugly best friend of the Tower Bridge and she’s California’s oldest swinger. That’s right; she swings! Although, I’m not sure which way.

A swing bridge can be compared to a pinball flipper; when a large water vessel needs to pass the bridge, car traffic is stopped and the bridge rotates horizontally at a pivot point to let the boat through (it swings.) Never heard of one? I'm not surprised. This type of bridge is old school, or in other words:

Yo bridge is so old, when she was built her lanes were still carrying horse and wagon traffic.

Yo bridge is so old; she’s older than the Titanic.

Yo bridge is so old; she's the last of her kind in California.

The Sacramento History Museum invites the community to visit the photo display and learn more about the history of this enduring landmark. Sacramento's I Street Bridge Photo Display runs every Saturday, April 28, 2012 thru Monday, December 31, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children will also enjoy panning for gold, weighing fruits and veggies on a food scale, and petting fur pelts. The building itself is a replica of Sacramento's 1854 City Hall and Waterworks building.

Cost:
$6 for adults; $4 for youth ages 6-17; free for children five and under.

This review is based on a complimentary visit to the Sacramento History Museum. I received no other compensation and was not asked to express a particular point of view. My opinions are entirely my own.


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2701 L Street
Sacramento, California

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Bring quarters for the parking meters. Parking is free on Sundays.


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2251 Florin Road, Suite 126
Sacramento, California

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The Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum is dedicated to bringing African art to the general public.


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400 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, California

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This museum is always free to the public.