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Top 8 Water Safety Tips From Steve Wallen Swim School

By Kaleb Wallen, Steve Wallen Swim School 1. Enroll In Swim Lessons At Steve Wallen Swim school we believe that…

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Fitting In as a Woman of Color

By Sumiti Mehta I am a brown-skinned woman born and raised in the Indian subcontinent. I have been in the…

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Are You Tribeless?

By Anna Osborn, LMFT One of the favorite parts of my day is being able to pick my kids up…

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Non-Pool Toys that are Perfect for the Pool

By Karissa Tunis Our family loves hanging out at the pool, and could literally spend all day (and all evening)…

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20 Things to do with Kids Under $5 in the Sacramento Region

By Michelle Kopkash You don’t need a lot of money to provide a lot of love or make memories with…

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Top Earth Day Celebrations in Our Region

By Michelle Kopkash Earth Day is a special occasion to teach our children about leaving the world a better place.…

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A Museum Without Walls…Memorable Experiences Await Inside & Outside the Railroad Museum

A Smithsonian Affiliate located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, the California State Railroad Museum is a must-visit destination perfect…

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Greater Sacramento’s Best Hoppin’ Celebrations & Egg Hunts

Enjoy this Easter-themed round-up that will have the whole family egg-cited to celebrate the season. *Sometimes plans change, so please…

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JugHead!

By Donna Sangwin, Founder and Executive Director of ReCreate This year to celebrate Earth Day we challenge you to create…

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Is Your Car Seat Keeping Your Child Safe?

By Rob Baquera, Public Information Officer, Roseville Police Department With over 24 million vehicles and more than 170,000 miles of…

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Spring Break Travel Tips for Your Feet and Legs  

How to get the mind-clearing, calorie-burning benefits of movement even while sitting for hours on the plane or in the…

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The Weekend Scoop: Family-Friendly Activities Around Sacramento

Below is a round-up of family-friendly events and activities for the weekend of March 22-24. Enjoy! Friday, March 22 Baby Lapsit…

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Sacramento’s Magnificent Vernal Pool Tours

By Michelle Kopkash The seasonal vernal pools in Northern California display the magnificence of nature at its finest. Most years,…

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Tahoe: 7 Family-Friendly Spots for Snow Play, Ski and Snowboard Lessons

By Michelle Kopkash Wondering where to take your family for the ultimate ski, snowboard or snow play experience? Take a…

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Meet our Cover Kid Search Winner, Ella!

By Shannon Smith Photography by Crystal Jones Photography With an infectious smile that dazzled the camera at our Cover Kid…

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Embracing Impromptu Learning Moments

By Kaleena Amuchastegui Once a self declared “anti-homeschool” mom, I would think: Those parents are certifiably insane to have their…

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“The Having of Wonderful Ideas”… Learning through expedition, exploration, and dead fish

By Becki Robins Twenty-four kids and a handful of parents stand on a rocky island on the ambling Yuba River.…

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Unexpected Homeschooling Benefits (from someone who was homeschooled)

By Vida Mercer Don’t worry, Mom. It will all be worth it. I was on the receiving end of all…

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Teaching Children to Bike Safely

By Rob Baquera, Public Information Officer, Roseville Police Department Spring is in the air. The sun is out, the weather…

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Natural Ways to Get Through Cough and Cold Season

By Bill Sears, MD, America’s Pediatrician There’s never a convenient time for your child to get sick. While missed school…

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Tahoe: 6 Unique Winter Experiences for Families

By Michelle Kopkash Disco Tube at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Families will have a blast disco tubing down snowy lanes…

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How I Accidentally Classified My Son as an English Language Learner

By Sumiti Mehta A few months before my son Atiksh entered Kindergarten (2015), I was filling out his admission form…

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Teen Creates Website to Encourage Budding Writers

next door | by Shannon Smith Meet Akshaj, a 13 year-old who has been writing since he was just four.…

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Tips for Busy Tooth Fairies

An Interview with Miss Meadow, a Tooth Fairy for the Ministry of Molars We talked to Miss Meadow from the…

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Talking About Bullying

By Rob Baquera, Public Information Officer, Roseville Police Department When does teasing become bullying? Some would say teasing is a…

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Identifying Vision Problems in Your Child

By Aaron Barriga Did you know that 80% of what all children learn is purely visual? This indicates that if…

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Don’t Panic About Anxiety: Teach Teens To Navigate Nerves When Anxiousness Strikes

By Christina Katz With so many kids afflicted with anxiety these days, parents are wise to discuss how to manage…

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Making a Difference in a Child’s Life Through Big Brothers Big Sisters

By Michelle Carter Photos by: Memories by Michelle Photography | www.mbymphotos.com Do you remember the adults in your childhood that…

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Toy Rotation: Reduce Toy Clutter in Six Easy Steps

By Sarah Lyons Toy clutter, it’s a problem all parents face. From the toddler years when blocks, push toys and…

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From 1 to 100: Girl Given 1% Chance to Live is Now Ready to Graduate 100%

California Connections Academy @ Ripon Offers Education Without Limitations Elk Grove resident Zoe Deibel, 18, is used to beating the…

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Hooked on Books: Motivate Your Child to Read with Movies this Winter

By Janeen Lewis Pairing books with movies is an easy way to encourage reading during the winter months when it’s…

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15 Ideas for Rainy Day Play

By Shannon Smith We’ve gathered 15 of our favorite ideas for rainy day play that will brighten up even the…

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Keeping Kids Smart & Safe Online

By Rob Baquera, Public Information Officer Roseville Police Department Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Flickr, and Vimeo are just some of…

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Moms & Migraines

By Jennifer Rodgers So many moms out there experience these debilitating headaches, and so many of us find little relief.…

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Is Your Medicine Cabinet Ready for Winter?

Alternative health expert Bryce Wylde advises that you may want to change how you prepare for cold and cough season…

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What I Thought vs. What I Know About Raising Adopted Kids

By Judy M. Miller I love all of my kids-born to me and adopted by me-the same, with consistent limitlessness.…

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Three Things I Didn’t Expect as a New Mom

By Jennifer A. Rodgers When you become a new mom that first year is filled with hard and fast lessons…

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Seven Books to Challenge Kids’ Ideas About Beauty

By Cindy Hudson Every day your kids are exposed to thousands of images that depict how they should define beauty.…

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A Font for Readers with Dyslexia

By Tannya Derby As October is Dyslexia Awareness Month we wanted to share an update on MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing and their…

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Homework Help to the Rescue!

By Lynn Ball Now that school season is back in full swing, classwork, homework, organization, stress and anxiety are pressing…

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With Open Hearts

Foster Parents Talk About Their Journey By Mali Anderson Bringing a foster child into your home, and sharing your time…

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Hit the Reset Button on Your Kids’ Nutrition

…with Healthier On-the-go Meals and Snacks By Esther Blum, Integrative Dietitian and Lifestyle Coach After a summer of fun, sun…

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Smart Start: Tips from Teachers to Kick Off the School Year Right

By Christa Melnyk Hines School bells will soon ring once again. Whether that comes as music to your ears or…

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Back to School Traditions to Start this Year

By Pam Molnar The years seem to pick up speed as your child gets older. One minute they are getting…

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Nurturing Nature in Kids

By Linda Chaiko-Lepley If you’re spending time outdoors with your children and instilling in them a love of nature, give…

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Beat the Summer Heat with These Cool Ideas!

Check out our “Cooler Than a Popsicle” Pinterest board for some excellent activities for the kids during this hot summer…

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An Age-by-Age Guide: How to Teach Money-Saving Tips

By: H. Davis If you’re like most parents, you want to raise responsible children, especially when it comes to finances.…

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Vaping 101

By Christa Melnyk Hines Just as cigarette smoking drops to its lowest level in years, e-cigarette use, a.k.a. “vaping,” is…

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What is Parent-Child Interactive Therapy?

The need-to-know for parents of kids with behavioral challenges. By Michelle Kopkash Frequent tantrums. Non-stop whining. Shows of aggression. Constant…

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Sacramento [is] International

Encourage Kids to Learn a Second Language By Stephen Muff Americans are notorious for not learning another language. Roughly three-quarters…

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Meet Paige… Bringing Imagination to Life Through Art

By Shannon Smith Paige’s mom, Sara recently wrote in to Sacramento Parent to share her daughter’s love of drawing. Paige…

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Garden Markers

By Lady DIY Some of my favorite memories from childhood are times spent helping my mom in our garden. Now…

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How to Keep Children Safe at Summer Pool and Hot Tub Parties

By Sue LaPLante As summer approaches, you might find yourself and your family invited to pool and hot tub parties…

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An Interview with the UC Davis MIND Institute

A Treasure Box of Resources for Neurodevelopmental Disorders By Michelle Kopkash Though Greater Sacramento is known for its Gold Rush…

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Being Mikey’s Dad

By Michael McDonald I remember the day Mikey was born incredibly clearly. As soon as I saw him, my world…

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Benefits of a Sandwich Family

10 Lessons My Kids Learned By Having Papa Live With Us By Jesse Neve Age 52 is too young to…

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Bookmarking the Great Outdoors

By Lady DIY If your kids are anything like mine, a camping trip typically means that we’ll be bringing home…

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Beyond the Shirt & Tie: Gifts for Dad

By Pam Molnar Shopping for Father’s Day is tough. They rarely give us hints and if they want really something,…

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Helping Your Children Cope With Allergies

By Candace Lai The season for sniffles and achoos has arrived. More than 40 percent of U.S. children suffer from…

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Hot Date Destinations

By Michelle Kopkash Dust off your best shoes, slip into your favorite outfit and head out for a romantic date…

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My Meaningful Work as a Stay at Home Mom

By Sumiti Mehta When I made the decision to be a stay at home mom, it was because I wanted…

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Mother’s Day for Every Kind of Mom

By Meagan Ruffing Who doesn’t love a good ole’ fashioned handmade card and an armful of roses? I sure do.…

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Mother’s Day Photo Box

crafty By Lady DIY Over the years, I’ve received all sorts of homemade gifts for Mother’s Day. Without a doubt,…

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Top Tips On Giving Baby a Bath

By Dr. Amy Kim Whether you’ve only been home from the hospital with your tiny bundle of joy for a…

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Sunshine, Angel and Rainbow Babies

By Amber Pryor | Photos: In The Moment Photography by Leila Pregnancy after the loss of a child is a…

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Horse Wonder: Exploring the World ​of Horses

By Diane Turner Maller ​There was a time when it was common place for parents to have at least one…

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Parenting by the Numbers: Word Problems to Show You’re Not Alone

By Kerrie McLoughlin Sometimes when you’re parenting you just don’t have all the answers. Nothing makes sense and things don’t…

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Health Benefits of Summer Camp

By Suzanne Koup-Larsen While it’s not a medical diagnosis, child-advocacy expert Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to…

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Growing Pizzas

By Stephen Muff From the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the Beer Gardens of Deutschland, humans have been trying to…

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Strategies to Cure a Picky Eater

By Kerrie McLoughlin Want to know how parents of young kids can kick the chicken nugget, fruit snack and mac…

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Making Room for Baby: Helping Your Child Adjust to a New Sibling

By Meagan Ruffing There’s nothing more exciting than finding out that you are expecting; again. Thoughts of tiny toes and…

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Get Ready for Rail-Related Family Fun at the Railroad Museum

The California State Railroad Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, is a family-favorite destination perfect…

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​FAQs for Parents Considering Private School Education

By Nora Heston Tarte When it comes to a child’s education, few subjects are more heavily debated. Weighing the benefits…

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More Veggies… Said Hardly Any Kid Ever!

By Chef Chrissy Marie of Fruvey Kids “I DON’T LIKE IT,” echo’s through homes of many families around dinner time—but,…

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Protect Your Child’s Identity

By Carol Wyzinski, Esq. There are so many opportunities for being victims of fraud. Most of us are savvy enough…

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Sacramento Area Schools & Education Resources

Sacramento Makers Academy

Sac Makers Academy is a small, non-traditional, private STEM school, serving grades 6 to 12. In the summertime, we offer…

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French Summer Camp @ the Alliance Française de Sacramento

Give your child a taste of French Cooking and Art! No lectures are allowed here, only interactive learning experiences to…

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A Brighter Child

A large selection of books and educational supplies for parents, teachers and homeschoolers. Visit the website to browse fall classes…

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Adventure Christian School

Private Christian school that will challenge and inspire. Before and after school care. Enrichment programs. STEM, drama, computer programming, web…

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Amazing Animal World

We bring live, exotic animals directly to YOU in an interactive presentation!  We blend entertainment, education and humor to spice…

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Brookfield School

Brookfield preschool strives to “feed the brain” through fun activities that give children the great start they need to be…

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Building Kidz School

2-6 years | FT, PT, drop-in, Infant Centers Coming Soon (Open 6 days a week) Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7am-7pm | Friday,…

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Byers Gymnastics 

Byers Gymnastics Roseville prides itself on their team philosophy of “Raising strong, independent, adults through gymnastics”. They offer preschool, Recreational,…

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California Montessori Project 

California Montessori Project (CMP) CMP is a TK-8 public charter school network with 7 campuses: Sacramento, Orangevale, Fair Oaks, Carmichael,…

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California State Railroad Museum

Larger-than-life engines, hands on fun, and Old Sacramento’s only historical train rides all come together to bring railroad history to…

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Tips for Parents

Top 8 Water Safety Tips From Steve Wallen Swim School

By Kaleb Wallen, Steve Wallen Swim School 1. Enroll In Swim Lessons At Steve Wallen Swim school we believe that…

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Fitting In as a Woman of Color

By Sumiti Mehta I am a brown-skinned woman born and raised in the Indian subcontinent. I have been in the…

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Are You Tribeless?

By Anna Osborn, LMFT One of the favorite parts of my day is being able to pick my kids up…

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Online Exclusives & Featured Blogs

20 Things to do with Kids Under $5 in the Sacramento Region

By Michelle Kopkash You don’t need a lot of money to provide a lot of love or make memories with…

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Top Earth Day Celebrations in Our Region

By Michelle Kopkash Earth Day is a special occasion to teach our children about leaving the world a better place.…

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The Weekend Scoop: Family-Friendly Activities Around Sacramento

Below is a round-up of family-friendly events and activities for the weekend of March 22-24. Enjoy! Friday, March 22 Baby Lapsit…

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Sacramento’s Magnificent Vernal Pool Tours

By Michelle Kopkash The seasonal vernal pools in Northern California display the magnificence of nature at its finest. Most years,…

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Tahoe: 7 Family-Friendly Spots for Snow Play, Ski and Snowboard Lessons

By Michelle Kopkash Wondering where to take your family for the ultimate ski, snowboard or snow play experience? Take a…

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Tahoe: 6 Unique Winter Experiences for Families

By Michelle Kopkash Disco Tube at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Families will have a blast disco tubing down snowy lanes…

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Top 8 Water Safety Tips From Steve Wallen Swim School

By Kaleb Wallen, Steve Wallen Swim School 1. Enroll In Swim Lessons At Steve Wallen Swim school we believe that…

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A Museum Without Walls…Memorable Experiences Await Inside & Outside the Railroad Museum

A Smithsonian Affiliate located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, the California State Railroad Museum is a must-visit destination perfect…

Learn More

Greater Sacramento’s Best Hoppin’ Celebrations & Egg Hunts

Enjoy this Easter-themed round-up that will have the whole family egg-cited to celebrate the season. *Sometimes plans change, so please…

Learn More

Identifying Vision Problems in Your Child

By Aaron Barriga Did you know that 80% of what all children learn is purely visual? This indicates that if…

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Around Town

20 Things to do with Kids Under $5 in the Sacramento Region

By Michelle Kopkash You don’t need a lot of money to provide a lot of love or make memories with…

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Top Earth Day Celebrations in Our Region

By Michelle Kopkash Earth Day is a special occasion to teach our children about leaving the world a better place.…

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A Museum Without Walls…Memorable Experiences Await Inside & Outside the Railroad Museum

A Smithsonian Affiliate located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, the California State Railroad Museum is a must-visit destination perfect…

Read More

Greater Sacramento’s Best Hoppin’ Celebrations & Egg Hunts

Enjoy this Easter-themed round-up that will have the whole family egg-cited to celebrate the season. *Sometimes plans change, so please…

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The Weekend Scoop: Family-Friendly Activities Around Sacramento

Below is a round-up of family-friendly events and activities for the weekend of March 22-24. Enjoy! Friday, March 22 Baby Lapsit…

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Sacramento’s Magnificent Vernal Pool Tours

By Michelle Kopkash The seasonal vernal pools in Northern California display the magnificence of nature at its finest. Most years,…

Read More

Tahoe: 7 Family-Friendly Spots for Snow Play, Ski and Snowboard Lessons

By Michelle Kopkash Wondering where to take your family for the ultimate ski, snowboard or snow play experience? Take a…

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Tahoe: 6 Unique Winter Experiences for Families

By Michelle Kopkash Disco Tube at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Families will have a blast disco tubing down snowy lanes…

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Making a Difference in a Child’s Life Through Big Brothers Big Sisters

By Michelle Carter Photos by: Memories by Michelle Photography | www.mbymphotos.com Do you remember the adults in your childhood that…

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Nurturing Nature in Kids

By Linda Chaiko-Lepley If you’re spending time outdoors with your children and instilling in them a love of nature, give…

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