Things to Do: July 2018

July is a big celebration month for us. Both Jonny and Gus' birthdays are this month. We've got a lot going on - but if you are looking for something to do - I've got some suggestions.


July 1: Folsom Pro Rodeo - I haven't been to a rodeo in ages - but if you've got little cowboys and cowgirls - this might be a great place to take them to see real action. I think my kids would LOVE it. Gus might even want to try it... and Lucille would love the horses.

July 4: Arden Park Parade and Festival - There are so many things you could do around town on the 4th of July - but this is still a family favorite. I LOVED decorating my bike for this when I was young and now my kids get to do it. If you around the Arden Park area at all - check it out.

July 6: Lego Mania! - McKinley Park Library has a monthly lego play time - where they provide the legos and you just bring your little builders. It says the provided Duplo Legos too - so this could be a good event for young builders too.

July 11: Concert Series: Mumbo Gumbo - Fairytale town in the evening, listening to music, while the kids run around. What could be better? Mumbo Gumbo is a favorite family-friendly band in the Sacramento area and if you haven't seen them before it is worth checking out.

July 14: Peach Festival (Folsom) - It is the time of year for peaches in the Sacramento Valley - so it seems fitting that the local farmers' markets are having some peach festivals. This one is at the Folsom Farmers' Market (stay tuned for more on one at the Carmichael Park Farmers' Market next month!)

July 21: Maidu Summer Village Tour - You can see the Maidu village set up at Effie Yeaw Nature Center anytime, but on this day you can learn a little more and check out activities and crafts. This is one of their amazing free weekend events. Worth checking out the whole calendar if you can't make this one.

July 21: Autism/sensory-friendly Movie Night (Arden-Demick) - While this is advertised at an autism-friendly movie night - it is great for any kids who would want to see "Wrinkle in Time" or just can't always make it through a movie. The lights won't be all the way off and the noise won't be too loud for kids with sensory issues -- kids aren't expected to stay seated the whole time and there will be figet toys! Sounds like a perfect movie night for my kids.

Hope everyone has a great July! And if I forgot an event we shouldn't miss - be sure to leave the info in the comments!

Ellen Martin

I'm a west-coast mama of two little ones, 15 months apart. This is our family story with reviews and recommendations along the way. Thanks for joining our journey.

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