July 12, 2013

This Weekend With Kids

What a pretty weekend it's shaping up to be! I'm really excited to get out and do something fun with the girls. Unfortunately, our 4-month-old is in the throes of a tragic sleep backslide, waking up grumbly and grouchy two, sometimes, three times a night. I don't remember this happening with our first, and, oh, man, it's a bummer. Are you familiar with the so-called "4-month sleep regression?" Did it pass? Quickly? (Please say quickly).

There's lots to do this weekend - if we can manage to get a little sleep. Here are some of the things we're thinking about (as we yawn and pace the hall):

California State Fair
Alice loves farm animals to begin with, and she's even more interested now that we're right in the middle of Charlotte's Web. What lucky timing! This is the state fair's opening weekend - it runs through July 28 at Cal Expo in Sacramento. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $12 for general-admission guests, $10 for visitors 62 and older, $8 for kids 5-12, and free for children up to age 4. Parking is another $10. Find more information and a daily schedule of events at the Fair's website. (P.S. News10 is hosting a ticket contest!)

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition
As part of its Second Saturdays for Families series, the Haggin Museum is hosting a football skills competition from 10 a.m. to noon at Victory Park on Saturday. The competition is free and open to children ages 6 to 15. A waiver and age verification are required. The top finishers in each of 10 age groups at this local competition will advance to a sectional round with the possibility of further competition. The football event coincides with "Pro Football and the American Spirit," an exhibition currently on display at the Haggin.

Radio Disney at Stonecreek Village Shopping Center
Free summer concerts at Stonecreek Village continue with Radio Disney: Magic of Healthy Living, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Come for music, games and prizes for kids.

Critter Corral
Visit and pet a variety of farm animals every weekend through September 1 in the San Joaquin County Historical Museum at Micke Grove Regional Park. Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Critter Corral is free with regular museum admission: $5 for adults, $4 for teens and $2 for kids ages 6 to 12. Don't forget the parking fee, which is $6 on weekends.

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