It is fun to have fun at Seussical the Musical

Jason Graae as the Cat in the Hat. Photo by Kevin Graft.

As we streamed through the front gates of the Wells Fargo Pavillion, my 9-year-old daughter and I were giddy with anticipation for the opening performance of Music CircusSeussical. The welcoming courtyard with fountain added just the right ambiance to assure us that we were going to have a wonderful time.

Once seated, we noticed the stage set up was simple, yet impressive; there was a giant red and white striped Cat in the Hat hat, placed in the center of the round stage. As soon as the show started, you were quickly drawn into the whimsical world of all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters. The main theme for Seussical is “a person’s a person no matter how small,” but there are many, many other familiar messages hidden throughout the show as well. My daughter loved the story line; she was especially impressed when Horton the Elephant saved the Who’s in the end of the play. Young actor Josh Davis and his wonderful voice were truly impressive.

Josh Davis as JoJo. Photo by Kevin Graft.

While this was not the first time we’ve seen Seussical, we were delighted to see that Music Circus had added a few embellishments of its own to the musical. Having the moving stage in the middle of the room, like a circus arena, made the performance very intimate and gave everyone in the audience a great view of the stage.

All in all, Seussical is a whimsically fun treat for people of all ages. Seeing audience members from ages 4 to 84 reminded me that Dr. Seuss’ stories are just as relevant today as they were when first published.

Seussical takes over the Wells Fargo Pavilion through July 17. For tickets and showtimes, visit the musical’s listing on Sacramento365.

Note: If you and your little one are planning to snack, head to the concession stands before the show (treats are welcome inside the theater during performances.) The 20-minute intermission gives you enough time to stand in line to purchase food, or run to the restroom, but probably not both.

This blog post was written by Sacramento Kids contributor Ida Christian.


Sports365: Off With a Bang


This month is loaded with fun sports happenings in the heat. Luckily for you, I’ve rounded up the best events in this month’s Sports365! Whether you want to see our country’s top young athletes, do some tailgating, stretch out, or take a moonlit ride, Sacramento has got you covered!

Sacramento will host the 50th Annual Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships at the end of the month from July 25-31 at Sacramento State. This event has hosted many of America’s past Olympians and maybe even a few who should be competing in Rio this summer.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Only the best-of-the-best young athletes, ages 7-18, are invited to participate, so you’ll get a chance to see world-class athletes growing into their potential.

Hurdles, shot put, long jump, and more; what more could you ask for? Whether you don’t know a thing about track and field or you’re a relay running fiend, there’s something for everyone. This weekend will be the perfect opportunity to enjoy great performances, nice weather, newly renovated facilities, and a great community of fans and family.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

If you want to get more involved in the championships, but weren’t invited to compete (or are just too old like me) then make sure to join the Sac Event Crew. This dedicated group of volunteers will get up and close to the action and make sure that the events run smoothly.

For more information about this event, click here.

Party, Play, and Philanthropy:
If the track and field championships are too competitive for you, then check out these more lighthearted events.

Sacramento PRO Rugby Tailgate
Woodlake Park
July 9
Nothing goes better with sports than a great party! This is your chance to join the first official Sacramento Express tailgate and score discount tickets to the game!

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Express

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Express

The Beer Yogis
Yolo Brewing Co.
July 21
I’ve always wanted to get into yoga, but never quite had the guts to try it out. Now, I’ve got the chance to partake in a little liquid courage while working on my flexibility. Sounds perfect!

Photo courtesy of the Beer Yogis

Photo courtesy of the Beer Yogis

Lunar Lunacy
Capitol Mall Greens
July 23
Riding your bike is always fun, but cruising with hundreds of others under the glow of the moon really kicks up the excitement. Plus, you’ll help raise funds for local charities!

Photo courtesy of Lunar Lunacy

Photo courtesy of Lunar Lunacy

Check back with Sports365 in August to see what activities I am most excited for…or plan ahead on your own by checking out’s Sports page!

***This blog was written by Sacramento365’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

Celebrate Pops this Father’s Day Weekend

Father's Train

Photo courtesy of Sacramento RiverTrain.

This Sunday it’s time to cheer for Sacramento’s doting dads and fabulous father figures! June 19 is Father’s Day, so why not give the men in your life — and maybe even yourself — a much needed day (or weekend) of fun. has curated a short list of local outings that’ll help you give thanks all weekend long:

For the real-life superhero:
Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento
Sacramento Convention Center; Fri 3pm-8pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Think your daddy-io has super powers? Let him show them off this weekend at the region’s ultimate gathering of sci-fi and animation fans!

For the foodie father:
Father’s Day BBQ Train
Sacramento RiverTrain; Sun 10am-1pm
Memories make the best gifts, so give the men in your life a Father’s Day adventure they won’t forget with a ride aboard the RiverTrain. Plus, they will appreciate the momentary break in BBQ duties!

The Great Race

Photo courtesy of Great Race.

For the auto aficionado:
Dad’s Day at Denio’s
Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet; Sat 10am-2pm
Celebrate early and bring the father’s in your life to Roseville for classic cars, craft beers, live music, and hand-dipped corn dogs!

Great Race
Old Sacramento; Sat ~5:15pm-8pm
See 120 of the world’s finest collector cars as they make a pit stop in the historic district; these classics will be making their way to Moline, Illinois along the famous Lincoln Highway.

Father’s Day Celebration at the California Automobile Museum
California Automobile Museum; Sun 10am-5pm
Along with receiving free admission, dads of all ages can take a free ride in one of the riverside museum’s hottest cars. Other automotive treats will be on hand to show ’em how much they mean to you!

For the sports lover:
Maddbacker Celebrity Basketball Game
Sleep Train Arena; Fri 7pm
Does he love hoops? Take him out to celebrity game brings together 30 current and former professional athletes from around the country and includes many sports heroes from the greater Sacramento area.

Sacramento Republic FC v. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
Bonney Field; Sat 8pm-10pm
Although Sacramento isn’t near the Copa América action, you can still see live soccer action this Saturday night! Their games are always action packed and fun.

Sacramento River Cats v. El Paso Chihuahua
Raley Field; Sun 1:05pm
Join the River Cats as they celebrate all things dad this Father’s Day! As well as peanuts, and Cracker Jack, families can enjoy a special pre-game barbecue.

To find even more Father’s Day festivities, visit the Holiday Events page. However you decide to celebrate the day, we hope you have a wonderful weekend!

***This blog post was written by’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Sports365: Clash of Nations


Summer is really here and whether you want to heat up your competitive spirit or cool off and have some fun, our Content Specialist Dylan Fisher has found the perfect blend of sports fun for all.

This June I’ll be kicking back, staying cool, and watch the professionals show off their athletic prowess. No matter what you’re into, there’s sure to be something for you in this month’s Sports365 roundup!

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

This month, the USA Rugby Eagles return to Bonney Field to take on Russia in a friendly match (as friendly as rugby can be). This will be the Eagles last match of the summer, so you won’t want to miss your chance to chant “U-S-A.”

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

More importantly, the Eagles will be defending two unbeaten streaks in this match. The Eagles have never lost a match at Bonney Field (beating Canada and Japan in 2015) and will defend a six-game win streak against the Russians — in fact, they’ve never lost to them!

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

And if you’re a fan of our local Pro Rugby squad, the Sacramento Express, then you can also root for our home squad’s Olive Kilifi as he helps defend our nation’s honor. Don’t miss your chance to cheer on the Eagles as they soar to another victory against Russia! For more information about this match, click here.

More Playtime:
If your itch still hasn’t been scratched, then check out these fun local sporting events.

Paddle 4 D.A.R.T.
Crawdad’s River Cantina
June 11
Help raise funds for D.A.R.T. (Drowning Accident Rescue Team) by testing your balance on a stand-up paddleboard.

Photo courtesy of D.A.R.T.

Photo courtesy of D.A.R.T.

Maddbacker Celebrity Basketball Game
June 17
Sleep Train Arena
Basketball returns to Sleep Train Arena with a celebrity game featuring many prominent sports figures, including Terrell Owens and Mark Cuban!

Photo courtesy of Maddbacker Celebrity Basketball Game

Photo courtesy of Maddbacker Celebrity Basketball Game

California Storm vs. Primero de Mayo
June 18
Elk Grove High School
June is the month for soccer! Check out Sacramento’s amateur women’s soccer team as they take on Primero de Mayo.

Photo courtesy of the California Storm

Photo courtesy of the California Storm

Check back with Sports365 in July to see what activities I am most excited foror plan ahead on your own by checking out’s Sports page!

***This blog was written by’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

Sports365: Pedal Powered Fun


May is Bike Month and that means the region is abuzz about all things bicycle. Content Specialist Dylan Fisher will give you the lowdown on ways you can rack up your cycling miles throughout the month!

If two-wheeling it isn’t your jam, then there are some really fun events for those who prefer to keep their legs on the ground…and in the water!

This May is full of some of the biggest, most creative, and fun active events all year long. Whether you want to grab the handlebars or watch the experts showcase their skills, there’s something for everyone in this month’s Sports365.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

The AMGEN Tour of California returns to Sacramento this May. This year, instead of kicking off the festivities, the statewide race will conclude in the River City. After pedaling over 90 miles in scenic Sacramento, a new champion will be crowned on the steps of the Capitol. No matter the outcome, the AMGEN Tour is a wildly fun experience for the entire family.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Going to the AMGEN Tour of California has become something of a tradition for my family, we’ve watched the race from the sidelines for almost a decade. While we may not be on the same level as the pros, it’s very fun to see the pinnacle of biking in action. The peloton  (a group of cyclists) itself is a sight to be seen and heard: the hum of riders approaching is louder than a swarm of hornets, but at the bat of an eyelash, hundreds of riders will disappear from sight.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

The Fishers will also be stepping up our engagement to more than just watching the race; we’ll be a part of it (sort of). The Sutter Health Community Ride allows the community to ride “alongside” the pros to get an up-close glimpse of what it takes to be a world-class cyclist. The most exciting part about this ride is the finisher’s party that lets you take part of the celebration at the AMGEN Tour of California finish line…and you’ll get to log all those miles on your May is Bike Month account!

If you don’t want to miss a minute of AMGEN Tour of California action, makes sure to stop by at one of the official viewing parties located at 3 Fires Lounge, Cafeteria 15L, Federalist Public House, Firestone Public House, Hook & Ladder, Hot Italian, Iron Horse Tavern, KBAR, Mix, and R15.

Race to the Finish:
If cycling isn’t your sport, then be sure to check out these other racing events.

National Beer Mile
Raley Field
May 14
Exercise and drink at the same time this Saturday! Can you beat the record of 4:47? Probably not, but everyone should attempt this challenging mile at least once!

Photo courtesy of National Beer Mile

Photo courtesy of National Beer Mile

Niello BMW Corporate Run 3.1
Capitol Mall Greens
May 26
Gather up your co-workers and bond during Sacramento’s largest office party! After sweating it out during the 3.1-mile course, hang out at the Corporate Village afterparty!

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commision

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships 2016
Sacramento State Aquatic Center
May 27-29
See the pinnacle of NCAA Women’s Rowing right here in Sacramento!

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Sports Commission

Check back with Sports365 in June to see what activities I am most excited for or plan ahead on your own by checking out’s Sports tab.

***This blog was written by’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

NEWSIES Gives You Something to Believe In

Newsies, a Disney Theatrical Production under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Newsies, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein, starring Dan Deluca (Jack Kelly), Steve Blanchard (Joseph Pulitzer), Stephanie Styles (Katherine Plumber), Angela Grovey (Medda), Jacob Kemp (Davey), Zachary Sayle (Crutchie), Anthony Rosenthal or Vincent Crocilla (Les) and Matthew J. Schechter (Les) under the direction of Jeff Calhoun, choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, North American Tour premiere Thursday October 30 Philadelphia

Newsies, “the ragtag raggamuffins” with heart. ©Disney. Photo by Deen van Meer.

I am always down to see a musical, but I must admit when first getting the assignment to see Disney’s NEWSIES, I was a little confounded. The premise of the musical from outward appearances is odd; what would compel someone to write a musical based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899? Having not seen the cult 1992 movie of the same name, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Was the musical going to be Les Misérables set in NYC? Did I need to brush up on my history to understand its plot? Luckily, having an open mind paid off. Using my best Brooklyn accent, I can say that Disney’s NEWSIES was a delight “for shoire.”

The family-friendly musical is evergreen, detailing a feel-good story of David versus Goliath. Inspired by New York’s trolley strikes at the time, newsboy Jack Kelly and his gang of friends, affectionately called “newsies”, form a union when New York publishing kingpins raise distribution prices at their expense. Through rallies, a few fights, and the power of words, the boys successfully defeat corporate greed.

Along with touching upon the subjects of child labor laws and workers’ rights, the musical pokes fun of fame, the one-percent, and what today we call “clickbait” news. (There was even a musical number on the writing process, something to which I can relate!) It turns out, as mentioned tongue-and-cheekily by the youngest newsie, “theatre is entertaining and educational!”

The musical also shines because of its cast. While characters Jack Kelly (played by Joey Barreiro) and Katherine (played by Morgan Keene) give us “Something to Believe In,” the entire company blows you away with its talent; these young actors carry a tune through flips, tap dance numbers, playing the spoons, and even when swiveling on newspapers. Adding to the theatre magic was its impressive set. The stage, consisting of large maneuverable steel stairwells grew in size, replicating tenant homes, rooftops, and skyscrapers at the change of a curtain.

See this underdog story now through Sunday, April 17. A limited number of tickets are still available. For ticket show times and prices, visit the show’s page here.

Want more musicals in your life? Season tickets for the 2016-2017 Broadway Sacramento season are now on sale. For more details, click here.

***This blog post was written by’s Content and Social Media Coordinator Jamila B. Khan.

3 Reasons Families Love the Sacramento Food Film Festival

Sacramento Food Film Festival

Photo by Erin Alderson

Looking for a fun and educational event for the whole family? Look no further than the Sacramento Food Film Festival, taking place April 7-16. The festival pairs films with the best chefs in town resulting in delicious food and fun for all!

For those of you still unconvinced, here are three reasons to bring your family to this year’s festival:

1. It’s fun!

Enjoy a kid-friendly event fit for all of the spaghetti lovers in your family. Kids and adults alike will dine on a spaghetti dinner prepared by chefs Randall Selland and Ravin Patel of Selland Family Restaurants. You and your family can join Flint Lockwood as he develops new technologies to save humankind from oversized fruits and vegetables in the film, Cloudy with a Chances of Meatballs 2. For more event information, click here.

2. It’s educational!

On Tuesday, April 12th, join the Food Literacy Center for Open Sesame, a free event where your whole family can learn about the importance of seeds! In partnership with America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, Slow Food Sacramento, Valley Vision, UC Davis, and the Sacramento Public Library, the Center will screen Open Sesame, a thought-provoking film about the importance and impact of saving heirloom and open-pollination seeds on our health, environment, and economy. Following the documentary, local experts will discuss what we can do to save seeds locally.

3. It’s for a great cause!

You can have fun while supporting a watercress wonderful cause! Food Literacy Center’s mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. They teach low-income elementary children cooking and nutrition to improve our health, environment and economy.

Funds from these events will help the Food Literacy Center teach low-income children cooking, nutrition, and healthy food habits that will last a lifetime. So come help make the 2016 Sacramento Food Film Festival a celery success!

For the full festival schedule and ticket information, visit its event page.

This blog post was written by Food Literacy Center Community Relations Officer Melissa A. Granville.