Sacramento, California, is the capital of the Golden State and a perfect place to learn about the California Gold Rush at Sutter's Fort or visit historic Old Town. But if you think your baby will snooze through a history lesson, don't worry. From art to music and outdoor activities, Sacramento offers plenty of entertaining options for your baby.
Bond with your little one to music during a Kindermusik class held at the Music and My Child Studio (musicandmychild.com). Babies from birth to 18 months can join in activities that will stimulate all of their senses through instrument play, dance and together time. Another music class suited for infants and babies is held at Gymboree (gymboreeclasses.com). The class introduces many styles of music, and each child explores rhythm and beat while socializing with other babies.
Babies will enjoy the sights and sounds on a day trip to the Sacramento Zoo (saczoo.org). With an adult's help, young ones can visit The Conservation Carousel. Each animal on the carousel is hand-carved, and all ticket sales support education programs, animal exhibits and conservation awareness. Fairytale Town (fairytaletown.org) gives Sacramento residents and visitors a place to see life-size representations of their favorite fairytale characters. The colors will wow babies, and older siblings can interact with the characters and animals.
Summer days in Sacramento can be sweltering. When parents want a free activity to help cool everyone off, they should check out Swantson Park (morpd.com/parks/swanston_park). Their splash park is available for all ages throughout the summer. A quieter option may be Seely Park (fecrecpark.com/Seely.htm), which also has a splash pad. Raging Waters at Cal Expo (rwsac.com) is open all summer and has something for everyone, too. Babies can crawl and splash in the Hook’s Lagoon children’s play area.
Art is messy, but at Art Beast Studio (artbeaststudio.com), messy is the goal. The studio is set up for arts exploration specifically with kids from birth to 6 years old. Shelves are stocked with paint, glitter, felt, safety scissors and every other supply you can imagine. Babies can sit on an adult's lap and have at it. During weekly Baby and Me Music and Art classes, the teacher begins with a story, and then participants will enjoy instruments, dancing and art.