It’s that time of the year when money is spent and presents are bought, and all the new technology (video game consoles, PS4s, iPads), may leave our pockets a little dented this holiday season. Here are 5 things to do that are under $10, including family events, arts and crafts for children, and things to do with your significant other.
Pop-Up! A Private Collection of 3D Children’s Books featuring Maria Winkler, professor emeritus of art, will be showing at the Pence Gallery in Davis. CSU Sacramento will be presenting her one of a kind 3D pop up books and discuss her collection Dec. 15, 2-3 p.m. This free event can be a great one to attend for children who love to read and see things “come to life.” 212 D Street, Davis.
Another favorite for the children is Dollar Tree! There are plenty of things you can do with cheap craft supplies, if you know what you are doing. Gumdrops (the sugar candies) and toothpicks are all you would need to make a house or stick people. Graham crackers, icing and various candies (skittles, marshmallows, gummy worms, etc.) are perfect for gingerbread houses. And for the nights when it’s raining, nothing beats hot chocolate and s’mores made with graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows.
Fairytale Town will be doing a Winter Wonderland (if weather permits) when the park will be decorated with lights and holiday décor. There will also be arts & crafts and special guests: two of Santa’s reindeer will be visiting on Dec. 14 and 15. Tickets are $5, and children 1 and under are free. This is a perfect event for the whole family.
Fairytale Town will also be hosting a free admission day Dec. 24, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Sacramento libraries hold several weekly events, all free and fun for the whole family, ranging from family movie nights, a tween book club and a “read to a dog” event. Check saclibrary.org for a listing of events.
The key to finding something to do during the holiday season is to know what is out there. Getting creative doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. These five activities will get the family out and hopefully having a great time.