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During the summer months, I crave all the summer things, watermelon, agua frescas, and beach days! Since I am trying to eat low carb/keto I try and limit my watermelon intake because I could eat an entire watermelon by myself. I also had to try and make a low-carb keto-friendly Agua Fresca de Pepino which is a refreshing cucumber lime drink. 

This drink was super easy to make and taste just like a regular homemade Agua Fresca de Pepino. I also love this drink recipe because it calls for just a few ingredients.  

Ingredients:

3 Cucumbers

2 Lemons

4 Limes

1/2 to 1 Cup of Low Carb Sweetener of your choice

How to Make:

Peeling the cucumber is up to your liking, I peeled them about halfway, save 1/4 of one of the cumbers for garnish or feel free to use all three in the blender.

Juice the two lemons into the blender, use a strainer to keep the seeds out.

Cut the limes in half, and I also tried to cut off some of the skin, leaving some skin on.

Toss into the blender the chopped cucumbers and 4 limes add 1 cup of water and blend. I used my Ninja Blender which I love, it did a wonderful job of blending everything. 

In a pitcher pour in the strained blended cucumber, and lime juice, reserve some of the pulp, if you like pulp, you can add some back in. I added a  large spoonful of the pulp back in.

Add in 1/2 cup of low-carb sweetener of your choice.  I say start with a 1/2 cup and then increase to a cup depending on how sweet you like it. 

Add in 4 cups of water and 4 cups of ice, stir and serve!

I love Tajin, so I put Tajin on the outer rim of my mason jar.  Rubbed the rim of the mason jar with a lime and then dipped it into the Tajin, on a plate.   

A couple of notes, I was happy with using only 1/2 cup of the sweetener, but since this was also for my kiddos, they thought it was too tart and wanted it sweeter so I ended up using 1 cup of sweetener.

You could also use only limes, I just used the two lemons because I already had them on hand. I will say I think the lemon juice helps balance out the tartness when using limes only. 

This will definitely be my go-to drink all summer long, so easy to make and so refreshing. Pour me a glass of this low-carb Agua Fresca de Pepino alongside some keto-friendly tacos or fajitas and you will find one happy mama. 

You can see a video of this refreshing Agua Fresca de Pepino being made on our TikTok and on our Instagram

Agua Fresca de Pepino Recipe - Low-Carb Keto-Friendly Version

During the summer months, I crave all the summer things, watermelon, agua frescas, and beach days! Since I am trying to eat low carb/keto I try and limit my watermelon intake because I could eat an entire watermelon by myself. I also had to try and make a low-carb keto-friendly Agua Fresca de Pepino which is a refreshing cucumber lime drink. 

This drink was super easy to make and taste just like a regular homemade Agua Fresca de Pepino. I also love this drink recipe because it calls for just a few ingredients.  

Ingredients:

3 Cucumbers

2 Lemons

4 Limes

1/2 to 1 Cup of Low Carb Sweetener of your choice

How to Make:

Peeling the cucumber is up to your liking, I peeled them about halfway, save 1/4 of one of the cumbers for garnish or feel free to use all three in the blender.

Juice the two lemons into the blender, use a strainer to keep the seeds out.

Cut the limes in half, and I also tried to cut off some of the skin, leaving some skin on.

Toss into the blender the chopped cucumbers and 4 limes add 1 cup of water and blend. I used my Ninja Blender which I love, it did a wonderful job of blending everything. 

In a pitcher pour in the strained blended cucumber, and lime juice, reserve some of the pulp, if you like pulp, you can add some back in. I added a  large spoonful of the pulp back in.

Add in 1/2 cup of low-carb sweetener of your choice.  I say start with a 1/2 cup and then increase to a cup depending on how sweet you like it. 

Add in 4 cups of water and 4 cups of ice, stir and serve!

I love Tajin, so I put Tajin on the outer rim of my mason jar.  Rubbed the rim of the mason jar with a lime and then dipped it into the Tajin, on a plate.   

A couple of notes, I was happy with using only 1/2 cup of the sweetener, but since this was also for my kiddos, they thought it was too tart and wanted it sweeter so I ended up using 1 cup of sweetener.

You could also use only limes, I just used the two lemons because I already had them on hand. I will say I think the lemon juice helps balance out the tartness when using limes only. 

This will definitely be my go-to drink all summer long, so easy to make and so refreshing. Pour me a glass of this low-carb Agua Fresca de Pepino alongside some keto-friendly tacos or fajitas and you will find one happy mama. 

You can see a video of this refreshing Agua Fresca de Pepino being made on our TikTok and on our Instagram

The brand NEW Leatherby's Family Creamery in Lincoln, CA is now OPEN!!!! We have been anxiously awaiting this brand new location.  We were so excited to attend a soft opening this past weekend and enjoy some of our family favorites.  

This brand new location is located at 610 Twelve Bridges Drive in Lincoln, CA.  It is absolutely beautiful inside and out.  There are outdoor tables and plenty of seating indoors.  They are well prepared with three entrances, the main entrance, a to-go- entrance, and a Deliver/App Order Entrance, talk about efficiency.  

Leatherby's is locally owned and is known for giving back to our local schools and communities.  They have three other locations, Arden, Elk Grove, and Citrus Heights.  It gives you that old-fashioned ice cream parlour vibe, everyone is so friendly and we absolutely love it every time we visit.

Leatherby's has become the place we love to celebrate, birthdays, special achievements from school, or soccer and it is one of our favorite places for date night.  My husband and I actually had one of our very first dates at the Arden Leatherby's and shared one of their HUGE banana splits. 

I love their Chicken BBQ Ranch Salad, and our lovely waiter let me know you can also order it with tri-tip! I will definitely have to do that on our next visit.  This salad is HUGE just like their ice cream creations.

At least one of my kiddos usually orders a milkshake, which I love how they are like the old-fashioned milkshakes where you get a glass and extra in the metal tin.  My youngest usually goes with the Jamie's Clown Sundae, it is so adorable.  On this visit, we also ordered some kids' chicken tender meals and a Black and White Sundae.

We also had to buy their famous caramel and chocolate sauce to take home for home creations, so delicious.

If you are in the Lincoln area, you are going to LOVE having Leatherby's in your neighborhood and if you are in the Sacramento area, this beautiful location is worth the drive! 

Leatherby's often has specials and deals, so be sure to follow them on social media to be the first to know of deals on Instagram and Facebook.  

NEW Leatherby's Family Creamery Now Open in Lincoln, CA

The brand NEW Leatherby's Family Creamery in Lincoln, CA is now OPEN!!!! We have been anxiously awaiting this brand new location.  We were so excited to attend a soft opening this past weekend and enjoy some of our family favorites.  

This brand new location is located at 610 Twelve Bridges Drive in Lincoln, CA.  It is absolutely beautiful inside and out.  There are outdoor tables and plenty of seating indoors.  They are well prepared with three entrances, the main entrance, a to-go- entrance, and a Deliver/App Order Entrance, talk about efficiency.  

Leatherby's is locally owned and is known for giving back to our local schools and communities.  They have three other locations, Arden, Elk Grove, and Citrus Heights.  It gives you that old-fashioned ice cream parlour vibe, everyone is so friendly and we absolutely love it every time we visit.

Leatherby's has become the place we love to celebrate, birthdays, special achievements from school, or soccer and it is one of our favorite places for date night.  My husband and I actually had one of our very first dates at the Arden Leatherby's and shared one of their HUGE banana splits. 

I love their Chicken BBQ Ranch Salad, and our lovely waiter let me know you can also order it with tri-tip! I will definitely have to do that on our next visit.  This salad is HUGE just like their ice cream creations.

At least one of my kiddos usually orders a milkshake, which I love how they are like the old-fashioned milkshakes where you get a glass and extra in the metal tin.  My youngest usually goes with the Jamie's Clown Sundae, it is so adorable.  On this visit, we also ordered some kids' chicken tender meals and a Black and White Sundae.

We also had to buy their famous caramel and chocolate sauce to take home for home creations, so delicious.

If you are in the Lincoln area, you are going to LOVE having Leatherby's in your neighborhood and if you are in the Sacramento area, this beautiful location is worth the drive! 

Leatherby's often has specials and deals, so be sure to follow them on social media to be the first to know of deals on Instagram and Facebook.  

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Placer County Healthy Brain Initiative. Although our family partakes in sponsored posts, I always share about things that are near and dear to my heart and benefit our community.  

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. One thing I know for sure is when you are experiencing a health issue, or have a loved one facing a health issue, you need all the support you can get.  I frequently encourage people to ask for help! There is strength in community, from reaching your goals to health battles it is essential that we remind each other, "you are not alone".  If you are a Placer County Resident there is a Placer County Healthy Brain Initiative with a ton of tools and resources just for YOU!

The Placer County Healthy Brain Initiative will ensure that all residents with dementia, related cognitive impairments, and their caregivers have access to the necessary supports and resources so they may remain independent and fulfilled in their community. 

Please share this post with friends and family and help spread awareness of the support that is available.  Visit the Placer County website and you will find links to articles, contacts and phone numbers to help support you and those you love. Here are just a few of the many topics: Getting Help with Alzheimer's Caregiving, Family Approach to Caregiving, Resources for Caregivers, Placer County Care Partner Support Groups, Caregiver Wellness Tips and so much more.  

You'll find a social media post that is easy to share on our TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  Thank you for your support, I sincerely appreciate every like, comment and share!

June Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month | Placer County Healthy Brain Initiative

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Placer County Healthy Brain Initiative. Although our family partakes in sponsored posts, I always share about things that are near and dear to my heart and benefit our community.  

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. One thing I know for sure is when you are experiencing a health issue, or have a loved one facing a health issue, you need all the support you can get.  I frequently encourage people to ask for help! There is strength in community, from reaching your goals to health battles it is essential that we remind each other, "you are not alone".  If you are a Placer County Resident there is a Placer County Healthy Brain Initiative with a ton of tools and resources just for YOU!

The Placer County Healthy Brain Initiative will ensure that all residents with dementia, related cognitive impairments, and their caregivers have access to the necessary supports and resources so they may remain independent and fulfilled in their community. 

Please share this post with friends and family and help spread awareness of the support that is available.  Visit the Placer County website and you will find links to articles, contacts and phone numbers to help support you and those you love. Here are just a few of the many topics: Getting Help with Alzheimer's Caregiving, Family Approach to Caregiving, Resources for Caregivers, Placer County Care Partner Support Groups, Caregiver Wellness Tips and so much more.  

You'll find a social media post that is easy to share on our TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  Thank you for your support, I sincerely appreciate every like, comment and share!

Disclosure: Throughout our blog, we share local events and businesses that we are often hosted at. Although our family is hosted at events and attractions in exchange for my time and efforts in attending and reporting my opinion within this blog, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

Are you looking for activities to enjoy with your family this summer? Do you have or know children that love animals? Plan an adventure to SeaQuest in Folsom, CA. Located in the Palladio at Broadstone shopping area, our family had the pleasure of visiting recently and we built memories sure to last a lifetime. This was not our first visit to SeaQuest, we were pleasantly surprised by NEW interactions such as the Fishy Kisses experience. 

Have you ever seen those fish tanks where people place their feet in them? That is the Fishy Kisses Experience! We were full of giggles, as we are all quite ticklish, after the first ticklish moments, it is quite relaxing! 

SeaQuest is such a unique interactive learning experience! You'll learn about all types of animals, sea creatures, birds, fish and so much more.  As a parent, I was really impressed by how much discovery and learning takes place, our kiddos were able to ask a ton of questions. Ranging in age from 6 to 14 our boys were fascinated by each animal they didn't realize they were also learning. You really become immersed so much more than most zoos or aquariums because of the ability to touch, pet, feed, and interact at each exhibit.


At SeaQuest you will see, touch, and feed all sorts of fish, birds, rabbits, a giant tortoise, Sydney the Sloth,  and of course as the name SeaQuest indicates a variety of other sea creatures.  On this visit, two of our boys swam with Sting Rays and sharks, such a unique experience. They put on wet suits and climbed in the Sting Ray tank to snorkel and even come up close with a baby great white shark. 


We loved feeding the playful Sea Otters, they will eat pieces of fish right from your hand! We also LOVED feeding the adorable Sydney the Sloth and the Sassy Porcupine. So fun learning about each of the animals' habitats and personalities.


Conveniently located, SeaQuest immerses you in a complete world of adventure. With exhibits packed to the gills with flashy fish, brightly-colored birds, riveting reptiles and more, it’s a splash of adventure for families and kids of all ages.

There are themed rooms that you walk in such as the Amazon Rainforest room, The Fantasy Caves of New Zealand, The Egyptian Desert Room, Caribbean Cove and more.   Throughout the rooms, you will find signs with cool facts such as "Creature Feature" and "Where in the World?" information.  Some signs and TV's feature slides with "Did You Know?" facts and information about the exhibit. 

Summer break is a great time to visit, it is indoors, a great way to escape the Sacramento heat.  I do recommend scheduling a tour, especially if you plan on doing some of the extra experiences such as Fishy Kisses, or Swimming with Sting Rays.    All of the tour guides are so informative, friendly, and helpful.  

We stayed for about four hours, my kiddos could have wandered through as long as I would have let them.  You can purchase tokens to purchase food to feed the animals.  If you take a tour, some tokens will be provided for you.  

Admission Prices:
Save money by purchasing online, these prices below are the on-line prices.
Children 2 and under are free.
Ages 2-11 $11.99
Ages 12+ $16.99
Ages 55+ / Military $14.99

Buy your feeding tokens ahead of time online and save as well!

Hours of Operation: 
Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM
Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM
Phone (916) 673-9972  

Location:
SeaQuest is located at 430 Palladio Parkway #1801, Folsom, CA 95630.

You can also purchase Annual Passports with unlimited admission.  SeaQuest has Birthday Party and private event packages.  They have a private party room available.  They also have Summer Camps scheduled.  

To purchase tickets  and for more information visit https://folsom.visitseaquest.com/

SeaQuest is home to approximately 1200 animals of 300 different species! Each SeaQuest has different animals, and our animals change from time to time. You can expect to see stingrays, sharks, turtles, snakes, lizards, and birds, among the many animals that call SeaQuest home. Check out the "Discover" section of the website for the location you plan to visit and learn more about the exhibits and animals you can expect to find.

Follow SeaQuest on Social Media at:
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeaQuestFolsom/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/seaquestfolsom/
Twitter https://twitter.com/seaquestusa

Thank you for reading you can check out videos of our adventure on our TikTok and YouTube Channel.  We appreciate every like, comment, and share! 

Swim with Sting Rays and feed Sloths at Sea Quest in Folsom, CA

Disclosure: Throughout our blog, we share local events and businesses that we are often hosted at. Although our family is hosted at events and attractions in exchange for my time and efforts in attending and reporting my opinion within this blog, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

Are you looking for activities to enjoy with your family this summer? Do you have or know children that love animals? Plan an adventure to SeaQuest in Folsom, CA. Located in the Palladio at Broadstone shopping area, our family had the pleasure of visiting recently and we built memories sure to last a lifetime. This was not our first visit to SeaQuest, we were pleasantly surprised by NEW interactions such as the Fishy Kisses experience. 

Have you ever seen those fish tanks where people place their feet in them? That is the Fishy Kisses Experience! We were full of giggles, as we are all quite ticklish, after the first ticklish moments, it is quite relaxing! 

SeaQuest is such a unique interactive learning experience! You'll learn about all types of animals, sea creatures, birds, fish and so much more.  As a parent, I was really impressed by how much discovery and learning takes place, our kiddos were able to ask a ton of questions. Ranging in age from 6 to 14 our boys were fascinated by each animal they didn't realize they were also learning. You really become immersed so much more than most zoos or aquariums because of the ability to touch, pet, feed, and interact at each exhibit.


At SeaQuest you will see, touch, and feed all sorts of fish, birds, rabbits, a giant tortoise, Sydney the Sloth,  and of course as the name SeaQuest indicates a variety of other sea creatures.  On this visit, two of our boys swam with Sting Rays and sharks, such a unique experience. They put on wet suits and climbed in the Sting Ray tank to snorkel and even come up close with a baby great white shark. 


We loved feeding the playful Sea Otters, they will eat pieces of fish right from your hand! We also LOVED feeding the adorable Sydney the Sloth and the Sassy Porcupine. So fun learning about each of the animals' habitats and personalities.


Conveniently located, SeaQuest immerses you in a complete world of adventure. With exhibits packed to the gills with flashy fish, brightly-colored birds, riveting reptiles and more, it’s a splash of adventure for families and kids of all ages.

There are themed rooms that you walk in such as the Amazon Rainforest room, The Fantasy Caves of New Zealand, The Egyptian Desert Room, Caribbean Cove and more.   Throughout the rooms, you will find signs with cool facts such as "Creature Feature" and "Where in the World?" information.  Some signs and TV's feature slides with "Did You Know?" facts and information about the exhibit. 

Summer break is a great time to visit, it is indoors, a great way to escape the Sacramento heat.  I do recommend scheduling a tour, especially if you plan on doing some of the extra experiences such as Fishy Kisses, or Swimming with Sting Rays.    All of the tour guides are so informative, friendly, and helpful.  

We stayed for about four hours, my kiddos could have wandered through as long as I would have let them.  You can purchase tokens to purchase food to feed the animals.  If you take a tour, some tokens will be provided for you.  

Admission Prices:
Save money by purchasing online, these prices below are the on-line prices.
Children 2 and under are free.
Ages 2-11 $11.99
Ages 12+ $16.99
Ages 55+ / Military $14.99

Buy your feeding tokens ahead of time online and save as well!

Hours of Operation: 
Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM
Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM
Phone (916) 673-9972  

Location:
SeaQuest is located at 430 Palladio Parkway #1801, Folsom, CA 95630.

You can also purchase Annual Passports with unlimited admission.  SeaQuest has Birthday Party and private event packages.  They have a private party room available.  They also have Summer Camps scheduled.  

To purchase tickets  and for more information visit https://folsom.visitseaquest.com/

SeaQuest is home to approximately 1200 animals of 300 different species! Each SeaQuest has different animals, and our animals change from time to time. You can expect to see stingrays, sharks, turtles, snakes, lizards, and birds, among the many animals that call SeaQuest home. Check out the "Discover" section of the website for the location you plan to visit and learn more about the exhibits and animals you can expect to find.

Follow SeaQuest on Social Media at:
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeaQuestFolsom/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/seaquestfolsom/
Twitter https://twitter.com/seaquestusa

Thank you for reading you can check out videos of our adventure on our TikTok and YouTube Channel.  We appreciate every like, comment, and share! 

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate discount code, so we may earn a small commission when you make a purchase using our referral code at no additional cost to you. 

Are you looking for ways to SAVE money on family fun? Check out GetOutPass

We were looking at going to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA this summer, so we were excited to see they are one of the many attractions you can visit FREE with the Sacramento/Reno GetOutPass

Bottom line, they are ON SALE right now for Memorial Day Weekend, and you can stack my affiliate discount code for extra savings!!! Use discount code BLOGABOUTITALL and get the GetOutPass Annual Pass for $74.98 (regularly priced at $149.95) which is a 55% SAVINGS!!!

Go to GetOutPass.com and buy your passes this weekend for this extra savings! They have other locations available as well, this is not just for California!

Here are just some of my local favorite attractions included on the Sacramento/Reno GetOutPass there are a ton more!

  • SeaQuest-Folsom (one visit)
  • Strikes Unlimited Bowling - Rocklin (weekly visits, comes with shoe rentals) - this is perfect for Summer weekly fun, I especially love that it comes with shoe rental.
  • Scandia-Sacramento (one round of mini-golf once a month)
  • Jas Laser Tag - Sacramento (1 free game of laser tag)
  • Country Club Lanes Bowling - Sacramento (one visit a month)
  • Midway Paintball - Vacaville (two visits a month)
  • Laughs Unlimited - Sacramento
  • Impact Axe - Rocklin (one visit)
  • Davis Sports Academy - 30 minutes of batting cage time
  • Code Ninjas - Rocklin
  • Way of Escape Axe Throwing - Folsom
  • Flastick Pub - Sacramento (one free round of in-door mini-golf/one time a month)

Find the full list of attractions at GetOutPass.com, be sure to enter BLOGABOUTITALL for extra savings.  You can use this code any time, use it this Memorial Day Weekend to stack on top of this weekends already discounted price!

How it works: You sign up, create a username and password, download the app, present your pass at select venues and get out and create some fun memories!
If you are not already following us on social media, be sure to give us a follow and follow along with our many family adventures with GetOutPass, find us on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

GetOutPass | Get Out jump, play and discover!

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate discount code, so we may earn a small commission when you make a purchase using our referral code at no additional cost to you. 

Are you looking for ways to SAVE money on family fun? Check out GetOutPass

We were looking at going to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA this summer, so we were excited to see they are one of the many attractions you can visit FREE with the Sacramento/Reno GetOutPass

Bottom line, they are ON SALE right now for Memorial Day Weekend, and you can stack my affiliate discount code for extra savings!!! Use discount code BLOGABOUTITALL and get the GetOutPass Annual Pass for $74.98 (regularly priced at $149.95) which is a 55% SAVINGS!!!

Go to GetOutPass.com and buy your passes this weekend for this extra savings! They have other locations available as well, this is not just for California!

Here are just some of my local favorite attractions included on the Sacramento/Reno GetOutPass there are a ton more!

  • SeaQuest-Folsom (one visit)
  • Strikes Unlimited Bowling - Rocklin (weekly visits, comes with shoe rentals) - this is perfect for Summer weekly fun, I especially love that it comes with shoe rental.
  • Scandia-Sacramento (one round of mini-golf once a month)
  • Jas Laser Tag - Sacramento (1 free game of laser tag)
  • Country Club Lanes Bowling - Sacramento (one visit a month)
  • Midway Paintball - Vacaville (two visits a month)
  • Laughs Unlimited - Sacramento
  • Impact Axe - Rocklin (one visit)
  • Davis Sports Academy - 30 minutes of batting cage time
  • Code Ninjas - Rocklin
  • Way of Escape Axe Throwing - Folsom
  • Flastick Pub - Sacramento (one free round of in-door mini-golf/one time a month)

Find the full list of attractions at GetOutPass.com, be sure to enter BLOGABOUTITALL for extra savings.  You can use this code any time, use it this Memorial Day Weekend to stack on top of this weekends already discounted price!

How it works: You sign up, create a username and password, download the app, present your pass at select venues and get out and create some fun memories!
If you are not already following us on social media, be sure to give us a follow and follow along with our many family adventures with GetOutPass, find us on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

The Sacramento County Fair opens this weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-30, 2022! This is honestly one of my favorites, especially if you have young children, it is smaller than the State Fair, the perfect size for little ones, but not too small for big kids and teens. 

Fair food is one of the biggest drawcards for us, I mean who doesn't love corn dogs, funnel cakes and all other yummy deep-fried fair treats. 

In years past they have quite a few FREE shows, a Captain Jack Sparrow comedy show aka Captain Jack Spareribs, a circus-themed motorcycle show, I am not sure of the free show lineup this year. On their website, they list a Dinosaur show, character visits from Peppa Pig, and PJ Masks. The All Alaskan Racing Pigs, and Great American Duck Races are family favorites. The Extreme Dog Show is back!


For more information on the Fair and a daily schedule please visit SacFair.com.

#ShareTheFair and follow us on social media:
Twitter | saccountyfair
Instagram | sacfair

Getting to the Sacramento County Fair at Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815. Vehicle entry through Gate D at Exposition Blvd and Challenge Way. Gate admission is located at the entrance to the Cal Expo Rodeo Arena. 

Fair Admission | Kids 0-12: FREE | Admission: $12 | Kids ages: 12-16 $10

Parking | $10.00

Fair Hours
May 23 - 24, Thursday and Friday 10 am - 10 pm
May 25- 26, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 10 pm
May 27, Monday, US Army Memorial Day 10 am - 7 pm
 

Carnival Wristband
All you can ride in one day. Does not include Fair admission.
$35.00

Bike Parking | Limited bike parking is available near the Rodeo Gate Entrance. 

The Sacramento County Fair is a Smoke-Free Fair!
Please smoke before entering the Fair. A designated smoking section is located prior to entry.

2022 Sacramento County Fair

The Sacramento County Fair opens this weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-30, 2022! This is honestly one of my favorites, especially if you have young children, it is smaller than the State Fair, the perfect size for little ones, but not too small for big kids and teens. 

Fair food is one of the biggest drawcards for us, I mean who doesn't love corn dogs, funnel cakes and all other yummy deep-fried fair treats. 

In years past they have quite a few FREE shows, a Captain Jack Sparrow comedy show aka Captain Jack Spareribs, a circus-themed motorcycle show, I am not sure of the free show lineup this year. On their website, they list a Dinosaur show, character visits from Peppa Pig, and PJ Masks. The All Alaskan Racing Pigs, and Great American Duck Races are family favorites. The Extreme Dog Show is back!


For more information on the Fair and a daily schedule please visit SacFair.com.

#ShareTheFair and follow us on social media:
Twitter | saccountyfair
Instagram | sacfair

Getting to the Sacramento County Fair at Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815. Vehicle entry through Gate D at Exposition Blvd and Challenge Way. Gate admission is located at the entrance to the Cal Expo Rodeo Arena. 

Fair Admission | Kids 0-12: FREE | Admission: $12 | Kids ages: 12-16 $10

Parking | $10.00

Fair Hours
May 23 - 24, Thursday and Friday 10 am - 10 pm
May 25- 26, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 10 pm
May 27, Monday, US Army Memorial Day 10 am - 7 pm
 

Carnival Wristband
All you can ride in one day. Does not include Fair admission.
$35.00

Bike Parking | Limited bike parking is available near the Rodeo Gate Entrance. 

The Sacramento County Fair is a Smoke-Free Fair!
Please smoke before entering the Fair. A designated smoking section is located prior to entry.

Every year National Parks Week is celebrated in April and it just so happens that we visited Yosemite National Park in April this year during Spring Break.  Yosemite is full of stunning views! We really are blessed in the United States with so many gorgeous National Parks. Did you know California alone has nine National Parks, more than any other state!

As a grown adult and now parent I still have very fond memories of my first visit to Yosemite as a teenager.  I expressed to my children I hope they too will pass on a love for nature and our National Parks as a result of visiting Yosemite. If you do not yet have any summer vacation plans I highly recommend visiting a National Park!

One of my favorite things about Yosemite is there really is something to do for every age and skill level.  You do not have to be an avid hiker or climber, although you can be.  There are trails for families with young children as well as trails for the more adventurous. Our youngest is six years old and he did great.  I was also recovering from a back injury and did not think I would be able to do much on this trip.  We actually planned on just driving on our first day in the park, but we were able to get out and walk easy, flat trails and take in stunning views without hiking.  We went back into the parks with grandparents on another day and again easily did some basic trails/hikes and had no issues. So if you have young children or are not the most active hiker, do not let that keep you from visiting Yosemite.  


What to pack for Yosemite
Good walking shoes for sure. Layers of clothing, even with the cooler temperatures in April, it did warm up later in the day, so while we needed a sweater in the morning, it was nice to be able to have something underneath.  I also have heard even in the warmer months, the same goes, there are cooler mornings and cooler evenings.  A backpack is another great thing to bring along especially if you are going on longer trails and hikes. A backpack is perfect to carry your sweater, lunch, and water bottle.  We saw quite a few families with bikes, if you are camping or staying in the park I could definitely see bringing bikes. If you are staying farther out like we did, I would leave the bikes at home, but I like to travel light, the less stuff we have to bring the better. 


Summer is a popular time to visit Yosemite, with children on summer break.  If you can visit in April, you will often still see some snow on the mountain tops, which definitely provides some beautiful views, you also get to see Spring wildflowers.  Visiting in May is said to be a great month to visit because the waterfalls have a nice flow from the melting of snow.  I have not visited during the Autumn months but I read that September and October provide beautiful Autumn views, with the many colors of Fall. No matter when you visit be sure to check and know when reservations are required as well as be aware of road conditions and closures.  There were two popular roads closed during our visit. I also recommend discussing with your family patience, many of the roads are only two lanes and on one of the days we were in the park there was a tipped-over vehicle, we had to wait quite a while until the road was cleared. 



Yosemite is about a three-hour drive from Sacramento, which now after taking our kiddos for the first time, I wish we would visit more often.  It really is a treasure to have so many National Parks near us in California.  If you are a fellow Californian I encourage you to plan to explore more of them.  It is so nice to unplug from the hustle and bustle of life and get outdoors.  There is something so refreshing, and rejuvenating about experiencing nature.

Admission to visit Yosemite National Park was only $35 for our vehicle and our receipt was good for seven days. I thought it was going to be $35 each day we visited, so that was a nice surprise.  

Once inside the park, you will spot plenty of informative signs to help you with your trip planning, learning about trails, and more. 



Yosemite Valley is a great place to start, there is plenty of parking, there are a number of different trails as well as a museum and this is the place where your children can become a junior rangers.  You can pick up a Yosemite Junior Ranger Handbook for free at any Visitor Center.  You can also download a free printable here. During our visit, the Yosemite Museum was closed. 



Must-see spots:

Tunnel View is definitely a must-see, it is right off of Highway 41 and you can see views of Half Dome, El Capitan, and Bridalveil Falls.  There are two parking lots, that fill up quickly, but from what we saw, people are pretty quick to park, snap a few photos and be on their way.  We stopped at Tunnel View on two days, one day was sunny and gorgeous and one day was drizzly, both views were majestic.  

Half Dome, there are quite a few different spots to view Half Dome, the first was a turn-off from the highway, you can also get a great view of Half Dome from Mirror Lake. 


El Capitan, again kind of like Half Dome, since it is so large, you can get quite a few views of El Capitan, no map is needed, definitely find a spot to pull over and take in the massive monument. 

Yosemite Falls is absolutely gorgeous, really all of the waterfalls, we loved them all and stopped to see every waterfall.  I will say discuss safety with your children as many times you pull over on the side of the road with others to view waterfalls.  Also, be sure you park safely and be mindful of those around you.

Mirror Lake, this is one of the easier trails to follow, it is paved most of the way, and there are bathrooms along the trail and perfect for bike riders.  We did this trail, for most it is easy, I was grateful there were benches at the halfway point to rest a bit.  

FREE Shuttle Service:

The Yosemite Valley Shuttle System is FREE and runs year-round, a great way to get around. This free shuttle runs approximately every 10-30 minutes depending on traffic and season.  You can check the Yosemite Guide newspaper for updated hours of operation.  The stops are served in numerical order and you can get off and on the shuttle at any stop on the route. 

The El Capitan Shuttle serves some of the western end of Yosemite Valley.  This route is available in summer only and runs about every hour depending on traffic.  

Where to stay:

You can camp inside the National Park, there are also hotels nearby and even inside the National Park. Hotels: The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Valley Lodge, Curry Village.  Just outside of Yosemite is Rush Creek Lodge. We chose to rent an Airbnb, with four growing boys who are oftentimes loud, we need space, we also had invited my parents to join us on this trip, so an Airbnb was the way to go for us on this trip.  

Our vacation rental was in the Pine Mountain Lake neighborhood in Groveland, CA, it was spacious, and cozy with extra touches perfect for families like ping pong, air hockey, basketball, and more.  The Pine Mountain Lake neighborhood has a golf course, pickleball courts, a shooting range, and trails near the lake.  There is a park on the lake and such a beautiful location.  Here is the link to the rental we chose.  The drive into Yosemite was about 30-40 minutes, which was perfect for the couple of days we wanted to spend in the National Park.  





We spent a day enjoying the small town of Groveland, CA and we loved the small-town vibes. We enjoyed delicious pizza at Two Guys Pizza Pies, we loved shopping at the small shops and checking out the local thrift store and even enjoyed a trip to their local meat market.  The Grove Mercantile was another favorite stop, they have fresh-made ice cream and the cutest merch.  

Where to eat:

There are NO fast food places nearby when going into the National Park, so packing a picnic lunch is a great idea.  There is a restaurant inside the Ahwahnee Hotel and there is a large grocery store, with pre-made sandwiches and everything you would need for a meal.  The first day we spent inside Yosemite National Park, we actually did not take enough snacks with us, so we were so grateful for the Village store.  There are two entrances to the Village Store and there are picnic tables near both entrances, perfect to sit and enjoy your lunch. 

If you stay or drive through Groveland, be sure to check out Two Guys Pizza Pies, we loved the pizza so much we ate here two times during our visit.  They have delicious pizza, of course, we also enjoyed the salad and wings.  They also have a great lunch buffet option and we saw quite a few locals enjoying sandwiches.



In Groveland, a couple other local and tourist favorites are the Historical Iron Door Saloon, which is the oldest saloon in California.  There is also a Mexican Restaurant Cocina Michoacana. Be sure to save room for dessert and visit The Grove Mercantile, it is the cutest gift shop, perfect to pick up souvenirs and it is a creamery with homemade ice cream, unique flavors, and a coffee shop. 


How many days do you need to visit Yosemite? I know quite a few friends from Sacramento who will drive in for the day, they leave early in the morning, spend the day in the park, and drive home. With kids in tow, we feel we need to spend the night for anything that is a 3+ hour drive away. It also depends on what you want to do, if you plan on not doing any major hikes and driving through some of the scenic spots with a stop in the Yosemite Valley, you could easily do that in one day.  If you want to do more than one hiking trail you will need multiple days.  Especially if you want to enjoy a picnic lunch and take your time taking photos, I think spending 2-3 days in the park is best especially with kids, this way you get to take your time, enjoy the sights and not overdo it on any one day.  We went out of town for the entire week but only drove into the National Park for two days.  

Fun Facts:

Yosemite became a National Park on October 1, 1890. President Lincoln signed a Yosemite Land Grant in 1864 to protect the land.  The idea of National Parks came following this event.

Yosemite Falls is the tallest water in North America, with a 2,425-foot drop to the valley floor.  May is one of the best times to view the falls.

Yosemite is home to over 400 species. Some of the amazing wildlife found in the park include: black bears, coyotes, mule deer, bighorn sheep, red foxes, chipmunks, squirrels, mountain lions, and many more.

We did not spot any bears although my youngest was prepared, he was sure to read up on what to do if you encounter a bear. We did see a lot of birds and deer.  I loved watching my children looking for wildlife, here are a couple of photos my son captured of birds. 



I'll leave you with some famous quotes about Yosemite:

“Yosemite Park, none can escape its charms. Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree.” John Muir

“But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures.” John Muir

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. I know of no sculpture, painting or music that exceeds the compelling spiritual command of the soaring shape of granite cliff and dome, of patina of light on rock and forest, and of the thunder and whispering of the falling, flowing waters. At first the colossal aspect may dominate; then we perceive and respond to the delicate and persuasive complex of nature.” Ansel Adams

“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.” Theodore Roosevelt 

Yosemite National Park | A Family Guide

Every year National Parks Week is celebrated in April and it just so happens that we visited Yosemite National Park in April this year during Spring Break.  Yosemite is full of stunning views! We really are blessed in the United States with so many gorgeous National Parks. Did you know California alone has nine National Parks, more than any other state!

As a grown adult and now parent I still have very fond memories of my first visit to Yosemite as a teenager.  I expressed to my children I hope they too will pass on a love for nature and our National Parks as a result of visiting Yosemite. If you do not yet have any summer vacation plans I highly recommend visiting a National Park!

One of my favorite things about Yosemite is there really is something to do for every age and skill level.  You do not have to be an avid hiker or climber, although you can be.  There are trails for families with young children as well as trails for the more adventurous. Our youngest is six years old and he did great.  I was also recovering from a back injury and did not think I would be able to do much on this trip.  We actually planned on just driving on our first day in the park, but we were able to get out and walk easy, flat trails and take in stunning views without hiking.  We went back into the parks with grandparents on another day and again easily did some basic trails/hikes and had no issues. So if you have young children or are not the most active hiker, do not let that keep you from visiting Yosemite.  


What to pack for Yosemite
Good walking shoes for sure. Layers of clothing, even with the cooler temperatures in April, it did warm up later in the day, so while we needed a sweater in the morning, it was nice to be able to have something underneath.  I also have heard even in the warmer months, the same goes, there are cooler mornings and cooler evenings.  A backpack is another great thing to bring along especially if you are going on longer trails and hikes. A backpack is perfect to carry your sweater, lunch, and water bottle.  We saw quite a few families with bikes, if you are camping or staying in the park I could definitely see bringing bikes. If you are staying farther out like we did, I would leave the bikes at home, but I like to travel light, the less stuff we have to bring the better. 


Summer is a popular time to visit Yosemite, with children on summer break.  If you can visit in April, you will often still see some snow on the mountain tops, which definitely provides some beautiful views, you also get to see Spring wildflowers.  Visiting in May is said to be a great month to visit because the waterfalls have a nice flow from the melting of snow.  I have not visited during the Autumn months but I read that September and October provide beautiful Autumn views, with the many colors of Fall. No matter when you visit be sure to check and know when reservations are required as well as be aware of road conditions and closures.  There were two popular roads closed during our visit. I also recommend discussing with your family patience, many of the roads are only two lanes and on one of the days we were in the park there was a tipped-over vehicle, we had to wait quite a while until the road was cleared. 



Yosemite is about a three-hour drive from Sacramento, which now after taking our kiddos for the first time, I wish we would visit more often.  It really is a treasure to have so many National Parks near us in California.  If you are a fellow Californian I encourage you to plan to explore more of them.  It is so nice to unplug from the hustle and bustle of life and get outdoors.  There is something so refreshing, and rejuvenating about experiencing nature.

Admission to visit Yosemite National Park was only $35 for our vehicle and our receipt was good for seven days. I thought it was going to be $35 each day we visited, so that was a nice surprise.  

Once inside the park, you will spot plenty of informative signs to help you with your trip planning, learning about trails, and more. 



Yosemite Valley is a great place to start, there is plenty of parking, there are a number of different trails as well as a museum and this is the place where your children can become a junior rangers.  You can pick up a Yosemite Junior Ranger Handbook for free at any Visitor Center.  You can also download a free printable here. During our visit, the Yosemite Museum was closed. 



Must-see spots:

Tunnel View is definitely a must-see, it is right off of Highway 41 and you can see views of Half Dome, El Capitan, and Bridalveil Falls.  There are two parking lots, that fill up quickly, but from what we saw, people are pretty quick to park, snap a few photos and be on their way.  We stopped at Tunnel View on two days, one day was sunny and gorgeous and one day was drizzly, both views were majestic.  

Half Dome, there are quite a few different spots to view Half Dome, the first was a turn-off from the highway, you can also get a great view of Half Dome from Mirror Lake. 


El Capitan, again kind of like Half Dome, since it is so large, you can get quite a few views of El Capitan, no map is needed, definitely find a spot to pull over and take in the massive monument. 

Yosemite Falls is absolutely gorgeous, really all of the waterfalls, we loved them all and stopped to see every waterfall.  I will say discuss safety with your children as many times you pull over on the side of the road with others to view waterfalls.  Also, be sure you park safely and be mindful of those around you.

Mirror Lake, this is one of the easier trails to follow, it is paved most of the way, and there are bathrooms along the trail and perfect for bike riders.  We did this trail, for most it is easy, I was grateful there were benches at the halfway point to rest a bit.  

FREE Shuttle Service:

The Yosemite Valley Shuttle System is FREE and runs year-round, a great way to get around. This free shuttle runs approximately every 10-30 minutes depending on traffic and season.  You can check the Yosemite Guide newspaper for updated hours of operation.  The stops are served in numerical order and you can get off and on the shuttle at any stop on the route. 

The El Capitan Shuttle serves some of the western end of Yosemite Valley.  This route is available in summer only and runs about every hour depending on traffic.  

Where to stay:

You can camp inside the National Park, there are also hotels nearby and even inside the National Park. Hotels: The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Valley Lodge, Curry Village.  Just outside of Yosemite is Rush Creek Lodge. We chose to rent an Airbnb, with four growing boys who are oftentimes loud, we need space, we also had invited my parents to join us on this trip, so an Airbnb was the way to go for us on this trip.  

Our vacation rental was in the Pine Mountain Lake neighborhood in Groveland, CA, it was spacious, and cozy with extra touches perfect for families like ping pong, air hockey, basketball, and more.  The Pine Mountain Lake neighborhood has a golf course, pickleball courts, a shooting range, and trails near the lake.  There is a park on the lake and such a beautiful location.  Here is the link to the rental we chose.  The drive into Yosemite was about 30-40 minutes, which was perfect for the couple of days we wanted to spend in the National Park.  





We spent a day enjoying the small town of Groveland, CA and we loved the small-town vibes. We enjoyed delicious pizza at Two Guys Pizza Pies, we loved shopping at the small shops and checking out the local thrift store and even enjoyed a trip to their local meat market.  The Grove Mercantile was another favorite stop, they have fresh-made ice cream and the cutest merch.  

Where to eat:

There are NO fast food places nearby when going into the National Park, so packing a picnic lunch is a great idea.  There is a restaurant inside the Ahwahnee Hotel and there is a large grocery store, with pre-made sandwiches and everything you would need for a meal.  The first day we spent inside Yosemite National Park, we actually did not take enough snacks with us, so we were so grateful for the Village store.  There are two entrances to the Village Store and there are picnic tables near both entrances, perfect to sit and enjoy your lunch. 

If you stay or drive through Groveland, be sure to check out Two Guys Pizza Pies, we loved the pizza so much we ate here two times during our visit.  They have delicious pizza, of course, we also enjoyed the salad and wings.  They also have a great lunch buffet option and we saw quite a few locals enjoying sandwiches.



In Groveland, a couple other local and tourist favorites are the Historical Iron Door Saloon, which is the oldest saloon in California.  There is also a Mexican Restaurant Cocina Michoacana. Be sure to save room for dessert and visit The Grove Mercantile, it is the cutest gift shop, perfect to pick up souvenirs and it is a creamery with homemade ice cream, unique flavors, and a coffee shop. 


How many days do you need to visit Yosemite? I know quite a few friends from Sacramento who will drive in for the day, they leave early in the morning, spend the day in the park, and drive home. With kids in tow, we feel we need to spend the night for anything that is a 3+ hour drive away. It also depends on what you want to do, if you plan on not doing any major hikes and driving through some of the scenic spots with a stop in the Yosemite Valley, you could easily do that in one day.  If you want to do more than one hiking trail you will need multiple days.  Especially if you want to enjoy a picnic lunch and take your time taking photos, I think spending 2-3 days in the park is best especially with kids, this way you get to take your time, enjoy the sights and not overdo it on any one day.  We went out of town for the entire week but only drove into the National Park for two days.  

Fun Facts:

Yosemite became a National Park on October 1, 1890. President Lincoln signed a Yosemite Land Grant in 1864 to protect the land.  The idea of National Parks came following this event.

Yosemite Falls is the tallest water in North America, with a 2,425-foot drop to the valley floor.  May is one of the best times to view the falls.

Yosemite is home to over 400 species. Some of the amazing wildlife found in the park include: black bears, coyotes, mule deer, bighorn sheep, red foxes, chipmunks, squirrels, mountain lions, and many more.

We did not spot any bears although my youngest was prepared, he was sure to read up on what to do if you encounter a bear. We did see a lot of birds and deer.  I loved watching my children looking for wildlife, here are a couple of photos my son captured of birds. 



I'll leave you with some famous quotes about Yosemite:

“Yosemite Park, none can escape its charms. Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree.” John Muir

“But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures.” John Muir

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. I know of no sculpture, painting or music that exceeds the compelling spiritual command of the soaring shape of granite cliff and dome, of patina of light on rock and forest, and of the thunder and whispering of the falling, flowing waters. At first the colossal aspect may dominate; then we perceive and respond to the delicate and persuasive complex of nature.” Ansel Adams

“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.” Theodore Roosevelt 

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