Educational activities in Sacramento for children during the strike

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Thousands of students attending Sacramento City Unified Schools may not be able to get to class on Wednesday if a teachers’ strike goes ahead as planned.

Two local unions, made up of thousands of teachers and other staff, authorized a strike last week if their needs for staff and student support are not met by the district.

The possible school closure would affect around 40,000 students and their families, prompting parents to find alternative plans for their children during the week. The strike could cause major disruption for parents, some of whom cannot afford time off from work, parents told The Bee.

Union leaders have released a Wednesday-Friday strike schedule, but it is unclear how long the strike could last if it takes place.

“It is a painful and difficult decision to make, especially when our students have suffered so much trauma and disruption to their learning over the past two years and recognize the ripple effect that school closures are having on the world. of our community,” said Jorge Aguilar, the district manager. superintendent, said Friday in a statement.

If you’re home with your kids during the planned strike and looking for educational plans to keep them entertained, here are some options in the Sacramento area:

1. Sacramento Public Library

Central Library: 828 I St., Sacramento

The Sacramento Public Library, which has branches throughout the region, is free to enter even without a library card. Most locations are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The library also offers a variety of virtual children’s programs during the week, including live story time every Tuesday and Thursday, according to its website. You can also call the “Dial-A-Story” program to have children’s stories read to you at home in English or Spanish.

Some locations are still operating for curbside service only, while others have recently reopened. You can check the hours and availability of all library locations online before you go.

2. SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity

400 Jibboom Street, Sacramento

Tom Saephan builds blocks with his son Bradley, 8, center, and new friend Leon, right, during the opening weekend of SMUD’s new science and curiosity museum, MOSAC, on Saturday 13 November 2021. Lezlie Sterling [email protected]

The science center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and provides an interactive and engaging space for children. The museum, which opened in November 2021, includes a planetarium and hundreds of exhibits “which explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics,” its website says.

To enter the museum, it is necessary to book the tickets in advance online. You can check availability for Wednesday admission times online. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children ages 2-17. Members are admitted free of charge.

3. Crocker Art Museum

216 O St, Sacramento

Alex Moctezuma works with instructor Crystal Ruiz during a week-long art camp at the Crocker Art Museum. Studio AdLux

The Crocker Art Museum opens Wednesday at 10 a.m. for those who want to see and experience the best art collections in the state. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.

The museum offers special guided tours for children aged 5 and over accompanied by their parents. Toddlers ages 3-5 can join Wee Wednesdays for an interactive storytime program.

Admission to the museum is free for members, $15 for adults, and $8 for children ages 6-17. Children under 5 are admitted free. You can check availability and book tickets online.

4. The Sacramento Zoo

3930 W Land Park Drive, Sacramento

The Sacramento Zoo has been an integral part of William Land Park since 1927. Its three entrance concession buildings, shown in an Oct. 2, 2018 drone image, were built in 1961 and feature distinctive hyperbolic paraboloid roofs designed by the firm of local architecture Rickey and Brooks. . They are examples of “significant, rare, and intact mid-century modernism in Sacramento” according to city consultants. Hector Amezcua Sacramento Bee File

The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. With clear weather and temperatures ranging from 52 to 83 degrees on Wednesday, this could be an opportunity to see a variety of animals.

Parking at the zoo is free. However, ticket prices fluctuate daily from around $22 to $25. Wednesday tickets are sold for $22.50

5. Fairy Tale Town

3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento

Kevin Smith-Fagan, executive director of Fairytale Town in Sacramento, pets Maddie the Cow on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. “I love being a part of the building blocks of children’s lives, and I’m glad they have a place to see things they wouldn’t necessarily get to see,” Smith-Fagan said. Alie Skowronski [email protected]

In addition to book-themed play equipment, Fairytale also has a mini petting zoo and cafe.

Tickets can also be purchased online for $7 each during the week.

6. California State Railroad Museum

125 I Street, Sacramento

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A child walks past a 251,000-pound rotary snowplow during an exhibit with information about the history of train snow removal at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Manny Crisostomo Sacramento Bee File

The California State Railroad Museum, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., hosts educational activities for children, including a junior engineering program and story time.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-17.

7. California State Capitol Museum

1315 10th Street, Sacramento

Take your kids on a historical and informative tour of state history if you haven’t already. This museum is free to the public and is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Tours are also available hourly for those interested. Virtual tours are also available online.

8. UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden

1046 Garrod Drive, Davis

The Davis Public Garden, about a 20-minute drive from Sacramento, is free to the public and open 24 hours a day. You can spend the day learning about the variety of plants that grow in the area and the importance of environmental sustainability.

Parking is available on the UC Davis campus for $10 per day or $1.50 per hour.

home activities

If you can’t leave the house, here are some at-home options:

You can Consider printing out worksheets so your kids can practice their reading or math skills when they’re not in school. offers a variety of free, printable worksheets for preschool through 8th grade.

Several educational documentaries are also available for children to allow them to watch TV and learn at the same time. Check out this list of kid-friendly nature and earth documentaries from child-centered nonprofit Common Sense Media.

YouTube also has a variety of educational channels for the chance to learn new things and hone old skills. Check out this list of teacher-approved YouTube channels, including CrashCourse Kids, National Geographic Kids, and PBS Kids if you want your kids to watch something educational and interactive.

Do you know of any child care options in the Sacramento area for parents who can’t miss work? L’Abeille wants to help parents deal with the potential strike. Email [email protected]

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