The California Automobile Museum weaves the story of the automobile's birth and development through a gleaming collection of cars that dates back to the 1880s. Guests meander through 72,000 square feet of luxury and muscle vehicles, from pre–Model T Fords and green vehicles to Lamborghinis and modern NASCAR vehicles. In addition to its permanent collection and current exhibits, the museum's displays are always changing due to donations from private collectors and the hot rod fairy, allowing visitors to see a varying display of vehicles on different visits. The museum also offers a wide variety of classes that are fun and educational, and open to both adults and children. Guests can also visit the gift shop stocked with auto-centric goodies, including car-related fine-art photography, T-shirts, kids' arts and crafts, and die-cast models of classic cars.
Crocker Art Museum celebrates art through a diverse collection of aesthetically excellent objects and evening cultural events. On the second Thursday of every month, the Crocker stays open late for Art Mix, an interdisciplinary night of creativity and cocktails from the cash bar. Art Mix: Lit Fix on April 14 will showcase poetry, spoken word, and music presented in collaboration with the Sacramento Poetry Center and Sacramento City College Ethnic Theater Workshop. While sipping specialty libations, attendees can glimpse short films and live demonstrations, peruse full-size installations, or pose as sculptures to startle unsuspecting admirers.
Twenty vertical feet of mostly legs and neck, spotted giraffes lope with languid, graceful movements toward the zoo’s viewing deck, which is alive with the excitement of children and adults. As the audience’s hands reach out to offer elm and acacia branches, long, purple tongues unfurl and lap them up during scheduled Giraffe Encounter feeding times (additional fee required). At the Sacramento Zoo’s sprawling 14.5-acre grounds, this is just one of the ways the zoo team brings the public closer to animals in their efforts to nurture public education and respect for wildlife.
Across those green swaths of land, African lions prowl, chimpanzees swing from trees, and red kangaroos play hopscotch. More than 600 animals call this place their home—a grounds where zookeepers care for them, practice conservation, and breed endangered species to help them stave off extinction. That dedication extends to all creatures, from the slithering Brazilian rainbow boa to the elegant Sumatran tiger. Zoo personnel also organize educational programs such as classes, camps, and overnight sleepovers where visitors can clearly witness North American River Otters swimming and playing through the glass wall. To keep the zoo in the local consciousness, the zoo also hosts themed events and animal exhibitions throughout the year.
Enhanced by 360-degree CGI projections surrounding a circular stage, J.M. Barrie's production of Peter Pan promises kid-thrilling action and an adult-pleasing retelling of the classic story. Stage-watchers view the more than two-hour production from tiered seats in the show's special Threesixty Theatre, allowing multifaceted actors to use extra faces to full effect. A talented cast enacts the parts of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tinker Bell with panache, and puppeteers manipulate a lifelike model of the original clock-hungry crocodile. This show is not recommended for children 5 or younger.
Largely self-taught, Shannon Jane Morgan has spent the last 19 years firing up her furnaces and creating delicate, one-of-a-kind works of glass art as the owner and founder of Girl Glass. Her pieces include gracefully curved vases; pigment-dappled paperweights; and whimsical, translucent pumpkins. During classes, Morgan shares her years of carefully cultivated expertise with students, delving into the nuances of molten glass with blowing and shaping tutorials.
During the all-ages Friday or Saturday ComedySportz show, expect to watch two teams of ComedySportz improvisers fight for laughs using scenes, games, and songs based on audience suggestions. Intended for ages 17 and up, the Thursday show, Mayhem, features three acts of improvised, unexpected juxtapositions and pre-funnied sketch comedy, holding audiences captive until the full ransom of laughter is paid and a Branson-bound aircraft provided.