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Walt's Best-Things to do with the family this summer that you may not know about

*Old Sac Underground Tour. This hasn't been going on for too long, so it's still fresh. Plus, it's a cool way to beat the heat, learn about city history from 150 years ago, then head to O'Mally's for an awesome blue cheeseburger. And a lager.
*Sacramento Children's Museum. It's the area's newest museum for children. Kids learn by doing. Exhibits, art projects, water features. 2701 Prospect Drive, Rancho Cordova. 
*Art Beast. We've visited this old victorian place several times. Kids can paint, play dress up, make pottery and go in the back yard and get in the sand. Good place to have your kids birthday party too. 2226 K St. Sacramento.
*Land Park Stuff;  Funderland amusement park, the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale town all right next to each other. One stop to kill a whole day with Junior. Bingo. 3930 West Land Park Dr.
*Soil Born Farms. It's a real farm that produces and delivers seasonal fruits and veggies to your door. It also has summer classes that teach kids the importance of food and health. 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. www.soilborn.org
These suggestions and more in this month's KIDAROUND MAGAZINE. www.Kidaroundmag.org
My family is on the cover this month!!!
How about suggestions from you????
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Walt's Best Ways to Enjoy the "Big Wake Weekend"

"Big Wake Weekend" is basically Indy Cars on water. Folsom Lake water. 200 mph.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday....on the Granite Bay side of Folsom Lake.. the best of Hydroplane racing the country has to offer will start at 7am daily. It's the tour's first stop at Folsom Lake since 1967!
The American Power Boat Association (APBA) event has something for everyone. Beer Gardens, Bands, Wakeboarding and exhibits.
30,000 people are predicted to watch from the shore and by boat...which means a lot of sunburned drunk people.
It's going to be in the upper 90's.
Where to watch this whole thing roll out? My years of covering events on that side of the lake reveals these prime spots to watch;
*Get on a friends boat in Granite Bay. Those tickets are about gone though. www.bigwakeweekend.com
*grandstand area
*cold pits
*VIP area (just sold out)
*arrive early at Granite Bay State Park. Set up your chairs. Umbrella, cooler, sunblock. You get the idea.
Tickets are $19 for Friday and $39 per day for the weekend. 3-day packages available. Wristbands needed to get to event. 
Best bet for parking? Go park at Sierra College and take a shuttle to the race site. All the reserved parking spots near the event are $25/day and will be gone by Friday.
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Walt's Best BBQ Enhancements

Time to clean that grill to start the Summer BBQ season. Memorial Day weekend!!


Here are my best BBQ enhancements!


*Pappy's Seasoning. Find it at Smart&Final and Save Mart. Some Food Maxx's too. www.Pappyschoice.com. It's a great sub for salt. Use on fish, chicken, steak. It has a cult following. It's deelish.


*Meat marinade packets from McCormick's. I marinade all my steaks in a packet of McCormick's and people always ask for my "secret". It turns your steak into a food tasting vacation! I can't eat steak anymore without it. Safeway has a decent generic meat marinade packet that works too.


*Burgers? Add good, sharp blue cheese into the meat before you grill. Not the cheap crumbly kind. You'll see!


*Cheese? Don't skimp. Use real cheese not the nonfat or 2% stuff. Go for extra sharp cheddar or a strong cheese that adds distinction. Holiday weekends are not a time to worry about calories. It's about flavor. You're the grillmaster. It's your ass and reputation on the line! Go deep.


*Beer. Good beer... show off your selection of properly iced IPA's and Craft beers. Don't do the predictable domestic light beers and the stuff on sale at Safeway. Go for it. Get a funny label like "Arrogant Bastard". I suggest "Brother Thelonius".  It's a holiday weekend... don't get a cheap beer buzz.


You got some secret tips to pass along???


p.s. go with sturdy paper plates and recycle. i hate washing dishes on holidays. or any days.

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