Hatchlings and ice cream
For the first time in almost 20 years, the pink flamingos that greet visitors at the Sacramento Zoo (3930 W Land Park Drive) gave birth to six chicks. To see these gangly, fluffy birds and to celebrate the Zoo’s 90th birthday, try the 33rd annual all-you-can-eat Ice Cream Safari on August 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. The exhibits will remain open later than usual as guests have their choice of flavors from Bayview Farms ice cream (Save Mart’s generic brand) including espresso chip, cookies-and-cream and rainbow sherbert that can be topped with the usual sundae fixings. There will be options for those who don’t do sugar or dairy as well as face-painting and a “GiRaffle” for zoo-related prizes. Tickets cost $24 for adults and $18 for children, and the proceeds will raise money for general maintenance of the animals, including enough shrimp to turn those flamingo chicks pink.