Places To Go2019-08-28T17:44:21+00:00

Places To Go in the Central Valley

This is our complete list of fun, family-friendly places to go in the Central Valley.

Click on the images or highlighted text for links to the websites for updated information.

Animals

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Roeding Park – Fresno

Zoo includes stingray touch area, petting zoo, splash pad, dino dig, bird show, underwater sea lion viewing, kangaroo walk-through and African Adventure.

San Joaquin Fish Hatchery

Friant – Near Millerton Lake

Feed fish, get a picture with the huge, wooden trout and learn about the life cycle of a fish in the interactive play area.
*For more information, see our Inside Look*

Project Survival’s Cat Haven

Dunlap

View and learn about wild cats.
Guided tour only.

Arcades

Oh Wow! Nickel Arcade

Fresno

$2.95 Admission per person

Coney Island Grill Arcade

River Park – Fresno

Coyote Entertainment Center

Tachi Palace – Lemoore

Bowling, Billiards, Arcade, Movie Theater, Food

Chuck E. Cheese

River Park & West Shaw – Fresno, Visalia

Art Fun

Color Me Mine

River Park – Fresno

Hanford

Paint your own ceramics

Clay Cafe

Visalia

Paint your own ceramics

Batting Cages

Sierra Bicentennial Park

Clovis

Closed October through December

Bowling

Bowlero

Visalia, Fresno, Clovis

Bowling, arcade, billiards, food

Bulldog Bowl

Fresno State – University Student Union

Bowling, Billiards, Arcade

Coyote Entertainment Center

Tachi Palace – Lemoore

Bowling, Billiards, Arcade, Movie Theater, Food

Orbit Lanes

Dinuba

Children’s Museums

The Discovery Center

Fresno

Our park includes our beautiful Deutsch Cactus Garden, tortoise compound and lots of space for kids to run, have lunch and just be KIDS!
Our hands-on, interactive science museum includes an array of information and exhibits on space, botany, geology, indigenous people and live animals.

ImagineU

Visalia

Interactive, hands-on activities

Children’s Museum of the Sierra

Oakhurst

Hands-on discovery museum with science, occupation and pretend play exhibits
*For more information, See our Inside Look*

AgVentures

International Agri-Center – Tulare

Interactive, hands-on agriculture exhibits
*For more information, see our Inside Look*

Family Fun Centers

Blackbeard’s

Fresno

Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Go-Karts, Batting Cages, Waterslides, Ropes Course Adventure, Rides, XTreme Laser Tag, Arcade Games, Bankshot Basketball

McDermont Field house

Lindsay

Surfing and boogey boarding, rock climbing, laser tag, arcade, bounce houses, sport courts and fields.

Visalia Adventure Park

Visalia

Mini golf, arcade, go karts, batting cages, bumper boats, laser tag, laser maze.

Farms

Mountain Brook Ranch

Clovis

U-pick cherries and berries

Rancho Notso Grande

Hanford

U-pick berries

Two Sisters U-Pick Apricots

Fresno

U-pick apricots

Organic Pastures

Fresno

Dairy tour and play area for groups with reservation.

McKellar Family Farms

Ivanhoe

Citrus farm offering tours and u-pick by reservation or during special events.

Fun Dining

John’s Incredible Pizza

Fresno

Buffet, arcade, rides and laser tag.

Chuck E. Cheese

River Park & West Shaw – Fresno, Visalia

Food and arcade

Uptown Sprouts

Kingsburg

Bakery cafe with a play area for kids 6 & under and games for families.
*For more information, see our Inside Look*

The Train Depot

Fresno

Train themed café serving breakfast and lunch.
Train murals and a model train running around the dining room.

Exeter Whistle Stop

Exeter

Train themed café serving breakfast and lunch.
Train decorations and a model train running around the dining room.

The Red Caboose

Clovis

Train themed café.
Train decorations and a model train running around the dining room.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Fresno – 2 Locations, Hanford, Visalia

Upon request, they will give kids tablets with lots of free games to play.

Gaming

Gardens

Children’s Storybook Garden & Museum

Hanford

*For more information, See our Inside Look*

Shinzen Japanese Garden

Woodward Park – Fresno

Bonzai, koi pond, moon bridge, peacocks

Go-Karts/RC Racing

MB2 Raceway

Sierra Vista Mall – Clovis

Must be at least 48” tall.

Exeter Raceway & Hobbies

Exeter

Indoor RC off-road track.
RC trucks can be rented.
*For more information, see our Inside Look*

Historical Sites

Forestiere Underground Gardens

Fresno

Hand-built network of underground rooms, courtyards and passageways reminiscent of the ancient catacombs.
Unique fruit producing trees, shrubs, and vines growing underground – some over 90 years old!

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

Fish Camp

The historic railroad offers train rides, gold panning, an on-site rail museum, and a fun gifts & collectibles store.
Open April through October.

Indoor Play

No Surrender Adventure Park

Sierra Vista Mall – Clovis

7500 square foot, 3 story obstacle course catering to recruits of ages 1-14 years old is equipped with trampolines, ball pits, basketball hoops, slides, and much more!
Mini interactive playground for ages 1-6 including: educational & sensory enhancing toys and building block stations to ensure an engaging experience for those young, fresh minds!

No Surrender Grip Socks are required in order to enter Adventure Course.

There is also laser tag, a cafe and video games.

Jungle Party House

Sierra Vista Mall – Clovis

Play structure with ball pit, bounce house, toddler area, art and painting, play doh, karaoke and dress up, video games and interactive projected video game, pool and foosball.
*For more information, see our Inside Look*

Tiny Tots Playground

Fresno

For children 0-5 only

Laser Tag

No Surrender Laser Tag

Sierra Vista Mall – Clovis

Multi-story Mission Based Tactical Laser Tag arena boasts over 17,000 square feet of playing space with an adrenaline-pumping first person shooter feel; while ensuring teamwork is the ultimate goal!
Come in and battle it out for ultimate supremacy in our battlefield complete with multilevel buildings, numerous recon spots & over 20 different game modes bringing Call of Duty to Life!
With up to 45 players at ONCE, be prepared to engage in all out warfare that will put your leadership, communication, and tactical knowledge to the ultimate test!

Closed toed shoes are required
Each session is a 30 minute experience
HEIGHT 
REQUIREMENT IS 48″ AND UP

Miniature Golf

Ghost Golf

Fresno

Ghost Golf combines the best of a fun for all ages family friendly miniature golf course with state of the art fun silly haunted attraction.
Where skeletons bid you on and busts come to life as you journey through our 18 holes of fun.
Also arcade and  mummy shooting gallery.

Museums

Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County

Chowchilla

The site of one of the largest middle-Pleistocene fossil excavations in North America featuring fossils from the Middle-Pleistocene (780,000 years ago) including ​Mammoth, Smilodon, Sloth, Dire Wolf, Camel and Horse

Tulare County Museum

Mooney Grove Park – Visalia

The Tulare County Museum houses one of the largest Native American basket collections in California as well as artifacts of the pioneer era, agriculture equipment, restored buildings and many other treasures that tell the history of Tulare County, in addition to the History of Farm Labor and Agriculture Museum, where each cultural group and their contributions to farm labor and agriculture are featured.

*For more information, see our Inside Look*

Madera County Museum

Madera

A historical collection of Madera history in the original Madera County Courthouse built in 1900.

Meux Home Museum

Fresno

Dr. Thomas Richard Meux’ 16-room Victorian mansion built in 1888

Central Sierra Historical Society Museum

Shaver Lake

History, antiques, artifacts and historical memorabilia of the Central Sierra mountain area.

Arte Americas

Fresno

An eclectic variety of Latino poets, filmmakers, photographers, musicians and artists from traditional and non-traditional media.

Veterans Memorial Museum

Fresno

Numerous framed citations, photographs, and exhibits tell the story of America’s wars as seen by individual soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen.
Uniforms and equipment of different eras are also on display.

Clovis-Big Dry Creek Museum

Clovis

Pictures and artifacts of Clovis history.

Outdoor Play

Playland & Storyland

Roeding Park – Fresno

Rides and paddle boats.
Fairytale and nursery rhyme attractions.
Use a “magic key” to listen to stories.
A train connects both parks.

Bravo Farms

Traver – Near Kingsburg

Tree house, feed animals, shooting gallery, slides, food and gift shop.

Bravo Farms

Kettleman City

Playhouses with slides, sand box with toys, shooting gallery, interactive displays, gemstone sluice, antiques, food and gift shop

Reading

Restaurants with Play Areas

Chick-fil-A

River Park – Fresno
Fashion Fair Mall – Fresno

Indoor Play Areas

McDonalds

Indoor Play Areas

Carl’s Jr

Outdoor Play Areas

Rock Climbing

MetalMark

Fresno

Shopping Area Fun

River Park

Fresno

Movies, kids play area, outdoor lawn area, pizza and arcade, treats, farmers’ market.

Fashion Fair Mall

Fresno

Small kids play area, food court, rides, Disney store, Build-A-Bear

Skate Parks

Provident Skate Park

Murray & Giddings – Visalia

Zero Gravity Skate Park

Rotary Park – Madera

Letterman Park

Villa & Bullard – Clovis

Lemoore Rotary Youth Plaza

Downtown Lemoore

Todd Beamer Park

Maple & Behymer – Fresno

Skating

Roller Towne

Visalia

Sweet Shops

Abigail’s Candy Shop

Sierra Vista Mall – Clovis

Coney Island Candy

River Park – Fresno

Chocolate Wishes and Treats

Sierra Vista Mall – Clovis

Candy Cottage

Visalia

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Fashion Fair & River Park – Fresno

Grandpa’s Popcorn & Sweets

Fresno

Gourmet Popcorn, Cupcakes, Chocolate Treats & Candies, Cotton Candy

Krispy Kreme

Fresno

Watch doughnuts being made

Reimer’s Candies

Oakhurst & Three Rivers

Trails

Hidden Homes Trail

San Joaquin River Center – Fresno

This 1/2 mile footpath features larger-than-life sized animal homes and views of the River Center and Sierra Nevada.

Trampoline Arenas

Defy

Clovis

Trampolines, Ninja Obstacle Course, Battle Beam, Stunt Fall, Zipline, Trapeze and X-swing, Air Track and Air Bag, Silks and Slacklines, Launch, Dodgeball
*For more info, see our Inside Look*

Skywalk

Madera/Fresno

Trampolines, foam pits and Ninja Warrior course.
Special times for 6 and under only

Aerozone

Fresno

Trampolines, foam pits, bounce house, toddler area, interactive projection video game, rock climbing.

2Xtreme 

Fresno

Trampolines, foam pit, dodgeball

Quantum Leap

Visalia

Trampolines, foam pits, Ninja Warrior Course.
Special times for kids 6 & under only

Water Parks & Water Slides