Things To Do2019-08-28T17:44:53+00:00

Things To Do in the Central Valley

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

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

First Friday of Each Month

Dollar Fridays
Discovery Center - Fresno

Just $1 per person admission all day!

First Saturday of Each Month

Home Depot Kids Workshop

9 am - 12 pm

Kids can build a free craft every month at Home Depot stores across the country.
All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin.

Second Tuesday of Each Month

Kids Club
Fashion Fair Mall - Fresno

10 am - 11:30 am

The Fashion Fair Mall Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.
They have teamed up with Fresno's most fun Children's Entertainer, Mother Goose, to create fun activities and games that focus on discovery through play.

Weekdays - Ongoing

Open Jump
Pump It Up - Fresno/Madera

Mon, Tues, Fri - 10 am - 11:30 am
Ages 6 & under

Play on giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Open Jump!
Share quality time and promote physical fitness while sliding, climbing and jumping at Pump It Up.
Enjoy spending time with your family, meeting other families and making new friends in their safe, clean, climate controlled environment.

Tot Time
Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Tot Time is a program designed for children (ages 18 months to 5 years) and their parents to interact and learn about amazing animals together.
Each class will: create an animal craft or build enrichment for a Zoo animal, meet a special animal friend, see and touch bio-facts like feathers, shells, skin, and bones, and discover fun facts about animals and nature.

Discounted Movies

Both Maya Cinemas in Fresno and Sierra Vista Cinemas in Clovis offer discounted ticket prices on Tuesdays.

Mother Goose Story Hour
Book Barn - Clovis

Wednesdays - 10 am - 10:45 am

Fresno’s own Mother Goose will be at A Book Barn with a new story every week!
Stimulating the imaginations of her young audience, Mother Goose does more than enchant them with a performance, she’ll help them understand the world that opens for them when they read.
Free to the public.

Weekends - Ongoing

Public Shows
Pena Planetarium - Visalia

Take imaginary, but realistic, trips through our solar system, as well as explore a variety of other astronomy-related topics.

Weekend Shows
Downing Planetarium - Fresno State

Public Shows Fridays evenings and Saturday afternoons

When the planetarium is open for public shows on a Friday night, weather permitting, we take our telescope outside the planetarium to look at celestial objects.

Michaels' Kids Club

Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Choose from two 30-minute projects designed for little makers (ages 3 & up).

Barnes and Noble Storytime
River Park - Fresno

Saturdays at 11:00 am

Storytime and activities, and get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4!

Kids Belay
MetalMark - Fresno

Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Do you want the kids to get some mileage in while you work out?
Want a great weekend activity for the rug rats?
Drop in for kids belay!
Their amazing staff is on hand to belay, teach and motivate!

Various Days and Times

Public Libraries

Kids and family friendly events and activities.

Fresno County Public Library

Tulare County Public Library

Kings County Public Library

Young Chefs Academy - Fresno

Weekly Classes at Young Chefs Academy are the perfect place for students to develop, build upon, and sharpen their culinary skills as they progress through a structured program week by week.
Planned around a unique monthly theme, each class is an entirely new experience that incorporates culinary skills that build upon each other to progress over time into more complex food preparation and presentation.

Valley PBS - Family Circle Events

Once per month - Membership Required

For more information, see our Inside Look

Family Days

Fresno Art Museum

FAMily Days at the Fresno Art Museum are community-building, cultural events that are fun and educational, to be enjoyed by the whole family.
They are enriching experiences that are meant to inspire, engage, awaken artistic interest, and educate.
FAMily Days are free events and occur three times per year, in the spring, late summer, and during the Holidays!

San Joaquin and Sierra Railroad Open House

An amazing backyard model train which opens its doors to the public two to three times a year.

Friday Night Family Happy Hour

Moravia Winery - Fresno

Every summer Friday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm, enjoy time with your family at Moravia’s beautiful winery.
Moravia grounds are open for picnicking, kids to play on the SS Moravia, and everyone to relax while the sun sets over the vines.

Movies and Theater

Regal UA Clovis Movies

All movies $4

Children's Musical Theaterworks

Fresno Memorial Auditorium

Children's Musical Theaterworks is the Valley's only non-profit theater company dedicated to the training of young performers in the area of musical theater and the arts.
In 2001, the Fresno Memorial Auditorium become CMT’s theatrical home, and we are now in our 18th season there!

Horseback Riding

Yosemite Trails

Fish Camp

One and two hour horseback trail rides depart daily or join us for our exclusive day ride to Yosemite's Mariposa Grove.
What better way to get a glimpse into Yosemite's past than to visit these 2,000 year old redwood trees the way John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt did, from the back of a good horse.
Children must be 6 years old or older.

Wonder Valley Ranch

Sanger

Enjoy a peaceful ride through the fields of Wonder Valley on horseback.
Our well-trained Wranglers and great trail ride horses will take care of you and your safety while you get to live out your dreams of riding a horse.
These are guided, walk-only, one hour trail rides through the beauty of Wonder Valley.

Shaver Stable

Shaver Lake

Horseback rides in the beauty of the Sierra.
Children must be 6 years old or older.

Sports Teams

Fresno Monsters Ice Hockey

Selland Arena - Fresno

Fresno Grizzlies Baseball

Chukchansi Park - Fresno

Fresno Football Club

Chukchansi Park - Fresno

Annual Events

PBR - Professional Bull Riding

Save Mart Center - Fresno

Monster Jam

Save Mart Center - Fresno

Touch-A-Truck

New Covenant Community Church - Fresno

Offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of machinery and to meet the people that build, protect and serve the local communities.

Big Hat Days

Old Town Clovis

The largest two day festival in Central California.
Over 140,000 visitors fill the streets of Old Town to enjoy hundreds of craft and food booths, carnival and pony rides.

Tulare County Renaissance Faire

Plaza Park - Visalia

Vintage Days

Fresno State

Kids zone with pony rides, petting zoo, crafts and bounce houses, food and craft vendors, live music, game booths.

Fresno Pirate Festival

Kearney Park - Fresno

A pirate event with 100's of pirates recreating New Providence, a thriving pirate community.
The residents of New Providence will have handmade wares for sale, fine food and ales, dancing gypsies, multiple stage shows, mermaids, and a whole weekend of fun whilst reenacting a bit of history all in the swashbuckling style.

Cow Appreciation Day

Chick-fil-A

Dress like a cow and receive a free entrée.

Fresno Greek Fest

St. George Greek Orthodox Church - Fresno

Food and drinks, live music and dancing, activities for the kids

Clovis Night Out

Sierra Meadows Park - Clovis

Caruthers District Fair

California's Largest Free Gate Fair & Parade

Hanford's Renaissance of Kings Faire

Hanford Civic Center

See historical displays, participate in period activities, shop for hand crafted goods, and see fun and spectacular stage shows.
Wear your Renaissance themed costuming and travel back in time at the Hanford Renaissance of Kings Faire!
Free Admission!

Civil War Revisited

Kearney Park - Fresno

ClovisFest & Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly

Old Town Clovis

Get to the Clovis Rodeo grounds before sunrise and feast your eyes on the majestic hot air balloons readying for takeoff!
ClovisFest spans over twelve city blocks, including side streets where you’ll discover over 200 craft and commercial vendor booths, in addition to our International Village.

ZooBoo

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Trick-or Treating, Carnival Games and local vendors.

Veterans Day Parade

Downtown Fresno

Children's Electric Christmas Parade

Old Town Clovis

ZooLights

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

The Living Nativity

Riverdale Assembly of God

Drive-through nativity