Have you joined the club??
ValleyPBS Family Circle organizes excellent activities for families every month, but you have to be a member to join in the fun.
Membership is only $20 a month for your whole family, and we think it's money very well spent.
Our kids always look forward to ValleyPBS events!
Here is a sample of some of the great things we have gotten to do around the Valley with Family Circle:
We went to Sycamore Island to learn about litter and help clean-up nature.
The kids were given some educational demonstrations,
and then they got to make their own binoculars and each one got their own trash claw!
The trash claw, in and of itself, made for a perfect kid day.
We were given a scavenger hunt and some trash bags and set off to pick up as much litter as we could.
It was actually surprising to see what a great time the kids had picking up trash, and how much it brought litter and environmental protection to their awareness.
At the end, they all got Reeftown Ranger badges and certificates, (very prized items that are still proudly displayed in their rooms).
To this day, when we are out and about, the kids notice litter and pick it up and we are grateful to Family Circle.
We also got to attend BubbleFest, which is an annual Family Circle event.
We watched a show at the ValleyPBS studio by Wild Child Adventures and were all totally amazed.
Then we walked to the nearby Arte Americas park and got to do our own bubble play.
There were also crafts, food, and a meet-and-greet with Curious George.
Another month, we got to go to a Fresno Grizzlies game.
Family Circle gave us snacks and baseball crafts,
and we hung out with Super Why!
In October, we got to go to the Hillcrest pumpkin patch and enjoy a train ride, pumpkins to take home,
and a craft.
One of the most educational events was Engineer It, Kids!
With the help of Fresno State engineering students we made bridges out of gum drops and toothpicks,
and also graham crackers and marshmallow cream,
and we met Peg + Cat.
Family Circle always puts on a great holiday party in December.
The kids made cookies,
and we made cards for nursing home residents and met Daniel Tiger.
ValleyPBS helped us discover a hidden gem when they took us to AgVentures at the International Agri-Center in Tulare.
After learning all about farming in the interactive museum, we were able to reap the benefits of agriculture by making our own pizzas.
On St. Patrick's Day, we got to play with the green screen at the ValleyPBS studios,
take a studio tour,
make a craft.
and get a picture with Curious George.
In addition to all of these great monthly events, Family Circle members also get treated to some special events every now and then.
For Father's Day, we got to have breakfast with Clifford at Whole Foods!
Besides very yummy food, Wild Child Adventures was back for more bubble play,
and we got to make crafts and cards for Dads.
We also were invited to a special preview of RARE at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and we got to be on TV!
We had a little education from zoo employees and watched clips from the show,
then every child was given a disposable camera and sent out to take pictures around the zoo.
(Learning about film cameras was possibly the biggest education of the day! Most of the kids had never seen them!)
After our photo safaris, we had lunch while the kids wrote about what they had learned.
ValleyPBS aired a special show about the day, and the kids were SO excited to see themselves and their photos on TV!
We cannot recommend Family Circle enough!
The $20 monthly donation is tax deductible, and besides all of the fun activities, (most of which are well over a $20 value,) membership includes discounts to many local businesses and ValleyPBS Passport, which lets you stream PBS shows on-demand. (This is mom's favorite benefit - unlimited Downton Abbey, Call The Midwife and Victoria binge watching!)
Click Here to join and get in on the fun!