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56 (+9 NEW!) Things to Do in Fresno This Summer - Updated for 2017!

Friday, June 2, 2017
Wondering what to do with your kids once school's out? Here are 65+ ideas in and around our beautiful city of Fresno. Happy Summer!


I always knew I'd leave Boston one day. I had my sights set on either Paris or New York. But God had other plans for me, and I landed in Fresno. Almost 16 years later, I'm proud to call Fresno home. Whatever you do, do NOT bash Fresno in front of me. And whatever else you do, do NOT tell me there's nothing to do in Fresno, especially for kids.


Below are 65 ideas of things to do with your kids in and near Fresno; some are outdoors and some are indoors to beat the heat. Just click on the name to go directly to their web site. Thanks to my friend Sarah, there are some fun activities to do around the house and yard, too. Several of these ideas would make a fantastic day trip. And this is nowhere near an exhaustive list.


If you've been to any of these places, please comment your reviews! And if you have any ideas to add, please comment those, too. I will update the list for next summer!


Have fun, stay hydrated, be adventurous, and no matter how hot it gets, always remember this: You don't shovel sun! Enjoy!



1. Chaffee Zoo (Zoo Camp Adventures)

2. Roeding Park's Storyland

3. Project Survival's Cat Haven

4. Forestiere Underground Gardens

5. The Discovery Center

6. Sugar Pine Railroad Steam Train

7. Amtrak to Superior Dairy (325 N. Douty St., Hanford, CA 93230 (559) 582-0481)

8. Island Waterpark and Wild Water Adventure Park

9. Take a walking tour of Downtown Fresno and visit the Water Tower

10. Take in a Fresno Grizzlies baseball game

11. Visit our many beautiful parks, like Oso de Oro and Woodward Park

12. Shinzen Japanese Garden

13. Clovis Botanical Garden at Dry Creek Park

14. Yosemite National Park, right in our own backyard

15. Mountain Brook Ranch

16. San Joaquin Fish Hatchery

17. Organic Pastures Raw Milk Dairy

18. Pick your own fruit at J&K Farley Farms in Kingsburg

19. Gazebo Gardens (food trucks!)

20. Bravo Farms

21. Camping at Wishon Village – Tell Kris and Katie I sent you!

22. You can't beat the Central Valley's fruits and veggies! Find a Farmers Market and support our local farms!

23. Sandals at the Beach Grill

24. Mini-golf at Boomers

25. Fresno Tennis Academy at the Sierra Sport & Racquet Club

26. Can't miss the Fresno Greek Festival, August 25-27 – OPA!



27. Make believe magic at the Children's Museum of the Sierra

28. Fresno Art Museum and the Fresno Art Museum Kids' Programs

29. Bouncing fun at Skywalk and 2Xtreme Arena

30. John's Incredible Pizza

31. Bowl a few at Fresno State or AMF Sierra Lanes

32. Patty's Art Party (1898 E Gettysburg Ave, Fresno, (559) 779-0344) or The Artist in Me

33. Veterans Memorial Museum

34. Visit the beautiful Meux Home in downtown Fresno

35. $1 Kids' Movies at Edward's Theater

36. Ice Skating will keep you cool!

37. Roller Skating

38. See the stars at Fresno State's Downing Planetarium

39. MetalMark Climbing & Fitness

40. Tac-Ops Laser Tag and No Surrender Laser Tag

41. African American Museum

42. MB2 Raceway (indoor kart racing)

43. Lots of fun for your little monkeys at The Jungle Party House (Sierra Vista Mall)

44. Young Chefs Academy

45. Rich Oliver's Mystery School (dirt bikes)

46. Color Me Mine

47. Blackbeard's Entertainment Center

48. Library – summer reading program & other events

49. Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County – only about an hour away from Fresno

50. Visit Margaret Hudson's studio and shop

51. ImagineU Children's Museum in Visalia



52. Sleep in a tent in your house or backyard.

53. Write a book; exchange chapters with other kid authors; collaborate or just get feedback ("the part I liked most / the part I wanted to know more about").

54. Pick veggies and learn how to cook them.

55. Experiment with homemade smoothies; record best recipes so you can do them again.

56. Get together with a family that has games you haven't played yet. Learn them. Teach each other games.


NEW IDEAS for 2017!!

57. Lost Realms Pets – pet store & zoo at Cedar & Nees, zoo costs $4/kids, $6/adults, $5/seniors (kids under 2 free)

58. Armenian Genocide Monument at Fresno State

59. Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias hiking trails in Oakhurst

60. Crystal Cave Tours in Sequoia National Park

61. Madera Drive-In Theatre

62. Pole Vault Championships in Old Town Clovis

63. Story time at Petunia's Place or A Book Barn

64. Learn about gardening with a tour at Garden of the Sun

65. Whitewater rafting at Kings River Expeditions






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