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Summer activities to keep your kids happy and busy

words by Jolene Polyack
images by Frankie Leal

DRAMA – E&e Performing Arts will offer Acting Bootcamp, Musical Theater Bootcamps and a Back Stage Camp. For more information: www.engstromtheatre.com or call 559-897-5570. All camps are held at the Draper Street Theater1440 Draper Street, Suite C, Kingsburg.

COOKING & SEWING- mudfence creations will offer beginning sewing and creative cooking classes this summer for kids. This new business is located at 1327 Draper Street. Contact Conni Delinger at 559-970-4072 for more information.

MUSIC LESSONS – Reedley School of Music, offers private piano, guitar and voice lessons. For more information: www.reedleyschoolofmusic.com or call 559-638-6931. E&e Performing Arts of Kingsburg offers Piano Camp June 18-29 with instructor Angela Gonzales. For more information: www.engstromtheatre.com or call 559-897-5570.

BMX RIDING – For the tomboy of the family, how about BMX riding/racing? Airtime BMX has a track located by taking Manning Avenue, turn left on Frankwood. Drive four miles north and turn left on American Avenue. The track is between Great Western School and the Reedley Municipal Airport. For more information: www.airtimebmx.moonfruit.com/# or call Paul Huebert - (559) 696-0561 or Donna Huebert (559) 859-0949, or Facebook.com/airtime bmx

SWIMMING – The Kingsburg Crandell Swim Complex offers lap swimming, aqua aerobics and therapy, public recreational swimming, night swimming and Red Cross swim lessons. Visit www.cityofkingsburg-ca.gov or call 559-897-5328 or 559-897-0305 for details. The City of Reedley will offer a variety of swim programs as well. Visit www.reedley.com or call 559-637-4203 for information.

LIBRARY READING GROUP – Both the Reedley and Kingsburg branches of the Fresno County Library will be offering summer reading programs and special events. Check out their website for information:
http://califa.evanced.info/fresno/lib/eventcalendar.asp or call 559-897-3710 in Kingsburg or 559-638-2818 in Reedley.

DRAWING LESSONS – Watch Me Draw will hold drawing classes throughout the summer for kids. Location, date and times had not been finalized at press time. Call Tucker Maxwell at 559- 303-7455 for more information.

REEDLEY RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS – The City of Reedley’s Recreational Department will be offering a variety of activities for kids including ballet, cheer clinics, baseball and camps. See the Traffic Report or Visit www.reedley.com or call 559-637-4203 for information.

DANCING LESSONS – The Dance Company, located at 169 W. Ventura in Kingsburg will be offering tap, ballet, jazz, gymnastics, hip-hop and progressions classes this summer. Their schedule was not available at press time. Call 559-897-7986 for more information.

THROW A PARTY – The Diva Girls Glass Slipper in Kingsburg offers karaoke, princess, diva and glamor parties. Prices include catered lunch, craft project, gift packet and dress up clothes. Call Janine Mull at 559-289-7294 for more information.

Here are some ideas for stay-at-home crafts your children can do:
Paint with Ice cubes – freeze water and food coloring in ice trays, freeze with a toothpick and enjoy some cool painting.
Have a neighborhood scavenger hunt
Make giant bubbles – poke a hole in the bottom of a paper cup or the bottom of a water bottle. Dip. Blow
Make obstacle courses out of crape paper streamers (used in hallway – kids have to climb under and over to get to the end w/out touching paper)
Have a picnic in the front yard
Have a puppet show – use brown paper bags to make puppets
Dig for Fossils – use dinosaurs from dollar tree, burry them, use paint brushes to dust away dirt
Set up a Lemonade stand
Camp in the Backyard with s’mores and roasted hot dogs (dessert first intentional)
Have a Water balloon fight
Plant a garden
Build a fort
Create Sidewalk chalk art/mural
Enjoy a Movie Marathon – pick a movie series, such as Harry Potter or Star Wars, and have an all-day or all-night movie marathon complete with popcorn, snacks and intermissions.

Let your kids practice being responsible, while earning a few dollars at the same time. How about creating fliers and going door to door with House Sitting, Pet Sitting, or Pet Walking services?

Let your child tutor a younger child in reading or math. They only have to know more than the child who they’re tutoring.

Parent’s Helper – Have your child offer their service to entertain younger children by reading to them or playing games with them while their parent has a little time to his or herself.


Ride Amtrak from Fresno to Hanford, enjoy a nice day of shopping and eating in Hanford before heading back to Fresno. Visit www.amtrak.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

Mc Dermont Field House at 365 N. Sweet Briar Lindsay, CA 559-562-3326 or visit www.mcdermontfieldhouse.com . Indoor surfing, rock climbing, laser tag, skate park, arcade, baseketball, weight room, indoor soccer fields, it’s all here.

Imagine U, an interactive children’s museum located at 700 East Main Street, Visalia, CA. For more information visit www.imagineumuseum.org or call 559-733-5975.

Water parks - Either Island Water Park at 6099 West Barstow Avenue, Fresno 559-277-6800 or Wild Waters Water Park located at 11413 E. Shaw Avenue, Clovis, 559-299-9453. Either park will provide an entire day of fun for the whole family.

Chaffee Zoo – Visit over 750 animals including the new sea lion exhibit plus many new births and more on the way! Located at 894 W. Belmont Avenue, in Roading Park. www.fresnochaffeezoo.org or call 559-498-5910.
Playland and Storyland - Enjoy rides for the little ones and fairy tales brought to life-size at these two destinations, don’t forget to bring some bread to feed the ducks! Located in Roading Park at 890 W. Belmont, Fresno. www.storylandplayland.com or call 559-486-2124.

Cathaven – Guided tours of some of the rarest cats in the world. Located at 38257 E. Kings Canyon Road, Dunlap, CA. Visit www.cathaven.com or call 559-338-3216 for more information.

Forestiere Underground Gardens - See hand-built network of underground rooms, courtyards and passageways reminiscent of the ancient catacombs. Located at 5021 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno. Visit www.undergroundgardens.com or call 559-271-0734 for information.

Go to the beach for the day – Leave at 8 a.m. and be back for dinner! Pismo, Morrow Bay, Cayucos, Avila Beach – they’re all close enough for a beach day.

Whatever your little ones are interested in, there is definitely something happening in the area this summer to interest them. We hope you and your family have a very safe and wonderful summer. Have fun and stay cool!



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