Hundreds of reenactors from several western states descend on Kearney Park for a living-history lesson that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the civil war. Wander through a civilian town and military encampments housing battle-weary soldiers as live music from the period drifts through the air and artisans craft non-anachronistic wares. Time-traveling visitors may stumble upon Abraham Lincoln for a chat about emancipation or about how he plans to decorate his beard for Halloween as a collection of stagecoaches gleams in the sun nearby.
Though guests to Island Waterpark might meet humans on their way to the water, they might also encounter Pelican Pete—a giant blue pelican in a floral-print shirt and bermuda shorts. He and an athletic lifeguard staff oversee guests as they wander among fountains and roaring water in attractions designed for everyone from toddlers to adults. Bright-blue tube slides spiral down into splash pools, a giant bucket tips gallons of water onto passersby, and a three-story open slide sends riders on a straight shot into a landing zone that pads their descent with a foot of water and a coral reef packaged in bubble wrap. Aquatic revelers can also float down a 500-foot lazy river and children can frolic under arching fountains and waterfalls in a designated play area.
Since 1955, the Rotary Storyland and Playland have sparked young imaginations and earned a place in the hearts of multiple generations. At Playland, classic amusement-park rides, such as a ferris wheel, tilt-o-whirl, and a historic carousel, induce merriment and occasional regret over eating multiple corn dogs immediately before boarding. In the center of Playland lies Splash Junction, a free place for patrons to cool off on hot days under jets of water. Across the lake, Storyland takes a different approach to fun, populating its grounds with themed playground equipment inspired by classic tales, such as the legend of King Arthur and the lesser-known story of Jack and Jill starting a bottled-water business.
Beneath the ultra-hip Tower Theatre’s neon-tube lighting, ultraviolet murals, and restored marquee, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks will unleash a set list of genre-spanning tunes, including his classics “I Scare Myself” and “Canned Music.” Lovingly dubbed as "folk jazz" by the savvy singer, Hicks' tunes effortlessly coalesce elements of swing, jazz, folk, and country in a melodious fusion of styles, resulting in dynamic live performances and confused back-up dancers. Shielded by sharp-dressed sensibility, Hicks injects refreshing touches of humor into his tunes, crooned in a laid-back fashion that's punctuated by his infamous onstage wit. Groupon customers can redeem their Groupons before the show or at the venue, but general-admission seats are first-come, first-served.
The Roots & Boots Tour corrals three country stars—Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, and Sammy Kershaw—to perform acoustic versions of more than 40 Top 10 hits. After opening sets by local country duo Whisky Row and LA-area five-piece The Doo-Wah Riders, the headliners will light up the stage faster than a Shakespeare troupe wearing firefly chainmail. With hard-hitting songs such as “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” and a hobby as a competitive bodybuilder, Tippin has earned the nickname “Hillbilly Hercules.” Sammy Kershaw turns to his Louisiana upbringing to pepper singles such as "Cadillac Style” with Cajun-style vocals and to treat audience tongues to dabs of complimentary hot sauce. Grammy winner Joe Diffie will showcase his own repertoire of chart-toppers, including 1994’s “Pickup Man.”
At Boomers! Fresno, thrill-seeking families and fun-enabling friends can attack any of six available attractions, including purring go-karts, scaled-down kiddie go-karts, bumper boats, plus the vehicle-free joys housed inside the laser-tag arena, game room, and the game room's prized redemption center. Unlimited pass holders can also scale the 32-foot tall climbing wall, which, like America, enables citizens to climb to the top via myriad routes.