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Things To Do With Kids in Fresno

Fresno is one of California’s agriculture hubs harvesting more than $1.2 billion in almonds each year and massive quantities of other fruits and veggies. The city is located near the center of the San Joaquin Valley, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Fresno is home to almost a million people and the entertainment here is drawn to scale. Fresno actually used to be a part of Mexico — try some at local favorite Mexican restaurants like Castillo’s or Sal’s. Scroll down to find deals on other family-friendly activities in Fresno:

Fresno is home to a few festivals that draw in thousands of tourists year after year. like The Big Fresno Fair or the Fresno Greek Festival are just a few that the whole family will love. Explore other top activities for kids:

  • Spend the afternoon navigating the historic Forestiere Underground Gardens
  • River Park Shopping Center
  • Find fresh fruits and veggies, coffee and pastries, and a gorgeous setting at the Vineyard Farmers Market
  • Grab day or season passes to Wild Water Adventures in Clovis
  • Catch a live theater performance at The Tower Theatre for Performing Arts

Spend a few hours walking around and enjoying the fine art in the Tower District. This entertainment district has fine dining, casual eats, and locally-owned boutiques too. Take a break for a family meal at the Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater. Other kid-friendly activities in Fresno include:

  • Catching a Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball game
  • Horseback riding lessons or attend races at Fresno County Horse Park
  • Grabbing a family meal at John’s Incredible Pizza Company
  • Taking classes or checking out special events at 1821 Gallery & Studios
  • Practicing your balance figure skating at Gateway Ice Center

One of the best attractions in Fresno is the Forestiere Underground Gardens. They were built in the early 1900s by a Sicilian immigrant seeking shade from the hot summer days. He ended up digging for 40 years, going as deep as 25 feet underground and spanning the tunnels across 4 acres of land. Find more cheap things to do with kids in Fresno below:

  • See the Clark Bonsai Collection and other beautiful plant species at the Shinzen Friendship Garden
  • Catch special events and concerts at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center
  • Stop by Arte Americas during a special event for live music or a stunning art exhibit
  • See contemporary, modern, and Mexican-American art exhibits at the Fresno Art Museum
  • Go for a Wacky Walk and get to know the city or try a clue-gathering walking adventure game with 3Quest Challenge

Fresno has well-maintained city and neighborhood parks with classic playgrounds and amenities like Trolley Creek Park or Todd Beamer Park but the city is also home to nontraditional parks with fun attractions. Experience the fun at one of the following kid-approved Fresno hotspots:

  • Have a picnic at the multi-leveled Oso de Oro Lake Park
  • Play on the splash pad or on the playset at Inspiration Park
  • Believe it or not a nickel still can buy you something, check it out at the Oh Wow Nickel Arcade
  • Bring toddlers to the Tiny Tots Playground and score half off single or three-day passes
  • Save on a three-week introductory fencing course at Fresno Fencing Academy

Book an afternoon of group entertainment with deals on bowling and other kid-centric activities. Discover more group activities for kids in Fresno:

  • Planning a family bowling night at Bowlero Fresno
  • Paintball, go-karts, mini-golf, and arcade games at Blackbeard’s Family Entertainment
  • Trying one of Fresno’s up-and-coming escape rooms like Xcape Room
  • Bringing toddlers to Tiny Tots Playground to burn off some of that energy
  • Signing your kids up for after-school programs or camps at Bricks 4 Kidz

Fresno is a great place to find tons of educational activities, too. Find deals on state-of-the-art science museums, discovery centers, and other research facilities for kids below:

  • Try hands-on exhibits like fossil digs and fishing at The Discovery Center
  • Learn about the history of aviation and get a close-up look of some pretty old places at Castle Air Museum
  • See full dome shows on the star projector at the Downing Planetarium
  • See local history exhibits at the Clovis Museum
  • Get a glimpse of African American history at the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of the San Joaquin Valley

Fresno offers a variety of classes for artistic children. Sign them up for cooking classes at Young Chefs Academy or digital photography classes at the local art museum. Browse other creative and performing art classes for kids below:

  • Take classes or attend special events at 1821 Gallery & Studios
  • Book The Artist in Me, a mobile art service for ages 6 and younger
  • Sign up for kids art classes at the Fresno Art Museum
  • Register for dance lessons at the Severance Fresno Ballet School
  • Channel your inner Picasso at C’est Le Vie Arts

Find indoor entertainment near you with bowling, laser tag, and escape room deals on Groupon. Other popular indoor activities in Fresno are top-rated amusement centers and children’s play centers. Check out these things to do indoors with kids in Fresno:

  • Plan a family jump off at the Aerozone Trampoline Park or 2xtreme Jump Arena
  • Save on admission to The Jungle Party House
  • Unleash your competitive sides at No Surrender Laser Tag & Adventure Park
  • Sign the kids up for gymnastics at the The Little Gym
  • Grab tickets for the family to King Arthur’s Family Entertainment Center