Looking for something to do with your kids? Then this is the right spot for you!
Barnes & Noble Storytime: Held weekly on Saturdays at 11am in the children’s book section. Call 894-1494 for more info.
Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary and Education Center: The mission of the Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation is to provide rehabilitation and long-term care for exotic and native species, as well as to provide educational programs on all levels, emphasizing wildlife and habitat conservation. Field trips, tours, camps and more. Call 533-1000 or go to www.kirshner.org for more info.
Blue Oak School Tours: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 9AM-11AM. Take a guided tour of our classrooms and explore all the creative and academic facets that Waldorf education offers. On the tour, you’ll get to know our community and philosophies so you can decide if Blue Oak Charter School is the right fit for your child. Space is limited, call us to reserve your spot: (530) 879-7483.
Book Family Farm: Fun, Educational, Year Round Field Trips & Tours, and Grass-Fed Meats. Fun, educational farm tours Saturdays: $5 per child, adults free if accompanied by child. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or 342-4375. For up to date info, “like us” on Facebook.
Boys & Girls Club of Chico: The Boys & Girls Club of Chico, the positive place for kids and teens ages 6 to 18, offers a variety of walk-in, facility programs Monday through Friday. $10 per year. 892-4756.
Bricks 4 Kids: Our programs provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks. The activities are designed to trigger young children’s lively imaginations and build their self-confidence. After school programs, birthday parties, camps, playgroups, Kidz night out, scouting, open play and drop off for ages 5 and up. Call 332-9172 or go to www.bricks4kidz.com.
Butte County Library, Chico: Click here for a list of current storytimes: http://www.buttecounty.net/bclibrary/ChicoLibrary.aspx
Butte Parent Cafe’: Free public events where parents have meaningful, guided conversations that help solve problems which could affect their children. Dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge. Parents, Foster Parents, Grandparents, Providers, and other people working with or raising children or anyone in the community who is interested in strengthening families in our community are encouraged to attend. Café is offered once a month in Oroville and once a month in Chico. www.butteparentcafe.com.
Chapman Food And Fitness Festival: Held every Friday from 2–5:30pm at 1010 Cleveland Ave. For more information, call 624-8844 or visit www.cChaos.org.
Chico Air Museum: The Chico Air Museum is located at the Chico Municipal Airport. This museum features air exhibits that are fun for the whole family! Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am-4pm. FREE! 147 Convair Court, 345-6468.
Chico Art School: Classes in painting and drawing for ages 7+. All levels. Monday-Saturday. Email for homeschool, after school and adult class availability. $25 per class-1 1/2 hr. Email Janet@chicoartschool.com or find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChicoArtSchoolandGallery.
Chico Certified Farmers’ Market-Saturdays: Take advantage of all the wonderful produce grown locally at Chico’s year round Farmers’ Market. Held every Saturday from 7:30am-1pm, rain or shine. Located at 2nd and Wall St. parking lot.
Chico Creek Nature Center: Offers kids of all ages a place to interact with animals and nature, discover Bidwell Park’s diverse ecosystem and learn about preserving this natural resource. After school, homeschool, preschool and family programs as well as an animal museum and nature play room. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children and seniors, free for members. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm. 1968 E. 8 th Street, 891-4671, www.BidwellPark.org
Chico Dojo: Kids Karate classes for kids 3 and up. 30 years of teaching experience. Classes include: All Belts Kids Karate, Adults All Belt Karate, Kabudo (Weapons Training), and Advanced Karate. Please call 898-9753 or go to www.chicodojo.com.
Chico Doula Circle: Free Prenatal Workshops first Thursday of each month from 7-8pm and third Sunday of each month from 2-4 pm. Clients and potential clients can come to as many workshops as they choose. During our meetings, we welcome new families, attend to established clients, and present experiential learning opportunities on a variety of topics related to pregnancy, birth & breastfeeding. For more information visit www.chicodoulacircle.com.
Chico Mothers Club: Ongoing weekly playgroups and a variety of other fun activities for young children. Gather weekly for friendship and support. For detailed information, please visit www.chicomothersclub.org.
Chico Museum: Open Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 4pm; donations gladly appreciated. Located at Second and Salem Streets, Downtown Chico. Phone 891-4336, or visit www.chicomuseum.org.
Chico Yo Yo Club: Come learn new tricks, show off your skill, & win great prizes. Bird in Hand in Downtown Chico. Every Saturday at noon. 893-0545.
Circle Time: Every Tuesday at 10:15 and 11:15, 45 minutes each session. Join us for books and stories, songs and rhymes, dancing, shaking, music making, and of course parachute play! This class is great for all ages, but designed for toddlers and preschool age children. Taught by a Child Development major with over 10 years of experience. Held at Apple Blossom Baby, 1372 Longfellow Ave., call 345-1617 for more details.
Enloe’s Mother and Baby Education Center: Ongoing before baby classes, after baby classes, as well as safety classes. Please call 332-3970 to register or go to www.enloe.org and click on Mother and Baby Care Center for more information and to view a full list of classes.
Family Swim: The 90 degree indoor pool is always comfortable any time of year. Family Swim is open to anyone (no membership required) on Fridays from 5-8 pm. Cost is just $2 per person. For more information, contact Chico Water Sprites at 342-2999 or visit www.chicowatersprites.com.
Fantastic Fridays: Athletic Horizons has the ultimate playgroup! Takes place on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month for all children, walking to 5 years old. Contact for more information: 893-4967 or www.athletichorizons.com.
Free Tennis Clinic: Held every Saturday at the Chico Racquet Club at 10am, open to all ages. 1629 Manzanita Ave, 895-1881.
Friday Night Concerts: For nearly 40 years, the Friday Night Concerts have been a favorite summertime tradition. Held every Friday night, between May and early September, the Friday Night Concerts are Chico’s best place to hear live, local music for free! Located in the City Plaza in the heart of downtown, these concerts offer entertainment to suit every musical preference — styles range from blues to swing to classic rock to reggae. 6-7:30pm. For a performance schedule please go to www.downtownchico.com.
Gateway Science Museum: Come explore the Gateway. Visit the many hands on exhibits for kids and families of all ages. Open Wed. through Sun. noon to 5pm. For more information, call 898-4121 or visit www.csuchico.edu/gateway.
Home Depot Kids Workshops: Chico & Oroville. Hands-on building workshop for ages 5-12. Saturdays, 9am-12pm. Free. Chico: 342-0477; Oroville: 538-0521.
Jazzercise: FREE Childcare! Contact for more details and class times. 896-9743, www.jazzercise.com.
Kids in Safe Seats: Low cost car seat program for Butte County residents. For more info on this program, please call Butte County Public Health 800-339-2941.
Kids Night Out: Fridays at In Motion Fitness from 5:30-9:30. Each night includes dinner and an exciting activity. Must pre-register. Call 895-kids or visit
www.inmotionfitness.net to find out more.
La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group: La Leche League offers free mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Babies and young children are always welcome at meetings. Meetings are held throughout the month. Please refer to the LLL of Chico Facebook page, call 487-4109 or email email@example.com for details and times.
Meet & Greet: Meet & Greet Parent Support Group will be held the last Thursday of each month, from 6-8pm. Meet & Greet is for parents or caretakers of children (adult or youth) with developmental disabilities. This free program offers an evening of respite and enjoyment for parents. Meet & Greet provides supports and ideas from knowledgeable parents in a light-hearted, enjoyable environment. Childcare is not provided. For more information please call Loren at Autism lifespan, 897-0900.
Michael’s Kids Craft Day: Every Saturday children 3 and up can make a craft to take home. Stop in anytime between 10-12pm. Michael’s in Chico, 2041 Dr Martin Luther King Dr.
MOMS: Making Our Mothering Significant is a group of moms who get together to share the joys and challenges of motherhood. Every mom needs a community that will encourage and support her. 1193 Filbert Ave, on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 9am, from September through May. Child care is provided. First meeting is free! Contact EV Free Church for more information: 343-6022.
MOPS Chico: MOPS at Grace Community Church: support group for mothers of children 0-preschool, just like you! Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays September-May. Call for more information: 343-5528. Free Childcare.
Museum of Northern California Art (MONCA): The mission of the Museum is to make art accessible and promote awareness of northern California artists through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. www.monca.org.
Newborn Care Class: This 2 hour class will teach you the basics of newborn care including diapering, feeding (bottle/breast), bathing, swaddling, baby wearing, umbilical cord care, & circumcision care. Call 530-828-1900 to schedule. www.thenestchico.com.
Patrick Ranch Museum: Educational Field Trips & More at the Historic Patrick Ranch. For more information visit our web-site at www.patrick ranchmuseum.org. The Patrick Ranch Museum is also open on Saturdays for tours of the Glenwood Farm house. Tours from 11am-3pm. Visit website for upcoming events on Saturdays at patrickranchmuseum.org or call 342-4359.
Pregnancy Education Series: This four-week childbirth education series is designed to prepare expectant women and their support person for their childbirth experience. We recommend that you choose to attend a session that ends one month before your baby is due. Call 876-2518 to register or go to www.frhosp.org for more information.
Roo’s Zoo Skate Session at Cal Skate: Join Roller-Roo for this specially designed session for kids 10 & under–strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. $5.50/child, includes quad skate rental (parents skate for $2.75); or $25/6-weeks. 343-1601.
Rowell’s Pals Playgroup: A diverse playgroup for parents & little ones ages 1-5, of all abilities. Come sing, dance, read & play. 10-11am, Fridays. Free; preregistration encouraged. Rowell Family Empowerment of N. CA, 899-8801.
Sliver Dollar BMX: First race is FREE for those looking to try something new here in Chico! There are racers as young as 3 years old and all ages are welcome! Practice/racing every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, weather permitting. “Like” us on Facebook www.facebook.com/sdbmx to receive current track updates.
Silver Dollar Speedway: Held every Friday night. Gates open at 6pm and races start at 7pm. For more info and for a full schedule of events go to, silverdollarspeedway.com.
Sunny Garden Montessori Mommy and Me Playgroups: An ongoing weekly PLAYGROUP for children and their parents. Children will be introduced to stimulating toys and activities; all guided by their parent! Please call 343-3101 for more information or visit www.sunnygardenmontessori.com.
The Mom Spot: A place for mothers of young children (birth through kindergarten) to connect by building friendships and sharing experiences. Meets on second and fourth Tuesdays of the month 9-11:30 am. Join us for a hot breakfast, craft, speaker, and free onsite child care. Meets at Paradise Alliance Church 6491 Clark Rd. Paradise-call for questions 877-7069.
The Studio 561: Children’s painting classes, mixed media, family painting parties, birthday paint parties, and summer camps. Also offers adult classes and painting parties. By local artist, Christine Mac Shane, 370-1285, 561 East Lindo Avenue.
Thursday Night Market: Held April – September from 6-9pm in Downtown Chico. Explore Downtown Chico’s Thursday Night Market on Broadway between 2nd and 5th Street, including side streets and the fabulous City Plaza! Features a bounty of farm-fresh produce, mouth-watering prepared foods from food trucks and booths, handmade, local arts and crafts, and live entertainment for all ages. downtownchico.com.
Barnes & Noble Storytime
Enjoy some fun stories, from treasured classics to new adventures. Saturdays at 11am. 894-1494
Chico Public Library Storytime
Preschool Storytime, Babies Love Books, Toddler Storytime, Japanese Storytime all ages, Chinese Storytime and bilingual Storytime. Please call for times 891-2762.
KZFR Storytelling for Kids
Kids of all ages can enjoy a variety of fascinating storytelling by tuning in to 90.1 FM radio in Chico. M-F, 7-7:30pm. 895-0706
Paradise Branch Library Storytime
Stories & crafts for children of all ages. Please call for days and times 872-6320
Used Book Sale
Find some great books at great prices at the Butte County Library, Chico branch. Saturdays from 10-11:30. 891-2762
Websites of Interest
Interactive Educational Games for Kids
Butte County Library
Get access to some great library resources… without leaving your house! You can browse the collection, check your account, use their research tools, and even find out about local book clubs. There are links for Teens and for Kids, too! Younger children can even have books read to them on their computer using the library’s link to Tumblebooks (using the Just for Kids link).
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Use this website to plan a trip to this Northern Californai gem! Find out about weather and road conditions, park history, operating hours, and more.
The website: www.nps.gov
National Park Service Web Rangers
Become a junior ranger… online! This is the National Park Service’s site for kids of all ages. If you love our National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites, this site is for you. If you are new to our National Parks, we hope this site helps you experience how wonderful they can be. www.nps.gov/webrangers/