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Family Activities in Visalia, CA

by Amy Sutton

Visalia is nestled in the San Joaquin Valley of California and is home to more than 124,000 residents. With that many residents, there are sure to be a lot of little ones running around. If you're a mom in the Visalia community, you'll find a variety of engaging activities to keep your little monster occupied so you can hold onto your sanity.

1. Parks

Get your little bundle of energy outside for some fresh air and sunshine at one of the Visalia city parks (ci.visalia.ca.us/depts/parks_n_recreation). Visit Perry Family Park across from the Cottonwood Elementary School or Lion's Park at Denton and West Ferguson Avenue. Both have fantastic toddler play areas where your tot can play safely. Spend a hot summer day at the Riverway Sports Park on North Dinuba, where you and your cutie can play on the tiny tot lot and then go cool down at the interactive splash pad.

2. Classes

Sign your princess up for some of the Tiny Tots programs (ci.visalia.ca.us) at the Whitendale Community Center like Tiny Tot Rugrats for 1- to 5-year-olds. She will love experimenting with water and sand while playing with the other kiddos. Let her try Tiny Tot Sensational Superheroes, where she can turn herself into a brave superhero and enjoy superhero crafts, stories and hip hop floor exercises. The Tiny Tot My First Art Class is perfect for your little Picasso; children 1 to 5 can join in and color, paint, cut and glue while making creative works of art.

3. Sports

Help your rambunctious little man focus his energy on learning about sports and teamwork through one of the sports programs at the Visalia YMCA (goldenstateymca.org). Basketball is for boys and girls ages 3 to 12 and teaches kiddos about the fundamentals of the game and healthy competition. The Mini Cheer program will teach your preschooler basic cheer and pom-pom routines. Your preschooler could also give flag football a try. This program is offered to kiddos 4 and up. T-ball is for children as young as 2 years old and will give your little guy the opportunity to learn about baseball and have a fun time while making new friends.

4. Indoor Activities

Head over to Boingo's (boingos.com), an indoor play facility in Visalia packed full of bounce houses and obstacle courses. Attend open bounce where your little monkey can bounce the day away or play with her little friends in the toddler arena. Visit the Visalia Branch Library(tularecountylibrary.org) where you can play with your little one or share a story in the children's section. Stop by for storytime where you and your sweetie pie can enjoy music, fingerplays, stories and crafts with other children in the community. This is a great way to let her socialize with others and will give you an opportunity to meet other moms and plan some playdates for her.

5. Museums and Theatre

Spend a day exploring the ImagineU museum (imagineumuseum.org) with your curious little toddler or preschooler. This museum has all sorts of engaging hands-on exhibits for kids. Your little man will love Toddletown, complete with a train table, imagination station and rocking boat. Pretend to be a great adventurer on a dinosaur dig at Diggin' It, where you can use shovels to find buried treasures. Plan to attend a show at The Enchanted Playhouse (enchantedplayhouse.org). Shows are aimed for families young and old and include plenty of entertaining action to keep your little guy's attention. Many shows are based on fairy tales and fables like "Hansel and Gretel," "The Cat in the Hat's Back" and "New Clothes for the Emperor."

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