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Fun Stuff to Do With Your Toddlers in Fresno, California

by Erica Loop

With their seemingly superhuman amounts of energy and curiosity, keeping toddlers busy with fun activities is almost a no-brainer. Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles or any other caregivers who live in or are visiting the Fresno, California, area have an array of options for entertaining their ever-active toddlers.

Science Fun

Do you have a budding biologist or a pint-sized paleontologist on your hands? With a real NASA space capsule, fish pond, dino dig and more, Fresno's Discovery Center provides toddlers with a variety of fun-filled opportunities to learn. Spend the day in the center's 6-acre park or take in a low-cost $5 class. Toddlers and parents can enjoy a one-hour long nature class that also includes story-time, crafting and a snack. As an added bonus, each class comes with a live animal presentation.

Animal Adventures

If your toddler hasn't gotten enough nature-themed fun at the Discovery Center, Fresno's Chaffee Zoo has animals galore -- more than 125 species. The zoo features exciting special events for holidays such as the Halloween ZooBoo or Christmas Santa Paws as well as specialized classes. Toddlers and a parent can enjoy Tot Time (for children who are 18 months to 5 years old). This animal-themed class includes the opportunity to touch exhibits such as animal bones, feathers or shells, and meet an animal guest and create a cool craft.

Art Outings

Just because your toddler can't say Modigliani, the Italian painter, it doesn't mean she isn't ready for an amazing art adventure. The Fresno Art Museum has opportunities galore for kids to learn about and look at paintings and sculptures. If you're looking for something fun that doesn't cost a dime, go to the museum on one of its three free Family Days (these include extra activities for little ones). Dads with toddlers can take comfort in touring the museum with other dads during monthly Stroller Tours. Don't worry about your screaming toddler bothering other guests because those tours occur before the museum normally opens.


While burning off some of your adorable angel's energy at the playground or swimming pool sometimes seems ideal, your toddler also needs some quiet time. Don't let your little one grow up thinking that libraries are boring, stuffy places. Toddlers can enjoy the story-times at one of the many Fresno County Public libraries. Infant/toddler story-times include a morning filled with books and songs. Some branches also offer a music and stories option for toddlers that includes some terrific tunes and movement activities.

About the Author

Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.

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