11th Annual Threshing Bee at Patrick’s Ranch

June 6th, 2013

The 11th Annual Country Faire Threshing Bee is this weekend, June 8-9, in Durham, at 10381 The Midway, just a few minutes from Chico. There’s a free shuttle leaving from downtown Chico; learn more at the Patrick Ranch Museum website.
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We’ve been several times, and it’s a lot of fun for kids and grownups. Watch wheat being harvested with the help of tractors and draft horses, see wheat ground up, cook biscuits, pet animals, watch sheep dogs, ride a tram, and more. There’s food and live music plus crafts booths, and you can tour the historic farmhouse.
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The threshing bee is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 to $8; kids 5 and under are free.

Camp Chico Creek at the Nature Center

May 14th, 2013

I got an email from Cyndi Pereira of the nonprofit Chico Creek Nature Center letting me know about the environmental education for kids ages 5 to 11, Camp Chico Creek, which runs this summer in 10 one-week sessions on June 10.
Cyndi, the camp director, wrote: “The program is designed to provide outdoor recreation and to foster awareness of nature in a fun, safe, and caring setting. Themes covering the park’s habitats and its natural and cultural history are presented to campers through guided nature walks, lab activities, presentations of the Nature Center’s live animals, arts and crafts and swimming in Big Chico Creek.”

The weekly fee is $85 for half day (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), $135 for full day, and only $20 additional if you’d like extended care ranging from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

You can learn more about the camp, along with birthday parties and preschool workshops, at the BidwellPark.org website.


Parents’ Night Out at Athletic Horizons

May 8th, 2013

Here’s another one from my “best kept secrets” files. The second Saturday of every month is “Parents’ Night Out” at Athletic Horizons, the gymnastics center at 415 Otterson Drive in Chico.

Kids ages 2 1/2 and up get to use the gym’s equipment, including trampolines, balance beams, tumbling stuff, ball pit, and play structure, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. while parents catch a movie, dine out, or do whatever else grown-ups might do when the children aren’t around. A snack and craft activity is included.

Parents’ Night Out is coming up this Saturday, May 11, so it’s a great opportunity for kids to “get their wiggles out” before Mother’s Day. The fee is $15 per child, and $13 for additional children in the same family. (The online flyer is a bit outdated.)

You MUST sign your kids up ahead of time for Parents’ Night Out by 3 p.m. on the preceeding Friday; no drop-ins. Athletic Horizons can be reached at 530-893-4967.

Free Summer Bowling at Orchard Lanes

May 6th, 2013

Orchard Lanes BowlingI decided to round up the details about the AMF “Summer Unplugged” promotion that promises free bowling for kids all summer long, from May 13 to September 2, 2013. Orchard Lanes in Chico is one of the participants.

It sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Here are the “catches”: adults pay to bowl with the kids, and shoe rental is not included in the kids’ “free bowling.” I’ve read that some families just buy their own bowling shoes on eBay, but when we tried that last year the footwear wasn’t plentiful.

Anyway, to participate, you’ll need to sign kids up for the summer pass ahead of time at the AMF website and then they’re set to bowl two games per day. Those age 16 and up can buy a summer pass for $34.95, which includes two games per day for the passholder and up to three guests.

Summer Camps at CSUC Museum of Anthropology

May 5th, 2013

The summer camps held by the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at CSU, Chico qualify as one of the town’s best-kept secrets. My kid is already signed up, so I can feel free to share now, knowing that he has locked down his spot 🙂

The camps are for kids ages 5 to 11. In past years, our son has taken a Harry Potter-themed “Potions” class (not held this year) and honed his paleontology skills a dinosaur camp.

This year’s camps are:

Week 1 – July 8-11: Space Adventures – Investigate the solar system and beyond.
Week 2 – July 15-18: Think Like Paleontologist – Explore the Mesozoic Era when dinosaurs ruled.

Week 3 – July 22-25: Cultures of the Americas – Learn about traditional lifeways from Hopi to Aztec to California Indians.

Week 4 -July 29 – Aug. 1: “Best of” Camp – Each day a new topic, from Egypt to the rainforests.

The fee is $75 for each session, which run for four mornings (Monday through Thursday) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Endangered Species Faire 2013

May 4th, 2013

The annual Endangered Species Faire on May 4 was hot yet fun as families enjoyed live music, animals, educational booths, food vendors, and the always-popular Procession of the Species parade. Sponsored by Butte Environmental Council, this year’s theme was: “Our Common Watershed.”


Stansbury Home Ice Cream Social Aug. 21

August 21st, 2009

It’s tonight! Yummers! The annual fund-raiser at the Victorian at 5th and Salem. 6pm to 9pm. Special guests include the California Militia from 1885, and “Doc Mark” Rutledge, a nationally known medical re-enactor. Ice cream, tours and more. Tickets are $5 adults, $3 children in advance and $1 more at the door. Available at Zucchini and Vine, Brambley Cottage, Cal Java, Grace Jr., Art. Etc. and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.

Slice of Chico Downtown July 11

July 10th, 2009

Tasty, free watermelon. Tasty deals. What could be better? We’ll be at Slice of Chico on Saturday, chomping away. It starts at 9 a.m. Here’s link from sponsor Downtown Chico Business Association.