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Families qualify for the Alternative Payment Program based on two criteria “eligibility” and “need”.

“Eligibilit y”

To be “ eligible”, a family’s income must meet eligibility requirements set by the State Department of Social Services, Child Care and Development Division.

“Need”

A family “needs” childcare based on one of the following: parents are employed, in school, or participating in a training program, parents are incapacitated or are unable to adequately care for their child(ren), children with special needs (medical, psychological, or if the child(ren) needs care as protection from abuse or neglect.

CalWORKs Families (current and former recipients)

Childcare is a critical part of your success as a former or current recipient of CalWORKs (or AFDC) benefits. For former or current CalWORKs recipients, Supportive Services, Inc. can provide funding if you meet eligibility requirements.

How May I See if I Qualif y?

Currently there are more families in need of assistance than there is funding to help. A waiting list of eligible families is kept to fill funding slots as they become available. To be placed on the waiting list, you may contact (559) 230 -2030 or visit our website at ssifresno.org.

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May 2024 • Central California Parent • 3 InsideMay May 2024 • Volume 31 • Number 6 Dear Reader Short Stuff News you can use Health Watch An update on your family’s health and welfare Calendar of Events Family Childcare Directory Early Childhood Preschool Directory Marketplace Things We Love! The Benefits of Parks Plus, local parks you love by National Recreation & Park Association How to Educate Your Kids about Racism Promoting empathy and acceptance by Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin Summer Camp Directory See what local summer programs around Central California have to offer! Solutions to Sticky Situations Navigating embarrassing moments by Sarah Lyons 8 10 4 4 6 16 20 20 21 22 Departments Features
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In this issue, we’re featuring parks! Take your family to your local park to lower stress, decrease anxiety, and have fun! The National Recreation & Park Association highlights facts that will encourage you to head to your nearest green space. Plus, we asked readers to tell us their favorite parks and we’ve featured some of the family favorites!

Are you unsure how to talk to your children about racism in a way that is age-appropriate, empowering, and fosters empathy? Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin delves into the nuanced topic of discussing racism with children, emphasizing the crucial role parents play in shaping their children's understanding and response to racial issues. Learn how you can lead by example, teach respect, and engage in meaningful conversations. Occasionally, children have a knack for saying or doing things that leave you feeling a tad embarrassed. Sarah Lyons touches on practical strategies for handling sticky situations with children in public settings. She offers tips on maintaining composure and addressing the situation gracefully. With confidence and effective tools, managing unexpected—and sometimes awkward— moments can be a breeze. Summer is on the way! Get the latest information on great camps, local activities, and summer programs for your child in our Summer Camp Directory to help you plan the best summer ever for your kids! Plus, don’t miss our calendar of local events, to keep your family busy and entertained this month. I also want to wish all the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day!

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Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month this May

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have rich heritages thousands of years old, have both shaped the history of the United States, and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history.

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May by visiting the PBS YouTube Playlist, "Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month with PBS KIDS." There you'll find fun and educational videos from favorites like Hero Elementary, OddTube, and Let's Go Luna! You'll also find sing-a-longs, tutorials, and more!

If you're an educator, head to asianpacificheritage.gov/for-teachers where you can browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides, and research aids.

It's National Bike Month!

May is National Bike Month, promoted by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling—and encourage more folks to give biking a try!

Celebrate ways to #BikeThere this National Bike Month. For some, that will be joining in for Bike to Work Week (and Day!) and for others, that will mean biking to coffee or around the block. Whether you ride for fitness, fun, or with family, you can be part of the movement for safer streets, connected communities, a healthier planet, and happier people!

Save the date for National Bike to Work Week from May 13th–19st and Bike to Work Day on May 17th!

Visit bikeleague.org/bikemonth to learn more.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. The new program gave each child a specially selected book each month. Dolly wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

Since its launch, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has set and surpassed many goals and milestones. National replication, which started in 2000, allowed more and more communities to adopt the program. State-wide coverage was established in Tennessee in 2004. Furthermore, international growth provided expansion in Canada (2006), United Kingdom (2007) and Australia (2014). The first book order in 1995 totaled just over 1,700. Today, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends more than one million books per month to children around the world inspiring them to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More.

Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high-quality, age-appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child.

The Imagination Library provides the infrastructure of the core program including managing the secure central database for the Book Order System and coordinating book selections and wholesale purchasing. It also incurs the cost of the program’s administrative expenses and coordinates the monthly mailings.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has now arrived in parts of the South Valley! Visit imaginationlibrary.com/usa to learn more and sign up.

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Some Shorter Stuff

May is National Foster Care Month. Thousands of young people age out of the U.S. foster care system every year and transition into adulthood without the emotional or financial support of a family. Foster Care to Success is dedicated to helping these young people succeed and is offering ways you can help. Visit fc2success.org to learn more.

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week runs through May 5th and is dedicated to talking about mental wellness for new moms and moms who are pregnant. Take some time this month to reach out to a new or soon-to-be mom. Bring her a ready-to-eat dinner, offer to babysit any older siblings, or simply ask if she’d like to get together and catch up.

Be Kind to Animals Week is May 5th–11th. Teach your kids the importance of caring for animals by volunteering in a shelter, spending a little extra time with your own pet, or helping to care for a neighbor’s furry friend. Visit americanhumane.org for more information and ideas.

Worried About Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products? Visit ecocenter.org and learn about lead poisoning, climate action, recycling information, car seat reports, and more! You'll find many great resources to keep your family safe!

Always at ccparent.com! Visit us online to view the digital edition of this month’s issue, our calendar of family events any day of the week, local resources, and so much more!

Meet our Cover Kid, Ezra! Ezra is currently in kindergarten at Sanger Academy and just recently turned 6. He loves to learn and wants to be a scientist when he grows up. His passion is swimming and currently swims for Sanger Seals. He is a very outgoing kid with a bubbly personality!

“Reading is a Superpower!” The annual Children’s Book Week is May 6th–12th. This week-long celebration of children’s books and reading, administered by Every Child a Reader, is a great time to reinforce a love of reading—especially in reluctant readers. Head to everychildareader.net for posters, resources, and more!

Weekly Giveaways! Be sure to stay connected with Central California Parent at ccparent.com and all our social platforms for a chance to win prizes every week! Last month, we gave away Fresno Grizzlies tickets, an American Girl Doll, and more!

Protect the Air You Breathe! May is Clean Air Month. Officials with the American Lung Association say there is something everyone can do to clean up the air. Go to californialung.org for resources and ideas. You can also speak with a registered nurse or respiratory therapist regarding your air pollution and health questions by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA.

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HealthWatch

An Update on your Family’s Health and Welfare

Symptoms of Inattentive ADHD

The public image of ADHD typically includes a young, hyperactive boy who is disruptive in the classroom. While this image may be accurate for some children with ADHD, it excludes many children who have a presentation of ADHD without the high energy and physical hyperactivity—the children with the inattentive presentation of ADHD. Instead of provoking their teacher and classmates by being obtrusive, they probably sit quietly in their seats with their minds a thousand miles away. Their mind wanders when something doesn’t deeply engage their attention. You might call them the dreamers.

Inattentive ADHD is often overlooked, as children without ADHD can present similar behaviors from time to time. To be formally diagnosed with inattentive ADHD, a child must exhibit six of the following nine symptoms, across a range of environments, within a period of six months, with onset of symptoms seen before the age of 12 years.

• Lack of attention to detail

• Trouble staying focused

• Frequent spaciness

• Difficulty following instructions

• Lack of organization

• Easily distracted

Super Foods for a Nutritious Diet

The health community has long praised the benefits of vitamins and nutrients derived from natural sources. For those looking to improve their family's health or take preventative measures, these 10 natural super foods can be incorporated into your daily diet to help support your health:

Green Tea: Armed with a special type of antioxidants called polyphenols, green tea can decrease plaque formed in the arteries and can fight prostate cancer.

Rosemary: Studies have shown this powerful spice can reduce the risk of stroke, as well as protect against Alzheimer's disease.

Almonds: Full of plant sterols and amino acids, almonds can help lower high cholesterol and promote muscle growth. These handheld treats are also rich in vitamin E, which can protect skin from sun damage.

Fatty Fish: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fatty fish such as salmon, flounder, and sardines can lower the risk of heart disease.

Bananas: This easy, portable snack is loaded with essential potassium, which regulates the nervous system. Bananas also offer loads of vitamin B-6, which aids immunity and metabolism.

• Forgetfulness

• Often misplacing possessions

• Difficulty sustaining mental effort

We have known about ADHD as a neurobiological condition for over 30 years, but only recently are we realizing the crucial importance of early diagnosis. The difficulty lies in recognizing the inattentive presentation—by age 7, is the goal—when parents haven’t been trained on what to look for.

Parents with only one child might lack knowledge about expected childhood behaviors. They could unconsciously cue or remind their child throughout the day, so they might be unaware of the degree of their child’s challenges. Elementary school teachers, who get to observe the child for several hours a day in a structured situation and are familiar with child development, might be able to provide more valuable information on the child’s functioning.

Parents concerned that their children are immature for their age, messy, frequently late, forgetful, and have trouble paying attention should visit iadhd.org and complete the questionnaire.

If concerning behaviors are ongoing, you should discuss your concerns with your child’s pediatrician.

–Cynthia Hammer, MSW, Author of Living with Inattentive ADHD

Whole Grains: These powerful body defenders have been known to boost immunity, protect against various cancers, and reduce cholesterol.

Eggs: These energy-packed breakfast favorites contain a special type of protein that helps build muscle strength more than other proteins. When compared to other breakfast foods, eggs can also keep you feeling fuller longer with fewer calories and fat.

Spinach: Chock-full of magnesium, potassium, and various vitamins and nutrients, spinach can prevent clogged arteries and protect against prostate and colon cancers.

Soy: This protein-packed food contains isoflavones, which can aid in treatment and prevention of prostate cancer. Also, research from the Food and Drug Administration shows that 25 grams per day can help lessen the risk of heart disease.

Dark Chocolate: Satisfy your sweet tooth and improve blood flow to the brain at the same time. Dark chocolate can also lower blood pressure and increase skin's resistance to UV rays.

Find more health-conscious tips at eLivingToday.com. –eLivingToday.com

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Your Child's Changing Voice

Along with obvious changes in physical appearance that come with puberty, your child’s voice will start sounding a whole lot different too. As the body goes through puberty, the larynx (or voice box) grows larger and thicker.

The Changing Larynx

It's the larynx that's causing all that noise. As the body goes through puberty, the larynx grows larger and thicker. It happens in both boys and girls, but the change is more evident in boys. Girls' voices only deepen by a couple of tones and the change is barely noticeable. Boys' voices, however, start to get significantly deeper.

The Science Behind the Squeaking

The larynx, which is located in the throat, plays the major role in creating the sound of the voice. Two muscles, or vocal cords, stretch across the larynx, kind of like rubber bands. When a person speaks, air rushes from the lungs and makes the vocal cords vibrate, which in turn produces the sound of the voice. The pitch of the sound produced is controlled by how tightly the vocal cord muscles contract as the air from the lungs hits them. If you've ever plucked a small, thin rubber band, you've heard the high-pitched twang it makes when it's stretched. A thicker rubber band makes a deeper, lower-pitched twang. It's the same process with vocal cords.

Before a boy reaches puberty, his larynx is pretty small and his vocal cords are small and thin. That's why his voice is higher than an adult's. As he goes through puberty, the larynx gets bigger and the vocal cords grow longer and become thicker. Also, the facial bones begin to grow. Cavities in the sinuses, the nose, and the back of the throat grow bigger, creating more space in the face—which gives the voice more room to resonate.

As a boy's body adjusts to this changing equipment, his voice may "crack" or "break." This process lasts only a few months. When the larynx is finished growing, his voice won't make that unpredictable squeak or cracking sounds.

A Normal Stage of Growth

Those croaks and squeaks in a boy's voice are just a part of this normal and natural stage of growth.

As puberty continues, his body adjusts to the new size of the larynx, and the croaks and squeaks begin to taper off. After that, the new, deeper voice becomes much more stable and easier to control.

When his larynx grows bigger, it tilts to a different angle inside the neck and part of it sticks out at the front of the throat. This is the "Adam's apple." In girls, the larynx also grows bigger, but not as much as a boy's does, which is why girls don't have prominent Adam's apples.

Everyone's timing is different, so some boys' voices might start to change earlier and some might start a little later. A boy's voice typically begins to change between ages 11 and 14½, usually just after the major growth spurt. Some boys' voices might change gradually, whereas others' might change quickly.

If your son is concerned, stressed, or embarrassed about the sound of his voice, let him know that it's only temporary and that everyone goes through it to some extent. After a few months, he'll sound just like an adult!

–The Nemours Foundation, kidshealth.org, Medically reviewed by: Melanie L. Pitone, MD

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M Parks: Improved Mental Health & Quality of Life

ore time spent in parks and green spaces can help individuals fight against mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and stress. Making sure that all people have access to parks and outdoor programming is a critical way to increase these positive effects on health and quality of life for your community.

The Facts

1. People living more than 1 kilometer away from a green space have nearly 50 percent higher odds of experiencing stress than those living less than 300 meters from a green space. Respondents who do not report stress, have more than 50 percent higher odds of visiting a green space at least a few days a week than those reporting stress. Results also showed that the more often respondents visited green spaces, the less stress they experienced.

2. Several studies have confirmed that separation from nature is detrimental to human development, health, and wellbeing, and that regular contact with nature is required for good mental health.

3. Scientists in the Netherlands found that people who lived in residential areas with the least green spaces had a 44 percent higher rate of physician-diagnosed anxiety disorders than people who lived in the greenest residential areas. The effect was strongest among those most likely to spend their time near home, including children and those with low levels of education and income.

4. Physician-diagnosed depression was 33 percent higher in the residential areas with the fewest green spaces, compared to the neighborhoods with the most.

5. People who lived in close proximity to natural space had significantly improved mental health up to three years after their move. Compared to pre-move mental health scores, individuals who moved to greener areas had significantly better mental health recorded three years after the move.

6. Individuals reported less mental distress and higher life satisfaction when they were living in greener areas.

7. A strong body of evidence suggests that physical activity in green spaces has stronger mental health benefits than physical activity in non-green spaces.

8. Use of green spaces is associated with decreased health complaints, improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reduced stress, improved general health perceptions, and a greater ability to face problems.

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National Recreation & Park Association

Central California Parks You Love!

We asked readers to tell us their favorite parks in the Valley. We've highlighted some of the family favorites below:

Dry Creek Park • Clovis (Alluvial Avenue & Clovis Avenue)

Families can enjoy picnic shelters, playgrounds, restrooms, and a fitness course. After enjoying the park, families can visit The Clovis Botanical Gardens and the Dry Creek Trail—both of which border the park.

Inspiration Park • Fresno (Gettysburg Avenue & Vista Avenue)

Families love the adjustable basketball hoops, musical garden, climbing wall, splash pad, skate park, and dog park. Most notable, this park is an Universally Accessible Park.

Lions Town & Country Park • Madera (Howard Road & Granada Drive)

This park features playgrounds, picnic areas, trails, horseshoe pits, volleyball, softball, and more. The arching, red bridge is a notable location for family photo shoots.

Riverway Sports Park • Visalia (Riverway Drive & Giddings Street)

A favorite location for youth sports leagues, this park also offers a splash pad, playgrounds, picnic areas, barbecues, and more.

Sierra Bicentennial Park • Clovis (Sunnyside Avenue & Sierra Avenue)

Kids love the batting cages at this park! It also features picnic shelters, baseball and soccer fields, horseshoe pits, barbecue pits, playgrounds, and basketball courts.

Woodward Park • Fresno (Friant Road & Audubon Drive)

Spanning 300 acres, this park features an amphitheater, authentic Japanese Garden, fenced dog park, exercise course, playgrounds, a lake, small ponds, picnic areas, miles of multipurpose trails, and more.

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Use one California WIC Card for all your s WIC benefits! Get healthy foods, breastfeeding support, and nutrition tips. Some WIC appointments can be done from home

WIC benefit s include:

• Healthy foods

• Nutrition and health information

• Breast feeding suppor t

• Referrals to health care and communit y ser vices You may qualif y if you:

• Are pregnant, breastfeeding, just had a baby (or recent pregnancy loss) or care for a child under age 5 and

• Have low-to-medium income or receive Medi-Cal, CalWORKs (TANF), or CalFresh (SNAP) benefits; and

• Live in California.

Find the nearest WIC clinic in your area:

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How to Educate Your Kids about Racism

Racism is a complex subject to discuss, especially with children. Parents and trusted educators must take the initiative to teach kids about race and racial issues in an age-appropriate way so they can understand and stand up against racism. Raising children in a world where racism still exists can be challenging for parents. How do you even begin to educate your kids on the effects of racism while fostering respect, empathy and keeping them safe simultaneously?

The first step is understanding that parents are the most significant influence and supporter of their children as they develop. Parents can actively teach their children about racism by leading by example and demonstrating the positive attitudes for the child to use. Showing respect towards people from all backgrounds teaches your child valuable lessons about equality that will stay with them far into adulthood. Demonstrating solidarity with marginalized groups, discussing injustices and how one might take action, and participating in meaningful conversations about racial issues are all things you can do as a parent to support their empowerment to fight against racism.

If you need support in addressing the issue of racism with your child or a serious issue emerges, seek help by calling the National Parent Helpline® at 855-427-2736.

External Factors Affecting Children

Due to strong social media, peer, and societal influences in everyday life, it’s essential to establish an open and supportive household that fosters dialogue and teaches how to deal with negative external influences. This could be the effects of racism, drugs, or violence toward others. As parents, it is difficult to monitor every single activity—whether at school or while online—so it’s vital to instill a strong foundation of inclusivity and acceptance while working to dispel what your children might be subjected to while interacting with the world around them. Children learn from what they see, hear, feel, and experience, which takes place in the home as much as outside the home.

Parents shouldn’t ignore the behavior or attitudes that their children or their friends display. Take corrective and immediate action if racist attitudes and comments are made. Sit down with your child and discuss what prejudice is and where these ideas came from while highlighting the harm and destruction they have on the lives of real people.

In our society, there are subtle and not so subtle racist prejudices, norms, behaviors, and influences (especially on social media) that are impacting our kids and ourselves.

Having Open Communication

Engaging in meaningful conversations about racism is integral to raising informed and socially-conscious children. Parents can start by creating a safe environment where their kids feel comfortable asking

questions without fear of reprimand and create empathy towards others given the serious impact of racist attitudes, behaviors, and systems. Emphasizing how we all benefit from diversity and inclusiveness as human beings is critical to addressing this sensitive and important topic as a family.

Parents should also take the lead and discuss what prejudice is and where these ideas came from while highlighting the harm and destruction they have in the lives of real people. This will help your child explore their feelings and thoughts while building humility, respect, and sensitivity towards others of different ethnicities and backgrounds. Remember these are serious topics that impact everyone differently and your children’s awareness and understanding occurs over time. Create a context for understanding given their age and life circumstances. If something happened at school, use this opportunity to open up about how this circumstance made them feel and what happens next. Lead your child safely into the more complex subject content and let them build toward opening their minds and hearts through conversation and selfexpression.

If you suspect your child may have been influenced by racism or racists beliefs, then it's important to identify the source and ask your child why they believe these racist ideas when conversing. Monitor peers and other influences and make sure you have the conversation as often as needed to help foster empathy and understanding. A good starting point includes actively pointing out biases or stereotypes

when watching TV shows or movies, discussing race-related events within an appropriate context, and reinforcing that everyone should be respected regardless of skin color or differing opinions. Make these conversations relate to their lives as the larger political context is quite overwhelming for younger children.

Conclusion

Educating yourself and children about the different aspects of racism, its history, racial justice and advocacy, and the progress humans have made toward inclusivity is essential to continuing to achieve a tolerant and open-minded society.

It begins with instilling respect for different cultures, values, and beliefs in kids while emphasizing the need to stand up for those who cannot do so themselves. Moreover, teaching kids critical-thinking when consuming popular media messages portraying prejudice or stereotypes can help further equip them with the tools needed should they come across such instances later in life. Fostering empathy and inclusiveness is essential to positive child and youth development.

Teaching kids about racial justice and advocacy allows parents to model respectful conversations while promoting empathy and acceptance of everyone regardless of their ethnicity or cultural background, ultimately leading us closer to a more equitable future where everyone is treated fairly, respected and appreciated equally, regardless of skin color or background.

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Summer Camp Directory

Plan your kids’ best summer ever!
We’ve listed some of the best camps around!

ArtAcademy at Fresno Art Museum

Fresno (559) 441-4221

The Fresno Art Museum’s Summer 2024 ArtAcademy offers weeklong sessions running June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 29-August 2, and August 5-9. Included are a variety of half-day workshops, some inspired by our exhibitions and famous artists. Explore stop-motion animation, comic book design, portraiture, drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, mixed media, artist trading cards, and more, for ages 8-17. Come create with us! To learn more and to register go to fresnoartmuseum.org/art2024 or email Susan@fresnoartmuseum.org

Art Camp at Children’s Art Studio

Fresno (559) 799-5860

Located in Fresno’s OLD FIG in a park-like setting. Ages 6-12. Find registration Form @www.childrensartstudio.biz Six, five day sessions: Monday-Friday: June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5, July 15-19, July 22-26. PAINT, DRAW, CLAY, SWIM, PICNIC, PLAY, Develop SKILLS while learning from ART HISTORY. $300 per week.

Bricks4Kidz

Fresno/Clovis (559) 285-1725

Bricks4Kidz camps provide an extraordinary atmosphere for children, where we learn, we build, we play…with LEGO® bricks. Programs are built around engaging themes designed by engineers and architects. Themes such as Mining and Crafting, Lego Masters Challenge, Space Adventures, and Amusement Park along with Robotics and Stop Motion Animation are sure to please your child. Our theme-based models provide the building blocks for the Bricks4Kidz approach to educational play. At Bricks4Kidz, we believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity. Register online at www.bricks4kidz.us/california-fresno-clovis.

CART Summer Academy

Fresno/Clovis (559) 248-7400

Don’t miss the opportunity for your kids to invent, experiment, create, learn, and most importantly have fun during CART’s halfday, weeklong Summer Academy, June 10th-14th. Hands-on, project-based learning experiences include: Game Design, Builder’s Workshop, Pixel Playground, Mini-med school, Optical Illusions & the Brain, Lemonade Stand, and Robots, Rockets & Airplanes. Each learning experience is designed to inspire creativity, make new friends, and develop usable skills. To learn more visit www.cart.org. Registration starts April 2nd. For: Incoming 4th-7th graders.

Confidence Builders Tutoring LLC

Clovis (559) 647-2267

Summer is the perfect time to: get ahead, stay on track, catch up! Call Confidence Builders Tutoring LLC for the perfect summer program for your pre-K through grade 8 student.

Cullinan Education Center

Fresno (559) 43-LEARN

Thirty-four years of helping students close achievement gaps in reading, writing, and spelling using explicit multisensory Orton Gillingham instruction with an emphasis on decoding, fluency and comprehension. Tutoring is also available in math through Algebra II and advanced writing and grammar. Consultations are free. Call today to inquire about our summer tutoring camps and to schedule a consultation. Visit our website at www. cullinaneducation.com.

Digital Illustration & Design Camp

Fresno (559) 286-5331

Join KLSD Education for a week of interactive fun as we discover a new Art form through digital illustration, apparel design + Screen-Printing! Available to students grade K-12, this camp will cover digital illustration 101 using Apple iPad products giving students the opportunity to digitally design and print a variety of apparel pieces from t-shirt, to tote bags, stickers and more! Join in on the fun of exploring new ways to express yourself through digital illustrating! Visit www.klsdedu.com for more details and enrollment information.

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Fresno Chaffee Zoo Adventure Camp

Fresno (559) 498-5910

Adventure Camp at Fresno Chaffee Zoo is dedicated to building life-long memories, friendships, and science learning for children from diverse backgrounds. Weeklong camp programs are available for ages 3-17 beginning June 10th through August 9th. Themes for 2024 such as If I Ran the Zoo, Mythical Creatures, Grossology, and Zoolympics create connections between campers and wildlife in a fun and educational setting. Come roar with the lions and graze with the giraffes this summer. For more information or to register your camper, visit us at fresnochaffeezoo.org/summer-zoo-camp/

Fresno Discovery Center

Fresno (559) 251-5533

Our in-person summer camps are 8am-5pm M-F starting July 8th. Breakfast, lunch, and snack are provided. Climb in your space suit and explore beyond planet Earth! Grab your hard hat and test your engineering skills! All camps will have time inside Fresno Discovery Center, where science is kids play! Visit FresnoDiscoveryCenter. org to learn more or email MuseumDesk@ FresnoDiscoveryCenter.org

Fresno Fencing Academy Swordplay Camp

Fresno (559) 224-1910

En Garde! Strength, balance, coordination... and swords! What could be more fun than learning the Olympic and Collegiate Sport of fencing? Ages 8 and up will enjoy four days of crossing blades with their camp mates. Experience this amazing sport! Visit www.fresno-fencing.com or call for more information.

Fresno Music Academy & Arts

Fresno (559) 222-7464

Fresno Music and Arts Summer Camps create a dynamic environment for young musicians and artists in the heart of Fresno. Dedicated to cultivating a lifelong appreciation for the arts, Fresno Music and Arts Summer Camps aim to nurture the creativity of the next generation! Call or visit us at www.fresnomusicacademy. com. Enroll now for a summer they’ll never forget!

Fresno Pacific University

Summer Camps

Fresno • Fresno.edu

Art | Athletics | Music | Theater | The Fresno Pacific University community values its rich tradition of competitive athletics, excellent academics and skilled music-making and theater and offers summer camps to share that tradition with you. Schedules, registration and more information at Summer Camps 2024 Fresno Pacific University.

Gymnastics Beat Ninja-Zone

Fresno (559) 271-9400

Ninja Zone is growing like crazy! With a combination of martial arts, tricking, tumbling, strength training and lots of fun, no wonder kids love to be involved in any of our classes, parent’s night out, ninja clinics and move up ceremonies! As with any of our programs, your children will be encouraged to develop endurance, flexibility, hand-eye coordination, and respect for all our trained coaches and fellow athletes! Can’t wait until summer? Want to join now? Call for more information about our current class listings, special clinics, and workshops! Thank you, Central Valley, for helping us celebrate 21 years of business!

Gymnastics Beat Summer Camp

Fresno (559) 271-9400

Summer will be here before you know it! And while your kids are doing what they normally do: jumping off the couch or bed, running around the house needing to get that pent up energy out or just plain bored, why not sign them up for our annual ‘COOL’ gymnastics summer camps? We have tons of things to do in our 18,000 sq ft gym! 2 spring floors, trampolines, bars, beams, ropes, cargo net, rings, climbing wall, ninja obstacle course, arts-n-crafts and especially, the kid’s summer favoriteoutdoor water games, all while having a blast socializing! Half days and full days available with discounts for buying in bulk packages and pre-registration! Ages 3 to 17

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and Always remember to RECYLE CRV Bottles & Cans! 559-621-1111 WWW.FRESNO.GOV/RECYCLE Why not celebrate Earth Day every day by following the 3 R’s,

Solutions to Sticky Situations

You’re in public and your child makes an embarrassing comment to someone. They pick their nose while you are eating at a restaurant. They share an embarrassing story about you. Every parent has been there and most of the time other parents understand the ups and downs of parenting and are willing to be patient, help out, and excuse behaviors that seem impolite or embarrassing. Sticky situations with kids can be difficult to navigate, but there are a few things you can do to make the best of them.

Your child does something rude at a restaurant.

You're eating out and your child does something gross or impolite like burping, picking their nose, or throwing food. Place your hand on their shoulder and quietly ask them to stop the behavior and explain that they are being impolite. If you think their behavior is rooted in attention seeking and is somewhat tolerable, it may be appropriate to simply ignore it.

However, if your child persists, it may be best to ask them to take a bathroom break. When you return to the table, try to find something to distract your child. Some parents may bring a coloring book or small toy to keep their child busy while waiting for their food, but if you find yourself unprepared you can play “I Spy” or another guessing game to keep them occupied.

Pro parent tip: Put together a “busy bag” that you can bring to restaurants. Include a few art supplies, small toys, books, magnet toys, or fidgets to keep your child occupied while waiting. To keep your child’s interest, switch out the items often and only allow them to play with it when you are at a restaurant or other situation where they need to be quiet.

Your child makes a rude comment to a stranger.

This can be one of the most embarrassing situations for a parent. My cousin once went up to an elderly man and told him, “You are old and will die soon.” If your child makes a comment about someone’s

appearance, it’s best to quickly apologize to the person they offended. If appropriate, have your child apologize to them as well. Let your child know that it is never okay to make fun of someone’s appearance or comment on their race, weight, or age. If you feel that your child is simply curious about something and not making the comment rudely, try to take the time, when appropriate, to explain to your child. For example, if your child has a question about why someone is in a wheelchair you could explain that they need it to help them move around.

Pro parent tip: Let your child know that people come in all sizes, shapes, races, and ages. Our differences are what makes us each special. Your child will follow your lead when it comes to accepting others. If you celebrate diversity, they will most likely do the same. Talk to your child about differences and let them know it’s okay to ask questions, but never to make fun of others.

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Mission Springs Frontier Ranch

Scotts Valley (831) 335-9133

A week-long Christian summer camp for 4-12 grade located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Zip lines, mini-bikes, and much more! Find more info and register at frontier-ranch.com.

Rich Oliver’s Mystery School Prather (559) 855-3089

Open to ages 7–14, this three-day camp introduces youngsters on how to safely ride an off-road motorcycle and the valuable skills of how to use metric tools to maintain it. With the focus of motorcycling and mechanics, students experience a variety of STEAM activities throughout the camp. Tuition includes the motorcycle, complete riding gear, lunch and more. Visit https://www.richoliver.net/collections/courses/products/kids-

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MayCalendar

Events are compiled six weeks in advance, we suggest that you call the telephone numbers provided to verify dates, times, costs, and locations of events. To publicize your event: Central California Parent invites you to publicize your event by emailing a description including location, date, time, admission prices, age suitability, phone number for information, and photos. Central California Parent reserves the right to limit entries in this free service and to prioritize free, family events. Deadline is the 10th of the month preceding the event. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at calendar@ccparent.com or call (559) 435-1409.

1 Wednesday

DISNEY'S ALADDIN Prepare to be transported to a dazzling new world with this sensational Broadway hit! 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35–$115. William Saroyan Theatre, 730 M Street, Fresno. 445-8100

2 Thursday

BLIPPI: THE WONDERFUL WORLD TOUR Join for the ultimate curiosity adventure! Get ready to dance, sing, and learn with Blippi and special guest Meekah as they discover what makes different cities unique and special at 6 p.m. Tickets: $31.50–$71.50. Save Mart Center, 2650 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno. 278-3400

DISNEY'S ALADDIN Prepare to be transported to a dazzling new world with this sensational Broadway hit! 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35–$115. William Saroyan Theatre, 730 M Street, Fresno. 445-8100

3

Friday

DISNEY'S ALADDIN Prepare to be transported to a dazzling new world with this sensational Broadway hit! 8 p.m. Tickets: $35–$115. William Saroyan Theatre, 730 M Street, Fresno. 445-8100

FRESNO FUEGO Cheer on Fresno Fuego as they take on Charlotte Independence at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30–$90. Fresno State Soccer Stadium, 1647 E. Barstow Avenue, Fresno. 573-9323

4 Saturday

CLOVIS TRAIL FEST  Bike, walk, run, skate, or scoot along and look for activities, demonstrations, snacks, and entertainment! Enjoy this free event with your whole family, including your furry family members! 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Old Town Clovis Trail, Dry Creek Trail, and Dry Creek Park. 324-2756

DISNEY'S ALADDIN Prepare to be transported to a dazzling new world with this sensational Broadway hit! 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $35–$115. William Saroyan Theatre, 730 M Street, Fresno. 445-8100

FIRST FRIDAYS  Nurture scientific imaginations, build confidence, and encourage testing, tinkering, creating, and wonder today for only $1! 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Fresno Discovery Center, 1944 N. Winery Avenue, Fresno. 251-5533

FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT  Compete in a free scavenger hunt race where your family will look for different tokens hidden along the river. The first group to finish wins a 2-hour canoe rental! All ages

Enter to win tickets to Sesame Street Live! Say Hello!

Get ready to meet Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and the beloved gang from Sesame Street as they bring joy to the William Saroyan Theatre in Fresno! Groove to catchy tunes, sing along, and be part of thrilling surprises. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in a brand-new celebration with your favorite Sesame Street pals. Put on your dancing shoes and head to Saroyan Theatre on June 18th at 6 p.m. for an unforgettable, funfilled experience!

Central California Parent is giving away tickets to Sesame Street Live! Say Hello to some lucky readers! To be entered in our free random drawing, please send a postcard by May 31st with your name, phone number, email, and address. Mail to: Central California Parent: Sesame Street, 7638 N. Ingram, Suite 101, Fresno CA 93711. One entry per family, please.

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welcome. Call for time. San Joaquin River Parkway, 11605 Old Friant Road, Fresno. 286-9609

KERMAN ALMOND FESTIVAL  Enjoy food, music, arts and crafts, and more from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. You'd be nuts to miss it! Kerckhoff Park, 15061 W. G Street, Kerman. 846-9330

KIDS CLUB  Enjoy this free opportunity for kids to learn in a fun, interactive setting. Focusing on sustainability and living eco-friendly, this program is designed to teach kids about the importance of living with a "green" mindset. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Fashion Fair Mall, 645 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno. 224-1591

KIDS WORKSHOPS AT HOME DE-

POT  Bring your mini-DIYer into Home Depot to build a Blooming Picture Frame from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Free! Your local Home Depot. 431-9860

MARIPOSA BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL

Celebrate all things butterfly! Enjoy vendors, live music, and more from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Don't miss the parade at 10 a.m. Tickets: $10–$12. Children 12 and under are free. Mariposa Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa. 209-966-3890

MAYA CARES Families are invited to join for a sensory-friendly movie today at 10:30 a.m. Entry is free for guests with special needs and companion tickets are $6. Maya Cinemas, 3090 E. Campus Pointe Drive, Fresno. 549-0005

SENSORY SENSITIVE FILMS  Enjoy a showing of Kung Fu Panda 4 in a sensory-friendly environment with the lights up and the volume down at Call for showtime. Tickets: $10. Sierra Vista Cinemas 16, 1300 Shaw Avenue, Clovis. 323-1625

STAR PARTY Observe planets, stars, galaxies, and nebulae while learning about the night sky from the Central Valley Astronomers at dusk. Free! Eastman Lake, 32175 Road 29, Raymond. 288-2094

STORYTIME AT PETUNIA'S  Kids ages 3–8 are invited for stories along with puppets, music, and crafts at 11 a.m. Free! Petunia's Place, 6027 N. Palm Avenue, Fresno. 438-1561

5 Sunday

DISNEY'S ALADDIN Prepare to be transported to a dazzling new world with this sensational Broadway hit! 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $35–$115. William Saroyan Theatre, 730 M Street, Fresno. 445-8100

MARIPOSA BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL  Celebrate all things butterfly! Enjoy vendors, live music, and more from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tickets: $10–$12. Children 12 and under are free. Mariposa Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa. 209-966-3890

7 Tuesday

FRESNO GRIZZLIES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Fresno Grizzlies up at bat against the Modesto Nuts at 11:05 a.m. Tickets: $10–$60. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno. 320-TIXS

VISALIA RAWHIDES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Visalia Rawhides up at bat against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at 11 a.m. Tickets: $10–$15. Valley Strong Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings Street, Visalia. 732-4433

8 Wednesday

FRESNO GRIZZLIES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Fresno Grizzlies up at bat against the Modesto Nuts at 6:50 p.m. Tickets:

$10–$60. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno. 320-TIXS

VISALIA RAWHIDES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Visalia Rawhides up at bat against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10–$15. Valley Strong Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings Street, Visalia. 732-4433

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Thursday

FRESNO GRIZZLIES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Fresno Grizzlies up at bat against the Modesto Nuts at 6:50 p.m. Tickets: $10–$60. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno. 320-TIXS

VISALIA RAWHIDES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Visalia Rawhides up at bat against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10–$15. Valley Strong Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings Street, Visalia. 732-4433

10 Friday

FRESNO GRIZZLIES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Fresno Grizzlies up at bat against the Modesto Nuts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets: $10–$60. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno. 320-TIXS

MOTHER'S DAY DANCE  Join for an unforgettable evening filled with tunes, a photo booth, and a DJ from 4–6:30 p.m. Free! Quigley Playground, 808 W. Dakota Avenue, Fresno. 621-7529

VISALIA RAWHIDES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Visalia Rawhides up at bat against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10–$15. Valley Strong Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings Street, Visalia. 732-4433

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11 Saturday

FRESNO GRIZZLIES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Fresno Grizzlies up at bat against the Modesto Nuts at 6:50 p.m. Tickets: $10–$60. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno. 320-TIXS

KIDS GARDEN DAY  Kids are invited to this free event to learn about the beauty of gardening, the benefits of healthy food choices, and more from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Garden of the Sun, 1750 N. Winery Avenue, Fresno. 360-0930

KIDS ZONE  School-aged kids can grab a kit to work on a trinket box and card for Mother's Day from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. for free! JCPenney, Fashion Fair, 555 E. Shaw, Fresno. 224-8330

MADERA COUNTY ARTSFEST  Enjoy this fun and free community festival promoting art! Families will love the hands-on activities, live demonstrations, performances, food, and more from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Madera County Office of Education, 1105 S. Madera Avenue, Madera. 662-3873

MAYA CARES Families are invited to join for a sensory-friendly movie today at 10:30 a.m. Entry is free for guests with special needs and companion tickets are $6. Maya Cinemas, 3090 E. Campus Pointe Drive, Fresno. 549-0005

MICHAELS KIDS CLUB  Head to Michaels to make a kangaroo Mother's Day card for free! 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Sign up online. Contact your local Michaels for more information. 353-3201 or 324-8725

VISALIA RAWHIDES  Watch your Visalia Rawhides up at bat against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10–$15. Valley Strong Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings Street, Visalia. 732-4433

12 Sunday

FRESNO GRIZZLIES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Fresno Grizzlies up at bat against the Modesto Nuts at 1:05 p.m. Tickets: $10–$60. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno. 320-TIXS

VISALIA RAWHIDES  Watch your Visalia Rawhides up at bat against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at 12:05 p.m. Tickets:

$10–$15. Valley Strong Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings Street, Visalia. 732-4433

14 Tuesday

VISALIA RAWHIDES  Watch your Visalia Rawhides up at bat against the Lake Elsinore Storm at 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $10–$15. Valley Strong Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings Street, Visalia. 732-4433

15 Wednesday

PORTERVILLE FAIR  Enjoy the carnival, food, entertainment, and family fun! Tickets: $7–$12. 5–11 p.m. Porterville Fairgrounds, 2700 Teapot Dome Avenue. 781-6582

VISALIA RAWHIDES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Visalia Rawhides up at bat against the Lake Elsinore Storm at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10–$15. Valley Strong Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings Street, Visalia. 732-4433

16 Thursday

PORTERVILLE FAIR  Enjoy the carnival, food, entertainment, and family fun! Tickets: $7–$12. 5–11 p.m. Porterville Fairgrounds, 2700 Teapot Dome Avenue. 781-6582

VISALIA RAWHIDES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Visalia Rawhides up at bat against the Lake Elsinore Storm at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10–$15. Valley Strong Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings Street, Visalia. 732-4433

17 Friday

FRESNO FUEGO Cheer on Fresno Fuego as they take on One Knoxville SC at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30–$90. Fresno State Soccer Stadium, 1647 E. Barstow Avenue, Fresno. 573-9323

PORTERVILLE FAIR  Enjoy the carnival, food, entertainment, and family fun! Tickets: $7–$12. 5 p.m.–12 a.m. Porterville Fairgrounds, 2700 Teapot Dome Avenue. 781-6582

SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY Observe planets, stars, galaxies, and nebulae while learning about the night sky from the Central Valley Astronomers at dusk. Free! River Park, 71 E. Via La Plata, Fresno. 288-2094

VISALIA RAWHIDES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Visalia Rawhides up at bat against the Lake Elsinore Storm at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10–$15. Valley Strong Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings Street, Visalia. 732-4433

18 Saturday

FRESNO PIRATE INVASION  Join for a weekend of piratical plunder perfect for the whole family! You’ll see 100s of pirates, swashbuckling, merriment, and shenanigans shall be had! 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tickets: $15–$20. Kearney Park, 7160 W. Kearney Boulevard, Fresno. 303-3112

KINGSBURG SWEDISH FESTIVAL  Enjoy the ultimate Scandinavian vacation for a day at this free festival! Enjoy the parade, shops, the Swedish Cultural Village, craft booths, food, entertainment, and more! 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Draper Street, Downtown Kingsburg. 897-1111

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MAYA CARES Families are invited to join for a sensory-friendly movie today at 10:30 a.m. Entry is free for guests with special needs and companion tickets are $6. Maya Cinemas, 3090 E. Campus Pointe Drive, Fresno. 549-0005

OPEN COCKPIT DAY  See over 80 vintage aircrafts on display with many open for viewing! Enjoy helicopter rides, displays, food, and more from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tickets: $15–$25. Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. 209-723-2178

STORYTIME AT PETUNIA'S  Kids ages 3–8 are invited for stories along with puppets, music, and crafts at 11 a.m. Free! Petunia's Place, 6027 N. Palm Avenue, Fresno. 438-1561

PORTERVILLE FAIR  Enjoy the carnival, food, entertainment, and family fun! Tickets: $7–$12. 2 p.m.–12 a.m. Porterville Fairgrounds, 2700 Teapot Dome Avenue. 781-6582

VISALIA RAWHIDES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Visalia Rawhides up at bat against the Lake Elsinore Storm at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10–$15. Valley Strong Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings Street, Visalia. 732-4433

19 Sunday

FRESNO PIRATE INVASION  Join for a weekend of piratical plunder perfect for the whole family! You’ll see 100s of pirates recreating events and thriving in the pirate community. Swashbuckling, merriment, and shenanigans shall be had! 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tickets: $15–$20. Kearney Park, 7160 W. Kearney Boulevard, Fresno. 303-3112

PORTERVILLE FAIR  Enjoy the carnival, food, entertainment, and family fun! Tickets: $7–$12. 2–11 p.m. Porterville Fairgrounds, 2700 Teapot Dome Avenue. 781-6582

VISALIA RAWHIDES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Visalia Rawhides up at bat against the Lake Elsinore Storm at 12:05 p.m. Tickets: $10–$15. Valley Strong Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings Street, Visalia. 732-4433

21 Tuesday

FRESNO GRIZZLIES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Fresno Grizzlies up at bat against the Visalia Rawhide at 11:05 a.m. Tickets: $10–$60. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno. 320-TIXS

22 Wednesday

FRESNO GRIZZLIES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Fresno Grizzlies up at bat against the Visalia Rawhide at 6:50 p.m. Tickets: $10–$60. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno. 320-TIXS

23 Thursday

FRESNO GRIZZLIES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Fresno Grizzlies up at bat against the Visalia Rawhide at 6:50 p.m. Tickets: $10–$60. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno. 320-TIXS

24 Friday

FRESNO GRIZZLIES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Fresno Grizzlies up at bat against the Visalia Rawhide at 7:05 p.m. Tickets: $10–$60. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno. 320-TIXS

25 Saturday

FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT  Compete in a free scavenger hunt race where your family will look for different tokens hidden along the river. The first group to finish wins a 2-hour canoe rental! All ages welcome. Call for time. San Joaquin River Parkway, 11605 Old Friant Road, Fresno. 286-9609

FRESNO GRIZZLIES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Fresno Grizzlies up at bat against the Visalia Rawhide at 6:50 p.m. Tickets: $10–$60. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno. 320-TIXS

GO NATIVE! A NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL CELEBRATION  Celebrate Native American arts, culture, and food. This free event provides a rare opportunity for the public to meet this region’s indigenous people who continue to celebrate their living culture. Enjoy drumming, history, weaving demonstrations, children's activities, classes, and more from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Kaweah Oaks Preserve, 29979 Road 182, Exeter. 280-0712

MAYA CARES Families are invited to join for a sensory-friendly movie today at 10:30 a.m. Entry is free for guests with special needs and companion tickets are $6. Maya Cinemas, 3090 E. Campus Pointe Drive, Fresno. 549-0005

MICHAELS KIDS CLUB  Head to Michaels to make friendship bracelets for free! 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Sign up online. Contact your local Michaels for more information. 353-3201 or 324-8725

26 Sunday

FRESNO GRIZZLIES  Take the whole family out to the ball game and watch your Fresno Grizzlies up at bat against the Visalia Rawhide at 1:05 p.m. Tickets: $10–$60. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno. 320-TIXS

There's never enough room in our calendar for all the fun in the Valley. Visit ccparent.com/calendar for our full calendar of local, family events including theater performances, farmers markets, and more!

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Family Childcare Directory

Name,

Sunshine Day and Night Care

4046 N. Briarwood Ave., Fresno (559) 346-9581

Newborn to 12 years 24 hours, Monday–Saturday

Fully-vaccinated staff. We offer home-cooked meals, arts & crafts, transportation, birthday parties, field trips, and more. Government programs welcome. Licensed daycare with 32 years experience. 14

Early Childhood Preschool Directory

Brighten Academy Preschool 2016 Shaw Ave., Clovis (559) 299-8100

Brighten Academy Preschool 1825 Austin Ave., Clovis (559) 294-1310

Brighten Academy Preschool 290 N. Villa Ave., Clovis (559) 298-7880

Brighten Academy Preschool 5646 N. Figarden Dr., Fresno (559) 492-1238

CrossCity Christian Early Education Center

to 6 years 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Assessment-driven specialized enrichment focusing on the development of academic, social, emotional, gross/fine motor, and problem solving skills.

Assessment-driven specialized enrichment focusing on the development of academic, social, emotional, gross/fine motor, and problem solving skills. 162

2 to 6 years 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2 to 6 years 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Assessment-driven specialized enrichment focusing on the development of academic, social, emotional, gross/fine motor, and problem solving skills.

Assessment-driven specialized enrichment focusing on the development of academic, social, emotional, gross/fine motor, and problem solving skills. 85

2777 E. Nees Ave., Clovis (559) 299-8484 3 to 6 years 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 120

Inclusion Learning Center

759 E. International Ave Clovis, CA 93619 admin@inclusionlearningcenter.com

2 to 5 years 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 15

Half-day and extended programs, loving Christian teachers. Curriculum art, music, literature, science, math, reading readiness, Christian nurture. Reasonable tuition.

Reggio Inspired, inclusive, enrichment preschool providing instruction in the CA preschool foundations with embedded speech therapy support, sensory and behavioral supports, along with enrichment activities scheduled weekly including Spanish lessons, yoga classes, and more! Apply at: inclusionlearningcenter.com

Your child has a potty accident in public.

During the months of potty training, accidents are likely to happen. It’s best not to make a big production of it and clean it up as quickly as possible. Try not to shame or embarrass your child which can cause problems long term and even prolong potty training. Potty accidents always seem to happen in the most inconvenient times and places. Ideally you have an extra change of clothes in your car or diaper bag, but if not, it’s okay to leave early or borrow clothes from someone if needed.

Pro parent tip: Keep a stash of wipes and a full change of clothes in a zipper storage bag in your car. The bag can be used to bring home dirty clothes as well.

Your child shares embarrassing and private information about you.

“My mom and dad kiss a lot. And I mean a lot!” was what one preschooler told me while I was teaching a Sunday school class. Another child told me how their dad snores and has stinky feet. Young kids usually don’t have much of a filter and are willing to share private, and sometimes embarrassing, information with teachers, friends, and even complete strangers. In this situation, try to change the subject or turn the comment into a joke. “Well, we do have four kids,” was how the kissing couple responded after their child shared that information.

Pro parent tip: When it’s the right time, you can talk to your kids about not sharing private information outside of the family. In the moment, try to turn the moment into a joke. If you brush it off with a laugh, others are more likely to do so.

These sticky situations can be embarrassing, but the good news is, they are common. Every parent has a few embarrassing moments they can share about their parenting journey. Often in these instances, you may be able to use humor to distract from the situation or simply apologize and move on.

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