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A quarterly resource celebrating family life in Butte county since 2004

Fall Issue 2018 August - September - October


LET’S HAVE SOME FUN ...and as always, check out our ENORMOUS calendar of events!


hen I think of fall in Chico, I think of the breathtaking, warm colors. The rich colors of the trees strike me as I drive down the Esplanade or the Midway in Durham. Bidwell Park is full of greens, browns, oranges, and yellows and it is a perfect time to take walks or bike rides through the beautiful scenery. Pumpkin patches are filled with orange pumpkins and various colored gourds. The weather can be beautiful with the cool crisp, blue skies and bright yellow sun. At Growing Up Chico, we hope to help you celebrate fall and make it special to you and your family. We have provided an extensive listing of events and calendar pages. You can also check out the activities of each pumpkin patch with our pumpkin patch guide and plan a special outing, complete with a hay ride, corn maze, pumpkin picking, and hot chocolate! We have a lot of ideas to help make your fall festive! If you are feeling crafty, check out how to make a cute bookmark with yarn, or make holiday popcorn balls. Since school is starting up, take a look at our articles on the importance of teaching kids critical thinking; and for an adventure, check out the article on an archeological dig happening in Chico. For the past 14 years, we have been proud to provide Growing Up Chico as a way for parents, grandparents, professionals, and kids to share ideas to help make growing up easier. Please feel free to write articles, share ideas, ask parenting questions, send in stories, advertise your business and send in photos for the magazine cover. We love to see what comes in and what you want to see in your Growing Up Chico Magazine! Thank you fall contributors, advertisers, staff, and readers for making this magazine a great issue for you to use as a resource this fall! I wish you the best of the colorful fall season and I look forward to seeing you in the Winter!


DeAnna Holman DeAnna is a 5th grade teacher at Ponderosa Elementary School in Paradise and mother of three who is working as a freelance writer, editor, and graphic artist (She also owns a booth at Eight and Main Antiques). She does layouts and assists in editing Growing Up Chico! She obtained her BS from USC and her teaching credential from CSU, Chico. DeAnna is also a breast cancer survivor! She lives on an almond orchard in Durham with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats.

Natalie Carter Natalie is the Executive Director for Butte Environmental Council. Growing up in Chico, Natalie developed a deep-rooted connection to the environment and community. She is passionate about the environment and loves being in nature. She believes that passing on her passion to others is the best way to ensure our natural resources are protected for the future.

Josie Blagrave, PhD Josie Blagrave, PhD, is a faculty member in the Kinesiology Department at Chico State. She is the director of the Autism Clinic where she has worked for over ten years training students to work with individuals with ASD and their families. Josie is also the mother of twins on the spectrum.

Cameron O’Brien Cameron O’Brien originally hails from San Diego, but considers Chico his home. As a student at CSU, Chico, he studies Media Arts Design and Technology. He works in the marketing department of Chico Performances and plans on working in the field of market psychology after his graduation. He is a big fan of the culinary arts, and in his free time enjoys hiking, backpacking, reading, and spending time with his girlfriend and roommates.

Adrienne Scott Life in Chico, as a museum curator at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, is fast-paced and hectic at times, but also a wonderful way to meet so many people of this special community. Adrienne has lived and worked in Chico for the last 25 years. She loves Chico because it is big enough for meaningful civic engagement, and small enough to just breathe in the joie de vivre. Visit her at the museum!

Anasuya Basil, NC, Dipl. ABT, CST Marne Larsen Publisher (530) 518-6154

Rachele Thompson Business & Marketing Manager (530) 519-0320

Anasuya draws her inspiration for healing directly from nature and enjoys wildlife tracking and listening to birds. Her work has been featured in national media including Massage Magazine, Massage & Bodywork and The Huffington Post, and in Northern California media such as “Good Day Sacramento” (CBS), Capitol Public Radio (NPR) and Fox News. She has instructed at leading complimentary healthcare schools such as The Acupressure Institute and Bauman College. She lectured at the University of California at San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and at the National Association for Nutrition Professionals annual conference. She has been in practice for twenty years and has an office in The Stonebridge Professional Village in Chico.

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Preschool Starts August 27th! Kelsey Young is both photographer and owner of Kelsey Young Photography, specializing in birth, baby, and family lifestyle photography, here in Chico. Inspired by her own family, she serves families of the North State by providing them with photographic heirlooms they will cherish for generations. Kelsey believes your whole experience, from planning your session to the delivery of your gallery, should feel easy, enjoyable, and exciting! She puts you at ease in front of the camera, capturing the best of you. Kelsey specializes in natural light photography and offers Maternity, Birth Story, Fresh 48, Bringing Home Baby, and Family Portraits. One of her favorite images she has taken of her own family is our Fall 2018 cover; her son is Vincent, shown amongst the autumn leaves of Bidwell Park. Want to book your own Fall Family Session? Kelsey is offering regular and mini sessions this Fall of 2018. Book yours today by emailing: And follow along on Instagram & Facebook: @PhotosbyKYP

For Adverting Information Contact Rachele Thompson: (530) 519-0320 DeAnna Holman - Layout Design/Editor Darci Crossin - Graphic Design Terry Givens - Design/Special Projects Advertising Deadline: To advertise in our upcoming Winter Issue, please contact us by September 30th. Our Winter Issue will be out the months of November, December, and January Article and Photo Submission Deadline: Please submit family-friendly and seasonally appropriate photos and informative articles for the Winter Issue by September 15th. Growing Up Chico Magazine is published quarterly and available, free, at over 200 family-friendly locations throughout Butte County. We are also available online at Copyright Š 2018 by Growing Up Chico Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproductions without permission are prohibited. Articles and advertisements found in Growing Up Chico Magazine do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the management. We reserve the right to edit. Every effort is made to avoid errors, misspellings and omissions. If an error is found, please accept our sincere apologies and notify us of the mistake.


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School and Home

10 31st Annual Park Clean Up

With Butte Environmental Councils

12 Chico Performances

2018-2019 Field Trip Series

14 Chico Neighborhood History An Archeological Perspective

Family Time

16 Autism Symposium

Bringing Research Experts

18 Throw the Best Party! GUC’s Birthday Party Guide

21 Chico Mall Biz Kidz

A Business Contest for Kids


22 Teaching Critical Thinking Fostering Objective Thought

24 Craniosacral Therapy Kids Overcoming Anxiety

Fall Fun

27 Fall Recipe and Craft

Popcorn Balls/Puff Ball Bookmarks

29 Autumn Checklist

Fun Things to do This Fall

30 Pumpkin Patch Guide

GUC’s Guide to Area Pumpkin Patches, Mazes, and More!

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Publisher’s Note Contributors Events Calendar Preschool Directory Advertiser Directory

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31st Annual Bidwell Park & Chico Creeks Cleanup By Natalie Carter


aturday morning, September 15th as the sun comes up, hundreds of community volunteers will gather in the parking lots of Hooker Oak Park and the Annie K Bidwell Parlor. Check-in stations and empty dumpsters will be waiting for volunteers to participate in the largest round up of trash and recyclables in Chico. In small groups, formed in advance or on the spot, volunteers will be supplied with trash bags, pickers, buckets, and coffee before they are sent out to clean every creek in Chico- in just over 3 hours! Hosted by Butte Environmental Council since 1988, this year will be the 31st annual Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Cleanup.


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Volunteers will scour the creek beds and banks for items left behind, dumped illegally, blown in to the creeks, or carried by stormwater. They will remove everything they find, from refrigerators and mattresses, to styrofoam containers, plastic straws, cans, bottles, tiny bits of trash (know as microtrash), and everything in between. Hazardous materials like batteries, automotive fluids, paints, and more will also be removed (some with the help of trained professionals). There is always something unusual to be found. In past years, volunteers removed a boat, a rubber chicken, a croquet set, musical instruments, and a giant stuffed moose. As volunteers move through the town collecting everything to be found, they will haul bags of trash and buckets of recyclables out of the creeks and leave them in piles along the road. Volunteers in trucks will drive up and down, collecting the piles left by volunteers and returning them to the check in sites. In some areas where the banks of the creek are too steep or clogged with vegetation to get to the street, City staff will use special equipment from bridges to pull piles out from the creek beds. Each year, tons of waste is removed from the waterways; waste that would have otherwise polluted waters downstream, some eventually making its way to the ocean, impacting both the aquatic species and their habitat. Once the bags and buckets make it back to the check in sites, volunteers will sort through every item to ensure that recyclables,

scrap metal, usable clothes and blankets, and other items are diverted from the landfill. When the work is over, the party begins! BEC celebrates the accomplishments of all the volunteers by holding an entirely free volunteer appreciation barbeque at Sierra Nevada Brewery, with burgers cooked by Madison Bear Garden, snacks from Lundberg Family Farms, games, live music, a prize drawing with a new bike donated by Pullins Cyclery, and for those over 21, a beer. Over the last three decades, more than 30,000 volunteer hours have been spent investing in local water quality, wildlife habitat, and pristine natural spaces for Chico’s citizens. Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance at, but preregistration is not required. Everyone is invited and there are tasks for all ages and all levels of skills and abilities! So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and make a difference, not only in our community, but for all those downstream.

31st Annual Bidwell Parks and Chico Creeks Cleanup Saturday, September 15, 2018 9:00 am to 12:30 pm Check in at Hooker Oak Park or Annie K Bidwell Parlor For more information, contact Butte Environmental Council, Call: (530) 891-6424, Email: watershed@becnet,org, or check out the website at


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Chico Performances 2018-2019 Field Trip Series By Cameron O’Brien

Childhood, and the experiences we all have throughout, molds us more so than almost any other period of our lives. It is a time when we are given our first exposure to the arts, culture, and a variety of other subjects without an inherent bias or previous inclination. From exciting stage performances to engaging musical numbers, as children we soak up all that we’re exposed to, and are shaped by the experiences that all of these mediums can provide. Luckily for the children of Chico, there is no shortage of performances to see, thanks to the Chico Performances Field Trip Series. For more than 30 years, children throughout the area have enjoyed a plethora of artistic endeavors taking place on the stage of Laxson Auditorium. This affordable series is aimed at the tastes and interests of young and developing minds, and provides a well-rounded exposé of all that the arts can provide. For children whose interest lies in the art of theater, the 2018-2019 Field Trip Series has many diverse performances to enjoy. The Blue Room Young Company’s stage rendition of the beloved animated film Mulan, performed by local children, will be first on the calendar on September 7, followed by Tomas and the Library Lady on October 12. On February 7, The Very Hungry Caterpillar will grace the stage of Laxson Auditorium, with Lightwire Theatre’s, The Ugly Duckling following on Febuary 21 and The Phantom Toll Booth on April 5. Field Trips with a more nature-related theme include National Geographic Live’s showcases with Anand Varma’s Beauty and the Bizarre, which will take place on November 7, followed by Filipe DeAndrade’s Untamed on March 27. These lectures will dive deep into the marvelously fascinating world of the living beings that occupy planet Earth, both big and small. Beetles, spiders, lions, sharks, snakes and jaguars are just a few of the fantastic creatures highlighted in their multimedia

presentations. Additionally, Peter Gros from the beloved television show Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom will be taking the stage to talk about his animal friends on March 7. For those interested in music and dance, Mariachi Herencia de Mexico’s A Tour of Mariachi History will take place on October 29 and on November 16, Chico Community Ballet’s Cinderella – The Magic! will take students behind the scenes of one of the company’s favorite shows. Believe: A Sneak Peak features local dancers, and will take place December 7, and Jazz Reach’s Big Drum, Small World will take place on February 12. Rounding out these performances will be North State Symphony’s Shakin’ Things Up on March 5. Finally, the Field Trip Series has two special acrobatic shows lined up: Cirque Mechanic’s high flying 42 FT: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels will take student’s through a tour of thrills, laughs, and excitement on October 26, and the award winning, Air Play will come soon after on January 30. Whether your child or students are interested in the arts, music, science or anything in-between, the Field Trip Series has at least a few options for everyone. The ticket lottery is open for submissions until August 20th. Teachers will be notified by August 24 as to which field trips they received in the lottery. Remaining tickets will be available to the public on August 27, beginning at 10 a.m. This season’s shows are sponsored by Enloe Medical Center. Enloe encourages local youth to pursue healthy, active lifestyles that nurture their bodies, minds, and spirits. For more details on the Chico Performances Field Trip Series, visit our website at www. or call the University Box Office at (530) 898-6333 for more information.

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Chico Neighborhoods: An Historical Archaeology Perspective September 11-December 8, 2018


ver wonder about the life and times of people in your hometown 100 years ago? This fall, the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology on the Chico State campus will uncover untold local and global histories. In an exhibition that explores Chico neighborhoods through the artifacts found on archaeological digs, visitors are invited into a world of the past. Most urban archaeology arises from construction sites that uncover artifacts from past dwellings or structures. Two separate excavations have yielded historical artifacts that show daily life a Century ago.


ne excavation took place on the Chico State Campus when the current

Student Services Building was being constructed in 2008. The excavation recovered over 40,000 artifacts dating to the early 1900s. The site on the corner of Second and Ivy Streets used to be a boarding house for the Normal Teacher’s College days, before the State University system was formed. Contrary to popular belief, the school was not named after the street; rather Normal Schools were founded all across the US to provide standardized training (aka “normal”) for teachers. Residents of the boarding house certainly would have been teachers from Chico High School, as well, which has been in its current location since its founding in 1902. From 1910 to 1940, Chico was ahead of the national goal to build high

schools in every town. At that time in American history, most teachers in rural areas were transient employees, staying in small town placements for 2-5 years, hence the need for temporary housing. Teaching, in general, at that time, was seen as a stepping stone for men to more serious careers and a short-term job for young, middle-class women before marriage.


any of the found objects associated with the boarding house are glass bottles and ceramics. These touchstones to the past help visitors really see and imagine how ordinary people lived in this rural northern California town when our grandparents, great-grandparents, or in some cases, great-great-grandparents

were here.


ost of the artifacts from this site were recovered from buried cisterns, or water collection systems which were no longer needed as Chico began to modernize. Archaeologists love finding caches of other people’s garbage. What people throw out has the ability to encapsulate culture. Trash is basically the primary source of archaeological research. In this case, once the cisterns became trash receptacles in 1900, they were destined to become the future research of the lucky archaeologists that encountered the tossed items. What items of your life have you cast out? What might survive 100 years underground to become the exhibitions of 100 years from now?


hen we think of tools that archaeologists use, we think of trowels and maps; but did you know that digging is really that last resort of modern archaeologists? For archaeologists, digging is just one part of the puzzle. The first part is asking good questions that will preserve the archaeological site for contextual analysis for later research. The second part recognizes one’s own cultural biases and historical timeframe, which influence the findings and interpretations. Another important “tool” for archaeologists is context. Context is defined by both the location that an artifact is found and the cultural situation in which it may have been used. When there is no written record, context may be tricky for archaeologists to determine. Since these exhibition sites took place in fairly recent history, many items fall into known facts and chronology of Chico history. Still, many details of the past owners or other deeper contexts are lost to time.


nother fascinating aspect of the exhibition connects visitors with the long abandoned historic Chinatown of Chico. During the construction of a new

parking lot on Orient Street in downtown Chico, a small section of dirt yielded around 100 historic artifacts. These artifacts ranged from animal bone, ceramic fragments, melted glass, and small pieces of gold foil. What can we expect to learn about Chico Chinatown?


he Chinese came to California initially to build the railroad in early 1800s and ultimately expanded to northern California and Chico during the gold rush. They provided assistance in mines, as well as secondary needs like growing crops and laundry to miners. Remarkably, the census reveals that a significant portion of Chico were Chinese. In fact, 20% of Butte County residents were Chinese at that time. As the population of Chinese immigrants grew, the intolerance across the countryside grew as well. City government and court records show increasing unrest between Asian and American settlers, not just in Chico, but up to Klamath Falls and across to Reno as well. By the 1890s, most of Chinatown in Chico and beyond San Francisco had retreated back to larger urban centers. Continued research and analysis of this small historic Chinese collection

will allow us to understand the important role this community served in our city’s history.


he exhibit will also turn its attention toward the future character of the Chico south-side neighborhood. What are the priorities that a city might emphasize when developing a neighborhood? What do inhabitants want today and how should one plan for sustainable living for future generations? By looking at current residents and city plans, one can see how decisions made today influence the future. The archaeology of Chico exhibition will help the North State public understand the lives of individuals, families and communities that might otherwise remain invisible.


he Museum of Anthropology is a teaching museum, whose mission is to preserve and protect human cultural diversity. Free onehour tours for 1-12 grades are offered to teachers and their classrooms throughout the fall. The museum is a state-wide award winner for excellence in museum education with tour programs that focus on STEAM teaching standards. Tours provide hands-on activities to understand the past and emphasize Chico’s history. Students will be exposed to primary sources, maps, and artifacts. If you are interested in more information about the museum’s exhibitions or educational programs, please call us at 530 898-5397. The museum is open Tues-Sat 11am-3pm.

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2nd Annual Northern California Autism Symposium

Bringing Research, Advocacy Experts to Northern California Regional & Continuing Education at California State University, Chico will present the 2nd Annual Northern California Autism Symposium on Sept. 28 and 29 on the University campus. The program will include concurrent, plenary and keynote sessions for professionals, parents/guardians of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and adults with ASD. Session topics from experts in the field and individuals with ASD include: evidence-based practices, parent advocacy, self-regulation, building friendships, video modeling and physical activity and exercise interventions. A full list of presentations can be found on the symposium website. The inaugural event saw over 400 participants from throughout Northern California and this year’s numbers are anticipated to be larger. Far Northern Region

Center, California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN), and Chico State have worked to build a science rich program that is full of evidence based research. Friday afternoon, the plenary speaker will be Dr. Leonard Abbeduto, Director of the UC Davis MIND, Institute. His presentation, “Technology as a Tool for Bringing Services and Research to Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Families, and Communities” will focus on the need to bring evidence-based therapeutic practices to scale and in a way that ensures equitable access to all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, language spoken, or geography. Examples of the use of technology to meet this need and details from Dr. Abbeduto’s research on the use of video teleconferencing technology to deliver parent-implemented language interventions into the homes of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities will be shared. Saturday morning, Dena L. Gassner, LMSW, will present her experience as a female on the spectrum. She blends her message of empowerment with her personal journey and her professionalism to provide a wellrounded experience to all of her audiences. She is an advocate, writer, and national presenter to schools, families, and agencies throughout the country, and operates a private systems navigation practice—a one of a kind program—in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Gassner embodies a commitment to encouraging healthier living for those with Asperger’s Syndrome, empowering persons to leave shame and inadequacy behind for a life embracing autistic authenticity. More importantly, Ms. Gassner lives a life of transparency, embracing her identity as a person with an autism spectrum condition. Over the past 15 years, a growing number

of children have been diagnosed with ASD. Current reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that about one in 59 children has been identified on the spectrum. Though new theories about what causes ASD continue to develop, there is no scientifically proven cause or cure. According to Josie Blagrave, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at CSU, Chico and program director for the CSU, Chico Autism Clinic, Northern California has seen the same increase in ASD, but because of the region’s rural location, those living and working with ASD populations in the North State are removed from the research and resource hubs of Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. “The aim of this symposium is to feature a breadth of presenters who will share their expertise on interventions, services, and supports with individuals with ASD, their families, teachers, and service providers. Oftentimes getting out to the bigger conferences is an impossible barrier—we’re hoping to eliminate that,” Blagrave said.

The cost to attend the two-day symposium is $195. Individuals who are clients of the Far Northern Regional Center and students may register at a reduced cost. Please visit the website for more information. Additional information and online registration can be found at http://, or by calling Regional & Continuing Education at 530-898-6105.

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Birthday Party Guide Adventure Quest

1968 E 8th Street, Chico 530-862-7142 Come all ye would-be heroes! Test your courage and your wits; meet different characters along your journey—some helpful, some challenging—and see if you’ve got what it takes to become a hero! Three exciting themes: Quest, Adventure, or Pirates! Follow a trail of clues and overcome challenges. We create adventures for adults, too! 10 children per party, ages 10 years and up. Base price: $250 for 2 hours.

Azad’s Martial Arts Center

313 Walnut Street Suite 150, Chico 892-AZAD & 896-0777 Azad’s Martial Arts Birthday Parties are exciting, safe, and super fun for kids ages 3 and up! Azad’s team of instructors are experts in not only teaching children authentic dynamic martial arts, but they are experts at bringing the best out of kids of all ages and backgrounds! Azad’s center offers very flexible schedule of fees for your child’s birthday party. We get booked early. Please call today!

A Maker’s Space

5729 Almond St., Paradise 530-413-9499 Celebrate your birthday at A Maker’s Space! 2 hours of fun, 1 attendant, and we work with you to customize projects. Contact us today to inquire about fees and schedule a party today!

Barry R Kirshner Wildlife Foundation

4995 Durham-Pentz Rd, Oroville 530-533-1000 Looking for a wild place to hold your next birthday party? Check out the Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation and our family of native and exotic species to host one of your most memorable birthday parties! Participants enjoy a guided tour, a reptile encounter, a free T-shirt for the birthday honoree, and use of the shaded picnic over a three hour period. Please call 533-1000 to book your party!


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Boys & Girls Club of the North Valley

Chico Cheer All Stars, Inc.

13306 Cabin Hollow Ct. #120, Chico 530-894-2227 Celebrate your special event, at ease, with our indoor facility! Have access to our entire facility, including all toys and equipment for two fun filled hours. Also included are two party attendants to help with set up and supervision. Great any time of the year! Parties are available Fridays & Saturdays and can be booked easily online via our parent portal. We encourage adults to come, too! They are not counted as part of the attendee total. You can bring whatever type of food or desserts you like. We have tables, a sink, and plates available to use. All kids must fill out a Registration Form prior to participation. Come celebrate with us today!

Chico Creek Dance Centre

1144 W. 1st Street 530-521-7193 Chico Creek Dance Centre offers fun and magical Birthday Parties based around a dance style of your choosing. Celebrate your special occasion with our beautiful ballerinas, dressed in costumes, leading a fun filled dance class or get down with some of our amazing Tap or Hip-hop staff and learn the current moves, or get creative and design the party of your dreams! Call today for more information about these fun filled dance parties, availability of our special party room, and prices. Great for ages 3-12 years of age.

Chico Creek Nature Center

1968 E 8th Street, Chico 530-891-4671 Parties include an hour of guided activities with a craft, a meet-the-animals experience, and a staff led walk. You will have a reserved space at the center with cake and celebration. Leave the party planning to us and we will make your child’s special day AWESOME! Themes: Feathered Friends, Snakes, Little Sprouts, Wild Things, Fairies and Gnomes, Princesses, and Superheroes Fee: $200 for up to 15 children Days: Saturday or Sunday

Chico Escape Rooms

3075 Cohasset Rd. #2, Chico 530-636-4475 Chico Escape Rooms offers you a unique birthday adventure. An immersive atmosphere, challenges you to find clues, and solve puzzles in one of our themed rooms. Participants 10 to 110 will experience an exciting and different birthday celebration! Great for birthday parties, a company team building activity, and other special occasions. Check out our website and Facebook for more information and reviews. Your adventure awaits...

Creative STEAM

601 Wall Street, Chico 530-899-0335 If you are looking for a place to host your birthday party for family and friends at a facility of over 12,000 square feet of possibilities, then come check out the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley’s Chico Camps. We have a three-hour party package for only $250 in up to three spaces. Our hourly rates start as low as $50/hour. Please call us at 530-899-0335.

1141 Forest Ave. Suite #40, Chico 530-332-9172 Awesome Lego-Based Birthdays. Kids will love building with all the Lego bricks at the Creativity Center! The Party Room is waiting with everything you need. Race Track, Bot Wars, Jousting, Remote Control, and many other themes to choose from. Birthday shirt, Minifigs for guests and so much more. What will you and your friends build? You bring the food and goodie bags or have us to take care of everything.

Catch It Quick: Juggling and Balloons, Featuring Michael Taylor

FunLand / Cal Skate Chico 530-966-7468 Offering high quality, fast paced juggling shows with lots of audience participation and a variety of props and/or interactive balloon twisting with an emphasis on fun and plenty of choices!

Chico Art School & Gallery

261 East Third Street, Chico 530-570-3895 Painting parties for children or adults where fun and creativity come together. Child party themes such as: unicorns, Paris, Frozen, dinosaurs, dragons, cats, dogs, and horses are available, or you may create your own. 1 ½ hours of fun with art instruction. Guests will leave with a mat framed painting. Also included are balloons for each guest. Bring your own cake, etc. or join Sweet Chico Confections down the street for $50 (includes party room and an employee to assist for 1 hour). Cost at Chico Art School is $125 for four guests and $25 per additional guest up to 8 total. Party favors can be added for $5 per person and includes a set of markers/or colored pencils and sketch pad.

2465 Carmichael Dr., Chico (Hwy. 99 & E. Park Ave.) 530-343-1601 Cal Skate at FunLand has hosted 35,000+ birthday parties over the past 40 years – we know how to throw a party! We offer only quality products – Round Table pizza and Baskin Robbins ice cream cakes, all served by our Birthday Specialists, with your choice of fun – miniature golfing and/or roller skating. As we’ve always stated – “We do all the work, you have all the fun.” Private birthday parties now available for larger groups!

Funny Faces: Face Painting & Balloon Tying 530-570-0199 Funny Faces has been providing quality entertainment at affordable rates since 2004, specializing in creative & flexible painting designs for the face & body that are fun for all ages. Funny Faces also provides balloon twisting that will add energy & excitement to any party or event. With Funny Faces, the fun comes to you.

Gateway Science Museum

Snapshots PhotoBooth

Imagination Station Photo Booth

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Jenn’s Sweet Décor

The Studio 561

625 Esplanade, Chico 530-898-4121 Gateway Science Museum birthday parties are fun, science themed celebrations! Parties include a dedicated docent to guide your group through current gallery exhibits; a private hands-on activity chosen from our list of more than eleven different science themes including nature, chemistry, physics or astronomy; and a birthday space for gifts and celebration. Visit our website to see our party addons, available activities, and cost. Call to reserve your party today. 1372 East 1st Avenue, Chico 775-686-9033 We are a mobile dress-up photo booth housed inside of an adorable, 1967 Aristocrat trailer! Our professional photographer is on-site the duration of your party rental. We offer on-site prints and online downloading as well. The Imagination Station’s closet is stocked full of fun costumes for the party guests to wear for photos, and there are various packages available. Designed for children ages 3-7 years old. jennssweetdecor Jenn’s Sweet Décor specializes in creating customized candy buffets and S’mores Bars for Weddings, Birthdays, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Graduation Parties, Corporate Events/Expos, Open Houses, Product Launches, Book Signings, Charity Events, and more… Pricing varies depending on the number of people and types of candy. Please contact Jenn at for more information.


2477 Forest Ave, Chico 530-894-6800 KidsPark has a wide variety of themes from which to choose, including: Princess, Pirate, and Jungle Uproar. Your hostess will conduct the festivities, leaving you to enjoy the event with family and friends. Parties are for ages 2-12 years, and take place on Sundays. Packages include party consultation, table settings, juice, a snack, a gift for the birthday child, and clean-up. Kids will enjoy an art project, face painting, group games, balloon favors, and fun!

Kinetics Academy of Dance

627 Broadway St. #100, Chico 530-345-2505 Enchanting and magical parties for little dancers, princesses and fairies! Our two-hour themed parties (Fairies, Princess or Fancy Nancy) include party host, dancing, a craft, and a tea party with real china, tea and fruit! We can customize other themes or tailor it for boys. Starting at $215.00 for up to ten kids. Relax and let us do the work! Come visit our beautifully decorated party room!

Mobile Photo Booth 530-321-7989 Snapshots PhotoBooth offers Regular velvet curtain photo booths, Open Air Photo Booths, Flip Books, and Two VW Photo Buses. We are here for any of your photo booth needs. Our packages come with unlimited photos, free reprints for everyone, a photo booth attendant, a custom photo border, lots of fun props and a digital copy of all your photos. Having a photo booth at any event offers entertainment, along with a party favor for your guests to treasure.

2201 Pillsbury Rd, Suite 142, Chico 530-894-2323 Children love to be creative, and what better place then String Bead? They will be designing a necklace & bracelet with pony beads and 10 special beads. Original Party cost: $50.00, plus $5.00 per child. Party includes: table decorations with balloons, one staff member for 2 hours, and a special gift for all party guests. Call us at 530-894-2323, or visit under parties for more questions. 561 East Lindo Ave, Chico 530-370-1285 Enjoy creating a painting of your choice with all materials provided. The Studio 561 offers a spacious studio space, room for 35 painters, a kitchen, and is fully air conditioned. Plenty of parking for guests and worry free party space. Painters need no experience as all classes are step-by-step. Parties take 2 hours to celebrate the birthday painter and to complete their very own masterpiece! Minimum of 10 painters. $250. Additional painters $20 each child.

Terrain Park Climbing Center

931 W 5th St., Suite 100, Chico 530-809-0796 Have your next birthday party at TPCC! Parties are two hours long and include climbing instruction in your own designated area, shoe rental, full access to our party room, ping pong and foosball tables, and an amazing TPCC party director. Each birthday boy or girl will also receive a gift from us at Terrain Park Climbing Center, a free 2 week climbing membership! Head to our website for more information!

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ach year, Chico Mall hosts Biz Kidz which allows kids to create a business and showcase their products at Chico Mall. It is a fun way for young people to develop entrepreneurial skills and express their ideas and creativity.

Sophia Villanueva Sophia’s Treats:

Candy crafts for sale, including candy bouquets and candy flowers in handpainted, repurposed jars.

Do you know a kid who has a business idea? Have them enter his/her business idea from September 4th-16th. There are two Age Group Categories: • Elementary School: ages 6-12 • Middle School/High School: ages 13-17 6 to 8 winners from each category will be selected, depending on the number of entries. Voting will take place September 17th-20th. The judges will base their decisions on creativity and the business idea. Winners will be announced on September 21st. Biz Kidz contest winners will set up their business at the Chico Mall on September 29, from 11am -3pm. For participation and other information, please contact Chico Mall Management at 530-343-0706.

Isabelle Bergstrom Izza B’s Recycled Dreams:

Catch your dream or imaginations with fun, shabby chic dream catchers created from all recycled materials. These shabby chic dream catchers are fun, classy, and sustainable.

Phoenix Brynnan Recycled Beauty: A group of girls make and sell beautiful things from discarded items and broken jewelry.

Audrey Vu Bubblegum Bling: Audrey makes and sells bubblegum bead necklaces.



very day, we are inundated with information; often from two opposing sides. So, how do we teach kids to evaluate the information they read and hear, whether it comes

from the media, our leaders, family, or friends? Teaching kids to think critically is the solution and is crucial to their developing the ability to assess information and form

logical conclusions about that which is presented to them. Fortunately, there are many ways parents can foster critical thinking in their kids and help them to develop problem-solving skills.


Ask Your Child Questions:

When your child asks a question or comments on a situation, look for opportunities to ask your child questions rather than immediately providing an answer. Open-ended questions offer your child the chance to think and assess. Examples of questions you can ask are: “What would you do to solve this problem?” or “I’d like to hear what you think.” Once your child has answered, ask your child in a nonjudgmental tone to defend their answer. “Can you tell me why you think that?” or “What led you to this conclusion?” are a couple of questions to get your child to expound on their answer. Asking your child such questions provides your child additional opportunity to consider how they arrived at their answer. Through the process of thinking and talking about it, your child might discover any faulty thinking in your child’s initial response.

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Regardless of whether or not your child’s thinking was correct or logical, praise your child for their effort in thinking their answer through. Then, if your child’s reasoning is faulty, gently explain what you believe and why to help correct your child’s assumptions or misconceptions.

Use Play as an Opportunity to Foster Critical Thinking:

Kids often learn best through play. Whatever they’re playing, encourage them to strategize. If it is a board game, have them think through their next move and consider what their opponent might do. If building with Legos, have your child consider how the placement of one piece will affect the placement of other pieces and the look or functionality of the structure.

Take Advantage of Everyday Tasks:

Giving kids real-life opportunities to problem solve is an excellent way to hone their critical thinking skills. When your child is doing chores, for example, allow your child to do it your child’s way a few times to see if your child can figure out the most efficient way to concur the task.

Encourage Outside the Box Thinking:

Kids already have the innate ability to think outside the box, which is also known as divergent thinking. But as kids grow, thought becomes more convergent. A certain degree of convergent thinking is necessary, so we do not give the same weight to all possibilities. Still, a certain amount of divergent thinking is crucial to the ability to solve problems. When the opportunity arises, ask your child to think of all the possible ways a problem might be solved or something can be done. Then ask your child to consider and weight out the pros and cons of each solution to determine which is best.

If after several tries it is taking your child longer than necessary or the job is not getting done as well as it could, ask your child to think of a way to do it that’s faster or does the job better. Allow your child time to think about it so your child can find a solution. If your child cannot come up with a solution, give your child a tip and ask your child how that might help.

BOOKS THAT TEACH CRITICAL THINKING The following books encourage kids to think critically and show them how to evaluate situations, examine beliefs, and understand the methods of science. Some of these books also contain activities to help kids hone their critical thinking skills.

200 mysteries and phenomena in this funfilled book. They learn the secrets to why stones can skip across water rather than immediately sinking and whether running to shelter when it’s raining keeps you drier than walking.

How Come? Every Kid’s Science Questions Explained by Kathy Wollard and Debra Solomon: Grades 4 to 6. Kids discover the answers to more than

Logic to the Rescue: Adventures in Reason by Kris Langman: Grades 5 to 9. In this sword-and-sorcery fantasy story, kids learn about logical fallacies, how to

test a hypothesis, and set up experiments in biology, chemistry, and physics.

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi: Grades 7+. This beautifully illustrated and handy book introduces readers to a variety of faulty arguments people use including ad hominem attacks, the straw man fallacy, slippery slope arguments, and more. Throughout the book, the characters

commit every error in reasoning imaginable, thereby providing readers some clear examples of logic failures.

Flat Earth? Round Earth? by Theresa Martin. When a school teacher passes out clay spheres to the class to be decorated, one student crushes his, arguing the earth is flat. This leads to a trip to the principal’s office where the boy, unwilling to succumb to “common knowledge,” poses several arguments. The narrator then takes on the challenge of providing proof the earth is round. The book teaches kids the value of questioning and not taking things at face value. Philosophy for Kids: 40 Fun Questions That Help You Wonder About Everything by David White: Grades 4+. In this interactive book, kids have the opportunity to grapple with philosophical questions that have been discussed and debated as far back as the ancient Greeks, right on through modern-day thought. Philosophy for Kids is filled with fun and exciting activities to help them understand philosophical concepts.

Bringing UFOs Down to Earth by Philip J. Klass: Grades 4 to 7. In this fun book, kids learn fascinating facts about UFOs and how UFO reports are investigated. They also learn about rational and scientific explanations for UFO sightings and reports. How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial by Darryl Cunningham: Grades 7+. This book addresses eight hotly debated science topics in which the author discusses the research and current thinking on each issue. Readers discover how people on all sides of the issues manipulate information to suit their views. In the end, teens are armed with the needed information to draw conclusions on each topic. How Do You Know It’s True? Discovering the Difference Between Science and Superstition by Hy Ruchlis: Grades 7 to 10. In examining a variety of superstitions, such as astrology and the unlucky number 13, the author addresses the problem that the nature of superstition is that it is unobservable. He also does an excellent

job illustrating the dangers of magical thinking. The book helps readers walk away with a better understanding of science.

Nibbling on Einstein’s Brain: The Good, the Bad and the Bogus in Science by Diane Swanson and Francis Blake: Grades 3 to 7. In this book, kids learn how to tell the difference between good science and faulty. The author encourages critical thinking through a combination of fascinating fictitious scenarios and realworld examples. Nibbling on Einstein’s Brain includes fun activities to help kids develop critical thinking skills.

how powerfully her nervous system switched from a relaxed state to a highly aroused state. We talked about this and she started to notice it too, take a deep breath, and consciously soften her response. Over a series of sessions, her nervous system reset and she became calmer with fewer to no digestive problems.


Balancing The Nervous System

Kids Overcoming Anxiety with CranioSacral Therapy By Anasuya Basil, NC, Dipl. ABT, CST

Does your child have frequent stomach-aches for no known reason? Are you concerned that a recent trauma is harming your child’s health? Life has a way of throwing you curve balls that jangle your nerves no matter what your age. A big part of staying healthy and sane in an over stimulating, hyper-paced, modern world depends on the regular cultivation of a calm interior foundation that you return to after responding to stress. Parents, family members, teachers, and caregivers help kids develop and return to that peaceful state of mind by listening to and acknowledging their experiences, as well as simply playing, eating, and unwinding together. But when fear and anxiety are deeply triggered by a divorce, a death in the family, a move to a new school, or a medical crisis, it is harder to reset the stress response back to that calm place. It is possible to get stuck in the alarm state.

Non-Verbal Expression of Feelings

A six-year-old child might not say, “I’m in a state of shock after seeing my brother break his leg,” or “I’m worried that Dad left us because I’m bad.” Instead, they may use their body or behavior to express their emotions. Sometimes this shows up as frequent digestive upsets, headaches, muscle tension, or behavioral changes. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on modality that enables me to listen closely to your child’s nervous system, and to support his or her body to reset back to a relaxed state. It is complimentary to other therapies from psychotherapy to occupational, physical, or speech therapy.


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Stomach Pain Caused by Stress

Brianna was nine years old when she developed severe pain in her abdomen. Her parents rushed her to the hospital, but in spite of multiple tests, nothing was found. The next week, the stomach pain hit again and she met more doctors who ran more tests. When no physical problem was revealed, her mom brought her to a psychotherapist who noticed the child’s body tension and referred her to me for CST.

Brianna’s Sessions

Brianna lay fully clothed on the bodywork table playing with a fuzzy pony while her mom sat on one side with her fingers resting on her daughter’s knee. I placed my hands lightly on Brianna’s body and tuned in to the quality of the muscle tension, and the rhythm of the cerebral spinal fluid circulating around her brain and spinal cord. I felt her body soften and loosen. Sometimes Brianna’s mom would read children’s books out loud to her. I noticed that if there was a dramatic part in the story, such as when the brave, lovable dog was paddling in a stormy ocean to rescue its caregiver, Brianna’s whole body would tense with anxiety. This showed

CST helps to balance the autonomic nervous system which has two parts. The sympathetic nervous system scans our surroundings and activates the fight or flight hormones as soon as danger is detected. The parasympathetic nervous system slows this response so we can rest and digest, as well as repair and heal. If these two parts are out of balance, symptoms emerge such as: • Emotional instability • Feeding problems • Nausea and vomiting • Elevated heart rate • Difficulty with potty training • High blood pressure • Diarrhea or constipation • Poor social skills • Bed wetting • Phobias and tics • Insomnia or nightmares • Speech disturbances

Viva Las Vagus

CST brings healthy tone to the vagus nerve, which leaves the brain through the jugular foramen at the base of the skull and weaves through many organs including the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. The vagus nerve is in charge of the parasympathetic nervous system, and for bringing us back to our calm center after stress. When you have good vagal tone, you recover quickly from stress and have better mental and physical health. Other ways to increase vagal tone are meditation, exercise, nature connection, singing, creative flow, laughing with friends and family, prayer, and gratitude.

A Child’s Social Ecology of Healing

A child is woven into a web of social connections, and they are highly sensitive to both verbal and non-verbal messages. Our brains have structures that allow us to recognize and reflect signals that we receive from others which are then integrated into our own neural pathways. In Brianna’s case, I knew that her parents had difficult jobs where they were responsible for others in life or death situations. Even though they did not share with their daughter the pain and grief they encountered at work, I sensed the possibility that Brianna read the tension in their bodies and temporarily internalized it.

Including Family In the Sessions

I see the powerful and loving bonds that children have with their parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and others, and I know this is their key resource. That is why I include parents in the sessions by having them sit close by, touching, reading to, or playing with their kids while I work on them. I will even make a little time for some hands-on work for the parents so they get a feel for what I am doing. I also encourage parents to get full sessions for themselves. That way, both parent and child are better able to mirror to each other that deeply relaxed sense of physical and mental integration that is the gift of CranioSacral Therapy.

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Crafts Snacks


Popcorn Balls

YIELD: about 18 3-inch balls | SERVES: 18

INGREDIENTS • • • • • • • •

20 cups popped plain popcorn (about two 3.2 oz. bags of microwave plain popcorn) 3/4 cup light corn syrup 1/4 cup unsalted butter 2 teaspoons cold water 2 cups powdered sugar Pinch of salt 1 cup mini marshmallows Food coloring (optional)

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of


Transfer popped popcorn with your hands to a large bowl. Using your hands will help sift out the kernels. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the corn syrup, butter, cold water, powdered sugar, and marshmallows. Stir and cook until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and add food coloring, if desired. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and stir to coat. Let cool just enough so you can comfortably handle the popcorn. Butter, grease, or wet your fingers to help keep the popcorn from sticking. Shape the popcorn into 3-inch balls. This needs to be done before it has cooled all the way. Wrap each in cellophane or plastic wrap and store at room temperature. *If you use salted butter, just omit the pinch of salt.

Pom Pom Bookmarks


Tie on the 15” piece of yarn for a tail.


Get out some yarn and scissors.


Cut each loop. Be careful not to cut the ties or tail.


Cut one 12” and one 15” piece of yarn.


Check for missed loops and fluff the pom pom.


Wrap yarn around two fingers about 50 times.


Trim the pom pom to make a nice sphere.


Use 12” yarn to tie off wrapped yarn from fingers.


Your bookmark is ready to use!


Tie again around the entire ball. Make a knot.


Try making different sizes of tails and pom poms!

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Here is a fun checklist of family activities for fall Visit an apple orchard Visit a pumpkin patch Make a scarecrow Collect colorful leaves Have a leaf fight Jump in a just-raked pile of leaves Get lost in a corn maze Attend a fall festival Make a bird feeder Make a craft out of fallen leaves Go on a hayride Help make/eat some homemade soup Have cookout or make s’mores Bake something with apples Sign up for a family run or walk Attend a local sports game Get a good book at a public library Volunteer as a family Work on a giant puzzle together Carve the perfect pumpkin Fly a kite Bake pumpkin bread, cookies, or muffins Go star gazing Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa outside Host a family game night Go to a farmers market

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Growing Up Chico’s Annual Pumpkin Patch Guide

Book Family Farm:

Book family farm is an old fashioned pumpkin patch and sustainable farm. The farm is located 10 miles south of Chico. Chickens, pigs, cows, horses, & turkeys, as well as the Book family look forward to your visit. Scheduled education field-trips are available. 153 Heavy Horse Ln, Durham 342-4375

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Chico FFA Pumpkin Patch:

The FFA pumpkin patch is located at the corner of Guynn and Henshaw Avenue in Chico. It is a large pumpkin patch with many pumpkins to choose from. For field trips or large groups, please call 518-7412.

Country Pumpkins:

Located on HWY 32 about 10 miles west of Chico, and

4 miles east of Orland is a five acre pumpkin patch, a ten acre corn maze, a petting zoo, a hay pyramid (with slide), a country store and a haunted maze at night. 7152 CA-32, Orland

Johnson U Pick Farm:

This 5 acre farm is located 2 miles south of Gridley. A wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and pumpkins are available to pick. 113 Higgins Ave, Gridley 846-5871

Julia’s Fruit Stand:

Julia’s is a family owned fruit stand and pumpkin patch that prides itself on growing almost all the produce they sell. Their goal is to sell you produce that was picked that very morning, guaranteeing you the freshest, and ripest produce you can get. They specialize in heirloom tomatoes, but

are also very proud of their peaches, nectarines, and apricots. Come visit us and enjoy the best produce available. 11475 Hwy 99, Los Molinos 354-4775

Masie Jane’s:

Pick straight from the pumpkin patch, or you choose from one of the precut pumpkins on the giant hay mound! Join scavenger hunts, pumpkin relays, and pumpkin picking. They have many varietal pumpkins and decorative gourds available. Group visits or field trips please call the office to schedule your time. 3764 Hegan Lane, Chico 899-7909

Noble Orchards:

Locally owned orchard and fruit stand that sells what they grow and other local products. U Pick apples. 7050 Pentz Rd., Paradise 877-4784

Patrick Ranch:

Autumnfest 2018 will be held at the Patrick Ranch on Saturdays & Sundays. The cost is $5.00 per person and children 12 years and under $2.00. They will have hay rides, a pumpkin patch, pony cart rides, animals, pumpkin sales, Glenwood House tours, Midway Cafe, vendors, and much more. 10381 Midway, Durham 342-4359

The Peterson Sisters Pumpkin Patch:

We have a great selection of Pumpkins and decorative Gourdes. Come out and pick the perfect one! Each weekend we will be hosting family friendly games. Bounce house, kids hay maze, and hay rides available. Visit our Facebook page for more details on activities. Baked goods and beverages available for purchase. 3200 Bell Rd, Chico

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and what snack they want. Ages: 8 - 12 yrs, Tuesdays: 2-5 pm, Little Red Hen’s Lifespan program, Located at 2418 Cohasset Rd Suite 150.

Check out all of the great things we have to look forward to this Fall! Please note that dates and times are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm events.

Ongoing Events A Maker’s Space: Let your imagination come and play! Our mission is to foster a nurturing and stimulating environment to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) education for everyone in the community. Field trips, classes, kids and adult parties, camps, wor+kshops and more. 5729 Almond St, Paradise, 530-413-9499, www. Allegory Belly Dance: Ongoing classes for children ages 7-14 and held at the Chico Art Center. For more information and to register please go to After School Enrichment S.T.E.M Classes: At Creative STEAM Chico, Thursdays from 3 – 4pm, Grades 1 – 6, Barnes & Noble Storytime: Held Saturdays at 11am in the children’s book section. Call 894-1494 or go to for more details.

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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 5331000 or go to 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. 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 or 342-4375. For up to date info, “like us” on Facebook. Buddin’ Sprouts: For children with autism and other socially related disabilities. This program is a progression of Lil’ Sprouts and serves children one-on-one to develop more advanced sensory, behavioral, social, and communication skills. Children are encouraged to make social requests and decisions, such as what game to play

Butte County Library, Chico: TUESDAYS: Preschool Storytime; Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. Two sessions: 10am & 11am. Homework Help from 3-5pm for grades 1-8 starting in September. WEDNESDAYS: Babies Love Books; Babies ages 18 months & younger will enjoy this special story time. 11am. Homework Help from 3-5pm for grades 1-8 starting in September. THURSDAYS: Toddler Storytime; Stories, songs & action rhymes for ages 3 & under. Two sessions: 10am & 11am. Chess Club: 3:30-5:30 under 18 only. 3D Printing Workshops: 3-7pm. FRIDAYS: Bilingual Story Garden; Enjoy stories & songs in English & Spanish geared for ages 0-5 at 10am. SATURDAYS: 1st Saturday of month: Japanese Storytime At Chico Library; Monthly program features classic tales of Japan, Kamishibai (“paper-theater”), & Japanese songs & crafts at 1pm. 2nd Saturday of the month: Spanish storytime at 10am. 3rd Saturday of the month: Chinese Storytime, features stories & songs in Chinese at 2pm. 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month: StoryTail Tutors; Monthly program for beginning, struggling or reluctant readers at 2pm. Chess Club weekly 12pm-2pm under 18 only. SUNDAYS: Free Family Movie: Weekly movies. Contact branch for titles and ratings. All Ages. Showtime 2pm. 1108 Sherman Ave. 891-2726. Butte College Foster/Kinship Care Education Program: Provides FREE Parent Education Trainings to everyone. Call 897-6235 or visit fosterkinship for more details. 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 in Chico. www. Chapman Food And Fitness Festival: Held every Friday from 2–5:30pm at 1010 Cleveland Ave. For more information, call 624-8844. Chico Air Museum: The Chico Air Museum is located at 165 Ryan Avenue. This museum features air exhibits that are fun for the whole family! Open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am-2pm. FREE, donations are welcome. 345-6468. Chico Area Recreation and Park District: The Chico Area Recreation and Park District is here to help you play! Offers classes, sports and events for all ages. For more info visit or call (530) 895-4711. Chico Art School: Visit us at our new location! Classes in painting and drawing for ages 7+. All levels. MondaySaturday. Email for homeschool, after school and adult class availability. $25 per class-1 1/2 hr. Email Janet@ or find them on Facebook: www. 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 Cheer Dollar Night: A great intro to Chico Cheer. Just sign a release form and bring $1 CASH ONLY and come to the gym to play, tumble, or perfect your cheer skills! Chico Cheer equipment and gym is available to practice any level of tumbling and/or stunts. Come in on your own or join us with your group or team! $1 = 2 hours of fun! Friday 6 - 8 PM. www.ChicoCheerAllStar. com, 894-2227. 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. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm. 1968 E. 8th Street, 891-4671, www. 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 Chico Doula Circle: The Chico Doula Circle can help you have your best birth experience. For more information visit or contact Kim Humble at 530-518-0421. Chico History Museum: Featuring ever-changing exhibits on Chico, ranging from its history to its agriculture. 141 Salem St, open Thursday to Sunday, 11AM to 4PM, 8914336. Chico Mall Family Movie Nights: Join Chico Mall every 3rd Friday of the month for Family Movie Nights. Movies begin at 7 p.m. near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Bring your low back chairs and blankets for the movie. No outside food or drink. Go to Facebook/ChicoMall for movie info or call 343-0706. Chico Mall, 1950 E 20th St, Chico. 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 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: Mondays from 3:15-4pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:15-10am. 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, call 345-1617 for more details. Creative STEAM: 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 3329172 or go to Dimple Deedles Kindermusik Program: Watch your child enter the room with enthusiasm as they smile at their teacher who is nurturing their progress and encouraging their development! Classes available for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and K-1st graders. In a Kindermusik class, your child’s language skills will flourish, their fine and gross motor skills will develop and their social skills will become enhanced; all while a rich musical foundation is being laid. Quality set of home materials included in monthly tuition. Sign up for a FREE Introductory class today at www.dimpledeedles. com or call 530-433-1965. Enloe’s Mother and Baby Education Center: Ongoing childbirth preparation, infant parenting, mother wellness and infant-child CPR classes. Please call 3323970 to register or go to and click on the Mother Baby page for more information and to view a full list of classes. Also offers lactation support, please call the number above for an appointment. Family Skate Night: North Valley Hockey, go to www. for more info. 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. 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

children 0-5 and their parents. Children find stimulating, educational fun while parents relax. Call 343-3101 or for more info go to

Free Tennis Clinic: Held every Saturday at the Chico Racquet Club at 10am, open to all ages. 1629 Manzanita Ave, 895-1881.

Mothers Strong Support Group: Mothers Strong is a collaborative group of new mothers, families and agencies working to help mothers impacted by perinatal mood and anxiety. for more info.

Friday Night Bot Wars: 2nd Friday of every month from 6-9pm. Learn about gears and torque, and how exactly these crazy contraptions work. Battling bots, spinning tops, dueling robots, battering rams and more! Create your motorized models and let your imagination take over. Then, step in to the arena to see how your creation fares! Ages 6 and up. or call 332-9172. 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 Growing Together Teens: GTT is a socialization program for teens with autism and other developmental disabilities. Designed to build friendships between participants and provide activities conducive to social behavior, cognitive, and emotional growth. Promotes individuals’ self-esteem and teaches them to become self-advocates. Employment experience is supported. Ages: 12 - 17 yrs, Fridays: 2:30 - 5:30 pm. Little Red Hen’s Lifespan program, Located at 2418 Cohasset Rd Suite 150. Home Depot Kids Workshops: Chico & Oroville. Hands-on building workshop for ages 5-12. 1st Saturday of each month, 9am-12pm. Free. Chico: 342-0477; Oroville: 5380521. Jazzercise: FREE Childcare! Contact for more details and class times. 896-9743, 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 5:309:30. Each night includes dinner and an exciting activity. Must pre-register. Call 895-kids or visit to find out more. Kidz Night Out: 3rd Friday of every month! Do You Need a Date Night? Drop off your LEGO fan with our trained staff for a night of fun! Dinner, games, challenges and LEGO® silliness. Pizza, juice & cookie, R.C Zipline, Battle TrackRace track, take-home crafts, Lego brick creative fun! Ages 6 - 12 at Creative STEAM Chico, www. or call 332-9172. 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 4874109 or email for details and times. Lil’ Sprouts: Little Red Hen’s Lifespan program, An early intervention program for children with autism. LiL’ Sprouts provides one-on-one support to help develop play skills, sensory needs, socialization, behavioral, and communication skills. Ages: 4 - 8 yrs, Mondays: 2 - 5pm, Located at 2418 Cohasset Rd Suite 150, behind Cathy’s Sew and Vac. Little Red Hen Mommy & Me Fairy Garden Class: Floral & More: 959 East Ave. Let’s grow together! Create your own fairy garden featuring Studio M miniatures in our handson Mommy & Me class. $20 fee provides 1 terra-cotta pot and 3 Fairy garden plants. Miniatures are available to purchase. Refreshments will be served. Call 894-0040 to RSVP and to check dates and times. Classes fill up fast! 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. Montessori Mommy and Me: Weekday playtime for

Mother to Mother: A support group for mothers who are pregnant or have a child age 0-2 and feel like their experience having a child isn’t what they thought it would be. Feelings could include being disconnected, hopeless, tired, angry, or not being able to snap out of it. Childcare, refreshments and transportation are provided. At the Family Place, 230-0211, 1007 Billie Rd., Paradise, meets twice a month. monca, The Museum of Northern California Art: The mission of the museum is to provide a vehicle for all ages to experience and create art for the sake of enjoyment, expression, social cohesion, innovation and communication. At the museum itself questions are placed under each piece of art that ask something specific about the work to expands one’s knowledge of art. Check our website and Facebook page for upcoming events within and outside of the museum. Special guided tours available for groups of children, adults and organizations. Book in advance. Northern California Fertility Foundation: If you are in need of comfort, understanding, and support regarding infertility, we welcome you to come discover you are not alone in the journey. Meets on the first Thursday of every month from 6-7pm at the Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade. Speaker event held the 2nd Wednesday every other month at 6pm. For more details please visit www. Oroville Hospital’s Farmers’ Market: Purchase fresh produce and support local farmers and vendors at Oroville Hospital’s Farmers’ Market. Now with new extended hours from 9am-2pm every Wednesday thru September 26th. Vendors accept EBT and Farmers’ Market WIC/Senior WIC as well as cash or checks. Hospital staff will be on hand to answer questions. 2450 Oro Dam Blvd. Oroville, Dove’s Landing Parking Lot. Patrick Ranch Museum: Educational Field Trips, family events, tours of Glenwood Farm house & more at the Historic Patrick Ranch. To schedule a field trip and to view a list of upcoming events please visit our website at www. or call 342-4359. Practical Parenting: Classes held once a month from 5-6pm at Apple Blossom Baby, call 345-1617 for more details. 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 for more information.

Sunny Garden Montessori: Chico’s only indoor family play space. Our goal is to create a fun, learning environment for children and their adults through play and fun interactions. Check out the online calendar for upcoming events and classes. Open from 10am-4pm Mon-Fri., 2801 Godman Ave Ste 140 in Chico. Teen Fandom Club: Teens 13-17 are invited to join us for our newest club, The Fandom Club. Tell us what you are the most passionate about, whether it’s sports, Marvel superheroes, Teen Titans, name it! Here you will be accepted and never judged in our welcoming and fun environment for all fans! We have different activities every week and meet in our young adult area or conference room. Chico Library, every Wednesday starting in September, please contact the library for more info, 530-891-2726. 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 starting this fall and held every 1st and 3rd Saturday at 10am and every Tuesday & Thursday at 3pm. Classes are $15 per child with materials provided. To register go to or pay at the door. Pre registration recommended to ensure a seat. The Studio 561 also offers mixed media, family painting parties, birthday paint parties, camps, adult classes and painting parties. By local artist, Christine Mac Shane, 370-1285, 561 East Lindo Avenue. Thursday Night Market: This festive, weekly market is a ton of fun and features a bounty of farm-fresh produce from CDFA certified farmers, mouth-watering prepared foods from food trucks and booths, handmade, local arts and crafts, and live entertainment for all ages. Held from 6-9pm every Thursday thru September. www. Time Out For Moms: Time Out For Moms meets every Friday Morning from 9am - 11am, childcare provided. This program is designed for mothers of babies, toddlers and young children in order to provide connection, support and encouragement for moms. We use a set curriculum, such as “MOPS,” and enjoy guest speakers, breakfast, and fellowship together during our weekly meetings. Visit for more information and registration. Any questions please call 530-343-1484. COST: $50 for full year. Tiny Tots: Expecting? or have a child 0-36 months old? Join us! Held twice a month at The Family Place, 1007 Bille Road, Paradise. Meet other parents, baby socialization, learn infant/child massage, craft activities, talk about parenting, lots and lots of fun! For questions or more information contact Tammi, 530-230-2011 Ext. 205.

Rare Air: Toddler time Friday mornings from 9-10am & 10-11am and Saturday mornings from 9-10am. Toddler Time is dedicated to our jumpers 6 and under. Every Tuesday from 2pm to 8pm is Family Night! For more info visit or call 530-433-5557.

TK Circle Time: Every Wednesday at 4pm. 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 TK age children. Taught by a Child Development major with over 10 years of experience. Held at Apple Blossom Baby, call 345-1617 for more details.

Roo’s Zoo Skate Session at Cal Skate: Join RollerRoo 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.

Tot Time: Come enjoy quality time with your toddler doing arts & crafts, music, and other activities. For families of children ages 0-5. Siblings welcome. Held twice a month at The Family Place, 1007 Bille Road in Paradise 530-2300211 Ext. 205. Come laugh, learn, and play with us!

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 sdbmx to receive current track updates.

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology: New Exhibit: Chico Neighborhoods: An Historical Archaeology Perspective, September 11th - December 8th. The museum is located in the Meriam Library complex, across from the main library entrance at the CSU Chico Campus. 400 W 1st St, 898-5397,

Silver Dollar Speedway: Every Friday night. Gates open at 6pm and races start at 7pm. For more info and for a full schedule of events go to,

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August Back to School Saturdays! Saturday, August 4th Chico Mall Back to School Saturdays 1pm-3pm: Gateway Science Museum will have Aibo the robotic dog and Snap Circuit Boards to play with. Butte County Library will host story time and fun activities. Plus visits with Cinderella! Bring a donation to any Back to School Saturday event and enter to win a $500 Chico Mall gift card! For more details please visit Summer Sizzler 5K & 10K in Bidwell Park Sunday, August 5th Join us for Chico’s hottest race! The Summer Sizzler is held at Cedar Grove in Bidwell Park. This race is the goal event for Fleet Feet Chico’s Kids: Jr Striders 5k, Standard and Advanced 5k, and the standard 10k groups. The Summer Sizzler is also part of the UTSE Race Series, so don’t miss out on a chance to get one of your events completed! Come out, sweat a little and enjoy the beautiful park. Awesome tank tops and finisher’s medals included in registration fee. Chico/SummerSizzler5K10K. Chico Performances Series Ticket Sales Saturday, August 11th Chico Performances has announced their 2018-2019 season of performances and is putting on a “series ticket” event. This event starts at 8am with music, snacks, and a ticket discount of 10%. A series is a purchase of tickets to 5 different Chico Performance events. Held at the University Box Office, located at the corner of 3rd & Chestnut streets. For more information, visit or call 898-6333. Back to School Saturdays! Saturday, August 11th Chico Mall Back to School Saturdays 1pm-3pm: GameStop will host Xbox games on the big screed near Dick’s Sporting Goods and Butte County Library will host story time and other activities. Check back for more details. Plus visits with Rapunzel & Flynn! Bring a donation to any Back to School Saturday event and enter to win a $500 Chico Mall gift card! For more details please visit www. Reach the Peak Hike-a-Thon Saturday, August 11th Join us for the 2nd Annual Reach the Peak Hike-aThon at Lassen National Park. Participants will hike the beautiful Lassen Peak trail to raise money for youth camping programs. Create memories, enjoy nature, exercise your body and soul on a beautiful summer’s day at one of America’s most breathtaking National Parks! The hike is 5-miles round trip and is moderate to strenuous. It will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete. To register go to LassenVolcanicNationalParkMineral/ReachthePeak Chico Mall Family Movie Nights - A Wrinkle In Time Friday, August 17th Join Chico Mall for Wrinkle in Time! Movie Nights are the 3rd Friday of every month near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Movies begin at 7pm. Bring a donation for the Back to School Backpack & School Supply Dive to our Family Movie Night and get a free copy of the book A Wrinkle in Time! While supplies last. Please no outside food or drink. Most food court restaurants provide meal deals just for movie nights. Chili’s is offering a free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal for kids 12 and under each movie night. Just mention this offer to your server. Follow Chico Mall on Facebook and Instagram to see future dates and upcoming movies, Back to School Saturdays! Saturday, August 18th Chico Mall Back to School Saturdays 1pm-3pm: Kinetics Academy of Dance will kick off the event with a performance at 1pm. Princess Belle will be here for meet and greets, story time with The Butte County Library. Balloon tying fun, bring a donation for the supply drive and get FREE face painting from Funny Faces Face Painting. Full Force Dance will close the show with a hip

hop dance performance. Bring a donation to any Back to School Saturday event and enter to win a $500 Chico Mall gift card! 40th Annual Chico Concours d’Elegance Saturday, August 18th A full day of music, refreshments, entertainment and, of course, beautiful automobiles in the park-like atmosphere of Butte Creek Country Club. Attend as either a participant or spectator. 10am-4pm for more info visit Bridal Show Sunday, August 19th 11am - 3pm at the Silver Dollar Fair Grounds. Chico Performance Ticket Sales Monday, August 20th Tickets for all 2018-2019 performances are now on sale. Whether you like jazz, student productions, choral performances, musicals, or captivating lectures, there is an upcoming event to cater to everyone’s taste! To buy tickets for this season’s performances, call the University Box Office at 898-6333 or visit Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Friday, August 24th - Sunday, September 16th When Milly marries backwoodsman, Adam, she has no idea she will be responsible for taking care of his six brothers as well. Milly quickly whips her rowdy brothersin-law into shape, and shows them how to court and win brides of their own. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers features upbeat dancing, frolicking fun, and heartfelt romance with a score including Bless Your Beautiful Hide, Wonderful, Wonderful Day, and Sobbin Women. An audience favorite, our premiere show returns to celebrate our 15th Anniversary! Appropriate for all ages. To order tickets by phone please call 530-894-3282 or go to Happiest Hour Saturday, August 25th Join Valley Oak Children’s Services for our 4th annual Happiest Hour-Cocktails For A Cause Fundraiser! This cocktail themed event will be a night to remember. Live entertainment by The Kelly Twins! In addition to a raffle, silent auction, and photo booth. Admission Includes: Spirits and Appetizers *Must be 21 or older to attend* All proceeds raised go directly back to children & families in our community!

September 2018 Labor Day Shootout Saturday, September 1st - Monday, September 3rd AMain Hobbies is proud to bring you the 2018 Labor Day Shootout. This outdoor 1/8th dirt and-1/10th turf event will be the third premier event at Silver Dollar RC Raceway. For more details please visit Biz Kids at Chico Mall Tuesday, September 4th Biz Kidz is returning to Chico Mall! Enter September 4th – 16th. Get those young entrepreneurs entries in and get all the details at Disney’s Mulan Jr. Friday, September 7th In this field trip and evening performance, Blue Room Young Company presents their own rendition of the classic Disney tale, featuring a cast of local children. Held at Laxson Auditorium, for more information visit Chico Voices - MaMuse Saturday, September 8th Chico locals Sarah and Karisha celebrate their new album in this hometown release concert. Opening will be Hannah Mayree. Held at Laxson Auditorium. For more information visit

Days of Living History Saturday, September 9th & Sunday, September 10th The public is invited to a full weekend of chores, crafts, games, and fun representing more than a century of Paradise Ridge history. Demonstrations are presented as well as hands-on activities. Learn to walk on stilts and play old time games. Take up a hammer and nails to make a small loom, then learn to weave a piece of cloth on it. A favorite activity is learning to pan for beautiful gemstones. Music, food, and entertainment add fun to the days. Come and enjoy the family fun. 11am4pm, Gold Nugget Museum 502 Pearson Rd., Paradise. 872-8722. Chico Neighborhoods: An Historical Archaeology Perspective Tuesday, September 11th - Saturday, December 8th The museum of anthropology is a teaching museum, whose mission is to preserve and protect human cultural diversity. Free one-hour tours for 1-12 grades are offered to teachers and their classrooms throughout the fall. The museum is a state-wide award winner for excellence in museum education with tour programs that focus on STEAM teaching standards. Tours provide hands-on activities to understand the past and emphasize Chico’s history. Students will be exposed to primary sources, maps and artifacts. If you are interested in more information about the museum’s exhibitions or educational programs, please call us at 898-5397. The museum is open Tues-Sat 11am-3pm. CARD’s 70th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, September 15th We are celebrating CARD’s 70th Birthday with a live band, food trucks, bounce houses, face painting, games, activities, and more! Held at Degarmo Park. Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Cleanup Saturday, September 15th Hosted by Butte Environmental Council, since 1988, this year will be the 31st annual Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Cleanup. 9am-12:30 pm, Check in Hooker Oak Park or Annie K Bidwell Parlor. For more info visit CASA Superhero Run Saturday, September 15th Join NVCSS CASA as they put on their superhero costumes and raise awareness for local children needing a superhero in their life. Race will be held in Chico at the Lower Bidwell Park. 7:45AM - Superhero 10K, 8AM - Superhero 5K Run/Walk for $30, 8:55AM - Little Heroes Dash for $10-Little Heroes Dash registration fee includes a cape. Pancake breakfast included for each registered participant. Dri-fit race shirts available for $15, for those who did not pre-purchase a shirt. Superhero costumes encouraged. To register and for more info go to 10th Annual Family Fun Day Saturday, September 15th Two by Two Ranch & Petting Zoo & Funny Faces have sponsored the annual “Wings of Eagles Family Fun Day” since 2008. 100% of all proceeds made at the event will be donated to the Wings of Eagles. There will be a petting zoo, face painting, balloon tying, bounce house & a yummy lunch. This year the event will held from 10am2pm at Two by Two Ranch 13080 Hosler Ave. in Chico. If you have any questions about the event, please call Tina from Two by Two Ranch at 530-570-7143 or Jeni of Funny Faces at 530-570-0199. Rock, Gem & Jewelry Show Saturday & Sunday, September 15th & 16th Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Society hosts this event which includes over 30 dealers of jewelry and rough rock, demonstrations of equipment, a raffle, and much more for families and children. The show has grown throughout the years attracting thousands of attendees, and gives our members a chance to show off their artwork. Held from 9:30am-5pm on Saturday and 9:30-4pm on Sunday at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico.

Fei-Fei Dong - Piano Sunday, September 16th After performing with symphonies such as Pacifc, Calgary, and Hong Kong, Fei-Fei comes to Chico to perform her renowned takes on classical works. Zingg Recital Hall. For more information visit Pasta on the Plaza Thursday, September 20th Join us for the annual “Pasta on the Plaza” Spaghetti Dinner, a fund-raiser for The Boys & Girls Club of the North Valley. Funds raised at this event help give local kids the tools to go back to school. Tickets to the event are just $10 per person or $35 for a family of 4 and include all-youcan-eat spaghetti dinner as well as entertainment and family-friendly activities on the Rotary Plaza. NEW: Zoodle Noodles! 5-8pm, For tickets and how to become a sponsor, please contact us 899-0335. Chico Mall Family Movie Nights Friday, September 21st Every 3rd Friday each month near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Movies begin at 7pm. Please no outside food or drink. Most food court restaurants provide meal deals just for movie nights. Chili’s is offering a free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal for kids 12 and under each movie night. Just mention this offer to your server. Follow Chico Mall on Facebook and Instagram to see future dates and upcoming movies, Paula Poundstone Friday, September 21st One of Comedy Central’s 100 Best Comics of all time, and host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me,” Paula Poundstone takes the stage of Laxson Auditorium for a night of laughs. For more information visit 40th Annual Stansbury Home Ice Cream Social and Garden Party! Saturday, September 22nd Held from 4-8pm at the Stansbury Home, 307 West 5th in Chico. Salmon Festival Saturday, September 22nd Every September, the streets of Oroville between Historic Downtown and the Feather River Fish Hatchery burst with fish-flavored activities during the Annual Salmon Festival. On this special weekend Oroville celebrates the thousands of spawning salmon that annually make their way from the ocean back up the Feather River. Environmental education, music, salmon tasting, tours of the hatchery and fun for kids and adults highlight this FREE event. For more information about the event, contact the Oroville Chamber of Commerce at (530) 538-2542. Taste of Chico Sunday, September 23rd Taste of Chico will celebrate its 33rd year! Taste of Chico showcases the finest restaurants, caterers, breweries, wineries and non-alcoholic beverage distributors from throughout the North State...and food trucks, too! Ticketholders are treated to fabulous fare while they roam the downtown streets taking in shopping, entertainment, arts and culture. Three main stages host continuous live music, while the “City Plaza Open Air Art Gallery” proudly showcases the work of dozens of local fine artists. Hands down, Northern California’s premier Food, Beverage, Music, and Arts Festival! For tickets and more info please visit www. Biz Kidz Winners Saturday, September 29th The Biz Kidz winners will be selling their products from 11am –3pm at Chico Mall. Get all the details at ShopChicoMall. com. Great Pumpkin Festival Sunday, September 30th Held from 11am-3pm at Julia’s Fruit Stand at 11475 State Hwy 99E in Los Molinos. Tri-tip lunch, caramel apples, pumpkin pie, local vendors, photo booth, and pumpkins. Free admission and lots of FUN!

October Sweet Repeats Kids Consignment Sale Thursday, October 4th - Sunday, October 7th The consignment POP-UP EVENT for ALL things BABY, KID, TEEN & MATERNITY in Chico & the North State! Held at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. Thursday & Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday, 9am-3pm - Many items are 1/2 off on Sunday! Free parking and admission!​ Visit for more details. Disney’s Newsies-Broadway Smash Musical Hit Friday, October 5th - Sunday, October 21st Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family! For more info and to purchase tickets visit or call 1-800-722-4522. Making God Laugh Friday, October 5th to Sunday, October 21st Making God Laugh follows a family through 30 years of holidays. Family rituals and old tensions flare up in both humorous and touching ways. As the years pass, they discover that despite what we have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected places. Woody Allen once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans…” Appropriate for all ages. To order tickets by phone please call 894-3282 or go to Yo-Yo Contest Saturday, October 6th Held from 11am-4pm in the downtown city plaza. For more details please visit Johnny Appleseed Days Saturday & Sunday, October 6th & 7th The Ridge community is celebrating the oldest harvest festival in California with two days of family fun. Enjoy local entertainment throughout both days, visit the many vendors, taste lots of delicious food and of course, you won’t want to miss the homemade apple pie. Local bakers bake over 1,000 pies. Terry Ashe Park, 6626 Skyway, Paradise, 877-9356. Tomás and the Library Lady Field Trip Friday, October 12th Tomás’ imagination goes for a wild ride as his new friend, the library lady, introduces him to a world filled of books and fun stories. This show is based off of the book by Pat Mora and the true story of Tomás Rivera. Laxson Auditorium. For more information visit Chico Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, October 13th Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Start a team, register here: chico2018. Parade of Lights Saturday, October 13th As we move from Summer into fall, with the students returning to school and the farmers harvesting their crops, what better time to enjoy a night of family fun! Parade starts at 7pm. For more info or to participate in the parade please call 892-2923 or go to www.chicoparadeoflights. com. Show Boat Sunday, October 14th SF Opera Cinema Series presents a classic American love story set in the harsh realities of the Antebellum South, this opera tells its story accompanied by the glorious sounds of maestro John Demain. Zingg Recital Hall. For more information visit Chico Mall Family Movie Nights Friday, October 19th Every 3rd Friday each month near Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Movies begin at 7pm. Please no outside food or drink. Most food court restaurants provide meal deals just for movie nights. Chili’s is offering a free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal for kids 12 and under each movie night. Just mention this offer to your server. Follow Chico Mall on Facebook and Instagram to see future dates and upcoming movies, Spooktacular Saturday, October 20th BBQ Spooktacular at Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary held from 1-4pm, live music, and costume contest at 3:30pm. For tickets and more info call 533-1000 or Hunter’s Moon Dinner Friday, October 26th A fundraiser to help sustain The Chico Creek Nature Center’s Living Animal Museum through the winter. Please join us for a wonderful night with a delicious dinner, and silent auction at Lakeside Pavillion. For tickets or more info please call 891-4671 or visit Cirque Mechanics: 42 FT Friday, October 26th This filed trip & evening performance combines a traditional circus fair with the modern marvels of mechanics and industrial ingenuity, 42 FT brings thrills, laughs, and excitement to all ages. Held at Laxson Auditorium. For more information visit Carnival Saturday, October 27th A fundraiser for Innovative Preschool Inc., all kids, all abilities, all together. Silent auction, raffle, carnival games, petting zoo, cake walk & bake sale, food, drinks, ice cream and more! Free entrance! Proceeds will directly benefit Innovative Preschool, a nonprofit organization that serves children with and without special needs in an inclusive setting. Held from 11am-3pm at Loma Vista School, 2404 Marigold Ave in Chico. Halloween Hustle Sunday, October 28th 5K run, 2.5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash at Bidwell Park’s One Mile Recreation Area. Costumes are encouraged with lots of prizes being given for “Best Costume” in a wide variety of categories. The event will also include music, free children’s games and prizes, and community booths. Registration forms are available at Fleet Feet or call 530342-4896, & at the Run/Walk. Registration 7:30-8:15. Race Time 8:30 am. Mariachi Herencia de Mexico: Next Generation Mariachi Sunday, October 28th Made up of young musicians from the ages of 11 to 18, this group has stormed up the Latin music charts demonstrating talent, training, and bravado all of their own. Held at Laxson Auditorium, for more information visit Mariachi Herencia de Mexico: A Tour of Mariachi History Monday, October 29th In these Field Trip performances the young musicians from Mariachi Herencia de México (ages 11 to 18) showcase their instruments and explain the history of mariachi music. Featuring students from Chicago’s immigrant barrios on stage, this energetic young ensemble traces their heritage, making for a peer-to-peer field trip. For more information visit Treat Street Wednesday, October 31st Treat Street is a safe and fun adventure for children 12 and under. It’s simple...wear a costume, bring a parent and get ready to stroll Downtown Chico Halloween-style. Activities, entertainment and informational booths located in City Plaza, including the annual Treat Street costume contest. Held from 2-5pm, for more event details visit Safe and Sane Trick or Treat Wednesday, October 31st Join Chico Mall for a safe trick or treating event. Stores will start handing candy out at 4pm while supplies last. Arrive early to be sure to enjoy some treats. Get all event details at


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Chico Country Day Preschool

3-5 years

MWF 8:30-11:30 M/W 12:15-3:15 T/Th 8:30-11:30 T/Th 12:30-2:45

We offer small individualized class sizes that provides a safe, joyful environment that celebrates learning through multi-sensory hands on activities. Encourages children to discover their environment, learn new skills and concepts, and engage in activities and gain independence.

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Chico Montessori Children’s House

2.9-5 years

8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday

The goal of the Montessori approach is to help the child acquire the confidence and motivation he or she needs to fulfill his or her best potential. This is done by providing an environment with activities that fit the child’s individual needs, builds his/her interests, and nurtures his/her enthusiasm.

814 Glenn St. 342-5518


Creative Outlets In-Home Preschool

2-6 years

8:30am-1:30pm Monday-Thursday

Creative Outlets offers a true preschool experience with the benefits of a loving, in-home setting. The owner has 20 years of experience and a degree in child development. The program focuses on teaching kinder readiness and is tailored to the needs of each student. It incorporates Math, Science & Pre-Reading, utilizing Zoo Phonics, cooking & gardening. Children learn through play, music & art, while providing a safe & exciting place to learn & grow. Exploration/personal growth on an individual basis is encouraged. Nutritional snack & lunch provided.



Enchanted Play

3 mo. -5 years

7:30am-6:00pm Monday-Friday

Enchanted Play encourages education through the magic of play and exploration. Theme based emergent curriculum and music provide opportunities for children to participate in daily educational activities.



Innovative Preschool

2.5 years Kindergarten

7:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday

Innovative is a blended preschool program that serves typically developing children and children with special needs. We focus on learning together and growing together in a stimulating, nurturing environment.

2404 Marigold 343-2028


Kids Park

2-12 years

M-Th: 8am-10pm, Fri: 8am12midnight, Sat: 10am-12am, Sun:1pm-6pm

Drop in childcare, affordable hourly rates. The preschool curriculum is offered from 9:00am-11:30am. The 4 and 5 year old class is held on Monday/Wednesday/Friday and The 2 and 3 year old class is held on Tuesday/Thursday.

2477 Forest Ave. 894-6800


Little Sprouts Preschool

2-5 years

7am-5:30pm Monday-Friday

Little Sprouts Preschool offers: organic gardening and recycling. The Kindergarten readiness program has Zoo Phonics, daily circle time and enrichment activities. Nutritious snacks and lunch included.

15 Overland Ct. 345-0123


7:30am – 6:00pm Monday – Friday

Half Days & Full Days Available Preschool & Daycare Available

500 Orient St. (530) 487-7330


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Years Old & Up

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Growing Up Chico’s Business Directory Thank you to our advertisers!

Without the support of our advertisers, this magazine would not be possible. If you do business with any of our advertisers, please be sure to let them know you saw their ad in Growing Up Chico Magazine. A Maker’s Space: pg 18 Allstate, Kevin Baker: pg 13 Adventure Quest: pg 18 Apollo Piano: pg 6 Apple Blossom Baby: pg 7, 9, 39 Arbonne, Jennifer Zepeda: pg 17 Azad’s Martial Arts Center: pg 18, 25 Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation: pg 18, 28 Blush Esthetics: pg 21 Book Family Farm: pg 21 Boys & Girls Club of the North Valley: pg 13, 18 CASA Superhero Run: pg 13 Catch It Quick Juggling & Balloons: pg 18, 29 Chico Art School & Gallery: pg 18 Chico Cheer Allstars: pg 18 Chico Creek Dance Centre: pg 5, 18 Chico Creek Nature Center: pg 2, 18 Chico Enrichment Center: pg 3 Chico Escape Rooms: pg 18 Chico High FFA Pumpkin Patch: pg 31 Chico Montessori Children’s House: pg 38 Chico Mall: pg 13 Chico Mothers’ Club: pg 25 Chico Parade of Lights: pg 17 Chico Performances: pg 28 Chico Pediatric Dentistry: pg 17 Country Pumpkins: pg 29 Creative Outlets Preschool: pg 38 Creative STEAM Chico: pg 18, 25 Dimple Deedles: pg 6 Downtown Chico Business Association: pg 11 Dreampuppyz: pg 15 Farm City Celebration: pg 26 First American Home Warranty: pg 25 Forest Ranch Charter School: pg 26 FunLand/CalSkate: pg 18, 28 Funny Faces Chico: pg 18, 21

Gateway Science Museum: pg 11, 19 Heather Cooper: pg 21 HYPE Dance Studio: pg 6 Imagination Station Photobooth: pg 19 In Motion Fitness: pg 2 Innovative Preschool Inc: pg 8, 38 Instant Nails: pg 23 Jenn’s Sweet Decor: pg 19 Julia’s Fruit Stand: pg 7 Kids Park: pg 5, 19, 38 Kinetics Academy of Dance: pg 7, 19 Little Sprouts Preschool: pg 20, 38 Luv 2 Camp: pg 9 Maisie Jane’s: pg 9 My Body Wisdom: pg 25 My Oven’s Meals: pg 25 North State Ballet: pg 25 Northern Valley Indian Health: pg 20 Notre Dame School & Preschool: pg 17, 38 Oak Bridge Academy: pg 23 Patrick Ranch Museum: pg 31 Peterson Sister’s Pumpkin Patch: pg 26 Pleasant Valley Baptist School: pg 23 Rejuvené: pg 40 Sherwood Montessori: pg 23 Snapshots Photobooth: pg 19 Supportive Conceptions Surrogacy Agency: pg 17 String Bead: pg 19 Terrain Park Climbing Center: pg 19, 25 The Lab: pg 20 The Studio 561: pg 19 Thrive, Homeschool Program: pg 21 Titus Insurance: pg 7 TJ Farms: pg 8 Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology: pg 17 Youthful Smiles Dentistry: pg 20

Growing Up Chico Falll 2018  

A Quarterly Resource Magazine Celebrating Parenting and Family Life in Butte County.

Growing Up Chico Falll 2018  

A Quarterly Resource Magazine Celebrating Parenting and Family Life in Butte County.