San Joaquin Magazine July 2019

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BEST Children’s Photographer

Your little ones won’t stay little for long. Treasure the moments with mementos you can hold for a lifetime—from photographers who know just how important family is. In Stockton Sweet Sister's Photography specializes in family portraits, newborn shots, birthday photos, and more. In Lodi, a husband-wife team runs Jon and Jess Photography, and they have four kids of their own who have been their growing models for 20 years! Heather Jean at Heather Jean Photography knows how to capture life’s most special moments. The wedding and engagement photographer also offers family packages. Call to book!



BEST Martial Arts School


Come one, come all, to the greatest birthday party of all! The perfect party spot is available without traveling far. Get sky high at SkyZone, an indoor trampoline and challenge park that encourages friends and families to get fit while having fun. For younger kids, GingerBugs is the perfect place to celebrate! Ask about personalized party packages to make your kid’s party stand out. Zaps Zone has a little bit of everything—from bounce houses to laser tag, an arcade to billiards—to entertain kids of all ages. At Mommy & Me Stockton, families can rent rooms to fill as they please, making custom birthday parties in beautiful spaces.

It’s more than self-defense. Martial arts has long been linked to selfdiscipline and confidence, and with dojos throughout the region, kids can earn colorful belts in just about any discipline there is. Asking yourself what BJJ is? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is currently trending, and at Inside BJJ Academy kids can practice the sport alongside parents. Similarly, Stockton Jiu Jitsu Academy offers courses for kids and adults, with a focus on anti-bullying and self-defense. Learn something different at Tibons Goju-Ryu Fighting Arts, where the specialty is a hard and soft style of karate—a combination of Japanese straight-line fighting and Chinese kempo.




Give your child the best start. Preschools like Central Methodist Nursery School, Growing Tree Preschool, and Snell’s Pre-Kindergarten School (all in Stockton) offer kids the chance to start their educational careers off on the right foot. Learn more about the schools’ individual philosophies and how they teach social skills, early education, and more by scheduling a tour.

Music School

Get ready to rock! Your little one can be a one-man band with lessons in guitar, bass, drums, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, and voice at B Sharp School of Music in Lodi. In Tracy, Main Street Music, Inc.—which also offers repairs and rentals—is best known for its lessons in several disciplines with a tuition-based schedule that includes weekly instruction from educated instructors. At Stockton School of Music, university-trained musicians teach private lessons to kids of all ages, plus preschool music and rhythm classes, and host a minimum of two recitals each year to give students a chance to perform.