Ongoing & Special Events

Art & Museum Exhibits

A Man & The Mountain Exhibition; Redding. Take a look at the messages from Joaquin Miller during his Shasta years; learn about his works, advocacy & influence in far Northern California. Dive into local history & explore our region through prose, artifacts & artwork. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm, thru 9/24. Free w/park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

Bigfoot In Our Backyard Exhibit; Redding. Northern California has our very own legendary creature. Take a closer look at the Bigfoot phenomenon: investigate the evidence, see casts of suspected tracks, learn about sightings & delve into how Bigfoot has become part of our local identity. M-F, 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm, thru 10/1. Free w/ park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

Chico Air Museum; Chico. View jet & propeller aircraft & an impressive display of aviation & space artifacts. Research library & gift shop. Group/field trip visits by arrangement. Summer hours: Th-Sun, 9am-2pm. Free, but donations helpful. 165 Ryan Ave., at the Chico Airport. (530)345-6468.

Chico Through Time Exhibit; Chico. Explore Chico’s history in 12 themes. Kids love the interactive 1900s classroom, imagining being a jeweler at Clifford’s Jewelry & learning about directing planes by listening to Chico Air Traffic Control recordings. There’s plenty for adults to love too! Th-Sun, 11am-4pm. $3-$5. Chico Museum, housed in the historic Andrew Carnegie Library adjacent to CSU, Chico, at 141 Salem St. (530)891-4336.

Da Vinci’s Garage At ScienceWorks; Ashland, OR. This fun hands-on museum has a new space dedicated to tinkering, experimenting & playful invention. Movie, robots, arcade games, Rube Goldberg machines & cardboard city building themes rotate weekly, providing self-guided exploration into making, building, physics, mechanics & design. All ages. 11am-5:30pm, daily thru Sept 3rd. 1500 East Main St. (541)482-6767.

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids; Redding. This immersive, hands-on exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History explores the origins of our favorite beasties through life-like models, touchable fossils, real objects & personal accounts. From narwhals to unicorns, & manatees to mermaids, discover connections between real & mythical worlds. Build your own dragon too! M-F, 9am-5pm; Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm, thru 10/1. Free w/ park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

Parrot Playhouse: Lories!; Redding. Walk through an interactive aviary featuring beautiful Australian lorikeets; feed colorful birds from your hand. M-F, 9:30-11:45am & 1-5pm; Sat & Sun, 10:30-11:45am & 1-5pm. Free w/park admission, $12-$16. Nectar cups $1. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

Rock Penjing; Redding. Art, nature & horticulture intersect in the ancient Chinese art form of Penjing. In this display, view marvelous miniature landscapes capturing soaring mountains & unique greenery. Daily, 7am-7pm, thru 11/17. Free w/Turtle Bay Exploration Park admission, $4-$16. McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 1100 Arboretum Dr. (530)242-3178.

Siskiyou Artists Association’s 60th Annual Art Show; Mt. Shasta. Hosted by the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, the museum is always interested in seeing & presenting what Siskiyou County’s art community is creating. Thru 9/4, daily, 10am-4pm. Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, 1 N. Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508.


Constitution Day Poster Contest; Nationwide. Grades K-12. Grab your colored pencils, markers, crayons, finger-paints or watercolors & design a handmade 8.5” x 11” poster showing how you & your family benefit from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution. Your poster can feature any aspect of the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights & Amendments. Free. Deadline 10/2. Info:

Your Best Shots Kids’ Nature Photography Contest; Nationwide. For ages 13 & under (with parent/guardian’s permission). Submit your best original nature photographs online (max 3 per month) and include a description. Photos can be taken with a camera or a phone. Free entry. Contest is ongoing, submit anytime, monthly winners selected. Online winners will be in the running for Your Best Shots Magazine Award, to be published in “Ranger Rick” magazine. Info:


Aquatic Adventures; Redding. Learn about water ecosystems & the importance of the Sacramento River through a variety of fun interpretive programs that could include diver interactions, fish & beaver feedings & training sessions. Daily: 2:30pm. Free w/park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

Basecamp Boulders Climbing Gym; Mt. Shasta. Climbing fun on multiple routes in a bouldering room featuring about 600 square feet of climbing surface. All ages welcome; 14 & under with parent supervision. Open daily, 10am-5pm. $5/day pass, $40/month pass; shoe rental $4. Shasta Base Camp, 308 S. Mount Shasta Blvd. (530)926-2359.

Community Cider Press Days; Mt. Shasta. The Community Cider Press returns to Spring Hill Nursery & Gardens. Learn to use & care for the press during a free workshop Sept. 9, plus get instructions for making hard cider, juice & vinegar. Once trained, you may bring fruit & press your own juice (& train others) on public press days, Th, Fri & Sat, thru Oct. All ages; school groups by special arrangement. Free. Spring Hill Nursery & Gardens, 1234 Nixon Rd. (530)926-2565.

Family Value Night: Bowling & Pizza; Redding. Bring friends & family for 2 hours of unlimited bowling. Includes pizza & soda. Ages 4 & up. Daily, 6:30-8:30pm. $50/lane up to 5 people, then $5/pp up to 8 players, includes shoes; must pre-reg. Shasta Lanes, 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773.

Fantasy Fountain; Redding. All ages can enjoy the fun at Fantasy Fountain & experience the volcano’s eruption! Be prepared to get wet at this summer-fun attraction that includes water cannons. Open weekends, 10am-8pm, 9/2-10/1. Free. Also check out the newly renovated Kings Kingdom Playground. Enterprise Park, 4300 Victor Ave. (530)225-4095.

Horseback Riding Lessons; Weed. Shasta Riding Club presents wonderful weekly horseback riding lessons for children ages 5 & up. Children, their families & knowledgeable leaders share the passion of horsemanship regardless of economic resources, learning styles, or any other differences. No experience needed. Sliding scale lesson price. Call for times, location & pricing. (530)340-5818.

Indoor Playplace Open Play; Paradise. Children’s Discovery Playhouse is a “stay & play” facility where parents & grandparents can play with their children ages 1-9. Seven themed play areas include a vet clinic, bakery, pizzeria & a stage. M-Sat (except 9/4); times vary, call for info. $5/child (accompanying adult free); drop-ins welcome. Children’s Discovery Playhouse, 5923 Clark Rd., Ste. B. (530)762-0917.

Open Play For Kids; Paradise. Families with children 0-5 are welcome to come enjoy the outdoor & indoor play yards at the Family Place. There’s a sandbox tent, play structures, water table, wading pool, garden to pick from & more. M-Th, 10am-4pm, thru 9/29. Free for families with at least one child ages 0-5; older siblings welcome. The Family Place, 1007 Bille Rd. (530)230-0211.

Personalized Ranger-Led Nature Activities For Groups; Whiskeytown. Schedule your group of 15-30 for customized ranger-led group activities. Choose from hikes, gold panning, storytime & other educational activities. All ages. $5/vehicle day-use fee. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. (530)242-3451.

Pickleball Open Play; Redding. Pickleball is a racquet sport played on a badminton court with a hard paddle & a whiffle ball. For adults. Beginners welcome. In cool weather: M-Sat, 9-11am. Free. Enterprise Park Outdoor Roller Rink, 4300 Victor Ave. (530)225-4095.

Run4Salmon; Northern CA. During Sept 9-23, join in the 300-mile trek led by Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe to restore salmon runs & protect waters & indigenous lifeways. Helps raise awareness about the  vital role salmon play in keeping waters & forests healthy. Walk, run, bike, boat, dance, sing, ride, pray. All ages are welcome. Free. Sacramento River, Northern California.

Swim School; Redding. In these swim lessons, children learn confidence in the aquatic environment as they become accustomed to submerging in water, blowing bubbles, moving about comfortably & safely having fun. Ages 0-12. 2-week sessions, Mon & Wed morning, afternoon or evening classes; times vary by level. $42-$47/session. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on fun with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Special activity each day. Learn ways to follow your child’s lead & enjoy time playing together. Designed for ages 0-5. M-F, 10am-4pm. $7/hr, $4-$6/hr. w/punch card. Feel free to bring a snack. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101.

Tween & Teen Y Club Enrichment Program; Redding. Y Club is for youth in grades 6-12. Offers food, fun, facilitated activities, homework help, a computer lab, fitness (including swimming, basketball & other court sports), a chance to socialize, leadership development & more. M-F, 1-6 pm, thru 5/31. $36/month (Y members free). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.