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. Mon-Fri, 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 Through Time Exhibit; Chico. Explore Chico’s history in 12 themes. Kids love the interactive 1900s classroom. They can imagine being a jeweler at Clifford’s Jewelry & learn 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.

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! Mon-Fri, 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. Mon-Fri, 9:30-11:45am & 1-5pm; Sat & Sun, 10:30-11:45am & 1-5pm. Free with park admission, $12-$16. Nectar cups $1. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

Quilt Show; Mt. Shasta. This quilt show depicts Mount Shasta in many different ways. It includes activities for children. Daily, 10am-4pm, thru July. $1 admission. Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, 1 North Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508.

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 Nov 17. Free w/Turtle Bay Exploration Park admission, $4-$16. McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 1100 Arboretum Dr. (530)242-3178.

Wings Of Summer: Butterflies!; Redding. This popular living exhibit at Turtle Bay Exploration Park has a new landscape this year. Visitors can observe hundreds of butterflies in a tranquil, enclosed garden. Daily thru 6/18: M-F, 10:30am-4pm & Sat & Sun, 9:30am-4pm. Free w/ Park admission $12-$16; release an emerging butterfly (when available) $1 per person. 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

MONTH-LONG & SPECIAL EVENTS

10 Year Anniversary Walk On The Wild Side Animal Shows; Redding. The animals at Turtle Bay have new things to show you in this a fun-filled educational wildlife show. Fan favorites like having an owl fly inches from your head, plus new behaviors, information & animals will captivate & inspire you. Tues-Sun, 11am & 12pm, thru 8/20. Free with Park admission $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

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: M-W, 10am-5pm, Th-Sun, 10am-5pm. $5/day pass, $40/monthly pass; shoe rental $4. Shasta Base Camp, 308 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)926-2359.

Boys & Girls Clubs Of The Siskiyous Summer Program; Mt. Shasta. Offers professionally led programs with fun activities in a safe, supportive & healthy environment. Includes sports & games, field trips, outdoor activities, pottery & other art. Lunch & snack included. Ages 6 -14 (must have completed 1st grade). 6/12-8/4, 7:30am-5:30pm. $50 for all summer; call to get on waiting list. Held at Sisson Middle School, 601 East Alma St. (530)220-5055.

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. Beginning in June, 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. 10am-8pm, thru early Sept. Free. Enterprise Park, 4300 Victor Ave. (530)225-4095.

Summer Lunch Program; Redding. Youth up to age 18 can receive a free lunch. Must be eaten on site. Mon-Fri, June 5-Aug 30, 11-11:30am. Sponsored by Enterprise Elementary at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center., 1815 Sheridan St. (530)225-4375.

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.

Personalized Ranger-Led Nature Activities For Groups; Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. 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. (530)242-3451.

Prime Playtime; Redding. Prime Playtime is a kids’ indoor play center that’s a safe place for toddlers & preschoolers to play while parents relax, have a cup of coffee, & know their child is having fun. Ages 0-6. M-F, 10am-1pm. $5. Prime Martial Arts, 1161 Hilltop Dr. (530)605-4777.

Summer Lunch Program; Redding. Youth up to age 18 can receive a free lunch. Lunch served only to youth; must be eaten on site. Mon-Fri, June 6-Aug 29, 11-11:30am. Sponsored by Enterprise Elementary at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center., 1815 Sheridan St. (530)225-4375.

Summer Reading At Your Local Library. Most libraries offer special themed summer reading programs and activities for children & teens (& adults too!). Check with your local library – many also offer a chance to win prizes.

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-Th, morning, afternoon & evening classes; times vary by level. $42-$47/session. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

U-Pick Cherries; Yankee Hill. Bring the family to Stage Coach Lane Ranch in the foothills of Butte County for a day filled with hayrides, photo ops, food & drink, a boutique, & of course sweet, juicy fresh cherries right from a 600-tree cherry orchard. Approx. thru June 15, Fri-Sun, 9am-4pm. $3-$5 admission, cherries priced per pound. Find the ranch online for more info. Stage Coach Lane Ranch, 11258 Nelson Bar Rd. (530)532-0191.