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! 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.

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. 8/19-9/4, Daily, 10am-4pm. Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, 1 N. Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508.

CONTESTS

Celebrating Art; Nationwide. For all students in grades K-12: public & charter schools, one entry per student. Enter any original art that can have a still image. Deadline: 8/24. Free. Info:
http://www.celebratingart.com. (435)755-8126.

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: http://www.constitutionfacts.com/constitution-poster-design-contest.

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: http://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/Photo-Contest.aspx.

Auditions

Open Auditions: Nutcracker Ballet; Redding. Ages 6 & up are invited to audition to perform in the Redding City Ballet’s ”Nutcracker” this holiday season. Times vary by age; preregister online at the Redding Arts Project website or in person at The Redding Arts Project, 1726 Market St. (530)245-1018.

MONTH-LONG HAPPENINGS

10-Year Anniversary Walk On The Wild Side Animal Shows; Redding. The animals at Turtle Bay have new things to show you in this 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 w/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.

Back To School Backpack Drive; Chico. Chico Mall hosts its annual Back to School Supply Drive 7/22-8/20. Support Chico Unified School District students in need by donating a backpack filled with school supplies. Drop off at the Chico Mall office during business hours or at any of their summer events. 1950 E. 20th St. (530)343-0706.

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/monthly pass; shoe rental $4. Shasta Base Camp, 308 S. Mount Shasta Blvd. (530)926-2359.

Children’s Gymnastics; Redding. A fun combination of gymnastics, strength & conditioning for ages 4-8. Children learn age-appropriate skills & drills on floor, beam, bar & springboard. Tues or Wed, 4:10-4:55pm. $25/month (Y members $15), Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

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 daily, 10am-8pm, thru 9/3; then open weekends, 10am-8pm, from 9/4-10/1. Free. Also check out the newly renovated Kings Kingdom Playground – its Grand Re-Opening is set for Aug. 9 at 6pm. Both at Enterprise Park, 4300 Victor Ave. (530)225-4095.

G-Force Gymnastics Tuesday Classes; Redding. Kinder-gym (ages 3-5): intro to tumbling & trampolines; learn safety, basic skills & social interaction, 4-4:45pm, $45/month; Tumble-fun (ages 6+), intro to trampoline & tumbling with a focus on strength, nutrition & fun skills for exercise, 4-5pm, $50/month. 2629 Bechelli Lane. (530)227-4831.

G-Force Gymnastics Wednesday Classes; Redding. Kinder-gym (ages 3-5): intro to tumbling & trampolines; learn safety, basic skills & social interaction, 6-6:45pm, $45/month; Tumble-fun (ages 6+): intro to trampoline & tumbling, 6-7pm, $50/month; Middle School Power Tumble: enhances skills for cheer & gymnastics; 7-8pm, $50/month. 2629 Bechelli Lane. (530)227-4831.

G-Force Gymnastics Thursday Classes; Redding. Kinder-gym (ages 3-5): intro to tumbling & trampolines, learn safety & basic skills, enjoy social interaction, 4-4:45pm, $45/month; Tumble-fun (ages 6 +): Intro to trampoline & tumbling with a focus on strength, nutrition & fun skills for exercise, 4-5pm, $50/month; Power Tumble: 7-8pm. 2629 Bechelli Lane. (530)227-4831.

G-Force High School Power Tumble; Redding. Utilizes rod floor, tumble-track & trampoline to enhance tumbling skills for cheer & gymnastics. Mondays, 7-8pm. $50/month. G-Force Gymnastics, 2629 Bechelli Lane. (530)227-4831.

G-Force Jr. High School Power Tumble; Redding. Utilizes rod floor, tumble-track & trampoline to enhance tumbling skills for cheer & gymnastics. Ages 9+. Wed, 7-8pm. $50/month. G-Force Gymnastics, 2629 Bechelli Lane. (530)227-4831.

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.

Lil’ Chefs Class; Redding. A fun & educational cooking experience for ages 3-5. Lil’ Chefs learn to follow directions, enjoy shape & sensory exploration, develop fine motor skills & more. Tuesdays, 9-10am. $20/month (Y members Free + $2 materials fee/class). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622

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. Mon-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.

Popcorn Social Parent Meet-Up; Shasta Lake City. This group is for any family struggling with social issues. Parents & children get to socialize with peers in a casual atmosphere that includes outdoor & indoor activities for all ages. Share tips, resources & ideas with other parents. First 3 Wednesdays monthly, 5:30-7pm. Free, RSVP requested. Life Center, 4440 Shasta Dam Blvd. (530)276-3460.

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.

Preschool Gymnastics; Redding. A fun combination of gymnastics, strength & conditioning for ages 3-5. Children learn age-appropriate skills & drills on floor, beam, bar & springboard. Tuesdays; $25/month (Y members $15). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

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.

Ranger-Led Stand Up Paddleboard Program; Whiskeytown. Ages 10 & up. Friday-Monday, & Wednesdays. 2-2:30pm. Call to reserve your place. Brandy Creek Beach, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. (530)242-3462.

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, thru 8/29, 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 & 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.

Teen & Adult Martial Arts Classes; Redding. Ages 13+ increase their skills & self-confidence as they learn punches, kicks & blocks. All skill levels welcome. Tue & Th, 7:30-8:30pm. $45/month (Y members $25/month). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.