Come Celebrate the Seasons at The Discovery Center!



From their Facebook event:

Upon planning our International Winter Festival, it became apparent that Fresno had many similar events and some of the groups were already booked up for the day. We’re saving that for next year, but considering the date has been set we’d love to offer this FREE event to our Members and we’ll keep our normal admission price for Non Members:

Join us on December 12th from 11 am-3 pm for a joyous Celebration of the Seasons. No crying or pouting; Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be visiting all the way from the North Pole! Cookies, hot chocolate and milk, as well as crafts and tree decorating fun. Help us decorate The Discovery Center tree and be a part of this new dedication to the park. With food available for purchase, a raffle worth entering and the Museum decked in holiday cheer, you’re sure to have a festive time! Regular Admission Price * FREE Member Admission * FREE crafting decoration stations and cookies w/milk or hot chocolate.

Calling all local photographers!!

Are you a local photographer that would love to get your images spotlighted and get some FREE publicity?

I’m in the process of revamping’s look and am working on adding a slider (slideshow) to the top of the newly revamped site. I would like to include local photography of things to see and do around town with kids in that slider!

Because this site is “FresnoFAMILY”, I’d really like to have photos that offer the unique perspective of family with kids and Fresno combined. If you are a local photographer, here’s your chance to show your stuff and get some free exposure!  (Oh look, a little photography pun!)


So here’s your challenge:

  • Think of what there is to do and see around Fresno with kids (Check around on’s Local section for ideas, if need be…there’s a lot there! Just go up to the navigation bar above where it says “Local” and see all the stuff that drops down!)
  • Pick something local to show with your photography and your family (or borrow someone’s family, with kids!)
  • Pick a unique way to show this thing to do or see. Sure, you can just pose your family in front of the statue or show them playing mini-golf…but how boring is that? Dig deep into your creative photographer self and find a unique perspective…Think of the child’s perspective and shoot from the angle of the toddler, in the foreground, and shoot from the ground looking up at the towering family and statue above….or put the kids hanging upside down from the play structure at the cool park and shoot the entire pic upside down so they look rightside up with hair sticking up….Have the whole family mimic the facial expressions or body posture in that statue or mural, side-by-side…Just get creative!!

Do as many as you like…and they don’t all have to be quirky….just not boring. I don’t want a bunch of posed images or straight shots of landmarks. I want artsy, interesting pics to make’s slider interesting. And I’d like families with kids in the shots as much as possible…though not absolutely mandatory for every image. So if you have good, interesting shots of family friendly, Fresno area things to see and do that you think might be interesting to see on FresnoFamily, send them over!

You can email to me at webmama_tina(at)fresnofamily(dot)com. (I write it this way so the bots can’t scrape my email from the site and add me to all their spam lists. Just type the right symbols in there.)


What I’ll do if I pick your photos, once the new site is ready to launch:

  • Add them to the slider, with a watermark that credits your work (you can add your own, if you prefer….actually I recommend) where they’ll rotate for a period of time.  I haven’t decided yet on how many I’ll have in there or how long they’ll stay….that’ll be determined later. But I will continue to pull from these photos and rotate them back through the slider over time, so they will continue to rotate back into there over time.
  • Create a web page for your images to spotlight your work…and the slider image, when it is rotating through, will link to that web page. This will share your work and a link to your website, social media, etc. That will give you the free publicity you’re looking for! I’ll also add a little blurb about you with info on who you are and what sort of work you do locally, and anything else you’d like to share. Let people know if you are doing this for fun or if you can be hired for a specific type of photography, that sort of thing.  And this web page will stay visible on the site indefinitely.

So….any photographers out there looking to get their work visible to more people? Check out this page to see what sort of traffic FresnoFamily gets.   This site was created in 2001 and after 14 years, continues to be a valuable resource to many people in this area! This could be your chance to get your work in front of a lot of eyes!



Movies in the Park

Have you heard about this??
“Catch a free movie every Friday night at Eaton Plaza in downtown Fresno, from June 12 until August 7, 2015!”
(except July 3)

Click on the graphic above to see the list of movies!! Looks like a fun free family night!! 

We Got the Beat Summer Camp is nearly here!

We Got the Beat Camp starts week after next! June 22-26.

This will be my son’s second summer at We Got the Beat Summer Camp and I cannot say enough about Brenda and her programs. He loves the camp, he loves the sessions during the year (he takes the Adventures in Drumming classes the rest of the year)….Brenda is amazing, her classes are amazing!

So check out her week long day camp where kids that have never even SEEN a drum all the way up through experienced drummers like my son, who apparently has a natural ability and will be doing camp with the “beaters” (the experienced kids from the performance group, I believe) and those that have years of experience can all learn and enjoy percussion instruments and have an absolute blast at this unique week long half-day day camp.

Click here for the camp brochure to print:

CampBrochure2015 v2


Here’s what We Got the Beat Camp is like, according to my 9yr old, who attended for the first time last year:

“You go to different classes. Like there’s drum set class, where you play the drum set and there’s conga class where you play the congas and the bongos. There’s xylophone room where you play the xylophone. And there’s where you practice the songs in the biggest room. You have Diane, which is the teacher for this class and you play every instrument. They have gongs, xylophones, a drum set, there are congas, there’s all instruments from the other classes. And that’s where you practice the whole song all together, not just like parts of it.

I think it’s pretty fun! My favorite class is the drum set class, because I really like playing on the drum set.”

(Webmama note: I thought the drum set class looked pretty cool too because it was a room FULL of drum sets! Where you all play together! How cool is that?)

So your child will be put into age appropriate groups and rotate through various classes throughout the 3 hour day, learning parts of songs through various percussion instruments from a variety of highly skilled and wonderful teachers, culminating in pulling it all together in whole song/whole group learning at the end of each day. There is a final performance at the end of camp for the kids to show off their newly learned skills.

Super fun, super educational, and really neat to watch/listen to! Many of the kids go on to further pursue percussion classes with Brenda throughout the year, they are so jazzed by what they’ve learned. (But of course, that’s entirely optional….but I highly recommend, as my son LOVES his drumming classes all year long!)

Like I said, cannot recommend Brenda and We Got the Beat enough!!! Check it out!! Highly recommended by this Webmama!

Just saw this business posted…

Thought some of y’all might be interested in what she has to offer:

The Ohana Village

Looks like she offers swim classes, preschool prep, body movement, baby proofing….

If interested, contact HER via her website, PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL ME. I do not run Ohana Village, I’m just sharing with y’all! (You wouldn’t believe how many emails and comments I get weekly of people who think I run every activity on this site! I’m just sharing the resources, people!!)  🙂

New exhibits to open at Arte Americas celebrating local women artists

arteamericasFour new exhibits celebrating the female creative voice will open at Arte Américas on Wednesday, March 5.  The exhibition coincides with International Women’s Day and National Women’s History Month, and runs through Mother’s Day.   

The group show will feature women artists exclusively, all coming from Fresno and surrounding towns.  “Arte Américas, as an organization, is known as a venue that supports the Valley’s thriving art community,” said Curator Tony Carranza. “I think that anyone who visits between now and Mother’s Day will agree that this is a very strong show.”

The Ruiz Gallery will showcase a multimedia group show: ¡VIVA LA MUXER!  The exhibition includes works by fourteen veteran and emerging Central artists in a variety of media: photography, paintings on canvas, prints, and experiential installation environments.

The Fresno cultural center’s mission is to “create a flourishing place for Latino art,” but notably, not all of the participating artists in ¡VIVA LA MUXER! are, in fact, Latina.  Nanete Maki-Dearson’s was already a fan of Arte Américas, and was excited about her invitation to show her artwork in the gallery-space. “Encouraging visual arts, dance, music, authors…they’re a thriving, energized, highly generous community of support,” she said. 

Las Gallerías de la Comunidad – or Community Galleries – will feature two photographers. Rosa Elena Alvarez’s series of black and white staged images explore intimately personal themes.  Raw, honest, thought provoking, and beautifully noir – the artfully captured works by the Fresno State graduate have made her a rising local talent.  Alvarez enjoys the “magical nature of the darkroom,” and developed each of the prints to be shown in the collection.   

Oaxacan photographer Itandehui F. Ortiz’s photographs take the viewer on a tour behind the scenes of the current native peoples’ urban arts movement in Mexico.  Her series features women muralists in the region who create positive change in their communities.

Inside The Fresno Art Museum Partnership Gallery, a stunning collection of contemporary sculptures by Bay Area artist Viviana Paredes combine glass, bronze, wood and organic materials.  Paredes is Artist-In-Residence at the de Young Museum of San Francisco, and her work has been included in many group exhibitions from the U.S. to Mexico.

“We have a lot of great things planned…from workshops to collaborative events and presentations,” said Executive Director Frank Delgado. “The Fresno County Library and the Fresno State Women’s Studies Program are each presenting programs, Tai Chi, sugar s classes lined up” The exhibitions, and the spirit that inspired it, transcend the gallery walls,” he added.


MARCH 5, 2014 – MAY 11, 2014
1630 VAN NESS, FRESNO, CA  93712

Gallery Hours:   

  • Wed-Sat  11am-5pm
  • Sunday  1pm-5pm
  • Closed Monday/Tuesday

Important March dates:

  • March 6    –  Art Hop
  • March 8    –  International Women’s Day at Fresno City College (tabling)
  • March 15  –  Viva La Muxer artist’s reception
  • March 22  –  Sugar Skull workshop in the Plaza
  • March 23  –  Zelda Fitzgerald – Story of an Artist :  An educational presentation by Fresno County Public LibraryAdult Programming Librarian Linda Aragon in connection with “The Big Read” of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
  • March 29   –  “Panza Power! A Student Performance of The Panza Monologues and Panel Discussion by Fresno State Women’s Studies Program Graduates.
  • March 30   –   Artist reception for photographer Rosa Elena Alvarez  2p-4p