Things to do in Fresno CA: Staycation Ideas

Check out this list of things to do in Fresno CA!  There are ideas for families, individuals, outside and inside!

Fresno is a great place to live but also hard to find things to do in Fresno CA because of all the agriculture.  I have found as I have started to look outside my neighborhood that there is actually a lot to do and a lot of places and activities!   It is sometimes hard to find things to do that everyone loves, but there is no shortage of activities and culture.

This year we are not traveling much due to the fact that we are working hard on paying down our debt.  So I put together a huge list of things to do in Fresno Ca so we could try out all of these this summer on our staycation!  I am excited to share some of the culture of Fresno with my kids and to have some new date ideas!

Arts and Culture in Fresno

Arts Alive Art Festival

June 22 from 10am – 3pm.  also includes a fun run at 7am

Tower District – 

There are many ways to experience the tower district

Forestiere Underground Gardens

Fresno Met Art museum

Shizen Japanese Garden

Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater

Meux Home Museum

Arte Americas

Kearney Mansion Museum

Fresno Mystery Dinner Theater

Shakespeare in the park

Saroyan Theater

Fresno Art Museum

Things To Do In Fresno Ca For the kids

Children’s Museum of the Sierras – 

In Oakhurst CA just a short drive up the hills from fresno there is a

Discovery center

Fossil Discovery Center

Located just north of Madera, it is about a 45 minute drive from Fresno

Family Fun Ideas



Movies in the Park at Eaton Mall

From June 21 – August 15, 2015

Sky walk

wild water


Oh Wow Nickel Arcade


Gateway Ice center

hanford ice cream on train

Outdoor Fun in the Fresno Ca Area


woodward park

Chuckchansi Park

Kings River Expeditions – white water rafting

 Clovis farmers market – Friday nights
U-pick Cherry Picking at Mountain Brook Ranch
What other ideas do you have?
If you are not from Fresno or traveling to another area of the country, be sure to check out these other city list ideas of things to do!

A – D

Phoenix, Arizona — Saving For Someday
Fresno, California — Living A Frugal Life
Orange County, California — More With Less Today
San Diego, California — Southern Cali Saver
Denver, Colorado — Bargain Blessings
Washington, District of Columbia — Kidventurous

F – I

Disney World, Florida — The Happy Housewife
Jacksonville, Florida — Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida — Coupon Mamacita
St Augustine, Florida — Simply St. Augustine
Tallahasse, Florida — SwagGrabber
Tampa Bay, Florida —
Atlanta, Georgia — Pretty Frugal Diva
Dahlonega, Georgia — Kathys Cluttered Mind
Savannah, Georgia — This Mommy Saves Money
Aurora/Chicago, Illinois — A Savings WOW!
Chicago, Illinois — Entertaining Chicago
Indianapolis, Indiana — Chaos Is Bliss

K – P

Lexington, Kentucky — Homeschool Village
Louisville, Kentucky — The Kennedy Adventures
Northern Kentucky, Kentucky — Simply Sherryl
Carroll County, Maryland — Looking at life CreativLEI
Boston, Massachusetts — Maven of Savin
Battle Creek, Michigan — Pichea Place
Grand Rapids, Michigan — Give Me Neither
Metro Detroit, Michigan — Saving Dollars and Sense
Kansas City Area, Missouri/Kansas — Redefined Mom
Omaha, Nebraska — Family Fun in Omaha
Central, New Jersey — Our Good Life
Cincinnati, Ohio — Adventure Mom
Cleveland, Ohio — Kosher on a Budget
Columbus, Ohio — Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio — Savings Lifestyle
Mansfield & Richland County, Ohio — The Traveling Praters
Miami County, Ohio — Something 2 Offer
Northeast, Ohio — Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
Portland, Oregon — Frugal Living NW
Harrisburg/Central, PA — Family Balance Sheet
Erie, Pennsylvania — Growing Kids Ministry
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Moms Need To Know
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — The Coupon High

R – W

Arlington, Texas — Grocery Shop For FREE
Fort Worth, Texas — Coupons and Freebies Mom
Houston, Texas — Melissa’s Bargains
Katy, Texas — Moms Confession
San Antonio, Texas — How to Homeschool My Child
Tyler, Texas — iLoveMy5Kids
Charlottesville, Virgina — How to Have it All
Norfolk, Virgina — The Talking Suitcase
Richmond, Virgina — Vacation Maybe
Seattle, Washington — Thrifty NW Mom
Tacoma/South Puget Sound, Washington — Queen Bee Coupons
Oshkosh, Wisconsin — A Little Bit of This and That

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How to Teach Kids to Save Money In 1 Simple Step

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How To Teach Kids To Save Money with 1 simple step that will change your families life forever!

When you have your first child, no one hands you a handbook on how to teach kids to save money.  They also don’t hand you one on potty training or anything else for that matter.  I think the biggest reason they can’t do that is because there is no right answer for any one thing.

Each kid needs a little different way of talking to them, a little different approach to helping them to understand a concept.  It is the same with saving money.  But I have found that there is one concept that will always work but the way you apply it changes.

We have always struggled with giving our kids money.  We knew these 5 tips for teaching kids about money, but we needed something that would work for all of them equally.  I mean, when do you give them money?  How much do you give them?  What do you have them buy?  There is a million questions that need to be answered.

I saw an article on teaching children how to save money and decided we needed a change.  So after having a really good talk with my husband, who remember is a spender, we decided to do this one thing.  We would have our children work for money.

How working for money helps kids to save

By deciding that we would have them work for money, it opened up all kinds of opportunities and conversations with our kids. We were able to help them understand the value of work, the value of saving and the value of buying things for themselves.

We decided to have some non-paid jobs and to pay our kids for other jobs.  This way they learn to work to care for the basic needs and to work for the money they need for other items.

We also decided to have them pay for their own toys or other items rather then us.  We of course pay for their basic needs.  We buy them food, clothing, household items, things like that.  But if they want toys or extras other then for gifts, they have to save and pay for it themselves.

Many people think our method is drastic, but it has worked wonders for our kids in understanding the power of working for what you want, saving your money and having pride in the things you buy.  This has also helped us to be better managers of our money and not buy things to appease a child.  #dadalwaysgivesin #justsayin

How to teach kids to save money and work for what they have

We started this method with a family council.  We talked about how we are changing the way we were going to do things.  We asked for the kids feedback on jobs and what they would be asked to do.

Paid Job chart

We then took what they gave us and used a job chart that we used previously.  We did a make over of the chart and took velcro dots and put part of the dot on the paid jobs.  We then took some cards that I used for homeschool but were no longer using, and put the other side of the velcro on the card.  When one of our kids completes a job, they move it to a card and that is what we pay from.

Pay day

Each monday we have family night.  We sit down together and go over how many jobs each child has done and count out how much we owe them.  They are then formally paid for these jobs and we take them off the velcro pages and put them back on the chart.

Counting Money #iamprotective #Ad

We then have each child put aside 10% for tithing and we talk with them about if they are saving for anything and how much more they have to accomplish their goals.  This gives us a chance to talk with them and teach them individually about saving money in a way they understand.  With words and situations they relate to.

This is how we keep them motivated to keep working and keep saving.  This one change of giving out kids commission changed so much.  We don’t wonder how to teach kids to save money anymore.  We are doing it right along with them and teaching them naturally as we go.

Be sure to check out more information on teaching kids to save money!  Remember that no kid is the same so you may need a couple different approaches so all the kids learn!

How do you teach your kids to save money?

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Grow your own Green Onions

Regrow Your Green Onions

Regrow Green Onions

Did you know you can regrow your green onions?? I have been using this to stretch our grocery budget a bit more so we don’t have to spend a lot on certain vegetables.  No garden space needed!

This is the coolest thing ever.  You can cut off the roots and put them in water.  Then the roots will absorb the water and start to grow a new green onion.  It takes a good 2-3 weeks for the green onion to grow completely so you can use it again, but it grows a whole new one!!!

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DIY Freestanding Closet Shelf

DIY Closet Shelf


DIY Freestanding Closet Shelf

When we found out we were expecting our fourth baby, I began to look at the kids room and try to figure out what we were going to do to be able to fit another body into the little room.  I quickly realized that we were not going to have room for everyone and all their stuff.

So I began to search out my options.  I decided to redo the closet set up and to do that we needed an extra shelf on top of the one currently there.  As I searched, I realized that there was nothing out there that was just a single shelf.  so we decided to make it.

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March Income Report and April Budget

Monthly income report and monthly budget sharing so we can help eachother stay motivated and make the most of our money

We switched the budget just about every 3 days this month.  Most of the moving was due to the fact that I kept forgetting yearly an bi-yearly bills we have.  I didn’t realize just how much we spend each year on insurance.  I don’t think that is bad because we do need it, but I think we need to start doing some shopping around in the next couple months to be sure we have the best prices.

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