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May 20, 2011

Sesame Street Live is coming to Stockton Arena, and we would like to give away a family 4-pack of tickets to one lucky registered member of modesto.findandgoseek.net.

To win, you must be at least 21 years old and a registered member of modesto.findandgoseek.net.  After becoming a member of modesto.findandgoseek.net, you must write a review that characterizes your specific experience (good or bad) of any activity or event that you and your family have been to and you will automatically be entered into the drawing!  The more reviews you write, the more chances you have to win the 4 pack of Sesame Street Live tickets!

Here are some things to remember about writing reviews on modesto.findandgoseek.net. Reviews are your own opinion of a specific place, event or activity.  Be objective and truthful. Tell us how you really feel and why.  Useful reviews are detailed and specific, and give the reader a feel for your experiences.  Think about what kind of information you want when you ask a friend or relative to recommend a pre-school, party venue, playground, or camp for your kids.

On Friday, May 27th, 2011, a winner will be randomly selected from the reviews posted on modesto.findandgoseek.net from 8am PST May 20th, 2011 to May 27th, 2011 at 9pm PST.  The winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to contact us to claim their prize.  The winner will also be posted on facebook within 12 hours of being selected.

Good luck and thanks for participating!

Spring Time Celebrations

April 14, 2011

Earth Day Festivities

A number of Earth Day Festivals are scheduled for this week. The weather should be lovely for spending a few hours outside to learn more about how to keep the planet clean and green.

Today, the Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project — Project Green hosts an Earth Day Celebration at the college’s East Campus. The festival takes place from 10:00am – 2:00pm, so hurry on down.

Earth Day at Yosemite National Park kicks off with family fun tonight at a 7:00pm gathering, but the celebration really begins tomorrow, continuing through the weekend and concluding on Earth Day’s official April 22nd date.

Graceada Park is once again going to be a busy spot on Saturday, April 16. Earth Day in the Park returns with many local vendors, clubs and organizations spreading the message that Earth Day is everyday.

Spring-y Egg Hunts


The thrill of the hunt! The excitement of discovery! Egg hunts are pure joy for children, and there is no shortage of them in our area.

Egg hunts taking place this weekend (April 16 and 17):

Funworks’ Eggstravaganza, where eggs are well-hidden and photo opportunities are numerous
The city of Patterson holds its annual Easter Egg Hunt in South Park
Local sorority Phi Sigma Sigma’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Cal State Stanislaus

Egg hunts being hosted next weekend (April 23 and 24):

Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Applegate Park, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced
Oakdale’s Kids Spring Fest & Safety Day features an egg hunt and more
Scenic Nursery in Modesto hosts a low-key Easter Eggstravaganza
Don old-fashioned Easter frocks and head to Columbia’s Victorian Easter Celebration
Go for the hunt, but stay all day to play at Fairytale Town’s Spring Eggstravaganza, in Sacramento’s Land Park
An entire evening of fun awaits in Galt at A Magical Place’s 2nd Annual Easter Eggstravaganza

Activities and events are always being added to the site, and we like to share our excitement over on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Miss Birdie and her flock as they travel the Central Valley throughout the season, bringing everyone the best of spring’s happenings.

What’s even better? YOU may share your own experiences at family friendly hot-spots or events; leave a review today!

Modesto’s [not so] Modest Offerings

March 16, 2011

Why is it that over 200,000 people reside in Modesto, regardless of the not-so-great publicity the city receives? Modesto is located in the heart of California’s agricultural center, surrounded by nut tree orchards, fertile fields, and sprawling cattle farms. Area residents will tell visitors that it is these roots in farming and ranching that make Modesto what it is: a great place to raise a family, with the feeling of small town living amongst a big city’s conveniences and population. Centrally located to San Francisco, Sacramento and Yosemite, Modesto is perfectly situated for many wanting to make a quick trip in any direction.

When out-of-town guests and family comes to visit, though, are you without an itinerary for uncovering what makes Modesto unique? If so, keep in mind this handful of places:


The Hilmar Cheese Factory, just four miles off highway 99, and in a small farm town outside of Modesto, is a perfect place to stop, stretch the legs, grab a bite of gourmet food and learn a little bit about dairy processing.


The factory’s visitor center features interactive exhibits geared towards children, packed with information summarizing how cows are milked, where the milk goes, how cheese is made, and what is done with dairy by-products. Put together a picnic basket of foods, cheeses, and beverages from local artisans, or place an order in at the café, which makes gourmet sandwiches, Panini, salads and a full range of kid-approved kids meals. Eat in or outside on the patio, near the waterfall on one of the many picnic tables, or just head back down the road with goodies in hand. Admission to the Hilmar Cheese Factory Visitor’s Center and its exhibits is free. Kid’s meals are $3.50 – $4.50; à la Carte items vary in price.


Dinner time? Consider dining at Harvest Moon, an independent, quirky restaurant whose food makes it local favorite. While praised for several menu items (Neil’s Toss salad, the Blue Moon Burger, and the Delux Crab Sandwich), our family’s favorite indulgences are the sweet potato fries served with honey mustard dipping sauce and Spicy Thai Sticks with peanut sauce, which are always moist and savory (and really aren’t so spicy!). Little diners will enjoy that most kids menu selections are typical kid favorites, but parents will appreciate that the meals are true made-to-order foods — often simply smaller, less daring versions of the adult selections. While there is no kid’s menu listed, the servers have the standard-issue choices memorized.

Within walking distance from Harvest Moon is Modesto’s recently built cutting-edge Gallo Center for the Arts where patrons have said that there is not a bad seat in the house. The annual production of “The Nutcracker” and shows that highlight the local child talent are some of our family’s favorite shows. The Gallo Center for the Arts has been a stop for national-touring, wonderful kid-friendly artists and plays including the Golden Dragon Acrobats, “Madeline and the Bad Hat”, and even The Imagination Movers. If a children’s show is not in the line up, stop off instead at the Brenden Theater for a movie, especially during summer months when blockbuster movies are released.


Before saying goodbye to your guests, stop in at The Great Valley Natural History Museum, only one mile from the hotel. The museum is small enough to explore within an hour or two, and will provide your family and friends with a bit of educated playtime prior to getting back into the car. Upon entering the museum, visitors will learn about the Native American Indians who once resided in the area, the habitats and their animals that make up the Central Valley, the Tuolumne River Watershed and it’s amazing salmon population, and the critters that live in Modesto’s backyards but often remain unseen. The Discovery Room at the rear of the museum includes a wall of terrariums housing reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids; a food web creator; many puzzles and the space required to assemble them; and interactive games to explore. In an outer building, a world’s worth of exotic wild animals are on display in the Great Animal Hall. Admission to the museum is $1 per person, or $3 per family; 6 and under are free.

Modesto’s not just a town to pass through. Modesto’s the place we call home.

January brings the snow…

January 17, 2011

… makes our feet and fingers glow.”  In January, opportunities to ski, snowboard and sled in the California mountain snow abound.  Central Valley living has its perks, one of which is that we are indeed central to lots of family winter fun.

Nearest to Modesto and surrounding areas is the Leland High Sierra Snowplay area.  Those visiting the snow park will find two well-groomed areas for sledding: a kiddie hill area and a more adventurous large hill area.  Double and even triple riding is allowed on the kiddie hills, providing visitors with a true family photo-op!  The large hills have multiple lanes to choose from, each with their own level of excitement groomed in.  An oval course on-site is specifically for mini-snowmobile rides!  Children ages five to 12 weighing under 110 pounds — and for an additional fee — can jump on a mini-snowmobile and zip around the track!  This attraction operates only on weekends and holidays.

A bit further — but worth the drive — is a new feature at Sierra-at-Tahoe: Blizzard Mountain!  Children and adults alike will enjoy a full two-hours of tubing on two lanes.  The tubers are towed up the hill, resulting in maximum fun for minimal effort.  When the tubing ticket is up, shift over to the snow play area for the remainder of the day.  Visitors may bring their own toys, though free snow tools are available for use: snowball makers, snowbrick molds and snowman kits are all offered!

If the members of your family are true winter sports fans, resorts at higher elevations are flush with good snow.  Boreal Mountain Resort and Heavenly Lake Tahoe both offer skiing, snowboarding, and tubing.  The resorts’ Tahoe location affords visitors a classic winter vacation; snowmobiling excursions and helicopter tours unlike anything to be found in the lower elevations!  Closer yet is the Bear Valley Mountain resort, with over 1,200 acres of snow, 67 trails, an adaptive ski program and a great ski school.  With a deal like this one, why not plan a trip now?

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Enter to Win!

January 3, 2011

We are so excited to have launched one month ago!  To celebrate our launch we are giving away a 4 pack of Regal Cinema movie tickets to one lucky registered member of modesto.findandgoseek.net.

To win, you must be at least 21 years old and a registered member of modesto.findandgoseek.net.  After becoming a member of modesto.findandgoseek.net, you must write a review that characterizes your specific experience (good or bad) of any activity or event that you and your family have been to and you will automatically be entered into the drawing!  The more reviews you write, the more chances you have to win the 4 pack of Regal Cinema movie tickets.

Here are some things to remember about writing reviews on modesto.findandgoseek.net. Reviews are your own opinion of a specific place, event or activity.  Be objective and truthful. Tell us how you really feel and why.  Useful reviews are detailed and specific, and give the reader a feel for your experiences.  Think about what kind of information you want when you ask a friend or relative to recommend a pre-school, party venue, playground, or camp for your kids.

On Monday, January 10, 2011, a winner will be randomly selected from the reviews posted on modesto.findandgoseek.net from 9pm PST January 3, 2011 to January 9, 2011 at 9pm PST.  The winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to contact us to claim their prize.  The winner will also be posted on this website within 12 hours of being selected.

Good luck and thanks for participating!

A Holiday Skating Party

December 21, 2010

Winter break.  We all look forward to it, yet once it arrives and we are standing amongst a playroom strewn with game pieces, discarded DVD cases, and empty snack wrappers once in the hands of the neighborhood’s six second graders, we begin to wonder what it was about break that we were excited for.

Ice skating is the perfect winter break activity.  A day of activity in brisk winter air will tire the munchkins out, giving you a chance to finally finish up those last-minute holiday preparations!

Dell’Osso Family Farm, located in Lathrop, CA and right off of I-5, has added an outdoor ice skating rink to its ever-growing Snow on the Farm park.  Bundle up for cold weather, and if you have a beginner skater, you may want to pack a change of clothes, as suggested by one of our reviewers.  There is a whole lot more going on at Dell’Osso Family Farm: check out Santa’s Village and Lights on the Farm when planning your Snow on the Farm excursion.

Winter Wonderland at the Stockton Arena (where the professional ice hockey team, The Stockton Thunder, play) opens its doors for public skating sessions two days this week.  Parents and caregivers will enjoy the bargain admission rate, which includes skate rental.  Hockey fans will enjoy this rare opportunity to skate where the pros skate.

Long Barn Ice Rink is off of CA-108, east of Sonora in the Sierra foothills.  This covered but open-air rink is rustic, evoking a country Christmas kind of feeling — perfect for thwarting post-holiday blues.  The rink accommodates quite a few skaters and has been a local favorite for 40 years.

If you’re at all heading into the San Francisco Bay area for any holiday celebrations or even a bit of shopping, take time to skate at one of the city’s outdoor ice skating rinks.  California’s version of Rockefeller Square is the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, where skaters zoom by a beautifully decorated, sky-scraping Christmas tree while shoppers rush by with their treasures.  The Embarcadero Center Ice Rink is located at Justin Herman Plaza, just across from the Ferry Building Market, where hungry skaters will find any number of warm beverages and holiday treats to fill an empty belly.

If cold toes and fingers isn’t your bag, remember that there’s an events calendar on our site, as well as many ways to search for an activity to fill your time during the winter break.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

December 13, 2010

Looking for indoor activities to keep you cozy? Maybe afternoon bowling for grade-schoolers, morning story times for the wee ones, evening climbs for just about anyone?

  • Each Monday is After-School Jam at McHenry Bowl. Between 4 and 6pm, and for only $6 including shoe rental, children can participate in the alley’s “Glow Bowling” set to some hoppin’ pop tunes.
  • Stanislaus County Libraries span far and wide, and patrons are invited to take advantage of the many storytelling sessions offered. Wiggle Worms is perfect for those smallest library visitors who are interested in both books and music. Preschool StoryTime is meant for three to six-year olds with the ability to sit and listen to story books and puppet shows.
  • Older children can still get underfoot, and scheduling an activity with emphasis on the “active” is the perfect way to tire them out. Stonehenge, an indoor climbing gym located in downtown Modesto, is this week’s Miss Birdie’s Pick!

Looking for holly jolly indoor activities? We’ve got those, too!