Family Fun Weekend July 25 – 27

I have some fantastic events coming your way for this weekend.

Madera, CA – APCAL Concert Series with Patrick Contreras





Here is an event you will not want to miss.  The APCAL Concert Series is having its 2nd Charity Partnership concert with us.  We are so excited for this opportunity.  There will be wonderful music played by the legendary violinist Patrick Contreras along with yummy food and drinks.


$10 with half donated to Ronald McDonald House

*21 and older only


32749 Ave. 7

Madera, CA 93637


Saturday, July 26, 2014


Gates open at 6PM

Music from 7PM to 11PM


Catered by Chase’s Chop Shop

*Bring lawn chairs and a blanket.


Fresno, CA – Magician Jay and Wild Child Adventures


Magician Jay at Sierra Vista:










 Head over to Sierra Vista’s Mall Community Room for some fun magic tricks with Magician Jay.  Children will get to participate along with Magician Jay while learning about comedy, magic and illusions.



*First come, first serve in compliance with room capacity


Sierra Vista’s Mall Community Room

1050 Shaw Ave

Clovis, CA 93612


Friday, July 25, 2014


11AM to 12PM


Wild Child Adventures:









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 The Fig Garden Regional Library is holding a Wild Child Adventure.  Bring the kids for some exciting magic with bubbles.  I remember having an assembly in elementary school for this and loved it.  It was so much fun watching fellow students get put inside a bubble.  I didn’t think it was possible.



*First come, first serve with compliance of space


Fig Garden Regional Library

Children’s Area

3071 W Bullard Ave

Fresno, CA 93711


Saturday, July 26, 2014


10:30AM to 11:30AM


Visalia, CA – Rawhide Home Game







Go out and support your local Rawhide minor league baseball team.  Bring the whole family for entertainment by one of America’s greatest past time.  Enjoy all the best baseball park foods while you watch the game.


Tickets range from $6 to $20 – purchase online or at the park

*Price depends on seat locations. If you get pasture tickets bring blankets and lawn chairs.


Rawhide Ballpark

N Giddings St.

Visalia, CA 93291


Saturday, July 26, 2014


Starts at 7:00PM



* lots located around the park


Enjoy your weekend!



Family Fun Weekend July 18 – 20

I hope you all had a great week, now get ready for another awesome weekend!

Fresno, CA – Winged Wonders at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo


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Come out to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo at 894 West Belmont Ave, Fresno, CA, 93728, for their Winged Wonders Show.  It is a wonderful show promoting the winged wonders of the world.  Bring sunscreen.

Showtime: July 18, 19 and 20




Admission (show is included in ticket price):

Adults – $7

Children ages 2 to 11 – $3.50

Children under 2 free


Visalia, CA – Creatures of the Night and Movie in the Park


Creatures of the Night:




Head on out to the Kaweah Oaks Preserve just seven miles east of downtown Visalia for a great presentation about bats.  A wildlife biologist from the Fresno Chaffee Zoo will be there to talk and show you skeletons, taxidermy and skulls of these creatures.  After the presentation a guided tour will take place around the Kaweah Oaks Preserve looking for bats.  Bring chairs, blankets and flashlights.




Saturday July 19, 2014


7:30 to 9:30 PM


Kaweah Oaks Preserve

29979 Road 182

Exeter, CA 93221


(559) 738 – 0211


Movies in the Park:




The Riverway Sports Park in Visalia will be hosting a movie in the park, The Avengers. It will be held at the Special Events Promenade.


3611 N Dinuba Blvd

Visalia, CA 93291




Event starts at 6:45PM with movie beginning at dusk, about 7:30/8PM.

*Bring blankets, chairs, bug spray and a picnic dinner.


Oakdale, CA – Concert in the Park



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Oakdale Chamber of Commerce is holding “Concerts in the Park” every Friday from July 18, 2014 to August 29, 2014.  It’s a great opportunity to spend time with the family and hear live music ranging from country, blues, rock, jazz and more.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic dinner and bug spray.  I’ve gone to concerts in the park back in my hometown of La Crescenta and I love it.


6:30PM to 8:30PM


Dorada Park

*corner of A Street and 2nd Avenue

Oakdale, CA 95361

 Band Line Up:

Mike Maguire – July 18

Remedy – July 25

Oakdale Community Band – August 1

Strange Brew – August 8

Dossi On The Rocks – August 15

Highway 99 Party Band – August 22

Fine Line – August 29


Enjoy your weekend and try to stay cool!

Family Fun Weekend July 11 – 13

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a very patriotic 4th of July.  Here are some fun activities for this upcoming weekend.

Fresno, CA – 8th Annual Farm Festival and Discover the Dinosaurs

8th Annual Farm Festival – Saturday, July 12:


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ice cream


The event is put on by Fresno State Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market.  It will be held at 5368 N Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA 93710 from 8:00am to 4:00pm.   Bring the whole family for some yummy samples of Fresno State corn, sausages, salami, grapes, ice cream and more.  There will be a first ever kids zone and if anyone is brave enough there will be an ice cream eating contest consisting of 10 teams of 4 people. The event is FREE.


Discover the Dinosaurs – Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13:








Head on over to the Fresno Convention Center on 848 M Street, Fresno, CA, 93721 for a fun day of learning about dinosaurs.  There will be over 40 moving and replica museum dinosaurs that guests can get close to and even touch.


Adults – $17 (13 & older)

Children – $20 (2 -12 years) EXHIBIT PLUS

Children – $12 (2 – 12 years) EXHIBIT ONLY

Seniors – $15 (65 or older)

Children 1 and under are free

*EXHIBIT PLUS includes Dinosaur Exhibit, Dino Dig, Dino Den, Dino Theater, Dino Coloring Station, Scavenger Hunt, Unlimited Dinosaur Rides, Mini Golf and Inflatables.

*EXHIBIT ONLY will only include Dinosaur Exhibit, Dino Dig, Dino Den, Dino Theater, Dino Coloring Station and Scavenger Hunt.  (Individual ride tickets are available for purchase of $5-$6)


Visalia, CA – Summer Catfish Derby






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Visalia Parks & Recreation Department is having a fun catfish derby from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Plaza Park Pond, 700 S Plaza St, Visalia, CA, 93277.  There will be prizes for the top 3 total stringer weights in each division.  Division 1 is for children 7 and under while Division 2 is for children 8 to 15yrs.  The event will be $7.  Bring your own poles, bait, tackle and sunscreen.


Turlock, CA – Stanislaus County Fair







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The Stanislaus County Fair located at 900 N Broadway, Turlock, CA, 95380, will run from Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 20.  Be ready for all the fun fair rides, animals and endless choices of food.  Bring sunscreen and hats.


Adult: $12

Senior: $5

Children (7-12yrs.): $5

Children 6 and under: Free

Unlimited ride wristband: $30

*If you bring 2 canned foods, Friday, July 11, $2 will be taken off an adult admission ticket.


Monday – Friday: 5pm to midnight

Saturday and Sunday: Noon to midnight


$5 per vehicle to park in the lots

Free parking at CSU, Stanislaus and at Pitman High School


Have a great weekend!

Festive Fireworks – July 4

Hi guys, it’s Amanda again. Whose ready for some festive fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July? I have some great places for you to view them.








Fresno, CA – Fowler Fabulous 4th of July Celebration





WHERE: Fowler High School

701 E Main St, Fowler, CA 93625

WHEN: Opens at 5:00 PM – Fireworks at 8:30/9:00 PM

COST: Free

WHAT: Food, games, bounce house, fun zone for kids, live music by Randy Deaver and Crossfire


Visalia, CA – 4th of July Freedom Celebration




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WHERE: Giant Chevrolet – Cadillac Mineral Kings Bowl

1001 W Main St, Visalia, CA 93291

WHEN: Opens at 6:00 PM – Fireworks at 8:30/9:00 PM

COST: Free

WHAT: Food vendors, live dance band Run 4 Cover


Turlock, CA – Red, White and Boom



red white boomWHERE: Stanislaus County Fair Grounds

900 N Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380

WHEN: Opens at 7:30 PM – Fireworks start at 9:00 PM

COST: Free

WHAT: Bring picnic dinner, blankets and chairs.
*No alcohol permitted, no BBQs or fireworks of your own


Livingston,CA – July 4th Celebration





WHERE: Memorial Park and Livingston High School

1617 Main St, Livingston, CA 95334

WHEN: Opens at 3:00 PM – Fireworks at 9:15 PM

COST: Free

WHAT: Food vendors, music; fair setting – roller coasters, Ferris wheel, bumper cars and more


Have a wonderful and safe holiday!


July News From the Executive Director

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I don’t know how it’s already July, but it is!

My family and I have been busy planning our summer and I imagine you’re in the middle of doing the same. Lately, I feel like all I’ve been doing is planning. Our Board of Directors implemented a 2 year strategic plan that will allow our House to grow and serve more families.

The staff has been preparing our Annual Report, getting it ready to send to you, and we really took a hard look at our year.

We looked at where our families came from and what treatments their children required. We analyzed our events and what support they received. We reviewed all our active volunteers and equated their gifts of time with dollar savings for us. We took all of 2013 and put it into 6 pages of important information about us, that you’ll appreciate.  We can’t wait for you to get it later this month.

I know you’re busy, trust me, I sympathize. We hope you can find a few hours to attend one of our events, volunteer at the house, or bring in a wish list item.  If time isn’t an option, we hope you’ll sponsor a family’s night stay in our house. You can do so here. 

Lastly, I want to be available to you! If you have questions or would like more information about anything relating to what we do at RMHC, fill out the below form and I’ll get back to you quickly.

From all of us here,  we wish you a great summer with your loved ones!


2014 Events

2014 RMHC Central Valley Events



Warnors Theatre – Fresno, Ca | 4pm | Hosted by Arc Aktion Club  of Fresno

There’s even a Charlie Chaplin costume competitions and come hungry…great concessions!

CLICK for more information and tickets.



ApCal – Madera, Ca | 7pm | Hosted by PRO Central Valley (if you haven’t heard of them, visit their FACEBOOK  PAGE)

ApCal concert




  • August 9, 2014 – Rock The Pantry

Boomers - Fresno, Ca | 10a-2p | Hosted by our ALLSTAR volunteer Arie (her second year planning the event)

She saw a need within our pantries and now each summer gets that need met. Bring your family to

Boomers with pantry items (canned food, nonperishable, cereals, snack bars, anything easy to make) and enjoy a free concert and fun! for more information.

Boomers Fresno Map for Rock the Pantry RMHC




Fort Washington Country Club -Fresno, Ca | 7:30a | Hosted by Cargill and presented by WDS.

Now one of our largest fundraisers of the year. Enjoy a VIP round of golf, $75 to the Taylormade PRO shop, local drinks and food, and the chance to spend a day networking and raising funds for our mission. Sponsorship opportunities 

Fore The House RMHC Save the Date




  • October 26, 2014 – Color Me Rad 

Woodward Park – Fresno, Ca | 7a | Have you gotten rad yet? If not, you need to sign up today.

A fun 5k that leaves you looking like a piece of art. Use code: RMHRAD2014 and get 10% off of registration and         automatically donate 15% to us. Register here

Fresno Color Me Rad Race October



Fresno Convention Center – Fresno, Ca | Hosted bar 5-6p, dinner, dancing, live auction, 6-11p. If you’ve never gone to this event, you should put it on your calendar now. Marie Wilson kept our 500 guests on the dance floor until the lights came off! Get your date, your dancing shoes, your fancy gowns, and your masks ready for an unforgettable evening. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities here. 

RMHC Red Heart Ball Fresno


If you’d like more information about any of the events above, contact us and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can! 

Family Fun Weekend June 27

Hi everyoIMG_0412ne, this is Amanda Baldridge.  I am an intern with the Ronald McDonald House and will be sending out a weekly post of fun activities for the whole family.

I have some great ideas for activities to do this upcoming weekend.  If you want to stay connected or tell us about events you’ve been too use this #ffweekend on twitter.



Fresno, CA – Comcast Movies in the Park, Friday June 27, 2014 – Free

frozen Comcast Movies in the Park happens every Friday night throughout the summer, with the exception of July 4.  Go out and enjoy the fireworks that night.  The last Friday for movie viewing will be August 15, 2014.

This week’s movie will be “Frozen.”  “Frozen” is great for children of all ages, it teaches many life lessons.  Typically Disney movies have a prince charming to save the day but not in this one, the woman is the hero.  To find out more you’ll have to watch the movie.

The event will be held at Eaton Plaza, located at 2400 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA.  The movie starts at dusk (about 7:30pm) but come early for the kids to enjoy the bounce house.  Food vendors will also be there so bring your wallet.

Make sure to bring lawn chairs, towels and blankets to sit on.  Don’t forget bug spray!  No one wants to get a nasty bug bite.

Visalia, CA – Visalia Farmers Market, Saturday, June 28, 2014 – Bring some cash

farmers-market-2Visalia Farmers Market is a fun activity for the whole family!  It features many booths with fresh fruits and vegetables as well as craft vendors.  Your family will get to try delicious foods and learn the story behind them.  Don’t forget to ask the vendors about how they farm and get their products to the market.

The farmers market is located in the Sears Parking lot, at the corner of Mooney Boulevard and Caldwell Avenue.  It is open from 8 am to 11:30 am.  If you can’t make it this Saturday, don’t panic, the farmers market is open year round every Saturday, rain or shine.

Visalia Farmers Market is also open during the week.  From May to October it is open on Tuesdays from 5pm to 8 pm at the Tulare Outlets, 1407 Retherford Street, Tulare, CA 93274.  It will be open Thursdays as well, from March to October at 5 pm to 8 pm at Church and Main Street in Downtown Visalia.

Modesto, CA – Barnes & Noble Storytime, Saturday, June 28, 2014 – Free

curious The Barnes & Noble in Modesto will be hosting Storytime at 11am.  Barnes & Noble is located at 3501 McHenry Avenue, Suite E, Modesto, CA 95356, in the Promenade Shopping Center.

This week’s story is the adventurous, Curious George.  The fearless monkey

CGSpring05and his trusty sidekick, The Man in the Yellow Hat have always been one of my favorite children’s stories.  Curious George consistently gets himself in a bind but he makes sure to find a way out of it.  Your children will love him.

Once the story is over, the kids will get to join in on a craft featuring the wonderful little monkey.  Don’t worry about cost, it is free.–barnes–noble—modesto/storytelling/06/28/2014

I wish you all a fun and safe weekend with the family.  I can’t wait to hear how the events were.


Father’s Day Events

Fathers-Day-Cards2 (1)The kid’s are out of school or nearly. You’ve just bought far too many graduation presents, probably a wedding gift or two, and your summer budget is dwindling. You’re wondering what to do this weekend for Father’s Day?

Don’t worry. We’ve put together a list of California Events that are free or minimal cost. We found near and far events depending on how much gas you’d like to spend.

If we missed something, you think is great, please share it in a comment and we’ll get it added.

  • Marin, Ca – Father’s Day BBQ and Cook Out at the Farmer’s Market.  Yes, there’s also homemade pie and they’ve thrown in a FREE FERRY TICKET, if you’d like to park in SF and make it a weekend. 
  • Salinas, Ca – Father’s Day Celebration at the Northridge Mall. Live entertainment, taco trucks, special car show.
  • Pasadena, Ca – Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado. Bring the family out to witness incredible works of art done entirely in chalk. We hear they have incredible food too! 
  • Fresno, Ca – Father’s Day Blues Festival at St. Therese – We’ve been hearing about this event for 5 years! Bring your chairs and blankets and get ready for a nice day on the lawn listening to the best Blues Artists in the state. Tickets $10 but kids under 9 are free.
  • Fresno, Ca – Fresno Grizzlies Father’s Day game! Head out to the ballpark for a family fun-filled evening. Game starts at 5:05p and tickets can be  purchased here
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  • Santa Monica, Ca – Father’s Day MAgicolpis – For $15 you and dad can enjoy a magic and comedy show.
  • Grover Beach, Ca – Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series and Farmer’s Market – FREE! Come from 3-6p and enjoy the sounds of the Usual Suspects.
  • Lodgepole, Ca – Voices From The Past – Is dad a history buff? Would he be interested in finding out what living and working in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks would be like? Sequoia is hosting a FREE program with great food purchase options.

We’ll be sharing this list all over the place, if we missed something, let us know below and we’ll add it right away!

June News From the Executive Director

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Father's Day Gift

There isn’t a day that goes by,  I’m not thankful I get to be Aubrey and Sophia’s dad. My two little girls have turned my world upside down and given me the best gift I could ever receive, being their dad.

I get to be there when they have something they can’t wait to share with me. I get to watch them try new things and laugh when they end up not liking them.  I get the chance to hold their hands when they cross the street and feel calm knowing I can keep them safe.

Mostly, I get to be there. And be their dad.

Santana Family

For so many of our dads, staying near their hospitalized child in the Ronald McDonald House, isn’t always possible. They’ve got jobs to worry about, other kids to get to and from school and other commitments. If you read Noah’s story  you learned what it’s like to be a dad while your child is hospitalized.

They’ve got to keep going so their families  can return to normal once their kids are healed. So many of our dads have to take a break from enjoying the very best part of being a dad.

Father’s Day is just a  few days away.

We’re asking you to honor the special dad in your life by making a $15.00 donation in his name. Please click on the link. 

We’ll send him a thank you and he’ll get the gift of knowing because of you, he’s supported a dad in our House.

Happy Father’s Day.






The Heart of Arc

There are days that we sit in awe and watch the people that surround our House. I sometimes don’t think it’s fair that we have a job that allows us to watch people constantly support a cause and families that need it, with such giving hearts.  We say this a lot, but our House truly relies on volunteers and we’re lucky to have pretty regular support.

One group in particular sends teams to the House every week to clean and cook meals for our families. That group is Arc Fresno and has been volunteering weekly for years.  The Arc provides services to integrate their clients into their communities and give them skills to succeed in a supportive environment. They’ve been successful in doing this for over 650 adults annually for 60 years in the Valley.

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Currently, we have ARC Team 5 prepare lunch for our families EVERY Tuesday. ARC Team 7 does house projects on Wednesdays and makes lunch for our families on Thursdays. Team 8 does projects on Thursdays and keeps many of our windows and kitchens clean. To understand how much work that is, you’d have to picture our House. It’s 18 bedrooms, 3 full kitchens, 18 families around the clock and a lot of people. ARC is a big reason we function as well as we do.

On top of volunteering weekly, last week these incredible young adults collected wish list items and brought them to the House. We watched as they carried in the truckload of donations they had worked so hard to collect. I can’t tell you what a thing it was to watch them bring the donations up to the front desk and know they were going to the families they see use our House weekly.

Arc Fresno is a gift! If you haven’t visited their website, please do and attend one of their events.



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