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King Pin AMF Bowling Centers Sierra Lanes (6450 Blackstone Ave., Fresno 559-431-3711) and Rodeo Lanes (140 Shaw Avenue, Clovis 559-298-6555) strikes once again as the number one family bowling hot spot. Gather up your kids and a few of their friends (yours can come too!) and enjoy a couple of hours of energetic fun. Second place goes to the California State University Fresno Bowling Recreation Center (University Student Union 559-278-2015). Party Pleasers Gymnastics Beat (5620 W. Barstow, Fresno 559-271- 9400) jumps in to take the cake for best party place, followed by Mile High Karate (Cedar and Herndon, Fresno 559-227-3434, and Madera 559-674-3478). Most Crafty Color Me Mine Ceramics Studio (near Edward’s Theatre in the River Park Shopping Center, Fresno. 559-435- 7969) is the top spot to let your creativity run wild. Coming in second is Michael’s Arts and Crafts stores (River Park Shopping Center, Fresno 559-353-3201; 255 W. Shaw Ave., Clovis 559-324-8725; 4248 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia 559-713-0847). Fantastic Gymnastics Families flip for Gymnastics Beat’s youth and adult gymnastics, tumbling, cheer and pep conditioning, and toddler and pre-kinder development. Moms and dads can relax in the parents lounge that overlooks the sports facility, play with their little ones in the toddler area or use the workout machines (at no charge!) during their children’s lessons. (5620 West Barstow Ave #103, Fresno 888-GYM-BEAT or 559-271-9400) The Little Gym came tumbling in second (9525 N. Sommerville Dr., Fresno 559-433-3434). Palette Pleaser Mini Monets vote California Arts Academy as the best art studio for their drawing, sketching, painting, improvised art and color theory art classes for preschoolers to teens (4750 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 559-222-6539) as the best art studio. Our Playroom (1445 Shaw Avenue, #103, Clovis 559-297-5295) comes in second with their art fun classes. Super Strokes The water’s great and so is the instruction at SwimAmerica, toted best swim school fins down by families. (1205 N. Willow Ave., Clovis 324-SWIM (7946). Jan Thomas Swim School came in second by a stroke (1849 N. Willow Ave., Clovis 559-299-2468). Most Noteworthy The Fresno School of Music hits a high note with instrumental and vocal instruction (group and private) for ages 18 months through adult. (1085 E. Herndon Avenue, Fresno 559-439-6609) Valley Music Center offering piano lessons (group and private) for kids ages 4-9 (4250 N. Fresno Street, Fresno, and Harlan Ranch; 559-222-4900) also garnered votes. Finest Footwork California Arts Academy receives the most accolades for classes ranging from ballet to Irish dance (4750 N. Blackstone Avenue and 1401 N. Wishon Avenue, Fresno 559-222-6539). The Dance Studio of Fresno waltzes in a close second (7491 N. Palm Bluffs Ave, Fresno 559- 432-0267). Karate Kudos Fresno Kenpo Karate’s (Mile High Karate) program achieves a black belt in this category. The family-run facility provides classes for adults and children Mondays through Fridays (7087 N. Cedar Avenue, Fresno 559- 325-3434). AKA American Kickboxing (5150 Kings Canyon, Fresno 559-252-3820 and 3069 W. Bullard, Fresno 559-431-4290) is also popular. 10 • Central California PARENT • June 2012 Best ABC’s and 1-2-3’s Voted the Valedictorian of tutoring centers, The Tutoring Club helps kids make the grade in reading, math, writing, ACT/SAT prep and study skills. (Two locations: Herndon and Hwy. 168, Clovis; Fowler and Ashlan, Clovis 559-268-8867). Also scoring high is Cullinan Education Center (8485 N. Fresno Street, Fresno. 559-435-3276 and 613 N. Akers, Visalia 559- 635-7601). Premier Private School Fresno Christian School (7285 N. Cedar Avenue, Fresno 559-299-1695) made the grade for their K-12 faith based education program that includes art, music, sports, and technology. Also receiving top marks is Fairmont Private School (435 W. Fairmont Ave., Fresno 559-226-2347). Grade A Preschool Top marks go to The Growing Patch (5560 W. Spruce, Fresno 559-435-4934 or 559-970-1514). Also praised by parents: Bluff View Private Preschool (7805 N. Palm Avenue, Fresno 559-431-5437). Winning Work Out Sierra Sport & Racquet Club (2626 W. Alluvial, Fresno. 559-431-8200) has the most muscle when it comes to working up a sweat with it’s fitness equipment room, tennis courts, pilates, yoga and spin classes. GB3 (Clovis 559-323-4414; Fresno 559-297-8656; Palm 559-438- 3003) comes in second. Favorite Family Night Out Families flock to Red Robin (In Fresno: Manchester Mall 559-222-4500; Sierra Vista Mall, 559-299-4500; and River Park Shopping Center, 559-436-4200. In Visalia: Walnut and Mooney Blvd., 559-436-9200) for the casual atmosphere, great kid’s menu and reasonable prices. Also popular in the neighborhood: IHOP (In Fresno: 3418 W. Shaw Avenue, 559-275-0450; 7219 N. Fresno, 559-440-0494; 3020 E. Tulare Avenue, 559-486- 8642. In Clovis: 1110 Shaw Avenue, 559-324-0245) and John’s Incredible Pizza (7095 N. Cedar Avenue, Fresno 559-323-1111). Pizza with Pizzaz No matter how you slice it or top it Me n’ Eds (locations in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Oakhurst) is THE place for pizza. John’s Incredible Pizza (7095 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno 559-323-1111) with its virtual games, bumper cars, laser tag, glow golf and an infinite variety of video games came in a close second. Fast Food Find When the wheels on the mini-van go ‘round and ‘round all around the town, you’re sure to hear the refrain “I’m hungry!” from the back seat. In-N-Out (call 800-786- 1000 for all locations) came in as the real crowd pleaser followed by Panda Express (many locations throughout the Central Valley). Tummy Yummies Whether you need a spoon or a straw, mouthwatering treats that top the list are found at Baskin Robbins (many locations in the Fresno/Clovis area). Cold Stone Creamery (7971 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 559-449- 8155, 8076 N. Palm Avenue, Fresno 559-225-0437 and 1845 Herndon Avenue, Clovis 559-298-9301 ) comes in a cool second. Mall with the Most River Park (on Blackstone Avenue north of Herndon Avenue) with its outdoor ambiance is tops with families when it’s time to shop or just hang out. Fashion Fair Mall (645 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno 559-224-1591) garnered it’s share of votes. Hot Wheels Shopping for that first trike or a BMX? Try Toys R Us (1425 Shaw Ave., Clovis, 559-322-0279 and 3520 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, 559-275-6123). Walmart (walmart. com) cycles in a close second. Top Toys Toys R Us (1425 Shaw Ave., Clovis, 559-322-0279 and 3520 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, 559-275-6123) is still every child’s fantasy come true with isle after isle packed with toys, games, action figures, videos, software, books and more! Target (Fresno Central, 5740 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno. 559-431-8622) is second for all things fun. Game on From tennis balls to tents, Big 5 stores (five locations in the Fresno/Clovis area) are where families go to get their gear. Sports Authority batted second (7572 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno 559-432-6850 and 7477 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno 559-261-9438). Finest Children’s Furniture Cribs, changing tables, bedroom sets, dressers . . . Mors (5156 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno 866-466-7435) is the one-stop superstore for parents in need! Taking second is Babies-R-Us (7370 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno 559-446-1091) and Beautiwood Furniture (7183 N. Abby, Pinedale 559-432-9663). Special Delivery Birthdays are best at Clovis Community Medical Center (2755 Herndon Ave., Clovis 559-324-4000). St. Agnes Medical Center (1303 E. Herndon Ave., Fresno 559- 450-3000) is second for greeting the newest member of the family. Oh, Baby! From onesies to cribs to safety gates and car seats Babies- R-Us is the one-stop superstore for parents with a new little bundle of joy (7370 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno. 559-446-1091). Celebration Central Pick up a pack of party favors—and much more—at Party City (formerly PartyWorks). A wide assortment of party necessities for all types of special occasions and seasonal items makes this a great one-stop party shop (West Fresno 559-275-7767, Clovis 559-297-4103, River Park 559-451-0903, Visalia 559-625-3801). Finest Fashions Kids clothes Target (1-800-800-8800; target.com) makes a fashion statement coming in tops in kids clothing. Old Navy (3675 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno 559-274-9980; 7418 N. Blackstone Ave., Pinedale 559-440-1707; and 115 Shaw Ave., Clovis 559-322-0354) runs a close second. Resale clothing Looking for lots of clothes but don’t want to break the bank? Welcome to the world of resale! Parents recommend Goodwill (check goodwill.org for locations). Maternity Expecting moms praise Destination Maternity Motherhood in River Park, 559-438-4672. Shoes Payless Shoes (1-800-426-1141; www.payless.com) puts its best foot forward with low-cost, trendy footwear for the whole family. Stride Rite (Fashion Fair Mall, Fresno 559- 226-1766) is popular for top-quality children’s shoes. Picture Perfect Children say “cheese” most often at Sears (Manchester Center, Fresno and Sierra Vista Mall, Clovis). Hairdo’s Done Right Whether it’s that emotional first hair cut, a bang trim or a buzz cut, the shear favorite is Supercuts (Clovis 559- 324-9253; Fresno 559-434-1452; Tulare 559-686-7147; Hanford 559-583-6591; Madera 559-674-9710; Visalia 559-627-4366). Cool Cuts for Kids came in second by a hair (Clovis, 559-325-7348).
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