23 The Best Things To Do In Sacramento With Children
Sacramento offers an abundance of fun activities for the whole family with many child-friendly attractions and activities. In the sunny city there is a fairytale land, a railway museum, a science center and a planetarium, a children’s museum and an art studio as well as enough candy shops to make the little ones happy.
1. Sacramento State Railroad Museum
The California State Railroad Museum is a must for hungry toddlers and their families. The museum is located in Old Sacramento and shows beautifully restored 21 locomotives that range from steam engines and sleeping trains to the 220 MPH high-speed train. Other exhibits include artifacts, mayflies and photographs from the museum’s collection, the lives of railroaders and the diversity of people working on railways, as well as a large-scale model of a construction scene in the Sierra Nevada that served as "Sierra Scene" is known. Visitors can explore a sleeper car by walking through the dining car and find out what first-class travel was like, by watching the first-class compartment and watching a movie that records the train ride. The museum also offers an extensive educational program for students to learn more about railway history. This includes re-enactments, costumed documents and train journeys.
125 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814, Phone: 916-445-7387
2. Powerhouse Science Center
The Powerhouse Science Center is an interactive, family-friendly natural history museum with a number of exhibits from nature, practical stations for science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as extra-curricular programs. The science center is located on a 1.2-hectare nature park with old Heritage Oak trees and a quiet wildlife pond in northern Sacramento. It offers the Challenger Learning Center with classrooms and learning laboratories, ultra-modern exhibits and live animal presentations. and the only public planetarium in town. The Powerhouse Science Center can be rented for special events and events for up to 14 people.
Discovery Campus, 3615 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95821, Phone: 916-808-3942
3rd Sacramento Children’s Museum
The Sacramento Children’s Museum (SCM) aims to inspire children to discover and learn through interactive and immersive play. The 7,000 Museum is located in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento, and offers children and families a range of significant discovery experiences that aim to develop basic skills and promote the love of learning. Practical activities in the museum that have been developed for children up to eight years of age include experimenting with balls in slides to explore gravity, playing with pressurized tubes and artificial currents, and painting and handicrafts. The impressive exhibits include a small grocery store and a child-friendly city for role-playing.
2701 Prospect Park Dr., Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, Phone: 916-638-7225
4. Explorit Science Center
The Explorit Science Center is a science museum designed to arouse curiosity about science and nature through research and discovery. The non-profit, family-friendly facility offers a wealth of fun in science in the form of interactive activities and programs, such as permanent and changing public exhibitions, courses and workshops on current exhibitions and other topics, family weekends, presentations, lectures and symposia, science clubs and summer camps. With the aim of arousing a permanent curiosity and a lasting interest in science and nature, the center also offers travel programs such as teaching and leisure programs, family science evenings in schools, science meetings, teacher workshops and science talks by subject matter experts.
3141 5th St, Davis, CA 95618, phone: 530-756-0191
5. Sacramento History Museum
The Sacramento History Museum is dedicated to portraying the history of Sacramento and the California gold rush, and the contribution of the historical era to the region’s cultural heritage. Located in Old Sacramento, near the Sacramento River, the museum is housed in a beautifully preserved building that mimics the 1854 City Hall and Sacramento Waterworks with a two-story facade with 14-foot gullwing doors. The museum’s exhibits include exhibitions on the gold rush and mining of the time, the fur-trapping industry, local agriculture and the cultural heritage of the Nisenan and Maidu Indian Nations.
101 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, Phone: 916-808-7059
6. Fairytale city
Fairytale Town is a permanent children’s play park on an area of over 30,000 square meters and an open-air children’s museum with a themed booklet that offers a petting area for animals, beautiful gardens and a casual café. Fairytale Town is located in William Land Park in Sacramento and has been a safe place for children and their families to introduce, play and learn for more than 3.5 years. The park is home to over 50 bright and colorful play sets that encourage creativity and provide a backdrop for children to replay their favorite fairy tales and nursery rhymes. The park also has two stages for the performing arts, beautiful gardens to explore and a friendly herd of farm animals.
3901 Land Park Dr., Sacramento, CA 95822, Phone: 916-808-7462
7. Sacramento Zoo
Sacramento Zoo is located in William Land Park and is one of the leading conservation institutions and wildlife sanctuaries created to connect wildlife and nature through education, recreation and conservation. The zoo is home to over 500 animals representing more than 120 species, including native, rare and endangered animals. It not only offers natural habitats for these animals, but also provides veterinary care, well-being and treatment for sick and injured animals. The zoo also has animal training that focuses on animal behavior. It is a varied and far-reaching craft that improves the life of animals. There is also an information center at the zoo where certain animals play a role in the zoo’s educational programs by participating in stage shows for wildlife and visiting schools on ZooMobiles.
3930 W Land Park Dr., Sacramento, CA 95822, Phone: 916-808-5888
8. Effie Yeaw Nature Center
The Effie Yeaw Nature Center is an award-winning natural oasis and a center for environmental and cultural education. It is located in 100 hectares of oak forest on the American River Parkway in Carmichael. The center was developed to bring visitors closer to the region’s rich history and heritage while explaining the importance of protecting and conserving the natural environment. It offers a number of informative exhibits, animal demonstrations and various educational trails. The surrounding nature reserve is home to acres of pristine riparian forests, native and non-native plants and animals, and a replica of a village built by the Nisenan Maidu indigenous people who used this area in the summer months. A well-tended garden with flowering plants is located next to the natural playground in front of the center, and several nature trails offer a unique perspective on the different habitats.
2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael, CA 95608, Phone: 916-489-4918
Funderland is a family-friendly amusement park on two hectares in historic William Land with nine child-sized rides and slides, including a classic carousel, climbing and play equipment, and adventurous photo ops. Opened in 1946, this understated attraction is next to Fairytale Town and the Sacramento Zoo and is the perfect place to spend the day with young children who can climb aboard vehicles of all kinds, from boats and plants to cars and train, ride the Flying Dragon roller coaster, ride the classic wooden run and zoom around in backroad buggies. Funderland can also be rented for private celebrations, parties and other special occasions.
1350 17th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95822, Phone: 916-456-0131
10. McKinley Park
McKinley Park is a relaxing nature reserve with a range of amenities for visitors of all ages. A colorful, individually designed playground features a historic archway for the Alhambra Theater, a street car, a river boat, a large tree house, a tower bridge and a large climbing wall, all based on the rich history of East Sacramento. Other park amenities include basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a climbing wall, a softball field, a swimming and paddling pool, and an asphalt jogging path. The park also has a community center, a garden and art center, several shaded picnic areas with tables and benches, a lot, an adventure play area for toddlers and toddlers, and modern toilets.
601 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816, Phone: 916-808-6060
11. Capitol bowl
Capitol Bowl is a family-friendly bowling alley in West Sacramento that features an award-winning bowling alley, flat-screen TV with sports games, a casual bar and grill restaurant, live music and karaoke nights, and a large arcade. A bowling league and tournaments are held throughout the year in the Capitol Bowl. Family and friends can also enjoy bowling, live music, great food and fun. In the bowling alley there is also a bowling alley with special lighting, parties and league nights. Caps Bar and Grill serves casual dishes like pizza, burgers, sandwiches and other snacks, and a full-service bar offers a variety of drinks.
900 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento, California 95691, Phone: 916-371-4200
12. Frenzied water Sacramento
Raging Waters Sacramento is a family-friendly water park on the Cal Expo grounds in the heart of Sacramento. It offers more than 25 thrilling water attractions, rides and slides, swimming and paddling pools, as well as a range of fun activities for visitors of all ages. Formerly known as Waterworld USA and Six Flags Waterworld, the water park offers breathtaking rides like Cliffhanger Speed Slides, Hurricane, Splashdown, Breaker Beach Wave Pool and the famous Shark Attack Waterslide complex. The Calypso Cooler Lazy River and tree house reef offer more laid-back fun, and a new five-story water attraction for young children includes secret tubes, water slides, hidden tubes, and hundreds of water activities.
1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815, Phone: 916-924-3747
13. ComedySportz Sacramento
ComedySportz® is a theater and comedy club that offers public and private comedy shows, comedy courses and professional comedian training. ComedySportz® Sacramento was founded by Chris Crotty and is based in a permanent theater. Every week there are improvisation comedy competitions and late shows that the audience can enjoy. ComedySportz® Education offers comedy training programs for students from all over the world with entertaining, supportive courses in which aspiring comedians learn improvised thinking, how to gain confidence, develop business soft skills and get to know people.
2230 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, Phone: 916-243-8541
14. The California Aerospace Museum
The California Aviation and Space Museum is dedicated to all things aviation and shows amazing exhibits of authentic military and civil aircraft, as well as replicas of spacecraft. On the site of the former McClellan Air Force Base in north highland, the Aerospace Museum of California presents meticulously restored aircraft such as a fully restored 1932 Curtiss Wright biplane, a MIG-17PF, a B-14 biplane and a World War II bomber. Visitors can also play pilots and drive realistic flight zone simulators, enjoy movies, scavenger hunts and STEM activities such as building block competitions. The Aerospace Museum of California is open Tuesday through Sunday.
3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan, CA, phone: 916-643-3192
15. Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is an unspoiled nature reserve and a paradise for bird watchers in the Yolo Bypass in the Yolo district. The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to preserve the Yolo Basin habitats, is home to scenic farmland and lush wetlands that attract a variety of bird species, including songbirds, waterfowl, and pheasant on migratory birds and birds of prey. Local and wild rice is currently being grown in the vicinity of 16,600 acres, which offers a winter buffet for migratory ducks and geese and enables excellent bird watching all year round.
45211 Co Rd 32B, Davis, CA 95618, phone: 916-445-0411
16. Lake Natoma
Lake Natoma is a recreational lake in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area between the Folsom and Nimbus Dam on the Lower American River in Sacramento County. The lake is a popular place for outdoor recreation and for water sports activities such as swimming, kayaking, canoeing, rowing and motor boating without wake. The Sacramento State Aquatic Center is located in Lake Natoma and hosts several rowing championships throughout the year. The lake is surrounded by a paved bike and jogging path, which also has unpaved bridle paths. Other attractions around the lake include the African-American gold rush mining camp known as Negro Bar in Folsom and the California historic site of the Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park, where an early hydroelectric power plant is preserved.
Sacramento County, California
17th Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Sacramento River Valley in Northern California and is one of five conservation areas that make up the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge is home to a variety of wildlife and bird species, including water birds, ducks, geese, and birds of prey such as bald eagles and peregrine falcons. The refuge can be explored on a ten kilometer car tour with three viewpoints or two easy hiking trails through the park. A modern visitor center offers an animal exhibition, a discovery room and a bookshop.
752 Co Rd 99W, Willows, CA 95988, phone: 530-934-2801
18. Nimbus fish fry
The Nimbus hatchery is run by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and runs an artificial reproduction and hatching program for salmon and steelhead spawn, the natural habitats of which were destroyed by the construction of the Nimbus Dam in 1955. The program also aims to support river and marine fisheries by helping Chinook salmon and steelhead trout to hatch naturally for release into the American River. The Nimbus hatchery visitor center, east of Sacramento County, offers a range of educational activities for visitors of all ages aimed at promoting and promoting environmental conservation and emphasizing the importance of preserving these fish’s natural habitats. There is also a nature trail along the American River where you can spot native wildlife and birds.
2001 Nimbus Rd, Gold River, California 95670, Phone: 916-358-2884
19. ArtBeast children’s studio
The Art Beast Children’s Studio is a creative arts center and a unique art exploration environment where children up to seven years old can explore different arts. The studio, which opened in 2009, offers toddlers and their families an extensive space to exchange art experiences and to be interested in the world of art. The studio has art exploration rooms and an open studio area where courses and workshops are offered weekly for children and their families. Monthly membership packages include unlimited studio and game time with weekly classes. The studio is open daily for members and visitors from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
2226 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816, Phone: 916-441-1233
20. West Wind Drive-In
The West Wind Drive-In is a retro-style cinema experience that shows the latest releases with sound fed into cars via FM radio. The family-owned and operated drive-in theater offers a unique and historic piece of Americana. It first opened in 1952 and has grown into the largest drive-in theater chain in the world. The family-friendly drive-in offers an old-school drive-in atmosphere with modern technologies such as large digital projection screens with crystal-clear images and surround sound, which is broadcast in cars via FM radio stations. Fully stocked snack bars offer food and drink, and amusement arcades and playgrounds provide alternative fun for young visitors before and after the show.
9616 Oates Dr., Sacramento, CA 95827, phone: 916-363-6572
21. Gunther’s ice cream
Gunther’s Ice Cream is an old Caf? with retro decor that serves homemade ice cream in different flavors, ice milk, sorbets, sorbets, yoghurt and frozen fruit juices. The cozy café? It also serves a menu of light dishes and sweet treats like milkshakes, sundaes, Hawaiian flake ice and locally roasted coffee, as well as sandwiches, ice cream cakes, and pies. Gunther’s Ice Cream is suitable for special occasions such as birthday parties and other celebrations and also runs a wholesale business. Gunther’s Ice Cream is open seven days a week.
2801 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818, Phone: 916-457-6646
22. Andy’s Candy Pharmacist
Andy’s Candy Apothecary is a classic candy store that is filled to the brim with a large selection of homemade and modern sweets, unique sweets and confectionery. The pastry shop and traditional candy store are located on 9th Street in the heart of Sacramento and sell handmade quality chocolates and various types of sweets, including truffles, handmade marshmallows, handmade chocolates and themed chocolates, s’mores, caramels and chocolate-sprinkled popcorn bags , Typical sweets include handmade French macarons, hand-made chocolates; For special occasions and celebrations, truffles and rich caramels as well as special gift packaging are offered.
1012 9th St, Sacramento, CA 95814, phone: 916-905-4115
23. Friends of the Sacramento Public Library
The Friends of the Sacramento Public Library Library is a warehouse of the Sacramento Public Library that sells used books, magazines, CDs, and more. The Book Den Warehouse is located at 8250 Belvedere Ave., Suite E, between Power Inn and Florin-Perkins Roads and offers book sales all year round. The proceeds will go to materials and programs from the Sacramento Public Library. Free parking spaces are available in front of the warehouse. For sales information, see the Sacramento Public Library website or the library.
8250 Belvedere Ave E, Sacramento, CA 95826, Phone: 916-731-8493
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