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25 Best Things To Do In Sacramento With A Family

From the top of the slopes to the gardens of a fairytale, there are enough things to do in Sacramento for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Kris Norton

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1. Live Happily Ever After At Fairytale Town

Actors dressed as characters from Aladdin

Source: Fairytale Town Facebook

This fairytale-come-to-life theme park features three-dimensional theater sets and play gardens based on all the classics, bringing imagination to life.

Kids love the fun and adults love the quirky but always age-appropriate setting.

2. Turn The Kids Into Little Art Beasts

Children painting on a wall

Source: Art Beast Children’s Studio Facebook

Art Beast Children’s Studio is much more than just an arts and crafts hour. Open daily, kids can explore their inner artists with a wide variety of mediums to try in the various exploration rooms.

3. Monkey Around At The Sacramento Zoo

Kids make crafts

Source: Sacramento Zoo Facebook

Have fun together at the overnight family safaris, make new friends at summer camp, or jam with the giraffes during the jazz concerts, or just explore the 140 native, rare, and endangered species at the Sacramento Zoo.

4. Find A Kid-Friendly Wonderland At Funderland

A mother and baby on a theme park ride

Source: Funderland Amusement Park Facebook

Tired of visiting amusement parks just to get stuck in the one corner where the kiddie rides are? Funderland is the amusement park that calls itself the Funnest Little Place In The Land, and every Wednesday through most summer months, parents ride for free.

5. Get In The Saddle At Beach Lake Stables

A person on a horse jumps over an obstacle

Source: Beach Lake Stables Facebook

Want to give horseback riding a go? Visit Beach Lake Stables, a family barn that offers lessons, trails, boarding and endless equestrian fun for the whole family.

6. All Aboard At The California State Railroad Museum

People boarding a train

Source: California State Railroad Museum Facebook

Train lovers will be in heaven among the many authentic locomotives and model trains on display at the California State Railroad Museum.

You can also take a ride along the Sacramento River on the Sacramento Southern Excursion Train every Saturday at the depot in Old Sacramento.

7. Pack A Picnic And Enjoy The Day At The Park

A man sits on a park bench

Source: Living New Deal

William Land Park is the perfect spot in Sacramento to go for a family picnic. Bring the kids in their bathing suits, too, so they can take a dip in the William Land Park Play Pool.

8. Buy Some Peanuts And Cracker Jacks At A River Cats Ball Game

A family at a baseball game

Source: Sacramento River Cats Facebook

Scarf down some jumbo sized hot dogs, catch the fireworks, and root for the home team at Raley Field for a River Cats game to enjoy an all-American tradition.

9. Turn Sacramento Into A Giant Game Board

A mother and son pose with a piece of the Giza Pyramid

Source: Urban Adventure Quest Facebook

Urban Adventure Quest turns the whole city into a game, mixing Amazing Race-style fun with a tour of the city.

The scavenger hunt adventure is available 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset and families can play at their own pace, going from the Capitol grounds to Old Town, solving clues and making memories.

10. Go Down The River Wild

People white water raft

Source: Joshua Poleo Facebook

When you’re looking for some thrills, there’s no better place to find them than hitting the American River.

Whitewater rafting adventures are available through a variety of companies, creating a memorable day of fun for anyone in the family ages 6 to 106.

11. Find Fun That Is Out Of This World

Kids on a simulated NASA mission

Source: Discovery Museum & Science Space Center Facebook

Reach for the stars in the planetarium, become an astronaut and launch into space in the cockpit of your very own rocket during a simulated NASA mission, uncover relics and fossils in an archaeology dig, learn about robotics, and much more at the Discovery Museum & Science Space Center.

12. You’ll Never Get Dirty Looks At The Children’s Museum

Girls pose with Disney princesses Anna and Elsa

Source: Sacramento Children’s Museum Facebook

Young kids are free to be kids at the Sacramento Children’s Museum where they can play, laugh, and learn all in the company with kids their age. Giant sandbox included.

13. Teach The Little Ones How To Stay Safe

A crossing guard guides kids across the street

Source: Safetyville USA Facebook

Safetyville USA is a miniature city modeled for children to explore in an interactive way and to teach them all about safety, like the rules of the road, bicycle riding techniques, what to do in a fire, and stranger danger.

It’s fun for kids, and you can rest easier knowing that your kids are better prepared for the world.

14. Channel All The Fidgets Into A Fun Day At The Fun Center

Two people on a theme park ride

Source: Scandia Family Fun Center Facebook

At Scandia Family Fun Center, you can hit the batting cages, get in a round or two of miniature golf, show off your gaming skills in the arcade, or even jump on the bumper boats, where your kiddo can take out all that aggression he’s had for his sister this week.

15. Take Flight At The Aerospace Museum Of California

A boy sits in a fighter jet

Source: Aerospace Museum of California Facebook

Tour the variety of planes on display at the Aerospace Museum of California. Check the calendar for special event days like Armed Forces Open Cockpit Day where you can climb in the seats of some of the featured planes.

16. Find Out How Low In Sacramento You Can Go

People pose in front of the Sacramento History Museum

Source: Sacramento Underground Tour Facebook

You might think that kids these days are only interested in video games and computer screens. But let the tour guides take you on an underground tour of the city and you’ll discover how cool they’ll find history, too.

17. Discover Just How Creepy Sacramento Can Be

W woman dressed as an Old West ghost

Source: Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Facebook

If you like learning about your city with a creepy twist, Sacramento is filled with spooky fun. Bring the older kids for the City Cemetery Lantern Tour in the Old City Cemetery, walk the Ghost Tours in Old Sacramento, or hop aboard the Spookomotive.

The younger kids can enjoy events like the Giant Pumpkin Festival in Elk Grove Regional Park, the Halloween Haunt at Safetyville USA, and the night of 1,000 Pumpkins at Folsom Historic District.

18. Get Ready To Scream For Ice Cream

A family eats sundaes

Source: Gunther’s Ice Cream Established April 1940 Facebook

Gunther’s is a frozen Sacramento institution. Kids can enjoy the massive cones and sundaes while you inhale one of their famous Fruit Freezes.

19. Race The Day Away

People race go-karts at a RedBull event

Source: K1 Speed

When the day isn’t going as fast as you want it to, head to K1 Speedway with the family, take the wheel, and race each other to get out of doing dishes.

20. Hit The Rink

People ice skate

Source: Gunther’s Ice Cream Established April 1940

Make winter as wintery as you can by lacing up some skates and hitting the ice rinks. In Sacramento, you’ll find the Iceland Skating Rink, Skatetown, and the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink.

21. Take Up Snowboarding Together

People ride a ski lift

Source: Donner Ski Ranch Facebook

The slopes around Sacramento are a great way to spend time together and many places offer inexpensive lift tickets for kids and some even invite kids under five years old to ski free.

Check out Donner Ski Ranch, Soda Springs, Sierra At Tahoe, and Sugar Bowl, among many others.

22. Rev Them While They’re Young

A girl exmaines an engine

Source: California Automobile Museum Facebook

With over 150 shiny vehicles in 72,000 square feet of space with special events and hands-on learning, parents and kids both enjoy their time spent at the California Automobile Museum.

23. Take Them For A Dinner Of Pizza And Games

People ride bumper cars

Source: John’s Incredible Pizza Company Facebook

John’s Incredible Pizza offers solid food, over 100 games, and rides for kids and adults to enjoy all in the time it would take for a stuffy restaurant to bring out your food.

24. Get Lost In Story Time At The Library

Kids browse for books in a library

Source: Sacramento Public Library Facebook

If you don’t have a card to the Sacramento Public Library, then you need to change that ASAP. It’s a great resource for people of all ages.

Make sure to bring the younger kids to storytime where they can learn a love for reading early on and make some friends.

25. Party At The Farm

Kids ride in a wagon and pick blueberries

Source: Apple Hill Growers Association Facebook

Pick your own fruit and pumpkins, run a seasonal 5k, or drink some local wine at Apple Hill Farms with the family to get away from the city life for the day.

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