10 Fun Kid-Friendly Places to Visit in and Around Sacramento

There’s a wealth of experiences to be had in Sacramento, California, particularly those for visiting families looking to make fun memories with the kids. 

Sacramento is home to affordable hotels, family restaurants of all kinds, as well as opportunities for recreation so the young ones can unplug for a change and enjoy spending time with the rest of the family.

Let’s dive right into our list of ten highly recommended kid-friendly spots to visit next time you’re with the little ones in Sacramento:

1. The Aerospace Museum Of California

The McClellan Air Force Base used to be a fighter modification and repair facility, but now it’s home to the Aerospace Museum of California, a great place for anyone to learn and get inspired with the dozens of aircraft on display, including some serious military hardware.


For the kids, there are also interactive STEM exhibits and hundreds of other aviation and aerospace artifacts on site. Look out for special event days such as the Armed Forces Open Cockpit Day where you can actually climb into the seats of some of the featured aircraft on display!

The Aerospace Museum Of California

3200 Freedom Park Dr, McClellan Park, CA 95652

+1 916-643-3192

Visit the official website, and check out the Aerospace Museum of California on Facebook as well as on Instagram.

2. Art Beast Children’s Art Studio

Take the kids to the Art Beast Children’s Art Studio so they can tap into their inner Picassos through arts and crafts. Open daily, the Art Beast Children’s Art Studio has classes and art camps, as well as specialized play areas where kids can work with a wide variety of mediums for fun.

Art Beast Children’s Art Studio

2226 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816, United States

+1 916-441-1233

Visit the official website, and check out the Art Beast Children’s Art Studio on Facebook as well as on Instagram.

3. Beach Lake Stables

Give horseback riding a go at Beach Lake Stables, a family-owned and operated barn that offers lessons, as well as boarding and other fun equestrian activities for riders of all skill levels and ages.

Beach Lake Stables

8685 S River Rd, Sacramento, CA 95832, United States

+1 916-665-1818

Visit the official website, and check out the Beach Lake Stables on Facebook.

4. California State Railroad Museum

If you love trains, then you’re gonna have a blast at the California State Railroad Museum. On display are many authentic locomotives as well as model trains and other interesting showcase pieces.

You can even take a ride on the Sacramento Southern Excursion Train at the depot in Old Sacramento for an authentic train-riding experience. 

California State Railroad Museum

125 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States

+1 916-445-7387

Visit the official website, and check out the California State Railroad Museum on Facebook as well as on Instagram.

5. Fairytale Town

Fun fact: Fairytale Town has been around for more than 60 years now, giving kids (and kids-at-heart) a safe place to play, learn, and let their imaginations run wild. 

Fairytale Town has 26 playsets based on classic nursery rhymes and fairytales, a friendly flock of farm animals, two performing arts stages, and several gardens. 

Fairytale Town 

3901 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822, United States

+1 916-808-5233

Visit the official website, and check out Fairytale Town on Facebook as well as on Instagram.

6. Funderland Amusement Park

It’s known as “The Funnest Little Place in the Land’– and Funderland Amusement Park certainly has much to offer in terms of kid-sized thrills. With nine exciting amusement rides, a concession stand, and the occasional promotional event or activity, Funderland is a great place to bring the kids.

Funderland is also conveniently located in William Land Park next to the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town.

Funderland Amusement Park

1350 17th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95822, United States

+1 916-456-0131

Visit the official website, and check out Funderland Amusement Park on Facebook as well as on Instagram.

7. K1 Speed – Indoor Go-Karts

K1 Speed is the place to race– with go-karts both kids and grown-ups can enjoy! So when you feel the need for speed, take the whole family to the K1 Speedway, buckle up, and race each other to get out of doing chores.

K1 Speed – Indoor Go-Karts

3130 Bradshaw Rd, Sacramento, CA 95827, United States

+1 916-368-7223

Visit the official website, and check out K1 Speed Sacramento on Facebook as well as on Instagram.

8, Powerhouse Science Center

Once known as the Discovery Museum, the Powerhouse Science Center continues to be the Sacramento region’s premier educational institutions with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and hands-on learning. 

Exhibit highlights include a planetarium, a rocket flight simulator, fossils and other archeological relics, a robotics lab, and reptiles and other creatures on display, among others. 

Powerhouse Science Center

3615 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95821, United States

+1 916-674-5000

Visit the official website, and check out the Powerhouse Science Center on Facebook as well as on Instagram.

A9007 Powerhouse Science Center, 2018

9. Safetyville USA

Here’s an interesting concept: a miniature city designed for kids where they can explore and interact, and learn about safety. This is Safetyville USA, a fun place for the little ones to learn real-world safety scenarios such as what to do in the event of a fire, or what to do when approached by a stranger, and so much more.

Safetyville USA

3909 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento, CA 95827

+1 800-825-7262 and +1 916-366-7233

Visit the official website, and check out Safetyville USA on Facebook as well as on Instagram.

10. Scandia Family Fun Center

What’s there to do at the Scandia Family Fun Center? You can go for the rides like the Baltic Sea Bumper Boats or the Crazy Dane Coaster. You can also hit the video game arcade, have a go at the batting cages, or get in a round or two of miniature golf.

Scandia Family Fun Center

5070 Hillsdale Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95842, United States

+1 916-331-5757

Visit the official website, and check out the Scandia Family Fun Center on Facebook.

A Final Word on Kid-Friendly Places In and Around Sacramento

This is by no means a complete list, and there are other museums, heritage sites, public parks, and other things to do while you’re in Sacramento.

When you’re planning your family day, do take the time to give these establishments a call to check for available promotional activities or events. Some of these places might also have different operating hours on holidays or other special occasions.

Finally, Sacramento has a lot of public spaces where you can relax and have a fun family picnic, such as the Capitol and Discovery Park, among many others.