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
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
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
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
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.
3901 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822, United States
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
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
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
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.
3909 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento, CA 95827
+1 800-825-7262 and +1 916-366-7233
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
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.