Lockewood Acres is an organic farm providing fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat and honey to Vacaville and the surrounding areas. Lockewood Acres...More Info
If you are looking for things to do in Northern California with kids, Vacaville is home to attractions for kids of all ages.
Vacaville prides itself on being one of Northern California’s most family-friendly destinations. You and your children will love our selection of local attractions, fun events and celebrations, and parks and picnic areas. Visit the tasty and magical world of the Jelly Belly Factory or the largest rock and mineral store in the West. Attend one of our exciting food festivals or historic celebrations. In Vacaville, boredom is hard to come by.
Northern California Family Activities
Are you ready to do family activities Northern California style? With a warm Mediterranean climate, outdoor activities in Vacaville are possible nearly year-round, like skating at Three Oaks Skate Park, riding the water slides at the Aquatic Center, or playing the day away at Magnolia Park. Vacaville is an excellent place to commune with mother nature by trekking the hiking trails that lead to awe-inspiring vista points, excellent for watching the sunset. You’ll even discover hidden tree swings at the peaks of a few well-known trails, the perfect ending to an epic ascent. Find these and even more ways to explore the outdoors like a VacaKid in our outdoor explorer's guide.
You can’t mention kid-friendly California vacations without bringing up California’s Legendary Roadstop. The Nut Tree Plaza combines, shopping, dining, and the ultimate outdoor play area. Kids can play a round of giant chess, ride the historic train, and take a spin on the carousel. That’s just the beginning: kiddos love stopping off at the Jelly Belly Outlet or Fenton’s Creamery located just across from the Plaza for a sweet treat!
Vacaville also has plenty of thrilling indoor activities that will leave the kids raving. Some exciting options are the glow-in-the-dark air hockey tables at Stars Recreation Center, immersive virtual experiences at Outer Limits Virtual Reality, and hands-on learning at Imagine That!, a STEAM museum that offers interactive exhibits that simultaneously teach and entertain. Once those are checked off the list head to the Center for Freedom and Flight for a high-flying adventure, practice your figure 8’s at Vacaville Ice Sports, and bounce off the walls at Rockin’ Jump indoor trampoline park.
When it comes to kid-friendly family vacations, Vacaville is the spot to be. Being centrally located along the I-80 corridor, Vacaville offers great opportunities for day trips into neighboring areas. Whether heading to the beach in the bay area or visiting Fairytale Town in Sacramento, adventures are well within reach. Other notable stops on the list of kid-friendly vacations include Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo and the Western Railway Museum in Suisun City.
Family-Friendly Events in Vacaville
Vacaville is known for its family-friendly events where kids can let loose and parents can revisit their fondest childhood memories. Annual events and fairs like KidFest, Fiesta Days, the summertime Creekwalk Concert Series, Kids Day at the Adobe, Merriment on Main, Children's StoryTime at Bounty Books, and VACA Arts Week are staples of family entertainment with an open invitation extended to visitors and locals alike.
In the Nut Tree Plaza, visitors will find nearly year-round events for kids like Fall Family Fun Time, Easter Bunny visits, Summer Kick-off Party, and Saturday afternoon crafts and music in the Plaza. It’s also a great place to reserve for a children’s birthday party. Make everyone happy by planning your next family trip to Vacaville!
Check out the Events Calendar for a full listing of events.
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Located in Vacaville's beautiful and unspoiled Pleasants Valley, Morningsun Herb Farm carries a full line of culinary, medicinal and landscaping herbs...More Info
Always Best Care combines national strength and standards with local accessibility and personal service. The local owner and operator of Always Best...More Info
Home of the Downtown Creekwalk, this park features year round special events. This 17.9 acre park also includes the Great Wonders Playground, a trail...More Info
Beat the room is an escape room experience located in Vacaville, California. The themed rooms are designed for 2-8 people to be challenged to solve...More Info
Welcome to Bella Terra where you can paint and create your own ceramic masterpiece, take a canvas class, or host your own art-themed party!
From Bounty Books:
"Bounty Books wants to serve readers by giving them the ultimate experience when looking for the next adventure they can immerse...More Info
The mission of the Center for Freedom and Flight is to honor America’s aviation heroes and technology of the past, present and future. Visit the museum...More Info
Christiane Noelting and her team provide full-service training based on the Classical German Training Methods. These Methods are based on the Training...More Info
High atop Mount Vaca on the border of California’s Napa and Solano Counties, Denise Revel (aka Girl on the Hill) grows Malbec grapes and lavender at...More Info
Imagine That! is Vacaville's first STEAM museum for kids of all ages to play, imagine, create, and explore! In addition to an exciting array of...More Info
Step into our factory and smell the aroma of chocolate, apricot, cinnamon or pineapple, whatever is being cooked up that day. A visit to...
Sign up for a whole week of action-packed outdoor adventure at Lagoon Valley Rescue Adventure Camp, where campers ages 8-18 can learn archery,...More Info
The Lucky Ones Ranch is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Proceeds go to the care and feed of the animals.
The Ranch is nestled in...More Info
The Midway Paintball Facility is Northern California's premier family fun paintball center. You will find 6 unique courses on just under 25...More Info
From the simple road stop and the vintage family entertainment venue that it used to be, Nut Tree is now all grown up with contemporary retailers and...More Info
Bringing the latest generations of Virtual Reality technology to the masses! With an ever-expanding list of action, adventure, education, and cinematic...More Info
Just off I-80 in Vacaville you’ll find beautiful Pena Adobe & Lagoon Valley Park. With over 470 acres of unspoiled hiking and biking trails featuring...More Info
Rockin’ Jump is the Ultimate Trampoline park providing fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. We offer Fitness and Competition Disguised as Fun!
School of Rock is a music school for all skill levels, ages, and musical aspirations. With students ranging from toddlers to adults, School of Rock is...More Info
Northern California's only facility combining an oceanarium, wildlife and theme parks. Family-friendly Six Flags Discovery Kingdom covers 135 acres...More Info
Stars Recreation Center features fun entertainment for the whole family, including bowling, laser tag, restaurant & bar, banquet/party facilities,...More Info
Stone Core Ninja Fitness Academy is a gym located within the Leisure Town Plaza. It's inspired by the hit TV show American Ninja Warrior. They teach...More Info
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