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.
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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.
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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.