Fun Family Attractions In California


So Much To See!  —  So Much To Do!

Fun Family Attractions In California

Are you looking for some fun adventures or activities to enjoy with the whole family when boredom strikes or on you next excursion, vacation, weekend getaway or day trip in California? There is definitely no shortage of things to do in California that the whole family can enjoy together. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, you’ve come to the right place for a preview of what’s out there to enjoy with the kids of all ages.

Seasonal change is in the air as well as on the calendar – literally – Spring has arrived  and Spring Break is just around the corner – temperatures are on the rise and families are now beginning to make plans for the warmer months ahead for things to do and places to go with the kids  Here you will find a fairly comprehensive directory and guide to family oriented adventures, amusements and fun attractions throughout the state of California. Included are attractions that are educational, fun, interactive, adventurous, competitive, sports-minded, exciting, and relaxing.  Many listings promote imagination, physical fitness and social interaction.

The following listings include, but are not necessarily limited to, amusement parks, family fun centers, water parks, wildlife parks, zoos, aquariums, guided tours, “hands-on” interactive children’s museums, kid activity centers, family-oriented museums , exceptional parks, go-karts, train rides, miniature golf, larger arcades, ticket redemption centers, “soft-play” (bounce house type) play centers, a few laser tag centers, a few exceptional paintball arenas, a few aquatic centers that feature waterslides or water features, caverns that offer tours, winter resorts that offer snow-play attractions, and also unusual or unique attractions that may be geared towards kids or those that may appeal to all ages within the family or group. Lots of lesser known places of interest (other than by locals) have also been included here.

Now I’m also keenly aware that there are bound to be additional attractions out there that I may not be aware of yet but would appreciate your input in letting me know those favorites of yours that I haven’t included yet. None-the-less, this should give you a decent selection of  places to check out before planning your next weekend getaway, road trip or family vacation.

I strongly encourage you to check out the individual attraction’s websites before planning a visit as quite a few of these listings are seasonal and subject to reduced hours  or days open – also there are a few requiring appointments or reservations in advance. Most will charge an admission or entrance fee… bearing in mind that virtually every one of these do have overhead expenses that keep them in business, or operating properly – while some are non-profit and depend upon public support (suggested donations) or funding of some sort to keep their doors open.  A few are even free of charge or have discounted admission days or times.

Now you have no excuse — so go ahead — the weather now is ideal to get out there and enjoy some of these with your family and friends!

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* You should find these listings to be quite up-to-date (as of  March/April/2010) as I have personally verified each and every website individually before their inclusion here. Updates continue into Jan/Feb 2011

** You should also be aware that businesses (both profit and non-profit) open and close all the time and things do change so if you come across a site with a dead link since my original posting, let me know and I’ll try to update it ASAP.

*** As an added note —  There are bound to be family oriented attractions that I’ve overlooked so if you know of any, please drop me a comment at the bottom of this page and let me know.

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With California as large as it is — I decided to list locations alphabetically by county first — then by city — to make research a little easier — Hope this helps narrow down a focus area for you to make your planning easier.



Map Courtesy of Digital Map Store

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This is a continuous WORK IN PROGRESS that will never really be complete but should instead be very comprehensive. I try to verify all listings and links before adding them to this massive directory/list

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Fun  Family  Attractions  In  California

Alameda County

AlamedaCrab Cove Visitor Center @ Crown Memorial State Beach

AlamedaPacific Pinball Museum

BerkeleyAdventure Playground @ The Berkeley Marina – a wonderfully unique outdoor facility where staff encourage children to play and build creatively –  Come climb on the many unusual kid designed and built forts, boats, and towers –  Ride the zip line or hammer, saw, and paint.

Berkeley Habitot Children’s Museum

Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science @ UC Berkeley

BerkeleyStudio Grow Children’s Play Space

BerkeleyTilden Regional Park & Nature Area – featuring a Steam Train, Antique Carousel, Little Farm & Environmental Education Center

Castro ValleyGolden Tee Golfland Family Fun Center

DanvilleBlackhawk Automotive Museum

DublinEarl Anthony’s Dublin Bowlfull video arcade inside

EmeryvilleTriple Play USA

FremontAqua Adventure Waterpark

FremontArdenwood Historic Farm & Patterson House Imagine a fully-functioning 1890s farm preserved in a modern world – Your family can actually: Join in doing old-fashioned farm chores, Visit a cow or a sheep, Try their hand at turn-of-the-century crafts, Sample a cookie freshly cooked in a wood-burning stove, Ride a horse-drawn railroad, Tour a fully-restored Victorian farmhouse

FremontCloverleaf Family Bowl

FremontLeMans Karting – Indoor Go-Kart Racing

FremontNiles Canyon Railway Train Excursions & Museum

HaywardKennedy Parkfeaturing Merry-Go-Round, Triple Pines Ranch (petting zoo), Bounce, Train Rides, Pony Rides

LivermoreBoomers! Livermore formerly Camelot Park

Livermore Lawrence Livermore Lab/Discovery Center

LivermoreUmigo Indoor Kart Racing

NewarkKids Castle Fun & Entertainment Center

OaklandChabot Space & Science Center

OaklandChildren’s Fairyland on the shores of Lake Merritt

OaklandFortune Cookie Factory Tour link to article from San Francisco Chronicle

OaklandJunior Center of Art & Science

OaklandOakland Zoo also includesValley Children’s Zoo @ Knowland Park

OaklandRotary Nature Center & Wildlife Bird Refuge – located inside Lakeside Park @ Lake Merritt

OaklandSadie Dey’s Cafe & Play Center

OaklandUnion Point Park – exciting new  nine-acre waterfront venue located near Coast Guard Island, just south of the Embarcadero area shoreline – featuring sweeping views of the estuary and Union Point Marina; expansive lawns and gardens; spectacular landscape architecture and features; imaginative children’s play structures with a marine theme; and pedestrian and bike paths, some of which are part of the Bay Trail

Pleasanton Bounce UIndoor “softplay” center

PleasantonSuper Franks Fun Adventure – Wholesome Family Entertainmentfeaturing Taught Town (interactive preschool playground), mini-gym play area, and a video and redemption arcade

PleasantonThe Rapids Waterslides @ Shadow Cliffs East Bay Regional Park

Alpine County

Markleeville Old Webster School & Old Log Jail Museum

Amador County

Amador CityWestern Hardrock Mining Museumfeaturing one of the most complete collections of mining and Gold Rush memorabilia on display in the US.

IonePreston CastleBuilt in the 1890’s this is a California State Historical Landmark featuring Public & Private Tours as well as Overnight Ghost Tours as this impressive building is said to be haunted

JacksonAmador County Museum

JacksonKennedy Gold Mine Tour

Pine GroveIndian Grinding Rock State Historic Parkfeaturing the expansive Chaw’se Regional Indian Museumquite a bit to see and do here (more info here)

Pine GroveRoaring Camp Mining Companyfeaturing Gold Panning & Dredging, Guided Tour, camping, cook-outs, water sports, miniature golf course,  playground, Wildlife & Mining Artifacts Museum, Placer Gold Mine – a wonderful outdoor adventure and lots of fun for the entire family

Sutter CreekGold Country Lanes

Sutter CreekSutter Gold Mine Toursfeaturing an underground guided tour, gold panning, gemstone mining and Gold Rush movies

VolcanoBlack Chasm Cavern National Natural Landmarkfeaturing cave exploration, gold panning and gemstone mining

Butte County

ChicoCal Skate Chico – Funland featuring Batting Cages, Miniature Golf & Kids Zone

ChicoCaper Acres Fantasy Playground @ Bidwell Park

ChicoChico Air Museum

ChicoChico Creek Nature Center @ Bidwell Park

ChicoNational Yo-Yo Museum

DurhamBarry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation

DurhamBook Family Farm

ForbestownGold Trader Flat & Yuba-Feather Historical MuseumExhibits include snowshoes for humans and horses, giant saw blades, Maidu and Chinese artifacts, mining implements, antique clothing/furniture, and a working print shop. There is also a replica of an 1870s gold mining town called Gold Trader Flat.

OrovilleFeather River Fish Hatchery & Nature Center

OrovilleTyme To BowlBowling Lanes & Arcade

ParadiseGold Nugget Museum

ParadiseParadise Depot Museum

ParadiseTall Pines Entertainment Center“Your Family Fun Center” bowling & arcade

Calaveras County

ArnoldCalaveras Big Trees State Parkconsidered to be the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California.

Arnold Sierra Nevada Logging Museumindoor & outdoor displays & eqipment

Mountain RanchCalifornia Cavern State Historic Landmarkfeaturing a cave tour, gem mining and gold panning

MurphysMercer Cavern Tours

San AndreasCalaveras County Historical Museumactually two museums spread out in two locations, one in a series of historical buildings downtown (Downtown Museum) and the 2nd called the Red Barn Museum – lots of turn-of-the-century equipment to check out in both locations

VallecitoMoaning Cavern Park “California’s largest public cave chamber” – featuring  a cave tour, cave rappel, climbing tower, twin zip-lines, gold panning and gem mining

Colusa County

ColusaRiverside Lanes Family Fun Center

Contra Costa County

AntiochAntioch Waterpark @ Prewett Family Park

AntiochGolf N Games Family Fun Center

ConcordClayton Valley Bowlarcade room inside

ConcordPixieland Amusement Park

ConcordQ-Zar Laser Tag

ConcordStudio Grow Children’s Play Space

ConcordThe Jungle Fun & Adventure

ConcordWaterWorld California

DanvilleBlackhawk Museum“The Blackhawk Automotive Galleries – Like no place you’ve ever experienced!” – 70,000 sq ft – 4 exhibition galleries – featuring an exhibition of International Automotive Treasures™ displaying historically significant and artistically inspired automobiles from the very earliest to the contemporary for public enjoyment and educational enrichment. In every era there have been cars of special artistic and historic significance built to illustrate new ideas in styling, engineering or performance, or to satisfy a famous celebrity’s individual taste. Many cars are one-of-a-kind “rolling sculptures” conceived by the world’s leading designers and crafted by the most respected coach-building artisans. The exhibition presents over 90 of these great cars as individual works of art.

DanvilleDanville Bowl

El CerritoPlayland Not-At-The-Beach – Museum of Old-Fashion Fun – unique indoor attraction – pay one price & play all day – playable antique penny arcade, carnival games of skills, video games,  interactive displays & exhibits, and magic shows from former amusement parks, world’s fair and other famed attractions of many years ago

PachecoPaddock Bowl

PittsburgSmall World Parkfeaturing a carousel, kiddie rides & playground

RichmondGolden State Model Railroad Museum

Walnut Creek Borges Ranch

Walnut CreekLindsay Wildlife Museum

Del Norte County

Crescent CityNorth Coast Nature Center

Crescent CityOcean World – formerly known as Undersea Gardens

Crescent CityTsunami Bowling Center

Klamath Tour Thru Tree

Klamath Trees of Mystery/Sky Trail/End of the Trail Native American Museumfeaturing the Sky Trail aerial tram, the 49 foot tall Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox (35 feet tall) [Paul Bunyan link] – A walk among the giants – Almost a mile long groomed interpretive trail through the awe-inspiring Redwoods of Northern California. Part of the trail (The Trail of Tall Tales) is devoted to the myth and mythology of Paul Bunyan, America’s larger-than-life logger from the turn of the century. The Sky Trail will take you above the forest canopy for a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime view from the treetops. A shuttle to is available for those who cannot easily walk the trail. Enjoy FREE admission to End of the Trail Native American Museum, one of the largest and very best privately owned collections of Native American artifacts in the world.

Smith RiverRowdy Creek Fish Hatchery

Smith RiverShip Ashore Resort/Gift Shop & MuseumTour through this free museum on the lower deck of an old luxury yacht with an array of local historic artifacts, one of the west coast’s largest shell collections, rocks and minerals, natural history, preserved sea life exhibits, pirate-related exhibits (hands-on “steering” of the vessel  with a lot of real ship “gadgets”) and the famous ‘Pirates Den’ gift shop

El Dorado County

CaminoApple Hill Farm Trails & Ranches – Activities, Attractions & Tours are featured here in this PDF Kid’s Activities brochure link]several locations (50+) along the trail tour through Camino, Placerville & Pollock Pines

ColomaMarshall Gold Discovery State Historic Parkfeaturing a Historic Museum, Visitor Center and gold panningalso check out the historic Olde Coloma Theater for live stage shows

Echo LakesAdventure Mountain Lake Tahoefeaturing a groomed sledding hill and snow play area for the whole family

El DoradoHistoric El Dorado Railroad Museum & Train Parkfuture location – [Facebook page link]

Emerald BayVikingsholm Castle (tour)

PlacervilleHangtown’s Gold Bug Park & Minefeatures two gold mines to explore, Stamp Mill, museum, nature interpretive center and gem panning

Pollock PinesKnotty Pines Lanes

South Lake TahoeExplore Tahoe Visitor & Interpretive Centerlocated at the Heavenly Village Transit Center – opened in 2007 – includes a Children’s Discovery Center

South Lake TahoeFantasy Kingdom Miniature Golf (no website found) link

South Lake TahoeHansen’s Resortfeaturing Snow Tubing & Saucer Hill

South Lake Tahoe/Stateline, NVHeavenly Valley Adventure Peakfeaturing scenic Gondola rides, The Deck Observation Platform, 5 lanes of tubing at the new Tubing Hill, ride Snow Bikes, hike with Snow Shoes, sledding down the kid’s hill

South Lake TahoeHeavenly Village Outdoor Ice Rink & Mini Golf

South Lake TahoeMagic Carpet Miniature Golf (no website found) link

South Lake TahoeTahoe Amusement Park (no website found) – seasonal – current status unknown) go-karts, slide, kiddie rides – Here is an info link from Lake Tahoe Vacation Guide

South Lake TahoeTahoe Bowl“Tahoe’s Favorite Family Fun Center” – Arcade inside

South Lake TahoeTahoe Tot SpotMini Gym & Play Center

South Lake TahoeTaylor Creek Visitor Center/Steam Profile Chamber

Twin BridgesSierra-At-Tahoe Ski Resort/Tubing & Snow Play

Fresno County

ClovisWild Water Adventure Park

DunlapCat Haven Wild Animal Park

Fresno Aquarius Aquariumfuture opening – details and information on website

FresnoBlackbeard’s Family Entertainment CenterThis place seems to have it all! … Attractions includes 3 Miniature Golf Courses, Multiple Waterslides, Speedway Karts, Slick Cart Racing, Bumper Boats, Xtreme Laser Tag, Ropes Adventure Course, Paintball Course, Batting Range, Bankshot Basketball, Cap’n Kids Amusement Rides, Fun Factory, large Arcade & much more

FresnoBoomers! Fresno formerly Camelot Park

FresnoBounce Uindoor “softplay” center

FresnoForestiere Underground Gardens

FresnoFresno Chaffee Zoo @ Roeding Park

FresnoIsland Waterpark & Fun Park

FresnoLaser Quest Fresno

FresnoMaxx Putt Fun Zone Family Entertainment Center

FresnoRotary Storyland & Playland Amusement Park @ Roeding Park

FresnoThe Discovery Center – Museum of Science & Natural History

Kings Canyon National ParkBoyden Cavern located in Sequoia National Monument – cave tour

SangerWonder Valley Ranch Resortprivate resort featuring a large Equestrian Center with horseback riding, Dalton Pond for fishing, canoeing, swimming, Ropes Challenge Course, Paintball, Trampoline Center, Waterslides & Games Pavillion

Glenn County

Orland

WillowsWillows Museum

Humboldt County

ArcataNorth Coast Natural History Museum @ Humboldt State University

EurekaBlue Ox Millworks & Historic ParkVisitors to the Blue Ox can watch antique woodworking machinery in operation, visit a skid camp, learn about traditional boat-building, and meet the blue oxen, Babe and Blue.   You can take a self-guided tour or call in advance and have one of the crew show you around. Watch craftsmen at work at a blacksmith shop, machine shop, ceramic studio, printshop and boatbuilding shop.

EurekaClarke Historical Museumlocated in the heart of Old Town Eureka

EurekaCybercity Family Entertainment Center & Laser Tag

EurekaDiscovery Children’s Museum

EurekaFort Humboldt State Historic Park

EurekaHarbor Lanes Family Fun Center

EurekaSequoia Park Zoo

FerndaleFerndale Museum

FerndaleKinetic Museumfeaturing a zany but cool collection of unusual foot-pedal-only vehicles used locally in an annual land and water race

FortunaChapman’s Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum  (yelp link with lots of info) – Here is the YouTube video tour

FortunaFortuna Depot Museum

GarbervilleFamous One Log HouseAn actual and very unique horizontal tree house made from a single hallowed out redwood tree weighing 42 tons! Currently located just south of town near Richardson Grove State Park

HoopaHoopa Tribal Museum

LoletaLoleta Cheese FactoryWatch how cheese is made and enjoy sampling some of the many varieties of freshly made cheese

Myers FlatShrine Drive-Thru Tree & Fun Park(no web site found)After the drive thru the tree itself as well as a drive-on log, the kids will be able to get out of the car and explore a few other tree related attractions such as the 2-story tree house, children’s walk thru stump, and a few other surprises – here are a few photos – Here’s an info LINK

Rio DellRedwood Mini Golf

SamoaSamoa Cookhouse & Logging MuseumEstablished in 1890 – Once you walk through their doors, you will take a step back into the early days of the lumber and logging industry. As the last surviving cookhouse of the west, all meals are still served “lumber camp” style.  Your food is brought to the table in large bowls and platters, allowing you to help yourself and pass it around.  Seconds are always offered so no one walks away from the table hungry. After your unique dining experience in the massive dining room, you are encouraged to browse their turn of the century logging museum (complementary) full of relics, specimens and photographs from the old logging and Cookhouse days. Their walls are lined with an extensive pictorial review of this history, including the maritime industry

SamoaHumboldt Bay Maritime Museum

ScotiaCompany Town of Scotiacheck out the newly renovated Scotia Interactive Museum featuring a large historic logging locomotive and historic machinery that the kids can actually climb and play on (great picture opportunity for parents) just outside the museum on the well-groomed greenery – Tour the also newly renovated Fishery Center, the largest freshwater aquarium on the North Coast – It’s unfortunate that the highlight of this spectacular area for decades, the Pacific Lumber Company, which offered incredible self guided tours through the entire logging process from start  to finish has shut down it’s operations through a recent buy-out.

TrinidadHSU Marine LaboratoryView various marine species from local waters and explore the hands-on experience of the touch tank

WeottHumboldt Redwoods State Park Visitors Centerfeaturing numerous visual and hands-on interactive educational exhibits, wildlife displays and a theater – While there, here’s a LINK to another recommended site featuring the “Ten Must-See Redwood Trees of Significance”….. several of which are within Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Willow CreekWillow Creek – China Flat Bigfoot Museum (Bigfoot Collection) – “Bigfoot Country” – featuring the Bigfoot exhibit and collectionHere is another LINK to the ‘Bigfoot of North America’ history & story pertaining to this region

Imperial County

El CentroAlford Auto Museum

ImperialPioneers Museum & Cultural Center @ Pioneers Park

ImperialThe Family Treehouse

JacumbaDesert View Tower + Boulder Parka long time highway/roadside icon featuring an unusual museum on multiple floors of the tower, observation deck and an unusual park with a rocky, hilly maze of  trails and tunnels that kids will enjoy featuring rock carvings of unusual animals and folk creatures.

NilandSalvation Mountain

OcotilloImperial Valley College Desert Museumsoon to feature interactive learning exhibits

Inyo County

BishopLaws Railroad Museum & Historic Sitefeaturing a variety of historic buildings filled with artifacts and collections highlighted by antique fire equipment, Railroad memorabilia, model train displays, several vintage engines, freightcars, boxcars, caboose, antique farm equipment, mining equipment, blacksmith shop, wagon barn plus much more – also a seasonal narrow-gauge train ride

Death ValleyBorax Museumlocated at Furnace Creek Ranch featuring many indoor displays plus outdoor exhibits with the highlights being the 60 ton oil burning Baldwin 280 Locomotive and actual coaches from the famous 20 Mule Team Wagon Train

Lone PineBeverly & Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film Historyfeaturing an extensive collection of real movie costumes, movie cars, props, posters, and other memorabilia. This collection tells the story of filming in the area in and around Lone Pine over the past century plus the Wild West Theater

Kern County

BakersfieldBuena Vista Museum of Natural History

Bakersfield California Living Museum

BakersfieldCamelot Park Family Fun Center formerly Boomers!

BakersfieldKern County Museum

BakersfieldLori Brock Children’s Discovery Center @ The Kern County Museum

BakersfieldMonster Mini Golf featuring monster-themed Glow in the Dark Mini Golf

BakersfieldSuperKart Racing

Bakersfield‘The Wild’ – Child Fun Center

BoronBorax Visitor Center

BoronSaxon Aerospace Museum

BoronTwenty Mule Team Museum

RidgecrestChina Lake Museum/U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology

RidgecrestMaturango Museuma Museum of the cultural & natural history as well as the geology of the Northern Mojave Desert featuring a “children’s exploration” area, observatory and labyrinth – “CHILDREN’S AREA – where it IS OK to touch things! Discovery boxes, microscope, animals to pet, books, bones – all sorts of things to play with”

RidgecrestSierra Lanes Family Recreation Centervideo arcade inside

RosamondThe Cat Houseofficially known as the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Feline Conservation Center – This is a desert zoo/wildlife museum featuring a variety of endangered wildcat spieces

Kings County

HanfordHanford Adventure ParkfeaturingMinature Golf, Family Go-Kart Track, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages & Video & Redemption Arcade

HanfordKings Drive-In – Drive-In theaters are a dying breed and I normally don’t include them in this section but I had to make an exception on this one – One of the last true bargains around – only $5 a carload (as of this Feb/2011) – and that’s for a DOUBLE feature – WOW  – WHAT A DEAL!!

Lake County

Clearlake OaksEleven Roses RanchThe Historic Ranch Wildflower Day trip is a fun, unique, and entertaining outing featuring narrated mule-drawn wagon tour and chuckwagon barbecue with Dutch oven cobbler for dessert and complimentary Lake County wines. The barn houses a collection of antique wagons, buggies, and farm and ranch implements.

CobbYogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp & Resort @ Cobb Mountain private resort featuring mini golf, paddle boat pond, go cart peddle bikes, swimming pool, new playground, game room, outdoor movies

KelseyvilleOops Ranch – (info link only) Farm Tours and a Petting Zoo featuring all miniature animals

Lakeport Lakeport Historic Courthouse Museumhighlights include a state-of-the-art Rock & Mineral Room, Gun Room, Pomo Indian Basket Collection, Victorian Parlour and large-scale satellite map of the region

LakeportLakeside LanesBowling Alley & Video Arcade

Lower LakeLower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum

Lassen County

SusanvilleBams – Susanville’s Family Fun Centerfeaturing miniature golf, batting cages & arcade

SusanvilleChases Sierra Lanes – game room inside – reopening soon with new ownership

Los Angeles County

AlhambraLazerzone – The Ultimate Laser Adventure

AltadenaUnder The Sea Indoor Playground

ArcadiaJump ‘N Jammin Children’s Entertainment Center

ArcadiaKids Island Children Enrichment Center

Avalon (Santa Catalina Island) – Golf GardensInternationally known as one of the world’s most beautiful and challenging 18-hole miniature golf courses – just a half block from the beach!

Beverly HillsUnder The Sea Indoor Playground

BurbankAll Amusement Play Center located in the Burbank Town Center

BurbankThe Jump Around Indoor Playground

BurbankUnder The Sea Indoor Playground

BurbankWarner Brothers VIP Studio Tour

Canoga ParkThe Jump Around Indoor Playground

CarsonGo Kart Worldpremier facility featuring 6 tracks including the gigantic Super Track, Turbo Track, Slick Track, Mini Indy, Bumper Track & Kiddy Track plus a large video arcade

City of IndustrySpeedZone

Culver CityPutting Edge Fun Center featuring Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf & Arcade

Culver CitySony Pictures Studio Tours

Culver CityStar Eco Station – Environmental Science Museum & Exotic Wildlife Rescue Center

DowneyDel Rio Lanes

Eagle RockAll Amusement Play Center located in Eagle Rock Plaza

Eagle RockPeekaboo Playland

GardenaK1 Speed Indoor Kart Racing

GlendaleJewel City Bowl

GlendaleJungle Zonefeaturing multi-level lazer tag & an indoor children’s playground

Glendale Kidz Playland – Indoor Playground

Granada HillsTiny Town Indoor Play Center

HollywoodGrauman’s Chinese Theater

HollywoodGuinness World Records Museum

HollywoodHollywood Museum

HollywoodHollywood Walk of Fame

HollywoodHollywood Wax Museum

HollywoodMadame Tussauds Hollywood

HollywoodRipley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium

HollywoodSunset Hollywood Ranch

La Canada FlintridgeDescanso Gardensfeaturing the self-guided “Rosarium” Walk, Bird Observation Station, Boddy House Museum, Full Moon Teahouse, Art GAllery, Visitor’s Center, Narrated Tram Tour and the Enchanted Railroad Miniature Diesel Train Ride

La CrescentaPlayhouse 4 Kids Indoor Playground

La MiradaBuccaneer Bay Waterparklocated at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center

Lake View TerraceChildren’s Museum of Los Angelesnew location not open yet

LakewoodCal Bowl

LomitaLomita Railroad Museum

Long BeachAquarium of the Pacific

Long BeachEat Play Grow Family Lounge & Cafe

Long BeachEl Dorado Express @ Caboose Cornersminiature train ride – located at El Dorado Park

Long BeachGameWorks

Long BeachShoreline Village lots to see and do featuring a historic carousel & arcade

Long BeachThe Power House Entertainment Center

Long BeachThe Queen Mary – Tours

Los AngelesAutry National Center of the American WestAn Intercultural Museum featuring a “hands-on” Family Discovery Gallery

Los AngelesCalifornia Science Center @ Exposition Park – This is the west coast’s largest hands-on science center

Los AngelesGriffith Observatory

Los AngelesGriffith Parkhome of the Los Angeles Zoo, also featuring an Antique Carousel, the famed Griffith Observatory, 2 miniature train rides, 2 museums, pony rides and much more

Los AngelesLittle Barn Indoor Playground

Los Angeles Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum & Miniature Train Ride @ Griffith Park

Los AngelesLos Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens @ Griffith Park

Los AngelesNatural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Los AngelesNaya’s Garden – Indoor/Outdoor Playground

Los AngelesNoah’s Ark @ Skirball Cultural Center

Los AngelesPage Museum @ The La Brea Tar Pits

Los AngelesPeterson Automotive Museum “The nation’s premier automotive museum” encompassing more than 300,000 sq ft on four floors featuring more than 150 rare and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles

Los AngelesThe Tree House Social Club

Los AngelesTravel Town Museum & Miniature Train Ride @ Griffith Park

Los AngelesUnder The Sea Indoor Playground

Los AngelesWells Fargo History Museum

Los AngelesZimmer Children’s Museum

Manhattan BeachAdventure Plex

Manhattan BeachRoundhouse Marine Studies Lab & Aquariumlocated at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier

Manhattan BeachUnder The Sea Indoor Playground

NorwalkGolf N’ Stufffeaturing miniature golf with 4 courses, Lit’l Indy Go-Karts, Bumper Cars, Bumper Boats, Cannonball Express Train, Disk-O-Thrill ride & large arcade

NorwalkKeystone Lanes

PalmdaleDrytown Water Park

PalmdaleMulligan Family Fun Center

PasadenaKidspace Children’s Museum

PomonaNHRA Motorsports Museumlocated at the Los Angeles County Fairplex

Redondo BeachRedondo Fun Factory located on the pier (boardwalk)

Redondo Beach S.E.A. Lab (Science Education Adventure)

San DimasChaparral Lanes Bowling Centerfeatures arcade and ticket games

San DimasRaging Waters San Dimas

San PedroCabrillo Marine Aquarium

San PedroMarine Mammal Care Center @ Fort MacArthur

Santa ClaritaMountasia Family Fun Center

Santa Fe SpringsFun City – Indoor Inflatable Play Zone

Santa MonicaMagicoploisfeaturing amazing and entertaining shows exploring the world of magic

Santa MonicaPacific Park – The Amusement Park on the Santa Monica Pier

Santa MonicaSanta Monica Pierfeaturing Playland Arcade, a historic carousel, Pacific Park and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Santa MonicaSanta Monica Pier Aquarium

SaugusSanta Clarita Lanes Family Entertainment Center

Sherman OaksSherman Oaks Castle Park

Sherman OaksThe PlayRoom Indoor Play Space

Sherman OaksUltrazone Laser Tag

South PasadenaAmy’s Indoor Playground

Studio CityPinz Bowling Centerfull arcade inside

SylmarMB2 Raceway Indoor Kart Racing

Sylmar The Nethercutt Museum & Collectionfeaturing  an extensive collection of antique autos – over 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997 – hood ornaments, locomotive & private car, mechanical musical instruments, dolls, coins, figurines, much more

TorranceKid Concepts USA Edu-Tainment Center

TorranceMulligan Family Fun Center

TorrancePalos Verdes Bowl

Universal CityiFly Indoor Skydiving/Vertical Wind Tunnel @ Universal Studios City Walk

Universal CityUniversal Studios Hollywood

ValenciaScooter’s Jungleland Scooter’s Jungle is the premier private, indoor tropical-themed, family orientated party and event facility for entertaining toddlers, pre-teens, teenagers, and adults who want to be kids on adult-sized, humongous inflatables. The kids and parents stay active playing on custom designed fixed and “huge” inflated play equipment, table games (air hockey, ping pong, and foosball) and other related games.

ValenciaSix Flags Hurricane Harbor

ValenciaSix Flags Magic Mountain

Van NuysAll Amusement Fun Centerlocated in The Plant

West HillsJumping Genius Indoor Play Center

Woodland HillsKali’s Garden Indoor Play Space

Woodland HillsPlaySource – The Ultimate Indoor PlaySpace

Woodland HillsUnder The Sea Indoor Playground

Madera County

MaderaPizza Farm The Pizza Farm was created to educate and entertain “city folk” of all ages about how their food is grown. The Pizza Farm is a “living” demonstration farm that conducts guided tours for schools and tourists, teaching them about agriculture along the way. The Pizza Farm is circular (like a pizza) and is divided into eight pie-shaped “slices” (like a pizza), with each “slice” growing or grazing all the ingredients needed to make a farm-fresh pizza. Guests at the Pizza Farm see, touch, and learn about how farmers grow wheat for the crust and tomatoes for the sauce. They also learn about the dairy cows that give milk to make cheese and even the pigs for pepperoni. In a unique and entertaining way, visitors to the Pizza Farm quickly realize they could not enjoy their favorite food without the help of a farmer! Now sit back, relax, and enjoy a little taste of the only farm in the world that actually grows pizza!

MaderaValley Bowl

OakhurstChildren’s Museum of the Sierra

Marin County

San RafaelCountry Club Bowlarcade inside

San RafaelMarin History Museum

San RafaelMcInnis Park Golf Center/Miniature Golf

San Rafael Star Base 1 Video Game Arcade

San RafaelWildCare Rehabilitation Center & Museum

Sausalito Bay Area Discovery Museum

SausalitoMarine Mammal Centerlink to Visitors Guide in PDF format

Mariposa County

Fish CampYosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad featuring steam train excursions

MariposaCalifornia State Mining & Mineral Museum

MariposaMariposa Museum & History Center

Mendocino County

Fort BraggEmerald Dolphin Mini Golf & Family Fun Center

Fort BraggMendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Fort Bragg  – Skunk Train – Fort Bragg DepotLegendary steam train ride through the Redwoods

LeggettChandelier Drive-Thru Tree Park

PiercyConfusion HillTwo seperate attractions – a miniature Mountain Train Ride &  a Gravity-defying ‘Mystery House’ and grounds

UkiahYokayo Bowling Center

WillitsMendocino County Museum

WillitsSkunk Train – Willits DepotLegendary steam train ride through the Redwoods

WillitsWillits KOA Camping Resortfeaturing a swimming pool, fishing pond, petting zoo, mini golf, playtower, arcade, rental bikes, disc golf course & waterspray park

Merced County

AtwaterCastle Air Museum[indoor museum link] located at the former Castle Air Force Base

Atwater Castle Science & Technology Center – featuring hands-on exhibits and Tumble Town Exploration Area for tiny tots

AtwaterChallenger Learning Center for Space Science [indoor museum link] – indoor and outdoor exhibits & displays located at the former Castle Air Force Base

HilmarHilmar Cheese Company/Visitors CenterThe World’s largest “single-site” cheese manufacturing facility featuring self guided tours of the factory & complementary sampling of their famous cheeses

Le GrandBright’s Pioneer Exhibit (Museum)featuring a collection of old tractors, harvesters, farm equipment, cars, trucks, a street car and the famous bus from the Chowchilla kidnappings from years ago.

Los BanosMilliken Museum

MercedApplegate Park Zoo

MercedKiddielandinside of Applegate Park – featuring 6 rides including a train ride and kiddie coaster Facebook Link

MercedMerced Agriculture Museumfeaturing antique farm equipment, 19th century wagons, demonstrations, a living history program and a working blacksmith shop

MercedMerced County Courthouse Museum

Modoc County

AlturasModoc County Historical Museum

Mono County

Mammoth LakesMammoth Dog Sled ToursMeet the working dogs that make your journey the experience of a lifetime – A mix of Malamutes, Siberian & Alaskan Huskies – Photos LINK

Mammoth LakesMammoth Mountain Adventure Centerfeaturing a zipline and rock climbing

Mammoth LakesMammoth Mountain Scenic Gondola Ride & Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center

Mammoth Lakes Sledz Snowplay Area (no website found) info link

Mammoth LakesWild Willy’s Mammoth Arcade (no website found) info link located inside Minaret Village Shopping Center

Monterey County

CarmelPoint Lobos State Natural Reserve + Whalers Cabin Museum & Cove + China Cove & Bird Island

King CityAgricultural & Rural Life Museum @ San Lorenzo Park

MontereyDennis The Menace Playground @ El Estero Park – A one-of-a-kind classic playground & park for kids of all ages – lots to do and play on – FREE admission – with a long history dating back to 1956 – also included here is a park video — Also here’s another LINK to a photo gallery & map

MontereyJump-N-Around

MontereyMonterey Bay Aquarium

MontereyMonterey History & Maritime Museumclosed for renovation – scheduled for re-opening in 2011

Monterey Monterey Mirror Maze & Lazer Challengelocated on Cannery Row

MontereyMy Museum – Monterey County Youth Museum

MontereyPresidio of Monterey Museum

MontereySteinbeck’s Spirit of Monterey Wax Museumlocated on Cannery Row (unsure of status as website is down at this time) – museum was vandalized in January 2010

Pacific GroveMonarch Grove Sanctuary

Pacific Grove Oceans 18 Black Light Miniature Golfinside the American Tin Cannery

Pacific GrovePacific Grove Museum of Natural History

SalinasJump-N-Around

SalinasMedical History Museum

SalinasNational Steinbeck Center

SalinasThe FarmA unique organic agricultural showcase consisting of an agricultural education center, demonstration farm, farm animals – Daily Tours are offered

SalinasWild Things @ Vision Quest RanchExotic animal facility that is a training ground for animals that star in film, TV and live productions – Over 100 animals in all at this educational and safe animal compound – Daily tours offered

Napa County

American CanyonAmerican Canyon Paintball Jungle

CalistogaOld Faithful Geyser of California featuring a petting zoo showcasing the famous Tennessee Fainting Goats

CalistogaThe Petrified Forest

NapaPB&J’s – Party, Bounce & Jump

NapaPlayground Fantastico

Napa Scientopia Discovery Center

Nevada County

Grass Valley49er Fun Park – featuring Go-Karts, Miniature Golf, Batting Cages, Arcade

Grass ValleyEmpire Mine State Historic ParkLots to see and do – guided tours daily

Grass ValleyProsperity Lanes“A Family Oriented Bowling Center” with arcade room

Nevada CityImaginarium of Nevada CountyAn Interactive science museum with hands-on exhibits and activities in science, nature and technology for children of all ages.

Nevada CityNevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

TruckeeKidZone Museum

TruckeeTahoe Donner Equestrian Centerfeaturing Trail rides & Pony Rides

TruckeeTahoe Donner Snowplay Area features a tubing & sledding arena

Orange County

Aliso ViejoScooter’s Jungleland Scooter’s Jungle is the premier private, indoor tropical-themed, family orientated party and event facility for entertaining toddlers, pre-teens, teenagers, and adults who want to be kids on adult-sized, humongous inflatables. The kids and parents stay active playing on custom designed fixed and “huge” inflated play equipment, table games (air hockey, ping pong, and foosball) and other related games.

Anaheim Adventure CityThe “Little Theme Park” perfect for younger kids featuring amusement rides including a kiddie coaster, a petting zoo, children’s theater, puppet shows and a train ride.

AnaheimCamelot Golfland Family Fun Center & Waterslides

AnaheimDisneyland

AnaheimDisney’s California Adventure Park

AnaheimFlightdeck Air Combat Center featuring authentic flight simulators

AnaheimHouse of BounceFor parties featuring inflatable play arena, video games, etc

AnaheimK1 Speed Indoor Kart Racing

AnaheimMuzeo – Museum & Cultural Arts Center

AnaheimSeascape Kids FunIndoor Play Center

Buena ParkBuena Park Slot Car Raceway

Buena ParkKnott’s Berry Farm

Buena ParkKnott’s Soak City Water Park

Buena ParkMedieval Times Dinner Theater & Tournament

Buena ParkPirate’s Dinner Adventure

City of OrangeBounce Uindoor “softplay” center

City of OrangeDromo One Indoor Karting

City of Orange Irvine Regional ParkLink #2 – Ride the Irvine Park Railroad, rent a paddle bike and ride around the lake, rent a 4-wheel Surrey, Deuce Coupe,  Quad Sport, Tandem Bike, Chopper or Cruiser bike and follow the trails, visit the Orange County Zoo or take the kids for a pony ride – Super Fun For The Whole Family!

City of OrangeIrvine Park Railroad @ Irvine Regional Park

City of OrangeOrange County Zoo @ Irvine Regional Park

Costa MesaCentennial Farmslocated at the Orange County Fairgrounds – Centennial Farm is a three-acre working farm at the OC Fair & Event Center created to educate youth about agriculture and its importance to daily life. The Farm is home to fruit and vegetable gardens, livestock, and the Millennium Barn. View pigs, chickens, cattle, goats and more while strolling though gardens of lush vegetation

Costa MesaMackerel Flats & Goat Hill Junction Railroad @ Fairview Park – offering a FREE miniature train ride to the public – operated by the Orange County Model Engineers – a non-profit club that operates a 7 1/2″ gauge railroad over a 5 mile layout of track at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa

Dana PointCaptain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale SafariTake a ride on the most unusual dolphin and whale watching vessel in the world

Dana PointOcean Institutethis is a hands-on marine science center, focusing on environmental education and maritime history

Fountain ValleyBoomers! Fountain Valley formerly Fountain Valley Family Fun Center

Fountain ValleyFountain Bowl

Fountain ValleyFrogg’s Bounce House“Indoor Inflatable Play Zone

FullertonLaser Quest Fullerton

Garden GroveAtlantis Play Center

Huntington BeachAdventure Playgroundlocated in Huntington Central Park – Kids can raft on a small pond, navigate a rope bridge, go down a mud slide or build forts at Adventure Playground, just like Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer

Huntington BeachBounce Uindoor “softplay” center

Huntington BeachInternational Surfing Museum

Huntington BeachSlyders Water Playground

IrvineBoomers! Irvine – formerly Palace Park Family Entertainment Center

IrvineGreat Park Balloonthe first major attraction at the newly developed Orange County Great Park, formerly the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro

IrvineK1 Speed Indoor Kart Racing

IrvinePretend City Children’s Museum

IrvineTanaka Farmsoffering tractor pulled farm tours with sampling of organic fruits and vegetables – wagon rides, a petting zoo and corn maze fare eatured during Halloween season

IrvineWild Rivers Waterpark

Laguna BeachPacific Marine Mammal Center

LaHabraThe Children’s Museum @ LaHabra

Lake ForestForest Lanes

Mission ViejoJump ‘N Jammin Children’s Entertainment Center

Mission ViejoLaser Quest Mission Viejo

Modjeska CanyonTucker Wildlife Sanctuary

Newport BeachBalboa Fun Zone located on the Balboa Peninsula

Newport BeachEnvironmental Nature Center

Newport BeachNewport Sports Museum

Newport BeachPeter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center (2nd link) – Upper Newport Bay

PlacentiaScooter’s Jungleland Scooter’s Jungle is the premier private, indoor tropical-themed, family orientated party and event facility for entertaining toddlers, pre-teens, teenagers, and adults who want to be kids on adult-sized, humongous inflatables. The kids and parents stay active playing on custom designed fixed and “huge” inflated play equipment, table games (air hockey, ping pong, and foosball) and other related games.

San Juan CapistranoZoomars Petting Zooformerly known as The Jones Family Mini-Farm   (here’s another link)

Santa AnaBowers Kidseum

Santa AnaDiscovery Science Center

Santa AnaHeritage Museum of Orange County

Santa AnaSanta Ana Zoo @ Prentice Park

TustinMarconi Automotive Museum

Placer County

AuburnFoothills Bowling Center video games & pool tables

AuburnGold Country Museum

AuburnPlacer Nature Center

Carnelian BayMagic Carpet Miniature Golf (no website found) Yelp link

Homewood Tahoe Maritime Museum

Kings BeachKings Beach Miniature Golf (no website found) Yelp link

RocklinSky Zone Recreational Center

RocklinStar Eco StationThis is an Environmental Science Museum & Exotic Wildlife Rescue Facility

RocklinStrikes Bowling & Entertainment Center – featuring state-of-the-art bowling, Lazer Tag, Rock Wall Climbing and arcade

Roseville Bounce U Indoor “softplay” center

RosevilleGolfland Sunsplashfeaturing 2 Miniature Golf Courses, Fastcar Raceway, Lazer Knights Laser Tag, King Ben’s Castle Arcade & Family Fun Center PLUS 12 water rides at Sunsplash Water Park including The Stealth, The Vortex, Revolution & StormRider, Thunder Falls & Adventure Island

RosevilleSpeed Factory – Indoor Kart Racing

RosevilleWacky TackyIndoor “softplay” center featuring climbing walls, enormous slides, foam shooters and much more

Squaw ValleySquaw Valley Adventure Centerfeaturing an impressively large Ropes Course, Headwall Climbing Wall, Skyjump Bungee Trampoline & Miniature Golf  Course – located at the base of the mountain at Squaw Valley USA – just north of Lake Tahoe off Highway 89

Plumas County

ChesterAlmanor Bowling Center

ChesterCollins Pine Museum

GraeagleGraeagle Miniature Golf & Driving Range (no website found) info link

GraeaglePlumas-Eureaka State Park & Museum

PortolaWestern Pacific Railroad MuseumThis is the largest and most complete collection in North America dedicated to telling the story of one railroad, and also one of the few places where you can experience railroad history in a truly hands-on way.  Sit at the controls of the world’s largest diesel locomotive.  Climb aboard passenger cars from the California Zephyr, one of the nation’s most famous passenger trains.  And you can even take the throttle of a real railroad locomotive in the oldest engineer experience program in the US.

QuincyPlumas County Museum

TaylorsvilleIndian Valley Museum

Riverside County

CabazonT-Rex Museum & World’s Biggest Dinosaurs

Cathedral CityBoomers! Palm Springs formerly Camelot Park

CoronaOutta Bounds Adventure CenterLaser Tag Arena, Arcade & Redemption Center,  LAN Center Gamer’s Lounge

Corona Pole Position Raceway – Indoor Karting

CoronaTom’s Farms/Family Fun Zonefeaturing a Steam Train Ride, Old Time Carousel, Tractor Driving, Shooting Gallery, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Magic Show, Construction Scoops, Live Music Concerts and the new Tom’s Mining Company where you can Mine For Real Gems & Fossils

HemetFingerprints Youth Museum

Lake ElsinoreTrevi Family Entertainment Centerelaborate bowling center with arcade

MurrietaMulligan Family Fun Center

Murrieta Pole Position Raceway – Indoor Karting

MurrietaSensory Time Child Development CenterA multi-sensory, therapeutically designed Child Development Center for special needs children & their families offering over 5,000 sq. feet of climate controlled sensory area with a variety of developmentally appropriate challenges for your child to explore.

Murrieta Sky High Party Zonefeaturing an all new Glow-in-the-Dark Air Cannon Ball Blaster Arena for the entire family

Palm DesertLiving Desert Zoo & Gardens

Palm SpringsKnott’s Soak City Water Park formerly known as Oasis Water Park

Palm SpringsPalm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm SpringsPalm Springs Air Museum

PerrisApex Kart Racing

PerrisOrange Empire Railway MuseumExplore the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870’s.Ride streetcars, interurban cars and trains on the museum railway.

Rancho MirageChildren’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

RiversideArlington LanesArcade inside

RiversideCastle Park Riverside – featuring

RiversidePole Position Raceway – Indoor Karting

RiversideRiverside International Automotive Museum

TemeculaPeltzer FarmsFabulous Fall features include an Old Fashion Train, Pony Rides, Petting Farm, Pig Races, John Deere Tractor Collection, Mound-O-Hay, Corn Maze & much more

TemeculaPennypickles Workshop – Temecula Children’s Museum

TemeculaSplash Canyon Waterparkplanned opening for summer 2010

Sacramento County

CarmichaelLasertag of Carmichael

Citrus HeightsFireside Lanesgame and video arcade inside

Citrus HeightsSunrise Fun Centerfeaturing Bumper Boats, Indy Race Cars, Mini Golf, Water Wars, Batting Cages, Haunted House and Video Arcade

Elk Grove Strikes Bowling & Entertainment Center featuring state-of-the-art bowling, Lazer Tag, Rock Wall Climbing and arcade

Elk GroveFuntastic Indoor Play Center

FolsomBounce-O-Palace Indoor Play & Party Zone

FolsomFolsom City Zoo Sanctuary @ Folsom City Park

FolsomFolsom Prison Museum

FolsomFolsom Valley Railway @ Folsom City Park

GaltA Magical Place Entertainment & Party Center

North HighlandsAerospace Museum of California @ McClellan Park

Rancho CordovaMonster Mini Golffeaturing monster-themed Glow in the Dark miniature golf

Rancho CordovaSacramento Children’s Museum  (newly renovated and reopened)

Rancho CordovaSky High Sports – The Trampoline Place

SacramentoCalifornia Automobile Museum – formerly known as Towe Auto Museum – “Experience Automotive Evolution”

SacramentoCalifornia State Capitol Museum (Kids Start Page)tour info link

SacramentoCalifornia State Indian MuseumA section of the museum features a hands-on area, where visitors can try their hand at using Indian tools

SacramentoCalifornia State Military Museum

SacramentoCalifornia State Railroad Museum

SacramentoCountry Club Lanes Family Entertainment Center + Lazer X Laser Tag

SacramentoDiscovery Museum/Science & Space Center

SacramentoFairytale Town @ William Land Park

SacramentoFuntastic Indoor Play Center

SacramentoRPM Indoor Kart Racing

SacramentoFunderland Children’s Amusement Park @ William Land Park

SacramentoRaging Waters Sacramento @ Cal Expo

SacramentoSacramento Zoo @ William Land Park

SacramentoScandia Family Fun Centerfeaturing 2 Miniature Golf Courses, Stockholm Raceway, Scandia Screamer, Baltic Sea Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Grand Arcade & Redemption Center

SacramentoSutter’s Fort State Historic Park

SacramentoWells Fargo History Museumlocated in Old Sacramento

San Benito County

HollisterCasa de Frutalegendary fruit stand turned resort offering wine tasting, cheese & deli sampling & candy tasting from the on-site candy factory – featuring a narrow-gauge train (Casa de Choo Choo), carousel (Casa de Carousel), playgound featuring a play train engine & caboose, and a duck pond

HollisterSwank FarmsSeveral seasonal attractions & activities listed on their website including a very popular corn maze, 2 haunted houses, petting zoo and more.

San Bernardino County

Apple ValleyVictor Valley Museumfeaturing a Childrens Imagination Station – Grand Re-Opening March 19, 2011

BarstowBarstow Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum

BarstowDesert Lanes Bowling Center (Marine Corp Community Services) – open to the general public – ID required

BarstowRevolutions Entertainment Centernewly opened – featuring bowling and arcade

Barstow Western America Railroad Museum

Big Bear LakeAlpine Slide @ Magic Mountain Recreation Areafeaturing a ‘year-round’ Alpine Slide, Waterslide, Go-Karts, Putt’n Around Miniature Golf & Snow Play Hill

Big Bear LakeMoonridge Animal Park

ChinoChino Youth Museum

ChinoLaser Quest Chino

ChinoPlanes of Fame Air Museum

ColtonFiesta Village Family Fun Parkfeaturing 2 Miniature Golf Courses, Lazer Odyssey, Fiesta Raceway, Super Slide, Bounce House,  4 Amusement Rides,  Batting Cages, Skating Rink, Fiesta Fun Zone Arcade,  and the brand new Pyrite Rapids Waterpark

CrestlineLake Gregory Regional Parkfeatures 4 acre swimming lake, double-flume waterslide and various Aqua Cycle, board and boat rentals

Lake ArrowheadLollipop Park @ Lake Arrowheadfeaturing go-carts, mini golf, train ride, carousel, swing ride, pirate ship ride

Montclair Bowlium

NeedlesNeedles Aquatic Centerfeatures a 25-foot competition size swimming pool, a 2 story high corkscrew slide that empties into a 3 and one half-foot separate pool, and a kiddy pool with fountain. There is a park within the complex, complete with shade trees, picnic tables/benches and barbecue stands.

OntarioCucamonga-Guasti Regional Parkfeatures a swimming lagoon & double-flume waterslide plus peddle boat and Aquar Cycle rentals

OntarioGameWorks located inside Ontario Mills Mall featuring amazing interactive games, simulators and attractions – plus pool and darts

OntarioK1 Speed Indoor Kart Racing

OntarioScandia Amusement Parkfeaturing a whopping 25 rides & attractions including 2 Scandinavian-themed Miniature Golf Courses, the NEW Cliff Jumper, Scandia Screamer Coaster, Little Dipper Coaster, Stockholm Raceway, Copenhagen Carousel, Denmark Railway, Viking Ship, Thor’s Hammer, Baltic Sea Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, 200-Seat Pavilion, Video Arcade & Redemption Center and much more!

PioneertownPioneertownHere’s an introduction LINK to the Wikipedia  description of this historic Old West movie ranch built in the 1940’s

PioneertownPioneer Historic Bowla registered Historical Site featuring 6 historic lanes, dinner house, saloon, vintage arcade & pinball gallery, cowboy reenactments & gunfights every weekend, cast members serve you in period costume

Rancho CucamongaJumping Jacksis a HUGE indoor playground for all ages with the biggest, newest & wildest inflatables with a few free games like air hockey and foosball

RedlandsEmpire Bowl

RedlandsJump Zone Party Play Center

RedlandsPharoah’s Adventure Park / Splash Kingdom Water Parkformerly known as Pharoah’s Lost Kingdom (recently renovated – link) – UPDATED: completed renovated in 2010 – The water park claims to have the fastest, tallest & wildest water slides to be found anywhere!

RedlandsSan Bernardino County Museum – featuring the Exploration Station live animal discovery center

Running SpringsChildren’s Forest Exploration Trail

San BernardinoA Special Place Children’s Museum(no website found- link for info)

San BernardinoDel Rosa Lanes Bowling CenterArcade inside

San BernardinoGlen Helen Regional Parkfeatures swim lagoon, double-flume waterslide and peddle boat rentals

UplandBoomers! Upland – formerly Upland Family Fun Center

VictorvilleCalifornia Route 66 Museum

VictorvilleMonarch Family Fun Zone

VictorvilleScandia Family Fun Center – featuring 2 Miniature Golf Courses, Stockholm Raceway, Scandia Skyscreamer, Baltic Sea Bumper Boats, Batting Cages & Video Arcade & Redemption Center

VictorvilleVictor Bowl

YermoCalico Ghost Townvisit a historic silver mining town that lives on as one of the few remaining original “Old West” mining camps – experience the Mystery Shack that defies gravity, tour Maggie’s Mine, pan for real gold, ride on an authentic narrow gauge mining train, and walk down old Main Street and explore the old Mercantile Shops, Lane House and Museum, blacksmith barn and old school houseCabins, Bunkhouses and camping available on site

YermoCalico & Odessa Railroadlocated inside Calico Ghost Town – see above listing

YucaipaYucaipa Regional Parkfeaturing a one acre swim lagoon,  waterslide flume & aqua tube waterslide – Peddle Boats & Aqua Cycles for rent

San Diego County

BonitaMy Kids Clubhouse

CampoPacific Southwest Railway Museum + Train Rides & Rail Excursions

CarlsbadK1 Speed Indoor Kart Racing

CarlsbadKidsville Play TownKidsville Playtown is a mini size city for kids with play houses including a Clinic, Theater with dress up costumes, Beauty Parlor, Jail, Fire Station, Dinosaur Mountain, Castle, climbing wall, ride on cars, 2 slides, and much more to explore! For the Babies we have created Babiesville! A section just for the wee ones. Age appropriate fun, learning toys in a jungle atmosphere. Kidsville Playtown offers a social, interactive environment for children ages 6 months to 10 years old. Kidsville has play structures that allow your children to use their imaginations as well as get exercise. The hardest part will be getting your child to leave!

CarlsbadLegoland California

CarlsbadLegoland Waterpark

CarlsbadMuseum of Making Music

CarlsbadSea Life Aquarium

Chula VistaLiving Coast Discovery Center  – A “zooquarium” that focuses on the importance of coastal resource conservation with exhibits of native species of fishes, birds and reptiles.

Chula VistaFun 4 All Amusement Park & Family Fun Centerfeaturing Miniature Golf, Go Karts, Bumper Boast, Batting Cages and Arcade

Chula VistaKnott’s Soak City Water Park

Del Mar Pelly’s Mini Golf @ The Del Mar Golf Center

El CajonBoardwalk Indoor Amusement Park

El CajonBoomers! El Cajon – formerly El Cajon Family Fun Center

El CajonParkway Bowlfeaturing a Lazer Tag Arena and a large arcade

El CajonPlay Town Indoor Playground

El CajonTaylor Guitars/Factory TourThe Taylor Guitars factory tour takes guests through the steps of guitar construction. From wood selection to final assembly, guests will experience each process as a guitar evolves from raw wood into a finished instrument.

El CajonWarbirds West Air Museum @ Gillespie Field

Encinitas San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly known as Quail Botanical Gardens)featuring the Seeds of Wonder Children’s Garden, a miniature operating railroad and the Hamilton Children’s Garden, which just happens to be the largest interactive children’s garden on the West Coast

EscondidoSan Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

EscondidoSan Diego Archaeological Center/Museum

EscondidoSan Diego Zoo Safari Park (Wild Animal Park)

JulianCalifornia Wolf Center

JulianJulian Mining Companyfeaturing gold panning & gem mining for the whole family

JulianSmith Ranch & Julian Railroad – Julian Train & Gold Mine Tour

LaJollaBirch Aquarium @ Scrippslocated on the campus of UC San Diego

LakesideVictoria’s GardensAn actual “working farm” featuring Barnyard Animals, Straw Play Area, Bounce Jump, Straw Horses, Pony Rides, Giant Slide, Hay Rides, Straw Maze, Obstacle Course, Petting Zoo & Train Ride

Lemon GroveEquinox Laser TagThe ultimate cutting-edge laser tag experience that specializes in Indoor Laser Tag, Outdoor Laser Tag, Mobile Laser Tag, and Tactical Laser Tag (and introducing Water Tag) in the San Diego area – Providing you with an experience that will have your kids, friends and family raving over your idea for some serious FUN.

OceansideCalifornia Surf Museum

OceansideSurf Bowl – also has laser tag

Palomar MountainPalomar ObservatoryA world-class center of astronomical research that is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology

PowayKidsville PlayTown

PowayMy Kids Clubhouse

Poway Poway Fun BowlArcade inside

PowayPoway-Midland Railroadlocated in Old Poway Parkfeaturing rides on a Steam Locomotive, Trolley Car and Fairmont Speeder plus museum displays

RamonaOasis Camel Dairy

San DiegoBalboa ParkSimple Incredible – featuring a historic carousel, miniature railroad, puppet theater, Japanese Friendship Garden, Science Center, Space Museum, Automotive Museum, Sports Museum, History Center, Model Railroad Museum, Natural History Museum, Museum of Art, Museum of Man and the World Famous San Diego Zoo

San DiegoBelmont Parklocated in Mission Beach – San Diego’s Beachfront Amusement Park & Entertainment Center featuring amusement park rides, ride the waves at Wave House, mini golf, arcade, midway style games and an indoor children’s play center

San DiegoBoomers! San Diego – formerly San Diego Family Fun Center

San DiegoFlying Leatherneck Aviation Museum @ MCAS Miramar

San DiegoKearny Mesa Bowl

San DiegoKid Ventures Indoor Play Village

San DiegoMaritime Museum

San DiegoMiramar Speed Circuit Indoor Kart Racing

San DiegoMira Mesa Lanes

San DiegoNickel City Family Entertainment Center

San DiegoOld Town San Diego Trolley Tour

San DiegoReuben H. Fleet Science Center @ Balboa Park

San DiegoSan Diego Air & Space Museum @ Balboa Park

San DiegoSan Diego Automotive Museum @ Balboa Park

San DiegoSan Diego Hall of Champions @ Balboa Park – The nation’s largest multi-sport museum with three floors of memorabilia in 68,000 square feet of space including a state-of-the-art theatre and an interactive media center.

San DiegoSan Diego Model Railroad Museum @ Balboa Park – The largest model railroad display in the world with 27,000 square feet including Thomas the Tank Engine activity room, an interactive toy train gallery, and a relief map of San Diego County featuring a hands-on computer display.

San DiegoSan Diego Museum of Man @ Balboa Park – features a Children’s Discovery Center

San DiegoSan Diego Natural History Museum @ Balboa Park

San Diego San Diego Seal TourJourney through San Diego by land AND sea on a unique “Hydra-Terra” amphibious vehicle

San DiegoSan Diego Zoo @ Balboa Park

San DiegoSeaport Villagefeaturing a historic carousel and a horse-drawn carriage

San Diego SeaWorld San Diego

San DiegoThe New Children’s Museum

San DiegoUltrazone – The Ultimate Laser Adventure

San DiegoUSS Midway Museum

San DiegoWells Fargo History Museum

Santa YsabelHimalaya Tourmaline MineDig pink and green tourmalines from the world famous Himalaya Mine! – An unforgettable wild west outdoor gemstone mining experience – Learn about the formation of these gemstones from a geologist during a fun-packed rock digging adventure.

Spring ValleyAir Timefeaturing an Indoor Playground, interactive games and video arcade

Valley CenterBates Nut Farmfeaturing farm animals/petting zoo – more attractions in the fall

Valley CenterValley Center History Museum

VistaAntique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

VistaBoomers! Vista – formerly Vista Family Fun Center

VistaThe Wave Waterpark

VistaVista Entertainment Centerincludes Arcade Game Room with Billiards & Air Hockey

San Francisco County

San FranciscoAquarium of the Bay @ Pier 39

San FranciscoAT&T Ballpark ToursHome of the San Francisco Giants

San FranciscoCable Car Museum

San FranciscoCalifornia Academy of Sciences + Steinhart Aquarium in Golden Gate Park

San FranciscoCamera ObscuraWorld Famous Giant Camera – a unique experience with incredible special effects

San FranciscoCartoon Art Museum

San FranciscoExploratorium + Tactile DomeDiscover the unseen world of the Tactile Dome—an interactive excursion through total darkness, where your sense of touch becomes your only guide! – @ The Palace of Fine Arts along the Marina

San Francisco Golden Gate Park/Children’s Playgroundfeaturing a Historic CarouselAdditional features about the upcoming Koret Children’s Quarter include the Treehouse Village, Adventure Play Yard, Hidden Hollow, and climbing wavewalls.

San FranciscoHouse of Air (Indoor Trampoline Park) – located in the historic airplane hangar at West Crissy Field on the grounds of the The Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco Musee Mecanique (Mechanical Museum) @ Fisherman’s Wharf – one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments & antique arcade machines in their original working condition.(over 200) (You can play them!)

San FranciscoPier 39 @ Fisherman’s Wharf

San FranciscoPlayers Arcade & Sports Grill @ Pier 39

San FranciscoRandall Museum (children’s hands-on museum)

San FranciscoRipley’s Believe It Or Not Museum @ Fisherman’s Wharf

San FranciscoRocketBoat – A Blast On The Bay @ Pier 39

San FranciscoSan Francisco Fire Department Museum

San FranciscoSan Francisco Zoo featuring an expanded Children’s Zoo, Insect Zoo, Little Puffer Miniature Steam Train, Historic Carousel & Talking Storybooks

San FranciscoWalt Disney Family Museum @ The Presidio of San Francisco

San FranciscoWax Museum @ Fisherman’s Wharf

San FranciscoWells Fargo History Museum

San FranciscoYerba Buena Ice Skating & Bowling Center

San FranciscoYerba Buena Playgroundsee listing below

San FranciscoZeum – San Francisco’s Children’s Museum

San Joaquin County

LathropGo Bananas Indoor Play Zone

LodiFunTown Amusement Park @ Micke Grove Park – formerly known as Funderwoods

LodiMicke Grove Park & Zoo

LodiWorld of Wonders Science Museum

MantecaManteca Bowl & Family Fun Centerfeaturing batting cages + large Arcade & Redemption Center

StocktonChildren’s Museum of Stockton

StocktonPacific Avenue Bowlvideo game room inside

StocktonPixie Woods Children’s Park @ Louis Park

StocktonWest Lane BowlArcade inside

TracyFun Factorylocated inside West Valley Mall

TracyWest Valley Bowlarcade inside

San Luis Obispo County

Arroyo GrandeMustang Waterpark @ Lopez Lake Recreation Area

Avila BeachAvila Hot Springs Resortfeaturing a waterslide, large heated swimming pool, hot mineral pool & arcade

AtascaderoCharles Paddock Zoo @ Atascadero Lake Park

CambriaNitt Witt Ridge(no website found – info link & here)

Morro BayMorro Bay Aquarium

Morro BayMuseum of Natural Historyfeaturing state-of-the-art interactive exhibits – Visitors can build a sand dune, operate the hydrologic cycle & dig into the food pit to create their own food chains.

Paso RoblesPaso Robles Children’s Museum @ The Volunteer Firehouse

Paso RoblesRavine Waterpark

Pismo BeachMonarch Butterfly Grove

Pismo BeachPismo Bowlhas arcade and pool tables

San Luis ObispoMustang LanesArcade inside

San Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo Children’s Museum

San SimeonHearst Castle

San Mateo County

BurlingameBurlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia & Classic Toy Museum

BurlingameGo Kart Racer

Daly CityDaly City Party Playhouse & Video Arcade Room

Half Moon BayLemos Farmfeaturing a Petting Zoo, OK Play Corral, Miniature Train Rides, Pony Rides, Outdoor Laser Tag,  Halloween Scare Zone & more features during Halloween time

PacificaSea Bowl Entertainment Center

Palo AltoBaylands Nature Preserve, Interpretive Center & Duck Pond

Palo AltoPalo Alto Junior Museum & Zooanother link

Palo AltoRinconada Poolfeaturing “lemon drop” geysers, a circular waterfall, “Aqua-ducks” (water bicycles that squirt water), a zero depth “beach” area ideal for infants and a small slide

PescaderoPhipps Country Store & Farm

Redwood CityGolden Gate Railroad Museum

Redwood City – Malibu Grand Prix/Malibu Castle

Redwood CityThe Creative Loft

San CarlosBounce UIndoor “softplay” center

San MateoBianchi Railway Mini Trainlocated in Central Park

San MateoCoyote Point Museum For Environmental Education

San Mateo Safari Run – The Healthy Indoor Entertainment Center

San CarlosHiller Aviation Museum

Santa Barbara County

BuelltonOstrichLand USA

GoletaSouth Coast Railroad Museum & Miniature Train Ride

GoletaZodo’s Bowling & Beyond

Santa BarbaraChildren’s Museum Santa Barbara opening soon

Santa BarbaraKidsworld Playground/Alameda Park

Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara Maritime Museum

Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History + Ty Warner Sea Center @ Stearns Wharf

Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara Zoo

Santa MariaBoomers! Santa Maria – formerly Camelot Park

Santa MariaSanta Maria Museum of Flight

Santa MariaSanta Maria Valley Discovery Museum

SolvangSolvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum

SolvangSunny Fields PlaygroundAn amazing playground with everything a child could want! It is a wooden castle playground with a gingerbread house where kids can make believe they are in the kitchen baking cookies. There are shady spots like a theater where kids can put on a puppet show. There are plenty of medieval towers, monkey bars galore, rope bars kids can balance on, bridges, a tube slide, rock-climbing wall, baby swings, regular swings, and a tire swing! The helm of a viking ship decorates one end of the playground. It will take a long time before your child will become bored here! (lots of pics here as well as a map with driving directions)

Santa Clara County

CupertinoFujitsu Planetarium @ DeAnza College

CupertinoHomestead Lanes

GilroyGilroy Bowl

GilroyGilroy Gardens Family Theme Park formerly known as Bonfante Gardens

Los Altos HillsHidden Villa formerly known as Duveneck Ranch

Los GatosBilly Jones Wildcat Railroad @ Oak Meadow Park & Vasona Park – historic miniature steam train ride

Los GatosOak Meadow Park – includes the above listed train rides, carousel, multiple playgrounds with one impressive playground that has a USAF Jet, Fire Engine & lots to climb on, adjacent to Vasona Park listed below

Los Gatos Vasona Science & Nature Center @ Vasona Park

MilpitasGreat Jump – The Ultimate Trampoline Arena

MilpitasLunar Mini Golf – Glow-In-The-Darklocated inside The Great Mall of The Bay Area

MilpitasMilpitas Golfland Family Fun Center

Morgan HillMorgan Hill Aquatic Center – featuring 2 waterslides, a water playground & a “sprayground”

Morgan HillMorgan Hill Bowl

Mountain ViewComputer History Museumhome to the largest & most significant collection of computing artifacts in the world

Mountain ViewDeer Hollow Farm

Mountain ViewLaser Quest Mountain View

San JoseAlum Rock Science & Nature Center @ Alum Rock Park

San JoseCambrian Bowlarcade inside

San JoseChildren’s Carousel @ Arena Green – located @ Guadalupe River Park & Gardens

San JoseChildren’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

San JoseEmerald Hills Golfland Family Fun Center & Waterslides

San JoseEmma Prusch Farm Park

San JoseEvergreen Acres Petting Farm

San JoseHappy Hollow Park & Zoo @ Kelley Park

San JoseHistory Park @ Kelly Park

San JoseMcEnery Park

San JoseMonopoly In The Parklocated in Discovery Meadow – features the largest Monopoly game board in the world — “larger than life” at 930 square feet in size –  It is designed to be an interactive element of the park with groups able to rent large tokens and actually play a game of Monopoly in an outdoor public setting with advance reservations

San JoseNew Almaden Quicksilver Mining MuseumTemporarily closed for renovation

San JoseRaging Waters San Jose

San JoseRosicrucian Egyptian Museum

San JoseSan Jose Flea MarketLargest open-air market in the country – on 120 acres -attracts 80,000 visitors weekly & 4 million per year – also has a Merry-Go-Round & playground on site

San JoseThe Jungle Fun & Adventure – Campbell @ Saratoga

San JoseThe Jungle Island – Camden @ Kooser

San JoseThe Tech Museum of Innovation

San JoseWinchester Mystery House & Historic Firearms Museum

San MartinWings of History Museum

SaratogaSanborn Science & Nature Center @ Sanborn Park

Santa ClaraCalifornia’s Great America includes Boomerang Bay Waterpark & KidZville

Santa ClaraIntel Museum

Santa ClaraSky High Sports – The Trampoline Place

SunnyvaleGolfland USA Family Fun Center

Santa Cruz County

FeltonBigfoot Discovery Museum

Felton Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroadlocated within Henry Cowell State Park

Santa CruzBoardwalk Bowlarcade inside

Santa CruzMystery Spot – where gravity is defied

Santa CruzSanta Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz –  Neptune’s Kingdom Amusement Center [at the Boardwalk] – a nautical-themed entertainment center featuring Buccaneer Bay 2-story Miniature Golf, Smuggler’s Arcade, Captain’s Game Deck (pool tables, air hockey, foosball) – next door is the Casino Arcade that features Desperatos Shooting Gallery & Laser Tag Arena

Santa CruzSanta Cruz Museum of Natural History

Santa CruzSanta Cruz Surfing Museum – located in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point

Santa CruzSeymour Marine Discovery CenterVisit a working marine laboratory, featuring an Aquarium, Touch Tanks, Exhibit Halls, Ocean Discovery Shop & tours to the Marine Mammal Research Overlook

WatsonvillePump’d Inflatable Fun Center

WatsonvilleSanta Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Campgroundfeaturing a KOA Express Fun Train, Jumping Pillow, mini golf, banana bikes, a climbing wall & spectacular playground

Shasta County

LakeheadLake Shasta Cavernsfeaturing cave tours, Sandy Creek Mining Sluice, and Rock Box

ReddingCountry Bowl

ReddingNeed 2 Speed Indoor Kart Racingalso featuring Blacklight 3D Miniature Golf

ReddingRedding Aquatic Center featuring a large water-play structure & water slide

ReddingShasta Lanesgame room inside

ReddingTurtle Bay Exploration Park & Museum – featuring Paul Bunyan’s Forest Camp

ReddingWater Works Park

Shasta LakeOasis Fun Center includes Bumper Boats, Go Carts, Laser Tag, Miniature Golf, Rock Climbing Wall

Sierra County

AlleghanyUnderground Gold Miners MuseumFeaturing Underground Tours and Exhibits which include a working 3D Mine Model and video footage of underground operations

DownievilleFoundry MuseumFeaturing a detailed model turn-of-the-century Downieville as well as logging and mining exhibits info LINK

LoyaltonMilton Gottardi Museum & Parklocated in the city park, this historic building features displays on logging, agriculture and the Washoe Indiansinfo LINK

Sierra CityKentucky Mine Historic Park & MuseumThe Sierra County Historical Society presents Guided Tours into the underground mine and also into California’s last remaining workable Gold Ore Stamp Mill – Also features local American Indian culture.

Siskiyou County

McCloudMcCloud Railway Excursion Train + Shasta Sunset Dinner Train

Mt. ShastaSiskiyou Ice RinkLargest Outdoor Ice Skating Rink In Northern California

YrekaSiskiyou Lanes – Bowling alley with game room

Solano County

BeniciaBenicia Fire Museum

BeniciaBenicia Historical Museum

FairfieldJelly Belly Factory Tour (also includes a virtual tour on their website)

FairfieldScandia Family Fun Centerfeaturing 2 Miniature Golf Courses, Lil’ Indy Raceway, Waterbug Blaster Boats, Batting Cages, Lasertron Laser Tag, Extreme Air Rockwall, Clubhouse For Kids Indoor Playspace & Grand Arcade & Redemption Center

FairfieldTravis Air Museumlocated @ Travis Air Force Base – “One of the Largest Collections of Military Aircraft on the West Coast”

Rio VistaRio Vista Museum

Suisun CityWestern Railway Museum & Train Ride

VacavilleGreat Wonders Playground – located within Andrews Park

VacavilleNut Tree USA –  miniature train ride & carousel

VallejoChildren’s Wonderlandfeaturing a very creative park and playground with lots of imaginative play areas and structures

VallejoHappy Frog – The Indoor Play & Party Zone

VallejoSix Flags Discovery Kingdomformerly known as Marine World/Africa USA

VallejoVallejo Naval & Historical Museum

Sonoma County

GuernevillePee Wee Golf & ArcadeA classic a very fun 1950’s-style prehistoric-themed miniature golf course – [great pics here] – no website found but history can be found here  –  Here is the Facebook Page Link with lots of info & pics

PetalumaMrs. Grossman Sticker Factory TourYou’ll see thousands of stickers going through every stage of printing, high-speed packaging as well as machines sorting, and wrapping. Wait until you see our LaserWeb! It’s the only system of its kind in the United States that can cut our laser-cut stickers. It’s a high-tech wonder that shoots 10,000-degree laser beams to make the delicate cuts on Mrs. Grossman’s Paper Whisper™ stickers. After the factory tour, it’s off to our Sticker Art room where you’ll decorate a postcard using Mrs. Grossman’s stickers, and learn a few decorating tricks that are quick, easy and lots of fun. You’ll also have a chance to visit the Sticker Museum – Truly a magical treat for the whole family.

Rohnert ParkDouble Decker Lanes large bowling center with arcade

Rohnert ParkDriven Raceway Indoor Karting & Entertainment Centerfeaturing Indoor Go Karts, Hack-n-Putt (a race themed Dark Light Mini Golf course), Mini Bowling Alley (also racing themed), and a wide variety of arcade video and redemption games

Rohnert ParkScandia Funlandfeaturing Miniature Golf, Lil’ Indy Raceway, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages & Grand Arcade

Rohnert ParkSlot Car Raceway

Santa RosaCharles M. Schultz Museumthe late creator of Snoopy & Charlie Brown

Santa RosaHowarth Park/Big K-Land Amusement Areafeaturing the C.P. Huntington Steam Train (rides), Carousel, Animal Barn Petting Zoo, Shetland Pony rides, JumpHouse, BoatHouse, Climbing Wall, DigZone (hydraulically-operated tractor shovel), Sprouting Water Orchard, and incredible Land of Imagination Playground divided into 5 different themed zones – Prehistoric, Native American Village, Rancho Santa Rosa, Western Town & Modern World

Santa RosaKidspot Imagination Centernow located at Coddingtown Mall

Santa RosaPacific Coast Air Museum

Santa RosaSafari West Wildlife Preserve

Santa RosaSpring Lake Regional Park320 acre park featuring a Swimming Lagoon with a sandy beach, 72 acre lake, paddle Boat rentals, fishing, boating, camping and lots of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding plus an educational Visitors Center

Sonoma Sonoma TrainTown & RailroadTour over 10 heavily wooded acres riding on 15-gauge Steam Train pulled in open cars by a 1927 Hudson Locomotive with a nice miniature caboose bringing up the rear over bridges and trestles, through tunnels and past waterfalls to the miniature town of Lakeville with buildings scaled at one-half size! Several train themed attractions featuring a fully restored vintage Iron Horse carousel that plays old time railroad songs, a giant High Iron four-story Ferris Wheel, a Dragon Train Roller Coaster, Sonoma TrainTown Airlines, the high flying Chattanooga Choo Choo Chairs, the Locomotion, Iron Horse Merry-Go-Round, Dragon Train, Fort Structure play area & Petting Zoo. At your leisure, explore three full-sized Cabooses dating back to the 1930’s & 40’s.These rail cars have wood stoves and observation areas. One of them loaded with video games. For the littlest visitors there are also coin operated rides including a galloping horse, a stagecoach and a locomotive.

Stanislaus County

CeresImagine It Children’s Museum (no website found) info link

HughsonResendiz Family Fruit Barnpetting zoo, playground, fish pond, waterfalls

ModestoBoomers! Modesto – formerly Camelot Park

ModestoFunworks! Modesto tons of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy featuring a brand new R/C Racetrack, Highway 66 Bowling Lanes, Miniature Golf, Game Zone (arcade & prize redemption), PlayWorks (indoor playground), (triple level) Go-Cart Track, SplashWorks (Pirate ships with water cannons), Bump-N-Tag (bumper car laser tag), The Rock (climbing wall), Batting Cages, Teddy Bear Factory and the seasonal Corn Maze

ModestoLaser Quest Modesto

ModestoMcHenry Bowl

ModestoModesto Virtual

ModestoYosemite Lanes Family Fun Center

OakdaleOakdale Cheese & Specialtiesfeaturing Cheese Factory Tours, a Petting Zoo & 2 Koi Ponds

OakdaleOakdale Cowboy Museum

TurlockFunworks! Turlock

TurlockTen Pin Fun Centerproposed bowling alley, multi-level laser tag arena, arcade, bocce ball courts and sports bar & grill (scheduled to open in late 2011) – Link to the newspaper articles here and here – Facebook page here

Sutter County

NicolausShooters All-Season Paintball – featuring an indoor play field

Yuba CityCyberstationarcade located inside the Yuba Sutter Mall

Yuba CityGauche Aquatic Park

Yuba CityNu Generation Bowlfeaturing an arcade

Yuba CityPowerPlay Game Lounge

Tehama County

Gerber South Shasta Model Railroad (link with pics) (local newspaper article) – also features actual rides on a 59-year-old German-built steam locomotive that uses wood for fuel – very limited hours of operation

Red BluffLariat Bowl & Bowling Greens Miniature Golffeaturing a cosmic laser light show, arcade games and pool tables

Red BluffSacramento River Discovery Center

Trinity County

WeavervilleJake Jackson Memorial Museumfeaturing historical buildings and exhibits – indoor & outdoor – a trip through history of days past

Tulare County

Tulare Heritage Complex International Agri-Center – Antique Farm Equipment Museum

Tulare Time Out Pizza & Fun Centerfeaturing waterslides, batting cages & arcade

Visalia Imagine U Interactive Children’s Museum

VisaliaVisalia Adventure Park & Full Throttle Racewayfeaturing 18-hole Miniature Golf, Hwy 66 Bowling, Family Go-Kart Track, Lazer Tag, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Video & Redemption Arcade and Kritters Pizza Buffet

Tuolumne County

ColumbiaColumbia State Historic Park The town’s old Gold Rush-era business district has been preserved with shops, restaurants and two hotels. Visitors have the chance to time-travel to the 1850s, imagining life when gold miners rubbed shoulders with businessmen and the other residents in Columbia. Visitors can experience a bygone era watching proprietors in period clothing conduct business in the style of yesterday. There are opportunities to ride a 100 year-old stagecoach, hire a “fine steed” for a horseback ride through the “diggins,” pan for gold, tour an active gold mine and explore the real working businesses of historic Columbia.

GrovelandGroveland Yosemite Gateway Museumfeaturing displays from the gold rush era and scale models of saw mills, animal pelts – see the mounted California Black Bear and Great Horned Owl showcased

JamestownRailtown 1897 State Historic Park featuring a historic museum and steam train excursions into California’s Motherlode/Gold Country

SonoraLlamas of Circle HomeAn experience you’ll not forget – Learn as you play with these gentle creatures. They have been caring for and breeding magnifienct llamas for over 20 years. Meet these wonderful creatures and if you’re adventuresome, spend some time joining, leading or training them on a llama hike. They will give you an insightful tour of the herd dynamics of these social animals – Over 50 llamas to enjoy!

SonoraSonora Fire Museumfeaturing displays of vintage and historic fire engines and fire fighting equipment

SonoraTuolumne County Historical Museum & Historic Jail

SonoraVeterans Memorial Hall & Military Museum

TuolumneTuolumne City Memorial Museum

Twain HarteTwain Harte Miniature Golf

Ventura County

Agoura HillsJungleland Activity Centerlocated in the Reyes Adobe Shopping Center

CamarilloJolly Jumps Indoor Party Place

CamarilloHarley’s Camarillo Bowl

CamarilloLazer Tag Extreme

MoorparkAmerica’s Teaching Zoolocated on the campus of Moorpark College

Newbury ParkNextGen Video Game Arcade

Newbury ParkStagecoach Inn MuseumConejo Valley Historical Society presents several exhibits but one of the highlights include memorabilia and artifacts from the old Jungleland which started as a Wild Animal Farm in the late 1920’s

Oak ParkBright Child Indoor Playgroundformerly known as Fo-Fo Figgily’s – also featuring an arcade/game center & lazer tag

OxnardGull Wings Children’s Museum

OxnardMurphy Auto Museum

Simi ValleyBig Z Family Fun Center & Restaurant

Simi ValleyFuntastic Indoor Play Center – (opening in 2010)

Simi ValleyHarley’s Simi Bowl

Simi ValleySkatelab Indoor Skatepark & Skateboarding Hall of Fame/Museum

Thousand OaksBoulderdash Indoor Rock Climbing

Thousand OaksMB2 Raceway Indoor Kart Racing

VenturaBuena LanesArcade inside

VenturaGolf N’ Stufffeaturing two 18-hole miniature golf courses, Lit’l Indy Go-Karts, bumper boats, bumper cars, a lazer tag arena & a large arcade

VenturaImagine That“Educational Indoor Play Area”

VenturaThe Clubhouse Fun ZoneIndoor Play Center

VenturaVentura Harbor Villagefeaturing the Village Carousel plus the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center with live tide pool and movies

Yolo County

DavisBohart Museum of Entomology @ UC Davis Campus – 7th largest insect collection in North America

DavisCalifornia Bicycle Museum(website has not been updated yet) – Opening in April/2010

Davis Explorit Science Center

DavisRocknasium – The Climbing Gym

DavisUnited States Bicycling Hall of Fame

West SacramentoCalifornia Indian Heritage Center (opening soon)

West SacramentoCapitol BowlArcade inside

WoodlandDK’s Place Family Arcade

WoodlandHays Antique Truck Museum

WoodlandHeidrick Ag History Center & Antique Tractor Museum

Yuba County

MarysvilleMarysville Flea Market & Auction / Family Entertainment Center (no website found)Features a Miniature Golf Course, Go-Karts & Bumper Cars – Here is a recent newspaper article on this place dated October 12, 2011 – This Link will open up in PDFLINK

MarysvilleMuseum of the Forgotten Warriorsover 60,000 items on display from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War

WheatlandBishop’s Pumpkin Farmlots to see and do in the spring as well as the fall including a 24-gauge train ride – pictures of train here

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