Fun Family Attractions In Arizona

Are you looking for something to do with the kids this weekend – an opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy some family time together – maybe experience something new or going some place fun, educational or both that you haven’t been to before? Well, here you will find a whole plethora of fun adventures and activities to enjoy with the whole family. Use these ideas when boredom strikes or plan ahead for your next family excursion, vacation, weekend getaway or even a day trip in Arizona? There is definitely no shortage of things to do in this state that the whole family can enjoy together – whether you’re a local or just visiting. Lots of great outdoor activities to do when the weather is just right – as well as lots of air-conditioned indoor or water-related activities to do to cool off when the searing Arizona summer heat kicks into high gear.

This comprehensive guide to family oriented adventures, amusements and attractions feature those that are educational, fun, interactive, adventurous, competitive, sports-minded, exciting and/or relaxing.  Many of these promote curiosity, imagination, physical fitness and social interaction. The following listings focus on amusement parks, family fun centers, water parks, splash pads, wildlife parks, zoos, aquariums, guided tours, “hands-on” interactive children’s museums, kid activity centers, “family oriented” museums , exceptional parks, indoor playgrounds, go-karts, train rides, miniature golf, larger arcades, ticket/prize redemption centers, “soft-play” (bounce house type) play centers, laser tag arenas, exceptional paintball arenas, aquatic centers that feature waterslides or interactive water features, farm tours, caves and caverns that offer tours, 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. A number of lesser known places of interest have also been included here.

Now I’m also aware that there are bound to be additional attractions out there that I may not have included here – as there could really never be a “complete” list – but would appreciate your input in letting me know those favorites of yours that I haven’t included yet. None-the-less, this should still give you a decent selection of  places to check out.

I also strongly encourage you to check out the individual attraction’s websites before getting in the car and driving as a few of these are seasonal or 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 fees – but not all – some are actually free of charge or accept donations. Some even offer reduced admission days or times. Also, due to the state of the economy as well as other factors, places do close down, go out of business, relocate, or switch over to an on-the-road type business.

So check out the endless possibilities below. There should be plenty of choices here for all ages.


Fun Family Attractions in Arizona

Please Note:  All attractions are arranged and listed alphabetically by city:

  • AguilaRobson’s Mining WorldAn old-time gold mining town offering an impressive collection of antique mining equipment, gold panning, explore Native American artifacts and petroglyphs and see the Gold Mine.
  • AnthemAnthem Community Park – An incredible 63-acre park featuring Adventure Playground (large size highlighted by  a 3-tier castle), Daisy Mountain Railroad, Splash Pad, a half-pipe Skateboard Park, an In-Line Hockey Rink, Catch & Release Fishing Pond, Community Center, Big Splash Water Park (see next listing) and much more.
  • AnthemBig Splash WaterparkUse limited to residents and guests
  • Apache JunctionSuperstition Mountain Museum
  • BensonKartchner Caverns State ParkGuided Cave Tour & Discovery Center
  • BisbeeBisbee Mining & Historical Museum
  • BisbeeQueen Mine ToursRide the mine train deep underground into the Queens Mine and learn it’s history from the miners-turned-tour-guides.
  • Bullhead CityColorado River Museum
  • Bullhead CityScooter’s Family Fun Center (no website found) Facebook Linkfeaturing 2 miniature golf courses, mini Indy raceway, batting cages and arcade
  • Camp VerdeFort Verde State Historic Parkfeaturing 3 historic museums on site.
  • Camp VerdeOut of Africa Wildlife ParkHome to over 400 animals on a 104-acre preserve the Park features wild animals from all over the world, including Lions, Tigers, Giraffe, Rhinoceros, Black Bear, Camel, Jaguar, Ostrich, Cobras and more! The animals enjoy natural, spacious habitats and you can share in this one-of–a–kind wildlife experience.
  • Casa GrandeCasa Grande Valley Historical Society & Museumfeaturing vintage fire engines, a vintage schoolhouse, miniature agricultural display, mining exhibits, railroad exhibits
  • Chandler Arizona Railway Museum
  • ChandlerDesert Breeze Park & Railroad featuring the Desert Breeze Express Train Ride, Carousel, newer playgrounds, old time train station and lake
  • ChandlerMakutu’s IslandIndoor Playground & Family Fun Center
  • ChandlerRawhide Western Town At Wild Horse Passfeaturing a Desert Train Ride, Butterfield Stagecoach Rides, Gold Panning, Burro Rides, Rock Climbing Wall, Six Gun Theater Stunt Shows, Spirit of the West Theater Stage Shows and Shootin’ Gallery
  • ChandlerTumbleweed Park/PlaytopiaPlaytopia is a FREE 2.5 acre playground and picnic section of Tumbleweed Park featuring several themed play zones (such as Farm Land, City Land, Critter Land) based on Chandler’s heritage — an ideal place for endless imaginative play and attracts families from all over town — Come out and play!
  • ClarkdaleVerde Canyon Railroad
  • CottonwoodBlazin’ M Ranch Featuring an all-you-can-eat Chuckwagon Dinner, a Live Western Stage Show and a wide variety of Western sights and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
  • DragoonThe Thing(no website found)story and details featured Here and Here
  • FlagstaffLowell ObservatoryThe world’s largest private astronomical observatoryExplore interactive “hands-on” exhibits & experience cinematic, widescreen multimedia shows in the auditorium.
  • FlagstaffMuseum of Northern ArizonaOpened June/2009
  • GilbertBounce U
  • GilbertFreestone Park & Railroad featuring a Miniature Train Ride around the Park, Carousel, Mini Ferris Wheel, Wave Runner Kiddie Ride and Playgrounds and lake.
  • GilbertGilbert Historical Museum “Explore the Past, Experience the Present, Imagine the Future” – 7 themed rooms to explore with tons of exhibits – some “hands-on”
  • GilbertMother Nature’s Farm
  • GlendaleAdobe Mountain Desert Railroad Park & Museum/Adobe Western RailroadTrain Ride LinkRide the Train from the South end of the park to the Museum. Displays include a small, narrow-gauge 1884 locomotive plus model railroad layout.
  • GlendaleAquatic Playground Splash PadAn 8,500-square-foot aquatic playground “featuring nearly 30 different nozzles and buckets, from cattails to ground geysers
  • GlendaleCerreta Candy Companyoffering free factory tours – Staff-guided (30 minute tours) and self-guided tours are available. Television monitors through out the facility provide plenty of information while you watch chocolate sensations being created right before your eyes. The Cerreta family has been hand-crafting chocolates for nearly 70 years. This small factory is a great place to take the kids for a tour of a working candy factory as well as to sample the candies.
  • GlendaleSpeed Street Indoor Race TrackKart Racing Facility
  • GlendaleTolmachoff FarmsAn authentic working family -run farm featuring guided farm and field trip tours, farm animals, (corn mazes, bounce house  and train rides during selected events), as well as special events throughout the year.
  • GlendaleWet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix Water Park – (previously known as Waterworld Safari)
  • GlobeBesh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological ParkWalk through a 700 year old Salado Culture pueblo, climb ladders to second story rooms and view the typical furnishings of the era. Numerous artifacts of this remarkably advanced culture are also displayed in the Besh-Ba-Gowah Museum
  • GoldfieldGoldfield Ghost Town“The Gateway to the Superstition Mountains” – Tour the historic Mammoth Gold Mine and visit the Goldfield Museum. Pan for gold then take a ride on Arizona’s only narrow gauge train.- Witness an old west gun fight performed by the famous Goldfield Gunfighters – Jeep Tours of the Superstition Mountains – Horseback, Wagons & Carriage Adventures await you – Spend a fun filled day, rich in wild west history!
  • Grand CanyonGrand Canyon National Park – Explore the North Rim or South Rim (most popular)
  • Grand Canyon WestGrand Canyon SkywalkHualapai Tribal Village – [This entire attraction is located on the tribal land of the Hualaipi  Indian Reservation] The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a unique glass-bottomed cantilever structure that spans 70 feet over the Grand Canyon’s rim and sits 4,000 feet above the Colorado River – Unveiled and opened to the public in March 2007 – Several varieties of tour packages available – Shuttlebus stops at Eagle Point, Guano Point and Hualapai Ranch featuring Native American Village, Amphitheater performances, Hualapai Craft & Jewelry Market, hiking, exploring ruins, cowboy entertainment, demonstrations, wagon rides, horseback tours, whitewater rafting, plane & helicopter tours with pontoon boat connection tour.
  • Lake Havasu CityHavasu Hot Laps – Go Kart Racing (no website found) Info Link
  • Lake Havasu CityLake Havasu Aquatic Centerfeaturing a waterslide, kiddie lagoon, splash park
  • Litchfield ParkWildlife World Zoo & AquariumNearly 600 species of animals and 75 themed indoor exhibits – featuring an African Safari Train, Log Flume Ride, Australian Boat and Sky-Ride, all of which are integrated into the live animal exhibits.
  • MaranaBreakers Water ParkBreakers Bay is Arizona’s Largest Wave Pool – 1.3 Million Gallons of wave pool excitement! Also featuring The Riptide, Bonzai Pipeline (5 “thrill” slides), Splash Canyon and Captain Kidd’s Surfari (the new Interactive play zone for the little ones)
  • MesaAmazing Jake’s Food & FunAn amazing 90,000 sq.ft. of air-conditioned indoor food, fun and games featuring an All-U-Can-Eat Buffet full of Pizzas, Pastas, Soups, a Potato and Salad Bar, Fountain Drinks and Desserts. The Fun Factory includes over 150 Interactive Redemption and Video Games along with the biggest and best prize counter in town. Enjoy an Indoor Go-Kart track, a Glow Bowling Alley (Galaxy Bowl), Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Rock Climbing Wall, a Mini Coaster and Surfside Miniature Golf plus four kiddie rides including the Rio Grande Train, Tea Cups, a Frog Hopper as well as a Carousel.
  • MesaArizona Museum For Youth
  • MesaArizona Museum of Natural HistoryThis premier museum is THE  place for family fun. Where else can you see a flash flood cascading down a three-story mountain inside a museum? See Bubba the snapping turtle and a live Gila monster. Experience a real territorial jail, pan for gold in the History Courtyard, and wind your way through the Lost Dutchman’s Mine. Check out the new special exhibitions and experience hands-on adventure for all ages in the Exploration Station. Explore Arizona and the Southwest from the creation of the earth 4.5 billion years ago to the present. See the origins of life on earth, meteorites and minerals. In Dinosaur Hall, discover some of the biggest dinosaurs that ever lived, and on Dinosaur Mountain see how some appeared and sounded in a natural context. In a Walk through Time, explore ancient Arizona’s Paleozoic Seas, Triassic Petrified Forest, monsters of the Cretaceous Seas, and the first animals to fly.
  • MesaGolfland Sunsplash – featuring 3 Miniature Golf Courses, Fastcar Raceway, Bumper Boat Lagoon, Putt’s Playland, Lazer Knights Laser Tag Arena, King Ben’s Castle Arcade, plus 18 Waterslides and Water Adventures!!
  • MesaJambo! Indoor Amusement Park – An indoor amusement park with rides & soft play (formerly called Jeepers Amusement Paradise) – A 28,000 square foot climate controlled indoor amusement park with your child’s favorite rides – mini roller coaster, carousel, bumper cars, monkey barrels, spinning cups, safari train, jet airplane ride. Add over 90 non-violent games, many with redemption tickets & prizes. Now add a giant soft play area with tunnels & slides for hours of fun.
  • MesaLaser Quest
  • MesaRockin’ R RanchA working cattle and horse ranch for generations, the Rockin’ R Ranch is a real pioneer ranch with a history as intriguing as the West was Wild – Come and experience the spectacular scenery, the delicious BBQ beef and chicken dinners, the gunfights, gold panning and horse-drawn wagon rides, and the world-famous western stage shows that have drawn millions of people from all over the world to the Rockin’ R Ranch – Arizona’s Wild West Town.
  • MesaStratum Laser Tag & Entertainment Center Billed as “The World’s Largest Laser Tag Arena”
  • MesaSuperstition Farm – Dairy TourExperience and learn from an actual working family-run farm offering tours, ‘hands-on’ demonstrations, a petting farm, hayrides, a hay maze, a ‘milk bar’ – hear ‘cow tales’ and see a ‘cow spa’
  • MesaXtreme PlayInflatable Indoor PlaygroundCLOSED as of Apr/2010
  • OracleBiosphere 2A One-of-a-kind facility – Experience the remarkable Biosphere 2 which Time Life Books recently named one of the 50 must see “Wonders of the World”. See why visitors from around the globe journey here for this unique adventure not found anywhere else. Discover real-time research on the future of our planet as it unfolds in the specially designed mini-world. Starting at the visitor center you will get a first look at the new  “Phoenix Mars Lander” exhibit which landed on Mars in the summer of 2008. The visitor center also houses numerous other exhibits and multi-media displays along with a Bookstore and Cafe. Check out the new feature movie showing in the main theater which describes the past, present and future of the project. Your entry into the Biosphere is led by a tour guide who takes you inside and under the glass. The beautiful trail system takes you on a once in a lifetime tour that lets you smell the ocean and see a tropical Rainforest up close. In addition to escorting you through the upper Biomes, your interpretive tour guide takes you through the basement “technosphere” and into the amazing lungs that help the Biosphere system breathe. Your tour will conclude in the custom-built underwater ocean viewing gallery where you can explore the million-gallon ocean and its real coral reef.
  • Peach Springs – Grand Canyon Caverns (tours) Located directly off of the legendary Highway “Route 66” between Peach Springs & Seligman  – This is the largest “dry” caverns in the United States
  • PeoriaChallenger Space CenterThe Challenger Space Center provides an exciting space-based learning environment where schoolchildren, families, senior citizens, corporate teams and others fly simulated space flight missions where they become flight crews, mission controllers and scientists.
  • PeoriaCowtownBe a Cowboy! Experience cowboy life adventures here – This Wild West location includes Old West Town, Team-Building Course, Horseback Riding, Paintball Combat Zone and Cowboy Games – Fun for the entire family – Cowtown, AZ is a Clio-award winning film location starring in more than 250 movies, commercials and television shows.
  • PeoriaCowtown Paintball
  • PeoriaPump It Up – The Inflatable Party Zone
  • Peoria – Rio Vista Park
  • PeoriaWazee’s World Laser Zone This 43,000 sq. ft. entertainment Mecca includes a 7500 sq. ft. multi-level Laser Tag arena, a nine-hole Cosmic “Glow-in-the-Dark” Golf course and an Inflatable Bounce Arena that includes two large bounce houses and an obstacle course plus a video game arcade and redemption center. The “Area 51” themed laser tag arena is unlike anything in the state. This is not your typical laser tag game, but rather an amazing adventure. Space Quest is the first of it’s kind in Arizona – Designed more as a movie set than your typical laser tag arena… that you’ll have to see to believe!
  • Petrified Forest National Park/Painted Desert
  • PhoenixArizona Science Center“Hands-On Eye-Opening Fun”Located in Historic Heritage Square – Explore more than 300 hands-on exhibits in five themed galleries.
  • PhoenixArizona Doll & Toy Museumfeaturing a wide variety of dolls and toys from yesterday as well as contemporary playthings and furnished doll houses. One room has even been refurbished to reflect a turn of the century one room school house complete with antique dolls as “students.”
  • PhoenixArizona Military Museumlocated at Papago Park Military Reservation – There’s something here for everyone – kids to seniors. Visitors can view over twenty-five authentic displays of everything from uniforms to weapons to armored vehicles – Military exhibits include a large weapons display and an actual UH-1M Army Combat Helicopter (gunship) flown in Vietnam.
  • PhoenixArizona Mining & Mineral MuseumOver 3,000 minerals, rocks, fossils and mining artifacts are on exhibit. Highlighting the collection are the colorful minerals from Arizona’s copper mines. Among the spectacular individual specimens on display are an eight-foot specimen of native copper, a large quartz geode – each half weighing 240 pounds, rocks from the first Moon landing, and a fragment of Meteor Crater’s meteorite weighing 206 pounds. Prominently displayed outside is the 43-foot tall Boras mine head frame, moved to Phoenix from Bisbee, Arizona – an 1882 baby-gauge steam train locomotive from Phelps Dodge’s Morenci mine. A mucker car and ore car have been set on rail in the front yard and a 19-foot tall 5-stamp mill has been added to the historic mining equipment. Contemporary open pit mining is represented by a 13 foot diameter tire from a 320 ton capacity mine haul truck and a 27 cubic yard bucket from an electric shovel. Don’t miss the mural of the 320-ton haul truck!
  • PhoenixAZ Mazes/Fear Farmfeaturing an 8-acre corn maze with 5 miles of twists and turns – 5 incredible haunted attractions in September & October
  • PhoenixCastles-N-Coasters – “Arizona’s Finest Family Fun & Thrill Park” featuring 15 attractions, rides and activities – including 2 roller coasters (Desert Storm & The Patriot), Sky Diver (“the official scream machine”), Splashdown (log ride), Free Fall, Lil’ Indy Cars, Bumper Boats, Sea Dragon, Ram Rods, Magic Carpet At Aladin’s Castle, Carousel, 4 Miniature Golf Courses and an 18,000 sq- ft. Interactive Arcade packed with video, pinball, carnival and redemption games plus Shooting Gallery – also 3 kiddie rides
  • PhoenixChildren’s Museum of Phoenix
  • PhoenixDesert Botanical GardenNestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. This one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 300,000 visitors each year.
  • PhoenixEnchanted Island Amusement Park“Located right in the heart of Encanto Park” –  Enchanted Island is filled with charm and magic – offering nine kiddie rides and a variety of popular attractions geared especially toward children aged 1 to 10. Ride the historic Encanto Carousel, Kiddie Cars, Bumper Boats, Little ones can also get  soaked at the newly opened Splash Zone – Pedal-boat across fish-filled lagoons. Test your skill at the arcade games.
  • PhoenixF1 Race Factory Indoor Kart Racing“America’s Largest Indoor Kart Racing & Entertainment Venue” – including Rock Climbing, Billiards & Video Arcade
  • PhoenixHall of Flame Fire Museum & National Firefighting Hall of Heroesfeaturing almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus, fire engines and fire fighting equipment on display dating from 1725 to 1969
  • PhoenixImagination AvenueIndoor play center for the younger set which features a Child size “pretend village” complete with 9 play houses that include a house, school, grocery store, hospital, home depot, fire station, jail, dress shop and a movie theater – Other features include a jungle gym, train station, puppet theater, birthday party room, and puzzle/color room.
  • PhoenixLaser Quest
  • PhoenixJambo! Indoor Amusement Park – A jungle-themed indoor Miniature Golf facility  formerly called Mini Golf Paradise
  • PhoenixOasis Water Park @ The Arizona Grand Resort
  • PhoenixPhoenix Trolley Museum/Arizona Street Railway Museum
  • PhoenixPhoenix Zoo“Voted one of the Nation’s Top 5 Zoos for Kids!” –
  • PhoenixPioneer Arizona Living History Village & MuseumFeaturing over 90 acres of an old 1800’s town – with no cars or smog – Just authentic buildings and historically accurate reproductions. Visit an Opera House, blacksmith shop, vintage cabins, sheriff’s office and jail, complete ranch complex, and costumed interpreters including cowboys, lawmen, and lovely Victorian ladies – All await you at Pioneer Living History Village – Arizona’s most authentic Old West town.
  • PhoenixPueblo Grand Museum Archaeological Park
  • PhoenixPump It Up – The Inflatable Party Zone
  • PhoenixSpeedway Indoor Kart Racing Center
  • PhoenixToy Town Play Center
  • PicachoRooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch
  • Pomerene (near Benson) – Gammons GulchOld West Town & Mining Camp, Movie Set & Museum – Tours offered
  • PrescottHeritage Park Zoological Sanctuary One of the largest spider displays in the country can be found here at the Tarantula Grotto – A 2600 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Reptile House is currently under construction.
  • PrescottThe Spot – A Child’s MuseumOpening Soon @ Prescott Gateway Mall
  • Prescott ValleyFreedom Station Family Fun Center – featuring Wild West Mini-Golf, Bumper Cars, Playland, Rock Climbing Wall, Video Arcade & Redemption Center & Family Fun Train
  • Queen CreekSchnepf Farms “The Southwest’s Premier Family Entertainment Farm” featuring U-Pick Organic Gardens and Orchards, Petting Barn, Giant Slide, Train Rides, Carousel, Play Yard, Farmhouse Museum, Country Store, Sweet Shoppe, Campground – Additional children’s rides (including a roller coaster and flying/swinging rides) available during special events throughout the year – The historic, family-run 600-acre working farm also offers a variety of seasonal activities such as concerts, festivals, birthday parties, company parties, picnics, cook-offs, dinner extravaganzas in the orchard as well as educational farm tours for various school, private and public groups and organizations.
  • RooseveltTonto National Monument – Discover the Ancient Cliff Dwellings – also featuring a Visitor Center, Museum,  Observation Deck, Video Presentation and Guided Tours
  • SaffordDiscovery Park Campus (Eastern Arizona College) – featuring an observatory and exhibit galleries dealing with astronomy, space and the Solar System. The Highlight…The Space Shuttle Polaris takes visitors on a virtual tour through the solar system. This high-tech motional simulator blasts off from the Discovery Park Campus, over the 10,720 foot Mt. Graham, to visit each of the planets in the solar system. The on-board “computer” describes the journey to make it a very educational and entertaining experience.
  • SaffordSwings & Things Sports Park (no website found)  info link
  • SahuaritaASARCO Mineral Discovery Center/Mission Mine TourDiscover their award-winning exhibit center, video theater, cactus garden, and picnic area. Experience a tour of the ASARCO Mission Copper Mine. Learn about the history of the copper mining industry and how it’s used today. See the collection of mining equipment at several outdoor exhibits – also see up close 2 huge haul trucks, an Insley Shovel and a Galion Grader.
  • Sahuarita Titan Missile Museumfeaturing the only publicly accessible Titan II missile site in the nation – Tour the underground missile site – See the 3-ton blast doors, the 8-foot thick silo walls, and an actual Titan II missile in the launch duct – Visit the launch control center, experience a simulated launch and more!
  • ScottsdaleCrackerJax Family Fun & Sports Parkfeaturing Can-Am Style Go-Karts, Jax Trax Indy-Style Kiddie Karts , Bumper Boat Lagoon, Miniature Golf (2 courses), Bungy Dome, Water Wars, Professional Putting Course, 300-yard Driving Range, Batting Cages, Volleyball Courts, Video Arcade & Redemption Center.
  • ScottsdaleMcCormick-Stillman Railroad ParkTake a ride on the Paradise and Pacific Railroad and the Antique Carousel – Visit the McCormick Historical Railroad Exhibit and Museum,Arboretum and let the kids enjoy two spacious themed playgrounds – Also a new Model Railroad Building opening later this year – This one-of-kind 10,000 square foot building will showcase the park’s four model railroad clubs along with surrounding railroad displays and artifacts.  This facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2010.
  • ScottsdalePump It Up – The Inflatable Party Zone
  • Sierra VistaBall Fore Miniature Golf (no website found)
  • Sierra VistaSierra Vista Aquatic Center/”The Cove”featuring Kids Shipwreck (kiddie slide and waterplay features) & Lagoon, Diving well with two diving boards (1-one meter, 1-three meter), 150’ enclosed tube water slide and an underwater Observation area.
  • StanfieldShamrock Farms – Dairy Farm TourMore than 10,000 cows are standing by, ready to make this farm tour a real hands-on experience for kids of all ages. With interactive displays, games and a tram ride, it’s a cornucopia of family-focused and educational activities for the whole herd.
  • SummerhavenMt. Lemmon Sky CenterAn exceptional science learning facility located at Steward Observatory’s “sky island” observing site just north of Tucson. The SkyCenter builds upon the uniqueness of the 9157′ summit of Mt. Lemmon and on the extensive knowledge base at the University of Arizona to deliver educational adventures.
  • SuperiorBoyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkDiscover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world’s deserts, towering trees, captivating cacti, sheer mountain cliffs, a streamside forest, panoramic vistas, many natural habitats with varied wildlife, a desert lake, a hidden canyon, specialty gardens highlighted by a Children’s Garden where kids can explore a maze, dig for buried treasure and enjoy the sites, sounds and smells. This garden has something for all ages – Lots of hiking trails and a Visitor’s Center – Guided tours available.
  • SuperiorWorld’s Smallest Museum“One of Arizona’s Finest Roadside Attractions on Historic US 60!”
  • TempeBig Surf Water Park Featuring the Waikiki Wave Pool – the 3rd largest wave pool in the United States containing over 2 million gallons of water with waves reaching up to four feet. Other attractions include Hurricane Falls, Kiluea Cove Slides, Cyclone Slide, Tsunami Slide, Tornado Twisters, Abyss Black Hole (Dark) Slide) Avalanche (White Serpentine Tubing Ride), Tahitian Twister Slides, Captains Cook’s Landing (toddler play zone) & Bora Bora Bay & Slides (Kool Kid Zone).
  • TempeFiddlesticks Family Fun Parkfeaturing Miniature Golf (2 courses), Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, 3 Kiddie Rides (Rookie Go-Karts, Flying Dragon, Miner Mike Roller Coaster), Batting Cages, Driving Range & Interactive Video Arcade
  • TempeGameworkslocated in the Arizona Mills Mall
  • TempeHalle Heart Children’s MuseumA one-of-a-kind museum designed completely around the heart. A visit to the museum will illuminate the function of the heart, its role in the body, and ways to keep it healthy. Discover the fascinating and prominent position the heart holds in the body. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s fantastic!
  • TempeKiwanis Park Recreation Center/Indoor Wave Poolfeaturing a 127′ long and 15′ tall double spiral water slide – 3′ waves – raft and tube rentals available
  • TempePump It Up – The Inflatable Party Zone
  • TempeSea Life Arizona AquariumGrand Opening May 14, 2010
  • TempeTempe History Museum
  • TempeTempe Splash Playground @ Tempe Beach ParkExperience a small storm, even when the weather is sunny and warm. Kids can cool off while having fun at this one-acre water playground. The entrance features a metal circle of clouds that rains a light mist of water onto visitors. Thunder claps and lightning flashes. Waterfalls turn into streams and water rushes into canals. Children can enjoy running through the “ocean”, shooting water cannons, standing under waterfalls, riding toy whales and going down the kiddie waterslide. Only about two inches of water will pool in parts of the park. The water is kept flowing across the playground, where it is eventually collected, filtered, cleaned, and re-circulated in a state-of-the-art system.
  • Three PointsKitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center & MuseumThe world’s largest collection of optical telescopes is located high above the Sonoran Desert under some of the finest night skies in the world. Kitt Peak, on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, is home to twenty-four optical and two radio telescopes representing eight astronomical research institutions.
  • TombstoneGood Enough Mine Underground Tourlink to an interesting story about this attraction
  • TombstoneTombstone Attractions & ToursBilled as “The World’s Most Famous Western Town” – Lots to see and do here – starting with 7 museums including the O.K. Corral & Historama Multimedia Presentation, Western Heritage Museum plus Stunt Shows, Gunfights & Helldorado Town which features Fun for the whole family including a Free petting zoo, shooting gallery, 19-hole Miniature Golf course, entrance to Helldorado Mavericks comedy stunt gunfight and to Texas Kate’s Wild West Show! – Lots of Historic sites as well such as Boothill Graveyard and Fairbank Ghost Town – Also you can take a walking tour on the streets of Tombstone with real ghost hunters and learn of it’s amazing past. Then help investigate the O.K. Corral! The tour PREFERRED by Ghost Hunters and History Buffs!
  • Tortilla FlatTortilla Flat TownsiteAn authentic remnant of an old west town, nestled in the midst of the Tonto National Forest, Superstition Mountain Range featuring a historic Restaurant, Saloon, Stage Stop, original Schoolhouse Museum, Post Office, Country Store, Gift Shop and more along the famous Apache Trail
  • TucsonArcade-In-A-Box Gaming Center
  • TucsonArizona-Sonora Desert MuseumThe Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place!
  • TucsonFlandrau Science Center & Planetariumlocated on the University of Arizona campus – features include a Planetarium, Observatory, Mineral Museum, UA Science Center & Exhibit Hall – highlighted by the new “Mars, Up Close and Personal” exhibit – the world’s largest known three dimensional, scaled reproduction of the Martian surface.
  • TucsonFuntastics Family Fun Park – featuring Atlantis Laser Tag, Go-Karts, Rookie Go-Karts (for the lil’ ones), Bumper Boats, Miniature Golf (2 courses), Batting Cages, Kiddie Land, Air Bounce Jump Castle, Carousel, Miner Mike Roller Coaster, Video Arcade & Redemption Center including skee ball and air hockey
  • TucsonGadsden-Pacific Toy Train Operating MuseumAn interactive museum of operating toy train layouts and displays.
  • Tucson Golf N’ Stuff featuring Miniature Golf (2 courses), Lit’l Indy Raceway Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Laser Tag, Batting Cages, “The Rock” Climber, Interactive Video Arcade & Redemption Center
  • TucsonInternational Wildlife MuseumThis museum highlights over 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the globe – Some of the collections are more than 100 years old. All dioramas depicting wild animals in their natural settings, videos, interactive computers, and hands-on exhibits promote wildlife appreciation and conservation.
  • TucsonOld Tucson Studios Western Frontier Village and Theme Park
  • TucsonPima Air & Space MuseumPima Air & Space Museum, where history takes flight, is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum. Within 80 acres you’ll see more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced, both from the United States and throughout the world.
  • TucsonPump It Up – The Inflatable Party Zone
  • TucsonReid Park Zoo – featuring Kenya Get Wet (an interactive wet play area), Wild Ideas hands-on exhibits in the Learning Center and the Reid Park Zoo Express Train
  • TucsonTanque Verde Swap MeetAside from this large 30-acre swap meet and Farmer’s Market, there’s also a kid’s amusement area that features a vintage 1940’s merry-go-round, kiddie rides, jumping castle, little theater and Koi pond.
  • TucsonT-Rex Museuma very cool, unique and award-winning interactive ‘hands-on’ dinosaur museum – check out the updated location information on their website
  • TucsonTrail Dust Townoriginally constructed as a movie set with wooden boardwalks and red brick streets, they now feature several attractions suitable for adults and children of all ages. There is no better place in Tucson to enjoy a delicious meal and spend an evening with the family. Enjoy a miniature train ride on the CP Huntington Railroad, visit the Museum of the Horse Soldier (impressive collection of US Cavalry artifacts), enjoy the Wild West Stunt Show, take a spin on the Historic 1920’s Fiesta Del Presidio Carousel , test your marksmanship at the interactive Rifle Saloon Shooting Gallery, check out Diablo’s Gold Arcade or try your hand at Gold Panning at Pinnacle Peak
  • TucsonTucson Botanical Gardens16 different themed gardens featuring a Children’s Discovery Garden, Butterfly Garden and Garden Railway highlighted by an operating model miniature train complete with town, waterfalls and luscious scenery – all spread out over well maintained meandering pathways.
  • TucsonTucson Children’s Museum Special features and exhibits include “Ocean Discovery Center”, “Dinosaur World”, “The Art Studio ” and “Farmers Market”.
  • VailColossal Cave Mountain ParkCave Tours, Trail Rides, Riding Stables, 2 Museums
  • ValentineKeepers of The Wild Nature Park Exotic Animal Sanctuary dedicated to the rescuing and rehabilitation of neglected or abused exotic animals offering tours and educational programs.
  • ValleFlintstones Bedrock City Theme ParkHere’s a 2nd info & review Link
  • VallePlanes of Fame Air Museum
  • WillcoxApple Annie’s Orcharda family farm offering weekday field trips and weekend family events – enjoy a hayride to the U-Pick orchards
  • WilliamsBearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife ParkOpens May 22, 2010Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Featuring a wide variety of wildlife that includes majestic Bison, Big Horn Sheep, Arctic & Gray Wolves, stealthy Mountain Lions, adorable bear cubs and much more.
  • WilliamsGrand Canyon Deer Farm – Roam among the deer and enjoy  this expansive petting zoo also featuring Reindeer, Wallabies, Mini Cattle, Coatimundis, Marmosets, Talking Birds and, new as of this year, a Baby Camel and two Baby Bison.
  • WilliamsGrand Canyon Railway – Enjoy historic train travel on one of four classes of service on vintage trains from Williams to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park . Be entertained by cowboy characters, enjoy the tunes of strolling musicians, and be part of a mock train robbery as train travel from the early 1900’s is recreated during the scenic 65-mile journey to the canyon. During the holidays, take a memorable family excursion to the “North Pole” to visit Santa on the Polar Express that your little ones won’t soon forget.
  • WilliamsRedlake Junction Railroad – 1.5″ scale trains you can actually ride on – pulled by a real Steam Locomotive – Fun for the whole family!
  • Window RockThe Navajo Nation Zoological & Botanical ParkAdmission is FREE!
  • WinslowMeteor Crater“The Most Well-Known, Best Preserved Meteorite Crater On Earth!” – Nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. This is an international tourist venue with outdoor Observation Trails, air-conditioned indoor viewing, wide screen Movie Theater, interactive Discovery Center, unique gift and rock shop, and Astronaut Memorial Park at the modern Visitor Center located on the Crater Rim.
  • YumaRoxaboxen ParkThis unique Park memorializes the beloved and internationally known children’s story entitled “Roxaboxen” by author Alice McLerran (now published in 7 languages). This true story is based on the adventures of the author’s mother and fellow Roxaboxenites as they grew up in Yuma in the early part of the last century. These children created the make-believe town of “Roxaboxen” from rocks, boxes, and lots of imagination. Even today, you can find neighborhood children making little rock and box houses with imagination as their only mortar.
  • YumaThe Camel FarmVisit a working farm specializing in the breeding of Arabian (one-humped) camels and other exotic and unusual animals and birds.
  • YumaYuma Fun Factory featuring go-karts, bumper boats, 2 miniature-golf courses, large video arcade & redemption center – Enjoy console game systems on a huge 148″ HDTV. CLOSED as of Apr/2010 ….. UPDATED Oct/2011….. check out this Yuma Sun newspaper article dated 9/14/2011 ….. UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP & SOON TO REOPEN WITH A WATER PARK BEING ADDED ….. HERE’S THE NEWEST LINK
  • YumaZPS Miniature Golffeaturing Indoor Mini Golf plus “Cosmic” Glow-In-The-Dark Miniature Golf – Facebook Page link

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Aquatic Centers, Splash Parks, Spray Pads & Water Playgrounds

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Venues With Several Locations in Arizona

  • Chuck E Cheese – Locations in Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa (2), Phoenix (3), Tucson & Yuma

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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