88 Things to do with Kids in Sacramento

Published Aug 4, 2017

There are plenty of activities for kids in the Sacramento area, from exploring local attractions to home-based activities. Here are 88 of our favorites, sorted by season:

There are several activities for kids in the Sacramento area, from cultural festivals to sporting events, as well as home-based things to do at home. Here are 88 suggestions by season, in no particular order:

Start thinking about getting outside as the weather starts to turn for the better:

1. Star Wars Day at the Sacramento Zoo

2. The International Kids Festival

3. Go roller skating at Foothill Skate Inn

4. Take in a show by the Christian Youth Theater

5. Take the family out to a restaurant where kids eat for free!

6. Indoor go-karting at K1 Speed

7. Download an activity guide, and take a trip to the California Museum 

8. Visit an Escape Room

9. Go to Old Sacramento

10. Take up geocaching and find one of these toy caches

11. Take a virtual tour of the California State Capitol Museum

12. Get ready for baseball season by going to the batting cage at the Sacramento Sports Center

13. Try the Flight Zone Simulator at the Aerospace Museum of California

14. Visit the Effie Yeaw Nature Center

15. Take a trip to the Folsom County Zoo

16. Check out the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Gold River

17. If you like dogs, go to the Sacramento Dog Show

18. See a live show by the California Musical Theatre

19. Take a bike ride or hike on the American River Bike Trail

The season for theme parks, cultural festivals, and outdoor fun:

20. The California State Fair is an easy choice

21. Take a day trip to Funderland Park

22. Enjoy an outdoor movie

23. Do a Family Campout at Fairytale Town

24. Cheer on the River Cats at Raley Field

25. A day at Raging Waters--another easy choice.

26. Watch the 4th of July fireworks at one of the many popular venues

27. Cheer on the Sacramento Republic FC in United Soccer League (USL) action

28. Celebrate the Annual Sacramento Pow Wow

29. The Brazilian Day Sacramento Street Festival

30. If you like bananas, don't miss the annual Banana Festival

31.Play some mini-golf, and try some rides at the Scandia Family Fun Center

32.Visit Sutter's Fort State Historic Park

33. A Family Overnight Safari at the Sacramento Zoo

34. Have a day out at North Natomas Regional Park

35. Get immersed in Italian culture at Festa Italiana

36. Check out the Mariachi Festival de Sacramento

37. Chuck the frisbee around in the backyard

38. Take in the annual Fire Spectacular Festival

39. Be a tourist in your own home town and take one of the many historical or food tours

40. See one of the Roseville Concerts on the Square

41. Have a water balloon or water gun fight

42. Experience the Crawfish & Catfish Festival

43. Explore the Soujourner Truth African Heritage Museum

44. Visit the annual Sacramento Scandinavian Festival

45. Re-live the Sacramento Gold Rush Days on Labor Day Weekend

46. A Backyard BBQ is a necessity

47. Cool down at one of the local Spray Parks

48. Go out for ice cream at Leatherby's Family Creamery

49. Check out what's going on at the California Automobile Museum

50. Make a homemade slip and slide for your backyard

51. Take a tour of the Maidu Museum

52. The Sacramento Peach Festival at Carmichael Park

Take your mind off Back-to-School, and get ready for some colder weather.

53. Do NOT miss the annual Family Fest in Roseville

54. Cheer on the Sacramento Kings, while they are still in playoff contention

55. Get cultured at the International Festival in Davis

56. See some jousting at the Folsom Renaissance Faire

57. The Sacramento Reptile Show--the largest reptile exhibit in Northern California

58. Visit the Sacramento Greek Festival

59. Go to a local Pumpkin Patch--Dave's Pumpkin Patch at Vierra Farms is awesome!

60. Boo at the Zoo

61. Visit a Haunted House 

62. Carve pumpkins with the kids

63. Take a drop-in art class at the Crocker Art Museum

64. Visit the Explorit Science Center

65. Visit the Powerhouse Science Center

66. Take the kids for a fun program at the Sacramento Children's Museum

67. The Annual Sacramento Art's Festival happens in early November

68. See what's playing at the Esquire IMAX Theatre

69. See a live performance by Young Actors Stage

70. Get the kids involved in one of the many programs at the Sacramento Public Library

71. Go Bowling--a good standby

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years... and much, much more!

72. The Global Winter Wonderland is a marquee event

73. Take the Polar Express Train Ride at the California State Railroad Museum

74. Celebrate Thanksgiving with the family, whether it's a parade, turkey, watching NFL, or all of the above!

75. Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo

76. Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town

77. Pictures with Santa... always a good one

78. Do a driving tour in your pajamas, and find all the best Christmas lights in town

79. Indoor Trampoline Parks like Sky Zone are a new active and fun indoor idea

80. Search for hand-crafted gifts at a Christmas Craft Fair

81. Go Ice Skating at Skatetown

82. Make a multi-family play date at a kid-friendly restaurant--Chuck E. Cheese's is a good standby

83. See a Stockton Heat hockey game

84. A DIY experiment is always fun!

85. Get creative and have a family paint night

86. See what's happening at the Davis Arts Center

87. Go to an indoor play center like Climbaroo

88. When everything else is done... Netflix

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