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A family that actually enjoys the whole day together? No way. Is that even possible? Well, in Stockton, it’s not only possible—it’s happening every day. The city is a playground for kids, with more than 60 parks and a never ending playlist of fun activities that will let you enjoy a day without the pain of having to answer the question, “Are we there yet?”
We’re making it easy for you to make that family outing count in Stockton.
The 180-acre Oak Grove Regional Park is a public park open year-round that includes two nature trails (a 1.5-mile walk among old grove trees and a quarter-mile handicapped-accessible trail) and the 10-acre Oak Grove Lake that is open from April to October for paddle boating, aqua cycling, and fishing.
Kids enjoy the playgrounds and campgrounds, while the whole family (including pets) love the barbecues and picnics—that is, after a competitive game of 18-hole disc golf.
For educational exhibits, head over to the Oak Grove Nature Center (open weekends from noon to 4 p.m.), where special events—like Astronomy in the Park (early summer dates TBD)—and this learning center offer visitors a unique perspective of the natural space and wildlife around them.
There’s no place like a children’s museum, and the Children’s Museum of Stockton sparks creativity as soon as you walk through the doors. At every turn, little learners ask brave questions and seek out inspired answers. From the Magical Mirrors to the Conservation Cottage, the Shadow Room and Fire Station, kids’ curiosity reaches new heights. The galaxy room is a quiet place adults will enjoy, while the art studio will inspire little ones.
Admission for the day is $6 (children under 1 are free). And don’t forget to bring your cameras. A day at the museum is a day rich in memories.
What is the best way to tell if a location is kid-approved? Everyone wants to have their birthday party there! Voted by San Joaquin Magazine as the best place for birthday parties, Zap Zone, a 6,200-square-foot state-of-the-art laser tag arena, is a great way to keep kids active and working together while having boatloads of fun. Throw in a full snack bar with pizza, along with beer for the adults, and Zap Zone fits the bill for just about any occasion.
Pacific Avenue Bowl is no ordinary bowling alley. For nearly 60 years, it has kept people coming back for more than just the love of the game. Maybe it’s the cosmic bowling every Friday night. Or perhaps it’s Chuck’s Hamburger or the PAB Lounge. Or maybe it’s the seven flat-screen TVs. Whatever your family’s looking for in a bowling alley, Pacific Avenue Bowl has it covered.
If you’re planning an event for the whole extended family, they have banquet facilities as well that can easily accommodate weddings, fundraisers and birthday parties.
The Stockton 99 Speedway is the oldest and fastest quarter-mile banked asphalt NASCAR track west of the Mississippi, and has brought spectators from all over the world here to enjoy the fast and furious roar of NASCAR drivers. Kids love cars and the speedway is a family-friendly environment that promotes sportsman-like behavior and encourages lots of audience participation. Who would have thought going in circles could be so thrilling?
Looking forward to the summer months, Pixie Woods Amusement Park will reopen its doors on May 6—and kids can hardly wait.
From kiddie rides like the Pixie Express, the Pirate Lagoon and the Pixie Queen Boat to the spinning carousel and the Dragon Water Play Area, Pixie Woods’ forest adventure transforms your child’s imagination into a playground of fantasy fun. Just keep your eyes peeled for pirates! Pixie Woods is maintained by the Stockton community, so everyone is committed to its upkeep and success.
Jump over to Sherwood Mall and play at Sky Zone, the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court! Sky Zone features an array of fun, fit and low-impact activities ranging from Open Jump, Ultimate Dodgeball, and SkyRobics fitness classes to birthday parties and group events!
Concerts in the Park - Opening night June 7
Each Wednesday evening during the summer, families and friends gather in Victory Park for a free concert series. This 64-year tradition is nostalgic and fun. Bring your favorite people, a blanket, lawn chairs, and a picnic to enjoy music in the park. This event brings old friends together and introduces new and interesting people to one another. Concerts are free and open to the public.
StocktonCon at the Stockton Arena, August 19 & 20, has all the fun a family could ask for — costume contests, memorabilia, meet and greets with celebrities, yummy food, and so much more. Dress up as your favorite character and be a part of the excitement!
Take time out to experience children’s theatre at its very best. Productions are produced by and for kids, with a little help from some dedicated adults. KUDOS emphasizes teamwork, cooperation, positive communication, and artistic sensitivity.
As one of the preeminent performing arts organizations in San Joaquin County, the Stockton Symphony is the third oldest continually performing symphony in California. Featuring both a classic and pops series, there is something for everyone when experiencing and evening (or afternoon) at the symphony.
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