Things to Do with Family and Kids in Stockton, California | Visit Stockton

Things to do with the family around Stockton, California

Family and kid friendly, a recurring theme in Stockton, California!

Do you have kids? How about 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, California!

Children’s Museum of Stockton

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.

Tip: Find an admission deal on the Stockton Savings Pass!

Oak Grove Regional Park and Nature Center

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 —and this learning center offer visitors a unique perspective of the natural space and wildlife around them.

Micke Grove Zoo

Located less than a mile from Stockton's northern limits, Micke Grove Zoo offers a whole day's worth of fun. The five-acre zoo lets kids get acquainted with all sorts of amphibians, reptiles and other creatures that you don't see many other places. In fact, the zoo focuses on a "quality versus quantity" approach, specializing in a few rare animals instead of having numerous common creatures. The result is some fascinating exotic creatures from around the world in an environment that prioritizes animals' welfare. Be sure to stop by the gift shop for a fun souvenir to keep the memories alive.

Racing

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?

KUDOS Children’s Theatre

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.

Go to a Stockton Ports game

What could be more wholesome than going to the old ballgame? The Stockton Ports are back in action at Banner Island Ballpark this season. The Oakland A's affiliate has recently released their promo schedule for 2021, making for some even more fun times to visit.

Bowling

Pacific Avenue Bowl is no ordinary bowling alley. For over 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 Hamburgers 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.

Pixie Woods Children’s Park

Pixie Woods has been delighting generations of kids for nearly 70 years. This "fairyland" themed amusement park is fun for kids and those who still think they're kids as well. Rides like the Pixie Express Train and the Pixie Queen paddle-wheeler are perfect for families with kids of all ages. They also have a vintage carousel, the Dragon Water Play Area and the Yum Yum Shack to refuel when you've built up an appetite. They've also recently added to their offerings with the new Galaxy Quest Play Feature. Opens June 19, 2021.

Save money on snacks at the Yum Yum House during your visit by using the Stockton Savings Pass.

Please note: the park is only open seasonally until October every year.

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