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Fun for the Whole Family in Stockton, California

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Family friendly, a recurring theme in Stockton, California!

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. 

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 (early summer dates TBD)—and this learning center offer visitors a unique perspective of the natural space and wildlife around them.

 

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Laser tag

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.

 

Bowling

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.

 

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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?

 

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Pixie Woods Amusement Park

Pixie Woods Amusement Park will reopen its doors in May 2018—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.

 

Sky Zone Trampoline Park 

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!

 

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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.

 

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Stockton Symphony

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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Downtown Stockton Lighted Boat Parade

This annual lighted boat parade continues to be downtown tradition year after year and delivers holiday joy to families and their children on the first Saturday in December. The boat parade is visible throughout the waterfront, with the best spots near the marina and waterfront warehouse and from Weber Point Events Center.

 

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Need more recommendations throughout Stockton? You can text us 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm at (877) 778-6258 and you'll receive a live response from a member of our team.

Discover something to do in Stockton every day of the year by checking out our events calendar today! Also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram - and be sure to use #VisitStockton during your visit!


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