Zoos in BAKERSFIELD with kids

It’s animal time in Bakersfield, California and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Bakersfield because this The Golden State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • California Living Museum

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    (9 miles) Bakersfield

    A great day out for the whole family, California’s premier native zoo and garden showcases native California animals and plants to teach kids respect for all living things through education ...

  • Feline Conservation Center

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    (56 miles) Rosamond

    Cat lovers of all ages who discover this desert zoo and wildlife are amazed at the variety of wild cat species found here.

  • Quail Run Ostrich Ranch

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    (57 miles) Lake Hughes

    Amazing guided tours all about the life of the ostrich, feeding fun for kids, and of course - the ostriches themselves! Animal fun in California!

  • The Gentle Barn

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    (72 miles) Santa Clarita

    A beautiful place where kids with special needs or come from troubled backgrounds, interact with animals who have been severely abused, rescued, rehabilitated and given sanctuary.

  • Santa Barbara Zoo

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    (75 miles) Santa Barbara

    With 30 acres and over 400 animals plus play areas, animal feeding, zoo train, carousel and more.

  • Wildlife Learning Center

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    (79 miles) Sylmar

    The Wildlife Learning Center exhibits more than 70 rescued species from six continents in a family friendly park-style setting, where kids can learn all about the animals from their specialist staff.

  • Wildlife Waystation

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    (81 miles) Angeles National Forest

    The Wildlife Waystation, situated on 160 acres in California's Angeles National Forest, is internationally recognized for its ongoing, charitable efforts to rescue and rehabilitate wild and exotic ...

  • Charles Paddock Zoo

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    (93 miles) Atascadero

    The mission of the Charles Paddock Zoo is to provide an educational resource for wildlife awareness and conservation, and an enriched recreational experience for the residents and visitors of the ...

  • Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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    (94 miles) Los Angeles

    Animal fun in Los Angeles with more than 1,100 animals representing more than 250 different species!

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  • Camelot Park Family Entertainment Center

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    (1 miles) Bakersfield

    An adventurous playground of miniature golf, go-karts, arcade, batting cages and much more for the entire family.

  • Rockin Kids PlayCenter

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    (77 miles) Simi valley

    Rockin' Kids Play Center offers indoor play and parties for kids in a safe and clean environment. It's a place for kids to use their social and motor skills while interacting with other children. ...

  • My Gym Ventura

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    (78 miles) Ventura

    Classes and programs where kids can develop strength, balance, fitness, coordination, and motor skills. Great learning and development for kids in Ventura!

  • The Clubhouse Funzone

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    (78 miles) Ventura

    Geared for kids under 6, but all ages welcome at this California indoor play center, with climbing, bouncing, and birthday parties!

  • Adventure Playhouse

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    (82 miles) San Fernando

    A fun, safe and clean indoor play center for kids AND parents, with parties and karate classes too! Great fun for active kids in California

  • The Jump Around

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    (83 miles) Canoga Park

    Fancy visiting the largest indoor inflatable playground in the San Fernando Valley? Well here it is!

  • Jumping Genius

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    (83 miles) West Hills Canoga Park

    Our large play center is filled with age appropriate toys for newborns to adults. Yes, adults! Although our center is for kids, there are video arcade machines as well as ping-pong and air hockey ...

  • Giggles N Hugs

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    (85 miles) Canoga Park

    A diverse and high quality playspace offering enrichment sessions and evening entertainments including magic and puppet shows. Healthy, organic menu.

  • Kids Castle

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    (90 miles) Burbank

    Family Entertainment taken to a whole new level FANTASTIC food with plenty of fun and excitement for all ages. Centrally Located in Burbank California at:

  • The Playroom

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    (91 miles) Sherman Oaks

    Playtime fun for those creative minds 5 years and under!

  • Rockin Kids Burbank

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    (92 miles) Burbank

    Rockin' Kids Burbank is a fun, safe and bright indoor play center for kids to play, imagine and create!

  • The Coop

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    (93 miles) Studio City

    A modern, cool indoor play and party space for kids AND adults, with slides, ball pits, bouncers, sports, and even a dance floor! Outdoor garden and cappuccino bar for parents too

  • Caterpillar Kids Place

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    (93 miles) Flintridge

    A fun eco-friendly play area for those active kids under 8.

  • Jungle Zone

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    (95 miles) Glendale

    Bruise-less, mess-less Laser Tag, the combat simulation game played with infra red. Spread over two floors with access ramps, immersive and exciting fun for kids over 44".

  • Play Indoor Playground

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    (96 miles) Glendale

    A fun, playful and colorful indoor playground where kids can create, imagine, play and have fun!

  • Peekaboo Playland

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    (97 miles) Eagle Rock

    An indoor playground that provides a safe, educational and entertaining environment for children. Roleplay settings, physical play structures and more.

  • Magical Playground

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    (99 miles) Pasadena

    A fun, colorful and magical indoor playground for kids of all ages to enjoy in Pasadena, California!

  • Amys Playground

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    (100 miles) South Pasedena

    3,000 sq ft of charming indoor play space in the historic Mission Street area, with a giant maze, bouncers, playhouse and baby fun space, suited for kids under 5 years

  • Jastro Park

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    (1 miles) Bakersfield

    A fun family park in Bakersfield with great grass space, sporting activities, picnic areas, and a spray park over summer!

  • Patriots Park

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    (3 miles) Bakersfield

    A fun family park in Bakersfield perfect for those sunny days, with play areas and sporting fun

  • Sequoia and King's Canyon National Park

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    (78 miles) Sequoia National Park

    Enjoy the most spectacular nature filled with incredible trees that have been around for centuries in this California National Park!

  • Gardens of the World

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    (83 miles) Thousand Oaks

    Fascinating but definitely for the less boisterous child, this set of themed landscaped gardens representing six areas of the world is an easy half day of wonderment for most children, whether just ...

  • Descanso Gardens

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    (93 miles) La Cañada Flintridge

    Beautiful gardens with year round blooms, with plants unchanged from the age of the dinosaurs, and train rides too!

  • Monarch Butterfly Grove

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    (94 miles) Pismo Beach

    Each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in ...

  • Brookside Park

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    (97 miles) Pasadena

    Over 60 acres of park fun in Pasadena, with sporting areas, playgrounds, and picnic areas

  • Eaton Canyon

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    (98 miles) Pasadena

    This 184-acre natural park is located at the base of Mt. Wilson. There are five miles of nature trails and also an equestrian trail. The canyon is very lush and has beautiful displays of local flora ...