Zoos in CHICO with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Chico 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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  • Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

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    (81 miles) Folsom

    Since 1963, this small unique California zoo has been providing sanctuary to some very special animals. All are non-releasable. Many were raised, and rejected, as wild pets. Others were injured or ...

  • Sacramento Zoo

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    (84 miles) Sacramento

    More than 500 native, rare and endangered animals await you at this fascinating zoo in Sacramento!

  • Safari West

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    (93 miles) Santa Rosa

    The natural world awaits you... Faster is not always better. In a world increasingly dominated by technology, instant communication and instant gratification, Safari West stands as a tangible ...

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  • Hot Shots Family Billiards

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    (64 miles) Redding

    A family friendly billiard hall with over 20 pool tables, snooker table, shuffleboard, arcades, juke box, delicious menu, lunch specials, kids birthday party packages and more. It's fun for the ...

  • Funfinity Indoor Playground

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    (66 miles) Auburn

    Endless indoor fun for kids AND adults in California, with slides, climbers, and bungee jumping...to name a few!

  • Scandia Family Fun Center

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    (78 miles) Sacramento

    We feature 2 award winning 18 hole miniature golf courses, bumper boats, batting cages, gas power raceway, a grand arcade with redeemable prize center, snack bar, onsite birthday party rooms and our ...

  • Paradise Island

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    (81 miles) Sacramento

    Family fun center with golf, bumper cars, race boats, slides, roller coasters and more. Fun for the whole family!

  • Lagunas Awesome Party Palace

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    (92 miles) Elk Grove

    In this safe, colourful facility, they have 5 enormous jumphouses for obstacle and slide action and adventure soft play, and a room of arcade games and air hockey tables. All ages welcome in the ...

  • Effie Yeaw Nature Center

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    (82 miles) Carmichael

    Self-guided trails through 100 acres of beautiful Californian nature, with wildlife and learning opportunities for the kids!

  • Cameron Park Lake

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    (85 miles) Cameron Park

    Get back to nature with a swim in this beautiful and lifeguarded lagoon in this California park lake, with tennis courts, playground, walking/jogging trails and more!

  • Old Faithful Geyser of California

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    (88 miles) Calistoga

    Come visit the show of California's Old Faithful Geyser, a spectacular, nature-directed performance. The stage, walled by thick bamboo and plumed pampas grass, appears as an innocent pool of shallow ...

  • Apple Hill

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    (92 miles) Camino

    Attractions on offer include pumpkin patches, hay and corn mazes, petting zoos, candy making, play areas, nature trails, pony rides, arts and craft activity stands, scavenger hunts and even a ...

  • Petrified Forest

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    (92 miles) Calistoga

    Step back in Time, over 3 million years, and follow the trail of majestic petrified redwood giants arrayed before you in a fascinating grove in beautiful California wine country

  • Waterworks

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    (67 miles) Redding

    Great water fun in Redding, California, with this waterpark filled with activities for the whole family!

  • Golfland Sunsplash

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    (74 miles) Roseville

    Over 30 rides and attractions at this California family adventure experience, with mini golf, laser tag, and a host of waterpark fun!

  • Raging Waters Sacremento

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    (81 miles) Sacramento

    Located in the heart of the city, Raging Waters Sacramento features more than 25 exhilarating water attractions, breath-taking slides, crystal clear pools and fun-filled activities for children and ...

  • Oasis Fun Center

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    (70 miles) Shasta Lake

    Outside attractions include bumper boats, go karting and miniature golf course. Indoor fun includes laser tag combat play and family laser maze puzzle game.

  • Enchambered Escape Room

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    (82 miles) Sacramento

    The whole family has to work together within 45 minutes to solve puzzles, dechiper codes and escape these Sacramento Escape Rooms!

  • Fairytale Town

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    (84 miles) Sacramento

    Since 1959, Fairytale Town has been a treasured place of laughter, memories, learning and family fun!

  • Funderland

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    (84 miles) Sacramento

    Funderland is a small-scale, old-fashioned amusement park and is perfect for tots aged 2 to 12. Admission to Funderland is FREE. Each ride requires 1 ticket per person ($1.50 Monday Friday & ...

  • Nut Tree

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    (95 miles) Vacaville

    A unique mix of your favourite retail stores, restaurants and services, as well as the beloved and newly renovated Nut Tree Plaza, designed specially for kids. An enjoyable and memorable experience ...

  • Lets play Laser tag

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    (100 miles) Santa Rosa

    We bring our mobile outdoor laser tag system to you for your party or event or get together. Our friendly staff will create a battle field and will stay for the entire event. We play many different ...

  • Turtle Bay Museum

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    (72 miles) Redding

    Turtle Bay Museum is the heart of the Turtle Bay experience. It contains permanent, interactive exhibits and two large special exhibition galleries.

  • Aerospace Museum of California

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    (77 miles) McClellan

    In 2007 over 100,000 visitors came to the Aerospace Museum of California to view its unique collection of military and civilian aircraft, engine exhibit, use the educational programs, and enjoy the ...

  • Discovery Museum Science and Space Center

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    (79 miles) Sacramento

    The Museum is home to the Challenger Space Program and Sacramento's only public planetarium. Inside, you will find a nature room with live animals, reptiles and insects on display. Exhibits include ...

  • California Military Museum

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    (81 miles) Sacramento

    The museum, opened by Governor Pete Wilson in 1991, is the official military museum and historical research center of the State of California.

  • Explorit Science Center

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    (81 miles) Davis

    Explorit is an interactive, hands-on, family science musuem in Davis, CA. We offer changing exhibitions, field trips, traveling programs, summer science camp and special events such as Family ...

  • California State Railroad Museum

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    (81 miles) Sacramento

    A complex of historic facilities and unique attractions. Widely regarded as North Americas most popular railroad museum, there is something here for everyone!

  • Sacramento Childrens Museum

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    (84 miles) Rancho Cordoca

    Sacramento Children’s Museum includes several interactive areas for exploring, playing, and learning. The Museum is designed for ages birth to eight-years-old to allow children to "learn-by-doing"!

  • Sharpsteen Museum Association

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    (89 miles) Calistoga

    The Sharpsteen Museum's permanent exhibits are designed to present the history of the upper Napa Valley from its pre-history to post World War I with an emphasis on people and changes brought by the ...

  • Pacific Coast Air Museum

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    (99 miles) Santa Rosa

    Founded in 1989, the Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historical aircraft and provides ...

  • Rare Air Trampoline Park

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    (63 miles) Redding

    10,000 sq feet of trampoline fun for active kids in California, with dodge ball, basketball, a rock climbing wall and more!

  • iFLY Sacramento

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    (74 miles) Roseville

    Kids as young as 3 years can experience the thrill of flying in Sacramento, with this soaring attraction for active and adventurous kids and families!

  • LaserTag of Carmichael

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    (82 miles) Carmichael

    Laser tag is action packed fun! Laser tag is a high tech, live action laser game played in a themed arena where special effects, fog, laser beams; pulse-pumping music and other players create an ...

  • Empire Mine State Historic Park

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    (55 miles) Grass Valley

    Learn all about gold at one of the world's largest and most established mines. Historical tours are available, plus living history events and permanent exhibits.