Fun Destinations in the Bay Area

boy riding carousel at amusement park

There are hundreds of fun things to do with kids in the Bay Area. Find fun near home or plan a day trip adventure. Use the pages below to find favorite destinations for your family.

Also, check our events page for upcoming family-oriented events and activities.

  • Amusement Parks – Both large and small for tots to teens, plus water slides.
  • Animals – Zoos, Farms, and Wildlife centers with live animal exhibits and educational opportunities.
  • The Arts – Visual Arts exhibits and activities, plus Music, Dance, and Theatre performances.
  • Beaches – Fun and easy Beach Getaways.
  • Cultural Fun – Fun and educational Cultural Centers with exhibits, activities and entertainment, plus engaging Cultural Festivals.
  • Entertainment Centers – Arcades, Bowling, Movies, Play Places, Miniature Golf, Skating, Train Rides and more!
  • Historical Fun – Fun and educational History Museums and Parks featuring the people and places of the Bay Area’s past.
  • Museums – Children’s Museums, plus Art, Science & Technology and Natural History Museums with family-friendly exhibits and activities.
  • Outdoor Fun – Boat Rides, Farms, Nature Centers, Playgrounds, Swimming and more outdoor family fun.
  • Parks – City, County, Regional, State and National Parks for outdoor exploration.
  • Restaurants – Kid-Friendly Restaurants and Ice Cream Parlors, plus cooking schools for little chefs.
  • Science & Technology – Science Museums, Planetariums, and Aviation Museums to encourage your child’s scientific curiosity.
  • Spectator Sports – Professional and College Sporting events, including football, baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey.