Lancaster, California, began as a railroad town in the late 1800s. Today, it's the 30th largest city in California and boasts a variety of activities and attractions that children will enjoy. The surrounding desert offers many outdoor recreation opportunities for children, including hiking and camping. The city also features museums and events that kids of all ages will enjoy.
Civic Musical Road
The Civic Musical Road (musicalroad.net) was built as part of a marketing campaign by the American Honda Motor Co. in 2008 to promote the Honda Civic automobile. Grooves in the road were placed to play music as a car travels over them, much like a needle on a record. The song is the finale of the "William Tell Overture," also known as the theme from "The Lone Ranger." It is the only musical road in the United States and should not be missed while visiting Lancaster.
California Poppy Festival
The California Poppy Festival (poppyfestival.com), which occurs yearly in late April, features the California state flower in full bloom. The festival features live entertainment, including musical groups, ethnic music and dance, vocalists, dancers and educational shows. Children will enjoy arts and crafts, the adventure zone with performances and rides, and exhibits that are new every year. During the rest of the year, kids will enjoy the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627), which features gentle hiking trails and an interpretive center.
Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
Within the city of Lancaster is 100 acres dedicated to the education and preservation of the desert environment. The Prime Desert Woodland Preserve (cityoflancasterca.org/Index.aspx?page=764) boasts more than 3 miles of hiking trails and an interpretive center. The preserve also has a moon walk during each full moon and other nature-themed events throughout the year. This escape from the city is ideal for an afternoon where kids can walk through the natural environment and learn about the animals and plants that live there.
Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival
The Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival (avfair.com) is a weeklong celebration of the people, business, and community of the Antelope Valley. Part of the fair are arena events, including a demolition derby, monster trucks, and Rural Olympics. A live entertainment stage feature popular bands of the past. A large carnival has midway games and rides. Although the fair is in late summer when temperatures can be high, the fair features misters and shade areas for the comfort of the visitors.