Sutter County in California is home to the smallest mountain range in the world -- the Sutter Buttes. If your family enjoys hiking, you can sign up for guided trail tours of the tiny range. The area also offers cultural, historical and recreational opportunities for kids and parents alike.
Parks and Recreation
Enjoy a family picnic or barbecue at Yuba City's Sam Brannan Park (yubacity.net), where the free amenities include horseshoe pits, tennis courts, a skate park, kids and tots playground equipment, restrooms and an open area for playing. Sports enthusiasts will have a ball at Blackburn-Talley Sports Complex (yubacity.net), which has three lighted softball fields, playgrounds, basketball courts and several picnic tables. While you're in Yuba City, take the kids for a swim at Gauche Aquatic Park (yubacity.net), which features a 10-lane lap pool and a kiddie pool with a spray ground area and water slide. The kids can dry off as they climb boulders, play horseshoes, or climb the play elements outside in Gauche Park. Picnic and barbecue facilities are also available in the tobacco-free park, and a small stage is the scene for local performances.
Take the kids to Cal Skate Funland (putterschico.com) in Chico for an afternoon of putt-putt golf, roller skating, batting cages or theme parties. Visit Grass Valley's 49-er Fun Park (49erfunpark.com) for go-carting, mini-golf, baseball, softball, arcade games and batting cage practice. You can buy a season pass or individual tickets to Golfland Sunsplash (golfland.com), a family park attraction. The park has more than 30 attractions, including the Master Blaster Water Coaster, Thunder Falls family raft ride, laser tag, a six-lane water racing slide, Fastcar Raceway, mini golf, an arcade, and food and drink concessions.
Kids from ages 3 to 20 can join their own league, celebrate a birthday, or just drop in for an afternoon of bowling at Nu Generation Lanes (nugenerationlanes), in Yuba City. Instructional scholarships are available, and all bowling students and league members are eligible to receive trophies, awards and patches. It has a fully stocked bar, a Friday night DJ, karaoke and comedy shows for the parents at the adjoining Classix Longue. Riverside Lanes (amf.com/riversidelanes), in Colusa, has 40 lanes of traditional bowling, an arcade, full bar, and sports viewing on a large, flat-screen television. Prosperity Lanes (prosperitylanes.com), in Grass Valley, is another family friendly bowling venue, offering a junior league, pro shop, bar and grill, "bowling for dollars" and blacklight bowling nights.
Take your animal lovers to the Sacramento Zoo (saczoo.com), which has a Kids World section filled with games and activities for children of any age, birthday party pavilion, a petting zoo and educational exhibits. The zoo has been in operation since 1927 and has more than 140 species of rare and endangered animals that will help to inspire conservation awareness in your child. Take fire truck enthusiasts to the Pioneer Mutual Hook & Ladder Society (rcip.com), a fire house museum in Sacramento. The museum features numerous restored fire trucks and firefighting equipment, historical fire company photos and archives, family events and firefighting art. Kid car enthusiasts can experience the history of cars at Sacramento's California Automobile Museum (calautomuseum.org), which features dozens of exhibits featuring the evolution of the automobile and California culture.