No matter what the season, there are a lot of family friendly activities and events happening around Vacaville, California. Vacaville is located 55 miles from San Francisco, 45 miles from Sacramento and 28 miles from Napa Valley. For those who live close, you can enroll your kids in one of Vacaville's many Parks and Recreation programs.
Treat your sweeties to a free tour of the Jelly Belly Factory (jellybelly.com) in Fairfield. The 40-minute tour shows off the actual factory where the candy is made. Guests are shown how the candy is made and discover why it takes over a week to make a single jelly bean. The factory is fully accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. After a tour, head to the Walter Graham Aquatics Center (no website; 1100 Alamo Drive) during its public swim times. The center has two 35-foot water slides, a high dive and two low dive boards, lap lanes and a fenced and covered seating area with a barbecue pit. The Pena Adobe Museum (penaadobe.org) is open to the public on the first Saturday of each month. This free event showcases one of the few pre-Gold Rush structures still remaining in the county. The site also hosts events such as Science in the Park, where kids are taught about native plants and how they were used in the past.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (sixflags.com/discoverykingdom) has an oceanarium, wildlife park and theme park. The theme park features over 35 rides, including seven roller coasters for the daredevils in your family and smaller rides for your youngest. If your child loves animals, plan to see the wildlife shows, feed the animals and take a swim with the dolphins. Your family can also book a sleepover adventure and sleep in the Shark Experience area. The night involves dissecting a squid, a talk with a shark aquarist and fun games.
The 17.9-acre Andrews Park (Monte Vista Avenue and School Street) features the downtown Creekwalk and hosts many of Vacaville's special events. It also features the Great Wonders Playground. The playground has a maze of walkways, poles, slides and a dragon. Arlington Park (Foxboro Parkway and Peabody Road) has plenty of room to run with 18 acres. It also has a playground, four ball fields, two football fields, a TGIFUN trailer, concession building and restrooms. Centennial Park (Browns Valley Road) is the city's largest park, checking in at 40 acres. There's a lot to keep your kids busy with six soccer fields, three little league fields, one Babe Ruth field, a wiffle-ball field, an outdoor roller hockey court, tennis courts, a hiking trail, concessions and restrooms.
Vacaville Kid Fest (vacavillekidfest.org) is an annual event held in Andrews Park, usually taking place in October. Admission is free, and most of the activities are low-cost or free. Your kids can play games, participate in a soccer clinic, eat, shop and be entertained in a safe, family-oriented environment. The Cowtown Country and Western Festival is a two-day annual event in Vacaville that is held in April. There will be vendors, entertainment and a whole lot of live country music. If your child is a night owl, check out the summer listings for Vacaville's Movies Under the Stars program. The movies are shown in Andrews Park after sunset.