Start your day off with a visit to Caper Acres , a children’s playground in the middle of 3,670-acre Bidwell Park. With a full playground for kids, the location also allows families to wander over to Big Chico Creek, Sycamore Pool or deeper into Bidwell Park with older children.
Stop in to Shubert’s Ice Cream for a refreshing, hand-made ice cream cone and a sampling of candy. You don’t want to miss their delectable, homemade ice creams that have been named one of the two best ice cream shops in the nation by “Good Morning America.”
For some batting practice, roller skating or a variety of kid-friendly activities, head to Funland/Cal Skate where kids can try for a home-run swing or a hole-in-one at the mini golf course.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop for lunch at Chico’s Tres Hombres Bar and Grill , a spot that has something for everyone in the family.
Mix entertainment and education at the Chico State-run Gateway Science Museum , where the exhibits will engage children with hands-on science activities.
Butte County Lodging
Oroville’s centrally located Holiday Inn Express and Suites has an indoor pool and hot tubs, complimentary breakfast — perfect for families or couples. Other options include affordable rooms at America’s Best Value Inn and Suites, Days Inn and variety of other locations. Visit the lodging page for a full list of Oroville lodging options.
Wrap up the day with a visit to the National Yo-Yo Museum , because every kid (and parent) wants to see the world’s largest wooden Yo-Yo.
Introduce your children to the biology, flora and fauna of Butte County at the Chico Creek Nature Center in Bidwell Park.
Then, in the summertime, explore the Chico Thursday Night Market in downtown Chico, where the entire family can sample fruits and produce, see local art and watch live music.
End the trip with a Chico Heat Baseball game or a Butte College Football game (the college that counts among its alumni NFL Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers and Larry Allen.