Families

Visit the World’s Biggest Wooden Yo-Yo and Watch one of the Nation’s Best Division II College Football Teams

Butte County serves up an endless array of activities for families. From minor league baseball games to specialty ice cream shops and one of the best family parks anywhere in the state, the county is a perfect getaway for active families.

Day 1

Playground

Caper Acres

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.

Sweet Treats

Shubert’s Ice Cream

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.”

Family Fun

Funland / Cal Skate Chico

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.

Lunch

Tres Hombres

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.

Museum Tour

Gateway Science Museum

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

Lodging in Oroville

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.

Museum Tour

National Yo-Yo Museum

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.

Day 2

Bidwell Park

Chico Creek Nature Center

Introduce your children to the biology, flora and fauna of Butte County at the Chico Creek Nature Center in Bidwell Park.

Market

Thursday Night Market

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.

Sports Game

Chico Heat Baseball and Butte College Football

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.