Unless you live in Sacramento or have family here, it’s likely you don’t know much about California’s capital city. Truth be told, when I moved here in 2004 I had low expectations and didn’t think my time would last very long. Fourteen years later, I love this city more than ever. While I could spend quite some time speaking to the amazing farm-to-fork food culture, established arts community, or incredible diversity, I’d like to highlight thirty things to do with your little ones in and around Sacramento. This series will span over the course of the next few months, giving ample time for us to share images and experiences with you. No matter what kinds of adventures you and your little ones like to go on, I think you’ll find that this areas has something for everyone. So here we go! Welcome to the launch of 30 Days in Sacramento!
Day 1: Funderland
At my five year-old’s request, this one is going first. Nestled deep in Land Park is Funderland, a small amusement park that has been around since 1946 and is catered towards little ones. The rides range from a slow train that circles the park (perfect for toddlers) to the ‘Flying Dragon” roller coaster for the bigger kids.
Open seven days a week, Funderland offers reasonable prices for rides including $20 unlimited passes on weekdays. My five year old can do almost every ride by himself so there isn’t anything super intense. Even little Gemma (1) has things to enjoy.
A few tips for visiting Funderland:
- Pack a lunch and picnic in the park. There aren’t a ton of concessions and even less healthy options. Bring food with you and enjoy the beautiful Land Park that surrounds Funderland.
- Depending on the ages of your kids, your adult to kid ratio is important. For example, Rhodes LOVES the “Flying Dragon” coaster but wouldn’t b ready to go by himself yet. Were I to be there alone with both kids, he’d be out of luck.
- Spring and Fall are the best seasons to visit due to weather. In Sacramento, summer can be brutal and no one lasts long in that sort of heat.
- If you are looking for a full day of fun, tac on a trip to either the Sacramento Zoo or Fairytale Town, both a short walk away.