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Things To Do With Kids in Modesto

Modesto may be famous for dominating the nut industry, hence the name of their minor league baseball team, but the city is also home to the largest wine factory in the world. Modesto is packed with tons of kid-oriented activities and landmarks too. Plan an unforgettable afternoon in the city with popular attractions, fun things to do, and kid-friendly entertainment.

American filmmaker George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, was born in Modesto. Head to 17th Street and Downey Ave to check out the American Graffiti Sculpture, a nod to the hometown boy. Find the best things to do in Modesto with kids below:

  • Hit up family fun Thursdays at Funworks Modesto
  • Race go-karts at the MB2 Raceway
  • Head to Graceada Park for a tree-topped park play area and picnic spaces
  • See a Modesto Nuts minor league baseball game
  • Enjoy Third Thursday Art Walk year-round

Some of the best family-friendly activities in Modesto include the community farmers market, concerts and events at the State Theatre, and a trip to the public swimming pool. Be sure to stop for donuts at the infamous Mr. T’s Delicate Donut Shop. For more ideas, look below:

  • Enjoy the Modesto Certified Farmers Market, serving Modesto for over 30 years
  • Swim and lay in the sun at Empire Pool
  • Cool down with a sweet treat from Ice Cream Co and Grill or Rita’s Italian Ice
  • Catch old-time flicks or a concert at State Theatre of Modesto
  • Or see a new movie at local theaters like Regal Cinemas and Brenden Theatres
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The historic city of Modesto is loaded with famous landmarks and popular tourist attractions. Fortunately, most are free or affordable to see. Explore sightseeing activities and free fun things to do in Modesto, like the following:

  • Visit McHenry Mansion, the city’s last Victorian-style home, and the McHenry Museum
  • Save on admission at the Great Valley Museum Of Natural History
  • Marvel at the historic Modesto Arch, built in 1921
  • Visit the lovely and historical Forestiere Underground Gardens
  • Sign up for free, fun, and educational games for kids at the Vintage Faire Mall Kids Club
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Several top-rated play centers, amusement centers, parks, and more make kids entertainment is easy to come by. For ideas, browse the below deals on fun things to do for kids in Modesto:

  • Jump off trampolines into foam pits at Get Air in Turlock
  • Take the younger kids to Central Valley Play and Grow
  • Play arcade games at Kidspace or book an event
  • Ride the rides at Boomers Modesto
  • The whole family can enjoy ice skating at Modesto On Ice
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Book activities for the whole group ranging from scavenger hunts to up-and-coming escape rooms. Modesto has things to do for every group – find more options below:

  • Book a scavenger hunt with Operation City Quest for two, four, or six
  • Play basketball, tennis, or on the playground at East La Loma Park
  • Navigate the corn maze at Fantozzi Farms in Patterson, open year-round
  • Test your teamwork in the ESCAPE Modesto escape room
  • Get competitive during a few rounds of mini-golf at Boomers! Modesto

Make today learning-focused with these educational activities for kids in Modesto. The city is home to several day camps including Gottschalk Music Center Summer Camp and Art and More Day Camp. Explore the following educational things to do in Modesto:

  • Save more than half off karate lessons at Karate For Kids
  • Buy one or three months of unlimited classes at Wais Martial Arts Academy
  • Sign up for Boys and Girls Club Modesto
  • Check out exhibits at the Modesto Junior College Art Gallery
  • Register for babysitting courses at Get Fit Modesto

Sign the kids up for art, music, or performing classes in Modesto. Well-known places like Center Stage Kids and the Modesto Academy are affordable, but save big on music lessons with Barker’s Music or Maris Media Productions. Browse more creative classes for kids in Modesto below:

  • Try your sculpting skill at Pottery Magic Modesto
  • Take lego and robotic classes, art and drama classes, programming, graphic design, or music lessons at Modesto Academy of Music and Design
  • Schedule private music lessons at Barker’s Music
  • Score discounted piano lessons with Maris Media Productions
  • Sign up for acting or art classes at Center Stage Kids