Things to Do With Kids in Grass Valley, CA

Every parent knows: when the kids are having fun, the family is, too. So what do visitors to Grass Valley find that the kids like to do? If you are visiting or relocating to our lovely community, here are some places your children may enjoy.


The Empire Mine State Historic Park

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Grass Valley is famous for gold mining, and this attraction lets kids see how miners lived and worked back in the hard scrabble days of the Gold Rush. You can watch Blacksmiths forging replicas of tools the miners used, stretch your legs on 14 miles of scenic trails, and go on a family “geo caching” treasure hunt by using your GPS to locate hidden containers in the park. Free admission for children under six; adults (17 & up) are $7; children (6 to 16) are $3.

49er Fun Park

Playing on the area’s gold mining heritage, this park lets the kids get their ya-ya’s out with miniature golf, go-carts, batting cages, and an arcade with over 40 games. The concession stand offers an assortment of deliciously guilty pleasures.

Animal Place

If you can plan ahead, your family might enjoy a two-hour guided tour of this 600-acre sanctuary for farm animals, one of the largest animal sanctuaries in the country. You’ll need to schedule your tour in advance by pre-registering. Note that only Vegan foods are allowed in the sanctuary, and you’ll need to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

Del Oro Theater

This is a vintage theater with architecture and adornments that recall the great movie palaces of mid 20th century. Updated interior appointments include roomy, comfortable seating. This kid-friendly facility shows first-run features and occasionally offers special screenings of lesser-known or classic films.

Northstar Mine Powerhouse & Pelton Wheel Museum

This interesting little museum offers an education on the history of gold mining with exhibits of mining equipment, including a 30-ft. working Pelton Wheel, an efficient water turbine used to compress air that powered drills used in the Northstar Mine.  

Other Options

During warmer weather, the kids may enjoy swimming in the outdoor pool at Memorial Park or playing disc golf at Toneys Mountain GolfProsperity Lanes bowling center is open seven days and offers a varying schedule of open bowling, bumper bowling, rock and roll blacklight bowling, and arcade games.

A word of advice: it’s always good to call ahead for any attraction to check on specials and unannounced closings or changes to hours of operations. Enjoy your family outing, and stay safe!

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