Family vacations in California conjure up images of Disneyland, Universal Studios tours and building sand castles on the beach. However, other areas of the state also offer fun activities for kids, and Victorville, California, is no exception. Victorville lies is about 100 miles north of Los Angeles in the southern section of the state, bordering both mountains and desert. Although home to fewer than 100,000 residents, Victorville affords various opportunities for family fun, according to the city’s website.
Mojave Narrows Regional Park is a beautiful site for kids to enjoy the outdoors. Children use the playground and water play areas, taking time to sit together at the picnic tables, both open and protected, for meals cooked over the barbeque grills there. The park also offers overnight camping. Kids fish all year long in the Mojave River or use the many hiking trails. Visitors can bring horses to ride or rent horses to ride on trails.
Victorville’s Scandia Family Fun Center is an outdoor amusement park with activities that older children might enjoy. Attractions include the Scandia Skyscreamer spinning pendulum that propels riders full-circle 16 stories high, bumper boats, a go-kart type of racetrack, batting cages and a miniature golf course. While some activities close due to poor weather, the center stays open year-round. Younger children can still experience activities such as the boats and raceway as long as they ride with an adult.
Although the city does not have a regular zoo, kids can visit the local petting zoo, called Critters to Go. Baby animals include sheep, goats, horses, rabbits, chicks, ducks and piglets. Under the supervision of adults, children interact directly with the animals in a clean, safe environment. Parents can book Critters to Go for children’s parties to give kids a hands-on experience with animals that are typically found on a farm rather than at a California city activity.
Kids can also find fun indoor activities in Victorville. Attractions include places such as John’s Incredible Pizza Company, which is a pizza parlor filled with games and activities. Besides arcade games where kids can win prizes, John’s offers indoor bumper cars. Other fun indoor activities include bowling at Victorville’s Victor Bowl bowling center, participate in open bowling or have a party with a group of kids.