According to 2010 census data, 37.9 percent of Los Altos households have children under 18 years old, which is higher than the national average of 33.5 percent and even the Bay Area’s average of 30.1 percent. With more families than elsewhere, Los Altos has developed many fun activities for families. In Los Altos, family fun is never too far away. Whether your family enjoys learning together, exercising or enjoying the great outdoors, you will find something fun to do in this city.
The Los Altos History Museum
51 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022
One family favorite is the Los Altos History Museum. Situated on one of Santa Clara Valley’s last apricot orchards, the museum traces the transformation of the agricultural valley of old into the Silicon Valley of today. The children are sure to love the museum’s permanent exhibit, a model of Los Altos circa 1932 complete with a model railroad. If your kids catch the railroad bug and want to see more, the Los Altos History Museum’s Guide to Local Railroad Experiences offers some great day trip ideas.
Barron Park Garden Railway
748 Kendall, Palo Alto, CA 94306
If your children really love model trains, try taking them to Barron Park Garden Railway, which has multiple G-scale model trains for you to see. Open on weekends from April through November, your children will love coming to this park and watching the trains weave their way around the tracks.
482 University Ave., Los Altos, CA 94023
For more Los Altos family fun, visit Redwood Grove. The 5.9-acre nature preserve is a magical place to picnic in the shade of the giant, native redwood trees. Adobe creek, which connects Shoup and Redwood Grove parks, is calm and shallow enough for the young ones, and the young at heart, to play in on a hot day. The day camp held there in the summer helps campers discover the great outdoors and develop an awareness of the importance of sustainability.
Deer Hollow Farm
22500 Christo Rey Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024
An educational center for children, visitors and the community, Deer Hollow Farm is a place where you and your family can observe and participate on a working farm. Take a self-guided tour and learn about the history of the farm, while viewing all the livestock. Your children will love to see what a real farm looks like, as well as interact with all the animals. The farm is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm is closed to visitors after 1 p.m. on Wednesday and all day Mondays. Animals can be viewed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
855 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
With two 18-hole miniature golf courses, Golfland USA is the perfect place for you and your kids to take in a round of golf together. If golf is your thing, your entire family will love the fun and challenge of trying to get a hole in one. Afterward, you can always hit up the arcade for some more fun.