Local Family Destinations

The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation
The Wildlife Foundation is home to a remarkable variety of non-releasable, endangered, and exotic live animals. Hours of Operation: 7 days a week by appointment, 9am – 5pm. Donations Welcome!  Call  345-1700 or visit them online at www.kirshner.org.

Bidwell Mansion
Learn about Chico’s rich history with a guided tour of this 1860’s Mansion. The Visitor Center is open Sat-Mon. Hours: Sat and Sun from 11:00am–5:00 pm; Mon. 12:00–5:00 pm. Guided tours are available on the hour-the last tour is at 4:00 pm each day. Cost: $6 per adult; $3 children 5 -17, and children under 5 are free. 525 Esplanade, Chico. 895-6144

Book Family Farm
Fun, Educational, Year Round Field Trips & Tours,
Grass-Fed Meats, Pumpkin Patch. For up to date info “like us” on Facebook
bookfamilyfarm.net, bookfamilyfarm@gmail.com, 342-4375

Chico Air Museum
Free museum featuring air exhibits. Open Friday thru Sunday from 9am-4pm. 147 Convair Ct, 345-6468

Chico Creek Nature Center
The Chico Creek Nature Center operates as a natural history museum, nature center, and information center of Bidwell Park, and offers educational programs for students, weekend hikes, and nature activities for the public.  Donation requested. 891-4671

Chico Community Observatory
Providing access to our universe through its telescopes for the enjoyment and education of the youth of this community.  Winter hours: F-Su 6-9pm. Summer hours: W-Su from sunset to 3 hours after. Open 11am -1pm Sundays for solar viewing.  In Upper Bidwell Park. 343-5635.

Chico Museum
The Chico Museum celebrates the unique identity of Chico by presenting locally relevant exhibits that explore our past, illuminate the present and imagine the future. Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4pm; Donations greatly appreciated. Located at Second and Salem Streets, Downtown Chico. Phone 891-4336, or visit www.chicomuseum.org.

The Gateway Science Museum
Designed to create a life-long learning environment that enables visitors to explore, interpret, and celebrate the magnificent natural heritage of Northern California through science, research and education. For more information, visit the Gateway Science Museum Web site: http://www.GatewayScience.org/.

Gold Nugget Museum
Learn about and become a part of the history of the Ridge! There are many hands-on events, such as the Days of Living History, which the entire family can participate in. 502 Pearson Road, Paradise. 872-8722. goldnuggetmuseum@aol.com.

Home At Last Equine Sanctuary
Lots of critters to meet. homeatlastsanctuary@gmail.com.

Idea Fab Labs
Idea Fab Labs are member-driven creation zones located in Chico. The Idea Fab Labs Chico facility is a 6,900 sq. ft. building, four blocks from CSU, Chico with multiple workspaces, access to standard and high-tech tools, a large gallery, indoor and outdoor areas for group activities, and an active community of makers, designers, artists, programmers and more. We hold open house at Idea Fab Labs each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Please come by for a tour or to see the art gallery if an exhibit is available. https://ideafablabs.com/

Museum of Anthropology
The museum is committed to the collection, protection, and interpretation of ethnographic  material culture & to share this with the community through its educational programs.  Please call 898-5397 to arrange a tour.

Stansbury Home
Built by Dr. & Mrs. Oscar Stansbury in 1883, this home was designed in the Italianate Victorian style, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  307 West 5th St. 895-3848.
Sat & Sun 1-4pm. Adults $2; Students $1, Under 10 Free.

Patrick Ranch Museum
An Interactive Agricultural and Natural History Learning Center. Offering educational field trips too. 10381 Midway, Chico. Call for hours 342-4359, www.patrickranchmuseum.org.

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