Family Friendly Activities in all Joanna's Nannies Locations


Whoo Hoo, summer is finally here! As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it becomes more challenging to keep the kiddos busy during those long hot days. Summer is full of festivities from festivals, carnivals, and street fairs to water parks and museums. Planning a summer full of daily activities is time-consuming and challenging, especially for those parents trying to balance family life as well as a full-time career. That's where Joanna’s Nannies comes in! We put together an updated list of family-friendly activities to do with the kids all summer in each of our general service areas from southern California all the way to Denver!

Southern California

Southern California is always full of life and activities in the summer. From different amusement parks to aquariums and zoos, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Zoos and aquariums are great ways to enjoy some family time while also fueling their minds learning about animals! Southern California has many different options when it comes to going to the zoo or the aquarium. Amusement parks are great because it offers full for all ages from carnival games to roller coasters. Below is a list divided into each of our three general areas in southern California San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County.

San Diego:

San Diego Zoo

Seaworld San Diego

Birch Aquarium

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Los Angeles:

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Aquarium of the Pacific

The Living Desert

The Queens Mary

Orange County:

Zoomars Petting Zoo

Ocean Institute

The Reptile Zoo

Santa Ana Zoo

Orange County Zoo

Knott’s Berry Farm


Wine Country

A lot of people assume wine country doesn’t have a lot of kid-friendly activities or things for the kids in particular. Wine country is full of adventure fit for the entire family. Wine country is known for its rolling green hills full of wineries, but it is also packed with life! When visiting wine country check out our list below of different activities, you can bring the kids to or hire one of our nannies to watch the kids while you and your significant other go on a wine tasting tour.

Wine Country:

Train Town

Scandia Family Fun Center

Pacific Coast Air Museum

Sonoma Cheese Factory

Petrified Forest


Discovery Museum

Stinson Beach

Adventure Kinderland

Farmers Market

San Francisco:

San Francisco is a city full of personality; everywhere you look something new is happening! Keeping up in such a fast pace environment can be a challenge, especially if you are from out of town. Planning a vacation to a city has its, including what activities are best for families or what ones are more adult oriented. Joanna’s Nannies put together a small list of family-friendly activities you can do in and around the San Francisco area with your family this summer.

San Francisco:

Aquarium of the Bay

California Academy of Science


San Francisco Zoo

Cable Car Museum Angel Island

East Bay:

Children's Fairyland

Oakland Ice Center

Oakland Zoo

Friday Nights at the Oakland Museum

Museum of Children's Art

Chabot Space and Science Center

South Bay:

Great America

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

San Jose Museum of Art

Natural Bridges State Beach

Lake Tahoe/ Reno:

California is one in a million for the fact that you can surf and ski on the same day if you genuinely wanted to. Although there is not usually snow come summer time, that's not the case this summer. Squaw Valley will be open until July, so there is still plenty of time to get some turns in! Lake Tahoe and Reno have much more to offer the skiing including hikes and bike rides around the lake to arcades in Reno! Lake Tahoe is a great family friendly vacation destination with fun for all ages!

North Lake Tahoe:

Squaw Valley Summer Skiing

Truckee Thursdays

Kids Zone

Woodward Tahoe

Beaches Around the Lake (Commons, Hidden, Speedboat)

Roller Skating, swimming, and hot tubbing at High Camp at Squaw

Northstar Resort

South Lake Tahoe:

Tahoe Tot Spot

Van Sickle Bi-State Park

Emerald Bay


Magic Carpet Golf

Greater Nevada Field- Reno Aces Games

The Discovery Museum 

Mt. Rose Ski Resort 

Reno Air Races

Animal Ark 

Truckee River Walk

Denver Metro:

Colorado is a great destination for vacation, whether it be winter or summer. There are endless activities to do with the family near and around the area. Whether you're planning the itinerary for the trip or if you’ve already lived in the area this list of activities will be great for your family or for the nanny to take the kids while you’re out and about! Our staff has put together a short list of kid and family friendly activities to do whether its sun or snow!


Downtown Aquarium

Denver Zoo

Denver Museum of Nature and Science


WOW! Children museum

Valmont Bike Park

Movement Climbing and Fitness

Chautauqua Park

High Rockies:

Breck Summer Fun Park

Keystone Resort

Mountain Town Music Festival

Winter Park Resort

Winter Park Chocolate Festival