January 23, 2024


A young woman with long, red hair shaping a piece of pottery on a wheel at Form Ceramics Studio in Redding, CA

The rain is coming down in sheets for yet another wet winter day. Heading outside for your usual outdoor adventures is out of the question. But never fear – Redding has many indoor activities to keep your whole family smiling, even on the rainiest days!

Redding offers a variety of indoor activities like trampoline parks, children’s museums, bowling alleys, pottery painting studios, and more.

Here are 27 indoor activities in Redding for rainy days when you want to stay active without getting wet.

Redding Indoor Adventures for Active Families

If you’ve got energetic kids, these indoor spots are perfect for tiring out even the liveliest ones!

A mom and three young boys picking up their skate rentals at Viking Skate Country in Redding, CA.

Viking Skate Country

1. Skate Back in Time at Viking Skate Country

Strap on some skates and roll back to the good old days at this retro roller skating rink. It’s fun for all ages with themed nights, glow parties, and arcade games!

2. Get Airborne at Rare Air Trampoline Park

Bounce, flip, and fly at Rare Air! With wall-to-wall trampolines, dodgeball courts, slam dunk basketball, and more, kids can literally bounce off the walls. Parents can join in the fun, too!

3. Unleash Your Inner Warrior at Ninja Coalition HQ

Let the kids release energy on obstacles inspired by American Ninja Warrior. They can climb, swing, jump, and more within this indoor parkour-style playground.

4. Let Imaginations Run Wild at Paul Bunyan’s Forest Camp

This whimsical area modeled after an 1890s logging camp located inside Turtle Bay Exploration Park offers hands-on activities galore. Paul Bunyan’s Forest Camp has several features for kids to enjoy, including Babe’s Corral Playground, a mini lumber mill, a lorikeet aviary, and more.

A young girl playing laser tag at Oasis Fun Center in Shasta Lake City, CA.

Oasis Fun Center

5. Experience Non-Stop Fun at Oasis Fun Center

Located just minutes north in Shasta Lake City, this entertainment hot spot features mini golf, go-karts, bumper boats, arcade games, laser tag, and a new 3-story laser maze. Fun for all ages!

6. Laugh It Up at Chuck E. Cheese

Tokens, ticket rides, arcade games, pizza, and live shows featuring Chuck E. Cheese himself make this a no-brainer rainy day go-to for little ones.

7. Play Vintage and VR Games at the Gold Mine Arcade

This locally-owned arcade inside the Mt. Shasta Mall thrills gamers of all ages with everything from PacMan to the latest VR, alongside prize games and air hockey. With constant updates and something for everyone, the Gold Mine Arcade is a go-to indoor play space rain or shine!

Three kids climbing the rock climbing wall at Shasta Rock Club in Redding, CA.

Shasta Rock Club

8. Scale Walls at Shasta Rock Club

Rock-climbing daredevils and newbies alike will enjoy free climbing on these challenging indoor rock walls. Take a class, join a camp, or attempt to ring the bell at the top!

9. Work Out the Wiggles at the Mt. Shasta Mall Play Area

The Mt. Shasta Mall features an indoor playground with pint-sized slides and tunnels perfect for rainy days when kids need room to run! This play space lets parents take a load off while littles expend pent-up energy.

10. Strike It Hot At Country Bowl or Shasta Lanes

Knock down those pins at one of Redding’s premier bowling alleys. Country Bowl offers black-light bowling, leagues, parties, and an arcade. Shasta Lanes provides high-tech scoring, laser lights, and weekend “Rollin’ After Dark” club bowling.


Rainy Day Indoor Edutainment

Blend education and entertainment at these unique-to-Redding indoor spaces.

African American male toddler looks at trout through the glass observation wall at Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

11. Learn Hands-On at Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Families will love viewing rare wildlife exhibits inside Turtle Bay’s museum, strolling through indoor gardens, and enjoying interactive science displays and play areas for kids. With 300 acres of indoor/outdoor space, kids will get their ya-ya’s out rain or shine at Turtle Bay!

12. Journey Through Space at Schreder Planetarium

Be mesmerized by immersive space shows at Redding’s beloved planetarium. Learn about astronomy and our universe through these educational films projected on the dome screen.

13. Surf the Stacks at Redding Public Library

Today’s modern libraries offer much more than books! Redding’s branch features computer coding and tech workshops for kids, 3D printing, teen volunteer opportunities, free online learning courses, book clubs, storytimes, and more.

14. Discover a Sensory Wonderland at Sensory Innovations

Experience a vibrant, texture-rich world tailored to imagination and discovery across specialized rooms. Every age can explore this innovative wellness center under parent supervision.

A framed photo of Judge Eaton on a floral wallpapered wall inside the Behrens-Eaton House Museum in Redding, CA.

Behrens-Eaton House Museum

15. Experience 1800s Life at Behrens-Eaton House Museum

Step back in time to 1895 at this Victorian house museum filled with rich historical furnishings and items from the era. Truly transportive for history buffs!

Hands-On Indoor Activities in Redding

Unleash creativity with pottery, woodcrafts, and photography.

Pottery pieces displayed on shelves inside Form Ceramics Studio in Redding, CA.

Form Ceramics Studio

16. Craft Your Own Pottery at Form Ceramics Studio

Perfect for a day out with the kids, Form offers beginner wheel throwing and hand-building classes plus open studio time to craft mugs, dishes, figurines, and more.

17. Get Creative at Gather Downtown

Grab friends for a unique night out making custom crafts and art projects! And don’t forget to shop the local vendors and consignment items on display.

18. Paint Ceramics at All Fired Up

Unleash your inner artistry by painting and glazing your own pottery creation. Return later to collect your transformed masterpiece mug, plate, or figurine after firing. Check the All Fired Up calendar for fun classes to enjoy.

19. Capture the Perfect Selfie

Capture Instagram-worthy photos at Selfie Paradise’s studio with 11 uniquely themed photo rooms (by appointment only). Or set up your own selfie party with a 360-degree mobile photo booth from The Selfie Spot, with a new downtown brick-and-mortar location opening soon.

Indoor Ideas for Parents’ Night Out

Enjoy indoorsy dates without the kids!

An axe stuck in a log at Timberlords Axe Throwing Range

Timberlords Axe Throwing Range

20. Saddle Up for Indoor Axe Throwing at Timberlords

Bring your competitive spirit for a battle of axes indoors! Grab a group to learn axe-throwing tips, play games, and enjoy tasty drinks.

21. Visit Local Breweries & Wine Tasting Rooms

Wet weather makes it the perfect time to sample regional wines at area tasting rooms such as New Clairvaux Vineyard, Moseley Tasting Room, and The Grape Escape. Or cozy up at local breweries like Fall RiverWoody’s, and Final Draft. Cheers!

Gold and white Art Deco interior of the Cascade Theatre in Redding, CA.

Cascade Theatre

22. Catch a show at the Cascade Theatre

If a symphony concert, musical, film festival, or band is scheduled during your stay, take advantage of the magic of this historic downtown theater with its infamous Art Deco glamour.

23. View Inspiring Art at Local Galleries

Treat yourselves to an afternoon wandering through exhibits at the North Valley Art League at Caldwell Park, the Shasta County Arts Council at Old City Hall, The Art Hunger inside the historic IOOF Hall, and Turtle Bay Museum.

A young man in a black leather jacket on his cell phone shopping for denim at Old 44 Vintage in downtown Redding, CA.

Old 44 Vintage

24. Go Vintage Shopping Downtown

Browse through whimsical treasures of past eras at Friday’s Vintage Co., Old 44 Vintage, Abe’s Haberdashery, and other nostalgic shops downtown.


More Family Fun in Redding, CA

And, last but not least, here are a few more all-ages options for indoor family fun.

25. Catch a movie at Cinemark 14 Theater

Catch the latest blockbusters on the big screen with reclining seats, self-serve ticketing kiosks, and concessions aplenty at Redding’s premier movie theater. Choose your seats in advance through the Cinemark app.

26. Take the Challenge at Extreme Escape

Race against the clock to solve puzzles and escape-themed rooms in just 60 minutes. Conquering the mission requires communication, critical thinking, and teamwork!

27. Exercise Body and Mind at Shasta Family YMCA

A day pass provides access to the gym, indoor and outdoor pools, classes for all ages, and a kids’ zone to occupy the little ones while parents work out. Pick from yoga, HIIT, Zumba, basketball, and other sports.


No matter what excites your crew, Redding delivers fantastic indoor activities and spaces to create magical memories even on the rainiest days.

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