Although a visit to Napa conjures up images of all kinds of adult-centered activities, the area is remarkably child friendly. There are a variety of activities designed with children in mind.

Some experts suggest staying in Calistoga, just to the north of the town of Napa. From there, you can visit many child-friendly places like the Petrified Forest (at 4100 Petrified Forest Road in Calistoga), which features a variety of petrified trees, some as long as 65 feet. These petrified trees aren’t as colorful as the ones found in Arizona, but children will likely marvel at their amazing size and age.  there is also an "old faithful" geyser in Calistoga.

If you want to add some wine tasting to the family weekend head for Sterling Vineyards, which it set atop a hill. You get to the tasting room via a tram ride, sure to entertain the kids. Once in the tasting room, you can enjoy the variety of wines (which include Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and more), while the children sip sparkling juice.

Or take the children for an exciting castle tour at Castello di Amarosa.  They have young adult tours for children 5 to age 20.

If your kids are at least 90 pounds - you can all go on a Segway tour in Napa or Yountville - or rent them by the hour.

For younger kids try Scientopia Discovery Center in the city of Napa.  A great place for kids to run around, interact wih exhibits, play with toys or dress up.  It has lots of educational areas and tons of arts and crafts. 

Close to Napa is the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory in Petaluma (tours are $3 each), and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.

If you want to enjoy a quiet dinner out, ask the proprietor of your bed and breakfast or the concierge at your hotel for a babysitting recommendation. There are a variety of agencies in the Napa area that provide licensed and bonded nannies and babysitters who will come right to your hotel or B & B room to watch your children while you head out for an evening.