The Mom

Christy Byham

You'll find no shortage of kid-friendly adventures in Paso Robles, so our Maverick momma, Christy Byham, is here to show you how to plan the perfect vacation with the little ones in tow. Christy is the founder of the online resource,, discovering the best ways to have fun with kids on the Central Coast, and she has curated a list of her go-to Paso places just for you.

Breakfast at Cali Grill

Eat: They’ve got the best breakfast sandwiches, burritos, smoothies, parfaits and so much more to choose from. Your choosy little ones won’t have any trouble finding something tasty here. I love that Cali Grill is family owned and run, and each dish is prepped fresh once you order. 

Maverick Tip: Cali Grill is family owned and run, and their music and outdoor patio create a great family-friendly vibe.

Explore at Jack Creek Farms

Do: If you’re traveling through Paso with kids, put Jack Creek Farms at the top of your to-do list. They’ve got goats, chickens, ducks and bunnies in addition to a whole bunch of fun activities like mazes and hay bale roping.

Maverick Tip: The store inside has fun treats for the whole family. Not only do they offer delicious apple cider slushes, they'll also provide samples of the many unique food products they have in the store. 

Wine Tasting at Castoro Cellars

Taste: Castoro Cellars is my favorite place to wine taste as a family. While the adults are sipping on wine in the tasting room, the kiddos can taste grape juice at the kids' tables with coloring sheets.

Maverick Tip: On sunny days, there’s a disc golf course on the property as well as cornhole and plenty of room for running!

Lunch at Odyssey World Cafe

Eat: The owners once lived abroad, so they wanted to do an American take on the world cuisine they love. Odyssey World Café offers garden-fresh salads, wraps, steaks and numerous kid options including - as my daughter would say - "the best chocolate cake ever!”

Maverick Tip: Although they are serving up gourmet grub, this restaurant is fast and casual, making it the perfect stop for kids! 

Stagecoach Ride at Harris Stage Lines

Experience: Harris Stage Lines is a real working ranch, preserving the American West feel! The property can handle 200 people at once and has a cookhouse for events, making it a great place to get together with friends and family.

Maverick Tip: Hop aboard an authentic horse-drawn stagecoach for a one-of-a-kind ride and take in the sounds of the Wurlitzer of the West, a 1,000-pipe theatre organ built in 1922.

Dinner at Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ

Eat: Don't skip the BBQ sauce here. The signature recipe is all natural and smoked on-site, and some of the best I've tried. 

Maverick Tip: Bubba's features an atmosphere designed just for kids and kids at heart. In addition to the super child-friendly menu, there's a talking buffalo head and even a jail cell you can eat in!

Bowling at Paso Bowl

Try: Paso Bowl is a great place to bring the whole family. In addition to the bowling alley, there are arcade games, pizza and plenty of great packages.

Maverick Tip: While setting up your scoreboard, snap a photo of yourself. Animations will show your faces on the screen throughout the game! 

Breakfast at Nosh Delights

Taste: The Funky Monkey here is definitely one of my daughter’s favorites at Nosh Delights. It’s French toast with peanut butter and candied bananas. Can you blame her for loving it?

Maverick Tip: In addition to the delicious food and huge menu, the relaxed atmosphere and coloring books make it a great place for kids. 

Discover the Paso Robles Children’s Museum

Explore: The kids will squeal with excitement when they discover how many fun activities there are at the Children's Museum. Upstairs they offer arts and crafts for the kids, downstairs is a grape stomp ball pit and there are educational features throughout, like the PG&E exhibit about renewable energy. 

Maverick Tip: The museum will keep the kiddos entertained and engaged for quite some time, but its size is perfect for keeping an eye on them. I also recommend stopping by the Paso Robles Visitors Center to pick up free passes for the kids to visit the museum!

Lunch at Good Times Cafe

Taste: Good Times Cafe is a classic '50's-themed diner that serves up great Americana vibes and meals to match like burgers, hot dogs, chicken strips and more. My daughter loves that all kids’ meals come with ice cream.

Maverick Tip: Don’t forget to bring some coins for the old-timey juke box!

Playtime at Local Parks

Adventure: Get that energy out after lunch at one of Paso Robles’ fantastic parks. Centennial Park is a great place for a family walk, and Downtown City Park recently installed a brand new playground!

Maverick Tip: I love that Downtown City Park has a merry-go-round. It reminds me of the playgrounds I used to enjoy as a child, and I’m glad I get to create those memories with my daughter. 

Dinner at Paso’s Pizza Kitchen

Explore: Paso’s Pizza Kitchen is walking distance from the park, so it makes for a great dinner spot to refuel after burning off all that energy on the playground.

Maverick Tip: The affordability of this restaurant makes it a great choice for families. There are arcade games to keep the kids busy and delicious deals, like 50% off a pitcher with a purchase of a large 3-topping pizza. 

Dessert at Powell’s Sweet Shoppe

Treats: This place has candy galore! Lollipops, jelly beans, gummies, chocolates, you name it and Powell’s has it. They also serve up some really delicious locally produced gelato made by Leo Leo Gelato.

Maverick Tip: I love Powell’s Sweet Shoppe almost as much as my daughter does. They have all of the classic candies that I used to eat as a kid, so I always have fun taking a look at what’s hiding on the shelves.