Did you know that you can tour the Jelly Belly Factory for free? They even give you free samples! Check out this must-do experience, as well as more California fun for kids.
Jelly Belly Factory Tour – Free Fun for Kids in California
Growing up, my parents would sometimes buy a big container of Jelly Belly beans. They’d ask all the kids to guess how many. One particular brother nearly always won the estimate game, but we all enjoyed the candy. We spent hours trading flavors and savoring the different flavors. This tradition was repeated at our family reunion this summer, so my kids were super excited when we stopped by the factory for a tour!
Anyone can tour the Jelly Belly factory for free. Just check their website for visiting hours before you go. We recommend picking a day when they will be making candy, so you can see the machines in action. You get to see every step of the process, from jelly beans being poured into molds…
…to jelly beans tossing in drums.
This red syrup was added to the drums above to create the red candies you see tumbling in the photo below.
One thing we noticed is that Jelly Belly beans get a lot of tumbling!
The factory is full of cool candy-making robots.
The Jelly Belly company loves finding great candy making machines! Check out some of their great finds:
Jelly Belly beans are known for their distinctive flavors. Different smelling stations in the hallway allow you guess different flavors based on the way they look and smell.
Do you recognize these yellow jelly beans? I didn’t like buttered popcorn as a kid, but I’m slightly more fond of them as an adult.
My favorite part was seeing this Jelly Belly art. Pretty incredible!
The Jelly Belly company makes lots of other candies, and you get to see their molds as well. A fun and educational FREE experience for the entire family!
More California Fun for Kids
I’ve joined some of my favorite California bloggers to share favorite family destinations in the Golden State today! Find great resources in this list, plus link up your own below!
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Family Review Guide: Marriot Desert Springs Villas
The Funny Mom Blog: The Perfect Family Airbnb in Big Bear Lake
Mama Smiles: Jelly Belly Factory Tour & More California Fun for Kids
The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide
Have you toured the Jelly Belly factory?What is your favorit Jelly Belly flavor? I’m partial to chocolate pudding and watermelon – did you know that the outside of watermelon is green and the inside is red? Our family has barely scratched the surface of things to do in California with kids. What should we see next? Share ideas in the comments below, or on my Facebook page. You can also tag me on Instagram. Sign up for my newsletter for book recommendations, crafts, activities, and parenting tips in your inbox every week.