Attractions and theme parks for all ages throughout Southern California, including aquariums, boat rides, and family fun centers. Also see: “Museums,” “Trains” and “Zoos” as well as “Bowling” and Skating Rinks under “Skating and Hockey.” For additional resources, see our current issue.

Adventure City

Adventure City in North Orange County is guaranteed to entertain young families, with 17 exciting rides and attractions, including the Drop Zone, a 50-foot free-fall tower and the all new Rewind Racers roller coaster.


A list of aquariums that offer tours, family activities, classes, camps and special events.

Boat Cruises and Whale Watching

Boating locations that offer boat cruises including whale watching for families. Schedules vary.

Columbia Memorial Space Center

The 20,000-square-foot, hands-on learning center is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to all ages. It is also the national memorial for the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members.

Family Fun Centers

Various locations that offer a variety of activities that may include miniature golf, arcades, batting cages, carnival rides, go-carts and bumper cars.


Youth (11+) and adults can leave the civilian life behind and step into the world of the fighter pilot. Check in at the front desk, put on your flight suit and pay close attention in your 20-minute classroom briefing.

Glo Mini Golf

Grab your passport and experience your dream vacation in 27 holes. All the wonders of the world are explored in this one-of-a-kind glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course.

Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park

Take a break and have fun at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Offers challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats and kiddie train.

Howie’s Game Shack

Mission Viejo 949-309-3424 Buena Park 714-676-7325 Play Xbox One, PC games or immerse yourself in virtual reality at Howie’s Game Shack – the ultimate birthday party venue in Orange County. Your party will be a breeze with reserved seating, games, assigned party host, hot pizza, and cold drinks.

Local Ships

Information about Queen Mary, S.S. Lane Victory, USS Iowa and USS Midway Museum.

Observatories and Planetariums

For details and contact information, see STEM.

Parks and Playgrounds

For indoor playgrounds, see Playgrounds and for arboretums, nature centers and parks, see Recreation and Parks.

Pretend City Children’s Museum

Pretend City Children’s Museum is an interconnected city designed for children (infant-8). The city is comprised of a grocery store, farm, doctor’s office, art studio, amphitheater, beach, marina, construction site and many other exhibits.

Queen Mary

Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary is now a full-service hotel, historical landmark and entertainment venue.

Theme Parks – What’s New This Season

Southern California parks that offer seasonal-themed rides, tours and entertainment, plus season passes and party packages. Picnic areas, lockers and stroller rentals may be available.

Water Parks – What’s New and Seasonal Dates

Southern California water parks that offer water rides for all ages. Party packages, tube and board rentals, picnic areas and lockers may be available.