Attractions and theme parks for all ages throughout Southern California, including aquariums, boat cruises, escape rooms 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.

Big Air Trampoline Park

Big Air Trampoline Parks are the area’s best indoor trampoline parks. Unique features include Battle Beam, Climbing Wall, Lil Air (for jumpers ages 7 and younger), Open Main Court, Dodgeball Courts, Foam Pit, Slam Dunk Basketball and a brand new trampoline laser maze in Laguna Hills!

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.

Family-Friendly Escape Rooms

A list of family-friendly escape rooms and puzzle rooms.

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.

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.

Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park and San Diego

November 17 – December 30: Visit LA’s first snow tubing park, just five minutes from downtown. Snow Los Angeles is a stunning 9-acre winter wonderland, with over 10,000 square feet of downhill snow tubing lanes.

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.