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.

Aquarium of the Pacific and Blue Whale Watching and Sea Life Cruise

More than 11,000 ocean animals are featured in three main galleries with 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, including over 500 different species. Plus, Aquarium of the Pacific’s Blue Whale Watching and Sea Life Cruise.

Aquariums and Marine-Science Destinations

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

Big Air Trampoline Park

Big Air Trampoline Parks have become the area’s best indoor trampoline parks. Unique features include Climbing Wall, Battle Beam, Lil Air (for jumpers ages 6 and younger), Open Main Court, Dodgeball Courts, Foam Pit, Slam Dunk Basketball and The Bullpen.

Big Bear Snow Play

Mid-November through Easter, enjoy day and night “glow” tubing at Big Bear Snow Play. Daily, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and holiday glow glow night sessions, 5-9 p.m. (Christmas Day, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

Boat Cruises and Whale Watching

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

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area area where you can: Return to the Moon, go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft.

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.

Fillmore & Western Railway-New

Weekend excursions, specialty trains rides and family events are scheduled monthly.


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Kidsguide SchoolGuide Winter 2017

Check out some of the best schools and tutoring services in Long Beach Metro and Orange County.

Local Ships

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

Observatiories and Planetariums

For details and contact information, see STEM.

Old World Huntington Beach

Old World Huntington Beach is famous for Oktoberfest, Wiener-Dog Races, and German/European specialties. Visit their restaurant-bakery, deli and market, which serves traditional German food such as bratwurst, schnitzel, apple strudel and more.

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.

The Cirque Magique in Buena Park

Run away to the circus, with The Cirque Magique. Join Chucles, Giggles, and Snickers the clowns for fun, laughs and excitement in their very own indoor Big Top Show. Enjoy a delicious brunch as their circus performers from around the world entertain you with their interactive, magical and hilariously funny acts.

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.

Wonderfest at Discovery Cube Orange County and Los Angeles

December 17 – January 8: Snow and science fun combine at Discovery Cube this winter with a wonderland of attractions! Learn the science behind sledding down ice ramps and how snow is formed, then put your knowledge into action with real sledding and snow play.