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, The X 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.

Boat Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor

December 7, 8, 14 and 15: Celebrate the holiday season at the spectacular 44th annual Boat Parade of Lights at Dana Point Harbor! Enjoy the holiday extravaganza featuring carolers, trick ropers, games, crafts, free photos with Santa, and the boat parade.

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Hands-on learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003.

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.

Fillmore and Western Railway

This legendary railroad is home to vintage passenger and dining cars that date back as far as 1914. It’s also home to a 1913 fully restored and operating #14 Baldwin Steam Engine.

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 S.S. Lane Victory, USS Iowa and USS Midway Museum.

Lost Worlds Laser Tag

Lost Worlds Laser Tag is one of Southern California’s premier family fun centers, including laser tag and birthday parties.

North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High

New this season, Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, CA, is unveiling two new Yeti Snow Parks, each with tubing, snow play, and grab-n-go lessons. Mountain High is Southern California’s “gateway to winter” and each of these zones serve as an introduction to snow sports with a direct conduit to alpine skiing and snowboarding.

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.

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

December 1-25: Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas spectacular, Pirates Take Christmas.’ Use code “KGHOLIDAY18” for discount tickets!

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

Go back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, now a full-service hotel and historical landmark with tours and exhibitions.

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.