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.
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.
A list of aquariums that offer tours, family activities, classes, camps and special events.
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!
Boating locations that offer boat cruises including whale watching for families. Schedules vary.
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.
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.
Various locations that offer a variety of activities that may include miniature golf, arcades, batting cages, carnival rides, go-carts and bumper cars.
A list of family-friendly escape rooms and puzzle rooms.
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.
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.
Information about S.S. Lane Victory, USS Iowa and USS Midway Museum.
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.
For details and contact information, see STEM.
For indoor playgrounds, see Playgrounds and for arboretums, nature centers and parks, see Recreation and Parks.
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.
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.
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.