Summer Survival Guide: Indoor Fun for Kids – The Best Places to Beat the Heat in Southern California

Updated Summer 2024

Looking for ways to beat the heat without skipping out on the fun? Kidsguide has you covered! We’ve hand-picked the most exciting museums, indoor playgrounds, and other cool hotspots to escape from the scorching temps!



Photo: Cayton Children’s Museum

Children’s Museums

Cayton Children’s Museum, Santa Monica
Explore discovery-based exhibits from a real-life helicopter to a miniature marketplace to reactive VR. There are art studios, community spaces, and a state-of-the-art theatre.

Children’s Museum at La Habra
Seven interactive galleries and dozens of hands-on exhibits including the STEAM Lab, Train Station Gallery, Carousel Room, and more. Check out their newest exhibit, Empire on the Nile, before it goes away in August!

Discovery Cube OC & LA, Santa Ana & Sylmar
Two awesome locations filled with engaging science exhibits and STEM activities. OC just opened their Discovery Lab and limited-time Ocean Encounter and Paw Patrol exhibits. The LA location is celebrating the Festival of STEM this summer featuring  chemistry, paleontology, geology, rocket science, engineering, and seismology activities.

Pennypickle’s Workshop, Torrance
Explore the home of Professor Phineas T. Pennypickle. It’s cluttered with inventions, gadgets and experiments. There’s a Time Machine, Illusionator, Electrolight-o-later, and even a peanut butter and jelly sandwich-making machine.

Southern California Children’s Museum, Pasadena
Interact with a fire engine, play in the construction zone, or experience what it’s like to perform at the Hollywood Bowl.

The New Children’s Museum, San Diego
This arts-based museum features unique, room-sized art installations, a variety of art studios and makerspace, plus daily workshops and special events.



Photo: Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

Indoor Family Entertainment

Dinner Shows

Medieval Times, Buena Park

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, Buena Park


Summer 2024 Upcoming Family Shows (Indoor Theaters)

Beauty and the Beast
Rose Center Theater, Westminster
June 28 – July 14, 2024

Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
June 8 – July 21, 2024

Peter Pan
Hollywood Pantages, Los Angeles
July 9-28, 2024

Disney’s Newsies
Musical Theatre West, Long Beach
July 12-28, 2024

The Addams Family: A Musical Comedy
Long Beach Playhouse, Long Beach
June 29 – August 4, 2024

Beauty and the Beast
Santa Monica Playhouse, Santa Monica
May 11 – July 28, 2024

South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa
August 3-11, 2024

Disney’s Little Mermaid
James Armstrong Theatre, Torrance
August 3-17, 2024

Find more Family Shows & Performances here.



Photo: Wonder of Dinosaurs

Indoor Family Fun Centers

Local Bowling Centers

Local Ice Skating Rinks

Bubble Pop, Mission Viejo

Chuck E. Cheese, Various Locations

Dave & Buster’s, Long Beach, Orange, Irvine…

John’s Incredible Pizza, Buena Park & Carson

K1 Speed Indoor Go Kart Racing, Anaheim, Irvine, Torrance…

Lucky Art Crayonology, Montclair

Neon Retro Arcade, Pasadena

Play & Parties, Orange

Wonder of Dinosaurs, Redondo Beach



Photo: We Play Loud

Indoor Playgrounds

AdventurePlex, Manhattan Beach

Billy Beez, Anaheim

Candeeland, Downey & Santa Ana

Dig It, Torrance

Kids Empire, Anaheim

Kidz Town, Lakewood

Little World, Garden Grove

Playpie, Buena Park

Seascape Kids Fun, Anaheim

We Play Loud, Huntington Beach & Lake Forest

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, Downey



Photo: Jumpify

Indoor Bouncer & Inflatable Play

Bounce U, Orange

Jumper’s Jungle, Norwalk

Jumpify, Long Beach


Pump It Up, Lake Forest

Scooter’s Jungle, Placentia & El Segundo



Photo: American Ninja Warrior Adventure Park

Indoor Trampoline & Obstacle Parks

American Ninja Warrior Adventure Park, Santa Ana

Big Air, Buena Park & Laguna Hills

Get Air, Huntington Beach & Pomona

Rockin’ Jump, Santa Ana

SkyZone, Cerritos, Anaheim, Westminster, Torrance, Mission Viejo

Ultimate Ninjas, Anaheim


Photo: Sender One

Indoor Rock Climbing Centers

Hapik Climbing Center, South Gate

Rockreation, Costa Mesa & Los Angeles

Sender One Climbing, Santa Ana & Los Angeles



Photo: Columbia Memorial Space Center

Science & Space Centers

California Science Center, Los Angeles [FREE, excludes special exhibitions]

Columbia Memorial Space Center, Downey

San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego



Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum


Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles

Getty Center & Getty Villa, Los Angeles [FREE]

International Printing Museum, Carson

La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles [FREE AFTER 3PM, M-F, LA COUNTY RESIDENTS]

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach

LA County Fire Museum, Bellflower [FREE FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER]

LAFD Museum, Hollywood & San Pedro [FREE]

Lyon Air Museum, Santa Ana

Natural History Museum, Los Angeles [FREE AFTER 3PM, M-F, LA COUNTY RESIDENTS]

Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

Planes of Fame Air Museum, Chino

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, Claremont

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo [FREE FOR KIDS 10 & UNDER]



Photo: Roundhouse Aquarium


Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Birch Aquarium, La Jolla

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro [DONATION SUGGESTED]

Heal the Bay Aquarium, Santa Monica [FREE FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER]

Living Coast Discovery Center, Chula Vista

Roundhouse Aquarium, Manhattan Beach [DONATION SUGGESTED]




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