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60 Things To Do With Kids in SoCal

Home to major metropolises like Los Angeles and San Diego and beautiful mountain, desert, and coastline scenery, a trip to Southern California will charm all members of the family. 

Make the best of your time in SoCal with these 60 suggestions to help plan your itinerary. Visit beaches, mountains, iconic theme parks, national parks, and more!


1. Visit California's most famous kid-friendly attraction: Disneyland and its sister park, California Adventure, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

2. Catch an Anaheim Angels baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

3. See the Anaheim Ducks hockey team in action at the Honda Center.

4. See famous recordings of kids' television programs at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills, right next to Los Angeles.

5. Go skiing or snowboarding at Snow Summit Ski Area and Big Bear Mountain, right next to Big Bear Lake.

Southern California Kids Activities

Catching a Baseball Game

6. See colorful desert gems and more at the Palo Verde Historical Museum in Blythe.

7. Get up close with a diversity of wildlife at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park near Indio.

8. Go off-roading in dune buggies at Imperial Sand Dunes Recreational Area near Brawley.

9. Ride the thrills at Knott's Berry Farm, one of Orange County's most famous theme parks, near Los Alamitos.

10. Take on living Hollywood history at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour & Museum in Burbank.

11. Soak up the sun at Carlsbad State Beach in Carlsbad.

12. Expand your kids' imaginations with the fun-filled rides of LEGOLAND in Carlsbad.

13. Catch a Los Angeles Galaxy soccer game at the StubHub Center near Torrance.

14. Spend time in the great outdoors and catch a glimpse of the Pacific at Malibu Creek State Park near Thousand Oaks.

15. Play among the waves and enjoy a barbecue at Corona Del Mar State Beach in Newport Beach.

Southern California Activities

At the Beach

16. Set off on a whale watching cruise from Dana Point Harbor in Dana Point.

17. Let the kids play in the surf and the sand at Dana Point's Doheny State Beach.

18. Immerse the family in hands-on ocean and marine science education programs at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.

19. Make your way to the stunning Death Valley National Park, found near Lone Pine.

20. See the Los Angeles Dodgers in action at Dodger Stadium, which overlooks downtown.

21. Visit the San Diego Botanic Garden and its bamboo and desert garden collection in Encinitas.

22. Take the kids to the Auto Club Speedway's Lefty's Kids Club and watch NASCAR races near Rancho Cucamonga.

23. See where the Oscars are given out at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

24. Find your favorite movie star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

25. Visit the International Surfing Museum next to the beach at Huntington Beach.

Southern California Activities

Desert Exploring

26. Stop by the La Jolla Cave Store and the Sunny Jim Cave on the shores of La Jolla.

27. Walk on 3 miles of beach or go hiking in the hills of Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach.

28. See living history demonstrations on the first Saturday of each month at Fort Tejon State Historic Park in Lebec.

29. Visit the world's largest indoor ocean and over 50 exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

30. Tour the Queen Mary, one of the biggest ships ever built, at the harbor in Long Beach.

31.Visit a Hollywood icon at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, whose courtyard includes famous concreted prints and autographs.

32. Experience high-profile space exhibitions at the Griffith Observatory, overlooking Los Angeles.

33. Catch a concert at the world-renowned and distinctly shaped Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood.

34. Take one of L.A.'s popular hop-on, hop-off city tours with Hollywood Starline Tours.

35. Look at the stars from Mount Wilson Observatory's 60-inch telescope in the mountains above Pasadena.

Southern California Activities

Aquarium of the Pacific

36. View historic fossils of mammoths and saber-toothed cats at the Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

37. Watch a basketball game featuring the L.A. Lakers and Clippers or a hockey game featuring the L.A. Kings at Staples Center.

38. Relax and have a picnic at Burton Chace Park in Marina Del Rey.

39. Take the kids for a nature walk or enjoy a picnic at Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay.

40. Go beach dune-bugging at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area near Arroyo Grande.

41. Experience thrilling exhibitions of surfing at Oceanside's California Surf Museum.

42. See the black bears, bald eagles, mountain lions and more at the Orange County Zoo in Orange.

43. Explore science and art exhibits for the kids at the Children's Discovery Museum of The Desert in Palm Desert.

44. Take the kids to see the animals and plants at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in Palm Desert.

45. See the annual Rose Bowl football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Southern California Activities

San Diego Zoo

46. Relax in the sun at Pismo State Beach in Pismo Beach.

47. Explore beautiful Balboa Park as a break from big city life in San Diego .

48. Catch a San Diego Padres baseball game at Petco Park.

49. See the San Diego Chargers football team in action at Qualcomm Stadium.

50. Visit one of the world's most popular zoos with a trip to the San Diego Zoo.

51. See Shamu and friends in action at SeaWorld San Diego.

52. Take a tour of the historic and grandiose Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

53. Take the kids to visit the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, where interactive science exhibits await.

54. Head out to famous Santa Monica Pier and the rides at Pacific Park in Santa Monica.

55. Explore awe-inspiring desert scenery at Joshua Tree National Park near Twentynine Palms.

Southern California Activities

Ferris Wheel at Santa Monica Pier

56. Visit movie-making action at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles.

57. Ride the thrilling roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia .

58. Stroll down the Venice Beach Boardwalk in Los Angeles and enjoy the street performances and top shopping.

59. Visit the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum near Oceanside and see authentic exhibitions at the blacksmith and wheelwright shops.

60. Explore structures from the 1800's that are still standing today at the Calico Ghost Town near Barstow.

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1110 W Katella Avenue, Anaheim CA 92802-2805
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1544 S Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim CA 92802-2312
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1984 E Main Street, Barstow CA 92311-3218
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1562 E Main Street, Brawley CA 92227-9504
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3180 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad CA 92008-2908
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34744 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point CA 92624-1302
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34280 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point CA 92629-2824
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85 Encinitas Boulevard, Encinitas CA 92024-3625
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6141 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood CA 90028-5205
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2011 N Highland Avenue, Hollywood CA 90068-3238
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19

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19360 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach CA 92648-2502
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81909 Indio Boulevard, Indio CA 92201-2038
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21

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5521 Dennis McCarthy Drive, Lebec CA 93243-9721
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22

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1008 S Main Street, Lone Pine CA 93545-3010
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23

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1725 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach CA 90813-1931
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24

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6285 E Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach CA 90803-4803
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25

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517 E 1st Street, Long Beach CA 90802-5025
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26

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10591 Los Alamitos Boulevard, Los Alamitos CA 90720-2113
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27

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28

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29

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8400 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90069-1910
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30

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31

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250 Pacific Street, Morro Bay CA 93442-2261
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32

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33

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34

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35

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36

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720 The City Drive S, Orange CA 92868-4927
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38

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74695 Highway 111, Palm Desert CA 92260-3803
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39

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3570 E Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena CA 91107-3846
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3600 E Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena CA 91107-3866
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41

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42

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5005 N Harbor Drive, San Diego CA 92106-2307
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411 Hotel Circle S, San Diego CA 92108-3402
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44

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2051 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego CA 92106-3105
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45

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555 W Ash Street, San Diego CA 92101-3414
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46

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4041 Harney Street, San Diego CA 92110-2866
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48

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6474 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego CA 92115-2645
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49

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2575 Clairemont Drive, San Diego CA 92117-6602
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50

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815 W San Ysidro Boulevard, San Diego CA 92173-1827
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51

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840 A Street, San Diego CA 92101-4613
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52

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2700 Hotel Ter, Santa Ana CA 92705-5602
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53

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1920 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica CA 90404-1909
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75 W Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks CA 91360-4416
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55

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56

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71487 Twentynine Palms Highway, Twentynine Palms CA 92277-4304
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