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101 Things to do with Your Kids in Orange County this Summer


Summer..summer.summer..SUMMER! Our favorite time of the year has finally arrived, and it is the perfect time to create unforgettable memories with your children. There are so many events, activities and things to do with your kids in Orange County this summer! Make everyday magical doing some of these fun activities with your kids this summer.

1. Visit a local Orange County Park
2. Swim at a hidden beach in Orange County
3. Explore the Tidepools
4. Have lunch at the historic Ruby’s Shake Shack
5. Get close to nature at a local nature center
6. Take a nature hike
7. Skateboard at the Etnies Skate Park
8. Visit the Laguna Koi Ponds
9. See the rescued Sea Lions at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center
10. Learn and Explore at the Discovery Science Center
11. Visit the blow hole
12. Surprise the kids by taking them for kidnap bowling
13. Ride the trains and Goathill Junction
14. Jump high and Big Air Trampoline Park
15. Play with the dogs at the Laguna Canyon Dog Park
16. Splash at the Sigler Park Splash Park
17. Go bowling for free with
18. Read with your kids at the Huntington Beach library
19. Explore nature at Enc in Newport Beach
20. Catch a flick with Free movies or $2 theater movies
21. Fullerton Arboretum
22. La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles
23. Aquarium of the Pacific
24. Sawdust festival
25. Newport Dunes
26. Explore Balboa island
27. Go Kayaking Newport or Huntington Beach
28. Create a Scavenger hunt with your children
29. Atlantis play center Garden Grove
30. Train ride to San Diego from SJC
31. Bowers museum
32. Pasadena kids museum
33. Huntington gardens in San Marino
34. Ocean institute
35. See a show at the Bob Bakers Marionettes
36. See the Monkey’s at the Santa Ana zoo
37. Have a backyard movie night
38. Scooter jungle or Pump it up
39. Visit a world of imagination at Pretend City
40. Edible Park in Irvine
41. Have a milk shake at the historic Watson’s Soda Fountain Shop
42. Tour of Heritage House park in lake Forrest
43. Modjeska Historic House tour via OC parks
44. Children’s museum la Habra
45. Lyons air museum
46. Marconi auto museum
47. Muzeo
48. Stanley Ranch Museum in Garden Grove
49. Michael’s 2-hour drop in craft for $2 every MWF for eight weeks this summer. Ages 5-12
50. $1 movies at regal theaters
51. Movie on the lawn at the OC Great Park
52. OC Concert in the Park
53. Visit the OC Butterfly garden
54. Pet the animals at Zoomar’s Petting Zoo
55. Have lunch at the Hidden House Coffee Shop
56. Have a Balboa Bar on Balboa Island
57. Visit ExplorOcean on the Peninsula
58. Float on the water in a duffy boat
59. Go paddleboarding at Pirate Coast Paddle
60. Splash in the water jets at the Irvine Spectrum
61. Get a hug from Mickey and Minnie at Disneyland
62. Enjoy your favorite fried food at the OC Fair
63. Take a cooking class at IAM Culinary Center in Tustin
64. Go Camping in Big Bear
65. See a film in LA at the historic El Capitan Theatre
66. See a play at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts
67. Catch a wave at the Huntington Beach Surf School
68. Connect with nature at the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
69. Take a painting class at Pinot Palette in Tustin
70. Visit a local OC Farmer’s Market
71. Slide down the epic slides in Santa Ana
72. Drive to LA to see the pollinator garden at the Natural History Museum
73. Pick your own vegetables at South Coast Farms
74. Eat with your hands at Medieval Times
75. Take a free swimming lesson at the Renaissance Club Sport Aliso Viejo
76. Go Whale Watching
77. Find a treasure while geotagging
78. Take a train ride at the Irvine Park Railroad
79. Build a backyard zipline
80. Have a backyard campout
81. Visit the Orange County Museum of Art
82. Explore the Mission at San Juan Capistrano
83. See a homerun at a Los Angeles Angel’s Game
84. Explore the Koi Ponds at Fashion Island
85. Find your way along the historic Holy Jim Trail
86. Go Rollerskating at the Fountain Valley Roller Rink
87. Fish at Laguna Niguel Lake
88. Have a shaving cream fight
89. Plan a staycation at the Legoland Hotel
90. See an exotic animal at the OC Zoo
91. Shoot a bow an arrow at the Santa Ana Archery Park
92. Pick vegetables at Tanaka Farms
93. Ride the train at the Irvine Spectrum
94. Race a lego car at the Lego Store in Downtown Disney
95. Go for a bike ride around Irvine Park
96. Fly high above Orange County in the orange balloon at the OC Great Park
97. Go camping at Crystal Cove campground
98. Rent a classic car & spend the day cruising around Orange County
99. Fly a kite
100. Do a beach clean-up with
101. Make a splash at Buccaneer’s Cove at Boomer’s Irvine

Have a fun idea we missed? Share it in the comments below! Happy Summer!!

Heading into LA for some summer fun? Visit the Moms LA Los Angeles Summer Guide.

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  1. My favorite thing to do with my kids is go to Disneyland!

  2. Nice


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