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Kid-Friendly Attractions & Things to Do

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The Main Beach at Laguna Beach just outside of Irvine is one of the most family-friendly beaches in Southern California, with a playground, clean bathrooms and outdoor showers just off the beach. 

It's an interesting fact that the best business-friendly cities are sometimes the best kid-friendly destinations, and Irvine definitely fits that bill.

It only stands to reason: Irvine is home to some 100 national and international company headquarters, those businesses have employees with families, and cities designed with families in mind are great when you're traveling with kids.

Wherever you are in Irvine, there's a park or playground literally minutes away. Our shopping malls sport bowling alleys and open-air ice-skating, there are carousels around every corner.

Irvine offers plenty of fun-focused venues for kids, from Pretend City Children's Museum, where little ones put on their professional hats for an imaginary excursion into the working world, to bowling alleys, K1 Speed Go Kart Racing and even a skate park (if your kids are traveling with their boards and helmets!).

Top 10 Family Friendly Activities in Irvine

Of course, Irvine is also in the center of Orange County, which means quick access to beaches and some of the country's most popular amusement parks, but here's something you may not have thought about:

  • Disneyland is 20 minutes from Irvine
  • Irvine has been ranked by the FBI as "America's Safest Big City" since 2005
  • Irvine is located 30 minutes from Los Angeles County

Now... Still looking for a kid-friendly gateway to Southern California? You've found it in Irvine.

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Hornblower Cruises & Events

3101 & 2431 W. Coast Hwy. 
Newport Beach, CA 92663  Phone: (949) 650-2412 Phone: (949) 650-2412

Your Newport Beach cruise begins and ends with unparalleled service, gorgeous views, delicious food and drinks, onboard entertainment, and unique venues you just can’t find anywhere else. Take a Newport Beach ... More »

Pedego Irvine Electric Bikes

4632 Barranca Pkwy 
Irvine, CA 92604  Phone: (949) 274-7944 Phone: (949) 274-7944

Come explore the hidden gem of Irvine! We have 54 miles of paved off-street bike trails that weave through the city, and Pedego is here to make sure you enjoy the adventure. On our Pedego electric bikes you have ... More »

Pretend City Children's Museum

29 Hubble 
Irvine, CA 92618  Phone: (949) 428-3900 Phone: (949) 428-3900

A magical, interactive "city" where children have an opportunity to play grown-up by going to work, buying groceries, visiting the doctor and collecting their pay from an ATM. ... More »

Newport Landing Whale Watching

309 Palm St STE A 
Newport Beach, CA 92661  Phone: (949) 675-0551 Phone: (949) 675-0551

Enjoy $16 whale-watching cruise special year-round! Click "Visit Website" for offer. Enjoy Southern California Whale Watching at its finest. Newport Landing provides multiple whale watching trips departing daily ... More »

Boomers Irvine

3405 Michelson Dr 
Irvine, CA 92614  Phone: (949) 559-8336 Phone: (949) 559-8336

Arcade games, batting cages, laser tag, miniature golf, bumper boats, go-karts, King Arthur's carnival, a rock-climbing wall and Buccaneer Cove, a pirate's themed water play area. ... More »

Bowlmor Lanes

2405 Park Ave 
Tustin, CA 92782  Phone: (714) 258-2695 Phone: (714) 258-2695

Hip atmosphere, exceptional food and incredible lane-side service make Strike OC an ideal venue for small and large groups. ... More »

Dave & Buster's

71 Fortune Dr STE 960 
Irvine, CA 92618  Phone: (949) 727-0555 Phone: (949) 727-0555

Eat. Drink. Play. At Dave & Buster's, you don't need an excuse to have fun. Whether it's a family day, happy hour meeting, or a nice dinner, Dave & Buster's has everything you could possibly desire packed into one ... More »

Harvard Skate Park

14701 Harvard Ave 
Irvine, CA 92606  Phone: (949) 724-6830 Phone: (949) 724-6830

Visit this 10,000 square-foot concrete skateboard park with bowl, rails, fun box and street obstacles. ... More »

Irvine Park Railroad

1 Irvine Park Rd 
Orange, CA 92869  Phone: (714) 997-3968 Phone: (714) 997-3968

A 1/3 scale train ride through scenic, historic Irvine Regional Park. Enjoy the park's many other activities including the Zoo, Wheel Fun Rentals® bike and paddle boat rentals, pony rides, hiking trails and more. ... More »

Irvine Regional Park

1 Irvine Park Rd 
Orange, CA 92862  Phone: (714) 744-7272 Phone: (714) 744-7272

The rolling foothills surrounding the park are filled with a variety of wildlife. Trees and shaded turf areas provide a serene setting. ... More »

Irvine Spectrum Center

670 Spectrum Center Drive 
Irvine, CA 92618  Phone: (949) 789-9180 Phone: (949) 789-9180

Irvine Spectrum Center features Nordstrom and Target, along with more than 120 stores. It has an outdoor carousel and a 6,400-seat, 21-screen movie theatre. ... More »

K1 Speed

17221 Von Karman Ave 
Irvine, CA 92614  Phone: (949) 250-0242 Phone: (949) 250-0242

Indoor go-kart racing provides an unforgettable team-building venue. Featuring private rooms for corporate events. ... More »

Lucky Strike Lanes

20 City Blvd W STE G2 
Orange, CA 92868  Phone: (714) 937-5263 Phone: (714) 937-5263

Musical Theatre Village

36-C Mauchly 
Irvine, CA 92618  Phone: (949) 753-1996 Phone: (949) 753-1996

Non-profit community theatre for adults and children performing classic musicals. ... More »

Orange County Great Park

Sand Canyon & Marine Drive 
Irvine, CA 92650  Phone: (866) 829-3829 Phone: (866) 829-3829

The park offers fun activities with events throughout the year, a rotating art gallery and a farmers market ever Sunday including: The Great Park Balloon - a 118 ft. high helium balloon that soars 400 ft. above ... More »

Orange County Zoo

1 Irvine Park Rd 
Orange, CA 92614  Phone: (714) 973-6847 Phone: (714) 973-6847

The Orange County Zoo exhibits animals and plants native to the Southwestern United States in naturalistic habitats. Educational programs throughout the year. ... More »

Playland Cafe

880 Roosevelt 
Irvine, CA 92620  Phone: (949) 829-2789 Phone: (949) 829-2789

Playland Cafe is the ultimate children's entertainment and education center. With over 25 learning features, children will explore and develop their sensorimotor, kinesthetic, and tactile skills in addition to ... More »

Tanaka Farms

5380 3/4 University Dr 
Irvine, CA 92612  Phone: (949) 653-2256 Phone: (949) 653-2256

Tanaka Farms is a living reminder of Irvine's agricultural past. An organic, family-run operation that, offers year-round, hands-on tours of its gardens and U-Pick Pumpkin Patch in the fall. ... More »

The District at Tustin Legacy

2437 Park Ave 
Tustin, CA 92782  Phone: (714) 259-9090 Phone: (714) 259-9090

The District features a Whole Foods Market, Costco, Target, Lowe's and TJ Maxx/Home Goods. It also sports a 14-screen movie theater and 30 bowling lanes at Bowlmor. ... More »

The Market Place

2915 El Camino Real 
Tustin, CA 92782  Phone: (714) 730-4124 Phone: (714) 730-4124

The Market Place is more than a retail location. It’s a shopping, dining and entertainment destination where families come to spend, explore and discover. A place where everything you want is comfortably within ... More »

UCI Observatory

680 California Ave. 
IRVINE, CA 92617 

Located in the fields on the southeastern side of the campus, the UCI Observatory hosts a large computer-controlled telescope and numerous other smaller portable, telescopes. The UCI Observatory is used for ... More »

Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Regional Park

1 Irvine Park Road 
Orange, CA 92689  Phone: (714) 997-3636 Phone: (714) 997-3636

Wheel Fun Rentals® offers bikes that can be rented in beautiful and historic Irvine Regional Park. Bikes available to rent include the surrey, double surrey, tandem bikes, kids bikes and more. Paddle boats also ... More »

ChocXo Bean to Bar Chocolatier

9461 Irvine Center Drive 
Irvine, CA 92618  Phone: (949) 825-5781 Phone: (949) 825-5781

Take a chocolate tour - A member of the Chocolate Production team walks participants through the chocolate making process from the bean to the bar. You'll walk along the educational wall and see a scale model of a ... More »

Disneyland

1313 Disneyland Dr. 
Anaheim, CA 92802  Phone: (714) 781-7277 Phone: (714) 781-7277

The Happiest Place On Earth Keeps Getting Happier! ... More »

Eskape Rooms

2575 McCabe Way 
Irvine, CA 92614  Phone: (949) 387-8073 Phone: (949) 387-8073

Eskape Rooms is a real-life escape the room adventure game in which a group of people are placed in a room and have one goal: get out before the time runs out. Solve series of puzzles, discover hidden clues, and ... More »

   
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