Summer might be ending, but with some lockdown measures remaining, the kids still need to be entertained. Keep them busy for the rest of summer and into autumn with trips to Tanaka Farms, bike riding at Orange County Great Park, gelato at Frost Gelato, or even hockey camp at Irvine Inline. Here are some ideas for socially-distant fun in Irvine.

U-Pick and Pumpkin Patch at Tanaka Farms

Tanaka Farms is getting ready for their annual pumpkin patch! While this year’s pumpkin patch will look a little different, you and the kids can still attend a U-pick Wagon Tour to pick your own jack-o-lantern. Or go through the drive-thru and let the kids pick their pumpkin from the car. In addition to the pumpkin patch, the Tanaka Grill will be reopening with farm favorites like grilled corn and the market stand will be open for any other farmers market goodies.

Tanaka Farms pumpkin picking w mask


Bike Riding at Orange County Great Park

Whether they’re still getting the hang of their bike or already practiced pros, kids will love riding around the Orange County Great Park. The trails (approximately 1.5 miles in all) around the park are safe and spacious, with plenty of room for everyone to ride whatever their skill level (and avoid crowds). 

Great Park Trails in Upper Bee & Bosque


Grab Gelato at Frost Gelato and Stroll Spectrum Center

Take an outdoor stroll (with mask on) around Irvine Spectrum. And make it even better by grabbing some to-go gelato at Frost Gelato, which offers flavors like sea salt caramel, white chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon apple pie and more.

Frost gelato


Explore Irvine Regional Park

Outdoor activities are some of the safest you can partake in. To that end, Irvine Regional Park offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, including paddle boat rentals and special bike rentals (including ones that fit the whole family), as well as riding the famous Irvine Railroad! Best of all? The OC Zoo is also open with enhanced cleaning procedures and other safety modifications, including reduced visitor capacity for socially distant viewing.

Wheel Fun paddle boat


Free Skating at The Rinks and Great Park Ice

The Rinks and Great Park Ice are also reopening with new safety modifications, including pre-registering for activities and reduced capacity to keep the kiddos safe. Sign up for a fun freestyle session to keep cool during the end of summer (and beyond). Make sure you have your own skating equipment as well, as The Rinks are not currently offering rentals due to safety procedures.

Great Park ice skating



Ashley Burnett is a writer and editor living in southern California. Her work has previously appeared in Locale, LA Travel Magazine, TravelAge West and various other publications.