Irvine Kid-Friendly Attractions & Things to Do
The city of Irvine has many facets, including its vibrant residential side with many family-oriented communities and plenty of kid-friendly attractions and things to do.
While you will find movie theaters, malls, sports fields, skate parks, bowling alleys, bounce parks, and other child-centric venues, there are some spots unique to Irvine you will not want to miss.
Pretend City Children’s Museum is designed for children to learn how the real world operates and lets them assume various roles through participation in 17 interactive exhibits (dentist office, farm, emergency services, post office, etc.).
Orange County Great Park offers a wide variety of family-oriented activities ranging from The Great Park Balloon (118-foot-high tethered helium balloon soaring 400 feet above the ground) and The Great Park Carousel to The Kids’ Area which features the Kids Rock Playground (a nature-themed toddler playground), the Farm + Food Lab, The Incredible Edible Farm, Walkable Historical Timeline, North Lawn recreation area, and more. The Orange County Great Park also has special activities taking place year-round including workshops, the Orange County Great Park Farmer’s Market, and seasonal/holiday events.
Adventure Playground is another great outing for families who love to come explore the tree house, sensory garden, climbing poles and stumps, slides, art wall, and kids fort zone, plus the meadows and natural play areas.
And once you are here in Irvine, you are never far from Orange County’s most popular kid-friendly attractions including Disneyland (less than 20 miles away), Knott’s Berry Farm (under an hour away) and sightseeing in Los Angeles County (30 miles away).
Since the FBI has rated Irvine “America’s Safest Big City” since 2005, it is easy to see why families love it here.
Irvine Insider Tip
Give the kids an old-fashioned thrill with a ride on the Giant Wheel or the Carousel at the Irvine Spectrum Center. Featuring 52,000 energy-efficient LED lights, the Giant Wheel truly lights up the night with a dazzling variety of high-tech color schemes.