10 AFFORDABLE THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN THE OC
From beaches to theme parks, here are some affordable fun options for the whole family.
Top Things to Do with Kids in Orange County
1. Endless Beaches in the OC
22 miles of Orange County beaches offer different terrain, white sand, waves, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, boogie boarding and sun-tanning at your leisure.
2. Main Street in Huntington Beach
Main street in Huntington Beach is a central location for family shopping, casual eateries, farmers markets, holiday events and the world-famous Huntington Beach Pier.
3. Downtown Laguna Beach with the Kids
Downtown Laguna Beach is the perfect place for some beach time with the kids and a little window shopping for grown-ups.
4. Whale Watching in Dana Point
Dana Point Whale Watching is offered year-round with some of the best whale watching in the fall and winter months. Visitors can cruise the coastline to see a diverse range of sea life in their natural habitats like blue whales, grey whales, dolphins, birds and local fish.
5. La Vida Laguna
La Vida Laguna provides group kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and guided tours, perfect for families wanting to experience the Laguna Beach coast with local experts.
6. Duffy boating around Newport Beach Harbor
Duffy Boarding around Newport Beach Harbor is a popular way for families and friends to relax and cruise around. It’s so easy, even kids can do it!
7. Discovery Cube OC
Discovery Cube Orange County is located near Disneyland and is funded by the Discovery Science Foundation. A low-cost admission price gives families a chance to experience multiple interactive exhibits revolving around learning and is the perfect place for kids to have a great time learning about science.
8. Mission San Juan Capistrano
Often called the Jewel of the Missions due to its beauty, Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776 and serves as Orange County’s only Mission, preserved in time. With a modest admission price and exciting modern programming, the Mission is always worth a visit. During the springtime, you can take the kids to catch the bird migration at the world-famous Cliff of Swallows.
9. Pretend City in Irvine
Pretend City Children’s Museum is designed for children to learn how the real world works. The non-profit museum is a child-sized city where children can assume various real-world roles. Through interactive exhibits and activities, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork.
10. Adventure City in Anaheim
Anaheim’s Adventure City is a little theme park with that’s big on family fun. Just a $20 admission allows entrance to this mini amusement park for younger kids. With numerous rides, attractions, food vendors, a miniature train and a petting zoo, families can spend an easy and exciting day of fair fun without breaking the bank.