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Anaheim
Welcome to the place where imagination is the destination. For young and old, big and small — it's the happiest place on earth!
Santa Clara
Great America is Northern California's favorite place for family fun and thrills starring your kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters, and the most family rides in the Bay Area.
Buena Park
With over 165 rides, shows and attractions in five themed areas, Knott's Berry Farm has it all when it comes to family fun. Take a high thrills ride on Silver Bullet sm or Xcelerator, stroll through the Park’s Old West Ghost Town or hang with the ...
Carlsbad
LEGOLAND California brings out the hero in everyone.There are more than 50 super rides, shows and attractions for the whole family. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in California
Concord
This is a small amusement park that is perfect for young kids. They have rides ~ about 10 of them or so that are geared towards the younger ones. There are only about 10 or so, so it is a place that you can go and hang out for a few hours.
Valencia
Thrill seekers come in all sizes. That's why we have tons of great fun for little ones to enjoy on their own and with parents. These rides spin, fly and promise to take kids on magical journeys that are perfect for their height and age. In additio...
Fresno
Rotary Storyland & Playland have been incredible treasures to the Central Valley for over 50 years. Several Million children and families have passed through the gates of these parks to enjoy laughter, fun and fantasy all at an affordable price. ...
Universal City
It's the chance of a lifetime to be completely immersed in the glamour and excitement of Hollywood. Visited and recommended by FamilyDaysOut. Great idea for fun things to do with kids in Los Angeles. New features include Diagon Alley!
Anaheim
Is the little theme park that's big on family fun with 17 rides, shows and attractions! Orange County's premier destination for affordable family fun!
Gilroy
Gilroy Gardens includes rides, attractions, theme gardens, food concessions, an Events Plaza, and more. Plus, our main attractions - some very unusual, over 50 years old, one-of-a-kind Circus Trees rescued from Scotts Valley, California.
Vallejo
Family fun is what we're all about at Six Flags. So get ready to let loose and laugh. From the highest heights to the gentlest adventures, we've got plenty of rides you can enjoy together.
Sacramento
Since 1959, Fairytale Town has been a treasured place of laughter, memories, learning and family fun.
Antioch
Antioch features a small municipal water park with five water slides. The park is very reasonably priced. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in California
Fresno
On western edge of Fresno, this newly built waterpark opened in 2000 and is based around a tropical island theme. Waterslides to miniature racecars can be found in this great theme park. Great idea if you're looking for fun places for kids in Califor...
Buena Park
Loads of incredible water attractions, including speed, tube and body slides, Tidal Wave Bay and lazy river, plus huge and separate water adventure playgrounds for big kids and smaller ones.
Arroyo Grande
The Mustang Water Slides and the Pony Pools and Slides enjoy some unique advantages. We are located in a campground 10 miles east of the nearest town, Arroyo Grande, on the Central Coast of California. Our water attractions are nestled on oak studded...
Valencia
Welcome to LA's premier waterpark. Only Six Flags Hurricane Harbor has it all: Tornado, the Black Snake Summit water slide complex, and Lizard Lagoon, the ultimate summer chill-out zone. From operating hours and directions to ticket information, here...
Temecula
An amazing experience for the whole family. If you want to get wet then this is the place!
Redlands
Pharaoh's Lost Kingdom Adventure Park is a 17-acre Egyptian theme park with a water park, an amusement park, three race car tracks,nine-hole miniature golf courses, a laser tag arena, an outdoor ampitheater for concerts, arcade facility, birthday par...
Clovis
There are more than 20 rides at Wild Water Adventures in Fresno. The park includes a play area for the small kids, a wave pool, a speed slide, tube rides and many other fun slides.
Concord
This massive 20,000-square-foot activity pool features seven family slides, the lily pad walk and the Dragon's Tail slide complex! One of the many fun places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in California
Roseville
Vortex, Revolution and StormRider are three progressive bowl type slides that are ridden solo or with friends on a duo in-line tube or quad cloverleaf raft. These rides offer a progression of thrills for even the most experienced water sliders.
Redding
Welcome to Waterworks Park-Coolest Place in Redding. We have all the thrills and spills you want in a water amusement park. We have rides for all ages from the extreme Avalanche to the Kiddie play area. Our tropical themed park is ready for summer ...
San Jose
Raging Waters San Jose, Northern California 's Largest Waterpark, offers 23-acres and millions of gallons of family fun and attractions, including the newest ride Dragon\'s Den. Raging Waters features thrilling high-speed slides, and family attractio...
Palm Springs
Palm Springs's only water park, Knott's Soak City is over 20 acres with features 22 water rides and attractions.
Sacramento
Located in the heart of the city, Raging Waters Sacramento features more than 25 exhilarating water attractions, breath-taking slides, crystal clear pools and fun-filled activities for children and adults of all ages.
Paso Robles
The Ravine Waterpark in Paso Robles is the hottest place to cool off on California's Central Coast. Situated within 10 minutes of many of Paso Robles' best wineries, where the summertime temperatures rarely dip below 90 degrees, it is exactly half...
VIsta
Amazing water park with great character and some really fabulous features that span all the age groups, from nice calm lazy river rides, an aqua play structure and simple slides to full on terrifying slam dunk slides, crazy rapids ride and oh yeah - ...
San Dimas
Catch a wave on the Flowrider or race on the super fast Ragin' Racer. Younger guests will never tire of Kids' Kingdom and Splash Island. With over 36 slides and attractions, plus a real sandy beach, there is outRAGEous fun for guests of all ages!
San Diego
A simply spectacular array of family rides, slides and kids' interactive zones covering all ages and swimming abilities, all based on the happy LEGO and DUPLO world.
Colton
Waterpark with several slides, plus miniature golf course, go karts, bating cages, open air roller skating rink, amusement rides, family laser skill game and funzone arcade.
San Francisco
Discover what lies beneath the waves of San Francisco Bay. Journey through crystal filled tunnels filled with 20,000 aquatic animals. Touch Sharks, rays and sea stars. Great if you're looking for things to do in San Francisco with kids
La Jolla
Birch Aquarium at Scripps brings to life the exciting discoveries of world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography. For more than a century, the aquarium has inspired visitors with the wonders of the ocean.
Oakland
The Oakland Zoo is a non-profit organization, managed by the East Bay Zoological Society. Founded in 1922 by Henry Snow, the Zoo has been located in its current Knowland Park location since 1936. Nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park...
San Pedro
Discover the underwater world of Southern California... Located just steps from the ocean on Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a non-profit public aquarium which engages all visitors in education, recreation and research...
Fresno
The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a great place to find habitats that mimic the natural flora/fauna. There are the conventional holding areas, but there is a spacious rain forest habitat that is home for numerous animals where the visitor can stroll throug...
Rosamond
Cat lovers of all ages who discover this desert zoo and wildlife are amazed at the variety of wild cat species found here.
San Jose
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is a fun place for the whole family. It is divided into 2 main sections; a zoo and an amusement park. The zoo has many different animals to see: a hippo, jaguars, meerkats, lemurs, wallabies and more. There is a petting zoo wi...
San Diego
SeaWorld is a chain of marine mammal parks in the United States, with operations in Orlando, Florida; San Diego, California; San Antonio, Texas. The parks feature Orca, sea lion, and dolphin shows and zoological displays featuring various other mari...
San Francisco
At the San Francisco Zoo, it's our mission to connect people with wildlife, inspire caring for nature and advance conservation action. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in California.
San Diego
One of the largest zoos in the world with over 4,000 animals. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in San Diego for kids. Unveiling epic new Tiger exhibit soon!
Santa Ana
The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park in Santa Ana, California is a 20-acre site focusing on the animals and plants of Central and South America. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Santa Ana for kids.
Eureka
Connect with the Wild Inside You! Explore one of the oldest and smallest accredited zoo's in the nation set against a magnificent backdrop of the redwood forest. There are many animals to see and learn about, a first-class petting zoo, indoor exhibi...
Manhattan Beach
The Roundhouse Aquarium is open to the public free of charge, with a suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family. We are open Monday-Friday from 3pm-sunset, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-sunset. Stop by to check out over 100 species of marine life...
Long Beach
Take a journey of discovery through the worlds largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. Dive right into our exhibits. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in California.
Fresno
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is home to approximately 125 species, with more always on the way. We are the only zoo in North America that currently houses Northland green geckos (on exhibit) and Southern tent tortoises (off exhibit).
Lodi
Micke Grove Zoo is home to native animals and exotic species from all over the world, including several endangered species, such as the Chinese Alligator, the Snow Leopard and the Cotton Top Tamarin.
Monterey
Experience the wonders of the ocean at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a family-friendly aquarium on the California coast! The beauty of jellies, the majesty of an underwater forest and the antics of sea otters inspire visitors of all ages. Learn even mor...
Orange
The Orange County Zoo is nestled within beautiful Irvine Regional Park. Tucked among coastal live oak and sycamore groves, this eight acre zoo displays flora and fauna native to the southwestern United States. The Orange County Zoo makes a great dest...
San Francisco
Whatever your interests, the new Academy is designed to engage and inspire like no other museum on the planet. Not only is the building, itself, a stunning architectural achievement but the new Academy contains multiple venues, hundreds of unique exh...

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Fun places to visit in California with kids

California is the kind of fun place that both adults and kids will enjoy – your only problem, is going to be finding the time to fit all the great places to visit in! Because many of California's must-see attractions offer kid-friendly activities and exhibits, you won't have to miss out on any of the state's diverse culture and history. As you explore the multitude of fun things to do in California with kids, you'll definitely create memories that will last and last - and you can watch them back on video for years to come if you’ve got a shocking memory like me!

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There are so many fun places to go with kids in California - great zoos and aquariums, museums, theme parks, water parks and swimming pools, places to visit outdoors (many of which are cheap or free), historical places of interest, activities and indoor play centres for toddlers as well as the usual family tourist attractions - take a look above, lots of the best things to do with children in CA