Zoos in RIVERSIDE with kids

It’s animal time in Riverside, California and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Riverside because this The Golden State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Orange County Zoo

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    (23 miles) 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 ...

  • Santa Ana Zoo

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    (30 miles) Santa Ana

    A beautiful 20-acre site in Practice Park 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 ...

  • Zoomars Petting Zoo

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    (35 miles) San Juan Capistrano

    Plenty of cuddly critters to get up close to, plus pony and miniature train rides, treasure panning at Miner's Gulch and adventure playground.

  • Centennial Farm

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    (35 miles) Costa Mesa

    Children and their families can view pigs, chickens, cattle, goats and more while strolling though gardens of lush vegetation. Also offers private tours.

  • Montebello Barnyard Zoo

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    (40 miles) Montebello

    Barnyard fun with pony rides, train rides, petting zoo, picnic area, playground and kids' birthday parties all in Montebello, California!

  • Aquarium Of The Pacific

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    (48 miles) Long Beach

    Journey through the wonderful Pacific Ocean at this Long Beach aquarium, filled with exhibits and over 11,000 ocean animals!

  • Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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    (53 miles) Los Angeles

    Animal fun in Los Angeles with more than 1,100 animals representing more than 250 different species!

  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

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    (54 miles) San Pedro

    Discover the underwater world of Southern California at this marine aquarium, just steps from Cabrillo Beach, and a great place for kids to learn!

  • Eco Station

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    (57 miles) Culver City

    Features incredible hands-on lessons of ecology and environmentalism whilst encountering tropical birds, exotic reptiles, wildcats and ocean life in a tropical jungle setting. Guided tour only.

  • Roundhouse Aquarium

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    (59 miles) Manhattan Beach

    A FREE entry aquarium in California with touch tanks, camps, story times and lots of creatures of the ocean!

  • Wildlife Waystation

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    (60 miles) Angeles National Forest

    The Wildlife Waystation, situated on 160 acres in California's Angeles National Forest, is internationally recognized for its ongoing, charitable efforts to rescue and rehabilitate wild and exotic ...

  • Wildlife Learning Center

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    (67 miles) Sylmar

    The Wildlife Learning Center exhibits more than 70 rescued species from six continents in a family friendly park-style setting, where kids can learn all about the animals from their specialist staff.

  • The Gentle Barn

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    (68 miles) Santa Clarita

    A beautiful place where kids with special needs or come from troubled backgrounds, interact with animals who have been severely abused, rescued, rehabilitated and given sanctuary.

  • Quail Run Ostrich Ranch

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    (80 miles) Lake Hughes

    Amazing guided tours all about the life of the ostrich, feeding fun for kids, and of course - the ostriches themselves! Animal fun in California!

  • Feline Conservation Center

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    (80 miles) Rosamond

    Cat lovers of all ages who discover this desert zoo and wildlife are amazed at the variety of wild cat species found here.

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  • Corona Indoor Batting Cages

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    (11 miles) Corona

    Dodgeball birthday parties are a BIG hit, Corona Cages also has Kickball, Soccer, Wiffleball, Over the line and yes Automated batting cages. Party room and Snack bar.

  • Pump It Up of Rancho Cucamonga

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    (13 miles) Rancho cucamonga

    We have 6 indoor interactive inflatables and specialize in PRIVATE indor birthday parties, team parties, field trips and fundraisers!

  • Jumping Jacks

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    (14 miles) Rancho Cucamonga

    Indoor playground solely for party bookings, with giant inflatables and many great themes and options to choose from so you can really make it your own. And because it's not open to the public you ...

  • SkyHigh Party Zone

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    (19 miles) Lake Elsinore

    Indoor party fun with elaborate themes, as well as open play for all ages - with huge inflatables, air hockey, ping-pong and even karaoke!

  • Jump n Jammin

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    (31 miles) Mission Viejo

    Great indoor fun with foam blasters, tip buckets, tube, slides, obstacle courses, rock climbing, toddler area, and SO much more!

  • Childs Play Temecula

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    (35 miles) Temecula

    A fun indoor play area for kids 6 months to 6 years to discover their imagination, dress up and play!

  • Fun City Bounce

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    (37 miles) Santa Fe Springs

    Fun indoor play center for kids of all ages, with inflatables, obstacle courses, bouncers, video games, and lots of fun! Open play by appt only Tuesdays and Thursdays, and often Friday afternoons.

  • Grins and Giggles Indoor Playground

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    (38 miles) Santa Fe Springs

    features bouncers, multi level playhouse, climbing structures, kiddie cars and cubby playhouse, plus toddler area.

  • Oodles Kids Gym and Learning Center

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    (38 miles) Cerritos

    A fun kids gym for active kids, parent/child classes, dance, art, and birthdays! Great indoor fun!

  • Jump n Jammin

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    (40 miles) Arcadia

    A fun, huge indoor interactive playground for kids with climbing structures, rock climbing, obstacle courses, barrels, tubes and more!

  • Magical Playground

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    (43 miles) Pasadena

    A fun, colorful and magical indoor playground for kids of all ages to enjoy in Pasadena, California!

  • Amys Playground

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    (45 miles) South Pasedena

    3,000 sq ft of charming indoor play space in the historic Mission Street area, with a giant maze, bouncers, playhouse and baby fun space, suited for kids under 5 years

  • Peekaboo Playland

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    (48 miles) Eagle Rock

    An indoor playground that provides a safe, educational and entertaining environment for children. Roleplay settings, physical play structures and more.

  • Caterpillar Kids Place

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    (49 miles) Flintridge

    A fun eco-friendly play area for those active kids under 8.

  • Jungle Zone

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    (50 miles) Glendale

    Bruise-less, mess-less Laser Tag, the combat simulation game played with infra red. Spread over two floors with access ramps, immersive and exciting fun for kids over 44".

  • Play Indoor Playground

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    (51 miles) Glendale

    A fun, playful and colorful indoor playground where kids can create, imagine, play and have fun!

  • Silly Goose Playground

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    (54 miles) Lomita

    A beautiful and fun play area in Lomita, California, for those active and creative kids up to 8 years of age.

  • Rockin Kids Burbank

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    (54 miles) Burbank

    Rockin' Kids Burbank is a fun, safe and bright indoor play center for kids to play, imagine and create!

  • Kid Concepts USA

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    (55 miles) Torrance

    Explore a 9,000sq ft Children's Edu-Tainment Center under 10s, with a large indoor playground for imaginative play, physical fitness and social interaction!

  • Kids Castle

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    (57 miles) Burbank

    Family Entertainment taken to a whole new level FANTASTIC food with plenty of fun and excitement for all ages. Centrally Located in Burbank California at: