Things to do in SANTA BARBARA with kids

Santa Barbara is like a big, happy, sunny playground for kids of all ages (and adults - so get stuck in!) Don’t forget to pack your bathing suits and sunscreen - you’ll need them!

While Santa Barbara is an incredible place to just grab some bikes, or those buckets and spades, and enjoy exploring the town, there are also very fun things to do with kids while you’re there! The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has amazing exhibits on fascinating subjects like marine life, palaeontology, and Native Americans. 

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum lets kids delve into the treasure of the ocean, and Santa Barbara Zoo is over 30 acres in size! That’s pretty incredible! With over 400 animals plus a train and carousel, it certainly is a full family day out!

Nature is beautiful in the area, but places like the Botanic Gardens are great for kids to really learn about what makes this place so beautiful.

A small town with a Californian history, Santa Barbara has mountains, parks, beaches, and yep - kids fun! Let’s go!

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  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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    Santa Barbara

    The Museum features eleven exhibit halls, focusing on regional natural history, including birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology, Native Americans and the Chumash Indians.

  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

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    (1 miles) Santa Barbara

    Discover a treasure of experiences and help us to share and inform those who have not been able to explore the sea themselves to experience the wonders of the California coast. We hope that you too ...

  • Santa Barbara Zoo

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    (2 miles) Santa Barbara

    With 30 acres and over 400 animals plus play areas, animal feeding, zoo train, carousel and more.

  • Goleta Depot Railroad Museum

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    (9 miles) Goleta

    The South Coast Railroad Museum at Goleta Depot is dedicated to the history, technology, and adventure of railroading.

  • My Gym Ventura

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    (29 miles) Ventura

    Classes and programs where kids can develop strength, balance, fitness, coordination, and motor skills. Great learning and development for kids in Ventura!

  • The Clubhouse Funzone

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    (29 miles) Ventura

    Geared for kids under 6, but all ages welcome at this California indoor play center, with climbing, bouncing, and birthday parties!

  • Golf N Stuff

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    (30 miles) Ventura

    Miniature golf, go-karts, bumper boats, video arcades...yes please! Great family fun.

  • Gull Wings Childrens Museum

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    (33 miles) Oxnard

    A staggering quantity of fun interactive exhibits from aquarium touch tanks, to dress up adventures, camp outs and the rainforest. And fancy lunch? The kids can serve you!

  • Underwood Family Farm Somis

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    (42 miles) Somis

    Bring the family out to see the alpacas, chickens, pygmy goats, and sheep at this fun farm, with fruit pickig and farm market!

  • FIllmore and Western Railway

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    (45 miles) Fillmore

    Enjoy train rides on vintage locomotives in historic Fillmore, with weekend scenic trips, and special themed rides throughout the year!

  • Underwood Family Farm Moorpark

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    (50 miles) Moorpark

    Animals to explore, Fall Harvest Festivals, pick your own produce and a farm market - great family farm fun in California!

  • Gardens of the World

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    (51 miles) Thousand Oaks

    Fascinating but definitely for the less boisterous child, this set of themed landscaped gardens representing six areas of the world is an easy half day of wonderment for most children, whether just ...

  • Rockin Kids PlayCenter

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    (54 miles) Simi valley

    Rockin' Kids Play Center offers indoor play and parties for kids in a safe and clean environment. It's a place for kids to use their social and motor skills while interacting with other children. ...

  • Paint Pals Clubhouse

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    (54 miles) Simi Valley

    Designed to stimulate kids' creativity, this art studio lets the kids make their own artwork, sing karaoke, use their state of the art shadow room, black light maze and make a stuffed animal in their ...

  • Blast City Laser Tag

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    (55 miles) Oak Park

    Active kids over 5 years can enjoy this fully immersive laser tag experience, where you try and complete your missions in a blacklit maze!

  • Boomers Santa Maria

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    (57 miles) Santa Maria

    Great fun for those active kids in Santa Maria, with Go Karts, Mini Golf, Rock Wall, Bumper Boats, and SO much more!

  • Malibu RV Park

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    (61 miles) Malibu

    Easily accessible from many famous sights, Malibu RV Park is a great base to explore Southern California with the family, for a relaxed or adventurous time away together!

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain

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    (63 miles) Valencia

    Have that Six Flags magic experience with thrill rides, family rides, and kids rides - so it's great for the entire family! Theme Park family fun in California.

  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbour

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    (63 miles) Valencia

    Cool off in Los Angeles with Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, with water slides and thrilling attractions!

  • Jumping Genius

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    (63 miles) West Hills Canoga Park

    Our large play center is filled with age appropriate toys for newborns to adults. Yes, adults! Although our center is for kids, there are video arcade machines as well as ping-pong and air hockey ...

  • Color Me Mine

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    (63 miles) Calabasas

    Create your own ceramic pieces with pre-made ceramics. Kids just pick the colors and off they go! Painting fun in Calabasas for the family

  • The Jump Around

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    (64 miles) Canoga Park

    Fancy visiting the largest indoor inflatable playground in the San Fernando Valley? Well here it is!

  • Giggles N Hugs

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    (65 miles) Canoga Park

    A diverse and high quality playspace offering enrichment sessions and evening entertainments including magic and puppet shows. Healthy, organic menu.

  • Ice Station Valencia

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    (65 miles) Valencia

    Consists of one Olympic size rink, one National Hockey League size rink, and a unique studio rink with state-of-the-art sound and light systems, birthday party rooms, plus virtual reality and video ...

  • Mountasia Family Fun Center

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    (68 miles) Santa Clarita

    Great family fun across 7 acres with Miniature Golf, Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Lazer Tag, Rock Climbing Wall, Arcade Games, Batting Cages & more!

  • We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym

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    (68 miles) Tarzana

    A fun, colorful and safe indoor gym for those active kids of all ages - located in California with open play, classes and birthday parties.

  • Mustang Water Park

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    (69 miles) Arroyo Grande

    Cool family fun for all ages at this Californian waterpark, with pools and slides to entertain and make a splash in!

  • The Getty Villa

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    (70 miles) Pacific Palisades

    An educational center and museum perfect for those art loving families who want to spend the day surrounded by the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.

  • Wildlife Learning Center

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    (70 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.

  • Color Me Mine Encino

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    (71 miles) Encino

    Get creative with this arts and crafts studio where kids can paint pre-made pottery in any way they like!

  • Quail Run Ostrich Ranch

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    (72 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!

  • Adventure Playhouse

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    (72 miles) San Fernando

    A fun, safe and clean indoor play center for kids AND parents, with parties and karate classes too! Great fun for active kids in California

  • Sherman Oaks Castle Park

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    (72 miles) Sherman Oaks

    Kids fun in Sherman Oaks with mini golf, batting cages, and an arcade. Perfect for those sunny days with those adventurous kids!

  • Skirball Cultural Center Noahs Ark

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    (73 miles) Los Angeles

    Imagine yourself immersed in a favorite childhood tale with an 8,000-square-foot gallery showcasing Noah's Ark!

  • Patriots Park

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    (73 miles) Bakersfield

    A fun family park in Bakersfield perfect for those sunny days, with play areas and sporting fun