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Fun things to do in SANTA MONICA

Santa Monica is an incredible place to visit for kids! A short distance from the bustle of Los Angeles, this sunny city is amazing - perfect weather, pristine beaches, very walkable (which means is perfect for kids to explore!) and it is incredibly family-friendly!

Of course, you can’t visit Santa Monica without visiting the infamous Santa Monica Pier. It’s an amazing place for kids, with yummy treats, an aquariums - even a trapeze school! (Bet you didn’t know that one!)

Did we mention the pier has an amusement park!? Pacific Pier is THE family place to play with lots of fun rides perfect for the whole family!

Santa Monica is also known for it’s beach - with over 340 days of sunshine every year, you have plenty of days to get down with the family and enjoy the 3.5 miles of incredible coastline! Get those buckets and spades out!

Of course, Santa Monica isn’t all beach. They also have great attractions and museums, like the Museum of Flying, where kids can even enjoy a fun flight simulator! Amazing!

Get those swimmers and sunglasses ready, because Santa Monica will bring a ton of summer to your family day out!

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  • Universal Studios Hollywood

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    (11 miles) 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. ...

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain

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    (29 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!

  • Knotts Berry Farm

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    (31 miles) 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 ...

  • Adventure City

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    (32 miles) 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!

  • Legoland

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    (92 miles) Carlsbad

    Ready to bring out the hero in you? That's what LEGOLAND is for! With over 50 rides to choose from, there is something for the entire family in this super fun Californian theme park!

  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbour

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    (29 miles) Valencia

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

  • Knotts Soak City

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    (31 miles) 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.

  • Raging Waters San DImas

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    (39 miles) San Dimas

    Water fun at California's largest water parks! Raging Waters San Dimas is 50 amazing acres of water fun, with over 35 slides and attractions! Summer's here!

  • Fiesta Village

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    (68 miles) 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.

  • The Wave Waterpark

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    (91 miles) 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 ...

  • LEGOLAND Waterpark

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    (92 miles) San Diego

    It's LEGOLAND time - but this time it's SPLASHINGLY fun! Rides and adventures for the whole family at this fun California Waterpark - a great family day out!

  • Eco Station

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    (6 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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    (10 miles) 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. ...

  • Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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    (15 miles) Los Angeles

    Home to more than 1,100 animals representing more than 250 different species.

  • Wildlife Learning Center

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    (21 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.

  • Montebello Barnyard Zoo

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    (23 miles) Montebello

    Provides pony rides, train rides, petting zoo, picnic area, playground and kids' birthday parties.

  • Wildlife Waystation

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    (23 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 ...

  • Aquarium Of The Pacific

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    (24 miles) 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 ...

  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

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    (24 miles) 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 ...

  • The Gentle Barn

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    (31 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.

  • Underwood Family Farm Somis

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    (33 miles) Somis

    Bring the family out for a picnic and to visit the Donkeys, Alpacas, Rabbits, and the numerous Pygmy Goats who have their own custom mountain walk for climbing. Small kids will love the sandbox and ...

  • Centennial Farm

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    (41 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.

  • Santa Ana Zoo

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    (42 miles) 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 ...

  • Orange County Zoo

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    (45 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 ...

  • Zoomars Petting Zoo

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    (59 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.

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