Orange County’s only culture-based children’s center is one of only nine museums to host “Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival” during a national tour this year. Catch it before it leaves Aug. 19. Kidseum’s permanent art and cultural experiences cater primarily to pre-school and early elementary age kids, but the unique, hands-on activities are fun for all ages.
Address: 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: (714) 567-3600
Hours: Saturday/Sunday 10AM to 4PM
Summer hours (starting June 19): Monday: Closed | Tuesday - Sunday: 10AM to 4PM
Admission: $10 (age 2 and under are free)
Kids of all ages will jump for joy in the air-conditioned spaces of Santa Ana’s trampoline park. Various jump promos are offered: ROCKIN’ TOTS, a dedicated twice-per-week jump time for parents with toddlers under age 6; Neon JumpNight, an exclusive after-dark jump event with black lights and a DJ; and Family & Friend Day, which combines four jump passes with food every Thursday during summer.
Address: 1411 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 677-8568
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 3PM to 8PM | Tuesday: 9AM to 8PM | Friday: 3PM to 11PM | Saturday 10AM to 11PM | Sunday: 11AM - 8PM
Admission: $16 for 60 min or $32 for all-day pass
Experience all things Jurassic at the Discovery Cube’s summer-long exhibit: “Dinosaurs Around the World”. Then explore the Cube’s other indoor exhibits like the hurricane simulator and the rock wall. Or get your kids involved in one of many 2018 summer camps that range from space adventures to coding challenges.
Address: 2500 N. Main St Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 542-2823
Hours: Monday - Friday: 10AM to 5PM
Admission: $17.95, $12.95 for kids age 3-14
Beat the heat inside the mall with special offerings for families with young kids, including designated family parking, two quiet Family Lounges, a children’s Play Space, and family eating areas that feature colorful tables and chairs created for smaller arms and legs. Kick back in leather reclining chairs at The Picture Show, offering a $6.75 children’s admission on weekdays, or take advantage of kid-friendly options at Johnny Rockets or California Pizza Kitchen.
Address: 2800 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 547-7800
Hours: Monday - Friday: 10AM to 9PM | Saturday: 10AM to 8PM | Sunday: 11AM to 7PM
Picture Show Theater hours: 11:30AM to 10:30PM
This 20-acre wonder is packed with interactive adventures like the Crean Family Farm, where kids can feed goats and sheep and milk a replica cow, and the Conservation Carousel, a fun way to learn about endangered animals. And don’t miss Sunsets at the Zoo Summer Concert Series in June (6/24) and July (7/8, 7/22) for live music, beer tasting, children’s craft tables, and train and carousel rides.
Address: 1801 East Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 836-4000
Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10AM to 4PM. Visitors arriving after 2:00 PM will receive a $2 discount off price of regular admission.
Admission: Weekdays $10, $7 for seniors and kids aged 3-12 | Weekends $12, $9 for seniors and kids aged 3-12
More than 18,000 schoolkids visit this Victorian-era landmark each year for its Victorian Dollhouse and Civil War Days. Exclusive summer events include The Vietnamese American Experience (6/1-7/31) and From Dinosaurs to People (7/15).
Address: 3101 W Harvard St, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Phone: (714) 540-0427
Hours: Friday: 1PM to 5PM | Saturday: 10AM to 2PM | Sunday: 11AM to 3PM. Hours are subject to change due to private events. Prior to visiting, verify the date and hours of your visit with their online Event Calendar. Santa Ana residents enjoy free admission on the first Sunday of the month with proof of residency.
Admission: Open house free to the public | $25/person for group tour
On the western side of John Wayne Airport is a fascinating (but often-missed) collection of WWII airplanes and other vehicles kids and history buffs will love. Highlights include a kid’s area with an interactive cockpit, Jeep exhibit, and a moving, 40-minute film tribute to Henry H. Arnold, the pilot who overcame a fear of flying to become an Army and Air Force General.
Address: 19300 Ike Jones Rd, Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: (714) 210-4585
Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10AM to 4PM
Admission: $12, $6 kids aged 5-17, $9 seniors and veterans
Active kids will love Sender City – an interactive climbing center inside Sender One Climbing that has buildings, towers, shapes, and other rock climbing walls to play on and even race other kids. Fan favorites are Spider Man, where you try to climb on the outside of a fake building, and the Drop Slide, a giant human slide that is the ultimate adrenaline rush.
Address: 1441 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 881-3456
Hours: Monday - Friday: 6AM to 11PM | Saturday: 8AM to 10PM | Sunday: 8AM to 8PM
Admission: Day use $25, $20 for youth, or annual pass $199
Perfect for older kids and teenagers, this cool indoor space hosts gamers wanting to compete against others in the latest video and e-games. The state-of-the-art, 15,000-square-foot arena hosts big events regularly, which can be found on its website.
Address: 120 W 5th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 462-5592
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 4PM to 12AM | Wednesday 4PM to 2AM | Saturday/Sunday: 12PM to 12AM
Admission: $30 for monthly membership, $20 for recurring subscription
Visit this quirky indoor/outdoor food and entertainment space for unique dining options, ping pong, Jenga and classic board games, trivia nights, and cooking classes. Check out the online calendar for the latest special events – many of them family-friendly.
Address: 201 E 4th St Santa Ana, CA 92701
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday: 7AM to 9PM | Thursday 7AM to 10PM | Friday - Saturday: 7AM to 11PM | Hot breakfast opens at 8 AM daily