Anaheim is well known for Anaheim Convention Center, Disneyland and accompanying attractions. Outside of these destinations there is a whole world of fun family activities in the area. Here is a list of our top 10 family friendly activities in Anaheim.
Exercising with your little ones is especially fun when you have access to a warehouse full of trampolines. This family destination is sure to get your blood pumping and put a grin on your face as you bounce around the space with glee. Practice your poise in the open jump area, get competitive at the SkySlam court, and experience sheer glee as you attempt a backflip in the Foam Zone foam pit. Sky Zone offers fitness classes for the young and old as well. As an added bonus the kids will be completely tuckered out after this activity. We won’t tell on you for sitting out if you’re not in the mood to bounce around with the children.
Angel Stadium is a favorite place to visit in Anaheim. However, very few know that for just $7 per adult and $5 per child they can enjoy a tour of the ballpark. The walking tour includes visits to such areas as Angels dugouts, dugout suites, Visitors clubhouse and the Angel Stadium Press Box. Reservations are required. Be sure to reserve your spot as far in advance as possible as tickets tend to fill up fast.
The planned community of Anaheim Hills is at the Northeastern tip of the city of Anaheim. Nestled within the community is the Oak Canyon Nature Center, a popular hiking destination and wedding venue. The park is close to Anaheim Hills Golf Course and Weir Canyon Regional Park. Yelp reviewers recommend visiting during the week to avoid crowds. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with the family. Everyone can enjoy a day in the park with a nature center for critter viewing and beautiful trails that will satisfy beginners and experienced hikers alike.
If your family is feeling adventurous then Anaheim Hills’ Rock City Climbing center is a great destination. Everyone can have fun while getting their heart rate up and stretching some muscles. You can choose between Top Roping and Bouldering. The facility provides classes and accommodates parties for children and adults.
Downtown Anaheim has been undergoing a facelift for years and is now home to a variety of trendy, exciting restaurants and shops. In addition to the collection of businesses, Downtown Anaheim hosts two farmers markets every week year-round. The Farmers Park Market runs every Sunday from 10am to 3pm and is located in the newly renovated historic Packing District. The Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers’ Market and Craft Fair takes place every Thursday from 12pm to 7pm at Center Street Promenade. Grab some great grub, pick up fresh fruit and peruse the booths where you’ll find anything from antiques to gourmet condiments.
Whether you are headed to the Farmers Park Market or not it would be wise to explore the rest of the Packing District. The Anaheim Packing District is a beautiful, hip block within Downtown Anaheim that boasts a rich history as Orange County’s largest citrus packing facility. The newly opened Packing House is a must-see. The old citrus packing warehouse has been recently converted to a food court filled with small business vendors of unique, multicultural foods of all types. From gourmet coffee to Indian food, the Packing House has your cravings covered. Children will enjoy the exciting décor and many food options.
Orange County prides itself on its many parks and nature preserves. Anaheim’s Yorba Regional Park is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The park is known for having great facilities including playgrounds, lakes, bike paths, picnicking areas, sports fields and even paddleboat and bike rentals. Let the kids drain their energy while you relax and take in the views of nature.
Seascape Kids Fun is a wonderful indoor playground for children ages 2 to 14 years old. The facility offers reservations for private parties but also has open play times available. Parents can enjoy free Wi-Fi while their children play. Seascape Kids Fun boasts 3 stories of play area with big slides and a foam shooting range.
For a cheaper alternative to some of the bigger amusement parks close by, Adventure City provides all the fun without the hit to your wallet. Admission to the “little theme park that’s big on family fun” will run you $16.95 per person with a discount for senior citizens. Parking is free. Enjoy unlimited access to all rides, shows and attractions. Drop Zone, the Carousel and Freeway Coaster are among the many rides you and your children will enjoy.
For a luxurious departure from your typical movie-going experience, head to Ultrastar Cinemas at the Anaheim GardenWalk outdoor mall. The theater offers gourmet food served by friendly waiters, with a variety of options including hot paninis, specialty flavored popcorn, delicious appetizers and more. For the adults who are able to get away from the kids, 21 and over auditoriums are available where you can order and enjoy an alcoholic beverage with your movie.
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