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100+ Fun Things to do with Kids in Southern California

Here is a LONG list of fun and free things to do with kids in Southern California that are great for all ages! Family friendly activities to enjoy on your time off.

things to do with kids in southern california

I grew up in Southern California almost all my life. I am so lucky to have done so. Now that I am raising my own kids here I am always thinking of things to do with kids in Southern California. I have categorized many in Orange County, San Diego, the Inland Empire and even Los Angeles. (originally published 5/16)

Things to do with Kids Southern California

Take a peek and have a wonderful time!

I grew up in SoCal. When I had kids I decided to make a long list of the fun and free things to do with kids in Southern California. They’re broken down into areas for your convenience.

Things to do with Kids Southern California
Things to do for Kids in Inland Empire

Things to do for Kids in Inland Empire

Summer concerts/movies in the park in Murrieta

Harveston- Parks, Picnic areas, Walk / Bike / Skate around lake,Walking program (m/w/f 6-8p.m.)

Movies in the park in Temecula

FREE Kids Activities at Promenade mall in Temecula

Lowe’s Kids Clinics

Citrus Splash pad in Corona

Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center

Visit Palomar Observatory

palomar observatory

Free things to do with kids in Southern California

Check here for special events offered in Temecula

Home Depot Kids Clinics

Temecula hiking trails

Victoria Gardens outdoor shopping mall in Rancho Cucamonga

Walk around Ontario Mills outlet mall in Ontario

 Temecula Library – Story time information

Hidden Valley Nature Center in Riverside

Free bowling for kids

Free Activities for Kids Southern California

Oak Glen apple orchard – Riley’s Farm

Discover Julian

 Ride the Temecula Trolley – Free on Saturdays

Vacation Bible School during the summer (some are free)

Duck pond in Temecula (Rancho Cal. & Ynez Rd.)

McDonald’s / Burger King play lands

Your community pool

Hot Summer Nights entertainment in Old Town Temecula

Summer concert series in Riverside


Sat. night concert series in Murrieta

Concerts in the park in San Jacinto

FREE bowling during the Summer

Visit a new city park – the Temecula Special Needs Park offers modified structures as well

Special needs park Temecula

Cheap things to do in Inland Empire with Kids

Edwards Temecula – $1 Summer Series Info. and schedule
40750 Winchester Rd
Temecula, CA 92592

Digiplex Temecula Tower Cinema 
27531 Ynez Road
Temecula, CA 92591

Reading Cinemas Murrieta – Summer Series Info. and schedule
41090 Cal Oaks Rd.
Murrieta, Ca. 92564

Temeku Discount Theatre in Temecula
26463 Ynez Rd
Temecula CA, 92591

Visit Imagine Me Grow – an indoor play area

Temecula Lanes Bowling –  $1 bowling days

Blueberry picking in Temecula – Then make out favorite homemade muffins

Summer Sunset Concerts at Temecula Rec. Center

Kenny’s Temecula Strawberry Farm

tanaka farm strawberry picking

Things to do with kids in Southern California

AMF Bowling in Hemet & Riverside 

Get Air Temecula is a trampoline park

Trevi Bowling Center in Lake Elsinore – Coupon

Epic Rollertainment, roller skating in Murrieta

Zebras R Us Safari Barn in Winchester

Pole Position Go Kart Racing in Murrieta & Riverside

Get Air Trampoline Park in Temecula – Coupon

Aerosports Trampoline Park in Murrieta – Coupon

Rock Fitness Indoor rock climbing in Wildomar – Coupon

Pennypickle’s Workshop – Temecula Kid’s Museum

pennypickles temecula

Inland Empire Activities to do With Kids

Van Buren Drive In Movie Theatre in Riverside

DeJong’s Dairy in Wildomar

Adventure City in Anaheim

The Cove Waterpark – Riverside

Splash Pad – Lake Skinner

The Wave Water park in Vista

Soak City Water park in Buena Park

Perris DropZone Water Park

Public swimming in Temecula

Public swimming in Murrieta

Temecula Rec. Center pool & water slide

Pump It Up – Open Play in Murrieta

Mulligans Family Fun Center in Murrieta

perris waterpark

Chuck E Cheese coupons in Murrieta

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center 

Toms Farms in Corona

Amy’s Farm in Ontario

IceTown Ice Skating in Riverside

Child’s Play in Temecula

Summer concerts – Temecula

Skate Park – Murrieta

Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga

 Bass Pro Shop in Rancho Cucamonga – Neat and huge fish tank

Local Waterpark Links – SoCal waterparks

DropZone Waterpark in Perris

The Cove Waterpark in Riverside

Splash Kingdom in Redlands

Buccaneer Cove inside Castle Park in Riverside

Local Parks

List of Murrieta Parks

List of Temecula Parks

Things to do with Kids Orange County

Things to do with Kids Orange County

MORE things to do with kids in Southern California in Orange County! This would include Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, down to San Clemente and Huntington Beach.

The best beaches in OC

Places to go in Southern California

Activities at Newport Dunes

Discovery Science Center in Orange

Pretend City in Irvine

Centennial Farm & Swap Meet at the OC Fairgrounds

OC Fair (July-Aug.) in Costa Mesa

Zoomars San Juan Capistrano

Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Huntington Beach Adventure Playground

Orange County Great Park

Huntington Beach has a beachfront cinema!

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Kids Activities Southern California

Fashion Island shopping & carousel

Irvine Spectrum

The Santa Ana Zoo

The Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley


Balboa Island arcades, sightseeing and Ferry

Medieval Times in Buena Park

Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park

Roller Skating in Fountain Valley

O.C. Piers to visit

The Block at Orange / Outlets – Lucky Strike bowling

San Juan Capistrano Mission – Coupon

Dana Point Tide Pools

Bowers Kidseum

The Ocean Institute in Dana Point

free things to do in san diego with kids

Things to do with Kids San Diego

And MORE things to do with kids in Southern California.

Mission Beach / Boardwalk in San Diego

Belmont Park in San Diego

San Diego Fair in the Summer

Jump Around Now – Coupon

FREE bowling during the Summer

Hidden Haven Farms in Jamul

Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center

bates nut farm

Things for Kids to do in California

Whale Watching in San Diego

Boomers in Vista

Gamesync Gaming Center – coupon use code STARS for $5 off

Scripps aquarium in La Jolla

The new Children’s Museum 

Pump it Up in Chula Vista

Kroc & San Diego Ice Skating in San Diego

Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista

Gibbon Conservation Center

My Kids Clubhouse in Poway

20 other things that are free to do in San Diego

sea life aquarium
things to do with kids los angeles

Things to do with Kids Los Angeles

La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles

California Science Center

Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park

Peekaboo Playland

Griffith Observatory

The Getty Museum

The Awesome Playground

Best Places in L.A. for a picnic

Attractions on Santa Monica Pier

Aquarium of the Pacific – Coupons

Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Amusement Parks in Southern California

Amusement Parks in Southern California

Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park

Legoland amusement park

Sea World – Coupon

Disneyland – Hotel Deals

Magic Mountain offers thrill rides for all ages

San Diego Safari ParkCoupon

San Diego Zoo

Universal Studios

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Waterparks in Southern California

Waterparks in Southern California

Water parks in Southern California

Raging Waters in San Dimas

The Wave in Vista

Perris DropZone Water park 

The Cove Waterpark in Riverside

Buccaneer’s Cove at Castle Park in Riverside

Knott’s Soak City in Buena Park

Legoland Water park

Aquatica Sea World’s water park

Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags

Splash! in La Mirada

Splash Kingdom in Redlands


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