Where to Play with Kids on Rainy Days in the OC

Orange County Rainy Days

although rain is a big commodity here in Orange County, it still can be a bit of a nuisance when you are stuck inside the house with a bunch of stir crazy kiddies. sometimes you just need to get out of the house and burn off some of that energy they have. since outdoor activities are a no-go on rainy days, that eliminates a bulk of the activities to do in the OC. this is something us Southern California aren’t used to. playing outdoors is what we do in SoCal….we have such awesome weather.

so, where can we take the kids on rainy days in the OC?
here is a list of some of the places that ofer shelter from the rain, and also will keep your kids entertained during those rainy days:

• Funtopia at Sender One (Santa Ana) this is seriously one of our favorite places. it is loved by kids and adults! interactive rock climbing experience with a giant slide and staff that is amazing.

• Prehistoric Pets – The Reptile Zoo (Fountain Valley) Largest display of reptiles. my kids LOVE this place. feed meal worms to turtles and hold snakes and lizards.

Bubble POP! – Indoor bubble fun

Bricks & Minifigs – Resale LEGO store with lots of hard to find minifies and fun sets.

• GlowZone – Lots of fun activities such as mini golf, bumper cars, obstacle courses, bowling, all glowing in the dark

• South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa) Carousel, LEGO Store, Disney Store, Pottery Barn Kids Book Club on Tuesdays.

• Local Library Programs

• Chuck E. Cheeses (nationwide) yes, is said it. usually it is not that busy on school days, and there is plenty of room and fun to be had eating pizza and playing in the arcade.

• John’s Incredible Pizza (Buena Park) Pizza, arcade, rides, bowling and laser tag.

• Discovery Science Center (Santa Ana)
• Pretend City (Irvine) Fun for babies, toddlers and children, I suggest 10 and under.
• La Habra Children’s Museum (La Habra)
• Bowers Museum (Santa Ana)
• Explore Ocean (Newport Beach)

Indoor Play Places 
• Billy Beez
• Bubble Playground
Jump ‘n’ Jammin
Luv 2 Play
Pumper Jumpers
Seascape Kids Fun
• The Coop
We Play Loud
• Bouce House Places

 Trampoline Houses
• Get Air Trampoline Park (Huntington Beach)
• Sky Zone Trampoline House (Anaheim Hills)
• Big Air Trampoline House (Lake Forest)

Ideas for Tweens…
• Laser Tag ( Laser Quest – FullertonLaser Quest – Mission ViejoCamelot Golfland, AnaheimBoomers!, Irvine )
Boomers! – (Fountain Valley & Irvine) Arcade and laser tag inside
• Camelot Golfland (Anaheim) Arcade and laser tag inside
• Vans Skate Park (Outlets of Orange)
Dave & Buster’s
Thrill It Fun Center (Orange)
• Round 1 Entertainment (Santa Ana)

Other Ideas….
(search online for your local listings)
• Roller Skating (places such as Holiday Skate & Fountain Valley Skating Center)
• Bowling
• Play areas at fast food restaurants
• Painting Pottery
• popcorn and a movies at a friends house
• bundle up with rain jackets, umbrellas and rain boots and play in the rain!
• send them to grandma’s house (seriously!)

hopefully, some of these options will spark some ideas! good luck.


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