50 Things To Do This Summer With Kids-California Edition

50 Things To Do This Summer With Kids-California Edition

Summer is just around the corner and if your kid is anything like mine, be prepare to hear “I’m bored” about a million times, and that’s just the first week of summer vacation. Last year, I was lucky and landed Reese a spot in summer school, this year I had no such luck. Being the list maker that I am, I set out to compile a list of “50 Things To Do This Summer With Kids-California Edition” so I could be prepared for fun.

Although there are officially 96 days of summer, this list should give you enough ideas to get started on your planning. And just when you think you’re running out of ideas, I’ll be back with “50 Things To Do This Summer With Kids 2.0” to get you through the remainder of the summer.

One added bonus, many of these activities continue all year long, so print out my list of “50 Things To Do This Summer With Kids” and stick it on the refrigerator to refer back to later in the year. These are also great activities to plan family staycations around.

So without further delay and not in any particular order, let’s get to the list.

50 Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer

  1. Explore the Queen Mary
  2. Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific
  3. Brush up on your history at the Natural History Musume
  4. Have fun with science at the California Science Center
  5. Take a free cooking class at your local Williams-Sonoma
  6. Discover the art of pottery at Color Me Mine
  7. Catch a movie for $1 at your local Regal Movie Theater
  8. Enjoy dinner and a show at Medieval Times
  9. Spend the night on an African safari adventure at Safari West
  10. Conquer your fear of heights at Skyspace Los Angeles (Our Vist)
  11. Take a day trip to San Diego via Amtrak
  12. Love photography? A visit to the Annenberg Space for Photography is a must
  13. Spend the afternoon in the Family Room at the Getty Center
  14. Hang Out at the Van US Open Surfing Competition 07/29-08/6 in Huntington Beach
  15. Explore coding and robotics at the free Apple Camp
  16. Spend the day at your local ice skating rink. We like The Rinks in Anaheim50 Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer
  17. Spend the day exploring an island, Catalina Island that is
  18. Learn about fashion with a free visit to the FIDM Museum
  19. Play tourist for a day on a Hop on Hop off Bus in Hollywood
  20. Try your hand at rock climbing at Sender One in Santa Ana
  21. Use your brain power and test out an Escape Room, kids edition
  22. Explore the Grove in Los Angeles then have lunch at American Girl
  23. Know a movie buff? Take a tour of Paramount Studios
  24. Catch an outdoor movie at Moonlight Movies on the Beach or Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  25. Try the best fried food ever at the Orange County and Los Angeles County Fair50 Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer
  26. Grab lunch at the Hello Kitty Cafe followed by a movie, all at the Irvine Spectrum
  27. Spend a day at a water park. Take your pick (Splash, Soak City, Raging Waters)
  28. Visit a castle…Hearst Castle
  29. Spend the day at the beach and ride all the rides at the Santa Monica Pier
  30. Go on a hike at Grotto Trails where you can play in waterfalls and explore caves
  31. Take a short road trip to Palm Springs where you can ride the Arial Tram 
  32. Follow our food tour and visit the Best Cupcake, Donut, Candy & Ice Cream Shops in town
  33. Plan a sleepover with your friends. Check out these fun ideas
  34. Catch a movie at the famous El Capitan Theater
  35. Get your baking on. Take a baking class at Duff’s Cake Mix
  36. Join the circus or just take a trapeze class at Flying Trapeze
  37. Work on a fun DIY project. Check these out
  38. Get cultured in Orange County with a trip to Bowers Museum
  39. Get an up close view of sealions at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach
  40. Spark a love of science on a visit to the Discovery Cube in Santa Ana50 Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer
  41. Get a makeover at Anna & Elsa’s Boutique in Downtown Disney then have lunch at Rainforest café
  42. Visit the Imagination Workshop at Kid’s Space Museum Free on 1st Tuesdays
  43. Visit the oldest house in Los Angeles The Avila Adobe and then explore around Olvera Street
  44. Sign up for the Huntington Explorers Day Camp and hang out at the Huntington Library
  45. Experience life on a farm. Pick fresh fruits and vegetables at Tanaka Farms
  46. Test out your driving skills at K1 Speed! Perfect for older kids 48″ or taller
  47. Plan a summer bonfire. Our favorite location is Huntington State Beach
  48. Catch a few waves and learn how to surf at the Surfriders Academy
  49. Get up close and personal with animals at the Orange County Zoo. It’s smaller size makes it perfect for kids 6 and under
  50. Ride a pony, pan for gold or pet animals at Zoomars petting zoo.

While I had Reese in mind when I wrote “50 Things To Do This Summer With Kids-California Edition” (she’s 8), there are several things on the list for kids of all ages (even those pesky teenagers).

My goal is for us to tackle several of the things on this list both during the summer and throughout the year. As we check off experiences I’ll be sure to update the post with a link to the story. Look for the “Our Visit” link.




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  1. Veronica Brenner
    April 9, 2017 / 10:52 am

    Great Blog!!! As a native to CA, I haven’t yet tried a lot of the ones you listed! I love these ideas! I am totally using this as a check off list of Fun Kid-Time Goals!!! Love it!!!

    • admin
      May 4, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      I have lived in California for over 30 years and I have not visited all these spots either but my goal for this summer is to hit them all 🙂

  2. Victoria
    April 30, 2017 / 10:17 am

    We love photography so that suggestion is perfect for us even though we don’t have kids! We want to visit Cali soon!

    • admin
      May 4, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      You HAVE to visit the Annenberg Space for Photography. I am a photography buff and I have loved every exhibit they have done.

  3. Maeve
    April 30, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Cool, If Im ever there, check out some those places myself

    • admin
      May 4, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      You will love it

  4. G
    April 30, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Fun read! Although I don’t have any kids, I’m definitely looking forward to checking out some of the activities on your list! 🙂

    • admin
      May 4, 2017 / 6:06 pm

      That’s what I love about this list. It’s got stuff on their for everyone so even parents can have fun.

  5. May 1, 2017 / 10:20 am

    Nice list! Even though I don’t have kids I sure am a big kid! I’ll be going to many of these places on the list this summer! Excited to see the space photos! Thanks for a great article. Def gotta share with my momma friends too…:))

  6. May 1, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Great post! I love how you link to everywhere so we know exactly what to look for ^_^ I haven’t been to most of these spots but I really want to (like Skyspace). I love how you introduce the places too, like “conquer your fear of heights” and “play tourist for a day.” The pics are great as well. Can’t wait to see more of your posts!

  7. May 2, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    I’d love to do a trip to California this summer, it sounds like there are so many amazing things to do! I’d be really curious to visit Hearst castle.

    • admin
      May 4, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Hearst Castle is amazing and kids love it. We will be doing a post about our visit later this summer. Be sure to check back for pictures.

  8. May 2, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    haha the I’m bored part made me laugh out loud. Brillinat ideas,unique, interesting and very creative! Makes me wanna both be a kid or have kids to experience all these lovely things! Thanks for sharing!

    • admin
      May 4, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      My daughter is the queen of “I’m Bored” lol. Every time she tells me that now, I make her pull something out of a hat to do. I have all these things in a hat

  9. May 2, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    What an incredible list! It sounds like you lucky Californians have tons of summer-fun opportunities. And I’m motivated to make my own list so my littles and I can have lots of adventures over here in Delaware!

    • admin
      May 4, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      I need to make it out to Delaware. It’s been on my list of places to visit. Any suggestions for spots not to miss?

  10. May 2, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    This is such a great list! I wish we had the Anna & Elsa Boutique here in Alabama. My step daughter would love that!

    • admin
      May 4, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      My daughter LOVED the Anna & Elsa Boutique. They did a great job on her hair. It was beautiful.

    • admin
      May 4, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Yes I am blessed to live in California. So much to do here.

  11. May 3, 2017 / 6:39 am

    This list is awesome. I don’t have kids but there are quite a few things here I’d love to do with my fiance! Should we find ourselves in California we’ll have to reference this!

  12. May 3, 2017 / 6:46 am

    such great ideas for Summer fun for the kids on School break! I have to admit that I’m 30 and that Hello Kitty Cafe sounds amazing fun!

    • admin
      May 4, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      I personally loved the Hello Kitty Cafe. That sprinkle cake was sooooo good. You have to check it out if you make your way to California.

  13. danasia fantastic
    May 3, 2017 / 6:54 am

    Such a great list of things to do! To be honest I would do a good amount of these with my boyfriend too.

    • admin
      May 4, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      That’s what’s sp great about this list. Parents love it too.

  14. May 3, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Whoa! That is a long list! There is so much to cover, lots to do and so much fun that I doubt the words “I’m bored” will be spoken 😊

    • admin
      May 4, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      My daughter is the queen if “I’m Bored”. Now I’m ready for her lol

  15. May 4, 2017 / 6:56 am

    Great list. I’ve always wanted to visit a farm in California. I hear they have delicious fruits and veggies. Many of these activities are great to look into when we visit.

    • admin
      May 4, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      We had so much fun visiting the farm. My daughter got to milk a cow. That was the highlight of the trip for her lol

  16. Donna
    May 11, 2017 / 10:10 am

    I really like that you broke up the post with fun pictures that go along with the list. Now I wish I lived in California to do some of these! 😛

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