Home to the iconic Disneyland and dozens of amusement parks, Anaheim is a city that’s practically made for families. Kids and adults get to ride hundreds of attractions inspired by popular films, meet their favourite characters, and enjoy parades and live acts throughout their visit.

    Escape the crowd by venturing out to the beach or nature reserve, both of which offer plenty of outdoor activities that are suitable for all ages. Families are also spoiled for choice with Anaheim’s kid-friendly activities, from indoor rock-climbing to go-kart racing. Fill your holiday with fun-filled activities by checking out our guide to Anaheim’s family-friendly places.


    Disneyland Park

    Meet your favourite Disney princesses in the Royal Hall

    Disneyland Park, built in 1955 by Walt Disney, features 8 themed areas that are packed with rides, colourful characters, live music, and street parades. Located on Disneyland Drive, it’s one of the largest theme parks in the world. Thrill seekers can enjoy exhilarating rides at the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Space Mountain, while families with young kids can explore the Sleeping Beauty Castle and meet Disney princesses at the Royal Hall.

    Location: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

    Open: Monday – Thursday from 8 am to midnight, Friday – Saturday from 9 am to midnight, Sunday from 8 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 714-781-4636


    Universal Studios Hollywood

    Drink butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    Universal Studios Hollywood features many themed rides that are inspired by Hollywood blockbusters such as Fast & Furious, Jurassic Park, and Transformers. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is where fans of the famous films can explore many parts of Hogwarts, such as the Defence against the Dark Arts classroom, Dumbledore’s office, and the Room of Requirement. The Studio Tour is a popular attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood as you get to visit original movie sets, including The Bates Motel from Psycho and the town square from Back to the Future.

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    Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 800-864-8377


    Disney California Adventure Park

    Ride the Pixar-themed Ferris wheel

    Disney California Adventure Park offers plenty of adrenaline-filled rides, from simulated hang gliders to rope bridges surrounded by evergreen trees. Located in Disneyland Drive, you get to experience Walt Disney’s life back in 1923 by enjoying a trolley ride through Buena Vista Street, a vibrant walking street that’s filled with Art Deco buildings, retro restaurants, and cafés. The Pixar Pier features classic rides, such as midway games, a roller coaster, a carousel, and a Ferris wheel decorated with characters from The Incredibles, Inside Out, and Toy Story.

    Location: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

    Open: Monday – Tuesday from 9 am to 9 pm, Wednesday – Saturday from 9 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 714-781-4565


    Adventure City

    Play with rabbits, chickens, and sheep at the petting farm

    Adventure City, on South Beach Boulevard, is one of Anaheim’s most visited theme parks. It dates back to 1994 and features about 15 themed rides, live shows, and activities for visitors of all ages. The theme park’s centrepiece is an elegant 1940s carousel with 20 wooden horses and benches. Visitors aged 4 and above can climb a 7-metre-tall rock climbing tower, while younger visitors can cuddle with rabbits, chickens, and sheep at the petting farm. Tickets to Adventure City cost about $20 for unlimited access to all rides and shows, except the climbing wall and arcade.

    Location: 1238 S Beach Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92804, USA

    Open: Monday – Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday – Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 714-236-9300


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    Anaheim Ice

    Enjoy a free class with the Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Hockey programme

    Anaheim Ice is an indoor skating rink that offers youth ice hockey programmes for visitors age 4 and above. It’s also the official practice rink for the Anaheim Ducks and the University of Southern California club hockey teams. If your kids are new to ice hockey, the Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Hockey programme offers a free 4-week course with equipment such as shin guards, helmets, and jersey. If the little ones aren’t planning to go pro anytime soon, they can watch professional ice hockey and figure skating competitions during their visit. Daily public skating sessions are available every two hours.

    Location: 300 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92805, USA

    Open: Monday – Thursday from 11.30 am to 5.30 pm, Friday – Saturday from 11.30 am to 11:30 pm, Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm

    Phone: +1 714-535-7465


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    Enjoy go-kart racing

    Check out racing memorabilia at this go-kart racing centre

    K1 Speed Anaheim is an indoor go-kart racing centre that features high-speed go-karts for thrill-seeking kids. These vehicles have a maximum speed of up to 45 mph and accelerate to top speed almost instantly. The Arrive and Drive junior karting programme lets your little ones learn about on-track etiquette and racing skills such as drafting, overtaking, and throttle input. They get to race on high-performance electric go karts and receive printouts of their lap times afterwards.

    Location: 1000 N Edward Ct, Anaheim, CA 92806, USA

    Open: Monday – Thursday from 12 pm to 10 pm, Friday from 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday from 10 am to midnight, 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 714-632-6999


    Rock City Climbing

    Enjoy bouldering or top roping at this indoor climbing gym

    Rock City Climbing features a variety of top roping and bouldering walls that suit all skill levels. Experienced climbers can test their skills with steep overhangs and without ropes, while novices can try the top roping routes with a harness and assistance from a belayer. Admission to Rock City Climbing costs around $15, and you’re required to wear proper shoes to climb the walls. You get to rent climbing shoes for $5 and harnesses for $3.

    Location: 5100 E La Palma Ave #108, Anaheim, CA 92807, USA

    Open: Monday – Friday from 12 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 714-777-4884


    Jump on a giant trampoline at Sky Zone

    Show off your freestyling skills on the wall-to-wall trampoline courts

    Sky Zone is an indoor arena that features a variety of obstacle courses within its expansive wall-to-wall trampoline courts. The Warrior Course lets you test your agility, speed, and strength with over 10 challenging routes, while the Ultimate Dodgeball attracts sports enthusiasts looking to enjoy a fun time dodging attacks from the opposing team. There’s a freestyling section where you can safely practise gravity-defying moves such as flips and summersaults.

    Location: 1301 N Kellogg Dr, Anaheim, CA 92807, USA

    Open: Sunday – Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm, Friday from 10 am to midnight, Saturday from 9 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 657-205-1100


    Go for a hike at Oak Canyon Nature Center

    Join the hour-long tour of the nature reserve

    Oak Canyon Nature Center is a 234,700 sq m nature reserve with 3 canyons and about 4 miles of trails that are suitable for hiking and jogging. The park is home to a variety of plants, including western poison oak, California buckwheat, and California live oak. Families can enjoy many activities, especially in summertime. The Discover Nature Family Program is an hour-long weekend hike through Oak Canyon Nature Center. It costs $5 per family, and includes a live animal demonstration by the park’s naturalist.

    Location: 6700 E Walnut Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807, USA

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +1 714-998-8380


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    Dinner at a pirate-themed restaurant

    Catch swashbuckling shows on a Spanish galleon

    Pirates Dinner Adventure is where you can enjoy dinner with entertaining stage performances by (you guess it) swashbuckling pirates. The stage is a recreation of an 18th-century Spanish galleon, while actors are dressed up in elaborate pirate costumes. Each show is unique and features impressive stunts and musical numbers that will entertain the little ones. Admission to the Pirates Dinner Adventure cost around $61.95 for adults and $36 for children ages 3 to 11, inclusive of complimentary appetisers and a 5-course dinner.

    Location: 7600 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620, USA

    Open: Monday – Friday from 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 9.30 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 8.30 pm (shows at 7 pm on Monday – Friday, 5 pm and 8 pm on Saturday, 3.30 pm and 6.30 pm on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 714-690-1497


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    Play a round of laser tag

    Work together to escape from a locked room in 45 minutes

    Laser Quest, located in Fullerton Town Center, offers a family-friendly laser tag experience with thrilling music, lights, and fog. A mission can accommodate over 30 people at a time, and lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. If your family loves mystery solving, try the Laser Key escape rooms. The themed rooms include escaping from a cellar, finding lost tickets at a robbed travel agency, or solving a series of puzzles to get out of detention early.

    Location: Fullerton Town Center, 229 E Orangethorpe Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832, USA

    Open: Monday – Thursday from 1 pm to 9 pm, Friday from 1 pm to 11 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 714-449-0555

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