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It's great to be a kid in Orange County! Here you will find a list of activities and things to do for kids, as well as information, services and programs for children.

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Activities for Children
Children's Museums
Classes & Workshops for Kids
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Fostering a Child
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Shopping for Orange County Kids
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Activities for Children

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Dana Wharf Sportfishing Kid's Fishing
Dana Point Harbor

Kid’s Fishing Clinic Sundays
Begins at 12:15 pm

Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites children 5-12 years of age to join us dockside for an educational fishing clinic. Kids will learn hands-on-fishing techniques from our expert- anglers. After each Sunday clinic concludes, Dana Wharf will be running a fishing trip from 12:45 – 5:15

Kids Clinic Ticket: $55.00 & includes a FREE clinic & fishing equipment for the Sunday Afternoon 1/2 Day Fishing Trip (Value of $30!)

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Sport Climbing Center in Costa Mesa

Our trained instructors provide a fun, exciting and unique place for you to have your next party. We maintain a 5:1 ratio of climbers to belayers so everyone in your party receives individual attention. Each two hour session is filled with climbing and activities such as Capture the Flag*, Wall Tag and Wall Twister!

Children must be 6yrs or older.

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Traveling Tea
We come to you for your child's Dress Up Tea Party!

Little girls love to dress up, make believe and have tea parties. Let Traveling Tea come to your location and set up for the dress up tea party of your child's dreams! We have different tea party themes to choose from - spa, mad hatter, princess, fairy, diva plus paint parties. Or let us accommodate special request. We will bring all the supplies for dressing up and the tea party, excluding food, tables, and chairs. We will also decorate your table with all the magical supplies to have a spectacular tea party.

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Newport Coastal Adventure
Newport Beach

Offering intimate, guided tours on a fast boat, taking passengers to see the abundance of whales, dolphins, and sea lions off our beautiful coast.

Safety is their Priority! Newport Coastal Adventure is the only small boat whale watching operator in Newport Beach issued Certificates of Inspection by the Coast Guard. Climb aboard on the safest small boat fleet, and don’t compromise with cheaper imitators. This truly magical experience is what keeps their customers returning year after year!

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Newport Landing Whale Watching
Newport Beach

2 1/2 hour whale watching cruises are a great activity for children of all ages. Viewing giant blue whales, grey whales, huge pods of dolphin, sea lions, and much more. 96% viewing success rate means almost every trip will have lots of neat viewing opportunities. This experience will be long remembered.

For reservations with Newport Landing call 949-675-0551.

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Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Dana Point

Bring your whole family aboard the acclaimed wildlife adventure hailed by CBS Los Angeles as offering "...the best whale watching in the world..."! Our safe, fun, and educational dolphin & whale watching adventures are perfect for kids of all ages. In the eyes of a dolphin or whale, nothing is more precious than her calf. Your junior naturalist is important to us, too! Aboard our 5-star experience, they'll dive deeper into the lives of ocean animals; learning about what they do, where they go, the threats that they face, and eco-friendly practices to help save them.

With YEAR-ROUND whales and dolphins, Dana Point is the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World® and the 1st Whale Heritage Site in the Americas. Only aboard our high-tech catamaran sailboat Manute’a can you BE one of the pod and feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in two eye-to-eye underwater viewing pods! Mrs. Capt. Dave's triple fudge brownies served as a special treat. Proud recipient of TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Award since its inception in 2010.

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Children's Museums

The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and Bowers Kidseum
Located in Santa Ana

One of Southern California's finest museums and Orange County's largest, the Bowers Museum home to Bowers Kidseum, an 11,000 square foot children's museum, provides arts and cultural activities for thousands of children and their families. Creativity, stimulated by exposure to art, can be the basis for the development of ideas, problem solving and social understanding.

Children's Museum of La Habra
Located in La Habra

A hands-on environment that opens the world to even the youngest child, this museum offers touch tables, a science station, changing exhibits and much more.

Discovery Cube
Located in Santa Ana

Imaginations run wild with over 120 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Cube, Orange County's leading destination for hands-on science entertainment. Take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine launch and explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur! Plus, with seasonal traveling exhibits and signature events throughout the year, there's always something new to experience.

Heritage Museum of Orange County
Located in Santa Ana

The 1898 Kellogg House is the focal point of the Heritage Museum. Inside you will find unique architectural features, antique furnishings, historic photos and maps, and hands-on activities for children. The tour is primarily self-guided, but a docent is always available during public hours to answer questions and provide additional insights into the house, the Kellogg family, and life in historic Orange County. On the same grounds, visitors can find nature trails, a working blacksmith shop and the Maag House, ranch house of citrus and nut grower John Anton Maag and his family.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Located in Laguna Beach

A non-profit, volunteer organization and education center. They rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured seals and sea lions. Programs include a guided tour of the animal care facility and exhibit room, a slide presentation and observation of the animals. The also offer a range of educational programs for groups of all ages.

Pretend City Children's Museum
Located in Irvine

This interconnected city allows children to "pretend" to be the adults. Children can experience a variety of features every city has to offer. With over 15,000 sq. feet of interactive exhibits and activities, Pretend City brings to life every profession, necessity and daily occurrences of a real city. They can do anything and everything from grocery shopping to banking to visiting the doctor to collecting their pay from the local ATM as well as visit the fire station, police station, the café and all of the many other exhibits.

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Classes & Workshops for Kids

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LA's #1 Tech Camp, now in Orange County

Located in Irvine

PlanetBravo is celebrating over 20 summers of innovative summer programming for children ages 5-14. Discover courses in Roblox, game design, coding, Minecraft, YouTube, Lego robotics and much more. Check out their new Junior STEM Camp for campers entering Kindergarten – 2nd grade. PlanetBravo prides itself on balancing indoor and outdoor play, making the summer camp experience well-rounded, all while learning the world's most important skills.

The day flies by (9:00am-3:00pm) with a mix of activities at a great price compared to national tech camps.

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Lil Chef School
Located in Irvine

Lil Chef School is a unique culinary experience which offers cooking classes to children in a safe environment that encourages discovery and creativity. Each class and event incorporates supplemental subject matter which ties into a new monthly theme. Our staff of highly qualified teachers, chefs and nutritional experts carry out our mission to provide an interactive learning experience that gives children the opportunity to develop a life-long love for the culinary arts. Our programs have something for every age. Call us today to reserve a spot in class! 949.679.8390

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Chimmy 5in1 Languages Center
Located in Laguna Niguel
Foreign Languages For Children: French, Spanish & Mandarin

Chimmy 5in1 Languages Center for children offers French, Spanish and Mandarin languages to infant/children. Their classes provide an easy, stimulating and interacting way for children to learn a new language with native speakers with the use of storytelling, art, games, music and song. Chimmy 5in1 also uses history to learn about culture and customs and geography to learn about the location.

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LangoKids Irvine
Located in Irvine
Best Spanish Immersion classes for kids!

Awarded BEST LANGUAGE SCHOOL in 2020, 2021 and 2022 by Parenting OC Reacher's Choice Awards.

Lango Kids Irvine is a full-immersion foreign language program that teaches kids ages 2-10 through music, games and art. Your child is taught by native or near-native speaking teachers in 1 hour online or in person classes. Our low teacher-student ratio classes are designed to help your child achieve his/her higher potential and love for the language. LangoKids is the only After School Spanish Immersion program in Irvine that offers Spanish Classes and Summer and Winter Camps for kids between 2 and 16 years old.

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Family Activities

Balboa Fun Zone
600 E Bay Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92661

Located between the Balboa Pier and the Auto Ferry, the Balboa Fun Zone is the place for family fun in the sun. For 80 years the Fun Zone has been an iconic attraction for locals and tourists to eat, play, and discover. Visitors can experience thrilling rides here including the Ferris Wheel, Happy Swing, Tower Drop and the Arrcade with 30 classic games.

This is also a popular place to rent bikes, whale watch, take a harbor cruise or visit Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest for ocean science demonstrations and traveling exhibitions.

Pirate's Dinner Adventure
World's Most Interactive Dinner Show
Located in Buena Park

Marvel at an astonishing display of special-effects wizardry, aerial artistry, swashbuckling swordplay and dynamic duels, while dining on fine grub and grog, at Pirate's Dinner Adventure. Sail the high seas with Captain Sebastian the Black and his crew; in this classic tale of good vs. evil which offers the perfect blend of action, comedy and romance, along with the opportunity for you to interact with the story.

7600 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620

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Foster Family and Adoption Services

California Institute Of Health & Social Services


Children's Way Foster Family & Adoption Agency is seeking loving individuals with nurturing homes in Orange County to become Resource Families to provide care for male and female foster children/youth ages 0-17, and sibling groups on a temporary basis until they can be reunified with their family or a permanent home is found through Adoption. You can really make a difference in the lives of children who have been removed for reasons such as neglect, abuse, emotional maltreatment and abandonment. Training is offered at no cost.

To receive a free Orientation please email Cynthia Marshall at, or you can call her at (310) 645-5227.

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Organizations for Kids

Boy Scouts of Orange County

The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the future Scouting will continue to offer young people responsible fun and adventure; instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.

Girl Scouts of Orange County

Through a wide range of enriching experiences-field trips, cultural exchanges, community service, leadership opportunities, skill-building workshops, outdoor education-girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scout program is progressive and age-appropriate, with the girls' roles and responsibilities expanding as they move through the different levels. Girl Scouting helps cultivate values, social conscience and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults.


Missionettes is a ministry tool to help fulfill the Titus 2 principle of women mentoring young girls. Girls can begin in Missionettes at 3 years of age and continue through high school.

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Shopping for Children

- - Costumes & Party Clothes - -

Costumes Fairy
Shop Online

Hand made fairy costumes and fairy / angel wings. 20 years of Industry experience in the Artisan and Costuming business of making Fairy and Angel products.

Entire selection of costumes, slippers, wands and accessories are available for online ordering.

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Madame Alexander

The tradition and elegance of Madame Alexander dolls continues after 80 years with a full line of collectible dolls, baby dolls and play dolls. The Alexander Doll Company is the only major manufacturer of handcrafted dolls in America.

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Children Photographers

i Photography Studio

We are a family owned photography studio. Capturing the beauty of life is our goal. We work closely with you and your child to capture their unique personality in a style that exceeds your expectations. As parents of young children ourselves, we know how to create a comfortable and relaxed environment for your child. We offer location, studio and thematic settings as well as custom creations that showcase your images in a truly unique way.

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