Take it Inside: Top Indoor Activities for Families

Posted

January 24, 2017

Shorts, sandals and sunglasses are always in season in Orange County, but on rare occasions—it might be time to bring the fun inside. While there are no shortage of outdoor fun for families, it can be tricky to find a creative way for children to release their excitement and energy indoors. But, don’t fret! We’re here to arm you with a variety of indoor activities that are guaranteed to keep the whole family happy and entertained.

Entertainment Centers

Billy Beez
West, 400 Disney Way #189
Anaheim, CA 92802
BillyBeez.com

Located inside of the Anaheim Garden Walk, Billy Beez is an indoor play place designed for kids ages 9 and under. Colorful slides, tunnels, ropes, ball pits and more fill the 26,000-square-foot play arena, opening hour possibility for kids. A ground-level area contains a small area for babies and toddlers to join in the fun. Billy Beez is equipped with free Wi-Fi to keep entertained and a snack bar is also available for hungry kids. With all of these amenities, it’s easy to see that an entire day can easily be spent here. 

Flight Deck
1650 S Sinclair St.
Anaheim, CA 92806
FlightDeck.com

Experience pulse-pounding thrills by taking the stick of a fighter jet and releasing your ‘Inner Top Gun.’ Flight Deck offers such a unique experience because you’re seated in an authentic military flight simulator. Ever wondered what it's like to take the controls of a commercial airliner? Flight suits, mission briefings and more are included in the standard flight experience. For the fighter jet simulators, you can choose between a 40-minute flight plan or 3-hour flight plan (13 and older). For the commercial airliner, you can choose a 30, 60 or 90-minute package. All packages allow you to choose from thousands of real airports from around the world and fly in a variety of weather conditions using both VFR and IFR with multiple take-offs and landings. But most of all you get bragging rights!

Big Air Trampoline
23251 Avenida De La Carlota
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
BigAirUSA.com

Big Air is a unique trampoline fun center where kids can flip forward, backward, and off the walls—literally! There is 17,000-square-feet of jumping surfaces and activities include trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk areas, foam pits, launch pads, a rock climbing wall, battle beam and a massive freestyle area. With so much to do, Big Air is the ideal venue for families of all ages!

Bowlmor Lanes
321 W Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802
BowlMor.com

Bowlmor Lanes is located in the Anaheim Gardenwalk, not far from Downtown Disney. With 32 lanes—this bowling alley is more like a “kid-at-heart” entertainment center. Bowlmor has a sports bar for adults with two flat-screen TVs and awesome drink specials. In between sets, you can play billiards and Ping-Pong. If you’re not in the mood to bowl take a stop by the restaurant with a full menu, signature cocktail, beer and wine menu.

Laser Quest
229 E Orangethorpe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
LaserQuest.com

More than a just a game—Laser Quest is an immersive experience that your entire group will enjoy. After receiving your briefing and don your LQ pack and laser—your ready for a totally exhilarating and absorbing entertainment experience. Kids will have a blast in the multi-level maze, special effects, fog, music and professional lighting. If you have a competitive person in mind, this might be the place for them! 

ESPN Zone
Downtown Disney, 1545 Disneyland Dr.
Downtown Disney District, Anaheim, CA 92802
ESPNZone.com

With over 150 large-screen HD TVs rockin’ every sport played on a field, court, track or ice—ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney is the ultimate celebration spot for that sports-crazed family. Strike out hungry appetites will a range of tasty food including chicken wings, sliders, dips and fries. After filling up head to the second floor where over 10,000-square-feet of the most popular interactive games await you. Challenge a friend in the NASCAR racing game or try your skills at Hoops Hysteria.

Dave & Busters
20 City Blvd W #1
Orange, CA 92868
DaveandBusters.com

Located on the corner of The Outlets of Orange—this fun-filled arcade is also a bar, restaurant and special events venue. On Wednesday night they offer half-off all games and a few other specials throughout the week. It has a casual atmosphere with a contemporary American menu offering a large variety of choices. Head into the Midway for some billiards, shuffleboard and a vast array of state-of-the-art video and simulator games. Whether you're into shooting zombies and racing cars in the arcade or playing a game of billiards—there's something about a little competition that turns any time into a great time. 

Museums

Bowers Kidseum
1802 N Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Bowers.org

The Bowers Kidseum is a completely hands-on experience where kids can play with drums from around the world and dress up in a variety of cultural masks or clothing—all while learning! The Kidseum also has an art room where parents and children can color and make beautiful crafts. For a stimulating, interactive and fun educational outing—the Bowers Kidseum is a must visit. 

The Discovery Cube
2500 N Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
DiscoveryCube.org

Discovery Cube is an indoor/outdoor museum where kids can be kids and parents can join in! Here you’ll find plenty of hands-on exhibits where kids can learn with their senses rather than seeing from a distance. The Cube also understands that while it’s good to learn about science, it’s also good to give kids topics that they want to explore like Hot Wheels® or Dora the Explorer. The Discover Cube offers so many activities that it's a great place to visit on any day.
 

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